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posted on 1-19-2017 at 09:30 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
The Slants

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_yNnmsrLkc&t=31s

Isn't one of our members in this band?

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posted on 1-19-2017 at 10:17 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Hory shet! That is indeed the band, or now former I believe, of OO's very own salmonjunkie. Fight the power, fellas!







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posted on 1-20-2017 at 01:26 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
I was in this band, yes. In fact, my first show with the band was 7 years ago, and that morning we were on the front page of the local paper in Portland for this case, which at that point had just been denied the trademark for the first time.
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posted on 1-20-2017 at 01:51 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Dare I ask what other names couldn't be trademarked? I'm white, see, so I don't think I should be saying any of them out loud.





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posted on 1-20-2017 at 02:18 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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I was in this band, yes. In fact, my first show with the band was 7 years ago, and that morning we were on the front page of the local paper in Portland for this case, which at that point had just been denied the trademark for the first time.


To be honest, because I'm quite dim, I thought the band's name referred to a point of view or the idea of leaning in a particular way towards something either literally or figuratively. Had no idea it was to take the piss out of a racial slur. Mockery and a type of mental Aikido with stuff like that is really the only way to re-contextualize and disarm the original meaning of the word. It's absolutely head ingly insane, however, that the U.S. Gov is essentially codifying the word as a no-no and essentially protecting its original meaning. Fucking neat-o.

Thai do you still hang out with the band or are you a part of the court proceedings?

Do the guys need the support of a small government nutcase in court? It's not how I really ever pictured going before a judge, but maybe I can make some cool Don't Tread On Me gifs with titties in them to distract the Justices while the band grabs the Constitution and runs? I get producer credit on that band video idea, by the way.





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posted on 1-20-2017 at 04:37 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Hey, you're famous! You made it onto (ugh) FOX News!

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/19/asian-american-band-takes-on-u-s-supreme-court-over-slanted-logic.html





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posted on 2-9-2017 at 07:20 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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Thai do you still hang out with the band or are you a part of the court proceedings?




Totally didn't see this until now. I still hang out with two of the former band members. One of them I was in a band with before The Slants and he left right after I left. The other was the drummer the whole time I was in the band. He left very recently. I talk to the bass player on occasion, but that's about it. Two of the guys currently in the band weren't in the band when I left, and the current singer had only been around for a few months when I left.

And no, I'm not part of the court proceedings. In fact, Simon (the bass player and founder of the band, and the named person on this case) isn't really part of the court proceedings either. It's all lawyers talking to lawyers and judges.

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posted on 6-20-2017 at 07:14 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
SCOTUS Weighs In!

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/19/opinions/free-speech-scotus-randazza-opinion/index.html





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posted on 6-20-2017 at 10:56 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Earlier today, they used an old picture of the band, with me in it, as the headlining photo rather than the shitty Redskins QB. But, they did still use it further down in the article. That's me, second to left, my ugly mug is on CNN. Ha!
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posted on 6-21-2017 at 03:47 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by salmonjunkie
Earlier today, they used an old picture of the band, with me in it, as the headlining photo rather than the shitty Redskins QB. But, they did still use it further down in the article. That's me, second to left, my ugly mug is on CNN. Ha!


That's awesome man! I think you will probably be the first and last OO member to appear on CNN's website (unless cops in Florida one day discover a sex dungeon/opium den/clown college facility underneath janerd's house).

And as a fellow musician, I'm curious if you miss being in The Slants after some of this mainstream press they're getting? Or is it more of a "I'm happy for them, but am totally content not being in the band anymore" kind of thing?





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posted on 6-21-2017 at 06:13 AM Edit Post Reply With Quote
I definitely miss being in the band as it was when I was there, but I wouldn't necessarily want to be in the band as it exists now (not because of the people, it's just a different band now than it was when I was in it). Touring was a lot of fun, but I don't have the energy to do that anymore. Plus, the travel back and forth between Seattle (where I live), and Portland (where the band is based out of) was wearing on me. So, it's definitely more of a "I'm happy for them, but am totally content not being in the band anymore" kind of thing.

[Edited on 6-21-2017 by salmonjunkie]

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posted on 6-21-2017 at 11:38 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
Yeah, I totally hear you on all that. My own band is kind of on an indefinite hiatus and while I miss playing live and writing music with them a lot, I definitely don't miss lugging equipment around to local venues and performing for 20 people (and making no money doing it).

Either way, it's super cool that you were a part of something that is making national headlines at the moment!

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posted on 6-22-2017 at 05:07 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by the goonEither way, it's super cool that you were a part of something that is making national headlines at the moment!


And now we can all tell our friends that we're totally in tight with these guys!





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posted on 6-22-2017 at 06:32 PM Edit Post Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by the goon

That's awesome man! I think you will probably be the first and last OO member to appear on CNN's website (unless cops in Florida one day discover a sex dungeon/opium den/clown college facility underneath janerd's house).




On the contrary, during the 2012 election, I was on CNN as part of a focus group that was watching one of the debates from OSU.

ETA: I just realized that my avatar could be seen as ironic considering the court case....

ETA2: 57 seconds in, back row, all the way on the left, black shirt.
http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2012/10/18/exp-erin-ohio-focus-group-not-wowed-by-candidates.cnn.html

[Edited on 6-22-2017 by OOMike]





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