Do You Have What It Takes?

5 Bitter Truths Being an artist doesn’t pay—up front anyway.  You should have a good day job, one you can tolerate and that will allow you the freedom you need to pursue your art.  Because you’re going to have to put up with crappy turnouts, non-existent sales, and people always wanting something for nothing. Let’sContinue reading “Do You Have What It Takes?”

Happy Holidays,.. from Me to You!

I.O.’s Aside: Wow, people who can do art like this amaze me. It’s imperative that we support the art we love (music, writing, film, dancing). That means we have to shell out something in exchange for the effort the artist has put into creating such beauty-such meaning. Effort counts, getting the word out counts, andContinue reading “Happy Holidays,.. from Me to You!”

The flies are in the kitchen, the beans are in the soup

I.O.’s Aside: This woman is crazy. The good kind of crazy. The kind of crazy that I would love to bottle up and sell. Read every word. It will all make sense in the end. She writes like origami, all those folds and stuff and you’re like WTH, this makes a panda??? And lo, aContinue reading “The flies are in the kitchen, the beans are in the soup”

Circle return … kind of … with all new lineup and hellacious new record ‘Incarnation’

Originally posted on Meat Mead Metal:
There are those bands that, no matter how much music they release, you always know what you’re going to get. If that’s a good or bad thing, that’s up to you. Then you have those that change things up as they go along and kind of keep you guessing…

Creating Your Life

I like lists. They make me happy. They keep me focused. Lists are my friends. I tell my sons to make lists. They haven’t discovered the wisdom of such a simple task, but isn’t it the simple things that offer the most satisfaction? Caroline Miller, in Creating Your Best Life, swears by them. My bucketContinue reading “Creating Your Life”

Swedish sludgers Serpent Omega bring on the volcanic mud on killer self-titled debut

Originally posted on Meat Mead Metal:
Messy and filthy, punishing and violent. Those are really good traits if you’re describing a relatively new metal band to an audience that might not yet be familiar with the artists, and since I’m doing that today, I’m pretty comfortable with those words as descriptors for Serpent Omega. The…