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hey kent kids!

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[05 Jun 2007|08:34pm]

Dear Lovers,

I don't know what's going on with today but it's like nine degrees outside and very sad looking. I was excited to learn it was June (six days in, almost) but it feels maybe around March. Oh, bother.

I didn't like hospitals so much before this weekend because I've never really been to one to have fun. The only time I enjoyed a hospital was when I was watching Grey's Anatomy or Scrubs. Doctors aren't nearly as good looking in real life. Akron General is incredibly understaffed, a lot of the nurses are surprisingly unpleasant and everything smells like pee. I didn't have to go myself, I was there for my mum (she's doing just fine), and it was a horrible experience that did for me what circuses do for people who don't like clowns.

The earpieces at work are painful. They give me something that feels like a headache but is only on the left side of my head, and located very closely to where my ear is connected to my scalp. I'm not really into it.

I'm going to school in the fall finally, after years of saying things like "I might be going to school in the fall!" It's officially official and my classes start no later than 11:00 am (except on Friday which is 9:00 am) and they are as follows: Music, music, music, art, orientation. Hello love! I'm all nervesy!

I move into my new apartment on the 16th of this month. Maybe I'll have a house warming party. A disco dance party. I have an entire house-sized attic just waiting to be made into a magical wonderland. Right now one of the walls just says "THE BAND" in really big red letters, and the wall is colored a very light shade of aqua. The floor looks a bit like it could be fallen through so I may, I don't know, need to improve that a bit. I mean, or trampoline room?

I should start closing something, taking trash back or whatever. I dislike my job but hardly as much in the intensity that I hated Chipotle, only now I kind of miss Chipotle in that I wished I still smelled like an onion kind of way.

So who wants to start a revolution?
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May 24th rock show! [20 May 2007|10:13pm]

Hey Kent,

We'll be passing through your city on our Spring tour, would love to see some friendly faces out at the show! If you like Q & Not U, The Killers, Sleater Kinney, or PJ Harvey, you might like us.

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[10 Jan 2007|01:35am]

Hi fundies.

Remember me? My name is Brandy. I'm silly.

So here's the latest in my epic quest for life: Nintendo DS lite.
I've bought two; one from Target.com, one from Walmart.com, both in bundles, both over $200, both returned five minutes after purchase. I'm just, like, I want to have one now!!! Not even next-day shipping will do it for me.


So here's fun. I was at subway the other day and the girl behind the counter had this short blonde-ish hair and looked exactly like Andy Hendricks. I'm not even kidding you. I couldn't stop staring at her. She even kind of always had her mouth open. I wanted to take a picture on my phone but I couldn't be discreet enough. For real though.

So what's everyone like?

I hope everyone still smiles a lot. I really liked that about everyone. I'm in Kent all the time but Kent doesn't seem to be the pinnacle of much anymore. Does anybody know where Wadsworth is? Yeah, I didn't either.

Does anybody ever just want to go back about five years? Meet you there? You're all probably like, pff, not! We're very content with our lives, thanks. I am too. There's just something about five years ago I haven't really felt in a long time.

Is anyone else scared of getting old?
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[19 Mar 2006|05:01pm]

This is a shout out to everyone who has ever lived in Akron, or knows anyone who lives there. You should definitely read this. Akron's going to be majorly affected by the voting on May 2nd. Read more...Collapse )
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Spread the Word-New KSU Group [23 Jan 2006|01:31pm]

[ mood | creative ]

see gossip.spread gossip.be anonymous.cat fights welcome!

Join the all-new KSU LJ Group, "KSU Mole". Rules are at the journal. Must be added as a friend first
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Kent Fest [30 Oct 2005|11:02pm]

So if anyone went to Kent Fest on Saturday, it was pretty damn awesome. I was one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Michaelangelo) that you may have seen.
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Show! Today! [22 Aug 2005|02:55am]

AUGUST 22nd:

@ The Orange Street
Akron, OH

Show starts at 7; $6

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[07 Aug 2005|11:13am]


This show is going to be great, you should all come!

If any of you were at the skiesbleedblack/fsbb/flesh and blood robot show at the robinhood last year, you may have seen this band after the show. They played in the back of the venue on the floor near the pinball machine. Fucking intense!

Electric community center
252 n. water st.
kent ohio 44240
9:30pm, a few dollars

with: goodbye ohio (awesome band and great dudes!),
+ more


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[06 Aug 2005|01:49pm]

AUGUST 11th:
*AVEC (Baltimore)

@ The Orange Street
Akron, OH

Show starts at 7; $6

myspace.com/nakatomi plaza

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TONIGHT!!!!!! [21 Jul 2005|06:34am]


Skies Bleed Black CD release... and my birthday party. Kinda.

I love you,
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I Would Set Myself On Fire For You [20 Jul 2005|07:34pm]


This show is going to be great, you should all come!

If any of you were at the skiesbleedblack/fsbb/flesh and blood robot show at the robinhood last year, you may have seen this band after the show. They played in the back of the venue on the floor near the pinball machine. Fucking intense!

Electric community center

252 n. water st.
kent ohio 44240
9:30pm, a few dollars

with: goodbye ohio (awesome band and great dudes!),
+ two more locals


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[10 May 2005|10:06am]

Wow, this place is dead. Much like Kent. What is there to do here these days? I am bored and need entertained.
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[28 Mar 2005|05:10am]

[ mood | bearded and greek ]


(I wrote a new journal description or whatever it's called. Uhhh... there's your bi-yearly update of the year for this freaking community. Shut up, okay? For real.)

ps have more shows, guys.

pspsppspspspsps Does anybody want to make a new icon? Does everybody still like that classy combination of turquoise and orange? Am I not still the most awesome girl anybody knows?

pspspspspspspsppspsps And totally full of shit? But not about the icon inquiry and what have you. ldfkglsdkfjghlsdkjfgh I love absolutely everyone who's ever existed.

Yours indefinitely,

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[27 Mar 2005|10:07pm]




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[02 Mar 2005|10:37pm]

Oh snap.
(Le) Starcrossed, Defiance 40. Such the hot conversation piece it would seem. But then again, they never were officially out of the limelight at any point, in my opinion.

I have some things to say. First off, I'm really sick, so bear with me as I trudge forth with my incoherent sentence structures and words not found in the english dictionary. I feel it's about time to be brutally honest with everybody. So here I go. Butcher me accordingly.

I remember the days when I had long, dyed red hair parted unflatteringly down the middle. I remember when I used to wear fleece sweaters from Old Navy in gross, pastel colors and play camera tag in Krissy's back yard. I remember when anime was it. I remember when I was just so sad, what with all my teenage angst and awkwardness and why why why don't the boys like me? Maybe it's because I have bad skin or listen to Linkin Park. The scene? Oh, you mean, like, goths? Punks? Yeah, moshing is cool. When you say dancing it makes me think of ballrooms, or, like, grinding all up on each other. There was no xcorex anything. You didn't have to fight to stay "posi". And in a barn on a summer night was the first time I got to experience Defiance 40. Those fucking guys. I remember Audrey telling me about them before we were really friends, about how cool they were. And yeah, they were.

And I remember sitting in Zach's basement with Audrey, pretending to not be helplessly boy-crazy, watching those four gentlemen thrashing around like animals. Except for Evan. He usually just bobbed his head once in a while. We used to do Zach-screaming-poses in places he couldn't see us and be impressed with all the shades of red his face would turn. I was a freshman in highschool and this was something new. Although, I wish my fashion sense wouldn't have been so poor.

And to be honest with you, I can't remember a lot about that time. It was, afterall, nearly six years ago. I think my freshman year was probably the last good year of my life. I say that in retrospect to the rest of my life, I mean, since then I've just had all these problems with all these things. Back then I was absolutely miserable, but it wasn't so bad, I was just very dramatic. You think you're so sad, and that's before you even have anything to really be sad about. And I still don't, but I think I do. It's a long and arduous process. it will probably continue until I die.

I say I love Kent but I'm not a very good resident. At least, not in terms of the music scene. I don't know what happened, exactly, but the music scene that existed two years ago has nearly vanished. And I don't mean to be biased or unfair to anybody, but I think a lot of it has to do with the hardcore business that's taken over nearly half the world. And don't you dare get me wrong, if it's your thing then it's your thing. If you're tough, you can't help it, right? Stay posi, for real. I'm just sick of this musical warfare we've created. It's punks vs skinheads all over again but with catchier beats and better breakdowns. I mean, what is going on, guys?

What the hell defines a scene kid? I want to know who coined the term "scene kid" because anybody involved in the scene at the time could be considered a "scene kid". But when you hear "scene kid" there's instantly this image, bang, right in front of you. And what happened to emo? I'm honestly curious. Because, and I want to be corrected if I'm wrong, it seems that all the emo kids ran out of slow, shoe-gazer ballads and started adding synths and drum machines and suddenly the boys who used to wear girl pants and had shaggy hair and glasses continued wearing girl pants but got better haircuts, contacts, piercings and tats and the girls are basically exactly like the boys but with boobs. How did the scene put an end to definable genders? And indie? There're too many subsidaries of "indie" to even begin to comprehend.

The thing with the scene is that it's going to end no matter what. No matter how much we try to keep it alive there's always going to be something funky fresh (that's sneakily just a repeat of something from the past put into a pretty, new costume to appeal to the kids of our time) and I think we have to just deal with it. (I'm secretly hoping the next big scene will be, like, industrial gothic). Eventually we're all going to grow up and have jobs and marriages and babies and all the things we're expected to have, and when CDs are obsolete and our children are around our age now we'll show them Death Cab for Cutie and fondly remember our preadolescence. You know? It's like those old guys with long hair who still listen to Iron Maiden. Will the old men of our generation wear girl pants?

So I'm not sure where I'm going with any of this. I guess it all started with my feelings about Starcrossed's unanticipated hiatus. Yeah, it's a sad day when you watch four boys with originally bad taste blossom and form one of the most defining local bands in our generation's indie music scene take a break for whatever the reasons. It's kind of like when a season of American Idol ends. You're content to have witnessed the climax but you're still a little unfufilled and nonplussed at the end result. (Am I a genius or what.) Yeah, I hope things work out and if the four don't decide to make sweet music together then they'd better use their brilliance to make sweet music with other people. Like Captain Planet, they used their individual talents to form this conglomerate of good feelings (the final element being us, the adoring fans, who danced and wiggled our fingers with the best of them). But even Captain Planet has to die, right? He deserves his peace after decades of fighting for racial unity and outlawing arsonists.

My point being, the memebers of Starcrossed deserve to die.

No, no. That's not it at all. I'm turd. Hey. I grew up in Kent. I was the ugly girl in middleschool. I was the ecclectic (and mostly ugly) girl in highschool. I had my labret pierced my sophomore year. I used to listen to pop punk and I admit it without shame. The first "indie band" I was ever aware of was Modest Mouse, sophomore year. I've been listening to Bjork since I understood what music was. I have always had a passion for being on stage. I am not a scene whore.

I sort of said all of this from an outward perspective. Yeah, I used to go to shows sometimes and I was friends with pretty much everyone in the Kent scene at one point or another, but all the talk about this great musical union doesn't hit close to home at all. I may have been sucked into it for brief periods at a time but it was never really anything I depended on. I was the singer for pine. Why didn't anybody tell me I sucked so bad? I am genuinely thankful that you all at least pretended to somewhat enjoy my screaming and really, I don't think I could have handled the honesty back then anyway. But this isn't about me, afterall.

You'd think the creator of this community would have a more active role in the real-life version of it, huh. I guess I've just come to terms with a lot of things. I've realized that I have neither the patience nor the effort necessary to deem myself truly indie. But that doesn't really matter, does it? Will it in ten years? Five, even? I'm not talented enough to be in a band. I'm not hot enough to be in the scene. I'm not sweet enough to be nu-metal. Where do I belong? Why am I bringing this back to me? I'm a diva, that's why, but you all knew that and don't tell me you didn't.

And yeah, maybe I am a little salty that I got to watch my friends turn into pretentious fucks who were too busy pleasing the masses to notice me in the crowd. Maybe I am a little bitter that I've been replaced with people who are so involved in the scene that they plan their lives according to it. It's fun, you know? This similar interest we all share is cool to be a part of, it unites us in a way that can only be expressed through speakers, but it's going to end one day.

And maybe it is because I'm not the queen supreme. I've always hated never being the pinacle of "it". I'm saying all of this as somebody who stayed soberingly normal while the rest of her friends became so freaking awesome that there was almost not enough room to put all of it. And I'm not going to tell you that I haven't wanted to be prominent in the scene before. It's every outsider's dream to be in the public eye, even if it's only on myspace. I mean, she's friends with, like, everybody. I've wanted turd to be like guns or pants. But it's not, and I'm over it.

Me, me, me.

Or maybe it's my shitty personality. But you don't think about those things.

I don't think I can possibly lead this into any sort of closure. I guess all I had to say was that even though I was hardly as devoted as most of you to Starcrossed, it's still going to take a little time to adjust to not seeing their name headlining e-flyers. You can't be sad about things like that. They're still cool dudes, they're still around and they're still going to rock us as hell. And I mean, reunion tour potential to the max. That is, if they decide not to end the hiatus, indefinitely.

I haven't died, guys. I'm still the most awesome girl you know.

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tribute to starcrossed [02 Mar 2005|01:50pm]

so there needs to be more Kent talk here. This town needs to get back to business. However, im sure most of you have heard the unfortunate news of the Starcrossed hiatus. its been coming for a while now, but the thought still brings a tear to my eye. rather than writing a sappy paragraph, I would like to pay tribute to them by listing my top 10 Starcrossed shows/memories. not only to incite discussion about the band but to get this city and community talking again. if any one else has any other memories, post them in comments or make your own post. just because kent is loosing one of its defining bands doesnt mean it has to die.

10)Brady's Cafe - June 1999 :
The first time i saw the band, then Defiance 40. They were so nu-metal, its not even funny. Zach wore a limp bizquit t-shirt and TJ had spiked hair. but it changed my life.

9)Euro Gyro - May 2001 :
end of the year bash. all the classic old songs. "I Forgot My Way to School on Monday" and "Abrigating the System of ABO" are classics.

8)Amnesty Benefit at RHS - February 2001 :
actually all of the Amnestys, because they were all great. But 2001 was when i played my first show ever and we had to play after the starcrossed. and when Zach's vain buldged at the end of "Coma" it sent chills down everyones spine. And Ahmed had some really wierd skull things on his kit. Its also worth mentioning that a week later, they played the lock-in in the Roosevelt cafeteria all dressed in Turtle Necks.

7)Robinhood - June 2003 :
Black and White opened the show and starcrossed played shortly after. The first time i had seen all of kent dancing and it was a beautiful sight.

6)Brady's Cafe - August 2002 :
Starcrossed wasn't supposed to play this show. The show opened with Black and White (side project with Ahmed, Evan, Samer, and Myself). However our set ended with an A-minor chord held out as Samer and I left the stage and Zach and TJ took our places. The band then broke into Epic. And broke somethings too. First time they played By Other Means.

5)Pizza In My Basement - February 2004 :
The Valentine's show. The show opened with myself joining the band to help them sing the Cardigan's number "Love Fool". I later joined the band again to sing harmonies on Fiesta. The room was perfectly lit.

4)Orange Street - July 2003 :
The party of the summer. Perhaps its Never Endings's first show, along with Farsight and Skies Bleed Black. Possibly one the best starcrossed show ever. Every member of the band was shirtless by the end of the set.

3)Charlie and Molly's Barn - November 2003 :
I played my first solo set ever this night and i ended my set performing a cover of "Epic". Zach joined me to sing it, and soon after Ahmed hopped on the drums and Evan got his Keyboards. Starcrossed played beautifully afterwards. Also, all of the other times shows had in the Barn. Its a special place.

2)Field High School - April 2003 :
the show that changed everything. if it wasnt for this show the band could have broken up years ago and nobody would have had a clue who they were. Evan smashed his guitar at the end. Everyone danced.

1)The Bon-Voyage/Cd Release show - Whenever it happens :
Whenever it happens, if it does, and hopefully isnt an actual farewell show. But it will no doubt be the best.

(other honorable mentions : the Grotto 2003, Altzheimers Benefit 2002, Lentz's Basement 2002, every other Robinhood show.)
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[26 Feb 2005|10:31am]

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Friday! February 25th! [22 Feb 2005|11:22pm]

Don't have any plans? Already have plans, but realize that they aren't very cool?

Then come party with:

ANNABEL- new kent rock band (w/ben hendricks)
SWEETHEART- columbus indie party monsters
SCREAMS AT SATURN- stow/mantua teen sensations
...AND THE SUN WENT OUT- Athens screams and melody
FALLING STARS BURN BRIGHT- akron hardcore keepin' it posi

@Roosevelt High school: 1400 North Mantua Street, Kent, Ohio 44240
This is an Amnesty International benefit concert. So come and support a good cause.
Feb. 25th
7 p.m

Bring your friends! I'll give you hugs!

Screams at saturn
...And the sun went out
Falling stars burn bright
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[23 Jan 2005|10:37pm]

New song up on Myspace!


"Watch for me"

Better than whatever you're doing, guaranteed or your money back.
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