Thursday, October 31, 2013

Danzig - Sub Pop Bootleg 7"

Label: Bootleg
Year: 1991

It's Halloween here, so I assume it's Halloween where you are (although I don't claim to have any real knowledge of international datelines or time changes, or even clocks really, so I can't be 100% sure of that), and Halloween means, naturally, Danzig.
This three song 7" came out  after Lucifuge, but I'm not certain of when the recordings were actually made. It's obviously not a real Sub Pop release, but the packaging was made to look as though it was issued through their Singles Club series. The tracks are demo versions of songs you've no doubt heard before, but this version of Possession (possibly the best Danzig cut there is) is worth it alone. Perfection!
You can make fun of Danzig, and show video if him being punched in the face, or talk about how he buys kitty litter and is a dick to his fans, but you can also fuck right off. Danzig is the best, he gets a pass on pretty much everything, cause he's fucking earned it. Not many people in the pantheon of music can stack their catalog up to his with equal results. For reals.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Inside Out - Live KXLU 1991

Label: Bootleg
Year: 1991

Inside Out was one of the Revelation Records crown jewels, alongside Burn, Quicksand, and Into Another as the label transitioned from strict NYHC to post-hardcore. Not that Inside Out aren't hardcore, I think that's a pretty safe descriptor. Back then, they were "the band with Zach from Hard Stance, and Vic from Beyond, Chris from Chain Of Strength, and Mark from Gorilla Biscuits", but now they're pretty much "Zach's band before Rage Against The Machine".
Luckily for you, this radio broadcast is available for you to bask in all the feedback-laden, caustic riffing, and pummeling power of Inside Out as simply "Inside Out". Prior to the release of their 7", before they were known outside of Orange County. You also get some pretty choice between song banter, which Zach de la Rocha has always been good for (depending on your sense of humor I suppose...I used to have an old Inside Out show from The Anthrax where Zach gives a long, impassioned speech from stage about "not giving in", "never letting the system corrupt him", and "finding a way to live outside the mainstream", to which an audience member shouts, "what are you gonna do, live with your parents?"...good stuff), and a brief interview at the end where we finally get the answer to the question we all wanted to know; "So, do you think Ray Cappo has been brainwashed?".


Monday, October 28, 2013

Survival Knife - Live - Eagles Hall Bar - 03-29-12

Label: Bootleg
Year: 2012

When your band played their first ever show, I bet it was a pretty unceremonious event, huh? Like, people didn't drive from out of town to see you play, right? No one immediately started posting audio and video of the performance to the internet because the excitement level was so high, I bet.

Or, maybe your band features Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno of some old band, that probably nobody ever heard of. Or still constantly talks about how amazing they were, and how their music synthesized everything great about post-hardcore. If that's the case, well, maybe you could scrawl in big letters "ex-Unwound" on the bottom of the flyer for the show and see what happens. That might grab a few folks in from off the street, you know?

Has anyone else been waiting with baited breath to hear new music from Justin Trosper like I have? Can Survival Knife be the Hot Snakes to Unwound's Drive Like Jehu?

* Originally posted 12-06-12, re-up'd 10-28-13


Friday, October 25, 2013

Quicksand - Live - Pipeline, Newark, NJ - 09-05-91

Label: Bootleg
Year: 1991

For the completists out there. I'll warn you that the sound quality is about C, and Walter's vocal performance is a C-, but you somehow get used to it by the end, and it's worth hearing weird early versions of songs like Fazer with different lyrics and different parts altogether. And, it's Quicksand, so even a shaky performance doesn't diminish the fact that these songs and this band ruled all over everyone for quite some time.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Elephant Rifle - Party Child

Label: Humaniterrorist / Satan's Pimp
Year: 2012

Hey, speaking of Reno and Gob and's about a quick survey of what the Satan's Pimp label is up to now?
Turns out, they teamed up with Humaniterrorist to co-release this insanely fucking good album by Elephant Rifle. Insanely fucking good! Like, King Snake Roost meets old Melvins meets old Nirvana meets Whores kinda good. Big, swinging, growling, riffing gut punch after gut punch. Sure, they'll throw in some sort of Birthday Party-esque saxophone skronk, or a howling organ deep in the mix, but this is 100% pure grade noise rock, just the way you want it. Total commitment to total power.

How on earth did I miss this record up until now? It's a grievous oversight on my part, and one that I'm really not proud of. So, please don't be stupid like I was, and run, don't walk, to hear this album. I am willing to personally guarantee your total and complete satisfaction with it's results on your earholes (other holes will void the guarantee).


Pig Heart Transplant - Land Of Marred Normalcy

Label: What We Do Is Secret
Year: 2007

If I told you that this record (nay, to 50 naturally) was the product of the main guy from Reno weird/grind/sludgers Gob, and Savannah weird/sludge/crusts Unpersons, with members of Herds and shit, would you be that surprised to hear that it's 4 "songs" of pure noise ranging from blasting power electronics to plinking ambient?
You probably shouldn't be.
In fact, don't be.
Just be.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Whores + Hawks + Liverhearts - Saturday October 19th - The Basement, ATL

Seems like a no-brainer, right? Three of the best in the business all in one place on one night should have you making travel accommodations, or at least scrounging around for gas money under the couch cushions (assuming you're not homeless...but you're reading this on the internet aren't you, which would lead me to believe that if you are homeless, either your priorities are fucked, or you're currently taking part in a break-in.)
The Liverhearts - I defy you to listen to "Of Doctors and Daggers" today and not have it stuck in your head for at least 4 hours afterwards.
Hawks - Claustrophobia inducing bad vibes merchants. Total immersion therapy as prescribed by Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Whores - Deceptively simple in their ruthless barbarism. 100% efficiency in their hammer swinging attacks.

Not to be missed under any circumstances.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Aloha - Cuntz

Label: Homeless
Year: 2013

Even by Australian standards, it's got to be tough to tell your parents that you're in a band called Cuntz. They'll never come and see you play, and can you even imagine the conversation at the racquet club:
Tennis partner: "So, Millicent, is your son still playing music?"
Cuntz mother: "Still playing music, yep. He and his friends have a little band, and they've even managed to tour the United States this year!"
Tp: "What's the name of his band again?"
Cm: "...mumble..."
Tp: "What's that?"
Cm: "...errrrrpmh..."
Tp: "I can't understand what you're saying, what is it?"
Cm: "Oh, you know, it's really not important. Hey, your backhand is really coming around today, you had me running all over the court..."
Tp: "Cut the shit Millicent....what's your fucking son's band called?"
Cm: "Cuntz....ok?! They're called Cuntz! And that's that, no matter how many times I've begged him to change it, it's still Cuntz. Are you happy? Are you happy that my precious angel is driving around the world under the moniker Cuntz? Are you FINALLY better than me?!"
Tp: "....So, yeah, you want to be in a mixed doubles tournament next should"

Mothers don't understand Flipper x The Jesus Lizard, they just don't get it.

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