No, I’m not out of records yet. I just haven’t taken any more photos of them.
I’ll be back shortly, I promise!
In the meantime, have a look through my archives
Two more from the nostalgia file.
"Exploited Barmy Army", and their split with Anti-Pasti, featuring two shitty live tracks. (The Anti-Pasti side kicks ass, though)
Culture Shock were an anarchist ska/reggae-influenced band from the UK, featuring Dick of the Subhumans. Definitely a precursor to Citizen Fish.
Lovely, danceable, cute, and fun.
"The Beginning" - the latest from Minneapolis pissheads Misery. A 12" EP with six songs spanning their entire 25 year career. Two brand new songs, two ancient songs re-recorded, and two covers. Oh, and to make it even more interesting, two songs here feature original vocalist Al Long. You might remember him from his years with Nausea.
Excellent recordings, excellent art by Andy Lefton, and excellent songs. Now I have the unfortunate dillemma of trying to figure out if my favourite Misery song is The Beginning, or Mother Nature off the last album.
Did you know that Dave from Aus-Rotten and Andy from the original incarnation of Anti-Flag started a band together in the mid-late-90s?
Yep. They did, and they were called Human Investment.
This was a short-lived band that put out a single LP in 1997. A little bit more melodic and somewhat poppy (for a Dave Trenga band) than Aus-Rotten. As you can expect, this is seriously political anarchopunk. As a bonus, you can hear two early versions of future Aus-Rotten songs (Media Blackout and Capital Punishment).
Classic punk comp from 1985, featuring a shitload of bands from all over the place, including Political Asylum, DOA, Sacrilege, Oi Polloi, Virus, Conflict, and Death Sentence, among others.
This double-LP came out on Mortarhate in the year of my birth, and I found this copy for a very reasonable price. It was meant to be.
This is a fucking classic.
This is one of the best things to come out in 2013, if not the best.
The first release by The Mob in what… thirty years? They say time tempers all energy and danger and passion. That ain’t true here. This easily could have come out in ‘84. Two songs here - the title track (video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWG729GQFPY ), which is energetic and catchy as hell; the flip side, “There’s Nothing You’ve Got I Want” is much darker, slower, and more intimate. In all, this is a perfect release. I hope they don’t stop here. I hope this is a precursor to a new full-length.
I’m usually not down with old bands reuniting, but a few do it really well (Amebix, Deviated Instinct, Subhumans [although they really didn’t go anywhere] come immediately to mind). We can add The Mob to that list. Still angry, still anarchist, still sound as fresh as they did back in ‘83.
The most recent release by one of the best bands to ever come out of Minneapolis, the mighty War//Plague.
As the title implies, this is a much more raw release than their previous releases, influenced as much by classic punk themes and sounds as by classic crust. It makes for a much more varied sound, and makes for one of the best singles of 2013. Despite what some raw-raw-raw-punk elitists may think.
Hey! Are you a fan of Los Crudos, Limp Wrist, or N/N?
If so, I’m betting that a huge part of that is due to the excellent hardcore vocal stylings of Martin Sorrondeguy. Well, here’s his latest band, the mighty Needles!
This is straight forward DIY hardcore full of passion. No frills, no machismo, no bullshit. Look, you already know where you stand on this. It’s fucking Martin Sorrondeguy. You love him and his bands, or you don’t (in which case, you might be an asshole).
Internal Autonomy were a UK anarcho band from the late-80s/early-90s. They sound as though they could have been on Bluurg, or Crass Records six or seven years prior. A very post-punk/spacy sound, with haunting female vocals (at least on their earlier material).
This 7” came out in 1991 on a German label. I believe this is the last release with their vocalist, as the next release (the excellent Only You Have The Power double-7” on Profane Existence) has a completely different vocalist.
This came with a poster that I really should get around to putting up…