So to pick up from my (last post). I’d like to share some sights and sounds from some radical shows that happened here in the Bay over the course of this Summer.
Straight up and down, I’m a Venice local for life, and although the early 80′s SoCal hardcore movement nurtured me, part of me has a deep affinity for the 80′s hardcore scene in Washington D.C.. Back in the day, we all loved any band from this city, from S.O.A., Double O, Scream, Minor Threat, Faith, Void – the list could go on. Even with age, my memories of Marginal Man at the Cathay De Grand are still fresh in my head. This is why when I heard that Scott Crawford was making a documentary about this historic scene entitled Salad Days: The DC Punk Revolution, I became way more than excited! I know for a fact that many people from this era are going to be so stoked to see this film finished. Plus, it’s going to be killer for the younger generation to see how the D.C. punks were on point in the 80′s. Check out an epic vintage hardcore photo gallery that will give you a look into punk history, after the jump. Plus, peep the trailer for Salad Days: The DC Punk Revolution. Stay tuned for more updates about this documentary in the future!
Five months after the release of their acclaimed ORO: Opus Primum release, Italian sorcerers of supernatural and obliterating doom, UFOMAMMUT, prepare to return with the second part of the ORO series, Opus Alter. The new full-length will see its North American release on September 18th, 2012, once again via Neurot Recordings. This band’s music is fucking beyond special – it’s straight mind-bending and brain-melting. What I really respect about them is their use of video to help convey their sonic magic. This is why we are doing an epic UFOMAMMUT video essay featuring video from both albums Opus Primum & Opus Alter. This what you should do, get a fat bong load, spark that motherfucker, play these vids then then take off to another reality where doom is alive in the clouds. CVLT Nation salutes UFOMAMMUT for their awesome creative spirit! The videos are alive after the jump.
I guess you could say that back in the day when it came to Longhorn Punk Rock/Hardcore, everything is weird from Texas. 3 bands that stood out to me from the Texas scene were Big Boys & MDC. These two awesome musical entities were fronted by gay males, and it was never an issue. They waved their pride flags high and got mad respect. I was a huge fan of both bands, because they all pushed the envolope and were on some next shit when it came to being creative. BIG BOYS brought the funk to their punk, which was fun as fuck to dance to at their shows, plus they were on some skate rock shit which was awesome! MDC came on the scene with their outstanding single “John Wayne Was A Nazi” and it was an instant classic. Looking back in happiness, these bands were a blast to see live and were super rad humans. More than just standing up for gay rights, Big Boys & MDC held it down for human rights. If you never heard of these bands go and check out their back catalogue. In the meantime, CVLT Nation is celebrating these 80′s hardcore OG’s with a rare footage video essay after the jump…
Do you ever have those nights where you go to a show to see one band, but it’s another band that blows your mind? This is what happened to me in 2001 while I was living in Seattle. I made my way one night to the Graceland, and this band from Denton, TX called Lift To Experience took everyone in that room on a fucking magic carpet ride. Their mammoth wall of shoegaze bliss transported us all to a new state of reality. Lift To Experience frontman, Josh T. Pearson, was full of a special light that almost blinded me, but the whole band was a rad unit. I would say that in their short life, this band made a huge difference in the people’s lives who own their records and got to see them live. That night, I bought their only album, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads, released by Bella Union. If one band could give Spiritualized a run for their feedback, Lift To Experience was that band. Today, CVLT Nation would like to celebrate this lost American treasure with a video essay of live footage plus a rare documentary. So after the jump, step into the storm and watch Lift To Experience do their thing!
Bravery and courage are two things that rarely go hand in hand with modern hip-hop. There is one artist named MURS who possesses both of these qualities, they are very evident in his new video for his song “Animal Style,” which tackles homophobia in American society. Being a straight male rapper and taking the stance that he has, we at CVLT Nation salute him. Watch this MURS video, not because you are a fan of his music, just watch it for the fact that you respect someone who is willing to stand up for the oppressed, and take on a genre that he holds dear. Also, tell a friend about what you have just seen, and feel free to leave a comment! Peep MURS “Animal Style” below…
It’s pretty simple – CVLT Nation has mad respect for Moshpit Tragedy and their dedication to gnarly bands. The way they set up their label, is totally artist-friendly and positive for the listener. This weekend in Pomona, California, Moshpit Tragedy, in conjuction with Scion AV, are putting on a filthy showcase featuring Morne, Phobia, Skarp, Total Fucking Destruction and Sea Will Rise (RSVP HERE). So in celebration of this event, we have put together this mega video essay with live footage from each band. After the jump, get your crust on and peep these rancid visuals!
The year was 1983, and one of my favorite bands was Southern Death Cult/Death Cult – they represented where my spirit was at that in that space & time. The lines between positive punk & peace punk were almost non-existent; we were all one tribe. Southern Death Cult waved the banner of self expression for all of us dark-minded outsiders. On the lyrical side of things, they were not too far off from Crass or Flux of Pink Indians. Musically, this band pushed their sound to spheres where punk was not going in 1983. One thing that the band was known for was their mesmerizing live shows. It’s been said that Ian Ashbury would almost have out of body experiences while performing; this might be truth or fiction. Southern Death Cult did give 200% while performing, and would always bring the house down. CVLT Nation has gathered some of our favorite live footage of this rad band for your enjoyment. So after the jump, go back in time & check out Southern Death Cult live, plus some vintage flicks.
Stacy Peralta helped shape the way that the world sees skateboarding, being one of the o.g. Z-boyz, plus starting Powell Peralta. When I was young, I questioned whether was he down for Venice the way I thought locals should be, but as I got older I saw that he was the real deal because he took care of business! Stacy Peralta sits down with The Hour for a pretty real interview that will keep your attention. What’s killer about this interview is the amount of territory they cover in a very short time, from Stacy’s days skating to his filmmaking – speaking of which, Crips and Bloods: Made in America is one of my favorite documentaries ever. I’m super excited to see the his new film, Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, which is coming out soon. It’s fucking way beyond awesome to see someone from the hood make good, because so many of the homies did not make it! Peep this on point interview after the jump!
Manchester is a special city when it comes to music and the bands that have come out of it…I know on a personal level, I can’t even count how many groups from this town have created songs that still move me to this day. I don’t know what it is about this place, but every time I have been there I can feel the tension in the air – this is probably what gives Manchester it’s vibe. Youth culture is king in this town, and in 1989, The Stone Roses ruled the world. I remember when I got their debut album that year, I had it on repeat for about a week straight. This band didn’t play punk rock music in the traditional sense of the word, but something about them, you knew they were playing by their own rules. I have always respected the underdog, and that is exactly what The Stone Roses were, but at the end of the day they came out on top for a minute. If you are a fan, The Stone Roses – Blood on the Turntable documentary is a fucking must see! So after the jump, check out this radical BBC3 film about the rise and fall of The Stone Roses.