- May, 2002
Bad Form "No More Neo New Wave It's " 7"
The name of the band alone is enough to make me buy this record. The title of the record alone is enough to make me buy this record. Even the damn name of the record label alone is enough to make me buy this record. I could go on and on about the fab sleeve with black on white polka dots and a spooky looking green neon hand on the front and the thick pink wax with a free yellow big hole plug on the inside, but I won't. The lyrics on this thing scare the shit out of me - "embracing the blood that falls from my skin, I can feel my failure like a race I won't win" or how about "when I show up in town, you'll be better off dead - you'll hit the ground, you'll be begging for mercy". Yikes! Somebody pissed these guys off and they don't seem too happy about it. The real important thing is the music and The Bad From deliver like a motherfucker. I'll admit that this single took quite a while to grow on me, but I think that can be attributed to the fact that the first few times it was spun the volume was way too low. This record (like most music) is meant to be played LOUD, fucker.
best song is the first one "Bleeding Fool" which is sloppy,
fucked up, out of control and contains absolutely tortured screaming vocals.
It kind of sounds new, almost like a Bad Times song, yet also sounds old,
almost like a Rocket From the Tombs or early Stooges song. There is nothing
nice, fancy, or pretty about the song and for that it is my favorite.
The next three songs still have the same wailing vocals and messed up
sounds, but somehow The Bad Form have managed to work in some retro, loopy,
surfy guitar noodlings into all three tunes. It's like one second its
all death this, boom crash bang that and the next second it's a Hi-Fives
song. It actually works itself well into all of the songs and doesn't
sound out of place. I'm eagerly awaiting a full length. (JG)
Blowtops "Black Static" CD/LP
second full-length from Buffalos very own horror-noise mongers.
I hear people relate them to the Cramps often, most likely because of
Creepy Daves Lux-inspired vocals and live antics, and any band that
melds horror into their music gets the obligatory Cramps reference. Musically,
I have always seen them as something close to The Scientists in their
creepier moments. "Black Static" is sure to be called the Blowtops
"rock" album, as it is probably their most listener-friendly
effort so far. The extreme sonic assault is toned down somewhat, yet still
full of the usual jerky rhythms and lyrical psychosis. If the first LP
was a mad slasher, randomly slicing and killing people in a blood-splattered
tornado of horror without abandon, then "Black Static" is a
serial killer plotting his murders and carrying them out in a horrific,
yet focused fashion. The victims (your ears) die either way. Highlights
include "Honey Head Bloody Moon" and "Prescription Malfunction",
trademark Blowtops numbers full of noise and feedback. Some fans may be
put off by the clean sound, as it is definitely the cleanest production
youre ever going to find on a Blowtops record. Yet the album shows
a steady progression in the Blowtops music. They occupy a niche that few,
if any, bands do these days. It probably falls somewhere in between the
"Deep Thrust" LP and the "Blood & Tar" ten-inch
on the sickness scale. I like this thing a lot, and it begs for repeated
listening more than any of their other records. They have focused their
attack, which has reigned in some of their previous excesses in a good
way. Big Neck delivers the swag once again. By the way, since the recording
of this LP the Blowtops have replaced both their bassist and drummer.
Live dates with the new line-up are coming soon. (RK)
Briefs "Love and Ulcers" 7"
guys wear skinny ties! They have horribly-dyed blond hair! Theyre
goofy! They play quirky 77-ish pop! They play it really well! Hit
After Hit was a great album! This single sounds pretty similar! Less
of a punk edge to it, I guessbut still pretty similar! I just realized
that I stole this exclamation-point shtick from Lester Bangs! "We
Americans" is funny and infectious! The cover art is great! Catch
em live! Buy this single! (EL)
Briefs "She's Abrasive" 7" and "Love And Ulcers" 7"
Plenty of time was spent on these two singles last month, so I'll try to keep this...brief. ZING!!!!! OK...The return of "The Only Blonde Band That I Like". On with it..."She's Abrasive" is certainly among the best tunes they've written thus far, one that they'll be remembered for. It would've had a perfect home on "Hit After Hit", up-tempo, jerky and brilliant. "Like A Heart Attack" features the same pound'n'stomp which was previously found in "Rotten Love", and it's equally, if not more effective here. "Love And Ulcers" is also great...probably the slowest tune they've released so far, but there's no denying its, um, BRIEFOCITY. Finally, "We Americans" is, to reiterate what Greenback said last month, anthemic and hilarious. Buy 2 copies of each record: one to spin endlessly and one to sleep with. Easily, the most fun band around today.
endnotes: (a) go see them live every time they are near you AND (b) also
try to score a copy of their Interscope promo CDEP, which features 3 beefed-up
and re-worked versions of "Poor & Weird", "Where Did
He Go?" and "Sylvia". (MC)
Buff Medways "Tribute to the Daggermen" 7"
Buffs revisit Wolf & Johnnys old band The Daggermen for this
EP. The A side is just fine, one song that doesnt grab your attention
all that much. The B-side kills. Two poppy garage numbers, full of fuzz
guitar parts and vocal harmonies that have them sounding a hell of a lot
like The Who. A very interesting release held together again by Wolf Howards
outstanding drumming. Out of eight or so records so far, they havent
put out a total piece of crap yet, which is shocking. And all reports
point to the upcoming LP "Steady the Buffs" being a total ripper
as well. (RK)
Catheters "Static Delusions and Stone-Still Days" CD
a difference a record label makes. When the Catheters were on Empty, I
couldn't find their record anywhere. Now that they're on SubPop, I see
multiple copies of their new record. Conspiracy.....anyway the Catheters
used to copy the NY Dolls, Dead Boys, and the Stones. That was alright
with me. Plagiarism is ok as long as the source is good. Now, they're
copying the Murder City Devils. This source is no good; I don't like the
Murder City Devils. I figure this is their "show everyone how we've
grown musically" record. It's ok to progress musically (unless you're
on RipOff (just kidding), but the music should still rock. This shit don't
rock, total borecore to the max. I would skip this, like totally. (TC)
Clinic "Walking with Thee" CD
So here you got their second full-length. I got a e-mail from some chap the other day who saw my ranting about Clinic on the inter-net and he asked me a lil bit about them. I couldnt comment on this CD until now. Because when I saw it had come out and it DIDN'T have the Indians on the cover like I had thought for some reason (import mayhap?) I had to protest somehow.... Besides, I knew somewhat where Walking with Thee would land in my musical taste. I needed a back-up.
Well, now, as you can see, the reserves have been called out and I am talking about it now.
From friends, comments of Thee are sketchy. I don't think enough people have listened to it enough to get a real feel for it yet. Me? I mean, FUCK! It's the Clinic! Come on!!! and Whooooooo-oooooo would you disintegrate?
What is there to know!? I liked the EPs, I liked Wrangler.... I need more and on Thee I got more! Everyone is so caught up comparing it to Internal Wrangler that they really fail to see that on Thee, Clinic not only have what they had on Wrangler, but now, on songs like "Sunlight Bathes Our Home" and "The Vulture" I'm hearing some Wall of Voodoo that's really knocking my socks off.
Hitting me in the torpedo room. A major hit. Taking water. Casualties scattered. And Whooooooo-oooooo would you disintegrate?
That's not intended to sound as sick as it came off...
Coming from the same dark neighborhood as The Fall, I thought that good music from the UK was inconceivable until Clinic came around....Then there's Bunny too.... Damn. And Whooooooo-oooooo would you disintegrate?
On Walking with Thee the journey continues. Honestly, Clinic are one of the best bands playing music right now. Clinic set a scene. Clinic set a story. If Francis Ford Copula was to modernize Grease like the modernized Romeo and Juliet, Clinic could very well do the whole soundtrack and really pull it off. I listen to Clinic and want my life to be as I see it in my head: drunk at a carnival. Everything in slow motion. All I hear is laughter and it never ends....and Whooooooo-oooooo would you disintegrate?
know, music really is a drug. (SAB)
Consumers "All My Friends are Dead" CD
the Red unleashed this lost 70s nugget of Arizona punk on vinyl
around 95; anyone whos ever tried to score a copy knows that
it went out of print shortly after its initial release. Due to consumer
(tee-hee) demand, theyve re-issued the whole package on CD, which
should please fans of KBD-style crunchhigh-end buzzsaw guitars,
punishing bass, galloping drums and snot-vox that boast minimal (well,
for the time period) Limey influence. In a just world, these guys wouldve
been huge! (EL)
Cosmic Psychos "Fifteen Years, A Million Beers" 2XCD
a time when suburbanized "youth crew" muscle-core and faux-suicidal
indie fluff threatened to vanquish the whole underground rock scene as
we now know it, these three Aussie bumpkins picked up their battered instruments
and laid down some of the most simplistic and repetitive rock n
roll sleaze thats ever graced this ball o shit we call "Earth."
Such a move was decidedly un-hip back then and possibly even more un-hip
right now. Regardless, most of the material on this retrospective still
sounds refreshing, if not downright perfectIggy by way of Motorhead,
crudely coated in a wave of fuzz and wah-wah. Christ, lets face
it: These days, its great to hearken back to something as cool and
incredibly lowbrow as this. Heres to fifteen more. (EL)
Crimson Sweet "So Electric" 7"
Ok. You know all that shit I said about Kill the Hippies in the Exterminate the Brutes review? Well, ditto for Crimson Sweet. Here's another band I feel as though they are part of my extended family. So, this review is totally biased. Crimson Sweet are a pleasure to listen to. They do NO wrong. Halls of marble. Statues of Heroes. The Fallen are not the forgotten. The fallen are the risen. The Neoteric Wars brought about martyrs: Crimson Sweet. In the future of Neoteric Punk/Wave, there will be holidays to all the greats including The Crimson Sweet.
The thing about Crimson Sweet is that they are dangerous. Every time I see them, every time they release a new 7" or whatever; it's tight! They keep getting better and better, topping of the toppers. When your hot your hot....
Their new single starts off with "So Electric". Sometimes the mental image given to you from a song is just important as the most keen description. You see, for some reason I see Crimson Sweet and their songs as living documents. Sort of like music videos. I have some good ideas for Crimson Sweet video accompaniment to their songs and with "So Electric" it holds true...
What I see is a part of the city; any city really, but a part of the city where there's only people there during the day; mainly industrial with lots of power lines, steam vents, pipes, storage tanks, lots of polluted waterways with concrete banks... and the red lights, which are actual red lights during the day, blink yellow due to the lack of human traffic at night.... You see, the headquarters of Protor & Gamble, one of the biggest companies in the United States, is headquartered near Cincinnati in the middle of a place like I'm trying to describe. Well, it's in this area I see "So Electric".....
Crimson Sweet are in a older type 70s convertible. A real whale of a car. The car is black, and like I said, convertible. The top is down. The headlights are on. At the wheel is Rob Kongress. Complete with his highlighted hair (adds to the myst-ic). Both hands on the wheel. Driving rather carelessly, crossing the yellow line from time to time....but yet in control. Rob is as an Egyptian deity. I realized this last time I saw him. The sort of guy who you expect to see on the walls of pyramids near the entrance....
Warnings and greetings. Salutations and curses!
In the passenger side is Electric Al Huckabee. Relaxed, Al is reflecting a nature that one might expect from someone on a downer binge. He pans his head carefree from left to right, even looking behind the car from time to time.... Electric Al personifies concepts as moil. He is the sort of guy doing what's needed to get shit done. He understands such terms as G.T.I. (Good Times Indeed).
In the backseat there's Rooster Booster. Rooster Booster represents mythology. The belief in the near-beliefs. You see, there's always a certain element to everything. There's always a certain force, behind the scenes. Selective. Top shelf. Rooster Booster, sitting up on the top of the convertibles backseat, sings "So Electric" as the car is driven through the empty industrial sectors of Any-town USA.
Crimson Sweet is/are radiant.
C.S.S. (Crimson Sweet stigmata). Bloodied temples, bloodied hands.
On the B-side, you have "No Hot on Cold". Sort of a tongue twister said five times fast, this song represents the second part of a new Crimson Sweet. This Crimson Sweet is one that is in-it to win-it. Now, after three EPs under their belt, I really get the feeling that as a unit, Crimson Sweet are really, really getting comfortable. When they play they make it look so easy. When they play they make me re-think what I do with guitars and it's NOTHING compared to what the Sweet deliver.
I use to wish I had been born in 1962. That way I could have somewhat witnessed the initial punk explosion. I use to think that until this last time I saw Crimson Sweet just a few weeks ago as I write this. I was born at the right time and right place after all, I see that now. It was destiny that my path would intersect bands like Crimson Sweet, and even Blank Generation too. I'm just fulfilling some sort of prophecy with the words you just read...right...there....now....that...one....
Right time. Right place. My Mom told me that I was probably conceived in the back of a car when her and my Dad went out one night Texas two stepping. Apparently, since my Moms tubes were tied, her pregnancy with me went on undetected for three months. She had went to the doctor to see why she was so sick.... The doctor told her that she had a tumor in her abdomen. After a second look, he discovered she was pregnant with me.
No Hot On Cold!
Right time. Rrrrrrright place.
mom. Thanx Crimson Sweet! (SAB)
Crimson Sweet "So Electric" 7"
Electric" rolls, cautiously throbs and builds into a great melodramatic
finish. It also proves that Crimson Sweet can rock the tits off every
other self-proclaimed "art-punk" outfit that currently exists.
Then again, you cant really pin em down to that one specific
soundas evidence of such, "No Hot on Cold" pulls out the
stops and charges head-on in a blur of punk-tinged rock. They only seem
to get better, so who knows what future releasesll bring? One of
the current greats
The Decay "Pity " 7"
decay are one of the unknowns
they are one of the forgotten punk
lost in a sea of lawnmowers and rakes and possibly cans automotive
oil that are found in garages all over the world. being from switzerland
in the early 1980s mustve been rough
speaking from inexperience
but the decay managed to put out some demos and the ss records is giving
300 peoples a chance to hear it. musically the decay sound like a cross
between crass and the screamers. that alone should be enough for the killed
by death kids, but hell, drum machines and keyboards and fuzz guitars
are apart of the neoteric© army
speaking from inexperience
and only 300 pressed? how cool is it to know that people like the ss records
are dedicated enough to release records by bands that were washed away
by the ocean of punk groups that proved to be too much for bands like
the decay. well twenty years later its finally their turn. welcome
to the jungle. (JD)
Dirty Sweets "Bubblegum Damaged" CD/LP
I could have a dad, Id want him to be Greg Lowery, the G. Lo
FUCK YEAH! FUCK YEAH! THE DIRTY SWEETS!
Its all about the Sweets and me, Joe Domino The Dirty Sweets bring on what Rip Off Records is infamous forslit up, snotty, lofi, killer fuckin rock n roll! These Texan fags just dont stop their constant onslaught of----"I DONT GIVE A FUCK!"----
!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! !!!! !!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!! !!
of the best Rip Off records
Dirty Sweets "Bubblegum Damaged" CD/LP
had high expectations for this record after seeing how everyone was busting
a walnut over this band. After the first listen, I thought, "this
is good, you know typical Rip Off." The 3rd listen I thought, "this
is pretty good." After the 25th time, these songs are on constant
rotation in the radio station in my brain. This is like Loli and the Chones
with longer songs and occasional leads. This is like the Spastics, but
more punk. And this is good, this is good (shitty Black Flag song, but
accurate description of this disc). I'm ready for the Kill-A-Watts now.
I got problems with Rip Off though
I have to special-order everything
Greg releases. Theres only one time that Ive walked into the
record store and have seen a Rip Off release on the shelf. That's neither
here nor there
Anyway, get this fuckin record soon; no fuck it right
Doom Kounty Electric Chair "The Homicide EP" CDEP
never really liked 999, "Hybrid Moments" isnt one of my
favorite Misfits tunes, and the prospect of hearing a slick "punk
rock" cover of Tom Pettys "I Need to Know" doesnt
excite me. If, however, this sort of thing blows your hair backand
you think James Hetfields voice (circa Load) merits imitation
and fancy-ass studio productionthen dig in, sans knife and
Doom Kounty Electric Chair "Homicide" CDEP
you guess what this sounds like just from the band name? You haven't lived
until you've heard a punk'n'roll version of 999's "Homicide".
Seriously, this is what makes life worth living. If you ever get tired
of listening to stuff that's good, pick this up. (MC)
Epoxies "S/T" CD
Apocalypse. That's basically what new wave comes down to, particularly the brand that involves keyboards and synths. The threat of nuclear destruction...The threat of humanity's end, be it by war, technology, machines or "science gone too far." I think it's fairly easy to see this running thread in much of the records reviewed here. We tend to L-U-V art-damaged keyboard punk around these parts, be it new wavy or raw and dangerous bashing. But, it seems to me that one often-overlooked threat of this new (old), hot (cold) school is the threat of...of...DANCE? Yes, let me dig my hole...
Although the following bands are linked only through the use of a single instrument, I feel I must refer to each of them as reflecting an aspect of the Apocalypse thesis mentioned above. Bear with me. This will make no sense in the end........... Now: The Piranhas see the threat of destruction and decide to join the cause, welcoming it with open, bleeding arms. The Lost Sounds (whom, I must remind you, are NOT the machine) are overwhelmed by the threat of life's imminent crappiness and react with anger and disgust. What about DANCE? The Faint...not touching that one, I'll leave it to you to waste your time.
"What of these Epoxies? You know Mitch, The Epoxies, the band whose record you're reviewing RIGHT NOW that you haven't mentioned yet?????"
THE EPOXIES...they dance...IN FRONT OF THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT. Just look at the album cover. SEE IT YET? When (NOT "IF") you see The Epoxies live, you will see Fritz M. Static fall under the COMPLETE CONTROL of his keyboard and attack the very lovely Roxy Epoxy, the lone human, battered left and right by the fantastic new wave/punk played by the droids in her band. She's still dancing though...she never stops. Need further proof? Song titles anyone? "Need More Time"..."We're So Small"..."Science Of You"..."Losing Control"..."Molded Plastic". Each tune is an upbeat, catchy trip through the END.
is easily the best, catchiest and most authentic, new wave record I've
heard in quite some time. Extremely poppy, but not irritating at all.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still a raw bash boy at heart. But this album?
You'd be a fool to skip it. (MC)
Ewoks/Lottie Collins "Split" 7"
Thank you Jeffy-the-Jef-Jeff for giving me the heads up on this record!
The Ewoks are a daft, catchy and odd all-girl rock n roll
band. They break it down to ya with an organ&drums combo, flipped
the lid off of the soda pop and chug it for a sugar rush! These kooky
Ewoks rock like Elvis and look twice as good! So there you go George Lucas
The Lottie Collins do it to it with pop punk/garage rock n
roll straight from Japan! They dont beat out the Ewoks, but anyone
the Titans with more pop-a-rocks would still wanna
get with these crazy kids. Must have 7"! (JD)
Fuses "Under the Ground without a Sound" 7" & "Mit Einer Hohen Geschwindigkeitsrate" 7"
The first record. "Under the Ground without a Sound" 7"EP
One record. Four songs. One side of the record is 45 rpm with one song. One side of the record is 33 rpm, fitting two songs. The fourth song, "Sodium Pentathol Negative", is imprinted on the cover of the record. Cool, cool idea..... But it didnt work. I mean, the song on the cover.... It didnt work. Its not just me either and its not like I didnt hear anything.... I could hear bits and pieces of the song but every second or so I heard nothing. I tried some different ideas but putting a song on the cover sorta leads to the cover not lying flat on the turntable and causing the errors in listening.
And like the sticker sez...From what I can see its a REALLY fucking cool song too.... Oh well. I know Slam Dance did a record like this for Le Shok so maybe in the future a compilation could be released featuring the cover flexi songs from each record that people like me cant listen to. I say this because Im actually thinking of cutting up my record cover in hopes to actually hear the song! I don't wanna do that! I look at records as pieces of art. Especially good records like this one!
The Fuses keep getting better and better. With each listen I'm amazed at how they grown and really became a powerhouse of a band. The 45 rpm song, "If the Communist Don't Dance" sounds like an modern anthem for a Francis Ford Copola re-make of Metropolis. Imagine that The Clash, after London Calling, took a different direction and actually made some good music. Don't get me wrong, I mean FUCK! I liked Rock the Casaba and shit.... But man, "Don't Dance" reminds me of what The Clash COULD have been.
The two song 33 rpm side is even better. I know that I have been comparing bands to Gang of Four like tomorrow something I think in my head will be proved like the fake moon landing and shit, but its true! The Fuses took notes. Not to say that the Fuses are GoF rip offs or anything, its just that The Fuses attack from different angles and one of those angles has its birth in late 70s art-punk. "The Fix was In" and "The Poor Need Opera" are tales of the common man, pissed off and intelligent to the scam. It sounds like The Fuses are finally going into a studio that really connects with them. They sound crisp, clear and angular as ever!
The Fuses are the sound of current rebellion. Steeped in sounds of the prole left, if The Fuses were around in the Rome of 70AD things might have turned out different. But one thing is for sure, they would have been killed as enemies of the state. I get it. Prophetic. Neoteric. Drudgery for those who hold power. They have their faux Texas/southern accents War on Terra, I have the Fuses.
The second record. "Mit Einer Hohen Geschwindigkeitsrate" 7" EP
You gotta call 7"s something. That Slam Dance one I found what I determined was the title on a art insert. On this next 7" I get the sneaky feeling that the name is the German interpretation of the first records title.... But there's four completely new songs so I'm like.... What-ev-er and shit!
The German title record is a split between Incognito records and Morphius Records who I am now OFFICIALLY taking off probation. I mean, FUCK! They sent me these two records that truly, are great fucking records. This, after I sorta laid it on about National Razor... I really appreciate it. Instead of looking at Morphius lightly, I'm hereby declaring that they are quite the shit. They realize something that many labels don't, not everything you release is going to be liked by everyone. Now, Morphius knows NOT to send me National Razor releases but they do know that they will get some positive feedback from a Fuses record. That is how to run a label!!!!!
No, what The Fuses had on the record you just read about, is more of the same stuff on here. Just four different, all original songs. When the waves are high, your waiting for buildings to crumble. I thought since last year was such a good year this year might have been one of mediocrity. Nope. Look at my reviews this month. This shit is tight! Almost all top shelf here motherfuckers! Some great shit! I hope that The Fuses have a LP somewhere in this years fold. It would only secure them a spot in the back-room, private selection. What the fuck am I saying? They been there!!!!
The Fuses capture the sound of the modern disillusioned music listeners like me and some other Blank Generation readers . Punk Rock has finally turned its back on us. Punk rock is everywhere and everything now... and the definitions and examples just don't cut it anymore. The same genres that I, or maybe you, use to find exciting and fulfilled your need for creative soundtracks are now common boredom. Never Mind The Bollocks has finally stopped inspiring. Korn never inspired. Everything is so-That 80ss Show, meaning everything turned up to 11, that its sickening. The Fuses are examples of complete re-birth. The Fuses are a musical-Phoenix from the ashes.
You might have some hard times finding this record. Its available in the US by Morphius who I still don't see records by in stores....
Fuses are Neoteric punk/wave in its most defined meaning. Fuses: Phoenix
from the Ashes. (SAB)
Gas Huffer "The Rest of US" CD
on a sunny March day. A 20-year old male walks into a record store. He
buys the new Gas Huffer CD. The cute record store girl puts the record
in a bag. He returns home and listens to the CD. The next day, the CD
is on the used rack and he walks out of the record store with 4 bucks.
Anyway, don't buy this. This is boring. Their first two records, on Empty
Records, are ok, but skip this. Another strikeout for Estrus
Gravy Train "The Menz" CDEP
THE BITCHES OF 80s RAP!!!! Gravy Train has quickly become one of my favorite local (S.F. Bay Area) bands. They love dancing. They love burgers. They love FUCKING. What's not to love? 3 girls, 1 guy, all balls Try this on for size:
"I go to the high school/ I go to the high school/ make him kiss my gash/ then I fuck his tight ass"
"Long in the face and short on the wiener/ Suck on my muff like a vacuum cleaner"
I'm in love.
This record is so good; I need a smoke and a shower.
said Le Tigre wasn't for him anymore. Lost? Forgotten? Look no further:
THIS BAND IS FOR EVERYONE WHO LOVES COCKS AND PUSSIES...together, separately,
sucked, licked, small, big, smelly, sweet, fun or boring. And they've
got an LP coming of Kill Rock Stars?!!?!?!?!?! Shit yo, I'm all about
a Gravy Train!!!! (MC)
Green Formica Table "Busses and Planes" CD
Here's another band that The Socials shared a bill with in Lexington, Kentucky that knocked me out. Green Formica Table, which is a reference to Twin Peaks or something like that, is a dual guitar trio with male and female vocals. There's five songs on this CD-R that fall somewhere in the new sound of riotgrrl punk and the.... Yeah, I'm going to say it, but later.
The songs are mid-tempo...not slow, not fast. Just the right speed to make things interesting. Green Formica Table grabs you and pulls you along. Some really good songwriting.... Yeah, I'm going to say it, but later.... The recording is dreamy. Fast moving clouds over a black and white city scape...
Delay pedals. Wah-Wahs.... Green Formica Table do some pretty Lewis & Clark type shit on this CD-R and live, they are vicious snow-tigers. Yeah, I'm going to say it, but later...
You see, in Lexington, Kentucky, Life is somewhat like ancient Egypt. Except with Banks..... Downtown Lexington, which has been dubbed weird town by more than just The Socials, is small with the biggest buildings being those with bank logos. The banks rise in scale, from smaller to bigger, like the pyramids. Each bank (pharaoh) wanted to out do the next with an even bigger building. Not only are there three really big bank buildings but scores of 4, 5 and 6 story buildings nearby. Green Formica Table is the soundtrack for instances like this.Yeah, I'm going to say it, but later...
If you like Jane Speed and much of the post riot grrl punk movement then I would definitely consider checking this band out. I mean, FUCK! Bratmobile and Bikini Kill were good, but I'm getting more into this whole new thing with bands like Jane Speed and Green Formica Table...Yeah, I'm going to say it, but later... Ah, what the hell....
Hates "Punk Rock X Mas" 7"EP
This isnt my first exposure to The Hates. A long time ago I ordered one of their tape directly from them and listened to it so much I wore it out. The Hates are a good band, let me begin by saying that much.
So yeah, I'm like, "What the fuck is this?" Sure, there's a place for Christmas songs, but really, after the Showcase Showdowns 7" I sorta found out there's really no more room for Christmas compilations, 7"s or whatever else. Pop-punk bands thing is Christmas songs right? Step UP not Down Hates!!! At least The Hates do two originals but still, its Christmas music. A novelty. I am more serious about my music purchases and listening than to squander very important time and money on songs about a holiday that I think is pretty fucked up. Meaning that if this wasnt sent to me, I wouldnt give it the time of day. Truthfully, I have to talk to the boys in the league office, but I believe The Hates are in line for a multi-penalty for this 7".
It's not the concept of Christmas, it's the commercialism and it's all getting worse and worse. Even the best Christmas punk song will still remind me of that fact. Instead of hearing two songs about Christmas, I would rather hear two newer songs from The Hates letting me know what they are up to now.
I just don't get it. Maybe I'm missing something or out on a limb. Maybe
I am right! (SAB)
Henry Fiats Open Sore "Directed By Alan Smithee" 10"
occupy a special place in my musical heart, a place where few bands tread.
It is a place reserved for bands that infuse just enough crudeness, rudeness,
and humor into their rock, without being stupid or GG Allin. Turbonegro,
the Anal Babes, and of course the Dwarves and the Mummies all live there.
HFOS combine the best aspects of these bands and put forth a rock so lewd
it has to be liked: funny, vulgar, misanthropic, and wrapped in bandages.
This 10" compiles the tracks from their first record ever, the "Satans
Boy" EP, along with their songs from "The Fellowship of the
Fat Shit" split with Skellet, their track from the Swedish Sins comp,
another track from an Absurd Records comp, and four previously unreleased
numbers. They all kill. How can you not love songs like "England
Thats a Place to Hate" or "I am an Asshole"? Incredible
stuff, done way back in the days of 1996-98. And the back cover is a replica
of the design of the back of the first Damned album. Absolutely great.
I love these guys. Includes a nice full-color HFOS discography insert
as well. My only regret is that it does not include the track "Brown
Storm of Shit (My Ass is a Riot)" from the Hard-On Records comp,
because that is seriously one of the best song titles ever. (RK)
High and the Mighty "S/T" CD
High and the Mighty
This makes me wanna drive my car. And not in
town or, like, where red stoplights are in great abundance
all open road for the High and the Mighty and me. Driven rock n
rolla with a mean, weathered spirit
Like in that movie "Grumpy
Old Men" or further yet
"Grumpier Old Men!" Bring
on the open road mother-fuck-ers! (JD)
Imperial Teen "On" LP
I didnt realize that this was the same Imperial Teen who I had heard a few years or so earlier on my local Alternative Radio station with a "hit". I spent like 15 minutes trying to determine if this was a mod record or new wave record. I even asked other shoppers what they thought. Many of them guessed mod...
I'm glad they were wrong. Don't get the wrong Impression. I'm on good speaking terms with mod. When we run into each other at parties and shit we might not hang out and huff gasoline together or anything but we don't go to fisticuffs either. He has his scene and I have mine. I wanted to hear something different so I got this LP.
The first listen or so I wasnt that impressed. With a few more listens I was really getting into what The Teen were doing. Melodic indie-pop guitars, synths. Male/female vocals. Pop and jerky. Edging in at the boundries of the Neoteric Punk/Wave.... There's some real Herculean tracks on here... Like "Million $ Man", "Undone" and "Teachers Pet" (a lil bit Gene Defcon there eh?) making it a worthwhile purchase. Strong songwriting and even stronger arrangements. Actually, the songwriting is so good that it brings to mind Blondie and The Cars. Blondie wrote some really great songs, earlier, later, you can't escape the facts. The Cars... Doesnt everyone like the Cars?!? I mean, FUCK! "Candy-O" is one of the best songs ever written! Imperial Teen have that same knack as both aforementioned.
this is Imperial Teens third LP, or some shit like that. It sort of sounds
like a band's first LP, so yeah, it's good. Damn good. Consider it when
you head to the record bins. (SAB)
Kill-A-Watts "Electrorock" LP
not going to on and on about this record because Im sure it will
get reviewed a half-dozen times here. Lets just say its as
good as we all hoped. Im very impressed with the record overall;
it rips and rocks in all the right places. Out of twelve tracks, at least
nine are completely great. They do get a little cute at times, but cmon,
theyre kids for Christs sake. Theyre allowed to do that.
The one fear I had before listening to this, was that they might get a
little annoying over the course of a full-length. But they didnt.
One of the few albums I can say that was actually worth the wait. And
the trading cards are nice too. Now if I can just get them to come play
here in Buffalo
Kill the Hippies "Exterminate the Brutes" 7" EP
I feel as if I am going mad. So much I want to do, and so little time to do it and there's only so many hours in the day.... Maybe I should quit my job and become a full-time rock and/or roll journalist. Ah, who am I kidding? Its feelings like this that replace my straight 40 hour work week over $10 an hour attitude when I listen to a EP like this. I have said it time and time again, its a good thing I don't live in Kent Ohio and likewise for Morte, Envy and Kris living here, near me.... We NEED separation of hours and miles. Its those rare occasions when we are all together, with electricity filling the air, that we all really feel alive. We feed off of each others enthusiasms and dine on each others energy, re-paying in kind as taken with trust.....
I have been waiting for this 7" for a while now. Six songs. One side is three songs with Tic Toc Tyler and the other is three songs with his replacement, The Four Eyed Fuckface. Ironically enough, The Four Eyed Fuck-face has been recently replaced by Kris from a Kent Local band called The Viles. Things move fast in the Ohio Empire. So fast that we been there. Staked a claim. And done been back with record time.
Kill the Hippies sound lies somewhere in-between a mix of The Buzzcocks with the song structuring of Devo all done with snarling dual male and female vocals. region wise I say Kill the hippies remind me of many, many bands on those Go and Do It and Murder Punk compilations. When I say that Kill the Hippies are the best band alive today, I mean it. Before we continue I must mention the fact that Kill The Hippies played the sixth anniversary show for my zine, The Neus Subjex. At shows end some DUMBASS was trying to convince me that the anniversary show, which KTH wrapped up by playing last and totally blowing everyone away, wasnt good and he wanted his $3 back. I handed him a piece of paper and a pen and told him to get 20 signatures. If he did this I wouldnt only give HIS money back but everyone on the list too. The remaining crowd seen this and stuck around to see how it would all pan out. Well, everyone laughed at the guy who just sort of stood there... His brother came over to him, hit him on the head, and told him to sit the fuck down.
Kill the Hippies are THAT good. It wasnt BY CHANCE that at the end of KTHs set everyone busted into a acapella arm-locked version of "We are the Champions" not to mention the "Whoa-Bundys" that followed that... Truly NEOTERIC.
The Tic Toc Side starts off with a true nu-classic blazer "Skullfighter". "Skullfighter" reminds me of a song that could have been on KTHs second EP, Shit Covered Hits easily. Its well written and mucho catchy.... "SkullFighter" is followed up by maybe one of the best KTH songs ever, "Shenanigans". You see, when KTH were recently concluding their most recent excursion out ("tour"; term of the industry) their last stop was here in Cincinnati... To make a long, and very pitiful story short, KTH didnt get to play so we all came back to The Social Manor (my headquarters; where I am typing this up right-ch now), drank Socials Beer (maple syrup poured on top of a beer can before opened so when you do open the beer, the maple syrup pours down into the beer and you sorta taste the sweetness of the syrup for the beers duration), and listened to the new Crimson Sweet single. KTH got the idea of me listening to their new 7" for the first time with them present to get my reaction. When "Shenanigans" came on I was absolutely floored. I turned to Morte and Envy and said "Hey, this is back-of-the-van rockin!". Meaning that in my mind, as "Shenanigans" blasted, I envisioned a custom van, with mag wheels, fur interior and waterbed in back; the whole back room full of add ons included..... I pictured this song playing while Morte drove the van (that for some reason perpetually bounced ass it cruised down the avenue of my mind) while Envy and Kris would try their best to lure young high school kids into bank-robbing conspiracies. I mentioned something about Doobie Brothers, 38 Special and Steve Miller Band too but I cant begin to articulate in words what I mean by that. Tic Tocs legacy ends with a titled ditty of "Scripted By Mistake", which isnt a bad song by anyone's standards but none-the-less, the one that will be ignored. KTH pack as much as they humanly can on any release but like other EPs there's always going to be one hidden, sleeper track that everyone forgets then sort of re-discoveries at a later date. Its sorta weird too because KTH hide this song, in plain view. This EPs sleeper is easily "Scripted"... and the torch is passed....
The Four Eyed Fuckface side starts out with a pretty in-depth number called "Christian Scientist". Like all the songs on the Fuck-Face side, "Scientist" has a real desperation to it. Bottom of the barrel and looking for more but there is no more. On these three songs, KTH are hanging off the edge of a cliff. The MEAN it you fuckers. Yes, they are serious! The second Fuck-Face song is titled "Maquiladoras" which tells about the ironicness of sweatshop factories. One reading the lyric sheet might get the impression its about 9-11 events but as asked by Envy, I declare it is not! There! Envy sings this one and man, it makes me wonder about my Silver Series Velcro ditties and how they were made. In "Maquiladoras", Envy rips America some new assholes. Lastly is "Render Me", a song with a killer scream like a Jupiter Hawk-man attacking screech at the beginning. in some respects, "render Me" is the ultimate Omega song. A True nu-classic neobedtime story for my future kids. "Hey kids, tonight were going to read Render Me... and 1...2...1...2...3...4 Once upon a time there was a throw me into the vat...."
My secret closeness to this band is no secret. Kill the Hippies do no wrong. They deserve so much and get so little. They deserve so much and really, ask for nothing. There's a handful of people like them in the world. I know this because I have spent the last several months trying to find them a label. I'm not getting paid to do this, I'm getting nothing in return except hopes that my favorite band finds a label that will focus on releasing their material while they set up tours and sell merchandise. KTH eat out of dumpsters because they want to tour more frequently. True self-less individuals that only ask for your company. KTH are truly my brothers and sisters in so many ways.
you probably don't get it. Yeah, thought you wouldnt but hey, nothings
keeping you from trying. Get this EP. Enjoy the convenience. (SAB)
Leg Hounds "XOXO" 7"
three cats ripped through the twin cities of Bloomington-Normal some months
back and left the largely unsuspecting audience with its collective jaw
on the sticky floor. Why? Probably cause their brand of 50s-damaged
punk n roll honestly challenges the Devil Dogs in sheer catchiness,
and this 45 perfectly captures their sound. Dont expect a rehash
of the same ol shit, thoughthese guys are destined for their
own sorta greatness, as the vocals and the guitar work are in a league
of their own. Chalk another one up for the state of Wisconsin
Leg Hounds "S/T" CD
yeah"They sound like the Devil Dogs!" Since when was that
a bad thing? Some will pigeonhole the Leg Hounds as another sub-par
50s r n r revival act, but it doesnt really matterthese
guys reach above and beyond bands like the Dialtones because they add
their own slant and style to an otherwise over-explored genre of music.
And theyre really fucking catchy
Long story short: If "Get
on You" doesn't make you wanna, yknow, get on someone,
then youre probably sniffin around the wrong territory. (EL)
Le Shok "S&M" 7"
gimmick, here: Two regular arty/snotty cuts and an additional number pressed
into the actual singles sleeve. Its too bad that my turntable
wont play the song on the cover, cause the other two quick
ditties arent good enough to warrant the hefty price tag. Of course,
if youre an initiated fan, youll probably pick this up anyway,
but newcomers might look elsewhereLe Shoks particular brand
of punky deconstruction-under-a-minute tuneage is best served in large
doses. Like, for sure. (EL)
Liars "They Threw Us In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top" CD/LP
Liars are a sci-fi attack back to the passions of ideology, beliefs in
the audacity of punk and the visions of seizing the world with a vicious
bite and drawing blood. Fly out to the odd beeps and battered equipment
that is their instruments; the Liars spastic quirk of punk rock resembles
that of early PIL and GANG OF FOUR. The record is brief, but youll
be left devastated by its end. (JD)
Mclusky "Mclusky Do Dallas" LP
picked this up on a road trip to Toronto due to that crazy Evert guy who
does Grunnen Rocks raving about them on the site a while back. This post-hardcore
power trio is from the UK, but sound like they are from Chicago circa
1995. Imagine David Yow fronting a beefed-up Shellac and you have a decent
idea of this band. And to bring the Chicago references full circle, none
other than Steve Albini recorded it. I actually like it too. Ive
always been a sucker for that pristine Albini-sound, and these guys bring
a little bit of the old AmRep distorto-rock (Hammerhead perhaps) into
the mix as well. There are some obvious Shellac cops, as some of the song
structures seem to be blatantly lifted from "At Action Park"
and the surgical guitar solos sound as if Albini himself is playing them.
The lyrics are surreal, full of ravings about snakes wearing cummerbunds,
decepticons, and obscure name drops. Still, the offbeat and intelligent
hilarity of songs like "Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues" and "No
New Wave No Fun" has won me over. There are some bad points, like
the slower songs and a few moments of Sonic Youth-like guitar freakout.
When they work up a good head of steam they are rather punishing though.
A nice variation from the usual garage-punk I listen to daily. Very refeshing,
it reminded me of a time long ago when Touch & Go used to release
good records. (RK)
Mighty John Waynes "She Gets Dirty" 7"
seems that every single record Rock'n'Roll Blitzkrieg has ever put out,
sounds best when cranked really fucking loud. I think Mr. Murmann has
a firm grasp on the "loud = good" thing and for that I am thankful.
The Mighty John Waynes have graced the world with the follow up to their
brilliant debut single Kill That Girl, and it's a big winner. An
obvious point of reference for a sound would be the Ripoffs, but leaving
it at that would be cheating. They definitely do take a bow and a nod
towards Mr. Greg Lowery but The Mighty John Waynes incorporate a lot more
stompin' rock into their sound than do San Fran's finest. The two tracks
on the a-side, the title track and "Wanna Be Your Toy" are both
huge hits, both of which are better than the more plodding b-side "You
Threw Me Out". The recording is top-notch trash done by Jim Kuczkowski,
if that sorta stuff means anything to you. Highly recommended. (JG)
Nazis From Mars/The Foreheads "Split" 7"
The Foreheads use a tuba. Not as in a "horn section" with a trumpet, a sax, a trombone and a tuba for good measure, but the only brass instrument present is a tuba. That's pretty fucked up if you think about it. I found it pretty hard to get past that fact and every time I spun it all I thought about is the damn tuba! The first three times I listened to The Foreheads side I thought it was total crap. Somehow, on the forth time (without the aid of any intoxicants, I might add) I thought it was pure genius. The fifth and sixth time (which brings us up to present), I was back to thinking it was total crap. Tuba!
Nazis on Mars side is much better. If you've heard the band, you know
what to expect - these two songs could have appeared on either of their
first two singles, or could have been off of their debut album. If you've
never heard of them the easiest description would be to call them a "techno-punk"
band. The lyrics are dumb, the songs are pretty catchy with the use of
a buzzsaw guitar and instead of a drummer they use a techno-style drum
machine and use nutty synth sounds. I'm a big fan, but will you be? (JG)
Phenoms "S/T" CD
Phenoms give ya some semi-high-energy punk rock. Their influences seem
to stem from bands like BLACK FLAG to the DESCENDENTS, but the Phenoms
arent nearly as hard-hitting as those groups
to them some kind of drug like coke or speed, cause they just arent
as rockin as they could be. So Phenoms
keep it going,
keep the kick ass vox (in a cool BONECRUSHER way), and put yr heart into
a song, cause I dont fuckin hear it on this record. (JD)
Piranhas "S/T" CD
The newest label releasing the newest craze. The Piranhas. The Piranhas!!! Probably one of the most talked about bands in recent years, this CD makes their first 7" and mini-LP available again for a second round of destruction. And you couldn't even take the first round! The songs made a nice transition to digital mayhem and didnt seem to loose any warmness that the vinyl versions had- a rare thing when concerning yourself with the voodoo of the music industry and transference from one format to the next.
There are two bonus features on this CD, at the end of everything is a radio advertisement ending in about 45 seconds and after that, if you let the CD play, at approximately 15:32 seconds into the same track you get an unreleased bonus song. Rather poetic, it's what I define as my most recent discovery; it's sonic-art.
This CD represents a re-birth. The re-birth of The Piranhas. Birth, I learned, is a word that's found its origins in the Viking culture. How befitting since The Piranhas are like modern day sonic-Vikings..... I saw The Piranhas. I witnessed them firsthand. I know. I can say this. A repress of this material had to be done by someone, somewhere, and no one better than On/On Switch. One might wish for more unreleased tracks or more sonic-art than what is on this disc, but you have to realize something, it just don't exist. The Piranhas are a band unconcerned about the trivialness that others are concerned with showing, proving, an example of, how maybe we all should be when playing music, listening to music or buying music. Going into the studio to lay down some tracks is minuscule to a band looking for the next target. This CD is an example of inconvenience at its best.
You have a CD that's 37:47 long. Approximately 14 minutes of that is silence. Everything else is shoved in the allotted space. Many will scream more. many will declare that the price/content quotient is way off and in some ways they are right. But then think about this... It does not matter! This CD is training. A step in a process. Shadow Inconvenience.
it's cool all these songs are on a CD in one place for my listening pleasure"
Well, let me tell you. You are. I don't feel pity for you. These tears are not tears of sorrow for you. These tears are tears of joy. This CD is a statement of sonic-art. Drawing the lines between the sides. This re-issue ushers in a new age of The Neoteric Punk/wave. As of NOW.
Puppy vs. Dyslexia "Lets Foam" CD
I woke up early this morning on my day off to write this. I'm pushing the deadline so I can't spend a lot of time on this band like they deserve. In little under one week, my life changes as I get an advance CD of Radar Secret Service for their new one out on On/On Switch later this year titled Stop Communication. THEN, I get a chance to share a bill as a Social with Puppy Vs. Dyslexia in Lexington, Kentucky.
I felt as if I was meeting long lost brothers and sisters. I mean, yeah, I had declared earlier in the day that I was going to drink the bar dry of Miller High Life, and they ended up sending someone after more that very same night, so I guess you could say I was a lil inebriated when I first met, then later witnessed Puppy vs. Dyslexia, but I mean FUCK!
I was rocking out to a Louisville based band, Green Formica Table, and when they busted into a great version of "Material World" by Madonna. Me and the guy next to me, who I didnt yet know was Zak from PvD, locked arms around each others neck and sang along. Later Zak would put on a guitar and totally change my perception of punk rock a second time in the same week. Radar Secret Service, then Puppy vs. Dyslexia. Shit man, Year twenty oh-oh two Rules!
A few points with Puppy vs. Dyslexia and Lets Foam:
imagine The Minutemen who were really into The Electric Eels! This is
an Amazing CD done by those kids who you always saw playing by themselves
on the playground. This CD is what happens when you take imagination and
turn it into music. Sci-fi in its subject matter from time to time, Puppy
vs. Dyslexia leave no thought untranslated. Thoughts of purely interesting
and rooftop minds put to music. If you really got into The Eyeball from
Hell re-issue, I highly recommend you track this Bloomington Indiana act
down for a copy of this. (SAB)
Shrinks "My Minds Gone" 7"
zine should do a band family tree thing for the bands that the guys from
The Shrinks have been in. I think they are ex-Trust Fund Babies, Shifters
and Spites and from there you can draw lines to the Bodies, Trends, and
probably about a half dozen others that I'm forgetting. I'm a big fan
of all of those bands, but unfortunately The Shrinks are the weakest of
the bunch. The three songs on this single (plus a fourth bonus track,
if singles are allowed to have bonus tracks) are decent but don't really
warrant repeated listening. The songs are from the same sessions as the
Rapid Pulse single and are lower in quality than said record. The only
track that really stands out from the rest of the ho-hum sounding poppy
garage punk is the title track, which should have you humming the chorus
after a few listens. I'll have to plead ignorance on the unlisted "bonus
track" and say that it's probably a cover of an old oi/streetpunk
band, due to the overly gravely vocals and cheesy lyrics. A plus is the
low brow comedy present in the words on the back sleeve, which I'm almost
feeling guilty to admit is actually kind of funny. Also, I know Radio's
not trying to impress anybody with their high production values, but the
white text on black paper (photocopied?) for the sleeve is really boring
and cheap. Oh well, one weak release every once and a while is allowed.
Slurpees/The Gigis "Dual" CD
I got this CD in the second issue of a new zine called Left of The Dial. The zine is cool and all, its all interviews with some pretty cool bands like Easy Action, The Faint, and a really cool interview with Mike Watt to name a couple, but the real treat was this CD!
Up first is The Slurpees. I don't know shit about them but their musically close to Gang of Four and The Minutemen and a far shot, but needed mention, of The Proletariat. Some real intense pop and jerk Neoteric punk/wave. I hope this band will be around for many years to come....Its rare that I hear feedback and say, ah, the familiarity of sounds makes me feel right at home. The Slurpees are a force to be reckoned with.
The Gigis play pop driven rock and rool punk.... nothing that really jumped out and hit me as totally needed but as their six track progressed I did like them better. I would even say that I'm interested in them too. Imagine "We got the Beat" era Go Go's mixed more with The Donnas. In fact, isnt it time for The Donnas to break up and go the way of General Custers 7th Calvary?
in true Josie and The Pussycats tone, in honor of Joe Domino, The
Gigis are the new Donnas!!!! (SAB)
Spandecks "S/T" CD
Shit! I think Ive found the missing link between Loli & the
Chones and the Banana Erectors. Music-wise, if you take out the Japanese
girl vocals, Spandecks could be passed off as more than a few Rip Off
bands. Theyre fast, theyre catchy, and theyre fun. Vocals-wise,
the girly Japanese singing isnt as high pitched as the girl from
Banana Erectors, and doesnt get really annoying like many Japanese
girl bands do. They are not your typical cute girl band. "Paranoia"
is a straight Chones cop (Lyrics: "I hate you/ I wanna kill you/
Paranoia"). The ripping "Alien Dash" has a great scream
that you wouldnt expect and a killer guitar solo. Other songs fluctuate
between slow rockers and faster punk numbers. Great song titles: "Bus
Gas Explosion", "I Love Three Chords", and "Cheerleader
and Her Miniskirt Bomb" are just a few of the winners. Dont
be misled. This is not just cutesy Japanese girl-punk. Its aggressive,
as some teenage Japanese girls can get. Cool names too: Spandecks S on
bass and vocals, Spandecks M on guitar and vocals, and Ramones-lookalike
YY Spandecks on drums and 1234. Definitely worth a purchase if youre
shopping at Record Shop Base any time soon. (RK)
Sparta "Austere" CDEP
I've really been wanting to check this out ever since I heard At The Drive-in went defunct. I even almost bought that other band, whatever it was called, until I found out it was best compared to Cuban Reggae/dub. Two distinct musicals styles I just don't see blending together well. So I figured I would wait on Sparta. Yeah, I liked, and really STILL like, At the Drive In. Don't give me the major label speech you fuckers.
What kind of car do you drive.... Who is your Internet service provider? Yeah, and talk to me MORE about your major labels... Wait, I'm getting into things I don't want to. Even though it would be cool to see Blank Generation (dot com) riddled with info-shop DIY know-how, I must refrain.
Joe Domino still weeps for Dale Earnhart (I DO NOT! -ed.).
So, Sparta. Its good, but really, nothing close to At The Drive In as they had become. Maybe it's the whole newness of the band, maybe it's a lot of things, but I expected more franticness. At The Drive In has some real gripping tunes that Sparta doesnt have yet. Sparta is more closer to Fugazi than At the Drive In Ever was. Early Fugazi. In fact, some of the backing vocals sound really similar to Ian Mackaye. I would like to see more of what Sparta has to offer...There lyrics are just as tough, really introspective pieces... Like Austere isnt shit or anything. Fans of At The Drive In WILL PROBABLY like it... I just listen to it and know, that really, Sparta can do better. I feel as though they are holding back and I don't like that shit. It makes me feel cheated. I mean, FUCK! Just this past weekend I bought a sticker from a department store vending machine of some fucker riding a skateboard next to logos stating NR No Rules. I wanna live no rules and Spartas living like a wild uncle grown up trying to teach you life's lessons. Fuck that shit.
forward. I'm waiting for the full length to better make an assessment.
Superhelicopter "My Soul" 7"
release I ever picked up by this now defunct band, and I dont know
why I stayed away for so long. A side is comprised of two mean-ass lo-fi
numbers, delivered in Oblivians fashion; full of hate and a great drum
sound that makes them (the drums) sound like theyre made of cardboard.
B-side is made-up of two more Gories-esque rockers. Three different covers
for this record, each featuring a different band member. I got Brettschneider.
Great shit from Yakisakana, as always. (RK)
Teenage Rejects "Teenage Trash, Vol. 2" 7"
teenage powerhouse that exploded far too quickly, if you ask me. Its
a shame, but at least we get to grab their stellar posthumous materialand
this ones at least a few notches above their smokin debut
single on Rip Off. Loud guitars, bombastic drums and a swab of snot stuck
in every groove. If youre wise, youll bite your lip and jump
on the grenade. GET! (EL)
This Heat "Made Available (John Peel Sessions)" CD
Good story with this one. On more than one occasion I will meet a new friend at my favorite record store (Shake It Records). Sometimes, when I'm high on cash or something, I will offer to pick a LP or CD out for someone and have them do the same for me. So, with the recent Crimson Sweet visit there I was with Rob Kongress himself. First, I asked him to pick me out a good Cabaret Voltaire CD. He couldnt find the one he wanted me to buy so instead he found this CD for me.
This CD features a 1977 John Peel Session for This Heat. Mostly an instrumental band, AND one of the few that I believe can actually pull it off, This Heat's sound lies somewhere in-between Can (Cannibalism), Chrome, early Sonic Youth, Pink Floyd, Pere Ubu, and The Swell Maps. Slow. Mellow. Moody. Years ahead of its time, I thought of newer bands like Lightning Bolt and Men's Recovery project when I first heard this (although, be forewarned, This Heats sound isnt comparable) and I actually went to the credits a second time to reassure myself that there wasnt another band from the UK I have to keep my eyes on.... Bands nowadays are trying different stuff. Its nothing new though, there's some real pioneers out there, like This Heat.
I listen to This Heat on headphones and find myself keep taking them off because I THINK I hear the phone ringing. I also feel like I wanna kill myself (again). But really, everyday I wake up, I'm killing myself. Life is nothing but a controlled, slow suicide. I'm allergic to salt, since salt is needed for basic human life, you can say I am allergic to life! No waving. I know This Heat is DEFINITELY doing something right if someone can honestly say what I said and mean it.....
I look out my window and see an approaching thunderstorm. Hopefully I will get hit by lightning and die. I fucking hate me. I'm Mr. Sad Pockets on the downswing of a bi-polar rollercoaster ride 1 year strong.
Yr into sci-fi avant garde jazz influenced jams... Yr into this! How can you not like a band with a song title like "The Fall of Saigon"? Yeah, I know.... YOU CAN'T!
Titmen "S/T" 10"
not sure exactly what Anal Babes members are in this band, or if its
just the band renamed. Theres no information on the record anywhere,
except for what I assume are the band members pictures on the cover.
Some of them look familiar
Either way, its good as hell. The
Titmen sound just like the Babes. For me, the Anal Babes were like a scarier,
more experimental Turbonegro. They always did great cover songs, and this
record is nothing but. They demolish the Monks "I Hate You"
for openers, then move on to "Punched in the Head" and "Cowboy"
by the always under-appreciated Drunks With Guns. DWG done Anal Babes
style is just incredible. On the B-side you get a punishing rendition
of Liket Levers "Levande Begravd", and they finish with
an absolutely stunning version of Chromes "Pharaoh Chromium."
You honestly have to hear this to believe its greatness. Ive listened
to this record about ten times in the past twenty-four hours. Unreal
If you havent pleasured your ears with the Anal Babes yet, I suggest
you get onboard now. (RK)
Tyrades "Stain On Me" 7"
my favorite Rip Off platter in awhile, and Im not being biased just
because the Tyrades used to be from Buffalo. "Stain On Me" is
legitimately a great song, and features perhaps the most retarded backing
vocals ever recorded. It will get stuck in your head. Jimmy Hollywood
shows us he can actually play guitar, and Jennas vocals sound a
hell of a lot tougher than they did on the Big Neck record. Dave Unlikelys
drumming is the glue that holds all of this KBD/New Wave inspired madness
together. "Blood Sister is a great track too. Nice mohawk.
United Space "S/T" CDEP
just like the ZERO BOYS! (JD)
V/A "A Tribute To The Screamers" CD
Let's be real: compilations almost always disappoint. As is usually the case, compilations (tribute or otherwise) consist of a few throw-away tunes by the bands you actually like surrounded by a lot of total crap that you wouldn't wish for your worst enemy to hear. A GREAT original comp is a VERY rare thing (it happened TWICE last year with "920 Blues" and Sympathy's Detroit comp, and that was the first occasion in quite some time that 2 really good original comps came out in a single year). It's not just that most of the people behind comps are stupid, it's also an incredibly difficult type of record to pull off well. Doing a tribute comp is pretty much asking for it, in my book A good tribute compilation is practically an oxymoron.
stand corrected...this Screamers Tribute is absolutely fucking fantastic.
A truly great achievement and I doubt anyone can match it this year (or
next year). It's that awesome. Compiled by the folks who brought us The
Screamers "In A Better World" 2XCD, so you know they know what
to do and what bands to DO IT RIGHT. Sure, you have an automatic advantage
when you select a band as classic as The Screamers. I'm pretty sure you'd
only be able to get cover versions from bands that tend to hibernate in
that famed "Neoteric niche" that we revere. Whatever, they still
managed to pull it off above and beyond any expectations I had. And the
true kick in my ass: this promo CD-R is only a preview of a full 2xCD
Screamers tribute they are properly releasing some time in the upcoming
months. THIS CD-R IS ONLY HALF OF IT! Oh yeah, wanna know what bands contribute
interpretations of Screamers classics? Let me see here...maybe you've
heard of THE CRIPPLES?!?!?!?!?!?!? THE INTELLIGENCE?!?!?!?!?!? THE A-FRAMES?!?!?!?!?!?
DESTRUCTION UNIT?!?!?!?!?!?!? They even got KK Barrett and Paul Roessler!
The Phantom Surfers do "Eva Braun" for fuck's sake! I'm not
sure I could take a whole other CD of this, it would be TOO GOOD. For
now, we must wait...but when it comes out, our jaws will drop. (MC)
V/A "Life Is Vol 1.: Life is Ugly, So Why Not Kill Yourself" CD
20th anniversary reissue of an early-80s L.A. punk compilation
featuring the likes of Red Cross (pre-name change), the Descendents, the
Urinals/100 Flowers, Saccharine Trust, the Minutemen, China White and
more. Theres a great assortment of bands on heresounds range
from hardcore to punk to art-damaged rock n roll. Im
admittedly unsure of how well this collection represents the L.A. scene,
but it still strikes me as nostalgic and completely worthwhile. "Old
schoolers" (ugh) would do best to grab this. (EL)
V/A "Life is Ugly, So Why Not Kill Yourself" CD
we have here is a comp of the finest from L.A.s punk underground
from 1979-1982, re-released by Delirium Records on the twentieth anniversary
of the original release on New Underground Records. Its a pretty
diverse document, missing some major players and including some obscurities.
It includes the first 35 seconds of Red Cross history with "Rich
Brat", a good Descendents track, a scorcher from the under-rated
China White, and a great Saccharine Trust song from the days before they
became an improv-jazz band. Theres also good stuff from outside
the hardcore/punk box, most notably a couple of early Minutemen tracks
produced by Mike Patton, and the Reds favorite band, the Urinals, doing
"Shes A Drone". Some silly art-punk from a band called
Zurich 1916, and some folk nonsense from the Plebs are really the only
bad things about this comp. As a document of a time, it tells a great
story through the bands: the Black Flag worship of Ill Will, Antis
longing to be the American Crass, the hardcore genius of Civil Dismay,
all represent what was going then very well. And as can be expected, Spot
produced a good majority of this stuff. There is some great music here
that you may have overlooked. Sure it might sound dated, but its
a lot of fun in that KBD kind of way. (RK)
V/A "Life Is...Vol. 1 - Life Is Ugly So Why Not Kill Yourself" CD
reissue of an old comp organized by the legendary Spot. Some pretty classic
L.A. stuff here from 79-82. Features many of the famed names: Red Cross
(whose "Rich Brat" is an all-time great), Decedents, Minutemen
and Saccharine Trust. I can't imagine anyone reading this not being immediately
familiar with most of this stuff, but you never know. The two main points
of interest for me are the 100 Flowers and Urinals songs, I love that
stuff. Some crap, but mostly good to really good. (MC)
V/A "Live from the Masque" CD
CD is a comp of bands that played a two-day benefit show for the Masque
back in 1978. The Weirdos, The Bags, The Germs, The Skulls, The Eyes,
The Dickies, F-Word, The Alleycats, The Zeros, Black Randy, and the Randoms
are all on the comp. If you're into early LA punk, then I would pick this
up. My problem with this release is the exclusion of bands that also played
the show. The Controllers, The Screamers, X, and The Dils have been all
left off. Maybe, there's going to be a Volume Two
Anyway this is
another great re-release for Bacchus Records, who have been putting out
great re-releases from the Controllers, the Gears, and the Dogs. Also
liner notes by Brendan Mullen
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