Archive for August, 2009

Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

michael-myers-mask-1Today the heat was even bad on the West Side so I decided to go to a movie (no air conditioning in my house). I intended on going to see Inglorious Basterds, but chose at the last second to buy a ticket for H2 instead.

I heard Rob on Howard Stern last week and the interview made me interested in seeing the film, despite the fact that all I heard was negativity from everyone I know about it. My friends are all purists though. They are John Carpenter fans who think the original Halloween was the greatest work of art ever to bless the screen.

Zombie’s Halloween won me over in the first scene by using KISS‘s “God of Thunder”. There is one scene in H2 where Laurie wears an Ace Frehley shirt, the black velvet-looking image from his first solo album. That album is high on my list of positive childhood memories so he gets props for that, no matter what (I’ll be seeing Ace in 12 days at the Viper Room and I plan to hit you all with a long fanboy review of the show the next day). In general, the visual style of the film was good as Rob’s stuff always is. Another nice touch was an Alice Cooper poster in Laurie’s bathroom.

I’m no film critic so I’m not going to pretend to be one. There are enough people out there with opinions. I just would like to say that Tyler Bates’ score was extremely boring. Rob needs a better composer.

Oh, and I hear this is the second time Zombie cut Ezra Buzzington out of one of his films. I was hoping to see E.B. but he was nowhere to be found.

The film goes a little David Lynch on us, I thought that was pretty cool. Rob said he was taking the supernatural out of the story, but I don’t see that to be the case since Michael’s visions are shared with his sister. I won’t spoil anything, go see it if you liked his take on Halloween.

The Bull Pit # 20 Maximum Security

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Maximum SecurityThis week I premiere a new Bull Lee song called “Maximum Security” and play music by S.E.X. Department, Zoe Vette and the Revolvers, Dogs Bollocks, Jet Lag Gemini, The Urgencies and Detriot Cobras. “Maximum Security” was written by BC Furtney ( and John Dissed. It was recorded at Plastic Meltdown Studios in San Clemente. Podcast Skull artwork by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios ( Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO.

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“This Is The Day” (acoustic cover)

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

This was a request from BC.soul_mining_cover

Just got it in from mastering last night. Thanks to Michael Wallace. He’s got some newfandangled mastering plugin and it sounds awesome. Go to my Myspace to stream the song.

Sign up for my email list at and I’ll email you a url/password for my Secret Covers page where you can download it for free, along with 24 other acoustic covers of songs by David Bowie, The Clash, Rancid, The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty and more.

Random Monday Thoughts

Monday, August 24th, 2009

I had issues logging in to this blog for a few days. Turns out I have to go to my actual blog page and then click the Log In link. I can’t just go to WordPress and log in. Who would have known that? Thanks to HostBaby for figuring it out for me.

I’ve been listening to non-stop Wildhearts and Ginger songs for three weeks straight, bouncing back and forth between boundless inspiration and intense depression. Great songwriters do that to me. It’s easy to bury my head, forget about all the great writers in the world and feel good about my work. I did that for too long. To truly improve, we must take in all the best songs out there and go through the various phases of inspiration and depression that incur. “Sick of Drugs” is the one currently kicking my ass. I’ve listened to it 5 or 6 times today. It’s a masterpiece. Can’t wait to see Ginger knock that shit out on Wednesday at the Viper Room. I’ll post some sort of review here. I still haven’t found anyone who wants my extra ticket…

Finished my acoustic The The cover. I think it’s the best cover I’ve ever done. May be the best solo recording too. For the first time I think I’m happy with a slide performance I did. I superimposed that (on the Les Paul) with nylon guitar melody for variations of the accordion solos the original has. I should have it posted it by week’s end if I can get it mastered by then. I’ll put it on Myspace and also add it to my Secret Covers blog. If you don’t have the url and password for Secret Covers, sign my email list at and I’ll email it to you. There are about 25 acoustic covers there for free download (and more coming as I record them).

The new Bull Lee track is mastered. “Maximum Security”. I’m going to do an exclusive podcast premiere of that one before I post it anyplace. That should happen tomorrow or Wednesday.

Speaking of Bull Lee — drummer auditions have gone nowhere. Either the songs are too “easy” for them, or they want to write. Can’t blame people. I was lucky to have a drummer who thought the songs were good enough to do the Tommy Ramone thing for four years straight. As soon as we kicked into the first song with this drummer last weekend I missed Popey. Only Sim Cain from Rollins Band hits the drums like he does.

Anyone know any available drummers in LA, send em our way!

Moving to Word Press

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

This is my third attempt at blogging. I’ve been posting to a blog for the past 6 months or so on Blogger which I called John’s Disses. I decided to keep the name. The goal is to make this blog part of my new website, and I was told by more than one person that WordPress was the way to go for that. I’m not sure how I’m going to make that happen, but I’m talkin to the HostBaby people about it. I plan to take it more seriously than I have in the past. I want to post weekly blurbs about what’s happening in my mildly interesting creative life.

I am excited about some Paul Stanley impression mp3s I received in my In Box today from my friends Donny (bass/vocals) and John (guitar/vocals) from the band 900 Pound Gorilla. They are custom IDs for my podcast, The Bull Pit. That means tonight I’m going to go straight home and create a new episode.

900 Pound Gorilla has a short rap called “KISS Coffin” on their debut, selt-titled CD where Donny does this awesome Paul Stanley impression encouraging fans to buy the KISS Coffin (officially, the item is called the KISS Kasket, the name was changed to protect all involved from the wrath of Gene and Paul, I assume). I played it on the podcast recently and it sounded so perfect in between songs, I asked them if they’d do some custom IDs. John asked me to write them some scripts, so I did. Donny read them verbatum. His impression of Paul Stanley’s stage-raps is dead on. Hilarious.

Thanks guys!

Last week, my good friend BC texted me a request for a cover: “This is the Day” by The The. I have been plugging away at it since Sunday. I attempted to Twitter my progress but it was so slow-going that I don’t think it ended up being very interesting. Just an experiment. I did learn how to post TwitPics though, so that was pretty cool. I haven’t attempted to phone them in yet but that’s my next step.

I should have the song posted on my web-site and Myspace in a week or so. I’ve almost got everything tracked. It just needs a few edits, mixing and mastering.

Look for The Bull Pit, Episode #19 featuring one of the new Paul Stanley intros. I can’t wait!