Seven People You Meet at a Guitar Store

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All illustrations by Dave Watt
By: Chris Lane

Fact: All American guitars made before 1968 are magical and were blessed by wizards. Paying $25,000 for one makes total sense when viewed in that light.Any guitar player will occasionally venture into a guitar shop or musical-supply store that specializes in guitars. They can be wonderlands to anyone who likes to play guitar and wants to see firsthand what kind of gear is available. Like a comic-book store is a playground for comic fans, a guitar shop is a similar experience for guitar players.

But these paradises of gear-lust are also weird environments with their own social order and rules of conduct. There are also quite a few characters you're likely to encounter if you spend much time there. Some of them are fun people to be around, and others will make you wonder if they have a secret doll-themed torture room in their homes. Proceed carefully.

See also: Six Types of Music Nerds We Tolerate

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The 10 Rules of Mosh Pit Etiquette

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All illustrations by Dave Watt
By: Jack Spencer

In my years attending punk and metal shows, often as the only one with a pen and pad in the middle, I've noticed that there are a few unwritten rules when participating in a mosh pit. The seemingly amorphous fits of aggression that explode from the center of certain crowds have some unspoken guidelines to keep in mind if you wish to engage properly with the spirit of violence.

Here are our 10 rules of mosh pit etiquette.

See also: 15 Things That Annoy the Shit Out of Your Local Sound Guy


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Six Types of Music Nerds We Tolerate

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By: Rachel Brodsky
Much like the dreaded hipster, "music nerd" is a loaded term. Not that obsessing over vinyl, headphones, tour dates, and Dutch tape music will get you stuffed in a metaphorical locker, or anything--nowadays, nerds are embraced as society's cool kids (see: the San Francisco tech boom, the North Brooklyn music explosion, the mainstreaming of Comic Con, Game Of Thrones, etc). But being a hardcore music nerd? Unless you never leave the safe, weirdo beardo confines of Brooklyn, admitting your love for epic doom metal, chiptune, '80s college rock, or avant-guarde free jazz could result in a lot of side-eyeing (depending on your audience and attitude, of course).

Anyway, music nerds: Maybe you love them, maybe you hate them, maybe you ARE one. Whatever your relationship with these dollar bin dumpster divers, however, chances are you've met a few already. And, much like a music nerd's record collection, the very term itself can be divided into myriad sub-genres. Let's flip through them together, shall we?

See also: Six People You Should Avoid When Starting a Band

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Summer Guide 2013: OC Summer Time Machine

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WRITTEN BY JIM WASHBURN
ILLUSTRATED BY JON GOTHOLD


[Editor's Note: Summer in OC is never just about the here and now. Once the weather starts heating up, we start migrating to our communal gathering grounds--the beach, Disneyland, Theo Lacy Jail--and all the memories of summers past start flooding in until you can't experience the present without longing for (or loathing) the past. But rather than write ponderous essays about our summers past, we Weeklings figured it would be better if we showed you those days. So behold pages and pages of comic strips, from the epic to the pathetic. Enjoy!]

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Summer Guide 2013: Lux Interior & the Rev Horton Heat's Hootenanny Romance

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ART BY TRACE MENDOZA
CONCEPT BY TAYLOR HAMBY


[Editor's Note: Summer in OC is never just about the here and now. Once the weather starts heating up, we start migrating to our communal gathering grounds--the beach, Disneyland, Theo Lacy Jail--and all the memories of summers past start flooding in until you can't experience the present without longing for (or loathing) the past. But rather than write ponderous essays about our summers past, we Weeklings figured it would be better if we showed you those days. So behold pages and pages of comic strips, from the epic to the pathetic. Enjoy!]

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Summer Guide 2013: An Indie Kid's Summer in OC

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BY LUKE MCGARRY


[Editor's Note: Summer in OC is never just about the here and now. Once the weather starts heating up, we start migrating to our communal gathering grounds--the beach, Disneyland, Theo Lacy Jail--and all the memories of summers past start flooding in until you can't experience the present without longing for (or loathing) the past. But rather than write ponderous essays about our summers past, we Weeklings figured it would be better if we showed you those days. So behold pages and pages of comic strips, from the epic to the pathetic. Enjoy!]



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Top 10 Homer Simpson Karaoke Jams

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Let's be honest: Karaoke is really only fun for the person singing. We tolerate the noise and the cringe-inducing pitchiness for the friend who occasionally drags us to whatever seedy, drunk-infested dive  they've decided to perform in. However, when the singer is Homer Simpson, we'll put up with creative lyrics, wide deviations from the original notes, and even a tempo that's far from what the composer intended--no cheap cocktails required.While Simpson's creator Matt Groening (who is accepting a Writer's Guild Award today) may have created Homer with plenty of flaws, he did gift him with some sweet, sexy pipes.

And so we give you: Accompanied or not, the top ten songs that Homer Simpson has made his own:



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Top Five Nostalgic Cartoon Bands

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Music writing, sometimes, could use a sense of humor -- or maybe just a bit more animation. Lately, I've thinking about cartoons.  When I was a kid, I loved Nickelodeon.  Honestly, who didn't?  Rocko's Modern Life, The Angry Beavers, Spongebob, Doug -- to name a few. These shows really bring me back.  But as I was walking down memory lane -- that cheesy and terribly corny avenue of childhood -- I started to think about music, about theme songs, and about all the great cartoon bands.  So here is a list of top five bands from the cartoon world that kick some very real life ass.

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Tommy Davidson Is An Expert On Cartoon Badasses

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Tommy knows a thing or two about being a badass.

Sure Tommy Davidson is a comedian and a star of both the small and big screen, but few things elevate your status as an entertainer like becoming a cartoon character. And while he played "Oscar Proud" on the Proud Family, his permed-out pimp character Cream Corn on the hit Adult Swim show "Black Dynamite" is far cry from a TV-G family man. Cream Corn may not be a badass per se, but he definitely fights right alongside one in the show. Adapted from the movie Black Dynamite where he played the same pimped out character that actually ends up dying, he is thankfully alive and well in the TV series and getting into crazy adventures with fellow cartoon versions of celebrities like Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Richard Nixon, and OJ Simpson.

Keeping with the cartoon theme, we were wondering who Tommy Davidson's favorite cartoon badasses were over the years and before his headlining gig at the Brea Improv this Thursday through Sunday (October 18th- 21st), we had the chance to ask him just that!

See Also:
*From Glamstars to Beavers: Top Five Cartoon Bands
*Our Top 5 Favorite Cartoon DJs, Including Skrillex In My Little Pony Form
*Rihanna Pregnant? Five Songs That Could've Been The Soundtrack for Her Baby Making

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): Since you are such a kid a heart I am thinking this list is going to be beyond easy for you.

Tommy Davidson: Oh yeah, that's easy but you are probably going to think my picks are corny but I'll start with number five....

5. Racer X

Racer X was Speed Racer's estranged brother but he was better than Speed by all means. He hardly said anything but anytime that Speed got into trouble, he would come to the rescue. Racer X was really cool and he had a car with a black 9 on it, it was badass! He also wore a black mask with an X on the forehead. Yeah baby come on, we're talking Racer X here!

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Fans Say the Darndest Things--To 'Simpsons' Creators

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The Simpsons' 500th episode is upon us. As tempted as I am to write about my favorite minor characters, couch gags, and guest stars, I suspect you're getting your fill of bloggers' opinions. Instead, I've collected comments from the show's writers, artists, and crew (past and present) about us, the fans and the general public. What are the weirdest questions we've asked them? What are the oddest comments we've made? What strange misconceptions do we have about their jobs? Find out!

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