ZAP Records Spotlight: ISF

Here’s a one-man band that’s part of the ZAP Family. This is ISF. It’s one guy from Birmingham, England who crafts noise and experimental sounds. ISF makes a lot of quality noisecore on the EP “Feel. Kill. Conceal. Reveal.”. This is only $3 and is a quick, yet furious listen.


A Bright Sunshiny Day! The Sunshine Blogger Award!

Sunshine Blogger Award

I would like to thank Harotian Essentials for the nomination. It was very kind of you for nominating people. This award is for creative, positive, and inspiring. I hope I’ve been those things in all my blogs.

Here are the rules!

     Write a post thanking the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging sites.

      Answer the question asked to you by the person who nominated you.

 Nominate 11 new bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.

 Notify them about the nomination by commenting on their blog.

 List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or in your post

Here are the questions:

1.What is something that you will always refuse to compromise on?

I want to be an independent artist. With this day and age, one doesn’t need a major label or company to get your works out there. I need creative control in my music, videos, and fiction projects.

2. Are you a daytime person or a nighttime person?

Definitely a daytime person. I could barely stay awake if I’m staying up late at night.

3. If you could own any kind of animal, what will it be?

An iguana. I’ve always wanted one as a pet.

4. Do you have any phobias? What are they?

I have a fear of failure.

5. What is your greatest childhood memory?

Probably my 6th birthday party. That was a fun time where my friends and family dressed up in costumes since my birthday is only a few days before Halloween.

6. What is your favorite dish that you like to cook?

I’m the farthest thing from Gordon Ramsey and Gaston Acurio. Hahahaha! The last thing I remember cooking (read: not throwing something in a microwave) would be fried tofu.

7. What was your very first date like?

It was fine and nothing too special. This first date happened at homecoming.

8. To you, what does it mean to have a “good time”?

Being able to create new things and the rare times I get to hang out with friends. The latter is important since we’re all extremely busy people.

9. Living or dead, who would you want to party with?

Ooh, I’m not much of a party person, but I’m sure having some avant-garde/world cultures art party with people such as Yoshitoshi ABe, Dobet Gnahore, and Tanya Tagaq would be fun.

10. Who is the Ying to your yang?

Like someone who’s the opposite of me? Probably some sellout mainstream musician or movie-maker. HAHAHAHAHA! XD

11. What is your favorite quote and/or bible scripture?

There are so many good quotes I could think of. A somewhat recent quote I’ve liked is this…

“The more you give away, the greater your honor.” -Winona LaDuke

Here are my 11 questions for you.

1. What is your favorite kind of art?
2. Which person living or dead would you like to have coffee or tea with?
3. Which 3 countries would you like to visit that you’ve never been to before?
4. Who do you think is the most underrated musician out there?
5. What inspires you creatively?
6. What was your greatest accomplishment so far?
7. Which fictional character would you like to hang out with?
8. What was the kindest thing that someone has said to you?
9. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
10. What is your favorite poem?
11. What is your advice to creative individuals?

I hereby nominate the following…

1. Kimchisama
2. Brittney’s Blog
3. AniMessenger
4. Joshua Hedlund

ZAP Records Spotlight: Dragged Out

Here’s an old-school example of ZAP Records’ older catalog. This is Dragged Out. They are a Scottish hardcore/punk band that was around in the early-mid 00s. This was one of the early bands from ZAP founder Dave Emmerson and also a mutual friend of ours named Dougle McMysteron. This is their entire discography in one album. By the way…it’s free or pay-what-you-want!

Feel free to check out Dragged Out!

The Antidote Interviews Dave Emmerson from ZAP Records

I found out about this interview recently. It was amazing that Dave Hawkins from The Antidote interviewed my friend who’s also named Dave. They talk about the origins of ZAP Records and his numerous bands. Also, I got name-dropped briefly in this interview. Dave Emmerson is a legit guy and he really cares about the independent music scene.

Check out his bands:

The Old-Timers [Hardcore/Punk]:

Their Throats Are Open Tombs [Digital Hardcore/Experimental/Noise]:

Dystopian Futures [Post-Punk/Noise Rock]:

Katauta #49

I uncovered an instrument I haven’t played in years. This is none other than the melodica, ladies and gentlemen. Interesting fact about this instrument: it was also used in the song “Clint Eastwood” by the Gorillaz.

I decided to give myself more constraints by having an entirely alliterative poem with all the words starting with C.

The #Epic18Tale Project Begins!

Here’s a literary project I’m doing with the TaleHunt app with 18 word stories.

C. M. B. Bell's Writing Universe

Starting today, I’m going to be more active on TaleHunt.

My current project on that app is the #Epic18Tale. They will be eighteen word stories that will be posted on there daily. This would be easy because of the word count, but difficult in a way because I have to tell a complete story with so little words.

If you have TaleHunt, then follow me @tocsinchronicle.

If you don’t have TaleHunt, then you can download that app for free on your smartphone. TaleHunt is kind of like Twitter, but with microfiction stories 250 characters or less.

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Proving My Humanity

This is just a personal post that I felt a bit compelled to write.

I’ve been talking about some harsh subjects with some friends and some fellow bloggers especially when it came to race. No, the fact that this is Black History Month was entirely irrelevant although one could argue with it being unintentional subtext.

Some of you that have read some of my previous posts may have seen me mention about reading some historical subjects especially when it comes to Black and Native American history. It was shocking with all the things I’ve read about that were well-researched and it frustrates me how a lot of this stuff isn’t talked about in history books. Race relations and multiculturalism are subjects that’s been in my heart for a while.

It has showed up in so many of my blogs. For example, I got video of a biracial poet who talked about growing up as a minority on Autumn Peal Media and Vimeo. In Iridium Eye, I’ve reviewed multiple documentaries dealing with that subject and I’ve reviewed movies that have anti-racist metaphors. With my fiction projects that I’ve publicly shown and the ones I haven’t revealed yet. I enjoy using protagonists of all ethnic groups in several stories because I like diverse casts, writing characters that break stereotypes, and I would love it if some reader says “This is awesome! This hero is well-written and looks like me!”. If that happens, I’ve done my job. Well, that and not making race the main crux of a plot. People should write characters of a certain ethnic group and not an ethnic character. There’s a huge difference.

I had a conversation with a friend where I opened up some of my feelings of having self-hatred. I’ve been bullied during my younger years and part of it was because of some racial stuff later on in life. Whenever I call them out, they get so defensive and are full of denial. Every day (even today), I’ve felt like I had to prove my humanity to show that I’m just as competent as most people. More often than not, I had to work multiple jobs and study harder than anyone else to show that I’m a human worthy of respect and dignity. It does give me hope that my friends see me as someone worthy and they were able to listen to me.

Granted, I’m far from perfect and I’ve certainly stumbled. I have been slowly beginning to love myself even though it’s been a gradual process. Blogging in all of my pages has given me more confidence and a chance to show my knowledge in multiple subjects.

Sorry for rambling, everyone. Thanks for reading this.