Next Exit: Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil guides us through San Diego, California

Without a doubt, San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Although I really enjoy traveling and touring, I have to admit it’s always nice to come home and enjoy the perfect weather and variety of things to do around town. It’s one of the only cities that can be both exciting and relaxing at the same time – it just depends on what you’re looking for.

EAT AT: Pokez (947 E. St.)

  You know how vegetarians and carnivores can never decide on a place to eat together? San Diego has the perfect solution. Pokez Mexican Restaurant has the best selection of vegan/vegetarian meals and authentic Mexican food for everybody. As you may know, San Diego is right on the Mexican border, so we have the most amazing Mexican food you’ll ever taste in your life. We can never find good Mexican food anywhere on tour, so whenever we’re home, we try to eat as many burritos as possible. We get asked to send Pokez food to the Equal Vision office in Albany, New York.

BEFORE THE SHOW, GO TO: a baseball game at PETCO Park (100 Park Blvd.)

  PETCO Park is a brand new, open-air stadium build in the middle of downtown San Diego. Even if you don’t like baseball, this stadium is still pretty impressive. It has an incredible view of San Diego Bay, and you can even see the San Diego 200 just beyond center field. It won all kinds of awards for its unique design, and there’s even a “mini-field” in the grass seats where families can bring their kids to play.

PLAY AT: Soma (3350 Sports Arena Blvd.)

  Soma used to be an old movie theater that the owners converted into an amazing rock venue. The floor is still slanted so that the stage is where the screen used to be and the crowd is where the seats used to be. This way, even short people like me can see from anywhere in the club. Soma has always supported the local scene, so they built a side stage where local bands play.

AFTER THE SHOW, GO TO: Typhoon Saloon (1165 Garnet Ave.)

  I would highly recommend heading out to Typhoon Saloon on wednesdays to see the most amazing ’80s hair-metal cover band in the world, Steel Panther! They’re some of the most talented musicians – and most hilarious comedians – I’ve ever seen. It’s always a good time, but if you want to get away from the clubs and the people just gather up some friends and head down to the sand.

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR: rEALLY BAD DRIVERS. i’m sure you’ve heard the term “California Driver”. Everything you’ve heard is true; just drive fast and tend to disregard most traffic laws.

SOURCE: Alternative Press Magazine


Next Exit: T.J. Sego of Gwen Stacy guides us through Indianapolis, Indiana.

 True, Indianapolis is home to the Indy 500 and theColts, but let’s take this education a little further than what ESPN provides. Follow my itinerary and you’ll leave Circle City with a new tattoo and a fierce coffee buzz without missing load-in or seeing a single racecar.

EAT AT: South Berd Chocolate Company (20 N. Meridian St.)

  Get your pants on, throw the sleeping bag in the trailer and get started on shaking off that headache. Everyone knows van sleep is one level above no sleep; so you’re going to need that morning pick-me-up. Head to Monument Circle. For those of you who have never experienced the odd layout of Circle City, Monument Circle is the dead center of town, with a huge monument dedicated to servicemen from Indiana who died in combat. But never mind American history, you still probably can’t see well enough to read the war stats. Head to the Chocolate Café. Whether you need a cup of coffee, a soda or cookies ‘n icecream, this is the place to remind you why you endured only 20 hours of sleep in the past week. Enjoy the air conditioning inside or take your bounty across the street and sit on the Monument Circle steps. Though your most recent shower was last week, I don’t recommend bathing in one of the monument’s fountains.

BEFORE THE SHOW, GO TO: Metamorphosis (828 Broad Ripple Ave.) and Vibes (J051 E. 54th St.)

  Forget about the cell phone payment (it only gives mom a chance to nag anyway). Time to spend the last of your savings on a sick tribal tattoo at Metamorphosis. This place is the only tattoo spot in Indy that I’ll recommend. If ink isn’t your thing, invest some stock in Ferret Music and pick up our new album at Vibes, your music broker of choice. They have anything and everything you’re looking for.

PLAY AT: The Emerson Theater (4634 E. 10th St.)

  Your booking agent made a good choice if he or she booked you at The Emerson Theater. This place has history. I’ve seen a lot of great tours come through, most notably the first solid state tour (Beloved, please get back together). Some venues are just easy to play great shows at, and this is one of them. The Emerson is great to their bands, the sound is awesome, and the kids in Indy are too cool. While you’re there, tell the sound guy Josh that Gwen Stacy said, “What’s up.”

AFTER THE SHOW, GO TO: Red Eye Café (250 S. Meridian St.)

  Another tour date scratched off the list, another night drive to caffeine overload. Before you start operating on gas-station coffee (or “motor oil”, as it should be called), prep yourself at Red Eye Café. With 24-hour food service and outstanding coffee, the place is just cool to hang out in. For those who aren’t driving, the Red Eye is also a bar. Tip the bartenders well, too. Get your last cup of coffee to go. It’s time to start the eight-hour drive to pittsburgh.

REMEMBER TO: Watch out for deer. Indy traffic is usually clear, but if you’re not careful, you’ll end up hunting wildlife with your front bumper. The last thing the van needs is more problems.

SOURCE: Alternative Press Magazine

Katia Ivanova fala de Ronnie Wood: “Ele tinha a mentalidade de um miúdo de 15 anos”.

Katia Ivanova, ex-namorada do guitarrista Ronnie Wood, protagonizou uma produção ousada para a ‘Zoo Magazine’ e falou sobre o músico dos Rolling Stones.
A modelo, de 23 anos, garantiu que o guitarrista, de 65, mantém um espírito jovem. “Sair com um homem mais velho pode ser muito diferente, mas ele tinha a mentalidade de um miúdo de 15 anos. Ele nem conseguiu ensinar-me a cantar”, afirmou.

FONTE: Correio da Manhã

Justin Bieber e o novo penteado, inspirado em Elvis e James Dean

Justin Bieber quis um corte de cabelo mais sofisticado para lançar, no próximo dia 19, o seu novo álbum e resolveu imitar duas estrelas. “Justin inspirou-se no cabelo de James Dean e Elvis. Como está a lançar um trabalho importante, quis fazer uma coisa sofisticada”, contou a cabeleireira do cantor, Vanessa Price.

FONTE: Correio da Manhã

Company Profile: Daytrotter

How does a road-weary band break up the monotonous highway miles of I-80 on their wat to Chicago? Just ask Sean Moeller. The former freelance writer filled the rarely used Futureappletree Studio 1 in Rock Island, Illinois, with vintage guitars, amps and other musical toys, and invited bands to stop by and record a track or four – to tape. The mastered Daytrotter sessions – featuring exclusive versions of rare or unreleased songs by Superdrag, Cold War Kids, the Rentals and more than 200 others – are then posted online. For free.

Location: Rock Island, Illinois
Established: 2006
Employees: 7
Number of Sessions: 234

How did Daytrotter start?
 “I came up with the idea i n February 2006. I was doing a lot of freelancing, and it wasn’t going anywhere. I was [writing] about things that I wasn’t 100 percent passionate about just to get exposure and make a name for myself. There are plenty of print and web things out there that serve a purpose, but I hoped that [Daytrotter] could do something that was a little more interesting. My sound engineer – who I knew from town – had a great studio that wasn’t really being used a ton. Two weeks later, we were recording Catfish Haven. It’s just kind of how it happened – and now they’re our drinking buddies.”

 What goes into a typical recording session?
 “The bands show up, we brew some coffee, then the bands go into the live room and they look around at all the vintage instruments and basically go crazy. It’s like an instant sugar high when they ccome in and spy all these great things and realize they don’t have to bring anything out of the van. It happens the same way every time; it’s just a big, jaw-dropping thing where it’s like, ‘You’ve got that?’ It’s pretty funny. The bands go through four songs. We rewind tape if they mess up. We rewind tape if they’re not happy with something. It’s just a really laid back atmosphere. Then about an hour-and-a-half later, they’re done. We buy them a pizza downstairs [at Huckleberry’s Great Pizza].”

How did you spread the word?
 “It was almost all word of mouth, but we’ve always contacted bands. We have to let them know we’re here. The one band that really made me say, ‘Wow, they know who we are?’ were the Rentals. I cantacted their publicist, and she wrote back two minutes later telling me that everyone in the band were huge fans of Daytrotter and they were in. It kind of floored me. It was a good moment.”

Aside from offering original downloads, what sets Daytrotter apart from other music sites?
 “There are so many sites that rely on their hipster cred. They always have to be going after the coolest bands in the world – the coolest new bands. What we do is like a great leveling of the playing field in that we treat everybody the same way – whether it’s Superdrag or the National or Will Oldham or this bands that nobody’s ever heard of. I’m not afraid to bring anyone in. You’re not going to see Fall Out Boy on certain websites. Yet, I think that if Fall Out Boy came into our studio, they would probably do a really great session. I hope Daytrotter gets a name for giving a fair shake.”

Do you prompt bands to play certain songs or do they play whatever they feel like?
 “I don’t say shit to the. It’s funny because when we started, people didn’t understand that we weren’t a radio station or [that they didn’t] have to play the hits. Everybody plays what they want to play. People have taken it upon themselves to do some really special things. We had White Williams in a few weeks ago, and they wrote a song in the studio. They didn’t know what they were doing, they just wrote a song. The same thing happened with the National. They did a cover of [the Psychedelic Furs] ‘Pretty in Pink’ and they’d never even played the song before.”

What is the biggest benefit bands get from recording Daytrotter sessions?
 Believe it or not, but the idea is to get as big as we possibly can so we can help bands as much as we possibly can. It’s a really altruistic mindset for us. We really get to know these people. We get tons of people who stay in contact with us and come back for repeat sessions. It’s not one of those things where it’s just like a fanboy sort of thing. We’re doing it for the people in these bands who I want – more than anything – for them to be able to make money off their music.”

What are the plans for Daytrotter’s future?
 “We’d love to have a live venue in [Rock Island], so people could actually coome in during the afternoon, do a session, play a show that night and hopefully make tons of money. That’s a long-term goal. I want people to start thinking, ‘Yeah, we need to book two shows in Illinois.’ Not just in Chicago.”

5 ESSENTIAL DAYTROTTER SESSIONS: as chosen by Sean Moeller

1 – Bonnie ‘prince’ Billy: “He performed the most mystical set we’ve ever done and then spent and hour talking about Madonna.”
2 – Casiotone For the Painfully Alone: “It showed that we could assist to put originality out there.”
3 – Richard  Swift: “This session happened last March at SXSW. Cold War Kids, SOUND Team, Voxtrot and more were all soaking it in.”
4 – Grizzly Bear: “They did it at 10:30 a.m., waking up late and barely getting coffee into their systems.”
5 – Sunset Rubdown: “Wicked/Winged Thing’s was our first phenomenon. Every time we refreshed the page, the downloads jumped by hundreds.”

For more info and to browse the session archives, visit

SOURCE: Alternative Press magazine

Company Profile – PUNKRADIOCAST

Imagine a radio station with 15 million listeners and a top 40 that includes Panic! At The Disco, Silverstein, Bad Religion and your band. That’s the spirit of PunkRadioCast, with playlists that include everything from hardcore to acoustic, unsigned to major label, AFI to Zombie Apocalypse all streaming with high quality 24/7 from the suburbs of Toronto. AP caught up with owner Danny Keyes, who, these days, balances the expansion of the station’s already massive offerings with increasingly tough legal pressure from American companies attempting to shut him down. What’s the best thing about PunkRadioCast? Not only they actually listen to user requests, but their selection destroys corporate radio – even the commercials are worth listening to.

Location: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Established: 1999
Employees: 6 (plus 14 DJs)

How’d it all start?
 “I used to be a computer-gaming nerd back in the day, and there was a guy named Captain Immy who was an internet radio DJ in the gaming community. He used to do skits where he would prank call gaming companies and rag on them. He was a gigantic nerd and since I was, too, I totally envied the guy. I was fishing with my buddy one day [when I was 15] and thought to myself, ‘If Captain Immy can do it, so can I!’ Within a few months, the station was up and running in my bedroom at my parents’ home.”

How’d you get your first listeners initially?
 “Most of them were just friends. We used to spam big, punk Independent Radio Club channels and a bunch of the gaming channels and gained some listeners through there. IRC was the big chatting outlet for people back in the day, and there actually are still a decent amount of good chat channels on there – if you can find them. Word of mouth was by far the biggest thing after that small amount of spamming we did. We weren’t really concerned with gaining listeners in the beginning. Our main concern was to have an outlet that allowed us to tell the world to fuck off and spin tunes we loved.”

When did you start to notice that more than just friends were tuning in?
 “The first three or four years, we didn’t stream 24/7. We did a nightly show Pump Up The Volume-style until 2003. That year, we started to notice a huge increase of listenership in our server logs, and that inspired us to launch a 24/7 stream, which changed everything. By late 2003, we had over 200.000 unique IP [address]’s tuning each month. This really forced us to grow up quickly and operate as a business. We now have over 15 million unique listeners tune in monthly.”

All of your commercials have really great voiceover work. How’d you hook up with the ‘voice of doom’ that handles all of that?
“This is great because once again it goes back to my old-school nerd days. Someone on one of the old forums I used to hang out on told me about a guy named Jeff Straub who sounds like the voice in all those movie trailers. Now Jeff’s voice can be heard all over TV and terrestrial radio. It’s cheesy, but our labels love it, and I think it makes the commercials we run almost as entertaining as the music we spin!”

Do you get harassed by publishers and labels for spinning content without paying royalties or having explicit permission?
 “As most people know, internet radio has been ripped to shreds in the U.S. by the associations that look after the major labels. In Canda, we don’t really have laws that mirror the American laws. PunkRadioCast is all for paying royalties, but we were recently approached with a license fee that is unfair and tells us how to program our content. It’s a decision that has not been approved by, or even brought before, the Copyright Board of Canada. Even beyond the fee being unfair, the major labels own the rights to their music and can attempt to sue us if we do not come to some sort of an agreement. The issues that we have with what was presented to us and what is going on in the U.S., is that it’s not only about radio stations paying fees that go to the artists. The whole scenario is about the major labels controlling the market. We are not going to let this happen to us. If worse comes to worst, PunkRadioCast will go back to its roots and say, ‘Fuck you!’ and play bands that are involved with labels who care about other bands and the community that supports them.”

Do you think you’re sufficiently protected being in Canada, or are you worried about losing content?
 “We’re definitely worried about losing our content, specially the music. We have always operated PRC completely within the bounds of our country’s laws and will continue to do so  without compromising our morals. We are currently protected in Canada, but when I think about what we’ve faced – the deceit and the lies – and about what U.S. radio stations are facing, I can’t help but worry about the future. When it comes down do it, corporations run the country and laws are made to protect them just as often as they are made to protect citizens.

Let’s move on to something more positive. What’s in the works at the PunkRadioCast office?
 “We’re actually launching a whole new company, which PunkRadioCast is going to be a big part of. The first aspect we’re launching is a brand new stand-alone digital media player called the Fork Player – it operates just like Winamp or iTunes, but has a ton of cool features tied into our station. Our listeners are also going to have the opportunity to become a subscriber to this service. This will allow them to become more interactive with the radio station and give them the chance to win cool prizes, chat with their favorite celebrities and musicians, get into exclusive concerts all over the world and a ton of other awesome stuff. You don’t have to subscribe to be a listener; it’s just an option. Last, we are going to launch a network of radio stations that will be accessible through the Fork Player. PunkRadioCast will always be the flagship station and my baby, but I feel that the world is missing what radio used to offer, even with the millions of radio stations available through many different formats. Our plan is to bring the love of radio to everyone, not just the punk scene.

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SOURCE: Alternative Press magazine