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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

New York Fucking Dolls!!
This is one of the bands that really got me into punk. Hearing David Johansen scream at the beginning of Personality Crisis made me hungry for more. It still is an exhilirating beginning of a truly great album, their self-titled. Johnny Thunders is also a punk rock God. His stuff with the Heartbreakers and then solo is always in my rotation of music. Of course The Dolls arent in tact though. Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan died years and years ago, both with drug related stuff. Arthur "Killer" Kane died a year or so ago also, I forget how, but nonetheless, the new lineup is as genuine as any in rock'n'roll these days. These guys sweat it out and play from the heart.

Now to the goddam point, I decided a week back to watch Conan O'Brien for the first time in months and I was floored when he said at the beginning that the musical guest was none other than The New York Dolls. That was just the beginninng though. I nearly shit myself when he dropped the bombshell: the New York Dolls have a new album out as of July 25th! Its been over thirty years, but it's here.

The song they played was called Dance Like a Monkey, and it was straight off of the then unreleased album. The song was great. The band had all the style and swing you could ask for and David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain haven't lost their wild charisma. Check out the performance here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=OYpSzCNJhFg&search=new%20york%20dolls

The new album's title is amouthful: 'One Day it Will Please Us to Remeber Even This'. I pirated it off of soulseek, but I will likely pick up the real thing soon. The rest of the songs on it sound great too. Raunchy and tough like they were in 1973. I'm totally loving it and it brings bak memories of being 15 with long hair and rocking out in my bedroom haha.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Random Junk
I haven't posted in a while and I feel like a deadbeat. However, I can't find much to post about right now.. so I'll talk about shit that's happened to me or I've been doing recently.

About a week ago I got fined $128.73 for biking on the sidewalk. I didn't run into anyone or anything of the sort.. a carload of cops (three in one cruiser) just drove by and decided it was a good day to fine some harmless kids (me and my friend Tim). I'm usually a leniant guy when it comes to cops and I avoid the punk-as-hell stance of ACAB (all cops are bastards); some of the cops in Truro are real dicks though. Power hungry assholes who honestly enjoy treating people like they're worthless. The cop on the card was the one driving the cruiser. He's notorious for being a jerk. He and three others had to have a hearing a few years ago because they were accused of abuse of authority, but the panel let them off the hook despite some pretty fucked up evidence being put forth.
The day after my fine, some middle aged guy layed on the horn at me when I biked passed his car (he was waiting to pull out of his driveway.. there was traffic so he was at a full stop and with oncoming traffic coming, I biked around him). The horn scared the shit out of me and was completely unnecessary.. so I flipped the bugger off and kept going. This story gets better. Just a block down the street the same lunatic drives up beside me and from across the street shouts something and toots his horn. When I look he has a CAMERA out the window and takes a picture of me. He accidentaly drove up onto the sidewalk in the process and I yelled "good idea buddy." Really fucked up series of events.


I spent the afternoon yesterday learning the first Ramones album on guitar. It seemed like a fun thing to do, and the Ramones are frigging awesome. Joey is beyond cool.


More punk rock posts will come soon, I'm sure. I've been on a proto punk binge lately but Ill swing back around to the 2006 style hardcore side of things soon enough.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Jusy a quick post today..
Fucked Up's first full-length release is being put out very soon with the CD version on Jade Tree and the 2xLP on good ol' Deranged Records in Toronto. The Triumph of Life EP is quickly disappearing from distros everywhere, but last time I checked, Havoc Records still had some available. The Dangerous Fumes 7" is also coming out soon, which I believe is on Deranged as well.

Career Suicide's 'Attempted Suicide' LP is getting released soon with Deranged. This is one slab of vinyl I'm REALLY looking forward to, and just so everybody knows, Truro's own Dave "Bad News" Brown will be drumming for CS on this LP. Pretty wicked.

LBAL's Street Terrorism EP is being sold on Deranged Records' site now along with an alternate tour version.. only 200 copies, so a collectors item for sure if you're the type. It looks like they also have copies of the test press up there too. I don't imagine those'll last long. The tracks I've heard off of this EP are fucking killer. My copy's in the mail!

The Angry Angles/Digital Leather split 7" is out now on Shattered Records. I haven't heard Digital Leather yet, but Angry Angles are pretty cool. If you're into garage style/power pop kinda music, you can't go wrong.

Deranged Records
Fucked Up blog
Career Suicide (I can't get past the intro page right now..)
Shattered Records
Angry Angle's Myspace

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Panic - Strength in Solitude LP
Say what you want about Bridge9 and the whole youthcrew thing... this band is fucking awesome. Impassioned vocals which remind me of Nine Shocks Terror at times, but with a tad less thrash and more catchiness. Also remind me of Look Back and Laugh, but still very different. Panic has a new LP out called 'Strength in Solitude' and what I've heard of it fucking RIPS! It's a collection of a bunch of their early stuff.

Bridge9: PANIC's now out of print s/t EP, as well as their debut EP "Dying For It", now available on one CD. Also includes their 3 song demo, a track that was recorded live that was never recorded in the studio, and a 5 song enhanced video from 2001! Features members of The Explosion and The Trouble. In stores June 27th...

Obviosly, that applies to the compact disk version of the album, but it's also out on LP if you're a vinyl junkie like me.

Bridge9 Records
Bridge9's Panic page

I cant seem to get onto Panic's website, but here's the address: http://www.xmulletx.com/panic

New Stuff Out From Grave Mistake Records
One of my favorite little record labels, Grave Mistake, just released a new EP from the band Cloak/Dagger; their debut release. I've never had a chance to hear this band,but if it's anything like the other stuff GM puts out, it should be stellar.

They also mention a new EP release from the band Cardiac Arrest. Again, I haven't heard them but I have high expectations.

Grave Mistake Records: The highly anticipated debut EP from Richmond, VA's CLOAK/DAGGER is now available! "PINATA" delivers up four sonic blasts of raw, no-frills punk rock, attacking you with a full on barrage of BLACK FLAG-esque guitar riffage combined with a driving rhythm and infectious choruses guaranteed to leave you wanting more. Abrasive and addictive, this slab of wax won't leave your turntable.

First press is on some awesome looking white vinyl, all orders will start shipping this Thursday. You can pick up a copy in our webstore.

I did a little write-up on this label if you scroll down. They put out the Wasted Time 7", 86 Mentality's On the Loose 7" and the wicked Deep Sleep - You're Screwed 7".

Grave Mistake Website

Monday, June 26, 2006

Divorce Records
Not a lot to write about today, so I'll put a plug in for some local guys doing great stuff. Divorce Records is a DIY label in Halifax, Nova Scotia (about 100km's from me in Truro, Nova Scotia). It is headed by Darcy "Chik" White, who also sings for The Hold and is a really cool guy.

Divorce Records have been around since 1999, but just put out their first two vinyl releases this spring. The Hold/Gilbert Switzer split 7" and Be Bad/Attack Mode split 7". They also have a handful of releases on cassette and compact disk.


Check out...
Divorce's Website
Divorce's Myspace

...and listen to some mp3's.

Picture is of KC from The Hold. Photo taken by DMC.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Peligro Social's 'No Religion' LP
I don't know why I ignored this band for so long. I finally listened to a few mp3's today and they kick ass. They remind me of Batallion of Saints; 80's hardcore sound with a rock n roll edge.

Their LP, like their split with Born/Dead, is released on Tank Crimes Records.

Tank Crimes:
Rousing pissed off San Francisco high energy melodic hardcore punk en espanol. Mind bendingly catchy and anthemic. This debut album is follow up to split ep with Oakland's anarcho punks Born/Dead. Featuring members from now defunct SF band Cropknox. These 10 songs have a sound simular to classic 80's Spanish punk bands like Eskorbuto, but with even more fire and rockin' Gn'R style guitar leads. '77, '82, 2006, punk rock is timeless when it's this good, an instant classic.

track list:
side A: El Comienzo, Asesino, 20 Años, Amor Termino, Pobres
side B: Diversión, No Religión, Todos a la Mierda, Dominarte, Solo Creo en Mi

1st press (6/06)
1000 black vinyl
1000 cd

Check out Peligro Social's MySpace for yourself if you don't believe me. These guys are pretty rad.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Get Revenge Records
I just found out about this label recently. Check out their mp3s on their site. They have some wicked releases. Life Crisis, She's Dead and Conflict-Resolution are the bands with my favorite songs on there. Also, Assassination were a pleasent surprise... a really sweet crust/hardcore band. Get Revenge also has a pretty nice distro. I think I'll be doing an order with these guys soon!

Get Revenge! Records' site

New Shit @ Feral Ward Records
The new Vicious Obsessive EP is out on Feral Ward, as well as a few more releases includng Lebenden Totten's State Slaughter CD/LP and the self-titled Criminal Damage LP. Also, Government Warning's first full-length will be released in a few weeks. It's called No Moderation.

Out of these releases, I'm most interested in The Vicious' new 7". Their sound on the LP, as retro as it is, is very fresh in today's punk and hardcore landscape. It's a smooth sound ala 45 Grave, The Avengers or The Bags, except with male vox. Can't go wrong there.

Check out the song I'm Bored from The Vicious' self-titled LP on Wasted Sounds.

MP3:The Vicious - I'm Bored

Photo to the top-right is stolen from Daniel at Dead Metaphor. Check out his awesome site.
That's Government Warning playing live.