Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Say Mike Nouveau at the door for FREE ENTRY all night!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Eme Nakia is a unique 16-minute film that Tony Hajjar along with his bandThe film grew out of a desire for the band to make a movie while recording their third album. Jim Ward, frontman and guitarist for band, suggested telling the story of Hajjar’s (
will release as part of a special edition of their new album, Threes. The word “Eme” means “Mother” in Arabic, and Nakia was the name of Tony’s mother. The album and short film will be available on 10/24. Sparta Sparta’s drummer) remarkable personal history: He was born in and at the age of 5, along with his family, fled his country during the Lebanese civil war of 1975-1990. Beirut, Lebanon
Monday, August 28, 2006
Since that show I haven't had the pleasure of catching All Out War. When I saw they were playing at CBGB's with Merauder I had to get tickets. A friend of mine got me into Merauder about a year after that All Out War show and I was impressed but I never became much of a fan. None the less I've been wanting to see them play since the first time I heard them five years ago.
Yesterday I arrived at CBGB's at about 5PM. I knew a shitload of bands were playing so I wasn't planning on staying - I just wanted set times. I asked the doorman and he couldn't help me so he yelled inside to the singer for Leeway. He said it would be about four hours before All Out War went on. So I went across the street to the Bowery Poetry Club and had some coffee and then we went to a few shops on Broadway to kill some time.
We got back to CBGB's around 9PM and the Leeway dude was standing in the doorway. I asked him who was up next and he told me Uppercut was coming up. Since I keep hearing good things about Uppercut I decided to head inside and check them out.
After about 15 minutes of set up time they started to play. I immediately noticed the riffs - they were pretty good. But what really stood out was the singers voice - not so good. When I used to be in bands doing the scream/growl shit people used to say to me, "Anybody can do that". And I would hand them a microphone to test their theory. Now what would happen is they would scream but it just sounded like a guy in the street yelling - no rhythm, no style, just yelling. That's kinda what this guy sounded like - in no way did it sound musical.
Needless to say I wasn't really feeling Uppercut and I was happy when they finished. They didn't suck they just didn't stand out. Up next were my boys - All Out War. I was pretty damn excited and I pushed my way threw the crowd and got a spot on the side of the pit against the wall. Once the music started the floor exploded.
I've been to lots of shows at CB's and I have never seen a pit as big as what I was looking at. It went from the stage all the way back to the gap in the bar. It was totally fucking crazy and pretty much stayed that way the whole time. I knew All Out War had a following but not even the Madball or Blood For Blood shows at CB's had pits that size.
During the set the band did some talking. Of course they said some kind words about SOB and said their farewells to CB's. They also talked some shit on Hawthorne Heights and, Victory Records chief, Tony. Apparently they have a new album finished but Victory won't release it. The new shit they played was pretty damn good. The whole fucking set was good - not as good as Tallahassee but they were a lot more lean and mean back then.
After All Out War left the stage Outburst was up. I had heard of Outburst before but honestly I don't know much about them. I really didn't know what to expect so I just listened. After the first song I could see why these guys were big back in the early 90's but I wasn't into it.
Also after the first song a guitar broke and the singer started yapping about retarded shit. He said something about Priest inventing metal, not Sabbath. Also he made a bad and old joke about how things have changed since the early 90's (Bush, Iraq war, etc.). He also mentioned his "paint your face shit, black lip stick" metal band he was in, which doesn't go over well the hardcore kids.
I ended up going outside after about 3-4 songs. They were taking long ass brakes between every fucking song and I couldn't take that dude running his mouth anymore. So anyway I stood outside for a while doing nothing. A lot of other people went outside during their set too. Once the mobs of people came pouring out I headed in because I wanted to get my spot back while everyone was outside.
Before the set started Merauder had a moment of silence for recently deceased member SOB. Then all the DMS heads got ready to represent. As soon as the first note was struck the place went nuts. The All Out War pit was bigger but this was a lot scarier. There were a few 300 pound goons just fucking pummeling people in the pit. Then there were a few skinny bastards flipping off of everything more then 4 feet off the ground.
The scene was utter chaos yet oddly choreographed. Like I said, I've been to lots of shows and I've seen some crazy ass shit but this pit had more high risk maneuvers than any. The odd thing was I didn't see a single damn person get hurt. There was everything from backflips and handstands to dudes swinging from the pipes in the ceiling. You could tell everyone knew everyone and they also new the building.
Anyway, back to the music - Merauder killed it last night. I never really noticed how technical the band was. Much more so then nearly all hardcore bands. The riffs were like something out of Kerry King's scrapbook and the drums were tight as hell. I was simply amazed by how good of a bunch of musicians Merauder were. It was also cool to see 20 people up on stage with them. Everyone was passing around mics and taking turns helping out on vocals. That's what hardcore is about - everyone at the show is just as important as the band. Just because you're not in the band doesn't mean you aren't part of the music.
Friday, August 25, 2006
What a surprise huh? Who would have thought What's Up would name Ski Club as a top 5. It's not like we're run by the same people or anything. No nothing like that at all...
VMA 2006 Guide
I subversively love that they linked BrooklynSki Club because I always thought that site was born out of a group of Brooklynites who liked to go out and do drugs togetherOh how I wish this were true - sounds like a lot of fun.
So showing up late was a huge fucking mistake. The few songs I did catch from H2O were sick. On the last track the guitar player for Madball came out and joined in. After that we pushed our way through the crowd and got a spot up front. Some half crazy gutter punk was starting odd conversations with everyone around. It was fairly amusing until his buddy started spraying beer all over the place.
After about half an hour Rancid finally took the stage. They opened with "Ruby Soho" and the place went nuts. The one 400 pound lard ass in the place was, of course, right next to me. After three songs of him leaning on me I went to the side for some relief. I should say right now that Rancid was always cool in my book but I had never seen them live until last night. Through out the set I was getting frustrated because I kinda knew every song but not enough to ssing along.
I'm not sure how long they played but after a while they left the stage. Then came the obligatory encore which consisted of 3-4 songs. The first two songs were done acoustically and were killer. Everyone in the place was singing along. Check out the video below - it sucks but the sound is good. After the two acoustic songs they strapped the electric guitars and finished with some punk rock.
The highlights were hearing H2O play "Family Tree" and "Guilty By Association" and Rancid play "Ruby Soho" and "Time Bomb" but I would have liked to hear "Whole Lot Of Nothing" and "Salvation". They also played an Op Ivy tune, but I was never into the whole Op Ivy thing. So anyway it was great to see Rancid and I highly recommend you go to one of the remaining shows.
**Update: Hardcore Shutter Bug has killer pics
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Before A&A started I got myself a spot right up front to take pictures. I was surprised by how packed Sin-e was. I mean nobody I knew had even heard of this band - which is why I rolled solo. As the band started to set up hoards of little girls started pushing by me to get up front. It was crazy how many were there acting crazy, it was almost Beatlemania-esque.
Just before the band went on they unveiled their backdrop - it was a huge silver skeleton monster. Once the lights went down the monster's eyes lit up and it began to speak to the crowd. It said something about us being the last people on Earth.
It was quite an intro and it was clear this was going to be one hell of a show. The band members were wearing futuristic make-up and there was a distinct "Logan's Run" quality to the show. About halfway into the first song one thing was very clear - this band is so much better live then recorded.
I was blown away by the layering of the vocals. Both lead singers had unique voices, the blonde guy had an incredible falsetto. It was almost opera-esque, in that Freddie Mercury kinda way. The other singers voice wasn't as impressive but was still better then most crappy indie singers out there. Two other members sang backup and they topped it off by adding keyboards to the vocal chorus - it was just a huge wall of vocals.
The guitar playing was also quite good. There were a few ripper solos in there that came out of nowhere. They also had tons of keyboards and synths but managed not to sound like 80's cheeseballs. I really was not expecting this band to be so tight band but they were, and then some.
Halfway through the set people from the crowd went up on stage and pulled the monsters hidden arms out. The arms were long pieces of fabric with pointy hands attached which were controlled by people in the crowd. The effect was very cool, it looked like the monster had his hands out over top of the crowd - almost like an evil puppeteer. The whole time his bright red eyes were blinking red. Also at this time glowing green orbs were unleashed on the crowd which were tossed around like beach balls.
Like I said this was quite a show and so very hard to describe. I'm pissed no one went because I have no one to back me up when I say it was one of the best shows I've ever seen. And I mean that on both levels - the stage show was genius for its low budgetness and the band were just plain awesome. They have a sound that makes you think Queen and Bowie but with the energy of At The Drive-In or Blood Brothers.
The highlight of the show from a musical perspective was "Hot Kathy" which is one of the coolest songs I've heard in a long time. Check it out at MySpace but just know that live there is way more to it then what you hear online. The oohs and ahhs at the end were amazing to hear live. I recorded it on my camera but the quality is horrible - I still posted it though.
This band is an absolute must see. The girls adore them and they know how to put on a show. As long as they don't fuck up they will be very well known in the near future. The show last night was better then anything I've seen any fancy signed band put on and without any fancy label money to do it. If you're a label then you would be retarded not to check out Apes And Androids next time they play.
If you want to go and need more information get in touch with Cutie (former BSC photographer).
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
"edgar is back. spread the gospel."
If you've never been to the The Corner then you are missing out on perhaps the most entertaining and well written blogs out there. A few months back Edgar went into hiding and Cocaine Corner came to a stop. Go read what you've been missing so you're up to speed once it gets going again.
Monday, August 21, 2006
Sunday, August 20, 2006
I have tickets for the Rancid show on Thursday but I have something else I would like to attend. So I was hoping somebody could trade me their tickets for the Saturday show. Even trade, no money involved - Thursday Rancid (& H2O) tix for Saturday Rancid tix. Please let me know if you are interested.
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Here is why that shit was funny - they looked like Avenged Sevenfold. They had the black clothes, the skulls, the jet black hair, and to top it all off - eyeliner! Nu-metal darlings Papa Roach have gone screamo, at least in appearance. You see I still hadn't heard any of the new shit at this point so I still wasn't sure how deep this madness went.
When I listened to the first track on MySpace it sounded like traditional shitty Papa Roach and then it went into some emo shit. Screamo with Nu-metal rapping, not a mash up I was hoping for. I listened to the rest and it sounded ALOT like MCR or A7X. What the fuck boys? Aren't you cats like 35 years old? You look like fucking retards. Not that I necessarily have a problem with that look. I have a problem with a bunch of frat rock morons going from baggy jeans and backwards caps to girl jeans and eyeliner.
Seriously do you think kids are that stupid? You think that you can get away with dressing like you're 15 when you're 35? Ok so maybe you can and maybe you'll sell a shit load of records. But I will always remember you fuckers as 90's nu-metal posers. Even if these days you're 00's screamo posers.
Here are some pictures for your amusement (I wonder if this was their idea or the labels?):
Papa Roach now!
For more fun go to the Papa Roach MySpace for the NEW pics. Be sure to check out the gun picture - soooo scary!
Bonus - Album covers:
FYI: Rumor has it the free Sparks ain't happening.