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Saturday, August 30, 2008

In The Loop: 8/30/08. Staycation Ending

Well, my Staycation comes to a close. And my, what a fun time I had.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

BigShinyRobot.com

For most internet readers, the selection for Utah based websites that focus on entertainment is mighty thin.  I should know, I'm typing on one right now.  But recently that pool of information just got filled a little more. --- Big Shiny Robot has taken local geek related news and made it more accessible than ever before.  Offering everything from previews on Utah publications, all the way to DVD reviews and info on major industry rumblings to boot.  I got a chance to chat with creators Lucas and Bryan on the creation of the site, the attention it's gotten since, their thoughts on comics today, and a few other topics that came to mind.Lucas (Sketched) and Bryan (not avaliable...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Bird Eater, Loom, Pilot This Plane Down, Form Of Rocket

When I started the vacation, I wasn't really sure what I was going to do, but I knew I wanted to cover a show for fun.  --- And right as I decided I was going to do it, there in my inbox sits a flyer for a show over at Kilby Court for Saturday.  And what a great choice I made.  The band Pilot This Plane Down having their CD Release party, with Bird Eater (filling in for Gaza), Loom, and Form Of Rocket!  I got a chance to take over 200 photos of the show, as well as chat with all the bands after what I can only describe as one of the best shows this year.Bird Eater (Jon, Chris, Tino & Kel)http://www.myspace.com/birdeatermusic Gavin: Hey guys, first off, tell us who you are and a little about yourselves.Jon: Bird Eater is a grungy death metal project with a little country thrown in. Not for the twang of it...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

In The Loop: 8/24/08. Staycation

So my friend Tony tells me "dude, save your vacation, we'll go to L.A. in the summer."  And so I did, and May sweeps rolls around and I say "alright, sweeps is almost over, when do you wanna go?"  And his says "I dunno."  So after the long process of finding out how painfully expensive it would be just to spend a couple of days on the west cost, I decided to screw those plans and stuck around here to relax and do other stuff.  My "staycation" as every media outlet coined it (and then made packages for it) started Wednesday evening.  But strangely enough it gave me time to head out and do more stuff!--- Friday night I made my way out to Area 51 to celebrate with Alan and his staff for the club's 10th Anniversary! It was pretty fun seeing faces from the past and new ones who had just discovered the place.  All meshing together to Ministry!  By the time you read this, the celebration will officially be over.  But what a landmark for the club.  You can check out those photos here.And then Saturday night I stopped by Kilby Court to check out the Pilot This Plane Down show, bookmarking their CD release!  Along with Bird Eater, Loom, and Form Of Rocket (who played an encore song at the end, much to the pleasing of the crowd).  Interviews with those bands will be going up on Tuesday.  Very awesome show I might add.And then on Sunday I sat in at The Geek Show Podcast at Brewvies to take pictures and watch them record their show (which will be up on Monday) live.  With beer fueling the conversation!  One of the last episodes the show will have for a while with all the current panelists, including Marcus and the recently added Leigh George Kade!  Ah, a sight to behold... for us local geeks.So all in all, I've just been doing more than normal.  I was actually also going to be on UtahFM tomorrow with Brooke from Noon-3PM to chat about the scene and play lots of local music, but those plans were cooled off for the time being as she had to unexpectedly dart off to California herself for a cool opportunity over the weekend.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sara Zarr

Most writers tell you that in order to become successful, you have to pack up and dwell in New York City for years just to get a little recognition.  But try telling that to Sara Zarr.  Getting rave reviews for her books from local papers all the way to the New York Times, not to mention a movie deal on one of her books, she's proved to be a literally force without having to leave Utah to do it.  Now with a City Weekly Artys nod and a third book on the way, it doesn't look like she'll be stopping anytime soon.  I got a chance to chat with Sara about her books, how she got into writing, her thoughts on other local writers, and some other random topics that came to mind. --- Sara Zarrhttp://www.sarazarr.com/Gavin: Hello Sara, thanks for chatting with me. First thing, tell us a little about yourself.Sara: Hi, thanks for having me! I grew up in San Francisco, on the north side of Golden Gate Park, back in the seventies when working class families could still afford to live there.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Red Top Wolverine, The HasBeens, Pink Lightnin'

This past Friday I got back into the swing of things by heading over to the still open Urban Lounge.  --- After a fine tour of the polished up floor, the new non-smoking rules and the recently cleaned up bathroom, it was about time for the show to begin.  And I was not disappointed at all.  The night consisted of the jugband-rock of Red Top Wolverine Show, the old-school punk sound of The HasBeens, and the punk-blues stylings of Pink Lightnin’!  I grabbed some pictures during the show and got interviews with all three bands.Red Top Wolverine (James, Frisco, Jailbait and Brad)http://www.myspace.com/redtopwolverineshowGavin: Hey guys, first off, tell us who you are and a little about yourselves.Brad: I am a caring and insightful, but ultimately bitter and sarcastic person. I play guitar and sing.

Monday, August 18, 2008

August Gallery Stroll: Kimo Pokini & PJ Mannion

Back to Gallery Stroll we go. However this month seemed a little… slim.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

In The Loop: 8/16/08. 337 Memorial Wall, Marcus Notes, & More

First, let's kick this entry off with a fresh look at what I'm now dubbing The 337 Memorial Wall.--- Sorry I couldn't get the picture before the tagging and vandalism to the most recent edition, but most of it still remains in tact and looks very awesome.  For those of you just catching up, the wall is about all that remains of the original 337 Project after demolition, and continues to get a facelife from random artists.  Quite nice to see something new pop up every couple of weeks.Got tons of feedback about the interview with Marcus from a lot of people in person, on various forums, and via MySpace.  (Not to mention a tip of the hat from Bill Frost!)  The man has a lot of local fans.  Admittedly, I probably sounded like a giggling idiot to the guy, because he literally had a one-liner every other minute while we were walking around.  Watching him interact with people who totally didn't know him was a sight to see in itself.  Very kind and good hearted man who was more than happy to say hello to fans.  For those who didn't catch it in the interview, there are MORE pictures from our day at The Gateway. And also he's officially confirmed that he'll be filming a DVD special at The Egyptian in Ogden on September 9th, with a special guest appearance by Wolf from American Gladiators.  ...Seriously, Wolf!!!  Go get your tickets.  I may chat up the fun story about my day out with Marcus down the road, but more on that later.Coming up in the blog this week we take a look at this month's Gallery Stroll.  Surprisingly, not that big of a stroll as a couple of the galleries weren't participating, and the list of events was literally cut in half from the norm.  But I still found a dual show over at Cafe Niche and Dexterity Salon that will go up on Monday.  And then on Wednesday we're back into the concert fold as I popped into Urban Lounge for this past Friday's show with Red Top Wolverine, The HasBeens, and Pink Lightnin!  Crowd was a little skimpy as they're admittedly still recovering from all the rumors of it being closed for good, but I can assure you from the loud music all the way to the newly cleaned up and restored men's room that it is open!  Want proof?  Here's a blurry snapshot.I'll be updating the calendar this week.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Marcus' Rad-dicilous Interview

Somewhere else in the magical land of television, a local comic turned worldwide celebrity over the summer.--- West Jordan's own Marcus went into the show Last Comic Standing and made it all the way from being one of many at a Tempe audition to one of the final two on stage at the end. Sadly, it was not to be as Marcus became the self-proclaimed Second-To-Last Comic Standing.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Ryan Ottley

Would you believe that one of Image Comics’ most popular titles right now is being drawn up by a local Bountiful artist?

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