Straight Outta Providence: Bellows

As mentioned in a previous post, I’ve fallen pretty hard for Providence, RI, in the past few months.  Our mutual love affair has upgraded quickly, from ‘friends with benefits’ to ‘romantic obsession,’ in a short amount of time.

Besides the rich musical heritage found in these parts, I’ve also been discovering the rad independently-run book stores, coffee huts, and print shops that incessantly pop up in the most random and cool places.

I’ve decided to start doing some semi-straight/coherent interviews with some of the folks around town who have been making the moves and fillin’ the grooves.  My brain keeps growing thanks to ya’ll!

First up on the interview junket is Providence’s number one sousaphone maniac: Dan, member of the great Bellows and the notorious What Cheer? Brigade.  Both groups are amongst some of the most remarkable Providence-based crews, especially in a live setting.

Bellows are a clear-blue mixture of psychedelia, heavy stoner metal, and good ol’ punk rawk.  The crew makes use of a saxophone, a sousaphone, a drums, and a microphone.  They do a nifty Black Sabbath impression and pretty much blow my brains out every time I witness their sublime slow-burning visceral ear torture.

Initially, I intended on running the following interview to pump everyone up for a few Bellows gigs going on in the area.  Unfortunately, that ship passed in night.

Luckily, Dan’s other gnarly musical group, What Cheer? Brigade, will be blasting through the area on a few dates in the near future.

What Cheer? tour dates, are found below:

Without further ado, I’d like to introduce our first interview of year 2 with my main man Dan!

!Thanks to Dan and Bellows and What Cheer? for all the cool things they’ve done in Providence!

Interview: Sex Sux (Amen) Vs. Dan  (Bellows, What Cheer? Brigade)

Note: This interview took place about a month ago.

Sex Sux (Amen): How’d the show last week at Machines with Magnets?  I wanted to go but I couldn’t miss Parts and Labor at the Great Scott, their new record (Constant Future) is incredible.  I have a strict ‘if I’m obsessed with a record, I must travel far and wide to see the band perform that record’ policy.  (OK, just put it on again. Dan Friel’s taking his shit to a new level.)  Long story short, I really wanted to go to that show in Pawtucket and would like to know how it went.

Dan: The MWM show was great. It’s always an awesome place to play. The people there are so awesome and essential to music in Providence. We had a great crowd, and they flipped for our cover of War Pigs, with special guest Lyndon Cordero “Baby Aspirin” Lopez on vocals.

SSA: Have you ever tried playing the sousaphone with someone’s head inside of it?  A limb, perhaps?

Dan: Many things can go into a Sousaphone, and yes, the temptation for sophomoric humor is overwhelming at times.

SSA: What is your number one favorite part about the city of Providence, Rhode Island?

Dan: I feel like I can meaningfully contribute to a few different worlds and still be the same person in all of them.  (Editor: well-put!)

SSA: Do you think Ozzy Osbourne would enjoy Bellows’ rendition of Black Sabbath (Back Stabbath)?   Pretend you are Ozzy.  What would he (you) say?

Dan: Ozzy would say this, “At first I didn’t know what to expect, but then it just blew my mind, y’know. This just totally inspired me. I’m gonna ring up Geezer (Butler) right now and apologize for being kind of mean to him over the years and we’re going to finally do (another) reunion, and Bellows is going to open for us on the tour.”

SSA: How did the Black Sabbath thing come about?

Dan: We like to do a cover band every year for Halloween, and because of our instrumentation and sound, we have to pick bands that are both heavy, and don’t use too much polyphony. Sabbath was a great fit. Also, we love Black Sabbath.

SSA: If you could hug anybody, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Dan: This changes every day, but probably Emma Goldman because she was an inspiring and thoughtful anarchist leader.

SSA: Who are the best musical acts to catch in Providence that no one’s really pooping their pants about?  Flying under the radar, so to speak?

Dan: I’m really feeling the renewed interest in pop and straightforward punk that I think is happening right now. I think that Amil Byleckie band could rule the world, and I’m excited to see what happens next with Trip Dicks, who played their first show last night!  (Editor: They were awesome!) Also, Cavegirls rule!

SSA: What doesn’t inspire you?  Who aren’t your inspirational musicians?  What clogs your brain’s toilet?

Dan: I keep an open mind to all music and try to be minimally dismissive because I don’t want to wake up one day and realize that I’ve become an old guy who complains about “the kids these days.” That said, the station that I listen to most is Hot 106, and my ability to tolerate the misogyny in most radio hip-hop seems to come and go in waves, and right now, it’s in a trough.

In particular, there’s this song called “Tie me down” by The New Boys, that really gets to me (it actually came out in 2009).  In the song, the New Boyz are explaining to various women that they have no plans to enter into committed relationships. In and of itself, this is not a problematic position, but their tone really annoys me; they imply that their attitude of disdain and suspicion of women has been shaped by extensive experience.

However, the New Boyz are only about 20 years old (17 when they recorded this song), so I find it hard to believe that they’ve really had such scarring experiences with relationships. It’s as though they think that they’re just supposed be assholes to women. They don’t even have some dumb story about getting hurt by women. Of course dumb stories about getting hurt by women don’t justify misogyny either, but the fact that guys this young are spouting this kind of stuff extra-depresses me because it’s a testament to how effective ideology is at replicating itself.

SSA: What are the spring/summer plans looking like for Bellows?

Dan: So far, two more Worcester shows. We’ve gotta get back to NYC and Philly soon, but we don’t have concrete plans.

SSA: If Doc (from Back to the Future) showed up right now, in the Delorean, and said “Great Scott!  Where the fuck do you want to go?” what would you say?

Dan: I would tell everyone I was going somewhere alone for the evening; I’d leave in the DeLorean, and go back to a time when I knew all my housemates (myself included) were out of town, and just hang out for a week at home, getting a bunch of writing done and playing music alone and stuff. Then after my week long solo vacation, I would come back all nonchalant like I had just gone out for a taco or something, but amaze everyone with how extra-on-top-of-my-shit I was.

SSA: If you could bellow one thing right now, what would it be?

Dan: Where did my weekend go?

What Cheer? Brigade Tour Dates

Sunday, May 1 – Brandeis University with Of Montreal (Free)

Saturday, May 21 – Providence, RI – The 4th Annual Urban Pond Procession

Monday, May 30 – Brighton Music Hall – with Big Freedia and Javelin

Saturday, July 30 – Newport Folk Festival!

Ladyfest, Easthampton: Preview, Interview, Get Fuckin’ Pumped

OK, a Ladyfest preview, interview, and general geek-out session, just after I tell a little introductory story.

A Sex Sux (Amen) origins story, if we were a super hero… (NERD ALERT!)

Intro Anecdote

I graduated from UMass-Amherst two years ago.  As I reflect and consider the important decisions and indecisions I made over those four years, none were as important as my freshman-year impulse to DJ my very own radio show at 91.1FM WMUA.

Before I knew it, I was music director, then programming director; co-host of two prime-time shows; and inundated with more music than I had time to listen to.

The most educational part of my schooling was the time I spent at 91.1 FM WMUA.  I owe a lot to the people who ran and currently run that place.

A few weeks back I visited my old radio station, attended the excellent Elephant 6 collective gig at the Flywheel in Easthampton, and visited the best record store in the world, Mystery Train Records (in Amherst).  It was nice to check in and see all the cool things that were going on around town.

I ran into one of my fellow WMUA DJ’s, Erika Elizabeth Patsy, at Flywheel, and she told me about the tremendously inspiring festival she was planning.

Erika is one of the many people at WMUA who shifted my perspective on underground music.  When she was music director, Erika was always questioning the established standards for the average college radio DJ, always pushing everyone to check out new stuff that deserved attention, but was slightly under the radar.

Back when I was a stubborn 19-year-old child, Erika introduced me to millions of bands.  Generally whenever she vouched for a record, via her accurate and concise reviews, they were worth checking out.

A brief list of music I discovered through her insight: the back catalog of K Records-related bands, “Rriot girl” punks, the horribly underrated Nina Nastasia, Steve Albini-related riff-raff, the early seeds of No Wave, Jay Reatard and King Khan and other garage punks (before that was hip), and countless other artists who I’m forgetting.

Thanks Erika!  Praise music snobs everywhere!

The most important aspect of Erika’s radio philosophy was not to settle for whatever Pitchfork was force-feeding the hipster masses.  If you think for yourself, dig around a little bit, then you were bound to find cooler, more genuinely artistically and gratifying music.  And then, you know, you might even build your own personality, rather than be the next hipster kid with horned-rim glasses and tight pants, waxing poetic about LCD Soundsystem.

I’m glad to hear that Erika’s still fuckin with people’s heads.  She has helped organize a very cool happening out in Western Massachusetts this coming weekend!!

Ladyfest?  Ladyfest!

The event is called Ladyfest Easthampton and it’s happening this coming weekend at the old town hall, now known as the Flywheel Arts Collective, April 15, 16, and 17.

According to their website, Ladyfest is “a three day music and arts festival, with hands-on workshops, vendors, and performances at Flywheel Arts Collective and Smith College, our mission is to celebrate and support all musicians and artists in the DIY underground  whose gender identity falls outside of the dominant cultural mainstream, including but not limited to women.”

Click here: Ladyfest homepage

Also click here: Ladyfest schedule

I’m super psyched for Erika and all the Flywheel people for their contribution to progressive, f0rward-thinking art and music.

I sent Erika a few questions about how Ladyfest got organized and got the inside scoop on a whole buncha stuff.  Enjoy!

Interview!

Sex Sux (Amen): What, specifically, was your light-bulb/epiphany moment that got the ball rolling on organizing Ladyfest?

Erika: In terms of the seeds of Ladyfest, it came about back in the fall at a Flywheel event (which one exactly, I’ve since forgotten), where I was talking to Meghan & Tessa, two friends of mine who happen to also be Flywheel volunteers.

I don’t remember exactly who brought it up first, but somehow we all realized that we had a similar idea in mind for doing a show or series of shows at Flywheel that would feature all-female or female-fronted bands, because more involvement from lady musicians was something we were all pretty interested in supporting within the local music community.

Being made aware of the fact that other people wanted to do something similar definitely lit the fire under all of us to actually start planning an event together.

We threw around some ideas for a few months & ultimately decided to do something under the Ladyfest umbrella because we had all been really inspired by previous Ladyfests/related fests, going back to the Olympia/DC riot grrrl days. It seemed like an amazing way to integrate our goal of celebrating women in the DIY/underground music scene at Flywheel AND continue this really rich tradition of like-minded projects that had come before us all over the world throughout the last several years.

SS(A): When did you stumble upon the Olympia/DC scene and what kind of effect did it have on your outlook on art, music, and, subsequently, your life?

E: Oh, that’s a tough one. I can’t quite pinpoint how it happened – around the time I was thirteen or so, I started to realize that the music I was most excited to hear on the local alternative rock radio station was sort of an anomaly in their overall programming. This was the mid-to-late 90s, so I was lucky enough to be able to catch stuff like the Breeders, Pavement & Nick Cave on mainstream alternative rock radio if I was willing to sit through a bunch of mediocre grunge knockoffs in the meantime.

So I started listening to an unhealthy amount of college radio (literally, because I would not sleep in favor of staying up to tape shows off the radio all night) after turning my radio dial to the left on a whim & trying to get my hands on as many underground music zines as a kid can in suburban Houston sans the internet.

Basically, I got pretty geeked out on indie rock. By the time I was in high school, I started developing a greater social/political awareness that wasn’t always a focal point in the indie rock scene, particularly when it comes to issues like feminism. Most of my friends were involved with the DIY hardcore/punk community & socially, I identified more with that scene, although I found a lot of the music to be really uninteresting.

So I was kind of caught between two camps – being really into indie rock music but often feeling somewhat out of place in that scene as someone who identified very strongly as a feminist (also without wanting to be lumped in with the Lilith Fair/Indigo Girls mentality of feminism in music), versus identifying very closely with lots of “punk rock” politics (anti-sexism, class awareness, projects like Food Not Bombs) although I didn’t really care about the music at all.

I started trading mixtapes with people very frequently, reading more zines & slowly this really amazing connection came about, where I discovered a bridge between a lot of the “indie rock” bands I already loved (like, say, Beat Happening, Unwound & K Records/Kill Rock Stars stuff) & the story of this “riot grrrl”/DIY scene that had been off my radar, even though I was familiar with a lot of the major players.

I heard bands like Bikini Kill & Bratmobile on college radio, but I had no idea about this whole musical/artistic community that existed in places like DC or Olympia, with people who played in bands AND we talking about getting more girls to pick up instruments, about DIY ethics, etc. This was huge for me!

Even though the heyday of riot grrrl was over & I never officially aligned myself with the movement, I finally felt like I didn’t have to make a decision between listening to my Sonic Youth albums & calling dudes at shows out for asking me if I was just there because my boyfriend brought me along. I started doing my own zine, I ran a record label for years, I minored in Women’s Studies in college, I did a radio show at my college station & all of these things were totally natural to me because I no longer felt like I had to choose an alliance between being an underground rock fan & giving a shit about my personal politics.

SS(A): What were the steps you and meghan and tessa had to take to get this together?  how long have you been planning this?

E: The initial seeds together came together back in September or so, where we threw around possible ideas for this yet-undetermined event, but we really started to plan things concretely around December or January. That’s when we figured out a date (we picked mid-April so it would fall in between spring break & summer vacation for all of the colleges out here) & began to write to a ton of bands from all over the place, expecting that a lot of them wouldn’t be able to play (especially considering some of them were from places like England & Costa Rica).

Once we started getting some responses in January or February, we were able to expand things a little bit, knowing that we had a pretty solid base to work from. That’s when we started reaching out to other organizations and people that we wanted to be involved with Ladyfest, either by making pieces for the group art show we’re hosting, or setting up an info table during the event, or selling local crafts, etc.

Mid-April seemed really far away when we first started planning, but it came up so damn fast! Once you’re trying to coordinate crash spaces for a dozen bands, contacting local businesses to donate some money to the event, printing hundreds of flyers & answering tons of e-mails from people wanting to play, the time seriously flies by.

Thankfully we had a really amazing response from other people who were interested in actively helping to plan Ladyfest – Erin, Jeremy, Chris & Lei who are also Flywheel volunteers, an intern from Hampshire college (also named Jeremy), our friend Candace who plays guitar in a really rad local band called Bunny’s A Swine, and Grace who is a DJ at WOZQ over at Smith College all came on board & have been totally crucial in making this crazy thing actually happen.

SS(A): Who were the first people to get booked?  Did one door open up and lead to other groups/speakers?  Do you see this becoming an annual thing or a one-time only?  Does it depend on the turn-out?  Can you give me one or two lesser-known musicians/groups that are performing that people should check out?

E: Some of the first people to get booked were local/regional bands that didn’t have to worry about trying to schedule Ladyfest into any tour plans. When we first started talking about doing this sort of festival, it was actually at a Flywheel show for this really amazing band from Boston called Banditas fronted by two women (one of whom is involved with the incredible Girls Rock Camp Boston project!). We asked them after the show if they’d have any interest in playing at this yet-to-be-determined event & they said yes immediately. So I guess they were officially the first confirmed band!

We also got tons of great leads & tips from bands we reached out to – I had seen this band of local high school-aged girls called the Feel open for the Feelies in Northampton a few years ago & I thought it would be really great to do a showcase of younger lady bands from Western Mass, so I got in touch with them & not only were they very excited about playing, but they gave us a HUGE list of other younger lady bands in the area that we hadn’t heard of yet!

Having such an amazing group of organizers involved with Ladyfest also really helped in reaching out to a wide range of speakers & bands – Candace was instrumental in booking Shepherdess from Boston because she had volunteered with some of them at Girls Rock Camp Boston, Meghan has toured all over the place with her band Ampere & discovered a lot of the bands playing Ladyfest in her travels, Erin had a friend who runs a blog about gender issues in mainstream comic books & we were able to get him to do a presentation for Ladyfest… it’s really inspiring to have so many people who are so stoked on pulling something like this together!

We definitely want Ladyfest to be an ongoing event. We had so much interest from people wanting to play music or do workshops that I think we could totally keep it going in the future. Of course, having a space like Flywheel available to us as volunteers is a gigantic help, because everyone involved with Flywheel was completely on board with Ladyfest, so it was relatively easy for us to start the actual planning process without having to worry about negotiating with a venue.

There’s so many bands playing Lsdyfest that I’m excited about! Banditas from Boston, who I mentioned before, are incredible, sort of like Patsy Cline fronting the Velvet Underground. I’m really eager to see Aye Nako from Brooklyn, who play really poppy ’90s throwback indie rock. Mortartar are an all-lady trio from upstate New York, very no wave-inspired, which should be really awesome. There’s also Honeysuck, who are a new Northampton band, are totally neo-riot grrrl & do an X-Ray Spex cover in their live set, so that’s definitely not to be missed either!

Ask and You Shall Receive: Atlantic Thrills

Hey went to that Black Lips show last night.  It was a grand time, the lips were black, the girls were vivian, and everything was thrillingly atlantic.

Here’s a few notes of interest, via Providence rockers Atlantic Thrills (thanks for the cool stuff guys)!

Atlantic Thrills are playing at No Problemo in New Bedford on 5/5/2011 (Cinco de Mayo, duh).  They’ll be doing a Los Saicos set!!

The Dividers will be there, too, and they are also an excellent punk group of musicians!

Los Saicos:

And here’s a song that just came up on my shuffle:

Upcoming Shows: The Black Lips, Vivian Girls @ The Met

In case you missed it, the great garage rock snobby slobs The Black Lips will be headlining at The Met in Pawtucket, Wednesday April 13.

They’ll be playing with indie-pop ex-buzz-band who have a few songs I dig Vivian Girls and local punks The Atlantic Thrills.

Here are some of my favorite tunes from the first couple bands, send me some Atlantic Thrills stuff, they were cool when they opened for Thee Oh Sees.

*Plus on this day also:

1 Year Anniversary! Letter from the Editor!

One year down and here are some thoughts from your faithful leader:

Dear readers,

Providence, RI, has a rich punk rock history, filled with despicable tragedy, amicable complacency, unspeakable truancy, and a penchant for being cool, original, and interesting.

The tunes you find in these parts are far ahead of any type of blog hype you might find on your local indie rock dudebro twitter account.  Providence’s music scene has a certain organic quality that allows for some of the weirdest, most mind-shifting shit to percolate and claw into the greyest depths of the brain’s innermost awareness and sub-conscious.

Those that live in this circle of musical experimentation already know how cool things currently are in the smallest state’s most capitol town.

That’s why Sex Sux (Amen) finds it kind of a shame that there is such an extreme lack of knowledge outside of these boundaries, a common misunderstanding between the outside world and our little Willie Wonka factories of miscaculated dumpster pop.

This week marks one year that Sex Sux (Amen) has been festering on this here internet URL.  We’ve seen hundreds of bands come and go, in our eyes, out our ears, and through to the other side (our butts).  Sex Sux (Amen) hasn’t hesitated in commenting on the strengths and faults of our courageous brethren.  Truly, anything written on here is all in good fun, in case you were wondering.

Don’t take offense to the impulses of a caffeinated indie-bro’s unedited ramblings, hello!

But there comes a time when a blog must grow up a little, and today marks that day here at Sex Sux (Amen).  We are going to strive to build our community up a little bigger every week, showcasing the talent found in and around Providence, and even expanding to some of our interesting neighbors, such as Western MA and Boston.  We can’t help knowing cool people all over the place, geez, we can’t help ourselves.

An emphasis will be put more on the great leaders in our musical communities here in the Northeast, the taste makers, movers, shakers, earth-quakers, and the Shakiras.

I’m supremely excited about where Sex Sux (Amen) is heading and am quite proud of all we’ve accomplished here over the past year.  I thank anyone who has read or contributed anything to this little blog.  I continue to beckon any and all of you to participate in our little experimentation.

Send me an email at sexsuxxamen@gmail.com if you think you’ve got something unique to add to the universe.

Love,

El Guapo

PS: Nothing will ever get this self-serious again, I promise.

Sex Sux (Amen) Presents: (no longer) skimask season

We at Sex Sux (Amen) have decided to branch out beyond the world of free-base bee bop and classical tree-hugging music and try something a little different.

Today, we are very proud to showcase a strange section of music that might catch on sometime soon.

That rapidly-rising genre of music is called Asian polka.

Haha just kidding, it’s time for Sex Sux to tackle the world of hop hip.

Here’s a real dope mix of tasty hip hop nuggets, featuring a few in-depth anecdotes about each song.

Big ups to my killah hip hop coreyspondent for the contribution.

Download it here: (no longer) ski mask season

Sex Sux (Amen) Presents: (no longer) ski season

*Pusha T – Alone in Vegas (2011) [Fear of God]

A simple beat that outshines the mostly disappointing Fear of God, Mr. Ton gets all introspective here and elevates his lyrical game from the rest of his new solo tape. Still have to think the Kanye executive-produced solo album will be a can’t-miss, even if their collab elsewhere on Fear is just a throwaway track.

Ric Flair with the flame, I’m muthafucking gorgeous

*CunninLynguists – Hard As They Come (Act I) f. Freddie Gibbs (2011) [Oneirology]

For some reason this beat makes me think of the Ghostbusters teaming up with Rocky to train (thankfully giving Harold Ramis the opportunity to return to normal person size) and then taking on Apollo Creed’s ghost.

But shit if Freddie doesn’t sound like he destroys tracks like this on the reg, dude’s just got a blackout flow for every song. I have to thank the leak of this song and listening to CunninLynguists new album for finally leading me deeper into their group and checking out Southernunderground and Dirty Acres, so that’s pretty kewl since these dudes are legit.

Grab Oneiorology for more left-field production and sweet songs (plus a dope Big K.R.I.T. feature).

*Blu – Amnesia (2011) [Amnesia EP]

Blu stumbles around on the second verse here, ending with a Nic Cage snippet that doesn’t quite adapt (loldurrz) to Billie ridin out the beat – but what a beat it is. That smoldering voice, which gets just the right placement in the mix, forms a nice kinship with Blu’s understated flow. Distant relatives perhaps?

Either way, look out for Blu’s Her Favorite Colo(u)r, his unreleased debut, to see the light of day this April.

Leave me the fuck alone til’ I find a real job

*Fashawn – Relaxation feat J. Cole & Omen (2011) [Higher Learning 2]

The absolute peak of J. Cole’s career so far and don’t even try to tell me otherwise. Cole’s one to stay in his lane without changing it up as much as I’d like, but at least when he’s on, he’s on.

Besides this tape highlight, Cole also drops two other nice production spots for Fashawn’s uniformly good Higher Learning 2. All three verses are killer, runnin up to blow some harsh-ass smoke in your ear canal while those horns smolder underneath.

*Raekwon – Snake Pond (2011) [Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang]

Rae’s new album doesn’t quite reach the heights of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II, but this song in particular struck me as an instant personal classic.

The Asian influenced beat makes perfect sense for the Wu and it’s a wonder it took this long for one of their songs to incorporate that kind of thing so seamlessly. It’s this sort of experimentation from producers outside the RZA-sphere that makes Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang an interesting experience.

Sometimes it’s hard to give much of a fuck about what Raekwon is saying (Wu blaspheme?) – to me he’s always more of an accent to the song, climbing over the beat in a dizzying series of one-offs and brilliant word splatter – but he’s got some nice quotables in this song (she shot up at Chipotle, don’t quote me).

*Earl Sweatshirt – epaR ft. Vince Staples (2010) [Earl Sweatshirt]

Ok by now I hope even your dad is rocking to Odd Future, as 2011 has seen their profile explode with Tyler, the Creator’s second solo effort debuting on XL.

For those poor souls who haven’t found the charm in OFWGKTA: soak this track in, a brash blend of young perverted minds and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” (though careful if you feelin The Blueprint around Earl).

Earl’s been called the most skilled MC in the group and even with the ascent of OFWGKTA it’s hard not to feel like we’re missing out on something special as long as he’s MIA. Props to Left Brain for a beat so sinister no one could be mad at it.

*G-Side – Jones ft. P.O.P.E. (2011) [The One… Cohesive]

RIYL: Lush synth washes + stadium drums + fierce down South spittin. Love what Block Beataz are doing right now and those drums really set this song off. G-side have been on a run for a while and really cemented their status this year with The One… Cohesive. Please just forget this ever happened.

Props to them for doing something different, but that’s moderately whack.

*Jay Electronica – Renaissance Man (2007) [Style Wars EP]

Just to let you know Jay Elec is indeed alive. I remember seeing him on Twitter recently inviting people over to smoke, chill and record music. I think if I’d reached a certain level of fame I might just do the same, so I can’t fault him.

But in other genres where you can get away with hiding out for years only to reemerge occasionally to drop some music, the what’s-good-this-minute rap mentality is not forgiving for Jay and he needs to tread carefully.

Anyway, how wrong is the music that comes in after Neo’s monologue? WHERE’S DA RAWK?? I actually almost edited it out but got too lazy, plus that’d leave hardly I song. Why did I choose this song again? Uhh just to remind you what Jay can do:

sooooo yeah. At least motherfucker might release something this year after all.

*Chip tha Ripper – Jumanji (2011) [Gift Raps]

Chuck Inglish produced most of Chip’s great new mixtap, but I love the grittier sound he displays here and hope in the future he channels that more often. The Browns’ fanbase should become Jumanji enthusiasts and make this song their call to arms, building on the Dawg Pound idea and creating a dedicated jungle section of their stadium, actually fuck that, the whole thing – turn that mofo into a jungle.

Remember that Jacksonville game where they rained batteries and shit down and almost got it called off? Imagine the fear and terror a whole stadium could inflict dressed as crazy jungle animals (bonus Furry market growth) and going apeshit for four quarters! You’ve got nothing left Cleveland, make it happen.

*Waka Flocka Flame – Bill Russell (2011) [Salute Me or Shoot Me 3]

By now you’ve found out this isn’t much of a playlist for the car. Anyways, this song is almost… umm, I hate to use this word for a clown like Waka but this shit’s, like, touching. I can’t promise my love for Bill Russell, a fellow pot-stirrer like Waka, isn’t creeping in and saturating my brain.

Russell’s contentious relationship with the world around him for the better part of his early years is a feeling Waka indirectly taps into on this song. Popmatters’ David Amidon made a great point that Waka is actually turning into a rapper of late and for someone who’s said lyrics don’t mean shit, Waka’s performance on the mic is impressive here.

P.S., it slays me hearing his crazy half-yelling, half-laughing ad-libs going on in background; “I can buy my own stove right now!!!”

*Money Making Jam Boyz – Hear You Say ft. Khari Mateen (2011) [THE PRESTIGE: Jam Boy Magic {I’m surprised they aren’t legally bound by the hip hop community to put a *PAUSE* in that title}]

Love the music’s OutKast vibe from this Roots off-shoot on this cut from their recent mixtape. And hellz yeah for a shout out to drinking the “finest ale”, I bet he’s a craft beer aficionado, that would just make perfect sense wouldn’t it? Smoothness abounds to ride out to. What’s that? Too smooth? Fuck you, go back to your hood and shoot up your cousin’s nipple.

Concert Preview: Benefit Show April 8 @ AS220

In case you haven’t noticed, April and May 2011 are chock fulla potentially tremendous musical concerts and performances in the Providence/Boston area.  Both local stalwarts and touring legends are coming through the area.

Check out the concert calendar to your left.  Ha ha just kidding, it’s on the right.

Note: if you think your show belongs on the list, email me sexsuxxamen@gmail.com

The awesome string of shows started out last weekend at Building 16.  Headliner Juiceboxxx brought the house down.  Maybe/perhaps I’ll pull some sentences together later for a more comprehensive recap of that there fiesta.

Tomorrow night (April 8), at AS220, a whole buncha tight bands are performing to benefit some righteous cause.  We here at Sex Sux (Amen) support causes AND happen to like quite a few of the bands on the bill.

Check out some old photos and get pumped for Friday night.  Be there or be a dumb ass.

Bands performing: Raffles, White Load, Brain Shivers, In Heat, Gila Monster, Rhythm and Blues Motherfuckers, Woozy, More? 730 start, allegedly.

Rhythm and Blues Motherfuckers

White Load

Brain Shivers

Gila Monster