VIDEO FEED: Trio live on BeatClub 1982

by Todd Killings

posted Monday May 16th, 2016

German new wave music, better known in Europe as "Neue Deutsche Welle" isn't nearly as loved as it should be in America, as it's sometimes a tough sell due to the combination of gnarly accents, thick-tongued delivery, and angry guitars and/or synthesizers. But if you like to live on the edge, you dig simplicity etched into vocal monotony and have ever even thought about shaving your eyebrows, or wearing a turtleneck, this might just be your path to salvation. Among their German peers, Trio are probably the most well-known and prolific, despite the heavy company of such acts as DAF, ...

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Good Vybes Fest III

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Wednesday May 11th, 2016

Chicago's festival season is upon us and local imprint Eye Vybe has their 3rd annual fest running thru town this weekend at the Empty Bottle, stacked with great local nasties as well as a few rare chances to see bands that haven't been seen in ages. Saturday's rock-solid lineup storms through the gates and ushers forth three bands that are dangerous in any capacity, but combined like this, you might need to bring a chaperone, you just don't know what kind of unpredictability can result, and no one can be held responsible but yourself. MAMA are one of ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Vamos 'Jaded 86'

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Tuesday Apr 19th, 2016

Chicago's wild party heathens Vamos are back with a new video for "Jaded 86" from their latest LP Spiderbait out now on Maximum Pelt Records, and they've hoisted another manic video overhead for a smashing debut here this week on VoT. Departing from their grungy friction on this outing and forcing themselves into a splattering punk glitterbomb of strangulated riffs and neck-vein bulging screams, Vamos tear through a blinding series of frames shot at local sweet spots such as Wally's World, Cole's Bar and the streets in the vicinity, even stopping quickly enough to capture one of Mac ...

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EXHUMED: DARK 'Round the Edges' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Sunday Apr 10th, 2016

Recorded and released (if you could call it that) privately in an original run of no more than 60 in 1972 by the UK band themselves and sold to friends and given to prospective labels (Island showing marginal interest which resulted in naught), DARK’s sole long-player is a pristine piece of progressive-tinted heavy psych/early hard rock with impressionistically poetic, elliptical lyrics running throughout it all. Exceedingly rare, Dark Round the Edges has exchanged hands for as much as £6,600—not a bad showing for something they sold for £3 at the time, and only took £50 to make—with only a few ...

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VIDEO FEED: Buster Brown (pre-AC/DC, Rose Tattoo)

by Todd Killings
Buster Brown 1974
Buster Brown 1974
posted Tuesday Mar 22nd, 2016

"Buster Brown is my Name, Rock'n Roll is my Game." Fans of tough-as-nails Australian rock are no doubt already severely indebted to the seeds of seminal proto-punk/hard rock missionaries Buster Brown, who under the guidance of protagonist Lobby Lloyd, put together one of the most important bands of the 70s Aussie landscape, featuring not only future AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, but also Angry Andersen, Geordie Leach, and Dallas 'Digger' Royall, all future members of Rose Tattoo. And although most AC/DC fans are somewhat oblivious to the Buster Brown material, as well as the first AC/DC lineup with the original singer, ...

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EXHUMED: Twitch 'Dark Years' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Thursday Mar 17th, 2016

Continuing their campaign in issuing the complete catalog of unheard Canadian combo Twitch—following an incendiary 2012 7” EP collecting two 100-press, self-released 1973 singles of hard psych, greasy biker rock, late period folk-rock and mock-country/psych-fuzz into one handsome package—Supreme Echo offers up Twitch’s 1974, live-in-the-garage recordings culled from extant eight-tracks and reel-to-reel tapes based around an occult “rock opera”, which leans hard into the bonehead crunch zone of proto-metal /proto-punk. Hailing from the blustery environs of British Columbia, the members of the Twitch trio (sometimes quartet) came together in 1971 after individually traversing the rock’n’roll continuum from Beatles-alikes to frat ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Heavy Times 'Black Sunglasses' EP

by Major Overload

posted Monday Mar 14th, 2016

It’s been too long since you’ve felt the damp, leathery slap of Heavy Times across the small of your back, and it’s about time, isn’t it? We’re proud to present the next phase of this incredible Chicago band, one of the only bands that shape shifts lineups so seamlessly that it’s impossible to keep up with, yet always leaves you wanting more. The blueprint for this EP has changed so many times, but as the boys settle back into a more steady lineup with Russ Calderwood (Radar Eyes, Runnies, Dirges, Brides) on dead-locked bass and Tim Thomas (making it three ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Constantine 'Day of Light' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Friday Mar 4th, 2016

Mining the terrain of pure expression via expertly synthesizing life-long kicks to maximum effect, Chicago-based Constantine has quickly amassed international accolades from lauded deep heads and trainspotters alike with his dulcet-toned, ambitious psychedelic folk dosed with moments of meticulous, atmospheric mellow and mammoth moments of high-flying psychedelia. After deep, teenage woodshedding and a succession of short-lived bands throughout his 20's he focused his efforts into composing material for a solo project, in which he'd utilize players from Chicago present and past, with diverse backgrounds in jazz, folk, rock and world musics. In addition to putting his own hand ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Gnar Wave Rangers "Heavy Metal Man"

by Major Overload

posted Thursday Mar 3rd, 2016

Chicago's Gnar Wave Rangers are back with a seizure-inducing video for their new track, "Heavy Metal Man" which employs ferocious shredding guitars interlaced between metallic grind flourishes and spacey prog blues, riding a wave of 21st century grunge into the piss-soaked sunset. As a band dressed in caveman outfits, they're obviously not taking themselves too seriously and why should they? Not solidly fitting squarely in any certain genre, Gnar Wave Rangers drift from hoarsely screamed raucous thrash, right into crooning cabaret-style loungey punk, definitely quite unique. "Heavy Metal Man" shows the band at their corniest and horniest, banging ...

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VIDEO FEED: MC5 'A True Testimonial' (2002 documentary)

by VOT staff

posted Tuesday Feb 23rd, 2016

If you were as lucky as some of us to get to see this incredible piece of rock'n roll history on the big screen during it's reign at the independent film festival circuit in 2002 then you might not be AS excited as if this is your first time, but rest assured, this epic documentary nails this band to the wall of history just as they should be featured, loud, proud and as revolutionary as anything you've ever seen. Sadly, guitarist and founding member Wayne Kramer, who had complete approval of this project (as his numerous appearances and dialogue can ...

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EXHUMED: Crap Detectors 'Media The Victim' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Feb 8th, 2016

Wow, had no idea the Crap Detectors backstory went as far back at '73, but I'll be damned if these Jim Jacobi lo-fi bedroom numbers don't ooze with the surreal charm of the 'Grim-O-Comix' era Mike Rep & Tommy Jay material on one song, and delve into a minimal Vertical Slit-esque barrage of tape loops and moog gurgles on the next, truly schizophrenic and intriguing stuff. That this materialized in Lincoln, Nebraska during the early 70s is even more intriguing, and don't expected some heavy proto punk slab, this is more of an acid folk experimental trip, ripe ...

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VIDEO FEED: SUICIDE Hurrah's 1980

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Friday Jan 22nd, 2016

You have got to love what the Lord You Tube has giveneth us, and this example right here is like experiencing the moon landing firsthand. We've just uncovered a 9+ minute video clip of SUICIDE live in 1980, at the Hurrah Nightclub, filmed by Charles Libin & Paul Cameron that has to be seen, so drop what you're doing because there is just not enough live SUICIDE footage out there, and this is in deadly high quality. The stark black & white film provides the eerie contrast to perfection, straddling the sane world and the insane world with one fluttering ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Trampoline Team 'Make it Faster' LP

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday Jan 20th, 2016

New Orleans' wiry and vicious ensemble known as Trampoline Team have arrived with their debut LP, Make It Faster out now on Pelican Pow Wow, and as soon as the needle drops on this smoking hot 45rpm foot-long missile to the dome, you won't even know how to handle the unavoidable burst of energy surging through your brain. Hopped-up melodic punk slop that cuts through the garbage and gets right into the hooks, the kind you'll be swinging from for dear life, as the pummeling rhythm cuts at you with every swipe of the drumsticks. Trampoline Team have ...

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VIDEO FEED: 'Cracked Actor' Bowie Tour 1974

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Jan 12th, 2016

Sometimes our pillars of Rock'n roll crumble a little too close to each other and it sends those of us overwhelmed with their life force to face the task of mourning someone we never got to meet, yet had such a profound effect on our happiness. David Bowie's dramatic exit left everyone crushed, it wasn't the same with Lemmy Kilmister last week as most people had known of his current bad health conditions, but Bowie kept his cancer under wraps, and maybe that's why it's sending such waves through the rock'n roll underground, as well as the mainstream. But sometimes ...

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VIDEO FEED: 'New Year's Evil' (1980)

by Tony Visconti

posted Thursday Dec 31st, 2015

Ah, New Year's Eve, what a perfect night for MURDER. We're back with the esteemed VIDEO FEED this week featuring one of the all-time classics of the late 70s-eraly 80s slasher film genre, and possibly the only NYE-themed horror film, New Year's Evil from 1980. Starring Roz Kelly in the lead role as the host of a NYE countdown concert featuring New Wave act Made in Japan as well as metal slashers Shadow in their maiden film and musical performances, but unbeknownst to Kelly' there's a killer on the loose, who is attempting to murder one new victim at the ...

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VIDEO FEED: 'Do Not Panic' Hawkwind BBC Documentary

by Richie Dagger

posted Monday Dec 28th, 2015

It's been a rough week for rock'n roll, with yesterday's passing of Australian rock'n roll legend Stevie Wright of the Easybeats descending into the ether, we're knocked back again today with yet another pillar of several decades of decadence, Lemmy Kilmister now dead at the age of 70. So everyone knows Lemmy from Motorhead, that's easy and yes, incredible rock'n roll with no compromises, but sadly only a fraction of the rock'n roll masses know about his earlier work, most notably Hawkwind, the ground-breaking heavy psychedelic band that changed the face of mind-altering music, coining the term "space rock" along ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: Terror On Tour (1980)

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Dec 20th, 2015

Here we are, Finally! The elusive punk-shock-rock classic Terror on Tour is back in full, streaming right here uninterrupted, and ready to drop jaws across the land. Since we took a trollop through the bloody snow with last year's Christmas horror collection, it's time to give you what you REALLY WANT, and boy does Terror on Tour deliver. Played by actual Chicago area power pop band The Names who were one of the first bands released on the Cary Baker's seminal Chicago label Fiction Records, but here in disguise, they are known as The Clowns, and someone is claiming they ...

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EXHUMED: Styrenes 'CLE 76-79 Unreleased' 3x7" Boxed Set

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Dec 17th, 2015

The never-ending well of 70s Ohio underground music continues to seep from the pores of the Buckeye State with reckless abandon, as diligent archaeological excavation is repeatedly rewarding us with gems like this 3x7" boxed set, just released in time for your holiday shopping by the fine folks at Lakewood, OH record store My Mind's Eye. As part of the critical Cleveland triumvirate of mid 70s CLE noise, Styrenes were the more straightforward leg of that triple-headed beast, while in contrast to cohorts electric eels and Mirrors, they were definitely able to pull off a noisy melody just as the ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Chicos de Nazca 'Fire Ride' LP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Tuesday Dec 8th, 2015

The vast and lush landscape of Chilean psych rock has been well-documented over the past few years with notable acts such as Follakazoid, Cindy Sisters, Holy Drug Couple, La Hell Gang, and Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane, but now, the spawn of Cindy Sisters known as Chicos De Nazca has finally emerged with their first proper LP, Fire Ride. Chile has been mining these rich sounds for years now, as lysergic trips to misty mountaintops have resulted in perpetual, head-exploding riffs that seems to go on forever, continuously looping around your skull, careening into a state of intense intoxication. At the moment, ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: EGO 'Lookbook'

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Thursday Dec 3rd, 2015

Chicago's EGO are just freshly back from another tour and we have a brand new video for "Lookbook" off of their recently released Economy LP on Maximum Pelt, all set and ready for your desperate eyeballs today. A stark and simplistic video can do wonders for a song and it's still such a shame that more bands don't use the video format more often, especially since everyone is practically carrying around video & editing equipment on their phones now. But this track seems like a different direction slightly from EGO's last outing, a tense and trudging mid-tempo burn ...

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VIDEO FEED: 'The Wave' (1981)

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Nov 20th, 2015

Forget about your preconceived notions regarding ABC's Afterschool Special series, as many of those films have slipped through the cracks of time over the last two decades, but thankfully a few of the most important ones have been kept alive, such is the case with the film you are about to see here. The Wave was aimed at the grade school/high school set back in 1981 and was based on the book of the same name that shocked the nation, years earlier. It covers a bizarre social experiment conducted by a Palo Alto high school teacher back in 1967 that ...

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EXHUMED: Alex Chilton - Ocean Club '77

by Tony Visconti

posted Friday Nov 13th, 2015

So good to have these recordings keep surfacing from Alex Chilton, one of the 20th century's finest songwriters and one that embodies more facets than most original souls can muster in one short lifetime. After the dissolution of Chilton's second and most widely-celebrated formal band, Big Star had officially disseminated into the ether with the shambolic Third Sister Lovers album, a hapless Chilton joined up with Jon Tiven and embarked on the next stage of his faltering career. The results were the legendary 1975 recordings known as the Bach's Bottom LP, (released later in 1981) which showcased the ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: ANGIE 'Paris Face'

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Oct 29th, 2015

Just when you thought it was safe to turn your back on the unruly and unrivaled sounds of the seedy Australian underground, we have trust forth the new video for "Paris Face," from prolific performer/songwriter extraordinaire, Angie Bermuda, known on her own as simply ANGIE. As a foundation of such luminarious OZ entities such as Southern Comfort, Straight Arrows, Ruined Fortune, and Circle Pit, Angie should need no introduction to the initiated, but we find her here in truly sparkling form on her second solo LP Free Agent, where she continues the glorious trudgery through monolithic riffs and entangled solos, ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: The Initiation of Sarah (1978)

by Justin Stokes

posted Saturday Oct 24th, 2015

Timid Sarah and her popular stepsister, Patty, are pledging sororities at their new college. Patty gets into the most celebrated sorority on campus, but Sarah is only accepted by the least prominent. It doesn't help that Patty's new sorority sisters are elitist scum who do all that they can to make Sarah and her sorority mates miserable. Sarah has a power, though, which takes hold when she's angry. Her eccentric housemother, Ms. Hunter, is intent on helping her harness this power to use against their rival sorority. I actually like this made for TV 'Carrie' cash-in more than De Palma's ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Scenics 'Wild Trout' (1978)

by VOT staff

posted Friday Oct 23rd, 2015

Here’s an exclusive on the second video from Toronto art-punk pioneers The Scenics’ new/vintage album In The Summer. “Wild Trout” was written and recorded in 1977, about one year after the band got together. The Scenics’ Andy Meyers says- “One of the Scenics strengths is that we had two full on songwriters, myself and Ken Badger. The first video for this album was from one of my songs so of course we are going to follow up with one of Ken’s. For five years as young kids he would bring in a great song like “Wild Trout”, and ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Ballroom 12" EP

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday Oct 14th, 2015

What's this? Another band busting up through the Brooklyn underground that's not some limp-wicked group of charlatans wearing those annoying floppy oversized adjustable baseball hats? That's right America, Ballroom are one of the few leading beacons of hope from a dismal New York City that has become inundated with 'safe-as-milk' Disney-backed indie rock bands clamoring for the next chance at the brunch-rock title, that you might have forgotten what a protruding, ugly, and virus-swaddled New York band really sounds like. Fronted by Eric Cecil, who played a damn fine guitar in Chicago's Busy Signals back in the mid ...

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EXHUMED: The Subtractions 'It's Exposed' EP

by Cory M. Linstrum Major Overload

posted Monday Oct 5th, 2015

Another uncovered whopper, and a massive missing link of 1st-wave West Coast punk, the long-lost debut EP from Fresno, CA punk devastators The Subtractions is finally here. Fitting in somewhere between the fading surge of 70s Punk Rock and the imminent tide of Hardcore, The Subtractions crept in and bashed out these four incredible songs in 1980 that sadly never saw a release during their tenure, that is, until now. Massive thanks to Cory Lindstrum from Savage Damage Digest magazine who discovered the recordings, luckily we had access to the original master tapes to use for the EP, ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Saints TV special

by Tony Visconti

posted Tuesday Sep 29th, 2015

Is there any original punk band as seriously invigorating as Brisbane's favorite sons, The Saints? By now you've probably seen the trailer for the Stranded film and it's got you itching for more on the vast 70s Australian scene, so what better time to catch this rarely-seen documentary on one of the top 5 punk bands of the original wave? Filled with interview segments with original members Chris Bailey, Ivor Hay and Ed Kuepper as well as Nick Cave, Brad Shepherd from Fun Things/Hoodoo Gurusm Mark Callaghan from The Riptides, and many more, this hour-long in-depth look into ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Spike & the Sweet Spots 'Strange Breed' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Sep 23rd, 2015

At long last, those sweet little heart breakers Spike & the Sweet Spots have unleashed their anxiously-awaited debut LP, Strange Breed, and all those dreamy nights of listening to them with your eyes closed can now be replicated in the comfort of your own home. Formed by Yolks guitarist Spencer "Spike" Johnson during The Yolks hiatus a few years back, they've gone through numerous lineup changes and a lengthy hiatus themselves over the past few years, but this current unit is clearly the finest one they've assembled yet. Adding Lexi Goddard to the mix was a great move ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Heavy Times 'Black Sunglasses'

by Richie Dagger

posted Monday Sep 21st, 2015

Heavy Times may be the most shape-shifting band of the past five years, but if one thing is for sure, every time they manage to lock down a solid lineup, it's pure gold. It's been a minute since their last release now, and after their European tour in 2014, they ended up taking an official 'hiatus' but anyone who knows these knuckle-breakers knows damn well that you can't keep them down for long. The volatile yet brotherly chemistry from Bo Hansen and Matt Courtade will never really subside, so it's really never a surprise to hear of their ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Chrome Reverse debut 7" EP

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Sep 18th, 2015

Now this is some grade-A Paris, France punk royalty right here for you. Chrome Reverse is a new band with a ripping debut 7" EP that hearkens back to the early 1990s via the 1950s with incredibly adept rock'n roll prowess and rabid vocals that instantly take you back to the halcyon days of The Trashwomen, Splash 4, and the No Talents. Maybe it's due to the fact that the raucous lead signer/guitarist is none other than Lili Zeller, from both of the latter bands mentioned, and it's always great to hear her infectious vocals, no matter what ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Damned at Godzilla's 1982

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Sep 11th, 2015

As the massive clusterfuck known city-wide as Riot Fest resumes in Chicago this weekend, we're treated yet again to another helping of rare appearances from bands far and wide, across many genres and spanning into the realm of some true punk pioneers, and this year that coveted award goes squarely to UK 1st wave punk pioneers, and the first British punk band to tour America, The Damned. Yes there were already PLENTY of US punk bands when they landed on the west coast in the early months of 1977, but this cross-pollenation was an essential catalyst in helping ...

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STREAM: KITCHEN'S FLOOR 'Battle of Brisbane' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Sep 8th, 2015

It's been quite a while, but crawling out from the sordid and filthy breeding ground of Brisbane's seedy underground, Kitchen's Floor are back with an incredible new LP, entitled Battle of Brisbane and while their output hasn't been as steady as previous years, this new conglomeration of Kitchen's Floor is shockingly solid and coherent compared to their earlier releases, a frighteningly focused massive step forward. After the untimely death of his good friend, Meat Thump collaborator and publisher of Negative Guest List, Brendon Annesley, main Kitchen's Floor progenitor Matt Kennedy took a hiatus from performing and recording, understandably. ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: The Rubs 'Are Trash' LP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Saturday Sep 5th, 2015

The first chunk of meat from yet another knockout Chicago band that you've probably rubbed up against by now, The Rubs! Fronted by the brash and brazen Joey Rubbish (Rainbow Gun Show/Uh Bones), The Rubs have a rotating cast of characters but always deliver a sweat-soaked fistful of classic pop songs, drug through their very own grime-rubbed wall of sound. Cobbling together a ramshackle ride of irresistible revved-up pop anthems, drizzled with mid-period Joey Ramone vocal hooks galore (bands take note), The Rubs have arrived to take your "boredom with new bands" and smash it right in your pretty ...

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LIVE REVIEW: SSDD in Seattle

by Brian Costello
SSDD photo by Victoria Holt
SSDD photo by Victoria Holt
posted Thursday Aug 27th, 2015

If the driving force behind so much music in the previous decade was paranoia (best exemplified by bands like A-Frames and Tyrades, although if you bothered to listen close enough, you could hear it in the reactionary jingoistic bullshit of, say, Toby Keith..), what’s apparent halfway through this decade is that nihilism is the undercurrent of just about everything barfed out of what’s left of the music industry. The overall sense of We’re Almost Finished and There’s Nothing We Can Do About It explains, in part, the obscene narcissism of our times, the “unique snowflake” syndrome, and the fact that ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Le Tour "Milosh"

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Wednesday Aug 26th, 2015

Yet another modern Chicago band more than worthy of your attention is Le Tour, a break-neck rock'n roll powerhouse with dramatic and evocative vocals that keep it clearly in it's own realm, and keeping track of one of the most overlooked aspects of great songwriting, those ever-so-important vocal hooks. Gutteral guitar squelches and snakes in and out of an unwavering bass line, filling in the blanks quite quickly on how bad it's gonna turn out for you. You can just tell by that seething sense of nihilism on "Milosh" that these guys are going for the throat, pummeling ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: The Baby (1973)

by Major Overload

posted Sunday Aug 23rd, 2015

We're back with another life-shredding Sunday Matinee for you this week, this time zoning in on one of the sick, sick, SICK 1970s classics and one defining the "sickie" genre to its utmost degree, the 1973 pinnacle of perversion, The Baby. Now if you've got Nexflix streaming service, you might not know that you;ve already had access to this bad boy, and the fact that it's just sitting there waiting to be streamed in millions of homes around the US is just quite insane, once you get your mind around the little treasures of this film. We can all agree ...

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EXHUMED: Rancid X 'Voices' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Aug 19th, 2015

At long last, this reissue satisfies a long-time want list item and one of the early missing links of Italian punk in the 1970s, despite the fact that Rancid X shunned that term wholeheartedly. This snooty yet refined band of Italians emanated from Torino and on this, their only long-player, Voices from 1978, they effortlessly streamline their impeccable attitude through a trove of varying styles, some with the bitter vitriol and tension of the era's finest punk pioneers edging in on the impending post-punk framework, and some with a polarizing yet subtle disco beat. This alone might turn ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Raspberries

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Aug 12th, 2015

Summer is slipping away from us folks, and since yesterday was Eric Carmen of The Raspberries birthday, we here at VoT figured you needed a powerful dose of raw pop to keep your spirits up these last few days of the dazzling season. Plus, it's time you got a refresher course in how blistering and gutteral pop music could be in the early 70s, all while maintaining such a high standard for performance and professional talent, while seducing the masses, hit after hit, so just because you're a Big Star, Badfinger, Blue Ash, Dwight Twilley Band, or Cheap Trick fanatic, ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Uh Bones 'Honey Coma' debut LP

by Diamond Boyz

posted Wednesday Aug 5th, 2015

Now here's an actual GARAGE BAND, people. This band, Uh Bones, has been stripping the pants off of Chicago for a couple solid years now and they've finally got their debut LP ready to blast off, a slurring, stirring and soulful album that straddles the line between the R&B-tinged sound of The Yolks, with an off-the-cuff slovenliness that just can't be matched. Originally consisting of Luke Trimble on vocals & guitar, Nick Beaudoin on bass and Joe Montanaro (Joey Rubbish) on drums, they morphed into a supergroup in their latest incarnation, now employing The Yolks' Nathan Johnson on ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: EGO 'Pedhead'

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday Jul 29th, 2015

Chicago's EGO are back with their second full length LP this week, entitled Economy, and lucky for you, we've got the brand new video for "Pedhead" streaming right here! With a delirious riff wrapping itself repeatedly around a monotone vocal delivery reminiscent of some of DEVO's best deep cuts intermingled with some of the more offbeat bands filling out the ranks of the classic midwest weirdo collective Red Snerts compilation LP, EGO have shed their "massive" prefix and are trudging back, groin-first into the LP world, and this first video encompasses an impassioned creative direction to modern budget-based ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Pagans Live 1986

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Jul 14th, 2015

The fact of the matter is, most people under the age of 50 have never seen a full live show from Cleveland punk pioneers The Pagans either in person (unless you were at the 2005 Hozac Blackout Fest) or even on video, as sadly this band just seemed to evade those lucky enough to have video camera access in the pre-convenience years. But luckily for most of us, that's about to change, as just as recently as this week, we've discovered a full live performance from those punker-than-you bad boys, from their Halloween show at Cleveland's Phantasy Nightclub, the show ...

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EXHUMED: Sand in the Face 'Music Made to Riot' LP

by Richie Dagger

posted Thursday Jul 9th, 2015

It's with great excitement that we have a new compilation of early hardcore tracks from the Montville, New Jersey high school band of The Chrome Cranks' Peter Aaron (Wegele), stumbling through the first steps of punk, and dragging out an LP of jaw-dropping would-be classics. Formed in 1980 and this being the first band for all three teenagers, it wouldn't be until a year later that they stumbled out of the basement and into their first performances. At that point, there weren't many hardcore bands in New Jersey quite yet, and along with Adrenalin O.D. and Mental Abuse, ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Black Bug 'Frozen Energy' 7"

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Jul 6th, 2015

Black Bug have crawled back into the light from their last outing, and with a brilliant iridescent spectrum of synth-laden unsettling noise, have now burst forth with a new 7" single on Avant! Records, which should fill up that little black hole in your chest quite perfectly. For a "band" that's been actively deconstructing synth punk for the last ten years, they show remarkable restraint in their ability to keep the quantity of releases on the low side, which is fine for a group that naturally emits such toxic malaise with such few strokes. The A-side kicks off ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Melkbelly 'Bathroom at the Beach"

by Richie Dagger

posted Thursday Jul 2nd, 2015

Chicago's ripe with great upstart bands, and this is no more apparent than with the prolific Melkbelly, who are already onto their second vinyl release this calendar year, this time in the form of a proper 7" single. Seeping with irresistible hooks, invigorating screams, and melodic bursts of ingenuity that you won't see coming, you won't be able to shake off the feeling, and it's this combination of elements that just might push you over the edge. The Breeders comparison comes cheap, and it's truly effective, but Melkbelly also seem to channel the lesser known mid-period

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Snooty Garbagemen s/t LP

by Major Overload

posted Wednesday Jul 1st, 2015

Houston, TX's newest sanitation exploitation combo Snooty Garbagemen have arrived in the revered LP format and hath burst upon your ears with the gusto and conviction that only the highest paid and grimiest-fingered city workers can muster. Featuring illicit and covert members of Real Energy, No Talk, Titan Blood, Secret Prostitutes, and the latest Obnox project Blaxxx, they've got the cans stacked in their favor, meaning that that special juice isn't gonna be running down their arms and legs, just yours. It's a barrel-chested affair to say the least, and Snooty Garbagemen run down the same soiled rails ...

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VIDEO FEED: 'Ghost on the Highway' The Gun Club documentary

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Thursday Jun 25th, 2015

Heads up Gun Club fans, the documentary Ghost On the Highway is now fully streaming and for those who still haven't seen this well-done look into the legendary LA band, its pretty much the only full-length film dedicated to this group. Even though it's immediate lack of authorized music included is one of the hallmarks of a documentary gone bad, this band has enough mystique and intrinsic intricacies to warrant a mandatory viewing, as the cast of characters is quite extensive, and tells the whole sordid story of punk, obsession and addiction quite well. Not only are the remaining band ...

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EXHUMED: Dwight Twilley 'Firefly' 7"

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Jun 23rd, 2015

Dwight Twilley is an American power pop icon from the pre-Ramones/Cheap Trick era that slipped though the cracks due to bad management decisions and the entanglements of the major label record business. Despite his debut single "I'm On Fire" hitting the top 20 on the Billboard charts in 1975, he's still unfortunately not a household name. Some called him the American T. Rex and others the missing link between Big Star and Tom Petty, but any way you cut it, Tulsa, OK's pop hero has risen he's and ready to knock you back to high school. He's appeared ...

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VIDEO FEED: French TV NYE Pop Showcase 1969

by Jacques Cousteau

posted Friday Jun 19th, 2015

Welcome back to the wonderful world of rare YouTube videos brought to you by your friends at VoT, and man do we have a whopper for you today. This is a superb-quality full-length video "party" from a live performance of New Year's Eve at the end of the 1960s with raw and NON-lip-synched sets from the cream of the crop of 60s hitmakers. Kicking off with Booker T and the MG's, you can tell from the stoney atmosphere on the modly audience swaying at their feet that this was one hell of a party, but luckily for us all we ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Flesh Panthers 'NGC 2632' debut LP

by Steve Wichelecki

posted Friday Jun 12th, 2015

The songs of Flesh Panthers' NGC 2632 swagger and sneer with unrelenting attitude, but rather than evoking anger and alienation, it's the kind of attitude that says, "We're here, we're beautiful, we're going to go wild and have another big ol' party!" This fuzzed-out record rocks and reels, reminiscent of a mid-July major rager full of all your favorite weirdos. Or, maybe it sounds the way a crazed rock 'n' roller going nowhere fast on a Friday night looks, a zonked-out knucklehead looking for excitement in any one of the world's glowing party metropolises: inappropriately long hair, skin-tight ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Brown Spiders 'It's Something To Do'

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Jun 8th, 2015

Pretoria, South Africa’s most dangerous arachnids are here to finally burst forth from their egg sac and right into your vulnerable arms and ears, as the debut 7” from our second South African export has hit the floor and is busy scrambling into your darkest corners. A prodding, sinister and disorienting riff hits you immediately just before that winding, repetitive and repulsive bass line stares you down, and before you know it, Jacco and Andreas (Make-Overs) have their claws at your throat with two cuts so thick with bad vibrations, you might just want to get yourself inoculated to prevent ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Buck Biloxi and the Fucks 'In A Million Years'

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Jun 4th, 2015

Buck & the boys are back with a vengeance, and the new ‘Streets of Rage’ LP is going to cause quite a few dizzying episodes of pure punk euphoria so don’t even start to think you’ve heard it all yet. Culling all the burned-out, hate-fueled visceral verbiage from the streets into an impossibly catchy and dare we even say “poetic” benchmark of garbage spun into gold, ‘Streets of Rage’ kicks off with “Rock’n Roll Sucks Part 2” and just never lets loose of its grip around your neck/life until your record player is emitting the typical black smoke of overheated ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Get Crazy' (1983)

by Todd Killings
Possibly the GREATEST Rock'n Roll movie of ALL TIME
Possibly the GREATEST Rock'n Roll movie of ALL TIME
posted Sunday Aug 10th, 2014

Welcome once again to the Sunday Matinee on VoT, and this week we are bringing you one of the brightest gems of American cinematic achievement during the punk era, and a film so chock full of great moments and good times you probably wouldn't even believe it exists. I mean, how many other movies star Lou Reed in a speaking role, creating a song on the spot and singing it throughout the whole film? And who knew The Doors' John Densmore was such a party animal? And the concept of the Reggie Wanker character is enough to make Hollywood hang ...

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INTERVIEW: Tony Molina at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago

by The Mudcat

posted Friday May 30th, 2014

Tony Molina's breakout album, "Dissed and Dismissed" (2013) was originally released on the Melters imprint, the album is equal parts "Pinkerton", with all the lyrical sylopism of the original, and equal parts Iron Maiden, with powerful, riffing metal breakdowns that border on hyperbole. Most songs clock in under the two-minute mark, with a signature pop arrangement that garnered the attention of such giants as Slumberland Records, who repressed the album this year, and Matador, who released the "Six Tracks EP" as part of their vaunted and ongoing singles series, "Singles Going Home". The name is taken from a song by ...

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PHOTO BOMB: HoZac Blackout Fest 2014 Day 1

by Todd Killings
Counter Intuits at HoZac Blackout Fest 2014, photo by Stan Golovchuk
Counter Intuits at HoZac Blackout Fest 2014, photo by Stan Golovchuk
posted Thursday May 29th, 2014

This year's ever encompassing HoZac Blackout Fest reached a fever pitch like never before, with this being it's 10th year, and raising the roof for the seventh year at the Empty Bottle for three nights of the best underground music you can find in one weekend in the Midwest. With such incredible headlining acts (that you'd never see at other festivals) in recent years such as Redd Kross, Chrome and Nervous Eaters and Dwight Twilley, this year's cavalcade of talent was just as unmatched and pulled in another massive crowd of punk fanatics from across the globe. Thursday's annual Blackout ...

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PREVIEW: The Rubs, The Sueves, and Gross Pointe at Door #3

by The Mudcat

posted Tuesday May 27th, 2014

This Thursday, May 29, HoZac Records and The Benevolent Order of Chicago Record Labels are hosting a slate of bands guaranteed to satisfy your hankerings for fun and friction. Chicago's The Rubs, The Sueves, and Gross Pointe are set to blow the doors off Door #3, a new venue in the basement of the existing Double Door that is more reminiscent of a house space than venue. Noisy, eccentric garage-punk is the hallmark of the sound of Chicago's The Rubs. With a demo tape out on cassette masterminds and fellow BOCRL members Why Pick on Me?, the ...

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VIDEO FEED: Dictators on Jabberwalk 1976

by Todd Killings

posted Saturday May 17th, 2014

If you're the type of guy, who's into getting high on a Friday afternoon, then we have a real treat for you here. As we all know, the massively influential punk pioneers, The Dictators are headlining the 2014 HoZac Blackout Fest this year and what we've dug up, courtesy of Frankie Foodpoisoning is the extremely rare "Documentary" on the seedy American underbelly, Mondo Cane-style, entitled 'Jabberwalk" which features The Dictators in their full glory at the 1976 Ms. All Bare America pageant. Yes you will need to see this to believe it, that's for certain. And if that's ...

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EXHUMED: MARY MONDAY & THE BITCHES 7"

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday May 13th, 2014

“Oh Rickie you took my razor blaaade, Oh no now how am I gonna playyy…” One of the greatest west coast punk singles of the first wave is back in print and ready to smash your party right in your face. Former stripper Mary Monday had a life shrouded in mystery, and conflicting reports in the historic documentation as to the band and Mary’s origins are still baffling punkologists to this day, including her mysterious death a few years after this single’s release. As legend goes, she arrived in San Francisco from Vancouver in 1976 with green hair and put ...

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VIDEO FEED: Dr. Feelgood LIVE 1975

by Todd Killings
Dr. Feelgood 1975
Dr. Feelgood 1975
posted Tuesday May 6th, 2014

If you've heard the name Dr. Feelgood and the first thing that pops in your mind is the Motley Crue song, well, then this post is definitely for you. Formed in the early 70s and one of the most visible/well-known band of the pre-punk "pub rock" movement, Wilko Johnson & the gang steamrolled their choppy punk rhythms into a glam rock-soaked UK music scene and left an indelible mark on the early sound forged with the first round of punk bands that still hasn't been washed out. I'll never forget reading about the Ramones first trip ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Obnox - Louder Space LP

by Brett Cross

posted Thursday May 1st, 2014

I think they must have a statue in Ohio dedicated to Lamont “Bim” Thomas. There are few out there like Bim, he’s a prolific mutherhumper who’s been at it since the early 90s with the Bassholes, more recently This Moment in Black History, and Puffy Areolas and his venom is just as potent now as it was then. His newest gig is called Obnox, under which he’s already cut a handful of singles and a couple of albums, one of which is a double LP. The dude isn’t much for sitting still. Mr. Thomas ...

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PREVIEW: WEED at Animal Kingdom

by Max Green 18

posted Friday Apr 25th, 2014

Fuzzed-out and insistent, WEED'S first full-length Deserve is refreshing and relentlessly catchy. The four-piece, Vancouver-based outfit behind the loaded moniker makes music that — for all of its waves of feedback and aggressive tonal quality — seems determined to never lose sight of pop sensibility. Much of Deserve’s charm is in the lower-fidelity sound of its production and the reverb-drenched vocals that drawl over upbeat rhythms. WEED has released a highly listenable album that is at turns mellow and endearingly chaotic, with hooks to spare. Get an earful of WEED at Animal Kingdom this Monday, April 28th with

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TRACK PREMIERE: Spike & The Sweet Spots

by Robyn Banks

posted Wednesday Apr 23rd, 2014

We’ve been waiting for fucking forever for Spike & The Sweet Spots to finally record something – and here it finally fucking is. Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, the exclusive, world premiere of their hit song “Black & White." The Sweet Spots expect to have a five-song EP up somewhere on the fucking Internet shortly, but catch them tomorrow night at Township with James Swanberg, American Breakfast, and Zoo Brother.

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INTERVIEW: The Goose is Loose: Poppin’ Off with Audacity

by Robyn Banks

posted Thursday Apr 17th, 2014

(Audacity are in the midst of a 27-date “Panda Express” tour with The Coathangers. I got to hang out with them all night when they played at the Empty Bottle on April 11th. Their tour runs through the end of this month, find dates here). As stated above, I hung out with Audacity all night and that also entailed doing poppers all night. Now let’s be clear: this stuff is legal and I guess it’s meant to loosen you’re a**hole before a** sex, but you can also huff it and it makes you feel like a wacky waving inflatable ...

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INTERVIEW: SONNY VINCENT's FURY Tales from NYC 1972

by Todd Killings
FURY live at The Academy of Music, NYC 1972
FURY live at The Academy of Music, NYC 1972
posted Thursday Oct 18th, 2012

Sonny Vincent is a true punk pioneer, we all know that already. But did you know how deep this man's well of punk madness really goes? Pull up a chair and get comfortable, as Sonny takes us for a ride through his world as a runaway kid in New York in the mid 1960s, up through the forging of punk in the early 1970s as his proto-punk bands, Distance, FURY, and Liquid Diamonds will soon attest. Sonny's voice has been sadly absent from all of the New York Punk biographies and oral histories, and now it's time to rectify this ...

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