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It's Time To React! MINDSET stylee ...
  -- Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Reminder from Aram, folks. Don't sleep on these pre-orders, or you'll be kicking yourself (much like how I still kick myself for not picking up those HOA am87s. D'oh!)

We have approved the test presses and completed art so I'm happy to announce that pre-orders for the new Mindset EP, "R E A L P O W E R" will be starting on Monday November 24th. Like all REACT! releases this will be a one-time-only pressing and this time we'll be doing 1000 copies (200 on red, 300 on white, and 500 on black) and once they're gone, they're gone so stay on point! Each record will come with a free digital download and new Mindset and REACT! merch designs will also be available for order.

Lyrically this unbelievable four song EP focuses on topics of self-motivation, compassion, and social change, and encourages self-empowerment as a means to create change. Musically Mindset draw from classic bands like Youth of Today, Gorilla Biscuits, and Warzone while still managing to have a personality and style all of their own. The cover art, which was designed by Evan Mindset in collaboration with the McMahon family (Tracy, Tim, Trevor, and Taryn), as well as two new songs BE THE SPARK and WORDS have been posted on the REACT! page so please check them out and be ready for Monday November 24th!!!

If you haven't heard Mindset yet please check the new songs posted on both the REACT! and Mindset myspace pages:

www.myspace.com/itstimetoreact

www.myspace.com/mindsetsxe
There you have it folks. Quit sleeping. Order this record now. According to Aram, they are going faster than the Right Idea lp. And that one went damn fast.

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Nazi Punks ... FUCK OFF!
  -- Thursday, November 13, 2008

Note: Normally, I reserve the front page for Facts, Figures and Stats. Today, I break the mold and go for an editorial. You'll see, however, that this one has value and merit. Listen up and keep the scene positive.
It was brought to my attention that in the last few weeks and months, a new arm of National Socialism (aka NAZI fucks) has latched onto Straight Edge as one of their key ideologies. There has been a big push in Russia and Germany along this front. In my mind, that is completely fucked. Their concept of "Poison Free" goes AGAINST the non-violent and tolerant ideals of Straight Edge.

Straight Edge is very simple -- no booze, no drugs. It's about keeping a clear mind. End of story. Somewhere along the line, someone thought to tack on a "no promiscuous sex" addendum. Sure, if that's your thing, go for it, but that has nothing to do with straight edge. Later, someone tacked on vegetarianism and healthy living. I fully support that (I've been vegan since 1997) but that is not what straight edge is. And straight edge HAS NEVER and WILL NEVER be about racism, fascism, intolerance or hate.



Ten Yard Fight summed it up nicely, in a tongue in cheek sense, in their song "Pit Of Equality."
We don't care if you're black or white.
We're all friends in the pit tonight.
I'll pick you up if you fall on me.
We'll mosh in the pit of equality.

Straight Edge brothers in the pit together.
Singing Straight Edge anthems together.
We're all friends if you're not high
No one will go home with a black eye.

In the pit we're all the same
Because hardcore's just like a big football game.
Ten Yard Fight is here to stay
We won't tolerate any foul play

Straight Edge brothers in the pit together.
Singing Straight Edge anthems together.
We're all friends if you're not high
No one will go home with a black eye.
And that's the truth. You can be black, purple, yellow, amish, jewish, tall, fat, short, awkward, funny, stupid, ... The color of your skin or your religious preferences do not factor into straight edge.

If you wish to learn more about what these people are pushing, check this
NSFW article. It's in German, and is littered with fourteens, eighty-eights and pro-Nazi comments. I strongly suggest you DO NOT view this at work. You may not be able to read the writing, but there are a few videos of "rallies" and "parades" that are enough to make my blood boil.

Here's where you can contribute. If you are against the Nazi movement, speak out. Make your voice heard. Don't allow these creeps to ruin a positive ideal, especially in the public's eye. Stand up and make a difference. It's OUR scene.

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Gorilla Biscuits x Super7 ...
  -- Friday, November 07, 2008

The year is 2008 and the Gorilla Biscuits are touring Japan and Australia. The world is an awesome place for us young bucks. The world is our oyster and the collaborations keep flowing. For instance, check out this new vinyl figure that Brian from Super7 has put together. Limited edition, of course.



Keep your eyes peeled for painted figures up soon. And if you live in JP or AUS, count yourself lucky. Also, keep your eyes peeled for more GB collaborations down the road ... No spoilers.

ps. Did you peep the hardcore vinyl in the background of that picture? Get your drool on!

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Last Month On Ebay: Shirts and More Shirts ...
  -- Monday, November 03, 2008

October was a busy month on ebay. Maybe dudes were unloading stuff pre Edge Day in order to clean up on the Straight Edge frenzy. I know I saw plenty of dope shirts at the Edge Day show. Or maybe it's the economic downturn and people needed the loot more than the shirt on their back. Whatever it was, October had some wacky sales. Check it.


Straight Ahead L&F - $20.50


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October was a busy month on ebay. Maybe dudes were unloading stuff pre Edge Day in order to clean up on the Straight Edge frenzy. I know I saw plenty of dope shirts at the Edge Day show. Or maybe it's the economic downturn and people needed the loot more than the shirt on their back. Whatever it was, October had some wacky sales. Check it.


Straight Ahead L&F - $20.50


This one comes straight out of Lost And Found records. A bootleg, of course, but a sort of sharp looking one.


Bane Mr Sparkle - $15.51


Can you do any less? Mr. Sparkle plus Bane. Chalk this up to Mr. Nick Branigan and Pete Chilton. Great shirt. Sold around the Hell Fest 2000 shows. Pretty limited.


Gorilla Biscuits Last Show/Pizza Tee - $72.98


Last show tshirt. Of course, GB would reunite and play more shows, but at the time, this tee was screened for the last show. It resembles the lid to a pizza box. I've never really seen one sell for this much before. Then again, I haven't seen one on ebay in quite some time.


Outspoken Survival Tee - $172.16


Here's a strange auction. Cool shirt that two bidders got in a crazy bidding war over. Zany.


Right Brigade First Tee - $0.01 ($25 shipped)


No bids after 6 days so I emailed the seller. Offered $25 shipped which was immediately excepted. Later, I found out the seller was someone I had met a few years back. Cool dude. Great record label...


Slugfest Calvin & Hobbes tee - $27.68


Chill tee. Apparently dudes aren't psyched on ash grey XLs? I don't know.


Down To Nothing Hanging crewneck sweatshirt - $46.00


This design is cool. It says nothing about Down To Nothing or Hardcore or Straight Edge. If you didn't know any better, you'd think it came from AJ Wright. Great design for a crewneck. Very chill.


All Systems Go Comp Test Press - $61.05


Cover songs. Lots of cool bands. Lots of weird bands. An interesting mix: Earthmover, Until Today, Ensign, Reinforce, Reach the Sky, the Letterbombs, Extinction, Close Call, Eyelid, Supersleuth, Roundhouse, Ten Yard Fight, Standard Issue, Death Threat, Bane, and Bloodpact. Add the fact that it is a test press, and you have ebay gold.


Burn Tee - $61


Your guess is as good as mine. This appears to be an older Rev tee that has shrunk something considerable. Cool tee, but $61? I just don't know about that.


Ten Yard Fight Tee + CD - $31


Great tee. All of these have aged pretty roughly over the years. Could be the bullet proof thick ink jobs. I'm not sure, but most seem to have considerable cracking. The seller even throws in The Only Way CD. Good buy.


New Age Records End Racism Tee - $6.50


A chill tee. New Age Records created this series of tees with slogans on them. This was one of them. There's another that talks about ending gangs, and maybe a few about sxe and vegetarianism. Pretty cool concept.


Veganism Gatorade Rip Tee - $12.50


I didn't even know people were still vegan ... I kid. I'm vegan. Cool tee, a little weird. Looks like it'd be the perfect shirt to wear to Detroit Fest in 1996. GO (VEGAN)!


In My Eyes Thumbprint - $1


Did this slip under the radar or are people against XL shirts? I'm guessing a little of both. It worked out for me. I think it came to $4.75 shipped. Dope.


Wide Awake "Schism" tee (boot) - $16.50


Ugh, don't get me started on this tee or this seller. Please.


It's Ok Not To Use Drugs PPP re-print - $3.75


Cool reprint from Justin Thunder Lizard. Cheap wearable scoop. I'll take it.


Smorgasborg Records SXE Tee (tailored from XL to M) - $16.50


Smorgasborg is the new Smorgasbord apparently. So is super tailoring tees. Yuck. Someone either got a great deal (due to a title miss-spelling) or a terrible deal due to the tailoring. We'll have to ask the winner once it arrives, I suppose.

So there you have it. Some highs, some lows, some cheap wins, some expensive wins. Keep em coming, I say. Peace.

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