Thursday, February 25, 2010

Death to False Grind

I fixed my record player myself, no thanks to those total assholes at Numark. I bought the thing April of last year and when I e-mailed technical support they informed me it was "out of warranty" (after less than A YEAR), but were really helpful in recommending two repair shops I could take it to. One was in New Jersey and the other one was in Southern California. I'm in Birmingham, Alabama. Thanks, guys.

Insect Warfare-At War With Grindcore


I basically started this blog because people I know that aren't really friends of mine are asking me to borrow records and I don't want to let them because I know they'll scratch them or lose them or something. Also, because I want you to send me your records for free, but that's a different story.

Anyway, people are always asking about Insect Warfare because I guess they're "the" grind band of the last few years. They're good but their early records aren't really amazing. I like it enough, I just question the hype. Whatever. The record is good and it's out of print. 625 Thrashcore put this out and there are probably 1,000 of them.

Download Insect Warfare-At War With Grindcore

Most Likely to Succeed

MK-Ultra are one of the most under rated hardcore bands from the 90s. Or from ever. I know that's kind of a heavy statement and I'm sorta' known for using hyperbole, but in this case you need to take my word for it. They might not get the attention and reverence of their Chicago hardcore peers Charles Bronson and Los Crudos -- and MK-Ultra were admittedly less prolific than both -- but they were at least as good as either. And for the time being, they're the only band of the three that now has a proper "best of" properly committed to vinyl.

This is a semi-discography, and the liner notes state that "some songs have been left off on purpose". The full running time is still an epic 55 songs plus a live set and there's not a sleeper in the bunch. The chronology is backwards, so you get to hear the band stumble backwards from the more precise-sounding Midwestern power violence sound they had in their later days to the heavier, East Coast influenced punk that pushed them from the start. Both sounds have their own unique things to offer, but I like the earlier material best. Towards the end they did get a little too close to Charles Bronson, but I'm sure the shift to Ebro (a member of Bronson and Crudos) on drums accounted for a lot of that.

The tracks from the demo and first 7" are a lot more influenced by Born Against, who the band toured with several years ago. The band also mentions trying to sound like Rorschach on "This Town is Killing Me" from the 49th Parallel compilation. Something about this era of the band just sounds better. It's more unique, I guess. The whole record works well, though, and the packaging is top notch. It's a great gatefold sleeve with a massive pro printed booklet with photos and copies of original inserts from the records. I guess the label is down to the last few copies, so it's probably in your best interest to jump on this before it's gone and you miss out on the most complete documentation on a great band that is regrettably lost to time otherwise.

My copy of this is on white vinyl. I don't know if that's a first pressing or what. It was sent to me by my friend Gary -- the original drummer in the band -- who I am lucky enough to have been in a band with a while back, between stints with Korova. He can still play fast as hell and whenever I think of him the first thing that comes to mind is the time we played with Harm's Way at some coffee shop and we got really drunk and he told some story about how he won't go to record shows anymore because he got thrown out of one for smashing Skrewdriver albums on tables in like 1992. I told him I would have bought those and he goes "Yeah, you would" and hit me. He also wrote the main riff in the song "Worker vs. Parasite" from MK Ultra's split with Seein' Red. When I mentioned to one of the other members of MK Ultra that our current band had taken the riff, he told me that the riff was called "The Cihak Stomp", which I see they correctly credited in the liner notes.

Anyway, I don't want this to be all "this band needs no introduction", but I'm sort of at a loss. Buy this, you won't regret it.

Youth Attack Records

Freeeeee samples:
Credit is the Opium of the Masses
Worker vs. Parasite
Hooray for the Unibomber
Apple Pie
These Things I Believe

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Attempt to Damage

I'm going to make this post even though I'm in a shitty mood because I have no money and my record player broke when I was ripping this record.



Korova hasn't played a show in Birmingham since April of last year. We actually haven't played a show at all since we played with Dr. Know in Nashville last June. All the other bands are locals who play more (except the Barker/Jacks Experiment, which I think is a one-off gig). This show is a benefit for our friend Tina. She is a single mom who works two jobs, including being a promoter at Bottletree. She's the one responsible for bringing bands like Torche and Young Widows through Birmingham. She is totally no bullshit and is punk and DIY as fuck.

A few weeks ago she came home to find her house broken into and literally everything missing except furniture. We're just doing our part to help her cover her losses and get back on her feet. I know it's not cool to go to shows anymore, but it would be awesome if everybody came out and supported this and played nice and acted posi. This is a long way off but I hope everybody will go ahead and mark this down on their calenders.

Aunt Mary/Man is the Bastard split 7


This is that "famous" Man is the Bastard recording because it has the song "H.S.M.P." which is supposedly the first use of the term "power violence". As with most songs that spawned a completely absurd sub-genre, it's not very good. However, the other eight songs they recorded for their side are pretty good. Aunt Mary are from Finland and their side is one song in five movements and is pretty much just noise. It's sort of like early Anal Cunt I guess. Their side is actually pretty interesting but -- OH NO -- my record player broke while I was ripping it so it's not on here. Whenever I get it fixed/get a new one, I'll post it. Fixed my record player myself and re-upped the file with the Aunt Mary track included.

I'm not really sure about the pressing info. on this. I guess the first pressing was self-released in 1992, but mine is on Deep Six Records, which is from 1996 (on a side note, Deep Six are still around and still putting out great records by bands like Weekend Nachos). It's an orange xeroxed cover and really cool orange marbled vinyl and the poly bag is for a comic book and not a record. Any info. would be appreciated even though I'm not gonna' sell the thing. I just like to know, you know.

Download Aunt Mary/Man is the Bastard split 7"

Link has been removed per the band's request.



Don't forget to check my eBay auctions because I'm broke as shit and am trying to make you responsible for my problems.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Coda

I haven't posted anything in several days. I checked site traffic and am still getting 100+ unique hits a day, and I felt like I was letting everyone down.

I've been working a lot and I'm back in school for the first time in a long time. I think I said something about that a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, I've been stressed and I haven't had time to rip anymore records, but I have a stack of about 50 7"s set aside to rip in the next few weeks.

I'm pretty much totally broke, and I'm selling a few records on eBay to make ends meet/afford to take a trip to see my son in Chicago next month. A few of the auctions end in just a couple of hours, but I have a few that have a couple of days left. Bid if you want anything. Also, click on some of Adsense ads. I know that makes me sound like an asshole but c'mon, throw me a bone here, people.

Ebay listings

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Future Site Of...

I hate money.

V/A-Southeast Hardcore, Fuck Yeah!

I don't remember the first time I heard this. Probably five or six years ago. I bought it for like two bucks from some online distro because it was all Southeastern bands and I was totally confused. I'd never heard screamo or "emo-violence" or whatever before and I didn't even know what this was supposed to be. The Asshole Parade tracks were awesome to me, but the Eurich song starting this thing off completely blew my head off. Now I'm older and have more "distinguished" tastes and can appreciate it more. The Cavity track is gnarly as shit, and rightly so being that they're members of the almighty Floor.

I love comps that actually promote Southeastern hardcore, and this is no exception even though it's mostly just Florida bands. A couple of them are from the Carolinas as well, but Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and Tennessee are totally ignored. Oh well. This was on Concurrent records in around 1997. If anybody has any old hardcore on vinyl from the Southeast (ever!), get in touch because I want it. Thanks.

Download V/A-Southeast Hardcore, Fuck Yeah!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

You Belong

I caught Neil Hamburger's set last night, which I wasn't really looking forward to on account of the fact that I've seen several videos of him doing stand-up live and it never really made an impression on me. Luckily, I was completely taken by surprise by his set. Something just doesn't translate from his live show and the videos you see of him. Go see him on tour, but skip the opening act Daiquiri, a boring one man noise/pop show.



Middle Class-Out of Vogue


I'm sure this has been posted on a million other blogs before but fuck it, I'm doing it now. This is pretty commonly referred to as the very first American hardcore record. It came out of Southern California in 1978 or so. It's not bad, and really does make the line between the Ramones and the Teen Idles a lot more obvious. The first song on the second side ("Situations") is probably my favorite, but "Out of Vogue" is still pretty good. I think I like the artwork better than the music.

Supposedly this band turned into an art rock band and put out a couple of LPs in the 80s.

Download Middle Class-Out of Vogue

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Religion is Taking People's Lives Every Day

I decided to throw up two records today since they're both just two song singles, and I've somehow mentioned Born Against in almost every post I've made since I started this back. I think. I don't know. Anyway, both of these bands were from New York in the 90s, which was a pretty awesome time for American hardcore. A lot of bands were taking less cues from the Cro-Mags and more from the second Reagan Youth LP (which, by the way, will always be better than Volume 1) and coming up with a lot of heavy riffs that sounded like 45 RPM hardcore record being played at 33 1/3.

Born Against-Eulogy 7"

I think they put out something before this. A demo or a flexi or something. I'm just under the impression this was the second document of this band and not the first. Whatever. It's counted as Vermiform Records number "0.5". The A side is a good introduction to the band, with long, rambling lyrics and no real structure. The B side is a fucking top notch cover of "Riding With Mary" by X.

Eulogy
Riding With Mary (X)

IabhorHer-Crowskin 7"

This is members of Rorschach. I sort of have to be in the right mood to listen to this. I like metal influenced hardcore (and vise versa), but this is pretty much just metal. Sure, it came out on Slap a Ham in the 90s, but come on. That is fucking metal. You hear those vocals? Fucking metal. The sludge breakdown at the end of the A side is pretty awesome. The coolest thing is the cover, which was drawn by Clive Barker.

Crowskin
Splint

And my girlfriend says I don't have good taste in music. Psssssh.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Clench your bible as they aim their guns

Went out to go see Exene Cervenka and the Dex Romweber Duo last night. I was actually disappointed in both. However, I was really into Izzy Cox, who got thrown on the bill at the last minute. She did a set with just a guitar and a kick drum and had a real vintage hillbilly-esque singing voice. I picked up an album (one of 14 she has released) but haven't had a chance to throw it on yet.

When we got home, my girlfriend and I were pretty drunk. She stepped on a record that had fallen off the shelf and cracked it in half. I thought it was a copy of the Blue Ridge Rangers's "Jambalaya" single (the b side is a pretty boring version of some old gospel song, but their version of the Hank Williams song is actually not awful (though not nearly as good as Ralph Jackson's version)), but she picked it up and goes "Oh, it's just Cat Stevens," which is what I'm going to be saying now in place of something else really dumb and cliched like "Don't sweat the small stuff!" Anyway.

Hail Mary-Not Live 7"


Pretty awesome Albany, NY hardcore from the early 2000s. This came out on Hopscotch Records (who I guess are now called Sound Virus?) in 2002. The cover art is by Sam McPheeters of Born Against/Men's Recovery Project/Wrangler Brutes, who also did the art for a 12" these guys put out that's also really good. They put out two or three more 7"s that I don't have.

Um. That's it.

Download Hail Mary-Not Live 7"
 

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