Saturday, April 10, 2010

Mil Mascaras

I love luchadores! For some reason the Mexican pro wrestling is more appealing to me than WWE. I had the chance to go to The Incredibly Strange Wrestling about 10 years ago. But it wasn't authentic Mexican wrestling. One of these days I'll go see a real Lucha match.

Oddly enough, a couple of weeks ago my wife was talking to her father about some trips he had taken to Mexico as a kid. My wife's grandmother was originally from Mexico, and she has lots of family still there so they would go to visit quite often. Apparently she used to send my father in law to stay with a friend of hers. Who was that friend you ask? None other than Mil Mascaras! Man of a Million Masks!

How cool is that! I don't know many details but that's cool enough for me!

Just watch him in action!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Renaissance or Reformation?

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Blank Generation (So long and thanks for all the Rock)

I always felt I was born at the wrong time. I don't appreciate anything that Gen X (my generation) has accomplished, to the hubris of the 60's generation. I'm too far removed from generation Y to care. But when I put on records from they hay days of rock 'n roll (by hay day I mean whenever new ideas were being put forth) I wish I could go back in time.

Whether it was Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Dick Dale, Link Wray, The Yardbirds, The Sonics, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, T-Rex, Thin Lizzy, Slade, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Mountain, Deep Purple, David Bowie, Iggy and the Stooges, MC5, The Ramones, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, The Real Kids, Television, Bauhaus, Joy Division.....I could go on and on and bore you to death but I think you get the point.

It just seems that rock music today pales in comparison to pre-90's music. In fact, I think the 90's is where it all started to go wrong. A lot of new bands were doing new things in the early 90's, and at first it was really exciting! But before we knew it, MTV had packaged and processed the whole thing to death and now we have the milk toast that infests the music scene today.

Sure, there are a few stand out bands (none come to mind at the moment) but for the most part newer generations are being force fed paler versions of the same music. Copies of copies if you will.

And can you point to me any real personalities in music today. I can't think of any! I remember thinking that Alice Cooper was some dark ringmaster in the circus of Rock and Roll, and Ozzy Osbourne was a creepy cult leader who ate live bats and pissed on American landmarks. But no Alice Cooper is a normal guy who plays golf and Ozzy's myth was busted by his reality show. I want my rock stars to be larger than life and a little dangerous!

I want rock critics who are interested in giving honest critiques instead of the fluff you read in Rolling Stone (the most bland music magazine ever). I guess we need a new Creem magazine and a new Lester Bangs to keep the music industry on it's toes instead of being content to lap up all the swill that they send us.

I can dream...

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Just like witches at black masses....(Music in rpg post)

Here's some ruminations on the music of Black Sabbath over at my rpg/wargame site Maximum Rock & Role Playing. I figured it was more appropriate for the other blog.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

My Favorite Orcs Part 2

Frank Frazetta is the epitome of Swords & Sorcery art! Some of my favorite orcs were drawn by him (although they aren't really orcs, but it's how I prefer to imagine orcs).

Here's Conan obviously fighting an orc horde!

Conan fighting more orcs!

And you can't forget the subhumans from Fire and Ice! They have an orcy look to them!

These images are burned into my mind when I think of orcs in my rpg world. Sort of aboriginal/neanderthal/mongol barbarians with greyish green skin....I'll have to sketch some up sometime.