is back?

March 10, 2008 at 1:38 am | Posted in Matthew Hurst | 5 Comments
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stlpunk.jpgIt was the Myspace of it’s day, and every band in town used to post their show dates on it. At one point, it seemed every teenager in town had an account there; today we had trouble finding anyone who had visited the site in the last five years. is still up and running we assure you.

Upon a recent inspection of this online hangout, we were surpised to hear that although the website is down, it’s not out.  In a recent update site owner John Mancuso wrote, “The new site is coming along very well and I am really excited about it.”  More recently the site announced an official re-release date of this coming Wednesday, March 12th 2008.

Don’t call it a comeback, it’s been here the whole time.  We tried contacting Mr. Mancuso for further details, but he could only reveal:

“I am unable to answer any questions at this time. I have a meeting on March 31st.  That will determine the level of the sites comes back. I will say that the site is coming back with some big changes (for the better) but that’s all I can say for now.” – John

It would appear that he would rather let this forthcoming revival speak for itself, and we have to admit we’re a little excited. Last we had heard, some entrepreneuring young punkster had bought a competing URL,, and redirected it to their group on The Circuit.  But in our collective memory, local social networking still has one name.  The bands and usernames may have changed, but the game remains the same; the St. Louis Rock’N’Roll scene might be online again in the weeks to come.


RockNRoll Craft Show – The Mixtape

December 6, 2007 at 10:48 pm | Posted in Art Show, Matthew Hurst, mixtape | 3 Comments
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mainheader.gifmainheader.gifmainheader.gifIf you haven’t already made your plans to attend it already (no thanks to us), you ought to know about the 4th go around for the Rock N Roll Craft Show will take place this weekend.  For those unfamiliar with the show (including myself), about 90+ artists will contribute their unique creations and cultural produce, including several bands who will contribute their well crafted sound sounds.  It’ll all go down this Satuday December 8th from noon-9pm and again on Sunday the 9th from noon until around 6pm, taking place in the Mad Art Gallery (63118).  There will be demonstrations and classes each day, not to mention the hourly raffles from the event sponsors.

To help kick off this homegrown scene, we decided to put on our craftypants and throw together a little mixtape so you can get prepped for the sounds this weekend, or at least give you something else to listen to while making the rounds.  But we couldn’t keep the excitement to ourselves, so we teamed up with Courtney Watson to round out the sound.  As with all good mixtapes, this one comes in two distinct flavors: Side A provided right here, and Side B from Courtney.  And if you’re really excited, we’ve thrown in some Bonus Tracks to make your own mix-craft.

Side A:

 The Ottomen – Rock and Roll Christmas
Bargain Basement – Headache in My Heart
Broadcast – Black Cat
(uncredited) – Music for all kinds of fun (via Beware the Blog)
Gentleman Auction House – Blissful Things Go
Applied Communication – Awesome Fantasies (via Just Sayin’ is All)
Tiger Army – Power of Moonlite (via Fangbear)

Extra Credit/Bonus TracksBarefoot Jones – Oversleepin’, Lenny Mink – Crazy Sara, Raw Earth – Dead Man (Dylan cover), Beck – Forget Marie

Side B: Flip the tape over to

Hi-fi, st lou is…

December 4, 2007 at 4:16 pm | Posted in Concert, Matthew Hurst, Photo Essay | 1 Comment
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Rock.  and Roll.  Sure, Detroit might be rock city, but St. Louis is a baseball town (and two time world champions over Detroit). This guitar seems to be the intersection between the two.  Go ahead and click to picture to get a larger view; no mistake, that’s Fredbird alright.

Seen here from a crowd perspective is the guitarist of local punks The Humanoids, who had the courtesy to open for Fishbone on Wednesday November 21st at the City Museum. It was a special night, which you can now relive with the online instant karma known as Flickr.  Tag your photos accordingly please!

Let’s Have Bizarre Celebrations

November 21, 2007 at 12:15 am | Posted in Concert, Matthew Hurst, music, Rants, the loop, Video | 2 Comments
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Of Montreal playing in The PageanNormally when I review a concert I try to include a few photos, or even a short video clip I managed to snag (without having my camera confiscated), but for a show last Monday night I found myself too engrossed dancing along to a band playing for visual documentation.  I was trapped in the aural bliss of celebrated pop act Of Montreal at The Pageant, a show I had meant to write about but was merely left included among our Upcoming events page.  So far, I’m sad to say, visual accompanyment hasn’t shown up there, although it’s easily at the behest of my fellow Flickrites and citizen journalists to fill this void.  Aural accompaniment was the real draw, the one luring us out on a school night of the 1st degree to bask in the radient bliss of “The Sunlandic Twins”, and more recently the irrational exuberence of “Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?”

The audience seemed unnaturally enthusiatic in comparison to a more typically subdued crowd for what could be commonly charecterized as an indie pop gathering, frequently jumping for joy and even cheering jubilantly for the sound check guy. The audience seemed dense around the bar and pit, although not quite a sell out.  As for any sell outs besides at the box office, let’s pretend they don’t exist.

Links with Your Coffee Sunday

September 23, 2007 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Coffee links, Matthew Hurst | Comments Off on Links with Your Coffee Sunday
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Instead of tailgating this Sunday, you’ve decided to stay in and enjoy the internets.  And that’s a fine decision for the sober minded, as we are not exactly sports fans either.  So we shall provide you, our comrades, wth some enjoyable link activity to accompany your coffee cup this pleasant ‘morrow.

122 days – 204 post = I get the rest of Sunday off.  See you later this week with my required 1.69 posts per day.

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