It has been a little bit since I last hit you people with a full on THUNDER ZONE UPDATE, so fuck it, here it goes. Last time I yelled at you I was dropping that dig-printed insanity LAST RENAISSANCE shirt, way back in who knows when. But since then, the game has been flipped on its head and all hell is breaking loose in the motherfucking THUNDER ZONE.
Before we get into anything else, I should just share that there has been a THUNDER ZONE BACK TO SCHOOL INSANITY SALE going down over at the THUNDER ZONE WEBSTORE. That’s right, 50 percent off everything with that promo code ZONE2K16 at checkout. Am I crazy for this one? Probably. Is it a wild deal for you? No doubt. So take advantage of this shit, because it is going to be gone by October 1. Get some energy drinks, get some music. Life your life.
Next up. That EXTREME ANIMALS tape: “THIS MUSIC DOES NOT APOLOGIZE: 2002-2008.” I know I mentioned this when I talked about the JUICEBOXXX/EXTREME ANIMALS mini-tour that went down last July/August, but I don’t think I can say enough about this thing: it is a greatest hits of sorts from one of the most underappreciated freakout units of the wild oughts, part of the Paper Rad unit. Cop the tape or download before it is gone, bask in the 7 panel full color foldout collage, bask in the singular rainbow rock insanity.
Then you know I gotta mention this new sticker design, flipped by the one-and-only D. Gookin. Get it at gigs or online. And there is also a new fucked up STATE OF THE THUNDER ZONE that I won’t even embed here but will say that you should CLICK THIS LINK if you want to maybe go crazy with me.
And then, and then… The next release on ZONE is a true doozy. I’m talking a landmark moment for whatever this label/brand/feeling/energy drink company really is (it is still confusing, even to me)… A 7” featuring two new songs by ODWALLA88 and a B-Side remix by LIL UGLY MANE and cover art by MAX EISENBERG aka DJ DOG DICK. Check out a sneak of the cover below:
More info on that soon, it hits the street October 25. Really excited about this release, a true “meeting of the minds” from some of the best bands, artists and rappers going today in the USA freakout game. Beyond the record, there are also some more Thunder Zone surprises in store, so keep watch here and stay positive, make it out of this fucked up year alive. Keep dreaming, even though we are all surrounded by constant darkness.
It started as a newsletter and now it is a radio show: presenting THE BOXXX REPORT RADIO, every second Tuesday of the month on the great London-based internet radio station NTS from 11 AM to 1 PM EST. Playing mostly new-ish music from friends and Thunder Zone affiliates plus just great punk, rap, USA freakout music and whatever else I feel like. Influenced by both John Peel and Funkmaster Flex. High energy. The Boxxx Report Radio: check it out.
The first episode aired a few weeks ago and you can listen to it right here. It introduced some “recurring features” from members of the extended Thunder Zone crew including the DJ George Costanza Song Of The Month and the Dogs In Ecstasy 1-Minute Mix. It also featured an exclusive 20-min mix from the one and only SCHWARZ.
So check it out, and great ready for October and beyond. This world is truly twisted but you gotta keep running.
This weekend, I’m playing a trilogy of shows back where it all started: the Upper Midwest. Got the band with me, you know the drill: fucking shit up in a positive way, live and direct and in your face. Two of the three are with one of my favorite current punk bands, NYC’s SHOW ME THE BODY, so I’m siked. A good one in Madison, too. Fuck it, get in the pit. Live your life.
Some giant JUICEBOXXX/THUNDER ZONE seasonal reports coming soon, stay positive.
Check out the dates below…
09/15 CHICAGO @ SUBTERRANEAN WITH SHOW ME THE BODY, NO DREAMS AND MORIMOTO
09/16 MILWAUKEE @ LINSDAY BUILDING WITH SHOW ME THE BODY AND ZED KENZO
09/17 MADISON @ MICKEY’S WITH DUMB VISION,
Tonight in Los Angeles. I’ve been gone for three years but now I’m back, for less than a week, working on my new record “Freaked Out American Loser.” But that is almost besides the point of this blog post because tonight I’m doing a “B2B” tag team DJ set with my old friend and Thunder Zone collaborator… The one and only SCHWARZ, at his party CLUB ILLUSION. Expect the unexpected. Also djing is Kreayshawn and P. Morris. Talk about a nice bill! More info here. Keep on fighting to change your life.
Next week, I will be going on a four city mini-tour with my old friends EXTREME ANIMALS aka Jacob Ciocci and David Wightman. I have a long history with these two, lets just say we met when I was still in high school and they were on a PAPER RAD tour. I traded them some TROLLS for a bunch of legendary FREE MERCH. Over a decade later and everything has changed, everything is fucked, the world is fucked, my life is fucked, but we all keep going. Because rock and roll needs us, the game needs us. Fuck all the bullshit. The real lifers know. I’m just trying to find a little bit of meaning and freak out.
Why this tour, why now? Well, I’m putting out an Extreme Animals anthology on my fucking confusing-but-sick label THUNDER ZONE and we are hitting the road to celebrate. More on that release very soon. Four days, four cities, a bunch of great bands (Angels In America, Gobby, Flintstones and Val M. aka Unicorn Hard-On to name but a few) one car, one van, THOM FROM SWEATHEART on guitar with me, MIKE B THE G (AKA CITIBIKE MIKE also known as D. Gookin) on drums. Yeah, I got the band. You gotta keep running, kids. RIP ALAN VEGA. I’m losing my mind. See you on the road. Tour dates below.
7/28 PHILADELPHIA @ Lava Space Facebook
7/29 QUEENS NEW YORK CITY @ Trans-Pecos Facebook
7/30 PROVIDENCE @ Tommy’s Place Facebook
7/31 BOSTON @ Gross Outlet Facebook
Got a sick lil Heartland mini-tour rager on deck, as always I am happy to play shows and live life. If I wasn’t truly siked I would’ve stopped doing this dumbass shit a long time ago. That is a goddamn fact. Word to the wise: if you want to go through this world with no compromise you are going to hit a lot of brick walls, but fuck it, that’s what it’s all about. What do you want me to do? Start a hardware-only techno project?
Anyways… Playing an extremely intimate early 8 p.m. show at the legendary Circle A (“A Real Adventure”) in Milwaukee on Thursday, June 16 with Queen Tut then a show the next day at Eagles Club in Minneapolis with Frankie Teardrop and more. It is the last Frankie Teardrop show ever! Should be one for the books. This little run is capped off with a festie show in Horicon, Wisconsin. It’s the Jersey Street Music Festival.
I hope to see all you kids out there, in the pit, just doing the best to stay alive. Go get a soda, you gotta do what you gotta do. I’ll be there, on the stage, with the band behind me, trying my best to prove something the only way I know how.
In support of the vinyl release of my most recent LP HEARTLAND 99 on Vinyl International Records, I made a new music video for the last song on the release: “FOLLOW YOUR FUCKED UP DREAMS.” I shot it with my friend Joe DeNardo (of the band GROWING) and I think it works best if you go HD, full screen, headphones on. Freaking out is the name of the game and if it’s not in your heart, why bother? But if you gotta get it out, you gotta get it out. It’s never too late to change your life.
New York City is a twisted hellscape but I still have faith in all the losers and the dreamers. Rock and roll 4 ever.
Watch the video above, buy HEARTLAND 99 on vinyl here, and download it on bandcamp here. Also check out a short piece about the video in The Fader.
Out now on THUNDER ZONE, a new digi-printed shirt from the bi-costal crew LAST RENAISSANCE. LR are in their own lane, folding all sorts of culture into a singular 3D sick character style that really takes you places. True blue American insanity culture, the real deal. Excited to have this out on Zone. BUY IT RIGHT NOW ultra limited edition, will be gone fast. And…
WATCH THE PROMO VIDEO BELOW, SOME OF THE SICKEST ANIMATION STYLES IN THE GAME PRESENTED WITH MUSIC FROM THE MYSTERIOUS “KAOSS EDGE” CAN YOU FEEL THIS?
Making records and playing shows: its what I do. What do you want me to say? I just can’t help myself. It’s a thing that is inside of me and I’ve tried to move on and I’ve tried to deny it but I can’t help myself. So I keep going. Above is footage from a raw gig I recently played at one of my favorite NYC venues, TRANS PECOS (playing there again in two weeks). Oh, and I guess it should be mentioned that this gig got a nice preview writeup in The New Yorker. People trying to make sense of contemporary American music, working it out in print, yeah fuck it why not respect. Check it out below.
A few months ago I went to South By Southwest. I was there for less than twelve hours and in that time I did one DJ set and performed one live concert. I played for less than 20 minutes and then 20 minutes after the show was over, me and the band were already back on the highway. We had to get out. There was no other choice. The popular tech/gadget site The Verge wrote a thing about that one show. It was pretty positive. It was a rock and roll show, no doubt no question. Sometimes people forget that there is still real value in that.