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Stocking Stuffers: The Original Hand Vibes

21 Nov
I have to say bravo! Something cool, something new, something with attitude, something collectable, something fun, tradeable and clean as a whistle… but most importantly, something I’d even use.

Holidays are coming and Hand Vibes  are a no-brainer for any stocking that needs stuffin’.

When I say any stocking,  I mean not just for kids…
Then again, I’m a fourty something kid that totally gets it.  On the other hand, the crew from Hand Vibes have demonstrated that most normal adults don’t…   

When I first looked at the rainbow of colored rings on their website,  instantly I noticed quite a few vibes that I personally could relate to… and or, create. 
Now this is a message I use on a daily basis whether addressing my dog,
 my mother-in-law, my kids, but mostly over-talkative musicians in a recording session.

I don’t know if Hand Vibes knew what they were getting into,  or if they knew who they were dealing with, when they sent them to Adam G and not Michelle of The Real army of Moms.  She has the kids… I merely act like one  =)

Anyways… the packs that were sent to me, were truly appreciated, and have been in my control…   Hand Vibes will now serve as a silent tool that will hopefully bare the same effect… In addition, I may have just found an alternative use that may work as a useful tool for drummers….Thanks Hand Vibes!

OK… Now that I got that out of the way, and got first dibs on the vibes, I gave a little rundown along with SWAG, Live!, Friend and Groovy to my niece.  Now she is truly a kid that totally get it.  I can guarantee that she will be showing all her friends  and asking Santa for more Hand Vibes this Christmas.


Wordless Wednesday

31 Aug

The Dirt! Sheila K WTF? Are you Serious?

23 Aug

ADAM  aka Adam Gman aka Grossie aka Sheila K   

Sheila K WTF?

Entrenched in the Orange County, CA music/surf scene, since the age of fourteen, Adam Grossman is well established in the OC music community. In addition, he has spent over a decade in the Action Sports Industry, mastering the art of guerilla/grassroots marketing, with Adam leading many of the most successful campaigns.  In 2009, the gears shifted to philanthropy, and he developed several “on” and “off-line” programs/campaigns for celebrities outside of “The Orange Curtain”, including Al Unser Jr, The Backstreet Boys, Rob Thomas, Carnie Wilson, and Erik Dickerson, just to name a few.

As a musician and a drummer, Adam has toured the US and opened for legendary acts such as Billy Idoll, Bad Religion, Pennywise, Circle Jerks, The Offspring and many more. After spending many hours and several recording sessions in the studio with punk superstar Greg Hetson (Bad Religion), and producers/engineers Steve Kravac and Jim Monroe, Adam grew to become much more than “just the drummer”.  As a composer, Adam has written music for the Sony/ATV/Getty Images Spin City Music Library and currently is assisting in building out of NYC/OC/LA where he holds the title VP West Coast Operations..

Now that the cat is out of the bag, the formalities are out of the way and Michelle is no longer locking me in her basement, I figured I would take the time and energy to extensively Q&A  myself regarding, life, liberty and the pursuit of building  a “Real Army of Moms”  


Some of you may love me, others may not..  Some may questions my views and others may not. Some may find me funny and some may think I am a complete idiot.  Offensive?  Sometimes  Obnoxious ?  Most of the time… However… Keep in mind, like it or not, whether we are male or female… we all have the most wonderful commonality.  A Mom!  in addition, as you get to know me , you will realize that I am almost just as much of a Mom as the rest of you. 

First of all In my quest for knowledge, let me ask “The Army” (all of you except Michelle) a couple of questions

Is this what they consider a feminine side?  Are the things that I do on a daily basis, similar to being a Mom? Should I take my friends seriously when they joke about my mannary glands? When I feel like shit during the day, is that similar to PMS?  Why do I suddenly feel the need to shower more than 2-3 times a week? How many jacuzzi sessions equals one shower?  Do I look fat in these pants? How many calories in that Six Dollar Westen Bacon Cheeseburger
If I look in the mirror and straighten my eyebrows, is that not manly?  

OMG ! What has my life become?  None of these things are normal for me… You see, I am a Punk Rock Dad!  Rough, tough  rude, crude,  obnoxious and free of any of these concerns.

However… over the last couple of years, things have changed and continue to change drastically. You see… being bound to the house full time, caring for my mother in law, an 81 year old granny child, sure makes me think about things that are typically irrelevant in my book.  It truly makes me feel like I am becoming a MOM.  Alzheimer’s Sucks!  

Any advice for a Dad like me is always welcomed and greatly appreciated.

OK… D-D-D-Down to biz… Time for a little Q&A with little ‘ol me.

Grossie:  Now before we get heavily into this, I have to ask you the most obvious question of all. Sheila K WTF?

Adam Gman:    Well it has everything to do with Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips.  Yeah, I know…  Wilson Phillips has never been in my vocabulary, let alone my CD collection nor will it ever be… YUCK!   

However… When, I met Carnie, I realized how terribly people spoke of her for being fat.  FAT! So f-ing what!   I was working on a project for her at the time and for some reason, I was compelled to write a nice little promotional piece in Carnie’s defense. I was the fat kid growing up so I could totally relate.

It was hard promoting Carnie Wilson in the light of “my” peers, therefore I went under cover as Sheila K. 

Grossie: Dude! I can’t believe you told me that. OUCH!  That sucks… OK Sheila  What’s your affiliation with Real Army of Moms and what qualifies you to be in “The Army”?

Adam Gman: It’s funny you ask…

Grossie: Why’s that?

Adam Gman:  I started it. lol

Grossie: Right Guy or Sheila K or whoever you are.  How’d you do that Mr. Mommas Boy? Was it  because you could wear a bro-zier?

Adam Gman: Not!  Because I could… I thought of it first, plus I needed a place to post that Carnie Wilson story, that I didn’t want my friends to see me promoting.  Could you imagine all the shit I would take if the guys saw me promoting Carnie Wilson.   I’m just sayin…

Grossie:  Now I’ve heard it all…  So what’s the story with this Michelle chick?  How did you guys hook up?

Adam Gman:  Well… I met Michelle while playing in a project with her brother, Bobby Springston of the band The Bangkok Five.  Since then,  we have become friends and have started several small, successful business ventures together.  When I told her the Sheila K predicament, she just laughed. Then told me that there was a whole army of moms out there that would read my stuff. That’s when the lightbulb went off in my head.  I thought is was a great idea to build an army of Moms. Not just any army, but a “Real Army of Moms“.  There ya have it!

Grossie: Wow you are pretty lame.  What are you gonna bring to the site and why all of a sudden are you coming out of the closet with your Mommy fetish?

Adam Gman: Hmmm… Good question.  I don’t know…I might plug one of my many celebrity friends and help them with some promotional love.  I may interview a band. I may interview one of my hero’s or even a random Mom.  All because I am in that kind of mood.  I might  review products or tell a few jokes.  I may whistle a tune or write a song. I may do a drum solo or play the guitar.  Just because I can… 

But… Most importantly, I will help Michelle keep it fresh with interesting and humorous things… Spanning from intellectual thoughts to just plain old shit talking and everything in between…   

Oh… and It’s not a fetish. It’s just fact. Moms are the best. 

Grossie: Well Well Well… I got you now.  You realize that I am gonna tell everyone on your facebook that you are secretly a Mom, wear a cooking apron and you love Carnie Wilson.  I’m thinking of making up some shit too.  Hey dumbass, are we through yet?  I’m going Surfing.

Adam Gman: Yeah we’re done. Pick me up on your way, I am feeling the need.

In closing, I want to thank each and every one of you ladies and gentlemen, for joining The Real Army of Moms.  Spread the word as we have only just begun.

Stay tuned. A mind that works like mine, is a terrible thing to miss.

Adam G
Real Army of Moms