The next JUICEBOXXX gig is the last of 2K16: New Years Eve at Club Garibaldi in Milwaukee. I’m playing with Fat Wreck Chords pop punk kingpinsDIRECT HIT! as well as my old friends Shane and Nathan from CALL ME LIGHTNING‘s new thing BAD GRADES. Also on the bill… The Oi! band ASSAULT & BATTERY. That’s right motherfuckers, Boxxx is playing a punk rock show on New Years Eve. I’ll have the band with me and I’ll also be djing between bands. Oh, and I’ll have a bunch of THUNDER ZONE ENERGY DRINK that expires that night. I’ll be giving that shit away, fuck it. See you there, in the pit.
The confusing BOXXX REPORT micro-empire (OK it is just an internet newsletter and an internet radio show) continues to roll out into the unknown. The radio show is made monthly for the excellent London net station NTS and the December ep is a barnburner. Beyond the usual freaked out blend of high energy rap, punk and whatever, beyond the usual recurring features (the DOGS IN ECSTASY one-min mix, which took things to the next level with “Britpop Breaks Volume One,” and the DJ GEORGE COSTANZA song of the month), we also got an exclusive mini-mix from CUNTRY NOISE of ODWALLA88.
So what are you waiting for, stream it right here and check out the full Boxxx Report Radio archiveright here and while you’re at it why not sign up for the newsletter right here?
Tonight at the legendary PRINTED MATTER in New York City I am doing a DJ set at the launch party for the new SEX MAGAZINE anthology. I’ve seen this book–it’s thick and sick, plus inside there is an interview with myself plus interviews I conducted with other artists I love and admire. All of that and much more, SEX really has been a positive force on the internet so it’s great to see it finally in physical form. Come out to the launch, I’ll play a few cozy rap songs. This one is for all the kids out there trying to stay sane as we finally shut down a fucked up 2K16.
In an insane turn of events I am currently in Innsbruck, Austria, gearing up to play a 6 hour solo set on Saturday in the middle of the mountains. The mysterious superfood company SUPERGOOD flew me in for this very rare, very insane performance situation, part of the Premierentage Festival.
This is a really fucked up moment in time and I must say, I feel fucking crazy. The world is twisted and confusing, and I am just as lost as anyone else. Life keeps going, though. I’m excited to spread whatever insanity I have been developing forever with my music and THUNDER ZONE, and special weird solo freakout sets in Europe are a part of that. There is very little information to spread, if you are in Austria, do some googling, the answer will come to you. Documentation after the fact, no doubt. But if you are doubting, check out this video below. Somehow I was able to break free of the chains of darkness for a three minute very special reunion STATE OF THE THUNDER ZONE in the mountains. For the most part. Who knows. Keep your head up.
Listen, I know the November edition of The Boxxx Report Radio is right up on deck, happening on the same day as the insane and dark United States election… Shit. What does it all mean? Beats me, I’m just seriously trying to stay alive one day at a time style and change my life for the better. It is not easy. Anyways, in case you missed the October Boxxx Report Radio on the great London net station NTS (channel 2), you can check it out right here. It features a mix from Detroit/NYC expert mixmaster Abby plus all the monthly insanity (DJ George Costanza Song Of The Month, Dogs In Ecstasy Mini-Mix) you have come to expect.
NEW YORK CITY. We got a special one cooking up this Saturday night at The Silent Barn in Brooklyn. A rare NYC performance from H-Town’s finest… B L A C K I E… ALL CAPS WITH SPACES, alongside a set from myself (with the East Coast Thunder Zone Band) and Negashi Aramada (AKA BLUNT FANG). Plus a DJing from YUNG MAYNE! Shit, that is a good lineup. If you are unfamiliar with the important work that B L A C K I E has been doing over the past decade plus, may I suggest reading this conversation I had with the man for SEX MAGAZINE?CHECK IT OUT.
Doors open at Midnight, yeah it’s a late night rager, but well worth your time and cash, fucking hit the FB event right here and I’ll see you when I see you. Might just be my only East Coast show of the fall…
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.
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
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.