Baltimore. Yes, it’s dirty, yes there’s a lot crime and yes the weather sucks, but there are some pretty awesome things too. I’m sure you guys know Baltimore practically breeds aggressive music but I would like to introduce you to another side…
If you want me to break it down, I’d say these twelve tracks are a mix of psychedelic snythpop experimental noisy indie art rock. Listen and it will make sense.
So here you go. The sticky summer nights. The bitter cold winters. The hidden warehouse shows without addresses. The melodic. The experimental. The dreamy. The hypnotic. The independent.
Stream From Baltimore With Love…
Venice skaters can’t be fucked with when it come to style – maybe it’s something in the beach air. As a young skater, I knew that it wasn’t always doing the rarest trick, it was how cool you looked while you were doing it! I have been lucky enough to see some way beyond awesome skaters rip shit at the Break Water in the 70′s & 80′s. One stood out more than others, and his name was Christian Hosoi. When this dude came around, we all pretty much stopped what we were doing because all eyes were on him. At one point, it seemed like he was on top of the world and nothing and no one could fuck with him. That wasn’t the case – he did crash and burn, only to rise again. In 2006, a Venice local named Block directed a film about Christian Hosoi entitled Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboader Christian Hosoi. The documentary takes a hard and real look at this Hosoi’s life, and it is done with the right kind of emotional impact. So after the jump, you’ll see how Venice skaters know how to Skate & Destroy…CVLT Nation is now showing Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboader Christian Hosoi.
I surround myself with images of death, decay, darkness, venom and all things that generally creep out and offend the majority of society, because I think they are beautiful. My 14-month-old daughter’s favorite art in our house is the Excel Split Image poster we have in our office, with a melting demon with a belly full of angry snakes, and she gives kisses to the grim reaper on our Hell Awaits tee. These things bring my family joy. But right now I have a churning stomach and a heart full of pus. I have seen things that make me want to weep, scream, vomit blood and most of all, kill. We live in a sick society, one that values cunning over creativity, luxury over love, and greed over giving, and CVLT Nation’s most hated tumblr of the week exemplifies all of the twisted mental illness that plagues humankind – Rich Kids of Instagram. The fact that the children of the 1% (or more like 0.1%) use their privilege to run up $100,000 tabs and shower each other in $4,000 champagne on daddy’s yacht, and then take photos of themselves doing these things, just shows how stupid they really are. It’s 2012, there is about to be worldwide revolution, and these walking dead inside have trained the crosshairs on their own foreheads. In a way we should thank the author of Rich Kids of Instagram, because he or she is compiling a hit list for the people. These cretins are the true demons, their Polo and Rolex the true garb of the debauched, and the worst part is, their parents have set up a system by which we pay for the privilege to watch their children drop a fat, steaming dookie on ours. Where do you think that $4.50 (in Cali anyway) for your pack of American Spirits goes? Yep, that’s right – straight into a Dom golden shower for the CEO’s vapid kids. When you pick up your sundries at Target, what happens with your hard earned money? The 0.1%’s debased children buy themselves some Beluga caviar and then have a food fight with it. Just because they can, and they think their lives and bank accounts are safe from harm. And so far, they have been, but with any luck the suffering masses, the 99.99% of the world, will wake up, wipe the shit off their faces, and mow these motherfuckers down. How can we sit idly by and watch our friends and families lose their livelihoods, homes and dignity while these shitheads photograph themselves flying “private” and hashtag themselves #blessed, photograph obscene receipts to compete over who can spend more on nothing and hashtag #getonmylevel, photograph their wrists decked in gold and diamonds and hashtag #Rolexclub? Why have we not yet drowned them in their Hamptons pools? My only consolation is that despite their joyful facade, they are deeply unhappy people, they don’t know true love, only love of money, they try to hide their festering wounds of insecurity behind seriously douchey clothing, and that they will continue to fill the void where their soul should be with prescriptions until they overdose. This is a call to action, and if you feel yourselves becoming complacent with a system set up by and for these fuckers, just google “Rich Kids of Instagram” to reignite the fires of Hell in your belly…or check out the gallery of foulness after the jump…
Murderess Vs. Age of Collapse
What’s it like to be in an all boy band?
You have to wash your balls in people’s sinks.
How do you write dark songs with all that sunshine?
What’s that taco recipe you made for us?
Let us answer your question with another question: how does it feel
to know that tacos from our dumpsters are better than anything found in PDX?
What is the most important non-musical accessory you bring on tour?
Sean – Bullet belt
Steve – Realistically, honestly…….weed.
Xavi – Mustache and papers.
Blaine – LOTS of pillows
Would you say that you’re patriotic? Are you proud to be an “American”?
Hey now. C’mon……grow up.
When I drive through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, or walk through the streets of South London, I see the ill effects of our capitalistic society. Everyone deals with this fucked up reality in different ways, and as musicians, people often use the torment of the oppressed as fuel for their creations. OILTANKER are a perfect example of this – these d-beat warriors record protest anthems that inspire you to make a change. The band have combined both of their vinyl releases, the Shadow of Greed LP and their Crusades 7″ into their 1st CD release for Southern Lord, available today! CVLT Nation are beyond stoked that we are streaming the new OILTANKER CD in full below…16 tracks of pure rawness that will make you want to destroy the icons of greed!
TRACKS 9 THROUGH 16 AFTER THE JUMP…
The world is about to be a better place, because an extra epic book is coming out real soon about the Southern California 80′s Hardcore scene. The two creators of the underground fanzine We Got Power, Dave Markey & Jordan Schwartz, are putting out a book of the same name via Bazillion Points Publishing in the near future – PRE-ORDER HERE! Both of these weirdos were fixtures of the SoCal hardcore community, but they were always on their own planets of creativity. They never waited for anyone to give them anything; if they wanted something done, they made it happen! Dave Markey wanted to start a band, Sin 34 was born; and then he wanted to make film, so he made The Slog Movie, and many more followed, including 1991: The Year Punk Broke and more (I won’t mention all of the videos he directed for Sonic Youth). Then there is Jordan Schwartz, the man with the plan, and an all around cool dude. For everyone reading this that was around back in the day, Mr. Schwartz was the mastermind behind those very rare Black Flag decks. More than anything, Jordan was my friend who I learned from through his actions, plus we bonded over our love for skateboarding! Together these two humans are We Got Power, and trust me when I say this book is a radical piece of Hardcore history. Check out some of the kick-ass pictures that will be in the book after the jump. Make sure to stay tuned to CVLT Nation to hear about their upcoming opening reception on Sept. 8th, 6pm – 11pm @ the 16 Track Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, with live performances by the ADOLESCENTS, SACCHARINE TRUST, The LAST and White Flag…Now get some power and peep some flicks after the jump!
CVLT Nation salutes AGE OF COLLAPSE & MURDERESS for bringing us a kick ass interview – stay tuned for Pt. 2. Also, make sure to pick up the new MURDERESS EP at their shows…peep the east coast tour dates after the jump!
Alright. First off, who would win in a fight: Lemmy or God?
Only Lemmy is real.
Who from your band do you think you could beat in a fight? Who from Age of Collapse do you think you could beat in a fight?
Amanda, Everyone in both bands. She trains in fighting people to the death every day of her life.
It seems like most of you have come from different places. New Mexico, California, Hawaii. What were the punk scenes like in your hometowns and why did you move to Portland?
Jozy (CO), Rachel (HI) – non-existent.
Amanda (WY)- there’s one tiny scene that includes everyone; there’s no sub-scenes.
Casey (CA) – Jim Beam and driving to drink at the parking lot of Honey’s.
We moved here because Portland is better than everywhere else.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed being part of a punk scene as rich / convoluted as Portland’s?
Our scene is not convoluted; it’s very splintered and specific. It makes it easier, actually. Portland is the best place on Earth.
Read the rest of the interview after the jump!
The Clearing from LOCRIAN, released last year on vinyl by Fan Death Records, was one of our favorite records of the year (read our review HERE). Now this epic sonic wall of mind-altering sound is being re-released on CD by Relapse Records, alongside a second CD containing rare tracks, entitled Final Epoch. This duo is being offered as The Clearing/The Final Epoch and will be going on sale tomorrow Aug 14th HERE. CVLT Nation is honored to be streaming this classic in full below!
STREAM Final Epoch after the jump…
Last week, Hell Comes Home released two brand new splits and they both fucking kill hard! First up is Rites vs. Dukatalon, and next is Black Sun vs. Throat – when you put the needle down on these records, you will be showered with filth. On a personal level, I have these joints on fucking repeat. You can pick up these off-the-chain 7″ HERE. You how we represent at CVLT Nation, we are streaming them below!
Ring the alarm…the worldwide Stussy Tribe has teamed up with one of our favorite British labels Alakazam for an upcoming gear collabration that will drop on Aug. 24th. In celebration of this unification, Will Sweeney, the artist/founder of Alakazam, created this sick roots dubamatic mixtape which can be streamed & downloaded below!