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(no subject) [Jun. 14th, 2007|12:33 am]
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(no subject) [May. 25th, 2007|02:06 pm]
Fall comes early this year
I always get bouts of self loathing while traveling, but I think it's the most theraputic form of self loathing.

Reno was awesome. Among other things, I jumped off a cliff into the clearest water I have ever seen. I have a ride to Oakland picking me up any minute.

Still need to figure out how I'm to get to Seattle, and then from the northwest to Grand Haven, MI.

My food poisoning had better clear up before I go to Burnt Ramen tonight (you Bay Area folks probably know why this is).

I have Blatz stuck in my head, and REALLY wish I had a tape of the Shit Split right now.
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(no subject) [May. 19th, 2007|04:54 am]
Fall comes early this year
West coast next week, then getting back to DC just in time for a show I'm doing June 20th. Reno, Bay Area, Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Bellingham, Vancouver, and then Grand Rapids/Grand Haven, MI on my way back. Call me and we'll chill. 202-294-9340.

I'll also have a small distro with me, and of course pins for record stores and your outerwear.
I have a potential ride from Seattle to Michigan, but it may leave later than I need. Keeping my fingers crossed.
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mental notes [May. 8th, 2007|10:15 pm]
Fall comes early this year
[Current Mood |hyperhyper]
[Current Music |Tyrades (best musical discovery in a while)]

The show at my house on Friday was complete mayhem, and I am still floored as to how well it went. Surroundings are always great. Kamikaze Noise have seven amps and somehow smashed my SM-58 halfway through their set (I hid it from the singer the rest of their set, and him going micless was no problem). I think the singer also broke his finger, but I can't remember. A Warm Gun and Dead Radical brought the unhinged basement slamming, circle pitting, and people slipping on a beer-spilled basement floor, with the show ending with acapella JFA and Floorpunch singalongs. Sunday is a show with two hardcore bands, a pop punk band, and a dancey band, so we'll see how that goes.

I saw Total Fury and you didn't, but I have to say that The Jury from Albany (NY) definitely gave them a run for their money. Get their 7".

This weekend: Smash Your Face With A Skateboard Fest!
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(no subject) [Apr. 28th, 2007|07:18 pm]
Fall comes early this year
I am developing a full blown Stooges obsession. I was in Cleveland last weekend and found the LP version of the "Rough Power" 10" I already own: non-Bowie mixes of the songs from Raw Power mediated by a clueless radio DJ (latter absent on the 10"), trebley as fuck and with the bass turned way up. The chorus bass line of "Hard to Beat" and the doo-wop-on-meth backup "oooh"s on "Raw Power" are some of the best things I've ever heard. The guy who rung me up showed me a $60 box set of outtakes and live songs. Am I that much of a dork? We'll see.

Horrible Fest went down last weekend. All I am going to say is that there's something in the water in Cleveland. Three days of punk and garage bands, dodging fireworks and a plastic snowman in the pit, THE INMATES, bands playing in the front of the bar, and my friend Robert took probably the only good pictures ever taken of me. Ever. I also randomly ran into a friend from Spokane (WA) who I hadn't seen in three years

I haven't been as busy as I am now in probably two or three years, and am loving it. Work, shows, DOING shows, making pins for Magrudergrind, CLITfest, and to sell on the road, out of town trips every fucking weekend, and my plane ticket to the west coast is booked for May 22nd, and I am so goddamn excited. So much to do before then. I've spent today catching up on sleep, lying around listening to records, laying out pins, and geeking out about my summer plans, which are getting cooler by the second.

Tomorrow: Total Fury in Pittsburgh.
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Also, upcoming shows at my house [Apr. 24th, 2007|06:43 pm]
Fall comes early this year
Price for each show is $5. No "deals."
My house is a half mile walk from the Silver Spring Red Line stop, let me know if you need directions.
Kickball after all shows.


DEAD RADICAL (fucking insane from Scranton, PA)
A WARM GUN (guess who died the same day as Darby Crash?)
KAMIKAZE NOISE (anti social violence)

At the lovely SS Outhouse
906 Philadelphia Ave (off of Fenton) in Silver Spring, MD
9PM // $5


YOKOHAMA HOOKS (pre/post punk weirdness, Gang Of Four meets Bikini Kill meets the Tyrades)
CONGLOMO (pop punk in the good way)
JUICE TYME (new-ish early 80's style hardcore, does better covers than 99% of bands)
POWER NAP (more reason to be pissed than you)

At the lovely SS Outhouse
906 Philadelphia Ave (off of Fenton) in Silver Spring, MD
7PM // $5

Later this summer: Gruk (CA), Margaret Thrasher (Vancouver), and more! Let me know if your band wants to play!!
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Summer travel plans. What are yours? [Apr. 17th, 2007|12:37 am]
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[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |Life's Halt!!]

Let me know, especially if we might be crossing paths! I'm down for meeting up, hanging out, hitchhiking together, trading food/gas money/pins/records/good conversation/bad jokes for rides if you're driving anywhere I want to go, trading a place to crash in your town for hospitality in mine, rad shows, late night adventures, making out in (semi) public places, kickball games, hanging out on beaches, in forests, on/under bridges, and everything else I've wanted to spend my summers doing for years.

May/June: fly to the Bay Area on/over Memorial Day (weekend). Hang out for a week or so (any Warm Water Cove shows around that time???), eat at Guadalajara's in Oakland every day I'm there), then make my way up the coast. Once I hit WA: Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia (yes I know it's out of order), then get a ride to Bellingham and Vancouver. Make my way east from Van over the course of two weeks, not sure which side of the border I'll take. Rides seem easier to come by on the Canadian side, but I can also afford a Greyhound Discover Pass. Visit friends along the way and explore places that seem interesting (Chicago? Grand Rapids?), get back to the DC area in time for No Way Fest, stay a week, and leave after CLITfest and the Life Trap show in DC.

July: Head to Florida: Miami, Tampa, Orlando. Make my way north in time to see a kickass weekend of shows in Pittsburgh July 13th-14th (The Pist reunion, Annihilation Time, countless others). Maybe stop off in DC for a few days in between, maybe not. Toronto at some point in the second half of July (Christina, any ideas for when I should come up? Or would August be better?), I want to hang out in Cleveland and Pittsburgh the rest of the time, then back to DC for the last weekend in July.

August: not sure yet. I do know I want to go camping if I don't beforehand because it has been probably a decade since my last time. My only plans are Best Friends Day, Thrash Fest in Chicago if it happens, catching Deadfall and Regulations in several cities, and deciding if I want to stay in DC, move to SF, or move somewhere else come fall or New Years 2008. I'm slowly starting to feel more at home in DC, so we'll see.
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(no subject) [Apr. 1st, 2007|05:43 pm]
Fall comes early this year
Kickball on Wednesday went better than I could have expected for the first game. After the show, a total of about sixteen kids rolled up to the Shaw Skatepark at 11th and Rhode Island. I had never been there before, but it turned out to be the perfect place, with a diamond and neighboring skate ramps. Started at midnight, ended at 2AM. Teams were picked, pep talks took the form of hardcore/hiphop acapella, lots of foul balls were kicked and easy catches dropped, and my team lost 16-22 after a big lead early on. Two other guys who walked by joined the game midway through. Regular games will be at the same place on Wednesdays at 9PM, in addition to spontaneous games after shows.

The radio show was inept and with a few misfires (ha!) but fun as hell. I wish I had Nick's tact, but I definitely want to do more and maybe get my own show on WMUC. Afterwards (at 6:30AM), I fell asleep on the couch in the WMUC studios, assuming that I'd either get kicked out or my lack of ability to sleep would wake me up in time to get stuff for my bike and go to a 1PM show, but I ended up sleeping until 3:30PM and wouldn't have been able to take in much of the show before heading to the co-op hiring meeting. I feel pretty stupid, but I'll get to see all the bands again and I can still go to the show at the Warehouse Next Door tonight.

I've been scheming, formulating travel plans for summer involving various modes, and thinking of new things to do with myself. Vancouver, Olympia, Bay Area, Toronto, Florida (Orlando, Tampa area, Miami), Montreal, Asheville, Chicago in mid-August for Thrash Fest, places I will love that I don't yet know I'll be visiting, and responding to random Criagslist rideshare postings. Want to join me?

I'll see if I can get an mp3 copy of the radio show, but here's the playlist:


YOUNG LIONS – Shithole

THE CRAZIES – Dragged Out Of Bed
ROCKET ATTACK – Cut In Half / Alex J Murphy
INSUBORDINATE – Slam Dance / Always Angry
NERVOSA – Why Are You Here

GERMS – What We Do Is Secret
CHRIST ON A CRUTCH – Paranoid World Vision

CLOAK DAGGER – Daggers Daggers
SICK PLEASURE – Three Seconds Of Pleasure

OUT WITH A BANG – Out With A Bang
DEADFALL - Comrades
LOSER LIFE – Things Will Never Change
RABIES – Burning Tires

THE GRABBIES – I Wanna Be Blind
PELIGRO SOCIAL – 20 Anos / Pesadilla
K-BAR – Not Welcome
WARKRIME – Everybody Hates Me

LIFE’S HALT – Skate Fer Fun / No Substance
JFA – Beach Blanket Bongout
LOS OLVIDADOS – Something New

WANDA JACKSON – Stupid Cupid
TSOL – Superficial Love
CHANNEL 3: You Make Me Feel Cheap
MODERN LOVERS – I’m Straight

IGGY AND THE STOOGES – Raw Power (non-Bowie mix)
PAGANS – Dead End America
THE LEWD – Kill Yourself

THE MAD – I Hate Music
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(no subject) [Mar. 30th, 2007|05:23 pm]
Fall comes early this year
Misfire Radio is a hardcore radio show on WUMC hosted by Nick from Bail Out/Coke Bust. I've guested on it a couple of times, but will be filling in this week. Sunday from 4-6AM on WMUC 88.1 in College Park, www.wmuc.umd.edu online, and it will also be available for download shortly afterwards. Among others, entire blocks of Olympia and Canadian hardcore will be played, as well as bands playing DC in the coming months.

Several of you are in bands that will be played, so check it out!
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(no subject) [Mar. 28th, 2007|12:56 am]
Fall comes early this year
[Current Mood |okayokay]
[Current Music |Carry On]

I'm at my worst during my downtime, and when I get to thinking too much. I'll read some borrowed/stolen books on existentialism and learn how to cope when I get some, but here is what the next few days look like:

-5 hours of sleep
-12 hours of work
-Asshole Parade/Holy Mountain show
-Midnight kickball at an undetermined park downtown
(plans to make kickball flyers took a backseat to hanging out with roommates, which doesn't happen enough)

-8-10 hours of work, work on mixtapes (let me know if you want one!)

-TBD number of open hours at the co-op to pay for future trips
-The First Step/Justice/Lion Of Judah show

-Volunteer shift at the co-op
-Possible trip to see Striking Distance in PA
-Radio shift

-Big afternoon show
-Co-op hiring meeting where my friend Parsons will probably get hired.
-Other big show with skating documentary (I need to get a new deck)

Also, I will not be moving into the room that I'd thought. Instead I will be moving into the walk-in closet next to it for $125 A MONTH and not much smaller than my room right now. Cheap rent rules, especially for this area.

Septum is healing nicely, with barely any bleeding. I'm starting to like it, but want to get a smaller ring when it heals.

All the people that gave me reason to move to DC from Baltimore want to leave, some to California. I wonder what this will mean.
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(no subject) [Mar. 25th, 2007|03:21 pm]
Fall comes early this year
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |Coke Bust]

Last night I got my septum pierced on a whim, for no real reason other than to see what it's like. First piercing ever, not yet sure if I like it or not. It's the last one on its way to becoming prep chic, AND I am getting my first piercing at age 24, so I feel like kind of a tool, like I'm starting smoking for the first time at this age or something. I suppose it can be a sociology experiment that I can take out if I decide I don't like it.

By this time next week, I will be out of my shitty basement room and moved into one on the third floor with amenities such as a window, proper electric sockets, and the heater than I would've loved to have in the winter. The person leaving this room is the one with the neglected dog that shits everywhere, and so it'll be good that she'll be in a place where she can take better care of him.

AND I am filling in an entire set on Misfire Radio on April 1st from 4-6AM EST, with possibly more to come this summer! Call in if you want, or I just might call you whether or not you're awake. I'll archive the show and playlist somewhere as well.

I am working on organizing DIY kickball games in DC this summer. A lot of cities have kickball leagues, but DC's is more rigid than most with shit like $50 registration fees with deadlines, umpires, silly codes of conduct, and FUCKING AGE RESTRICTIONS. This shit will be for fun, and I'm hoping to have a weekly schedule as well as spontaneous games after shows. If it doesn't take off, then I might take off, as I can't stand to live in a city where people don't like fun. That said, I am keeping my hopes up.

Summer scheduling at the co-op is the best possible scenario for me: it's done for two week blocks at a time and completely optional. My plan is to alternate two weeks on two weeks off, working as many hours as I can for the weeks where I do work.
UMD's break between spring and summer terms is something like May 19th-June 3rd, and so if the co-op is closed, I think I'll take a trip to the west coast during this time.

I am so going for a bike ride. Sun rules, OK?
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(no subject) [Mar. 23rd, 2007|02:14 pm]
Fall comes early this year
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |Channel 3]

Just got back from Toronto a few minutes ago. I should be sleeping after what ended up being an 18 hour trip (ten less than the way up), but I'm way too restless.

I goddamn LOVE the city! it's so beautiful and has more of a sense of public life than any US city I've seen, and it's insanely walkable in spite of it's population of several million. There are a lot of rad parks, reasonably-priced restaurants, entire alleys filled with amazing graffiti, a public market as well as a lot of smaller markets on the major streets, a record store where I blew $120 Canadian on garage records, and I'm told that the city is exceptionally bike friendly and that Critical Mass can reach up to 1,000 riders in the summer! For a city that is so flat, it has exceptional views, and even the tap water tastes good! It really seems like the most livable city I've ever been to, but sadly dual citizenship costs at least a couple thousand and can take years, but I plan on visiting for longer this summer.

Some emotional floodgates that have been closed for the past 2-3 years burst open over the course of the trip, but I think I've been handling it better than in years past. I just need to keep reminding myself that I'm finally doing what I've wanted to for years, even 3-4 years later than I had wished is still better than never. I'll make the most of DC this summer and take trips to other places, and can always move to California or somewhere else if I'm not feeling it by the end of the summer.

That said, when I got off the Greyhound, it was warm and the sun was shining, and I think I'm gonna wear shorts this weekend. I walked the two blocks to my house and saw that Coke Bust 7"s and Roadrage demos for my distro had arrived. Tonight I make a flyer for DC pirate kickball games I want to organize, tomorrow I go to a vegan bbq, hopefully some urban exploring, and then I go on Misfire Radio from 4-6AM.

NYC's Greyhound/train station is multi-level and airport-like.
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This week and the next [Mar. 9th, 2007|02:19 am]
Fall comes early this year
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |Code Of Honor]

Sunday night: went on a friend's radio show.
Monday - Thursday: spent at least ten hours at the co-op each day, and this does not even
This weekend: Going to Pittsburgh for $40 roundtrip (thank you Craigslist rideshare) and possibly Cleveland. Stoked to see Brain Handle for the first
Next weekend and into the following week: Go to a pre-St. Patrick's Day show with a Blatz/Filth cover band, leave the show to hop on a Greyhound to London, Ontario and then Toronto.

This is exactly why I moved to the east coast.
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(no subject) [Feb. 2nd, 2007|05:11 pm]
Fall comes early this year
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |Regulations]

I've done almost nothing but work and sleep for the past two weeks, save a trip to Philly that was way too insane (in a good way) for its own good and involved two Pittsburgh bands almost playing a frat party. Worked 12 hours yesterday, slept the next 13. That's over 24 hours. Review is on Monday, I'm crossing my fingers. Once (if) I'm a full-fledged employee, I'll be able to stop these insane hours and start having fun.

I'm already doing two shows this spring/summer: May is my friend Doe's band called Yokohama Hooks from Spokane WA, and Fatality from Reno is coming out in June. YH are really weird and awesome, check them out: myspace.com/yokohamahooks

But more importantly: Formaldehyde Junkies and Retainers are playing DC on Wednesday.
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(no subject) [Jan. 18th, 2007|07:32 pm]
Fall comes early this year
The momentum is still going, and everything I had anticipated/hoped for 2007 is falling into place to potentially be the best year on record. I am LOVING living in the DC area so far: it's a lot easier to get places on public transit or the Metro, and I love walking around the city and riding the busses (where I get transfers, unlike Baltimore). My new house is rad, especially once it got cleaned, and is just four blocks outside the city.

I don't want to speak too soon, but I think I have a really good chance of getting hired at the co-op at the hiring meeting on Sunday. Once I get that or another job in place, I want to see about volunteering with Prevention Works needle exchange program. I doubt there's anything similar to EGYHOP (street outreach organization I worked with in Oly for years), but I'm gonna look.
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(no subject) [Jan. 5th, 2007|05:29 pm]
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[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

My trip to This Is For You fest honestly changed my life. I realized that the parts of my personality and outlook on life that I thought had died (and have moped over in many a journal entry) are still very much alive and well. The most fun I have had in at least a year and a half; the Florida kids that I met and hung out/stayed/caused trouble with are seriously some of the coolest and most fun people I have ever fucking met, and exactly the kinds of kids I wish made up more of the punk world. Fuck, I already miss the place.

New Year's was bizarre. The day started with me watching xBraninax at an awkward house show in Raleigh, NC. At 3:30 I hopped a Greyhound up to Baltimore, got in at noon, feebly tried to catch up on sleep, and then headed to DC for the New Year's show. I unfortunately missed a good chunk of it, but got to see I Accuse!, xBrainiax, Destrux' last show, Black SS, and I Object! The show ended an hour before midnight, and I ended up at some random college kid dance party with 2007 inaugurated with people setting off fireworks on the lawn of the house.

2007 is off to an AMAZING start!! My stuff is moved into my new place in Silver Spring, and my person will follow on Sunday when I'm done working the Science Center. Even though I'll be giving DC my all, I still plan on leaving myself with the means to travel and, that failing, a way out.
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holidays and fami-lee [Dec. 25th, 2006|10:47 pm]
Fall comes early this year
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]
[Current Music |Fastbacks]

I was supposed to fly to Seattle on Saturday, but Southwest oversold the flight (they have unassigned seating) and had run out of seats by the time I got there. They gave me boarding passes for the next day and a fucking check for $400!! I then wandered around Baltimore for the day, being locked out of my house, and stayed at my friend Sarah's, whose mom gave me a ride to the airport.

I don't dislike my family, but most of them are just boring. I have to say though, my parents' political views have really progressed past generic liberal party line stuff and I think they're having an effect on some of my more conservative relatives. I'm making the rounds the three days I'm here (both my parents are remarried, so there's a lot of it) then it's off to This Is For You, then to DC for the new years show!!

First week in January: three days at the co-op, then my last three days at the fuckin science center, and I'll move into my new room sometime in this week and go at the co-op full time so that I can hopefully get hired at the end of the month.

I'm trying to keep the ol' positive outlook, but I don't want this move to DC to be more of the last few months if not years where I just get stuck in a routine and don't have fun or hang out with anyone. I have a lot of ideas for things I want to do after moving, but I also did when I was going to move to Baltimore, but I didn't follow through. Maybe I won't forget this time:

-Get the band going, get serious about finding a drummer
-Do the zine Jess and I have been talking about
-Take the initiative to hang out with people
-Buy a bike that actually works and explore the city
-Start doing shows again, especially since it's likely I can do them at my new house. Bring my west coast friends' bands to DC this summer. Possibly a stretch, but get BART/Warm Water Cove-style generator shows happening. At the very least, do flyers for other people's shows.
-Figure out ways to make shows more fun, and plan other events like record parties, PUNK MOVIE NIGHTS, mixtape exchanges, etc.
-Get my distro going, get good stuff from the west coast and elsewhere that I'm not seeing out here
-Find organizations to volunteer for. I found a DC needle exchange program and some other good ones on the Positive Force website.
-Take trips to all the cities I wanted to visit last summer, now that I have some extra cash.
-Everything else I can't think of right now.

It's not going to happen, but I hope I can make out with someone at midnight on New Years. I didn't even so much as kiss someone in 2006 and all but the first week of 2005.
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Looking for a ride BACK from This Is For You fest! [Dec. 20th, 2006|02:38 pm]
Fall comes early this year
I have a way down, but am looking for a ride to DC or Baltimore in time for the insane New Year's Eve show. If anyone has an extra seat or room in a van, PLEASE get in touch, as I haven't been able to find anything and it's a week away! It's fine if you're leaving a day early (I know some bands are playing shows on the way back), and I can help out with a large amount of gas money.
Shit's going to rule!!
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I'mxstraightxandxixwantxtoxtakexhisxplace [Dec. 19th, 2006|07:12 pm]
Fall comes early this year
I generally cannot stand songs about love, relationships, breakups, etc. (ESPECIALLY when written by males who probably had them coming) unless they are Modern Lovers songs. Then they are amazing.
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(no subject) [Nov. 18th, 2006|08:46 pm]
Fall comes early this year
The Stooges Raw Power record, and especially the title track, make The Ramones sound like what you'd hear inside a Value Village. Apparentally Iggy Pop mixed the record himself initially, but Columbia wanted it "cleaned up" by David Bowie or they wouldn't release it. He was able to secure his mix of "Search and Destroy," but I really want to get a copy of this record with the original mix.

Black Flag: Although the band's highest points were on Damaged, I think </i>My War</i> is their only record that does not have a single non-essential song. First time I heard the B side, it immediately made sense why it went over best in the Northwest, and I wondered how it could've been conceived of in Southern California. I do not give a shit about anything Henry Rollins has done since the band ended.

If you're familiar with 60's or more recent garage stuff, make some recommendations. I've been loving recent 7"s by Carbonas and Beat Beat Beat.

I started volunteering at the UMD food co-op on Wednesday. I'd never done food prep work before, but I fucking loved it and am going to try to volunteer there couple of times a week. I get $6/hour in food credit (more than half what I got at the Oly Food Co-op), which more than makes up for the $12 roundtrip cost and will definitely help with saving up, and if I can end up working there when I move, I get the credit in addition to a $10/hour wage.
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