Tuesday, April 27, 2010

American Fangs x Deftones

First off, thank you once again, American Fangs for funneling people over here to read my stuff. I appreciate it.

News Flash! The American Fangs x Deftones concert for today, April 27 at Club 101 in El Paso, TX has officially SOLD the F OUT! Once again, if you're in Texas, and you like American Fangs or Deftones, you should try to grab tickets to one of the two other shows this week in Corpus Christi or Mission.

I would go, but the Northeast is a long ways away from any part of Texas.


Monday, April 26, 2010

American Fangs

Have you heard of the American Fangs? You know, that band from Houston, TX. No…not them. The American Fangs! If you’ve read a past post of mine, then you would know I started following at the end of October of last year when they slid through Philly with Saul Williams on the Afro-Punk Tour.

I made a really bold move by purchasing the group's self-titled EP before actually seeing them perform, but I assumed I would like them anyway, and I was saving myself time and possibly a rush at the merch table later on in the evening. Well, I was right. I watched those guys tear up the stage, while after the show I listened to the EP on my way back home.

The very next day I was on the Fangs' Twitter page, and I let them know I gave them a little spin on my blog (this one). Well, they thanked me for it, and even reached out to me when they came back to Philly for their stint with State Radio. Regardless of the snowstorm that was taking place throughout the day, I braved the unforgiving interstate system and hit the Electric Factory for another great performance, even though I was late. After all, who ever starts a concert on time (I heard Wilco is very prompt)?

Since early January, the Fangs have been going through the numerous stages to release their debut full-length album. The band has taken road trips to and from New York City and back to Houston, rocked some shows at home, as well as in Louisiana, and are steadily knocking out step, after step, after step, and documenting it all with video.

Needless to say, I’m beyond excited for this band to drop some new work on the masses! Word on the street is that AF plans to do another tour this summer. In the meantime, the group is going out to support the Deftones Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday this week! Is that huge, or what? If you’re in Texas at all this week, be sure to nab some tickets to one of the few shows happening.

Be on the lookout for these guys. I guarantee they're going to be one of those groups me and a select few will know of in a few years when the rest of the world is just catching on. Do yourself a favor, and get with the program now. Nobody likes to have to catch up on a catalog of music. Nah uh.

Seriously...listen to them.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dear Co-Worker

I’ve been using Twitter I think since July of 2009, and somewhere over that short span of time, I started tweeting events occurring in my office that annoy me. Mainly, it was directed at one person in particular.

In any office setting, there is a certain amount of professionalism that is expected from all employees. While I may not be the most upright citizen, let alone ever being in contention for an accolade such as “Employee of the Month”, I still attempt to hold myself with a particular level of dignity and respectability.

Friends who follow me on Twitter have commented via Twitter, text messages, and in-person that they enjoy my passive-aggressive, yet humorous take on my daily workplace frustrations. After all, it’s much easier to vent about my frustrations in a comical manner, than it is to play nanny for an adult older than myself.

Essentially, I’m posting this, because I have given much thought to people’s requests for a “Dear Co-Worker” Twitter page, or a “Dear Co-Worker” blog. Honestly, I would love to do it. I think it would be great, and with all of the potential positive outcomes that could arise from such a venture, I regretfully have to decline to move forward on such an endeavor.

The reality of the situation is this; we live in a world where very little is sacred, and every man, woman, and child is held accountable for their actions in public and private, as well as virtual settings. While it would be entertaining for me to provide friends and strangers alike with a good laugh from time to time, I feel that the risk for exposure is too great. It’s not that my place of business would catch wind of my musings, but the fact of the matter is, it’s very possible, and the idea is a little too threatening to me.

I would hate to jeopardize my employment, because someone put the pieces of the puzzle together, with the resulting picture being my face. Unfortunately for all of you, that is not a reality I am ready to take on.

The thought of going “private” has already crossed my mind, but doesn’t lend itself to logic. A Twitter page or blog of that nature is one I would appreciate being seen by as many people as possible. Limiting it to those that I know is a defeated idea in and of itself.

I truly am sorry, but please understand that I need to be a responsible, mature human being about the matters at hand.

Thank you