Die Pirate Scum

Posted: May 5, 2013 in Piracy

Here’s a good story about gaming that is directly relevant to the music industry.

A guy creates strategy game where you simulate running a game development company. He also “leaks” a cracked version to torrent trackers with the algorithms tweaked so the players’ companies go bankrupted because of, you guessed it, piracy.

The best part: people start whining in forums that the game is unfair because can’t make a profit and always lose.

Pirates whining about piracy.

Even if you aren’t a gamer, you should buy this guy’s game. It’s only $8.

You can read the full story.


Die Scalper Scum

Posted: April 23, 2013 in DNA Lounge

I love that DNA Lounge put a bunch of Prince tickets on sale the day of the show and obliterated the re-sale market. Last week they were going for $2K on Craigslist; now people are trying to dump them at face.

I hope they get stuck with them.


It looks like tix are available for the early and late show both nights.

Slim’s, San Francisco, CA

I first heard of, and saw, Reignwolf, AKA Jordon Cook, when I stumbled across his set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass last year. The act blew me away and I was excited to see him listed at Slim’s. Reignwolf definitely falls on the hardly side of HSB as they sound like a mix of the White Stripes and Led Zeppelin. After his set at Slim’s the other night, I now know how he was selected for the HSB line-up. When they asked if he played bluegrass he said, “Sure, I play mandolin” and simply neglected to mention that by “playing” he meant “use it as a slide.”

Reignwolf at Slim’s. Click for more photos.

For the first couple of songs, he was just him. But “just him” is a bit of an understatement as he sings, plays guitar and a kick-drum all at the same time. He was then joined but another guitar player who played the bass part and a drummer. Throughout the set he switched between guitar, mando, and bass. The set itself was surprisingly short only about 50 minutes including a two song encore. For a $15 show with two acts, I guess it’s not that bad.

The opening act, Black Cobra Vipers, didn’t leave much of an impression on me. I do remember them starting to tell a story, pausing while looking a bit confused and then adding, “it’s pauses like this that make a 45 minute set.”

Set list:

No idea but it rocked.

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine
Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

I arrived just as the second opening act, Victim’s Family took the stage. I had heard of them before but never seen them so I was curious. They are a fairly jazzy trio, well, jazzy for a hardcore band. Their sound was very well mixed and you could clearly hear each player and the vocals.  Enjoyable.

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine at the Great American Music Hall

Jello Biafra at the Great American Music Hall. Click for more photos.

Jello came out around 10:30 and the hall was barely 1/3, if that. They even had tables for the dinner seating setup on the sides. When is the last time you saw a punk show with people sitting down eating dinner? For comparison, the (faux) Dead Kennedys nearly filled the Regency Ballroom, which is four times bigger, back in October (my write up here). Granted, that was a Friday night and Jello played a Monday but still.

Most of the material was from his latest GSM album which has a swirling/psychedelic punk sound similar to the DKs rather than the dark, metalesque material he did with the Melvins. Like the Victim’s Family set, they did great job of mixing the sound. Oddly California Uber Alles still featured Schwarzenegger as the protagonist rather than reverting back to once again Gov. Jerry Brown. This was the first time I’d seen Nazi Punk F— Off return to his set list probably since the DKs days.

Set list:
The Brown Lipstick Parade
John Dillinger
New Feudalism
Road Rage
Panic Land
Barackstar O’Bummer
California Uber Alles
Werewolves of Wallstreet
Nazi Punks Fuck Off
Hollywood Goof Disease
White People and the Damage Done
Chemical Warfare
Pets Eat Their Master

Dot Com Monte Carlo

Jello Biafra – Vocals (and commentary)
Ralph Spight – Guitar
Kimo Ball – Guitar
Andrew Weiss  – Bass
Billy Gould – Drums

Opening Bands:
Harold Ray Live in Concert
Victim’s Family

DNA Lounge will release a few more Prince tickets at noon on Friday, April 5.


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