Friday Musics! LIVE My Chemical Romance

For those who don’t know, here in Bat Country, the Wife and I are super-big fans of the rock band My Chemical Romance (and no, we are not 16-years-old and angst ridden). Anyway, after downloading some tracks from their recent amazing performance in London at the iTunes Festival (there are a ton of great shows for free to stream/view, and also for paid download; something for every musical taste) I started looking around for more live stuff from MCR. You sure gotta love the internet: yes, while it is kind of lame and annoying that more and more people eschew rocking out at shows for holding up their expensive cameras and smart phones, on the other-hand, it is so fantastic to be able to see so much live stuff on youtube, especially shows that you have been at. My sister, wife, and I, we were here at Terminal 5 in New York City, in the following high-quality videos from this really great My Chemical Romance concert. I can’t get over how good the quality of these videos are; very glad that this concertking69 character (check out the rest of his videos) was there to capture such a fabulous live performance. With a lot of their family and friends in attendance, these shows were particularly awesome, as this was a big homecoming seeing as though the boys are from North Jersey

The opening song of the concert is the opening song on the new album, Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

We all know this one: a rock song that, in my opinion, is on the verge on entering the modern-classic anthem territory. They just KILL it live here.

This song right here, it is just MADE to played live; bananas, every time.

Another one off the new album that just rocks exquisitely, and was written as a cheeky  “Fuck Off” to the Twighlight series.

This is an oldie but goodie, going way back to their first album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. So thrilled that they have dusted this brilliant song off and have played it a lot on their current tour.

Some AZ Peeps More Affected by WORD “Haboob,” Than Sand Storm Itself

Oh Arizona! how I love thee so: it just wouldn’t be Bat Country without ya. You really gotta hand it to the Grand Canyon State, because they are not content with just being the lead runner in the race for America’s most batshit crazy hysterical state; they want to win by a country mile. This latest New York Times story just proves that the nuttiest state in the Union is looking to lap the field.

Recently, a few wicked sand-storms popped up in the Phoenix area, and were referred to in the media by the proper name “haboob.” Well, apparently a few Arizonans were so upset by the use of an Arabic word to describe their precious, culturally-significant “sand-storms,” that they just had to express their outrage in xenophobic rants to the Arizona Republic, here and here; and, as usual, the comment section to these are so enlightening.

Here is a great quote, from the NY Times piece on this nonsense in the first link:

Not everyone was put out by the use of the term. David Wilson of Goodyear, Ariz., said those who wanted to avoid Arabic terms should steer clear of algebra, zero, pajamas and khaki, as well. “Let’s not become so ‘xenophobic’ that we forget to remember that we are citizens of the world, nor fail to recognize the contributions of all cultures to the richness of our language,” he wrote.

This quote should put to bed any doubt that anyone offended by the use of the word “haboob” is a pathetic ignoramus. It must be so exhausting for these morons to go through life getting all bent out of shape of stuff like this. I almost feel sorry for them…almost.

My First DJ Session on

The internet has been abuzz about this streaming music site, and after finally getting on the virtual 1&2s, I must say that this is a revolutionary and super-fun way to experience music online. Warning: it could also be highly addictive.

Basically, it works like this: up to five “DJs” can get up on one of the five virtual turntables, and then they each take turns playing music from their queue. There seems to be almost no limit to the streaming music available to search and add to one’s queue; but even if there is, that doesn’t matter, because you have the option of uploading your own musics. With that being said, I can see this as a great way for new artists to get their music out there and heard. When your DJ turn comes around, the song at the top of your queue automatically plays. Simple as that.

Anybody can mosey on in to your room, and you can mosey on in to anybody else’s and either DJ (if there are open slots) or listen. So in most rooms, there is a crowd listening to the DJs. And whether you are DJing or not, you and the crowd can vote on if a song is “Lame” or “Awesome”. If you, or anyone else, votes “Awesome,” your little avatar bobs its head, indicating that you are feeling the current song. If a song gets too many “Lame” votes, it gets skipped. And for each “Awesome” vote that a DJ gets for their particular song, a point is added to a total that can be used to upgrade one’s avatar (as far as I know, that’s all the points are used for right now.) You can also “Fan” a DJ who is tickling your fancy; and then you can locate that DJ easily when they are elsewhere DJing in other rooms.

You can search rooms to join, and most are labeled well enough to reveal their flavor, and there is a random option as well. Now I must say that it is pretty tricky to get up and DJ in any old room you join, as you are basically just waiting for someone to bounce and leave an open slot. so is everyone else in the room, so you gotta be quick on the draw. But the best way to start DJing and accumulating points, is to start up a room with your Party People, and if you label it enticing enough, before long, you’ll have a crowd in with y’all, listening to your respective selections.

So this morning as I got my playlist together to write to, I decided I wanted to try to get up an DJ in a room with some people in it, and listen to my morning music that way. As it turns out, I got in rather quickly to a really cool Alt/Indie Rock room. It was so much fun to talk music and discover new music, and get some propers for – if I do say so myself – my outstanding taste in music. I came in with no points, and left with 41. It really is awesome to see all the little avatars bobbing their heads to a song you put out there.

So if you are a music-maven like myself, and just can’t help yourself from pimping the tunes that move you, or you are sick of your own playlist and are looking to find new jams, I highly recommend signing up for There seems to be a room for every musical taste out there, and if there isn’t you can just make one up yourself.

Here are two write-ups on a piece from CBSNews dot com, reporting on the red-hot site, and this piece with some good tips and advice on the virtual DJing that is sweeping the internets.

What are you waiting for? Get on that shit! and let’s get a body-rockin room started!

[Update] These days I can be found in the YouTunes room, which is full of cool people and music.

“Don’t Cut Off My Penis! I NEED that!”

Talk about living in Bat Country!

So by now you have probably heard about the woman who cut off her husband’s penis; and as if that wasn’t enough, she threw into the garbage disposal, and, well, disposed of it. Yikes! She said he deserved it; which begs the question I am eagerly awaiting answer to: what the fuck did this dude deserve all that?!

What with its status as the first major Trial of the Century/Millennium and all, Casey Anthony’s sensational trial and bombshell acquittal hearkened back to the O.J. days. So now it only makes sense to say, “Step aside, Lorena Bobbitt: For now we have a new penis-chopper, for the new millenium, and her name is Catherine Kieu Becker.”

And this all means that we have officially reached the apex of the 90’s revival.

The Jersey Shore: Oscar Wilde Style

This is hilarious. I cannot believe it has taken over 2 months for me to unearth this absolute internet gem. If you are a fan of Jersey Shore you will dig this. If you have more refined tastes, and are just an Oscar Wilde fan who doesn’t know J-Woww from a Sham-wow, you too will probably get a good chuckle out of this. And if you are in that well-rounded wheel-house who enjoys both Oscar Wilde and the adventures of Snooki and Company, then you will really love these short videos.


So enjoy Jack and Algernon’s (these two cats – David Furr and Santino Fontana – are the real actors who play the respective parts, extraordinarily I am assuming based on this) Victorian take on the modern Guido vernacular. Brilliant!

Oh, that’s not all!

In Memoriam: Edwin Parker “Cy” Twombly, Jr. (1928-2011)

I’m not gonna front as if I celebrated the man’s entire catalog, or anything, but I did want to mention the passing of great American artist Cy Twombly, because he created one of my favorite works at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fifty Days at Iliam (pictured below). And based on some of Twombly’s other stuff, I’ve always just dug his artistic sensibility; that being all messy, random and chaotic, ugly and beautiful, like life.

Musics! Freaky Funky Friday Edition

YouTube has totally re-invigorated my love of music-videos, because prior to the advent of the revolutionary video sharing site, I probably viewed one music-video in almost a decade. But now I’m on that shit, like the Time Bandit is “on the crab,” and intend on passing along what I come across, because I of course think my taste in music is!

These posts will be titled “Musics!” and will come mostly on Fridays, where they’ll have a more funky and upbeat flavor to them, because it’s fuckin’ Friday. But make sure to visit Bat Country often, because we’ll be posting all sorts of delicious ear snacks. So without further ado, we give to you … Musics!

I heard this awesomely remixed version of She Wants Revenge‘s “Tear You Apart,” on SIRIUS a bunch a while back, but since then have had a terrible time finding it on the internet. Well, now I have finally hunted it down: LOVE how DJ Icey subtly tweaks an already bad-ass, creepy song, and makes it that much cooler. Enjoy.

OK, so this is just an absolute classic Freak Funky Friday video. I dare you to try and not shake your ass or nod your head to this one: a perfect way to kick off your long 4th of July weekend. The dancing in this video is so freaking cool. Enjoy.

Keep driving with the top down in your big mac-daddy caddy through Bat Country, as we’ll be posting more.