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in which things that are cool become even cooler [Jan. 17th, 2010|02:53 pm]
kyle cassidy
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[music |Black Tape for a Blue Girl: Tell Me You've Taken Another]

Years ago, I was just a goofy kid living in Wilmington Delaware, getting all of my music information from MTV which, at the time, told me the Van Halen and Skid Row were about as great as music got. Well, one day I ventured to South Street, way up in Philadelphia where things were crazy and weird and mystical. And while I was there, I met some people who said "Come with us to the Trocadaro, we're going to see this band called Tubalcain."

Well, you may imagine how my suburban mind was smashed to dust when I heard this song (links to a video). It was like nothing I'd ever imagined before and my whole world changed -- I realized there was music out there that MTV didn't know about. On top of that, I came home with an issue of Propaganda magazine with a big article on Sam Rosenthal's iconic band Black Tape for a Blue Girl (I think it was this issue.)

Well, Athan Maroulis from Tubalcain went on to even more glamour and success with Spahn Ranch and then somehow drifted into Black Tape for a Blue Girl who, this morning, drifted themselves into my house for a photo shoot.



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I shamelessly fanboi'd all over Athan who was gracious and signed all my Tubalcain and Spahn Ranch CD's. And then he spent an hour talking to trillian_stars about Victrolas and Frank Sinatra.

You may also note that my pal Nicki Jaine is in Black Tape. And those of you who have been reading for a while will remember that it was because I sent Nicki Jaine a fan letter years and years ago that I ended up working with Neil Gaiman.

What do I walk away with from all this? In retrospect I realize that it's nice to send people fan letters, and that every step you take should be motion towards -- it might not make sense now but people who are doing thing attract other people who are doing things. It's the gravity of art. Eventually your idols collect in your living room.

And this is why we started 2xcreative.

Do something awesome today.



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[User Picture]From: kambriel
2010-01-17 08:04 pm (UTC)

a simple truth

"You may never know what results come of your action, but if you do nothing there will be no result." ~Mahatma Ghandi
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-17 08:21 pm (UTC)

Re: a simple truth

yeah, that needs to be a tattoo on everybody's forearm, doesn't it?
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[User Picture]From: ed_dirt
2010-01-17 09:01 pm (UTC)

Re: a simple truth

you misspelled "forehead".
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-17 11:24 pm (UTC)

Re: a simple truth

then you'd only be able to read it when you were in the bathroom, and it would be backwards.
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[User Picture]From: ed_dirt
2010-01-18 06:38 pm (UTC)

Re: a simple truth

but all your friends and even strangers would be constantly reading it out loud to you.

'Dude...how come it says, "You may never know what results come of your action...?"'
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[User Picture]From: tniassaint
2012-08-08 03:51 pm (UTC)

Re: a simple truth

I like the way you think Ed
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[User Picture]From: ysobelle
2010-01-17 08:08 pm (UTC)
Is she officially with them now? SQUEE!
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-17 08:21 pm (UTC)
buy the record, there's a beautiful booklet in it with lovely photos of her (that i didn't take). and brian viglione too.
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[User Picture]From: chadmichaelward
2010-01-17 08:18 pm (UTC)
Very very very true words.

We are all the snake, eating our tails....
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-17 08:21 pm (UTC)
sweet barking cheese -- chad michael ward people, right here in my lj! check him out if you don't know him. He's an awesome photographer.
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[User Picture]From: nihil_duce
2010-01-17 08:27 pm (UTC)
Wow, I haven't thought about Propaganda in years *pulls up Ebay*
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-17 08:44 pm (UTC)
We have Coilhouse now & gothic beauty. Back then I think that was the only game in town. I found some of my favorite music in Propaganda.
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[User Picture]From: nihil_duce
2010-01-17 08:54 pm (UTC)
I loved it for turning me on to Elias Mehringe's movie "Begotten". Got really sad when they slowly faded away.
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[User Picture]From: regalpewter
2010-01-17 08:58 pm (UTC)
I like this post as it's timing is needed for me today.

I am curious; has Athan ever said where the first band's name is from? Tubalcain has a meaning to me but I am curious if has the same meaning to him or the band.

YIS,
WRI
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[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2010-01-17 11:24 pm (UTC)
it's biblical. and Very Metal (as the young ones would say).
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[User Picture]From: girfan
2010-01-17 10:54 pm (UTC)
And the world gets smaller again! I knew Sam when he lived in Chicago-he married a friend of mine, Lisa.
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[User Picture]From: kewpie_doll
2010-01-18 01:18 am (UTC)
AWESOME!!!
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[User Picture]From: aoi_no_neko
2010-01-18 03:18 am (UTC)
I've always held to "support your local musicians" and have said it too. It's amazing what one can find in one's own backyard and even more fun when they do well. Congrats to them and to you!
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From: (Anonymous)
2010-01-18 05:10 pm (UTC)

A simple truth

I thought you grew up in New Jersey!
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[User Picture]From: anricat
2010-01-18 07:24 pm (UTC)
Your fan mail story reminds me of some advice I was given some years back by Voltaire. My band was opening up for him at a show and we were chit chatting as we set up our respective merch tables. He had a comic book collection he had collaborated with a whole bunch of people on. I asked him how he ended up working with so many cool people. He told me, "If you don't ask, they can't say yes!"

I've since used that advice on many occasions and it's always surprising when people do actually say, "yes!"
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From: sam_rosenthal
2010-01-27 07:34 pm (UTC)

That's good.

Yeah --- that's a great quote, because it's so positive....
"If you don't ask, they can't say yes!"
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[User Picture]From: desar
2010-01-19 04:27 am (UTC)
fantastic photo great work!! I completely agree with you Nicki Jaine is a fantastic talented artist.
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From: brettcoleman
2010-01-19 09:56 pm (UTC)
Yep,

You got to follow the clues.
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[User Picture]From: ckershenblatt
2016-02-03 12:08 am (UTC)

Inspiring

"...and that every step you take should be motion towards."

Towards is good.

thanks, man
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