Morning Hype! Brown Acid!

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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!

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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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Morning Hype! King Gizzard’s Coming In HOT!

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“It’s supposed to be their heaviest album yet.”

Those eight words will always make my ears perk up, but when they reference a band whose latest release was chock full of flutes and clarinets, they tend to echo just a tad louder. Don’t get me wrong, King Gizzard and Lizard Wizard’s most recent offering, Paper Mache Dream Balloon is a satisfying, if not ethereal, journey through the more mellow vibrations of pop psychedelia, but frankly, it just doesn’t rip. And I like ripping. So when I opened my inbox and found their new, soon to be released opus Nonagon Infinity waiting for me, those eight words rang loud. And my God, were they ever an understatement. The first song explodes into the speakers, seemingly mid chord, and from there it simply just does not slow down. A nine song, full blast heavy psych assault on the listener’s aural comfort. Each song is seamlessly blended into the next, creating an infinity loop of pure psychedelic riff rock that just begs to be left on. And on, and on and on. The onslaught begins April 29th. Tour dates below. Prepare yourself.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard 2016 North American Tour:

05/01 Austin, TX @ Levitation at Carson Creek Ranch *
05/02 New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa  *
05/03 Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe *
05/04 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
05/05 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
05/06 Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall *
05/07 Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi *
05/08 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
05/09 Cleveland, OH @ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum *
05/10 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
05/11 Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
05/12 Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
05/13 Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair *
05/14 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
05/15 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts *
05/16 New York, NY @ Webster Hall #
05/18 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
05/20 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom *
05/22 Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door *
05/24 Santa Cruz, CA @ Moe’s Alley *
05/25 San Francisco, CA @ Independent *
05/26 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
05/27 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
05/28 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
05/30 George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival at The Gorge Amphitheater
* w/ The Murlocs
# w/ Mac DeMarco

 

 

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Weird Shit Of The Day: Wu-Tang Clan’s Million Dollar Album

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No, that is not what it cost to produce it. That’s what they want one person to pay. And by one person, I mean literally one because they are only manufacturing one single copy. It’s apparently a double album titled ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ that has taken the prolific group twenty plus years to finish. They will tour it through museums and the like before the final sale, with an entrance fee of $30-50 and heavy security to make sure no recording devices find their way anywhere near it. RZA and crew seem to be on a mission to turn music back into an collectible piece of art and its an interesting point, although one could argue that charging a million dollars for an album does equal harm to the “value” of music as giving it away for free does. At least people hear it when it’s free and can make a choice to financially support a band and their music by buying hard merchandise, attending shows etc. To me, someone owning a million dollar record just means they probably have more money than they need. Bragging rights among rich buddies doesn’t add any value to a composition of music.

“The idea that music is art is something we have advocated for years. And yet its doesn’t receive the same treatment as art in the sense of the value of what it is, especially nowadays when it’s been devalued and diminished to almost the point that it has to be given away for free. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item,” said RZA,  “This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.”

Well, at least they’ll know who leaked it online I guess. If you care, the full interview and explanation is right here on Forbes.com. Obviously.

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Morning Hype! King Khan and the Shrines!

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A new video and new tour dates for garage rock’s wildest shaman get this morning kicked off proper. King Khan and the Shrines are pretty much must see live material and by the looks of this new video they haven’t toned down the “what the fuck’ factor one iota either. Already looking forward to June 5th…..

 

King Khan & the Shrines(all dates with Red Mass)

Fri 05/30/14 The Mohawk Austin TX

Sun 06/01/14 One Eyed Jacks New Orleans LA

Mon 06/02/14 40 Watt Club Athens GA

Wed 06/04/14 Ottobar Baltimore MD

Thu 06/05/14 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia PA

Fri 06/06/14 LPR – Le Poisson Rouge New York NY

Sat 06/07/14 Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn NY

Tue 06/10/14 The Sinclair Cambridge MA

Wed 06/11/14 Club Cafe Pittsburgh PA

Thu 06/12/14 Ace of Cups Columbus OH

Sun 06/15/14 Off Broadway St. Louis MO

Mon 06/16/14 Empty Bottle Chicago IL

Tue 06/17/14 7th St Entry Minneapolis MN

Wed 06/18/14 Gabes Iowa City IA

Thu 06/19/14 The Record Bar Kansas City MO

Sat 06/21/14 Westword Music Showcase Denver CO

Sun 06/22/14 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City UT

Wed 06/25/14 Neumos Seattle WA

Thu 06/26/14 Star Theater Portland OR

Sat 06/28/14 The Chapel San Francisco CA

Sun 06/29/14 Troubadour Los Angeles CA

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Song of the Day: OBN IIIs – No Time for The Blues

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You had better learn to like OBN IIIs and you had better do it quick because pretty soon all those “little shit cool kids” that you stare down your nose at in what “used to be” your favorite bar will be pumping this shit like it’s nobody’s business, especially not yours. And it won’t be your business. Because you’ll remember when you read this post and didn’t even bother to hit play and spend the 3:42 to become just a tad cooler of a human being, and oh, it will sting. Besides, the lead singer, Mr. Orville Bateman Neely III, will kick your ass if you don’t. And trust me, he will. I once saw him tell a crowd of about 500 Thee Oh Sees fans that he was gonna kick all their asses if they didn’t like his band and every single one of them left an OBN III enthusiast. No shit.

This is the new song off their upcoming third album Third Time To Charm, out May 27 on Tic Tac Totally. Start saving.

 

Here’s a ripper of a bonus track too: B-side off their debut 7″

 

 

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R.I.P. Gwar’s Oderus Urungus

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Big shock to the metal world this morning with the announcement that Dave Brockie(Oderus Urungus), frontman for legendary thrash monsters Gwar has passed away at the age of 50. He was found in his home Sunday night. Police do not expect foul play.

Gwar has seemingly been around forever and for me personally was one of those band that while you may not like every album you always had to contemplate catching them live every time they came through your town. They made their name on wildly theatrical shows, employing grotesque costumes and gigantic stage props ranging from larger than life paper mache depictions of celebrities(usually about to be maimed in some way and filled with enough fake blood to fill a small swimming pool) to monstrous inflatable penises that would shoot goo all over the crowd. Venues would cover every surface in the venue with plastic in attempts to minimize the mess and wearing clothes you actually gave a shit about would be a mistake made only once. Gwar was a must see live band, and while I’m happy knowing I have more than a couple Gwar shows under my belt, it’s a little disheartening to know the option to attend another bloodbath will no longer be there for us minions who bowed at the feet of Antarctica’s greatest export.

Pest In Peace Mr. Urungus. You were truly one of a kind….

 

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Song of the Day: Outer Minds – We Are All Stone

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With a musical nod to L.A.’s famed Whiskey a Go Go circa ’67 and a visual nod to both Tim Burton movies and Tool videos from the mid nineties, Outer Minds have concocted one of the stranger music videos I have seen as of late. Filled with ghoulish, organ playing skeletons and hunchback monsters brooding over possible forbidden fruits, the stop motion video was filmed in both 16mm and 35mm film by Zebulon Medearis and Andrew Barker. It’s nice to see bands still putting quality effort into video releases instead of  just bowing and catering to the insta-gratification craving fan bases of today. Quality over quantity always wins. (And yes, I know I’m just as guilty as the next guy).

‘We Are All Stone’ can be found on the Chicago band’s 2012 album ‘Behind The Mirror’ and word is we can expect new tunes from the band later this year, which will hopefully lead to more tripped out visual aids as well. Turn down the lights and enjoy this one…

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Friday Hype! Skate Rock!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, relentless computer problems and a general disdain for some most of the new releases of 2014 have wreaked havoc on my motivation. Also, spring has sprung and with it always comes a renewed vigor for skateboarding. And after an especially long winter its been nice to get a couple solid sessions in this week including a late night indoor jam at a private bowl here in Philly. Good times, good company and good tunes had me waking up smiling this morning. Here’s a couple of classic tracks I heard late last night that can easily soundtrack any session, anytime, anywhere. Roll forever.

 

And for extra hype, click here.

 

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