"Just ‘cause you don’t understand what’s going on don’t mean it don’t make no sense
And just ‘cause you don’t like it, don’t mean it aint no good
And let me tell you something;

Before you go taking a walk in my world you better take a look at the real world ‘cause this aint no Mr Roger’s Neighbourhood

Can you say “feel like shit?”
Yeah maybe sometimes I do feel like shit, I aint happy about it but I’d rather feel like shit than be full of shit! 

And if I offended you, oh I’m sorry but maybe you need to be offended
But here’s my apology and one more thing.. Fuck you.”

This is so relevant right now, mainly to people in my life that I no longer make an effort with or bother to see. This also makes me greatly appreciate everybody currently in my life right now too. I have all the close family and friends I could ask for and one hell of an amazing girlfriend and I couldn’t be happier right now. 
Oh and this song just kicks ass anyway.


Cruel Hand

Wow, Blackdogzine has come a long way since its inception; So has Rotting Out for that matter! Check out this interview that I did with the band around late ‘07 / early ‘08 for the very first issue of Blackdogzine, Blackdog Über Alles. The foreward will explain why I started making zines and then will continue onto the text from the interview with Michael Craigs, RO’s original singer. Here’s to friendship and many more years of music and zines! I decided to do this little zine one morning towards the end of February. Since Pressure, the band I play guitar in, was going to be doing an East Coast tour, I thought that it would be a good idea to make a zine showcasing some up and coming California bands. The bands in this zine you may not have heard of but that is why I chose them; they need some more exposure on the East Coast. Keep your eyes and your ears open for these bands, you won’t regret it.

First off, for those who don’t know, who makes up the band Rotting Out?—Rotting Out is Carlos, Jorge, Richard, Walter and myself.This band was formed out of the ashes of another band. What is the difference between the two?—The main difference is us maturing. Our old band, Dogpile, was the first band I was in. The guys had all been in other bands before but I was new to being a part of writing music. I think after Dogpile broke up, it gave room for Rotting Out to look back and realize what we did wrong and what to do right this time around….not to say we are perfect now.On the demo tape, there is a song called “Kobe Bryant Lifestyle,” how does the song title relate to the lyrical content?—I wrote the lyrics to this song at work one day. An employee walked by me and just said “problems, problems, problems”. It just stuck in my head. The song title came from Richard who was making a joke at practice. Kobe is always in the news with a new problem and I thought it was fitting. There really is no deep meaning behind it.Suicidal Tendencies seems to be a strong musical influence on the band. Is there any chance of a cover in the works? —We always mess around with Suicidal songs at practice. I would love to record a Suicidal cover.Are there any label or tour plans for Rotting Out?—As for tour plans we are playing Rain Fest in Seattle this May. We will not be able to play any shows on the way up or down due to work schedules. For right now we are going to mainly stick to local shows and hopefully some weekends up the bay area. As for labels, I don’t really have much to say. We have had a few talks but nothing written in stone.As someone who grew up on the East Coast, what differences have you noticed between the east and west coast hardcore scenes since living here?—CIRCLE PITS!!! At first I did not know what to think of this display of joy but I have become a fan of running in circles. Also not having to bring your winter coat into shows is a plus. Another thing is kids seem to bond with local bands much faster then on the East Coast. Its all about the unity out here.You are a resident at the infamous Chateau Harder. Can you explain the Chateau for those that have never been there?—The Chateau is the nicest shithole a couple of punks can live in. I believe it can be described as a touring band’s “paradise” as it comes complete with a pool, a roof to jump into the pool, washer and dryer, shower, 3 couches, cable TV, 300+ movies, wireless internet, public computer and a history of hardcore/punk on the walls that include rare records and posters from amazing bands. All around a great place to live…and whenever you want come help me mow the lawn because I fucking hate doing it.I know that some members of RO are straight edge. Is RO a straight edge band?—Carlos, Walter and I are all straight edge but there is no sXe influence put into Rotting Out. I try to write songs for Rotting Out about subjects that piss me off and sXe is nothing but a positive thing for me.What Cali bands are you backing right now?—Pressure, Judas, Ability, Masterpiece, Never Healed, Skin Like Iron, Saber fucking Tooth Zombie!What got you into hardcore? —When I was 14 my best friend, Tim, brought me to my first local show. It wasn’t hardcore though, it was that great late 90’s rap-core. I have the classic story that involves the kid that felt accepted only when I went to these shows. I would wait all week to be able to go to a show at the YMCA, the church or wherever a show might be. When I went away to college, I found myself depending on hardcore to get me through. I was involved with hardcore in highschool, but I never really understood how much it meant to me until I was without my friends. I know it sounds lame, but it’s the truth. Hardcore is a part of me.What about Record collecting? —Record collecting for me started in college. I have been an avid collector for 5 years now. It started out from being bored at night and searching ebay or message boards for records. I have learned a lot about the history of hardcore from collecting records. I like to hold the piece in my hand instead of downloading the record from someone. I record all my records onto my computer and try to keep the records in the condition I received them in. If you want, you can check out my trade list on Hows Your Edge. Just search “Michael Craigs”.Where do you think the best burritos are found?—A few blocks down the street from the Chateau, a little place called Las Fuentes.What comes to mind when I mention…Cool Hand Luke…. ”Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand” and “Nobody ever ate 50 eggs!”Goggles…. I need to buy a new pair this summer so I can complete my challenge of swimming the pool back and forth in one breath.Dwight…. Life of AgonyRollerblades…. Fucking fr00tsIf there is anything you would like to add, please do so here.—I would like to add that I answered these questions at work. FTW and take advantage of the old, white haired men with the money. Our lives will always be better then theirs. Thanks Tim!
Lunch (at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers)
Picked this up yesterday too! #SuicidalTendencies
Good morning
Case is packed.
Whilst packing I came to the conclusion that I have a lot of sxe merch. 
Minority Unit snapback came through today #X