TRACK PREMIERE: Velveteen Rabbit "Star In The Making"

by Gene Abnormality

posted Friday Sep 13th, 2019

There’s a secret world of stylish glam pop music most people will never encounter, the stuff dreams are made of, and with very limited access to outsiders. Modern execution is barely ever fruitful in this realm, yet there are still a few droplets of liquified genius that seep out of the cracks from time to time, and Velveteen Rabbit (ex-members of The Jeanies) have that special something in spades. A sparkling debut so glaring in its brilliance and pomp, it’s almost reaching levels of absurdity, but yet always remains tactfully cognizant. Building on the flashy and ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Trampoline Team "Come Here Alone"

by Gene Abnormality

posted Wednesday Jul 24th, 2019

New Orleans' most vicious byproduct is back with their most impressive effort to date. If you like your showers scalding, your sun blinding, and your brain crushed into a fine powder and then blown into your face, then this band is definitely for you. Trampoline Team’s sophomore LP is here and it’s got everything real punk is lacking these days. Toxic tonality, gutteral enunciation, and a guitar/bass/ drums onslaught that just doesn’t let up until you’re withered, drained, and left in a puddle of black fluid. The new LP is a step in the right direction from their ...

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EXHUMED: The Anemic Boyfriends 7"

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Jul 9th, 2019

Here we are with the official reissue of the incredible, unforgettable, and oh so elusively un-comped Anemic Boyfriends, one of the only punk movements of such perversion and grace from the fair state of Alaska that can come to any stretch of the mind. Lead by the inimitable Louise Disease, The Anemic Boyfriends’ uber-punk classic “Fake I.D.” is one of the most riveting, jarring, and arresting TEEN PUNK blasts you will EVER hear, and you will NOT forget it. As the title track from their second 7” single released in 1981 on Red Sweater Records, “Fake I.D.” is not just ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Velvet Underground in Dallas 1969

by Major Overload

posted Friday Jun 28th, 2019

BEHOLD! The impossibly rare late 60s video of the Velvet Underground has been recently unearthed! In October of 1969, the Velvets played the Dallas Peace Moratorium, and it was captured on color video, now complete with sound. Also included is a brief interview with Sterling Morrison, among several live snippets of VU songs being performed live at the outdoor event, almost 50 years ago. It's not a complete set by any means, but even the slightest live color footage of the Velvet Underground in the 60s is enough to warrant excitement, so kick back and pop this frame into full-screen ...

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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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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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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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