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FROM THE EDITOR...

Issue 28. Don't ask me to explain my numbering system, I'm not even sure how it works. It's loosely based around the number of reviews sections we've done, with little or nothing to do with actual full issues. But that's a lot of reviewing either way. The first update of 2011 comes to you with with what I like to think is good sampling of new bands, wily veterans and a bit of history. Looking forward with some glances backwards. As much as I'd love for Termbo to be a discussion about KBD punk history and obscure forgotten bands (and I think we do a fair amount of this), our real focus and strength, and perhaps purpose is to document the sounds of today and spread the word. We're at a point in history where more music is available more easily than ever before. I seem to remember a time in the not too distant past when you could actually keep up with almost every release as they happened. Now things are so bountiful I've given up even trying to keep pace. Sure, we could talk about the quality vs. quantity thing, and there's always something to bitch about when it comes to the modern underground landscape. Stale scenes, assembly line bands, bandwagon jumping, trend-hopping...it's there, I can't deny it. But there's also so much out there it's hard to not find something to like, no matter how jaded you are. Termbo's scope has continually expanded throughout the years to the point that I'm not even sure where our borders begin and end anymore. And I have to admit I'm thankful. There's so much to be exposed to, that even when you find a certain amount of stagnation occurring there's a fresh offshoot or subgenre or just flat-out weird band revealing itself to grab you and drag you right back into the thick of it. I hope Terminal Boredom provides some perspective to all that's going on in this ever evolving "scene". The tenuous link that allows us to cover the Moonhearts, Wiccans, Bill Orcutt, Daggerman Records, Sex Church, Night Birds, Estrogen Highs, Captain 9's and whatever else all under the same banner. Also, of note are the downloadable parts of the issue, in particular a split Moonhearts/Ty Segall live "tape" alongside the interview, and the complete Captain 9's "Scum of the Earth" cassette in this issue's Cheap Rewards. Just part of our continuing effort to make the most of the internet "zine" format...

I'd like to point out the debut of The Terminal Advisor this issue, the first in a continuing column, so please send in your questions (terminaladvisor-at-gmail.com). And I'd like to thank The Advisor himself for his time and effort. And I'd particularly like to thank Mr. Rob Vertigo for his fantastic work with his TV As Eyes column and the wonderful interview with the fellas behind Destroy All Movies. I'm thankful to each and every contributor, but Rob seriously goes above and beyond with each issue and has become such an integral part of the Terminal Boredom machine I don't know what we'd do without him at this point. You'll notice a couple pages under a bit of construction at this moment (yes, it's the old bait-n-switch reviews section again..), but the Demo reviews are fresh, and the Best of 2010 pages will be filled in once the final few votes are tallied. We'll start you off with a guest shot from our Skull Music friends for now...

Thanks to all contributors, readers and anyone who sent in reviewables. Please keep them coming, the desk is clearing up it seems yet again. As always, we're looking for more contributors. If you have a good idea for a column, interview, article or feature, want to take a stab at the Garbage Can, or can write good reviews, drop the editor a line at termibore-at-aoldotcom. We'll be back with those new review pages in a flash...


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