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New video from Beng Beng Cocktail (France), watch “Like a Brother”

Friendship. Brotherhood. Brothers and sisters…

Remember that time we couldn’t find the coffee pot and then puked in the bushes together?

French acoustic crack-rock steady band Beng Beng Cocktail could never forget, and they have released a new video for the title-track off of their last album, “Like a Brother”, which is a love song detailing the friendship’s we all share. <3<3<3

Give it a look below.

Transplants announce release date for new EP “Take Over”

Transplants have announced they will be releasing a new EP on October 13th via Epitaph Records. The EP will feature six cover songs and one new song from the band. Here is the track listing:

01. Saturday Night (Transplants cover)
02. Seeing Red (Minor Threat cover)
03. Baggy Trousers (Madness cover)
04. Nothing But A Heartache (The Flirtations cover)
05. Live Fast Die Young (The Violators cover)
06. Gratitude (Beastie Boys cover)
07. Won’t Be Coming Back (new Transplants song)

The band have released a short teaser clip of “Won’t Be Coming Back” which you can listen to on their facebook page.

Transplants (punk rock hip hop fusion) drop hint for October

Transplants are up to something.

The punk/ hip hop fusion three piece hinted at something coming for October on Twitter today. We don’t know much yet but we will keep you posted on any information that comes down the pipe.

Their most recent release of 2013’s In A Warzone will precede what we hope is a new EP!

Check out the post below.

Last Hounds release music video for “DOA”

UK hip-hop punkers Last Hounds have released a brand new video for their song “DOA.” You can view it below.

“DOA” is featured on Last Hounds’ upcoming EP “Old Dreams” which is due for release May 19th. They previously streamed their first single “Listen ( To Me)” which you can listen (to here).

Last Hounds (Rap/Punk hybrid) stream new single “DOA” off upcoming EP “Old Dreams”

UK rap infused punk act Last Hounds are streaming a new song called “DOA.”

You can give it a listen below.

“DOA” comes from the bands’ upcoming EP Old Dreams, which is set to be released on May 19th, 2017.

Last Hounds (punk, rap) stream new song “Listen (To Me)”

UK rap infused punk act Last Hounds are streaming a new song called “Listen (To Me).”

You can give it a listen below.

“Listen (To Me)” comes from the bands’ upcoming EP Old Dreams, which is set to be released on May 19th, 2017.

Show Review: Ceschi Ramos (a punk’s perspective at a hip-hop show)

As a punk rocker, I’m constantly going to shows, but not usually ones like this. I was attracted to this show by Ceschi. His recent split with Pat The Bunny really got me curious to hear and know more about his style of music.
I was originally planning to catch Ceschi in Berkeley at the Gilman, but when I saw he was going to be in Fresno on a Saturday, I decided that would likely work out better for me and I have absolutely no regrets about this decision. The venue was The Honeycomb and there were aspects of this place you could never achieve at the Gilman. Upon entering, you’re basically in an art gallery with artists actively working on paintings. Everyone I came in contact with was very welcoming and friendly, especially the performers.

The first performer was A.Hymnz (or ArTcher Hymnz). (Keep in mind, I don’t actively listen to these styles of music, so I just interpret things as I hear them.) This guy’s style really reminded me of an underground hip-hop artist. I want to say he somewhat reminded me of Atmosphere and I’m sure there are better examples out there. I didn’t know the words to his songs, but as I heard them, I could tell lyrics meant something to him and his songs flowed together really well.
Check out his music on bandcamp.

The second artist to take the stage goes by the name of Flued One. This guy gave me a much more mainstream feel, and not in a bad way. Some might hear mainstream and instantly think “sellout”, but maybe that’s more the case with punk music. Regardless Flued One put on a great show and performance. You could tell he was comfortable on stage and in front of a crowd.

Both A.Hymnz and Flued One were rappers, but each offering their own unique style. Because of this, there wasn’t a lot of down time between their performances since they mostly just had to get the right beats set up and pass the mic. This didn’t seem to effect the crowd or the show in any negative way and might have even made it better since the night was just getting started.

The third performer was a man by the name of Bobby Loveless. The first thing I noticed was he was very lyrical and much like Flued One he had a very comfortable stage presence. His vocals were a lot more raw than I was expecting, so with me being into punk, I really enjoyed the rawness of his set. He even screamed in one song and I loved it. Also, all of his songs flowed very well from song to song. His voice had a perfect level of raspyness to make it sound amazing.
Check him out here.

The fourth performer was Ersatz Splynter. This has a great flow. For the most part, he’s a very fast rapper. The crowd was loving it. One song he even rapped a verse in spanish. He didn’t seem new to performing and put on a great performance. I got a chance to talk to him after the show and much like everyone else I talked to, he was very humble. I really wish I had more to say about this guy as I genuinley enjoyed his performance.
Check him out here  – There will be links to a few other of his videos as well and I’m sure if you YouTube him, you’ll find him.

The fifth artist to perform is known as Sahab. The first thing you’ll notice about him is that he’s got a lot of equipment. I don’t know much about being a DJ, but I would say this was very DJ-ish (pardon me if that is way off). He made all of his beats himself on the spot and had several sound clips. I think he only actually sang on one song. He reminded me of Reggie Watts, but not comedic. Also, before his performance they turned all the lighting effects on, so it really gave that EDM or dance style party music effect. I could picture this being played at a club or something of the like. He did experience a technical difficulty at one point, but I don’t believe it was his fault and it hardly took away from the performance, he got it back up quick and got right back to it.

Tommy V was the sixth artist to perform. The first thing I noticed about him was how lyrical they can be. By the looks of him, you probably wouldn’t expect the performance he puts on. This guy really killed it in front of a stage. The crowd knew the lyrics to one song better than him, which I thought was pretty special. He just forgot a little part of a song but the crowd surly did not. He made a comment about how “you guys know this better than me”. Not really the type of thing you see at every show, so I really appreciated this. Tommy V is from Montana and the only other musician to have merch other than Ceschi, of which I purchased. The second song he played guitar and sang a more folkish song about being too high which was all too appropriate for this event. He might of made a couple mistakes on the guitar, but he wasn’t doing simple chords either. Towards the end he played another guitar song that was a little slower. The mistakes or whatever you would call them only added to the performance and to me, made the whole performance better. I could probably talk about this guy for a while. He had such a versatile style. The third song had yodeling going on with the crowd’s help. He’s constantly switching styles. He raps. He sings slower songs that are easy to sing along with. He’s really got a lot to bring to the table when you really take a chance to appreciate it. The crowd got into his set so naturally. He had a rap/rock song with yodeling. What more can you ask for? Oh yeah, Ceschi got on stage and sang a song with him but Ceschi forgot a part, so you can’t really blame Tommy V for that.

Check out Tommy V’s here.

Ceschi. Who the great majority of the crowd was there to see, finally takes the stage. I was excited as he was the only artist that had songs I had even heard before. After all, I was planning on catching Ceschi in at the Gilman in Berkeley with completely different supporting acts.

Instantly, very active. He moves around a lot and really got the energy flowing. The crowd is completely in love with him, nearly singing along to every song, word for word. It didn’t take long to tell he’s not new to performing in front of a crowd. I had the luck of actually meeting and having conversations with him throughout the night. Such a humble guy. The venue didn’t really have any seating besides a couch that almost felt like reserved seating, even though I don’t think it was. The only seat was right next to Tommy V and Ceschi’s merch. As a result of this, people automatically assumed I was working merch, so I did. I made a few sales and as soon as I would see him again, I would give him the money and tell him what he sold. He told me I didn’t have to do that for him, but it was almost an honor in a way to get to know him the way I did.

(From memory, which isn’t all that great) I believe his first song was a rap style song but almost instantly he picked up a guitar and started playing a new song. He then put the guitar down and went right back to rapping. It was great how he mashed up his performance so well. It just flowed great. The energy was amazing. Much like Tommy V, Ceschi has a very versatile style, you can’t help but be entertained. He did a mini speech about how the government is fucked just before going into a song with guitar, and sang at a normal pace. This got the whole crowd chanting along the lyrics but the next song was a much faster, more upbeat rap song, and he still had a lot singing along with him. Ceschi’s songs are very lyrical and often times have a deep meaning.

In the middle of the set, he decided to take everyone outside for a few acoustic songs. How much more raw can you get? It was so cold outside, you could see his breath as he was singing the songs. He had taken his sweater off inside, so he’s out here in a t-shirt. After about 3 songs, he took us back inside to finish up with some rap songs. He got off the stage and just stood in the crowd. The intimacy of Ceschi’s performance was unreal. The show was finished with him getting down to his knees in the middle of the crowd for the last song of which ended fully acoustic with no mic.

And throughout the night I would see Ceschi selling his merch for whatever people would offer, often taking less than the minimum he was asking. Of course some paid the full price, the higher of the two options. One kid even paid in some foreign currency of which is likely worth much less than if it were just an actual 5 dollar bill. By the very end of the night, he was giving things out. He was giving away tank tops, as he mostly only had odd sizes left. He had a few t-shirts. He gave me one that’s much too small, but I’m a punk, so cutting something out and sewing it onto something else isn’t anything new to me.

Be sure to check out Ceschi at his bandcamp.


Every performer will receive at least one like on all social media, from me, they all deserved it.

Exclusive: Love Is a Fist (ska/hip-hop) premiere new single “We Want Justice” off debut EP ‘Rebel Music’

Today we’re excited to bring you a stream of the new single by Love Is a Fist. The NYC based ska / hip hop hybrid will be self-releasing their debut EP, Rebel Music, on January 23, 2016, and you can get a taste of their politically charged anthems in the form of “We Want Justice” below.

Rebel Music will be available as a name your price download upon its release. You can find more information here.

Love Is a Fist will be making their live debut on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Otto’s Shrunken Head in New York, NY, with The Pandemics, Freya Wilcox & The Howl, and The Screw Ups. The show will be free and you can find more details on the show here.

Travis Barker releases autobiography “Can I Say”

Just can’t get enough Travis Barker? Who can! We’re all in luck cuz the 40 year old drummer of Blink 182 fame has just published an autobiography. You can pick it up for a measly 50 bucks right here and check out the fancy press blurb below:

Travis Barker’s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer’s art and his life, including the harrowing plane crash that nearly killed him and his traumatic road to recovery—a fascinating never-before-told-in-full story of personal reinvention grounded in musical salvation and fatherhood.

After breaking out as the acclaimed drummer of the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182, everything changed for Travis Barker. But the dark side of rock stardom took its toll: his marriage, chronicled for an MTV reality show, fell apart. Constant touring concealed a serious drug addiction. A reckoning did not truly come until he was forced to face mortality: His life nearly ended in a horrifying plane crash, and then his close friend, collaborator, and fellow crash survivor DJ AM died of an overdose.

In this blunt, driving memoir, Barker ruminates on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption, sharing stories shaped by decades’ worth of hard-earned insights. His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats. It brings to a close the first chapters of a well-lived life, inspiring readers to follow the rhythms of their own hearts and find meaning in their lives.

Travis Barker announces details of “Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums”

Good news for fans of Blink-182, or people who enjoy reading the brain-droppings of neck-tatted drummers: Travis Barker’s memoir is almost here!

The autobiography, which Barker penned with Rolling Stone contributing editor Gavin Edwards, is entitled “Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums.” That’s the front cover over on the left.

Anyway, “Can I Say: Living Large, Cheating Death, and Drums, Drums, Drums” is due on the streets and in bookshelves on June 24th. It’s available for pre-order at Amazon by clicking here.

Blink-182 are reportedly still working on their self-released “Dogs Eating Dogs” EP, which was released in December 2011.

Travis Barker posts Transplants tour compilation video

Transplants, and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has posted a video of himself doing what he does best while on tour. The video is a compilation of various drumming footage that was taken during and before shows with Transplants.

Click here to take notes on some amazing drumming skills.

Travis Barker is working on a hip-hop album with Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama is said to be releasing a hip-hop album with several notable artists including blink 182 and Transplants drummer Travis Barker, Reverend Run of RUN DMC, Doug E. Fresh, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Ashanti and Matisyahu. The album is being put together by “Partnership for a Healthier America” and “Hip Hop Public Health”, and it aims to help Americans live a healthier lifestyle with nutritious foods and exercise. Mrs. Obama will not be featured on the album itself, but she will however be making appearances in the music videos.

A release date for the album has not been given yet, but it is said to be distributed amongst schools in America after it is finished.

Click here to check out the full tracklist of the album.

Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb The Music Industry!) goes hip-hop: Nails it!

Is there no end to the musical talents of Jeff Rosenstock?  The former singer of defunct progressive punk act Bomb The Music Industry! recently provided guest vocals on a track off San Jose hip-hop/”nerdcore” group Boboso’s new album, and I gotta say, he nails it!  The song is fantastic all around, and I don’t even like hip-hop.

Give the tune “Satorial Panache” a listen right here.  Jeff sings the second verse.

Album Review: Transplants – “In A Warzone”

You can’t fault Transplants for the gap between ‘Haunted Cities’ and ‘In A Warzone’ when taking into account the workload of the individual members in other projects.

Tim Armstrong with Rancid, but even more so these days with his alter ego song avalanche Tim Timebomb & Friends. Rob Aston and his Death March hardcore project and Travis Barker with his solo stuff and his role in that little band Blink-182 nobody’s ever heard of. Besides, Transplants was never a full time gig anyway. Though never really clear whether they officially broke up or not, the band has gone on hiatus after every release, at one point cancelling a whole tour with Pennywise following the release of ‘Haunted Cities’ and a spot on the Warped Tour (back when Warped Tour was still, you know, good).

So eight years isn’t a hell of a long time when all that is taken into account. Eight years is eights years though and you’d be forgiven for wondering if a gap just shy of a decade is going to have an affect on the band’s sound. And the answer to that is no, not really.

While ‘In A Warzone’ doesn’t have that party hardy feel that made the Transplants’ first release so fun and addictive, it does sound a great deal like 2005’s ‘Haunted Cities’’ punkier moments. There’s nothing as ambitious (and, frankly, God awful cheesy) as ‘What I Can’t Describe’ or as balls out electrifying as ‘Madness’ on this record, but it has plenty to satisfy fans of both older releases.

‘In A War Zone’ is, typically for this group, a very versatile wall of sound. The sunny pop grooves of the album’s first single ‘Come Around’ give way to a guitar and piano interaction that recalls ‘Diamonds and Guns’ in ‘Something’s Different.’

Elsewhere, ‘It’s A Problem’ plays with electronic instruments, thick hip hop drum beats and features a twisted Egyptian guitar line slithering around in the back there somewhere while Rob, Tim and a guest spit fairly obvious lyrics that observe ego fuelled excesses and the dangers therein. It sounds deeper written down that it does coming out the boom box.

‘Completely Detach’ is a lyrical horror movie set against hardcore skin thumping and heavy, buzz saw guitars chewing through the tape deck. It actually doesn’t sound a great deal different than the kick off song ‘In A Warzone.’

‘Gravestones and Burial Plots’ is another hard hitting, stripped down hardcore song that features more lyrics that wouldn’t sound out of place on Danzig’s next record, if Danzig replaced all his white teeth with gold ones and strung some hefty bling around his massive neck muscles.

‘Exit the Wasteland’ is a hell of a way to cap off the record, as it’s one of the best songs in the whole bag. Catchy, bouncy, freight train fast and clocking in at just under two minutes. Whatever you feel about the rest of the album, you’ll come away from it all on a high note solely because this is the last song you’ll hear.

With such a wide range of sounds and flicks of genres in every release, one thing a band like Transplants will always have working against them is the failure to please everybody and undoubtedly disappointing somebody. People that like the hip hop, electronica stuff are going to be disappointed that ‘In A Warzone’ is punk heavy. People that like the harder, punkier stuff are going to be disappointed that there are still hip hop songs on the record. People that like it all, well, like it all. They’ll love this puppy. Besides, the Transplants don’t strike me as a band that really give a flying frying pan whether you like them or not. Take it or leave it folks. Something tells me these boys will still be able to afford to buy socks at the end of the day (is that Fructis I smell?)

‘In A Warzone’ is, more than anything, just a pure slice of energy. Tim doesn’t sound nearly as bored here as he did on the last Rancid album, Travis sounds like he’s hitting the skins harder than he has in years and Rob just gives it 110% 100% of the time. It isn’t nearly as fun as the band’s fantastic first record (self titled), but it feels more focused and unassuming than the hip hop heavy ‘Haunted Cities.’

There are even a handful of songs that sound like they came off of all three members’ other projects:

Rancid: ‘Back To You,’ ‘Any Of Them’

Travis Barker (solo): ‘Something’s Different,’ ‘It’s A Problem’

Death March: ‘Completely Detach,’ ‘Gravestones and Burial Plots’

(Thankfully, Blink-182 is not represented on this record).

At the end of the day though ‘In A Warzone’ just sounds like what it is: a dark, hard hitting party record featuring three very talented musicians having a good time. Can’t wait to see these guys on the road this summer.

4/5 Stars

Transplants stream new album “In A Warzone”

Well, it’s finally here.  Transplants are streaming their entire new album “In A Warzone” right here.  I’m only a few tracks in but I’m already thinking its better than their last.  Thankfully.

“In A Warzone” is set to be released on June 25th through Epitaph Records. Click here for full details on the band’s upcoming US tour with Rancid and Crown Of Thornz.