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GWAR’s Debut Album Reaches #24 on Agoraphobic News’ Article “Top Metal Albums of 1988”

Over at Agoraphobic News, they posted a brand new article, with their personalized list of the “Top 35 Metal Albums of 1988.” Some on the list are a few obvious selections, such as the classic Metallica breakthrough release …And Justice for All, along with some oddities such as the identity crisis of Pantera‘s Power Metal. Among the 35 is our very own pals of GWAR, with their full-length debut album Hell-O placing in at #24.

Michael Bishop/Blothar/Beefcake the Almighty is the only remaining member from that original lineup currently still in the band (he was the bassist, before going on a hiatus twice, and returning as the lead vocalist in 2014). GWAR is currently embarking on a small tour running through the end of December, and released their last album in 2017 called The Blood of Gods.

You can read the full article HERE and this is what Agoraphobic News had to say about Hell-O:

And the legend was born! This is the very first album of thrash metal veterans, Gwar! You just have to give these guys credit for what they did with their over-the-top costumes and performances! With their humorous , sophisticated satirical attitude and punky/crossover approach, Gwar will make you mosh with a smile! They have surely changed the face of thrash and metal forever! Oderus Orungus may be dead, but his legacy will outlive us all!

Big Announcements Made for Astronomicon 2! (Bam Margera, Project:Deadman, Goldust, Deebo, MORE!)

There have been some HUGE announcements made recently for Astronomicon 2!  For those who don’t know, the 2nd annual pop-con will be held February 8th-10th in Sterling Heights, MI!  So far, here are just a few of the guests who have been announced to be there:

  • Bam Margera
  • Dustin Rhodes (aka Goldust)
  • Tiny Lister (aka Zeus aka Deebo)
  • Bill Mosley (House of 1000 Corpses)
  • Sid Haig (House of 1000 Corpses)
  • Scott Hall
  • Scott Steiner
  • Kane Hodder

On top of those special celebrity guests, there are a ton of other events going down!  Over the weekend, they announced 3 different concerts!  The first, a pre-party, gets the con rolling on Thursday, February 7th!  It will feature performances by Alla Xul Elu, G-Mo Skee, Mike E. Clark, and will of course be hosted by Twiztid!  Check the details on the flyer below:

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The next show announcement is called The Monster’s Ball: A Concert for Serial Killers!  It will take place inside the official Astronomicon hotel and feature performances by Twiztid, Blaze & The ROC, and in my opinion, the biggest surprise of them all: Project:Deadman!  Check the flyer for that one:

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Finally, the last concert to tell you about is the Saturday Night VIP Party!  They will have an event called Killer Karaoke where MNE artists will be doing karaoke with Juggalos and Juggalettes!  There will also be a Majik Ninja Mash-up Performance featuring Twiztid, Blaze, The ROC, Alla Xul Elu, and G-Mo Skee!  This event is ONLY available for VIP Ticket Holders!  Check the full details on that here:

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If this all sounds beyond fresh to you, then you should get your tickets NOW at Astronomicon.com!  They are only $60.00 for the Weekend pass (Friday-Sunday), or you can buy daily tickets.  VIP Tickets are $200.00, and they are good for the entire weekend!  Get those as well at https://www.astronomicon.com/tickets/

Weather permitting, I’ll see you ninjas there!

The Kevin Gill Show interviews former WWE Superstar: Aron Stevens (aka Damien Sandow)!

Our homie Kevin Gill is back with yet another interview for your earholes!  As always, this interview was conducted LIVE, and this time he speaks with former WWE superstar Damien Sandow!

KG gives us a full breakdown in the description from his podcast page, so check that, and the over hour-long interview below.

From Audioboom.com:

Former WWE Superstar and current actor Aron Stevens formerly known as Damien Sandow sits down in person to talk Midnight Texas, his WWE experience, influence of Rip Rogers, time in Puerto Rico, acting, Instagram, Vince McMahon, Tyson Kidd, Damien Mizdow, Hugh Jackman, Tama Tonga, Carlos Colon, living in the moment, The Usos, Improv, entertaining the crowd, current projects, Cody Rhodes, and PMA!

KG Talks about Blackraft Wrestling : Spirits Of The Dead, tells a story about something that happened behind the scenes during the interview, and more…. The Kevin Gill Show is YOUR PMA Power Hour.

PLEASE support the show on PATREON and Please RATE, REVIEW, and SUBSCRIBE ON ITUNES!!!

Peep the back catalog of KG interviews and tell a friend!!!! Give Aron a follow on INSTAGRAM

Listen to this episode directly below:

And in case you missed the last episode with Andy Williams of Every Time I Die, you can listen here:

Vote for MARS on the 9Quota Music Awards!

It’s that time of year again…the 9Quota Awards have posted ALL of their nominations!  Our bay area homie MARS is in the running for 6 different awards!  That’s a pretty big accomplishment just to be nominated!

If you feel so inclined, vote for Mars in the following categories:

  • Humanitarian Of The Year
  • Best Male Hip-Hop
  • Single for Mars & Young Swizz “Take Ya Bitch”
  • Album Of The Year Mars “Glockcoma”
  • Album Of The Year Mars & Young Swizz “Drunk On The Hwy”
  • Overall Artist

You can vote at http://9quotaawards.com/voting-2/

Take a few seconds and let’s get him the W!

ABK to be Interviewed on Wicked101 Saturday, 12/29

If you haven’t heard, the homie Defekt has moved his show over to the official Majik Ninja Entertainment Facebook!  It happens on Saturdays at 8 PM EST, and the next episode will feature an interview with the one and only Anybody Killa!

On Saturday, December 29th, Defekt and ABK will be choppin’ it up to see what all Killa has in store for 2019!  Should be a good one that you definitely don’t want to miss!  You’ve still got a few weeks, but make yourself a reminder for 8 PM EST on 12/29 to tune in to the MNE Facebook Page!

Big Hoodoo’s “Bitch I’m Gone” Music Video Due Out Wednesday 12/12!

My homie Kuma hit me up about something fresh that Big Hoodoo is about to drop!  The track “Bitch I’m Gone” will drop this Wednesday, December 12th on all of Hoodoo’s socials!

The flyer has the website EarDrugMusik.com on it, so it may premiere there too.

The track will be on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon, and Tidal!  Check out the post about it below.

From EarDrugMusik.com:

Big Hoodoo’s “Bitch I’m Gone” Music Video & Single drop Wednesday, December 12th!

Ear Drug Musik in association with Psychopathic Records brings to you the latest single  from Big Hoodoo, “Bitch I’m Gone.”    The song is  straight up, authentic Detroit wicked shit!   Laced with heavy guitars, heavy beats courtesy of Psychopathic producer extraordinare Str8jaket, and true Detroit inspired fresh ass lyrics from the man himself, Big Hoodoo.    Recorded, Mixed & Engineered by Brian Kuma at Kagemastering.

The music video drops Wednesday, December 12th 2018 and features some surprise cameos from some of your favorite Psychopathic homies.  Also, be sure to grab the new single on iTunes, Spotify, Google Music, Amazon, Tidal, and everywhere digital music is sold!

Don’t miss out on the first new music from Big Hoodoo in a minute!  Mark your calendars for this Wednesday!

Jelly Roll Drops Newest Album “Goodnight Nashville” Today

Another banger of an album has dropped worldwide today, as Jelly Roll releases his new LP titled Goodnight Nashville. Consisting of 12 tracks and with features such as Yelawolf and Starlito, the album can currently be purchased from iTunes and Amazon, and can also be streamed via Spotify.

This album comes after 2017’s release of Addiction Kills, along with his collaboration albums with Struggle Jennings. Jelly Roll recently wrapped up his tour back in September, and is looking to move forward with the release of Goodnight Nashville.

In addition, 3 days ago was also Jelly Roll‘s birthday, so happy belated birthday!

Lil’ Wyte Announces New Self-Titled Album, Pre-Orders Available Now

Lil’ Wyte has announced his latest album, which is the self-titled Lil’ Wyte. The album is due to come out on December 21st; however, a couple of pre-order links have been posted already. The album can be ordered through iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play. Other links will be posted in the coming days as well.

Lil’ Wyte is also planning to release music videos for nearly every song on the album. There will also be physical hard copies released on his official website, with each copy autographed by the man himself. There will be 12 tracks on the album, with Mike Sweep and Ashton Riker being the only featured artists so far.

Keep an eye on his official Facebook page HERE for more updates regarding the pre-orders.

New ESHAM Merch Released on AcidRap.com

All you Suicidalists out there looking for some new gear in time for the holidays are in luck!

The AcidRap.com Store just loaded up on a few new items, and put some albums up for sale for only $6.66!  There are also other clearance t-shirts for $12.50 and a super dope hooded jacket up for sale!   There’s also a backpack, bandanas, hats, hoodies, and so much more!

Some orders will even come with signed merchandise!

Check out the store at: https://www.acidrap.com/shop

Click the pic to visit the Acid Rap store!

AVClub Covers Violent J and Ruby’s Furry Convention Adventures

The fact that Violent J of the Insane Clown Posse had a family outing at a furry convention seems to have made news on a few different media outlets.  One of the better articles I’ve seen came from the AV Club. They don’t make fun of ICP or furries, but instead give J props for completely embracing something that makes his daughter Ruby happy.

Take a few minutes to check this article and the accompanying videos out, and don’t forget to follow Violent J’s new Instagram feed at @TheFakeViolentJ

From AVClub.com:

Spending time with family is what the holidays are all about. That’s the only explanation we have for why Insane Clown Posse’s Violent J joined his 12-year-old daughter at a furry convention this weekend, wearing his very own ICP-themed fursuit. That’s honestly and truly all we’ve got.

 

 

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In celebration of his daughter Ruby Bruce Lee’s twelfth birthday, Violent J donned the fursona Kung Fu Joe—a martial arts trained wolf with facial fur resembling Juggalo face paint—and attended Midwest Fur Fest in Chicago. This also happened to be the weekend Violent J joined Instagram, so his account is now exclusively filled with photos and videos from the con. Regardless of what you may think about the furry lifestyle, the enthusiasm this man has for his daughter’s hobby is damn endearing.

 

 

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Of course, this isn’t the first time Violent J has made his furry-association public. Earlier this year, he and his daughter posted a video to the ICP Facebook page in which they called out a disreputable online fursuit retailer for selling less-than-quality goods. If only all our fathers were willing to go to these lengths to make us happy.

We’re not sure of the crossover between Insane Clown Posse fans and furries, so there’s really no telling how Juggalos will respond to this new wrinkle in Violent J’s persona. But given that both groups enjoy dressing up in elaborate costumes and place a high value on loyalty within their community, we’re willing to bet there is at least some overlap in this Venn diagram.

Hopefully we get to see more stuff like this!  Much props to J and Sugar Slam for being awesome parents!

Kung Fu Vampire’s “Neighborhood Tour” Rolls On! 9 Dates Remaining!

Our homie Kung Fu Vampire is on a brief tour in select cities across the country.  He’s already tackled a few dates, with tomorrow’s being in Houston, TX.  There are dates for the Neighborhood Tour featuring Illzakiel scheduled through December 16th!  The following tour dates remain:

  • 12/06 – HOUSTON,TX • Houston Underground
  • 12/07 – DALLAS,TX • Green Elephant 
  • 12/08 – AMARILLO,TX • XR (500)
  • 12/09 – ALBUQUERQUE,NM • Jamspot
  • 12/11 – GALLUP,NM • Juggernaut 
  • 12/12 – SCOTTSDALE,AZ • Rogue Bar
  • 12/14 – LAS VEGAS,NV • The Boxx
  • 12/15 – FRESNO,CA • Full Circle Brewery
  • 12/16 – N. HOLLYWOOD,CA • Universal Bar & Grill

If you’ve never had the pleasure of checking out KFV and his drummer Chris Paxton live, do yourself a favor and make it out to one of these shows!  Get your tickets at KungFuVampire.com/Tour!

Cruisin’ The Barrio’s Big Baller Xmas Ticket Auction for Charity

Our homie The Rude Boy hit me up about a charity auction they’ve got going on with Cruisin’ The Barrio.  On This Facebook post, they have started bidding on a ticket for the Big Ballers Christmas At Our House that’s taking place on Saturday, December 22nd.

This is the date that is SOLD OUT, and did so in just a few hours!  Tickets originally went for $150, but for this date, they have gone for as much as $400.

A Juggalo named Robert Roseman purchased one of these and donated it to Cruisin’ The Barrio, because they adopt a few families around the holidays every year.  So not only can you bid on this ticket, but you’ll be helping some families in need in the process!  Just go to this link and comment with your highest bid: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1743305109324097/permalink/2197589127229024/

You can also donate to the families outright at: paypal.me/AHaugabook

As of 1:05 PM CST, the high bid is $100.00.  Bids will be closed on Friday, December 7th @ 9 AM.  To see the details about the auction and the families that have been chosen to be adopted, check the post below.

From Cruisin The Barrio @ Facebook:

Operation cruisin cares…..

So check this out after we announced that we were adopting these two families for Christmas fellow Cruiser and juggalo Robert Roseman decided to help out in his way you see Robert bought a pair of tickets to the sold-out Insane Clown Posse big baller Christmas party on December 22nd 2018 he decided to donate one of his tickets that’s right the ticket that has a face value of $150 this was donated by Robert to us to auction off so here’s what we’re doing people we are going to auction off this ticket…………..

it’s simple in the comments below simply place your bid we are starting the bid off at $75 once again these tickets have been sold out since the first day they went on sale and tickets have been found online for His Highest $400 please if you place a bid honor the bid if you win bidding closes at 9 a.m. Friday morning 12-7-18 we ask that you please PayPal your winning bid by Friday noon 12- 7-18. … once again much love to Robert for this awesome donation…. bidding Starts Now………

In case you haven’t read or do not know about the families we are sponsoring for Christmas here’s the info :

Cruisers yes it’s that time of the year , that giving time of the year…. so it was brought to our attention by a school counselor in Detroit Michigan that in this school 29 families we’ll go without Christmas this year dinner,toys for the kids ect. 27 families have been adopted after Consulting with the rest of the members of Cruisin the Barrio we have decided to adopt the final two families for Christmas in hopes that our Cruisers will help us in this awesome display of humanity… let me also say this I made an agreement with the school counselor that in no way shape or form will we be publicly naming names of families or any photos ,ect.we are not putting no one on blast for being underprivileged . Let’s do this Cruisers Let’s Help!!! …..

family #1 (family of 4).. father of this family at the young age of 31 years old this past September suffered a stroke & of course not being able to work and now mom had to take time off work to care for him, she also lost her job there too little boys in this family, their names Joshua 4 years old(size 5 loves Paw Patrol) & Efren 6 years old(size 6-7 loves Teen Titans Go)……

Family #2 Family of 5 this family was recently separated when father of these four beautiful boys was deported due to immigration status family could not afford lawyer now Mom is left here to fend for her boys (by the way mom works 3 jobs to try to stay afloat) Timothy 3 years old – Michael 4 years old- David 7 years old-Bobby 2 months old…. our goal is to provide Christmas for each family … .come on Cruisers let’s show the LOVE of Cruisin the Barrio!
Donate at:
paypal.me/AHaugabook

As always, you can tune in to Cruisin the Barrio at CRBradio.com!

CvltNation Speaks on How Insane Clown Posse Made Them a Better Person

Back around Hallowicked, journalist Ali Kellog wrote an editorial about her experience with Juggalos at an Insane Clown Posse show.  She describes how she, too, was once overly critical of ICP and Juggalos, turning her nose up to anything about us while secretly being fascinated with the group and our subculture.

Then, she took a chance and went to her first ICP show.  Because we as Juggalos are the shit, she saw that side of us, and what attracts us to each other.

Violent J posted about this article via his @TheFakeViolentJ Instagram account, and though we missed it when it was first published, I think it would be a disservice to not share it with you.  Check out the full article below.

From CvltNation.com:

Before I became a permanent inhabitant of the Dark Carnival, I was like so many people on the Internet — insecure and self-loathing with a nefarious curiosity of Juggalo culture (and a hobby of projecting said insecurities onto them). I recall many nights having friends over in my stuffy apartment, parked in front of the TV watching videos from their long-running and widely-fabled festival Gathering of the Juggalos, in addition to documentaries, music videos, and interviews — my superiority complex in overdrive having found an easy target. Surely humanity can’t come up with anything worse than this, I thought. It became the proverbial train wreck I couldn’t look away from that somehow developed into a part of my identity. I’d scoff when accused of *actually* liking their music — something that slowly started to happen more and more. Then came the “are you okay”s.

Eventually one of my best friends bought me a ticket to see them for my birthday… “as a joke”. I rolled my eyes and refused, but a deeper part of my soul needed to just… see it… with my own eyes. My archaic hunger to know and experience was ecstatic as the date neared. I was also slightly terrified and thought I would get assaulted or robbed, as at the time Juggalos were on the FBI watch list. The day of the show, three of us were in a car making the trek down to the venue when I demanded “20 minutes and then we’re leaving”. From the moment we pulled into the parking lot (which was doubling as a Juggalo tail gate party), I was enamored. My first ICP show was one of the best and most transformative nights of my life.

Afraid of being singled out as a first timer, let alone the fact that I wore a turtle neck to an Insane Clown Posse concert, the moment we walked in we were given warm greetings in regards to our Dark Carnival virginity, rather than scorn or mockery. Several large men in hockey jerseys and signature ICP face paint bought us drinks, allowed us to pass in front of them when bumping paths, offered us their staked out spots so we could get a better view of the stage, held doors open for us. It felt more like we were on an amicable first date. The notoriously violent and brutish security personnel at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA began attacking a young Juggalo who was hitting a joint being passed around before ICP took the stage. The Juggalos and Juggalettes swiftly pulled the burly guards off the poor kid, then carried them ABOVE THEIR HEADS to the side of the stage and tossed them into a cartoon-like pile while chanting “FAM-UH-LEE” and lighting another joint for the kid. After the show, nearly every ICP fan in the audience stayed behind to help the clean up crew pick up the hundreds of Faygo bottles littering the floor and carried them to recycling bins. “Of course Juggalos fuckin’ recycle. ” I was in heaven.

We made our way through the parking lot, still doubling as a tailgate party with people offering BBQ, cans of beer and rinsing Faygo off out of their trucks, bidding farewell to our new Juggalo friends, taking photos and exchanging phone numbers. We got in the car, dripping wet from soda and reeking of root beer, and barely said a word to each other in the car. About half way back to LA on the freeway, my friend turned back to us and said, “Who am I?”

My expectations, stereotypes, and prejudices were blown out of my body like a shaken bottle of Faygo. I had genuinely never seen such kindness exhibited by a fanbase. Being from L.A., in particular, the average concert experience often feels like more of a cliquey pretentious fashion walk with a few hired bands and DJs to de-awkward the silence of a room full of people seeking perpetual validation.

Not this show.

Insane Clown Posse fans gather because they seek community and share a deep seeded mutual love for horrorcore (the genre of rap pioneered by the painted face duo). The genre, artists and fans often share mutual foundations — born of poverty, adversity, being social outcasts, and overall hated by society. They’ve managed to take the burden of being a black sheep and transformed it into not just an art form, but an entire culture with its own mythology.

After that first ICP show, my hunger for more details was insatiable. I got home from the concert and pulled an all nighter reading articles about the genesis of Insane Clown Posse and the Dark Carnival. What I learned became a life lesson — actually ones I’d been taught since childhood but had never really had one pinnacle experience like this to have so vastly proven myself wrong. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Don’t judge anyone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes (or at the very least been showered in cheap soda beside them).

The biggest lesson ICP taught me was to embrace being wrong.

Exhibit A: The Dark Carnival, without knowledge of what it was, just came across as some kind of branding scheme with the same vapidness as a hyped, overpriced t shirt company fronting as wearable art. Little did I know that Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope had actually created a Tolkien-like mythological world with everything from character hierarchy to laws. Set in a carnival with rides and fun house mazes, each of ICP’s albums embodies the story of a deity-like being within the Dark Carnival each given their own tarot card (i.e. my personal favorite, Great Milenko, heavily referenced in their lyrics). Juggalos and Juggalettes in the Dark Carnival must face the judgment of Great Malinko, much like God and the gates of heaven. The carnival rides and mazes are essentially psychological, spiritual and moral tests for “sinners” — domestic and child abusers, rapists, racists and politicians (referred to as “chickens” frequently in their lyrics) being the bulk of their targets.

Exhibit B: The fleeting moments I actually paid attention to ICP lyrics, all I caught were the Bill O’Reilly-select highlights about violence, which were taken completely out of context from the song’s meaning. For example, one of my favorite tracks, “Hall of Illusions”, describes the classic fun house mirror maze frequently found at carnivals, but with a Juggalo twist. Men who abuse their wives and children are subjected to the Hall of Illusions, in which they are strapped to a chair, have their money taken, and are shown in the mirrors what the lives of their wives and children would be like had they not abused them. Another one of my favorites, “Tilt-A-Whirl”, flaunts the Dark Carnival twist on another classic ride. Bigots, greedy wealthy people, and child abusers are strapped into the ride, which then spins around violently until all the passengers are dead. “Confederate Flag” decries the song’s subject and calls for the burning of all confederate flags, as they represent racism and ignorance.

ICP created an entire culture for disenfranchised people and a platform for them to basically say, “Fuck you too, man” to a world that looks down on them. People like me, or at least, how I used to be. If something makes other people happy, even if it has clown face paint on and showers itself in cheap root beer, and it’s not hurting anyone, why be so cruel? Besides, Violent and Shaggy probably make more money than you and I ever will by simply being themselves to a near molecular level. I’ve been to a number of Insane Clown Posse concerts since that fateful night, and each one was better than the last. I swing my hatchet high and with pride, and I implore you to give them a chance.

Props to Ali Kellog for sharing her experience, and welcome to the family!

New Year’s Eve Show in Cleveland Announced With Shaggy 2 Dope, Ouija Macc, A-LOW Rx

A few days ago, the solo tour dates for Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J were announced. If you were in the Cleveland/Akron area, then you got the bone, as there wasn’t a show anywhere near the area; however, there is one show that seemingly got under the radar.

On New Year’s Eve, Shaggy 2 Dope and Ouija Macc will be in Lakewoood, Ohio (basically the outskirts of Cleveland, don’t get technical here). Zigwap and A-LOW Rx will also be at the show. The venue is The Foundry and tickets are $20 advanced, $25 day of show. The only catch is that The Foundry is not a huge venue, the cap is roughly 300 or 400, so tickets may go fast.

Shaggy 2 Dope will be embarking on his solo tour in which you can view the posting HERE. Yet again he is touring behind his last solo album F.T.F.O.M.F. Ouija Macc will be releasing his newest album Waterdamage and will be out a week before this show, with pre-orders being covered HERE. A-LOW Rx is releasing various music videos online ahead of time HERE but is also known as the frontman for the band Sterilizing the Deceased and this meme which garnered millions of views.

Tickets can currently be purchased ahead of time HERE. More information, and other acts, will be released soon.

Eastside Mashup Announced for Twiztmas this Friday, December 7th!

The 5th annual Twiztmas Party will be taking place this Friday, December 7th at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI!  Over the past day or so, they have been hyping up something called the Eastside Mash Up who will be performing at the party.

They slowly announced who would be a part of this group, starting off with Twiztid of course.  Then they revealed that Blaze, The R.O.C., and even Anybody Killa will take part in this special performance!  All 5 will be on stage at the same time performing what I can only guess is a grip of classic Juggalo tunes!  If you’re anywhere close to Pontiac, you definitely need to be at this show!

Check the details on the flyer below:

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Tickets are only $1.00 each, or you can get in FREE with 4 Canned Food Donations. Not only will you see the Eastside Mashup, but you’ll also get performances from Alla Xul Elu, Young Wicked, REDD, Xtra Overdoze, Kosha Dillz, Insane E, and more!
You can RSVP and see more details about the show here: https://www.facebook.com/events/919195158269140/

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