It was the beginning of the 1990s. America was on the cusp of a new social revolution. Gone were the days of wholesome entertainment. Technological progress marched forward, leaving stolen innocence and broken childhood in its wake. The youth of the remaining world superpower, disillusioned by the triumph of Capitalism and craving a dark foil to the new, shiny Silicon World Order, cast the banal epitomes of adolescent naiveté aside, seeking a grittier reflection of the frightening realization of reality. Old familiar faces, such as the jovial plumber Mario slipped into the cracks of obscurity. Riding a quicksilver bolt of media lightning, a new, sophisticated, and edgy hero stampeded onto the scene. Enter the hedgehog. With his cocky attitude, rebellious demeanor, and mercurial temper, the blue blaze captured the hearts of disenfranchised youth seeking escape from the suburban sprawl. He was gritty, slaying robots and portly educator-types in a digital effigy of youthful resistance. He was environmentally aware, eschewing the shiny industrialism of the clueless American masses. But most importantly, he was fast. Sonic was his name, and speed was his game.
It’s time for Riff ov the Week. Click through to hear me complain about last weeks results just because I didn’t win, crank this week’s riffage, and learn about what we’re doing next week. Continue Reading
Back in August we asked you to help us find the best unsigned bands in America. After listening to hundreds of submissions, we finally narrowed down our pick for the most gumbo-est state in the union. The best band in Louisiana is Withering Light. Continue Reading
In the late 1880s, a man named Herman Webster Mudgett moved to Chicago and obtained a position at a pharmacy. Under his better-known alias of H.H. Holmes, he eventually bought the pharmacy, as well as a vacant lot across the street. Holmes then constructed a large hotel on the property with the intention of housing guests of the World’s Fair of 1893, which was held in Chicago. This hotel, a giant, squatting structure known as “the castle” by nearby residents, was much more sinister than its exterior suggested. Continue Reading