Sunday, August 31, 2008

Matt & Kim

Kim used to get super nervous before they would play. I think she is probably over that by now, though.

I believe that I was the one to "name" this release, as the disc had no information when I ripped it to iTunes and I have later seen it named as such in other places. If you look the album doesn't have an explicit name but I decided that is what it should be called as it is addressed to you from Matt & Kim (or whatever). Recently Kim came up to me and thanked me for doing so. I am just glad to be a part of the mythos.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Matt & Kim.

To/From (Self)
1. Silver Tiles
2. 5k
3. Verbs Before Nouns
4. Jesse Jane
5. Blazing Dynamite

Saturday, August 30, 2008


I did a little research and discovered that this band went on to become Daft Punk. Who knew?

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Darlin'.

Shimmies In Super 8 (Duophonic)
1. Cindy So Loud
2. Darlin'

Friday, August 29, 2008


I was a huge A Minor Forest fan. I used to go to all their shows. I can't remember how many times I saw them.

That said, I was pretty excited about the idea of Ticwar.

George told me that he was talking to Andee and he said something like "If John and I go to a movie, that's Ticwar practice. If we have dinner together, that's Ticwar practice." I always found that idea pretty amusing.

I was disappointed that they never really did much. It happens to the best of us, I suppose.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Ticwar.

The Science Of Crisis (Toyo)
1. Il Ritorno

Thursday, August 28, 2008


The Dialectic played with Argentina on August 14, 1999. I remember because it was the day after my 21st birthday. It was our 2nd of 3 shows in 24 hours.

I felt bad because we played and then bailed immediately because we had another show to rush off to.

They were fantastic. I don't know why I didn't get any music from them that night. I think I meant to but didn't get around to it. I recently ordered these to make up for that.

Some years later I saw Alex's current band, The Beat Buttons. We reconnected and he gave me a pink T-shirt that looks a little girlie on me.

Roy Styles claims to have played on some songs on the compact disc, but you can decide for yourself.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Argentina.

Diving Board (Belladonna)
1. File
2. Telescopes For Everyone!
3. Conversation With A Pair Of Headphones
4. Sameplace
5. Hang On Jack Bailey
6. National Anthem
7. My Bathtubs An Ocean
8. Questions Answers
9. Miami
10. Twin Tower
11. Diving Board

Argentina/Ithaca (Generic Productions)
1. New Lung

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I'm Gonna Stab You

I picked this up somewhere in Orange County many moons ago. I didn't listen to it until recently and I was surprised to discover that it is actually pretty good!

Now you might wonder why I would be so surprised, since I was motivated to buy it in the first place. The truth is that I have no idea, I think I bought it because it is on the same label that put out a Le Shok single or something. I can't get into the mindframe of myself as a 20 year old anymore now that I'm 30.

Maybe I just liked that the name.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, I'm Gonna Stab You.

1654 (Tigersuit)
1. The Slide
2. Hand It Over
3. Bright Lights

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


I really like the photo of Rop here.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Bumblescrump.

Bumblescrump/Rice (Joel Wing)
1. It Again
2. Worker
3. Christmas

Monday, August 25, 2008


I thought for once I'd try putting up the side of the record I didn't buy it for first. Does that make sense?

It is pretty good though.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, one side of Ithaca.

Ithaca/Argentina (Generic Productions)
1. Our Time As Invisible

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Sexy Thoughts

Sexy Thoughts might be the best band in New York City. Or west of the Mississippi. Or the Northern Hemisphere.


"If I pay you $500, will you take a dump on my face?"
-Kevin Shea

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Sexy Thoughts.

Call Me @ My Home # And I'll Fuck You (Self)
1. Too Fucking Young
2. You Lazy Fucking Piece Of Shit
3. I'll Be A Slut If That's What It Takes
4. I Remember When I First Met Your Jive Ass.
5. Let's Fuck On My Drum Set
6. Call Me @ My Home # And I'll Fuck You.
7. I Got A Fucking Alien Fucking Dick, Man
8. That Body Is Made To FUCK

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Shepherds With Shawn Reed

I am really fascinated by the resurgence of cassette culture. I think it is awesome.

I have never disliked anything I've heard that Lucas has been a part of. I can't quite put my finger on what he adds to the mix but whatever it is, it rules.

Lucas is also one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. He lives at Silent Barn and if you ever find yourself there please give my regards to Oscar and Suge Knight -- both lovely cats.

Actually, everyone in the band photo (not pictured) is pretty fun to hang out with. Next time you see any of their bands (Meneguar, Woods, Wet Hair, Nonhorse, Little Gold, etc.) you should make sure to say hello.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a cassette by Shepherds With Shawn Reed.

Eyes Of The World (Not Not Fun)
1. 1
2. 2
3. 3
4. 4
5. 5
6. 6

Friday, August 22, 2008

The Phones Sportsman Band

I had the pleasure of meeting and hanging out with Nikki Sudden on a few occasions. The first time was at Union Pool and I admitted to him that Phones B. Sportsman is my all time favorite punk rock name.

He told me the its origin but I was so drunk that I promptly forgot.

I saw this record once at the WFMU record fair for $50. I considered purchasing it but it was a little too rich for my blood at the time.

I am happy to say that I recently acquired it for considerably less than that.

This record is really silly and really awesome. Swell Maps really knew what time it was, etc.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by The Phones Sportsman Band.

I Really Love You (Rather)
1. I Really Love You
2. I Woke Up This Morning
3. Get Down & Get With It
4. Wah Wah Track
5. The Olton

Thursday, August 21, 2008


How did this record come about anyway? Who curated it? Why did two of the bands never release anything else?

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Colm.

Shimmies In Super 8 (Duophonic)
1. Soundtrack

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Judy & The Loadies

I guess you waited long enough. I told you patience is a virtue!

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Judy & The Loadies.

Gift Of Knowledge (Lookout!)
1. Judy Introduces The Band
2. Les Joux Sont Fait
3. I Wanna Leave My Brain To Science
4. One Life One Match One Kiss
5. Las Vegas
6. Johnny Was a School Boy
7. I'm Not Drunk by Judy
8. Just Imagine
9. Pinto (Don't Make Fun Of The Man I Am)
10. Pop-Up-Book
11. Baby's Got A Car
12. Hello It Is I Thee Intolerable Bastard
13. Soap Soap Soap
14. Olympus
15. The World Ain't Square
16. Germany

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Measles Mumps Rubella

I have known Rob for many years -- The Angel Assassins played the record store he used to work at in Sacramento.

I remember seeing them once at Boogaloo and the place was packed and sweaty and we were totally wasted. Fairly typical of the era, but it was pretty awesome.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by Measles Mumps Rubella.

Zusammen Mit Motown b/w Lighters Out (Malady’s)
1. Zusammen Mit Motown
2. Lighters Out

Monday, August 18, 2008


I stuck with them through the name change (although I still prefer The Audience LP). They had some fun moments, but the LPs weren't as good as these EPs.

I saw them once with The Crummy Fags in LA. According to Todd they played 1.5 shows, whatever that means. The Crummy Fags were basically Le Shok playing Electric Eels covers. They released a cassette that was just a dub of an Electric Eels record (which ironically I sold them at Epicenter). A great idea, not taken nearly far enough in my opinion.

Where was I?

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Vue.

The Death Of A Girl (GSL)
1. Child For You
2. Hush Your Head
3. The Death Of A Girl
4. Young Soul
5. The Voyeurs

Insound Tour Support 13 (Insound)
1. People On The Stairs
2. Streets Of Industry

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Maximum Joy

I don't remember when I got this record. Maybe in England? It is on The Pop Group's label, which is probably why I picked it up.

I never listened to it before. I will admit that I am quite glad that I finally rectified that situation.

Apparently they released a number of singles that I am now going to have to track down. When I do, they will be appended to this post, don't you worry your little head about that.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by Maximum Joy.

Stretch b/w Silent Street (Y)
1. Stretch
2. Silent Street

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Black Man White Man Dead Man

I never saw this band but my friend Zack Carlson was the singer. I ran into them on Bedford one day but couldn't make their show that night. Oh well.

He was in a band called The Nervous System and I still wear the shirt. He had a tour CDr that I got off him that doesn't play. It doesn't play! I have had a useless disc for 9 years now, hoping for the day when I would be able to get a proper copy of it. CDrs can be duplicated easily but cardboard artwork cannot.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Black Man White Man Dead Man.

Black Man White Man Dead Man (Thin The Herd)
1. Golden Girls
2. Quite The Opposite
3. DIY Suicide
4. Read The Rainbow
5. Lonely Socialist
6. It's A Mudrace To The Finish

Friday, August 15, 2008


Puttin' On The Ritz played with them at Glasshouse and it was totally insane. Bek was singing along with us but the words were to a completely different song!

Richard and I bonded immediately. He has been in various Peter Jackson movies as a result of living in New Zealand (lucky bastard). We also recently spotted him in a deodorant commercial.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Cortina.

Control Freaks Rule The World (Self)
1. I Am Not An American
2. Entity
3. Hott Rodd Hell
4. Protection
5. 2001 Ways To Love Me
6. Industrial
7. Sex/Art
8. Control Freaks Rule The World
9. Blame It On Society
10. Heart Beating
11. Slopes Of Love
12. Love Grows On Trees

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Prima Donnas

Apparently at one point Mike Gerner became very interested in pirates. So interested in fact, that he started affecting the mannerisms of a pirate. He converted all his money into coinage, etc. I'm not sure if he ever got a parrot but you know what I mean.

As happens with most people, his floors were due for a washing. He decided that since he was a pirate clearly the best way to do this was to swab the decks with rum. Literally.

The floors remained sticky until he moved out, and probably to this day. Ha!

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, The Prima Donnas.

She Had Alien Written All Over Her b/w Break Your Fuckin' Head (Peek-A-Boo)
1. She Had Alien Written All Over Her
2. Break Your Fuckin' Head

Headfull Of Pills b/w She's In A Rage!! (Kill Rock Stars)
1. Headfull Of Pills
2. She's In A Rage!!

Present Their Amazing Songs (Paintcan Chandelierier)
1. Cock Sucking Machine
2. Reagan's Dead
3. F.U.K.
4. Untitled

Drugs, Sex & Discotheques (Peek-A-Boo)
1. Nance Music Manifesto
2. Reagan's Dead
3. (Dancin' In The) Freaky Zone
4. Headful Of Pills
5. Lavender Shakedown
6. Skin Of Another Man
7. Song For All The World's Children
8. F.U.K.
9. Yr So Cool
10. Love You, Schizo Sickie
11. Stoned, Like A White Balloon
12. Fall Fashion
13. Break Your Fuckin' Head
14. I Love My Motion Detector
15. ------
16. Four O'Clock In The Morning

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Huggy Bear

Today is my 30th birthday.

I sort of feel like I squandered being 29 by talking about how I was nearly 30. I let it get to me too much.

Now that I am actually 30 I don't feel all that different. I will say that this next decade is going to totally rule.

The first LP I ever purchased was the Huggy Bear/Bikini Kill split. I of course had CDs and cassettes before, but for some reason it was the first piece of vinyl I ever purchased. I hadn't heard either band but I'd read about them or something. Apparently you can tell it is the first press because there is no Bikini Kill side of the insert (a problem that was fixed on later pressings).

I never got to see them, which is still a disappointment to me. I wasn't allowed to go to shows during that era.

I absolutely love these records. I am not quite sure why they are all pretty much out of print. Do people not care about Huggy Bear anymore? That is a shame.

It took me nearly a decade to track down a copy of February 14. The fact that it was a gig single from a show I did not attend in Brighton in 1993 probably explains why. I did get it for 99 pence, so I suppose in some ways it was worth the wait.

Lance Hahn once told me about a Huggy Bear CD he had that they only made 4 copies of! I'm not holding my breath on tracking down one of those.

I would like to track down copies of their cassette only releases, however. If you happen to be in possesion of one and wouldn't mind parting with it for the good of humanity, then by all means please let me know.

Consider this my birthday gift to you!

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, pretty much every Huggy Bear record.

Rubbing The Impossible To Burst (Wiija)
1. Katholic Kunt
2. High Street Jupiter Supercone
3. Snail Messenger Loss
4. Single Bullets

Kiss Curl For The Kid's Lib Guerrillas (Wiija)
1. Derwin
2. Sizzlemeet
3. Concrete Life
4. Carnt Kiss

Her Jazz (Catcall/Wiija)
1. Her Jazz
2. Prayer
3. Pro No From Now

February 14 (Self)
1. February 14
2. Into The Mission

Our Troubled Youth (Catcall/Kill Rock Stars)
1. Jupiter Re-Entry
2. T-Shirt
3. Blow Dry
4. Nu Song
5. Into The Mission
6. Hopscotch
7. Aqua Girl Star
8. February 14

Shimmies In Super 8 (Duophonic)
1. Trafalgar Square
2. Godziller
3. More Music From Bells
4. Snow White, Rose Red

Don't Die (Wiija)
1. Dissthentic Penetration
2. Teen Tighterns
3. No Sleep
4. Shaved Pussy Poetry
5. Pansy Twist

Main Squeeze (Famous Monsters Of Filmland/Rugger Bugger)
1. Children Absent From Heaven Says
2. Red Flipper #2
3. My Best Kiss

Long Distance Lovers (Gravity)
1. Steppin On Bugs
2. Limit 2 Surf
3. Tuff Lovin
4. Code Fucker

Weaponry Listens To Love (Kill Rock Stars)
1. Immature Adolesence
2. Fuck Your Heart
3. Facedown
4. Warming Rails
5. On The Wolves' Tip
6. Erotic Bleeding
7. 16 + Suicide
8. Obesity + Speed In 15 Refractions
9. For Insecure Offenders
10. "Why I'm A Lawbreaker"
11. Local Arrogance 1994

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


This record was difficult to record because the b side is merely a continuation of the a side. I think I did a pretty good job assembling it, even if it isn't perfect. See if you can tell where I made the edit!

I remember listening to this record when I got it and not thinking much of it. I'm not sure why, because the second time around I totally love it.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by Konk.

Soka-Loka-Mok! (Self)
1. Soka-Loka-Mok!

Monday, August 11, 2008

The Pattern

I never saw The Pattern. I think they only played big shows in New York opening for bands I didn't care about. I could be wrong, however.

My old roommate got two copies of this and let me keep one of them (he later released the GSL 50 compilation in his magazine). It is a CDrw so I could only listen to it on my computer, which was annoying. This was before I had an iPod or a computer hooked up to a stereo.

I found it ironic that the best song was the bonus cut.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, The Pattern.

The Pattern (Self)
1. Finger Us
2. Worse All The Time
3. Breakfast
4. Mary's Sister Margaret Jones
5. Sunned Things Speak
6. Untold
7. No Books!
8. My Own Age

GSL 50 (GSL)
1. Abigial

Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Boggs

I've seen The Boggs twice, but the second time was the new post punk iteration that I don't really understand. I mean, why keep the same name if you are completely changing your sound and personnel?

I have already spoken of Zeke Healy's prowess with the guitar. Please enjoy some more examples of that.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, The Boggs.

We Are The Boggs We Are (Arena Rock)
1. Whiskey And Rye
2. How Long?
3. On North Wood Ground
5. Beside The Windowsill
7. Poor Audrey James
8. Hard Times
9. Emily, O, Emily
10. A Picnic Lunch Packed For Two
12. The Airborne Station
13. We Shall Meet Again
15. Over The Way
17. A Direction Taken
18. Plant Me A Rose
19. Brighter Days

Stitches (City Rockers)
1. Down Below
2. The Ark
3. However
4. Low Light Hour
5. Stitches
6. Up From Under
7. Ashtray
8. Yes Darling
9. One By One
10. Why Don't We?
11. Brown Eyes
12. Late Along

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Death Cab For Cutie

I used to really like this band. I saw them play at Brownie's and then an instore at Kim's the next day some years ago.

I believe after the show at Brownie's I went to Kate's with Matt and Mark Owens, where I ended up having my dinner purchased for me by Mark's girlfriend's mother. This included the beers I had before she even arrived. This was especially generous of her considering my somewhat loose affiliation with her daughter.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by Death Cab For Cutie.

Prove My Hypotheses b/w Wait (Sonic Boom)
1. Prove My Hypotheses
2. Wait

Friday, August 8, 2008

Young Ginns

I remember when Lance first brought these into Epicenter. I couldn't understand why he would put out a CD for a band that had long broken up and only had one record out that probably not a ton of people ever listened to. I hadn't listened to it, at any rate.

Now I understand.

I debated including the single as well but you don't need a scratchier version of the same songs. They aren't different versions or anything.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Young Ginns.

Young Ginns (Honey Bear)
1. Score
2. Cemetary
3. Lucky Seven
4. Question
5. Time
6. Waist Basket Kid
7. Parallels
8. We Are Buildings
9. Well Directed Violence
10. Time To Die
11. The Ironic Flag
12. Half Twist
13. Backline

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Please note that the uncredited blurry band photo on the cover was taken by yours truly. I was the only sober one and thus found myself driving their van down the streets of San Francisco and being inexperienced with such things accidentally hit the SF Weekly dispenser.

I was then forced to take a picture to document my poor driving.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, an EP by Glasscraft.

Glasscraft EP (Sunflower Tribe)
1.Colored Procrastination
2. Tabula Rasa
3. Over 16 And No Extra Lives
4. Leveled Up

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


I recently picked up the single and was totally floored by it. I was going to post it that day I loved it so much.

Then I did a little research and discovered that they also had an LP. So I figured I would wait until I had it in my (somewhat) grubby little hands to share it so everyone would get a little more bang for their buck.

It is true that I am now buying records specifically to put up here. This unfortunately means that my wallet is starting to get a bit lighter. Luckily I am in talks with some old bands and labels to get copies of their records (or cassingles!) for free to share with the world. You'd think I have enough records as it is, but then you'd be wrong.

The moral of the story is that the LP is not nearly as good as the single. Oh well.

Ladies and gentlemen, two records by Kodiak.

Zero b/w Leave Me Alone (Slampt)
1. Zero
2. Leave Me Alone

Kodiak (One Louder)
1. Tone Arm
2. Sun Goes Down
3. Emotional Rail
4. Here It Comes
5. Lactical
6. Barnyard
7. Flow Down
8. RDA
9. 29
10. Little Star
11. Red Leaf
12. Zero
13. Watch Me

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Telegraph Melts

I swear I saw this band once but for the life of me I cannot recall the details. I am pretty sure it was in San Francisco. If you were there with me and remember the details, please let me know.

The b side of this record is amazing.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by Telegraph Melts.

Heilgeschichte Und Weltgeschichte b/w Goodbye No. 20 (Self)
1. Heilgeschichte Und Weltgeschichte
2. Goodbye No. 20

Monday, August 4, 2008

Tight Bros From Way Back When

This was a pretty fun band to see, but I didn't imagine the home listening experience to be comparable. As a result I never purchased their LPs.

I will tell you what though, these singles totally rule. I am psyched that you can listen to them now too.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, 3 sides of Tight Bros From Way Back When.

Take You Higher! (10 In 1)
1. Take You Higher
2. Chicken Little Lied
3. I'm In Luck
4. Runnin Thru My Bones

Tight Bros From Way Back When/The Champs (Ace Fu)
1. Save Your Blues For Another Day
2. Fire!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Mates Of State

I have a long history with Mates of State. My first encounter with them was playing with them in San Francisco. They played last and for some reason most of the people had left by the time they went on. Their loss. They were fantastic.

A few years later a different band played with them in New York. Fun fun fun!

I started running into Jason and Kori in the city after they moved to Connecticut. For some reason I usually find myself doing shots with Jason when our paths cross (the reason is probably that we both like to drink alcohol).

I remember listening extensively to a cassette dub of a promo copy of Our Constant Concern after being dumped some years ago.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, some singles by Mates Of State.

Mates Of State/Fighter D (Omnibus)
1. Leave Me At The Tree

It's The Law b/w Invitation Inn (Omnibus)
1. It's The Law
2. Invitation Inn

Beehive State b/w Über Legitimate (Snowglobe)
1. Beehive State
2. Über Legitimate

Mates Of State/Dear Nora (Polyvinyl)
1. These Days