Fresno Media Big News Release
YUPPICIDE, DEAD CITY RECORDS RELEASE ‘ANTHOLOGY ’88-‘98’
12-song sampler streaming on AMPMagazine.com
BROOKLYN, NY – Brooklyn’s legendary hardcore punk outfit, Yuppicide, is proud to announce the release of Anthology ’88-’98, a two disc collection of remastered Yuppicide tracks taken from their decade long heyday, out now on Dead City Records. This long-awaited reissue of classic Yuppicide songs features all of the music the band recorded from 1988-1998, including rare, unreleased tracks, complimented by a 24-page full color booklet filled with lyrics, rare photos, flyers, and more.
“ After having the luxury of time off and a few years away from the stage and studio, we realized that we had amassed a substantial back catalogue of material,” explains guitarist, Steve Karp. “Folks were still clamoring to own a piece of Yuppicide's musical legacy, and no expense has been spared to compile this collection. All the music has been lovingly remastered by NYHC legend, Don Fury, and the package is chock full of rare songs, as well as the material from the LP's, lyrics, and tons of photos and art
Anthology ’88-’98 is available for purchase through the Dead City webstore at:Dead City Store
A 12-song sampler of the double-disc set, featuring songs from every chapter of Yuppicide’s distinguished career, can be streamed online now at:AMP
The track list for Anthology ’88-’98 is…
1. Fistful of Credit Cards
2. Roots of Scorn
3. How to Hate
5. Ska Army
6. Bang Bang
7. Big Head
8. All for Nothing
9. Yellow Journalism
First S/T 7”
10.Fistful of Credit Cards
11. Roots of Scorn
12. Be A Man (and Slam)
14. Jesse Helms
Squat Or Rot #2 7”comp
Fear Love LP
16. Sound Advice
17. All for Nothing
19. Yellow Journalism
22. Have fun or...
24. Big Head
25. How to Hate
26. Dr. Extermination
You've Been Warned 7”
30. I Wish
31. True Love
32. Out of Style
Sick But Slick 7” comp
3. Lucky 13
6. New Jesus
7. Follow the Leader
11. Sleep With Anger
12. Six Bullet Plan
Dead Man Walking LP
14. Nice Guys Finish Last
16. Twelve Steps
17. Tied Down
18. The Cleaner
20. Four Letter Word
21. 2 Cents
22. The One I Love
26. Concrete Jungle
Yuppicide will head overseas for a relentless 16 cities in 16 days European tour in support of Anthology ’88-‘98. The five-country tour will kick off in Germany on October 8th. Head over to:
Yuppicide, a mainstay in New York’s revitalized hardcore scene during the 1990’s, truly is one of the preeminent bands to rise from the era. Past Yuppicide releases on WreckAge, Evac, and Nawpost Records have sold over 70,000 total units, and their music continues to influence hardcore bands around the globe to this day.
Stay tuned for more information on Yuppicide and Anthology ’88-98’.
Yuppicide Euro tour 2010…
Oct 08. Immenhausen – Akku (Germany)
Oct 09. Chemnitz – AJZ (Germany)
Oct 10. Prague – Klub 007 (Czech Republic)
Oct 11. Berlin – Lido (Germany)
Oct 12. Flensburg – Volxbad (Germany)
Oct 13. Bochum – Zwischenfall (Germany)
Oct 14. Schweinfurt – Alter Stattbahnhof (Germany)
Oct 15. Eindhoven – Dynamo (Netherlands)
Oct 16. Quedlinburg – Reichenstrasse (Germany)
Oct 17. Antwerpen – Trix (Belgium)
Oct 18. Saarbrücken – Garage (Germany)
Oct 19. Konstanz – Kontrast (Germany)
Oct 20. Vienna – Arena (Germany)
Oct 21. Goricia – Pieffe Factory (Italy)
Oct 22. Mezzago (MG) – Bloom (Italy)
Oct 23. Esslingen – Komma (Germany)
Jesse KFW Jones - vocals
Steve Karp - guitar
Joe Keefe - bass
Jason Rogan – drums
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Trojan Suedehead Box Set
i can't get enough of these box sets. Trojan is the best label on the planet. That said, this is iin my top five of these wonders (Mod, British, Skinhead, Jamaican RnB). Three discs are separated into "Underground", "Club", and "Charts". So you know what you are in for. This is an amzing list of contributers; the big names are here: Upsetters, Heptones, Tommy McCook, John Holt, Errol Brown, Desmon Dekker, and I-Roy amongst a bevy of others. "Suedehead" captures a strange transitional period for Reggae and skinhead music. All songs on this are recorded between 1971 and 1974. But that short time span harnessed alot of change. The music was slowing, London and Kingston were tuning in to more rock musicians - but that distilled the music to a perfect feel. The slow perk of the second track "Lion's Den" by the Kingstonians i think encapsulates the records. Heavy on organ, not horns shows the abandoning of ska into the bluebeat era. The roots of dub has its beginning in the slower, soulful song. The funk piano "Weather report" with a melody sung gently by The Tenors is a mournful simmer in your ears. And i am only on track 3! Check Jamaican remakes of Gaye's "Whats Goin On?" and Big Youth doing Otis' "Dock of the Bay". An amusing romp is The Crystallites' "Blacula". We definitely see a more conscious move to social lyrics and the black power issue growing in the lyrics. But also the catchiest groove on "Musical Right" with Sir Harry toasting over the mesmerizing feel of this beat. and the goofy but captivating rhythm of JJ All Stars "Soup". While you also refer to Greyhound's "I am What I am" eclectic mix of instrumentation that sounds like it came from Jimmy Cliff's "Harder They Come". Try the odd romp of "Karate" from Dave and Ansel Collins; a sparse, intermittent strum of guitar is used to support the daunting yells of vocals over dusty Hammond refrain and bouncing drums. I could praise each song here. 50 songs that span 3 years of adjustment and tremendous growth for reggae. Whether you have an expansive collection or just own "Legend; if you claim to like reggae - this is the jam. this is the best collection to emerge in many years. Perpetuating the role of Jamaica's unique blend politics, party, piano, and puffing. this collection hones in on truly great period of reggae. This album has so much soul
Think Again "The End is Nigh" Arrest Records.
I was assuming to blow these dudes off as another piece of debris in the maelstrom blasting the vista of present day hardcore (bringing damage, but undistinguished from the others, with low resonance). And I would have been wrong. dead wrong. Arrest Record brings another gem like it does with Villain, and Word for Word.
While you can hear a little Madball, a little more Terror, and more Integrity, they do more than enough to stand alone. If you need a reference point of recent years: Palehorse(of which i am a huge fan). There is a nod - but they avoid that cookie cutter Cro-Mags/early Metallica worship; a la Trapped Under Ice, Mind Eraser, Bitter End, etc. Tight ass speed riffing over charging snare hits and double bass taps. They create a harsh, apocalyptic atmosphere that beds a foundation for the intimidating nihilistic, misanthropic lyrics. Titanic breakdowns. Great release, powerful impact, and a solid sound. The production is banging and the more i listen to this, i can't get enough. These guys really paid attention to details in the recording process to bang out a mammoth of a record.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The Sword "Warp Riders" Kemado Records
"Hey, how's the new Sword?"
"it's like ZZ Top covered Sabbath, adding the occasional Maiden gallop."
Clean, crisp production pushes monster riffs into your ears. On the cover, the band eschews the Mucha maidens for 70's space battle. And there is good reason for the switch we discover as the thunderous chords triumph. The vocals ring clean and melodic, like a polished J Mascis (Witch) or Black Pyramid or even Ozzy as opposed to the dirty vox of a typical 'doom' band. If you are going to channel the '70s rock gods, why not completely nerd out and Buck Rodgers it to the 9th as you sweep Erin Grey off her feet and pelt those pesky asteroids with some lasers? The Sword sweeps across the galaxy to birth this 'concept' album ("A concept album centered on the story of a protagonist named Ereth from a planet called Acheron.." wikipedia); much like a Voltron, say. Each song can stand alone fine, but together they form something greater than their parts.
The intro blasts unabashedly into a pure metal orgasm. But as song 2 (Tres Brujas) comes forth, it is a dirty stomp. Catchy and Fun.
This is doomed (excuse the pun) to be seen as a crossover attempt by some underground purists who already scorn the Sword's existence and sound. Admittedly - but not enough to justify such aspersions - the clingy, dusty distortion has been cleared away from the prior "Age of Winter" or "Gods of the Earth".
but this band still brings the heavy. Song 3 has a minor groove - but the foundation is undeniable metal. Metal, metal, metal. i think in no way have these guys made an attempt to be closer to mainstream. A fitting comparison may be Metallica going from "Master" to "Justice" - (appropriate as The Sword are opening for the once great titans on a current tour) - i mean Metallica's sound changed a little - but i do not think Metallica envisioned being a pop band with 9 minute songs.
So, then i think of the musical jump between any two (Consecutive) Clutch albums may be more fitting. And it is - because really there is little difference. And the Clutch groove/stoner rock is doubly fitting. However, i really have to stress that The Sword's slight difference in sound is due to production and guitar tuning. The riff writing truly is along the formula with which they have paved their past two albums.
"Chronomancer" once again has a groove laden jaunt; as "Lawless Lands" goes between ZZ Top/Radar Love/Maiden/Clutch and visits a repeating Hammond centered ebbing.
are these dudes true metal or hipsters? i do not know. i never met them. and i certainly ain't flyin to tay-hass so i can micro fiche their 7th grade picture to scour for bad acne, feathered hair and Morbid Angel shirts.
This is slicker and catchy, but this isn't Fu Manchu - this is more Clutch meets Sleep or Goatsnake. -i am glad i am not a metal head- and just a tourist; just a hardcore punk rock skinhead that loves metal. cuz then i get to love The Sword. where as metal heads banish Sword as hipsters that are "killing metal" -
this metal kills. it slays.. it demolishes.
"Warp Riders" and "Night City" come in on frenetic notes to then settle into an asteroid belt of sound, intense and intimidating and incessantly pummeling. Constant bouncing of the neck will be suffered by those in ear shot from these rocking riffs as colossal as Saturn's outer most ring.
"Chronomancer II" and "Tears of Fire" end the album on the most metal of Dio-inspired vista scoping sweeps. They bring the apocalyptic, epic feel that should assuage the wavering metal fans.
The album, "Warp Riders", possesses a cleaner 70's rock sound which has seeped into the songs that distinguishes it from like a Black Tusk or Bison (fast, Heavy) or Om, Electric Wizard (Slow and Low) - but it brings the swing like a Church of Misery when do their boogie thing. And that really is where i get the ZZ Top thing from. These Texans hail their blues-roots well.
So set phasers to stun.
we've gone plaid
Thursday, September 2, 2010
have mostly been listening to crust, and metal and heavy hardcore. so i thought i would throw up a listen of Rockabilly - rock n roll rotation.
The Sharks - Colour My Flesh
Cenobites - No Paradise for the Damned
Mad Sin - Burn and Rise
Kings of Nuthin' - Old Habits Die Hard
Three Bad Jacks - Crazy in the Head