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A day later than usual, but the linkage is here:

roof-tunnel-hacking

Abandoned roofs, tunnels and spaces

Metal Sucks have posted a very depressing graph about how many albums / downloads an artist needs to sell in order to make minimum wage. I totally feel for you guys – a graph about writers would look very, very similar. However, keep in mind that nowadays most musicians make the majority of their fortunes playing live, selling merch, earning sponsorship, teaching clinics, and creating / selling other products. I would like to point you to this article written by Amanda Palmer on some of her money-making schemes.

If I had a spare $905 lying around (who EVER has a spare $905 lying around) I would want to buy this Literature Noir vest. (or, you know, spend it on rent. Or Wacken tickets. Or whatever). 

A few words of wisdom from one of my childhood favorites (aside from Snoopy, that is. Snoopy gave me my first ever job aspiration – to be a WWII Flying Ace) Winnie the Pooh’s guide to happiness.

The Critical Fashion Lovers Guide to Cultural Appropriation. I found this article to be particularly interesting. While the focus is on racial issues, particularly native American fashion, the author touches on many of the subcultural appropriations we can relate to. Metalheads and various alternative subcultures have dealt with cultural appropriation before (or misappropriation – see Take Back the Horns. And what about all those “vintage” Iron Maiden and Motley Crue tees showing up in high street stores a few years ago? What about Doc Martins?) I remember how outraged my husband was when he saw some of the pictures on Take Back the Horns (seriously. He has a whole rant about it. It’s so cute), and I’m trying to imagine what that feels like after hundreds or thousands of years of racial or cultural tension. This article does a very good job of addressing the issues around cultural appropriation in fashion. I may write an article on this in future. 

Gothic Faery Victorian wedding.

From the ever amazing Yes and Yes: True Story: I am a female wildfire fighter. Now that is metal. 

In metal news, Metallica’s James Hetfield will appear in a documentary about absent fathers. Also, the Iron Maiden documentary “Flight 666” was named “music DVD of the year” at the Juno awards.

Maryland’s Primativity have just released a full-length album Primativity Plays Megadeth for Cello, featuring cello compositions of everyone’s favorite Megadeth classics “Symphony of Destruction”, “Hanger 18”, “A Toute le Monde”, etc. If you’re a fan of Finland’s Apocalyptica, you will probably enjoy hearing these remarkably compositions. 

Eric from Baroque, Bleak, Brutal reminds us how awesome Amon Amarth are.

A new metal cookbookMosh Potatoes – Recipes, Anecdotes And Mayhem From The Heavyweights Of Heavy Metal – written by Steve Seabury, features kitchen magic from Zakk Wyle, Rex from Pantera, Dreamtheater, Type O Negative, Anthrax, Lamb of God and Lita Ford. The book comes out from Simon and Schuster in November this year, so hopefully I’ll snag some copies to give away. 

From WebUrbanist, these amazing pictures of roof and Tunnel hacking – abandoned places and urban adventuring.

What are you reading this week?

Snoopy Dance of Death \m/
Steff Metal


9 Comments »

  1. steff steff says:

    @E. You know I will. :)

    @Emmy. I will take you up on that. Current “moving to Germany” date is end of June 2011, so with any luck we will make our way back to Scandinavia by the end of next year :)

    I liked reading about some of your culture shocks. Our housing over here really is appalling. Until the first time I wenr overseas (10 years ago) I thought walking around in blankets during winter was just what everyone did.

  2. E.Bleak says:

    Oh sweet, Massachusetts is the best. (Well of COURSE I’m not biased…) Holler if you end up here and I’ll point you at the good shows and shopping. :D

  3. Emmy says:

    nice that i could help you too :) get in touch if you want to have more awesomeness on sweden and stockholm…

    louise and i are now introduced to each other, and i’ll keep reading her stories. feels like a list-sista!

  4. steff steff says:

    WOW, yes, OK. I WILL.

    I am planning a trip to the US. In my head. For book promotion, if it happens. Massachusetts is on that list. ESPECIALLY now.

  5. E.Bleak says:

    Oh dear, I’ve been on an MIT Orange Tour – led by a bona fide old school tunnel hacker – that took us through the glassblowing fires, hidden courtyard, and on-site nuclear reactor (!!). I thought I recognized that print from somewhere!

    If you’re ever in Massachusetts, I highly recommend finding an MIT lockpick geek and requesting a tour, they are completely awesome.

  6. steff steff says:

    @Emmy I’ve been reading about your progress with the list – you are doing well so far! I’m so happy that article inspired you :) I read your article on Stockholm in Matador, and I’ve added lots of your suggestions to our epic list of things to do when we go back to Europe next year (we didn’t get to Stockholm last time and we were so disappointed).

    Another blogger, Louise Curtis, is tackling the same project. You can read her posts at http://www.twittertales.wordpress.com.

  7. steff steff says:

    @MrPolek. I haven’t yet been able to start buying music downloads, because I LOVE the weight and artwork and notes and “thingieness” of buying CDs and Vinyl. I have often wondered what will happen to the artists who work with bands when creating linear notes, booklets and cover art won’t be such a big part of an album anymore. I’m sure they’re imaginative enough to come up with some kind of creative solution.

    I can’t speak for quality since I don’t listen to a lot of downloaded stuff (I find new bands on blogs, etc, listen to their stuff on youtube and then buy an album) but the quality of downloads would have to be as good or better than CD to make me stop buying them, and I suspect that’s a long way off. Although, I do like the idea of having music on my computer that can’t get scratched.

    Music is definitely NOT about the money (not even close), but many of the people who read this blog are musicians whose dream is to make a full-time income from their music. I’m in the same boat, only with writing, so studies like this are useful to them.

  8. MrPolek says:

    @ how many albums / downloads an artist needs to sell in order to make minimum wage:

    So music is about money anyway, isn’t it? Especially Metal! We allways think ’bout the money first!

    But honestly, buying Albums is not about the music. It’s about the CD as an artwork itself. Look at geman black-metal band “Secrets of the moon”. Their last album (Privilegivum) had such a great artwork (Cover, Booklet and the CD itself) that it was a pleasure to hold it in your hands. Most bands forget that buying an album is not abut the music but about a badass booklet and cover and anything else.

    Another thing is that a lot of bands can’t record propper anymore. I will allways pick a Maiden CD to any downloaded stuff because the quality is better.

    Greetz,
    MrPolek.

  9. Emmy says:

    hey, i just wanted to tell you that i’m trying out your “101 things to cheer you up”-list from yes and yes. and it’s all on my blog…

    thank you for the inspiration!

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