This past week was the annual CMJ Music Convention and like many before it would again invade The Big Apple and deliver more music than any one person could easily absorb. To say that there is something for everyone at the CMJ convention would be an understatement and while I would have loved to partake in a lot more that was happening, the time was just not there for me to do so based on a hectic week of Metal concerts that required my coverage. One of the things that I did manage to enjoy was the annual Skateboard Marketing music showcase which is hosted by the company’s founder Munsey Ricci. I’ve been working as an ally in Metal media with Munsey for about five years now and was eager to help him and his friends celebrate the company’s 18th year of doing this kind of showcase. This years hang would be at The Bowery Poetry Club (across the street from the location that once housed CBGB’s) and it was sure to be a good time of familiar faces, cold beers and loud music. I was certain that the bands would be something interesting because one year we found the legendary Fear Factory performing at it, while last year we got both Autumn Black and Ionia. Tonight there would only be one act delivering out the Metal and their name was Texas Hippie Coalition, and while I had only heard their name a couple of times, I had heard that they were along the lines of your Southern Fried Metal genre and let’s face it, a lot of that stuff rocks. I shot a lot of photos and documented the performance as well and its linked to at the bottom of the party stuff that you will see here so hang onto your hats for it.
Here’s Munsey Ricci and Ally. He’s smiling not only because of the lovely lady next to him but also because the room is packed with beer and music hungry Metal Media friends. The event was sponsored by Budweiser Beer so the Bowery Poetry Club had plenty of Bud, Bud Lite and Rolling Rock beers on hand along with Monster Energy drink who I learned were also sponsoring the shindig.
Jagermeister had deployed two of its hotter than hell Jagerettes to patrol the Metal shenanigans and each of the girls were armed with cool Jager schwag for the party goers. There were keychain holders that make great photo pass hangers, flashing Jager logos and perhaps one of the coolest shirts that I have seen in a long time from them – The Jager Skull shirt. We snapped a shot of this one for you below and of course made sure to get one to wear at the Metal shows sometime in the future.
As I walked around the room I saw a few familiar faces and was introduced to some new ones. An old brother in arms in Metal, Steve “Buckshot” Seabury was present and accounted for and he did the necessary intros for me with one of the dudes from Powerglove. I remembered the name from the Dragonforce/Turisas show from last year, but I had to admit to him that I did not catch his band playing. I expect to see them in the future and did hear some nice things from Buckshot about the guys so that’s good. I also got to meet some members of both White Knuckle Battery and Sekond Skyn who were nice enough to hand out promotional copies of their latest work to those whom they managed to speak to. Buckshot and I go a long way back and I met him when he played with Dirty Rig. At present he has a Doom Metal band called Moth Eater and we took photos of a show of theirs which you can check out via this LINK.
The interesting folks milling about kept getting all the more interesting when one of the friendly neighborhood publicists of the scene upon which we walk directed my attention to these two gentlemen. Introducing Faisan Talal and Marwan Reyad, two members of the Iraqi Heavy Metal band Acrassicauda who were prominently featured in the “Heavy Metal in Baghdad” documentary.
I’ve yet to see the documentary but as I understand it shows us the trials and tribulations that a Heavy Metal band who hopes for greatness has to go through in such a region as tumultuous as Iraq. It sure does sound interesting and if it keeps my interest half as long as “Anvil: The Story Of Anvil” did then I am sure that I will like it. As I conversed with the guys and the publicist I learned that their forthcoming album will be produced by Alex Skolnick who everyone knows full well from Testament, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and The Alex Skolnick Trio. This musician clearly has some amazing time management skills to be able to handle all that he does.
Also present for the fun and music this evening was comedian Don Jamieson who is one of Eddie Trunk’s co-hosts on the VH1 Classic program “That Metal Show”. It’s always great to see Don at the shows and we snapped a couple of shots of him for good measure. Great “Frehley’s Comet” shirt Don. I stepped away from the viewfinder for a moment to get a picture with the guys also.
Here’s SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “Liquid Metal” host Joe Mangin with Munsey. Jose is a regular face at the Metal shows keeping the bands supported with his program. That’s Smitty in the back of Ricci tossing up the Dio horns behind him. I don’t yet have Sirius XM but I know from the online pieces I see about the show that they are doing some great Metal work. Keep it up please, we need all the powerful support we can get.
I’ve been lucky to be up to the SiriusXM studios for the purposes of Metal Scribe detail and one cooler than cool thing was when the mighty Testament did a performance and interview right there in the small studio room. We documented that elsewhere in the blog, so check that story out by going HERE should you have interest.
As we mentioned while much of these candids were being captured forever on digital media, the room was being rocked by the Texas Hippie Coaltion and you can see a full report with photos about that by clicking the bands logo on the top of this post. The beers and energy drinks didn’t stand a chance against this crowd and it was safe to say that everyone had an awesome time. From here I was off to see Type-O-Negative at The Nokia Theatre and since we were so close to Halloween it reminded me of the old days when the band always seemed to do regional shows for the Feast Of Samhain. I had not seen the band since October of 2007, so was really looking forward to their gig.
Check out the briefly mentioned “Heavy Metal In Baghdad” Documentary when you get a chance by ordering a copy from Amazon.com so you know the story behind the forthcoming album Heavy Metal in Baghdad
Check out Skateboard Marketing below and “Thanks again Munsey” for giving us the chance to enjoy the fun night. We’ll see you at CMJ2010 for sure.
Official Website: http://skateboardmarketing.com