Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Down for a little bit


I got a nasty virus/malware or something on my computer. Someone has taken over my Google account. I can't post from my computer until I have it fixed. I'll try to update when I can use another computer, but I don't know when or how often that will be. Check back periodically as I am trying to take care of the situation. Also to the people I know/email.... sorry for the spam emails. Obviously it's not from me.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Death Valley

Death Valley is a 1982 horror film featuring Catherine Hicks, Wilford Brimley, Peter Billingsley and Edward Herrmann among others. It was directed by Dick Richards and written by Richard Rothstein. Its about a divorced mother, her son and boyfriend that go on a trip to Arizona. They stop off to check out Death Valley, which also happens to be home to a serial killer and his demented twin. The son comes across a trailer and takes a pendant out of it. The serial killer comes back to find it gone and takes off after the family. Many have written this movie off, but I think it pretty decent. Definitely worth a watch.

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Great Clearing Off



The Great Clearing Off were a Philadelphia hardcore punk band from 1998-2005. This is an interview I did with them way back in 2003 that ran in Maximum Rock N Roll #252.

OK, lets start from your first practice. Give me a little history about how the band started. What was your motivation behind it originally, and did you think you'd make it this far?
Josh: Denis and I have been together in bands since we were in high school. I met Tim on the old Philly Shreds email list, he was going to photocopy Soy Not Oi! in its entirety for me. A friendship blossomed, and we both agreed that we should start a band one day. This was, what, five or six years ago?
Tim: Yep, 1997 I believe, and we actually started playing in 1998 once we recruited Kevin Duble as our first drummer, who we got through the Shreds list somehow. At the time, we had a second vocalist, Allie, and a gent named Jon joined us on second guitar within the first few practices. We've had a few lineup changes, which included Allie leaving the band, Kevin leaving the band, the mighty Bill Law joining up and eventually leaving to go save the world in the courtroom, whereupon Jesse ended up on the skins. Then Jon left the band and Alex started playing with us over this past summer.
Alex: The guys gave me an ultimatum, which was: join or we will cut you - really deep.
Josh: Our early motivations were in essence what they are today, albeit in different forms. We wanted to be political, to cause changes in people's lives, and to make connections with people in general.
Tim: And to have fun, too. That's always been a big part of it. I don't want to be stodgy and boring.
Denis: With Josh and my histories with our previous bands, I honestly didn't think it would last that long.
Tim: I definitely had no idea we'd still be a band in 2003. It's awesome as hell. We also move at the speed of molasses though, so maybe it makes sense. And thats molasses on a cold day.
What do you mean by political? Like speaking out about social issues or what?
Josh: Yeah, I guess we started off trying to address topical political issues.
And that continues to be something that motivates you?
Josh: Yes. In different ways now, really. Six years is a long time, especially when you're starting off in your early years, so my ideas have changed a bit, but at the core they're still alligned with the things I felt back then. Boo ya!
Tim: I'd say that social, political, and personal issues motivate us. Our lyrics don't tend to be statistic-laden Aus Rotten-esque lyrics, but they aren't just about farting either. Though we don't shy away from the topic of farting, believe you me.
Are you guys involved in any other projects besides The Great Clearing Off?
Josh: The Great Clearing Off is currently it for me. I'm still in school, and I'm a horror fanatic, so I pursue those interests through various channels. I write a little, read a lot, and watch the shit out of horror movies. Oh, and I ride my bike.
Tim: I'm in another band called Hissy Fit that just started up recently. I live in a co-operative house in West Philly and to some extent we try to deal with how the neighborhood is being gentrified by having good relationships with our neighbors and paying attention to how we affect the neighborhood, going to community meetings, ect. Other than that, I'm in school and ride my bike too.
Alex: Aside from The Great Clearing Off I'm in high school, I read, work at a small movie theater that shows indie films so I see a lot of them. Also, I like to check out new music.
How would you describe the band to someone that has never heard you before?
Alex: Oh man, I have heard the words "heartfelt" "sincere" and "earnest" so much that you'd think our reviews were for the Shawshank Redemption.
Denis: Imagine if you started a hardcore band with a bunch of people that had different musical tastes but wanted everything to sound sincere and heartfelt.
Josh: Five guys who are trying in desperation to get something out of themselves however they can. It's cheesy, but it's how I've come to feel about the band over the years, especially now.
Tim: Hmm, a little Ratt, a little Boston, some Phil Collins. Oh, I mean -
Josh: The reason I've stayed as long as I have is because the rest of these guys mean it. I like to think that shows in what we do, but I'm too involved to be objective.
I've only seen you once, but I'd definitely say it shows
Alex: Any apprehension I had when I first joined was completely forgotten after the first few practices.
Jesse: We have a pretty unique sound, there are fast parts in our songs that can produce furious circle pitting, and heavy parts for the headbangers out there. We've got intensity in our music, but we also throw in good melodies.
Tim: We like to make ears bleed, but we're soft and cuddly too.
Josh: Granted, we don't hit the right notes, and we're always a little out of tune, but I'd like to think that when we're playing, everyone is giving their all. When we're done, I feel like I'm dying, emotionally, physically, and mentally. That also helps me not carry equipment, so I play it up for what it's worth.
Tim: I couldn't be in a band if I wasn't giving it my all, so yeah, you have a money back guarantee with that shit.
How did you get involved with the "Sea Of Steel" series?
Josh: Three of us - me, Tim, and Denis have lived with Mike Dailey from Ed Walters Records at various points of our lives, and he's always been someone who has showed us love.
Alex: I could always go for a daily dose of Mike Dailey
Josh: He told us one day that he was doing a bike themed series, and since we tend to like bikes a whole lot, he asked us to be a part of it.
Tim: And I guess we were a sensible choice, since we ride our bikes around the same city he does and get hit by the same cars.
Josh: For a while, we weren't sure who we were going to be on the split with, but when he told us it was going to be The Sound Of Failure, we flipped out. The Sound Of Failure are a really important band to us, and they're good friends of ours, too.
Tim: And they're a fucking steamroller, and they actually stay in tune when they play.
Jesse: I think it's such a great idea for a series of records. I was so psyched when I heard he wanted us to do it. And to be on a split with The Sound Of Failure only sweetens the deal.
Josh: They're a zombie-crushing devastator.
Alex: It was before my time, but it is one of my all-time favorite records, and came out during the height of my interest in the band.
The Philadelphia scene has been known to have its problems with the city shutting down venues. Do you think there's an area where they'd let some place in the future stay open?
Josh: Thats hard to say, really. The First Unitarian Church has been through a lot over the years, but its doors are still open. Will Philly ever have something like Gilman Street, though? I'm not sure. A big part of the Philly attitude is whats being done in bigger venues can also successfully be done in basements too.
Alex: I think it comes down to a common ground of respecting the places we play at. While some bands seem to understand, I've seen a lot of ridiculous unnecessary shit happen to get venues shut down. It's really a combination of a lot.
Tim: Well, the Unitarian Church has been having shows in it's basement for a while now due to Sean and R5 Productions. It's a fairly big venue, though, with fairly big shows. It would be nice to have a smaller venue run by a collective. I'm actually starting to take issue with basement shows a bit. I don't think we should have the attitude that our enjoyment is more important than the lives of those who live around the basement venues.
Josh: I agree with Tim. I get bummed out when I'm at a show on a Tuesday night and the kid who lives there says "The show was supposed to be done at 9, and it's 11 now, but shit, keep playing!"
Jesse: The only thing we can really rely on are basements. It seems that even if one basement venue can't do shows any more or if the kids move out, another house full of cool kids opens up their basement for shows.
I know a lot of people are critical of R5, but from my outside perspective, it seems like they're doing good things for the Philly music scene. What are your thoughts on that?
Tim: I'm not really sure why people are critical of R5. I'm totally glad we get to see rad indie hip-hop and rad bigger punk shows at an independent ,non ClearChannel venue. I'm not too into the indie stuff, but whatever, it's better that it's there than the TLA or the Electric Factory.
Josh: Yeah, Sean has really gone to bat for the whole independent music scene around these parts. I'm not into everything he does, but I'm glad he's still here and still doing it.
Alex: As much as it could be looked at as a necessary evil, it's because of R5 that the gap between really small shows and semi big indie shows is being bridged. And for good or for not so good, it has created a focal point for local shows.
Tim: It's vital that we keep indie music independent. That there are non-commercial venues that don't only book bands for big bucks. I really like the current trend of bigger indie labels making better networks and signing more diverse bands. That can coexist with smaller labels and smaller bands, so it's all good. I love what Jade Tree and Dischord are doing, even though I'm not praticularly into all the bands on their labels.
Josh: It helps get the point across that the independent music scene isn't just some springboard , it's real, and it's important to the people involved.
Alex: Yeah, it really makes you feel like you're a vital member of something and not just another face in the crowd whose band plays once in a while.
Lets get back to the band. How has being in The Great Clearing Off affected you? What have you learned from the experience?
Josh: It's held me together. I've been through a lot of crazy things over the past four or five years, and having the band here has served as an outlet. Since I tend to write most of the words, it also makes me analyze the things I'm thinking and feeling and saying; it tests me. The band challenges me to do better, to be better, and most importantly the band keeps me in touch with the rest of the people involved. It's a lot of fun in that respect, but it gives me a sense of purpose. It's also helped me connect with people because of something that we've collectively done, and that important to me.
Alex: It has affected me immensely for the better. This band from the very beginning has challenged the way I've looked at everything. From the issues brought up in the songs to the intense emotion bought into all of the members. The Great Clearing Off is truly, as I see it, something that lives in us all, and I'm so grateful that I can be a part of that.
Tim: That's a big one. This band has affected me on so many levels. It's a major outlet for my emotion, frustration, passion, anger. In that way, it has probably made me more sane and balanced. It's also a great tool of expression. We get to write music, which is really fun and challenging, and put words to it. That's fun as hell and fulfilling. The first time we play a song in my basement and it works out perfectly, I get this amazing chill down my spine. It's also a great networking thing. You meet a million people by setting up shows, setting up tours, being out there all the time. I've met a bunch of my friends that way, which can be good and bad, because it kinda limits whom you're meeting on a regular basis. But I've met so many amazing amazing people through the band that I can't say I dislike that aspect of it.
Denis: It's my only real creative output, plus I've met so many amazing people that I probably wouldn't have met otherwise.
Jesse: I've always wanted to be in a band that doesn't just play music, but that also instills hope in listeners. I was a listener for three years before I joined and the music inspired me, and they gave me a chance to be a part of that.
Josh: It gives me reason to be social, otherwise I'd stay in my room and listen to Assuck and keep reading I Am Legend.
Alex: I'm really glad this band came at the time it did, because otherwise I would have never seen and done the things that are happening right now which are important to me.
What do you think of the scene in Philly and also as a whole? What do you think can be changed for the better?
Tim: Oh, that's easy. Philly still shreds!
Josh: Fuckin' A! Philly has always been a great place.
Alex: I have to say I love Philadelphia so much and it has become such a huge part of who I am even though I live 20 outside of it. But there are things that really bother me, like some levels of pretension. There are people with superiority complexes that have grown inadvertently through the punk community, but regardless I am glad everythinggoes on.
Denis: I wish that more people saw being involved in punk rock a long-term thing and not just a hobby.
Jesse: There definitely needs to be more dancing!
Tim: Seriously, my favorite bands are mostly Philly bands: 2.5 Children Inc, (early) Ink & Dagger, Dissucks, ect. There's always stuff to change, I guess. You always want there to be less fights, less dumbasses, more fun and less egos, but overall,the scene around here is pretty rad. I wish it was a little less splintered, but what can you do. As far as the scene at large, I want to see a continuation of a serious independent network. I believe that in order to live in the world we want to live in, we need to create alternate institutions which work according to our values. So we can just kick ClearChannel in the ass and relegate them to the dustbin, and all their bands to the 99 cent bin, because art and excessive profits shouldn't overlap.
Josh: I want more considerate punks. Is that an oxymoron? It's the people here that keep Philly going. As a result, sometimes it's up, sometimes it's down. I mean without all this I have no idea where I'd be right now. If it weren't for Stalag 13, I doubt this band would have happened, and I would probably be living in the Midwest and listening to danzig in a darkened room while lifting weights.
Alex: Everything that comes out of Philadelphia make me proud and just all around satisfied when we are out of town and staying at someone's house and I tell them I'm from Philly.
Tim: Philly is a great town with a great attitude. Cynical as fuck but somehow positive, too.
Alex: Indeed
Josh: I'd just like to reiterate, Philly Shreds.
Alex: There is nothing quite like our town.
Tim: Yeah, thats the gist of it.
Do you have any future plans? Tours? Releases? Anything?
Josh: We are currently plotting a U.S. tour next summer, and we've also just begun talking about writing our first full-length.
Tim: We're also talking about making more t-shirts one day. Like I said - fuckin' molasses. We had shirts once. For real - once. Then we lost half of them somewhere.
Alex: Well we had umbrellas and a sombrero at one point, but those sold out too.
Josh: I'm getting old, but I still see a few years left for The Great Clearing Off. I blame Alex for that, really. He has to join the band and be so goddamned enthusiastic about everything, and well, it's infectious.
Tim: Yeah, we're gonna take this shit to the next level. A million faces , I tell you. And rock them all. It may take half a million shows, but fuck it. I'm in it for the long run!
OK, well I'm out of questions, but this is your interview. What do you want to say to the world?
Josh: I would just like to give a shout out to everyone who has been in the band at some point or another: Kevin, Allie, Bill Law, and Jon.
Denis: We'd like to thank Philly and urge people to check out Ed Walters Records and Cheap Art Records and listen to Sound Of Failure, Fighting Dogs, Underrage, R.A.M.B.O., Global Chaos, and Erik Petersen.
Tim: We're open for dialogue. We'd love it if you came to see us play or talked to us or some crazy shit like that. You can shoot potatoes at our assses.
Josh: And I'd also like for people to use their friggin' head. Think for themselves, understand that their actions have reactions, and to take responsibility for said actions. Also, if people want to write to us about anything, we're here.
Tim: I'll second that, Josh. It's cool to do what you want, but make sure you aren't fucking people over, cos that's some bullshit. I'd love it if everyone would use that as a guiding principle. But also make sure you dance and have fun and be goofy and whatever you do, don't fucking grow up and be boring. Grow up like Utah Phillips.
Josh: I'd like for people to know that it's OK not to dance, if that's your steez. Keep one foot in the gutter and one fist in the gold.
Alex: Also, don't be afraid to love or be loved. Our time is really fucking short in this world and to live everything is all we have. "You will ride straight to perfect laughter, it's the only good fight there is" - Bukowski

The Great Clearing Off (includes their 7", their side of the Sound Of Failure split, & In Flight From The Terror Behind)
Buy Sound Of Failure split
Buy In Flight From The Terror Behind

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Econochrist

Econochrist - Discography

Econochrist were a political hardcore punk band originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, starting in 1988. They played a bunch of shows in the area and did a midwest/east coast tour as well as self releasing a demo and the It Runs Deep 7" on Traunt Records. In 1989 the band decided to pack up and move to Oakland, Ca. They moved into a house together and named it the Econo Lodge. That year they made an appearance on the What Are You Pointing At compilation on Very Small Records. Then in 1990 Very Small put out the Ruination LP. The band continued to play a ton of local shows with the flourishing scene in the Bay Area and then put out a split 7" with The Detonators on Insurrection Records. In the summer of 1990 Econochrist did a 6 week tour and met Sam from Born Against along the way. As a result Sam put out the Another Victim 7" on his label Vermiform. In 1991 they appeared on a few compilations and then did a tour in Europe. In 1992 Vermiform put out the Trained To Serve LP, and the band toured the U.S. on it for 2 months. In 1993 they recorded the Skewed 7" and that summer they toured Europe again for a couple months. Their bassist Mike liked it there and decided to stay. Econochrist's last show was in Hamburg. Shortly after the band decided to call it quits Ebullition put out the Skewed 7", then later repressed the Another Victim 7", and Trained To Serve LP. They then released a Discography 2XCD which you will find here.

Econochrist - Discography
Buy It Here

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Surf Nazis Must Die

Surf Nazis Must Die were a German fast hardcore punk band named after the 1987 Troma film of the same name. I'm pretty sure they only put out a self released demo tape and the Anti Everything EP on XLowBroX/RedRedRed then called it quits. They later repressed the EP on Youth Attack. You'll find both of those releases here, as well as the full movie enjoy.

Surf Nazis Must Die - Demo + EP

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Sea-Wolf

Jack London - The Sea-Wolf
The Sea-Wolf is a 1906 psychological adventure novel written by Jack London. It is about a literary critic, survivor of an ocean collision who comes under the dominance of Wolf Larsen, the powerful and amoral sea captain who rescues him. Franklin Walker calls The Sea-Wolf "one of the wolrd's great sea novels." The cover you see here is the version my grandfather gave me in the mid 80's. I never got past the second chapter until I downloaded the audio book from a public domain website and read along while on tour a few years back. I've read it twice since then without the audio book, and its become a book I like to recommend. The voice is pretty monotone, but if you can get past the first chapter you'll be ok. A great listen while on a bus or subway, or as I mentioned before if you're on tour or driving long distances.

Jack London - The Sea Wolf

Over Vert

Over Vert - Gagging + Swallowing
Over Vert are from Reno Nevada and play a chaotic brand of skate / dirge / punk rock. This was recorded by the infamous Steve Albini, and as you'd expect it sounds great. I got this tape from my friend Will who put it out on his label Five Ten Tapes in a limited number of 200. For fans of Black Flag, Nirvana, or newer bands like Pissed Jeans or Deep Sleep.

Over Vert - Gagging + Swallowing
Buy the tape
Buy the CD

Lessons

No Less - Lessons 93-98

No Less were a hardcore/grind band from Redwood City, Ca. Eric Wood once dubbed them "Electric Jungle Violence". They were part of the West Bay Coalition along with Plutocracy, Deadbodieseverywhere, Utter Bastard, and other great bands. No Less along with Plutocracy are tied as my favorites among that group of bands. This CD came out in 2004 on the Push Down & Turn label, and I'm pretty sure it includes everything except the split with Laughing Dog. 35 songs in about 72 minutes. If you're into this, you should do yourself a favor and head over to the Doomryderz blog for more West Bay Coalition stuff.

No Less - Lessons 93-98
Buy It

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Gateway

Bongzilla - Gateway

Hailing from Madison, Wi, Bongzilla released Gateway through Relapse Records in 2002. It's their 3rd full length record after several awesome EP's including splits with Meatjack, Cavity, & Hellchild. Gateway is regarded as their best material so far, and I agree with that. If you don't know by now what this sounds like you should just download and get your bong on.

Bongzilla - Gateway

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Don't Go In The Woods... Alone!

Don't Go In The Woods... Alone! is a 1980 American B grade slasher film. It was directed by James Bryan (Hell Riders, Boogievision, The Executioner 2), and received poor reviews. It was banned in the UK under the Video Recordings Act and deemed a Video Nasty. Because of this it has gained a cult following, and this is how I became aware of the film. As far as Video Nasties go, this one deserves the poor reviews. Retro Slashers summed it up nicely by saying "Don’t Go in the Woods is the kind of movie that makes you want to rub the director’s nose in the box and scream “No! Bad Movie! Baaaaad Movie!” With that being said I still think its worth a viewing when you have nothing better to do. You can watch the full thing here via YouTube: Part 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Kiss It Goodbye

Kiss It Goodbye - Be Afraid

Kiss It Goodbye was a late 90's metallic hardcore band that started in New Jersey then later moved to Seattle, Wa. I got this tape through a trade with some guy from New York. I remember not being too into it at the time. As I've mentioned on here before, I wasn't too into metallic hardcore at first. I've later come to enjoy many of these types of bands. Many thought they would be fairly big, scoring tour spots with Unsane and Obituary (among others) although the band only lasted about a year. These 4 songs clock in at about 16 minutes.

Kiss It Goodbye - Be Afraid

Monday, April 11, 2011

Grace Alley - Black

Grace Alley - Black

Grace Alley is a hardcore punk band from San Francisco. I got this tape at one of their shows last year and have nearly worn it out since. I can hear influences that span a wide range. From metallic parts to punk and even British Oi. The members of this band are all experienced doing time in fairly popular bands from the area, and it shows. They were really tight live, and recorded its even better. Grace Alley also has a 7" and split 7" with Skin Like Iron, as well as another demo tape. All of which are worth checking out. I believe you can only get this tape at their live shows, but you can find their other releases HERE.

Grace Alley - Black
Malachi - S/T

Malachi were a crusty metal band from Milwaukee, Wi. Featuring members of others bands you probably know and/or like. We're not about name dropping so do your own homework if you're interested in that sort of thing. Malachi sound like if Remains Of The Day and Isis were hanging out and decided to jam. Dark yet beautiful instrumental parts that give way to 2 singers adding vocals that act as instruments more than narration. These 4 song clock in at just under 39 minutes. I just recently came across this band by accident.... and boy am I glad I did. I might put other releases up eventually, but you should look for those as well if you're into this one.

Malachi - S/T

Buy it HERE

Monday, March 28, 2011

Terror On Tour

Terror On Tour

I found a VHS copy of this at Thrift Town in San Leandro, Ca. Just by looking at the cover I knew I had to see this film. The tag line from the back of the box says "The Clowns are a rock group on their way up the ladder of success. In their macabre makeup it is impossible to distinguish one from the other. Their incredible stage performance center around sadistic, mutilating theatrics and eventually real murders begin. The police are called in and consider the band members prime suspects until they realize the killings are occurring during their performances.

The search for the murderer begins ... and ends with the audience chanting, Kill, Kill, Kill!" I couldn't wait to get this home to watch it that night, but to my dismay there was a copy of Dances With Wolves (#2 of 2 tapes) inside. I was so bummed and began my search for a copy of Terror On Tour. Eventually I found and bought a complete copy and wasn't disappointed. Its not a blockbuster film or even a "good" film by most people's standards..... but I love it. You can watch the full film here via Youtube.


Lethal Noise Vol. 2


Lethal Noise Vol. 2

This is a tape compilation put out by Very Small Records in 1987. I grabbed this out of the free box at 924 Gilman along with a handful of other tapes because the lineup of bands is stellar. I later found out that there are less than 100 of these in existence. Featuring Stikky, Sewer Trout, Crimpshrine, Soup, The Lookouts, NOFX and many others, I was more than happy to own this. I immediately made myself a copy when I got home so I wouldn't wear the original out. The great cover art is by Jim Maclean who played bass and sang in Sewer Trout.

Here is the full lineup:
01. FORETHOUGHT: Going On Out There
02. RABID LASSIE: Contragate
03. RABID LASSIE: Rabid Lassie
04. STIKKY: Republican Children 05. STIKKY: On Top O' Da World 06. BASIC RADIO: There Is A Place 07. BASIC RADIO: Lone Helmet 08. SKIN YARD: Single File 09. SKIN YARD: Out Of The Attic 10. TOUCH ME HOOKER: It's So Easy 11. ROMPER ROOM REJECTS: Challenger 12. the NEW VULGARIANS: Rock & Ice 13. SEWER TROUT: Sewer Trout For President 14. SOUP: Control 15. SOUP: Resume' 16. the SWEET BABY JESUS: Baby I Love You 17. the SWEET BABY JESUS: At The Movies 18. the LOOKOUTS: Recycled Love 19. CRIMPSHRINE: Rearranged 20. the KOEL FAMILY: Florence 21. the KOEL FAMILY: Stab Stab Stab 22. SHORT DOGS GROW: Whirlwind 23. CORRUPTED MORALS: Big Man 24. CORRUPTED MORALS: Quality Control 25. NOFX: Bob Turkey 26. MOTO STILL BIRTH: Moto Still Birth 27. MOTO STILL BIRTH: Video Babies 28. FAKE STONE AGE: Big Fat Space Fever 29. ISOCRACY: Fack This


Lethal Noise Vol. 2

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Godstomper

Godstomper - Art Damaged Masochists Vol. 1

So i'm on my way home earlier with my mp3 player on shuffle when Godstomper comes on. I begin reminiscing about seeing them play all over the Bay Area when I realize that they have been going for 15 years. Thats quite a feat.... most bands don't even make it half as long. By now you probably know who they are and what they sound like, so I won't go into that. Here is their collection 2xCD called Art Damaged Masochists Vol. 1. which carries a hefty 105 tracks. That should be enough Godstomper to last you a long while.

Godstomper - Art Damaged Masochists Vol. 1

Digging

I'd like to introduce a new feature I'll have from time to time called "Digging Through The Demo Box". As you can probably tell from the name... I have a large box of cassettes that I've accumulated over the years. Some I bought, some were from when I was reviewing demos for 924 Gilman, some I have no idea how I got. I'll pull a tape at random and whatever comes out will be posted on here for your enjoyment or occasionally your displeasure. If you enjoy this you might also want to check out a great tape only blog called Terminal Escape. While we're sharing links to other blogs I should also mention that The Evil Eye will be back to regular posting by the end of the week. Check that blog out if you're into similar types of music I post, wrestling, horror, ect. Ok now on to the posts.....


Contention Of The Orders - S/T Demo

Contention Of The Orders was the name Dragbody had before they settled on Dragbody. I got this demo in the mail through a guy I used to trade tapes with. Hailing from Orlando, Fl I figured it could be decent. All I knew about the Florida music scene at the time was No Idea Records, Death Metal (Cannibal Corpse, Obituary, ect), and the band Discount. I didn't like Contention Of The Orders the first few time I listened to this tape. I thought the name was horrible, and when coupled with the metallic hardcore they played... it was just not up my alley at the time. Although I like both metal and hardcore, I thought they shouldn't be mixed. In all honesty this tape grew on me, and I do like and listen to this semi regularly now. Recommended if you like 90's metallic hardcore, or if you like Dragbody this would be a must download to complete your collection.

Contention Of The Orders - S/T Demo

I originally pulled out Bastard Sapling - Raw Rehearsal Demo but I posted that a while back. If you didn't get a chance to check it out, you should do so HERE.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari


The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 silent horror film directed by Robert Wiene taken from a screenplay which was written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. It is one of the most influential of German Expressionist films and is often considered one of the greatest horror movies of the early times. This movie is cited as having introduced the twist ending in cinema as well being among the first to use a frame story. You can watch the full film here.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Cypress Hill - S/T

Cypress Hill - S/T

By 1991 I was into punk and metal for just a couple years, which obviously meant listening to rap was taboo lest you get made fun of by other meaner/older punks. I'll never forget the first time I heard Cypress Hill's first single "How I Could Just Kill A Man". I immediately thought that these dudes were hard as shit and hated the "man" just as much as any self respecting punk. I was intrigued but just couldn't bring myself to buy a rap album, so I resorted to listening any time they'd come on the radio in whatever car I was in. In 1993 they were on the Judgement Night soundtrack, which opened the door to a little more rap in my listening rotation. In 1995 my friend Nick made me a tape with this album on one side and a mix on the other and THAT was when I really got into them. By that point I had heard their singles, and would often get the chorus of "Hand On The Pump" stuck in my head. How could you not.... "Sawed Off shotgun, hand on the pump//Left hand on a 40, puffin' on a blunt//Pumped my shotgun, niggas didn't jump//lala la la lala la laaaa". I listened to that tape so much I wore it out. So many great songs... Pigs, Ultraviolet Dreams, The Phunky Feel One, Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk, and more. Cypress Hill was one of the first I got into and still among my favorite rap groups. They opened my mind to other types of music besides what I was already into, or the country and "freedom rock" my family listened to. Now I'm passing it on to you. Its hard to believe that it will 20 years old this year.

Cypress Hill - S/T

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Reagan Songs


Scattered Productions Presents: Reagan Songs

So today would mark the 100th birthday of America's 40th President, Ronald Reagan. To commemorate the occasion I've made a mix of songs simply titled Reagan Songs.

Joey "Shithead" Keithley of D.O.A. once asked the audience at a concert "Who was the person who did more for punk rock in the '80s than anyone else? And I ain't talking about Jello Biafra or John Lydon." He pauses for a moment then answers "...it was Ronald Reagan! Everyone got into punk because of him." I missed most of the "Reagan Bands" as some people call them, but some of the older kids in the scene filled me in on the influence The Gipper had on punk. Steven Blush, author of the book American Hardcore had this to say about him: “'Reagan' became the galvanizing force of Hardcore – an emeny of the arts, minorities, women, gays, liberals, the homeless, the working man, the inner city, et cetera. All ‘outsiders’ could agree they hated him.”

In 1982 M.D.C. got involved with the Rock Against Reagan Tour and continued that through 1984. Sponsored by the Yippies, they took the Dead Kennedys, Dicks, Crucifix, DRI and others around the country expousing the evils of capitalism, multinational corporations, meat-eating, and of course Reagan himself. The tour came to a head in Dallas Tx, during the 1984 Republican National Convention. Dallas, the city where JFK was assassinated, and who was the headliner? Dead Kennedys, who would play only blocks away from where JFK was shot. There is good article about this show at the Dallas Observer website.

In 1985, Reagan visited a German military cemetery in Bitburg to lay a wreath with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. It was determined that the cemetery held the graves of 49 members of the Waffen-SS. Reagan issued a statement that called the Nazi soldiers buried in that cemetery as themselves "victims," a designation which ignited a stir over whether Reagan had equated the SS men to Holocaust victims.
This became the inspiration for the Ramones song Bonzo Goes To Bitburg, which was later renamed My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down. Singer Joey Ramone explained that Reagan "sort of shit on everybody." Interviewed in 1986, he said "We had watched Reagan going to visit the SS cemetery on TV and were disgusted. We're all good Americans, but Reagan's thing was like forgive and forget. How can you forget six million people being gassed and roasted?"

In 1986 Reagan was responsible for (among other things) the Lybia bombing, the Immigration Reform And Control Act, & the Iran Contra Affair. All of which were highly publicized, and heated topics. On June 12, 1987 Reagan gave his "Tear Down This Wall" speech. By 1988 Reagan, and soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev were well on their way to ending the Cold War. Then on Jan 20th 1989 former Vice President, George HW Bush was sworn in, succeeding Reagan. On November 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall finally fell, marking one of the last milestones associated with Reagan.

In August 1994, at the age of 83, Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, an incurable neurological disorder which destroys brain cells and ultimately causes death. In November he informed the nation through a handwritten letter, writing in part: "I have recently been told that I am one of the millions of Americans who will be afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease... At the moment I feel just fine. I intend to live the remainder of the years God gives me on this earth doing the things I have always done... I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead. Thank you, my friends. May God always bless you". As the years went on, the disease slowly destroyed Reagan's mental capacity. Reagan died at his home in Bel Air, California on the afternoon of June 5, 2004.

Scattered Productions Presents: Reagan Songs
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