’84 Rollins/Kira/Ginn/Stevenson – this is the lineup of BLACK FLAG I saw the most and I never got bored of seeing them! In my book, this is the era that went on to really influence sludge, doom and even grunge. This is also the time when Henry started to come into his own as a performer. Watching them back then was almost like checking out a jazz band because they would totally go off on these tagents. In 1984, BLACK FLAG changed what a hardcore band had to sound like and were expanding minds everywhere. Now peep this intense performance of them wrecking shop in Amherst, Mass in 1984…BLACK FLAG was the shit!
Snap…Hip-Hop is in the place to be! The connection between the early punk movement and the early hip hop movement has been well documented. Growing up in California, I saw first hand how hardcore kids embraced rap. All you have to do is go back to the first Youth Brigade album and peep their attempt at creating a hip hop jam. Many documentaries have been made about the history of the rebel music from South Bronx, but Beat this!: a Hip-Hop History is by far the best. You can smell the funk of NYC jumping out of the screen, plus it’s rad seeing some off the chain style from back in the day! Rock out to the funky beat and peep this film!
GILA MONSTER JAMBOREE: This gig, January 5, 1985, 100 miles out into the Mojave Desert, was our first “L.A.” gig, first time we’d played on the west coast, part of an airplane tour from Seattle on south. That picture of us “in the back of a Chevy” on the Death Valley ’69 12-inch is also from this trip. The gig was organized by one Stuart Sweezy, now of Amok Press (check it out!), who had this penchant for strange locations — Minutemen and Meat Puppets on a barge on the S.F. Harbor, another desert gig with Einsterzende Neubauten… your ticket entitled you to a map to the gig site which was not handed out until the morning of the show (to prevent scans). Else you could buy a place on one of the buses hired to transport those transported souls with better things to do than cope with the road. The gig started early in the day with Psi-Com, which featured a barefoot Perry Farrell skanking in the sand and waxing poetic. Redd Kross followed, and by the time we went on it was about twilight. These songs were mostly brand new at the time, from the as-yet unreleased Bad Moon Rising LP. We’d waited a long time to make it west, and this was a pretty perfect introduction. Bob Bert was on the drums with us at the time. The cover photo, by someone named Alan Peak, all trails and blurr, sums up the occasion quite well. Band portrait by Naomi Petersen. This video was shot by the folks at Flipside Magazine. After us came the Meat Puppets, who played on into the night as the desert cold set in, under a big ring around the moon.
I’m not going to even say too much, other than here is a classic movie for Dario Argento fans. CVLT Nation is now showing “Tenebre”!
Check out the new video from CORRECTIONS HOUSE called “Bullets And Graves” from their album Last City Zero, out now on Neurot Recordings. In a time when music is coming out at a rapid rate and lacking depth, this band has flipped the script. I really hope people stop and listen to CORRECTIONS HOUSE, because they are making sonic art that will stand the test of time!
If you’re someone who listens to critics or reads up on film, then you might be aware of Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia. Often making “Worst Films of All Times” kind of lists, it’s one of those films that is a cultural oddity, the title pops up here and there, now and then, probably because it’s so unique, definitive and has “cvlt B-movie” written all over it. It’s a film that didn’t really make a big impact when it was released and copped a lot of shit both then and throughout the years since. Not that any of that really matters of course, because if you’re like me and you’ve seen and liked this film, then you’ll probably agree that it’s fucking awesome.
Heavy as FUCK! Gloomy as FUCK! Demented as FUCK! Just some of the thoughts that come to my mind as I watch the visual for the new sonic collaboration between Gnaw Their Tongues & Alkerdeel entitled “Dyodyo Asema”. This video is a perfect interpretation of what you are about to hear and see! CVLT Nation is honored to be premiering this Gnaw Their Tongues & Alkerdeel piece of visual torment. This project was put together to help celebrate the fifth anniversary of Consouling Sounds…CVLT Nation salutes the bands and the label for a job well done!…Pre-Order HERE January 13th is the release date!
I knew that NAILS were over in the UK wrecking shop last week, but now I have video evidence of how fucking off the chain their shows really were! One of our readers, Charlie Holt, sent us the links to the NAILS show at the Underworld in Camden. You can see for yourself that this band is nothing to fuck with… respect due to NAILS and all of the UK fans!