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Pencils Down; Joe Kubert Has Passed Away (8/12/2012)

And sadly another great one has left us. This afternoon the world lost the legendary artist Joe Kubert who has passed away at age 86. According to reports, the artist had been hospitalized for about a month. While I realize that this was not a musician who passed and would normally find me posting the notice in our “When The Music Died” category, it is without question that his artwork sang to all illustrators and was a veritable symphony of creative power.

Mr. Kubert was actually born in Poland, but his family moved to good old Brooklyn when he was only a few months old. He had been drawing since very, very young according to his Wikipedia entry but for me it was not until he began working on DC Comics titles that I learned of his mastery. Kubert is most notable for his work on Sgt. Rock, Hawkman and The Haunted Tank. He also created the enigmatic Ragman with Robert Kanigher. I really enjoyed that strange hero and still have all the original issues in my collection. He had a thrilling character called Tor which was set in primitive times and even had a hand in The Viking Prince title for awhile. It was great stuff for sure. Joe Kubert was not only famous for working on these characters, but also for starting The Kubert School and for being the father of Adam and Andy Kubert who are both very popular artists in their own right.

As a lifelong comic book fan, we want to send sympathy and condolences to his family, friends and worldwide fans. Thank you Joe for everything you gave to us. Fans might want to hit up Amazon.com to see what they can find in terms of compiled works. I know that there are several dedicated to Kubert’s art and characters.

Learn more about his life via his Wikipedia entry HERE.

Batten Down The Hatches; The Tsunami Fest Is Coming In September 29th & 30th

I have rarely seen an event so appropriately named. Presenting the “East Coast Tsunami Fest 2012”, an event that is bringing together the giants of the Hardcore music scene for two incredible days of music at the end of September…..The event is being held in Reading, PA and while that is out of our usual coverage range I did want to make sure to share the press information about it with you all since many of our readers will travel great distances for shows.

You best lace those boots up tight for this one and bring a change of clothes along as well because you’re going to need them after this full throttle Hardcore assault gets finished with you. The roster appears to feature many seminal bands to the NYHC movement and check out who’s playing….
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PiercingMetal & Social Networking: About.Me

Alright, now this next one is not as much of a Social Network as it is a means to put up a signpost that will show off how people can network with you socially. Does that make any sense? I found this one while clicking around in Foodspotting and was reading the profile page of one of my contacts. I was directed to this medium and thought it to be very interesting, depending on just how much you actually want to put out there. Since I have a few different interests and spaces online that direct you to my adventures in music reporting or photography, I felt that I should examine it a little deeper.

With this being in mind I did a test run of this resource with an account for myself and used my real name as opposed to the pen name of Piercing Ken or my PiercingMetal brand identity and listed my WordPress Blogs for PiercingMetal, my site Twitter and Instagram accounts first. You have a score of options to choose from and right off the bat for me there is stuff in those networks that I want people to find and hopefully enjoy the most. I opted to NOT add my personal Facebook Page and instead chose to add the two Official Facebook Pages that I maintain for each of my websites. Like many friends of mine, I am becoming a lot more strict on who I want accessing my personal happenings but if it is the media stuff that you enjoy then by all means hit up our official pages. You appear to be able to add a Google+ account along with a Tumblr and while I have these I essentially repeat many postings that you see on Facebook in those mediums. There are Last FM and Reverbnation accounts for the website, but each are used sparingly. Check out the graphic below to see the menu. Pardon the grayed out ones, this is from my profile and hence the ones I am using.

When I compiled my apps I was surprised to learn of two new Social Networks that I had not yet explored but they really don’t seem like ones I will tinker with anyway in all honesty. I am speaking of both Smarterer and Trippy and since I didn’t see how I would employ them as a media person you shall NOT be seeing overviews in this little set of observations any time soon. They had something related to food and drink called “Forkly” but I am a die hard Foodspotting dude now and shall stick by them. This looked exactly the same as far as interface went. Since I run the main PiercingMetal.com and PiercingKen.com websites I used the option to add the two links so perhaps if you have any number of domains under your command that you should do the same thing for good measure. They offer the ability to find ones friends but this is where I ran into an issue. I clicked “Find Your Friends” and while it worked on finding a couple of my Twitter connections, it took forever and then failed on my attempts to import the contacts on both Gmail.com and AOL.com. There is also a means to use your Yahoo.com email but I do not use that account at this point in my life. Its a redirect for me like Hotmail.com is. I didn’t get an error message – it just failed on me. So much for that. I guess anyone who searches for my name on this can find me with little incident or just CLICK THIS since they are right here already 🙂

So what made me add this to our little rundown of Social Networking sites and the like? Well, considering this resource amounts to a signpost of what you have going on in the online world, I felt that it helps you reach new people that might be of like mind or reconnect with friends who might be out there as well. Depending on what you want to share you can post it on this page and let yourself be found. You can even toss in a brief bio to cover all the bases. They seem to have the chance to get some business cards with this information on them but I already have a ton of cards with my branding already and I don’t post any of my social networks on them since it is secondary to what I am doing out there. You might feel different and that is alright with me. The link below brings you to the service so give it a whirl and if you add us to your favorites we hope that you click our links and find out more about what we are doing. Have fun.

Official Website: http://about.me/

Let Your Music Collection “Freak Out” with Frank Zappa (7/31/2012)

There has truly never been a better time to be into or to get into the music of the legendary Frank Zappa. This is especially the case if you are a fan of Progressive or Avant-garde type of stuff because there was no one else quite like him and that is what makes me share this bit of press with you readers of the PiercingMetal Musings blog. Prepare yourself now….go ahead….

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Blech: The Lamb Of God – Dethklok & Gojira Tour Is Cancelled

The other day while reading my Facebook Page news feed I noticed a posting from Metal Sucks that spoke about one of the stops on the upcoming Lamb Of God, Dethklok, & Gojira tour being cancelled and the money refunded to buyers. They wondered aloud if the whole tour would be cancelled because as you know singer Randy Blythe remains in a Czech Republic prison. Needing more insight into this since I have the Events Calendar for our site visitors, I reached out to a Live Nation contact about the whole tour but no information was disclosed at the time but now a few days later we got the press release about the events complete cancellation from their publicity arm. Given the fact that we have so many concert fans reading the PiercingMetal site and blogs, I am sharing the press release with you all to make sure you are in the loop.

From Adrenaline PR Representatives:

Due to the continued incarceration of LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic, the band’s co-headline tour with Dethklok scheduled to begin August 1st in Seattle is being cancelled. The band regrets the decision but the uncertainty of Randy’s release makes it impossible to carry on with the tour. Upon Randy’s release, it is the band’s intention to rebook a tour in the fall and at this time the band fully intends to participate in the Mayhem Cruise in December. LAMB OF GOD wishes to thank Dethklok, Adult Swim and Gojira for their support and patience as well as all of the promoters who had dates on the tour. Last but certainly not least, the band thanks all of the fans who bought tickets for the tour and who have been supportive of Randy and the band over the last month that Randy has been held in Prague. Without the fans, there is no LAMB OF GOD.
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