“Bad Brains: A Band In DC” is a full-length documentary focusing on Bad Brains’ history and cultural impact through archival footage and interviews.
The other night I watched ‘Everyday Sunshine‘, the documentary about Fishbone. It was fucking great. The early footage of the band and the rad animations brought me back to 6th grade, when we used to ride the skateramp all day listening to the Fishbone EP on repeat. Everyday Sunshine has some pretty interesting moments highlighting the current incarnation of the band and the relationship between Angelo and Norwood. Highly recommended.
Spit Stix has posted a timeline highlighting various anecdotes during his time as drummer for Los Angeles’ hardcore heros, FEAR. Remember when John Belushi invited FEAR to play Saturday Night Live?
Spit writes…”SNL claimed $200,000 damage in the NY Post the next day and we were industry mud for about a year; but we were kings on the street.” Check out Spit Stix, Punk Chronicle.
The Legendary Nardcore band Dr. Know has reformed. Their return to the stage this past November confirmed just how much they have been missed. Over 1,000 people packed the Ventura Theater to see them play. Since then they have played a steady stream of shows including a date with OC legends the Adolescents as part of the 14th annual Punk Rock Bowling festival. Vocalist/guitarist Kyle Toucher says there is new material in the works, but the emphasis is on live performances. With the This Island Earth line-up of the band back together they have been focusing on creating a “heavier, thicker and tighter” version of Dr. Know’s Nardcore sound.
Just found out that Boston Hardcore legends, Slapshot, are playing in Santiago Chile tonight. Appearing at Arena Recoleta, tonights performance is the first stop in a three date South American tour. The tour will continue on to Argentina and Brazil. Wicked!
Ladies and gentlemen, Keith Morris has returned to making music full-time and it is everything you would hope it to be. The former Black Flag and Circle Jerks singer unleashes a storm of punk fucking rock fiercer than I have heard in a long time. Joined by former Clikatat-Ikatowi and RFTC/Hot Snakes drummer, Mario Rubalacaba, the beats are full of slamming goodness. Steve McDonald, another legend of Southern California punk rock, largely known for co-founding Los Angeles’ own Red Kross when he was 11 years old, joins on bass. Dimitri Coats from Burning Brides adds walls of treble guitar, contagiously cascading through every song and tough enough to make Greg Ginn smile.
On their most recent release, self titled, they waste no time with pre-chorus bullshit or extended bridges, and really lay into it. No song on this album is longer than 99 seconds.’Wiped Out’ is destined to be the summer anthem of 2012. Not to mention having a sick as hell guitar solo which makes me wonder if Dimitri is actually Nels Cline’s little brother. ‘I Got News For You’ is classic punk in the vein of Circle Jerks and early Black Flag, but not solely because of Keith Morris’ vocals. Mario, Steve and Dimitri really glue this release together, making OFF a solid effort, far more so than a Keith Morris solo record could ever be. Coats and Keith co-write OFF’s material. Rubalacaba and McDonald could be the punk rock Sly and Robbie if they wanted to, but luckily for Morris and Coats they are with OFF.
The artwork is by Raymond Pettibon, an internationally famous artist known for his close association with Black Flag and SST records.
Obviously, I would highly recommend OFF or any of their other releases to all my friends.