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Artist Mention Monday’s CARINA ROUND!

Posted in Art, Community, Music. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2012 by lickthestranger


(I’ll let you catch your breath and collect yourself..yeah she tends to have that effect on people)
Now that your finished gazing upon our artist… its time for Artist Mention Monday’s! Ive spent a couple of weeks writing about other forms of innovative art, just to shed some light on some of the different varieties of artistry thats out there. But mainly I’ve spent a good amount of time coaxing y’all to check out Puscifer’s music I honestly couldn’t help it! But today, we’ve got a real special treat that I’m sure your all gonna love. This artist has truly reignited the much needed spark the rock genres been craving; with her brilliant, strikingly gorgeous and inventive image, she is like something out of a 1950’s “girl in the red dress playing on a piano dream”. Well more like girl in a red dress with a Fender from the 1950’s.

I know…I know…your probably thinking “Leo, your just hypnotized”

well yes and so are you dont lie… but its more than her beauty, its her sheer innovative soulful and truly raw emotional music that has got me honestly soul struck. Im proud to say that Its our first true “Artist Mention Mondays” where we feature Music (CMON TOOL or Puscifer dont count their already famous! I mean Maynard had business Card that said “Jesus H Christ” and hes the biggest Celeb we know) no this is the first ever Fresh and Innovative AMM music pick of the week and I’m honored to Present to you Ms. Carina Round. Born in Wolverhampton, England, Carina has immersed herself with quite the crowd here in the United States. During her move to LA she has collaborated with writers and producers such as Dan Burns, Glen Ballard (recognizably worked with Michael Jacksons Thriller and Bad) Carina has found a place among some of the best musicians of our time. Along with a variety of well known and talented Muscians such as Billy Corgan, Brian Eno and Maynard James Keenan, Carinas Fan base has become immersed in her brilliance and indistinguishable voice and image, SHIT I KNOW I HAVE. First thing my fellow composer and best friend Misha said to me in the show as soon as Carina took the stage was “NOW THATS AN IMAGE LEO!”.

Aside from her incredible 1950’s girl in the red dress image, her writing style is unique almost in line with Trent Reznors the Fragile mixed with some of his film scores and cant forget to mention MJK. Just to think working with Maynard James Keenan has to be a trip, its like something enjoyable and almost spiritual at the same time (dont know why maybe its because of that Jesus picture of Maynard…Genius.) Speaking of Maynard (which sorry MJK but Ive talked about you quite a bit its Carina’s day!) its amazing how Carina moves on stage, her surrealistic and animalistic style  had me looking at her even during the parts that Maynard was singing (not to mention being in the forth row we got flashed when she lifted her skirt pretty sweet!) and alone on stage was like..wow Im at a loss for words, I’d say a true natural innately talented professional.

All in all, Carina has truly gained the respect that she so rightfully deserves from a great and faithful ever expanding fan base. I could go on forever as to why I think Carina Round is innovation at its finest but I’ll let her take care of that. Has she inspired Lick the Stranger to write more music? DEFINITELY in the hopes that she will someday think anywhere remotely the same of me as I do of her..in fact the sheer idea that she has inspired me to continue writing and recording songs like our “lifting you up” proves that her musicianship, passion and love for what she does is like an extremely potent inspiration potion that can lure anyone that comes across it. Oh YEA AND DID I MENTION! SHE MENTIONED US ON HER WEBSITE!!!PRETTY BADASS! I’d like to thank Carina Round for taking the time of featuring us on her website on Carinaround.com where you could download and listen to her music as well as on her https://www.facebook.com/carinaround
It means THE WORLD  to me that you would take notice, and as an artist and fan here on LTS we thank you for creating wonderful and beautiful art and hope that you continue to do so. Hope that you like our review.
Ladies and Gentlement without further a due Ms.Carina Round GOOD LUCK ON YOUR SHOW TONIGHT rock the SHIT out of it!!

Innovation and Art of all forms
Leo Bazan Lick the Stranger

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My Puscifer Experience

Posted in Art, Community, Music., reviews with tags , , , , , , , on June 17, 2012 by lickthestranger

Well sorry Im getting back to you late, I know that a post was promised on thursday but one thing led to another and I had to catch up on some old PS one games, Im sure you understand the urgency of my situation. NOW PUSCIFER, you my friend told me “leo how much can I truly expect from a band that composites the words Pussy and Lucifer as means of recognition for a group?…he replied to himself in the following “A HELLFUCKING LOT THATS JUST GENIUS”. Thats right my friend because Puscifer loves the word “VAGINA” and they make sure you love it too, while a video clip of Maynard James Keenan dressed up as a Drunkard Military Colonel begins by stating that no video or photography is allowed, if he catches you he will come out of the screen and kick your ass himself

Highlight of the moment” I toured with that band called “fools-uhh Drools oh Tool thats right and that other shit uhh Full circle, Im sorry whats its called Half circle” yea perfect half circle”- Major Douche.

(I was in the forth row, I almost took a video just to get the shit beaten out of me, so I can go back with a black eye to tell my friends “Yeah I got my ass kicked by MAYNARD JAMES KEENAN” what an Honorable way to get your ass kicked”, theres should be like an XBOX achievement for it, called “Spiraled Out” those enjoying the moment receive a lesser achievement but still good one called “Vicarious”)

A perfect circle Bassist and carina round collaborator standing in front of a trailer home stage prop.

The Idea of the show was to change your setting from your regular city backyard to the vast openness of the Arizona Sonoran Desert, (with a trailer home, grill, chairs a fake fire and a drumset on a hack tractor) Maynard did a damn good job at it. First off he began with a deep discussion of Sustainability (no not the enviromental kind for you tree huggers) just messing around its was about humanities roots of Specializations within ancient civilizations and how art was created as a means to share their knowledge of life and how its the only thing that will keep us moving on. Yea sorry Scrappy/Frillix lovers DJ lovers what ever the hell that shit is called if your reading this, I think its time for you to leave, its already too complicated for you to understand (were talking about real music now okay). Anyway, the concert felt like a it was conducted as a broadway theater play. The drummer OWNED, literally he is a star, the simplistic drum beats of the industrial experimental genre were just glamourized and brought to a hole new level with this guy “Jeff Friedl” and bassist “MATT McJunkins” really stole the stage in many a moments. The overall atmosphere was genuine, unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life. Its like the perfect balance of wisdom, jokes and good fun, badass industrial experimental music and some wine to enjoy the ride. The concert felt like we were all relaxing with the band as they played they tracks separated by what seemed like ACTS. Act 1 was Wiseness Act 2 was the Change in times and wishes of the future and ACT 3 was Today as in the Present. Or maybe Im just a band Geek that looks too into things.

The set list was magical, and Maynard was happy and not being the typical asshole everyone knows him to be, he was actually surprisingly nice. Carina was amazing, aside from her endless beauty her talents surpass any of the so called “good” singers of the pop generation. Maynard always brings us gold with his music, lyrics and now with adjacent and collaborators as well. I honestly see a bright future for miss Carina, its crazy how she moved like Young maynard…YEAH you remember the Tool 1993 performance in the Reading Festival where maynard wore a pink long john, Well thats exactly how she moved, so animalistic, yet unique and inciting. When the tracks were all played the band sat down and enjoyed a nice glass of whine on front stage. When the crowd took their seats Maynard said “who the hell said you could sit down? whos over 48 here? a couple people raised their hands, he followed on by saying “okay you can sit down youve earned the fucking right to sit down”. BRILLIANCE. I feel like society takes very little notice of gems such as puscifer and instead turns to the mindless and heartless forms of stupidity they called POP music. But its only when its gone that they start to appreciate it. Overall the concert was an amazing experience worth repeating itself.  What do we all think of Maynard….lets have a look..

HAHA yea cmon we all think that dont lie. Well there is innovation and there is shit all crossing a thin line on thin ice and since the world isnt always niceness and bunnies shitting out rainbows NO NO NO there is the dark side and there is a lot of SHITTY music out there. Im gonna show you guys something a reporter wrote on the newspaper about one the worst bands to ever take a SHIT on music, one the bands that is so OFFENSIVE to the rock Genre that anyone mentioning the name deserves an automatic Nut check, yea your probably already saying to yourself “Oh shit nooo its Nick…. ” well NO! dont say it ! cuz demons will come and rape you! So I’ll let an image take care of that…just for shits and good laughs heres the image..

I know…I know.. but trust me Ive got a news reporter who spoke the truth behind nickelshit and Ive gotta show it to you.

Hey looks like Im not the only one who doesnt like nickel…one must not say the name remember…
ARTIST MENTION MONDAYS IS BACK THIS WEEK AND ITS A SPECIAL ONE! Hope you enjoy!
Innovation and art of all forms
LTS. Leo Bazan.

Puscifer and Carina Round DESTROYED!

Posted in Art, Community, Music. with tags , , , , , , on June 13, 2012 by lickthestranger


Maynard wins over hundreds yet again, along with his beautiful and extremely talented singer Carina Round, PUSCIFER blew the theater out of the water. Ive mentioned Puscifer on LTS a couple months back and ranted about real artists not coming to miami because, miami is extinct to the realm of good music. But amongst ruin there are always those who survive and strive to continue. In the words of maynard himself “hang on son o’ mine a storm is blowin’ up your horizon changes come keep your dignity take the high road take it like a man” -MJK Momma Sed. Couldn’t have said it better myself…who better than the legend himself to admit that times are changing.Thats right we all fear change, music is changing (for the better or worse) its changing and those who have dignity and passion will not fall POPULARITIES TRASH**ooops I mean Trap. Tonight I really felt the pride and the passion of two people that I feel honored to call true “MUSICIANS” Maynard James Keenan and Carina Round, they truly reminded Miami that THERE IS SUCH A THING AS MUSIC! and EMOTION! not GRILLIX DUB TAP or DUB STAMP whatever the shit is called. Talent was in the Air tonight.

Thought Id share this brilliance with Y’all, see someone else shares our opinion.

Maynard was spectacular. Me and Misha (fellow composer in LTS and Best friend) were analyzing everything they did and there was honestly not a single moment of dullness in this show. The Olympia theater in Downtown miami felt like Broadway New York, they threw a tremendous theatrical performance using Screens, A trailer (yea a real trailer), camp fire, chairs and WINE! the idea was to bring us back to the time where artist would share stories around a campfire, they wanted the show to feel like a getty. A really BADASS GETTY! the lights, effects, Carina was amazing seeing how it was the first time I have seen her live and the energy was circulating faster than a nuclear power plant. I just had to share this with you and hope that you buy or listen to both Puscifer and Carina Round, (if you dont know who they are, just read my post below). I’ll get further in detail as to my opinion of Maynard and his life in the Music Business as well as new comer and already well respected Carina Round. Just thought I’d share my wonderful experience with you all tonight. Off to bed now, but first OFF TO LISTEN TO SOME MORE PUSCIFER.
Be back THURSDAY FOR full Review of the SHOW!

Fan art Maynard James Keenan

Dead Space 3 Thrills E3 and ME!

Posted in Art, Community, Fiction, Gaming, reviews with tags , , , , , , , on June 5, 2012 by lickthestranger


ISAAC IS BACK…I have no words to describe the bewildering excitement I feel at this moment, the trailer to Dead Space 3 has blown away fans and artists at game convention center E3,  honestly all I have to say is WOW. PLEASE tell me that as you are reading this…you know what DEAD SPACE is…you know the game where an average (not military based) electronics engineer named Isaac Clarke who boards an isolated ship in a restricted space zone infested with Flesh devouring and limb splitting Necrotized humans (formally known as necromorphs) controlled by an all powerful hive mind created and sythezised from alien origins by the government and religious individuals(of course) as bases for testing a new weapon and spreading a new religion…all THIS! to find his probably dead and Re-animated necrotized girlfriend.. yea that game..okay so were on the same page then? ok cool. Heres a nice pic for your enjoyment of the worlds most BADDEST(as in BAD Fnn ASS) and ICONIC characters in gaming history and today.

YEAH SHOOT THAT SHIT!

So Im not here to do a review of the game or to convince you to play it, Im here to say how freaking amazing the brand new recently released trailer of the Third installment to Dead Space 3, ill get to that in a bit.
Lets touch on the history for those new to Dead Space, With its two predecessors creating an Epic great success and living it up to its hype, Dead Space has become an instant classic, using its innovative scare tactics and its extreme interactive gameplay, along with great character development, you really just immerse yourself and feel like you truly are Isaac Clarke himself. Hes just an Average man at the wrong place at the wrong time and shit just keeps on happening to the poor bastard. The story is well, complicated to explain so I’ll just keep you up to date with this video that will explain everything from the first game and some of the second.

The trailer has definitely raised the bar, incorporating new Co-op gameplay (not featured in its two early predecessors)  new weapons and creatures, and a new planet filled with necromorphs to create chop suey from. Trust me if you played the game you know what Im talking about and if you havent, well the only way to kill enemies is by literally chopping off their limbs. Yeah thats another cool thing all the weapons we always power tools used by engineers and the flight crew. So its interesting to know what the new game will come along as far is weapons is concerned. We can dissect somethings out of it once you’ve seen the trailer so Im honored to show it to you..

Now thats some Good F**king shit if you ask me man, Epicness to the max. Well as you could see there is Co-op but its optional, Isaac’s partner from the second game gets lost and well he tries to find her…apparantly the guy Isaac is working with couldnt give a damn about Eli, he just wants to kill some necros and destroy the Marker. Im seeing a possible Mexican Standing off coming from all of this..dont know why I just do..that relationship has kicked off to a rocky start. The game features a new Ice planet which is claimed to tbe the origins of the Marker, so of course the Unitologist are gonna be pissed and that they’re gonna be after Isaac there are several reasons for that(reason for attacking Isaac # 1. he massacred a shit ton of Earthgov agents back on Sprawl by opening a gate letting a flood of Necros in to chop some human limbs, Reason #2. He has the key to understanding the marker but he’s stubborn and wont cooperate, Reason #3 he built the Marker, Thats what you get for trusting Scientologist ooops I mean Unitologist either no offense Tom Cruise and John Travolta).

Dead Space 3 is set to release February 2013 so as news sparks up you will be the first to know. So go out there and rent the first two games and remember cut off their limbs!

Innovation and Art of all forms
L.T.S: Leo Bazan