Punk Rock and 1977

Punk Rock and 1977

For many skaters of the 1970’s, 1977 proved to be a crucial year. It’s when everything really started to come together for me as a skater. I was 2 years deep into skateboarding and in late 1976, I learned about punk rock. In the summer of 1977, I found myself in England. I was with my family on a trip back to visit my extended family and pick up a few records. Specifically, the Sex Pistols. It was pretty funny going into a record shop and seeing a blank space at “number 2” on the charts. The shops were so scared of putting “God Save the Queen – Sex Pistols” that they intentionally left it blank.  I still have this single. And yes, this song still sounds as good today as it did back then. When I returned home and played the song for friends at school, they couldn’t quite understand it. Three years later they had mohawks.   Well, 40 years later, I am here to warn you that we are not going to intentionally leave anything blank like that shop did. Punk rock is not just music. It is an attitude. And that attitude runs a gamut of emotions and actions. No, we’re not going to spit on you. But we are about to unleash a 6,000+ word essay (over 4 postings) that looks at the state of things in skate retail. Bud is warning me that this might ruffle a few feathers. Ruffling feathers is the essence of punk, so I think we are on the right path. Ironically punk rock came full circle last year when Malcolm McLaren’s son burned five million pounds worth of memorabilia. Talk about punk rock – that is very punk rock. But we’re not going to that extreme. Stand by…you have been warned. Special shout out to Doug Ward of Clifton, NJ for inspiring this piece.

Evening Music Break: The Long Dark Road by Chad Thomas

Evening Music Break: The Long Dark Road by Chad Thomas

 The Long Dark Road’s self-titled release is due out April 8th, and is the focus of this week’s ‘Break’. This four-piece freak-show from Toronto is reminiscent of System of a Down and Propagandhi.  With songs in the 8-9 minute range, these guys are like Punk-Metal on steroids. From the first track “Tragedy of the Commons”, these neighbors to the North come out swinging –although the real jams (at least for me) start at track two “I Will Follow” where TLDR’s influences become readily apparent. If you didn’t see the cover you may very well think you’re hearing a new ‘System’ album –which is great, if you’re a fan. I can’t say I heard anything terribly original, however these fellas absolutely have audio-adrenaline on lock. This is a great ‘getting ready to skate’ album. Here’s the link to their album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-191219491/sets/the-long-dark-road/s-bhiSs As always, you are the best judge of what you like. Give it a listen and let us know what you think. Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time!   

Evening Music Break – Spin

Evening Music Break – Spin

This weeks spotlight shines on Philadelphia’s own Spin, a four-piece rock group who’s latest single ‘Dig Your Own Grave” is off their latest EP ‘Meant To Rise’ which was released January 2017. “Dig Your Own Grave” is a ripping tune that leads you through a no holds bared journey of play now, pay later. Reminiscent of The Cult with the energy of The Struts, if you like guitar and drum based rock these guys are right up your alley. Check out the video and be sure to watch all the way through, the mini movie at the end is hilarious! Ultimately, you are the best judge of what you like. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.   

Evening Music Break – GUAS

Evening Music Break – GUAS

This week’s spotlight shines on Grown Up Avenger Stuff (GUAS), a four-piece out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The band consists of veteran guitarist John Thomsen and his two sons, Hunter on Bass & percussionist Tyler. Rounding out the band is their new edition, ripping lead vocalist Ray Stern who’s deep, round tones reminds me of Florence (Florence and the machine) mixed with Debbie harry (Blonde). “Pins” video above Founding member John puts it like this “What you get from us live is pure fun rock and roll. The connection and chemistry between us is so strong, especially between Hunter and Tyler, and Ray has proven to be a perfect fit, as though she was created to be the perfect front person for GUAS.” GUAS’ latest single “A.I.M.”, released just this year, is a great example of the depth of this well-round group of musicians. If you enjoy Grace Potter and/or the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s we think you’ll really dig GUAS. Have a listen here Ultimately, you are the best judge of what you like. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

Evening Music Break

Evening Music Break

Chameleon Technology “Blank Canvas”

 

 

Chameleon Technology (Cham Tech) is actually just one man (a very talented man) by the name of Max Histrionic, out of Costa Mesa, Ca. His latest Ep “Blank Canvas” is a fun ride all the way through. The first track “No Safe Word” has some chunky bass lines while the second “Serin’s Vending” is reminiscent of Dead Kennedys and Fugazi while still retaining an original feel.

 

The bass guitar work alone on “Blank Canvas” is enough for me to give Cham Tech the two thumbs up. Additionally, the guitars, vocals and production quality are all on point. The issue with this EP is it’s over too soon; I had to spin it again.

 

 Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen and leave a comment letting us know what you think. Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time.

 

 

 

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Evening Music Break

 

 

 

SakkieFTW is a dub-step/electronic artist from Vancouver, B.C. and has just released his second EP “Wasteland”. This collection has everything from deep, hypnotic rhythms to high RPM beats that can get your blood pumping at 1A.M. While I’ll be the first to admit ‘techno’ is dead, bumping bass will never go out of style. SakkieFTW is more Prodigy than Moby. As I rolled through this album I became more curious with each passing track, finding multiple layers of varied techniques and musical styles. Fans of the aforementioned Prodigy as well as NIN should find this four song EP “Wasteland” entertaining. Though not my personal style, it is really well done. Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen and leave a comment letting us know what you think.

 

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Evening Music Break

 

 

Luxury Mane is a psychedelic trio out of St. Petersburg; their latest full-length release “Lux Runnin Out” is a smooth blend of fluid rhythms and tripped out harmonies. The best description is throwing the Replacements and the Beatles in a blender, then add a few dabs…there’s also a bit of The Lemonheads and The Cure influence in here as well. These later influences are most apparent on track 8 “Things In The City”. 

If you’re into flowing, layered guitars without over-produced melodies, then you’ll dig this album –with the exception of track 5 “Hard to Be Easy” which feels like a filler-track, “Lux Runnin Out” is solid from start to finish. 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like so let us know what you think. Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time!

     

Evening Music Break

Evening Music Break

Reid the Martian is a one-man band, songwriter, producer and rapper from Kansas City, Mo. His second album “Excuses Not To Sleep” dropped June 10th of this year. ‘ENTS’ is a fun, flowing romp through the red-light district; gritty and organic without an overblown ego or hollering ‘ bitches’ every third line. 

 In addition to a smooth flow and skilled musician, it’s worth mentioning Reid wrote and produced all the tracks on ‘Excuses’. I would loosely compare his sound to 2 Chainz and Chance The Rapper mixed with Atmosphere. Track 5 “The Other Side” is a great example of this man’s talent both lyrically and musically..

If you dig “Reasons Not To Sleep” by Reid the Martian, be sure to check out his first EP “Hardball” from  2015.

 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen and leave a comment letting us know what you think.

 

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EVENING MUSIC BREAK

EVENING MUSIC BREAK

“Broken Rainbow” by no:carrier

 

 

 

This weeks subject is a San Francisco based Electro Noir group by the name of no:carrier, who just released their apocalyptic album “Broken Arrow” November 11. This heavy Synth Pop collection of songs is rather deep, exploring a wide-range of human deficiencies.

 

Reminiscent of NIN & Ani Defranco, “no:carrier” manages to move through the dark wastelands of our culture without being overtly depressing. With songs like ‘Your Heroin” (track4) and Here’s To You (track 7) ugly ideas come off almost beautiful. Track 8, a cover of “Bad Moon Rising” is haunting; an exceptional and unique arrangement makes the 40-year-old tune barely recognizable (in a good way). The Creedence cover alone makes this album worth checking out.

 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like so let us know what you think. 

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Post Death Soundtrack is a collective of Canadian musicians originally formed in 2007 by Kenneth Buck and Steve Moore. Their latest album “The Unlearning Curve” released May of this year feels like a mash-up of 1960’s era Pink Floyd and early 90’s coffee house music; grey and shady with multiple layers of synth-based sounds. Basically re-interpreted Dead Can Dance. 

 This band should be commended for the resourceful way in which this latest album was created. Collaborating from three different cities without ever setting foot in a studio together is impressive.  Sadly the album “The Unlearning Curve” falls short, lacking both an original feel and cohesive sound.  

I will say the piano work on track seven is well done, it’s obvious PDS has skilled musicians in it’s ranks. However, in the end, I was a left feeling like each member was doing their own thing and it just didn’t gel.

 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen  and leave a comment letting us know what you think.

 

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EVENING MUSIC BREAK

“The Grand Trine” by Color You

 

 

 

Thick baselines underscore the fluid guitar work throughout “ The Grand Trine”. Color You is a Northern Alabama influenced L.A. based quartet who have put a modern twist on 60’s rock, with more energy yet still possessing that good old hippie vibe. Chunky riffs with a rolling groove, Color You reminds me a bit of Radio Head (if Thom Yorke wasn’t so depressed all the time) blended with The Struts.Overall, “The Grand Trine” is a really well rounded album; with high-quality production & mixing I think a lot of you will dig this album.  Even track eight, the final track, exposes a Simon & Garfunkle-esk ability to beautifully harmonize creating multiple layers of stunning sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Departures are a five-piece pop/punk band out of SLC, Utah. Listening to their latest offering “Gateways” is like hearing a new My Chemical Romance album. 

 A solid rhythm section with well-placed harmonies feels like something you’d hear on the radio in any decent market.

Track six, titled “Lonely Eyes”, features some intricate acoustic guitar work and excellent harmonies; it also feels a little out of place with the rest of the EP.

 Given that this a very young band (the members range from just 17 to 23 years old ), I would expect to see these guys evolve dramatically into a more unique sounding group by the time we see another The Departures EP.

 

If you dig My Chemical Romance, chances are you will love Gateways by The Departures.

 

 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen and leave a comment letting us know what you think.

 

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Evening Music Break

“Friends Divide” by The Silent Comedy

 

The Silent Comedy is a beer & whiskey fueled Folk/rock band out of San Diego, Ca. Started by a couple of bar-tending brothers, Joshua and Jeremiah Zimmerman, this band has grown over immensely over the past several years. Coming from the ‘craft brew scene’ of Southern California and now reaching into soundtracks for shows like the history Channel’s “The Men Who Built America”, these guys are coming up big.

 

The Silent Comedy’s latest 6-song release “Friends Divide” is an organic feeling rhythmic rock album with multiple layers of flavor and flair. Track 1 “God Neon” gets you in the ‘heading to the pub’ vibe, a little something to get you going. The rest of the album is filled with a wide array of blended instrumentation and harmonies. This gives The Silent Comedy disc a unique, authentic feel as well as showcasing the bands ability to transform their influences and creativity into a one-off sound. 

This is a great album; with that said, if you have an opportunity to see them live do it –they’re a blast! Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like so let us know what you think. 

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 Kill The Precedent is that ultra-rare combination of raw power wielded with precision and intricate, intelligent story telling.  Their debut album “Dialogues With The Dead”, released on Minus Head Records (San Francisco), is a full-tilt roller coaster ride right out of the gate. With a tight, double-time rhythm section, blazing guitar work wrapped in duel lead vocals, KTP has created a truly unique and original sound. 

 KTP is a seven piece, genre melting band which evolved out of the deep-roots of the Sacramento, Ca. punk scene (Deftones, 7seconds, The Hoods) back in 2006. For the last decade they’ve been shredding venues across Northern California, honing their craft and stage shows to become the crowd favorite wherever they perform. Let’s put it this way -they’ve shared the stage with Misfits & killed it.

 

Kill The Precedent is audio adrenalin and fun as hell; every song from “Dialogues With The Dead” is a banger. Be sure to check out their video’s on youtube for a peek at the show that is KTP.

We look forward to their 7 song EP “Some Version Of The Truth” slated for release in Late October.

 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen  and leave a comment letting us know what you think. thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time.

EVENING MUSIC BREAK

EVENING MUSIC BREAK

“Get Off Easy” by Savage Henry

 

 

 

The fourth full-length album titled “Get Off Easy” from this Saskatoon, Canada based band is a carnal carnival and is not for the easily offended. Savage Henry manages to rip through tales of sexual endeavors with witty and humorous lyrics backed by solid, double timed rhythm section wrapped in furious guitar work. This band is truly savage, reminiscent of Black Flag and Misfits mixed with a little early AC/DC.

 

Rolling through this album “Get Off Easy” feels like your staggering through a long Saturday night. CH manages to saturate you in loose sexuality without coming off vulgar for the sake of being vulgar. Honestly, I love this album. The quality of both musicianship and that of their production is spot on.

 

 

 

Listen to the full album here: Get Off Easy

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like so let us know what you think. 

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Evening Music Break

Evening Music Break

“Night and Day” (EP) by The Slang

 

The Slang is a musical duo John Bobo (vocals/guitar/piano) and John Newsome (bass) out of Washington D.C. Their Summer 2016 release “Night and Day” could easily be the soundtrack for a road-trip type documentary and The Slang has in fact been featured on both HBO and USA Networks programing. John Bobo’s songwriting reminds me of the Replacements’ Paul Westerberg; layered with movement and thought.

“Night and Day” is well mixed, highlighting a multitude of instrumentation, styles and has a nice overall quality to it. There are several sections which feature some beautiful string work along with solid drumming and percussions. If your a fan of fun, thoughtful flows this EP will be right up your alley.  Ultimately, you are the best judge of what you like. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

 

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Evening Music Break

 

“I Never Arrived” by Galapaghost

 

 

  Galapaghost aka Casey Chandler is an Austin, Texas based musician who is originally from Woodstock, N.Y. (yes, that Woodstock). Casey’s previous work was featured on award winning Italian film  “II Ragazzo Invisibile”. 

His current album “I Never Arrived” was recorded and mixed in Torino, Italy. It has an introverted & self-reflective vibe without being depressing. With excellent acoustic guitar work with an early Pink Floyd/ Simon & Garfunkel feel to it, “I never Arrived” reminds you of walking on the beach early in the morning, hazy yet hopeful for what the day has to offer.

 

Track three titled “Salt Lake City” is a decent example of Galapaghost’s Paul Simon-esk songwriting. The production quality is up there and the instrumentation peels off in layers of throughout “I Never Arrived”.

  Ultimately, you are the best judge of what you like. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

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“A Temporary Human Experience” by Turning Virtue

 

 

Turning Virtue is a four-piece rhythmic rock group out of Buffalo, NY. Their April 8, 2016 release “A Temporary Human Experience” features one of the most prolific drummers on the planet, Mark Zonder (Google him if you don’t know who he is). The guitar work on several of the tracks reminds me of fellow New Yorker and guitar legend Steve Vai; smooth, intricate and powerful without that dueschy ‘look at me!’ vibe that’s so often present in mainstream rock albums.
It’s difficult to compare Turning Virtue to any one particular band as they have masterfully blended their influences into an authentic, original sound.

This nine-song album has multiple layers, great depth and yet rocks without ever feeling forced or manufactured, it just flows.

 The best visual picture I can give you of “A Temporary Human Experience” is a mash-up of the previously mentioned Mr. Vai, early Suicidal Tendencies (e.g. “How Will I Laugh Tomorrow”), David Bowie and Screaming Trees.
Ultimately, you are the best judge of what you like. Give it a listen and let us know what you think.

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Evening Music Break

 

The Survival Code

 

Hailing from London, England this three piece guitar oriented band out-right rips. Their second release through IRL “Broken Strings” is fast paced fun ranging in sounds reminiscent of Helmet, Tool and Judas Priest. This two song EP, released earlier this year, is meant as a teaser for their full length album due out any day now.

The Survival Code will be trekking across Ireland and the UK through the remainder of the year. If you like unbridled live rock, be sure to check their social feeds for tour dates near you.

 

 Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen and leave a comment letting us know what you think. Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time.

 

  

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Torrion Dedmon is an R&B artist hailing from San Diego, Ca. and is smooth as they come. His new single “Down (My Love)” is a great example of how talented this man is. Dedmon’s sound is simultaneously sensual and contemporary while retaining a classic r&b feel.

 

“Down (My Darling)” is Torrion’s follow up to his 2015 releases “Go Down” and “Champagne Problems”, all of which show the chops of this incredible talent. Real R&B artists seem to be a rare commodity these days. Torrions writing and delivery are dead on, his music reminds me of a combination of Al Green and Chris Brown. If you’re spending the evening in with your Honey, spin this…you can thank me in the morning.

 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen and leave a comment letting us know what you think. Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time.

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Eagle I Stallian “Reckless Gods”

 

Eagle I Stallian is a experimental-electronica duo based in Montreal, Canada.

Their new two song EP “Reckless Gods” is a catchy and bumping set of tracks featuring seemingly endless loops of drum machines and synthesizers. You won’t necessarily find anything mind-blowing here but the production quality is good.

 

The first track “Poseidon’s Dead sounds like Michael Jackson vocal samples intertwined through out and is what you’d expect to hear at a late-night dance club. Track two, “Gates of Hades” has a little more unique sound with bongo’s and spoons mixed in.

 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen and leave a comment letting us know what you think. Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time.

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Magnectic Ghost is the collection of tracks from Minneapolis based writer/musician Andy Larson. He’s latest offering “Loss Molecules” feels like a trip through a dessert wasteland, while on acid. With a variety of sounds from a wide array of instruments (all played by Andy) these tracks have a cohesive flow while still maintaining their individuality -you won’t feel like you’re listening to the same track over and over.

 I did hear some early R.E.M. influence as well as a little Beatles in there, in addition to some nods to classical guitar works from 50-60 years ago. The use of the Baritone guitar reminds me a bit of Sgt. Peppers, which you just don’t hear much of these days and that is cool with me.

 Some of the tracks do run on a bit and there’s an overall feel of melancholy but this man has some serious talent. If you appreciate skilled acoustic guitar work and older alternative music you will most likely enjoy “Loss Molecules” by Magnetic Ghost.

 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen  and leave a comment letting us know what you think.

 

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Evening Music Break

Bryan Deister “Spines of the Heart” 

Bryan Deister is an ‘experimental’ electronica musician out of Redondo Beach, Ca., his latest release “Spines of the Heart” at first seems familiar. A watered-down Radio Head is the first thought that will likely pass through your mind while listening. There is a slightly haunting theme throughout ‘Spines’ but I just couldn’t shake the feeling that I should just cut out the middleman and listen to “Pablo Honey”.

 

Track five titled “Silent Screams” had a nice groove to it and some decent guitar sections and as the tracks continued, so did the not quite Radio Head theme continued, mixed with some Cure. In the end,  “Spines of the Heart” doesn’t feel genuine; like trying to be angst ridden versus actually surviving a traumatic event or childhood and writing about the experience.

 

Ultimately you are the best judge of what you like. We encourage our readers to give a listen and leave a comment letting us know what you think. Thanks for reading (& listening), see you here next time.

 

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 The Psyatics are a Las Vegas based trio who’s latest release “Famous Monster” reminds me of a Replacements/Cramps mash-up -super cool! Featuring one of the tightest rhythm sections I’ve come across in some time and the guitar parts are on point, these fellas rip. With a refreshingly original sound; vintage instruments lend to a familiar feel without sounding like a cover-band. With that said, there are some influences found here, aside from the previously mentioned Cramps & Replacements there’s a bit of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds in there mixed with some Fishbone -all legit in my mind. I think I have a new favorite band; The Psyatics “Famous Monster” is a killer ride through truly inspired/talented musicianship and artistry.