Sunday, November 14, 2010
I'm actually glad things happened the way they did because now I appreciate my life so much more. I'm embarrassed to tell you guys that I was homeless for a bit. And I've skipped more than a few meals because I couldn't afford food. But that time has taught me so much and I am so lucky to know who my friends are! And I'm so grateful to be able to continue on with what I love - playing underground metal bands on my shows!
During the hard times these last few months, there are so many people who stuck by me and I'd like to mention them now.
When the Lizard Messiah heard about what was going on, he offered to send me money. I was just blown away that someone would do that for me. Lizard has been my friend since the early days of the Annie show on Blog Talk Radio and he's a straight up good person. Lizard has his own online radio station called Core of Destruction. Please go check it out - they play amazing metal 24/7 and they have really great DJs. Ryan Mckern, Bobby Paranoize, Grave, The beautiful Fairy of Doom, and GoatSerpant are all there too and I consider them all my friends.
Fowler Doxey is my boss over at Brutal Existence Radio. He was there for me when I was so lost and always gave me encouragement and a kind word. I managed to do my show over there - but I had to miss more than a few weeks and Fowler was very understanding about all of it. My friends at Brutal Existence Radio have been so supportive: Soggy Bob, Metal Mark, Gwen, Elizabeth, Tony, Kaji, Kev, Ginster and many, many more who have stopped by to say hello.
The guys over at Basement Sound Radio had to put up with the most trouble with my move. Because I no longer had a computer, I was unable to tape my show with those guys. Alan Sutherland and Chris Murphy have been more than understanding and I owe them so much. They have supported me through thick and thin even when I was unable to do the show and I will never forget how they were nice to me even when they didn't have to be. Please check out their site - they have so much going on with their record company and radio shows!
There are some other people I would like to thank - people who checked on me and made sure I was still breathing:
Odd Jan Eidam
And many, many more!
I love you guys and I am just so honored to call you my friends. The truth is that without my METAL family, I wouldn't have made it through this. I don't know what I would have done if you guys hadn't been there to give me encouragement.
Anyway, I wrote this to explain my absence and to thank some pretty amazing people. I'm not sure what the future holds, but I can promise you that I will NOT give up. I will continue to do these shows and I will continue to promote the underground!
There will be more than one Annie Show coming up in the near future and I will keep you all up to date!
Thanks for all your support and friendship.
I love you very, very much.
p.s. - If you would like your band featured on one of my shows, send me your songs!!!!
(I haven't done my Blog Talk Radio show lately because I have been busy with school - I teach at 4 on Mondays. But I hope to get that back going soon too - I want to use it more as a talk show than a music show because the songs don't sound so great on their system.)
Friday, July 30, 2010
So, let me make myself clear. I am committed to doing the LIVE show that I do now – without question. The only show that I plan on dropping is my Blog Talk Radio show –because the quality is so substandard to the other shows. (I also plan to continue doing my taped show.) On the week that the other station approached me, I was also approached by 2 other stations to do shows. As much as I wish I could do them all, I have come to realize that I have been spreading myself way too thin – and the stress of that has been wearing on me.
As the new station knows, I am waiting to see what my school schedule is like before I am able to do anything. And I’m ok with them using my picture until I know something, being the “camera ho” that I am. My manager, Chris, has suggested I just tape a show that people can pick up if they want – and yes, I know that means just doing a podcast. And I’m thinking about that option.
Basically, what I’m saying is this: I am so tired of “he said-she said.” And I know we are all better than this crap. There are people out there dealing with real problems – life and death shit – and we are worried about who is contributing to what website? Are you shitting me?
I can’t believe I have to once again tell this story – every 6 months I sit for 4 days with my dad who gets his “booster” treatment for lymphoma at the Cancer Center in Montgomery. It’s a big room with about 100 people at any given time getting chemo. I sit there and realize how lucky I am and how lucky my dad is – and how precious life is. If you all could sit there with me you would see old men in wheelchairs, young women losing their hair, all ages really – all races – all kinds of people, even kids. And they’re so pale and weak. And all they want is a chance to live – just a chance that this stuff that makes them puke and makes them lose their teeth will keep them alive just a little longer.
And we’re bitching and gossiping about websites that play music? Give me a fucking break.
So, as far as I’m concerned, this is over. It’s a non-issue. If you feel the need to discuss it still, even after what I’ve just said, then do it – but leave me out of it. Life is too short to worry about Jr. High shit and I am too tired and busy to hear it.
I love each and every one of you very, very much.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Then, we got a call from the Lizard Messiah.
What happened next - well, I can only say was - educational. Until yesterday I had no idea what a Rusty Trombone or Chillidog was! Seriously. Now, I unfortunately also know what a Pink Slipper and a Dolphin is too. UGH
Here are two links for the live video feed I did (I got booted by Ustream and had to start the stream again.)I think you can see the shock on my face when I find out what the hell the guys are really talking about.
Metal Monday 6/7/10 - Pt.1
Metal Monday 6/7/10 - Pt. 2
Saturday, June 5, 2010
They are about 20 minutes long each and very much worth the time!!!!
I'd love to get reactions to these videos.
Email me with your opinions.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Here's the deal:
Because I am from Alabama (and grew up in a trailer), I have what the folks back in the woods call "Redneck Credibility." This means that I not only can identify TRUE and GREAT country artists, but can also suggest them to you, my metal family, without impunity.
Usually, when I am forced to hear country music (when visiting family back at the double-wide or at the barn tacking up) I feel intense pain and sorrow. It's just so sad that something so vanilla and soulless gets put to music and sold to the mindless and the young. Getting a country song stuck in my head is like self-mutilation without the release. I've often wondered if they used that "Way down yonder on the Chattahoochee - it get's hotter than a hoochie coochie" song to torture prisoners at Guantanamo. If you've ever heard that song, then you know how effective it could be in "enhanced" questioning scenarios.
Anyway, I've already mentioned this artist in an earlier Friday shout out video. (You can watch it here.) Kyle Turley used to play pro football but now he is committed to his country music career. He calls his style of country "Power Country" and no- do not make the correlation to Power Metal. "Power Country" is Rock and Country but with outlaw and Metal sensibilities. It's recklessly dark, deliberately truthful, and refreshingly determined, oh, and it's nice to listen to.
Basically, it's what country music would be if it had a soul and a giant set of nuts.
Please friend Kyle Turley's Myspace page. You will see there that he is also a Slayer fan and has opened for Hank III.
And if you have any other Metal endorsed Country artists, I'd love to hear from you!
Monday, May 10, 2010
Feel free to call into the show and give your opinions on this new development. I'm not here to judge Metal Blade - and certainly, not its bands, BUT considering metal acts get very little regular air time, to restrict those of us who work so hard to promote these bands from doing so seems to be counter productive to helping the bands in the first place. Is it that Metal Blade is too big to need us anymore?
And considering how the RIAA has bullied people in the past, its business practices are the opposite of how metal labels have traditionally treated its fans. Does this mean that RIAA will soon come after (and sue) every 15 year old boy who has downloaded a Goatwhore or As I Lay Dying song? If so, what a boon for RIAA - they'll be suing kids for years.
Here is the LINK for the show.
I hope you can stop by and give your opinion.
AND feel free to call in and discuss with me and the listeners.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
DJ Puff-N-Stuff (Dylan) blew me away! That kid is amazing - it just melted me to hear him do so well.
Anyway, please check out DJ Puff-N-Stuff on Stoned Insanity's show last night! Support the future of the underground!
Here is the LINK for the show!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
And although the topic of the song is not something I've had to deal with, some of the lines touched me very deeply. It's amazing to see what is being written in metal today and how much of it is so intelligent and complex. (And pro-feminine.)
Maybe it's my friend's song or things that have happened in the past few days, but I am a little overloaded right now with the weight of certain realities - in me and others. We're all just beings bumping into each other here - looking for relief, and love, and air to breathe, and a way to be.
I'm not trying to get philosophical here. I'm just wondering how to find all those things for myself while I see my friends doing the same. I see us struggling and I wonder why.
And before I get too deep.....I see us all bright-eyed and smiling too. And I see us enjoying each others' opinions and time. I have such hope for us - that we will all find our way somehow. My friends are awesome!
Love you guys!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
For example, can you tell me what is (or is not) a metal band? Certainly it would be easier to assign what is NOT Metal than what is. But that doesn't tell me what is Metal. It is in the layers of genres, sub-genres and sub-sub-genres that this is evidenced so clearly - all of them social constructs on the context of what we think we know about Metal. In the end, the only common narrative we have of Metal is the assigning of the word "Metal." What that word means depends on the user.
And should we define Metal by what it is not, knowing that that will only fail in making it a set explanatory system? And do we want that kind of absolute truth anyway? Well, I don't. I want Metal to be the product of individual expression. I want it to constantly challenge me. I want it to remain contextually and subjectively incomplete.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
You might have noticed that I have posted a few new pics on the site. Yes, I realize they are not your typical “heavy metal” type pics – but I guess that’s what I was going for. I love that metal fans are diverse and true individuals; and I always want to privilege that in my work. The truth is I wear cowboy boots more often than biker boots. And in real life I hang out with horses more than metal bands or fans. But that doesn’t mean I’m not a fan, supporter, student, and true believer in this music that I find to be the only real, organic, expression of self out there.
When my friend Bryan, who is a rodeo bullfighter, told me about the bulls at his place, I had to check them out. The bull that I got to meet (and pet) was Wedgehead. He has been on Jimmy Kimmel Live so he’s way more famous than me. I was able to get into the pen with him and as long as I didn’t make any sudden movements, I was told I would be just fine. Wedgehead was so relaxed around me that he decided to take a five minute piss during the shoot (the results of which you can see behind me in the pics).
The other rodeo bulls there (some of which were PBR bulls) were too dangerous to get near. As I walked by them, they snorted and were totally intimidating. I look forward to going back out to the bull pen and hanging with my new buddy. Maybe Bryan will let me ride Wedgehead next time! (Video to follow! LOL)
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Yesterday, on his 11th birthday, my friend Dylan called into my show and sang Black Sabbath to me! Dylan is a great singer and has been a metal fan since he was a baby.
So, if you're worried that all kids are only into rap or Miley Cyrus, then take a look at Dylan and know that metal will carry on long after we are gone.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
I like the reel because it shows me with almost every hair color possible and it reminds me of all the great times I had on set.
Danan | MySpace Video
Friday, April 2, 2010
Interested bands should contact me via Myspace or EMAIL with subject line: Metal Mission.
(And thanks for helping me promote the underground.)
(New website coming soon!)
Sunday, March 28, 2010
But I'm thinking of a million other things - silly things - anything to keep from starting. I used to have to clean my entire house before I could start on a paper....but that has been replaced with checking all my websites and answering all my emails first. And writing this blog post.
I look at my list of things to do today - not bad - but the main thing - with a star next to is this chapter. (Well that, and "Clean Gun.") Other things: get vitamins, meet dad at 2, answer phone calls, listen to archive of Paranoize and Stoned Insanity from this week.
I've also been thinking of writing something about the Jessie James debacle, the updates on the new website, and the dream I had last night in which I stole a vibrator from a sex shop and totally felt guilty about it. It was green and I walked out with it in my purse. (Wonder what that means.)
I'll probably make a video about the two shows on Monday too. UGH
So, off to write and listen to metal and drink hot tea - the start of a perfect Sunday!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
While discussing the show with Fowler, he mentioned something that really stuck with me last night: Their main goals are to promote REAL underground music and to help each other out. That's why BER will be a perfect fit for me. And I am so excited that Stoned Insanity's Lizard Messiah will be hosting a show after me from 10-12 central!
Both Lizard and I have decided to keep our Blog Talk Radio shows for now, be we are thinking of switching to be sure. Only time will tell.
Of course, both my shows will be simulcast on my Ustream channel - for you visual junkies out there. (Those are always available on AnnieChrist.com.)
On the book project: I am getting notes and interviews together on the Teenage Waste years. There are times when I think about the enormity of the whole project based on the info coming in from just this band - and it is overwhelming. But I plan to just take it one chapter at a time. I am not kidding when I say Mike has lived an incredible, fearless life. It's crazy to hear about it sometimes.
Oh, and last but not least. I inherited a fucking cannon. My last living grandparent died two days ago - I was never close with him so I certainly didn't expect that he would leave me anything - especially not the coolest thing in his yard! OK, I got the giant concrete alligator and eagle.....but hey, a cannon comes with the deal. I actually think that he didn't leave me these things, but the family is trying to get them off the yard so they can sell his house. Either way, no one in my family would appreciate a cannon more than me. Now all I need is a Nova on blocks, and maybe a clothesline, and I will be the coolest redneck in Alabama!
Ok - I'm off to book the next show - there are some incredible bands coming up this Monday and I hope to see you there!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Michael, an old friend of Mike's, told me about some of the Rose Tattoo days - and about an incident with Dit and Der. (They published a fanzine in the 80s.) If anyone knows their real name (or how to find them) I would love to hear about it.
I also spoke with Veronica, an ex-girlfriend of Mike's. She was very open and talked with me for hours. Her recollection of their time together will make for some great stories too.
The more I get into this project, the more I have come to respect the people involved. I had no idea that I would learn so much - not just about the underground scene in New Orleans, but about the power of the human spirit in all of us - no matter what we have been through.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
We’re all haunted by something. Much of our lives are spent dealing with one haunting after another. And some of us are haunted by almost everything that touches us. If you think that you aren’t haunted by anything then you don’t have a past and you never made a bad decision; and good for you. I think about what haunts me a lot, maybe too much. I know I’ve thought about it a bit too much these past few days. Sometimes it seems that my humanity is strangled by the things that haunt me. Sometimes it seems that all that’s left are ghosts.
I don’t think haunting is as much about regret as it is about the reality that we make up for ourselves. Most of our demons are self made – for a million different reasons. My regret for a love that I lost is all tied up in memories that may or may not be totally accurate at this point. Those memories are all colored in hues determined by feelings and tears, seen through a broken lens of time and sadness. Heartbreak: this is the haunting of loss.
I think about why I constantly run from the prospect of love, and I can only explain it as a haunting. I’m haunted by the idea of loving someone as much as, say, a song that touches me so deeply I can’t stand to hear it. I avoid it because I can’t bear feeling something with an overwhelming deepness that engulfs me. This avoidance of feeling is the haunting of beauty.
In my interviews for the Mike Williams book, so many people have told me their stories – their sadness and regrets and their sweet memories of friendships and loves lost. They all say something about making bad decisions when they were young – as if they were the only ones who did and now they have to apologize to someone – to themselves – for it. Even after I remind them that everyone believes they have made horrible mistakes, they still feel the need to apologize to me. Not giving ourselves a break – this is the haunting of the past.
When I started writing this, my life was very different. Now, only a few days later, I see that there are so many other things that can haunt: loneliness, doubt, silence. I wonder now if those things have always been with me, only hiding when I have something to lean on and reappearing when I’ve lost the ground under my feet. They are there to define me by my weaknesses whenever I stop walking through them long enough see them and remember they are there. And just like ghosts, as soon as I stop allowing them to be, they disappear again.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Here are a few reasons why burning churches is a stupid idea:
1. You're not Norwegian.
At best, you like true Norwegian Black Metal, and you want to be just like our Viking brothers in the cold North. BUT, you are merely copycatting something only a few of them did 20 years ago. Norwegians don't even burn churches anymore - why do you think you should now? If you want to be just like Varg or King ov Hell, then go walk around Walmart with corpse paint on.....then you would surely end up on PeopleofWalmart.com and become famous for what you really are.
2. The Church is not your enemy.
If you think the church is stifling your individuality, then you are about 300 years too late. Sure, there are forces out there trying to destroy the rights of the individual - but the church isn't one of them anymore. Read a book - educate yourself. Find out who your true enemies are before you go charging windmills (you'll have to read a book called Don Quixote to understand that reference). At one time, Norwegians had a reason to see their state church as the enemy of their individual freedom, but AMERICANS have different enemies to consider. And if you are worried about the enemies of Heavy Metal, then you should learn about the PMRC and the record companies - and even that is ancient history. If anything is preventing you from expressing your individuality, it's your own ignorance.
3. Burning churches makes us all look stupid
When they catch you (and they will), and you are wearing your Mayhem tshirts and upside down crosses, then the media will associate your music preference with your ignorant actions. And then......they will correlate your actions with all the rest of us who like good music. Thanks. And for the next few weeks, writers for Metal Hammer, Terrorizer, and even Spin will spend their time (once again) defending Heavy Metal and its fans instead of writing articles about something a bit more interesting.
And even though they are going to catch you (because if you are dumb enough to do this in the first place,then you surely will have done something to be detected), you should stop burning churches now. Instead, try to use your brains, and consider some of the things I've mentioned here. Don't just be another failed product of our public education system. Be a real individual and educate yourself!
Friday, January 22, 2010
Indebt Management announces the signing of Annie Christ, metal radio host and writer.
Annie Christ of Annie Christ’s Metal Monday and AnnieChrist.com will now be managed by Eric Christ of InDebt Management Company. Some other InDebt clients are Tension Head, Seven, Diabase, Mensrea, Members of Gwar, and Vampire Moose (on Rotten Records). As Annie’s producer and manager, Eric Christ will help facilitate advertising and merchandising deals with Annie Christ. Eric Christ is also a senior associate and booking agent with Twisted Hillbilly Magazine and an A&R rep for Twisted Hillbilly Records.
Contact information for Eric Christ is:
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I'm looking for CD reviewers for my website. If you love metal music and would like to volunteer your time as an official Prophet for the website, send me a quick EMAIL with your name, location, favorite genre of metal, and how many reviews you would like to do per month. Your reviews will appear here and on the Annie Christ Blog. You will also be featured (and sometimes interviewed) on the Annie Christ Metal Monday Radio Show! And sometimes you will get FREE CDs!
Would you like to have your band's CD reviewed by a Prophet of the Annie Christ show? All CD reviews will be featured on this website, the Annie Christ blog, and the Annie Christ Metal Monday Show. Annie will sometimes play songs from a reviewed album on the radio show (with permission from the band). Send a quick EMAIL for details and address to send CDs!
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Some Random Notes
Over the past two days I’ve had the honor to interview two original members of Disappointed Parents, Brian Trotter and Ronald Nicaud. (Brian was also in Teenage Waste with Mike IX Williams back in the 80s.)
Brian met Mike IX back in 81 or 82. “He was such a little kid,” he says of Mike back then, “He and his friends were bad little boys.” Brian, who is a few years older than Mike, told me stories of the New Orleans underground scene in the 80s. He mentioned the infamous Beat Exchange (run by the never popular Barbara Hoover). He also mentioned “Emergency Hall,” the empty building owned by Ronald Nicaud’s father where bands that had nowhere else to play would be able to gig.
In fact, Ronald told me that Graveyard Rodeo named themselves at Emergency Hall. The place was originally opened when DRI came to town and had nowhere to play because David Duke and his minions had frightened Rose Tattoo enough they boarded the windows “hurricane style.”
Ronald had much to say about the infamous NOLA underground in the 80s. “It was very aggressive and very violent,” he says, “And every band was different.” This was hardcore before the crossover of metal. This was hardcore before the “drugs and darkness.” “It was a scene well before its time,” Ronald explains, and he’s glad that the scene is finally getting the attention and respect it deserves. In fact, Disappointed Parents will be playing the Raise the Dead Festival with some new members in March. Now that the band is back together, Ronald (who spent time overseas and as a Hari Krishna monk) says, “I have no regrets waiting 25 years to do it again.”
His recollections of Mike IX are much the same as Brian’s. He called him a “little rascal” who was always “super intelligent.” And he agreed with Brian, admitting that, “Yes. Mike was very naughty. But he was very nice too.” His most favorite memory of Mike IX: while at a The Cold show at Tulane, Mike turned to him and said, “Hey, have you ever heard of the band The Clash?” You just don’t forget the person who turned you on to something like that for the first time.
It was quite the learning experience to be able to talk to these guys.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Is this so different from the music industry? In order to sell the most units possible, record companies force artists to become something they’re not in order to produce the blandest product acceptable to the most palates. Artists live lies in order to feed us meaningless music that neither sustains nor energizes.
If the universal law is still true – you are what you eat, then are we also what we listen to? And if so, what are we becoming by listening to the crap music being fed to us by major corporations? In our efforts to homogenize everything we take in, we destroy anything that was good about it in the first place.
No genre of music has withstood that homogenization more than metal. (That’s why there are so many subgenres of metal – because it keeps getting spicier and more diverse.) Metal is the product of true artists – not corporations. It is, therefore, the most organic of all music genres. And listening to it will only make you healthier and (dare I say?)…..happier.
Going organic (whether it’s with food or music) is not just something we should do for our bodies – it’s something we should do for our souls, our spirits, for our very existence. And anyone who tells you any different is your enemy.
Friday, January 1, 2010
We also discussed the possibility of the Eyehategod compilation/coffee table book too – something I can definitely help them get organized.
Now I’m off to track down Jimmy Bower for an interview request.
I just got some really great one-liners for the Mike IX book from Trevor Antonides of Jacksonville, Florida. Trevor’s band, A-Frame, opened for Eyehatgod in Michigan back in the mid 90s and he is a big Eyehategod fan. He calls them the “Anti-hero and nothing but that.”
Trevor has been impacted by Eyehategod, saying that “Ever since I heard them, they’ve helped me shape who I am. I tell the world to ‘Fuck Off’ on a daily basis and I never let anything compromise my beliefs.”
My favorite quote from Trevor on EHG: “They’re what the Sex Pistols always wanted to be.”
(Thanks for the interview, Trevor. And good luck hunting metal bands in the Ukraine! I want to hear the ones you find.)
Over the past few days, I’ve been giving serious thought to the direction I want to take in 2010. As most of you know, my main priority for the year is the Mike IX Williams biography. The book will be done by the end of 2010 – with a companion screenplay as well.
Along with the research on Mike, I would like to start an academic conference on Metal in the South. I’d like to host the conference in
Here’s where you come in:
If you have any personal Mike IX stories, I would love to interview you for the book.
If you would like to be involved in the Southern Metal conference – as a volunteer, presenter, or vendor, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m looking for a venue in
Thanks for helping me make 2010 a great year for Metal!