Entries tagged with: Black Flag
The always-great punk festival Punk Rock Bowling is getting an East Coast edition this year to. In addition to taking place from May 26-30 in its usual home, it happens again from June 10-12 at The Stone Pony Summer Stage in Asbury Park.
The initial lineup is stacked with legends, including Flogging Molly, Descendents, Cock Sparrer, FLAG (Keith Morris' version of Black Flag), The Exploited, Dag Nasty (who last reunited for FFF), Subhumans, Dillinger Four, Anti-Nowhere League, Youth Brigade and The Dwarves. Some bands won't appear in both cities, and the details on that are still TBA.
Club shows, other attractions, and ticket info coming soon. Stay tuned.
Dez has just finished debilitating radiation treatments, and is confident he will return to active performance again within a year. So Dez has had to take a long break from touring and recording and he had no other income to pay for the quite expensive treatments and doctor's bills.So sad to hear. Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery.
We ask you today to donate funds to help Dez's cause, as this friendly man has given so much to the music community, and he is literally a living punk rock legend, having played on some of the classic records of the genre, and remains one of the most beloved members of the scene.
We ask you to please consider donating anything you can to help see Dez through the next year, so he can resume his proper place on the stages and records of our future. Thank you for assisting us in helping this very kind man in his time of need.
by Andrew Sacher
Formed in the early '80s, BL'AST took the wide-open experimental streak of Black Flag and expanded the sonic template to include all manner of skronks and squalls while still raging in the old hardcore way. This naturally caught the ear of SST, who released three BL'AST albums: The Power Of Expression (1986 on Green World Records, reissued in 1987 on SST), It's in My Blood (1987), and Take the Manic Ride (1989). BL'AST built a dedicated fanbase based on Neider's wild playing and Dinsmore's intense poetry, becoming something of a hardcore band's hardcore band; a cult standing that would serve them well when it came time to revive the project. In 2013, Scream's Dave Grohl (who is also in some other bands) remastered It's In My Blood for Southern Lord (renaming the album BLOOD!). Another reissue, this one of The Power Of Expression (renamed The Expression of Power), followed in 2014, along with a series of tour dates.Ian Chainey wrote the above last year when hardcore veterans BL'AST! were playing reunion shows. Now the band's current lineup has signed to Rise Records and released a surprise EP of new material today called For Those Who've Graced The Fire! soon. The lineup includes original vocalist Clifford Dinsmore and guitarist Mike Neider, and they recorded it with Dave Grohl on drums and Black Flag's Chuck Dukowski on bass. (Live, the band's rhythm section is QOTSA's Joey Castillo and Nick Oliveri.) The EP just has two songs, a title track and "The Pulse." It's their first new music in about two decades, and they certainly sound like the band was inspired. More OFF! than What The..., to get an idea. (And also better than most of Grohl's recent albums with Foo Fighters.) Listen below.
As mentioned, Penelope Spheeris' essential, long-out-of-print Decline of Western Civilization documentary trilogy is finally getting a DVD/Blu-ray release on June 30. The first one (the punk one) is also screening as part of BAMcinemaFest on June 19 at BAM Rose Cinemas with a Q&A with Spheeris after. Tickets are still available.
They've just announced an afterparty for the Decline screening, happening at Rough Trade (doors at 11:30 PM) featuring an local indie "all-star" band -- including Steve Marion (Delicate Steve), Mike Johnson (Dirty Projectors, Glass Ghost), Michael Bloch (Here We Go Magic), Brian Betancourt (Hospitality), and Andrya Ambro (Talk Normal, Gold Dime) -- performing X's debut album Los Angeles in full. There's also VHS-loving New Jersians Citizen Blast Kane who will be covering songs by Black Flag and Circle Jerks. There may be surprise guests, too.
The Decline afterparty at Rough Trade is free with your BAM screening ticket, or it's $7 without.
Meanwhile, the real X will be here in August for three nights at City Winery.
Ron Reyes and Greg Ginn at Grand Victory in 2013 (more by PSquared)
As discussed, Black Flag's Greg Ginn is being accused of child abuse by his ex-wife Marina, who filed an affidavit in October which expressed that their 7 and 10 year old daughters don't feel safe around their father. It accused Greg of abusing alcohol and drugs in front of them, engaging in physical violence with others in front of them, telling his daughters "you're hot" and whistling at them, telling them that they are fat and denying them food, and other abusive behaviors.
Now it has come to our attention, via an associate of Marina, that Greg's former Black Flag bandmate Ron Reyes appeared in court the other day to detail what he experienced regarding Ginn's children, their home life and what he saw at Black Flag rehearsals. We were sent Ron's statement as a notarized affidavit which you can read in full as a PDF HERE. It is also excerpted below.
We reached out to Ron to let him know we received this. He was surprised, but did confirm it is real, and gave us this additional statement...
STATEMENT FROM RON REYES (to BrooklynVegan)
When you hear things that trouble your heart, especially the heart of a parent... well lets just say that it is hard to stay silent and wash your hands and somehow walk away hoping to remain safe and unaffected. I am very troubled by what I have heard over the last couple months. And all I can hope for is that somehow things will work out in favour of two very precious children so they can live a life that is safe and full of love, support and guidance they deserve. Whenever a woman speaks out about abuse people want to second guess her and cast shame and doubt over her claims. This infuriates me to no end as I have two daughters and a wife of 27 years that I love to death. It is just not right to immediately doubt and somehow pour shame onto a woman for speaking out based on gender. I have no love of lawyers and do not look forward to the backlash I will receive for lending a voice of support to those who have reached out to me. But called i have been and I just can't ignore that. People please consider the source of all accusations carefully and pray for an outcome of peace and love and safety for children who cannot speak for themselves in court.Excerpts from the affidavit below...
Greg Ginn (left) w/ Black Flag in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Greg Ginn, the only remaining original member of Black Flag, has been accused of child abuse by his ex-wife Marina Ginn, Consequence of Sound reports. Marina filed an affidavit in Williamson County Texas District Court on October 10th. Here are some excerpts:
Isadora Ginn and Karis Ginn live with my ex-husband in an industrial building that also serves as a place where he conducts business and his band rehearses. They have complained that his behavior has recently grown increasingly erratic, that he is routinely denying them food and threatening them, that he is increasingly abusing alcohol and drugs in front of them, and that they have witness confrontations and physical violence at the building where they live.You can read the full thing here. Marina's friend also launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for her legal fees.
My daughters have complained that they are denied food in the mornings after doing strenuous, private baseball practice with a highly paid private coach, as well as performing labor such as cleaning and doing dishes in an industrial building with many employees. My children have told me they feel like they are going to pass out in the mornings because they are so hungry and their father yells at them saying, "quit being lazy".
...My ex-husband's behavior towards my daughters has become increasingly bizarre. My daughters are 10 and 7 and have voiced that they feel very uncomfortable when their father tells them "you're hot" and whistles at them. As a mother, I am very concerned for my daughters because my ex-husband's behavior has changed greatly. His drug use has increased and my daughters are voicing to me that they do not feel safe and don't want to return to his home. Their father ridicules them and tells them they are getting fat and need to lose weight and that their diets will have to be more strenuous.
...[My daughter] was taken to the emergency room on the night of October 7, 2014 and it was explained that her condition is stress and anxiety related. The doctors said my daughter could not be without the supervision of a parent due to her health, but I know their father will leave them unattended because of his drug and alcohol use and because of the length of time that he practices with his band.
Black Flag recently cancelled the Brooklyn show that was supposed to take place earlier this month. They've also had other issues with both Ron Reyes leaving (after Greg allegedly threatened his family) and Dave Klein leaving within the past year.
Ariel Pink at Mexican Summer 5 (more by PSquared)
Real Estate at FYF 2014 (more by Adela Loconte)
You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...
Ariel Pink, Puro Instinct @ Baby's All Right
Ariel Pink's new double album, pom pom, is eccentric even by his own out-there standards ("Dinosaur Carebears" will test the skip-button desires of many) but it also contains some wonderful pop. Hear it all (or most of it) live tonight at the late-start show with Puro Instinct as DJs.
Real Estate, Peaking Lights, Regal Degal, Tom Scharpling (DJ set) @ Terminal 5
NJ janglers Real Estate play their biggest NYC show yet, with strong support from LA dance-dub duo Peaking Lights, and Brooklyn artrockers Regal Degal. WFMU-DJ-turned-indie-rock-video-director Tom Scharpling spins tunes in between set (or something).
Hercules and Love Affair (live) @ Verboten
Hercules & Love Affair released their new album, The Feast of the Broken Heart, back in May. Guests on this one include John Grant who provides vocals on two tracks, including single "I Try To Talk To You." Tonight's an actual live set from the band, not a DJ gig.
Ausmuteants, Deaf Wish, Pampers, Degreaser @ Death By Audio
If you like your punk on the arty side and aren't against some keyboards, tonight's a killer lineup at DbA. Australian band Ausmuteans and Deaf Wish headline and Brooklyn bashers Pampers and Degreasers open.
Odesza, Hayden James, Ambassadeurs @ Bowery Ballroom
Electronic duo Odesza keep moving up in the world and this week they return to NYC for their two biggest headlining shows here so far, both of which are sold out. This is the first, MHOW tomorrow.
Jungle, Beaty Heart @ Irving Plaza
Enigmatic when it comes to press shots and music videos, UK dance act Jungle are a seven-or-eight piece band live, more than capable of bringing the grooves to the stage, even if maybe all their songs sound exactly alike.
A Great Big Pile Of Leaves, Diamond Youth, Prawn, Field Mouse @ The Studio At Webster Hall
This is the NYC stop of the Topshelf Records tour, which shows how diverse that label has really became. AGBPOL make Minus the Bear-y math pop, Diamond Youth have kind of a QOTSA-meets-Weezer thing going on, Prawn do Kinsella-style emo, and Field Mouse make shiny '90s-style alt pop.
Krill, Sorority Noise, Told Slant, Pinegrove @ Shea Stadium
Cool bill at Shea tonight with quirky indie rockers Krill, emo-y indie rockers Sorority Noise, and the emotional but not emo-y Told Slant.
LVL UP, Crying, Brunch, Mitski @ Silent Barn
A similarly-styled show to the Shea show goes down at Silent Barn with '90s-style rockers LVL UP, chiptuners Crying, ex-Krill drummer's new band Brunch, and art pop songwriter turned lo-fi ace, Mitski.
Geryon, Gates (Toronto), Oneirogen, New Firmament @ Trans-Pecos
Invisible Oranges is presenting this show that includes two of the better local metal bands, Geryon and Oneirogenm plus Toronto's Gates and ex-Extra Life band New Firmament.
Danny Brown @ Sonos Studios
Danny Brown not only makes killer rap albums but he has a super excitable live show that's partially due to his love of trap/EDM beats. You had to RSVP for this show and that's now closed.
House Party ft. Danny Brown, Just Blaze, DJ Soul, Electric Punany @ Webster Hall
After the Sonos show, Danny will join Just Blaze at his weekly House Party at Webster Hall to keep the party going late. As always, House Party starts at 10 PM.
Rakim, Slick Rick @ Stage 48
Two undeniable legends of hip hop, Rakim and Slick Rick, team up at Stage 48 tonight. Expect a show chock full of the classics.
Delta Spirit, Peter Matthew Bauer @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
The folk rockin' Delta Spirit put out a new album, Into The Wide, earlier this month and tonight they're on the third of three nights in NYC in support of it. Making this one even better, The Walkmen's Peter Matthew Bauer, who's got a solid solo record out, is opening. Like the last two, tonight's is sold out.
Letherette, Girl Unit, Eli Escobar, Cry Baby @ Output
Good lineup all around for Output's always-impressive weekly INPUT party tonight. There's NInja Tune's Letherette and Night Slugs' Girl Unit, plus solid local house producer Eli Escobar and Cry Baby of NYC's House on Mute party.
Dan'l Boone, Yellow Tears, Ligature @ Saint Vitus
Dan'l Boone have members of Royal Trux, Wolf Eyes, AIDS Wolf and more, and if you're into those bands you probably have an idea of what to expect from Dan'l Boone. Their new record came out last week on Drag City and tonight they're in NYC to celebrate with the urine-soaked Yellow Tears and Christopher Hansell's Ligature project.
Cro-Mags, Ensign, Real Cops, White Collar Crime LLC, School Drugs @ Asbury Lanes
NYC crossover vets Cro-Mags play their hometown tomorrow, but if seeing them in Asbury Park is more your thing (or you've just gotta catch them twice), here's your chance.
Chalk and Numbers, Souvenir Stand, Pale Lights, The Meaning of Life @ Cake Shop
A good evening of indiepop tonight with girl group-y Chalk & Numbers, the Felt/Lloyd Cole-esque jangle of Pale Lights and more.
Woman's Hour @ Mercury Lounge
UK band Woman's Hour make ethereal, melancholic soul and their debut album is a nice listen. UPDATE: This is actually cancelled and tomorrow's Rough Trade show appears to be also.
Black Flag were supposed to play Grand Victory tonight but that show has been cancelled.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our NYC concert calendar.
For laughs, check out the NYC Comedy calendar too.
Follow BrooklynVegan on instagram.
by Wyatt Marshall
photo by by Eliza Sohn
Holy Sons, one of the projects of Emil Amos (Grails, Om, etc) are releasing their new album and first for Thrill Jockey, The Fact Facer, on September 23 (pre-order). We're now premiering its gorgeous new single called "All Too Free," a contemplative and occasionally haunting song with ample breathing space. The vocals are one of several highlights. Give it a listen below. The album comes with bonus tracks, including covers of Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Slapshot, which you can stream below.
Emil is debuting Holy Sons' brand new backing band on August 25 at Stage 48, opening for Sleep (whose singer/bassist Al Cisneros plays with Emil in Om). That show (which is now sold out) is one of a few live dates for Sleep, who recently released their first new song in 20 years. Holy Sons also play a record release show at Union Pool on 9/25 with Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band. Holy Suns are on at 11, and tickets are on sale.
Emil and Al's awesome stoner doom band Om will be on the road soon too, and will land in NYC at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/5 with Watter.
Song streams and lists of tour dates, below...
Tickets for Taking Back Sunday's first annual holiday show at NJ's Starland Ballroom with The Menzingers go on sale today at 10 AM.
The BrooklynVegan-presented Hard Girls, Broadcaster, Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry) and Will Wagner (Smith Street Band) show at Death by Audio happens this Sunday (8/17). Admission is $8 at the door.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
The Ramones' 40th anniversary as a band will be celebrated in NYC this weekend. A press release reads...
This Saturday, August 16th, marks the 40th Anniversary of the day The Ramones took the stage at CBGB for their first performance ever.The event happens at The Bowery Electric at 7 PM.
To commemorate this historic date, Tim Hayes, founder of the CBGB Music & Film Festival, will host a public 40th Anniversary remembrance and salute to Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of the Ramones who passed away on July 11th, 2014.
Friends, family and fans will come together to pay tribute to Tommy, and the legendary American Rock Band at Bowery Electric. The evening will feature performances and speeches from those closest to The Ramones and attendance by prominent figures of the early New York City punk scene.
· Bob Gruen - photographer of some of their most iconic and famous photos
· Danny Fields - former manager of The Ramones
· Monte A. Melnick - Ramones tour manager & author of On the Road with The Ramones
· Seymour Stein - Co-Chairman, Sire Records
· Spencer Drate - designer of many of their album covers
· The Martinets - members include Daniel Rey, The Ramones Producer
· Jimmy Gestapo - Murphy's Law
In other Ramones news, CJ Ramone, who played bass in the Ramones from 1989 to 1996, has signed to Fat Wreck Chords who will release his new single on September 30 with a full length titled Last Chance To Dance to follow. He was joined by other punk rock royalty to record it too: like on his 2012 solo debut, his band includes Adolescents members Dan Root and Steve Soto and Social Distortion member David Hidalgo Jr. Plus, the single's b-side is a cover of Black Flag's "Rise Above" which features former Black Flag member and current Misfits member Dez Cadena on guitar and backing vocals. The a-side is an original song, "Understand Me?" which is streaming below. CJ is also touring Brazil later this month into September. All of those dates are listed below as well.
In more Ramones news, Richie Ramone, the band's drummer from 1983-1987, will join The Queers at their NYC show happening October 3 at Santos Party House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. You can watch a video of Richie joining The Queers at their show at The Roxy this past July for the Ramones classic "I Just Want to Have Something to Do" and others, below.
"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...
Ginn w/ 2013 Black Flag at Warsaw (more by PSquared)
The current version of "Black Flag" (aka original guitarist Greg Ginn with three dudes who joined in the past year) treks on, playing increasingly smaller venues. When they first hit NYC it was for two Warsaw shows (at least one sold out) and a secret show at the very intimate Grand Victory. The second time was at Europa, and now they're coming back for a non-secret show at Grand Victory on October 2. Tickets go on sale Monday (8/11) at 8:55 AM.
The band's only other currently announced show is tonight (8/8) in Texas, the end of a month-long tour. All currently known dates are listed, with a video of them playing "Nervous Breakdown" in LA this past May, below...
Chain of Strength at Acheron in 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
Hardcore vets Chain of Strength, who were briefly around from 1988 to 1991, reunited in 2012 for Revolution 25 (pics) at Irving Plaza and a much smaller Brooklyn show at Acheron (pics). They've since played LA in 2013 and it turns out the reunion isn't over yet, as they'll be going on a short Northeast tour in June with Turnstile, Strife, Mindset and Praise which brings them back to Brooklyn's Acheron on June 15. Tickets for that show go on sale via Ticketfly on May 8. All dates are listed below.
The brief tour is leading up to their appearance at Canada's Amnesia Rockfest (6/20-21) with blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice In Chains, Megadeth, Primus, Danzig with Doyle, Mastodon, Cock Sparrer, Black Flag, Fear, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Joan Jett, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Meshuggah, Henry Rollins, Rocket from the Crypt, Judge, Strife, Glassjaw, Dying Fetus, Cannibal Corpse, Title Fight and many more. Tickets for that fest are on sale now.
Full Amnesia Rockfest lineup, with the list of Chain of Strength dates, a video of their 2012 Acheron show and the tour flyer, below...
Trust / OFF!
Like the one the day before, the second of our three BrooklynVegan SXSW day parties happened on both stages of Red 7 on Friday (3/14). Outside, the show opened nicely with Columbus, OH indie rockers Connections, followed by intense garage rock trio The Blind Shake, whose members were all decked out in uniform with tight black zip-up jackets and shaved heads. Then came together PANGEA with more garage rock but more on the melodic/accessible side, and they were followed by the punky pop of Upset, who count ex-Vivian Girl Ali Koehler and ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel as members. After them came a wild set from more veteran musicians in the Keith Morris-fronted hardcore supergroup OFF!, and they were followed by ex-members of Women making shouty, jammy post-punk in their new band Viet Cong. Then came more (but darker and backed by a drum machine) post-punk from Beth Israel, and finally the show wrapped up with a headlining set from Parquet Courts...
"I can't remember a better show in the last five years--maybe 10--than the one Parquet Courts put on at the Brooklyn Vegan day party. It all depends on the show, right? Sometimes you can be transformed by an arena show or knocked over by some random punk band in a shoebox. But this was seeing a band that is RIGHT NOW! They have 1.5 albums under their belt, they have no fat, they have no gimmicks, they just flat-out torched the landscape. This was it, this is what seeing live music is about, this show--THIS BAND--is why I love music so much. A jaw dropping show." [The Portland Mercury]
Parquet Courts photos by Tim Griffin
Meanwhile, inside things got off to an eccentric danceable start with Parisian band La Femme, who were part new wave, part surf rock, part ye-ye, and highly entertaining. (NYC: We're presenting their show this weekend at Glasslands.) It stayed in upbeat mode for psych rock trio The Entrance Band, but then calmed down a lot for the orchestral indie pop of Mutual Benefit. Tomas Barfod was supposed to go on next but had to cancel at the last minute, unfortunately, though once Classixx took the stage it returned to dance mode. Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys followed with a set that was partially solo, partially with accompaniment and fully entertaining, and then we got downtempo electronic pop from Jessy Lanza before inside stage closed with the gothy house pop of Toronto's Trust.
Gruff Rhys / MixRadio thing & Marshall stack
Shiner beer was on special and we gave away free Jameson, not to mention all the Veri organic soda that was on hand to keep you hydrated. We also let in 20 people each day who were taking advantage of Esurance's SXSW-wide #EsuranceAccess program.
Indiegogo was there too. Maybe they fed you a free piece of pizza?
Special thanks to all of our bands and partners and sponsors for making this party possible. Pictures from Thursday HERE. Check out more pictures from the whole day Friday below (and a second set at BV Austin)...
Greg Ginn's latest iteration of Black Flag, now with Mike Vallely on vocals and minus bassist Dave Klein, have just announced a North American trek they've dubbed the "Victimology Tour." Ginn himself will open most shows with his psych-electronic project HOR, plus Cinema Cinema. Dates include a stop in NYC at Europa on June 22 and Long Branch, NJ's Brighton Bar on June 23. Tickets for both those shows go on sale Friday (3/21) at noon.
Says Vallely in a press release, "I'm excited about performing songs from the entire Black Flag catalog. I feel confident in my ability to communicate the songs -- To give them their due respect and yet still make them my own. Ginn's songwriting is truly timeless and it gives all of the material relevance right here, right now."
All tour dates are listed below...
Ron Reyes w/ Black Flag in 2013 (more by PSquared)
Today in Black Flag: Following vocalist Ron Reyes being fired, bassist Dave Klein quitting, and the band apologizing for "falling short in 2013" and replacing Ron with Mike Vallely on vocals, Ron has recently made more comments on the whole thing. A recent article on Beatroute reads:
"When I found out about Flag, one of the first things I said to Greg was, 'We must take the high road on this. Do not disrespect those guys in public. They have the public's support. People LOVE Keith Morris, people LOVE Chuck Dukowski, people LOVE Bill Stevenson. If we come against those guys we are going to look like bitter old men. Greg said, 'Fuck it. I am bitter.' He did it and it completely backfired. I didn't even know about Greg's lawsuit until the day it went public. Mike V told me. Once the lawsuit came out (August 2013) we were the Evil Flag. There was the Good Flag and the Evil Flag...it was really hard. When I started I was on good terms with those guys. All of a sudden they stopped responding to my emails. Relationships were severed and I was guilty by association.""Damn. Read the rest at Beatroute.
Until Greg Ginn allegedly threatened Ron Reyes' family, Reyes was committed to the band. He says he deserves an Academy Award for what he had to put up with in 2013. He admits Mike V was right when he told Rolling Stone "Ron became combative and argumentative," emphasizing, "That did happen only after Greg threatened my family." The reasons for the alleged threat are not known.
On November 24, 2013 Ron Reyes was fired from Black Flag after working in collaboration with Greg Ginn for one year. He had an album contract, but nothing for the tour or partnership in the band. He now admits without the paperwork, he doesn't have a leg to stand on for the money he is owed from the tour. He has made amends with his FLAG friends and is back at work with local band PIGGY.
by Doug Moore
Dave Klein w/ Black Flag at Grand Victory, 2013 (more by PSquared)
Remember how last time we mentioned the ongoing Black Flag debacle, we speculated that the next piece of related news would be just as cringe-inducingly lame? Well, I'm not sure if this is quite as pathetic as the band apologizing for being such a catastrophe in 2013, but it's pretty damn bad: bassist Dave Klein (also of Screeching Weasel) apparently left the band as early as December of last year...and forgot to tell anybody. Yup.
Klein posted the following on his Facebook after the aforementioned BF apology in Rolling Stone:
"To avoid more PMs after today's news out of the Black Flag Official camp... I guess I should OFFICIALLY (puns!) say that I'm no longer playing with BF. I suppose the following post from last month wasn't exactly clear. Now go listen to They Stay Dead and Screeching Weasel. See ya soon at a show near you!"The "following post" Klein refers to is a Dying Scene post, dated December 2, about how he's joined the Oklahoma-based punk band They Stay Dead. It makes only passing mention of his collaboration with Black Flag and says nothing about his status with the band.
So yeah, Black Flag's bassist quit the band and didn't think it was a big enough deal to bother letting the press know. Alternately, it's possible that Klein did tell Dying Scene that he was out of BF, and they deemed that fact insufficiently interesting to include in the post. Either way, that's pretty dark.
by Doug Moore
Greg Ginn (apologizing?) with Black Flag, 2013 (more by P Squared)
The Black Flag reunion saga grows more painful every time we return to it. First there was the "Black Flag" vs. "FLAG" spat, which culminated in Greg Ginn (of Black Flag, not FLAG, which is built around Keith Morris and Chuck Dukowski) inexplicably suing a number of his ex-bandmates, not all of whom were involved in the FLAG reunion. He totally explicably lost. Then there was What The..., a reunion album that lived up to its name both musically and aesthetically. Then Black Flag manager/pro skater Mike Vallely fired BF vocalist Ron Reyes onstage in mid-gig, drawing an extensive public response from Reyes. So yeah, Black Flag 2013 was a pretty bleak entity.
This year has been no kinder so far. Rolling Stone ran a feature on the band today that begins with the following sentence: "Black Flag are sorry." Guys, few things are less punk rock than publicly apologizing for foolish behavior. Most of the feature actually focuses on Vallely, who's become Black Flag's new vocalist (as Reyes speculated that he would). Vallely told RS that Black Flag "fell short in 2013 because of a difference in the philosophies of Ron and Greg - it just led to dysfunction" but effectively goes on to blame Reyes's intransigence for said issues. He also mentions that they're working on new material (including "a lot of songs like 'TV Party' and 'Six Pack' that are fun, fun songs") and booking another tour, in the interest of proving that Black Flag 2014 won't be the deeply humiliating train wreck we all expect.
You can read the whole feature here. Stay tuned for more (probably cringe-inducing) news from the Black Flag camp.
While Keith Morris spent much of last year with one of the two Black Flag incarnations, FLAG, he's now back with his punk supergroup OFF! -- whose lineup also includes Dimitri Coats (Burning Brides), Mario Rubalcaba (Hot Snakes/Rocket From the Crypt) and Steven McDonald (Redd Kross) -- and will release the next OFF! record, Wasted Years, on April 8 via Vice. That's the cover art above, designed by Raymond Pettibon (brother of Greg Ginn, who did most of Black Flag's artwork), and you can listen to the album's first single "Void You Out" (via Rolling Stone) along with the tracklist, below...
Chelsea Light Moving at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Thurston Moore, the guitar visionary of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving and many other collaborations (he just wrapped up a residency at The Stone with various collaborators), is set to receive The Fly's Living Legend Award in London this February, and ahead of that The Fly asked him to list his Favorite Songs of All Time.
That list includes songs by Patti Smith, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks, T. Rex, Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr, Lou Reed, Beach Boys, David Bowie, Minor Threat, Black Flag and more. Check out his full list below...
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.