31 October 2011

NYC Proto Punk Legend Adny Shernoff Re-emerges

Seminal NYC proto-punk Andy Shernoff is releasing a new 7” vinyl single
“Are You Ready To Rapture” c/w “Make Me Tremble” (the latter co-written
with Andy’s dear friend, the late Joey Ramone). “Are You Ready To Rapture”
will be accompanied by an animated video created by world famous
cartoonist Brian Musikoff which you can view here: Are You Ready To Rapture?

Shernoff grew up in New York City, in the Queens neighborhood of Jackson
Heights. He attended elementary school with Johnny Thunders and Flushing
High School with the Fleshtones. After high school, he attended the SUNY
New Paltz Music Department. There he started the music magazine The
Teenage Wasteland Gazette, known for its sarcastic, wise-guy attitude. The
publication's contributors included famed rock critic Lester Bangs, who
invited Andy to write for Creem magazine. Shernoff's early profession of
choice was rock journalist.

Shernoff went on to become a musician, songwriter, record producer and
oenophile.  He  is a founding member of The Dictators, one of the seminal
New York proto-punk bands, for which he composed the lion’s share of the
material, played bass guitar, keyboards, sang back-up and occasional lead
vocals. He has been involved with a variety of other musical projects over
the years, most notably the heavily Dictators-populated Manitoba's Wild
Kingdom and Joey Ramone's sole solo studio album, Don't Worry About Me.

In the fall of 2009, he embarked upon a series of solo shows playing songs
he wrote or co-wrote and telling the stories behind them. In the spring of
2010, those shows would become "When Giants Walked the Earth - A Musical
Memoir by Adny Shernoff," with several tour dates scheduled in the Eastern
U.S. and Canada. Shernoff sang "California Sun" in the official Major
League Baseball promotional video for the 2010 All-Star Game. Other
projects include garage-rock band The Masterplan, featuring members of The
Fleshtones and the Waxing Poetics.

 His songs have been recorded by The Ramones, Mary Weiss (of the
Shangri-Las), Dion DiMucci, Carolyne Mas, Turbonegro, The Hellacopters,
Drivin 'N' Cryin, The Del-Lords, Toilet Böys, Young Fresh Fellows, The
A-Bones, The Nomads, The Untamed Youth, The Fastbacks, The Vikings, The
Streetwalkin Cheetahs, Texas Terri, Tom Clark, The Screaming Tribesman,
The Meatmen, Electric Frankenstein, The Prissteens, The Alter Boys, Metal
Mike Saunders (Angry Samoans), Furious George, Corpus Christi, Jeff Dahl
to name but a few.

 As producer he has worked with The Dictators, The Master Plan, Manitoba's
Wild Kingdom, The Barracudas, The Untamed Youth, D Generation, Adrenalin
OD, The Smithereens, Prisonshake, Guided by Voices, Sibling Rivalry with
Joey Ramone & Mickey Leigh, The Zantees with Billy Miller and Miriam
Linna, Sic F*cks with Tish and Snooky, The Kowalskis, The Figgs, and The
Golden Horde, among others.

 As both a journalist and a musician, Andy Shernoff is often credited as
"Adny Shernoff," a deliberate typo transposing the second and third
letters of his name. Shernoff has never explained the reasoning behind
this stylistic quirk.

24 October 2011

X "The Unheard Music" Silver Anniversary Special Edition on DVD and Blu-ray December 13

"The punk-rock era's LAST WALTZ...assembled with Scorsese-like care...." - BOSTON GLOBE

Hi Res Press Photo 
The iconic L.A. band X changed the face of punk music with their vibrant, original style... 

We see the band at its peak in this legendary film, which took five years to make.  As vital today as the day it was released 25 years ago, THE UNHEARD MUSIC - preserved by the Sundance Collection as a "seminal independent film" - provides an indelible record of underground America in the Age of Reagan.  This innovative and unconventional film puts us inside the world of X using a striking, visionary style reflecting the uncompromising passion and raw energy of their music.  Includes seventeen X classics from their critically hailed first four albums: Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under the Big Black Sun, and More Fun in the New World

Available for the first time in HD, this Silver Anniversary Edition of one of the greatest rock films ever made includes a new film transfer and 5.1 mix, plus never-before-seen Xtras: a 25th anniversary dialogue with John Doe & Exene Cervenka; an inside look into the making of the film with Angel City Productions (circa 1983); a raw outtake of a live performance of the song "Some Other Time"; the original theatrical trailer; and a replica of the original souvenir song book.  

13 October 2011

NEW YORK DOLLS "Lookin' Fine On Television" on DVD on November 22, 2011

In the early 70's, Rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya purchased a portable video recorder. In a period of three years, they shot over 40 hours of New York Dolls footage. This footage became the critically acclaimed documentary "All Dolled Up". For "Lookin' Fine On Television" more footage has been edited to create fifteen live music video-style clips.

These fifteen clips include footage from the Dolls' early shows in NYC at clubs such as Kenny's Castaways, and Max's Kansas City as well as their West Coast tour: Whisky-A-Go-Go, the Real Don Steele Show, Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, and more.

All the fan favorites are here including ripping versions of "Personality Crisis," "Who Are the Mystery Girls?" "Babylon" and more. See the incredible early days of the band that influenced generations of punks and rockers.


11 October 2011

THE FALL "Ersatz G.B." to be Released on CD in the US on December 6, 2011 via Cherry Red Records and MVD

Ersatz G.B. is the new studio album from The Fall, the 29th in their impressive canon. As with any Fall recording, Ersatz G.B. retains many of the group's most distinctive elements, whilst offering a fresh take on Mark E. Smith's familiar style and subject matter.

The line-up on the album remains the same as for the last few Fall releases: Peter Greenway (lead guitar), Keiron Melling (drums), Elena Poulou (keyboards,vocals), Mark E. Smith (vocals) and David Spurr (bass).

Ersatz G.B. is The Fall's first album for Cherry Red Records and it will be released on CD, limited edition vinyl and digital formats, preceded by a double A-side 7" single.

There aren't very many groups that have been together longer than The Fall and it's difficult to think of any who, like The Fall, have released brand new material almost every year. Formed at the height of the punk rock movement in Manchester in 1976, The Fall is essentially built around its founder and only constant member Mark E. Smith. The group's music has gone through several stylistic changes over the years but it is often characterised by an abrasive, guitar-driven sound and frequent use of repetition, and is always underpinned by Smith's distinctive vocals and often cryptic lyrics.

The Fall were long associated with BBC disc jockey John Peel, who championed the group from the very early days and often cited them as his favourite group, famously opining, "they are always different; they are always the same."

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