BREAKING SOUNDS: Nots 3 LP

by Jen O'Cide

posted Thursday Jun 13th, 2019

Killer Memphis noise punk band NOTS strikes again with their signature brand of poignant paranoia on their third album 3.” Roughly 30 minutes of minimalist No-wave terror emerges from the forceful, impending doom of political commentary delivered over hellscape post-punk. Throbbing bass, psychedelic stabbing guitar, spooky synth, and ever-steady drums are cloaked in a vocal echo that slaps back exponentially with gang-vocal poetry that rattles around your brain, back and forth between the left and right ears, until the next song tugs you into another dark, inescapable chamber. It’s as if NOTS wants to teach society a lesson. ...

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EXHUMED: Julian Leal 1985 Debut LP

by Gene Abnormality

posted Friday Jun 7th, 2019

Julian Leal, behold the Romoeville Ripper! His name is always heard around pop cognoscenti circles due to his irresistible and impossible to find 1985 debut LP and a handful if blisteringly good singles, all self-released homemade power pop magic from the near Chicago south suburbs. With a self-taught confidence and a knack for sophisticated synth-soaked bubblegum hooks, Leal gigged around the local band circuit and pitched his material to anyone that would listen, but ended up forming his own imprint and tackling the record pressing head on, as well as handling almost ALL of the instrumentation on his own. Check ...

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INTERVIEW: Nikki Corvette is Rock ‘N’ Roll Fun

by Chloe Ripper

posted Monday Apr 15th, 2019

Despite the salty punk stares and indifferent attitudes in the band’s photos, Nikki & the Corvette’s sound is cheerful and infectious. Nikki & the Corvettes formed and recorded their self-titled and only studio album in the late ‘70s in Detroit. It was released in 1980 by Bomp! It includes 12 upbeat bangers that interlace powerpop and garage rock with vocal nods to girl groups of the early ‘60s. The subject matter ranges from a rambunctious beach party to teenage romance. Nikki’s experience as a fan and creator of music is pure. A lifelong fan and concert-attendee of various music genres, ...

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ALBUM STREAM: Nun The Dome LP

by Major Overload

posted Tuesday Nov 27th, 2018

It is instructive that NUN released their first single five years ago with a track named ‘Cronenberg’. Their new LP THE DOME opens with a track named ‘Wake In Fright’, and presents a conceptual framework inspired by R. Buckminster Fuller that arms the record with a cohesive horror. On THE DOME, NUN’s development echoes the first wave of post-punk and Industrial music, from the malevolent broken electronics of Throbbing Gristle to the sensual trance of Chris and Cosey, or Human League’s journey from the turgid grind of ‘Being Boiled’ to the giddy synth-pop of DARE. An example: in contrast to ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: The Reaction "The Kid's Arrived" (1979)

by Maxim Burmaladur

posted Wednesday Nov 14th, 2018

It’s been said innumerable times, but really try to imagine the shock to popular western culture known as punk rock on a global scale in a pre-nternet world. Information and trends traveled and mutated incomparably to that of today. Major cities with their individual character and long history of rock ’n’ roll laid claim to a bold new era with full embrace both sonically and visually; it was a fast moving storm that had the music industry grappling to keep up with the massive new wave of independently produced music. In smaller places however, punk was a loosely defined ‘no ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: BABY GRANDE "Getting Away With Murder" (1976)

by Gene Abnormality

posted Thursday Oct 18th, 2018

“It’s Something Very Strange And it’s Coming Out of the Past” – Steve Kilbey, 1976. Canberra, Australia in the mid 1970s: Teenagers Steve Kilbey, Dave Scotland, Joe Lee, Ken Wiley, and and Peter Koppes form the ultimate amalgamation of sneering, vicious glam rock, BABY GRANDE, out of the ashes of the short-lived, Precious Little. Taking cues from Roxy Music, Alice Cooper, Stooges, Bowie, T. Rex, and other sub-level trash-decadents, BABY GRANDE rode their own wave and carved out their own sound, but with some high-profile opening slots for AC/DC in 1975, their salacious glitter rock was too late for the ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Des Demonas "Bay of Pigs"

by Gene Abnormality

posted Thursday Oct 4th, 2018

Washington DC band Des Demonas have exploded into the national consciousness with a debut LP on In The Red a few months back, and they're not letting up now. We've got the world premiere of their latest single "Bay of Pigs" streaming here today, as diseased organ-soaked and fizz-drenched as it can get. If you couldn't tell already, sometimes a song is just tailor-made for VoT, and "Bay of Pigs" keeps it real with it's pounding chorus "Living like a Victim of Tiiiiiime" so naturally this works on many levels. Featuring a guitar player from Kid Congo & ...

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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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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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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 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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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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