Checks and balances

Had to post once in five years. Today I’m thinking about the Constitution while listening to the new FEELS record, “Post Earth.” I heard the first track, “Car,” at a show or two in the last year or so and that riff is pretty killer. The LA rock scene is showing life and women are leading the way. More metal, HIGH PRIESTESS is worth checking out. I missed their recent show opening for Glitter Wizard and Gygax - I’m getting old and lazy about going west of downtown - but they made an impression at the Hi Hat when they opened the night for The Freeks and The Schizophonics. The drummer should be playing Tommy Lee in that new Crüe movie. Another great drummer in an all-women LA band is Stella Mogawza of WARPAINT. Had the pleasure of seeing her at that band’s 15th anniversary shows recently at Echoplex. I’ve been interested in WARPAINT for pretty much their entire existence but it took Stella’s arrival to fulfill their potential. Maybe one day they’ll make a record that will reflect their chemistry live, but that’s not always possible. Bassist jennylee’s solo act was one of the openers and her and the band she has assembled put on quite a psych rock spectacle. The last female drummer I must mention is Adrienne Davies of EARTH. That band was at the Ukrainian Cultural Center this week to perform a live score to the 1922 Danish silent movie, Häxan. I was not there for the movie but my wife tells me it’s good. I scored a seat on top of bleachers with my popcorn, non-Red Bull drink and eyes wide shut as I blissed out for a couple of hours on those Dylan Carlson riffs and she kept us all together.  

So back to the Constitution. I’m getting through our current political situation by focusing my thoughts on that document. It has endured over 200 years. America will survive if the Constitution does, and its track record is damn strong. It was further strengthened following a Civil War, after all. But there is no doubt that the government structure it created, consisting of checks and balances between three co-equal branches, is under significant stress right now. It took a man of Donald Trump’s reliable incompetence to make us answer many questions, including: is there any check on the President’s authority to act under the guise of “national security”? Answering those questions on our behalf will be a compliant Senate and a tainted Supreme Court. At this point we’re all spectators. Nobody is changing this man.

The Senior Senator from Kentucky

The Senior Senator from Kentucky

And the Supreme Court is not going to add a justice interested in limiting executive power any time soon. As impactful of an activist as you may be, there’s nothing you can do but wait for the legal process to play out. So the Donald J. Trump experiment continues, and we listen to the new VANUM:

Looking ahead, see OM, EYEHATEGOD (long live Mikey!), and DAUGHTERS and you will be proud of yourself for it.

Our ?th Anniversary Show

Here's a new video from our own IDES OF GEMINI.  We can assure you, this vibe is true to the members of that group.  We've been mostly out of town this last half year and will be again when they join INTRONAUT on Thursday, December 18 at the Roxy to celebrate the latter's 10th Anniversary.  Sera and J of IDES are the kind of neighbors you always hope for, and Sacha of INTRONAUT and DUNABLE GUITARS once tried to help us become a better guitar player.  He never stood a chance, but he is a talented, patient and kind soul.  A highlight of running this site was putting on an anniversary show this time of year with INTRONAUT and Sera'a BLACK MATH HORSEMAN back at Spaceland a while ago.  So we're hijacking this anniversary show and claiming it as our own even through we won't be there (suffering is healing?) and we don't remember what anniversary this is.  One thing that will heal us is giving you tickets to be there as our representatives.  There are no responsibilities associated with that role other than showing up.  You may enter here, and also remember joining our email list helps your cause.      

If you don't know that J. Bennett is the greatest metal writer alive then please read more.  You can start by reading the words he said to Noisey about the occupation that does noy pay the bills.  And if you would just like to say hi to him, he is DJ'ing at Footsie's Bar nearly every Tuesday. 

Directed By Daciana Birladeanu

Happy 10th to Saviours

One of the reasons this blog got fired up years ago was because of the outstanding shows that Martin de Pedro put on through his collective, OVRCAST.  Even if we could get just one more person out to his events, it was worth the time, because there was no doubt that we had made a difference for the better.  When Martin and OVRCAST slowed things down, so did we - it was no coincidence.   

Yesterday was a good day because OVRCAST is back to present the Ten Year Birthday Show for SAVIOURS at Complex on Friday, September 26th.  Support will be provided by two bands that also frequented OVRCAST's shows - HARASSOR and BASTARD (now featuring guitarist Chris Velez from LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH). 

It's a special show because not only is it a birthday party with more riffage than most can handle, Martin will be unveiling several cassette tape format releases for public consumption at the gig:

  • SODOMIA - S/T 
  • THE OBSESSED - Incarnate (reissue with bonus tracks & new album art by Wino)
  • SAVIOURS - Crucifire (reissue with special artwork only for this edition)
  • THE SPIRIT CARAVAN - Live (with album art by Wino)

And to cap it off, Adam Murray will have a new edition of his zine Heavy Cream available at the show as well as HEAVY CREAM RECORDS' first release, the debut cassette from thrashers LIVIN ALIVE.   

Welcome back, OVRCAST!  You may have just inspired us to turn it back up again.  

Bulbul - "Genderman Can"

The new album from this Austrian trio, Hirn Fein Hacken (which translates to "get your brain chopped into pieces"), is a bizarrely good time that defies description.  You get the sense this band could play any style and have fun with it, and in a world that tends to take itself too seriously, this record provides welcome relief.   

Little Punkrocker from the album "Hirn fein hacken"

Huntress Is Having A "Secret Show"

We learned earlier this week from HUNTRESS's social media blasts that it is playing a "secret show" Saturday night in Old Town Pasadena.  Since they told us the location and the bands that will be joining them, we were wondering what the secret is all about.  Sure, there will be hot sluts and Jäger promotions but that's pretty much a given.  Still, they tease us that "surprises await."   We had our doubts until we received a rather shocking email yesterday from our old friend and favorite Martin, Martin DePedro, who deserves a lot of credit for this blog being alive.  The run we had co-promoting his OVRCAST COLLECTIVE shows will probably be the high mark of our existence. Martin had gone so underground that even we could not find him, but recently has emerged back to the lithosphere on a more regular basis.   We even saw him twice last week and it gave us a #clitboner.  But we were not prepared for him to be back in the show promotion game.   We will let Martin take it from here (with some edits that we hope are consistent with his message):

Come check out HUNTRESS this Saturday for a lot less money than it would cost you to see them open for Danzig, Lamb of God, Rob (I wish I was Al Jourgensen circa 1995) Zombie.  Also notable is the fact that Ohio's pride --- Shreddy Kroger AKA JOHN KONESKY (Sea of Air & Trainwreck/Tenacious D) will be performing live on Saturday as axe man for the band LEGAL TENDER.

Folks, be at this show, or be seen soon in Vice Magazine prancing around Silverfake amongst the fedora-adorned a day late & a Canadian dollar short poseur beard set.

Miss this gig & suffer the brooding sense of dread that you took the wrong pill this weekend and spend Sunday lamenting not having attended the gig at the Terrace in Pasadena the night prior. 

Yes Pasadena, and you know what, it aint that far from wherever you reside in L.A. county and it's a lot less of a drag that going anywhere west of La Brea on a Saturday night.

He even gave us a pair of tickets to give away.  If you want them, contact us here.  

And The Meat Shall Inherit The Earth

Hey kids, here’s the gist: THE MEATMEN are back in So. Cal. this week.  Thursday in San Diego, Friday in Baldwin ParkSaturday in the LBC and Sunday in Ventura.  Keep up with the latest on Facebook or the website,  here:  Los Hombres del Carne are touring their newest platter, Savage Sagas, the first new Meat disc in almost two decades.

We’ve written at length and girth about THE MEATMEN in the past.  Preached and pontificated the path of Meat.  We’ve covered the revitalized Tesco Vee, the Touch & Go book, the covers record, Black muthafuckin Randy. We’re done with that. We’re so far past the lectures and remedial lessons on this one.  Either you get it or you don’t.  And a lot don’t.  For proof, see the following little anecdote: I went to the Warped Tour once.  A scheduling snafu meant Fear played when Bad Religion was going on.  Kids were running from that Fear show to see Bad Religion.  None of those kids “get it”, none of them are going to be seeing THE MEATMEN this week, and life it too short to care anymore.

Ya, mortality, “all you way-gone hardcore muscle heads and new wave fanatics.”  Satan’s coming round the bend.  Did I mention Dave Brockie from GWAR went the way of GG Allin, and they’re hanging in Hades with El Duce, stumbling through a creek bed from the post-drought River Styx, tripping up on a moldy sleeping bag that happens to contain, as identified by Tesco Vee, “Cobain’s headless sack”?  After Tesco, what’s left of the proud American tradition of the tuneful and tasteless?  Not much.  Maybe the Dwarves.  And it turns out “Savage Sagas” has a song about them (“The Dwarves Are The Second Best Band In The World”).  And a song about Anne Coulter (“KKK” – Kill Kunt Koulter).  And a heartbreaking tale about silly drug policy resulting in a Vietnam vet losing it all ‘cos he “pissed hot for weed.” Another tune about meth.  (Meth’s Grand Poobah status in the pantheon of the American and the pathetic isn’t going anywhere, so neither are THE MEATMEN's songs about it.)  Shekky Spilkas is even back in town.

But mostly, yea and verily I maintain that Savage Sagas is as much a record about mortality and time passages as a MEATMEN record can be, with numbers like “Dinosaur,” “They Just Don’t Make ‘Em Anymore,” and a paean to tragic, incestuous stage shitter GG Allin in “Rock n Roll Enema.”  Tesco’s got his solid cohort in bassist Dan Gillies, even with an arm marred by syphilitic teeth marks (see below).  A new guitarist (fast too) and drummer.  Simply, a shit hot band.  But even the Dutch Hercules is not immune to the ravages of time.

Here are some more stories: Weird shit happens when I see THE MEATMEN.  I journeyed out on a weeknight once in Boston to see them at the Local 186, and some sort of punk rock rivalry brawl started, and pretty soon the whole place was like a Western movie with bottles and chairs flying everywhere.  The place closed after that. 

Real guys and gals recognize the genius of THE MEATMEN.  When they played in LA at a crappy Thai bar a few years ago I saw Nick Oliveri and Happy Tom from Turbonegro hanging round. One of the girls from GWAR was there.  Happy Tom was mouthing MEATMEN lyrics. Those people aren’t getting off their asses to see a Blink 182 show.

Stephen King is a fan from wayback.

Wait, there’s more: Last time THE MEATMEN played LA, the promoter and band got into it over payment. It was about 2:00 a.m.  In the midst of the  heated “debate,” the promoter literally bit the bassist on the arm and ran into the street.  The bassist was convinced they guy had AIDS.  Somebody said, “Where are we staying?”  Nobody knew.  To sum up: 2:00 a.m., a show a night for three weeks leading up to this moment in a shitty part of LA, the van’s loaded with equipment, the bass player’s flipping out and thinks he has AIDS and rabies, Tesco Vee (a veritable American giant of letters) is over 50 years old, and nobody knows where the band is going to sleep.  Ya, it was punk, dude.

In closing, ladies and gentlemen of leisure, with expendable bitcoin, please take notice that a legendary American musical theatre troupe are in town this week. I’m just telling you they’re gonna be here.  I’m not begging you to use your brain and fucking go.  I’m done with that.  Because time is short, and you’re allowed to make your own (mostly short sighted, regrettable and sad) decisions on how you want to spend that time.  I know what I’ll be doing.

Ides of Gemini is Teasing Us

Local trio and our neighbors IDES OF GEMINI have announced that their new full-length, Old World New Wave, will be released on CD and digitally via Neurot Recordings and on vinyl via SIGE Records on September 16th, 2014.  Today, they present us with a video preview of what is coming our way this fall.  The message seems to be that if you underestimate this band, you will pay a hefty price.  

Thanks to Mario Lalli's curating prowess, you can catch them tomorrow night at Cafe NELA along with LAST DAYS OF ANCIENT SUNLIGHT and FEVER DOG.  And if a road trip is in order, you join them in Vegas next month along with ACID WITCH at Doom  in June Vol 4

IDES OF GEMINI teaser video - Directed and Produced by Daciana Birladeanu GOSSAMER WHITE © 2014