Well here we are on New Years Eve...and yes, the typical best of list. I was not going to do one this year but at the last minute I decided to. Let's hope that 2012 is a great year and that all of you that visit here have a great year.
This list might be incomplete but hey here we are. Occupying the number 1 spot is....
1. Angelic Upstarts- The Dirty Dozen Split with Crashed Out
Who would have thought that Mensi and co. would put out new material...Their best in YEARS
2. Toy Dolls- Credit Crunch Christmas song
I always have time for this band. Olga has seemed to go back to an earlier style...love it!
3. Vice Squad-Punk Rock Radio
Great new album by Beki and the boys!
4. New Chords split with The Templars
I would love to hear more stuff from this French Oi! band. Ex-Veros here!
5. Amebix- Sonic Mass
Yessss some real nice new stuff from this Anarcho band that has come back from the dead
That is it...not too much here because in my opinion 2011 sucked for music.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
A big thanks goes out to Chris for hooking me up with most of The 'Tone singles...that was very cool man thanks!
However I am still looking for the singe One For The Money. DOES ANYONE HAVE THIS???????? Help!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Ok this release hit me like a ton of bricks! I bought the comp. Welcome To The Welfare State that BYO put out many years ago because Leatherface was on it. When I heard the song This Is A High I was completely smitten with The 'Tone. I bought this compilation of their singles Wide Eyes And Nonsense and absolutely fell in love with this band that had more in common with SLF, Clash, Ruts and Specials than what was being played in the UK at the time. I do need to hear some of their stuff that did not make it onto to here, so if someone can help out this aging punk rocker that would be very nice of you! If you have never heard this band then please check this baby out. It is classic. The band released another album called Here's Another Reason To Believe In Rock N Roll which is equally as good. The best thing about that album is the song called The Real World. IMHO that song is one of the greatest songs ever written. It is a ska-punkish song that just rules my world. That is high praise when you consider that some of the bands that I love like The Clash, Jam, SLF, Ruts, Damned etc. have also written some amazing tunes. I really wish The 'Tone would put out some new stuff......
Does anyone have any of the singles that The 'Tone put out in the 1990's????? I have Wide Eyes and Nonsense which covers most of the singles but there are a few tracks missing from the singles that I have to hear. Please please please someone help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
I just found out that this is out. What you get is The Subhumans re-recording Incorrect Thoughts because the dick head over at CD Presents who is a greedy turd threatened to sue the band if they released the original. You see the album has sat around unavailable because CD Presents re-pressed the album and it was deleted. What are you to do if you are that band. Well they went ahead and re-recorded the album but included 4 songs from the old days that were not recorded. I Got To Move, Out Of Place, Escalator To Hell, and 21st Century are those songs....and let me tell ya, they are fantastic. Just buy this disc to get those four songs. Recommended!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Holy shit! So this band which has two singles and a compilation of all of their stuff on one cds gets together in 2004 and decides to re-record their long lost 1977 album. Well what are the results???? This is so fucking good! I mean really good. I love it! Kind of like The Adverts a little, well actually a lot for some strange reason. The playing of course is more direct and fluid then the days of 1977. This is just a wonderful cd to hear. Please check it out and leave a comment.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
I love Wire! But truth be told, after 154 they totally lost me. I found this on the web the other day and I thought I would post it. Here we have demos form 1976. Some of these songs appear on the Peel Sessions cd that was released many years ago. This has decent sound quality so it is more for fans.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Wow oh wow is this good. I mean really good. Think back to the days of I've Got Asthma, Tommy Kowey's Car, Fisticuffs on Fredricks St. etc. Gone are the lame attempts by Olga to throw in too many guitar histrionics ala metal gods. This is how The Toy Dolls are supposed to sound. Love this!!!
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Does anyone out there have this??? I have never heard Chelsea doing Sympathy For The Devil and it would be great to! Please someone help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Well finally this is seeing the light of day. Great chugging along hardcore from one of the Bay Area's best from the early 80's. Most of you that visit the site know that I am a huge Social Unrest fan right?...see interview with Jason Honea. Well this three song effort is more like their pre Jason days and has original singer Kretin Chaos singing. Much reccomended
Friday, November 4, 2011
well well well, look what we have here. I knicked this from a site in S. America, but really I don't care. This is just too good to not to share. What we have here is demos, and such cut with Paul Cook and Steve Jones with other people, as well as Professional demos. This is how cool this is. You get Chrisie Hynde with the boys, Joan Jett doing You Don't Own Me as well as I love RocknRoll. Some Lightening Raiders, Sham Pistols stuff which would eventually find its way onto one of the 90's Sham 69 albums. The Looters from the movie Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains with Ray Winstone singing and Paul Simenon on bass. Everything on here has fantastic sound quality. So cool to finally here some Sham Pistols and especially cool to have The Looters on my music!! Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Dunno too much about this other than the fact that The Damned were in search of a bassist and Lemmy of Motorhead stepped into help. Of course you all have heard Ballroom Blitz a million times. Many bands have covered it and in fact The Damned did too. What we have here is the two bands rolling through some songs in the studio. Over The Top has Lemmy singing and to be honest, it sounds like a Motorhead song. The guitar playing on the leads would lead you to believe that Captain is playing due to the whah whah during the solo's. Ballroom Blitz has Vanian singing. This is pretty darn cool. The Damned roled through here last weekend in SF and played Damned Dammned Damned and the Black Album in their full. Missed it...............
Sorry for the delays on putting stuff up. I have been very busy with work and life. I got diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and my back went out so my time has been limited. Don't worry though, I have some gems up my sleave.
Monday, October 3, 2011
A newish band from my neck of the woods having been making their rounds of late. San Jose band Factory Minds is onto something, and my bet is, they will be huge. Like Rancid huge. Wanna bet? They have a better understanding of rock n roll then they do and they understand how to write a hook and then some. Think The Clash, SLF, Ruts with some Specials a bit. Then throw in some Dead 60's a bit and maybe The 'Tone and you will get an idea. Here is the link to some music. I want you to comment because once you hear their stuff you will be saying I am right! Love these guys...I have not seen them yet but will be very SOON! The best thing out of SJ since well ummm The Forgotten.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Was listening to this today at my home. In fact I had a few windows open and the amount of cursing made me embrassed as my neighbors were in their yards with their kids. Oh well......Just wanted to shout out how much I like this album. An 80's version of The Sex Pistols lyrically???
Saturday, August 27, 2011
My first Ramones post and it is a boot! Recorded live at the Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco in June of 1979. The Ramones played an afternoon show that was recorded by radio station KSAN. KSAN was a pretty cool FM radio station back in the day. Many boots that you see that was recorded live in the SF Bay Area was from the shows that KSAN put on. This is a good sounding boot and a great performance! I wish that I was old enough and smart enough to know that they played this show. I would have loved to have been there!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Probably my fave lineup of The UK Subs
And a shameless plug of my old band The Forgotten with Charlie wearing a Forgotten t shirt
I just wanted to touch upon something I experienced last night. I went to a BBQ that was attended by a bunch of old high school friends and had a fantatic evening, eating and drinking! Anyways, after a fun evening my wife drives us back home and out comes the music for the hour long drive. I decided upon listening to The UK Subs album Brand New Age. Instantly I was transported back to a teenager and singing along to every song while my wife drove my drunken ass home. While listening to this album it reminded me of the sheer power, excellent musicianship, the fantastic production and just amazing songwriting. I know The Subs were looked down upon by the trendy London punk elite when they started, and the fact that some considered their following to be a little on the simplistic side, again the London elite??? But truth be told, this band was heads and shoulders above many. Their recorded output from 1977-1983 was STUNNING. From Stranglehold to Warhead. From the crushing assault of Endangered Species to Party In Paris. Then the amazing War of The Roses as Nicky and Co. leave Charlie, there is no doubt how damn good this band was. Live? The Subs could, and did wipe up the floor with just about any band. Today we still see Charlie and Alvin still at it, with Nicky joining on certain tours and recordings. I just wanted to shout out how much I love The UK Subs and I am glad that I have met them, listened to them, and how much joy they have given my life. Long live The UK Subs!
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Since we are talking San Jose hardcore here. I thought I would let people know that The Drab have songs available on iTunes. Who are The Drab??? They were the 3rd band in the spikey hair axis. Sean Gregonis played in Grim Reality for awhile and then moved onto The Drab. After The Drab, Sean, myself and Lars Fredrikson started a band callled Slip. Slip would last 5 years and then become The Forgotten. Enough history here. Just get this over at iTunes. It is kinda simplistic but a good time piece. I dig it!
For those in the know, I interviewed Dave Burks awhile back on this blog. For those that are not familiar with Executioner, they were a band from San Jose that were part of the spiky hair axis of Executioner and Grim Reality (Jason Honea is the lead vocalist for that band before moving onto Social Unrest-I interviewed him too BTW). Anyways, this is for those that dig Crucifix, Bad Brains, Cro Mags meets Dishcarge and then hooks up in a bar with the San Jose hardcore sound ie Los Olvidados, and Drunk Injuns.....Speedy hardcore with some melatic tinges. I digress...This is a VERY comprehensive collection of 29 songs. Some live, some from the glory days, and some from the Growing Pains comp. and some songs recorded a few years ago. This just simply rages! Get it!!!!!!!
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
San Francisco punk band that existed in the mid 80's. Saw them open for Whipping Boy and Social Distortion at the New Varisty Theatre in Palo Alto. I thought The Afflicted were amazing and by far the best band playing that night. SD bored the crap outta me, but hey, I still love them! I cannot remember who gave me the file for this, so I will say thanks to however gave this to me. I think the bitrate on this is a tad low so the sound is not that great.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Well time to see X....again. Seems like I see them every 6-8 months and this time was pretty much like every other time I have seen them....they were awesome! Started the night with my wife and I meeting some friends for drinks and some food. Hung out with Clifford of Blast! fame...(interview coming...) and then off to see one of the most iconic US bands ever. Opening the shindig was Matt Freemans (Rancid) side project Devils Brigade...they were ok'ish but really not grabbing me too much. They did however do a killer version of Police Truck (DKs). Next were X...wow! As always they killed it! Each song was perfect and the band was very into rocking us all out for the night. I went into the pit for Nausea, fell down, and was picked up. I then headed over to stage left where I ran into Steve Corona (Diesel Queens fame) and settled in for the rest of the night. Once their set was over, John Doe and Exene came out and played an acoustic version of 4th Of July that was perfect. Someone mentioned to me, why is it that John Doe is always sweating and you see Billy Zoom with his leather jacket and he is NOT sweating.....hmmm. If you look at Billy, you'd think he made a deal with the devil. He looks the same as he did in 1983.....After leaving, the wife and I went across the street to our fave Mexican food haunt on Pacific and had a free Quesadilla and some killer Anejo Tequila! I was hungover for TWO days! WOW.
Next up for next weekend are The Swingin Utters and Rev. Horton Heat. Same club, same town!
Oh and the bottom picture, it was taken by Billy Zoom...I am the guy with the two finger F U salute wearing the Lonsdale Tee. This can be found on X's site too.
Outside Your Window Ep
Rat Music Comp.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
1. Darker My Love
2. White American
3. Perfect Day
Recorded in 2005, this was available for a short time on TSOL's website for free. Dunno if it is still there because I have not taken a look. If it is gone, then here it is for you! Inspired by Neil over at 13th Floor Vendetta. I just wanted to make this gem available to you all. Darker My Love was released on the Suburbia Soundtrack and I think, nowhere else. This is a studio version recorded in 2005. Politics is of course a Damned cover done TSOL style. It kicks ass! Enjoy this folks!
What CAN I SAY....one of the most distinctive, original hardcore albums ever made. The moment I heard this it was like getting a punch in the face. Straight, direct and in your face melodicism by Dave Smalley, searing guitar lines by Brian Baker...just pure perfection. 30 minutes and then you are done. As much as I love Government Issue's albums Crash and You, this blows both of those away. This is one of my alltime favorite albums. I know this has been posted on other sites, but I wanted to pay my respect to one of the greatest albums ever made.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
You know, I might get slighted on picking this one. But really...I don't care. I do "like" this version of TSOL before they went completely off of the map trying to be Guns N Roses. Change Today and Revenge were good rockin, punky albums that deserve to be listened to. I saw TSOL on this tour for Revenge as they played The Catalyst in Santa Cruz. My buddy and I went thinking that this would be a great show. The Catalyst is a 1000 seat venue (which I just saw X last weekend there)......there was a total of about 50 people there to see TSOL that night...wow. Anyways I did a stage dive and fell all the way to the ground and badly sprained my ankle....fun night. Everbody's A Cop sounds like TSOL of old.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Since I did a favorite releases of 1983-1984 I noticed it was all UK based. Well I do like music from other countries, most notably mine. You see, I grew up during the golden age of Hardcore, so I thought I'd post my favorite 10 releases from that period.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Released in 1984, Perfection is all I can say. This was a slowed down version of The Abrasive Wheels. Adding melody and rocking guitar playing made this my alltime fave from these two years.
#7 Another band with personel changes and a little reinventing....A little more subdued than your typical Subs release, but I really dug this when it came out.
Saturday, June 11, 2011