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Donations Drive 2014! 0

Posted: April 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags:

Hey friends of WMFO!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the 2014 WMFO Donations Drive and made it such a smashing success. We made our goal of $5000 and we couldn’t have done it without your help!

The Graveyard Shift presents Monday Massachusetts Metal News 0

Posted: November 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: , , ,

The Graveyard Shift airs at 4 a.m. on Saturdays and showcases metal bands from Massachusetts; from nu metal to black metal with no discrimination. You can contact the show with submissions, requests, questions, or for any other reason at graveyardshiftma@gmail.com, facebook.com/graveyardshiftradio, or @graveyrdshiftma on Twitter. This weekly column will keep you posted on the latest news related to local metal bands and shows. For more updates, visit the show’s website at graveyardshiftma.wordpress.com.

News

RPM Fest 2015 was announced and will take place September 4-6, 2015. The festival features many metal acts from the area, and the organizers are currently polling fans on who they want to see. Get on it!

* Sorrowseed wants YOUR input on where they should play next year and who they should tour with.

* Just in time for the holidays, everyone is stocking up with new available merch. Check out new stuff and special sales from Rozamov, My Missing Half, and Defeater. You can also grab Atlantian from Summoner at a 20% discount in celebration of the LP’s one-year anniversary. But act quick—the sale ends Wednesday!

* Unearth has been everywhere recently, gracing the cover of Fuze Magazine and being interviewed by both Metal as F*** and Exclaim! TV in Canada.

* In other press, Lesley University has a brief piece on Jacob Bannon from Converge, and David Davidson of Revocation penned a piece for Invisible Oranges on his passion for jazz. My Missing Half was also interviewed over on Dead Rhetoric.

* Overcast, the local metalcore godfathers that spawned Shadows fall and Killswtich Engage, announced that their full, remastered discography will be released on February 3, 2015. It will include 45 tracks over 3 CDs, and the band will again reunite to tour in support of its release.

* It’s not his entire catalogue, but Rob Zombie will be releasing four of his albums on limited edition vinyl on December 12. Get you pre-orders in now.

* Doom quintet Fórn received the second (and possibly final) pressing of their The Departure of Consciousness LP, which you can purchase at the band’s store.

* All That Remains announced that their forthcoming album will be called The Order of Things and will be released on February 24, 2015. Meanwhile, the always outspoken Phil Labonte Tweeted that Taylor Swift’s songwriting is superior than that of most metal bands, and everyone freaked out.

* Two more compilations were released that include local metal. Endless Bummer Records put out Star Spangled Bummer: Friends and Family Sampler 2014, which features “Gardener” by Bottomfed. In addition, All Metal Music Promotions put together their World of Metal Vol.2 compilation, which includes “He Was My Son and Today Was His Birthday” by Halfhearted Comeback.

* Centerlink announced that they will again be raising money for the Greater Boston Food Bank as part of a food drive sponsored by WAAF. All sales of their music via Bandcamp and iTunes between now and the drive will be donated to the Food Bank. The band will also have two more shows where fans can donate: December 6 at Victory Lane in Millis and December 12 at JR’s Bourbon Street Rock House in Cranston, RI.

* In lineup news, Iron Gag announced Steven Ramos as their replacement on guitar for Cory Spratt, who left the band earlier in the year. Meanwhile The River Neva replaced the departing Chris Abbott with Mat Woodard on guitar.

* Acaro, which announced an indefinite hiatus in July, announced one final show at Great Scott on January 2, 2015. They’ll be joined by Sexcrement, Untombed, and Hope Before the Fall.

* V. announced their CD release show to be held the following night at Ralph’s Rock Diner. They’ll also be shooting footage for a music video there.

* Godsmack’s 1000hp came in at number 19 on Revolver’s list of the Top 20 Albums from 2014. The list is something else.

New Music

* Missed this a couple weeks ago, but “DOOMJAZZ” band The Modern Voice released their self-titled album on November 8. You can stream and pick it up on their Bandcamp page (name your price).

* Two free tracks were posted online this week. First up is “Negative” by Methuen metalcore band Distinctions, which you can download off Bandcamp. Next is “Endless War” from Buried Electric. The single is a preview of their upcoming Heretic Download it from (where else?) their Bandcamp page.

* The first track released by Lich King off their Do-Over EP is “Toxic Zombie Onslaught,” which you can view below. You can compare it to the original version for a taste of what the newly recorded tracks will sound like on the EP, which will be released on Lichmas Day (December 25).

* And last week’s full release is an EP from Red Equals Meltdown, which is titled Beyond Saving. The album is available on iTunes and Bandcamp, and they also posted every track on YouTube. Check out the title track below:

Concert Calendar

Monday, November 24

Opus Underground (Salem): Heavy Necker, Two Chord Terror, Iron Gag, and Brother Clayton

Wednesday, November 26

3065 Live (East Wareham): Second Annual Hometown Throwdown with Drained, Seven Day Curse, On Your Deathbed, One Ton Tommy Gun, Bottomfed, Deficiency, Full Body Shot, and Clouded

Waterfront Tavern (Official Customer Appreciation Party): Jasta, Dead by Wednesday, Disguise the Curse, Cyperna, To Die a Legend, Dystrot, Cities in Ruin

Palladium: The Word Alive with The Color Morale, Our Last Night, The Dead Rabbits, Myka Relocate, Following Horizons, The Oath Between Us, Comeback Of The Year, The Last King, Limitless, Make the Rules, Buried Electric

Friday, November 28

Dublin’s Sports Bar & Grill (New Bedford): Leukorrhea, Necris, Smite the Righteous, and Lower the Casket

O’Brien’s Pub: Discordia with Bog of the Infidel, Sangus, Human Bodies

Palladium: Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, Exodus

Saturday, November 29

3065 Live: From The Makers Of, Sunday Liar, Thee Midnight Society, Low Expectations, Sorrows of Saviors, The Worst Of Us, and A Cry On Deaf Ears

Waterfront Tavern: Grzelakurse, Clover, Krakatoa, Iron Gag, and Titans

Sammy’s Patio: Carnivora with Apollo’s Resurrection, All for Blood, Begat the Nephilim, Overwith, and Before the Judge

Middle East: Thanx-Killing Fest Part 1: Ice Nine Kills with The Venetia Fair, Chasing Safety, We The Machine Set Sail at Sunrise, Sorror of Saviors, In Honor Of, and Letting Go

Brighton Music Hall: Death with Obituary, Massacre, and Rivers of Nihil

Palladium: Halestorm with New Medicine, and The Dead Deads

Sunday, November 30

Brighton Music Hall: Corrections House with Sexcrement, Statiqbloom, and The Proselyte

Paradise Rock Club: Living Colour with Unlocking the Truth

House of Blues: Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, Haujobb, and Youth Code

The Graveyard Shift’s playlist for November 22, 2014

1. 6L6 – Yeah Right (Superstar)

2. Red Equals Meltdown – React (Beyond Saving EP)

3. Buried Electric – Endless War (Heretic EP)

4. Distinctions – Negative

5. The Modern Voice – Crows (The Modern Voice)

6. **Stoner Hit of the Night** Problem with Dragons – Wanting (Atomics)

7. Ramming Speed – Anthems of Despair (Summer Jam) (Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die)

8. PanzerBastard – Centurion (Centurion EP)

9. My Missing Half – Empty Dreams (The Lives I’ve Ruined)

10. George Orwell the Musical – Rebirth (The Hegelian Dialectic)

11. To Die a Legend – Two Mirrors (Knife Paradigm)

12. Crowfeeder – Pinebox (Pinebox / Unholy Black Wings / Wish)

 

Awake: The Life of Yogananda 0

Posted: November 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Blog

Although he was not the first to bring yoga and Eastern spiritualism to the US, Paramahansa Yogananda’s extended 30-year residency in America significantly impacted its proliferation. His popularity was due in part to his dedication to living and working in America, which he believed was his calling, but extended to his relatable and scientifically-grounded teachings.

Yogananda’s first lecture in the US was delivered in Boson and titled The Science of Yoga. He spoke of restructuring the brain through the repetition of meditation, creating grooves he likened to those on a phonograph record. This analogy is now understood to be an early understanding of neuroplasticity, something that wouldn’t be studied for decades. Although Yogananda’s concepts may have been advanced, relating them to elements in the physical world as well as aligning them with science brought the mystical experience down to an approachable level.

Yogananda was a man of his times, describing everyday life as vivid cinematic experiences that could be fantastic while not authentic. The filmmakers of Awake: The Life of Yogananda run with this idea as seen through documentary footage, with the grainy quality to be expected from early film, spliced with surrealistic reenactments and manipulation of still images focusing on Yogananda’s arresting gaze.  The film attempts to create a historically accurate portrait of Yogananda and a record of his teachings in the United States while only hinting at reported scandals and accusations among his contemporary yogis. Focusing on the facts of his teachings and the beliefs of his followers without questioning their validity at times creates the feeling that one is watching a late-night infomercial. Still, the testimonials are from people such as George Harrison, Deepak Chopra and 30+ year practicing followers like Sister Premamayee. The facts of Yogananda’s life, as related by believers, make a strong case for a life of isolated meditation as the true path to self-realization.

The documentary montages of Yogananda’s Vedic teachings practiced in modern settings across the globe are entirely images of quiet, solemn meditation; that is, except for the images of a large group of spandex-clad women doing yoga in Times Square. While Yoganananda used popular culture to his advantage, the latter in turn may have adopted some of the more superficial aspects of the former’s teachings. The possibility that an individual would internalize the spiritual benefits over time seems to be an example of both his patience and confidence in his message. A particularly telling interaction is related by actor and jazz singer Herb Jeffries. Rather than forbidding Jefrries’ behaviors of drinking and womanizing in order to practice meditation, Yogananda slyly says he can’t promise that, through meditation, those behaviors won’t become less appealing. The filmmakers, with their ever-present, hypnotizing Eastern music and compelling imagery, similarly challenge you not to consider yoga and meditation as a serious lifestyle change.

Awake had a limited local run, but you can request a screening through Gathr.

BUST Holiday Craftacular: This Saturday 0

Posted: November 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Blog

This Saturday, November 21st, BUST magazine is hosting their first annual Holiday Craftacular in Boston, at the Boston Center for the Arts. I had the pleasure of talking to one of the women who has been working to bring the Craftacular to Boston.

This event has existed in New York City for 9 years, and will return to Brooklyn again this year. However, this is the first time that the Craftacular has come to bean town. More than 100 vendors will gather to sell their products, which makes it a one-stop holiday shopping experience. It is not just a NYC event dropped into a new city–it will be thoroughly Boston! The vendors will be Bostonians and New Englanders, selling products that are unique to this area. The women at BUST wanted to expand the event into our area because it’s such an accessible city, and because so many of them have personal connections here. It’s been in the works for years, and this year their dream is finally becoming a reality!

Two exciting and new events are coming to the Craftacular this year:

The first is the Cat Café, which is exactly as awesome as it sounds. BUST partnered with Broken Tail rescue, an organization that works with rescue animals throughout Massachusetts and New England. You can visit the café to get something warm, have a seat, and most importantly, cuddle with some adorable rescue cats.

There will also be an Ugly Sweater Selfie Booth with some incredible Christmas and Hanukkah sweaters.

The Craftacular is not just a fun place to get holiday shopping done, it is also a great way to support an independent publication like BUST. Melissa described it as a “light in the dark” and a “home space in the media” for women who are looking for something fresh to read about.

Saturday! 11am-6pm! Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts!
Be there!

For more information visit:

http://bust.com/craftacular/bust-craftacular-home.html

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