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Define the Meaning to close doors

For Immediate Release

11.30.2011

 

After six wonderful years of publishing Define The Meaning, given the current state of the economy and being on hiatus for over a year, we have officially decided to close our doors. Being around since 2005, we did what we can to push the zine further, but unfortunately things did not work in our favor. Although this is a sad time, we couldn’t be more thankful for all the love and support we received from all of the bands, record labels, publicists, distribution companies, and hardcore, punk, and metal fans from all over the world.  Without your strong support we wouldn’t have been able to make it as far as we did.

 

The last edition of Define the Meaning, featuring The Dillinger Escape Plan, was printed in 2010. The next planned issue, Issue #11, remains unreleased. It featured exclusive stories and photos with the members of Slayer, Megadeth and Testament from their 2010 tour together. Potential plans of releasing a digital version of the issue remain uncertain.

 

We would like to take this time to give special thanks to those who have helped us throughout our six great years:

 

Assistant editors Justin Fullam and Melanie Wolfson, all of the talented contributing writers and photographers, all of the staff at Revelation Records, Rich Black, Awake/Strong, Bridge 9 Records, ThinkFast!, Jay Aust, Jeffrey Aust, With Honor, Ambitions,  The Dillinger Escape Plan, Disticor, Ingram Periodicals, Deathkiller, Ian McFarland,  Benjamin Delloiacono, Stephanie Marlow, Black N Blue Productions,  Heidi Minx, Side One Dummy Records, Interpunk.com, 4Fini, WSOU 89.5, XM Satellite, Tower Records, Adrenaline PR, Joel Gausten, Barnes & Noble, DeathWish Inc, Operation Gratitude, Punknews.org,  Chunksaah Records, Screaming Crow Records, AngryWhiteBoy Clothing, Punkradiocast.com, Iann Robinson, AMP Magazine, Mutiny PR, Fat Wreck Chords, Earshot Media, Big Hassle, KOI Records, Metal Blade Records, Epitaph Records, Another Reybee Production, Inc., Strong Management, Amy Sciarretto, House Of Blues in Vegas, Diamond #1 & The Court Tavern, WBR, Alkaline Trio, Rise Against, Madball, Sick Of It All,  Mastodon, Murphy’s Law, Jon Pebsworth, Fresno Media, Patrick Stefano, Stephanie Moore, H20, My Turn To Win….the list goes on.

For any information and or if you would like to interview the editors of Define the Meaning please contact Karen Mitchell.definethemeaningzine@gmail.com 201.625.3963

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Fake Problems Chat and Performance On Tuesday, June 28th

06/26/2011 1 comment

Fake Problems will be chatting with fans and doing an acoustic performance on Fan Time Live! via Ustream on Tuesday, June 28th at 8pm est!! They’ll be playing songs from their latest album “Real Ghosts Caught On Tape“, as well as some other favorites!! The live chat and performance will be aired HERE.

Don’t miss this awesome event, especially if Fake Problems won’t be near your area while they’re on tour this summer!!

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Bouncing Souls Frontman Greg Attonitio Premiers Solo Debut “Natural Disaster” on Fan Time Live! Sunday, July 10th

  Greg Attonito will be joining Fan Time Live! for a second time around on July 10th, 2011 from 8pm – 9pm EST but this time will be premiering his new solo debut “Natural Disaster,” which is being released by Chunksaah Records on July 12th, 2011. Greg will be doing live chat and q&a with fans and will also be doing an acoustic performance of “Natural Disaster.” The live-stream event can be viewed here: http://www.ustream.tv/fantimelive

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Howard Stern Pays Tribute to Mario Comesanas (11/7/1980 – 6/13/2011)

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MARIO COMESANAS: 11/7/1980 – 6/13/2011

06/14/2011 1 comment

Mario was an important force in the NJ & NY Hardcore, Punk, and Metal scenes. He is best known for his presence as an on-air personality on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal. He was also marketing and promotions for Revolver magazine, and a vocalist for December AE and most recently, Low Road.

There are great tributes and write-ups about Mario, his career, and his effect on others. Please visit the following to read some great content celebrating Mario’s life:

Metal Insider

Horns Up Rock

Liquid Metal Facebook

I’d like to share my experiences with Mario and the profound effect he had on my life.

Mario was a very good friend. One of the most genuine people I’ve met. I first met Mario when my friend Sabastian played in a band called Ember back in the Pipeline days. He introduced to me to his singer, Mario. Mario and I got along immediately. At that time, he was one of the only guys I know that loved bands like Sheer Terror and also bands like Lifetime. Our personalities clicked right away.

I remember him telling me that WSOU was the main reason why he wanted to go to Seaton Hall. He picked up Hardcore Reality after the previous host, Dan Teleposky left, and later started a show called Underneath the Stars. Mario was the person who introduced me to bands like At the Drive In and Mars Volta. My friendship with Mario would strengthen after I joined bands with Dan Murray, whom he was also very close with. He would ask me and Dan and my previous bands to come in and do interviews. We would come in and wreck havoc in the studio, all under Mario’s watch.

Mario would constantly join my old bands on the road and in the studio. He was just another extension of the bands I have been in. We’d have crazy drunken nights, promising each other we would never retell the events that occurred. Especially blackout events that occurred in party busses.

When I decided to start a magazine, because Mario already had experience with the industry, he would act as consultant, and provide us visibility to industry executives. He opened up my eyes to what it takes to get into that industry, and introduce me to potential investors and contributors.

It’s been a couple of years since I’ve hung out with him in person 1-on-1. Besides bumping into each other at random Black N Blue bowls or bullshitting on Xbox Live or Facebook, the last time we hung out was at the Dillinger Escape Plan basement show in New Brunswick a couple years back.

At that show, we just hung out. Didn’t watch any of the bands, just hung out together, me and him. I’d like to believe that I was the reason why he went, traveling all the way from Yonkers, so that we can hang out that one last time and catch up with the changes that’s been going on in our lives. This last time will be forever ingrained in my memory.

He’s one person that accomplished so much in a short life. With music. With friendship. With radio. With marketing and promotion. With forming relationships.

It makes me smile seeing so many people post about him on the Liquid Metal facebook page. I’m so happy so many people care about him.

My one wish is that I was able to see him at the hospital before he died. To say goodbye on last time. And to let him know of the profound impact he had in my life.

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Living With Lions Joins Fan Time Live! For Live-Stream Q&A and Acoustic Performance “Holy Shit!”

   In celebration of Living With Lions latest release “Holy Shit” {Adeline Records} the band will be participating in an exclusive event with Fan Time Live! on June 8th, 2011 from 8pm – 9pm EST. The event will be live-streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/fantimelive.com and will feature an interview, Q&A with the fans + acoustic session!!

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Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal to Participate In Live Stream Event On FAN TIME LIVE! May 18th, 2011

In celebration of Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal’s latest single “Invisible” he will be participating in an exclusive event with FAN TIME LIVE! on May 18th, 2011 from 8pm – 9 pm EST. The event will be live-streamed at www.fantimelive.com and will feature an interview, Q&A with the viewers, and maybe a few musical requests if there’s a guitar around…

Thal began digitally releasing a song-a-month in January, complete with guitar transcriptions, mix stems of the recordings and alternate mixes. Previous releases include Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John), Strawberry Fields Forever (the Beatles) and Bernadette (Four Tops).

“After years on the road it’s great to be back in the studio, putting out these songs every month,” says Thal.  “ Invisible is the first original song I’ve released since 2008. This year I started teaching again, doing a lot of guest playing on albums and at shows, and am hoping to produce some bands as well this year if time allows. Getting back to doing everything I’ve been missing.”

Recent releases featuring Thal’s guest guitar work include Reach Down (Scarlet Haze), Free Yourself (Ty Tabor of King’s X), and even a cover of Frosty the Snowman with Steve ‘Lip’ Kudrow of Anvil on vocals.

Thal is also playing NYC-area shows as guitarist in the band Pisser with Guns’ drummer Frank Ferrer.  Thal will be a guest guitarist with the metal band Salem in Israel on May 6th, and with Pisser at Bowery Electric in NYC on May 24th.

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