The newest release on Thunder Zone is one that I am extremely proud of. A true meeting of the minds. American insanity 2016 style. The beat goes on. Let me lay it down for you: two new songs by LA-via-BMORE duo ODWALLA88 featuring a remix from frequent Zone collaborator and cult rap legend LIL UGLY MANE and art from Max Eisenberg aka DJ DOG DICK.
This is an important release and there is a lot to say (to start, ODWALLA88 are a game changing American punk band, and the remix and artwork are just insane kickers that will blow some minds… only on THUNDER ZONE) but the most important thing of all is that you support the goddamn Thunder Zone and buy a few copies RIGHT HERE. It comes with a sticker insert and is limited to 250 hand numbered copies. Please keep going, kids. The world is a fucked up ball of darkness but we all gotta try our best to stay positive and find some sort of meaning.
First off: RIP PRINCE. There is a lot of shit to say, but I’m going to pretty much keep it at that. It’s hard to know where to begin or end. The man was such a influential figure in my life I’m sure yours, too. He is the greatest of all time and a truly transcendent artist. He is a reminder of how high the bar can be set. I’ll just leave it at that.
This weekend I’m doing a short mini-tour. Extreme Animals say two shows can qualify as a mini-tour and I’m not sure if I fully agree, but fuck it. It’s a mini-tour. BALTIMORE on Friday at JOE SQUARED (FB event) with THE SNEAKS then a big 7 BAND RAGER at the great TRANS-PECOS in QUEENS on Saturday (FB event). Both shows should be great. I’m going to have the band with me and we will be trying our best to keep the spirit alive, in whatever tiny, tiny way we can. American Music. See You In The Pit.
Out now on THUNDER ZONE! The brand new single and video from Bmore American Music rager SCHWARZ called “Open Up Yr Mind”. This is the third in a trilogy of positive club music anthems and quite possibly the toughest and most life-affirming work from SCHWARZ to date. Schwarz is part motivational speaker, part hypeman and all positive inspirational energy. Check out the THUNDER ZONE produced video above (shot by Brooks Kossover) and download on Bandcamp or ITUNES right now.
Siked to be playing a show with my old friends SPANK ROCK and LIL INTERNET this Saturday at CAMEO GALLERY in BROOKLYN, NY. I first met Spank Rock in the summer of 2005 on tour at SPACE 1026 in Philly. Since then, we have raged many shows and parties together and even did a song for my 2010 mixtape THUNDER ZONE VOLUME ONE.
I first met Lil Internet in January 2007 when I played his old party HEARTTHROB in Boston. One of my favorite DJ’s and Twitter users, I was so excited to see him land a video on the new BEYONCE ALBUM a few months ago. I’m a true fan of both artists and I know it’s going to be a slamming night of American Music insanity. As always, I will be performing alongside THE THUNDER ZONE BAND.
NEW SCHWARZ VIDEO FOR HIS MOST RECENT SINGLE ON THUNDER ZONE CALLED “TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT”. DIRECTED BY BRIAN AGAMIE, IT IS A “FUN ROMP” THROUGH THE STREETS OF BROOKLYN, NY (ED NOTE: SCHWARZ LIVES IN BMORE) AND IT FEATURES GUESTS LIKE FAT TONY, DARK SISTER AND CITIES AVIV. THE TRACK ITSELF IS AN ANTHEM FOR RESTLESS YOUTH EVERYWHERE AND THE VIDEO DRIVES THE POINT HOME. CHECK IT OUT AND STAY TUNED.
TODAY IS MY FRIEND MAX EISNEBERG’S BIRTHDAY. MAX MAKES MUSIC UNDER THE NAME DJ DOG DICK AND HAS BEEN DOING SO FOR A LONG TIME. HIS FREAKED OUT MIX OF RAP, POP AND NOISE PREDATES MOST AND IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING. I MET HIM IN THE SUMMER OF 2005 AND WE TOURED TOGETHER IN THE FALL OF 2008. MAX’S LONG-AWAITED DEBUT RECORD “THE LIFE STAINS” CAME OUT A FEW WEEKS AGO ON HOSS RECORDS AND IT IS A REALLY EXCITING COLLECTION OF NEW AMERICAN MUSIC.
I AM NOT GOING TO LIE, I APPROACHED THIS RELEASE WITH A BIT OF TREPIDATION. I HEARD RUMORS THAT THE RECORD WAS LESS IN LINE WITH THE CLASSIC BLOWN OUT “WOLF EYES MEETS NO LIMIT” DOG DICK STYLE AND CLOSER TO SOME SORT OF OUTSIDER POP CROSSOVER MOVE. BUT THEN I SAT DOWN AND ACTUALLY LISTENED TO THE RECORD. I’M LISTENING TO IT AS WE SPEAK. NOT ONLY DOES IT RETAIN THE CLASSIC SPIRIT OF DOG DICK, BUT IT FLESHES OUT THE STORY.
MAX’S MUSICAL HISTORY IS REALLY REPRESENTED HERE, BOTH MUSICALLY AND SONICALLY. HIP HOP, NOISE AND WEIRDO POP COME TOGETHER TO CREATE WHAT I’VE BEEN CALLING NU AMERICANA, WHICH IS LESS OF A GENRE AND MORE OF A FEELING. DOG DICK UNDERSTANDS THAT RAP MUSIC IS AMERICAN MUSIC AND THAT IT BELONGS IN THE MIX WITH ALL THE OTHER GREAT AMERICAN MUSICS, PAST AND PRESENT. THIS INCLUDES STYLES BOTH ACCESSIBLE AND FRINGE. “THE LIFE STAINS” IS A SINGULAR IN THE BEST WAY.
BRAND NEW SINGLE ON DECK FOR THUNDER ZONE AND IT IS A REAL DOOZY. I’M TALKING ABOUT “U R BEAUTIFUL” BY BALTIMORE RAGER SCHWARZ. CAN’T WAIT FOR ALL YOU GUYS TO HEAR THIS TRACK AND WATCH THE VIDEO! BUT JUST FOCUS ON THE ARTWORK FOR THE TIME BEING, DONE SICK STYLE BY THE 333 BOYZ. IF YOU HAVE WITNESSED ONE OF SCHWARZ’S NEXT LEVEL DJ SETS YOU MIGHT HAVE A SLIGHT IDEA OF WHAT IS IN STORE. CLASSIC HYPEMAN STYLES TAKEN TO THE THUNDER ZONE. THIS IS A FULL ON INSPIRATIONAL AMERICAN DANCE SONG WITH A CLASSIC VIDEO TO MATCH!
SPEAKING OF THUNDER ZONE, BELOW IS “STATE OF THE THUNDER ZONE #6” DONE REAL SLEEPY EARLY MORNING STYLE. DOING THIS EVERY WEEK STILL NO MATTER WHAT!
I’VE KNOWN BRIAN BLOMERTH (AKA NARWHALZ) FOR A LONG TIME NOW AND LET ME JUST SAY THAT MY LOVE FOR THE MAN RUNS DEEP. YOU MAY KNOW BRIAN FROM THINGS LIKE “NOISE MUSIC”, “JUDGE JUDY”, “POMERANIANS” OR “WEIRD AL” BUT FORGET ABOUT ALL THAT BECAUSE THIS IS 2K12 AND WE ARE KEEPING IT MOVING!
“THE SMALL DOG OTHER” IS HIS NEW COMIC AND IT ELEVATES THE GAME. SOME OF THE SICKEST GRAPHIX STYLES AROUND TELLING A STORY ABOUT GROWING UP AND FREAKING OUT VIA SOME CRAZY DOGS. THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT, PEOPLE! WATCH THE COMMERCIAL FOR IT ABOVE AND BUY THE BOOK RIGHT HERE.
BRIAN AND I HAVE SPENT MANY YEARS ON THE ROAD RAGING AND FUCKING LOSING OUR MINDS TOGETHER SO I’M SIKED TO SEE THIS MOTHERFUCKER TAKING HIS WORK TO THE NEXT LEVEL. HE’S SOME GOT COLLABORATIONS WITH THUNDER ZONE COMING UP, SO KEEP YOUR EARS TO THE STREET AND NEVER STOP RAGING IN THE USA.
TWO OF THE BEST IN THE GAME COMING TOGETHER IN THE FORM OF “THE REMIX”. BROOKLYN-VIA-PROVIDENCE TRIP HOP COUSINS JAVELIN AND BMORE’S OWN ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT. JUST PLAYED WITH ED AND DEVLIN IN BALTIMORE AND OF COURSE IT WAS NASTY. BEST PUNK BAND GOING. THIS SHIT IS SICK. FUCKING CHECK IT.
NEW POWER COLLABO FROM BMORE WEIRDO SCHWARZ AND BAY AREA WEIRDO (AND SON OF E-40) ISSUE CALLED “SKIES”. THIS IS SOME FAR-OUT RAP MUSIC FOR 2K12 AND MAN YOU BETTER BELIEVE THERE ARE SOME CELINE DION SAMPLES IN THE MIX!
THE SAMPLES AND SCHWARZ’S OVERALL PRODUCTION ON THIS EP ARE THE PERFECT COMPLIMENT TO ISSUE’S DRUG-FREE-BUT-STILL-PSYCHEDELIC FLOW. LISTEN TO IT BELOW AND IF YOU HAVEN’T CHECKED OUT MY COLLABO WITH ISSUE, SCHWARZ AND AMI DANG, YOU CAN LISTEN TO THAT RIGHT HERE!