Friday, August 26, 2016

Rock Hall Looking for a Few Good Pieces of Local Memorabilia

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 10:36 AM

  • Courtesy of the Rock Hall
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Library and Archives provide a home for thousands of artifacts relating to all things rock 'n' roll. At Archives, for example, you'll find everything from the hand-written lyrics to Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" to an Elvis Presley set list from the '70s.

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New Hardcore Act Gazzan Issues Debut EP

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 7:48 AM

  • Frank Garcia
The new hardcore band Gazzan features the return of brothers Aaron “A Double” and Leon Micha Melnick. Famous for having played with local hardcore heroes Integrity, the two have teamed up with guitarist Blaze Tishko, drummer Rob Orr and American Werewolves singer Trevor Moment.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Local Rapper Ripp Flamez Addresses Gun Violence in New Music Video

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 5:19 PM

In his new music video for the tune “Learning,” local rapper Ripp Flamez addresses the issues of gun violence and gun culture.

Set in both a local cemetery and a corner store, the video finds the rapper and his squad contemplating “the pitfalls of growing up in the Mistake by the Lake and learning from youthful mistakes that got some of his childhood friends killed.” It also includes photos of several shooting victims. 

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Locally Based EarthQuaker Devices to Launch Line of Comic Books

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 4:55 PM

Known for the effects pedals that its employees make one-at-a-time by hand, the Akron-based effects pedal company EarthQuaker Devices has just announced it will launch EarthQuaker Comics with the release of Octo Skull, its first comic book, on September 1.

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Ballsy East Cleveland Merger Proposal is "Non-Starter"

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 3:31 PM

One of our favorite East Cleveland memories: William Fambrough confronts the board, with police in tow, in January, 2015.
  • One of our favorite East Cleveland memories: William Fambrough confronts the board, with police in tow, in January, 2015.
Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelley has rejected a merger ordinance presented last week by East Cleveland's annexation commission. The ordinance included a list of merger conditions so extreme that Kelley rejected the proposal out of hand, gently calling it a "non-starter." 

[Correction: The ordinance was drafted by East Cleveland's City Council, not by the three annexation commissioners. The annexation commission was created in the same ordinance that included the merger conditions, attached as a Memorandum of Understanding, elaborated below.] 

“I am committed to continue discussing ways toward a possible merger with East Cleveland,” Kelley said, in a statement. “But any movement must be fair and feasible to both cities."

In its current iteration, the proposed ordinance is not. A Cleveland city council spokesperson confirmed that Kelley will not be presenting the ordinance to city council; and, accordingly, council will not be appointing three of its own representatives to the annexation commission.

The merger has, therefore, effectively stalled out. Until East Cleveland presents a more reasonable proposal, or until, improbably, 25 percent of Cleveland voters petition to force Cleveland city council's hand, discussions won't be moving forward.      

Perhaps East Cleveland's strategy was akin to open-air-market haggling, kicking off negotiations with ludicrous demands, hoping to arrive somewhere in the middle. If so, Kelley (as vendor) has called their bluff.

What East Cleveland proposed doesn't even resemble a merger. They'd like to to remain a "semi-autonomous" ward within the city of Cleveland, retaining its name, its red light traffic cameras (which Cleveland voted down in 2014), and its city council. The proposal calls for current East Cleveland city council members to keep their salaries while managing a new all-powerful community development corporation, which would have rights to every publicly owned parcel in the ward. They would also like to absorb parts of University Circle, thank you very much! 

The list is frankly outrageous. It requests a one percent annual income tax credit for all East Cleveland residents (or 1.5 percent credit, presumably, if Cleveland were to pass its income tax hike in November), $20 million from the State, via the Cuyahoga County land bank, for home rehab loans, and $10 million as a "merger incentive payment" to cover city debts and capital repairs. 

In a further and yet more profound misunderstanding of the word "merger," the new ward of East Cleveland wants to keep its own municipal court, become its own police and fire district, and outsource maintenance of all ward parks to the Metroparks system (what??). 

The ward of East Cleveland also pretty clearly intends to keep Gary Norton in power. Envisioned by the annexation commission is a councilperson to be "elected from an election of standing elected government officials." 

Mad props to East Cleveland for the melon-sized cojones in submitting the ordinance. But as Kevin Kelley is only too pleased prove, East Cleveland is in no position to be making demands of this magnitude (or any demands at all).
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Expanded Heights Music Hop to Feature Nearly 70 Bands

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 3:19 PM

The organizers of the 2016 Heights Music Hop announced today that the annual event will expand to two nights and include nearly 70 bands performing for free in two separate Cleveland Heights business districts.

First, the Cedar Fairmount district will host performances on Friday, September 23, when acts such as By Light We Loom, The Whiskey Hollow, City Limits, Shivering Timbers and Caleb Wright will perform at Appletree Books, Luna (restaurant and coffee house) and the Fairmount Cocktail Bar.

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Have You Seen This Guitar?

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 2:38 PM

Word is spreading across social media among some of the former Speak In Tongues associates — and many others — that Zach Germaniuk's Telecaster was stolen out of his car earlier this week. You know Germaniuk from the likes of Rubber Mate, Pillars and Vivora and other outfits around town.

The sticker on this guitar says: "GOD HAS TWELVE DICKS." So, you know, keep an eye out for that message.

(One supposes that the guitar could also have, like, a sticky residue in the shape and location of that sticker.)

Stay vigilant!

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