Justin Yates: 8.13.2018

I’m super stoked that my friend Justin Yates is gearing up for some new tunes. Feel free to watch this teaser.

Check out his music on http://justinyates.bandcamp.com!

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What a way to break stereotypes! Ashenda Festival Crowdfunding

https://www.youcaring.com/advisemedianetwork-1167178

I know I’ve been posting irregularly, but I want to bring light on this cause which I find to be quite fascinating.

This crowdfunding campaign involves independent media organization Advise Show Media as they try to cover the Ashenda Festival in Mekelle, Ethiopia. Here’s a video of what said festival is about…

I think this is so fantastic on several levels. It’s awesome showing all the different cultures with how they celebrate. For those of you that know about me here or my other blogs, you should know that I can’t stand the stereotypes of Africa being poor, crime-ridden, diseased, and having no culture. This is a way to break through those lies that the mainstream media perpetuates on Africa. The Ashenda Festival crowdfunding is a great cause for Advise Show to cover this year’s festival, document the event, and to show various aspects of Ethiopia that they never show anyone.

I support this cause, and I hope you give it a little glimpse. Thank you.

P. S. Major thumbs up for Ethiopia and Eritrea finally reaching peace with each other after decades of fighting. Seeing both countries’ leaders hugging each other just hit me in the feels.

Dystopian Futures: Low Arts EP

Last Monday, Dystopian Futures released their brand new EP Low Arts!

This EP is great for those who like creative and innovative music with better musicality or depth than whatever is on Top 40 radio. Dystopian Futures are also releasing this album for free or pay-what-you-want. If you want get some tunes, then feel free to download this album. Please chip in some money to them if you feel so inclined, so they can continue making some quality experimental punk rock. If you download this EP, you’ll also get the music video of the title track as a bonus! Here’s the video for those who haven’t seen it: https://vimeo.com/268278856.

Dystopian Futures Interview from The Antidote

http://www.theantidoteradio.com/interview/interview-with-dystopian-futures

Very recently, Dave Emmerson from Dystopian Futures was interviewed by The Antidote. He had some great insight for his current band. Dave also talks about the weaknesses of social media, rampant narcissism, and sci-fi. Shoot, I didn’t even know he was a fan of Dr. Strangelove. Hahaha! I thought this was a great interview and you should check it out.

Don’t forget that Dystopian Futures’s Low Arts EP comes out on 6/11/18 on http://zaprecords.bandcamp.com.

Check out the Fear EP: https://zaprecords.bandcamp.com/album/zap-033-fear-cs

Don’t forget, Dystopian Futures has a new music video for their Low Arts song. Yes, I worked on it and I threw in some stealth puns. Hee hee hee…

My Reasons Why

My Reasons Why

This was a huge delay, but I need to make this post.

The wonderful Kimchisama created this award tag called My Reasons Why. This was innovative and something that can spread positivity around. I can certainly use some more substantive positivity, to be honest. Thanks, Kimchisama! I was honored when you nominated me and when you specifically mentioned how we had great conversations about different things on her blog.

Here are the rules for My Reasons Why:

1. Mention the person who nominated you

2. List 13 reasons why you keep going/living (This is borrowed from the book but I’m taking it the opposite direction).

3. Nominate 10 or more people to give their reasons why.

4. Use the picture that Kimchisama created as seen in this article.

Here we go!

1. My literary projects: When I got into writing stories 4 years ago, I realized that I had so much untapped creative potential. I finally got to release some of my books.

2. The Ospreyshire Project: This current spoken word/avant-garde music project I’ve been working on for 2 years has been a great creative progression.

3. My family: I’m glad that they support me and have helped me out.

4. My friends I still talk with: I’m glad to have some good friends who still want to reach out. Since I don’t have social media, this is huge and it lets me know who my real pals are.

5. Independent and foreign cinema: I’m glad there’s quality movies outside of Hollywood. That and I get to review them. Hee hee hee…

6. Books: I’m able to read things even if it’s mainly non-fiction.

7. Learning: Despite having a degree, I had to know that learning doesn’t end. That and I want to teach others about what I know.

8. Open-minded people: It’s amazing seeing people who actually care about others.

9. Miso soup: Okay, this is a superficial one, but I can’t say no to that soup especially on the rare occasions where I have Japanese food. Hahaha!

10. Being certified to teach adults: This was very unexpected, but I was able to get certified last December.

11. Geography: I enjoy learning about other countries and cultures.

12: The blogging community: I tackle tons of topics with all of my pages. It’s a miracle there are people actually interested in what I have to say.

13: My newfound assertiveness: I was always an internalizer, but blogging helped me express my feelings with people online and real life more often.

I hereby nominate the following:

The Zone of Nerders
Jenn
Xena
AfroSapiophile
Brandon Knoll
Elleguyence
Joshua Stamper
Madekesiworld
Mechanical Anime Reviews
Joshua Hedlund

ZAP Records Spotlight: Skree Alleen

Hello, everyone!

I’d like to introduce you to South African artist Willem Samuel AKA Skree Alleen. He just dropped a new EP earlier this week called “Artefak” and it’s quite good. It’s certainly no sophomore slump from this artist. Much like Metode en Tegniek, the lyrics are actually in Afrikaans of all things.

Fee free to check it out. It’s only $2 to buy!

ZAP Records Spotlight: 2 Minute Minor

Here’s another example of some quality Chicago hardcore music. This is 2 Minute Minor. They are a sextet from the Windy City that also features members from October Bird of Death. They base their music on 80s hardcore and some Oi! music. Their debut EP “…A Goon’s Best Friend” is on ZAP’s Bandcamp. By the way, this album is free or pay-what-you-want. They also have another album coming out on May 11th.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/2minuteminorhardcore/about/?ref=page_internal

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!