I felt like listening to a record I didn’t know all that well, and not something I needed to review in the immediate or near-immediate, so I kind of happened my way onto late-’60s London proto-heavy trio Gun‘s self-titled 1968 debut. So far I dig it, but I’m a sucker for the kind of stuff where you can never tell if it was influencing The Beatles or if The Beatles were influencing it. A bit of both, maybe. According to Wikipedia, these guys opened for Arthur Brown in London at one point. Good enough for me.
It’s now about 20 minutes before 11PM on Friday night. I worked late. Came back to the valley afterwards, grilled up some meh chicken sausages and waited for The Patient Mrs. to get home from drinks with a friend. She got in around 9:30PM and was basically out by 10. I had suggested going to the movies, but it was pretty clear the energy required for such things was long gone. So it goes.
Truth be told, I don’t mind a little time to myself. Hardly feels like the rock and roll party lifestyle Friday night I keep hearing happens to other, richer, younger, better looking people than me (of which there are multitudes), but the music’s better here anyway, so fuck it. I could do a lot worse than a couple hours’ worth of decompression. Thought maybe I’d have a few beers out of the fridge — there’s some Spaten in there, Shiner Bock, an Orval and a few other standbys — but changed my mind. I did a fair enough amount of drinking this week, and could use some decompression in that regard as well. Or detoxification. However you want to look at it.
Even apart from intake, it was a helluvaweek in a string of helluvaweeks. You know how it goes. Next week will be a whole different kind of adventure. Come Thursday I’ll be venturing north to catch the start of Stoner Hands of Doom XII at the El ‘n’ Gee club in New London, Connecticut, but before I even get there, Eggnogg are playing Monday night at the Saint Vitus bar, and I also want to get reviews up of the new Mos Generator and Lord Fowl albums.
Tuesday I’ll have an interview and a track premiere from Ufomammut — I’m told it’ll be a video like last time — and I’m stoked on that because I really do believe that band is something special. Thursday will bring new audio from cult Finnish-language rockers Seremonia as well, and that’s also a thrill, albeit one of a particular and bizarre nature. And I’m waiting for 100 percent confirmation back, but if you’re a fan of Maryland doom, you might want to tune in Monday. I don’t want to say more in case it doesn’t come together in time, but just a heads up that something cool is in the works.
And I’m not sure yet what form the reporting on SHoD is going to take, but that’ll be a lot of fun. They stopped selling advance tickets tonight (I believe you can still pay to get in at the door), but you can still check out the schedule info at the fest’s official website. It’s a killer lineup of bands, it’s being put on by good people, and if I’m not mistaken, this is the first time it’s ever been four days, so hopefully they get a good turnout.
Well, Gun‘s Gun is starting to wind down. In the time since I started this post, I found someone selling the record for four bucks on Amazon, so yeah, I bought it. Hopefully it doesn’t break the bank like the belt I tried to buy to fix the turntable at my office last night did. We’ll see. Anyway, hope you have a great, safe, and if need be, relaxing weekend. I’ll see you on the forum and back here Monday for more good times.
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