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Nine Inch Nails New RECORD! lets make a BET shall we?

Posted in Art, Community, Music. with tags , , , , , on July 10, 2012 by lickthestranger


(**INTENDED FOR THOSE WHO KNOW NINE INCH NAILS, if you DONT know Click the link in BLUE) then read on!
FUCK YES! This ones personal, because its one of my all time favorite artist of all time NINE INCH NAILS. And still going strong, what? stopped touring? farewell tour over and done with? so does that mean NO MORE NIN. Well… wipe your tears and clean your skidmarks because NIN is far from Over. Trent Reznor was “spent” from all the years of being on the road with Nine inch nails, so he decides to do a farewell tour, then sell all his live equipment and call it quits OR SO IT SEEMS! Although everybody deserves a break, trents Breaks consist of various productive and rewarding activities. Such as,  A little Marrying here (Mariqueen Maandig) FINALLY great btw, a little producing there (how to destroy angels *his wifes band) and a couple of oscars and award winning films scores here and there (the social network and girl with the dragon tattoo).HOLY SHIT its like that kid that says “Mom when I get  older Im gonna be a doctor, football player, space cowboy, president and accomplishes every single one of these, as a matter of fact wears a cowboy hat while going to Mars”. Trent has endured tough times through out his life as Nine Inch Nails and took on rampaging hell fires with corporations and Record labels alike that thrived at the idea of milking the “product” Nine Inch Nails for all its worth. Luckly Trent is no puppet and fought swiftly and intelligently through every battle seemingly turning out on top. Now Free of his record contract restraints with Interscope Nine inch nails is on uncharted lands what concoction will Reznor reveal to us next and most importantly WILL HE TOUR AGAIN?

Wave Goodbye tour (Credits to Kimberly for the photo)

This seems to be the last memory of the legendary showman Trent Reznor as we remember him on stage. Sadly Nine Inch Nails took on what was promised to be the last tour for the singer songwriter. During the Golden Globe awards this year Reznor spoke about a new record as a means to express his inner voice which has been silenced for quite sometime now. “I think I have something to say that feels unique to who I am right now, and that’s when it tells me it’s time to do something.” So far the record and its components are pure speculation. Will it be like the Downward Spiral? or something With Teeth. Well lets ask trent, shall we? “It’s all kind of hypothetical right now. When I sit down with a notebook and a little mini-recorder is when my bluff will be called, and then it might not happen at all.” Overall there is littel information as to details of the record but I will reveal more information as we go along. But you wanna know what I think when I hear the possibility of a new record? read on

YEAH BADASS!

You wanna know what I think? you really wanna know? here goes I think its ASS thats what I think, I think that he’s Bluffing about fucking bluffing…Why are all these amazing stars this way? maynard does the samething tool, Smashing pumpkins. Why must they have us pant like dogs to hear their art,  like Tool I mean have you seen their news feed? you’ll get more news from the National Enquirer. I mean dont get me wrong Im stoked to hear the music but Either say “Yeah Ive recorded some song ideas on my iPhone nothing concrete, havent gone into the studio yet but definitely working on it”, no instead we get some cryptic “witty” response that niether confirms or dismisses the idea of a new record! nevertheless heres my reaction to the news…

Heres the answer to this CRYPTIC MESSAGE FOR YOU , YES HES WRITING SOME NEW Material he wont say yes because he doesnt want to rush things..AND ITS PROBABLY THE BEST FUCKING SHIT HE HAS EVER WRITEN SINCE THE DOWNWARD SPIRAL so MUCH SO that our Brains currently cant even begin to fathom the idea of its Amazingness, epicness and godly power it contains. Wanna know how I know? because Im a musician and we say this shit all the time because we think its smart and cool like smoking Al Pacino in the 1980’s

. SO IM EXCITED IM STOKED and by the way WAVE goodbye Tour, yeah more like I have to get a wife, attack other goals and come back to this Later, so yea expect to see NIN tickets for sale some time after the albums release, dont believe me? lets make a bet if he doesnt make an album or a Tour I will literally do any request you make as a video, I will literally EAT DOG DOODY and If he does then whoever bet has to share our PAGE to 100 people for a week!

Hope you enjoyed the review and hope your all as excited for the NIN record as I am, dont forget to subscribe and challenge my BET!

This post goes to you Trent all in good fun! you are my inspiration for writing music without you I would have never become a musician, thank you Trent.
Leo Bazan LTS 

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Artist Mention Monday on Tuesday only for SID SRIRAM!

Posted in Art, Community, Music. with tags , , on July 3, 2012 by lickthestranger

Yea its not monday, big woop wanna fight about it ? (new yorker accent) Well ITs ARTIST MENTION MONDAY’s on TUESDAY! and that already makes it special on its own. Before we get to it, I’d like to apologize to my viewers for my short period absence, (NO I didnt abandon you) I was working on other projects that unfortunately required my full attention and was unable to write for a bit, but WERE BACK! and were back with a PUNCH because todays artist is Innovation at its finest. You remember the 90’s? YEAH aside from Britney Spear and back street boys they were BADASS times, remember when you first heard the voice of Brandon Boyd from Incubus in hmm lets say Stellar and you thought holy shit, did my ears just get laid? Well thats the same reaction I got from listening to Sid Sriram lets start by saying that his tonality and ambience utters a surreal and serene feeling that compels one to engage their senses to achieve musical nirvana, believe me its possible. Oh and speaking of nirvana.. Mr. Sid Sriram did a cover of Smells like teen spirit, I know..I know exactly what your thinking “Aw shit everyone covers that song its so overplayed, boring unoriginal” well believe me that you have never heard a version of Smells like Teen Spirit like this one. Dont believe me? check it out

Still think its overplayed? well yes it is BUT wasnt it fucking amazing! there are only two kinds of cover artists, theres A)Cover artists and B) Interpreters, and frankly…he is neither  because he surpasses both definitions. Put simply he’s Sid Sriram he took song interpretation to a whole new level with this one, I mean if the song title wasnt up on youtube you’d have to wait till the Chorus hit to know that your listening to Nirvana.

Known today as one the best uprising artists of 2012 his live performance known as “a conscious mind” is live performances with original and cover tracks. Receiving a positive reception from viewers around the US on Youtube, Sids future in the Arts looks promising all is well with integrity and originality but most importantly innovation. Lets just hope that he doesnt meet Bruno Pluto or Justin Gopher some shit and turns him into the commercialized shit music no different from Heinz Ketchup (STAY TRUE SID!). With songs like Entropy, talk to me , fugitive thoughts and Smells like teen spirit “A conscious mind” can truly sway you to make the conscious decision to download his albums or any future work he may put out in the near future. You can Download Music on his site by clicking on his name here Sid Sriram also if you appreciate artist like Sid then you can helping out by liking his Facebook (YES CLICK THE LINK thats why its BLUE :D) and you could check out more of his music on his youtube channel SidSriramMusic . We here at LTS would like to thank Sid Sriram for contributing wonderful art to our society, lets say it in unison…ready…one..two..Three THANKS SID! Well thats our Artist Mention Mondays on a TUESDAY SPECIAL!!

DOWNLOAD THE PERFORMANCE ITS FREE! and its the GOOD kind of FREE!

This week we are opening up a new featurette called Cover of the Week, where we will bring you the best most innovative covers by artists and interpreters of both new music (SHIT POP turned to Innovative Gold) and oldies (turned into NEW GOOD SHIT). If you have anyone that would like to be mentioned on one of our Artist Mention Mondays or Cover of the Week OR you would yourself feel like an INNOVATIVE ARTIST Click on the link LICKTHESTRANGER Like us and send us a post with your video link or artwork you would like us to talk about or send us a comment here and DEFINITELY SUBSCRIBE to our website. As always you heard it here first on Lick the Stranger. More to come from Artists this Week.
Innovation and Art of All forms..
Leo Bazan. LTS. 

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

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

Artist Mention Mondays and Soul Reaver Teaser

Posted in Art, Community, Fiction, Music., reviews on May 22, 2012 by lickthestranger

You know how people say “dont go to a grocery store when your hungry, because you’ll want to buy everything you see” or when going to a restaurant everything looks desirable enough to eat so you serve yourself double of everything (c’mon i know I’m not the only one that does this) essentially you eat with your eyes. Well.. thats exactly what happens when you gaze your eyes upon our next artist and if you love the band Tool as much as I do, then your in for a real treat. Thats right, its that time again, its Artist Mention Monday’s  and honestly I have one word that sums it up….that word is “lysergic acid diethylamide” your here for science right?….joking aside that word is “brilliant”. But enough talk, you wanna know whats behind door number one so I’ll skip introductions and just show you this…warning it might take some time to see all the details, have a nice trip…

I would suggest is to listen to Jambi in one of our links below while reading this post, you’ll appreciate it trust me. Not enough with the first one I know so heres another…

Literally, there is not a single bad painting, now you understand my analogy of going to a restaurant and wanting to eat everything at once. Robert Steven Connett is an Artist | Professional | Traditional Artist his speciality is neo surrealistic Biomechanical art, Robert has been painting since his early teens and strives to discover his purpose in this life, his life consisted of various forms of drug use including Meth amphetamines and marijuana. After being kicked out from his house he lived in reno, Nevada where he worked as a waiter. There he had time to read and become educated he was heavily influenced by the books of Ray Kurzweil,Richard Dawkins (biologist). And what truly puts the icing on the cake for me, is the fact that he is 60 years of age, now thats badass. “I believe that the exponential evolution of science  and technology, mainly robotics, genetics and nano technology, is going to change us forever” now thats an Apple fan. As you can tell his artwork drives heavily on the symbiotic relationship between man and machine, well we all know what ending Robert chose for Mass Effect 3.  For those who loved that movie fear and loathing in Las Vegas, which is an absolute classic here is a painting inspired by it.

Id, Ego, Superego

Robert Connett hands down is one of the most innovative artist in the underground scene, as a biology major I love the balance between naturalistic organics of the human essence and the merge almost endosymbiotic merge with machine. All metaphors for a not too distant future. Although dark, its not enough to scare you away but instead appreciate its complexity and beauty. He’s a real treat to the genre of surrealism and a great innovator of our time. He goes down as one of my favorite artists of all time, with comparable standing to Alex Grey (Tool fans..im sure you agree).

Thought Wars

For more of his art visit http://vmaximus.deviantart.com/ or Grotesque.com
I know its the end of our artist mention mondays and I’d like to thank everyone for all your submissions and I just wanna say that I love every single one of your works, dont worry if I didnt get to feature you in this post I promise I will get to you within the coming weeks. Now I only have to say one thing before I go…Its one of the most epic games of the 90’s that will be making a come back this year.. something so epic that epicness was concieved from its very concept and followed throughout time better yet I’ll leave you with this…

Thats right its a SOUL REAVER GAME…. back when Vampires burst into flames at the sight of sunlight, back before Elvis Presley hair dues and wimpy vampires that glistened in the sun came about…there was only one true vampire franchise to rule them all THE LEGACY OF KAIN….
TO BE CONTINUED… hear my analysis of the teaser this week..

Ballad of Ghost girl with some Recuenco

Posted in Art, Community, Fiction, Music., Todays culture on May 18, 2012 by lickthestranger

YES! ITS ARTIST MENTION……..THURSDAY? wait..that doesn’t sound right? Well its Thursday, I’ve got some time before Monday so lets do something different. I’m gonna mention an innovative artist that has been around the block (just not much in the US) his credibility in the modeling/commercial biz is profound. Unfortunately for those who arent too familiar with the world of Vogue Magazine or Nina Ricci’s perfume line, then you’ve probably never heard of our artist mentioned today. So lets have a special day for a special artist. By now I’m sure that your all familiar with the overall theme of the LTS website…Right? Right, then you must know that we talk about art that is dark, surreal, almost Tim Burton-esk and most importantly “innovative. Well Innovation is just a word, a word that breaks the barriers of imagination, its the very essence of creationism. But just when I think I’ve been successfully been blown away…no, this guy just said F-THAT step aside innovation because your premature presence is nothing compared to me. Don’t believe me? okay then I ask you this “painting or a photograph”? simple as that. Well lets look into the peep hole…you tell me.

For those who guess it…yup its a Photograph, a damn good photograph.

Eugenio Recuenco is a photographer from Madrid, Spain, his works are considered “cinematographic” and “pictoral” what ever that means, in my opinion its surrealistic, obscurely sexy and provocative geniusness. If I had to label it, I’d call it Surrealsexocative art. Thats right I just made that up, but I think it works given the circumstances and the fact that its thursday and thursdays are Odd. His art has been featured in Vogue magazine and for those of you from Spain visiting my blog (Hola! de Lamiendo los estranos) Im sure you’ve been lucky enough to see some of his brilliant commercials, as for us we get dogs bribing americans with Doritos. For those who haven’t  seen his commercials here’s the link.


HOLY SHIZA RAMMSTEIN did a photoshoot with Eugenio, then I realized Speil mit Meir was directed by Eugenio. Heres the brilliance…

Eugenio is a gem, worthy of discovery in the United States as are all the artists mentioned on this site. Surrealsexocative art (Thats right I know its still sinking in) is uncharted territory, explored by few and room for plenty more. Y’all keep making and I’ll keep featuring. If you want to check out more of Eugenio Recuenco’s art here is his site http://www.eugeniorecuenco.com/fichas/1092.html
Now I know your probably wondering what the Ballad of Ghost Girl is? lets put it this way, if you enjoyed the first video then you’ll probably think the next song will be pretty freaking….relatively acceptable as well. Hint hint!! (SPOILER AHEAD)……….. its a brand new song. See this time I was nice and told you the name of the song at least, but lets do something different, if this post reaches past 15 likes I’ll post a teaser of the song on Artist Mention Mondays post. Well I’ll leave it up to you to decide or “like”.