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And for those of you that don’t want to keep it lit, heed my warning….

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What a skull crushing two words to wake up to!  I actually had to shake the cobwebs out of my head and double check my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April Fools Day. But, nope! For the first time in over 30 years, Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein are getting together and playing this year’s incarnations of Riot Fest in both Denver and Chicago. I don’t know how Riot Fest pulled this one out of their ass but hot damn, they actually did it and now they’re hosting the biggest Ghouls Night Out of the year. As for praying for more dates, you can try God or The Devil Himself. Don’t think it really matters at this point. Thank you, Riot Fest!

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I’m Comin’, I’m Coming…

Alabama Shakes, feature

A quick apology for the lack of new music to sink your teeth into lately, but working on a redesign of the website has taken center stage. It’s almost complete though, and I think you guys are gonna like it. Thanks for your patience! Until then…


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New Tunes! Red Hot Chili Peppers!


Here’s the first track off the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album, The Getaway. It doesn’t suck, which is what I expected. And more importantly, it doesn’t sound like another Stadium Arcadium rehash, which is more than the last few years of Chili Peppers music can claim. Kinda sounds like wandering around night. Fitting, I suppose. We’ll see how the rest of the album plays out, but this is a good start for a band that has amazed as much as it has depressed.

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Morning Hype! Cinco de Mayo!

Today marks the 154th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo. It was this day in 1862 that 2000 members of the overmatched Mexican army dominated powerhouse French forces that numbered around 6000 in what is known as the Battle of Puebla. It was a case of “won the battle, lost the war” for Mexico, as the country was eventually overtaken and ruled by the French into 1867 before being liberated with help from their friends to the north. But The Battle of Puebla served as a rallying battle cry for Mexico during the war, uniting the nation and building strength in their resistance, and it now stands as a point of national pride. Republican nominees should take note.

Hands down, the best Mexican band I’ve ever heard is Dug Dug’s. Their 1972 album Smog is, in my opinion, a heavy psych masterpiece and their contributions to Mexican rock and roll should be as celebrated as Santana. Won’t happen, but it should. Echa un vistazo a continuacion!



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New Tunes! Broncho: Senorita Borealis


While, admittedly, Oklahoma’s Broncho always left me wanting a little more than what was presented, I have to admit this new track kinda gives me what I want. And who doesn’t like getting what they want? Part T-Rex, part B.R.M.C., this is one of those tracks that makes me wish I still smoked in dark bars at ungodly hours of the night. Those night were always the best nights.

New album’s called Double Vanity and comes out June 17th. They play Vancouver June 11th at The Cobalt. Full dates below.

Broncho 2016 tour

May 6—Deltaplex—Grand Rapids, MI*
May 7—Masonic Auditorium—Detroit, MI*
May 8—International Centre Arrow Hall—Mississauga, ON*
May 10—Bell Center—Montreal, QC*
May 11—Times Union Center—Albany, NY*
May 12—Mann Center—Philadelphia, PA*
May 15—Merriweather Post Pavilion—Columbia, MD*
May 16—Central Park Summer Stage—New York, NY*
May 17—Central Park Summer Stage—New York, NY*
May 19—Ascend Amphitheatre—Nashville, TN*
May 20—Infinite Energy Arena—Atlanta, GA*
May 26—Rudyards—Houston, TX
May 27—Trees—Dallas, TX
May 28—Sidewinder—Austin, TX
June 2—Valley Bar—Phoenix, AZ
June 3—Casbah—San Diego, CA
June 4—Teragram Ballroom—Los Angeles, CA
June 5—Constellation Room—Santa Ana, CA
June 6—Catalyst Atrium—Santa Cruz, CA
June 7—Independent—San Francisco, CA
June 9—Mississippi Studios—Portland, OR
June 10—Chop Suey—Seattle, WA
June 11—Cobalt—Vancouver, BC
June 13—Kilby Court—Salt Lake City, UT
June14—Walnut Room—Denver, CO
June 16—7th Street Entry—Minneapolis, MN
June 17—Beat Kitchen—Chicago, IL
June 18—Wicker Park Green Music Festival—Chicago, IL
June 22—Great Scott—Boston, MA
June 26—Strange Matter—Richmond, VA
June 30—Outland—Springfield, MO

* w/ Cage The Elephant

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New Tunes: GØGGS

GØGGS cover

Three of my favorites in recent years have gotten together to get heavy. Garage rock overlord Ty Segall has teamed up with long time partner in crime Chris Moothart, he of Fuzz fame, and Chris Shaw, who fronts the refreshingly angry Ex-Cult. They are calling themselves GØGGS, and with the help of ruling label In The Red Records, will be blasting us with a full LP’s worth of music this July. Here’s a taste…

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Morning Hype! Brown Acid!

brown acid 2

Growing up, there were a lot of urban legends surrounding the mythical, mind expanding drug known as LSD. There was the one about the kids that hated the high school French teacher so much that they dosed her morning coffee with a couple hits. She apparently made it through two classes before having to “inexplicably” excuse herself for the rest of the day. By all accounts though, those two classes were the most pleasurable the students experienced throughout her entire career. Another story that made the rounds was the one about the dude that was smuggling acid across the Canada US border. Not the smartest brick in the bunch, he taped 300 hits directly to his stomach underneath his shirt. The story goes that he didn’t realize that it would be in his best interest to put something between the acid and his skin, so when he started sweating while crossing the border, as amateur drug smugglers are wont to do, he absorbed all 300 hits. This unfortunate turn of events set him up for a life of brain damage, or as the kids back in the day referred to it, “turned him into a fucking vegetable, dude.”

I imagine there are a fair number of urban myths surrounding the bands featured on RidingEasy’s Brown Acid compilations. For  the most part, these bands are relatively unknowns from the 70s, except to the most persistent of crate diggers and rock historians. These are the bands that maybe got to share a joint with Ozzy when they opened for Sabbath in their hometown, or had to jump out of the way of a flying television when partying in the local hotel room with Zep. Or maybe they didn’t. That’s the allure of the urban myth, you just never know. What I do know is that RidingEasy Records, with the help of Permanent Records in Los Angeles, is doing these bands a great service because they absolutely deserved to be heard, even if they did lie to their buddies way back when about sleeping with Grand Funk’s groupies. Both “Brown Acid: The First Trip” and the brand new “Brown Acid: The Second Trip” are more than worthy additions to your collections so here’s what you do: Get your buddies over, drop a hit, drop the needle and drop a story about how you played Paper/Rock/Scissors with Axl Rose to see who got to have the threesome with those two Latvian supermodels back in the day. What were their names again?


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Morning Hype! Jay Reatard!


2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Blood Visions, the legendary first solo album from the swarming mind of Memphis rock and roller Jay Reatard. A slight departure from his earlier output with bands like the The Reatards and Lost Sounds, Blood Visions had, by comparison, a level of studio workmanship not previously heard throughout Reatard’s library. Released on In The Red in 2006, the frenetic pace of the album was as exciting as it was dangerous, clocking in 15 tracks in just under 30 minutes. A peek inside the furious mind of Reatard, Blood Visions touches on such heartwarming affairs as stalking, nightmares and yes, useless children. Fat Possum just released a Record Store Day 10th anniversary reissue of the album and if you don’t already own a copy(?!?) you’d be doing yourself a serious disservice not picking it up this time around. One of my favorite records of the 2000’s. Rest In Peace, Jay.

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Song Of The Day: When Doves Cry(Patti Smith)


Prince Style

How does one pay tribute to a lost legend that he admittedly knows little about? He digs past the obvious until he finds another legend’s tribute that hits all the right chords. Both of these two broke through all the boundaries of genre, gender and stereotype, rebelling against the status quo of what was expected from them in their respective eras and in doing so, they made some of the most exciting music of their generations. I can only imagine the art we would be blessed with now if a fraction of those who pass for artists today had the balls that these two have. Rest In Peace, Prince Rogers Nelson. And say hi to Ziggy for us….


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