Monday, December 29, 2008

Stumble in


Sleepercar (Jim Ward of Sparta/ATDI), "Stumble in" off of the album West Texas.

Coming to a close on 2008. A hard year, filled with fun and disapointment. I have traveled a lot emotionally and physically. I started off the year with a move to LA, a new job at IHEARTCOMIX and my divorce becoming final. With all the ups and downs, no more than any other person, I have learned much about myself and a few facts about my life.

1) If they are not my friends, fuck what they say about me.

2) If they are my friends, why the fuck did they say that about me?
Sub point a) maybe I did screw up. So, I have to work it out.
Sub point b) friends aren't worth losing over little shit, I will work it out.

3) LA is not such a bad place.

4) I love Echo Park.

5) There is nothing wrong with me, that can't be fixed with time, patience and some good music.

6) I can paint, sort of.

7) The friends I do have... Are true.

8) My parents and family, will always be cool when I have a melt down for a year.

9) I don't hate my ex-wife anymore and need to drop all the hate I might hold for others. Shit is so 10th grade.

10) This is how I roll. I am kind of a Big Deal. And I would rather, GO BIG, than Home!

With that said. I guess i will post some pics from 2008.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!



MEN @ Check Yo Ponytail. (January 2008)



The Roomapes of Laveta Terrace. (February 2008)



Cribs and Crew. (March 2008)



Har Mar Superstar and Ry, artist area, Coachella. (April 2008)



K Pants, shortly after learning to Saber with The Gladiator. (May 2008)



The Fashion's first taste of sliders. (June 2008)



A bear at South of the Border, North Carolina. (July 2008)



Driving Rosie the Sprinter back to Los Angeles. (August 2008)



Farra and the Girls, @ M. Vlasic's Wedding. (Sept 2008)



Lil' Rudy Cruz, Myself, Ma and Pa Kerbrat, outside Mi Lupita. (Oct 2008) (photo credit H. Green)



The Trouble twins and Trouble Jr. at his going away party. (Nov 2008)



Emily from Planes Mistaken For Stars and I had what looks like a shitty hospitality rider for Thanxgiving dinner. (Nov 2008)


Us tall folks have to stick together. (Dec 2008)

Fall Behind Me



The Donnas, "Fall Behind Me" from Gold Medal


Brazil was an interesting trip to take with The Donnas. The crew on the trip was Jim Young @ FOH, Joey The Fun on TM duties and I handled the backline action. We flew into Soa Paulo, Brazil on the 30th of October. The drive from the Airport to the hotel was kind of intense. I am not sure that the drivers there realize that those lines painted on the road are there to help keep us safe. Every once in a while we would pass the kind of poverty only seen in those christian foundation comericals. it was sad and weird. Especially when juxtoposed with the condos and fancy housing occupying the same blocks as these shanty towns.

The following day, Renado (promoter for S. America) and Pompao aka R2 (Monitors) met us at the hotel and we headed back to the Airport to fly to Natal, Brazil, for the first show of this tour. It was Halloween and Maya was so ready to get dressed up for it. The beach was within walking distance from our hotel and it looked great. So we all took off for the beach shortly after arriving in Natal. Waves were crashing big and the water was warm. Some of us played in the water and I watched the Surfers just 100 yards off shore. The waves were so strong, I don't think you would even half to paddle to catch them. Pompao told us that when the ocean was flat the surfers went down the beach to this mountain of sand and surf down it into the water.

For Halloween we went out to dinner at Camrones. Food was good and we ordered a lot. I had the best Oysters ever. They were so clean. The girls ordered a soup served in a pumpkin. That was fun.

The next day was show day and I knew going into it that a festival held in warehouses would be a challenge. Despite the well worn decade plus old drum heads and the questionable amps, the show went off. I mean kids were going ape shit and it was only the first day of tour.

The next day it was back to Sao Paulo for a two night run at Club Inferno. When the girls hit the stage, the flash bulbs went OFF! I was blinded for more then half the set. It was great and the same thing happened the next night. Brazil loves the Donnas. After the second show The Fun, J.Young and I went night clubing.

The club was open all night and I didn't get home til about 6 am. Which was great because we had to do an MTV show the next day. Before I left the club I managed to Mosh/HC Dance into the dj booth... That was funny.

The next few days were kind of blur. I got a tattoo that started to ooze and get infected. We stayed at an airport for about 9 hours. Got to the show so hella late. But everyone stayed. The set time was supposed to be midnight, but we didn't even reach the venue til after 2 am. Which was great! (JK)

Our last days in Argentina were fun. And we played a club called Super Rock. Which was like a rock club/disco. so there were lots of levels and tons of natural 'verb to create fun for J.Young to do FOH.

All in all, S. America rules. I hope to go back.

Here are a selection of photos. You can see more at Roadietogo dot Myphotoalbum dot com


This was the view from my hotel room in Natal, Brazil


The kids in Sao Paulo, love Holloween.


Joey uses one of the oldest Blackberrys, ever! he is so early 2000.


This hotel.... yeesh! (Santos, Brazil)


This is a little after 4am... I don't know how we made it through this show... but we did. The Ladies nailed it! (Porto Alegre, Brazil)


This is what I look like after a long long long ass day. (Porto Alegre, Brazil)


Joey and Brett, at Bizzaro Mundo. A little bit of Los Angeles, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I tried this burger out. It had the farm on it. Eggs, Bacon, Beef, Tom, Lettuce... and it was tasty! (Buenos Aires, Argentina)


After a long and hot day, I often like to just let my tattoos pus over and melt off my leg.


Everybody (But me) outside an ice cream shop on the last day.


Quilmes, it is a tasty beer. Maya and I took to calling it Kill Me Beer.


Saw this in a store window on the last day.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Shake your booty or DIE!!!



I was killing time at IHC before a meeting. Found this video.
Have a great day everyone!

Monday, December 01, 2008

100 Days, 100 Nights


Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, "100 Days, 100 Nights"

I have been listening to this song/CD a lot. I really dig how this band and singer lay it down.

October, was busy busy. I started working for The Donnas and the shows were all in the first week at Hard Rock Cafes. It was good to be with the girls again. I had toured with them back in 2001. We are all much older/wiser people, more comfortable with who we are. At least I hope I am. Cuz, there is more then one night on that tour that was cringe worthy, when I think of the way I acted. Maybe, I will post some pics from that tour. It was my first Bus tour, and that is alway memorable.

As we were touring around SoCal and parts of Az, my parents came to town. I purchased them tickets on my fav airline, Virgin America, so they could visit LA for a couple of weeks. My mom had her high school reunion and my dad came afterwards and missed all the festivities. I took a brief trip to Nashville, where I went on a date to see the fab band, Old Crow Medicine Show. When I got back, it was time for surfing with my dad. Something that was promised to my all my life. Finally, at nearly 32, I got to surf with my dad. It was fun and made me feel like a stupid kid. Sometimes I still just want to impress my parents and no matter how many times I failed to get up, they had my back. To top it off I got to have a beer with my parents at Hinano Cafe, a real old man bar in Venice. My dad was a regular there in the 60s/70s and his father did the all the wood work. (I know... I am like a stupid kid... so sue me!)

We eventually made it to our favorite family hang of way back when, Mi Lupita. It is out in Atwater Village. So much of our memories are based on food. For my parents and family that means, Burrito King, Tommy's Burger, and Mi Lupita. There are others but those are the ones that we never miss a visit at when we are in town... Now that I live here, my body begs me not to make to big of a habit of it. cuz damn some of that stuff is just not that healthy.

My parents left on a high note. We had the old family throw down at my house. Miss S. Castro (my cousin and room mate), made some killer tacos for my Dad's birthday. Family friends new and old came to the dinner and it was GOOD! Serious, Savannah makes the best damn tacos. Its a gift she got from her mom, my aunt, my mom's sister. Thanx Aunt Beth.

I ended October with a Against Me! show the night before I left for a S. American tour with the Donnas.

Per usual, here are some pics of what happened in October. You can go to Roadietogo.myphotoalbum.com, to see more pics.



Donnas rocking out at the Hard Rock Cafe, San Diego.



Surf was kicking my ass... But my dad's wet suit from 1975 was fitting me just fine.



How small is my dad?



Tamales for breakfast.



Look who we found on the corner, Lil' Rudy... He really isn't lil' though... huh. He is a cousin of my cousins in the castro clan... which makes him my cousin, too. Just CUZ.