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Jan 22, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: bart

A lot of zines and blogs emailed me this year to hand over a list of top records, bands, shows, etc.. for 2014.  Sadley, I ignored most of them and I apologize my friends, next year I will create the lists for you and submit.  Because I ignored them, I thought long and hard about my top ten records of 2014 or at least top ten of 2014.  Here it is:

Musk – S/T Holy Mountain – Best Goddamned album of the year, hands down!

Golden Pelicans – S/T Total Punk – Best new punk in years

Off With Their Heads – Home Epitaph - I know it was released in 2013, but I didn’t listen till 2014

Fire Retarded – Scroggz Manor Big Neck Records – Love seeing Bobby Hussy getting into punk

Sonny Vincent & Spite – Super group of super Groups!

OBN III’s – Third Time to Harm Tic Tac Totally – if you love rock n roll, you must love this band

Pissed Jeans – Shallow (reissue SubPop) – Great reissue and very much needed

Bloodstains Across Buffalo V/A Extra Evidence – If you are from Buffalo you will love this record

Activations – Radio On/Attack Big Neck Records – Best new punk single in years!  Dan Radiobeat kills it.

Sammy Hagar Birthday Bash in Las Vegas – Are you kidding?  It’s Sammy Hagar and we were in a private tent drinking next to the stage! I know this is not a record it was just the best damn time that year.

Jan 21, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: bart
I remember an earlier single featuring Sal Go, Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb which came about at a Jay Reatard show. That project may or may not still be active but like Jay immediately another project, The NV's was already in the works featuring members of Electricutions & Lady Cop. Washington DC is the beginning of some of the greatest hardcore and it's almost impossible that this wasn't going to turn out well if you haven't guessed already.

Oct 28, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart
Jameson Shot: 7” EP
Jameson whiskey goes down fine, and finer still are the X-Rays! of Nottingham for supporting neighboring Ireland’s economy. What isn’t fine is the way waking up to the aftertaste of whiskey has cross-wired my brain to think that whiskey actually tastes like hangovers. But that’s my problem. For the strong eared and stomached, every song on Jameson Shot will please, neat or with ice or water. G-Man’s guitar roars with bottom dollar distortion and Gary X-Ray’s weasely shouts are perfect on tracks like “Drinking for My Baby,” crafting gleefully shitty rock of the street punk feel, minus the aggression and double the cheese. I can just get through these three tracks before the X-Rays! liquor slap overwhelms my system, which needs some watery lager (tempo changes) mixed in with the hard stuff so I can stand on solid legs and flip the record, which comes on marbled vomit grey vinyl.  –Jim Joyce (Big Neck)


Jun 25, 2014

Big Neck Fest Day 1 Review

It has been over a week since the Big Neck Fest 2014 in Buffalo, NY and I think it is time to review.  Before we dive into Day 1 I want to extend my thanks out to Malik Von Saint who set all of this up.  Without him, Buffalo would have been without this festival for another few years.  He organized the nights, took care of the door, governed the money, and got those bands rolling on time (no small feat). So again THANKS MALIK!


Let’s start with Day 1, Thursday June 12...

Category: General
Posted by: bart

It has been over a week since the Big Neck Fest 2014 in Buffalo, NY and I think it is time to review.  Before we dive into Day 1 I want to extend my thanks out to Malik Von Saint who set all of this up.  Without him, Buffalo would have been without this festival for another few years.  He organized the nights, took care of the door, governed the money, and got those bands rolling on time (no small feat). So again THANKS MALIK!

Let’s start with Day 1, Thursday June 12.  First off this was a pretty hectic day for me, I was working down in Orlando for the last 3 days and had to hop on a flight to Buffalo at 8 pm amongst airport delays and thunderstorms up and down the east coast.  Cory drove up to Buffalo a few days earlier.  I landed in Buffalo airport at 10:30 pm, hopped in the car, and turned on the phone to a barrage of texts from the bands about where the hell was I and the show was about to start.  I raced downtown to Nietches and seriously rolled in just as The Fatal Figures got onstage.  Aaron’s first words into the mic were, “Bart Hart is here, decided to finally show.”

As everyone knows, Aaron Aducci from the Fatal Figures/Blowtops/Beasteater/Suck/Backstabbers was one of the first people to help me out with the label.  His hard work to find great music to put out, has gotten Big Neck to the 100 release mark this year.  So, Malik and I thought it appropriate that they kick off the festival.


They were amazing.  Maybe the best band we saw both nights.  They played all new songs and the shocker of the night was that Traci was playing second guitar.  No Bass.  Their stage presence showcases years of playing in different bands.  Aaron has what looks like, drunken guitar playing style were he seems to stumble around the stage while Traci stands off to one side head banging and rocking out.  The coolest part of their show is always Scott, who is fearlessly destroying his drum kit and beating the hell out of the songs. 

The set continued to amaze me because Aaron kept losing guitar strings and both he and Traci were out of tune, but it was way too good still.  They just plane rocked and would not let anything stop them.

At the end of the set, they did a couple covers and one of them was a Tunnel of Love cover.  Aaron dropped his guitar and just grabbed the mic.  The crowds reactions was unbelievable, there was not one person at the bar, the whole nightclub was in front of the stage watching Aaron dive/jumping around the stage destroying (in a great way) the cover song.  What a freaking great start to the show, what a crazed, energetic and utterly entertaining set by one of the best bands playing today.

Fatal Figures SET LIST:

Next up was Governess, this is Robot Rob’s new band.  Robot has been in Buffalo playing in a ton of bands since the early 90’s.  I absolutely used to love his band the Superdestroyers who were supposed to do a record for Big Neck but broke up too soon. 

Governess swaggered to the stage dressed head to toe in black leather and dark eye make.  Yes, they were channeling Turbonegro mixed with a bit of Motorhead and Spinal Tap.  They were great!  They rolled up on stage and just started belting out amazing cockrock tunes.  Kevin the guitarist was ridiculously amazing, that guy was living the role and killing the crowd with riff after rift.  Their drummer literally never stopped pounding his kit. 

Robot Rob, what can I say, he was an immaculate front man.  He had the looks, the bass moves, and the vocals that threw the crowd into a frenzy.  I went apeshit!  This came straight out of left field.  I can’t tell you how happy I was to be at this show.  They kicked tune after tune out into the crowd and everyone loved it.

I met Miss Alex White earlier in the night and she was one, very cute, and two very sweet girl.  I loved her when she was in the Hot Machines and especially with the Red Orchestra. I have issues with most two man bands, because they get real boring real fast.  There are only two, two man bands that I have ever loved in history and they are (in order) Bantam Rooster and The Hussy.  Yes, the White Stripes definitely could hold their own.

So Alex and her drummer took the stage and dove into a series of psychedelic, garage rock. This is a type of music I am kind of done with.  Being done to death in Chicago and tends to bore me quickly.  I do have to say Miss Alex White and White Mystery tried to change my mind.  She rocked out and put on a great show. She had her red hair flipping around like like she was playing metal and was laying out some great vocals.  All in all they were good.

The final band of the night was Soul Butchers. Soul Butchers have won a ton of accolades in Buffalo for their brand of rock n roll.  In fact their song “See Me Again” was written up in several articles for how good it is.  And honestly it’s a great song that has a lot of Pony’s vibes in it.

Soul Butchers took the stage and Rob from The Trailer Park Tornados plays bass in this band.  He is a great bass player, entertaining as hell on stage and one of the best people I know.  The lead singer kick started the set with a megaphone vocal and then dove in further from there.  Their guitarist was fantastic he came up with some amazing riffs and played perfect.  We were picking on him from the crowd due to having 4 guitars up there and tuned to go, but honestly the jokes fell flat because he knew how to play the hell out of every guitar.

The lead singer was going through a crazy vocal range with the songs, from a megaphone, to a throaty hardcore growl, to actual singing.  I have to say that when this guy sang, he was right on.  He had a great voice and knew how to use.  They closed out the first night with a strong set that impressed the hell out of me.

Soul Butchers SET LIST:

Day 1 was over and I enjoyed it thoroughly.  Day 2 is next and I hope it kicks as much ass

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