ALSO: Japanese Hardcore, Energy Vampires + 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.

:: Oh hell yes, @heckhammer posted a huge Twitter thread of Japanese 80s hardcore bands.

:: Wise words from Kayla Phillips, “Spring cleaning by getting rid of the emotional vampires around you.”

:: Here’s three songs I dug this past week. Two of them weren’t metal.

:: Trying to read more this year, and of course read a sweet book about grief and loss; ‘We Are Okay‘ by Nina LaCour.

:: The On the Rag Again podcast (with Megan from Couch Slut and our pal Bekki) is listen-able again.

ALSO: Suffocation, Social Media + 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.

:: “If you work at a record store and you put price stickers directly on digipaks, you’re an enemy of both art and commerce simultaneously. you’re a bad person. you’re unlovable.” I have to agree. [Twitter]

:: Frank Mullen officially steps down from Suffocation. [Ghost Cult Mag]

:: I love this bit from the latest episode of Tricky, about offloading your community building to 3rd party sites, where sites like FB (and Twitter) sell your audience back to you. Ooph. [Tricky Podcast]

:: Skull Toaster friend @fcknheadbanger with a killer cover of Flotsam and Jetsam’s ‘It All Smells Like Trash to Me.’

ALSO: Should we Keep Making Metal Music, Facebook + 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.

:: Brenocide makes a good point; “IT’S TIME TO STOP MAKING METAL MUSIC.” [Toilet Ov Hell]

:: “Remember, you don’t have to go see Ready Player One because it’s a meme. That’s exactly what the marketers set out to make you do.” [Twitter]

:: Here’s another reason for bands to get off of Facebook. [Seth W.]

:: No more giant collection of Bandcamp and YouTube links here in the newsletter. Instead I put them all on the Skull Toaster website right here, where you can easily click play and enjoy them. [Skull Toaster]

ALSO: SLUGDGE, Slaves BC, and why Facebook is a Waste of Time

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.

:: ‘Why Facebook Is a Waste of Time—and Money—for Arts Nonprofits‘ – I will argue that it’s also a waste of time for bands, music blogs, and labels, but hey, read the post. The number are depressing.

:: Josh Thieler of Slaves BC is a guest on the As the Story Grows Podcast.

:: SLUGDGE. Oh my, so good.

ALSO: Melvins, Trove, The Armed, Underoath

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.

:: Melvins released ‘Stop Moving to Florida,’ the first single from ‘PINKUS ABORTION TECHNICIAN,’ due out April 20th. [YouTube]

:: Quirky guitar noodling and old ladies collide in Polyphia’s video for ’40oz’ [YouTube]

:: Did you like Vanna? Vocalist Davey Muise is now doing Trove, and they released ‘Massive’ recently. [YouTube]

:: Missed from last week; Life of Agony channel Alice in Chains on ‘Dead Speak Kindly’ [YouTube], The Armed continue to destroy with ‘Witness,’ with Ben Koller (Converge, Mutoid Man, etc) on drums  [YouTube]

:: Underoath are back with an F bomb [YouTube], and Vattnet are done.

ALSO: Slaves BC, Pulsatile Tinnitus, Wrong

:: Missed this last week, by Slaves BC released ‘Lo’ from their upcoming LP ‘Lo, and I Am Burning.’ The Sludge Lord

:: Pulsatile Tinnitus (Kayla Phillips of Bleed The Pigs) released ‘Sitting With a Pit In My Heart, Waiting For It To Fill.’ Bandcamp

:: If Helmet worship is your thing, Wrong posted a new song, ‘Culminate,’ from their upcoming album ‘Feel Great.’ Bandcamp

:: If 14+ minute songs are your thing, listen to Windhand’s ‘Three Sisters’. YouTube

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.