Forest Fire

"There's a kid with a golden arm / he admits to the forest fire / he started up for the lack of something better going on"

Monday, November 23, 2009



Monday, June 8, 2009

Late, but no less relevant, Announcement

Forest Fire Volume 4 Issue 1 can be found in many UCI publication receptacles throughout its campus. Read it and tell us how you like it.

Our "2nd issue" will be distributed both during the summer and during the first weeks of the coming Fall quarter. Look out for it online soon. All that needs done is the layout and some final editing (Abe has graciously done the major revisions: I have only to look over it), then it's off to the printers.

Although Forest Fire is no longer accepting submissions for V4I2, in a couple of months, Forest Fire will be asking for contributions to Volume 5 Issue 1. If you want to contribute to that issue, give us an email and we'll respond positively.

Also, look for our website in the coming months.

A big thanks to all those who contributed to, and continued to support, Forest Fire this past year. Hopefully, the coming year will hold Forest Fire to its claim of being a "quarterly" magazine.


Monday, March 9, 2009

The State of Forest Fire

Though the blog may indicate it, Forest Fire is far from inactive. Unfortunately none of us has made the effort to consistently update the blog with new online content, and I believe that most of us consider the blog a lost cause. This may partly be due to the fact that the majority of the masthead was off gallivanting in Europe during the fall quarter and was too busy enjoying the good life to give much care to the state of things. Another reason may be the limited functionality (or our ignorance) of the blogger template to support online versions of the magazine.

But we're all back now busily working on the winter print issue and--which segues nicely to my next point--a permanent, multi-purpose website, on which we hope to host not only a PDF version of the magazine, but also a HTML, text-and-image version of the print content. In addition to this main function, I envision (Forest Fire envisions a lot and too much) the website as a sort of small-time blog, for which members of the staff will write an entry or two every week or so. The casual reader will also have a space to comment on blog posts and on the content of the magazine itself. This is in the works: meaning, we hope to get one up during spring quarter of this academic year.

We also want to broaden our horizons a bit from merely publishing a magazine (however labored over it is--and it is). We want to host release parties--and I mean bona fide release parties with DJ sets or bands and drinks and such--and screenings (particularly a documentary on Irvine Meadows West, a mobilehome and trailer community that is now a often vacant parking lot). Again, more envisioning.

Our visions need someone to prod them into existence. If you're interested in working with me and Abe in promotion and organization of Forest Fire, please contact us by email. An incentive should be our relative coolness and open company, but maybe that's not much of an incentive for the amount of work you'll probably have to put in. Consider it then a labor of charity.

I believes that just about wraps it up.

The issue should hit UCI (alternative) publication racks the first weeks of spring quarter. Look for it and give us an email expressing your opinion.

Monday, October 13, 2008

5 Reasons You Need to Be At An Acrobatics Everyday Show This Fall

Hope everybody had a fantastic and relaxing Summer Break! Now that everybody has settled into the Fall Quarter, Forest Fire is here to shake you out of the daily grind. There have been too many amazing events in Orange County, to let our blog posting and calendar lasped. The Forest Fire blog staff is here to keep you updated on the coolest events around UCI and Orange County.

Acrobatics Everyday
is UCI organization created by Sam Farzin to bring live performances to UCI. Last Saturday night Acrobatics Everyday presented Ponytail @ Phoneix Grill. Unfornatuely I was not there. I have thought of five reasons why you need to be at every Acrobatics Everyday show this Fall, so I will remeber not to miss another show.

1. All Ages - Every Acrobatics Everyday show is all ages. I only know of couple of all ages venues in Orange County. Waiting till your 21 to you get see all your favorite bands at best venues can seem like eons, Arcrobatics Everyday shows can lessen your pain.

2. Eclectic Lineup - What kind of music do you like? From the world music of Chirgilchin to dance music of Dan Deacon to the pop the Mae Shi to the folk of PWRFL Power, Acrobatics Everyday has you covered.

3. Value - The shows are in your backyard, right here on UCI campus. No longer do you need to have debates with your friends about who is driving up to LA. Just walk out of your dorm and across campus. The majority of Acrobatics Everyday shows have been $10 dollars. No longer do you need to shell out an extra $20 for venue fees and Ticketmaster charges.

4. A Unique Experience - From intimate acoustic sets in Aldrich Park, to renegade performances on roof of the parking structures, Acrobatics Everyday puts on shows you will not see anywhere else. Dan Deacon had listeners running around the venue like it was there twelfth birthday party. After another show members of Mae Shi played a game of tag football.

5. New Friends - I don't know where else at UCI you going to meet such chill/amazing/beautiful/fun/creative people all in one place.

The next Acrobatics Everyday show is Q&A session with musician Ian McKaye on Tuesday, October 21, 7:30pm @ Humanites Hall 178 $5. For more information about upcoming Acrobatics Everyday shows visit their website. And always keep your eyes peeled on the Forest Fire Calendar.

Monday, July 7, 2008

HARD Summer Festival 7/19/2008

I don't know how almost let this slip past, but a late notice is better than never.

On July 19,2008 Dim Mak, Urb Magazine, and Indie 103.1 are throwing festival at the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles. The HARD Summer Festival features N.E.R.D., MSTRKRFT, Spank Rock, Kid Sister, A-Trak, and Steve Aoki. $50.

Monday, June 23, 2008

San Diego Street Scene 2008

Anybody down for a road trip?

This year San Diego Street Scene is returning to the its street location after several years in at Qualcomm stadium, September 19 and 20.

This year's lineup includes to many amazing bands to mention, including Beck, The National, and Hot Chip to name a few. You're better off just viewing the full lineup here.

It's great opportunity to see the artists that you missed at Coachella due to a conflict, or if you where too cheap to buy tickets to see them when they played at the Bowl.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Sunset Junction 2008

The review of my experience at Sunset Junction Street Festival 2007 would be titled "Fear in Loathing in LA." You will have to use your imagination, because I can't really remember.

Lineup for Sunset Junction Street Festival 2008
Saturday, August August 23, 2008: Broken Social Scene + Cold War Kids
Sunday, August August 24, 2008: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) + Black Keys
Plus great local bands: Henry Clay People, Gram Rabbit, Happy Hollows and Castledoors.

Despite the heat, crowd, and tacky carnival amtosphere, for only $30 ($15 per day), this festival is absolutely mandatory! Go green, ride the Metro. See you there.