The Rockstar Ramblings: Stressed Out!


New music and videos from Sixx:A.M. and Screaming Eagles this week.

First up, the long-awaited third release from Sixx:A.M., entitled ‘Modern Vintage’, will be released in October. The band, comprised of Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, vocalist James Michael and guitarist DJ Ashba, recently released the first single and video from the album, “Gotta Get It Right.” The band looks way more “scrubbed” than usual. That’s what DJ Ashba looks like? I like the old look guys. The song is more “poppy” than their past music, which I guess matches their new look. Seriously, that’s what DJ Ashba looks like? I had no idea. Anyway, if you ever wanted to see how to shoot a video of two people texting back and forth this is a decent template to start with…

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Guns N’ Booze


A couple so-so videos this week that are redeemed with a GREAT ASS; a couple other videos masquerading as PRO gun and alcohol public service announcements.

Flash Addict have released a video for “Into The Smoke” from their album ‘One Way To The Gutter.’ Um, let’s see, well, at least there’s some ass…

Kissin’ Dynamite have released a video for the song “DNA”, taken from the upcoming album ‘Megalomania.’ Hmmm, well, at least there’s more ass! Plus, there’s an egg…

Maverick have released a video for “Paint By Numbers”, the first single from their upcoming full-length debut ‘Quid Pro Quo.’ So we’ve got vodka, pills and a CB radio. (Each time I see one of these I want to grab it and yell “BREAKER! BREAKER!”, but never actually do.) Anyway, after self medicating this “cop” decides to drive around an empty parking lot and then get out and pull his gun. He runs after his shadow and then either hallucinates or shoots someone. I don’t know and am writing this one off to bad vodka…

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Gotham Sleaze Flashback: Blondie’s Way


For many, Blondie may be considered more of a pop band today, but their roots are entrenched in punk and rock and roll and came up the same time as Ramones, Television and Talking Heads. Blondie songs are catchy with wicked hooks, but what really makes them a great band is their attitude and make no mistake pop music lovers, this band drips with punk attitude.

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Brewers’ Power Rankings: A New Number One


The Brewers are still in first in what appears will be a three team race to the finish. Despite giving away a Dodger sweep the Brewers still took consecutive series from successful ball clubs; the types of series that need to be won if this team is going to make the postseason. No one player is leading the charge, each night someone else has been stepping up. Here’s the latest edition of my player power rankings.

1: Wily Peralta

First Brewer and National League pitcher to make it to 14 wins gives Peralta the coveted number one spot.

2: Jonathan Lucroy

The winner of the Jonathan Lucroy award (quietly doing his job well) goes to Jonathan Lucroy and his .308 batting average/12 home runs.

Honorable Mention: Scooter Gennett

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Sunday Old School: Izzy Stradlin


Izzy Stradlin was the member (and co-founder) of Guns N’ Roses that presumably could handle his heroin use. He left Guns N’ Roses in 1991 and has led his own band or solo efforts since.

Izzy was born and grew up in Lafayette, Indiana where he was friends with William Bailey, later known as Axl Rose. In 1980 Stradlin moved to Los Angeles and joined the punk band Naughty Women. After a brief stint with Naughty Women, Stradlin would play with The Atoms and Shire before forming Hollywood Rose with his childhood friend Axl Rose. In 1984 the band recorded a five-song demo and also during this time (Stradlin) formed the short-lived band Stalin. In 1985 Stradlin, founded Guns N’ Roses with Rose and several members of L.A. Guns. The band released the epic ‘Appetite for Destruction’ album in 1987. Stradlin wrote or co-wrote most of the songs as well as “Patience” off the follow-up album ‘Lies.’ The band blue up as did tensions around drug use. Around 1989 Stradlin took some time off and sobered up. In 1991 Guns N’ Roses released the ‘Use Your Illusion’ albums. Stradlin co-wrote many of the songs, but now sober, was not happy with the band shenanigans and left the band in 1991.

Stradlin went home and formed Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds, which included Rick Richards (guitar), Jimmy Ashhurst (bass) and Charlie Quintana (drums). They released their first album in 1992 and toured Europe, Australia and North America. After the tour Stradlin put music off, instead focused on motor racing. They released a video for “Shuffle It All”, putting Stradlin’s bluesy rock and love of post boy hats, vests and trains on full display.

In 1995 Izzy returned, and in 1998 released his second solo album. It took over two years to record and featured former band mates Duff McKagan and Rick Richards. His third album was titled ‘Ride On’ and to promote the release Stradlin played shows in Japan. Stradlin’s solo band would go on to release two more albums, ‘River’ (2001) and ‘On Down the Road’ released in 2002. After his fifth solo release Stradlin was approached by his former Guns N’ Roses band mates to join a new super group named Velvet Revolver. Stradlin assisted with some initial song writing, but ultimately did not want to work with a lead singer, instead suggesting that he and Stradlin could share vocal duties. It was as if Stradlin could see into the future. Regardless, he did share the stage for a few shows with Scott Weiland and Velvet Revolver before leaving the super group life behind.

In 2005, Izzy released ‘Like a Dog’ as well as re-released his previous music through iTunes. In May 2006, thirteen years after his last performance with Guns N’ Roses, Stradlin made a guest appearance with the new Guns, ending up playing 13 shows during the band’s summer European tour that year. In 2007, his seventh album, ‘Miami’ was released through iTunes and in 2008 released an iTunes-only albums titled ‘Fire, the Acoustic Album’ and ‘Concrete.’ McKagan also played on some of the tracks and continued to play on the 2009 ‘Smoke’ and ‘Wave of Heat’ which followed in 2010. In 2010 Stradlin also appeared as a guest guitarist on his former band mate Slash’s first solo album.

In 2012 Stradlin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N’ Roses. He did not attend, but did join the new Guns on stage a month later, performing songs that had not been performed live since his departure in 1991. Also, in 2012 Stradlin released the iTunes-only single and video for “Baby-Rann.” The video is gritty, with a classic Stradlin guitar slide, sunglasses, and a kick-ass hat. Over the years Izzy has straddled (pun intended) the line between punk and blues; “Baby-Rann” is that perfect blend, a straight up rocker with Stradlin’s “fuck you” uncompromising sound. While enjoying the groovy guitar solo at 1:35 my mind wanders…did Joey Huffman (on organ) forget his sunglasses? “My baby ran away to Vietnam…” No frills. No filler. Just ROCK and ROLL!

Izzy Stradlin is a true punk rocker at heart. It hasn’t always been glamorous for Stradlin; however, leaving Guns N’ Roses in 1991 at their height, and instead lead an under-the-radar no bullshit solo career is about as punk as it gets…

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Milwaukee Brewers Should Trade for David Price


It’s that time of the year, pending free agents in the headlines and talk of which teams are buyers or sellers; the trade deadline is approaching!

One of this year’s coveted assets is 2012 Cy Young Award winning pitcher, David Price.

What will it take for Tampa Bay to deal Price? Probably too much from a team like Milwaukee, but its fun to hope and hey, you never know, this is the same team (and ownership) that got CC Sabathia when many other teams were in pursuit.

For today let’s forget about what it would take; instead, here are four reasons the Brewers should consider trading for David Price.

Essentially, adding Price to the rotation removes home run king Marco Estrada and keeps Jimmy Nelson waiting in the weeds which appears to be the Brewers’ preference on dealing with Nelson this season. The starting rotation becomes Kyle Lohse, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta and David Price with Estrada providing depth in case of injury.

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Day Drinking


This week’s videos give us a classic bar scene and the possible return of the movie Cobra.

Cinderella guitarist Jeff LaBarr has released a video for the song “No Strings” which will appear on his new solo album ‘One For The Road.’ The video begins with a bar scene during the day with LaBarr sitting at the bar. LaBarr is smoking so much I feel like I’m watching an episode of Mad Men. A girl is in the background (because blondes ALWAYS hang out alone at bars during the day). They hit it off (based on love of day drinking alone) and then we fast forward to a pool table setting where LaBarr is putting the “let me show you how to shoot that shot” move and is rejected. Next: FIGHT and the middle finger – she is really pissed! “You bastard, how dare you tell me how to shoot a bank shot!” Not sure how far into the future we jump, but now a ring is dramatically tossed onto the pool table followed by a pool hall guitar solo to clear his head. He moves on quickly, hitting on the bartender in minutes. They leave to find another bar – there is still plenty of day drinking to be had…

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