Let's start off with a bit of book news: From the author of the well received tome " MC5 Sonically Speaking: A Tale of Revolution and Rock 'n' Roll" ; a new book about Iggy and the Stooges is now available for pre-order. "The Stooges: Head On, a Journey Through the Michigan Underground (Painted Turtle)" takes the reader from the origins of the band, up to the 2003 reunion and into the present day; Alice Cooper writes the forward and, Glen Danzig takes care of the afterword. If you are into either groundbreaking Michigan band, you may just want to check 'em out!
Purveyor of shredding 'core music, Paul Sunderland from Give Praise, sez that he came across a warehouse find and is distributing the Hewhocorrupts / FKS Split 7", you can score a copy for 4 bucks and a quarter now at Give Praise! Both bands hail from Illinois, Hewhocorrupts is grindcore, whereas, FKS has been described as heavy hardcore with a bit o Iron Maiden influence...hmmm interesting. Check out the Hewhocorrupts vid for "Master of Profits" below.
And while you're at it, don't forget to download the Give Praise Sampler for free! Also, for all you folks who have sites dedicated to our type of tunes, be ready for something very cool to be announced by Paul in the coming weeks.
Cool news from the folks over at Patac Records, they are gettin' ready to release the 7" for Rawhide's "Branded for Life" which you can check out and download right this minute if waiting for the vinyl ain't yer thang!
And if that wasn't enough, check this: Executioner, the San Jose punx from the early days, has released their "The Anthology" CD via Patac as well! This album covers the entire output from 1982 by this band and is housed in a foldout Crass Records styled sleeve with full poster and extensive liner notes, this is a definite must have for all those who dig the early days or, simply, for those who can't get enough of true oldschool punk! Have a listen to the album now!
Be sure to check the Patac catalogue out 'cause they have some serious metal and hardcore tunes on vinyl, CD and via downloads as well as other assorted goodies.
Word comes in for all you black metal heads that the band which the Las Vegas Review Journal said "... pushes the bounds of psychedelic black metal with fury and finesse" , DeafHeaven are to tour the West coast with Lake of Blood and DNF. If black metal is your deal, you should really check out their "Roads to Judah" which was released last April.
Confirmed dates so far:
You think you're a hardcore, DIY, not for profit punk rocker? Well, apparently not as hardcore as Cerebralballzy (Yay, neat-o website navigation! ) according to this guy , check what he says about Keith Morris. Have a listen to these truly "hardcore" punx below ( whose debut album has been put out by Cartoon Network's Adult Swim)! Yeah, bask in their truly magnificent glory!
This isn't really recent news, but I just found out about it. Most everyone has become aware of the fact that heavy metal is flourishing among young Muslims, but now, so is punk rock. If you have never heard about the fictional book The Taqwacores by Michael Muhammad Knight you should, it's the book which gave birth to a real Muslim Punk movement, film of the same name and the documentary Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam (see trailer below). Anyway, it turns out that if you're in North America you can now score the documentary as a download via the documentary channel's website!
"obey your master exhibit poster displayed under fair use"
For those who love to skate with a thrash soundtrack, here's some interstin' news...Dogtown local , skate legend and owner of Alva Skates Tony Alva, in partnership with Exhibit A Gallery (1086 South Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles ) is planning to open an exhibit in tribute to once great thrash metal band Metallica on January 20th 2012, titled: "Obey Your Master". Artists are to choose one of their favorite Metallica songs and create a piece to represent it. Apparently Metallica themselves are to be in attendance. For more info check here. To tell you the truth, I'll keep my own feelings about this to myself especially those regarding Lars' paintings...wondering if he is gonna have wall space for his "stuff".
And speaking of the "four horsemen", you know as well as we do that there has been a lot of grumbling about the Metallica/Lou Reed album titled "Lulu", why not tell us what you think by leaving a comment below? Is Metallica pushing into new territory by allowing themselves to grow artistically? Is it a farce to make Metallica more palatible to mainstream consumers? Is it the greatest collaborative effort since Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney (LOL)? Is it a sure sign the end times are nigh? Throw down with your opinions.
We leave you with Voodoo Highways' (Italy) new vid: