Thursday, October 2, 2014
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Out with the old, in with the new. So says Bristol/Cardiff’s New Cowboy Builders, who dropped their drum machine in favor of a live drummer and - get this - actually increased the danceability factor in their music!
On their new Black Moses 7” the band steps out of their past Alibiniesque sound and into another realm, especially on the “Black Moses” cut itself. Singer Jake Healy’s Welsh garble is in full force, spewing out street-urchin Dylan Thomas over a riff so repetitive and upbeat that it beckons even the most rhythmless punk nerds to shake off some steam. Just try not to get the chorus stuck in your head. If dance punk was ever a real thing, this is surely it.
The flipside contains one of the most brilliant single-chord chugalongs this side of The Fall. Hell, even The Fall wish they would’ve penned “What Is Expected.” You can hear both punk and blues bands retreating in fear while Healy slurs some of his best lyrics yet, ex: “I became a wage slave/And somebody’s summer boyfriend.” God only knows the force of the song live, safe money is on it being extended to the ten minute mark.
This band should be on top of the world, instead they’re wasting away in Wales.
So yeah, I’d recommend skipping the craft beer for a week (we both know you don’t like Oktoberfest that much anyway) and picking up this single.
(This means you, fuckinrecordreviews.tumblr.com )
Truer song never written.
I wonder if Bridget’s still clean.
Tuesday, September 30th rolecall: an ounce of loud, half a bottle of codeine, and I had a bottle of rum but I guess I killed it already? Still plenty of beer. There’s some Vicodin around here somewhere.
Look at me, I’m Peter Laughner.
It doesn’t get much
cooler more desperate than this.
Shanghai Express, 1932.
I’ve been riding with the ghost
I’ve been doing whatever he told me
I’ve been looking door to door to see if there was someone who’d hold me
Never met a single one who didn’t see through me
None of them would love me if they thought they might lose me
Unless I made a change
Rest in peace, Molina.
I must’ve listened to Songs: Ohia every single day last summer and fall and winter.
Monday, September 29, 2014
This bottle of rum was full when I started tonight. Huh.
- Move to New Orleans after putting back (insert cash amount here)
- Write a lot, burn it
- Paint a lot, give it away
- Play music, see what happens
- Read more than conceivably possible
- Drink self into early grave
Well that’s enough V-3 for tonight, I think. Time to move onto Orphans & Vandals and see what changes.
Also, beer, yeah.
Told my dealer “I love you” after she gave me a $5 discount for getting her donuts and little iced carrot cakes from my work.
No, Tumblr, you don’t understand - I don’t tell anyone I love them.
Siblings, grandparents, friends, girlfriends - no one. It doesn’t happen.
This was a big day for me. Two steps forward, three steps back!
And the Award For The Greatest Hardcore Band Ever goes to … Nip Drivers!
Eat yourself out baby!
Bought on vinyl in Cleveland, where there aren’t any Santa Barbara college kids calling in to request Nardcore, thank god.
Unusual amount of Black Keys fans, though.
(Originally published on my Agony Shorthand blog in 2004)
THE BOTTOM 10, CIRCA 1985-1989
Somehow the band “SUICIDAL TENDENCIES” popped into my head today and it got me reminiscin’ about my 1980s college-era punk rock/garage/rock & roll radio show “White Trash” on KCSB-FM in Santa Barbara, California.
Not because I’d ever play such an atrocity, but because several of my listeners repeatedly begged me to. Requests for true quality did come in but were few and far between, yet these mid-80s clunkers were always, always being dialed in. The Top (Bottom) 10, in order:
1. (By a goddamn mile) SUICIDAL TENDENCIES “Institutionalized”
2. DEAD MILKMEN “Bitchen Camero”
3. BLACK FLAG “TV Party”
4. anything by DR. KNOW (consider my then-location and proximity to the “Nardcore” scene)
5. anything by METALLICA, ANTHRAX, C.O.C. or MEGADETH (consider the onetime popularity of what we then called “speed metal”)
6. RKL “Pothead” (consider the marijuana intake of many college students)
7. VANDALS “Anarchy Burger” and “Urban Struggle”
8. anything by THE ADOLESCENTS or D.I. (what is D.I., you ask??? Don’t ask.)
9. AGGRESSION “Money Machine”
10. anything by the DEAD KENNEDYS
Except for “Money Machine”, which is just a numbskull politico-corporate rant and not really a punk novelty, I never assented to any of these requests. Sadly, no one ever requested “Destroy Exxon” by CIRCLE ONE or “Fuck Money” by RF7, but I wish they had….
Ha ha ha, spot on… pretty much everyone who lived through those days knew that most of this stuff was bullshit, it’s only the newbs commenting on YouTube (etc.) who consider crap like this ‘classic’. Although I did like an RKL 7” once.
Woah, slow down, are you two honestly ripping on Dead Kennedys?
Or the first Adolescents album?
And the alternative is … RF7. Great.
Help Me I’m In Substandard Hardcore Hell