Morning Hype!

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Morning Hype! MISFITS REUNION!!

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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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Morning Hype! Cinco de Mayo!

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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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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! 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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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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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.

 

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Morning Hype! Liquor Store and Dirty Fences!

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After a slow few weeks(and a couple of disappointing gigs)here in Philly when it comes to the live music front I’m more than stoked to be getting ready to check out a killer triple bill at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Things will kick off with Nancy, a Brooklyn punker band I really don’t know a whole a lot about but judging by their Bandcamp page they definitely seem fitting to be opening tonight’s festivities.

Second on the bill and easily the most anticipated of the three bands for me is more Brooklyn love by way of the architects of Brick Backgrounds 9th best album of 2013, Dirty Fences. Playing an amped up style of late 70’s, early 80’s power pop that would make a young Elvis Costello proud, I haven’t stopped listening to these guys since I first heard a track in some random skate video last summer. And speaking of skateboarding, the Dirty Fences dudes apparently have some DIY backyard concrete at their Brooklyn compound, further raising their stock around here. Wish I had a backyard.

Closers tonight are the mighty Liquor Store, probably voted most likely to save rock and roll if they could find a way not to get themselves kicked off the ballot. Saw them open for Natural Child last summer and they dropped jaws with their Nugent meets Dictators rock and roll hybrid so I’m definitely hyped on a full set from the New Jersey crew. When it comes right down to  it tonight’s probably gonna kill so if you’re in the area quit complaining about the weather and get to KFN. You know you want to….

 

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Morning Hype! Hockey! The Best Kind Of Hype!

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I have awoken in enemy territory. This is nothing new as I’ve gone through the motions of waking in enemy territory nearly every morning for close to four years but today it does feel new. I truly do feel like the enemy. And I know before I’m even out of bed that I will embrace my role to its fullest. My people will be proud.

My captors believe it is their time now. That our reign is over and the torch, literally and figuratively, is ready to be passed. But a nation that cares only once every four years, one that cares only about revenge, is not ready to bear such a bright flame, one that burns so deep in my people that it illuminates our entire nation. They are not ready, mentally or physically, to present “our game” with the pride it so rightly deserves. Not yet, and likely not ever.

So I will don my colors yet again. I will enter their world with my head held high. No headphones for my journey today. I will welcome all conversation. I will explain my place and with the good-natured kindness my nation is internationally renowned for make them understand our passion. I will be polite and I will smile. Unitl the puck drops. Then it is war. There will be casualties. Friendships will be challenged and families will be torn. But it is war. This is what happens. And my enemy is not ready. Not yet, and likely not ever.

At least not until they can write a song that rivals this:

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Morning Hype! Solo King Buzzo!

I have to say that when it was announced that Melvins head honcho Buzz Osborne(King Buzzo) was releasing a solo 10″ acoustic album with a tour to follow(or is it the other way around?) my interest level was about equal to my hearing that Pat Boone was doing an album of metal covers. I like my Melvins heavy, sludgy and without restraint, none of which I particularly associate with unplugged acoustic records .But then, like a good little music fan, I put my biases aside and holy shit wouldn’t you know it; the first single is actually pretty fuckin good and now serves a great little teaser to what may or may not lie ahead for The King Of Sludge. Turns out opening your mind a little bit CAN be a good thing. Who knew?

King Buzzo – 2014 solo acoustic dates
Feb. 25 Los Angeles, CA Scion Rock Show @ The Satellite
March 2 Minneapolis, MN Grumpy’s
March 6 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
March 8 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
March 10 Norman, OK Opolis
March 11 Dallas, TX Club Dada
March 13 Austin, TX Record Label Rummage Sale
March 16 Little Rock, AR Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack
March 17 Memphis, TN Hi-Tone
March 20 Louisville, KY Zanzabar
March 21 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
March 22 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
March 23 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon

 

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