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Posted: March 24th, 2010 | Author: PJ Kinzer | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

This was a hard few weeks for the CWS camp. First, we were both sick with whatever lung-based plague is going around. Just when things stared getting back to normal with our ability to breathe, we got hit with two brick-loads of bad news. On St. Patrick’s Day, we heard that power pop icon Alex Chilton had passed. We were both big fans. Our first & only release on our label even featured a Big Star cover. He was only 59. Sad news for anyone who loves good music.

The second came the next morning, when I heard that Bruce Roehrs had died. The long-time Maximum Rocknroll contributor and working class hero was 60 years old! I had just read his latest column this week. Even at a grandfatherly age, he was still the torch bearer for bare-knuckle, blue collar punk. There will certainly be a void left within MRR and punk as a whole

There were good things too. The Preds are on a tear, looking to end the season in a pretty sweet playoff spot. Benjamin went to Chicago to see SHELLAC and THE EX (for a second time.) I have been studying time travel theories, watching sports and taking cold meds like I am trying out for NEUROSIS. Lots of good shows coming to Nashville soon too. This list includes Gentleman Jesse & His Men, King Khan & The Shrines, Smoke or Fire, as well as several other bands with conjunctions in the name. On top of all this, evidently some members of Congress thought it was necessary for sick people to actually get health care.

On Sunday, we will be spinning records at the BLACKBIRD GALLERY. The event is an opening for SINCERELY, KB. The artist, kB, will be on hand. Snacks & drinks will also be on hand. Benjamin & I will be joined on the turntables by long-time collaborator JENNA SHO’NUFF and new-comer WILLIAM TYLER of SILVER JEWS/LAMBCHOP/PAPER HATS fame. William will be fresh back from playing BIG EARS in Knoxville, TN with THE EX and a bunch of other indie rock bands that I don’t like as much as THE EX.

There are a lot of cool records coming out right now. If you can’t wait for the new FUCKED UP 7” on Record Store Day, you can get the new double-disc comp of singles and rarities from Matador. “Couple Tracks” has 25 tracks from 2002 until 2008. It serves the same purpose that “Epics in Minutes” served several years back. This is the best way to get all of these songs without typing “media fire” into a Google search or spending a few hundred bucks on eBay. It is no secret that I love Fucked Up. From the early singles to the last LP, I dig what they do. While not every song on this comp is essential, it’s interesting to see how they progressed from the POISON IDEA-meets-BLITZ punk through the 70s power-pop/hardcore hybrid to the scattered postpunk that they are now. The liner notes are full of self-deprecating hilarity.

Matador also just released the new TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS record. “The Brutalist Bricks” is a step away from Leo’s normal pattern. I really don’t like it as much as I did his older stuff. “Shake the Sheets” is one of my favorite records of the past decade, but the new one is just ok. Occasional great tracks snuck in between a olio of descent tunes. I was sort of disappointed.

After a half-decade hiatus, FROM ASHES RISE have emerged from their Pacific Northwestern cave for a few shows. To celebrate this metal-punk resurrection, Jade Tree has released the Live Hell LP. The recording is from a 2005 show, when the FAR boys were out with OBSERVERS & PAINT IT BLACK. I still hate myself for not seeing that tour. The record captures the loud Mesa Boogie mayhem as it was intended – noisy, dark and ferocious. I still say that they are one of the best live punk bands ever – and I saw them no less than 20 times. Do yourself a favor and pick up this rager. The LPs are limited, he iTunes are limitless, and no one will buy the CD version anyway. My pre-order came with a woven patch. Pretty classy.
That’s about it for now. I am moving and I am poor, so I may need you to buy me a beer.
Take care and see you at the bar.


Posted: June 2nd, 2009 | Author: PJ Kinzer | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

capanolagnia1Last month’s Blackbird grand opening party went off like fireworks. Tons of people came out to see Zach’s art, get tattooed, eat burgers, check out some incredible hair/make up, and listen to us spin every song Barry Gordy has ever made a dime on. It was a good time for all. A terrific way to kick off a great new spot for art and spark the fuse for Summer ’09.

Next Sunday – June 7th – they will be having another hot jam. My buddy E.J. will be having an opening for his one man photography show. Pin up girls smoking fags and blowing out the exhaust. Sizzle all the way. To roll with the theme, Nashville’s derby girls will be on skates selling smokes – just like old time cigarette girls. Since we never want to be left out of a good time, Benjamin & I will be back on the turntables. The party goes on from 6pm ‘til 10pm and you know you don’t want to miss it.

In other news, two bands I know & love have been pumping out a 7” a piece in the past 2 weeks. Nashville’s new rockers Heavy Cream just released their debut on Infinity Cat. Five lo-fi tracks of stripped-down twangy punk. Go see them. They’re a blast live. While you’re there, pick up this slab of grey-swirl vinyl for your collection.

The other record is a single from Turbo Fruits, so you know you are in for a good one. It’s the first recording with the new line-up and I think it’s their best yet. The A-side is a chorus-heavy tune about frying your brain. It reminds me a lot of Wreckless Eric. The B-side is another winner. I look forward to more from these kids. This Fat Possum Release makes up for having to drop $10 on the King Khan & BBQ 7″ with only two tracks.

CWS News

Posted: May 27th, 2009 | Author: PJ Kinzer | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Sunday was a BLAST!! I think we played every song Barry Gordy ever signed his name on. Blackbird looks great. Awesome things are going to happen with that place, so keep them in mind for your art and tattoo needs.

Camera Obscura will be playing their sound-layered style of Scottish pop at Mercy Lounge tonight. Be there. Ratt will be rocking Municipal later on this week.

Gonerfest 6 is coming up at the end of summer. They’ve posted some of the line-up. Along with the usual suspects, there will be performances by THE CLEAN and CHEATER SLICKS!