Sunday, December 11, 2011

INTERVIEW: Steel Panther

by Chad Cooper (Dec. 2011)

Steel Panther is the greatest band on the planet. Wait. Check that — Steel Panther is the greatest band in the galaxy.

Spawned in Los Angeles, this four-piece may have began playing parody covers but have since grown into a band of their own and are now touring in support of their second national release on Universal Records, Balls Out, which ‘dropped’ in late October.

The sophomore record is a follow-up to Feel the Steel that featured the popular tunes “Death to All But Metal,” “Asian Hooker” and “Community Property.”

Like the debut, Balls Out doesn’t disappoint. Songs like “17 Girls in a Row,” “If You Really, Really Love Me,” “It Won’t Suck Itself” and “Just Like Tiger Woods” proves this band is for keeps.

From weekly shows on the Sunset Strip to headlining arenas in Great Britain, Australia and Germany, Steel Panther is taking over.

Michael Starr - vocals

Satchel - lead guitar

Lexxi Foxxx - bass

Stix Zadinia - drums

I caught up with lead vocalist Michael Starr, who spoke about not having herpes, playing on the moon and doing 25 girls in a row.

I’ve seen you guys several times but I will never forget the show in January at House of Blues in Vegas where a girl’s top got ripped off, which started a fight on stage.

Oh wow! You were there for that? My friend Tommy had to take that feisty chick off stage. She pulled the other girl’s top down and then a chick with no shirt tackled her on stage. So Awesome.

You have a personal favorite song on the new album?

Leaning towards ‘Tomorrow Night.’ It reminds me of super early Scorpions meets Van Halen, sort of like ‘Panama.’

I like ‘What Can’t You Trust Me.’

Yeah, Facebook makes it hard for you to cheat on your old lady. That’s why Twitter is so much popular. It’s more private and you can lock down people. Myspace was the worst. I honestly think that’s why it’s gone. It’s true shit.

When you started, did you imagine Steel Panther would go mainstream?

No, I truly didn’t. I wanted it to happen, but I just didn’t see it coming. I think that is what attracts people to Steel Panther. It’s not fake. It’s cool to see what kind of vehicle to build and then what kind of race to enter. I did read where the album charted. Dude, I’m having a hard time breathing. I read this while I was sitting there taking a shit. I thought, I am on the toilet and people all over the world are listening to our music right now. It’s pretty weird.

How does it feel to know the album is really doing well?

Man, I got to be honest with you. My chest is all tight. I’m not sleeping very well because I am so excited to tour and support this record. When our first record came out, we didn’t have any expectations. Now we have the follow up (Balls Out) to Feel the Steel. I personally feel pressure to be the best I can really be.

How do mainstream rock fans & bands react when they hear or see Steel Panther?

Throughout the years, we have had multiple guests come on stage and rock it out with us. Cee-Lo, Kelly Clarkson, Linkin Park, GNR, everyone just enjoys it. I’m extremely surprised people dig it.

On the song ‘17 Girls in a Row,’ could you not make it past 17?

It’s funny you say that because we write all these songs together. I am singing them, so it’s first person. Satchel is the one who fucked 17 and couldn’t make it to 18. I personally did 25, but unfortunately 25 doesn’t work well in the song. Either 17 or 25, you have to lower your bar some to get to that number. No, you aren’t going to fuck 17 prom queens, it’s not happening. You got to fuck a couple of fat chicks and maybe even a retarded chick.

So what you are saying is — Steel Panther doesn’t discriminate.

Fat chicks and ugly girls are the best to hang out with. Hot chicks are annoying and the only thing they are good for is a picture. If you get a homely chick and bend her over, she looks the same as a hot chick who is bent over.

I heard a rumor that you are the only band member who doesn’t have herpes.

I don’t know where you heard that but it’s totally true. The other three guys have it and you know what? I am bummed. I feel left out.

I also heard that you have a keen sense of smell.

When I was younger, my mom always knew when I pooped in my pants. I developed her keen since of smell. She used to call me ‘stinkpot’ because I had a problem with that. I can smell cocaine, seriously, I can. I can smell an 8-ball of cocaine and tell you how bad it’s cut. Goes with girls too. Girls with really bad hygiene, I have a really hard time fucking them. If I have to do it, I will.

When did your poop problems end?

Maybe when I was 10. In my 30s, I had trouble with sharting. Do you know what that is? That’s when you fart and you don’t realize you have diarrhea. Shitting and farting together.

What would be an ultimate tour?

Van Halen, Scorpions, Def Leppard Motley Crue and Dokken.

So what’s left for Steel Panther?

I try to read all the comments everyone posts about us and so forth and one thing about Steel Panther, you either love us or hate us. West Coast, Las Vegas, United Kingdow, we got it going on. With this new record, we are selling out shows in Cleveland, Chicago, Boston, New York and Australia. The natural progression for Steel Panther, in my eyes, is to be a full-blown arena band touring the world. And to be the first band to play on the moon. I’d leave a petri dish with herps up there as a memento.

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

INTERVIEW: Doug Stanhope

by Chad Cooper (Nov. 7, 2011)

There’s not much that can be said that hasn’t already when it comes to Doug Stanhope. His resume includes running for President in 2008, appearing at every major comedy festival, co-hosting The Man Show with Joe Rogan, recording more than 10 albums and DVDs, and authoring a book. He recently appeared on the FX television show Louie with Louis C.K. and earlier this year signed with Roadrunner Records and released Oslo: Burning The Bridge To Nowhere, which was filmed in Norway.

Stanhope has a handful of dates remaining on the tour, which includes one show at The Improv in Houston on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online by clicking HERE.

The remaining tour dates include Oklahoma City (Nov. 10, City Arts Center), Dallas (Nov. 17, Trees), Austin (Nov. 18, Red 7), Irvine, Calif. (Nov. 30, Irvine Improv), Brea, Calif. (Dec. 1, Brea Improv) and the finale in Tuscon (Dec. 10, Rialto Theatre).

Before the interview began, Stanhope lashed out with, “Just don’t ask me where do I get my ideas from and what made me want to be a comedian and we’ll be fine.” Typical Stanhope.

How do you process all this material?

You know what, I have no idea. My brain must work organically.

It’s amazing how you do it. I was watching ‘Oslo’ and you coughed in the middle of a sentence and you mentioned it was a death cough. A super reaction. Your brain must be soaked with information.

Soaked would be the accurate word, but not necessarily with information.

Are you still a firm believer that pussy is the No. 1 factor we deal with?

Oh, yes. Everything is driven by it. It’s the fuel that runs the machine. I’m glad I don’t care anymore, but at the same time, I probably wouldn’t be successful if it weren’t for that. It’s always the root cause and that’s why I am so fucking lazy now. There’s no one to impress.

I recently heard you on Howard Stern with your girlfriend and you seemed happy. Are you still with her?

Yeah, it’s a perfect match. I’ve never been in a relationship where I could honestly say that. You have to say it (in) most relationships because she is going to read the interview. Sometimes you can’t be honest like you used to be because you would be ratting them out. Like going out and doing mushrooms with your buddy but his a firefighter and you have to change a little bit of the story and say you were in Sacramento instead of Oklahoma City. You know his friends are reading up updates on my Web site. Like this guy brought his prostitute girlfriend to a show of mine and I can’t say that because he’s got a wife and kids at home. The Internet has ruined all secret keeping.

You’ve done some random things like picking up hitchhikers and so forth. What’s the last random thing you’ve done?

You get to a place where you don’t notice things are out of sorts. When in-laws come over for Thanksgiving you notice you are a little different that other people. I remember one girlfriend I was dating, her mother was coming to meet me for the first time and we had been together for about a year or so. The mother was prudish and homebound, so I had to de-porn my house. There is a really funny comedian from Austin named Brendon Walsh. He drew a picture of a guy with 13 cocks dangling in his face and the caption read ‘baker’s dozen’ and I put it on my refrigerator. I forgot to take it down when my brother brought his kids over. Here's a picture of 13 cocks at eye level with the kids and I didn’t realize it the whole time they were here.

Are you a big fan of porn?

I rarely watch it. If I have to beat off, I’ll throw on a quick clip on YouTube. Years ago, I was in Vegas and hosted the porn awards and it was one of the most saddest things I’ve done. When I got there, I thought it was going to be hilarious fun, but you see how serious they take themselves and they were having no fun at all. They were nervous, edgy and snappy. They actually wanted to win.

What’s the biggest misconception about you?

People think I party more than I actually do. They will come to the house for the first time and think it’s going to be a Hunter S. Thompson experience. I’m a pretty boring guy. I do a lot of nothing really well.

You’ve mentioned before that you love Vodka. What’s your favorite kind?

I change them up quiet often but normally it’s Vodka with grapefruit.

Having a drink help you on stage?

The last time I remembering performing sober was 2003. It was a random college that didn’t allow drinking. Glad I only had to do 25 minutes. That’s one of the few shows I can remember in the last decade.

You talk about things, not just what other comedians won’t discuss, but other people refuse to talk about like losing your sex drive. Are you comfortable discussing those things?

I gravitate towards those things. I wish I had something else to tell you that would be off-putting, but I haven’t done much in the last couple of years.

Your fan base in the UK is off the charts and you’ve said that they are far more brutal that comedy fans over here in the U.S. Why so?

They are comedy savvy and they treat comedy like an art form. If you have a bad show over there, it makes the paper. Over here, people go to birthday parties or adult Chuck E. Cheeses for fun times.

What is more of a problem — overpopulation or public stupidity?

Overpopulation is kind of a world thing. People are in their own little worlds now with all these distractions like gadget phones, Twitter, Facebook, apps on phones, 300 channels and shit. What was the question again?

Well, I’ve heard you mention both of these in one of your shows. I didn’t know if you thought one was more relevant than the other.

(Laughs). In the long run, it will be over population. But I won’t be around to deal with and I’m not leaving any litter behind so I won’t give a shit.

Would you ever consider doing television again?

Doing 'Louie' with Louis C.K. was a lot of fun. I hate the thought of acting, it disturbs you and it wasn’t a fun process for me. Doing it with Louis made it different than most because usually it’s cringing thinking how much they must fucking hate the decision they made to hire me.

What’s next on the agenda for Doug Stanhope?

I’ll have another DVD coming out for Christmas and have a rough outline for another one after that. I’m going to Iceland to hang out with the mayor of Reykjavik for a week and that’s inspiring. Another friend of mine said he was going and a friend of mine who is a comedian got elected mayor on a goof when their economy shit the bed. So I sent him an email telling him we should meet and sign some documents of historic significance. I’m going to perform in a prison over there too. I didn’t want to do a show while I was there because shows fuck up vacations. A prison is different because there won’t be any critics and I can do all my old shit. I can ruin the show and it wouldn’t hurt my demographic.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

INTERVIEW: Theory of a Deadman

by Chad Cooper (Oct. 24, 2011)

Following the highly successful third album Scars and Souvenirs, which reached platinum status and saw an unprecedented nine of its 12 tracks released to radio, Canadian rockers Theory of a Deadman have returned to the road in support of their fourth project titled The Truth Is ... via Roadrunner Records.

The album was released in July and has already hit No. 1 on three of the Billboard charts (hard rock, rock, alternative), and the first single, “Lowlife,” gave the band its second No. 1 song. “Out of My Head” and “Bitch Came Back” have been the second and third singles sent to radio.

Theory of a Deadman formed in 2001, and their debut album was a self-titled record in 2002 that was produced and co-written by Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger.

Gasoline was the sophomore release and produced the hit tunes “No Surprise,” “Say Goodbye” and the ballad “Santa Monica.”

For those who hadn’t heard the band up until 2008 certainly took notice when the second single of Scars and Souvenirs came out, “Bad Girlfriend.” The catchy song not only hit No. 1 on the charts, but also became one of the most popular ringtones of all time.

Other popular titles include “So Happy,” “By the Way,” “All or Nothing,” “Hate My Life,” “Not Meant to Be,” “By the Way” and “End of the Summer.”

Constantly on the road, the tour-heavy boys from north of the border have played with the likes of Mötley Crüe on Crüe Fest 2, Daughtry, Avalanche Tour with Stone Sour and are fresh off the 2011 Carnival of Madness with Alter Bridge.

We spoke with lead singer Tyler Connolly about a variety of subjects including the new album, co-writing with former American Idol judge and hit maker Kara DioGuardi and even recording music with a homeless banjo picker.

Any added pressure going into the studio to record the new album after all the success from ‘Scars and Souvenirs?’

Yes, it was. I would by lying if I said there wasn’t, but it was good pressure. I don’t think I lost much sleep, but there was some stress. Once you have success like that, then you want to keep it going. There’s a lot of thinking involved in what direction you want to go in. Like do you want to keep it the same and have another “Bad Girlfriend” song? Those songs have done well for us but you don’t want to release five records and they all sound like the same tiring stuff. With this album, there was a balance to be made and a lot more thought. The last three records, we just wrote songs and put them on a record.

Listening to this album, the lyrics seem more personal.

I went through a marital break-up, which was devastating for me. My manager said he had been through a few divorces and it’s the toughest time of your life, but it makes for a great rock record. It’s really good material for the fans because they can relate to it. Fans like the songs that are the most honest and most relatable.

I noticed in the last album, Kara DioGuardi helped co-write a song; she starred in the video and helped you write three songs on this record. How was it working with a female songwriter? It was different. Up until that point on the last album, I never worked with any songwriters per say. Chad (Kroeger), who produced our first record, helped co-write some songs with us on the first album. She had written a lot of songs for pop artists like Britney Spears, Pink, Enrique Iglesias, Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani, but she had never written a song for a rock band. She was probably just as curious as I was. She actually lives about a mile from my house in Los Angeles and I went over there with my guitar, drank some wine and wrote “Meant to Be.” After we finished it, I sent it to her and she immediately said it was a hit so, so I was like, OK, let’s see what happens. This record, it just made since to do the same. It would have been stupid not to call her up again and work with her again.

It also seems the band has a great relationship with producer Howard Benson. He has a great resume and has been with you since the second record.

Working with him is great, but the first record with him was tough. We didn’t have a lot of experience with producers. Once we got past the personalities and the creative stuff, it turned out to be an amazing partnership and friendship with him. That’s why we have done three records with him. A lot of people say you shouldn’t use the same producer, but this feels great for us.

Do you have a personal favorite on the album?

Probably “We Were Men,” which is the last track. It’s the first time I have ever written a military song. We travel a lot and have a lot of military fans that do come to the show. I remember once, we met some guys and he said the next day he was getting shipped out to Afghanistan. We also heard some not-so-good ones. One guy told me that he saw us two years ago with his buddy, who had since died in Iraq. I think it was time in my career to write a song like that. During a recent meet-and-greet, a fan who was in the Air Force said that was his favorite song. It was like the first time I didn’t write a relationship song or something goofy.

Did you guys really record a song with a homeless man?

Yeah. Well, I don’t know if he was homeless, but he sure did look like it. He was on the street corner playing a banjo outside the studio and while I walked to the store to grab a drink, I started talking to him and gave him some money. I went back inside the studio and told the guys this old dude was outside jamming on the banjo, and they said well bring him inside. I had to call our manager and call our lawyers and make sure all this paperwork was signed just to come in and play banjo on a song. He ended up making about $800 for about a half hour’s work. You can hear it on “What Was I Thinking.”

You guys are tour heavy. How do you deal with the burnout factor?

It’s easy to get burned out, but playing each night for fans is our drug that keeps us going.

3 Doors Down, Theory of a Deadman & Pop Evil will perform at Ford Arena on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $42.50, $38.50 and $34. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

INTERVIEW: 3 Doors Down

by Chad Cooper (Oct. 23, 2011)

With more than 16 million records sold, it’s hard to argue that 3 Doors Down doesn’t belong atop of any list. The southern boys from Mississippi — well, most of them anyway — last played Beaumont’s Ford Arena in 2009. But no matter how and when they play here, their popularity continues to soar.

3 Doors Down is touring in support of their summer release Time of My Life, which is the band’s fifth studio album on Universal Records and produced by Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson. Three singles from the record have been in radio rotation including “When You’re Young,” “Every Time You Go” and “What’s Left.”

With six No. 1 songs, which include “Kryptonite,” “Loser,” “Duck and Run,” “When I’m Gone,” “Here Without You” and “It’s Not My Time,” 3 Doors Downs appeals to more than just a rock audience.

The band has gained other fans from other genres including country and modern rock. Drummer Greg Upchurch joined 3 Doors Down in 2005 right after the release of Seventeen Days. Upchurch, like the band, has southern roots as he was born in Houma, La., and is no stranger to the music world.

After moving from Oklahoma to Los Angeles, Upchurch joined the bands Eleven and Puddle of Mudd before auditioning for the position with 3DD.

Upchurch spoke with us before the hitting the road for the Time of My Life Tour. The tour will play Beaumont TX @ Ford Park on Friday, Oct. 28.

I read where you got a key to the city in Oklahoma City.

Ha! The program director for the radio station 100.5 The KATT set that up. I was a little shocked, to say the least. I guess the expectations for Oklahoma City were a little low then.

When did drumming become a part of your life?

I started with pots and pans mostly. People asked me when I started playing, but I have no clue. If I had to guess it was probably 4 or 5 years old. Musically as a kid, KISS did it for me. I would play along with the records and when I really started focusing on drums, I got into Led Zeppelin. John Bonham (drummer) was the man.

Why did you choose to leave Oklahoma for Los Angeles?

I wanted to do something musical and Oklahoma was tough to break through musically, so I thought either New York or L.A. I really didn’t want to do New York because the pace is so much different, so I chose L.A. and got a job at The Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard. I met some people in a band called Eleven and their drummer quit to join Pearl Jam, so I auditioned and got the gig with them. I was literally in L.A. for six months and then found myself opening up for Soundgarden in Europe.

So were you a natural fit when you started jamming with 3 Doors Down?

They are from Mississippi and I remember showing up for the audition for drummer with a New Orleans Saints camouflage cap on, so that alone was a step in the right direction. Everything was in L.A. then, but it was an opportunity for me to actually leave the West Coast. It’s so expensive, and money doesn’t go very far there. Now I live in Nashville, and this is much more my speed. I got everything I needed out there. It’s been a long ride. But I’m content now.

You came in after the third record but did tour to support it. How does this new one compare to the collection?

I think this sounds like the first record, “The Better Life,” to me. It’s like going back to their original roots. My favorite track on this new album is “Time of My Life.” It’s a fun song to play on the drums.

It’s a competitive industry, so how does 3DD keep its head above water?

One thing is songwriting obviously, and Brad (Arnold) has a distinct voice that you can listen to. He actually sings, not screams. This music appeals to any age. It’s not pigeonholed to a certain market. Plus, we have extremely loyal fans.

I read somewhere that you played a show or two with Heart.

Yeah, it was awesome and wild. I did it on two-days notice. Then, the bass player for Heart was the bass player for Chris Cornel when I toured with Chris. He called and asked me to fill in for their drummer and I said sure, but when? He said well, it’s two days. The first time I played with Heart was during a 20-minute sound check, which was for an hour and a half set. I knew all their songs, like “Barracuda,” “Crazy on You” and “Magic Man,” but I never dreamed I would play those songs with them.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

MMA Blog - Vol 1, Issue 1 - Jones vs. Rampage

by Chad Cooper (9-23-11)

UFC 135 pits light heavyweight Jon "Bones" Jones (13-1) vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-8) live on pay-per-view.

Turning to my resident UFC expert and 17-year-old nephew Kasey Cooper (Twitter: @thekaseycooper) for his main event report:

Jones is the youngest UFC champ in history (so far, hehe), and has the longest reach in UFC history as well, at 84.5 inches. He made quick work of legendary Muay Thai fighter Mauricio "Shogun" Rua for the title, and has notable victories over Ryan Bader, Stephan Bonnar, Vladimir Matyushenko, and Brandon Vera.

Jackson is an MMA veteran who has beaten such fighters as Chuck Liddell, Wanderlei Silva, Dan Henderson, and Keith Jardine. He has heavy hands and good wrestling to complement his iron chin, however his chin did show weaknesses against Lyoto Machida even though he went on to a controversial split decision win.

REACH: Jones by far has more reach than Rampage, and since punching is Rampage's bread and butter, Jones gets the edge.

EXPERIENCE: Rampage gets the edge. He has fought the best in the business in the UFC and Pride.

As far as versatility in striking, as well as technique, Jones gets the edge.

POWER: Rampage, hands down, has more power than the champ. Rampage.

WRESTLING: Jackson has good wrestling, but Jones has proven that he has top notch skills. Jones.

SUBMISSIONS: While Jackson technically holds more submission wins, I believe that Jones has better submission skills. Rampage's last submission victory was in 2003. I give the edge to Jones.

CARDIO/ENDURANCE: Jackson has been in many wars with tough fighters but, to be honest, he's getting old. As shown in the fights against Machida and Matt Hamill, he doesn't have the endurance he used to have. Against the much younger, and faster, Jones, I don't think you can compare.

Jones has my favor in 5 out of the 7 categories that I believe will be most important in this fight. That gives him about a 70% chance of winning, compared to Jackson's 30%.

Jackson's only chance in this fight would be to corner the champ, get in close, and land power punches. However, with the long reach of Jones, it wont be easy. Just ask Shogun...

WINNER: Jon Jones by TKO in the later rounds (4th or 5th). The reason I believe it will happen in the later rounds is because of Jones' young athleticism; I believe Jackson will be worn out by then. This should be an entertaining fight, but I do expect Jones to win.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

VIDEO INTERVIEW: Hell or Highwater

We caught up with Hell or Highwater frontman Brandon Saller backstage at the 2011 Rockstar Uproar Tour at The Woodlands Pavilion near Houston on Sept. 5.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

INTERVIEW: Puddle of Mudd

by Chad Cooper, Aug. 2011

Platinum recording artist Puddle of Mudd released their first record in 2001, Come Clean, which went on to sale more than more 3 million copies. The group would give us rock hits like “Control,” “Blurry,” “She Hates Me,” “Famous” and “Psycho,” just to name a few.

Now the band has taken on an entirely different project. On Aug. 30, Puddle of Mudd will release an album titled re:(disc)overed. The record is an 11-track disc featuring covers of tunes made popular by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Neil Young, AC/DC and the Steve Miller Band.

The song list includes “Gimme Shelter,” “Old Man,” “T.N.T.,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “The Joker,” “Everybody Wants You,” “Rocket Man,” “All Right Now,” “Shooting Star,” “D’yer M’ker” and “Funk 49.”

It’s not your average, run of the mill cover album. It had better not be because doing covers can be a career killer. Not this time, though. The band focused on music that inspired them and hooked up with a great producer and added piano players and backup singers to keep the vibe of the originals but then added the Puddle of Mudd touch.

The band is one of seven that is appearing on the Rock Allegiance Tour, which plays the Cynthia Mitchell Woodlands Pavilion on Sunday, Aug. 28, at 5 p.m. Also performing are Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Crossfade, Red, P.O.D. and Drive A.

88MW spoke with guitarist Paul Phillips about the band’s new project and being a momma’s boy.

How did this project come about?

We took about five or six months off after being on the Carnival of Madness, and that’s something we haven’t done since we started. So then, we started getting offers from summer tours, then Europe came calling and we aren’t the type of band to go out and play and just beat a dead horse. We want something new out there to draw traffic. Anyhow, we have been playing “T.N.T.” and “The Joker” and one thing led to another and the whole idea about a covers record came into play. We brought in piano players, back up singers and we wanted to bring those people out on tour with us, as well. It’s something different and off the wall and gives our fans an experience they have never had.

Who came up with the song choices?

It took probably three months bouncing ideas with Wes, our producer and manager. We kind of honed in on that ’60s and ’70s era. There are a few different eras of music that I like, but that time was the era we liked and were inspired the most by. We ended up with about 30 songs, then got it down to 14 and recorded those. After that, we chose 11 and that’s what will be coming out.

Do you have a personal favorite on the album?

There are a few for different reasons, but the one that was most challenging was Elton John’s “Rocket Man.” Just for the simple fact the song is piano driven, and that’s something this band doesn’t do at all. At first I didn’t know how we were going to pull it off. We are these grungy power-chord guys, but it was fun and exciting to get into the song and take a whole other approach and pull it off. Thankfully the producer on the album was Bill Appleberry, who is a piano player and played with the likes of Joe Walsh, James Gang and The Wallflowers.

Did you guys play Devil's Advocate & think about the dangers of releasing a covers record?
Hell yeah. But we made a conscious decision not to choose cheesy ’80s New Wave songs that didn’t mean anything to us. We didn’t want to take the easy way out. We wanted to do timeless classics that we love from bands that we love. Also what comes with that is the fact you set yourself up for crucifixion because those songs are classic untouchables. The goal going into this was to record this record on our gear with modern sound but do everything we can to keep those songs intact, like representing every guitar and drum part. You don’t want to mess too much with them because then you’re asking for it. We recorded live with the drummer and the guitar was done on one or two takes, with the rhythm being just two guitars as opposed to being just five or six guitars. We wanted to keep it to that old school vibe. This record opened our eyes and ears, and I’m really excited to see what happens in the future.

You picked up the guitar early on in life, so was it a natural fit once you started playing?

Yeah it was. My father always played music. He was in bands and played gigs in order to pay for college. The songs we did on this new record are songs I grew up listening to with my dad. When I finally got MTV, I naturally gravitated to the guitar. I started taking lessons when I was 11 but it was learning stuff like “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Jingle Bells,” but I was like that’s not Mötley Crüe and Van Halen. My teacher told me I had to learn that before I learned the other, and I figured out that was not entirely true. I actually put the guitar down for a few years then a friend of my showed me some power chords and I sat in my room and learned “Master of Puppets” front-to-back one summer and taught myself from there on out.

What's the best piece of advice someone has given you?

My mom always gives me the best advice about everything. She always has words of wisdom for me. I am really close to her and if things aren’t going well, I tend to call her for encouragement and advice.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011


by Chad Cooper, Aug. 2011

Many thought Richard Patrick was crazy for leaving Nine Inch Nails in 1993, but after millions of fans heard the first album from his band Filter, they applauded him.

Filter graced the music world with five studio albums with popular tunes such as “The Best Things,” “Welcome to the Fold,” “Dose,” “Where Do We Go from Here?” and, of course, “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture.”

Touring in support of the 2010 release The Trouble with Angels, Filter will play Scout Bar in Clear Lake on Wednesday, Aug. 10 (doors 7 p.m.) and in Beaumont at The Gig on Crockett Street on Friday, Aug. 12, with doors opening at 8 p.m.

Though Patrick has been a steady presence, Filter has gone through several changes since its early ’90s inception, and this is the best the band has sounded. That has a lot to do with drummer Mika Fineo, who joined the band in 2008; and bassist Phil Buckman and guitarist Rob Patterson, relative newcomers to Filter though veterans of the music scene.

Buckman was born in Queens, N.Y., then relocated to Los Angeles and began playing in several bands. But he also has built quiet an empire for himself as a television and film actor. He’s starred in movies such as American Werewolf in Paris, A Very Brady Sequel and The Great White Hype. Buckman was also a regular in TV series like City of Angels, Married with Children and Boston Public.

If you still can’t place his face, it’s guaranteed you’ve heard his voice for promos on The Late Show and countless times on ABC, CBS, NBC, The WB and products for Nestle, Carl’s Jr., Tombstone pizza, Pontiac and a plethora of movies and video games.

Patterson, like Buckman, joined Filter in 2010 and totes an impressive resume. Born in Natick, Mass., Patterson has played guitar in bands such as Korn and OTEP; performs and excels as a DJ; was a contributor to the 2010 novel Sex Tips from Rock Stars; and let’s not forget he’s engaged to Carmen Electra.

88MW spoke with both Buckman and Patterson in a telephone interview as they prepared for a show in Portland.

Joining Filter last year, were you able contribute to ‘The Trouble with Angels’?

The reality of it is, Rob and I came to the group after the record was done. We came in when they had one song left and we wrote “Shot from the Sun,” which is a track on the bonus version of the album.

Looks like you had fun with the video ‘No Love.’

Rob: My friend Mark Racco asked if he could direct a video for us. So then I asked my fiancé if she would do the video and she did. I thought it came out really well.

Phil, how did you make the transition from acting to music?

I left college when I was 20 years old to do music. I saw this band called the Electric Love Hogs, which had members that went on to be in the bands Goldfinger, Orgy and Velvet Revolver, and I literally said this is what I want to do with my life. I had been playing bass for a few months so the very next day, I stopped going to class and just practiced playing the bass. I had been an actor before and when I moved back to L.A. to join the band Tribal Sex Cult, I told my agent that I was back in town but I look totally different and have long hair and earrings and if anything comes along and you need someone who looks like me now, let me know. All of a sudden, I was getting hired like crazy. I always called acting my waiting-tables job because I was just trying to make money until the music thing took off. I never really stopped playing music. Well, I did once when I played in this band called The Imposters. We signed with Interscope records but the deal fell through and some of us took it really hard and stopped playing music. I like performing. There is definitely something really cool about playing in front of a live crowd. Last night, we played in Seattle in front of a crazy crowd that was literally hanging from the rafters. They were out-of-their-minds crazy, and you come off of the stage with this incredible high. I got that when I was doing sitcoms. Wait, let me rephrase that — most sitcoms. Sometimes you didn’t have a script and you’re like, ‘Oh God this fucking sucks.’ You have to perform it and guess who gets blamed for it? We do. When it’s a great show, the writers get the credit. When it’s a bad show, the actors get the blame.

You both have played with impressive musicians. How is it working with Richard?

We are both kind of veterans for what we do and we have a mutual respect for each other. We have our arguments, but this tour we have been getting along. When we do have our disagreements and this guitar player and singer combination dynamic gets on edge, it sort of helps the music, in a way. That hasn’t happened this tour, so I am going to have to make myself get pissed off before I get on stage.

We all want the best for this band, and we all have different ways in realizing that vision. In the past, we didn’t really have the respect for what someone else was saying, and it created friction. It wasn’t being an asshole to be an asshole. We had a big sit-down and realized we are all on the same page, and there’s no reason for this head butting. Since then, we have taken a much greater respect to what we have to say. It made for a better work environment, and the tour bus is much more harmonious now opposed to situations in the past. Rob and I have been friends for 17 years. We’ve never had an issue.

Rob: Well, this one time, but we won’t get into that (ha, ha). Going back to working with Rich, what’s really cool is he is always thinking creatively. When I was in Korn, for me it was like being in a cover band. Like, this is what you play and that was it. Aside from getting from the MTV Unplugged thing, when I got to write some extra stuff, that was it. With Filter, Rich wants us to come up with different stuff while we are playing to make it more interesting — to go off the grid, so to speak.

Phil: Almost every single night, we play each song differently. We aren’t bound to playing this verse 16 bars and this chorus has to be eight bars. We can do different breakdowns. We are all good musicians that can follow each other. In the performance ‘So I Quit,’ Rob does something that will blow your mind. I won’t tell you what it is because I want you to see it. Rich also likes to grab cameras from the crowd and take pictures and he does this while we are doing these musical breakdowns. That to me is what playing music is all about.

Any favorite places you need to stop at when you are on tour?

Rob: Starbucks.

Phil: Yeah, Rob always has Starbucks’ locations pulled up on his phone.

What would you be doing now if your mother chose your career?

Exactly what I would be doing now because my dad is a cellist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. That, or a computer geek.

I would have probably been a doctor, which I would have been fine with if it wouldn’t have been for all that pesky book learning.

What was the first song you learned to play?

Rob: Oh, that’s a tough one. I think ‘Back in Black’ by AC/DC.

Phil: I first started playing bass when I was 19, so it was probably ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ or ‘Lips Like Sugar’ by Echo and the Bunnymen. I started playing guitar when I was 9, though. I played guitar in a cover band while I was in college and the singer played bass. We had another guitar player who was a lot better than me, though. The singer would stop playing bass to sing, so I said give me that fucking thing. Once I started playing bass, I caught on pretty quick. It was a natural fit for me.

What was the strangest thing you’ve seen thrown on stage?

I was in band a once called Go Betty Go, which were three girls and me. Some dude threw his boxers on stage and missed the singer and hit my feet. That was horrible.

I had cake thrown at me before, and some fruit. Of course, bras.

Oh yeah, bras for sure. Last year, a bra was thrown on stage and I put it on my mic stand and Rob took it.

Besides the essentials, anything you have to bring on tour?

My iPad for sure.

Phil: I brought my longboard skateboard and land paddle with me. It’s like stand-up paddle surfing but on a skateboard.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

INTERVIEW: Mickey Avalon

by Chad Cooper, July 28 2011

There’s been a plethora of white rappers such as Eminem, 3rd Bass, Beastie Boys, Bubba Sparxx, House of Pain, Insane Clown Posse, Kottonmouth Kings, Paul Wall, Rehab and Vanilla Ice, just to name a few. Each has had their own niche whether it was rapping clowns, dancing or straight up lyric-slinger. But none are Mickey Avalon.

The 35-year-old rapper has released just one album, which was a self-titled record in 2006 and included the song “Jane Fonda” that quickly gained national attention.

After a few bootleg songs were released, Avalon played several shows with pop phenom Ke$ha opening and the two even recorded a song together entitled “Stickey Mickey.” His popularity soared as he was offered a spot on Snoop Dogg’s Blazed and Confused Tour in 2009.

While working out his logistics to release a new album, he recorded “Stroke Me,” which was a play off of Billy Squier’s 1981 hit single, “The Stroke.” Avalon’s version was picked up by Columbia Pictures and used for the trailer of the comedy Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz.

88MW spoke with Avalon via telephone from his home in Hollywood before he hit the road to play shows in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Clear Lake.

How did music play a role in your life?

My dad was into music. He collected the old 45 records so I was around music when I was a kid. My dad and I would go to like record swap meets and stuff. When I was 11 or 12, I discovered rap music. I listened to Run-DMC, Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Too Short was already out but I didn’t find him until later on. It wasn’t anything I saw myself doing. I didn’t play any instruments or anything. I did take piano lessons but I quit because I didn’t learn any Jerry Lee Lewis right away. It was all scales and stuff.

What was the first concert you attended?

My mom took me to a Run-DMC and Beastie Boys concert when I was 11 and that was awesome. I also won tickets to see Boogie Down Productions then my dad took me and a friend to see Eazy E and King Tee in concert. It was cool to hear them on tape then come into town and see them perform. I saw Chuck Berry when I was a kid too. Not too long ago, I saw Jerry Lee Lewis in concert. It was probably his last concert. He looked like death.

How did it all get started?

I would always write rhymes in my head, I just never thought I would do anything with them. The way technology has changed, it has made it easier on me. Back then you had to save up a bunch of money just to record a demo. I probably wouldn’t have done that. I was living in a halfway house and going to my friend Dirt Nasty’s (aka Simon Rex) place and recording some stuff. I had to be home early and he would go out and hand the stuff out. I was kind of embarrassed about it because I didn’t want anyone to hear it, but it worked out.

Your lyrics aren’t like others in this industry.

I think rap is the folk music of today — storytelling. Two different stories could be totally different but the one thing in common is it’s their story. Let’s say if 50 Cent is talking about selling crack and I’m talking about buying crack, that’s two different stories but really the same, if that makes sense. Instead of doing this over an acoustic guitar, it’s storytelling over a drum machine. It’s a tongue and cheek thing as well. I’ll journalize pimps, prostitutes and junkies to flip the stones over. I’ve lived through a bunch of things that if you sat around long enough and thought about it you would get depressed so sometimes it pays to turn it around and make fun of the situation you were in.

The 2 Live Crew had trouble rapping about some of the things you rap about, but now you are embraced by those who called their music disgusting.

I think it’s an even playing field. In general, people appreciate the truth as long as you treat everyone the same. I also think women are more aggressive now than they ever were. One song I am rapping about bulimia and boob jobs and some of these girls think some of these songs are written about them. Like it’s a compliment. HA!

Can you clarify the rumors about your new music?

In a nutshell, there have been a lot of things going on but I finally have new management and everyone is on the same page. I still have to get my masters back from my old record label but in the meantime I will put out some new material. It will be an EP or mixtape along with a video while we are working to getting the record out.

I heard you did some collaboration with Katy Perry, Travis Barker and Perry Farrell. Will those be on the new record?

No, those will probably be on a bootleg record that will finally make its way out.

Mickey Avalon will perform alongside DJ Kid Mac with special guests CB Kings and Evak & Babel Fish at Scout Bar in Clear Lake. Advance tickets are $16.50. For more information, view

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Friday, July 22, 2011

CD Review: "Sunrise Sessions" by Kottonmouth Kings

by Chad Cooper, July 22, 2011

Kottonmouth Kings
Sunrise Sessions
(Surburban Noize Records)

The Kottonmouth Kings are back for a their 18th studio project — Sunrise Sessions. 18th you say? Yep. This group has been going strong since the early 90s and that shows a big commitment from not only the group itself, but a strong and loyal fan base.

Even if you don't blaze, this record will leave you will that 'funny feeling.' Grab it and let the high times roll. As one of the lyrics in the track "Love Lost" says, if Kottonmouth Kings were a turkey, they would be "king of the gobble."

If you've never heard of the KMK, they describe themselves as "psychedelic hip-hop punk rock" but this album is much more than that. From start to finish, I felt reggae to pop.

The reggae sound really shows it head with tunes like "Love Lost," "She's Dangerous," "Ganja Daze" and my personal fav "Great to Be Alive."

For the dubstep club goers, you will love "Stoned Silly. " If you like tattoos on your necks and motorbikes, then "Cruzin" is for you. I even get a Sublime and Rehab resemblance, which is something radio savvy, with the tunes "Kalifornia," "Back Home," "Closing Time" and "Be Alright."

What I am trying to say is — this album has something for everyone.

1. Stonetown (4:37)
2. Love Lost (5:34)
3. Down 4 Life (4:45)
4. Kalifornia (4:52)
5. My Garden (4:59)
6. Boom Clap Sound (4:58)
7. Back Home (5:00)
8. She's Dangerous (4:55)
9. Ganja Daze (4:55)
10. Stay Stoned (3:03)
11. Stoned Silly (4:25)
12. Closing Time (4:54)
13. Cruzin (3:33)
14. Great to be Alive (4:22)
15. Be Alright (4:20)
16. Said & Done (5:47)

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Monday, July 18, 2011

Dita Von Teese in "Strip Strip Hooray!" headed to Texas

Returning to the city where she first debuted her iconic martini glass show, Dita Von Teese opens her southern tour at the House of Blues New Orleans on July 26th. The 3 city tour continues in Dallas on July 28th, and closes in Houston on July 30th.

The show treats audiences to three of Von Teese's most spectacular performances, including her new Swarovski Martini Glass act which she calls her “ultimate, most decadent, and dazzling martini glass ever!” This beautiful art-deco style cocktail glass is crystalized from top to bottom and features over 250,000 Swarovski crystals.

Von Teese will also perform her “Rhinestone Cowgirl” show which features her dressed in head to toe pink Swarovski crystal, twirling sparkling guns, and strutting around in custom-made Christian Louboutin Cowboy boots complete with spurs a spinnin'. After strip-teasing out of her rhinestone chaps, Dita seductively rides the world's most glamorous authentic mechanical bull. Yee-Haw!!

Joining Dita Von Teese on stage will be “the hardest working middle-aged man in show business,” MC Murray Hill, along with a who‟s who of Burlesque, including Dirty

Martini, Selene Luna, Monsieur Romeo (Host of L'Effleur Des Sens), Lada (from the World Famous Crazy Horse Paris) and Medianoche.

Guests at the Dallas event will also be treated to Dita's new cocktail, the Cointreau MargaDita, a bold and seductive reinvention of the classic Margarita, the #1 selling cocktail in America. Dita Von Teese's tasty new libation is the 2nd drink she has developed as a part of her role as the global ambassador for Cointreau. The Cointreau MargaDita is an homage to Margarita Sames, the bon vivante Dallas socialite who created the original recipe in 1948 while vacationing at her Acapulco cliffside hacienda.

According to Dita Von Teese, "The Cointreau MargaDita is a tantalizing haute-cocktail

Tickets are on sale now by CLICKING HERE.

Dita Von Teese - Making her name on the burlesque and fetish scene in the 90s, Von Teese became famous as the “girl in the glass” with her Martini Glass show. Since then, she has gone on to perform all over the world at events for Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Chopard, Marc Jacobs and more, and is the first guest star in the history of Crazy Horse Paris, the world‟s most prestigious cabaret. Von Teese is also the Global Ambassador for Cointreau, the face of Perrier‟s Limited edition of bottles and cans, and a best-selling author. Currently, Von Teese is developing her own fragrance, a cosmetics collection, a lingerie collection as well as a capsule collection of dresses modeled after some her most treasured vintage find. For more information please visit,

Murray Hill - Comedian and renowned entertainer Murray Hill, “the hardest working middle-aged man in show business,” is a relentless retro shtick slinger, buster of audience chops and freewheeling ad-libber. Murray's razor sharp wit and frenetic showman antics led the New York Times to anoint him “Downtown's New-It-Boy.” Murray has also had a string of recent cameos in HBO's Bored to Death, STARZ's Gravity, and BRAVO's Real Housewives of New York. For more information, please visit,

Dirty Martini - New York Magazine calls Dirty Martini "the sexpot sophisticate," and the New York Times declared her "one of the best in burlesque." Featured in the film "Tournee" which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Dirty Martini is one of the leading figures in the American Burlesque revival. Please visit for more information.

Selene Luna - At 3'10", Selene Luna is a small package with a very big presence. The New York Times calls her "A polished spitfire," and the Washington Square News says, "She's a huge presence and owns the stage during her 5-minute romp." Luna was an original member of Velvet Hammer Burlesque and is well-known as Margaret Cho's sidekick on "The Cho Show." For more information, please visit

Lada (of the Crazy Horse Paris) - One of the stars of the Crazy Horse Paris, Lada was hand-picked by Dita to appear in "Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!" after they met during Dita's guest star appearances at the famous cabaret in 2010. As Crazy Horse Paris Creative Director Ali Mahdavi notes, Lada is "the ultimate expression of a Crazy Horse dancer. She epitomizes the essential blend of strength, femininity, and a sense of humor." Find out more at

Monsieur Romeo (of L'effleur des Sens) - Representing BOYLESQUE in the show, Monsieur Romeo was born in France and raised all over Europe where he worked as a model for Giorgio Armani, Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting. Well-known as the host of the LA-based Parisian Cabaret L'effleur des Sens, "Monsieur Roméo exudes disreputable savoir-faire, seeking women in the audience to help him strip during his solo, and behaving as if anyone who even looks at him is hopelessly corrupt." (LA Times). Check out for more info.

MediaNoche - Medianoche was born and raised in southern Spain and is formally trained in flamenco and tango dance. She brings a distinctly European je ne sais quoi to venues such as Duane Park, Highline Ballroom, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Hotel Empire. Although always at her best when emerging from Isis wings, rhinestoned flower petals, or her signature red pheasant feathers, Medianoche also dances Argentine tango professionally in theaters and ballrooms throughout the United States. For More information please visit her Facebook page.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

CONCERT REVIEW: Rihanna @ Toyota Center

by Chad Cooper

Who: Rihanna
Where: Toyota Center, Houston TX
When: July 9, 2011
Crowd: 12,000+
Opener: J Cole
Show pictures: View here

Recently crowned the most popular entertainer on Facebook with more than 40 million followers, Rihanna, just 23, is on top of the music world. The Loud Tour, which opened with a 30-minute set by DJ Dummy then a few songs by newcomer J Cole, had 88MW vibrating with anticipation.

The show opens with a over-sized static ball type thing that you may see dropping in NYC during the countdown on NYE. It opens and out comes Rihanna singing "Only Girl (In the World)." She looked amazing with above shoulder length hair with the color the vintage maroon we are so used to seeing.

With over 20 million in album sells and a plethora of hits, she sang 'em all. The two things that stuck out in my mind were her version of Prince's "Darling Nikki" and her doing "The Glamorous Life" by Sheila E.

After "Man Down," Rihanna disappears momentarily but a short video keeps our attention. When the lights come back on stage, out comes three stripper polls with Rihanna in the middle dressed in a classic black and white gangster suit directing the pole dancers.

The Barbados beauty later ran through the crowd and set up above and behind the sound board was some percussion and she played them and sang "The Glamorous Life," doing a wonderful impersonation and performance of the great Sheila E.

Add in there somewhere that one lucky male concert goer received a 45-second lap dance while chained to a rotating bed.

88MW has covered 100's, if not, a 1000 shows and this concert had the hottest babes in attendance of them all. Rihanna, OF COURSE, was the queen of the hotness.

One last thing....SHE SANG.

Move over Gags.....Rihanna is taking over.

Only Girl (In the World)
Shut Up and Drive
Man Down
Darling Nikki (by Prince)
Let Me
Breakin' Dishes
The Glamorous Life (by Sheila E.)
Run This Town
Live Your Life
Hate That I Love You
California King Bed
Pon de Replay/What's My Name
Rude Boy
Cheers (Drink to That)
Don't Stop the Music
Take a Bow
Love the Way You Lie Pt. 2

CONCERT REVIEW: Seether @ L'Auberge du Lac

by Chad Cooper

Who: Seether
Where: Party by the Pool @ L'Auberge du Lac, Lake Charles LA
When: July 7, 2011
Crowd: 3,500-ish
Show pictures: View here

It's hard-pressed to find a more popular band on the planet right now than Seether. Their fifth album, Holding onto Strings Better Left to Fray, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in May and the debut single, "Country Song," hit No. 1 on the rock charts.

Though guitarist Troy McLawhorn has left the band, the three-piece has never sounded better and vocalist Shaun Morgan, who was born in South Africa, now is at the fore-front with his guitar skills.

Just two songs were featured from the new album during the show, "Country Song" & "Fur Cue," but the goodies were not forgotten like "Gasoline," "Fine," "Breakdown" and the closer, "Remedy."

The first big pop from the crowd came with the third song, "Fine," then the loudest of the night was when Morgan and bassist Dale Stewart, performed an acoustic version of "Broken." If that was enough to give you chill-bumps, Seether did their own version of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" - WINNING.

Set list
Driven Under
Fur Cue
Heart Shaped Box (Nirvana)
Country Song
Rise Above This
Fake It

CONCERT REVIEW: Puddle of Mudd @ L'Auberge du Lac

by Chad Cooper

Who: Puddle of Mudd
Where: L'Auberge du Lac, Lake Charles LA
When: June 30, 2011
Crowd: 1,700-ish
Show pictures: View here

The outdoor Party by the Pool concert series at L'Auberge du Lac casino in Lake Charles LA is the place to be on the Thursday nights during the summer months.

That trend continued when Puddle of Mudd rocked the stage for nearly 90 minutes. Of course, all of the POM's classics were played, and sung loudly by the crowd, like "Control" (with a little Ozzy mixed in), "Drift & Die," and the set finale "Blurry." They also played "TNT," which was made popular by AC/DC.

That song will be one of 10 tracks on the forthcoming album, Re(disc)overed. The album should be ready for release in August and POM covers classic songs like "Rocket Man," "Gimme Shelter" and "All Right Now," added with a POM touch.

As usual, the band did not disappoint. The only negative in the 13-song set was the absence of "Spaceship." But I'll go without my favorite POM song, just to a see this band perform.

Livin' on Borrowed Time
Drift & Die
Away from Me
Nothing Left to Lose
She Hates Me

Monday, June 27, 2011

Video Interview: Prinzzess

Video interview with Prinzzess @ the 2011 AEE in Las Vegas.

Prinzzess was nominated for several awards at the 2011 AVN Awards.

See her at
Twitter @RealPrinzzess
Official Website:

Video Interview: Jayden Cole

Video interview with Jayden Cole @ the 2011 AEE in Las Vegas.

Jayden was nominated for Best Scene at the 2011 AVN Awards.

Twitter @ClubJayden

Video Interview: India Summer

Video interview with India Summer @ the 2011 AEE in Las Vegas.

Ms Summer was nominated for several awards at the 2011 AVN Awards including MILF/Cougar Performer of the Year. She won Best Actress for A Real Swinger’s Party in San Francisco.

Catch her @ Girlfriends Films
Twitter @MsIndiaSummer


If you haven't already heard of Kopek, 88MW would like to introduce this 3-piece Irish rock band to you.

Daniel Jordan - vocals/guitar
Brad Kinsella - bass
Shane Cooney - drums

The band formed in 2002 & went on to win the title of Best Live Act at the Global Battle Of The Bands – – earned them $100,000 and a world tour.

They released their first album last year, White Collar Lies, with the single "Love Is Dead" featured on the Saw 3D soundtrack.

Official site
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Bellow are two videos - "Sub Human" and "Floridian"