Awesome new blog of music reviews and more!
Mano Cockrum of Sounds For Fathers, writer for The Precarious and blogger of Heroine is a Zeroine, picture by Jonas Jaeger.
As many of you lovely readers must have gathered by now, not to brag too much, but yours truly has been busy for months forming a rock band, publishing an art and poetry zine, and enjoying the whole process quite thoroughly with my good friend Mano Cockrum. The art, literature, and sonic dabbling we've undertaken is perhaps best described as the sowing of the seeds of a new humanity, a love that runs through all living things, a natural growth and development of life's grand revival from decades of concrete dormancy under corporate domination and centuries under the absurdity of sovereignty claimed over a land that has always had a life of its own, or just a god-damned good time! Recently my friend and fellow propagator of this living revolution of the soul has made her mark on the crumbling walls of capital by capturing the lovely essence of some of the best musical acts and underground bands the heart of Turtle Island has ever harnessed via the power of the written word! That's right, you guessed it, she started a blog, attended many live performances of these great and talented sonic artists, and interviewed them for music reviews! That means that if you want to find new artists, new bands, new musicians, or better yet; new practitioners of the sonic and visual arts, and propagators of love, the best place to find some of the best talent ever is her new blog, Heroine is a Zeroine. And, as if that were not enough, oh no it don't stop here baby - yeah!!! She is also the latest writer for the totally rad website The Precarious, debuting with an awesome review of one of Colorado's most talented bands, Pink Hawks!
Now, to be clear, this is not a blog posting about Mano Cockrum's absolutely rad career as an artist, a musician and an activist, for that would require volumes of space and seemingly endless time, but to name a few things she has been an activist for the rights of First Nations' peoples to land, water, freedom, sobriety, life itself, and an advocate of the rights of women, workers, LGBTQ communities and all oppressed people to be free from oppression. She is one of the few who don't merely talk big but backs it up with real action. She has done this work with such wonderful causes and groups as Colorado Street Medics, Colorado American Indian Movement, and the Longest Walk 2.
Mano Cockrum at the Colorado State Capitol building attending a rally for the protection of the Earth, First Nation's rights and the protection of Sacred Sites as an organizer for the Longest Walk North Route on March 26, 2008.
Formerly the founding member and songwriter of the original band Tit 4 Tat, she is now branching out her love of art and music and becoming a presence throughout the industry, performing with numerous musical acts such as Shake Yr Baby Maker with Saffo at the 2010 music and art festival Denver Does Denver, Kyle Harris's rad original band with Riley Cockrell, Bearsnail, her exponentially growing band with Eval Herz (yours truly), Sounds For Fathers, and frequently performing her original songs as a solo artist.
Sounds For Fathers with David Mulligan on drums!
Shake Yr Baby Maker
And, as if that weren't enough to keep a hard working mother of three busy, she also has her hand covered in the paint of the visual arts, most recently contributing the humorously dark but serene imagery to the second edition, first volume, of an aleatorically assembled local radical art and poetry zine published by yours truly, Disillusioning, featuring the poetry of Eval Herz (your humble blogger) and the increasingly famous slam poet Brand-O Chemtrails, author of A Hard World For Little Things and a winner of the National Poetry Slam 2011 with his Denver-based team SlamNUBA!.
The cover art contributed by Mano Cockrum for the current Disillusioning, ed. 2, vol. 1, by Eval Herz, featuring Brando Chemtrails. Copies of all editions/volumes of Disillusioning can be ordered upon request from P&L Press in Denver, Colorado.
Mano is now a regular with The Precarious and if you want to know about the rising stars springing from the Rocky Mountains and elsewhere you'll find it to be an absolute must to follow her weekly column at that totally queerradicalicious website, and her awesome new in-depth music reviews blog, Heroine is a Zeroine. The latest review will surely rivet you into fanatical dance ambition with her exclusive interview with Denver's charmingly rocking band Shaky Molars!
So if you're musician, an artist, a band or an act, and you're performing live in or around Denver, Colorado, keep your eyes peeled and your story ready to share, for you may just find Mano in the audience readying for a thoughtfully illustrative review of your work, and dancing it up while capturing your sonic essence. Also Mano loves to hear of new bands, and welcomes comments and suggestions from music lovers and readers like you, YES YOU! So if you have suggestions or ideas about radical music related stuff you can ask her to write about it by going to the Heroine is a Zeroine blog and clicking on "Ask Me Anything." It is the interactive revolutionary music review blog bound to inherit the future!