Monday, June 29, 2009

Alien Workshop 4 LYFE!!!!

I've watched this video too many times.

Agenda footage from Athfest

stole this pic from abandoned couches. thanx for posting the video btw.

ah, the internet...instant access to things that just happened....instantly.

a nice review from the flagpole.

Mat ruled. i jumped on his drumset and knocked everything over but he kept screaming and playing. it was my favorite moment of the night.

plus some video.

i have no idea how this sounds cuz i deleted the soundcard from my computer on accident. listen at your own risk.

This Ain't No Fashion Show

You Give Me Hot Pants

Strike Like A Viper

watching one's self on video perfectly puts into context how fat i have gotten in 5 years.

thanks again to everyone who came out Saturday night though, it meant a lot. i'm hoping someone filmed me doing "Party Hard" with the Buddy System. it you've got a link, send if my way.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

New Band That Doesn't Suck: The Young Sinclairs

last night i saw a band that reminded me why i love the sound of a jangely guitar so much. The Young Sinclairs are 5 young lads from the state of Virginia who are the newest members of Kindercore Records. they came down to the city of Athens to take part in the Kindercore Showcase during Athfest last night and delivered some of the catchiest Powerpop/60s California Psychedelia inspired rock i've heard in a long long time. their sound reminded me of Buffalo Springfield & The Byrds by way of the Flamin' Groovies & Big Star with some 80s college rock (The dBs, the La's, Dream Syndicate, early Primal Scream) thrown in for good measure, for a more modern comparison think Brian Jonestown Massacre minus the insane frontman and the shoegazer leanings...basically if you love that perfect sound of a clean ringing Rickenbacker with some catchy harmonies and a solid rhythm section backing it all up then the Young Sinclairs are your kinda thing.

the band has recorded and self released somewhere around half a dozen albums so i have no idea where i'd even begin to start. the album i have a copy of is called Feel Bad, unfortunately it's not currently available through a label so i am not sure how you can get it other than buying it from the band or gettin' me to burn you a copy. thankfully Kindercore records just released a Vinyl compilation of songs off each of the Young Sinclairs' releases called SONGS OF THE YOUNG SINCLAIRS followed by a digital release of the band's catalogue on Itunes. so yeah, order the record and look for the stuff on Itunes in the future.

here's a live video of them doing a song called "Engineer Man" which is a personal favorite.

here's the link to their Myspace page where you can check them out for yourself, and go to and you can order the vinyl "best of" release.

Friday, June 26, 2009

this is terrible, yet amazing

Hey Athens, Come Out To CINE' on Saturday Night

so it's come to this. 5 years ago i was caught up in my silly dreams to become a rockstar...or at least be in a moderately successful band that toured the country, put out albums, and got to be on Letterman and SNL at least once. things went pretty well for a while...we toured the country, released an album, toured the UK a couple of times where we had some good press and a couple of minor hits on the British rock charts...but like all things that i am involved with it eventually fell apart and so i began my 5 year journey into the blah-ness of adulthood...which wasn't really that bad. i mean i had a lot more time to devote to college football (which is always a good thing) and i didn't have to deal with being hungover in Lincoln, Nebraska at 7 AM and then drive to Salt Lake City all day to play in front of a bunch of Mormon punk rock kids. but yeah, i still pretty much missed playing music and getting crazy and acting like a teenager in front of a room full of drunks...

...and so that leads us to this weekend as my old band THE AGENDA! is about to play our first live show together in five years during the KINDERCORE records showcase (our old record label) on Saturday Night as part of Athfest 2009. we're the opening act of a 5 band bill...which is def for the best as the longer we waited to play the more wasted we'd all be. there are few things i have ever enjoyed more in my life than playing live music in front of humans and i fully intend to lose my fucking shit and possibly break a bone (i've got broken ribs from my old antics) or throw out my back (BEING OLD IS STUPID). and let's be honest, who doesn't like a little blood on the dancefloor at a rockshow? if you don't know, my band is pretty much just loud, energetic, ridiculous garage punk, heavily influenced by bands like Black Flag, The Ramones, and the Kinks all mashed into one big dumb ball of punk noise....but trying to describe it is kinda pointless when you can just listen for yourself.

anyways if you are planning on attending Athfest this year and you're in the mood for some dumb as hell garage rock then come out to CINE' and see us play. we're scheduled to start at 10:15 and our set will be over in less than 30 minutes. and hey the FLAGPOLE has us listed as one of their bands "Not to Miss" during Athfest 09...and when has the Flagpole ever steared you wrong. but i must warn you, the link features a picture of a 24 year old JR Suicide with a terrible haircut that makes me look like the lost Hanson Brother.

once the Agenda has destroyed our equipment and left a trail of chaos in our wake you should stick around and catch a few of the other bands as well. Grape Soda will be playing their spacey dub-rock, The Young Sinclairs (who fucking rule) will become your new favorite band with their 60's/Byrds influenced pop, and then cartoon rockers the Buddy System will close out the night with their completely fun mix of animation and pop...

plus i'm performing a super-secret song with them at the end of the night that should turn Cine' into a riot. the words: Party, Hard, & Andrew WK are my hints for you.

so anyways Athens, GA...i wanna see you there on Saturday Night.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Goodbye Michael.

my childhood died today.

for all my love of Iggy Pop and Kurt Cobain, it was Michael Jackson that was my first true love. THRILLER was my first record and i listened to it constantly. whenever MJ's videos would come on MTV i would get up and act them out in my living room and entertain my parents. i was even the werewolf Michael turns into in the "Thriller" video for Halloween when i was 6. he may have been a kiddie touching freak show with bad plastic surgery and a kid named Blanket...but goddamn it he was still awesome when i was a little boy.

it's too bad he and Paul never got a chance to patch things up.

Black Flag: "The Complete 1982 Demos Plus More!"

first off thanks to DJ for sending me this link to download. i used to have a bootleg of this years ago but it was lost in the sands of time. just click on that link if you are interested in putting some Black Flag in your life.

fucking badassness.

These sessions were actually recorded sometime in 1983.
They are the recordings that occured while Black Flag were
entangled in legal battles with MCA records and couldn't release
any recorded material. This took place in between the classic
"Damaged" album and yet to be released "My War" album.
Unfortunately, these were to be the only recordings to feature
the classic 5-man Black Flag line-up.

Henry Rollins- Vocals
Greg Ginn - Guitar
Dez Cadena - Guitar
Chuck Dukowski - Bass
Chuck Bisquits - Drums

1. What Can You Believe
2. Yes, I Know
3. Slip It In
4. Modern Man
5. My War
6. Black Coffee
7. Beat My Head
8. I Can't Decide
9. I Love You
10. Nothing Left Inside
11. I Love You II
12. My War II
13. Interview
14. Swinging Man

R.I.P. Sky Saxon

frontman Sky Saxon of the garage legends The Seeds died today.

My Top 20 Favorite Punk Albums Of All Time

London Calling and Nevermind the Bollocks are both great, don't get me wrong, but for me...these are the true greatest punk albums of all time.

1. Black Flag- The First Four Years

this album is what it says...a collection of all Black Flag's singles/eps/etc. from their first four years as a band. all of it is pre-Henry Rollins. the band went through several different vocalists (their 1st one Keith Morris does a pretty fucking good Johnny Rotten impression). every song on this is a hardcore punk classic with "Nervous Breakdown", "Wasted", & "Six Pack" being some of my favorite songs ever written. this is the sound of Hardcore being born. nihilism, paranoia, depression, isolation, despair, the sound of the city of LA closing in around you. whenever i put this on i just wish i was a 15 year old skater who could go out and vandalize something.

2. The Stooges- Fun House

recorded in May of 1970, Fun House was the Stooges 2nd album. the band recorded everything live in the studio with no overdubs, so it's the closest thing to capturing their live fury of any of their other records. after their debut's basic garage/psych approach (if you could really call it basic) the band decided to indulge in their love of free jazz. most of the songs are basically just a riff with the rest of the band and Iggy just doing whatever they want. this is the sound of the apocalypse and next to the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat is one of the first truly punk records ever recorded. "Tv Eye", "Loose", & "1970" are the highlights...but honestly every fucking song on this album is a chaotic masterpiece.

3. Gang Of Four- Entertainment!

okay, so this is more of a post-punk record to be honest, but there's enough punk rock attitude on this album to let that slide. equal parts political manifesto and dance record, Gang of Four took the sound of 70s punk and mashed it together with funk to create a sound totally original. they influenced the likes of the Minutemen, REM, & Fugazi and basically spawned an entire genre of music (Dance Punk) that exists today. "Anthrax", "Damaged Goods", & "At Home He's a Tourist" are some of the highlights...but every song is memorable.

4. Suicide- Suicide

has there ever been an electronic record that sounded darker, scarier, and more punk rock? Ministry and Nine Inch Nails can go fuck themselves. Suicide pre-dated the New York Punk scene by a number of years and their live shows were the thing of legend. singer Alan Vega is like an Elvis on bad cocaine and Martin Rev just keeps the drone going. they influenced EVERYONE. the Jesus & Mary Chain, Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, Cabaret Voltaire, Spacemen 3, Chrome, Big Black, The Screamers, Bruce Springsteen (yeah the Boss credits them for the inspiration to Nebraska), and every single band that ever decided to make music with just a singer and a drum machine. "Ghost Rider", "Rocket USA", and "Girl" are among the best tracks on this album and the 10 minute plus "Frankie Teardrop" is one of, if not THE, most fucking harrowing songs put to record.

5. Wire- Pink Flag

easily one of the most original bands of the UK punk explosion, Wire are part art project, part lesson in minimalism (in both sound and song length), and part fucking awesome. this record is the beginning of indie rock as it's pretty obvious that Pavement were fans of this. intelligent, strange, catchy, sometimes abrasive...a true classic. "three girl rhumba", "strange", and "ex lion tamer" are my favorite tracks...but honestly there isn't a single song of the 21 on here that aren't awesome.

6. The Clash- The Clash

the Clash's debut record combines the band's love of reggae, 50's rock and roll, and British pup-rock and delivers one of the greatest records of all time. London's Calling gets all the press, but THE CLASH is the album that defines who the band are and what they've got to say. both the US and UK versions of this album are both chock full of classic hits. the US version has a couple of UK singles added and a few album tracks missing from the UK version. honestly it's just better to buy the US one and download all the missing tracks from the British version.

7. The Birthday Party- Prayers On Fire

take the Stooges noisey freakouts...add an even darker and crazier frontman (a young Nick Cave), stick it in a meatgrinder, crank the murder/sex/death/rock up to 11 and then you've got the Birthday Party. this is as punk as goth ever got.

8. The Misfits- Static Age

sounding like a scary version of the Undertones and Ramones...Static Age is the ultimate Misfits album. horror cartoon punk. the soundtrack for any high school kid worth a shit's night on the town. EVERY SONG IS A CLASSIC. "attitude", "hybrid moments", "last caress", etc....

9. The Gun Club- Fire Of Love

swamped out hill billy of Creedence Clearwater Revival had grown up Black Flag fans. this is LA roots punk at it's finest. better than anything X ever recorded by a mile. this album had a huge influence on the coming scene as well as The Meat Puppets, The Flaming Lips, & the the White Stripes owe them a dept as well. "sex beat" (which has maybe the best line ever: "we can fuck forever but you'll never get my soul."), "she's like heroin to me", and "for the love of ivy" are the choice cuts.

10. Bad Brains- Bad Brains

the holy grail of hardcore punk was created by four black kids from Washinton DC who decided to take their jazz chops and play the fastest punk rock music ever at the time...and with some little reggae numbers thrown in to change things up a bit. Bad Brains moved to New York and basically changed the punk scene to hardcore overnight. LA metal and thrash owe a huge dept to Bad Brains as well. "attitude", "banned in DC" & "pay to cum" are the hits.

11. The Damned- Damned Damned Damned

the first UK punk band to hit the airwaves and easily one of the best. thrashy rock and roll and Stooges influenced garage rock. "Neat Neat Neat", "New Rose", and "Stab Your Back" are classics. they also do a Stooges cover for good measure.

12. The Nation Of Ulysses- Plays Pretty For Baby!

teenage rebellion as a political manifesto. the band's 2nd album took their love of the MC5, free jazz, artrock, and hardcore punk and then just took the whole thing up about 20 notches. angry, witty, and full of passion. Image isn't's the only thing. listen to "shakedown"...if you don't get it after that then you never will.

13. New York Dolls- New York Dolls

predating the punk scene by a few years, this American glam band took what T.Rex and Bowie were doing in England and made it seem dangerous. Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry riffs being played over songs about sex, decadence, drugs all done sloppy and violent. THIS IS THE MOST ROCK AND ROLL ALBUM EVER. The Dolls were New York's first and their finest. "personality crisis", "lookin' for a kiss", "trash", "jet boy"...every single song is perfection.

14. Ramones- Rocket To Russia

the 3rd and the best of all the Ramones albums. cleaner production and more hooks plus the best songwriting to date. iot's the perfect combo of their love of 60s girl group pop, surf rock, and chuck berry. "rockaway beach", "sheena is a punk rocker", and "teenage lobotomy" standout...but every single song is a classic.

15. Black Flag- Damaged

the band's debut album with Henry Rollins as it's full time vocalists. their sound now was perfected after years of writing and touring. the strongest lineup the group ever had with 2 guitarists and a killer rhythm section. every song is like an angry man balling up his fist and then fighting in a blind rage anything that comes near it. "gimmie gimmie gimmie", "tv party", & "rise above" can peel paint off the wall and "depression" is the birth of noise rock.

16. The Wipers- Is This Real?

mostly unheralded Oregon punks whose first 3 albums are basically the sound of Grunge being invented. Seattle was paying attention. this album is their first and best. tons of great songs, "Return of the Rat" and "D-7" (both covered by Nirvana) are the best known, and "Mystery" is a perfect little power pop love song that clocks in under 2 minutes.

17. Stiff Little Fingers- Inflammable Material

Belfast punks who took the Sex Pistols sound and cranked up the political unrest 20 notches with their debut record. probably the angriest UK punk record of the 70s. "Suspect Device" and "Alternative Ulster" are the hits, but every song is a classic. "Barbed Wire Love" being my personal favorite.

18. Mudhoney- SuperFuzz BigMuff

combining Mudhoney's first EP with their early singles, Sub Pop released the definitive grunge record of all time. Mudhoney combined their love of the Stooges, Northwestern garage (the Sonics), and hardcore punk into a fuzzed out, primitive, feedback drenched sound. 12 songs of perfect rock and roll...with "Touch Me I'm Sick", "In and Out of Grace", and "Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More" being the most well known. this is the album that made me fall in love with garage punk.

19. The Saints- Eternally Yours

the Saints 1st record is a classic of punk rock/garage energy, but it's the follow up that shows off that they could do equal parts oldschool rhythm & blues and even shameless power pop. the song "This Perfect Day" may very well be the greatest punk anthem ever written. "Lost & Found" is a pure garage burner and "Know Your Product" sounds like a soul record on speed with big horns and mighty hooks. Nevermind the Sex's the Saints who showed punks how to rock and roll.

20. The Cramps- Bad Music For Bad People

most people would probably pick their debut album as the place to start but for me this collection of singles and b-sides released in 1984 is the perfect intro to the kings of garage trash probably has something to do with me hearing this first. it's just 31 minutes and full of debauchery and everything is a fucking gem. the Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valetnine, The Dwarves, the Horrors, and every band who ever played garage trash afterwards owes this band a lot. classic cuts "human fly", "garbage man", and "new kind of kick" all fucking rule.

Bonus Pick:

21. The Zeros- Don't Push Me Around

i hate to put a compilation cd on this list but for The Mexican Ramones i will make an exception. Bomp records collected this comp of Zeros recordings from 1978-1980. if this isn't the best pop punk of all time then it's right up there with anything the Undertones, Buzzcocks, or Ramones ever committed to tape. includes the classic cuts "Don't Push Me Around", "Wild Weekend", and my personal favorite..."She's Just A Girl On The Block"

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

AWK Parties Hard and Blows Stuff the Fuck Up

file this one under: YES!!!

Andrew WK likes to Party Hard and also apparently blow stuff the hell up with 10 year olds. he has a new kid's show on Cartoon Network where he helps kids build stuff and then destory it. FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!

i wanna be on this show.

random true story: many years ago while my band was on tour we played this show somewhere in Virginia (sorry i forgot the exact town...hell i could even be wrong about the state) and it was a pretty lame show, but we ended up going to some house party with these kids we met at the show. the house was packed, but kind of lame and i'm pretty sure they were listening to like Belle & Sebastian or something of equal non-partiness. then one of the kids at the house asked us to DJ so that people would dance. instead we took out the Andrew WK CD and put it on the stereo and within 2 minutes of the opening track "It's Time To Party!" beer was flying in the air, a mosh pit broke out in the living room, someone tore down all the curtains, and a table got smashed in half. then the cops showed up. so yeah, Andrew WK kinda rules.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Dinosaur Jr. still has it

Dinosaur Jr's new album Farm is out today. the 2nd one since being reunited with the original lineup and it's just as good as Beyond. these new Dinosaur records are better than basically everything the band did in the 90s other than Where You Been. give it a listen. "I Want You To Know" and "Over It" are the most obvious hits, but the rest of this record is 100% solid as well.

classic 80s Indie cut of the day

Felt "Primitive Painters"

Monday, June 22, 2009

Greatest Songs Of All Time: "Can't Seem To Make You Mine"

the Seeds performing their classic.

this is a song i always wanted to do.

notable covers have been performed by Alex Chilton, The Muder City Devils, Billy Childish, Johnny Thunders, & The Ramones.

Local Bands That Don't Suck: Vincas

Athens, GA is always a tough place for a band that rocks. i mean REALLY rocks. like Swampland rocking...not some indie rock band that thinks "Serpentine Pad" is a punk song, no this is the straight balls out swamp boogie with a head full of steam and your ears are still ringing 2 days later rock n roll. VINCAS has all that shit in spades. Vincas is the newest project from former Some Soviet Station, Paper Lions, & Teenage Methlab bassist/singer Chris McNeal and where those old projects always knew how to bring the heavy shit, this newest band has cut away the layers of post-hardcore and noiserock fat and delivers some lean and mean dirty punk-flavored rock and roll. i finally got my ass out to one of there shows yesterday after missing them about half a dozen times and i'm glad i did. they played a short and energetic set of originals that sounded like a grab bag (and i mean that in the best way possible) of swampboogie punk (Gun Club, Scientists), early grunge (Green River, Mudhoney), & LA punk (X, Black Flag, Weirdos). then for a special treat they rolled out of set of kickass classic punk covers including "Machine gun Etiquette" by the Damned, "Attitude" by Bad Brains, and about 5 or 6 Misfits classics. it was was pretty fucking awesome.

it sucks that the kids in Athens are always more interested in bullshit than kickass rock, luckily Atlanta is only an hour away...which is where Vincas will obviously have a better shot at breaking in. but if you are a resident of the Classic City and need something that kicks you in the teeth, but in a good way then come check these guys out the next time they play.

The Vincas myspace page.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Best Single Of 2009

i'm going ahead and calling "Daniel" by Bat For Lashes the best song of 2009. i mean it's a love song about the Karate Kid. seriously, what's not to love about that?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Major Lazer = my Summer Jam 09

Goodbye GA Theater

the Georgia Theater is burning down...or should say has burned down. now where are the hippie jam bands going to play?

my band was actually supposed to be playing a festival there in September, but looks like that isn't happening anymore.

Brazilian Psych Rock

i have been searching for a cd by this fucking band with this song on it for ages. fucking Itunes doesn't have any mp3s i can download. i first heard this song in the end credits of the documentary Manda Bala. This version is a sort of folky traditional arrangement, but the version from the film shreds with some hotshit guitar work. If someone can find me that version from the film they will be my best friend.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Who Wants To Get Some Cocaine and Go To The Beach?

i've been listening to this far too much lately.

The Greatest Songs Of All Time: "The Letter"

The Box Tops featuring a 15 year old Alex Chilton (yeah that Alex Chilton).

this might be one of the worst lip syncing/playing performances i have ever seen.

BECK covers project

BECK is going to attempt to cover a classic album a day and then release these albums on his website for his fans to enjoy. i think this is a pretty fucking cool idea. i'd rather someone like Sonic Youth or Radiohead do this over Beck...but still it's a neat project to say the least. he's kicking things off with The Velvet Underground & Nico.

if you're interested then you should keep an eye out on his his website.

10 albums i'd like to see Beck tackle:

Bob Dylan- Blonde on Blonde
Prince- Purple Rain
Beastie Boys- Paul's Boutique
Sonic Youth- EVOL
Michael Jackson- Off The Wall
Wire- Pink Flag
David Bowie- Young Americans
Devo- Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Duran Duran- Rio
Dr. Dre- The Chronic

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

20 Underrated Rock Albums of the 21st Century

20 Albums that are a bit overlooked, underrated, or just didn't get the love they deserved and have been a little forgotten....but each one is an indie rock gem for a music lover to enjoy.

1. The Strokes- Room On Fire

the 2nd Strokes record is far superior to the 1st in both song writing, production, and quality...yet the hype from the 1st album and backlash buried any chance this album had of being a huge success.

2. The Icarus Line- Penance Soiree

this is the album that reminded me how fucking awesome rock and roll could be. a perfect combination of The Stooges, Jesus and Mary Chain, and Jesus Lizard rolled into one nice big fuck you of a record. the sound of sex, drugs, and rock n roll.

3. The Stills- Logic Will Break Your Heart

the Canadian answer the Interpol...only with a better pop sensibility. when you listen to the singles "Still In Love Song" and "Lola, Star and Stripes" you can only scratch your head and wonder how these guys weren't fucking huge.

4. Shocking Pinks- Shocking Pinks

this is a compilation CD to introduce this fantastic New Zealand band to the United States but most people i know who would be into them have never even heard of Shocking Pinks. a perfect combo of Clean and Verlaines styled Kiwi Pop and My Bloody Valentine shoegaze...with some dance punk thrown in for good measure.

5. The Radio Dept.- Pet Grief

shoegaze is alive and well in the form of this Swedish band. like if New Order, My Bloody Valentine, and the Pet Shop Boys decided to start a band together. lush and beautiful...the perfect music for a mixtape for your girlfriend.

6. The Warlocks- Phoenix
the only band i hear get compared to the Velvet Underground that i actually agree with. perfect drugged out drone rock.

7. The Lilys- Precollection
one of the under rated indie bands of all time finally released their perfect record.

8. Dead Meadow- Shivering King & Others
this makes me wanna start smoking pot again.

9. The Black Lips- Let It Bloom
the best album by the best garage band of this decade. Atlanta represent.

10. Pleasure Forever- Pleasure Forever
coming out of the San Diego hardcore scene, Pleasure Forever dropped this dark, sexy, and creepy rock album that sounds like Black Heart Procession doing their best Birthday Party impression.

11. Pissed Jeans- Shallow
the return of noise rock. the next best thing to the real Jesus Lizard.

12. Death From Above 1978- You're A Woman, I'm a Machine
snotty and dancey Canadian dance-punk duo unleash sonic pop assault, date Kelly Osbourne, tour with Nine Inch Nails, and then break up...typical.

13. Hot Snakes- Suicide Invoice
the best album by the best hardrock band of this decade.

14. Q and Not U- No Kill, No Beep Beep
the last great Dischord band. i thought these kids were gonna be huge...but like most things i was wrong. like if Fugazi decided to make a disco record. handclaps, woo hoos, and catchy fucking songs.

15. The Kills- Keep On Your Mean Side
like what if would be like if Pj Harvey and the Jesus & Mary Chain made a secret record together that makes you wanna fuck.

16. The Ponys- Laced With Romance
full on ripping off Richard Hell and The Voidoids....but i fucking love it.

17. Radio 4- Gotham!
dancepunks with a message. like a combo of The Clash, Gang Of Four, and Mission of Burma. a political album that you can party to. one of my top 10 albums of this decade.

18. Grinderman- Grinderman
Nick Cave and a few of his Bad Seeds rediscover the punk rock youth with this noisey garage record that's about 8 thousand times better than what most bands half their age are trying to pull off.

19. The Rapture- Pieces Of The People We Love
the 2nd Rapture record expands on the promise of the 1st album with more solid song writing and a ton of catchy dance songs...too bad dance punk never happened.

20. Out hud- Let Us Never Speak Of This Again
after releasing their instrumental funk rock debut, Out Hud decided to make an album that sounded like Liquid Liquid backing up the girls of ESG. if you can't shake your ass to this then you're probably dead.

Other albums worth mentioning:
The Reigning Sound- TimeBomb High School
The French Kicks- Trial Of the Century
Panthers- The Trick
Albert Hammond Jr- Yours To Keep
Black Keys- the Big Come Up
Blood On the Wall- awesomer
The Cribs- The Cribs
The Legends- Up Against The Legends
Dr. Dog- We All Belong
The Faintest Ideas- What Goes Up Must Calm Down
The Gossip- That's not What I heard

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Video For New Sonic Youth Single

if you haven't gotten "The Eternal" yet then you should do yourself a favor and pick it up.

Monday, June 15, 2009

the strangest video ever

Aphex Twin's "Window Licker"

The Biggest Assholes In Rock N Roll

Chunklet obviously did their own list years ago...whatever, assholes don't die.

1. Billy Corgan
2. Axl Rose
3. The Gallagher Brothers
4. Lars Ulrich
5. Gene Simmons
6. Steve Albini
7. Eddie Van Halen
8. Lou Reed
9. The Nuge
10. Dave Navaro
11. Sting
12. Fred Durst
13. Greg Ginn
14. Peter Hook
15. Bob Dylan
16. Roger Waters
17. Bono
18. Frank Black
19. Scott Stapp
20. Sebastian Bach
21. Brandon Flowers
22. Stephen Malkmus
23. Courtney Tayor
24. Chris Martin
25. John Lydon
26. Rivers Cuomo
27. GG Alin
28. The Eagles (all of 'em)
29. Ryan Adams
30. Damon Albarn

a mildly depressing album cover from The Police

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Shocking Pinks "Emily"

one of my favorite songs in recent years is this little nugget of dream pop gold from New Zealand's Shocking Pinks called "Emily". if you don't own their stateside selftitled compilation then you are blowing it.


Side a
Track Artist Title

Side b
Track Artist Title
9. THE COKES - &%#%
12. THE COKES - I AM %

the all capitals are to convey my level of excitement upon finding this mixtape in an old shoebox. a friend gave me this tape and my life is all the better becuz of it. the only Japanese punk bands i knew much about were Teengenerate, the Boredoms, and Guitar Wolf so my mind was totally melted by the awesomeness contained on this 90 minute journey threw the 1980s Japanese hardcore punk scene.

now if only i had a fucking cassette player still....

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Shameless Reunion Show plug

my old band THE AGENDA! is playing our first show in 5 years in a few weeks. we're the opening band of the Kindercore Records Showcase @ CINE' (that's the arthouse theater downtown) during Athfest 09 on June 23rd. the show is supposed to start at 10.

i think all of that info is correct.

anyways if you love things that are dumb/simple/drunk then come out an enjoy some old dudes trying to recapture their youth and playing loud obnoxious garage rock like it's still the year 2002. if anything the potential train wreck is worth it...also you get to see me roll around on the floor and jump off shit like a maniac and possibly hurt myself, all for the love of rock n' roll.

NEU! + Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas = Where's My Acid When I Need It?

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

the new Sonic Youth record is out today

THE ETERNAL is out today. so far the 2 standout tracks for me are "Antenna" (a classic mellow Thurston kinda "Unmade Bed" or "Sunday") & "Sacred Trickster" (Kim's rocker. sounds like a lost song from Dirty). i can already tell that i like this album more than Rather Ripped.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Turf War live

i really fucking like that new Horrors record a lot

the video for "Sea Within A Sea"...Kevin Shields is either pissed or pleased

Saturday, June 6, 2009

My Favorite Sonic Youth Album: EVOL

the first Sonic Youth records i got were Dirty and Goo and they were my favorite albums in high school....and then Daydream Nation replaced that, and then Sister became my favorite record. but now as i am older and have been listening to Sonic Youth for about 17 years i realize that EVOL is their most awesome album. it combines the experimental elements of Kill Yr Idols and Bad Moon Rising with actual songs and song writing. there's something hypnotic about the opening songs "Tom Violence" and "Shadow of a Doubt" that draw you in and then "Star Power" blows you away..."Green light" is another standout and the cover of Kim Fowley's pop classic "Bubblegum" shows off their eclectic taste, and then finally there is "Expressway to Yr Skull" (also called Madonna, Sean, and Me), which might be the ultimate Sonic Youth song ever with the perfect combination of Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd popiness and White Light/White Heat era Velvet's whitenoise's almost Krautpunk.

EVOL is by no means SY's most accessible record or even the first, second, or third album that i'd recommend to someone...but of all their albums this one ages with you the best.

Band Names That People Should Be Using

1. Do You Believe In Unicorns? (indie pop or punk band)
2. Killed By Eskimos (indie rock)
3. DEAD RAPPERS (punk band)
4. The Violent Pink (noise band)
5. Get Crushed, MOTHERFUCKER! (metal/hardcore)
6. VIVA HATE (an all Smiths/Morrissey Hardcore cover band)
7. Sirhan Sirhan (punk band)
8. American Taliban (obviously could only be a noise band)
9. A$$ Fanta$y (rap group)
10. BLACK THREAT (a Black Flag/Minor Threat/Bad Brains cover band)
11. Shield Your Eyes (shoegaze)
12. The 1984 (a concept band about George Orwell's book and how awesome the year 1984 actually was.)
13. We Strike At Dawn (metal)
14. Kats Play Keyboards (twee pop)
15. Passenger Airline Disaster (screamo)

Friday, June 5, 2009

Kool Thing

Kim Gordon's loving tribute to LL Cool J.

AGENDA 2: The ReAgenda-ing

The older, fatter, balder, and with beards.

so after 5 years of inactivity, my old band THE AGENDA is calling it a comeback...or at least an attempt at a comeback and entering into the whole rock n roll circus, again. we had our first band practice together in over 5 years and i suddenly remember that singing is actually kinda difficult, especially when you haven't done it in a long ass time. right now my voice is somewhere between sorority girl and throat cancer survivor after two hours of doing my best Iggy Pop and Mark Arm impressions. also trying to remember lyrics to songs you wrote when you were 23 and 24 is like way hard when you are 30 and havent heard any of them in half a decade. and they only have like 12 wors per song...short term memory loss is a motherfucker! regardless it's good to be back with a band again as i've definitely gotten bored and old in the last several years.

anyways we are playing Athfest at the end of this month and then possibly an out of town show or two before another show here in September.

thankfully we wrote a bunch of the stupidest easiest garage punk songs of all time, or else i might be worried about less than 3 weeks of practice until our first show.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

this is sorta music related

the number 1 reason why youtube rules...because you can always go back and enjoy things like this.

kylie+underwear+mechanical bull=the greatest advert ever.

"Bet your mama don't know you scream like that."

The Rolling Stones at their sleaziest...

This version of "stray cat blues" is weird...its slow and kinda lousy to be honest. Keith must've been extra smacked out of his mind that night.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"I am your main man if you're looking for trouble"

i got woken up to my neighbor listening to Thin Lizzy this morning at 8am...normally it would piss me off, but it's Thin Lizzy so i'm in a stellar mood.

Here's "the Rocker" one of my top 5 Lizzy jams. Sadly this video omits the mindmelting 2 minute guitar solo, so you'll just have to go buy a Lizzy record if you want your brains turned to goo...its so worth it.

Monday, June 1, 2009

The Horrors Get All Shoegaze On Yr Ass With New Record

the Horrors...England's fashion goth garage rockers have traded in their Cramps records and took the next evolutionary step for any goth worth his salt and put out a new record that sounds somewhere in between My Bloody Valentine and Pornography by The Cure.

this is the video for one of the album's standout tracks "who can say".

i really kinda dig this record.
give it a listen.

top 30 Sonic Youth songs

So Sonic Youth are set to release their 5 millionth album this month and are closing in on 30 years of recorded existence. With these things in mind here's my list of the Top 30 Sonic Youth songs ever. Think of this as a double cd best of that i'd make for someone who didn't own a single SY record. Note: I included 1 song from Thurston Moore's solo record Psychic Hearts which is essentially a Sonic Youth record minus Lee & Kim.

1. "Schizophrenia" album: Sister
2. "Teenage Riot" album: Daydream Nation
3. "100%" album: Dirty
4. "Dirty Boots" album: Goo
5. "The Diamond Sea" album: Washing Machine
6. "Star Power" album: EVOL
7. "Shadow Of a Doubt" album: EVOL
8. "Death Valley 69" single
9. "Wish Fulfilment" album: Dirty
10. "Kool Thing" album: Goo
11. "Expressway to Yr Skull" album: EVOL
12. "Mote" album: Goo
13. "Superstar" album: If I Were a Carpentar
14 "Genetic" b-side of 100%
15. "Kissability" album: Daydream Nation
16. "Halloween" album: Bad Moon Rising
17. "(I Got a) Catholic Block" album: Sister
18. "Eric's Trip" album: Daydream Nation
19. "Youth Against Fascism" album: Dirty
20. "Psychic Hearts" album: Psychic Hearts
21. "Tom Violence" album: EVOL
22. "My Friend Goo" album: Goo
23. "Incinerate" album: Rather Ripped
24. "Kill Yr Idols" album: Kill Yr Idols- Confusion is Sex
25. "Silver Rocket" album: Daydream Nation
26. "Cotton Crown" album: Sister
27. "Chapel Hill" album: Dirty
28. "Bull In the Heather" album: Experimental Jet Set
29. "Hits of Sunshine" album: A Thousand Leaves
30. "Tunic (Song For Karen)" album: Goo