We’re moving!

The powers that (should not) be have declared that the Experience is ready to move on to the next phase of our grand master plan. A dedicated domain name! Woo! Can you feel the excitement! It’s electric! Okay, it’s like sticking your tongue on a 9-volt battery, but that counts.

Come on down to the new Experience, http://HellsquidsIntl.com. Same squid time, different squid channel.

Be seeing you.
Brian.

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Published in: on March 27, 2010 at 11:06 am  Leave a Comment  

Space, the Final Frontier…of rock!

In the late 60s, psychedelic music had emerged from the acid-soaked consciousness of the hippie music scene. Kids everywhere were tuning in and dropping out to the sounds of bands as diverse as Jefferson Airplane and Pink Floyd. But for some people, it just wasn’t…noodly enough. Oh sure, the music wandered around like it was going through munchies in a candy store, and ably delivered its message of peace, oneness, and badgers that vomited love on the wicked heart of the war machine, but then it just stopped. Wouldn’t it be better, these hippie malcontents mumbled incoherently, if the music kinda wandered around sounding like outer space? And so, the bastard child of Grace Slick and Michael Moorcock was born: space rock.

All kidding aside, there were some amazing bands out there doing some pretty intense work, which even today would stand up as solid musical output. Of course, this blog being what it is, I’m going to completely skip over that and move on to the guys in the rubber space man suits.

But first, for all you Motörhead fans out there, here is space rock pioneering band Hawkwind:

You can totally see the progression to ‘Ace of Spaces’, can’t you?

Lothar & the Hand People are one of the earliest of the bands that can be considered space rock. Their song ‘Machines’ is a weird little piece, like a man made of spoons and pans falling down an endless staircase while the singer, for one, welcomes his new mechanical overlords:

Ganymed was an Austrian band who apparently shopped at the Doctor Who costume rejects bin for their stage outfits. Here’s a fun little ditty called ‘The Music Drives Me Crazy’:

So, have you ever thought, as I often have, “I like KISS, but sometimes I wish they were ALL Space Ace Frehley, except French, and playing synth rock”? Well brothers and sisters, have I got the answer for you. The next band in this cavalcade of madness is a band called Rocket. Here is their defining opus (insofar as it’s the first video of theirs that I found on YouTube), ‘Galactica’. Enjoy, if you must dare:

Towards the later end of the 70s and into the 80s, much like the nuclear blast-damaged humans devolved into horrific cannibalistic mutants in “The Hills Have Eyes”, the music stopped being quite so much ‘space rock’ as it was ‘space disco’.  The mechanical synthesized and sequenced beats were perfect for the dance music of the damned, and far too many bands threw themselves into it whole-heartedly.  You can tell who they are, I imagine, because you’re hearing their music for the first time right now.  One exception to this is the renowned British singer Sarah Brightman, whose long career in music somehow managed to survive “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper”.

There are so many, many more I could show you.  But I’d really like you to come back and read more things later.  So I’ll just keep those links for another time.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this little trip into the bizarre world of space rock and disco.  If you didn’t…well…what the hell are you doing still reading?  Masochistic weirdo.

Be seeing you.
Brian.

Published in: on March 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm  Comments (1)  

A temporary bout of seriousness

Hello, folks. You know, in the last couple of weeks, I’ve posted a lot of silliness, and talked stupid about a variety of topics. Today will be no different, right after this post. I have a bit to say about the health care debate. Feel free to skip to the funny, but I’d appreciate if you read on.

Here in Arizona, the budget crisis has caused the state legislature to slash deeply into a host of services provided by the state. Among those are KidsCare and AHCCCS, which provide health care for low income children and children/adults, respectively. Rather than even consider mentioning the option of raising taxes, thousands of children and even more adults whose only crime is not being able to afford health insurance will be denied basic health care. But, you know, those kids could just get jobs, right? Lazy kids.

Across the country, and especially in Washington, the health care debate is coming to a head. The health care reform bill is coming up for a vote. I’m not going to try to convince you one way or the other, because it’s not really an issue one can be on the fence about. Either you’re sure that health reform is a necessary change, or you’re convinced it’s going to cause even further economic tailspin. All I will tell you is this: If not for AHCCCS and KidsCare, my wife might just be dead, and my child might have been institutionalized. Instead, they are happy and (reasonably) healthy. I would gladly pay more in taxes not only for my family to have good health care, but your family as well. If I could direct my taxes to go where I wanted, I would likely direct them all to health care, and possibly to internet infrastructure. You know, for the blogging.

One last thing: Keith Olbermann, whose Countdown show provides a platform for him to address news and events from his generally left-leaning viewpoint. On October 7th, 2009, he devoted his entire hour to one of his “Special Comments” to address the health care issue. The “Special Comment” segments are his especially passionate monologues addressing issues and people who he feels are especially in need of change. His comment dealt with the health care system, the stranglehold of the insurance companies, and his father’s illness. It’s an amazing, heartfelt piece of rhetoric, and I think everyone should see it. The MSNBC site has the transcript of his commentary, with a link to the video (link) so you can watch for yourself.

Tomorrow: silly stuff. Thanks for getting this far.
Brian.

Published in: on March 18, 2010 at 11:31 pm  Comments (2)  

Pure awesome!

Every now and again, there’s something that needs no introduction, it just needs to be seen. Enjoy.

You are now freaking out!

Thanks to Nerdcore for the image.
Be seeing you.
Brian.

Published in: on March 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm  Comments (4)  

Greetings, programs!

Welcome to the Experience.  I’m your host, Brian McDonald.

In generations to come, men will speak of the days before the Experience as if it were myth.  Distant, hazy, and long forgotten.  They may doubt that such a time truly existed, that there was ever a time before the Hellsquids crawled into their imaginations and took hold.  But it is true, my friends, far too true that before today, the Experience was purely a glimmer in my fevered brain.

The Hellsquids are an in-joke, somehow intertwined with all the nonsense that rattles around in my headmeat on a nearly continual basis.  The Experience is my attempt at infecting you with my reality.  I’ll be posting music, art, books, comics, links, and anything else that catches my attention long enough to bookmark.  I like strange stuff, sometimes even good stuff, and hopefully you’ll like it too.  I may also post some fiction from time to time, especially my new experiment, 200 Word Stories.  You have been warned.

I hope you enjoy the Experience.  Tell your friends, your enemies, or random passersby.  Whatever gets eyes on the screen.

Be seeing you.

Brian.

Published in: on March 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm  Leave a Comment