I don't know if there's ever been a definitive study to determine why rockabilly surf punk fits so well with monsters and ghouls, but it most certainly does. Perhaps the most famous example is Jack Marshall's "Munsters Theme," but here we are fifty years later and the jams just keep on coming - and the vibe has gone far beyond the beach, with guitarslingers around the globe breaking out those twangy riffs atop bouncing beats and low-end grooves. On Friday the 13th of October, 2017, Russian rockers MESSER CHUPS will release their latest album, Taste the Blood of Guitaracula - a mostly-instrumental collection of 16 songs perfect for the Halloween season. Ahead of its release, here's a look at the official video for "Midnight Call," along with "Chupacabra vs. Batman." Crank it up!
Earlier this year, SKINLAB hit the road with my boys in PRODUCT OF HATE for an East Coast Tour as they celebrated their past while working on new music to shape the future of the band. Now comes the "End of Silence," the first new SKINLAB single release in nearly a decade - and it's a good one. The accompanying lyric video can be seen below.
Now this was a welcome surprise to wake up to this morning...
Donita Sparks and Suzi Garder's first songwriting collaboration in 18 years has arrived in the form of a return single from L7, the very timely "Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago." Available for streaming or sale this morning from Don Giovanni Records, the new single takes its name from Donald Trump's "Winter White House" and provides one hell of a fun jam to kick off the weekend. Listen below!
Following the news that Frank Zappa will be going back on tour, thanks to the magic of holograms, the Zappa Family Trust and Universal have announced The Halloween 77 Box Set - a 40th Anniversary celebration of Zappa's massive residency at The Palladium in New York City. Zappa and his band played six shows from October 28-31, 1977, with all of them recorded and four filmed for BABY SNAKES. Now, all six concerts are being released on CD and Digital, packaged together with one of 2017's coolest Halloween costumes: A vintage-style Frank Zappa done in the tradition of the classic Ben Cooper costumes that kids like myself used to wear.
I despise Snapchat on many levels, particularly in that it managed to convince millions of people that vertical video is acceptable. This is 100% false, and if video is presented in any format other than landscape (widescreen) or square (like an old tv), that is incorrect. Most folks wouldn't hang their television vertically because tall-and-skinny video is painful to watch. But, in an effort to capture the tainted eyes of those millions, Facebook and Instagram also went vertical via "stories," solidifying their Snapchat clones with filters as well. Why am I ranting about this again, you ask? Because THE DARKNESS has released a new music video for "Southbound Trains," and unfortunately it's done in a snapchat style... which means they've either got black bars on the sides, or have to place multiple vertical images next to each other to fill-out the properly-configured widescreen player. I love THE DARKNESS, but this is just annoying.
Tribute tours have become big business in recent years, with artists ranging from Michael Jackson to Ronnie James Dio being celebrated in new productions. Celebrating David Bowie is one of the newer ones, and after a series of shows this year, they've announced a Celebrating David Bowie Tour for 2018, with dates announced for Europe and North America. "What might a David Bowie 2018 tour setlist consist of?" That's one of the questions about to be answered as Celebrating David Bowie keeps David's music alive with musicians who worked closely with him throughout his career and other top musicians greatly influenced by him.