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I Generally Don’t Like Hip-Hop BUT…

// March 8th, 2014 // No Comments » // Videos


…I do like this song “Be Free” from the Black & Mexican LA based artist, Kemo the Blaxican. 

Yup, this isn’t some commercial crap being spewed by hate and negativity.

Jay Z may be rich but at what cost? The “N” word is common now and women are commonly referred to as “Hos” & “Bitches” while Beyonce (Jay Z’s wife) makes a fine living building up the women he’s just torn down.

Russell Simmons may be a self-proclaimed yogi but he also has a gold toilet. P-dummy is still, well, annoying as hell.

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But Kemo, well Kemo the Blaxican, his stuff is from a whole different angle.  Even the title of his CD, “The Upside Of Struggle” suggest something more thought provoking and yes, I’ll say it, “real”.

For too long, “real” has been the excuse to justify negativity. Nice to see an artist who can be “real” and positive at the same time. They are not mutually exclusive. Life is both good and bad. No need focusing on the bad all the time.

As I said in the title, I don’t generally dig hip hop but I do enjoy Kemo’s music. I thought you might too.

Some Ska from Costa Rica

// February 26th, 2014 // No Comments » // Photos, Videos


We don’t get a chance to cover as much Ska as I’d like. I’m a big fan of ska but it’s popularity has really seemed to wane over the years in the U.S. But internationally, it’s hot. I fell in love with Los Kaites” a cool Ska group in San Jose, Costa Rica when we were filming “Raw Travel” down there over the summer.

We were able to take in a rehearsal of a couple of their tunes and their music is simply infectious live. I plan on posting a video of their rehearsal soon, but in the meantime, you can catch them on “Raw Travel” this weekend when we head to Costa Rica. Visit HERE to find out where to watch in your neck of the woods.

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San Jose, CA’s – “Buried At Birth”

// February 17th, 2014 // No Comments » // Videos

Buried at Birth

Buried at Birth is a hardcore, female fronted bunch from San Jose, California. I don’t know much about them, but thought I’d give them a little shout out on here just because they were cool enough to check out the show “Raw Travel” and “got it”… and let’s face it, the name is attention getting is it not?

If you are a hard core fanatic, I think you’ll agree it’s not the only thing worth noting about these guys.. Find out more about these Buried at Birth HERE and enjoy a full set they posted on you tube for their fans.


Tarakany! Rat’s Races Russian Version

// February 15th, 2014 // No Comments » // Videos


Here is a pretty cool video of the original Russian version of Tarakany!’s “Rat’s Races” which is featured on their Russian DemoCrazy release.

Now if we could just get it to stop snowing in the U.S. and start snowing in Sochi. Oh and how about an exchange with Russia.. we’ll give them Justin Bieber and we get to keep Pussy Riot?

This Weekend on Raw Travel – Mexico City Raw

// February 4th, 2014 // No Comments » // Photos, Videos

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It’s finally here.. Feb 8th-9th get ready as the Raw Travel crew heads to Mexico City to check out the legendary El Chopo Market, a massive underground, rock-n-roll swap meet and flea market.  Featuring appearances and music from our buddy Alex Blue of Normandie Blue.

Tune in, it’s gonna be fun.

Here’s a little behind the scenes for ya.

Find out where to watch HERE.


O.K. Some Rockabilly – Swing Music From Colombia

// February 3rd, 2014 // No Comments » // Videos

Dorados Video

You guys know my amigo, Andres, from Dorados Rockabilly Trio in Medellin, Colombia… Well, Dorados is kicking butt all over Latin America and it  turns out my man recently married and his wife is in the family business of music as well. Congratulations guys!


Her name is Karen Ortiz (KO) and her band is O.K!  and they are not just OK, they are good. O.K just came out with this catchy little diddy, “Happy Mind” (Who doesn’t want/need one of those?), and I thought I’d share it with you.  Enjoy and if you dig it, you can like OK’s facebook fan page HERE. 


Punkabilly…. Uruguay Style

// January 30th, 2014 // No Comments » // Photos, Videos

This weekend 2/1 & 2/2 on Raw Travel it’s a little punkabilly, Uruguay style with rockers, Rudos Wild.

Rudos Wild Rehearsal

Be sure to tune in. Find out where & when here is what else you can expect.

Listen to some cool Mexico City Music – Las Pipas

// January 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Photos


With Los Pipas Garage Band

With Los Pipas Garage Band

Punk Outlaw Records Announces “Russian DemoCrazy” Release

// January 14th, 2014 // No Comments » // Music


- 1st English Language Release “Russian DemoCrazy” Features Guest Artists Louna, Anti-Flag, Frank Turner & Useless ID -

New York, NY, January 14th, 2014Punk Outlaw Records, modern day punk rock ambassadors are doing their part for international relations. The New York City based record label announced that it has signed legendary punk rock band Tarakany! (Cockroaches) from Moscow, Russia and have just released their first English language debut “Russian DemoCrazy”, now available on i-Tunes, Amazon Music and more.

Several songs from the massive Tarakany! 20+ year catalog have been specifically recorded for English speaking markets. Guests artists on the new release includes members of the well-known punk bands Anti-Flag(U.S.), Useless I.D.(Israel), Frank Turner (U.K.) as well as red-hot Russian metal heads Louna, making this a truly international, collaborative rock-n-roll effort.

Tarakany! are one of the most well-known and longest running punk-rock bands in Russia, no small feat in the largest country in the world where western influenced music, media and fashion were outlawed up until just two years prior to the band’s formation in 1991. Like Russia, the band has seen its share of changes, but Tarakany! stayed true to their roots, performing energetic punk and rock-n-roll in the tradition of bands like The Ramones, Social Distortion, Rancid, and Motorhead and Bad Religion.

“I met Dima, lead singer of Tarakany!, the 1st day of my trip to Russia in late 2010 and was amazed at his work ethic. He dragged me to rehearsal at 10 A.M. Moscow time. What rock band rehearses at 10 A.M.? My rapidly aging, jet lagged body didn’t fully comprehend Tarakany’s talent until weeks after I returned home with a fistful of their CDs and was simply blown away by what I heard” says Robert Rose, founder of Punk Outlaw Records. “The fact that members of well-known bands like Anti-Flag, Frank Turner, Louna and Useless ID are contributing to their English language release is a testament to the respect these guys get. We’re thrilled to be release “Russian DemoCrazy” and turning new audiences on to an excellent rock band like Tarakany!”

For the last 20+ years Tarakany! has toured Russia, Eastern and Western Europe and parts of Asia playing venues ranging from tiny hole-in-the- wall clubs to massive sold out stadiums and popular music festivals in front of tens of thousands of fans. They’ve shared the stage with legendary bands such as NOFX, Toy Dolls, Agnostic Front, Anti-Flag, Misfits, MxPx, Skatalites, MC5, Monster Magnet, Offspring, Exploited, Stranglers and many more. Tarakany! also had the honor of opening for the only Sex Pistols show in Moscow and in Europe and then toured with legendary drummer Marky Ramone of The Ramones.

Tarakany! have released almost a dozen full length studio albums, numerous splits, concert albums and compilations. Tarakany! was Russia’s first punk-rock band to feature music videos shot by some of Russia’s top directors. Select instrumental tracks of Tarakany’s music will be featured in the national TV show “Raw Travel” in new episodes which premiere in the U.S. in February. Visit & for more info.


Punk Outlaw Records is a digital record label and publishing company with a focus on distribution and promotion of socially conscious punk, rock, ska, reggae, rockabilly, world, psychobilly and other musical genres from around the world. The label’s mission is to facilitate music from a global perspective and enhance music’s ability to bring social awareness and change to some of the world’s most pressing issues while entertaining and uplifting audiences.

Tarakany! Russian DemoCrazy Coming Jan. 14th

// January 7th, 2014 // No Comments » // Links


In the meantime, you can give the 14 kick butt tracks a preview listen HERE.

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