Music updates from around town: Floridas Dying, Residents Showcase, Orlando Zine Fest, Norse Korea

Welcome to the web edition of Feedback, where this month I decided to check out some local music updates happening online, starting with Residents Showcase’s brand new Tumblr: If you’re not familiar with the Residents Showcase, it started up earlier this year as a way of curating local shows that seek to truly highlight the music talent that exists around us in Florida and usually right here in town. Some featured bands in the past include Acoqui, Levek, the Wendigo, Day Joy, etc. The thing that thrilled me about their website – aside from the fact that it exists – is that they upload free playlists including highlights from the showcases for stream or download. I highly recommend checking out their first episode and subscribing to their Facebook page (/residentsshowcase) for future ones.

Huge thanks to Floridas Dying for going through the agony of a website redesign to improve the interface and functionality of their kickass online record catalog. New site looks sweet. Their primary offerings still include merch and vinyl from artists on Floridas Dying, Floridas Dead, Soft Abuse and Total Punk, and the catalog is sortable, so you can get to the music you’re looking for fast by sorting by manufacturer. There are also defined lists of new stuff (“Just off the Boat”), popular picks (“Top of the Pops”) and reissues (no cutesy name for this one). If you’re on a budget, check out the used records and discounts, but if nothing else, spring for the Golden Pelicans patch ($5) because it indisputably rules. Bonus: I made you a playlist that samples the current Floridas Dying catalog. Enjoy:

Let me be up front about something: I love zines. They are always thoughtful projects that people put out simply because they really want to, and so, even if it’s chock-full of Carl Sagan quotes (or maybe, especially so? Thank you, Vanessa Andrade of The Foreigner), I’m delighted to pick them up and page through them any time. And last weekend, I got to meet some of our area zine-makers at Orlando Zine Fest, where I came upon three volumes of Is It Over Yet? (The newest edition was released June 15, but I’ll have to email [email protected] to procure a copy. You too?) If you’re fixing for zine culture right this second, though, is the glorious online presence of Kick Bright Zine, the music- and photography-focused leaflet put together by Hot Hands’ Jeffrey Howard. Most local zines are only $2.

Norse Korea remains one of my favorite booking powers in this city and it’s obviously because they bring bands here that I’m excited to see (like the Coathangers, July 12 at Backbooth), but it’s also because Norse Korea show organizer Kyle Raker is really on top of his shit when it comes to alerting Orlando to which bands he’s bringing to town with amusing flier concepts and, now, an Instagram feed @norsekoreapresents. Follow it, and you have an easy go-to source for their show announcements, show photos and a consistent, particular brand of humor you’ll either love or hate. Whatever, I laughed.


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Ashley Belanger

Associate editor, music nerd, NBA junkie, Florida explorer and obsessive pet owner.
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