Bitter Amercian Live and Loud

The Cricket Cemetery family runs red with thick blood. Label mates, Bitter American, a true testament to the hardcore punk rock of the 80’s, tore the seams from the carpet as they destroyed a set to pieces at American University this last Friday.

Honest, and angry, and certainly not kids, friendships and working relations be-damned, I’m honestly a die hard fan of this group.

Incidentally, their first release, “21” just dropped on the Cemetery. All promotional hype aside, it’s well worth picking up: HERE


Fotis Patikas from Take your shot was nice enough to sit down and type out how he feels about the new LTW 7 inch – TOTAL GARBAGE. Take your shot has been doing obnoxiously excellent reviews of hardcore and metal since 2004. We love Greece. Chirp Chirp.
Record Review: LTW “Total Garbage” 7″
Cricket Cemetery is a US label that specializes in discordant, scorching hardcore punk that is definitely a step ahead of today’s standards. The label is releasing one crucial 7″ after the other, attacking the world with beautifully incomprehensible hardcore noise that goes unmatched in the current HC/punk (and even metal) scenes. This is our first Cricket Cemetery review, for the band LTW.

The phantom HC outfit which goes under the name of LTW is a perfect example of the label’s dilapidated take on hardcore, as their Total Garbage 7″ brings the noise like it aint no thing. LTW deliver three relentless hardcore blasts of rabid drumming, loud as fuck basslines, demented barked vocals and a production sound that is dirtier than CBGB’s toilet.

What is really going on here is a demolition and reorganization of hardcore’s bare essentials: short punk riifs, explosive layers of distortion and crazy breakneck rhythms. This ultra-sped Black Flag bastard of a son is combined with tons of feedback, well placed psychedelic breaks and some silent parts that indeed leave you wandering “what the fuck?” For sure, this would go down better with fans of powerviolence, fastcore, grind etc compared to the typical hardcore fan.

I guess Cricket Cemetary reinvents the hardcore of a new generation and, quite possibly, this is what the hipsters will soon be listening to (hopefully not). In either case, my ears hurt!
The LTW – TOTAL GARBAGE 7 INCH will be out early November on cricket cemetery. Limited to 150 copies with hand screened covers. LTW plays at the red palace October 26 in DC with Beasts of no nation & the mostly dead. Check that shit out, it’s going to be a rager.

2011 CC Halloween Shirt


Halloween is by far my favorite holiday.  This has been a real big year for the label (the only year, but that’s ok).  I wanted to celebrate this evil, tooth decaying holiday and rep my hood a little at the same time. 

Ringspun cotton-limited to 32 pieces-sizes youth large through extra large.

These damned garments will be in my hands October 7 th.  Get in touch. 

Ian over and out.


The Bam Bams: Live Video from the Black Cat

As you may or may not know, the District of Columbia was fortunate enough, several weeks ago, to host America’s queens of bubblegum, The Bam Bams, on the Black Cat mainstage. Star crossed between Baltimore and Chicago, this hasn’t stopped the dynamic duo from churning out track after track of grade A maple syrupy pop jamz to break your candy heart.

My words do little justice to the phenomenon that is The Bam Bams, so let’s cut to the tape. Hide your heart, it’s about to get crushed:

If you’ve already pledged your allegiance to the bubble gum army, remember that TV never lies. As the videos said, you can grab that first 7″ from Cricket Cemetery right now: SO DO IT!

Now that you’re head over, I’d suggest you sit and spinnnnnn…..

Our Name is Legion//Our Projects are Many

Well, well, well, it seems I’ve returned to my own vizion, and with the same carni-barking hustle in tow.

Those of us living in the EV are often deeply contorted through a multitude of projects, and while I can’t speak for the total mass, I will say that Sean, Ian, and I are in the mires of productivity.

First, might I remind the creatures of the DMV that No Love Lost is happening once again this Sunday (8/21) at Velvet the Velvet Lounge:

In case you can’t read fliers, the details are:

No Love Lost
Sun 8/21
The Velvet Lounge
915 U St NW
Washington, DC

We even have one of those painfully nifty FB events for the digitally repaired…

This will be another NYC send off for Sean and I, but more on that later.

Don’t be prepared to retire just yet, as the record label Ian masterminds, Cricket Cemetery, is having its first showcase on Mon, 8/22. Not only that, but sir Ian will also be performing in his band Lions&Tigers&Whales,for which I also now sing. Don’t believe me? Here’s a rough rehearsal demo, recorded through a top of the line laptop:

Beyond that, AAA, and the Tender Thrill are also playing.

For the internet inclined, here again is an FB event. And for the rest of the world, the details are as follows:

Cricket Cemetery
SHOWCASE 8.22. 2011
9:00pm – 11:30pm
Galaxy Hut
2711 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22201

Incidentally, though Ian is always coursing through music projects, I could not be more excited for another band he’s conquering new territory with, Bitter American. It’s a new take on a throwback hardcore punk sound, (yeah, “hardcore punk,” that far back), in all the best ways possible. Their first release comes out on Cricket Cemetery soon, but in the meantime, burn your ears with this:

From there the storm only grows stronger as we find Sean and I moving the front back up to NY to spend another dark evening DJing at Wierd. Last time was an amazing experience, and we were ill-blessed by the sounds of Frank [Just Frank]. However, this time there is almost more a crackle of excitement as we join forces with Fan Death Records’ own Pleasure Leftists for an indescribable evening. If you’ve been trapped outside of the space time continuum, and are unfamiliar, Pleasure Leftists are like the reincarnation of some obscure, long lost Factory Band. It goes a little something like this:

Again, there is a handy FB event for the human impaired.

And so, in the spirit of no peace for the wicked, we march ever onward for the big finish of this round. Fan Death Records is also having a showcase in the next week. This one is the much hyped show at Mishka.

I’ll spare you the endless reams of frenzied excitement we’ve all been churning out about this, but I will let Mishka do a bit of the talking:

Again, there is a handy FB event.

But allow me to expound a bit.

Longtime, both Fan Death, and No Love Lost friends, Screen Vinyl Image will be coating the entire space with their rich aural webs.

Once again the aforementioned Pleasure Leftists will storm the planks in their frantically sour fashion.

But the black monolith of the entire event will be another elusive performance by the master of downtrodden synth pop: Puerto Rico Flowers.

It is physically impossible to have read any online music periodical and not know about the genius of this group. I myself have spent a substantial amount of time singing hymns of praise. In fact, shooting myself in foot a bit, I’d dare say, if you only attend one thing on this entire list, it should be seeing Puerto Rico Flowers, at all cost.

And from there friends, we retire back into the dark corners of the earth. But I assure you, it will not be for long. Join us, won’t you?


These girls are going to fuck yr shit up so hard. I saw them for the first time about a month ago at velvet lounge and was knocked on my ass. Anyone who has seen them knows exactly what I’m talking about. Their DEBUT 7INCH drops September 6th on Cricket Cemetery. However you can order it now & get free shipping!!! and have it in time for their show with THE ETTES at black cat on September 2nd. 3 songs, 300 copies, hand screened covers. I feel bad for anyone that doesn’t pick up a copy, honestly.

Cricket Cemetery goes to the movies: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

I’m sure Denman will make fun of me for doing a review of the new Transformers. That’s fine. I’m not perfect. As a human, I am flawed. Ideals and beliefs swimming around in my head. Some of these I live my life by.. some I choose to ignore at certain times. I will be the first to admit when I’m wrong, but I WILL NOT apologize for the following things: EXPLOSIONS. IMPLODING PLANETS. BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. JOHN MALCOVICH. A WORM LIKE DECEPTICON THE SIZE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD THAT EATS BUILDINGS. PORTALS. ROBOTS BEATING THE SHIT OUT OF EACH OTHER. AND KEN JEONG!

Dark of the Moon shocked me. It was so good I didn’t even realize it was over 2 and a half hours. 2 hours and 37 minutes to be exact. I’m not sure if it was the cocktail of drugs, or the amazing company (Pat and Jordan! I love you guys so much!) or the sense of accomplishment after kicking the shit out of this weekend but I thuroughly enjoyed Dark of the Moon. It was real good. Much darker than the previous films in the series. Shit is fucked in this one. Great story (especially for a movie about action figures). Amazing cast, including the best group of cameos I’ve seen in a hot minute. Great locations.. DC!(HOLLER) Chicago, Africa… THE MOON! I love the moon. I wonder how they filmed on the moon… (just kidding).

Let me start off by saying that Shia LaBeof really bothers me. I really don’t want to like him. I tried really hard tonight to not like him, but that fucker got me. He’s totally tolerable in this movie. I’ll even go as far as to say he did a good job. There were some moments that had me laughing out loud. Rosie Huntington Whitely plays Sam’s (Shia) girlfriend, Carly. She’s a very attractive woman, to say the least. There are some hilarious moments between the two of them and Patrick Dempsey, who plays her extremely wealthy and anger inducing boss, Dylan. I think we can all relate to the feeling of intense jealous rage. The amount of comedy in this movie was very surprising. There’s a lot, and it’s all super good. Great one liners. John Malchovich, John Turturro and Alan Tudyk offer up great cameos. The best however without a doubt goes to Ken Jeong. So fucking funny and weird… and weird. So weird. Ken plays Jerry “Deep” Wang, a very suspicious and paranoid fellow employee of Sam. Honestly I might go see this again just for the action and Ken Jeong’s performance. I love you Ken Jeong.

Now about that action…

I used to kind of always make fun of Micheal Bay. I mean dude can hold a camera and blow shit up but most of his movies have always been a a little laughable to me. Over the top, unbelievable, silly. Dark of the Moon is his best effort yet by far. The one thing that sets this apart from the other Transformer movies is SPEED. They slowed that SHIT DOWN. When the autobots are fucking up the decepticons the action is slowed down so that you can really see and understand all the mechanical mayhem that’s unfolding before you. And it’s done in such a way that really compliments the movie experience. I was blown away with the clarity and smoothness of the fight scenes. Buildings being torn apart by a DUNE-esque worm decepticon, being controlled by the almighty SHOCKWAVE!!!, Transformers pulled limb from limb in mid air. Heads exploded. Amazing chase sequences. People diving out of buildings and crashing aircrafts. Robot blood spewing from gigantic robot blade induced wounds.

Go see this movie, now. I know some people won’t agree with this review. It’s cool, I get it. All I’m saying is leave yr ego at home. Call up a couple friends and go see this movie. Maybe smoke a joint first..

Oh and Megan Fox isn’t in it. Thank God, she’s awful.