Bullet Treatment will be releasing a new e.p. via Basement Records on April 30, 2013. The new e.p. titled “Ex-Breathers” will be available in two formats, Digital Download and CD w/ 2 Bonus Tracks.
Their first ever music video will be released soon as well.
On the podcast this week, I had the pleasure of playing the first track from Sleezeland, the new recording project from former Worm Suicide frontman, Pablo Sleeze.
In a few days, I get to share a booth at Staple! Independent Media Expo with Scott Free, former Worm Suicide guitar player in support of his new project Apples For Eyes.
It got me thinking about the band Worm Suicide and what they meant to Victoria’s music when they were around…
Love them or hate them, it cannot be denied that without this band, Victoria would have been a very different place to live. Sure there were bands before them, and there were bands after them, but from 1997 to around 2001 they were the main monster driving force when it came to Victoria Texas punk. I often feel lucky because I was a close friend to them when they started playing, helped with their recordings and planning shows, and my bands often opened for them until they were strong enough to start carrying their own bills. In a way, I cut my teeth with this band.
It is not arguable that there were not better bands, tighter musicians, or even nicer people to be around… but for 5 years, this band changed the game. Sure bands had been playing shows in a town that was overcome with rave Djs, top 40 country bands and even touring Christian groups, but WS had a way of not only booking a show, but also making sure it was filled to to capacity with raving kids. Things that we still use as tactics today.
#1- They had marketing ploys. Fact: their first show was 5 bucks, but if you brought in a flier, it was 2 bucks off. (They didn’t bother to tell the band who booked the show this, but they did have a great crowd, so no one seemed to notice) From then on they did shows that promised that girls would get in free (ensuring the dudes would follow) and even named shows with a “fest” at the end of it. No one seemed to notice that “punkfest” was held about 5 times a year.
#2- WS had learned how to survive in a “pay to play” town. When WS did a show, like everyone else in Victoria that wasn’t allowed in local bars, they had to rent a club or hall, rent a sound system and still had to find other bands to share the bill. They learned about merch (stickers, shirts, etc.) and often would strike deals with opening bands instead of cash. This allowed them to have local bands play, and instead of having to dish out money for guarantees they couldnt afford, they were able to get stickers, shirts etc made for pennies on the dollar, and that band had merch. This allowed for dozens of local bands to be seen all around town in this time period.
#3- WS was exactly who they seemed to be. In all the years they had been around, Pablo and Scott, the two sole survivors throughout the band’s revolving door of support members, never changed. The lyrics of fast dirty living was exactly who they were in real life. I know, I shared a home with them. There were often mornings of walking through sticky kitchen floors (don’t wear socks) and dodging drunk passed out people on a Saturday, Sunday or even Monday morning. My best memory of Pablo is him grabbing a roach from the wall of Willow’s garage, biting it in half and spitting it at horrified people. Their dvd shows random party people in the Worm house puking into cardboard boxes. Sadly that was not staged, but a typical Friday.
#4- it was exactly the right place and the right time. There was no facebook or social media to fuck it up. These days any fuck with no talent can make crap music with no effort… and blow up. Gone are the days of music with integrity, passion, and drive. In this time period kids in high school and college were fed up and pissed. Now, facebook has made them complacent to just sit at home and only go out if a hundred other people are, unlike this time where the show was the actual meeting place.
Eventually, the bands kept going, metalcore and mall metal became more played and WS slowed down. I wonder what would have happened if they had kept towing the line for just 2 or 3 more years. If they would have thought of another way or ploy to rejuvenate the scene that was dying when Sun Valley closed and WS moved on.
Either way… the legacy that was left was still felt to this day. Bands booking their own shows, merch, flyer art would have been much different without them.
So you like movies huh?
This year RxSM has announced the Superior Cinephile Contest where 5 film addicts will be selected to view 100 films, in 84 hours, over 7 days
Only one will be crowned as the “Superior Cinephile”! Prizes include VIP passes to upcoming film festivals, cash money prize of $100, a sweet customized trophy, and an assortment of goodies provided by their sponsors.
If you are psycho about cinema, think you have what it takes and want to enter the contest please send an email about why you can win the contest (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the good folks at RXSM will select 5 film addicts to compete for the title.
RXSM is March 8th through March 14th from 4pm to 4am. Austin TX.
Hey guys, got some news today concerning Assassin’s Creed.
First of all, some stuff in regards to the upcoming DLC, “The Tyranny of King Washington.”
As you may know, “The Tyranny of King Washington” takes us into an alternate reality in which George Washington, the hero of the American Revolution, has become the evil king of America, and the only one who can stop him is a Mohawk by the name of Ratonhnhake:ton. (I’m just gonna call him Connor).
Here’s the reveal trailer that was released at this past years Video Game Awards.
And this next trailer showcases the new Connor.
By the looks of it, the reality that this story takes place in will portray Connor as if he never interacted with General Washington during the war an played no part in his victory over the British. But we will see. “The Tyranny of King Washington” will be available to download February 19th.
Now, in other Assassin’s Creed news. Ubisoft has stated that the next installment in the franchise is in development and is set to release within the next fiscal year. Along with that, Ubisoft also announced that the new title will feature and new Assassin, a new setting, and a new time period.
On one side, I’m a little bummed that Connor is getting the Altair treatment and getting one exclusive game in the series. But at the same time, I’m excited to see where the franchise is going. Early rumors are that the next installment will take place in ancient China, which will be pretty cool, but we will just have to wait and see.
That’s all I’ve got for now. Laters!
Hey Austin, in case you didn’t know, you tried so hard to be cool, you became a cliche. Just thought you’d like to know, and you’re welcome. South by so what.
But… if you wanna be so cool the hipsters don’t even know about it yet, you can always go to the RxSM underground film expo.
The film fest exists as an alternative for movie fans to get a cinematic experience during the month of March when a certain “other” festival runs. RxSM pushes itself to be even more cutting edge, as it includes films in it’s programming that the “other” festival may not include or just have room for in it’s program.
The best part is that the fest is created and run by independent filmakers who fight to maintain a voice among the piles and piles of mediocre stuff you will be subjected to in the city of Austin that month.
The showcase will run March 8-14 from 4pm to 4am.
RSVP’s are now open for RxSM Film Expo 2013 at Emo’s East Plaza.
RSVP at: ( http://www.facebook.com/rxsm.filmxchange )by becoming their friend. Your name will be exported to a private guest list where you can enjoy film screenings, intimate celebrity interaction, and of course unlimited complimentary spirits thanks to their sponsors. This is a private event and you must RSVP to attend.
The screening schedule will be announced mid February. All details will be released exclusively via Facebook. So friends this means you can receive up to the minute live feeds of ‘whowhatwhenwherehow’ at RxSM 2013.
You’re welcome. See you there.
Making their debut on our podcast this week is The Electric Mess with “You’ve Become a Witch”
Check out another one of their songs with this video that just came out from their new EP!
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Joe Strummer, the late guitarist of the Clash, is to have a square named after him in the Spanish city he mentioned in “Spanish Bombs” and visited after Clash members parted ways.
City officials in Granada have chosen a square after residents submitted a petition calling for the plaza to be named after him. It will be renamed the Plaza Joe Strummer.
While in Granada, he put his own money into producing a record for his friends, 091, whom he had met in his squatting days when his girlfriend at the time, Paloma Romero of The Slits, introduced them.
Officials say the petition is fitting, since his song “Spanish Bombs” which is about the Spanish Civil War, linked his artistic activity to the name and history of the city.
It seems as though digital music sales have overtaken physical music sales for the first time.
CD sales are down 10 percent, and digital is reigning king. Not surprising, since the ease of finding music online is so readily available. It looks like the most popular non rock categories are punk and indie, and I know that’s a good thing for musicians….
The old guy in me misses the hunt. That’s something that a lot of kids and modern music shoppers will never know.
Growing up, I discovered punk rock at a very important time in my life. I was a new kid in a new school, in my previous one I was bullied and never welcome, coming into a new school, I had a new chance to be somebody else, but learned it was not going to be easy. Then I met a kid named Paul Nasty, he made me a tape one day, and the rest was history…
Punk rock was not easily attainable then. The internet wasn’t what it is now, basically a couple of message boards for Star Trek geeks and text based adventure games. When we wanted something we went hunting. This often involved travelling hours to Houston, Austin or San Antonio to a record store. I remember all their names. But I mostly remember the feeling I would get walking into these tiny cramped spaces crammed with records, zines, stickers, tshirts… my senses on overload as I actually tried to find the right music for the little money I had.
I have spent thousands of dollars over the years on music. My collection has grown into the thousands and I have tried to organize it before, but the feat was too great. Despite this, I still know every CD and record. I can tell you where I was when I got it, and if it’s older than a few years I can tell you what happened on the road trip I went to get it. My music holds certain memories for me. I can remember walking out of a store with a few new purchases in hand, and putting them on the CD player as we headed to the show that night. I remember listening intently to every track, proud of the fact that I had music I couldn’t find in my home town.
I remember the first album I bought online. It was actually Tom Wait’s last album that I had been looking for in various stores before I just gave up and bought it on itunes because music stores are just about obsolete and they don’t carry anything cool. I missed holding the album in my hand, and the artwork. I eventually bought the physical copy, but I just can’t seem to get into digital. I think the ease and convenience of digital has ruined things for people. I always appreciated the obstacles I had to go through to get my music, and the envy of other music lovers when I found something they didn’t. Now… for the right price we can all have the exact same music collection. There seems something wrong with that to me…
So today the big hullabaloo is that starting in Jan, Instagram is changing it’s terms and conditions. In particular…
“To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you:”
Of course, this probably would have gone unnoticed except that it just happened to go viral (must be a slow news day) and everyone from Wired to CNN posted news stories about the evil Instagram and Facebook empire.
Look man, we know it’s evil. We get it, I just wrote a post about it yesterday. Facebook and Instagram are in it for the money. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Just because some of you share your most intimate moments on these sites does not mean they care about you or your friends. You are a consumer, an ad clicker and a hit counter. I’m sure FB was laughing all the way to the bank on election night as you guys bickered among each other who had the best candidate, because it brought record traffic. Every major news event, tragedy, storm etc isn’t you guys and your “valuable” opinion. It’s your hit count and your logged in hours that makes them salivate, and their investors.
So knowing this, why should we be surprised when Instagram is bought out by FB and then pushed to make money? And why are we surprised when we know that if FB gets the rights to our privacy and info (oh yes.. and you agreed to it) why are we surprised when Instagram makes a similar claim.
It’s a free service to you. It’s free. It costs you nothing. Here’s a news flash. Nothing is free.
But it’s the same reason people complain when twitter is down, or FB gets a new timeline. People feel the need to complain. They will form petitions, they will make FB groups (ironically) they will share memes to show FB and instagram they ain’t playing around. Slacktivism goes another step.
In case you are wondering, FB and Instagram are posting blogs stating that “there is some misunderstanding” on how the terms are worded and they are working to change the wording to a simpler and easier to understand language… Simpler than English… since you know most of you already lost interest in this blog due to my use of words with multiple syllables. But what this means is they will probably backtrack and find another way to make their money off you. Somewhere. Somehow they will. In the meantime, post a meme and make sure to like my status or you don’t love America.
Get off my lawn.