American Garage Rock Pioneers The Fleshtones Celebrate 40 Years With New Record & Tour!

True American Garage Rock heroes, The Fleshtones, announce their 21st record The Band Drinks For Free to accompany their 40th anniversary, complete with yet to be announced tour dates. Slated for a 9/2 release on Yep Roc Records the pre-order flood gates have been pulled and pre-orderers will receive a download of the song featured in the above video.

The band has procured many a first --the first band to play at Irving Plaza and Danceteria in NYC, Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ, and the first to be booked at the original 9:30 Club in D.C. -- and of most importance (to me anyway) the first garage band to get my gourd, other than The Monkees, of course. After school ruled in the late 80s when there was an hour of back to back Monkees' shows and Diff'rent Strokes...they just don' make'em like they use'ta

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Left Lane Cruiser's Guitar and Vocals + Black Diamond Heavies' Drums = King Mud!

Supergroup -- the word alone is pretentious. Super to who, and why? To my recollection there’s been far more terrible black wax than collectible records made by bands coined supergroups. King Mud is the antithesis of this theory. The dynamic duo of Left Lane Cruiser’s Freddy J IV on guitar, the holder of my very favorite record of 2015,and the incomparable time keeping and skin beating by punk blues prophets, the now defunct Black Diamond Heavies’ drummer Van Campbell.

Having been thoroughly enjoying this record since its arrival months ago, Victory Motel Sessions is jam packed with punk blues and sultry runs up and down the neck in slide form with all that textbook Freddy J IV crunch, a couple appearances by label mate Parker Griggs of Radio Moscow on some sailing solos, and the machine gun thunder of Campbells’ drum kit. If there’s a better drum baited rhythmic build up than the first 45 seconds of album opener “Rat Time” I’ve yet to hear it, feel free to send it along if you find that not to be the case. A bluesy extended jam with ample breakdowns and comfort food like alleviation in Freddy’s voice and guitar from years of over listening, Campbells’ drums take the asses out of seats and sets motion to hips like ladies night at Junior’s old Juke Joint, furniture on the lawn and houserocking under the roof. 

Victory Motel Sessions turns out 8 originals and 2 unquestionable covers, one of the great Wilko Johnson, and a version of the legendary garage rock purveyors The Troggs “I Can Only Give You Everything” that may damn well be better than the original (Sorry, Reg. Rest, peacefully). The laid back twangy soulful blues of “Take A Look” finds J IV’s lonesome growl an emotional mess at the breakdown, you can almost feel the love permeating through the speakers, ironically flipping to personal favorite, the grinding rock and roll and locomotive percussion attack of “War Dancers”, killer guitar work with faint tickles of organ interspersed, 3 minutes and 29 seconds of head bopping rock bliss. The sultry stoner blues of “Suzy’s Cookies” into the garage punk closer, “Blood River”, send you off in a whirlwind with a blues rock hangover, waiting for the next press of ‘play’ as a ‘hair of the dog’ remedy. Yet another impervious release from Alive Naturalsound Records, I dare you not to dig it. (+words by scott zuppardo+)

*Originally published at No Depression 2/9/16*

Joe Miller - "American Crow" Video Premier

Hailing from the Finger Lakes of gorgeous upstate New York and now calling the legend that is Asbury Park, NJ home, multi-styled singer songwriter Joe Miller releases his first video from his new record slated for a 2016 release on Worn Out Joke Records, aptly titled Songs Of Travel For The Vagabond. Sandy Mack joins in the fun with some spirited harp blowing and I really dig the soul vibe Miller dishes out. He's on a path not heavily travelled which should work out in his favor. Remember I told y'all first, you dig! (+words by scott zuppardo+)

*Originally published at No Depression 12/21/15*