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Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Von Rebels
"Killing Machine" (Falsetto)

Some bands master eardrum-crunching, chorded wickedness; others, determined, fleet-footed trajectory. That the Von Rebels deftly excel at both is but part of their attraction. They proffer, too, the cool, blade-edged air that marks all significant, danger zone propositions.

Recommended "Kicking Out the Devil," "Borrowed Time," "Going Postal," "Killing Machine," "Kill It," "C'mon"

VIDEO "Kicking Out the Devil"

Friday, January 29, 2016

Popa Chubby
"Big, Bad and Beautiful - live" (Cleopatra)

The sound is massive, nervy, loud, and proud. Uptempo Blues with more than enough high-steppin' Rock'n'Roll energy to electrify entire midnight cities. Given the wide-open roar of these two inflammatory discs, a Popa Chubby gig seems a non-stop party with no meaningful boundary separating stomping players from head-thrown-back, juice-laced audience.

But don't take my word for Popa Chubby's significance.

Somewhere in the eventual beyond -- misty, supernatural real estate mere earthbound sorts might call night woods, an uncharted plane jointly maintained by upper and lower eternal auspices -- a liquory convocation of passed Blues masters recognizable and obscure slouched around a shared interest:

"This Popa kid picked up on our influence," one legendary master intoned.

A Chicago firebrand from way back agreed. "Yeah. And our techniques, too!"

"Hell, he sounds like one of us!" 

Several of the gathered juke hall big wheels nodded wise assent.

"Not exactly like one of us," said a stormy fret-man. "'Cause he has his own way of sayin' things! And that keeps it all movin'!"

Recommended "One Leg At a Time," "69 Dollars," "Same Old Blues," "Take Me Back To Amsterdam," "Caffeine and Nicotine," ""

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gutter Demons
"Unfinished Business" 

One is immediately taken by the love/hate bond these mohawked Great White North 
monster-men undeniably have with their weaponized instruments. For, just as they are judicious in coaxing from them bold, amphetamine sounds of entrancing nature, so too do they seize, batter, and abuse them with nostrils-flared, jaws-clenched, muscles a-ripple ferocity that splinters all decent. Psychobilly without apologies.

Recommended "Hellride," "Gutter Kings," "After Dark," "Invaders," "Phantom Creep," "Bloodfeast"

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Raygun Cowboys
"Heads Are Gonna Roll" (Stomp)

It is very much to these Edmonton jukers' credit that they can at once slam rockabilly reeling and sudden-swerve punk into congenial union while establishing dramatic shared cause between gritty, chunk-a-smack onslaught and eerily beguiling horns. There is, too, a mature depth involved that merits remark -- though it never eclipses the headlong action. 

Recommended "Heads Are Gonna Roll," "Don't Know Why," "Until Next Time," "Bitter Shame," "Nothin' Left To Lose," "In These Walls," "You Were The One"

VIDEO "Heads Are Gonna Roll"

Monday, January 25, 2016

Voodoo Zombie
"Santa Muerte" ( self)

Ancient, arcane spell-casting and puzzle-shrouded alchemy continue on inexorable eve march, impelled to icy-veined command by startling alacrity, thunderclap authority. Listen, passion-clenched, as savage Chilean psycho-beasts rail in determined cacophony with razor-hacked, multi-hued delicious awfulness. And see the skeletons dance...

Recommended "Santa Muerte," "Video Snuff," "Lost In the City of Vampires," "Estas Botos Son Para Kaminar," "Roller Derby Go!," "Whiskill," "Hombre Voodoo Espanol"

VIDEO "Video Snuff" (live)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Bishops Green
"A Chance To Change" (Rebellion)

A violent eleventh hour gust splinters the pane, knocking to the rug a Vancouver public school Class of 1978 yearbook. It lies open to the updated, 2015 Oi! punk section. Stout boots, angry guitars, jaw-jutted consciousness. "Stand up tall / use your voice!" Crank the volume, 
lunar-luster soldiers - time again to stomp down broken streets. We'll take the world, tonight.

Recommended "Lost Generation," "Resistance," "Defiance," "Caged," "Invisible"

VIDEO "Lost Generation" 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Waco Brothers
"Going Down In History" (Bloodshot)

Sentient, hot-pulsing Americana with all desired effulgence. Follow along, pushing low-hanging branches from your path, and settle into seasoned, rural-blooded world-slices
in which each wise actor makes much of his role.

Recommended "Had Enough," "DIYBYOB," "Devil's Day," "Orphan Song," "We Know It"

AUDIO "Had Enough" 

Go Get Gone
"Go Get Gone" (self)

More than a veracious portrayal of the band's vernal identity and potential, this debut waxing showcases already solid, redoubtable capacity for remarkable roof-rattling. Like the man said: If you can't find a partner, use a wooden chair.

Recommended "All My Waitln'," "Chasin' My Baby," "Bad Seed," "Crazy Little Baby," "That Cat Goes"

Friday, January 22, 2016

Various Artists
"Schnitzelbilly: Rockabilly Made In Austria, #1" 
(Plan 9 Trash Records)

Austria is a far piece from Memphis. But only geographically. The rambunctious, uncouth rebel vibe interpreted through spartan pastoral boppin' acknowledges no spatial demarcation in its persuasive sweep.

Recommended "Fight Tonight" (Hemenex), "Rebel's Heart" (Rioters) "Rockabilly Bop" (Rockabulls), "Domino" (Crazy Cubes)

VIDEO "Rockabilly Bop" (Rockabulls)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Reckless Ones
"Reckless Ones" (self)

Spartan, rock-ribbed, and headlong-dashing sounds are for us all indispensable daily-world nourishment. We live life by the downbeat; it succors us in the sunlight, and charges our moonlight bacchanalia. And then, that special girl appears. The focus sharpens, chaos is revealed to have suddenly paramount import, and dancing becomes high expression.

Recommended "Desert Rose," "Merry Go-Round," "Mean Pickin' Mama," "It's Time"

Hank Biggs and the Hardtops
"Let's Go!" (Deerhorn)

In these waxed grooves lies the singularly in-pocket product of a wee hours boppin' union: Rockabilly went creepin', swing made the scene, and dig what came of it all. 5-track EP.

Recommended "Let's Go!," "She Needs Shoes (To Rock'n'Roll)," "Queen of Gasoline"

Nigel Hall
"Ladies and Gentlemen..." (FEEL Records)

In days when insipid, mechanized pop product seems ubiquitous, and pre-fab accouterments of 'hard life' can be donned or doffed according to corporate bottom-line dictates wholly unrelated to actual human being sensitivities, one treasures moments such as this; a been-there-done-that man unbinds the honest, finger-poppin' groove and sits down on it. Hard.

Recommended "Gimme a Sign," "Try," "Never Gonna Let Yo Go," "Lay Away," "I Just Wanna Love You," "Let's Straighten It Out"

VIDEO "Gimme a Sign" (live)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Straight 8s
"Girl Trouble" (self)

Only miles-earned experience and hearty, eager submersion in diverse stylistic waters could produce this wonderfully variegated, textured confection that each moment minds its primary function: lapel-grabbing rockbilly boogie sans interregnum.

Recommended "You'll Never Get Away," "Rock Me," "Help Me Save My Life," "First One Standing In Line," "Porter Wagoner Suit"

VIDEO "You'll Never Get Away" (live)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Dawn Shipley and the Sharpshooters
"Shoulda Known Better" (Shot O' Clock)

Dawn doesn't merely sing old-ways, hand-tooled, step-lively country rockabilly, she lives in these songs. She welcomes all who step 'round her porch with a bucolic easiness that encourages, ingratiates, and ultimately elates.

Recommended "Mad About You," "Shoulda Known Better," "Don't Want Your Lies," "Your Only Gal," "Voodoo You," "That's the Way I Feel"