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Universities and Rodeos [Jul. 20th, 2006|09:41 pm]
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[mood |chipperchipper]
[music |Anything and everything by the Dead Milkmen]

No more fucking school FOREVER!!! God damn after nearly 12 years. I'm so looking forward to doing jack shit for a while.

I did my first television interview for the local ABC affliate channel 7. It aired this evening in the "Sarasota Scene" segment. It was all too weird. I received a phone call yesterday around noon from the news anchor wanting to do a segment on the bicycle rodeo I'm organizing at my library. I reluctantly agreed to do the interview and I had to help coax some kids into pretending to be really excited about the event for the camera. It was all so silly and surreal. During the taping, the news anchor wanted to hop on a kid's bike to segue into the segment. She ended up toppling over and I was pretyty freaked that she got hurt. But she just shrugged it off and said she'd save it for the blooper real. I was quite surprised that her spill was actually aired. Well hopefully some kids will come out to ride some bikes this weekend.
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(no subject) [Apr. 22nd, 2006|09:16 pm]
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Microsoft Publisher 1, Hal 0

Thwarted again!
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ASTHMA ATTTAQ TOUR!!! [Dec. 15th, 2005|03:27 pm]
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ASTHMA ATTTAQ Final Tour Schedule (more or less):

Dec 17th: Jacksonville, FL @ the Pit w/Merkit + skate deck art show
Dec 18th: Atlanta, GA @ IDEFY House w/ Paul Joyner and local screamo bands.
Dec 19th: Cookeville, TN @ house show w/ Paul Joyner
Dec 20th: Johnson City, TN @ the Hideaway w/Paul Joyner
Dec 21st: Columbus, OH @ Cafe Bourbon ST w/ Paul Joyner and the Kessel Run
Dec 22nd: Washington D.C. @ house show w/ Paul Joyner, Excelone, Danke, and Merkit
Dec 23rd: Warwick, NY @ Tuscan Cafe w/ Paul Joyner, Frame, Canvas The Human
Dec 24th: Philly, PA @ The Be Happy House (early show!) w/ Paul Joyner and Merkit
Dec 25th: Off
Dec 26th: Moline, IL @ Lazer Mansion w/ Lazer Mountain and Leon.
Dec 27th: Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks w/ Lazer Mountain, This Dialogue, and An Airbag Saved My Life
Dec 28th: Fargo, ND @ VFW w/ Lazer Mountain
Dec 29th: Sioux Falls, SD @ Josh's House w/ Lazer Mountain
Dec 30th: Sioux City, IA @ Cattle Club Collective w/ Lazer Mountain
Dec 31st: Off
Jan 1st: St. Louis, MO @ Lemp Arts
Jan 2nd: Atlanta, GA @ Lenny's Bar (Kirkwood Ballers Club)...also playing a proper show that night... Ghengis Tron, Capillary Action and Untied States
Jan 3rd: Satellite Beach, FL @ American Legion w/ Coffin Dancer, Devices, Cryptorchid Chipmunk + others.

From Dec 18th - 24th Asthma Atttaq will be touring with Paul Joyner.
PAUL JOYNER, formerly of DC-based bands such as Bear & the Butterfly, Tide to the Sidelines, and Fred Foss Jazz Orchestra (which was invited to open for Herbie Hancock at the 2000 Havana Jazz Festival, curated by Cuban pianist Chucho Valdez). touring solo for the first time, Paul also has two entire full-length albums available for download at his website.

From Dec 26th - 30th Asthma Atttaq will be touring with Lazer Mountain.
Hailing from Moline, IL LAZER MOUNTAIN can best be described as band of hessians riding anything that floats down the mississippi to share a pipe with a vampire at the cemtary. Think Black Dice/The Who/The Locust.
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2005|10:22 pm]
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[mood |crankycranky]
[music |Belle Epoque - Demo CD-R]

Sunday night and 700 words to go. Yee Haw!!!

Asthma Atttaq "Breathe Heavy" Review:
From EmpMe Music Blog:


I recently just made a rather cumbersome order of records from 29 North Records, the distribution arm of Level-Plane. When you peruse their store you know what you’re going to get. It’s an e-paradise for all things screamy, aggressive, passionate and well under the radar of the average music listener. I’ve never been steered wrong with any release that Level-Plane has put out and when I started ordering record’s from Greg’s mailorder I would always take a chance and purchase a few random records here and there. While embarked upon my most recent spending spree a band caught my eye, Asthma Atttaq. It was the artwork and the name. Something about it told me it’d be good. I didn’t even read the descriptions, I just clicked add to cart for each and every release that was in stock. Then, as is usually the case, I promptly forgot about it. A couple days ago I was opening my package and going through all my new goodies. I got towards the bottom of the stack and I saw my Asthma Atttaq records, prompting a loud, “Who the fuck? What?” That moment I realized what I must do, and that doing is being done as these words get added to the post.

As I wrote that introductory paragraph the music started. The guitars were thick, like on the first Exploder album. I’d be surprised if they didn’t play Mesa Boogie amps. After about 3 and a half minutes I began to think that I had gotten myself another instrumental album to add to my CD shelves. Write as I was about to put the thought to computer screen the vocals kicked in. Balls out screaming that held strong to everything I loved about screamo circa 1998. Leafing through the liner notes, the missing low-end in the recording that was nagging at me comes from the fact that the band is a duo. Both masked, David drums, Ry plays guitar (with what is sure to be plenty of effects pedals and processors) and both scream. Vocally, think Sleepytime Trio, Exploder, early Coalesce. It’s ear splitting, vocal chord grinding, glass breaking nails on chalkboard ecstasy.

I’m now at the end of track 02 and I can safely say that this is in fact one of the best hardcore records I’ve heard in a while. Crazy guitar licks, dead pan drumming and nothing but passion oozing through every inch of the recording. If you don’t head over to Level-Plane and buy everything this band has right now then you may as well go kill a baby kitten because you obviously hate everything that’s great in life. And Asthma Atttaq my friends, is the fucking greatest.
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(no subject) [Nov. 18th, 2005|10:11 pm]
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[mood |stressedstressed]
[music |The Advantage - Elf-Titled]

It's 10:00 Friday. I've got a 15 page paper due Monday, which I haven't started. I've got a coke and a red bull desk side. It's on!
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(no subject) [Nov. 11th, 2005|08:52 am]
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[mood |awake]
[music |The New Pornographers _ Twin Cinema]

Since Matt mentioned it, here is some updates from Forever Escaping Boredom Headquarters:


From The All Night Eatery
Asthma Atttaq “Breathe Heavy” Forever Escaping Boredom Records
Making music that falls under the genre of noise is a difficult medium to master. It is often tempting to make sense of nonsensical chaos. South Florida’s Asthma Atttaq is a relatively young band that follows in the footsteps of bands like Lightning Bolt. In an effort to bring creativity to a generally shallow music scene, AA unloads an assault of illogical drumming and deafening screams. On Breathe Heavy, they take advantage of a decent recording and produce technical insanity.
“Pick them Bones Dry” begins with a stinging guitar riff and well-planned drums that drive through the five minutes that the track exists. Complexity is the key. Other songs like “Apostrophe Die” sound a bit more like the generic hardcore that they try to stray from. However, it is not so overwhelming that the record loses touch with its goal: to give you a puzzles look and force you to say “huh?” The liner notes identify the drummer as David and the guitarist as Ry. David is quite brutal with drumsticks. Throughout the album he surprises the listener with random rolls and time changes. Ry manages to hold his own too. In the midst of the chaos, he often lays down strong guitar riffs and inane rhythmatic choices to interact with the drums.
A good description of this band would be “Diet Lightning Bolt”. They crank out insanity, but are more grounded into rock and roll formats than the Bolt. They are a little less absurd than your typical noise outfit, but they are still ridiculous enough to do a good job. They seem like they would put on a very energetic live show. 7/10
If you’ve ever driven more than 8 hours to see Hella: 8/10
If you’ve ever driven more than 8 hours to see Paul Oakenfold: 4/10

From: Art Noise
Asthma Attaq
Breathe Heavy
Forever Escaping Boredom Records

I wonder how I would feel about this album if I had no idea what the band name was, or what the song titles were. The music here largely falls into the screamo/artsy hardcore category; there’s a lot of swift, angular guitars, a lot of gritty, throaty vocals, a lot of riff and rhythmic shifts. The songs are undeniably complex and visceral. This is the kind of stuff that you’d usually associate with Level Plane Records, with bands that take themselves really seriously and write poetic, tortured songs. But the “q” in “Asthma Attaq” should be your first clue that these guys are just a little goofy, and have more than just a little bit of a metal sensibility. The music here straddles the line between hardcore and metal, keeping listeners on their toes, and making us think a little bit harder than we normally would about your average ten-track screamo record.

For instance: one of the strongest songs on this album begins with a lovely, tranquil guitar line. The sound builds slowly over time, introducing more and more elements—screamed vocals, distortion—until the song is hard and intense, rolling out of the speakers like thunder. Yet, the subtlety of the original line is still under there, somewhere, peeking out every few bars between the lulls in the distortion. It’s an admirable, skilled fusion between raging and subdued moods. And what is this song called? “I Don’t Care If She Is Ms. Hairless America I’m Spoken For.”

There are similarly jarring juxtapositions throughout the album: a decidedly artsy-sounding screamo song that will suddenly interrupt itself with an undeniably metalcore lick. Guitars that are just a little too bright for the solemn, angular lines that are being played. A song called “Pick Them Bones Dry.” Now, the idea of fusing hardcore/screamo/metal is not a new one, and it’s not a bad idea either. I do think, however, that Asthma Attaq needs to get their fusion to a more seamless level so that the contrasts work the way they’re supposed to work. We should be startled or jarred, but not because something sounds out of place; we should be caught off guard by the way two disparate elements are so smoothly joined together.

That having been said, the songs are overall pretty strong; Asthma Attaq have several strengths—unrelated to their genre-bending—that serve this album well. Instrumental developments/jams feature prominently in these tracks, and the band is adept at building moods and textures over the course of these jams. The last two songs in particular—“Premium Prosthetics” and “Theme for the Avenger”—are especially strong in this respect. The band also has a knack for introductions; many of these songs are five and six minutes long, so a captivating opener is crucial to pull the listener in for the relatively lengthy ride. While most of the songs ultimately have similar sounds (which is the case for the vast majority of albums anyways), each track opens with a different and intriguing mood.

I’ll be interested to see how Asthma Attaq chooses to approach their next album. The basic skills and structures are definitely in place right now; I think this band just needs to figure out how to balance the metal/screamo elements of their sound. I think the band is capable of doing either genre well, and I think they could also muster up a respectable fusion, if they worked at it a bit. Personally, I’m rooting for the screamo side, but that’s just me.

From: Shoot Me Again It's a Webzine from Belgium...so the translation is a bit poor.
Asthma Atttaq
Breathe Heavy (Forver Escaping Boredom

I remained scotché with this disc a good moment when I received it. It is rather damaged what this states-uniens group offers to us. Finally a group it is a great word because they are that two: a guitar-song and a battery-song.

It is hyper varied in fact! Atmospheric passages calm goods hyper with pretty delay effects and all the touintouin... Then y' has of them one which pète a hose connection and that explodes. That mouth and that sings. It is barred enough, to see noisy per moment, even mathrock, or emo, but also hardcore, or experimental... Bon you voyé topo: that tears.

Here some ingredients: much madness, not badly of ideas, a suspicion of HOT CROSS-country RACE, a suspicion of CITY OF CATERPILLAR, a good ladle of SNACTRUCK, a pinch of cries, a spoon of insanity... etc etc the whole left on the good label Forever Escaping Boredom. And for saying true, I prefer frankly this disc in Split LP divided with DIRTY SOUTH APOCALYPSE (which have also are very good!).
Lastly, maintaining with you to see whether you want to launch out in the discovery of this group. Me I would be you, I would test... That is worth the blow of it!

In other news Asthma Atttaq has a new 7" coming out on the excellent German label http://www.nimbusmodule.de/ Discussion about a German tour are in the works.

Also in the works is an Asthma Atttaq Winter Tour. All dates in the midwest will be with Lazer Mountain.

Here are the tentative dates:
Dec.17th – Jacksonville, FL @ the Pitt (also a skateboard deck art show)
Dec.18th – GA (Savannah, Atlanta, Athens…) need help!!!
Dec.19th – TN need help!!!
Dec.20th – KY need help!!!
Dec.21st – Columbus, OH @ Café Bourbon Street w/ the Kessel Run and Paul Joyner
Dec.22nd – Washington DC @ Café Mawonaj w/Excelone, Danke, Jiyuna, and Paul Joyner
Dec.23rd – NY??? (I thought this show was confirmed, but haven’t heard from the promoter in a long time)
Dec.24th - Philadelphia, PA @ Be Happy House (early show) w/Merkit, Paul Joyner and others
Dec.25th - Day off (unless some one could help in IL or IN)
Dec.26th – Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks w/Lazer Mountain
Dec.27th – Sioux Falls, SD @ house show w/Lazer Mountain
Dec.28th – Fargo, ND @ VFW w/Lazer Mountain
Dec.30th – Bismark, ND @ tba w/Lazer Mountain
Dec.31st – Moline, IL @ the Lazer Mansion w/ Lazer Mountain
Jan 1st - Tenn???
Jan 2nd – Alabama???
Jan 3rd – Somewhere in FL???

In all the stuff going on with Asthma Atttaq I almost forgot that I just had a new record drop.

Yossarian is Drowning - s/t 7"
Hailing from the U.K., Yossarian is Drowning plays emotional hardcore in the vein of Kaospilot, Portraits of Past and Hot Cross. On their debut E.P. the lads from Shrewsbury take aim at organized religion and those who fuck up the environment. Think screamy vocals and passionate music that alternates between aggressive riffs and hypnotic melodies. They also have a track on React With Protest's "Emo Armageddon" compilation. 100 copies on black/white swirl vinyl.

Lastly, I've updated my distro list. So check it out Distro List
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This is Funny [Oct. 4th, 2005|03:24 pm]
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Kit! – s/t CD 7/19:48
Kids playing pop-punk goes together almost as well and almost as often as a peanut butter & jelly sandwich. This time around we have a Florida outfit called Kit!...three dudes and a lady singer, they sound like an upbeat and less interesting version of Ashes, or something like that. Man, I really loved that Ashes CD back in 95 or so when it came out, and I would have probably liked this some too, but not so much now. But I bet the kids in their town go crazy for them, probably writing their name on their backpacks in white-out and wearing homemade Kit! Patches on the jean jacket they bought at Hot Topic. Jake
@ www.purevolume.comkit/music
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(no subject) [Aug. 21st, 2005|06:25 pm]
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Asthma Atttaq Record Release Show!!! [Aug. 16th, 2005|01:06 pm]
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[mood |grumpygrumpy]
[music |This Is My Fist]

Asthma Atttaq Record Release Show @ the Olympia Theatre

Olympia Theatre
600 7th Ave W
Palmetto, FL 34221
Contact Hal: 941-729-3874

8/26/2005, Sarasota punk/noise duo Asthma Atttaq playing in support of
their new CD "Breathe Heavy" with special guests: Towering Inferno and the
Punching Contest, 6:30 - 10:00, $8 admission or $10 and receive a CD

I know the price is steep, but it's beyond my control. It's difficult trying to explain diy/punk ethos to folks who have no knowledge of it. I wanted to keep the door price at $5, but the Olympia's owners have this philosophy that if you charge to little noone will think it is a good show. Pretty absurd. I've argued over this, but to no avail. It is a cool venue, but I doubt I'll set up anything with them again. Anyways I'm selling CDs dirt cheap as an incentive. Since the scope of my LJ reach is rather small everyone please pass the info along.
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Dreaming of Pizza....zzz..zzz..zzz... [Aug. 5th, 2005|11:20 pm]
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Tonight's dinner consisted of whatever vegetables I could find to throw in my juicer. Broccoli, carrots, cucumber, celery, garlic... Unfortunatley, I made the mistake of putting in too much garlic (5-6 cloves) and nearly retched trying to gulp it down. I was able to get down about a quarter of the 32oz. cup, but I couldn't take it anymore. Bleah!!! I ended up eating a ton of grapes to get the garlic taste off my tongue. One more full day of this dietary experiment then veggie sushi...yum. I'm actually feeling pretty good, not tired and lethargic as usual. At the very least I'll try staying off sodas, fast food, and other temptations (pizza and french fry vegetarianism) junk food vegetarians often succumb to.
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