Friday, April 11, 2014

Oh Look, It's Just J. Mascis playing School with Nirvana

16 year old me from the year 1994 is super excited about this.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

This Primitive Sound! Vol. 3

This Primitive Sound! Vol. 3 
  1. The Zeros- Don't Push Me Around
  2. Crime- Terminal Boredom
  3. The Scientists- Shake Together Tonight
  4. The Skunks- Earthquake Shake
  5. The Dead Boys- Ain't Nothin' To Do
  6. The Penetrators- Drive Me Crazy
  7. The Flamin' Groovies- Teenage Head
  8. The Groundhogs- Cherry Red
  9. The Electric Eels- You're Full Of Shit
  10. Chain Gang- Piss Your Pants
  11. Redd Kross- I'm Alright
  12. The Real Kids- She's Got Everything
  13. The Saints- L.I.E.S.
  14. X (Australia)- Degenerate Boy
  15. DMZ- First Time Is The Best Time
  16. The Pagans- Don't Leave Me Alone
  17. The Cramps- Subwire Desire
  18. The Wolfmen- I Don't Want No One
  19. The Brood- You Turned Your Back On Me
  20. Thee Mighty Caesers- Lie Detector
  21. The Mummies- Shut Yer Mouth
  22. Dead Moon- Killing Me
  23. Cheater Slicks- Spanish Rose
  24. Blacktop- Tornado Love
  25. The Oblivians- Blew My Cool
  26. The Reatards- Teenage Hate
  27. Teengenerate- She's So Fine
  28. The Spits- Beat You Up
  29. The Carbonas- Didn't Tell You A Lie
  30. The Black Lips- You're Dumb

get it here

Monday, March 10, 2014

my favorite SXSW memory: The Icarus Line vs. Stevie Ray Vaughn

it’s SXSW time again and in celebration of Indie Rock Spring Break i will reshare with you guys my absolute favorite SXSW moment ever back in the year 2002 when The Icarus Line fucked with the ghost of Stevie Ray Vaughn. 
i was at the Hard Rock Cafe (the LEAST rock n’ roll venue possible) to catch The Dead Low Tide (a band made up of former members of The Murder City Devils), Sparta (a terrible emo band made up of the dudes from At The Drive-In that didn’t have afros) and the headliner of the night…The Icarus Line. after being underwhelmed by the Dead Low Tide and bored outta my fucking mind by Sparta i was really ready for some loud noisey punk rock, and if there was one thing The Icarus Line knew how the provide in those days it was loud noisey punk rock. their shows were always chaotic and a little bit antagonistic which had the effect of turning off a lot of kids. by about 4 songs into their set most of the crowd had ditched out and there were maybe 15 or 20 people watching the show, me being one of those. guitarist Aaron North and singer Joe Cardamone seemed extremely agitated at the lame crowd and the even lamer venue and before long Joe was climbing behind the drummer and tearing down a huge SXSW sponsor banner. the bouncers were obviously pissed about this and you could tell they were ready to pull the plug on the Icarus Line’s set, but before that could happen Aaron North grabbed a microphone stand and walked over to a glass case on the side of the stage that held an autographed guitar by Texas legend Stevie Ray Vaughn. before anyone knew what the fuck was happening Aaron smashed the case open and grabbed the guitar. i thought he was gonna smash the thing. before anything could happen the bouncers rushed the stage and the show was over. someone snatched SRV’s guitar from North and then he ran out of the club before anyone called the cops.  i had been taking pictures the entire set and was lucky enough to snap a photo of the exact moment that the microphone stand shattered the glass case. of all the crazy shit i have seen happen at a show, that was the fucking craziest. 
some video evidence too: 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

This Primitive Sound: Vol. 2

This Primitive Sound! Vol. 2 
  1. The Cramps- Twist & Shout
  2. Crime- If Looks Could Kill
  3. The Scientists- Don't You Lie To Me
  4. The Saints- Lost and Found
  5. X (Australia)- Halfway Round The World
  6. The Lewd- Kill Yourself
  7. The Testors- You Don't Break My Heart
  8. The Gears- Baby Runaround
  9. The Pagans- Street Where Nobody Lives
  10. The Penetrators- Rock N' Roll Face
  11. Teenage Head- Disgusteen
  12. The Zeros- Wild Weekend
  13. Redd Kross- White Trash
  14. The Weirdos- Teenage
  15. The Gun Club- Ghost On The Highway
  16. Tav Falco's Panther Burns- She's The One To Blame
  17. The Gibson Bros.- White Nigger
  18. The Gories- Nitroglycerine
  19. The Mummies- Victim Of Circumstances
  20. The Gruesomes- No More Lies
  21. The Oblivians- Christina
  22. Thee Mighty Caesers- Little By Little
  23. The Rats- Leave Me Alone
  24. The Flamin' Groovies- Slow Death
  25. The Electric Eels- Jaguar Ride
  26. Rocket From The Tombs- What Love Is
  27. The Ramones- I Don't Care
  28. Iggy & The Stooges- Tight Pants
  29. Death- Freakin' Out
  30. Hollywood Brats- Sick On You

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day 2014 Playlist

Tell Me Baby That You’ll Be My Baby 
  1. Neil Young- I’ve Been Waiting For You
  2. The Zombies- This Will Be Our Year
  3. Syd Barrett- Love You
  4. The Velvet Underground- I Found A Reason
  5. Alex Chilton- With A Girl Like You
  6. Ramones- I Need Your Love
  7. Greg Oblivian & The Tip Tops- Watching My Baby Get Ready
  8. Hasil Adkins- Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?
  9. Nolan Strong & The Diablos- If I, Oh I (Could Be With You)
  10. The Rolling Stones- If You Need Me
  11. Thee Milkshakes- Soldiers of Love
  12. The Gun Club- She’s Like Heroin To Me
  13. The Vibrators- Baby Baby
  14. Yo La Tengo- Somebody’s Baby
  15. Roky Erickson- True Love Ways
  16. The Paris Sisters- I Love How You Love Me
  17. Tav Falco’s Panthers Burns- She’s The One That’s Got It
  18. Link Wray- Walkin’ Down The Street of Love
  19. The Detroit Cobras- Oh My Lover
  20. The Kinks- I Need You
  21. T. Rex- I Really Love You, Babe
  22. Donnie & Joe Emerson- Baby
  23. The Walkmen- Dance With Your Partner
  24. Beat Happening- Cast A Shadow
  25. Sebadoh- Brand New Love
  26. Skywave- Baby It’s Just You
  27. Spacemen 3- Come Down Softly To My Soul
  28. Nick Cave & Anita Lane- I Love You…Nor Do I
  29. The Everly Brothers- All I Have To Do Is Dream
  30. Joe Tex- The Love You Save May Be Your Own

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Shake! Shake! Scream! (60s Garage Rock Playlist)

  1. The Nautiloids- Nautiloid Reef
  2. The Excells- Let’s Dance
  3. The Rooks- A Girl Like You
  4. The Sonics- Dirty Old Man
  5. The Missing Links- Wild About You
  6. The Stoics- Hate
  7. Link Wray & His Ray Men- Hidden Charms
  8. The Cave Men- It’s Trash
  9. The Avengers- Be A Caveman
  10. Larry & The Blue Notes- In & Out
  11. The Aardvarks- I’m Higher Than I’m Down
  12. The Prophets- You Wonder Why
  13. The Monks- There She Walks
  14. The Seeds- Girl I Want You
  15. The Bad Roads- Don’t Look Back
  16. The Starfires- I Never Loved Her
  17. The Keggs- Girl
  18. Los Saicos- Ana
  19. The Iguanas- Again & Again
  20. The Undertakers- Unchain My Heart
  21. The Standells- Baracuda
  22. The Psychopaths- Till the Stroke of Dawn
  23. The Others- Revenge
  24. The Syndicats- Crawdaddy Simone
  25. Nick & The Jaguars- Ich-I-Bon #1
  26. The 13th Floor Elevators- Tried To Hide
  27. Michel Polnareff- Time Will Tell
  28. Del Shannon- Move It On Over
  29. The Creation- How Does It Feel To Feel
  30. The Index- Eight Miles High
  31. The Third Bardo- I’m Five Years Ahead Of My Time
  32. MC5- I Just Don’t Know
  33. Scotty McKay Quintet- Train Kept Rollin’

Saturday, December 21, 2013


it’s the end of the year, so time for another round of useless Best Of lists. like every other asshole who thinks their taste is something that needs to be shared, i have compiled my personal favorite musical releases of 2013. most of these albums fall into the category of rock & roll in one of it’s various forms: noisey, shoegazey, garagey, psychedelicy, what-the-fuck-ever-y. all you need to know is that this was the shit i liked this year. hopefully a few of them are things you haven’t heard and you decide to check out. that’s really the only good purpose a list like this serves anyways.  
My Favorite Albums Of 2013 
from the moment i first heard this album i knew it was gonna top my favorites of 2013 list. Dead Ghosts are some Canadian garage rockers that sound like they were raised on Back From The Grave comps, The Byrds, The Seeds, Dead Moon, The Mummies, and Link Wray. their 2010 debut is one of my favorite records of the current new wave of garage/psych rock and their new album Can’t Get No is even fucking better. it’s an excellent mix of 60s psych rock, sloppy lofi country, and snotty garage punk that my ears ain’t never gonna get sick of listening to. this is the good shit, right here. sublime rock & roll.
My Bloody Valentine- mbv 
what the fuck am i going to say about this album other than MY FUCKING BLOODY FUCKING VALENTINE PUT OUT A NEW FUCKING RECORD THIS FUCKING YEAR?!?! maybe next time don’t make us wait 22 fucking years for a follow up.
IceageYou’re Nothing 
punk’s not dead, it’s just got a Danish accent. with a serious hard-on for Death In June and Joy Division (including the fascist fetishizing), Iceage followed up their promising debut with one of the more exciting hardcore records since Refused’s The Shape of Punk to Come.  
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds- Push The Sky Away 
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are back with their 15th! record, Push The Sky Away, another album about love and sex and death and religion and Hannah Montana…ya know, all that shit Nick Cave has been singing about his whole life. 
Ty SegallSleeper
Segall has always carried a love of Marc Bolan on his sleeve, and with Sleeper, Ty is full-on indulging in his T. Rex fetish. the fuzzed out garage rock he’s usually known for is replaced by spaced out acoustic psych-folk ballads. it’s pretty obvious that this is a record about the pain of loss which makes a lot of sense because it was apparently written after the death of his father. the good thing for us, is that pain makes for some damn good song writing, as these are some of the best of his career
The MenNew Moon 
every new record by The Men sounds like an entirely different kind of band. on New Moon we find them abandoning noise rock and shoegaze in favor of a sound closer to Uncle Tupelo and Neil Young. 
Pissed JeansHoneys
i’m gonna go ahead and say the new Pissed Jeans record is the best Pissed Jeans record even though it sounds exactly like all the other Pissed Jeans records. And all those Pissed Jeans records sounded like The Jesus Lizard covering Black Flag’s My War. noise rock, sludge, 80s hardcore homages, songs about being a failure as a human man, shit to smash your face against the wall to…that’s what Pissed Jeans do and on Honeys they still are doing it fucking well.
90s legends returned from the grave with a record that’s still full of the same trashy garage punk soul as their beloved early shit. 
Destruction UnitDeep Trip
an excellent combination of noise, space, and krautrock into one beautiful record of rock n roll annihilation.
Atlanta garage rock boys showing off their love of Bruce Springsteen and The Replacements on 4 sweet slices of anthemic Southern Punk. this is party music of the rowdiest kind.
Ty Segall’s buddy and constant collaborator unleashes a perfect little record of catchy sunshiney 60’s inspired pop. 
Psychic IllsOne Track Mind
moody droned out Spacemen 3 & Velvet Underground inspired psych-rock.
like if Converge and My Bloody Valentine had a black metal baby.
Purling HissWater On Mars 
crunching fuzzed out garage punk mixed with 70s hardrock that sounds like this is always going to be something i love. like mudhoney & dinosaur jr mixed with a little bit of blue cheer psych blues thrown in for good measure. this is the good shit. this is the rock n roll shit. this is the turn it the fuck up loud and blow your speakers out shit. get this shit. i recommend this shit.
a 30 minute brutal caterwaul of No Wave, Noise Rock, and Shoegaze influences that reminds me that it’s always better to just be fucking loud.
another offering from these out of time noise popsters who are still borrowing from the best (Velvet Underground, C86, The Clean, every single thing that has ever been cool and /or jangly). not to undersell Crystal Stilts as some copycats with good record collections, these guys know how to write a catchy fucking tune. 
Pop. 1280Imps of Perversion
it’s difficult to classify Pop. 1280 as these are modern times and they shove everything from No Wave, Noise Rock, Goth, Synth & Post-Punk into a meat grinder and come out with a sound that would be best described as: Fucking Dark. a little bit of Swans, a little bit of Killing Joke, a heavy dose of late 90s post-hardcore legends The VSS…this is music for black leather jackets and blood soaked floors. this is music that wants to pummel you with it’s fist. if they still have a music scene left in Escape From New York, this is probably the shit they were making. love songs for the post-apocalypse. 
other records i liked that i don’t really have much to say about were:
Primal ScreamMore Light
White FenceCyclops Reap
CrocodilesCrimes Of Passion
No AgeAn Object
Kurt VileWalkin’ On A Pretty Day
Chelsea Light Movingself titled
Fuzz- self titled