Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Ty Smith RIP 1969-2011

Brett Fugate just informed me that my good friend and musickal cohort from years past, Ty Smith, has just passed away a few days ago.  I have no idea what happened, but Ty and I were close for a few years, he was an awesome person, and my thoughts go to his family and friends.

I haven't been in touch with Ty for many, many years.  I first met Ty when LEVIATHAN (he was their drummer at the time) played the infamous outdoor park show in Decatur, IL with SGT. ROCK back in 1987.  He was a skinny kid with super-long and mega-thick hair who was a monster behind the kit.

A short time later, Ty started "Poison Planet" zine and, among other things, was a founding and instrumental part of the legendary NAMLAND with members of IMPULSE MANSLAUGHTER, through whom I met my great friend John Tolczyck (later of EYE-GOUGER).  Ty and I corresponded profusely and traded tapes exhaustively, whenever I went to Peoria I regularly visited him at his folks' house (if we were in Peoria right now, I could still take you there).  When I lived at 1602 Circle Ave in Bloomington (circa 1990) Ty visited often and for a short time, we were both in a crust-core band called DETESTATION (how many of you remember that?!?).  He eventually moved to Bloomington for a bit, and worked for me at the gas station I managed.

Then he moved to Portland, where he became a member of the crushing RESIST...we swapped letters occasionally and then I lost track of him altogether.  Now he's gone, and I have no idea what happened.  If anyone knows anything, please reach out to me...you know how to do that.

RIP, bro...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Interview with STEVO for Headbangers Panama

New interview with me up on Headbangers Panama today.  Yes, it's in English.

Mega thanks to my old friend Mechelus for reaching out, if you remember from "the gool ol' days," Mechelus was one half of one of my favorite bands Jefe de la Morgue...Mechelus was always a great and true friend, I distributed their demo "Esclava de la Perversion" for a while and fully supported their sickening craft.  Hails, brother!  Onward to RED DOG!!

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