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November 20, 2012 10:49 PM   Subscribe

Hey! The Bad Brains have a new album out! You can give it a spin here at ye olde You Tubes.
posted by flapjax at midnite (35 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hey! The Bad Bwains!
posted by StickyCarpet at 11:00 PM on November 20, 2012


Thank you.
posted by Nosmot at 11:01 PM on November 20, 2012


Ladies and gentlemen, StickyCarpet as Elmer Fudd! Uncanny impression! Give him a big hand!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 11:03 PM on November 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


I bought it earlier today. I like it. One of my earliest on-camera experiences is unintentionally being in one of their videos. Broke a couple ribs, but it was worth it...
posted by blaneyphoto at 11:05 PM on November 20, 2012 [1 favorite]


Happy they're still going, sad that it was Adam Yauch who produced their last album.
posted by bardic at 11:49 PM on November 20, 2012


Nice! Might have passed me by otherwise. thanks.

I picked up a vinyl copy of their 1988 Live album in the spring at a flea market. That shit is better than espresso on a bad morning.

Off to listen.
posted by mannequito at 12:12 AM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have attended Bad Brains concerts during which H.R.'s feet never touched the floor. The man LEVITATED for the entirety of the show. Fact.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 12:24 AM on November 21, 2012 [9 favorites]


This band changed my life. Thanks, flapjax.
posted by koeselitz at 12:41 AM on November 21, 2012


Happy they're still going, sad that it was Adam Yauch who produced their last album.

Just got to the end of the playlist and realized the last track is titled 'MCA Dub'.
posted by mannequito at 12:51 AM on November 21, 2012


How long are we gonna keep hearing about "albums"?
posted by telstar at 1:13 AM on November 21, 2012


Related: Was hardcore meant to grow old?
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:51 AM on November 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


So I was touring the L.A. River the other week with a classmate who is probably young enough to be my son. He was playing music in his car that I didn't recognize, but between stops on our class odyssey, we started talking about it, about punk. Turns out he really wishes he'd seen the bands I was lucky enough to see in the 80s. We didn't have much of a meeting of the minds - he wishes he'd seen the Misfits, and I'm not too interested in being Punk Rock Auntie - but when he brought up Bad Brains, we connected. I could tell him that Bad Brains played one of the best gigs I ever saw. Furious punk rock that brought everyone UP until HR danced wildly to the back, and then the band switched beats, moving into a smooth reggae groove that brought HR skanking slowly up to the front, bringing everyone in the club into his rhythm. Oh, my. That was audience control, and a fucking great gig.

Might have been '82. Was definitely at the Whisky.
posted by goofyfoot at 2:36 AM on November 21, 2012


Related: Was hardcore meant to grow old?

The comments are hilarious even though nobody's joking.
posted by Pope Guilty at 3:56 AM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Well, given that it's AVClub, chances are most people are joking. That's one of the things I like about AVClub.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 3:59 AM on November 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


As a teenager who'd only been to hardcore punk shows featuring bands made up of mostly other teenagers, seeing Bad Brains was like a revelation.
posted by orme at 4:14 AM on November 21, 2012


Was hardcore meant to grow old?

Zen Arcade still speaks to screams at me as meaningfully now as it did... [starts counting years since 1984, gets depressed, stops] ... back then.

That doesn't mean it wouldn't be dispiriting to watch Bob Mould perform it today.
posted by Egg Shen at 5:45 AM on November 21, 2012


Did they ever recant the homophobic shit? It was always an obstacle for me getting into them.
posted by Beardman at 5:46 AM on November 21, 2012


The bad brains were the band I was listening to most while I was figuring out and learning how to express how important music was to me. Banned in DC (on cassette) would be presented as exhibit A in the unlikely event I was put on trial and called to defend how I exist in this universe, hopefully Chuck D would be my lawyer.
posted by Divine_Wino at 5:47 AM on November 21, 2012


Sigh, a band whose reunion would give a tiny breath of life to the DC music scene, but... you know the story.
posted by tmcw at 5:56 AM on November 21, 2012


Beardman: Bad Brains and Homophobia (which cites this interview from 2010 with Daryl Jenifer)
posted by jammy at 6:03 AM on November 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


I've never had a new album so completely transport me to a specific time and place in the past as listening to just two tracks of this transported me to a friend's basement outside Marmora, Ontario, 1996.
posted by 256 at 6:11 AM on November 21, 2012


How long are we gonna keep hearing about "albums"?

As long as there are art lovers with attention spans. Try to cope.
posted by davebush at 6:14 AM on November 21, 2012 [7 favorites]


Also: Youth Are Getting Restless: Live In Amsterdam - blistering, mindblowing, utterly epic. If you are a Bad Brains fan you must seek this album out and make it your own.

As in now.
posted by jammy at 6:16 AM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Thanks, jammy.
posted by Beardman at 6:23 AM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Was hardcore meant to grow old?

No. But bad brains are something much deeper and older than Hardcore, or HarDCore, and will never grow old.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:32 AM on November 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


So far this is pretty good. Production has teeth, which is unusual on their recent recordings.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:33 AM on November 21, 2012


Breakdowns used to annoy me so much, now they're kinda cute.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 6:39 AM on November 21, 2012


I'm out of the loop when it comes to new releases these days. Thanks for posting this.
posted by safetyfork at 7:05 AM on November 21, 2012


The band sounds great. HR still sounds like he's phoning it in, and not in a good way.
posted by snottydick at 8:05 AM on November 21, 2012


YT's taken it down. :-(

For me, there's before "I against I" and after.
posted by humboldt32 at 9:00 AM on November 21, 2012


Anyone have a new link to the album?
posted by stp123 at 6:11 PM on November 21, 2012


'Into the future' is on this one, stp123...
posted by Orb2069 at 8:13 PM on November 22, 2012


Apparently AOL music is streaming the entire album here.
posted by Orb2069 at 8:16 PM on November 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is what I meant when I said: blistering, mindblowing, utterly epic.

Please turn your speakers up to 11.
posted by jammy at 5:58 PM on November 28, 2012 [1 favorite]


It's A Bad Brains Christmas, Charlie Brown
posted by homunculus at 3:09 PM on December 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


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