When most people are asked to think of cartoon history icons, they’ll most likely conjure up Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse—or, if their memories are a bit shorter, perhaps Warner Brothers & Bugs Bunny. This is not to imply that the work of the final culprits, Max Fleischer and his famous jazz-baby Betty Boop, have gone forgotten, but rather that, like Gimbles, Betamax, and Sega, their limelight was dimmed and finally snuffed out with Fleischer Studios’ abrupt acquisition by Paramount in 1942. Meanwhile, Disney and Warner Brothers went on to dominate the big screen and television, respectively, entrenching themselves firmly in the post-war American consciousness.
Mostly Other People Do The Killing’s Blue is a recreation of Miles Davis’ seminal Kind of Blue. It has many members of the jazz community with pitchforks and torches at the ready, but a closer look reveals that maybe it is more than an uninspired perversion of a classic.
Much like the Song Shot for Afterbirth Monkey’s “It’s Raining Dicks”, this one is a little different in that Matt is in it—again! He was priviledged to join the incredible Eli August and The Abandoned Buildings in the video they shot for “Slow Start” from the EP A Heartache Suite, which is available on iTunes.
Finch are back after nine years with their brand new full-length record, Back To Oblivion. remember first listening to them back in 2001 when they released their hit single “Letters To You” off What It Is To Burn, thinking this is a band I could really get into. That album, for the most part, was pretty firmly wedged in the pop punk scene, though I felt their sound was a little more raw than most bands in the genre at the time. That was over a decade ago. Lets talk about the now and the new.
There is a tendency among critics to dismiss Country Rock as a colander for extracting two timeless themes: love and loss. Often safely entrenched in the soothing tones and crooning warmth of the American heartland, Country is seen as a bit of an old soul clinging to some old but impressive tricks. For one thing, Country has long had the reputation of being an “on the nose” kind of art form; both its strengths and its weaknesses come from being so painfully grounded in the machinations of reality, it sometimes lacks mystique. With such a precedent, “love and loss” may not always pack the same punch… which begs the question: who can breathe new life into the aching hearts of a detail-minded audience with a country soul?
The band 3 Years Hollow is just breaking into the mainstream rock scene. They have a lot to say, and they refuse to be ignored. They are hitting the scene hard with their debut LP, The Cracks, released through the well-known label, Imagen Records. The album features their singles, “Chemical Ride,” “Hungry”, and “For Life” (feat. Clint Lowery). The band hails from the Quad Cities, Iowa–Illinois, and is made up of lead vocalist, Jose Urquiza, guitarist Tony Reeves, guitarist and vocalist Neil Kuhlman, bassist Dex Digga, and drummer Chris Cushman. Even for a debut, this five-piece rock ensemble can get you going from the first riff.
On August 21, 2014, I officially had my face melted by a rock concert. Thanks to the generosity of Mark Young of (HED) P.E., I was given a ticket to see the amazing line-up of Sunflower Dead, (HED) P.E., and Powerman 5000. The show was at B.B. King Blues Club in New York, NY. As a long-time fan of both (HED) P.E. and PM5K, I was pretty excited about this show in the weeks leading up. Then, after conducting interviews with both Mark Young and Spider One for CC: Autographs, I was even more fired up than ever to see both bands live on the same night.
Circadian Clock is a band that’s not afraid to get in your face. Their music is rambunctious and well-crafted. Groovy riffs and intricate rhythms make for a rockin’ song that you can also dance to. You can’t help but tap your toes and sway to the underlying groove, but its danceability is bolstered by the playfully rhythmic vocal delivery (coupled with lyrics that are both engaging and beautiful).
Powerman 5000 is a band that is no stranger to the ebbs and flows of the high seas of Rock and Roll, but they pilot their ironclad galleon of powerful lyrics and killer riffs with ease and proficiency. Riding like a bat out of hell on the heels of their brand new record, Builders of the Future, Powerman 5000 is still doing exactly what they’ve already mastered, which is taking great heavy rock and mixing it with heavy doses of pop culture and science fiction. I had the incredible pleasure of chatting with Powerman’s frontman, Spider, about all this. In the same interview, we also covered the band’s involvement in Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare, and much more.
This Song Shot is a little different from previous ones for one major reason: Matt’s in it! The video, that is. The hilarious Afterbirth Monkey has put together a music video for their “After-Bro” anthem called, “It’s Raining Dicks.” The song can be found on their full-length release, Man Dies Defecating a Drinking Game, available on iTunes.