Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Probably TAD's greatest achievement since God's Balls and Salt Lick, this record is one of my favorite Am Rep singles. Released in '97, this is some killer Northwestern US noise-rock (fuck grunge) at it's finest. Why Tad Doyle didn't put out a full length LP on Am Rep during this period is beyond me. Great stuff...
at 9:47 PM
Before Mule, PW Long was in WIG. Side A is pretty similar to early "Tennessee Hustler" era Mule. Side B sounds more like a Laughing Hyena influenced thing. In either case...it's some good pre-Mule PW Long stuff you are bound to enjoy if you like any of the aforementioned bands. 300 pressed on gold vinyl.
at 9:37 PM
I pulled these next three records off the 1953 Seeburg Jukebox (and plan to pull many more when my new cartridge and stylus arrive) in our basement.
Old School Don Cab. Side A was recorded in '93 and side B was recorded in '92. You know it. Math-noise-rock.
at 9:26 PM
Monday, October 4, 2010
Here is another Super Seven release featuring the band Diet Christ who I believe were based in Carbondale IL back in the late 80's. It is an 8 song 7" EP on red vinyl (they squeezed every bit of music on it as they could). I was lucky enough to see them when I was back in high school in GB WI at the infamous Kutska's Hall. Diet Christ blew my mind as a kid and still garner my respect all these years later. They were some straight up Midwestern hardcore punk rock not too different than a lot of the other bands who released records on the Super Seven label. This is the real shit right here.
at 8:00 PM
A little bit self-promotion...a little bit "what is good for the goose is good for the gander"...here is some Below The Sound. I played bass and sang in this band from 1999 to 2007. We were based in Albuquerque NM and has several releases on labels such as Dirty Decibel (NM), Berserker Records (CO), Crucial Blast (MD) and Crustacean Records (WI). We toured, played a bunch of shows with some great bands and finally called it quits in 2007 due to my relocation back to WI. It's some T&G/Am Rep/Dischord influenced Midwest/East-coast noise-rock from a group of ex-pats living in the high desert. Clear vinyl...still have some for sale...wink wink.
at 7:43 PM
The AMG description of this release reads as follows:
Rollkicker Laydown was a post-hardcore version of the Traveling Wilburys. Well, maybe not quite, but the short-lived group did feature former members of Government Issue, Gray Matter, and Wool. Guitarist Tom Lyle (the Jeff Lynne of the group?), bassist/vocalist J. Robbins (then of Jawbox), drummer Peter Moffett, and background vocalist Geoff Turner met up with post-punk producer extraordinaire Iain Burgess (Effigies, Big Black) to record 1993's No Voices in the Wire single for DeSoto, the label run by Robbins' Jawbox mates Kim Coletta and Bill Barbot. Both songs on the single matched the quality of any given moment of the members' more serious prior engagements. ~ Andy Kellman, All Music Guide
That pretty much sums this one up other than the fact that 2/3 of this project was also in the band Burning Airlines. I've loved this record since the day I purchased it. Sound-wise, it leans more towards early Jawbox/latter-day Government Issue than most of the other bands listed. This one is some way above average DC post-punk.
at 7:32 PM
Friday, October 1, 2010
Egg Hunt 7" (1986 Dischord Records) - Dischord 20
Post-Minor Threat / Pre-Fugazi. Egg Hunt was a two-piece project that consisted of Ian MacKaye (guitar, bass, vocals) and Jeff Nelson (drums, vocals). Both guys were ex-Minor Threat and both guys were Dischord Records. More Fugazi than Minor Threat, Egg Hunt bridged the gap between the two bands even if for only this one release. The listener can obviously hear what was to come with Fugazi just over the horizon and if for only that reason alone, this one is pretty cool.
at 8:50 PM
The Drags - Well Worth Talking About - Test Pressing 7" (1995 Rat City Records)
This is one band I wish more people were familiar with. Obviously their music is pretty genre specific (noisy lo-fi garage rock...see Oblivians), but they were a very good live band who stood out within that genre. Living in ABQ in the 90's I was able to witness them play live on plenty of occasions, but looking back on it today, it was not enough. The Drags rocked, rock and will continue to rock for some time to come. More uploads to follow...
at 8:38 PM
Rorschach / Neanderthal - split 7" (1990 Vermiform)
Here we have some East Coast vs. West Coast Power Violence. On side A we have Rorschach who hails from Paramus New Jersey. They have two songs, one is a Septic Death cover. On side B we have Neanderthal who hails from Claremont CA. Also with two songs, with the first being called Fighting Music and the title alone pretty much sums it up. Both bands went on to find relative success in the hardcore scene. This one is an enjoyable early sampling of what was to come for both of these bands.
at 8:29 PM
Oblivians - Blow Their Cool 7" (1994 Estrus Records)
The kings of Memphis garage punk. Oblivians were an obsession of mine during the 90's. Saw 'em live a couple times in ABQ. They kicked ass. Bought every release I could find. I even have an official Oblivians refrigerator magnet I bought at one of the shows still sticking to our basement beer fridge. It's obviously not ground breaking music. You know the style. You've heard it before. Rock & Roll. But it is really good rock & roll...especially this little EP. Blew My Cool is probably my favorite song by the band. Dig it...
at 8:18 PM