Saturday, September 30, 2006

Reagan Youth

Reagan Youth is solid hard core punk rock. The LPs are worth owning for the artwork. "Degenerated" is my favorite song. Since I first heard it, the guitar is well tuned for this type of music, and a definite influence for my own much more crappy guitar playing. I want to be just like 'em when I grow up (or maybe not - read the biography).

Sunday, September 24, 2006


Before death metal, there was Nausea. Like CRASS, Nausea also had both male and female vocals. For its time, and even afterward, there is really nothing else quite like it. Nausea is intense hard core at its finest. The art work is also very well done. Indeed, the record pressing of Blackened Dove is worth owning for the cover design alone.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Scratch Acid

From Austin, Texas, Scratch Acid is one of the better punk noise bands. After breaking up, several members joined with Steve Albini to form the Rapemen. It's all good (assuming you like that kind of thing).

I've devoted my life to their teachings.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Problem With Music

Before signing that recording contract read The Problem With Music by Steve Albini. "Some of your friends are probably already this fucked." See also Big Black and their John Peel Session.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The Accused

Even though The Accused is a Seattle band, I first saw them in Denver at the Aztlan Theater in Denver. The music was a blend of punk and heavy metal with themes of cheesy comic book horror. Martha Splatterhead is amusing. The lead singer Blaine Cook was also the frontman for The Fartz.