Tuesday, August 29, 2023


I was totally blown away yesterday to come home from a pretty damn good writing session and find that my good friend Jacob had sent me a record. Jacob has sent me several awesome records before, but this... this was something of a dream come true - a brand new copy of his band Bluekarma's 2000 record, The Communication, newly remastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service, pressed on vinyl for the first time. 

This is HUGE - Bluekarma is the band that first brought my old band, The Yellow House, to Dayton, Ohio, for our first show outside of Illinois. I got to be friends with these guys, but none more so than Jacob, who, at one point, we realized I had somehow unknowingly and before I met him, acquired a guitar he had previously owned and modified. It was a total WTF moment where I think we both realized there was something bigger than us at work. Since then, we've remained in touch even at a distance, and when I played as part of a band he was in back circa 2014, it was kind of another dream come true.

Here's a link to the vinyl announcement, and HERE is a link to order one of these babies for yourself.

747 was the song that Jacob used to do this insane guitar solo to. When they played Dayton's Nite Owl as they did the first time we played with them, the bar would give Jacob a bottle of Jagermeister, and he would walk out along the top of the bar and literally pour that beautiful black liquid into people's mouths. It wasn't so different from what we used to do with Hickory Hills Whiskey when Brown and I were in Schlitz Family Robinson. except, of course, Jager is delicious, and HHW is rotgut. Anyway, think of that scene while you jam this tune. It's one of a kind, as are the memories.


High on Fire studio update:

I cannot WAIT for this album!!!


Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
Mercyful Fate - Melissa
The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of Us is the Killer
Blut Aus Nord - Disharmonium: Nahab
Deftones - Ohms
Baroness - Stone (pre-release singles)
Bluekarma - The Communication


From Jonathan Grimm's Bound Tarot, which you can buy HERE.

• I: The Magician
• Ten of Cups
• Queen of Wands
Initial, revelatory creative spark squashed by the inability to adequately interpret necessary emotional context.

No idea on this one. As has become my custom, I'm tempted to read this as a Pull for the main character of the book, but even in that context, I'm a bit lost.

Aside from Creative energies, The Magician can point to the presence of Magick. Ten of Cups is a full-on emotional deluge, and can indicate an unwillingness to step from beneath our emotional attachments. Queen of Wands is the Emotional aspect of Emotion, Water of Water, and the reason my initial interpretation of the Ten is a deluge. 

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