Saturday, December 30, 2006

This Is For you Fest 2006 Day #2

Sorry for the not-so-timely update. I was too tired after Day #2 to do an update, and when I tried to do one the next morning the internet at the Chris Tharp HQ was not agreeing with my future machine. I just got home from the third and final day of the fest, showed Mom and Dad ( celebrities) the zine, used a familiar bathroom, and had a cup of coffee. In order to instill a natural progression of days, I'll cover the third day tomorrow.

Me and Brian woke up in the living room of the HQ at 11 AM to the sounds of Chris munching on cereal. We then layed around for a while and listened to the Meantime demo which is awesome, very heavy with Mikey's E. Seinfeld-like backup vocals. After a little while we got motivated to go get lunch and check out Daytona before the bands started.

Brian and Chris outside the HQ ready to start the day

Me and Brian got Publix subs for lunch. Tharp sat it out and vouched for eating one of his daily PB and J's which I will delve into more later. Without asking me the lady working at the deli put Salsalito turkey on my sub which was a cool surprise. Mrs. Tharp gave us a coupon for a free 2 Liter so along with the subs we picked up some Fresca. Dankest soda ever, no?

We wanted to truly experience Daytona Beach so Chris suggested we check out the Flea Market. Him and Mikey YFN visit this place on a weekly basis. These dudes are all about the dollar VHSs and cheap DVDs. All jokes aside, this flea market was less sketchy and heinous than the one I went to a couple times in Sanford, FL (outside of Orland). Tons of Dale stuff up in here, free samples for all the ill flea market food, old video games, marijuana parafanelia, surprisingly good hip hop vinyl. All in all, no one bought anything.

Chris made these posters for the fest. I tried to get a decent picture of the list of bands for Day #2, but couldn't get a clear shot even with the help of my boy Alexx. This will have to do.

This is me and Tamara. There is a reason this picture was taken, but I can't remember it. Next year I'm bringing a notepad.

Larry and John Park booty danced. How unsexy is this?

Chris Tharp packed a peanut butter and jelly sandwhich every single day. I have reason to believe that if we weren't staying with him he would have had his mother cut the crusts off for him. I like taking pictures of Chris eating sandwhiches. More to come soon.

10 of us decided to skip Have Heart to go to a Chinese buffet right by the venue. I justified this to Alexx by telling him "at this point in my life food > Hardcore." He then told me I was the Negative MVP of the day. I grudingly accepted this award.

The Chinese buffet was amazing. We moved the tables all over the place while yelling about Hardcore Unity. Made some new friends here, and overate to the max. Mikey loves this place. Me and John Park celebrated our one year anniversary as friends. Tamara didn't eat.

The Wolfpack walking tall after a great meal

John Park won MVP of Day #2. He is the best kid to watch in between songs and in between bites of good food. He's so stoked on everything, makes me laugh constantly, named 10 things he loves about me, I named 12 things I love about him. He currently lives in SoFla but is relocating to Orlando next month. I look forward to seeing him more on my trips back home. As said earlier, we celebrated an anniversary.

After the show a million of us went to Steak 'n Shake where the people who didn't eat got some food. We spent majority of this time discussing and strategizing our moshing at the first Meantime gig, Jan 7th. From there we went to party at the Ramada where a number of our friends were staying. It was awesome having a bunch of kids who don't all know eachother that will hanging side by side having a good time. The drinkers drank, the edgers edged.

Matt (MVP of Day #1) told stories a good deal of the night. One of the most underrated kids in hardcore, next year you're gonna see this guy on the cover of GQ. He's taking over.

Jason threw the party in his room. Very cool of him to take one for the team considering security came countless times and eventually kicked us out.

Me and Matt

We all got kicked out of the room. Some went to Denny's, the rest of us went to Sam Triple B's room where I moshed to the Cro-Mags until I tired myself out. Tired eyed and sweaty, back to the HQ we went for a night of sleep in preparation of Day #3.

Though it seems like this emphasis from this day was more on hangouts than hardcore, some great bands did play. Check the band rundown...

The Mongoloids (Heavy as fuck, great stage style, Cookie Monster meets Paul Bearer vocals)
Down To Nothing (Best generic HC band)
Another Breath and How We Are (Overrated bands, but entertaining nonetheless)
Bracewar (People in FL love this band. Super fast into super heavy)
Have Heart (Boston Straight Edge - I don't care if I didn't watch them this band is always good.)

Ultimately a great day. It really rung in the atmosphere of fun that I'm thinking of in looking back at my experience of the fest. Hanging at the Ramada coming up with 100 new inside jokes ruled. Everyone got Tharp'd, including myself. At one point I even got Low Class Egyptian'd.

Expect a Day #3 rundown very soon

Yours truly

Thursday, December 28, 2006

This Is For You Fest 2006 Day #1

I am currently sitting at the Chris Tharp HQ in Daytona Beach, FL. Seinfeld (episode where Jimmy refers to himself in the third person and is BAALLLLLLINNNNNNNN) is playing on the TV, Chris is to my right eavesdropping on my typing, Brian Heff is chillin to my left doin his thing. It's been quite the day, and a hell of a Day #1.

And now...a brief photo recap.

Me and Brian before our voyage to Daytona (Photo courtesy of Susan Sayfan)

Today dobuled as the launch for me, Mikey YFN, and Chris Tharp's Zine Life Is Stupid HC Fanzine Issue #1, as well as the launch for the Meantime demo. Meantime is a new heavy HC band from Daytona - about time. Featuring members of Years From Now. I haven't heard it yet, but get into it cause I'm already moshing.

The Zinemates

Me, Heff, John, and Jason went out to Chipotle for dinner. John plays in a pretty cool band called Evasion who are based out of Tampa and have a 7" coming out on Demand Records. Jason paid for my burrito even though I insisted he didn't and threw money his way which he would not take. He's a very good guy and just got his certification to be a firefighter. What a guy!

My Revenge are a skate hardcore/thrash band. These guys played last year and were pretty good, same for this year. They played a Beastie Boys cover and a Trial cover. Both resulted in kids going nuts.

This is Matthew Metric. He is the MVP of Day #1. This guy has a million crazy stories, mostly about ridiculous drunken adventures though he is currently walking The Straight Edge. He has been stabbed, sells shoes, beaten up by gang members, works with dead bodies as a side job, danced with a girl who had multiple teeth fall out during the act, and smoked weed laced with PCP and went nuts. I love this guy, and it's a treat to see him when I can. He moshes for Years From Now and likes Biohazard in a non-ironic way. He told us many gems today but his greatest quote which earned him the title of MVP was this:

Matthew Metric on the fest running late - "Moshin' til 6 in the MOANIN'!"

Shipwreck played last tonight. Great as usual. This is one band I can see all the time and never get sick of it. These guys are from Boston and seem to get love all over the US. Big ups to JD for hooking me up with an interview which you can read in LIS. Kids mosh so hard for these guys its sickening. Sam Triple B moshed himself into the 4th Dimension the man I talked to after their set was definitely not him.

All in all today was a day and tonight was a night. Seeing friends from all over, minimum boredom, preoccupying myself with taking pictures (band photography is not something I should dabble in), some great bands I had never heard before, some great bands I already was a fan of, launching the zine, going on a mission for a "drank" with Heff and my girl Haley, the invention of the Me to Friend to Chick Ratio, and so much more.

Band highlights:

Permanent (Melodic HC similar to Killing The Dream from Richmond, VA)
Black SS (Everyone compares this band to a faster harder Kill Your Idols. I will too.)
My Revenge (Ill covers, boring rambling, but good band)
Lion of Judah (Best band of the day, so fun, I moshed hard for this band and was able to execute certain moves that belong at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert.)
Shipwreck (Heavy heavy heavy)

Two more days. Tonight there was no partying due to the show running late and a need for recharging. Stay tuned, thanks for reading, pick up the zine if you get the chance, listen to the Cro-Mags.

From everyone here at Chris Tharp HQ
One love

Monday, December 11, 2006

It was all a dream, I used to read LIfe Is Stupid HC Fanzine

-10 page paper about communal interpretations of the future CHECK
-13 page paper about the transition from liberalism in the 1960s to conservatism in the 1980s CHECK
-20 page group paper and presentation on the involvement of religion in Hip Hop Culture CHECK
-The Sixties final exam CHECK
-Intro to Econ 2A final exam...coming Wednesday

All in all it's obvious that I've been keeping busy.

December 7th, 2006 marks the information superhighway blackouts at Brandeis University, in which wikipedia'ing studyers, porn-watching masturbators, and flamestillburns-reading ballers were left in the dark of pre-Internet life. Fortunately for me, I had to work a 5 hour shift so I missed much of the frenzy, but I was privy to the complaints of some babbling women whose nationality was not revealed in her thick and mysterious accent. Max continued to do his news show, despite his inability to gather any stories from his usual websites (mind you he never thought to check one of the free issues of the New York Times given out on campus). The show came out surprisingly well for being produced and run by 4 people, who none of which understand the technicalities behind turning Mic 4 on/off. The powerhouse news team covered The Weed Report, Internet Blackout Crisis, Tribute to: Gil Sayfan, Phone Interview with Gil Sayfan, Hip Hop Talk - featuring music by Big L, Clipse, and Girl Talk.

The coming month of excessive free time is really getting my creative juices flowing.

The Coming Soon Playlist...

-Ice Age Interview: Expose' on the Ice Age Fam
-Third and Long: After the Breakup (Featuring Asya Han)
-Cro-Mags Sauce: What Would it Taste Like (Collabo w/ The Business Journal)
-Cro-Mags the Video Game: Survival of the Streets (Part 2 of TBJ Collab)
-Crossroads Demo Sessions - FL NY MA Love
-Crossroads Crew Logo (Coming Tuesday)
-Years From Now Moshing - "I wanna go! Pick it up! Ugh!"
-In the Kitchen w/ Susan Sayfan (Details to come...)

I'll probably try to fit in some of Waltham's finest food (2 carnitas burritos and a Crossover Calzone) before I head back home. I'll be puking grease in no time.

I hate Jazz.

1 Love

Friday, December 1, 2006

"We need to get out of these boxes."

I don't understand how I went from considering myself a friendly and social person 4 months ago to a person who grows wildly uncomfortable in the event of having to make small talk with other Earthlings.

However, that's besides the point. Shoutout to my boy Max for featuring me on his radio show yesterday. What resulted from this collab was 30 solid gold minutes of WBRS programming: Micahel Richards, The Hardcore Report, Tribute to Thirsty Thursdays, interviews with Anton Kavalski and Avi Shai Malinger, The Doors, Fucked Up, etc. Why we haven't been given a weekly talk show yet is phenomenal.

Since my last update I conducted interviews with Tradition and Shipwreck, both of which I'm very happy about the way they turned out. These will be featured in Life Is Stupid HC Fanzine Issue #1, debuting at This Is For You Fest '06, at other shows in Florida, and for sale from me in Boston. If you're into either of these bands, it will prove to be a good read.

Lots of Florida people in the area this weekend, along with 4 awesome hardcore/punk shows going down. I will do my best to enjoy all of this with finals looming over my existence. To think vacation is only 2 weeks away.

And now, a update...

My Brother and Me - Goo Punch Commercial
A slice of 90's American childhood

Meir and Susan Sayfan - "I'll Follow The Sun"
My parents covering The Beatles

Also check out Chirs Fafalios Dot Com for The Chris Fafalios Show and Texas Toast. Chris not only plays bass for one of the best pop punk bands doin' it right now, but is also incredibly creative and funny. See what he does with his free time on his site. This man is also the reason I met Aaron Barrett 2 summers ago.

Stay safe, world. See you in 2 weeks when I emerge from final exams, and awaken in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Do I look creative?

For those who tuned into my radio show yesterday evening, you may of heard me and my fellow Brandeis student and friend, Anton, discussing Snyder's Buffalo Wing Pretzel Pieces. I stand by every statement I made during the show, and in fact would like to elaborate on how extraordinary these snacks are. My life without Buffalo Wing Pretzel Pieces consists of thinking all day about how I should go buy them. My life with Buffalo Wing Pretzel Pieces consists of me waking up, thinking about how I'm going to eat them later on in the day, and then breaking up my day in Pretzel Pieces eating sessions. BWPPs are the best thing I eat all day, they are better than any so-called "real" food. Go try them, and more specifically go buy them for me.

On the topic of the radio show, big thank you to everyone who listened, requested a song, told me you enjoyed it, made fun of my speaking voice, and helped me promote. Unfortunately there isn't a designated hardcore punk rock show, and the times when I am playing music like I have my last few shows is when there is a position to sub in for an all-genre show. However, there is a punk rock show on Saturdays, and a metal/loud rock show sometime during the week, which are fine programs. I consistently listen to the punk rock show while driving a campus shuttle on my Saturdays, whoever DJ's that show had me hooked after he did a Clash tribute show.

Lots of reading to do about liberalism in the sixties, conservatism in the eighties, social memory and history, illustrations and ideas about the future, etc. Only with a fake major like mine do you get to read comic books as research for a final paper.

Below is an interview I conducted with 111 Records' very own, Rory, appearing in a fanzine I'm doing with Mikey YFN and Chris Tharp. We were going for an interview that was 90 percent nonsense, 5 percent James Buell references, and 5 percent content. It came out weak in James Buell references, but I dig it. Be on the lookout for the zine, containing this interview and many others, at This Is For You Fest 2006 in Daytona Beach, Florida at the end of December.

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Gil: In proper interview fashion, please tell the people your names and what you do in Rory.

Jordan: My name is Jordan... I play guitar and talk a lot.

Marc: My names are Marc, Stephen, and Ispass (first, middle, and last respectively,) and I play the bass guitar and do other things.

Jordan: Unsexy things.

Gil: What is a Rory?

Jordan: My life.

Marc: A dinosaur.

Gil: Good answers.

Jordan: My life as a dinosaur.

Marc: You don't have any other lives.

Jordan: Was that a question?

Gil: You guys just put out a new record called "We're Up To No Good, We're Up To No Good". Does it suck or rule?

Marc: It rules on all accounts of ruling things.

Jordan: It rules certain things and sucks others.

Marc: But, it actually rules that too. So, I don't even know what that is considered.

Gil: Tell me about the album.

Marc: It sucks the suck out of itself. So, that it is all rule.

Jordan: It's bringing fun back to rock'n'roll.

Marc: Yes, so it's 'Rockfu'n'roll"

Gil: How'd you come up with the name "We're Up To No Good, We're Up To No Good"?

Jordan: Joel

Gil: Who is Joel? I know no Joel.

Marc: It's irony. Everything we do is good. So, it's ironic.

Gil: Irony is for suckers.

Marc: Joel does good things too.

Jordan: We were in the van one day... Joel (our drummer) and Chris (guitar) decided they wanted dinner...

Marc: Lunch.

Jordan: so in the middle of an intersection, they bothed jumped out of the van and yelled "We're Up To No Good, We're Up To No Good" without telling us where they were going.

Marc (interrupts): At a burrito establishment -- CHIPOTLE (give us free stuff!!!)




Marc (resuming conversation): And then Joel hit the hood of the car next to us with his palm and yelled that phrase to the driver.

Gil: What kind of music does Rory play?

Marc: Fun and interesting music with the main interest in fun.

Jordan: Rory plays rockfu'n'roll

Marc: Loosely based off of the music of aboriginal Galapagos Islanders.

Marc: Just kidding, there are no aboriginals there.

Gil: You guys hail from Orlando, FL. What is the scene there like? Was it nurturing to you guys as a band?

Jordan: Ehh.. on and off. Orlando has it good nights a bad nights.

Marc: Orlando nursed us from its teet like the thriving child we are to it. Orlando is a really hard scene to pin down. Especially since so much of the population is transient, with all the schools and tourism.

Gil: Where do you see the scene there going in the next 2-3 years? And more specifically...will Orlando ever recuperate from the loss of Gil Sayfan?

Jordan: Orlando has some great bands coming out of it, so in that sense, i think it will continue to thrive, but as far as attendence at local shows, i doubt it.

Jordan: No... unless James Buell starts going to shows again.

Gil: Not gonna happen.

Marc: I think the scene will continue to have it's slight rises and falls as it has always had. Though, short-term, the loss of Gil Sayfan will certainly be a thorn in the sole of everyone's feet (both of them.) There is nothing in Orlando that enables any kind of expressive culture to really thrive as well as it should. The past year or two, however, things have definitely been on an up-swing, which makes me hopeful that people will see that growth is good.
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Gil: You guys recently added a new member to your band?

Jordan: Our old singer, Allen Peoples, is joining us on the road! It's great having him back. He will be doing a double shift as additional guitarest/merch guy... so if you kids are coming out to shows, give that man a nice big kiss and tip. He deserves it!

Gil: What do you think having six people on the road, versus five, does for the stage dynamic of Rory?

Marc: It makes us run into each other a lot more.

Jordan: It really thickens up the live sound.

Marc: Also, it gives everyone more sexy faces to look at and more bodies to hit with things.

Jordan: Way more sexy faces

Marc: at least two-and-a-half more.

Gil: You guys shot/are in the process of shooting music videos for each song on the new album. How is that going?

Marc: It WAS going amazingly. But then something happened and the pace has slowed to a grueling crawl.

Jordan: It's become a really long hard journey, but the process is so much fun for me. I can't wait to get the rest finished.

Gil: What are you guys planning to do with the videos?

Marc: Compile them onto a DVD that people can watch at sleepovers.

Jordan: Right now 4 or 5 of them are on and our website.

Marc: Yeah, that's happening first.

Gil: Word life.

Marc: But, then the rest of them will be compiled WITH those and DVDed so that the world can see them in all! We'll also have a LOT of other fancy footage too.

Marc: Fancy footwork too.

Gil: Speaking of the Internet...How do you guys feel the internet has helped/hindered your band and punk rock in general?

Marc: Oh, man... the Internet has single-handedly nourished the independent music scene to become such a strapping creature that it's eaten itself to death. On one hand it is incredible that every band who wants to, can get their songs out to the public. At the same time, the market is so saturated, it is a lot harder to do WELL. I believe that this scenario is actually the case for all business -- selling less of more. There are more bands, more varieties, more flavors, etc. But, no one sells as much as they did 10 years ago.

Gil: You guys are about to leave for the 111 Records tour. Are you excited for this tour?

Jordan: Very excited! Also very bummed out that Inkwell just dropped of... but reguardless, this tour is going to be great.

Gil: I can't wait for the Boston show.

Jordan: Jordan spells regardless like a Brit.

Jordan: Hey! I don't spell!

Gil: Does Rory hate the British?

Marc: No. Rory love the British. Really. I think we have more fans in the UK than we do west of the Mississippi River.

Marc: I cannot wait for the Boston show too. Halloween is the best.

Gil: I have a midterm that night, so I have to come late. Make sure you guys headline that night.

Jordan: The tour is awesome because everyone on the tour are already friends!

Gil: Who else is on the tour?

Jordan: This Day and Age, Rookie of the Year, and Mashlin

Gil: Nice. The new This Day and Age record is awesome. I listened to it a couple of days ago.

Marc: Sweet. I still have not heard it. All I have been listening to is Bollywood music.

Jordan: I heard it for the first time a couple nights and and thought it was great. I'm excited about hearing it live.

Marc: I haven't really been listening to Bollywood music.

Gil: Who would you guys rather be: The Terminator or Bill Gates?

Jordan: Bill Gates

Marc: The Terminator, because Jordan already said Bill Gates.

Jordan: I would rather live in Seattle and do charity work all day. I have no desire to be a killing machine.

Marc: But if your passion is killing, it would totally be worth it.

Gil: Bill Gates could buy Terminator - That's my answer.

Marc: That was my answer when you asked me two weeks ago.

Gil: What are the future plans for Rory?

Jordan: Damn... we should be asking the questions. Your answers are better.

Marc: Well, commission Boeing to build an army of Terminators.

Marc: Bill Gates could build an army of Terminators.

Gil: Next time you guys can interview me for the Rory website.

Jordan: Gil... honestly... what are the future plans for Rory?

Gil: Well I think first Rory is gonna do the 111 tour.

Jordan (laughs): Smart boy.

Gil: Then do a rad tour this Winter with some awesome headliners.

Gil: Then chill with me during the holidays, drink beer, watch The OC.

Marc: Do you think Rory will ever tour with Johnny Cash?

Gil: I have a bus to catch, so let's get to a couple personal questions before I leave.

Gil: What bands are you into lately? What food are you into lately? What clothes are you into lately?

Marc: Lately, I've been listening to Andrew Bird, Facing New York, Emiliana Torrini, and The Wood Brothers. But, mainly I listen to my entire iTunes library on shuffle. And no, I do not own an iPod yet.... Okay, I own a first-generation Shuffle. That hardly counts. Recently, I've been eating a lot of pluots (75% plum, 25% apricot), honeydew melon, avacado salad rolls from Publix, and yellow corn chips and salsa. And home-made pizza. Lately, I've been wearing the same jeans that I've been wearing almost every day since I bought them in March. They're some cut of Gap 1969, which I have not been able to find anywhere since. As far as shirts go -- I can't remember the last time I bought a new shirt. I mostly just wearing two random colored t-shirts and/or baseball shirts on top of each other. And also, recently I've been wearing powdered wigs... Three of them... at the same time. Also, hockey pads.

Jordan: Music, Well, then last week or two would consist of Less Than Jake, Lawrence Arms, Heavens, Set Your Goals, Crime In Stereo, Wilco, Murder By Death, Outkast, Justin Timberlake, +44, Mew, Dave Brubeck, David Bowie, All, RxBandits… I just listen to a lot of music all the time. I could go on for another 20 bands and list a whole new batch for next week. Food...meat, cheese, veggies, sauce, and beverage. Clothing, either a sleeveless t-shirt or a dress shirt with a tie and vest over a pair of long shorts. White socks and grey and purple Nike SB’s.

At this point I am on a bus going into Boston, and the interview ends. Go check these guys out, keep an open mind, and you will not be dissapointed.

Time for the first shower of the day, one.