Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Wanderers-Take a Hard Ride CD review

I caught these guys a few months ago in Midlothian and thoroughly enjoyed their set. A couple of weeks ago, my wife was at a show and got this CD for free, so she gave it to me. It's been out for a few months, but whatever.

The first two songs on this record are totally boring/generic. Now that that's out of the way, the rest of the album is actually pretty good. On a whole, the record is poppy rock with a punk edge that woudn't have been out of place on the Epitaph roster in the mid-90s. The main thing that sets these guys apart is the singer, who can fucking sing and shows it off. I could totally see this dude fronting some Misfits rip-off band and being one of the only guys who could actually pull it off. The guitar-work is good, and the guitar riffs on some of the faster material reminds me of the Japanese pop-punk band Nicotine.

Outside of the first two songs, my only complaint on this record is the producton, specifically the drums. When I saw them live, I remember being impressed by their drummer, who is one of those guys who blends into the background most of the time, but busts it out when it's needed and really grabs your attention. The drums are pushed back and sound so small on this record that when he goes all out, it's ineffective, which doesn't do him justice. I also don't like the super-compressed guitar sound, but that's more of a personal preference (I guess!). All in all, it's an enjoyable release with interesting arrangements (if a little tedious at times), and a surprisingly good pop record from a band that should be a lot more successful than they ever will be.

Apparantly this band's biggest influence is Thin Lizzy.

Download "The Legend of Barnacle Bill" (the fastest, shorest song on the record, so your hardcore attention span won't lose interest!)

The Wanderers on MySpace
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Trouble/30 Seconds to Tokyo-A Day in the Suburbs Download

If you've never heard of the Trouble, you might have heard of some the bands members went on to be in, the Panic and the Explosion. You should know that their Nobody Laughs Anymore LP is one of my favorite 90s punk records (which I mentioned on the Oi! Podcast).

While their recorded output is pretty limited, I still don't have all of it. The full length was originally released on GMM as a CD only release and was out-of-print for years until Bridge9 reissued it a couple of years ago (Painkiller Records licensed the vinyl version). There were two 7"s that came out before the LP, which are this split with 30 Seconds to Tokyo and another GMM release called Crime and Punishment that I don't have. There was also a 7" called Live At the Rat, which was released as a limited run of 500 for people who bought the reissue from Bridge9. I think they still have some, but I can't bring myself to pay for a CD I already own just for that record, even though I want it. There was one song on a four way split called East Meets West (w/Blood for Blood, Pressure Point, and Pistol Grip), that I own, but just realized I can't find (which is the latest in a growing stack of records I realized I'm missing and is really unnerving and I need to find them which is why I'm cutting this post short)

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Regulations-Different Needs 7" (Havoc)

A couple downloads in the works and another Podcast at the end of the week, but I've got to catch up on reviews I've fallen behind on again.

The Regulations have been making a name for themselves world-wide by sort of fitting in with the whole throwback hardcore crowd, but never sacrificing good song writing for the sake of speed or politics, which is a pretty refreshing thing in the scene nowadays. The Different Needs EP is special because it's so unashamedly punk, like the stuff I got into when I was a little kid and couldn't get enough of, before I moved onto more heavier, obscure stuff. You could play this for those snobs with metal all over their jackets who think punk died in '82 and refuse to go anywhere near a real punk gig, and they would talk about it like they got it, if you catch my drift.

The press release, sadly, mentions both the Germs and Black Flag, in that order. That's sad because those are exactly the bands I was going to compare this to, in that order. The first song opens with the line "Self destruction thru inner peace" in a snotty, inarticulate mess that is one of the best (serious) Darby Crash impressions I've ever heard. The other three songs keep sort of the same vocal style, but the music mostly turns into total Morris-era Black Flag worship, before they got insanely fast and/or wicked heavy.

Full lyrics and some band pics on the insert.

Regulations on MySpace
Buy it on Interpunk

The Beginning of the End-Sci-Fi Monster Violence (Sick of Talk)

Intense, heavy metal tinged grindcore from Texas. That's really all there is to say about the Beginning of the End. This record is by no means bad, or even boring, but if you're into the whole early Napalm Death sound, you should know exactly what to expect. There's a little bit of a punk rock edge to some of cool riffage and even some melody to some of the guitar work ("Gargantua" is a great example of both), but mostly this record is fast and faster.

They remind me of the Hombrinus Dudes with a little more interesting guitar work. They especially remind me of the Hombrinus Dudes, though, because it sounds like they have split vocals (one being a deep growler and one that's more of a high-pitched shriek), but they only credit one vocalist, so I guess he's going back and forth, which helps keep this stuff interesting.

The packaging isn't really exciting. Cool cover art keeping in the Japanese monster movie theme, but the inside is just band credits and a "thank you" list.

The Beginning of the End on MySpace
Buy It on Interpunk

Thursday, January 24, 2008

An Open Letter to the American Record Industry

Dear Recording Industry Association of America,
I am an avid music buyer. After necessities, almost every penny I make is spent on music. The music I download "illegally" is either long out-of-print material or something I've heard buzz about and want to hear before I buy. In my world, if you don't buy the music and support the artists and labels putting it out, you're useless and you're missing the point.

And yet, for all the money I spend on music, and all the time and effort I put into finding bands or tracking down certain releases, you aren't counting me. You complain about my demographic, white males ages 18 to 35, and pass me off as a leech to your industry. You put out press releases accusing us of downloading Top 40 hits off the Internet and blame that for the downfall of the record industry. You want to know where all this money I spend is going, and you want us all to be held accountable. The reason my numbers don't add up to yours is because I'm not buying albums you'll see on the charts. I'm not buying anything you'll let radio stations play.

I listen to Top 40 radio at work, and it makes me sick. The record industry isn't promoting music anymore, it's selling a product. I have no interest in torturing myself by listening to the new Alicia Keys album, which is still number one the charts despite dismal weekly sales. I'd rather buy an independent or (***GASP***) self-released record instead. On vinyl, with a hand silk-screened cover that's limited to 300 copies. There's an honesty there, somewhere between the grooves, just below where the needle scratches on the plastic, that builds upon the myth of what used to be. Before sales were a bottom line. When A&R work was still done in the backs of seedy clubs, peering at the band through smoke clouds and deciphering their work for yourself on a personal level. Now it's a mere fact check, "how many friends do they have on MySpace?", "how well do they test with girls ages 13-27?", "can we run it by Hit Song Science?". Record producers aren't aficionados, they're celebrities geared towards name-brand recognition to sell more CDs. The record industry has been ignoring us, the real music buying public, for far too long, and now you're feeling the consequences.

In the 1950s the Soviet government was able to stop most distribution of Western Jazz and Rock n Roll music coming in from the West into the USSR. The few records that were brought into the USSR were brought in from Eastern Europe and only in very small quantities. Younger people, hoping to spread the music, pulled themselves away from propaganda long enough to modify home turntables and build their own record lathes, which enabled them to cut copies of records they were able to import from Europe. They realized that they could buy used X ray film from hospitals (under-funded and in need of money from any source) and cut sound into one side. These record were sold on the black market as "Bones" or "Ribs".

These records introduced the West to Soviet families by way of Theolonious Monk, John Coltrane, the Comets, Carl Perkins, and other household names of American music. The disease of rock n roll infected the Soviets and spread quickly, millions of these records were sold on the black market before the government became aware enough to outlaw them. After making these records illegal, the government followed through by also making it illegal to sing in English, play rock music, and they finally outlawed electric guitars altogether. Many of the people who were involved in cutting and distributing X-ray records were arrested for treason.

When the government realized they were never going to be able to stop the flow of X-Ray records on the black market, they began pressing their own and distributing them, selling them to people as authentic as an attempt to flood the market. The records would begin with a Western song and after a few seconds it would cut out, going into a recording swearing at the listener for being anti-Soviet, and then delving into communist propaganda. The government knew what a threat the ideology contained on these records was to their power, especially when it was available at a price that made it affordable to any Soviet family.

But once again, teenage rebellion found away. Teenagers began taking apart public pay phones and using the components to build pick-ups to add to their acoustic guitars. Rock n roll stayed in the underground for years. Later on tape trading became the chief way to distribute the music, when reel-to-reels became more easily available to the public.

In 2001, Napster, a popular peer-to-peer filesharing network for music, is legally forced to shut down in the United States for allowing the free distribution of music. The record industry had attempted to "flood the market" with false music files, that started with the song, then cut out, and then cursed the listener for downloading music instead of buying it direct. In 2007, Oink, another popular music sharing program, is shut down by Interpol on copyright violations, even though the people involved in the program were not distributing music, but allowing others to share it with each other. The program is slammed in the popular media, who say that the website made millions off the people downloading (the program was free to use and accepted no money, not even donations), and that the site thrived on new, or even pre-released material, even though it operated as an archive for music of all ages and genres.

You may have guessed, this letter isn't really to the record industry. This letter to everyone like me, fed up with the way they're treating us, it's insulting. If you feel the same way I do about this, start a band to create your own music outside the popular market, start a zine to promote under-represented music, and start a label to put out records yourself. Flood the market with noise, then they'll really be paying attention.

The above scan is from an insert included with the most recent Antillectual 7", care of Square of Opposition

Monday, January 21, 2008

H20 Will Drop Another LP

I have never, ever pasted a press release that was sent to me by a label. I find it kid of useless and lazy. However, I am more stoked about this anything else that I know about coming out this year. It has the chance of failure, but I've got my hopes up. H20 were a huge deal to me in the 90s and I can't wait to hear some new stuff from them.

"*OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE* Boston's Bridge Nine Records and New York's H2O are very proud and extremely excited to announce that H2O is officially joining the Bridge Nine Records family. H20 is currently in the studio with producer Chad Gilbert (Shai Hulud, New Found Glory, Hazen Street) and engineer Paul Miner (Death By Stereo) working on their as-yet untitled fifth full-length CD/LP.

"This is something that we are very excited to announce," said Chris Wrenn, Owner of Bridge Nine Records. "H2O has a long history for both me and everyone who works here and they fit with the label's decade of history and the roster of bands with almost 100 releases. They have a history with Sick Of It All and the guys in Project X, and they fit in well with our current bands like Death Before Dishonor all the way to Crime In Stereo. I remember seeing H2O when I was in college in 1995 and the band was everything hardcore should be - they were energetic, everyone at the show was having fun, and it had such a positive vibe. I even gave Toby one of the first Bridge Nine items I ever made-a patch with a Misfits crimson ghost with X'd up hands." Wrenn added, "And to show what kind of guy Toby is - he still has it!"

After four albums and over 300,000 copies sold on Blackout, Epitaph, and MCA Records and almost a decade of constant touring with the likes of the Misfits, Sick Of It All, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Warped Tour, H2O took their first (and well-deserved) break in 2003. The band was given time to pursue other interests that they didn't have the chance to pursue in that breakneck schedule. H2O still played shows and still wrote songs, but in the meantime, Toby became the proud father of Maximus Morse, expanded his musical range with Hazen Street and founded the SXEOG clothing line. Todd hit the road as lead guitar player in Juliette Lewis and the Licks. Rusty focused on his company, Pnut Jewelry, which became a busy enterprise in its own right. TF played drums for various NYC punk bands, and Adam played with rockers Alston. With five members split between LA and NYC, it was never a matter of IF H2O was going to get back to full-steam, but a matter of when. In 2005, H20 went back to what made them a household name in the first place: touring, and while getting ready for their next record, they went out with The Used and Pennywise and they headlined the Peta2 tour with future members of B9's own Ambitions (then known as With Honor). In 2006, the new record was still in the works when the band headlined South America and the USA again, as well as supporting Rancid and headlining the inaugural "This Is Hardcore" Fest in Philadelphia. 2007 came around and after returning to Japan and doing some small stints in the US, that unnamed new record was still in progress all along. As the story goes according to Chris Wrenn, " Karl and I were in the office listening to H2O and talking about the first time we both saw the band play, and then the conversation became 'They're still an awesome band. We should do the next H2O record' not thinking that it would actually happen. But here we are." said Chris Wrenn. And the rest is history.

Anyone who knows will tell you: H2O is best experienced live-and the band is ready to do that with a new album of songs to play. Bassist Adam Blake said, "You won't get the full picture of who H2O are from reading an interview or even from listening to a record. To really get it, you need to come to a live show and hang with us. We want our fans to feel like we're all part of one family,that we're all in this together. We appreciate every kid who has come out, and who still comes out- this album will not disappoint anyone." Look for H20's highly anticipated Bridge Nine debut to hit stores in May 2008 and get ready to see H20 to support the album with full world touring throughout the new year!"

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bones Brigade-Self Titled 7" Download

This is a re-post from a couple of months ago. When I made the Cut the Shit post the other day, I wanted to link to this, and it was missing. I went into the admin area of my posts and found that it had somehow been moved to the "drafts" section. I re-ripped the files and uploaded them again (the first time I did it, I didn't split up the tracks).

This is the first Bones Brigade record with the original singer, who went on to be in Cut the Shit, who are at least as good as Bones Brigade, it's hard to call. Hearing this for the first time was like having my face ripped off. It's such insanely fast Suicidal Tendencies style hardcore. The guitar work is insane. This accomplishment of this 7" is totally dwarfed by the LP they put out called I Hate Myself When I'm Not Skateboarding (which will probably be posted at a later date, pending in-print-ness), but this still a great document of a great band. The art is credited to Pushead, which I guess was a pretty obvious choice.

I wasn't so much into the stuff they did with the second singer. I happened to play with them twice with him up front, he was great live, but it seemed like the band pushed further and further into metal before they broke up and I just lost interest in their records. I know of an LP called Focused, and a 10" called Endless Bummer they did with him. I think the original singer was on this 7", another 7" that was one-sided that had a Motorhead cover, the LP, and MAYBE one other recording. I seem to remember them having a super limited LP when they played Birmingham once that sold out at that show, but I don't know if it was exclusive or a limited run of the first LP.

Side A
1. Never Meant Much
2. Sleepwalking Thru the 80's
3. Board Youth!
Side B
4. Rat Pack
5. Push Button Warfare
6. Clench My Fist

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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Podcast 1/19/08

First off, I want to thank all the people who sent me e-mails or came up and talked to me in the real world about my last Podcast. I appreciate hearing feedback and I especially like it when someone tells me they enjoy it and they got into something new because they heard it on my show. The last show was easily the most popular one I've done, as it has recieved 1,880 downloads as of this morning.

This was sort of last minute. I've been slacking off lately, I know. It's not the most well-thought out playlist I've done, but there's more newer stuff I've been wanting to include. I was supposed to do this last night, but my wife was working so I had to throw it together this morning. I hope you enjoy it.

Elvis Costello-Mystery Dance
Demented Are Go-Block Up

Wrangler Brutes-Male Fraud
Hard Skin-Hard Skin
Real Enemy-Check Again
Stalag-Date Limite De Vente

Peacocks-I Don't Care
Boils-Seven Days, Forty Guns
Third Bardo-Five Years Ahead of My Time
Now I Have a Machine Gun-Untitled III

Impact Unit-I'd Eat Your Shit

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Cut the Shit-Bored to Death 7" Download

This is one of my favorite hardcore punk records of all time. Probably in the top 20. Live, this band was ferocious. I saw them with their brother band, the Rites (who I think shared three of four members with them at the time, the Rites are still together) and both bands played absolutely pummeling sets of faster-than-you-can-fucking-blink-core (yes, they warrant their own genre classification!). I remember Cut the Shit set up, introduced themselves as "Cut the Shit from Boston!" and then about 15 minutes later the same guys switched instruments and said "We're the Rites from Jersey!"

The singer in this band was the original singer in Bones Brigade (I HAD POSTED THEIR FIRST 7" AND NOW I CAN'T FIND THE FUCKING POST!!!!). Like Bones Brigade, this first 7" is great, but it doesn't even come close to matching the LP they put out after this, which is essential, and still in print on the always great Gloom Records. I know there was also a one-side 7" that I don't have, and possibly one more record before they broke up. I'm not doing any research for this so it's off the top of my head and it may be wrong. Anyone who has the other 7" and wants to, you know, give me a copy, I'm ready and willing.

It's just two files, Side A and Side B. If you think I'm just being lazy, listen to the files and you'll understand why. It's impossible to split it up. All their stuff was recorded like that, all the songs running together. Looking at the vinyl itself, you'd think it was a single because it's cut as just two songs with no gaps between tracks. Records cut like this are cool, but sort of annoying if you're trying to put it on a mixtape. When I was in highschool, I always had creative spinning sessions of thrash trying to string all these songs together that are all sandwiched between other songs on their original records.

I Do It To Myself
Burn the Dance Clubs
The Party's Over
Bored to Death
Take Back Your Life

Get Rowdy
Life of Misery
At What Compromise
Crooked Teeth
I Hate Fashion

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Lecsa-Punk-Legalis Pusztitas CD review

Here's another band that's been around for 15 years that I've never heard of. Lecsa-Punk are from Hungary, and I guess are pretty big in Europe (their show creds list them as having played with Vice Squad, Conflict, Poison Idea, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, etcetc), but I believe this is only their second full length. They fall pretty safely into the whole anarko/peace punk genre.

The music on this reminds me a lot of the Boils. They follow the choppy, heavily minor based guitar riffs that take a lot of influence from metal chord-wise but rhythmically aren't metal at all. I've always liked the aesthetic, and they do it pretty well (but I guess they've had plenty of time to work on their sound). Most of the songs are made up of really catchy, dark riffs with interesting changes. The only song that really fails on the record is "Versenges", which has some cool parts, but sounds like a bunch of riffs leftover that didn't fit into the other songs, so it comes across as directionless.

The vocal delivery isn't as angry as I would have expected based on the super political lyrics. I guess that's another bone I have to pick with most crust bands, they write songs on these really serious subjects that they want to draw attention to, but a lot of them sound kind of insincere in their delivery.

FREE TRACK: "Legalis Pusztitas"

Lecsa-Punk on MySpace
Buy it at Profane Existence

Friday, January 11, 2008

The Dicks-10 Inches 10" Download

This came out last year on Delta Pop Music and sold out quick. I already reviewed this motherfucker, but now that it's gone, I can upload it for your listening pleasure. No liner notes, but cool color vinyl, so you should buy a legit copy if you come across one.

Download 10 Inches

****The record is only two files, Side A and Side B. Because it's a live set, I didn't want to break up the continuity.

Kill From the Heart
Burgeois Fascist Pigs
Wheelchair Epidemic

Little Boys' Feet
Night Fever

Joy Division-Closer LP Reissue (Rhino)

This has never been my favorite Joy Division record for several reasons. I always preferred Still. I know that's weird because it wasn't written together as a record, but I always felt that it accomplished continuity in a desperate sort of way, which was a good metaphor for the band. However, Closer was where the original version of "24 Hours" debuted, which has always been one of my top 3 favorite Joy Division songs.

Regardless, this record is great. Joy Division was such a subtly diverse band. Casual listeners pass them off as either all too depressing or all too dance-y, and their fame in some circles seems to stem only from their disappointing (to me, anyway) post-Ian Curtis project New Order. This album has some of the more danceable numbers that retain that awkward edge in the vocals that only Curtis could really pull off ("Isolation"), as well as the just as bleak, but less electronic sounds of "Heart and Soul" and the aforementioned "24 Hours" . Listening to this in hindsight, you could see where he would end up, and sadly, he killed himself soon after recording this album (which actually saw release after his death).

The amazing thing about Joy Division is that when you listen to them, really listen to them, it's not depressing at all. Their songs aren't about wallowing in pity, they're about extending a hand of solidarity. The tragic part of it is that Curtis was never able to understand what he was giving some people and gave up, which set the precedent for others to give up as well.

Rhino has re-released most of the Joy Division catalog, with the rest to follow, I assume. For this, the first vinyl of this record since the original, they decided to go with the "why change anything?" attitude, which is a plus. All original packaging, except for an extra sleeve for the record itself, because the printed sleeve is too small to accomodate 180 gram vinyl. This is reccomended if you always wanted this on vinyl. I would hold out on their reissue of Still, which they're asking a hefty $55 for (I saw it in one store in Chicago for almost $70!), though.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tierra De Nadie-Sordos A La Tierra 7" (Mundo En Kaos) review

I'm still working on a pile of records to review. I got the flu (who the fuck saw THAT coming), which has been awesome. Yes, awesome.

Tierra De Nadie are from Pleasant Prairie, WI, but I would have assumed they were from Mexico since this record came to me via a Mexican label and all the lyrics are in Spanish (English translations are included in the insert). They play a bottomed out style of punk that has a pretty distinct doom/sludge influence. I keep wanting to turn it to 45 RPM. I actually like stuff like this because it makes me a little uncomfortable, which any good punk record should do. It sort of reminds me of His Hero Is Gone.

The lyrics are pretty typical of the genre (anti war, anti commercialization, anti deforestation, etc), which makes me wonder, are any crust bands "pro" anything? I mean...instead of writing an anti deforestation song, couldn't they just as easily write a pro conservation song? This isn't a bone I'm picking with this particular record, I just don't understand why sometimes this genre tries so hard to be overbearing and negative. Posicore is a fucking joke, but maybe Civ had a point, you know?

I actually like this record, despite that rant. Check this out if you're into Prank Records bands (a la DEATHREAT!).

Tierra De Nadie on MySpace

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The Pop!-Down On the Boulevard Download

My wife and son both got the flu so I've been behind on stuff I've meant to post. This is another one I've promised certain people.

I heard "Down on the Boulevard" one summer in Japan a few years ago and immediately fell in love with it. I knew nothing about the band except that they were from LA and apparently had a huge influence on X, which was a big deal to me at the time. I kept my eye out for anything by this band for a while until I finally tracked down their first full length. I can't explain the excitement I was feeling the first time I dropped the needle on that record. And I can't explain my disappointment when I listened to it all the way through. I couldn't believe it. I guess I expected ten songs on the same level as this song, which was really sort of an impossible expectation. This song is the best thing they ever did, but that's OK, because it's better than most bands will ever do. I guess, in hindsight, the record really wasn't all that bad (this particular recording is actually included on it), but there was a stigma to it that I would never be able to overcome. There was also a second LP that I never heard.

I ended up finding this single on eBay, packaged with a later single that also pre-dated the LP (it's also pretty good), and won the auction for a mere 99 cents. 99 cents! That's a travesty. The first FEAR 7" sells for hundreds (FEAR is one of my favorite bands of all time, but that record is HORRIBLE!) while this gem is pawned off in dollar bins to the very few people lucky enough to have stumbled upon it.

I can't even explain why the song is so great, but after five years of listening to it, I still think it's one of the best two and-a-half minutes of pop rock that's ever been laid down in a studio. Put this on every mix tape you make from now on.

Down On the Boulevard
I Need You/Easy Action (both songs on the B side on one file because I'm lazy)

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Fallas Del Sistema-La Guerra Es El Negocio De La Muerte (Akracia) review

I'd never heard of these guys before this 7" came in the mail, but apparently they've been around over 12 years. They're from Mexico, and thinking on it, I really don't know anything about Mexican or any other South or Central American bands except what gets released on Six Weeks or 625, and I really don't hear much about bands from South of the US border. Apparently the Mexican post offices are really bad, so there's a low amount of trading with Mexican labels, which is why this stuff is so obscure in the US.

Anyway, onto the record. The A side is a pro-Zapatista anthem called "Himno Zapatista". There's a really huge influence from British Oi! on it, think a little Cock Sparrer with the more anthemic Business edge. It's super melodic with a lot of gang vocals. It's actually a good song, the melody is catchy and the chorus is a great sing along (if you know Spanish), but it's a little long and gets sort of tiring.

The B side is totally different. They switch into a thrashy 80s hardcore style with gruff vocals and even a breakdown. There's a definite Discharge influence, but they're not going metal like a lot of the current "d-beat" bands. It's pretty solid stuff, all in all.

Fallas Del Sistema Official Site (in Spanish)
And this thing is even on Interpunk.

No free track because it's only three songs and will probably wind up on a Podcast soon.

Man...Or Astroman?-Inside the Head of Mr. Atom! 7" Download

Last night I was out at what was supposed to be the Southside's "Soul Night", but is really just a bunch of skinheads and mods spinning/listening to good tunes, almost none of which is actually Soul. The DJs are collectively the FCS Soundsystem, which was two DJs, but it seems now they've added a third. I cut out at midnight (I've found I rather enjoy being responsible and leaving before drinking too much to safely drive), so I missed the last two hours of music, but I heard some great stuff while I was there. But, anyway...

There are a couple of records I've promised people out in "the real world" that I'd post here, and this is one of them. More are to follow.

Man...Or Astroman? were considered a Birmingham band, but they were actually based out of a nearby college town called Auburn (home of the world famous Auburn Tigers!). They were great live, and their reunion set a little over a year ago was bittersweet; the show was great, but it was sad it just a one-off gig (as much as I harp on drawn out reunions, this one should have gone on forever). All of their recorded material is superb, and this 7" is pretty much a random example of how awesome they were rather than one of their more "classic" releases. It was produced by Steve Albini and released by Estrus Records in 1995, "dedicated to the vital power of the band Bolt Thrower" (who I know nothing about, I should get on that).

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Podcast 1/5/08

First Podcast of the year!

The end of the Podcast gets all fucked up. I've been having problems with the spoken parts skipping towards the end (a combination of not enough RAM/the compression cutting things out), but this is the worst. It's also the longest one I've done, so I'll just cut them off at half an hour in the future.

His Hero Is Gone-Like Weeds
Kings of Nuthin'-Fight Songs for Fuck Ups

Falling Sickness-Man of the Moment
The Screamers-Government Love Affair (Don't be a Whore)
Toxic Reasons-War Hero
The Solution-Skinhead Times

False Prophets-Taxidermist
Kakistocracy-Bled Dry
Nictyna-A Bailar Flota
The Panik-Modern Politics

Lost World-There Could Be More
Accelerators-Teenage Zombie
Dick Glasser-Catty Town

Koro-Hello, Mom and Dad
Circle Takes the Square-Non Objective Portrait of Karma

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008


So I know there haven't been any real updates in a few days. The holidays have been taking up most of time (relaxing, which has been nice), as well as other things I've been trying to get done around the house. I've got a stack of records I need to review, and I'm setting up for what will probably be another sub-par episode of the Podcast later this week.

I've missed a lot of supposedly great records this year, and some are en route via mailorder, so my vote may change (but I doubt it), but I'm casting The Peacocks Touch and Go LP as the best record of 2007. Oh, and of course, the Korova record. Duh.

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