Should You? for the week of March 12, 2018

Should You? is a weekly roundup of what’s come through my inbox. Should you listen / watch / download / buy / read whatever the PR folks are pimping? Maybe. Maybe not. Let’s run through.

GNUČČI, “Fuck What They Want We Are What They Need” Feat: Charity (Zean Remix)

“Ana Rab, better known by her stage name GNUČČI is an exuberant performer proving herself a reckoning force as a DIY artist.  Today, GNUČČI is ecstatic to showcase her versatile skill with the release of a remix of Fuck What They Want We Are What They Need,” with Shanghai producer Zean and Chinese hip-hop prodigy, Charity. The remix applauds the original (Rachel Green & Subp Yaoas) as GNUČČI playfully mingles her raps over Zean’s hard-hitting bombastic bass, and bridges the East and West, with lucid Chinese spitfire bars from rapper Charity. A catalyzer of energies, GNUČČI implants her high-spirit and frenetic creativity on the mix, aiming to soundtrack the good times.”

Should You Listen? Yeah. Not exactly as much of a banger as I’d hoped for — it’s pretty laid back — but Charity’s verse is pretty hot. This is definitely an end-of-the-night track, more than anything else.

Available: Now.

Sorry To Bother You trailer

“In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, telemarketer Cassius Green discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.”

Should You Watch? Someone on Twitter described the feel of this as Bamboozled meets Brazil, and I feel that. Plus, the talent involved — written and directed by Boots Riley, with Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, and Danny Glover —  would have me going to see it, even without this amazing trailer.

Available: In theaters July 6.

Bad Wolves, “Zombie”

“The unstoppable hit single was first released by The Cranberries in 1994, the original track hit #1 across the globe, including the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart. The song returned to the Top-Ten on the US Rock Charts shortly after news of Dolores O’Riordan’s passing earlier this year. O’Riordan was slated to record vocals for Bad Wolves’ cover of the track (which she described as “killer”) on the day of her passing. The band decided to release the song in her honor with all Bad Wolves’ proceeds going to her children.”

Should You Listen? God, no. I appreciate all the money from the song going to the singer’s children, but I was opposed to a hard-rock cover of a song I never really liked in the first place. Personally, I was always more into “Dreams” or “Linger,” but the point of a cover is to do it your own way, so the fact that O’Riordan was going to be on it is kind of ridiculous in the first place. It’s the same song as before, but now there’s some gravel-voiced dude yelling instead. Yay.

Available: Now, via all streaming and digital outlets.

The Pendletons, “Funk Forever”

“Titled “Funk Forever,” the new single stands as the first cut from a soon-to-come EP of the same name due out on March 30th. Playing into the obvious theme of the record, “Funk Forever” delves into a heavy dose of groove that could easily be mistaken for a classic tune from the genre’s 1970s heyday. The jazz flavored boogie affair with soul inspired song-writing evokes old school vibes thanks to the use of horn lines, Yamaha dx7 keys, and snapping hip hop inspired drum programming. For the remainder of the ‘Funk Forever’ EP, expect to hear four additional tracks including collaborations with Elive, Potatohead People, and Ishtar.”

Should You Listen? Fuck and yes. Somehow, the Pendletons figures out a way to bridge ’70s and ’80s soul and funk into something which instantly reminds you of an entire decade’s worth of music, while also existing outside all of that as something new. It’s fresh, despite the myriad nods to any number of artists, and it’s fucking infectious as hell. I was fully blown away, and yo — that jazz flute? It’s sick.

Available: You can pre-order the EP digitally or on vinyl from Bandcamp, and it drops March 30.

Captured by Robots, Katy Guillen & the Girls, and Victor Wooten Trio are among November’s worthiest shows

Captured by Robots, Katy Guillen & the Girls, and Victor Wooten Trio are among November’s worthiest shows

Captured by Robots, Katy Guillen & the Girls, and Victor Wooten Trio are among November’s worthiest shows

Victor Wooten TrioYes, the weather is less agreeable these days, but the concert calendar isn’t cooling off anytime soon. November gives you plenty of reas…


Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog on his new project, Powerflo, and Latinx identity ahead of Saturday’s Granada show

Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog on his new project, Powerflo, and Latinx identity ahead of Saturday’s Granada show

Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog on his new project, Powerflo, and Latinx identity ahead of Saturday’s Granada show

PowerfloMatias CugatAs part of the hip-hop group Cypress Hill, rapper Sen Dog is known for his strong verbal jabs, which punctuate the laconic flow of B-R…


Review of ‘Rocktober Blood’ soundtrack at Starburst Magazine


Heavy metal horror was such a short-lived phenomenon in the early ‘80s, one can barely call it a movement in horror cinema. The actual metal-themed horror flicks – ones with a band bringing evil to a town – can be counted on one hand, but to their loyal legions of fans, they’re heads and shoulders above the standard fare of the day.

Read the full review at Starburst Magazine. Published 10/16/16

Interview with Mac Sabbath manager Mike Odd at the Pitch


Mac Sabbath is the world’s only clown-fronted, fast-food themed, Black Sabbath act. There are costumes, a light show and songs, which don’t so much glorify fast food as warn of its dangers. It’s a strange cross between “Weird Al” Yankovic and Michael Pollan, but it works. The band doesn’t do interviews, so we spoke by phone with Mac Sabbath’s manager, Mike Odd, about the whole strange affair ahead of Wednesday’s show at the Jackpot.

Read the full interview at the Pitch. Published 9/14/16

August Cine Local at the Pitch


If you’ve read this week’s issue, you’re obviously aware there are tons of great local releases out now. And now, if you watch your way through all of these videos, you’ll know all about the releases coming out in the next couple of months. Whether you like Keef Mountain’s stoner doom, Various Blonde’s genre-breaking beats, the heartbreaking pop of Heidi Lynn Gluck, or Berwanger’s glam power-pop, there’s something to catch your eyes and ears. We even have some classic footage from the Wilmas in this month’s Cine Local.

View all the videos at the Pitch. Published 9/1/16

Ghoul Q&A at the Pitch


Thrash-metal maniacs Ghoul hail from Creepsylvania, which might be a state, a country or a collective state of hallucination. The four masked mutant madmen have been wreaking havoc around the world for 15 years, and they kick off their next tour opening for British grindcore band Carcass on Sunday, July 17, at the Granada. That tour also sees the band celebrating Dungeon Bastards, its latest full-length, which comes out at the end of this month on Tankcrimes.

The Pitch spoke with Digestor, Ghoul’s guitarist and vocalist, via e-mail about life and death in Creepsylvania, surviving Killbot and more weirdness.

Read the complete Q&A with Ghoul’s Digestor at the Pitch. Published on 7/12/16

Halloween Horror Marathon: Deathgasm

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We were supposed to review Spookies today, but two things conspired against that happening: 1) The copy we were able to get our hands on had audio, but not video and 2) We got a screener of Deathgasm in preparation for an upcoming From & Inspired By podcast. So, given the chance to watch this movie we’ve been jonesing to see for AGES, we lept at the chance.
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