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.

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.

ALSO: Pillärs, Slugdge, Coffin Torture + 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.

:: Our pal Beth (@KapustaDiamond) plays in Pillärs, and they have a new record out titled ‘Abandoned’ (listen on Bandcamp).

:: Slugdge are releasing ‘Esoteric Malacology’ in March. Pre-order on Bandcamp or Willowtip.

:: I know some of y’all are freelancers, so: ‘10 Commandments (for Clients)

:: The Sludgelord and Skull Toaster patron Dewar PR are teaming up to form Sludgelord Records. Their first release is from the two person doom machine called Coffin Torture (listen here on Bandcamp)

:: If you got a few bucks, Raw Paw studio in Austin, TX were the victims of arson. There’s a fundraiser here, and artist Richey Beckett is making a shirt available for pre-order with all proceeds going to Raw Paw.

:: PureGrainAudio acquired Broken Amp – read about it here.

:: This week made a bit better with some TRVE KVLT coffee in my mug.

ALSO: Ergo, I Exist, Botch, Conjurer + more

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.

:: Brian Cook says this is the first Botch flyer (he should know). And seriously, if you’re not following his Tumblr you damn well should be.

:: My friend Jacob and his band Ergo, I Exist are putting out an album this year.

:: Broken Amp closes up shop and joins forces with Pure Grain Audio.

:: My pal Jaci is posting a song every day, and if you know Jaci that means good shit.

:: ‘A Former Google Employee on How Your Phone Is Designed to Control Your Life’ – video

:: Been listening to the new Conjurer, and Outlier’sThrough A Set Of Rose Shaded Eyes,’ which got me listening to Sectioned’sOutlier‘ which came out in 2013, which led me to 2015’s ‘Orange Mathematics’ by Frontierer. Telling ‘ya, modern UK metal is sweet.

:: You know all those silly videos I post on Fridays? They were viewed just a bit over 10,000 times in all of 2016. Thanks for that!

ALSO is Now a Quarterly Zine

Why get into print in 2018?

I’m getting into print because someday Twitter and Instagram are going to close, and the 2000+ questions (along with funny videos and quirky images) are all going to disappear.

Back in 2006 MySpace was the #1 music on the internet. In 2008 AOL Music became #1. Now, a decade later, neither exist in their former glory.

Launched on Jan 1, 2018 and sent to Patreon supporters, ALSO exists to be found five years from now. You won’t need special equipment to read it, or a fancy media player – it’s a piece of paper and you’ll be able to hold it and be transported back to early 2018, when you got it in the mail.

ALSO is exclusive to $3/mo + members. Click here to find out how you can get a copy.

For now ALSO exists as a one-page, folded zine, which I hope to expand with each issue. If you have questions, shoot me an email: seth@skulltoaster.com