Sunday, August 23, 2015

I Lost My Mood Ring And I'm Not Sure How I Feel About It


One of the first indie records I ever bought was the Lyres "On Fyre" -- I heard "I Want To Help You Ann" somewhere, and the riff was so great that I went out and tracked the album down, although they'd shortened the name to just "Help You Ann" on the LP; something to do with the label thinking it was more accessible that way or something. Anyway, it turned out that the two tracks that I liked best on "On Fyre" ("Don't Give It Up Now" and "Help You Ann") both skipped on the crummy bought-from-Two-Guys record player that I had at the time (ca. '84), which sorta sunk the whole record for me because those were about the only tracks on the album that I really liked, the Pete Best and (two) Kinks covers notwithstanding.

This single, which I bought afterwards, carries a much better slugging percentage though -- "Someone Who'll Treat You Right Now" and "She Pays The Rent" are two genuine rock 'n roll hits ("She Pays The Rent" is an extra track here, and isn't on the 7" version), which definitely puts the Lyres on the 'plus' side of Bands That Use Keyboards As a Lead Instrument (positive: ? and The Mysterians, Suicide, Vanilla Fudge; negative: Emerson Lake and Palmer, Matt & Kim, The Doors).


Lyres -

"Someone Who'll Treat You Right Now"

"She Pays The Rent"



Sunday, July 12, 2015

Pulling Out Scrabble Letters At Random Just To See If Anything Comes Of It

I can't say too much about Beat Happening, since this is the only record I own by them (what, am I missing something?), although I did just buy the Spit-Take/Sweet Talk split tape which has two Beat Happening covers on it, plus I did read that asshole's book, Our Band Could Be What-The-Fuck-Ever. I didn't lose the sleeve to this single, by the way, it didn't come with one (oh, noes!). Yeah, Sub Pop was a shitty label like that, you can tell why they never went anywhere. I kinda like this song a lot, it reminds me of Panther Burns.

Beat Happening -

"Nancy Sin"

Saturday, June 6, 2015

My Foot Is Actually A Size 41807040 If You Count The Planet That I'm Standing On

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Figured I'd take a second to throw some people in the direction of this compilation, since '90s punk singles were a small part of what I used to do around here, so I'm guessing that a few of you who read this blog might be interested in this swank little LP for your hi-fi sets. Not that I'm claiming that my blog has anything more than a circumstantial connection to any of the bands that are "Destroy All Art"; I maybe own records from two of the bands that are on here, at most, so this comp digs way underneath what was in your average Mutant Pop or Vital Music mail-order catalogs. No doubt the original 7"-ers that are compiled here instantly tripled in value on Discogs once the track listing of this compilation started spreading around. Speaking of prices, some doof who did a write-up of this comp on Noisey or Vicey or one of those things dropped this brilliant observation, in an attempt to sound knowledgeable: "Typically released in small quantities with little to no promo budget, most ended up in the $3 bins of independent record stores." Dude doesn't know that three bucks was the typical price for a new 7"-er back in the '90s, apparently. (Shoulda put "50 cent bin", which is where most of the singles on VML ended up.) What do chumps on Noisey listen to, anyway? Shit like Thee Oh Sees and Trash Talk and Ceremony, I'll bet. Meanwhile, I'll be over here clutching my LSOK and Stiffs records while the chump on Noisey gets 10000x the readers that my blog gets. Good job, chump.



Pretty Girls -

"The Kids Are All Fucked"

Bend Sinister -

"Firesaw"


Sunday, May 31, 2015

My Electric Toothbrush Is Broken So Now I Use My Acoustic One


Two of the guys in Tar were once in a band that put out one of the worst hardcore 7"-ers ever (Blatant Dissent), and one of the guys in Tar (the drummer) once piloted one of the worst fanzines ever (Non-Stop Banter... no, wait, it was the Big Yeah), but that was okay once Tar records started coming out because Tar records was good stuff. I remember getting the first Tar single - the one that looked like bingo cards - and thinking to myself, alright, here's another good band to start paying attention to. "Handsome" came out afterwards, and even though it had only one really good song on it, overall it was still pretty ace. A bit too much like Big Black if Big Black had a real drummer, but whatever. Tar also had a habit of using the words "Chicago" and "Albini" on all of their record sleeves at least three or four times, don't know what that was all about; I guess they were from Chicago and were friends with Steve Albini, or something. If you dig Tar and want to check out more (besides the CDs that used to litter every dollar bin back in the late '90s, those were the days), there's a retrospective double-LP that came out on Chunklet a couple of years ago which was the recipient of one of the most effusive handjobs in the history of indie music-crit writing ("a litany of minor and 7th chords" etc etc) by some blog that writes about music a lot. Not this one, obviously - like I could give a shit.

Tar -

"Static"


Sunday, April 19, 2015

I've Been Meaning To Try Harder For At Least A Decade


Carbon 14 was one of those ubiquitous glossy-covered typeset 'fanzines' from back in the '90s that sucked pretty wildly, which I know is my standard reaction to most '90s zines: "it sucked", only this time instead of just relying on my memory I've got a Carbon 14 zine review from an old issue of Brushback to back me up ("used to be when a zine sucked it was a xerox job that only cost 50 cents, now they're all full-blown mags that cost 5 bucks and it's starting to get on my nerves"). One issue of Carbon 14 came with a Chrome Cranks 7" that was so awful that it swore me off everything else by Chrome Cranks from there on out -- I dunno, did I miss anything? I ended up buying one more issue of Carbon 14 after that, which was terrible as well, but the EP that came with it was actually pretty solid, as far as the b-side goes at least. The Ultra Bide track is borderline heavy/insane, and the Cosmic Psychos track -- which I'm sure is the reason why I relented and bought the thing -- is a 'very metal' version of "Back In Town", or "very meht-tahl" as Dee Snider used to say it.



Ultra Bide -

"Kill Me Tender"

Cosmic Psychos -

"B.I.T. (Very Metal)"


Friday, March 20, 2015

We're Pink Floyd, Bitch

My record-buying patterns tend to have peaks and valleys, sometimes leaving me with crates of records that I bought 5 or 6 years earlier without ever listening to them all that much or even paying attention to how big the pile was getting (like, I somehow managed to end up with three or four Purling Hiss LPs, what the fuck). Psychedelic Horseshit are one of those bands with multiple records in the crate, almost never to be taken out unless it's to post a picture on Tumblr or something (inside joke, ignore it). I mean, their shit's sorta cool in theory -- "Poor Fidelity Mixed With In-Jokes" was always my go-to bin at Record Town, and putting "New Wave Hippies" on an album being released by Siltbreeze is about as funny as it gets -- but in a lot of ways their shit's kinda flimsy, too. Maybe I kept buying their records because I was hoping one of 'em would stick, I dunno. I did that with Pavement back in the '90s, and look what happened: they suck now. (Actually, that's not true, I've never bought a Pavement record.) Maybe I'm holding onto them because I'm hoping for a massive lo-fi revival soon, and I'm gonna be on the ground floor of that thing, you bet, or as soon as the Youth Crew revival is over, at least. Maybe Box Elders will become cool again. Or maybe there's no point to this I'm just rambling to fill space. Hey, go read Paste or that jerk who writes reviews for Tiny Mix Tapes, why don't you? Stop bugging me. The fuck.



Psychedelic Horseshit -

"We're Pink Floyd, Bitch"

"Dreadlock Paranoia"


Saturday, February 28, 2015

My Grave Makes All The Other Graves Look Like Shit


To my ears, CIA's "God, Guts, Guns" is easily the best '80s hardcore 7-inch to ever come out of Connecticut, especially if you don't count the Youth Korps demo, which I sorta don't because the Youth Korps EP was only released as a bootleg after-the-fact (the list kinda goes 1. CIA 7", 2. Violent Children 7", 3. Can't Close My Eyes or Hit Squad for God or No Milk on Tuesday or something, 4. Reflex From Pain. I dunno, it's kind of a rough draft, maybe I'll keep working on it). I think makes the CIA 7" such a classic record is that the sound is fairly hefty -- you almost can't beat the mix between all the elements, guitar drums vocals bass, it's practically perfect -- plus all of the songs totally rip and are way catchy as far as hardcore songs go. Bones has always been a very underrated vocalist, or underrated by me at least since I was never the biggest fan of 76% Uncertain (FYI: CIA and Reflex From Pain eventually morphed into 76%), but Bones could carry a melody and his voice had a lot of grit to it, which overall made "God, Guts, Guns" sound relatively tough and on the level of some of the best Boston and NY records from back then. The lyrics are some clever horseshit, too.

"God, Guts, Guns" was re-issued a few years ago as a 12" with some bonus tracks, which is what I'm posting here; if you want to hear the original EP, or the Youth Korps EP while you're at it, then it's pretty easily found on the internet (Erich Keller's "Good Bad Music" blog is usually good for that). Admittedly, the bonus tracks aren't all that great, especially the covers and live tracks on the flip, but the Audio West demo tracks and the outtakes from the 7" are pretty useful. "Violence" was originally released on the Fartblossom Enterprises "Empty Skulls" compilation, I'm pretty sure, so you might've heard that one before. Todd and Kenny from 76% have a new band now called Watchlist that just released an album that's surprisingly very solid, comparable to Off! and stuff like that, and you can peep that stuff over here --> https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/watchlist


C.I.A. -

"Violence"

"Gangland War"

"Waste Product"



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Maybe My Life Isn't Perfect But My Hair Is


This is a mix that I posted the other day on Tumblr, which is where I hang out all day now instead of doing something useful. It took me a while before I remembered that I also have a music blog -- although that's a bit of a stretch, as it means you have to count a readership of .001 per day as "having a music blog" -- and so I decided to post it over here as well. This isn't a mix of mostly new tracks, more like just a batch of songs that I've been listening to in the car lately that I thought fit well together, so I made a mix out of them just for ha-ha's. There's even a hidden message involved, although it's probably not that important and besides I totally just forgot what it was anyway.

1. Judas Priest - Delivering The Goods
2. Nasal Boys - Hot Love
3. Bloody Knives - Broken
4. Triage - Triage Theme
5. Chlorine - Power
6. BÄDDAT FÖR TRUBBEL - Inte Varit Sü Tuff
7. Randy Newman - Gone Dead Train
8. Daddy Maxfield - Rave ‘n Rock
9. Thank You Mr. Keating - Gentle Jesus and Drugs
10. Dead at 24 - When Delirium Comes
11. Boulders - Her Taste

Din Wanna Take Out Mix.zip

Monday, February 2, 2015

I Have A Different Definition Of Funny Than Most People

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When I heard that there was going to be a new Speaking Canaries LP out on Chunklet, I almost pissed my pants. Not literally, of course (it's not writing* if you're not lying just a little bit), but I was still pretty damn excited. Robert Griffin had mentioned years ago in the liner notes to 97 that there was an unfinished Speaking Canaries LP just laying around somewhere, "scrapped due to lack of funds, and Damon is somewhat ambivalent about completing it", but I'm pretty sure that's not what this is. What this is, in fact, is the first-ever Speaking Canaries recordings from 1990, meaning prior to "The Joy of Wine", even. Now, I love all the Speaking Canaries records as if they were my own children (there's that 'lying' part again), but "Joy of Wine" doesn't represent the best level of rocking out of all of them -- hey, you can't have all five of them be your favorite -- but fear not, "Platter Base Must Be Constructed of Moon Rock" is easily on the level of "Terrestrially Challenged", "Life-Like Homes", and "Get Out Alive" as far as quality-of-rockin' goes. I don't remember hearing any vocals on any of the tracks, which is why they're labeled as demos I guess, but this is definitely not basement-level sonics here. I haven't heard the vinyl yet, which I'm sure sounds amazing, but I was listening to the files in the car and when "Winning Son" came on it just exploded out of the speakers. You may recognize a couple of the song titles from other Speaking Canaries releases ("Toblewee Uslywus", the aforementioned "Winning Son"), but the tracks that I've never heard before or possibly didn't end up as other songs are total fucking hurricanes. "Mitchum Dope", "Hall of Force", etc etc, will all blow your head off like the rotten melon that it is, especially if you dig ROKKK, which I kinda fucking do. *ha ha, I called this writing


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I Liked You Better When You Were Quiet

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"The Cuss Set" by the Guinea Worms should've made my best-of 2014 list, but I chickened out and made up some sort of rule about 'physical releases only', which was total bullshit because then I snuck some Bandcamp-only releases on there, so basically I don't know what the fuck I'm talking about. Actually, the only people who talk about their best-of lists after the fact are jerks like Dan Moserock when they're throwing some band overboard just for spite, and who wants to be like that? (Lots of people, apparently.) (oh, by the way, you haven't been sending me enough promos, the next thing your label sends me is getting a bad review.) (shit, Earles forgot his inhaler again.) Anyway, "The Cuss Set" starts off with a somber, single-minded piano riff called "Booze's Control", which right away sets up the notion that this isn't going to be the big-rock yuck-fest that maybe you were expecting, plus is some sort of pun on Blues Control, I'd imagine (no ending is implied, but it comes quickly enough anyway). Most of this is actually sorta Neil Young-ish in a way, especially "Lady Shrapnel", which hints of Crazy Horse big-time; elsewhere there's a line that goes, "So this is rock 'n roll autumn, in the county of heart". Old man, take a look at my life. Wait, "Sober Jerk" is a giggle-fest, I take that back. The best pun on the whole thing is the song title, "Super Willin'", which fits three purposes: 1) It's a pun on 'super villain' 2) It says he's super-willin', like, for anything, maybe even enough for Little Feat 3) His name is Will, so he's super-Willin' it. Obviously I should've ended this review a couple of sentences ago.




Saturday, January 17, 2015

Buck Rogers Is All But Dead


At one point maybe five or six years ago, if you ordered a bunch of stuff from any of the record label distros they'd throw a handful of CDs into the box as they were mailing it out, just to get rid of 'em. No doubt the CD boom came crashing down so hard that they all got stuck with thousands of lame clunker CDs that were never gonna sell, so it became like that Mitch Hedberg joke about people on the sidewalk handing out flyers: "here, YOU throw this away". I don't think I ever actually listened to any of the free CDs that I got -- I mean, what the fuck do I care about Small Brown Bike -- but when I found a bunch of them in a box while I was moving a couple of months ago, it was like 2007 all over again. I couldn't tell what this one was at first; the spine just says "My Heart Is A Merciless Piece Of Metal And Fire" so I figured what the heck, any band with a name like that has got be completely hilarious, right? Then I looked it up on Amazon, and that's just the title of the album while the band's name is really Crucible. The only funny part to all of this was reading the bitchy review that some nerd left on Amazon because he apparently thought this CD was by another band named Crucible (some prog-rock/Genesis rip-off) instead. Gosh, I hope you were able to get your 9 cents (plus shipping) back, nerdy Marillion-ass-sucking guy.


Crucible -

Interest Rate of Deception"


Sunday, January 4, 2015

I Am Extremely Big And I Fail Constantly


I got picked for MRR's Monday Photo Blog the other week, which was kinda cool. It's actually the second time I've been picked, so I'm practically my own category on the MRR website now (this isn't true, I'm just making it up to be a jerk). You can scope 'em out by clicking on the links here:


Monday Photo Blog: Dave Brushback (2)

(Zipperhead, Ausmuteants, Protomartyr, Downtown Boys, Waste Management, Boston Strangler)

Monday Photo Blog: Dave Brushback (1)

(Fuckheads, Salvation, Rational Animals, Warning//Warning, Lushlife)


You guys like The Speedies, right? You'd fucking better.

The Speedies -

"Let Me Take Your Photo"



Saturday, January 3, 2015

All My Crimes Are Catching Up To Me




Peeple Watchin' interview in MRR #368, with four of my photos in it (plus one from Ali, hers is the one that's better than mine)


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

What I Am Really Hungry For Doesn't Exist




I was out at a food place last night, the one that normally gives you a chocolate chip cookie w/ their $5 meal, only they left out the cookie and when I asked about it they told me, "we ran out, there'll be some more in like five minutes". So I figured fuckit, I'll wait, I'll get it afterwards when I'm done eating, because I kinda like fresh chocolate chip cookies. Plus, you know, they owe me a cookie, motherfucker. When I went back to the counter a few minutes later, the guy says "well, they just came out. They're kinda soft, you probably won't want one yet because it'll bend." I said, "that's fine, I don't care." Then the guy says "well, it's kinda hot, you don't want to burn yourself." Fucker was trying to talk his way out of giving me the cookie! I mean, come on, for a 2" chocolate chip cookie to burn you, that's gotta be the hottest cookie in the universe. Guy's acting like he's about to hand me molten lava or hot moon rocks or something. Go in the back, put the metal suit on with the Homer Simpson tongs, and hand me my cookie.


Anyway, here's some pictures from a show that I went to.


The Boston Strangler -

"Take Control"

Waste Management -

"Get Your Mind Right"

The Peacebreakers -

"You Exploit You"