Thursday, October 31, 2013

Holy Crap, Halloween

When we toured through October, it almost felt that we not only experienced Halloween, but we're weeks past it and it's already Thanksgiving.  I have no idea why that is.  Did I watch enough horror movies?  Will "Troll" and the multiple "Ghoulies" films suffice?  It feels like Halloween already happened and I missed it.

But wait!  I didn't miss it!  There's still time to redeem myself.  If all else fails, if you've done nothing but let the holiday roll on by and you had one last chance to accomplish one lousy thing for Halloween despite being a total ditch effort and in vain...well, that one last thing better be carving a damn pumpkin.

I went with a classic look.  It affords a little leg room for failure and always gets the point across.  I figure a little bit of vampire-teeth would win me some points for moderate creativity.  I also decided to get the smallest pumpkin available.  The idea of touching and scooping and scraping pumpkin guts MAKES ME SICK, so any way to minimize the process is alright by me.  Plus, these mini-pumpkins are so fucking adorable.

I've got my bucket of candy ready, horror films ready to roll, etc.  Kids rarely come to my place, but it's still fun to turn your front walkway into a haunted mess.  I've got the skeletons danglin' from above, giant skulls guarding the doorbell, zombie hands popping up from the ground.  I'm pretty sure not a single soul will be trick or treating my way, but you always gotta be prepared.  I've got the GOOD stuff, too.  Twix, Kit Kats, peanut M&Ms!  It's all here for the taking!

Well, until then.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I'm baaaaack!

We're done.  We're officially done with shows for a while.  This is both awesome and disheartening because I could really use a day where I don't leave the couch, but now that means my days will be spent not leaving the couch.  If there's one thing positive and truthful about me, it's that when I say I'm gonna watch TV...I really fucking watch TV.


But now it gives me an opportunity to spend more time online and with this blog.  I really like this blog.  It documents what really doesn't need to be documented and keeps my brain from slipping into a coma.  It's good to be writing the words.  Me think it stimulates brain.  Good brain fun words.

So.  The tour.  It was great.  We played all over, man.  It was the longest string of shows we've ever done before, barely any days off and absolutely zero sleep.  I mean, there WAS sleep, but it was mostly muddled and while intoxicated.

Every city we played was awesome.  Aside from three flat tires and the occasional piece of equipment shitting out, there wasn't too many bumps in the road.  We met new and old friends and fans all over the good ol' US of A, I ate like a pig and had a blast drinking Yuengling.  It was more fun to pronounce and to awkwardly repeat it at any time possible (Yuengliiiing!) but you get the picture.  The picture is beautiful and I painted it with blood, sweat and the sad remains of that really weird Mexican food we had in Arkansas.

Band Pro Tip: Never eat Mexican food in Arkansas.

Part of me wants to tell a story and recount a silly event, but I'm pretty sure I'd just be repeating myself.  The entire thing has already been chronicled online, what with Facebook and Twitter and Instagram leading the forefront of in-your-face and on-the-spot Calabrese action, so yeah.  I'll probably be posting a ton of all the greatest photos soon enough, though, to even out the ratio of Calabrese Stuff Online to Not Calabrese Stuff Online, so stay tuned for that.  I'm a firm proponent of Calabrese Stuff Online.  CSL for short.  Dig it.

Buuuuut I will post this:

Halloween is inching closer and closer, and my place is taking the proper steps in illuminating this fact.  Out come the paper skeleton cut outs, dusted off are the hanging spider lights and rubbery, severed hands AND HELLO THERE A HORRIFYING TWO-FOOT-TALL DOLL OF YOUNG MICHAEL MYERS.  In all Samhain celebrations, this is my pride and joy.  My go-to prop to set in the window to freak out anyone effected by clowns, short people or really short clown-people.

I picked this up at Texas Frightmare years ago, absolutely willing to dump seventy-bucks for a chance to keep this near me at all times.  It's almost become a security blanket with me.  It's just so unabashedly Halloween (I mean, yeah, it's a direct piece of merch from the "Halloween" films) but it's so much more.  It's a beacon of hope, a fog-shrouded lighthouse in the perfect storm of life.  Or it's just a really creepy doll and it's awesome.

So fucking awesome.

Saturday, October 19, 2013


"Born With A Scorpion's Touch" is officially out now, online and in stores!  ROCK AND ROLL!


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