We're in a new era, and no matter who you supported in the last Presidential election, the result is undeniable: The world is a very different place post-1/20/2017 than it was before. This is where we're at. We've been moving toward it for years, but now, The United States of America is home to scenes that were once thought of as symbols of the Third World. Protests. Riots. Fire in the the streets. Racial hatred. Political animosity. Terrorist attacks - it's all here, and it didn't happen overnight. As I was preparing to pen another throwback post for a new "Rewind" column, it hit me that Sepultura's 1993 album, Chaos A.D., essentially describes where we're at right now. Written by a band from Brazil - known for the tales of "Third World Chaos," the reality that they were living made its way into the lyrics of Max Cavalera and Co. - words that are frighteningly on-point to the United States in 2017. If "Refuse/Resist" is the anthem, then "Territory" is the warning. And lest we forget "Propaganda" and "Slave New World." If you've heard the album, it's worth revisiting. If you haven't, indulge yourself and make sure to have the lyrics for the entire record handy. Here's two to get you started...
The eleventh of January welcomed the return of the most rad thing to do on hump day night, Soundcheck Live at Lucky Strike. On parade every Wednesday, Soundcheck Live, at Hollywood & Highland, offers a rotating platform for artists of all musical divinations to give unique interpretations of the music that shaped them.
The National Association of Music Merchants is best-known for their annual January trade show, one that most people simply refer to as "NAMM." Over the years, the annual gathering of musical instrument and gearmakers to meet with retailers has become a music industry reunion of sorts. The show has expanded into a place where your favorite artists will likely be signing, legendary after parties and concerts will rock the Anaheim area, all while promoting the latest in gear for the year to come. For 2017, perhaps the best video I've seen to come out of the NAMM show comes from one of my favorite cover artists on YouTube - Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios. He's a fellow "Rock Father" (check out his version of "Let it Go" from FROZEN, or Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off"), and for NAMM 2017 he made the trek to California from his home in Norway for a collaboration with some of the best guitarists on YouTube. Check out their version of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Californication."
Two things I love: guitars and pizza. Apparently, Zakk Wylde also feels the same way, because if this new video is to be believed, his new line of guitars from Wylde Audio are, in fact, forged from the fires of his mighty Pizza Oven O'Doom. If you've ever wondered where guitars come from - specifically, where Zakk's Wylde Audio guitars come from, check out this helpful video that details the magical building process, and the power of Tree.
Pixies, one of the most influential alt/rock bands of all time, will take their signature aural mix of psychedelia, dissonance, surf-rock and loud-quiet-loud on a five-week tour across North America in 2017, the first of a three-leg trek across the continent. Following stops in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and the band's first-ever South African concerts, the North American tour will launch at the Fox Theatre in Pomona, CA on Friday, April 21, and will see the band playing theatres and open-air venues. There will be several special ticket pre-sales prior to the general on-sale which will begin this Friday, January 27 at 10AM local time. Log on to www.pixiesmusic.com for all pre-sale and general onsale purchasing details.
After attending Wizard World events for nearly two decades, including a couple as a creator/guest myself, I've always wondered why they didn't formally start including music into their mix. After all, there's been many artists that have appeared at their events, including Static-X, Twiztid and Insane Clown Posse - all promoting comic titles. Last year, Wizard World Music tested the waters for bigger things, with performances by Grimes and The Pretty Reckless, and today comes news that Wizard World Touring has launched in partnership with veteran music and technology executive Nick Turner. The new unit "will bring vibrant live entertainment to Wizard World shows, building on the Wizard’s initiative to create an atmosphere of a weekend festival at every Wizard World show." First up: a club tour by KISS frontman (and no stranger to comics) Gene Simmons, complete with appearances at five Wizard World Comic Con events.
As I sit here in my office at Rock Father HQ, there's a few bottles of Robinson's Iron Maiden Trooper Beer - regular, the sold-out "Trooper 666," and the new "Red 'N' Black" Porter (which I haven't tried yet) in the cooler nearby. Is it wrong to want a sip at 8:30am? That's sorta where I'm at right now as news just hit my inbox that IRON MAIDEN is bringing The Book Of Souls World Tour back to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in summer 2017. After kicking off a string of 14 sold-out shows in the U.S. and Canada last February, the tour spawned a further 58 concerts in 34 other countries around the globe. Now, the tour returns - and with one of my favorite current bands in direct support: GHOST.
Just last week, I'd been listening to The Lonely Island here at Rock Father HQ, and it hit me that their breakthrough viral hit, "Lazy Sunday," was already 12 years old. As I tend to do on occasion, I followed The Lonely Island down the rabbit hole and re-watched their classic SNL Digital Shorts, followed by binging on the three full-length albums that preceded last year's soundtrack to Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Today, for no apparent reason (aside from it being awesome), The Lonely Island's YouTube Channel sprang to life for the first time in five months, posting a live performance of "Lazy Sunday" from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, one that originally aired on March 8, 2010. Check it out below!
The 1990s were a glorious time for music, especially rock music. It was a time when it wasn't uncommon to see quality bands rockin' the stage on television, with the heavier, and sometimes more unlikely acts entering the spotlight - often in unique venues. Back in 1995, MTV Invades Your Space served-up a chance for one lucky winner to play host - at their home - for shows like Singled Out, The Grind, and a performance by White Zombie. What's particularly interesting about the latter is that in a pre-show interview with Kennedy, Rob Zombie seemingly makes reference to a show I was at. "I like the Midwest," he says, "People know what it's all about out here. Breaking the seats and causing as much trouble and damage to every venue as possible so we can never come back again." Could this have been the infamous show at the Adler Theater in Davenport, Iowa from January of 1994? The one I wrote about here? Check out the 1995 MTV Invades Your Space performance, straight from a backyard in Indiana...
What makes a monster song? For many reasons, the title "Monster" is one that is often used by a host of artists that transcend genres. From Product of Hate's blistering metal single (for which I directed the music video), to Kanye West's legendary collaboration with Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Bon Iver... from the pop stylings of Lady Gaga and Paramore to the folksy grooves of Mumford & Sons... and from the metallic crunch of Disturbed to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, countless artists have birthed their own "Monster." To celebrate this oddity is to enjoy it together, and I've curated a new Spotify Playlist featuring 23 distinct songs (nearly an hour and a half of music) that share just one similarity - the single-word title, "Monster." Stream it in the web player below, or click here to follow the playlist on Spotify.
Those hard-drinking pirates of Alestorm (Napalm Records labelmates with my boys, Product of Hate), have docked their tipsy ship near Orlando, Florida to begin recording their fifth full-length album. The announcement went up on Facebook earlier this week, but just hit my inbox here at HQ this evening, and thus I'm sharing a statement from the band below!
Industrial Metal Legends DOPE and Combichrist are pairing up for the Black Craft Whiskey sponsored Blood, Lust, Death 2017 Tour.. The bill will be rounded out with support from September Mourning and Davey Suicide. Launching Feb 27th in Portland OR, the tour winds through the Midwest, East Coast, and South before wrapping up in LA on April 9.