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Chopper Recommends Albums on Shattered Platter

Chopper did a piece a while back for the vinyl record website Shattered Platter where he recommends lps, turntables, speakers and booze:

Scott “Chopper” Franklin (The Cramps/Wanda Jackson/ Charley Horse/The Mau Maus) gives suggestions for blues & roots music to check out.

Low Estate 16 Horsepower

All of 16 HPs records are on heavy rotation around here, but Low Estate gets the most spins. If a Faulkner reading ever needed a backing track this would get the call. You’ll think you’re listening to the Devil hisself, but when you find out singer David Eugene Edwards is actually deeply religious, you’ll be even more intrigued.

Blues Classics by Memphis Minnie

In my latest project the Heathen Apostles we are doing Black Rat Swing, and ever since pulling out and listening to this record to learn it, I haven’t been able to stop. Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey may have gotten all the accolades, but Minnie is the real deal. This is a great cross-section of her best sides from the 1920’s to the late 1940’s.

Red of Tooth and Claw Murder By Death

When I first put this record on I thought I was hearing the soundtrack to Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, and later when I read the lyrics I knew I was. First Adam Turla’s amazing voice kicks you down, then Sarah Balliet’s great cello steps on your throat. Get two copies of this, you’ll wear the first one out.

Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever Scott H. Biram

This is stripped-down, one-man-band music at its best, but Time Flies is as slick as anything you’ll ever hear. SHB manages to capture both the grit and melody of Leadbelly, along with some great Hank Williams, Sr. storytelling (though a little “rougher around the edges”). He puts on a great live show, too.

Lil Son Lil Son Jackson

Some (incorrectly) call Lil Son a poor man’s Lightnin Hopkins, but this Texas blues stands on its own and also has a great swamp feel to it. On this record (1960 re-recordings of some of his earlier hard-to-find classics) he gives Jimmy Reed and Slim Harpo a run for their money. It’s a recent Arhoolie re-issue, shouldn’t be hard to find.

Well, I go through turntables like crazy, so I keep a stack of them in a back room. The current one is a Technics DC Servo, next up…?

I go through JBL home speakers and a bottle or ten of Old Overholt.

The 69 Cats “Transylvanian Tapes” Enters CMJ Top 100

The 69 Cats’ debut album Transylvanian Tapes has moved to #99 on the CMJ Top 200 Chart, this after entering at #13 on the CMJ Top 200 Adds Chart last week. Be sure and get on your local station to play the 69 Cats!

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Heathen Apostles at SBC Customs Sept. 27th

The Heathen Apostles return to Bar Sinister went really well, sorry to the folks that were stuck in the long line outside, we hope you all made it in in time! Here are two great fan photos courtesy of Lisa Marie:

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The next show is Saturday September 27th at South Bay Customs in El Segundo, Ca. Also appearing is Charlie Overby & Jordan Shapiro, Then Midnight Screening and Tony Goodreau. It is all ages and there will be FREE Ole Smokey Moonshine tasting (for 21+) and $5 house BBQ!

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Doghouse Lords – “Cry Now” Movie Promo

The Doghouse Lords – Javier Matos (Blue Shadows), Chopper Franklin (The Cramps, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes), John Bazz (The Blasters, Marc Ford) and Bill Bateman (The Blasters, Red Devils) perform .44 Gun in the Cinetico Productions film “Cry Now” (2014), written and directed by Alberto Barboza. Visit http://vincentandluzy.com for more info.

The 69 Cats “Transylvanian Tapes” Debuts at #13 on CMJ Adds Charts

The 69 Cats’ Transylvanian Tapes debuted nicely on the College Radio CMJ charts this week, coming in at #13 on the Most Added on the CMJ Top 200 Adds Chart right out of the box. Be sure and pound your local radio station to play cuts from this great debut album!

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The 69 Cats “Transylvanian Tapes” 4 Star Review

Saturday, August 2, 2014

The 69 Cats Transylvanian Tapes Cleopatra 2014

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Vincent Price would have loved these guys!

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Gothic rock meets rockabilly? Music has had strange bedfellows before so why not? Gothabilly is a intriguing hybrid of sound that seemingly falls apart on paper but comes together for a delightful riff on the lighter side of evil. The band has some serious credentials with former Cramps bassist Scott “Chopper” Franklin and Blondie drummer Clem Burke. This is a release that is built on the “spirit” of the music as much as the music itself and includes some excellent covers of some golden oldies and pop favorites. A cult band / super group in the making? Probably!

Some of the more interesting if not incredibly fun covers include Duran Duran’s “Girls On Film” and a grooved out riff on Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London.” The reigning Queen of rockabilly makes an appearance on the Elvis Presley hit “She’s Not You.” A “fun” record that you can actually take seriously, there is some muscle behind the tunes and the arrangements work well and are not near as “cheesy” as something you might here from the Stray Cats. Perhaps the hidden jewel in the release is the cover of “Sweet Transvestite” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” At first you think, “no way.” You walk away loving it.

4 Stars

Tracks: People Are Strange; Sunglasses After Dark; She’s Not You; Runaway; Sweet Transvestite; Edge of Reality; Necromance For Guitar; You’re My Baby; Werewolves of London; Black Cadillac; Girls On Film; 69 Guitars; Bela Lugosi’s Dead.

Personnel: Jyrki69: Vocals; Danny B. Harvey: Guitar; Scott “Chopper” Franklin: Bass; Clem Burke: Drums.

Nick Curran Feature In Arts & Labor Austin

The Arts & Labor Magazine did a feature on Nick Curran a while back to celebrate his induction into the Austin Music Hall of Fame. Written by Michael Corcoran, it covers Nick’s early years as well as his battle with oral cancer. You can read it by clicking HERE.

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Heathen Apostles To Play Two Nights In Hollywood

The Heathen Apostles will be playing at two legendary venues this week, the first night is Thursday August 7th at Jonny Coffin’s Club Tarantino. It is located at the Three Clubs Niteclub at 1123 Vine St, Hollywood, CA. Club Tarantino was voted the “Best Industry Showcase Night” by the LA Weekly so head on down and support the club and the band. Click HERE for more details.

Then this Saturday August 9th the Heathen Apostles will be appearing at the Gothic club Bar Sinister, which is located at Boardners Bar at 1652 N Cherokee Ave, Hollywood at Hollywood Blvd. For 21+ it is FREE before 11 pm (you MUST be in black/alternative/formal attire or you will be charged!), and the first 66 attendees that mention the Heathen Apostles at the door will receive a FREE Without A Trace EP download card! Go ahead and see the band both nights if you can, each club has it’s own vibe and energy, and a heathenish time is guaranteed for all! Click HERE for more details.

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Review of The 69 Cats “Transylvanian Tapes” on Punk Globe

 Transylvania Tapes cover The 69 Cats, consist of the vocalist Jyrki69 (The 69 Eyes), Danny B. Harvey (Rockats, Headcat) on guitar and Chopper Franklin (The Cramps) on bass, emerge with the title single of their first EP “Bad Things”. This is definitely a weird kind of supergroup, let’s see what they have created sound wise.
Kicking off this weird and wonderful journey into rockabilly cover madness, comes in the form of “Bad Things” notably from the tv series “True Blood”. From the off the distinct vocals of Jyrki69 are haunting, the guitars are very vintage sounding but make this a very good version. Think along the lines that this could be the theme to a spaghetti western instead of a glittery vampire series.
“Black No 1″ by Type O Negative get the treatment next, after loving they original for many years I find myself grooving along. The creepiness seems to be intensified from the original as the female backing vocals give it a very spooky feel, I think Pete Steele would be proud of this version and be grooving with Elvira or the Munsters.
  The final track to get the 69 Cats treatment is Elvis’s “Flaming Star”, knowing how much Jyrki69 has been influenced by Elvis over the years, this seems to be a good homage to the king.

If you are a fan of the band members involved, you may either love this E.P. Or just think it’s wacky, myself I found myself wanting to groove like a cool cat and can’t wait to hear the full album being recorded in 2014.

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You can read the review on Punk Globe by clicking HERE.

Final Editing On Heathen Apostles “Before You Go” Video

Billy Clift has begun final editing on the Heathen Apostles’ video for their ballad Before You Go. It will be the first video from their latest release, the Without A Trace EP. Click HERE to preview it. Here are some production shots Billy has sent over.

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