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Review: CJ Ramone – “The Holy Spell…”

I’m going to start off by saying CJ Ramone’s The Holy Spell… (Fat Wreck Chords) is not a bad album. In fact, The Holy Spell… is a collection of really good songs – songs that would make an excellent batch of 7”s or a few EPs, as opposed to a full album. It’s an album that I don’t mind having on my iPod – when it is on random – but don’t particularly desire to listen to in one go beyond the times I did to write this review. So what’s my point? I am very conflicted about this as a singular piece of music, even though I quite like the individual parts when taken one to two songs at a time.

The thing is, for an album to really work, the songs have to have some variations in melody, harmony, speed, and song style. This one does not. Every song sounds pretty much the same, and as I was listening to it, I found myself becoming more of a passive listener than an active one, checking to see if I was back to the beginning of the album again, as opposed to hearing a new song that appears later on in it. Again, none of the songs are bad. They just don’t particularly stand out from one another in any appreciable way, with the two exceptions, “One High One Low” and “Rock On”.

“One High One Low”, the opening song, is pretty driving – especially for CJ Ramone – and sets up an album with a lot of promise. The last song, “Rock On” slows things down for a bit and is actually a welcome change of pace when listening to The Holy Spell… straight through. I also really like “Postcard from Heaven” which I think would have been an amazing single on its own and is the best song on the album, hands down.

Part of what makes the album blend together, though, is CJ’s voice. I feel like most people like it or don’t, and I do like it just fine, but he tends to sing every song in the same way – never venturing out of his niche or comfort zone and expanding his vocal capabilities to show us something different. This just contributes to the sameness and familiarity of the songs, probably more than the tempo and music, even.  I also really crave more backing vocals and harmonies – some of the songs are all but screaming for them, and sound sparse as a result.

I realize this is a somewhat strange review, but as I said, I am conflicted about this album. I wish it was released in pieces, like I said earlier, perhaps as EPs or singles – all of which would get higher marks because they would be short bursts of music and not an album that seems to go on a bit too long, especially for the lack of diversity in the sound and style of the songs.

2.5/5 stars



CJ Ramone streaming new album “The Holy Spell…”

New York punk CJ Ramone is streaming his new masterpiece The Holy Spell… The new album was released May 10th through Fat Wreck Chords and if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, I suggest you scoot on over to your favorite streaming site and start jamming this gem into your ear holes. I was particularly smitten with the track “Rock On” and the “Postcard From Heaven”.

Head on down below to check out the new album.

CJ Ramone’s last release was Christmas Lullaby, which was released back in December of last year. 



CJ Ramone announces new solo album, releases first single

Former Ramones bassist CJ Ramone has announced that he will release his new solo album called The Holy Spell… on May 10th via Fat Wreck Chords.

About the album’s title, CJ stated, “I never lost that magical feeling that you get from music, and that’s where the title came in. The bands that I listened to when I was young that I really enjoyed, I can still put that music on now, and it still has the same magic for me.”

The Holy Spell… is now available for pre-order, while the track listing and its lead single “Blue Skies” can be found below.



CJ Ramone to release “Christmas Lullaby” via Fat Wreck Chords

Fat Wreck Chords have announced that on December 7th they’ll be releasing a two song single titled “Christmas Lullaby” from CJ Ramone. The A-side of the single is an original track from CJ Ramone whilst the B-side hosts a cover of The Kink’s seasonal classic Father Christmas.

You can pre-order Christmas Lullaby here. 



CJ Ramone release new video for “Girlfriend in a Graveyard”

Looks like the former Ramones bassist CJ Ramone (Fat Wreck Chords) just released a video for “Girlfriend in a Graveyard.”

CJ’s latest album American Beauty was released in March of 2017.

Check it out below!



CJ Ramone announces Japanese shows

Former Ramones bassist CJ Ramone will be playing a handful of shows in Japan later this fall. Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

CJ’s latest album American Beauty was released in March through Fat Wreck Chords.



Isotopes round the bases with CJ Ramone on UK tour

Canada’s greatest contribution to the universe since Wolverine and maple syrup, The Isotopes, have joined up with CJ Ramone on a UK tour. Check out the dates below!

The Isotopes last released their second full length, 1994 World Series Champions in April. Check out their bandcamp for some excellent Ramones-core pop punk, complete with a song referencing Jose Canseco shooting himself. Pure audio genius!



Isotopes to join CJ Ramone on UK tour

Vancouver baseball all-stars The Isotopes have been announced as the support band for CJ Ramone‘s upcoming UK tour. Head over here to see if there’s a show near you.

The Isotopes last released 1994 World Series Champions in April through Stomp Records.



CJ Ramone announces UK tour

Former Ramones bassist CJ Ramone has announced he and his band will be touring the UK this summer. Check out the tour dates below to see if they’re stopping in a town near you.

CJ’s latest album American Beauty was released in March through Fat Wreck Chords.



CJ Ramone covers Tom Waits’ “Pony” and announces extensive US/European tour

Former Ramones bass player CJ Ramone has released another song, and this one is near and dear to the heart of yours truly. It’s a track called “Pony,” and it’s a cover of the Tom Waits classic of the same name. Waits’ version appears on his 1999 masterpiece, “Mule Variations,” while CJ’s version appears on his upcoming full-length, “American Beauty.” Check it out below.

But wait…there’s more! CJ Ramone also announced a pantload of US and European tour dates that’ll keep him busy from mid-April through mid-July. The North American run features support from NY punks Big Eyes. Check out the full rundown below (under the video).

“American Beauty” is due out March 17th on Fat Wreck Chords.



CJ Ramone releases new song, “Let’s Go!” and announces tour dates

Former Ramones bass player CJ Ramone has released a new song called “Let’s Go!”  You can check it out below, along with a limited number of U.S. and European tour dates.

The song will appear on Ramone’s new album, American Beauty, which you can pre-order from Fat Wreck here.  The album is due out on March 17th.



CJ Ramone announces new album, “American Beauty”

Former Ramones bass player CJ Ramone has announced details of his latest solo album!

Entitled American Beauty, the album will mark Ramone’s third solo full-length, following 2014’s Last Chance To Dance and 2012’s Reconquista. It’s due out on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th, obviously), and like it’s predescessors, it’ll be released by Fat Wreck Chords. For the dozen-song album, Ramone was joined by a pretty awesome backing band consisting of Steve Soto and Dan Root of the Adolescents and Pete Sosa of Street Dogs. Also featured are reported guest appearances by Mariachi El Bronx‘s horn section and (personal favorite) Kate Eldridge of Big Eyes.

Stay tuned for more info on the album and subsequent touring cycles as it becomes available!

 



DS Photo Gallery: The New Darkbuster, The Warning Shots and CJ Ramone, Cambridge, MA

There hasn’t been an awful lot said publicly about the rise and fall and rebirth of the once-mighty Darkbuster, save for a few words here about this time a year ago when the band played what were initially billed as “reunion shows.” A funny thing happened on the way to the reunion, however, and we were left with a completely retooled lineup backing longtime frontman Lenny Lashley. The result was less of a booze-infused potential disaster of a live show and a more of a tight, focused, high energy punk rock battering ram. The retooled lineup (the core of which consists of Halston Luna on guitar, Ruben Lipkind on bass, and Lashley’s Street Dogs bandmate Pete Sosa on drums) played a few shows in the greater New England area last year and spent a month on the road in support of Dropkick Murphys earlier this year.

There is much, much more to be written as to the Darkbuster back story (by me? Maybe?), but as you can see above, we’re now calling the Lashley-led outfit The New Darkbuster (hopefully just temporarily). The band, who will co-headline the Street Dogs annual Wreck The Halls series of shows in Boston in a few months, played a one-off show in Cambridge a little while back, and as is typical whenever a Boston punk rock vet rallies the troops for a hometown show, the night felt like a sort of Punk Rock Olde Home Day. As to be expected, the band ripped through an hour-ish long set that crammed songs from throughout its catalog (including 2015’s ten-years-in-the-making No Revolution), running the sonic spectrum from blistering Oi! and street punk (“Bomb,” “Punk Rock’s Not Dead,” to gritty, horn-infused nouveau-reggae (“Rudy,” a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” The Good Ship (new) Darkbuster was joined on vocals by another of Lashley’s Street Dogs bandmates, frontman Mike McColgan during “Stand And Deliver,” and “Cheap Wine And Cigarettes,” each of which has a home high up in the pantheon of classic Boston street punk songs.

Direct supprt came from none-other than CJ Ramone (meaning that New Darkbuster drummer Pete Sosa pulled double duty on the evening). Now on the other side of fifty, Ramone still ably demonstrates why he was widely, and rightly, credited with injecting fresh life into the legendary founding punk band from which he adopted his name when he joined them more than a quarter-century ago. Ramone did an enjoyable job of peppering his set of mostly solo tracks from his excellent solo albums Reconqusita and Last Chance To Dance with classic Ramones staples like “Blitzkrieg Bop,” “Judy Is A Punk,” and “Glad To See You Go.” We’ll have more with CJ around the release of his forthcoming third studio album, due out in early 2017 on Fat Wreck.

Local support came from The Warning Shots, the latest and (in my correct opinion) greatest project from Mark Lind (Ducky Boys, Sinners and Saints, a crapload of other bands). The five piece (with Lind on vocals, Rich Crimlisk and Nick Repassy on guitar, the inimitable “DiLo” on bass, and new recruit Luke Mangini on drums) have perfected a sort-of balls-out hybrid of street punk and good, old-fashioned G’N’R-style rock-n-fuckin-roll. In spite of being a new-ish band, the bulk of the outfit has been around in some fashion for a long enough time that they more than hold their own on a stage with local and national punk rock legends.

Check out our photo gallery from the evening below.



CJ Ramones announces short tour with toyGuitar

Former Ramones bassist CJ Ramone has announced a small string of North American tour dates in the northwest. Joining him on the road will be toyGuitar. You can check out the dates and locations below.

CJ Ramones’ band began recording a new record earlier this year, but little is known about the record. Their latest LP Last Chance to Dance released in 2014 on Fat Wreck Chords. toyGuitar have a new EP, Move Like a Ghost, set to release on September 2, 2016, also through Fat.



CJ Ramone announces European tour

Former Ramones bassist CJ Ramone and his backing band (Steve Soto and Dan Root of The Adolescents, and Pete Sosa of Street Dogs) have announced they’ll be touring Europe this summer. Check out all the dates and locations below.

The band began recording a new record earlier this year, but little is known about the record. Their latest LP Last Chance to Dance released in 2014 on Fat Wreck Chords.