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Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Contractions-Rules And Regulations 7"

I was given these two tracks awhile back from someone who visits this site. This is such a great single and I NEVER see it posted anywhere, so I thought what they hey. From SF this 3 piece all women punk band played all the usual haunts with all the same bands from the late 1970's. They released an album in the early '80's but most of the punkier edge was gone by then. In fact if I remember correctly, they opened for Duran Duran in the mid '80's. Please check out this, it is a GREAT single!!! Down Underground has their one and only album Something Broke if you want to check that out.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sham 69- We Interrupt This Program

Ha! How many of you have this????? I do! I actually got this from someone that knew Sham from a forum that I used to post on. I cannot remember who gave this to me, so sorry if I cannot give props to the person. Sham 69 were/are one of my favorite bands around. This is album was supposed to be the album Western Culture or Hollywood Hero depending on where you live. What makes this soooo special boys and girls is that this album has Jimmy Pursey singing the same songs. Well actually there are a few different ones that appear here and not on the other two with their new singer. A Sham without Jimmy Pursey is something that is real hard to wrap your head around. Yep it is for me too. Just like From The Jam, or The Stranglers, it is hard to accept. Well the guy singing for the new Sham does a great job and with adding him has made Sham available to tour again. More power to them I say. SHAM 69!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh and you will be seeing more posts from me now. I had some external hardrive problems that have since been sorted (thanks Copy Trans!!!!!!!).

Friday, January 22, 2010

Gimme Something Better

Well finally someone has written a book about the SF Bay Area Hardcore Punk Scene. Done in a style like Please Kill Me or We Got The Neutron Bomb this book is a nice little walk down memory lane. I am just beginning to read it and love it!!!! Many photos and great stories from those that were too young, too stupid, too fucked up and or just livin the moment. From The Mab to On Broadway, Tool and Die, Elite Club, Ruthies Inn to 924 Gilman and MRR. You get a nice little history lesson from those that lived the punk life in and around San Francisco during 1980 or so until 1989. I was one of those stupid suburban kids living in San Jose that went to shows but did not live the life that these kids did. Does that make me less important. Hell no.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Happy Birthday Days Of Our Youth

As of January 1st Days Of Our Youth has turned one year's old. It has been fun and expect more stuff to follow in 2010. Thanks for all of those folks that visit the blog and have left comments. I appreciate it!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

RIP Jay Reatard

Wow. Crazy news today. Jay Reatard found dead by his roomate in his bedroom. To be honest, I am a Johnny come lately with Jay Reatard. But from my short time listening to his music, I can really see the comparisons to TV Smith and The Adverts. What bums me out is that this guy had something going for himself. Just listen to the album Watch Me Fall. Short of a masterpiece I think. RIP kid, such a sad day to hear about someone so talented die at such a young age. What bothers me the most is that there will be no more great albums to wait for by this genius.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

From The Jam-A First Class Return

Well I was looking around the other day and I came across this little ditty. 7 songs recorded live at The Forum in London, finds From The Jam sounding damn good. From what I understand this is taken from the DVD release that the band is peddling. Cool for me!! Let me explain something here. Before any of you snigger about a Weller-less Jam, I don't want to hear it. Just listen to this and you will be singing at the top of your lungs regardless if the modfather is not present. This release is that good. My love for The Jam started in 1979 when I bought Setting Sons and it has not stopped since. I loved the band so much that when I became a musician I too bought a Rickey and was heavily influenced by Bruce Foxton's playing. Joe Strummer might influenced me towards the music that I still listen to this day 31 years later, but it was The Jam that lit the fuse. Today with 2/3 of The Jam playing with Russell Hastings they sound absolutely on fire. This release put a smile on face instantly. Seek this out, grab a Fred Perry to put on, your Merc Harrington, and some trainers. Open a pint and close your eyes and remember one of the greatest bands in music history.....The Jam. Oh and I heard a new song by From The Jam. Need not worry folks, it is friggen great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Musink 2010

Saw this on the Damned's website and was just wondering if our friend Kenny would be attending? What a great lineup! Not sure how close this is to Kenny's home? Just might be worth the trip.......

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Generation X-The Idol Generation

By request Generation X's Idol Generation. An incomplete A & B side release that I highly rank. Even as an album it would be one of Generation X's best. As I have mentioned before, I am a HUGE fan of all things UK punk from the glory days of 1977-1979. Generation X have always been one of my favorite groups around. From their look, to their glamish punky sounds. They have always been a favorite in my music rotation. This comp. is just fantastic. Songs like This Heat, No No No, Trying For Kicks all could have been A sides...just amazing stuff here. Like The Rich Kids they just excelled at pop inspired punk and pulled it off. And just like The Rich Kids I wish that Generation X would reform and do some shows. I know they have tried once or twice and the end results were not too satisfying, but sometimes magic can happen again. I never got to see Generation X but would love to!!

The Buzzcocks in Feb.

Just bought tickets for The Buzzcocks in Feb. at The Blank Club in San Jose, CA. $30 a pop is a bit much and for two tickets I spent nearly $70 when it was all said and done. Well, the club is like 200 capacity so it will be a fun gig. Did I ever mention how much I love The Buzzcocks!!!!!!!!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Downloading Help Please?

I am having a problem downloading albums here. More specifically, after I download something, unzip it, send it to a file, and open it, some of the song files on my iTunes cannot be altered while others can. For instance, if I want to change the name of the song, or change the genre or even add artwork it will not let me do it, but on other songs from the same album it will. I am a huge artwork nut and this is killing me. Is this a corrupted file? If so, what can I do to fix this? I have run scans on my computer and my computer is clean....or so I think??? I hope this makes sense. I am a computer moron and have to explain things simply here.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

X-New Single!! Yep Believe It!!!!!

What is wrong with me???? Has my feaver finally broke??? Out of sheer boredom I look over to see what is available in iTunes for X. Oh don't snigger dear reader.... I own every album they have done, thank you! Yep even their last one with Country At War (which is actually quite good) as well as their Unclogged acoustic live album. But what is this I see?????? A new X single?????? What!!!!! Well I look at it and preview it and it has a lady singing the first song Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. I think to myself, I must be sick or my ears are clogged because the woman singing really does not sound too much like Exene. Then I hear the guitar licks and I go ooohhhhh Billy Zoom. I look at the folks responsible just to make sure that it is a bonafide X release, and it is. Exene, John Doe, Billy Zoom, and DJ Bonebrake go into the studio to record two Christmas ditties for us. Mind you, I am not big on Christmas songs unless it is being done by The Yobs, but hey this is X, and anything by them is better than a stick in the eye damnit. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town starts off with the intro to Johnny Hit and Run Pauline and then breaks into the best singing I have ever heard by Exene. She is singing in tune damnit!!! I want my money back! Just kidding. She sounds awesome! Of course you get the wayward harmonies of John Doe and Exene throughout, and it sounds sublime!!! And of course you get some great Billy Zoom riffage too. You know, you can never get enough of his of his playing. Ramones meets Chuck Berry!!! Jingle Bells has John Doe taking the lead and it is equally as good too. And of course you will be treated to some more Billy Zoom lead work. The only bummer about this, is that, it is only available on iTunes and Emusic right now. $1.99 for two newish (well you know) X songs????
THAT IS A BARGAIN!!! Now will they record a new album please!!!!

Just A Shout Out Here! CH3 To Whom It May Concern (The Posh Boy Demos, 1981)

As many of you know that visit this site, CH3 are one of my all time favorite bands to come out of the halycon days of Hardcore during 1981-1983. CH3 along with Agent Orange, Social Distortion, Adolescents, TSOL, and DI reigned supreme with me! Well when I heard that TKO and Posh Boy in conjunction were releasing these demos I was quite pleased. Well I just picked this up today and I have to say that it is a joy to hear. The playing is much more restrained and forceful here. Dare I say more punkier and you hear some of their sixties influences coming through. You know Rolling Stones (who they covered BTW), Kinks, and The Who, as well as The Ramones and Clash to cover their punkier side. Some of these songs are to make there way to their debut Ep on Posh Boy in 1981 and some of them will see the light of day on their debut album. I recommend this highly!!!!!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Sado Nation S/T 7"

Ok here is a little gem for you all. Sado Nation from Portland, Oregon. This is their debut single released in 1980. Boy is this good. If you are a fan of The Avengers or X then you will DIG this alot. Classic punk rock for you to enjoy here.