Friday, June 27, 2014

eastlink - s/t lp

IN THE RED just released the killer s/t debut from aussie drone punks EASTLINK and you need this blast of gnarly blown out RnR ASAP!!!!!!!!

after a couple of stellar fuzz coated / art damaged singles and a self titled tape, EASTLINK is here with their world weary, minimal chord feeback punk statement!!!!!  a sort of anti-thesis on all that is right and wrong in the current state of ROCK N ROLL.   dipping deep in the possibilities of repetition and simplicity borrowed from la monte young on thru krautrock and fusing those lessons to the ugly punk we've all come to love from the aussie scene and thus melding that unwieldy beast to the most damaged / warped outsider psych rock you can imagine, EASTLINK IS A DIRECT REFUTATION on all those cliche loving bands pretending it's still 1968, or 1982 or whatever year certain subgenres of ROCK N ROLL calcified into a mold, ready to the next band to inject their plastic selves into!

EASTLINK is about escape from the narrow demarcations of analog sound that people argue back and forth about.  their name might allude to a highway in australia just as much as it might refer to kraftwerk's mind bending vision of the autobahn.  both bands seeing beyond the possibilities given to them.  EASTLINK transcends punk or perhaps post punk by adding / subtracting psych / noise / melody and leaving nothing but a menacing mess of layered noise for yer ears to meditate / dissect with every listen.  a band with four guitars and a primal drummer and no bass playing anchor, EASTLINK is UNHINGED DISTORTO KOSMISCHE MUSIC FOR THE YOUNG AND REVOLUTIONARY!!!!!!

not recommended for the musically unadventurous.  but definitely for those into SONIC YOUTH, DESTRUCTION UNIT, MONOSHOCK, DISAPPEARS, UV RACE, SPACIN, CAN and the like.......

and well if you read this blog, YOU DEFINITELY NEED TO CHECK OUT EASTLINK NOW!!!!

listen to a few tracks off EASTLINK below -
  and cop yer copy from IN THE RED here !!!!!!




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

unholy two - talk about hardcore

it's about to REAL cuz UNHOLY TWO are back with a brand new lp TALK ABOUT HARDCORE on 12XU RECORDS!!!!!!!!!!!! so get ready to get destroyed!!!!!!

this is the columbus outfit's first new material since 2012's "CUT THE MUSIC.." 7 inch and their debut album $KUM OF THE EARTH four years ago on COLUMBUS DISCOUNT and YOU CAN TELL THESE GUYS HAVE BEEN WALLOWING IN PLENTY OF HATE AND FEEDBACK IN SOME DARK CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE JUST WAITING TO ATTACK US SONICALLY WITH THIS NEW ALBUM.....

TALK ABOUT HARDCORE goes beyond hardcore, transcends the gritty feedback crusted punk of the street kids, undermines those into power violence and the harshest of noise bands and finishes what the no wavers set out to do.  this new album leaps outta the speeding car of AMREP and TOUCH & GO, steals the best ideas of the volume obscessed post punks / proto industrial evil doers and creates something totally new, all encompassingly evil and experimentally confrontational.

nothing this misanthropic has been released since the last BRAINBOMBS record, or this chaotic and in yer face since HARRY PUSSY or DRUNK WITH GUNS......and surely UNHOLY TWO is taking feral OHIO RnR TO WHOLE NEW LEVELS OF SICKNESS, way beyond what the CHEATER SLICKS, THOMAS JEFFERSON SLAVE APARTMENTS, VERTICAL SLIT AND PUFFY AREOLAS have accomplished.......

so if you need a shot of PURE UNBRIDLED CHAOTIC ROCK N FUCKING ROLL, you need to hear this new UNHOLY TWO LP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!   

stream TALK ABOUT HARDCORE below -
   and pick a copy from 12XU here!!!!!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

frantix - my dad's a fuckin alcoholic

ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES just released what just might be the REISSUE OF THE YEAR, a complete discography of colorado KBD punk legends FRANTIX, compiled as MY DADS A FUCKIN ALCOHOLIC !!!!!!!!!!   and um you need this blast of depravity NOW!!!!!!!!!

little fanfare has existed for FRANTIX outside the punk rarities hoarders, fans who checked them out because Mudhoney covered one of their songs, those who have KBD #6, or as a footnote to THE FLUID's SUB POP records success, BUT THAT DECISIVELY SHOULD NOT BE THE CASE !!!!!!!!!   FRANTIX WERE THE REAL DEAL, FACE MELTNG, EXPLOSIVE, FERAL, MENACING, FUZZ COATED, 80s HARDCORE PUNK BAND.......    

they only released two EPs and a demo tape during their short run in the early 80s and that might be part of the reason they've been mostly forgotten, but MAN HOPEFULLY THAT'LL CHANGE.  their BLACK FLAG / CIRCLE JERKS / JFA amphetamine hardcore was bruised with GARAGE ROCK VIBES, PSYCHEDELIC NOISE and a heavy dose of SLUDGY BAD ATTITUDE...... you can hear shards of FLIPPER, MODERN LOVERS, SABBATH and THE NEW YORK DOLLS in their RIPPER BLOWN OUT HARDCORE which set them apart from the cookie cutter hardcore scene that was emerging at the time.......  they even cover PINK FLOYD's INTERSTELLAR OVERDRIVE and make it more punk than you can even imagine!!!!!!  and well the title track is a CLASSIC PUNK ANTHEM as well as other jams like DANCIN' TO PUNK and FM EARS......and well pretty much every song they wrote could've been a single in a alternate universe!!!!!!

thankfully MY DAD'S A FUCKIN ALCOHOLIC gathers all their chaos into one lp for us to savor.  both 7 inchs, their demo and one helluva live set, THIS LP SHOULD CEMENT FRANTIX IN EVERYONE'S LIST OF ALL TIME GREAT PUNK BANDS.......  really, this isn't so stupid fanboy reissue of a shoddy local band that someone is still obsessing about.  FRANTIX ought to be mentioned just as frequently as the GERMS, MINOR THREAT and any of those other bands that've hogged all the attention all these years.

SO YEAH THIS ONE'S RECOMMENDED LIKE A MOTHER FUCKER!!!!!!!!!!!!!


LISTEN TO A FEW HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LP BELOW !!!!!!!!


and be sure to grab it from ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES cuz yer PUNK ROCK RECORD COLLECTION ISN'T WORTH A DAMN WITHOUT THIS LOST CLASSIC!!!!!!!







AND AS A KILLER BONUS WATCH FRANTIX LIVE IN '83 BELOW!!!!!!!!!
(and for a rad interview with FRANTIX click here!!!!!)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

verma - sunrunner


chicago's VERMA are back with another mind melting platter of intergalactic kraut damaged psych rock entitled SUNRUNNER.... out now on TROUBLE IN MIND RECORDS!!!!!!!!

yes PSYCH ROCK seems to be the new IT GENRE these days, but few bands kicking around can meld the SOARING GUITARS OF SPACE ROCK, the THROBBING PULSE OF KRAUTROCK and the OFF KILTER MIND EXPANDING SWIRL OF PSYCH into one MESMERIZING SONIC ADVENTURE LIKE VERMA DOES ON SUNRUNNER.........

fans of newer bands like COSMIC DEAD, ANTHROPOPHH, BLACK BOMBAIN AND CAVE as well as junkies for the classic bands like HAWKWIND, PINK FAIRIES, NEU! and AMON DUUL will need to SINK THEIR EARS INTO SUNRUNNER STAT!!!!!!!!!

one song is all it'll take to get HOOKED, 
so take yer first with VERMA below.....

    and don't' forget to grab SUNRUNNER from the dealer man over at TROUBLE IN MIND!!!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

spacin - megatations tape

philly's kosmische rockers SPACIN are back with a brand new / super limited tape, MEGATATIONS, out now on TELEPHONE EXPLOSION !!!!!!!!!!!!

you may or may not remember how many minds got destroyed by SPACIN's 2012 lp DEEP THUDS (here are my rambling good words about it)....and you may or may not remember that these guys hail from philadelphia's blown out fertile underground psych scene, the same loosely connected group of bands that's given us such notable acts as BIRDS OF MAYA and PURLING HISS not to mention quite a long list of other killer bands..... BUT ONE THING IS FOR SURE, YOU NEED TO BE PAYING ATTENTION TO SPACIN AND ANYTHING THEY RELEASE!!!!!!!   CUZ MEGATATIONS IS GONNA OVERWHELM YOU, EXPAND YER MIND AND LEVITATE YER STEREO !!!!!!!!!!!!!

droned out psych, outer space repetitive grooves, avant walls of feedback, motorik pulses and analog vibrations that all come together to lock you into a new lysergic perspective on life.   MEGATATIONS reaches for and arrives at levels only hinted at by PARSON SOUND, HAWKWIND, AGITATION FREE and LES RALLIZES DENUDES......  YES THIS IS SOME FAR OUT ROCK N ROLL....... and if yer not ready to go down the rabbit hole, this isn't for you!!!!!!!!

MEGATATIONS is WHOLE HEARTEDLY RECOMMENDED for those WARRIORS ON THE EDGE OF TIME who are into CAVE, ENERGY GOWN, COSMIC DEAD, WOODEN SHJIPS, INUTILI, BIRDS OF MAYA and the like........  and let's just say julian cope would be more than proud!!!!!!!


listen to part of the new cassette below -
   and grab a copy from TELEPHONE EXPLOSION before they're long gone!!!!!!   cuz if you don't get one now you'll have to buy a copy from the scum record flippers.  this release is severely limited, totally killer and RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!




also you can watch SPACIN live below -

hozac blackout fest 2014 preview

HOLY SHIT...it's time for HOZAC RECORDS annual festival of debauchery and noise, BLACKOUT FEST!!!!!!!  it's all happening this weekend in chicago at the empty bottle and this year's lineup is just as killer as you'd expect....... with seldom seen bands like THE DICTATORS and THE BOYS appearing along with tiny groove's faves like COUNTER INTUITS, NONES and a slew of other face melting bands!!!!!!!  so don't fucking miss out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

more deets on the poster to yer left......

and some songs to jam out below just in case you need some convincing!!!!!!!!!!!!

ticket info can be found here or here.









Tuesday, May 13, 2014

shockwave riderz - dearest b/w punisher 7in

SHOCKWAVE RIDERZ CONTINUE TO WARP AND FRY YER MIND WITH A SIZZLING NEW SINGLE OUT NOW ON VELOCITY OF SOUND RECORDS.... "DEAREST B/W PUNISHER" !!!!!!!!!!!!

formed outta the ashes of MODEY LEMON, SHOCKWAVE RIDERZ take the pummel of garagey psych, the cosmic haze of krautrock and the dinged up electronics of early post punk, smash all the parts together and RnR some of the most killer mesmerizing jams you'll likely to come across all year long.......   this new single has a wicked cover of Mickey & Sylvia's "DEAREST"blurred out, fuzzed up in extra melodic / post hangover style....and the flipside "PUNISHER" is a psych damaged ripper that pulsates, throbs like a lysergic dance floor slayer from the future!!!!!!!!!

SHOCKWAVE RIDERZ are on the cusp on the NEW SOUND of PSYCH BENT NOISE, incorporating the sonic adventures of the past while pushing their analog sound in new directions.....the girl/boy vocal harmonies, the layers of samples, drums and off kilter guitars, the stretched out yet concise song structures.......man stop reading cuz you guys just gotta check SHOCKWAVE RIDERZ out now........

this single is just teasing me for what i hope with be one of the best debut albums ever,
 and one that i hope we get soon............

RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!!!!

listen to both sides of the single below -
   and grab one now!!!!!!!!





and as a bonus listen to SHOCKWAVE RIDERZ recent split single with BITCHIN BAJAS out on VOLCOM RECORDZZZZZZ  -