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      DAY SHEET BLOG — Marilyn Manson

      Dirtbag Artists BLUE MIDNIGHT to perform Aftershock Festival in October

      Dirtbag Artists BLUE MIDNIGHT to perform Aftershock Festival in October

      California's biggest rock festival is back for its eighth annual bash.. and this time, DIRTBAG Endorsed Artists BLUE MIDNIGHT have made the bill.

      The festival takes place October 11-13 at Discovery Park near Downtown Sacramento, CA. Many acts are set to perform, including: Slipknot, Dropkick Murphys, Lamb of God, HALESTORM, Sum 41, Stone Temple Pilots, Blink 182, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Korn, and many more...

      BLUE MIDNIGHT is the brainchild of frontlady, Justine Glaser-- and the group has swiftly established themselves as the stargate to a new genre, which they firmly classify as 'Dream Metal'.

      BLUE MIDNIGHT will be performing on the Monster Energy stage, opening up the day, and warming up the stage for the triumphant return of TOOL at the end of the night.. an all-time favorite of Justine's. This will be BLUE MIDNIGHT's first music festival performance.

      “We are ready to roll! The guys and I are so excited to be a part of this and there are so many amazing bands on this bill. I think the best thing about music festivals is that people go to listen and enjoy music. Performance-wise, we are going to be feeding off the energy of the crowd. I love that we are going to be playing in front of a crowd of die hard music fans.”

      Justine Glaser in a recent interview with Metal Pulp and Paper

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      Dirtbag Industry Spotlight: InTune Guitar Picks' Bert LeCato

      Dirtbag Industry Spotlight: InTune Guitar Picks' Bert LeCato

      Since the dawn of the new Millennium, an industry power-player has risen to rank. InTune Guitar Picks started from one guy in a garage, producing a few hundred picks per month, and slowly evolved to become one of the top pick producers in the game. Creating custom picks for an impressively extensive list of world-renowned artists, InTune now has a full staff, and a factory that produces tens of thousands of picks per day. InTune Guitar Picks and Dirtbag Clothing have recently teamed up to provide discounted picks to Dirtbag Endorsed Artists, so we had a chance to speak with Bert LeCato, Mr. InTune, himself: Tell us a little bit about your journey.. why did you originally start the brand? It actually happened because I had ordered custom picks for myself and they were terrible. I knew I could do a better job and decided to start my research. With a lot of days off from the Fire House, it didn't take long to create a quality process. What was the tipping point for the business? When did you know it was safe to quit your day job? About 2.5 years in, things started getting pretty crazy. Popular artists were reaching out, orders were consistently coming in and my full time job started interfering with the pick business. Since you started out, how much has your production process changed? The process hasn't really changed, it's just grown. We and our clients are happy with the product, so changes wouldn't likely be well received. The key was to keep up with demand, so we've added more equipment over the years. Your client portfolio is incredible- looking through it, it just goes on forever and ever. What have been some of your favorite custom pick designs to make? There are really too many to mention. The favorites are always the ones that show creativity. Some clients keep it simple and some go above and beyond. Some of the designs we see are just so creative and it's great seeing cool designs go from screen to pick. Are there any new innovations in the industry, or in guitar-playing that you think will affect the future of pick making? There are always new materials and playing techniques popping up. We tend to keep it simple and old school. Novelty picks come and go, but most artists tend to always go back to the basics. Technology has advanced quite a bit in printing over the years and we have benefited from some of it, but our most detailed and durable process is old school and still cannot be beat. The downside to the new technologies is that it makes it easier for people to get a piece of equipment, buy some pre-made picks and offer them to the public. What makes that bad is there is a lack of quality control. The company makes a quick buck and the consumer ends up with a low quality product. Your picks, and the ink printed on them are very durable. How do you do it? Well that is just a big secret! Just for fun, if you had to guess- what’s your total tally on guitar picks produced in the last 18 years? The quantity of picks we have printed over the years reaches well into 8 digits. We definitely can't complain about that. We have great appreciation for our large and small clients who have helped make this happen. The loyalty and support we have received from all of them over the years have definitely been a big part of making this happen. As well as a lot of hard work and a hard working staff here at InTuneGP. ---------------- And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen. When your day job gets in the way of your passion, it's time to quit in true Dirtbag fashion. We are honored to be partnered with such an awesome company, and we look forward to seeing all the awesome pick designs created by our Dirtbag Endorsed Artists. If you are a Dirtbag Endorsed Artist, visit our new BACKSTAGE area to order your FULLY CUSTOMIZED InTune Guitar Picks at a special discount. If you are not a Dirtbag Endorsed Artist, check out InTune Guitar Picks' Website.

      A FEW OF INTUNE GUITAR PICKS' CLIENTS:

      John Moyer (DISTURBED)
      Josh Rand (Stone Sour)
      Johny Chow and Christian Martucci (Stone Sour)
      Ian Grushka (New Found Glory)
      Miranda Lambert
      Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest)
      Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)

      Guitarist breaks foot on stage, finishes the set, and then finishes Euro tour

      Guitarist breaks foot on stage, finishes the set, and then finishes Euro tour

      In the home stretch of a European tour, Dirtbag Endorsed Artist, guitarist Nick Warner of the hardcore punk outfit LIONHEART broke his foot on stage. Adrenaline allowed him to finish out the set, and rock n' roll BAD-ASSERY allowed him to finish out the ENTIRE tour. If you look at the X-ray, you will see that his bone was completely snapped in two- OUCH! We are hoping that Nick makes a full recovery in time for their West Coast tour with First Blood, Left Behind, Easy Money, and Extortionist, which kicks off August 31, 2018 at Cornerstone in Berkeley, California... If not, I once saw Marilyn Manson tear up a set in an awesome custom-fabricated wheelchair, so.. the possibilities are endless.

      SEE ALL THE TOUR DATES BELOW

      Dead Animal Assembly Plant - Album Review - Old Fashion Hellfire

      Dead Animal Assembly Plant - Album Review - Old Fashion Hellfire

      Dead Animal Assembly Plant I am so intrigued, that if I were a cat, I would probably be on that assembly line- dead from curiosity. The hook in the opening song and title track Old Fashion Hellfire was opposite of what my brain expected to hear. This was a much-needed relief, because like momma always used to say, too much of the same crap makes for a dull soup. Ask any modern pop artist in the world. This Portland-based 5-piece is a balls-deep industrial metal band of butchers. Compromised of Z Wager, The Professional, Guitar Demon, Buzzard, and The Prophet, this crew is prepared to slice and dice you like a warm dish of sweetbreads. The song Rise With Me has a beautiful marching and anthem-like opening riff at 0:21. It is a beautiful piece of bloody pig snout ready to be served to the masses. Its driving guitars, sonically glued together with the fat bass guitar, deliver a well-balanced performance, sharing the stage with some percussive and ambient synths as well as soulful drums. This is their single, and I am stoked to hear more. A little further down the assembly line comes a song titled Be The Decay. To my used and abused ear holes, Be The Decay has a similar tonality and mix as Rise With Me. This feeling leads me to believe that maybe the same human mixed these two songs. This of course was after one of the butchers told me that two humans had their filthy little engineering hands on it. The song Six Feet Lower gave me the throw back low and slow Marilyn Manson feeling- something out of the “Smells Like Children” record. Dead Animal Assembly Plant has now officially taken me back to my first rock and metal records in the early 90s. Definitely bonus points there. I love the effort that was put in to this record from a musical standpoint as well as the ability to take the listener on a journey aspect- well done in that regard. What I truly feel it lacks, and most importantly of all, is a great mix. I would like to see the time and effort that Dead Animal Assembly Plant put into this full length LP get put into an EP of some sort. Imagine the LP effort and energy put into 4 songs. I’d like to see the band really dig in to the process of recording; perhaps some more organic instrument experimentation. But I digress- every independent artist is recording on a budget so I won’t dig in too much. I completely, personally understand that struggle. When you buy “Old Fashion Hellfire, you aren’t just getting some songs written by a band you’ve never heard of. You are getting a new and intriguing experience. I would recommend this record to those that listen to Rammstein, Marilyn Manson, or a more industrial Rob Zombie. I hope to the dead animal gods that this band puts out this much creativity and energy in their live show. I wish I could go see these guys once a month. I would. Purchase the record “Old Fashion Hellfire