Sorry Santa, but those Mariah Carey winter tour tickets that were nestled so nicely under the tree this Christmas are about to be scalped on the street for a couple front row seats to Jim Gillette! Besides being an original member of the band Tuff and co-founding the band Nitro in 1987, this glam metal hero was most famous for his extremely high voice, which he often used, with audio amplification, to shatter crystal goblets as part of his act. 


The above clip is an excerpt from Jim’s vocal training video he released through Metal Methods in 1993. He is often cited to have had a range of over 6 octaves,though this has never been proven. An examination of his recorded output puts his range at 4 octaves, from E2[1]-D6[2] (which is still in itself quite an accomplishment) and on the Nitro song “Machine Gunn Eddie”. he was able to hold a soprano high B note (one semitone below soprano high C) for 32 seconds, whilst sliding between a high A and G in full voice. I hoped that these days one could find Jim still shattering crystal goblets, as seen in the picture below. Sadly, his days of ear-splitting have come to and end, as Jim is said to now be focusing on personal training, being a father and most importantly, being a husband and boning Lita Ford…Jackpot!


Position your television antennas correctly and adjust the tracking on your BETA player, because the new EP from Valerie’s main man, College, is making its way through high-frequency airwaves and into our living rooms.

CollegeA Real Hero
1. A Real Hero (starring Electric Youth)
2. Closer
3. Critical Mass
4. The Mirage Makers
5. Susan Waiting

The title track ‘A Real Hero’, features the vocal duties of Electric Youth. The marriage of the soft synths and airy vocals sound like the commencement speech that these two musical entities never got to deliver at the podium. The song has a somber feeling cloaked over it yet the steady synths welcome the track with a glimpse of hope. Next is ‘Closer’, a track which if you listen closely, you can actually feel the dew forming over the freshly-cut blades of grass. Then we’re introduced to ‘Critical Mass’, a track for cruising on a motorbike through the post-apocalyptic remains of a city. As you coast through the ruins, all that’s left are clouds of dust and a few survivors who spend their nights hovered over burning barrels in dark alleys, trying to keep warm. Following this is a little piece titled ‘The Mirage Makers’, which combines obscure sound-scapes and sludgy electronics to create visions of a space-experiment gone horribly wrong. Lastly, the EP closes with the up-tempo ‘Susan Waiting’, the lost theme song to a forgotten TV show that takes place in San Francisco’s Bay. This song plays over the opening credits, where we see Susan riding her scooter over the Golden Gate Bridge, silhouetted by the late afternoon sun as this week’s episode unfolds.

The EP arrives this Saturday, December 19th in a limited edition of 300, hand-numbered copies. Preview tracks and order the record here. But for now, to harness your anticipation, here’s a new mix by College himself to celebrate his new release. More info + a tracklist for this mix can be found here.


Oneohtrix Point Never – Zones Without People LP

01 Computer Vision
02 Format & Journey North
03 Zones Without People
04 Learning to Control Myself
05 Disconnecting Entirely
06 Emil Cioran
07 Hyperdawn

This winter, Uncle TNUC is guiding you on an icy trip to foreign lands of the future with the Oneohtrix Point Never album, Zones Without People. This release has been out for a few months now, and OPN have since put out a double-disc collection entitled Rifts, spanning the work of 3 essential albums from the OPN project. The reason why Zones Without People has been selected for spotlight now is because we feel it encompasses every thing you need to quest for in the coming cold months that lie ahead.

The name, Oneohtrix Point Never, is derived from the infamous Boston soft-rock radio station, Magic 106.7. Anyone who spent their childhood in the Boston area running errands with their mom in her station wagon is most likely familiar with this radio station. The man behind the curtain in OPN is Daniel Lopatin, who had this to say about the mysterious name of his project:“There’s a local soft rock station in Boston called Magic 106.7 so it was a play on that. One and Zero is of course computer binary code… tricks are about manipulation… point never is about infinity…so those are the elements.”

OPN’s sound has nothing to do with soft rock. I’ll let the blog take this one…“Zones Without People denies the 90ies, the Millennium and maybe even the 80ies. This one is pure esoteric and futuristic at the same time. Daniel Lopatin from Brooklyn offers you seven tracks of simple synth rhythms that leads you to a lost world where mankind and machines are living in harmony and peace. Its like watching the movie Tron where the mastermind is a good guy instead of being an asshole.

The second side feels colder and a bit confused, but the last track lets you imagine flying cars passing trough the hyperdawn and leaves no doubt that in near future everything is possible, like x-ray glasses or time traveling.

Zones Without People is the second LP of Oneohtrix Point Never after a few tapes, cdrs and his first longplayer Betrayed In The Octagon on Carlos Giffoni’s No Fun productions. Mastered by Pete Swanson and packed in beautiful artwork by Christelle Gualdi. Mike Pollard brings you this beauty in an edition of 450 copies on Arbor. Welcome to the new age!”


Here’s Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream fame, terrifying his neighbors by surrounding himself in a circle of synths in what appears to be a backyard somewhere in Germany. One can only hope he’s located in some pleasant, family-oriented suburb. Imagine this guy being your next door neighbor? Every ones out at work during the day and the children are at school. Every one but Edgar. By lunch time, he’s already halfway into his set, blasting through an improvisational jam session of deep synth and atmospherics, playing to an audience of birds, squirrels and cats.

By evening, he slows down and moves his gear into the house. What this afternoon-synth lover does to occupy his time indoors is still a mystery to many. One of the gossiping soccer moms of the community claims that he doesn’t sleep at night. She says while she was walking her dog late one night, she saw Edgar staring out of his upstairs bay window, sporting his aviators, testing out his homemade lasers in his living room.

But hey, with Edgar living next door, you won’t have to worry who’s going to babysit the kids when you leave! Or do you…?


His name: Kurt Thomas.
His title: 3-time World Gymnastics Champion.
His assignment: A secret mission for the United States government.
His only weapon: Himself…and that’s all he needs.

Every expectation you ever had about gymnastics and karate can now be fulfilled in Gymkata. The movie stars real-life Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas (playing himself), who’s sent on a mission to a country called Parmistan where he’s been chosen to compete in a brutal “Game”. With a piercing blond mullet and some limber gymnastic-meets-nujitsu style moves, Mr. Olympian takes us on a journey into a world where it’s perfectly acceptable to blend neon tracksuits and medieval times.
Gymkata welcomes characters ranging from black-cloaked warriors on horseback to New Jersey metrosexuals with tracksuits wearing wrestling sneakers…what? YES. You’ll question if the film takes place in 1985 or in 1685. PLUS, the movie has a bunch of those smelly townspeople that gather in villages who seem like their only purpose in life is to cheer, throw cabbages and pump their pitchforks and burning torches in the air.

If I could even begin to attempt to introduce the following clip, I would. Sadly, I’m still trying to recover from it. The only words I’ll mutter is that I feel like if a Steve Moore or Oneohtrix Point Never track was backing this scene, it would work like a charm. Begin at at the 5:28 mark.

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