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Video Clip of The Week: “Strobe Light” By Night Club


Hello and welcome to Video Clip of The Week! This week’s featured video clip also qualifies 100% as a Pink Thing of the Day, because it is just so effing pink. Oh, the Pinkness. Their love of Pink aside, Night Club has a fascinating pedigree, being comprised of Keyboardist Mark Brooks (a co-director of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse as well as videos by Slayer and Danzig, among others) and singer Emily Kavanaugh, whose dad is the keyboard player in the legendary Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.

“Strobe Light” gets everything right for what it aims to accomplish, competing fiercely with the very best of what we used to call “Rock of The Eighties” nearly 30 years ago, but is today considered the greatest hits of Depeche Mode and New Order. Anchored by insistent keyboard hooks and a beat that cannot be denied, “Strobe Light” is the “Satisfaction” of modern club music.  Kavanaugh’s vocals also remind me of early Madonna (Think: “Borderline”). Win-win!

“Strobe Light” is the second single from Night Club’s sophomore release, Love Casualty — which is also a very ’80s title! Recommended highly for fans of Dance Music That Does Not Suck, you can keep up with their latest shows and events by ‘Liking” their FaceBook Page. Enjoy!

Night Club Band

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Slayer Birthday Cake!

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Reign In Cake” (Images Courtesy of Rob Lawi)

Images seen here of this one-of-a-kind Slayer Birthday Cake were posted on the Facebook page of my friend, Rob. This cake was designed by Jessa Blavatsky, a lady who obviously knows her Metal. Awesome Slayer Cake celebrates the birthday of Jimmy Duff, owner of the Heavy Metal bar Duff’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Cllearly, what we have here is a case of Too Much Metal for One Cake!

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Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman, Dead at 49

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It is indeeed a sad time in the Metal Community today as it has been announced that Slayer founding member and Guitairst, Jeff Hanneman, passed away on May 2nd, 2013 at just 49 years of age. Cause of death is reported as liver failure, though Hanneman had suffered with the extremely rare but serious condition Necrotizing Fasciitis (popularly known as flesh eating bacteria) since contracting it possibly through a spider bite in 2011. What a horrible way to go. RIP, Jeff and just remember, God Listens to Slayer.

God Listens to Slayer

Map of Metal


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Map Of Metal is a totally addictive and endlessly entertaining interactive website, designed by Metal Historian Nick Grant and Graphic Designer Patrick Galbraith. The site traces Metal music all the way through from its 1960s beginnings to its latter-day mutation into crazily specific genres (Black Ambient, Mathcore, Crust Punk, Swedish Death Metal, etc ad infinitum). The artists featured are as diverse as Black Sabbath, Queen, Slayer, Lamb of God and Cannibal Corpse. Different genres of music not usually associated with metal – Punk Rock, Grunge and Post Rock – but with ties to the genre are also represented. The Map of Metal is available to order in various poster sizes (and would surely make an amazing gift), but the online version includes hundreds of sound files and doubles as a heavy-metal radio station. It takes a few minutes on the site to orient yourself and get used to how the interactive functions work, but it’s best to get started by clicking on the “Navigation Map” thumbnail in the upper right hand corner of the page. Then just drag your cursor all over the place, from sub-genre to sub-genre, as you explore the Origins of Head Banging in all its brutal glory. Valhalla, I am coming.


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Christmas Lights on House Syncd to Slayer’s "Reign In Blood"


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Oh my, this Slayer fan’s holiday display is definitely something to see. I bet the neighbors really appreciate his idea of Christmas spirit. Slayer!

Note: Unfortunately, since I posted this, I’ve discovered that the embed code is disabled by SONY on “select” browsers. If the above video won’t play for you or if it shows an error message, please click this upcoming link to Watch all the madness unfold on YouTube.

Thanks to Heidi Ellen Robinson Fitzgerald for the Tip!

Testament’s Chuck Billy Appears in Smithsonian Exhibit on Native American Musicians

Testament vocalist and Native American activist Chuck Billy is pleased to announce his inclusion in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s new exhibition, Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture. Of his inclusion in the exhibit, Billy said, “I’m humbled and proud to be recognized as a Native American contribution to the Arts and Music.”

Quoting the Smithsonian official press release, Up Where We Belong tells [Native artist’s] stories and histories and provides visitors the opportunity to hear music and discover artists with whom these exceptional musicians collaborated. Visitors will also learn of the musical greats who inspired these artists, as well as the growing number of contemporary performers who follow in their path.”

Chuck Billy is featured in the “Encore” segment of the exhibition, which includes artists who represent the span of Native achievement in mainstream music over the past half century, according to the Smithsonian. Other musicians featured in this segment are saxophonist Jim Pepper and singer Debora Iyall (Romeo Void).

The exhibition is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC on the second-floor level of the Sealaska Gallery, and will run through January 2, 2011. For more information about the Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture exhibition, please visit This Link.

Chuck Billy and Testament are currently on tour with Slayer and Megadeth.

Rock Star Quote of the Week: Paul Bostaph of Testament

“When I joined Slayer and I went on tour with them, there’s one particular memory that sticks out for me. We were already working on the new record and right before we went into the studio I went to a club in Hollywood to see Fu Manchu. I remember this one guy was standing there with his girlfriend and he walked up to me, because he recognized me. He was this tall, buff guy. He’s looking at me and he says, ‘So, I hear you’re the new drummer for Slayer.’ And I said. “Yeah, how are you doing? My name is Paul.’  First he gives me this once over, and then he looks at me like he’s thinking, ‘How could this guy replace Dave Lombardo?’

I remember he reached over, grabbed my bicep and squeezed it to see if I was really strong. Then he looked at me, shook his head and walked away. I remember thinking, ‘Okay, so what I need to do to win over the fans is go to the gym.’ It was the funniest thing because I remember wondering how the size of my bicep related to how well I play the drums. I just stood there in complete shock.”