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Late to the Party: Righteous Fool

Here’s a quick glimpse behind the scenes and Cleanandsoberstoner Headquarters: it’s been busy. Not only did I leave my job in May, I kinda jettisoned my career for a bit and started my own business. Actually, two businesses. In addition, I moved. It’s taken a while to get the HQ set-up, get back on track […]

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Is Stoner/Doom a Boring, Dead Genre?

If one were to pay attention to Gatekeepers like Finn McKenty, and other gatekeepers I’m not gonna mention, Stoner/Doom is repetitive, depressing and not worth paying attention to in any meaningful way. I’ve written that metal should stop criticizing/ disparaging other genres, that we should all take a collective chill pill (or edible) and support […]

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30 Years of Heavy Recovery, Chapter One. Week One: Betrayal/ Hallucinations/12-Step Call/You’re in the Right Place

We walked over to a line of chairs near the coffee, which I gladly got a cup of.  And then another, because I was shaking so strongly it spilled out of my hand.  Joe looked at me, nodded, and held the cup for me.

“You’re in the right place, “ he said.

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30 Years of Heavy Recovery: Prologue, 1992. Helmet, Faith No More and passing out at really good concerts

As I keep mentioning, music has been the one consistent, reliable ‘tool’ for me in recovery. I think it had at least something to do with following through with the decision to quit.   I keep thinking about what it was, musically, that gave me a push to change things up, and I keep coming […]

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It Can’t Happen Here…

The Mothers of Invention: Freak Out!. One of THE greatest, most game-changing albums of all time. Give it a listen some time. I’m not gonna tell you why, or admonish you for not giving it the effort. I’m just putting it out there, man, so you can make your own decision, come up with your […]

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