August 21, 2009

Kraftwerk: Werking It

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, original robot rockers Kraftwerk has remastered its entire collection and offering it in one big bunch on Oct. 6, entitled "12345678 The Catalogue." According to our favorite peeps over at Astralwerks, the German computer-dance maestros spent the year upgrading their Kling Klang masters with the latest studio technology and "these eight magnificent recordings still sound like nothing else in the history of music."

On the Beat got a hold of a sampler set of tracks from the remastered tapes, and it's like listening to a whole brand new set of tunes, seriously.

Check it out yourself with one of Kraftwerk's biggest hits, "Autobahn."

Autobahn (remastered)

Autobahn (original)

The proof is in the pudding, right?

"The Catalogue" will be offered in an 8-disc CD box set in a "mini-vinyl" card wallet or individually. However, due to licensing restrictions in the U.S. only five of the eight albums will released as separate CD editions: "Autobahn," "Radio-Activity," "Trans Europe Express," "The Man Machine," and "Tour De France (2003)." As a result, the only way for fans to own the entire catalogue on CD is to purchase the Box Set. It'll also be out in a five-vinyl set and as digital downloads.

Simian Mobile Disco: Rave Rip-Off

There's been a nice build up to the new Simian Mobile Disco on On the Beat Beat.
The Brit techno junkies hit up Philly in April to try out new jams from "Temporary Pleasure" and we were there throwing our hands in the air.
Then, with the first single "Audacity of Huge" leaked to the blog world for everyone to enjoy, we had resident spinster Deejay Non-Chalant open his Meatballs 2 mix tape with the electro banger. Download the mix tape here.
Now, with the record expected to hit the states on Tuesday, we waited 'till midnight to snag "Temporary Pleasure" off iTunes and let it rock our faces off. But nooooo!!! The guys released the new disc - to Europe! What about us on the states side. We get jiggy, too! 
It looks like we have to wait two more weeks before it comes to America. And that's just lame. So what we've done here is let our loyal readers get a taste of the record's more sought after track for free here On the Beat. It's called "Bad Blood" and features Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip. We're also giving you a new remix of "Audacity of Huge" for you to rock out too. Enjoy!

August 20, 2009

Paint It Black: Surrendering

Paint It Black plays The First Unitarian Church in Philly on Sept. 10. The guys - featuring former Lifetime and Kid Dynamite players - released its "Surrender" EP 7'' on Tuesday.

Anyone remotely in touch with the hardcore punk scene is, no doubt, familiar with PAINT IT BLACK. Fronted by the esteemed Dan Yemin of the genre defining bands Lifetime and Kid Dynamite, PAINT IT BLACK have taken today’s hardcore movement by the throat and tighten their grip with each compelling release. With 3 full-lengths under their belt, PIB have decided to return to the 7”/EP format as they explain here:

"We feel really fortunate that we’ve been able to release three albums that have been both exciting for us, and also well-received by the kids and the press," Yemin said. "That being said, we can’t think of a single hardcore punk band that has released more than three awesome full-length records, and we’re not nearly arrogant enough to imagine that we’ll be the first band to make that happen. 

"The 7” EP has always been the ideal context for the kind of music we play, and so we’ve decided to release music in that format for the foreseeable future. The most exciting thing about this decision is that we don’t have to wait so long to release a new record, which lets us be more spontaneous and stay more intimately connected with the kids that support our band."

The lead single to the EP is the mile-a-minute title track. Never to rip off its fans, PIB let On the Beat a chance to give its fans a free taste of the EP. Here's a free download of "Surrender." 


On the Beat: Aug. 20-26


Wayne rap-jam-jolt’s nice-guy rhyme schemes hitting Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 2 this afternoon encompass 311 hip-pop and a Jack Johnson, beach bon-fire feel. Vapor Child play, too. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

The Celebrities

Former Luzers – playing a rare local gig at McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) at 9 tomorrow night - bang out Beach Boys-inspired, sugar-pops and harmony-heavy toe-tappers with melodies reminded of Ok Go and Superdrag. The L.A.-based foursome has shared stages with The Strokes and Beach Boys, and is slated to contribute tracks for tribute records to Jellyfish and Ricky Nelson. 14 Points open. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.                                           


Too sloppy for pop-punk labeling, these New Yorkers -  smashing through Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) at 9 tomorrow night with Post No Bills and house band, FreeDoom – weave mile-a-minute, SoCal-inspired punk like NoFX and Lagwagon without the pompous zings and coherent bitching. Come Out Swinging and As Summer Fades round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.  

Savage School of Rock

Blackwood pre-teens not under the tutelage of Paul Green rock first, learn instrumentation later, and then show off its live muscle between the Log Flume and Runaway Train at Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage on a hot Friday afternoon. Déjà vu, indeed. Fun starts at 1 p.m. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Joe Zook & Ernie White

The Trenton rock ’n’ blues celebs’ traditional blazing guitar solos come in an unplugged tandem at The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) at 7:30 tomorrow night. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

The Waking Alley

Bergen County death-metal mystery men hit up Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) at noon Saturday with A Red Sky in Mourning, Ollipeist, MRSA, A Dream Worth Dying For, Open Denile, Mythology, Tomorrow Never Dies, Monstro and What Lies Beneath. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.


Ewing’s pimp-daddy rhymesayer, who’s headlining the TerraCycle Graffiti Jam after party at The All Call Inn (214 Weber Ave., Ewing) at 8 p.m. Saturday, has a flow similar to Murs and Everlast, lives the “Gangsta Gangsta” mind frame that “life ain’t nothin’ but bitches and money.” Holla! One Dae will also take the mic. The Dream deejays. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Sentient Machine

Funk-spun dance-core has these New Yorkers raving like Faith No More high on a Prong E-pill at Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) at 9 p.m. Saturday with Night, Decades Lost and Taxidermy. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.  

The Lost Patrol (pictured above)

Shoegazing New York new-wavers – headlining The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday - feature “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling’s daughter singing and a sound that’s painfully surfy, heavy on the distortion and ghostly on the vocals as if the Cocteau Twins attempted to revamp the “Crow” soundtrack with more Smiths sorrows. The Beat Rats open. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages. 

Like The Stars

Point Pleasant powerless-popsters sport Thundercats belt buckles, Jonas Brothers vests and mellifluous teen-rock twee headline Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd, Jackson) Live & Local stage at 2 p.m. Saturday. Joshua Louis is also on the bill. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

Miss TK & The Revenge

Lifetime husband and wife team, who play cheeky, synth-silly, hip-shake-disco alternatives like The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Rapture, dance-it-up at The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) with River City Extension at 7 p.m. Saturday. Scott Liss & the Sixty Six, Brick and Mortar, Montagna and the Mouth to Mouth and Future Future play, too. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

Jessica Paris

Sassy, strong-minded, singer song-writing Jersey girl - and one of Randy Now’s favorite on-air guests – plays Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Exploration Station at 1 p.m. Saturday. Free with admission to the Wild Animal Safari. All-ages.

I Know the Struggle

Former Break Away pop-punks handle the opening duties for Ritter’s final show at The Khyber (56 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia) at 9 p.m. Saturday. Answer For Everything and St. James Hotel play, too. Tickets cost $10. 21-plus.

Sorry And The Sinatras

Philly rockers mesh of “Roots Radical” oi!, gutter and snot punk – and a needed understanding the influence the ’80s California hardcore scene and bands like Social Distortion and Circle Jerks had in cultivating East Coast’s own rock snarl – could make these guys, headlining Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) at 2 p.m. Sunday, the next Rancid. It’s what the Warped Tour used to sound like before All Time Low T-Shirts became all the fad. Yuck! Keys to the Cadillac, Vegas-N-Space, Death to Surprise, C.F.C., Smoker and the Rollers, Might Makes Right, Hard Way, Off 537 and Triple Shot round out the bill. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.  

Mouth Of Wilson

Trenton pop-rockers hit up Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 2 p.m. Sunday with Coldplay-type harmonies and retro song-styles reminiscent of The Police. Their “Cashmere” cover’s quite nice, too. The August Infinity and Redshift open. Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

All Else Failed

Philly hardcore hatebreeders – reuniting for the first time in at least five years at Maennerchor Field (3650 Cold Spring Creamery Road, Doylestown, Pa.) at 5 p.m.  Sunday – were cut from the same cloth as Korn and Life of Agony, usually mixing hardline effects, brutal breakdowns and monster melodies with progressive beauty. Bucks County pissed-core players Burdens open. Tickets cost $12. All-ages. 

The Ruining

The former Checker’s white-collar punking comes with a super-sized live show Hot Water Music fans would find impossible to deny. The Hamilton-based band hits Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) at 8 p.m. Wednesday with Jettison and Fire First. Tickets cost $7. 18-plus.

Bearin’ Peace

Soul-swinging rudies from Pethouse’s Bob Guccione’s old stomping grounds headline Six Flags Great Adventure’s (1 Six Flags Blvd., Jackson) Live & Local stage at 2 p.m. Wednesday - shift from party-time ska, cool-cat Royal Crown revving and Everlast rock-hop.  Free with admission to the park. All-ages.

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