Entries tagged with: DOA
Reports have been coming in that Dave Gregg of legendary Vancouver hardcore band D.O.A. passed away last night (3/30). He was 54.
A cause of death hasn't been officially confirmed, but Straight.com reports that he may have suffered a heart attack after a possible aneurysm, and he is said to have died in the hospital.
Dave was in D.O.A. from 1980 to 1988 and played on their most classic albums, including their 1980 debut Something Better Change and its followup, Hardcore '81, both of which have proved influential on hardcore and punk in the decades that followed. (In fact, Fucked Up's Damian Abraham shouted them out on Twitter a day before Dave's death.)
Rest in peace, Dave. Your contributions to music won't be forgotten. Stream some classic DOA below...
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Volcano Choir (w/ Justin Vernon), Sylvan Esso @ Webster Hall
Bon Iver's been quiet lately, but luckily main man Justin Vernon has been far from it (I don't think he knows how to be anything else). He's collaborated with a ton of artists this year (Kanye, Polica, Blind Boys of Alabama), put out a record with his blues band The Shouting Matches, and now he's got one out with Volcano Choir, his collaborative project with Collections of Colonies of Bees. Their new album is the most similar to Bon Iver of all his side projects, and tonight you can see what their live show has got to offer at Webster Hall. Opening the show is Sylvan Esso, the new duo of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn.
Stay Positive, ITAL (D), Shannon F (DJ), Evan Michael (DJ) @ Glasslands
Stay Positive makes the kind of '90s pop-house that Disclosure helped bring back into style, and tonight the UK producer makes his US debut at this BrooklynVegan co-presented show. Tickets are still available.
Basilica Sound Scape w/ Teengirl Fantasy, Pure X, No Joy, Cass McCombs, DIIV @ Basilica Hudson
It's the second day of Hudson, NY's Basilica Sound Scape festival, and tonight's lineup may not be as diverse as yesterday's, but it's excellent all the same. Tonight they've got psychedelic dance duo Teengirl Fantasy, Montreal shoegazers No Joy, dream pop trio Pure X, prolific songwriter Cass McCombs, some band that just played with blink-182 called DIIV, and more.
Zola Jesus, JG Thirlwell @ Out Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
Having just released Versions, an orchestral reworking of many of her songs. Tonight you can hear it live, with help from arranger JG Thirwell and strings courtesy the Wordless Music Orchestra. A few tickets are still available.
D.O.A., Disaster Strikes, Agitator, Stale Phish @ Europa
Canada has been churning out a ridiculous amount of great punk lately (White Lung, Single Mothers, METZ, Greys, Nu Sensae, etc), but don't forget that's not a new thing. Back in the late '70s/early '80s when bands like Black Flag, The Germs, Minor Threat, The Misfts, etc were shaping a now-classic style of hardcore, Vancouver's D.O.A were doing the same thing, and their early records are essential listening for that era. After 35 years of making music, the band are now on their farewell tour, which hits NYC tonight.
The Dirtbombs @ Shinola Flagship NYC
Detroit garage vets The Dirtbombs are in town to play the block party opening for bike/watch store Shinola's new NYC location. Their new album Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey! is an ode to '60s bubblegum and a lot of fun. Dirtbombs are on at 3 PM.
Alt-J, Royal Canoe @ Hammerstein Ballroom
A year ago, Alt-J were playing Glasslands and Mercury Lounge. Since then, their debut album, An Awesome Wave, won the Mercury Prize and the band have been playing bigger venues every time through. And after a summer of playing big outdoor festivals, they're probably ready for somewhere like Hamerstein.
Majical Cloudz, Moon King @ Mercury Lounge
Montreal's Majical Cloudz make soulful, minimal music that can be a captivating live experience, due mainly to Devon Welsh intense stage presence. This is the first of two NYC shows this weekend, both of which are with Toronto's Moon King who are definitely worth getting there early for.
Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, Tenement, Heaven's Gate @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Three Don Giovanni bands, Screaming Females, Waxahatchee, and Tenement, are on a tour together this year and coming to NYC for shows at MHOW tonight and Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday. The tour is a nice celebration for this label, which has been around for ten years but experienced a serious rise in public attention this year, and these should be some great shows.
Ghet20 Gothik DJs, Mike Q, Byrell the Great, Jubilee, $hayne, Venus X @ Output
A number of names on NYC's underground electronic scene come together for an Aaliyah tribute at Output tonight.
Strngrs, Lightning Dust, Louise Burns, Eros and the Eschaton @ Pianos
What started as a Black Mountain side project, duo Lightning Dust now have three albums under their belt, most recently, Fantasy, having been released this summer finds them adding electronics to their psychedelic folk sound.
Phone Home, Psychic Teens, Weird Womb, Slow Warm Death @ Shea Stadium
This whole bill should be great, but two bands of exceptional note are Philly post-punks Psychic Teens, who recently released the very solid Come LP, and Brooklyn garage punks Slow Warm Death. SWD is fronted by John Galm (Snowing, Street Smart Cyclist), but he does a much different style in this band, and does it very well at that.
Kayo Dot, Ahleuchatistas @ The Bowery Electric
Toby Driver's long-running Kayo Dot defy easy categorization, part heavy riffage, part chamber ensemble.
Computer Magic, Heliotropes, Soda Shop @ Glasslands
Tonight's a disparate but nonetheless quality bill of local acts: synthy Computer Magic, the riff-rock of Heliotropes and indiepop stylings of Soda Shop.
NGUZUNGUZU, Dubbel Dutch, J-Cush, Durban @ Coco 66
It's another Lit City Rave at 285 Kent, and as usual they've got a lineup that will keep you dancing all night. It's headlined by LA weirdo-bass duo Nguzunguzu, and also features Dubbel Dutch, and J-Cush and Durban going b2b. UPDATE: this was supposed to happen at 285 Kent but is now happening at Coco 66 in Greenpoint.
Summer Thunder w/ Gentlemen Jets, Martin Crane, Dungeonesse (DJ), D. Jane Gherkin (DJ) @ Union Pool
Union Pool's free backyard Saturday series rolls on through September and this week is brought to you by the folks at Secretly Canadian. We're not sure who Gentlemen Jets are, but we do know that Brazos' singer Martin Crane will perform a solo set. 2PM - 6PM.
Tiger Flowers, Meek Is Murder, Johnny Booth, Hivesmasher, So Hideous @ The Grand Victory
Two killer NYC hardcore bands, Tiger Flowers and Meek Is Murder (who have a split video out), team up to pulverize Grand Victory tonight. If you're going to this sure-to-be-wild show, don't miss local post-metal crew So Hideous either.
Anathema, Alcest @ Gramercy Theater
Once a black metal band, France's Alcest have gotten progressively more shoegaze with each album (their latest being 2012's Les Voyages de l'Ame), and tonight they bring their walls of sound to Gramercy Theater on their tour with Anathema.
Save Domino Party @ The Ides
The Domino Sugar Factory is scheduled to be torn down this month, but the "Save Domino" campaign is still at it, beyond the lit sign on the side of that building. Tonight there's a "Save Domino" party happening -- somewhat ironically -- at the Wythe Hotel's Ides rooftop bar. Dragons of Zynth, Heaven, and See Through will play live and comedian Seth Herzog will be your host for the evening. RSVP for the party by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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D.O.A. @ Fun Fun Fun Fest 2008 (more)
Legendary hardcore punk band D.O.A., whose new album Talk Minus Action Equals Zero was released on May, are on tour with hardcore legends Negative Approach. Both bands can be found at Asbury Lanes in NJ tonight (6/18) (flyer below), in Boston on Saturday night, and then at the free Punk Island fest happening on Governors Island on Sunday (June 20). As previously mentioned...
Punk Island returns for a third year in 2010, with more than 130 of the country's loudest bands transforming the ordinarily quiet Governors Island into a daylong punk/hardcore paradise.Ferry info and more HERE.
Bands will perform on 18 stages scattered around the island, as free ferries transport revelers from Lower Manhattan and DUMBO to Governors Island every half hour, beginning at 10am.
Because Governors Island is closed on the day of Make Music New York, Punk Island will take place the day before, on Sunday, June 20th. Just like the rest of MMNY, all performances are outdoors and completely free.
After Punk Island, D.O.A. continues on tour without Negative Approach who will be back in NYC in August. All DOA dates below...
I can now say with 99,99% confidence that legendary drummer Chuck Biscuits is in fact alive and well! So what the hell happened yesterday? How did the rumor that he died of throat cancer start? Why did everyone believe it? Well, before the chain reaction of irresponsible blog posts and news stories (guilty), it all began with one James Greene Jr. James, according to the Boston Herald (one of the sources I read before posting myself) (and whose story credits Blabbermouth), is "a freelance music writer from Brooklyn, New York".
Though I didn't completely realize it at the time of my own hasty posting, James's Chuck Biscuits obituary was THE source of it all. Before I re-posted his words I had read about Chuck's death - in addition to at the sources mentioned above, in the BrooklynVegan comments, and was told about it via an IM, and saw that someone had updated Wikipedia with his death info (reliable, I know), and noticed via Google that Punk News had even put a "-2009" after his name and date of birth. The news was spreading fast. By the end of the day, at least 50 websites had reported that Chuck was dead.
At first glance James's blog post seemed super legit too. First of all, who would make something up about Chuck Biscuits? (Lars Ulrich maybe, but Chuck Biscuits????). It was a well thought out obituary which even sourced Chuck's family members (a "mass email" even), and (ironically) the post was tagged "Shit That Can't Be Real Yet Somehow Is"!
UPDATE 3: Chuck Biscuits is alive!
UPDATE (good news): Chuck's death may be a hoax!
UPDATE 2: Chuck Biscuits is not an easy man to get a hold of these days, but someone is now claiming that Otis Link did in fact do that.
Legendary hard rock drummer Chuck Biscuits, whose lengthy résumé included stints in such flagship underground acts as Black Flag and Social Distortion, died Saturday after a prolonged battle with throat cancer. He was 44.Chuck Biscuits, known not only for his drumming, but for being the member of Danzig without black hair! Chuck also played with the Circle Jerks, D.O.A., Fear, and even drummed on a RUN DMC album. He
"In response to the inquires, thank you for all the support," an anonymous family member wrote in an e-mail sent this morning. "Chuck did not survive his battle with throat cancer. He passed surrounded by his family on 10/24/09."
Chuck Biscuits was probably best known to the general populous for his work with Danzig. Beginning in 1988, Chuck played on that group's first four albums, which are often hailed as Danzig's best (thanks in no small part to Chuck's powerful drumming style). The percussionist also appeared on 1993's Thrall: Demonsweatlive EP; that release yielded an unexpected chart-burning hit for Danzig in "Mother," a song the band originally included on their self-titled debut. [JG2 Land]
Photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
If not obvious by the 2008 Fun Fun Fun Fest coverage so far, I was having the most fun (fun fun) over the weekend with all the punk, metal and hardcore on stages 3a and 3b (two connected stages to avoid long times between sets). Highlights and pictures from day one are HERE. Highlights of day two (9/9) were DOA, Frightened Rabbit, the ska punk, politics and crowd of Leftover Crack, Cro-Mags (jam) (John Joseph w/ one of Cro-Mags' past drummers, AJ from Leeway on guitar and Craig Setari of Sick of it All on bass), what I saw of St. Vincent and Black Angels, the vegan sausage pizza, and Bad Brains. I managed to catch a few songs of Islands who sounded great, but totally missed Spinto Band and Annuals. Also saw pieces of Kevin Seconds, Chuck Ragan, and Ben Nichols's solo-frontmen sets. Saw Black Joe Lewis and most of Trash Talk, but neither lived up to my expectations in the daytime festival setting. I went back and forth between the pre-headliner sets of Minus the Bear and Bouncing Souls, and ran over to watch one song of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah during a Bad Brains reggae segment. Despite the competition, CYHSY still pulled in a respectable sized crowd. The stages were far enough away in general, but I could also still hear Alec Ounsworth's unmistakable voice at times between Bad Brains songs depending on where I was standing (I watched Bad Brains from various areas throughout their set). Clipse were headlining on the stage farthest away from Bad Brains so I totally missed them, and Kool Keith, who played that same stage earlier. Bad Brains ended earlier than curfew which meant I got to run over and catch about 20 minutes of Tim and Eric which was a great way (laughing) to end the hectic two day fest.
One unfortunate aspect of the weekend was the dust. It was a problem at ACL this year too. Dry dirt and wind meant you were constantly breathing it in. A signifigant portion of the crowd was wearing bandanas or other gas mask-like things on their faces. I didn't, but I should have because I think it made me a little sick. More pictures from day two below...
This past Fun Fun Fun Fest weekend was filled with artists you might categorize as living hardcore and punk legends. There was the Dead Milkmen, Killdozer, Rival Schools (members), Bad Brains, Kevin (7) Seconds, All, and Cro-Mags, and there was D.O.A....
They are often referred to as the "founders" of hardcore punk, along with Black Flag, Bad Brains, and Minor Threat. Their second album Hardcore '81 was thought by many to have been the first actual reference to the second wave of the American punk sound hardcore. Singer/guitarist Joey "Shithead" Keithley is the only founding member to have stayed in the band throughout its entire history, however original bassist Randy Rampage has rejoined DOA after a long absence and is in the current lineup. [Wikipedia]I haven't felt this nostalgic and excited about punk again since CBGB's closed. D.O.A. were pretty awesome. Check out some clips below, along with a few more pictures including one of the setlist...