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?
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″
Categories: New Album!, New Tunes, Song of the Day
Tags: garage rock, guitar rock, hard rock, indie rock, music, new music, OBN IIIs, punk rock, rock and roll, rock music, stoner rock, texas, thee oh sees, Tic Tac Totally
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….
Categories: Morning Hype!
Tags: brooklyn, dirty fences, garage rock, guitar rock, hard rock, Kung Fu Necktie, Liquor Store, live music, music, Nancy, Natural Child, new music, new york, philadelphia, Philly, pop music, power pop, punk rock, rock and roll, rock music, stoner rock
The Dirty Old One Man Band is back! Nothin’ But Blood is the album, Feb 4th is the date, Bloodshot Records is the label and if you must know the H. stands for Fuck Off. More country punk rock n roll blues and we wouldn’t want it any other way. Full tour dates can be found on his Facebook page. Seeing Scott live is pretty much required so don’t blow it.
Categories: Morning Hype!, New Album!, New Tunes
Tags: austin texas, blues music, classic rock, country music, garage rock, guitar rock, hard rock, honky tonk, indie rock, live music, music, new music, one man band, punk rock, rock and roll, rock music, scott h. biram, southern rock, stoner rock
Vancouver mainstays Minto have a new EP coming out called Days Gone By and it continues to rumble along in their tradition of Canadian country tinged rock and roll, heavy on the rock. Canadiana? Is that a thing? I don’t know but Mountain Tree definitely take me back to the homeland. I guess you could also maybe call The Sadies “Canadiana”. Either or, they’ve been solid for a long time and with the recent addition of man about town Adam Fink behind the skins…. well, look out. He’s been killing it lately as evidenced by the amount of Vancouver bands
requesting demanding his sterling rhythmic services. They’re having an EP release show at The Cobalt this Friday if you’re in Vancouver and hopefully more dates to follow. Check their Facebook page for more tracks from the EP as well as everything else you didn’t know you needed to know.
Categories: Song of the Day
Tags: british columbia, Canada, classic rock, country music, garage rock, hard rock, indie rock, live music, Minto, music, new music, rock and roll, rock music, The Sadies, Vancouver