Will Not Find Our No. 1 on Any Other List.
Various publications have floated lists of the most underrated Beatles songs. But strangely, they all miss the most obvious choice. Part of the problem may lie in their definition of “underrated.” To us the term refers to the breadth of the gap between public opinion and the song’s actual quality. So a song need not be great. It just needs to be a lot better than people … Continue reading
Independent Binghamton musician Huetensil has had music from his latest album Black & White played on over 80 radio stations in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
“Nothin’,” the new single from Black & White, was released October 20, 2015. Local virtuoso Micheal Wu plays bass guitar on the tune. For more info visit www.Huetensil.com.
Gore, violence, and horror have always been hallmarks of Heavy Metal, but Death Metal redefined every topic. While the rest of the nation was teeny boppin’ in neon, southern Florida was ablaze with long-haired dudes in spikey black leather. The hyper-division of Metal genres did not begin in earnest until the late 90’s, so Death Metal’s assertion as a separate discipline was significant. Death Metal was fast and complicated, and talented musicians were necessary. Themes were universally … Continue reading
Graduation Season starts this month! My line of work takes me through a lot of graduations. I’m there to document this most important moment in a student’s life. I watch the promenades, I listen to the band, and I hear the speeches. I’m sorry if I’m breaking this for you, every last one is the same.
Principals and educators tearfully encouraging the pompous brats they never have to see again, teachers recount a few amusing anecdotes and … Continue reading
If you haven’t already figured it out, I’m a child of the ‘80’s. I was roughly 13 when they ended, so it was only the very final years that I had any concept of the world outside of He-Man. Music for me was almost exclusively Weird Al, and not until I reached middle school did I listen to much else. I can still remember the first time I saw a Guns N Roses video on MTV, and … Continue reading
Being the Misfits fans we were, you would not expect Dr. Filth to get drunk and forget about the Samhain reunion show in Philly I already bought tickets for. He did, and no amount of phone calls could rouse him from slumber. He had the better car at the moment, and when I attempted to make the journey solo, all sort of rattle and light flashed across my dash. As an apology, he offered to drive to … Continue reading
The Police Gazette promoted our first local concert on February 12th. Here are some pics from the show!
Survay Says!, who announced at the show they’ll be touring with Goldfinger in the UK in May.
Review of Black & White
Huetensil—aka Hugh Wygmans of Binghamton, NY—has been one of the hardest-working guys in the scene the last few years. And we’re happy to say he has the talent to go with the drive. Huetensil comes out with a full length album, Black & White, on March 3rd that is a delight from start to finish.
Hugh has vocal chops and style in spades; one of those singers who keeps surprising in a … Continue reading
The Murder City Devils are the best band you’ve never heard of. Their sound can best be described as the tender melody of “Appetite”-era Guns ‘n’ Roses brutally raped by the Danzig-era Misfits while Social Distortion watches and jerks off. All the pure rock fury of the first two with the swagger of Social D before Mike Ness got fat. I saw the Murder City Devils only one time, in their hometown of Seattle. The opening act … Continue reading
Everyone has a band they are embarrassed to love. Last month, I told you about my long-standing love for Def Leppard. Def Leppard is not that band. I’ve got no problem driving down the City streets with Pyromania at full blast, singing along in my best Joe Elliot. The band I don’t want you to find out about is AFI.
I’m not talking about occasionally throwing on “Answer That And Stay Fashionable,” I’m talking entire days with … Continue reading
I used to book concerts for Def Leppard in my living room. They took place after school, and had very few in attendance. Almost exclusively dogs and the occasional cat. The band never showed, but I made sure everyone got their money’s worth. I put a tape in the boom box, and did the album myself, Milli Vanilli style. I performed both vocal and guitar parts interchangeably. I didn’t know what a bass guitar was, and drums … Continue reading
I can say without hesitation the only musicians I’ve loved longer than Slayer are Def Leppard and Weird Al. Both of those began in elementary school and I make no excuses for either. I was 14 when I put Scotch tape on the notches of a Poison cassette to redub it with Seasons in the Abyss. I listened to the tape until it was eaten by my radio and I was forced to buy the CD. No … Continue reading
Mastodon Slept Here
“I put the butcher knife up to her neck, and I said, ‘if you want to live to see tomorrow, you better start frying them eggs a little bit better’n you been frying ‘em. I’m sick of eating sloppy, slimy eggs!” Then the music kicked in, and everyone at the American Legion went ape shit. This was my last clear memory of my first Mastodon show. Everything else was fists, feet, guitar, and drums. … Continue reading
GG was still alive when I first heard of him, but not for long. It was 1993, and I was a nerdy D&D kid on the verge of love with Heavy Metal. One of my best friends went punk at the end of our freshman year, and read Maximum Rock & Roll religiously. I was at lunch when the black-and-beige photo of the naked performer jumped off the page. MRR was never kind to GG, but I … Continue reading
Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only have been suing each other back and forth for years over the commercial legacy of the Misfits. Everyone knows someone with a Crimson Ghost shirt, and I always wonder how much those people really listen to the Misfits. Authenticity is a subject punk culture jumps on viciously, but I’m positive few of the kids sporting the Fiend on any of their shirts, jackets, socks, skateboards, underwear, and Uggs will know the words … Continue reading
I was in the 9th grade when my best friend ran up to me waving a new cassette. The cover featured a quintet of bloody space mutants posing proudly on a broken Antarctic ice flow. They wore medieval armor and brandished swords, axes, and maces. In bloody red letters at the bottom was, “Scumdogs of the Universe.” Above them: “GWAR.”
A cassette was a CD on a magnetic tape that could be chewed up and broken by … Continue reading