TRACK PREMIERE: VECTOR COMMAND "Ports of Venus" (1983-84)

by Major Overload

posted Monday Jun 25th, 2018

When it comes to post-punk from 1st wave 70s punk bands, there are many great examples of how the nihilism of 1977 translated into the 80s, yet from a band as important as CRIME was to the 1970s, it's remarkable that until now, there haven't been any strong connections to the next wave. Introducing VECTOR COMMAND, a 2-man dark synth punk outfit from San Francisco circa 1983-84 with an ominous new direction from their CRIME personas that's got to be heard to be believed. Featuring Johnny Strike and Joey D'Kaye, VECTOR COMMAND is about as far from CRIME's ...

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EXHUMED: Bruce Moody Rainy Day 7" (1982)

by Richie Dagger

posted Saturday Jun 9th, 2018

We're back with a newly discovered set of pop-centric tunes from Bruce Moody, one of the 80s power pop names that's been bouncing around for years and has only recently been investigated. Meanbean Records are the archaeologists to be praised here, cultivating not one but two full EPs of previously unreleased material, and we have two tracks streaming here for your listening pleasure, from the recently released Get Fresh! EP. Lush pop arrangements accompany a brilliant home recording job and both tracks (along with two more unreleased studio numbers) have that perfect summer breeze wafting through them, just what you ...

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VIDEO FEED: 'Rock Its Your Decision' (1982 Christian Anti-Rock Film)

by Jacques Cousteau

posted Tuesday May 8th, 2018

Nice religious kid Jeff loves God. He also loves rock music. And he loves some pretty decent groups, too. None that the viewer can listen to, though - God doesn't like modern rock but He does respects copyright laws, looks like. His parents are at their wits end listening to that "junk". His church pastor tries telling him that he must make a decision between rock and The Rock of Ages. His friends don't see the problem with listening to music he likes. So the question is posed: can you follow the teachings of Jesus AND rock and roll all ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: The Sueves R.I.P. Clearance Event LP

by Richie Dagger

posted Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

Chicago’s most intricate punk heathens are back with their second full-length, and if you already know their sound, it’s important that you bolt down the furniture, we can’t be responsible for this kind of punishment when you’ve already dealt with their recklessly “endangering” debut. This band has evolved so much in the past five years, it’s hard to even imagine their massive strides of punk progression, let along their ability to conquer the impossible tension that most band can’t even reach in their wildest dreams. The local talent has eroded in recent times to a point of panic, yet

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EXHUMED: Shatterbox Strung Out On The Line LP (1981)

by Sue R. System

posted Wednesday Apr 25th, 2018

We've got a real gem of a reissue LP here folks, Seattle post-glam band Shatterbox wasn't a name you heard in Northwest Punk history circles, yet in 1981, well after the original 70s glam rock wave had passed and a few solid years before it was in full bloom in its secondary West Coast phase. As with most scenes at the time, exploding with the hardcore sound and still stuck between trends, Shatterbox were too late for the party and too early at the same time. Fans of The Dogmatics will drool over "Dance Tonight" and any even casual fans ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Gentle Leader XIV "Chambers of Your Heart"

by Beck Teria

posted Friday Apr 20th, 2018

Dream pop will always hold onto a certain New Wave romanticism tied directly to the early 1980s, and if its pulled off well, it can be just as good as it's precursors. Combine a dreary post-punk theme to this equation and you're looking at a sound that's hard to pull yourself away from, it'll just suck you right in. Chicago's Gentle Leader XIV are aiming for the gray bleakness of your hardened heart with "Chambers of Your Heart" which we've got the video premiere for here today for you. A polished pulse to keep you in line, distant ...

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EXHUMED: The Stiffs 'Dad's A Pig' 1978

by Major Overload

posted Thursday Apr 19th, 2018

The Stiffs were slated to be the first-ever punk band out of Vancouver with a record, but circumstances, as they were at the time, stopped that reality from happening, dead in it's tracks. In 1978 home-spun Punk Rock was sweeping North America as well as most other locales and The Stiffs were the band that started the seeds of insidious deviancy in the City of Glass, and although their corrupt energy was ahead of the other local degenerates, you would have to wait 40 long years before these tracks ever saw a proper vinyl pressing. As a precursor to both ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Ruby Karinto "Always Now" (Section 25)

by Janet Orr

posted Tuesday Apr 10th, 2018

There’s a lot to absorb with a band like Ruby Karinto, yet another band on HoZac without any guitars, although they’ve got so much going on sound-wise, you won’t even miss ‘em. With a spaced-out and throbbing rhythm section, gurgling Moog squelches, and an impeccable Japanese front woman, it’s a sensory assault from all angles and it’s just the perfectly refreshing blast of No Wave art-pop you’ve been waiting for. The 4-piece band emerged from the Victoria, British Columbia underground a few years ago, self-releasing their impressive debut 7” EP with three impossibly catchy tracks, bopping with mesmerizing ...

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VIDEO FEED: Passions: The Mick Ronson Story

by Chuck Nolan

posted Thursday Mar 22nd, 2018

With all the well deserved hype about the Beside Bowie documentary, (just released on Hulu) don’t overlook another gem. In a 2017 episode of the UK TV series Passions, Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet visits Ronson/Bowie historical sites, while interviewing Bowie fans and associates. Kemp’s eloquent and wonderfully melodramatic presentation is sometimes funny, in its painfully sincere deification of his hero. When interviewing John Cambridge of pre-Bowie band The Rats, I was floored to hear clips of another early 70’s heavy metal project called merely Ronno. Fitting, because Ronno is some trademark Mick Ronson balls out rock ‘n’ roll! What, ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Velveteen Rabbit "Mind-Numbing Entertainment"

by Janet Orr

posted Tuesday Mar 20th, 2018

As sad it was to hear about the demise of The Jeanies, by far NYC’s most addictive power pop band of the last half decade, we’re happy to announce their re-emergence as Velveteen Rabbit, now with far more polish and panache and pushing the boundaries of glam pop to unimaginable levels of euphoria. Whereas The Jeanies had a more ragged American pop feel like early Tom Petty meets Gentleman Jesse, Velveteen Rabbit are pure gloss & glam and far more fey, yet no less ferocious. Far less flavor of The Fevers here and more aligned with ...

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EXHUMED: F.U.K. "I Got A Head"

by Gene Abnormality

posted Tuesday Mar 13th, 2018

It’s still so exciting to think how many “lost bands” are still out there, and this installment of the Hozac Archival series zones in on Detroit circa 1977, with the debut single from F.U.K. -a band that only played one show on Halloween 1977 in Ann Arbor, MI, and only recorded two songs, and thanks to our good friend Byron Coley, they have been saved from slipping through the cracks and presented for you here. Starting as a parody of their close friends Destroy All Monsters and their moniker “D.A.M,” Sue Rynski and Roger ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Cafe Racer "Two Times A Day"

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Tuesday Feb 6th, 2018

Chicago's Cafe Racer have come a long way over the past few years, from the remains of the glorious Gross Pointe, known as one of the city's finest noisy garage punk bands, came this vastly different new project from Michael Santana (and an entirely new ensemble), who have made huge strides in an immensely challenging new direction. Gone is the desperation-packed punk grovel and sneer, and in comes the luscious hypnotic waves of Jesus And Mary Chain-style phenobarbital downer grooves. "Some Candy Talking" is the reference point here, and it's great pivot stylistically, and their intense ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Beastii "Summer of '81"

by Sue R. System

posted Friday Jan 12th, 2018

Chicago's Beastii are back with yet another knockout for your soft-boiled brain, and this week we've got a track premiere from the upcoming Our Voltage compilation on Girlsville, with their snarling and perfect cover of early 80s UK punk The Violators' "Summer of '81." Brooding and ethereal, with tension galore and that delicious cascade from misty death rock into melodic punk just can't be beat. The female vocals dart back & forth between lush walls of echo into a visceral & pummeling production that's just as invigorating as the last drink you've had thrown in your ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Surfbort Bort To Death EP

by Gene Abnormality

posted Thursday Dec 28th, 2017

Well look at this, a Brooklyn band that isn’t taking itself too seriously and is somehow actually dripping, and/or seething with raw punk ooze??? Look no further than Surfbort, a rock’n roll mutation with living, breathing, tentacles of terror, and even and traces of Texas punk royalty. Started a few years back and with only one EP under their belt, band leader Dani Miller is a one-of-a-kind force of nature both onstage and on record, as her presence just leaps right out of the grooves and clocks you in the face immediately. The music is stripped raw, painfully ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Platinum Boys "Lord Knows"

by Janet Orr

posted Monday Dec 18th, 2017

Milwaukee fun bags the Platinum Boys just seem to pop up around every damn corner you turn these days, and here they are, back front and center on VoT with a brand new video for their new single "Lord Knows" off their latest shit-hot full-length release BUZZ on Dusty Medical Records. Now THIS is a VIDEO, gorgeous film production and direction by Ryan Thomas Reeve and Joey Turbo, this is next-level Platinum Boys with aerial shots galore and an addictive minimal rocker that almost tips over and falls into "Midnight Rider" yet the Boys restrain that urge and ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Holograms Surrender LP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Saturday Dec 2nd, 2017

Stockholm's icy minimalists, and abysmal post punk envelope-pushers, Holograms are back with Surrender, their third full-length and first for Push My Buttons, and its just in time for the winter freeze to set in here in America. Jutting out from behind a thunderous backbone and delicate and spidery guitar interplay, you instantly hear Robert Smith's inflection, but Holograms are really a lot more complex than a simple rip off, as each track develops it's own personality, and it just gets darker and bleaker from there. From jarring post punk anthems to somber and sludgy death rock cavity-fillers, this ...

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EXHUMED: Third World War A Little Bit Of Urban Rock 7"

by Gene Abnormality

posted Friday Nov 10th, 2017

Oh sweet lord Jesus, Just Add Water Records is doing God's work (right before his birthday, good timing!) in acquiring the smashing "Little Bit of Urban Rock" single in all it's non-LP glory from the mother-smashers in cheif and one of the UK's ballsiest gatecrashers, Third World War. The throb is just inescapable, the vocals will shave the hairs off'a your bits in two lashes of a lamb's tail, and that scraggly guitar screech will never be washed from you inner ear canal, so why even fight it? Originally released in 1971 on Fly (UK) and Polydor (Germany), ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: NAG No Flag 7" EP

by Beck Teria

posted Sunday Nov 5th, 2017

NAG are an antagonistic, swelling disease of noisy punk downer vibes that really needs to be listened to repeatedly for best effect. With Brannon from Beat Beat Beat, Frantic and Ryan for GG King's band and Wymyn's Prysyn, its a gnarly slow drag on the top side and a bitter and broken ass-whipping on the flip, something Atlanta should be real used to by now. Its got a clever Germs edge to it in parts and if the recording wasn't so muddy I think it would really shine a lot louder and meaner. The drums are snappy, the ...

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EXHUMED: Manikins From Broadway To Blazes 2LP

by Sue R. System

posted Wednesday Oct 18th, 2017

We've ALL been living our lives too long without the comforting mid-tempo punk perfection of a 2LP set from one of Australian punk's most underrated acts of the late 70s-early 80s, the Manikins. Best known as the "other" band that splintered off with The Scientists after the demise of the Cheap Nasties, Manikins are just as incredible, as this glorious double album will repeatedly prove. Neither as cheap or nasty as their previous incarnation, they tow a solid & simple rock'n roll line, inflected with that special something that only comes from the Australian bands we know and love, yet ...

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STREAM: Razor Boys Atlanta 1978 LP

by Gene Abnormality

posted Friday Oct 13th, 2017

Atlanta in the mid 1970s was not exactly the place you’d expect punk and glam rock to sprout, but with a little research into the quality of proto-punk bands descending upon the city during the 1973-74 era (NY Dolls, Stooges, Teenage Lust), its not hard to believe there would be a few brave souls who would take up the torch for dangerous and loose rock’n roll savagery and stake their claim as pioneers of this classic sound, well before it caught on elsewhere below the Mason-Dixon Line. So as history would have it, there wasn’t much real record label action ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: The Cowboys "(If I) Laugh Enough"

by Sue R. System

posted Monday Oct 9th, 2017

Bloomington, Indiana has something to really be proud of in hometown heroes The Cowboys. One of the most exciting and indescribable bands of the last five years, this band manages to escape all of the pitfalls of modern DIY punk/garage and break out into a field of their own instantly. First off, nobody is supposed to have vocals this good, like almost bewildering talent-wise, but to actually be able to sing like this and be sweating it out in front of a packed room of rock’n roll revelers all night is almost charity work. The songs have this ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Giantology "Hold Me Down"

by Gene Abnormality

posted Thursday Sep 21st, 2017

Yet another primordial burst from the crusty ether from Chicago's sizeable duo Giantology, who after a lengthy tour last winter, are finally back in action, and with an unsettling new video as well as their first 7" release. This double-headed beast may be enormous on hooks, but it's just catchy enough to hit you when you're not expecting it. Although they do indeed contain one of Joey Rubbish's (from The Rubs) ribs, this project holds a darker tone, with prehistoric percussion and far more ominous riffs than those good times you're used to with The Rubs. Because, like ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Nones "Job Interview"

by Dick Mystery

posted Tuesday Sep 19th, 2017

Chicago's Nones are sadly no longer active, but after several years of visceral live slaughterings both in-person and on record, the fluidly adaptable band of serrated lacerators have left us with one more zit left to pop. Although the band went through many roster changes over their short time on Earth, the band that recorded their debut LP Midwestern Family Values was clearly their most vicious incarnation, and the version of the band that will bless your soul with this here video. Shot on location at lead singer Brandon Bayles' apartment, strewn with cigarette butts and empty beer cans, its ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Palpöm "Like Pulling Teeth"

by Major Overload

posted Thursday Aug 24th, 2017

Its been a while since we had some sinister new Swedish punk damage and thanks to our friends at Push My Buttons, we've got an aggressively agitated slab ready for you whimpering ear holes. Palpöm are an older project band from 2013, but only by a few years, and featuring members of Henry Fiat's Open Sore, as well as Holograms, it's a nasty, serrated ripper. Sizzling synths lead off the desperate and agonizing vocals, and as the bass & guitar seep in, it's another crack to the head. Screamers, Fad Gadget, and Nervous Gender all come to mind here, as ...

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EXHUMED: Look Blue Go Purple Still Bewitched 2LP

by Chloe Ripper

posted Tuesday Aug 22nd, 2017

Flying Nun's recent reissue of a Look Blue Go Purple compilation Still Bewitched is comprised of released & unreleased tracks from their work in the 80s (most of it off of one of their three released 12" EPs). The collection unearths a kaleidoscope of creativity from the minds of five women while building on the cannon of the Dunedin Sound of the 70s & 80s. Unlike a lot of their contemporaries (The Slits, The Raincoats, Television, Swell Maps), LBGP successfully concoct a recipe of soft guitar rock, psychedelia, and baroque pop in a way that stands out among their peers. ...

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VIDEO FEED: Please Stand By 1972

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Aug 8th, 2017

Now THIS is a rare underground film. Not even the mighty IMDB has much information on this truly obscure piece of 70s counter-culture, which prominently features underground icon and NYC legend David Peel during his time while he was close with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The opening segment is set to "Born in a Prison" by the Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band and it just goes deeper from there. David Peel stars in his only "real" acting role, as Freemont Zappata and he leads a gang of rogue information hijackers who attempt and successfully hijack a TV station during ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Beastii "Can't Wait"

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Monday Aug 7th, 2017

Chicago intergalactic trash pushers Beastii are back with a new EP entitled Can't Wait as well as a new video for the title track, which we've got here for your adoring eyeballs today. The three-piece wrecking crew slathers together a irresistibly spacey collection of riffs woven into a supremely catchy basket of hooks, complete with an eye-catching video to match. Fans of The Ponys as well as The Rogers Sisters will find something good to chew on with this new Beastii track as well, with both bands coming to mind ever so slightly as it slithers ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Ruby Karinto "Fox's Wedding"

by Pythagoras

posted Friday Jul 28th, 2017

Ruby Karinto are one of the most unique bands you will hear this year, and in a world full of constantly-rehashed aesthetics, that is a godsend to the last of the culturally curious pioneers of unearthing new sounds. Based out of Victoria, BC and beyond the galaxy of genre hound entrapment, Ruby Karinto eschew any punk or "garage" normalcy and settle into a glistening world of electronic dreams sprinkled over an insidious throb. Sung in lead singer Ai's native Japanese, this song joyously immerses the listener in a swirling, flashing scenario of futuristic pop unlike most anything you've ...

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STREAM: Soft Candy "Mourning Glory"

by Gene Abnormality

posted Tuesday Jul 18th, 2017

Tonight at East Room in Chicago, the city's sole 'Baroque Pop' unit known as Soft Candy will unleash their new The Luvers & the H8ers cassette release on Eye Vybe Records for a night of twinkling pop euphoria destined to put stars in your eyes and a tingling in your toes. Fronted by pianist extraordinaire Alex Rowney and existing in and out of activity over the past half decade, Soft Candy are a Chicago band like no other. Supreme musicianship isn't a commonality in this city as the wave of friendly over-complacency toward lesser-quality bands has washed away ...

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STREAM: Puke Spit & Guts Eat Hot Lead LP 1980

by Major Overload

posted Wednesday May 17th, 2017

"Yakety Yak, Yakety Yak, I think your mouth, needs a good solid slap." UH OH! Can you handle the purity of uncut punk intestinal fortitude? If not, better head back to your fort made of Jack DeBarco gatefolds, there's no room for you at the Inn tonight, baby Jesus. Yes, punk surgeons have been studying the bright and beautiful sonic melanoma that is Puke, Spit & Guts for years now, and without ANY government funding. No one could ever really crack the case on this incredible milestone of punk perversity, and every single sloptastic gem on this LP deserves its ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Ramones Chicago 1978

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski
photo by Brian Shanley
photo by Brian Shanley
posted Monday May 1st, 2017

While this wasn't the first Ramones trip to Chicago, this was by far their biggest show. Headlining a stacked bill with the Runaways and the Diodes, The Ramones returned and hit the biggest stage they could find, no longer delegated to such despots such as B'Ginnings in Schaumburg (first Chicago show, early 1977) or the Ivanhoe Theater (with the Dictators in Summer 1977), this was the BIG TIME, the Aragon Ballroom, where bands as big as Roxy Music and Alice Cooper had graced the stage, even recently. For all I know, this video has not surfaced before, and appears at ...

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RIP: David Peel - NYC Legend / Punk Icon

by Todd Mayberry

posted Sunday Apr 9th, 2017

I wish I could say something profound in memory of David Peel. If there was a Brain Lapse #2, he would have been interviewed along with Giorgio Moroder (the bubblegum years), the October Cherries guys, and the Hudson Brothers. But now David’s dead. It speaks volumes that Peel is completely unknown outside of counterculture circles. As an artist, he was dismissed and ignored. The Trouser Press Record Guide could have squeezed him in between their entries for the Pedaljets and Pegboy … but they didn’t. The 1300+ page All Music Guide to Rock omitted him in print between Ann Peebles ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Terminals 'Live 1987'

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Mar 26th, 2017

Check out this incredible clip, that, thanks to the glory of Youtube, is now right at your fingertips, eyeballs and ear-holes. The Terminals you may well know, are one of the true gems of the Flying Nun story, a supergroup in every sense of the word and a band with very limited material available to see, that's for sure. What we have for you here today has been freshly unearthed, as in LESS than 30 people have viewed this so far, and it's truly an incredible piece of New Zealand underground history. The Terminals formed from the ashes ...

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EXHUMED: Features 'X Features' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Feb 8th, 2017

The breadth of incredible music from the antipodean region of earth during the 1970s through the 1990s is growing harder and harder to quantify. Most avant garde music fans are familiar with the legacy of New Zealand's Flying Nun Records as a starting point, but that's really only scratching the surface. What isn't common knowledge is that this scene really starts with the formation of Propeller Records, the true visionaries in the pre-Flying Nun era of underground NZ rock. Propeller was envisioned by Simon Brigg, who fell hard for a Auckland band called Features, used his own pocket change to ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: HAIR "Invented Suffering"

by Andrew Norris

posted Monday Feb 6th, 2017

There’s a real dearth of Heavy Music these days. Where other websites celebration the AM Pop styles of groups of 20 year-olds who are down with all that Laurel Canyon revival shit, Victim of Time will never betray your trust like that, and that's why Chicago’s HAIR is a welcome sound to thine ears. Billed as the "current musical arm the Society For The Prevention Of Cruelty To Long Haired Men" (founded in ’64 by Bowie), these four dudes not only have the hair to back up their name, but some dank riffs. "Invented Suffering" from their debut ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: Ballad of Mott The Hoople

by Gene Abnormality

posted Sunday Jan 22nd, 2017

It's another sad day for rock'n roll, as with news of the passing of UK Glam rock icons, Mott The Hoople bassist Peter "Overend" Watts hit the news wire earlier today. As one of the 1970s biggest British acts, Mott the Hoople were widely revered by everyone from David Bowie to the New York Dolls and although they toured early on in the US, they really remained more of a European phenomenon, but the impressive list of hits is undeniable. Today's Sunday Matinee is the BBC feature documentary The Ballad of Mott the Hoople is an excellent hour-long blast into ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Equals "I Won't Be There" 1969

by Major Overload

posted Friday Dec 2nd, 2016

JESUS CHRIST! Another incredible promo video from the untouchable Equals, this time for their 1966 smash "I Won't Be There," with a rare clip from the Austrian TV show, GOGOSCOBE in 1969. Isn't it nice to live in an age when crucial artifacts of the rock'n roll history are unearthed on a semi-regular basis? Many many thanks again to Equals fan #1 Jason Duncan of Just Add Water Records, who is uploading these gems for everyone's maximum pleasure. Are you hooked yet? How are these not AM radio staples you ask? Well, mixed-race bands were still a risky business back ...

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STREAM: Swimsit Addition & Bleach Party EPs

by Gene Abnormality

posted Thursday Nov 17th, 2016

Chicago's Tall Pat Records is having their annual party this Friday at the Empty Bottle dubbed Cuddlestock, and we have two new streaming tracks from the last two bands playing that evening for their dual record release shebang. Swimsuit Addition and Bleach Party have been toiling in the trenches for a few years now and both are chucking forth 7" singles at this show's central celebration. Clearance and Jollys, along with the Son of A Gun DJs round out the night, so you should have no problem getting your ya-yas out. Bleach Party by now need ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Gories 'Ann Arbor 1989'

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Friday Nov 4th, 2016

Look out Chicago, legendary Detroit rock'n roll legends The Gories are coming to town to jump all over you baby and stain your dress! After remaining dormant throughout the later portion of the 1990s and 2000s, this Crypt Records standard bearer has regrouped and formed into a version of itself even more powerful than when it originated. This weekend at Double Door in Chicago, HoZac Records will be celebrating their 10th anniversary with one long, LONG (as in Daylight Savings Time kicks in at 2AM, extending the night til 4AM instead of 3AM) night of rock'n ...

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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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VIDEO FEED: The Real Kids 'Live 1983'

by Todd Killings

posted Friday May 8th, 2015

When it comes to stone cold classic 70s Rock'n Roll bands, there's few that can touch the pure realness and raw emotion of Boston's legendary The Real Kids. Fronted by John Felice, one of the original members of The Modern Lovers circa 1970-72 (Jonathan Richman was his next-door neighbor), they have been tearing up stages ever since he decided to break away and start off as The Kids around 1972. As was the way of the times, they quickly found that that name was already taken, so they instantly became The Real Kids, and embarked on honing their ...

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VIDEO FEED: Paul Collins Beat Live 1980

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Jan 22nd, 2015

One of the saddest parts about the chronicle surrounding the three pivotal members of the early San Francisco power pop legends, The Nerves, is that the most active member of that band currently, is the one who has the least recognizable material to the average joe on the street. In 1974 Paul Collins, Jack Lee and Peter Case formed one of the most important West Coast bands of the 1970s, self-released their debut EP and performed one of the first self-booked continental tours during the punk/new wave heyday, and still managed to hammer out some of the era's most irreplaceable ...

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EXHUMED: The Outsiders 'Calling On Youth' LP

by Tony Visconti

posted Thursday Sep 25th, 2014

Not many people know that The Outsiders' debut LP was the first self-released DIY LP of the 1st punk wave in the UK, but thanks to Beat Generation, this elusive piece of the punk puzzle is now accessible again, albeit in a very small edition of only 500 copies. Most punk fans already know that the Buzzcocks' Spiral Scratch EP is the first self-released 45rpm release of the UK punk movement, but this debut from The Outsiders is hardly anything you can remain ignorant of any longer. From Wimbledon, and known as the launching point for Adrian Borland's music career, ...

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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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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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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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