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The Witzard Presents: Ghost Cave's "Ghost Cave" Feat. Z.Dimention Music Video Premiere & dj BC Interview (Ghost Cave Records)

Bob "dj BC" Cronin is an Atlanta-based producer, mash-up artist, beat architect, and Ghostbusters enthusiast. BC is, likely, best know for his releases credited to "The Beastles" (The Beatles + Beastie Boys) who issued the full-length projects between 2004-2013: dj BC Presents The Beastles, Let It Beast, and ILL SUBMARINE. dj BC has released countless projects remixing and mashing up artists as varied as Wu-Tang Clan, JAY-Z vs. Brian Eno, Philip Glass, and De La Soul/Sly & Robbie, and The A.K.A.'s. dj BC's latest genre-blending release, "Ghost Cave, is an album of 12 tight songs, in the styles of Alternative Hip-Hop, Reggae, Electro-Punk, and House. It's a unique Rap album, unlike any you've heard. And the slate of guest talent is out of this world." What's being dubbed as "The Ghost Cave All-Stars" includes contributions from Edo. G/Ed O.G. Big D & The Kids Table frontman David McWane, Fahamu Pecou, Z.Dimention, Okor…

Lt Headtrip Reunites with Impervious Machine Producer Rich Courage FKA Defpotec for Summer Single "Water Wings" (we are the karma kids)

Water Wings by Lt Headtrip
we are the karma kids (karma kids) founder, emcee, and producer Lt Headtrip has returned with his first proper offering of 2019, "Water Wings."Headtrip has reunited with his one-time Impervious Machine collaborator, producer Rich Courage FKA Defpotec. Impervious Machine released Impervious Machine v1​.​28571429 on karma kids back in 2014; Headtrip & Defpotec re-emerged in May 2016 for ImpMac_DLC, a remix collection featuring edits from the likes of Duncecap, Teddy Faley, Samurai Banana, E L U C I D, Carl Kavorkian, Uymitsu, and Headtrip himself. "Water Wings" is Lt Headtrip's first proper, non-remixed single since his 2018 single, "WET BRAIN" Remixed By Teddy Faley, as preceded by 2017's Comedy of The Filthbeast. Lt Headtrip stated "this is the first time in my career that I've written a nice, pleasant song, let alone, record and release one..." within an emailed press statement to The Witzard. "Wat…

Sturgill Simpson Returns with "Sing Along" Single from Upcoming SOUND & FURY Album & Anime Film (Elektra Records/Netflix)

Since issuing his self-released/funded 2013 debut, High Top Mountain, Sturgill Simpson has become something of an underground/cult Alt. Country super-star and budding actor. Simpson, then, self-released his second album, 2014's Metamodern Sounds In Country Music on High Top Mountain/Loose and signed with Atlantic Records for its follow-up, A Sailor's Guide to Earth (2016.) All the while, Sturgill Simpson has appeared in a handful of films released between 2011-19 including, but not limited to, Orca Park, Black Hog Gut, One Dollar, The Dead Don't Die, Queen & Slim, and most recently, shelved controversial film The Hunt co-starring Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Hilary Swank, and Glenn Howerton. Now, for the first time in his career, Simpson has somehow figured out a way to merge his love of both music and film: his fourth full-length album, SOUND & FURY, will be accompanied by an Anime film of the same name, which was written by Sturgill Simpson himself. SOUND & …

4 Compositions from Gordon Withers' JAWBREAKER ON CELLO Featured Within Don't Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker

Not entirely unlike Michael Rapaport's 2011 documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, Tim Irwin & Keith Schieron's Don't Break Down:A Film About Jawbreaker unintentionally helped reunite yet another Punk/Hardcore band. Blake Schwarzenbach, Adam Pfahler & Chris Bauermeister were originally active as Jawbreaker from 1986-96, released four albums and countless EP's/singles, fostered a die-hard underground following, toured with everyone from Nirvana to Foo Fighters, signed to DGC/Geffen Records, and, essentially, self-imploded before ever really "making it big." Since September 2017, Blake, Adam & Chris have been effectively reunited as Jawbreaker, selling out shows across the world, and, supposedly, working on what would be their first proper album of new material since 1996's Dear You. Don't Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker features the band and their associates/supporters re-telling "their "ra…

Japanese Jazz Fusion Trio Nautilus Return with DJ Shadow/Giorgio Moroder & The Stylistics-flipping "Tears" 7-inch (Palette Records)

Tokyo Jazz trio Nautilus have returned with an exclusive Europe-only limited edition release of their latest 7-inch single, "Tears" B/W "People Make The World Go Round." Yes, you read that right: Toshiyuki Sasaki, Daisuke Takeuchi & Shigeki Umezawa have effectively decided to record and release a mind-bending cover of DJ Shadow's "Organ Donor" from Entroducing..... (1996) as well as one of the songs in which it samples, "Tears" from Giorgio Moroder's 1972 album, Son of My Father. Then, on Side B, Nautilus have expertly flipped "People Make The World Go Round" from The Stylistics' self-titled Avco Records debut, also, released during 1972. I, actually, first heard about "Tears" through DJ Oonops, whose label, Agogo Records has previously released Nautilus' two most recent Beastie Boys & A Tribe Called Quest-flipping singles; "Massive thanks to Nautilus from Japan for their brand new 45, which incl…

Secret Sidewalk Return with Genre-eschewing Single "Common Core" from Upcoming Album PRIMAL DAP (Primal Dap Sound)

Secret Sidewalk is an Oakland/San Francisco, California-based Electro-Acoustic quartet consisting of Alex "Pu22l3" Abalos, Mike Boo, Michael Reed & Marcus Stephens. Founded in 2010, Alex, Mike, Michael & Marcus are "a close-knit group of musicians, all born and raised in The Bay Area, yet, at the same time, deriving from vastly different backgrounds and crafts." Michael "Mike" Reed is, actually, part of The Witzard regulars, The M-Tet, as well, and Mike Boo recently formed yet another Hip-Hop-leaning 4-man crew with D-Styles (THE BEAT JUNKIES,) Excess, & Pryvet Peepsho. Since 2010, Secret Sidewalk have released Truncate Mastadon The Dragon Wilson, Cholo Curls 45, and Does Anyone Knock Anymore? as digital singles, cassettes, and 7-inches. Secret Sidewalk have secretly been working on their proper debut full-length, now-titled PRIMAL DAP, since about 2017 at Bird & Egg Studio and The Swill in Richmond & Oakland, California, respectively.…

3 Feet High & Rising: Grumpster Return with First Single "Crumbling" from Full-length Debut Underwhelmed (Asian Man Records)

Grumpster is an Oakland, California-based Punk trio consisting of vocalist/bassist Falyn Walsh, guitarist Lalo Deetz, and drummer Noel Agtane, who make "Rock & Roll for the young and old." After first forming Grumpster in early 2017, Falyn, Lalo & Noel cut their teeth playing gigs at 924 Gilman Street and soon became mainstays amidst Gilman's tight-knit D.I.Y. scene. Earlier this year, Grumpster submitted a cover of Green Day's "Having A Blast" to GILMAN STREET'S RIPOFF (A Tribute to DOOKIE) jointly issued by Asian Man/Lavasocks Records. Grumpster have previously self-released a handful of musical offerings, including "KAIROS" (2017,) a split with Slumped, Cutting Ties EP (2018,) and "Strangers" from earlier this year. Now, Grumpster have once again reunited with Asian Man Records to properly release their full-length debut, Underwhelmed and lead-off single, "Crumbling." Asian Man founder Mike "Bruce Lee" …

Mr. Bungle to Perform The Raging Wrath of The Easter Bunny (1986 Demo) at Trio of Feb. 2020 "Reunion" Shows with Scott Ian & Dave Lombardo

Mr. Bungle were an Experimental Rock/Funk Metal/Avant-Garde Metal/Ska/Jazz Fusion/Art Rock/Progressive Pop/Surf Rock/Thrash/Death Metal band hailing from Northern California, who were originally active from 1985-2000. Its final line-up consisted of Mike Patton (Faith No More, Fantômas, Peeping Tom, Dead Cross,) Trey Spruance (Secret Chiefs 3, Faith No More,) Trevor Dunn (Tomahawk, Secret Chiefs 3,) Danny Heifetz (Link Wray, Secret Chiefs 3,) and Clinton "Bär" McKinnon (UMLAUT, Secret Chiefs 3) with past members, also, including Theobald Brooks "Theo" Lengyel, Jed Watts, Luke Miller, Scott Fritz, and Hans Wagner. Mr. Bungle released three albums between 1991-99, Mr. Bungle, Disco Volante, and California on Warner Bros. with at least four demos released prior between 1986-89. Since their split in 2000, Mr. Bungle's sound and overall style has influenced everyone from Incubus to Slipknot with Korn, most notably, utilizing what they have dubbed the "Mr. Bungl…

Joywave Teams Up with Marvel's J.L. Giles & James Asmus for "Obsession" Comic & Digital Single (Cultco Music/Hollywood Records)

New York Indie Rock quartet Joywave have returned with the third single, "Obsession," from their long-awaited third studio album. "Obsession" was produced at the band's own Rochester studio by founder Daniel Armbruster, arranged with his fellow bandmates Joseph Morinelli, Paul Brenner & Benjamin Bailey, and later, mixed by Dan Grech-Marguerat (The Killers, Liam Gallagher, Lana del Rey.) '"Obsession," virtually, encapsulates the genre-busting history of Joywave into one glorious track, melding irresistible Electronic Pop with typically sharp social commentary to fashion what Armbruster calls "a Cliff's Notes version of where the band has been and where they intend to venture next," boasts a press release. Now, Joywave have joined forces with Marvel Comics/Music for the multi-platform release campaign for their latest otherworldly single. Marvel recruited writer James Asmus (X-Men) and artist J.L. Giles (Black Panther: Soul of A M…

The Movielife Frontman Vinnie Caruana Joins Forces with Youth of Today's Sammy Siegler for Constant Elevation EP (Revelation Records)

Constant Elevation is a New York/California-based Melodic Hardcore "super-group" featuring Vinnie Caruana & Sammy Siegler, as well as members of WORLD BE FREE. Vinnie Caruana is best known for his time spent with The Movielife, I Am The Avalanche, and Peace'd Out featuring members of Rx Bandits, No Motiv, and The Velvet Teen. Sammy Siegler is, likely, best known for his time spent with Youth of Today, Judge, CIV, and Side By Side, as well as infamous stints with Gorilla Biscuits, Glassjaw, Head Automatica, Rival Schools, Limp Bizkit, Project X, and Tech N9ne. Sammy Siegler, actually, spent about three years drumming as part of Nightmare of You, which featured Vinnie Caruana's long-time The Movielife bandmate, Brandon Reilly, as frontman and guitarist. It appears as though The Movielife's current drummer, Brett Romnes, even recorded the vocals for Constant Elevation's self-produced/self-titled debut EP. English/LA producer and engineer Davey Warsop of SHAR…

The Witzard's Not Too Old to... Breakdown with Bracket's Marty Gregori, Angelo Celli, Zack Charlos & Ray Castro (All-around Breakdown)

"Too Old to Die Young finds Bracket still indulging their love of Brian Wilson [The Beach Boys] harmonies, but taking a more straight-forward song-writing approach—or, as "straight-forward" as Bracket gets. "Cloud Ate" opens the album with a riff straight out of the late 80's DC Post-Hardcore scene. The classic Power-Pop of "Going Out of Style In Style" boasts [The Beatles] "Yellow Submarine"-esque back-up vocals.

But Too Old to Die Young distills the Bracket sound that stretches back to when "2RAK005" hooked listeners on FAT MUSIC FOR FAT PEOPLE in 1994: propulsive, hooky songs that build on Punk's framework. Self-recorded over the period of a couple of years, Too Old to Die Young, also, finds Bracket at their most collaborative. Angelo Celli, Zack Charlos & Marty Gregori wrote everything together, including lyrics, with drummer Ray Castro working out parts at his home in Denver. For the first time, Charlos sings lead…

Refused Let Loose Pummeling New Single "Blood Red" from Fifth Album WAR MUSIC (Spinefarm/Search & Destroy Records)

Since effectively re-forming and returning from the "f**king dead" seven years ago, Swedish Punk/Post-Hardcore band Refused were awarded The Special Prize for Music Exports by the Swedish Ministry of Trade in 2013, have released a new album, Freedom (2015,) an EP entitled Servants of Death, and most recently, "Chippin' In" as SAMURAI from upcoming video game, Cyberpunk 2077. Last month, frontman Dennis Lyxzén (@dennislyxzen) hinted at new Refused material within an Instagram post: "Oh. In between recording @refused and @invsn records there's also this..." making reference to SAMURAI's "Chippin' In." Now, Refused have returned with "Blood Red," the first proper single from their upcoming fifth studio album, WAR MUSIC. It was accompanied by a "Blood Red"-tinted music video directed by Daniel Gray with live footage filmed by Eric Richter, which features present-day Refused artfully juxtaposed against their 90…

New Found Glory Unravel "A Thousand Years" Music Video from Movie Covers EP From The Screen to Your Stereo 3 (Hopeless Records)

New Found Glory (NFG) were easily one of the pillars of late 90's-early 2000's Pop-Punk, alongside contemporaries blink-182 & Green Day. I've always, personally, enjoyed NFG's "Ex-Miss" from Immortal Records' 2003 Punk/Hardcore holiday comp. A Santa Cause: It's A Punk Rock Christmas. Over the years, I've, also, very much enjoyed New Found Glory's various singles from their beloved/critically-acclaimed albums, such as "Hit or Miss," "My Friends Over You," "Head On Collision," and "All Down Hill from Here." Just the other day, I saw a post on of one Alt Press' social media accounts talking about a NFG cover of Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years" from Twilight. I soon learned, with some additional digital sleuthing, that New Found Glory had released the third installment in their movie covers EP series, From The Screen to Your Stereo, just this past May. From The Screen to Your Stereo…