Seeing as it’s been a long time since I’ve had a camera, and after happening across a small digital this morning whilst cleaning underneath the stairs, I thought it high time to blog some photo’s and relevant info where needed of some of my growing collection, of the musical persuasion. This stuff dates back a couple of months, right up until yesterday.

I’ll start with all newly acquired objects that are AFI, seeing as I’m such a fanboy.

7″:

CRASH LOVE SINGLES.

BEAUTIFUL THEIVES, LIMITED ETCED VINYL. LTD TO 500.

MEDICATE 2x 7″ VINYL SET. LTD TO 1,000

THE LEAVING SONG PT. II SINGLE 7″. UNKNOWN QUANTITY.

10″:

NOW THE WORLD/REIVER’S MUSIC PICTURE DISC. UNKNOWN QUANTITY.

12″:

CRASH LOVE GATEFOLD COVER LP.

CD’S:

GIRL’S NOT GREY CD SINGLE, ERROR PRESSING & RE-RELEASE POSTER PACK.

COMPILATIONS:

Now…. onto the other newly acquired shits, that ain’t AFI. You’ll notice I haven’t taken individual shots as I’m not exactly as pedantic about anything else really.

CLOTHING:

  • Shinto Katana “Sydney” Shirt.
  • Shinto Katana “Graff” Pullover Hood.
  • Parkway Drive Tracksuit Pants
  • The Abandonment “We Are Life Anew” Shirt.
  • Break Even Mosh Shorts.

CD’s/TAPES:

  • Dream On, Dreamer “Hope”
  • The Amity Affliction “Youngblood’s”
  • Parkway Drive “Deep Blue”
  • Refused “This Album Contains Old Songs & Old Pictures, Vol. 2”
  • Resused “This Just Might Be… The Truth”
  • Refused “New Noise”
  • Resist The Thought “Damnation”
  • In Name and Blood “Awaiting The Vultures – 2006 Demo’s” Tape.

7″:

  • Hopeless “Human” Pre Order Pack.
  • Blkout “No Justice, No Peace” Pre Order.
  • Extortion “Demo Re-issue”.
  • The Hawaiian Islands/Party Vibez “Greeting’s From Party Island” Split.
  • Seduction “Black Cranes” Test Press.

12″:

  • Every Time I Die “Gutter Phenomenon”.
  • Refused “The Shape Of Punk To Come”.
  • Love Like… Electrocution “S/T” Picture Disc.
  • Suffer “Lone”.

I EXIST PRE ORDER PACK.

Now I just had to put this here, and need to say a few words. I pre ordered the Three Nails and A Book Of Flaws 7 inch package (3 Colourway+shirt deal) when it was released last year on Melbourne based label Midnight Funeral Music. MFM are a brilliant label, specialising in the vinyl format. So anyways, my records never came. I contacted the guy that owns/runs this label (all by himself!) and he assured me everything would be fine, that we’d clear it all up. As far as I know he screen printed three extra covers no less than FOUR times for me. It was not at fault by him, but the terrible service that like to call themselves Australian Post, that I never saw my records. So when I purchased a copy of Black Cranes test pressing from this same guy, it was said that the records would try and be sent again. Well I got them! What puzzles me is a day later, I received in the post one of the original pre orders. The brown cover with inverted colours. There was no sender deets, and the address was very neatly handwritten. Not the style of the main man behind MFM at all. I have no idea where this came from, and probably never will. Wierder things have happened eh?

But yeah, point of story is.. Support Midnight Funeral Music! I love all the releases this label puts out and love the way they’re all packaged. Nice and simple, but effective. The INAB demo tape featured above is an MFM release and it rules, It has a printed insert explaiming what it it, it explains in little detail the bands demise, what the songs are and the reason for tape format. Love it. The screen printed covers of most releases are also another bonus, and the best part as earlier mentioned this label only releases vinyl. Can not put a word of fault to it!

The guy that runs all this is coming down to Tas through DNJ! to sing for his band The Omen on their upcoming Tas shows, it will be a pleasure to have him here and I’ll be personally congragulating him on his outstanding work with MFM. I understand the hours he puts into it must be endless.

Come watch The Omen on Sat 17th July at The Loft, 142 Liverpool Street Hobart ALL AGES, and at The Hub, 1 Tamar Street Launceston ALL AGES. Hit the link to the DNJ! diespace for more info!

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New Jersey Heroes.

June 16, 2010

Tickets will be available through us sometime in the next two weeks. Suppoort bands also announced then.
We will be setting up a big cartel for online buyers, and various other methods.

BIO:
Listening to a new Senses Fail album is a lot like reconnecting with an old friend—although there’s a comforting, indefinable familiarity within all of the New Jersey-based post-hardcore quintet’s records, each new creation is a fleeting snapshot of the lives of its makers, indelibly capturing the things that meant the most during your mutual time apart. The band’s third full-length release, Life Is Not A Waiting Room, is no exception. Having the unenviable task of following 2006’s crushing Still Searching, the album showcases the face-melting musicianship and soul-baring lyricism that define Senses Fail. Once again produced by helmsman Brian McTernan (Thrice, Circa Survive) and recorded in Baltimore, MD, at his Salad Days studio, Life boasts a towering sound akin to a roundhouse kick to the skull. “This is the most fun we’ve ever had as a band,” says singer James “Buddy” Nielsen. “I think we were feeling a lot less pressure this time around, but you’ve always got to do your best.” The New Jersey-based group formed six years ago and released their debut EP, From the Depths of Dreams, in 2002. 2004’s Let It Enfold You—their first full-length—was followed by Still Searching, which debuted at 15 on the Billboard Top 200 chart. To date, Senses Fail have performed multiple worldwide tours and their catalog sales have reached over 850,000, yet the band continue to evolve. Although in many ways Life picks up seamlessly where Searching left off, the new album has very distinct, unique qualities, most notably its lyrical content. While Searching wrestled with issues regarding religion and depression, Life is centered squarely on a crumbling relationship, and the desire to see meaningful change. “A lot of this record is written about the recent break up I had with a long-time girlfriend, the first person I have ever been in love with, and someone I spent a lot of time and shared my transition from kid to adult,” explains Nielsen. “The other elements of the record consist of regrets and how they can leave a burning hole in your soul; how the past is something you can’t change….There are also bright moments where I find myself coming to terms with those very facts, and in knowing the problem you can then be proactive and change.” Life also marks the addition of new bassist Jason Black (formerly of Hot Water Music), who replaces the departed Mike Glita. Meanwhile, guitarists Garrett Zablocki and Heath Saraceno (formerly of Midtown) have grown into one of the most scorching six-string tandems around; Life features more of the nimble harmonies showcased on Searching, but this time the duo took it one step further, with some truly shred-a-riffic leads, such as those heard on “Lungs Like Gallows” and “Garden State.” Another rocker, “Wolves At The Door,” was so intense that it even garnered a coveted spot within the soundtrack for the best-selling Madden NFL ‘09 video game. Kicking off with the rich, moody “Fireworks At Dawn,” Life roars and pummels its way through the album’s 12 tracks without the slightest pause for filler, delivering an absolute haymaker just four tracks in with “Family Tradition,” which features the band’s signature blend of dark and melodic. Nielsen’s words are as insightful as they are meaningful. “I find myself at times doing things to live up to other peoples’ expectations, or cutting myself down because I assume that will make me look more humble to the world,” says Nielsen. “So this song is one part a reaction to that, and also about following the footsteps of a family member you don’t really know, but who has had a huge influence on you.” Perhaps the most heart-wrenching moments of all come via the two-part song cycle of “Yellow Angels” and “Four Years,” which were inspired by a terminally ill fan named Marcel, who befriended Nielsen at an SF show in Dallas, TX. Nielsen remained in contact with the 18-year-old, who was stricken with cancer of the soft tissue of his face, and endured many painful surgeries and treatments in order to attempt to fend off tumors that were growing in vital areas such as his eyes, nose and throat. When Marcel’s mother notified Nielsen of her son’s worsening condition, the singer flew to Texas, where he spent a great deal of time with this incredibly courageous young man, during the final days of his tragically short life. “It was one of the most intense and stirring times in my life. The sheer pain this 18-year-old boy was in was mind blowing, yet his optimistic outlook and sense of humor was steadfast,” Nielsen recalls. “This kid changed my life and although he is no longer with us, he lives on everyday in the pictures I took with him, to remind myself that life is never as bad as you think it is. So ‘Yellow Angels’ is my reaction to meeting Marcel and how I needed to live in the moment and love myself and life. ‘Four Years,’ on the other hand, is about being influenced by such a life-changing [experience] and having to make new decisions about my relationship and what it really was.” The album’s title is a succinct, encapsulating statement as to its thematic thrust. Life Is Not A Waiting Room is just as much revelation as it is reflection; the sum total of every ounce of pain, fear, hope and joy that the record exudes. “I felt I had been living as if I was waiting for something to happen, but I know that is the wrong way to live—it just doesn’t promote any sort of happiness,” Nielsen concludes. “The title sums up the direction I want to go in, and what I want to get away from, and it’s a cry to everyone else to stop living like I have.” Just like the rest of us, Nielsen’s struggle is far from over. But one thing is certain: SF have once again delivered their message with both passion and fury. All one has to do is listen with their ears and heart open—just as an old friend would.

I just pre-ordered the above 7″ record, with a limited pre-order colourway.

Also, I attended a training camp in order for me to become a camp leader over the summer for the diabetes seniors camp getaway. It’s something that happens every year and it’s for diabetics in Tasmania ages 14 to 18. I love the opportunity to be a camp leader, especially as it fills the shoes left behind of such a brilliant man, Aaron “Stumpy” Mackril. Now I’m not  saying I’ve been asked specifically to take over his role, but to me it feels like I am. He was a fantastic leader to me on the 4 camps I went to, he helped me through more than one rough patch in my life. Both inside and outside of camp.

But all that said, I really wanna be an example to all teenage diabetics, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I know that when I was diagnosed at 14 years I really thought my life was over. Camp showed me that you can get through these teenage years as a diabetic and in fact through life as a diabetic also. I want to be able to present to them the dangers of not looking after yourself, I’ve been in and out of hospital many times. Because lets face it a diabetic will listen to another diabetic as I can be sympathetic to how they feel. The educators and their textbook approaches can only go so far.

Above all it’s a fantastic way to put back into camp what I got out of it. I look forward to the challenges of being a leader and hope I can make an impact on the lives of struggling young diabetics.

If anyone that is reading this and is diabetic, the camp date is not confirmed yet, but will be around the usual time. Keep hitting up Rach’s Ready For Life facebook group and keep an eye out for the website Jarron and I are starting up in the next few weeks.

See y’all there!

Cinema Beer Nuts

June 12, 2010

Snapped this up for just $10.50 today on eBay, it’s one of the Cinema Beer Nuts series of VHS’s releases by Hopeless Records in the late 90’s. Consisting of a range of bands that were at the height of punk at the time, it features select music video’s by these artists. For me the appeal is the AFI video of He Who Laugh’s last, but there are a many great number of other amazing punk bands on this video.  Can’t wait to watch it, and treasure it forevermore!

Got ma tix

June 10, 2010

Launceston.

June 5, 2010

  • Road trip with my good friends Jacquie, Nigel & Jared.
  • Scummy Campbell Town toilets.
  • Nav man.
  • Shocking venue.
  • Worse hotel.
  • Mission to Summerhill to get mics off some guy with a funny name.
  • Deligma pulling out.
  • Anguish.
  • Ending Atrophy.
  • Save The Clocktower.
  • Sabian’s fight with a bogan.
  • My fight with a bogan.
  • Vodka and orange.
  • Free jugs of beer.
  • Some strange 24h grocery.
  • McDonalds.
  • O’ Keefe’s Hotel.
  • Silly cunt hassling us all about “The secret room”.
  • Too drunk, dumb fucking shit happening, regrets.
  • Sleep time.
  • Wake up.
  • Coffee.
  • Monkey Park.
  • Birds that swear.
  • Snakes.
  • Road trip back.

I just wanna quickly talk about one of the above dot points. I got so drunk last night. It led me to do some things for which I now thoroughly hate myself for, and wish I could take it back. To say I regret what I did is a huge understatement. This is not self pity either I’ll have y’all know, I’m upset for the way I treated a certain somebody, it was way outta line and so terribly fucking disrespectfull. From the bottom of my heart I am terribly sorry. I can’t imagine how badly it has effected you. I felt like the biggest cunt this morning. You are a person that always seems to be able to be kind and caring, no matter what. You deserve better. Fuck the drink! I seriously need to stop this shit. Helps me deal with my issues? Pfft I am not that weak! I’m fucking better than this. I know I am.

I hope we can still be friends because to me it is the most important thing and so special in my life right now.

Launceston.

June 4, 2010

Jacquie and myself are staying at this fine establishment tonight. Along with the lads of Ending Atrophy.
The show at Gunners Arms should be quite interesting, but staying here may be something else.

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