This Guy Is Life In The Early 21st Century

Last evening, upon returning from Friday mass, I was moved to pray for the fine people our great nation.

Not really. I got home super late last night, and it being Friday, I decided, “Fuck it. I’m going to insanely high anyway.”  So I did, and it’s legal here, so I’m not only a hero, I’m a great citizen.

So, a candy, a crazy potent brownie… (I’m not kidding. 500 mg THC brownie the size of 2/3 of a credit card. I have been nibbling it like a little mouse all week), a couple bowls of Animal Crackers weed (see the weekly review), AND infinite hits of the vape pen later (no half measures for this man)… I was super high.

I was so high that I decided to get on YouTube and watch/listen to old Fleetwood Mac songs. Old ones, from when they were a hard blues band, all the way to the fluff of the Rumours era. It was lovely. I dozed, I floated. I lucid dreamed Stevie Nicks vs the Green Manalishi… it was lovely. THEN the above  video played (the blessing/curse of autoplay) and I was ripped from revery, and faced with this guy.

Ok. Watch this video while you read this. This guy is so amazingly information rich…. it’s like Finnegan’s Wake on drums. Here’s why.

  • His drum setup is insane. Look at all the cymbals.
  • His drums seem wedged between a built in china cabinet and… another built in china cabinet?
  • I don’t know how, but I am sure that his mom is no more than 10 feet away
  • Little Lies? You’re going to live drum to an 80’s pop song from Fleetwood Mac? That’s your showpiece?
  • He’s not great
  • He’s not terrible
  • He has shared this with the world.
  • Half a million people have watched this
  • Despite half a million in the audience, our man is obviously very alone (mom doesn’t count)
  • We have only been able to share videos of ourselves doing shit like this for a few years. This is a new phenomenon.
  • Sociology. This is. Read Bowling Alone.

Marvin Fleer, you are the shining exemplar of this day and age. You are the zeitgeist. Go forth and drum forever.

 

 

Tragedy strikes not once but twice

David Bowie rest in peace

There will never be another. R.I.P.

David Bowie Has Died

Rest In Peace, Star Man

Ladies and Gentleman, it is with an extremely heavy heart that I write this post. Honestly, I wish I didn’t have to write this, but David Bowie has passed away. I found out just a moment ago (It’s 2 am in NYC), and I’m literally stunned. David Bowie had an immense career and was a musical powerhouse.

David Bowie released his first album in 1967, that is nearly 50 years of musical excellence. His death is a true loss to the world, and to music.  The man was a true talent and a true individual, something the modern music industry sorely lacks. They certainly don’t make them like Bowie anymore.

The world needs artists like David Bowie, to show us all that true individualism, exists and is no bar to success, and despite all the success one can still be a kind human being. Today we all lost a genius, an enigma, a titan that walked amongst us, and somebody the world was lucky to have in the first place.

I’d like to write more about the man and his music, but I honestly had trouble writing this much. I simply don’t know how to put my heartbreak into words. That is the effect David Bowie had on me, and I’m sure many others. M

y friend and co author Mark texted me earlier and told me that he was going to try to sleep but was doubtful that he could. The death of David Bowie robbed a man who’s never met him of sleep. That is a sign that a great man has passed.

With that said, and with a heavy heart I simply say Rest In Peace, David Bowie.  You will be sorely missed and never ever forgotten. Bowie himself said “We could be heroes just for one day” well, you will be a hero to millions for the rest of time, so thank you and goodbye.

Speaking of “Heroes” this is Mark’s favorite ever performance of the song, from 2002. The man was a master, a genius, an archetype, a legend.

R.I.P. Lemmy – Killed By Death

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Death of an Archetype

Death Of A Titan

Motorhead Is No More

Metal icon and Motorhead frontman Lemmy died yesterday, aged 70. This should not surprise anyone, but it affected almost everyone. Lemmy was the top trending subject on Twitter yesterday, and is till in the top 5 a day later. That wouldn’t have mattered to Lemmy, but I think it’s incredibly telling. Twitter is not known for it’s high population of metalheads.

Lemmy’s death affected so many people not because of the loss of a metal god, but because he was Lemmy. A restrictive society like ours needs outliers like Lemmy, or Keith Richards, or Hunter Thompson. We need people to have fun for us, since so many of us can’t have fun ourselves. Someone has to live life for the rest of us, and Lemmy was one of those people.

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anybody but lemmy

I never owned a Motorhead album, and I don’t think I know any of their songs, aside from Ace of Spades, but I was bummed to see that Lemmy is no more. He was an original. He was hilarious. He was wild. He was able to live a life being Lemmy, and people paid for that. Rest in Peace, Lemmy.

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