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Water, water, everywhere…

There’s not much new you can say about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge™ but the viral fad continues. People are still producing amusing videos, celebrities are still doing it, money and awareness are being raised, and all across the globe,  Ice Bucket Challenge facebook pages are popping up to collect videos of “fans” of the challenge and to pass it on. There are pages for Brazil, Thailand, Mongolia, Albania, the Phillippines, Cambodia, and India, just to name a few places far from the experiences of the average American ice bucket dumper. Many of these are countries that rely on foreign aid to sustain their national healthcare programs and where embarrassingly large numbers of their population live without access to clean...

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August show reviews: Street Eaters at the Redwood, Dot Hacker and Crooks on Tape at The Echo, Paul McCartney at Chavez Ravine, Zeros at Los Globos, High on Fire and Arctic at The Echoplex, Slint at the El Rey

Street Eater’s badass new album is relentlessly raw and heavy, and I was stoked to hear the East Bay duo’s latest rippers alongside favorites at The Redwood. Holy crap, they are one of my favorite bands ever, empowered by straight-up DIY punk via Gilman and pushed over the top by the two-way animalistic empowerment that happens between two human beings who dominate at their instruments. Did I mention that their lyrics are smarter than shit? So good. There were two great openers, too. Nerve Beats are a somewhat jazz-infected, melodic punk trio in the tradition of the Minutemen and Nomeansno. Coming all the way from Honolulu, of course they were really nice dudes as well. I bought some hand-burned CD-Rs...

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Site Change Up

Yes, the site is looking bad, but we’re in a transition stage to move to Shopify. Yes, the web lords have promised it sooner, but they weren’t able to keep their word. As we started dismantling one site, the other is being worked on. Sorry about the mess, I swear the Giant Robot Store is still working. http://giantrobotstore.com

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Watching Robin Williams

One of my favorite shows featuring Robin Williams was his humble beginnings as Mork from Ork in  Mork and Mindy. I watched this show while in elementary school and remember how I wanted his goofy rainbow suspenders with the pins on them. They actually sold them and I remember a kid named Marco wore them almost everyday to 6th grade. His greeting of Nanoo Nanoo and his word for dammit, Shazbot, was uttered too often. Low-fives were replaced by his special handshake and the lessons he learned that he broadcast back to his leader, Orson, were our lessons too. I figuratively stood up on my desk and said “Captain Oh Captain” with Ethan Hawke in Dead Poet’s Society, even though...

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