Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Comic Creator Dwayne McDuffie Dies at 49

(art by Denys Cowan)

Comic book and television writer Dwayne McDuffie passed away yesterday from complications resulting from surgery. It's a sad day for comic book lovers, Dwayne was an excellent writer and I've enjoyed many of his books and creations including the Milestone line he helped create and his recent runs on Fantastic Four and Justice League. He will be missed. Here's a bio excerpt from ComicBookResources.com:

"In 1993, McDuffie co-founded Milestone Media along with creators Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Derek T. Dingle. The company's mission statement involved expanding the role of minorities in comics both on the page and off, and they launched (through DC Comics) a line of superheroes that included "Static," "Icon" and Xombi" – all of which McDuffie had a hand in creating.

Over the years, the writer contributed to scores of notable comic book launches and series, always with a keen eye on character, regardless of race. In 2000, his character, Static, made the leap totelevision in the Saturday morning cartoon "Static Shock." In 2003, an episode of the show dealing with gun violence earned the writer the Humanitas Prize.

In recent years, McDuffie pursued dual tracks in animation and comics writing. He served as story editor for the popular "Justice League Unlimited" animated series and wrote a number of DC's recent direct-to-DVD animated films. McDuffie had notable runs on comic series "Fantastic Four" and "Justice League of America," often incorporating Black characters into the core of the fabled franchises."

RIP Phil Vane of Extreme Noise Terror

There's rumors floating around the internet and forums that Phil Vane one of the vocalists for legendary crust/grind band Extreme Noise Terror (and one time vocalist for Napalm Death) was found dead last night. I hope this isn't true but I've been seeing it posted by a bunch of musicians and people close to Phil. RIP.

*Update from Brooklyn Vegan on 2/23/2011 afternoon:
"Phil Vane, vocalist of the highly influential grind/crust band Extreme Noise Terror has passed away. Rumors started to fly yesterday in response to a Mick Harris (Napalm Death, Doom and Extreme Noise Terror) facebook post, the band has since confirmed his passing with the following statement:

"The rumors are true. We're sorry to announce that Phil passed away recently. The band will make a full statement soon but for now we need to take the time to come to terms with this terrible loss."

Extreme Noise Terror, which was born 25 years ago in England, is one of the most influential (and one of the first) grindcore bands of all time. Extreme Noise Terror recently released a split EP with Japanese hardcore killers Slang for Farewell Records. Get a copy. Phil Vane R.I.P."

Sunday, February 06, 2011

No Nazi Noise [NNNCO] Compilation

Here's a bunch of free noise, power electronics and more from awesome zine "No Nazi Noise" (not recommended for the feint of heart or ear.) You can probably tell from the name that this zine is staunchly against the Nazi and right-wing racist element found in certain circles of the noise scene. What we have here is a comp from artists all around the world who support the spirit of this zine. There's a lot of great stuff to be found here, I especially enjoy the track from anarcho death ambient/heavy electronics "group" Black Bloc. You also get a pdf copy of the zine with this download. Check an excerpt from the press release below and the download link to NNNCO's bandcamp after, which has the comp and other free albums you can download (you can also click the jump to see all available links for the artists on this comp courtesty of NNNCO head RJ Myato.) NAZI PUNKS FUCK OFF!

"Originally released as a cd-r+zine compilation. Over an hour of music with half-page sized booklet containing artists’ writings about their experiences with right-wing racism in the noise scene.

More than a dozen international artists in the genres of harsh noise, glitch, improv, digital hardcore, and more opposing bigotry, fascism, homophobia, misogyny, and prejudice in noise...

Curated by NNNCoalition co-founder RJ Myato."

Download Here: http://nnnco.bandcamp.com/

NNNCO Wordpress: http://nnnco.wordpress.com/

Black Flag Hair Chart

I've always liked this, there's gotta be a beard version of this for another band out there somewhere. (Click the pic for full size)

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Oldie But Goodie...

This is from awhile back but I missed it the first time around, an Idol Threat post got some love on the Bloodlust! site. Bloodlust! is a legendary power electronics/noise label run by Bloodyminded/Anatomy of Habit's Mark Solotroff. Might be chump change to some but it's a big deal to me. Check out the blogpost link and links to Bloodlust's website and more:

The Link: http://bloodlust.blogspot.com/

Bloodlust Website: http://bloodshop.bigcartel.com/

Anatomy of Habit bandcamp: http://anatomyofhabit.bandcamp.com/

ZaSKaE - Chikara [Free Download]

Let's keep the grind comin! ZaSKaE comes to us from Germany and they play some pretty sweet Japanese influenced grind, they even named their album "Chikara" which is Japanese for strength or power. These 5 tracks combined run just a little over 3 minutes so this is a hit and run release. You can get it for free courtesy of the internet label To Live A Lie. Enjoy.

Download Here: ZaSKaE - Chikara

Website: ZaSKaE Facebook Page

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Free Grind at www.grindcorekaraoke.com

So with the so-called "snowmaggedon" that Chicago is experiencing I really should be posting some doom or Noise or something but don't worry, these grind albums are just as apocalyptic-sounding. J. Randall of Grindcore band Agoraphobic Nosebleed posted a link to this on his Twitter and I'm glad I came across it. Grindcore Karaoke is a bandcamp page housing free albums from 6 different bands, and it looks like that more may be on the way too. I haven't been able to find any other information on this besides the fact that J. Randall designed all the album covers and they all have "grind" and "Japan" as

This is pretty fucking rad though, 6 awesome grind
albums all for free and all different. We get albums from Wadge, Kusari Gama Kill from Copenhagen, Eustachian, Columbian grinders Chulo, Marion Barry (who released my least favorite album but has the best name, "Black Power Violence") and Robocop whose release "Robocop II" is the best of the bunch so far. Stream the albums, download the ones you like and keep an eye on the page for more to come. And if you haven't heard the new Agoraphobic Nosebleed album then you're missing out, check out the links below:

*update: according to a post he made on Decibel's blog Grindcore Karoake is a new label Randall started. On Feb 10th they will release "EXSTREAM" from MARUOSA.

Get it Free: http://www.grindcorekaraoke.com/

Get AxNxBx Newest Here: Agorapocalypse at Amazon.com

Help out DJ Kool Herc, Founder of Hip Hop

Please take the time to help out the founder of Hip Hop

"Over the weekend, DJ Kool Herc took ill.

He is without health insurance and facing enormous hospital bills.

Hip-hop has to take care of its pioneers.

If you love this movement, do what you can.

Donations are being accepted now at:

Kool Herc Productions
PO Box 20472
Huntington Station, NY 11746

Paypal: cindycampbell1@aol.com

More information coming soon."