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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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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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Song of the Day: Evan Johns and the H-Bombs – Saving Grace

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Got turned onto this wildman on a recent record buying mission to Virginia and now I can’t stop listening to it. Evan Johns has been around the block more than once and reading stories about him today I know don’t even know where to start with an introduction so I think I’ll just link up this article right here from The Austin Chronicle and post a video to wet your whistle while you read. This is one of the slower tracks off the otherwise ripping ‘Rollin’ Through The Night’ that was released on Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles label in 1986 but the hook just grabs you so hard its impossible not to pay it the utmost attention. Seriously loving this song right now….

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New Tunes: Marvin Berry And the New Sound

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All McFly jokes aside, Marvin Berry and the New Sound have some legitimate buzz around them right now and with due reason. Their debut full length comes out Feb 25th on Don Giovanni, their record release show is Feb 21st at Union Pool in Brooklyn with Liqour Store(more on those glorious bastards in the coming weeks) and to top it all off they’re actually really good, justifying the aforementioned hype that lately has seemingly been bestowed on pretty much any snot nosed kid that owns a guitar in Williamsburg. But here, high energy 60’s tinged garage rock mixed with a healthy dose of 70s Bomp Records worship and the recipe for good times is nearly perfected. Hoping for more tour dates soon but for now here’s three songs from the upcoming full length “Bootleg”. Power Rock!

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Song of The Day: Death – North St.

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The nearly forgotten-forever band from Detroit that forced people to question the true origins of punk rock have unearthed some more material for another “new” album coming out in April, presumably found in a dusty closet and and apparently sat on since 1980. I had initial doubts when I first played it, assuming it would be more scratchy demos and outtakes not unlike their second release ‘Spiritual, Mental, Physical’ but instead I got an grim history lesson in late 70’s Detroit hood life enveloped by a primitive, guitar driven rock and roll. Another underground masterpiece to be released by Drag City? Fingers are crossed on this end….

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Song Of The Day: The Shrine – Nothing Forever

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I’ll be the first to admit that I generally dig The Shrine a lot more live than I do listening to them at home or on the headphones but that may be soon to change with this sick new jam coming off the upcoming release “Bless Off”, out March 11th on Tee Pee Records. Starts with some serious Sabbath worship before digressing into the classic 80s style thrash that dominated the first album. A mid track return to the altar of Sabbath breaks shit down proper and leads into a one-arm-up neckbreaker of a finish. Skate rock done near perfect. Here’s hoping the rest of the album can hold up because if it does summer at FDR skatepark may already be sound-tracked….

The Shrine – Nothing Forever

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Record Release Hype! Jesus Sons!

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The first Record of the Year candidate sees it release today and if you like music meant to fuel never ending road trips broken up by bouts of whiskey soaked ass shaking then you’ve come to the right place. Jesus Sons have crafted a record that already belongs in the annals of great rock n roll, a rather admirable achievement for a debut album. It supplies the possibilities of sound-tracking everything cool in life, from drinking alone in a dusty roadside bar at 2pm to shirtless motorbike joyrides through deserted city streets at 2am. With thick layers of riff after riff, howling harmonicas and pulsing bass lines there’s an almost filthy sex that oozes out of the speakers, like the leather jacket clad girl of your dreams biting her lip and sliding out of her jeans, staring you down and daring you to maintain eye contact. This album is proof that old fashioned rock n roll, GOOD rock n roll, can still represent what it set out to represent some fifty plus years ago: Danger, Sex, Sleaze and a serious lack of giving one single Fuck. If you’ve ever claimed rock and roll, you need this record.

Jesus Sons self titled debut comes out today on the quickly making a name for themselves Mock Records. You can listen to it below via Bandcamp while you decide which format to BUY IT in.

 

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Songs of the Day: Murder City Devils – Hey Sailor/I Want A Lot Now

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Really looking forward the Murder City Devils mini east coast tour coming up in a couple weeks. Philly, New York and Silver City, MD are the chosen ones to be blessed by the Devils. Some of the best live music you will come across, even if they are getting on in years. Whispers of new music abound but for now a couple classics to set your Friday straight.

Philly, PA@Union Transfer Feb 7th

New York, NY@Webster Hall Feb 8th

Silver City, MD@The Fillmore Feb 9th

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Morning Hype! Graveyard Tour Dates!

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One of my favorite bands of the last few years have a run of North American tour dates planned around their Coachella appearance and this, by most accounts, straight up rules. I say most because while there isn’t a Philly date listed yet, there are a few days between the Asheville, NC show and the last two shows of the tour in Washington, DC and NYC so for now I can keep hopes high. And if it doesn’t happen, fuck it: Road trip! Graveyard slays it live every time and if you’re a fan of music that leans towards the heavy you’d be blowing it by not checking out the music and tour dates below.

Graveyard — 2014 Tour Dates
April 12 – Coachella Festival
April 15 – Portland, Wonder Ballroom
April 16 – Seattle, Neumos Seattle
April 19 – Coachella Festival
April 21 – Las Vegas, @ Vinyl
April 22 – Salt Lake City, Urban Lounge
April 23 – Denver, Summit Music Hall
April 25 – Minneapolis First Avenue & 7th St Entry
April 26 – Chicago, @ House of blues
April 27 – Detroit, @ The Shelter
April 29 – St Louis @ Fubar
April 30 – Nashville @ Exit/In
May 1 – New Orleans @ The parish/House of blues
May 3 – Dallas, Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
May 5 – Memphis, Hi-Tone
May 6 – Asheville, The Orange Peel
May 10 – Washington, Black Cat DC
May 11 – New York, Webster Hall New York City

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