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Cypherotylus by André De Kesel
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A triangular shaped pleasing fungus beetle Cypherotylus sp. (16mm, Coleoptera, Erotylidae) from Peru (Loreto, in dry collection since 2012). Studio work; specimen was rehydrated, cleaned, prepared and posed. Focus stack based on 73 images, assembled in Zerene Stacker (Dmap & Pmax). Sony A6500 + Metabones adapter + Canon EF 100mm 1:2.8L IS USM; ISO-100, f/6.3 (last one f/8), 1/160s, single diffused flash.

okay sooo

I was just looking at owls to possibly make an Owlboy OC or fix up my old owl characters then i came across this

THEN I LOOKED CLOSER

THEN I REALIZED THE TRUTH. ESPECIALLY WHERE IT SAID HIGHER CLASSIFICATION

WAS THIS HOW YOU CAME UP WITH ASIO AND OTUS @dpadstudio??

That was actually pretty clever owo

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so they’ll release screeners a week early, but…

WHAT IF THE SCREENERS ARE FAKE

OKAY I WAS ACTUALLY WONDERING THE SAME THING! I was talking about this theory with @poppypajamas and I was saying, imagine if the writers rewrote the finale after the scripts got leaked and sent out fake screeners because they wanted more leaks to get out, and then on Wednesday, it will be completely different and we’ll all be shocked. 

I mean, I HIGHLY doubt this would actually happen, but there’s a tiny part of me that’s really hoping they pull something like this! 

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Rebel Waltz “The Last One To Die Is A Rotten Egg” 1991, Erosion Records on 10″ blue vinyl. The Vault boy and I are heading up to the Fox Valley for a few days (he’s off school for the summer) so I thought I’d dig out some local late 80′s/early 90′s music. Rebel Waltz hailed from Oshksoh, WI and were active from ‘85 to ‘96. I know I saw them a few times opening for other bands around Oshkosh, Appleton and Green Bay, though for whom I can’t recall - most likely at least one of those shows was Soul Asylum (probably more like 10, it seemed that Soul Asylum passed through every other week in the late 80′s). Their stated influences are bands like The Byrds, Stiff Little Fingers and their namesake, The Clash (the song “Rebel Waltz” appears on Sandinista!). From their Facebook page: “We played a ton of gigs during the height of our popularity. The fact that we had a PA probably helped a ton with that but we got to open for Social Distortion, Soul Asylum, and The Tragically Hip to name a few. We met hundreds of great musicians over the years.” The band did reunite to play a few shows in 2015 and 2016, including one for the locally infamous Rev. Norb’s 50th birthday.

Rebel Waltz recorded The Last One To Die Is A Rotten Egg at Smart Studios in Madison, WI around the same time Nirvana was doing some of their recording for Nevermind. The grunge influence on this 6-song EP is obvious, though much more melodic: Midwestern-nice punk/grunge. If I didn’t know these guys were from around my hometown, I’d guess that they were from the Minneapolis area, with a sound that is very Replacements-esque (and Soul Asylum-y). Audio links to the record, or any single track, seem to not exist but their album Rubber Walls from 1990 does so if you are so inclined, you can listen to that.

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On this day in music history: May 28, 1991 - “Gish”, the debut album by The Smashing Pumpkins is released. Produced by Butch Vig and Billy Corgan, it is recorded at Smart Studios in Madison, WI from December 1990 - March 1991. The debut release by the Chicago, IL based alternative rock band stands apart from many of their musical peers. Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Billy Corgan is more influenced by bands such as post punk pioneers The Cure and New Order as well as progressive rock and heavy metal, rather than the punk and noise rock roots many other alt-rock bands. The band team up with producer and engineer Butch Vig (Garbage, Nirvana), recording at his small recording studio in Madison, WI. Recorded for a modest budget of only $20,000, Corgan’s fanatical drive for sonic perfection puts an immense strain on himself and the band resulting in him suffering a nervous breakdown during the sessions. Released on Caroline Records (independently distributed, but owned by Virgin Records), it is embraced immediately by college and alternative rock radio, selling over 100,000 copies in its first year. “Gish” peaks at number one hundred ninety five on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

um, okay. experimental hardcore band out of madison. recorded this EP in 1992 at smart studios. really unlike any other records I have out of madison, actually. do I put it with other 90s emo/hardcore (as opposed to more emo proper records which I’m trying to separate for personal use reasons) or with wisconsin bands or with extended grunge family records due to smart studios

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Smart Studio Sessions: Lithium