Ok, so we haven’t had an update in a while. Cut us some slack, we’ve been on tour and putting out lots of records. Out in stores now are Your Enemies Friends “The Wiretap EP”, Shat’s “Best Of”, and re-issues of Ink & Dagger as well as Text. On November 19th, Radio Vago’s “Black & White Photo Enterprise” will be in stores on CD and LP. If your local record store doesn’t carry Buddyhead releases, tell them to. We are also currently on a big vinyl kick, so we’re putting out a bunch of 12 and 7 inches in the next month or so. Coming soon we will have the vinyl version of the Burning Brides album “Fall Of The Plastic Empire”. Shortly after that will be the 12 inch version of The Dillinger Escape Plan’s collaboration with the singer from The Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Irony Is A Dead Scene”. And as a very special Halloween treat for the kids, The Icarus Line and Burning Brides will be doing a split 7 inch together, both covering songs by The Misfits. This 7 inch will be super limited, and only available for a short time on the Buddyhead online store, or possibly from the bands at shows. All the vinyl for these releases will be on limited colors also only available on our store. Freak it freaky.
Also… THE BUDDYHEAD STORE HAS BEEN RE-STOCKED. That’s right kiddies, all your favorite Buddyhead t-shirts are for sale once again in all sizes on our store. We’ve even added a new t-shirt to the store for you to spend your drug money on. Besides the shirts, you can order the new Radio Vago ep RIGHT NOW, BEFORE IT HITS STORES. Also, if your local store sucks balls and is too afraid to stock the Shat album, you can get that in our store now as well. Check it out. Oh yeah, if you live overseas, the deal we give on shipping is KILLER. For some reason it costs you foreign fruitcakes the same amount in shipping as it does in the U.S., so GO OFF. Click here.
Now on to what you really came here for…
Is that mall punk band Good Charlotte still tripping or what? Do these dudes think that nobody will notice that some of the lyrics from their new “hit” are directly ripped off from Chris Rock’s “Bring The Pain”? Or are they just too dense to come up with their own material and think that nobody would care too much? We’re lost on this one. On top of that, what’s up with the guitar player always wearing a Silverchair shirt? Word on the street is that he has a Silverchair tattoo as well. Did this guy not get the memo that SILVERCHAIR FUCKING SUCKS?! I think another good indication of where these dudes are coming from is a story from that dude Benji or whatever his name is called… we think he’s the one that dresses really “punk”… y’know… recently approached a girl who was a big fan of The Damned. After he approached her, she pointed to the Damned pin he was wearing and said, “I met Dave Vanian last night, cool huh?” The Benji dude looked at her all puzzled and said, “Who?” Then she said, “You know… the singer for The Damned.” Benji replied with, “Oh.” Perfect.
By the way, did anyone happen to read the Good Charlotte interview in AP this month? You gotta read it if you are in need of a good laugh. In it these dorks talk about how their fan-base is made up solely of 15 year old girls. They then go on to defend this by saying something along the lines of 15 year old girls have it tougher than they ever thought. Yeah dude, those snot-nosed spoiled mall kids that beg their parents to buy them your retard music are really roughing it. Punk is dead.
The Promise Ring broke up (because not as many people bought their new record as they thought would) and about 37 people care. We’re pretty sure half those people work at Epitaph too. The other half are all bald, in the closet, sensitive, furry sweater wearing, Midwestern dorks dialing their local help hotlines right now. Lots of crying bald men… sad.
We’re also pretty certain that one of the others that really took the Promise Ring breakup hard was Blake Swarzenbach of Jets To Brazil. Jets To Brazil recently cancelled their upcoming U.S. tour and gave some weird excuse why. The truth is that Blake recently had a nervous breakdown while watching children play with birds outside of his Brooklyn apartment. The sight reminded Blake of the days when he and Davey Von Bohen (is that the guys name for real?) held hands and fed pigeons and discussed how cool it would be to have birds on the cover of an album. Blake loved rubbing Davey’s bald head. LOVED IT. Our investigations have found The Promise Ring breakup to be the real reason for Blake’s freakout episode, and the bird thing just sent him off the deep end. Chill Blake, it’s gonna be ok… emo will live on!
Also in the mentally unstable rock artists club is none other than Karen of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. Nobody really bought that “We can’t tour Europe right now cos we’re recording an album” b.s. did they?
Word on the street is that Enrique Iglesias wants to hit David Cassidy’s daughters gap real bad. Problem is the little Cassidy is like 15. Enrique, keep your dick in your pants bro, and stop creeping us out.
Somebody stop Taproot. Anyway, anyhow. Make it STOP.
The Mars Volta are currently laying down tracks for their debut album with Rick Rubin. They are recording the album in that old house where those people died or something. Right now Mr. Rubin is tracking drums and giving them that drum sound we’ve heard on the System Of A Down records that is super killer… NOT.
Also set to bust into the studio with Rick Rubin soon are those Swedish kids International Noise Conspiracy. Word on the street is that the band will be bought out of their Epitaph contract to bring the noise via Rubin’s label. If Rubin can make that Chili Peppers guy sound like he can sing, he might be able to help Dennis. Probably not though.
On even more Rick Rubin related news, the big bearded man has recently quit working on the Limp Bizkit album. Supposedly the shit finally hit the fan. The rap / metal band gave Page Hamilton of Helmet fame an obscene amount of money to come into the studio and play cheesy riffs over and over all day while the tape ran. The group thought they could find pieces of the riffs to loop and build songs off of. After that didn’t work, Fred Durst thought he could just learn how to play guitar himself. After Rubin sat watching this idiot try to hold a power chord for 2 months, he quit.
This dude is the reason you have to hear about 12 different shitty nu metal / nu emo bands. Call him and tell him to die. (201) 424-2230. His email is [email protected].
Christina is dirty. Jeff Wood stared at this picture for 7 hours straight yesterday. Click here.
Is Courtney Love seriously wanting the public to believe that there was absolutely no mention of her in her ex-husbands diary? You’d think that if you married somebody, there’d be all kinds of stuff. At least maybe a little? CRAZY. 4 million dollars sure is a lot of loot!
Speaking of loot…. Who the shit is going to be dumb enough to buy the new Nirvana record? If you don’t already own all the Nirvana albums, punch yourself in the face because you are a RETARD. And its not like that new song is worth the price for this thing. Download that shit bitch. Won’t it just be on the box set anyway? “Been A Son” is on this? Are you tripping? That song blows. Let’s not even get started on some of these other picks too. Who’s the retarded pig that came up with this track listing? Whatever. The Japanese version apparently has six extra tracks, so maybe the Japanese aren’t tripping as much.
The tracklisting for “Nirvana”
1) You Know You’re Right
2) About A Girl
3) Been A Son
5) Smells Like Teen Spirit
6) Come As You Are
8) In Bloom
9) Heart-Shaped Box
10) Pennyroyal Tea
11) Rape Me
13) All Apologies
14) The Man Who Sold The World
When Queens Of The Stoneage played at The Palladium in Los Angeles a few weeks ago, the members of QOTSA were wondering, “Who let the transvestite backstage?” Their bubble was later burst when someone realized it was just Davey Havok of AFI (aka The Dark Prince of Pop Punk) in full makeup and Hot Topic Danzig goth gear.
Those goofy new wave spock rockin’canucks known as Hot Hot Heat signed to Warner Brothers. The dude over there who signed them is the same guy who also brought such promising bands as Glassjaw and The Used to the label. Killer place to make your home dudes.
Zach De La Rocha and the remaining members of Soundgarden have formed a new band called Ragegarden. It’s like Audioslave meets the Fat Boys. Wayyyyy dope. Speaking of Audioslave, they did some collaboration with DMX for some movie soundtrack. 14 year old kids in Oregon are creaming their pants.
John of Rocket From The Crypt / Hot Snakes fame will be doing the music world a huge favor next month by re-releasing the currently out of print album “Yank Crime” from his former band Drive Like Jehu on his own label Swami Records. The disc will also contain the very out of print Jehu 7 inch that came out on Merge Records years ago. BOO YAH!
The Locust have signed to Epitaph Records. About 63 dorks with white belts, bad acne, stupid haircuts, and profiles on makeoutclub care. Signing to Epitaph means the band automatically is sponsored by Hurley now, so the dudes are changing the look up a bit. They look sorta like Offspring with baja shorts and bucket hats. But they’re keeping the white belts. 2 months from now every spock dork will be wearing baja shorts with white belts. You heard it here first.
MCA is currently trimming the fat. Tommy Lee and Midtown both got dropped. About 63 people somewhere in Arkansas currently pulling their dicks outta their sisters care about Tommy Lee getting dropped, and about 48 fat emo/skate girls in Arizona with Avril Lavigne shirts on care about Midtown getting dropped. Wow, big surprise those guys didn’t write the next Led Zeppelin IV album.
Kill Rock Stars recently bought the Born Against catalog from Mr. Sam Mcpheeters. Apparently Sam is over running his label. Bummer.
How weird are those new Nissan commercials with The Stooges song “Tv Eye” as the soundtrack? Yeah, it sucks when you gotta watch skiers, but nothing beats hearing Iggy scream at you while you’re waiting in the doctors office.
The Halo Friendlies, that all girl band on tooth and nail, are in some other car commercial too. Weird?
The Mooney Suzuki have also joined the commercial club. They’re selling Nikes or something. Oh yeah, these guys are STILL trying to tell everybody they are in their early 20’s when they are well into their 30’s. Don’t buy that shit.
Chris Rock’s “Bring The Pain” is on dvd now and it rules. Someone at Dreamworks better hook us up with some motherfucking copies. Don’t trip.
That rasta emo band Coheed and Cambria already broke up. About 26 people care.
Cedric is emo. www.emogame.com
The Explosion are still having their dongs huffed and assholes licked clean by every major label dickhead in town.
Tomahawk will be recording their next record for Ipecac in Los Angeles with Joe Barrisi in November and December. That dude who sings who used to be in Red Hot Chili Peppers or something is going to try his hardest not to pee on Rick Rubin’s beard!
The Ataris are in the studio right now recording their major label debut. Word on the street is that they are already %50 over budget and they still have half the record to complete. Columbia, their label, has already cut them off, so they had to go borrow money from their old label, Kung Fu. The best part is at least they don’t sound like Nofx anymore. Apparently now they sound more like The Strokes.
Tom Petty is pissed. His new album, as always, totally rules. Buy it. Besides bringing the rock, he’s dropping mad knowledge. Props to mtv.com for showing some balls for once and putting up Tom’s rant on their site besides the latest word on who Britney Spears is dating. This is important enough for you to read the whole thing…
The man who told the world “I Won’t Back Down,” “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Don’t Come Around Here No More” doesn’t need any assertiveness-training course. Tom Petty’s determined, sometimes defiant attitude has collided with the music business throughout the years. For instance, in 1982 Petty recorded Hard Promises with the Heartbreakers, only to find that his then-record company had plans to use his name to initiate a new, higher $9.98 list price for albums. Petty withheld the tapes and threatened to retitle his record $8.98 in protest.
That same spirit is alive and well on Petty’s latest album, The Last DJ, which takes a hard look at the lack of moral grounding in the music business. The title track has kicked up considerable controversy, with some radio stations seeing the song as a slap in the face and banning it. But Petty is not just biting the hand that feeds him. Music is only the beginning of what’s pissing him off these days. “The Last DJ is a story about morals more than the music business,” he says. “It’s really about vanishing personal freedoms.”
1 Radio is not even worth listening to
“I don’t really give a flying fuck about any of it. I’ve tuned out. But I was elated when my song was banned. I mean, nothing could have complimented me more than to hear they just banned it at such-and-such a station because it’s anti-radio. Now, in 2002 to have a song banned that doesn’t have a dirty word, doesn’t advocate violence — it’s fascinating, you know. Like, what are you afraid of? No record has ever been made that was more pro-radio, you know.
“I remember when the radio meant something. We enjoyed the people who were on it, even if we hated them. They had personalities. They were people of taste, who we trusted. And I see that vanishing. I thought it was a good metaphor to start the album.”
2 All anyone thinks about is money
“You don’t hear any more of, ‘Hey, we did something creative and we turned a profit, how about that?’ Everywhere we look, we want to make the most money possible. This is a dangerous, corrupt notion. That’s where you see the advent of programming on the radio, and radio research, all these silly things. That has made pop music what it is today. Everything — morals, truth — is all going out the window in favor of profit.
“I don’t think it’s a good attitude in your life to feel that you have to be rich to have self-esteem. You know, I saw a billboard in New York I wish I had photographed. It was for the TNN network. It said three words against a patriotic background of red, white and blue – BIGGER, YOUNGER, RICHER. Now, I find that fascinating: ‘Bigger, younger, richer.’ This whole idea of being wealthy has gone too far. I never ride in a limousine, you know. I feel gross if I get in a limousine. One good thing about the Sixties was it sort of was the opposite back then. You looked silly trying to appear rich.”
3 It’s ridiculous to make people pay twenty dollars for a CD
“It’s funny how the music industry is enraged about the Internet and the way things are copied without being paid for. But you know why people steal the music? Because they can’t afford the music. I’m not condoning downloading music for free. I don’t think that’s really fair, but I understand it. If you brought CD prices back down to $8.98, you would solve a lot of the industry’s problems. You are already seeing it a little — the White Stripes albums selling for $9.99. Everyone still makes a healthy profit; it might get the music business back on its feet.”
4 Only a complete greedhead would charge $150 for a concert ticket
“My top price is about sixty-five dollars, and I turn a very healthy profit on that; I make millions on the road. I see no reason to bring the price up, even though I have heard many an anxious promoter say, ‘We could charge 150 bucks for this.’ I would like to do this again and maybe come through and not leave a bad taste in people’s mouths. I was at one of our gigs recently, and I was just stunned driving in that it cost thirty dollars to park your car. It’s so wrong to say, ‘OK, we’ve got them on the ticket and we’ve got them on the beer and we’ve got on everything else, let’s get them on the damn parking.’ You got to care about the person you’re dealing with.”
5 Record labels don’t care about artists
“An act like ours wouldn’t even be around today if someone hadn’t brought us along and let us make mistakes and grow at our own pace. Today it seems that if you don’t have a hit — or even if you do — they have no use for you the next time. It’s like, ‘Well, why wait for these guys to come back with another hit when we can bring in somebody else?’ It’s an asinine way to conduct yourself. These people are looking at balance sheets, not music. Most people involved in putting this music on the air or bringing it to us aren’t really listening to it.”
6 Filthy lyrics make me sick
“I’m frustrated by what I hear. Maybe it’s not meant for me. Personally, I’m way too bright for a lot of the hip-hop lyrics to affect. I’m much too smart to think that jewelry or how cool I am is really going to change much about my personality. If you’re dumb enough that it entertains you, have a great time. But I am seeking more than that.
“When I was a young rock & roll star, I was really fascinated and shocked at times by the power that I had, by the power of my words, and shocked that it can be taken wrong. I don’t believe in censorship, but I do believe that an artist has to take some moral responsibility for what he or she is putting out there. And I think a lot of these young kids are going to have to learn the hard way before they realize that you can actually do some damage if you’re being careless or frivolous in what you’re saying.”
7 Only a sick culture would sexualize young girls
“It’s disgusting. It’s not just pop music, it’s fashion, it’s TV, it’s advertising, it’s every element of our culture. Young women are not being respected, children aren’t being respected. Why are we creating a nation of child molesters? Could it be that we’re dressing up nine-year-old women to look sexy? And even if we’re wrong, let’s not do it anyway. I really don’t put it past these advertising people to say, ‘Well, look, we made a lot of money when we brought the nine-year-old out and made her look like a hooker. Let’s do it again.’ ”
8 Why are we rewarding people for being rich?
“Getting back to the whole issue of ticket prices: We don’t do the Golden Circle/VIP thing. I don’t see how carving out the best seats and charging a lot more for them has anything to do with rock & roll. A lot of the time, some corporation’s bought up these seats with someone’s money who doesn’t even know it’s being spent — and they are going to use it to entertain clients. A lot of the people who buy these seats don’t give a damn about the music — they’re going to get a waiter. What you see from the stage is a group of people just talking to each other, not really interested in being there at all. And the poor guy who really is interested, he’s sitting way in the back.”
9 And TV is worse
“I think television’s become a downright dangerous thing. It has no moral barometer whatsoever. If you want to talk about something that is all about money, just watch the television. It’s damn dangerous. TV does not care about you or what happens to you. It’s downright bad for your health now, and that’s not a far-out concept. I think watching the TV news is bad for you. It is bad for your physical health and your mental health. The music business looks like, you know, innocent schoolboys compared to the TV business. They care about nothing but profit. They will make a movie about murdering their kids, you know? And they’ll put the guy who killed them on TV. And before long, he might even have his own show.”
10 A lot of artists are as greedy as the industry
“Let me say this so it’s definitely in the story: I don’t think the industry is entirely to blame. Let’s face it: The music industry has always been laughably corrupt, always. It’s the artists themselves that often cause problems. Artists aren’t necessarily business people. And they aren’t neces-sarily aware of all the things that go on in their names. Some just want to make some music, but there is a lot of greed among artists as well. Whether or not we know it, we are all to blame. I think it’s time — starting with the artist — to try to be a little more responsible and aware of what goes on in our name.”
Your Enemies Friends are out on tour with The Donnas. It’s a real wild tour. Last night we heard both bands stayed way up past their bedtime cos they couldn’t finish their scrabble game early enough. Did we mention they have a new website?
Mon Oct 28 Vancouver, BC Richard’s
Thu Oct 31 Minneapolis, MN Ascot Room The Quest
Sat Nov 02 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Sun Nov 03 Detroit, MI The Majestic
Mon Nov 04 Buffalo, NY The Continental
Tue Nov 05 Pittsburgh, PA Club Laga
Wed Nov 06 Toronto, ONT The Opera House
Thu Nov 07 Boston, MA Middle East
Fri Nov 08 Off in NYC
Sun Nov 10 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
Mon Nov 11 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Tue Nov 12 Philadelphia, PA The Trocodero
Wed Nov 13 Washington, DC Black Cat
Thu Nov 14 Winstom-Salem, NC Ziggy’s
Fri Nov 15 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
Sun Nov 17 Orlando, FL Sapphire
Mon Nov 18 Tampa, FL Twilight
Tue Nov 19 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Culture Room
Wed Nov 20 Tallahassee, FL Floyd’s
Fri Nov 22 New Orleans, LA Shim Sham Club
Sat Nov 23 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s
Sun Nov 24 Austin, TX Emo’s
Tue Nov 26 Phoenix, AZ NileTheatre
Fri Nov 29 Los Angeles, CA El Rey
Sat Nov 30 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
The Burning Brides are out on tour with The Anniversary right now. Translation: The Burning Brides are out blowing the Anniversary off the stage every night. Yeah we’re pretty sure Dimitri was tripping balls when he agreed to do this tour.
Tue – 10/29/02 – Savannah, GA – Velvet Lounge
Wed – 10/30/02 – Orlando, FL – The Social / Sapphire Supper Club
Thu – 10/31/02 – Boynton Beach, FL – Viper Room / Club Ovation
Fri – 11/01/02 – Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
Sun – 11/03/02 – Houston, TX – Mary Jane’s
Mon – 11/04/02 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Tue – 11/05/02 – Denton, TX – Rubber Glove
Fri – 11/08/02 – Los Angeles, CA – The Troubadour
Sat – 11/09/02 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
Sun – 11/10/02 – Costa Mesa, CA – Chain Reaction
Mon – 11/11/02 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Wed – 11/13/02 – Portland, OR – Satyricon
Thu – 11/14/02 – Seattle, WA – TBA
Fri – 11/15/02 – Vancouver, BC – TBA
Sun – 11/17/02 – Salt Lake City, UT – TBA
Mon – 11/18/02 – Boulder, CO – Tulagi’s
The Roxy in Hollywood has Shat as their hold music.
CMJ is an excuse for people who work in the “music industry” to have a paid vacation to New York so they can shove a bunch of blow up their face, try to get their fuck on with other people who work at labels as secretaries or something, and pretend to actually watch bands. Let us know how it turns out.
If you’re heading out to CMJ make sure you catch at least one or two good shows… On 11/1, make sure to roll by the Tribeca Blues where Philadelphia’s Need New Body are playing with Bluebird, & Arab On Radar. Also, Shat is playing with Isis and Dalek at Tribeca on Halloween as well. After the show, Shat is playing the after party at Don Hills. That’s where you want to be kids. Shat mingling with super models.
Glen Friedman is having a photo exhibition on November 2nd (7-10pm) at 549 west 23rd street, (downtown) LA,CA 90007 (info: 213.765.0248). Who knows. If you’re lucky maybe Glen will even be there to talk about how he was always in the right place at the right time cuz he could afford to with that huge trust fund he ended up with. For more details: http://www.sixspace.com
Bluebird’s new record Hot Blood is out on 11/5 on Dim Mak Records. It’s got blood all over the back and you know how cool blood is. Did we mention that Bluebird features former members of Amen and Yuckmouth?!
Those wild and crazy Swedes, The International Noise Conspiracy, are taking Bluebird on tour.
Mon 10/7/02 San Francisco CA Slims
Tue 10/22/02 Los Angeles CA Palace
Wed 10/23/02 Pomona CA The Glass House
Thu 10/24/02 San Diego CA The Scene
Fri 10/25/02 Tempe AZ Bash On Ash
Sat 10/26/02 El Paso TX Club 101
Mon 10/28/02 Denver CO
Tue 10/29/02 Kansas City MO
Wed 10/30/02 Chicago IL
Fri 11/1/02 New York NY
Sat 11/2/02 Boston MA
Sun 11/3/02 Easthampton MA
Tue 11/5/02 Philadelphia PA
Wed 11/6/02 Columbus OH
Thu 11/7/02 TBA
Fri 11/8/02 Knoxville TN
Sat 11/9/02 Chattanooga TN
Mon 11/11/02 Savannah GA
Tue 11/12/02 Tampa FL
Wed 11/13/02 Gainesville FL
Thu 11/14/02 Baton Rouge, LA
Fri 11/15/02 New Orleans LA
Sat 11/16/02 Jackson MS
Sun 11/17/02 Denton TX
Tue 11/19/02 Austin TX
Wed 11/20/02 San Antonio TX
Thu 11/21/02 El Paso TX
Fri 11/22/02 Flagstaff AZ
Sat 11/23/02 Lake Havasu City, AZ
Vincent Gallo likes Glassjaw? Weak.
There are tons of bands that still suck…and you still like them. You should have that checked out.
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