Fries and a Reuben – Going Negative

Fries and a Reuben, originally uploaded by NiteMayr.

When a political campaign takes to crapping all over the opposing camp, it’s termed “Going Negative” and when it is egregious and possibly slanderous, it’s “Ratfucking”

I’m not about to ratfuck the “Family Restaurant” on Wellington in London, but that is only because I might be forced to eat there again as part of the rodent coitus.

Let me start with the price, 8 bucks for frozen fries and a sandwich. Are you kidding me!?!?

The sandwich might cost about 3 bucks in materials if the meat and cheese are fancy. However, the cheese was “cheese food” – style swiss and the bread was barely rye. The meat was untenable and together with the lack of thousand island dressing made the whole sandwich part of the meal lackluster at best. I also burned my mouth due to the MOLTEN LAVA heat of the meat.

By the time I got to the frozen food product fries I wasn’t really able to enjoy them, due to my injured mouth and ended up just giving up on eating them. Which, if you know me is almost impossible for me to do.

For 8 bucks I expect to enjoy my food.

For 5 I can get a nice salad and the best Chicken Salad sandwich on earth at the King’s Cafe downtown london (near Galleria, next to the Brass Door). I recommend you avoid the “Family Restaurant” on Wellington, south of Grey Street North of Grand Avenue.

And that is Going Negative.

No Gene, F**K You

There is no record industry around so we’re going to wait until everybody settles down and becomes civilised. As soon as the record industry pops its head up we’ll record new material.”

–Gene Simmons

http://www.aol.com.au/celebrity/story/radiohead-blasted-by-veteran-rockers-kiss-for-giving-their-music-away-for-free/604011/index.html

Gene Simmons has made a great deal of hay over fans downloading music, of course Gene has made millions off of the backs of his fans merchandising everything he can to add to the Simmons Coffers.

So what if music just becomes free and artists make their living off of touring and merchandise?
Well therein lies the most stupid mistake anybody can make.

–Gene Simmons responds to an honest question in a Billboard interview

There you have it, the man who is using his fame and band to sell “Kiss Branded Vomit” says that you can’t make music money without being in the “industry.”

Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead may be making money off of their no-record industry adventures, but they are established bands; so we will have to ignore them for now.  Lily Allen might be an example of indie success, but her Dad is hardly a penniless dock worker.   I don’t think I can point to an independent success that was created whole-cloth by the Internet though; but at the same time I can’t point to someone who can say they failed because of it either.

It’s fun for the entrenched types to point fingers and just say “sue em all” but I have to think that they should be looking at ways to attract people into buying the damn albums.  I know it’s difficult to add value to the CDs, but when you are coming out and saying things like “the purchaser is licensing the music” you are probably going about it wrong.

But back on the topic of Old Gene.  Gene, you are selling out your whole life to make a quick buck, it’s not even an original idea either.  Why don’t you make an honest buck that isn’t made off of your fame and we’ll take your word for it, until then go back to the kabuki makeup and leave us kids alone.

Better than the Original?

What is your favorite cover song?
Question submitted by Ray.

Easy “Whiskey in the Jar – By Metallica”

While I love the Thin Lizzy recording (which I’m not sure is the original but c’est la vie), Metallica put such an awesome spin to it you just can’t help but get into it.

The close second (Blasphemy) “Faith” by The Boy Least likely to [do not miss the chance to listen to it loud].  This is a great cover for the Q Magazine goes to the 80s collection (and a B-Side I think) How often are you going to hear a song you can dance to that has banjos and a song you can sing along with? Inspired!  Faith reminds me of my last few years in grade school and my first years of High School.  These are mostly bitter memories, but there is some sweet there too. I was and still am a giant dork after all.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention “Behind Blue Eyes” by “Limp Bizkit”  I really love that cover.  Damn me.

Old Content is Old

I spent a few hours yesterday converting old VOX posts into WordPress Posts.  These posts were also propagated to my LJ and all over my social map.  Sorry guys.

Some of the old posts have images that work, some do not.  I’ll update them as needed with original flickr content.

I skipped over a bunch of content in favor of leaving it on LJ.  So don’t expect reposts of anything that came from me between June 2007 and June 2008.  I also left out a number of QOTD posts from vox as they didn’t really say anything about me.

In total, I added nearly 100 new posts to this blog and tagged a them all with “vox” (afaik) so if you are new to my blog(s) or just want to stalk me a bit more effectivley, go ahead and look through my archives.

Thanks for visiting!