You Wanted MoAr!! You Got MoAr!!! Here's MoAr Eights And Aces Vids!!!!1

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr with a brief update.

Jon and I went to Eights and Aces‘ recent practice session and made some new vids. Here are the vids from Eights and Aces‘ July 5th 2008 practice session. Enjoy!

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Low

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Perfect Situation

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Pork and Beans

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Closing Time

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Cumbersome

Eights and Aces – Practice Session 7-05-2008 – Wankfest 2008

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 46 days since www.theandysan.com has been up and 18 days since www.spicymelon.com has been up. I’m going to be retooling www.spicymelon.com so it might take a bit before I update it again. Stay tuned!

So Menards Is Open Now…

…and it’s f’n huge!!! Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan here with another quick update.

I’ve added a little bit to The History of TheAndySan so be sure to check it out.

As the title says, I visited the new Menards that opened up in my area and it’s wayyyyy bigger than Wal-Mart. It’s like comparing the old Wal-Mart to the Super Wal-Mart. Unfortunatly, Billy, my former manager at Toxic Hell, works there…Awkward Turtle…

Kinda in other news, I bought the new issue of Rolling Stone and it has the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs Of All Time in it. No, Stairway To Heaven isn’t number 1. Neither is anything by Hendrix. *l33t soiler* It’s Chuck Berry’s Johnny B. Goode *end of l33t soiler*

I’m really f’n poor right now. All I have is $10 in my wallet. I seriously can’t wait to get paid on Thursday!!

Well, I’m gonna go now so I’ll see you guys around. I’ll end this with a video almost completely devoid of guitar. It’s Miami Sound Machine’s Dr. Beat! Enjoy!!:

TheAndySan

A Question For My Hero, Heavy Metal-San

What’s the haps, it’s TheAndySan hurr with a quick post.

I just posted a question for my numba-juan guitar idol, Marty Friedman aka Heavy Metal-san. Here is what I posted on his site’s Contact Form:

Subject: It’s About Anime.

Hey Marty! I’ve been playing guitar for about 3 years now and you’ve always been a consistant source of inspiration for me as a musician and as a guitar player. Everyone else can have their Jimmys and their Jimis, but if I were stuck on a Desert Island (Cacophony reference), all I need is your work on Rock Fujiyama, your solo albums, the Cacophony albums, and of course the Megadeth albums (Rust In Peace and Countdown To Extinction especially) and I’d die a happy man.

My question to you is this: have you ever performed or are considering performing an anime opening or ending theme? One of the first artists that got me into Japanese music was The Pillows and they pretty much did the entire soundtrack for FLCL!

Everyone except for my dorkiest of friends thinks I’m crazy for liking this kind of music, but I insist on listening to it because of the uncanny amount of beautiful melodies in the songs. You were the one who showed me that you could like even the hokiest music in the world and turn it into something really rockin’! I sincerely thank you for this!! It has opened me up as a musician, a player, and as a listener of music! Thank-you so much for what you have done!!

Andy

www.theandysan.com

Well, I’m gonna eat ‘cuz I’m hungry. I’m ending this post with a vid from Mr. Heavy Metal himself doing Last September from his album True Obsessions. Later daze!

TheAndySan

TheAndySan's Day Off!!!1

Whuzzz goin’ on, nuggaz?!! It’s TheAndySan in da house!!!

I just got back from my “meeting” at Wal-Mart. I was horribly late and was ready to apologize when I walked in the door. I clocked in and went into the break room where the meeting was suppose to be held. There was only a couple people in there and I asked a manager, who was there, what happened to the meeting. She said that the meeting was cancelled due to loss of power prior to my arrival. So I was kinda bummed since I drove all the way out there to be on the clock for only 3 minutes. I went to clock out, but the time-clock said that I had to be on the clock for at least 30 minutes before I could clock out. Reading these words, I felt like I was essentially handed the keys to the kingdom. I could do whatever I felt like for at least a half-hour. I waltzed around Wal-Mart, read a book, listened to music, played Guitar Hero and sucked big time (but that’s irrelevant since I got paid for sucking, lol), and enjoyed getting paid screwing around Wal-Mart for an hour and 10 or so minutes. I might get in trouble for doing that, but hey, I was scheduled to be there for an hour, they cancelled the meeting without notifying me, and I couldn’t clock out for at least a half-hour even if I wanted to. At least this way, they paid for the gas I used to get there. I could have totally milked it and stayed there for hours, but I was scheduled for an hour so I figure staying for an hour was fair enough. Was my actions justified or should I have gotten a manager to clock me out? Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

In other news, I attended the first practice session of the summer of Eights and Aces. They were pretty rusty, but I have definitely noticed some improvements. Ben is much more confident in his lead playing as far as he’s not as locked in his scale boxes as much as he was before. Goofy has improved the most. He’s loads moAr confident when he sings, is tons moAr energetic, and adds moAr of his own little mannerisms into the songs. As for the other guys, they were pretty good too. Tylor’s not as crappy as he was before lol, Cody’s insanely short learning curve is still alive and well, and Dan’s still a good drummer. Dan’s drumming doesn’t blow my mind, but he can at least hold a steady beat so it’s all good. I recorded a couple of their songs, which contributed to my tardiness at Wal-Mart, and although they need to work off some very large chunks of rust, like I said, I think they’ll be all right.

I think I already told you guys that my Adsense account has exceeded $100, right? I did? Okay then. Oh yeah, and the other ad service I use, Kontera, has given me $12 on the nose. *honk-honk* Hollaaaaa!!!1 I think I’m gonna use my first checks from Adsense and Kontera to by me a bass and bass amp. Ideally, if I get enough, I’m gonna buy that sw33t Yamaha bass with the Kahler bass tremolo up at the music store in Lima and one of my dad’s Fender Silverface Bassmans. The kind that he has run for around $800 for both the head and cabinet. Since the speakers are shot, I’m gonna offer my aunt $600 for it since it’ll cost a little over $100 for each speaker. It’s a 2×15 cabinet and a 50-watt head by the way.

Well, I’m gonna see if the fellas wanna do something so I’m outta this bizsnatch! Buh-bye! I’m ending this post with a clip of my all-time favorite solo. Here’s Robbie McIntosh fucking yo’ mamma’s couch with an outro solo to Things We Said Today circa 1990. It starts at 3:33 and ends at 5:08:

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,517 days since I had a web site. Yeah, you’re probably tired of me saying that so I’ll probably stop soon.

We Want MoAr Moore!!!1

Hey guys, it’s theAndySan hurr after a longish day of work that went by in the blink of an eye.

I just checked my AdSense account and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Since I started this site on May 21st of 2008, I’ve earned a little over $100. That’s amazing!!!1 This also means that I can receive a payment from Google for putting up their ads on my site. Pretty friggin’ sweet if I do say so myself!! And the really awesome thing is that the month’s essentially just beginning!! It’s only up from here, guys!! I’m not gonna quit my job at Wal-Mart just yet, but if this keeps up, I think I might.

In other news, our band finally has a name: Rust. I really wanted it to be EchoRust, but I couldn’t find any bands just called Rust on MySpace so Rust we are!! I’ve also put up our MySpace page as well. Once we get our shit together, I’ll post videos and songs. Check it out at www.myspace.com/rustisaband!!! Also be sure to check out Eights and Aces’ MySpace page at www.myspace.com/eightsandaces. Speaking of Eights and Aces, tomorrow I’m gonna be at their first band practice since last year. I can’t wait!!

Well, I’m gonna watch some Kanokon. I leave you with perhaps the best Gary Moore solo I’ve ever heard. It’s also up there with one of my favorite solos of all time, and that’s saying something! Here it is, the ending solo to Empty Rooms:

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,517 days since I had a web site.

I'm Tired Of All The Stupid Questions!!!1

“This isn’t scanning. What should I do?” “Credit. Credit. Sir, I’m paying by credit.” “Do you have to scan the pop?” “The (insert produce here) is (insert price here)” AHHHHHHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!1

Ok, I feel a little better. Good evening, it’s TheAndySan here to rock and roll the place.

Today at work, I seriously almost walked out. Near the end of my shift, I was ringing up a very obese woman who was in one of those courtesy electric carts. She had left her regular cart beside my register before I got there. She was complaining about stuff and I just kinda brushed it off and rang her stuff through. Then, she remembered that she forgot to get eggs. Keep in mind that this is during the beginning of third shift when there’s pretty much no one around. I page for a stockman anyway, hoping that someone would come and help me out. Fortunately, someone did come. It was the assistant manager so I felt a little relieved. I continue to ring her stuff up and I get to the section of food that she comps. Comping is short for competitors’ prices. Basically, if you find someplace that has something for less than what Wal-Mart has, you can tell us what their price is and we’ll give it to you for that price. She’s angrily telling me the prices like I’m the sole reason she’s been in Wal-Mart for so long and why she’s buying so much. After all that, the assistant manager comes up with the eggs in hand. I scan ’em. No biggie. After she slides her food card (it’s like food stamps, but moAr elegant) and everything is all said and done, she notices that I forgot to comp the eggs. I do not recall her telling me to do that, and she’s even more upset. I’ve already had an aggravating day and she just pushed all the wrong buttons. I tried to compose myself, but I kept muttering “Fuck!” and rang in the next lady’s order, completely ignoring the previous customer. Since the lady I was ringing up was a fellow Associate, she could relate to my woes and I vented just a tad. In one of the best acts of karma, when the associate manager was helping the other lady with her groceries, she forgot her cane. He then said to her that everyone forgets sometimes. Whoo boy, that made my night! Cody, who was also working that night, said not to worry since she always bitches about everything.

In other, much better news, the band finally had the first practice since Jon joined track around March. Jon’s definitely improved, Joe’s about the same but less rusty, and I was kinda crappy. My timing was craptacular on some songs, and I didn’t sound very good I thought. But hey, that’s why you have practice; to shake off the rust and tighten the band up.

Well, I certainly feel better. I’m gonna play me some Halo 3 with my bros so I’ll see you guys later. Night!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,514 days since I had a website.

"マーティ"

“Ok, so what do the little squiggles in the title mean, Andy?!!” It’s Marty Friedman’s name in katakana, the Japanese alphabet used mostly for translating foreign words. Hello again, it’s TheAndySan here with 5 tips on how to be a better guitar player. These can be applicable to anyone who plays music, but for the intents and purposes of this article, it’s about guitar players.

Tip 1 – Stretch out your ears. No, I don’t mean physically stretching your ears (editor’s note: TheAndySan does not condone any acts of ear mutilation. Seriously, don’t do it!!), what I’m talking about is expanding what you listen to. I suggest delving into every kind of music that you can. Sure, not all of it will be good, but I’m positive you’ll find a player or two that tickles your fancy. For example, I’m not a fan of country music, but I love Vince Gill. I think he’s an amazing singer and one heck of a guitar player to boot! By expanding your musical library, you’ll be able to break out of ruts much easier than by just listening to the same-o same-o music, incorporate unique techniques such as pre-bending which will help to mold your personal playing style, and you’ll be more well-rounded as a musician. You’ll be surprised as to what kind of music your guitar heroes listen to. My main man Marty Friedman, for example, listened to KISS and The Ramones when he was first learning to play guitar. Later on, he got stuck in a rut and began to listen to foreign music. While he was living in Hawaii, he would listen to a Japanese radio station that would play enka music. I’ll try to explain enka music in the form of an analogy: Enka music is to Japan as country music is to America. It’s very ethnic-sounding. Ok, so my explanation is pretty sucky. Here’s a video clip of one of the greatest enka singers ever, Misora Hibari, performing “Ringo Oiwake”:

Tip 2 – Value those with more experience. You’ve probably seen them popping in the music store: the old geezers who can blaze on guitar. Some people would brush off guys like them since they’re “too old” and “uncool”. Not me, boy! I’m asking ’em questions, watching them play, and gauging their skills. I highly recommend that you take note from guys who have more experience, even if they are uncool old geezers lol!

Tip 3 – Join or start up a band. I know that several professional musicians started their first band when they only knew one chord (*coughTomMorellocough*). Even if none of you guys know how to play anything, being around other people will generate ideas and will better encourage those ideas to be exacuted.

Tip 4 – Don’t bite off more than you can chew. I’m not trying to sound discouraging, but what I mean is that, for example, if you try to master the solo for Tornado of Souls in its entirety and expect to play it spot-on by the end of the day, chances are you’ll fail miserably. However, if you break the solo into sections and begin mastering each section one at a time, you’ll have a much higher chance of not only playing the whole thing, but to play it flawlessly. Also, if you’re just learning to play guitar and you want to learn a very technically challenging song like Far Beyond The Sun by Yngwie Malmsteen, you’ll get very discouraged. Learn the basics like power chords and a couple scales before tackling a tough song like that. And, of course, break it into parts when you do sit down and learn it.

Tip 5 – Don’t cave in to peer pressure. One of the main reasons that popular music stagnates before “reinventing” itself is that it tries to “cookie-cutter” bands. In other words, they try to make every band sound the same in hopes of repeated financial success. It never quite works out, does it? Although he’s very VERY overused, Kurt Cobain is probably one of the best/worst examples of what the music industry can do to an artist. At that point in time, hair metal was the name of the game and anybody who wanted to be somebody slipped in to some spandex, slapped on some makeup, fluffed their hair and POOF! You were popular. After a while, people got tired of watching different guys doing the same old things that all the other bands were doing. Then along comes Kurt, a guy who was living in his car and applied to be a dog kennel cleaner right before the album Nevermind turned the music industry on its ear. Then came Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, etc. And then people got sick of listening to grunge all the time. Now, it’s emo music. Every band is supposed to sound like Fall Out Boy because Fall Out Boy is a highly successful band. BOLLOCKS!! If bands would just be themselves, people would be able to relate to them and success will naturally come.

Well, I’m gonna get me some shuteye so I’ll see you guys later. Good-night!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,508 days since I had a website.

The Shapes Of Things

Hey guys, it’s TheAndySan hurr again.

Man, I gotta tell ya, my traffic’s been rather crappy as of late. The highest amount of daily views since I’ve moved has been 33 views. “But Andy, maybe everybody is still going to your old site.” Nope. Ever since I had over 16,000 views, the daily views have been abysmal. I know that people know that my site’s moved because the views from the old site are pretty much ziltch. The views will probably pick up again once the search engines find me. But I digress…

In other news, school’s out so now the band can do stuff again. Ben’s band, Eights on Aces, might be doing stuff again, but their work schedules have been pretty heavy as of late. I seriously can’t wait to see them perform again! I also can’t wait for our own band to finally do something as well!!

Well, I’m gonna go so I’ll see you guys later. Bye!

TheAndySan

P.S: It’s been 1,507 days since I had a website. Also, yesterday was my one-week anniversary of TheAndySan.com opening up!!

Here's An Update

It’s right here. Hey guys, it’s the Andy-San hurr with, you guessed it, an update.

I’ve updated my History page a bit so you can check that out if you want.

In other news, Ben’s band changed their name yet again to Eights On Aces. I wonder how long this name will stick lol? Until they play another show again and it’s recorded, I won’t change the tags and st00f on their other video. They’ve been working on some new stuff and I can’t wait to hear them play again! Let’s just hope that Ben won’t bust a string without a spare again lol.

Well, that’s it for me today. I’ve got to get to bed since I have work wayyy early in the morning (like 7am early). Nighty-night!

Andy-San

P.S: I noticed that I only got 7 views yesterday. I feel sad…

DUFFs And The Power They Hold

Hey everyone, it’s the Andy-San hurr after a short shift at Wal-Mart.

After some people watching today, I noticed something: hot chicks seem to always have what I’d like to call a DUFF. DUFF stands for Designated Ugly Fat Friend. I don’t understand the DUFF phenomena and how it came to be, but it’s making me ponder the DUFF’s purpose. Is the DUFF there to make the hot girl more hot by immediate visual comparison? Are they there for a second opinion? I don’t know the answer yet, but I’m sure I’ll find out eventually. Maybe. I guess. What I do know is that girls ranging from hot to kinda cute have at least one DUFF and sometimes they have many DUFFs. If anyone has any information about the DUFFs please leave me a comment. Now before I get a veritable shit-ton of hate mail, I’m not putting down the DUFFS or fat or ugly people. I’m trying to figure out if there’s a logical explanation for the DUFF phenomena.

I have $88 saved up for my new computer so far. That’s 11% not counting shipping. I’m getting a good amount of hours so that computer will be mine in a month or two.

I’m also finally getting my car stereo that I got for Christmas installed. I’ll be going to Lima this Wednesday for that. I can’t wait!

Our furnace is down so it’s kinda cold in the house. It’ll be fixed tomorrow so it’s all good.

In other news, summer’s on the way so I hope that Jon’ll want to do something with the band. If all else fails, I’ll see if anyone else is looking for a singer.

Well, that’s it for tonight. G’night!

Andy-San

P.S: In an effort to improve the search results for this site, I put up Xanga Lock on my old Xanga. Sorry for the inconvenience. If you need any of the files, just comment and I’ll send you a copy. You can also go up on my YouTube account for my videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/AndySan.