Written by GE 138.
I've always had a soft spot for Body Count. I'm not really sure why. Maybe it's the sound of Ice-T's voice, or maybe it's the hard hitting brutal Metal sound the band plays, which is more seeped in Old School sounding Metal stuff like Black Sabbath mixed with Slayer than whatever current band is claiming they're Metal nowadays. This 7th album from Body Count has an opening track with Dave Mustaine from Megadeth carrying on in the beginning about martial law and people being shot and all that crap, which is kind of exactly what Ice-T did with Jello Biafra on the Shut Up, Be Happy song they did years ago on The Iceberg album, which is kind of exactly what Anthrax just did on their Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't song on the Worship Music album. Meh. After all that, it's a pretty much predictable angry social commentary criminal braggadocio raps shouted over Metal riffs ride through Death (Bloodlust), the dark and the gloom of a sick mind (Here I Go Again), the almost obligatory at this point gang life song (This Is Why We Ride), the song about Police violence (No Lives Matter), the thrash and burn song (Walk With Me), and the Rap / Metal hybrid song, which is pretty much every other song on here... hahaha And just for shits and giggles, they throw in a Slayer song, albeit played backwards (Raining Blood / Postmortem), which is probably the most Metal thing a band can do, to play a Metal song backwards... LOL It's not as good as the collaboration Ice-T did with Slayer for the Judgement Night soundtrack, but it's a decent listen. Ice-T's long time partner in crime Ernie C. may be one of the sickest Metal guitarist ever to be, with a back catalog of riffs and solos attesting to that fact, and his work on all these songs is stellar. He gets a great tone and he's not a noodler... LOL Him and whoever is in Body Count this year do an excellent job playing on all these songs, especially the drummer, what a monster. Holy shit that guy is good! There's guest appearances from the guys in Lamb Of God and Soulfly on some songs, but I dunno, it's hardly noticeable. The sound on here is killer, and you pretty much know what you're gonna get from a Body Count album, for better or for worse, but yeah, new Body Count album... it's angry, it's hard hitting, and it's pretty fucking good. Dig it.
Brought to you by Century Media, and you can buy the new album directly from them by clicking here. The colored vinyl is almost sold out, so move fast if that's your thing. You can also buy it directly from BC themselves on their website by clicking here. It's also available on iTunes (click here), Amazon (click here) Spotify (click here), etc. etc. "Like" Body Count on Facebook by clicking here. Follow the band on Instagram by clicking here.
hahahhahahha When did Justin Sane turn into Rob Tyner from the MC5? LOL Addressing the crowd as "Brothers and Sisters" now? Really??? Oh man. Well, at least he doesn't think he's the reincarnation of Joe Strummer anymore. Boy, was THAT phase of his career annoying! hahaha Anywho, this supposed first official live release from Anti-Flag (I guess they're forgetting that trendy horrible shitty sounding Live Acoustic At 11th Street Records release they did a few years back) is called Live Volume One and it's a pretty good listen. Nice to hear the material sounding all high tech boomtastic and stereoriffic and all that. Recorded over a 3 night run at Hollywood's legendary Troubadour club, the 13 songs on this release represents almost every aspect of Anti-Flag's musical career. Of course, I'm particular to the earlier stuff like Drink Drank Punk, Born To Die, You'd Do The Same, Their System Doesn't Work For You, and Die For Your Government, but later day tunes like Fabled World and Brandenburg Gate, the songs they're still trying to pass off as a good, and other later day songs like The Press Corpse and You Are Fired, are well represented on this release. Thankfully they edited out most of the political posturing that goes on in between songs, because that Justin Sane sure does like to hear himself talk... ha ha ha Some people say live albums are a cash in, and maybe they're right, I dunno, but I personally like live albums, and this one, for what it's worth, is pretty good. Anti-Flag, when they're not jumping around like drunken kangaroos on speed, are a great band live, and this release does a good job capturing them in their element.
Available everywhere that Punk music is marketed and sold as the disposable commodity that it is. Available directly from the Anti-Flag Bandcamp page by clicking here.
hahahahahahaha If there was ever a shittier choice of an opening song for a Punk Rock compilation, I have never heard it in all my miserable years on this wretched planet. Opening tracks of albums are supposed to grab you, reel you in, make you want to listen to the rest of the album to see what it offers. The first track on this latest compilation from Squidhat Records called Squidhat '77 is so embarrassing, so hackneyed, so ham handedly shitty, that I almost took the needle off the record and flung it against the wall, never to be played again, but cooler heads prevailed, and after suffering through The Heiz, who I guess are considered a Vegas band now, I finally got to the song I wanted to hear - The Civilians doing Thin Lizzy's Bad Reputation, and it sounded great - easily one of the best songs on this crappy compilation comprised of "Local" Las Vegas bands doing songs from the year 1977 for some reason or another. Nostalgia Sells. There are some incredibly amazeballz versions of songs from that year on here though, like The Psyatics version of Pigs by Pink Floyd. "Ha, ha, charade you are." Mind blowingly great. Been stuck in my head for days now. Same goes for New Cold War's version of The Chain by Fleetwood Mac. Holy Shit! is that a great version of that song - probably the best song on here. Easily. They did a better job with a Fleetwood Mac song than Judas Priest did, that's for sure!! Frank & Deans do a great job with ELO's Turn To Stone, and Unfair Fight do the most incredible cover version of Joy Division's Warsaw I've ever heard, although technically that song wasn't recorded until 1978, but what do I know, huh? LOL The Dirty Panties do a good version of the Talking Head's Psycho Killer, and The Civilians & Friends close out this double LP with a 1 take, non-rehearsed, spontaneous version of The Clash's 1977, which was only Trueland and I with 'The Wizard' John Brown on bass and Dirk Vermin doing vocals with a shitty faux British accent for some reason. Whatever. Everything else on here is just sad, uncomfortable, shameful cookie cutter versions of songs done better by the bands that originally did them in the first place. Ugh. Even the beautiful gold colored vinyl, gatefold cover, excellent artwork and packaging couldn't save this double LP release, which would of probably worked better as a 10" EP or double 45 release, which also would of been in line with the '77 theme. Oh well. As with most Squidhat Records compilations, this one is more 'miss' than 'hit', but it's worth the price of admission for the handful of songs on this compilation that are actually listenable. Seek out at your own risk.
Available from every band on this compilation at every gig they play. Just go up and ask them! This release is also available on beautiful gold colored vinyl and on a digital format directly from the Squidhat Records Bandcamp page, which you can go to by clicking here. Support Local Music... blah blah blah blah blah blah blah...
First off, Kudos! for being something different and outside of the norm of the usual "Punk Rock" crap that I get in the mail around here! ha ha ha Not exactly my cup of bone broth, but an interesting release nonetheless. I love the cover of this album. Reminds me of the Groovie Goolies 70's cartoon series. And the band's name is great too - Dr. Phobic & The Phobic-Tones. Bit wordy, but it works for me. Second off, again, Kudos! for having the balls to name your album after a Cage The Elephant album! LOL Now that's some chutzpah right there! ha ha Although they share a album title, the 2 bands couldn't be any further apart musically if you tried. Cage The Elephant is lame wimpy ass chick rock and Dr. Phobic & The Phobic-Tones are, well... Instrumental Horror Surf Rock? Sure, I'll go with that. I believe this project is an offshoot of sorts from the ol' Monster Zero band of yore, but I could be mistaken about that, and the first I ever heard of Dr. Phobic & The Phobic-Tones is when they appeared on that shitty Prince tribute compilation on Squidhat Records that came out awhile ago, but I won't hold that against them. ;) This is a pretty good release. There's some super catchy Surf Rock Punk Rock Spooky tunes on here - Tetraphobia, Metathesiophobia, Pithecophobia, just to name a few, I never bothered to look up what any of the titles mean, because I'm lazy, and it all got boring to me after a bit listening to it all. I think the songs would be sooooo much better with words, because the musicianship on display here is impressive - the Dick Dale inspired guitar work alone makes this worth seeking out, and the rhythm section isn't anything to sneeze at either, but with the huge revival right now in the whole Surf Rock sound (Thanks Ty Segall! lol), this release feels like a missed opportunity. It's too good not to be listened to by everyone, but as some Surf Rock Horror Punk Instrumental musical project, I think it's just gonna be dismissed or ignored or classified as background music, which is a shame, because it's really fucking good and deserves to be a bit more than just that. Phooey.
I assume that this is available from Dr. Phobic & The Phobic-Tones when they play gigs, but I don't know that they do that very often. This release is available directly from the band themselves, including digitally, on the Dr. Phobic & The Phobic-Tones Bandcamp page which you can go to by clicking here, and it's also available on iTunes (click here) CD Baby (click here), Spotify (click here), etc. etc. etc. "Like" the band on Facebook by clicking here.
I get sent stuff all the times from random bands and assorted PR places looking to break the "next big thing" by any means necessary. Usually I just give them a casual once over before throwing them away, but this cover caught my eye for some reason, and it's a pretty interesting release from a band from Italy called Skassapunka that's been around for awhile now. This CD, called Rudes Against, is the band's 3rd release and it's an interesting mix of 2 Tone Ska, Political Punk, Reggae, Pop, Oi!, all mixed up and tossed together like a musical fruit salad, full of sweet sugary goodness that gives you lots of energy to burn. All the songs on here are uptempo toe tapping ragers, crafted for crowd interaction with lots of slogany shouty vocal parts and singalong bits that are all in Italian, so I have no idea what they're shouting about, but it sounds like they mean it, and it sounds pretty good! ha ha They remind me A LOT of Gogol Bordello, mixed with Reel Big Fish and Rancid or some poseur shit like that, and whether that's a good thing or not I'll leave to you to decide. 2 songs on here are sung in English, We Want To Dance Ska and the title song Rudes Against, but it makes not a bit of difference. The artwork seems to scream ANTIFA like appearance / sentiments, but who knows? Although not my cup of tea, this release from Skassapunka is a great sounding, energetic, collection of tunes that can get the party rocking or lead the Revolution, depending on which way the wind is blowing at the time. Check it out if you're into the whole Ska / Gypsy /Anarcho Punk thing. You might like it.
Available from KOB Records by clicking here. Available digitally from Amazon by clicking here. "Like" the band on Facebook by clicking here. Follow the band on Instagram by clicking here.
Written by Karl Bakla.
I got into Hardcore through skateboarding around 1986 & I’d always hear people raving about how the Cro-Mags were awesome & HARDCORE as FUCK! Sometime in ‘89 I finally stumbled across an album of theirs, that album was Best Wishes & from the first listen I thought the album was a horrible piece of shit, it wasn’t Hardcore & even by Thrash Metal standards it was weak as FUCK! I filed the cassette away & eventually recorded one of my bands demos over it…
About this time in PUNK history it wasn’t uncommon to hear someone say, “You have to hear their first album” not just about the Cro-Mags, but every band… TSOL, Gang Green, Black Flag, SSD, Corrosion Of Conformity, Suicidal Tendencies, Discharge…etc. As a young Punk it was exhausting, I didn’t have the money or time to waste on buying garbage & there was no internet so I didn’t have the luxury of previewing shit, or the help of those “Essential Punk Albums” lists that seem to clutter up the internet with the same fucking albums… great, you wrote a blog telling someone to listen to Fun House & London Calling, now fuck off! It was about this time I started wondering if an essential part of being punk was going butt rock, but minus the guitar licks, fame, money, the potato stuffed down the front of the stretch pants to simulate a huge cock, & most importantly people wanting to pork you… thankfully I had bands like Youth Of Today, Slapshot, Adrenalin OD, & SNFU to keep the skate (Jeff) sessions going. Going by Harley’s book I assume he would think these bands are posers or New Jack, whatever… nothing is lamer than the old guy being a dick about shit, I must point out that when Gilbert & I do it, we do it with style, class, & even elegance.
Sometime in 1994 Another Planet reissued The Age Of Quarrel & the Best Wishes albums together on one CD… I got my first taste of The Age Of Quarrel and I was blown away, I love that album so much! I have consistently jammed it since first hearing it, it was just as Hardcore as everyone said it was, if not more… then that dude Marco told me, “you have to hear the demo.” Holy shit, I didn’t think it was possible that those songs could get better, but it was… After being blown away by AOQ I decided to give Best Wishes another listen, it was worse than I remembered…. I remember ripping this double album onto another CD minus Best Wishes so I wouldn’t accidently listen to it in my car while delivering pizzas… you need top notch Hardcore to deliver pizzas on the mean streets of Las Vegas, not weak ass bullshit! You need your Hardcore to be big and bold like the tips you expect to make…
I recently read Harley Flanagan’s book Hard-Core: Life Of My Own and while doing so I listened to the entire Cro-Mags discography, it was confirmation that Best Wishes and the majority of their output sucks shit… I did enjoy listening to Revenge… as for the book I suggest reading it, the violence can get to a sickening level, but reading about Harley loving his kids is wonderful, & Harley is a master at shit talking, he even suggests that John Joseph sucked a bit of cock, which to me is no insult and if there was a dick in front of me I’d suck it right now, but in this macho world of HARDCORE it’s frowned upon for some strange reason. I read John Joseph’s book and it was also a fantastic read even though the timeline doesn’t make sense, it also made me think those stylish Krishnas in their orange robes aren’t so sweet, those motherfuckers are scam artists and child diddlers.
I think this album is the perfect place for the Cro-Mags story to end. It’s a return to the original Hardcore sound with essences of Metal thrown in to help make a bold rich flavor. Things have come full circle, the streets of New York that were once a dangerous place, that forced Hardcore kids to band to together are now a safe place to get a craft beer & a gelato (damn, if that’s the case I better plan a trip, since I love both)…now the Hardcore kids have no one to fight but each other! The stories of the Cro-Mags bad blood has been Punk folklore for years, since I was a kid I’d hear stories about one member turning in another one for being AWOL from the Navy, and band mates assaulting each other. When you search out the stories from the source everyone’s story conflicts…. All this came to a head on July 7th 2012, which resulted in the current bass player of the Cro-Mags getting slashed with a knife, some other dude getting slashed and his face bitten, & Harley ending up with a stab wound and a broken leg, pretty fucking crazy… the craziest thing that ever happened to someone that played bass in a band with me is that they ended up getting financed for a Hyundai, came with a ten year warranty or some shit. The end result was the charges against Harley were dropped & that Hyundai ended up getting repossessed or some shit…
Damn, it would have been easier if I just wrote that this is a good record, but that would be too easy, Bethany quite often complains that there is nothing I can do in moderation, well maybe I am just like Billy Joel, “darling, I don’t know why I go to extremes” which is also fitting for Harley Flanagan, but back to Billy Joel I like that he wore a leather jacket in his I Go To Extremes video, it gives him dare I say a PUNK AS FUCK look.
Where was I? Cro-Mags the album closes the Cro-Mags book for me in a good spot, a band that started with a big bang ends with assured mutual destruction as prophesied on their first album’s cover… the songs are the musical versions of the later chapters of Harley’s book, super-fast Hardcore rippers that touch on being stabbed in the back, never trusting anyone, thanking the people that still have your back even though you don’t trust them either, & wanting to kill someone but reluctantly letting them live… surely this won’t be on any MENSA members Top Ten lists, but when you are pissed off this is how it comes out. If you are a Punk Rock enthusiast who only casually listens to Hardcore then this probably isn’t for you, but if you are a fat guy that wears basketball outfits, & loves Hardcore you will dig it… I’d even suggest this for people who dig shit like The Accused… fuck, now that I am done typing this I have to edit it and I have the world’s worst grammar skills.
Available from 171-A Records / MVD Audio by clicking here. It's also available on Amazon (click here) and I'm sure it's available to purchase on his website www.harleyflanagan.com if you wanna look for it there. "Like" Harley Flanagan on Facebook by clicking here. Follow Harley Flanagan on Instagram by clicking here.
The Psyatics are an odd band to me. They big time rock but in an oddball freaky weirdo kind of way. They're capable of stopping a charging rhino at 30 paces with their powerful musical output, but it seems that they would rather just sit back and cruise along the musical landscape all around them at a leisurely, Tiki boat cruise style of pace instead of charging and burning through the land like the experienced musical pirates that they are. No biggie, just an observation. Their latest release, Famous Monsters, is chock full of all sorts of tasty musical tidbits, from Surf, Punk, Rock, Jazz (LOTS of that), Garage, Grunge, and even a little Funk thrown in for good measure. It's slinky, it's groovy, it's good, it's all over the place, never boring, and showcases everyone's musical chops. Songs like I Like To Die, Lay Low, I Am Slack and Shake Them Bones highlight the powerful attack this band has, with Jack's guitar work invoking the work of East Bay Ray or even Stevie Ray Vaughan at times, it's crazy good, and Rob's passionate quirky vocals bring everything to the front and draw you into whatever it is he's singing about. Very Jack White-ish talented story telling quality about his vocals, for better or worse. And Mark's drumming is top notch. It has to be with what these guys throw at him musically. Did I mention that there's some psycho sax work going on in a few of the songs? Ok good! LOL The Psyatics are a great band, with talent to burn, and on this their, 3rd, 4th release, I dunno, they do a great job of showcasing what it is that makes them such a good band - diversity and talent. Check them out - The Psyatics. One of the better bands gigging around the Local scene right now. Dig it. :)
This new album by T.S.O.L. sucks. There, I said it. So what? "Opinions on music being subjective...", yada yada yada but still, this album is soooo bad it hurts. Damn. What a shame. It's too poppy, it's too wimpy. It's got people singing 'la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la' background vocals all happy sounding and shit, like some ghey ass 60's hippy music does! Blah! I hate when bands chat up their upcoming release by hinting that it's going to sound like their earlier, classic material, because then I get all hyped up on wanting to hear it, and when I do, I'm usually hugely disappointed, like I am with this latest release from T.S.O.L., one of my favorite bands ever. I mean, I wasn't looking for Dance With Me, part 2, or even a follow up to Beneath The Shadows, but I was looking for something good, something rocking, and didn't find it in this 13 song release. Look, I'm a fan of later era T.S.O.L. albums - I thought Divided We Stand was hugely underrated, and Disappear is filled with all sorts of classic ragers that get the pits started every time the band plays them at a gig, but this album is wimpy, embarrassing, it's polished melodic, and lacking any ear candy whatsoever, there's just nothing here man, nothing. The old original keyboard player is back in the band, and his dynamic is all over the place on these tunes, for better or for worse. His riffs replaced a lot of Ron's stuff, relegating him to accents and background fills, which is sad. Was that some auto tune shit I just heard? Oh fuck this album. I've listened to it a few times now, and just can't find anything worth noting about on this album. Maybe Going Steady would sound good live, but I dunno, the majority of the stuff on here is just soft, watered down, old guy T.S.O.L. singing about Love and what went wrong with their lives versus singing about necrophilia and abolishing governments and pseudo spy novels set to music. Maybe it's me, I dunno, buy again, you ask me, I say this album sucks. It's very The Damned Phantasmagoria era sounding, if you know what I mean. 1 (almost) song out of 13 does not make a record good. I was expecting more, and I got duped. Phooey.
Put out by Release Records on beautiful splattered colored vinyl, CD, and cassette tape, if you can believe that, all of it available from the labels website by clicking here. It's also available from the band at every gig they play to make their mortgage payments or as an excuse to get out of the old folks home they all reside in, sedated and safe and happy. Available on iTunes (click here) as well as all sorts of places all over the Interwebz where Punk Music is sold like the cheap commodity that it is nowadays. 'Like" the band on Facebook by clicking here. T.S.O.L. I heart you. <3
Written by GE 138.
The Fat Dukes Of Fuck are one of the best bands to ever come out of the slimy, drug addled cesspool we lovingly call the Las Vegas Music Scene. One of the Best. Bands. EVER!! What started out as 2 guys and a drum machine noise / joke band project has evolved into a Metal tinged, musically mutinous monster of Mayhem that's capable of melting faces, shredding faces, pulverizing faces and any other aggressive facial attacks you can think of. Somehow now associated with David Yow of The Jesus Lizard and Dale Crover from The Melvins for some reason, The Fat Dukes Of Fuck just keep testing their creativity and pushing the boundaries of what's expected from musicians and what bands are "supposed to do" in order to be successful. While I don't always "get" what they're going for, I'm always thrown back by the fact that they're out they're out there doing "it", whatever "it" is at that particular moment, whether it's recording some Zappa-esque musically dexterous melodious nightmare, or using their home made toilet paper guns to engage a boring crowd into giving them a reaction, or maybe just pummeling a drunken late night crowd at a bar into submission with some heavy ass Metal riffs and Brent's slurred, drunken ramblings. Whatever it is, it's quite a sight to see, something I've been lucky to have witnessed on many an occasion. I consider myself a Fan, a longtime Supporter of the band, as well as a Friend. I love these guys. They are, as the kids say, 'The Shit'. Do kids still say that nowadays? I dunno... who cares? LOL
And what does all that have to do with this sprawling, 2 CD, odds and sods collection from The Fat Dukes Of Fuck? Nothing really, but when given the chance, I love extolling the virtues of this band to anyone bothering to check them out or pay heed to what I have to say. Yeah, I have no idea what's up with this 2 CD collection though. Some songs are live versions of early The Fat Dukes Of Fuck songs, like Speedball Trucker, which was on their first release Bafomitorium, and others (I think) are brand new recordings of songs only previously available in live form, like Grandma Mormon vs. The Beast In Jason's Dick, which is one of my favorite songs by them, but it was previously released on the High 'N' Dry album in a live form, which is odd but whatever, and other tunes on here are just instrumental tracks to previously released material. Sonically it all sounds amazing, and musically it's both baffling and unsettling, which is how good music is supposed to be. Oh, and it rocks too, believe that. Yeah, I don't know what to make from this assemblage of musical arrangements from The Fat Dukes Of Fuck, but I will tell you this - I'm happy to have it to listen to. Check this shit out. If you're a fan, you'll love it, and if you're not, well, give it a listen, and it will grow on you like a poisonous psychedelic mold that both thrills you and terrifies you, and then gives you the best orgasm you've ever had right before it kills you. Yeah, it's that good!
Available from the band at every gig they play. It's also available digitally as well as physically from the bands Bandcamp page, which you can go to by clicking here. They also maintain a The Fat Dukes Of Fuck website, ClownPenisDotFart.org, which is a trip, to say the least. Watch the eyes! hahahaha "Like" The Fat Dukes Of Fuck on Facebook by clicking here.
To some, the phrase 'Christian Punk' is an oxymoron of sorts. You can't be a rule following servant of the Lord while adhering to the chaotic, no rules anything goes world of Punk, where people are more likely to worship GG Allin than Jesus Christ, can you? Who knows? In any case, Christian Punk is alive and well and thriving in a weird sort of way, and this release from the Infirmities, a Christian Punk band from straight outta Salinas, CA, does a great job in melding the Music of Punk with the Message of the Lord with an equal balance that doesn't come off as too preachy or too musically condescending. Produced and recorded by Miguel from Total Chaos, the recording is a bit muddy, but no big deal. Reminds me a bit of how those classic Ill Repute releases on Mystic Records used to sound. The 8 songs on here are presented in a Ramones like, fast and furious, 1-2-3-4 one right after the other blitzkrieg attack, and the release does suffer a bit because of it, with the songs sounding like one giant, drawn out song, but the tracks that do stand out are great, songs like Myself Wrex, It's A God Thing, The Final Conviction and King Of Glory, a very hard hitting, hypnotic Peni-ish song that really brought it all home to me. Pretty good release. Looking forward to hearing more from these guys in the immediate future. And oh yeah, LOVED the Johnny Cash quote at the end of the record... heh.
Available from the Infirmities at every gig they play, and since these guys play a lot, backyards, BBQ's, bat mitzvah's, wherever, you shouldn't have a problem finding this record. Put out on the Malt Soda Recordings label, on various colored pieces of 7" vinyl, and you can click here to buy it directly from them. Also available from Amazon (click here), Interpunk (click here), and everywhere else you can buy Punk music from on the Interweb. "Like" Infirmities on Facebook by clicking here.
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