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.
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.
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.
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.
It’s STATE OF THE THUNDER ZONE and it’s back, at least one more time. Do you even remember State Of The Thunder Zone? Maybe some things are better left buried in the pit of YouTube, I have no idea. Long story short in 2013 I did a weekly vlog for an entire year, 52 episodes total. Was I going crazy or did State Of The Thunder Zone make me go crazy? A little bit of column A, a little bit of column B. Regardless it is an insane thing that exists and now I’m doing it again, once more. At least once more! I’m losing my mind but I’m trying to change my life. And growing up is not easy. But fuck it, I’m trying my best. We are all trying our best. Watch it above.
OK I’m going on a little tour. With the band. Down south then back up to The Heartland. “SXSW.” You know the drill. Just pure American insanity for the sake of it, an attempt to cut through all the bullshit, because man there is a lot of it. Fuck it all. Kicking it off with a rager in NYC (sick flyer made by BLUNT FANG above) and going strong for one week, give or take. Siked to finally jam with the legendary BOBBY CONN in Chitown among a bunch of other highlights. Sometimes it sickens me that I still give a shit, but what do you want me to say? Music: I love it. Keep it positive kids. What the fuck is wrong with my brain? Punk rock 4 ever.
MARCH 15 BROOKLYN, NY @ SUNNYVALE W/ SHAMS, BLUNT FANG AND ORNAMENT INFO
MARCH 18 AUSTIN, TX @ BARRACUDA INFINITY CAT SXSW W/ GUERILLA TOSS, DIARRHEA PLANET AND MORE INFO
MARCH 19 HOT SPRINGS, AR @ VALLEY OF THE VAPORS FESTINFO
MARCH 20 BLOOMINGTON, IN @ PEE WEE’S PLAYHOUSE
MARCH 21 CHICAGO, IL @ EMPTY BOTTLE W/ JIMMY WHISPERS, BOBBY CONN AND LALA LALA INFO
MARCH 22 MILWAUKEE, WI @ RIVERWEST PUBLIC HOUSE W/ MIDNIGHT RERUNS, ZED KENZO AND ATHLETIC SUPPLY INFO
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.
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.
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.
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