open tributes


I could hear
all those things
you ran from
with every song
you released
living your dream

you didn’t need
to play your
albums in
reverse to hear
the taunting
of your demons

I grew up
I cradled your
songs close to
my chest
I knew I wasn’t
the only one

that felt numb
that watched the sun set
that wanted something
rather than nothing
to matter

I wish we could’ve found
a new palette of colors
that just weren’t a collection
of shit grey so maybe the world
wouldn’t need rose colored glasses
just so it can make another rotation
just so the fingers of the sun
could tighten it’s grip out of love
rather than anger

I hope you slipped calmly
beneath the waves when
you decided to let go
of the edge you so
desperately clung

I’m sorry that your armor broke
I’m sorry that you were the only
one who could repair it
I’m sorry that your symphony
played it’s final notes in
the middle of battle

you may have already felt
like a ghost in your final
hours but we never lost
sight of the spirit you let
spill from your eyes with
your honest lyrics
your highest notes

you felt the weight of
a thousand worlds for
so long that anyone
could understand
why you would
it to insanity

you don’t need to apologize
I understand that these plans
we make can be written in blood
washed away with the mud
of uncut clouds
leaving us with more questions
of subjects we thought to be
experts on

I hope you didn’t scream at yourself
I hope you finally felt like you won
I hope you can walk to what you
always wanted when you wake up
on whatever road you travel next

I fucking care that your flickering
light went out amongst a sea
of dimmer specks,
even though
you might feel you didn’t shine
as brightly as you did
so many
used you to guide us
shining brighter
than Polaris did in
a world without the pollution
of smog traced neons

I’m sorry that you lost books
of stories when you lost track
of your scars
those consequential sharp
edges are wounds some of us
share as we trudge
this unmapped path

so we all continue forward
under this blanket of scars
we still listen to your words
hydrohelioizing your perfect

polarisized star


This gif set of this scene from “Love Is An Open Door” is a tribute to my dear friend and soul sister @minervadeannabond. She and I share so many common interests, including being huge fans of Frozen, and almost every time when she and I chat, we say a lot of things at the exact same time, and we even literally finish each others’ sentences…or should I say “sandwiches”? 😉

These are all the main reasons why we believe we are soul sisters and true friends. So because of all that, I thought so much of this scene that I just had to make a gif set of it.

I hope you love this, @minervadeannabond.


2017 Carolina Crown presents, “It is…”.

“Carolina Crown 2017: “It is…”

It is…an artistic study in Deconstructivism—a dissection of something to its core components; reshaping, relocating, and rearranging those elements; and presenting them in a new way. Art pieces that exhibit a deconstructivist style are characterized by unpredictability and unrestrained freedom, and this allows for an explorative, creative design approach within elements that are purely and exclusively “drum corps.”

It is…an imaginative evolution. The bold, talented performers of the 2017 Carolina Crown will artfully and meticulously disassemble the traditional drum corps model and carefully restructure those components as a fresh, new perspective. In creating an “art installation” of sorts, the design will continually explore the flexibility to evolve in many layers. The colorguard plays an integral role inspiring the artistic exploration and evolution of the concept, and the broad range of visual demands and visual musicality allows a complex personality and character to develop throughout the concept’s layout.

It is… bold and eclectic. The audio and visual presentation will serve to create wildly dynamic changes in look, sound, and atmosphere over the course of the program. Within the ever-changing environment, the performers artfully navigate performance skills ranging from refined sophistication, playful mischievousness, emotional reflection, wildly “far out”, and unabashedly free.

It is…comprised of the following musical selections, which reflect the concept of evolution throughout the program:

“Little Fugue in G Minor” - Johann Sebastian Bach

Representing pure order and structure—both musically and visually—and sophisticated clarity in form and presentation, the “Little Fugue” is a classic opening tribute to a model drum corps introduction.

“Crown Imperial” - William Walton
“Symphony No. 3” - Vittorio Giannini
“Old Home Days” - Charles Ives
“Raveling, Unravelling” - Philip Sparke

As the program evolves and the environment begins to deconstruct, traditional and contemporary wind and brass band literature are juxtaposed to compete for command of the concept’s sense of direction. Highlighting the performers’ dynamic changes from composed, sophisticated power to whimsical, mischievous play, this piece marks the first evolution of the program.

“For Good” - Stephen Schwartz

“Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better? But because I knew you, I have been changed for good.” The introduction of a vocalist as a unique, textural layer is vital to delivering the emotional range of expression and importance of this message and this piece. Thousands of performers have bared their hearts on the DCI stage, in the goal of making their mark on the drum corps tapestry. The unique and elevated vertical changes to the visual landscape highlight the soaring power of the emotionally charged soundscape. The transformations within this stage of the concept signify “no going back” and invite the exploration and experimentation to come.

“NO one To kNOW one” - Andy Akiho

Composed as a multi-movement presentation, this piece propels the concept toward unchartered territories for Carolina Crown, and ushers in the final stage of changes and experimentation. The future-modern orchestrations, harmonic language, and rhythmic intricacies imbue the completed “art project” with raw, edgy power, unpredictability, intrigue, and discovery. The culminating experience is designed to illicit a sense of evolution and exploration within the wide-ranging spectrums of style, demand, risk, and creativity. Ultimately, as any “art experience” can do, the program allows the freedom of interpretation from a wide-ranging audience, and can leave different impressions to different viewers in different viewings.

It is…artistic, unpredictable, imaginative, evolving, bold, eclectic, dynamic, refined, playful, emotional, intense, unique…

It is…Carolina Crown 2017.”.

In less than an hour, we open KING, our exhibit tributing one of our favorite authors, Stephen King. Go to 7308 Melrose and check out the INCREDIBLE work, including this from Nan Lawson. We’ll be open 7-9 PM, then remaining work will go online at tomorrow…


In honor of Season 2 Competitive mode, I decided to make an anime stylized intro for Overwatch featuring Ana and Sombra! I hope everyone enjoys! This took over 10 hours to edit together.

HOLY COW. These Rhys Cooper prints. Join us Friday night, 7-9 PM, at G1988, 7308 Melrose Ave for the opening of KING, a tribute of art to our favorite author. This will be the first opportunity to pick up work, with remaining pieces going online the following day at DO NOT MISS THIS ONE…


A moving biography of the late Leonard Nimoy for children

Fascinating: The Life of Leonard Nimoy
by Richard Michelson, Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator)
Knopf Books for Young Readers
2016, 40 pages, 8.9 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches, Hardcover
$12 Buy on Amazon

Anyone who remembers Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan can’t help but be at least a little choked up recalling the scene in which Spock sacrifices himself for his crew members. He regards Kirk with compassion before quietly delivering his epitaph, “I have been, and always will be, your friend. Live long and prosper.” Author Rich Michelson was fortunate enough to have his own friendship with Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy was a skilled photographer and Michelson was his gallerist, and from that professional relationship the two men became friends.

Fascinating takes a look at Nimoy’s life from his boyhood with his Jewish immigrant family on Boston’s West End, his move to Hollywood and his rise to stardom after claiming the iconic role that he would later eschew, only to embrace once more. The book is clearly a labor of love with the emphasis on love. Nimoy is portrayed here as an outsider with an expansive heart, whose boundless empathy for his friends, family and neighbors ultimately extended to his groundbreaking portrayal of Mr. Spock.

Michelson delivers a sensitive portrait of Nimoy as a struggling outsider, whether as a boy acclimating to his life in America and overcoming his first bout of stage fright or as an emerging actor discovering his voice. These experiences ultimately informed his portrayal of Spock, the alien whom everyone could relate to. Michelson’s book stands as a personal, open-hearted tribute to a man who has been, and always will be, our friend.

– Lee Hollman

April 13, 2017

This new AMAZING necklace is from artist Kiersten Essenpreis for our Stephen King tribute show opening THIS FRIDAY at G1988, 7308 Melrose. Inspired by the infamous bucket of blood from Carrie, it really gets no better. Your first chance to buy one will at the reception Friday night, 7-9 PM, then online the following day at


>“Persona 5: Persona 4 Opening Tribute”
by  M Chronicler

Persona 5’s opening sequence, cut to match Persona 4’s opening theme. Very nicely edited with P5 clips that parallel the same types of P4 clips used in the P4 opening sequence, during the same musical moments.

Best posts of 2016

Here’s a list of all of my Gorillaz audio posts and edited videos down below from this year. Enjoy! :)

Gorillaz Audio Post:

Murdoc & 2D plays Detroit 

Murdoc’s Love Story

Murdoc’s Evil Laugh

Goodbye cruel World!

Noodle’s Transmission

2D’s Answer 

Latin Simone (Alternative Version) 

Feel Good inc. Vs. Atomic

Murdoc & 2D Live Chat 

Pirate Jet (Instrumental) 

Latin Simone (Instrumental) 

19-2000 (Instrumental) 

Gorillaz Live in London (2001)

Murdoc’s Voice mail to Ceri Levy

Best of 2D

Routine (Unreleased Track) 

Tomorrow Comes Today (Instrumental)

Rhinestone Eyes (Instrumental)

5/4 (Instrumental) 

Murdoc’s Interview (2005)

2D’s Plastic Beach Conversation 

Murdoc’s Comical Commentary 

Last Living Soul (Instrumental) 

Fire Coming out of the Monkey’s Head (Instrumental) 

Mix 2 (Rare Demo)

New Genious (Brother) (Instrumental) 

Pirate Jet (Live) 

Murdoc’s Shipping Forecast 

Blimey! (Just listen) 

Stop the Dams (Alternate Version) 

Murdoc’s Final Thought 

November Has Come (Instrumental) 

2D’s Deep Moment

Gorillaz Edited Video Post:

I’m at the Soup Store!

Gorillaz with Hats

Bird is the Word

Who you gonna call? 

If Gorillaz had a TV series (Opening theme)

Noodle short tribute 

Inflating Expectations


Much of the time, when a fag (especially a new fag) is ready to tribute, he’ll ask me how much he should start with. They always want to know an amount because they don’t want to insult me, but they also don’t want to become afraid and have it get too intense too quickly.

I get it, they are excited and scared and anticipating and confused and ready to start. It’s so much at once that it’s hard to reserve a bit of brain power to figure out a proper number for a tribute.

As a general rule, I prefer the cashfag to come up with his own number, at least for an opening tribute. I want him to search inside himself and figure out what constitutes true sacrifice. What is something he is ready to give to a Superior?

Setting the Bar

That said, I’ll generally acquiesce and suggest a starting number. They are are allowed to go up from that number if they choose, but going below that is unacceptable. Previously, this starting number was $25. Nothing too significant, even if it was going to be repeated several times in a session.

A couple of nights ago, I had a fag ask for a number. Upon telling him $25, he immediately messaged back and said “Sir that’s much too low!” (He didn’t realize I prefer Boss instead of Sir, but I let it slide in the moment). I didn’t argue his point, and immediately responded with $50. He offered his thanks and immediately sent $50. He proceeds to send $50 a couple of more times, and thanks me for allowing him to have a wonderful evening.

Raising The Bar

All in all, my experience with this fag wasn’t anything unusual, beyond the idea of an increased tribute. He makes me think about my default suggestion when a new cashfag needs a bit of help. I had usually said $25 to help ease the fag into it. What do you think? Is it time to raise that number?

Do you need my help in picking out a starting number? Or are you ready all on your own?

Let’s Go. Skype: DivineDrainer.