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After Ever After

POSTED ON March 14th  - POSTED IN Comedy, Entertainment, independent music, parody, pop, site, videos

Have you ever wondered what happened to the Disney Princesses, after Happily Ever After? How about why Ariel was in such a rush to get out of the ocean? No?

No worries, now you don’t have to, in a video that is nothing short of genius, Youtube sensation Paint gives you a glimpse into the lives of the Princesses after the credits roll.

Street Magic With A Powerful Twist

POSTED ON March 13th  - POSTED IN Community, Entertainment, Public Service

There are so many bad things that happen in the world today, that when you see something genuinely good, there are almost no words to describe the beauty.

You do not need to speak the language, to see the warmth,beauty, love, and kindness of strangers. Watch as a young street magician, makes a homeless mans day. The smile on that mans face will surely bring tears to your eyes, as it did mine. After finishing his trick, and making the world just a little bit brighter, the young man simply walks away.

There is a story that has been around for many years, about a wise man sitting on the beach, when he notices a child that looks like they are dancing on the beach. He has to see the joyousness just a little closer, but when he approaches the child, he sees that the boy is not dancing, but instead  throwing starfish back into the ocean. The wise man asks the boy “Why are you throwing them into the ocean?” The boy responds “The tide is going out and the sun is getting hotter, if I do not save them, they will surely die” The wise man thinks upon this for a moment and then says “There are miles and miles of beach, surely you do not believe you can make a difference?” As the young boy picks up another starfish returning it to the ocean, he simply replies “It made a difference for that one.”

How do we go about the monumental task of changing the world? We do it by reaching out, with kindness, hope, and love. Touching one heart, one soul at a time.

What Do Your Facebook “LIKES” Say About You?

POSTED ON March 12th  - POSTED IN Community, Entertainment, news, Things that make you go hmmm

With an accuracy of between 75-88% women being on the lower end, research scientists from the University of Cambridge along with Microsoft Research can tell a lot about you. How much, and what you may wonder.

Based upon “LIKES” on the popular social networking site Facebook, researchers can tell, everything from your political affiliation, your intelligence level to sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious views and illicit drug use. Research was conducted by studying the “LIKES” of 58,000 volunteers.

Researchers found that those with a higher intelligence were more likely to “LIKE” things that concerned thunderstorms, science, the Colbert Report, and even curly fries.  While those with a lower intelligence were more inclined to “LIKE”  Sephora,  Harley-Davidson “I Love Being a Mom”, and Lady Antebellum.

Predictors of male homosexuality included the NoH8 campaign as well as Mac cosmetics and Wicked the Musical, while the predictors of male heterosexuality included the Wu-Tang clan, Shaq, and “Being confused after waking up from naps”

Researchers found that unlike their male counter parts, women’s sexuality was much harder to pinpoint but, with a 75% accuracy that’s still not too shabby.

So what do your Facebook “LIKES” say about you? As it turns out, quite a bit.

The Beatles Argument CDZA Opus No. 19

POSTED ON February 26th  - POSTED IN site

Every now and then you run across something magical, perfection in music. Granted they used songs that were pretty spectacular to begin with, but they used them in a way that went beyond creative and dabbled in the realm of genius.

Watch and enjoy.

Play Any Game With This Much Sportsmanship And Both Teams Win

POSTED ON February 24th  - POSTED IN Community, news, videos

In this day and age, it seems that almost everybody is out for themselves. It’s a dog eat dog world right? Battle of the fittest?

Sometimes in life, a video is all we need to remind us that there are people who are genuinely great human beings, that truly care about others and as the old adage goes “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  This clip is from “On the Road” with Steve Hartman, and I am not ashamed to say that it brought tears to my eyes. I hope that it will do for you what it has done for me, and restore a bit of your faith in humanity. Games are not always about winning, sometimes they are about things that are far more profound. Things that touch the heart, inspire us to do better, to be better, to love more, to laugh, and to not be afraid to cry happy tears. Watch, enjoy, and if this story has touched your heart as it has mine, share.

RELAPSE RECORDS: Releases Tribute Sampler to Pat Egan

POSTED ON February 21st  - POSTED IN site

We recently released this Press release from Relapse Records. We here and Indie Nation are sending our love and prayers to those affected by Pat Eagan’ Death.

 

Pat Egan, longtime Director of Retail Sales at Relapse Records, tragically passed away on Monday February 18th after a battle with pneumonia and related complications.  In honor of the man who was so instrumental in the success of so many Relapse bands and records, the label has put together a 20 track compilation featuring a collection of his favorite songs and artists, including Mastodon, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Brian Posehn, Red Fang, Death, and many more, including a never-before-released track from Exhumed.

100% of proceeds from the compilation will go towards a college fund for his young daughter Katie.  Relapse thanks each band for contributing each track and waiving their royalty fee to maximize the benefit for Pat’s beloved family.  The compilation is available via Bandcamp at this location for only $5 but friends and fans are welcome to donate as much as they want.  Direct contributions may also be made via paypal to wellmissyoupat@relapse.com.

The tracklisting for the compilation is as follows:

1. Brian Posehn – More Metal Than You
2. Exhumed – The Beginning After The End (Previously Unreleased)
3. Mastodon – Mother Puncher
4. Kingdom of Sorrow – Screaming into the Sky
5. Baroness – Take My Bones Away
6. Red Fang – Wires
7. Death – A Moment Of Clarity
8. Revocation – Teratogenesis
9. Brutal Truth – Old World Order
10.Dying Fetus – Second Skin
11.Black Anvil – Ultimate Reality
12. Agoraphobic Nosebleed – Sword Swallower
13. Zombi – Siberia
14. Pig Destroyer – The American’s Head
15. Toxic Holocaust – Sound The Charge
16. Murder Construct – No Question, No Comment
17. Horseback – Arjuna
18. Dillinger Escape Plan – Sunshine the Werewolf
19. Abysmal Dawn – In Service of Time
20. Total Fucking Destruction – In The Process of Correcting Thinking Errors

To This Day Project- They Called Him Pork Chop

POSTED ON February 20th  - POSTED IN Community, news, Opinion, Public Service, videos

When I was a little girl, I was bullied.

I was called ugly, and made fun of because my body developed much faster than the other girls. I was told I stuffed my bra, and if you can believe it my pants, because my butt was bigger. I was teased relentlessly, I was a freak, unnatural, different. I was an outcast.

Sticks and stones, the rhyme we all hear as children, is a lie. The fact is that words can, and do hurt, far more than a broken bone, the bone will heal, but the scars from being bullied still remain in our hearts. Even as a grown woman, I often found myself thinking about these words, am I good enough, am I strong enough, am I worthy of being loved?

The answer is YES, a resounding Yes.

There comes a time in all of our lives when we realize that the bullies are WRONG. You must know that they are wrong. Believe it with all of your heart and soul. They are WRONG.

You are who you were meant to be, you are perfect in your imperfection. You are beautiful, you are unique. There is not, has not, nor will there ever be another soul on this earth exactly like you. That is not only special, but worthy of being celebrated.  The words that bullies use against you, they hurt, but you must realize that the words that others throw at you, do NOT define you. You define yourself. Judging others speaks far more about the character of the person judging, than the person being judged.

Define yourself, be who you are, do not let anyone take that away from you. Realize that there is no such thing as normal.  For there to be a normal, there has to be some sort of status quo. We are all different, even identical twins only share the looks of the other. We are all individuals, with the right to express who we are. Do not allow anyone to make you feel less than you are.

Define yourself, and do not apologize if your definition of who you are does not meet the expectations of who someone else thinks you should be. You are the one who decides who you are, and whatever you choose, it is the right choice for you.  Who you are is exactly who you were meant to be.

In the To This Day Project, Shane Koyczan tackles the tough subject of bullying, in a beautiful way.

He let’s you in on the most painful parts of his childhood, but in the end, he realizes as we all should; that we can and will overcome bullying, with truth, beauty, and love.

If you do not like what you see in the mirror, get a better mirror, for you are beautiful, regardless of what anyone else says.

Lady Gaga Cancels 25 Remaining U.S. Tour Dates After Hip Labral Tear Is Revealed

POSTED ON February 19th  - POSTED IN Concert, Concerts and Tours, Entertainment, Medicine, music, news

Lady Gaga was forced to cancel her last 25 remaining U.S. “Born This Way” tour dates after it was revealed that she has a right Labral hip tear, caused by strenuous repetitive movements in her performances  and had to undergo emergency surgery.

A hip labral tear involves the ring of soft elastic tissue, called the labrum, that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint. The labrum acts like a socket to hold the ball at the top of your femur in place.

Lady Gaga revealed Tuesday that she secretly suffered an injury more than a month ago. Gaga tweeted that she hid the pain from her staff because she didn’t want to disappoint her fans, however after a February 12th show, she was left immobile. On February 16th “Mother Monster” as she is known by her adoring fans, tweeted a picture of her new wheel chair she affectionately calls “Emma”.

In a statement posted on her website, Live Nation announced, “After additional tests this morning to review the severity of the issue, it has been determined that Lady Gaga has a labral tear of the right hip. She will need surgery to repair the problem, followed by strict down time to recover.”

We here at Indie Nation, wish Lady Gaga a speedy recovery.

Sean Forbes Is An Amazing Up And Coming Rapper, And Did I Mention He’s Deaf?

POSTED ON February 17th  - POSTED IN Entertainment, hip hop, independent music, videos

Sean Forbes is a musician on a mission. An accomplished and passionate drummer, rhythm pours out of him, when he breathes, walks, types at his keyboard or hits his drums. Music is in his blood, his cells; it’s just the way he is.
He’s also deaf – and out to build a badly needed bridge between the music industry and deaf people everywhere.Sean grew up in Detroit where his parents, both musicians, filled their home with the sounds of the Motor City: Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger, the Funk Brothers and more. Despite losing his hearing as a baby, Sean soaked up the beats and the vibrations, experiencing great music in his own way.

Pick Of The Day – Inflicted Shame By Oblivious Signal

POSTED ON December 26th  - POSTED IN independent music, music, Pick of the Day, rock, videos

Diligent work in and out of the studio over the last several months, along with multiple live shows and appearances has generated two singles to be released consecutively and a renewed band spirit for female fronted rock band Oblivious Signal.

The release of Push Me Away on December 11th marks the first of several upcoming releases, leading ultimately to an album release in 2013.

Push Me Away initially may sound like a relationship break up song, but this one is about the band and their relationship with each other. “The song really signifies us coming together as a band to persevere through all good and the bad.
The video is going to be about the band and how it broke up and came back together stronger and with a vengeance…” Cristina T Feliciano says, giving detail about the songs origins and why it is such an important one to the band as a whole. “We lost ourselves as a band in our individual thoughts of what people wanted, it caused us to forget about we all wanted…our common goals… and we ended up pushing each other away because of it.”

This was the band’s first recording experience with Beiler’s Brothers studio, known for their work with Nonpoint, Look Right Penny, and Smile Empty Soul. “I think Beiler Bros captured Nicks guitar sound really well made them sound great. Along with the drums and bass …it all came out better than I expected.” – Jason Talley, Oblivious Signal Drummer

Front-woman and producer CTF re-mastered the song in her private studio to personalize it to the band’s specifications. “It’s so hard with your own music to ever stop working on it and say ‘This. This is it. It’s perfect.’ You always hear just one more thing you want to make better. But finally I was able to to let it go say it’s complete, because we love this song and really want people to hear it.”

“We all had a great time, and our strong collaboration really proved that this is where we needed to be the whole time – writing for the love of music…all else will fall into place if we continue to strive for our common goals without letting anyone interfere,” she added.

Strategizing g with new managers Jason and Alison Theriot of Silvercat Entertainment brings a new spirit to the table. Feliciano says “Jason Theriot has been a consistent endorser of us doing what we are good at – writing music and focusing on our fans. It is awesome to have a strong foundational support behind us that believes in our talent and is willing to work with us as we are to take us to the next place in our lives.”

“Getting in the studio was a long time coming for us. We were excited to put all the pieces together and record such a great song. There was a ton of energy through each recording session and we can not wait to get “Push Me Away” to fans that are craving new music from us.” – Bassist Greg Andrews

Oblivious Signal is planning regional shows to support the online release of Push Me Away available on iTunes and via their website:

www.oblivioussignal.com.

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