CLEVELAND’S HORRIBLE FEST ANNOUNCES PARTIAL LINEUP. DESTRUCTION UNIT AND MORE. LISTEN TO THE BANDS HERE.

Horrible Fest has been growing stronger each year at Cleveland bar Now That’s Class and other random venues across the city. If you like underground punk rock, garage rock, or psychedelic music, you may want to consider attending. I will be flying to Cleveland to attend/cover this year’s chaos. Here is a list of the bands that have been announced so far.

Hank Wood and the Hammerheads
Secret Prostitutes
Destruction Unit
Counter Intuits
Buck Biloxi and the Fucks
Mordecai
Vile Gash
Lumpy & The Dumpers
Degreaser
Gary Wrong Group
Mangina
S.H.I.T
World Domination
Classhole
The Yankee Peddler

May 22nd through 24th

BEST OF THE NYABINGHI (WATCH WITH PBR IN HAND)

I heard stories about the infamous Wesley Willis playing Youngstown’s Nyabinghi while I was still seventeen. Being that I was both a huge fan and underage, I was at a great disadvantage. When I finally turned eighteen, I was determined to cram as many local performances as I could. That summer I witnessed Alterntaive Tentacles stalwarts, The Fleshies. I was also extremely lucky to attend a show by Today Is The Day with local openers, From a Second Story Window. Soon after that I saw Municipal Waste in a room with fifteen other people right before they got huge.

For all the great shows I saw, nothing could beat Grand Buffet and Gil Mantera’s Party Dream. They could always pack the venue. The excitement of a comedic show blended with energetic rhythms was unparalleled. I saw that combo play together countless times. I even had the flu for one performance but still made it out.

My most surreal experience was during the last Emissions of the Monolith festival. Experimental metal rockers Kylesa were one of my favorite bands at the time and they had a headlining slot. In a moment of of mindlessness, I locked my keys in my car. The sky was aggressively pouring rain as I waited for AAA. They showed up and I made it inside to catch the full Kylesa set while experiencing a moment of zen. I never thought that venue would leave it’s residence but impermanence is not only a Buddhist philosophy but also a fact of life in Youngstown, Ohio.

-MATT GREENFIELD
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BANNED IN YOUNGSTOWN:THE INDUSTRIAL NOISES OF GREENLANDER

Greenlander has produced a ton of music and is a hot name in the noise/underground electronic scene of Los Angeles. In his hometown of Youngstown, he is widely ignored when it comes to the raw sounds he makes. I even saw him get kicked off the stage at the Lemon Grove once. A place that was supposed to be a hub for the artsy and weird was kicking a man off the stage that was perhaps TOO artsy and weird for a baffled audience of hipsters and dinner goers. Greenlander doesn’t care though. He doesn’t need acceptance and largely creates music for himself, locked away in a dungeon of solitude. This video was created using his music set to visuals by artist Cristopher Sea, a man whose art has been featured in such magazines as Juxtapose.

Greenlander – Vast Empty Landfill from Negative Flesh on Vimeo.

http://sweatingtapes.com/greenlander/ for his label’s page. 12 inch LP out soon.

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT A PLACE CALLED YOUNGSTOWN,OHIO? (FREE DOCUMENTARY LINK INCLUDED)

What do you know about Youngstown, Ohio? Perhaps you read that it was the murder capital of the United States at one point? Maybe you heard Bruce Springsteen’s song about the area’s plight. It has been referred to as “Murder City” and referenced on HBO’s The Sopranos. The mob ran this city for a long time. Congressmen Traficant is both arrogant, troubled, and humorous. He spent time in prison for corruption charges yet some still applaud him. Forbes Magazine called Youngstown one of the “most miserable cities” in the country. I have seen it on lists of terrible cities to live in, next to isolated and uninhabitable places in the Ukraine. I am not going to deny the decline. The steel industry is gone and most of the cities population followed. It turned into a mass exodus. Some though are tough as the steel that was once produced here. The brave and prideful have stayed and I wish them the best. Most of my close family and friends still live in Youngstown today. Neither one of my parents have ever left. It’s a place that builds character. That much is absolutely certain.

I heard about a documentary on my home city and was aching to watch it from that minute on. The work put in to the production is valiant. I commend Ray Mancini and everyone else who put a much appreciated effort into this film. The history on our mob activity is almost unfathomable. It’s both fascinating and horrifying simultaneously. Our mascots are Ed O’Neill, Boom Boom, and Kelly Pavlik. Arby’s was founded in Youngstown. The first malls were designed here. Phantom Fireworks is headquartered in the heart of the city. The Warner Brothers were born in Y-Town. Remember before Walmart was a huge retail monolith? The nation had Phar-Mor, which was based in Youngstown. It was rocked by scandal and slowly went the way of the buffalo.

While I find the documentary entertaining and insightful, I don’t find it to be a definitive statement on Youngstown and it’s historical significance. So much was omitted or sugarcoated. It’s a bit ridiculous that Staughton Lynd was completely left out. He is a radical peace activist who fought to keep the steel mills open in the 1970s. Also, the discussion of race in the film is pretty light fare. There is no talk of the economic and racial inequalities that Youngstown faces. The inner city schools of Youngstown are behind the times and in desperate need of revitalization. Many places in the area need to be restructured with passion and intelligence for modern times; until then a dark cloud will cover the city and penetrate it’s inhabitants.

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The dark side is something that can’t be avoided for Youngstowners. Many people in the area struggle with depression. I guess it’s hard not to feel down when the weather is bone chilling for seven months of the year. Even our heroes aren’t invincible. After an epic battle with Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, South Korean pugilist Duk Koo Kim tragically and unexpectedly died. Ray is a strong man but that fight will forever haunt his entire being. Kelly Pavlik was WBC and WBO Middleweight before succumbing to the demons of alcoholism. Some people in Youngstown treated him like a piece of dirt after that. It really saddened me to hear people badmouth someone that was a world champion and always represented his city with grace. You don’t have to love the man but respect his work.

I don’t want to delve too far into negative thought because Youngstown has much to brag about. I’ll keep our Brier Hill pizza a secret and instead talk briefly about the arts. If you are over the age of twenty six but under the age of fifty, you most likely went to the Nyabinghi for concerts. Gil Mantera’s Party Dream and Grand Buffet played some of the most epic and absurdly funny shows I have ever seen in my life. Nyabinghi also hosted “Emissions of the Monolith” which at one time was the world’s biggest stoner/doom/sludge metal festival. Youngstown’s own Rebreather played the Nyabinghi and “Emissions” with regularity. It feels weird to even be typing this sentence but Youngstown was a hotbed for metal music.

Like many, I moved away from Youngstown. It’s something I personally had to do for many reasons. I see both the positives and the negatives of a place whose landscape quite shockingly resembles Gotham City (but with more abandoned buildings). I could write so much more and hope to in the near future. The city and it’s history are quite rich and unique. In the end, I will always call myself a Youngstowner.

-MATT GREENFIELD
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PARTY AT THE 456: A HIDDEN HISTORY OF YOUNGSTOWN DIY MUSIC

“There was promising life in Youngstown hidden under a rock that every DIY scene would envy. People were making things happen, everyone had positive creative outlooks. It was outrageously diverse and collective, and the best part was it seemed like it was all done for our friends. I can’t get over how respectful everyone was with all the music being completely different. Always a good crowd of people who actually listened to the music. Now it’s a ghost town when it comes to tunes and venues. Too many people gave up or quit making things happen. Stofko’s house was a well kept secret.
I can’t believe how all the music disappeared. Like not just Stofkos, but in the area in general.”
-Zach Lovitz

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CHAT LOGS CONTINUE THE LEGACY OF NO WAVE NEW YORK

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Chat Logs hail from the cultural hub of Brooklyn, New York, and has at least one member originally from dreary Ohio. They combine elements of noise rock and no wave which blend together nicely. Do you like sonically heavy music? I do and I like what Chat Logs are constructing. They would fit rather nicely on a bill with Swans or Big Black. Call me a masochist, but I enjoy my ears being punished and Chat Logs fulfills all of my demented needs. They even recently appeared on the television show “Girls”.