What happens when a website says "not available for viewing in your country" ? maybe illegal downloading increases ?

Monday, August 31, 2015

Atari Games Cartridges Dug Out of New Mexico Landfill Sell for Approximately $108,000



Final Atari sale is no urban legend

eBay sale nets $107,930.15

By Jacqueline Devine
@DearestDevine on Twitter
Posted:   08/28/2015 09:16:42 AM MDT

Atari Dig Operational Consultant Joe Lewandowski announced the grand total of the Atari Dig sale on eBay to City Commissioners at their regular City
Atari Dig Operational Consultant Joe Lewandowski announced the grand total of the Atari Dig sale on eBay to City Commissioners at their regular City Commission meeting on Aug. 25. The final sale totaled 107,930.15. (Jacqueline Devine — Daily News)
It's been a year and a half since Atari's infamous E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has been unearthed from the Alamogordo landfill. Gamers and collectors from around the country made a pilgrimage to Alamogordo to see if the gaming world's biggest urban legend was true.
One man, who knew Atari's deepest darkest secret, uncovered it's concrete tomb with the help of a film crew who documented the entire process. That man was Operational Consultant Joe Lewandowski, who is regarded as Alamogordo's Indiana Jones.
Lewandowski announced the grand total from the Atari dig sale on eBay to City Commissioners at their regular City Commission meeting Tuesday. The final sale results totaled a staggering $107,930.15. The city of Alamogordo will receive $65,037.78 and the Tularosa Basin Historical Society will get $16,259.44. Expenses like shipping fees totaled $26,632.93.
Lewandowski said there's still 297 cartridges left that he's holding in an archive. What's to become of them is still unknown at this time.
"There's 297 we're still holding in an archive that we'll sell at a later date when we decide what to do with them," he said. "I might sell those if a second movie comes out but for now we're just holding them. The film company got 100 games, 23 went to museums and we had 881 that we actually sold. They were sold in 45 states and 14 countries."
The Atari cartridges made their way to several museums around the world such as the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, the Hamilton Toy Museum in Ontario, Canada, and the Deutsches Film Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.
Out of the 881 games that were sold, six games were sold to Brazil and Australia, three in Singapore, 22 in France, 54 in Canada and over 752 in the United States alone just to name a few.
The highest Atari 2600 E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial cartridge went for $1,535. Over 60 titles were sold on eBay including Asteroids, Missile Command, Warlords, Defender, Star Raiders, Swordquest, Phoenix, Centipede and Super Breakout.
Based on Steven Spielberg's blockbuster film, Atari's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was released in 1982 after only 34 days of development. It quickly became known as one of the worst video games ever created, and is considered by many the final blow that collapsed Atari.
Though the game sold well during the holidays, E.T. The-Extra-Terrestrial did not live up to its financial expectations as was told in the documentary "Atari: Game Over" directed by Zak Penn.
In a previous Daily News article, Lewandowski stated that he is still planning on making a second film but has not made anything official.
"I have a bunch of stories in this story book I hope to use some day and I have all their addresses and contacts. If it works out it would be fun to cruise around with a movie camera and film all these people," he said.
Lewandowski said he does not have a title for the film yet but is also looking for the ripple effect of the Atari burial.
"I'm hoping that if the second movie ever comes out, I can release some more games," he said. "It would increase their value for the city."
Lewandowski also said that he would like to come before the City Commission again on Sept. 22 to discuss recommendations on what to do with the money.
"I would like to come back on Sept. 22, I have some recommendations that I would like to present with the money," he said. "The $65,000 is yours you can do what you want with it but I don't want to see it go to pot holes or sewer lines."
City Commissioner Nadia Sikes thanked Lewandowski for his hard work and what the sale means to the city.
"I just want to take a moment to thank Joe Lewandowski for all the hard work. I wouldn't consider myself a real nay-sayer of what was going to transpire with the sale of the games but I have to say I am so impressed with what you've done," Sikes said. "Under no circumstances did I ever think you were going to sell over $60,000 worth of games."
Lewandowski said he was more surprised than anyone but was proud for what he was able to do and to call Alamogordo E.T.'s final resting place.

  • I don't get it. What is the big deal about an Atari 2600 game? These aren't rare.

    ET was rare.

    The Atari E.T. game is credited with sparking the video game crash of the early 80s. It was a prominent example of movie tie-in shovelware, and many of the extra unsold copies were buried in the mentioned landfill. This became a gaming "urban legend"/"no, it's seriously true" depending on who you asked. So these particular Atari cartridges aren't just some cartridges left over, they're a piece of video game history/myth/etc.

  • Hey this is great. It's wonderful to hear that they were able to raise some money for the community with these relics of buried history


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Sales of Atari games found in New Mexico landfill bring in more than $100,000 through eBay

Juan Carlos Llorca, Associated Press
FILE - In this April 26, 2014 file photo, film director Zak Penn shows a box of a decades-old Atari "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game found in a dumpsite in Alamogordo, N.M. A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in an Alamogordo landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales. An estimated 850 games that sold on eBay over the last several months in 2015 brought in close to $108,000.

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. — A cache of Atari game cartridges dug up in a New Mexico landfill last year has generated more than $100,000 in sales over the last several months.
The April 2014 dig ended speculation surrounding an urban legend that Atari had discarded hundreds of games, including "E.T. The Extraterrestrial," more than 30 years ago, reported The Alamogordo Daily News (http://bit.ly/1hlj3l2).
A film crew documented Joe Lewandowski as he dug up the Atari cartridges. In addition to the "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" cartridges, Lewandowski found more than 60 other titles.
Those included Asteroids, Missile Command, Warlords, Defender, Star Raiders, Swordquest, Phoenix, Centipede and Super Breakout.
Atari's E.T. game, based on the Steven Spielberg film, was released in 1982 after only 34 days of development. It earned a reputation as the worst video game ever created.
It didn't live up to its financial expectations and is considered by many to have contributed to Atari's demise, as shown in Zak Penn's documentary "Atari: Game Over."
The 881 games sold on eBay brought in close to $108,000, Lewandowski told the Alamogordo City Commission earlier this week. Buyers came from 45 states and 14 countries.
Twenty-three games also made their way to museums around the world, including the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and the Deutsches Film Museum in Frankfurt, Germany.
But Lewandowski said there are hundreds more cartridges that aren't for sale at this time.
"There's 297 we're still holding in an archive that we'll sell at a later date when we decide what to do with them," he said. "But for now we're just holding them."
The city will receive about $65,000 from the sale of the games, and $16,000 will go to the Tularosa Basin Historical Society.
About $26,000 will go toward expenses such as shipping fees.

Aug. 29, 15
What where the other games? When did this sale start? Are there some still available? What else did they find? I dont really care but I hate articles leaving me with more questions than answers.

Aug. 29, 15
@buffcoat An article with more info from the Alamogordo Daily News is linked in the AP's article.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PAUL ABRAMSON - VAN RICHTER RECORDS is illegally selling Malhavoc's music, and with the support of i-tunes


SUICIDE SILENCE Singer On Death Of Music Industry: 'Greed Is Never Gonna Win'

I was not a fan of their music, but dig what they say in this article...
guess I will check them out again... I might even like them.
I did not copy everything, go to the Blabber link...

SUICIDE SILENCE Singer On Death Of Music Industry: 'Greed Is Never Gonna Win'

Victoria Purcell of RAMzine conducted an interview with vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida and guitarist Mark Heylmun of California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE at the 2015 edition of the the MetalDays festival, which was held on July 19-25 in Tolmin, Slovenia. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On whether making an entire album available for streaming on YouTube, as is the case with SUICIDE SILENCE's "You Can't Stop Me", is good promotion:

Eddie: "At the end of the day, if people wanna listen to the stuff you put out, YouTube does a really good job of keeping counts, and if you get enough people to watch your stuff, YouTube might wanna give you some cash, but, really, that's not why you make to begin with. And if you are making music for that reason, then you're a fucking idiot."
"It's the quintessential answer, ever since Napster and all the bullshit, ever since the Internet was capable of putting your art out there, and it basically showed the world that, at the end of the day, it's, like, art you can find wherever the hell you want, you can make art wherever the hell you want, and there's always gonna be somebody that outdoes you. Making an industry out of it is the most ass backwards thing that could ever happen to humanity."
On the fact that using iTunes to transfer music from your CDs is now illegal under U.K. copyright law:
Eddie: "Hey, man, guess what: it was illegal for me to make mixed tapes and give it to my girlfriend back in fucking… when I was doing that, and making ripped CDs and mixed CDs for people too, and I still did it."
Mark: "It's illegal to smoke weed in most places, and I still do that too."

On whether the music industry is doomed:
Eddie: "Let those idiots who are trying to fucking squeeze every penny out of an art die… There are people who are willing to give their money to an artist who is kicking his own ass out there, trying to show the world what love is, or trying to show the world what fear is — however you wanna document whatever an art is. There are gonna be people who are willing to support it. And the fact is that there's too many people out there trying to stick their fingers, and their hands, in our pockets, and that's where the industry is failing. And it's gonna fail, because greed is never gonna win."

Read more at http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/suicide-silence-singer-on-death-of-music-industry-greed-is-never-gonna-win/#tbjjg70yAGcFphmG.99

You say to-may-toe, I say to-mah-tow

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Birth School Metallica Death The Inside Story of Metallica (1981-1991)

Birth School Metallica Death-The Inside Story of Metallica (1981-1991) Paperback (2014) by Paul Brannigan (Author), and Ian Winwood (Author).

I finished reading this Metallica book after borrowing it from my sister.

I knew a lot of the facts, since I was a fan, and had bought a lot of rock/metal fanzines and magazines back in the 1980s.

It filled in a lot of details I did not know, so, it is a good history book on the band, for somebody like me that stopped caring about them as much (around 1990).

Cool that Toronto and Canada was mentioned a few times.

Some stuff I was reminded of, pissed me off.

They mention the  Kerrang cover from 1984 where Lars was spray painted (gold or silver).
I had that autographed by the band, and a few years later sold it for next to nothing to a book store.
There were no websites like today with eBay back then to make at least your money back and more. Used book stores, and used record stores were the parasites off anybody that was desperate for money.

The sequel is "Into the Black: The Inside Story of Metallica (1991-2014)" by Paul Brannigan (Author), Ian Winwood (Author), but I am not in a a rush to read that, as I think this period is when the band not only became worldly popular, but also a bunch of rock star fags

Maybe Megadeth also jumped on the rockstar bandwagon too, but for me the difference is, Metallica released only 2 of the greatest albums in metal, then kept adding filler tracks, starting with their "Master of Puppets" album.

Metallica have consistently gone downhill in quality ever since, even if they sold more records.

When the majority of records is sold by popstars, it does not mean that garbage is good.
The majority of people all over this planet also blindly vote for those that are deemed popular by the media.

There WAS a band member, or two, who did get it right.
Like Dave Mustaine ...
Megadeth for me since the debut "Killing Is My Business...And Business is Good", didn't start disappointing me until after they broke up in 2001. ...took awhile to enjoy the comeback albums for different reasons.

Everything (ex-Metallica) Dave Mustaine and his guys put out, even what many old fans thought was weak or simply hard rock, with the "Cryptic Writings" and "Risk" albums (trying to capture that dizzying heights Metallica / Black Sabbath / Ozzy-type success) always gave me songs I could relate to and enjoy, on EVERY Megadeth album......unlike Metallica's.

I had to cherry pick what I liked / enjoyed off Metallica releases, and smiled when the cover songs they played were always million times better than their stinky originals

Not speaking for most real underground metal fans, but merely as one of them, it was a shame what Jason Newsted put up with.
The bassist joined his favourite band, the band he was inspired by, and modeled his own speed/thrash metal outfit on.
FLOTSAM & JETSAM's debut "Doomsday For The Deceiver"  was a power metal / high speed / thrash metal classic.
Imagine Metallica's "Ride The Lightning:" ,  Exodus' "Bonded By Blood" , and Anthrax's "Fistful of Metal" Lp's combined together.

If you buy the "Doomsday For The Deceiver" CD version , you get the bonus of their best song ever, an instrumental from a 12 inch single called "Flotzilla".! 

The money must have been pretty good for Jason to stick around, and be treated like a goof, or ignored, for all those years, to stay in Metallica.
I was glad to discover two years ago he was online and selling his debut Newsted - (2013) Metal EP / minii album CD directly to fans, autogrpahed also.
Was cool to buy an inexpensive T-shirt with it.

For unknown reasons, he pulled the plug on his last band, his website, everything.
Just as fast as he appeared, and started touring with Megadeth on Gigantour  , he was gone.

My only guess is too many so-called fans liked it, but never bought a copy like they would with an inferior Metallica album.
His album (2013) Heavy Metal Music LP was impossible for me to find to buy  (I do NOT buy through Amazon, CDBaby, or similar corporate giants), and later, finally discovered the vinyl was on  Discogs  around the time the announcement happened.

Newsted's story, generally from what I know of it, through the internet, magazines, and books like "Birth School Metallica Death" is an old familiar one. Reminds me a lot of another  bass player, Bill Wyman.

Yes, Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones went through a similar band experience, just not any hazing / pranks for years like Newsted endured.

Wyman kept his mouth shut, played, and took whatever money the band gave him, but kept his sanity by staying away as much as possible.
If his book "Stone Alone" is true, Bill Wyman was a sex addict and relieved his stress of hardly getting his songs onto albums, by having a LOT of women
Probably as much or more than Mick Jagger ever has had, but Wyman is one of the most discreet gentlemen in the world or rock...or he had the luxury of the press not caring what he did as he was not Jagger or Keith Richards.

This article / rant won't stop any of you Metallica fanboys from still buying their shit and paying ridiclous prices for concert tickets.
they helped kickstart the underground scene with some of the coolest stuff along with Venom and Raven and Exciter and countless other bands, so will never completely kick them to the curb.

go read this, you will probably agree with all of it - http://www.kerrang.com/16256/12-reasons-james-hetfield-rocks/

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Bob Daisley "For Fact's Sake" book

I finally got around and ordered the Bob Daisley book some months ago

It arrived in the mail with.very,very fast delivery , it took only about one or two weeks..


It was kind of expensive with shipping costs/exchange rate I guess, but I don't mind.
I am reading the book again for the second time.

Excellent for the history of this bass player and associated bands, includes a discography, lots of rare photographs, and delivers a funny line, now and then, when you don't expect it.

I don't understand how anybody who is a huge fan of the 2 Blizzard of Ozz Lp's (re: Ozzy's first 2 "solo" albums) would not want to learn the truth of how / why the original lineup was destroyed by that moneygrubbing cunt Sharon...

it also blows my mind how nice Bob is, including when he explains what happened to the Blizzard of Ozz.

I personally would have filled chapters and chapters of all the dirt I knew about her...with the filthiest words known to mankind, as she has conned most people into not knowing how brutal and conniving she is.

I cannot recommended it enough for you to also buy this book, you can get it autographed too on the inside.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Bob Calhoun , Counte Dante, Incredibly Strange Wrestlling book

Metallica gets mentioned on one page in this book (which most people have never read).
Beer, Blood & Cornmeal - Seven Years of Incredibly Strange Wrestling
Here are a few scans from it which might interest you to pick it up at your public library or bookstore.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

some new LP's I got

some new LP's just itching to be played on the turntable and ripped to my hard drive / taped onto cassette

double LP's
Funeral - Tragedies, Paul Chain - Mirror ,Vhol - Vhol ,Zemial - Nyktia

vinyl LP's
Lahar/Exorcizphobia (split LP), Paul Chain - Whited Sepulchres, Mefisto - The Megalomania Puzzle, Trenchrot - Necronomic Warfare, Savage Master - Mask of the Devil

Misery - Insidious/Dark Inspirations EP, Hatred - Burning Wrath , Goreaphobia - Vile Beast of Abomination, Vanhelgd - Relics of Sulphur Salvation, Firn - Edge of Another World

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hells Headbangers sale - LP's for $6.66, for a limited tiime

I already blew too much money on the Dark Descent records sale last month....
if you missed that, here is a chance to buy stuff at good prices.


...fast shipping - low prices - well packaged...

credit card, paypal, money order, cash, money gram
All payment methods accepted by shopping cart, e-mail, phone

When You Need Metal... GO TO HELL!!!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Blaspheme - Enfer Paradise


Blaspheme - Enfer Paradise

Territoire de feu, interdit de Dieu
Créatures immondes survivent dans ce monde
Royaume de Satan, terreur de croyants
Trouve une chambre où règne la flamme et la cendre

Foule de tes pieds, la sphère du péché
Si t'as pas le cour fragile ou l'âme tranquille
Horreur et cruauté sont reines de cette cité
La mort couleur de sang attire les vampires

Mais sous ce masque la face d'un ange
Cauchemar maniaque ou rêve étrange
Un jour l'enfer devient paradise, l'heure exquise

Saluez Lucifer, le maître de cet enfer
Il règle bien les choses, aucune question ne se pose
Dans ce petit monde, le territoire des ombres
Les anciens reposent dans la malédiction

Mais sous ce masque la face d'un ange
Cauchemar maniaque ou rêve étrange
Un jour l'enfer devient paradise, terre promise

Tas de chair humaine dévorée par les hyènes
Atrocité morbide d'un monde de laideur
Sexe prostitution, texte prosternation
Les malfaisances du corps humain sataniquement parlant

Mais sous ce masque la face d'un ange
Cauchemar maniaque ou rêve étrange
Un jour l'enfer devient paradise, pense à Moïse
Fire Territory prohibits God
Foul creatures survive in this world
Satan's kingdom, believers terror
A bedroom where there is flame and ash

Crowd of your feet, the sphere of sin
If you got no yard or the fragile peace of soul
Horror and cruelty are the queens of this city
Death blood color attracts vampires

But beneath that mask the face of an angel
Nightmare manic or strange dream
One day hell becomes paradise, the exquisite hour

Greet Lucifer, the master of this hell
This rule things well, no question arises
In this small world, the land of shadows
The elders sit in the curse

But beneath that mask the face of an angel
Nightmare manic or strange dream
One day hell becomes paradise, promised land

Heap of human flesh devoured by hyenas
Morbid horror of a world of ugliness
Prostitution sex text prostration
The misdeeds of the human body satanically speaking

But beneath that mask the face of an angel
Nightmare manic or strange dream
One day hell becomes paradise, think Moses

Insulter “Blood Spits, Violences and Insults” now available

I seen the CD posted in the "NEW" section of the NWN webstore, but did not look closely, and thought it was thrash metallers INSULTER from Italy,
but it was not them.

Only $6.00(+shipping) for a CD.
EXCELLENT PRICE for a brand new album, I wish more record labels would do this!

Started reading the thread Insulter “Blood Spits, Violences and Insults” CD (ANTI-GOTH 289) Out Now
and when I seen it mentioned 1980s deathcore, THEN, I had to find out more. !!!

(re: 1980's deathcore, was also in some scenes called metalcore. There was a slight difference.
To some it was exactly the same, but to me - metalcore always meant bands without the crossover guitar crunch and veered towards a hardcore punk feel with political lyrics,
while the deathcore label usually meant it was aimed at and created by metalheads, with violent and evil or Satanic lyrics, and musically were trying to be more primitive, choppy and more extreme than  VENOM.or  SLAYER . The demos and early records by Hellhammer and Sodom and Bathory were the building blocks.)

Listen here:

Listening to the album for free on bandcamp, the dirty sounds remind me of Australia's SADISTIK EXEKUTION, or Brazil's NECROBUTCHER "Schizophrenic Noisy Torment" compilation LP, but just not as harsh.
This is mainly due to being old, low-fi , demo tape recordings.

The less chaotic (and punkier!) songs, like "Eternal Existence" and "Beyond the Twilight Line" will be loved by fans of Treblinka (Pre-Tiamat), early SODOM, and early Destruction (some nice, Schmier-type singing!).

This Insulter release is on my list to buy...
according to metal archives, it is almost 46 minutes long,
and I wonder if this will later be released also on (my preferred choice) vinyl ?

also, check out for release, later in 2015,
30 Years of Agonizing the Dead by Sadistik Exekution.

a NEW compilation album / CD containing a couple demos, and a couple EP's.
Listen here:

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

yes! the weather where I am is cooling down tonight ! that's the way I like it !

.. and on that very good news for me, here is some random schtuff for you !
Gut ? Ja !

For you poor people with no money to buy records, remember I mentioned before the hot rock band that is being talked about, The Biters ?
Here is a site that shares some of their music - http://revolutiorock011.blogspot.ca/2014/11/the-biters.html
It is 4 of their previous releases,   @128 kbps. Same low bit rate quality if you found all the songs on MySpace or reverbernation, but that's cool. Been dying to hear some more of their tunes, but can't afford to buy anything for now.

Am going to have to plan for a future day when I will buy all of The Biters, and Jeff TheBrotherhood's discography, and maybe pick up the few Fu Manchu discs I am missing (well, I have dubs of them, but would rather complete the CD collection).
I am curious what band / song  is being used for Nicole Matthews's entrance music?
(Glad to learn that the SHIMMER dvd's I ordered from the USA should finally be mailed very soon to me.)

annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd ...
here are the ECW photos I mentioned recently, http://canadaspaceman.blogspot.ca/2015/07/2000-sept9th-ecw-fan-cam-final-tnn.html
taken by an old pal of mine - "Friend of Slappy" !