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An open letter to Max “Dandy” Eckert of Driftwood Records

americansadgirl:

Hey Max, 

You probably noticed that I blocked you on my main facebook and just slowly disconnected and distanced myself from you. There are reasons as to why I did this, and there are reasons that I am making this letter public. Really, I just want to set the record straight on you once and for all.

I liked you at first, I thought you were a perfectly decent person, but really as time went on I realized how truly toxic you actually were. Remember last year when I was extremely suicidal, and you found out and tried to talk me out of it by saying that suicide was “gay?” On top of that, how about all the other times where you chose to use gay as a synonym for stupid? At the time, I identified as a gay male, and I found what you said to me made things astronomically worse, so great job on that. Seriously buddy, who the fuck says that to a person?

What about more recently, when you started appropriating the term queer for your identity, even though you have told me several times that you are a straight, cis male who is comfortable in his own skin. I never said it then, but I now realize that you were just trying to get out of being part of the oppressive majority that is straight white men. To even further appropriate queerness, you made a freaking riot grrrl shirt just to increase sales. Cause hey! Being a feminist magical witch queer girl is the hot new thing right now, so ya just gotta cash in on it.

Let’s go even further and talk about the time you flaked out on that show I put on specifically for you and your old band. Let’s talk about how I put on that show anyway, and how your friend chose to assault my friend by slamming into her at full force, and then proceed to chase her out of the venue. Let’s talk about how she got a concussion, and yet you chose to defend him and his actions, because HXC. Let’s also talk about how you ignored the fact that he kept spewing out about how he didn’t give a fuck about her, like when he didn’t give a fuck about putting swastikas on another band’s equipment. 

Let’s talk about that time you made a joke about how pronouns are invalid sometimes,  let’s talk about how many people you fucked on merchandise, let’s talk about how you manipulate people to do your dirty work. Let’s talk about your misogyny, how is it that I got free records for my volunteer work when I was male identified, and yet a female identified person who did the same work a year ago got jack shit despite being promised free merch. 

My point is, you are not helping the music scene, you are making it fucking trashy. This is why people are abandoning you, this is why people are so uptight around you, this is why you are scum. Take this any way you want to. I completely regret being a part of your label. 

70sscifiart:

In the 1970′s the Princeton physicist Gerard O’Neill with the help of NASA Ames Research Center and Stanford University held a series of space colony summer studies which explored the possibilities of humans living in giant orbiting spaceships. Colonies housing about 10,000 people were designed and a number of artistic renderings of the concepts were made.”

From The Public Domain Review, via Boing Boing

aurevoirit:

Next show in NJ.
   - Fri. Aug 1 | Ridgewood elks lodge
   - $5 | 7pm | all ages | 111 n maple ave ridgewood 

#heavypitting #manyamps #momsspaghetti #byoearplugs #diyhallshows #aurevoir #listenearth #afilmincolor #fulltimeballer

This is a hell of a lineup and I wish I could be there. Listen Earth rules.

aurevoirit:

Next show in NJ.
- Fri. Aug 1 | Ridgewood elks lodge
- $5 | 7pm | all ages | 111 n maple ave ridgewood

#heavypitting #manyamps #momsspaghetti #byoearplugs #diyhallshows #aurevoir #listenearth #afilmincolor #fulltimeballer

This is a hell of a lineup and I wish I could be there. Listen Earth rules.

Did anyone else ever listen to this band? A plurality of members were from my hometown, but they were spread around the country and never really played shows. They are somewhat poorly recorded, but the music is well thought-out and the singer has a unique, strong voice. This is substantially better than most of the lo-fi bedroom bands I hear these days.