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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 

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

Tool New RECORD! and Music video Update.

Posted in Art, Community, Fiction, Music., reviews, Todays culture with tags , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2012 by lickthestranger

Well…its come down to this…im just gonna say it…the music of today is SHIT; no body has the COJONS (translation:testicles,balls, bollitas, huevos) to say it. Well someone has to engage in the glorious honor to say it, and in order to be taken seriously it must be someone with merit and respect as “musicians”. That some one is none other than TOOL.

copyright Tool/wikironin

Tool’s Lateralus and 10,000 days

One of the most unique and innovative artists of the early 1990’s that has managed to collect a huge cult following and withstood the test of time as well as, the atrocious  uprising of the popular music genre of today. Who is this legendary artist? well its none other than Tool. If for what ever reason you were deprived or suffer from acute
“popularunmusicalitus” then you havent heard music till you’ve heard Tool. After 6 years of silence Tool bounced back with a relaunch of their 2006 10,000Days tour, of which I had the honor of being graced by their presence in Ft.Lauderdales Bank Atlantic Center this year. Now my dad always taught me that me men don’t cry, even if you get kicked in the balls, you do not cry. Well I was brought to tears when I heard that Tool is releasing a new Record THIS YEAR and they are going into the Studio in June.

Lateralus Era.

Tool is always sketchy with their newsletters, teasing their fans by not releasing accurate info so I like to mention bloggers and commentary from individuals interested on the subject on various sites. Im sure that most agree that music isn’t exactly the greatest these days. People Biff from Ultimate-guitar.com agree with the previous statement, he said the following: “this is great news for music. Remind everyone that not everything is trash music and that there’s still people out there who care about their art”. Shadow remains from sputnikmusic.com “I apologize to progheads (progressive rock) but bands like opeth, POS are limited to heavy metal sounds while tool thinks out of the box to create something beautiful and honest, thats what prog is all about, seems bands have forgotten that nowadays”. Tool new record is going to incite an invigorating fire of inspiration in musicians, maybe they will initiate something new in rock this year. Listen to some of their music, see the difference for yourself..Here’s one of my favorite songs called Jambi from 10,000Days.

Ah yeah PAPA thats the good stuff right there! …sorry got carried away there, even mentioned the “ah yeah papa” inside joke between my Girlfriends brother and I. Well if you stick around mayyyyyybe I’ll let you in on it;)
Well as for the update on our music video.. this monday we will release “LICK THE STRANGERS” first music video on the song lifting you up. Not a big deal, just excited to show you guys who are always here with us, liking and sharing our page as well as, the artists that have been mentioned here.

Yup its Claymation 🙂

Know what that play button that screen means? it means that the videos done, were just waiting to release it for sh*ts and giggles :). Noo just playing around it still needs color correcting and thats pretty much it its done. Do the poll below if you liked JAMBI and Ive coaxed you into waiting vigorously for their new record.