The new issue of my favorite running zine, Jerk Store! We’re in double digits now, so get excited. Starting off there’s a mention of music burnout which I myself suffer from sometimes (note lack of updates at times) and a Mean Jeans picture recreation which was pretty great. First up for ‘real’ content is an interview with a band I’ve never heard of, Hell Money. Even though I have no idea who they are it’s still a good read. After that came one of the two interviews I was really stoked for in this issue, a rad band with an awful name, Turkish Techno. A pretty good interview, among other things it explains some of the major delays in their LP coming out (such a long wait, but it was great when I finally got it). It also explains the aforementioned awful band name. This interview is back to back (well not quite, there’s a write up about the state of some governments which kind of hits the nail on the head) with the other piece I was really looking forward to here, the interview with Adam Ali from It’s Alive Records! I’m actually wearing my It’s Alive Records hoodie as I’m reading/writing this. The intro before the interview is pretty perfect noting that it’s a label you get into by noticing they put out a lot of great records just because you’re buying records of bands you like, and that in turn gets you hooked on the label. That’s exactly how I’ve gotten into a lot of the labels I support today, It’s Alive Records is very much included in that list. Also in the intro it notes that Adam is one of the nicest dudes, I’ve only had nerdo internet (and notes in records) contact with him but I very much agree, Adam rules. It’s a great interview, and a very long one. Mainly, as you might expect, about records. Reading that really makes me want to start a label…but you know, that seems expensive. After this issue’s interviews there’s a highly entertaining vacation journal. I guess it’s kind of weird that you like reading about someone else’s vacation, but whatever, it sounded like it was a pretty awesome trip. (Besides getting smashed by a stage diver, I hope that turned out ok) Also I’m jealous because I haven’t been to an Awesome Fest yet. The Vegas branch of the trip seemed pretty decent, personally I’d have spent all my time gambling, it sounds like they should have instead of going to the show. And I really really want to hear this “Vegas story” that was mentioned, it sounds incredible. Then closing it out, as all issues of Jerk Store do is a ton of cool short reviews. As with every issue of this Zine that came before it I’d say this is a must read for anyone that’s into the type of music covered in here.
January 24, 2012
January 22, 2012
In case you don’t know who Gina Carano is she’s an MMA fighter. She’s pretty badass in the ring, with only one loss, it’s clear she’s good at what she does. But now she’s trying her hand at movies it seems. This is her first real role, a Steven Soderbergh film, the guy that directed Ocean’s Twelve and Traffic. Besides having the lovely Gina in it the movie tries to bring some class with Michael Douglas and some action movie street cred with Antonio Banderas (looking like Saddam Hussein’s twin for most of the movie). This movie was a lot of fun; it reminds me a lot of the cheesy action movies of the 90’s. I’m not talking the big budget monsters like Terminator and Rambo I mean the almost B movie type. Where you’ve just got people beating the crap out of each other for an hour and a half and saying some good one liner’s sometimes. That’s pretty much what this is, Gina kicking lots of ass for an hour and a half. The movie doesn’t look like a million bucks, (though with a twenty three million dollar budget you might wonder why not), it is amazing fun. Anyone who enjoyed the fist to face action movies of years ago, I’m talking the Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Steven Segal, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson movies will love this movie for exactly what it is. I for one hope Gina Carano keeps making lots of action movies; I will go see every one of them.
January 19, 2012
Fight Back: Government Shuts Down MegaUpload
Unbelievable: After history’s largest online protest, the U.S. Government nonchalantly responds with the middle finger. The Wall Street Journal reports:
The FBI shut down Thursday one of the world’s most popular file-sharing websites, MegaUpload.com, and announced the arrest of four of the people behind it in a global crackdown against the suspected online pirates.
Here — check it out: If SOPA and PIPA pass it’ll just broaden the government’s power to do things like this: MegaUpload.com. (And make it ILLEGAL for us to link to sites that are seized — like we just did in the last sentence.)
As MegaUpload’s website notes — er… noted:
The fact is that the vast majority of mega’s Internet traffic is legitimate, and we are here to stay. If the content industry would like to take advantage of our popularity, we are happy to enter into a dialogue.
This is what we’re up against. Please tell President Obama and your lawmakers to put an end to it. NOW.
January 18, 2012
STOP PIPA (Senate 968) & SOPA (HR 3261)
Imagine a world without craigslist, Wikipedia, Google, [your favorite sites here]…
News Corp, RIAA, MPAA, Nike, Sony, Comcast, VISA & others want to make that world your reality.
80 Members of Congress are in their sway, 30 against, the rest undecided or undeclared.