This week I will be jamming in the Heartland and the Big City all in the name of that thing that I can never put my finger on but haunts me every night… Rock And Roll, my dude. Firstly, see above. Big gig in New York City – namely Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Juiceboxxx, Pictureplane, Shams, DJ Big Black Poodle. Always fun to jam with some day 1’s (also excited to see DJ Big Black Poodle for the first time) and just fucking rip it up on a Wednesday. FACEBOOK EVENT.
Then I get on some sort of thing that moves me from point A to point B and end up in fucking Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a city I have a longstanding complex relationship with, but fuck it. I’m siked to still be “in the mix” after all these years. Do things get less confusing? No, they do not. Things are fucked up my dude!
Regardless, I’ll be bringing my lifestyle brand entertainment franchise THE THUNDER ZONE KICKBACK to the bar Fink’s for one night only on Friday, June 19. What has already become a legendary night for 4 people in New York City is about to change the game for a bunch of unsuspecting weekend bar hoppers. You know the drill… I’m djing all night. Free Thunder Zone Energy Drinks. You know we got that fucking “Thunder Zone Video Mix Tape” popping off… All that and more and it’s free… FACEBOOK EVENT.
Then Saturday June 20 I’m throwing down a live set at DUMMERFEST happening at THE METAL GRILL in CUDAHY WISCONSIN. Juiceboxxx at what some might call a Pop Punk Festie? You better believe there are no limits to the kind of freaked out music and culture JUICEBOXXX and THUNDER ZONE penetrates. I for one am excited to see Wisconsin glory boys TENEMENT get sik wit it, their new record is a next level move and some seriously conceptual and uplifting American Pop. FACEBOOK EVENT.
So there you have it, one week in the demented-yet-positive freaked out American culture vortex that is THE THUNDER ZONE. Check out a gig, do what you gotta do. Stay alive, keep fighting. Fuck it man. “State Of The Thunder Zone.”
My new LP “Heartland 99″is out today digitally and I’m excited to share it. 10 tracks of blasted out NEW AMERICAN MUSIC for driving on the highway and following your dreams, even when your back is against the wall. I’m really excited to share it, it is another notch in the freaked out American Music saga that I’m always yelling about and just another reason to keep fighting.
When making this record, I was thinking about all the real deal Nu Americana legends that I grew up worshipping and I wanted to transmit that feeling to the next level. I wanted to make something both timeless and of our era. Sometimes it’s hard to explain but between my music and the work I’m doing on THUNDER ZONE, I’m trying to develop my own American Pop Music And Culture Universe.
So CHECK IT OUT RIGHT HERE (it is also on Spotify and Itunes and all that shit) because I’m giving away this record for free/donation for the first month. Why not? There are no rules. I just want you to hear this thing, it’s not the first record I’ve ever done and it won’t be the last, but it’s an important part of the f’d up thing I’ve been fighting for since I was just a stupid kid. Check out some music videos from the record below!
Thunder Zone continues to churn out that sick style American Pop Culture Freakout Content that all you kids of all ages crave. The newest edition to the already confusing as fuck catalog (TZ030) is “The Archives Volume One” by the legendary DOUGGPOUND. You might know Doug from his work with Tim And Eric or his “comedy DJ” project DJ DOUGGPOUND.
“The Archives Volume One” is a megamix of all the crazy videos Doug made as a kid, true suburban insanity, fuckin’ chug a Slurpee (or THUNDER ZONE energy drink) and get in the pit. BUY IT RIGHT HERE and Never Surrender Forever, you can make a positive change in your life by just waking up and fucking living. Through the darkness. Thunder Zone.
Check out two trailers for “THE ARCHIVES VOLUME ONE” below…
Here it is… A new video for a new song off of a new album. “Walking In Milwaukee” is about what you think it’s about man. Just being a kid lost in the darkness trying to figure it out. I made the video with my buddy Jack Packard and I think it turned out great. Rap Rock selfie stick go pro madness, I am a man of the modern world no doubt. Fuck with the THUNDER ZONE. We are on a mission here. Put the puzzle pieces together then just fucking smash that fucking puzzle because you have no idea what the fuck is going on! I don’t know either man. I don’t know either!
Premiered the video with the nice folks at THE FADER today, which you can check out right here. The new record is called HEARTLAND 99 and it comes out June 9th on THUNDER ZONE, with vinyl to follow on VINYL INTERNATIONAL. I’m excited about it and I’m excited to be making music in general. Change your life, it’s never too late. Keep running.
Tonight in New York City. By my calculation the 10th ever THUNDER ZONE KICKBACK. We just keep kickin’ back! We can’t stop kicking back. This month it’s a bit of an RIP Letterman edition, maybe we’ll put on the show if we can figure out how to do that. Regardless, there will be some classic Letterman footage “In The Mix” on the legendary Happy Fun Hideaway TV screens all night along with classic zone-related content.
Plus we got THUNDER ZONE legend SCHWARZ showing up late night style and throwing down a very special, very rare CHOPPED AND SCREWED SET. Damn! Gonna be sick. Check out the facebook event below. Thunder Zone: the spazzed-out underdogs just hanging on to their sanity. Join us.
The newest issue of New York City culture magazine SEX is up now, and I had the pleasure of interviewing not one but two of my favorite people, friends, and artists. I’m talking B L A C K I E ALL CAPS WITH SPACES and DOUGGPOUND. Both are legendary lifers who have influenced and inspired many and got a lot of stories to tell. It felt so good to talk to them about life and creativity for SEX MAGAZINE. Sick!
Check out the interviews right here alongside a lot of other great pieces. I hope they inspire you to keep living and fighting for you dreams no matter what.
A little while ago (via IMPOSE MAGAZINE), I officially announced my new record called HEARTLAND 99 and shared a song of the same name. I’m really excited about this one, it comes out in June and it is a continuation of the neverending American Pop Music puzzle that is JUICEBOXXX and a blown out slice of NU AMERICANA/RAP ROCK for kids of all ages to freak out to. I got more videos and all that shit on deck. Oh yeah, it’s coming out on my own label THUNDER ZONE, with a limited vinyl issue from the legendary label VINYL INTERNATIONAL (home to releases from Ariel Pink and Geneva Jacuzzi).
My influences on HEARTLAND 99 run from Springsteen and Suicide to Beastie Boys and Public Enemy. Other things I was thinking about: going to noise shows as a teenager, listening to classic rock radio, Funkmaster Flex, Big Black, “Born Slippy,” Ultramganetic MC’s, The Modern Lovers, all that shit. So much shit. I wish I could just do something else but I have to be myself and that means fucking walking down the road most people are smart enough not to travel.
I don’t fuckin’ know man, I’m writing so many songs that I just wanna get this one out for you to hear and then start making more. Welcome to the Thunder Zone, where am I going? I don’t fucking know. Hide under the covers sometimes but don’t die man. Hit the highway, who gives a fuck. HEARTLAND 99. Check a song below.
May 16th in New York City we are going all the way. Thunder Zone/Nina Pop legend SCWHARZ (along with Mark Brown) throws a monthly party at a bar in Bed Stuy called ONE LAST SHAG and guess what my dudes? This month it is the fucking THUNDER ZONE TAKEOVER. What does that mean? Who knows. But here is a guess: energy drinks, “custom visuals,” and of course, freaked out DJ sets of American Music from some of the game’s unsung heroes: JUICEBOXXX, DJ GEORGE COSTANZA, SHAMS, SCHWARZ AND MARK BROWN.
THUNDER ZONE is my pop culture/music/beverage/clothing/whatever I feel like label and I’m excited to partner with some true American ragers for a night of insanity. So come out, get in your car, “do a road trip,” whatever man. Just keep the dream alive. Keep fighting. Even when it is so dark that you don’t know what to do and everybody is laughing in your fucking face because you are goddamn 28-year-old loser, keep fighting.
That’s right people! Boxxx is back on the road. It’s a mini-tour! What the fuck do you want me to say? Just trying to keep moving forward despite all the darkness and all the confusion and all the self-hate. To play rock and roll music on the road for strangers, because sometimes that feels like the only thing that makes sense in this fucked up world.
I’m playing with some great bands and I’ll be in a rental mini-van. Got THE THUNDER ZONE BAND behind me so I’m not alone. We are not alone. Fuck it. Enter The Thunder Zone.
I hope to see you at the rock and roll gig.
APRIL 29-DETROIT ST. ANDREW’S HALL (WITH ANDREW WK)
APRIL 30-TORONTO DOUBLE DOUBLE LAND (WITH MAN MADE HILL AND CERAMIC TL)
MAY 1-NYC TRANS PECOS (WITH EXTREME ANIMALS, HARIBO, SEF, AND SEPTIC SUNDAY SOUNDSYSTEM)
Another month… Another THUNDER ZONE KICKBACK. The kickback stays alive and fights on for another edition of chilled out insanity at everyone’s favorite Bushwick bar HAPPY FUN HIDEAWAY. Tonight we are kicking it Spring Break style with special guest Alex Drewchin aka EARTHEATER aka KING CONCUBINE aka member of unstoppable force GUARDIAN ALIEN… Doing a DJ set. I don’t know what she’s gonna play but I bet it’s gonna be sick! Watch an Eartheater video below.
And, as always custom Thunder Zone visuals. And, as always: ENERGY DRINK GIVEAWAYS. And, as always: stay alive, never surrender, fuck all the bullshit. Rock and roll will save your life. There’s no turning back.