St. Valentines Massacre Launches Tour

Screamo band St. Valentines Massacre launches tour, CD in New Port Richey

By Logan Neill, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Friday, June 26, 2009

For the Spring Hill heavy metal band St. Valentines Massacre, the big time is calling.

Once a popular area club band, the quintet is looking toward a busy summer on the road to promote its first full-length, major-label CD,Awakening.

The band’s inaugural tour, which kicks off Saturday with a concert and CD release party at the Bourbon Street Concert Club in New Port Richey, will consist of 20 shows spread throughout the East Coast.

Seventeen-year-old lead guitarist Tyler Jordan, who joined the band in April of last year, said he can hardly wait to hit the highway.

“Everyone’s been waiting a long time for this,” said Jordan, who recently graduated from Central High School. “It’s a dream come true for us.”

Getting together in the summer of 2005, vocalist Tony Rodriguez, guitarist Paul Starr (born Paul Zakar), bassist Alan Olshefski and drummer Andre Canale enjoyed a typical garage band existence, playing small clubs, dances — even bowling alleys — in and around Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. As the band’s following grew, so did the group’s vision for the music.

“It got more and more serious for us,” Olshefski said. “We started to promote ourselves more and look for more opportunities to get the music out there.”

In 2006, St. Valentines Massacre recorded its first demo CD and entered and won the Emergenza battle of the bands competition in Tampa. Next up was a featured spot on the west coast Florida leg of the 2007 Warped Tour.

Meanwhile, the band’s music — a blend of heavy metal, punk and blues-rock known to diehard fans as “screamo” — began attracting an even wider audience via SVM’s MySpace page.

“We did a three-song recording called Eulogy that got something like 10,000 plays in three days,” Olshefski said. “When that happened, we started to feel like this could be a big thing.”

Megaforce/MRI Records thought so, too, and in October, the label, which is distributed by Sony Records, offered St. Valentines Massacre a record deal. Awakening, which was recorded in Rodriguez’s home studio and mixed at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, represents some of the band’s most evocative work.

“We’re getting a lot of good response so far,” Olshefski said. “The Best Buy in New Port Richey is already sold out of them.”

Olshefski, a 2001 graduate of Springstead High School, credits SVM’s success to diligence, hard work and a little luck. He and his bandmates are looking forward to finally traveling outside the area to perform for fans they have only communicated with on the Internet.

“This band loves to play,” he said. “When they come to see us, we’ll give them the best we can give them.”

Logan Neill can be reached at lneill@sptimes.com or (352) 848-1435.

Check out the SVM MySpace!

Don’t forget to BUY THE CD – Awakening – on Amazon (check your local stores also!).

Michael Jackson Dead.

Rumors are flying (thanks to sites like TMZ, Perez Hilton and especially Twitter) that pop-icon (and music legend) Michael Jackson has passed away. Jackson was admitted to UCLA Medical Center earlier today for cardiac arrest and according to some was unable to be revived. CNN and Fox News are “checking sources” and the LA Times denies Jackson’s death. Is this a case of gossip “telephone” on the Internet?

Rumors and truths (usually rumors) spread like wildfire on Twitter. The top trending topic right now is #MichaelJackson – thanks to everyone wondering if he is dead or alive. So – what is it? I think we might have to wait a little while longer to find out if Michael Jackson has indeed passed away.

If so – he joins Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon – two more Hollywood Legends who have passed away in the past few days. I guess if it is in fact, true, “these things” happen in three’s …

I will update this post as news comes in.

UPDATE: LA Times, CNN, TMZ and Perez are confirming that, in fact, Michael Jackson has died.

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The “SUCK” that is EAxis

So – I bought Sims3 at a thrift store for $4.00 – but, someone had already pilfered the instruction manual (and therefore, the registration code). So I sent an email to EAxis (i.e. EA Games) via the Sims3 site to find out how to obtain a registration code. Here is what I sent:

06/19/2009 08:37 PM
I purchased a copy of Sims3 at a local thrift store – but, the game was missing the book (including the registration code). How would I go about getting a replacement registration code for my game? I want to do this legally since of course I could just go online and find it – but I would like to be able to shop at the “Store” and download things from the Exchange.
Please advise – thank you :)
Christine

And … here is what I received back:

Response (EARepJovi)
06/23/2009 07:13 AM
Greetings,
Thank you for contacting Electronic Arts.
I apologize for the delay in response to this ticket. If you have not registered the game and if the Registration code/Serial Number/CD Key for the game has been lost, misplaced or missing then you will need to purchase another Registration code/Serial Number/CD Key from our warranty department, please mail our Warranty department the following information:
-The [Proof of Purchase] page from the manual, or if that is not available the game disk.
Note: If you send the game disk, please send it using a traceable method as Electronic Arts is not responsible for products lost in transit.
-A letter explaining that you need a replacement serial number.
-A money order for $10.00 USD.
-Note: We do NOT accept cash, checks, or credit cards.
-Include full contact information:
-First and Last Name
-Return Address (Including City, State, and Zip Code)
-Phone Number
-E-mail Address
You must mail in your request to the following address:
Electronic Arts Warranty Department
9001 N I-35 Suite 110
Austin, TX 78753
Once all of the information has been received, our Warranty Department will process your request and e-mail as well as standard mail you a serial number. If you mailed the game disks to us, the disks will be returned to you shortly. NOTE: If you fail to include all of the requested items, it will prevent us from processing your request.
Sincerely,
EA Rep Jovi
Player Relations
Electronic Arts

First off … didn’t I say that I didn’t HAVE the manual – which is the reason for the initial email? Second … send the DISK!? Third … $10!?!?!? Are you effin’ kidding me EAxis?! I realize that they are trying to protect their “assets” but seriously; did I not say I got it at a thrift store? Not to mention they want me to send the actual disk PLUS $10? Why the hell do they need $10? Isn’t proving that I bought the freaking game by sending them the damn disk enough?

Seriously EAxis … between this and Securom … THIS is why people pilfer the game from TPB (or any other torrent/illegal sites). Because you people SUCK! SUCK! For your information I was already PLAYING the game (that is, until the power source went on my desktop … but that’s another issues all-together)! So, excuse me while I download a torrent of Riverview et al because A: I’m not sending you my disk (*cough*becauseitslockedinmydeadcomputer*cough*) and B: I don’t HAVE $10 to send you (and even if I did I feel that’s ridiculous!)

SO THERE!

Buffy vs. Edward

I found this on Perez and just HAD to repost it! It’s one of the funniest videos I’ve watched in awhile (especially being a Twilight and Buffy the Vampire Slayer fanatic!) It’s a great mashup … enjoy!

Also – with my friend Tabitha in mind I made a 100×100 graphic (for say, Livejournal) featuring Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). You can direct link it if you want (it’s uploaded at Photobucket) or save it if you want to snag it.

twilight,bella & jake,cullen,jacob black,bella swan,new moon

Un-Broke … I Really Need That!

There is a special on ABC tonight at 9pm called “UN-BROKE: What You Need to Know About Money.” Hosted by Good Morning America contributor and President of Ariel Investments Mellody Hobson, the special features Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, the Jonas Brothers, Christian Slater, Cedric the Entertainer, Seth Green, Sesame Workshop’s Oscar the Grouch, Rosario Dawson and the E*Trade Babies, among others.

After watching the commercials for the show, it seems like the show will not be rich celebrities trying to teach the “regular (read: poor) people” how to spend and not spend their money. It’s going to be a funny and information-filled show.

I’ve got my DVR set to record. I need this information! I’ve been blogging about our money “issues” on Atomic-Mama (my other blog). We seem to be getting the hang out spending less, but there is so much more to learn.

Will you be watching the show?

American Idol Finals TONIGHT!

KrisAdamBlend

I’m so excited about the American Idol finals tonight! This is the first year in a few years now that I’ve gotten obsessed with the show and I am very happy about who is in the “final two” – Kris Allen and Adam Lambert! Both of the guys have major talent – MAJOR TALENT – but Adam is the apparent “pick” for winner. Kris is more of a “dark horse” I guess – or so they keep saying.

Kris has been in my personal top five for weeks now; so I am exceptionally happy about his being in the final.

I know that both contenders – in fact most of the top ten – will come out with albums; so I am not worried about never hearing them sing again. As a lot of you know – Chris Daughtry was an American Idol castoff and has had one of the best selling rock albums of all time. So, just because you “lose” American Idol doesn’t mean you “lose” – you know?

So, who is your pick? Team Kris or Team Adam?

Me personally ..?

TEAM KRIS!