On Driftwood Records

We need to get predatory, unethical shitheads out of independent music. This whole Driftwood Records thing is just another example of how fucked up independent music can be, and we all can do so much better. Keep calling people out. There is no fucking space for intolerant people in our scenes. There is even less room for abusers.

I won’t be covering any more records put out by Driftwood Records. The three reviews I’ve done from bands on the label will stay up, but I’m going to remove the Driftwood store links. The bands deserve your support, even if the label doesn’t.

I don’t know too much about the situation, having just found about it all today. But, I want to mirror what Couch King had to say:

Dandy Eckert is a terrible human being and (to add suspicion) has recently deleted his and the label’s Facebook. No one should support any of his endeavors in any capacity from this point on. You can read a statement on the situation here (TW: assault, homophobia, transphobia).

Let’s keep our scenes free of this kind of stuff. Remember, we’re a community. From the kids at the shows, the bands on the stage, and those of us to cover it all.

Team Reasonable’s Wood/Silverware Anniversary

43This blog just hit it’s five year anniversary. Well, it did earlier this month. I kind of missed it. I don’t have a whole lot to say about it, but I wanted to mention it briefly. It’s certainly not a big deal in any real way, but whatever.

A lot has happened since I started doing this shit back in 2010. I’ve moved three times, two of those being within the last year. I got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back in August of 2011, and have had a few relapses/flare ups/whatever since then. That’s actually the main reason I end up taking as many breaks as I do. The other reason is that I just get burned out. I could go into more detail, but that isn’t really the tone for this post.

I want to use this post to say thanks. Thanks to the bands who have emailed me about their new records. I probably didn’t respond because I’m terrible at emailing people back. But I listened to your records, and probably really liked them. Thanks to the labels and PR companies who continue to email me things, in spite of all the breaks I end up taking. I’m just a dude running a small blog, it’s nice to know that that kind of counts for something. And thanks to the people who read the shit I write. I’m not very good, and there aren’t a whole lot of you, but thanks all the same.

I’ve touched on this before, but I like keeping things small. This whole thing is just me, and I only like talking about things I like. I don’t see a reason to write about shit that sucks. I don’t do it, and have only done it two or three time in the past. I think that’s important. It’s easy to shit on things you don’t like, but you should use that energy to promote the things you do like instead.

So, yeah. Shit. It’s been five years. Doing better than I had planned. I don’t know how much longer I’ll keep this up. I turned 30 back in May. I don’t want to become that weird old guy yelling about punk rock on the internet. I don’t know. I think I’ve got a few more years in me though. Let’s see how it goes.

Metapost

So, it has been quite some time since I last did a review or any kind of update here. So, I figured I would just give a brief run down of how shit has been here at HQ.

Back in the beginning of August, I was told I have multiple sclerosis. So, you know, medical bills have managed to send me about $5000 in the hole. All for medical care that I’m really not sure I want to begin with. So, that has made things kind of weird. In the back of my mind, I am thinking about the myriad of issues stemming from MS that I will likely have to deal with. On top of that, I have been moved back to third shift at work, so I am still trying get used to it.

Anyway, I have a bunch of shit set to review, and will certainly get to it very soon. Probably this weekend I will have something.
So, yep.