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Let me tell it to you straight, players. If there were to be an in-person show tonight. If we all crammed in the basement of the Glass Nickel or in the impressive expanse of Company Brewing, there would be so many unhappy players. Even Gentrifiers of Kazan, who finally got in touch with me and asked that their winning donation last week be made to the Riverwest Co-op, thus ripping a donation from the icy grip of Lake Wissota State Park, who was fully prepared to spend the donation on gas money to drive around picking up used hypodermic needles which would then be scattered around the lake shore and in the bushes, would be bummed. 

Why? Well, I’ll tell you. If this were an in-person show, I would at full volume be blasting this new Overgrow to Overthrow compilation from Bindrune Recordings. Two plus hours of punk and metal put together to combat racism. Sure, you’ve got the perennial Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia favorites–Panopticon and Falls of Rauros and Ripped to Shreds on there, but you gotta brace yourself for Hornet Murmuration’s cover of the Dead Kennedys classic Drug Me. Then there is Chat Pile’s Crawl Space, which is a solid piece of business. And Thou shows up. I don’t know if I was ever supposed  to be into Thou, but after having them pop up with some many other acts I like in the past several years, I am fully on board. Then again, a sludge metal band from Baton Rouge who has put out a split release with the Oakland queer antifascist doom duo, Ragana, and covered Led Belly’s In The Pines for the Black Flags Over Brooklyn compilation couldn’t be more perfectly suited for me. 

All of this said, the record would be played at full volume, half of the crowd would leave, Spoony David would accept the Ohioan Solidarity song by Throne of Blood only out of buckeye brotherhood, Janet Tickets would ask me who each band is and then tell me she would rather hear Run the Jewels, and I think several members of Milwaukee Tunnelsnakes would pull me aside and earnestly ask if everything was okay. 

Fortunately, we’re not in person yet so you just need to tolerate Nick, Anjali and me prattling on. And like 25 questions about Canadian things as requested by last week’s last place finishers, Dreadlocks and No Socks:Tales From La Playa. 

Now that you’re all super-hyped to get after it, don’t forget to register. Like this: 

  1. Drop your registration fee on paypal.me/SlashGreg. There is no set registration fee, but half goes to the winning team’s chosen cause or charity and the other half helps keep the lights on at Wisconsin’s Hardest Trivia Global Headquarters, Rap Emporium and Internet Content Chop Shop.
  2. We’re still backing the businesses which have always backed us. If you make a purchase from Company Brewing in Milwaukee or Glass Nickel Pizza between July 1 and July 8. Send some sort of proof of purchase to greg@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com and your team is registered.
  3. Pick a strong team name, and then build an even stronger team.
  4. Tune in Wednesday at 7pm on https://www.twitch.tv/wisconsinshardesttrivia and get your brain scrambled.

If you have any questions, reach out to nick@wisconsinshardesttrivia.com or me. 


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