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Friday Fix – 6/14/2013

Posted in Friday Fix with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 14, 2013 by heavyuberalles

I am kinda redoing my Friday posts. Instead of something new every Friday, the Friday Fix is just an assortment of cool shit i have come across in the past week. It may be new, it may just be interesting. Enjoy!

1. The White Mandingos

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This hybrid project, the brainchild of rapper MURS, Sacha Jenkins, and Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer, is just awesome. Sometimes a little more rap, sometimes a little more punk, oftentimes right in the middle, this is one hell of a good time. The whole album is up over on Soundcloud, but check out one of my favorites from the album, “Warn A Brotha” below. TWM was going to be playing at U St Music Hall in DC this Saturday, 6/15, but the show has been postponed. (Which works PERFECTLY for me, cause Stanley Cup hockey on on Saturday night. WIN!)

 

2. Black Sabbath

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The first studio album with Ozzy since 1978’s Never Say Die, and the godfathers of heavy metal have really done well. I wanted to hate this, honestly. I’m still a little bitter about Bill Ward getting a raw deal and not being a part of this. That being said, this is a pretty damn solid album. Some of the songs sound like they could have been written for Dio, and the songs are fairly long (6 of the 12 songs are over 7 minutes). The lead single, “God Is Dead?” has been played to death already. I am loving the opening track, “End of the Beginning.” Well done, lads. See you in August.

 

3. Death

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I can’t talk enough about this band. I just did a whole post about them today, so I will just link another song here.

 

4. Carol Kaye

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I read a fascinating article this week, one that blew my mind. Carol Kaye was a popular studio musician back in the ’60s and ’70s. I had never heard her name until this week, and when I did, I was shocked to see some of the songs and albums on her resume:

Richie Valens – “La Bamba” (on guitar)
Simon and Garfunkel – “Scarborough Fair”
Lalo Shifrin – Themes to Mission: Impossible and Mannix
The Monkees – “I’m A Believer”
Tennessee Ernie Ford – “Sixteen Tons”
Nancy Sinatra – “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’”
The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’”
The Beach Boys – “California Girls,” “Sloop John B,” “Help Me, Rhonda,” and “Heroes and Villains.”

HOLY SHIT! This woman was a beast. Paul McCartney was praising the Beach Boys’ bass sound on Pet Sounds in an interview, and unbeknownst to him, was complimenting the bass playing of Kaye. This woman is a legend, and not many outside the industry know who she is. Incredible. 

Read the whole article here.

Tuesday Six – 5/14/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 14, 2013 by heavyuberalles

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Ghost – Elizabeth

I had to go with this one today. I got to see Ghost at the 9:30 Club last night, I am still blown away thinking about it. I could go on about the show (in fact, I will in my review for The Vinyl District, online in a couple of days), but this song in particular was amazing. Papa’s voice was spot-on, and the Nameless Ghouls sounded great. This is my favorite song from Opus Eponymous, a haunting ode to the Blood Countess, Elizabeth Bathory. Check out a live video from the Boston show on 5/10 here.

 

Black Sabbath – God is Dead

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Ok, so this one is really growing on me. I still have a little bitterness about the whole Bill Ward thing, but c’mon…it’s Sabbath. I found it interesting that they chose a 9-minute song for their first new single. That being said, it’s a tad long-winded and the song could probably be a good 4 minutes shorter, but it is pretty heavy, solid Sabbath. It has the vibe of Heaven & Hell/Dehumanizer-era Sabbath, and I can’t help but think that this sounds like a Ronnie song more than an Ozzy song. but I am diggin it, and looking forward to hearing the rest of the new album.

 

Hatriot – Weapons of Class Destruction

Steve “Zetro” Souza, former lead singer for Exodus, is back in action with a new band, Hatriot. This is old-school, in-your-face thrash metal with a newer edge to it, led by Souza’s trademark snarling voice. The band includes Souza’s sons, Cody and Nicholas, on bass and drums, respectively. This is the first single off of the album Heroes of Origin. You can stream the album in its entirety below.

 

Demolition Hammer – Infectious Hospital Waste

While we’re on the subject of old-school thrash metal, let’s go back to 1991. Hailing from the Bronx, New York, Demolition Hammer never hit the big time, but their music was solid. “Infectious Hospital Waste” is a crushing example of that. In a bizarre side note, drummer Vinny Daze died of globefish poisoning in Africa in 1996. Not sure if that’s a metal way to go out or not. Anyway, put on your jean vest and rock out to this thrash classic.

 

Strife – In This Defiance

The LA hardcore kings are back and brutal as ever. It’s a little confusing(ish), that the new single is called “In This Defiance,” which was the name of their 1997 album (that did not feature a song by the same name). Sort of odd, that would kind of be like Kiss putting a song called “Rock and Roll Over” on Dynasty. Vocalist Rick Rodney is spitting pure venom on this one, and the riffs are heavy and tight. Hit the heavybag to this song.

 

Twisted Sister – Destroyer

This one came on Sirius/XM Liquid Metal the other day, and I just had to crank it up. So damn heavy! One of my all-time top Twisted Sister tracks.