MUSIC

The Marty Ray Project Music Soul Food

By Kidman J. Williams

There is a new beard on the block.  If you haven’t heard of The Marty Ray Project, I’m sure that will change very soon.  He has been making a bit of noise on social media with his soulful renditions of old songs like Ice Ice Baby, Kris Kristofferson’s “Why Me Lord” and a parody song of Meghan Trainor’s “All About that Bass called, “All About That Beard.”

When you see Marty for the first time it takes you aback.  He looks like a Hell’s Angel ready to take down 4 guys by himself, then you hear this angelic sound come from deep within his body and a heavenly calm drapes over your body.

The cover songs that The Marty Ray Project does are no doubt fun, but don’t discount this bands’ original material.  Marty brings a soul that is nothing short of amazing.  When I listen to the song, “It’s Like,” the feeling I get holds the same goose bumps that Otis Redding gives me.  It is nothing but truth and love.

If you are a lover of music this is music that belongs in your collection.  When people speak about music not having the same soul that it used to, you should refer them to The Marty Ray Project.  They have what music needs.  They have the soul, the heartfelt lyrics, and just the overall fun.

www.martyrayproject.com

 

Marty Ray Projects’ Ice Ice Baby, originally by Vanilla Ice.

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GG Allin’s Last Gig

By Charlie Seller

Once GG and the Murder Junkies got started it got very loud and very crowded inside the hot tiny cement space.

His tweed coat was hanging open and Hero saw almost everything. GG wasn’t wearing more than a pair of loose, soiled jockey shorts underneath. He reached for a styrofoam cup and sloshed the crowd with what Hero guessed was a mixture of piss and shit. The blond girl got hit with some and stayed right up front.

“Too weird for me,” said Hero as he watched it all with Johnny from the relative safety of the little P.A.room. The crowd started throwing shit back at GG along with bottles, a couple of metal folding chairs, beer and they were screaming, loving it. When Johnny One Eye saw that GG was throwing the shit back and running into the crowd, attacking them with body checks and clothes-lining them 2 at a time. Continue reading

THE FREEZE: 35+ yrs of punk

THE FREEZE is a seminal punk rock band from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, that came together in 1978 as teenagers and continues to record and tour to this day. Founder, songwriter, and vocalist Clif “Hanger” Croce is the only member who has been in every incarnation of the band, which has seen many line-up shifts and changes over the years.

The band’s first release, the do-it-yourself 7-inch “I Hate Tourists / Don’t forget me Tommy,” was released in 1980. Attempts were made to ban the record locally as obscene but that, in combination with the buzz over their live performances, only succeeded in raising awareness of the band. The following year, the Freeze had nine songs appear on the important New England punk rock compilation “This Is Boston, Not L.A..” The band has released over a dozen full length albums including “Land of the Lost”, “Rabid Reaction”, “Misery Loves Company” and arguably their greatest album, “Freak Show” released in the early 1990s. The album cover art for 1998’s “One false Move” was drawn by the late American artist, writer, and Cape Cod resident Edward Gorey.

The Freeze continues to some of the most interesting, incisive and addictive Punk Rock to ever come out of America, often in the face of great adversity with shitty labels, drug addictions and crime constantly getting in the band’s way. Yet, it’s a band that has always remained honest and resolutely Punk Rock. Continue reading

A Beginner’s Guide to Surviving the Amnesia Rockfest: Part 2

By: Maven Cade Leary

READ PART ONE HERE

Part Two : Mosh, Surf, and Remember to Breathe 

Disoriented and confused, the sun piercing through my eyelids, I slowly awoke and stretched out on the big blue tarp. I reached into my backpack, which I was also using for a pillow, and pulled out my smokes and joints. Lighting one, keeping the other close at hand, without any consideration for which came first, I made my way to the train tracks we were apparently sleeping next too and relieved myself.

This was to be the first of many public urinations that were to take place that day. Some chick in the window of the house a few hundred meters from us was watching me… us… sleeping, pissing, and smoking on her neighbour’s lawn.

It occurred to me the look of disgust was only partially directed at us, as her gaze kept shifting to the house behind me and the small encampment that had sprung up overnight. A large part of her loathing was directed at her neighbours which were actively capitalizing from the chaos and bringing the undesirables within pissing range of her yard.

I waved and wagged, zipped up and moved on. There was no time to waste on her bad vibes. The day was young, and promised to be filled with action, adventure, and more than a fair amount of intentional insanity. Bullshit was not on the agenda.

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At the Drive-In: This Station is Non-Operational

DIY documentary on seminal post-hardcore band At the Drive-In (1993-2001)

At the Drive-In are an American post-hardcore band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 1993. Consisting of singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala, guitarists Jim Ward and Omar Rodríguez-Lopez, bassist Paul Hinojos, and drummer Tony Hajjar, the band released three studio albums and five EPs before breaking up in 2001. Their final album, 2000’s Relationship of Command, received a number of accolades and is cited as a landmark of the post-hardcore genre. Following the breakup, Bixler-Zavala and Rodríguez-López formed The Mars Volta while Ward, Hinojos, and Hajjar formed Sparta. At the Drive-In reunited in January 2012 and played the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, as well as the 2012 Lollapalooza Festival. With the Mars Volta now apparently defunct, Bixler-Zavala & Rodriguez-Lopez recently recorded an album and are touring under the name Antemasque.