Entries tagged with: Black Flag
Black Flag at Grand Victory in June (more by PSquared Photography)
The writing was on the wall since before we played our first show. So many things went wrong from the start. I was into things like having a good drummer, rehearsing and spending time on things like beginnings and endings of songs, being a little less distracted with tour life and a little more on the ball. You know things that would make our efforts worthy of the name Black Flag... Yes it is my opinion that we fell very short indeed and the diminishing ticket sales and crowds are a testament to that. However It was made clear to me that raising these issues was tantamount to a blasphemous stab in the back to Greg. How could I question him, his efforts and hard work? How could I dare be a fan of OFF! And or be friends and a fan of Flag? I was told that I had to chose sides. But I refuse to treat someone like an infallible Pope figure. No guitarist deserves such unquestioning blind devotion.You can read Ron's full note below.
In case you're not caught up, Black Flag "reunited" with main songwriter/guitarist Greg Ginn and Jealous Again vocalist Ron Reyes. Then, a second Black Flag reunited as FLAG which included Nervous Breakdown vocalist Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, and others. Black Flag toured. FLAG did too. Then Black Flag sued FLAG, but lost. Black Flag showed us their new album artwork. They called it What The... We wondered the same thing. Then they let us hear the whole record (though it's still not technically out until 12/13). And now just like that, Black Flag are without a vocalist again.
It was fun while it lasted, right?
Read the rest of Reyes' note below...
by Doug Moore
I'm sure you've all been waiting with baited breath, and the moment has now finally arrived: Black Flag's new album, the aptly-titled What The..., is available for streaming in full on Spotify.
The band are continuing to pursue their guerilla-style media strategy of barely telling anyone about what they're doing and when they're doing it, but you should be able to find What The... in stores on 12/3/2013 -- just in time for you to give it as a holiday gift to your favorite nostalgic '80s hardcore ex-kid. For those keeping score, its utterly perplexing cover was evidently designed by once-and-future vocalist Ron Reyes, who had the following to say about it on his Facebook account:
Well I gotta admit that I was the one who designed this. I submitted several designs all of which I liked much better. But this is the one that stuck. Originally it was black n white but then I was asked to add some color. I was aiming for something kinda fun and not serious like some early Descendents art. I fully expected that some folks would hate it. I guess I was right. Does that make me prophetic? Lol. lighten up folks geesh its only rock n roll.Yeah, lighten up, guys!
Anyhow, you can stream What The... in full below. I'm only a few tracks into it right now, but it...um...doesn't sound all that bad; Greg Ginn's guitar work in particular sounds pretty gnarly and true to BF's mid-era work. Perhaps the album sales will help him recoup the legal fees he lost in his failed suit against FLAG.
Definitely curious to hear what you guys think once you've spun the whole thing. Listen below...
By Doug Moore
The hits keep on coming from Greg Ginn's version of Black Flag. Shortly after losing his lawsuit against his former bandmates, Ginn has unveiled the title, album art, and track listing of Black Flag's new album (seen above) via iTunes, and...well, look at the thing. I'm not even sure what to say about it, other than that William Shatner's graphic designer apparently isn't on an exclusive retainer. The album will be called What The.... I concur.
Check out the track listing below.
by Doug Moore
Black Flag at Grand Victory, June 2013 (more by PSquared Photography)
The great Black Flag kerfuffle of 2013 may finally be winding down. If you've been following this mess, you probably remember BF founder Greg Ginn suing the members of FLAG (Keith Morris, Dez Cadena, Stephen Egerton, and Bill Stevenson), plus Henry Rollins (just for yuks, y'know?), over the trademark on Black Flag's name and famous "bars" logo back in August.
In a decision that will no doubt rock the world of jurisprudence to its dusty foundations, a judge has ruled against Ginn's claim. There's a good summary of the situation over at SPIN, which goes thusly:
A judge found that: SST has no rights to the Black Flag copyright; Ginn has no special rights to any of the trademarks; neither Ginn nor the label gave a damn about copyrghts or trademarks until now; Rollins never quit Black Flag (!); fans are smart enough to know which band is which; and nobody tried to screw anybody over, so let's all give it a rest.And here's the legalese version from the same source:
(1) the court found that SST had no rights in the trademarks;This turn of events adds insult to injury for Ginn; the media consensus is generally that FLAG have also done better for themselves as a live unit than Black Flag have. I'd like to conclude that we can put this stupid issue to rest now, but somehow I don't think this is over.
(2) Ginn seemed to have no individual rights in the Black Flag trademarks;
(3) even if either had had any rights in those marks, they had abandoned those rights through a failure to police the mark for nearly 30 years;
(4) the defendants' claim that the Black Flag assets were owned by a statutory partnership comprised of various former band members - even if these members only consisted of Henry and Ginn, based on (a) accepting Ginn's argument that he never quit and given that there is no evidence or allegation that Henry ever quit - has merit;
(5) that even if the plaintiffs had some trademark claim in the marks, there was no likelihood of consumer confusion between Black Flag and Flag given the ample press coverage over the dispute; and
(6) the trademark application and registration that Henry and Keith made was done in good faith (e.g. not fraudulently) - and is thus not necessarily subject to cancellation - given that they understood their actions to have been done on the part of the Black Flag partnership (see No. 4, above).
photos by Cory Dewald
Blondie / Glassjaw / Public Enemy fans
With about 20 albums under their belt, it was interesting to see what songs Guided By Voices would pick for their Riot Fest set. Keeping in mind that most audience members might not be familiar with everything in their vast discography, frontman Robert Pollard announced each song's name with a short introduction throughout the whole set. The band opened with "Xeno Pariah" and followed up with songs like "Island," "Shocker in Gloomtown," and "The Challenge Is Much More," only stopping to take a quick swig from a small bottle to oil up his voice. [BV Chicago]Riot Fest Chicago (the second of three Riot Fests this year) continued on Saturday (9/14) for its second of three days. The second day had tons of multi-generational alternative music representation including punk's late '70s heyday (Blondie, X, FLAG -- the Keith Morris version of Black Flag), second wave ska (The Selecter), third wave ska (Rancid), classic indie rock (Dinosaur Jr., Violent Femmes, Guided by Voices), modern indie rock (Surfer Blood, Stars, The Sidekicks), classic hip hop (Public Enemy), and turn-of-the-millenium poppunk/emo/post-hardcore (blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw). Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.
by Andrew Sacher
Descendents at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Much has been going on in the punk world lately, and in case you've missed out, here's a roundup of information on upcoming shows (mostly in NYC), and other related news. The big one is probably the inevitable news that Black Flag guitarist Greg Ginn sued FLAG, the other currently operating incarnation of Black Flag. You can catch the impostors when their tour hits NYC on Septemeber 19 at Irving Plaza (tickets).
FLAG, as you may know, also share members with another classic punk band Descendents, and both of those bands will be playing this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, which goes down in Austin from November 8-10. Tickets for that festival are still available.
Meanwhile, in an interview with Under the Gun (via Exclaim), Descendents drummer/producer Bill Stevenson mentioned that the band are slowly, but surely working on a new record, which will be the followup to 2004's Cool to be You. Bill said:
[The record is] in the embryonic stages. I have my studio, The Blasting Room, Stephen [Egerton] lives in Tulsa, and he has a studio too. Milo [Aukerman] even has a real small recording apparatus in his basement. Karl [Alvarez] still lives by me.Descendents have also recently been honored by some bands they've influenced. Pop punks Candy Hearts released a cover of "Nothing With You" on their new 7" (listen below), and FILTER Magazine recently released a free tribute album that features FIDLAR, Mike Watt + The Secondmissingmen, The Bronx, YACHT, TEEN, Good Riddance, and more.
So I went in a couple of weeks ago and recorded, so we got 11 songs done, [but] just the drums. We'll be passing those around, Stephen will be putting guitars on 'em, Karl will be putting bass on 'em, Milo will be singing on 'em. We'll get rolling but it's not gonna be like "Oh it'll be done in a month!" It's gonna take us several months.
Good Riddance, the '90s era Cali punks who reunited in 2012, will be playing their first NYC shows since reuniting, all of which will happen during this year's CMJ. They'll be playing both official Fat Wreck Chords (who put out the last Descendents record) showcases, including the one happening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 18 with The Flatliners, Western Addiction, and Brooklyn/NJ's Night Birds, whose new album, Born to Die in Suburbia, does a lot of justice to the sound bands like Descendents and Good Riddance helped create. That same lineup (minus The Flatliners) sets sail aboard a Rocks Off Cruise the next day (10/19). MHOW tickets are on AmEx presale now, and a general on-sale stars Friday (8/9) at noon. Rocks Off tickets go on sale Friday at noon.
Another long-running Cali punk band, not too far removed from Descendents or Black Flag, Angry Samoans play a previously discussed NYC show on September 15 at Bowery Electric with Last Call Brawl and Downtown Brown (tickets).
Another good punk option in NYC happening much sooner (this weekend to be exact) is As discussed, Citizens Arrest (who once counted Ted Leo as a member), who play Brooklyn's Acheron on Saturday (8/10) (57 Waterbury St) with Enabler, Miscegenator, and Dead Serious. Tickets are still available.
NYC street punk vets The Casualties have some Northeast dates this September. None of them are in NYC, but they do have an Orange County show on 9/7 at Ma and Pa's, a Long Island show on 9/12 at Revolution, and two NJ shows: 9/13 at Stanhope House and 9/14 at Brighton Bar. All of their dates are listed below.
Another East Coast punk tour lands in the NYC-area this month when Protagonist and related project Teen Agers hit New Brunswick on August 13 at Court Tavern with Not The Bees and Lay the Blame on Luck, and Brooklyn on August 14 at Saint Vitus with Go Deep, Scarboro and Divided Heaven. Tickets for the Saint Vitus show are on sale now.
As you may already know, Kid Dynamite are breaking up (again), but not before playing This is Hardcore in Philly this week (8/8) and their free House of Vans show (8/15) in Brooklyn with Joyce Manor, Red Hare, and Swearin'. RSVP for that show is closed.
Joyce Manor also have other shows around the one at HoV, including another Brooklyn show happening on August 17 at Knitting Factory with Glocca Morra and Dogs On Acid (ex-Algernon Cadwallader). Tickets for the Knit show are still available.
Obviously these are only a few of the upcoming punk shows in NYC. What else?
Some streams and the list of Casualites dates, below...
photos by PSquared Photography
The plaintiff at Grand Victory, June 2013
Hollwood Reporter has details on a majorly shocking development to absolutely no one... Black Flag has sued FLAG.
[Greg Ginn] claims he and his label, SST Records, exclusively own the rights to the Black Flag name (and "Flag" variation) and infamous logo, which Flag use on tour.Hollywood Reporter has a copy of the actual paper signed, which also name former vocalist Henry Rollins (though he is not involved in FLAG).
He sued his 1979-mid 1980s bandmates Friday, seeking an injunction against their current tour, which kicked off in May and will stop in Los Angeles (pending this case) for FYF Fest on August 24. The suit describes the alleged infringement of the logo and name "Flag" as "a colorable imitation" that's "likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception among consumers."
Ginn accuses Garfield and Morris of lying to the Trademark Office on registrations; using his own label's record covers to feign as though they've been continuing to use Black Flag since 1979; and in what's alleged to be an act of "outrageous fraud," using bootleg SST T-shirts in an attempt to show they've been making such products in that time.
Check out some belated pictures in this post of Black Flag in one of their more-punk moments, playing a cramped Grand Victory on June 16.
Deerhunter at Governors Ball 2013 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As discussed, Fun Fun Fun Fest is returning to Austin's Auditorium Shores from November 8-10 this year. After already leaking five artists (The Julie Ruin, Bonobo, Judge, The Walkmen, and Ice-T), FFF Fest just leaked six more.
The new announcements include FLAG (aka one of two Black Flag reunions, and who play NYC in September), Deerhunter (who also play NYC in September), Big K.R.I.T. (who plays Rock the Bells and NYC with Talib Kweli and Macklemore), Star Slinger, Daniel Johnston, and comedian Kyle Kinane.
Tickets for FFF Fest go on sale July 9 at 11 AM EST.
Star Slinger recently remixed Miguel's "Adorn." Check that out below...
by Fred Pessaro
Cro-Mags at House of Vans, 2011 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Music Hall of Williamsburg, ready your metal detectors. A little less than a year after the infamous Harley incident that left the original bassist with a broken leg and another man knifed, Cro-Mags will return
to play Music Hall of Williamsburg on July 19.
UPDATE: This show has been rescheduled for October 20. Previously-purchased tickets will be honored for the new date.
The band is also scheduled to play a mega-show in Chicago with Rival Mob, Breakdown and others.
In addition to the upcoming MHoW date, look for Jon Joseph of 'da Mags to join on for a celebration of the release of punk rock photo book, Barred for Life:
Barred For Life is a photo-driven documentary highlighted and counterpointed with a compelling narrative which addresses the facts and fantasies associated with growing up a Punk Rocker in the early 1980's, and how Black Flag pervaded the scene's rumor mill like a mysterious specter all across the country and around the world. Revealing quotations supplement the austere black-and-white photography of Jared Castaldi and Stewart Dean Ebersole, Barred For Life's photographic teamThe show will feature appearances from Dez Cadena (ex-Black Flag, Flag) performing the "Six Pack EP" in it's entirety, Paul Bearer (Sheer Terror), Jimmy Gestapo (Murphy's Law), Rizzo (The Misguided), Drew Stone (Antidote), Walter Schreifels (Quicksand)and many more. Tickets are still available for this event at Bowery Electric on June 23.
If you missed it, Greg Ginn's incarnation of Black Flag played three shows over the weekend. Or maybe you, like me, didn't miss it one bit.
photos by PSquared Photography
Ron Reyes / Greg Ginn of "Black Flag"
While on their reunion tour, Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes' incarnation of Black Flag played three stops in Brooklyn for two shows at Warsaw (on June 14t & 15) and one at a secret venue which was revealed to be Grand Victory (on June 16). Most were probably happy with the predominately classic setlist, featuring only one new song off their upcoming album (setlist below).
Their Friday (6/14) show was opened up by the ever-evolving Brooklyn natives, The Men, performing tracks off their still-fresh release from earlier this year, New Moon (out now via Sacred Bones).
If you're a fan of Black Flag (or any lacking incarnation thereof), then you're probably aware of the Keith Morris version of the band, FLAG, who are also on tour this summer. Look for FLAG (featuring more original members than the band currently called Black Flag) at Irving Plaza on September 19. Tickets for that show are still available.
More pictures, videos, and the setlist from Friday's show below...
Ray Petitbon, the brother of Greg Ginn of Black Flag and designer of that band's logo and album covers (among other work), is at the center of a short documentary by MOCAtv titled Punk - Black Flag - Art + Music. Featuring interviews with Henry Rollins, Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Flea and the artist himself, the documentary examines the iconic Black Flag logo and the flyers that made such an impact on the West Coast hardcore scene of the early 80s. The film was produced by Bryan Ray Turcotte, the author of Fucked Up + Photocopied..., and look for forthcoming videos with Crass and Dead Kennedys. Meanwhile, you can watch Punk - Black Flag - Art + Music below.
As mentioned, the Greg Ginn/Ron Reyes incarnation of "Black Flag" are coming to NYC for Northside shows on June 14 and 15 at Warsaw in Brooklyn. Both shows are sold out, but the band have now added a third Brooklyn show happening on June 16 at a secret Williamsburg venue. Like the 6/15 show, the openers are Ginn's other band, Good For You, and Cinema Cinema. Tickets for the secret show are on sale now (password: "buckwild"). Updated Black Flag dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, the other Black Flag band, FLAG (aka Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson, and Stephen Egerton) just played Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas and also have upcoming dates, including a NYC show on September 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.
All Ginn/Reyes Black Flag dates are listed, along with a stream of their new song, below...
LA Fest FYF Fest is celebrating 10 years this year, and will take over Los Angeles State Historic Park on August 24 & 25. Check out the massive lineup in the poster above, and in alphabetical order below...
FLAG, comprised of former Black Flag-ers and Descendents Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, Bill Stevenson and Stephen Egerton, will play a series of precision strikes this summer and fall. Weekends shows and festivals will be the band's MO thus far, hitting Orion, Punk Rock Bowling, NXNE, FYF Fest and more, but do include a string of East Coast dates in September. Look for FLAG to hit NYC on September 19 at Irving Plaza. Tickets go on presale on Wednesday (5/15) at 10 AM with regular sale hitting on Friday (5/17) at 10 AM.
The band recently played a surprise show in Redondo Beach, CA where the band performed at a Moose Lodge. Video of that performance is below.
All dates and that video are below.
Invisible Oranges has the details on a song by Black Flag, the version featuring Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes, titled "Down in the Dirt" and will be on their forthcoming LP. They also fired a shot across the bow at that "other" band (meaning FLAG):
"not to be confused with the 'fake' Flag band currently covering the songs of BLACK FLAG in an embarrassingly weak "mailing it in" fashion*** We urge you to check out the real BLACK FLAG when they hit your area.Keep it classy.
You can download the new Black Flag song "Down in the Dirt" for the price of your email address here. You can stream it, alongside updated tour schedule, below.
Black Flag (aka Ginn/Reyes) have added ANOTHER show at Warsaw on June 15, one day after their previously discussed show at the same venue which is now sold-out. Tickets for the just-added show go on sale at 10AM tomorrow (3/2).
Metallica at Orion 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Metallica held their inaugural Orion Music & More festival in Atlantic City in 2012, and as mentioned, they'll be moving to Detroit for the 2013 installment. It happens from June 8 - 9 in Belle Isle and the lineup was just announced, including headliners Metallica joined by Japandroids, FLAG, Tomahawk, Gogol Bordello, Death Grips, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Deftones, The Dirtbombs, Death, Foals, The Bronx, The Orwells, Red Hot Chili Peppers, FIDLAR, and more. Full lineup below. The announcement includes no word on Metallica playing full albums like they did last year.
Tickets for the festival go on sale to the general public on Friday (3/1) at 10 AM EST with a Met Club presale starting Tuesday (2/26) at 10 AM and an Orion E-list member presale on Wednesday (2/27) at 10 AM.
Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Feb 2013 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
As mentioned earlier today, The Northside Festival will return in 2013, and have announced the initial lineup for the June 13 - 20th festival. The musical program will run from June 13-16 and besides the previously discussed Iceage and Son Volt, will also feature Black Flag (with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes, not to be confused with FLAG) Swans (who are playing Bonnaroo), The Men, Rhys Chatham and Oneida (collaborating), Merchandise, Lambchop, Twin Sister, Lower, Milk Music, WHY?, Chelsea Wolfe, the Soft Moon, Destruction Unit, and more.
The festival will take place across venues in and around North Brooklyn, with free concerts in McCarren Park, portions of Williamsburg streets shut down and Pitchfork taking over Saint Vitus for three nights of shows. More details are on the way.
As part of it, Swans play Warsaw on June 13 with Chelsea Wolfe. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon.
Tickets for the Black Flag show, which happens at Warsaw on June 14, go on sale Friday (2/20) at noon, featuring appearances from Good For You, The Men, and Netherlands. The show is one of two scheduled for The Men, with the band also scheduled to headline Bowery Ballroom in March.
Badges for Northside 2013 go on sale Friday (2/22) at noon. A full listing of today's announcement of Northside bands is below.
Devo in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Punk Rock Bowling is returning to downtown Las Vegas for its 15th year from May 25 - 27 with a lineup of Devo, FLAG (one of two Black Flag reunions taking place this year), Bad Religion (who are touring soon), The Damned, Turbonegro, DRI, Bouncing Souls, The Casualties, Subhumans, Swingin' Utters, US Bombs, The Weirdos, and more. Three-day passes are on sale now and single day tickets go on sale Monday, February 11.
Flyer and full lineup below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
BLACK FLAG has reformed and is in the process of putting finishing touches on a new album with founder Greg Ginn on guitar, Ron Reyes on vocals, Gregory Moore on drums and Dale Nixon on bass.Gregory Moore was never a member of Black Flag, but played in the post-BF project Gone with Ginn. "Dale Nixon" on bass essentially means that the there is no set bassist, as Greg Ginn credited himself with the psuedonym on My War and countless other BF recordings. From a release:
While Dale has lent his skills to the new album, he is currently contractually obligated for a stint on Celebrity Rehab. Still, as he has always done in the past, he will continue to provide insight and spiritual guidance to the current bass player.What's more? The band has ALSO announced that they will embark on a 2013 US tour in addition to previously discussed dates. The first US date has been set for Muddy Roots Music Festival in Tennessee, on 8/31/13 with more announced soon.
Make sure not to confuse Black Flag with Flag.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Just when things couldnt get any weirder regarding Black Flag...
Black Flag original members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, and Bill Stevenson, along with guitarist Stephen Egerton (who played along Bill Stevenson in Descendents and ALL), spurred by crowd reaction to a surprise set at Goldenvoice's 30th anniversary show in 2011, have formed FLAG as a vehicle to continue performing the hardcore progentiors' repertoire.We now have dueling "Flag"s, this version and the previously discussed with Greg Ginn and Ron Reyes. I have a headache.
Catch the Morris version on the road in Europe and at Punk Rock Bowling in Vegas over Memorial Day Weekend (May 24 - 27) where they'll join names like The Damned (who are also playing Chaos), DRI, Lagwagon, Subhumans, The Bouncing Souls, Swingin Utters, Lower Class Brats and more. Tickets for Punk Rock Bowling go on sale Tuesday (1/29) at 1PM PST.
The impossible has happened. Black Flag will reunite with their second vocalist Ron Reyes (Keith Morris was the first) for a show at Hevy Fest in the UK, roping in Greg Ginn as part of the lineup. The show will be the first official Black Flag show in many years, and the first outside of the US in more than 30.
UPDATE:Neither Chuck Dukowski nor Robo are part of this lineup. Enter FLAG.
So far the remainder of the Hevy Fest lineup, which goes down on August 2-4 at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, has yet to be announced. Expect an additional 80 bands to round out the lineup.
Head below for some Black Flag videos featuring Ron on vocals, including a video from Ron Reyes's 50th birthday party, where he joined Greg Ginn on stage for Black Flag covers.
Akron/Family at LPR in 2010 (more by Anna Scialli)
Freaky folkies Akron/Family released Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT in 2011, and they've announced that they're planning on releasing a followup in 2013. To help fund the new record, the band meanwhile released a limited edition (1,000 pressings) live double CD which comprises a recording from their show at the Drunken Unicorn in Atlanta from January 2012 and some experimental pieces recorded in El Paso later in the year. You can purchase that CD at the Akron/Family webstore for $20. Each copy was handmade and hand-stamped by the band.
We also spoke to Akron/Family member Miles Seaton about his top albums of 2012. Miles recently moved from NYC to LA, had to get a car, and ended up getting one with a cassette player. So rather than listing his top 10 albums that were released in 2012, he listed the top 10 cassettes he acquired this year to play in his car stereo. His full list with some commentary is below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
High on Fire are on tour and played two NYC shows this weekend, the first of which was at Bowery Ballroom on 11/30 with tourmates Goatwhore, Primate and Lo-Pan. The shows marked not only a triumphant return for guitar god Matt Pike following his stint with rehab, but also a chance to document his return for all posterity: both Bowery Ballroom and the following night's show at Music Hall of Williamsburg were recorded for a live album. Pictures from Bowery are in this post (and pics and a review from Music Hall are on the way). More, and a video of Primate performing Black Flag covers at the after-party at Saint Vitus, below...