The Simpsons + Sigur Ros Just Made My Month!

May 18, 2013

So this is happening!!!

Icelandic band Sigur Rós have scored a part in this Sunday’s Season Finale episode of The Simpsons.

“The Saga of Carl.” (SUN 5/19 at 8/7c)

The Simpsons Sigur Ros

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Today We Live. An Interview With Jamie Tworkowski, Founder Of “To Write Love On Her Arms”

November 7, 2011

MISSION STATEMENT

To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.  TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

VISION:

The vision is that we actually believe these things…

You were created to love and be loved.  You were meant to live life in relationship with other people, to know and be known. You need to know that your story is important and that you’re part of a bigger story.  You need to know that your life matters.

We live in a difficult world, a broken world.  My friend Byron is very smart – he says that life is hard for most people most of the time.  We believe that everyone can relate to pain, that all of us live with questions, and all of us get stuck in moments.  You need to know that you’re not alone in the places you feel stuck. 

We all wake to the human condition.  We wake to mystery and beauty but also to tragedy and loss.  Millions of people live with problems of pain.  Millions of homes are filled with questions – moments and seasons and cycles that come as thieves and aim to stay.  We know that pain is very real.  It is our privilege to suggest that hope is real, and that help is real. 

You need to know that rescue is possible, that freedom is possible, that God is still in the business of redemption.  We’re seeing it happen.  We’re seeing lives change as people get the help they need.  People sitting across from a counselor for the first time.  People stepping into treatment.  In desperate moments, people calling a suicide hotline.  We know that the first step to recovery is the hardest to take.  We want to say here that it’s worth it, that your life is worth fighting for, that it’s possible to change. 

Beyond treatment, we believe that community is essential, that people need other people, that we were never meant to do life alone. 

The vision is that community and hope and help would replace secrets and silence.  

The vision is people putting down guns and blades and bottles. 

The vision is that we can reduce the suicide rate in America and around the world.

The vision is that we would learn what it means to love our friends, and that we would love ourselves enough to get the help we need.

The vision is better endings.  The vision is the restoration of broken families and broken relationships.  The vision is people finding life, finding freedom, finding love.  The vision is graduation, a Super Bowl, a wedding, a child, a sunrise.  The vision is people becoming incredible parents, people breaking cycles, making change.  

The vision is the possibility that your best days are ahead.  

The vision is the possibility that we’re more loved than we’ll ever know.  

The vision is hope, and hope is real.

You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.

*NOTE- The following email was conducted via email. Chris Grosso 11/7/11 

The Jamie Tworkowski Interview

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Manic Productions- Where Ships Are Run…And Tightly. An Interview.

January 10, 2011

I sent this interview out to Mark & Ben of Manic Productions about three months ago, and now after getting it back, I see why it may have taken so long. I apologize ahead of time for the lack of substance in the questions. It was one of the first interviews I put together plus, it was via email which is my least favorite way to do these as it’s rather impersonal. I thank Mark and Ben for taking the time to do this however.

Here’s a little more about Manic Productions before you read on (taken from manicproductions.org)…

What Is Manic Productions?
Manic Productions is a New Haven based booking and promotions company that works to bring the finest underground music talent to Connecticut. Our goal is to help the best local and regional acts into a brighter spotlight, while proving to national acts that Connecticut is a legitimate and important tour stop by running well organized and promoted, and therefore well attended, shows.

Why Is It Called Manic Productions?
The definition of Manic is “uncontrolled by reason.” The crew of Kill Normal records was trying to come up with a new name for a booking division that Mark would head. They brain stormed on names and came up with the word “manic.” The looked it up and read the definition. Everyone thought it fit Mark perfectly and it stuck.

Q&A With Mark & Ben From Manic Productions

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The A To Z Of Jade Tree Records With Co-Owner Darren Walters

November 11, 2010

The year is 1991 and Darren Walters, along with his partner Tim Owen, have a vision. They want to create a record label that releases quality music, without restrictions regarding genres or ethics, and to be the best they possibly can.

Fast forward to 1995, a 17 year old kid (yours truly), immersed in a love of independent/underground music, attends The Really Loud Music Fest is New Bedford, MA. Onstage is the band Lifetime, ripping through their song Neutral Territory off the Hello Bastards album released on Jade Tree Records. Kids are flying around everywhere, singing along, smiling, and having a great time. When I think about Jade Tree Records, I’m bombarded with a plethora of memories such as this, many of which, a Jade Tree band provided the soundtrack to.  

If you’re a fan of indie music, there’s a good chance you have a Jade Tree release somewhere in your collection. They’re responsible for such artists as Jets To Brazil, Avail, J Church, Four Walls Falling, Universal Order Of Armageddon and so many more! That being said I hope you enjoy this romp down memory lane with Darren Walters, co-owner of Jade Tree Records.

The Darren Walters/Jade Tree Records Interview (more…)
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An Interview With CT’s Precise Piercing And Tattoo Owner, Little Joe.

October 29, 2010

Precise Piercing And Tattoo is a bold name for a tattoo shop, one however, this shop definitely deserves. I speak from experience as I’ve had work done from two of their resident artists (one of whom recently relocated to Brooklyn, NY).  I’ve also known Joe Pantano (aka: Little Joe) since I first began going to Kustum Kulture Tattoo in Plainville, CT, where he used to work circa 1996.  When I think about Little Joe, the first thing that comes to mind is “work ethic”. That may not be the first thing popular society would associate with a body piercer or tattoo shop, and often, rightfully so, but Joe and the tattoo artists at his shop take their craft very seriously, like few others I’ve ever met. I’m proud to share some insight into the world of tattooing and piercing with CT’s own “Little Joe”.

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