Tuesday, June 28, 2005


An update on the Nike/Dischord image debate. Apparently Nike has pulled the ad and issued an appology:

Nike Pulls Major Threat Ad, Issues Apology

As an aside, I'd like to note how much I like Blogger's new image upload tool. I may never need photobucket again -- though I still want to check out Flickr.
I also like what Ross White has to say about Nike's co-opting an iconic Minor Threat image for a new campaign.

Lately I've been listening to the new Valient Thorr, which completely rocks. Danny doesn't think it's anything special, but I do have to thank him for identifiying an Iron Maiden riff I'd completely overlooked on the second song, "Showdown."

Some articles of note:

First, on the Supreme Court's Grokster decision:
San Francisco Chronicle: Grokster decision has industry listening

and

A weird article a co-worker sent me. He seemed to think these would be perfect for me:

MSNBC: Dance into the night with wireless headphones; Glastonbury festivalgoers get down at 'silent disco'

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

I'm still recovering from seeing Judas Priest Sunday night at the Nissan Pavillion, which is somewhere out in the middle of nowhere in northern Virginia. It's not that Jess and I really whooped it up, but driving four hours one day and back home the next really takes a lot out of an old lady.

This was the third time I've seen them: The first was at Greensboro Colliseum on the Screaming for Vengeance tour in 1983, and the second was last year at Ozzfest (before which I had the pleasure of interviewing Rob Halford for the N&O). The Nissan Pavillion was depressingly empty; the lawn and maybe a third of the seats were empty. It's the first show I've EVER attended where there was a line at the men's room but not at the ladies', which just goes to show how few women were there. But the band still put on a good show, reaffirming my opinion that Halford is one of the greatest frontmen in rock, and certainly the greatest frontman in metal. Other notable occurances during the trip: Jess and I discovered the magical kim chee diet, and we took our pictures in front of the big skate that Erik Sugg has on his Myspace page.

After we got back to Raleigh, I stopped by Blue Flame to get a price estimate on a tattoo. Tattoo artist Christy Alexander said she could do it right then, so I figured what the hell. Here are two pics, one of the tat and one of Christy at work.

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If you don't know what the design is, you obviously never owned any 45 rpm records. I decided on that design, which, admittedly, a million other people have, because 1. music is my life and 2. it's very similar to a triskelion, which is the symbol of my ancestral homeland, the Isle of Man.



Manx triskelion.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Success! I am now finally listening to that damn show via foobar. Thanks to Badger and Grady for the help.

Monday, June 13, 2005

More bit torrent news


I have to thank Grady and Badger for giving me more info on dealing with bit torrent and .flac files. So far nothing is working. In fact, I'm now getting a message that my files are corrupt, and since i bought an new computer over the weekend, I'm going to just start the whole process over again. But it's funny that the N&O's Paul Gilster had an article on bit torrent in yesterday's edition.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Bringerer CD-release party.

This is from my friend and former band-mate Amy Wilkinson. If you're in Chapel Hill tomorrow night, check it out.

hello dear ones,
You are invited to come out on this Saturday night, June 11, to the Wetlands (that's above Hell the bar) to celebrate the release of the first Bringerer CD. Please come on out! it will be fun and you can get a Bringerer CD, which is really a work of art, recorded by Chuck Johnson at Cirrus Oxide and hand printed by Ron Liberti.
hope to see you there,
soonly soonly all to truly,
love
amy
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After waiting outside Kings for about 30 minutes last night, I was able to get inside to see Melt Banana. Here's a blurry pic. 20 second movie will come later. I missed Kolyma, but saw part of Vaz and even bought one of their CDs.

While I was waiting outside, I spoke to Badger, who said he would send me some info on playing .flac files on Windows. This is in reference to my continued frustration at not being able to hear the bootleg of the Mars Volta Atlanta show. It took me 3 days to download it (really), and now I can't play it -- even in Winamp. The whole experience has just strengthened my opinion that bit torrent sucks.

EDIT: Here's the link to the Melt Banana movie. BE WARNED: I uploaded it as a Quicktime movie so it takes a loooooooooong time to download. In fact, it takes longer to download than it does to watch it -- it's only 20 seconds long.

Monday, June 06, 2005

Finally, here's The Cherry Valence video from Ryan Pound's party. It's really dark -- only half a song too. You'll need to size your browser down to get a better look at it.