Archive for Hardcore Music

Transmission 7.23.2012 EverythingWentBlack Podcast Gavin Van Vlack

Posted in Everything Went Black Media, Podcast, The Trip with tags , , , , , , , on July 23, 2012 by everythingwentblack

Late last week, I had the pleasure of meeting with Gavin Van Vlack to discuss a wide variety of subjects such as martial arts, fitness and staying on course with your life. Gavin Van Vlack is a long-time player in the New York Hardcore Scene and has been in such notable bands as Burn, Absolution and Die 116.

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Transmission 5.16.2012 EWB PODCAST 014

Posted in Everything Went Black Media, Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2012 by everythingwentblack

I was hanging out with Fred Pessaro the other day and we got into a pretty radical discussion about movie soundtracks, secret identities, 80’s movies, David Bowie and whether or not Fred was going to make up to Irving Plaza that night to see Behemoth and Watain. 

Correction: at one point, we were discussing “To Live and Die in L.A.” and “Christiane F.” I stated that both films were basically about drugs, however, “To Live and Die in L.A.” is in fact about a counterfeit money operation.

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Transmission 4.25.2012 EWB PODCAST 013

Posted in Everything Went Black Media, Podcast with tags , , , on April 26, 2012 by everythingwentblack

Munich, Germany – 4.19.2012
It was late, some of us were drunk, but somehow we were all awake.

Transmission 3.14.2012 Malcolm Tent Video Piece

Posted in Everything Went Black Media with tags , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2012 by everythingwentblack

I’ve been working on this concept of expanding the Everything Went Black idea beyond just a platform for me to rant about touring and other personal pursuits into an actual “journalistic” outlet. Step one was the podcast and now, with this piece on Malcolm Tent, half of the team that founded the great Trash American Style, I’m launching Everything Went Black Media. This is the first piece, but we’ve got a bunch of other cool ideas that we’ll be rolling out over the coming months. Thanks go out to Curro Rodriguez Villalba for photography and Jaclyn Sheer for editing and searching the internet for some of the cool images tha you will see in the piece.

I also started a Facebook site for this new venture, so feel free to check it out, “like” it, leave comments and get in touch. You can find it through my personal page

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Transmission 12.21.2011 Everything Went Black Media

Posted in Everything Went Black Media, The Trip with tags , , , , , on December 21, 2011 by everythingwentblack

The year is almost over and there are a few loose ends that I haven’t tied up that will surface next year.

We’re almost finished editing the Malcolm Tent / Trash American Style Documentary Short. Back in September, Curro Rodriguez and I drove up to Danbury, CT to catch up with Malcom and spent the day interviewing him at various locations. We had a massive amount of footage, all of it was killer; over the past few months, Jaclyn has been editing it down to a tight 8 minute short. We’re hoping to post it next month. That there is more to the story so we’ll be shooting more next year and hopefully a cool, feature length documentary will surface.

We started out with the concept of doing a similar 8 minute mini-doc about ABC NO RIO and the imminent demolition / rebuilding that is about to go down. For those of you who are unfamiliar with ABC NO RIO, it has existed since the early 80’s, late 70’s in New York City’s Lower East Side, as an artist collective and later as a D.I.Y. hardcore venue as well as a site for various craft workshops (screen printing, dark room) and a zine library. Starting with the Giuliani Police State, they have been in a constant battle with the City, intensifying as property values in the now trendy Lower East Side have been on the steady rise.

Originally we were hoping to just get a couple of interview with some of the board members and volunteers, but the project has expanded into a verbal history of the collective as well as a chronicle of the days leading up to the demolition of the building. It’s a rich story.

Both 8 minute mini-documentaries will surface early next year on the new Everything Went Black Media site. I’m hoping to launch this sometime in February; you’ll be able to find videos, more podcasts and other cool stuff there (unless the government deems it a Threat to National Security and I’m incarcerated without a trial for an undetermined amount of time).

Stay Tuned and have a happy Holiday!!

Transmission 7.2.2011

Posted in The Trip, Tombs with tags , , , , , on July 2, 2011 by everythingwentblack

Part 1 of the current Tour Journal can be read at Revolver’s Metalkult Blog

It’ll be broken up into parts. At some point, I’ll re-post the whole thing here.

I brought the van to the shop for repairs; listened to some Rock ‘n’ Roll radio on the way. and decided that the guitar riff in Aerosmith’s “Love in an Elevator” is pretty brutal despite the flaccidity of the actual song. Leave it to Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. The irony is that the song is about laying some floozy in an elevator yet the vocals and lyrics are so completely bereft of testosterone. After that, the Kings of Leon track “Use Somebody” was up. This song has been rammed down my throat for a solid two years, starting that one night in Helsinki when I spent a sleepless two hours in a hotel room waiting for the van call and was mesmerized by the European MTV. The extreme close-ups on the singer were really uncomfortable. I’ve heard this song being played at various gyms, Starbucks, chain restaurants and record stores more or less continuously.

I have to admit, I’ve grown to almost like that song.

Tomorrow, I have Mike Repasch-Nieves from Junius coming over to do a podcast; it should result in some good conversation. Later in the week, Mike Scondotto (The Last Stand, Inhuman) will be in for a follow up to the First Episode.

It’s been really slow since I got back from tour. It’s always the same: it’s miles and hours, playing shows every night, seeing people then it all stops suddenly. I feel this incredible stillness and restlessness because life is really out there for me, not here in this room.

Transmission 6.6.2011 PODCAST 005 – Malcolm Tent TRASH AMERICAN STYLE

Posted in Podcast, The Trip, Tombs with tags , , , , , , on June 6, 2011 by everythingwentblack

Once upon a time, before the internet, before downloading, there was a golden age when people bought all their music at record stores. Often times these record stores became meeting places where people would congregate, get turned on to new ideas, expand their minds. They became the nexus point for kids that may not have fit it, where weirdos, the malcontents. Trash American Style was one such store that existing first in Brookfield and later in Danbury, CT. Officially, the store existed from November 29, 1986 to September 27, 2006. Malcolm and Kathy, the owners, are two of the most radical people that I’ve ever known. I can’t even begin to calculate how many hours and gallons of coffee I logged in hanging out there, getting turned on to new music, talking to the cast of characters that worked there, discovering new bands. It opened me up to things that I would have never been exposed to if I played it safe. I want to emphasize that the closing of Trash wasn’t brought on by financial hardship, but instead by greed and deceit. Ultimately, it the underhanded, cowardly methods of Minuteman Press, Trash’s neighbor coupled with the landlord’s refusal to renew the lease that did them in. A great documentary called “I Need That Record” summarizes the entire saga. Despite this, the story continues. Malcolm and Kathy, faced with the obstacle of their store closing, decided to take it on the road and travel with the store, taking it to the people. This is one of the primary lessons I learned from the Trash American Style crew; the refusal to give up, to choose your path and stick with it despite everything else. That’s why Malcolm will always be the Man. I caught up with Malcolm in the parking lot of the Heirloom Arts Theater in Danbury. The occasion was an Adrenalin Overdose show; the parking lot was filled with old punks and younger kids. Malcolm rolled up with his distro and we talked. Check out Podcast at:
Also, check out the excerpts from “I Need That Record”