Project Zero, The Inheritance, Anything Girl, The Red Racer, The Goodlife, and Brookside @ Greencastle High – Aux Gym, November 6th, 2004

Each time a show happens at Greencastle High School, you are going to know that it will be one to remember. From how I was introduced to the Greencastle music scene (Ides of March) to Ides II late last school year, I just knew that Band-Aid 2004 would be beyond all expectations. It is also the only show I pay for in Greencastle, as practically all the other shows I go to here are free. However, I’m perfectly fine spending a pittance of $5 when it goes to such great causes (the GHS post-prom for the Ides concerts and the Troyer brothers’ graduation fund for Band-Aid). Things bode well even before the show, as I found a sealed Slim-Jim while walking to the venue and was picked up by one of the Pvrenchymv members half-way through my trek. Continue reading “Project Zero, The Inheritance, Anything Girl, The Red Racer, The Goodlife, and Brookside @ Greencastle High – Aux Gym, November 6th, 2004”

True Story!

Another comic zine, this time chock-full of information where a mixed zine like Incredulous was not. The comic is personal, but really tends to go off on weird observations and tangents, similar to Al Burian’s work in that aspect. The style of the art is a mixture of Mike Judge’s, Brendan Small’s [Home Movies] and Futurama, which needless to say, reining in the art of caricature to the degree where the figures are realistic. All of the mini-stories, none taking more than two pages, are as the title may suggest True Stories, and while they are true, they have that otherworldly feel to them that really makes people tune in, sort of how Jerry Springer appeals to people. Of course, Barry deals pretty heavily with fart, dick, and burp jokes, which never get tiring, but also reaches to the more saccharine set of things where ey recounts how ey and Tami (wife) got together. All and all, True Story is a wondrous collection of all of the things that make Barry a solid person, and as such, I really feel as if I know Barry more than those zinesters who choose to focus so specifically on one or two events for the span of their works. What really tops off True Story for me is Barry’s “Resume”, which shows the creator eirself. I hope to see something else by Barry in the near future, as this was really a delight to read, and it came from someone who isn’t in the typical age bracket for independent media creators, showing me a different viewpoint.

Rating: 7.1/10

True Story! / :15 / $1 / 7 by 8.5 / 28 Pages / Barry Scanlan, 19367 120th Av, Milaca, MN 56353 / bscanlan39@hotmail.com / Reviewed 11 March 2004

Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway (PS3)

Hell’s Highway is the third of the Brothers in Arms series, and it saw a release on the PS3, the Xbox 360 and the PC. This time out, the Playstation 3 version of Hell’s Highway will be reviewed. Regardless of the console through which the player enters into “Hell’s Highway”, the storyline is the same. Based off a real World War II offensive (Operation Market Garden, where the Allies attempted to go up through the Nazi-occupied Holland and into Berlin), individuals will find a familiar crew in place. This means that Sergeant Matt Baker and eir cronies are more or less all present, but there have been some changes and modifications to the Brothers in Arms series between Earned in Blood and Hell’s Highway. Continue reading “Brothers In Arms: Hell’s Highway (PS3)”

My Secret World (DS)

When the Nintendo DS first came out, it seemed like the number of different games were pitifully few, and the number of those games that broke free of the narrow genre confines of the early library were even fewer. Imagine (and Ubisoft generally) have been wondrous in actually expanding the palette of the DS, and making it into a console that is more attractive at this point than a PSP. My Sercret World does more than further the corpus of Nintendo DS games: it gives anyone fortunate enough to have the game the ability to do some pretty innovative things with the DS. One of the best things that My Secret World allows players to do is create their own diary, one that is encrypted with a code that goes beyond the lock / pen & paper diaries of the last centuries. Continue reading “My Secret World (DS)”

The Dodos Play Four Fall US Festivals -Treasure Island, Spiegeltent, Musuem Of Fine Arts, Pop Montreal / Play ‘Take Away Shows” In Paris

“Take Away Shows” : http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/145167-video-fleet-foxes-the-dodos-live-at-the-take-away-shows-soire-emporter Continue reading “The Dodos Play Four Fall US Festivals -Treasure Island, Spiegeltent, Musuem Of Fine Arts, Pop Montreal / Play ‘Take Away Shows” In Paris”

DANGER MOUSE NAMED ONE OF ESQUIRE’S “MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF THE 21st CENTURY”

Artist and producer Danger Mouse appears among “the 75 Most
Influential People of the 21st Century” in this month’s issue of
Esquire, celebrating the magazine’s 75th anniversary. Alongside
artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and heads of state, Danger Mouse
will be honored for his boundless creativity, his relentless work
ethic, and his power to shape the cultural future. Continue reading “DANGER MOUSE NAMED ONE OF ESQUIRE’S “MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF THE 21st CENTURY””

The Lost, Pvrenchymv, Unstable, Silver in December, and The Heart Attacks @ Meherry Hall, October 30th, 2004

I try to have shows wherever I’m at, whether its in Lancaster or in my college town (Greencastle, Indiana). Both places have great scenese, and at the beginning of this year, I tried to have a twenty-first birthday party show (September 16th; my birthday is the 15th). Just like the time that my artwork (in the form of a door that proclaimed fuck gender roles) was yanked so as to not provoke a reaction from the well-monied former graduates during Old Gold Weekend (essentially, where DePauw throws another layer of paint on their rapidly decaying buildings in order to increase their cash flow from well-heeled grads), our concert was cancelled literally three days before the planned date. This, as well as the insistence that I would not be able to use any other place on campus, due to our “noise level” and the fact that some graduates may not feel as comfortable as they possibly could (IE they had money to give the school, and I didn’t.) Continue reading “The Lost, Pvrenchymv, Unstable, Silver in December, and The Heart Attacks @ Meherry Hall, October 30th, 2004”

Introducing Josh X-an-tus

Like a shooting star, Josh X-an-tus has gone from obscurity as a multi-talented Julliard trained musician, to heating up the blogosphere with his first recorded single “Let’s Ride” featuring Roc-A-Fella MC Jadakiss. With a song and video premiering online just a week ago, the track has already appeared on Kanye West’s blog with a re-mix created (out of the blue) by Consequence. “Let’s Ride” is attracting a myriad of listeners, drawing artists and fans alike to the sound, beat and feel that the newest talent to hit the internet has crafted. No small feat for a kid that just released his first single – ever. Continue reading “Introducing Josh X-an-tus”

Persian Poets, Environmental Devastation, and Electronic Music: Green Memories is an Ambient Voice of the Earth

Almost a century ago, after a thousand years of Persian poetry, there was a major shift. It paralleled a seemingly global movement in which older artistic languages were transformed. In the West, this transformation can be seen in art (Kandinsky), music (Schoenberg), and literature (James Joyce). It happened in other parts for the world. In Persian poetry, maybe it was a cultural mutation, a literary development, or a seemingly abrupt change that was integrated into the fabric of life. But there were new voices in poetry, an art form that has been as important in Persia/Iran as philosophers were in ancient Greece , and as popular as pop stars are in America. Continue reading “Persian Poets, Environmental Devastation, and Electronic Music: Green Memories is an Ambient Voice of the Earth”

VISION OF DISORDER’S “DEAD IN NEW YORK” DVD SET FOR NOV. 11 RELEASE ON KOCH RECORDS; NYC SHOW ON NOV. 16

Vision of Disorder, the Long Island-based hardcore band that merged traditional east coast hardcore alongside thrash metal before disbanding in 2002, is set to release “Dead In New York,” a posthumous DVD showcasing the band’s frenetic live shows as well as backstage footage. The band, which only recently reunited for a handful of shows, will play a hometown show at Irving Plaza on Nov. 16 to commemorate the release of the DVD. Continue reading “VISION OF DISORDER’S “DEAD IN NEW YORK” DVD SET FOR NOV. 11 RELEASE ON KOCH RECORDS; NYC SHOW ON NOV. 16”