Guitarist & Bassist for the Heathen Apostles, The Cramps, Nick Curran & the Lowlifes

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Chopper Featured In New Coffee Table Book

Chopper is featured in the new juicing book by Jyrki 69 (the book is in Finnish!), here’s the original post on the 69 Cats website:

Jyrki 69 on his new coffee table book, available December 18th worldwide:

“HERE IT IS! THE STORY OF THE 69 CATS AND HOW I LEARNED TO SURVIVE IN THE NIGHT WITH CHOPPER & DANNY – by starting to make veggie juices! This is the coolest coffee table book you’ll need this year – features cool photos of The 69 Cats as well as their favorite juicing recipes. Photography by Ville Juurikkala. Order it a signed copy from the link below!”
“Here we come baby and you’d better run
We’re the green fuz”,
Jyrki

You can order a signed copy of the book by clicking HERE.

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Vince Ray Heathen Apostles T Shirt Design Is In

The brand new Vince Ray Heathen Apostles T Shirt is available now, get this great design of a snake-haired Mather surrounded by the skull-headed band before they run out! You also get a free download, check it out HERE.

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Heathen Apostles Duo – Video Page

Mather and Chopper will be playing some special shows as a duo this Fall, and they shot some videos to help promote them. Check them out HERE and if you are interested in booking them email info@heathenapostles.com.

Heathen Apostles Duo – Without A Trace from Heathen Apostles on Vimeo.


69 Cats Finnish Shows A Wrap

The 69 Cats just wrapped up their first tour of Finland and the shows all went great, thanks to all that came out. Drummer Nicky Turner (orig, Lords of the New Church) played his first shows in 28 years and said he didn’t want them to end. The band will be back in Europe soon, check back for more details.

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Photos From The 69 Cats European Tour

Photos from the 69 Cats European tour are starting to come in, reports are that each venue has been packed with 69 Cats fanatics. There are only 2 shows left, tonight in Munich at Backstage and Saturday night in Dornbirn at Speilboden, be sure and check them out if you are in the area!

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Henrik From The Horrorpops Drumming on 69 Cats’ Tour

Henrik Stendahl (on right) will play drums with The 69 Cats’ on their european tour in May. He has been playing with the Horrorpops since their inception in 1998.

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Photos From Heathen Apostles’ “Death’s Head” Video

Here are some production stills from the upcoming Heathen Apostles music video “Death’s Head”, shot on location by Lawrence Drayton. Both the single and the video will be released on Friday the 13th of February on Ratchet Blade Records.

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Editing Has Begun on Heathen Apostles’ “Death’s Head” Video

The Heathen Apostles have begun editing the music video for the upcoming Death’s Head video. Here’s a peak at the process, the single and video will be released on Friday the 13th of February on Ratchet Blade Records.

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Heathen Apostles’ “Death’s Head” Video Sneak Peek

A photo has been posted on the Heathen Apostles’ Instagram page with a sneak peek of the headdress from the upcoming Death’s Head video. The band will be shooting on location with Larry Drayton (aka Raven’s Laughter) and they are shooting for a February 2015 release. You can visit the band’s Instagram page by clicking HERE.

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The 69 Cats at SXSW 2015

The 69 Cats have once again been invited to play at South By Southwest in Austin, TX during the week of March 17th – 22nd, 2015, and they are looking into playing shows in the Southwest around that time. The final SXSW dates have not yet been announced, check back for more info.

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The Heathen Halloween is a Wrap!

The Heathen Apostles Halloween shows went insanely well, thanks to the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Harvard & Stone w/ DJ Short Shorts, Jonny Coffin & Mosh and John at St. Felix and Dave at Cafe NELA. The band will be taking time off to record their new single Death’s Head, and they’ll be shooting a video for it’s release. Check back for further details.

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Chopper Recommends Quilter Amps

Chopper recently picked up a Quilter Aviator Ultralight Eight from Hollywood Guitars in Los Angeles, Ca.  Hollywood Guitars will not only match any advertised price for Quilter Amps, they will meet and beat any advertised price for whatever they have in stock. You can order online and receive 10% off your order by clicking HERE, visit their store at 931 E 11th St. Los Angeles CA 90021, or call Allan at 800-700-4542 for products and pricing.

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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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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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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 Limited Edition Bundle Available

You can now get the Heathen Apostles Bundle which includes a brand-new, autographed Heathen Apostles CD Boot Hill Hymnal. You will also receive a snazzy download card of their new 2014 3-song EP Without A Trace. Also included is this classic Heathen Apostles Pin & Velvet Logo Bag, these are brand new so you’ll be among the first to have one! Click HERE for more info.

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Pre-Order 69 Cats Album “Translyvanian Tapes” Today

The Transylvanian Tapes pre-order has launched today, click HERE to get it on Amazon. Here is the press release and track order:

Transylvania Tapes coverTransylvanian Tapes is the debut album from gothabilly supergroup featuring 69 Eyes vocalist Jyrki rockin out with Head Cat six-string slinger Danny B. Harvey, former Cramps bassist Chopper Franklin, and Blondie drummer Clem Burke!

Includes a guest appearance by the queen of rockabilly herself, Wanda Jackson on a stunning version of Elvis’ She s Not You, as well as other rock classics such as Del Shannon’s Runaway and Dwight Pullen’s Sunglasses After Dark plus Bauhaus’ Bela Lugosi’s Dead, Duran Duran’s Girls On Film and lots more!

1. People Are Strange
2. Sunglasses After Dark
3. She s Not You with Wanda Jackson
4. Runaway
5. Sweet Transvestite with The Devil s Daughters
6. Edge Of Reality
7. Necromance For Guitar
8. You re My Baby
9. Werewolves Of London
10. Black Cadillac
11. Girls On Film
12. 69 Guitars
13. Bela Lugosi s Dead
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Heathen Apostles Shoot New Music Video

The Heathen Apostles have wrapped Before You Go, the debut video from the Without A Trace EP. Directing the video was Billy Clift, who has previously worked with the band on a promo video for their previous release, 2013′s Boot Hill Hymnal. The video should be ready for a Summer debut, here is a band shot from the set.

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Nick Curran Into Austin Music Hall of Fame

As many of you know Nick Curran passed away in October of 2012, and Chopper was the bassist of Nick Curran & the Lowlifes. On March 12th, 2014 he was inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, his mother Carol-Anne Labbe received the honors with a great acceptance speech, you can watch it HERE.

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Heathen Apostles Appearance on KXLU Streaming Now

In case you missed the Ash Wednesday appearance of the Heathen Apostles on 88.9 KXLU you can now listen to it in it’s entirety. They play a short set then talk to hosts Robert Douglas and Hilary Russel about the formation of the band, their first album Boot Hill Hymnal and the recording of the new Without A Trace EP. Click HERE to listen, it will begin playing automatically.

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Heathen Apostles’ ‘Without A Trace’ EP Out Now

The Heathen Apostles are proud to announce their Without A Trace EP is finally released, you can either purchase it through iTunes, Amazon.mp3 or any digital outlet. It is also available with a snazzy download card, you can purchase it HERE, makes a great gift!

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Heathen Apostles’ ‘Without A Trace’ EP Previewing 3/3 – 3/4

The Heathen Apostles’ Without A Trace EP will be previewing it in it’s entirety on March 3rd & 4th until it’s release on March 5th, when it can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon.mp3 etc. There will also be download cards available for purchase, makes a great gift! Click HERE to listen.

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