Bittersweet Dream

Bittersweet Dream / $? / :45 / 28M / kdanley@bittersweetdream.org /
Bittersweet Dream; I have no clue where I found you, but I am glad I found you. This is a zine that is a communal project, more so than most other small-market magazines. There are poems, cartoons, and ideas for how to create revolution, all contained within 28 pages. There is simply something for everyone here. I may not be a fan of poetry, but there are humorous comic strips present (that are pointed and do make a reader think). There is a good blend of pictures, cartoons, and differing fonts to keep individuals interested throughout. The description of life presented during “My Current World View” shows the beauty of the world when nature takes over, while “Utopia Tactics” is perhaps the best piece of the magazine. Continue reading “Bittersweet Dream”

Kate Voegele Releases Don’t Look Away

Kate Voegele is a 20-year-old singer/songwriter that is honestly years beyond her young age. Her debut album, “Don’t Look Away,” just came out on MySpace Records and her first single is “Only Fooling Myself,”.

You can hear her at: http://www.myspace.com/katevoegele .

Check out some photos of Kate here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wuny/sets/72157600247544301/

Kate is also on the Kyle XY Soundtrack that is out now.

Here is the tracklisting:

1. The 88 – Hide Another Mistake
2. Earlimart – Nevermind The Phonecalls
3. In-Flight Safety – Surround
4. Irving – I’ll Write The Song, You Sing For Me
5. O.A.R. – Wonderful Day
6. Climber – Bug Bear
7. Carey Brothers – Honestly
8. Mates Of State – So Many Ways
9. Sherwood – Middle Of The Night
10. Mariana’s Trench – Alibi
11. Kate Voegele – It’s Only Life
12. Sean Hayes – 3 A.M.
13. American Analog Set – Born On The Cusp
14. April Matson – Will You Remember Me (Lori’s Song)

You can hear clips of all the tracks here: www.myspace.com/kylexysoundtrack

Revolution on Canvas 2

Revolution on Canvas 2 / $12.99 / 2007 Warner / 2:00 / 236M /

This is the second volume of what I believe is the only book that is dedicated to collecting the poetry of some of the most famous rock stars in the emo, hardcore, and metalcore genres. This volume features a different selection of artists than the first volume. This time around, individuals from Motion City Soundtrack, The Receiving End of Sirens, He Is Legend, Meg & Dia, Something Corporate, The Sound of Animals Fighting, Classic Case, and Say Anything all throw in.
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Acid Drinkers – The Hand That Rocks The Coffin

Acid Drinkers – The Hand That Rocks The Coffin / 2006 MVD / 120 Minutes / http://www.musicvideodistributors.com /

Man, I really feel bad that I do not know any of the acts that MVD and Metal Mind are putting out onto DVD. Acid Drinkers have a great lineage, as the band started in 1985. The band didn’t really get started on their path until 1987, when they added a former member of Turbo as a drummer. Along the way, they have released over 10 different albums of stuff, so a DVD at this point seems downright deserved. The footage on this DVD is from two different days on tour, from the Warsaw and Krakow dates of their tour.

Twelve tracks await listeners; the band ends with a cover of Johnny Cash’s classic “Ring of Fire”. The track list of the live show takes a number of cuts from all the Acid Drinkers albums; the band starts the show with “Anybody Home” and “Backyard Bandit”. However, the live show is not all that is present on this DVD. Also present is an amazing documentary on the band, called “Chasing the Acids”. While the other features of the disc are nothing to terribly interesting (besides the additional interview), the documentary along with the video of “Hate Unlimited” make for a full DVD. Despite the amount of time that they have been a band, the composition of Acid Drinkers on this live show DVD are fresh and impressive.

The band has not lost a step, and it feels as if the rough edges that may have been present on earlier releases are gone due to their maturity as a band. For those fans that have everything else that Acid Drinkers have released up to this point, “The Hand That Rocks The Coffin” is the next step until the band comes out with their next album. Short of buying a double-disc greatest hits of the band, “The Hand That Rocks The Coffin” is a perfect introduction to Acid Drinkers. Their brand of hard rock meets progressive comes through clearly as day on this DVD, to the degree that this could almost double as a studio album. Acid Drinkers are yet another talented prog rock band that MVD and Metal Mind have determined are deserving of a DVD. Hopefully fans will pick up this album and start purchasing other pieces of the Acid Drinkers collection, because they truly are a diamond in the rough.

Top Tracks: Poplin Twist, Slow & Stoned

Rating: 6.5/10

Wherewithal #3

Wherewithal #3 / $1 / :20 / 16M / Emerson Dameron, 1323 N. Artesian #1F, Chicago, IL 60622 / edamerson@gmail.com /

Wherewithal is a short but fun little zine that comes from the mind of one Emerson. The zine consists of black text on white pages, with only a few pictures to break things up. Luckily for readers of Wherewithal, Emerson is one of the most talented individuals with the written word that I’ve read lately. This means that the discussions about fire (and its’ hunger for tobacco), eir own times searching for work and trying to avoid, and a host of other matters, are as vivid and interesting (oftentimes funny) as any picture could be. The zine bounces back and forth with terse statements that are largely humorous and descriptions of Emerson’s life. Continue reading “Wherewithal #3”

Mind Key – Habemus Poland

Mind Key – Habemus Poland / 2006 MVD / 125 Minutes / http://www.musicvideodistributors.com /

Mind Key is going to be releasing their new album here in the next few months. How could they get any more publicity before the album is released beyond putting out an amazing live DVD? This 120-plus minute DVD, released jointly by MVD and Metal Mind, shows the allure of this rock band in the live context, both in Warsaw and Katowice. The obvious focal point of this DVD has to be the live show, which features 12 of the bands hits from the past, present, and future of the band. Continue reading “Mind Key – Habemus Poland”

Bad Religion – New Maps of Hell

Bad Religion – New Maps of Hell / 2007 Epitaph / 16 Tracks / http://www.badreligion.com / http://www.epitaph.com /

Anyone that actually knows me knows that Bad Religion is one of my favorite bands of all time. I thought that they had a trying time in the Atlantic days, but that they came back to true form with “The Process of Belief” and “The Empire Strikes First”. With Joe Barresi at the helm (Tool, Queens of the Stone Age), how will the band sound? Well, Bad Religion sounds a lot like they always have, but the band seems to have included some Weezer into their overall sound. Now, I did not like what Todd Rungren did to the band for their “New America” album. Continue reading “Bad Religion – New Maps of Hell”

Cashis – The County Hound EP

Cashis – The County Hound EP / 2007 Shady / 8 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/cashisoc / http://www.shadyrecords.com /

Cashis is the latest project put forth by Eminem and eir Shady Records. Eminem’s touch has not been the strongest with the last few releases on the label, with Obie Trice being the most notable failure up to that point. “That Nigga A Gangster” is the first full track on the disc, and it has a strong flow. The fuzzy backdrop for Cashis to flow on works well as well, and the second set of vocals give a nice contrast to the track. Overall, Cashis starts this EP in a strong way. Continue reading “Cashis – The County Hound EP”

Musings on Buddhism and Islam by Danica.

Sometimes I begin to wonder what have I done with my life. I mean I’ve done some cool stuff, been to a lot of awesome places, and had a few drinks with some friends…but I sometimes wonder is there more to life than getting drunk.

I know that with most 18 year olds that spirituality isn’t a main concern for them… but I’ve been though too much to not think that there’s something besides like what we can see…..I honestly wonder about religions like Islam I mean like look at Muslims they are so dedicated to their faith that they will commit suicide for it… what Christian would do that? Continue reading “Musings on Buddhism and Islam by Danica.”