Mar 082010

Joe Nunez of SoulflyWhat happened to the days when metal shows played late into the night? Maybe they still exist, just not when Firestone has a hip-hop club night to host. I was excited to hear Prong do classics like “Prove You Wrong” and “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” live as I missed them the first time around when I was 15 years old. No go. The doors opened at 6 (6!) despite their website’s proclamation of 8 PM. Alas, no Prong for me, but following a brief hassle at the door I was able to check out the end of Soulfly’s crushing set. Max’s classic “demon-choke” voice was grizzled and mean standing strong in front of a wall of guitar. Energy levels were high as they chugged through a grab bag of Soulfly and Sepultura’s greatest hits including “Babylon” and “Roots Bloody Roots” As I was held up at the door, I swore I could hear Slayer’s “Angel of Death.” Had I known it was going to be a classic thrash bonanza like this I would have been the first in line. One of the highlights of the show was the¬†surreal mingling of Firestone’s Sunday evening club crowd and the gnarley bunch of metal degenerates at the doors following the show. No one was hurt.

“Babylon” Listen for me to get chucked out from behind the stage by a bloated and surly roadie.

“Roots Bloody Roots” from Max’s other band Sepultura.

Written for REAX Online, March 8 2010

Mar 012010

joe with markeysHave you ever wondered why songs by the electric Sam & Dave or the sweltering Otis Redding have that same tight, grooving sound? Well it’s because of the Mar-Keys and members like Steve “The Colonel” Cropper on guitar and Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass (also of Blues Brothers Band fame) along with other all-stars like Isaac Hayes, Charles “Packy” Axton, Al Jackson Jr. (amazing drummer) and Booker T. Jones. The Mar-Keys were the house band for Stax Records from the late 50′s through the late 60′s and backed up the likes of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, and Rufus Thomas just to name a few. They evolved into Booker T. and The MG’s and finally The Bar-Kays all the while expanding on blues and jazz roots and laying the groundwork for modern funk and soul. They were cranking out jams like “Grab this Thing” while James Brown was honing his groundbreaking sound in The Famous Flames and several years before Brown defined funk with ‘Cold Sweat” in 1967. This song is from a collection called That Memphis Sound which is now out of print.

Listen to Grab This Thing