This past Saturday the Life or Death CMJ Showcase went down at the 92YTribeca. Many a people boasted it would not be one to miss, so I didn’t… miss the first half.

Jozef Van Wissem got the party started with his mad lute skills. Yeah that’s right. I never thought I would see someone whip out a lute during this particular showcase but Mr. Wissem did, and he killed it. He likes to keep it purely instrumental; no vocal distractions or synth sonatas; just the man and his lute.

Next, in complete contradiction to the sounds that warmed the stage, came SLUG GUTS. They’re so good they deserve all caps. Their sound is reminiscent of the early 80′s post-punk goodness. Like Joy Division if they were more angry than depressed, with a bit of The Cramps’ lead Lux Interior coming from Slug Guts lead Jimi Kritzler. Since their music is so gritty it has the potential to be sloppy live and being a fairly new band I was worried, but they sounded even better live than recorded. Check out their most recent album “Playing in Time with the Deadbeat”.

Photo credit: Leila Morrissey

Recorded, Mac Demarco sounds like some sort of David Bowie lovechild (listen to Rock and Roll Night Club, Baby’s Wearing Blue Jeans.) Live, however, him and his band resemble more of an after-work jam band, rather than a baby Bowie. A really good and humorous jam band, though. You can tell he really enjoys being onstage and getting little hipster moshpit’s going (yeah that really happened.) He also likes to talk about the sucking of his cock a lot. At this point MGMT’s bassist could be seen observing the scene, though he bailed right before Sky Ferriera. Smart man.


Photo Credit: Brad Elterman

I expected to be disappointed by Sky Ferriera. Not because she was going to suck but because her catchy ass songs would lure me in and I’d like it but not want too. I did end up being disappointed by Sky, but only because she truly was disappointing.  You can’t deny she actually can sing, but she just sounded like she was karaoking to her own music. Despite the utter pop-ness of her most notable singles, live she sounded way more punk rock than you’d expect, which could be nice and I hope she develops that some more, but on Saturday it wasn’t all there yet. She also has this blonde-chick-from-Gossip-Girl-decides-to-launch-a-music-career-and-a-heroine-addiction-at-the-same-time thing going on. It probably works in her favor a lot, but it didn’t on Saturday.

Photo Credit: Mindy Bond

After that some other people did their thing: Maria Minerva, Kilo Kish, Dog Bite, DIIV and The Twerps, maybe more. I regret missing some of them, but lack of a fake ID and a growing thirst for alcohol led me to other places.

GOOSEBUMPS “SCARED TO SEE A DOCTOR” RECORD RELEASE SHOW AT 538 JOHNSON (FULL SETS FROM GOOSEBUMPS, AJAX, MERCENARY, LIBYANS, AND LA MISMA)

Like an episode of Jerry Springer, but with more fireworks.

FIGHT CLUB: THE BEST OF FRIDAY NIGHT THROWDOWN

Following the news of Throwdown’s return at SXSW this year with a Texas vs. NYC event, it seems only appropriate to take a look back at the history of Friday Night Throwdown, and the coverage we’ve had of it here on Superchief over the years. For the uninitiated; Friday Night Throwdown wasn’t just NYC’s best underground boxing event, it was NYC’s best underground party.

TEXAS VS. NYC: THROWDOWN RETURNS AT SXSW THIS YEAR

The organization that brought Ford models, Marines and Bloods together for New York’s best underground party is bringing their business to Austin, and bringing with them a Texas vs. NYC event…and Superchief will be covering the whole thing, from start to finish.

THIS APRIL: SUPERCHIEF GALLERY NYC PRESENTS JOHN FELIX ARNOLD III’S “EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE”

From the world of UNSTOPPABLE TOMORROW, Superchief Gallery NYC returns this spring with John Felix Arnold III’s EXCORRIGIA | THE SCOURGE, an exhibition of new works in painting, drawing, mixed media, installation, and sound. The exhibition will run from April 3 through April 13, and there will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 3 from 6-10pm at CultureFix on 9 Clinton Street.

HIGH ON HUNGER: JANE CHARDIET

“High on Hunger” is Jane Chardiet’s new zine, featuring personal essay, photography and interviews with 12 artists, including some of our favorites, about their 2013 and their artistic goals in the new year, along with photographs of each licking fire. It’s good stuff, so I asked Jane about her 2013, because turnabout’s fair play and that’s how the game works.

12 O’ CLOCK BOYS (BALTIMORE STREETBIKE REALNESS)

Whatever your city is doing, what the homies out in B-More are doing is 10x as crazy. 12 O’ Clock Boys is one of the hardest movies we’ve seen in a long time, hands down, exploring a city and a culture that just doesn’t give a fuck (and featuring Baltimore himies like Schwarz on the soundtrack) the film gets more done in it’s 75 minutes than most documentaries do in twice that.

TAPE BAG #1: I HAVEN’T GOTTEN OFF MY COUCH IN DAYS.

Talking shit on random tapes cuz I wanna. Round one: Mongrel, Skinny Puppy, Madonna, Gowanus Mutant Kommandos, Temple of the Dog and MORE.

R.I.P RICKY LUANDA OF CHAIN GANG

Ricky Luanda of the experimental NYC punk band Chain Gang, one of the coolest bands ever, passed away earlier this week from esophogeal cancer. Watch 10 minutes of the bands’ rare, legendary, batshit crazy 1980′s film “MONDO MANHATTAN” right here.

ALWAYS KEEP THE CAMERA RUNNING: MAKS SUSKI’S VIDEOS OF THE NYC MUSIC SCENE

Maks Suski has been hard at work documenting live music in NYC on video for the last 4 years; we asked him to compile a list of some of his favorite videos that he’s shot, a list that includes Japanther, Action Bronson, Death Grips, Culo, Crystal Castles, Limp Wrist, Black Pus and more.

THERE IS A TINY LEG A QUARTER OF AN INCH BELOW YOUR TENTH RIB.

“Although Tiny Leg’s sound owes much of it’s inspiration to the Oakland glucose and thumbtrack scenes of the mid-nineties, and has been called by HotFridge magazine ‘a thumbcore homage to the sound of Velvet Curtis and Taco’ and ‘a slick-stale, neo-juicy, post-hipster alchemy, somewhere in between gluke-wave and puke-base’ by PeckerwoodsToday, those sentences are too journalistic and not souague enough, if one may permit my french.”

DAWN OF HUMANS, HANK WOOD & THE HAMMERHEADS, AND PHARMAKON PLAYED PS1 SATURDAY NIGHT (FULL SETS)

PUNK NOT ART NOISE NOT MUSIC ACK ACK ACK ACK

TOD SEELIE’S “BRIGHT NIGHTS” BOOK RELEASE & PHOTO SHOW AT SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT CULTUREFIX (VIDEO)

Tod Seelie’s book release and photo show at Superchief Gallery at CultureFix was a celebration of the last 15 years of New York’s underground, for sure; but it also kept an eye on the future.

FUCKED UP CLOSED OUT 285 KENT’S LAST SHOW (FULL SET)

285 Kent finished it’s run last Sunday night; check out full video of Fucked Up’s headlining set right here.

SUPERCHIEF GALLERY AT MIAMI ART BASEL 2013: WILL SMITH CAN SUCK IT.

Superchief Gallery’s showing at Select Fair 2013 is even bigger, better and more batshit crazy than our 2012 showing was – check out photos here, and for homies in Miami, we’ll be at the Catalina Hotel all this week!

STACY KRANITZ’S SKATOPIA (50+ Photos From a Burnout’s Paradise)

Photographer Stacy Kranitz recently journeyed to Skatopia, a famed 88 acre skate park/commune in Ohio which was founded in 1995, documented in the 2010 film of the same name, and once described by writer Kevin Duffel as “a demented mess that meets halfway between an anarchistic Mad Maxian Thunderdome and a utopian skateboard society.” Goddamn if it isn’t one of the best things we’ve ever seen.