Monday, September 29, 2008

Radio Silence

Over the weekend I recieved a copy of a new book entitled Radio Silence: A Selected Visual History of American Hardcore Music. This book was put together by Anthony Pappalardo and Nathan Nedorostek. Now I had never met these two kids over the years that I had been invovled with the hardcore scene. Which is kind of incredible considering all the friends we have in common. But one day Anthony tracked me down (I never have asked how he did that) and asked about possibly using some of my photos in a book he was working on. Around this time, some other guy also wrote to my asking the same thing, but Anthony followed through. We met up in the city and over lunch he laid out the plans him and Nathan had for their book. I really liked what he had to say so I said yes, and what do you need from me? They borrowed my negatives, which was a nerve racking experience for me, and they did their thing. Anyway, time went on and now suddenly the final product is here. And boy is it nice looking. I've just started reading it, so I can't get too much into the written side of this book, but visually, Nate and Anthony did a fantastic job. It's the type of book you keep lying around just so that you can keep looking at it over and over. It's pretty cool looking through the book to see my photos next to some pretty iconic hardcore stuff. In fact it's a big honor to have been able to contribute to this project. I highly recommend all you people check it out next time you're wandering around a book store. They are having a book release party on October 3rd in Brooklyn. And the next day, October 4th, a photo show with selected images from the book will open in another section of Brooklyn. Check their website for the details. Hope to see you there.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Truckstop Honeymoon

Truckstop Honeymoon Landing in my mailbox today was the new cd from Truckstop Honeymoon. I'm very happy about this. Truckstop Honeymoon are great and have seriously made some of my most favorite music in recent years. Made up of Katie Euliss and Mike West, these two write really fun songs with great lyrics. Always a joy to listen to, and they've always gotten better with each new record. The same goes for this new record entitled "Great Big Family." I highly recommend everyone check out their site and order their cds. You'll see some of my photos around on their site too. Also, definitely try to see them live. So very fun to see live. Katie and Mike are also two of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
A little side note on the photo above, don't try visiting, I let the site die a short while ago. I will eventually build myself a new site when I learn how to do so.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

"new" photo

I just uploaded a "new" shot to my flickr page. It's a shot of Zach from Inside Out at a show that took place in a little VFW Hall down in San Diego. I don't recall much about the show, including when exactly it took place. Farside, Heroin, and Slapshot might have played too, but like I said, I don't recall. I don't have the best memory and now that I'm older, I'm regretting not writing things down. Some of this info could probably be a bit useful. Oh well. Anyway, I've always liked this shot of Zach, but never used it in my old zine, Tidbit Fanzine. The big reason for this was that Zach is actually out of focus in the shot. The kids in the background are very in focus, but Zach is a bit blurry. It may not look it on the internet, but if you saw the 8x10 I scanned, you see it more clearly. Back when I made this photo I was using a little point and shoot camera. I just didn't have the money or the know how to handle a manual camera then. Plus, little point and shoots were great for making photos at shows while kids were going bonkers all around you. No real worries about it getting bashed to pieces. But a problem that did come up for me, was that the auto focus was at times a bit screwy. This photo is a good case. Inside Out Inside Out were such a great band to see live. So intense, yet so very fun. The music and the tension in the air shook you to the core. You felt every chord played, every drum pounded, every word screamed. Those were good times.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Look at me! I'm blogging!

So, yeah. I've started a blog thingy. Not exactly sure what I'll be doing here. I'll figure that out eventually.