Friday, December 25, 2009

A Man In Black Christmas

Johnny Cash, Roy Orbinson, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins singing "This Train is Bound for Glory" at the Johnny Cash Christmas Show '77

R.I.P. Vic

another good one lost.

Merry X-Mas From The Pogues

It was christmas eve babe
In the drunk tank
An old man said to me: won't see another one
And then they sang a song
The rare old mountain dew
I turned my face away and dreamed about you
Got on a lucky one
Came in eighteen to one
I´ve got a feeling
This year´s for me and you
So happy christmas
I love you baby
I can see a better time
Where all our dreams come true.

They got cars big as bars
They got rivers of gold
But the wind goes right through you
It´s no place for the old
When you first took my hand on a cold christmas eve
You promised me broadway was waiting for me
You were handsome you were pretty
Queen of new york city when the band finished playing they yelled out for more
Sinatra was swinging all the drunks they were singing
We kissed on a corner
Then danced through the night.

And the boys from the NYPD choir were singing Galway Bay
And the bells were ringing out for christmas day.

You´re a bum you´re a punk
You´re an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy christmas your arse I pray god it´s our last.

And the boys of the NYPD choir's still singing Galway Bay
And the bells were ringing out
For christmas day.

I could have been someone
Well so could anyone
You took my dreams from me
When I first found you
I kept them with me babe
I put them with my own
Can´t make it out alone
I´ve built my dreams around you

And the boys of the NYPD choir's still singing Galway Bay
And the bells are ringing out
For christmas day.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Most Underrated Album Of the Decade

back in the summer of 2004 a little band from LA called The Icarus Line put out an album that was some kind of motherfucking kick ass good called Penance Soiree. and it totally restored my faith in the power of stripped down/feedback drenched rock and roll and also reminded me that all a record needs to do is rock you hard and you will love it forever. unfortunately not many people cared enough to follow my blind love and devotion to a band that was mostly known for being assholes and smashing glass cases containing guitars once played by Stevie ray Vaughn. (an event that i witnessed live in shocked amazement) well that was your loss America. it’s been a few years now and the Icarus Line are still where they were back then, an underground LA rock band that not many people care about. but that never changed the fact that they had made one of the best albums of 21st century rock and you should still buy it if you are into that kind of thing.

Penance Soiree sounds like Drive Like Jehu, The Birthday Party, Jesus & Mary Chain, and Black Flag all got in a fight while doing tons of coke off a strippers tits and then the survivors started a band that could only play fucked up Stooges' covers. fuck that! that’s the easy review. this shit sounds like god talking to you the first time you did really strong acid and discovered that you were stupid for being too punk to like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath so then you threw away your Jawbreaker records (which you later had to rebuy) and bought Black Sabbath's self titled album and then just listened to "The Wizard" over and over again until you fucking were a wizard.

this is so fucking heavy. like Sabbath heavy not like retarded metal from Norway heavy. which is to say the kind of heavy that kicks you in the ass. these riffs will cut down fucking trees. and it's loud, like jesus lizard loud where it splits your ear drum in two and you like it. it's the perfect soundtrack for a night of hard drinking and dirty sex with a girl whose name you never bothered to learn. i'm sure you can find it in a used cd bin somewhere or you can steal in online. it's worth the space on your itunes, trust me

What Did I Actually Listen To The Most in 2009?

thanks to i have the answers

my top 20 most listened to songs of 2009 were:

1. The Beach Boys "Girl Don't Tell Me"
2. Creedence Clearwater Revival "Lodi"
3. The Nerves "When You Find Out"
4. Big Star "Kangaroo"
5. The Chills "Heavenly Pop Hit"
6. The Horrors "Who Can Say"
7. Shocking Pinks "End Of the World"
8. The Verlaines "Pyromaniac"
9. The Walkmen "Save The Last Dance"
10. The Jesus and Mary Chain "Up Too High"
11. Descendents "Bikeage"
12. INXS "Don't Change"
13. The Misfits "Some Kinda Hate"
14. The Horrors "Scarlet Fields"
15. The Jesus and Mary Chain "Taste Of Cindy"
16. The Jesus and Mary Chain "Everything's Alright When You're Down"
17. Primal Scream "Velocity Girl"
18. Crystal Stilts "Crystal Stilts"
19. Crocodiles "I Wanna Kill"
20. Surf City "Record Of a Flagpole Skater"

top 20 most listened to bands of 2009

1. The Jesus and Mary Chain
2. Nirvana
3. Sonic Youth
4. Nick Cave
5. The Strokes
6. The Misfits
7. The Beach Boys
8. Neil Young
9. The Replacements
10. Creedence Clearwater Revival
11. The Black Lips
12. The Horrors
13. The Clash
14. The Rolling Stones
15. The Velvet Underground
16. Joy Division
17. Shocking Pinks
18. Big Star
19. The Clean
20. Deerhunter


released in the US in early October of 2001 when everyone was still shell shocked over 9/11. it is easily the most loved/hated on debut album of the these last 10 years...and much like Nevermind was a decade before it, This Is It helped reignite and energise the rock scene that had become pretty stale by the end of the 90s. whether you ever liked the Strokes or hated them or liked them at first and then hated them when it became cooler to be a hater you still gotta admit that these 5 rich kids made New York cool again, brought attention back to the underground music scenes, helped bring skinny jeans back into fashion (as a guy who liked wearing his jeans tight but couldn't ever find any in my size this was a big deal), and probably helped get one of your friend's bands signed to a record label. and it's also a pretty fucking killer pop record to boot.

Six facts about this record
1. It's the reason your old roommate moved to Brooklyn
2. It's the reason you can find skinny jeans everywhere
3. It's the reason people started caring about your friend's band for a brief moment in 2002
4. It's the reason that you saw that kid in a Modern Lovers tshirt at the mall that time
5. It's the reason half the bands you listened to this decade are popular
6. It's pretty awesome

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

on the Old Grey Whistle Test

running from 1971 to 1987, The Old Grey Whistle Test may very well be the greatest music TV show in the history of the world. i make fun of England a lot, but it's their music shows that i have much envy.

PiL "Careering"

J&MC "in a hole"

REM "Moon River/Pretty Persuasion"

The Police "Can't Stand Losing You/ Next to You"

The Damned "Smash It Up"

New Music I Liked In 2009

10 Albums i haven’t deleted from my itunes yet

The Horrors Primary Colours
Phoenix Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz!
Japandroids Post-Nothing
Girls Album
Black Lips 200 Million Thousand
Smith Westerns Smith Westerns
Rowland S. Howard Pop Crimes
Pissed Jeans King Of Jeans

10 jams i really enjoyed in 2009

Phoenix "1901"
Crocodiles "I Wanna Kill"
The Horrors "Sea Within A Sea"
Crystal Stilts "Love Is A Wave"
Neon Indian "Deadbeat Summer"
Animal Collective "My Girls" (as much as i hate Animal Collective, i can admit that this is a pretty killer song)
The Big Pink "Velvet"
Bat For Lashes "Daniel"
Dinosaur Jr. "Over It"
Japandroids "The Boys Are Leaving Town"

2009: the year i became too old to give a fuck about music that i don't already like. which might explain why every newish band i listen to sounds like something i used to love in high school (The Horrors = My Bloody Valentine, Pains Of Being Pure At Heart = Shop Assistants/The Pastels, Crystal Stilts = Black Tambourine/ UK Dream Pop, Crocodiles = J&MC, etc...)

Monday, December 21, 2009

Awesome Movie, Killer Soundtrack

Inglourious Basterds may have been my pick for BEST movie of 2009, but without a doubt my FAVORITE movie was Adventureland.

While America was busy watching Fast & Furious the weekend this movie came out, i was going to the Theater to see Adventureland...Twice. the last movie i saw twice was The Dark that's about as ringing an endorsement of a film as i can give it. besides any movie that opens with The Replacements "Bastards Of Young" is gonna have my love from the word go...if that movie actually turns out to be one of the best teen/young adult coming-of-age movies in years...well that's just a bonus.

Set in the summer of 1987, Adventureland is the story of James Brennan, a recent college grad with plans of spending his summer in Europe exploring the old world with his college roommate and having a transformative life experience before heading off to Grad school at Columbia. Unfortunately James learns that his summer plans and possibly his Ivy league future are in jeopardy when his parents spring on him that they've hit financial hard times and can't afford his trip or to pay for his rent in New York City next year...and so James must take the only job that his four years of comparative lit have made him qualified a carny at a shitty amusement park called Adventureland.

Oh yeah, and James is a virgin...the sort of plot point that would normally remind you of movies like American Pie or Super Bad (the director Greg Mottola's last film) know, over the top and laugh out loud raunchy teen comedies that are more fantasy than reality...but Adventureland is more in the realm of a Cameron Crowe movie, a little smarter, the laughs more subtle and relateable. Luckily James' virginity isn't part of some ridiculous quest or pact to lose it before x day or anything like that...instead its more of a way for us to understand that James is an intelligent, sensitive, over-thinker who is more interested in finding love than getting laid...a classic hopeless romantic whose wooing techniques are to talk about literature and make a girl a mixtape of his favorite "bummer songs" yeah, the same school that a lot of shy young men who ended up playing in indie rock bands or became writers graduated from. And so James is highly realistic in his awkward, slightly pretentious, and yet somehow self assured way.

When James begins working at Adventureland he meets Joel (smartass, Russian lit loving, misanthrope) who shows him the ropes, explaining to him that all the games are rigged and let's James know that he must never give away a Giant Ass Panda (the best prize at the park) as it will result in him losing his job. On his 2nd day some rednecks demand said Panda after cheating on a game and threaten him at knife point if he refuses to reward them...this is when we meet Em, who shows up saves his ass...setting into motion our little love story that is the heart of this movie. Later that night she gives James a ride home and the two silently listen to Husker Du's "i don't wanna know if you are lonely" on the car ride home, sharing some awkward yet knowing glances and smiles with one another...bonding over the mutual love of a great song.

Em is a NYU student working at the Park as an excuse to get away from her bitchy stepmother. she's smart, pretty, and emotionally screwed up...she's also having a secret affair with Connell (played by Ryan Reynolds), the park's older, very married, local musician whose claim to fame is that he jammed with Lou Reed once and tells James he's planning on moving out to LA and starting a new band soon. Things become more complicated when Em and James friendship starts to become something more when James kisses her after a night spent driving around listening to "pale blue eyes" (seriously, my favorite song of all time). and so this little love triangle of sorts creates most of our drama as Em becomes more and more depressed with her current situation with Connell as she begins to open herself up to James. this of course results in causing James a lot of angst before things finally come to a head in the whole Em, James, and Connell thing.

the plot isn't anything we haven't all seen before...young man coming of age falls in love with a girl who is afraid to fall in love...but the performances by Jesse Eisenberg (who is stealing some of Michael Cera's leading geek man thunder) and Kristen Stewart (who proves that she can actually act) are what make this worth seeing, as they are both 100% likeable and believable late teen/early 20s characters. it made me jealous that i'm not 20.

the rest of the cast is great too. Ryan Reynolds plays the washed up local musician Connell as a guy who is sort of resigned to his sad pathetic life and passes the time the only way he knows how by sleeping with younger girls just to get through the day...even if he's kind of a creep, he's also completely relateable. there's also the park's resident hottie Lisa P., who ends up becoming James backup plan to Em when she becomes flaky about their relationship. Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig of SNL play a married couple who run the park, with Hader supplying most of the most hilarious moments. then there's Frigo, the idiot kid from back home that's emotionally stuck in highschool who spends most of the film supplying crotch punches. and then finnaly there is Jole, played by Freaks & Geeks uber-nerd Martin Starr, who gets all the movie's best lines and steals every scene that he's in.

the real star of the film is the soundtrack though. i mean goddamn! you've got 80s college rock heavy weights (The Replacements "bastards of young" and "unsatisfied", Husker Du "i don't wanna know if you are lonely", The Cure "just like heaven", & The Jesus and Mary Chain "taste of cindy") that help to define our two main characters. some 70s punk (New York Dolls "looking for a kiss" & Nick Lowe "so it goes") and some choice 80s one hit wonder cuts (Crowded House "don't dream it's over" & The Outfield's "your love"). then the quest to use every single Rolling Stones deepcut ever in a movie is carried on with the inclusion of "Tops" (a personal fav). and finally we've got 3 Lou Reed/Velvet Underground cuts ("pale blue eyes", "here she comes now", & "satellite of love") that make up the heart of the movie...especially "Pale Blue Eyes" that is used perfectly to reflect James' longing for Em. there's also a reoccurring joke as the song "Rock Me Amadeus" is played constantly at the park that slowly drives our young heroes mildly insane.

the way this movie was marketed was as a teen gross-out comedy/follow up to Superbad pretty much insured that it was gonna fail at the box office...if you are a fan of Almost Famous, (the highly underrated) Thumbsucker, or the class John Hughes films then you will love Adventureland too. a sweet, thoughtful, a little bit melancholy, coming of age and falling in love for the first time film that makes you long for the days when making a girl a mixtape was a big deal.

plus, Bill Hader rules.

Friday, December 18, 2009

the sad basteredest song of all

Where Did You Sleep Last Night?

The Radio Dept. "Pulling Our Weight"

file under: song i really love a lot that i discovered via a movie's soundtrack. you know, that could be the subject of a really awesome mix cd.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Top 100 Albums of the Decade (2000-2009)

01. The Strokes- Is This It
02. Radiohead- Kid A
03. Spoon- Kill The Moonlight
04. Fugazi- The Argument
05. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Fever To Tell
06. Wilco- Yankee Foxtrot Hotel
07. The Walkmen- Bows & Arrows
08. White Stripes- White Blood Cells
09. Interpol- Turn On The Bright Lights
10. Outkast- Stankonia
11. Radiohead- In Rainbows
12. TV On The Radio- Young Liars EP
13. The Faint- Dance Macabre
14. The Strokes- Room On Fire
15. Ted Leo & Pharmacists- Hearts Of Oak
16. Jay Reatard- Blood Visions
17. PJ Harvey- Stories From The City Stories From the Sea
18. Deerhunter- Microcastle
19. White Stripes- Elephant
20. Q and Not U- No Kill No Beep Beep
21. Spoon- Girls Can Tell
22. Primal Scream- XTRMNTR
23. Black Lips- Let It Bloom
24. Broken Social Scene- You Forgot It In People
25. Hot Snakes- Suicide Invoice
26. Radio 4- Gotham!
27. Elliott Smith- Figure 8
28. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead- Source Tags & Codes
29. Yo La Tengo- And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
30. M83- Saturdays = Youth
31. LCD Soundsystem- Sound Of Silver
32. The Unicorns- Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone?
33. The Stills- Logic Will Break Your Heart
34. The Icarus Line- Penance Soiree
35. The Warlocks- Phoenix
36. The White Stripes- De Stijl
37. Jay Z- The Blue Print
38. The Shins- Chutes Too Narrow
39. Ted Leo & Pharmacists- The Tyranny Of Distance
40. The Rapture- Echoes
41. No Age- Nouns
42. Converge- Jane Doe
43. Comets On Fire- Blue Cathedral
45. The Fucking Champs- IV
46. Phoenix- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
47. Liar- They Threw Us All In A Trench and Stuck A Monument On Top
48. Shocking Pinks- Shocking Pinks
49. Black Mountain- Black Mountain
50. Lightning Bolt- Wonderful Rainbow
51. High On Fire- Surrounded By Thieves
52. The Ponys- Laced With Romance
53. Arcade Fire- Funeral
54. Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Show Your Bones
55. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- Abattoir Blues/ Lyre Of Orpheus
56. TV On The Radio- Return To Cookie Mountain
57. Pleasure Forever- Pleasure Forever
58. Sonic Youth- Sonic Nurse
59. The Horrors- Primary Colours
60. The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart- Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
61. The Walkmen- Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone
62. The Libertines- Up The Bracket
63. The Lilys- Precollection
64. The Radio Dept.- Lesser Matters
65. The Shins- Oh, Inverted World
66. Whiskeytown- Pneumonia
67. The Exploding Hearts- Guitar Romantic
68. The Flaming Lips- Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
69. !!!- Louden Up
70. Kanye West- the College Dropout
71. Modest Mouse- Moon & Antarctica
72. Grinderman- Grinderman
73. Dead Meadow- Dead Meadow
74. Les Savy Fav- Go Forth
75. Dinosaur Jr.- Almost Ready
76. Albert Hammond Jr.- Yours To Keep
77. Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
78. Danger Mouse- The Grey Album
79. The Reigning Sound- Time Bomb High School
80. Vampire Weekend- Vampire Weekend
81. The Drive By Truckers- Decoration Day
82. Crystal Stilts- Alright Of Night
83. The Hives- Veni Vidi Vicious
84. Daft Punk- Discovery
85. Spoon- Gimme Fiction
86. The Murder City Devils- In Name and Blood
87. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Howl
88. The Panthers- Things Are Strange
89. Dismemberment Plan- Change
90. Death From Above 1979- You're A Woman and I'm a Machine
91. The Kills- Midnight Boom
92. A Place To Bury Strangers- A Place to Bury Strangers
93. Devendra Banhart- Rejoicing In Hands
94. Pissed Jeans- Shallow
95. Blonde Redhead - Melody of Certain Damaged Lemons
96. Beck- Sea Change
97. Franz Ferdinand- Franz Ferdinand
98. Boris- Pink
99. Lil' Wayne- Tha Carter III
100. Out Hud- S.T.R.E.E.T.D.A.D.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Only Good Things That Ever Came Out of England Were Ameirca and The Beatles

oh man, for a good laugh check out XFM's Top 100 songs of the decade. link here for massive comedy.

anything that shitty and short sighted had to be voted on by fans. as usual England is not unlike a 14 year old girl with a new crush every fucking week.

8 songs by Muse? for real? hahahaha. oh man, you Brits and your little lists.

things England is good at

make boring period dramas
enslaving the world
stealing music from black americans and selling it back to us with bad teeth and funny haircuts

things you don’t know shit about

how to make a fucking list that’s worth a shit

factory forever

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

my top 20 favorite Jesus & Mary Chain songs

1. the hardest walk
2. just like honey
3. taste of cindy
4. some candy talking
5. april skies
6. reverence
7. kill surf city
8. i hate rock n roll
9. snakedriver
10. everything's alright when you're down
11. head on
12. happy when it rains
13. up too high
14. never understand
15. something i can't have
16. darklands
17. sometimes always
18. teenage lust
19. don't ever change
20. my little underground

rad as fuck Black Flag pics

found via this.

Monday, November 23, 2009

New Agenda Demos

new Agenda demos we recorded last week.

if you give a fuck here's a link here to download.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Goodbye Jerry

on my way to Athens for the memorial of a friend tonight.

Jerry Fuchs died over a week ago. he the was the drummer of Maserati as well as !!!, Turing Machine, LCD Soundsystem, and about every fucking band in New York City from one time or another. but that doesn't matter. what matters was the he was a really awesome guy and everyone who ever knew him is really sad right now.

Me & Jerry weren't close friends, but still he was someone i always enjoyed seeing and hanging out with. i met him about 5 or 6 years ago when my band was playing a show with some of his friends, Panthers, in Atlanta. i'd seen him play drums in Turing Machine and thought he was a total badass so i was honestly a little intimidated to talk to him. he came up after the show and started talking to us and we got to drinking and he was really nice and really funny. about a year after that he was in Athens for New Year's (i think...maybe it was just Christmas break) and he and i got drunk as shit and talked about being old dudes and about our hairlines and made fun of ourselves and had some good laughs. i had an instant man-crush for life. Jerry was fucking rad. totally unpretentious and amazingly talented and just really fucking funny and really nice. i am gonna miss him.

RIP, dude.

Monday, November 16, 2009

If My Blog Was A Movie It Would Be A Teen Melodrama

i like to pretend that my tumblr is a teen melodrama set sometime in the late 80s or early 90s in some boring suburban town. it’s kinda like a mix between the existential ramblings of Dazed and Confused and the dumb party scenes of Can’t Hardly Wait with maybe some class warfare stolen from the Outsiders for good know something that wouldn’t do well in the theater but would get a nice cult following on DVD.

there’d be a smart ass angsty kid who would be the hero, and a hot chick with the face of Rachel Leigh Cook and the ass of Blake Lively that our hero pines for, and his friends would be a nerdy sci-fi/horror loving guy, a punk rock dude, and a smart awkward chick who we all know he’s gonna end up with in the end.

and it would have a killer soundtrack

Sonic Youth- schizophrenia
The Verlaines- pyromaniac
The Undertones- teenage kicks
The Replacements- sixteen blue
The Strokes- barely legal
The Nerves- when you find out
The Beach Boys- girl don’t tell me
The Lemonheads- if i could talk i’d tell you
The Clean- i wait around
Teenage Fanclub- star sign
Lilys- will my lord be gardening
Shocking Pinks- emily
The Jesus & Mary Chain- happy when it rains
Velvet Underground- there she goes again
The Seeds- can’t seem to make you mine
Buzzcocks- love is lies
Thin Lizzy- romeo and the lonely girl
Neil Young- everybody knows this is nowhere
Tall Dwarfs- baby it’s over
Husker Du- i apologize
Turf War- cheers to the years
Johnny Thunders- you can’t put your arms around a memory

for your downloading pleasure a link.

Cool Shit

via this rad blog.

When Bad Lit becomes Art

of all the memories i have from tours, one of my all time favorites was driving across the wastelands of the Midwest while listening to an audio tape copy of GET IN THE VAN by Henry Rollins. it’s a collection of journal writings from Henry’s time in Black Flag. it’s half band-biography and half rambling self loathing retarded poetry/thoughts on life (dumb thoughts), and whining. there's some serious livejournal level cryassery going on. basically Hank hates everyone and Greg Ginn is mean. there are some really funny moments and even some Black Flag stories that really can inspire a young band out on their first ever tour. but mostly the best parts of the book are Rollins’ weird poems or thoughts or whatthefuckever.

sample: "I touch her hair. Her shoulders clench together and she stares at the ground. She looks like a stone bird. I am an iceberg. Everyday I float farther and farther out to sea. But that can’t be. An iceberg feels no pain. An iceberg doesn’t feel cold. I feel cold. I feel distant. There is no one. There is nothing. That’s where I am. She won’t look me in the eye anymore since I asked if I could kiss her. Even wanting turns her cold."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! oh to be a kid again. the book is full of nuggets like that. we all laughed our asses off for hours. also the audio book version is read by Rollins himself...which takes the awesomeness up about 20 notches. i don't even know why they bothered with a print version of this fucking thing. having Henry read is own journals is far more entertaining than anything the Rollins Band ever recorded.

anyways, if you ever find this…do yourself a favor and get it. it will make your mind implode. EPIC. fucking EPIC.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Velvet Goldmine Still Sucks After All These Years

Velvet Goldmine was on earlier tonight. i watched it for the 1st time in years to see if my opinions about it had changed. they hadn't. it still sucks. i know a lot of people who love this movie, but i think most of them are tricking themselves.

i remember when that movie came out i was really excited because i've always loved 70s glitter rock. i had to drive to Atlanta because it wasn't playing in my town and then i watched it and i got a pretty empty feeling afterwards, having wasted so much of my time being stoked about it. i thought it looked fucking cool and the costumes were great and the soundtrack was killer but the story was total crap (which is kinda what you can say about every Todd Haynes movie). i know it's supposed to be a sort of fairytale about an imagined love affair between young Bowie and Iggy Pop and also a love letter to the era when being a dandy was all the rage and also it has something to do with Oscar Wilde being an alien...or something. and all that sounds great on paper, but it hardly works as a movie. really it's just a bad ripoff of Citizen Kane with some Rocky Horror Picture Show thrown in for good measure.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is so much better a version of this movie than Velvet Goldmine could've ever hope to be. about the only thing amusing was Ewan's Curt Wild character and his weird mash-up of Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and Kurt Cobain.

a random Stooges pic for your day

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Soviet Punks

pics of Cold War era Punk kids in the Soviet Union. and you thought it was hard bein' a punk kid in suburban Georgia...


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Agenda and Turf War, next Saturday @ The Soul Bar

Los Agendas will in Augusta next Saturday night doing battle with our friends Turf War. it's gonna be a whole lot of boys trying to pretend they are either in the Stooges or the Replacements. which should be a drunken good time for everyone there. if it were Masters Week then Tiger Woods would show up, but it's instead hopefully the city of Augusta will come out and say hello.

Most Underrated Band of the 90s = Teenage Fanclub

Bandwagonesque came out in 1991 and SPIN magazine called them "THE SOUND OF THE 90s". like if Dinosaur Jr. and Big Star had a baby. it beat out Nevermind for album of year from SPIN...but we all know how that turned out in the end.

live footage of Teenage Fanclub at Reading 91. "God Knows It's True", "The Concept", & "Satan" included. the quality of this vid is total shit, but you get the idea. do yourself a favor and download some Fanclub. recommended jams (besides the songs in this clip) "Metal Baby", "What You Do To Me", "Star Sign", "Without You", "It's All In My Mind".

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kurt Cobain's Top 50 Albums. Get Em All, Kids.

1. The Stooges - Raw Power

2. Pixies - Surfer Rosa

3. The Breeders - POD

4. The Vaselines - Son Of A Gun

5. The Shaggs - Philosophy Of The World

6. Fang - Landshark

7. MDC - Millions Of Dead Cops

8. Scratch Acid - Scratch Acid

9. Saccharine Trust - Paganicons

10. Butthole Surfers - Pee Pee The Sailor

11. Black Flag - My War

12. Bad Brains - Rock For Light

13. Gang Of Four - Entertainment!

14. Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks

15. The Frogs - It’s Only Right And Natural

16. PJ Harvey - Dry

17. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

18. The Knack - Get The Knack

19. The Saints - Know Your Product

20. Kleenex - Kleenex/Liliput

21. The Raincoats - The Raincoats

22. Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth

23. Aerosmith - Rocks

24. Various - What is it?

25. R.E.M. - Green

26. Shonen Knife - Burning Farm

27. The Slits - Typical Girls

28. The Clash - Combat Rock

29. Void/Faith - Void/Faith/Split EP

30. Rites Of Spring - Rites Of Spring

31. Beat Happening - Jamboree

32. Tales Of Terror - Tales Of Terror

33. Leadbelly - Last Sessions Volume 1

34. Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff

35. Daniel Johnston - Yim Jump Music

36. Flipper - Generic Flipper

37. The Beatles - Meet The Beatles

38. Half Japanese - We Are They Who Ache With Amorous Love

39. Butthole Surfers - Locust Abortion Technician

40. Black Flag - Damaged

41. Fear - The Record

42. Pil - Flowers Of Romance

43. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

44. The Marine Girls - Beach Party

45. David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World

46. The Wipers - Is This Real?

47. The Wipers - Youth Of America

48. The Wipers - Over The Edge

49. Mazzy Star - She Hangs Brightly

50. Swans - Young God EP

this clip is full of weird

some band called the Smith Westerns (who sound like if the Jesus and Mary Chain were 14 years old and fabulous like the b-52s) on a Chicago public access kids show. this clip kinda blows my mind for pure strangeness.

Monday, November 9, 2009


this weekend we lost a really funny, awesome, and talented guy in Jerry Fuchs. although he and i weren't close friends, he was always someone i was happy to see and hangout with. everyone i know fucking loved the guy and it makes me sick to think he's gone.

Jerry, a badass drummer and a cooler fucking person. RIP dude. nobody can do that one handed drum fill. mind blown.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

this blog needs some new blood

Ghetto Blasters and Switch Blades is in a downward spiral of internet death. we need some new contributors to post random rants, reviews, youtube videos, and pointless lists. if you are interested then shoot us an email, alifetimeofdefeats (@)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

I Miss 2002

while reading Pitchfork’s review of the Julian Casablancas solo album (which took about 500 words too many to just say “hey, this shit is kinda boring”. man you know it broke their heart to admit it. all our heroes die.) i was happy to see they posted a link to this performance of the Strokes on Letterman back in 02 when the world was still young and those of us with hope saw these scruffy rich kids from new york not as opportunist poseurs stealing all their good ideas from Blondie and Television but as champions of quality rock n’ roll returning to the airwaves. bask in the glory of what coulda been and try to forget about the fact this decade closed out about the same as the 90s did, with a lot of bad pop music dominating.