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November 2008 Blog Posts (41)

Cassettes of Muncie Music from 1984-85 plus West Lafayette

I was digging around the basement (no bodies found) when I found some cassettes my friend Mitch Straeffer gave me years ago>
The SuadeTones - UltraSuade (my fav)
MCRB - Your Lucky Number is _.
Latent Chaos - Rarities.
Band-O-Fun - The Extended Family.
Atomic Butterfly.
I also have a Shindigs(1991) and a Ya Ya's (1987)tape from Worst Layflat..

Added by Marc Tobalski on November 28, 2008 at 2:54pm — 16 Comments

Guitar Hero Players Trying Real Guitars (via BoingBoing)

BoingBoing Offworld has a recent piece which claims that the Guitar Hero video game is inspiring people to become real musicians:

Guitar Center survey shows guitar game players buying real guitars


Brandon Boyer (BoingBoing Offworld)

AT 11:00 AM

Tuesday November 25, 2008

Guitar Hero and Rock Band creators Harmonix were founded on the hopes that they could… Continue

Added by Ed on November 26, 2008 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Oh man.

I've browsed this site for over a year... And now I finally join. :)

What do you guys think about the new Margot album?

I was pretty disappointed...Some of the songs were, seriously, amazing... But what they did to Ocean, Broadripple, As Tall as Cliffs, and other songs they'd released demos for, really turned my opinion of them around.

Don't get me wrong - I still find them amazing. They have a great ability to play extremely loud music while keeping it organized, in… Continue

Added by Bobby on November 25, 2008 at 5:24pm — 1 Comment

Tim Carroll in No Depression

Bob Gulcher alerts us via email to a Grant Alden piece on ex-Gizmo Tim Carroll in the revivified and webiste No Depression:

Bob's original linkset:

The Devil Is A Busy Man CD Review:

Tim Carroll @… Continue

Added by mike whybark on November 25, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Deep Cricket Night Self titled EP from 2006

All up here for a listening. Tony Whitlock recorded songs 1,2,5, and 8 at Queensize.

Added by Lance Harrison Drake on November 24, 2008 at 11:07pm — No Comments

#7 Rockit's Famous Pizza-Rockit's Sundry of Customers or (The Life Blood of the Business)

The first time it happened I felt like a voyeur, an uninvited guest.

It was so intimate and amorous.

The couples danced, close and slow.

Living in that moment, only for one another.

"Unchained Melody" played on the jukebox, romantic, intoxicating. The lights were dimmed and the dancers, four of them, tuned us out completely. They held each other. Oblivious to their audience.

It was one of those…


Added by BURD on November 24, 2008 at 5:30am — 27 Comments

#6 Rockit’s Famous Pizza - My Famous Employees or (The Cogs that Made the Pizza Wheel go)

My years cooking at the Villa taught me something; sometimes working in food service sucks. The work can be frantic as hell. The breaks are erratic, if you even get one. The pay is lousy. The hours are shit, and the customers are sometimes jerks. When you get the right co-workers however, it can be a lot of fun. If you were to ask me what the best part about owning a business is, I'd say that you get to pick who you work…


Added by BURD on November 24, 2008 at 5:30am — 24 Comments

#5 Rockit's Famous Pizza-A Business Resuscitated or (Two Steps Forward One Step Back)

There's a special group of people who gave me the wherewithal, the diligence and the inspiration to stay sober. They make up a small segment of our society. Some might consider them an aggravation, but to me they were a godsend. They gave me clarity and perspective when I really needed it most, and I'd like to thank them now.

I'm talking about The Drunk Obnoxious Assholes.

Thank You. Really. From the bottom of my heart.…


Added by BURD on November 24, 2008 at 5:30am — 12 Comments

#4 Rockit's Famous Pizza-My First Step to Success or (How I Pulled the Monkeys out of My Butt!)

I never considered myself enthralled.

Held in bondage.



Truth can sting sometimes.

The worm started to turn after the Gulf War began. I had never thought my drug use and drinking was that big of a problem, that is, until I actually had to manage some real responsibility. Running a business and staying high, staying high and running a business. It was fast…


Added by BURD on November 24, 2008 at 5:30am — 17 Comments

#3 Rockit's Famous Pizza-A Business is Reborn or (why didn't I see that coming?)

Never get into business with someone you're not sure about.

I always had a sneaking suspicion that Frank might be a fraud. In the couple of weeks after Johnny Rockit's opened, evidence began accumulating. Incontrovertible evidence. Mountains of it. I mean, I had always taken Frank's stories with a grain of salt, but my confidence in them containing even a grain of truth was starting to unravel. It was very disconcerting. Frank had…


Added by BURD on November 24, 2008 at 5:30am — 35 Comments

Part Six: Where was I?

You know... It's not really that important... In the months that have past since my last entry, I've realized (insert profound observation here)...

If I'm not mistaken, I had just quit my job as a computer programmer to go on tour when Part Five ended... The next few weeks were a blur that took me to a handful of legendary clubs for the first time. The Channel and The Rat in Boston.. CBGB's.. and there were a few basement parties and an equal number of canceled gigs... I had to call… Continue

Added by Steven Pratt on November 22, 2008 at 5:54am — No Comments

#2 Rockit's Famous Pizza - Building a Business or (What the Hell did I step in?)

The first piece of advice I'd give to anyone who wants to start a business is this: "Have a plan."

I'm sure they say that in business school, I've never taken a class, but I can't imagine that they don't. In fact it should be on page 1 of Basic Business:

"Have a plan. If you do not have a plan, you will fail summarily and with little solace to your anus." (Have a plan or kiss your ass goodbye!)…


Added by BURD on November 22, 2008 at 5:30am — 27 Comments

#1 Rockit's Famous Pizza-The Big Idea or (How'd that happen?!?)

I was drunk. There I said it. That's it. That's all. There is really nothing more to it. A simple explanation. No-no-no, I know what you're thinking:

"That's just an excuse Burd."

"You know what my friend John always said about excuses." I'd retort politely.

"Tell me."

"Excuses are like Assholes...everyone's got one...and they all STINK!"

So no, it's just an explanation. It can't…


Added by BURD on November 21, 2008 at 5:30am — 30 Comments

Margot And The Nuclear So And Sos on Conan TONIGHT

Set your recorders ye old folks of MFT! Margot will be playing on Conan tonight. Chris Fry, the drummer, sent me a text saying the taping went great and they got to hang with Conan after the show. Hope to have some video to post on the site in the coming days. Very happy to have one of Indiana's finest getting this excellent exposure!

Added by Jeb Banner on November 19, 2008 at 11:21pm — 15 Comments

Sean Copley aka "Pork Jesus" passed away, viewing Wednesday

Matt Sommers passed this info on to me. I didn't know Sean but I'm sure many of you did. Here is some info on his passing.

Over the weekend, local musician and friend to many Sean Copley passed away of a heart-attack. Also knows as "Pork Jesus" or "Sea Bass", Sean was the drummer for Gay Black Republican from 2005-2007 and has been a part of the Indy music scene for most of his life. Some other bands he… Continue

Added by Jeb Banner on November 19, 2008 at 12:40pm — No Comments


Lostronaut is a short story by Jonathan Lethem that is in the current print issue of the New Yorker.

It's an epistolary SF piece, vaguely reminiscent of Solaris, about a disastrous space marooning, set in a not-distant future.

Why the hell am I posting about it here?

Well, Lethem published a novel not too terribly long ago, called You Don't Love Me Yet, and… Continue

Added by mike whybark on November 19, 2008 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

The Duke Spirit - holy crap I pumped on them...

I am so damn pumped The Duke Spirit are coming here...

The Duke Spirit are an English rock band, with an affinity to the sound of early noise rock and grunge bands of the late '80s and early '90s such as My Bloody Valentine, Sonic Youth and the Pixies (a band The Duke Spirit has covered live) and also displays a primal take on Rock & Roll, blues and soul music, allying them to groups such as The Gun Club, Spiritualized, The Cramps & Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

The… Continue

Added by TheAndySkinner on November 18, 2008 at 12:56am — No Comments

Music better with age. Others not so much.

I have liked the clash since I was 12. My son loves the self titled first album. Siouxsie is on my list of bands that I have not stopped listened too. She is my daughter's favorite.Both my kids like The Jam. Years down the road I will have to see if the straight edge,hardcore and oi bands I liked in 90s have aged well.

Bands that I never gave up on:

The Clash

The Jam

Siouxsie and the Banshees

The Damned

Dead Can Dance

English Beat

The… Continue

Added by Dennis Childers AKA Shmo on November 17, 2008 at 8:48pm — No Comments

"That's the way I like it baby, I don't wanna live forever!"

This is a post from my regular site, The Death of Everything. Since it is music-oriented, I thought I would also put it up here. Enjoy!

"And don't forget THE JOKER!!"
The case can be made (a case strong as the smell emanating… Continue

Added by Bill Zink on November 17, 2008 at 1:13am — 11 Comments

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