OUT NOW! Fort Karate Live, Episode 3: The Joy Kills

17 Dec

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FKL006 – Captured during a wild Jabroni Fest performance, these three ass-kickers were the only songs to survive an evening plagued with technical difficulties. Still, we feel these short bursts of sexual destruction warrant listening, so that all may know the fury of a live performance by The Joy Kills.

“Since 2011, the band has toured relentlessly across the country bringing a brash, yet harmonious message to a forgotten classic rock sound that’s in dire need of a good spanking. When listening to The Joy Kills live you can’t help but get the arena rock vibe. In spite of this overblown pretense the band seems quite versatile, borrowing plenty of pain from the blues, the theatrics from glam rock and the attitude from hardcore punk rock without losing the ability to write a catchy tune.”

Credits

Released 17 December 2014

Mike – Guitars
Eric- Vocals
Dan – Bass
Scheetz – Drums

Recorded Live at Star Bar in Atlanta, GA.

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Randy Garcia

Listen or download for free, or “pay if you want.” All proceeds go to keeping our gear running, our guests happy, and our program growing!

If you are based in the Atlanta area, or passing through on tour and would like to be featured on our program, please email fortkarate@gmail.com

From the Vault: Funkanetics – “Street Themes”

9 Dec

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FKV001 — Funkanetics was the improvisational brain-trust of Randy Garcia and Mic Mell. Formed in 1999 and thriving for only a short pair of years, the duo made their rounds in the south Florida funk, jazz and jam band scene while exploring avant-garde and experimental sounds in the image of Herbie Hancock, MMW and Parliament/Funkadelic.

In 2000, Funkanetics delivered their only studio album: Street Themes. Recorded piecemeal in the living rooms, bedrooms and closets of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Street Themes is the product of a collaborative work ethic and a limited budget. 5 of the songs were recorded by a roadie for Marilyn Manson in exchange for a junk store piano, the other eight were recorded using a cobbled recording set up consisting of a mixing board, a home stereo, and a cheap computer.

Limitations aside, Garcia and Mell focused their energy on creating a loose, fun environment in the studio — often swapping instrumental roles and experimenting with scores of weird pawnshop instruments. The result is a timeless collection of funk interspersed with vignettes of sonic experimentalism, good humor, and positive vibes. Street Themes is a record that manages to say a great deal without investing itself too deeply in the politics of conversation.

OUT NOW! Fort Karate Live, Episode 2: Dead Register

2 Dec

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FKL005 – Our second Fort Karate Live Session is a moody iceberg plodding through a black sea. Atlanta’s own Dead Register deliver an enormous sound for a 3-piece band. It’s a force to be reckoned with repeatedly (if we do say so our selves.)

“DEAD REGISTER arose from the gloomiest chasm in summer 2013 and reared its head with a caterwaul to the unfeeling stars. Fed by Chvasta (ex-Palaces; ex-Light Pupil Dilate) on vocals and bass/bass-vi, complimented by Avril’s bass synth/keys and backing vocals, the creature evolved, morphing and growing more melodic; its sweetened voice begged for a live skinbeater’s dynamics. Enter Chad Williams (ex-Magnapop) in 2014, to command its punishing sonic nature from his leopard-print throne and suckle from his black metal teat: DEAD REGISTER had at last arrived, a seething, soothing beast of woe and stillborn hope, to sink tooth and nail into your sorrowful heart.”

More Info Here: https://www.facebook.com/deadregister

& Music Here: https://deadregister.bandcamp.com/

Credits

Released 02 December 2014

M. Chvasta: Vocals, Bass VI, Bass, Effects
Avril Che: Bass Synth, Synth, Keys, Vocals
Chad Williams: Drum kit

Recorded Live at 529 in Atlanta, GA.

Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Randy Garcia

Listen or download for free, or “pay if you want.” All proceeds go to keeping our gear running, our guests happy, and our program growing!

If you are based in the Atlanta area, or passing through on tour and would like to be featured on our program, please email fortkarate@gmail.com

OUT NOW! Fort Karate Live, Episode 1: Perhaps

19 Nov

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FKL005 – Welcome to Fort Karate Live! This is the first episode of a new monthly series of live performances we will be recording in studio or on location and releasing for FREE.

Hailing from Boston, MA, our inaugural band is known simply as Perhaps. Since forming in 2012, Perhaps has released 3 albums, and played over 150 shows in 15 countries and 30 states.

Perhaps combines complex progressive compositions with psychedelic and jazz influenced improvisations. Their albums feature members of Acid Mothers Temple, Giraffes? Giraffes!, Grass is Green, and Art Decade, bands they have toured with and played with frequently.

For more information, check out: perhaps.bandcamp.com or perhapslive.weebly.com

Credits:

Released 18 November 2014

Session recorded live at Fort Karate in Atlanta, GA on November 10, 2014. Mixed and Mastered by Randy Garcia.

Listen or download for free, or “pay if you want.” All proceeds go to keeping our gear running, our guests happy, and our program growing!

If you are based in the Atlanta area, or passing through on tour and would like to be featured on our program, please email fortkarate@gmail.com