2011’s Most Unforgettable Musical Adventures

2011’s Most Unforgettable Musical Adventures

2011: the year of weird. I went to NAMM, had my second year at GRAMMY week, tackled SXSW, and conquered Austin Psych Fest. I talked my way into Ex-Helvete in Oslo, got my nose pierced while visiting Evile in the UK, and got a tattoo from one of the drummers in Combichrist. I saw shows […]

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 Top 10 New Albums I Listened to A Lot in 2011

Top 10 New Albums I Listened to A Lot in 2011

There’s one word to describe my 2011: WEIRD. I didn’t really have a home; I spent more nights in hotels rooms and on planes than I can count. 2 months outside the country, 5 in LA, not to mention a lot of domestic travel for music; all of this means that my eyes weren’t on […]

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 I’m Your Biggest Fan (Part 3)

I’m Your Biggest Fan (Part 3)

Part 1 “Being a hardcore fan” Part 2 “Music, Concerts, and Merch” Do you participate in your artist’s social networking efforts? What do you like/not like about this? What is your favorite way to stay informed about them? Are you active or a passive/lurker type? Does your artist communicate back to you? “I use Twitter, […]

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 My Last Attack: Holy Grail @ Sound Bite Studios, 10/28/11

My Last Attack: Holy Grail @ Sound Bite Studios, 10/28/11

Remember that Halloween where we dressed up as vikings and named ourselves Hellga, Amartha, and Thorhalla and went to this studio in Silverlake and drank vodka crans out of plastic cups amongst a bunch of interestingly painted mannequin busts and watched Holy Grail play and the singer was a zombie and the guitarist was Carlos […]

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 One Man Revolution: The Nightwatchman, Stoll Vaughan @ The Troubadour, 10/25/11

One Man Revolution: The Nightwatchman, Stoll Vaughan @ The Troubadour, 10/25/11

Once upon a time, I was a very politically-minded individual. Throughout school I was heavily into activism, whether it be letter writing for anti animal experimentation in the cosmetics industry, being on the winning debate team for legalizing marijuana and in support of Kevorkian’s assisted suicide, and various pro-choice campaigns and efforts in support of […]

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 I’m Your Biggest Fan (part 2)

I’m Your Biggest Fan (part 2)

Read Part 1 here. How do you consume music from your artist? What format (CD, MP3, vinyl), where do you buy, do you buy singles/full albums/special editions, do you pre-order/buy first day of release/use a streaming service? “I used to buy every release and past release on cd’s, now, with technology evolving, it’s a big […]

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 I’m Your Biggest Fan (part 1)

I’m Your Biggest Fan (part 1)

Something I always try to keep in mind when writing my site is that I always wanted to capture what it feels like to be at a show from a fan’s perspective. There are few roles in life that I’ve identified with as much as being a fan of music; it has defined me in […]

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 Majesty and Decay: Immolation, Jungle Rot @ Chain Reaction, 10/22/11

Majesty and Decay: Immolation, Jungle Rot @ Chain Reaction, 10/22/11

This was one of those nights where there were just too many options for shows to go to…Judas Priest in San Bernadino…Anthrax in downtown LA…Primus at the Wiltern. After weighing the options, I decided on the less obvious one: Immolation at Chain Reaction in Anaheim. Sometimes you just want to take the road less traveled; […]

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 Still Life: Opeth, Katatonia @ Mayan Theater, 10/19/11

Still Life: Opeth, Katatonia @ Mayan Theater, 10/19/11

I will be the first to admit that a) I am not an audiophile as people expect me to be and b) I don’t have the greatest taste in music. It took me a long time to ‘get’ Opeth. I had heard of them for years, but every time I tried to listen, I found […]

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 Ground: Enslaved, Alcest, Junius @ The Troubadour, 10/14/11

Ground: Enslaved, Alcest, Junius @ The Troubadour, 10/14/11

“Caught in a spiral of need Act without the choice Choose not to act Caught in a spiral of need Desperate and alone in a whole Striving for higher ground Carrying someone else’s fears for tomorrow Stay behind the line Or eat from the bowels of reality Grind the thorns to stardust Gliding slowly across […]

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 The Pretender: Foo Fighters @ The Forum, 10/13/11

The Pretender: Foo Fighters @ The Forum, 10/13/11

I wasn’t supposed to be here. My summer in LA was supposed to end in August; but I was having so much fun pretending to be an LA resident that I extended it two months. The problem with that is that I missed out on buying tickets to some of Rocktober’s big shows, and Foo […]

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 Boo! Halloween Horror Nights @ Universal Studios, 10/9/11

Boo! Halloween Horror Nights @ Universal Studios, 10/9/11

I can remember hearing about Rob Zombie’s curated Halloween scares for a long time, and finally I was able to go to Universal Studios to check it out. Halloween Horror Nights is not cheap, especially because there is no way in hell I would recommend anyone go without purchasing the Front of Line pass. You […]

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