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As soon as someone realized the name “memoriespizza.com” was up for sale, that was the beginning of how the name “Memories Pizza” became burned unto the gay palate just as literally as a pizza burn to the roof of the mouth. How ironic is the fact that the shop owner never bothered to buy the .com name “memoriespizza.com” automatically when he opened shop almost ten years ago. This is the caliber of people we’re talking about here. And it’s this ignorance which ultimately made him very wealthy literally overnight, most ironically of all.

Had this shop owner, whose name I shall not mention, owned the website “memoriespizza.com”, no one would have been able to post dick-pics to shame the business into closure, thus sparking an outpouring of money from people who believe from the bottoms of their hearts that this shop owner is a bullying victim. Memories indeed; this whole matter gets it’s own chapter in the gay rights history book which will someday be read as an example of victory or an example of bullying depending on the perspective. Time will tell.

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Competition ruins things. Like a fire wrecking something that took many years to build in an instant, competition can suck the entire amount of energy it took to create that thing and re-apply it elsewhere. The benefactors of this sudden withdrawal of energy will perhaps use it in the construction of something else if luck prevails, or it can be simply spent and lost forever. And even if luck does prevail, the spoils from all that withdrawn energy go to the victor alone.

I don’t create stuff because I’m competing with anyone. I’m totally self-taught. My goal was to be better than I was yesterday, not better than the next person. When presented with a competition – when I’m that ‘next person’ who someone wants to compete with – I will tend to step back and let that person have the limelight they desire. That way they didn’t take my energy. Instead, I possess the power of having set the benchmark they’re trying to surpass. If this person’s end result comes out better than mine, horray for them! We become brothers and sisters in our shared sense of accomplishment. That’s my goal.

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I’ve been neglecting my poor blog for some time now. This isn’t a realization that just dawned on me; I put my website aside out of technological frustration when I couldn’t get my Facebook commenting functionality to work anymore. But I’m still here and I feel like getting away from Facebook today. To that end I even opened an account on Tumblr for times when my message is a bit too radical for the Facebook crowd. It’s probably dawning on people by now that I might be a bit of a “radical” or what have you; I’ve worn a few hats over the years and I take credit for affecting at least some change in whatever geographical area I happen to find myself in, and I’m quite proud of that.

Not that I want to re-brand myself going forward, but I’ve been feeling lately like I neglect my public image by not acknowledging a lot of my past. I hint at my gay escapades within my non-gay social circles but I don’t get too into it. Likewise, I promote my DJing and production work but the conversation about being a “raver” only goes so far with my gay friends. Both of those once-radical scenes are quite mainstream now and for this I can breathe a little easier. I really want to embrace those sides of me in such a way that people from those respective scenes acknowledge, and fold them all into my Laerlooper “brand”. It’s probably about time. I have to compete now with 50 Shades to maintain my kink-cred and “EDM” has gone so mainstream as to become boring.

I blast my mouth off with no filter when I see fit, and I’m certainly not about to stop. The reason for this is because it’s gotten me a lot of opportunity through the years to do a lot of awesome stuff with a lot of awesome people. But I’ve kept these facets of myself closeted from those who are not in-the-know until only the most recent times; about the time when I started making all of my Facebook posts public. There’s plenty that I could do with all of this going forward and I want to leave a positive legacy for the future.

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10686731_1540080089556958_9176149534064937422_nSATURDAY OCTOBER 25th 2014
Advance Tickets Available: $25 single $40 couple
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NoreJay Events with
Uforia Entertainment, Shocker Tattoo & ProArt Services are proud to present:
Albany’s ONLY Exclusive Halloween Celebration!!
The 6th Annual Festival of the Dead
“The Danse Macabre”
Saturday, October 25th 2014 at The Washington Avenue Armory 195 Washington Ave, Albany, NY.
Doors at 7:30pm
21+ with costume

This is the Mother of all Halloween parties…the shear scope of what this party encompasses will amaze you! It involves the entire Washington Ave Armory, which includes the main floor arena, ALL four ballrooms AND the Basement! Each room with different themes and music genres to suit everyone’s music and entertainment needs. Rated the #1 Halloween Event in the Capital District 6 years in a row!

Come join us for a night of frightful fun in one of Albany’s majestic gothic castles ornamented by the artwork of the Master of the Macabre the talented Jeff Brower!

Featuring performances by:
Funk Evolution
British Steel : NY Judas Priest Tribute
The Erotics
The Henchmen
The Last Conspirators
Poor Dead Molly
Second Heat
Shotgun Wedding
UCL

Upstairs Green Room:

*DJ Debonair from Uforia Entertainment
Kendrick Dj-Debonair Ricci
www.uforiaentertainment.com
*Laveau – Percussion, keyboard and vocals performing live with DJ Debonair – https://soundcloud.com/Laveau

*DJ Eric Lærlooper Garner
http://www.laerloopermusic.com/
With special guest DJ RIPLEY VON TRAMP

Exhuman

Additional performances by Succulesque Burlesque Dance Troupe and much, much more…

Rhema PhotoEvents
Mark Kelly Photography

Each year a portion of the proceeds from Festival of the Dead go toward helping ease the financial burdens which fall suddenly upon the families of trauma unit patients at Albany Medical Center.

Although we do not officially engage in sponsorship, NOREJAY EVENTS feels very passionately toward making tremendous efforts in support of this cause.

Norejay Events encourages fans, friends and family to support The Trauma Family Fund and gives thanks to all who have shown support through event attendance.

You can support the Trauma Family Fund directly by following the link below.

http://www.amc.edu/foundation/make_a_gift/make_a_gift.cfm

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So Facebook came out of the blue with this real-name “crackdown”. I, myself, use my DJ name “Laerlooper” within my Facebook identity so that people searching under that name can easily find my profile. Lots of people have their own reason. “Reason” being the key word here. Facebook isn’t being reasonable with their users and Myspace has once proven that online success is quite fleeting sometimes.

I always knew I should probably spend less time online. By all accounts I’m an ‘addict’ lol…but I always knew that my way of life would change when the need became apparent. It seems like this might be the right time. I could use more time at the gym anyway. ;) More and more I will be checking into my Google Plus account so consider creating a profile over there if you haven’t already, and please start using it. Here’s mine: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EricGarnerLaerlooper/posts/p/pub

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Please set up your Google+ profile if you have Gmail. Google+ is Google’s social media app that’s much like Facebook, except they don’t hate drag queens and musicians. Please check out my Google+ profile and add me to your circles. I will be weaning myself off of Facebook with all my heart now.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+EricGarnerLaerlooper/posts/p/pub

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As the long Labor Day weekend approaches I’m thinking about my labor of choice; my music. Some people know that every note of my music is protest music. It’s the child of rage; pure, spiteful, self-righteous rage. I was pissed at Corporate America, and I needed to prove to myself that I had it within me to stand up and do something about their disgusting power over us all.

In recent years I tried to turn my self-acquired skill set into something more like a career and in doing so, I found a sense of power over my own destiny that I never found through corporate employment. You can only listen to one song at a time, and if this roomful of people was listening to my original music, then they couldn’t be listening to Beyonce, or Justin Bieber, or Metallica, or whoever the next corporate music robot of the week might be. If I needed proof that my goal of competing with, not supporting, the corporate music model was a success then a room full of people dancing to my music was all I needed. And this lead to opportunities.

Opportunities involve others. Creating music in a bubble for my own listening pleasure doesn’t go very far. I needed other people in the equation to make it balance out. And therein I uncovered a very fine line with regard to intentions, and motivation, and direction. Did I want collaboration to boost my name and my game to the next level? Does an element of notoriety, even if only on a regional scale, mean I beat corporate music? Or am I spreading myself too thin to feel the rage that got me going in the first place?

Don’t look for any anger within my songs themselves; my knockout blow is your enjoyment of my tracks. It’s like the angry gardener growing their own delicious food to protest corporate GMOs. But that is, and has always been, only the first step in my plan. I knew that I alone couldn’t pose a serious threat to the established music industry. I would need to inspire more people to do the same thing. But more importantly, if those people found success of their own, I would hope that they would stick to their indie roots and not sell out…which brings me to this question I have to ask myself for Labor Day: how do I get back to my own musical starting point?

There is not a tidy ending to this blog post. I leave you, dear reader, with that last question. I’m getting pissed off once again – VERY pissed – at the shit that today’s Corporate America is pulling over on the American people. I hate hate HATE Beyonce, Justin Bieber, and Metallica. I also hate Burger King, Chick-fil-A, and every other company that foists their commercials in my face to try and extract my money which will then fuel their sociopathic intentions. I need to sit down in that old cerebral space and write some beautiful angry music. This is a process, not a goal.

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The Lark Street BID is BACK, along with LarkFest!!

We’re very happy to announce that the Lark Street Business Improvement District is back up and running!…CONTINUE READING HERE….

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It’s been years in the making and I think I put it off as long as I could. This morning my iTunes library crashed. Upon trying to reset everything I learned that a whole lot of the music files I’ve accumulated over the years are AWOL. How could this be? Well…for starters it’s easy to lose stuff when it’s spread over multiple devices. My guess (and hope) is that I still have all of my digital music in my possession, but it will probably be a big endeavor collecting it all into one place.

Back around 2003 or 2004 when I first downloaded iTunes it was a major shift in how I listened to my music. Could I adapt to using my computer instead of my CDs? More importantly, knowing how fragile digital data is, how can I guarantee that one disaster doesn’t wipe out everything? The answer, I discovered, was multiple backups. A no-brainer, right? Well…in the years in between then and now I haven’t been as organized as I intended to be regarding these multiple backups and I also have a collection of computers that each have a different collection of music files saved on them. A few years ago I realized I should probably do some serious maintenance, but I put it off figuring I’d know when it became enough of an issue that it warrants undertaking this big project. Well I think that time is here. Half of my iTunes library is missing and I only know this because of my iTunes library randomly becoming corrupted this morning. That happens from time to time and it’s usually easy enough to correct. But this time I was dismayed to see all the songs listed within iTunes with a little mark next to them indicating a missing data file. So okay…I guess I know what I’ll be doing all day today while it rains. Wish me luck!

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