Weird Guitar Videos?


For me, posting on YouTube is sort of like blogging. It’s more of a creative outlet than anything. I like to play the guitar, and I like weird guitars (Exhibit A & Exhibit B), so why not show off my weird guitars?

Made a playlist for that:

Which ones do you wanna hear?

#AllMyAxes 2020

Artistic Disappointment. โ˜ ๏ธ


Wow. Did you see the Michale Graves Instagram post before it went down? I wonder if it was pulled out of regret or cowardice. It’s disappointing to say the least to see an artist you admire make such a disgusting reference to white supremacy. I can only hope he doesn’t fully understand the message that he was putting out there.

@officialmichalegraves | Instagram post- proud western chauvinist?
@officialmichalegraves | deleted Instagram post.

I don’t want to spend too much time on it, or harp on it. Michale’s former bandmates have been coming out to disavow his point of view. You can find that stuff if you’re in the know. Obviously Info Wars is crazy shit, and the Proud Boys are even crazier. I’m not gonna link to or even Google it to give it any sort of credence. Even this hand symbol has been co-opted.

I just want to express that it sucks. Does disagreeing with the artist so much ruin the art? Has he always felt this way? Does a chip on his shoulder allow him to be easily indoctrinated into what amounts to a cult?

Obviously Misfitsโ„ข is not The Misfits. They were two different bands. I really enjoyed Michale’s contribution to vocals, and the energy at those Misfits ’95 era shows. Michale hits some great notes, and never tried to be be Danzig. Chud & Jerry sounded great behind Michale. His harmonies worked well with Jerry’s coaching.

I appreciated his songwriting. I think he came up with “Dig Up Her Bones” among others, which is probably my favorite Graves-era song. I enjoyed his demos after the departure from the Misfits. I really enjoyed the Graves album Web of Dharma & the song “Casket.”

When AiXeLsyD opened for Graves in 2001 at the American Music Cafรฉ, it had to be one of my all-time favorite shows to play.

I have only ever had a few conversations with Michale and they were always very cordial.

I dug the Gotham Road album and the song “Creo Burn.” Everything after that was hit-or miss with me. I feel like Michale does his best work when amplified by & reeled-in by a band.

Like everyone, I’m sure he has struggles. I’m sure he has his own demons to battle. I’m sure he has said things he wishes he had never said. I can only hope this is one of them.

I just wonder… do you let the artist taint the art? Can I listen to these songs and remember the good times without thinking that he is a terrible human being?

Not that they must answer for each other, but it’s not like the rest of the Misfits set an extremely high bar for behavior or loyalty. They are all human beings. They’re flawed human beings who happened to make some great music together.

I hope the man apologizes, but more importantly I hope he finds the peace that he needs to get himself to that point. Anyone falling victim to these lines of thought is filled with misguided hate or aggression.

Have you ever let an artist ruin the art? Can the music stand on its own?

The Shitar ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿšฝ๐ŸŽธ


Builder Russ Lorenz did me a solid. Look at this thing! I need to update my collage.

Here’s a poorly played demo, and it sounds glorious:

Here’s a playlist to honor the theme:

Check out the whole playlist!

Yinz like mazes?


Can you dig it?ย  Complete one.ย  Post it in the comments or on the social media platform of your choice, and tag me.ย  @AiXeLsyD13 is usually it.

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Another #maze.

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Posting #AllMyAxes. ๐ŸŽธ (Part 2)


Did you see part one?ย  I felt like posting all my guitars online simply for something else to look at, and I thought others might enjoy.

I still plan to blog about some of the more interesting ones.ย  Hopefully you guys enjoy the content.ย  Thanks for the likes on social media.ย  I don’t think anyone else started to use the #AllMyAxes hashtag.ย  Oh well.ย  Ha ha.

Show me some of yours in the comments, tag me on social media, or use your own hashtag!

 

The Family Ukuleles & Mandolin

The Kids' Guitars

 

A Crazy Maze – Try it out!


Lots of people have some extra time right now.ย  Take the time to challenge yourself with this maze.ย  I drew it on graph paper.ย  The paths are very small.ย  I would love to see someone tackle it.

I scanned the original & left as-is, then played with the brightness/contrast a bit on a second one to try to get the blue grid out.

Print one out & give it a try.ย  Or, try it out on your mobile or tablet screen.

If you do finish it, post it & tag me on social media.ย  I’m @AiXeLsyD13 on Instagram & twitter.ย  You can find me if you look on Facebook too.ย  You could even post it in the comments.

 

-โœ๏ธ-

 

Crazy Maze

 

Crazy Maze 2

Take me to your leader. ๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿ›ธโœ๏ธ


Drew a maze in color with some Sharpies.ย  Don’t normally do that.ย  Enjoy if you’re so inclined.ย  Print & solve or solve on your screen with an art or notes app.ย  Share a solution here in the comments or on social media, & tag me: @AiXeLsyD13 (on Twitter & Instagram)

 

 

Alien Maze (Color) Alien Maze (Black & White)

 

I shared a photo on Instagram & Twitter earlier, this scan is only slightly better.

 

๐•พ๐–”๐–ˆ๐–Ž๐–†๐–‘ ๐•ฏ๐–Ž๐–˜๐–™๐–†๐–“๐–ˆ๐–Š ๐•ธ๐–†๐–Ÿ๐–Š โ†’๐Ÿ–จ๏ธโ†’โœ๏ธโ†’๐Ÿ“ฑโ†’


I won’t get preachy here other than to say stay informed, follow the best practices, and wash your damn hands.ย  I have posted plenty of that on Facebook.

Social Distancing Maze

Print, solve, & re-post!

Print it & complete with a pen, pencil, crayon, marker, or whatever.ย  Then take a photo & post it on your favorite social media site, and tag me; @AiXeLsyD13 (Twitter & Instagram)

You can even download it & use a note app or one like PicsArt on your phone to complete the maze, then share it too.ย  Share it on Pinterest.ย  Lots of people are looking for stuff to do right now.ย  I’d love to see how far this (or any of my mazes) can go.

โ†’๐Ÿ–จ๏ธโ†’โœ๏ธโ†’๐Ÿ“ฑโ†’

Here’s some stuff I posted on Instagram but not really here;ย 

 

 

 

 

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Another #maze, inspired by Molly's art.

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Maze Mugs? A-Maze Mugs? a-MAZE-ing Socks?


Did you see the first post and the last post about the maze mugs?ย  Mike has been doing some fun stuff, and I have (very slowly) been working on mazes for the box.ย  Also, Mike posted some fun stuff:

Check out this packaging!

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Test mockup for the maze mugs.

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More than one maze per mug so you don’t get bored!

 

Click through on the socks to see the second photo!

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A-maze Mug dress socks? Mug-sock giftbox?

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So, what do you think? Want to see mazes on anything else? Want them solvable? Like that packaging or love it? Check out Mike’s other stuff on Instagram!ย  He has been making some killer skateboard decks and a topical T-shirt.

I won’t get into the COVID-19 / Novel Coronavirus outbreak here, but if you’re bored in quarantine… remember you can do all of my mazes.ย  It’d be cool if you finished one, posted on the social media platform of your choice & tagged me.

I need to put a maze on a guitar. I need to update photos of my collection. I want to catalog them here since the sites I have found to do it don’t really suit my needs. Add that to the endless list of unnecessary projects to be completed “someday.”