Sex, Pubmed, and Rock & Roll

2010 July 5
by Alan Aragon

Okay, sex has nothing to do with this, and neither does Pubmed (although both are important). The pic above was taken last Saturday night. I was back doing lead vocals for the band of my good friend, guitar virtuoso Edwin Alpanian. We had the best time slot of the night in a pretty big venue, and it was a blast playing a combination of progressive stuff as well as classic rock. A little known fact to many of you is that I’ve been a musician for most of my life (drums, vocals), and my old band with Edwin played clubs up and down the Sunset Strip throughout the 90’s.

The era of regularly doing shows has long since given way to more pressing life obligations. Every once in a while, I will get away from my computer to play a gig. Edwin is the art director of Hot Rod and Car Craft magazine, and he still keeps his love for creating & performing music well-nurtured. On the other hand, me being a business owner and father of 2 leaves little time to carve out for regular performances (excuses, excuses, right?). The occasional shows that do happen have a certain amount of magic, and a whole lot of nostalgia. Anyways, I thought you guys might get a kick out of that pic & background story, and I’ll be back after I finish AARR.

34 Responses leave one →
  1. July 5, 2010

    Let’s get some video of your rockstar self in action!

  2. Ray Wilson permalink
    July 5, 2010

    It’s somewhat reassuring to know that you don’t seamlessly juggle a muscial career and your amazing work in the nutrition world, Alan, because if you were regularly rocking out and appearing to have every nutrition-related research angle covered, then I’d be inclined to think that your talents were even more otherwordly than I already do. As it stands, I am already convinced that you have somehow figured out a way to add more than 24 hours to the days in your world, because even if I were on Pubmed 24/7/365, I’d still lag light years behind you in terms of having a grasp on so many topics, a task that you appear to handle with unparalleled ease (this is a testament to you skill level, as I recognize that what likely amounts to more hours than I can fathom go into the polished end product). It’s humbling to realize that someone with such expertise in one area is that well-rounded (you’ve got to be, as music and hardcore research would typically seem like curious bedfellows).

    Here’s to wishing you continued success in your professional endeavors and many more nostalgic turns at the mic that put the rest of us indolent SOB’s to shame!

  3. darkseeker permalink
    July 5, 2010

    Way to assert your jib across multiple planes of existence in spite of your career and family schedule. I try to pick up my guitar when I can, but between studying and work, it collects its fair share of dust layers. In a past life, I practiced for what seemed like hours a day. Not any more.

  4. July 6, 2010


  5. July 6, 2010

    When do we get video?

  6. July 6, 2010

    Love the cream-colored Strat. I’ve got an Yngwie Malmsteen-signature model myself (although red)

  7. July 6, 2010

    That’s a nice jib profile, Alan. Show those Socal bros how it is done!


    Are the frets scalloped on the Yngwie signature model?

  8. snorkelman permalink
    July 6, 2010

    Now some of the musical/band references that you have made online are beginning to make more sense :P

  9. Jason Steele permalink
    July 6, 2010

    Cool pic, Alan. So the Pubmed guys can still fit right in with the Hot Rod guys, eh? Who would’ve thought.

  10. July 6, 2010


    Yeah, the frets are scalloped. Takes a bit of getting used to, but I prefer it now for playing lead. Don’t like it for rhythm though.

  11. July 6, 2010

    Maybe we should all get together and form our own band. We could call it “PubMetal” :)

  12. July 6, 2010

    Hey everyone — I’m glad you all can relate to this pic! Edwin (the guitarist) saw this blog post and said that my readers are all rockers at heart, haha. By the way, James & those w/strats, Edwin get his frets scalloped on all of them. And rofflez @ “Pubmetal”

  13. Andrew permalink
    July 9, 2010


  14. Eric permalink
    July 10, 2010

    Nice, man of many talents, if I’m ever in town will you sign my container of chocolate milk after a show?

    I was going to say “youtube vid or it didn’t happen” but I think you can be trusted.

  15. Juliacheh (from permalink
    July 12, 2010

    Alan, so, on top of you being in great shape and having a brilliant mind, you have a rocker background. This is really mind-blowing.

  16. July 12, 2010



    Interestingly, college students whose musical preferences are alternative, rock or heavy metal actually obtain higher IQ test scores on average, particularly on questions where abstraction is required. Some studies have also found high intelligence among adolescent heavy metal listeners.

  17. July 14, 2010

    Bark (also see Branch),

    Need. video. now.

    With warm regards,


  18. Fluxboy permalink
    July 17, 2010


    I knew beneath that stuffy air of pseudo-objectivity you had a soul.


    Now, if you post a pic of a your late 60s/early 70s muscle car we might have to consider an honorary induction into a 70sbig frat. Dependent, of course, on how much you can squat … but given recent revelations, we might be able to shade that down a bit.

    Incidentally, if anyone here has never listened to music on tube amps and vinyl, it really is a treat. Now, I’m certain that there may be a few audiophile here just itching to go ballistic over that comment. By all means, go ahead. But do yourselves a favor and give it a try. And for those poor souls who have grown up with ipods and mp3s, you have been cheated. I tried merging the two worlds with FLAC files and old Electro Voice speakers, but no dice.

    Once I get my system together, you are all invited over. Who knows, you might dig the distortion.


    (ps Hope this doesn’t touch off a “Bromusic” war! Lol!)

  19. July 18, 2010

    Nice dude, you must destroy karaoke nights! But I agree with the peeps above. A video is definitely needed.

  20. July 18, 2010

    Yes, I know, video would be great. I’ll see what I can do about the next show. Flux — I actually did own a 1970 Chevy El Camino with a 396. I have no digital pics of it, but there are a couple pics of it that my parents have, and it would be a pain to track the pics since my folks aren’t right around the corner from me. You’ll just have to trust me that I did own that… I also had a 1966 Chevy Nova before that. Right now it’s a more economical Honda Civic for me. And a Honda Pilot for the little lady :)

  21. July 21, 2010

    (BC)AA w/ muscle cars? Last I knew, your biggest fear in life was fast acceleration. Hmm.


  22. July 21, 2010

    Now I’ve got the sudden urge to strap you in my Corvette, accelerate as fast as possible, while feeding you fast-acting carbs and NO-XPLODE at the same time. And then maybe some whey protein isolate after the ride.

  23. jesse permalink
    July 22, 2010

    This might be the wrong place to put it, but I wish you would release one end-all article that would shut down and answer every question we ever had. Basically, if we did even one thing wrong, you could basically tell us, “Stop being a dumbass and stop wasting your fucking time! Follow the manual shithead!” I’m sick of all the shit being spewed out on bodybuilding forums nationwide(and even if I do know the right stuff, that much bs can really clutter my mind), I wish you came in and shut everything down to the point that everybody starts following the right shit, EVERYBODY. Sorry for cussing so much but I’m so damn heated abotu this now. I see you argue intelligiently, but some of these bastards, they drive me up the fucking wall.

    Although if I could speak for most people, I would definitely say the only reason we always question things is because most bodybuilders still eat six times a day, and it really isn’t more complicated than diet, training, and recovery right, aka all that matters is what you do in the gym, what you eat at the dinner table, and recovery processes you choose. I’m not trying to sound like someone who totally disregards science, but even your protege JCD says it shouldn’t be as complicated as people make it out to be or like science does sometimes right? Or am I way off the deep end with this paragraph?

    P.S. I really wish I could purchase AARR but I laid it down on the recession whey from true protein and am literally searching for every dollar to support 1 g of protein per lb.

  24. Joe permalink
    July 26, 2010

    Alan, you never came back!

  25. July 27, 2010

    Jesse — I think that would require a whole book.

    Joe — I’m around, just working on AARR. Every blog topic I think of has the potential to piss people off, and I’m trying to balance out my piss-off posts with my nurturing ones. I’m striving towards balance, but it’s hard when there’s so much internet crappola to vent about.

  26. Jesse permalink
    July 28, 2010

    I’m guessing girth control is the closest we’ll come to it. but i had a question about your previous client kelechi: Didnt he follow a brotastic diet with at least a meal feequency before? I think he even posted his diet of 6/2010 and it still looked pretty bro.

  27. July 29, 2010

    Unless you can provide me with a link, I cannot confirm your claim regarding any brostasticness. Kelechi has always had a personal preference toward higher meal frequency, so of course I honored that preference. What reason would I have to change someone’s preferred frequency when it doesn’t matter from a metabolic standpoint?

  28. July 31, 2010

    Try to provide a video of the band that you have telling in this post. I want to hear how good they are regarding on some rock musics. I thought sex is part on this post. SEX IS THE BEST!! lolz..

  29. August 14, 2010

    That video was awesome. Soaring vocals, shred guitar…the only thing it was missing was some dueling keyboard/guitar solos!

    From my old website you can download all of the songs that I recorded using my old Roland 8-track hard disk recorder and my trusty Yngwie Strat (some of the newer stuff was recorded using Cakewalk Sonar):

    My singing pretty much sucks, but the vocalist I used on some of the tunes (Melissa Boyle) was awesome and sounded like Pat Benetar.

    My favorite is the instrumental “Space Station Copulation”

  30. Ben permalink
    August 17, 2010

    Hey Alan when will you update your blog again? I really look forward to your posts!

  31. August 17, 2010

    Sup y’all,

    I’ve been getting through a nice round of work, still in the midst of it, I’ll do my best to post a new entry before the month is up. It’s been my goal to make sure I get at least 1 entry in per month. Pretty ambitious blogging goal, huh?

    PS – Thanks for the link, James! So it’s true that you are a rocker-bro.

  32. September 13, 2010

    Except for the part where Pubmed was originally called Grateful Med, of course. That was only about 10 years ago.

  33. Paul Skavland permalink
    September 28, 2010

    Awesome, but you need more buffness in the band – how about Kane Roberts on guitar … *grin* and Henry Rollins for some guest vocals

  34. June 28, 2012

    Just went through your videos on YouTube. Right up my alley. Who the fuck would have thought, someone else in Nutrition/Smart training would also be a musician…METALHEAD.

    There is hope, after all. I compose and play various forms of old/classic metal, as well as Power/Progressive (akin to Adagio and the like).

    Love this shit.

    Squats and Yngwie Malmsteen. \m/

Leave a Reply

Note: You can use basic XHTML in your comments. Your email address will never be published.

Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS