Out of Olympia, blasting into new territory from their olden days of Old Time Relijun-y goodness Malaikat dan Singa throat sings you to new levels of euphoria, blast this shit loudly, and share it with someone you love.
The Younger Lovers is a Bay Area band that is carrying on with the tradition of being really good. The punk rock movement is alive and well in Northern California and The Younger Lovers can take a little slice of credit for that.
Out of Austin, Radioactivity is The Marked Men’s Mark Ryan and Jeff Burke with Daniel Fried and Mark Rutherford. They blast out 13 songs in 30 minutes on their self-titled debut that keeps selling out over at Dirtnap Records. Pick it up, order it, make them work it out.
So I’m once again riding the Sonic Train. I usually go about 6 to 8 months; I’ll hear a Sonic Youth song here or there and think “mmmm, so good.” But that’s it. Then out of nowhere, the urge overtakes me and it’s all I’ll listen to for a week or two straight. I’m in it. Just picked up some vinyl this week- I’ll post photos as they arrive. A nice Sonic Youth/Jay Reatard split 7″; Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star; Sister; Evol; and Dirty (which contains the song of the show).
I apologize for the lengthy absence, but I cannot say that it will not happen again.
I’ve got a lengthy show for you, to make up for lost time, a bit. I wrote an article on some of the best albums of 2013 so far and I’m going to play some songs from those very albums (and perhaps some that were not mentioned). So, here’s the list:
Oakland punks Shannon and the Clams dropped this album earlier this year and it is a doozy! I’m loving Shannon’s vocal style-ings; and the surf garage doo-wop r&b rock outfit blasts out 15 tracks on the LP, get yours today!
East coast punks Pissed Jeans dropped their album “Honeys” in February and it contains a whole boatload of sonic syrup with which to coat thyself. The whole thing needs listening, you can start here with “Male Gaze.”
The Zig Zags are a bagful o’ tease, we got 2 excellent EP’s out of them last year and are waiting waiting waiting for a full length and they go and drop a cassette of the old stuff! come on! give us the goods, we need it. . . more please.
their bandcamp ——–> here
their fb ———> here
their tumblr ——–> here
Killer Dreams EP was released early 2012 and is about as solid an EP as they come, all 4 songs are worth listening to repeatedly, each song has its own flavor of Pangea, and the album cover is one of my favorites in recent history.
their bandcamp for releases on Lauren Records ——–> here
their EP at Ghostbot Records ——-> here
their fb ———> here
An album a year is note-worthy. . . a really good album every year for three years running is phenomenal. The Men have a new single out now and a new album “New Moon” coming out in March. Your only hurting yourself by avoiding them.
San Diego pop punk band Plateaus released their debut LP in the fall of 2012 and it is a rollicking good time top to bottom. The single Do It For You b/w Jasmine was released in May and a video for the song came out in the summer.
the band is ——–> here
the video ——-> here
buy the cd/vinyl ——-> here
Another for the Best of 2012, Thee Oh Sees album Putrifiers II kicks butt and engages your chakras with rhythmic mantras that keep the inner fire burning. Light some incense and candles then prepare to be rocked.
their website ——> here
the video ———> here
download ——-> here
Detroit punks Tyvek released a new album early in November and it’s moving up my list of best of 2012. The straight up lo-fi fuzzy punk of On Triple Beams is only slightly more refined and evolved than their previous album Nothing Fits. Their label In The Red Records is a good place to start a record collection.
New Jersey punks Titus Andronicus released their third album Local Business in October of this year. The music is good, the kids are punks, the first track “Ecce Homo” is the way an album ought to begin. Have a listen, won’t you?
The Creamers released their 7″ Bob Kringle/Father Christmas back in 1990, with both songs on the A side, the B side had an etching of the cover art from the single. Wish I still had my copy. . . *sadface
LA surf-punks FIDLAR are releasing their s/t album early next year. Check out their song/video “Cheap Beer” Look for them touring the east and west coasts of the USA in November and Europe in December.
Naomi Punk – Burned Body
Naomi Punk’s album “The Feeling” is being re-released this November on their new label, after a limited press of 300 or so albums back in April of this year, it is a standout punk album and not much of a surprise that the band hails from Olympia, WA- must be something in the trees up there. . .
Metz is a Canadian band, their self-titled debut album, METZ, hits the shelves on October 9th. Loud, scuzzy guitars, driving drums and vicious energy bring mayhem into your vanilla existence. Free upload of the song here.
I dug all the way down into wikipedia to get this little tidbit o’ knowledge:
Bowie later recalled:
…the most absurd situation I encountered when I was recording was the first time I worked with Iggy Pop. He wanted me to mix Raw Power, so he brought the 24-track tape in, and he put it up. He had the band on one track, lead guitar on another and him on a third. Out of 24 tracks there were just three tracks that were used. He said ‘see what you can do with this’. I said, ‘Jim, there’s nothing to mix’. So we just pushed the vocal up and down a lot. On at least four or five songs that was the situation, including “Search and Destroy.” That’s got such a peculiar sound because all we did was occasionally bring the lead guitar up and take it out.”
This week is a tribute to 924 Gilman St, although I don’t think The Clash ever played there. Many bands throughout the late 80’s and early 90’s cut their teeth and split their lips jumping around the all ages club, 924 Gilman St. Operation Ivy the short lived, much loved punk-ska Berkeley band was the reincarnation of The Clash. The other bands included in this episode reflect all that was good about The Clash and Operation Ivy. The Clash – Rudie Can’t Fail ~63 minutes
Sonic Youth may be done, who knows, but at one point someone asked me if I were stranded on a desert island and could have only one artist/bands complete works to listen to who would it be. . . I guess I wouldn’t be relating that little slice of life if the band weren’t Sonic Youth so, cat’s outta the bag, my answer then was Sonic Youth and it would still be Sonic Youth today. I had a little bit of anxiety trying to pick a song, but resigned myself to the fact that if I continue doing this show I will have plenty of opportunity to do another Sonic Youth song, and another, and another. Anyway, I picked a good number of songs that were released relatively close to when Goo was released and then a few songs that are more recent. I rolled out the first of a 2012 release and added some songs to the best of 2011 list that will never die. Hope you enjoy. Sonic Youth – Mary-Christ ~63 minutes
Punk has been around forever. When it shows up, you think “oh yeah, there it is- punk rock man.” Most of the time it’s lurking just out of sight in all the usual places, but occasionally someone shines a light on it and we all get a good dose of punk. Punk is always where it needs to be, for those of us who really need it, when we need it. This show highlights a miniscule amount of punk, some of it hailing from Texas (a place that could use a whopping good dose of punk) and a little from Portland and a some from San Francisco, and other places as well – punk is everywhere. All of it really good stuff. Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (click to listen or download)~56 minutes
In the second installment of the best of 2011, I picked a song that wasn’t even released in 2011 but came out 3 years earlier on the album The Chemistry of Common Life. The song, “No Epiphany,” is not new but it is the first song I heard by Fucked Up years ago, and immediately liked. Fucked Up has a fucked up name but whatever, they put out a really good album, an excellent album this year, with 18 fucking tracks on it, so don’t just pick and choose, drop the 9.99 and get the whole god damned thing. For some reason I never bought any of their albums up until now, and David Comes To Life is good straight up, no frills punk rock. No gimmicks, other than their fucking name. Whatever. . . they’re basically just Coldplay with a scrowling singer. . .~58 minutes
The debut episode of 1 Song 1 Show focuses on Minor Threat’s “I Don’t Wanna Hear It.” Chosen at random, the song immediately brought up comparisons of the DIY early 80’s indie music young industrialists to the everyone with a keyboard and an opinion podcasters of the current day. Minor Threat’s sound and walk the talk attitude left very little room for harsh criticism musically speaking. They were really fucking good, and you either liked the type of music they played or you weren’t into it. Their social/cultural observations were controversial and will continue to energize fresh listeners for years to follow.
Playlist for Minor Threat – I Don’t Wanna Hear It
Fugazi – Waiting Room
Bad Brains – Sailin’ On
something by Circle Jerks (I would suggest “Wild in the Streets”)
a song from The Dead Milkmen’s “Big Lizard in my Backyard” he mentioned “Bitchin Camaro”
I would add to that:
Fugazi- Margin Walker
Bad Brains- Don’t Bother Me
The Dead Milkmen- Rastabilly
The Misfits- London Dungeon and Where Eagles Dare
Mudhoney- Flat out Fucked and Hate the Police
Minor Threat- Screamin at a Wall
Other stuff to look up:
Rich mentioned “Art to Choke Hearts” by Henry Rollins, and the website Pancake Mountain