Monday, May 30, 2011

Quick update - Upcoming projects - Mix CD-R Vol. 2 submissions are OPEN + more

Hello, and respects for Memorial Day.  I just wanted to inform everyone about upcoming print projects upcoming for the summer, and briefly report on what been happening in the greater Nebraska underground music scene.  First I want to mention that the new all-ages DIY-ran Lincoln venue Mad Ave has successfully opened it's doors within the last week, and have shows already lined up for the summer.  I was fortunate to play there with my band last Friday, and I must say that the new show space is really nice.  Respect to everyone at Mad Ave and good luck.  Here at the CCHQ, I have quite bit of projects lined up for the summer.  The first will be an all-interview zine featuring all the local bands and people I have questioned in the last year and a half.  Expect to see the first printing locally available within the next few weeks.  Another zine project I have lined up (and excited for) is a comic partnership with local DIY cartoonist John Crowley.  The art for the project has already been submitted, so expect the comic to be ready early summer.  Lastly, I am officially opening submissions for MIX CD-R VOL. 2 to underground bands in Nebraska and SW Iowa.  Bands, send your mp3s (demo, live, or unreleased preferred) to  CDs can be mailed to the Crucial Changes HQ at:

110 S. 49th St.  #410
Omaha, NE 68132

For scene news, Nebraska's hardest band, Bent Life plays it's tour kickoff show here in Omaha with locals: Minkus, Palaver, Gimer, and The Hard Pack before setting out on the road for a month with Focused Minds from Milwaukee.  In other current news, Wasteoid just wrapped up a week long Midwest tour with Cali grinders, Lie Still.  Omaha emo rockers, Places We Slept plan to release their debut 7" ep  later in June.  Other local releases out soon is a new full length album from CB melodic punkers, Ties.  I was asked to participate in the gang vocal recordings for this album, and from what I've heard sounds great.  Also available now is a compilation CD with proceeds going towards victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami that happened recently.  The CD features a new track from Flesh Eating Skin Disease as well as many of  the prominent local rock and rap acts.  

That's it for now.  Expect to see project updates as they happen as well as an upcoming photo update.  Final copies of Scenes and Mix CD-R Vol.1 are almost gone.  Peace.


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