The Midwest has a storied tradition when it comes to pounding fucked-style hardcore electronic music. I’m talking gabber, breakcore, hard acid… All the sick shit. I’m talking labels like ADDICT, DROP BASS, ZOD, DISTORT
… Once again — all the sick shit. STAGEDIVER
is one of the few people in the game keeping this fire burning and he does it right. Tyler has been a friend of mine for a long time (I even booked his FIRST SHOW EVER
with Unicorn Hard-On and more in 2004) and it has been a blast seeing him continue to churn out lo-fi punk electronics of the highest quality year after year. He also runs the awesome label RADIOGRAFFITI
that puts out everything from chiptune to insanity gabber.
On my last tour I had the pleasure of playing with Stagediver in Milwaukee. During his set he played a sick remix of my song “Banging Your Head Against A Brick Wall” off of my last EP FRONT SEAT OF THE TACOMA. It hit hard in the club and made me excited to be alive and making music. Talking with Tyler after the gig it turned out to be a “smash-up” of my song and the sick Stagediver tune “Raw Deal”. You can watch the youtube above or download the MP3 below. I recommend you play it loud. Enter The Thunder Zone.
DOWNLOAD HERE RIGHT NOW
Tags: AMERICAN MUSIC
, BANGING YOUR HEAD AGAINST A BRICK WALL
, HARD ACID
Tonight! In Queens! The legendary Los Angeles rager Kyle H. Mabson
will be doing a rare
NYC DJ set at Trans Pecos
. Kyle is a culture jammer operating at the edges of many communities; I consider Mr. Mabson to be a true man of the Modern World
. His activities include playing music with notable ragers like XBXRX
and Dan Deacon
, curating a series of fucked up cover/remix compilations
and touring the country doing 3D visual tech work for PRIMUS
. Oh, he has also played in like 100 one-off bands that I can only describe as “contemporary art”. You truly can’t fuck with the man’s CV.
ALSO. This event marks the official release of the DJ GEORGE COSTANZA AWARENESS BRACELETS out now on THUNDER ZONE. You can buy them at the show! Costanza will also be on hand, doing a DJ set. And if all of that is not enough to get you out to Queens on a Monday night, we got one of my favorite NYC bands HARIBO throwing down! I played with these guys last fall and they blew my mind. Plus Hitashya! Damn this is going to be a good show.
C U in da pit.
New on THUNDER ZONE
: the debut release from mysterious Rock And Roll band BATTY BOYS
. This band sent me their record over email and I couldn’t stop listening to it so I put it out. No one knows anything about this band, I don’t even know anything about this band! Where are they from? How many members? Seriously, I have no clue!
“COCK ROCK” sounds like The Germs playing Billy Squier and the result is some sick style American Boogie for 2K14. It’s hard to think of another modern RNR record that captures the feeling that “COCK ROCK” transmits so I’m gonna say that it is Perfect For The Thunder Zone. Give it a shot. Take a shot. Play it loud and Never Surrender Forever.
Check out two BATTY BOYS music videos below.
from the legendary ever-changing force of NU AMERICANA
known as B L A C K I E (all caps with spaces)
. You think you know but man you have no idea. This new one sounds like Black Flag playing Pharoah Sanders, no lie. As always it is 100 percent singular and 100 percent sick. You gotta follow your heart.
In a world of bullshitters B L A C K I E is the real deal. Moving through worlds in a way that is honest and playing whatever he feels like… That is the name of the game and few do it on his level. So many people have been influenced by the man that his “Legend” status is not undeserved. Go see him live and understand. A THUNDER ZONE project with B L A C K I E is in the works… Stay tuned.
Over the past few years, THUNDER ZONE
rager and American Motivational Speaker SCHWARZ
has been throwing down a steady stream of remixes and bootlegs in addition to his run of amazing original “Motivational Club” tunes released on Thunder Zone. TOP 40 BOOTLEGS
collects some of his finest remix work all in one place via the legendary LIVEMIXTAPES
website and of course it is slamming.
There is so much sick shit here! I can’t even begin to scratch the surface but let’s just say SCHWARZ is a master at navigating culture and just fucking doing it by his own rules. Many exciting modern club styles and tones are represented here, but everything is sucked into SCHWARZ‘s vision and the result is something that transcends the modern middling soundcloud sinkhole.
CHECK IT OUT and below check out the amazing promo SCHWARZ put together for the release that says more than I could ever hope to say.
Tags: 333 BOYZ
, AMERICAN MUSIC
, NU AMERICANA
, THUNDER ZONE
The one and only JUICEBOXXX AND THE THUNDER ZONE BAND show of the summer will be going all the way down this Friday (8/1/2014) at The Red Light District in Far Rockaway Queens for THE BURNING FLESHTIVAL V. I will be joined by a very special guest for this performance, Colin Langenus from one of my favorite bands of the 2000′s THEUSAISAMONSTER. Can you believe that shit? How fresh is that?
I was living behind the bar at RLD for a few months this winter so I am siked to return to the basement with my RnR band and just jam. This is not a game this is ROCK AND ROLL people and I’m taking it to the limit in the name of everything I love. So come out to the gig, all the ragers are gonna be there. Check out that lineup! Some of the best names in the American Underground no question.
Also let me just say in a very confusing 2014 New York City landscape The Red Light District stands as a beacon of light. Take the train an hour to the end of the city and fucking lose your mind. Then get it back. Then rise above.
See you in the pit.
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EMAIL INFO AT THUNDERZONE DOT BIZ WITH ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT LOCATION.
Friday August 1, 2014: Doors 7 pm Start 8 pm
Dawn of Humans 12:40
Juiceboxxx 12 Midnight
Odwalla 88 11:20
Caleb Johnston 10:40
Buckshot Facelift 10:00
“Pig Movie” Teaser 8:00
Saturday August 2, 2014: Doors 7 pm Start 8 pm
Ahlzagailzeguh 12 Midnight
Brown Recluse Alpha 11:20
Dark Sister 10:00
Max Eilbacher 9:20
MV Carbon 8:40
Tags: AMERICAN MUSIC
, COLIN LANGENUS
, DARK SISTER
, DAWN OF HUMANS
, FAR ROCKAWAY
, ODWALLA 88
, RED LIGHT DISTRICT
, THUNDER ZONE BAND
Country and Rap are coming together to form a new American music and all I can say is: what took so long?
Regardless, legendary THUNDER ZONE
warrior DJ GEORGE COSTANZA
has thrown down the gauntlet and made one of the definitive mixes of 2014. Costanza connects the dots between a lot of different worlds and makes an important statement about American music and culture.
A lot of this music might be “cheesy” to some but to me it is inspirational. More than anything, it is an invitation to creativity and I’m just really excited about the possibilities. Have I been writing Country Rap songs with a Nashville legend? Stay tuned.
ALSO: STILL AVAILABLE ON THUNDER ZONE… THE DJ GEORGE COSTANZA AWARENESS BRACELET.
I made what you might call an “extremely causal”
music video with my longtime friend Jonathan Coward AKA SHAMS
. It is for a song called “Back Seat” off of my last EP FRONT SEAT OF THE TACOMA
and it took 3 hours to shoot. We ran around New York City eating $5 footlongs and having a ball. Oh, and my facial hair looks insane! Respect to Lil B and Guided By Voices. 2015 will be a big year in the Thunder Zone. Never Surrender Forever, Change Your Life.
Just in time for the hot summer comes a brand new fire flame SCHWARZ remix package
out on my label THUNDER ZONE
. I’m really excited about this one, it features a lot of the sickest in the game throwing down slamming remixes but perhaps most importantly it features the one and only LA CHAT
on the rap remix alongside Bmore rising star TT THE ARTIST
LA CHAT is a true legend of American music and her guest verses have graced some of the most iconic Memphis rap tracks of all time. To have her involved on a THUNDER ZONE release is amazing. Throw in fresh remixes from DJ GEORGE COSTANZA, 333 BOYZ, MIKE G and BYRELL THE GREAT and you got something to freak out to under the hot summer sun. Check it out below.
ALSO… SCHWARZ WILL BE ON TOUR THIS JULY WITH KILBOURNE. TOUR DATES ARE BELOW.
Tags: 333 BOYZ
, AMERICAN MUSIC
, BALTIMORE CLUB
, BYRELL THE GREAT
, DJ GEORGE COSTANZA
, LA CHAT
, MIKE G
, THUNDER ZONE
, TT THE ARTIST
SEX MAGAZINE is one of the best culture magazines happening right now and I’m really siked to be a part of their Summer 2014 issue. In addition to an interview (by SEX CEO Asher Penn) those crazy motherfuckers even thought it would be a good idea to put a picture of me on the cover/splash page of the ‘zine! I’ve never been on the cover of anything before so obviously it is an honor and a privilege. Respect.
There is a ton of sick shit in this current issue, including an interview with one of my favorite artists (and THUNDER ZONE collaborator) Jacob Ciocci. So fucking check it out. Don’t sleep on the back issues too… A lot of “good reads”.
It’s looking like it’s gonna be a hot summer – stay positive out there kids.