Meet and Greet: Answering Machine

Answering Machine on bandcamp

Who: Answering Machine of Brooklyn, NY

What: The band has released a single, “Bad Luck.” They will be releasing their debut album in April.

Why:

Regarding the new single, the band says: “A song that commiserates in tough times. Bad Luck is there with a hug, a tall boy, and a little reminder to keep going.”

Where:

Socials:

https://www.facebook.com/answeringmachinenyc/

www.instagram.com/answeringmachineband

Answering Machine is:

Samantha – Vocals,

JD – Guitar & Vocals,

Jackson – Guitar,

Craig – Bass,

Louis – Drums

New Year New Interview: Bleeding Raven

Bleeding Raven, an aggrotech/dark tek project, is the next featured artist on the blog. From what I understand, aggrotech is electronic/industrial music but with a grittier and darker sound.

As we are winding down the new year interview segment, let’s hear what Bleeding Raven has to say.

Bleeding Raven

What was the best thing to happen in 2019?

I found the remote control finally. I was wondering why I was so constipated all the time. Hahahahaha Ok, I’m guessing you want a serious answer? The best thing? Well, it was a nasty ass year on many fronts so let’s just say, I am grateful I got through it and I am grateful for the many people I love starting with my parents.  ☺ 

What are you looking forward to in 2020?

God. I don’t know. Not becoming sane so that I don’t have to experience losing it again.  Hahahahaha Look, I’m a darkwave/Goth/Aggortech/Dungeon Trash artist, you don’t really expect me to come up with fluffy answers do you? Hahahahahha  Ok ok. So, I hope to finally break through somehow. “Break on through to the other side…break on through to the other side…break on through to the other side –yeah…” Sorry. Had a Morrison moment.  Hahahahahaha Yeah, I hope I get more exposure in the industry. I said…get expsosure…not expose myself…hahahahahahaha  

   0_0    Don’t look at me like that. 

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?

Gary Numan. I don’t do live gigs. Well…I do private gigs for the local squirrels but that’s our secret ok?  😉 

hahahahahahahaha

Do you think that there’s an alternate reality? If so, what is the alternate you doing?

 Eh?! Hahahahaha Um. The long and the short of it…as goofy as I am, I don’t believe there is an ‘alternate’ reality’. I mean, I am not saying there is no God, or the spiritual realm etc. because I DO believe that…but THAT is just a part of reality. Spirit, mind and body and dark chocolate. Hahahahaha That said, I am not into the whole aliens thing. Not saying there are no other forms of life on other planets…I just don’t believe there are aliens like in Star Wars etc. That stuff is only real in our imaginations. So, if the question alludes to aliens…I’m a no on that. I believe in God but I also believe in evolution and religion should never shy away from whatever science shows us. How is that? 

New Year’s Resolutions. Yay or Nay?

No. I don’t partake of that tradition. I mean, every day I wake up and I say… “fuck this man…” hahahahaha… No.  Every day I wake up and I face the day as best as I can. That’s it. One day at a time. 

What have been the best musical holiday moments in your life?

Hunh? Is it Christmas again already? Hahahahahaha  Ok, truthfully, for me, hearing the classic Christmas hymns like “Silent Night” and “O Holy Night” are very important to me. I usually hear these at a night Mass on Christmas Eve. But I do like Stevie Nick’s version of “Silent Night” and I LOVE Elvis’ “Blue Christmas”. Ok…sue me…how terrible for a darkwave musician to like that stuff. hahahahahaha

Favorite holiday song?

Silent Night. Work with me here…hahahahahaha

Least favorite holiday song?

I love Madonna. I respect Madonna. Madonna is a genius. But I HATE her “Santa Baby” song. I prefer “Justify My Love”. And actually, I remember listening to that song one year in university during the holiday season and it will always be a fond memory. (what I can remember… hahahahahahaha) 

What do you want people to know about your music?

Wear a hazmat suit and take tranquilizers before listening to this dungeon trash. Hahahahahaha. Ok. Seriously…it’s just my attempt at doing art. That’s it. My art is intense, it is dark and it is weird but it’s genuine. The lyrics are the most important aspect of the music for me. If you’re looking for a love song or a sex song…I don’t serve that up. Look up Justin Bieber or KISS or Poison. My music isn’t about “conjuring up bad spirits and being as evil as possible”. You want that, look up Cradle of Filth or Mayhem or watch the news about politics. My music is about the inner struggle and much of that struggle is in relation to the big questions and yes…the experience of darkness…as in…depression…addiction…war…oppression…deception. Then there are the disco squirrels but…that’s another story… hahahahahahaha

Thanks for the interview

Cold Case Quest: Gladys Taylor

Columbus resident Gladys Taylor, 54, was shot in the bedroom of her home on July 26, 1987. She was home with a 10 year old relative. On that Sunday evening, her husband had been at a church service. He found his wife when he returned at 10 p.m.

The area of the Taylor home

There weren’t any suspects that the police have mentioned. They did question the relative that was home at the time. The child was the only one that heard the gunshot. I hate to even think that a 10 year old could kill someone. However, It is also not totally out of the realm of possibility. Maybe it was an accidental shooting.

If I had to say, I suspect that it may have been a burglary. Maybe the killer didn’t think that anyone would be at home and was surprised by Taylor.

Lack of suspects and evidence didn’t help this case at all. I cannot say that the crime scene was contaminated but it’s possible.

If anyone happens to know anything about Gladys Taylor or if you have a photo of her, you can send a message to my Facebook page, Chasing Destino. More importantly, if you have any information about the homicide itself, please contact the Columbus Police Department.

The Skin of Water: #bookreview

The Skin of Water

The Skin of Water by Cristina Salat is mostly set in San Francisco. Sixteen- year- old Lisel has run away from her home in New Mexico. She spends a few days squatting with a new homeless friend.

Her uncle has moved into her home in a Pueblo community in New Mexico. The house was left to her by her father, who passed away.

He is an abusive creep, which is why Lisel has left. Her aunt and grandmother do not come to her aid like they should.

After a few days, Lisel moves into a homeless shelter for at-risk youth. As part of the program, she has to take a self-defense class. The class really helps to empower Lisel and the other women in the class. Many of the class members believed that they had to accept being assaulted. The class helps the women to become empowered. It’s a beautiful thing to read about those who are weak becoming strong.

The shelter only allows people to stay for a few months before they have to leave. Lisel isn’t sure if she is going to stay in San Francisco with her new friends.

She has to decide if she’s going to confront her uncle and take the house back or build a life somewhere else. Will Lisel realize that she is powerful?

If you enjoy stories of women trying to overcome adversity, then you will like “The Skin of Water.”

Creepy uncles will not like this book. The book is too good for them anyway.

  • I received the book from the author in exchange for doing a review. We were brought together by the Indie Helper Database. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

2020 Photo Challenge: Light

Chrissy Deal. 2020 Photo Challenge

Well, I’ve switched photo challenges. It’s still a year long challenge. Don’t forget the extra day for leap year. Click on the link above to find out more about the 2020 Photo Challenge.

Malice: #bookreview

Malice

Malice by Pintip Dunn is set mostly in Maryland. There’s some time traveling but it occurs in the mind rather than a physical setting.

Alice Sherman is a teenager who is trying to hold her family together as well as becoming a famous Instagram food photographer. She is a good photographer but a lousy cook. Her family includes a distant father and a socially awkward but brilliant brother.

One day Alice begins to hear a voice in her head who threatens her with an exceptional amount of pain if she doesn’t comply with orders. The first order is to tell Bandit, one of the popular kids, that she loves him.

The voice turns out to be her own voice from ten years in the future. The future Alice warns her that someone at her high school is going to make a virus that decimates the population. Future Alice wants her to do everything possible to stop the virus from being made – even if she has to murder the virus maker. The voice is the first one to call Alice by the name “Malice.”

You would think that Bandit would be a jerk. He basically rules the school. He is kind to Alice even though her profession of love has confused and embarrassed him a little bit.

Alice is on a quest to find the identity of the virus maker. She even finds a portal in her mind to go to the future. Alice has a feeling that future Alice is not telling her the truth. She finds out a few things before future Alice sends her back.

If you like books about time travel with a hint of a dystopian novel, then you should read “Malice.” There are plenty of twists and turns. I promise that you will not be bored.

If you are an evil genius who wants to destroy the planet, this is not the book for you.

  • I received this ebook from InkSlinger PR as part of a book blog tour. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Flawless Friday Video: Calloway Circus

The uninterested female in the video is my favorite character in a music video. She says so much without saying anything.

Links:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/callowaycircus
IG: https://www.instagram.com/callowaycircus
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