February 11, 2010

Meet the W-EATLES!!!

Somewhere in the heavens Ol Dirty Bastard and John Lennon are sharing a glass of Cavasia listening to Tom Carvana's mega mashup of the Wu Tang Clan and Beatles. The deejay - who's done awesome remixes of MF Doom and Large Professor for Tea Sea Records - delicately mixes up Beatles music over Wu-Tang acapellas to the point where you really have to listen to the beats to find the Beatles parts. There's also some fun pop culture samples from radio and TV interview of both groups smashed in. Easily one of the best mix tapes I've ever heard.

Reckless: Radio Ga Ga

Hamilton, New Jersey, rockers, Reckless, debuted some new music on "Rock On Radio" last Sunday. This proves DJ Daniel Coleman has his pulse of what's cool around the Trenton music scene. Maybe he's reading from column every Thursday in the Trentonian, too, as we all know Reckless was first discovered by yours truly when I was running weekly features in the newspaper. Nah, Mr. Coleman knows what's up with good music in Garden State.
Check out the new tunes from Reckless, buy their album on iTunes, and tune into "Rock On Radio" Sunday nights at 10 p.m. at www.wifi1460am.com, www.wildniteradio.com, www.hamiltonradio.net and www.starfmradio.net.

The Attack - Sick of It All

The Attack open for NYC hardcore legends H2O at The Trocadero Theatre in Philly on Feb. 19 - four days after the Floridians' new record, "Of Nostalgia and Rebellion" hits stores.
The Attack - a hardcore band from Florida - will get you sweating. The swift-rhythms and high-enery haymakers on "Of Nostalgia and Rebellion" - the bands new disc - is a chest-pumping good time. Reminded me a lot of classic Sick Of It All and the musical mayhem of the mid '90s New York City hardcore scene that used to get this face a bit bruised from time to time, so it's not too surprising to see the guys hitting the road with H2O. Other influences - especially in the spirited vocal kicks and rebellious attitude - seem to flow around Avail, Dropkick Murphys and The Cro-Mags.
No track on the record lasts more than 3:23 - and it's that quickness that'll get me buzzing through the 40-inches of snow that's accumulated outside my apartment building. Another cool thing about the disc is the jolly bass baselines a la The Bouncing Souls and a totally rad rendition of CCR's "Bad Moon Rising."
It's not out till next week, so in the meantime, On The Beat's got a free download for ya that help tie you over until next Tuesday.
Features a member of the Spitvalves.
RIYL: Ten Yard Fight, Avail, Sick of It All.

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra: Big Sound, Eh!

Canadians Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra drop their "Lollaps Tradixionales" album on Feb. 16.
Got a lot of music to absorb as I pace myself between shoveling and more shoveling. Got the new Massive Attack. And some new Hot Chip. But its the psychedelic rock fuzz out slivering through Thee Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra's "Kollaps Tradixionales" that's snow-blowing me today. It's Canadian, so it's as expected ... weird. But I like it's modernized gypsy-music feel, it's hallowed singing structure, dark-aged chatting, sonic thust and refurbished '60s acid-rock, attack-the-brain-from-all-angles-(and the kitchen sink of musical experimentation)-energy. No tour dates in the states yet, but that could change. In the meantime check out, "Kollaps Tradicional (Bury 3 Dynamos)" below. RIYL: Black Mountain, Portugal.theMan, Dearhoof, Jac. - Scott Frost

On the Beat: Feb. 11-18

Virginia rockers Cloak/Dagger play with Off With Their Heads and Trenton's The Ruining at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ, Friday night.


Don't Need A - Cloak/Dagger

Return To Gold

The Save Your Strength kids are buried up to their shoulders in emo-centric harmonies in their new rock enterprise that should lasso in fans of Circa Survive, Saves The Day and the melodic parts of Thursday. The Trenton rockers headline a free, acoustic show at Shogun Skate Shop inside the Quaker Bridge Mall (8177 Route 1, Lawrence) tomorrow night. Show starts at 7. All-ages.

Upton Fink & Peggy Salano

The jazz and gospel duo headline a free show at the Turning Point Café (15 S. Broad St., Trenton) tomorrow night. Show starts at 7. All-ages.

Fluster Kluck

The groove rockers hit up McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) tomorrow night. Show starts 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

The Tea & Whisky

The Old Bridge bunch’s indie-pop panache throws-back to the ’90s alternative radio days and the heavily rotated Lemonheads. Also for those who dig The Hold Steady and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. The trio heads into Championships Sports Bar and Grill (931 Chambers St., Trenton) tomorrow night for a show with Take One Car and The Break Evens. Show starts at 9. Brick Mower and Filmstar play, too. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

The Lost Patrol

Shoe-gazing dream pop and starry-eyed female leads has this New York trio casting flashbacks of the mystical new-wave-despair found in early Cure, Cocteau Twins and Slowdive. The band – playing The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) tomorrow night - also tend to spill in some surf and Velvet Underground-style psychedelics in their wall-of-sound. Show starts at 8. Ocean Grove garage rockers, Mod Fun, plays, too. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

Off With Their Heads signed with Epitaph Records earlier this month after Mr. Brett saw the guys opening for Against Me!

“Lost Art: A Good Example of What Went Wrong” - the Richmond foursome’s Fall Jade Tree release - is a rocket-fueled punk wallop that’ll remind you of The Circle Jerks and Electric Frankenstein, but with vocal yelps heard in The Hives. Also for fans of Hot Snakes and Paint It Black. The guys play Asbury Lanes (209 4th Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night with Off With Their Heads (Epitaph Records) – an underground sensation whose blue-color rock ’n’ roll karate chops graduated from the same dojo as Against Me! and The Gaslight Anthem. Show starts at 8. Trenton blood-and-guts punks, The Ruining – think Dillinger Four with an MMA obsession – open up the show. The Slow Death round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. All-ages.

The Doughboys

The Plainfield garage-rock shore stars headline The Stone Pony (913 Ocean Ave., Asbury Park) tomorrow night. Show starts at 7:30. The Easy Outs, Leider and Wakah Chan open. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

Everyday Rockets play Championships Sports Bar and Grill in Trenton Saturday afternoon.

Everyday Rockets

The Philly band’s Hum-out guitar fuzz, post-punk rhythmic patterning and melodic female leads sounds like a less-poppy Rocking Horse Winner. Musically their influences also seem to lie somewhere between Sunny Day Real Estate and Fairweather – and that’s always cool, yet rare for Championship Sports Bar and Grill’s (931 Chambers St., Trenton) regularly hard-rocking Saturday matinees. In this case, Everyday Rockets open for The Honey Grape Vanillas. Acoustic soloist Acquainted With The Night plays, too. Show starts at noon. Shadowplay, Studio Trip and The Brain Farts round out the bill. Tickets cost $10. All-ages.

Vice Royal

“Heal,” the lead song on Philly four-piece’s MySpace Page, is a slow-burning, heart-hurting, alt-rocking musical wizard spell casted in the spirit of A Perfect Circle. Also for fans of Russian Circles and slower Soundgarden. The guys open for Hopewell’s La Violencia at McGuinn’s Place (1781 Brunswick Pike, Lawrence) Saturday night. Show starts at 9. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

Wasteland Eclipse

The Woodbridge doom dealer’s haunting synths, creepy, mid-evil chanting and grandiose guitar solos are a frightening black-metal mesh of In Flames, Opeth and Dimmu Borgir. Inspired “by an apocalyptic state of the soul and by the great search for the primordial beast,” the mayhem-makers headline Championship Sports Bar and Grill’s (931 Chambers St., Trenton) “Anti-Valentine’s Day Massacre” on Saturday night. Show starts at 9. Black Iron, Von Kull, Mythology and Absolution round out the bill. Tickets cost $8. 21-plus.

Glass Trees

The psychedelic noise-maker’s musical weirdness, minimalistic sound strokes and ear-alarming shoegazing – think Sonic Youth on a ’60s acid with Lou Reed – starts its South By Southwest journey in Trenton’s Mill Hill Basement (300 S. Broad St., Trenton) Saturday night. The band is slated to play the barbecued industry party March 14 after tour stops in Hoboken and Staten Island. Bizzaro is its stirring vocals and buckling guitar sneers, Glass Trees is also for fans of Black Angels, older Modest Mouse, Black Mountain’s “Druganaut” and the bizarre music Princeton Record Exchange uses to chase you away near closing time. Show starts at 9. Folk-punk freedom fighter Austin Lucas headlines. Sugarhigh and Neutralize The Knife play, too. Tickets cost $5. 21-plus.

The Good Rats

The Long Island rockers, whose career highlights include opening gigs for Led Zeppelin, Journey, Rush and Styx at places as large as The Philadelphia Spectrum and New York’s Central Park in the 1970s, cram their arena personal into The Record Collector (358 Farnsworth Ave., Bordentown) Saturday night. Their music mixes hard rock and jazz, but what made them infamous was their on-stage tomfoolery; including baseball-bat air guitar, garbage-can solos and rubber rats in flight. Show starts at 7:30. Tickets cost $15 in advance, $20 at the door. All-ages.

Rose Funeral

The Ohio hardcore hitmen’s savage death sets clobber your skull with a sound collision comparable to a wreaking ball taking out a Mack truck. For fans of The Red Chord and Job For A Cowboy. The metal heads – whose “The Resting Sonata” was released by Metal Blade Records last year - headline Championship Sports Bar and Grill’s (931 Chambers St., Trenton) presidential day-off celebration Monday afternoon. Show starts at 4. Decaying Crypts, After the Genocide, Taking The Tide, Within Cold Blood and An Ambiguous Descent play, too. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 at the door. All-ages.

Scott Frost’s On The Beat concert listing appears in The Trentonian every Thursday. If your band is playing around town, email the On the Beat web line at djscott111@aol.com.