Sunday, April 29, 2012

The TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show #7: 08/02/08 Exodus @ Wacken 2008, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Welcome to yet another fine episode of the TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show! Tonight we travel back to the Wacken Open Air Festival, held each summer in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. On August 2nd, 2008 - the final day of Wacken 2008 - San Francisco California thrash metal pioneers Exodus dished out an afternoon set of absolutely brutal ass kicking American style speed metal. Tonight you will experience the musical obnoxiousness of Exodus for yourself right there in the comfort of your own home...if you think you can handle it. So let's quit wasting time and get right to it, shall we?

July 31 - August 2 - 2008 Wacken Open Air 2008

Exodus: Rob Dukes - vocals
Gary Holt - guitar
Lee Altus - guitar
Jack Gibson - bass
Tom Hunting - drums

Bonded by Blood/ Iconoclasm/ Funeral Hymn/ Lesson in Violence/ Children of a Worthless God/ Piranha/ Deathampetamine/ Blacklist/ War is My Shepherd/ Srike of the Beast/ "The wall of Death!"/ Shovel Headed Kill Machine

...and here we go! Just a word of warning: You might want to secure all loose items in the room. TATSOL is NOT responsible for any physical damage that may occur to any inanimate objects, people or pets upon listening/viewing.

Well, about the only thing that can be said about a set featuring that kind of musical ferocity is "Dammmmn! That was awesome!" We sincerely hope you've enjoyed tonight's serenade of destruction. If not, there must be something wrong with you.

We'll be back again next Sunday with another trip back...into the rock and roll time machine! Don't say we didn't warn you...

One Chaska Graffiti Artists' Illustrated Guide To Male Reproductive Organs

...just in case you had any lingering questions.

03-04-12 Chaska Building Center Demolition, Chaska, MN (Male Anatomy Graffiti)
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Last Night! 04/28/12 Division Nine @ Bonfire Bar & Grill, Litchfield, MN

04/28/12 Division Nine @ Bonfire Bar & Grill, Litchfield, MN
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New York City Images As Album/CD Cover Art #67: Bob Dylan "Chronicles Vol. I" Sampler CD (2004)

Bob Dylan Chronicles Vol.1 Sampler CD
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Artist: Bob Dylan
Title: Chronicles Volume I (Limited Edition CD Sampler)
Released: 2004

Sunday, April 22, 2012

TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show #6: 11/15/92 Black Sabbath @ Pacific Amphitheater, Costa Mesa, CA

Welome to another ground shaking episode of the TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show! This week we've got something a bit special for you - some of you may remember it - some may not even be aware that it took place at all.

Back in 1992, Black Sabbath was out on the road, again, supporting their "Dehumanizer" album and were also once again reunited with Ronnie James Dio on vocals for the first time since the early 1980's. As the tour blitzkrieged it's way across America and headed for a pair of final shows on the west coast, Dio became quite agitated at the prospect of Black Sabbath appearing as special guests to Ozzy Osbourne for two nights in Costa Mesa, California. Plans also called for Osbourne to join his former Sabbath bandmates on stage for a few songs during their encore. Shortly before the shows were to take place, Ronnie decided that there was no way he was going to perform on a bill with Osbourne, especially as an opening act, let alone share the stage with him. Dio voiced his displeasure with the situation to Iommi...and then quit the band. Again.

Luckily, Sabbath guitarist and mainman Tony Iommi was able to call in a favor and a replacement for Dio was secured immediatley and in time for the pair of California shows. And not just any replacement either. Imagine the excitement of the tens of thousands of Black Sabbath fans gathered to witness the legendary metal band as they walked out on stage that November evening in Costa Mesa...with last-minute fill-in vocalist Rob "The Metal God" Halford striding up to the microphone to take his turn interpreting a set of Sabbath material. I rememer hearing about the shows soon after they took place and thinking how insanely cool that would have been to see. Thank god for bootleggers - because tonight, thanks to someone who was lucky enough to get a video camera into the second show on November 15th, you can witness it for yourself!

1.) Due to the "bootlegged" nature of this recording, it may not be quite up to the audio and video quality you may be expecting if you're a "quality purist." But for those of you more acclimated to listening to bootleg recordings and who don't mind sacrificing a bit of audio/visual clarity in order to witness something quite cool...tonight's show is for you!

2.) Unfortunately, the final 4-song encore of Black Sabbath/ Fairies Wear Boots/ Iron Man/ Paranoid featuring a special guest appearance by Ozzy Osbourne on vocals that wrapped up the show does not appear in this filmed version.

So let's go back now to November 15th, 1992 and relive a truly unique event in Metal History...Black Sabbath live, featuring Rob Halford on vocals.

Black Sabbath:
Tony Iommi - guitar
Geezer Butler - bass
Vinnie Appice - drums
Rob Halford - vocals

The Mob Rules/ Children Of The Grave/ Children Of The Sea/ Symptom Of The Universe/ N.I.B./ Die Young/ Into The Void/ Heaven & Hell/ Sweet Leaf/ Neon Nights

...and there you have it - an unforgettable 1992 performace from metal innovators Black Sabbath with special guest Rob Halford on vocals. Lucky were the fans who were able to witness this one in person and we hope you've enjoyed it as well. That's it for this week - Join us right here again next Sunday as the TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show takes another trip back into the rock and roll time machine!

Next Saturday! 04/28/12 Division Nine @ Bonfire Bar & Grill, Litchfield, MN

04/28/12 Division Nine @ Bonfire Bar & Grill, Litchfield, MN

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Reliving The Golden Age Of Video Game Arcades At The Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade & Museum In Minneapolis

With the Gorgeous One off to do whatever it is that the ladies do at a Bridal Shower, I found myself with some free time earlier this afternoon. So I rang up "337," whom I haven't had a chance to hang out with in nearly a year. We decided on lunch at an area Chipotle and then a visit to the Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade & Museum, located at 818 West Lake Street in Uptown Minneapolis.
04-21-12 Rusty Quarters Arcade, Minneapolis, MN (Window)
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I'd been wanting to visit Rusty Quarters since I first read about it opening last fall and today looked to be as good a day as any to finally pay a visit. So after some always satisfying Chipotle eats, "337" and I made our way back a few blocks south to Lake Street and soon enough we located the arcade. A few minutes later, after changing in a $5.00 bill for a handfull of quarters each, we stepped into the main gaming area, "337" headed in the direction of the pinball machines (where he remained for nearly the duration of our stay) and I settled on a few rounds each of Q*bert, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Centipede, Defender and, finally, Joust - all of them old favorites from a time when I actually gave a crap about video games.

Most people my age (old enough to know better but still young enough to do it anyway) have at least one or more video game system at home. I have never owned a video game system other than an Atari 2600, and that was a long, long time ago. No Nintendo, no Super Nintendo, no Sega Genesis, no X-Box, no Wii. My love of video games really died with the end of the .25 cent Video Game Arcades back around 1990 or so as home video game systems took over the gaming market and thousands of game arcades across the nation, feeling the financial pinch, as well as many of them facing community opposition for "encouraging a culture of juvenile delinquency," simply closed up shop, never to re-open.

So it was quite enjoyable to step back in time, to the late 1980's, for just a while this afternoon and enjoy some games, sights and sounds I've not experienced in over 20 years. I thought I'd bring the camera along and capture some of the visuals. First, let's observe the rules:

04-21-12 Rusty Quarters Arcade, Minneapolis, MN (The Rules)

For the entire hour we were there people ranging in age from around 6 to about 60 streamed through the room, some reliving old memories of favorite teenaged hangout arcades long since vanished - others, the youngsters visiting with Mom and/or Dad, excitedly experiencing these old relic video games for the first time. I was glad to see so many people there and I hope they continue to come - it would be great if Rusty Quarters could make a long-term and profitable run of it here in Minneapolis.

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Spent many a dollar on this game back in the day. I skipped it today though, as "337" was now deeply occupied with the Galaxian machine and Gauntlet isn't quite as fun with just a single player. Oh, well, plenty of other choices.

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All these years later, I still love Q*bert! After I pumped a few quarters into the machine I discovered I still suck at it too. But it was somehow oddly fun being reminded of that fact - as I died - over and over and over.

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I can't recall ever spending even a single quarter on Burger Time. And I don;t think I saw anyone do so the enire time we were there today either.

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Another old favorite, Defender - one I don't suck at quite so badly.

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This little girl held court on the Frogger machine for quite a while and appeared to be enjoying herself very much, thank you.

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If I had a quarter for every quarter I pumped into an Asteroids machine back in the 1980's...well...I guess I'd have a lot of quarters. I still love this game and gave it some serious attention today.

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The Mr. Do machine was the only game in the place that had an "Out Of Order" sign on it. Most of the games in here are in really great broken joysticks and/or fire buttons, no sticky pop spills or cigarette burns...something that was quite common in the arcades I frequented as a kid.

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This guy gave Donkey Kong a go while his small daughter contented herself just watching the goings-on in the video pixelled world of Donkey Kong Jr.

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This woman was kicking some serious ass on the Joust machine. She was on it almost the entire time we were there and I was fretting I wouldn't get a chance to play. But finally, I noticed she was stepping away from the machine. I wasted no time and stepped right up and popped in a few quarters and went a few rounds with my flying ostrich-mounted enemies. For not having played this game in over two decades I thought I did pretty well too. Of course, I have no proof - you'll just have to trust me on that.

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The Track and Field machine sat mostly unused during our visit as well.

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This Mom was busy, excitedly explaining to her daughter, the finer points of a successful game of Rampage.

04-21-12 Rusty Quarters Arcade, Minneapolis, MN (Rampage Players)

And back at the Gauntlet Machine, same scenario, except it was a father-daughter combo this time around. All of the kids I saw in Rusty Quarters really seemed to be enjoying themselves and the old-school games. I didn't hear one "this is lame!" from any of them - so that was encouraging.

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Rusty Quaters currently features 3 pinball machines near the back of the room. I kept thinking how cool it would be if they had the Bally's Kiss and Ted Nugent pinball machines from the late 1970's.

04-21-12 Rusty Quarters Arcade, Minneapolis, MN (Pinball Machines)

It was getting to be about time to leave - before I started cashing in more dollar bills for more quarters. I decided to take one more quick walk through and film some of the sights and sounds. For those of you who, like myeslf, remember fondly the video game arcades of your youth, this should bring back a few of those memories.

So, the next time you find yourself in south Minneapolis and you are thinking to yourself, "Hey, self, I could sure go for a game or two of Pac-Man (or Space Invaders or Donkey Kong)...stop by Rusty Quarters Retro Arcade and Museum. You'd have to be half-dead not to have a great time there!

RIP Cash Cab (2005 - 2012)

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Awwww, Ben, say it ain't so! One of our favorite TV shows is about to disappear - save for the re-runs. The Discovery Channel has canceled its Emmy-winning game show "Cash Cab" after nearly seven years and more than 200 episodes. They probably need more time to air "Swamp Hippies Pawn Shop Wives" or some other rediculous crap that they seem to be veering towards lately. More details on the cancellation at

Thursday, April 19, 2012

04/17/12 Prong @ Station 4, St. Paul, MN

04/17/12 Crowbar/Prong/Witchburn @ Station 4, St. Paul, MN
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After several days of self-debate, The Gorgeous One and I decided it might be in our best interest if we made it out and caught Prong at the Station 4 in St. Paul on Tuesday night. It had been about 6 years, maybe, since the last time I'd seen them and figured we might as well catch 'em while they were in town. Prong currently are out on the road supporting their new CD "Carved Into Stone" which will be released on 04/24/12.
Arriving a bit late we completely missed opening band Climactic. Rifflord were on stage and just finishing up, mercifully from what I heard, as we arrived. After a brief set change, Seattle, WA stoner-doom-sludge metalists Witchburn, who I was previously unfamiliar with, blasted through a surprisingly enjoyable set of maybe just over half-a-dozen tunes or so. I was particularly impressed, as was the Gorgeous One, with front woman Jamie Nova's powerful vocal delivery.

After about a 20 minute set change the lights once again went back down, people crowded in towards the front and a few minutes later Tommy Victor and his fellow Prong-ites hit the stage and began to tear shit up right from the get go. Of course I brought the Nikon S6000 to capture all the action for those of you who couldn't make it out for the show. We decided to leave right after Prong finished up - having seen Crowbar a few times previously and enjoyed them, on this partivular evening I had no desire to listen to 60+ minutes of down-tuned, high volume audio depression...and I was quite certain that the Gorgeous One didn't want to deal with that either. So...for all you Prong we go!

@ Station 4, St. Paul, MN

04-17-12 Prong @ Station 4, St. Paul, MN (Setlist)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show #5: 12/31/77 The Ramones "It's Alive!" @ The Rainbow, London, England

Welcome to another TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show! We hope you've had an enjoyable weekend - and we'd like to assure you that, for the next 26 minutes at least, it's about to get even more enjoyable!

This week we pay our respects to the influential punk visionary/vocalist Joey Ramone who was taken away from us 11 years ago today. For tonight's TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show we take you back to New Years Eve 1977 where we join Joey and the rest of "da' brudders" on stage at the Rainbow in London, England. This show, professionally recorded and filmed for eventual release under the title "It's Alive," was released as a 2LP set in April 1979. The film version, seen here, saw eventual release as part of the amazing 2007 2DVD set "It's Alive 1974 - 1996."

So...Hey! Ho! Let's Go!

The Ramones:
Joey Ramone - vocals
Johnny Ramone - guitar
Dee Dee Ramone - bass
Tommy Ramone - drums

Blitzkrieg Bop/ I Wanna Be Well/ Glad To See You Go/ You're Gonna Kill That Girl/ Commando/ Havana Affair/ Cretin Hop/ Listen To My Heart/ I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You/ Pinhead/ Do You Wanna Dance?/ Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy/ Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue/ We're A Happy Family

Ladies and Gentlemen...we hope you've enjoyed tonight's incendiary set by the recorded live on stage in London, England on 12/31/77.

As always, thanks for joining us once again for another TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show...join us right back here next Sunday night for another trip back into the Rock and Roll time machine!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New York City Images As Album/CD Cover Art #65: Overkill "Under The Influence" (1988)

Overkill Under The Influence (1988)
(Image via NYCDreamin Archives)

Having a hard time finding the NYC imagery here?
It's there, near the top of the image...a few iconic NYC skyscrapers dotting the skyline, seen looking up and out of the sewer grate.

Artist: Overkill
Title: Under The Influence
Released: 1988
Cover Illustration: Steve Fastner and Rich Larson

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

RIP Ritchie Teeter - Drums, The Dictators/Twisted Sister

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Several sources are reporting sad news today of the passing of former Dictators & Twisted Sister drummer Ritchie Teeter. Details surrounding Teeter's death, at the age of 61, are in short supply at the moment but the Dictators' official website promises more information will be forthcoming shortly.

One From The Archives: 04/10/71 Buddy Miles Imposter Causes Fans To Riot @ Cafe Extrodinaire, Minneapolis, MN

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-Rolling Stone Magazine 05/13/71
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show #4: 08/06/11 Kreator @ Wacken Open Air 2011 Festival, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

Welcome to another sonic ass kicking, courtesy the TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show! This week we head back once again to the Wacken festival in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, this time to August 2011, to witness a crushingly heavy set from one of our all-time favorite bands here at TATSOL...the always intensely heavy and technically proficient...Kreator! So let's not waste any time shall we and get right to it here...

08-06-11 Kreator @ Wacken 2011
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  • Miland 'Mille' Petrozza – vocals, guitar
  • Sami Yli-Sirniö – guitar
  • Christian 'Speesy' Giesler – bass
  • Jürgen 'Ventor' Reil – drums, vocals

  • Setlist:
    Hordes of Chaos/(A Necrologue for the Elite)/Warcurse/Endless Pain/Pleasure to Kill/Destroy What Destroys You/Voices of the Dead/Enemy of God/Phobia/Reconquering the Throne/The Patriarch/Violent Revolution/Betrayer/Flag of Hate/Tormentor Just a warning: for those unfamiliar with Kreator and their music, it's about to get really brutal up in here...if you don't think you can handle it this might be a good time for you leave. For the rest of you maniacs who know exactly what you're about to experience and are just salivating for it to get we go!

    Can you believe that shit?!? The legendary and influential Kreator...Wacken 2011. That is a show that those who were lucky enough to attend will likely not forget any time soon. We hope you've enjoyed it as well! That's it for this week's TATSOL Sunday Night Rock Show - please join us again next week for another Sunday night trip into the rock and roll time machine...

    04/08/12 Scene On The Rails: Rail Car Graffiti, Buffalo, MN

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