What’s up, people. Got a long overdue THUNDER ZONE UPDATE coming your way. Been a busy fall no doubt no question. Where to start? You already know about THE THUNDER ZONE MUSIC ACADEMY and all of that shit (“the documentary” coming soon), but do you know about DOGS IN ECSTASY? Well, this might be too little too late but “Welcome 2 Hell” (TZ034) is out now on Thunder Zone and, in fact, tapes are sold out for the time being.
You can still dig into this fine release via all respected digital zones, though (cass repress soon). It is a masterpiece of 2015 style damaged electronic general MIDI power post rainbow rock insanity. For fans of Weezer and THEUSAISAMONSTER and maybe even freaked out PC Music style damage. Truly a singular pop rock record featuring longtime BOXXX collaborator Willy D. Fucking grip it and check out the video for “Do Me Ronnie” above.
On the publishing side of things, Thunder Zone also threw down a collaboration with the fresh American storyteller/artist NICK DEMARCO called “Here On Earth.”(TZ032) It is a full on shrinkwrapped screenplay that serves as a companion piece to his 2014 show at Interstate Projects. It features photos from the exhibition and even a poster. It is sick, a weird slice of soulful American culture and a perfect addition to the neverending Thunder Zone saga.. Buy one right now on the webstore or hit up FAMILY in LA for a copy. CHECK OUT A FRESH UNBOXING VIDEO FOR THE THING RIGHT HERE.
And that brings us to what is “on deck” for Zone… GODS LUCAS (TZ035) is the new collaborative tape/digital LP from young Western Mass legends DJ LUCAS and GODS WISDOM. This one right here! This is it. I’m so siked to present this piece of hard to classify Nu Americana to all you ragers out there. Really an “anything goes” type of record… The ideas (and hooks) are just motherfucking flowing. Anytown USA freakout magic that we can all believe in. Check out a music video (which, let it be known, premiered at THE FADER) below.
New fire from the reigning kings of Trip Metal and just all around American music legendsWOLF EYES. I’ve been listening to this band since I was a teenager and I’ve seen them go through lots of twists and turns. With that said, this record right here ranks among one of the best things they have ever done in their almost two decade run. Yeah, it’s that sick!
I could try to compare it to other Wolf Eyes records or say that it is maybe more “song based” and talk about the addition of Crazy Jim into the mix… But fuck all of that, this is just a really great raw rock and roll record done in a fresh style. From The Stooges to Techno, the state of Michigan has always pushed things to the limit, and Wolf Eyes are carrying on a proud freaked out American music tradition. Fucking bang your head!
You can stream the record HERE for the time being. Check it out!
Tonight at The World Famous Thunder Zone Kickback we got some very special guests: “Angels With Filthy Souls” AKA Jacky Connolly and Gabrielle Tillman. Jacky and Gabrielle are co-starring in the upcoming film Game House (which Jacky wrote, along with Asher Penn of Sex Mag fame), and that film happens to be shooting a scene today… So you could say the kickback tonight is a bit of a “wrap party.” Say whatever the “f” you want though, it doesn’t matter, this is going to be sick. Jacky has a great art show up now with Flannery Silva (of the already-legendary punk rock band Odwalla88) at Kimberly-Klark in Ridegwood, NY fucking check it out.
As always “vj/dj” Juiceboxxx, Monica and Adi-Di behind the bar, free energy drinks… Just a chilled out environment in general. Over one year strong: The Thunder Zone Kickback… Oral history coming soon.
This Friday in New York City. Fuck Red Bull, Fuck Monster Energy Drink, Fuck Everything And Rage. It’s the motherfucking THUNDER ZONE MUSIC ACADEMY at Babycastles in Union Square. Check out the Facebook event, fucking get your head in the right space to take this shit in, because it’s gonna rage… What is The Thunder Zone Music Academy? Simply put, it is a night of American entertainment. “Expect the unexpected” my dude!
This is one hundred percent THUNDER ZONE “diy” confusion energy drink freakout insanity and will be, in some form or another, livestreamed on THUNDERZONEMUSICACADEMY.COM and then maybe, hopefully archived for future consumption. But who really knows, everything could go wrong, so get there IRL because it is free and the lineup is too wild for you to miss it if you are in New York.
This Friday in Brooklyn. Juiceboxxx and Ed Schrader’s Music Beat: Together again! Always siked to jam with one of the premiere rock action entertainment duos in the USA and this should be a good one. Last time ESMB and I crossed paths was a few months ago in Bmore, where we raged with the almighty TRANSGENDER/VHS. It was sick and tomorrow night should be sick too. Also playing is Mind Dynamics and Houseboy. I got my band with me and you know what? I’m ready to go. Fuck all the bullshit.
Tonight in New York City, it’s going down. Happy fun hideaway. It’s the kickback, my man. This month is a great one one too, because we have Jessica Ciocci as a very special guest, live in the mix. You might know Jessica from Paper Rad, Mass Art Newsletter, Twitter, Instagram, life, etc etc. But her DJ sets are a rare and legendary occasion, so I am truly siked to have her on board for this month’s edition of the kickback. The first time I hard her “Paper Rad Mixtape Club” series of tapes as a teenager, my mind was blown, and things have never been the same since. Expect the unexpected.
The Thunder Zone Kickback: New York City’s Number One Kickback.
Do you wanna hear my dumb ass ramble for hours on end? Do you want to try to piece together my “complex” feelings about the recent book written about me (kind of)? Do you just want to go deeper into one very specific sector of THE THUNDER ZONE than you have ever gone and come out the other end more f’d up than ever? OK. I got you. Check out the below links, I’m talking with a pretty wide range of folks, from fellow musicians to reporters to some people that are a little bit of both. Mostly podcasts, but one radio thing (live on the air broadcast to the entire country of Canada style radio thing). What does it all mean? I’m really not sure. I hope to do more podcasts in the future! I love music and I love The Thunder Zone! Rock And Roll forever.
Damn… Another THUNDER ZONE KICKBACK came and went and I forgot to post it on my dot com homepage blog. It’s a shame too because BLUNT FANG was the guest DJ and it was sick but whatever, my dude. All we can do is look forward. No turning back now. And that brings me to… THE BOXXX REPORT. I don’t really want to say too much about this thing other than it is five songs a week that I like, posted on a simple HTML website interface. A little bit of writing but not too much. Just five cool songs. Low key. Mellow. It’s the fucking Boxxx Report! Every Friday. And you can sign up for a mailing list if you want.
Two sick festies in one weekend? No doubt! Along with my DJ set at The Burning Fleshtival in Far Roc, this Saturday I will be performing live at the Impose Magazine-curated #OFFBRAND festival at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn, NY. Siked to jam at this one with a live backing band alongside a bunch of my favorites and just chop it up all ages punk rock style. Things on this bill that I’m excited to see: Show Me The Body, Malportado Kids, Abdu Ali… And that’s just the tip of the shit. This is a great lineup and a “nice price” for a day of music so you got no choice but to come and jam out under the sun. I’m going to be shutting the shit down, so stick around, I play last… Then there will be enough time to catch that A Train to RED LIGHT and see ODWALLA88, who are the best punk band in America.
IMPOSE PRESENTS #OFFBRAND
Juiceboxxx — 7:30pm inside
Jawbreaker Reunion — 7pm outside
Malportado Kids — 6:30 inside
Geoff Rickly — 6pm outside
Show Me The Body — 5:30pm inside
Try The Pie (solo) — 5pm outside
Destiny Frasqueri (Princess Nokia) — 4:30pm inside
Abdu Ali — 4 outside
Heaven’s Gate — 3:30pm inside
Sneaks — 3pm outside
Dan Friel — 2:30pm inside
Vagabon — 2pm outside
VHVL — 1:30pm inside
Adult Mom (solo) — 1pm outside
I couldn’t be more excited to DJ this Friday at the 6th ever BURNING FLESHTIVAL, happening at the legendary RED LIGHT DISTRICT in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York City. Last year I played live and it was a blast. This year I’m spinning virtual records back behind the bar where I was sleeping for a few months in winter 2014, a tiny slice of earth that some have called THE THUNDER ZONE (Far Roc edition)… Hard to explain, my dude… Let’s just say that I ate a lot of cookies back there and leave it at that!
Either way, this fest is gonna be sick. The lineup is really an amazing mix of old and new American freakout ragers (seriously some of the best in the game) and I am honored that I got the call to play some party music to keep the thing moving. Check out the full program below and fucking pitch a tent in the backyard. This is going to be one sick summertime punk rock rave noize freakout insanity Nu Americana rager no doubt no question! There is an info line below, call it if you need more. C U in da pit!
FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH
ANGELS IN AMERICA
BRYAN EDWARD COLLINS
DJ: JUICE BOXXX
UNICORN HARD ON
LUMINOUS ALL KUDLER
DJ: JENKEM COWBOY
DJ: JERO ROUTE 66
:::::SPECIAL APPEARANCES BY:::::
HELMICK AND THE CENOFRIENDS
THE RED LIGHT ROCK’N”ROLL GROUPIES
SLING BLADE AND THAT BOY
REBECCA AND LOUISE
“ALISON SIRICO GOES TO MELROSE PLACE”
:::::SATURDAY DAY TIME EVENTS:::::
THEATRE OF FRANK PRESENTS: “I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS CALORIE BURN” STARRING FRANK LUDOVICO
GOOKIN’S YARD SALE
Including, but not limited to, Special Ed
************BURNING FLESHTIVAL IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY DELANCO ENTERTAINMENT GROUP************
$10 EACH NIGHT
RED LIGHT SPECIALS ALL WEEKEND LONG
QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? CONCERNS? CALL THE RED LIGHT HOTLINE AT 347.246.7059