It’s pretty wild to think how Cincinnati and Dayton produced so many stellar musicians in the soul and funk genres. Legends of the game, as a matter of fact. The region has both icons and groups that are rather obscure. Here are some of my favorite songs. Jam on!
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My first ever musical performance was as the teenage singer of a happily sloppy grindcore outfit known as Combat Shock. Our show was in the booze free city of wonders, Canfield, Ohio. I organized the show in a sleepy little Christian neighborhood at the local Grange Hall. It was cheap to rent and had previously hosted a cool show I attended. I was the main organizer for this event, a clueless rookie of the scene. The show was a benefit for charity and had pretty impressive attendance. Only one problem, I didn’t know what the hell a PA system was. Oh lord! One of the many bands on the stacked bill just happened to bring a PA and offered to let me use their speakers for twenty dollars. Close call, I was already flirting closely with disaster. Bands kept the stage occupied, jamming one after another. Boy did I feel awesome with my spiky green hair and gas station attendant shirt decorated in patches. Punk rock glory!
They came together in 1988 under the umbrella of Ciccone Youth to record this amazingly dreamy interpretation of Madonna’s “Into the Groove”. Sonic Youth and Watt did a whole album of oddities which can also be found on YouTube if you have the time to give it a listen.
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The history of Youngstown music is largely undocumented. Part of my job is to put the amazing sounds of the Mahoning Valley into the public eye. It’s my duty to present The Human Beinz. They started in 1964 and released their last album in 1969. Human Beinz music has appeared in Quentin Tarantino films but is largely unknown compared to other bands of the groovy 60s. The songs range from psychdelic and garage rock to protopunk. Chances are you have most likely heard “Nobody but Me” and never placed a name to the song. Please enjoy these tunes and notify a friend. Youngstown rock n roll is here to stay.
While I was still peeing in my Scooby Doo underwear, Cleveland bands were playing hardcore shows at face melting speeds. Confront is a group that should be of legendary status. You may be familiar with a band that rose out of their ashes named One Life Crew. Confront were different though. They played fast hardcore before it achieved a wildly popular cult status . Anyhow, I don’t want to babble on. Let this video speak for it’s self. Confront, Hyper As Hell, False Hope, Ugly But Proud at The Rage in Cleveland, OH on 12/20/87.
The reason Tay-Sachs holds a spot in my heart, speaking purely in sentimental terms, is because it was the only musical situation I was ever in where it wasn’t affected by aspirations. That’s not to say we didn’t want to make good music, or what we thought to be good music. It just was really a love-of-the-game situation. It was the most fun I’ve ever had with music. I’ve been in various bands since my junior high years and I’ve done my most refined work on the biggest scale (note: very small scale) through my indie rap stuff, but in both those cases, including the present time, there are goals and “levels” and intentions beyond just the immediate fun and spontaneity. Tay-Sachs was primal. That’s why we were great live. Everyone connected with the primacy. -Nick Baker (singer)Continue reading MEAT ME: A TAY-SACHS RETROSPECTIVE→
Folks from all over the world know about SXSW. It’s an annual event that puts Austin into chaos for the better part of nine days. Some call it a “hipster fest” but this gathering is much more than that. Do you like Beyonce? How about harsh noise music? Garage rock? Hip hop? Korean dance pop? You get the point, right? Everything is is available at arms length. The best part is catching up with old friends over shared beers though. Many people come from out of town and escape a drudging winter for a week in a sunny city where good looking people and hot weather are expected. It’s an escape. Luckily I live in Austin now and get to experience this city all year long. Locals may bitch that people should go back home but the March activities boost the local economy and morale in general. Unfortunately this year was marked by an unnecessary and despicable tragedy as a drunk driver with a stolen car mowed through a crowd of festival goers, murdering at least three and injuring many more. The next morning a dark cloud hung over Austin but people rallied together and raised over 100k for the victims and their families. There is hope, people. Let’s all enjoy music and be good to each other, after all that’s what SXSW really is about.
-MATT GREENFIELD Continue reading RUST BELT HAMMER WENT TO SXSW. HERE ARE OUR THOUGHTS AND SWEET PICTURES.→
Today is a sad day in the vast landscape of rock and roll music. We lost two pioneers just this weekend, Gary Burger of the Monks and Scott Asheton of The Stooges. Fun House by The Stooges is easily one of my favorite albums of all time. These wild Detroit kids upped the ante of previous garage rockers with criminally seminal releases before destroying themselves with drugs and decadence. The only group that previously had as much blinding power was most likely The Sonics. People say The Stooges invented punk rock but honestly, who cares? They molded the future with their in-your-face brash and crass attitude piled over louder than life rhythms, all set to a backdrop of the head-nodding pounds of Scott on drums. You will be missed but not forgotten. Legends never truly die.
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