Rich and Steve from INSTED recently launched a brand new clothing company called, The Underground Faction. Bringing it back to the roots of what they believe with an Animal Liberation, Human Liberation t-shirt as well as other cool designs dedicated to underground music and lifestyle. The company is a collective of sorts and will feature designs from their old hardcore friends, musicians and artists. I've been talking with Rich about putting together a couple designs myself, so it's just a matter of time before I get myself in The Underground Faction mix. Check out what they've got going on over at www.theundergroundfaction.com and if you see something you want to pick up, receive a 20% discount by using the special code Doublexx during checkout. -Tim DCXX
Animal Liberation design (Left), Live And Let Live design (Right)
Rich and Steve of The Underground Faction
Sunday, November 27, 2011
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Sunday, November 13, 2011
Matt and Andy tipped me off on their latest project that they've been working on and I've been looking forward to checking it out. Don't expect BOLD, Supertouch or anything really all that hardcore, but do expect something new, made by a couple of guys that definitely know how to write some great songs. Obviously they are still very early into what they're putting together here, but expect good things in the near future. -Tim DCXX
Matt Warnke, Photo: Helenabxl
Check out what Matt had to say...
The Mistaken evolved over the past two years in the workshop environment that is Andy’s Six III Studio. In creating these songs we’ve sought to exist somewhere between heavily-edited meticulousness and loose spontaneity. We will be releasing a ten song full length in the first half of 2012 on Wardance Records. The line-up for live shows is being sorted out at present; expect a few surprises as far as who shows up along with who plays what – Andy will be moving from his customary place behind the drum kit to guitar/backing vocals. Hope to see you all down the line. -Matt Warnke
Andy Guida, Photo: Helenabxl
Sunday, November 6, 2011
The infamous Youth Of Today - "Crucial Times" 7"
In a very odd and almost unexplainable occurrence, I literally found on my basement floor, what just might be the most interesting and rarest version of the Youth Of Today "Can't Close My Eyes" EP.
If you think back to the cover of Schism Fanzine issue 8, with that jaw dropping, all glorious record collection collage photo, you'll recall that on the inside of the cover, where they listed every record included in the photo, there was a Youth Of Today "Crucial Times" 7" listed. Now if you were like me, when I noticed that listed record, you did a whole lot of head scratching. After some research, we found out that what was seen on that cover and listed, was basically a hoax, or at least a 7" that didn't actually exist.
Schism Fanzine issue 8 cover photo
What the Youth Of Today "Crucial Times" 7" turned out to be, was an original cover concept drawn by long time Anthrax club flyer artist, Jim Martin in 1985, but was essentially rejected by the band. Basically one of the YOT guys took that original drawing and glued it to the cover of a "Can't Close My Eyes" EP and threw it into that collage of records that ended up on the cover of Schism 8. I assume one of the Skiz guys thought it would be interesting to list the record, and throw off a ton of people. Well I for one was definitely thrown off.
Now here's where I start scratching my head again. This past Saturday, I'm down in my basement, where we just had some construction done over the past 3 days. I'm walking around, checking out the work that had been done, when I notice on the floor, below a pile of other stuff that's been stacked and stored in a basement closet, a 7" with a black and white, hand drawn cover, lying on the floor. I walk over and pick it up and discover that it's indeed the infamous Youth Of Today "Crucial Times" 7".
Take note of the highlighted Youth Of Today - "Crucial Times" 7' on the cover of Schism 8
At first thought, I'm thinking it's a xeroxed copy of the original drawing, still not knowing how it ended up in my house and on my basement floor. Upon further inspection, I discover it is the actual, original drawing and 7" stored in a standard plastic 7" sleeve. I start thinking and questioning to myself, how I have this and where it came from. But some how or another I'm thinking that the only possible and logical answer is that I must have gotten it from Ray Cappo when buying some records off of him in the late 90's. Some how I'm guessing it got separated from the rest of the records, stacked in a pile of stuff and stored for the past 15 years. I'm assuming, with all the construction that's been going on over the past 3 days, the record was shaken loose from a pile and simply fell to the floor. But honestly, I'm still not exactly sure.
What I do know, is that what I have is the original hand drawn artwork by Jim Martin, which has been glued to the cover of an actual "Can't Close My Eyes" EP cover. Inside that cover is an old black and white Youth Of Today sticker and a Ray Cappo/Becky Tupper prom photo (which really leads me to believe this was Ray's). There's also a Batman stamp on the 7" dust sleeve, a lyric sheet and a black vinyl 7" inside. Pretty damn cool and quite possibly my oddest hardcore record find ever. -Tim DCXX
The Schism 8 record cover collage listing
Another shot of the "Crucial Times" cover and what was inside
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Danzig at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC, 10/29/2011, Photo: Village Voice
Time to wrap up what's been a week's worth of Misfits/Samhain/Danzig material here at DCXX. It seems that every year, like clockwork, I end up listening exclusively to nothing but Glenn Danzig related bands for a few weeks. Traditionally the October/November/Fall season brings on the inspiration, but it's by no means kept only to this time period.
What came around in perfect timing this year, was the Danzig Legacy tour. For a fan, Glenn doing sets by all three bands, Danzig, Samhain and Misfits is pretty much sure to be an epic night. I can assure you, this past Saturday, October 29th in NYC at Hammerstein Ballroom was all it was built up to be. The Samhain set being the highlight for me, but the whole show really being incredible on all fronts.
Danzig at Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC, 10/29/2011, Photo: Village Voice
What was also an added bonus was the opening Corrosion Of Conformity 3 piece era lineup (Mike, Woody and Reed) doing a great set of the "Animosity" and "Technocracy" classics, as well as a few new tracks. I've been really looking forward to catching this and it did not disappoint.
Here's a few videos that highlight the Danzig/Samhain/Misfits sets. I realize that the intros may come off a tad boring for those that weren't there and might just be watching here online, but I can assure you that in person, the combination of the intro music, sounds and dropping of each banner, made for some pretty exciting stuff. I also thought, for what I came across, these videos were the best in terms of quality. -Tim DCXX
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
The original Crimson Ghost from the 1946, Fred Brannon film, "The Crimson Ghost".
Continuing with the seasonal Misfits/Samhain/Danzig theme here at DCXX, I dug up these images that I thought I'd post. I always find it very interesting when I stumble upon original artwork or images that ended up being used as classic band and or album graphics. Some of these you might have come across in the past, some you might have never knew existed, either way, here are a few I that I thought were well worth a post. All Murder, All Guts, All Fun... -Tim DCXX
Cover of the "Die, Die My Darling" single
Cover of the 1950's horror comic book, "Chamber Of Chills" #19
Cover of "Legacy Of Brutality"
Promotional scene photo from the 1946 film, "The Crimson Ghost"
Cover from the July 1984 8th issue of "Saga of Crystar the Crystal Warrior" comic book
Samhain "Initium" cover
Cover of Danzig I