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Leather skin, poof du jour, making me go *whistle*

Source: NYMag.com

Source: NYMag.com

The haus of Gaga has taken over the cover and spreads of V magazine’s September issue and what better way to celebrate than marvel over the fantastic plastic goggles you can rip off and stick to your face for an euphoric night out!

The twin across the Pacific, the Yamamba girl.

The twin across the Pacific, the Yamamba girl.

Other than that clever perk to this well-awaited issue, the additional factor that had my eyeballs turning backwards and scooting through my mind is the wonder of what influenced the cover shoot and the spread. The decadent, frills-infested Studio 54 era is one idea; mixing that with the skin-sighted tendencies of Yamamba (or Ganguro) girls in the Shibuya district of Tokyo seems to sum up my guess perfectly with a twist of a bow.

Jokes aside, the spread for this issue has showcased a more tamer, not-so-heart-wrenching outfit choices for one to thumb through — well, except for the groomed poodle inspiration on this one, but for a magazine spread and the sake of art I’ll accept. I’ll just cross my lucky stars for fear of it transferring to the streets of Milan. Knowing Gaga, she’ll most likely prove me wrong.

This issue hits newsstands September 1st.

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At the Drive-In to reunite?!

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In a recent interview, The Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala discussed the current state of members in At the Drive-In. Judging from this quote, the answer to the ultimate question, “Will At the Drive-In ever reunite and play a show?” is not a definite yes… but it’s not a no either:

“…We’ve been making amends with a lot of the members and having some really good talks with them. And we’ve been trying to get our financial business in order because a lot of people have been ripping off that band really badly…as far as the business side goes. I wouldn’t mind it. Y’know, it might happen, we just have to iron out a lot of personal things. A lot of it we’ve dealt with already and I’ve apologized for a lot of things I’ve said and the way it ended…we’ll see what happens.”

Fans of Texas energetic rock machines will have to be on the edge of their seats a little longer as the story unfolds.

Source: The PRP

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Earache unveils album art for Municipal Waste’s fourth release

Massive Aggressive album art. Photo provided by Earache

"Massive Aggressive" album art. Photo provided by Earache

After taking a nice, appreciative look at this cover, I came to a conclusion that the decaying countenance of the cover’s subject is the infamous Eddie in his recent stage of dissolvance: longer hair, upper mouth and nose completely dissolved, several layers of muscle tissues remain in tact, etc.

I wonder if that was intentional on cover artist Andrei Bouzikov’s part. In a press release from Earache, Tony Foresta mentioned the designing process, in which the direction of the album art laid parallel to the musical “change” in direction:

“We knew we wanted to stray away from the traditional painted covers that so many new ‘Thrash’ bands seemed to be doing since Hazardous Mutations came out.”

If Iron Maiden was on their mind and their music — and I’m not confirming that it is — then it clearly shows on the cover. Nevertheless, I do want to applaud the back-to-basic, raw sketching detail embellished on the subject and its victims. It’s certainly not Photoshop art, and I find that refreshing and respectable for a band in their position.

Municipal Waste’s fourth full-length “Massive Aggressive” is set to come out August 25th. They’ll be rocking Europe later this month, but will conquer LA with Trap Them before taking off.

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Two days old but in case you don’t kno(fx)w

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SoCal punk legends NOFX released its 12th full-length duly titled “Coaster” on April 28th. If you’re a huge fan of the band, you’re probably not going to put the album towards its titled use.

Here’s what NOFX’s frontman had to say about the joyous news:

Things I learned going to Ireland: Don’t order Bushmills in Dublin. Don’t order Jameson in Belfast. Don’t drink too much on the ferry, or too little, cuz either way, you will get sick.

Oh, this is the important news: the NOFX record comes out today. What’s more important is that it will be priced under $10 in every store in North America. This is not a sale. This is how much this CD costs, and not only that, but EVERY CD on Fat Wreck Chords will now be under $10 and most will be under $8.

No, we are not crazy. We just think that having a very low CD price is a fair way for scene supporting music fans to support their favorite independent bands and labels. Sound crazy? I think it sounds reasonable. We make less profit, but bands hopefully will sell more CDs to more people, which is why we started doing this in the first place.

Ok, I’m off the ferry now, but still seasick. I think this whole island might be floating.

Cheers,
Mike

Source: Fat Wreck Chords

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‘H20’ will quench your thirst

New York’s H2O premiered their new music video for “Nothing to Prove” from the band’s 2008 Bridge Nine release Nothing to Prove. The video contains almost as much cameos as the amount of Pokemon in existance — well, not really, but you get my point. The band will also be making its final 2009 New York performance at the Knitting Factory Sunday, June 21st for a father’s day show benefiting Larchmont Charter School.

Try and test the swiftness of your eyes and spot these guest appearances:Civ and Arthur Smilios (Gorilla Biscuits), Lou Koller and Pete Koller (Sick of It All), Danny Diablo, Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory), Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy’s Law), CM Punk, Scott Vogel (Terror), Roger Miret, Vinnie Stigma, and Mike Gallo (Agnostic Front), Freddy Cricien, Hoya, and Mitts (Madball), John Joseph and Mackie (Cro-Mags), Dannyboy (La Coka Nostra, House of Pain), Paul Delaney (Kill Your Idols, None More Black), Liza Graves, Suzi Homewrecker, Jacqui Valentine, Roxie Darling (Civet), Rick Jimenez and John Moore (This is Hell) and many more.

This video touches me personally because Athens, OH’s own “DIY” (I say this loosely to generalize the fact that it encompassed bands under the punk, hardcore and metal genres) fest For Real Fest made a cameo in the form of a hoodie patch on OU alumnus Brian Roberts. I’m not entirely sure how he managed to snag a spot in the already jammed-pack music video — but for that reason (and obvious others), this video gets a two thumbs up!

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Unintentional day-long haitus

Sorry for the recent lack of content in this blog. Yesterday I went to Akron, OH to interview The Academy Is… for Speakeasymag.com – and even watched their sold-out show on the sideline, along with Evan Taubenfeld and Chicago’s Empires. I recorded TAI’s acoustic performance of  “About A Girl” but unfortunately captured part of the set due to the fact that my battery died! Curses! I will post the video tomorrow.

Second, spring quarter at Ohio Univesity is already a frenzy. It’s ACRN week right now because the college radio station turned 38 this year so we’re celebrating like crazy. I’m a crazy nerd, but it’s going be a challenge balancing all this fun and grades.

Third, here’s a quick news feed of recent musical events. Fashion news will be updated tomorrow (hopefully). If anyone would like to co-run this with me, a.k.a. contribute content, send a letter of request via pidgeon carrier and I will be delighted and add you to the site! Well, there’s more to this than that, but you know what I mean.

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Graf Orlock “Destination Time Today” LP pre-order

Graf Orlock. Photo provided from their Myspace.

Graf Orlock. Photo provided from their Myspace.

“Cinema-grind” Californian band Graf Orlock will soon be releasing their new full-length properly titled “Destination Time Today.” Previous releases were titled “Destination Time Yesterday” 10″ and “Destination Time Tomorrow,” so why not make life easy and fill in the void for “today”?

If you haven’t heard of them, the music is an interesting cocktail of merciless, fast and often chugging guitar riffage and audio clips from 80s and 90s action movies. Surprisingly, it’s all heavenly live; they put on one hell of a show. I haven’t seen them with their new vocalist yet, but when the band had Kalvin Kristoff, one of his plugs would always be lost in the audience due to aggressive action from the crowd and his out of control stage presence.

This new album will be on pre-order via Vitriol Records mailing-list, so if you want to get your hands on a musical gem, and maybe sweet packaging, then you better sign up or you’re out of the pre-ordering game.

140 of the 1000 copies are silver vinyl, and it’s on a first come first serve basis. Those who lucked out of the 140 edition will end up getting the release in white. I would try going for the silver, because it also comes with an assortment of goodies.

Note: I’ve been on this hard-ass music phase lately. There will be more variety, I promise. And more fashion.

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