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Sunday, January 3, 2016

City Slang 'Zine #4 CAPTAIN'S LOG

Forth issue. I was about the start writing my piece about these past six months and how hard it was to put together this issue and blah blah, when we got the worst news since 1977. Lemmy died. Fuck the rest...Suddenly everyone started losing their shit, as predicted, and the most frequent and annoying thing that I’ve read on the interweb was: “Rock ‘n’ Roll is dead!” Well, if you know me a little, you know that my blood starts boiling when I read that kind of bullshit. Ok, we all know that Lemmy shaped modern Rock ‘n’ Roll as it is today and he was one of the last true Rockandrollers on the planet but if you think that everything ended with him you most definitely are: A) A Moron B) A Poser C) A Nickelback fan. Also if you truly believe that, it means that the man didn’t teach one single goddamn thing about Rock ‘n’ Roll. I never met him, never talked to him but I read (like every other devoted fan) a bunch of memorials obituaries written by his closest friends. I also personally know a few people that were close to him and they all told me the same thing. He was a good and humble guy, a true rocker and a real inspiration for all. He lived his life the way he wanted. Always marched to the beat of his own drum and never judge others. He was committed to his band 100% and let nothing or noone dictate what to do with it. He was also extremely talented and his body of work, the hundreds of songs he wrote for his bands and others, speaks for itself. I saw Motörhead a few times on both sides of the planet and they never disappointed me. I saw them play with the same intensity opening a big Metal festival at 2 in the afternoon of a very hot Italian summer day and headlining a big Seattle club in a rainy fall night. I wasn’t a big fan at the beginning. It was the early 80’s and I was a very very young rocker and their photos on H/M magazine totally freaked me out. I believe it was a photo shoot for the release of “Iron Fist” and Phil was staring at me like he was ready to kill me. I stayed away for a while (oh, good ol’Punk Rock days...) but my love for Rock dragged me back to them and I never left. I was in LA in a couple of occasions last year and I was gonna go to The Rainbow for my birthday and maybe find him in the patio, playing his favorite game, but I decided not to go because , you know: “No rush, he will be there next time!” And I missed my chance. But I would have probably just stayed in my corner staring at him thinking about something smart to say. I’m rarely star struck but I'm sure it would have happened with him. He will be dearly missed and there ain’t gonna be another one like him but this is not time to give up. It’s time to celebrate his life and the true spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll that is “Freedom.” So now dry those tears, finish up that shot of Jack, get out of the house and show him and the rest of the world that we are still here. We are still alive and kicking and ready to kick some ass. He wouldn’t have it any other way. But let’s change subject, shall we? Enough of this boring and sappy emo stuff. We are here for Rock ‘n’ Roll, aren’t we? And I will give you some. Well, as a matter of fact, a lot of it. We have one extra interview on this issue and a ton of new records reviewed as well. That reminds me that one night, not a long ago, I was driving back home from practice and I was thinking how cool it was that this past year I bought, but mostly got in the mail from all over the world, a great number of new albums and how impressed I was with the quality of the new bands. So I decided this; (Stop the presses!) I’m gonna make a list of my top 5 albums of 2015 and I will ask some friends to do the same and share with you all some new cool music. Genius, I know. Never done before, right? But who cares. Here are the lists; you’ll find all the usual names, the majority of which you will find reviewed on these very pages, but also some unknown new acts that I heartily recommend you go check out.

SeawolfDee, Seattle WA
(yours truly)

Honeymoon Disease - The Transcendence
Johnny Manak And the Depressives - Cold Pizza, Warm Beer
Dr. Boogie - Gonna Get Back to New York City
The Empire Strikes - 1983
The Sonics - This is The Sonics
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El Capi, Lleida Spain
(Rock 'n’ Roll DJ, host of El Behringer del Capi)

Hard Action - Sinister Vibes
King Mastino - Sail Away
Honeymoon Disease - The Transcendence
Deadheads - Loadead
Black Trip - Shadowline
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Miguel Basetta, Milano Italy
(editor of mental Beat 'zine and guitar player in Temporal Sluts)

Giuda - Speaks Evil
Biters - Electric Blood
Jesse Malin - New York Before the War
Prima Donna - Nine Lives and 45's
Dr. Boogie - Gonna Get Back to New York City
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Matt Hutchinson, Los Angeles CA
(tour manager extraordinaire, TJ LA)

Hard Action - Sinister Vibes
You Know Who - You Know Who
Sun and Sail Club - The Great White Dope
Monster Magnet - Cobras and Fire
Against The Grain - Road Warriors
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Ben Soulsellers, Berlin Germany
(Editor of Soulseller Magazine)

Imperial State Electric - Honk Machine
Tribulation - Children Of The Night
Black Trip - Shadowline
Kadavar - Berlin
Horisont - Odyssey
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Cliff Churchwill, Grand Prairie TX
(all around Rock 'n' Roll expert and very first buyer of this fine magazine)

Horisont - Odyssey
Graveyard - Innocence & Decadence
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - The Night Creeper
Honeymoon Disease - The Transcendence
Dr. Boogie - Gonna Get Back to New York City
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Alessio King Mastino, La Spezia Italy
(singer, riff slinger in King Mastino)

Imperial State Electric - Honk Machine
Deadheads - Loadead
Kadavar - Berlin
Peawees - 20 years and you still don't know me
Giuda - Speaks Evil

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