Year: 2022

Kurt Cobain Signature Mustang VS 2002 Competition Mustang Reissue

$4,500,000 was the final closing price for the infamous “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video guitar at Julien’s Auctions. Well, since that is ridiculous, here is my replica! A 2002 Japanese  1969/1973 reissue, Ocean Turquoise, Competition Mustang with matching headstock and racing stripe. The bridge pickup (on both guitars) was swapped out. A Seymour Duncan 1990’s Hot Rails on the 2002 and a SH-4 JB on the Cobain model (stanard from Fender). The horrible stock Fender bridge was swapped …

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The California Takeover – SNAPCASE – EARTH CRISIS & STRIFE

In 1996, Victory Records released an iconic live album called The California Takeover, which featured recordings from a three-band bill in L.A. that boasted Earth Crisis, Snapcase and Strife — three of the most popular and influential hardcore bands of the Nineties. This show was rescheduled due to COVID and I decided to travel to Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY. I have been very vocal about SNAPCASE. It was Tremont Music Hall 8/28/1998 – within …

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Delectable Davidson

I recently spent the day in Davidson NC. Home to the elite liberal arts college, Davidson also has some great eats, drink and shops. I visited a few. Milkbread, Grow, Summit Coffee, The Pickled Peach and Main Street books. Also on the Davidson Campus look for the sculpture made of hardwood tree branches. “Common Ground” by North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty is rustic art you can walk in, around and through. Another notable work is Magdalena Abakanowicz’s …

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“Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” – Ever Andalo, NoDa

My mothers side of the family hails from Sicily. Between that and growing up in Jersey I am really only snobby about Italian food. Ever Andalo knocked it out of the park! My favorite pasta hands down is Cavatelli. The folks at Ever Andalo hand make their own! When paired with Italian sausage, I was in heaven.  Everything they rolled out for me to photograph was top notch. Let’s not forget Crepe Cellar, the NoDa restaurant Jamie Brown …

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The Great Pacific Northwest – A Nirvana Pilgrimage

In memory of the 28th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain I revisited photos of my trip to Seattle and his home town of Aberdeen, Washington. Aberdeen – Kurt & Krist Home Town1) I am not sure if anyone would willingly visit the economically deprived town if it were not some sort of fan pilgrimage. From Portland we took an hour detour off the I-5 to the small logging town of Aberdeen. After years …

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Makers Mark Women’s Bartender Competition @ Billy Sunday

I absolutely love working with Sarah, Kevin and all the folks at Maker’s Mark. All of their events are amazingly fun, delicious… and yes, drink responsibly!! 😜 In honor of Women’s History Month alongside the history of Maker’s Mark this event was dedicated to all the amazing Women in the industry. Makers Mark co-founder Margie Samuels  is the reason most folks buy their first bottle of Maker’s Mark and Bill is the reason they buy their second. The shape of the …

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Meredith and John Eddins

It is hard for me to attend a wedding as just a spectator. I have photographed 100+ Weddings in multiple Countries in the past decade. If I am not shooting I am constantly keeping an eye on the photographer. It’s unlike other photography… you are running the whole day. You can’t miss a moment! Recently I had the pleasure of photographing Meredith and John on their special day. Meredith looked radiant and the whole setting …

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Brain Fallon at Neighborhood Theatre 02/19/2022

With The Gaslight Anthem on indefinite hiatus, lead singer and Jersey native Brian Fallon has taken his solo show on the road. Brian Fallon & The Howling Weather performed at Neighborhood Theatre 02/19/2022 to a full house. Fallon has released 3 solo records after The Gaslight Anthem’s 2014 “Get Hurt” LP. My favorite of which is 2016’s “Pain Killers” … This is not his first stab at non-Gaslight material. Fallon and guitarist Ian Perkins formed …

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A Taste of Jersey – Garden State Comfort Foods

Say what ya want about Jersey…. but their food is amazing!  I spent my youth growing up in The Garden State rooting for The Giants and idolizing Springsteen. However, more important than that are certain comfort foods I can NOT leave without eating.  Here are my top favorites!  Taylor Ham, Egg and Cheese – A true NJ staple. The war over the name is even legendary. South Jersey says it’s called “Pork Roll” and North Jersey “Taylor …

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VOICE OF THE WORLD – Orange PPC412

Alright… So I shall pay respect to my first born. I have owned a Marshall 1960b 4×12 since 2001. It has seen 48 states, been dropped, set on fire, thrown in tour vans and trailers, and had beers splashed on it.  “the most ruggedly built ones out there and are designed to take the abuse of hardcore touring. That’s why you see so many used ones that are battered on the outside, but still work …

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