Green ’16: For the Average Joe

Originally published on January 20th, 2016 on Medium.com

If you’re anything like me, you probably knew a lot of people growing up who didn’t give much credence to living a green lifestyle. They thought global warming was a government scheme and hated paying extra each month for a blue recycling bin… and many a time it seemed to be because they just weren’t fond of a certain type of people or political party.

Luckily, my parents were never totally like that. Even though I was raised in a recycling household, I wasn’t taught other ways to help our planet through everyday practices. It takes a tiny bit more effort, and sometimes that little step is hard to get used to taking. So here’s some ways that you and me — “Average Joes” so to speak — can start to go green in 2016.

Read more of my article at Medium.com!

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Band Merch: Breaking Away From T-Shirts And CDs

Article originally published January 19th, 2016

Merchandise costs money of course, but it’s specifically how bands make money on the road. This is especially true in today’s internet age, but I’ve also learned that the more merch you have at your table, the more you’ll sell, as you appeal to different tastes. I’m not saying your DIY, independent band has to have six plus tee-shirt designs. I’m saying don’t be afraid to step outside of the box. Here’s some merch ideas I’ve seen artists – some platinum-selling, some who can’t sell more than 100 copies of their records – do before that struck me as particularly interesting.

Read my ideas at Music Think Tank!

Album Review: Seaway – “Colour Blind”

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Article is property of Dying Scene.
Originally posted on December 30th, 2015.

Now, I’m pretty cynical when it comes to newer pop-punk. I feel like the genre is pretty over-saturated right now with more bands than are listenable and not a ton of individuality. That said, Seaway isn’t the most groundbreaking band by any means. But their sound is refreshing to me and I’ve actually been following the band since Dying Scene posted about “Sabrina the Teenage Bitch” several years ago. 2013’s Hoser was a solid release as well, and I had a blast watching them live on that touring cycle. However, this year’s Colour Blind seems unfortunately unimaginative, and it struggled to keep my attention through the whole thing.

Read more of my negativity here!