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The People Must Have Something Good to Read on a Sunday!

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He wore a leather mask for his dinner guests, totally nude and with deep respect. From New Orleans, for Sunday, December 7th. 2014, ’tis the season for Screen Door Revolution…
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PEARS ABROAD!

New Orleans pop punks PEARS recently announced a blood pact with German-based Gunner Records. To celebrate, the band will be launching a European tour in 2015 with Oklahoma City’s Red City Radio. Just over a dozen tour dates have been scheduled so far, then who knows where the road will take them? Perhaps to a seaside villa on the sunny French Riviera? To Monaco, for caviar and a rousing game of Monte Carlo? Or to sample the many alluring flavors of the Tuscan wine country? Or on holiday to the charming Swiss Alpines? Or will the tour end with PEARS frontman Zach Quinn imprisoned in a Slovakian hostel?

PEARS released Go to Prison earlier in 2014. Their current U.S. tour takes them through Dallas on Dec. 8th, Oklahoma City on Dec. 9th, St. Louis on Dec. 10th, and into the midwest and back through Dec. 16th. For more tour info and dates, follow PEARS on Facebook right here.

Red City Radio will be touring in support of their well-received 2013 effort, Titles (out on Vinnie Fiorello‘s Paper + Plastick).

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Sisters in Christ

THE GAMBIT recently profiled the opening of Sisters in Christ, a new record store located at 4920 Freret Street in uptown New Orleans near Crescent City Comics, not far from Tulane and Loyola’s main campuses. Sisters in Christ specializes in vinyl and cassette tape releases, with an emphasis on local and underground artists. The shop is operated by Thou‘s Bryan Funck and Michael Moises, founding member of the Foo-Fighters, formerly of Nirvana (current estimated net worth: $260 mill.). Sisters in Christ will host their first in-store performance on Thursday Dec. 11th, featuring grindcore bands Cloud Rat and Disrotted, noise from Plagues, and Nightland (featuring members of Heat Dust and Silver Godling). Showtime is 4pm and the event is open to all ages. Follow Sisters in Christ on Facebook right here.-
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Kill Ida BelleNew Orleans indie rockers Kill Ida Belle debuted The Debacle, a new 4-song EP, in late November. I was fortunate enough to sit in with the band during their demo efforts back in 2010 for a bit of a preview on what has been a long-time coming. If you like your rock music of the Sonic Youth-flavored variety with guitar riffs vaguely (pleasingly) reminiscent of the early/ mid-1990s, you should give Kill Ida Belle a listen. Vocalist Chris Posner (formerly of Tom Violence!, who frequently shared the stage with Sam Sarah in the pre-Katrina days here in the Crescent City) tells me that the tracks on The Debacle were, incredibly, recorded live in his garage in just a couple of takes.

Stream and download the The Debacle in its entirety at Kill Ida Belle’s Bandcamp page right here. Keep up with Kill Ida Belle via their Facebook page.
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Skeletor XMasA SICK HE-MAN & SHE-RA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!

By the power of Greyskull! You’ll want to turn on your Electric Girlfriend as electro-rock dance troupe Sick Like Sinatra presents F-ing He-Man the Musical Christmas Special at Mick’s Irish Pub in New Orleans. Years in the making, He-Man the Musical Christmas Special is a live singalong presentation of the 1980s post-capitalist holiday classic, “A He-Man & She-Ra Christmas” (which ranks right up there with 1982’s “Christmas Comes to Pacland” in terms of sheer absurdity). Starring Sick Like Sinatra’s Ted Dunaway as He-Man, Skeletor, and The Sorceress, along with the talents of local legends Tristan Fielding and Billy Scaife, narrated by Doug Raymond, and featuring a cast of thousands, F-ing He-Man the Musical Christmas Special is sure to warm your heart and tickle your subcockle area. Sick Like Sinatra are one of our all-time favorite New Orleans performing troupes, so this show arrives highly recommended, particularly if you’re looking for some irreverent holiday cheer topped off with a few shots of Irish whiskey.

Sick Like Sinatra Presents: “F-ing He-Man the Musical Christmas Special” is set to premiere on Thursday, December 18th at Mick’s Irish Pub, located at 4801 Bienville in mid-city. Showtime is 9pm.
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2014 GRAPHIC READING (NOT) YEAR IN REVIEW

Moon KnightAnd so it came to be that Christmas was cancelled! FOREVER! We will not be presenting a retrospective look at 2014’s best comic book achievements, simply because I haven’t had a chance to read a wide enough selection of newly-published works in the past 12 months to justify a reasonable “best of” list. In my defense, I haven’t had all that much time for graphic reading. In the last year, I have driven across America twice, scaled a 600 ft. frozen waterfall, and written an entire novel from scratch. Are you not entertained?

For posterity, here’s our look back at some of 2013’s best comics. As for 2014, I am tipping my hat to Warren Ellis for a year that saw the debut of Trees (with Jason Howard, from Image Comics), Supreme: Blue Rose (beautifully illustrated by Tula Lotay, also from Image Comics), but most importantly for Ellis’ all-too-brief six issue revitalization of Marvel’s Moon Knight with artist Declan Shalvey. Moon Knight has been portrayed as something of a crazy person (or rather – an unhinged, violent psychopath), dating back to 2006’s somewhat unfortunate reboot at the hands of crime/noir author Charlie Huston and artist David Finch. Subsequent creators did little to add much depth or shake the notion that Moon Knight was anything but than a thinly-veiled Batman knockoff (bottoming out, perhaps, by having Moon Knight battle Batman knockoff villains like Marvel’s own version of The Scarecrow). Veering from the Batman schtick while taking cues more befitting Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, Ellis and Shalvey managed to spin one of the freshest mainstream superhero tales of the year. Although Moon Knight still finds himself haunted by personal demons and delusions of multiple personalities, Ellis gives readers the impression that they are reading a story about someone who’s in recovery and has a real chance at getting better and maybe even help others, too. Perhaps the polar opposite of Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye, which broke the mold for superhero humor stories over the course of the last two years, Ellis and Shalvey’s Moon Knight is a post-psychotic superhero dark fantasy that takes readers on a mind-bending journey from the murderous depths of New York City to the haunted mushroom graveyard planet and beyond. Shalvey’s artwork has come a long way since his days illustrating the little-read graphic adaption of 28 Days Later, as every page of Moon Knight churns with an eerie sense of dark refinement. The only drawback is that it’s over too quickly. Warren Ellis is a bonafide comics industry superstar, and his work-for-hire stints have grown noticeably protracted in recent years. It’s kind of a shame, because Ellis effortlessly spins a legitimately ground-breaking Moon Knight tale – a feat which, for much of the past 30 years, seemed unimaginable. 5 out of 5 stars. 0
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AND FINALLY!

raspyThat about wraps things up for this edition of SDR. Before we head out into the cold to no doubt be torn apart by wolves, I have been meaning to make note of Raspy Meow for some time now. With A Living Soundtrack on temporary hiatus, ALS drummer Marshall Flaig has been moonlighting with Raspy Meow, lending a hand with the instrumental outfit’s live performances. If you’re in New Orleans, you can check out a solo set of Raspy Meow’s bizarro spaceship jazz upstairs at the Dragon’s Den this Thursday, December 11th. Also featuring hip-hop from Kazee.Queen, Jonathan Brown & Roses on a Good Day, and a joint set between AK1 and SymmaTree. The Dragon’s Den is located at 435 Esplanade Ave. in New Orleans. Showtime is 9:30pm. Admission is 18+. Check out Raspy Meow performing as a duo with Marshall Flaig on December 19th at 940 Mags on Elysian Fields and January 30th at The BEATnik with more artists TBA.

- Brett.
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Local Man Still Hasn’t Finished Watching Breaking Bad

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Hi. How was your Samhain? We’ve got a couple of HUGE! EARTH-SHATTERING! announcements to get to today, but first, a few words about punk rock, comics, and horror. Expect nothing less. This is Screen Door Revolution for November 18. 2014.

Love Will Tear Us Apart________________

But, seriously. How was your Samhain?

P.M. Buchan, whose work has been profiled regularly here at SDR over the last couple of years, has a new graphic anthology out this week. Debuting at last weekend’s Thought Bubble Festival at Leeds, Love Will Tear Us Apart is a 48-page horror anthology for adults, written by Buchan and illustrated by the artist RGB. Focusing on the horrors of family life in a post-apocalyptic setting, the anthology also features bonus artwork by INDIO! (Raygun Roads, Stephenson’s Robot) and Mark Chadwick (Raygun Roads, The Electra Tattoo Company).

Love Will Tear Us Apart is now available via mail order from the U.K. or via digital download right here.

The next issue of P.M. Buchan’s supernatural femme fatale thriller, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, is due out in 2015. Look for more from P.M. Buchan in every issue of Starburst Magazine.

Thought Bubble’s annual anthology edition is out now in comic shops across the U.S. through Image Comics. If you’ve never checked it out, it’s easily one of the top comic anthologies currently being published, outpacing the CBLDF’s Liberty Annual and almost everything in Dark Horse Presents in terms of overall quality by a fair margin. The 2011 and 2012 editions come with our highest possible recommendation, although I will say that the 2013 issue was not my favorite. 2014’s Thought Bubble Anthology features all-new material from some of the comic world’s best, including  Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Richard Starkings (Elephantmen), Marc Ellerby (Chloe Noonan), Ales Knot (Secret Avengers), Tim Sale, Cliff Chiang, plus more from Boo Cook, Barry Kitson, Emma Rios, and featuring cover artwork by Annie Wu.

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ghostwoodflyer2014MEANWHILE, IN NEW ORLEANS…

Listen up, jive turkeys! It’s almost Black Friday and that can only mean that you or someone you know will be trampled to death in the freezing cold while waiting outside of a Wal-Mart or Best Buy store at dawn for unbelievable savings on some flat panel TV, toaster, HD meat dehydrator, etc. Why not make it the Blackest Friday ever by surrendering your soul to The Ghostwood and The Lovey Dovies?

Come on down to Siberia (2227 St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans) on Friday, November 28th to bask in the warm afterglow of post-capitalist yuletide cheer – a bizarre, perverse annual confluence of spirituality and materialism for all to enjoy, provided that you are economically viable and/or not enslaved by the retail industry yourself. If you work in retail, well, you’ll probably be reduced to nothing but a horrid skeleton by the time this show starts. At what cost, your seasonal cheer, I ask?

The Ghostwood have been laying down pop punk like nobody’s business for over a decade. I still remember the day that Bryan Funck handed me a copy of Development (The Ghostwood’s legendary 2005 debut) and said: “The Shins will change your life, man.”

The Lovey Dovies are also at least as influential and twice as talented as The Shins and Zach Braff combined. HOLLYWOOD, ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION? Have a listen to Shive from The Lovey Dovies right here and their 2010 self-titled effort right here. Shive, in particular, is absolutely 4-star stuff. Recommended for fans of The Lemonheads or anyone who lived through 1994.

Nola-area fans of The Lawrence Arms school of pop punk should check out I’m Fine. Right here. Stop making excuses. Your excuses won’t save you up to 70-percent on Black Friday.

I wasn’t able to dig up any preview material for Name Calling, but you can follow them on Facebook by clicking here.

Friday, November 28th:: The Ghostwood + The Lovey Dovies + I’m Fine + Name Calling are set to perform at Siberia, 2227 St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans. Doors at 9pm. $5 cover.

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LOCAL CRANK TO RETIRE FROM PUNK ROCK

louAfter a long and illustrious career, I would like to announce my retirement from punk rock. Forever. No, that doesn’t mean that I’ll be dropping Joe Strummer from my playlist anytime soon. However, due to injuries sustained during my long career in circle pitting, which stretched from the 1990s until 2013, today I must vow never to enter a mosh pit ever again. Those injuries include, but are not limited to… having cracked every one of my ribs at least once, some on multiple occasions – the result of being smashed up against many a’ stage barricade in my pre-journalism days, outside of the relative safety of the press pit, mind you…. having broken my nose on multiple occasions (from random crowd punches) to the point where my nose can be bent at an almost 90-degree angle…. and having sustained more damage to my jaw than I care to discuss. Following eighteen months of surgeries and many thousands of dollars in medical bills, I can no longer allow myself to enter situations where the likelihood of physical injury is significantly escalated. Circle pitting is inherently violent by its very nature, but for me it was always a positive release of an otherwise negative expression. There were some good times along the way. I once got sucker-punched across the face so hard that my left nostril sprayed blood all over the horrified teenage girl who happened to be standing next to me. Priceless memories. The price of living, however, is degradation, and I am just now beginning to tally the true cost of what I’ve spent away in my youth. But what will I do without punk rock? Will I just wither away in the tragedy of respectable existence? I’m glad that you asked…
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LOCAL CRANK TO RELEASE DEBUT HORROR NOVEL

inthemouthofmadnesscopAs of this morning, I would estimate that I am, at long last, just a few weeks away from completing the final draft of my debut novel. I began writing on June 2nd and completed the first draft in late September. I have been editing ever since. After 150+ days of work, I have come away with a 20-chapter/ 90,000 word horror story. My good friend Keith Hogan, vocalist/ guitarist of long-time New Orleans-area punk bands Dirty Dingus and Capitol Offense, is producing 45 full color illustrations for the project.

We’re currently entrenched in daily production with an eye towards a 2015 debut. I will say that 4 of my top 5 favorite novels are French and that I have spent much of 2014 lingering over Celine’s Journey to the End of the Night throughout the production process, so you might see a little of that reflected in our story. While not specifically a “horror” novel, Journey is a nihilistic dissection of the horror of everyday life. Every page manages a literary gut-punch by drawing on the simple terrors that we human beings inflict upon one another, despite our claims of benevolence. I surely do not claim to possess any inkling of Celine’s literary mastery. I will say that I am pleased with what I’ve drafted, pending a final revision and copy edit, and that the artwork that’s been completed so far is absolutely A+ quality. I can’t wait to share it with you.

Look for a full announcement – including the title and a free preview – on March 1st.

More to come.

- Brett.

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GRAPHIC READING: Summer 2014 HORROR REVIEW

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From the flat circle of Louisiana, where the psychosphere tastes of ash and aluminum, where we fight back against invisible phantoms, armless chairs and biological sanctity, this is the crooked yellow claw of Screen Door Revolution for the 1st of July, 2014. Today we’ll be taking a look at a trio of recent horror releases, including a couple of potentially ground-breaking titles, plus a returning U.K. indie favorite, and we’ll finish things off with a cross-country killing spree. Please join us, mes petits…
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BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE
bychanceStories By Becky Cloonan

Collecting three of the creepiest indie comics of the last four years, By Chance Or Providence brings together the trio of WOLVES, THE MIRE, and DEMETER (which we ranked as 2013’s best comic book a few months back). This is a slick little volume of fantasy terror tales as written and illustrated by Becky Cloonan in hardcover format for the first time. While there certainly are ghouls going bump in the night, wolves on the loose, swamp ghouls, and the like, By Chance or Providence eschews singularity through eloquent narrative, alluring composition, and gut-wrenching plot twists. You’ll want to digest Cloonan’s collection one third at a time, as each of the three tales commands the inevitably gut-punched reader to retrace the steps which led them to the dreadful conclusion. The twists are incredible.

The first edition of By Chance or Providence was released as a limited pre-order in May. As of this writing, a few copies can still be had on eBay for cover price. For my U.K. readers, Gosh! has a limited bookplate edition (the key word being “limited,” of course). Get one if you can, you won’t regret it. This is a gorgeous, heart-breaking volume of head-spinning terror tales and perhaps one of the finest comic collections ever self-published.

5 out of 5 stars
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La Belle Dame Sans Merci #2LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI #2 (of 4)

P.M. Buchan and Karen Yumi Lusted

Full disclosure: Issue Two of La Belle Dame Sans Merci features one of my pull quotes on the back cover in the “praise for Issue One” section from our March 2013 review.

Issue two continues with non-stop nihilistic demonic mayhem from cover to cover, as P.M. Buchan’s femme fatale unravels like a cackling witch and readers are taken along for a psychotic ride with a ritualistic child killer. Picking up from the horrific chain of events of the first chapter, La Belle Dame Sans Merci #2 deals with a number of bleak themes which demand the reader to immerse themselves in some fairly dark territory. Karen Yumi Lusted’s visuals keep things moving at a breezy pace, bringing a sense of minimalist precision to every panel.

Issue 3 promises to bring further Hellish mayhem to earth, but it’s not due out until early 2015, so new readers certainly have a chance to catch up on Buchan’s morality-bending psychodrama in the meantime. Start with Issue one, which is  still in print or available for download here.

4 out of 5 stars
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Read more from P.M. Buchan in the pages of Starburst Magazine.

 

THROUGH THE WOODS
Stories by Emily Carroll

Years in the making, July finally sees the release of Through the Woods, the long-awaited debut collection from creator Emily Carroll. Carroll has been around on the web for years, but she’s only made a handful of appearances on the printed page (notably in the pages of Creepy Comics #9, published by Dark Horse Comics two summers ago). 2013 saw the debut of Out of Skin, which we named as one of last year’s best graphic reads. To date, Carroll’s print appearances have been scarce, in part because of the web-centric nature of work. Most of Carroll’s best web comics – including His Face All Red and particularly Margot’s Room – contain interactive layout elements that render them somewhat untranslatable to the traditional printed page and thus may remain as web-exclusive creations forever. Carroll knocks down those barriers with Through The Woods, which includes one of the most haunting renditions of “Little Red Riding Hood” ever composed. Take a look at the preview art (pictured below). It’s absolutely the stuff of nightmares. Through The Woods: Stories by Emily Carroll goes on sale in the U.S. the week of July 14th. Forbidden Planet UK has an extended look right here.
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Meanwhile, in New Orleans….

Nola-Nashville acoustic punk transient serial killer Mike Patton is coming home and the body count is on the rise!

Perhaps best known in New Orleans for his years spent in The Robinsons and the Sally Stitches, Patton is also the co-creator of Body Count, a horror podcast and ‘zine, as well as the author of the slasher novella, The Horror Movie Society (2013).

Patton’s most recent record, The Robinsons’ Party at Nebulon II, was released in June via Chicago’s Mooster Records and is available for FREE at this link (select BUY NOW and enter ‘0’ at checkout).

Brian Wilson or Joey Ramone? Whose ghastly skinmask will Patton don next? Come to these shows and find out…

July 1st. 2014. at Java Werks in Hattiesburg, MS. Showtime is 6:30pm. This is an ALL AGES show.

July 3rd. 2014. at Counter Culture in Slidell, LA with 35PSI, Chris Billiot, and The Parish Takes Over. Showtime is 5pm. This is an ALL AGES show.

July 5th. 2014. at the Circle Bar in New Orleans with Richard Bates. Showtime is 8pm.

July 6th. 2014 at Buffa’s in New Orleans with Richard Bates. Showtime is 8pm.

Click here to view a full-size/ high-res tour flyer.

For more info on these and other events happening around the greater New Orleans area, be sure to check out the event calendar over at NOLA-DIY.org.

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Next time on Screen Door Revolution: SDR is taking a short break. Think of it as of an artistic sabbatical!

I’ve taken on a highly-involved project that will dominate most of my free time for the rest of the summer and likely through September. I’ve spent a lot of time writing about other people’s art for the last couple of years, so I’m looking forward to getting back to creating some of my own. I wish that I could say more, but I can’t just yet. More to come in a few months…
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- B.rett.

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Life In A Jar – Notes From New Orleans, June 2014.

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And so it came to be that Brett returned to New Orleans and went to live in a large jar near the marketplace.

He declared himself to be a cosmopolitan and took to the debasement of currency!

“Fools!” he shouted to the northern night sky, straight on towards the opulent shores of Mandeville. “Your money is inconsequential, do you hear me? IN-CON-SE-QUEN-TIAL!”

He knew they could hear him, from behind the fences of their private gated communities, beyond the soft, sanitary hum of their liposuction spas, dreaming their dreams of killing the poor with their unethical Lexuses.

He begged for a living and made a virtue of his poverty!

He lived doggedly and was known for his great and bizarre philosophical stunts. He was often seen carrying a lantern during the daytime and claimed to be searching for an honest person, of which none could be found!

And lo, he found himself tormented by troubadours, day after mortifying day!

O such was the curse of his years to have lived at a time of hipsters!
(SEE: Waterhouse illustration, right).

He decreed that, when the day arrived that he would die, that he should be taken outside of the city’s levees and fed to wild animals, to the wolves and alligators, to the terrible marmosets and skunk apes, to the swamp children!

And so he was torn limb from limb upon his grizzly final resting place by vicious wolves and unwashed swamp children, all gnawing and chomping upon his last vestiges!

But in that moment, he did not care, for in death, there is no awareness, and lacking awareness, he knew he was free forevermore from the vapid torment of the troubadours, circus clowns, and mimes of all terrible shapes and sizes. In the slumber of eternal rest, there are no invisible prisons.
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Elsewhere in the Impossible Colossal Phantasmosphere…
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PEARSPEARS, whom we last visited in March, are preparing for the release of their debut recording, Pears Go To Prison. It’s a timeless tale of redemption that begins within the walls of Shawshank State Penitentiary and ends on the crystal blue shores of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Will Pears drummer John Bougeois find redemption for a crime which he did not commit? Or will prison life leave him run down and broken, like an old,  worn out rock hammer?

Pears Go To Prison is due out June 24th, 2014, with the official release show set for Siberia, located at 2227 St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans, with orgcore legends A Wilhelm Scream and Red City Radio headlining. New Orleans hardcore band Wishful Thinking is also slated to perform. Tickets are $10 in advance/ $12 day of show. Full details and ticket pre-purchase info can be found right here.
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ALSO!

silentgameflyerNew Orleans’ indie-punks THE SILENT GAME, now a decade into their existence, have been hard at work on their latest full length effort, with the album currently in the mixing stages according to The Silent Game’s Brad Duvernet.

No release date for the new album has yet been confirmed, but The Silent Game have an all ages show coming up this week.

Look for The Silent Game to perform in New Orleans on Thursday, June 12th at The Beatnik, located at 1638 Clio Street, along with You Blew It! and Phargo.

Door time is 7pm. Showtime is 7:30. Admission is $10. More info is available right here.
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antigrav10yearAND FINALLY!

For those of you within reasonable proximity to Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, Antigravity Magazine‘s 10th Anniversary issue is hitting the streets right now.

I previously wrote for Antigravity from 2008-2010, and they were kind enough to invite me back to participate in their anniversary feature, so I have penned a brief writ of retrospect, as told from the gritty perspective of a broken down scumbag journalist-turned grizzled, unhinged drifter. It’s a chronicle of nihilistic dreams that you’ll want to share with your whole family!

Pick up a free copy of Antigravity Magazine around Orleans or Jefferson Parishes. Look for it where you find The Gambit (PJ’s Coffee, Guitar Center, Molly’s At The Market, Dragon’s Den, Hi-Ho, One Eyed Jack’s, Crescent City Comics, BSI Comics, Peaches Records, The Mushroom, Juan’s Flying Burrito, and on, and on, and on). 

For those of you outside of New Orleans area, a PDF version of the print edition is available via this link.
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- B.rett.

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Next time on Screen Door Revolution: Something terrible is happening…

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Unchained Melody, Everlasting Love: The Story of PEARS

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From Northeast Portland and back to New Orleans again, this is Screen Door Revolution for Monday, Lundi Gras, March 3rd. 2014.

Punk Rock Mardi Gras 2014

Right: Off With Their Heads headline Siberia’s Punk Rock Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 04. 2014. Featuring Minneapolis’ The Slow Death, New Orleans’ I’m Fine, and the debut of PEARS.

Off With Their Heads are making their way back to the Crescent City just in time for Mardi Gras, the scummiest holiday of all, where success is measured in raw tons of raw garbage, sewage and humanity. OWTH scored big with 2013’s Home, which I’d rank unofficially as the year’s best pop punk album and the band’s best since 2006’s Hospitals. If you’ve never seen Off With Their Heads, they arrive heavily recommended. No one in punk rock right now writes better snarly sad bastard songs than Ryan Young. Prepare to laugh and cry while you thrash.

And I see they’ve brought The Slow Death with them, owners of one of 2011’s best releases, Born Ugly Got Worse. The Slow Death starred in their own Mitch Clem comic, which qualifies them with +1000 scene points.

New Orleans I’m Fine, featuring remnants of Further Reasoning and Killin’ Werewolves, returns after a short break. They sound more like The Lawerence Arms than Hot Water Music. Don’t believe the hype.

Debuting at Siberia’s decadent punk rock shindig are PEARS, a rejigged version of Zach Quinn’s Lollies, now featuring John Bourgeois of Fatter Than Albert fame on drums.

We spoke with Bourgeois last week, who had this to say about PEARS’ imminent debut:

“It’s definitely the hardest and most-kick drum demanding punk rock I’ve played since The Critics/Fatter Than Albert days. We have about six tunes finalized with about three more we are working on… Might I add that it’s some of the most intricate and well-written punk rock I’ve ever been a part of.”

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Bourgeois currently splits his drumming time between PEARS and The Breton Sound.

PEARS recently released their first video, featuring the song “Forever Sad.”

Content Advisory: “Forever Sad” opens with some explicit language from Brian Pretus (he of such groups as The Rooks and also The Breton Sound). Following that initial barrage of F- and S-bombs, there’s a pretty exceptional punk song featuring some of the most notable New Orleans-grown punk performers of the last ten years.

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PEARS also produced this terrifying video flyer for the event. Better than “Thriller,” but not quite as good as LEGO Thriller.

Showtime is 4pm. Bring 8 bucks or pass out on the sidewalk.

Follow PEARS on Facebook right here.
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- B.rett.
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Next time on Screen Door Revolution: Midnight to six, for the last time from Portland.
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There’s a War Outside Still Raging, You Say It Ain’t Ours Anymore to Win

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From slippery Northeast Portland, where it is our solemn duty to banish grime to the land of wind and ghosts with  awesome cleaning power, this is Screen Door Revolution for the 21st of February 2014. Breathe deeply, dear reader. There’s plenty of ammonia to go around…
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: The English-dub trailer for what may be director Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises. The film opens in limited U.S. release on February 21, with a wider release scheduled for February 28. 2014.

With Miyazaki’s alleged final film hitting U.S. theaters this week, everyone from NPR to The New Yorker to Variety, The L.A. Times, Paste, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Village Voice, and on and on are lining up to shower praise on the venerable Japanese director in light of his recent retirement from animation. I say “alleged” because the 73-year-old Miyazaki-  whose works include My Neighbor Totoro (1988), Princess Mononoke (1997), and Spirited Away (2001) – has announced his “retirement” on several occasions dating back to the 1990s. For Miyazaki, retired life in 2014 means cantankerously complaining about young people, smoking endless cigarettes, and drawing infinite samurai manga until death. And he seems well-suited to do just that. Just before turning 60, Miyazaki personally worked on something like 80,000 individual animation cells for Spirited Away until he was satisfied. That’ll show those whippersnappers in the animation sweat shop how to put in a good day’s work. Eighty-thousand!

The Wind Rises is a heavily-embellished historical fantasy which follows the life of Jiro Horikoshi. As a young man, Horikoshi dreams of becoming an aviator, but is unable to realize his goal due to poor eye-sight. Instead, Horikoshi grows up to become an industrial engineer, eventually helping to develop the Mitsubishi A6M Zero, the “zero fighter,” Imperial Japan’s infamous World War II-era kamikaze fighter planes.

The Wind Rises (2013)The original story upon which The Wind Rises is based deals mostly with a young woman confined to a tuberculosis sanitorium who uses art as a means to deal with her ailments. The same character appears in the film, as Horikoshi’s ailing love, but is no longer the central focus of the story. Instead, Miyazaki’s long-standing interest in aviation takes center stage, which isn’t such a surprise, I suppose. Some of the director’s earlier aviation-themed works include the fighter-pilot drama Porco Rosso (1992), as well as various futuristic flight innovations depicted in Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984).

Miyazaki is widely regarded as “Japan’s Walt Disney” and I tend to agree that he has made some of the best animated features since Walt Disney’s death. If The Wind Rises truly is Miyazaki’s final directorial effort, this is your last chance to experience a first-run Miyazaki film in its intended full visual glory on the big screen. So far, Portland theater-goers may have to trek outside PDX city limits towards Tigard or Vancouver (Wa.) to catch a first-run showing of The Wind Rises. However, since this is Portland, where the dream of the 90s is alive, there’s a good chance that The Wind Rises will eventually find its way to one of East Portland’s many venerable beer theaters. Life in the promised land, it is so beautiful.

The Wind Rises
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Newbian Miyazaki fans should look into Spirited Away, which is largely regarded as the director’s finest work. It’s a bit like Alice in Wonderland and absolutely weirder than anything Walt Disney ever imagined on film. Spirited Away is generally considered appropriate for all ages, but viewers seeking something that skews slightly older should check out Princess Mononoke, which is heavy on action and remarkably post-feminist. Also from the larger Studio Ghibli catalog, there’s 1995’s Whisper of The Heart, the only film directed by the late Yoshifumi Kondo, who was revered as “the next Miyazaki” before he worked himself into an early grave. Scripted by Miyazaki, the film was never released theatrically, but bears mentioning as perhaps the greatest after-school special ever created.

Stuido Ghibli’s next planned animated feature is Memories of Marnie (alternately: “When Marnie Was There”) due out in Japan this summer, with plans for a worldwide release yet to be announced.

- B.rett.
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Winter in the Soot and Grime District

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From deep underground in the cold, cold ground of Portland, to the chilly streets of New Orleans where love (and possibly wolves) will tear you apart, this is Screen Door Revolution for the amorous Friday the 14th of February 2014. Let’s share a whole human heart, dipped in rich, unethical milk chocolate.

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: In our never-ending quest to bring uncanny performance art from across the world to you, dear reader, we return to New Orleans yet again…  Yes, Ma’am perform “The Weight of the World” on Royal Street in New Orleans, January 29. 2014. They have kind of an old-timey rock n’roll meets gypsy street urchin vibe going on. They travel with wolves, washboards, and neon fiddlesticks. The second clip (below) features the band performing on what appears to be either Royal (or possibly Frenchmen Street) on Halloween, October 31. 2013.  I’ve been away from New Orleans for too long, I think. My olde eyes can’t tell the difference between Royal and Frenchmen anymore. Download Yes, Ma’am’s 2012 release, Stirrin’ da Mudd, on Bandcamp. Follow Yes, Ma’am on Facebook right here.
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Incidentally, Frenchmen Street has long been the heart of the New Orleans soot and grime district, where crusted snowbirds flock to the warmer climes of the Isle of Orleans, often finding work as coal-covered chimney sweeps, or worse, horrid troubadours, mimes, and jugglers of all sorts. If you’ve got a song in your heart and a knife in your pocket, the French Quarter offers many gutters in which to gracefully rest your weary head while choking down/ coughing up one last PBR.

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Elsewhere in The Big Smoothie

Vernon Smith at Wizard World NOLA 2014

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: Hide! and Dexter Breakfast creator Vernon Smith commandeers the Media Underground Comics booth at last week’s Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con. We spoke with Vernon back in late 2012 when Hide! was just Kickstarting. Smith is currently in the early stages of illustrating a children’s book. Check out one of the highlights from Smith’s select Wizard World prints, featuring Princess Leia and Captain Kirk. I really like the one where he reads the Constitution after ending all the fighting in the future revolution. William. Shatner.

- B.rett.
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NEXT TIME on Screen Door Revolution: The plague of migrant troubadours continues. Is there no end to the maddening jingle-jangling of their tiny ankle bells?!
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Written by b.rett.

February 14, 2014 at 7:03 am

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