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a fair amount of my DVDs.

Now, I’ve moved on to my CD collection, which over the years has admittedly grown to a ridiculous size. I decided to tackle this enormous task by first getting rid of my burned (not purchased) CDs.

Back in the day (early 2000s), I’d go to the library, borrow the maximum amount of albums, copy them to blanks, and then add them to my collection. Over time, the burns in my collection grew to numerous hundreds.

My ever-shrinking CD collection.

The big question though was, “What do I do with these burned CDs?” I could chuck ’em, easy. But then they’d just be sitting in a landfill where they’d still be on the day I took my last breath. Also, even though they’re just burns, we’re still talking about some quality (and free) music here!

My good friend Erik Rose suggested donating them to a School of Rock. There, my burns could become a library of sorts for kids to pull and learn from. Not only was that not a bad idea, but we actually know a couple that are opening a new School of Rock in Woodland Hills in 2015.

And so tomorrow I’m parting ways with hundreds of hours of music I’ve grown to love over the years. Sure, I have them all ripped and backed up, but I put a shitload of effort and time into the creation of these discs, so a little part of me will be sad to see them go.

Another (bigger) part, however, will be happy to pass them on to a new generation of music lovers and creators.

If one song on one album connects with one kid, it will all have been worth it.

And then my CD collection was nearly halved,

-Shady

…just started up a new Kickstarter page to help raise money for his band’s (Demo Team) new album (“Trimurti”).

I donated $20 and am getting a copy of the album and a bunch of stickers! Support the arts (and get your very own copy of “Trimurti” in the process) by checking out Demo Team’s Kickstarter page here.

“The Blarg” is a jockstrap for the arts,

-Shady

…and this is most definitely an example of that.

One week ago today a rainstorm ravaged my beloved hometown of Milwaukee. For the most part, the city emerged from the storm with only a few minor bumps and bruises, but a small pocket of Milwaukee took the brunt of the rain. Massive flooding followed.

Here’s a video of that small pocket after only an hour and a half of rain.

That stretch of street is a short distance from the house of my good friends Tim and Jess. You may know them of Teecycle fame.

Fortunately, Tim, Jess, their newborn baby Clara, and their dog Bella weren’t home when the storm hit. Unfortunately, when they returned to their house the next day they found it flooded. You can read the entire story and see photos of the damage here.

Their house is, both figuratively and literally, a wash. Of course, like most people who were affected by the flood, Tim and Jess didn’t have flood insurance. This means they’re pretty much screwed.

I know times are tough and everyone is poor right now, but if you know Tim and Jess (or, hell, if you just want to do something nice for a fellow human being) please consider donating something to help them get back on their feet. Direct donations can be made via PayPal to the account timcigelske@yahoo.com.

Teecycle is also still up and running and every little bit helps, so if you’d rather support them and get a t-shirt in the process, check out their store.

Give what/if you can. I’d appreciate it, and so would the Cigelskes.

Mother Nature’s a wet bitch,

-Shady

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you what this is in reference to.

If you can–and believe me, I understand it’s a tough time for everyone right now–but if you have something to give, please do it here.

Check the “International Response Fund” when donating to have your money go to the Haitian relief fund.

-Shady

…or even mildly well-off, I would do this. It’s a pretty awesome opportunity for an incredibly worthy cause.

Sadly, all I could do was donate the $10.

Maybe next time, Trent.

Anyway, donate if you can.

I did what I could,

-Shady

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