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.
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.
By: Kidman J. Williams
It has all of the standard soap opera drama: betrayal, intrigue, a man and a woman, insane accusations, and crazed illusions of revenge. What else can you really say about the drama between Gonzo Today and a Hunter S. Thompson fanboy Facebook group? Some might say that it is just useless drama. Some might say that it is childish. This writer says that it is one camp making outrageous claims that can’t be backed up with facts.
The fallout happened swiftly between the leader of the fan group and former Gonzo Today member Leah Jay (as known on Facebook) and GT Editor-in Chief Clayton Luce. This prompted Jay to reach out to other writers at GT with the intent of taking them away. Writers like Josh Chambers, Donnie Casto, Eric Rubelmann, and even myself were contacted via Facebook IM trying to make claims that Clayton was a thief. This tactic of divide and conquer, worked…for a short time. Josh and Eric both came back to GT happier than ever.
Regardless of how quick and painless the break was it sent the fanboy leader into a focused rage that brought old enemies of Luce’s back from the dead, like Patrick Jordan. Who has made outlandish comments towards GT many times in the past with idle threats and saying things like,
“Yeah if Clayton hadn’t blocked me months ago I was gonna see if he wanted to go four rounds with me in the Octagon at gonzofest. but I guess not. I sure hope if anybody going to gonzofest if you see him give him a good pop… tell him its from me… he knows who I am…
He’s expecting it..haha”
As you can see, his grammar is impeccable. I can’t even imagine why Clayton Luce blocked him.
They made claims of Gonzo Today publishing Dr. Hunter S. Thompson’s work, even going as far as making these claims to Anita Thompson (Hunter’s widow) and wasting her time and energy that just fed into the fanboy leader’s overactive id and vengeful mindset.
When Gonzo Today posted the private pictures and correspondence that were owned by Kevin Simonson, a longtime friend of Hunter’s, the proverbial shit truly hit the fan. This move sparked some serious heat that prompted Jay to send more messages to the Widow Thompson. Continue reading
Jack Herer, June 18, 1939 – April 15, 2010, sometimes called the “Emperor of Hemp”, was an American cannabis activist and the author of The Emperor Wears No Clothes, a book which has been used in efforts to decriminalize and legalize cannabis and to expand the use of hemp for industrial use. Herer also founded and served as the director of the organization Help End Marijuana Prohibition (HEMP).