Monday, December 27, 2010
1. Boston Strangler - Outcast
Wowie, this guy is the most exiting demo I've heard all year, not by far though. These tracks just flat out fucking rule. It makes me want to steal a motorcycle and beat up nerds, or something. Yeah. Nothing more to say here. When I pre-ordered the tape, I think I was most excited to get the BXS pin... :O. Pick it up at No Way records if there be any left.
2. Neon Blud - Whipps
I remember hearing this one early in the 2k10, maybe it was even December 09? But whatever, this one is a goodie and I'm sure everyone agrees. Top notch punk tapping into the sounds brought by the early NYC NO WAVE scene. The femme vocals on here are strikingly eery, but also come as deeply lulling. The guitar noises, are just plain genius! Tape has been looong gone, but has been pressed to seven inches via Fan Death recs. Their new LP is out now, and is also GREAT.
3. Weird TV - Demo
Olympia launches out ANOTHER killer band. Wow, there's at least 6 or 7 active bands from that area that are just the cat's pajamas, see: PERENNIAL DEATH. This demo is allll bliss. Easy, snotty, groovy, punk with some sweet sweet female vocals mostly sung in Spanish! What we got here is some perfectly executed late 70's California punk stuff and THEN SOME. Reminds me a lot of the arty-er bands like NO TREND, but it also mostly brings to mind a lot of U.X.A. & the FLESHEATERS stuff; basically just a sweet blend of bands off the TOOTH & NAIL comp. Killer! Here's a vid of them kicking it live, & covering TOTAL ABUSE hehe. Cant wait for the 7".
4. Reckless Aggression - Demo 2010
You saw the post back from September. DUH. Guess they be doin' a new 7"? Rumor? The demo is getting pressed as a 7" by some dumb top40HXC label, get at it if you didn't grab the demo. download here. ALSO, here's a recording of some rehearsal with some UNHEARD TRAX download that here.
5. Perdition - 9 Track Kassett
YEAH!!!!!! Perdition fucking kill. I think I took the best punk photo ever when I saw them in NYC back in October, see it in FA #1's centerfold. Fucking NUTZO raw punk, and my favorite of the whole NYC gang. Long live raw punk 2.0. This one is allll Dis-Dis-Distort. download here.
6. No Class - Demo
I posted this baybay soon after I bought it back in April. You've probably heard it already, and their LP too, but I think it deserves a spot here. TUFF hardcore from dudes that are obviously not tough. Apparently the Deranged dawg dropped in on that LP cause he peeped on here first. COOL. The LP is pretty good too. Interviewed in FA #1 as well. "hot". download here.
7. Pukeoid - Demo
Real deal North West Indiana hardcore punk. Paying true homage to blazing midwest USHC. I'm talkin' NECROS, WILLFUL NEGLECT, THE FIX, and all the classics. A modern masterpiece. Favorite part of the tape is at the very beginning of the first track, with the Bass/Snare stomp. DIRTY. Yeah...this one was on repeat the most for me. 7" out on NOT NORMAL soon. Should be real sweet. download here.
8. Mauser - Summer Tour Tape
Uploaded on here recently, but WOW, yes, great tape. I got this in a trade with the dude from Vinyl Rites down in Florida. Turning me into possibly their biggest fan! Cannot wait for the 7", which should be widely available very soon hopefully. download here.
9. Warning//Warning - Nuclear Cult
Great little follow up to their excellent "My World" 7" (which is surely in my top10 7" list). Just more terrorizing noise bomb anthemz! CaN U NuKe It? download here.
10. Waste Management - Waste Taste 2010
Three words: TOO MUCH UNITY. download here.
My top 7"s & LP's in the coming days!
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
I thought it would be pretty easy to figure out what my top ten albums of the year were, but then I actually looked at the records that came out this year and I couldn't even bring it down to ten. So here's my top ten EPs and top ten LPs in alphabetical order.
-Bukkake Boys - 2nd EP - Sorry State --- Download
Top Extended Plays
I think every review I've read has said the true statement of "stupid name, great tunes."
Seeing them live a few weeks ago made me wish I lived in Chicago, just so I could see them more.
Got 3 minutes to kill? Not what you would expect from a Pop-Punk band.
They tore it up live, the record is no different.
As a wise man once said "The hooks on this record make me squeal."
I know, "get off Kevin's dick" right? But really, best album to drive to this year.
Great follow up to the LP, can't wait for more.
I forgot how good this record is, but after just listening to it, it edged out Condominium for this spot.
They sure know how to go out in style, probably their best.
I've gone days with Garbage In My Heart stuck in my head.
-Autistic Youth - Idle Minds - Dirtnap/Black Water --- Download
Top Long Players
One of the best bands going comes out with their 6,000th awesome record
Triumphant return from one of my favorite people ever. I like this for a lot of the same reasons that I like The Evens.
Top of the line pop-punk from Ohio-a-whoa-o.
Lots of hype about this album, all of it well deserved.
Punk? Pop? Jangly Rock?... Who gives a shit? Its Great.
A little more spacey then previous efforts, but the Wipers influence is still there.
If their EP was 5 songs longer this would be it, which is fine by me.
I got one of the EPs and didn't like it much, but this blew my socks off.
You're probably thinking "WTF is this shit?" Its John Davis (Q And Not U) playing Pop, and it's dope.
A few chicks and a dude makin' it happen. punk as fuckkkkk.
Monday, December 13, 2010
VOM RULES. Essential late 70's LA hit. These songs are so addicting it's nuts. This be their only record, but there's a live bootleg out there somewhere. VOM were basically a little pre-Angry Samoans project with Gregg Turner and Kevin Saunders. Hilarious lyrics and dangerously catchy licks. Possibly the only real punk band.
Check this sick vid too.
First recordings from Barcelona's GLAM. Dick ripping Spanish hardcore punk reaving in the vein of early 80's international frenzies like Lixomania from Brazil, Italy's Declino, or more recently Spains own Invasion/Destino Final. A nice little modern taste of wild euro hc. Ex-members of Über, whom I've never heard, I suppose I'll check them out too. The rip is from the band. Don't have this one quite yet! This one's out on LAVIDAESENLAMUS. US people hit up Grave Mistake to get on this. Cover art- witchybaby?
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Alright, I'm fucking bored. I'm under about 20 inches of snow in Minneapolis right now so I just thought I'd share some of my top fave KBD singles while I sit inside all fucking day (not like I ever go outdoors anyways). Check out this new KBD reissue label called Last Laugh Records. Better to spend 8 bux rather than 200, right?
1. Satans Rats - You Make Me Sick
Total UK punk slammer. You'll be singin' this one all the way to boozetown. B-side kinda sucks though.
2. The Delinquents - Alien Beach Party
Very new-wavey, 2nd track makes me real horny.
3. Freestone - Bummer Bitch
SUCK MY DICK, EAT MY ASS, LICK MY BALLS.
4. Cracked Actor - Nazi School
Both tracks are quite dangerous. Zieg Heil.
5. The Haskels - Taking The City By Storm
Four sweet sweet midwest punk hits. Love the shit out of this one.
6. The Numbers - EP
Aussie punk, a bit power-poppy, still killer. The track 'Private Eyes' is priceless.
7. The Dils - I Hate The Rich
Contains possibly the catchiest chorus ever?
8. Non Compos Mentis - Ultimate Orgasm
"You don't a need girl...or a boy..."
9. The Skunks - Cant Get Loose
EARTHQUAKE SHAKE, the fave off Bloodstains Across Texas
10. GG Allin - You Hate Me and I Hate You
11. Hates - EP
One essential ass tejas rec.
12. Silly Killers - Knife Manual
Mean, lean, 'n not too clean.
13. Mentally Ill - Gacy's Place
14. Die Electric Eels - Cyclotron
Favorite clevo single.
15. X-X - S/T
Juicy ex-Electric Eels fart punk.
40 Total trax of sweet skuzz. Download 'em all here.
Okay, Lemme talk about this record since it's the one I heard first out of the two. I first bought this on a whim at Permanent records earlier this year, only knowing that it had members of Eddy Current and SJN/UV Race. At this point, I think it was in February, or March, when I was really digging deep on synthpunk naughties like Nervous Gender, as well as a lot of minimal synth//postpunk shit like Minimal Man and and Snowy Red, so it was perfect timing...and I loved the fuck out of this rec, probably didn't leave my turntable for a few days. Total Control is genius really, reviving the minimal synth and experimental post-punk eras and throwing it out to a hc/punk audience (this one is on Iron Lung Recs). "Retiree" is a dance-y, synth heavy hit, definitely taking strong sides of the french 80's coldwave scene as well as the LA synthpunk groups ala NervGender and the Screamers; it makes me real hot. The b-side is a dark, cold, bleed-out track, which sucks out all my loneliness. SOYOUNGBUTSOCOLD.
This is still available I think @ Iron Lung HQ--- It also looks like Iron Lung has an LP for Total Control in the near future - hope I don't pee my pants.
So it wasn't until about 6 months after I got the Retiree 7" that I heard the Stare Way 7" which came out in like fucking...2008 or something. I had been looking for it, but couldn't find it online and the record had been sold out for sometime already. I hadn't even come across 'Stare Way' until after I saw em live w/ UV Race. So eventually I found a link online and GOD, I came- I was floored really. This first record is so so so much different than the "Retiree" record, and 100% captures the steeze of their live gigs. On this one, there's hardly any use of synths or electronics, but rockin' guitars and smashing live drums. I kind of think of it as the 'HARDPUNK' EddyCurrent. The shit's realfast, realgroovy, ohsocatchy, and those Australian accents....makin' my heart throb. A killerkiller Swell Maps cover is on here too, one of my true favorite bands. This record really has infinite replay value. Smart Guy records just repressed this rec in the states, as well as a new single for Total Control titled "Paranoid Video", which traverses more into the world of new-wave minimal synth for the 2k10 (WINDOWS XP SAMPLES!!). Peep it all here. If you haven't kicked these guys yet, now's yr chance. P.S. Anyone know what the fuck's up with the cover art? Mysterious guy stingray? They look kinda cute.
download both records here.