I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. - Groucho Marx


by Timothy Misir
June 29, 2015
In the townships of Soweto, crowds of locals gather in the dust and heat to dance for hours to a synthesized mix of traditional drums, marimba played through an organ, call-and-response vocals, and trap drum fills at speeds of close to 190 bpm. Contemporary synth-driven dance music is combined with traditional rhythms and percussion to produce a eminently danceable, frantic, and fast-paced music that seems like it won't stop. This is Shangaan dance music: Where African tribal culture meets global rave culture...

Timothy Misir is a Russia-based Singaporean writer and researcher in urban planning and architecture. He is currently working at The Moscow Times where he is a copy editor and writes for the arts section. He can be contacted at tim.misir@gmail.com.

by Lindsay Long
June 28, 2015
Through a blend of jazz, pop, and sweet sixties styling, Japanese band Pizzicato Five achieved worldwide fame and played a key role in establishing an entirely new sub-genre. The group formed in Tokyo around 1985 by Yasuharu Konishi (founder and only permanent band member) with schoolmates Keitarō Takanami, Ryō Kamomiya, Mamiko Sasaki, and Shigeo Miyata. The band would see Miyata’s almost immediate departure but opted to keep the name, releasing their first EP Audrey Hepburn Complex on Teichiku Records, and the subsequent Pizzicato V in Action EP...
Currently holdin’ it down in the dirty south city of Atlanta, Network Awesome contributor Lindsay can be found frequenting house parties, punk rock shows, seedy thrift stores, or glued to her computer screen unearthing the endless gems today's internet offers. A self-proclaimed fan of all things vintage, including the nudie mags of yesteryear, she possesses an insatiable appetite for anything visually mind-blowing or just totally tasteless. Notorious B.I.G. sums her up best with a line from ‘Gimme the Loot': ”Dangerous. Crazier than a bag of f*@#$%g angel dust.”

by Alison Stevenson
June 21, 2015
Cats are assholes. I know this is a controversial statement. Cats have completely taken over the internet. They're the stars of Youtube, and it's all because they look cute sleeping and can fit in various boxes. Studies have shown that the majority of the population has forgotten what purpose boxes have other than to hold cats in them. An audience of 100 men and women were shown a picture of a shoe box. When asked what it was, 96% checked the box for “Thing a cat pops out of to surprise us and make us squeal like idiots”, 3% marked “shoe box” (those were the dog people), and 1% wrote in his answer as “casket for dead lizards”...
Alison Stevenson is a comedian and writer who lives back and forth between Oakland and Los Angeles.  She has performed at various venues across the country including the San Francisco Punchline, and the Purple Onion. She considers Woody Allen and John Waters her two gay dads (even though only one of them is gay). She has contributed to various sites such as Comics BulletinForty Ounce Bachelors, Imperfect Enjoyment, and Film Drunk. In her free time (which is all the time) she listens to a lot of power pop, eats a lot of pizza, and tweets stuff on her twitter thing (@JustAboutGlad).

by Anthony Galli
June 18, 2015

Memory Vague is the sound of the future lamenting its past.

Possibilities thwarted, opportunities squandered, potential wasted, connections missed.

Or…Memory Vague is the sound of the past mourning its future. A last look at all those things that never are meant to be.

Memory Vague bypasses the present altogether, constructing its identity with ghosts and fragments from glimpses of another age. It hints that it may launch into an unexpected celebration at any time, but reconsiders its position and, instead, mulls over its former glories and failures...

Anthony Galli currently lives in Athens, Georgia. He shares a birthday with his black cat, Magic, and they both claim Wings of Desire as their favorite film. Anthony has published two books of poetry, Amnesia for Insomniacs and Invisible Idiot.

by Kollin Holtz
June 14, 2015
Vegan Black Metal Chef is pretty incredible. It comes on the heels of the hit show Metalocalypse, but aside from being metal, they have very little in common. I think my favorite parts are the ones like in episode one where he accidentally adds too much of one ingredient proclaiming, “I hate it when that happens.” It combines two things, veganism and black metal simply because they are the passions of web series creator and star Brian Manowitz. Though veganism and black metal are not typically associated with one another, Manowitz describes his inspiration originating from a need to share the message that being vegan, and eating good tasting food do not need to be mutually exclusive. His videos depict him chopping ingredients on the counter, or “altar” as he likes to call it, with his array of outlandish, unconventional metal knives that would look out of place in a regular kitchen, but seem to be right at home in his homemade Black Metal kitchen. It should be noted that he does not exhibit the forced, or shriek-ish nature many of your vegan friends may have exhibited towards you or others, but preaches that being vegan is something you need to come to on your own...
Kollin Holtz is a comedian, writer, and filmmaker living in a closet under the stairs in San Francisco, CA. Check out his website,www.kollinholtz.com for updates on his shows, and his podcast “Closet Talk With Kollin Holtz.” You may also follow him on twitter @KollinHoltz if ya fancy.