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.

Metal Trivia Answers: Guns N’ Roses, Watain, Hammerfall + more

Ahoy, metal friends. Here are the metal trivia answers to all the metal trivia questions I posted on Twitter and Instagram during the week of January 8th, 2018. I also send these out as an email every Saturday, so if you enjoy this post, be sure to sign up at the bottom of this email.

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Hit Parader, 1987: ‘Out to Lunch with Megadeth’

megadeth_1aJodi Beth Summers goes “Out to Lunch” with Dave Mustaine of Megadeth in the June 1987 issue of Hit Parader.

The interview took place at Sam’s Bar in LA, over “hot dogs, brandy and tortilla chips during a party in Megadeth’s honor.” They discuss the origin of the band name (“It’s a million deaths,” explains Mustaine, “and we want to leave our audience shellshocked wherever we go”),  his split with his Jehovh’s Witness family, and the possible name for the follow up to their 1986 album, ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying.’

I’ve always gotten a kick out of defying authority. Just wait, we want to name our next album ‘The Second Coming of Christ.’

They may have wanted to use that title, but they used ‘So Far, So Good… So What!” instead.

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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!

Metal Trivia Answers: Conan, Megadeth, Tora Tora + more

Hello and welcome to 2018 metal friend. I had to burn most of my belongings in a rusted steel drum to stay warm this week, but thankfully I had time to write this email to you. Someday I hope to feel my toes again.

Below are the metal trivia answers to all the metal trivia questions I posed to Twitter and Instagram for the week of January 1, 2018.

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RIP, 1992: ‘The Slings and Arrows of Faith No More’

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Faith No More carried on without guitarist Jim Martin for awhile, but how did that come about?

Well, Martin talked about his unhappiness with the recording of ‘Angel Dust’ quite a bit, which led to a bit of tension. I’ve heard about that over the years, that Martin wasn’t too stoked on the new material, and he let it be known. In the press. In a time before Twitter.

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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

Would Headbanger’s Ball Work Today?

Met up with @MrVinnieSays this week for coffee and wow, our conversation would have made a good podcast episode, I swear!

One of the things we hit on was the nostalgia of MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, and how a show like that – today – would be such a risk.

When I was a kid there was nothing else on TV to watch. There were no cell phones, smart phones, or internet. I swear, I remember the ONE time I got to see ‘Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver Big Brown Beaver’ by Primus late one night – I held my breath, dared not speak to my friend in the room… I finally got to see the video I longed for! And when it was over, it was OVER. Gone. But now I can watch it whenever I want on YouTube.

Compare that to now, and the hundreds of entertainment choices we have every single night. New shows on Netflix, every new release on streaming music services, everything else on Bandcamp, videos of our friends on Snapchat and / or Instagram, 100 new music videos to watch on YouTube ever day… like, how the hell would a new Headbanger’s Ball even compete with any of that?

P.S. Our pal @jaci_KVLT did the logo and website for Swallowing Fire, ‘an outdoor culinary event (in Portland, OR) in honor of the Great American Eclipse, celebrating the harmony of nature, food, and people.’

Zao Slowed Down

I first heard Zao in 1998 or so, when they just released ‘Where Blood and Fire Bring Rest,’ and that record blew me away. It also helped that I was like 20 years old or so, you know?

Eager to hear more, I went back and found another album, ‘The Splinter Shards the Birth of Separation,’ released in 1997. That didn’t blow me away, but I gave it a few spins.

To note, drummer Jesse Smith was the hold over between those two albums.

ANYWAYS, I saw a Tweet today from @totalvibration, where he said, “Yo this 27 rpm version of Zao’s “Exchange” is evil af,” and well, he’s right. Give it a spin right here.

Skull Toaster Supports Trans Rights

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Under our current administration, friends of mine — people I know and love — will have to worry even more about being discriminated against, fired from a job, or straight up murdered simply because of who they are as people.

That ain’t metal. That’s garbage.

This Friday, I’ll be buying / donating / loving my friends in the face of any and all sort of hatred and so-called “holiness.”

Bandcamp: ‘This Friday, Stand With Bandcamp in Support of Trans Rights