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5 Signs That You're Addicted to Collecting Vinyl

Posted by Dale Berkebile on Aug 27, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Photo by: Todd


PREFACE: A year ago we did a series on vinyl collecting tips and I thought we would build on this series. Over the last 5 years collecting vinyl has build building momentum and rising from the dead like a zombie from the grave. Some people got back into collecting, some never stopped collecting and others are just starting down this path, but for some reason all tend to get crazy almost like the earlier mentioned zombies addicted to brains. Vinyl collectors just get addicted to the sweet, sweet joy of digging through crates of old records, searching for new vinyl finds online, and finally listening to the unique sounds of vinyl. You get the picture so let's jump in…

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Topics: Spinning Wax, Vinyl Records, Support Music

Digested Fat: Part 2 - Kyle Clark on Against Me!

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Aug 17, 2015 4:15:41 AM

Before reading, please refer to the introduction to this series for more context.

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Topics: Punk Rock, Digested Fat

Digested Fat: Part 1 - Sammy Warm Hands on NOFX

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Aug 15, 2015 12:12:00 PM

Before reading, please refer to the introduction to this series for context.


Sammy Warm Hands on NOFX's The Decline

The year was 1999. I was barely 14, standing in Camelot Music, at the local mall (which also housed a Sam Goody), and perusing the shelves to find Scratch The Surface by Sick Of It All. The browsing continued, well after acquiring my target, and I was somewhat shocked to see a new NOFX CD on display: The Decline. There was no visible track listing on it; only excerpted song lyrics. On the back cover, it had the Fat Wreck insignia instead of the typical Epitaph emblem. To satisfy my curiosity, I bought it as a gift for my drummer, Chase.
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Topics: Punk Rock, 2015, Digested Fat

Digested Fat: Introduction - Joel Weichbrodt on Tilt

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Aug 14, 2015 5:53:00 AM

Here at the Sound Convictions Palatial Offices of Writing Eclectic and Reactionary Music Offerings Voicing Emphatic Solidarity HQ (or POWERMOVE$ as we have come to call it) news desks of journalistic integrity and mimosas, we scour for music news. By "scour", I of course mean sometimes we sit around on Facebook or Twitter and occasionally something pops up in our strangely algorithmized feeds that we actually give a shit about, usually between some strangely fallacized political argument that one of our dumb friends "liked" and a sponsored ad from Netflix.

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Topics: Punk Rock, Digested Fat

Slayer, Introspection and An Unnecessarily Dense "Note"

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Apr 27, 2015 7:42:16 AM

Disclaimer: It would seem a kneejerk reaction, even to me, that this is an exercise in pretentiousness for me. I assure you that isn't the case. This is something I take far more seriously than some, and probably more so than I should. If anything, this is a less filtered look into how I work than usual.
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Topics: Music Education, Music History, Pop-Punk, Emo, Indie, Punk Rock, 2015, Metal, Hardcore, Hip Hop/Rap

Adam Santiago (Your Favorite Album, AlphaBeatical) Interview

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Apr 18, 2015 9:19:35 AM

A few months ago, Sound Convictions ally and general emo spokesperson/crusader Tom Mullen shared that he had been a guest on a podcast called Your Favorite Album, talking about Sunny Day Real Estate's How It Feels To Be Something On. Of course, I immediately listened to it, got really hyped on the idea of said podcast, and wrote a piece about it. I more wrote it for me, so I didn't bother making anyone aware it existed outside the SC community (although, I hear it got to someone in the band I wrote about therein).

Anyway, fast forward a few months, when I recieve a random tweet from one Adam Santiago, host of Your Favorite Album, who'd randomly come across my lil' piece. He then asked if I'd be interested in being a guest, which I very much was, and we recorded an episode that was released on April 7, 2015, wherein we discuss the Stars album Heart, and get sidetracked by Saves The Day a lot. This was the first time anyone had requested me as a guest on a podcast, and I continue to be very stoked that I didn't entirely screw it up.

As I am want to do, I then requested an interview with Adam, who was more than happy to share his thoughts on a bunch of stuff and get sidetracked by Saves The Day again. Here's our exchange! Enjoy.

First off, I wanted to be sure to thank you again for having me on your show! I quickly realized I don't think about music too often anymore in terms of talking about it as much as writing about it, usually on my own, but as the interviewer I tend to stay much more present and open to whatever. Do you find that the role of the host/interviewer is more conducive to you as a person?

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Topics: Pop-Punk, Emo, Punk Rock, 2015, Podcasts

Stars on Comedy Bang! Bang!

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Mar 30, 2015 7:12:21 AM

For those unfamiliar, Comedy Bang! Bang! is a long-running podcast, previously titled Comedy Death-Ray, and more recently and additionally, a half-hour television show on IFC.

CBB began as something of a comedy variety show, showcasing songs, sketches and the like. It was also a place to find many acts' talents (Doug Benson, Nick Kroll, Paul F. Tompkins and Chris Hardwick, to name a few) long prior to their attainment of dues from a larger audience. Eventually, it turned into a "finely honed" machine of accessibly absurdist "interviews". The idea is host Scott Aukerman starts the show off in a typical interview podcast format, only for it to be crashed by someone (or multiple people) playing a character (due to Aukerman's "open door policy"). Sometimes the character is an original, other times an original concept, sometimes an impression, but the show quickly deters from its standard format into something of a "yes, and" improv gauntlet of who can keep up more quickly with the premise. It's utterly ridiculous and amazing to listen to.

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Topics: Emo, Indie, 2015, Podcasts

No Context For Robyn Robotron

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Mar 23, 2015 8:14:00 AM

Last year, I started this No Context For series for two reasons:
1 - There are a lot of interesting viewpoints that get left out of the overall music conversation, simply because there's nothing "official" to attribute to that person.
2 - I wanted an excuse to collaborate with the folks who have these takes.

I happened upon one Robyn Robotron at her now-defunct show, Scabaret. It became evident immediately that she was a force to be reckoned with, and such a strong personality is something I very much appreciate. As time passed, it became clear that Robyn is quite self-aware and outright with her thoughts on a great many ideas, notions, opinions, etc. From this interviewer's perspective, that's the goldmine combination - honest with self, honest with others.

Recently, I decided to get a bit out of my comfort zone and start doing these NCFs with people I don't know as well (the last run was with a few close friends). That approach is a bit less predictable and variables are high in both number and potential issues (especially since these don't tend to be folks who are used to doing interviews), so I couldn't be happier that Robyn was very willing and forthcoming with answering my questions. As tends to be the way with NCFs, this doesn't (for the most part) follow the traditional interview path, so do enjoy our back and forth, and hopefully this provides you with more context for Robyn Robotron than you previously had.

Robyn, you're the first person I've asked to do this that I actually don't have much context for to begin with, so this is some new info to me, as well. What do you think I should know about you that I may not, as we get started?

Let's see, I'm a 36 year old, stay at home mom from Oklahoma who's lived in Portland since 2008. I'm a white, cisgender feminist who is working towards being as intersectional with my feminism as possible (my number one tip - listen to those with less privilege than you). I get a kick from performing, in almost every way, starting with acting as a child turning into a love of karaoke as an adult (I've done a bit of "professional" performing, such as some extra tv and movie work and a few years as a backup singer/go-go dancer for Toxic Zombie {photo below-Joel}). I'm more of a fan of comedy than music (although music is still important to me). I self- identified as punk in high-school, but not so much now, even though I still hold most of the ideals and enjoy all the same music as back then (although I wouldn't begrudge anyone else who categorized me as a punk, I don't have much of an aversion to labels). I sometimes rely heavily on parentheses (and brackets).

Now, I'm wondering what inspired you to ask me to do this, other than the awesomeness of our mutual friend.

I asked you to do this because I'm super interested in the relationship music has to the other aspects of your life. We do indeed have a fine assortment of mutual friends, and I figured there's no way there would be nothing there as far as a music aspect is concerned. And I've already learned a few things about you - this is going to be awesome!

So, how did punk manifest itself, say then vs. now? How did that play into things?

My parents where a bit on the older side, and I was an only child (which means no older siblings to influence me). Because of this, when I was little, I mainly listened to '50s and '60s music on the oldies station (it's a tad disturbing when I go home now and that same station plays '80s and '90s music {which begs the question, where does one hear '50s and '60s music on the radio these days?}). I didn't start noticing new music until around 1992, when grunge broke, and I was all about Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers. I also got my first boyfriend that year, and he told me there was this movie I needed to see, Sid and Nancy, and that was my introduction to the Sex Pistols and punk rock in general. (It's funny, I used to wish I could go back in time and save Sid Vicious, but if I had, they wouldn't have made a movie about him and it would have been a paradox.) It seems like such a strange way to discover music compared to today, where everything is available. Back then, if it wasn't on MTV or the radio, you had to know someone who already knew what was up. Anyway, I went from listening to whatever they were playing on 120 Minutes on to Minor Threat, Operation Ivy, Dead Kennedys, the Misfits and so on.

How did that go over in Oklahoma in the '90s?

It was alright. I did live in a suburb of Oklahoma City, after all, not out in the country. There was a pretty vibrant punk scene in OKC in the '90s, with most of the kids coming from the the south side of OKC and Moore (that's my hometown) or Edmond (a suburb north of OKC). Most of the bands were pop-punk, with a couple of hardcore bands thrown in. Most of our shows were at armories and American Legion halls (if you'd like to see the Legion hall where I attended the most shows, look up "I Hate Robyn" by Dry Heave on Youtube {yes, the song is about me, and yes, that's the future drummer for All-American Rejects}). It's a shame none of those bands stuck it out long enough to get anywhere, because there was some great talent there. Some of those kids went on to play with bigger bands; the aforementioned All-American Rejects (obviously), one guy who recently toured with Screeching Weasel and Black Flag, and one of my best friends was in Butt Trumpet for a while and is now with Poison Idea. But, that's not quite the same as one of the 90's bands making it.

As far as dealing with shitty reactions from "normal" people, there was a bit of that, but not any more than I imagine most punk kids were dealing with in other places at the time. My mom likes to tell about when she was working at a grocery store and a woman came through the line telling her about some kids with purple hair and how someone should be watching them. My mother smiled and said "oh, that's probably my daughter and her boyfriend". It was a bit of a change moving to Portland, where there's a lot more subculture people even though the total population is about the same (when my parents came up the first time, they kept seeing people walking around that looked like me). Even today, in OKC, the subculture community is so small that there is a lot of overlap. I used to go to punk shows, goth nights and raves and would see the same people at each one. Here, in Portland, not even all the punk or goth crowds hang out together, it's much more segregated and insular. Honestly, it keeps me from going to a lot of punk shows, because it's hard to get people to talk to you unless you're dressed correctly for that scene (I went to one show and I was the only person not wearing a bullet belt, for example). I'm used to a much more "anything goes" approach to subculture fashion (I like to say that I wear a costume, not a uniform).

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Topics: Music History, Live Music, Punk Rock, 2015, Portland, No Context For

Henry And Heidi, comfort levels and honesty

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Mar 16, 2015 8:14:00 AM

There's something utterly fascinating to me about what people are willing to be open about and what they choose to keep hidden or censored. How does the conscious vs. the subconscious prioritize what we let on and what we don't? How do we choose who sees what side of us? How aware are we, really?

And what value do we really place on an honest portrayal of oneself? If we've learned anything from folks like Dan Harmon, it's that honesty comes with a price - career, relationships and everything else fall victim. Do we want to see or hear everything, or just what parts we want? Maybe with a hint of extra honesty, but not too much at once?

I hear frequently that honesty is a highly desirable trait. I'm not so sure it is. Were we all honest with each other, I'm not so sure we'd have anything to be fond of. We like a degree of polish.

For Henry Rollins, it seems to have been a very thought-out process; I'd always been under the impression that this element was very calculated and purposeful within his work, even precision-tuned for maximum efficiency. Having followed his career and ingested more hours of him talking, either by himself or to others, than damn near any other singular entity, I found this to be a warranted assumption, albeit low stakes and hardly controversial.

Personally, I'm highly tactful (most of the time) with whom I share specific information about myself. I confine certain topics and ideas to certain people or outlets, and I rarely let on everything to any one single person. That which I feel no need to defend or prove typically sees more light of day, as with those I'm most comfortable around (or whose opinions I don't care whatsoever about).

The most comfortable I'd previously heard or seen Mr. Rollins prior to recently was spoken word shows. Him, a stage and an audience seemed the magic combo to get as close to the real Henry as an audience member could. Couple that with a series of podcast appearances over the last few years and it seemed we'd gotten as much of a glimpse into the mind of our hero as we'd ever get.

It should also be noted that anyone he speaks to or with, without fail, has a degree of reverence toward whatever facet of Henry Rollins they most identify with. Sometimes it's just that he's recognizable, although there's usually some sort of granular knowledge playing in. This allows for certain aspects of full-blown honesty and openness to manifest, but nonetheless sees little use for personal life-level interaction to be observed.

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Topics: Music History, Live Music, Punk Rock, 2015, Hardcore, Podcasts

The Vicious Rumor: Dustin Herron (Abolitionist, 1859 Records) Interview

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Mar 9, 2015 11:46:00 AM

You know what the best part about having a forum for my whims is? Well, basically that.

For example, maybe one day I'm digging the most recent release from the Abolitionist camp, The Vicious Rumor, and I think to myself, "I wonder what goes through the mind of Dustin Herron when it comes to writing punk rock songs?". Then, instead of leaving it at that like I probably should, I just get ahold of him and bug him about it. And here we are.

Abolitionist has been a staple of the Portland punk party for a minute now. Whenever the name is brought up, inevitably it will be accompanied by the perception that Dustin is a busy fellow. I decided to investigate that a bit, as well as a bunch of punk rock stuffs, and this is what came of that exchange. A huge thanks to Dustin for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer a bunch of questions from a curious fan and fellow busy person.

I was recently talking to a mutual friend of ours, and he told me you're the busiest person he knows. What does that entail, and how do you keep it up?

Wow, who said that? Haha, I didn't realize it was that obvious. Without getting too wordy, let's just say I have a lot of "irons in the fire"... I've always been like that, though. I get stoked/bored easily, and it's probably a little too consistent to be a real definable mental illness; I think my personality is such that I just like to keep busy.
I work as a full-time registered nurse and I'm constantly stimulated/engaged in that environment, which I guess I enjoy (I also used to be a paramedic). I'm also an active trail runner (which helps keep me mentally balanced), run a record label (1859), tape label (Death Culture Tapes), have a long-time girlfriend (who's also an RN), and write tunes under the guise of Abolitionist when I'm feeling particularly creative (and have time) ... Read More

Topics: Punk Rock, 2015, Record Labels, Portland



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