Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mike (Damn) Nobody - "Beginner's Luck" Is Now Available

Mike (Damn) Nobody – “Beginner’s Luck” Is Now Available
A mix of projects from the past, present, and future:
Name your own price for the Digital Download Version!
It includes the audio portion of the zine and a PDF of the printed portion.
Other surprise extras are included with the Limited Microedition Cassettezine version, packaged in a baby food jar.
Only 50 copies are made.
Not available from stores or distros.

I am asking $6.00 PPD in USA.
I'll have to check postage rates for elsewhere.
Buy at the Bandcamp link above with PayPal (preferred) and get the digital download free.
Money Order or Well-Hidden Cash (at-your-own-risk) can also be sent to: 
Ronnie Sullivan
(aka Mike Nobody)
P.O. BOX 1201
(I may trade. But, ask first.)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bedrock Amusement Park

Bedrock Amusement Park
One of the strangest tourist traps out there, a virtually empty  amusement park replica of TVs town of Bedrock from "The Flintstones".
Built out of concrete in the 60's.
Almost completely neglected and yet still in business, AMAZING!
I've been to sad little theme parks like this while on vacation as a child, and it bewilders me to think how any of them could still survive.

Fed Up With ReverbNation

I am pretty much done with ReverbNation.
The app has a lot of potential.
But, it is buggier than MySpace and not even as popular, if that says anything in itself.
So, if anybody signed up on the mailing list there, I am sorry, but I've disconnected the app completely and am only doing the mailing list directly from my email.
It sucks.
But, it is still better than the alternatives.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Zine Progress January 2014

I nearly have the first cassettezine ready.
It is a mix of my projects from the past, present, and future.
I'm making this quick one for anybody who asks for a copy of my zine (which isn't finished).
Limited Edition of 50, only available directly from me. No stores or distros are going to be carrying it.
I haven't decided if I'll have it reviewed or not.
Everything fits inside a babyfood jar and include; a zine, microcassette, button pin, sticker, and whatever else that can be crammed in there.

The next two are both half-finished.
One includes a noise tape and the other is more "musical":
  • The noise tapes I do are commonly dubbed on recycletapes and packaged in found and reused materials.
  • The more musical tapes have everything stuffed inside an envelope which is glued to the zine and are full of miscellaneous items, depending on availability.
Digital downloads are available for all of them.
CD-Rs may be available on request.

I need to make some repairs to both my van and music gear (which is long overdue) before doing the next one.
So, I'm hoping this microedition cassettezine will hold people until I can get rolling with the others.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Transwoman Dares Bible-Quoting Anti-LGBT Councillor To Stone Her To Death

A City Council member of Shreveport, Louisiana has abandoned efforts to remove recently passed legal protections for LGBT people, after public outcry.  During testimony against the plans, a Trans woman dared the Councilman to stone her to death, if he truly believed the scripture he was quoting to support his personal prejudices.
Following a successful campaign by LGBT coalition Be Fair Shreveport, the Councilvoted 6-1 last December to pass ordinance which bans discrimination in housing and employment within city limits on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  The lone ‘no vote’ came from Councilman Ron Webb, telling KSLA TV station "The Bible tells you homosexuals are an abomination,"
Ten days later, Webb drafted ordinance that would repeal these newly extended legal protections, and when they were brought before the Council chamber last Tuesday – droves of people registered to speak against the Councilman’s regressive proposal.
The most profound of these speakers was trans woman Pamela Raintree, who took just one minute to expose Councilman Webbs professed religiosity as nothing more than a smokescreen for his own personal bigotry.  She addressed the following to Webb before the packed Council house:
"Leviticus 20:13 states, 'If a man also lie with mankind as he lieth with a woman, they shall surely put him to death,'" Raintree began. "I brought the first stone, Mr. Webb, in case that your Bible talk isn't just a smoke screen for personal prejudices."
Webb declined to follow the clear order of scripture and stone Pamela to death.  He also recalled his proposal before it was put to a vote, meaning the hard won protections of Shreveport’s LGBT community remain intact – thanks to the unity and defiance of the local community and campaigners.
You can watch the confrontation below:

Transwoman Dares Bible-Quoting Anti-LGBT Councillor To Stone Her To Death

It is timely and easy to dispel the compelling narrative put forward by those opposed to equal rights, that there is some sort of tension between opposing rights.  Social conservatives/bigots would have you believe that their right to freedom of speech or religion is somehow at odds with that of LGBT people to live their lives parallel and equal in law.  This is not true.  LGBT people are not asking for the right to burn bibles, or churches, or dissolve heterosexual marriages or refuse to serve social conservatives.  All LGBT people are asking for is equality.  This argument is hard to refute, so often religion is brought in as a ballast.
'Look, I am not judging you or your lifestyle,' says Mr/Ms Social Conservative with a frowny face 'I have these religious convictions and you are actually preventing me from exercising them by demanding equal rights.  Your inequality is right and proper according to my deeply held religious views, it is written in scripture, and those views are protected by the constitution'.
If this is the case, then the person using such an argument can not pick and choose which bits of scripture are protected under law and which are not.  Why? Because at the point which they make such a personal distinction, it is simply their subjective opinion. Which by their own logic, not mine, is trumped by religious scripture.  By calling on the Councilman to stone her, and enforce the orders of Leviticus, Pamela Raintree made this contradiction clear for all to see.  She may never change Councilman Webb into a progressive character, but she made a stand on behalf of herself and her community that made a profound difference - and that is worthy of acknowledgment and celebration.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Etsy Shop is up!

Etsy Shop is up!
The audiozines are still being worked on.
But, at least the Etsy site is ready.
I'll try to make the first one available by the end of this month.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Tapes, CD's, and Downloads...Oh, My!

I've been doing some internet housecleaning, trying to reorganize everything.
Updating Facebook, and whatnot.

Consequently, more people have been asking to listen to us lately.
I hate using the "dog ate my homework" excuse.
But, a hacker destroyed our studio hard drive.
I do not know how long it will take us to fully repair it, let alone record some new music to put up online.

Faced with this dilemma, I dug out some old tapes/CD's of yours truly in an effort to have SOMETHING, ANYTHING, available for those who are curious about us.
I even found some extra copies of original tapes and out-of-print CD's, SEALED!
So, we may even make some money at this.
I've been uploading what we've got and hope this holds people over while we struggle through our current technical difficulties.

All of this isn't exactly representative of where we are at right now.
But, if someone reads about us (and uses their imagination a little bit) they might get the general idea of what we are like.
Maybe not.

I will attempt to upload more current material as we are able to.
Meanwhile, I hope people check us out and write to us, even if just to say that we suck.
Preferably, more people will want to collaborate with us and work on something different.
I want to have enough material ready to play out by the Spring or early Summer.