I confess… I’m kind of obsessed with juggalo culture. Now, wait a second! I didn’t say I was a juggalo myself! I just will stop whatever I’m doing and watch anything remotely revealing about America’s favorite ninjas. If you are unfamiliar with the bunch, juggalos are fans of Insane Clown Posse, a clown-rap (?) group that is often richly soaked with family values and profanity laden death threats. Their followers, the juggalos (or if you’re a lady, juggalette), are a perfect mixture of naive logic, white trash sensibility, intense kinship, and remarkable consistency to make poor life choices. I enjoy observing juggalos almost as nature footage, because their basis of humanity is so starkly different from mine that they almost seem like a different species.
Last night I was lucky enough to see The Joy Formidable do a live TV taping for local music show JBTV. It was pretty fantastic and the first time I had been able to catch them live. Here’s a blow by blow account because I was actually sober for this concert!
Yep that right there is another plug, the other part of my podcast is up. If you want to hear me talk about a band I used to be in (spoiler alert: we sucked) and me take jabs at people (which include former American Idol Chris Medina’s former band). I leave no stone unturned. And if you wait till the end the host left a special easter egg in there that I really wish wasn’t recorded… So yea if you also like me getting taken down a peg come on and listen.
And thanks for being a loyal D-Bonez (that’s how we say it in the biz) customer. And I’ll be doing more of these, so if you hated them… I’m sorry.
Riot Fest didn’t entirely seem like my kind of thing when I bought the ticket for it a few months ago. But it was only $35, and a couple of my friends were going, so I thought “Why not? I’ll just get drunk and enjoy the craziness”. And that I did, folks. That I did.
I still remember my first encounter with Tenacious D. It was 2001, I was 17 years old and a senior in high school. My dad had joined a CD club for some reason (holy crap, remember CD clubs?), and after he picked out a bunch of stuff for himself, he had one or two spots left over for me, to get to his 15 Free CDs or whatever it was at the time. Never having heard of Tenacious D, or even knowing that Jack Black was in the band, I ordered the debut CD on a whim based off the fact that nothing else in the order brochure seemed even remotely worthy to my awful teenage taste in music. Flash forward to when the CD arrived in the mail. I listened to it twice all the way through the first night I had it. Probably listened to it all the way through the next night too. And again that weekend. And again two dozen more times before I would get my high school diploma. And it kept staying funny/awesome all through college. I would annoyingly quote the entire Drive-Thru sketch word-for-word. It was pretty much a perfect album. Then I sought out their HBO show. Then I started downloading bootleg live tracks. I don’t know where it is now, but somewhere in my parents house is the Official Tenacious D Cum Rag, unicorn and all. I went to Pick of Destiny opening weekend in theaters (I LIKED IT), and in a time of digital downloads, I still ordered the Deluxe CD version of the Pick of Destiny soundtrack, which came with a bonus T-shirt, Tarot cards, and a replica Satan pick. I may have given their latest album a lukewarm review, but it has plenty of moments of greatness, here and there. I liked it more than I disliked it. One thing I had never done in all my years of D fandom, though, was see them live. Until this past weekend…
One of the more anticipated events of my 2012 calendar year was going to a Gambino concert when he went on tour again. I bought tickets to his March 30th show the day they went on sale. Then he broke his foot (or ankle, or whatever), and the show got delayed to a random Wednesday in May. Was it worth the wait?