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From The Desk Of OFF!: Wizard Rock Comp

Some artists deal with the subject of mortality in delicate, reflective brushstrokes. OFF! bandleader Keith Morris confronts it roughly the same way a hungry pit bull meets a T-bone steak—with fang-gnashing ferocity. To wit: multiple compressed assaults from the band’s new sophomore salvo, Wasted Years (Vice). Because, at 58, the Circle Jerks/Black Flag vet (who still maintains a spin-off combo dubbed Flag) has faced his own frailties, overcome most of them, and simply accepted—then soldiered on—with the rest. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

DarkScorch

Rubalcaba: This two-LP compilation is actually called Warfaring Strangers: DarkScorch Canticles and was released by The Numero Group label outta Chicago. This comp deals with the monumental aftermath influence dealt to all of the pimply feathered haired teens who were just tokin’ on their first skud (joint) at the Zep or Sabbath gig in their town. Just as the Beatles and the Stones made every kid in your hood wanna start a band, the same could be said to a great extent that Zep and Sabb had that same effect. The proof is here! And I like it. Amazing basement thudding, primitive and raw mashing of heavy meets psych seasonings. Inept under technical abilities lend a punk-flavored atmosphere to love and admire. Standout tracks by Stone Axe (post- Josefus!), Medusa … hell, the whole thing is a superior package in itself and should be listened to as such. D&D attire not required. Go check this out.

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From The Desk Of OFF!: Uriah Heep’s “All My Life”

Some artists deal with the subject of mortality in delicate, reflective brushstrokes. OFF! bandleader Keith Morris confronts it roughly the same way a hungry pit bull meets a T-bone steak—with fang-gnashing ferocity. To wit: multiple compressed assaults from the band’s new sophomore salvo, Wasted Years (Vice). Because, at 58, the Circle Jerks/Black Flag vet (who still maintains a spin-off combo dubbed Flag) has faced his own frailties, overcome most of them, and simply accepted—then soldiered on—with the rest. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

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Coats: Dez Cadena turned me on to this song one night when we roomed together in a particularly shitty Baltimore hotel during a Flag tour. So shitty, in fact, that the whole place was vacant except for our crew. One of those situations you find the comedy in and make the most of. Since we had the whole building to ourselves, we opened up the doors to all the rooms and blasted what some people refer to as the poor man’s Deep Purple. Uriah Heep‘s “All My Life” has a big, fun, uplifting chorus that really stuck out that night, mainly because Dez air-performed it so well.

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From The Desk Of OFF!: El Rey Is The King!

Some artists deal with the subject of mortality in delicate, reflective brushstrokes. OFF! bandleader Keith Morris confronts it roughly the same way a hungry pit bull meets a T-bone steak—with fang-gnashing ferocity. To wit: multiple compressed assaults from the band’s new sophomore salvo, Wasted Years (Vice). Because, at 58, the Circle Jerks/Black Flag vet (who still maintains a spin-off combo dubbed Flag) has faced his own frailties, overcome most of them, and simply accepted—then soldiered on—with the rest. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

ElRey

Morris: I really try to watch as little TV as possible seeing that I can’t stand 98% of the Fox News and reality pablum that passes itself off as television programming. My girlfriend digs shows I’d grade C- to F+ so when she’s not looking and I get the chance I turn to channel 145, film director Robert Rodriquez’s new El Rey network. I’m not a big fan of his films, but this is a crazy channel to hit up forra’ rock-’em sock-’em kung-fu brawl, action jammed, shoot ‘em up, blood-sucking vampires, bodies flying everywhere, buildings getting demolished, streets in flames, car chase, all guns blazing, delinquent girl gangs, stuff being destroyed, Friday midnight movie or Saturday matinee teenage rampage fest with small doses of nudity. Everything your parents wouldn’t give you their permission to view as you were growing up. Some of the flicks I’ve enjoyed so far include the Shaw brothers’ (who are the Kings of Chinese martial-arts movies) The Dragon Missiles, The One Armed Swordsman and Legendary Weapons Of China. Also viewed the insanely brilliant Bruce Lee in Enter The Dragon, Kurt Russell as the mercenary Snake Plissken along with Issac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Lee Van Cleef and Ernest Borgnine in Escape From New York. There’s also totally badass Japanese martial artist Sonny Chiba as The Street Fighter, Roddy McDowell as the television Vampire slayer in Fright Night and the exploitive high school girl-gang versus the macho bad boys versus the uniformed L7 authorities in Switchblade Sisters. Of course, I need to mention Soul Brother supreme, Rudy Ray Moore as the Mutherfuckin’ Dolemite! Yeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!!

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From The Desk Of OFF!: Orange Terror 500 Bass Head

Some artists deal with the subject of mortality in delicate, reflective brushstrokes. OFF! bandleader Keith Morris confronts it roughly the same way a hungry pit bull meets a T-bone steak—with fang-gnashing ferocity. To wit: multiple compressed assaults from the band’s new sophomore salvo, Wasted Years (Vice). Because, at 58, the Circle Jerks/Black Flag vet (who still maintains a spin-off combo dubbed Flag) has faced his own frailties, overcome most of them, and simply accepted—then soldiered on—with the rest. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

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McDonald: There is a Terror 1000, for driving two svt cabs, I guess. My 500 is so loud I couldn’t imagine needing it.

Tube preamp, solidstate poweramp. Amazingly versatile. It can be clean enough for jazz or Motorhead nasty. At SXSW this year I couldn’t stop bragging about flying with it in the overhead compartment. Definitely the most consistent sound I’ve had in a festival setting, too.

The $899 pricetag won’t break the bank. Or maybe even more importantly, as the bass players will attest to, it won’t break your back either.

I should work for those people. Geez.

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From The Desk Of OFF!: Vater Drumsticks

Some artists deal with the subject of mortality in delicate, reflective brushstrokes. OFF! bandleader Keith Morris confronts it roughly the same way a hungry pit bull meets a T-bone steak—with fang-gnashing ferocity. To wit: multiple compressed assaults from the band’s new sophomore salvo, Wasted Years (Vice). Because, at 58, the Circle Jerks/Black Flag vet (who still maintains a spin-off combo dubbed Flag) has faced his own frailties, overcome most of them, and simply accepted—then soldiered on—with the rest. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

Vater

Rubalcaba: Cheesy endorser promo plug? Nope. Wholehearted thumbs up to the best drumsticks out there on the market. I’ve been playing these sticks for more than 10 years and love’em more than ever. The “cuts and fades” are amazing. I was playing the same model for a long time and recently tried a whole slew of newer designs and models. I was overwhelmed with how many I really liked. On the  new OFF! LP, I played a different model or tried out a different size every other three songs. That was alot of fun! Vater also makes a whole bunch of other great accessories and percussion stuff. Available at all great music stores. Go check them out.

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From The Desk Of OFF!: Religious “Street Fighter”

Some artists deal with the subject of mortality in delicate, reflective brushstrokes. OFF! bandleader Keith Morris confronts it roughly the same way a hungry pit bull meets a T-bone steak—with fang-gnashing ferocity. To wit: multiple compressed assaults from the band’s new sophomore salvo, Wasted Years (Vice). Because, at 58, the Circle Jerks/Black Flag vet (who still maintains a spin-off combo dubbed Flag) has faced his own frailties, overcome most of them, and simply accepted—then soldiered on—with the rest. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

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Coats: Whoever thought of mixing the Street Fighter video game with extreme religion is a genius. Take your pick: born-again Christian Street Fighter II (The Church Edition) or Islamic fundamentalist Street Fighter II.

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From The Desk Of OFF!: Carousel Restaurant

Some artists deal with the subject of mortality in delicate, reflective brushstrokes. OFF! bandleader Keith Morris confronts it roughly the same way a hungry pit bull meets a T-bone steak—with fang-gnashing ferocity. To wit: multiple compressed assaults from the band’s new sophomore salvo, Wasted Years (Vice). Because, at 58, the Circle Jerks/Black Flag vet (who still maintains a spin-off combo dubbed Flag) has faced his own frailties, overcome most of them, and simply accepted—then soldiered on—with the rest. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

Carousel

Morris: They have two locations, and I’ve eaten at both but prefer the Hollywood location in Little Armenia over the Glendale locale based on its convenience. I live in Los Feliz and can walk west up Hollywood Boulevard. Five traffic signals, be there in 15 minutes and get an incredible Lebanese grizzle on! The meal of my choice always starts with hammos or hummus depending upon how they spell it. Hammos is made from crushed garbanzo beans with sesame oil, lemon juice and garlic. A tabbuleh salad, which consists of fresh chopped parsley, cracked wheat, tomatoes, onion, lemon juice and olive oil. A fattoush salad they prepare with sliced cucumber, tomatoes, onion, bell pepper, parsley, fresh mint, spices and toasted pita bread mixed with lemon dressing. At Dinner time, you’ll be served a tray with sliced cucumber, carrots, cubes of goat cheese, black and green Mediterranean olives and my favorite of theirs, Middle Eastern pink pickled turnips. The meat and potatoes part of this meal except there will be no potatoes unless you want fries (their fries are excellent!) would be shish tawook, otherwise known as skinless chicken breast kabob. It’s marinated in their special recipe and broiled to a golden chewy goodness. I choose the bulgar wheat over the rice and french fries as I’m an adult-onset type-two diabetic; the bulgar won’t raise my glucose through the roof, and it has pretty much the same texture as rice. I also enjoy the cooked tomato that accompanies the plate they bring all these tasty morsels out on, and make sure to ask your wait person for garlic paste as it kicks this dining experience up a couple’ dozen notches!

This is my favorite restaurant in Los Angeles, Southern California, West Coast of the United States or anywhere else in the world! A+ I also failed to mention that the shish tawook plate also comes with a salad made of thin slices of cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes mixed with lemon, spicy dressing and pita bread. Just to clear my conscience and my watering mouth, the bulk of these descriptions we’re swiped from the Carousel menu!

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From The Desk Of OFF!: Playmobil

Some artists deal with the subject of mortality in delicate, reflective brushstrokes. OFF! bandleader Keith Morris confronts it roughly the same way a hungry pit bull meets a T-bone steak—with fang-gnashing ferocity. To wit: multiple compressed assaults from the band’s new sophomore salvo, Wasted Years (Vice). Because, at 58, the Circle Jerks/Black Flag vet (who still maintains a spin-off combo dubbed Flag) has faced his own frailties, overcome most of them, and simply accepted—then soldiered on—with the rest. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

Playmobile

McDonald: I love Playmobil. My son loves Playmobil. He’ll spend hours inventing scenarios in a myriad of settings. Whether its the wild west, the African savannah or a caveman in awe of an erupting volcano, he gets completely enveloped in these worlds. The creatives behind PM like to push the envelope, maybe even a little too much sometimes. My wife and I always make sure all the guns are removed from a set before our son gets at them. So far he hasn’t noticed. Here is a website I found dedicated to the 17 least-appropriate Playmobil sets. Anything violent I’m very dubious of, but airport security and hobo on bench seem like great ways to explore the bigger world on his terms first.

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From The Desk Of OFF!: 1939 Skates

Some artists deal with the subject of mortality in delicate, reflective brushstrokes. OFF! bandleader Keith Morris confronts it roughly the same way a hungry pit bull meets a T-bone steak—with fang-gnashing ferocity. To wit: multiple compressed assaults from the band’s new sophomore salvo, Wasted Years (Vice). Because, at 58, the Circle Jerks/Black Flag vet (who still maintains a spin-off combo dubbed Flag) has faced his own frailties, overcome most of them, and simply accepted—then soldiered on—with the rest. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

1939 Rubalcaba: About a year or so ago, my buddy Dave Sweetapple from the bands Witch and Sweet Apple started a skateboard brand that emphasizes doing collaborations with bands and also incorporates using some great shape assortments. The decks are pressed on the best hard rock (no pun intended) Canadian maple available, and these decks are made to be ridden to the absolute max. I was honored when he asked one of my other bands Earthless to be a part of the debut trifecta release along with Graveyard and Witch decks to come out on 1939. The decks are out now, and they are stellar! Both the Witch and Graveyard shapes are on old-school spoon-nose pig shapes. The Earthless deck is a mix between modern size dimiensions mixed with a old-school shovel-nose/square-tail vibe, which makes it an all terrain monster and is the shape that I personally ride. The concave and steepness of the nose and tail is as sweet and tender as my local BBQ pulled-pork sammie! So, whether you wanna have these decks as wall hangars or full-on cruise/shredsters is up to you, but 1939 has you covered. Go check them out!

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From The Desk Of OFF!: Steve Martin

Some artists deal with the subject of mortality in delicate, reflective brushstrokes. OFF! bandleader Keith Morris confronts it roughly the same way a hungry pit bull meets a T-bone steak—with fang-gnashing ferocity. To wit: multiple compressed assaults from the band’s new sophomore salvo, Wasted Years (Vice). Because, at 58, the Circle Jerks/Black Flag vet (who still maintains a spin-off combo dubbed Flag) has faced his own frailties, overcome most of them, and simply accepted—then soldiered on—with the rest. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven Shane McDonald and drummer Mario Rubalcaba will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on them.

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Coats: For less than a minute, forget about the fact that Steve Martin is one of the great funny people of all time and watch him shred on the banjo for 24 seconds with a fake arrow through his head. He’s like the Jimmy Page of comedy.

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