I will post damn near anything for local bands who want to get their music out there, so email me at:


Include a link to your shit and don't be a fag, you fucking faggot. Eat a dick. Lick on these testicles. I wanna anally inseminate Miles Ellerbeck (this will probably be here a year or two before he sees it...Love you bro). Also open yourself up to constructive criticism. I'll bluntly tell you it sucks and give the world a link to see just how bad it sucks. I am mimicking the stream of conscious asshole blogger speech now. Fuck you and eat several more dicks.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Powerglove-Metal Kombat For The Mortal Man

There has to be something to say about Powerglove...Not sure. Power metal covers of video game themes. Ok, there it is. Bad fucking ass! Check it out. Enjoy the epic-ness of this! I'm a little drunk right now hahahahahaha...Enjoy!

Powerglove-Metal Kombat For The Mortal Man:

1. So Sexy Robotnik
2. Mario Minor
3. Fight On
4. Vanquish The Horrible Night
5. Blasting The Hornet
6. The Duck Grinder
7. Power. Wisdom. Courage
8. Omnishred (We're Gonna Need A Bigger Sword)
9. Holy Orders (Be Quick And Just Shred)
10. Metal Kombat For The Mortal Man
11. Red Wings Over Baron

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Scott Baio Army-1999-2004

It's fair to call this thrashcore/powerviolence or whatever. This is some fast hardcore punk that probably left some gnarly holes in the esophagus of the lead vocalist with his heart racing like a rabbit on the crackpipe. I dig the shit out of fast music like this. Click the pic to download. I'd do a tracklist if there weren't 44 tracks with designations such as split 10", 7", or live KZSU. It'll take too fucking long and I lack the patience for typing the same song title over and over again. Download this though, it's fucking good and the tracks are properly labeled, thus negating a need for a typed tracklist. I'm just a lazy fuck. Check this out. Enjoy!

NOFX-The Longest EP

NOFX-The Longest EP:

1. The Death Of John Smith
2. The Longest Line
3. Stranded
4. Remnants
5. Kill All The White Man
6. I Wanna Be An Alcoholic
7. Perverted
8. My Name is Bud
9. Hardcore 84
10. War on Errorism Commercial
11. 13 Stitches (Acoustic)
12. Glass War
13. Jaw Knee Music
14. Concerns of a GOP Neo-phyte
15. Golden Boys
16. You're Wrong
17. Everything in Moderation (Especially Moderation)
18. I'm Going to Hell For This
19. I've Become a Cliché
20. Cokie The Clown
21. Straight Outta Massachusetts
22. Fermented and Flailing
23. Codependence Day
24. My Orphan Year (Acoustic)
25. S/M Airlines (7" Version)
26. Deuling Retards
27. On The Rag
28. A200 Club
29. Shut Up Already
30. The Punk Song

999-The Punk Singles 1977-1980

999-The Punk Singles 1977-1980:

1. I'm Alive
2. Quite Disappointing
3. Nasty Nasty
4. No Pity
5. Emergency
6. My Street Stinks
7. Me And My Desire
8. Crazy
9. Feelin' Alright With The Crew
10. Titanic (My Over) Reaction
11. You Can't Buy Me
12. Waiting
13. Action
14. Homicide
15. Soldier
16. Found Out Too Late
17. Lie Lie Lie
18. Trouble
19. Made A Fool Of You
20. Boys In The Gang
21. Brent Cross

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Malignant Tumour-In Full Swing

Malignant Tumour-In Full Swing:

1. We Paint The Town Red
2. We Are The Metal
3. Bristroll
4. Smack The Fools
5. Renault Star
6. High Time To An End
7. In Full Swing
8. Electric Church
9. In Bottle, There's No Law
10. Dressed To Kill
11. Hellbooze Armageddon

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dead Fucking Last-Proud To Be

DFL, or Dead Fucking Last plays sloppy hardcore punk and was quite surprisingly released by Epitaph Records in the middle of the fucking 90s while they were riding the wave of melodic quasi-hardcore that MTV had a hard on for at the time. No traces of Bad Religion, Offspring, NOFX, or Rancid is found here. This is straight in your face, slam dance ready chaos that should be played at high volume in your grandmother's presence...Preferably during a heartwarming family outing, like a funeral or a Bris. This was produced by Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys and it has a certain Beastie aesthetic to it if you're aware of their hardcore punk output and that they started off as a hardcore punk band who worshiped the Bad Brains. This is definitely something you should listen to. Enjoy!

Dead Fucking Last-Proud To Be:

1. Proud To Be DFL
2. Word Of Mouth
3. Lost Cause
4. Return Of The Knucklehead
5. Mr. Popular
6. Function At The Center
7. Home Is Where The Heart Is
8. Hit The Floor
9. Club Stupid
10. Minus Adam
11. Better Off Dead
12. S.B.C.G.
13. Free Haircut
14. Society's Pressure
15. Self Pity
16. Action Everybody
17. Sourpuss
18. Insane Authority
19. Good Cop, Bad Cop
20. What's The Difference

Dead Boys-Young, Loud And Snotty

Dead Boys-Young, Loud And Snotty:

1. Sonic Reducer
2. All This And More
3. What Love Is
4. Ain't Nothin' To Do
5. Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth
6. Hey Little Girl
7. I Need Lunch
8. High Tension Wire
9. Down In Flames
10. Not Anymore/Ain't Nothin' To Do [Medley]
11. Not Anymore/Ain't Nothin' To Do [Medley]

26 Beers-26 Beers

Killer crossover thrash from Boston, Massachusetts! This shit is beyond fucking awesome!

26 Beers-26 Beers:

1. 27 Beers
2. Hit The Marc
3. Drink More Beer
4. Genocide
5. Fight The World
6. Slap
7. Dermaine (Two-Step 'N Thrash)
8. The Time Has Come
9. Deathwish
10. How To Make A Little Girl Cry Twice
11. The Mexican Drinking Song
12. Nobody's Safe

88 Fingers Louie-88 Fingers Up Your Ass

88 Fingers Louie-88 Fingers Up Your Ass:

1. Past Mistakes
2. Ritter
3. In Your Eyes
4. Try It Again (Circle Jerks Cover)
5. Won't Stay Late
6. Vera
7. Too Many
8. Irreparable Damage
9. Call It A Night
10. Run On Home
11. Victim In Pain (Agnostic Front Cover)
12. New Direction (Gorilla Biscuits Cover)
13. Funny Look
14. Emotions
15. Call It A Night
16. State Of Confusion
17. Hard To Believe
18. Not Just My Head
19. My Fathers Dreams
20. All I Want for Christmas
21. I Hate Myself
22. Can't Get Up The Nerve
23. Apart At The Seams
24. Inside Myself
25. In The John [Live]
26. Something I Don't Know [Live]
27. Too Many [Live]

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Hellfire Trigger Re-Up

It has come to my attention that one of my earliest posts needs to be re-uploaded, so here is Hellfire Trigger, a now defunct (or apparently not?) hardcore band out of North San Diego County. These guys rule(d), they would always come play shows in the High Desert with Dirtbag and Spitting On Cops. Here's their two releases, both on Brain Constipation Records, "Stand Up" and "Sent Down To Burn" on one .RAR for your enjoyment. I loved these guys an I had the many a conversation with them back in the day. Really really nice guys. Click on the live photo to download. Enjoy!

The Unseen Discography

Here's the complete LP discography of the Unseen. EPs are not included, but what is, is the Complete Singles Collection compilation. That pretty much covers it. Click on the album cover to download. Enjoy!

And I just found these...Here are three B-Sides released exclusively through Myspace back in 2006. They are "Act The Part", "Live In Fear 2006" and their cover of "Rise Above", originally by Black Flag...Enjoy!

Agnostic Front-My Life, My Way

Yes, it sucks, but judge for yourself. Click the album cover to download. Don't feel like making a track list, but the tracks are properly labeled.

Vortex-Thrash Is Alive

Vortex fail to innovate, but "Thrash Is Alive" is further proof that thrash metal is and always will be alive and well. I'd be 100% totally knocked out of my seat if this genre fades into obscurity again. This demo from this Croatian group came out in 2009. I don't know of any further releases by these guys. If anyone does, point me in the right direction...I really want to hear more from this band! Enjoy!

Vortex-Thrash Is Alive:

1. Death Trap
2. Between The Lines
3. Thrash Is Alive
4. Bonebreaker
5. No Way Out
6. Thrash Metal Holocaust
7. Running Killing
8. Arise On The Streets

Cancer Bats-Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones

Canada's Cancer Bats play an innovative style of hardcore punk with elements of the Southern Sludge style. It's different than a lot of the hardcore coming out these days, as I hear almost equal amounts of later era Black Flag and Black Sabbath represented by the band. It's a hard driving and sludgy onslaught of oftentimes anti-melodic cacophony. Check it out. Enjoy!

Cancer Bats-Bears, Mayors, Scraps & Bones:

1. Sleep This Away
2. Trust No One
3. Dead Wrong
4. Doomed To Fail
5. Black Metal Bicycle
6. We Are The Undead
7. Scared To Death
8. Darkness
9. Snake Mountain
10. Make Amends
11. Fake Gold
12. Drive This Stake
13. Raised Right
14. Sabotage (Beastie Boys Cover)

De La Soul-3 Feet High And Rising

De La Soul-3 Feet High And Rising:

1. Intro
2. The Magic Number
3. Change In Speak
4. Cool Breeze On The Rocks
5. Can You Keep A Secret?
6. Jenifa Taught Me (Derwin's Revenge)
7. Ghetto Thang
8. Transmitting Live From Mars
9. Eye Know
10. Take It Off
11. A Little Bit Of Soap
12. Tread Water
13. Say No Go
14. Do As De La Does
15. Plug Tunin' (Last Chance To Comprehend)
16. De La Orgee
17. Buddy (With Jungle Brothers And Q Tip)
18. Description
19. Me, Myself And I
20. This Is A Recording 4 Living In A Fulltime Era (L.I.F.E.)
21. I Can Do Anything (Delacratic)
22. D.A.I.S.Y. Age
23. Plug Tunin' (Original 12" Version)
24. Potholes In My Lawn

Andrew W.K.-I Get Wet

Probably one of my favorite album covers of all time. Andrew W.K. plays a form of party rock that incorporates heavy metal, hard rock and punk rock influences with some piano and keyboard that adds another layer of depth to the sound. It's pretty fucking good. I threw in the re-recorded version of "We Want Fun" from the Jackass soundtrack as an added bonus...Enjoy!

Andrew W.K.-I Get Wet:

1. It's Time To Party
2. Party Hard
3. Girls Own Love
4. Ready To Die
5. Take It Off
6. I Love NYC
7. She Is Beautiful
8. Party Til You Puke
9. Fun Night
10. Got To Do It
11. I Get Wet
12. Don't Stop Living In The Red

Bonus-We Want Fun (Jackass: The Movie Soundtrack)

Movie Review: Clerks...37 Dicks And Still Counting...

I haven't done a movie review in over a year and I wish to do more of these. I'm just really lazy. Seeing how this blog has months between updates and updates tend to come in clusters, I need to get on top of things...Here's my review of Clerks, one of my all time favorite movies...

37 dicks. That's right. When I was younger (I'm only 22 right now), running into a girl who you knew had performed fellatio on that many men was a blessing in disguise. You knew, that without a doubt, you were walking away a happy camper having had your penis loved on by the taste buds of the lady of the nearest lake. I saw this movie when I was 13 or 14 and to be honest, it only really made the impact on me later in my life. 37 dicks is something I certainly wouldn't aspire to if I were a female and now, as a male in my early 20s, I ran the risk of contracting some serious STDs in my more promiscuous days. It's a turn off now. And to state the obvious, being in a committed relationship is enough to turn you away from sluts...Not to degrade women in any sort of way, there are just some out there that are walking receptacles for infected semen. Now, a woman should be proud of her sexuality. This isn't the 50s mindset anywhere, but I'll stop simultaneously preaching misogyny and feminism for the sake of completing this review...And even I after proof reading that, do not understand what point I was attempting to make...The Japanese need to make a Clerks tentacle porn with a beast of 37 dicks. I'd watch the shit out of that and I absolutely hate anime and hentai. Fuck it...Balls...Shit...FUCK...

This movie did break new ground in that it is almost entirely dialogue. Nothing really happens that isn't a result of the movie's vivid explicit spectacle of speech. It's a lot of weed, dick and fart jokes and solidified Kevin Smith's career as the sole purveyor of weed, dick and fart joke in a seemingly intelligent way. His vocabulary is his strong suit and the delivery of some of these jokes includes such examples of uncommon lexicon that a having a lexicon handy is the only way some of the humor can be grasped in layman's terms. Don't expect to get get everything in your first viewing. It takes several to truly extract every last laugh from the flick.

The story is basically about two guys at two businesses owned by the same mysterious boss who talk...A lot...Most of these discussions have absolutely nothing to do with the actual plot. Something about 37 dicks...Something else about playing hockey on the roof of the convenience store and something about fucking. And BERZERKER! Figuring out the plot is a daunting task in itself because you're constantly sucked into the film's irrelevant dialogue. Plot twists? Nah, well maybe if you count a girl fucking a dead guy in the bathroom due to a case of mistaken identity...

You see, some, in not most of the funniest moments are the crudest. For example, when Randal reads off the porno movie titles in front of the mother and her young daughter without a care in the world. He's not oblivious to their presence, he just flat out does not give a flying fucking fuck. Let's take a look at the main characters for a moment. Dante is a little whining bitch who got called in on his day off. I flat out don't really like him, because he's pretty much a bitch. The character is supposed to represent Kevin Smith in his youth, which leads me to the conclusion that Kevin Smith is a whiny bitch...And a fat whiny bitch at that, who bitches cause he had to buy two plane tickets to properly seat his gargantuan ass...In fact, I hate the Dante character so much, had the original ending been included, the film would have worked excellently as a tragedy for someone who almost cannot be sympathized with. Maybe tragedy isn't the term I'm looking for...Maybe his death would have summarized the previous generation's complacency in the world. Although it wouldn't have been the gunman's motive (which is theft), I'd interpret the shooting as having been a mercy killing. Dante is so self absorbed and miserable, I'm sure he would have welcomed his demise with arms wide open. Maybe that was Mr. Smith's original intent, but those test screenings are certainly a bitch and a half...And maybe then we wouldn't have the travesty that is Clerks 2 if Dante had died, seeing how he is essentially focal point of the movie. Maybe they could have made "Clerk: A Sequel To Clerks" starring the best part of the movie, Randal Fucking Graves!

Randal is awesome. Randal is king! Randal makes the movie...Who the fuck thinks of the independent contractors on the uncompleted second Death Star? Randal does! He is the true genius of the movie. And we also have Jay and Silent Bob making their debut, although their role is minimal in comparison to their later outings. They are relegated to a bunch of one-liners. That honestly does make the movie that much better. We can argue about whether their expanded roles in future Kevin Smith movies added to them at, but hell, they at least got their own swear-fest out of it.

What this movie did for me was to expand on penchant for conversation. I now regularly throw words into my speech that tend to throw people off and give of an aura of intelligence that has yet to be proven real or false by myself or anyone else that I have attempted to fool. I have the talent of bullshiting my way through conversation and I have this movie to thank for that. I constantly will steer the topic towards simultaneously inane and insane topics that don't matter in the grand scheme of things, or happen to even be relevant to my existence.

Clerks 2 was shit. It killed the spirit of the first film and was basically a re-hash of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back mixed with a little bit of the magic that made Clerks what it is. Clerks is a great film, it really is. You will fail if you even attempt to try to recreate that. And even the father of this great film, Kevin Smith himself, couldn't do that. You can't fuck with this movie. You just can't. It's been a good 4 years since I last watched it. I love it, but maybe I've seen it too many times. I can't even count. So fuck it. If you haven't seen it, then you need to. I highly recommend watching the original cut included on the Clerks X DVD set. It's better than the final product, albeit a rough and unfinished version.

What did Clerks contribute to society? Nothing really. It's all about 90 minutes of entertainment. But there's one thing that stands out...I always end up in a conversation with whomever my current girlfriend is at the time about the men (or women) they've slept with. It always goes that way. This conversation is inevitable. Particularly "how many"...I always reply "In a row". And if she asks you first, you answer and that's her reply, you have found yourself a keeper. That's Clerks' contribution to society...A dick joke that never gets old.

Zeke-Death Alley

Zeke is Zeke. Not any other band really quite like them, except for Motörhead. Zeke is Motörhead on crack, whereas Motörhead was already rock 'n' roll on speed, so I can come to the conclusion that this band is fast and they're cranked up on methamphetamines and cocaine derivatives. Did I mention already that this band is really fucking fast, but also musically tight. Tighter than the majority of bands out there, including the most metalest of the bunch. This is faster than shit Motörhead worship with a punk aesthetic and approach and it's fucking tight to, if I haven't already mentioned that. It's tighter than a virgin's un-invaded vaginal cavern waiting for daring spelunkers to infiltrate and lay claim to being the first to ever investigate. It's also tighter than an asshole that hasn't been massaged to accommodate a fleshy, cylindrical appendage that squirts salty, warm, expired milk when total utter happiness has been achieved. It's also way tighter than you, because you suck. So fuck you. And finally, Enjoy!

Zeke-Death Alley:

1. Crossroads
2. Live Wire
3. Jack Tolerance
4. Evil Dead
5. Arkansas Man
6. Shockwaves
7. Mountain Man
8. Evil Woman
9. The River
10. Night Rider
11. Into The Night
12. On The Run
13. Animal
14. Road Ahead
15. Eyes Of Satan
16. Death Alley

Fuck On The Beach-I Have Never Seen Myself

Power-Violence...Almost the same fucking thing as thrashcore and a less metal variant of grind, which is a metal-ish variant itself of thrashcore, hardcore and power-violence. Which came first? The chicken or the egg? I don't know exactly where I'm going with this one and if I had a point, it was certainly lost in my head...Somewhere...Ok, the point is FUCK THE CHICKEN AND FUCK THE EGG! Was it the Sex Pistols in England or the Ramones in America? Who cares who started it? It's fucking music...Music?? I almost cannot think of a genre short of noise "music" that is more anti-musical that power-violence...POWER-MOTHER-FUCKING-VIOLENCE...It kills...Fuck On The Beach more or less makes me want to fuck on the beach, and fuck myself up on the beach. I remember being on Chat-Roulette because of my friend B-Rad (who knows what he was doing on that site), beating myself up, while people beat themselves off...Probably to my self beating, which I'm quite good at. I'm almost positive I gave myself a concussion that night. I'm definitely deficient the brain cells these days. Possibly due to that incident. And it was all for the benefit of some sicko across the country getting his rocks off. I felt dirty, used and abused...I'm your slut...And for whatever reason I think of violent sounding hardcore punk when I'm participating in illicit sexual favors for random people...Maybe you will to. Enjoy!

Fuck On The Beach-I Have Never Seen Myself

1. I Have Never Seen Myself
2. Too Sad To Be Alone
3. No Jealousy
4. Betrayed Again
5. Suddenly Insert
6. Where Do You Work?
7. Don't Call Out
8. Tried My Life
9. Broken Black Hole
10. Innocent Yourself
11. All The World
12. Fuck On The Beach
13. Vandalize
14. Hate Myself
15. Something I Don't Want To Know

Kottonmouth Kings-Sunrise Sessions

People ask me all the time if I am a bro. No, not the Midwest or East Coast variety of douchebag, but the Southern California dirtbike riding, black sock wearing, SRH reppin' kind. My listening choices include the Kottonmouth Kings (and other Subnoize acts), I ride a dirtbike, I drive a Ranger prerunner wannabe truck, I'm an asshole, I have a collection of flat-bill hats...So I guess I am a bro. Or a brunk rocker. Yup, Up the Brunx! hahaha.

I love the Kottonmouth Kings. I do. You can research their history a little bit and find out that Brad Xavier was in the O.C. Hardcore band Doggy Style at one time, but most judge off face value. This is their latest record, "Sunrise Sessions", which is more or less, a substantially more mature output from the "smoke weed, drink, ride dirtbikes" sound of their previous records. This is a actually a laid back, mellow, reggae-tinged collection of stoner rhymes. It's quite fucking good. Here we find the crew stripping away most, if not all of the punk rock and club anthems for a more coherent and concise collection of tracks.

This is their second album with the Dirtball, who's speed rap style fits this style rather well. The Kottonmouth Kings' other experiments with a reggae style, namely select tracks off of "Royal Highness" were better and musically more reggae than hip-hop, but still, this is a style they should stick with. The club anthems have more or less been spun off into Kingspade and the punk rock is going on in the X-Pistols, two side projects that have their own individual merits and are worthy of a look.

If this is your thing, then check it out. Enjoy!

Kottonmouth Kings-Sunrise Sessions

1. Stonetown
2. Love Lost
3. Down 4 Life (Feat. Jared Of Hed P.E.)
4. Kalifornia
5. My Garden
6. Boom Clap Sound
7. Back Home
8. She's Dangerous
9. Ganja Daze
10. Stay Stoned
11. Stoned Silly
12. Closing Time
13. Cruzin'
14. Great To Be Alive
15. Be Alright
16. Said And Done

Arson Anthem-Insecurity Notoriety

I am a complete and total fucking hypocrite. I post a huge and somewhat anti-illegal downloading rant a few months back and promptly abandon this blog. Well, I'm over it. I really love illegal downloads. This is how I get 95% of my music nowadays and it has effectively killed the music industry to some extent. So, what's to hate about it? Nothing. Love it. It's killing the rabid dinosaur of an RIAA and it will eventually leave bands to focus on making good music and performing said good music to a live audience, where they can buy tickets and t-shirts at an over inflated price...Almost 100 dollars to go see Danzig with Doyle and original members of Samhain as Danzig Legacy...You see what I mean? These artists will make their money. I bet a t-shirt will be 30 bucks at least...Way to get ahead in a down economy, so fuck it...Simple as that.

Now let me get to this post. Here is Arson Anthem. Crusty hardcore from Phil Anselmo, Hank 3, and Mike Williams. Looking at the names here, this is an obvious supergroup. I don't really listen to Eyehategod, so I can't compare this Mike Williams' claim to underground street cred. Hell, I don't even listen to all that much sludge metal...Except for some Amebix, if you wanna call them that and some stoner sludge, like Bongzilla and Weedeater. But, he's got a raspy voice that suits this old school hardcore throwback nicely....

This ain't no country music either, but Hank Tres is in the band. It doesn't even sound like Assjack, which is admittedly more metal. And frequent Hank 3 collaborator, Phil Anselmo is in the band as well. This ain't Pantera or Superjoint Ritual either. Probably for the best to. As much as I hate admitting I like Pantera a lot, this would suck ass if it sounded like that at all. Pantera is dead and left in it's wake a zillion nu-metal bands, something people call hardcore, and angry macho men fat kids with zits who fuck up moshpits worldwide, so it's kinda a good thing.

What we have here is a little throwback to a time that time itself forgot. HARDCORE! Real fucking fast as shit hardcore punk that pulverizes bunnies in a Gallagher fashion. Don't forget your pancho! Ear plugs are a neccessity for people under 48" tall and those with a heart condition. This is the shit...Plain and simple. I love the shit out of this record. I would give it a ZER if I was the all-mighty ZER, but hell I'm not...So I give it a DER. Enjoy!

Arson Anthem-Insecurity Notoriety

1. Naught
2. Foul Pride
3. Isolation Militia
4. More Than One War
5. Insecurity Notoriety
6. Pretty Like That
7. Initial Prick
8. Crippled Life
9. Polite Society Blacklist
10. If You Heard This You Would Hit Me
11. Hands Off Approach
12. Has Been/Had Been
13. Primate Envy
14. Death Of An Idiot
15. Co-Dependent And Busted
16. Kleptomania
17. Teach The Gun (To Love The Bullet)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

D.F.A.-Defy False Authority

D.F.A. is a Canadian Thrash Metal/Crossover Act and play some of the most rippin' thrash I've listened to in a while. The whole New Wave Of Thrash Metal has been defined by newer bands that take the Crossover aesthetic to a whole new level and expand upon what D.R.I. arguably started. I'd say this new wave is way more Hardcore influenced than the original purveyors of Thrash. I will go as far to say that the new wave is carrying the torch of hardcore punk more so than the new hardcore out there. You'll always have "throwback" bands, but it's not safe to call the newer thrash a throwback to 80s thrash metal. It's an evolution that expanded on Crossover and if anything, it's a throwback to Hardcore Punk...With obviously better instrumentation and musical prowess. I hope to hear more from this band. Enjoy!

D.F.A.-Defy False Authority:

1. Defy False Authority
2. No Fight To Lose
3. Your Song
4. So Futile
5. Pliant
6. That's Gonna Leave A Mark
7. The Muse
8. Useless
9. Eat Shit
10. Fight Club

Friday, May 27, 2011

Interview With Mark Prindle Of Mark's Record Reviews.

I am shifting gears here at the Blog Of Least Resistance. I am going to no longer focus on free downloads. I'd like this to be more of a record review/interview site. So in my inaugural ceremony I bring you a quick email interview with Mark Prindle Of Mark's Record Reviews, the site I will be attempting to rip-off in the coming months. There will still be occasional downloads, but I will be including in depth reviews and the occasional interview to differentiate this site from the rest of the blogging scene. If you have been living under a rock, or have some semblance of a life away from the computer, Mark Prindle has maintained his website for 16 years. It is a resource for some of the funniest and brutally honest reviews on the web. As well as his hilarious interviews with many sorts of different figures in the alternative music world. His site has had me laughing my ass off for many years. What is important to note is that his site, while not a music blog, predates the structure (or lack of) and writing style exemplified by many of the blogs out there. I don't know how I'd be writing my reviews if it weren't for stumbling upon his site many years ago. He's a big influence. I just wish I had his wit. This is my first interview ever, as you can tell. My lack of interview skills is evident to the trained reader, but know I gave it my best here. He could of ripped into me and tore me a new asshole, but he didn't. If I had chosen to interview Metal Mike from the Angry Samoans, another noted music critic in punkland, he would have. If you can't guess, I am referencing the Punk forums on Myspace, circa 2006 and 2007...Anyways, here's Mark Prindle! Enjoy!

How has life been treating you lately?

Pretty well, thanks! I had a very difficult 2010, having to deal with a painful marital separation and long-term unemployment, but the past six months have been much better. I have given up drinking, found a wonderful new girlfriend and apartment, and begun working temp jobs to keep my savings from completely dwindling away. I still need a full-time job, but at least I'm not drinking myself into blackouts and waking up handcuffed to hospital beds anymore.

I stumbled upon your record reviews site many years back, before the blog had really caught on and although your site lacks free downloads, I think it is one of the precursors to the music blog. Some bloggers have developed a "Prindle-esque" style of record reviews. I know I have. I'm certainly nowhere near as humorous as you, but I give it a try. Tell me, what has influenced your writing style above all?

Boredom. I love talking about music, but I can't stand writing straightforward reviews. That's why I'd make a terrible journalist; straight, serious writing bores the hell out of me. Not to READ, mind you -- I read nothing but nonfiction and am thrilled that so many people have the discipline and interest to write in a straightforward factual manner. However, although I can write that way (and have for 15 years in my PR career), it's not all that fun. If I'm going to waste all my free time writing, it had better be fun.

I relate more so to a reviewer if they write in a similar style as you do. You seem to have a way of blogging through your reviews. Is that intentional? Or does it just happen that way?

My web site is the only personal writing I do, so I use it not only as a record review guide, but also as a diary and creative writing outlet. My site pre-dates blogs by several years, so I'm definitely not imitating that aesthetic. I think we all have the same drive though: the urge to write anything we want free of editorial constraints.

Is there something you wanted to review, but couldn't? Like there was almost nothing that could be said that hadn't already been said before?

No, I could review anything. All it takes is a few knock-knock jokes and stories about my dog.

I was reading your reviews of Agnostic Front the other day. On your "My Life, My Way" review, you say that speed alone isn't enough to hold your interest. I'm assuming you don't mean the drug, but what does a hardcore band have to do to hold your interest nowadays? Are there any bands that do?

They must display either a strong personality, a unique take on the genre, or simply the ability to write catchy and original chord changes. I don't keep up with current hardcore, but if Fucked Up counts, I do like them. I love how anthemic they are, and I find many of their songs quite catchy. I recently downloaded albums by over 100 old hardcore bands I'd never heard. Some were generic and forgettable, but there were some really terrific bands in there too. Check out Malignus Youth if you've never heard them. They had a really unique sound. If I could remember the names of any others off-hand, that would be very helpful.

Of the newer releases by older bands, which would you say have both stayed true to their roots and has been relevent to today? In any genre.

I don't think music needs to be relevant to a particular time period. In fact, it probably shouldn't be. Artists should strive to create timeless work, not work that will only appeal to today's listeners. The Spice Girls were plenty relevant in their day, but who gives a shit about them now? As for staying true to their roots, AC/DC, Motorhead and Neil Young certainly qualify. Bad Religion does too, but I'm not sure they even enjoy the music they're playing. If you listen to Greg Graffin's solo records, it's clear that punk rock isn't his chief interest anymore. It probably hasn't been for some time. But he knows that Bad Religion fans expect Bad Religion music (he learned that lesson from the reaction to "Into the Unknown"), so he delivers. I shouldn't complain, considering what happened to The Dwarves after Blag Dahlia got tired of hardcore.

I'd go as far as to say the new thrash metal bands are carying the torch of hardcore more so than the modern "Hardcore" and "Metalcore" bands are. At least in the delivery and attitude departments. There seems to be a genuine cross polination of style between the scenes. It's more musical than"crossover thrash" was, but it still sounds way more punk than the 80s pure thrash bands. What do you think of the New Wave Of Thrash Metal?

I love their sound. They remind me of old DRI and stuff like that. I haven't spent enough time with any of them to know which are the best songwriters of the bunch, but I love the fact that they exist!

What do you think of a genre like deathcore, combining Metalcore with the Cookie Monster?

That's actually not how I hear deathcore. I hear deathcore as a dumbed-down version of metalcore. Metalcore to me means intense, difficult aggressive bands like Converge, Botch, Coalesce, Every Time I Die and Dillinger Escape Plan. But all the deathcore I've heard is just guys blasting away at two or three chords and bellowing. Have I just not heard the good ones?

How has your musical taste evolved? I see you're becoming harder on punk and hardcore. What do you find yourself listening to mostly nowadays?

I'm all over the place. I keep buying books about musical subgenres and then downloading hundreds of albums by bands discussed in them that I've never heard. So for a while I was listening to British hardcore bands from 1988-1991, then American hardcore bands from 1980-86, and just recently I listened to about a hundred albums by "progressive metal" bands. That's a difficult subgenre because it includes everything from Dungeons & Dragons nerd-prog (Dream Theater) and overblown operatic garbage (Queensryche) to awesomely intense death/thrash/grind/black/psycho-metal (Enslaved, Voivod, Meshuggah, Deathrow, Deathspell Omega, etc). I currently have a book coming in the mail about British hardcore 1980-83, so I'm sure I'll be listening to a lot of that soon!

Are you a nostalgic person who goes back to the music of your youth, or do you prefer the new bands to the old?

I don't prefer new bands to old, but I'm always looking for great bands that I've never heard. I enjoy my old records too, but I can sing all of those in my head so I don't need to listen to them.

What was your favorite interview to conduct?

Billy Zoom because I was drunk off my ass!

Who turned out to be nicest? Who was the biggest asshole?

GBH's Colin Abrahall was belligerent, but he had every right to be; prior to our interview, Go-Kart's PR guy alerted him to my GBH review page, on which I ream pretty much their entire catalog! Aside from him, they were all nice -- at least until afterwards, when I've alienated a few through drunken emails and childish behavior (including Steve Albini, Henry Rollins, King Missile's John S. Hall and the Cows' Kevin Rutmanis -- though I think a couple of them have forgiven me by now).

Is there anyone you have been trying to interview, but it never seems to work out? Like the person is too busy all the time, or they do whatever they can to avoid you?

Jello Biafra refuses to speak to me because I sided with the other Dead Kennedys in my interviews with them. I can understand that; I shouldn't have taken sides in a legal dispute that had nothing to do with me.

If you could interview one person that you haven't interviewed before, before you died, who would that person be?

Paul McCartney

Is there anyone who you wished you could have talked to before they passed on?

Dee Dee, Joey and Johnny Ramone.

Have you been following any of the blogs that have popped up in recent years? Which one's are your favorite?

No, I don't follow any blogs. Unless Facebook is a blog!

What is your thought on the proliferation of free music downloads? Are we hurting anyone by sharing their music for free? Should music be free for everyone? Has it gone too far?

Music downloading has quite literally destroyed the record industry. Nobody buys CDs anymore, because why should they? It's much quicker and easier to just steal it off the Internet. Music should not be free, and it has definitely gone too far. Nevertheless, as an important record reviewer and tastemakers, I feel it is my duty to continue downloading every album in the world.

What's the status on Red Eye? You haven't made an appearance in a while.

The old booker accepted a production job with Greta Von Sustern's show, and the new booker ran across an extremely offensive and pointlessly racist joke on my web site. So I've essentially been banned.

If you could take 3 things with you on a desert island, what would they be?

A ship, a crew and enough gasoline to get me home

Say that you could only take records...A total of 5, and a record player. You had no access to water or food. As you slowly meet your demise, what would the soundtrack consist of?

The first Ramones album, The Cars' "Candy-O," Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," AC/DC's "Flick of the Switch" and Aerosmith's "Rocks." Those aren't my favorite albums in the world; I just think they'd be nice to die to.

Now for random questions cause I wanna ask...

Favorite food? Favorite drink?

Pizza and Diet Coke. If you'd asked me two months ago, I'd have said Vodka.

Worst band of all time?

Eagles, unless Billy Joel counts as a band

Worst genre of all time?

Deathcore and modern emo are equally abominable.

Best band in a terrible genres? Worst band in an awesome genre?

I'm definitely not a country-western fan, but I love Johnny Cash. Hardcore is an awesome genre, but the Cro-Mags are godawful.

Best TV show? Worst?

Best is Mr. Show. Worst is nearly everything else. I do like Community, Arrested Development and SCTV though.

Favorite movie? Least favorite?

Favorite is "The Decline of Western Civilization." Least favorite is "Breaking the Waves."

Any parting words?

Yes, several.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Death Of The Music Blog...

This is something I've been wanting to write for quite some time, but never did, because I am an extremely lazy and busy person...Two opposites that kinda do work together in some ways. I am writing this because I am a firm believer that the music blog community has lost it's way and has been replaced by a quick Google search to find a particular album, rather than downloading one based on a blogger's impassioned recommendation. It was always "convenient", but the discovery of new, unknown artists has been replaced with a desire to find one artist by simply inputing "band name" and "mediafire" into Google's all too helpful search bar which aids in finding everything from today's hot news stories to a porn star's filmography. It's gotten so convenient that I don't even bother reading the blogger's words...For all I know, he could of written a very funny and/or insightful review on the material he posted. But I don't know that, because I went straight to the Mediafire link and was 2 minutes away from enjoying some Scandinavian D-beat band that would of been obscure two years prior to it's posting. It's not necessarily a bad thing that Mp3 blogging brought to my attention so many amazing (and even more shitty) Hardcore, Crust and D-beat bands...It's a bad thing that no body pays attention to them. I looked on my Mediafire account the other day...You know who gets the highest number of downloads? Pennywise, Leftover Crack, Rancid and The Casualties. This proves my point. They probably found the links using Google. They didn't even bother reading the blog, because they found my link and got what they were looking for. The kids these days still only seem to be interested in the bigger bands. I catered to all forms of punk and hardcore when I was actively posting on The Blog Of Least Resistance. I did post a lot of bigger bands. Why? Because I liked them. But what I really wished is that maybe people would have stuck around and found something more obscure. Something that you won't read a Wiki about, or actively search for. One of the great things about blogs was the discovery aspect. This was our version of tape trading. Now look at what it's becoming.

When I first got into the blogging scene, there was a genuine sense of community. The write ups and the comments were well thought out and showed that the people posting and downloading the album actually cared. No it's 90% spam. I post something I know will get a lot of downloads and what happens? It gets the downloads, but no one other than a bot has something to say about it. This is not a criticism so much of the blogger themselves. Most of the blogs that stated 5 years or so ago that are still around do actually care. It's the crop of "Wal-Mart" blogs that popped up in their wake. No write up, sometimes no tracklist, no reason to download other than the artwork looks cool. I'll be honest, there was a few stages here at this blog where I was too lazy and apathetic to post any kind of write-up. But a lot of times I did. I'll admit I'm no Mark Prindle when it comes to my reviews, but I at least tried to give something to the reader on occasion. It's these blogs that have consistently done that from day one that I have a problem with. Does the reader download it because it's labeled as "Crust" or because it's the only record by such and such band they don't have yet? What's the motivation here? The blogger's job was to give us a reason to download it. Whatever they could. And it was appreciated.

The blogging community, or should I say, the "Music blogging community" has become something that will likely die out soon. What was a tool for people to share music and experiences from said music has become too convenient for people to snatch and grab some free music. These blogs are not even what they were because the reader has discovered they can just use Google to get everything. The CD killed the tape. Mp3 killed the CD. Mp3 blogs made Itunes functionally useless. Google killed the Mp3 blog. Google wins. Convenience always seems to prevail. It's funny how that works.

The only way to save the Mp3 blog is too maybe reserve them for posting only out of print or hard to find records. Maybe demos from your crappy grindcore band, or demos from your cousin's power metal band. We need to stop posting what can be bought relatively easily. We need to reserve this space for obscurity. We need to reserve this place for unsigned band promotion. The blogger's themselves seem to care more about site traffic and blog promotion than for the unsigned band that asks them for a review and to have their demo posted. When posted, they seem to easily get lost in the sea of big names on the blogsite. I know people care more about Guttermouth than Spitting On Cops, but come on? Why don't we leave this space to help out the little guy? I'm guilty of it myself. I've posted way too many bigger names than obscure bands and it sucks. Even if we post a bigger band, we should at least have the decency to give the record a proper write up. I'll no longer post something without saying something about it. Never again. We need to bring the joy of discovering new old music back to the music blog.

If you can buy it relatively easy, then buy it. We do hurt some smaller bands who have a proper release out by posting every song on the album in it's entirety. Say they pressed 500 of them and can't move them, except at shows...The band got fucked in the ass there. Unless they are completely anti-capitalism/anti-consumerism/anti-ism and have explicatively stated they want their record posted everywhere for free, we shouldn't fuck with their need to make their money back on it. Unless it's Metallica. Then by all means post the living shit out of it. I heard Lars Ulrich eats babies. What a sick fuck.

I happen to see almost no issues with posting a RIAA band or other bigger names. I just say "do it at your own risk". For all too many reasons. There's the obvious "DMCA" notices and possible shutdown of your blog, but there's also the fact your blog will likely be overlooked because you posted something easy to find elsewhere. Your other posts will likely not be read and that obscure Japanese HC band you had to share with the world will not get it's fair due because the mindset of the downloader tends to lean on the snatch and grab aspect of it. I hate the music industry as much as anyone, and while we're not giving them anything, in fact taking, we're hindering the smaller bands and labels by including them in a sea of bigger names. Again, we should stick to unsigned bands, out of print, or hard to find stuff. Once the Mp3 blog caught on, everyone started their own punk or metal blog. And 90% of them have the same or eerily similar content. You can go here and you can go here, but you'll go there because they use Mediafire and the other uses Rapidshare. We need to bring the diversity back. When I found blogs like 7inchpunk back in the day, you realistically couldn't get any of it unless you had an Ebay account and something called a "disposable income". They had the hard to find stuff and at the time, no one had it. Then it caught on and it was reposted over and over and over again on many different blogs. Now you could find The Fuck-Ups "FU82" on at least 10 different blogs, including this one. Maybe everything that needed to be posted has been posted already. But when it's reposted without an opinion from the poster, it's just another link. Another sign of the Mp3 blog's impending doom.

The Mp3 blog will not in itself die. People always find a way to share their music. I remember using Soulseek. The chat in the Punk/Hardcore room used to be insightful discussion about punk and hardcore. Now it's basically "n-word this, n-word that". It's pretty racist up in there. Soulseek seemed to die out somewhat. At it's pique, there were a few hundred in the room, now maybe 100-150 depending on the day...They're all still stingy assholes and you have to be on their user list and part of their secret club to download from them and everyone seems to log off when you're getting what you looked so hard for. And they don't ever seem to log back in. That's what originally made me turn to blogs in the first place. No judgmental pricks with download limits and a que so long your download doesn't take a week to start. The blogging world has it's share of judgmental pricks, but not as many. One thing it lacks is the rules...Unless the uploader used Rapidshare or a similar hosting site. What will die with the Mp3 blog is the spirit. It has become a ghost town. I used to like reading what the poster had to say, but even for myself, it has gotten to the point where it's hard to care when there's free music at your fingertips, one-click away. We love our instant gratification.

The music blog has come under fire by many for it's non-monetary nature and for taking the thrill out of finding music. I'll be honest, it has. Most of these critiques come from middle aged holdover's from the original HC scene who had to wait month's for that blank cassette tape to come back filled with music. That must have sucked...Waiting a few months to find out if the band you so desperately wanted to hear was any good. I'm betting these guys got coal in their stockings a few times. What the blog did was take out the middle man. In the beginning anyways, it was a form of electronic tape trading. You had someone there hyping what they posted. It might have not been any good, or might not have been your style, but still, the blogger had to essentially "sell" you on it with their review, the provided band history and whatever reasons they might have for a recommendation. Most blogs now are photo, tracklist, and link. Nothing else. It just sucks now.

I have over 40,000 songs indexed meticulously on my Itunes, backed up on 2 hard drives...Why? No idea. I've been hoarding music for a while. The problem being, I've listened to maybe half of it...And that's a very liberal estimation. I keep the music I don't like. Maybe to give it another chance one day, maybe for boasting purposes, I don't know. I estimate that I have paid for a total of 1,000 of these songs...They were my CD back-ups, and now I don't even have the original CDs. I have my vinyl collection, but it still pales in comparison to my army of Mp3s. I downloaded these is my incessant urge to find new music. Most of these were picked off of blogs. I stopped caring 20,000 songs ago, replacing "blogspot" in my search with "Mediafire". The joy in the hunt was lost for me. I used to search for one thing and then read the rest of the blogger's site if it was in English. Then I stopped giving a fuck about one asshole's opinion. I wanted music and I wanted it now. If I ever was subject to a search and seizure by the RIAA, I'd be millions in debt. And I'd laugh all the way to the courtroom. Fuck them. Back to my point if I still had one...I stopped caring about discovering music. I just wanted it and now it's old. I think the blog is dead because it has made finding specific music too easy. We are no longer discovering, we want what we know and don't yet have.

So fuck it all. I'm gonna go masturbate. This aimless rant made me horny.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Few Loose Screws-395

Thanks to Vultch for posting this. Here is the full album. Enjoy!

A Few Loose Screws-395:

1. She's Trippin
2. Today's Lesson
3. Get it Out
4. Pantyhose Mask
5. Eight Days Clean
6. My Name Is War
7. Deliverance
8. I Smell Bacon
9. MOTAvation
10. King Cobra
11. Liquor Store
12. Psycho Ward


Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Few Loose Screws-395 (Sample)

Here's a few songs from A Few Loose Screws first album, "395". I am not sure if it's a demo, cause they gave it to me for free. Since I'm not sure, I'm only posting a couple of songs until I get an ok from the band to put all of it up. If you like Spitting On Cops, this is the vocalist, Clumzy's new band. It fuckin rips. Fast, but trippy as fuck. I like.

A Few Loose Screws-395 (Sample):

1. Get It Out
2. I Smell Bacon
3. Liquor Store