Monday, October 31, 2011

Deadguy - Fixation on a Coworker

Deadguy - Fixation on a Coworker
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Release -  1995

Story by Pat Shannon, guitarist for All Else Failed.

Luke and I started All Else Failed when Hate To Say It, our high school band, broke up a year or so into our college lives.  Hate To Say It was our baby. Although we were mocked pretty heavily for any number of reasons, looking back, it wasn't so bad.  We were this sort of 120 Minutes-take on hardcore, mainly because we really had no idea what we were doing or even trying to do.  There was a sort of genuine innocence about it though, as if we didn't understand that it wouldn't really come off so well if a bunch of 16 year olds tried to mix Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and Primus with Minor Threat, Helmet and Biohazard.  Anyway, when it came time to start All Else Failed, we wanted to continue incorporating our diverse tastes, but we knew we needed to establish some sort of identity, almost like a definitive sound from which we could grow and experiment.

It was around 1994. Luke had been telling me about this band Deadguy he had seen and how they were pretty much what he thought a band should sound like.  The last time he said that, he played me Groundwork, which was cool but a bit spastic for my tastes.  At this point, we had teamed up with Steve and Sesso to start All Else Failed.  They were full on into Skinny Puppy, The Legendary Pink Dots, Joy Division and stuff like that, so we were all sort of gravitating toward a darker sound.  Most of the first wave of emo was awesome, but didn't really speak to us as far as being the kind of stuff we would do.  We didn't really relate to most of the tough-guy stuff that was happening at the time, although we could never resist a well-placed breakdown.  We wrote the first batch of All Else Failed songs and they were so-so even by our standards at the time, which were very, very low.  It seemed like the same thing was going to happen to All Else Failed that happened to Hate To Say It: a band trying to be too many things, and in doing so, not really doing anything well.

I guess we really just needed a record to put it in to perspective for us.  Luke called me one day and told me I had to stop by his basement apartment in Lansdowne to check out Deadguy's Fixation on a Coworker.  When I got there, he was furious that his puppy had puked on the jacket (a crime considering the amazing layout).  Nonetheless, Luke just said, "I've never heard anything like this before," and put on "Doom Patrol."  That was it. We listened to the record over and over.  I listened to "Makeshift Atomsmasher" like 100 times.  That was what we needed.  It was as if that single record made everything else that was out at the time make more sense to us, like Bloodlet, Turmoil and Integrity.  We had heard all of that stuff before, but now Fixation... came out and defined it, so to speak.  We now knew where we were going.

A year or so later, we started getting a little bit of notice and got to play Princeton, NJ with Deadguy.  Unfortunately, it was not long after that their original lineup split. Screaming With The Deadguy Quintet, I maintain, is up there just under Fixation..., but that record wasn't out yet, or if it was, we hadn't heard it (remember life before the Internet?).  The new lineup was awesome but it just wasn't really the band we heard on Fixation....  It probably should have just been a different band, but I could probably say the same thing about All Else Failed six times over by this point, so I get it.

For a while, we covered "Apparatus" and we all traded instruments, which was tons of fun.  We did it at a show in Virginia once, and during load out, I overheard this exchange:

Dude #1: "Did you hear the Deadguy cover?"
Dude #2: "I thought they were all Deadguy covers."

I thought that was funny, but was secretly totally stoked that we were at least tight enough to be considered an adequate ripoff.  I think I might be selling myself short by saying "ripoff", but who cares.

Years and years later, after All Else Failed had broken up for good (sike), we ended up in contact with Tim Singer and presented him the idea of a collaboration.  We got the original All Else Failed lineup together, learned all of Fixation... and were going to perform it with Tim on vocals as "Crazy Eddie" at the second installment of This Is Hardcore.  We practiced once and it was the greatest night of music I have ever played. We crushed and Tim hadn't lost a step.  It felt more like watching Deadguy than did watching the second lineup of Deadguy back in the day.  Unfortunately, Tim ended up with cold feet about the project and ultimately backed out, but I cherish the memory of the one night that we were Deadguy.

Magic Pumpkin

Don't forget to wear your mask.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Cool music Videos: Part Three

Primus' music video for the song "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" absolutely terrifies me. In the video, the band is dresses up like that creepy family from those old Duracell battery commercials.   Watching this video helps me to understand how/why people can be terrified of clowns.

Tool's music video for the song "Sober" has always interested me.  The claymation for this video seems oddly perfect and fitting for the dark tone of the song.  When I was younger I thought this was possibly one of the coolest videos ever.  As an adult, I still think this video is cool, but I also have no clue what the hell this video is about.   Levitation, face melting, arm shaking, weird thing in the closet, crazy mad scientist guy... sure.

The Beastie Boys video for the song "Sabotage" is just straight up bad-assery at it's finest. Mustaches, sliding on the hoods of cars, car chases, tackling someone into a pile of trash, kicking in doors and blowing shit up are just a few of the intense scenes in this video.  After watching this video, it makes the stock performance/party videos most bands use for their videos seem boring and tame by comparison.

Green Jello's video for "Little Pig, Little Pig" is close to six minutes of ridiculousness. The progression from pig to pig in this re-telling of the classic Three Little Pigs story is great. My favorite is Little Pig #2 who was just chilling out, smoking some ganja while listening to Bob Marley.  From out of no where comes a big bad wolf ridding on his Harley. After the wolf inevitably blows his house in, he then proceeds to shred face on the guitar and smoke the rest of Little Pig #2's weed.  The culmination of this video is amazing.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bikini Kill - Reject All American

Bikini Kill - Reject All American
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Release - 1996

Story by Taryn Hipp, record slinger at Siren Records.

I was a suburban teenage punk in the mid-'90s. I would sit alone in my room and read MRR, Heartattack & Punk Planet in hopes of finding bands that I could relate to (bands that had girls in them). I would read record reviews and send "well-concealed cash" to post office boxes for cassette demos if there was mention of even one girl. One day after school, I took the bus to Siren Records in Doylestown. I asked the dude working behind the counter to recommend some bands to me. I probably said something like, "I really like Hole, Babes in Toyland and L7." I remember he said to me, "Well, you've heard of Bikini Kill, right?" That was 1996 and I was 17. I bought Reject All American on vinyl that day and caught the bus back to the tiny apartment I shared with my Dad. When I got home, I put the record on figuring it would be like the other "girl bands" I was into. It was that day that I realized I would never love a record more than that one. I sat on my bed reading the lyrics included on the inner sleeve, memorizing them as I listened to the record over and over.

"The Slyvia Plath story is told to girls who write. They want us to think that to be a girl poet means you have to die. Who is it that told me all girls who write must suicide? I've got another good one for you. We are turning cursive letters into knives."

This was punk rock, but this was different. This was exactly what I had been searching for and I found it. I found Bikini Kill and riot grrrl that day. Fifteen years later, I'm the girl working behind the counter at Siren Records recommending that same record to young girls searching for something different.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Slayer - Angel of Death (Radio Disney Version)

This version of Angel of Death sounds pretty and uplifting.

The entire Ride The Fury Records catalogue available for free download

I am re-posting the links below to help get the word out on Ride The Fury Records from New Jersey. They have a lot of great bands with some awesome releases available for free download.  If you like what you hear, make sure to pick up a copy and support a solid record label.





















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TV is about to get awesomeerer!

10pm on October 27th will not come soon enough.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Good Times - Shorter, Faster, Radder E.P.

Location:  Erma, NJ
Genre:  Hardcore/Punk
Release:  2011

This is the newest release from South Jersey's Good Times.  The vinyl version of Shorter, Faster, Radder will be released on Snot Rocket Records this winter.  In the mean time, download the record for free.  As the album title suggests, this E.P. is in fact shorter, faster and radder than their previous release.  Locals Only!
Track List:
1.  Exit Zero
2.  STPD
3.  No Shirt, No Shoes, Fuck Yea!
4.  Parkway North (Bolt Kooks)
5.  Don't Get It Twisted
6.  Livin' For Me

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Saves The Day - Through Being Cool

Saves The Day - Through Being Cool
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Purchase - Revelation Records
Release -  1999

Story by Dave Garren, singer for the Straight Edge band Outlast.

I can distinctly remember the first time I heard Saves the Day.  It was 2001 and I was a sophomore in high school.  Up until this point, my musical diet consisted mostly of Drive Thru, Kung Fu, and Asian Man Records bands with lots of Blink 182, Alkaline Trio and other assorted pop punk bands.  I was walking down the hallway with a friend of mine who shared similar musical tastes and he said to me, “Hey, you should check out this band, Saves the Day. They have a song about you.”  Confused by this, he clarified that it wasn’t really about me, but they said “Please, Dave, just drive” and that was close enough.  I would later find out that he was referring to “Shoulder to the Wheel”.  He was going on and on about how good this band was and that I needed to listen to them immediately.  For the rest of the school day, I couldn’t wait to hit up the local record store, Tunes, and check this band out.  Being 15 and having no car, this meant that I was relegated to riding my Mongoose Villain the twelve or so miles round trip for these sort of endeavors.

When I finally made it up to Tunes, I headed to the “S” section and started browsing. Their polarizing record, Stay What You Are, hadn’t come out yet so I had three albums to choose from; Can’t Slow Down, Through Being Cool, and I’m Sorry I’m Leaving.  Knowing nothing of the band or even what record the song my friend was referring to, I chose the one with the best cover, Through Being Cool.  Five awkward looking kids sitting on a couch in the middle of a crowded party connected with me since I wasn’t popular, didn’t drink, and didn’t go to parties so I felt a little left out from what all of the “cool” kids where doing.  I took the CD to the guy at the counter who was infinitely cooler than I (lest I forget) and paid for it.  The ride home seemed to take forever because I was so anxious to get home and listen to this record that had come so highly recommended.

When I finally got up to my room, I put the CD in my stereo and sat on my bed with the case. Ten seconds into “All Star Me” and I was already blown away.  I had never heard anything like this before, but I was so drawn to its energy.  I sat on my bed and read the lyric sheet along with the music and was completely floored by how good the lyrics were. As each song played, I felt a connection that I hadn’t experienced before.  It almost seemed like Chris Conley was writing about how I felt and what I wanted.  Once the CD ended, I played it again and again until I went to bed that night, reading the lyrics and memorizing every word.  That record didn’t leave my CD player for two weeks and I was changed forever.

I’ll never forget sitting in my room blasting Through Being Cool, memorizing every single word, and staring at the artwork.  Gone are the days of physical music where every tangible aspect of an album was savored, but I will cherish those days forever.  Saves the Day opened my world up to a new kind of music that was passionate, articulate, driving, and expressive.  They showed me that you could have fast, energetic music, but still have heartfelt and meaningful lyrics.  It would later lead me to bands like Lifetime, The Promise Ring, As Friends Rust and later, hardcore.  I owe everything to Chris Conley’s words and music and probably wouldn’t be who I am today without Saves the Day.  I can honestly say that Through Being Cool changed my life.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Uniform Choice - Screaming For Change

Uniform Choice - Screaming For Change
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Release - 1986

Today is Monday, October 17th, which just so happens to be National Edge Day.  To help celebrate Edge Day I am posting the Uniform Choice album Screaming For Change.  I would like people to take note of the song "No Thanks".  The lyrics are below for your reading pleasure.

No Thanks
Deliberately put your head in a mindless state
Say without the crutch you can’t relate
Intoxicated you do stupid things
Things you don’t mean things you wished could be changed
Drink it down say it’s for the best
Bottle in the hand just like all the rest
Still you do it when you know it’s wrong
But it’s what’s accepted so you feel strong

Tell me, is it really worth it
Fuck it, to turn your brain to shit
My advice, why don`t you stop and think
Please man, it’s ok not to drink

If drinking’s what it take to be accepted
I’d rather stay aware and be rejected
I know what it takes to keep my head on straight
Putting shit in my mind and body is not the way
I don’t need the drugs, I don’t need a crutch
My mind is all I’ll ever need to stay in touch
You can laugh, but you’ll get yours
Reason an excuse for your pressure

Finally , you understand
Drinking doesn’t make you a man
Not me, I know what’s smart
In touch, I’ll always be alert

Waiting do you feel better, does it make you
Feel good when you drink
Now you laugh and today your happy but
It’s not as funny as you think
You can do it now and still enjoy it,
The people that care are all still here
But one day when you’re laughing, you’ll
Turn around and no one will be standing there

Staring beyond for what it’ worth
Looking into faces where I see hurt
As the grain goes in you start to change
Searching for excuse and discovering pain
It’s time you open your eyes and let reality through
Fight the bitter wind that has bitten you
A clear mind is all you’ll ever need
For those are none as blind as those who will not see.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Empire - Expensive Sound

Empire - Expensive Sound
Release - 1981

Story by Klint Kanopka, bassist for Reign Supreme.

Editor's note:  Since this is an album on a major label, there is no download link available.

As I was nearing the end of my undergraduate career, I spent a hefty portion of my time on the Livewire Board.  At the time, it was perfect.  The board was chock full of crotchety old men and up-and-coming curmudgeons with deep tape collections on a constant quest for rare audio gems. It was as close as anyone could get to a sonic spelunking expedition.  That board and its constituent posters of the time are fully responsible for unearthing and digitizing all of those rare Quicksand and Supertouch tracks that are so coveted, as well as getting tons of great live videos on youtube, digging up the full Judge demo that (partially) ended up on the discog and distributing a boatload of radio shows and obscure midwestern 7"s that I'd never even heard of at the time.

So fast forward a bit.  One of my favorite eras of hardcore was the DC "Revolution Summer."  Bands were doing new and interesting things while avoiding the all-too-common rehash (don't get me wrong- I do love me some well done rehash) that's been historically common since the golden eras of New York, Boston and DC.  As I remember it, my friend Ahron Reinhard had been working diligently as something of an informal DC hardcore historian.  When talk of Soulside and Embrace hit full swing, he threw up the Empire "Expensive Sound" LP and offered with it this bit of (paraphrased) story.

After Billy Idol left Generation X, the remaining members stayed in the UK and formed Empire, which led to this LP and one single.  They only played about four shows before some lineup shuffles and a name change.  But, as legend goes, a box of these LPs ended up in DC in the hands of some of the "big dogs," like Hank, Ian, Guy, etc and they went absolutely nuts over it - to the point that some Embrace riffs are lifted directly from this LP.

Listening to the Empire record, you can definitely hear the inspiration for the instrumentation of some of those DC bands, but besides serving as a missing link, Expensive Sound stands on its own as a great LP.  The re-released version that's typically available for download also includes the Hot Seat single and a few other bonus tracks.  If you like either British post-punk or early DC "emo," it's definitely worth a listen.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Cool Music Videos: Part Two

Quicksand's video for the song "Freezing Process" is one of my favorite videos that I never knew existed.  One day, I was bored on YouTube looking for videos of Quicksand playing live and found they had actual music videos.  Tom Capone has such good moves in this video, not to mention Sergio Vega rocking a BURN shirt.

Sick Of It All's video for the song "Step Down" is a great how to for any hardcore freshmen.  Craig Ahead also has great moves in this video.  Growing to shows in the mid to late 90's I got to see a lot of the moshers in this video demonstrate their stye in real life.   "It's not so bad that hardcore music".

CIV's music video for the song "Can't Wait One Minute More" is great.  The whole talk show spoof is perfect, especially Lou Koller's guest appearance via satellite from Arizona State Penitentiary.  I always loved the fashion sense CIV had in this video and how the band looks like a punk version of the Beatles.

Youth Of Today's music video for the song "No More" is a classic in every sense of the word.  A few of the awesome things you see in this video are vegetarian graffiti, crucial t-shirts over hooded sweat shirts, live footage of Youth Of Today, Ray spiking a hamburger, high-fives, varsity jackets and a sick fade away jump shot to close out this video.

Handsome's music video for the song "Needles" is very dark and gloomy.  For those who may not know who Handsome were, I will give you a little run down on the band. Handsome was a musical super group made up of Tom Capone (Quicksand) and Peter Mengede (Helmet) on the guitars, Pete Hines (Cro-Mags and Murphy's Law) on drums, Jeremy Chatelain (Insight, Iceburn, Jets To Brazil and Helmet) on vocals and Eddie Nappi on bass.  I posted their album a few months back so if you like the song in the video you should definitely download the full album.

Vintage Kicks - King Geek

Location:  Philadelphia, PA
Genre:  Surf/Punk/Indie
Release:  2011

Vintage Kicks combine an eclectic mix of musical styles on their new album King Geek.  If you are into surf, indie, dance, punk or straight up rock music you will want to give this a listen.

Track List:
1) King Geek
2) Absolutely Crazy!
3) Iron Fist
4) Jetti Jump
5) Egos Landed
6) Threshold
7) Town Drunk
8) Blood Boogie
9) Naked In Heaven
10) Gimme Gimme

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A funny Carry On video

Someone posted this video on the B9 board a while ago. I don't know who made it, but this is one of the funniest cover video I have seen in a while.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Minor Threat - Out Of Step

Minor Threat - Out Of Step
Release - 1983

Story by Greg Polard, former singer of One Up.

Editor's note:  Since this is an album on a major label, there is no download link available.

April 2, 1994. I can still remember the exact date which I first heard this album. Pretty easy since it was my 13th birthday. I had gone up to New Hope with my friend Rich and his parents and was looking to shell out some birthday cash for some new tunes (remember when people bought music?). At this point in my life I'd just gotten into more "underground" bands like Sonic Youth and Fugazi. Bands that weren't all over MTV and radio. From this, I learned about Dischord Records, which in turn led me to Minor Threat. When I saw this cassette in the store, I grabbed it immediately thinking it must be some type of rare find. I had no idea at that point that you could purchase their entire output on one CD, so this tape had to do. We got back into the car and my friend and I asked if we could put it on the tape deck. I'll never forget hearing the opening chords of "Betray" and how insanely fast Jeff Nelson's drumming was to me at that time (and still is, really). The fact that they recorded this album as a 5 piece really shows. Brian Baker playing guitar (where he belongs) added so much dynamic to their songs. And then there's Ian MacKaye's vocals. I was reading along with the lyrics the entire time. By the time we got to "Out Of Step" I was 100% sold. Here was the angriest and fastest music I'd ever heard in my life, and the singer is saying that he doesn't smoke, drink, fuck. Because of this, he is "out of step with the world". At 13 years old this blew my mind. Going against the grain, against the very things that society embraces...well that's fucking punk rock. From that day on, I declared myself as straight edge and never looked back. It was a genuine life changing moment. Minor Threat were the perfect hardcore band. They came in, wrote about two dozen flawless songs, then called it a day. No reunion tours. No reunion albums. No "solo" sets where Ian has some scab backing band playing the hits. It was a moment in time that you were either lucky enough to be there for, or like myself, wish you could've been there for. Thanks to Ian, Lyle, Brian, Steve and Jeff. You changed my life forever with these 9 songs and I'm forever grateful. I'll end this with a quote from Mr. MacKaye himself taken from an interview earlier this year that sums it up better than I ever could:

"If you wanted to see Minor Threat, why would you want to see a guy who is 49 years old, doing a song he wrote when he was 19? I think that’s just insane. I tell people, I love Minor Threat, but that band belongs to that moment in time. I think the music holds up because it is an honest expression, and that's why people can still relate to it. If you want to see Minor Threat, form a fucking band, that’s minor threat."

Friday, October 7, 2011

Slayer's Reign In Blood turns 25 today

Slayer - Reign In Blood
Released - 1986

Twenty five years ago today, Reign In Blood was released on Def Jam Records.  At the time of this record's release, I was at the ripe age of six years old.  In all honesty, I got into Slayer pretty late in the game in 2003, for which I feel no shame.  When I was growing up, my older brother was a total metal head and I have been aware of the band for as long as I can remember.  The most vivid memory I have as a child involving Slayer and my brother is me telling him, "If you don't stop listening to that devil-worshiping music, I won't be your brother anymore."  Fast forward to 2011, I worship at the altar of Slayer and my brother listens to Linkin Park and Disturbed.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cool Music Videos: Part One

Sonic Youth's video for the song "100%" has always been a favorite of mine.  There is something about music and skateboarding that go together seamlessly.  The song and video are both pretty chill and make me reminisce about my younger years of hanging out, skateboarding and just being a kid.

Unsane's video for the song "Scrape" is another cool skateboard-related music video.  To me, this is cool for the opposite reasons that the Sonic Youth video for "100%" is cool. This video is dirty, aggressive and jarring.  All the skate footage in the video is of people slamming hard.  At the very end of the video, someone sticks a solid grind down a rail.  I always had a love/hate relationship with the slam portions of skate videos.  I would love watching people completely eat shit, but afterwords I really didn't want to go out skating.

The Toadies' video for the song "Possum Kingdom" is the only thing I have ever seen or heard from this band.  The song itself is a solid example of '90s grunge/alternative music. The video is a little disturbing with scenes of a person dragging a body and digging a grave at the beginning.  It all culminates with the killer actually creating an ice sculpture which has you rethinking the whole video.  I wish people still did the pogo at shows like in this video.  

The Guns N' Roses' video for the song "You Could Be Mine" is unintentionally funny while still being ass-kickingly awesome.  How can anything with The Terminator in it from the '90s not be awesome?  The premise of the video is that a Terminator was sent back in time to kill Sarah Conner and failed, but now it has a new target: Guns N' Roses.  The end of the video is priceless with Arnold's assessment of his target.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Stone Temple Pilots - Core

Stone Temple Pilots - Core
Release:  1992

Story by Donny Mutt, head nacho at Pizza Friends and bassist for Quiet Arcs.

The Bar-B-Que Mitzvah Tour in 1993 was the first concert I have ever attended.  This tour consisted of The Flaming Lips, Stone Temple Pilots and The Butthole Surfers and they performed in that order the night I saw them.  Once Stone Temple Pilots started to have videos on MTV, I quickly ran out to The Wall and picked up their debut release Core on cassette tape.  At this point in my life, I was full on into the mainstream grunge bands that MTV would play.  Stone Temple Pilots quickly became a favorite of mine with their heavy rock/grunge sound and interesting lyrics.  In all honesty, I had only heard of Stone Temple Pilots and knew one song by The Flaming Lips ("She Don't Use Jelly") before attending this concert.  Being that this was my first concert, I had no idea what to expect.  In my mind, I thought it was going to be utter chaos, non-stop slam dancing, crowd surfing and a few fights to keep it interesting.  I asked my older metalhead brother if I could borrow his work boots for the night to protect my feet in the "mosh pit" that would inevitably ensue.  He laughed, gave me his boots and then told me to get out of his room.  The other essential pieces of clothing for the evening were my Pearl Jam t-shirt and a flannel long-sleeve to tie around my waste.  If you have ever seen the movie Singles, then you know exactly the look I am talking about.  Later that night, I met up with my friends and we got to the venue for the show.  We wandered around and eventually made our way to our seats.  The Flaming Lips were good, but I was not a fan.  Once Stone Temple Pilots took the stage, I was in total awe and amazement.  They opened up with "Sex Type Thing" and the rest of the set was a blur.  The singer Scott Weiland wore a dress the whole set and they sounded incredible.  The Butthole Surfers were the headlining band, and to be honest, I didn't really like them much.  I had only heard the songs that were on Beavis & Butthead, so my interest in the band was minimal.  Chances are I just didn't get what they were doing musically at that time in my life.  I went to this show to see one band and one band only: Stone Temple Pilots.