Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Not going to Burning Fight? Don't worry because Grudge City Activities has got you covered. Big Mike is out there to take part in all the fun stuff that the Windy City has to offer and he's agreed to act as our eyes and ears for the weekend.
Each night, we'll be compiling all his "tweets" from the day to give you a little insight on what's going on in Chicago. If you want to follow along with up-to-the-minute updates, catch him here. Otherwise, just keep your eyes on the GCA and we'll give you the rundown.
"230 and I'm skatin the fuck out! Party of the decade kicking off!"
"If your bag weighs 20pounds, pick it up and carry it. Don't drag it behind you making extra noise with the wheels like an out of shape loser"
"Hell yes! Crying kids on the plane already!"
"It seems sunglasses were inessential in packing for this trip."
"I like New York pizza better than Chicago Stuffed pizza"
"The complete lack of goings on downtown at night here leaves me thinking, why Chicago?"
"Watching Roadhouse, such a good film."
Hammond reported to the Weber County jail Wednesday morning, according to the jail's Web site. Hammond pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery. Last week, a judge sentenced Hammond to 90 days in jail but allowed him to leave the jail during the day to attend his civilian job.
The misconduct did not come to light until after Hammond had received national recognition for his bravery on Feb. 12, 2007, when he left a dinner with his wife in Salt Lake City's Trolley Square mall to intercept shooter Sulejman Talovic.
Pixação: A form of Brazilian graffiti born of heavy metal and poverty.
If you can name all the "celebrity cameos" in this video, you'll get a GCA no-prize.
According to The Boston Phoenix, Cave In recently regrouped to prepare a new vinyl-only EP, which will be available in July through Hydra Head Records. The release is titled "Planets of Old" and will feature four tracks recorded by producer Paul Q Kolderie (Pixies).
What's the best Cave In song? Is it this one?
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
From One Clean Life:
"Right on Track has a mixed and mastered version of Thinking Back up and it sounds really good so go check it out!
We're playing with them the 10th of may @ Mojos?
and be on the look out for three more songs from them, they will be released as soon as i get time to finish them haha
also if you like how they sound our prices are cheap so hit me up if you want to do some recording!
The initial line-up was just announced and The Suicide File is on it. Here's the rest
BITTER END www.myspace.com/bitterend
CRUEL HAND www.myspace.com/cruelhand
CUT IT OUT www.myspace.com/ciohc
GIVING CHASE www.myspace.com/givingchase
GUNS UP www.myspace.com/gunsuphc
HAVE HEART www.myspace.com/haveheart
KNOW THE SCORE www.myspace.com/knowthescore
LET DOWN www.myspace.com/letxdown
MOTHER OF MERCY www.myspace.com/motherofmercyhc
MY TURN TO WIN www.myspace.com/myturntowin
PULLING TEETH www.myspace.com/pullingteethmd
REACH THE SKY www.myspace.com/reachtheskyband
REIGN SUPREME www.myspace.com/reignsupremehardcore
STRENGTH FOR A REASON www.myspace.com/strengthforareason
SUICIDE FILE www.myspace.com/thesuicidefile
THE CARRIER www.myspace.com/thecarrierhc
THE KILLER www.myspace.com/thekillerhc
THE MONGOLOIDS www.myspace.com/mongoloidsnj
UNTIL THE END http://www.myspace.com/UntilTheFuckingEnd
WISDOM IN CHAINS www.myspace.com/wisdominchains
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Rumor has it that this is the same one they'll be playing in Chicago, too. When it comes to California however, they're playing two different sets—one for each show. Let's hope this is the the one they go with on the first night.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Rodriguez (Sin City, Planet Terror) literally has a dozen projects on his plate—including Sin City 2, The Jetsons and Machete—but that doesn't stop him from taking on more. It was announced this week that Rodriguez and Troublemaker Studios would be developing a series reboot called Predators.
15 years ago, the director wrote a treatment for an unproduced sequel and recently, executives at 20th Century Fox discovered they still had it. They became excited about the possibility of another franchise and jumped at the chance. Whether that treatment will be used as the basis for the new film remains to be seen, but Rodriguez said, "What I’d like to do with it is expand on ideas I dreamt up back in the original treatment, that had really expanded on the universe both the Predators and other species live in. We’d create new otherworldly characters while not taking away from the draw our main Predator has."
Rodriguez will be serving only as a producer and given a July 2010 release date but no word on a writer or director has been announced.
Could be good though, and it can't be any worse than the two AVP movies, right?
Been out for a while, but I haven't posted it.
Everyone has been eagerly awaiting news on whether or not Chris Nolan would be back for a third Batman movie, and all indications suggest that he will—but it's going to be a while. Between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, Nolan took his time making The Prestige, and this time around is no different.
Nolan's next film, Inception, is being described as 'a contemporary science-fiction action movie set in the architecture of the mind.' Leonardo Dicaprio leads the cast which is rounded out by Joseph Gordon-Leavit, Michael Caine, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard and Cillian Murphy. The rest of the details are being kept tightly under wraps, but Nolan rarely disappoints.
This will give Nolan a little bit of time to come up with a fitting end to his Batman story.
NEW TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES IN THE WORKS
Speaking of Christopher Nolan, it seems like everyone wants to cash in on the success of his Batman franchise. Legendary Pictures will be producing a new Ninja Turtles film for a 2011 release, this one showing the origin of the team. Co-creator Peter Laird is signed on as the executive producer and hinted that the film will be a mix of live action and computer animation.
It seems like everyone wants to make comic book films grittier, but this one might not work. The marketplace for the Ninja Turtles has always been relatively kid-friendly, so a drastic change might hurt the franchise more than anything.
It's been kind of slow the past couple of days.
Everyone is getting ready to watch the Jazz game, right?
Friday, April 24, 2009
A Chinese man has died after an exploding cell phone apparently severed his carotid artery, according to reports from China. The local Chinese paper Shin Min Daily is reporting on the victim, thought to be a computer shop clerk in his twenties.
One of the man's coworkers said both were in the store together, when she heard a loud bang, and turned to find the victim lying in a pool of blood. The man had apparently just finished charging the phone and placed it in his shirt pocket.
The make and model of the phone were not reported. Police are said to be investigating whether the cell phone or the battery were counterfeit.
Motorola and Nokia have in the past denied links to problem batteries in China.
This is said to be the ninth such cell phone explosion in China since 2002, including one last year which killed an iron worker in Gansu province.
There have been several other reports of people killed by cell phone explosions, in nations ranging from Ghana to South Korea.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO, April 23 (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O) is shutting down GeoCities, a free service that hosts personal home pages for consumers, which it acquired for more than $4 billion 10 years ago during the heyday of the dotcom boom.
A posting on a Yahoo Help page for GeoCities on Thursday said the service was no longer accepting new customers and that it will be closing later this year, with more details about how individuals can save their data coming this summer.
You guys better start finding a new place to host your fan-fiction.
Gaza was up next, making their Baxter's Cafe debut and playing one of their first all-ages shows in over a year. They played a brutal mix of songs both new and old—including a few tracks from their upcoming album "He's Never Coming Back." Blown guitar heads aside, Gaza proved why they're one of the most promising young bands on the metal scene—both local and national.
Braveyoung closed the show with some of the most beautifully epic songs imaginable. They drove 14 hours straight from Seattle—stopping only to pick up lead guitarist Derrick from the airport—just to make the show. They were gracious and humble and still proved to be one of the most talented bands around.
Thanks to everyone that came out and everyone that stuck around. Don't forget that May 8 is Life or Death, Outlet and Dismantled at Baxter's Cafe. Everyone come check it out and have a good time.
And check out the videos below (sorry for the sound quality, Gaza and Braveyoung both brought more power than our PA and my video camera's microphone were ready for).
Collapse - Baxter's Cafe - 4/19/09 from Grudge City Activities on Vimeo.
Gaza - Baxter's Cafe - 4/19/09 from Grudge City Activities on Vimeo.
Braveyoung - "Calvin" - 4/19/09 from Grudge City Activities on Vimeo.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Underoath had a few words for Avenged Sevenfold in the latest issue of Metalhammer.
“What’s popular, to a degree, is what pushed me to find something that isn’t popular for Underoath. Chiodos or Escape The Fate who do kind of the same thing – screaming and singing and whatever – do it their way, so we’re like, ‘let’s do it completely the opposite’ because we don’t want to be associated with them.
People might associate us with Avenged Sevenfold because they’re pissed Republicans and ‘so metal’, but they’re a gimmick, they’re a circus. They can’t play and they can’t write a song. What’s worse is the way they look.
If you need to have make-up and crappy names like Synyster Gates to sell records, then you shouldn’t be here. That’s not rock’n’roll to me. Arena rock maybe, but not real rock’n’roll. If you’re basing yourself on how cool you are or how many girls you can trick into thinking your band is cool you can just… take that home.”
Who will win this epic battle?
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
From World Moves Fast - According to a Spinner report, Civ will be releasing a new complete discography box set on May 19, 2009. The melodic hardcore outfit, which formed from members of Gorilla Biscuits, Judge and Youth of Today will be releasing 43-songs over two CDs.
Drummer Sam Siegler told Spinner:
“When we originally got together, it was more of a project — a fun way to play music with [singer] Civ, play the hardcore that we grew up with, and also attempt to write some ’60s inspired pop tunes. t was a fun from the start because we really didn’t have any major expectations. We just wanted to do a series of EPs on our friend’s record label, with cool artwork, and things kind of took off from there. ”
As to whether the band will be playing any shows together:
“I think we all agree that it would be a blast to play and support this release, but we’re just trying to gauge what the demand will be.”
Monday, April 20, 2009
Todd Archer of The Dallas Morning News reports: The lead singer is 6-8 with a shaved head and tattoos. The bass player is 6-6 and weighs 353 pounds. The drummer’s head is shaved, too, and he also weighs more than 300 pounds.
“We have the heaviest band in the world — literally,” said Justin Chapman, the lead guitarist. “You try to make the music fit your image, and to me, I see big guys on stage, big, scary guys, and I want to hear heavy, scary music.”
Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo is the lead singer and guitarist. Right guard Leonard Davis plays bass. Backup guard Cory Procter is on drums. Chapman, who played on the offensive line next to Davis at Wortham High School, is the newcomer.
THEIR BASS PLAYER'S NICKNAME IS EVEN BIGG DAWGG!
Check them out!
Thanks to the guys in Collapse (that aren't me), all the guys in Gaza and the dudes in Braveyoung—who drove 14 hours straight from Seattle, stopping only to pick up Derrick from the airport.
The MORNING AFTER and GCAcast 03 will be up *hopefully* early Wednesday. Keep your eyes peeled.
Next GCA show is May 8 - Life or Death, Dismantled and Outlet. Get stoked.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
24/7 Wall Street has put together a list of 12 major brands that they predict won't be around by the end of next year.
5. Esquire Magazine
7. Architectural Digest Magazine
9. Eddie Bauer
12. United Airlines (may merge to to avoid bankruptcy)
Read the whole list and the explanations here.
The Graywhale in Ogden is hosting "The Search for the Next Great Metal Band" featuring: Gaza (you can see them tomorrow at Baxter's, too), Bird Eater, Separation of Self, Iota, Pilot This Plane Down and Massacre at the Wake.
Or, if you're sticking close to SLC today you can head down to Slowtrain and catch all these great bands:
Friday, April 17, 2009
Negative FX took third with 13 votes but I think it's safe to say that if Slapshot had been included the results would look very different.
DYS - 34 (38%)
SSD - 33 (37%)
Negative FX - 13 (14%)
Gang Green - 5 (5%)
Jerry's Kids - 2 (2%)
The Freeze - 1 (1%)
The F.U.s - 1 (1%)
DAN CHRISTOFFERSON & TRENT CALL
April 17 - May 12, 2009
Opening Reception Friday, April 17, 6-9pm
Trent Call's new series of paintings explore themes of experimentation and spontaneity. Trent challenged himself to keep the works quiet and minimal by using an indirect and open process—approaching each piece from the edge, he worked toward the center, building and destroying layers and allowing odd, abstract shapes and figures to form in the center. In addition, Trent will unveil a cityscape that he has been working on for the past seven months.
In contrast, Dan Christofferson planned his new works out completely—from color schemes to the number of pieces and their framing and placement—while working on smoothing the gap between hand-rendered, physical mark-making and digital illustration. Dan's pieces decode an intricate story of his heritage. Using animals, Mormon symbolism, hands and cryptic heraldry, he tells a story of the thrift and industry of ancestral laborers and worksmiths, linking generations of men in his family who have worked hard to impact the lives of their families. His slow, intricate process starts with sketches and progresses through a series of scans, digital manipulation, printing, redrawing and painting.
NBCNewYork.com: A convicted sex offender from Brooklyn took a bite out of crime and a bite out of himself too, police said.
Damiene Iriarte was found naked and bleeding behind a building in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn after having bitten the tip off his own penis, police told a local newspaper.
It goes without saying that he was subsequently hospitalized.
"How he did it? Limber, I guess. Not the work of a sane mind," a police official told The Daily News.
Iriarte, 26, pleaded guilty in Suffolk County in 2004 to two misdemeanors after being accused the previous year of raping a 13-year-old girl, according to the News.
It's not clear why Iriarte bit his own penis, but investigators might be just as confused -- or impressed -- that he did it at all.
He's recovering at Brooklyn Hospital Center, representatives of which have not returned calls seeking comment.
Article written by John P. Wise
Indifference featured drummer Rob Hill who would go on to play in Lifeless. Check 'em out.
Hype Beast -- 2009 marks the centenary of the birth of Frederick John Perry and in celebration of Fred’s 100th the brand has developed a collection of classic Fred Perry shirts that feature a unique design detail; an enlarged 16 leaf laurel with the centenary embroidery placed underneath. The palette references classic Fred Perry colourways - white with leaf tipping, black with champagne tipping, 1964 sky with navy tipping and red with white tipping.
Check out the album artwork below. The band once again worked with artist Andreas Marschall, who created the art for "The End Complete", "Frozen in Time", and the group's last record, "Xecutioner's Return".
"Darkest Day" track listing:
02. Blood to Give
04. Outside My Head
06. Your Darkest Day
07. This Life
08. See Me Now
09. Fields of Pain
10. Violent Dreams
11. Truth Be Told
12. Forces Realign
13. Left to Die
Guitarist Ralph Santolla previously said about the new material, "The new stuff is HEAVY, some of my favorite OBI riffs yet. Trevor's [Peres] guitar sounds huge and menacing. If you like OBITUARY, you're gonna love this record."
Straight from the band:
"Tonight at 8:00pm. We're going to be playing a few new tracks from the new album LIVE on KRCL 90.9.
You can stream it here: http://streamctl.krcl.org/krcl-high.m3u
Get warmed up for your partying with us, it's going to be a good time."
Gaza is also playing Sunday night at Baxter's with Collapse and Braveyoung. Check out the new stuff and get stoked for the show.
FROM JOE HARDCORE:
One Life Crew will be playing 2 shows this June. Expect material from both full lengths as well as some surprises
tentative Lineups for both shows:
ONE LIFE CREW
FRIDAY JUNE 5TH
2045 E21st Street
SATURDAY JUNE 6TH
THIS WILL BE A MATINEE SHOW 2 PM START!!!
The First Unitarian Church
2125 Chestnut Street
Accept no subsitutes. No Dwid nonsense, No face tattooed-backwards vest wearing hijinx.. One Hundred Percent Fruit Free..
One Life Crew...
I'm still going to California.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The pair, identified by police only as Timur (28) and Marat (23) G., admitted killing their older brother Rafis and then eating him in the central Russian city of Perm.
Police grew suspicious when the brothers reported Rafis missing but were vague when asked to give details of him so they could start a search, the newspaper Tvoi Den reported today (Weds).
After raiding the brothers' house police discovered Rafis's skeleton that the cannibal pair had stripped of flesh and buried in the garden.
Fiend Timur said he ate his brother to hide the evidence because he couldn't face going back to prison where he had served 10 years for murdering his next door neighbour.
He said he blamed his brother Rafis for his last spell in jail after he reported him to police for the murder and started fighting with him. Marat had joined him and the pair had beaten him to death.
"We decided to eat him. I did not want to go back behind bars so we cut off his head and buried it and cut up the body parts and kept them in a refrigerator," Timur told police.
"We have been cooking and eating his meat for six months," he added.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Now that decision is haunting hundreds of homeowners and apartment dwellers who are concerned that the wallboard gives off fumes that can corrode copper pipes, blacken jewelry and silverware, and possibly sicken people.
Shipping records reviewed by The Associated Press indicate that imports of potentially tainted Chinese building materials exceeded 500 million pounds during a four-year period of soaring home prices. The drywall may have been used in more than 100,000 homes, according to some estimates, including houses rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina.
"This is a traumatic problem of extraordinary proportions," said U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, a Florida Democrat who introduced a bill in the House calling for a temporary ban on the Chinese-made imports until more is known about their chemical makeup. Similar legislation has been proposed in the Senate.
The drywall apparently causes a chemical reaction that gives off a rotten-egg stench, which grows worse with heat and humidity.
Researchers do not know yet what causes the reaction, but possible culprits include fumigants sprayed on the drywall and material inside it. The Chinese drywall is also made with a coal byproduct called fly ash that is less refined than the form used by U.S. drywall makers.
Dozens of homeowners in the Southeast have sued builders, suppliers and manufacturers, claiming the very walls around them are emitting smelly sulfur compounds that are poisoning their families and rendering their homes uninhabitable. Read the full story here.
(Article written by Brian Skorloff)