QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Trying to Refocus on More In-Person Interactions”

As social media twists and contorts to make money for investors and board members (think ALGORITHMS vs chronologically arranged timelines), it’s getting harder for media outlets, writers, metal trivia hosts (ahem), and all sorts of creative people to get noticed.

Truth: a blog post about a celeb wearing a Megadeth shirt will get more clicks than a smartly written interview with a fascinating artist. That’s just the way it is!

But Facebook and algorithms can’t take away our face to face conversations, or our emails, or our text messages! So take heart, my creative lovelies – we were creative before social media, and we’ll be around long after Facebook closes their doors.

Metal Trivia Answers: Faith No More, William DuVall + More

HI, metal friend. This week my friend Tweeted, “Don’t be discouraged, keep doing good.”

Keep hugging your friends, writing, showing up. Keep buying albums, texting people you haven’t talked to in awhile, and supporting worthy causes. We’re allowed to be tired, run down, and shocked, but we can’t give up. Stakes are too high.

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ALSO: Metal & Coffee, Devin Allen, Metal Videos + more

ALSO is a collection of miscellaneous bits I find during the week, and also the name of the quarterly print zine I send out to members.

:: I spoke with Ebonie (@metalandcoffee_) for an upcoming issue of the print edition of ALSO (more info on that here), and she told me how she puts together her playlist for her weekly radio show. “So I keep a spreadsheet, and just go through them one by one, and mark off the things,” she told me. “Every month, I have a day where I do reconciliation, like, okay, did I listen to this album, did I like it? Nope? I didn’t like it, I fill in the background with red, if I like it I’ll fill in the background with green. That’s how I create my playlists, I’ll go to that spreadsheet.”

:: Hey, photographer friends; got a spare digital camera lying around? Check out Devin Allen’s fundraiser for getting cameras into the hands of Baltimore’s youth.

:: I started making YouTube playlists of metal stuff earlier this year. Most are actual videos, others are “lyric videos,” but you get the point. Just this week there’s been new music from TesseractNapalm Death, Will Haven, Turnstile, Harm’s Way, Krosis, Caliban, Monster Magnet, Good Tiger, Barren Earth, Rivers of Nihil, A Perfect Circle, Fu Manchu + more.

Full YouTube Playlist for Feb 2018
Full YouTube Playlist for Jan 2018

:: Take a few minutes and read ‘Why It’s Important to Stop Using “Female-Fronted” as a Metal Genre Right Now.’ Oh, hell yes, I love this.

Quote of the Week: “I’m Not Sure Even Like Music Anymore”

This Tweet from the monster that is @axeslasher led to a lively conversation on the ‘ole Twitter, which reminds me of why I loved Twitter for so long.

Trusting streaming music playlists is tough because – no matter how good the curator – metal is such a varied genre, with layers of sub-genres and nuance. But trusting just your friends or a few people in your network can get stagnant, too.

Trying to keep up with the steady flow of new releases is a full-time job, one that’s tough to keep up with even when it IS your full-time job. The best course of action? Find stuff accidentally, tuck some links away for another day, and enjoy the albums you already love.

Metal Trivia Answers: Body Count, Puppy Steak, Candiria + more

Hi, metal friends. Below are the metal trivia answers to the metal trivia questions that I posted on Twitter and Instagram for the week of February 5-9. Being that it’s February – Black History Month – each answer features a black artist doing good stuff in metal.

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ALSO: Aaron Turner, RSS, ‘Bedrock: A Delicate Exchange’ + more

ALSO is a collection of miscellaneous bits I find during the week, and also the name of the quarterly print zine I send out to members.

:: Watch a playlist on YouTube of songs and videos I liked from January 2018.

:: ‘DC-Area Record Label Cuneiform Has Gone on Hiatus, and It May Not Come Back‘ – “The default now is free, and I can’t run an office on free.”

:: ‘Aaron Turner on Isis, Hydra Head, and Like a Million Other Projects.’ A nice read, but give the website a minute (or two) to load (lots of YouTube embeds).

:: “Maybe instead of checking Twitter as soon as we finish this paragraph, we should start building our RSS readers instead,” from ‘Is 2018 the Year We Step Away From Social Media?’ by Nicole Dieker. I know I’ve been spending less time on Twitter this year.

:: Check out and support ‘Bedrock: A Delicate Exchange,’ which is the work of “three women coming together to form a collaborative relationship that is unfound in literary platforms.”

:: Being that it’s Black History Month, Kim Kelly of Noisey put together a Twitter thread of metal bands that include black musicians. You may have noticed the first two questions of February have featured black greatness. More of that awesomeness in the coming weeks.

ALSO: We lose The Awl and Doug Moore’s Black Market, but Black Metal and Brews is Alive Again

ALSO is a collection of miscellaneous bits I find during the week, and also the name of the quarterly print zine I send to members.

:: The Awl and The Hairpin close up shop. I’m sure we’re gonna see a lot more sites closing in the coming year.

:: I didn’t catch this, but Doug Moore’s Black Market column ended over at Stereo Gum. “I’ve just been writing about metal for a very long time, since I was in high school,” he wrote in his last piece, “and the time has come to move on.”

:: Ben posted ‘2017’s Finest’ over at his new / old Black Metal and Brews blogspot.

Metal Trivia Answers: Druid Lord, Mothmother, 36 Crazyfists + more

Hello, chilly metal friends! Here are the metal trivia answers for the week of January 22, 2018. I posted these metal trivia questions to Twitter and Instagram, and then I send out an email every Saturday with the answers that you see below. If you like what you see below, subscribe at the bottom of this post!

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