A very metal resident of my forever hometown, Boston, has made my day after I discovered a garden gnome version of Lemmy Kilmister is a real thing. Ian the Gnome customizes boring old garden gnomes in the image of headbanging, hip-hop, and punk legends, as well as other TV, film, and cartoon idols. Like Ian’s “Wu-Tang” garden gnome. WU-TANG GARDEN GNOME!
You know what wasn’t cool about the 70’s? Nothing, jack. Heavy metal, punk, glam, what a decade. But just because I was still a kid during the 70’s, doesn’t mean that I didn’t get in on the awesomeness of it all. I loved Kiss, lived for Iron-on’s, and was always sending away for some garbage I couldn’t live without by way of some magazine or a box of cereal.
Recently, I was doing some “research” for a column I write for Destroy the Brain, and got pulled through an Internet rabbit hole full of vintage “Rock Star” belt buckles made by Pacifica Manufacturing in Los Angeles. Three hours later, I’m still in awe of these things, and you will be too. It appears that Pacifica started making belt buckles sometime in mid-70’s, were partial to sparkly laminate, and kept cranking out their classic oval buckle designs through 1978. To this day people are still making some pretty great fake-outs of Pacifica’s original designs.
This guy put together a pretty nice gallery of Pacifica’s amazing fashion relics – like their line of sport and historical event themed buckles, as well as his own massive personal collection.
What follow are images that blew my mind, one by one today. So strap on your belts, and set your Wayback machine for 1976 – it’s going to be a trippy ride…
Lamour! Where Heavy Metal comes alive! As long as it’s still 1985.
Hey there Friday! Glad you could make it. It’s been a pretty crazy day so far, and I’m glad that the blog finally came back to life after jumping off the roof due to a huge spike in traffic (thanks Dangerous Minds!).
In other good news, the Movies About Girls will return to being a LIVE show tomorrow! Check out all the antics, f*ck-ups, and laffs as your favorite group of zanies triumphantly take over the airwaves and take on the campy greatness that is Sleepaway Camp II. Don’t miss a minute! The show starts tomorrow at 6:00 PM ET right here!
Now, here’s everything metal that happened last week…
The always demure Al Jourgensen on sucking dick, booze, and sticking stuff up his butt. Blabbermouth
Ever wanted to hear Glenn Danzig and Cherie Curry take on Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra? Yeah, I’m not sure either but here it is. Danzig-Verotik
But I am sure you want to listen to the new Stormzone track, Three Kings. Who knew Ireland was so metal? Stormzone1 on Youtube
Speaking of being sure of stuff, if you do only one thing today (besides read my blog), make sure you listen to the new track from Yoko Ono featuring Mike D and Ad Rock, Bad Dancer. Stereogum
Nine incredible never-before-seen photos Johnny Cash. HuffPo
Speaking of Johnny Cash, listen to this rare 1997 recording of Alex Chilton performing Cash’s classic anthem, I Walk the Line. Consequence of Sound
Dear Sammy Hagar, PLEASE FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO TALK ABOUT! Artist Direct
Geezer Butler says this will be Black Sabbath’s last tour. Southtown Star
Now you can harass Prince about his ticket prices being to damn high on Twitter. Prince3RDEYEGIRL
Amazing must-read on the harder side of the Boston music scene. Pitchfork
Heroin is a hell of a drug; William S. Burroughs endorsing Mr. Peanut for Mayor in 1974. The Wandrlustr
In honor of what would have been Charles Bukowski’s 93rd birthday today, here’s a cake with a picture of Charles Bukowski on it. Flickr
Yesterday, when The Onion so eloquently said, “Jesus, this week“, everybody nodded in agreement. So very quickly, I want to let you all know that as of this writing, Movies About Girls episode #165 will happen this weekend. As you know, MAG’s studio is located in Boston, our fearless King and his Queen are holding court, and are thankfully safe.
Fan fód my Beantown friends. I love you all, and that dirty old town.
Just a quick programming note to say the blog will be taking some time off so Cherrybomb can feel better. Until she returns, keep being metal, and visit our other equally metal friends at Movies About Girls, Dangerous Minds, Perisarc, Paracinema, and all of our other “clickworthy” Internet pals.
So, if you’re a metalhead living in or around Toronto, you are currently consumed, still trying to wrap your mind around how the fuck you are going to score tickets for Black Sabbath’sfirst North American in Toronto August 14th. Opinions aside, there is no doubt that every date on this tour is going to sell out. So like you Toronto, I’m sitting in that same viking boat, rocking back and forth. Trying to come to terms with the fact that my Sabbath ticket, if I’m lucky engough to get one, will likely be the most expensive concert ticket I’ve ever purchased for a show, in my life. Second only to my recent acquisition of a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds ticket. So you do the math. It’s not pretty. But it’s rock and roll. And I love it.
So many metal things happened this week. Read on for all the deets…
Sabbath’s ’13’ gets a June 11th release date. In this video of Rick Rubin lounging around while recording Sabbath, you get to hear some sound bites from the new record. In other very metal news, Sabbath’s world tour begins next month in New Zealand, then hits Australia and Japan from late July through September. The only North American date so far is in Canada, on August 14 at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Tickets for the Toronto concert go on sale on April 13th.
Boston’s own, Gozu. The bands latest record, The Fury Of A Patient Man is due out via Small Stone in April of 2013.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Cherrybombed.com’s primal mover of Fuzz, Fizzy Lipton. So, when I got the chance to preview the upcoming April, 2013 release, “The Fury of a Patient Man” by long-running Boston band Gozu, I knew I had the perfect assignment for my dear, sludge loving friend. Fizzy’s mission? It was pretty simple. Listen to the record, and report back his very metal findings to yours truly.
So without further adieu, here’s Fizzy!
Gozu: The Fury Of A Patient Man
Label: Small Stone
Release Date: April, 2013.
First, I’d like to thank Cherrybomb for asking me to write this review right in the middle of invoice-filling-out-season. Deep breath… *sigh*. Oh Cherry, Oh Cherry O baby, how can I say no to those beautiful blue eyes and that “endearing” Boston accent? You know I can’t!
So okay, lets give this record a spin and see what’s up with Gozu’s forthcoming effort, (the bands second full length), “The Fury Of A Patient Man”. So first off, “Irish Dart Fight” catches my attention. HA HA! That’s Boston! And man, vocalist Marc Gaffney’s voice is really impressive. Personally I’m more of a Chris Cornell type singer, very forced (though I always stayed within my range) – but his guy is more of a natural. I’m always jealous of dudes like that.
Next up is the track “Salty Thumb”. Now this is the shit I love! Metal steeped in blues based rock. This song smokes, smolders, burns…very TASTY! Definitely my favorite so far. It’s cool how these guys delve into a few different directions but still have a cohesive overall sound. Another thing I’m digging is Gozu’s use of two guitars (Gaffney and guitarist Doug Sherman, respectfully) pretty well.
Moving on. “Traci Lords” is an epic track packed with sweet drum sounds that don’t get lost in the mix. It’s METAL – and that’s what it’s SUPPOSED to be. “Ghost Wipe” keeps the rock coming with some hard sound on those floor toms! BOOM! These guys really know how to arrange a song. Great backup vocals, dreamy guitar work. I do wish the bass had little more definition in the mix; it kind of takes a backseat to everything else. Of course it’s hard not to dig on the track names alone on Fury. Take “Snake Plissken” for example. Plissken has a kinda punky, sweet catchy chorus. I can just tell I’d have a good time hanging out with these guys.
Damn Cherry, I LIKE THIS BAND! Although there seems to be no formula to these songs, each one takes you on it’s own little trip. And while there is a lot of repetition on Fury, given the many micro-journeys that the rest of the album delivers, the epic closer 23 minute closer, “The Ceaseless Thunder of Surf”, is a bit of a letdown. Despite the fact that the fat bass tone I was missing, finally made it to my ears. That said, The Fury Of A Patient Man is a superb album by some very talented guys with great chops – killer vocals, tasty riffs and enough low-end whomp to rattle the windows on your Maverick. There’s not really any new ground here, but there doesn’t need to be. It’s got a little something for everyone who digs good, solid metal. So yeah, I DIG that. Now, to those invoices…