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4. Live For This, Die For This- The Glorious Hardcore Thrash of The Car Bomb Parade's Newest Album

Ride or Die With Their Fantastic New Album


As we've discussed in a prior review, you don't need to try to re-invent the wheel in order to captivate us musically. We here at RNRMF have always respected the hustle. The bands that keep pumping it out, with a DiY attitude and relentless work ethic. One such band is the rather glorious and intense NY/NJ hardcore-punk-thrash band The Car Bomb Parade who granted us an exclusive preview for their newest release, "Opiate For The Madness" released today.


Behind it's throwback-feels inducing cover (sporting artwork by the highly regarded Rob Israel), The Car Bomb Parade defy category and transcend what you'd expect from any group simply titled under Hardcore, Punk or Thrash. Yeah, we know- saying that in itself is a bit of a cliche that reviews will often throw out there- but we mean it. Take, for example, the gorgeous track "Our Brother"- it opens with what seems to this reviewer western-tinged violin (fiddle…
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3. Davy Jones Invented Punk Bass Before Punk: Spotlighting The Purest Monkees Album Ever

Davy Was Sid Before Sid Was


Music snobs and Monkees aficionados alike often cite the made-for-tv group's "Headquarters" as the first and most 'real' Monkees record and they're not wrong. Technically. That album was the first one created by The Monkees themselves after loosening the corporate mandated chains snapped upon them by Don Kirshner and the suits at Screen Gems. That saga, genuinely interesting and unprecedented, has been covered at length on a variety of sites and by The Monkees themselves in interviews over the years so we don't need to go into that today. As it is, we're writing about the purest and rawest Monkees album both in terms of performance and in terms of Monkees musical participation: The Monkees Live 1967, which wasn't released until 1987 at the height of MonkeesMania Wave 2.


Some context (even though we promised we wouldn't go into it): After two widely successful albums boosted by the success of the television show, The…

2. Mr. Rhythm Has Died But Andre Williams Is Forever (Andre Williams 1936-2019)

Get Greasy


In a dire possibility of terrible omens, the very day that this site has launched has word trickled in that R&B legend Andre Williams passed away yesterday, Sunday March 17th, 2019 at the age of 82.

If you don't know Andre Williams then it's a severe understatement to say that you should. Or at least have a passing familiarity with his vast body of work and significant influence, an influence which stretches from Soul to R&B to Rap to Punk. This is a man with dual nicknames of "Mr. Rhythm" and "The Black Godfather" and who- at the very least!- co-wrote "Shake A Tail Feather" therefore establishing his complete and utter Rock N' Roll bad-assery for all time.

Of course, there's much more to Andre Williams then those passing mentions. The man himself was born in Alabama on November 1st, 1936 and largely raised in poverty by his Aunts. As a teenager he left Alabama and landed in Michigan and eventually became the lead singer…

1. Maybe The Wheel Doesn't Need Re-Inventing: The Greatness of The Venus Flytraps

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From Cleveland comes The Venus Flytraps... and, y'know? There's gonna be tropes and sounds and vibes you've undoubtedly seen and heard and felt before. From horror punk chords to b-movie cult ethos and imagery, that familiarity is bound to register with you the moment the glorious Flytraps show up in your orbit. But they're a delightful satellite destined for endless trips around garage rock's ozone layer and well worth your digital currency... we respect the hustle here on Rock N' Roll, Motherfucker and The Venus Flytraps are puttin' out RECORDS, Baby. They seem prolific and eager to be heard so let's discuss today's entry in the ongoing library of bands you need to be hearing:

Night of The Venus Flytraps is an incredible entry-level record to the wild world of the V.F.s' (as I hope they don't mind me calling them here), 11 solid tracks- ok, one of them is less than a minute long but it's not out-of-place and reta…