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ROWLAND HOWARD IS DEAD

December 29, 2009 Leave a comment

GOD FUCKING DAMMIT.

REST IN PEACE LONELYHEART

(I Know) A Girl Called Jonny by Rowland Howard

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Kwanza Bonanza: Feat. Thomas Function, Audacity, Le Face, Thee Makeout Party, Bad Parents, Gabriel Hart,

December 27, 2009 1 comment

My Christmas was quite profitable: a jacket, scarf, Chris D’s book, crappy video camera, etc. I made my dad a cd of vinyl rips, I made a book for my mother, i bought my sister a jonathan richman cd where he sings in spanish, and i got my brother Leon the Professional on dvd. Izzy’s getting something too when he visits, if he doesn’t act a fool.

I hesitate to ask what your loved ones bequeathed unto you on the 25th, as you blog surfers are a greedy taking type who never learned proper gift giving etiquette growing up.

So here’s a few presents from the Necrophysicians:

Blue & Green by Thomas Function– I promised this one a while back. Keeping with the series, it’s a b-side, from the Insignificants 7″ to be particular. Very fun track.

Elephant Stomp by Bad Parents– Seems like a lotta the visitors to this page came around trying to hook themselves a zip of Gestapo Khazi’s 12″ EP. Well, this here’s a wild instrumental track from the Bad Parents’ 12″ EP, which the singer and drummer from GK play on. Oh, and by the way cheapskates, GK’s EP is 8$ right now, and comes with a three song demo cd and a badge if you get it at their shows. Get that shit while it lasts.

Wreckless Epic by Thee Makeout Party!– This is the lower fidelity version from their old 7″. on Kapow Records. A mellow pogo builds up to some fantastic rocking out at the end. Totally essential for fans of Thomas Function and Audacity. Pick up their full-length, Play Pretend, and see just how far they’ve come. The version of Wreckless on it is……god.

Naked Nerves by Le Face– Le face.
This track comes from a limited edition 7″ produced by Paul Roessler.

No Future, No Past by Audacity– Thissa one’s from the tour tape they just made. 7.5 glorious new recordings. Dacity takin it to a new level. Changin it up, fuckin it out. The sound’s not everything it could be, but then again it’s a tape. I really have no way of describing this song in terms of other artists. It’s wild stuff, actually goes somewhere, unlike the bulk of what’s “on-the-bubble” today.

Lullaby for the Strange by Gabriel Hart– I think this is my favorite of the batch. The vocal is just beautiful. It’s the Jail Weddings dude. If you want it on vinyl it’s called “The Nightlight” EP

All right, time for some 2009 favorites:

Movies

  • Police, adjective
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • UP
  • Cold Souls
  • I Love You, Man

Dishonorable Mention:

  • Avatar: Pocahontas and Tarzan had an ugly blue baby who somehow understood English and rode dragons for three hours

Records

  • Jail Weddings Inconvenient Dreams EP
  • B-Lines S/t 7″
  • Audacity Winter Tour Tape
  • Gestapo Khazi S/t 12″
  • AM Alma Mater LP

Great books I read:

  • A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick (possibly read in very late 2008?)
  • Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
  • Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  • Tropic of Capricorn by Henry Miller
  • Drown by Junot Diaz
  • Search and Destroy #7-11 (best fanzine ever!)

Great Comix I read:

  • Bone by Jeff Smith (as well as RASL and Shazam!)
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore (as well as Swamp Thing and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)
  • Bacchus by Eddie Campbell (as well as The Dance of Lifey Death)
  • Kings in Disguise by James Vance
  • Black Hole by Charles Burns
  • Parasyte by Hitoshi Iwaaki
  • David Boring by Daniel Clowes
  • Epileptic by David B.
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  • Sandman by Neil Gaiman (as well as various other good comics)
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My favorite flashtoon short: Homestar Runner stars in “Cool Things”

December 18, 2009 3 comments

or if the sound in this video is too bad:
http://www.homestarrunner.com/coolthings.html

also, if you are a child, proceed no further down this webpage, it’s very naughty and all your friends at school read it.

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Canadian Punk Rock: Northern Necrophilia

December 14, 2009 5 comments

Izzy recently told me that lack of sunlight can cause chemical imbalances in the body which leads to physiological depression. Yup, ur-hur, punk and depression, same thing. Now, it might just be the impression I got from that episode of Bobby’s World wherein the family visits their relatives in Canada for Christmas (and when they get there they all have counterparts with different colored hair and different Christmas traditions), but if I’m correct, Canadian Winter is a fucking GAUNTLET compared to that of my home Southern California. And the Sun’s been going down at 3 or 4 around these parts as of late! I can only imagine the shadowy hell that is enveloping our Friendly Neighbors to the North.

“Friendly Neighbors?” you say? Yes, by and by, it is largely due to defunct local  group Friendly Neighbors that I’m here blogging today about Canadian Punk. You see, it all started last August. Me and my chums went to The Smell to see the Neighbors, NASA Space Universe, Le Face, and two touring groups from Vancouver. This was the night my beloved Prince shirt was ripped apart by some repressed closet homosexual tough guy in the mosh pit. As it turned out, that was the last time I saw the Neighbors (they kicked ass), but it was also the first time I saw Defektors and B-Lines. I ended up purchasing the Emergency Room compilation (the theme being regulars from the Emergency Room, an all ages diy space in Vancouver), and a B-Lines demotape, at the mild suggestions and nudges of one Kent Friendly.

The Defektors were on the side of the 80s underground; they call to mind bands like Naked Raygun, The Wipers (they even do a Tragedy cover), Shoes This High, Effigies. I also think of Crime because of the chunky guitars and gruff vocals. The track I’m streaming here, Burning Light, is an excellent gloomy number from the awesome Emergency Room compilation lp, and it kind of deviates from the sound of the songs on their single. The other material I’ve heard from them is a little rougher in quality, more garagey, whereas this track is smooth potatoes. The vocals on this are a little finer too. Don’t forget to listen to the songs on their myspace!
Burning Light by The Defektors

B-Lines are more on the loud, outta tune side of thangs. Me, I cannot for shit understand people who listen to hardcore, but not punk pop, and vice-versa. B-Lines absconded with the two and married them before the eyes of the children, who truly understand. ‘S’like Buzzcocks teaching Redd Kross some chops while the Angry Samoans meditate to a Ramones lp in preperation for the ensuing battle of the bands, where both seek to unseat Eater sitting on the Plugz’ shoulders from the champions’ pedestal. B-Lines drummer, I think his name is Bruce, is one of the few real punk drummers. It’s not sloppiness, like many assume. There’s an actual style. If I had to describe it, it’s like hyper minimal jazz or whatever. He’s got chops s’what i mean. These two tracks are from their debut 7″ EP which I gobbled up when the band made their surprise return to The Smell this past summer. Also, somewhere, out there, on the internet, there is a fantastic live set from a radio show called “thunderbird live” or something where the band discusses, get this……. HOCKEY!
Busy Man by B-Lines
Leaving & Dryer Fire by B-Lines

Now for the task no parent wants: pigeonholing White Lung (whom I have never seen). All right, stream of consciousness time. John Morton’s ferocious post-Electric Eels punk band X___X, morphing into UXA long enough to write lyrics and get everyone together, blacking out and waking up as Really Red in Austin, then U-Ron realizes he’s actually D. Boon and trades one of his spare copies of Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat to Rikk Agnew for American Youth Report. Oh, some australian shit too. This band is all around great. Hard to say what makes it. The bass sound is so thick I’m retarded, and the guitar cuts right through that. The drums AND the vocals are strong, tuff stuff. The first track is one of the b-sides from their recent Magazines 7″, and the latter appears on that record as well, but the version here is from the Emergency Room lp.
Backhouse by White Lung
Therapy by White Lung

White Lung plays @ the Smell this February. Check their page for West Coast Tour dates.

And now some oldies!

Scratches and Needles by The Nils: I found out about this fantastic punk pop band through Joe Stumble’s post of their Sell Out Young Ep at Last Days of Man. They started up in the 7os around the same time as Redd Kross, roughly the same age too. And they were brothers to top it off! They didn’t start making records til the 80s though. Far as I can tell, they were big fans of The Wipers, Clash, Dils, and New York Dolls. They’ve got a retrospective cd now called “Green Fields in Daylight“. Grievously, their singer, Alex Soria, committed suicide a few years ago. In light of the intro to this post, there may seem to be a crass tone. I mean no disrespect to Alex and his brother.

Grafitti: "Get modern or get fucked"

The Dishrags, are a bit older than the Nils. I found out about them through my friend Greg, guitarist for the Friendly Neighbors. Oddly enough, Joe Stumble posted one of their videos about a week after I got into the Dishrags. Apparently they’re Canada’s first all-female punk band, something which seems to be more common over their than here in California. The Emergency Room Lp, for instance, has loads of bands with girls in them. It’d be nicer if we could have more of that over here without the usual asswipe saying “People only like ’em ’cause they’re girls.” The Dishrags first record, Past is Past, caught the attention of Joe Strummer, who insisted on playing with the Dishrags. Here is the a-side of that single, which any Canadian reading this heard when they were in diapers, as well as a later track.
Past is Past by The Dishrags
Death in the Family by The Dishrags

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Because We All Have Those HUMAN MOMENTS!

December 9, 2009 1 comment

Izzy Pod here, yet again to bring you more music that will violate your perceptions of reality, alter your consciousness, or at the very least, tickle your fucked up fancy. The band that I share with you today is none other than the Bay Area’s own, Strip Mall Seizures. The band is a five piece synth-punk-klezmer-mutant-combo: two cups of step-the-fuck-back and a teaspoon of don’t-mess-with-me. Singer Jew-D Bawlz patrols the stage like a malfunctioning wind up doll with an insane, but all too knowing smile on her face. Her vocal style can go through a myriad of styles including screaming, whooping, hollering, and even barking. The guitars are there more for texture than actual chords or picking, but rest assured it is all very structured. The bass is jagged and relentless, like careening down river rapids in an inner tube. The aspect that really adds to the fucked up sound however, is the keyboards. Bork Schism (who has an amazing solo project called Nero’s Day At Disneyland). They sound so messed up and malfunctioned and circuit bent, however if you listen closely, the song structures almost resemble classical music at times. Their live performances are extremely insane, and I have heard reports of people leaving their shows missing teeth and clumps of hair. I don’t know how much more I can say about this band, but get everything you can by them. If you enjoy music that can make you dance, slam dance and scare of the faint of heart, then Strip Mall Seizures are the download for you.

Human Moment
Songbird
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I Believe In [_______]

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