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The Oral History of Sammy Warm Hands' Vacant Eyes

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Sep 25, 2015 5:22:11 AM

I've been quite vocal about my love of Sammy Warm Hands' Famous Last Words. As I saw it put once, I "practically wrote it a goddamn love letter". It was and is a huge step forward in every way, and while I wasn't expecting much to change with Famous' remix album, I was surprised, to put it mildly. "Ecstatic" might be a more appropriate word.

Right from the start, even though I'd been informed of the setup prior to receiving the album, I was, to utilize an overabundant term, blown away: all new production and a bunch of new lyrics. Already perfect songs somehow improved upon, or, at the very least, matched. I couldn't fucking believe what I was hearing. I spent the next hour and change sending Sam constant messages, so excited about these new takes that didn't detract from the originals. I couldn't get to sleep. I lost sleep over this album. I can't think of a time that's happened since I was half my age. Holy shit.

Since it is in my nature to break down the songs, I thought I'd jot down my quick take on each track. Then I thought I'd get Sam's take on my take. Once that happened, I thought it would be worth trying to get everyone's take who was involved, and everyone I could manage to get ahold of was somehow down.

So, here we are - Vacant Eyes, track by track, by those who made it happen and some jackass who's name is above in the "posted by" spot.

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Topics: 2015, Rap, SXSW, DIY, Hip Hop

The Wisdom of Ben Durazzo

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Sep 17, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Sometimes Facebook is worth the nonsense. Sometimes something like this shows up.

Via Ben Durazzo, producer and emcee, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, around 7:00 PM:

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Topics: 2015, DIY, Hip Hop

5 More Signs That You're Addicted to Vinyl Record Collecting

Posted by Dale Berkebile on Sep 8, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Photo by YoLaGringo


Ah, vinyl. 

The larger-than-life cover art. The linear notes, pops, crackles and clicks. The metaphysical ritual of flipping over the LP, then gently placing the needle. 

Then there's the sound… the unadulterated, raw, warm sound of the music. 

Yes, it's possible to feel nostalgic for a vinyl record, even as you're holding one in your hand. In fact, a constant yearning for your next score on Discogs, eBay, a thrift shop or at a record store is a sign that you're addicted to vinyl record collecting. 


Here are five more signs that you're addicted to vinyl:


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Topics: Vinyl Records, Vinyl Record Collecting, Vinyl Addiction

Digested Fat: Part 4 - Matt Danger on Dead To Me

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Sep 6, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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

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Topics: Music History, Pop-Punk, Punk Rock, 2015, Record Labels, Books, Portland, Digested Fat

Tips and Tricks that Will Revolutionize the Way You Use Spotify

Posted by Dale Berkebile on Sep 5, 2015 12:30:00 PM



Spotify is helping to change the way people listen to music.

Who needs to download full albums when you can stream selections and listen to them anytime? Or what about portability? Anyone old enough to remember cassettes and CDs and lugging them around in books or bags or cluttering up your car, is thankful for the amount of music Spotify allows you to carry with you at all times and in your pocket.

That's all great, but there's more to Spotify than music streaming. These tips will help you maximize the app and become a Spotify power user in no time:

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Topics: Spotify, Spotify Tips

Chemical Waves: James Hester (Ghost Town Grey) Interview

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Sep 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

(Disclaimer: I hope you have a few minutes on your hands - this is lengthy.)
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Topics: 2015, Portland, Metal, Hardcore

3 Things Musicians Learn from Busking

Posted by Dale Berkebile on Sep 2, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Photo by Eli Christman

So the other day I read an interesting article about busking and I thought… "hey, why haven't we this topic?" So I thought maybe we would try a atricle and see where it goes. For starters, let me define "busking" for those of you who are not familiar with the term. Busking is playing music or street performing for entertainment in a public place, usually while soliciting money. Many musicians and performers begin with busking, and with good reason. Not only is this a viable way to make cash, but it also hones your skills and teaches some key industry lessons, like the following:

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Topics: Street Performing, Busking

Digested Fat: Part 3 - Ed Galvez, Adam Santiago and Brandon Whalen

Posted by Joel Weichbrodt on Sep 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

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

Ed Galvez on Propagandhi's How To Clean Everything

When I first heard about this project, I was overcome with stress because there were so many Fat bands that influenced me. $wingin Utter$' Streets Of San Francisco, Face to Face's Don't Turn Away & Good Riddance's For God & Country are early albums that hit me hard and are still on my regular rotation, but the album that I think means most to me is Propagandhi's How to Clean Everything. It's funny that I picked this album because I don't think I really liked it on first listen, but after 3 rotations How to Clean Everything was exciting me on so many different levels. This album is the perfect balance between angy & silly. This album came out in 1993 when I was 16. It made me ask a lot of questions about America, religion, veganisim and whether or not ska sucks. For a piece of art that can make you think, get angry, laugh and appreciate Cheap Trick, it is a huge feat. As a comedian, I realized Propagandhi has influenced how I approach my art. I try to comment on stuff that bothers me in a way that is silly and yet gets my point across at the same time. I am grateful for this band and album. "AND THATS ALL RIIIIGGGHT!!! fuck! FUCK! Fuck! fUCK!..."

Ed Galvez is a Los Angeles-based stand up comic, actor and avid punk rock enthusiast. His album, Why Are Things Weird?, is quite wonderful, as is his Sound Convictions interview from a couple years back.

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Topics: Punk Rock, 2015, Podcasts, Digested Fat

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 been 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



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