Monday, June 28, Monday Dead Let's go to the lake Well it was a tough soccer weekend for the US and England for that matter, as both were eliminated, and while there should be instant replay on questionable goals, neither team can complain too much about the outcome's as neither looked all that sharp.
Well what is needed on this Monday is some soothing music, and a look to happy USA sporting events wouldn't hurt, so lets combine the two. We venture north today to the location of perhaps the USA's most iconic national sporting moment, Lake Placid : This is the first time I am dipping into , maybe the only, so I am doing so with a bang.
While it wasn't a career year for the band I do think this is the best show the boys played during '83 and is certainly worth your time. Lean back as we present , click that link or stream the full show right c'here: Playing in a epic venue the boys took to the stage 3 years after the USA Men's Hockey team stunned the world with it's Miracle on Ice and beat the mighty Russians. Labels: , GratefulDead , Mondays. Friday, June 25, Friday Funday. After one of the great finishes in world cup history Labels: Friday.
Monday, June 21, Monday Grateful Dead - Slip Shots Bronx Zoo Loads Skate Rock Tecato Max HC Preacher's Daughter The Pimp's Wife Phil Vibe's Sweating Nacro Cabron Justice Unknown Anger Is Infidel BCS Intro DEA Rough Mix Martin Mega Mix The Shaking Hands mix up ingredients from the punk fountain of youth, both new and old.
Overall The Shaking Hands deserves to be sought out if you like your punk stomping and raucous. Miles Hackett. A full-bodied and blistering release with a tangy metallic aftertaste. James Batty. With many of these releases deleted this is a great chance to get these 35 tracks of raw and raging UK hardcore punk. These infectious sing-alongs are sure to raise a smile from fans of the Souls, Against Me! And Leatherface. Pick it up and catch them live.
Throw in some garage, pop, an accordion, vocals that could be from a distant relation of a female Fred Schneider of the B52s and finally sprinkle on some Zolof the Rock and Roll Destroyer and you have the genre that these Canucks should be crammed into. We have to settle for describing them as jaunty pop rockers with genuine personality to their music, a sense of fun throughout the record and an infectiously upbeat way of looking at things.
Definitely worth a listen. The whole thing ends in a blaze of almost sing-along glory. I only hope you get that far. But former Mental vocalist Dick Lucas could always maintain an easy balance between diatribe and easy-going humour and a palatable tune was never too far away. Both come in snazzy digipaks, with a neat poster and lyric booklet, and both provide ample evidence of just why the band are still revered.
Heading back to the U. K to try his luck in the rock n roll pond, he never quite made it. Poor old Vince went downhill after falling inlove with LSD and doing one too many trips, ending up bonkers and believing he was god!!
Eugene Big Cheese. Good smut, mind, with pumping drums, pounding guitars, thrusting drums… ahem. Since then The Zero Point have been more active than ever.
Despite being a fan of the band since way back when, I only clocked them live for the first time last year, and was impressed with their hard-hitting brand of tuneful street punk. Zombina is on fine form and her vocals are passionate and distinctive. And, as usual, Cherry Red have done a great job in putting together this 2 CD, 47 track anthology.
El Prez. Well The Computers make it! Their fourth album is stripped down musically, it sounds live and is simply recorded. It still packs one hell of a punch though. This album rocks, period. Jonathan Falcone. The latest name to add is Australian quintet The Go Set, who having built up a following down under, look set to do the business in Europe. A good set of uplifting tunes all round. This is hard rockabilly-inspired punk with attitude, and aptitude to boot. The classic formula for this stuff is pretty much followed — rattling guitar and chugging double bass with sparse drumming — but the Graveyard Johnnys have that something else.
There is a freshness about this debut that bodes well for the future. Look out for these fellas. Hepkittens like Wanda Jackson and Jean Chapel were frontrunners of the genre, even nurturing its birth, but when the revival came, so the ladies went.
Imelda May is here to change things. There are excellent lyrics, rumbling bass lines, heartfelt vocals and a full and swirling production. The bits that would normally make a good album a great one were popping up over and over again, but to my ears they were ideas cherry-picked from other bands.
Saying that, it is a very good album. They take on some brave covers that work well, but to my ears the strength is in the originals. This is one of the best rockabilly-flavoured albums of the year so track it down. These re-issues chart their 2nd, 3rd and 5th albums respectively. The groove and crunch however fell to the way side in favour of a machine like chug which leaves this album uninspiring and dull. Sadly not all good things come in threes, so grab the first two for some definitive Prong.
This is definitely not the case with Rise Against. Proving you can have purpose and write great songs, Rise Against are amazing. Overground Quite colourful, and rather good, early anarcho types. Not a bad thing, of course. Rubella Ballet were as political and committed as anyone else on the anarcho scene but delivered a pleasing tuneful and powerful, if sometimes doomy, sound. Unfortunately, while the half of the album that sticks to the AF blueprint is great, the other half fails to hit the spot.
There are more than a few uninspiring mid-paced numbers which do little to stick in the memory, while the handful of bar-room sing-alongs are reminiscent of a pub rock outfit — not good. One for staunch fans of Agnostic Front. They have had a chequered past that has included a fair bit of booze and a liberal spanking of violence. The songs have been given a Celtic feel, with the addition of a frantic fiddler, but, that aside, this is the original line-up and they continue pretty much where they left off.
The subject matter is often violent and sexual with no thought of taboo. This is tough but hugely enjoyable stuff. As also seems to be the normal in these cases, the 7-track EP was pretty much knocked out in a couple of weeks, with sparse instrumentation and guest vocals from Matt Skiba and Chuck Ragan. But are these albums vanity projects or essential additions to the output of their respective bands?
This is well written, but is it going to be an all-time favourite or just keep you going until the next Against Me! Forget the Beach Boys, this is the stuff the hardcore draggers and surfers would have been listening to. As you would expect with an Ace release, this comes with a hugely informative booklet so you can read all about the bands that laid these tracks down.
Have it ready for the car to play on your first trip to the beach next summer, all honking sax and twang for your thang you can almost smell the sex, wax, petrol and nitrous oxide. The blues get a bit of a look in too, but this is mainly stompingly good in your face rockabilly from the darkside. This song collection, bringing together their contributions to a host of split EPs, shows just why. Their confrontational brand of in-your-face, fast and furious noise drew on the blueprint laid down by Discharge but also brought a definite hint of some Negative Approach worshipping to their short, sharp shocks.
They have toured with the Dropkick Murphys and there are obvious similarities, not least the aggression with which the songs are delivered. You get the feeling that they mean it in all eighteen tracks. The only drawback is that some of this sounds just a bit too generic. Great boozy nonsense but not essential.
Thought so. Jim Sharples. These reissues unite their original albums with the associated singles, b-sides, demos, radio sessions and live cuts. Both acts donate a good mix of piss-take old school punk and horror-tinged GBH speed. As you can imagine I was almost drooling as I put this in the player. Sadly the swirling, artsy punk noise that ensued was pleasant enough to begin with, but soon became tedious and at times downright dull.
It would be unfair not to say it had its odd moment where there was a glimmer of hope that it might perk up, but it only disappointed again. Not D4 firing on all cylinders, but a definite grower of anthemic, melodic punk. Octoons are impressive at first, assaulting the eardrums with a potent blend of hardcore and metal guitar, but they disappear down a dark alley of widdly guitar solos and impenetrable tempo changes.
Forget the White Stripes, if you want to hear how garage rock should sound then this is a pretty damn good place to start. A delicious brew. There are some cracking songs on here, with some excellent guitar work and catchy sing-a-long choruses, that could well propel them into the higher stratosphere of stardom that they sorely deserve.
The whole package is hugely impressive but a special mention has to go to the outstanding double bass playing that weaves the whole ensemble together and really makes the album. The Foo Fighters may be on a break but Jackson United are on fire.
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