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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VIDEO FEED: New Wave Theatre -25 Full Episodes

by Major Overload

posted Sunday May 24th, 2015

Wow, this is almost TOO BIG of a post for one entry but we've got a major OVERLOAD of punk information for you here in the form of 25 complete episodes of New Wave Theatre, the ground-breaking cable access underground punk showcase of the early 1980s that featured incredible live performances of everyone from 45 Grave, Suburban Lawns, Dead Kennedys, and Fear, Circle Jerks, and Angry Samoans, to name just a few. Hosted by the one-of-a-kind Peter Ivers, New Wave Theatre was featured nationally on the late night series Night Flight, which brought these bizarre and subversive bands right into ...

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HoZac Blackout Fest 2015 Hotel PARTY

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday May 13th, 2015

Yes, you read that right, somehow our good friends at Revolution Brewing have hooked up an impossible event taking place Thursday May 14th at the 25th Floor VIP Lounge at the newly opened Virgin Hotel Chicago, featuring two blistering Chicago punk bands intent on racking up your room service charges. The Sueves have their debut 7" out this month on HoZac and will be closing out an early night (this event ends at 9PM!) so you can get that much needed rest for the impending doom of the rest of HoZac Blackout Fest Weekend, but starting out the ...

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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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BREAKING SOUNDS: THING s/t debut LP

by Richie Dagger

posted Monday May 4th, 2015

Existing for the blink of an eye in the Chicago summer of 2013, only a small group of lucky losers got to witness the birth of THING. After an abrupt exodus to Tennessee and a year of gestation, songwriter and frontman Rich Crook (Lover!, Lost Sounds, Reatards and Knaughty Knights) returned with a fully developed band of cretins and an album's worth of punk n' roll rippers that will instantly hook fans of his previous work and the unfamiliar alike. Power pop hooks, Ramones riffs, and the signature THING wall of Kustom reverb make this an ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Strawberry Jacuzzi "Astronaut"

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Friday May 1st, 2015

We've got another track premiere for you this week, this time from upstart Chicagoans Strawberry Jacuzzi who deliver a snarling dual female-fronted pop attack that starts out innocent enough, but then comes crashing into a wave of grisly hooks with their new track "Astronaut" streaming below. When can't you trust a simple childish lullabye? When it's got a mallet hidden behind it, and as soon as the drums and bass kick in for the chorus, you're hooked, and you won't be able to get this sugar-coated earworm out of your head without minor surgery. This track is the ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Home Blitz 'Foremost & Fair' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Apr 28th, 2015

After what seems like an eternity in the rapid-fire world of underground music, one of our old favorites from our first year of music coverage, Home Blitz, have unleashed their latest offering of impossible to categorize, burnt-ended pop wizardry in the form of their anxiously awaited Foremost Fair LP. Daniel DiMaggio and company are still pressurizing the same veins as their earliest incarnation did back in 2005, albeit slightly less neurotic, but no less impressively catchy. After ten years, anyone with a creative streak in their body will be exploring new sonic avenues, and since 2012's Frozen Track ...

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EXHUMED: Howard Eynon 'So What If I'm Standing In Apricot Jam' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Wednesday Apr 22nd, 2015

Howard Eynon’s quick blip on the recorded radar is a mixed bag of folk styles executed with skill, from the eccentric pen of a Brit-born Australian transplant (relocated there by his parents at the young age of 11). Though, he’s more recognizable by most as Diabando (a member of Toecutter’s motorcycle gang) in 1979’s Mad Max, or a few other flashes on the silver screen. Eynon split his time between gigging as a musician (touring with the likes of Hunter S. Thompson) and theatre work in Melbourne before being afforded the opportunity to record his sole offering for the private ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Move 'The Lost Broadcasts 1968-71'

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Apr 15th, 2015

Jesus Christ, has there ever been a UK pop band from the 1960s more underrated than The Move? From their formative years in the mid 60s with such radio hits as "Yellow Rainbow," "Flowers In the Rain," and "Fire Brigade," all freak beat classics in their own right, but this band had so many unique turns ahead, no one could know what was coming. If you haven't bore witness to the infamous 1966 Dutch TV performance with raging out of control fires on stage resulting from lead singer Carl Wayne wailing away on a television with a fire axe, then ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Day Creeper 'Central States' LP

by Richie Dagger

posted Monday Apr 13th, 2015

After staying dormant release-wise last year, Columbus, Ohio's Day Creeper have gloriously returned to the fold with a new LP ripe with compelling hooks and robust songs, richly drenched with pure Midwest pop. Central States is just the kind of album that can only be made in Ohio, full of Great Plains grit meets the rejuvenating jaunt of the Reigning Sound, coercing into a headstrong, yet genuinely-produced delivery that's just as riveting and shambolic as anything left by their forefathers. A bitter riff here, an infectious backup vocal there, Day Creeper scratch their way across these twelve inches ...

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VIDEO FEED: Avengers at Winterland 1978

by Pythagoras

posted Friday Apr 10th, 2015

We've got another prime slice of 70s punk heaven for you this week, with the full show from January 1978's Avengers performance opening for the Sex Pistols at Winterland. As one of the highest-profile bands on the Dangerhouse Records roster, The Avengers along with The Nuns and Negative Trend were recruited for the opening acts to what would be the historic final Sex Pistols show on their only US tour. Bill Graham ended up nixing Negative Trend due to their unruly behavior, but this A+ prime quality footage of The Avengers cranking up as ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Pierre & Bastien 'Que Du Bonheur' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Apr 6th, 2015

It's so good to hear more rip-roaring and original-sounding punk throb oozing out of France again, and the brand new Que Du Bonheur LP from Pierre & Bastien out this week at the Sonic Protest live event in Montreuil at Le Chinois will fill that empty spot in your heart (and between your ear holes) with enough thickly-accented gusto and strangulated guitar harmonies to stave off any cravings for bearnaise sauce any time soon. If you were lucky enough to hear and hold dear their debut LP from last year, it won't be hard to convince you of ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: The Lemons “Lick-a-Lolly”

by Brett Cross

posted Wednesday Apr 1st, 2015

This is quite possibly the catchiest song to ever be put to tape. It is pure bubblegum pop pumped out by Chicago’s latest and greatest sacchariferous songsters, The Lemons! The snow-balling verses as they go from “Billy”––who has a shit-load of lolly pops––to some goon named “Solly,” embed a tenacious and maddening urge to sing this song until your face turns blue. It's utterly impossible to remove from your mind, even after therapy! This is the sort of tune you can’t help but smile and sing along to every time it comes in contact with your ears. The ...

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EXHUMED: The Finders – Finders Keepers LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Friday Mar 27th, 2015

Collecting one side each of their two issued singles—“Which Way” and “Calling Dr. Howard,” respectively (the latter a Three Stooges trib)—along with a clutch of undeservedly unissued tracks to establish the Finders as purveyors of pure pop (the omitted sides are of a different stripe) is the move by Cheap Rewards, and a noble move i’tis. Finders Keepers is filled with requisite jangle and ample rock alike, sounding not dissimilar to member-sharing contemporaries the Poppees & Boyfriends from the other side of the USA, most so on “Sweet Little User.” Some tracks carry sound similarity to the classic EP they ...

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VIDEO FEED: What's Up America 'Punk' (1981)

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday Mar 25th, 2015

Ah, is there anything more refreshing than the mainstream evaluation of "Punk" culture as it quickly spread across the American landscape in the early 1980s? This is the fledgling Showtime network's coverage of the new musical phenomenon, circa 1981 on their news show What's Up America, and features classic video footage of The Dickies, The Cheifs, Suburban Lawns, Phranc, and The Angry Samoans in 1979. Also Rodney Bingenheimer nodding in approval as a teenage girl dances uncontrollably to "I Wanna Be Sedated," while the Angry Samoans list Rodney (along with Phil Spector and Kim Fowley) as people they'd "Like to ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: The Sueves debut 7"

by Richie Dagger

posted Thursday Mar 19th, 2015

Chicago is clearly in the midst of a new rock’n roll revival, with floods of great new young bands ripping up the spots on a weekly basis, and rising to the top of that immense heap, are The Sueves. Punishing static hiss coupled with tough-as-nails riffs, careen down a belligerent groove, with immense, crushing noise that comes right to a halt, only to resume with even more thunder. Frontman Joe Schorgl’s vocals will get right under your skin, with such a classic scream already in place, and such an agitated delivery, he’s bound for the big time. I ...

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EXHUMED: Owen Maercks – Teenage Sex Therapist LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Mar 16th, 2015

Less a reissue than an exhumation, Owen Maercks’ lone album as mastermind—originally self-titled to not scare off prospective takers—was initially pressed in a limited run to solicit interest and distribute to radio stations and labels in 1978… sadly, to no avail. With a band led by free / improv guitarist Henry Kaiser and filled with the cream of Bay Area underground avant-jazzers, they created pop-centric avant-garage / psych-punk with wordy, disjointedly poetic, elliptical lyrics—given full consideration via an included lyric sheet—delivered in a manic, clipped vocal style by Maercks. “Sleeping with Great Works of Art” serves as a perfect introduction—all ...

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VIDEO FEED: Super Duper Alice Cooper documentary

by Tony Visconti

posted Friday Mar 13th, 2015

Happy Friday the 13th! They're some of the original "punks" by every definition, and even as their mid-period material left a lot of hard rocker's limp in the jeans, Alice Cooper is still one of the monumental forces of underground rock'n roll during it's late 60s/early 70s timeframe, and by all means worth every ounce your attention. The new documentary Super Duper Alice Cooper is not to be missed, as it's predictably chock full of unseen archival footage, great interviews as well as a great glimpse into the storied career of one of the original shock rockers (along with Screaming ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: MAMA '25 Forever'

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Mar 11th, 2015

Oh MAMA, look what you've done! Chicago's bountiful rock'n roll underground has many, many, shades of greatness that will continued to be overlooked by the outside eyes and ears but luckily if you're living it up in this great city, you know how important the "City" is in "City Rock," which MAMA delivers in spades, every day, every night. Falling somewhere stylistically between your hard rock fantasies and your power pop nightmares, MAMA have arrived with their first step into the world's most perfect format, and will be releasing their Night Shoot double 7" EP with Automatic Recordings ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Obnox 'Boogalou Reed' LP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Monday Mar 9th, 2015

On the second full-banger from Ohio's nastiest 'Nox comes forth a new mothership of filthy, interlaced styles, encompassing every sticky corner of the underground so well, you'd think there was interplanetary intervention on some level. Without compromising our reader's intelligence by using "outsider" terminology like garage rock, we can safely say that this LP is devoid of anything of that ilk, and to keep piling that empty term on top of everything Obnox (Bim Thomas) lays down is just plain absurd, and really makes you look foolish. Grow up and learn some new words, come on. This is ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Subtractions Fresno 1980

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Mar 4th, 2015

When one thinks of Fresno, CA punk bands certainly aren't the first thing to come to mind. This sleepy city located inland and about the halfway point between Los Angeles and San Francisco became a hot spot for 60s rock bands to stop through which carried over into the 1970s, when the wave of hard rock washed over the town, resulting in numerous bootleg LPs from AC/DC, Van Halen and more. Fast forward to the appearances of "punk" across American pop culture (DEVO on SNL, Sex Pistols US tour, Ramones planting seeds everywhere) and you've got bands springing up around ...

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EXHUMED: Myke Jackson – Alone LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Mar 2nd, 2015

Myke Jackson, the lead singer/songwriter/guitarist/wunderkind for Huntsville, Alabama, under-legends Felt, separates himself from their heavy, bluesy, melodic psych with this 1975 one-man-band solo album, four years after Felt’s lone self-titled effort. Alone is a breathtaking, moving album of lyrically wise and introspective—fully displayed by the included lyric sheet—Beatlesque SSW pop tugging at the soft edges of power pop. The album also offers considerably more guitar heroics than you find on such albums, all executed with taste and advanced skill by the then 21-year-old. The only righteously rollicking rocker on the set, opener “In Search of Home,” is a poetically spiritual ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Pin Group Live 1981

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Feb 25th, 2015

The fertile landscape of the New Zealand underground has its roots set deep in the monumental sound of its earliest progenitors, and at the base of the Flying Nun Records repertoire lies the dark and foreboding presence known as The Pin Group. Best known as the band that launched the Flying Nun label with it's FN-001 catalog number in 1981, the band laid the ground work for an impressive part of the Kiwi sound for years to come, combining the frigid starkness of Joy Division with the impossible jangle of the Velvet Underground, The Pin Group only gets more important ...

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EXHUMED: The Kinbotes - s/t LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Tuesday Feb 24th, 2015

Adorned with three roughly hand-drawn visages on a wrap-around paste-on cover—replicated handsomely on this reissue—1986’s lone album by the Kinbotes on the small NY label Nix is a mysterious and intriguing one. A hand-writ mockingly intellectual dissection of their music features on the rear fold, and the liner notes—presented with love and detail by occasional Ugly Things scribe Jack D. Fleischer—reveal the work was cut by just a duo. Vocalist/lyricist/conceptualist Nat Hirsh and Dave Cateforis met while attending Philly’s small liberal arts college Swarthmore, and later cut this collection of tracks in Hirsh’s dorm room. The lo-fi, ramshackle, inept nature ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: REPAIRS 'Decay' 7"

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Tuesday Feb 17th, 2015

That’s right, yet another crucial Australian single, from the blackend depths of minimal synth hysteria, and offering up the perfect chaser to the debut Nun LP. Rooted in an electronic nightmare set to overlapping Throbbing Gristle compositions, REPAIRS emerged with a cassette-only release on the upstart Captured Tracks label, which quickly slipped through the cracks back in 2009, but it was the debut 7? on Nihilistic Orbs in 2011 that really knocked us back into their corner. It all starts with that nervous little throb that evolves into a poisonously aromatic night bloom, drowning in an inescapable whisper, as each ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Nuns Live 1977

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Feb 10th, 2015

When it comes to influential San Francisco bands from the first wave of punk mania that washed across the land in the mid 1970s, you've undoubtedly heard of The Nuns, whether on flyers from the era, or from their blistering moment on the sacred Killed By Death Volume 1 with their unforgettable punk hit "Decadent Jew." Yet another victim of the major label-disconnected west coast punk scene, back when that connection could really be a helpful boost a la The Ramones, Television and the rest of the Sire Records family, The Nuns debut 7" EP came out in the prime ...

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EXHUMED: Kenneth Higney 'Attic Demonstration' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Feb 9th, 2015

Long-regarded as an “outsider” grail, A. Demo finally sees its way to an easily found slab of wax. Named for one of the locations of the two studios it was recorded in, the album was originally released in September of ’76 on Kenneth’s own Kebrutney label as a means to put Higney’s demos in the hands of publishers and artists for use (seeing himself as more songwriter than performer). The thought in mind being a pre-made vinyl product bearing his bearded face would be an easier option than tapes made for every pursued instance. After a time, New York via ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Pampers 'Right Tonight' 7" EP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Tuesday Feb 3rd, 2015

New York City's lethal and objectionable skull-crushers simply known as Pampers are back with a vengeance, as further established on their breakout debut LP last year, and this time they've got a trail of guts strung along behind them that you won't want to miss. Still immersed in a toxic cloud of bad vibes, good times, and the smashed glass from a night full of cheap drinks, Pampers bust out four more shell-shockers on their new Right Tonight EP, destined for repeated trips around the turntable, as well as waking up with them stuck dreadfully in your frontal cortex. The ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Bob Seger System Live 1970

by Todd Killings

posted Saturday Jan 31st, 2015

When it comes to balls-out Detroit rock'n roll, there's definitely NO SHORTAGE, but the amount of early clips of the Bob Seger System was sadly underrepresented, until now as three incredible color clips have just surfaced, which we've got right here for you today on VoT! If you're only familiar with "the Seeg" via his "Old Time Rock'n Roll" or "Against The Wind" hits, then you're really in for a shock, as Seger cut his teeth in the mid 1960s Hideout scene in Detroit, releasing singles chock full of angst and incredible energy that would have been impossible to miss ...

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EXHUMED: Medusa 'First Step Beyond' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Tuesday Jan 27th, 2015

Housed in one of the most dynamite packaging jobs I’ve seen to date (and definitely the best of the last 365), this gatefold of faux-velvet with shining gold and blood red debossing includes an illustrated version of the mythical one Medusa herself, demonic claws and ye olde sabbatic goat on the cover, while the gate is pentagram-enhanced with various vintage group visages intermingled into the blank space inside and surrounding it. But it’s not all surface joys, First Step Beyond is a space-prog opus that nips at the heels of outsiders like Hawkwind and the more heavy, moody, groove-oriented practitioners ...

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VIDEO FEED: Suicide Live 1980

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Jan 23rd, 2015

Suicide were one of the most innovative bands of the 1970s in so many ways it would make your head spin, from being the first documented band to use the odd term "punk music" as early as 1970, to their bizarre, two-piece theatrical "nihilist performance art" using only electronics crossed with human animal savagery, they broke so much ground in retrospect, it's a shame they aren't held in the highest regard compared to their peers. But then again, who really WERE their peers? If you've read over the extensive interview with Sonny Vincent on VoT covering his early years in ...

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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: Heitkotter 'Black Orckid' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Tuesday Jan 20th, 2015

A mystery among collectors for decades, Now-Again Records (with rare pics, and illuminating liner notes by label head Eothen Alapatt) pulls back the curtain on the raw, wasted, funky, downer, destructo-blues-rock opus from 1971 by Stephen David Heitkotter—ex-drummer for Fresno, CA, teenbeat titans the Road Runners. Heitkotter’s demo LP, originally produced in a hand-made run of 25 copies for friends and labels, is here re-titled Black Orckid (Heitkotter’s pen name as singer/songwriter/visual artist). Replacing the hand-scrawled name or plain-type on a stock sleeve—as the OG and first reissue were, respectively—we’re presented a re-envisioning of one of his enveloping, dark pieces ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Jack Name 'Weird Moons' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Jan 15th, 2015

If you found yourself oddly falling in love with the debut Jack Name LP last year, Light Show, you're not alone, and this follow-up LP Weird Moons will quickly fill that hole in your tarnished soul with oodles of spidery synth squiggles, and plenty of deranged pop swaths of unsettling color. Initially gaining traction as one of the members of the equally impressive, Los Angeles-based White Fence, Jack Name broke out into his own world last year, crashing forward with one of the most futuristic yet impeccably classic-sounding debuts in ages. With a tight grip on ...

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EXHUMED: Damon 'Song of a Gypsy' 2LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Jan 12th, 2015

Rochester, NY-born and Southern California raised David Del Conte (aka Damon)—after trying on a grab-bag of styles in the earlier ‘60s aimed for chart action—gave birth to Song of a Gypsy, one of the most revered psychedelic artifacts extant, after undergoing a personal, spiritual transfiguration. As a working musician who issued a near dozen singles prior to his cult-deserved LP, leads flashed and extinguished to great disappointment for his tortured soul—which tussled with a sordid life of crime, infidelity and addictions. After his dream of long-term marital bliss imploded and he went through a particularly self-destructive period, he sought to ...

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VIDEO FEED: Runaways live in Japan 1977

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Thursday Jan 8th, 2015

Just when you really need some HEAT in your life, it's time to remember one of the most blazing bands of the mid 1970s in their full glory, those inimitable powerhouses known as the Runaways, seen here in an uncut high-definition full concert in Japan on their 1977 breakout tour. Captured on Japanese TV in their five-piece glory at the height of their powers, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Cherie Curie, Sandy West, and Jackie Fox took the land of the rising sun by storm and sent fans into whiplash frenzy at each and every turn. Professionally-shot Japanese video from the ...

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EXHUMED: Donnie & Joe Emerson 'Dreamin’ Wild' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Tuesday Jan 6th, 2015

One of the most visible reissues of 2012 (via a combo of indie name-dropping and wildfire press spread) is also my personal fave-rave, emanating from 1979 in the very area I was born’n’bred, Southeastern Washington state. Dreamin’ Wild is the work of 17-year-old wunderkind, Donnie Emerson, seriously tuned in to whatever reached the radio in his remote locale of farm-friendly Fruitland at the time, with a heavy hankerin’ for smooth ‘70s soul/funk and mucho soft rockin’, shot through with a dose of arena-ready muscle rock. Yet the strange beauty created by isolation, unaffected child-like enthusiasm and startling sincerity makes it ...

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VIDEO FEED: New Year's Evil (1980)

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Dec 31st, 2014

So it's come to this, another year has passed and somehow, some of you STILL haven't laid your eyes on the classic 1980 New Year's Eve horror film New Year's Evil! Well, we're here to remedy this deep deficit in your soul, and along with such top-notch murders such as "strangulation by weed bag" and rare clips of LA power pop would-be stars Made In Japan, as well as shrieking metal maniacs Shadow, you've obviously got to see this, and NOW is the time, it being New Year's Eve and all. Starring Roz Kelly of Love Boat, Starsky & Hutch ...

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EXHUMED: Twilight Nuages s/t LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Friday Dec 26th, 2014

Connecticut 1977, high school teacher and songwriter Bill Last with pals and pupils lending the assist cuts live in his parents' basement a nine song sampling of self-penned songs to share with comrades, and send onto industry shakers soliciting placement with stars. Last’s earnest tunes resonate with a commanding simplicity, but perhaps due to the breadth of a full set, or a lack of being able to see around the rough edges, they didn’t attract the short attentions of important ears, and landed swiftly in the round file of many A&R departments. Despite being conceived as a pitch illustrating his ...

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VIDEO FEED: Black Christmas (1974)

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Thursday Dec 25th, 2014

As the rightful companion to yesterday's classic Silent Night, Bloody Night also from the golden year of 1974, today is Jesus's birthday and what better way to have a party for that crazy guy than to watch one of the era's most gloriously horrific horror films, set in a sorority house and starring Margot Kidder? The film's style is very dark and mysterious, as well as bizarre. While watching the film, you can see where John Carpenter might have gotten a lot of his filming technique from his 1978 classic, Halloween, and that clearly is one of the best reasons ...

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VIDEO FEED: Silent Night, Bloody Night (1974)

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday Dec 24th, 2014

Happy holidays from your friends at VictimofTime.com! We've got an incredible slice of 70s golden-era holiday horror for you here, starring Warhol 'superstars' (and Mizz Togar from Rock'n Roll High School!) Mary Woronov, as well as Candy Darling, in one of the era's most classic slasher films, still early enough in the canon to keep the genuine erieeness at peak levels, and stamping this rarely-seen and most unsettling Christmas film as a must-see. Director Gershuny, probably best known for Sugar Cookies (1973), knows how to build an atmospheric horror film. The wintry locations, especially the imposing house, are used to ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: The Band In Heaven 'Boys of Summer of Sam' 7"

by Diamond Boyz

posted Tuesday Dec 23rd, 2014

Summer is gone, friends, and with the cold bleak months that lie ahead of us in the Midwest, we're excited to unleash another unsettling dose of The Band In Heaven, churning forth two more direct hits of skull-softening Middle-Eastern tinged space rock destined to drain the fluids from your ears, while seductively stealing your valuable organs for the black market. Since our last release with this West Palm Beach, Florida unit, they've kept true to their style, creating a sinister apparitional vibe out of an inanimate round grooved object, and devolving into a pit of repetition, begging the ...

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VIDEO FEED: Keith Richards 'Life' BBC documentary

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Dec 18th, 2014

We'd like to wish a very happy 72nd birthday to the rock'n roll icon who defies logic, all laws of health science, as well as the forces of nature, the one and only "human riff," Keith Richards! How Keith has outlived his peers (I mean who's REALLY his "peer," right?) has been confounding scientists for years now, as his astronomical appetite for drug abuse and alcohol knows no equal, yet he still walks this mortal coil, and for that drug dealers everywhere can rest easy, as the shining beacon of tolerance remains unwavering, and still performing on stage today. As ...

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EXHUMED: Todd 'With Love… From Me to You' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Dec 15th, 2014

Sixteen-year-old Indianan SSW loner piano man Todd (Wathen) has a heart bigger than a chest can hold. 1979’s With Love… From Me to You, originally issued in a short private-press run of 100 copies, is ‘Real People’ gold broadcasting an earnest, heartfelt set of tunes of loneliness, feelings of doubt, and the darker side of a teenage existence. Aided by sympathetic classmates on a low-budget trip, this set of fully self-penned tunes oozes with charm, and if given a deep listening serves a spiritually soothing slice of unfiltered humanity. Many rumors surround this obscure private, but when the joys come ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Ausmuteants 'We're Cops'

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Monday Dec 15th, 2014

What a nasty surprise we have for you, "We're Cops" the new video from Australian dynamos Ausmuteants is here and screaming off the new Order of Operation LP out now on Goner/Aarght records, and ready to be permanently implanted into your motherboard. With their first full US tour under their belt, these seething synth-soaked savages haven't let up the assault, and with their second proper LP just released, making that three LPs and five singles already last month, we're beyond stoked to premiere the first video from these reliably brilliant Aussies right here on VoT. Shot in a ...

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Low Life 'Dogging'

by Diamond Boyz

posted Wednesday Dec 10th, 2014

This year we've crowned the sickest throb we've been privileged to come across, while searching high and low for the best new music, and we've just gotta hand it to the long-awaited debut LP Dogging from Low Life, from Sydney, Australia. Finished way back in 2012, the debut LP was slated for release on Brendon Annesly's Negative Guest List label, but was sadly sidetracked due to Annesly's untimely death. An uncategorizable yet instantly intimidating mess of snarling post punk, gripping Murder Punk, and exhilarating synth pop, seamlessly interwoven into eight songs of lascivious madness, perfectly unaffected yet slovenly ...

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EXHUMED: Anonymous 'Inside the Shadow' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Dec 8th, 2014

Originally released privately in 1976 on the playfully-named, A Major Label, the Indianapolis-based combo Anonymous was led by Ron Matelic, who along with group drummer John Medvescek had been in ‘60s fuzz and mild-psych punks with a pop edge, Sir Winston & the Commons, but since their dissolution and preceding the Inside the Shadow sessions had been playing together purely for kicks, kinda making the grand-scale majesty on display here all the more impressive. Inside the Shadow is a collision of the post-psychedelic return-to-roots arena many were mining in the late ‘60s-early ‘70s (Buffalo Springfield, Byrds, CSN&Y, early Bread, etc), ...

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VIDEO FEED: Badfinger BBC Documentary

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Dec 5th, 2014

One of Britain's greatest pop bands of the 1970s, and one of the bands indirectly responsible for laying the foundation for the 'power pop' sound of the 1970s along with The Raspberries, Big Star, and many others laying just below the surface. A well-known band with such a tragic story resulting in multiple suicides AS WELL AS huge chart-topping record sales success, due to the complications of the entangled mess from manager Stan Polley, who just so happened to be named in each suicide note. Starting out in the early 60s as The Iveys and having the honor of being ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Hollow Mountain debut 7" EP

by Jacques Cousteau

posted Wednesday Dec 3rd, 2014

Following a series of strong demo recordings and an exclusive session with Loud Loop Press, Chicago's hard-to-categorize and always heavy Hollow Mountain have broke through the surface and gushed forth a volcanic debut 7" EP, reeling with impressively hairy hard-rocking structures, and Sabbath-soaked vocal hook cadence delivered from Esther, one of the unassuming members of The Lemons. Further proving that the range of style is the benchmark of a musician's ability, Hollow Mountain also includes the savage guitar slashings of Steve Wichelecki, formerly of Pink Torpedo and The Catburglars, nailing down an ominous tone across this EP's duration ...

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EXHUMED: Hoi Polloi s/t LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Dec 1st, 2014

A prized export of its time, 1972’s one-off ensemble piece from a near-dozen college pals and collaborators under the Hoi Polloi name was a work of determined ingenuity. After taking over the audio-visual department post-graduation, college-aged John Schuerman hatched a plan with rural Indiana schoolmates Charlie Bleak and Dan Mack—both whom he’d recorded as part of two volumes of student-led LPs during his schooling—along with the multi-talented Bruce Wallace (and other friends who played a supporting role) to record and self-release an album of original material. With full use of the school’s equipment at their disposal they spent two strenuous ...

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STREAM: EXHAUSTION 'Biker' LP

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Nov 25th, 2014

The sinister sophomore LP from Melbourne's EXHAUSTION stirs up another ghastly cloud of ether and deadly rhythm and lays down one of the year's most brooding blows to the brain. And to think those savage swipes at post punk were just the beginning, you'd have to reach back and connect Per Bystrom in his previous outfit Ooga Boogas to line up that illustrious and brilliant throb that's your instant introduction to each and every penetratingly repetitive K-hole of delights. Biker was recorded live in just one day, and with no overdubs, clinching it's spontaneity and it's atmospheric ominousness ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Bud Benderbe - Slice Slowly And See LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Nov 24th, 2014

Bud's modus operandi is to make the unlistenable listenable or palatable (smoothing things out like a million lounge warblers before him), and while I'm not entirely sure he's achieved his goal here, the fault line between stupidity and brilliance is often quite slender. He aptly revives Neil Diamond / Tom Jones show band hucksterisms with the low-rent flair of privately-pressed lounge oddities created by limited means with enough joie de vivre that the whole set doesn't play like a tasteless joke—it's delivered convincingly, not laced with porkfat—but you know there's a sly grin (and perhaps a bit of warped humor) ...

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VIDEO FEED: Negative Trend Live at the Mabuhay 1978

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Nov 20th, 2014

Before such repugnant punk luminaries of the 1st wave San Francisco Bay Area scene, Flipper and Toiling Midgets were born into this ugly world, the darkest corners of the 70s west coast produced Grand Mal, the template for the insidious down tempo madness that was about to unfurl. Fronted by Don Vinil (later of the Offs) and enlisting Will Shatter after Vale from Search & Destroy departed early on, the Grand Mal was constantly in limbo with members until the end of 1977, when Vinil left to form The Offs, setting the stage for Negative Trend to fall into place. ...

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EXHUMED: Hot Knives s/t LP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Thursday Nov 20th, 2014

Thank god for the Hot Knives, this obscure Bay-Area early 70s pop excavation, courtesy of new label Got Kinda Lost, is a heady blast of hard rockin' folk rock, successfully encompassing all the resin-stained nuances of the era, and cohesively nailing down a fine full-length out of some long lost tracks you need to hear. Formed by brother-sister duo Michael and Debra Houpt, along with ex-Flamin' Groovies heavies Tim Lynch and Danny Mihm in 1972, their combination of an airtight double-lead vocal, along with bona fide SF rock'n roll royalty, was firmly in place from the start. Named after the ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Nots 'We Are Nots' debut LP

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Nov 14th, 2014

Memphis' newest crop of bands is doing a great job at filling the void left by the last generation of ruthless brigadiers of underground noise, and the debut LP from Nots fits in squarely with such a righteous pedigree. Kicking off with "Insect Eyes" it almost instantly recalls the insidious synth snarl of the primitive Lost Sounds groundwork, yet it's got an impenetrable snottiness that modernizes and methodically places Nots into a post-Reatard world, where their gusto and casually-slurred vocal style can breathe on their own, causing ripples of instant gratification. On their debut LP, Nots create an ...

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AUSSIE SOUNDS: Martyr Privates

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Nov 7th, 2014

As another notch in Brisbane's underground belt comes to the surface yet again, we can rejoice in the brooding apocalyptic debut long-player from Martyr Privates, which syncopates the gurgling death waltz of the most prime selections of Australian post punk, with an atmospheric wall of noisy pop, washing away the frivolities, and leaving nothing else but the bare reality. Formed back in 2011 and with only a lone 7" release under their belt so far, this album collects tracks recorded in the interim, and charges forward an almost polished catastrophe of dark pop songs that will leave you in a ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: EGO 'Can't Shut It Off'

by VOT staff

posted Thursday Nov 6th, 2014

We've got another hot video premiere for you this week, this time from yet another underground luminary of the Chicago area known as EGO (a dialed-down version of previous Massive EGO, and featuring ex-members of Tender), who have a new 7" release slated for inclusion in next week's record release show on November 10th at the Empty Bottle, along with Foul Tip and Lil Tits. The new track "Can't Shut It Off" has a riveting sound, not too far off from Times New Viking's off-centered harmonies, but interlaced with a sloptastic chorus ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Timmy's Organism 'Singles & Unreleased Tracks' 2LP

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Oct 31st, 2014

Timmy Vulgar, Detroit's favorite son, and most ambitiously amphibious creative force doesn't need much of an introduction to anyone familiar with subversive punk music over the past decade and a half. He's been such an irreplaceable figure in each of his musical endeavors since his emergence in such legendary acts such as the Epilieptix and Clone Defects back in the late 1990s, right up through his shape-shifting efforts in the mollusk-like Human Eye and the prog-soaked Reptilian Forcefield, and straight into his latest nerve-numbing scatterbomb known simply as Timmy's Organism. We've been lucky to have bore witness to Timmy's metamorphosis ...

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STREAM: The Stooges debut LP (Alternate Version)

by Tony Visconti

posted Friday Oct 31st, 2014

Well you might have thought you've heard it all when it comes to such an iconic band such as the Stooges, they didn't really have many "b-sides," and they really weren't coherent enough to record as much as they should have. It's often said that they wrote most of the sings on the debut LP while in the studio, as the material they played live was usually unstructured, primal noise jams. So when Rhino Handmade issued the deluxe edition of the debut album a couple years ago with one new (studio!?) track culled from the archives, alongside a completely alternate ...

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AUSSIE SOUNDS: The Sidewalk Regrets

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Oct 29th, 2014

Named after a song by The Birthday Party, Brisbane's notorious and sadly short lived band, The Sidewalk Regrets never made the impact they had the potential for, and coming to fruition a few years ahead of their time didn't help much either. Band leader Jamie Thompson was the archetypal brooding genius and for a band that almost changed their name to "Synth Pop Faggots," swung a dark Bad Seeds-soaked sound into a fragile embodiment quite well. As a band ahead of the underground curve in Brisbane, their earliest roots were in the late 1990s, and spanned up until the devastating ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Lil Tits "New Digs"

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Oct 28th, 2014

For our double-header video premiere this week, we've got our next half of the equation with the "New Digs" video from Chicago's salacious band of renegade women, Lil Tits, as part of their split 7" release with Foul Tip, which gets it's official release on November 10th at the Empty Bottle with EGO and Perfume. Shot on location in Logan Square, and focusing on the intersection of California & Milwaukee, it even manages to catch a glimpse of my favorite eyesore of the 'hood, "Yogurt Daze" for a split second, along with a perfect snapshot in ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Foul Tip "Madness"

by Richie Dagger

posted Monday Oct 27th, 2014

Chicago two-piece Foul Tip have unleashed their video premiere this week on VoT for their new track "Madness," from their upcoming split 7" with Lil Tits, due out soon on Maximum Pelt on Nov. 10th at Empty Bottle. The Aaron Preusch-directed video showcases great lo-fi effects with a tense and terrifying minimal punk backdrop, and includes appearances from band members of Toupee as well as cop-punching, stuffed giraffe-punching, reverse-motion bathroom head banging, and aggressive floor-sweeping, all the ingredients you'd need to stuff your head with a good time. Don't miss the Foul Tip boys on tour in the days up ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

by Todd Killings

posted Saturday Oct 25th, 2014

Welcome back to the Sunday Matinee on VoT, and wow do we have a ripper for you this week. As the witching hour grows near, we dig deeper into the seedy world of drastically depraved Made-for-TV horror films from the golden age of the early 1980s, and deliver you a full stream of one of the greatest of the era. I'll never forget seeing this one in grade school and hearing kids at recess talk about "my dad made us turn it off," or "my mom said we couldn't watch the rest of it" as I rejoiced that my dad's ...

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VIDEO FEED: Son of Dracula (1974) with Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon & Ringo Starr

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Oct 21st, 2014

It's that time of year, and since we left you hanging without a proper Sunday Matinee this week, we're back in the fold with a super-rare rock horror film starring Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and Peter Frampton, that's so obscure it'll make your eyes fall out. Billed as the 'First Rock'n Roll Dracula Movie' and released to a dead stare in 1974, Son of Dracula fell quickly into obscurity despite being released on Apple Films, the Beatles imprint, and has since languished in the shadows in history's rock film footnotes. With a Nilsson-filled soundtrack as well as tunes ...

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STREAM: Son of A Gun 'No Bread' debut LP

by Brett Cross

posted Friday Oct 17th, 2014

Tall Pat sure put out a pretty outstanding LP for his second 12 inches. We've seen Son of a Gun play out over the past year or so, and they killed it at the inaugural VoT party at Door #3 a couple of months back, when their set ended with a cover of Dan Sartain's "Fuck Friday" after humbly declaring "We don't know anymore songs." Live, Son of a Gun is on fire, packing their sets with unrelenting energy as they blast through songs and keep the crowd banter to a modest, and charming, minimal. Son of A ...

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Eddie & the Hot Rods

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Oct 14th, 2014

Have you heard? Eddie & the Hot Rods are playing a rare Chicago show on Tuesday October 21st at Double Door! To be entered in the contest for a pair of FREE tickets (21+ Only), please SHARE this article link on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr and send us a screen-shot of your post to info@victimoftime.com. We'll notify the winner by email on Thursday October 16th. When it comes to pre-punk UK bands of the mid 1970s, one name seems to always rise to the top, and that name is one you're probably familiar with, but maybe you just haven't thought ...

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Timmy's Organism Fall Tour

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Oct 10th, 2014

Timmy Vulgar needs no introduction, even your parents know about him, and that's a great thing. Since the demise of the much-loved Clone Defects in the early 2000's Timmy has been rotating between his art-pushed-to-the-limit punk projects such as Human Eye, Reptilian Forcefield, and now Timmy's Organism. With an enduring enthusiasm, and a visual and sonic style all his own, Vulgar has streamlined his force into his latest venture with unabridged bravado, and toe-curling tempestuousness. After a series of stellar singles on such labels as Bat Shit, Sacred Bones, Cass, Douchemaster, Hozac and Goobye Boozy, and two cranium-cracking LPs on ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'The American Dreamer' with Dennis Hopper (1971)

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Sunday Oct 5th, 2014

The Sunday Matinee is back again at VoT, and this week's feature is the rarely-seen Dennis Hopper documentary The American Dreamer from 1971, shot on location at Hopper's headquarters in Taos, New Mexico while editing his film The Last Movie. A ramshackle and rambling underground film that mainly played on college campuses in the early 1970s, director Kit Carson zooms in on Hopper bouncing off the walls, frolicking in a bathtub with groupies, as well as firing guns and toiling over the final edits of his epic film that would sadly flop upon release, killing his momentum garnered with the ...

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AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR: Al Montfort

by Richie Dagger

posted Thursday Oct 2nd, 2014

If you've been steeping in the massively thick and potent broth of Australian punk for the past five plus years, you'll no doubt recognize one of the primary figures spanning across several genres is none other than 'Australian of the Year' Al Montfort, who appears in so many pivotal bands, it'll make your head pop like a zit. You already know his work, as it encompasses the output of The UV Race, Total Control, East Link, Lower Plenty, Straightjacket Nation, and tonight at the Noise in My Head: Voices from the Ugly Australian Underground ...

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VIDEO FEED: Ramones on Champaign, IL TV News 1978

by Chuck Nolan
Ramones live 1978, photo by Sue Rynski
Ramones live 1978, photo by Sue Rynski
posted Tuesday Sep 30th, 2014

Friends and fellow followers of the far out, heed these words! Our quest for arcane rock and roll over-stimulation leads us to Champaign, Illinois USA. The city is located 135 miles south of Chicago and 178 miles northeast of St. Louis, MO. Despite its locale, newly uncovered newscast footage shows central IL doing its part for the cultural vanguard known as…punk rock! On August 1st 1978, The Ramones played a gig at the now legendary Red Lion Inn. I imagine the Red Lion’s parking lot normally filled with El Caminos, Firebirds, or better yet, vans with smoke wafting ...

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Jerry Lee Lewis Hits 79 Today

by Brett Cross

posted Monday Sep 29th, 2014

Happy Birthday to The Killer! Today, September 29th, is Jerry Lee Lewis' 79th birthday. One of the most infamous and interesting characters in early rock'n roll is still amazingly, albeit barely, still playing out live today. Riding the line between rougher county sounds and rock'n roll, Lewis was able to distinguish himself from the rest of the million dollar quartet, by sticking to the piano and putting on some of the most intense live shows throughout most of his career, and not to mention, by drinking a little more than everyone else. Below is a video of him performing "I'm ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Christiane F.' (1981)

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Sunday Sep 28th, 2014

Welcome back to the highly anticipated return of the Sunday Matinee on VoT, this week as the David Bowie Is... exhibit opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, we've dug up one of the films most closely associated with his heaviest drug intake period and a crucially under-seen film that depicts the hard realities of living in Berlin in the late 1970s. Christiane F. featured mostly first-time actors, real life drug addicts and prostitutes instead of real actors and the teenage girl the film is based on was actually introduced to heroin at a David Bowie ...

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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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AUSSIE SOUNDS: Deaf Wish

by Todd Killings
Deaf Wish live in Memphis
Deaf Wish live in Memphis
posted Monday Sep 22nd, 2014

The 2014 Australian Invasion officially enters it's second week in the US, and of course, we're very excited to see Deaf Wish once again in Chicago, as their abrasively captivating, scrawling punk noise just bleeds with a unique off-the-cuff intensity that you won't want to miss. Their upcoming fourth LP is slated for a Sub Pop release so you know the secret is out as well, and as of one of the more unpredictable Australian bands that's been going on for 5+ years strong, they're a band that lives hard and parties even harder. If you were lucky ...

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PREVIEW: The Saints & T.I.T.S. in Paris

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Sep 19th, 2014

So if you're wondering what's been bubbling under the surface in the fruitful French underworld since the dawn of the Glue Wave, fear not as T.I.T.S. (Thugs In Trendy Style) are here and ready to break some hearts and bones. Featuring an all-star lineup of Vince from The Fatals, Henri from Feeling of Love, Cyprien from Catholic Spray, Baptiste from Pierre & Bastien, and now Lili from Splash Four/VOLT has even joined, creating a multi-headed beast just throbbing with unsettling bad vibes and good times. And with their debut LP just out recently on Teenage Menopause Records (streaming below), they've ...

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VIDEO FEED: Sparks 1976

by Richie Dagger

posted Thursday Sep 18th, 2014

Oh yes, the glammary glands are swelling up over this one, check out a full 1976 show from Sparks, November 27th, 1976 to be exact, and filmed live at The Capital. Judging by the fact that there's less than 200 views so far, this seems to be an incredibly rare full live set, especially important as it's the lineup featuring Hilly Michaels of later "Calling All Girls" fame! Filmed during the golden era between Indiscreet and Big Beat, this full show captures Sparks during one of their most fruitful periods, and shows a strong live presence that'll send chills down ...

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TOP OF THE SLOP: Melkbelly 'Pennsylvania' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Sep 17th, 2014

TOP OF THE SLOP is back, and we've got an emerging new Chicago band with lots of surprises and nothing to lose, so it's time to get your head officially wrapped around Melkbelly. With such an unsettling name for anyone lactose-intolerant, you might be surprised to hear a hard lunge of early Breeders, (especially the early Tanya Donelly-sung material) which forges quite a heavenly glow indeed. And just as you're not expecting it, the almost ethereal twee pop takes a darker turn, resulting in frantic pulsations of noise. Creating their own antithesis, even within the grooves ...

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RIP: Peter Gutteridge NZ Legend

by Todd Killings
Peter Gutteridge RIP (1961-2014)
Peter Gutteridge RIP (1961-2014)
posted Tuesday Sep 16th, 2014

As you've probably already heard, we lost a monumental force in underground music this weekend with the passing of New Zealand icon and founding member of The Clean, The Chills, The Great Unwashed, and last but not least, the formidable Snapper. As one of the most-often lauded and recurring names you'd see pop up in histories and liner notes on the classic Flying Nun material, Gutteridge was an unrelenting force that although most credited with involvement with some of the most classic Flying Nun material, his most formidable and revered work clearly came through with Snapper, one of ...

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EXHUMED: Colored Balls 'Heavy Metal Kid' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Sep 12th, 2014

The second full-length, Heavy Metal Kid from the massive Australian thunder known as Lobby Lloyd and the Coloured Balls is finally accessible again after being out of print for 40 years, with a fresh remaster courtesy of Desperate Records. Released during the heyday of Melbourne's 'Sharpie' culture, this LP was the soundtrack to the stomping, bruising, and grillfat-sizzling days gone by, when thugs rocked hard with bravado so deep and real, it would make you grow hair on your chest. Holding a pivotal role in the Australian proto-punk pantheon, The Colored Balls (sic) scorched an entire generation, and prepped the ...

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VIDEO FEED: Slade LIVE at Granada Studios 1972

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Sep 9th, 2014

So by this point you shouldn't really need any introduction to Slade, but due to their lack of popularity in the US in the 70s, it still might need to be rubbed in your face. In this incredible and uncut TV appearance in 1972, Slade are at the height of their powers, bursting forth with incredible bravado and toe-curling aggression, and since this is NOT a lip-synched performance, you get to see one of the Glam era's top forces of nature, blow the roof right off the joint. The relatively small studio audience must have their heads knocked clean off ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: Raymond Pettibon's 'Sir Drone' (1989)

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Sep 7th, 2014

"Are you gonna change your name?" "That's what my dad asked me when I told him I was going 'punk rock.'" Welcome back to another impressive installment of the Sunday Matinee series on VoT, where you'll always find true treasures from the far corners of the cinematic world, streaming right in your lap. This week's selection is the rare Raymond Pettibon-directed Sir Drone from 1989, the second film in his three-film series, and the only one that lasts just under an hour. This rare low-budget gem follows some of the greats such as Desperate Teenage Lovedolls in the style of ...

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EXHUMED: The Garbage And The Flowers Eyes Rind As if Beggars 2LP

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Sep 4th, 2014

For the beginner just delving into the Australian underground universe of the last twenty years, seminal New Zealand (and later Australian) legends The Garbage And The Flowers, are an important first step to acquiring a higher appreciation of the subtle arc of inspiration of this overlooked era. As one of Australia's most well-known cult bands, TGATF formed in the late 1980s in Wellington, NZ when Yuri Frusin and Helen Johnstone met while still in high school, where they quickly formed a mutual appreciation for the Velvet Underground, along with free-form jazz influences like Ornett Coleman, as well as ...

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VIDEODROME: Gross Pointe

by Brett Cross
GROSS POINTE Live at Volcano Room, photo by Rob Karlic
GROSS POINTE Live at Volcano Room, photo by Rob Karlic
posted Wednesday Sep 3rd, 2014

Gross Pointe are a pretty rad band that's been bumping around Chicago for the past year or so. They just played the VoT Chicago Label Showcase a couple of weeks back, and another one of our gigs we have going on at the new Double Door spot called Door #3. They ripped up the stage at both shows, actually they bring it every time. They've got a split tape with Son of a Gun, a band with a couple of members in common with them on Dumpster Tapes. They remind me a bit of ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Sex Scheme 7"

by Brett Cross

posted Tuesday Sep 2nd, 2014

I was disappointed to find out these guys are not some kind of backwoods, Appalachian snake church/sex cult band. I was disappointed they hadn't lived off canned dog food and shitty weed, and that they were just another band from Brooklyn. Since the waxing of the internet, the mysterious band that might have the elusive outsider appeal, whose slight glimmer of being "the real deal."––the next Chosen Few, is even harder to come by. Everyone's on that game now. On the internet we can be from anywhere, except Brooklyn. That said, Sex Scheme's debut single out on Puppet ...

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MONDAY MATINEE: 'Jubilee' (1978)

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Sep 1st, 2014

Welcome back to another killer cult film of the punk persuasion, this time from the UK during the heyday of the 1st wave of punk and one of the best, high-quality documents of the era. Jubilee was filmed throughout 1977 and features an actual storyline as well as crystal-clear footage of the prime-era Adam & the Ants, which you can't see anywhere else. In the film, Queen Elizabeth I travels in time forward the late 70s Britain and clashes with a cast of early punk characters such as Adam Ant, and various Malcom McClaren proteges, as well as great cameo ...

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AUSSIE SOUNDS: True Radical Miracle

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Aug 28th, 2014

We're back with another lethal dose of raw Australian punk for your innocent ears, this time in the form of Melbourne's True Radical Miracle, a thuggish pig-fuck strut to stick in your head a la 80s greats Grong Grong, and King Snake Roost, in other words, a very brutal affair with lots of broken teeth and heavy plodding, all moving you in the right direction. Their two LPs, Cockroaches and Termites further reinforce their sadistic vision of a world in ruins, with all it's decrepit, decaying glory. True Radical Miracle crash forth with a pummeling, ravaging groove, grinding ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Joysticks' (1983)

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Aug 24th, 2014

Welcome back to the Sunday Matinee on VoT, and this week's feature is one of our favorites in the video game exploitation genre, Joysticks, from 1983! Starring the gang of 'video delinquents' the Vidiots and a cast of hob-knobbing dorky supporting cast members, this film stands the test of time and delivers nonstop spit-takes, chortles and knee-slaps, all at no cost to you. Filmed during the peak of video game/arcade obsession, this Joysticks is a raucous and totally BONKERS film you will watch again and again, and just try to get that theme song outta yer head! So kick back ...

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PREVIEW: VoT Chicago Label Showcase + Record Fair!

by Richie Dagger

posted Thursday Aug 21st, 2014

It's with great pleasure that we bring you the first annual Chicago Label Showcase this weekend, sponsored by our friends at Stoli Vodka with featured beer courtesy of Revolution Brewing, and last but not least, our sketchy new pals at Monsanto, and featuring eleven of the gnarliest Chicago bands across genre boundaries, and represented by some of the best underground record labels in town. Friday's debacle kicks off with one of Chicago's new nasties, Gross Pointe, who've de-pantsed audiences around town for a few months now, and who have their newest tape out on Dumpster Tapes, and are ...

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EXHUMED: X__X 'Sticky Fingers' LP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Tuesday Aug 19th, 2014

At this point, Ohio proto punk GODS the electric eels really need no introduction, but their lesser-known off-shoot X__X, or Ex Blank Ex, has just recently had their first turn at an official reissue after releasing two earth-moving singles on Cleveland's epic Drome Records in the late 1970s. Featuring the eels' John Morton on guitar, The Mirrors' Andrew Klimeyk, and Anton Fier on drums, later of Pere Ubu, The Feelies, etc. X__X were a full-throttle art terror troupe with nothing to lose in the grip of punk's peak of popularity, and their ensuing singles bridged the ...

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VIDEO FEED: William Eggleston: Two Documentaries

by Brett Cross

posted Saturday Aug 16th, 2014

Memphis born and raised William Eggleston is one of the most prominent American artists, living or dead. Known for his color photography that captures inanimate objects and reflects beauty in the ordinary and mundane, at the ripe age of 75 he is credited for legitimatizing color photography as an artistic medium. His work has appeared all over the world, MoMA, J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and The Whitney in New York just to name a few, and his most famous work "The Red Ceiling" appeared on Big Star's excellent Radio City album. Eggleston's photos have appeared ...

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PREVIEW: Lover! Talbot Adams, MAMA

by Dutra Scanlon
This monkey knows how to PARTY
This monkey knows how to PARTY
posted Thursday Aug 14th, 2014

That icky and sticky Power Pop honey you’ve been craving will be DRIPPING from the ceiling of Cole’s Bar this Saturday night August 16th! Legendary Southern power pop monsters Lover!, and Talbot Adams will be joining Chicago’s MAMA to perform their sexiest hits for FREE – wet-knaps not included! It might be a little dirty, and it might be a little sweet, and maybe they put the moves on too fast (admit it you LOVED IT) – but you definitely won’t regret getting your filthy mind stuck on the punk rhythms, come-hither vocals, and ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: COZY "Sidepiping"

by Diamond Boyz

posted Monday Aug 11th, 2014

Fresh off their SECOND whirlwind tour of Japan, COZY are headed back to the American shores and we couldn't be more excited to welcome them back to land of denim britches and heavy rock, so it's with great excitement that we are providing a premiere today for the least innocent of the COZY songs we've heard so far, the beyond risque, blush-inducing and oh-so seam-bursting smash hit, "Sidepiping!" We're not exactly sure how "Sidepiping" translated to the legions of weeping Japanese fans, but we do know that back here in America, all it sometimes takes is a throbbing ...

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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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Aussie Sounds: WONDERFULS

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Aug 8th, 2014

This installment of the Aussie Sounds series goes to the ethereal, lofty sound of Wonderfuls from Brisbane, who emblazon an 'against the grain' stance of not using drums, and yet still manage to captivate listeners into a hazy world of inner reflection and true grit of the uglyiness around them. The angelic, echoing arrangements show such a delicate, harrowing tone in each song, you might wonder if the songwriter, Bobby Vagg was on the verge of a mental breakdown, and if that's not an essential ingredient for real music, I really don't know what is. With a darkness ...

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LANDFILL: How to Dress Well

by Tony Visconti

posted Tuesday Aug 5th, 2014

Welcome to the new recycling section of VoT where we offer divisive insight to the world of mainstream drivel being passed off as "Indie Rock" to the brainwashed masses, and boy are you in for a treat! But please don't think this is going to be some great dissection of this soul-baring guy thinking he's onto something new in any way, shape, or form, this is all about the reality of what makes this artist so much better than 88% of the other people making music today. How does that feel? This encouragement is exactly what makes us weak as ...

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A Tale of Two Gizmos

by Brett Cross

posted Friday Jun 13th, 2014

The Gizmos are back, guys! Last night the old gang: Kenneth Highland, Eddie Flowers, Ted Niemiec, and Rich Coffee, along with Max Demata from Sonic Daze, John Terill from Dancing Cigarettes and Ian Brewer from the Panics, busted out of the time-casted shadows to blow the monitors out from the confines of The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana Their lineup revealed that not only was this a well sewn reunion for the Gizmos, but also a who's who in early Indiana punk that centered around Gulcher Records and fanzine. Some of these dudes hadn't seen each other in 37 ...

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Aussie Sounds: Blank Realm

by Brett Cross

posted Tuesday Jun 10th, 2014

Blank Realm are a band of siblings, three of them bound by their DNA: Daniel, Luke and Sarah Spencer; and Luke Walsh who is their brother from another mother, and their guitarist. The band came together in a Brisbane suburb in 2005, and in their early years they honed in on noisy, psych-damaged experimentation, consistently abstracting any sounds they could wring from their equipment. Throughout the years, Blank Realm have amalgamated into a sound that is much different than what they originally transmitted during their earlier inception. Today their tunes bring to light the intersection between glorious and ...

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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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LOST IN THE STACKS: Von LMO – FUTURE LANGUAGE

by Dutra Scanlon

posted Thursday May 15th, 2014

Six Million Years Ago Today... A message was seen traveling through space... Transcending time... Moving faster than the speed of light... Breaking the sound barrier... This message was known as THE FUTURE LANGUAGE... And we are here to deliver this message to you NOW... LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL! Then, like a no wave rocket ship headed straight for your head, Von LMO and his band of time traveling, interplanetary rock-mongers launch into the funkiest throw down Downtown Manhattan has produced since James Chance and the Contortions were at their ugliest and heaviest, commencing lift off on Von LMO’s first ...

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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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