The entry for Dawn of Humans on Last.fm states they are "Hardcore punk from NYC with a maniac on vocals. Not for the weak!" Pretty accurate for two sentences. One of the core bands of the "Bung" scene in NYC (possibly not a term the bands grouped under it would subscribe to), heavy influences of D-beat and old school NYC hardcore are obvious. Crusty, raw and unhinged... and that's just the singer.
Kremlin, Bloodkrow, Butcher and Creem supported Dawn of Humans for this rare live performance at 285 Kent. La Misma opened, but I didn't catch them. Plenty of moshing, mohawks and stage diving accompanied spinning spiked leather jackets and combat boots to the head (of which I had my share). The crowd was jovial overall, and the usual testosterone-overflow that can lead to little fights in the pit didn't seem to happen. The crowd stayed strong through all six bands, with rabid fans taking turns spazzing out when their favorites took the stage. It was kind of weird seeing these bands on such a huge high stage, but it turned out to be great for getting a clear view of the chain-wrapped balls finalé.
• Dawn of Humans - Destroy I/It As One
"Always wear a rain jacket to a Juggernut show, even if it's not raining."
I was reminded of this thought as I was cleaning my camera gear the morning after this show. Half the substances I couldn't even identify (or wasn't sure I'd want to know anyway). There are some things you can always count on at Juggernut shows: fake blood, chicken feet, tasers, hot dogs in condoms being fellated and getting some sticky/oily stuff on you. Occasionally the FDNY shows up too (as some of you might remember from this photo).
The Juggernut show at The Pyramid this week did not disappoint, and had a nice holiday theme too. Juggernut was supported by Bronx-based Filthy Savage and a few other performance art openers. The show ended on a slightly sad note, as the band announced the start of an indefinite hiatus. Although one person I talked to thought it would only last through the winter or spring. One can only hope, as there are few acts in NYC that can create such a huge ball of overstimulating chaos, with a soundtrack to boot.
• Harley Poe - It's Christmas Time Again
A bit late, even by my own standards, but the ninth annual Xmas Mix is here. Click the link below to download the whole thing. If you encounter a problem with the download, please let me know in the comments. Enjoy!
JD McPherson - Twinkle (Little Christmas Star)
Christine Lavin & The Mistletones - Snow! Medley
The Very Foundation - All Lit Up (For Christmas)
The Oceanauts - White Christmas
New Birth Brass Band - Santa's Second Line
David Banner Ft Marcus & Sky - The Christmas Song
Asylum Street Spankers - Mele Kalikimaka
Ingrid Michaelson - Snowfall
Cotton Top Mountain Sanctified Singers - Christ Was Born On Christmas
Black Lips - Christmas In Baghdad
The Music Tapes - Let It Snow-Zat You, Santa Claus
Jimmy Witherspoon - How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around (Christmas Blues)
New Bomb Turks - Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)
Kanye West - Christmas In Harlem (feat. Cam'ron, Jim Jones, CyHi Da Prynce, Pusha T, Big Sean, etc)
Soledad Brothers - Hang My Star
John Prine - Christmas in Prison
Diamond Rugs - Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant
Harley Poe - It's Christmas Time Again
The Drifters - I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas
Silent Drape Runners - Allz Eye Want For XXXmas Iz U
Paddy Roberts - Merry Christmas You Suckers
Travis Trevisan - Xmastime Is Here Again
• XMAS MIX 2012