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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


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


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


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


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.


Flashback – You may not know DEATH…but you should

Posted in Flashback with tags , , , on June 14, 2013 by heavyuberalles


So I freely admit it – I am a music junkie. I can’t get enough. I am always searching for new music, not because of the lack of good music (there’s plenty of it, past and present), but because there’s always that one thing you haven’t heard, or the one band you have yet to discover that truly touches your soul. Every once in a while, if you are really lucky, you will come across that one band that literally knocks you back into your seat or off your feet. Those times when that musical gem makes you feel as if you’ve found an ancient scroll or buried pirate treasure.

For me, the latest band to do that is called Death.


My friend Jon at work, after a week-long stint in New York City comes up to me on his first morning back, all excited about something. “DUDE. have you ever heard of a band called ‘Death’?” My reply was something like, “Um, yeah. Everyone has. You know. Death metal band from Florida.” It was quickly apparent that we were not talking about the same band. Not by a long shot. He tells me a brief story, and as he presses play on the cd, tells me, “This is from 1974.” What I heard next gave me chills, and just floored me. As the opening chords of “Keep on Knocking” began I was curious, tilting my head like a dog. Then the song kicked in, and WHOA. I was confused. “Who are these guys? Am I the last one to find out about them? WHY were these guys not huge?” A totally wonderful mix of Detroit rock and one of the earliest punk sounds ever recorded.

My jaw still hanging slack, he handed me the cds and said “Go. Listen, and enjoy.”


 I did just that, and as I made my way through songs like “Rock-n-Roll Victim” and “Freakin Out,” I was in such a state of shock, I could barely function.

A revelation hit me….“THESE GUYS STARTED AMERICAN PUNK. AND MUCH THE WORLD DOESN’T KNOW WHO THEY ARE.” I listened to the 2 albums, 1975’s For The Whole World To See, and Spiritual•Mental•Physical, taken from demos that predates “For The…” I listened over and over, just in awe of what I was hearing. This was taking what MC5 and the Stooges had started, and making it their own. There was an article written by the New York Times called “This Band Was Punk Before Punk Was Punk.”

I feverishly started researching the band. I had to know their story.

Back in 1971, three brothers from Detroit- David, Bobby and Dannis Hackney – formed a funk/soul band called “Rock Fire Funk Express.” rockfirefunkexpress550 After a little bit of recording, the brothers saw The Who and Alice Cooper in concert, and everything changed.

Death was born. David came up with the new name for the band, knowing it might be controversial. Said brother Bobby, “His concept was spinning death from the negative to the positive. It was a hard sell.” It would ultimately be their undoing, with the band refusing to change its’ name causing their best shot at a deal – Clive Davis and Arista Records – to walk away. On top of that, in the ’70s, black musicians were typical not playing rock, mu ch less this new breed of burgeoning punk. bands like the Stylistic, Earth, Wind and Fire were the predominant styles of black musicians. Yet, in true punk rock form, Death did not compromise their sound for anyone or any stereotype.

The band self-recorded a single, and unsuccessfully tried to get it out to the masses. The masters were stashed away in an attic, lying in wait to unleash upon the world. After Death not taking off, the brothers formed a rock gospel band, and David Hackney passed away in 2000. Bobby and Dannis, meanwhile, formed a reggae band called Lambsbread while they were living in Vermont.

What you have just read is an extremely abridged version of the story of the Hackney brothers and Death. There is much more to the story, and I strongly encourage you to watch the documentary “A Band Called Death: The Documentary.” death-movieIt is inspiring and emotional, with the attitude amongst the family being “family first,” and “back up your brother.” It takes you through their early years, the passing of their father, and the struggles to get off the ground while being held back by their name alone.

My favorite part of the movie is when you have met Bobby Hackney’s children. The Hackneys had never told their kids about Death – they had no idea it had existed. One of Bobby’s sons was at a party, and the 45 of “Politicians in My Eyes” was playing. You feel the exhilaration along with them, as the sons discover the music that is in their bloodline, and that exhilaration is very tangible and electric.

The sons formed a band called Rough Francis (the name of David’s project before his death), and helped bring the music of Death to a modern audience. Seeing the joy and pride on Bobby’s face, watching his sons bring their music back to life, was joyous. Death has started resurfacing, with guitarist Bobbie Duncan taking over the guitar duties. They played the Orion Stage at the Orion Music and More Festival in June in their hometown of Detroit, and even got an introduction from Metallica’s Robert Trujillo (more on their Orion performance here).

If you are a fan punk rock, you are doing yourself a grave injustice if you don’t, at a minimum, give Death a listen. Listen to them, and think about how differently the history books would look. Know your roots, even if they are ones you didn’t realize were there.

Death homepage

Rough Francis on Facebook

Tuesday Six – 4/16/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2013 by heavyuberalles


Life of Agony – Through and Through

Back in college, my roommate and I had a system called Digital Music Express, a precursor to Music Choice and other cable-based music services. To see what was playing, you looked down at a little screen and it told you what was playing. The remote looked like this:


I digress. I discovered some amazing music on here, like Type O Negative and Life of Agony. The first time I heard “Through and Through,” I was completely blown away. Very different from the metal bands of the time, there was so much real feelings and emotions in their music, like putting someone’s diary to music. River Runs Red is a concept album of sorts, following a troubled teen dealing with problems in love, work, school, and abusive home environment. Interspersed with asides between songs of what the teen is going through, the end of the album will give you chills.


Amon Amarth

The Vikings from Sweden are back! Not a lot of new ground tread on the new song, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Johan Hegg and company continue to do what they do best, making heavy ass metal and being bad ass Vikings.


Anthrax – Among the Living

A great song from one of the best thrash albums EVER. Period. I had just read The Stand by Stephen King before hearing this for the first time back in 1987, and that kind of blew me away. Stephen King, Judge Dredd…I instantly fell for Anthrax.


Misfits – Attitude

This is about as punk as it gets. “YOU GOT SOME FUCKIN’ ATTITUDE!” Hard to believe this song is 35 years old.


Slayer – Raining Blood

I’m driving down the highway on the way home from the Anthrax show on Sunday, and Raining Blood came on Sirius/XM. I am listening to one of the most classic thrash metal songs ever, remembering hearing for the first time way back when, and it dawned on me…this song is my generation’s “Black Sabbath.” Older folks talk about the first time they heard the song “Black Sabbath”, and how the infamous “tri-tone” was the creepiest, most evil thing they had heard. That is EXACTLY what I felt the first time I heard the main riff kick in after the thunderstorm in “Raining Blood.” 26 years later, I still get the same feeling when I hear THAT RIFF.


Carnivore – Ground Zero Brooklyn

Hardcore doomy heaviness from the big man in green, pre-Type O Negative. This week was the 3rd anniversary of Peter Steele’s death, a man missed by many. Do yourself a favor and listen to the old Carnivore stuff if you never have. Seriously heavy stuff, and you can hear the influence Carnivore had on the earlier Type O material.


Tuesday Six – 1/29/2013

Posted in Tuesday Six with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2013 by heavyuberalles



1. Clutch – Crucial Velocity

A fantastic track from their forthcoming album Earth Rocker. I had the privilege to hear the album in full today, and this one does NOT disappoint! Killer, straightforward rock and roll. The album comes out on 3/19, and if it’s 3/20 and you don’t have it yet, you should be ashamed.


2. Two Man Advantage – Zamboni Driving Maniac

What could be better than a hockey-themed punk band? Big thanks to Bobby at the Oasis in Palo Alto, CA for telling me about these guys. *Bonus video! Check out their full set from November 2012 at Trash Bar in Brooklyn, NY here.


3.  The Sword – Apocryphon

One of my favorite stoner rock bands, these dudes from Texas use D&D and Game of Thrones for subject matter in their song, and use awesome words like “multiverse” and “demiurge” in their lyrics. From last year’s album of the same name, enjoy the riffage and check out this trippy lyric video that might be life-altering if watched while tripping.


4. KingSnake – Book of Promise

Got to see this badass band from Philly last weekend supporting King Giant. Rooted in the bluesy rock vein of Clutch, these guys are great in the studio, and even better live.


5. Amon Amarth – Asator

Excellent viking metal from Sweden, these metal warriors can do no wrong. I love everything they’ve done. Off of 2006’s With Oden On Our Side, this one is just brutal.


6. Volbeat – Sad Man’s Tongue

Take heavy metal, and mix in a dash of rockabilly and some Johnny Cash flavor, and you’ve got Volbeat. These guys from Denmark Have gotten better and better, and have a new album on the way in 2013 called Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies. Stoked to see these guys in Baltimore in April.


**Bonus song – Hatebreed – Dead Man Breathing

I was going to post this as #6 this week, but the video got removed by Razor & Tie Records. Heard this one on Liquid Metal today, and loved what Jamey Jasta had to say about the meaning behind the song – the fact that we live in an overmedicated society, a topic I had just been discussing with coworkers. This is off of their latest album, Divinity of Purpose. Check out the short video below (that has a snippet of the song) with Jamey talking about the song.

Friday Find – 1/18/2013

Posted in Friday Find with tags , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2013 by heavyuberalles


Another Friday is upon, time to get this weekend kicked off right! Some sludge, punk, and brutal death metal for you this week. Enjoy your weekend, people!


Ain’t it just a bitch when you knew of a band’s existence, missed their show at the Black Cat over a year ago, but just never got around to checking them out? THAT SUCKS. That is exactly what happened with Hail!Hornet. Man, do I wish I had listened to these guys sooner. A sludge “supergroup” if you will, Hail!Hornet is T-Roy Medlin (Sourvein) on vocals, “Dixie” Dave Collins (Weedeater) on bass, Vince Burke (Beaten Back to Pure) on guitar, and Erik Larson (The Might Could/ex-Alabama Thunderpussy) handling the drums. This is high-powered, supercharged stoner/sludge metal at its’ finest. T-Roy’s trademark howls and growls are the perfect way to lead the charge of the brash, chugging yet _____ riffs that make up 2011’s Disperse the Curse. Collins’ bass tone has the gutteral voice of a monster risen up form a murky swamp, and the whole band is just on point. Highlights of the album for me are “Shoot the Pigs”, “Beast of Bourbon”, “Scars”, and the slower, yet crushingly heavy 8 and a half-minute epic “Blacked Out in Broad Daylight.” If you haven’t heard Hail!Hornet yet, Check em out and get your sludge on.


Booze Riot

So, yeah, I AM gonna be that guy for a minute and post my friend’s band on here. A lot of punk nowadays has lost its’ way, but some of the best punk bands are on the local level, not playing amphitheaters on summer package tours. One great example is Maryland’s Booze Riot. They are in your face, over the top, and have a great sense of humor. Don’t miss “Macho Madness”, a brilliant punk tribute to fallen pro wrestler “Macho Man” Randy Savage. I need to see these guys soon before Brian punches me in the jaw.



Finishing out the heavy trifecta this week is Boston’s Revocation. With heavy-as hell riffs, brutal vocals, and songs that are cut with laser precision, these guys absolutely shred. Check out the insane drums and supreme technicality of “Maniacally Unleashed”, and the unbelievably heavy, warp-speed “Bound By Desire.” This is a band that is on my radar now, and high on my must-see-live list.