- April, 2002
Blood Sucking Freaks "Bottlesick" CD
metal guitar solos
hardcore type vocals
Briefs "Love and Ulcers" 7"
I truly believe in my heart that The Briefs are fast becoming the new millennium equivalent to The Knack. Their brand of jerky punk/wave (Neoteric) styling (with emo sensibilities--Just kidding) really finds a home with me. "Love and Ulcers" is quite a strong track, in fact, much stronger than "We Americans", but I'm not complaining there.... I still see The Briefs as a band in transition and can't wait to see what the hits were offering me up next on this slab of vinyl. I STILL think they released a full-length too early and wished they would have spent more time in releasing really kick ass EPs instead, but hell, I cant really blame them for moving so fucking fast.
You got to hit it while the hitting is good.
I know that sounded sick, and VERY Nascar-ish in its delivery, but I just woke up from a mid afternoon nap (I awoke per schedule at 4AM to work) and had this crazy dream that I was in NAM, round '68 as close as I could figure, and a Victor Charlie Sniper (VC) picked off someone next to me. When I suspected the South Vietnamese soldier across the compound had something to do with it due to his emotionless face, I ordered him to freeze and brought my rifle sight up to his face. He ran. I hesitated to shoot because of the politics involved in killing someone your supposed to be helping and all, but he was guilty BECAUSE he ran....
He took off running in the parking lot adjacent to the guard post. I ran with him to the spot where I first ordered him to freeze. I had a clean shot so I opened up with my AR-15 letting loose a four shot burst. The suspect fell dead right there in the convenience store parking lot.
Yes. I said Convenience store. Were convenience stores around in 68 Vietnam? I dunno....
The Briefs. Still keeping my interest post Hits era. Good
job. Stars all around. (SAB)
Briefs "Abrasive" & "Love and Ulcers" 7"s
Oh, Mr. Dirtnap, you've done a very good thing!
First off, go to your nearest record shop and buy both of these singles right now. That is an order. There is no discussion here. When you get home, take a good ten minutes and revel in the glory that is the artwork and packaging on these singles. Love and Ulcers has an orange sleeve with blue lettering and blue vinyl. Abrasive has a blue sleeve with orange lettering and orange vinyl. Love and Ulcers features a tic-tac-toe game on the sleeve with band members' heads in place of the X, and the "player wins". Abrasive features a tic-tac-toe game on the sleeve with monkeys in place of the X, and the "machine wins". On the backs of each sleeve the winner is reversed. Oh, and each sleeve also has a picture of a smiling monkey on it (no shit!).
The fabulous thematic artwork would have been enough to keep me happy even if the four new songs weren't that inspiring, but thankfully, all four songs are huge fucking hits! Overall, The Briefs are sounding a little bit slower and a little bit poppier than their prior work, but any of the four songs would have been standout tracks on their brilliant Hit After Hit LP, and if this is what their major label stuff is going to sound like, I'm all for it. On the first single, "She's Abrasive" is the fastest one of the bunch and sounds most like it could have been off of the LP. The flip, "(Like A) Heart Attack", is the big winner on this chunk of wax and it owes a big tip of the hat to the Bay City Rollers. It's the Briefs most adventurous foray into the world of glammy power pop and they pull it off quite nicely.
next single starts off with "Love and Ulcers" which is a slower
dance tune with a guitar lead that would make your local AM radio DJ proud.
We're talking 80s style here and oddly enough, The Briefs make it
work. Once again, the b-side beats the a-side and it does so by quite
a bit. "We Americans" is destined to be a classic. I heard it
while out at a show a few days before picking this up, wedged in between
The Pointed Sticks and The Undertones, and it didn't sound out of place.
It stuck in my head for days, and I was pleased to discover that The Briefs
were the ones behind it. I can hear now that it is clearly a modern band
behind the song, but the songwriting style easily fooled me into thinking
it was over 20 years old. It starts out with "We Americans
is stupid. We Americans is dirty" and it only gets better from there.
Calling it a modern day punk rock anthem would be right on mark. And calling
these singles mandatory would be the understatement of the year. (JG)
Buff Medways "F-B-M-F-A" 7"
new Billy Childish project
Really, that should be all you need to
know. There are already a handfulla releases, and Ill bet
well see an avalanche by the end of the year. This one's my favorite
of the batch thus far. Definitely has a more "heavy" sound,
partially due to Wolf Howards smackdown skins, and partially due
to a more "mod" angle. I like it a lot more than the last few
Headcoats releases very refreshing, yet still unquestionably Billy.
Buff Medways "Sally Sensation" 7"
seven-incher from the band that could be Thee Billy Childish Experience.
Less of the Hendrix-inspired stuff this time though. The A-Side is an
average Medway garage number. The B-Side, "Dawn Said (What Have I
Done)", is the attraction here, a wicked and fast fuzz-punk number
that hits on cylinders I havent heard Billy use in awhile. The Medways
are probably Childishs tightest band ever. This is their 5th
(6th?) single as far as I can tell, and the usual shitstorm
of Childish vinyl shows no sign of letting up. They have another single
due out in April and their second full length will be released in May,
both on Transcopic Records. Also, Larry Clark of Kids fame is working
on making a film version of Billys life story. And The White Stripes
love him too
Anyway, this one comes with no pic sleeve, just a slab
of vinyl and an inner sleeve, stripped down just like Billy wants it.
Released on Gibbet Records, which Im assuming is some offshoot of
the Hangman label. (RK)
Busted Lives "One Flap Down" CD
the way from Oakland, California comes the Busted Lives. Theyve
been around for a while now, and Ive been writing about how fucking
cool they are
but you know
Bar/garage rock n
roll for the alcohol swillin boozers of my generation. Surly, slimy
and totally outta sight, the Busted Lives are like a more fucked Gories
more fuzz and animosity
You get it!
I mean, how can you go wrong with songs like "Drinking Like
An Oakland Raider," "Landlords Bitch," and "Damn
You Weak Drunks." Yeah! Fuck those guys! Wait Im one of those
guys! Fuck me! Garage Dullards U-Fuckin-Nite! Tooonite!
Catheters "Build A Home" 7"
gave these guys a good review last time, and Ive been wrestling
with my opinion of them since. I keep trying to find reasons not to like
them: theyre on SubPop, the album was too polished, theyre
just faking it, they sound almost COMMERCIAL, etc
I keep coming
back to the album, but at the end of the day it still sounds good. I just
have this sinking feeling theyre about to show up on MTV someday
soon. I guess I would rather have the kids listen to Stooges/Dolls inspired
stuff like The Catheters than Green Day bullshit masquerading as punk.
Ah, fuck the stupid kids anyway. The A-Side is a rough mix of one of the
better tracks from the full-length. The B-Side is a fuzzed-up cover of
The Wailers "Hang Up", which is either a blatant stab
at garage credibility or proof that they really know what theyre
doing. Ill let you decide which. On orange vinyl, if you care. (RK)
Chargers Street Gang "Holy the Bop Apocalypse" CD
stated this before on these "pages" the Chargers are
an AMAZING live band. In fact, Id put em right there with
the Lost Sounds, Dirtbombs, Figgs, Swingin Neckbreakers, et al.
Energetic as all get-out, loud, tight, perfect
As with earlier products,
this CD just aint that good. Is it derivative? Not really, for the
rock n roll thang theres a definite Clevo off center
wobble to the rock-punch. Is it the production? Are YOU gonna be
the one to blame Tim Kerr (for anything other than inspiring a jillion
hardcore clowns to pick up stringed doohickys)? Thought not. I have no
idea why a band so obviously great cannot produce even a marginal in-studio
product. Fuck. Catch em live. (TK)
Clone Defects "Blood On Jupiter" LP
Before I begin the review proper Id just like to offer up a big fuck you to labels and bands everywhere that punish/reward people for buying a certain format. The review of this I read last month mentioned two songs that arent on the vinyl copy which I own ("Cheetah Eyes" and "Not As Good As Gold"), so Ill assume theyre CD bonus tracks. Those dicks That shit is lamer than Billy Crystal. And thats pretty fucking lame.
that Ive got that out of my system on to the mater at hand. I got
this because when I saw the Kill-A-Watts a couple months back, Ryan recommended
them to me. Despite all of the accolades theyve received I was kind
of leery when I saw the packaging for this. A bunch of bar rock looking
guys, disgusting pictures of some ass ugly guys head with legs and
a penis painted around it, and song titles like "Whisky And Women"
and "Precious Libra." Oh, boy was I ever ready for this to suck.
Luckily I couldnt have been more wrong. This actually sounds pretty
awesome. Id liken it to a three-way dance between the Heartbreakers,
T Rex, and some Killed By Death band. What really separates these guys
from the pack is their incendiary guitar bombast and a knack for writing
insanely catchy hooks. The best examples of this are the title track (whose
guitar firepower absolutely kills), "Cheap Livin," "Little
Miss Lori," and "Deep End" all of which are way better
than pretty much everything Iggy did after the Stooges. Even the pussy
songs on here are relatively good. Goofy lyrics about "black stars"
and "diamond eyes" would normally make me scoff in disdain,
or at the very least prevent my liking something, but here they only serve
to add to the whole seventies punk vibe this album has goin on.
Most of the time when bands try this kind of thing they end up falling
flat on their face, but the Clone Defects manage, not only to make it
work, but to forge a sound from disparate influences that is uniquely
their own. I like this more and more each time I hear it. Now if only
I had the MIA bonus tracks
Crimson Sweet "So Electric" 7"
> Crimson Sweet
< Cheetahs for the sonic~modernized
> Waterfalls of guitars splash
< A brick~barrier of bass blares
> Clocks`tick for the drums certain
of New York! Saviors of the punk and the pop! Trash~Waves through the
distance! Trash~Waves through the proximity! Solely the primary! (JD)
Dementia Thirteen "S/T" CD
New York Citay, ladies and gentlemen, Dementia Thirteen. Theyve
released a handful of 45s in the past, but here is an eight song
CD that showcases their superlative brand of 60s garage. Everything
about this recording screams of the angst and wretched vibes that were
howling out of a garage in the early 60s. The Kingsmen, the Animals,
those are the bands that Id throw Dementia Thirteen on a bill with.
My only complaint with this recording is (and its a small one),
personally, I think Josh could belt it out a little more with some of
his vocals. I can hear him giving it his all on songs like, "Aint
Gonna Let You," "Through Blurry Eyes," and "Countdown,"
but on the tunes like, "Sell Your Soul," "Or Is It Nowhere,"
"Your Cruel World," and "Its Comin Home"
I think he comes off a little short. I mean, whatever, right? The musics
some of the best. And this is a demo CD and Ill listen to
it all the time
But since you can do it, Josh, I wanna hear
it, man. Booze, women, hard times, babydoll (!), just dance with me. (JD)
Dirty Sweets "Bubblegum Damaged" CD/LP
Seen a pile of good reviews so far for this LP, but only one other person here has weighed in on this record so far, so here's my take on it. Greg, you can do better than this! Yeah, the Dirty Sweets are alright but that's all they are - alright. For a record label that has set as high standards for itself as Rip Off has over the years, this record is "sub-standard." The Dirty Sweets sound like what you might imagine Loli & the Chones would sound like had they tried to write more tuneful songs, which is fine & dandy, but what made Loli & the Chones the great band they were was not that their songs were "tuneful" per-se, but that they were done with an incredible overload of snot, attitude & balls. And that's exactly what this record lacks - balls! The result is that almost all of these songs are lacking the good old vicious bite I like in my Rip Off-style garage punk.
not to say that Bubblegum Damaged is a total loss. In fact, I can't
honestly think of a particularly "bad" song on here, but the
Dirty Sweets songs themselves have surprisingly low staying power; I've
listened to this LP three or four times now, and I honestly can't recall
there being any one standout song on it. Oh, and I think that printing
their lyrics on the back cover of the LP was kinda lame. Yeah, so it was
funny including a lyric sheet with that Intimate Fags LP to poke fun at
the way Japanese bands 'duh-ohnt rheight vwery good rearicks in Engrish,'
but it's not exactly like the lyrics to "Bitch Fight" are brain
surgery to figure out, let alone warrant a fucking transcript, here! Skip
this, and wait for the Kill-A-Watts album instead. (SA)
The Eat "God Punishes" EP
is a bootleg reissue of the perennial KBD faves from Florida (land of
that sucks). Many of these songs have been comped all over the place,
but Id recommend getting this fucker sos you can play them
back-to-back the way Baal intended. Excellent and catchy lo-mid-fi stuff
thats drooled over fer a reason. (TK)
El Guapo Stuntteam "Year of the Panther" LP
rock n roll! Then theres some bullshit 70s hard
rock! Fuck That Shit! Loud, fast Zeke and Candy Snatchers type rock, yeah,
nothing special here
But fuck that 70s
bar rock shit cause yr not good musicians and Im fucking bored now!
FUCKING BORED! God! I hate Neil Diamond
Epoxies "S/T" CD
Im going to come out of the shut-in full-attack mode: If you don't understand concepts such as New Wave or The Neoteric Punk/Wave you might want to re-think your decision to read this review, or even consider buying this disc for your compact disc collection.
Compact disc collection.... That's some funny shit there. Laugh.
The full-attack mode continues, like that War on Terror; from way back in 1997, the build up of Operation: Anaconda continues:
If you absolutely hate Berlin and/or The Missing Persons Please, for the sake of bunker busters everywhere, STOP here. Do not continue. Other than that, proceed.
The Epoxies, a band that I first heard of in a review from Horizontal Action, but yet the Epoxies are one of those kinds of bands that are a rare treat to find in any record establishment. I got this disc, it had just came in. It hits my ears like a home-made war meal. It's what I needed. It was first told to me that it's very X-Ray Spex-ish, but I dunno...
The Epoxies eleven tracks on this disc come at me like if Poly Styrene had written songs for a band consisting of members from Berlin, Devo and Missing Persons. You see, like on Germ Free Adolescents, This Epoxies disc is a reflection. The songs on Germ Free and the subsequent singles that the Spex did around that time were a self-described diary of 1977 according to Ms. Styrene herself. Just as Germ Free Adolescents was a reflection of its environment, The Epoxies disc is a reflection of theirs. I know this because the most common used word in Epoxies tunes is you. When you use words like you, normal deductions tell you, the avid Blank Generation reader, that you are witnessing a definition of reflection.
This disc is definitely the shit. One of the best this year so far. All the songs are intense and strike like a fucking Asteroid the size of a Volkswagen; not enough to be considered a planetary life-ender but non-the-less one of those asteroids big enough to change lifestyles. Enough to fuck up a whole city the size of Los Angeles.
Looking at Me"(HeliosCreed-bless The Epoxies)
Those of you following my now 18 month long (and counting) stint as a member of The Blank Generation will know that when I say things as strongly as "This disc is definitely the shit" I fucking mean it. I mean, FUCK! I see nothing wrong with this disc as it plays.
That's not medium-rare.
That's RARE. Blood dripping, still breathing RARE!
The Epoxies are heart-felt. The Epoxies are plastic. The Epoxies have a half-life that will far outlive most attention spans. The Epoxies full-attack, like THIS is what should have been on the Valley Girl soundtrack.
So people will be like What's up That 80s show and shit about The Epoxies. Who Cares? We all are losing control and now we have a soundtrack. You like Devo. You like Missing Persons. You like Berlin (Pleasure Victim era). You like The X-Ray Spex. And all of that is NOT questions back there, dumbfuck. It isnt please.... It's statements. It's commands. I have given up hope of Neoteric Conversions as of.... NOW.
Those converted have done so. Let the rest die in true Viking spirit! Blood-Eagles all around!
Now it's all about Neoteric Inquisitions; termination of the unbelievers. Home-made motherfuckers! As of... NOW. Let the Epoxies usher in a new era of Neoteric awareness. Throw away the handbook that was never issued.
Its all gotta end somewhere, but more importantly, its all gotta begin somewhere too. Heres to a life of beginnings and endings. Subsequent mastery of destruction and re-birth. In the right hand, alpha. In the left is big brother, omega.
Ewoks/Lottie Collins "Split" 7"
got a different release here, with two totally different sounding bands.
First up are The Ewoks (ex-member of Riff Randells) from Vancouver, BC.
The best way I could describe them would be to take early Cub, get them
totally drunk, and then take away their guitar and bass and replace it
with an old skool keyboard. They're totally amateur and lo-fi sounding
(on purpose!) and at the same time oddly compelling. When I saw them live
the crowd was either dancing away up front or heckling them loudly from
the back. You gotta love a band that can elicit that sort of response
out of a crowd. My favourite part of The Ewoks side is some of the lyrics
to first song "Super Mario Bros 3" - "there's a keyboard
player in all of us/There's a punk rock drummer in all of us". Right
on. On the flipside, the Lottie Collins from Japan contribute two totally
fuzzed out poppy garage punk numbers. I thought of Japan's TV Idols instantly
but have since come to realize that The Lottie Collins incorporate more
pop hooks into their tunes than the TV Idols do. I'd call them the missing
link between the Raydios and the TV Idols. Good stuff. (JG)
Green Monsters "Aiming Low" 7"
trash from Montreal
Certainly not in the league with the Scat Rag
Boosters or Spaceshits, but anyone jonesin fer sum Evolutions (frince)
oughta dig it a bunch. I guess theyve already broken up, and
members have formed a project called "Rich and the Broke." (TK)
Hanson Brothers "My Game" CD
I've lived in Canada my whole life, and not surprisingly, I've been a fucking huge hockey fan since as long as I can remember. I also cut my teeth on this thing called punk rock by getting into some serious three-chord pop punk action back in the day. So, whenever the Wright brothers and company get tired of being too "artistic" (read: Nomeansno) and choose instead to plug it in and let it rip as the Hanson Brothers I get pretty excited.
On this, their third full length, they continue their longstanding tradition of putting the rest of the Ramones-core bands to shame. It's a true sign of how talented they are at writing massively huge punk hits when this album, which is one of the better things I've heard this year, is, by far, their weakest album of the three. The first thing to take note of is the fact that the production is a step down from their brilliant Sudden Death LP. The giant wall of sound just isn't there, mainly due to the fact that they pull the Ramones trick of putting the bass in one channel and the guitar in the other. The only benefit to this is you can crank the balance to the left and listen to it with bass only or crank it to the right to hear guitar only (and yes, I've listened to the whole thing through on each - bass only wins!!!)
there seems to be a higher ratio of slow songs to fast songs than on prior
albums. While some people enjoy the slow, schmaltzy stuff, I much prefer
the speedier tunes. I hate to sound so negative, this really is a good
album, it's just that they are capable of better things. They show signs
of that on the killer hits like "100 + 10%" and "Tranquil"
and come close on a few others, but many songs leave me looking for more.
As a big plus, they continue their tradition of referencing the classics
- the cover apes Black Flag's My War LP artwork while "Give
Me Anything" borrows the distinctive bass line from The Rezillos
"(My Baby Does) Good Sculptures", they have a goodbye Joey song,
and their cover of that crappy disco song from Slapshot is actually
quite good. (JG)
Hanson Brothers "My Game" CD
Has it been five/six years since the last Hanson Brothers album already? Since 1992, the "Nomeansno" gang have used the Hanson Brothers moniker as an outlet to play good old-fashioned punk rock when they get tired of playing their usual prog-punk numbers every five years or so. They adopt Ramones-like alter ego's with a rough & tough Slap Shot (the movie, doofus)-influenced hockey-thug edge, and with that, their songs end up being arguably the best executed examples of straight up "Ramones-core" around. For that matter, they're also the only REALLY GOOD ones at it, by the virtue that they actually get the joke behind the Ramones & play along with it, adopting the goofiness of the Ramones shtick and infusing it with the hokey stereotypical "Canuck" shtick of Bob & Doug McKenzie (or for those of you that actually live in Canada, Red Green is a slightly better example). And live, they're one of the greatest fucking bands in the world - putting every element together in a rip roaring nearly two-hour set where audience participation puts the whole experience over the top (hockey jersey's tend to be adorned by over half of their crowd, stage dives seem to occur once every thirty seconds w/ the assistance of their infamous "Referee" roadie). In short, they're fucking legends!
Now I must say right off the bat that the experience of seeing the Hanson Brothers live will never be replicated on "album format." It's just not possible. But over the course of three albums, the Hansons have always managed to put out an album worth owning, and My Game is no exception to that. Their music is completely void of any of the annoyances of modern pop punk. They're Road To Ruin-esque punk rock/power pop/rock 'n' roll music for people who actually know what real punk rock is - no mid-90s pop punk gimmicks or lame Queers-esque sappiness can be found on ANY of their records. And because they actually do "get the joke" behind the Ramones, as I was talking about earlier, they're the only band I can think of that could have managed to pull off as good of a Joey Ramone-tribute song as they do here with the fitting & smartly written "Joey Had To Go" (with lines like "He couldn't count passed four / But he didn't need a whole lot more").
fifteen songs here and most of them being pretty good, this album is just
as good as their previous two albums. And in spite of them basically not
having much of a purpose beyond just playing good, tongue-in-cheek Ramones
inspired rock 'n' roll music, the Hanson Brothers still carve out a place
of their own among the annals of music history just by rocking so hard
on such a consistent basis, and by having their own easily recognizable
identity while playing a sound that is admittingly overdone (though it
is arguably rarely done "right," either). Their surprisingly
great re-working of Maxine Nightingale's neo-disco stinker "Right
Back Where We Started From" (which they facetiously re-title "Get
It Right Back," as if to sneak it by us in shame) is a perfect example
of the Hansons own distinct identity and "backwoods doofus"-shtick
greatly overshadowing the fact that they're basically the Ramones interpreted
with a grain of salt by hockey loving prog-punkers well into their forties.
But is there really any shame in that? When the songs are this good
Yeah, I didn't think so, either
So grab a couple of beers and take
this "gimmick" for what it is - extremely well done Ramones-inspired
rock 'n' roll music that is funny, rousing and rocking all at the same
Highschool Rockers "Lets Kill The Reekys Tonight" 7"
record is the definitely the value of the month. Not only do you get the
thickest slab of vinyl Ive ever seen (it almost dwarfs that silver
thing in the middle of my turntable), you also get a mini board game,
a high quality postcard, a fashion inspiration (certainly the final frontier
for punk fashion is the "punk rock country club look" the Rockers
are sporting on the cover), and, oh yeah, four restaurant quality rock
n roll gems. The way I look at it is that due to the quality
quotient here, this is like getting two killer Rip Off style one-sided
seven-inchers for the price of one. What a deal! The title track on here
sort of reminds me of a heavily Supercharger influenced version of the
Rockers fellow Germans the Sonic Dolls. Now that I think of it thats
a pretty good way to describe their sound, but its even more applicable
to that song. The undisputed champion on this platter is a song called
"Fun Tonight." Forget any Riverdales notions that this title
may make pop in your head, this song is a totally delicious blast of pure
r n r magic, topped off with some tasteful organ (provided
once again by someone named "Sgt. Pecker"). This platter is
so inspiring and infectious that even after multiple spins I still cant
get enough. Yeah! (SS)
Hissyfits "Wish You Were Here" 7"
Its all, like, red, pink, and white
I never like em
Three girls playing sort of
a mid-tempo pop with poor harmonizing, music thats just not very
catchy, and songs that drag on forever! What are ya gonna do
Hot Hot Heat "S/T" CD
We have some genre crossing going on here. Is Hot Hot Heat a punk band? An indy band? An emo band? A new wave band? Shit, I don't know. The correct answer would probably be a little bit of each, but here are the facts: they use only drums, bass and a synthesizer, they scream a lot, and the lyrics are very close to being completely random. I can safely say I've never heard a band that sounds like them, and that is a good thing. Most songs make me want to get up and dance, kick, and scream until I'm tired, which is also a good thing.
give you some idea of their sound, I'd say take the disjointed tunefulness
of a band like Les Savy Fav and mix it with the spastic punk outbursts
of a band like Le Shok and subtract the hijinxed guitar sound and you'd
have a start. The powers that be seem to like them, seeing as they have
just signed to Sub Pop. The one new song I've heard seems to show a step
forward for Hot Hot Heat, with the addition of a tastefully used guitar
and a switch to a piano sound versus a synth sound (I'm hoping not all
songs are like this). They hail from Victoria, BC and if you take into
consideration their province mates The Red Light Sting from Vancouver
(who they also share a split LP with), I'm wondering if the west coast
of Canada is beginning to develop it's own unique synth-punk sound. I
await the Sub Pop stuff with eager anticipation. (JG)
Hot Pockets "Kiss N Run" LP
is the first time Ive heard the Hot Pockets
wouldve never checked em out on my own
the Hot Pockets
What can I say, Im a bitch
about band names
If it doesnt sound cool to me it takes an
act of God, or in this case Daniel, to get me to listen to their record.
So this is a collection of Hot Pockets tunes, probably their best tunes
FUCK! I hate that band name thing with me! Look what Ive missed!
The Hot Pockets are a total lofi garage version of the Devil Dogs. Solid,
snotty, catchy rock n roll tunes that sound like theyre
straight out of the early 90s garage era. Ignore the bands
name, if you dont like it, but buy this record NOWWWWWWW! (JD)
Hotwires "the Red glare of Rockets" 10"
Yeah, thats where you may encounter the Hotwires. Ex-Action Time.
Im excited to hear what Billy and his new squad of miscreants are
up to. Expect that the Hotwires are gonna shred the rock n
roll stage with violent attacks of gnarled guitars and insolent attitudes.
Hateful sneers from the heathens of the recent trash, too unstable for
the exemplary. Dig on "The Scene Sucks," "Furious Desires,"
"I Am Crime," and three more potent killers that have been locked
in a garage far too long. (JD)
Jewws "I Need Your Lovin (But I Dont Need You)" 7"
heard good things about these guys before, but never really got around
to checking them out. My mistake
Its simply astounding that
two thirds of this band does double duty in the ultra-wimpy (but still
good) Junior Varsity. The Jewws hyper charged, cool as fuck garage
assault knocked me on my ass like a kick to the chest from Donnie Yen
and left me begging for more. Omari, the Jewws front man, definitely knows
a thing or two about writing a good tune. The A-side reminds me a bit
of a sped up version of the Kinks "Till the End of the Day"(easily
the Kinks finest moment). The B-side has two tracks, one that saunters
like a bad mother fucker looking for trouble, and another that rocks in
an almost Teengenerate fashion with its bouncing bass line and 100
mph tempo. So Jewws, tell me, when are you playing the Twin Cities? (SS)
Kill-A-Watts/Catholic Boys "Split" 7"
me be the umpteenth to say that the Kill-A-Watts sub-sequential releases
have been KILOMETERS better than their debut 45 on Rip Off. Not unlike
the Rip Off single though, the song where the girl single the lead ("Video
Game") is by far the song best here. It just rips. The other song
is damn good, though. With the Yakisakana 7" serving as the other
item of evidence, one might deduce that their forthcoming LP could very
well end up being the best non-Reds disc that Rip Off's put out since,
The Kids All Suck? Could be. On the flip, we have the
Catholic Boys; the new band of two ex-Teenage Rejects, as well a member
of the Strong Come Ons (who most review monkey's have neglected to mention,
so far). And what do you know? They deliver the goods here with a sound
that mixes the Strong Come Ons bluesy punk 'n' roll with the Reds signature
jerky timing/rhythm changes & "cheer" ("Go, go, go,"
"Yeah, yeah, yeah," etc
) sections. "Sometimes Baby"
sounds incredibly Reds-ish
though when you're aping a band as fucking
great as that and doing it that well, it's all gravy to me. And who can
resist the wild man/Jay Reatard-style vocals & lyrics? The final verdict:
this split single should ultimately prove to you that in spite of being
the state that produced not only the Green Bay Packers, but BOTH Bud Selig
AND the Republican Party, (certain parts of) Wisconsin (do) does indeed
rock; and 920 Blues Vol. 2 can't come out soon enough. (SA)
Leghounds "XOXO" 7"
heard the Leghounds off of Todds "920 Blues" compilation
(get that, by the way), but this is the first time that its hit
me the Leghounds are the Devil Dogs! And I dont mean
in that lame, "we cant think of our own music so lets
just be whoever" way, no the Leghounds dont come off like that.
Picture right after Saturday Night Fever
Picture the Devil
Dogs never breaking up
The Leghounds sound like if the Devil Dogs
never broke up; which means, if youre a fan of rock n
roll, you will get the Leghounds. (JD)
Le Shok "S&M" 7"
Talk about a record that grows on you! Yup, I bought into the hype of this now defunct San Diego punk group big time. I pretty much think that every single release they put out was great, and this neat package is no exception. The "neat" thing I'm referring to is the fact that there is a cover of "No Fun at the Beaches" by the old Aussie band, The Chosen Few pressed in to the actual cover (get it?) of the record. I'd never heard the original, but the song is pretty upbeat and catchy and hearing Le Shok do an upbeat and catchy song with their synth-damaged style is a great thing.
The two songs pressed on the actual vinyl, "I Want the Beat" and "White Outs," are incredibly infectious and will grow on you, so watch out. I kind of shrugged on my first couple of listens, but now I find myself humming them non-stop at work. Both of them continue the sonic output present on the We Are Electrocution LP, with their controlled sloppiness, shouting vocals and synth outbursts. By far the best part of the record is the part in "I Want the Beat" where the lyric sheet says that after the "I want the beat" part it's supposed to go "ah ah ah ah" and after the "Do you got the beat?" part it's supposed to go "oh oh oh oh", but in the actual song it just sounds creepy. I've listened to that part over and over, and yeah, it kind of sounds like there's someone saying "ah ah ah ah" and "oh oh oh oh," but sometimes I think that it might just be some weird effect on a guitar or synth. Worse yet, if I really listen closely I can almost envision some weird little pull toy robot thingy that sings the "ahs" and "ohs" and it kind of freaks me out. No joke! Try it out!
a footnote, the song pressed into the cover only played once for me all
the way through. I recorded it as the sticker on the front suggests, which
is a good thing, as since then every time I've tried to spin it the record
gets to a certain point and skips back a few grooves and the song never
finishes. I also noticed that there is a huge amount of hiss and pop on
that song due to the way it was pressed, but that kind of gets lost in
the hiss and pop that Le Shok produces naturally. (JG)
Le Tigre "Remix 12"" 12"
I like Le Tigre. I mean, you know that. I dont just give up on bands/musicians who have blown my mind in the past. That would be just wrong. That would be just plain ignorant on my part. Feminist Sweepstakes. We are just on totally different pages with that record. Is that such a bad thing? I dont think so. Le Tigre confers to people about politics and subjects that seem known and excepted by me. A persons a persons a person And thats all I have to say about that subject.
like Le Tigre. And I like their Remix 12" 12". This is
what I wanted musically from Feminist Sweepstakes. Concentrated
bass-beats and more of the repetitive notes that emphasis the political
point of their music. Dance music. Yeah, its total Dance music;
but so are some of the best punk bands. Dont kid yrself, kid. Tres
Bien [nouveau disco mix]," "On Guard [the en garde mix],"
"Mediocrity Rules [41 small stars mix]," "Dyke March 2001
[reids aphro-dykey mix]," "Deceptacon [DFA RMX],"
and "Much Finer [the flaxdatass mix]." A persons a person.
Androgyny in the Oh Ohs! Uh Oh! (JD)
Moo Rat Fingers "Actung Duschbag" 7"
Neck continues to mine Europe for the coolest in raunch-rawk, this time
stopping in Germany for their latest 7" offering. This four-track
single essentially only has two songs on it. The first, "You Should
Be Swinging", is the reason to buy this sucker. A smoking thrash
punk number sounding quite like a muscular Dwarves if Blag had a German
accent. You get this track sung in German on the A-Side and English on
the B-Side. The German version sounds a little scarier just cause German
is a fucking scary sounding language, but Im sure youll like
it in English much better. The second track, "Radio Off", sounds
a lot like the first except less catchy. You get two versions of this
one too, both in English (I think), but with two different singers. Definitely
worth buying just for "You Should Be Swinging", the song is
just that good. Its on Big Neck for shits sake! And when you
order, ask Bart where the hell the Baseball Furies full-length is
Moo Rat Fingers "Actung Duschbag" 7"
two heavy garage punk rockers from the Germany. I say two because the
Moo Rat Fingers do the same two songs on each side, its just that
one sides in English and one sides in German (I guess). The
German side has more kick to it
Their first tune, "You Should
Be Swinging," is a firm garage punk tune with a bad attitude. But
"Radio Off" is thee winner of the record via its ripping
off of classic rock n roll licks that never get old. Now if
I could just get Bart to start printing better cover art
gonna do it Bart, do it for eeeeeuuuuuuwwwwwwwwww! (JD)
Naked Eye "From Obscurity to Nowhere" CD
with the Naked Eye
The Australian influence is all
The Saints (Eternally Yours-era), Radio Birdman,
its all here, but they went for the pOp
The Naked Eyes
I dont know
a shyness to em
seem a little disconnected from the music
which isnt bad at
but they arent as raw
as punk as say the Saints or
Just, more of a pop influence is in here
raw energy to pop-sensibility, so I cant say Im into this
I guess think the Saints or Radio, but way more melodic
that turns you on then check em out
Nuggets "Are the Alchemists of Music!" CD
never been a huge fan
I liked that one power pop/punk
tune off of the Rapid Pulse single
This is totally different
Nuggets try to be with the 60s psychedelic beat music and
Its pussy, all of it. I guess if you need to
go through some herbal treatment you could buy into this
Okmoniks "Take A Spin With The" 7"
got reviewed a couple months back, but for those of you who didnt
jump on board allow me to further plead its case. This record is just
oozing cool. The Okmoniks have a foolproof recipe for a good
time: awesome no budget packaging, totally infectious garage rock n
roll that makes you wanna bop around your room like a goon, great female
vocals, an absolutely killer organ sound, and that mysterious x-factor
that separates the really good from the fucking great. Id be hard
pressed to think of a single band that sounds like this nowadays. Closest
points of reference would be a cross between a ballsier Brentwoods and
a more garage version of the first Rondelles seven-inch. While the songs
on here are all topnotch, the most noteworthy thing about this is the
feeling of sheer fun that springs forth from the grooves. Id be
surprised if this didnt end up in my top ten for 2002. Further proof
that the lofi garage aesthetic (ala Supercharger and early Rip Off Records)
is far from moribund. (SS)
Prison 11 "Sidekicks" CD
Day type pop punk
Melodic and all that
Put-Downs "Wrong Side Of Texas" CD
I remember the Put-Downs
I really didnt think much of their
And I dont think much of their CD
They utilize the whole "from Texas" theme and I really
dont get what theyre trying to say
Im a New Yorker. Were pretentious and all that
Theres an ex-Motard in this band, but they sound nothing
like the Motards
If you like Texan country music and three-chord
stupid punk rock you might like the Put-Downs
I need some pizza
Radio Shanghai "Spur ?" CD
The neunewave of Jap[an] has finally released an album! !! !!!!!!! !! !This is a monumental achievement. Radio Shanghai has been around for quite some time now and theyve only released three singles. Thats something I respect in a band. They dont push themselves and write throwaway songs. No, they pace themselves and let whatever happens happen.
So what has Radio Shanghai given us that took them soooo long to release an album? Well theyve given us ten songs of perfect pop. Every Radio Shanghai song is so fine~tuned and tightly~screwed together its just scary how every song is just flawlessly performed. Youd think they were some kind of androids or something though I dont know They ARE from Japan I dont put ANYTHING passed that country true leaders in pushing the boundaries of the possible.
Ten tunes! Of about half of which I like Yeah, Radio Shanghai pushed passed me with some of their neuu tunes "Away From The Other World" is a decent song set to some bastardized ska riff, but the little Madonna (Like A Virgin-era) guitar solos bother me. Their cover of "Lady of the Afternoon" just sounds too average, too I dont know anti-Radio Shanghai. "Tech-Pocket" sounds rather hokey with its fast guitar plucking that only reminds me of fast country blue grass then turns over to some bad soundtrack to an 80s Cop flick (note the police sirens). "I.H.O (Dont set me free)" has all the right sounds for me to love it, BUT theres NO hooks from 0:00~3:11. I just end up pressing the FORWARD button on my CD player for all of these songs.
tunes! Of about half of which I like
I cant say you shouldnt
get this record. Because one good Radio Shanghai songs is worth a thousand
bad ones and they give us six! "White Noise In My Hands" opens
the CD up with an explosion of pop neuwave that sends my head in a spin.
"Blind Beat," thee hit of the CD, has hooks thatll prick
you till you bleed ecstasy. "Fiction Love" comes straight out
of a 79 punk England with its ultra~infectious keyboard and
guitar riffs. The enhanced "Plastic Seventeen" has a raw energy
and urgent/anxious feel that you cant avoid. The exquisite reworking
of "2-D Girl" (which is slower and has added cello-like sounds
off a keyboard) gives you a dream~like state and puts you into a sense
of total bliss. The record ends with "Guilty Eyes," and what
can I say about this song other than the gorgeous melodies combined with
a perfect production makes for a total punk-bombastic tune. Every one
of these songs is a song that I can not stop listening to, and that is
the power of Radio Shanghai. You can not avoid their music. They are bloodsuckers,
but they can suck me dry. (JD)
Real Pills "Nine Long Years" CD
Garage punk! Well, the Real Pills are more 60s garage than punk,
but they have the snotty "punk" attitude that sets them apart
from the standard garage norm. Their tunes are catchy as fuck and all
I really wanna catch is their live act. But they live in Portland
and I live in New York
fuck. I think my favorite part about this
band is the vocalists screams
he has just the right amount
of screechy-ness that sounds immaculate in rock n roll, ya
know? If you dont feel the Real Pills sound down in your icky
stuff, check your pulse, you may be dead. Ive always wanted to say
Reverend Beat-Man and the Unbelievers "Get On Your Knees" LP/CD
Swiss answer to Billy Childish, Lighting Beat-Man reinvents himself as
a fire and brimstone preacher for his latest, and possibly most tuneful
offering. Backed by his mates from The Monsters, the music is heavy on
the Gospel-Blues, complete with church organ on some tracks, and backs-up
on the usual Beat-Man garage insanity level a bit. Vocals, of course,
are courtesy of the Beat-Mans Drano and cigarettes growl. There
are plenty of fiery sermons laced with massive amounts of profanity mixed
in with laments about the lord, Jesus, hell, saving your soul, and one
about shoving popcorn up your arse. Reminds me of DM Bob and the Deficits
crossed with field recordings from a Southern backwoods Presbyterian revival
tent. Theres probably a reason for this, as the Beat-Man released
DM Bobs "Cajun Creole Hot Nuts" album on his own Voodoo
Rhythm label. There are actually some really good, coherent songs here,
and we all know the Beat-Man is crazier than a shithouse rat, so its
good fun as well. A must have for Beat-Man fans, and if youre not
familiar with his brand of dementia this is a fine place to start. Great
packaging, complete with a thirty page prayer booklet full of articles,
pictures, interviews, religious propaganda, and manifestos written by
the Beat-Man and his pals, most of which are in English. Produced at Toe
Rag by Liam Watson, which certifies the Billy Childish parallel I mentioned
earlier. Insane shit from a guy who is very serious about being nuts.
Get converted by his gonzo-gospel blues before you burn. (RK)
Rock and Roll Adventure Kids "S/T" 7"
this is soooooo sub-par. This sounds like it was recorded on a Playschool
tape recorder, the songs are 1/25thd ass (as opposed to half-assed), and
a four year old could have done a better job on the sleeve "artwork."
They probably had fun doing this, but why theyre wasting anyones
time with it is beyond me. I only paid fifty cents for this and I still
regret it. My money could have been put to much better use purchasing
an outdated sticker of ex-WWF "superstar" Road Dogg from a grocery
store dime machine. Yuck. (SS)
Rocket from the Tombs "The Day The Earth Met..." CD
is the direct precursor to both the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu. Members included
David Thomas (Ubu), Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz (Dead Boys). This
CD is a collection of a rehearsal tape and material from two live shows.
The sound quality on the rehearsal tape is really horrible (and this is
coming from a Teengenerate fan). Most of these songs would end up on future
Dead Boys or Pere Ubu records. The band was somewhere between the artiness
of Pere Ubu and the hard rock/punk of the Dead Boys. A lot of the songs
are Alice Cooper inspired ("So Cold," "Final Solution").
Speaking of "Final Solution," I like the Pagans version better,
because there is continuous guitar in it. Personally Rocket is a little
too art-damaged for my taste, but this is still a document of what would
come in Cleveland (Pagans, Electric Eels, etc
Rocket From the Tombs "Live From Punk Ground Zero" 2XLP
is perhaps the most infamous band of the punk (or pre-) era without any
sort of legit release to chomp on. Here tis! Members included future
Dead Boys n Pere Oobs n the soon-dead importanto Peter Laughner.
Buy this to hear the original "Sonic Reducer," "30 Seconds
Over Tokyo," and "Final Solution." Buy it to hear early
70s covers of "Foggy Notion" and "Search & Destroy."
Buy it for the searing "Down in Flames." Not the highest fidelity
or nuthin (and pretty sloppy), but what the hey? If the above doesnt
excite you, Im not sure I even know you anymore. Amazing packaging,
too also. (TK)
Saint Cannabis "Live in Subherbia" CD
Yeah, I know... I have tolerated some bad band names in the past, but Saint Cannabis is one of the definite semi-finalists. The thing is though, knowing who sent this to me, and later as I read through the roster of songs on the CD, I knew it would be kick ass... And it did!
This is a live CD with eleven tracks; above average sound quality, featuring Robert Conn of The Pagans and most recently, the newly reformed, Cleveland based Defnics. What many might not realize is that people like Robert Conn have moved on with their life and ended up in places far, far away from where their deathstar was terminated. Robert found himself in Texas. Apparently he flies in for the yearly dose of Defnics, so it only makes sense that he has a band down in Texas too.... I see Saint Cannabis is the Texas version of The Defnics. In fact, off the latest Defnics 7" from Smog Veil Records, you have newer versions of "I'm Not Dead" and "51%." Almost half of the songs are covers ranging from Lou Reed to John Fogerty to The Pagans, but the real gems are the OTHER Robert Conn originals that I'm guessing are Defnics never recorded/leftover tracks; either way, they are pretty damn good and comparable to the newer Defnics sound.
If you are a big Defnics fan, like me, and liked the Smog Veil 7" a while back, you should definitely put this on your list to check out. Saint Cannabis isn't the first band I have listened to with a bad band name.... What was wrong with maybe just calling the band 51%? With a name like that you had some sort of association with The Defnics and when your out playing shows and getting pulled over by cops for traffic violations and he ask "What's the name of your band" You aren't setting yourself up for a DEFINITE search.
to their own, I suppose... I don't mean to focus on the choice of band
name so much... It's just that I think a band's name is sometimes the
most important part of a band and Saint Cannabis is a name that I feel
doesn't accurately portray this bands sound. (SAB)
Scientists "Blood Red River (1982-1984)" CD
never gets its due in how it contributed to rock n roll. The Saints, Radio
Birdman, X, The Victims, and the Fun Things all came out of Australia.
The Scientists came after all these bands. The Scientists played a sort
of sub-Stooges swampy post-punk that would be an influence on a lot of
the so-called "grunge" bands. There's a lot of minimalist guitar
with most of the emphasis on the rhythm section. I think the U-Men from
Seattle would be the closest American equivalent. I think fans of art-damaged
post-punk will like this. (TC)
Sleepers "Seventh World" 7"EP
That one guy was in this band...you know, that ONE guy whose name you see in liner notes and pictures of in books commemorating the west coast punk phenomenon... The kind of guy you read people like Penelope Houston remembering in a article here and there...and luckily, there're geeks out there keeping the flame alive.
So, with The Sleepers, dateline 1979, you got THAT GUY: Ricky Williams, fronting a band with a wide musical depth belting out brooding, heartfelt I'm lying near death in a gas station bathroom floor numbers like "Linda" next to smash store windows at random as a statement against society tunes like "Seventh World" and "No Time". Imagine, if you will, an older, more mature Negative Trend or F-Word mixed with Richard Hell and the Voidoids. Artistic and nihilistic.
flame still burns....(SAB)
Spinoffs "Break Out" 7"
is a big time fucking winner!!! The Spinoffs play ultra fast fast fast
poppy punk and the nine songs (nine songs!) on this single won me over
after just one spin. A couple of things make this record stand far above
the rest of the current day pop punk pack. The first is the aforementioned
speed factor. Fast pop songs are better than slow pop songs - it's a fact.
Have you ever seen the Queers live? The second is the production. Recorded
at Vancouver's JC/DC studios, the Spinoffs have elected to go the slightly
trashier garage-esque (it's a word!) route with the recording rather than
with the typical pop punk sound, which works well for these songs. Lastly,
the singer Justin Banal's voice is distinctive enough to stand out. His
crooning has an odd twangy swagger to it, without which the record could
just be good instead of goddamned great. Huge points go out to the band
for self-releasing this chunk of wax (which is incredibly tough to do
with our dollar and the state of vinyl up here in Canada!) Support the
pop-punk underground. Send five dollars of your hard-earned money now.
Streetwalkin Cheetahs "Cuitars, Guns, and Gold" CD
is one of those collection records
There are some unreleased songs,
some demo versions of released songs, and covers. The pro-side to this
record is the fact they cover the Boys "Kamikaze" and
Xs "Los Angeles." Some of the unreleased songs are ok
On the flipside, they do an Iron Maiden cover (ugh), and some
of the unreleased songs are rather crappy. The CD is enhanced with two
videos, which I didnt see. I myself like the Cheetahs, but I couldnt
recommend this unless someone was really fanatical about them, or if it
was used. I would bypass this and pick up Waiting for the Death of
My Generation or Live from KXLU. (TC)
Sunday Drunks "S/T" LP
album as original as a banana-in-yer-ear, yet possessin enough rock-feel
to overcome its quite-obvious inadequacies. Like an opposite (er same
I spose) sex hottie with a goiter. Or a goiter with a lovely pudendum
Whatever works. Generic Heartbreakers-esque r n r of the near-highest
Teenage Rejects "Teenage Trash vol. 2" 7"
The Adolescent Rejects! Those Wisconsin chuckleheads whove spent
most of their teenage years hassling Greg Lowery for record deals and
naked pictures of Elka Zolot have put out their second (?
right) 45 on Alien Snatch out of Germany. Six snotty punk rock tunes ala
the Angry Samoans with plenty of Rip Off Records influence
send much $$$$$. (JD)
Teenage Rejects "Teenage Trash vol. 2" 7"
Question #1: Since Alien Snatch Records is based out of Germany, hence the owners arent likely to be native English speakers, do you think that they intend for their name to imply an alien taking something (i.e. "snatching" it) or are they simply named after an aliens pussy?
Question #2: Does anyone out there know if the katakana words that are plastered all over the sleeve actually mean anything? I wasnt able to find any of it in my Japanese dictionary and I suspect that they just threw a bunch on at random since it looks cool.
#3: Whats in Wisconsins PBR supply these days thats
causing them to churn out so many great bands? Case in point this second,
and best, posthumous release from the Teenage Rejects. Theres six
songs on here that rocket by with the same retarded juvenile abandonment
on display on their Rip Off seven inch. Sheer volume isnt the only
reason why this one gets the nod from me however. Youre rock n roll
soul is hopelessly beyond redemption if the Loli & the Chones inspired
chorus of "We Dont Like You" ("F.U.C.K.Y.O.U/We dont
like you/Fuck You.") doesnt make you grin from ear to ear the
first time you hear it. Pretty much everything on here either matches
up to or surpasses their prior effort. Its been a good month for
singles indeed. (SS)
Testors "Original Punk NYC 1976-1979" CD
the Testors you could possibly need on one convenient CD. Twelve tracks
from the still-available "Original Punk Recordings 1976-77"
ten-inches released on Incognito, and sixteen from the out-of-print "NYC
Punk Rock 1979" LP that came out on Rave-Up a while back. The entire
Testors studio discography is here, with the exception of their impossible
to find debut 7". NYC contemporaries of The Ramones, the Testors
harnessed a sound closer to the Dead Boys (whom they toured with) and
the Pagans, but rawer and a little bit faster than those bands, and featured
the great voice of and guitar of the legendary Sonny Vincent. The 76-77
stuff is the best of the lot, and the live at CBGBs stuff actually
sounds great. The 1979 LP never impressed me much: it sounds like crap,
and the songs (which arent as good as earlier stuff anyway) suffer
for it. The Testors were always known more as a live band during their
existence, so the CBGBs tracks are really what you want to hear,
and these tracks also feature the superior two guitars, drummer, and no
bass player line-up. For Sonny V. fans this CD really just condenses your
record collection or allows you to hear the Rave-Up LP if you missed it
when it came out. If you already have the two volumes of 76-77 stuff,
its really all you need. For Sonny V. novices this is the disc to
buy instead of any of the questionable and star-studded solo projects
hes put out since the Testors. This CD is a winner for any KBD fan,
and check out the pretty decent Shotgun Rationale album that Vince Lombardy
High just re-released with Cheetah Chrome, Richard Hell, and other NYC
luminaries. Its really the only post-Testors stuff worth having.
The Testors are amazing at their best, and deserve to be heard as much
as any of the other NYC bands of the time. (RK)
...and you will know us by the Trail of Dead "Source Tags and Codes" CD
I got into Trail of Dead after seeing them on some show on the USA Network, I have long since forgotten the name of the program... Something to do with a farm or something... The Dead played a song from their latest release at that time called "Richter Scale Madness" and it was pretty rockin and they destroyed their shit during the song and the crowd was looking at them with this sort of What the Fuck look, like they didnt know if they should rock their heads in a 2/4 beat, run for the hills, or join in the madness they were witnessing and so the next time when I was at Shake It Records located in beautiful Lil Gatlinburg wedged in-between a African Grocery that's been selling Pepsi 2 Liters for $.99 for about four months now and a greasy spoon restaurant called the Blue Jay (killer steak hoagie with AMERICAN! Cheese) their name popped into my head and before I knew it, that self-titled CD (on Trance Syndicate) with "Richter Scale Madness" was cycling through my CD player.
I liked it so much in fact that I was LUCKY enough to find what I figured by some sorts of deduction in my mind, and STILL don't know for fact or anything, their FIRST (?) CD called Madonna in the used bin (Merge Records). I liked The Dead.... They hit some soft spots....
So I stopped by Shake It records the other day and found this, the new Dead release on a major label. It was blaring over the stores sound system and even though it sounded familiar, I couldnt place who it was. By time the third song was halfway over I had already decided to buy it.
I asked JB who it was, blaring over the stores sound system. I'm not BAD of hearing, or bad AT hearing, depending on how you want it said. I recently had a hearing test at work where it was disclosed that although my elevator might have stopped at the wrong floor (more about that in coming installments of "Digital Block") my hearing shows up in the average range showing no loss of hearing. Me. Once again, average. I graduated in the top 51% of my class at high school. Just scraping by...that's what us average guys do I suppose....
So it's not like I couldnt hear JB. It's just that, like I said, The stores sound system was, how did they say it back in 1993?.... Ah yes, BUMPIN! I asked who it was and I THOUGHT JB said something like Jason Handuoison and the Feds.
Cool name I thought. Sounds like a mix between Les Savy Fav, Sonic Youth and The Rites of Spring... A Shake It store clerk poked my mind for that last one. I couldnt spit it out and my sentence was completed by another....
The JB hands me the new major label and you will know us by the Trail of Dead CD. I didnt disclose how I misunderstood JB or anything. I shelled out the electronic cash (debit card), or E-Dollars as they will become known (and you heard it here, on Blank Generation.com first: E-DOLLARS) and took the CD home and popped it in the CD player and rocked out. Watch out for that third track, "Baudelaire" it's a fucking doozy...makes me realize that Fugazi took more from Rites of Spring than they actually created themselves. The Dead have a winner with me on this one. Yeah, this CD is a bit emo-shoe-gazer at times (Beautiful: Tears Run Down My Cheeks) but then again, those kids smell like the smell of future-city, so I'm just going to enjoy it while it last.
Tyrades "Stain on Me" 7"
Where to begin? Where should I start? Eh....
The Tyrades. Cool name.
Look at that Chicago address.... hmm, definitely in this Midwest missiles range. In fact, I think I recognize one of the guys on the backcover from another band I've seen in Indianna-apolis a while back, but I'm not too sure... What you have here is some pretty damn decent high end punk-rock that reminds me right off the bat of The Adolescents. That's a good thing for those of you taking notes. I mean, FUCK! The Adolescents wrote some pretty kick ass songs in their day, and I can hear a bit of The Tyrades in there. The first song is a rager, but I'm all about the second track. I just hope that a LP is to follow. I mean, FUCK! Come on!!! After The Intimate Fags debacle of an LP, which I was let down with, I sort of felt like I was watching a Cincinnati Bengals game where they come out of half-time with a two touchdown lead and end up loosing the game by two touchdowns. The Cincinnati Bengals: inspiring! Rip Off records is right on track with the Tyrades. I await more and I also realize I will get a Rip Off promo when hell freezes over.
Sonny Vincent "Parallax in Wonderland" LP
yeah its a year or two old. But
Sonny Vincent (Testors),
a couple Stooges (Ron and Scott), a Motor City 5-er (Wayne) and a Damned-ite
(Capn)? I couldnt figger out whether itd suck or pull
a couple nice tricks. Put the needle down
JESUS COCKSUCKER CHRIST!
This thing is fucking INCREDIBLE! Amazingly "contempo" (in a
good way) yet plugged into rock n rolls primal muck (which
these guys, yknow, CREATED). I cant say enough about this
(rock) soulful headburn. Songs like "Knifeman" and "Anywhere
With Nicki" sound like they were yanked from the Grinners and put
into the hands of the Stooges/MC5 (i.e., hardcore-fast rock-swing groove),
"Do What I Want" is a classic punk anthem, and even goofball
fuckarounds like "French Music" pack enough guitar-slice to
eviscerate a rhino. Only a complete and utter fucktard could dismiss this
album as anything but remarkable. So why wasnt anybody talking?
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