Vinyl Wednesday: Static-X – Wisconsin Death Trip

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FINALLY!

Static-X’s 1999 album Wisconsin Death Trip is one of my all-time favorite nu-metal albums and it’s finally on vinyl courtesy of Music on Vinyl. If you aren’t really familiar with this album then you should be. Chances are that you’ve heard the song or seen the video for “Push It” but you don’t know who made the song. Characterized as “Evil Disco” by the band’s frontman Wayne Static, this album is equal parts weird, melodic, fast and heavy. I dig it the most.

I have two pretty good memories of this album. The first is from the winter of ’99. My main man T-Bubbs got the CD from his parents for Christmas. We listened to it a whole lot that winter. Lots of days and nights just sitting in the upstairs of his house cranking the CD to the max. I liked it so much I even ended up going out and buying the digipack single for “Push It”. CD singles. Ha! What a relic of past times (for most people). The second memory I have of Static-X is seeing them live at Ozzfest 2007. T-Bubbs is actually present in this story as well. Weird. Anyway, we weren’t expecting much out of Static-X in a live setting but we were completely blown away with how fantastic they sounded. I don’t know if it was just the perfect day/setting for them but it was awesome. Lots of energy, HUGE thumping bass and lots of Wayne Static bobbing his head back and forth while playing guitar and singing. A very fond memory of simpler times.

Sadly, Static-X fell apart in 2009, was reformed in 2012 and then frontman Wayne Static died in 2014. No more Static-X. That’s a real bummer for me. I always looked forward to whatever they were putting out. It may not have always been as fun, unique or good as their first few albums but I did still enjoy it.

Now, onto the artwork. The art contained in this release looks like the 90’s action-sports culture. Picture skateboarding/BMX/snowboarding graphics in your mind and this album fits right in with it. I swear it’s like looking through a CCS, Mongoose Bikes and any other outlying-sport’s catalog. I love it. Big, bold colors and type. Lots of texture. Odd photo treatments. It perfectly fits the band and the times.

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Autumn Cruise: Revving Up

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This is the third of four posts documenting the vehicles of the 2015 Upper Sandusky “Autumn Cruise” car show. Loads more detail shots of killer cars and sweet paint jobs. Check ’em out!

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Autumn Cruise: Round 2

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I have a few more photos for y’all today. These are still not my picks as the best (one more set before I can unload those) but I do enjoy quite a bit of these shots. I tried to photograph a lot of details at the car show. To me, that’s where the real beauty lies in these autos. I can look up a general image of a vehicle at any time but to see the small details is what really starts to give a vehicle a true character.

Anyway, check ’em out and stay on the lookout for more tomorrow and Friday.

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Autumn Cruise: Low-Ranking Fruit

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I’ve been editing the photos from the Upper Sandusky “Autumn Cruise” for a little while now and I’ve finally been able to finish them all this morning. It was a long process but I think it yielded some really good photos. This set is not that. This is just the first of a few posts and the photos within consist of the “no-so-great” shots first. There’s nothing really bad about them, it’s just not what I felt were the best of the best. Check back for more soon.

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Vinyl Wednesday: Decibel Flexi-Series

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I have a bit of a different Vinyl Wednesday this time. Last winter I received a subscription to Decibel Magazine and I was introduced to flexi-discs. The magazine is full of extreme metal stories, articles on some neat people/subjects and it also features a flexi-disc in every issue. While it may be a bit of a gimmick or a novelty to some, the music is very real, very heavy and usually high-quality. Each Decibel Flexi-Series release features an exclusive track from the chosen artist. Something that won’t be found on any official release from the band. Good stuff if you ask me. Most bands just have one song but there are some exceptions. In the case of Iron Reagan (above) the subscribers were treated to a full-13 track EP. Songs are obviously insanely short if you can fit 13 tracks onto a 4–6 minute flexi but that’s fine by me. The more heavy tunes that are available the better. Rip out the flexi from the magazine and get it spinning while browsing the issue. Good times can be had by all.

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