Video: Charly Bliss – “DQ”
From Guppy, out now on Barsuk Records.
I’m four years above sixteen
I bounced so high, I peed the trampoline
I’m too sad to be mean
I’m gonna end up working at Dairy Queen
We’ve all been there. Young, wasted, blacking out, drooling, pissing yourself. Waking up and questioning all your relationships and your entire future. It sucked. But Charly Bliss makes it all sound like a blast! This is a great song and now I’m sad summer’s over.
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Video: The War on Drugs – “Pain”
From A Deeper Understanding, out now on Atlantic.
I’m not sure about this. Sounds a little too much like a Don Henley song for me. Am I crazy? I’ve got nothing against bands signing to a major label and trying to gain a larger audience, but something about the production of this (is it the drums? the chorus effect on the guitars?) just sounds like somebody trying to get something on the radio in 1987. Did Ryan Adams produce it? I dunno. The fuzzed out guitar solos at the end are pretty cool, but this song isn’t doing it for me.
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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile are the cute stoner couple who swear they’re just friends (and don’t even smoke down) and it’s totally true but I still want to believe the better story. To the joy of everyone who loves them both, they announced an upcoming collaboration called Lotta Sea Lice, due October 13 on Matador. If the lead-off single is any indication of the rest of the album then this fall is looking up.
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Video: GWAR – “Fuck This Place”
From The Blood of Gods, out October 20 on Metal Blade Records.
Remember Coq Roq? If you don’t, they were a fake band made up by Burger King to sell “chicken fries.” In retrospect this seems preposterous if not insane, but it really happened. They kind of looked (and sounded) like GWAR, so much so that they got sued by Slipknot for stealing their shtick. These were the days when a dopey link on a blog would generate 138 comments from angry fans. So much fun.
Anyway, Coq Roq is gone but GWAR is still around. When they’re not busy disemboweling effigies of our orange fuhrer on stage, they’ve been recording a new album. It’s their first without frontmonster Oderus Urungus, who died of a heroin overdose in 2014. “Fuck This Place” is a tribute: “Oderus, you left us stranded on this world of pus / And in death you have forsaken us / This planet fucking sucks!” Can’t really argue with that.
GWAR plays Riot Fest at 7:15 PM on Sunday, September 17.
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Video: Beach Slang – “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas” [Quiet Slang]
From the We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags EP, due October 20 on Polyvinyl.
An acoustic reworking of a song from A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings, rebranded as Quiet Slang. It’s pretty.
Beach Slang plays Riot Fest at 12:40 PM on Sunday, September 17.
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Video: Hot Water Music – “Vultures”
From Light It Up, due September 15 on Rise Records.
Have you noticed that we’ve been posting quite a few punk rock videos lately? It’s because we’re showcasing bands that are playing Riot Fest in a couple weeks. I think it’s fun to go to a #fest and be surprised by music you’re not familiar with, but it also pays to do a little homework. You don’t want to accidentally skip a band that you would totally love just because you’ve never heard of them.
I’m not sure I’d run across Douglas Park to catch Hot Water Music’s set, but I’d definitely stop and check them out on my way to beer tent, and you’ve got to respect their earnest punk attitude. “If there’s anything left for the vultures, don’t forget / it’s a bloody line up when they think there’s a quick paycheck.” Right on.
Hot Water Music is playing Riot Fest at 1:25 PM on Sunday, September 17.
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Video: Culture Abuse – “So Busted”
Single out now on Epitaph Records.
This is the first I’ve heard from Culture Abuse. Apparently they released an album last year but “So Busted” isn’t on it. They signed to Epitaph and released this single. It’s a sweet little song about “all the stuff you are told you need in life but when it all boils down all you really want is to feel loved and cared for.” Awww. Adorbs.
The video is a split screen demonstration of two different ways to live your life. In one pane, our hero has slicked back hair and eats steak by himself and sips scotch on his high-rise balcony; in the other pane, our hero is messy and shotguns beers with his pals. While the fancier guys version seems less happy, they both wind up in a pine box in the end. I guess the moral is to enjoy your life while you can because we’re all gonna die.
Culture Abuse is playing Riot Fest at 2:00 PM on Sunday, September 17.
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Video: Dinosaur Jr. – “Knocked Around”
From Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not, out now on Jagjaguwar.
Oh man, how did I miss a new Dinosaur Jr album? I guess it’s not that new since it came out a whole year ago. Oh well, better late than never. I’ve dug the last couple of J Mascis solo albums, and this song starts out kinda pretty like that. But stick around because two and a half minutes in, it turns into a classic Dinosaur Jr basher, complete with a classic Mascis guitar solo. (It’s almost impossible to avoid the rockcrit cliche “blistering” when describing a Dinosaur Jr guitar solo. Sorry. I tried.)
Anyway, I’m so thankful that J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph continue to make loud rock and roll together. They’re the exception to the rule that band reunions all huff dongs. Dinosaur Jr is as good as ever.
Dinosaur Jr plays Riot Fest at 6:35 PM on Sunday, September 17.
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Video: Gogol Bordello – “Walking On The Burning Coal”
From Seekers and Finders, out August 25 on Cooking Vinyl.
Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hütz told Consequence of Sound: “The theme here is a Rite of Passage, or rather its absence of it in our society… However, it is still necessary. So, it’s about putting yourself through a test and demolition of ego where the soul matures. As you know, generally speaking people divide themselves into young and old souls, but how do they get there? By simply aging or mindlessly clicking like-no like buttons? Fuck no. By using their free will and focus to accumulate necessary experience… a pass into a more composed state, if u will…”
Gogol Bordello plays Riot Fest at 6:35 PM on Saturday, September 16.
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Video: At The Drive In – “Call Broken Arrow”
From in•ter a•li•a, out now on Rise Records.
I’ve gotta admit I still hold a grudge at this band for breaking up and bankrupting Grand Royal. But that was a long time ago and maybe it’s time to get over it. Maybe not though.
At The Drive In is playing Riot Fest at 7:40 PM on Saturday, September 16.
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