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5 ALARM BOXXX REPORT NEWS BREAK: MY NEW EP "NEVER SURRENDER FOREVER" IS OUT NOW. MADE WITH THE THUNDER ZONE BAND AND AARON ESPINOZA IN LOS ANGELES AND RELEASED BY DANGERBIRD RECORDS. LISTEN EVERYWHERE HERE. ALSO... NEW MUSIC VIDEO, DIRECTED BY GUY KOZAK, PREMIERED WITH THE FADER... WATCH HERE. ALSO, I'M PLAYING A FREE SHOW TONIGHT AT THUNDER ROAD IN BOSTON. RSVP HERE. AND TOUR STARTS NEXT WEEK.
Luke Seymoup “Burnett Street Pt. 1 - First Blood”
Sometimes it feels good to lose your mind. To just let it go. I have gone crazy. On an unrelated note, my friend Leor tweeted about an Australian “ska opera” that got emailed straight his inbox recently. Sometimes it feels good to lose your mind. BANDCAMP
Marie Davidson “So Right”
I feel the ghosts of this one late-80s Bad Boy Bill mix I used to listen to all the time on the internet. I feel the ghosts of all the freestyle 12 inches I used to buy at The Thing in Greenpoint in 2007. What am I on about, mate? One of the best emotional club tracks of the year, mate. Life. Music. YOUTUBE
I’ve listened to this Vain record a ton over the past few months, enough that I kind of had to put it on The Boxxx Report. To say “Converge meets Korn with a bit of The Refused in the mix” might be reductive, but it isn’t a bad way to get you in the right headspace to appreciate the best metalcore record I have heard in a long time. BANDCAMP
Juiceboxxx “Ripping Up My Soul”
Obviously it is kind of lame to put my own song on The Boxxx Report, I’ve never done it before… Will I do it again? Who knows. Who really knows anything in this twisted world. Anyways, this link here is to the music video that I have already shared, directed by Guy Kozak. How do you grow up when you still love rock and roll? I offer only questions, no answers. YOUTUBE
The Martorialist “2018 70th Street Carlos”
Essential 10 track mix of music made this year by Baton Rouge's 70th Street Carlos. The man has that zany lyrical spirit that I've always loved. Plus the beats? Trel Itz A Hit. Timeless hot sauce bounce. Should this have been in the “Mix Of The Week” section? Probably, but I got two of them this week. BLOGSPOT
MIX OF THE WEEK
Grrl “Sonice Wings 3 OST Vs. The Ape Escape OST”
I know I post a lot of NTS stuff, and I know I’ve said that before (or at least I think so), but it bears repeating: it’s not just because I have a show on the station, it’s because I actually listen to it all the time. This is just an insane and inspiring mix of jungle music made for video games. Very good. NTS
Like I said up top, I have a new EP and new music video out today. I am also playing a show tonight in Boston. I mentioned that too. RSVP here. What else? Yeah I'm going on tour next week, too. Midwest, UK and Europe. I know I mentioned that up top, too, but I guess it bears repeating. Here is something I didn't mention up top: new edition of THE BOXXX REPORT RADIO on NTS is up now. It features a truly sensation mix of acapella group covers of alternative rock songs by DOGS IN ECSTASY. Listen here. That is a lot of shit. Stay positive. Personally, I am taking it one day at a time.
Judy & The Jerks “Full Set @ Everything Is Not OK 3”
After a long day of recording, I like to kick back by watching a full live set of music by the crazed Mississippi punk band Judy & The Jerks, filmed around a year and a half ago. It is under ten minutes long and I don’t know, I'm still trying to get into Phish. YOUTUBE
Laura Warholic “Going To The Dogs”
New project from 1/2 of East Coast legends Angels In America, coming out of the gate strong with a great song that in a just world would have all the kids at the gig holding up their phones at full brightness, just loving life and having a peak experience. SOUNDCLOUD
Obnox “America In A Blender”
Obnox is one of the most underrated acts in the USA freakout underground. This is just 100 percent inspiring free jazz punk rap, served up in that heartland style, with a hearty dash of whoknowswhat insanity. Always trying to hear music from OBNOX. Interesting Boxxx Report this week. One for the heads. BANDCAMP
Hermit and the Recluse “Sirens”
KA is back with a new group and more of that New York City bar smoke that we all crave. Do we all crave it? I think I crave it, sometimes. Schwarz gave me some good ideas for this edition of Boxxx Report, but I guess this is what we are rocking with. One of these weeks, when you least expect it, The Boxxx Report will turn into The Schwarz Report. Or, excuse me, the So Drove Report. Anyways… I’m losing my mind. YOUTUBE
Nef The Pharaoh (Feat. Cuban Doll, ALLBLACK) "86"
Actually, Schwarz told me to put this song on The Boxxx Report, and you know what? I'm not saying no. This song is about getting kicked out of the club. YOUTUBE
That is right, I am in in LA. I leave tomorrow, though. Been in town for the past week working on new music. Siked. Playing a show tonight at The Hi Hat in Highland Park, with Charge It To The Game, No Win, and Margot Pauline. Info here. Then I'm playing on Sunday night at a fest in Tucson. Zona. Right before Andrew WK. HOCO Fest. Sick. Info here.
Keep watching this space because shows keep getting announced. Juiceboxxx dot com. New music next week. New EP the week after that. Then I go on tour. Once again: juiceboxxx.com... See you in pit.
City Girls “I’ll Take Your Man”
Big late pass on City Girls. There is too much music in this world, but all things considered, that is probably not the worst thing. Of course this is the exact kind of timeless party rap insanity we will never tire of over here at the stupid and pathetic Boxxx Report, Salt-N-Peppa flip and all that. YOUTUBE
City Girls “Sweet Tooth”
Making up for lost time with a second City Girls song this week. No rules here at The Report. Why not. Of course I love this shit, I was 20 in 2007. You know what I mean? This one is more eternal Florida club music, it really deserves to exist on a 12” housed inside of a generic Slip-N-Slide sleeve. Boxxx Report Late Pass. YOUTUBE
Red Kross "Stay Away From Downtown"
Is this 2012 cut from legendary lifers Red Kross one of the best rock and roll songs of the past decade? Don't ask me, I don't know shit. The Boxxx Report is like a look into my brain, full of darkness and insecurity and a spotty knowledge of the Red Kross back catalog. Weird one this week. Currently listening to the new Young Thug. “January 1st” is hitting. RIP Aretha Franklin. YOUTUBE
Mars89 “Run To Mall”
Fried tracky madness from this Japanese producer. Too many subgenres to list. Mentally, I’ve been better. SOUNDCLOUD
Chaos UK “Chaos UK”
I’m not even going to attempt to get into the whole “egg punk versus chain punk” meme that my guy Tricky Youth created a little while ago, but let’s just say that it spread all the way up to John Mayer’s Instagram account and leave it at that. I’m a deep egg punk, obviously, but I listened this proto-chain classic for the first time recently and I got to say, it awakened something in me. This is just a straight up blown out punishing record. Music is incredible. There is so much out there to discover when you are ready for it, and if it moves you, it moves you. I love music. YOUTUBE
I can go ahead and offically announce my new EP "Never Surrender Forever," which I recorded with The Thunder Zone Band at Dangerbird Studios in Los Angeles, CA. Two brand new songs and then also three "live classics" re-recorded with the band for maximum rock and roll damage impact. The new version of the song "Never Surrender Forever" is up for streaming and you can also now pre-order the EP, and a shirt I made with Brian Blomerth to go along with it. All info here.
This Saturday I am playing a very special show at Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn. It is the first Extreme Animals show in two years. They are a special band to me and I'm excited that we continue to rock together. Also playing is one of my favorite East Coast wrecking crews, Palberta, and Dean Cercone. All info here.
SupahBadd “Fresh Princess”
On the subject of recent bounce music that is not made by Drake, I am going to have to go ahead and recommend this BlaqNmilD-produced track, which jacks both the “Fresh Prince” theme song and “I Got 5 On It.” Americana. SOUNDCLOUD
Tony Molina “Nothing I Can Say”
Always good to hear fresh music from quick-hit power pop genius Tony Molina. I remember the first time I heard his old band Ovens, it blew my mind, like Weezer condensed to the length of a good Charles Bronson song. This kicks off the new record and is on that lighter tip, winsome-core, pure October music, fuck August. BANDCAMP
Fit Of Body “Eighty One”
F of B has been a Boxxx Report favorite for a minute now with his slick brand of low-key hip house, and his new LP adds some additional post punk styles into the mix. I need to clean my room. BANDCAMP
DJ Jayhood (Feat. Dj Sliink) “Lights Down Low (Zora Jones Remix)”
Here we have some some classic coastal club styles turbocharged by a producer who at some point I believe has lived in Canada. That’s all the excuse I need to say that I want to hear this track played loud and proud at a Hortons while I eat some Timbits. Is The Boxxx Report just an excuse for me to talk about my favorite Canadian fast food chain? BANDCAMP
Sleaford Mods “Stick In A Five And Go”
I knew this was going on The Boxxx Report before I even heard it. People like to talk about The Fall or The Streets but honestly I think this band is really more like The Buzzcocks or something: the hooks always come. This one is not my favorite Sleaford cut by any means, but I don’t care, the spoken word bridge justifies its existence, and they are still the best British band of the past 20 years. YOUTUBE
Hold on. I’m losing my mind. New music in September. Touring the Midwest and Europe in September into October. Live in New York City August 18th at Secret Project Robot with Extreme Animals (first show in two years), Palberta and Dean Cercone.
Hardwell & Blasterjaxx (Feat. Mitch Crown) “Bigroom Never Dies”
Truly absurd meta EDM that I stumbled upon on my way to work yesterday, so fucking sick. As guest vocalist Mitch Crown puts it… “Hands up, hands up high, cause big room never dies.” Or better yet, as YouTube user _LUNI_ puts it… “People who dislike this video are chainsmokers fans.” YOUTUBE
Rich Blue "Hands Hands"
Boxxx Report Banger 101: a fire Kano/Tag Team beatjack plus some maniac classic American party rapping, flipped for our current twisted moment. Detroit. I pray to god "Black Ken" becomes an influential record. Found on my favorite misanthropic British rap blog. Just gonna go on record right now and say fuck it, I love "Nice For What." YOUTUBE
Headband “Hallway Gorge #3”
Demented style computer madness from this Bmore rager. Aggro sound design with a jumpstyle spirit. Another entry into the forever brewing sub-underground cauldron bubbling up and down the Eastern Seaboard. I might put this on while I walk around my dumb neighborhood in the middle of a panic attack and think about how much of an idiot I am. YOUTUBE
Lil Racecar & Gravelust “Ride Away”
Building on their previous (sick) nu-country/emo-trap moves, OutWest digs deeper into soulful, unknown, zeitgeist-bucking territories. I can’t wait to hear more. New American Music. I've been sitting on a pop song called "Ride It All Night" for four years now. I've been sitting on a lot of pop songs for a lot of years now. YOUTUBE
The band also known as Haribo is easily the best freakout unit in the Tri-State. Finally we get some recorded music from this true New Yorker power trio and it is a headbanger's delight. A bit more on a downer tip than expected, but still sick, like The Dead C mixed up with some confusing wasted heavy metal karaoke parlor tricks. Recommended. SOUNDCLOUD
Lean report this week, but I kind of love it, I mean, you can’t really fuck with any of this music. The Boxxx Report delivers the goods. There are no rules here. What does this newsletter even mean? Who knows. I hate myself.
Anyways, I’m playing a show in NYC this Sunday with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Dog, fucking check it. And there is a new episode of my NTS radio show up, it features a legendary conceptual country music mix by the legendary Jeff Witscher. Also, my song "Freaking Out" is in the newest episode of the Viceland TV show "King Of The Road." Check your local listings or check this.
New music coming soon. I know I've said it before, but I continue to be excited to write, record and perform music. And to listen to music. The Boxxx Report. Thank you for rocking with me.
RP Boo “Earth’s Battle Dance"
RP Boo is back and better than ever. This is a spiritual record. Real American music. I got a problem. My head. I'm going fucking insane. BANDCAMP
Chippass "Yang Style”
What more do you people want: DJ Fresh taking the beat to the past, present and future. Chippass rapping his fucking ass off. Me sitting in air conditioning after taking an unreasonably long anxiety nap and then waking up groggy and blasting this song out of my laptop speakers. Majestic Bay Area music. The Boxxx Report. YOUTUBE
ISS “I Wanna Be Dated”
I’ve been sleeping on ISS. Maniacal sample-punk roughly in the vein of recent ragers like Urochromes or even, fuck it, Sleaford Mods. The kind of punk we like over here at The Report. Never really know what I’m doing with my life. BANDCAMP
Gloss Gang “Say That”
New New York rap music that I surely will play as a take that demon hell ride to wherever it is I need to go, one channel of the earbuds cutting out. SOUNDCLOUD
Plain Wrap “Green Light, Red Light”
This novelty 80s hardcore song is one of my all-time favorites. Look to the title for clues, take a listen, take a ride. Red light! Green light! Yellow light. First heard on tour with Holy Shit! in 2008. They would cover it every once and a while, if my memory serves me correct. It usually doesn't, though. YOUTUBE
Not so much to talk about right now, but a bunch of stuff to share soon enough. Spent the 4th of July singing Fountains of Wayne songs, watching the Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on TV not once but twice and finally ending things with the viewing of a Hungarian art film. See JUICEBOXXX LIVE with Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and DOG July 22nd at Coney Island Baby in the East Village of New York City. More information here.
MIX OF THE WEEK
Jubilee “BBC Radio 1 Residency 7/5/2018”
Jubilee has been doing shows on the BBC for a minute now and frankly, I’ve been sleeping. But no longer. One of the best in the USA playing all sorts of good new music that I should know more about, but I don’t. That is why it is fire that Jubilee has a radio show, because now I know. You know? The Boxxx Report will be my downfall. BBC IPLAYER
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY "RIG RUNDOWN" RUNDOWN
I caught up with The Pixies at the BMO Harris Pavilion in Milwaukee, WI. First I watched part of a set by the Wombats who are from Liverpool and have sold over 1 million albums worldwide. What can I say — I love British bands that formed at university.
Kim Deal, the only member who can earn money a different way, is out and Paz Lechantin from Zwan and A Perfect Circle is in. She was good, putting out twice as much energy as the other members and nailing the bass and vocal parts, but they didn’t let her play any Zwan songs.
Frank Black looks exactly like Walt from Breaking Bad’s brother-in-law Hank, which is distracting. He was all dressed up in black. Joey, fresh out of rehab, wore the outfit you get if you Google “dapper bluesman.” He was also very off his game, cutting his noise solo on “Vamos,” usually his time to shine, short. Drummer and magician David Lovering was wearing a white t.
Time wrecks everyone and the Pixies were maybe only a good live band for like 18 months in the late 80s, if old people are to be believed. Still…there were no breaks between songs, nobody onstage said a single word to the audience all night, and two or three times, just for a second, I was reminded that music is magic. Then I sat gridlocked in a parking lot for 50 minutes. From the Big Gig, it’s Rig Rundown.
Rico Nasty “Bitch I’m Nasty (So Drove Club Bootleg)”
The artist formally known as Schwarz is, to quote the artist himself… “Baq on my bs lol.” And I gotta say, it feels good. A fire insta-club remix thrown down in the signature style we all crave. I've been getting back into cream soda lately. Anyone out there got any good cream soda recommendations for me? SOUNDCLOUD
The Figgs “1000 People Grinning”
Now it is time for The Boxxx Report Pop Rock Throwback Of The Week. Never really f'd with The Figgs in the same way as some of my Wisconsin pop punk friends (they worship the shit out of them), but I have no problem admitting that “1000 People Grinning” is a untouchable 90s lo-fi pop song, as good as anything GBV ever put out, for the three of you reading that care. I am forever in a prison of my own creation. YOUTUBE
Jimmy Wopo “Walkin’ Bomb Part 2”
Rest in peace to Jimmy Wopo. My favorite Wopo songs had the ability to breathe new light into classic styles and cadences in a way that was frankly inspiring. Tragic to see it all cut short. Theusaisamonster. YOUTUBE
Ssion (Feat. MNDR, Ian Isiah, Jametatone) “Heaven Is My Thing Again”
Ssion is a freakout institution still running better than ever. So much respect. I try not to talk about music videos on “The Report” but Ssion vidoes are the best, stay with it until the end, rock and roll will never die. YOUTUBE
DJ Screw “June 27”
Five days early, but fuck it. This is 35 minutes of essential American music. “Chillin’ with my partner on his B-day.” YOUTUBE
New radio show happened earlier this week and now it is up and archived for you to rock with whenever you feel like. Featuring an exclusive mix from the mighty MACHINE GIRL so f*cking check it out, it is a good one. New Juiceboxxx single coming in August. The Dogs In Ecstasy "Rig Rundown" Rundown is back. I don't really know what to say at this point, you ungrateful fucks don't know what you got until it is gone. Hit the archives.
WITHOUT FURTHER ADO...
THE RETURN OF THE DOGS IN ECSTASY "RIG RUNDOWN" RUNDOWN
David catches up with Peter Meehan at Mark Iacono’s Lucali in Carroll Gardens. Mark is an uncompromising traditionalist. For him, pizza is about classic toppings, classic ingredients, time-tested techniques, and being Italian-American. He travels to Frank Pepe in New Haven, where Gary Bimonte persuades him that putting clams on a pizza is okay if it’s done by an Italian-American.
David goes to Tokyo with Aziz Ansari, who practices his Japanese and claws at a tuna and mayonnaise pizza prepared by chef Ryu Yoshimura.
Back at Lucali, David orders Domino’s because Mark has never had it. “It’s not pizza,” Mark says. “It’s a different thing,” David says. For him, most foods share a hard-to-define commonality. The differences between jobs are clearer: he delivers Domino’s pizzas for a few minutes and does not like it.
Different crews travel to Denmark, Italy, Los Angeles and Las Vegas to talk about authenticity and touch cheese. In some ways, an hour is a long time.
David takes Aziz to eat his favorite pizza in the world at Seirinkan in Tokyo. The chef explains that when he began making pizza he imported all his ingredients from Italy and followed the regulations proscribed by the True Neapolitan Pizza Association. Then he had an epiphany: fresh flour was better than Italian flour. Now his pizzas are made entirely from Japanese ingredients. David and Aziz love this because they love Japanese things.
They go to the basement of the restaurant where Aziz and chef Susumu Kakinuma jam on the blues. It’s Rig Rundown. WATCH TRAILER HERE
Real McCoy “Another Night”
Been doing this deranged thing where I listen to old Rick Dees weekly Top 40 countdowns from the 1990s. They are out there, buried deep in the internet garbage pile. I was rocking with an episode from '95 when this tune came on, I believe it was #31 on the countdown, right ahead of that Sheryl Crow reggae Led Zeppelin cover. Made me remember why I wasted a few years of my 20s trying to make dance music. “Louie Louie” level good. YOUTUBE
Jana Rush “Moanin (test)”
Fire sax-chop footwork madness that makes me want to chug a Chicago Style hot dog. All quips aside, this is really sick. Nothing like some good footwork. No ketchup! SOUNDCLOUD
Queen Key “Tell”
Why not keep The Report in Chicago for a second? I need another dog, maybe a dipped Italian beef. French fries. Here is a cut off of the great new Queen Key tape that has been making the rounds. Queen Key has got that attitude. YOUTUBE
Westside Gunn “Evidence Joint”
Buffalo: home of Vincent Gallo, Cory Arcangel, Jack Topht and now a grip of good rappers who have been blowing premium grade bar smoke all over everyone’s hot wings for a few years now. Very food-centric Boxxx Report this week. Anyways, Westside Gunn is probably my favorite of the bunch: hype nasal, golden age Wu moves, Europeans probably love him… SOUNDCLOUD
Casino Versus Japan “Marching Into The Blinding Sun”
This is some legendary Milwaukee shit right here. I’m talking Atomic Records. I’m talking Milk Magazine. Going deep with some CBD oil guitar moves. Off the new record. I guess Erik lives in Green Bay now? I miss those days when I would run into him on the bus. BANDCAMP
Do you know about The Boxxx Report Spotify Playlist? Updated bi-weekly, 15 plus hours of music, all sorts of insanity. Just so you know. Check it out. What else? Playing July 22 at Coney Island Baby in the East Village of New York City with the great Ed Schrader’s Music Beat and Dog. Here is the Facebook Event. I am sad to say that there is no “Dogs In Ecstasy ‘Rig Rundown’ Rundown” today. I am sorry to disappoint the hardcore fans.
MIX OF THE WEEKK
IT Records “Jonathan Richman Special on NTS”
The music of Jonathan Richman has been there for me through the good times and the bad. Deeply inspirational. This radio show is a fitting tribute and well assembled. A crucial listen. NTS
Gangastalicious “Making My Way Downtown”
Found out about this song via this month’s edition of the always-dependable DBS DJ Blast and I instantly fell in love. An auto-tuned, hyphy-spirited dance rap cut that interpolates “A Thousand Miles” by Vanessa Carlton? Yes, the exact kind of life-affirming insanity we love over here at The Boxxx Report. Then I found out that the 20-year-old rapper behind the song was murdered by police last December. There is a lot to say about this depressing revelation but I am an idiot who is already out of his depth, so I’ll keep it simple. America is a fucked up place. Rest in peace to Zoe Dowdell. His spirit lives on through the music. YOUTUBE
Special Interest “Nerve (Kilbourne Remix)”
Here we have two “Boxxx Report Approved Entities” coming together, gabber style. What am I talking about? I am talking about Kilbourne’s absolutely mental remix of the great New Orleans no wave band Special Interest. Play it in your crappy earbuds while you stress walk to the newly remodeled McDonalds to get an ice cream cone. SOUNDCLOUD
Moistbreezy “Rush Hour”
What am I up to? I’m trying to take it one day at a time. Please enjoy this banging new rave tune, off of the forthcoming Jubilee comp. SOUNDCLOUD
Sef III “Selling Sef III”
The new Sef III record really sets the bar high for a new style of deranged narrative-based electronic insanity. I mean, I would really suggest that you all just jump in and do the entire LP in one gulp. A true journey. Under a tree. Dig a hole. Bury the gift. It’s a computer. Sef III. It’s free. BANDCAMP
Liquids “Life Is Pain Idiot”
Five seconds of silence before 50 odd seconds of perfect hardcore punk. Fuck it, I’m eating another raw block of ramen. I bought this fancy ramen on the internet but all I do is just eat it raw. I have several ziplock bags filled with seasoning packets. BANDCAMP
New episode of The Boxxx Report NTS show featuring a mix from the great East Coast spazz unit The Sediment Club is up now. I’m still watching vlogs. I’m still working on new music. Trying to process this cultural purgatory I have voluntarily thrown myself in for well over a decade. Next LP gonna be self-titled…
BOXXX REPORT BONUS
Unclear why a video of the Presidents Of The United States Of America playing “Lump” on Letterman in 1995 made it into my “notes” but fuck it. YOUTUBE
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY "RIG RUNDOWN" RUNDOWN
Chris is hanging out with Christian from the Black Angels at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. Chris loves the Black Angels. “It’s like Dick Dale was traveling out of California, got lost somewhere near I-35, took a wrong turn and hung out with Roky Erickson,” Chris says. Christian just stands there and takes it.
Christian’s main guitar is a left-handed Rickenbacker that he bought on eBay because he is “obsessed with John Lennon and just the Beatles in general.” I’m not but I recently read a 900 page book about the Beatles that only covers their career through the release of their debut single, “Love Me Do.” Ringo grew up in a neighborhood called the Dingle.
Christian plays a Fender Twin Reverb, because he loves surf guitar. He uses the onboard vibrato and spring reverb. “I’ve actually had a third spring installed on it,” Christian says, venturing into Tufnel territory. “They come with two but this one’s got three…”
“You are a man that speaks my language,” Chris says, as they move to the pedalboards, “you’re a fuzz dude. I’m just gonna ask — what’s the fuzz you use the most?” Christian pauses to think. It’s the Russian Big Muff, but there’s a caveat: that particular fuzz pairs well with the Twin and the Rick. “If I use the Muff with some of my other guitars, I don’t think it sounds very good.” It’s an old question: is it better to be a specialist or a generalist? Jack of all trades, master of none. You can’t be all things to all people. And in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make. WATCH HERE
Dogs In Ecstasy “Scale 2 Infinite”
The new Dogs In Ecstasy LP comes out today. I’m just sitting here, eating a raw block of ramen in bed, thinking about how long I’ve known these people and how siked I am that this record is coming out on Thunder Zone. It is worth everyone’s attention and hard to explain but these really are anthems for our deranged era. YOUTUBE
Valee (Feat. Jeremih) “Womp Womp”
A timeless great rap song that makes me want to go back to being 16 and riding with my friend in his parent’s truck listening to a burned CD-R full of Neptunes productions. You understand what I’m saying? SOUNDCLOUD
F.U.K. (Fucked Up Kids) “Roadkill”
I don’t know what I’m doing anymore, I spend most of my nights scrolling the “small dogs” section of Petfinder and listening to punk rock music. This is one of those “hidden classics” that we all love, fucking dig into the heartland freakout glory and remember to never surrender. I hate myself. BANDCAMP
Kat.D “Next Door”
Thanks to my guy Sebastian for forwarding this over to me, here we have some iconoclastic American soul music care of the true artist/filmmaker Kathleen Daniel. Some heads already know, but if not, fuck with this… Fresher and more interesting than a good chunk of the contemporary “experimental” music that comes along our desk here at Boxxx Report HQ. BANDCAMP
Galcher Lustwerk “Yo”
Is Galcher Lustwerk singlehandedly keeping hip house alive? You know I do not have the answer to that question, but yes I am a fan. This EP came out last fall and I slept on it, so I guess this gets the “Boxxx Report, Yeah, I’ll Admit It, I Slept On It” Pick Of The Week. But, I mean, come on people! There is too much music in the world and I can barely make my own let alone keep up, the Boxxx Report is just a Snickers wrapper flying through the ocean, you know what I’m saying? I’m not a good writer. BANDCAMP
Like I mentioned above, that new Dogs In Ecstasy dropped today. Yeah, they are a rock band, not just recappers of a popular YouTube series. “Dreams and Gripes.” Available on LP, LP/Zine and Digital. Click the links. New "Rig Rundown" Rundown, too.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that there is a new episode of The Boxxx Report Radio on NTS. Pictureplane pretty much took over the entire hour and did a sick mix of late ‘90s/early ‘2000s underground rap. Worth a listen, strap that backpack on and just fucking take the ride. Check it.
MIX OF THE WEEK
Chris (Dope Folks Records) “Music To Weed By”
I was stone cold sober this 4/20, and you know that was almost a month ago anyways, but you know I’m still going to throw this casual recordhead holiday mix on The Boxxx Report anyways because it’s good and also because Chris was the singer of the legendary Milwaukee garage band “The Mistreaters,” a fact I’ve surely mentioned on this stupid newsletter before. SOUNDCLOUD
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY “RIG RUNDOWN” RUNDOWN
John Bohlinger (it turns out I’ve been spelling it wrong this whole time) meets up with guitar legend Robin Trower at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville, but John calls it the Marathon Motor Works. Something’s up.
Trower, who is Michael Caine-level British, plays a custom Strat, cooked up by himself and a guy named Todd at the Fender Custom Shop. We’re only about a minute in and Bohlinger’s on my favorite subject: “Unlike a lot of Strat players, you spend a lot of time on the middle pickup, don’t you?” Trower equivocates: “I use the middle pickup but mostly I’m soloing on the neck.” Like Ritchie Blackmore.
Trower opted for the large headstock: “A bit more wood, a bit more resonance,” he says, as well as locking chooners and jumbo frets. “Otherwise it’s…you know,” he says. “That’s great,” John says.
Bohlinger unleashes. “Back in the day you started as a Gibson guy,” he says, “with a Les Paul Special, and I think you had a brief thing with an SG for a bit…” “That’s right,” says Trower, curious now about this gray-haired but still quite physically fit man. “But when you discovered the Strat, that was it?” John asks. “That’s right,” Trower says. “I think the Strat is more like a human voice.” “Sure,” John says, “it’s really an expressive instrument — particularly the way you use it.”
Because he’s British, the compliment wounds Trower. It's a reminder to each of us to wield whichever expressive instruments we choose with caution and grace…the Rig Rundown way. WATCH HERE
C.C.T.V. “No Simbiosis”
The final C.C.T.V. release comes with a bunch of great calls to the surely legendary (I have no real idea) Northwest Indiana late night terrestrial radio show “Region After Dark.” It also features the final recordings from a band that, along with a lot of other Mark Winter projects, is probably going to be very influential over the next decade. Listen, I don’t really know, but sometimes I can feel the good shit when I hear it. These calls are timeless! YOUTUBE
DJ BP “Highway 85”
Banging your head against a brick wall on the neverending America USA hellride, sometimes all you can do is put on your earbuds, even if the left channel is cutting in and out. SOUNDCLOUD
Princess Nokia “Your Eyes Are Bleeding”
New Nokia mixtape takes things a bit into that Hot Topic zone, last time I was at Hot Topic I believe Rocker Mike tried on a cowboy hat? Anways, I feel weird and just drank some generic brand Walgreens cough syrup. YOUTUBE
The Sediment Club “The Payoff”
Have you people fucked with “Staten Island Hustle” yet? Easily the best reality show I’ve seen in years… Highly recommended, BOXXX REPORT PICK OF THE WEEK. Don’t really know where I’m going with this or really anything, but here is a fire East Coast spazz punk blast that somehow gets me in the mood to watch Dom, Big Ron, The Professor and the rest of the crew hatch up their latest harebrained scheme. SOUNDCLOUD
Amnesia Scanner (Feat. Pan Daijing) “AS Chaos”
Nice contemporary digital hardcore feel on this one, mate. I can fuck with it. Maybe the closest PAN has ever come to releasing a track that could play during the end credits on “Silicon Valley.” YOUTUBE
Playing a show tonight in Madison, Wisconsin, USA, so you know what that means… I AM TYPING THIS FROM WILLY’S COUCH. Sorry, Willy. Dogs In Ecstasy rig rundown rundown still slept on. What else? Who knows. A lot of new Juiceboxxx music being written and recorded. Life keeps going and I'm going crazy. One day at at time.
MIX OF THE WEEK
Low Entropy “Tribute To Praxis Records Mix Part 1: Early Tracks”
Look, the cough syrup is taking effect and I don’t really feel like explaining things like “experimental gabber” or “proto-breakcore” to you. Shit, I think I ran out of episodes of “Brian Blomerth’s Myspace Minute” to share, too. YOUTUBE
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY RIG RUNDOWN RUNDOWN
John’s gone gray and it really works. For a minute and twenty seconds he looks on lovingly as Michael League of Grammy-winning jazz-fusion group Snarky Puppy coaxes sweet sounds from his 1959 Fender Precision bass. We’re at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. It’s Rig Rundown.
The P Bass was an online purchase from a vintage dealer in Ohio. “So you bought it without playing it?” Bolinger asks. “Yeah, not generally the most intelligent decision,” Michael says, “but it worked out.” “I’ve rolled the dice like that,” John says.
“Have you always been a P guy?” John asks. “No, my first bass was a Warwick Corvette Thumb Fretless,” Michael says, and John looks genuinely taken aback. “I didn’t expect that,” he says. “It was weird,” Michael says.
After the Warwick, Michael played a four-string Ken Smith until a fateful gig with Tim Lefebvre’s Rudder (dedicated readers will know Tim as the bassist for Boxxx Report faves the Tedeschi Trucks Band) at which the battery in the Ken Smith died, leading him to borrow Lefebvre’s P Bass. “I started playing and I realized that because of the action I could only play about 1/10 the notes that I could on the Ken Smith, and I noticed that when I did that the whole band sounded better.”
Less is more, especially for bassists. WATCH HERE
Palberta “Roach Goin’ Down”
New Palberta is always a cause for celebration here at The Boxxx Report, and this one keeps the band’s winning streak going strong with that perfectly skewed basement pop we all need in our lives to stay sane and positive. I woke up at 4:30 a.m. yesterday and spent all day on an airplane. I then played a show and now I am somehow still awake. Doing The Boxxx Report. BANDCAMP
DJ Haus “Ready 2 Jack”
More and more fine style meta-house from this nutter, just drink it in, who cares, life is fucked. YOUTUBE
G Herbo “Hood Legends”
Listen, if you think that a well-done flip of “Tha Crossroads” is not going to make it onto The Boxxx Report, you are out of your goddamn mind. Soulful rapping. Life affirming. Keep going. YOUTUBE
Gary Supply “I Know What An I Am Is”
Timeless jumping on the bed, mental breakdown guitar pop. Under two minutes. In a delirious state: Del Taco was closed so we had to eat some pizza instead. In LA. Not great. BANDCAMP
Nas “Nas Is Like”
Pulling the rabbit out of the hat with this one, why is this going on The Boxxx Report right now, who knows, I am just tripping on Premo scratch sentence styles, do you understand what I mean? Still embittered that I had to eat that pizza. YOUTUBE
Dear god I need to get some rest. I made a new song with Charge It To The Game. I’m in Los Angeles. Working on music. New Dogs In Ecstasy video here, record out May 11th on Thunder Zone. The Dogs In Ecstasy "Rig Rundown Rundown" is easily the best thing that happens on this stupid newsletter.
BRIAN BLOMERTH PRESENTS… MYSPACE MINUTE
Kyle H. Mabson is still one of the most singular/defining figures of the American Underground. In the Myspace days he was churning out hits constantly and by hits I mean mangling Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” into a 20 minute cut up to be realized on 3inch CDR. Respect. Mabson is a legend and someone needs to make a book on him.
Here’s his Myspace page from 2008 with links to all the bands he was involved in.
And here's a classic live gig.
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY RIG RUNDOWN RUNDOWN
Perry catches up with Mario from Chon at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville. Perry’s got a bit of a “sun’s out, guns out” look going, and I recommend clicking the link to the video of this episode just to hear him say the word “Chon.”
Mario’s endorsed by Ibanez and the custom floral paint job on his RG Prestige is very cool.
“If you’re anything like me,” Perry says, “you kinda grew up skateboarding and playing heavy metal and punk rock, and I’ve always felt like an Ibanez, especially the RG series is almost like a classical in the sense that the fretboard is almost like an ironing board, it’s easy to move around it’s super low action. Is that one of the deciding factors?” I can’t stand it when people shoehorn personal information into their recurring segments.
“In the past, you guys have been playing AC-30’s,” Perry says, “but I see here you have some rockin-ass Matchless. Are you using it as a clean platform and effecting everything with pedals now?”
“Yep, exactly,” Mario says.
Perry asks Mario to demonstrate his clean tone before diving into pedal world. “Let me think of a cool riff real quick,” Mario says, then plays a cool riff. “Those voicings are gnarly dude!,” says Perry, impressed, “crazy Jazz chords.”
Here are the names of the pedals Mario uses from effects pedal company Earthquaker Devices: Spatial Delivery. Organizer. Night Wire. The Quiver. Hummingbird. Avalanche Run. Tutunkhamun. Improccessor. Afterneath. Lucifier. Grand Orbiter. Mymmyth. The Depths. Prospector. Arrows. Dunes. And…The Warden.
A warm, narcotic feeling washes over me, like the tail of the Afterneath when "Length" and "Dampen" are cranked, "Diffuse" and "Reflect" are set straight up to 12 o'clock, "Drag" is hovering between 10 and 11, and "Mix" is 75% wet. What more could anyone want from life? WATCH HERE
Peggy Gou “Han Jan”
The freshest electro record I have heard in a long minute. Featuring ill detached party rocker vocals and crisp Pacific Coast Highway pockets, I’m going to have to say that it is the BOXXX REPORT PICK OF THE WEEK. YOUTUBE
Big Twins & DJ Skizz “Dark Nights”
First heard traveling with the band on Statik Selektah’s Shade 45 show last September and it stuck with us enough that Rocker Mike admitted to trying to find it on the internet months later. He couldn’t track it down but I went deep and pulled out a miracle. “Dark nights looking over the Atlantic Ocean, I heard my mother in my head saying stay focused.” YOUTUBE
Lil Racecar X Gravelust “Country Sky”
Dang, I’ve been sleeping on Lil Racecar and Gravelust. They wear cowboy hats and bolo ties and might just be the Whiskytown of emo-trap. No depression, indeed! SOUNDCLOUD
Big Tymers “Designer Caskets”
Obvious mixed feelings, but ultimately that classic Mannie Fresh bassline makes me like this reunion track. In my room. Might take a sip of NyQuil. The Boxxx Report. God help us all. YOUTUBE
Spa 700 “Cosmic Slop”
Sick new collaboration between Moor Mother and DJ Haram featuring tough rapping and hard gabber claps loud and proud in the mix, driving the shit. Perfect for when that NyQuil finally hits and the panic attack enters a different stage. BANDCAMP
Back from tour and kind of tired. Did a new radio show this month, it is a good one. Features a mix of classic Southern sludge from Rocker Mike. Listen here. Playing next Saturday in NYC at Trans-Pecos with a stacked lineup including Deli Girls, Bueno and DJ Yung Mayne. Facebook event is here. The Boxxx Report...
BRIAN BLOMERTH PRESENTS… MYSPACE MINUTE
We all know Dan Deacon. He did it. Deacon destroyed the American Underground and made a lot of indie rockers rethink their life. Deacon if you’re reading this… I’m sorry I was a jerk last time I talked to ya, I was on the bitterness pill. Either way everyone in this video is a legend. Deacon had a side band with Connor Kizer where they were both cops called The Ram Ones.
Here is them performing on the Ed Schrader Show.
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY RIG RUNDOWN RUNDOWN
Chris catches up with Marissa from Screaming Females at The End in Nashville. Could this be cameraman Chris? I think so. I’ve never seen him before. One thing is immediately clear: this guy lifts.
“I don’t know that much about this guitar,” Marissa says, modestly. “How much did it cost?” Chris asks, “You told us before.” “It was for free, they gave it to me, I don’t know why,” Marissa says, humbly.
It’s a GNL S500. “The G stands for something and the L stands for Leo,” Marissa says. Then, a stage whisper to Chris, “What’s the G stand for? Gregg?” “George,” says Chris, but he seems like he’s making it up. Its her second S500. The first has a sticker on it that says “crap.” “I think that’s funny,” Marissa says.
Chris asks about modifications. “I like to break it a little bit sometimes,” Marissa says, which I think is cool. She uses the middle pickup, unlike Ritchie Blackmore. “I feel like on Strat-style guitars people usually don’t like to use the middle pickup,” Chris says, possibly in reference to Ritchie Blackmore. “I like the round sound,” Marissa says.
“It’s hard to talk about music without sounding kinda gross,” Marissa says, loosing an arrow straight into the heart of Rig Rundown. “Like, ‘I like the round sound’ or ‘it sounds wet’ or ‘wide.’”
“Big bottom,” says Chris. He looks a little nervous. First time in front of the camera, maybe. “What about strings?”
“I use GHS 9’s cuz I have tiny little hands and anything over a 9 sometimes makes my little hand hurt,” Marissa laughs, while Chris looks down so hard he can see through the stage of The End to the soil of Davidson county, originally formed in about 2 to 3 feet of loess or possibly in material weathered from the underlying limestone bedrock.
“Is your dad proud of you?” Chris asks.
I think about how once my dad published a labor history of industrial Britain and here I sit transcribing quotes from Rig Rundown while thinking about Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s cover of “Hakuna Matata.” In the circle of life, it’s the wheel of fortune, it’s the leap of faith, it’s the band of hope, till we find our place on the path unwinding in the circle, the circle of life. WATCH HERE
Twista (Feat. Kanye West & Jamie Foxx) “Slow Jamz (Collipark Remix)”
Can you believe how sick the Collipark bass remix of this Kanye/Jamie/Twista classic is? I had no idea it even existed until I heard it ringing through the Atlanta airwaves inside of a minivan. I’m barely hanging onto my sanity, you gotta find that spirit and grab on for dear life. Hello from the highway. YOUTUBE
Gods Wisdom “I Think I’m Going Crazy *But I Don’t Want Anybody To Know”
Can’t really beat the title. Can’t really beat Gods Wisdom when it comes to true American post-crunkcore/trip-metal insanity beatdown smashed out life force wigflipper damage supreme. Currently fucking with a Whataburger milkshake. SOUNDCLOUD
Seven Days Of Samsara “Forget Your Pain and Cut to the Refrain”
I played my first ever show with this great hardcore band, all the way back in December 2001. They are finally breaking up for good, after playing one show every few years for what seems like a decade. Anyways, this 7 inch means a lot to me and this song hits the emotional peaks and I remember “Seven Days” blowing my mind at a community center way back pre-JB and fuck it that means a lot. BANDCAMP
SOB X RBE “On Me”
Played with this great crew today at Fader Fort, but sadly didn’t get to catch their set. Sucks cuz I’m a fan. Here is another one from the new record that has the relentless momentum that I crave and also ill electro flip energy. Timeless with next level stylistic ticks in the pocket, perfect new regional American music. YOUTUBE
Bruce Springsteen “Break Out”
When I’m on tour, I get that urge to post Boss deep cuts. I can’t help it. I’m just in that mode. I should be asleep right now. YOUTUBE
Currently on tour. Currently at South By Southwest in Austin. Played a bunch of shows today, will play one tomorrow, and the next day. And the day after that. I’m on tour. That is what you do on tour, straight up. You play shows. What more do you want me to say? I’m sorry, but I am truly too tired to extrapolate. Maybe next “Boxxx’s Corner.” I’ve been awake for what seems like forever.
CHECK OUT THE REST OF THE TOUR DATES HERE. Got a lot of good ones coming up. See you in pit. Not included on that list is the "Valley Of The Vapors Fest" in great Hot Springs, Arkansas.
MIX OF THE WEEK
Colin L’s Dub Everything “Early 90s Boston Noise Rock Special”
My guy Colin coming through with the cutty Beantown noise rock mix. Truth be told, I haven’t even fucking listened to this yet, but I’m sure that it is sick and that it is going to shed some serious light. I got it dialed up for the long drive to Hot Springs. MIXCLOUD
BRIAN BLOMERTH PRESENTS… MYSPACE MINUTE
So in 2009 I played in Kalamazoo, Michigan with this band “The Wrap.” Shit was insane. Lead guy was shirtless wearing a marching band hat and meanwhile his crew was just fucking up the venue. The venue had a big window in the front so you could view the street. One of the band members spent the show mooning the cars that were passing by…We stayed at one of the dude’s house and he had a thing of beef jerky duct-taped to the wall. Thankfully there is a bandcamp page to document this insanity.
BANDCAMP LIVE VIDEO
I was just in Mobile playing a gig and that made me think about the legendary Mobile rock and roll unit XBXRX. This video shows the band in their Bay Area freakout era, post-Mobile but pre-Mabson. Pure joy and chaos. Warning: only for the true heads that like that legendary shit. YOUTUBE
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY "RIG RUNDOWN" RUNDOWN
John catches up with Clemens from German house/reggae/R&B/folk hybrid group Milky Chance at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. They’re both wearing jackets.
Clemens has a 1964 Fender Jazzmaster — John: “What a dope guitar” — that he bought at the Chicago Music Exchange. John wants to know if vintage gear costs more in Germany or in the United States. Unclear.
The bridge on the Jazzmaster has been changed but neither Clemens nor John are quite sure what kind has been installed. You know who does know? Cameraman Chris. It’s a Mastery bridge and it looks like we might be seeing Chris in front of the camera one of these days.
“Do you ever use the whammy bar?” John asks. “Nope, nope,” Clemens says, “I don’t even know where it is.” “That’s great,” John says.
The consummate pro, John knows how to keep it moving: “Very cool, stock ’64 with a Mastery bridge, that’s awesome,” he says. “That’s gonna be hard to beat. That’s your number one, but what’s your number two?” “Number two used to be my number one,” Clemens says. Empires rise and fall in the blink of a cosmic eye. It’s a ’65 Guild Starfire. In a show of German austerity, Clemens has removed the pickguard and all the knobs.
John gets a quick Spinal Tap reference in at the 5 minute mark and it’s on to pedals and amps. “That’s the special thing about Milky Chance,” Clemens says, “we never use real amps on stage.” It turns out Milky Chance blew up so quickly in 2013 when their song “Stolen Dance” went viral on YouTube then topped the charts all over Europe that they were huge before they ever bought amps. Inspired, I pause the Rig Rundown to see if I’ve ever heard “Stolen Dance.” I have, at the gym. What a world. WATCH HERE
BOXXX REPORT ALERT. WATCH A NEW TEN MINUTE VIDEO PIECE ABOUT MY WEIRD LIFE IN MUSIC OVER AT RIOT FEST RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW. LIFE KEEPS GOING. THE BOXXX REPORT.
Sea Bee “Home Boy”
Sometimes it really pays to just let YouTube go on autoplay and take you wherever their demented algorithms want you to go. That’s how I found this perfect Kwaito tune, and I’m glad I did, because I think I am going crazy and I need all the help I can get. YOUTUBE
Turnstile “Come Back For More/H.O.Y.”
The new Turnstile record is simply great. Wall-to-wall fistpumping energy with the exact right touch of production fuckery. The band’s divisiveness is more proof of their greatness. I would love to hear a better “hard rock” record this year but I wouldn’t be pissed if I didn’t. YOUTUBE
Speaking of “the good shit,” is this the best rap song of the year so far? Totally insane freestyle flip that sounds like if the Bomb Squad taped some shit off of KTU and just fucking went to town. I know this is West Coast but you know what I mean. Also just sick manic new school Bay Area freakout rapping let’s go. YOUTUBE
DJ Taye “I’m Trippin”
Last month, DJ Taye released a rap song called “Trippin.” This is not that, this is a footwork song called “I’m Trippin.” Same artist, though. I hope that clarifies things. Anyway, this is an anxiety anthem for all of you Boxxx Report diehards out there… I see you. SOUNDCLOUD
Melt Banana “Neat Neat Neat (Dammed Cover)”
Didn’t know that Melt B did a cover of one of the best punk songs of all-time until I saw Dustin from the Best Fwends crew post about it a few days ago. Listen, I know very few of you care about rock and roll, and it’s not so cool, but I’m sorry, I still like it more than art book culture or streetwear. YOUTUBE
Like I said above, Riot Fest premiered a ten minute video about me. I’m running around, playing shows and talking about my weird life in music. You can watch it here, in case you missed that link. Stay positive.
I’m going on tour starting next week. All the way down to “SXSW” and back. All sorts of shows, all sorts of cities. The beat goes on. I’m really excited to continue to make and perform music, and that is from the heart. Check out tour dates.
New episode of THE BOXXX REPORT RADIO aired earlier this week on London station NTS. It features a guest mix from Milwaukee rager Max Holiday. Take a listen. And I’m doing another one of those demented “Freaked Out Fridays” livestreams this afternoon on the JB Facebook. 2 p.m. EST.
MIX OF THE WEEK
Yung Mayne “Gooney Tunes—Ceno Mix Vol. 7”
Yung Mayne is currently one of the best promoters and DJ’s in New York City. Her bills are always unexpected and action packed. Here she throws down for 30 minutes of zoned out glory. Dig in, and if you see the name Yung Mayne Presents… on a flyer, go to that show. SOUNDCLOUD
BRIAN BLOMERTH PRESENTS… MYSPACE MINUTE
So what made things interesting on Myspace is if you had a genre you were working in, you would stuff your top 8 with people doing similar stuff. One piece of Myspace remorse I have is not really cataloging the “Home Cassette Recordings From Children” rabbithole. Believe it or not this was a healthy scene. Shoutout "Socks" the 8 yr. old who rapped over Casio demos about how whack his little sister was. Lil Aron stands out in my mind as the Young Thug of the movement. Thankfully he has a Soundcloud.
If you want to get Free Jazz on it go here… (Live from Daycare)
If you want to think about your life and what it means to age…Enjoy Sprinkles (Rainy Day)
Venetian Snares “Live @ Freqs of Nature Festival 2016”
Here is an interesting video I stumbled upon that shows breakcore legend Venetian Snares playing a “challenging” set to a bunch of crusty psy-trance ravers in the middle of the woods in Germany. Everyone seems pretty confused. It is unclear to me how this ended up happening. Enjoy? YOUTUBE
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY RIG RUNDOWN RUNDOWN
There’s a JB tour on the horizon so I think about doing either the Clutch or Slipknot Rig Rundowns so I can go deep with Rocker Mike in the van, but I already regret agreeing to write these for a year so instead I look for the shortest Rig Rundown on the first page of YouTube results. It’s The Toadies, the Texas-based alt-rock band best known for their 90’s hit “Possum Kingdom.”
John catches up with the Toadies at the Exit/In in Nashville. Weirdly, he begins with bassist Doni Blair, who, it must be said, was not the bassist during the band’s original run. I would like to know what happened to former bassist Lisa Umbarger, whose Kim Deal-esque basslines were a crucial component of the band’s “Metallica plays the Pixies” sound for me when I was 12.
“Tell me about this sexy bass,” John says, with gusto. It’s a Fender Steve Harris model Doni got as a gift from his brother Zach. Already John has to interject, because it turns out Zach is the guitar player for Rise Against. Perry, who is apparently offscreen at this taping, has done a Rig Rundown with him. Are all the hosts present at every taping, just in case? “Zach and I love this kind of stuff — we’re big guitar nerds, gear nerds,” Doni says, to John’s immense delight.
I skip forward because though it can feel endless our time on earth is finite and I would like to see some original members. But I don’t skip far enough, so Doni’s at his pedalboard describing a Darkglass Electronics Microbes B7K Analog Bass Preamp, which is “basically a SansAmp and they chocked it full of Ampeg tubes and circuitry.”
“I’ll get into it with my friends,” Doni continues, “like Chris from Strung Out, he’s an Aguilar guy, they’re great, but, I love these.” “Great, let’s hear that thing,” John pleads. “First let’s hear the straight tone.”
Doni, who doesn’t use a pick, plucks a few notes. “That kind of shit,” he says. He kicks on the pedal. “Just a little bit more gain,” he says, sheepishly. “It’s really kind of subtle,” John says. “I can make it helluva lot more gain if I want to,” Doni says defensively.
At last, John talks to primary songwriter, singer and guitarist Vaden Todd Lewis. Vaden tours with two identical Gibson SG 1964 reissues with no modifications. “I love the way they are stock,” Vaden says.
His amp is a Marshall JCM 800 into a Marshall 4x12. “Is it all stock?” John asks. “I’m an all stock guy when it comes to music gear,” Vaden says.
“It’s interesting how for vintage guys it’s all about finding that perfect stock thing because the idea is, well that’s how they made it, with these ingredients that go together.” John says.
“Yeah,” Vaden says.
“But guys with newer gear tend to change stuff out,” John says.
“Sure,” Vaden says.
“I don’t know — we’re all chasing something,” John says, and it’s true. WATCH HERE
Lightskin Keisha "Weather"
First heard this kick off the new DJ Osh Kosh Fader mix and had to do some deeper research for the sake of a little thing that we like to call "The Boxxx Report." Maybe intended to be a summer ’17 anthem, and maybe that didn’t happen, but you know what? I think if it keeps building it could have a shot at 2018. Good song. YOUTUBE
Blaqstarr X So Drove “In The Middle”
Blaqstarr has always been a visionary. We all know that. An unsung hero of our generation. A major artist. I’m always happy to hear new music. Here he teams up with So Drove for a fire track that sounds like if Spacemen 3 grew up listening to K-Swift mixes on 92 Q. YOUTUBE
No Babies “Hazla”
More frizzle-fried crusty no wave from this Bay Area staple, keeping the spazz dream alive with sax-charged freakouts of the highest order. Maybe skronky but always pit-ready, this one is only a little over a minute long. Every Boxxx Report needs to have at least one song that I can blast in my earbuds while I have a panic attack. BANDCAMP
Trippie Redd & Swae Lee “TR666”
Scott Storch produced this! Feels good to get Storch on the fucking Boxxx Report. Maybe not the best song, but Storch produced it. Go back and read that 2006 Rolling Stone profile. YOUTUBE
Drakeo The Ruler “Fools Gold”
Finally did a bit of time with the recent Drakeo The Ruler record, and it is packed with ill new school West Coast loose lyrical pockets and smoggy sick rimshot fill energy and all that shit. Nothing beats just walking around, listening to music. YOUTUBE
Dave Sardy, who has mixed songs and records for bands like Oasis, LCD Soundsystem and Spoon, did a new mix of my song “Freaked Out American Loser.” The track needed a real serious bigtime rock and roll version and Sardy delivered. Listen to it here.
Going on tour in March. Check out dates here. New Dogs In Ecstasy song “Channing” can be listened to here. It is a tribute to Channing Tatum. LP coming in May on Thunder Zone. 10 minute doc-style video about my insane life in music coming later this month. Doing a “Freaked Out Fridays” livestream on my Facebook tomorrow at 2 p.m. EST. Also, I just heard a Boxxx Report Classic (The Country Teasers cover of 2 Unlimited “No Limit”) in a Subway ad…
MIX OF THE WEEK
Ezy D “Don FM Xmas 1992”
Simon Reynolds has been uploading some incredible UK pirate radio archival audio on his YouTube page, and if there is one thing that we can believe in here at The Boxxx Report, it is the radio. Listening to truly great radio is like watching a snowboarder in the middle of catching some big air. So fleeting, so beautiful. Insanity from that magical hardcore techno/jungle inception/crossover moment. Lightning in a bottle. Damn, I’m one one. YOUTUBE
BRIAN BLOMERTH PRESENTS… MYSPACE MINUTE
Fathers Day is a classic Phoenix punk band where all the members dress up as different Dads. There was Bowling Dad on drums, Drunk Dad on vocals, Golf Dad on bass, and Cool Dad on guitar. I thought this band was all women who dressed up in male drag but upon review for the Myspace Minute… I am unsure… But ultimately who cares? This is great music for everybody. Anyway, noisy novelty punk was huge in the Myspace era, and this is my favorite of those bands. Enjoy. Great Tunes and Great Skits. BANDCAMP
Weezer “Mykel and Carli Benefit Show 8-15-1997”
The last Weezer show with Matt Sharp was a benefit for the tragically deceased fan club founders Mykel and Carli Allan and maybe the most charged performance I have found from the band on YouTube. Everyone really seems like they are "going for it." Especially strong performance of “No Other One.” The Boxxx Report is insane. YOUTUBE
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY “RIG RUNDOWN” RUNDOWN
Perry’s got a fresh cut and he catches up with Blake from Power Trip at the Exit Inn in Nashville. “I’m actually a huge Power Trip fan,” Perry says, “it’s all the best things of thrash and hardcore all smashed together. I can’t get enough of it.” Classic Perry, a real fanboy. Blake’s last name is Ibanez (pronounced differently) but he plays a Jackson RR1 with a Floyd Rose tremolo system. “You’re doing a lot of trem work,” Perry says. “Yeah,” Blake says. “I absolutely love that you guys follow the thrash tradition of tuning in standard,” Perry says and it seems like he really means it. “Is that something you’ve always done?” “Kind of,” Blake says. “We started doing it when we put out our demo, then we went down to E flat for our first EP. Then we just decided to come back up.” The E standard tuning confuses people on YouTube, who play their Power Trip covers in Drop D. “They’re always going back to the 2nd fret,” Blake laughs. Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest.
A Rig Rundown, in its purest form, is a conversation, always moving, not necessarily quickly or in a straight line, but naturally, as a creek gently flows through the woods. But Perry cannot get past the standard tuning: “I’ve had fights with my friends," he says, passionately. "It’s like, tuning to me, doesn’t denote heavy. It’s like a rhythm part, for me at least, cuz I’m an old hardcore kid, the rhythm for me, is more important.” I agree, but it’s time to move on to strings.
Blake used to use 10’s, but Mike Dijan from Breakdown convinced him to switch to 9’s, which sound tighter, and force him to focus more on his precision.
Blake’s amp is a 1986 Marshall 2203 JCM 800 — “quintessential metal amp,” says Perry — which he plays on 2 every night because it is very loud. “Compared to a lot of metal bands, we don’t use a lot of gain,” Blake says. “I would consider your tone more traditional metal than modern,” Perry says. “This amp kind of teaches you to play better because it’s unforgiving,” Blake says, which is what I say to my bandmates about my Marshall every single time we practice.
They move to “pedal land.” Blake's board is small, but “there’s a story to tell with some of these pedals.” Perry says, “Dude, I’m excited to hear the stories about these pedals.”
So am I but there’s no time. WATCH HERE
CCDM “CCDM Theme”
This winter will never end, so you might as well put on some cheap earbuds and blast this Amiga-fried breakcore stormer until you go deaf. All you kids out there that think hitting yourself in the forehead with a microphone is a fun and good idea, I got something to tell you… I’m 31 and my short term memory is fucked up. BANDCAMP
Tm88 x Southside x Lil Uzi Vert “Mood”
"XO Tour Llif3" was maybe the best song to not be included on The Boxxx Report all last year. So let me save a little face and chuck this new-ish cut right here for all of you to listen to and enjoy. They need to revamp the Warped Tour and get Uzi to headline. Easy! SOUNDCLOUD
BB Eye “Cherry Cola”
Here is some psycho new school new wave clocking in under two minutes. Kind of like if those punks from that one episode of “Quincy M.E.” traveled ten years into the future to puke hamburgers all over the “Saved By The Bell” kids at The Max. Who knows what even I’m talking about anymore. BANDCAMP
Creek Boyz “Loco”
More singsong majesty from a Bmore unit just fucking honing their pocket. Hard to hate on anything that gets stuck in your head like this. Verses, choruses, hooks, sub-hooks. Life. I’m taking it one hour at a time. SOUNDCLOUD
Post Malone (Feat. 21 Savage) “Rockstar (Johny O Drum & Bass Bootleg)”
Listen, am I proud that I just started hearing a drum and bass remix of “Rockstar” by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage in my head one day as I walked home from work? No, I am not proud. I’m even less proud of the fact that immediately when I got home I did a YouTube search for “Post Malone drum and bass remix” and found this in like five seconds. It’s pretty good, but I gotta concur with YouTube user “AF MG” when he says that “the 21 savage´s part is not well sync man, its being a massive tune but you should delay the entrance of savage." Oh well. YOUTUBE
I went on Brian and Kate and Ed’s podcast to talk about a mysterious barely-real music genre known as “Rainbow Rock.” It is easily the one and only longform exploration of a mostly forgotten period of insanity. Listen here. Also on that audio tip, you can listen back to this month’s episode of THE BOXXX REPORT RADIO on British station NTS right here. There is a guest mix from Mega_Lo, formally of the legendary crew PARTY EFFECTS, plus the usual insane stuff like “The DJ George Costanza Song Of The Month” and “The Dogs In Ecstasy One-Minute Mix.” It’s a good show.
Going to drop some more March tour dates next Monday but keep checking the Facebook as shit is getting added all the time. Also, a short-form video piece on my insane life in music will be coming out sometime this month. And if all of that is not enough for you people, I got a new mix of “Freaked Out American Loser” by the big dog Dave Sardy on deck. He blew it out into the fistpump zone.
MIX OF THE WEEK
Honey Dijon “Boiler Room Berlin”
This is a masterful ecstatic set from a true legend. I’ve pretty much checked out of dance music kultcha but I know the good shit when I hear it. This is the good shit. YOUTUBE
BRIAN BLOMERTH PRESENTS… MYSPACE MINUTE
Outsider music was of course huge within the democratizing walls of Myspace. As with all outsider music, there is a huge debate on the sincerity of the creators and what their goals and intentions are. As a fan of music, I just enjoy it for all its quirks. One person who dominated the Myspace Era in the Outsider bubblegum pop genre is Naomi Elizabeth. I really love her Jams. A long form article about her life and music is defiantly needed. I can’t do justice in just a few quick sentences. So enjoy…
Naomi Elizabeth’s “Is Naomi Good or Bad”
Dwight Twilley Band "Twilley Don't Mind (Full Album)"
You never know what The Boxxx Report Bonus Video is going to be. I might just fuck around and put a YouTube “full album stream” of a great classic power pop record like “Twilley Don’t Mind” by the Dwight Twilley Band on here and then just fucking call it a day. There are no rules here. I’m an idiot. YOUTUBE
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY “RIG RUNDOWN” RUNDOWN
John catches up with Devin Townsend, “the original Strapping Young Lad,” at Marathon Music Works in Nashville. Somewhat unorthodoxly, the segment begins with a beanie-clad Devin soloing for 45 seconds before settling into a confident slouch. John and Devin greet each other like old friends, which undoubtedly they are.
John, happy as a clam and wearing two shirts, gets down to business: what’s up with the LEDs in Devin’s crazy-looking guitar? “It’s for blues jams,” Devin jokes, and John makes a “Rigs of Dad” reference. I love Rig Rundown. “There’s a certain amount of theatre to what I do live,” Devin explains, but John already knows. “Your Royal Albert Hall thing,” he says, “the pageantry of that was so — I loved it man!” “When you go out on tour,” Devin says, “you’re trying to give people a couple of minutes away from the bullshit of it all,” which is why his guitar looks like an ancient tooth. Also, he says, “I do like Star Wars and I’m a science nerd, physics.” The guitar is a prototype for his signature model, called “the Stormbender.” It has signature pickups, called “Transcendents” by Fishman.
After a long exchange about Devin’s Evertune bridge, John points at the guitar and asks “What is this mystery switch?” That,” Devin says, “is for the penis extender.” “Good, well, gotta have it!” John says. “Trust me,” Devin says, “you really gotta have it.” The camera crew is loving it; John looks a little abashed.
A frank discussion of string gauge follows — Devin plays D’addario 10-52’s despite playing in open B and C — but it’s derailed when Devin says he wouldn’t take signature strings “because I like my balls to be colored like D’addario does.” “They color your balls, yea that’s good,” John says. “Every day,” Devin says, “slather ‘em up, buddy.” It’s more innuendo than is traditional for a Rig Rundown episode.
There’s a detailed look at Devin’s all-digital FX rig to come, but I have some things to do. WATCH HERE
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat “Dunce”
The only band in the game that is allowed to use a single floor tom, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat never disappoints. They are finally back with new music, and this one has that thick fuzz fresh style that we all crave. YOUTUBE
First heard the Chicago rapper Valee on that great new Z-Money track, but I’m glad I went deeper because this 2K16 cut is less than two min long and one long hook. These guided meditations I have been trying to fuck with have not been working out well. Last night, I bailed and then fell asleep to Squarepusher. What were we talking about, again? YOUTUBE
Andy Petr “Foreword”
My old friend and collaborator Andy Petr was in a legendary rainbow rock band called Geocash, but this is not the time nor place to get into that. Wait until I do my “Killed By Death” style rainbow rock compilation, or maybe just listen to me on the Brian/Kate/Ed podcast, out next week. Anyways, Andy's new EP is great. He hits all those Seefeel/Aphex zones with an expert touch. “Real post rock hours.” SOUNDCLOUD
Natural Man & The Flamin’ Hot Band “Song About Your City”
Here we have some incredible new sax-fueled party punk from the heartland, chilling at that four way stop with Operation Ivy, C.C.T.V., The Stooges and The Minutemen, or something… Who knows, I’m no critic, all I know is that I wish there were more bands like this, and I’m fucking with it heavy. BOXXX REPORT PICK. BANDCAMP
Negashi Armada “Capricorn”
The artist formally known as Blunt Fang carving out his own space in the game with some ill unclassifiable electronic pop music. If I had more money, I would try to make a Negashi Armada/Lucy split 7” happen on Thunder Zone. YOUTUBE
I did a cover of The Pagans rustbelt punk classic “Dead End America” with The Thunder Zone Band (Rocker Mike and Willy D) and Aaron Espinoza. You can listen to it and also check out some new Juiceboxxx tour dates right here. The song will be the B-Side of an upcoming “digital single.” More info soon. R.I.P. Mike Hudson. Just played a show at a basement in Manhattan tonight. Felt good, felt "classic." Playing shows is the best. In case you need more Boxxx Insanity, doing a “Freaked Out Fridays” livestream on my Facebook today at 2 p.m.
MIX OF THE WEEK
Machine Girl “MRK90 MIX VOL 1”
Fresh off of making one of my favorite records of 2017, Machine Girl comes with a sick mix of full-on digital punk carnage. Live, it’s like Lightning Bolt jamming with Doormouse/Anonymous, but this mix is straight up rave spazz majesty. Drink it in. YOUTUBE
BRIAN BLOMERTH PRESENTS… MYSPACE MINUTE
Myspace was a haven for midi-grind, a genre that blended grindcore with primitive computer sequencers like Fruity Loops. Trying to describe it to people makes you feel insane. It truly is like Black Metal Mario Kart. Well before cloud rap. These guys were fucking around with Hello Kitty and making it sound like Hell.
Hari-Kari Kitty was probably the scene’s breakout star.
Another great example is 120% Says You’re Going to Explode.
Can we have a moment of silence for another recently shuttered icon, American Apparel? I don’t think I’m wrong in blaming the Locust for the trend of little shorts. American Apparel “short shorts” had a devastating effect on the fashion of the Myspace era.
Black Dice “Live at Chain Reaction 5/12/2000”
Here we have the legendary freakout unit Black Dice, still in their hardcore punk mode, confusing a bunch of straight edge kids at a legendary So-Cal all ages zone. I am glad that this video exists. YOUTUBE
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY RIG RUNDOWN RUNDOWN
Chris catches up with Larry from Primus at an indeterminate location. Everything I know about Larry from Primus I learned from Rocker Mike and I’ve forgotten all of it. Chris is also new to me. My go-to Rig Rundown hosts are John and Perry. Like those guys, Chris looks like he lifts.
Larry shows off his favorite guitar, a sunburst Fender American Deluxe Strat. He’s rubbed it with steel wool to make it look more vintage. “There’s something about this guitar, it just sounds great, it’s my go-to, we call it the #1” he says. Real guitarists know. He also has a Strat in Willy Wonka colors from a Willy Wonka-themed tour Primus did, that Mike may have told me about.
Chris and Larry establish an easy rapport, trading quips about DiMarzio single coil pickups. Larry’s a strictly bridge or neck guy, like Ritchie Blackmore.
A true professional, Chris has done his research, and asks Larry if he still has the ’69 Thinline Tele or the ’76 Strat he used for a while. They should have Narduwar do Rig Rundowns.
Chris asks “Have you ever created your own tunings and stuff like that to manipulate the sound you want to hear?” “I tried a bunch,” Larry says, “but I almost always go back to standard tuning. But I’m becoming a big fan of Drop D. It feels good and sounds cool.” It really never is too late to change.
There’s more but I have to be somewhere. WATCH HERE
Finn “Like Ta Get Ta Know Ya”
As we barrel into a surely hellish 2018, let us try to stay positive with this Howard Jones flip from Boxxx Report favorite FINN. I don’t know, I guess we are doing another year of this. Bi-weekly now. Expanded. SOUNDCLOUD
Saucyy Sha (Feat. Tommy Newport) “Eleven”
Well, what do we have here? Here is what we have here: song called “Eleven” that features an eleven-year-old rapping about how he is eleven-years-old with a chorus that contains the phrase “I’m eleven and I’m chillin'.” Late contender for best song of all time. SOUNDCLOUD
Saweetie “Icy Grl”
This fire Khia flip is obviously needed in a world full of shit. “My Neck My Back” should be the new “Louie Louie.” YOUTUBE
Jeff The Brotherhood “Brighid’s Flame”
While we wait for the next Brotherhood record, let us chew on this “Amazon Holiday Exclusive” for a hot second and bask in the heroic sludge glory. I’m losing my fucking mind. Another year of this. AMAZON
DJ Haram “Body Count”
Here is some good new club music that I would maybe play out if I ever actually left my room or cared about djing. You know? SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
The Destroyer “@ The Underground (UK 1998)”
Italian gabber? (Classic Boxxx Report Jamie Oliver Voice Reference) Yes mother. I almost added an additional section to The Report just called “GABBER MIX OF THE WEEK” but I had to stop myself because this newsletter is already a stupid waste of effort and I wanted more time to watch my favorite vlogs. YOUTUBE
FREESTYLE OF THE WEEK
Mozzy “Triumph Freestyle”
Feels pretty good to hear Mozzy over Wu-Tang. I’ll take what I can get right now. YOUTUBE
Listen to a new episode of The Boxxx Report Radio on NTS, featuring a mix from the great New York band Deli Girls, right here. I’m going on tour in March. Dates soon. New single soon. Maybe someday I will share with you the kind of vlogs I like to watch in my spare time, but not today. I’m still a little iffy on what this new version of The Boxxx Report really is, but please just fucking ride with me for a bit while I dial it in.
BRIAN BLOMERTH PRESENTS… MYSPACE MINUTE
Here is a genre without a real name… I’m talking about projects that are essentially people soloing over pre-existing music. For some odd reason all the examples I could think of were guitar-based. Maybe guitar naturally lends itself to this? I dunno. I don’t know how to play any instruments.
The greatest example is of course a band known as Soloing Over Alanis Morissette. One guy shredding over complete Alanis Morissette songs. (The name is pretty explanatory.)
It’s an incredible project and one of my favorites from the Myspace era. What remains: BANDCAMP LIVE VIDEO
THE DOGS IN ECSTASY “RIG RUNDOWN” RUNDOWN
Perry catches up with Tosin from instrumental djent/progressive metal band Animals as Leaders at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tennessee. Tosin’s chops are intimidating, but Perry’s pumped up from chest day and barrels right in. First up: Tosin’s Ibanez sig. “That thing is so weird looking man,” Perry says. Tosin chuckles beneficently.
It’s a fully ergonomic 8-string guitar with multiple cutaways allowing for both classical and more traditional seating positions, coupled with total fret access, and fanned frets, meaning longer scaling for the bass strings but traditional scaling in the treble section. It is weird looking and also has Tosin Abasi Signature Fishman Fluence pickups. Tosin compares the pickups to 4K television.
On to amps. “Good tone lurks everywhere,” Tosin says. “Are you that guy that’s always chasing the dragon?” Perry asks.
Finally, pedals. The board is built around a Carl Martin Octa-Switch. The Danish company has a good slogan: “Beyond Standard of Reference.” Tosin plays a guitar — never guaranteed on Rig Rundown — demonstrating his Wooten-esque slapping approach. “So interesting, wow man, I love it,” Perry says, then notices Tosin’s unorthodox guitar pick. “That’s a pretty dank little pick you’ve got there.” The normally reserved Tosin is visibly excited demonstrating a boost/compressor pedal designed collaboratively by Reinhold Bogner and Rupert Neve. “It’s so much more alive,” Perry says. Tosin does some volume knob swell work with his Strymon Big Sky. Perry says “it sounds like a beautiful nightmare.”
There are thirty minutes left but life is short. WATCH HERE
Starting in 2018, The Boxxx Report is moving to bi-weekly and "slightly expanded." What does that mean? Not sure. I'll let you know first Friday in January. I'm taking a break until then. Also, I was going to do a year-end list of some sort, but I think this recent Boxxx Report NTS radio show serves that purpose pretty well. In this demon hell world, all you can really do is take it one day at a time. -JB
Oh, you know we love a bit of hip house over here at The Boxxx Report. This smooth burner reminds me of both Myspace and DJ International Records and if I had a bleak-but-profitable DJ night at a boutique hotel of some sort, I would definitely play it there. Hanging onto sanity. YOUTUBE
Amos Pitsch “Lake Effect”
Amos from Northwoods Wisconsin pop punk legends TENEMENT f’d around and made a nice lil holiday tune. Tenement are a great band, part of a continuum of WI pop punk that I would have to explain to you in person. You don’t even know about that deep Wisconsin pop punk history, you don’t even know! YOUTUBE
Drakeo the Ruler “Big Bang Uchies”
The story goes that this song was recorded the day Drakeo the Ruler was released from prison less than a week ago. To even include that sensational tidbit on The Boxxx Report seems a bit off, but the fact of the matter is the song slaps. That is why it’s here… SOUNDCLOUD
The Mandells “Think Back”
Can’t remember how I stumbled onto this low-rider oldie supreme, but fuck it, sometimes even though you don’t know much about rare soul music you end up going deep with one fairly obscure band and kind of latch onto them for no real rhyme or reason other than the simple fact that it seems like all the singles are really good. YOUTUBE
Silicon Teens “Judy In Disguise”
Speaking of soul music, this cut is taken from one of the all-time great records: “Music For Parties” by Silicon Teens. The brainchild of Daniel Miller AKA The Normal, this is classic good time rock and roll done on all synths and drum machines in the post-punk 80s. A singular perfect record, what can I say? It’s December, things are kind of slow. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
I don’t know, since this is the last Boxxx Report before the thing does a "best of 2K17" then takes a break then moves to “expanded and bi-weekly,” why not just be lazy and dump this seven hour mix from 2010 right here for you to listen to? Somehow, the links are still active. The 2000s were a confusing time. As far as non-rap DJ’s go, Optimo were maybe the best of the era. BLOGSPOT
Wild Woody “Wild Woody”
Not completely sure what is going on with the rapper named “Wild Woody” but I do know that this crazy cowboy has the full support of The Boxxx Report. Toy Story Bounce? I don’t know. I just don't know. YOUTUBE
Fat Day “Ocelot Onslaugh”
Let us chug one from the massive Mass Dist streaming catalog available on the Free Music Archive. Mass Dist was of course Boxxx Report legend Colin L’s New England freakout label in the 2K’s and Fat Day are of course New England legends of high style insanity. Niche interests… FREE MUSIC ARCHIVE
G Perico “Affiliated”
More evil boogie from one of the slickest in LA. I quit drinking over two years ago but it is still hard for me to not eat hamburgers. YOUTUBE
Prince “Baby I’m A Star (Live from Landover, MD - November 20, 1984)”
Truth be told, I mostly listen to Prince, Springsteen, Pharaoh Sanders and “best of 2003” rap mixes. I am a simple person. As a performer, I think it is important to watch a lot of Prince live videos. Best case scenario: I finally quit. YOUTUBE
Imperial Teen “Butch”
Came across Imperial Teen “Seasick” as a young lad way way back in the day and somehow the record has stuck with me all these years later. A bit of a lowkey classic, or at least that is what I tweeted last week. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Papoose “Funkmaster Flex Freestyle #076”
I don’t give a shit that this isn’t a mix, I’m losing my mind, I hate myself, my guy Fred sent this to me some time ago, I’ve watched it multiple times, once with Dre Skull, another time with Mabson, it is really long and absurd, Flex looks tired towards the end, what more do you want, The Boxxx Report is going bi-weekly and expanded in 2018. YOUTUBE
Will Traxx “Shine The Light On ‘Em (The Birthday Song)”
Gonna take a heavy late pass on this early-2K17 party break, maybe one of the best party breaks I have heard in a long time. Remember party breaks? I heard Flex chop this one up last Friday and I was transported to a different place. I sold most of my record collection but I kept a grip of AV8 12’s. Don’t even get me started on those “The Killah Kuts” bootlegs. YOUTUBE
The Diplomats “Once Upon A Time”
On a related tip, I know I am old and out of touch because I post a fair amount of Dipset-related content on The Boxxx Report, but I gotta say, for what it is, this new one is especially fire. Early/mid 2k’s rap to me is pretty much what the The Chrystals were to Springsteen. You know? I hate myself. YOUTUBE
The Body & Full Of Hell “Didn’t The Night End”
Well, it looks like these two fucked around and made a trip metal record for the year 2017. The first collab was sick but this one raises the bar. Earbud depression energy music no doubt. That last sentence makes me want to stop doing this. BANDCAMP
Zed Bias “Neighbourhood”
Well, I am in England right now, so I might as well lace you with one track that made me want to go deeper into new UK music when I was just a wee lad. 2-step and jungle captured my childhood imagination and then when grime hit… Unrelated, but you better believe I asked for a copy of “Generation Ecstasy” for Christmas when I was 13. YOUTUBE
Colin Langenus “Woman My Saint”
My main guy Colin L. has a new record out so you know I gotta fuckin’ throw that on The Report. Theusisamonster were a spiritual force never to be forgotten and the man continues to make music that stirs the soul on the neverending path towards who knows what. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ Haus “Mini-Mix For Annie Mac”
Might as well stay in England for this edition of The Boxxx Report Mix Of The Week with a recent megamix from DJ Haus recorded for the legendary Annie Mac. Just jacking the box in that generic, comforting way. For the punters. LIfe. Music. This isn’t the best Boxxx Report I’ve ever done. YOUTUBE
Lil Peep “The Brightside”
21 is so young. The Peep show I saw earlier this year stuck with me so much that I wrote a song about it the next day. There is a lot to think about, most of it sad. The music remains. YOUTUBE
Saetia “One Dying Wish”
On the way back from Philly tonight I got into a talk about screamo with Rocker Brad and of course at some point all attention turned to the mighty Saetia. Dear god this song is a monster anthem that would make even Dave Grohl blush, with vocals that in 2017 feel both hilarious and earnestly moving. Fire. YOUTUBE
Citikidz "Pull Yo Pants Up"
And now for something positive: this anti-sagging song comes from a crew of rappers whose ages are between 3 and 8. One day at a time. YOUTUBE
Bobo “Life Goes On (That’s the Idea We’ve Learned)”
From the ashes of the 2000s East Coast art freakout whatever comes this new singular blast from NYC-via-Philly art/silly band BOBO. Very special styles: truly deranged and not boring at all. For fans of Ween, Happy Mondays and Black Dice? Who is to say. YOUTUBE
Taylor Swift "Ready For It"
I’m going to say this: my favorite Taylor Swift song in a long time, and I listen to it a lot. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ George Costanza “‘Not A Phase’ Third Wave Ska Mix”
Maybe I’m biased because I premiered this mix on my radio show. Maybe I’m biased because I had a heavy ska “phase” when I was 12 years old, and listened to many of the bands on this mix religiously. Or maybe I just know a great mix when I hear it, ska or otherwise, blended better than the best techno DJ to ever grace The Bossa Nova Civic Club. SOUNDCLOUD
Young M.A “Walk”
Rap music and rapping is alive and well, people. Just an unbelievable nice loose new NYC pocket and no hook to be found. Fire... YOUTUBE
Tippwerk “The Adventures of Dr. Honey Berry”
First time I played with Tippwerk I commented that they kind of reminded me of Don Cab. The band told me they had never heard of them. Just some NYC kids steeped in jazz fusion and death metal playing instrumental rock that has nothing to do with whatever happened way back when. Double kick pedal. RIP. BANDCAMP
Fred The Godson (Feat. Jaquae) “Another Brick Please”
Keeping it in New York City with the frankly underrated Fred The Godson. This one does have a hook, and a good one at that, thanks to Jaquae. He is underrated, too. YOUTUBE
Not Waving “24”
Coming with a sick punk sample freak spirit, Diagonal is a label a cut above the hardware techno pack. Surprised none of their records have ever made “The Report” before. Either way, the brand new Not Waving record is good, but I’m sharing this 2K16 cut because the video has dogs in it. YOUTUBE
Dear god a lot of New York on this episode, but Cam rapping over a “Lean On Me” flip? Timeless Boxxx Report bait. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Doormouse "Addicted To Distortion"
More breakcore on The Boxxx Report. I crave it, I need it: complicated snares. Recently started following Dan’s finsta. BANDCAMP
LA (Feat. Gucci Mane) “I Made It”
You left it vacant? This middling Upper-Midwest banger has the same kind of charm that made me love that absurd O.T. Genasis song all of those decades ago. I wanna quit everything and jump into a Great Lake. Any Great Lake will do. YOUTUBE
SOPHIE “It’s Okay To Cry”
Been living with this one for a minute now, I don’t know if there is anything interesting I can say about it, but it is The Boxxx Report and I’m being honest here, the ending keeps me coming back. Again and again. SOUNDCLOUD
Hexadeci “Sub-Basement Mechanics”
Radiograffiti is a label that is singlehandedly keeping the dream of hardcore Wisconsin rave freakout electronics alive. Tyler is doing the lord’s work, pretty much. I am aware that this producer is from England, but you know what I mean. Radiograffiti put it out. Complicated snares with emotional resonance. BANDCAMP
THEORY “Rx (Medicate)”
I guess active rock legends Theory of a Deadman just go by THEORY now? Who knows, all I know is that I heard this truly mindblowing tune on the radio during my last tour and then was recently reminded of its existence thanks to a Mabson text. You could probably write a thousand longform articles on this one song alone, but who gives a shit, I’m more interested in sharing the stage with these Canadian legends. Hit me up. YOUTUBE
Chris Forsyth “String Haters”
Don’t know anything about Forsyth but this tune hit my earbuds WFMU-style while I was on the clock and I liked it enough to play it a few more times. I could probably listen to these 12 minutes on loop, it is maybe the perfect soundtrack to my sustained mental breakdown. Crunch and squall in all of its dumb majesty. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
IF “Mixed Up In The Hague Vol. 1”
You think I give a shit anymore? The Boxxx Report is a stupid joke, I do whatever I want here because it doesn’t matter, if I feel like just fucking throwing up this classic proto-electroclash burner for two people to listen to, I can do that. This is what “freedom” feels like. Completely pointless and idiotic. SOUNDCLOUD
Problem (Feat. Bad Lucc) “Get On It”
Splitting the difference between 90s Miami (check the sample), 2000s Atlanta and modern day California, this party cut delivers the goods. Off of the upcoming Problem record, which is highly anticipated over here at the pathetic Boxxx Report HQ. YOUTUBE
Show Me The Body “K-9”
Another slamming choon from this NYC raprock unit, slowburn sludge breaking into freakout mosh pit majesty. Off of an upcoming 7 inch. YOUTUBE
Hair Police “Let’s See Who’s Here and Who’s Not”
Posting a 2004 song from the legendary Kentucky noise trio Hair Police might seem odd in 2017 but I mean, why not, this track is a perfect headphone scorcher for all you out there trying to get your mind right. I should note that a member of this band recently worked on album artwork for Kesha. The beat goes on… BANDCAMP
Rico Nasty “Sugar Trap”
More digital pop USA style, jammed this last night while walking to McDonalds. #5 with a Sprite (been into Sprite lately). I’m not proud. I’m just trying to stay alive here. YOUTUBE
Romantic States “Barren Idol”
Some minimal guitar styles from 1/2 of VIDEOHIPPOS, a legendary rainbow rock band close to all of our hearts over here at The Boxxx Report. Saw this band live once and they did the sick octave pedal bass splitter heavy style that the Thunder Zone Band has been fucking with, thanks to an innovation from NYC Rocker Brad. Whatever, you have no idea what I’m talking about, just doing some rig rundown type beat type shit here, people. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Mumdance B2B Nina Kraviz “Live from Unsound Festival, Kraków”
Saw Boxxx Report legend FINN post about this two hour mix so I had to check, you know I had to check, and guess what? Yeah, it is a journey, no doubt. Get past the techno warmup and get ready to get lifted. Music is a life sentence. SOUNDCLOUD
Pastor T.L. Barett and the Youth For Christ Choir “Like A Ship… (Without A Sail)”
The entire new T.L. Barett reissue on Light In The Attic is required listening for these twisted times. We love the sound of a good youth choir over here at The Boxxx Report, and this one is second to none. Heart wrecking in performance and documentation. Stay alive. YOUTUBE
Del Girls “Evidence”
Here is some 2017 sampler punk from a New York City duo currently ripping up basements all over the town. Soulful vocals and hard drums. New sick styles to keep you alive in the USA. I’m hanging on. SOUNDCLOUD
Queen Key “My Way”
Queen Key burnt the frozen pizza. A rapper talking about burning the frozen pizza on the track. That is what is up. Another hit from one of Chicago’s most promising. YOUTUBE
Heavy Metal “Use Your Skull”
Another week goes by and another German band makes it onto the deeply pointless weekly tipsheet known as THE BOXXX REPORT. True loose eccentric with a spirit and personality that is frankly inspirational and missing from many similar bands. What can I say, Harbinger Sound knows how to pick ‘em. BANDCAMP
Obnox “The Movement”
Obnox keeps cranking out fried genre-transcending music that all too often flies below the radar in this sad world. I put this on on in my headphones and I close my eyes and I freak out. I really freak out. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Tap.10 “Fader Mix”
This is a nice mix of Bay Area rap, past and present, with all styles accounted for. Every style. RIP DJ Stef. SOUNDCLOUD
Finn “Sometimes The Going, Gets A Little Tough”
Sounds like Omar-S and DJ Assault jamming in the rumpus room. Life is depressing, the world is fucked. Another smash hit from Boxxx Report favorite Finn. SOUNDCLOUD
Under two minutes of German post-punk, with a nice sax outro and some decent use of what is surely a boutique effects pedal. Every day I wake up and I try to stay functional. BANDCAMP
A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie “Say A’”
This could very well be the catchiest rap song of the year. I don’t know, that is probably “a bit much,” but fuck it, do you think any of this matters? Who gives a shit. This is The Boxxx Report. My name is Juiceboxxx. I am 31. YOUTUBE
(ORB) “Worse Than It Was”
As long as we are making proclamations, I think Terrior Bute were the best teenage synth-punk band to ever come out of the state of Wisconsin. This is 2/3 of the boys a few years older and wiser, going back to their roots with this sub-minute blast of bedroom soul with a message. YOUTUBE
The Replacements “Can’t Hardly Wait (Live at Maxwell’s 2/4/86)”
Rhino did a pretty good job cleaning up the 24-track on this classic gig, recently re-released on a vinyl package that I would definitely buy if I worked in advertising and no longer called myself “Juiceboxxx.” Bob’s avant-metal heroics are in fine form and Westerberg is fucking up the lyrics in that way that we all crave, low-key sometimes I think he is my favorite writer. Whatever. Life. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
JX Cannon “oct 1 2017”
One of the best in New York City comes through with a heavy casual Soundcloud set sure to put a few more holes in your already fried dome zone. I quit drinking 23 months ago and I tried to change my life but I still feel like shit. SOUNDCLOUD
Machine Girl “…Because I’m Young Arrogant And Hate Everything You Stand For”
Let us rock with the title track off of this really great new Machine Girl album, which perfectly smashes digital hardcore together with footwork, IDM, breakcore and... Dare I say, a cheeky bit of rainbow rock? Need to get the LEF CREW from Yokohama, Japan a copy of this one. BANDCAMP
The Breeders “Wait In The Car”
Kim and Kelley still got it. Dear god thank you god. Good morning! Keep running. YOUTUBE
Joe Program “HoseTown HardCore”
More digital hardcore insanity on The Boxxx Report, this time from the crucial new Septic World International hurricane relief bandcamp comp. New music from the Red Light District posse. Far Rockaway, Queens. BANDCAMP
Antwon "In My Sidebag"
Two Antwon tracks in two weeks on The Boxxx Report? Yeah, there are no rules on this weird newsletter that barely anybody even knows exists. This blast of 808 pop punk is a personal standout from his new mixtape, out today. SOUNDCLOUD
Tom Petty & The Heatbreakers “Shadow Of A Doubt (A Complex Kid)”
Still kind of surreal that I was in Vegas Sunday night. Too much to say. I was out of my mind in the TSA line for the flight home when I heard Petty died. Weird and sad 24 hours. This one was always a favorite of mine. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Standing On The Corner “Red Burns”
Playing some post-tour catchup and had to throw this new school NYC masterclass on the damn report. Brand new timeless, perfect for walking through the garbage world on a pleasant fall afternoon with a head full of confusion. Emotional and true. Fred, listen to this. SOUNDCLOUD
Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani & Ron Funches "Hair Up"
Getting a group email from DJ George Costanza about a song from the "Trolls" soundtrack is one reason for me to feel like everything isn't completely one hundred percent fucked up all the time. This is pretty much an Extreme Animals song. Coffee Bean. YOUTUBE
MC Eiht (Feat. Lady Of Rage) "Heart Cold"
How could I not post this meeting of the minds on The Boxxx Report? Primo on the beat, too? Scratch sentences happening, too? Come on, people! Been listening to a lot of Shade 45 in the rental. YOUTUBE
Irreversible Entanglements "Fireworks"
Saw my guy The Colonial from Ramp Local post this one, so you know I had to give it a listen. Get ready to go on a journey, and then some. American music. BANDCAMP
Multinerango Sun "Get Sich Or Die Chillin"
Do you really know what it means to get SICH? Shout out to the one who started it all, my guy Dalton, for letting us borrow his drum kit tonight. Sometimes when I'm in So-Cal I just start to think about that one summer the Leprechaun Hat blogspot was popping off, I'm going deep here, whatever, it doesn't matter anymore. Nothing matters. YOUTUBE
Antwon "Living Every Dream"
Driving to the bay today to play my first ever show with Antwon in Oakland, though I've known the good man forever. I'm aware this is an old song, but it is close to my heart so it is going on The Boxxx Report. A timeless American rap track and my favorite Pictureplane beat. A lot of naming names in this episode of The Boxxx Report, but I'm in a tour kind of headspace and I'm feeling loose. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Tony Seltzer "FADER Mix"
One of my favorite New York City beatsmiths drops this emotional expert ride of a mix. Something to get you through fall as you chug bottle after bottle of bubbly water and try not to fall off of that wagon and completely lose your goddamn mind. SOUNDCLOUD
Eddy Current Suppression Ring "Anxiety"
I'm on tour right now and I gotta finish a Boxxx Report after the gig: classic Boxxx Report story. Anyways, I have a very friendly Devon Rex cat on my lap, which is slightly impairing my ability to type accurately. I'm feeling OK. Ate at a Seattle burger spot called "Dick's" twice today. Been up for around 24 hours. Eddy Current Suppression Ring are one of the best punk bands to do it over the past decade or so. YOUTUBE
Special Request "Brainstorm"
New music from rave master Paul Woolford. Deep tape cracking madness, it doesn't get much better than this producer when it comes to that UK eternal rave damage (type beat) lane. BANDCAMP
Lucy "Beauty + The Beast"
Here is some made-4-Boxxx Report content. America's number #1 new school MIDI pop hero Lucy covering exactly what you think it is. Magic. I wanna stay alive. YOUTUBE
Young Dro "Dirty Money"
On the road, out of my mind, I stopped drinking but I still eat fast food. And I'm chugging energy drinks. The Boxxx Report must go on. I should be sleeping now. OK. The "rex" family of cats are very nice. Check out this new Young Dro track, I'm no expert but this guy can rap. SOUNDCLOUD
Heard this cut on Madison's very own solid rock station JJO (that's right, two JJO drops in two weeks, I've been in the heartland) and I really had one of those moments where I realized how great and important music is. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Finn “Accelerated Club Mix”
Classic Baltimore cuts are sped up and sliced and gurned. “Mr. Postman” goes +8 and makes me start doing Northern Soul-style dances in my mind. All by the Boxxx Report-approved mixmaster known as FINN. Chug Dunkin’, stay alive. GOOD MIX. SOUNDCLOUD
Stray From The Path "Only Death Is Real"
Heard this tonight driving back from Madison, cranking the legendary active rock powerhouse JJO and eating a cream puff the size of my dome piece. This is rap rock. YOUTUBE
Limp Wrist "Wrap Yourselves In Me"
The term "legendary" is tossed around a lot over here at the Boxxx Report, and you know what? It will continue to get tossed around. There are a lot of legends in the world. Limp Wrist are legends. Here is something off of their new record. BANDCAMP
Elisa Bee "Mass"
Flange will set you free. Dear god, when your back is against the wall, turn to flange. Real live jacking. Flange. Life. What is The Boxxx Report? YOUTUBE
New twisted neo-Dipset pockets fresh for 2K17, with an ill clip to match. Great song and an even better video. The kind of video we can really wrap our heads around over here at the depressing Boxxx Report. YOUTUBE
Hüsker Dü "Pink Turns To Blue"
Rest in peace to a master singing drummer and a heartland hero. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Tara Jane O’Neil “FACT Mix 618”
I hung out with Tara Jane O’Neil somewhere in Germany like a decade ago. We were both on long solo style Euro tours and had days off in the same town. Really good person and musician and this mix is perfect morning music to get your skull ready for daytime brutality. SOUNDCLOUD
Nezzy (Feat. TT The Artist) "All Night"
So Drove hitting it out of the park again with this insane pop punk club rap fusion cut from newcomer NEZZY featuring the inimitable Bmore genius TT The Artist. Sick, like a new freaked out "Sk8ter Boi." SOUNDCLOUD
Queen Key “Kung Fu”
The world is an endless pit of darkness. Thank god Queen Key is here to demolish the neverending glut of fifth tier internet rap types in one sub-two minute hookfest. Sicker than most of the new things I consume in earbuds while having a quiet panic attack. Check it out! YOUTUBE
MU330 "Favorite Show"
You want a Boxxx Report? Here is a Boxxx Report: I've been thinking about ska. The Thai spot in my neighborhood recently switched owners--the food is just as good but now they also play a variety of third wave pretty much every time I dine in for their unbeatable lunch special. They haven't played any MU330 yet, but I'm crossing my fingers. This St. Louis band have been known to some as "the ska Weezer." YOUTUBE
Eat Skull "Heaven's Stranger"
Tour starts next week, and I can't wait to get back out there and freak out. Playing an American Legion Hall in Portland with these lo-fi heroes is one highlight of a run that also includes the very first JUICEBOXXX SHOW IN VEGAS. Somehow. See you there. YOUTUBE
Mal Devisa “Crowd Pleaser”
Mal Devisa always comes through with interesting new styles. Take this one, an ill sort of neo-soul lean driven by fuzz bass and some interesting production work on the edges. I know everything in the world is going to shit and it seems absolutely stupid and petty to say this, but pretty much every day I do or say something dumb enough to make me want to curl up in a ball in my room and just rot. SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
Jake Orral "Even A Tree Can Shed Tears"
My old friend Jake showing off his insanely sick 70's Japanese vinyl collection. Music is just the best, people. Jeff The Brotherhood forever. NTS
D. Gookin “Feel The Pain”
New Haven legend, Juiceboxxx Thunder Zone Unit drummer, Snapple lover… Michael Birnbaum is a lot of things. He just put out an EP of covers and this Dino. Jr take is full-on sick, with a solo from Willy. Willy! It has a solo from Willy. BANDCAMP
Young Lunchbox (Feat. 16YROLD) “Mad As Fuck”
You know I have to post a rapper named Yung Lunchbox on The Boxxx Report. Dear god. Help us all. Pretty good track, too. SOUNDCLOUD
Kettama “U See”
In the neverending void that is internet-based low fidelity house music, occasionally I stumble across something that approaches “Boxxx Report Approved.” I don’t know, I’m going completely crazy and I often question why I do The Boxxx Report at all. Anyways, enjoy? YOUTUBE
Kero Kero Bonito “Rock And Roll Star”
Two covers in one week is nothing new on the deranged depressing Boxxx Report, and here is a great go at an Oasis classic. I’ve listened to this ten plus times today. SOUNDCLOUD
David Nance “5, 2 and 4”
I met David years ago in LA through the genius proprietors of The Dog Show (RIP) and it is great to see him back in the heartland making vital rock and roll music. Turn this one up and just start running. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Bruce Springsteen “WNEW-FM Bottom Line, NYC, 1975-08-15”
I know this isn’t a DJ mix, but this is The Boxxx Report, and I don’t care. One of the main reasons why I am still making and performing music. YOUTUBE
Mozzy "Sleep Walkin"
It's always a good thing to hear Mozzy rap and this emotional melodic anthem hits me harder than anything on that recent Gunplay collab. I just wanna listen to music and stare at the ceiling. Could this be end days for The Boxxx Report? YOUTUBE
Harrius “The Cotton Ring”
Jammed this 2K5 slice from Jenny Graf Sheppard and Chiara Giovando yesterday at the office. Not sure why. But I liked it. I’m always secretly fiending for the very specific textures of USA DIY electronics, and this one is a smooth headphone album perfect for subtle anxiety breakdowns. BANDCAMP
Here is a song that I think could really play well with the Juggalos. Singsong hook and portasound fake guitar plus pure energy screamer guy vocals coming just when you need them. YOUTUBE
MOZART "Love Knows No Bounds"
This is the stuff right here. Under one minute of pure perfect freakout punk from this Oakland combo. Drink it in. That is the sound of me finally losing my mind for good. BANDCAMP
Tay-K "The Race"
I've been putting off blogging "The Race" for obvious reasons, but the fact is that I have been obsessed with this song even before I knew the grand narrative. I know you probably don't believe me. Whatever, for me it is all about the way the keys come in at 0:36. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Cut Copy “So Cosmic Mix”
So many great mixes from the hazy blog dance era are now hard to find, but I’m glad this one is still online. An incredibly constructed relic of the neo-Italo, proto-chillwave, Fleetwood Mac house trax era of post-banger internet music. Brings out some weird emotions no doubt. Take me back to Alaska. January 2009. SOUNDCLOUD
Realicide “Defy That Violent Bastard!”
The Realicide crew are among the many unsung heroes of the 2K’s underground. If I had to describe them in a sentence I would say “American Atari Teenage Riot playing noise shows” but that doesn’t even begin to get into the complexities. This is taken from their recently-uploaded “Die For Gabber! 2004-2007” anthology. Members continue to do their own thing, ripping up the global crust-tronix circuit with righteous energy. This music is good for all of our 2K17 skulls. BANDCAMP
Lil B "Wassup Jojo"
Gotta throw another one from the new B tape up on The Report because the whole thing is just surprising, exciting, sick and refreshing. There are many ways to make new rap music, never forget that! Fuck the fake based. YOUTUBE
Otoboke Beaver "おとぼけビ～バ～ - “ikezu” いけず (Mean)"
Not gonna lie, cool to see these Boxxx Report favorites holding it down on Pitchfork's official YouTube channel. Unexpected. Tune is perfect short spazz rock from this Kyoto unit. Why do I keep doing The Boxxx Report? YOUTUBE
Lil Peep “Better Off [Dying]”
My favorite song off of the new Peep record. Contemporary Warped Tour in the best way and a lot better formally than Brokencyde. Rap Rock lives, in many different forms. Oh dear god what am I doing with my life? SOUNDCLOUD
Nef The Pharaoh (Feat. Slimmy B) "Bling Blaow"
Truly addictive Bay Area slap-pop with huge instant classic onomatopoeia insanity hook. Life is confusing and depressing but this song isn't. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Coldcut vs DJ Food “Cold Krush Cuts (CD1)”
With the 808 continually asserting dominance in contemporary rap music, I have taken on a personal journey to re-examine the humble breakbeat, which can be clearly heard on my new record “Freaked Out American Loser.” All I’m saying is I think there is a lot more that can be done in that zone but I will just end my dumb misguided thought train there. That said, I’m including this mix on The Boxxx Report for obvious reasons. I wanna curl up in a ball and not leave my room. YOUTUBE
You want true Hot Topic madness? You want full-on dumb neon teenage earworm pop punk coupled with halftime 808 verses? You want to do some extended visualization techniques all centered around that one mall you went to as a kid to buy CD's at Sam Goody? What am I talking about? Anyways, no matter what you want, "Crazy" by MAKEOUT has got you covered. The Boxxx Report is just idiotically stumbling through culture in search of things that are not boring. I'm going crazy, I'm losing my mind. YOUTUBE
Shimmer "High Gloss"
Timeless sick crusty no wave from this new school unit, coming through a bit like some of those post-Coughs bands that dotted The Chi and The Bay throughout the aughts. That is high praise! SOUNDCLOUD
YG "Fuck It Up"
More great summer frenzy USA dance music from a B-Report fav. I've been considering including that new Vic Mensa song that samples "The Good Life" by Weezer on The Boxxx Report out of principle (it also features Rivers singing), but ultimately I decided against it. YOUTUBE
The Monastery “Camp Lo”
Loose “Luchini” flip from this Bham duo. Nice charming Southern backpack-ish pockets for lazy August depression day lifestyle. Lowkey Boxxx Report tip. YOUTUBE
Macula Dog “Proxy Rock”
Power duo (second of the week) that might get my vote for best freakout breakout of 2K17, coming strong with the ill electroshock confusion styles. See this band live and then thank me later for telling you to see this band live. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Mega Lo "Electro Freesyle MEGA_MIX for Billy's BailBonds"
Mega Lo was a member of the legendary Bay Area crew PARTY EFFECTS, who had the best dirtstyle web presence this side of Beige/Paper Rad. Truly unsung heroes. Of course this mix is fire, wait for that No Doubt "Don't Speak" freestyle remix to kick and just try to enjoy your life for once like I wish I could. SOUNDCLOUD
Lil B "Getting Hot"
Loving the feel on some of these new B tracks... Eternal energy not bowing down to anything and just ripping it up. This one has a huge goon chant chorus and classic hyphy wildness divided by a couple sick electro moves putting nerds to shame. Gonna loop this while I curl up in a ball on a bed full of cardboard boxes. YOUTUBE
GameOva Reedy "Freestyle"
It's the dog days of summer so that means we are going to need some great bounce music on The Boxxx Report. Judging from very casual internet-based research, this seems like one of the bigger tunes in New Orleans this summer. Could be wrong, but either way, it goes well with the many mini mental breakdowns I motion through daily. YOUTUBE
Dizzee Rascal "Make It Last"
How is it that Dizzee Rascal is still better and more fresh than most new grime or UK rap artists I come across? Is it because I am out of touch? Is it because I remember when "Boy In Da Corner" was released? Possibly, but I don't know. Grime was so ahead of the game, but then it slowed way down. But let me just stop this idiotic ramble right here and say that this song is ill and that is really all that matters. YOUTUBE
Rae Stremmurd "Perplexing Pegasus"
Some late breaking news from one of my favorite bands currently tearing up America. This low quality YouTube will I guess have to do for now. Bask in the glory. YOUTUBE
Charly Bliss "Westermarck"
Cozy guitar pop that for whatever reason makes me think about fall in Milwaukee and maybe taking a trip to Atomic Records to buy the new Promise Ring EP. But I'm just getting loose right now. I don't know what the fuck I'm saying, music ruined my life. I like "Percolator" too, second best behind Cajmere. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
CDR "Kusoikore 4 Party Live Set 2017.5.12"
One of the great things about doing The Boxxx Report every week is that you get to do things like go down Japanese breakcore wormholes on Soundcloud and feel like you are making constructive use of your time. Anyways, what a mix. I need to get back to Japan and play some shows. SOUNDCLOUD
Juiceboxxx “Freaking Out”
You waste your entire dumb life playing music, listening to music and participating in music communities. Why? Who knows. Everything in the world feels bleak right now. "Freaked Out American Loser" is out today. This is the single. YOUTUBE
The Necessaries "Driving And Talking At The Same Time"
This classic record from Arthur Russell's cutty new wave/power pop band (and Boxxx Report favorites) is finally getting a proper LP reissue. I mean just listen to this song. I might even buy a copy! SOUNDCLOUD
Hitmakerchinx “The Fortune”
True futuristic music off of a newly released “greatest hits” of sorts. The most mind blowing dance music is often made with functional use in mind and this is no different. I don’t really go to the club but I might zone out while drinking a “light and sweet” McCafe in silence. SOUNDCLOUD
Rarri “Used 2”
Not to be confused with another rapper named Rarri True who I guess has some Kardashian drama, this Rarri is from Columbus and this song sounds like an “underground rap” hit to the editorial staff over here at The Boxxx Report, who are fucking out of their mind and considering quitting. YOUTUBE
Kyrie "2 Cherished Understandings (Avi Buffalo)"
New band from my guy, the legendary Michael Vidal of Abe Vigoda. Former roommate, former bandmate (he played with Juiceboxxx when I was bumming around LA), great human being. New duo is some delicate ill touch electronica done in a nice style, but I'm throwing this great Avi Buffalo cover on here because we love covers at The Boxxx Report. Wassup Michael, I hope to see you soon. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
“Jimmy On NTS Radio”
Jimmy is a YouTube punk legend, for whatever its worth. In my world that is worth something, but my world is stupid and pathetic, so who knows. Anyways, this is a good mix, and I hope someday he starts uploading demo tapes onto YouTube again for weird people like me. MIXCLOUD
MBK Gang “Cool It Now”
Some young East Bay kids spazzing out over a New Edition flip? Boxxx Report catnip 100 percent. Loose good feeling music for my personal mental breakdown. Stay positive. YOUTUBE
Buck Gooter “Apocalypse Me”
Really good new song from this legendary Harrisonburg rock and roll confusion duo. Been jamming this one on The Boxxx Report Radio for the past few months, so it is due time that it got a shoutout on the newsletter. Has that big beat junkyard punk style for real rockers of all stripes. Eternal carnage. BANDCAMP
Lucy “We Love Tomorrow”
I always get a bit of a mid-aughts Pac-NW feeling from Lucy. Getting sick wit it on that post-twee electronica tip, but done for 2017. American Underground Pop Music. The beat goes on. BANDCAMP
Taylor Girlz “Georgia”
Wow, this great group keeps putting out amazing 808-blasted pop songs. They should tour with Lucy. Jazzy Pha produced this, too. BOXXX REPORT TIP! YOUTUBE
D.L.I.M.C. “(I’ve Been Livin’ In) Macaulay Culkin’s Brain”
The Mark Winter well runs deep, here is a cut from 2015 that I just can’t get enough of “ATM.” I don’t have the time or energy to care about punk scene politics, but I still love music. This is a perfect song in under two minutes. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ Hype “Hysteria 16 Side A”
1996 jump-up jungle insanity from Hype, who I’ve always f’d with because he can scratch real good. Turntablism, my friend. It’s the best! Anyways, come for the scratching, stay for the ill “No Diggity” remix. It is a rare instance where everybody wins. MIXCLOUD
Unk "Walk It Out (Schwarz Hardcore Donk Bootleg)"
Looks like Soundcloud is probably over. I'm too tired to say anything smart or interesting about that fact ("Freaked Out American Loser" coming July 28) but I will say that I hope Schwarz has a backup copy of this Donk remix of "Walk It Out." Schwarz... Make that backup! The world needs this, forever. SOUNDCLOUD
Obnox “Gun Powder Blow (Redux)”
2017-style garage rock rap insanity from Heartland legend Obnox. Always a home for Obnox here on The Boxxx Report. Blown out, fuzzed out and ready for destruction. I think I'm losing my mind. BANDCAMP
The Whiffs "Never Be Free"
Saw Milwaukee legend A. Skufka post this one and I had to check it out because, I mean, the guy knows his power pop. This is textbook stuff for all the heads out there who crave it. The world is going to shit. Jangle on. BANDCAMP
21 Savage "Thug Life"
Personal highlight from the new Savage project. Soulful and effortless in the way people really wanted "4:44" to be, but I was only able to get through half of that record. I'll try again sometime. YOUTUBE
Digital Leather "Images"
Here is some more Midwest lifer carnage from a man who has written a lot of good songs over his long career. True American basement synth pop written by a rock and roller in Nebraska. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Ron Hardy "Live @ Music Box Chicago 1986"
Flew in to LA yesterday and now I am going to take my friend's kids to school in an Uber (I don't know how to drive). Shout out to the Williams family, thanks for letting me hang in the casita, here is a classic Ron Hardy mix. YOUTUBE
So Drove (Feat. CupcakKe, Kreayshawn & TT The Artist) "Get Ya Shine On"
My guy Schwarz is now called So Drove, and to kick off this new era the man himself teamed up with a cross coastal wrecking crew of sick party rappers for a posse cut. Play it loud in your car for me, I don't have a car, I barely have a life, I'm locked in my room trying to make it out the other side. SOUNDCLOUD
Non Band "Duncan Dancin'"
Let us get into some Japanese no wave from 1982, recently reissued. Joyous freakout styles just the way we like it over at The Report, complete with sax. YOUTUBE
Dogo Mudiy "Ndugulawama"
This "Sounds of Sisso" comp of Tanzanian electronic music is front-to-back loaded with exciting experimental energy. Hard to describe without talking about like five different subgenres or whatever, but safe to say this shit will give your dome a slap in a way not unlike the best rave or noise music, but fully on its own terms. BANDCAMP
DJ Haus "Flange Attack"
With a title like that, can you really go wrong? Here is Haus in full on timeless tracky mode, expertly flanging out those drums so you don't have to. Real live jacking. YOUTUBE
Wolf Eyes "Wandering Wreckage One"
Bandcamp is obviously a good medium for Wolf Eyes to throw down jam sessions, archival madness and really whatever else they have on their mind plate. This one was recently recorded in their Detroit studio zone and drifts along in a lazy summer way. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Finn "FACT Mix 608"
I know I barely leave my room, but I wanna find a house in the suburbs where I can throw a giant party just so I can fly FINN "across the pond" to DJ it. The house has to have a hot tub. I'll fucking max out my credit card, I don't care. You know The Boxxx Report: it's all FINN all the time over here. This one is a builder. You gotta let it build. SOUNDCLOUD
Dogs In Ecstasy "Rage Against The Dying Of My Phone"
Can you believe this shit? Thunder Zone's one and only power pop band coming through with yet another anthem. I've never figured out how to explain this project, so I'm just going to leave a dumping ground of some of my bad unused blurbs here: Brainiac meets The Rentals? Rivers Cuomo gets into PC Music? General MIDI grunge? Neon Hunk covering Blink 182? That Dog meets Melt Banana? I think the song speaks for itself. BANDCAMP
If some of these Soundcloud kids are on that American Football twinklecore tip, this is more Reversal Of Man. White belt, back against the crowd. First Juiceboxxx show was with Seven Days Of Samsara and Textbook Traitors. YOUTUBE
The Memories “The Joker”
My favorite Pac NW-bred bedroom poppers got a new one on deck for Burger, but a recent low-key deep dive revealed this straight faced cover from a tour tape earlier this year. The Boxxx Report: we love cover songs, and it doesn't really matter what of. Nothing matters anymore, I just wanna listen to oldies radio and drink a Turbo Shot-enhanced iced-latte from Dunkin’ and just enjoy my anxiety for once. BANDCAMP
KA5SH “I’m Depressed”
There is probably something for somebody to say about the content of this song but I will not be the person to say it, mainly because I am an idiot. What I can say is that it is very catchy. So it's going on The Boxxx Report. YOUTUBE
Princess Nokia “G.O.A.T.”
Another quality one from Nokia. I’m not leaving the city over the holiday. I wanna lock myself in my room. “Myspace, made a lot of noise…” YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Funkmaster Flex “Live On Hot 97 (1994)”
Only Built For zShare Links is the gift that keeps giving. This Flex set zones in on the exact strain of early-90s hyped up breakbeat pop mosh pit insanity that I crave and need to stay alive. If only he would've also put “Cannonball” by The Breeders in there, too. You know? Alternate timelines… MIXCLOUD
Bruce Springsteen "Be True"
Been busy on tour over the past week. Was gonna do a report at around 3 a.m. last night after getting back from Chicago, but we had to drive through a brutal rainstorm and witness an insane wreck, so I just fucking hit some P.M. cold meds and had a panic attack instead. Anyways, I'm up now and groggy, here is a Springsteen song. Not "Wreck On The Highway." YOUTUBE
Precious Way "Watch Me Go"
Before that crazy storm, I heard this blasted on Power 92 and had to hit the Shazam. Maybe not even worth noting, but the video has some Ciocci-style rainbow rock graphix damage. Fuck it, this is a great song, a great American energy song, check it out, I'm going insane. YOUTUBE
Sheer Mag "Need To Feel Your Love"
Sheer Mag tunes have a weird way of creeping up on me. Felt the same way about the first 7 inch. It just kept creeping on me! YOUTUBE
The man himself taking it back to move forward, the end result being this inspiring sort of story song. Featuring triumphant horns, a sped up soul sample... All that. They are gonna shit on all your drums but you gotta keep running. YOUTUBE
Bruce Springsteen "Living On The Edge Of The World"
All the kids and all the scenes, I've seen a lot, what does it all mean? As I attempt to plow through self-hatred and insanity, I've also been in reflection mode. Music is all I know. It's fucked up. Anyways, here is another Springsteen song. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ Escrow "Universal Soulja Vol. 1"
I'm playing three shows today. Three shows! One of them is in a video arcade in a town whose population is around 5,000. What is going on? Life. Gonna probably need this mix to rearrange my brain at least once. YOUTUBE
Young Thug (Feat. Millie Go Lightly) "Family Don't Matter"
Young Thug is making country rap. What more do you want in this depressing world? YOUTUBE
The Younger Lovers “Get Up Get Up”
If they aren’t already, the current wave of kids making politically considered guitar pop need to bow down to the legendary Brontez Purnell, who has been blazing a singular trail for decades now. Heard this on MRR radio and was reminded of the genius. A perfect song. YOUTUBE
The Kid Daytona "Runnin' Plays"
My guy Dre put me on to this one. (Sidebar: 2017 marks the 10 year anniversary of "Sweat" ... Those who know, know.) Contempo NYC trunk music, I want to hear this out of at least one Denali this summer. YOUTUBE
Ying Yang Twins "Say I Yi Yi"
I remember listening to this song on my way to a punk show and it was at that moment I knew things would be forever confusing. That was over 15 years ago. YOUTUBE
Issues "The Realest"
On the road right now, me and the band have been jamming music from the insane band ISSUES. Hard to describe this shit, hard as hell metalcore going up against late-90s R&B pop insanity moves and tech'd out groove rock. What? Whatever, I'm tired, lemme take a late pass. What is going on in the world? Who knows. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ George Costanza "Country Rap Mix"
In honor of this great Young Thug song, here is an iconic mix by the most underrated DJ of our era. Drink it in. Stay alive. SOUNDCLOUD
Suede The Remix God “FRIENDS Theme (Remix)”
Sometimes you go deep down that YouTube wormhole and you end up with a middling 808-driven flip of the "Friends" theme song and you just say “fuck it, I’m going to put this on The Boxxx Report” because nothing really matters anymore. YOUTUBE
PC Worship "Tranquil Pain"
PC Worship are one of the few great New York City rock and roll bands, they keep making interesting records that move in their own style. Loser sludge going all the way to the out zone but always coming back around for that true NYC subway headphone depression journey ride experience. Great songwriting and interesting production. New one is maybe best yet. BANDCAMP
Latasha Alcindor “Don’t Be Mad”
In well under three minutes, this cut does a lot. Spoken verb flows into New York bars and DMX sample snatches and dancehall micro-interludes and I don’t know anymore. Good song, that “I don’t know anymore” has nothing to do with this song, I’m just talking about my life now, this is The Boxxx Report, I can do that. I don’t know anymore. I’m just trying to make it through the day. YOUTUBE
Guerilla Toss "Betty Dreams Of Green Men"
This band keeps moving away from their no wave party freakout roots and into something that maybe could play alright for the Relix Mag crowd. Does Relix exist anymore? I remember my guy T-Dawg used to get free copies of that zine back in his new age shipping gig days, but anyways, I like what the chorus does on this one. BANDCAMP
Goodnight Loving "Dead Fish On The Banks"
Rock and roll heavy Boxxx Report this week, but who cares, this song has been on my mind. Tied with "American Music" by Violent Femmes as probably the all-time best Wisconsin song, if that means anything at all to you people (obviously not the full truth: of course I gotta mention "My Projects" and the "Cows And Beer" EP among many others). But, I mean, come on. Being a kid in the upper Midwest and playing basement shows and running around the ugly lake after dark... That stupid heartland feeling will haunt me until the day I die. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ Dexx “Old School Baltimore Club (Movers & Shakers Cut)”
Straight up stumbled upon this generically-titled mix during an extended google search looking for information on the elusive Baltimore club music legend DJ Cornbread. Still don’t know that much about Cornbread but at least I got this ill source material throwdown, which blends up proto-Bmore damage (house, bass, UK breakbeat) with classic club burners. MIXCLOUD
Clay "Block Is Wet"
Been seeing multiple trustworthy NYC heads throwing this tune around and I'm glad I scoped because here comes the sick wet style for 2017. Poland Springcore? You better believe I passed this along to the 2 Wet Crew. Boxxx Report Tip Of The Week. YOUTUBE
Denzel Curry "Equalizer (Demo)"
Curry spazzes here. Demo? Nah, this is finished. Perfect for punching yourself in the face and banging your head against a brick wall. SOUNDCLOUD
Pustostany "Wszystko Co State"
Speaking of spazzing: ill carnage from this Polish band, taken from a brand new reissue of their first and only record from 2K12. Perfectly freaked out punk in that way that will always be enduring to the editorial powers that be at Boxxx Report HQ. Play it faster and just let that synth do its thing. You are going to lose your mind. This world will make you lose your mind. BANDCAMP
Blaqstarr (Feat. Billie) "Rock Steady"
New music from true American innovator Blaqstarr is always a reason for celebration, and the man just keeps venturing to the unknown. Here he goes deeper down that singular post-club rabbithole he has been crawling through for some time now. Contempo 808s slide into borderline aughts indie/freak folk moves and vox from Billie. Blaqstarr is a damn legend. YOUTUBE
Downtown Boys "A Wall"
I've always fucked with Downtown Boys brand of political saxophone-punk, and this one is maybe their best yet. Anthemic enough to turn the basement show into a Springsteen concert. The world is an insane confusing depressing place but music is important and I swear to god, it is the main reason I'm still alive. Embarrasing to write that to the five of you reading this. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Finn "B2B Series: India Jordan"
Big Finn fans over here at T.B.R., and on this one he goes B2B with the equally sick India Jordan. As always, ultra fresh mix of the best high energy club styles new and old. Just a really great hour of dance music, what more do you want me to say? I need some rest. I need to rest my brain. SOUNDCLOUD
Lil Wayne "Haters (La La)"
Music isn't some weird basement parlor game to me. If I feel it, I feel it. The Boxxx Report is a feeling. I'm a music maker first, a trivia buff last. Anyways, Lil Wayne's gloryday output is still the best and "Pre-Carter 3" holds a special place in my heart. 21 through earbuds on AirTran (RIP) in the middle of a panic attack, flying to play some shitty blog house night. YOUTUBE
Roswell Kid “UHF On DVD”
Finally some new music from this fine band, coming strong with more of that Weezer worship pop punk hijink madness that I know a certain segment of you Boxxx Report readers fiend for. Is live performance the only way that I can really show emotion? I am a fucked up person. BANDCAMP
Rita Rabbit "2 Fly 2 Be A Side Chick"
This one really goes. I hardly ever DJ, but now I wanna book a gig just so I can play this out. Rita Rabbit from Roxboro, North Carolina. YOUTUBE
Karen Constance & Elkka Nyoukis "Bicker Sweet (Excerpt)"
Sometimes I'll cruise the "new releases" section of Chocolate Monk's website and just bask in the low key sick avant glory. Hit all the excerpts and chill out. This one was recorded on a Sunday afternoon and has a beautiful casual tape damage style perfect for deep headphone swaddle missions. ARCHIVE.ORG
Snoop Dogg (Feat. Stresmatic) “Swivel”
Writing songs can be draining enough. If I am being real with you people, there are moments where I just do not feel like checking out new music. But this is The Boxxx Report, motherfucker. The show must go on. Here is a new-ish Snoop Dogg song featuring Stresmatic and produced by the hyphy legend Rick Rock. It really does feel like my dome is on a swivel and I am just holding on to my sanity. SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
Dance Works! "Worldwide"
Feels like there has been a lot of archival mixes over here lately but you know what? That's just what I've been fucking with. Late 90s hard house holds a mysterious place in my imagination. I'll keep it at that. YOUTUBE
B L A C K I E... All Caps, With Spaces "Academy Academy"
Thank god there is new music from true American hero B L A C K I E. If you have never seen a B L A C K I E show, I feel sorry for you. Truly from the heart and 100 percent cutting through the bullshit always. This one is an anthem and honestly has a bit of an At The Drive In feel, and I'm saying that in the best, most next level way possible. BANDCAMP
Rico Nasty "Block List"
Two Rico Nasty songs in two weeks over here on The Boxxx Report. More social media pop with melodies so timeless you can already hear them beamed into the future brainwave microchip prison oldies radio. Oi, what the fuck am I on about? YOUTUBE
I don’t know why I am so obsessed with this 2012 Swearin’ LP, but it just seems like a classic. I know the extended crew has put out a lot of music, but this one, this is the one for me. Who knows. Anyways, "1" is the first song on the record, more of an intro, only a minute long, but maybe worth it to just listen to the whole thing if you are into that kind of anthemic heartland basement pop punk cranked to the sick zone. Band stickers on the nalgene bottle. BANDCAMP
Level (Feat. Mouse On Tha Track) “I Bet U Won’t”
Transcendent timeless American dance music will always have a place on The Boxxx Report and this viral tune is about as good as it gets. You gotta hold on to that feeling if you can find it because it’s a fucking bleak world out there and we are all just trying our best to stay positive. YOUTUBE
Rancid “Telegraph Avenue”
This is an instant classic brand new Rancid song. I mean, can you believe Rancid hasn’t written a song called “Telegraph Avenue” yet? You know? Good enough to have been on “…And Out Come the Wolves.” It seems like the kind of creative communities that really drive New York City are inherently centered around a kind of inaccessible elitism, be it financial or cultural. I just wanna listen to Rancid. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Bong-Ra "Yardcore Mix"
Been thinking about how deep house and disco music currently fills some weird middlebrow void that I imagine jazz took up in the 1960s and 70s. Don't really feel like extrapolating on that thought right now, this is the fucking Boxxx Report, sometimes I can just let shit hang. Anyways, this classic 2005 mix isn't house music at all, it is heavy noisy freaked out ragga jungle and breakcore AKA psychotic party music that is sort of the opposite of "tasteful." I'm a fucking idiot. MIXCLOUD
Louie Glaser "Bedford Street"
My guy Louie coming through with the only ode to hellish Bedford Ave that anyone will ever need to hear. A heartbreaking New York City anthem for our pathetic times. Softball. Fixed gear bikes. The Service Industry. Guitar solos. BOXXX REPORT SINGLE OF THE WEEK. YOUTUBE
I feel like I'm not fully qualified to determine whether this meeting of Bay Area legends (Young L on the track) is a "true slapper" or not. But you know what? I trust my ears and my heart enough to say that yeah, fuck it, this is a true slapper. Maybe even the truest slapper of 2017 thus far. SOUNDCLOUD
Danny L Harle "Me4U (A. G. Cook Remix)"
The PC Music crew can still be counted on to come through with that demented post-EDM dumb style, and to be honest sometimes this stuff just hits the spot. They are putting out one track a day for the entire month of May, a gimmick that I can respect. This one is a golden oldie from like ten days ago. YOUTUBE
Rico Nasty "Glo Bottles"
Rico Nasty has that 2017 malt shop rock snapchat pop style fully formed and locked and loaded with hooks to spare. I am just here to remind you how important "Pretty Rave Girl" by Princess of Crime Mob really is. YOUTUBE
DJ Jayhood "Apologize"
A OneRepublic/Timbaland flip? (COMMANDING JAMIE OLIVER VOICE) yes mother. Off of a new greatest hits comp. East Coast club music really is the best and I have been a fan since I was just a... (SENSITIVE JAMIE OLIVER VOICE) young lad. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Goa Gil "Karmageddon"
I'm including this psychotic 2016 Goa Gil mix on The Boxxx Report not just because I am out of my mind but also because last weekend at the bathhouse this super jacked bodybuilder was carrying on about the culture and it got me inspired about life and music. Psytrance is a mystery and I am damn glad that there is still mystery in this world. Until I finally do that double dose candy flip in the woods and grow some dreadlocks, it is safe to say that this mystery will only deepen. "It's all about the spaces in between the beats." YOUTUBE
Nirvana "Negative Creep"
There are days when the only way to make it through hellish New York City is to put your head down and blast "Negative Creep" during a long walk. Throw it on a loop and keep going until your feet really hurt. Then sprint back to your cramped room and swallow a couple of Tylenol PM. Summer is here! YOUTUBE
DJ Khaled (Feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne) "I'm The One"
Posse cut of the year so far. I feel like I don't need to say too much about this song other then yeah it might turn into the 2017 "Bedrock" but for now I'm lovin' it, McDonalds style. By the way, I heard "Bedrock" for the first time in a long time recently and enjoyed it. YOUTUBE
Dark Sister "girlchrist"
Dang, Dark Sister were a sick band, and dare I say ahead of their time? Bask in the noise-damaged Nu Nu Metal glory. The Boxxx Report: just trying to keep the music alive in whatever tiny way we can. BANDCAMP
King Combs & CYN "Paid In Full Cypher"
This is just the kind of insanity we like over here at The Boxxx Report. Diddy's son rapping over the "Paid In Full" instrumental with a bunch of his friends. Fuck it. YOUTUBE
Macula Dog "Purchase Power Station"
Played a gig in NYC with Macula Dog last weekend and I gotta say... It was sick. First time I caught 'em with Extreme Animals a few years back I was down, but in the meantime in-between time these kids have stepped their game up bigtime. Live it's a true A/V freakzone experience and on record they hit whacked-out MIDI points somewhere between Devo/Residents style mayhem and 2000s fringe casio confusion. Fuck with this band. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Phantom 45 "Live in the Midwest"
I don't have much to say at this exact moment other than just try to keep a positive mental attitude and listen to drum and bass sometimes. "Could be Milwaukee, could be Madison....hell, it could be anywhere." YOUTUBE
DJ J Heat "Transit"
One of the sickest East Coast club cuts in quite some time comes from this Jersey kid, out now on Night Slugs. Devastating Crazy Train headbanger styles, put your dome down and plow through the neverending bleakness of existence. All aboard! SOUNDCLOUD
Kazuhiko Kato "Arthur Hakase No Jinriki Hikouki"
Off of a new comp of 70s Japanese rock and folk curated in part by Jake Orral of the great Jeff The Brotherhood. Here we got some ill slowburn gentle fuzz majesty. Life. YOUTUBE
Show Me The Body & Moor Mother "Everything Hate (here)"
Jammed this one on my radio show this week, more uncompromising American music from two young units powering through the bullshit. Every single day there is a war inside of my head. SOUNDCLOUD
Obnox “Hardcore Matinee”
Never know what to expect from Obnox, and I mean that in the best way possible. Moving between damaged garage, rap and beyond, this guy is on his own shit completely. You might even go as far as to call it rap rock. I feel a deep kinship. This new one is almost Dilla-influenced, and on the mellower side of his range. SOUNDCLOUD
G Perico “All Blue”
Another great song from another great LA rapper. The rumors are true: Southern California has a good rap scene. Excited for the next G Perico full length. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Judge Jules "Slinkys 1998-04-12"
You know that I am truly a pathetic wreck when I start posting pop trance mixes like this one from the king of late 90s England, pretty much. Bask in the breakdown glory. Bask in the demented breakdown glory. YOUTUBE
Fat Tony "Drive Thru"
Boxxx Report friend and just all around great American rapper and person Fat Tony coming through with an instant classic. Rap songs about fast food are near and dear to my heart and this one hits the shortlist. Makes me wanna be on tour in Oklahoma with Pekka eating a ton of Whataburger after a weird gig at a goth bar inside of an office building. YOUTUBE
The Brainz "Terra"
Amazing recently reissued psych-punk from 79 with just some straight up nutso sick synth work, mate. When it kicks, it kicks: this is pure alien leather jacket blastoff music. I'm losing my mind, too much Nescafe in my system at all times. YOUTUBE
Royal Destruction "Water In The Flower Pot"
Keeping things on that throwback tip, this vicious piece of year 1990 random rap insanity was posted by legendary Milwaukee noise head Mike Mildew. Full-on manic mode with a sick "Billie Jean" flip. 121 views on YouTube at the time of writing. YOUTUBE
Glintshake "Quarter to Five"
Russian party punk flex that keeps building and building until it erupts into a totally wired freakout perfect for solo bedroom spazz sessions. From 2015, but fresh for 2K17 no doubt. YOUTUBE
Lil Peep "Crybaby"
My guy Travis Pictureplane took me to a Lil Peep gig last Monday and I gotta say, it blew my mind. Pure millennial carnage: kids hitting selfies as they stagedove and a ton of emo vocals on top of hard 808 drums. At one point, Peep just sang over a Blink 182 song, not even the instrumental. Just the album recording. I was so inspired I wrote a song about the artist and his fans the next day. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Swing Ting "NTS Radio April 15 2017"
I post a lot of NTS radio stuff here, and it’s not just because this great London station is home to The Boxxx Report Radio (airing next Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. EST) but because I actually listen to it all the time. The newest Swing Ting set is an example of true mix show excellence, moving through all sorts of high energy club styles with enough surprises to make you do a spit take with your Dunkaccino. NTS
Neon Hunk “Uncle David”
Lemme just say a big RIP to Load Records, which was probably the most important underground rock label of my youth. Neon Hunk are my all-time favorite Milwaukee band and kind of acted as an entry point to so much insane life-changing 2000s era freakout culture. They still carry an allure that can only come from stumbling onto a mysterious Angelfire website at the age of 15 and straight up having your mind blown. Say it again: RIP Load Records. YOUTUBE
Finn "Lightwork (Feat. Fox)"
Smoothed out party sh!t from a new UK imprint pushing fun dance music. Has that DJ Slugo "Smoke-N-Ride" style rugged clean bounce to clear out your twisted skull so you can just fucking drink that milkshake in peace. Getting into this new Kendrick as I type. SOUNDCLOUD
Boosie Badazz "Fuck The Police x10"
Times ten. Boosie coming through with some militant vicious anti-cop rap for 2017, part of a proud tradition. No bullshit. YOUTUBE
That Dog "Minneapolis"
Saw Vice Cooler post something on social media about scoping a That Dog reunion gig on the occasion of twenty years of "Retreat From The Sun" and that made me think about this classic tune. "I was at The Jabberjaw..." I mean, come on. YOUTUBE
Future "Mask Off (DJ Taj Jersey Club Version Feat. JDub)"
The #maskoffchallenge has been one of the few things keeping me sane as of late. Social media seems pretty dark right now so whenever I see kids being creative and having fun you know I'm siked. Plus alto sax over hard 808s is just gonna sound sick. Anyways, Taj dropped this remix last Saturday and it bangs. Melody fried into brainzone for life. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Finn "Slam The Door On The Y2K16"
This might be a Boxxx Report first, but I'm throwing two bones to this UK head in one newsletter. Fuck it, I can do whatever I want, this is The Boxxx Report, I rule over this heaping mound of shit. I've been sleeping on Finn but no longer because this is a sick mix that touches on a lot of my favorite micro-zones. For the past five years, so much dance music has been straight up tedious and boring. Not this. Never forget Dre Skull and I made "Sweat" in 2007. SOUNDCLOUD
Fit of Body “56k”
OK here is some brand new ILL hip house from Fit of Body, representing for Atlanta’s Harsh Riddims crew. Sounds fucking amazing to hear timeless ATL rap attitude over deep house chords. Single of the week. SOUNDCLOUD
Baby Blue "A Feeling Of Love"
Found this gem right at the top of Andy Noble's sick soundcloud account full of rarities. Some quick research shows that this is a Midwest record from '77, but despite the year is much closer to Beat Happening than The Clash. Very nice light touch guitar pop for neverending American misery. SOUNDCLOUD
Soichi Terada "Saturday Love Sunday"
I'll admit that I slept on the Terada "Sounds of the Far East" greatest hits comp that dropped a few years back, but now that I'm in... It has been on nonstop full burn over at Boxxx Report HQ. This Alexander O'Neal/Cherrelle flip kicks the shit off, but the whole record is amazing Japanese deep house that transcends its influences in a subtle powerful way. YOUTUBE
Gardenside "Racecar Bed"
Gardenside come thru with the ill late-1990s power pop moves, a bit like the cuttier end of the Drive Thru Records catalog, if I may go deep with you people. (Local Milwaukee heroes The Benjamins "Bordering On Boredom" is a good one sure to be revived for some future Killed By Death-style comp focusing on Weezer worship emopop. I played their reunion show.) Is this band from So-Cal? No doubt. YOUTUBE
Farewell My Concubine "Shadow Style"
1/2 Angels In America slow cooking up some headphone pop perfect for grey day NYC spring. And when the progressive house-style piano vamp kicks in towards the end, that is when you know Mark is going for that perfect score on ratemyprofessors.com. Class is in session. SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
Big Jay Pyrex Radio & DJ Wookie "Still N Da Streetz Vol. 1"
Drink in this brand new Baton Rouge scene report filled with rising locals and good rapping. One highlight is the anthemic "These Streets Ain't Friends With Nobody" by BiggDawg C-Loc. Emotional American music. AUDIOMACK
Dog "Cybrog Messiah"
The spirit of rainbow rock is still alive in this trio, kicking it with a positive punk spirit that you fuckers just can't kill. The family dynamic/octave pedal combo is an eternally potent brew. Shit, it's what I grew up with. Macula Dog, Dogs In Ecstasy and Dog make up what I am going to call the "Dog Band Rainbow Rock Resistance Triangle." Defend at all costs. BANDCAMP
Cam'ron "10,000 Miles"
No lie, I've had visions of Cam rapping over "A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton for like a decade now. The fact that it is actually manifesting itself in real life is making me question everything. This is a beautiful moment in a world full of shit. YOUTUBE
Bad Daddies "How Do You Like Your Coffee"
Tough noise pop with just the right EFX shatter. I have no idea what I’m doing with my life. Sitting in an office building. Staring into space. Gonna make that shirt that says "DIY RUINED MY LIFE." BANDCAMP
Taylor Girlz (Feat. Trinity Taylor) "Steal Her Man"
The energy here is unstoppable, people. Still staying strong from the fall into the winter into the spring. Fuck it, let's keep this going for what is sure to be a confusing summer. I don't know anything anymore. Focus on the music. YOUTUBE
Otobokebeaver "S'il Vous Plait (Damnably 2017)"
This band is no stranger to The Boxxx Report. Timeless garage action damage from Japan. Someday we will meet again. Straight up: I miss Japan. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Wolf Eyes "NTS London 3/23/17"
The greatest hits of all time as seen through the Wolf Eyes twisted Americana legend lens. A perfect blend for that neverending darkness. One channel is out on the earbuds. The demons are gonna rot your brain. Sunny day in London, the skaters are in the mix. NTS
Fred The Godson (Feat. Jaquae) "Just A Friend 2017"
Waking up in the morning can be hard. Just trying to face the day is tough enough. Yo, life is fucked up! We all deserve this middling Biz Markie remake. Not a knock on Fred, but if this was a straight Jaquan song it might actually be sicker? I have no any idea about anything anymore. YOUTUBE
Fleetwood Mac "Beautiful Child"
Sometimes I listen to "Tusk" and I straight up can't believe how perfect it is. I just play it over and over again. I look into the distance and I try my hardest to let all the self-hatred wash away. But it never does. It never does. YOUTUBE
TRONICBOX "Whaat 85 (A. G. Cook Edit)"
Last Sunday, I had an insanely big ball of wax removed from my right ear by a medical professional. After a few days of near deafness, I could finally hear again. What I'm trying to say is that this edit of a remix of a Justin Bieber song is sounding pretty good right now. SOUNDCLOUD
Raekwon (Feat. Ghostface Killah) "This Is What It Comes Too"
Listen motherfuckers, I will always have time for these two rapping over the Synthetic Substitution break. Mean chorus. Eternal masterclass. SOUDCLOUD
Lily and Horn Horse "PVC Pipes"
Fractured casio damage featuring 1/3 Palberta. Thrift store keyboard rolls into a pseudo-Dilla pocket for true 2017 twee confusion sick style. I love music and I don't care who knows it. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Spinbad "90s Megamix"
Can you even comprehend the concept of the mash-up? You fucking kids probably don't even remember party photographers. You think Cobrasnake is that guy who beat Stephen Miller in a school election. I don't know what I'm trying to say, I'm an idiot, the Spinbad 80s mix is more "important" but I remember when this thing came out. He dropped a Jerky Boys vocal sample straight into Sublime "What I Got." I will always respect that. SOUNDCLOUD
Killa Dogg (Feat. Uncle Murda & Maino) “OPP”
Here is something new: a true Boxxx Report Mystery. Strap yourself in for a dumbass ride through the mind of a loser. Let’s take it from the top: I first heard what I’m pretty sure was Uncle Murda rapping over “O.P.P” on Hot 97 late last Sunday during Drewski’s mix show. Sensing 100 percent Boxxx Report fire, I quickly opened up Shazam in an attempt to figure out just what the fuck I was listening to. No dice.
The next day, I conducted some lengthy google experiments. From that, all I could find was one page of results listing a mysterious track that has been popping up on a few scattered radio playlists and request forms: “OPP” by the equally mysterious rapper Killa Dogg, featuring Uncle Murda and Maino.
The fuck? There are many questions but no answers. Mainly: who is Killa Dogg? I found a small amount of evidence suggesting a potentially Angolan rapper, but it is unclear if there is any connection, especially since I only heard a fraction of the song right as I was turning on Hot 97, almost like a dream… I even tried to tweet at Drewski. No response. Pathetic.
“OPP” exists, I’m not tripping, maybe Killa Dogg is a new insider rap illuminati creation and this is a secret ploy for “organic” viral radio infamy riding on the back of one of the most legendary party songs of all time. I have no idea, all I know is that I haven’t felt this way since I was 12 and I happened to catch a once only hard house/freestyle mix show on my local college radio station that has stayed in my brain for almost two decades.
There seems to be one station in Charleston, WV that is playing the song once or twice a day, so I've been tuning in on the off chance that I might catch it. I even put in a few requests. What the fuck is wrong with me? Anyways, to make a long story short, I just finally fucking heard this song, like five minutes ago. It exists. From what I can discern, Killa Dog is indeed an American rapper with a loose, youthful flow. It is a straight Naughty By Nature flip with a good chorus. I still can't find anything else about this song or rapper on the internet. I repeat: what the fuck is wrong with me? WRVZ-FM REQUEST FORM
Sleaford Mods "Snout (Live 100 Club London 11/11/2016)"
It's outrageous: this band keeps making great records. Here is a live version of a standout from their new one, which is titled "English Tapas." Sleaford Mods are pretty much 101 at this point. YOUTUBE
Tonka Toy “What’s Keepin It Real”
There is no doubt that we are living in dark, confusing times. Louisiana spitter Tonka Toy is here for you. “What’s keeping it real? I don’t even know no more.” The intention might've been local, but I think we can all feel that sentiment, no matter what the zip code of our closest McDonalds. YOUTUBE
Jon Johnson "With You"
Extreme 2017 twee damage from this Portland kid, the highlight of a split tape with another fellow by the name of Nick Normal. We like to mix it up here at The Boxxx Report, fuck with a little twee, why not. BANDCAMP
OMB Peezy “Loyalty Over Love”
OMB Peezy seems to be the 2017 consensus choice buzz bin rapper, and who am I to fight against the tide? I like him too, and I hope that he gets really popular and successful, because I am not some confused nerd whose entire identity is tethered to “discovering” artists and then shitting on them once they start to get some traction. As a working rager for well over a decade, I think it is a beautiful thing whenever someone can function in this complex web of shit that we call life. They are going to destroy all of your dreams but you gotta keep on running. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Zora Jones “FACT Mix 592”
A nice balance of club fun and measured new school experimentation that will probably become even more fun when watered down by some teenager and then blasted at a frat party. Working on a new magazine called “Keg Stand Observer.” I’m losing it, someone airlift me the fuck out of New York City. SOUNDCLOUD
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band "Prove It All Night (Live in Tempe 1980)"
Time passes, idealism erodes, self-hatred deepens. Confusion and dread fucks up your life to the point where there is no return from the madness inside your head. The only master is the music. Welcome to The Boxxx Report. YOUTUBE
Dusa "Straight Facts"
This brand new melodic power Baton Rouge rap song led me to an equally good 2K15 Dusa cut called "Cold World." I'm a goddamn idiot, but even my feeble brain can understand and appreciate the emotional intensity of good American music. YOUTUBE
Kate Fagan "I Don't Wanna Be Cool"
Perfect 1980 damaged new wave single from the future singer of Heavy Manners, a cutty Chicago ska band that a young Boxxx fucked with back in his pre-tween rudeboy days. Reissued last summer on the quality Brooklyn archival label Manufactured. YOUTUBE
Mal Devisa "Daisy"
Mal Devisa was powerful live in concert last Saturday at Babycastles video arcade and do-it-yourself live music venue in New York City. This one was a standout, soulful ESG-ish bass popping into fuzzed out anthemic zones, all in under 2 minutes. BANDCAMP
Black Pus "High Tide"
Lifer OG back with a post-rainbow rock blast for your stupid skull. Close your eyes, keep your headphones tight and walk into the ocean with all of your clothes on. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Chris Reed "Notorious BIG 'Ready to Die' 20th Anniversary Mixtape"
This tasteful Wax Poetics-approved mix from two years ago did really positive things for me today. I can't help but think it will do positive things for anyone, anytime, anyday. MIXCLOUD
Sam Hunt "Body Like A Back Road (Mr. Collipark Remix)"
I do not post nearly enough country rap type music on The Boxxx Report, and that is a mistake. As an apology, please enjoy this anthemic Collipark remix of one of the biggest in the game. If you go deep enough on YouTube, you will find a live version of the country rap song I wrote with Bob Orral and the Canadian brother/sister duo The Reklaws. AUDIOMACK
Choo Choo (Feat. T-lo x Lil Rae x Level) "Poot Fot"
This is just the kind of eternal high octane important insanity American music that keeps me from squatting in my parents basement and force-feeding myself pop tarts until I am committed to a mental hospital for the first time since 12. Do you know what I mean? YOUTUBE
The Sonics "Psycho"
Speaking of me losing my mind... I play this after "Poot Fot" and in my head create a singular alternate USA rock and roll freakout continuum that stretches through time and space. OK, goodnight. YOUTUBE
Divorce "Tea Lizard's Lament"
More office party breakbeat hijinks from NYC's Sweat Equity camp. This cut is sick but to be perfectly honest I'm ready for that full-on breakcore revival because I am a developmentally stunted 30 year old idiot. SOUNDCLOUD
XBXRX "Live Scsi Cell, Den Haag February 3 2002"
OK I'm sensing a bit of a theme on this week's episode of The Boxxx Report. I know most of you tune out when I start yapping about weird early-2000s fringe spazzout heroes, but this set is only 11 minutes long and a perfect encapsulation of the positive youth damage spirit that this unit was laying down back in the day. Drink it in. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Doctor Jeep & Star Eyes "Jungle Daze Mix"
Just a great hype jungle mix from two deep heads. Try and talk me out of getting a shamrock shake right here, right now. Talk me down. SOUNDCLOUD
Jim Jones (Feat. Axel Leon) "Bando"
The Funkmaster Flex interview with Jim Jones took things into inspiring Marc Maron territory (Jimmy cries) and hot on the heels of that comes this single, driven by the burning spirit of Roc Nation and a nasty bassline. HOT NEW HIP HOP
C.C.T.V. "Bob - Ee"
I love this band. They are kind of a perfect band. Small town dance music supreme--when I shut my eyes tight and open up my heart, I am in a Midwest basement and not New York City. I'm just out here taking it one day at a goddamn time. YOUTUBE
Wolf Eyes "Undertow"
Very good new one from the ultimate American electronic roadhouse blues crew. "Undertow" is a late night creeper perfect for paranoid snack runs. Can't wait for the full length. SOUNDCLOUD
DJ Lag "Ice Drop"
This is really sick and exciting in that very specific way that only minimal tracky banging music can be. I spend most of my hours listening to rap and Prince and pop punk so I forget that sometimes, you know? YOUTUBE
Dillinger Four "Live At The Orpheum 9-20-02"
Speaking of pop punk bands, here is a good live set from probably the best one of the 2000s, kicking it at the height of their powers. I remember seeing D4 a number of times around this general period and although the set here captures all the singalong antics and madness that I remember, unfortunately Paddy only gets halfway naked. The band's first few LPs remain Boxxx Report classics. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Ross Allen & Terry Farley on NTS
Terry Farley going deep on some heavy soulboy history knowledge and playing only classic records. If you have an unhealthy fascination with the minute details of UK subculture and fashion/music synthesis, warts and all, trip out on this shit. NTS
Skullflower “A walk through english woods by water”
A lot of people out there making experimental music need to bow down to the real rock and roll heroes doing it the sick way. Case in point: the legendary Skullflower coming through with a full-on earbud brain rearranger that has more in common with the Spacemen than post-grad, if you can feel me? I listened to this as I read a terrifying article about an expert in military “killology” currently training cops all over this fucked up land. A brutal one two punch. BANDCAMP
Redman "Quiet Storm Freestyle (2002)"
Around the same time as his legendary MTV cribs episode, Redman also dropped this freestyle over a Mobb Deep classic on Tim Westwood's radio show. The world is a fucked up confusing place. AUDIOMACK
Janitor Scum "Downtown"
Casio fueled and noisy one piece punk, with a tone bordering at times on Scissor Girls-style no wave, but always catchy. Really catchy. Boxxx Report says: “pick!” BANDCAMP
Liquid City Motors "Call The Specialists In"
I could be off on the details, but I'm pretty sure I heard this at like 5 a.m. on New Years Day at Cactus Club. Very good blown out breakbeat choon, you know I'm always siked to see some local Milwaukee kids making their mark on the world. THUMP
Been casually aware of this great rap song for some time now, but things really went to that "the next, next level" for me when I heard it on the radio in a car a few weeks ago in LA. You know that feeling when a song has been bubbling in your brain for a bit and then you hear it in a slightly unexpected location and everything really clicks? It's a good feeling. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Raji Rags "Prince Tribute on NTS"
Prince finally goes on streaming and what do I do? I listen to an all-Prince radio special. Just kidding, I'm streaming too. And I'm not even gonna mention some of the bootlegs that I've recently come across. Basically, I'm just listening to a lot of Prince. Thanks, Bruno? MIXCLOUD
OMB Peezy "Lay Down"
It seems like the rap music internet is freaking out over this young rapper from Alabama. And, I gotta say, I like it too. Thick timeless swamp slap with Boosie-ish melodic punk nasal leaping over the beat. From Mobile, home of the legendary spazz unit XBXRX. SOUNDCLOUD
Kyle Mabson and Jonathan Snipes Present: Flute Puns "One Flute Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
It simply wouldn't be right I didn't show this some love on "The Report." One might say a release like "Flute Puns" hints at the true essence of life. Two LA legends combining forces on a deep Bandcamp insanity ride. BANDCAMP
Booji Boys "Booji Boys"
50 second Devo-referencing title track rager that is doing the damn thing for me right now. I'm going insane in the USA! BANDCAMP
Bigbang "We Like 2 Party"
Yesterday Schwarz sent me a block rockin' Kpop hop track and you better believe I had to chuck it up on this piece of shit newsletter. Rapping in a Jeep with your friends: it does not get any better. YOUTUBE
Jonnie Frierson "Have You Been Good To Yourself"
I'm all alone thinking about my dumbass life and my wasted 20s. What do I have to show for anything besides self-hate and regret? Rarely do I get the urge to do a cover, but this is one of the best songs I've heard in a long time. Somehow reminds me of Jonathan Richman. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ Scud "Not Playing By The Rules 1995 (aka "the-not-as-good-as-the-'94 mix")
More abrasive 90s rave music? No doubt. As Scud himself points out, this mix zones in on a bit of a transitional era in the game. So that means styles approaching proto-breakcore, abstract acid and all sorts of other gabber-inflected madness. Noisy as fuck, kind of hard to place and sick. SOUNDCLOUD
Cousin Cole "Fuck Donald Trump (CC Party Break 2)"
Here is some political music that I think we can all get behind: YG's classic moshed up over all the eternal bangers, Crooklyn Clan style. "Fuck Donald Trump" over "Ante Up," "Fuck Donald Trump" over "Made You Look," "Fuck Donald Trump" over "Be Faithful." SOUNDCLOUD
Sonny and Linda Sharrock "Live on French Television October 3, 1970"
True spiritual freakout masters doing their thing at the highest level. Crucial, now more than ever. YOUTUBE
Yellow Tears "The Ride"
Audio artifact from that one time the legendary Far Rockaway noise trio Yellow Tears just straight up built a two story waterslide in their backyard, complete with audio triggers and a terrifying post-run crawlzone. I went down the slide and honestly? It changed my life. SOUNDCLOUD
Mall Grab "2 B Reel"
Jacking, dumb, obvious Cheryl Lynn house flip from last fall... Why not? No lie, I might have to just fuckin' take that Deadmau5 masterclass. No going back. YOUTUBE
Operation Ivy "Take Warning"
I don't know anymore, I have nothing smart or insightful to say, I'm just trying to get up every morning and not completely fuck up my life. I've been listening to a lot of Operation Ivy lately. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Lenny Dee Vs. Ron D Core "Live @ Operation 2 2X4 Turntable Assault Team - Face A - 1996"
Found an inspiring Instagram account this week called Map Pointz Project that is all archival 90s So-Cal rave footage. Digging into that got me digging into YouTube and now I'm listening to this all-star gabber throwdown. The Boxxx Report keeps on going but I'm not really sure why. YOUTUBE
Show Me The Body "Trash"
NYC's best punk rap band in full on digi-hardcore mode, throwing down in face of true madness. Fuck this garbage world. YOUTUBE
Black Box "Everybody Everybody (Rockapella Mix)"
If I'm not mistaken, some time ago Colin Self posted this on some sort of social media channel and I filed it away for a rainy day. Well I guess when it rains it pours because things are extremely bleak and we could all use some positivity. Play this on loop. YOUTUBE
True Heads "Barbara Ann"
A Providence supergroup cranking out the hits with style to spare. Instant classic wacky band. The Boxxx Report supports all you wacky bands out there. Not enough wacky bands. SOUNDCLOUD
TLC (Feat. Clipse) "Hands Up (So So Def Club Mix)"
Hard to know exactly what to do or say anymore, so I'm just going to leave this 2002 So So Def Club Mix of a TLC song right here. You can find me in the corner booth of a Yum Yum Donuts, curled up in a ball. YOUTUBE
DJ Demasidao X Schwarz "Screw Our President"
Extremely sick brand new political 'ardcore from two of the best. Times like these really call for some gabber. Part of a proud tradition. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
"DJ Shoulders: The Documentary"
I know this isn't technically a mix but fuck it, life is fucked, who cares. If you watch anything today, it should probably be this. There is a lot to say about the heartland freakout legend known as DJ Shoulders... This documentary hits it all on the head. A crucial document of 2K's-style funtime damage. Highlights include footage from the 2003 Paper Rad/Beige tour at The General Store and a heartwarming sequence where Shoulders jams "Eye Of The Tiger" on Jack FM while driving and eating a Filet-O-Fish. YOUTUBE
Wasn't gonna do a report on this dark day, but decided to simply post a "playlist" of a few songs that have been helping me instead. Try to hold on to your sanity. It's very hard.
Neil Young and Crazy Horse "Walk Like A Giant"
Blackalicious "Swan Lake"
Dead Moon "Dead Moon Night"
DJ Screw/20-2-Life "Inside Looking Out"
Clouddead "Dead Dogs Two (Boards Of Canada Remix)"
Finally Punk "Negative Creep"
The Notations "I'm Still Here"
Over the holidays I impulse bought some Japanese earbuds based on a wild hyped up tech website review that used EDM as a primary audio reference. 40 bux. Was it worth it? I have no idea, but I gotta say, this new Pharmakon sounds pretty crisp. I feel a deep sense of confusion and dread. YOUTUBE
The Lox "What Else Do You Need To Know"
Another week of The Boxxx Report and another week where I feel the need to apologize to you for posting some weird middling contemporary NYC rap. "Puff played me the Benjamins, I thought it was wack/wrote a verse/next day I brought New York back." What the fuck is wrong with me? YOUTUBE
Sophie "Get Higher"
Wasn't really clocking that UK hyperpop crew too heavy in 2K16, but this deep cut off of a Japanese import (weird theme this week, I miss Tokyo) is one of the better manifestations of the style I've come across in a minute. Catchy with nice Aphex-ish synth ornaments and a good, stupid drop. Whatever, why not. YOUTUBE
Sleaford Mods "B.H.S."
Let me keep it 100 with you people: Sleaford Mods are the best band to come out of England since Oasis. Fuck it, I'm a true fan. YOUTUBE
Robin Williams On Fire "Drugs"
Alright let's take it back and fucking jam some mid-2K's left coast freakout rock. When I played with this band at The Smell in 2K7 they got naked and covered Limp Bizkit. I believe Mabson sat in on bass. Set was under 10 minutes. From the "Jungle Gym Of Crucifixes" 7 inch. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Marley Marl "WBLS Radio 1989 - Ultramagnetic MC's and 3rd Bass"
There is very little rhyme or reason to the stupid Boxxx Report. Case in point: I have no clue why I'm posting this ill late 80s Marley Marl tape rip, but I'm fuckin' doing it anyways. Featuring a monumental Kool Keith freestyle, I guess that's reason enough. YOUTUBE
Justin LaFonta (Feat. Big Freedia) "Bounce TV :60"
In this effed world, you gotta take happiness where you can find it. Please enjoy this television ad for New Orleans-based personal injury lawyer and former Louisiana Democratic State Representative Justin LaFonta, featuring original music from the American music legend Big Freedia. YOUTUBE
Gods Wisdom & Lucy "On Thin Ice"
My god these two came through with the tweaked out maniacal singular dubby insanity on their new EP. 2017 post punk from two kids currently scalding YouTube screens and freakout basements up and down the Eastern Seaboard. YOUTUBE
Manolo Rose "Ball Drop"
I've been listening to Flex pretty much every night, so obviously my vision is clouded. Even so, I can't help but think that New York rap isn't in a bad place. "Last year I had the four door, this year I'm on some coup shit." Don't even get me started on that Uncle Murda 2K16 wrapup. SOUNDCLOUD
Seal "Kiss From a Rose (Murlo Refix)"
Slam a ton of fast food, drop some PM Alka-Seltzer and throw this fucker on as you drift away to another numbing night of anxiety sleep. Fresh new remix float from one of the best in the UK. SOUNDCLOUD
Mommy "Learning In The Bathroom"
I come to music at my own pace. There is so much and I’m just wandering around the internet like a stoned kid at “Gathering Of The Vibes.” The newest Mommy record dropped early last Fall and is very exciting. My love for fuzz bass is eternal and I will prove it on my next record, which has been mostly finished for a minute now. Somehow I am reminded of my high school bass/drums band The Boolean Condition, which was going for Load Records but probably ended up sounding more like some deeply confused outsider screamo. Someone once told me the Maximumrockandroll review of our demo said we sounded like "12-year-olds trying to play technical music" but I've never actually read it. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ Dibiase x Sean Falyon "Snap Or Die Vol 1"
Happened upon this while trying and failing to find the Low Budget and Deluxxx mixtape of the same name, but this one is does the trick. Classic Americana that defined my coming-of-age. File under: "the good shit." SOUNDCLOUD
Neil Young "My New Robot"
Alright, alright, this is maybe the best song of 2K16. The perfect uncanny valley contemporary style flip from a master. "I got my new robot from amazon dot com." Genius. YOUTUBE
Easy Business "Check The Flavor"
Classic 500 hit holiday boredom hip hop stumble. Has the forward rhyme energy that I crave plus absolutely huge goon chant chorus and an overall super catchy Duck Down-meets-Onyx feel. From Germany, too? Took me down some wild German hip hop TV wormholes... YOUTUBE
Hanin Elias "Girl Serial Killer"
Let's continue far far away from that E.O.T.Y recap tip and keep things in Germany for a second. Late 90s solo insanity from a member of Atari Teenage Riot. Why not? YOUTUBE
Paco Troxclair "Going Duffy"
Thank god I clicked on this while skimming Noz's 2016 top 50, because otherwise I would've missed out on a modern New Orleans classic. I believe in the power of American music and I will attempt to locate that spirit by any means. YOUTUBE
Lil B x Metro Boomin "My House"
This is obviously an important record and if you are reading The Boxxx Report I probably don't have to tell you that. Bone Thugs sample flip soul saver for an icy heartland morning. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Micky Finn "Fantasia 1992 (Full Set)"
Why this mix out of the millions of brilliant 90s breakbeat frenzy tape rips available on YouTube? I got some words for you motherfucker: Rick-O-Shea The Dancing Robot. As in: "are you ready for Rick-O-Shea The Dancing Robot?" Audio only. Two robot refs in one Boxxx Report? Happy New Year, I've lost my mind. Release the hardcore. YOUTUBE
DJ Assault "Pitbull"
The decades pass and the legendary DJ Assault continues to crank out music, occasionally connecting with something special. "Pitbull" does the trick, a truly insane jack-a-ton that makes good use of dog bark samples. On a related note, I recommend that everyone go check out the Beige Records "Raving With DJ Assault" website from the early 2K's. JEFFERSON AVE
Holy Shit! "I Hate This Stupid World Because It Sucks Like Hell"
The title says it all but with that said I will say this: Holy Shit! have been the best punk band in Wisconsin for over 15 years. A very special basement spazz, still going strong today. Here's to another 15. BANDCAMP
The Body & Full of Hell “One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache”
I'm not the deepest “extreme music” head but this one is hitting. Deep fried darkness with some ill electronics: listen on big goofy headphones and push through that panic attack. 2K16 bleakcore classic from some heads that have been in it for a minute. Gotta say... Sort of a weird holiday Boxxx Report. YOUTUBE
Dam-Funk "'Tis The Season"
Let's fucking lighten the mood with a 2K10 jam from the one and only Dam-Funk. I'm in my parents basement chugging nog until I get a fucking stomach ache. Life. SOUNDCLOUD
Kanye West "Through The Wire"
Cozy and emotional classic that will always feel like the holidays to me. We are all fucked up losers just fumbling through the darkness trying to figure things out one day at a time. I've been trying really hard to change my life and it's no fun. Stay positive over the holidays. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Queerhawk "2016 Xmas Bangers Mix"
Found this fun-loving mix on the Chinstroke Records facebook page. Heavy UK office party damage, like Brent after a few pints of cider doing the worm to the "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" remix of "Turn Down For What." You know? SOUNDCLOUD
Busta Rhymes (Feat. Swizz Beatz) "AAAHHH!!!"
I think that NYC has forever fucked my head because I'm posting middling (yet undeniably banging) cuts like this over objectively better and more interesting new rap. Whatever, fuck it, 2016 is fucked, I'm fucked in the head. Busta Rhymes will always makes sense to me, let me live my fucking life. (Secretly I've mostly been listening to 21 Savage and doom metal.) AUDIOMACK
Palberta "Acoustic Rollup"
New heat from Palberta. Somehow I can't find a direct line for this one, so here is what you gotta do: click the link and then scroll down a bit, where you will find a stream tucked away under the single (which is good, too). It's all worth it for 50 seconds of perfect freaked out basement pop. IMPOSE
Those Guys "Love Love Love"
For my money, this 1996 Jean-Luc Pointy-sampling cut is one of the most beautiful house tracks ever made. Maurice Fulton is in The Boxxx Report hall of fame. Keep your head up and keep running, kids. YOUTUBE
Jay-Z "December 4th (Instrumental)"
Just trying to stay positive this holiday season, might freestyle over this cozy Just Blaze beat, who knows. Anything could happen. YOUTUBE
Angels USA "Smooth Move Ex-Lax"
To celebrate a near decade in the game, Angels In America filled their Bandcamp to the brim with archival madness, so you better throw on those goggles and do a deep dive. Here is something from their incredible "Angels USA" radio drama side project, which is better than most "alt-comedy" straight up. Narwhalz is on it. And Kudler. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Doughboy Fresh "Shade 45 Takeover Mix"
This April 2K16 set sort of plays like a greatest hits mix of the Detroit rap group Doughboyz Cashout, who have a sick style all their own. The New Orleans/Bay Area feedback loop through frigid Midwestern air? I don't know. I believe Sebastian Demian was the first person to put me onto Doughboyz. Shout out to Sebastian. AUDIOMACK
Joey Casino "Now"
I played an Oakland warehouse show with Joey Casio in 2008. Great human. All of this hits close. If it wasn't for weird rooms there would be no Juiceboxxx. Don't make me try to explain America to you. This awful year continues to brutalize. Rest In Peace. YOUTUBE
Juelz Santana (Feat. Dave East, Bobby Shmurda and Rowdy Rebel) "Time Ticking"
When Flex plays this record you can pretty much guarantee that he will yell "this is what New York sounds like" a bunch and rewind it at least ten times. Been over a decade since "What The Game's Been Missing!" and Juelz is now on a reality show. Free Bobby. HOT NEW HIP HOP
Savoy Motel "Sorry People"
Gotta say, been feeling this Savoy Motel LP. Garage rockers getting funky with interesting results. Featuring members of the great Heavy Cream. Funky. BANDCAMP
Siya "New York New York"
New York enough to throw the city in the title. New York enough to drop a Fabolous reference within the first 30 seconds. Makes me feel like it's 2006 and The Green Latern is playing back-to-back Papoose freestyles. A lot of NYC rap on this episode of The Boxxx Report. Totally unrelated, but I'm having a panic attack as I type this. SOUNDCLOUD
At The Drive-In "Governed By Contagions"
At The Drive-In were always an arena rock band. If they didn’t break up, who knows how crazy shit would’ve gotten, though listening to that one Paramore song might provide some clues. Anyways, their first new song in over 15 years feels pretty good to my forever stunted 14-year-old brain. I got love for both De La Rocha and Svenonius, if you can feel me. The future of Juiceboxxx: watch out. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ Ayres "The Rub Hip Hop History 2003 Mix"
I’ve probably gone crazy over the past month, but I can’t stop thinking that the era roughly between 2003 and 2007 was maybe my personal “golden age” for rap music. I can’t help it, I was a teenager and the charts were mental. 2K3 was especially crucial for me, it was the year that I really stopped caring about backpacker rules and really started following my heart. There are many golden ages no doubt, whatever, music is great always, but this stuff is very important to me and this mix is a good primer. The Bush years were fucked. THE RUB
Keedy Black "Rock The Boat"
Some brand new ecstatic New Orleans dance music for everyone out there trying to take it one day at a time and keep the faith. Rock and roll will never die. YOUTUBE
Watery Love "Ned's Dreamcatcher"
This is just the kind of bleak-yet-catchy midtempo stomper that we need right now. I see no end to the brutality. "It'll happen to you, you're gonna die." BANDCAMP
2014 cut from an overlooked Midwestern innovator. As someone who makes both rap and rock, you know I can fuck with this. There should probably be a million bands trying to connect the dots between Outkast and The Gories, but at least we got Obnox. SOUNDCLOUD
Odwalla88 "Purr Hi/Giggle (Lil Ugly Mane Remix)"
Here is some more Boxxx Report/Thunder Zone cross promotional synergy madness for you fux. The 7 inch is almost sold out. Important American freakout culture, 2016 style. YOUTUBE
YG "One Time Comin'"
They are going to shit on all of your dreams. Even if you try to do something positive, they will probably shit on that too. All I wanna do is make records and play shows. This is my favorite song off of the new YG tape. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Dogs In Ecstasy "Fixins Mix Part 2"
From last year, but feels good right about now. The first Fixins mix was a fairly straightforward blend of contemporary country music. The followup is anything but. Strap yourself in. SOUNDCLOUD
Mozzy "Perk Calling"
It's a sick, sad world out there, people. God knows nobody is looking to my dumb ass for politics, but at the very least The Boxxx Report can represent for a meaningful cross section of American music. This one goes out to all the fighters and the dreamers doing their best to stay positive in this fucked up country. YOUTUBE
Sour Ground "Okay"
Here is some tough-as-nails synth punk out of Cincinnati, released by the legendary Realicide Youth Records. Feel these lyrics and ride along until the beat flips. YOUTUBE
Lil Donald (Feat. Stuey Rock) "Still Lit"
The spirit of snap music is still alive in this life affirming revival cut. I'll never forget sitting outside of Club Crunk with Occasional Detroit while D4L blasted so loud that you could feel the bass in the parking lot. YOUTUBE
Princess Nokia "Kitana"
The hits keep on coming from a Boxxx Report favorite. I still feel fucking insane and social media is not helping one bit. I need to change my life. YOUTUBE
Had to do it. Theusaisamonster are one of the most important bands to come out of the 2K's freakout terrordome and their message is eternal. "Sometimes I'm sure/I'm really quite sure/That the obscure images have a great significance/Iceberg tip/The hull of the ship/There's an awful lot of love that's got to make a little difference." YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ D-Plex "In New York"
Honestly amazed that the Mediafire link on this one is still live. Very good, very rare tape of screwed Jay and Nas classics that of was originally posted on the Tumblr of the late ASAP Yams. RIP. STEADY LEANIN'
David Banner "Cadillac On 22's (Screwed & Chopped by Michael Watts)"
I feel uncomfortable talking about politics (I'm not very smart), but let it be known that I am as freaked out as all of you. America is a mind boggling place. I started tearing up listening to this song in an office building the day after the election. Hard to articulate. YOUTUBE
Cole "Good Boy"
Turn your headphones all the way up and bask in the majesty that is the human voice: stacked, packed and riding over a bed of knocking drums. Go see Cole play live if you have the chance. SOUNDCLOUD
Rico Nasty "Hey Arnold"
I know this land is fucked up, but the human spirit shines through. It's hard to be optimistic about anything, but music continues to be a constant force for transcendence. I'm still a believer. YOUTUBE
Tribe Called Quest "We The People....."
The new Tribe record dropped last week and it is good. If I'm being perfectly honest with you people, I wasn't sure what to expect. But it's good. And that is a positive thing. YOUTUBE
The Joubert Singers "Stand On The Word (Larry Levan Mix)"
In the few years that I've been living in New York City, only a couple things in this twisted place actually live up to the hype. The Loft is one of them (The Russian and Turkish Baths aren't bad either). I know this is an ultimate obvious Loft anthem but in times like these we need to go with the goods. RIP Mancuso. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Andy Noble "Not Like You, Boy! Milwaukee Female Soul, Funk Jazz, and Disco 1965-1985"
It crushed me to see my home state go into the darkness. Andy Noble is a Milwaukee music expert and this mix is for the soul. Shout out to all my friends in Wisconsin. MIXCLOUD
No Boxxx Report this week, for obvious reasons.
DJ Lucas "Pretty Boy"
Here is some new insane Western Mass autotune Oldham gothic from thee Dark World CEO. You might not call it rap rock, but I do. This world keeps on turning. This fucked up world keeps on turning. SOUNDCLOUD
Bully Fae "Elevator Pitch"
Taking things to the office with this one. Usually I try to not mention the video, but dang this is a great music video. And a great song, no doubt. I knew I was gonna be down from the second Brent said "el vino did flow." VIMEO
Slim Thug & Beatking "Ooouuu Flow"
Going to need to slow this way down and chop it up. More Texas on The Boxxx Report. It should be noted that I am currently in Austria, gearing up for a 6 hour performance in the mountains. HIP HOP HIVE
Tender Cruncher "Peg"
Very good new school beat punk from the Haord Records posse, who are doing serious damage on that MIDI fried wacky insanity tip. I fuck with this over most of the tepid electronics currently being churned out by wack 25-year-olds, and that is just real talk 101 from a hilarious mess of a human. YOUTUBE
Myrone "Clear Eyes Clear Skies (Live Playthru)"
This is for all the real rockers out there just barely holding on. One man shredfest from this Left Coast longhair. Sounds like pizza grease on the joystick. Heroic madness. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Chris Dope Folks "Rainy Day Blunted Mix"
It is hoodie season, people. Oh, it is most definitely hoodie season. Thankfully, Chris has laced you with some serious heads down head nod shit for that long bus ride into your own twisted skull. Strap on that Jan Sport motherfucker. It's gonna be a long, dark fall. SOUNDCLOUD
Paul Wall “Hustle Like a MF”
New Paul Wall. This is maybe the best Paul Wall song I have heard since the glory days. Open up your heart. Let The Boxxx Report also be The Paul Wall report. Jesus what am I doing with my life? YOUTUBE
CJ Milli “Law & Order SVU Theme (Especially Heinous Mix)”
Any Law & Order-related club track I come across will get posted on The Boxxx Report. And that is a promise. Can’t wait for the inevitable reboot of “original style” L&O. I know I got a lot of NBC execs reading this, so please hit me up and let me know when I can expect that to go down, and if I can guest in a bit part as the sound guy at a DIY venue in Bushwick (I witness a stabbing). SOUNDCLOUD
Seven Streeter (Feat. The Dream) “D4L”
Always been a Streeter supporter and this one hits The Boxxx Report right where it hurts with with that anthemic floatation style like they used to do a few years ago. Old Man Boxxx. One of my favorite R&B cuts of the year. Plus the bonus timely title. YOUTUBE
You think all the good band names are taken but then a young NYHC band goes ahead and calls themselves "Liberty." Not bad. In all actuality, there are definitely millions of bands with that same name, but it really does work in this particular case. So F it. BANDCAMP
Odwalla88 “Fawns Are Dirty”
The Odwalla88 7” came out this week on Thunder Zone. I am very proud of this record. Here is a song off of it. Stay positive. SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
Spectre “Ruff Kutz Side One”
I guess I slept on this classic dubbed out illbient tape from the creator of Wordsound Records, even though PAN reissued it last year. I first found out about Wordsound through that MC Paul Barman/Prince Paul EP, which I think the label now disowns. What is this all to say? Who knows. This is a very good mix. Featuring Sensational! YOUTUBE
Uncle Murda "Cam'Ron Voice"
This one has been out for a minute but slowly rolled up to the top of my fall playlist. I've always been an Uncle Murda fan; something about his completely out-of-step crabbiness has been enduring. "Cam'Ron Voice" is quite possibly one of his best songs ever. YOUTUBE
T. Mikawa/John Wiese "Cryptic Number"
Classic intercontinental damage from two lifers. Yes my friends, harsh noise on The Boxxx Report! Hit the airhorn. BANDCAMP
Kilbourne "My Betrayal"
Here is some contemporary new American digital mosh pit insanity from one of the best currently doing it. Only for the headstrong. Pick slides. Single of the week. SOUNDCLOUD
Young M.A. "Quiet Storm"
The new boss of NYC just dropped a video for this 2K15 cut, so let us all sit back and take some time to appreciate the fire bars. If there is one thing I know in this fucked up world, it is that New Yorkers can deliver and appreciate fire bars. YOUTUBE
Ravioli Me Away "Wow"
Taking it across the pond right quick for this bit of freaked out party punk like they used to do it. Swizz Beatz horn stabs go head first with that shouty shit. OK! SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
Beautiful Swimmers "RA Podcast .542"
You know a mix is pretty good when instead of going to straight your apartment after you get off the subway, you start walking around the block in circles with your headphones on. Just to keep that feeling going. Just to keep it going. RESIDENT ADVISOR
Happysucky "Plug It In, Pump It Up"
A true document of mid-2K's teenage madness. Guerrilla gigs, fanny packs, neon masks. Short shorts. Gameboys. Ask Narwhalz about MIDI grind. This is pretty much garage rock, if you know what I mean. The Rio Grande Valley had a legendary scene, remember that time Dre Skull and I got flown to McAllen to play a show and then took a picture with a bunch of beauty pageant contestants? No? I'll put it in the book. YOUTUBE
Moor Mother "Chain Gang Quantum Blues"
A highlight from the excellent new Moor Mother record, which is an intense journey, especially if taken in headphones. Reminds me a bit of Pharaoh Sanders, Wolf Eyes and a bunch of other important stuff. BANDCAMP
Kungs vs Cookin' On 3 Burners (Feat. Kylie Auldist) "This Girl"
OK I give up, this is the 2016 version of the cheerleader song and I love it. I've been listening to way too much Seacrest in the afternoon on Z100. YOUTUBE
Cassidy "Westwood Freestyle 2004"
What does it mean to have fun? Beats me, but these loud assholes outside of my window probably have a better idea. I'm trapped inside watching 2K4 Cassidy freestyles. One hundred percent fucked in the head. YOUTUBE
Potty Mouth "Smash Hit"
An unrelenting lifetime interest in rock and roll is its own personal prison. Anyways, here is some high quality big tent power pop. Throwing a little Radio Disney into the Veruca Salt. Somehow I've never posted any Cheap Trick on The Boxxx Report. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
DMX "1996 Freestyle Tape"
Did some time poking around one of my all-time favorite rap blogs and found this piece of history. Does this qualify as mix? Didn't I already post a freestyle this week? Let me live. One highlight of the tape is "Get At Me Dog" bars over the Busta "It's A Party" instrumental. ONLY BUILT FOR ZSHARE LINKS
G Perico "Nothin But Love"
To say that the state of West Coast rap has been strong lately would be a goddamn understatement. Here is more quality that The Boxxx Report can get behind. The new G Perico tape delivers, bang it in your headphones as you slog through life and try really hard not to throw your laptop into the ocean. YOUTUBE
Brentwoods "Do The Bug With Me/Buri Buri USA"
Taking it back to 95 with this hit of damaged party garage. Made for the kind of small town basement freakouts that maybe only exist in my head but I'm pretty sure went down in Green Bay at some point. Oh, you don't know about that Green Bay shit? I'm talking Timebomb Tom. YOUTUBE
Mozzy "Messy Murder Scenes"
More new Left Coast, this one from Sacramento's best. 2016 gangster rap with unstoppable bars and narrative energy. It's easy to listen to this man rap for a long time. YOUTUBE
Gods Wisdom "On The Beach"
Yeah I post too much dang Dark World on The Boxxx Report but this Gods Wisdom Neil Young cover is crucial. Featuring sax from Morimoto, who made all my Springsteen dreams come true when he ripped up the "Never Surrender Forever" solo during my set in Chicago a few weeks ago. Ride on into the darkness, my friend. BANDCAMP
Divtech "Occupied Decolonized"
Crushed up splatter gabber punk circle pit madness from this one man band man. Catch him on tour in Europe right now with Decide Today, also known as Robert Inhuman from Realicide. Stay positive. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
333 Boyz "FW 2016 Global Freakout"
New one from Berlin-based Angelinos and the minds behind some of the sickest Thunder Zone visual content. 20-minutes of hi-NRG storytelling created for the Nina Pop mix series. A beautiful blend. SOUNDCLOUD
Gods Wisdom & Lucy "Beep Beep"
Potentially the most important thing to come out of New England since Jonathan Richman sang about being a little dinosaur. All you indie pop kids, twee pop kids, whatever... Listen to this, this is how you take it to the next level. This is it. YOUTUBE
Feadz & Le Dom "Big Shots"
Let me be honest with you people. There is an outside risk of a blog house revival happening in 2017. I'm just saying, who knows. BANDCAMP
Yeah, this song is like four years old, but I can't stop playing it in my DJ sets to the point where it would be straight up disrespectful to not throw it up on The Boxxx Report. One listen is all it will take. SOUNDCLOUD
WNC Carlos X Jungle Muzik Larry X Geaux Justin "Bang Out"
More contemporary Louisiana energy that has made my life better this year. Locked in my room. Trying to change. YOUTUBE
Jumpy (Feat. DJ Lucas) "Everything I Know"
Alternative universe alternative rock. Ah yes, another hit from the Dark World. Intuitive unfiltered creative insanity, there is nothing better. Catchy! YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Advil Terror Radio Episode 1
It is heartwarming to see a new generation getting interested in gabber music. Fresh show from the great Arvid Logan. KNOW WAVE
Matt Johnson "Lauryn's House"
Insane hard house remix of a Lauryn Hill classic. Off of the "E-Normous Johnson EP," which probably came out in 1999. Discogs has no answers, though. Every single day there is a war going on inside of my head. YOUTUBE
The Flexibles "Pink Everything"
The Flexibles come through a bit like an alternate universe Glasgow version of underrated contempo-NYC shredders Haribo. Blown out electronic fuzz punk spazz like it needs to be done. Freedom and friendship from a father, a son and a family friend. YOUTUBE
Wiley "Can't Go Wrong"
Mr. Who Ate All The Pies is back with a "see ya in the pit" type track that kind of references the big Skepta tune. The baggage accumulated from a middling life in music can at times feel insurmountable. YOUTUBE
Just The Right Height No Bucket Required "My Wretched Beauty"
Ill fisheye throwdown from the frontline of post-wack American underground activities. Blasted rapman sonics connect the dots and push it forward. Someone spilled Monster Energy Drink all over K Nation cupcakes. Comic book style, nuclear reactor style, nu-metal style. Sick style. YOUTUBE
Rest in peace to a member of the best one record punk band since the Pistols. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Teki Latex "100% Radio Hits"
Do you even understand the meaning of the mash-up? Just kidding, but seriously this is a great mix. SOUNDCLOUD
Gert Town Nunu (Feat. The Real K.T) "Piffgang"
Linkin Park-flipping New Orleans bounce from earlier this year. This is what it is all about, people. I don't have shit figured out, I am totally clueless, all I know is that music is important. YOUTUBE
Sleaford Mods "TCR"
The best British band of the past decade back with another one. A tiny bit poppier than usual, but you know I'm not mad about that. Sleaford Mods always a strong option. YOUTUBE
9th Ward Judy "Save A Horse"
Went on a bit of a bounce tear this week, so fuck it, here is another great track from 2K16. This one samples Kanye and quotes the great Big and Rich. The Boxxx Report is a search for meaning. YOUTUBE
Kim Gordon "Murdered Out"
First ever Kim G solo cut and I gotta say, it slaps. Pretty rap rock. YOUTUBE
Russian Tsarlag "This Box"
I haven't seen Carlos in forever but this new one is beautiful. I'll never forget when he ordered that ice cream sandwich for breakfast at George Webb's, all the way back in 2004. Legendary. SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
Frankie Bones "Energy 1991"
What I like most about this is Bones on the mic. "This one's for all the ravers in the house." YOUTUBE
Yerr Eli (Feat. Young M.A) "My Guyz"
More sick 2K16 NYC styles featuring Young M.A. Although this track has been out for many months already, it still feels like it could be a big choon. I gotta say, this one has serious big choon potential. Could be a big choon. Listen. I'm just saying, and you might disagree with me, but maybe a big choon? Could be a big choon. Good song. YOUTUBE
Cam & China "That B"
Let us take things to California for a fucking minute. Feels good to hear J Hawk on the track again, alongside some vicious rapping. Jerkin' will never die. SOUNDCLOUD
The Krunchies "Moonboots"
Underrated 2000s-era Chicago power trio flipping out on the edges of hardcore, garage and punk. A special combination of tempo and style. Dual vox. YOUTUBE
The Troggs "Wild Thing"
This is The Boxxx Report motherfucker, I do what I motherfucking please. If I just want to motherfucking post "Wild Thing," can you please just let me motherfucking do that? Let me be myself. Obviously, I'm going crazy. YOUTUBE
Princess Nokia "Bart Simpson"
Lead track off of the new Nokia mixtape. Solid attitude, nice hook. Great tape. SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ Assault "Straight Up Detroit Sh*T, Vol. 1"
A little bit before his style fully crystalized, this early Assault mix from 96 covers a ton of ground. So clearly part of a much larger story in American music. Incredible energy. You gotta treasure this shit. YOUTUBE
The Piranhas "Live At Lager House, Detroit"
I'll take this damaged early 2000s live set by mid-tier Detroit cavemen The Piranhas over most tepid contemporary indie rock or electronica any day of the week. Ending my stupid, childish and unproductive 20s in shameful form: writing about garage rock. YOUTUBE
OUSHE "Hyper Logic"
Here is some brand new nasty techno bass that I can get behind. "Sweat drippin' - that's hyper logic." Oh, no doubt. YOUTUBE
E-40 (Feat. Kamaiyah) "Petty"
Two Boxxx Report favorites collide Howie Day style on this late summer slow burner. I am trying very hard to stay positive. SOUNDCLOUD
The Donnas "High School Yum Yum"
More unfashionable rock and roll music that I have been enjoying lately. Off of the band's debut 1995 7 inch. Eternal teenage pop destruction. YOUTUBE
Schwarz "No One Can Stop Me I'm All The Way Up"
Schwarz is the bootleg master. This one is true open format majesty, you think you know but you have no idea. Schwarz. SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
Ricardo Villalobos "Live At Time Warp USA 20.11.2015"
Never been the deepest Villalobos head but this 2K15 mix is incredible. A playful and jacking ride through a variety of eras, styles and feels. People like to say that "when he's on, he's really on," and by "people" I mean YouTube commenters that I've never met before. Might be true. Better than most similar things. SOUNDCLOUD
Dirtygirl "Dog Shit"
"Dog Shit" is one of those perfect quick hit DIY pop songs that we are always on the hunt for over here at "the report." Not coincidentally, it kicked off the DIY Space For London NTS radio program last week. I guess I can say here that The Boxxx Report Radio is coming to NTS international for two hours monthly starting September 13. BANDCAMP
Blaqstarr "Moan Her Lease Her"
The enigma is back. As always, we find him entering into some uncharted territory. Neo-soul is always on the table. Blaqstarr continues to confuse and inspire. YOUTUBE
Sporting Life "Kill That Shout"
From the Boxxx Report-anticipated "Slam Dunk" EP cycle comes this sick glitched-yet-hardbody beat, perfect for both tightening up those Jim Jones adlibs and taking some time out of your day to really smell the August New York City garbage. I gotta say, I really enjoyed the newest Uncle Murda Flex freestyle. BIT TORRENT BUNDLE
The Double "Dawn Of The Double"
40 singular minutes of hypnotic American music. A crystalline shot through the heart of rock and roll. Perfect, like riding all night on a straight line desert highway, just trying to hold on to your sanity. YOUTUBE
Rae Sremmurd "#DoYoga"
A standout track from a record full of them. Someone is practicing trumpet within earshot. There is truly no escape in this city. SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
Dope Folks Records "350 Press Or Less Mix"
Ill collection of small press rap records both new and old from this important Milwaukee label, run in part by the former singer of possibly the best garage rock band to ever come out of the city. Just so you know. That's the kind of important informaton we deliver every week here at this absurd newsletter. The band was called The Mistreaters. SOUNDCLOUD
JX Cannon "Hannibal Buress Yelling At A Panda"
What more do you want out of life than a fire club track with a sample from one of the best stand-up comedians currently working? A proud part of a very important lineage of comedy-sampling dance music. I take history seriously. Thanks Schwarz. SOUNDCLOUD
Bully "I Remember"
This great sub-two-minute long Bully song from last year still packs a punch. There are no rules or expiration dates over here at The Boxxx Report, just great music. You should say that last sentence in the style of a classic rock radio voiceover. SOUNDCLOUD
MikeQ & Romanthony "Get Sum"
MikeQ and the late great Romanthony team up on this burner, perfect for a DJ set that moves between house and more contempo club concerns. Off of the crucial new Qween Beat comp. SOUNDCLOUD
Prissy Whip "Dog Food"
Now this right here, this is the kind of sunburned So-Cal no stage no wave that I remember from my misspent youth on the road. I'm going to have to make a lot more records in order to properly process my 20s. Rest in peace to The Smell and Pehrspace. BANDCAMP
Doormouse "Glutecore 1 (WTW Theme)"
As a kid, Doormouse played a crucial part in my development, so I'm glad he's back doing what he was born to do, which is make insane gabber music. All the stories are true and legendary. Even Furthur is this weekend. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Wu-Tang Clan "1997 Tim Westwood Freestyle"
In these fucked up times, it is nice to hear something life affirming. SOUNDCLOUD
Turnstile "Come Back For More/Harder On You"
East Coast groovecore pacesetters are back with something sick. I hope the next record has even more of that borderline funk metal lean. The world needs more funk metal. SOUNDCLOUD
Dam-Funk "Believer (Fingers Deep - Funk Remix)"
Two of the best in their respective fields come together for a smooth ride that makes me wanna be on the 101 and not wherever it is that I am right now. What is The Boxxx Report? SOUNDCLOUD
Lambchop "The Hustle"
Alt-Americana legends sounding somewhat contemporary on this 18-minute single. Some mildly questionable moves here, but the songwriting and back catalog make everything more than alright by me. K-Dog. YOUTUBE
Kanye West "Ultralight Beam (Chop Not Slop Remix)"
Mr. "F Action" himself OG Ron C touches Kanye's latest. Two great tastes that go nice together. I can't wait for this summer and this fucking year to be over. DISCTOPIA
No Doubt "Sliver (Live 1994)"
Here is audio of No Doubt covering my favorite Nirvana song. A beam of light through the third wave ska rabbit hole. What the fuck am I doing, does anyone have any recommendations for affordable talk therapists in the New York area? YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Woebot "London's Dreaming - Woebot's History of Hardcore"
I keep coming back to this one, almost five hours long and an essential look into a distinctively British form of dance music. Take the time out of your day or week or month and get a history lesson. Fuck it, rewind. MIXCLOUD
Bamm Bamm "Surf Song"
I'm in sunny Los Angeles so in theory this should be a positive Boxxx Report, but honestly I wouldn't hold your breath. Anyways, here is some unsung hero Milwaukee two piece party band damage from well over a decade ago. ACTIVITIES ARCHIVE
D.R.A.M. (feat. Lil Yachty) "Broccoli"
American pop, same as forever. Straight up addictive music for that dream Jack FM in the sky. YOUTUBE
Foodman "Ez Minzoku"
Found out about this slice of MIDI freedom ironically on the twitter feed of a rap blogger. There are so many places to discover music. Music discovery. BANDCAMP
Connections "Month 2 Month"
I can remember the exact moment that I really "got" GBV, I was almost 25 and sleeping in a basement behind the Koreatown Jollibee. The new Connections record is timeless Midwestern guitar music, if you know what I saying. I'm talking about pizza. BANDCAMP
Young M.A. "OOOUUU"
2016 NYC rap styles. One of the best cuts to come out of the city this year. "Yeah I'm pretty but I'm loco." YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Moodyman "@ Rex Club Paris 1995"
This world can leave you confused, pissed, depressed... All sorts of shit. Not really sure what I'm trying to say but whatever, it doesn't really matter, please enjoy this 90s Moodyman DJ set. YOUTUBE
Desiigner "Timmy Tuner"
Hard to type because I think I might've given myself a mild concussion on stage tonight. Life keeps going. I really like this song. YOUTUBE
SEF III "I'm Sitting in a Room"
One of the best live shows I've seen this year was SEF III at The Red Light District in Far Rockaway, Queens. A trio of vetted underground heavyhitters joining forces for some new fresh style sitdown slam poetry electronica excursion insanity? Uh, yes mother! (Jamie Oliver voice, as if you had to ask.) Take that journey with SEF III, take that fucking ride, you will not be disappointed. BANDCAMP
Moor Mother "Deadbeat Bones"
A really good really deep jolt of political industrial rap coming in at a tight one minute and twenty three seconds. Let the oscillators do their thing. Rock and roll ruined my life. YOUTUBE
Extreme Animals "It's Time"
This week, Thunder Zone released an anthology of early and mid-period work by the deeply underrated duo Extreme Animals. Currently, I am on an East Coast mini-tour with Extreme Animals. There is a lot to say but I'm not gonna say it here--this Boxxx Report is dedicated to all the losers and the dreamers. BANDCAMP
Stunt Rock "A New Kind of Selife Stick That Is A Prescripition for Anti-Anxiety Medication and Instructions for Asking Passerby to Take Your Photo"
Rare new music from the legendary Midwest post rave emo breakcore plunderphonics whatever master Stunt Rock. Sloppy with a soft touch, this man knows his way around a sound byte. Heartland void music. BANDCAMP
MIX OF THE WEEK
Rob Pursey "MCA Tribute"
All your teenage heroes gonna do is make your life more confusing. You want to enter the zone but you don't know where to begin or end. Suddenly you wake up and a decade has passed. MIXCLOUD
Floorplan "Tell You No Lie"
Perfect disco house from Robert Hood and his daughter to take you through a brutal summer. Fuck this summer, fuck this year. I feel sick. YOUTUBE
JEFF The Brotherhood "Punishment"
Jake n' Jamin are back with the kind of psychedelic grunge that only they can do. Mosh pit breakbeats slide into motorik madness and back again. Jeff The Brotherhood eternal rockers. SOUNDCLOUD
Gucci Mane "No Sleep (Intro)"
A very anticipated album comes out today from one of the most important rappers of the past decade plus and I'm siked. I love music. Last night put me in an insane zone. YOUTUBE
MU "Let's Get Sick"
MU's "Afro Finger And Gel" is an inspiring record that almost feels slept on or forgotten 13 years later. "Let's Get Sick" is of course the best song on it and a stone cold wild style freakout classic. James Murphy wishes his drums sounded this fresh. YOUTUBE
Suicide "Keep Your Dreams"
The music of Alan Vega and Suicide has been deeply influential in my attempt to develop Juiceboxxx into a singular American music entity. I'll leave it at that. Hold on to those stupid, stupid, misguided, fucked up, insane, stupid dreams. RIP. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Mongrels "Paradise Don't Come Cheap - 20th Anniversary Mix"
Shouts go out to Brian from Bmore for letting me know about this megamix of cuts related to New Kingdom's "Paradise Don't Come Cheap," which is a secret classic in an alternate universe of rap rock. Great mix but also check out the LP and just try your best to stay alive and stay positive. SOUNDCLOUD
Theo Parrish (Feat. Ideeyah & Duminie Deporres) "Be In Yo Self"
This 13-minute ride from 2K14 is a masterpiece and a true headphone burner for all the dreamers out there just trying to take it one day at a time in a twiztid world. And that's straight from The Boxxx Report. YOUTUBE
Haribo "Jury Duty (live)"
Haribo are one of the few real New York freakout bands doing the way it needs to be done. Their debut LP is one of my most anticipated of the year, but that's not out yet, so here is some live footage from a gig opening for Psychic TV. Wait for that gavel to hit. YOUTUBE
2Pac "Fuck All Y'all (Original Version)"
Never heard the original version of this 2Pac classic before, but thanks to the magic of the internet rap blog universe I can now play it over and over again while sinking deeper into personal insanity. State Of The Thunder Zone. SOUNDCLOUD
Mark Cone "Come On Aileen"
Sick textbook synth punk carnage from Urochromes member. I'm going to continue to lock myself in my room until the leaves start falling. SOUNDCLOUD
Albert Ayler "Spiritual Unity (Full Album)"
I think something snapped inside of me because I've been listening to a lot of free jazz lately and in general probably the most amount of "out" music since I was a teenager (probably should go see The Dead C in September). Either way, here is classic full album to honor a GOAT on the week of what would be his 80th birthday. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ George Costanza "My Friend Zone Over You"
Around three years ago, Costanza dropped this mix of contemporary pop punk. The world has not been the same since. SOUNDCLOUD
Pharaoh Sanders "The Creator Has A Master Plan"
The only reason I do this stupid and irrelevant Boxxx Report (I hate myself) is because I believe that music has the occasional ability to transcend. YOUTUBE
Wild Thing "Don't Need it"
Haven't been sleeping the best this week. For whatever it's worth, here is some raw punk from Texas, off of a demo tape. BANDCAMP
Abdu Ali x Kilbourne "Did Dat (Planet Core Edit)"
This track really succeeds in folding a bunch of aggro genres into one sick club music style. Exciting addition to the contemporary mosh pit cannon, nu nu metal for the twisted youth. SOUNDCLOUD
Pinky Rose "Why Should I Love You"
Another important cover from 1/2 Odwalla88. Here, Pinky takes on a Kate Bush tune made in collaboration with Prince. More artists should be making music. SOUNDCLOUD
Lil B "R.I.P The Rap Game"
Let's fuckin' throw it back to 2K11 with an emotional "What We Do" flow. A top ten B track for me, but that's just me. I still believe in Lil B. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
D. Gookin "Impulse Buys"
"Impulse Buys" contains my favorite blend sequence of the year: OPM "Heaven Is A Halfpipe" into Clark "Lord Of The Dance" into Soul Coughing "Misinformed." A great mix that even makes me like a few contemporary chillwave songs. SOUNDCLOUD
YG "Twist My Fingaz"
YG just dropped another excellent contemporary Los Angeles rap LP. It's all I want to listen to as I move through gross New York streets in a perpetual hellscape holding pattern. YOUTUBE
Lata Ramasar "The Greatest Name That Lives"
Certified record head classic that got an official re-release last fall. Hindustani singer from Trinidad and Tobago doing perfect minimal hypnotic electronic music that really transcends whatever classification some nerd will try to throw in your face. Music is incredible. YOUTUBE
Kent Jones "Don't Mind"
Let's face it: this absurd song is going to fuck up your summer 2016. Though it's been slow burning for over a year now, it looks like it's about to go to that next, next level. Some might question content, but the sad fact is that it is completely irresistible. YOUTUBE
Desiigner "XXL Freestyle (Chino Amobi Edit)"
Never been huge "Panda" fan but Desiigner's freshman freestyle was a gut punch. Chino's edit turns it into a sinister late night burner. Check the original, too. SOUNDCLOUD
Black Dice "Big Deal"
Damn these freakout legends just puked out some rock and roll all over the face of middling Brooklyn techno culture. This is maybe the band's most realized slice of future 60s frat party caveman roadhouse sci-fi blues to date; once the riffs start hitting they do not stop. Fuck your live PA: Dice is back, baby. SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
Abby "Discwomen 05 Mix"
Really good blasted out set for the new school headstrong. Abby should be playing Furthur. I'm pretty disappointed with the Furthur mainstage lineup, but honestly I'm not sure what I was expecting. SOUNDCLOUD
The self-titled Swearin' record remains a perfect mix of basement pop punk and Breeders-informed damage. Let me close my eyes and for one fucking second pretend that I am not in hellish New York City but rather some punk house in Anytown, USA on a humid, clear night. Why is it so hard for me to grow up? BANDCAMP
Fifth Harmony (Feat. Missy Elliot) "Not That Kinda Girl"
Here is a pitched-up and degraded YouTube rip of this great new Missy-guesting Fifth Harmony song. Honestly I think I like this version better than the "real one," it kind of reminds me of getting a 128 rip back in the day, and actually fits the vibe of this cut, which to me feels like a throwback to something I could never explain. YOUTUBE
Natural Child "Now And Then"
Over the course of the past seven years or so, I've seen Natural Child develop from punks to boogie masters, and this one is just another drop in a heavy catalog seasoned on the road. The Boxxx Report is a neverending nightmare. MP3
Show Me The Body "Metallic Taste"
Off of the new one from this fresh NYC power trio. Probably the most "chill" song on the set, like a wavier Modest Mouse for the next era. Modest Mouse had a ton of scratching on their early records, more about that in my future DJ mix titled "An Alternative History of Rap Rock." SOUNDCLOUD
Oh Boy Prince (Feat. Tate And Unknown) "Bring It Down Pick It Up"
There will never be a shortage of great American dance music, both old and new. Frankly it is overwhelming. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Worship HK "The Gift Of Gabber"
Contemporary hard dance mix that comes direct from Schwarz's Las Vegas gabberfest scene report. I realize that this is the second gabber mix in a row on The Boxxx Report. You got a problem with that? SOUNDCLOUD
G.L.O.S.S "We Live"
The world is a twisted orb of fucked up darkness and insanity. Also, I have a heavy Wendy's hangover (one and a half frostys). Anyways, short fast loud is a fine reaction to everything and this band is one of the best currently raging. BANDCAMP
Americans are allowed to make weird music like this. If I have to explain to you why, you don't really deserve the Boxxx Report. SOUNDCLOUD
DMX (Feat. Styles P) "Still Scratching"
I wanna drive around the decrepit Tri-State and just play this over and over and over again while questioning what the fuck I'm doing with my life. I'm 29. SOUNDCLOUD
Angels In America "Hymenoptera"
Boxxx Report favs back with more of that ill brooding crock pot style. The smooth and beautiful sound of a direct input guitar. SOUNDCLOUD
Schwarz "Throw It In The Bag Remix Remix"
This one has a donk AND some jungle breakbeats. I could never ask for anything more. I love you Schwarz. SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
Mark N "Stuck In Stallis (Side A)"
I'm fuckin' back in the midwest and too fuckin' fucked (remember those frostys?) to try to fuckin' explain to you this fuckin' shit. Google "Nasenbluten" and then google "West Allis, WI." I gotta go. MIXCLOUD
Fleetwood Mac "Gypsy (Early Version)"
Incredible new unearthed version of this classic, to be unleashed on the upcoming "Mirage" deluxe edition. Some very nice Spector/Springsteen style production accoutrements on this one, I wish I didn't have to throw you a Rolling Stone link but it looks like those fux at Rhino aren't letting me embed. Or maybe I'm just an idiot. ROLLING STONE
Mall Grab "I've Always Liked Grime"
Worth an inclusion for the cheeky title alone. Jacking the ice rink. The world is a vampire. YOUTUBE
The Pacers "Brand New Day"
Cutty third wave ska from Milwaukee featuring a very young Noble bro, released in late 1994. I really should be posting more ska on The Boxxx Report. BANDCAMP
2real "Gym Bag"
Stumbled onto this banger. Might be Dark World affiliated but I honestly have no clue, and I think I like it that way. The American teenager in their natural environment. YOUTUBE
Why Be, Elysia Crampton, Chino Amobi "Dummy Track"
All star jam session from a trilogy of crucial heads throwing down heavy guarachero abstractions. Real talk 101 I wouldn't mind locking myself in my room for the next year or so. SOUNDCLOUD
MIX OF THE WEEK
DJ Pica Pica Pica "Planetary Natural Love Gas Webbin' 199999"
You want sick? EYE from Boredoms going all the way off the deep end in this legendary pre-Y2K "open format" freakout ultramix. Just be yourself. YOUTUBE
Bankroll PJ "Jump In"
In this confusing and gross world, the only thing anyone can hope for is brief moments of minor transcendence. Jump in. YOUTUBE
Unicorn Hard-On "Persian Cats"
Let me say a belated RIP to one of the longer standing projects in the USA freakout underground. Val has been doing beat-based experimental jams long before the recent noise techno renaissance, so bow down. I'm excited for whatever she does in the future. YOUTUBE
George's Bush "Pink Bikini"
Wisconsin insanity from these very young Titletown ragers. Lo-fi weirdo hardcore giving me a bit of a Spike In Vain feeling, which is always a nice thing. I hope to play with them someday. BANDCAMP
Limmy "Black Hole Sun TECHNO VERSION"
Oh, no doubt. Feels like an instant Kyle H. Mabson classic. I love a good fake 303. SOUNDCLOUD
Clams Casino (Feat. Lil B) "Witness"
Durant just got fucked and B is back with Clams Casino. Life is alright in Basedworld. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Odwalla88 "Schloss Mix"
This ten min micro mix packs a lot of punch, running through some highlights from the duo's catalog plus solo work from both, all done in a pleasing cut n' paste sick style. Odwalla88 7" coming soon on Thunder Zone. SOUNDCLOUD
Heard this on the new Dam Funk DJ Kicks and it hit me exactly right where it is supposed to. Can you forget about your neverending slog to nowhere for just one second, you fucking idiot? The only thing that matters is the music! YOUTUBE
DJ Dog Dick "Relic Rock"
Modest Mouse Max is back doing it the way the late 90s underground should've gone down, if only those backpackers had access to the Skin Graft Records catalog and a couple Tommy Wright tapes. This is a beautiful song. Occasional Detroit is never far from my mind. BANDCAMP
Charly Bliss "Ruby"
Kim n' Kelly-indebted grunge pop damage from this young New York City crew. Pleasant guitar pop for those of you who like to fuck around in that zone. BANDCAMP
Chief Keef (Feat. CeeLo Green & Tone Trump) "Violence (Army)"
Cheap obvious Eddy Grant flip like it's 2K5 all over again and Serato hasn't fully hit. Then CeeLo pipes in with a weird Cypress Hill interpolation? This song is fucked up. YOUTUBE
Jellyroll Rockheads "Ganja Boy"
The most ecstatic blasts of all time. Unrivaled powerviolence pop that still feels inspiring after all these years. My favorite Japanese hardcore band. YOUTUBE
MIX OF THE WEEK
Scott Hardkiss "Live At Even Furthur 1996"
In honor of the 20 year anniversary (and 2K16 comeback) of the legendary Wisconsin rave campout freakout thrown by the just as legendary Drop Bass Network. Everybody knows about the Daft Punk set, but this Hardkiss sick mix is just as crucial. RIP. SOUNDCLOUD
Psycho sick hardstyle from this East Coast club producer and crust punk guitar player. Stadium synths and stock vocal cutups crash into pure max'd out kick drum car alarm breakdown freakout madness. This one is a fist pump punisher for all the kids out there just frying in the lazers. BANDCAMP
Lucy "She Say She Wana"
Under two minutes. One full listen and you will keep coming back for more, I guarantee it! Brutal new school DIY. YOUTUBE
Chance The Rapper "Summer Friends"
Despite certain whatever, I can't help but love Chance The Rapper. "Acid Rap" slowly grew on me to the point where I was dead convinced it was this era's "3 Feet High And Rising" and I like the new one too. Long story short he does a thing that most people can't pull off but he pulls off and it is great American music fuck it. YOUTUBE
Depressed Teenager "Social Anxiety Disorder"
From the second volume of the "Depression Collection" comes this crucial piece of contempo-plunderphonics. Two hardcore kickdrums in one Boxxx Report? (Jamie Oliver voice) Yes mother! BANDCAMP
Dances With White Girls (Feat. DJ Freekbul) "Planet Base"
Off of the new Jubilee comp which features all sorts of great Florida-inspired dance music. I'm really glad Frog is OK. SOUNDCLOUD
The Coneheads "46-25666"
This band is good at covers. Here they take on "In Bloom" and win. I want to move back to the Midwest and start a punk band and start drinking again. YOUTUBE
Girl Pusher "I Have A Marvelous Persona"
Classic-sounding digi hardcore that makes me think of a simpler time. This is the kind of thing that sounds good in the middle of the afternoon in someone's So-Cal backyard, just blasting through a barely functioning PA. BANDCAMP
Primitive Radio Gods "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hands"
After the dust has settled, all that really matters is the music. I'm not sure what I'm trying to say here, been smoking the USB and watching basketball. YOUTUBE
Kamaiyah "For My Dawg"
In the rich tradition of the rap tearjerker ballad comes "For My Dawg," off of one of the best mixtapes of the year. Just take it one day at a time people. It's the most we can do. YOUTUBE
Color TV "Waiting For The Call"
Very good under two minute long Shivvers-esque power pop song, seriously who cares anymore? Middling guitar music means a lot to me. BANDCAMP
Tate Kobang "Number 5"
Tate Kobang is like a fresh 32 Oz. of "Limon Pepino" flavor Gatorade in the face of a lot of plodding same-line rap music currently available on the market. His music makes me think of a different time, a high school time. Damn I want some fucking cucumber Gatorade! YOUTUBE
Princess Nokia "Tomboy"
Contempo NYC action from this young rapper and singer. This song is aggro and fun and nerdy and cool and positive. It's 2016 people. YOUTUBE
Mocky "Exception To The Rule"
Maybe someday the world will hear the songs that Mocky and I wrote to try to sell to pop singers, they are actually pretty good. But for now just hit this. What a gorgeous bassline. SOUNDCLOUD
Charge It To The Game "Charge It To The Game"
Mabson and Fat Tony are two legendary American ragers. Everyone knows that! Together they are getting sick with it as "Charge It To The Game" like that one Silkk The Shocker LP. YOUTUBE
Schwarz "DJ Khaled House Edit"
Has the world had enough DJ Khaled at this point? Probably. But this brilliant Schwarz kulture jam makes the old new again, and might just make you a little emotional in the process. SOUNDCLOUD
DJ Quick, Problem (Feat. Shy Carter) "A New Nite/Rosecrans Grove"
I have a lot of bad memories of my time in Los Angeles, but then I'll recall stuff like going to Six Flags with Mabson or riding the Gold Line on a Saturday morning. It didn't all suck, but I'm glad that moment in my life is over. I'm working really hard to change. YOUTUBE
Colleen Green "Green My Eyes"
Can you people just let me live? I am a pop rock fiend, I'll admit it. Put a nice primitive drum machine in the mix and you might as well call it a day. SOUNDCLOUD
Fussy "Fussy's In Your Head"
Something every lifer knows: if you wanna do it yourself, you have to deal with a lot of bullshit. From all sides, all the time, often for no real good reason other than maintaining even the lowest level of functionality. I guess all I'm trying to say is that this is a really good spazzy punk song, I'm going crazy. BANDCAMP
OG Ron C "Nothing Compares 2 U"
Turn off the lights. Turn on the barely functioning christmas lights. Close your eyes. YOUTUBE
The Ramones "53rd & 3rd (1975 Rehearsal Footage)"
Sometimes I feel like I want to take all the bad lo-fi techno, conceptual IDM, Euro footwork and tepid deep house and throw it into a pile and set it on fire. But then I wonder, why do I care? Is it because I am a perpetual teenager with a small mind and an even smaller worldview? YOUTUBE
Prince "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad (Live 01/30/82 Capitol Theatre)"
Hard to really articulate this one, I've been trying to collect all my thoughts and its not getting easier. There is just way too much to say and I'm feeling emotional. For the purpose of The Boxxx Report, I'm going to focus on one piece from one concert from one particularly thrilling moment in the man's insane career and just celebrate it for what it is: pure genius on every level. YOUTUBE
Little Mix (Feat. Sean Paul) "Hair"
I don't know shit about Little Mix but I love this song. 2000's revivalism in full force, right down to the Sean Paul feature. Right down to the Rich Harrison drum fills. YOUTUBE
Omar-S "Seen Was Set (Norm Talley Mix - BIG Strick vocal)"
If you must listen to contemporary house music you should probably listen to Omar-S. Music has always been the thing that gives meaning to my dumb life. YOUTUBE
Just The Right Height No Bucket Required "This Is My Inspo"
More sick new school spoken verb drum pad sampler DIY madness. Honest, zany and punk. RIP Richard Lyons, too. YOUTUBE
Egyptian Lover "I Cry (Night After Night)"
Sometimes all it takes is a new music video to remind you of a great old song and the timing on this one is uncanny. Everyone should see Egyptian Lover live and in person at least once in their life. When he pulls out the 808? YOUTUBE
Paul Wall (Feat. Slim Thug, J-Dawg, Lil Keke, Z-Ro, Chamillionaire) "Swangin In The Rain (Remix)"
An all star Houston posse cut is just what the doctor ordered. It is perfectly OK to get emotional about music and culture. YOUTUBE
Angels In America "My Lacuna"
Slow burn majesty from this tough NYC duo. The heroic guitar that hits around the three min mark will fuck up your dumb day. SOUNDCLOUD
DJ Demasiado "Joder Sus Leyes"
Fire fast jacking stab shit that I can't help but want to slow down to hip hop tempo and mix with some breakbeats. That's just me though! Let me do my thing! SOUNDCLOUD
Is this the start of a new Tracy Chapman revival wave that no one asked for but the world desperately needs? Probably not. I'm just out here hanging on to my sanity not having any fun at all. YOUTUBE
Savoy Motel "Indisposed"
Nashville garage rock lifers try their hand at disco. House music has not really hit the garage rock community yet. When it does, god help us all! YOUTUBE
Going to go ahead and take a big late pass on Mozzy but you know what the great thing about music is? It doesn't really matter. This is incredible contemporary Bay Area shit with just some of the best sickest most ferocious rapping I have heard recently. YOUTUBE
Tenement "Taking Everything"
At approximately 0:29, when the BG vox start kicking and the drums go four on the snare, I am transported back into a basement full of kids who grew up going to Concert Cafe but now live in Riverwest. Timeless Upper Midwest guitar pop. What a crazy ride. SOUNDCLOUD
Uli K "Fix Up"
A strong auto-tune soul option for all the kids out there just trying to be themselves. This track contains some absolutely fuego MIDI moments. Fight through the darkness and keep running. SOUNDCLOUD
C.C.T.V. "Song About Sex In A Can"
Respect to YouTube user "Jimmy" for posting an insane amount of hyper current punk tapes all the time, full on. This is off of a practice tape from the great small town heartland post-punk band C.C.T.V. The Boxxx Report: finding practice tapes on YouTube so you don't have to. YOUTUBE
JPEGMAFIA "Digital Blackface"
Playing a show tonight with this new school Baltimore rager. Digi aggro punk rap in your face ill style. Open the gates! YOUTUBE
The Cowboys "I-Spy"
Another dialed in damage transmission from the dusty basements of America's heartland. Another slice of rock and roll action from the Lumpy Records squad. YOUTUBE
Young Thug "Drippin"
It would be insane not to put this song on The Boxxx Report. The internet has turned April Fools into a truly awful day. YOUTUBE
Analogue Dear "Better Off Alone in B Major"
George, you are crazy for this one. The title says it all: this is beauty in its most pure and honest form. Thank you George! SOUNDCLOUD
Mal Devisa (Feat. Gods Wisdom) "Vicious Nonbeliever"
Three of Western Mass's finest free thinkers collide on this headbanger (DJ Lucas on the track). Sounds like alternate reality warped tour rap punk dreams being sent through the DJ! machine. Turned up and freaked out. SOUNDCLOUD
PC Worship "Done"
Seven plus minutes of sludge pop wreckage from this New York City lifer institution. Do you know what will always sound good? Guitar feedback. YOUTUBE
Selena Gomez "Hands To Myself"
Number one satellite radio earworm pop insanity pick of the tour. For a second there, I thought the title was gonna go to that one confusing song "7 Years" by Lukas Graham (bars). But ultimately this is much better. YOUTUBE
Problem "My Squad"
You wanna sample Black Box "Everybody Everybody" for your contemporary Los Angeles rap song? Go ahead. Please, go ahead! YOUTUBE
Built To Spill "Carry The Zero"
Played this on a radio show yesterday and was flooded with a wave of emotions. The world is a fucked up place but you gotta just keep going. This is an interesting Boxxx Report. YOUTUBE
T-Pain ""Hundred Mo Dolla$"
Found via a "quoted retweet" on the feed of the ever reliable Costanza. Last year, I saw T-Pain play inside of a large gym in front of a crowd of maybe 50 high school athletes. He gave it 110 percent for those kids and then quickly exited the fieldhouse. SOUNDCLOUD
A Tribe Called Quest "Buggin' Out"
Back to satellite radio, the day Phife passed Combat Jack was on Backspin holding it down and taking calls and playing classic Tribe cuts. It was extremely powerful and a reminder of why music continues to hold such a prominent place in my stupid life. YOUTUBE
DJ Wonder (Feat. Sandflower) "Hungry A.F."
Heard this on satellite radio last night driving through Anytown USA. Yeah, this is a contemporary EDM trap cover of "Hunger Strike" by Temple Of The Dog. What more would you ever want out of life and music? SOUNDCLOUD
Mykki Blanco "Macy Rodman Flow"
"Lazy Girl" was a highlight of 2K15 and Blanco keeps the dream alive with this nice freestyle. I'm at a Motel 6 right now drinking Top Chico, which is hard to find in many parts of America but plentiful in Texas. SOUNDCLOUD
You know I'm going to love pretty much any song about being a kid and riding on the bus, and Audacity has sharpened that Cali hardcore pop diamond to the point where I can comfortably place them in a pretty high percentile. "We're playing games and we're saving money." SOUNDCLOUD
Fifth Harmony (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign) "Work From Home"
Production sounds like DJ Mustard listened to half a PC Music track and I mean that in a good way. Better work-related chorus than Rihanna, fuck it. YOUTUBE
Bobby Conn "No Revolution"
Currently sliding through this decrepit earth trying to bring brief moments of clarity to the situation. Excited to play with this Chicago rock and roll legend. The beat goes on. YOUTUBE
NASA Space Universe "70 AD"
Rest in peace to one of the past decade's best punk bands. First time I saw NASA they attacked the crowd and demolished all these cardboard cutouts of famous astronauts. It was really violent but somehow really fun loving, too. BANDCAMP
Boosie Badazz & C-Murder "Dear Supreme Court"
Heavy one from two former prisonmates. Chorus has a timeless No Limit feel that is always welcome. The forthcoming joint mixtape is going to be serious. DJ SERVICE PACK
Zed Kenzo "Linda Blair"
Another great Milwaukee musician I'm excited to play with in the coming weeks. "Keeping it posi and blowing the dro." OK! SOUNDCLOUD
Angel Du$t "Stay"
Really good poppy hardcore that seems spiritually and sonically in the same zone as their buddies Turnstile. Classic tricks with just enough new flavor to keep me siked. Push it one notch further and then we are really getting somewhere. SOUNDCLOUD
E-40 (Feat. Nef The Pharoah & D.R.A.M) "Slappin"
E-40 and Bob Pollard. Do you know what I mean? The world is a fucked up ball of confusion, but I can always look to E-40 and Bob Pollard. YOUTUBE
Midnight Reruns "There's An Animal Upstairs"
Siked to jam in Milwaukee with these real heartland rockers. Last week at a gig, I tried to explain the legend of The Replacements to Cakes Da Killa. I'm obviously out of my mind. BANDCAMP
Tate Kobang "Oh My"
First Kobang single since his continuum-crushing "Bank Rolls" remix. Both tracks give me an early-to-mid 2K's golden age feeling. Timbaland/Neptunes/Baltimore feeling. SOUNDCLOUD
Star Eyes "Lightsaber"
From Trouble & Bass to the fact that the first time we met she brought up Doormouse, there is no doubt in my mind that Star Eyes is a true raver lifer legend. Her new label is called Chaos Clan and this one is timeless stabbing strobing smoke machine music. SOUNDCLOUD
Mal Devisa "FAT"
Mal Devisa's showstopping feature on "2 Lives" by Gods Wisdom was one of the best of 2K14. Her new record is eclectic and exciting and this one is a standout: just over one minute of fuzz bass rap rock sick shit. BANDCAMP
Weezer "L.A. Girlz"
Gotta say, for what it's worth? Pretty good new Weezer song. YOUTUBE
D. Gookin "Don't Tell On Me"
The man, the myth, the legend: the D. Gookin. New EP is pure fire insanity IDM sunshine pop, somewhere between Aphex and Len, or something. This one features Jessi Wade of Dark Sister on vox and has a bit of a So So Def swing. BANDCAMP
G.L.O.S.S. "Give Violence A Chance"
Of course I'm fine with political punk, but personally I'm too deeply entrenched in self-hate, doubt and confusion to be righteous about anything at the moment, even if I know where my compass stands. Which is why I'm posting this song. BANDCAMP
Puff Daddy & The Family (Feat. Lil Kim, Styles P and King Los) "Auction"
I love it when Puff goes into old man hip hop freakout mode, he should do a full record of this kinda stuff instead of trying to awkwardly exist over contemporary trap beats. I just wish Kim would've rapped more. YOUTUBE
Extreme Animals "God Jam (Blow Your Pants Off)"
Maybe the most underrated underground band to come out of the hazy 2K's. Narwhalz (Of Sound) once said on twitter that "if you remember 2007 you weren't really there." Anthology soon on Thunder Zone. YOUTUBE
Dreamcrusher "Myrtle Ave-Broadway"
For the past year or so in NYC, Dreamcrusher has been playing every show, jumping off of every stage, yelling in everyone's face and generally being a reliable source of insanity in a scene where a lot of people just stare at their modular synthesizers and attempt to play "techno." Rock and roll wins in the end. BANDCAMP
Three Beat Slide "Skip Skip Slide"
Shit! I forgot to post The Boxxx Report today. I only remembered just now, watching this insane video at Jacob's house in Oberlin. YOUTUBE
Kanye West "30 Hours"
Something like Kanye sampling Arthur Russell seems so obvious but only after it has already happened (shout out to Bon Iver). Sometimes when you only get little bits of the saga everything feels that much more monumental. I hesitate to link to this non-3K early version, go get Tidal I guess fuck it? SOUNDCLOUD
Macy Rodman "Landslide"
Great modern Mac cover by Macy. And when the whole thing goes hardstyle? OK! SOUNDCLOUD
The Coneheads "Psycho Killer"
Two cover songs in one Boxxx Report? Why not, there are no rules over here. This is the best Talking Heads cover I have ever heard. YOUTUBE
Snaked "Drink All Nite"
You know that joke everyone has been making forever about how festival EDM is just our generation's version of Sunset Strip hair metal? Snaked have taken that conceit and done something constructive with it. I can see this song getting sync'd in the trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 7. SOUNDCLOUD
Sauna Youth "The Bridge"
New London punk rock coming out of the Upset The Rhythm compound. Sauna Youth is a good band name and this song sounds like it would go over nicely with all the punters in the pit (you know who you are). I don't drink or do drugs but occasionally I will mix PM cold meds with Thunder Zone Energy Drink. BANDCAMP
Macy Gray "I Try (Jay Dee Remix)"
Somehow never I heard this until very recently, when Kyle Mooney posted it on his twitter to celebrate Dilla day. There is so much great music in the world! YOUTUBE
Radio Slave "The Clone Wars (Parris Mitchell Remix)"
Some sick tracky shit from last fall. Don't even get me started on the overwhelming volume of middling four-on-the-floor still being made by young people all over this land. I'd rather just yell at you about my neverending Dance Mania worship. YOUTUBE
Sheer Mag "Can't Stop Fighting"
Sheer Mag pole vault above most of their contemporaries if not only for the very simple fact that their music is straight up more satisfying. They know all the tricks and they know how to use them. They know how to be a good rock and roll band. SOUNDCLOUD
The massive amount of conversation surrounding this is to be expected, but I'm obviously not going to get into any of that here for very obvious reasons. What I will say: I like this song and I consider Big Freedia to be a deeply important and influential figure. When we toured Australia together in 2011, she taught me that I need to take care of myself and not be afraid to be a bit of a diva when necessary. YOUTUBE
Show Me The Body "Body War"
Contemporary punk rap from some young NYC ragers, always a good thing to catch live. I hear a little bit of a lot in this. More than anything, though, it sounds like kids earnestly trying to make sense of all of their influences in a sick and honest way. YOUTUBE
Ynfynty Scroll "WTH"
Scroll throws contemporary Avril into some kind of dancehall flotation tank. Is it a punky reggae party? I don't fucking know, don't fucking ask me! SOUNDCLOUD
Yo Gotti (Feat. Nicki Manaj) "Down In The DM (Remix)"
Nicki in incredible form, doing strong thematic work on this Yo Gotti hit. Two very good verses. Verses you listen to 20 times in a row as you slam Dunkin' kind of verses. AUDIOMACK
Moro "San Benito"
Sick contemporary clatter from a member of the NON crew. I can't help but think of some of this stuff through the lense of the mutant breakcore I grew up on. I could hear this going off at an Addict Records barn party easy. SOUNDCLOUD
Kid Rock "Picture (Feat. Sheryl Crow)"
Music is a funny thing. It has ruined my life no doubt, but at the same time I probably would've been dead a long time ago without it. All I'm really trying to say is enjoy this classic Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow duet. YOUTUBE
Max B (Feat. French Montana) "Been Around The Wave"
Any excuse to post this legendary Max B Daft Punk flip is a good excuse and what is a better excuse then a couple of rappers yelling at each other on twitter? Speaking of twitter... When do I get to grow up? YOUTUBE
SoBrite "Puppy Play"
Am I hearing a vague Odwalla88 influence in this or am I out of my goddamn mind? The answer: maybe and of course. New minimal drum pad punk styles from Atlanta. SOUNDCLOUD
Country Teasers "No Limits"
Classic Scottish spazzboys cover an equally classic tekno pop anthem and the result is some "from the deep archives" madness that I'm going to deem "perfect for The Boxxx Report." I haven't been leaving my room very often. YOUTUBE
Sporting Life "Kira"
Second time Cam'ron makes The Boxxx Report in two weeks? What the fuck is going on? This time around comes in full-on contempo-shredded mode via the Ratking beat guy. SOUNDCLOUD
Rage Against The Machine "Renegades Of Funk"
Sometimes I have no fucking idea why I do The Boxxx Report. Is this thing turning into State Of The Thunder Zone 2.0? Only time will tell. YOUTUBE
Dr. Donk "Donkthumpin"
Novelty fake donk/rave "Tubthumpin" remix instaclassic from 2013 that I just discovered. Dr. Donk is really legendary breakcore goon Shitmat. Found via a deep dive on the bandcamp account of the well-named Off Me Nut Records out of Sheffield, UK. BANDCAMP
Cam'ron "U Wasn't There"
Did I pay a little over 60 bucks to go to the Dipset reunion show at BB King's Blues Club and Grill in Times Square last winter? Sadly, yes I did. "U Wasn't There" is timeless Cam'ron, in deep reflective mood, down to the soul sample. YOUTUBE
Another good punk band from Indiana! This one is more on that hyper post-punk tip, done with some sick style. "Quiet" leads off a quick 7", available to listen to in full if you just click the link. YOUTUBE
One Direction (Feat. Trina) "Perfect (Remix)"
Trina throws a a couple verses on a One Direction song. Could this be considered rap rock? Yeah, why not. SOUNDCLOUD
Schwarz69 "Both Worlds 69 (Excerpt)"
Leftfield MIDI jazz turn from the one and only Schwarz for the Bahn Mi Verlag label. Gotta say, impressive touch on the drum programming. Very nice sound. SOUNDCLOUD
David Bowie "Growin' Up"
With all due respect to The Boss, this cover takes the cake. Can you believe those cowbells? And the little falsetto moments? YOUTUBE
Lord Linco "Lateisha"
New Richmond rap featuring a fire "Gypsy Women (She's Homeless)" sample. You know we are suckers for this kind of thing over here at The Boxxx Report. SOUNDCLOUD
Pinky Rose "Those Three Days"
Totally singular Lucinda Williams cover from 1/2 of Odwalla88. Somewhere between the "American Songbook" and nu-school MIDI damage. But in its own zone. SOUNDCLOUD
Urochromes "My Dickies"
More heat from Boxxx Report repeat offenders The Urochromes. Perfectly spazzed beatbox punk moves: these guys really dot the I's, if you know what I am saying. Throw this on your headphones and plow through winter. YOUTUBE
Dreezy (Feat. Dej Loaf) "Serena"
From last year, but looks like its still picking up steam. Addictive hook and a lot of attitude. Rock and roll forever. YOUTUBE
The Creams "Let's (Justin Van Der Volgen Vocal Version)"
Songs like this are the reason why The Boxxx Report even exists. I've played with The Creams a handful of times in their hometown of Osaka and this mix takes the band's essence to the next level. A perfect party song that sits in the cracks between post-punk and ska, between The Slits and The Bodysnatchers. JUNO
Kano "Garage Skank Freestyle"
Soulful and hard as hell. In 2015 some folks said "grime is back" while others argued that it never left. It feels good to not have an opinion on these matters other than to say something like "hey, I love this song, let me put it in The Boxxx Report." YOUTUBE
Galcher Lustwerk "I Neva Seen"
This one has been a slow burner for me since I first heard it in Kallman's room. The vibe is right and the vocals set it over the top. Hip house: it runs in my blood. YOUTUBE
Taeler Mone "Dab On My Hover Board"
Flames straight from the twitter feed of the legendary DJ George Costanza. The title says more than I could ever say about anything. YOUTUBE
Lil Ugly Mane "Drain Counter"
The "pop hit" from the man's newest master suite. It almost feels like cheating to throw this up as a singular tune, I would recommend doing the whole LP in one go. Emotional payoff bigtime. BANDCAMP
Total Freedom "Down Actions, Low Key Childish Though TF"
If I were a music writer I might say something like "DJ Total Freedom takes Linkin Park and Kelela to the Favela on his banging new edit" but thank god I am not a music writer because that sentence sucks. I'm watching "The Great British Baking Show" right now, this shit is fire. SOUNDCLOUD
Laffing Gas "Rodeo"
No real year end lists at The Boxxx Report, we are too busy keeping things moving through the endless bleak abyss known as "new music." Here is a pretty good punk song by a band from Indiana that came out sometime in 2015. BANDCAMP
Daphne & Celeste "You and I Alone"
Tundra is back with some legends in tow, regaining rightful space. Sounds a little like something I would've downloaded from an MP3 blog in 2004 and burned onto a mix CD-R. And I mean that in a good way. YOUTUBE
Lil B "Soul Food"
Even though "Thugged Out Pissed Off" just made the 2K15 cutoff, this one from June is already a classic. Follow your heart and be yourself. YOUTUBE
Dogs In Ecstasy "Erase Me"
I know I put it out on my own label, but "Welcome 2 Hell" by Dogs In Ecstasy is seriously slept on by people outside of Milwaukee. This is that hook-filled, MIDI damaged, synth grunge pop insanity that I know you all crave: That Dog meets Mens Recovery Project? I'm losing my mind. BANDCAMP
Doormouse "Grandma Got Ran Over By A Kickdrum"
The ultimate legend of Midwest gabber comes out of retirement to throw up this Christmas splattercore instaclassic. This is what I'm playing Xmas morning if I ever have a family (a scary and psycho concept, no doubt). Let the rugrats mosh it out. BANDCAMP
Young Thug "Pacifier"
Young Thug and Mike Will swinging for the fences on this potentially game changing pop song, one of the best of the year. The way the breakbeats cut with the half time drums is monumental, to say nothing of the chorus, which opens up the gate 3K style. SOUNDCLOUD
Girlpool "Ideal World"
Girlpool are a band that's more interesting and straight up better than most of their contemporaries. Listening their latest record takes me into some deep teenage mindstate zone that's gonna take a lifetime to articulate, but whatever, this one's really all about the outro guitar shred payoff moment. YOUTUBE
Rae Srummurd "Tim Westwood Freestyle"
Probably my favorite freestyle of the year. I love the way these guys keep starting to rhyme over each other, like they are too siked to contain themselves. Absolute ecstatic American energy music moment. YOUTUBE
Ten City "That's The Way Love Is (Underground Mix)"
For no real good reason except that it's 1:32 a.m. Christmas Day and I'm feeling insane. The underground mix, of course. Welcome to The Boxxx Report. YOUTUBE
Lil Wayne "My Name Is"
Hi kids, do you like Primus? It should be noted that this came out in 2015. The Weezy/Young Thug feedback loop continues. YOUTUBE
Consumer Electronics "Knives Cut"
One of the best pieces of power electronics (or whatever) I've heard in quite some time, care of some UK masters. I could talk about my conflicted and sometimes downright negative feelings I've had about the genre over the years, but the fact of the matter is sometimes the music transcends. YOUTUBE
Taylor Girlz "Woozie"
Over here at The Boxxx Report, we like songs like this. Always have, always will. American dance music. YOUTUBE
Hardcore purists will sometimes compare Turnstile to 311 or RHCP as a diss, but to me it's a selling point. I'm excited to see how this band progresses over the next few years. "Nonstop Feeling" is the Juiceboy groove rock pick of the year. BANDCAMP
DJ Shark "Space Beach"
What does it all mean? Let me just enjoy these amens in peace. Can I live? YOUTUBE
Odwalla88 "Cool Beat"
Another hit from 2K15-style sampler punx Odwalla88. New rock and roll music, what a concept! Teenagers all around the USA better be starting bands that sound like Odwalla88. YOUTUBE
I want to go back home and rent a car and drive around really slow (I don't know how to drive). I want to turn off all the lights and start freestyling. The Boxxx Report: Foodie John edition. SOUNDCLOUD
Charli XCX (Feat. Rita Ora) "Doing It (A.G. Cook Remix)"
Might just be my favorite remix of the year; like some long bubbling possibilities realized. Ecstatic pop smashed through the prism. Real talk 101 this song makes me feel like my head is full of helium. SOUNDCLOUD
Neutral Fixation II "Nipped In The Bud"
To my dumbass ears, NF2 (my abbreviation, not theirs) fuck around in the zone between noisey hardcore and straight up freakout rock, delivering on all counts. Eternal basement spazz stomp, feel it in your bones from coast to coast. BANDCAMP
Kamaiyah (Feat. Zay' M) "Out The Bottle"
Absurdly catchy Bay Area rap styles from a rising talent, "How Does It Feel" is pretty damn good too. There is a lot of amazing new music in this world, it is very inspiring but also very overwhelming. The Boxxx Report is not about macho head games, it is simply a celebration of the only thing that makes any sense period. YOUTUBE
Bruce Springsteen "Party Lights"
Box set archival action from "The River" era. This one is straight up driving and bleak Anytown USA power pop. Springsteen makes movies. YOUTUBE
Wiki (Feat. Nasty Nigel) "Livin' With My Moms"
Exuberant new coming-of-age music from one third of Ratking, who are a rap group—emphasis on group—in a way that feels special. I love it when rappers talk about their mom, gotta say I do. YOUTUBE
Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball (DJ Detweiler Remix)"
I kind of can't believe I haven't posted a DJ Detweiler "flute drop" remix on the report yet, so let's change that. This one is a classic from 2K13. Miley just took Dan Deacon on tour; rainbow rock will never die. YOUTUBE
Eric Bellinger "Squad"
This song earns a slot on The Boxxx Report mostly for the sick screwed Outhere Brothers sample. Sounds like something Slow Jams Band might've flipped in 2K6. SOUNDCLOUD
Palberta "Fuck You"
Quickie scratchy post punk rager in a timeless style with a timeless title and a timeless feel. I often ask myself two questions: who am I and what the fuck am I doing with my goddamn life? Fuck you, I put it in the yard. BANDCAMP
Chief Keef "Cashin (Schwarz Bootleg)"
Schwarz gives an important American artist the fucked style new school rap rock treatment on this wild remix. Schwarz on The Boxxx Report: a holiday tradition. SOUNDCLOUD
Spewing Cum "Too Many Cops"
Raging anti-cop hardcore from some kids just trying to write their name on the wall. The beat keeps slamming, people. YOUTUBE
Liem "If Only (Lehult)"
When you go deep enough down the sample trail, away from the source material, you end up with this stripped down house tearjerker supreme. I wanna listen to this on a snowy Amtrak. YOUTUBE
Greydolf x JPG MAFIA "Fireman"
Greydolf is back on "The Report" with an abstracted Wayne cover that opens some new portals. Brand new DIY styles for 2015. YOUTUBE
Little Richard "Get Down With It"
Reason number one million why I've never been able to just press play on a laptop. If you don't fuck with this you are out of your goddamn mind. YOUTUBE
Rihanna x Sami Baha "Bitch Better Have My Money (Total Freedom Edit)"
One hundred percent brutal headbanger edit. Hard enough that I felt the need to send it over to Doormouse. SOUNDCLOUD
Sleaford Mods "Jobseeker (Live On Jools Holland)"
I'm not really trying to fuck with live performances for the purpose of "The Report," but I had to make an exception for this one. Sleaford Mods are a monumental punk band. YOUTUBE
Madeintyo "Uber Everywhere"
Obviously the chorus is fire and thematically long overdue, but the whole thing is catchy in a way that makes me want to keep playing it over and over again while I chug Dunkin' and try really hard not to go crazy. Good song. YOUTUBE
JX Cannon (Feat. Barack Obama) "Pop Off"
Cannon wasted no time banging club with the commander in chief, and now it's making the rounds. This is sort of unrelated but I have inside information that Schwarz is working on a mixtape that consists entirely of samples from classic viral videos. SOUNDCLOUD
Jimmy Edgar "Tik Tok"
Flanged out maniacal jacking action, just the way we like it over here. I would recommend reading that last sentence in a British accent. YOUTUBE
Chino Amobi "Roneqah's Theme (Vision of Judgment)"
Auto-tune abstractions flung deep into the zone. Lonely city night paranoia drift in a sick style. YOUTUBE
Missy Elliot (Feat. Pharrell Williams) "WTF (Where They From)"
Rightfully rated right off the bat. Instantly triggers some insane feelings in me related to high school and playing shows and throwing parties. Hard to explain but whatever, this song is perfect. YOUTUBE
Air Pop & Pinky Rose "S4Y 17 41N7 5O"
Great Weezer cover from Air Pop and 1/2 of Odwalla88. Off of the "Mommy" soundtrack, fucking check that movie out. SOUNDCLOUD
B L A C K I E "False Marriages"
The man himself played a brutally emotional set last week in New York City. This song is a favorite of mine (from his 2009 release "Gen") and one piece in a larger puzzle. New American music from a true artist. YOUTUBE
The Exploding Hearts "Shattered (You Left Me)"
I can't help myself! Perfect song, legendary band. Rest in peace. YOUTUBE
Total Abuse "DNA Evidence"
More ripping damaged hardcore from a band that has been playing ripping damaged hardcore for almost a decade now. I think I'm going crazy and I wanna punch a hole in my fucking bedroom wall! SOUNDCLOUD
333 Boyz "Gore"
You know I got a lot of love for the 333 Boyz, if you really need proof just do a close read on the Thunder Zone catalog. "Gore" is from the new EP and might just be their sickest yet. Layered and cheeky and emotional, file under "exciting electronica, my dude." SOUNDCLOUD
Seth Bogart (Feat. Kathleen Hanna) "Eating Makeup"
2001-style electronic punk pop from the guy they used to call Hunx and a women who needs no introduction. Hanna pulls off some sick vocal runs on this one, like "Decepticon" sick. Still bummed I was too young to catch that Fischerspooner Starbucks gig. SOUNDCLOUD
Young Thug "She Notice"
It seems like the rapper Young Thug and the cable television program "Nathan For You" are two of the only things people can agree on right now, but why fight it? The world is too fucked up. YOUTUBE
Terry "Talk About Terry"
This is just some quality driving twee from some down under all stars. Here is a thing you should know about The Boxxx Report: I'm gonna occasionally post some twee pop. SOUNDCLOUD
Grey Dolf "Louis Waves"
Schwarz put me onto this sick slice of hard-to-classify DIY from Baltimore. This feels new but also instantly timeless. YOUTUBE
Bruce Springsteen "Held Up Without A Gun"
Can you believe I haven't posted Springsteen on The Boxxx Report yet? Here is a deep cut from "The River" sessions. It is less than a minute and a half long and pretty punk. YOUTUBE
Dillatronic "Dillatronic 34"
Finding unreleased Dilla is always a cause for celebration and here is one from the new 41 unearthed. You better believe I'm freestyling in my room! SOUNDCLOUD
Otobokebeaver "I Hate A Girl Of You Have Foreign Love"
Japanese insanity rock and roll just the way it should be done. Played with these women in Kyoto (late 2K12?) and they blew me away. Title is straight up ripped from Google Translate so take that shit with a grain of salt. YOUTUBE
DJ Lucas and Gods Wisdom "Unprepared"
Listen, I know I've been posting a lot of these two on The Boxxx Report. I'm sorry, I can't help it! This is the new single from the new record, coming soon on Thunder Zone. YOUTUBE
Sophie "Just Like We Never Said Goodbye"
I can't help but love this, what can I say, it's in my rainbow rock DNA. This is an eternal pop song wrapped in some nu-school sonics, and for that reason alone it transcends a lot of Sophie's peer group. I wanna hear a pop punk cover of this! SOUNDCLOUD
Gods Wisdom (Feat. Chafu) "Shock"
Gods Wisdom played last Friday at The Thunder Zone Music Academy alongside the equally brilliant DJ Lucas. This is freaked out new American music influenced by a lot of different things but fully in its own zone. I'm a big fan. YOUTUBE
Perth Drug Legend "Jocks Get The Fly Girls"
Deranged and funky techno that features a fucking sample from "I Wish" by Skee-Lo? Sign me up. Thanks Ezra. SOUNDCLOUD
Trina "Hotline Bling (Remix)"
Drake, I hope you are listening. This is the closest you will ever come to making The Boxxx Report. YOUTUBE
Sheer Mag "Fan The Flames"
It's only fair that Sheer Mag makes it onto The Boxxx Report because I've listened to their first EP way too many times over the past year. This cut is from the second one, but just as good. Some of the most addictive and catchy rock and roll in recent memory. BANDCAMP
Nots "Virgin Mary"
Eternal synth damaged cave wave action from Memphis ragers. On Goner, of course. The beat goes on. SOUNDCLOUD
Kevin Gates "IHOP"
From a few years ago but still powerful. Classic American storytelling, feel it in your chest. YOUTUBE
Show Me The Body "Six Fingers Thick"
Reminds me of a lot of things, but this is essentially rap rock. Why are you looking at me crazy? One of the best bands going. YOUTUBE
Private Time "Mr Clean"
The great Annie Pearlman is opening things up tonight at the Thunder Zone Music Academy in New York City. Do not miss this historic event! VIMEO
Why Be "Whalin (Kyselina OST)"
Slow motion masterclass sound design insanity. How all our lives feel. YOUTUBE
Special Request "Amnesia"
Who has been sicker than Paul Woolford over the past few years? I mean, I don't really follow this shit that closely, but not many? This track continues his reign of euphoric breakbeat terror one hundred percent no doubt no question. SOUNDCLOUD
I saw the man himself perform this live in NYC for the first time ever last Saturday, at a party thrown by Tryna Function and Mixpak. You better believe there was a mosh pit! YOUTUBE
Bromp Treb "Bagless Shark Stick"
Classic style abstract thickness from Western Mass lifer. I think you could maybe file this under "zoinks noise," but I'm not sure. I'm no expert. BANDCAMP
Faze Miyake (Feat. Sasha Go Hard) "Below Me (Total Freedom's Jezzy Pride Mix)"
America's number one DJ puts an already pulverizing track into the sick style shredder. Is that a Dizzee Rascal sample I hear peaking through the rubble? SOUNDCLOUD
The Real Kids "All Kindsa Girls"
Somehow I fell into buying a Real Kids LP super early in my life; I'm pretty sure I have MRR to blame for that, but I can't fully remember. Regardless, this song is about as good as any song like this could possibly be, and I never sold that record. It's still in my parents basement, chilling. YOUTUBE
Kirk the Flirt & Peter Pressure "Teddybear"
Timeless Big Apple jacking moves headfirst into playground field recording sample madness. I wanna listen to this on a bus, any sort of bus. Probably a city bus. SOUNDCLOUD
Nina Ryser "Fine!"
Member of the great band Palberta doing bedroom pop in a classically tweaked style. This one is a late nite burner for all you deep casio heads out there keeping that particular dream alive. BANDCAMP
Fugees "Ready Or Not (DJ Zinc Remix)"
The world is a fucked up place, but 90s jump-up jungle remixes of rap songs are one reason to keep going. One day at a time, people. YOUTUBE
Puff Daddy And The Family (Feat. Pharrell Williams) "Finna Get Loose"
Fully missed this one when it dropped last summer but I'm glad I picked it up now. Best "Neptunes" production since who knows when, plus you got Puffy and Pharrell swapping their best Chuck D impersonations? What the fuck is going on here? YOUTUBE
Rozwell Kid "Angus Soundtrack Deep Cut"
The title pretty much says it all and you know what? I'm not mad. How could I possibly be mad? BANDCAMP
Oh, hello, I didn't see you there. My name is Juiceboxxx and this is my report. I call the shots, I do whatever I feel like, please enjoy this devastating Weezer B-side for no good reason. YOUTUBE
Angels In America "Outlaws Of The Marsh"
What if Shirley Manson kicked Vig out of the band and fuckin' went full on trip metal? These are the kind of questions we like to ask over here at The Boxxx Report. SOUDCLOUD
G.L.O.S.S "Outcast Stomp"
This is a punk anthem for our times. Positive and raging, get in the pit and try to love someone. YOUTUBE
Fetty Wap "RGF Island"
Drake will never get posted on The Boxxx Report. YOUTUBE
Macy Rodman "Lazy Girl"
A very universal message in the form of a fun club pop rap tune. Alarm clock material. YOUTUBE
Kali Muscle (Feat. Ct Fletcher)"We Pumpin"
This track is included in The Boxxx Report for obvious reasons. If you can't understand them, maybe The Boxxx Report is not for you. YOUTUBE
Bleaker "Hype (Funk)"
More heat from my current favorite family of dance labels. House music can be such a drag—and this is coming from someone who once paid full price to get into The Loft—but this is the kind of shit I will always like. Jacking and nasty, with bonus UK garage sample. YOUTUBE
Dogs In Ecstasy "I'm A Man"
From their forthcoming tape "Welcome 2 Hell," which somehow sounds like a mix between The Rentals and Extreme Animals. Pop rocks from some day 1's, only on Thunder Zone! YOUTUBE
Wench "HBA Galvanize"
15 minute piece starts off with a beautiful Fatboy Slim sample then just keeps going deeper from there. New band from Shayne Oliver and Arca. YOUTUBE
Guerilla Toss "Ritual In Light"
Guerilla Toss are a band that I have been casually following and enjoying for a few years now. There has always been something populist about their funky punky action rock; to some that's probably a dealbreaker, but to me it's a selling point. This new one locks into that demented "Encino Man" groove zone that I crave, and it's on DFA? BANDCAMP
Downtown Boys "Wave Of History"
If your punk song has a saxophone, chances are I'm gonna love it! Great band. YOUTUBE
Jammer "Royal Rumble"
There is an absurd amount of emcees on this crazy grime posse cut, twelve to be exact. I would say just watch the video if you wanna know them all because I don't have the energy—I exerted it it all moshing around my tiny bedroom like a goddamn jackass. YOUTUBE
Chubz X Menace X Booggz "Phone Ring"
Antwon posted on Facebook, I listened. If you don't like this chorus, I don't really know what to tell you. YOUTUBE
Potty Mouth "Cherry Picking"
Beefy fuzz bass and some fresh spoken verb on the verse; although this is probably getting burn on Siriusxm channel 35 "SiriusXMU," the chorus is tough enough for Siriusxm channel 34 "Lithium." Do you know what I'm saying? I'm obsessed with satellite radio. YOUTUBE
Nasenbluten "I Don't Fuck Around"
It's truly astounding how much middling live electronic-based music made by former indie rockers exists in this f'd up world. As a corrective, please enjoy this gabber classic by Nasenbluten, some of the sickest to ever do it. YOUTUBE
Mos Def (Feat. Ski Beatz) "Sensei On The Block"
As someone who has been playing quite a bit of vintage Mos Def at "the kickback," this feels good. Watch as the master paints a picture. YOUTUBE
The Rhythm Method "Local, Girl"
The new single is good, but this one from May might be a classic. Deep, deep conceptual Britpop that I probably don't truly understand, but I think I like it that way! YOUTUBE
MBE "Feeling Good"
I could pretty much post any song from Ezra Marcus's crucial boppin' scene report for Complex, but I'm doing this one and not just because it was the first on the list. This music might be "our" pop punk. YOUTUBE
Snaked "Paul Stanley"
Totally maximal EDM headbanger insanity that would probably sound best in the middle of a parking lot, surrounded by 60,000 neon-clad 19-year-olds. I hope the next one is more rap rock. SOUNDCLOUD
The Necessaries "More Real"
I didn't know that Arthur Russell was in a fire power pop band until around a year ago, after a JB show in Kansas City, when Zach Van Benthausen blasted this song on repeat while lighting bottle rockets out of the window. What can I say? The guy's a legend. YOUTUBE
TT The Artist "Gimme Yo Love"
With summer shutting down, here is one of my favorite songs of the season from two key Baltimore figures (yes, I know Schwarz just moved to LA). Ecstatic American dance pop with a timeless hook—shove THIS up your "live PA" you nerds! SOUNDCLOUD
Gagakirise and EYE "The Flash"
Japanese action rock heroes and my former tourmates in that great country, Gagakirise are close to my heart. Here they team up with f-ing EYE from f-ing Boredoms for a single on Thrill Jockey. Of course it is sick. YOUTUBE
Butta Da Great "Check A Bag"
Heard this on Power 92 a few nights ago as I was drifting to sleep - it woke me up. Spirt of 77 Chicago mosh pit intensity. LIVEMIXTAPES
Mr One Hundred "Aquazone Riddim"
Paul B. Davis used to be a part of the legendary American multimedia crew Beige, now he makes maniacal power soca under the name Mr One Hundred. This track is perfect for jogging in place, alone at the club. SOUNDCLOUD
Fielded "I Choose You"
Big step forward from a young lifer with heavy roots in the freakout game. This one is a simmering anthem with heavy Joni undertones. BANDCAMP
G-Spot "Straight Edge Til 21"
Beyond the great song title, this is 21 seconds of fucked fastcore from some young So-Cal ragers. I don't know, I guess I've just been listening to a lot of Jellyroll Rockheads lately. BANDCAMP
Tate Kobang "Bank Rolls"
Wasn't sure if I should post this or the Tim Trees/Rod Lee original, but the kids win out in the end. This track is pretty much one long hook and under two minutes. High replay value. YOUTUBE
DJ Lucas (Feat. Lucy) "Creme De La Creme"
From the land of J Mascis comes more madness from the Dark World Crew. The chorus on this one has been fried in my head for days. YOUTUBE
Yellow Tears "A Midsummer Night's Cream"
In celebration of 10 years of Far Rockaway's finest, here is a cut off the 2014 Yellow Tears LP "Golden Showers May Bring Flowers." True gargle punk confusion noize; expect the unexpected and bring a goddamn poncho. YOUTUBE
Lone Catalysts "Hot This Year"
Milwaukee's Dope Folks Records continues to churn out high quality rap reissues. This one from Ohio's Lone Catalysts is perfect mid-90s jazzy backpack nice boy nice time music. SOUNDCLOUD
DJ Haus "Hot In Dis Muthafucka!"
This is the kinda thing I like to DJ. Classic Dance Mania insanity with just enough Fatboy-fried UK cheekiness to push it into the stoopid zone. SOUNDCLOUD
Urochromes "I Don't Wanna Be Like Me"
Perfectly pissed punk single made even better by use of drum machine. Also, call me crazy, but is that a mild interpolation of the Future "Karate Chop" cadence that I hear around the 0:16 mark? YOUTUBE
Steppe "Whip It Left Right"
Just a great summertime USA dance song. You might catch me listening to this while walking around aimlessly, cursing myself. YOUTUBE
Alexis Penney "Leave The World To Burn"
B-Boy house flourishes executed with a delicate touch. Emotional but still floor ready from two legends in the making (Nick Weiss on production). Years ago, Alexis once stayed at my house in Milwaukee and I tried to sell her on the Grateful Dead. BANDCAMP
Sporting Life "Badd"
What do you people want from me? I'm a sucker for a loop like this. Through all the fractured Amens and 808 blasts, the chop stays timeless. SOUNDCLOUD
Wolf Eyes "Enemy Ladder"
A straight up rock and roll banger from one of the most legendary bands in USA freakout history. 20 years deep and they keep getting sicker. Essential American punk rock. SOUNDCLOUD
OMI "Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)"
Instant wedding conga line insanity classic and one of the most subtly punishing drops in recent memory. Rapping grandma on the dancefloor. YOUTUBE
Dow Jones And The Industrials "Can't Stand The Midwest"
I saw Blaque Chris post this on his Facebook so I checked it out. Great power pop songs are made better when they are under two minutes long and even better when they are about how much you hate your home town. YOUTUBE
The most exciting new band in underground Americana. Playing this Saturday at Burning Fleshtival in Far Rockaway, Queens. Not to be missed. SOUNDCLOUD
Lil B x Chance The Rapper "First Mixtape"
Hard to pick one track off of this very inspirational mixtape. This one makes me think about being a kid and falling in love with hop hop for the first time. But it's still new. SOUNDCLOUD
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