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January 17, 2015

by Jonathan Dick

Marky Ramone

Marky Ramone will take the stage at the Gramercy Theater on 1/17 to celebrate the upcoming publication of his memoirs, Punk Rock Blitzkrieg: My Life as a Ramone. Sitting behind the drums for one of the greatest bands in rock history for fifteen years provided more than enough perspective for the Brooklyn native who will turn 59 later this year. The timing is especially poignant given that last July saw the death of Tommy Ramone who'd been the last surviving member of the original lineup. It was Tommy who would recommend Marky to replace himself when he left the band in 1978, setting in motion another chapter for a band that had already established itself as one of punk rock's most iconic groups. I recently spoke with Mark to discuss the book release show (featuring Andrew W K), his earliest days with another genre-defining band, and why punk rock is still the best form of exercise.


BV: Let's talk about the book for a second, Mark. What made you feel this was the right time for an autobiography?

Marky: Well, it took five years in the making, and the process of writing it was a year and a half. I read all the Ramones books, and there were a lot of exaggerations, and I just wanted to clear them, so in my book I did. I just don't like when people try to change history for their own reasons. I'm not gonna mention names. I'm just saying that I believe what happened happened and that's what happened. To change history for one's idea of sensationalism I think is wrong. On the Internet, especially these days, a blog or a writer can say anything and then everybody believes that, y'know what I'm saying? I'm sure you've experienced that. That's where a lot of people unfortunately get their news. In my book it's my whole life story beginning with the music scene plus growing up in Brooklyn, New York, and then later on after me, Johnny, and Joey decided to retire in '94 and then our last show was in '96. It's a lot more informative. Obviously it has a lot to do with time being in the band for fifteen years and doing 1700 shows. I absorbed everything and what you read, that's the result.

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January 16, 2015


Metal festival Maryland Deathfest (which returns this May) is expanding westward and presenting California Deathfest as well this year. It happens October 9-11 at Oakland Metro in Oakland, CA, and the lineup includes Worship, Infest, Antediluvian, Autopsy, Bolzer, Disma, Dispirit, Immolation, Excel, Loss, Lycus, Cretin, Despise You, Ghoul, Nader Sadek, Noothgrush, Poison Idea, Xibalba and more.

Unlike MDF's multi-stage setup, CDF will happen on one stage. Tickets go on sale at noon PST on Saturday (1/17). Full day-by-day lineup below...

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January 15, 2015

photo: Weedeater at Saint VItus in 2012 (more by Samantha Marble)

Stoner metal weirdos Weedeater have announced a US tour with Australian thrashers King Parrot kicking off in Austin during SXSW and ending in their home city of Wilmington, NC in April. The tour swings through NYC for a show on April 13 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Weedeater signed to Season of Mist last year and said they'd be releasing a new Steve Albini-recorded album on the label. That album's now been finished. Stay tuned for more details. Before that though, they'll re-release 2007's God Luck and Good Speed and 2011's Jason... The Dragon on their new label home on January 26 and February 23, respectively.

Watch a full set video of the Saint Vitus show they played this past November, with the list of tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Weedeater finished their new LP, reissuing old ones, touring with King Parrot (dates)"

photo: Cancer Bats at The Studio at Webster Hall in 2013 (more by Harriet Roberts)
Cancer Bats

Toronto hardcore/hard rock blenders (and sometimes Black Sabbath cover band) Cancer Bats will return with their fifth album, Searching For Zero, on March 10 via Metal Blade Records. Its lead single "Satellites" comes with a hearty helping of thick riffs, as you can hear for yourself by watching its video below. Artwork and tracklist below too.

Cancer Bats have now announced a tour with the more traditionally hardcore and also great Canadian band Exalt, kicking off a few days after the album's release. The tour hits NYC twice: March 26 at Cake Shop and March 28 at Saint Vitus. Openers TBA, and advance tickets for Vitus should be available soon via Ticketfly.

All dates are listed, with the new Cancer Bats single and a stream of Exalt's 2014 LP Pale Light, below...

Continue reading "Cancer Bats releasing new LP, touring w/ Exalt (dates/video)"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Sannhet at Saint Vitus in 2014 (more by Greg Cristman)

As discussed, Brooklyn instrumental post-metal trio Sannhet have signed to The Flenser for their upcoming sophomore album, Revisionist, which is due out on March 3. They've now premiered its new single, "Lost Crown," over at Stereogum, and it's more proof that this band can build one hell of a wall of sound. Check it out below.

We're also happy to announce that Sannhet and their Flenser labelmate Planning for Burial (who released the excellent Desideratum LP last year) have been added to night two of This Will Destroy You's BrooklynVegan-presented two-night stand at Saint Vitus (2/26 & 2/27). Night 1 openers still TBA. Tickets for both are still available.

UPDATE: So Hideous and Christopher Tignor are opening night 1.

Sannhet also play Vitus with Youth Code and Statiqbloom soon. Stream their new song, along with PfB's album and a track from TWDY's latest album, below...

Continue reading "Planning for Burial & Sannhet (who have a new song) added to BV-presented This Will Destroy You show"

photos by Keith Marlowe

High on Fire / Windhand @ Saint Vitus - 1/9/15
High on Fire
High on Fire

-And now: High On Fire from Oakland, CA.

-Sounds like: Taking a bong hit right before a Marshall Amp is literally thrown at your face.

-New features on Matt Pike: A Lemmy-esque handlebar mustache.

-Things I would do to see High On Fire play a straight set of Motörhead songs: Kill, cheat, lie, sell the farm, sell government secrets, cut off a section of a pinky.

-Prediction: At some point, Lemmy will walk into his dressing room, and Matt Pike will emerge in Lemmy's signature black outfit and cowboy hat. He will answer only to "Lemmy." Matt Pike will become the new Lemmy, and will continue the reign of Motörhead.

-Highlight tracks of the night: "Rumors of War," "Madness Of An Architect," and "Speedwolf."

-New tracks played: All I can clearly remember is that one is called "Carcosa," which is an awesome True Detective/Robert Chambers reference, and that song slayed. [Chris Krovatin for Revolver]

The awesome double bill of sludge beasts High on Fire and doom traditionalists Windhand wrapped up their tour in Providence last night, after hitting NYC for two shows (early and late) at Saint Vitus on January 9. We caught the late show, which was totally packed (both were sold out). High on Fire have a new album on the way (they're about to enter the studio with Kurt Ballou), and offered several new songs from that at the show. Opening the show (and the whole tour) was instrumental New Orleans band Mountain of Wizard. The review quoted above is of the early show. Pictures of the late one are in this post.

In related news, Windhand singer Dorthia Cottrell has a psych-folk solo album on the way via Forcefield Records (due 3/3). She just released another track from that album, "Kneeler." Check it out, with more pictures and videos from Vitus, below.

Continue reading "High on Fire & Windhand played 2 Vitus shows w/ Mountain of Wizard (pics, videos); Dorthia Cottrell released a new song"

photo: Philm at Slaughter by the Water 2012 (more by Taylor Keahey)

While Dave Lombardo left Slayer again in 2013, he's remained active with other projects. One of those is his band Philm, who released their sophomore album, Fire From the Evening Sun, last year. Philm have a couple dates announced at the moment, including a Brooklyn show happening February 23 at Saint Vitus with Gozu and Long Day Gone. Tickets for that show are on sale now. No word yet if these dates are part of a larger tour, but stay tuned. Full upcoming show schedule below.

Meanwhile, Slayer without Dave Lombardo were announced this week for Bonnaroo, where they'll join mostly non-metal bands (besides Pallbearer and Between the Buried & Me) like Kendrick Lamar, My Morning Jacket and Belle & Sebastian. Their only two other dates scheduled at the moment are also festivals: Florida's Welcome to Rockville Festival with Ministry, Slash, Suicidal Tenencies, Testament, Exodus, and more; and North Carolina's Carolina Rebellion with Cheap Trick, Slash, Suicidal Tendencies, Testament, Exodus and more.

Between the Philm show and Scott Ian's band Motor Sister playing Saint Vitus on 2/12, there will be no lack of '80s thrash vets at the Brooklyn venue this February. Philm dates, a song stream from their 2014 album, and a recent video interview that Dave Lombardo gave, below...

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January 14, 2015

Hard Times

If occasional Onion stories like "90s Punk Decries Punks Of Today" and "47 Punk Bands Change Name To 'The Miami Relatives" are not enough for you, check out The Hard Times, a hard-hitting new music news site whose tagline is "Punk News Comin' Your Way". So far they've published important stories like: "Deafheaven Bassist Falls Asleep Onstage", "Brooklyn's Newest Resident an Outspoken Critic of Gentrification", "Iggy Azalea Clarifies She Only Listens to Early Skrewdriver", "Henry Rollins to Start Third Black Flag", and a bunch more. Check it out!

January 13, 2015


Doom/sludge legends Grief last reformed in 2008, but then ended the reunion a year later. Now they're coming to life once again, and their first show back will take place in NYC on February 28 at Saint Vitus. The show is the Haunted Hotel Records 13th anniversary party, and also features German grind vets Yacopsae, slightly newer German band Irate Architect, Boston hardcore vets Psycho, and Chicago grinders Sick/Tired (who recently put out the Dissolution LP on A389). Tickets are on sale now.

No word yet on other Grief reunion dates, but stay tuned. Listen to their 1994 album, Come To Grief, with music from the other bands and the show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Grief reuniting again, playing Saint Vitus w/ Yacopsae, Psycho and more"

by Andrew Sacher


Horrendous released their excellent second album, Ecydysis, this past fall via Dark Descent, and they're finally coming to NYC in support of it. They'll hit Acheron on January 31 with great local support from tech-deathers Artificial Brain, the raw Throaat, and the psychedelic Kosmodemonic. It's Horrendous' first show of 2015, and at the moment it's a one-off. Tickets are on sale now.

If you haven't heard Ecydysis, it's an excellent slab of melodic death metal -- accessible but not crossing over into pop metal, full of guitar heroics, and cut down the middle with the kind of acoustic guitar interlude ("The Vermillion") that so epically opened a few certain Metallica albums. Stream the album in full, with the NYC show flyer, below...

Continue reading "Horrendous schedule NYC one-off w/ Artificial Brian, Throaat & Kosmodemonic (listen to their LP)"