This Band called Swans, just discovered them and loving them…

I keep hearing this song around the house being played on an Ipod stereo system so I asked this person who does this song and he said, “Swans”. So I looked the band up and found the band in youtube and started to listen to their stuff.

I was like blown away… this is probably the most intense music I’ve ever heard in a long time. I’ve listened to so much music over the years but never heard anything like Swans did. Swans is an experimental rock band. They’re kind of prog rocky a little bit, psychedellic kind of stuff like Pink Floyd maybe but Swans is different. Michael Gira has a unique sound. I love his style.

I’m gonna start getting albums by Swans, I think and “Soundtracks for the Blind” is a good one to start off with. That’s how most Swans fans get into them is starting with that album ’cause their song “The Sound” is like an anthem for them. The lyrics could be very deep and intense… some of this stuff may not be easy for people to listen to.

I was kind of hooked to this song so I had to find out who did it and turns out to be a band called Swans. They’re kind of a new band but not really, they’ve been around a while. They’ve been around since the 80’s. They sound new but they’re not really.

Cool band and I want to get into them this year. Michael Gira’s songwriting style kind of reminds me of myself. His vocals are kind of like mine in a way. Glad I discovered him and his band Swans. Never heard of them until now.

Kev

Learning to play drums virtually and drum programming… so glad I’m getting into that…

Ever since I got Toon Track EZ drummer, I’ve been learning to play virtual drums on it manually… while using drumming lesson books to learn how. If you want to play drums virtually, it takes time and practice just like a real drum set. Drums seems like an easy instrument to learn, though. Not that hard like some would think.

I’m so glad that I’ve started studying and practicing rhythm and timing in music ’cause it’s so important. If you want other musicians and listeners to take your music seriously, gotta learn how to play in time and play in the pocket.

Because of me studying drum programming and virtual drumming, I’ve become a better rhythm guitarist ’cause of it too. I’ve learned to play various rhythm patterns like quarter notes, eighth notes, various sixteenth notes… using dotted rhythms, playing notes with ties and more syncopation (Off beat rhythms).

If you know your timing and good at rhythm, you’ll be able to play any genre of music. You’ll be able to write songs a lot better too.

When I start songwriting again, I plan to make my rhythm playing a lot more complex by playing more syncopation… off beat rhythm… meaning notes that don’t fall on the 1, 2,3,4 counts on the metronome. I would also like to start experimenting rhythms in odd time signatures too ’cause prog rock bands like Rush, Dream Theater and Yes did that a lot. If you want your music to sound even more interesting.

I believe that I’ve improved on my rhythm and metronome and gotten way better at playing along with a click track.

When I start recording again, you’ll probably notice that my recording skills has gotten a little better.

Playing with rhythm is a blast and I’m loving it. When making music, you don’t have to be a perfectionist but have a good sense of rhythm and people will take you seriously.

I just want to make tight and intense music and to do that gotta have a good sense of rhythm and timing. Be good at counting which I’m getting way better at.

Soon I’ll be writing and recording songs with drums backing up my tracks. Just gotta good get at this EZ Drummer software and working on it everyday. EZ Drummer is good stuff, glad I got it finally.

Kev

Welp, looks Like I’m done with twitter for good since they’ve banned president Trump for simply doing nothing wrong…

I’m locked out of twitter for posting a tweet and just like that looks like I’m on a permanent lockout. I could probably get it back myself by just entering my phone number and following instructions but I don’t have a phone number that’s associated with that account so I can’t get back in at all. I tried appealing but then twitter says they won’t unlock my account simply ’cause I said the word “cunt” in a tweet. Yes, that’s right. Guess twitter don’t like the “c” word anymore. On my twitter, I used cuss words and other nasty words all the time but never got a lock out until I used the word “cunt” when talking about Ellen Page coming out as a transgender male in a tweet, lol…. that was the tweet that got me the permanent suspension.

Ah well, social media censorship is a growing problem and it’s getting worse. A lot of conservatives and Trump supporters getting kicked off of social media like crazy anyways. Many of them don’t do anything wrong and a lot of us follow the TOS pretty well but a lot of us get suspended and kicked off ’cause punishment on social media is very biased nowadays.

Then I learned that all of social media just banned president Trump this week… which includes twitter, FB and instagram. I was trying to find out why. I hate to share something from CNN but I’m just trying to find out why twitter banned Trump… it’s basically for two tweets… one was Trump saying that his supporters will not be disrespected in anyway shape or form and the other one saying that Trump will not attend Joe’s inauguration day.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/08/tech/trump-twitter-ban/index.html

I’m like, huh???? How is Trump defending and praising Trump supporters in a tweet and saying that he refuses to attend Joe’s inauguration inciting violence? Nothing wrong with those tweets at all and nothing dangerous about them.

Trump supporters been disrespected since the 2016’s elections and Trump has had our back since then. He still has our back now and was only trying to defend us.

Yeah, I’m a Trump supporter and quite proud of it.

Nothing wrong with Trump’s tweet about Joe’s inauguration either ’cause Joe simply doesn’t deserve Trump’s attention and time of day, he got suspended for that really???

Ya know, social media’s been trying to ban Trump permanently for a long time and they’ve been dying to do it… and here they are. They finally did it. I think they did it ’cause not because Trump incites violence like they accuse him of, they did it hoping he step down from the presidency shortly before Joe’s inauguration. Trump getting kicked off of social media before Jan. 20th is pretty questionable.

Anyway, I’m done with twitter for good ’cause it sucked anyways. I mean, twitter is a cesspool of pedophiles to begin with. They’re more worried about conservatives and Trump supporters, yet they allow pedos on that platform? Fuck twitter. To hell with it.

I’m gonna make my way on Parler and possibly GAB this weekend. I’ll sign up for those tomorrow.

I remember twitter used to be fun but it’s absolute garbage now. I’m hanging on FB and instagram for now.

Kev

Purchased some games from the Playstation store yesterday… here they are…

Yesterday afternoon I purchased some games from the PSN store with a few PSN cards to redeem.

I purchased 4 games yesterday:

  • The Last of Us II
  • Star Wars: Squadrons
  • Sonic Mania
  • Tetris Effect

I’ve been wanting to buy “Last of the US II” ever since it came out but never got around to it by now. This game was on sale at a decent price so I couldn’t say no to that. Also got another Star Wars game “Squadrons” ’cause I’m such a huge Star Wars nerd and I love Star Wars video games so I grabbed that one since that one was on sale too. I also picked up “Sonic Mania” ’cause I like Sonic the Hedgehog and “Tetris Effect”. Used to be a huge Tetris fan and used to play the original Tetris game on the original Nintendo so I grabbed that new version of “Tetris Effect” to see what it’s like.

I also picked up a “Mortal Kombat” expansion pack with the Rambo downloadable character ’cause now I have the newest Mortal Kombat game, I’ll be able to play as the Terminator and Rambo which would be fun as hell.

I won’t get to these games yet, though ’cause I have a bunch of other games I need to get to like “Red Dead Redemption II”, “Spiderman”, “Days Gone”, “Star Wars: Fallen Order”, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” (w/ War Zone included”, “The Evil Within II”, “Uncharted: The Nathan Drake collection”, “The Borderlands Collection”, “Call of Duty WWII”, etc.

I have so many games in my PS4 library, it’s crazy. What I do is just buy a bunch of games once in a blue moon and just save them for later.

Right now I’m playing the newest “God of War” game and trying to finish up that. I play one game at a time and once I finish it, I move on to another.

Video gaming is one of my favorite hobbies. I’ve always have been a video gamer ever since I was a child and my gaming addiction all started when the first Atari came out. My love for gaming never stopped. I still play even to this day. It’s a great escape from everything.

Kev

I’m a big metalhead even though I may not look it…

I may not look like a metalhead and yes, I listen to metal, lots of it. If you look at my Itunes library and my CD collection, you might find a lot of…. Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Ac/Dc, Megadeth, Dream Theater, etc. I also have some death metal like Venom, Mayhem, Burzum, At the Gates, etc. I also have some Viking metal like Amon Amarth and Ensiferum…

I just love metal. It’s all great music to listen to and trying to listen to it as much as I can.

I may not look metal… I try to grow my hair long but it doesn’t grow that way so I keep it shaved so I guess that’s metal enough? I’m also starting to buy rock band shirts so maybe that’s metal enough? My arms aren’t covered in tattoos like a metal guy but I’d like to start getting tattoos at some point.

You don’t have to look metal to listen to it. I’m just a normal guy who loves music and that’s all.

And listening to all this metal over the years is inspiring me to play that music myself and I’m learning honestly. It’s why I finally bought a solid body electric guitar so I can play heavy rock music myself. Trying to improve my rhythm chops and learn how to play metal. I’m not a super shredder yet and I’m not a thrash metal kind of player either but I’d like to be and working on it. I can only play as fast as 100 – 105 bpm on guitar so that’s moderately fast.

I’d like to make a hard rock/metal album and that’s the goal I’ve always dreamed of, honestly.

I listen to mostly metal nowadays ’cause there’s nothing else that’s good out there. I don’t like most pop and rap music, I hate all of it. Not really into country but I like some of it, though.

I’m trying to get into jazz and blues music more but I always come back to metal or progressive rock which are my two most preferred genres. I’m a huge prog rock fan believe it or not which is why I love bands like Dream Theater, Opeth, Rush, Yes and bands such as those.

I love metal ’cause that genre writes the best songs, in my opinion and I respect the hell out of their musicianship too. A lot of people find it hard to believe that I listen to mostly heavy music and they’re usually shocked that I do. Listening to metal solves everything in life and gets things out of your system. Helps fires up my lifting at the gym too.

I listen to a lot of classic rock too, though but metal is what I listen to more than anything. I just love the songwriting in metal and I just love tight and aggressive music, that’s just me.

Metal is inspiring music to listen to. It helped changed my life for sure.

Kev

Judas priest… one of the greatest bands in rock & metal for sure… trying to get into their music more…

For my massive music collection, I try to collect as much albums from my favorite bands as much as I possibly can. I try to collect albums from all of my favorite bands & artists such as Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Ac/Dc, Black Sabbath, Rush, Kiss, Metallica, Smaching Pumpkins, Al DiMeola, Joe Satriani, David Bowie, Opeth, etc.

One band I’ve been trying to get into lately is Judas Priest. They are one of the greatest bands in metal, no doubt. I freakin’ love ’em; although, I only own three of their albums… I only got “British Steel”, their latest album “Firepower” and another old Priest album “Painkiller”. I heard “Painkiller” is one of their best albums, pretty high in the top 5 they’re all talking about so I decided to get that one. Haven’t heard it yet but gonna get around to it.

I also got Rob Halford’s book” Confess” and KK Downing’s book “Heavy Duty”. Haven’t read them yet but I will get to them, bought them digitally for my Ipad.

I’ve read about Judas Priest a lot over the years like read interviews with them, saw their interviews and stuff on youtube. I’m familiar with their hit songs and now I’m just starting to get into their albums.

I’ve always respected that band. Rob Halford is 69 years old and before the pandemic hit, he still toured heavily with Priest over the years. Halford don’t have the powerful and high range singing voice he used to have but he still sings amazing. He’s definitely one of the best vocalists in rock for sure. I’ve always respected the hell out of Priest and trying to get into their music more.

Yeah, the guys in Priest are all old and aging fast but age is just a number. You’re never too old to rock n’ roll…. if you wanna rock then do it!

Kev

15 Films to Look forward to in 2021…

I do this list every year too, a list of films to look forward to in the new year… now that it’s 2021, I figure it’s time to list the films that I look forward to this year. Well many of these films were originally supposed to be released in 2020 but they all got pushed back ’cause of the pandemic obviously…

Here is the list…

I’ll name 15 of these films…

No Time To Die – the new James Bond 007 film: I was gonna see the new Bond film but this is one film that got pushed back.

Top Gun 2: Maverick – Another film I’ve been looking forward to that also got pushed back.

A Quiet Place – Part 2: Another 2020 horror film pushback, loved the first movie looking forward to the 2nd one.

The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It: Another film pushback… I’m a huge Conjuring fan and can’t wait for this one.

Mortal Kombat (reboot) film: I’m a huge MK fan of the video games, love ’em and kind of actually looking forward to this. The old Mortal Kombat movie in 1995 was pretty good too, though.

The Little Things: A crime thriller starring Denzel Washington that actually looks pretty awesome. I’m down with seeing this one somehow.

The Many Saints of Newark (The Sopranos prequel film): Another 2020 pushback movie, this is gonna be the Sopranos prequel which already sounding good even though a trailer hasn’t came out yet. I love mobster movies anyway so…

Black Widow: This Marvel character of the Avengers gets her own spinoff movie so this one should be good.

Dune: I’m a huge fan of Frank Herbert’s Dune books, loved the David Lynch movie too and I’m hoping this reboot will be good. I’ll be checking it out.

West Side Story: Another 2020 pushback movie, I’m a huge fan of West Side Story and actually interested in the Spielberg version.

Halloween Kills: Another Halloween movie coming this year.

Morbius: A Marvel superhero movie with Jared Leto in the leading role. Looks like a good one already.

Uncharted: A movie based upon the hit video game is coming out this year. Hoping to see a trailer real soon.

Spiral: This film is a horror film which is gonna be the 9th installment of the SAW franchise, it stars Samuel L. Jackson. Sam L. Jackson in a horror movie? I’m down with that!

The Last Duel: Ridley Scott has a new movie coming out this year with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon being the writers of this script. Matt Damon is also starring the leading role. This film is about medieval and knights kind of stuff so this is gonna be an interesting one.

Will I get to see any of these if movie theaters ever come back that is? I’m hoping. Happy new year.

Kev

Could Mr. T Reprise his role as Clubber Lang for “Creed III”???? The Fans want it to happen but ya never know, we can only hope….

It’s now been confirmed that Creed star, Michael B. Jordan is set to star and direct “Creed III”, the third installment to the Rocky spin off series. This was confirmed by the “Creed” actress Tessa Thompson who plays Adonis’s lover in the films. The script for “Creed III” is still being worked on but the story and plot that continues on after “Creed II” is not yet known.

A lot of Rocky & Creed fans dream is that they are hoping and begging Mr. T to reprise his role as Clubber Lang for “Creed IIII”… wanting Clubber’s son to fight against Adonis. Kind of a similar plot to Ivan Drago’s son.

I like this plot idea for Clubber return in this article, though. They shouldn’t go for the son idea ’cause why repeat the same story, ya know? It should be just Clubber.

Read this:

https://screenrant.com/creed-3-clubber-lang-rocky-balboa-not-return/

Not sure if the script is being written for Clubber to come back but man, I feel that no one other than Mr. T should play that character. That role belongs to him only. It would be a joke if they got someone else to play Clubber ’cause the movie would bomb if that happened. If they’re going to bring Clubber back then everybody will expect Mr. T to reprise that role.

Bringing Clubber back is a nice idea and a nice dream but it’s all up to Mr. T. himself if he wants to reprise the role. He’s kind of a retired actor, I think? He hasn’t had a big screen role in many years. His real name is Lawrence Tureaud and as you can see in the pic of him walking the street in sweats, he still has that mean and tough guy look even though he’s 68 now.

If Mr. T came back as Clubber, I’m sure he still got it and would knock it out of the park.

As far as Rocky played by Sylvester Stallone, it’s not yet known whether or not Sly is coming back as his iconic character once again. Ever since Creed II, Sly maintained that will be the last and final time he’ll be playing Rocky in a Creed film but ya never know. Sly could change his mind. I thought Sly retired the character for good but in his online Q&A sessions he kept saying that he’s open to playing Rocky again, always that back and forth thing, he can’t make up his freakin’ mind. So fingers crossed for now.

If Clubber and Rocky are both not coming back at all and if Creed III is gonna go for a totally different plot, I’m sure they’ll find a way to make die-hard Rocky fans happy. They’ll figure something out.

I think in Creed III, it be pretty cool if Adonis could start a friendship with Rocky’s son Robert (played by Milo Ventimiglia), that could be a big possibility too remembering how Creed II ended.

Kev

There will always be assholes on the internet, just ignore them and be you…

So you have a presence on the internet and you just want to express yourself the best you can by writing your thoughts and be honest about your feelings on certain things. You just want to write your honest thoughts and opinions about certain topics like on a blog, social media like FB/twitter/instagram, youtube and internet forums. You write your thoughts about something and just want to tell your truth… there is nothing wrong with your opinion and out of the blue, some asshole attacks you for no reason. This person is writing all kinds of nasty and harsh things about you and you’re just sitting there like all shocked thinking, “What did I say something wrong?”.

No… it’s not that you said something wrong ’cause you didn’t say anything wrong. There will always be some asshole out there that will try to ruin your day… hoping to make you feel bad and destroy you emotionally and that’s what they do. Cyberbullying and trolling is where I’m getting at and it’s a huge problem. Cyberbully and trolling is even more of a problem today. People are just nasty and negative nowadays. I can now see why some avoid social media like FB and twitter ’cause those sites are nothing but a cesspool for assholes and drama queens, ya know?

I know the feeling ’cause each time I want to post my honest thoughts about something and giving my “opinion”, there will always be some asshole trying to attack me and “troll”.

I understand about “disagreeing” and having differences of opinion, I welcome that with other people, I don’t give a shit but we can discuss things with civility and all. We can discuss things without the name calling, bashing, judging and hating, whatever but people don’t do that nowadays. If you write something people don’t like, you immediately become a bad person nowadays. It’s getting unreal.

It’s okay ’cause the way to dealing with internet assholes is just ignore them and just keep being yourself ’cause they hate that even more. Never bow down and never cave ’cause that’s what they want you to do. Their goal is to make you feel upset and make you feel bad. They intentionally want to make you feel like you’re wrong and they want to make you feel like a “loser” ’cause it’s killing them that they see how honest and real you are. They just want to make you feel bad ’cause they get a kick out of it and it’s amusing to them putting you down. That’s why they do what they do.

When I make an opinion and thought on something, I stick to it, ya know, stick to my guns. No matter what anyone says, never back down. I’ve dealt with assholes online for many years and still go through it today but I’ve gotten way better at ignoring negativity, lol.

It’s just that people do what they do ’cause they are crazy and that’s the end of it really. The way to dealing with internet haters and negativity of any kind is just keep being you and that’s it. Most people want you to be the way they want you to be and you don’t have to. Like I said just keep being you, no matter how mad people get.

Not everyone will dislike who you are, you’ll get some fans/supporters out of it ’cause they’ll respect the hell out of you for being real.

People are just being people… assholes everywhere, you can’t avoid them. When people attack me on my social media or blogs, I just block ’em. They don’t like it but tough shit, it’s my right.

Nothing wrong with being yourself. Don’t let people think that there is something wrong with it.

When I post on a forum, blog or social media… I seem to get a stir going and get people fired up, every time. Not sure why. I guess I’m getting at getting people talking. Maybe some find what I say is controversial and that’s fine. I’m just honest and speak from the heart. Talk like that and people will respond and will get ’em going. Just be honest and wait to see what happens.

Kev

Toon Track EZ Drummer really is nice but did it really need to be $160???

Now that I finally have Toon Track EZ Drummer musician’s software plugin for my DAW, I’ve messed with it for a little bit. The software is really nice. Like the name of the software says, “EZ” aka “easy”… it really is easy to use. To play drum tracks, you can either play drums manually on the virtual drum set or you can drag and drop loops. That’s all it is really.

The drums sound realistic enough ’cause they were played by an actual human drummer. Now I’m gonna have to really learn how to play drums virtually and learn how to program my own drum tracks. I have been learning a little bit here and there and now I’m gonna get into it a lot more.

I have a few drumming lesson instructional books so I’m gonna have to get back into them. I’m planning to buy some more drum lesson books. If I’m gonna use this EZ Drummer software, I may as well study drums and I have.

I wanted separate drumming software as a way so I can put drum tracks behind my songs and hopefully start making full band rock n’ roll songs in the future. Either that or I can just use EZ Drummer for something to practice my guitar playing with and have fun jamming.

Toon Track software is real nice but they don’t really need to overpriced, though. I plan to buy one more plugin by Toon Track very soon… I’m also planning to get their new Toon Track EZ bass. Once I get toon track EZ bass, I’ll be all set to start making full band tracks very soon. I’m also planning on buying IK Multimedia AmpliTube for guitar so I can have some different guitar sounds and effects. Once I get all these plugins and software that I need, I’ll soon be able to start making some serious rock music and I can’t wait.

Like I said before, I’m not gonna be making complex rock music like Iron Maiden and Dream Theater. My rock n’ roll is gonna be very simplistic inspired by Nirvana, the Pumpkins, AcDc, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, etc. In other words, I’m not worried about technical aspects of guitar playing, I just want to make tight as rock n’ roll, ya know? I want to try to make fun rock n’ roll you can head-bang to and even sing along with if I’m lucky enough.

I really do want to make full band rock and doing everything I can to make that happen. Small baby steps. Just getting all the stuff that I need to make that happen. I got new studio setup, new DAW, new electric guitar and everything so I’m getting there. Small baby steps.

I’m also trying to improve my guitar playing along the way.

Anyhow, Toon Track is real nice software, just wish they weren’t so pricey but so worth it, though. Toon Track is pretty hot in the musician’s world and once you actually buy from them, you’ll see why.

I’ve been looking into getting Toon Track software for a long time anyways and glad I’m finally getting into them. Therefor, I’m proud to be their new customer so far anyway.

Kev

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