Local musicians around the Capital Region… have they become more arrogant and ego-driven than ever before? Yes!!!!

Even though I haven’t been out to a local show and haven’t gigged in a long time myself, I still see how local musicians around the Albany area are online. I’ve always known that the Capital Region music scene has all kinds of problems and it is still the same. In fact, I think the local music scene has gotten much much worse. I’m no longer a fan of it anymore as much as I used to be, I think that’s pretty much why I retired from playing live music really. Disappointed with how this scene came out to be.

If you want to be a musician around the Albany/Saratoga Springs music scene, you gotta be able to deal with a lot of bullshit. You got to deal with huge egos, a lot of drama, a lot of cliques, backstabbing and things like that. Yeah, I have had too many fallen outs with musicians and people throughout the scene who I thought I got along with well but guess not. That’s okay. People come and go in my life anyways so I just accept it, say fuck it and keep moving forward in life. I’m more worried about myself and my own music and that’s a good attitude to have.

Yeah there will be many people who won’t care about your music but will care for you only if you care for them. There will be huge egos around here who will think they will be better than you. There will also be those nasty haters and critics around the scene as I know I have plenty of those but I don’t give a fuck, though.

One thing that bothers me around here though is that a lot of musicians will think they are so important just because they think they are talented and they know it. The rock star attitude is such a problem around here, it’s just crazy. That’s basically what turned me off about the scene and it’s why I don’t go out there anymore pretty much. Bands acting like rock stars online and at the live gigs. It’s a problem for sure and I don’t like it.

Even though I haven’t been out to any local shows, I try to watch some local Albany bands online and some of the onstage antics they do is pretty crazy. Making silly faces to the crowd, running around onstage and acting like a total animal, dressing like a rock star, etc. I can go on. Even a lot of musicians act like arrogant assholes while performing on stage. It’s becoming a real problem and it’s getting worse.

I love local music and I support musicians yes,  I just don’t like how it’s going right now and don’t really like the people in the scene right now ’cause it’s getting crazy to be honest with you.

With all this being said, though, I’m still playing music of my own and planning on getting back into songwriting again. Will I ever play live ever again? Not sure. Maybe I’ll do a live internet concert someday but playing at a venue around Capital Region? I don’t think so. Play out in the scene again is not on my radar right now.

I still don’t like how the scene is going nowadays, although admittedly there are still a few good local bands around here!

Kev

Will Warner Bros. ever release the Zack Snyder version of “Justice League” (or better known as the “Snyder Cut”)??? I hope they do and they should!!!

So now that director Zack Snyder and Ben Affleck has officially joined the “Snyder Cut” movement, will Warner Bros. soon release the Snyder version of the latest “Justice League”???

I haven’t been following this story much so I thought I would finally look into it and post my thoughts. I believe what led to this movement is that Zack Snyder filmed a much longer version of the film “Justice League”… I’ve read that Snyder’s version was much more than 3 hrs. long. About three and a half hour long film, I think. It turned out that Warner Bros. hated the Snyder version so much that they didn’t want to release it at all. That’s how director Joss Whedon came in to take over for re-shoots and re-writes so therefor, the Joss Whedon version of “Justice League” brought the film down to a two hour film.

Once Joss Whedon’s version of “Justice League” came out in theaters, it received mostly negative criticism by fans. This sparked interest of DC/Warner fans that they think Warner Bros. should release the Snyder cut ’cause they might think the Snyder version would be a lot better. The “Snyder Cut” movement has been going on through social media for a long time now. Jason Momoa already expressed interest in the “Snyder Cut”. Now Zack Snyder himself and Ben Affleck joined the movement.

Even though Snyder directed the original version all by himself, it’s not all up to him to release it publicly since it’s Warner Bros.’s film so it’s their prerogative whether or not they want to release it. Even Kevin Smith wants the Snyder Cut released.

Even though I have no problem with Joss Whedon’s theatrical release of “Justice League” as I think it’s pretty good, I really hope Warner Bros. releases the Snyder version. I think we deserve to see Snyder’s take on the “Justice League” film like it was originally intended, ya know? Warner Bros. may hate the Snyder version but that doesn’t mean the rest of us will hate it. They should make a DVD/BluRay exclusive release of Snyder’s version, I don’t see why not?

I know Snyder’s: “Man of Steel” and “B vs. S: Dawn of Justice” got mixed reviews but I fuckin’ LOVED both of those films. I thought both were really good and still stand by it. I think the Snyder version of “Justice League” would be really good too. The reason I loved the Dawn of Justice film so much is that I thought they told the Death of Superman and Doomsday story so well which people don’t get. That story finally deserved to get told on the big screen and “Dawn of Justice” did just that. Plus “Dawn of Justice” was a badass action film too.

With that being said, I hope Warner Bros. does the smart thing and lets all see it ’cause we deserve to see it. We just gotta keep pressuring them.

Kev

Leg injury update, still got it a little bit but I can feel it going away though…

Thought I would give you a little injury update on my left leg… since I took three weeks off of lower body lifting, I can feel the left leg getting better. Still not 100% yet but getting there. I don’t want to get back into lower body lifting again ’cause if I did, I would re-injure it and it would come back and that’s what I don’t want. I can’t go back to lower body lifting at all until it heals 100%. I predict that it could take a couple of more weeks to heal fully… maybe like 2 or 3 weeks, we’ll see how it goes. If it takes a whole month off to heal the injury all the way, I’ll take it.

My left shoulder is bothering me again a little bit so I guess no upper body lifting for a while as well, lmao. That means I gotta stay away from weightlifting altogether if I want my minor injuries to heal completely.

I know these injuries are going away ’cause I can feel them. Even though I can’t get back into weightlifting at all, I won’t stop going to the gym, though. I can go to the gym and just walk the treadmill for an hour but that’s about all I can do. I did end up taking a full week off of the gym last week so that helped a lot.

Like I said, it’s completely okay to take time off from the gym if you’re hurting ’cause that’s what you gotta do. I don’t think anything is torn ’cause if something was torn you would see some nasty discoloring and I don’t have any of that. I think these minor injuries are just a strain or a pull or something, nothing that bad. I want them gone forever so no lifting until they are gone. I’ll take a full month off or more than a month, whatever it takes.

Getting injuries suck as I have had them before and they do take forever to heal. Yeah, you may lose a little muscle and a little strength during recovery but like I said, don’t worry… you’ll get it all back pretty quick. I do miss the deadlifting already and I want to get back into it pretty badly but not until I’m 100%.

I don’t regret taking time off from the gym for these injuries, though ’cause it’s almost at the end of the year and it’s a good time to heal anyways ’cause once I do heal fully… I’m gonna get back into kicking ass in the gym in 2020.

When I look in the mirror, though… I couldn’t believe how big my arms and my shoulders are getting, though. Hate to brag about myself but my arms are getting impressive.

I’m getting better… just gotta stop lifting for a while longer. I know it sucks but that’s what I gotta do. I want to get back into strength training for powerlifting real soon but not right now. Hopefully I’ll be 100% in the month of Dec.

Kev

The only time you should be taking time off from the gym is when you’re either injured or sick… but taking time off from the gym ’cause you don’t want to workout is not good…

If you want to get real strong and get real muscular in bodybuilding & powerlifting, you gotta stay consistent. You can’t give it up. That means you gotta keep going all year round. You’re not gonna get strong and muscular by slacking from the gym. Too many lifters slack from the gym from time to time. Slacking, their way of saying that they stopped going to the gym and taking time off from the gym just because they don’t want to workout or don’t feel like it which is bad. A lot of lifters do that from time to time, take a long break and then they come back to the gym admitting they’ve been slacking.

There are people who only work out at certain times of the year. It’s mostly during Spring/Summer where public gyms get real busy but during the Fall/Winter that’s when a lot of people would stop.

You see, I don’t do that. I like to workout in the gym all year-round. Stay in shape all-year round. I keep going to the gym all year round even throughout the Fall-Winter. This is what you must do if you want to have the body of your dreams and get real strong for powerlifting. The more you take time off, the more your body starts to atrophy… meaning that you’ll lose muscle. You won’t get strong and you won’t build muscle by not working out and not lifting weights. You won’t keep the muscle when you take a lot of time off from the gym. Sorry but that’s just the sad truth. That’s why you gotta stay consistent and not give it up.

This is why I feel I’ve gotten bigger in size. It’s why my arms are getting bigger and it’s why I’ve gotten some pretty serious chest gains ’cause I’ve been hitting the gym non-stop throughout the 4 seasons all year round. I’m committed and dedicated to this.

I rarely take time off from the gym except for one or two times a year. The only time you should take time off from the gym is when you’re either very sick or injured.

I haven’t been doing lower body lifting for the past two weeks ’cause I’m trying to make my left leg injury go away for good. I may have to give it another week this weekend ’cause I still got it just a little tiny bit. It’s feeling a lot better now but I still got it just a little. I should take the whole month of Nov. off of the gym ’cause my body feels beatup. It’s a good idea for me to take Nov. off of lifting so I can heal and recharge. My left shoulder still feels a little weak admittedly so I guess no upper body lifting for a few weeks as well.

I want to heal all the way so I can get back into strength training for powerlifting hopefully in Dec. I just want these injuries gone for good. It’s okay to take time off from the gym if you’re hurting, though ’cause that’s what you gotta do. You won’t get rid of injuries faster if you keep training that hurt body part. When you don’t put weight on it, the injury will go away faster but if you train that hurt body part again, it’ll come back or will get worse. That’s why you gotta stop training as soon as possible.

This sucks ’cause I want to get back into heavy lifting again so I can prepare for my first USAPL meet whenever that will be. I don’t think I’ll do a USAPL meet this year but I think 2020 will be my year for sure.

During injury recovery, I might lose a little bit of muscle and strength but I’ll get it back. Injuries are frustrating and annoying but once I heal completely, I’ll be more careful so I won’t get ’em ever again.

Nov. is a great time for me to settle down on the lifting in the gym, though. Sometimes you need that so you can heal and recharge. I do know that when I get back into heavy lifting, my body will be sore after but that’s good.

I want to get back into big deadlifting again ’cause I’m missing that already. I could if I wanted but if I did then my left leg injury would come back and don’t want it to come back. It’s just about getting better right now so I think I’ll give it two more weeks. No doctor needed. I can heal it all on my own.

Kev

The Black Crowes officially returns once again and they are still killing it after all these years!!!

The Black Crowes first album. “Shake Your Money Maker” which had this song may have came out in 1990 but the Black Crowes are still killing it even to this day. I love watching live band performances on the Howard Stern show ’cause the sound quality is so damn good in that studio. When you hear bands perform on Howard Stern, you can hear every instrument pretty clearly which is amazing. Whoever does the sound on the Stern show definitely knows what he’s doing when it come to sound quality.

Anyway, this performance was fucking awesome and they still kill it as you can see.

Yeah, I know the Robinson brothers always had a hard time getting along over the years and the Black Crowes play on and off ’cause they keep breaking up all the time it seems. Well it seems that Chris and Rich has buried the hatchet once again but it’ll be interesting to see how long this one will last, though. It’ll be interesting to see how long their 2020 tour will last. We’ll see, though.

Hopefully the Black Crowes will stick together for a while longer and hopefully their 2020 tour will be a success without them breaking up again. We’ll see. Hopefully they put out a new record as well.

I only have one album by the Black Crowes which is “Shake Your Money Maker” and it’s a great album. I’ve always liked the Black Crowes and glad they’re back for now anyways. They’re just another one of those bands where they have members that don’t get along so well.

I loved watching that performance above… Chris is still killing it on the vocals and his voice is sounding better than ever too.

Kev

The Jaliek Rainwalker missing child case is about to go national finally, the case will be featured for an A&E cable TV show called “Vanished In Paradise: The Untold Story”…

Over the past 12 years since Jaliek Rainwalker has been missing and the case still not being solved, this case has caught a lot of attention in the local news. It’s also gone viral in the podcast industry as there has been many podcasts and youtube videos about this case.

In the beginning, the local news media were all over this case but it seems the local news media stopped reporting about the case except for the Post-Star who seems to be on it still… thanks to writer Don Lehman who seems to be the only local journalist trying to keep the Jaliek story in the news.

Well, it looks like the case is about to finally go national. The case never got national media attention until now. The A&E true crime TV show titled, “Vanished in Paradise: The Untold Story” was in my hometown of Greenwich last week filming for the show. They will feature an episode on the Jaliek Rainwalker case. The episode will air on A&E Cable TV for the “Vanished In Paradise: The Untold Story” which is aired on Thursday nights. The episode will also be uploaded to Facebook on the A&E FB page.

A&E was in Greenwich last week filming for the show like I said and they interviewed quite a lot of people. Who did they interview for the show? I’m not sure yet but I’m sure they interviewed Barb Reeley who is Jaliek’s adopted grandmother who is the only one in the family trying to find out what happened to Jaliek. I’m also sure they interviewed the new Greenwich/Cambridge chief police and I’m not sure who else they interviewed.

https://poststar.com/blogs/don_lehman/blog-online-show-exploring-jaliek-case/article_dc5ee926-2ab0-53f9-ad98-c181d0e6285f.html?fbclid=IwAR1D-5NNBqYb9R48fsjKObK5qCwkW6IyAd-XvvFeKJdrNd0IJdwItMm5kp0#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Some of you may ask, did A&E interview Jaliek’s adoptive parents Stephen & Jocelyn? I’m sure they wanted to interview them for the show but I’m pretty sure they didn’t go for it. In the beginning, the adoptive parents were cooperative with the local news media but they stopped after Stephen refused to take a polygraph test. The adoptive Mom & Dad did only one interview for the press… they did one interview for WNYT News Channel 13 and that was it. Since then, they refused to speak with the media ever again and they avoid talking with people looking for Jaliek like the plague so I don’t think Stephen & Jocelyn will be on this show. I can see their lawyer being interviewed on the show maybe but that’s about it.

Once this story goes national on A&E, Stephen & Jocelyn are in trouble… their days are numbered once this story goes viral nationally. They think they can kill a child and continue to live their lives as if it didn’t happen but we will get them in handcuffs somehow.

Once this episode gets on facebook, I’ll post it on the blog asap. I’ve been following this case ever since it happened and it never left my mind so I’m looking forward to watching this episode myself. Glad that national TV has finally picked up on this case, though. True crime TV shows on cable TV are pretty good at solving mysterious cases, they are no joke. I hope this episode haunts the adoptive parents once it gets on facebook… those murderers. We’ll get them somehow. They think they can get away with it and play this sick game of “catch us if you can” but we’ll get ’em. We’ll find Jaliek somehow ’cause that’s all we want.

Kev

“AEW: Full Gear” ppv, I watched it and it was very good. It showed what wrestling fans really want!

Well, so I watched the latest AEW wrestling ppv titled, “Full Gear” last night. The card was pretty impressive so I couldn’t miss it. I wanted to watch the two big main events Chris Jericho vs. Cody Rhodes and Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley ’cause I knew those two matches were gonna end up being the best matches of the night and they were. I was very impressed with last night’s AEW ppv. I enjoyed every match. They were all very good but like I said Jericho vs. Rhodes and Omega vs. Moxley were the best.

I’ve been watching AEW ever since they started with their very first ppv “Double or Nothing” and this company is getting better and better. Last night’s ppv “Full Gear”, AEW showed what WWE has been missing all these years: “wrestling”. That’s what fans watch these shows for… fans want to see good wrestling and WWE doesn’t give us that anymore.

AEW knows what kind of wrestling matches we want to see. We want to see matches that tell a story. We want to see thrills and chills and excitement. AEW definitely gave us all that last night which is what WWE has been missing for years. We want to see good wrestling back. WWE matches over the last decade or so has been boring as fuck… they used to be really good in the 80’s and 90’s but WWE has been crap lately and they aren’t getting any better even though they try.

I want to talk about the thrilling Omega vs. Jon Moxley match from last night, though. Their match was called “Lights Out” and it was an unsanctioned match so this match means anything goes. It was a hardcore match. It was a very violent and dark match all the way through and it went on for almost an hour or a little more. They were using all kinds of weapons, barbed wire, chains, etc. There was also a lot of blood too. That “violent” match was nothing new. We had “extreme” hardcore wrestling in the WWE back in the 90’s and there was ECW wrestling but “extreme” wrestling took a long hiatus until now. Hardcore wrestling is officially back and AEW brought back hardcore wrestling.

Watching that match last night Omega vs. Moxley, made me realize how much I miss hardcore and extreme wrestling ’cause I’m a big fan of that style of wrestling. You don’t see that style of wrestling in WWE anymore ’cause WWE banned it since they went PG. After that match last night, I hope WWE is waking up and realizing we want that style of wrestling back. During the Hardcore and extreme era in the 90’s, that’s where Mick Foley as Cactus Jack, Terry Funk, Tommy Dreamer, RVD, The Sandman, the two Holly Brothers – Hardcore and Crash and the Sandman were all a part of in the old WWE and ECW days.

Last night’s AEW ppv was only the beginning, though. I think we’re about to see more and more of Extreme Wrestling in AEW in the future, absolutely. When is AEW going to put on their first steel cage match or a Hell in a Cell style kind of match? I’m sure they will. They are still a pretty new company and they will give us their first “cage/Cell” match very soon, I’m sure.

I am loving AEW more and more and I think Tony Khan is doing a very good job. Tony Khan who is the owner of AEW definitely knows his wrestling for sure and he definitely knows what fans want to see.

AEW is so refreshing, though. So nice to see them calling it “professional wrestling” and not “sports entertainment”. That’s how it should be. If you’re a wrestling fan yourself and if you’re not watching AEW then you should. You’re missing out on some good stuff. Start watching AEW Dynamite on TNT Wednesday nights.

Now I want to start getting some AEW t-shirts soon and I will. I want to get a t-shirt with the All Elite Wrestling logo on the front of it. I also want to get a Chris Jericho shirt, a Kenny Omega shirt and a Adam Hangman Page shirt ’cause they are my favorite now. Man, I hope AEW will start putting on shows in Albany, NY ’cause I would love my chance to see them live in person. What they’re doing is really good.

I’m sure the McMahon family and the WWE are getting really worried now after last night.

Kev

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