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
Friday, June 10, 2011