I’m Sick of Sexism

by Adrienne Fisher

Two weeks ago, Pixable published a series of GIF images depicting ~rock festival lineups with the names of the all-male bands on the bill edited out, leaving - you guessed it - tons of negative space. You probably know by now that this isn’t a new point of discussion, and plenty would argue that at this rate, it’s becoming a tired point. And those are exactly the types of comments that broke out on Lemuria’s Facebook page when they reposted the article: people trying either to debunk or to support the idea that the dearth of women artists in festival lineups is a damaging trend.

It’s always a toss-up, whether or not watching the peanut gallery argue over civil issues will be hilariously entertaining or wildly depressing. As for the comments on this particular issue drawn from Lemuria’s Facebook post, they range from blame shifting…

…to blindly asserting privilege…

…to making incredibly offensive and off-base analogies:

Plenty of people went on (some logically, some far more insultingly) to argue the point of such articles. What’s the takeaway? Why does this matter? What do articles like this say except that men make better and more profitable music than women do? That must mean that women just aren’t prevalent, right? That’s not a problem, that’s just a fact, right?

Here’s the thing. This trend of “more men than women” is representative of a greater problem: of inequality, of an inherent imbalance in society, of preferential treatment based on your gender. It’s a problem that women often have to argue and fight and lay out example after example of, just to give credence to the idea that it is a problem. It’s a problem because, according to the status quo, there’s no problem – everything’s running just fine.

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Start Today: Star Wars

by Jacob Tender

What is this?

Star Wars is a beloved (and presently ongoing) space opera that features charismatic aliens, power-wielding samurai, an evil galactic empire, and an all encompassing energy called “The Force” that ties it all together. In summation, it’s a story about the balance between good and evil. The series has become a vital and unavoidable part of popular culture. The creator of the series, George Lucas, sold the franchise to Disney, which has, thus far, proved to be the best thing to happen to the series since the original saga aired. Spinoffs such as The Clone Wars television series, comic books, and novels make up the universe’s canon (officially recognized as genuine and entries in the overarching story).

Where to start?

If you didn’t grow up watching Star Wars as a child, you’re at a disadvantage. That’s not to say that you won’t enjoy the films without a built-in nostalgia, but you’re more likely to look at the film for its filmmaking merits and story, which is fine. The Star Wars story has it all. It is more important that you stay open-minded. Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is widely considered the best of the original saga, but I still suggest starting off with the movie that started it all, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977). This movie introduces you to the themes and character of the Star Wars universe better than anything else.

If you’re tech savvy, I suggest you track down the original versions of the film. The older, the better. George Lucas made a number of changes to the home releases throughout the years that add nothing, are pretty distracting, and tarnish the feeling of the original releases. I prefer watching Harmy’s Despecialized Editions. These are extraordinary fan edits that piece together original release with the highest resolution possible. The result is an unaltered Star Wars with Blu-Ray quality visuals.

Digging deeper:
You should be able to decide for yourself whether or not to continue your descent into George Lucas’ universe after watching Star Wars. As previously mentioned, The Empire Strikes Back stands as one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time and is highly recommended. Beyond that, Episode VI: Return of The Jedi ends the initial trilogy and the story continues with two television series and a prequel trilogy.

This is a timeline of the films, movies, and spinoffs recommended for a Padawan learner.

  • Star Wars (Aka Episode IV: A New Hope): Enter Luke Skywalker, our hero. Follow him and his friends on an adventure to rescue Princess Leia Organa and save the galaxy from the evil Galactic Empire and its spokesperson, Darth Vader. Han Solo, a scruffy looking smuggler co-pilots The Millennium Falcon for Jedi-in-hiding Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke, and his two droids (C-3PO and R2-D2) with help of lovable Wookie warrior Chewbacca.
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back: Luke, Leia, and Han learn more about their enemy while in hiding following their first victory against the Empire. Luke begins his Jedi training with Master Yoda and confronts his deepest fears and sworn enemy, Darth Vader.
  • Episode VI: Return of The Jedi: Our heroes rescue Han from gangsterous space slug Jabba The Hutt, the rebellion goes all-in on a risky mission, and Luke faces Vader one final time.
  • Episodes I-III (The Prequels): Considered by most fans of the series as “a piece of junk,” the prequels still provide us with some backstory on our favorite baddie. Darth Vader’s origins are played out through convoluted story, bad acting, and uninteresting subplots.
  • The Clone Wars (Television Series): One of history’s best animated series and a must-watch for any fan of Star Wars. Follow Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and more through the best stories we’ll likely ever get out of the Clone Wars period. This show pushed the boundaries of children’s programming with mature ideas and conflicts. The subtext is more suitable for an adult to understand, which makes it enjoyable for all ages. Character building was the highlight, building personality into the prequels enemies, Jedi, and the clones themselves.
  • Rebels (Television Series): Disney’s spiritual follow-up to The Clone Wars. This takes place before the events of Star Wars and follows Ezra Bridger, a Padawan learner traveling with a crew of rebels and last remaining Jedi Padawan Kanan Jarrus.
  • The Star Wars Holiday Special: You can only love something when you’ve seen it at its worst. The worst is what you get with this travesty.
  • Video Games: The Star Wars series has had number of great video games over the years. X-Wing and TIE Fighter were easy favorites. The Rogue Squadron series puts you back behind the controls of Star Wars’ most recognizable ships, while the Jedi Knight games gives you a stronger hold on the ground with a lightsaber in your hand. Lego has done very well with the series, but the top three are certainly the Battlefront games (a current gen successor is coming) and Knights of the Old Republic, an RPG unlike any other.
  • Episode VII: The Force Awakens and spinoff films: The series continues with J.J. Abrams upcoming installment The Force Awakens (December 2015). Our favorites from the original trilogy will reprise their roles and hand the laser-sword-like torch over to a new generation of main characters. Several spin-offs from the Franchise are in development as well. Rogue One will focus on the team that stole the plans for the Death Star that made the events of the first movie possible. Two more are currently planned for the Star Wars Anthology Series.

Jacob Tender is the in-house publicist for Other People Records and freelance writer. You can read more of his writing on Star Wars, music, and technology at Curbside.Audio. Follow him on Twitter.

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Talking Through My Mistake

by Zack Zarrillo

It was announced on May 1st that No Good News signed to Pure Noise Records. Harry Corrigan, formerly of Bellwether, is a member of the band. In November of 2013, Corrigan was accused of sexual assault. PropertyOfZack covered this story then, but you’ll notice today that those posts no longer exist on the website. Towards the end of last year, I removed the posts. The obvious question is: Why?

I made a very, very serious mistake. Several months ago, I was given information that indicated that the matter at hand had been settled between the two parties – which led to the decision to remove the posts about it from the site. Unfortunately, that information has turned out to either be false, or cloudy at best. Those posts, or any post that sheds light on serious matters, should never have been removed from the website. I was ignorant to the general situation at hand and did not consider the weight that small decisions can have on an entire community and how that affects the comfort and safety of others. It was easier for me remove the posts than it was to do the proper research, ask the necessary questions, and be patient instead of hasty.

The resulting dialogue from this situation has made it abundantly clear that I, and countless others, are not as educated and empathetic in the matters of equality, safety, consent, and community as we should be. Situations like this can be drastically damaging to an individual’s life and beyond that create bad examples for others to incorrectly follow.

Ten years ago, I found an online community with (mostly) open arms, and without it, my life would be much less fulfilling. If anything I’m part of can give someone else an entry point in this community, I would be proud. However, the inverse of that would be completely unsettling, and while I may have good intentions, I stumbled. I’ve received fair criticism for taking several days to post an acknowledgment of the above, and while I have other things taking place currently in my personal life, it’s hard for me to state just how much getting this right matters to me.

Over the coming days and weeks it is an incredible priority of mine to further educate myself on the subjects mentioned above, and to also share links on the website for others to read. Whether you’ve followed this story since November of 2013 or are seeing it brought up for the first time now - I believe we all have more to learn and consider. There is no excuse for removing the posts and I hope the future for our community is more progressive, empathetic, and understanding than it’s shown to be over the past week.

I’d like to further extend an apology to the victim of this ordeal, and to any others who may have experienced pain through my actions. I am deeply sorry, but also beyond aware that no apology will resolve this specific issue or the larger one at hand, nor will it erase or ease the harm that victims of sexual assault, in this situation or others, have endured.1

Thank you.


  1. This paragraph was added on Wednesday at 10am. 

Showcase: Messes

There’s something undeniably raw about Messes. They are a straight up screamo band through & through, from the brash vocals to the tangible emotional vulnerability radiating through each verse. “Push Ups”, the opening track to Messes’ debut LP, Don’t Be A Let Down, can be streamed below. The album will be released on 4/28 via Paperweight Records.
For Fans Of: Old Gray, Citizen, Pianos Become The Teeth
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by Ashley Aron

 

Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Dusty Clark-Guitar
Nathan McKinney-Drums
Perry Wesley-Bass
We all use our voices.

What’s your hometown (or what are your hometowns)?
We were all born and raised in Somerset, Kentucky.

How did the band come together? How long has it been?
We’ve been playing music together as this entity since the summer of 2012.

How have you grown since you started?
The most noticeable growth has probably been in our ability to craft cohesive songs that partner well with whatever point, idea or imagery that we’re trying to get across. The exciting thing about that is that there is always room to improve one’s ability to express through whatever creative outlet they choose. Also, we’re way less self-loathy in our lyrical content. No one wants to hear that!

What sets you apart from other bands?
We’re from the middle of nowhere!!! It’s been a bit of a challenge to ‘get ourselves out there’ due to our geographical isolation from any major metropolitan centers that larger touring bands usually hit. Luckily, we’ve had strong support from our hometown and others as of late–which is humbling to say the least.

What’s the best part about being in your band?
All we really give a shit about is donuts, dogs and basketball. We are simple people.

More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
Weatherbox, Anathallo, Sufjan Stevens, Tycho, Maps & Atlases, The National, Drake, Gatsby’s American Dream, Colour Revolt–to name a few.

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