Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wedard / Nocturnal Depression split OUT NOW!!!

From: Wedard
Date: Nov 23, 2009 3:10 PM
Subject: Wedard / Nocturnal Depression split OUT NOW!!!
Body: you want to buy?

direct by me or

many distros and labels will get the stuff in few days!

Andrew G. Clark's "Future Trends" Project Featured in NME Magazine

Andrew Clark, a friend of mine and member of my house church, got a write-up in NME magazine. It was longer than this, but this is what i could find on their site so far (btw check out his graphic design blog and other project, JAILB8)...

3. Free download of the day
Future Trends 'Moonraker' (from No Pain In Pop blog)
Once again No Pain In Pop chucks up a gem. The interstellar synth of 'Moonraker' by Ohio native Andrew G Clark, aka Future Trends, starts out as a hopelessly mournful tale of lost love, before a single-finger piano melody chimes in and the shifting beat delivers just the slightest, most subtle smidge of hope.

Aaaaaaaaaaaand clicking on the aforementioned blog link will bring you this:

More glide. And does Future Trends glide - through gears and problems, evading chemical sludge and girl trouble, out the other side somehow clean and fresh as a diamond. ‘Moonraker’ and ‘Dangerous’ feel like being born outside in the rain, like Jan Hammer was. Some of us are just blessed like that, I suppose.

More wine?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bughouse Video Moving Across Street (To Where Ali's Boutique Was), Expanding...

From: bughouse video
Date: Friday, November 20, 2009 8:43 AM
Subject: We're moving...this Sunday 11/22!

We're really excited! This Sunday 11/22 we'll be moving Bughouse Video across the street to 4183 Hamilton Ave., directly next to Sidewinder Coffee & Tea. We'll be closed for business on Sunday only and will reopen on Monday at our new location, same phone number, same street, same website, etc...

Wanna score a couple free rentals? Then show up at Bughouse this Sunday at noon to help us schlep our entire store across the street!

Bughouse Video
we're also on Facebook and Twitter!


4170 Hamilton Ave. (4183 next week)
Cincinnati, OH 45223

*Coming up next week: Details on our 5th anniversary celebration*

Thursday, November 19, 2009


They're mostly being made available through local health clinics.  Here's the website (and yes, it's "https://")...

Also, from what I read on there, I think pre-registration is mandatory?  Whatever the case, check to make sure.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

White Walls Demo Reviewed in Latest Maximum Rock'n Roll (#319 - December 2009)


WHITE WALLS - Five songs of harsh, dissonant hardcore along the lines of whatever you call the sound that's being cultivated by bands such as CULT RITUAL and TOTAL ABUSE, and though the layout does reek a bit of this band trying to be "cryptic" (based on the ambiguous artwork and stark layout), I otherwise don't get the impression WHITE WALLS is trying to pull some sort of "weird punk" hack job.  These songs don't follow a formula, have tempo changes that are unexpected without being awkward, and parts rarely repeat themselves twice. The vocals actually remind me of DOWN IN FLAMES of all things, though they're mildly muddled, as is the recording to a certain extent. The second side's single song has the singer babbling incoherently over a single note/chord dirge, with occasional B-side-of-My War informed changeups and feedback squalling over everything.

- Dan Goetz (5-song cassette, no lyrics included, 518 Garrard St., Covington, KY 41011)

Surprise!!! Ikea is corrupt, just like every other corporation in the world!!!

Ikea's heart of darkness: A tale of racism, lies and Swedish meatballs

(Link to the story)

Bruce Watson
Nov 16th 2009 at 9:30AM

Ikea looks like a model of openness and visibility. From its voluminous warehouse-size stores to its furniture's clean lines, the retailer presents a vision of honesty and total disclosure. Even founder and President Ingvar Kamprad (pictured) seems to be an open book: a simple farmer's boy from rural Sweden who overcame dyslexia and alcoholism to become one of the world's wealthiest men. Yet, even as he's risen to the top of the business world, he still has an old Klippan sofa and a Billy bookshelf in his living room, showing that he remains a humble, salt-of-the-earth type who hasn't forgotten his roots.

Not according to Johan Stenebo. Kamprad's former personal assistant, Stenebo reveals in a new book published in Sweden that the budget-furnishings monolith seems to have quite a few sordid secrets. The Truth About Ikea has yet to be translated into English, yet it's already sent ripples through the media, as Ikea fans learn that all may not be sunshine and meatballs at their favorite cheap, simple, eco-friendly big-box home-furnishings store.

A Deep Vein of Racism

Stenebo's position has given him amazing access to Kamprad, but he's not the first to question the furniture tycoon's morality. A journalist in 1994 threatened to expose Kamprad's adolescent membership in Nazi youth organizations. Kamprad addressed the matter publicly, apologizing to his Jewish employees and dismissing this revelation as a brief and foolish flirtation with Nazism. But it appears he may have been raising funds and recruiting members as late as September 1945, and he remained friends with a Swedish fascist politician through the 1950s.

And Kamprad's Nazi adventure may have been indicative of a deeper vein of racism. Stenebo says Ikea execs often refer to foreigners as "niggers" and deny them promotions. All of Ikea's top executives come from the same small region of Sweden as Kamprad, Stenebo alleges; he also characterizes Kamprad's heir apparent, Peter, as an "incompetent racist."

Environmental Concerns

What of Ikea's reputation as an eco-friendly retailer? In 1992, the company famously adopted an Environmental Action Plan that cut down on its use of environmentally damaging products and promoted recyclable and recycled materials. It has stopped giving customers plastic bags, increased its use of solar panels, and introduced other initiatives designed to cut its environmental footprint.

Stenebo himself was managing director of Ikea's GreenTech division, which sells solar panels and other green goods. But he has his doubts about Ikea's green report card. Ikea buys most of its wood from China, where its suppliers are said to be responsibly sourcing their materials, but Stenebo says, "I know that even in China, you can't buy legal wood for the price that we paid there."

Oddly, Ikea's greatest mystery -- and its greatest potential scandal -- doesn't seem to be on Stenebo's radar. This year, Fortune ranked Kamprad the world's fifth richest man; weeks later, Reuters stated that Kamprad was actually the richest man in the world. On one level, this is just an academic argument: for most of us, the gap between Bill Gates's $46.6 billion and Kamprad's alleged $53 billion is really immaterial. But the confusion over whether Kamprad is the wealthiest or fifth wealthiest reveals that Ikea's finances are almost impenetrable. The company is owned and operated by Ingka Holding, a Dutch firm owned by a charitable trust called Stichting INGKA Foundation, which devotes its $1.7 billion in post-tax profits to "innovation in the field of architecture and interior design."

From any other charity, that's a highly admirable goal. From a charity funded by a store specializing in architecture and interior design, that mission lands a little too close to its corporate goals. And the charity's finances are more than a little murky; it's unclear how much of Stichting INGKA's funds make their way to Stichting IKEA, another charitable trust that actually funds interior-design work. And although Kamprad has ostensibly given up control of Ikea, he's chairman of the board of Stichting INGKA -- which means he actually still rules Ikea.

Virtuous -- on Paper

On paper, Ikea could hardly appear more virtuous: an eco-friendly company that gives all its money to a charitable trust. But if Kamprad is actually a canny, media-manipulating, racist ex-Nazi who produces low-quality furniture from questionable materials, running a company whose profits are funneled through a collection of shady Dutch charities that let it dodge taxes while claiming to fund design projects that ultimately become part of the company's research and development -- if all that is true, then Ikea may well be just another big corporation with a big collection of skeletons rattling around in its big closet.

Even if Stenebo's allegations are true, many critics will undoubtedly argue that they only show that Ikea is just like most other companies, for which the quest for lower costs and higher profits occasionally lead to some morally uncomfortable practices. In this regard, Ikea's greatest failing may be its inability to live up to its own hype.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Congratulations to Nicholas Ceparski and Teeth Collection!!!!

They got a positive review in the December issue of Decibel Magazine (Converge is on the cover...), one of the only print publications that's actually making money right now. Unfortunately, it's not on the website, as it's just a blurb in a small review section for experimental noise and related genres (The Wages of Din section, which Scott Seward runs and reviews everything in).

Jason Zeh/Explosive Improvised Device/Nicholas Ceparski/Teeth Collection
split double cassette
From deep within the bowels of god knows where comes his four-artist tape package of lo-fi drone and super-satisfying entanglements of power and buzz sure to lift the spirits of anyone who hates the idea of music being "uplifting" in any way, shape or form. Get it while the getting's good.

If you make, sell, or distribute noise, deep drone/psych, experimental electronic and/or nuclear industrial crazy ass gunk and want to be featured in a future edition of The Wages of Din, e-mail me at