Archive for the ‘Other Music’ Category

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R.I.P. Mike Atta!

April 22, 2014

Sad news for the punk rock community: Mike Atta, guitarist of proto-hardcore outfit The Middle Class, passed away this Easter after fighting a four-year battle with cancer.

Forming the band with his brothers Jeff and Bruce, the band was considered one of the first hardcore outfits in the US, at least on the West Coast as The Bad Brains were active in the Washington, D.C./New York area at the same time. Their Out of Vogue EP released on Joke Records in 1978.

The band reunited in 2010, and even though he was diagnosed with Stage IV kidney cancer in January that same year, Mike kept gigging with the band until the very end. Rest in peace.

More info at The Orange County Register and The OC Weekly.

photo courtesy the Orange County Register.

photo courtesy the Orange County Register.

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Joe Davolaz

April 2, 2014

Here’s a quickie song byte I discovered via the UK show Project Moonbase: Joe Davolaz! A fellow Swedish sextet that really got the retro exotica sound down cold. Their track Piña Colada emulated the vibe so perfectly it had me convinced it’d fit perfectly in a mid-60s genre movie – maybe even a French one as there is a slight ye-ye influence to be heard.

Soon to be released as a 5″ flexi disc on Tona Serenad. Check out their SoundCloud for further info.

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Max Tannone

April 1, 2014

Head on over to SoundCloud and check out Max Tannone‘s brilliant album Mic Check 1234!. Ten mashups in all blending together punk rock outfits like The Ramones, Black Flag and Reagan Youth with rappers such as Tupac Shakur, Nas and Public Enemy.

I found Max via the 2009 Doublecheck Your Head album that saw him remixing seven tracks by The Beastie Boys, but the punk-meets-rap effort turned out to be a personal fave where the familiar classics were turned on their ears with surprising and fresh results.

Keeping himself busy DJing, mixing and producing, this New York-based musician also creates original music on his own – and last year saw him release a documentary about one of the remaining video stores in NYC, so you know his heart is in the right place. All the albums are available as free downloads so make sure to check him out here and visit his official website at www.maxtannone.com.

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Being John Carpenter 2

March 11, 2014

Check it out:  Zack Dagoba just released a second John Carpenter tribute video: Being John Carpenter 2. Now, I already written about this UK producer/musician that runs both Memetunes Studio and the blog It’s Full of Stars here, so check out that post for more info and visit Zack’s blog here.

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Machine Gun Reggae

March 1, 2014

One of the more fascinating cultural exchanges of 20th century’s popular culture was the huge impact Italian-made spaghetti westerns of the 1960′s – aimed for the European and US markets – had on Jamaican music. It took them a while to reach the Jamaican shores – on average it seemed like a three year delay – but once there there is no overstating the influence this new wave of cinema had on the musicians and producers.

Pretty much every title and character you can think of seemed to have at least one song written in their honor (to be quickly recorded and shipped off to the UK where the kids bought the 7″ records by the tons), with Lee van Cleef ranking highest, and Franco Nero‘s coffin-dragging Django coming in at close second – actually generating a Top Five hit for The Upsetters!

I assembled a couple of personal faves off of YouTube for you to peruse – some having pretty damn cool fan videos. Check out Trojan Records‘ 2004 compilation album The Big Gundown for more goodies.

Sir Lord Comic Django Shoot First

The Upsetters Return of Django

King Stitt Lee van Cleef

Lee Perry Clint Eastwood

Ramon & The Crystalites Undertaker’s Burial

Roy Richards Death Rides a Horse

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R.I.P. Bob Casale

February 18, 2014

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So, this is turning out to be the day when we receive news of musical visionaries dying or what? Just found out via Rolling Stone Magazine that Devo guitarist Bob Casale passed away unexpectedly at the age of 61. Rumors state that he was found by his brother, but so far that’s just something I’ve seen posted on social medias, so take that bit of information with a grain of salt.

Other members were shocked by the news. His brother (and co-member) Gerard Casale offered the following statement:

As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning,” Gerald said in a statement. “He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.

Rest in peace.

UPDATE: Lead vocalist Mark Mothersbaugh just released a short statement on both Mutato.com and Devo’s official Facebook page.

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R.I.P. Marty Thau

February 18, 2014

I’m sad to say that via Pitchfork I just found out that legendary producer – and founder of Red Star RecordsMarty Thau recently passed away at the age of 75. Starting out working in promotion for such labels as Cameo-Parkway Records and bubblegum pioneers Buddha Records in the 1960s, he managed The New York Dolls and started Red Star Records in the 70s – helping launch the careers of Suicide, Blondie, The Real Kids and The Ramones.

martyA true visionary, Marty was as passionate about music as the artists he worked with. When mid-70s New York started to rumble with the new vanguards of rock ‘n’ roll he was there to witness them at CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City – and he saw it as the future, roughly 20 years ahead of the majority of the world I might add.

Although always keeping an eye out on the bottom line – he was a business man after all – he was never as motivated by money. “I’ve always believed that money shouldn’t be one’s motivator. If your creative instincts are superior to others then you’ll make all the money you’ll ever want” he stated in an interview with Frieda’s Whip, “Some disagree with that premise. I can only be guided by what I like and not what any marketing strategist tells me what the market wants.”

He will be missed.

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Wattie Buchan heart attack

February 15, 2014

Legendary street punk outfit The Exploited – that pretty much provided the soundtrack for my 1980s – made it official on their Facebook page that their tour has been cancelled after vocalist Wattie Buchan suffered a heart attack on stage during a gig in Lisbon this Thursday.

As shown in the fan footage, the band had to cut their gig short and take the lead singer off stage, after which he was reportedly immediately taken to hospital. The band was one week into the seven-month Tour of Chaos with Hatebreed and Napalm Death. More via STV News.

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Dawn of the Synth Part II

February 13, 2014

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Synth and horror fans are gonna get a kick out of this: UK podcasters El Diabolik’s World of Psychotronic Soundtracks just released the brilliant Dawn of the Synth Part II compilation. Including songs by Jay ChattawayJohn Carpenter & Alan Howarth and a very Goblin-esque track by Stelvio Cipriani, this 55-minute collection offers up a total of 23 songs of great horror tuneage – my personal fave being the French duo Izzanelli & Samy Wathson‘s Rencontre Intersidérale - and considering it’s free download (approx. 130 MB) what are you waiting for? Get it here. How ’bout a teaser taste?

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REVIEW: The CRY – Dangerous Game LP

February 4, 2014

Note: This review originally appears on the CRKO Fanzine blog. Read it in full here.

Cry-DangerousGame_LPI was introduced to THE CRY! in early 2012 when I stumbled across the then-digital only release of their “s/t” debut album. Delivering twelve power pop tracks in the EXPLODING HEARTS vein I was completely blown away by their songwriting skills and impeccable delivery. Well, two years have passed and the band have just finished up recording their second album and had the courtesy of sending me a promo, to which I’m much obliged.

Kicking off with the B.T.O.-esque “Discotheque”, the band launches into ten tracks of perfectly written power pop gems with a healthy dose of rock’n’roll, garage and glam thrown in for good measure – and there’s even some shuffle to boot! Influences intact I still hear a band that’s matured and have taken their songwriting skills to a whole new level. Somehow this affair got me thinking of THE CLASH circa “Give ‘Em Enough Rope” – not that they sound anything like it, but I can sense a similar development of their sound as touring, writing and gigging made them gel as a band that in a similar manner let their influences shine through without aping anyone.

The end result is a true party album with ten consecutive hits, a great sounding effort delivered with sweat and passion and every time it ends I find myself wanting to hear more – the tell-tale sign of a truly great record. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this made Best of 2014 lists towards the end of the year. A+. Get it => release-date: March 1, 2014.

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