uberreiniger: (Blood Axe)
Despite living in Kansas City for over a decade now I still had never managed to get out and see a metal concert comprised purely of local bands. Last night I changed that. What made me go was Troglodyte, whom I believe I have mentioned before. I've seen them twice before now, opening for Hate Eternal and Goatwhore and then more recently opening for Skeletonwitch. I think it's safe to say that I am now a fan. Anyway, they wear Bigfoot masks onstage and play technical death metal songs about Bigfoot and they were what drew me out last night to The Riot Room.

Ramblings of a lone concert goer... )
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I am still "in training" in my new job, but I finally got out onto the floor, (or I should say, into the box since it's a pharmacy,) this past Thursday. I'm enjoying it out there but it is all very new and overwhelming. I have very supportive, friendly, and helpful co-workers and that makes a huge difference. Whatever else happens, I can certainly say that I am liking this a lot better than I ever liked my previous position, even if there is a lot of repetetiveness in the duties.

I really like being able to call myself a pharmacy technician. I try not to over-identify too much with my "day job" because that's still all it is as far as I'm concerned. But I'm beginning to understand what a difference having a day job you can be proud of makes.

I have been finding guitar and bass practice less enjoyable these last few days. I now have two complete songs written and I'm working on getting as good as I can at playing them before I begin more writing, but I'm finding a big part of playing heavy metal guitar and bass is physical endurance and that's just not something I have enough of. I mess up frequently while playing, not because I don't know what I'm doing or don't have the skill, but because my wrists and fingers start getting tired and can't manage the resistance of the strings. I do not have weak hands or wrists or anything, but playing like this means getting those parts of your body into shape just like anything else does and it can be slow getting there.

For me, if I skip more than one day practicing all my physical endurance just goes out the window. What I lose in two days can take a week or more to build back up. Of course, with my schedule as it is sometimes I just have to miss more than one day and there's little I can do about it.

I'm happy with where I'm at skill-wise and more than happy writing-wise, but I want more; I want to be better, and I'd feel happier if I was better now, even though I know there's no fast path to get there.

I have some friends going through hard things right now. Everything from painful break-ups to DUI's and it's hard to watch. Next Sunday is the Kreator/Accept concert and I had friends I was looking forward to seeing there whom I now won't be due to stuff that's happened to them the last couple of days. I'm really looking forward to the show, but I'll be there alone, and knowing that people I like aren't there because their lives have gone to hell.

Then again, that might put me in just the mood for the aggressive metal music that will be on display that night.
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Stuff keeps piling up and I just keep not updating about it. Time to change that!

I did wind up going to the Skid Row concert and I am very, very glad that we did. I had no idea what to expect from some bar I'd never heard of called Knuckleheads, but it turned out to be one helacious place and one of the best live concert venues I've ever been in. It's a biker bar down by the railroad tracks, but it is also one kickass place. Their concert area is outside, with a large stage and extra seating built over the roof of the main building, creating the feeling of being in a much larger concert space than you actually are. It's amazing and the beer was pretty damn good.

The opening band was a local act called Federation Of Horsepower. I'd never heard of them but apparently they've got quite the following. I believe their Facebook page describes their sound as something like Molly Hatchet meets Motorhead and I'd say that's pretty accurate. I really liked what I heard and hope to see them again. The second act was an all-female punk band called 11After. They played a very energetic and incredibly raunchy show. Let's just say the lead singer was willing to be affectionate toward any audience member who wandered too close. But above all, they were fun and very, very talented. We bought one of their CD's and I hope we're lucky enough to have them come through KC again someday.

Finally, there was Skid Row... And let me tell you, this is no 80's band just barely hanging on, well past their prime. No, these men are in their prime right now. I see a lot of great bands, but these guys just tore the stage to hell and back with their energy and passion. M. and I were fortunate enough to be down in front of the stage, literally at the feet of guitarist Scotti Hill. Hill really likes to interract with the audience, getting down to mug for the cell phone cameras whenever he can. This in no way diminished his ability to perform ripping solos, I must add.

In case anyone didn't know, original vocalist Sebastian Bach is no longer in the band and hasn't been for over a decade. In my opinion, however, current vocalist Johnny Solinger blows Bach away. The band mostly played material from their first two albums and I thought Solinger outclassed Bach's recorded versions in every way. Between songs, Solinger and other band members would stop to express their heartfelt thanks to fans for sticking with the band throughout all the years. By the time the concert ended I really did feel like I had spent an evening with old, cherished friends. I've waited 23 years to see Skid Row live and it was well worth the wait.

The next big bit of business in my life actually sees me cutting this entry short and getting ready for bed. If you missed the announcement on Facebook, I am moving out of my department at work and becoming a pharmacy technician. This means a decent raise and the opportunity to learn a whole new skill set; one that could open doors for me. This opportunity came upon me quite out of the blue, with the pharmacy manager basically walking up to me and interviewing me on the spot. Perhaps the lack of prep time worked in my favor because I aced the interview. Next thing I know I'm signing paperwork and going off to get fingerprinted.

Tomorrow will be my first day in my new role. It will all be training but I'm very excited about this whole situation. To put it simply, I have desperately needed to find some way to broaden my future prospects and have been at a complete loss how to go about doing it. This promotion isn't going to solve all of my problems, but it is a serious start.
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I have not listened to the Cradle of Filth song I used for this entry's title in a good long while, but the name sure fits how it feels. I can't remember ever experiencing temperatures in the 50's and 60's in this part of the country during August before. It's been a very cool, autumny feeling couple of days. Cloudy but not rainy. A shame, that, since we could still really use the rain.

I'm hoping there will still be tickets available for the concert tonight. And that other issues won't prevent us from going. If that is what happens, though, so be it. I'm in a good state of mind right now. Granted, that's always subject to change without notice, but for this weekend things seem okay. Maybe I can chalk it up to the weather. This is my favorite kind of weather, after all.

Not much else to say.
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The prompts... )

Wow I got behind! Yesterday was exhausting and I couldn't make myself type anything. But now is the time for catching up.

Day Five: Favorite female character on a male-driven show I don't watch "male-driven" shows. I don't really know what the term means. To even find a show that qualifies I have to go all the way back to the original Law & Order and the character of Lieutenant Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkeson). She's a force of female authority and sensibility that never gets turned into a mother figure, which is difficult to pull off. Merkeson's dry delivery of her lines really helps. She has a distinctive voice and line delivery method that speaks volumes about the character as a person despite the fact that, in true Law & Order fashion, revelations about her background and personal life are few and far between.

Day Six: Favorite female-driven show Buffy! Xena! Nah, just kidding. That would be too easy, although I do love those shows and think they're huge milestones for the depiction of women on television. But I'm actually going to go with Judging Amy, which if you don't remember it was a drama series from the early 2000's about a family court judge and her mother, a social worker. Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly played the respective leads and were just awesome onscreen together portraying a very believable mother-daughter relationship. It was a drama that dealt with serious issues, yet I found it a great show to unwind and relax to. It's great rainy day, wrapped in a warm blanket and drinking cocoa viewing. Of course a lot of people say the same thing about Buffy and Xena but I get psyched watching those shows. Amy just puts me in a good mood.
uberreiniger: (Desmond numbers)
I'll be honest. I desperately want a replacement for my favorite serial drama once it goes away for good in a couple of weeks. Last night I thought I'd check out ABC's new thriller series Happy Town to see how it measured up. It definitely has the potential, but it looks like it's not going to last a full season due to low ratings and even though I personally liked it I can see why.

The title location is the fictional Midwestern town of Haplin which various nervous, hysterically-laughing middle aged women assure us is "so happy we just call it HAPPY TOWN!" But thanks to an unsolved series of kidnappings a few years ago it's not. And with the town peeping tom being violently murdered in the opening minutes of the premier it's not going to get any better.

The production decisions on this show are baffling. They've brought in an all-star cast consisting of Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse), Steven Weber (Wings), M.C. Gainey (Lost), Abraham Benrubi (ER, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Robot Chicken) and even film star Sam Neil. But then they relegate all of these heavy-hitters to supporting roles, leaving the plot to be carried by uncharismatic unknowns. Acker plays the wife of the main character, but even she seems marginalized in that role.

The other problem is that most of the characters are so distorted that they might as well stepped out of fun house mirrors. (See nervous, hysterically-laughing women above.) Weber plays a wealthy business man whose character consists purely of one-dimensional frustration and depression over his daughter's abduction. Neil plays a dark, creepy foreigner who stands in the shadows so much and utters so many menacing warnings about "blue doors" and what not that you can already tell he's a red herring. And I'm not even going to get into the covey of gin-playing widows all eager to bag their next husband. These characters would work if this were Twin Peaks, but it's not and isn't trying nearly hard enough to be it as it should be.

Like I said, I liked it but it's not gonna last. My search continues.

Prom night

Apr. 18th, 2010 02:04 am
uberreiniger: (draenei wistful)
Tonight I went and watched the always outstanding Troupe Duende put on one heck of a bellydance show with fellow dancers from all over the country. I've seen them dance a lot for a lot of years but this was by far their best show yet. And believe me, they've never put on a bad one.

What made the evening funny for me was that apparently there was a high school prom being hosted somewhere in the same building. While trying to find my way into the show I was asked by two different staff members if I was there for the prom! I must look a lot younger than I think I do.
uberreiniger: (Manly Warrior Love! (base ladytalon))
Cut for spoilers or in case you don't care. )

In short, this intriguing, gripping series is a fine showcase for the talents of its ensemble cast. The gorgeous, detailed sets and cinematography are good at keeping viewer attention and guiding it to the detailed conspiracies of the various characters. I will definitely keep watching.
uberreiniger: (Bender believe or understand)
I can't believe it never dawned on me before but today I found out that the actor who provides the voice of L on Death Note  is the same actor who plays Gaeta on Battlestar Galactica. On one hand I'm gleeful about the connection, yet at the same time I feel like I fail at pop culture for not having noticed it.

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