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Dylan Invalid – No Pizza on Saturdays

February 6, 2008

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Tex (left) and Dylan (right) at Shanty Town

No Pizza on Saturdays

So I was working up at the old Shanty Town last Saturday afternoon and I happened to muster up a mighty hunger for pizza. I put a sign on the door and started driving to the hot drippy pie spots that I knew about in the area. Nicky G’s was closed. Big Pete’s (Sneaky Pete’s? I forget the name) was also closed. The one by London Bridge was closed too. What gives? I thought to myself. Then I got mad and ate fried chicken in vain. This shit is getting on my nerves. I know something as arbitrary as pizza doesn’t mean much to most people, but it’s serious business for me. Sometimes I think Jacksonville is just Mayberry with a high murder rate. We should just get it over with and change the city’s slogan to a racist joke. Jags did do pretty well this year, though.
Anyhow, I’m still into music. In the heavy-slow category, Harvey Milk is brand new to me. Turns out they’re from Athens and the 20th century. I really don’t know what to say about this band except that I like em, and they do a Leonard Cohen cover. Donnie just got me into Aborted from Belgium. It’s fast, the vocals are growly, the time signatures are all fancy. You know, death metal. I just read that their fans call themselves the Aborted Army and they dress up in surgical gear with blood all over it and their founding member is now in an Israeli grindcore band. Fuck yes. On the other side of things, I can’t get enough of all these lesser-known garage/punk bands from way back. The Speedies are great. The Gizmos are too. They’re both long defunct, but lucky for me the recordings are still out there. It’s fun power-pop type shit that’ll make you pogo in the family room and spill your kool-aid on the rug. And if you’re into them, you’d probably kind of like the Clean Teens (myspace.com/cleanteens). They’re the bee’s meow.
I’m pretty much out of things to write because I’m a boring guy. So instead, I thought I’d follow Joey’s lead and post links to some bitchin’ MP3 blogs. Enjoy:

http://13cigarettenight.blogspot.com/
http://anamericanpunkinsuburbia.blogspot.com/
http://anniesanimal.blogspot.com/
http://shallbejudged.blogspot.com/
http://www.aversionline.com/blahg/
http://bloodistruth.blogspot.com/
http://crudcrud.blogspot.com/
http://dressedforthehbomb.blogspot.com/
http://drunksongs.blogspot.com/
http://fightagainsttheplutocrats.blogspot.com/
http://generatingsteamheat.blogspot.com/
http://magga-goldenagehiphop.blogspot.com/
http://www.goodbadmusic.com/
http://hangoverhard.blogspot.com/
http://hip-hop-blogs.blogspot.com/
http://homeofthegroove.blogspot.com/
http://learning2share.blogspot.com/
http://shadowsof60.blogspot.com/
http://www.lastdaysofmanonearth.com/blog/
http://madblastsofchaos.blogspot.com/
http://maikoholic.blogspot.com/
http://gravybread.wordpress.com/mega-mp3-site-list/
http://sonofspam.wordpress.com/
http://monsterbrains.blogspot.com/
http://musicformaniacs.blogspot.com/
http://musicruinedmylife.blogspot.com/
http://nothingbuttrash.blogspot.com/
http://nuclearviolence.blogspot.com/
http://nuzzprowlinwolf.blogspot.com/
http://ocanadarm.blogspot.com/
http://only-in-it-for-the-music.blogspot.com/
http://pathetic-ape.blogspot.com/
http://powerpopcriminals.blogspot.com/
http://outpunched.blogspot.com/
http://punknotprofit.blogspot.com/
http://rudesteady.blogspot.com/
http://reverendfrost.blogspot.com/
http://static-party.blogspot.com/
http://strictlybeats.blogspot.com/
http://commercialzone.blogspot.com/
http://thep5.blogspot.com/
http://theeheadveins.blogspot.com/
http://rideyourpony-twighlightzone.blogspot.com/
http://westcoastgospel.blogspot.com/

End Notes:
I need to book two shows at Shanty ASAP. The dates are 2-15 and 2-16 which is a Friday and a Saturday, respectively. If you’re interested, you can nerd up and find me at myspace.com/dylaninvalid. And if you want the metal all up in you don’t forget about Hallelujah and His Name Was Iron this coming Saturday at Shanty Town.

The new Crap Hound zine is out. Order yours from here: http://readingfrenzy.com/

And Improv Everywhere got 200+ people to be still for five minutes in the middle of Grand Central Station. Check it out: http://www.improveverywhere.com/  

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Top 5 Records That Changed Your Life Vol #4

February 3, 2008

Chuggin’ right along with Vol #4.  Again, a bit of a dichotomy in terms of taste and musical background. The only other important difference between these two is that Greg comes into the store fairly regularly, and I don’t think Nick Strate has been to the new location at all.  Harsh dude.  

First up is Greg. Here he is…
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…and here is his response.

“This email will probably be dumped into the annals of email hell, but I was considering the whole music/record that changed your life and thinking to myself, hmm… has a record ever changed my life? At first I said “ha, yeah right.” Of course, these days I am older and I am not as passionate as I used to be, so the thought of a record having an impact seemed ridiculous.

Though after thinking of it, and I may be wasting my time with this email, but I realized that things did change my life. Thing like records and music and skating. I thought about it and realized that I wouldn’t be where I am or be the person I am if it wasn’t for a few records or bands or periods in my life.  Yes, I am a nobody and I am not in a band or anyone anyone knows, but I have been on this scene since ’95. Yes, to an individual who grew up with Battalion of Saints or The Descendents or Scream this may not seem like a big deal – rowing up with punk in the 90’s.  But to some of us it had a huge impact.  So to avoid anymore rambling here is my top 5.

Rancid- And Out Comes the Wolves
I mention this album cus I was told about a hotline that one could call to listen to music. I called the hotline with my friend when I was in 8th grade. I used to be a huge Red Hot Chili Peppers fan and was always wondering who the heck the band called Rancid was when I was looking through tapes at the record store.  Well eventually I found out who this band was. I am not saying this album was the fastest or best Rancid album. What I am saying is that this album changed my life because it catapulted me into other bands. It got me listening to NOFX and other current fast bands which is apparently what I needed. I was sold on the thing called punk at that point.  I was an angry skating teen at that point just looking to mess stuff up. This made me aware of other things out in the world. These bands also got me into Operation Ivy and Minor Threat and Youth Brigade, etc.

Reversal of Man/ Swing Kids- Any album
Ok so I put these two bands together cus they got me into a whole other realm of music. I was in High School in Orlando and I was invited to a show by a friend. Little did I know that this show would be a huge deal for me. It was in a kids home in winter park or maitland, I am not really sure. I got my hand shut in a car door and it sucked and my sister was flippin out on her boyfriend but aside from that the night was amazing. Basically we went to a house show and I was so tired and annoyed with the whole night but eventually this band Reversal of Man played who I was told was awesome. Well they played and it ended with Matt Coplon at my feet and a drum stick in my hand. He was laying on my feet in nothing but his boxers. I have to say that I was blown away. Later that night I went to my friend ethan’s house and we went to sleep to the Swing Kids 7″ and I was further blown away. So for the next month or so it was nothing but Reversal of Man and Swing Kids on a tape that Ethan made for me. It was awesome. It had an impact because it got me into a whole new realm of music and way of life. It got me into bands like MK Ultra, Charles Bronson, Spazz,  Portraits of Past, Frail and Four Hundred Years,  etc. It was more intimate and personal and I was really into it.

Joy Division- Everything
 I don’t have much to say about them other than what has already been said. They are amazing. Just listen to them. I can’t express in words what this band is all about.

Rudimentary Peni
Everything,  but mainly the ep’s, Death Church, and Cacophany.   Like Joy Division this band impacted me. I read a book written by the singer and I was able to get a zine written by some dudes in Orlando in the 90’s. This band is hard to describe, but if you like punk and obscure shit this band is for you. To me they have a sound of their own. The vocals are insane and they are a must listen to anyone who cares about music. This is regardless of what music you are into. Just listen, they are too hard to describe.

Gza- Seriously, just listen to the Liquid Swords album.
 GZA reminded me that hip hop wasn’t dead. It was living in the hills. It wasn’t a giant that everyone seemed to miss-mos def. GZA was around to remind people that there was still lyrical masters. He was able to mix awesome beats with slick lyrical skills. He paved the way for Lupe Fiasco and Talib and Mos. He Followed in the steps of Tribe but with a new twist. He probably heard common sense at some point and built on the neo style. The point is that for one who has lost faith in hip hop, there is still real hip hop out there and this album is hip hop. This album is simple skate music, it’s lazy Wu Tang music.

Neutral Milk Hotel- In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
 I know this marks 6 albums and I could mention way more than six albums that impacted my life, like The Misfits Walk Among Us, but I felt this album was more appropriate. This album is a nod to anyone who knows how to play the guitar and enjoys folk and punk or just folk, because folk is awesome. This album made the list because it is simple. There is nothing grand about this album.  It’s a simple composition that should give any young person hope that they can form a band. Jeff’s songs are so easy to play and so enjoyable to play. For those who only know power chords this album is a great catalyst to learning how to play acoustic songs. Aside from that, this album is simply awesome. I can’t say much more than that, it has been ranked amongst the best albums and what not on big magazines reviews and blah blah blah. The basic point is that this album brings a simple method to the table. It appeals to a variety of crowds and it should expand anyones musical taste.

So there is my list. I know its 6 instead of 5, but 5 is hard to stick to.
Next up is Mr. Nick Strate.  Here he is, singing an Abba song.

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…and here is his response.

Storm and Stress – “self titled”
My old band opened up for these guys at Stripmine Records in the summer of 1998. I knew two of the members to be in Don Caballero (Ian Williams and Erich Emm) and one (Kevin Shea) occasionally played with the Swirlies. double cool. I was getting stoned upstairs while they played, so I couldn’t really see what was happening. It sounded like a tornado. For about 30 or 40 minutes. When I walked downstairs, there were drum pieces, guitar parts, strings, cables, records, CDs and most of Damian Lee’s impressive pornography collection (shredded) strewn from one end of the store to the other. I was excited to buy the record and see how this all came across on vinyl. And while not one of my favorite records, it’s one of the most inspirational. It’s about an hour’s worth of strung together vocal, tonal and percussive fragments. Certain parts of it are really, really beautiful. That record taught me to embrace chance, to REALLY love improvisation and to buy more guitar pedals.

Sorry. I’ll keep the rest of these a bit more brief.

Palace – “Viva Last Blues”
Touching, raucous, beautiful. Got this in the 10th grade, I think. Oldham’s voice hits the warble supreme on this record. The production is so warm and loose — it sounds like the band rehearsed the songs maybe only once or twice before recording. This record’s a commitment; it’s a ramshackle dedication to love, self-pity and getting loaded. What’s better when you’re 16?

Blonde Redhead – “La Mia Vita Violenta”
A decadent, but very serious record. I learned a lot about playing music from this record. Lots of open tunings, f**ked up chords, drone, noise, bizarre production. Still relatively accessible though. One of the things I loved about this record was how these Berklee graduates could make a really epic and adventurous jam out of a two-note bassline and really minimal guitar playing.

Bowie – “Low”
The aforementioned Damian Lee gave me a huge chunk of Bowie’s discography (The Man Who Sold the World to Scary Monsters) on vinyl when I was hanging out in the store one day. I spent about a year and a half obsessively flipping over Hunky and Ziggy. I was a freshman in college before I got to Low. I taped this record and walked around Washington D.C. listening to it on a deafening Walkman level. Beyond fostering an appreciation for really, really good production values, this record taught me that it was OK for an artist to be kind of phony as long as the artist was being phony in an interesting way and making some kind of valuable contribution to the cultural capital. Low succeeds on both of those levels.

Steely Dan – “Countdown to Ecstasy”
Though I feel like I should mention Mercury Rev, Guided By Voices, Pavement or some other band that scored the transformative drug experiences of my youth, the coveted 5 spot goes to th’ Dan. Got into this around my Junior year of college. I’ve got my complaints about the way Fagen and Becker sometimes approached songwriting, but these jams are solid gold through and through. The most important thing about this record, though, and the reason that it changed my life, was that it made me realize – probably for the first time – that my parents were actually cool. I stole their copy, after all.

You can check out Nick’s blog here – http://ricottapark.com.

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Sound Idea Net Radio

February 2, 2008

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Bob Suren of Sound Idea Distribution (Brandon FL!) has a net radio show though his website.  He posts a new show every Saturday morning and leaves it up all week. After that, it is gone! So act fast, bookmark his page, do what you gotta do so you don’t miss the weekly rock session. There’s no talking between songs, and he puts up really well written commentary for each song on the site…  such as this..  

“01 Maggot Sandwich “My Florida” (FL)
I love this band. I love this song. It’s from their third record, the “Get Off The Stage” LP, released by singer/guitarist Vik Kaos’ own label, KML Records in 1987. I used to pen pal with Vik a lot and he kept me up to date on punk happenings in Florida’s panhandle, an area of the state that doesn’t get a lot of attention. He gave me a few cool records and tapes over the years. Maggot Sandwich started back in 1984 when Vik and brother Steev (That’s how he spells it!) started jamming and called their band Kaos. (They took the name from the evil organization from the old “Get Smart” TV show.) When they discovered that there were other bands named Kaos, Kaaos, Chaos and C.H.A.O.S., they changed the name to Maggot Sandwich. For a while, they had a zine of the same name. Maggot Sandwich went through several line ups over the years. Some of the members left under less-than-good terms. Eventually the band broke up in the late 1990s. A couple of years ago, we reconnected and I asked Vik if I could put out a Maggot Sandwich discography. He said he would love to do it, but that it might not sit well with some of the ex-members and that some of them might actually threaten me with legal action if I did so. So, I have wisely avoided this quagmire. Perhaps some day all of the members of MS can kiss and make up and the world will get the complete musical output on CD. Until then, you can visit the Maggot Sandwich My Space page, which has photos and a few MP3s.

02 Teen Idles “Get Up and Go” (Washington, DC)
This is the big bang of D.C. hardcore. Or at least Dischord Records. After seeing the Bad Brains, some D.C. teenagers, including Jeff Nelson and Ian MacKaye were inspired to start a band. The Teen Idles were part of the D.C. hardcore explosion that brought S.O.A., Untouchables, Government Issue and later Youth Brigade, Void, Faith and Minor Threat. The Teen Idles “Minor Disturbance” 7″ (Dischord Records, 1981) was released after the band broke up but it is still a landmark of the D.I.Y. ethic. And the cover art is some of my favorite of all time. Some have called the early Dischord releases sonically inept, amateurish, etc. So what? That’s what hardcore IS! It’s all about the ATTITUDE and the early D.C. crew had that in spades. ”

From early 80’s Florida punk bands to classic DC. Show’s got everything.

Check it out http://www.soundideadistribution.com/radio.html

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Downtown Parking

February 2, 2008

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I received an email with the following information. The Sports Complex Garage is offering $.50 a day parking (M-F) during Trolley hours.

Looking for inexpensive hourly or daily parking in Downtown? Here’s a few:

Downtown Garage (entrance on Clay St. between Forsyth St. and Adams St.)
Rates: $1 per hour with a daily maximum of $5. First hour of parking is free. Enter before 9:00 a.m. and stay until 2:00 p.m. for the early bird special rate of $3 for the day.

Jacksonville Landing Parking Lot (entrance on Independent Dr., east of The Landing)
Rates: $1 per hour with a daily maximum of $10 on Monday-Friday if you enter between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or $1 per hour with a $5 daily maximum if you enter after 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday or on weekends or holidays.

Sports Complex Garage (Located on Duval St. near A. Philip Randolph Blvd.)
Rates: $.50 all day parking Monday-Friday during hours of trolley operation)

And the only real free parking is….

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The Talkies / Bogda Art Show / Tangerine Festival Photo Recap

January 31, 2008

From one weekend to the next…

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“Night of the Living Dead” is playing February 1st at 11:55 p.m and February 2nd at 9:30 p.m.  George Romero will be providing commentary on the Feb 2nd showing.

Visit thetalkies.net for ticket information.

“The Talkies is the long-time pet project-come true of founder Tim Massett that first came to fruition in October 2006.  It is essentially cinema shouting back against the DVD/home theater. It’s a 35mm, two-night event. The first night we screen a classic film in 35mm. The next night, not only does the director join us, but he or she also provides running commentary throughout the screening. The audience watches and listens along to both the director and the film. It’s taking something the DVD offers (the alternate commentary track) and making it oh so much better.”

Twitch blog mentions the event here.
Joey Marchy at Urban Jacksonville mentions it here.

The Talkies’ first guest was Herschell Gordon Lewis “talkied” along to a super great print of his classic film 2000 Maniacs and even sold tickets to his own event from the San Marco Theatre’s box office.

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Bogda Art Show

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Visit the Bogda Myspace – http://www.myspace.com/shopbogda

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Tangerine Festival Photo Recap…

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Pictures are posted here from the start of the bike race, some jousting shots and some random fest activities are here.

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Pictures from Davey at Boone Park and and the start and end of the bike race are
here.

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The Jaxscene blog had a Tangerine Fest Post found here. You can straight to the Jaxscene flickr here.

Please comment with any more picture links you may have.  Thanks.

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Top 5 Records That Changed Your Life Vol #3

January 29, 2008

You’ve probably realized from past posts on this topic that I try to pair up different people within each post.  These two responses posted below have the largest difference, not just in terms of musical styles and taste, but more importantly in that one person operates a record label, whereas the other notes how the concept of an album is dead – instead opting for MP3 blogs.  Your thoughts?

Also, commenting with you own top 5 lists is fine, but I’ll gladly turn them into regular posts if you email them to me at this address – deadtank (at) gmail (dot) com.  Thanks!

And without further adieu…

Vol #3 of the series features Biff, of the band I-Object and record label Feral Kid Records – and Joey Marchy, of the local Jacksonville Blog Urbanjacksonville.

Here’s Biff,
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… and here is Biff’s response..

“I’ve read a few interviews with bands or individuals where a similar idea to this was discussed. A number of times it seemed like those being interviewed attempted to seem superior to those reading the interview by naming off very obscure bands in order to appear more well-versed. They then never even went more in-depth as to discuss what these records were or who the bands were or why they were so important to them. I’ve tried to steer away from that as much as possible with this list. The following records have all withstood the test of time to me and mark very important landmarks in my life. They aren’t organized in order of importance, but more so in a sort of time line of my discovery of these records and just HOW important they are to me. Enjoy!

5 Records that have had a Profound Impact on my Life

1) Black Flag – Damaged LP – originally released December 1981 on SST Records, their first full-length LP.

Seeing as how this LP was released prior to my birth, I obviously did not pick it up hot off the presses, but it still hit hard with me nonetheless. I picked this record up at a time when i had first began to discover punk. I didn’t really know much aside from something about punk appealed to me. I also knew that if you liked punk, you liked Black Flag, that’s how it appeared to me anyways. Being young and highly impressionable I started searching everywhere I could for anything that I could find by this band and ultimately stumbled onto the Damaged LP at a record store. After picking it up and taking it home I knew that I had found exactly what I was looking for and to this day its fury is virtuously unmatched as far as I’m concerned.

2) Crimpshrine – Quit Talking Claude EP – pop-punk from Berkeley, CA. 1989 Lookout! Records

After being really into punk for a while, you start to notice just how much there is out there. There are so many layers related to DIY punk and once you start peeling them back you continue to become exposed to so many incredible, awe-inspiring bands. While I was still quite young in terms of punk years I started seeing the name Crimpshrine more and more. I asked a few friends of mine about them and everyone kept telling me just how much I needed to listen to this band. While flipping through some 7″s I wound up coming upon and purchasing the Quit Talking Claude EP. When I got home that night it was very late and I still lived at home. I didn’t want to deal with waking up the folks but couldn’t wait any longer to hear this much anticipated record. I popped it onto the record player in the living room with a big-ass pair of old headphones my parents had with it. After letting the record play for a minute or so through the first song I began scoping out the lyric sheet inside. I was absolutely floored. Never had I heard a band address such real life topics as Crimpshrine did within that 7”. As corny as it may sound, this record changed my life. I started viewing the world differently. It made me realize the long-lasting effect that punk was bound to have on my life. This is easily one of the most inspirational records i have ever purchased.

3) Assück – Misery Index LP – grindcore from FL. Released in 1996 by Sound Pollution Records

Getting into a thing like punk rock can be a very overwhelming thing. Countless bands within countless sub-genres, how could you possibly know them all? Standardly, People seem to start off by focusing on one specific sub-genre that they know they like when they first get into punk. Ultimately they begin to branch out and experience more and more of all that is encompassed within such a diverse musical genre. Assück was another band whose name I had been seeing everywhere. I had not at the time been very interested in the aspect of brutality within my punk rock. Being from Buffalo, NY I had a number of friends into bands like Cannibal Corpse whose records never really did anything for me. I was into punk rock. I didn’t care about speed or musical ability. I was into it because I was pissed. I didn’t yet know exactly why I was so pissed but I knew at the time that death-metal bands like Cannibal Corpse did nothing for me whatsoever (although today I can by all means appreciate “Eaten Back to Life”. While it may not make this specific list it is a killer record from the Corpse and I must say that now I am proud that they lived in my city when it was created).

A friend of mine brought the Assück – Misery Index record over to my house and INSISTED that I listen to it. Initially, I was impressed because it was far more intense than anything I had ever heard, but once again, it took scoping out the lyric sheet for me to be sucked in for life. Very intelligent, well thought out lyrics over top of the most intense, hi-energy, pissed-off, fastest music I had ever been privy to. How could I not absolutely love this record and this band!?

4) Uriah Heep – s/t LP – (named “Very ‘eavy…Very ‘umble” in UK) Released: June, 1970

A seemingly odd choice for a record list such as this, I feel it makes a whole lot of sense. For those of you not familiar with Uriah Heep, they are a British Prog-Rock band formed in 1969. Their self-titled record is absolutely incredible, start to finish. Melodic and catchy yet still having very heavy riffs and complex solos. Listening to this record makes it VERY easy to see where the inspiration for a lot of metal and prog bands comes from. I don’t have nearly as much to say about this one except to strongly encourage people to check it out. It’s a wonderful historic piece and is really interesting to hear so much complex yet still catchy and rocking stuff going on within one record. It definitely has helped me to appreciate the musical aspects of things more-so and was a great gateway into other genres like prog-rock and certain aspects of metal.

5) Skate Korpse – Discography LP – Released December 2006 Feral Kid Records

Skate Korpse was a band from Rochester and Buffalo, NY. They were a band comprised of incredible people and were always unbelievably inspiring to see live. They came around at a time when the buffalo hardcore-punk scene had by all means seen better days. For the most part of their existence they seemed very under appreciated in these parts. By the time of their untimely demise, however, people started to realize what an incredible thing we had all just been taking for granted. Their music is very classic sounding 80’s style skate-rock that doesn’t sound LIKE any specific band, but rather sounds as if they could have been alongside any of the classic pioneers of the genre such as JFA, The Faction, Big Boys or the Dicks.

Seeing how this record was released only a little more than a year ago it may seem a strange thing to put on a “5 life-changing records” list. The reason it is on here is not because it is an incredible record (although it TOTALLY is), but rather because this record helped me discover quite a bit about what I am passionate about. I was given the incredible opportunity to release the discography LP. I did not run a record label or have any of the knowhow that comes along with doing such a thing, but I had been toying with the idea for years. Being given such an opportunity really forced me to step it up because I would have done absolutely anything to help this band that I cared about so much. I ended up silk-screening all 1000 of the covers front-and-back, on not exactly the most adequate of equipment and had one hell of a time with it, but absolutely everything about the experience has been well worth it. Now Feral Kid Records has become a VERY big part of what I do with my life.

So, if any members of the band stumble onto this, thank you Skate Korpse for such an opportunity, I would not be doing what I am these days if it were not for you.

You can check out Biff’s band and label at these sites.
http://www.myspace.com/iobject
http://www.myspace.com/feralkidrecords

Next up is Joey Marchy. Here he is…

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… and here is Joey’s response.

Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
I listened to this tape for a year straight when I was in 6th grade. It was my first introduction to hip hop and it sealed the deal for hip hop in my life. Forever.

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
Probably the most influential song on this album, to me, was Teenage Riot. Up to that point I’d never had a favorite song. Teenage Riot became my favorite song and is till this day. Hearing this album opened my eyes to the fact that there is more to music than what they play on the radio. Last years highlight: Seeing Sonic Youth perform Teenage Riot live in Chicago.

Nas – Illmatic
1994 and 1995 were a pivotal year in the evolution of hip hop and my music life. Listening and trying to find the samples used on this album put me on a path of discovery that has made me what I am today. Many of the samples came from a movie called Wild Style which led to my interest in in New York and graffiti. Which led to street art, fashion, and an all around Urban lifestyle.

DJ Shadow – Entroducing
This is another album I listened to for a year straight. My friend Matt gave to me when I was working at Ramworks right after college. In the car, at my house, at work, wherever. This album introduced me to DJs and led to a love for combining two pieces of music together to create a remix.

MP3 Blogs – The New Album
The album is dead to me. Today I get all my music from MP3 blogs like the ones listed below. To me these are the new albums and how I discover all the new music I listen to.

http://gorillavsbear.blogspot.com
http://www.discobelle.net
http://fluokids.blogspot.com
http://iheartcomix.com
http://palmsout.blogspot.com
http://www.thehoodinternet.com/atom.xml
http://missingtoof.com

You can visit Joey Marchy’s blog here – http://urbanjacksonville.info

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Dylan Invalid

January 29, 2008

We’ve got a weekly guest columnist now!   Look forward to this every Tuesday, and come by Inertia every wednesday to talk about it with Dylan.  Bring a 6-pack too.

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Hi, I’m Dylan.

I’m at Inertia on Wednesdays and Shanty Town most of the other time. Nice to meet y’all.

I was telling Josh the other night that I refuse to participate in his “5 Albums that changed my life” inquiry because it’s just too difficult. But holy shit I love talking about music, especially the shit that I like. So Josh, being a rad dude, said I could write pretty much anything I wanted. I’ll do my best to use real adjectives instead of the usual profanity and I’ll keep the Ebonics to a minimum for all you squares out there.

The first person I have to bring up today is Jay Reatard. I’ve been boring the shit out of everyone, telling them he’s a genius, making sure they know how to spell his name, etc. I might tend to get a little excited, but it’s worth it. Reatard’s been making quality pop-punk (pop like Ramones not pop like Yellowcard) rock for a while now (you might remember his old band, the Reatards) and his new solo album “Blood Visions” is pretty much perfect from start to finish. He was also in a band called Lost Sounds which is like Devo/Ramones but more grim. I’m pretty sure both of those records are on the Goner label which boasts some of the coolest bands around right now.

Also kicking ass in my ears lately is the new Pissed Jeans album “Hope for Men.” It’s noisy, awkward, nihilistic sound is perfect for rush hour traffic, shaving, and drinking whiskey all at once. I’ll attempt this task tomorrow.

And then there’s the new Annihilation Time record aptly titled “Annihilation Time II.” If you’re not already familiar, these guys were pretty much Black Flag clones on their first album and they pulled it off really well. I heard diehard fans were pissed when their old singer left and they started to sound like Thin Lizzy, but “AT II” is killer, so fuck them. It’s not as charged or angry as their first one, but it’s not as dad-rock as Baroness’s new one (which I also like). People are just afraid of mad riffage, I guess.

Another one I can’t get enough of is “Here Comes the Waterworks” from Big Business. I saw these guys with the Melvins two Holloweens ago at Jack Rabbits and it quickly became one of the best shows I’d ever been to (except for the fact that some kid split his leg open and I had to shine a flashlight on it). If you’re into heavy stoner rock and epic singing and van-ins, you’ll probably really enjoy the new BB. I know you can find at least one of these bands at Inertia right now, and if we don’t have it in we can order things.

End Notes:

Bob the Samaritan wants you all to support 1460 on your AM dial. It’s Jacksonville’s only progressive news/talk station. Visit them on the web at http://www.1460.us/. They also broadcast basketball games.

His Name was Iron and Hallelujah will be at Shanty Town on February 9th and that starts at 10pm. Rager (from Chi-town), Talk Sick Earth, 2 Legit, and Tokyo Face Punch will be there on February 13th. This is an EARLY SHOW because it’s on a Wednesday. Please come support. Bands start at 7:30pm.

Lastly, I need any Jacksonville show flyers that you may have saved from over the years. I’ll scan them in and give em’ back. To see my progress so far check out www.flickr.com/people/dylaninvalid. I’ll upload more as soon as I can afford to go pro.