Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ten For Tuesday Episode 057



Once again this has come down to the wire, my wife has had me busy working on her projects. If you're single you won't understand but it comes with the deal. Luckily, I've had the idea for this episode for at least a  month so all I had to do was gather the music files and determine the order of songs. There's not a lot of talking which is a good thing, just ten great songs from the 80s and 90s that don't get any kind of airplay around here. In two weeks we'll see what kind of mood I'm in and what I can dredge up from my musical memories. Later.

Wire Train - With God On Our Side
Devo - Jerking Back And Forth
Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime
Georgia Satellites - Battleship Chains
Beat Farmers - Riverside
The Replacements - Kiss Me On The Bus
The Rainmakers - Let My People Go
Matthew Sweet - Sick Of Myself
Concrete Blonde - God Is A Bullet
Soul Asylum - Somebody To Shove

Ten For Tuesday is a podcast dedicated to playing the music I couldn't find anywhere else. The music I like varies from style to style, genre to genre and era to era. You will hear punk, ska, rock, Americana, metal, country, rockabilly and more from all over the world. It doesn't matter if it's a major label or indie as long as I like it then it gets played. The motto is Less Talk More Music which means you won't hear me waxing poetic for fifteen minutes between songs. At TFT its all about the music...and me of course.

Email: tenfortuesday@gmail.com Twitter: @notmovingpics
Blog: www.notmovingpictures.blogspot.com

Old episodes can be found by searching for Ten For Tuesday at www.archive.org.

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Father And Son Comic Book Day

My son turns seven at the end of the month so I thought it was about time to introduce him to the time honored tradition known as the comic book shop. He loves to read (takes after me) and he loves superhero movies like The Avengers and Spiderman so it seemed like a foregone conclusion that I should help to facilitate the connection for him. So off we went to The Comic Empire located here in Tulsa. We found a few cheap Marvel ones and a Sonic The Hedgehog and another whose name escapes me at the moment. We were just looking for something to get him started. I got The Walking Dead volume 19 as well as a few Judge Dredd issues from the 80s.

Truthfully I am out of my depth with comics. I read them a lot when I was a kid but that was a long time ago. A really long time ago. In the last five years or so I have gone to the library and read The Walking Dead volumes 1-18 and whatever they have by Kevin Smith. Tulsa County has a really good library system. I'll have to take my time getting back into this because I need to educate myself. Collecting comics isn't really something I'm interested in doing. I only want to acquire stuff that I'll  to read multiple times, basically I'll just like I do with books.


I did also have an ulterior motive to going to the comic book store. I've had a story idea running around in my head for a while now and at first I thought of writing it as a movie script but lately I've been entertaining the idea of making it a comic book. Problem is, I don't know any artists that have experience and/or interest in doing something like this. I had a good conversation with the owner of the store and found out from him that while there seems to be a lot of writers in this area there is also a dearth of artists. Still, I think it's a good idea and I'm going to try and see where it can take me. At the very least I can gain some knowledge about the whole process. Maybe the next time I get to go to Peru I can find some artists there because that's where this story will take place.

Afterwards we ended up going to the movie theater to see what was showing. As it turns out Captain America: The Winter Soldier just came out yesterday so we ended up spending way too much money to see it in 3D. I will say however that the seats at the AMC theater were pretty awesome even though we were in the front row. Basically it's rows of recliners attached to each other so it's like watching the movie with the comforts of home (and a lot more people). We had a pretty good time to say the least. Then it was off to get something to eat where my son could play and I could use free wi-fi to write this. All in all it was a pretty good time for a father/son hang out day. Every time we have one I try to do something different, the last time was laser tag and with summer coming I foresee more outdoor types of things.

However I also get the idea that going to the comic book store will be something that we'll be sharing fairly regularly. Some of my fondest memories from childhood were walking from the 9th street projects in Ironton, Ohio to the downtown bookstore where I could buy and trade comics. It was a more innocent (some might say ignorant) period in my life. Those days can never come back but I can take every opportunity to make this time in my sons life as good as it can get. Making these trips to the hallowed ground of the local comic book store is one of the best ways to do that that I can think of. Who knows, maybe later in the summer I'll also actually be able to make the pilgrimage to Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash in Red Bank, NJ. A boy can dream can't he?

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Ten For Tuesday Episode 056



I have had several different episodes in mind for this week. There's a bunch of older stuff as well as some obscure retro music that I want to get to but in the end this one won out. I know, the music contained on this episode isn't exactly known by the populace but believe me, it isn't obscure. We'll see which direction I go with the next one but for right now we have ten excellent tunes, mostly punk although to me they're just rock but what do I know?

Southport - Snakes And Ladders
The Copyrights - 20 Feet Tall
Downtown Struts - Always Heading West
Sloane Peterson - Recover
Nothington - Solid Ground
Shang-A-Lang - Nasty Weather
Bonecrusher - Blvd Of Broken Bones
Lemuria - Clay Baby
Caz & The Day Laborers vs Victor Rice - I Give Up
The Sore Thumbs - Rank And File

Ten For Tuesday is a podcast dedicated to playing the music I couldn't find anywhere else. The music I like varies from style to style, genre to genre and era to era. You will hear punk, ska, rock, Americana, metal, country, rockabilly and more from all over the world. It doesn't matter if it's a major label or indie as long as I like it then it gets played. The motto is Less Talk More Music which means you won't hear me waxing poetic for fifteen minutes between songs. At TFT its all about the music...and me of course.

Email: tenfortuesday@gmail.com Twitter: @notmovingpics
Blog: www.notmovingpictures.blogspot.com

Old episodes can be found by searching for Ten For Tuesday at www.archive.org.

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Late Dinner, Inept Cashiers And A Lot Of Hipsters

This past Monday night I was able to leave work to get some late dinner. Since I wanted something quick I decided to go across the street to Wendys even though their service has left a lot to be desired in the past. I won't be making that mistake again. There was one person in front of me and she quickly moved aside and went to get her condiments. The staff mostly stood there waiting for her order and after a few minutes the cashier told me he would be with me in a few moments. He again moved around and a few more minutes later he again told me he would be with me in a few moments and proceeded to go out the door and into the side area. After a few minutes more without seeing him return I walked out the door muttering to myself about how a good chunk of my dinner break was being wasted.

I walked back over through the parking garage to my truck and decided to make the drive to McDonalds. Once there the cashier couldn't seem to get my order right and had to have assistance with the register. Once it was rung up I could tell by the price that it still wasn't correct. She had charged me for the sandwich and not the meal as I had ordered, like I always order it. This took a little more time for them to void the order and enter it in correctly. Eventually I got my food and after sitting down I started to notice the people that were coming into the store. The place was filling up with hipsters dressed in varying shades of green. There was even a forty-five-ish lady with a lime green wig on.

I had totally forgotten that it was St. Patrick's Day and this McDonalds was in an area with a lot of bars around it. Let me be upfront with this, I don't like for hipsters. I have no time to spend on people who wear something be it clothing or glasses or whatever just to be "in" or cool or for whatever kind of validation they are searching for. I tend to be pragmatic . If it's cold outside I dress for the weather not for how I look. You'll never see me buying expensive jeans or trendy shirts. I'm fairly boring in that aspect. My wife says that I'm difficult to buy for because I want something plain and simple without giving free advertising to the company. No emblems or slogans or what have you. Look, I know what I like and at some point I'll find it. That's why it's best to let me find what I want for my birthday or Christmas.

Anyway, back to my disdain for hipsters. They are vile and evil. No really. To be a hipster be definition means you have to be fake and only care about an image so why would I want to spend my time around a person like that? I'm trying to follow the advice of Joe Rogan who has said many times to surround yourself with cool people and by that he means those that accept you for who you are and that you enjoy being around. No drama queens, no energy vampires and certainly no trendy image conscious hipsters. Life is far too short for that kind of game. Of course right now I can't do that with work but in every other aspect that's what I'm trying to do. It's a goal and something to strive for so at least I've got that going for me. So life can't all be bad.



Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Roadie For The Night

Last Saturday night I was lucky enough to roadie for my friends in the band Alloy. They haven't played out in a while so it was good for them to get out there and just do it. Unfortunately not a lot of people showed up. It was a strange night at the Venue Shrine They had been informed that there were to be three or four bands playing but it turned out that Alloy was the only one, followed by a Latin dance birthday party and then a jam session. Very odd combination indeed.


By the time Alloy finished playing there were more people there but they were mostly for the Latin party. It was a surreal image to see this rock band with a few fans in attendance and about twenty people dressed up (and not actually dancing I might add) and then the folks who were showing up for the jam session all occupying the same space.

The best part for me was just hanging out before and after with the guys (along with Tom's son Chris) and ripping on each other. Whenever we get together the jokes fly and pretty much nothing is sacred. It's what you'd call a good old fashioned sausage hang and it reminds me so much of my college days. Turned out to be a good relaxing night and a great stress releaver which was sorely needed.

More times like these are needed and less of the things that bring me stress but there's not much I can do about that. Gotta make the money to pay for everyday life, right? Sadly that is true.

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Not Dead Yet - New Lyrics

This one is a fairly simple concept to grasp. People put you down, look down on you like you are a lesser being but all that does is allow you to pass them by. The negativity weighs them down and provides fuel for the fire. It's about playing the cards you are dealt and being defiant to the end. How did it come to be? I was listening to the Kpunk podcast and let my mind drift, just picking up on ideas and words at random when what would become the chorus started to come together. As quick as I could I got back to my desk and started typing. Every so often I would come back and add a little or make small changes. Before long it was done. Not much more to say than that.

            Not Dead Yet

I’ve lasted longer than everyone else
Longer than I’ve a right to
Never would have guessed it
By the example I’d been given
It always seemed a downward spiral
Would be my lonely soliloquy

              Chorus

I’m not dead yet
No matter what you thought
No matter what you heard
No matter what you wanted
I’m not dead, not dead
Don’t write me off
I’m not dead yet

Always so willing to shine the light
Shortcomings sparkle in the glare
Tell me as time passed you by
What occupied your mind
The ne’er do well you never cared for
Surpassed the trail you blazed

               Repeat chorus

Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ten For Tuesday Episode 055



Hopefully I have my laptop fixed and it won't crap out on me as I try and upload this episode. Like I said, hopefully. Anyway, the music is all good and once again from all over the place. Different styles, different countries but all of it so very nice. I've played Southport two episodes in a row and probably will play them again next time. They're that good so go and check them out. And yes, I know I pronounced Aeropajitas wrong but I wasn't about to go back and re-record this again, not with the cold I've got rearing it's ugly head as well as the aforementioned laptop problems. Take it for what it is, a podcast with some really interesting and cool music.

Southport  - Kings
Superfluo – La Marcha del Homo Sapiens
Sammy Kay And The East Los Three – Something, Someday
HAERTS – All The Days
Beirut – Vagabond
Las Ligas Menores – Renault Fuego
The ‘Tone – Over And Out
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists – Ativan Eyes
Sublime With Rome – Murdera
Aeropajitas – Resistencia

Ten For Tuesday is a podcast dedicated to playing the music I couldn't find anywhere else. The music I like varies from style to style, genre to genre and era to era. You will hear punk, ska, rock, Americana, metal, country, rockabilly and more from all over the world. It doesn't matter if it's a major label or indie as long as I like it then it gets played. The motto is Less Talk More Music which means you won't hear me waxing poetic for fifteen minutes between songs. At TFT its all about the music...and me of course.

Email: tenfortuesday@gmail.com Twitter: @notmovingpics
Blog: www.notmovingpictures.blogspot.com

Old episodes can be found by searching for Ten For Tuesday at www.archive.org.
 
Written and Published by Don Leach. May not be used without permission from the author.