This week I had the true honor of doing the theme song for the talk show “Racine & Me,” which airs on the local Milwaukee CBS affiliate. Honestly shit like this gets me so siked about music and culture. Just the freedom to be creative and do stuff outside of your core community. There are no rules. I also played “chocolate jenga” with the organizers of the Burlington Chocolatefest. It was an afternoon I’ll never forget.

Who really knows about anything anymore. God knows I don’t. The years go by and the confusion deepends. But we all gotta keep going. Thanks to the host Jacob Kittilstad for having me, fucking check out that footage below.

05/20/2017
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New video from DOGS IN ECSTASY, off of their THUNDER ZONE instaclassic WELCOME 2 HELL. This one was shot at a racetrack in Wisconsin and really captures the feeling of ANYTOWN USA. Honest insanity from deep in the Thunder Zone. And that is to say nothing of the song itself, and the guitar solo. Somehow this band makes me think of Devo, The Rentals, THEUSAISAMONSTER, PC Music, Weezer, Lightning Bolt, Sparks and The Breeders all at the same time. Better than pretty much all contemporary indie rock music.

01/17/2016
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This week I will be jamming in the Heartland and the Big City all in the name of that thing that I can never put my finger on but haunts me every night… Rock And Roll, my dude. Firstly, see above. Big gig in New York City – namely Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Juiceboxxx, Pictureplane, Shams, DJ Big Black Poodle. Always fun to jam with some day 1’s (also excited to see DJ Big Black Poodle for the first time) and just fucking rip it up on a Wednesday. FACEBOOK EVENT.

Then I get on some sort of thing that moves me from point A to point B and end up in fucking Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a city I have a longstanding complex relationship with, but fuck it. I’m siked to still be “in the mix” after all these years. Do things get less confusing? No, they do not. Things are fucked up my dude!

Regardless, I’ll be bringing my lifestyle brand entertainment franchise THE THUNDER ZONE KICKBACK to the bar Fink’s for one night only on Friday, June 19. What has already become a legendary night for 4 people in New York City is about to change the game for a bunch of unsuspecting weekend bar hoppers. You know the drill… I’m djing all night. Free Thunder Zone Energy Drinks. You know we got that fucking “Thunder Zone Video Mix Tape” popping off… All that and more and it’s free… FACEBOOK EVENT.

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Then Saturday June 20 I’m throwing down a live set at DUMMERFEST happening at THE METAL GRILL in CUDAHY WISCONSIN. Juiceboxxx at what some might call a Pop Punk Festie? You better believe there are no limits to the kind of freaked out music and culture JUICEBOXXX and THUNDER ZONE penetrates. I for one am excited to see Wisconsin glory boys TENEMENT get sik wit it, their new record is a next level move and some seriously conceptual and uplifting American Pop. FACEBOOK EVENT.

So there you have it, one week in the demented-yet-positive freaked out American culture vortex that is THE THUNDER ZONE. Check out a gig, do what you gotta do. Stay alive, keep fighting. Fuck it man. “State Of The Thunder Zone.”

06/17/2015


The Midwest has a storied tradition when it comes to pounding fucked-style hardcore electronic music. I’m talking gabber, breakcore, hard acid… All the sick shit. I’m talking labels like ADDICT, DROP BASS, ZOD, DISTORT… Once again — all the sick shit. STAGEDIVER is one of the few people in the game keeping this fire burning and he does it right. Tyler has been a friend of mine for a long time (I even booked his FIRST SHOW EVER with Unicorn Hard-On and more in 2004) and it has been a blast seeing him continue to churn out lo-fi punk electronics of the highest quality year after year. He also runs the awesome label RADIOGRAFFITI that puts out everything from chiptune to insanity gabber.

On my last tour I had the pleasure of playing with Stagediver in Milwaukee. During his set he played a sick remix of my song “Banging Your Head Against A Brick Wall” off of my last EP FRONT SEAT OF THE TACOMA. It hit hard in the club and made me excited to be alive and making music. Talking with Tyler after the gig it turned out to be a “smash-up” of my song and the sick Stagediver tune “Raw Deal”. You can watch the youtube above or download the MP3 below. I recommend you play it loud. Enter The Thunder Zone.

DOWNLOAD HERE RIGHT NOW

08/26/2014

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A few weeks ago I performed live on the local Milwaukee NBC affiliate TODAY’S TMJ 4. Needless to say it was a blast and really fucked up. Everything went wrong/right and the ensuing week was nuts. I don’t want to get defensive, but obviously anyone who has heard my music and/or seen my play live knows that there were some serious “technical difficulties” at play that night.

I have never been a part of what you might call a “viral shitstorm” but I guess that’s what happened to me after this performance. I got a lot of hate/love and felt some pretty intense feelings coming my way. I don’t really want to dwell on this minor blip in my insanely long, weird life of music but it is noteworthy. I don’t even want to post a link to the video, but let me just say it got played on a few late night basic cable television shows. Am I making sense?

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE THUNDER ZONE?

Ego annihilation isn’t a bad thing and I’ve come out of this experience more excited about making and performing music than ever.

Let’s go!

03/21/2014
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dogsine

DEBUT EP FROM MILWAUKEE #GRUNGE2 REPRESENTATIVES DOGS IN ECSTASY. FULL DISCLOSURE THIS BAND FEATURES 2/3 OF WHAT HAS BEEN SOMETIMES KNOWN AS “THE HEARTLAND BAND”, MY BACKING BAND ON PAST TOURS. BUT REALLY WHO CARES ABOUT THOSE KIND OF DETAILS WHEN YOU GOT 6 NOISY BUT FUN LOVIN’ GRUNGE POP SONGS TO GET INTO?

THIS SHIT IS LIKE RAINBOW ROCK WEEZER. THE BREEDERS MEETS NEON HUNK. WHO KNOWS, WHO CARES. WHATEVER. ALL I KNOW IS THAT THE SONGS ARE ADDICTIVE AND I CAN’T WAIT FOR MORE.

LISTEN HERE.

10/04/2013
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homer

ANOTHER “LAST MIN” POST BUT MAN WHEN YOU ARE LIVING IN THE THUNDER ZONE WHO KNOWS. WHO REALLY KNOWS MAN! THIS FRIDAY I WILL BE THROWING DOWN AN EXTENDED 3+ HOUR DJ SET “TENAGLIA STYLE” AT HOTEL FOSTER IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. CLUB MUSIC, ROCK MUSIC, RAP MUSIC, RAP ROCK MUSIC.

“LET ME TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY”

“SEE YOU IN THE PIT”

“NEVER SURRENDER FOREVER”

09/19/2013
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JUICEBOXXX LIVE AT HOTEL FOSTER

VERY RARE MILWAUKEE JUICEBOXXX SHOW (THE FIRST IN OVER 8 MONTHS) THIS THURSDAY AT HOTEL FOSTER. BACK IN THE DAY, HOTEL FOSTER USED TO BE CALLED “THE GLOBE EAST” AND WHEN I WAS REALLY YOUNG I SAW A TON OF PUNK SHOWS THERE. SKA SHOWS TOO. EVEN SOME EMO! REGARDLESS, I HAVE GREAT MEMORIES OF THE PLACE AND I’M EXCITED TO COME BACK WITH A CAST OF MILWAUKEE RAGERS BACKING ME UP. I MIGHT EVEN HAVE THUNDER ZONE ENERGY DRINKS WITH ME! YOU NEVER KNOW! FUCK IT!

WELCOME TO THE LIFESTYLE.

FACEBOOK EVENT.

08/05/2013
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FOOTAGE HAS SURFACED FROM A RECENT JUICEBOXXX & THE HEARTLAND BAND SHOW IN MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN. DISREGARD EVERYTHING I SAY IN THIS VIDEO, IT IS ALL UNTRUE. DEEP IN THE THUNDER ZONE. MAYBE ONE OF THE LAST TIMES I PLAY “CENTER STAGE” LIVE? I DON’T KNOW. ONE DAY AT A TIME, KIDS. SIKED TO BE ALIVE AND MAKING AMERICAN MUSIC. THANKS TO MATTHEW E. DWYER FOR THE FOOTAGE.

01/22/2013
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THIS DECEMBER I’M RAGING A FEW SHOWS IN THE HEARTLAND. FULL LIVE BAND, FUCKING TAKING NO PRISONERS IN THE NAME OF AMERICAN MUSIC. RIVERWEST FEST IN MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO AND A DJ SET ON NEW YEARS EVE IN MADISON. NEVER SURRENDER FOREVER KIDS. IF YOU BELIEVE IN THE MUSIC IN THE END THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS.

DECEMBER 21ST-FEELTRIP STUDIOS CHICAGO, IL WITH YAWN, TWIN PEAKS AND SICH MANG
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DECEMBER 22ND-RIOWEST CANTINA BASEMENT MILWAUKEE, WI WITH RIO TURBO (RIVERWEST FEST)
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DECEMBER 31ST-DJ SET IN MADISON, WI LOCATION TBA

12/13/2012
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