With Crosby still the main topic in the headlines, it only makes sense this week is our Pittsburgh episode. Mike Colligan from Forbes.com and TheHockeyWriters.com comes on the show to talk Pens hockey, Pittsburgh punk and college puck. Luke Gallo is also interviewed to discuss his upcoming project Punk Rock Hockey.
(So this one had some problems in editing, but its here now for your enjoyment, I tried to cut things that were time-sensitive since this was recorded well over a month ago, but there is trade deadline talk.)
This week we're joined by St. Louis native & Blues fan Dan Johanning, guitarist for The Disappeared & The Jungle Fire. We somehow fall into a discussion about CM Punk, debate the merits of old bands you loved reuniting years later and some dumb thing Jeremy Roenick said(yeah, we're just as shocked as you).
I was 12 years old, playing my first year of Peewee hockey in St. Albert, Alberta. It was my first year of body contact. It was the first time I ever made a Rep (travelling) team. It was a big year for a kid like me who was always bigger than all of the kids I grew up and played with. I was finally able to use my size to my advantage without being penalized and use it I did. My coach that year was a man named Bruce Miller
There are so many moments in hockey that make me yell "Come on! What were you thinking?" but I think today all hockey fans can join together in disgust.
What am I talking about? No, it's not Mark Giordano's iffy hit on Ryan O'Rielly and no, is it any of my past UTP posts. I'm talking about the decision announced today in Tod Holt and Theo Fleury's trial against Graham James.
At Anaheim’s WonderCon comic book convention last week, creator Steve Niles a startling announcement that’s just starting to break across two industries. According to BleedingCool.com, Niles will be partnering with Epitaph Records to distribute comics across America.
It actually makes a lot of sense. Epitaph is Bad Religion’s label, a prestige brand that somehow survived the label consolidation of the late 90s with its soul in tact. And they’ve got tons of resources that should attract comic publishers: connections to retailers, merchandising experience, logistical intelligence, access to a broader audience, and a shared DIY ethos (or as much as they can maintain as a partner of EMI). And they need content to sell. It’s a savvy choice for a partnership.
Steve Niles, who created 30 Days of Night with Ben Templesmith and a bunch of other less-awesome stuff that’s not really worth your time, has the comics-equivalent of a punker’s reputation. He’s a shameless self-promoter with a bad habit of shooting his mouth off. He works primarily in the horror genre and publishes usually under the IDW brand (who also license Transformers and GI:Joe comics), which means his work is likely fodder for some of Epitaph’s artists like Alkaline Trio or Chiodos.
There’s something cooking here that the douchebags might call synergy. Comic creators need new vectors for distribution, and labels need new stuff to sell. Whether it’s an IDW tent at an Epitaph-staffed punk rock festival or a comics spinner rack next to the new Converge album in your local scummy record store, at least it’s pretty cool to see companies trying something new.