83HADES is a skinny white kid from Brooklyn-Louisville USA and does not look like someone that would make you feel unsafe. He is a tiny child but his music causes some real damage. 83 has managed to capture what a nightmare might sound like and packaged it into an amazing track. True genius.
Wait for the knock 13 seconds in and be ready to shit your pants… You’ll see what I mean….
I work with my old man as a Stonemason. Call it a family trade. I truly love my job. You’re outdoors working with your hands, getting fit and being creative… But that’s not my favourite thing.. The best part about the job is firing up the speaker, yelling at each other and listening to rock n roll for eight hours straight five days a week, sharing stories and new musical discoveries.
And that’s how this came up….
What do Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page & Jeff Beck all have in common?
At some point they were all a guitarist in this band…
That’s correct. They were all members of The (fuckin) Yardbirds! The Yardbirds were an english rock band formed in 1963 that started out playing blues rock type stuff then (like a lot of other bands at the time) pivoted into a type of progressive rock n roll that became synonymous with the 60’s and paved the way for the punk rock bands that came years later.
This band acted as springboard for some of the most famous guitarists in rock history.
Eric Clapton (Yardbirds member 1963-1965)
Eric Clapton went on to become Eric Clapton (duh) and write music you could totally do cocaine to…
Jimmy Page (Yardbirds member 1966-1968)
Jimmy became the meat and bones of Led Zeppelin with guitar solos that could impregnate a woman from 30 yards away.
To all the hardcore fans still desperately clinging to the early/mid 2000’s like it’s gonna come back just how you remembered it and you’re gonna be a scene king again in your gross early to mid 30’s…It’s over. Get over it you sad cunt. The haircuts were shit, the band t-shirts you wore were too small and looked ridiculous paired with a New Era flat brim and mosh shorts. I hope your gross 18 mil ear stretchers got infected and your head fell off before you got a chance to read this… But naughties hardcore fashion is another article within itself.
We are here to talk about the fact that I recently purchased a 2010 Ford Territory with a stereo that only allows radio or CD’s… No bluetooth…. This gave me a reason to rifle through my back catalogue of CD’s posted to me in a cardboard box from an un-named ex-girlfriend that managed to put up with me for two years before kicking me out (hats off to you un-named ex) thus discovering my old CD collection which consists of Poison The Well, Terror, Carpathian, The Warriors and other quintessential albums of the early-to-mid 2000’s essentially opening up a door to hardcore love I never thought I’d explore in my early 30’s. Let’s say my quarter life crisis arrived fashionably late.
An old pal (let’s call him @xThexOnlyxStillxStriaghtxEdgexGuyx) posted a story on Instagram with this song in the background and I fell in love instantly. How did I miss Kublai Khan TX?!?!
Their last album ‘Absolute’ released in 2019 is amazing and the lyrics cover current and relevant issues like drug abuse, organised religion and (a huge one) police brutality. But to be honest I don’t just look for lyrical content. One of my all time favourite songs is about ice cream for god’s sake (See Band: Eddy Current Suppresion Ring). What does it sound like as an overall package? That’s what I want to know…. Kublai Khan delivers…. The descriptive word I’ve chosen to apply to their most recent album is “meaty”.
Yes the shit is repetitive and all the songs sound the same but I like my hardcore like I like my punk, repetitive and predictable…. Love that… And if you don’t like that then you haven’t heard real hardcore you fuckin noob… If you want technical songs with acid induced guitar solos that ignore tempo and last for 12 minutes then go listen to Pink Floyd this is not for you.
Here’s a track from ‘Absolute’
A huge positive element that drew me toward Kublai Khan TX before even listening to them was the fact that they’re fro Texas… Fuck yeah… Guaranteed hard cunts…. And Texas is majority right wing…. Which is the new left wing…. And TX leans towards conservatism… Which is the new punk?… Look, I’m not going to pretend to understand American politics but fuck the left and the right, just read Kublai Khan TX lyrics and learn from them. That’s the side I want to win.
My only complaint with Kublai Khan TX is their film clips. You have this huge meaty sound that stirs up an untapped energy within you… Then you watch their film clips and they look like every other hardcore clip… Just kind of weak and nerdy and doesn’t seem to match the music attached to it… I’m not sure why this is and it’s not a theme that only applies to these guys… I seem to find the same issue with most great hardcore bands… Which they are… A great hardcore band… Just with the same issue of poor visuals.
In summation; I love this band and it’s the best new hardcore I’ve heard in aaages. I’d love to see this genre resurface and bands like this are what is going to make that happen. Thanks Kublai Khan TX… xoxo….
I find it my duty as an Action Bronson fan to share this video as it gets harder and harder to find online (consider it a musical time capsule). Complex and all other major rap music publications have deleted this video from their websites promoting the release of ‘Blue Chips 2’ in 2013… It’s also getting harder to find ‘Blue Chips 2’ anywhere… Spotify doesn’t host it and I’m not sure why…
Honestly, the two people who can rock a leather duster like this and get away with it are Action Bronson and Mac from ‘It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’…
In my humble opinion ‘Blue Chips 2’ is Action Bronson’s second best musical release after ‘Dr. Lecter’ so here it is… Just Producer Party Supplies playing Tracy Chapman’s ‘Give Me One Reason’ on acoustic guitar as Action smokes a baseball bat joint and spits over it… This needed to be shared and so does ‘Blue Chips 2’ so here they both are.. Enjoy x
Hey yeah so Dee Dee Ramone had a brief rap career.
I know what you’re thinking; “Nice, I bet it was all Beastie Boys style goodness.. New York hip hop with a lil’ punk rock energy peppered in.” Well slow your role buddy.. You need to remember that in 1989 when Dee Dee left The Ramones he only had two brain cells to rub together… And one of those little cunts wanted to write a rap album.
God damn those aesthetics are good though right?.. The album cover looks cool as polar bear balls and promises sexy results.
Now… Before you watch the Dee Dee King ‘Funky Man’ video below let me preface this by saying that I WANTED IT TO BE GOOD and Dee Dee had just as much business, if not more, than any other white boy entering the rap game.
He was surrounded by Hip Hop culture in New York and identified with the mentality. It was all underground culture wether it be punk, hardcore or rap music. There wasn’t any racial segregation based on genre. Particularly within punk rock crowds.
“When Schoolly D came out with ‘It’s Gucci Time’ I understood that, it’s rising above oppression y’know. A Negro being able to buy a Gucci watch great y’know I’m a Negro too. I felt the same excitement when I could buy a Gucci watch and spend a lot of money… Like an outlaw”
I love the concept of platforms like Facebook and Youtube having the intuitive ability to show me content tailored to my recent online activity.
If I am actively searching online for my next Hannah Montana t-shirt then by golly why wouldn’t I be open to Facey serving me ads for said products so I can make an informed decision before purchasing?
Personally, I think that tailored content in theory is great. In theory. But so was communism.
And so was Hannah Montana until she morphed into a box flashing nug beast called Miley Cyrus.
Okay I do have a point here. And, as always, it comes back to music.
As a pre-pubescent I would periodically detach myself from porn and navigate towards YouTube where I would go into what is commonly referred to as a “Youtube Spiral.” If you’re not familiar with this term it relates to (musically speaking) the golden age of Youtube in the early naughties when you’d discover a new and underground artist then get ‘Up Next’ recommendations from Youtube for equally interesting, fresh and new underground artists of the same vein. Artists with like 300 views. Brand new and super talented artist just waiting to pop off. Or. Because it was the Naughties. The ‘Badger Song’ which was the fashion at the time.
Unfortunately the ‘Badger Song’ did not stand the test of time (like Hannah Montana). I can only assume that the badger pivoted towards a country music career effectively hurdling himself into obscurity (like Hannah Montana).
Now this isn’t to say that all these underground artists were good and some of them didn’t secrete unforgivable noise vomit into my ear holes but god dammit I’m a big boy. It’s all part of the musical discovery experience and I will decide when I’m ready to say the safe word (muffins).
Fast forward to yesterday (26th July 2020). I flop my wretched meat vessel on the couch, open up Youtube and search for Terror Reid’s track ‘UPPERCUTS’
I can hear you now; “Cool. Great Mace. Okay and lot’s of fun.” No David or whatever. Not lots of fun.
I proceed to hit ‘Up Next’ and get more Terror Reid… Nice… But I only have to hit ‘Up Next’ two more times until I am greeted by a steaming musical turd so ripe I can tell it’s been laid recently…
Okay. I know I’m being a little harsh. The Chat’s aren’t bad but fuck, I’m thinking “How do I go from listening to my me songs to being fisted to the elbow by Triple J hits?!”
And now you’re thinking “Mace Vision, Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal and also I’m not sure if I care” Well you do care and I’ll tell you why…
I’m not a conspiracy theorist but I am a conspiracy theorist so after clicking ‘Up Next’ on a number of different videos I always arrived at the same destination which could only lead me to believe on thing…
The algorithm is biased and it will alway push you towards Drake songs…. Yep… I knew fuckin’ Drizzy was behind all this.
Okay I’ll be the first to admit it… This post got a little off track.. But what I am trying to say in all seriousness is that, although designed with the intention of convenience, these algorithms are stripping us of our ability to make informed choices and trying to pull squares like you and I into Drizzy circles.
Take me back to the times when YouTube didn’t pretend to know or tell me what I liked and let me drive slow (homie) along the information super highway without limitation.
Mad respect to Drizzy and The Chats though. I gotta say that for all you babies who don’t know I’m joking.