NeuFutur Print Magazine Reviewed

NeuFutur #6 – At one point in this zine the editor mentions that in the past, his writing has been criticized for being too impersonal. And I would agree with him. Even after he throws in some “personal narrative” it just seems very rigid and reserved. The writing covers – a look at the ENDA, vague insturctions for an electric bicycle, zine and music reviews, a warning about crazed Christian Jack Chick, recommendation to watch the movie “Torch Song Trilogy”, info about VOX, a quick recollection of the UPC in Bowling Green and more. (Slug and Lettuce #73) Continue reading “NeuFutur Print Magazine Reviewed”

The Madison Project Interview

Can you first give us an introduction to the members of the band, and then describe for us the genesis of the Madison Project?

Madison Project is a rock trio that formed Burlington, VT. Forrest Thomas on drums Ben Kogan on bass and me on vocals and guitar. The genesis of Madison Project came from an idea; a vision that i saw. The previous band that i was in was going in a different direction and I found myself not being able to write what i was really trying to put down; it was not comming naturally and i was forcing something that wasnt true. i began writing different guitar parts, melodys and focusing on the hook of the song. when writing “I Am The Target” i wrote what came naturally, of course i have influences but i wasnt trying to sound like other bands, just Madison Project; and i think that it shows on the record. Continue reading “The Madison Project Interview”

Scary Kids Scaring Kids / Finch Contest

Finch and Scary Kids Scaring Kids are embarking on a U.S. co-headlining tour.

Along for the ride on various dates are Foxy Shazam, From First To Last, Tickle Me Pink and Our Last Night.
For our local (Cleveland-area) readers, check them out on 8/30 at the House of Blues. Continue reading “Scary Kids Scaring Kids / Finch Contest”

My First Warped Tour

I have never really been to a music festival, personally I thought I was probably making a huge mistake going to Warped tour, I had the stereotypical view on music festivals. At first I thought it was going to be a dirty, hot, drunken, drug fest. Well this proved me wrong. The whole area was great, kept up and clean, flyers all over the place but no true garbage on the ground, no over flowing trash cans full of beer cans and rotten foodstuffs. It was really hot there, but that’s not really the festivals fault, but they had shade and water available in each section. As for the drug and alcohol issues, a lot of people were drinking, but security insured everyone was kept in line, and I didn’t really see any drug use at the festival. Personally I would have to say if your child is 15 or older that this is a safe environment for them to enjoy their favorite bands and have a good time. But, if you really don’t like the idea of you child going unaccompanied, they actually have “reverse day care” area where adults can chill out while their child enjoys the concert. Continue reading “My First Warped Tour”

The Madison Project (Burlington, Vermont)

The Madison Project has been around since 2006, after Forrest (drummer) and Ryan (vocalist/guitars) ended their tenure with a previous band and wanted to create something new, something that would change the face of music as they knew it. The two spun their feels until the later months of 2006 when Ben (bass) joined up, forming the Madison Project. Each member of the Madison Project provides a diverse set of influences, skills, and experience to the band: it is this diversity that makes the band’s compositions so vibrant, so eclectic, and so unique.<!–more–>

The Madison Project were finally able to release their debut album, “I Am The Target”, on November 6th, 2007. “I Am The Target” blends a number of styles, adding in rock and metal to a punk base that reveres the biggest bands from the late eighties and early nineties (Descendents, Bad Religion, early Pennywise). In an era where producers like to bury their finished products in the red, the production on “I Am The Target” caresses the arrangements of the Madison Project without oppressing the spirit or energy exerted by the band. Despite the fact that the band had only been around for a few months before committing themselves to working on “I Am The Target”, the resulting tracks are mature, exhibiting thought-out arrangements that will stick with listeners well after the disc completes.

After the release of this album, The Madison Project immediately went on a tour that reached out from their native Vermont all the way down to Nashville, Tennessee. As a result of this dedication and an unwavering intensity, The Madison Project were able to see their album chart on radio stations in Pennsylvania (WVYC), Massachusetts (WKKL), New York (WUSB), California (KULV), Oregon (KPUR), and Wisconsin (WSRI and WCCX)  Furthermore, the act was able to accomplish playing at Austin, Texas’s South by Southwest (SXSW).

However, it is the band’s current pursuits that may be the most interesting. Beginning in early June, The Madison Project is setting off on an acoustic tour that will take them across the United States, running from Vermont all the way to California, only missing out on playing a show in Pennsylvania and Indiana. This acoustic tour reflects the evolution of the band, allowing the dynamic between Ryan and Ben to shine in ways that were not seen on “I Am The Target”. This acoustic tour will provide fans of the Madison Project insight into the future trajectory in the band; individuals that see the act in Hillside, Illinois, Lawrence, Kansas, or Salt Lake City, Utah will undoubtedly hear new and reworked tracks from the act.

Check The Madison Project out at . Individuals can purchase “I Am The Target” from independent music stores and the iTunes Media Store (ITMS), and can see dates for their current tour on their Myspace, which can be accessed at . Individuals that wish to discuss media opportunities for the band can contact Rick Eberle at Popcore Entertainment, at .

-by James McQuiston (JMcQ)

SCALE THE SUMMIT plans month-long tour through southern and eastern US

Houston’s SCALE THE SUMMIT have confirmed plans to tour from late this month into late March across the southern and eastern United States, playing with a handful of different bands along the way, including several shows with God Is An Astronaut and an appearance by the instrumental quartet at Austin, Texas’ South By Southwest music festival on March 14. Continue reading “SCALE THE SUMMIT plans month-long tour through southern and eastern US”

A Letter To No One

This is the most depressed I’ve ever been. I can barely move, I’ve been so affected by this. I haven’t written anything candidly for a while. Sure, Danica and I are doing fine, but the rest of my world is falling apart. I failed my last shot at being in the Ph.D. program at Kent State. I’m appealing, but I doubt I’ll get this overturned. Most people know that my dad needed a triple bypass. He’s fine now, but fuck if it wasn’t trying.

As it is right now, I’ve got funding for this semester. It’s done in December, though. To quote Jim Lahey from the Trailer Park Boys, there’s a shit storm brewing. If I get my M.A. at KSU, I’ll have to start back a few steps from where I ended KSU at. This is to say nothing about the monetary situation in the next few months. A number of people near and dear in my life need some cash, and I’ve felt that I’ve left them down.

I’ve been so depressed lately that I slept 10-12 hours a night and still feel exhausted. I feel and look like a hippo. I’ve randomly started on crying jags every few days too, as well as having heart burn all night, practically all night. I’m a fucking mess. I hate worrying about the future. I want to get my Ph.D., get tenure, and be able to help out my family, present and future.
There are a few positives left in my life. Danica’s still with me as I’ve said, and will hopefully move in in May. Where, I don’t know, but she is around. My dad has taken a position as the body shop manager, and my mom is sticking with the state of Ohio in their taxation department. I might be getting on with a firm to do web design, but that won’t be more than a month’s salary. I’ve got bills paid up a month ahead, but days tick by endlessly. I’m worried. I need a haircut. I need to win the lottery, I need to lose weight, I need a fucking break, I need rest.

– I’m done
James NeuFutur

Postscript: Look for a second part of this piece. I wrote this at a particularly dark part of my life, and things have gotten considerably better in the meantime. I’m not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination yet, but essentially, the appeal went through, I got the web design position, my dad’s still rocking, my mom’s still working, and Danica and I are still going well. Check back in a week or so for part two.

Danica, My Love

I have not had much in the way of time to write for the zine. That’s likely why this issue has been about 6 months, if not more, in the making. Anyways, things are finally cooling down and I’ve been able to sneak away from my duties for a few minutes to write, so I thought that I’d give readers of NeuFutur a good idea about my personal life in the next few issues. Continue reading “Danica, My Love”

Music Video Distributors

Music Video Distributors has been around since 1986, when it was founded by Tom Seaman, who had floated around the music industry for years before that. In the twenty-plus years since the company was founded, they have rapidly become one of the most premiere companies in producing and distributing band videos. 2006 saw the company grow even further, as MVD opened up a record label of sorts, making available albums that are out of print, rare, or previously only were available in foreign countries. The culmination of the MVD Audio segment of the company is the working arrangement that MVD has with a number of solid foreign record labels. Inakustik Records is a company that keeps in print some rare and hard to find jazz albums from the eighties on, while Metal Mind Productions works to keep the spirit of metal alive through the reissuing of albums that major metal labels have little use for. Continue reading “Music Video Distributors”

The Seven Deadly Sins of the “Wannabe”Musician

“If you live to play…Then play damn it.”

1)Thinking that you have to make your money “touring”. Where is it written that you have to live by the breadcrumbs the bars and clubs of this world are willing to give you in some town you have never heard of?

This is bad thinking champ. And bad thinking leads to bad business.

You have no following in Bumblestream Ohio- so how then do you do you expect a club owner there to pay you and your band enough money to get there, feed all of you along the way, and get you to your next stop? Continue reading “The Seven Deadly Sins of the “Wannabe”Musician”