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“Skate Rock Vol. #138” Today at 3pm EST/12 noon Pacific, a new episode of my show THE POWER REMAINS drops on @gimmeradio. Today I am joined by my good buddy T. Roy of @sourveinofficial (& I even play a song I did a guest vocal for on his last album.) T. & I have had many misadventures, most of which I can’t talk about in polite company- like me, T. is a beach kid who grew up going to the skate ramp & hearing new music blasting out of a boom box from some mix tape & then going “Who IS that?!?!?” My show is designed to be a modern day continuation of that back-in-the-day skate ramp/surf shop vibe, where just hanging out you get turned on to some killer tunes- it’s an old-school mix-tape for the modern era, & I have a ton of fun doing these things. We had a nice chat, then went for a surf- tune in to listen (check the calendar at WWW.GIMMERADIO.COM to see times the show will re-air this week.) Gotta go rip... #randyblythe #sourvein #sourveinband #metalbladerecords #thepowerremains #gimmeradio #surfanddestroy #skateanddestroy #Leica #LeicaQ #oldbutstillripping
“The Passion of Lovers is for Death, Said She” RVA. Playing around with macro-mode on the #LeicaQ. Stay dark... #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaQ #Summilux #Summilux28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #streetphotography #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
“Chasing Light” Baltimore, MD. Photography is all about light & how you use it in a particular moment to convey atmosphere. The atmosphere this night was HEAVY- @b.c.___ laying it down in Charm City a few evenings ago. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux50mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
“Strain” Baltimore, MD. Two nights ago the wife & I saw @youthcodeforever & @cchelseawwolfe in Baltimore (see last post for a photo of Youth Code.) My wife has been following Chelsea Wolfe for several years now, & she turned me on to her dark music- I was instantly a fan, but my schedule hasn’t allowed me to catch a gig up until now. The band put on an incredible show; the sound was heavy, THICK, & full of clarity, & the group was 100% on point & air tight (the music is often slower in tempo, & it was especially great to see the drummer Jess smack the shit outta the drums in perfect time- it’s MUCH HARDER to play drums slow and keep time than constant blazing double bass blast beats- when you screw up playing slow, everyone hears it.) But of course, as a vocalist, I was paying the most attention to her voice- on the drive home, my wife & I were talking about what makes a truly GREAT vocal artist (of which I am NOT one; I know I am a really good frontman- after 23 years in the game, I BETTER BE, it’s my job- but I’m NOT a great VOCAL ARTIST, not at all.) Natural talent isn’t enough. And it’s not enough to have technique & sing in key. It’s not enough to have a good tone. It’s not enough to have stamina. It’s not even enough to have great stage presence- no, what makes for a truly great vocal ARTIST is when someone takes all those things, combines them, & then does something UNIQUE with that voice- that is what makes a truly great ARTIST. I shot this photo during the last song of their set, & Chelsea was doing just that, using that voice in a way that made me think “WHAT IN THE HELL IS THAT WOMAN DOING RIGHT NOW? HOW?!?!? ”- it was freaking AMAZING. Best show I’ve seen in quite some time. @cchelseawwolfe & @youthcodeforever are out on tour for a few more weeks- go see it, & buy Chelsea’s new album, “Hiss Spun.” So freaking good... #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux50mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic #chelseawolfe #youthcode
“You Gotta Mean It” Baltimore, MD. So glad I got to see my sister @seriouscreep do her thing with her band @youthcodeforever last night in Baltimore. I met Sara when she was working for another band as road crew on my last tour- I could tell from talking to her she would be a great frontwoman (strong personality, strong opinions- if you’re gonna front a band, ESPECIALLY an aggressive band, you need those character traits- nobody wants to watch some wishy-washy wallflower tentatively clutch the mic like it’s gonna burn them while speaking about NOTHING), so it made me really happy to witness it in person last night. Youth Code is out right now with @cchelseawwolfe- it’s a KILLER tour package, so go check ‘em out! #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux50mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic#getonstageanddestroyorgetoutoftheway #youthcode #chelseawolfe
“The Grime and the Glow” RVA. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Summilux #Summilux35mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
TODAY!!!!! Episode #4 of my @gimmeradio show, THE POWER REMAINS, drops at 3 pm EST/12 noon PST. My guest is my good buddy @george_lesage of @deafheavenband- we get dark & gloomy, so add a little atmosphere to your Friday & tune in! (The show repeats through out the weeks too- check the calendar at @gimmeradio for dates & times.) Sign up for a FREE account at: WWW.GIMMERADIO.COM- the link is in my bio too. @gimmeradio is ad-free, we provide links with each song on where to buy the vinyl, we say what we want, & we PLAY WHAT WE WANT, so take your algorithms & sales charts based programming & SHOVE ‘EM UP YER ASS. HAIL REAL MUSIC!!!!!!!! #gimmeradio #deafheaven #randyblythe #Leica #LeicaQ #punkfuckingrockyoupussies #thepowerremains
“Te Piha” Piha Beach, NZ. Lion Rock, a site sacred to the Māori people, is freaking amazing, & provides unreal views from the top. However, many people have been injured & several have died here over the years after falling off it while climbing, so the way to the top of it is blocked off now (& I think there was a rockslide a while back that makes the climb difficult.) My first trip to Piha, a ballsy Kiwi buddy of mine & myself made the journey up though- it was amazing, but I can’t in good conscious recommend doing it to y’all. Still, I love walking the black sand beaches there and checking the waves. Haven’t gotten to surf them yet, but I will (oh yeah- and people drown here a lot 😳- they even have their own TV show called Piha Rescue.) If you’re going some place like this, you better be in shape & treat your environment with the respect it deserves... #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Elmarit #Elmarit28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
“Layback Grind” Tracking song intros for my @gimmeradio show, THE POWER REMAINS. Every Friday at 3pm Eastern Standard/12 Noon Pacific a new episode drops (& is repeated through the week at different times.) This week, my guest will be my good buddy @George_Lesage of @deafheavenband- we get weird & gloomy, so tune in for a gothtastic punk rockin’ good time! Sign up for a FREE ACCOUNT at: WWW.GIMMERADIO.COM (link is in my bio). AND NOW, A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS (actually, it’s just a shout out to the sponsors of my desk, but I always wanted to say that): SM7B cardioid dynamic microphone by the fine people at @shure. Awesome ON1 studio monitor headphones by the environmentally conscious champions at @thinksound (they are mostly metal & WOOD- way to reduce plastic, guys!). For my sole vice, I have a nicotine delivery system & juice by my sober brother Kevin over at @sicboyind, dripper on top from occasional-Lamb-Of-God-disser-but-still-hell-of-a-good-guy @grimmgreen (hahaha- IN YOUR FACE, Nick!) ON LEFT SPEAKER: Massive “Search & Destroy” coffee mug now used as a pen holder bought from Sir Henry Rollins of @HenryandHeidi fame. Crimson Ghost Misfits guitar pick used at the historic @Riot_fest 2016 Misfits Show (propped in front of S&D mug) gifted by my good buddy @doylewolfgangvonfrankenstein (🖤 #138). Tiny @nickcaveofficial limited edition @recordstoredayus figurine for inspiration/moral support by @frankkozik (along with “Black Coffee” mug, given to me by my greatest sponsor, MRS. BLYTHE 😘) ON RIGHT SPEAKER: Limited edition Verotik Satanika statue by the dark lord G.D. over at @danzig_7thhouse. STOKE WEAPON on the wall (aka surfboard) by my shaper, the illustrious @nightmareshapes. Yes, I need ALL this stuff to do a show. Photo taken with the amazing #LeicaQ from @leicacamerausa- 😘. I play what I want, the vibe is righteous, so tune in to WWW.GIMMERADIO.COM!!!!! #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaQ #Summilux #Summilux28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #streetphotography #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic #gimmeradio #randyblythe #thepowerremains #punkfuckingrock
“Kokuhaku” Tokyo, Japan. This is Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest pedestrian intersection. Every time the traffic signal changes, up 2,500 people cross. From the second story window of the Starbucks in middle of the photo (as seen in my favorite movie of all time, “Lost in Translation”), you get an amazing view of the crossing- if you’re ever in Tokyo, you gotta go to that window & watch- it’s an incredible sight to see! And from the ground, I have witnessed strangely dressed people doing all kinds of weird stuff in this intersection (usually late at night)- but this couple took a second to stop as they were crossing & just simply give each other a lingering kiss. Most of the time, I would consider such a gratuitous public display of affection excessive (especially within the conservative culture of Japan) & even tacky (get a room), but placed in the context of this insane location I think it’s very nice & quite symbolic. Here, in the craziest, busiest, most hurried, neon-lit totally bonkers intersection on the entire planet, this couple paused to have a human connection & say “You are important to me, & I love you.” This world is getting more & more messed up everyday- we all need a bit more “I love you” in our lives. So tell someone you care about that you love them today- it’s more important than you would think... #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Elmarit #Elmarit28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
“Second Line, Black Sunshine” NOLA. I have heard legends of this hearse’s wild last ride... #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Elmarit #Elmarit28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic #iamgratefulthatnatesparedyallneworleans #laissezlesbontempsrouler
“Source & Web” Auckland, NZ. No wonder they made the Lord of the Rings movies down here. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Elmarit #Elmarit28mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
“Life Advice” It’s really that simple. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Summilux #Summilux35mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic #bowerpower
“Terminal Velocity” SF, CA. I’m old now, & I know the speed wobbles would surely kill me, but this still looks beyond tempting... #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Summilux #Summilux50mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
TODAY!!!!! At 3 pm Eastern Standard Time (12 noon Pacific), the 3rd episode of my show, THE POWER REMAINS, will go online at WWW.GIMMERADIO.COM. My guest for today’s show is one of the hardest working men in show business (not to mention a superior human being & one of my favorite people of all time), my bro @jameyjasta of @hatebreedofficial. I love talking to Jamey, & as often happens when we get together, things go a little sideways in the conversation... but those are the best ones! I freaking love this maniac! So tune in, y’all! WWW.GIMMERADIO.COM “@gimmeradio: building a better future for today’s youth, one less fuck given at a time.” #Leica #LeicaQ #drandallblythe #randyblythe #thepowerremains #gimmeradio #jameyjasta #hatebreed #lunacyisprosperity
“Monolith” Drug lords in the sky. #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #Elmarit #Elmarit135mm #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
This is my friend Nikki. I took this picture in Wetzlar, Germany, earlier this year when @leicacamerausa flew us out to Leica HQ to play with the new M10 the day it was released- boy, did we have a blast! (no, they didn’t give us one.) We were at an after party, & as both of us are sober guys, we stuck pretty tight together. We were sitting at a table with a lady who couldn’t really grasp why we were drinking coffee, not booze. “Oh, I couldn’t live without my wine,” she said. “Lady,” I replied, “I literally couldn’t live WITH anymore alcohol- I drank more than enough in my day. In fact, I have drank more booze and done more drugs, BY FAR, than everyone else in this freaking room combined... oh yeah, except THAT guy- he’s definitely got me beat,” & pointed at Nikki (cut me some slack here- he WAS in Motley Crüe & all... IN THE EIGHTIES. They were kinda legendary for excess, ya know?) So here is Nikki, trying his best to explain to this woman the sheer insanity of what it’s like to be an alcoholic/junkie. The look on his face says it all- I love this photo, hahaha! Nikki’s been clean & sober 16 years now, & tonight at @leicagalleryLA is the opening of the very first gallery exhibition of his photography, “Conversations with Angels” (it will be up until Nov. 5, so if you’re in LA stop by!) I’m so very proud of you, buddy! Much love & have fun tonight, @nikkisixxpixx - you earned it! #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMonochrom #Monochrom #Summilux #Summilux50mm #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #blackandwhite #bnw_planet #bnw_life #pocket_bnw #bnw_captures #noir_shots #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic #nikkisixx #conversationswithangels
Yesterday my wife & I went to the beach to surf. As we left, I saw a tiny, perfectly intact whelk shell in a tidal pool. I picked it up & turned it over- it looked empty. “Cool,” I thought, & stuck it in the pocket of my trunks. We loaded our boards up, I put the shell on my dashboard to dry out, & we went to grab lunch. After, we started the long trip home. As I was driving, I picked up the shell & noticed a tiny crab inside, trying to crawl out- crap! “Oh honey, can we put him back?” my wife asked. “Of course,” I said, turned around, & drove back to the beach. I was hoping & praying he wasn’t too dehydrated, but I didn’t lollygag around either- he’d been outta the water for a while. I made it to the beach as fast as I could & yelled “Live long & prosper!” as I tossed him into the water- he was still alive, & I hope he stays that way. Traffic was picking up, & it wasn’t convenient for me, but I had to reverse direction & do my best to make sure he made it- I was the one who had removed him from his home, I hadn’t looked at his shell closely enough, & I had brought him to this point, so I could at least ATTEMPT do SOMETHING about it. He was just a little crab, but I respected his right to life. I didn’t cuss out the crab & ask him WHY he hid in his shell when I picked him up, I didn’t argue with my wife about wasting time & money on gas, & I sure as hell didn’t shrug & say “We’re headed home now & that’s the way it is- sorry buddy, sucks to be you,” & let him die on my dashboard. I turned the car around & fixed the fucking problem, IMMEDIATELY. We have a PROBLEM, folks- time to cut the bullshit, WAKE UP, & DEMAND that ALL the folks driving us TURN THE GODDAMNED CAR AROUND so that WE can fix it, TOGETHER. Like RIGHT NOW. Just like most, I hope & pray things will get better, but the evidence is PLAINLY IN FRONT OF US that WE have allowed OUR car to head in a VERY DANGEROUS direction for a long while now. Hoping & praying ain’t cutting it- OBVIOUSLY “the way things are” ISN’T WORKING & the next time? It might be YOUR ass hung out to dry on the dashboard. Sadly, there WILL be a next time. Think about it. May you ALL live long & prosper... #Leica
“The Boss” Sometimes, it’s really just too much, ya know? #Leica #LeicaCamera #LeicaCameraUSA #LeicaM #LeicaMP #LeicaMP240 #LeicaCraft #🔴📷 #MyLeicaJourney #MKexplore #streetdreamsmag #RatsEyesPhotography #HoneTheAesthetic
IN JUST TWO HOURS, (3 pm Eastern Standard Time, 12 Noon Pacific) my bro @jesse_d_leach of @killswitchengage will be the guest on episode #2 (AKA the “Two Creaky Old Punk Rock Dudes Stuck In Metal Bands” episode) of my @gimmeradio show, THE POWER REMAINS. We had some laughs, played some tunes, & talked about the music we both love so much (on my tour bus in Philly in a lightning storm right before I went on stage- SKETCHY-BO-BETCHY.) If you wanna hear this (& who wouldn’t?), go to WWW.GIMMERADIO.COM, sign up for a FREE account, & tune in. NOTES FOR THE CURIOUS/CONFUSED: #1. Yes, there will be an app- it’s in development, so for now you can only stream this from the website- patience, patience #2. No, this is not a podcast- it’s a RADIO SHOW where I play & say whatever I want- I’m rocking tunes & talking about what they mean to me #3. Yes, the episode will replay throughout the week- check the calendar at WWW.GIMMERADIO.COM #4. Who else has shows on @gimmeradio? David Catching from Eagles of Death Metal. The Crusher (you might know her from Orange is the New Black.) Frank Godla from Metal Injection. Not one but two dudes from The Dictators (& a former member of Manowar.) Too many other awesome people to list here, with more to come- aaaaaaand we just announced a show coming from Johan Hegg of @AmonAmarth (Viking radio anyone?) We are building a diverse roster of DJ’s from across the underground. #5. WHY IN THE HELL ARE YOU DOING THIS? DON’T YOU ALREADY HAVE ENOUGH GOING ON BETWEEN YOUR BAND, PHOTOGRAPHY, WRITING, & SURFING?!?!? ARE YOU CRAZY? Yes, I am crazy- freaking NUTS, in fact. But in today’s soulless, faceless digital world, there is a distinct lack of human touch in the way people discover & hear music- it DIDN’T used to be that way. We of @gimmeradio want to throw a spark of that human element into the digital void- these songs aren’t just a collection of binary code in cyberspace, they are THE VERY SOUNDTRACK TO OUR LIVES, & as such deserve to be handled with respect- BY HUMANS, not a freaking algorithm or sales chart- what do those things know about life? NOTHING. So tune in & reconnect to life’s blood y’all! ENJOY/DESTROY! #gimmeradio #randyblythe