Monday, March 30, 2009

FANG - Landshark/Where The Wild Things Are

Two LPs originally released on the band's own Boner Records in 1982 and 1983, respectively, then rereleased on one CD in 1997. Songs from these amazing shit-punk albums would later be covered by such bands as Green Day ("I Wanna Be On TV") and Nirvana ("The Money Will Roll Right In"). The drear and drone of tracks like "An Invitation" and "Law And Order" are broken up by spastic bursts of classic bile on "Drunk And Crazy" and "Skinheads Smoke Dope".

Fang would later release other albums that were not very good, and singer Sammytown would go on to serve time in prison for killing his girlfriend. Oh well.



This is a mixtape by Paul Nice of nice 70s soul tunes. It's mainly relatively well known tunes, but the mixing and selection is impeccable.

soul on the grill

This is a mix of essentially Jackson 5 inspired funk and soul. Selected and mixed by Oakland DJ Matthew Africa, who also runs an awesome blog and has released a number of other great mixes.

Ulvhedner/Galdrer - Ferdasyn/Trolldomsanger

This is a split by two folk/black metal bands in the vein of Allegiance, Windir(not a lot of keyboard spam here though), and later Graveland. This is a really obscure release for some reason, took me a lot of time to track down on Soulseek(buying it from Northern Silence would've been really expensive). It's not a modern classic, but it is good for people who are looking for more folk-influenced, very melodic black metal.

Ulvhedner's side is the better one.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Drag The River

Drag The River is/was/were a bunch of dudes in Colorado who used to be in punk bands and decided "hey! lets make some awesome music to get drunk to in the bed of a pickup!"
The group's lineup is kinda fluid, but somehow the sound is pretty consistent throughout their discography. The biggest point of continuity is lead singer Chad Price's vocals. Though he's got a good range, most of the time he's found in the same blend of croon and lament, sounding like he's just finished a fifth of bourbon.
This is starting to sound like they make sad music, they don't! A lot of it is music that makes you want to go out and hang with your dudebros at the lake!

if yuo download only one alt-country/rock/cowpunk album this year, make it one of these!

If you only get one, maybe you should get the live album just because i think their music translates a lot better to live performance. Maybe it's just that they're looser, but I suspect it's partly just the recording quality, because I prefer their demos to their newer studio stuff.

Live at The Starlight
Hey Buddies...


Henry's Dress were a noise pop band from San Fransisco, formed in 1994 by Amy Linton (Go Sailor, the Aisler's Set) and Matt Hartmen. With infectiously bouncy melodies, alternating boy/girl vocals, and a ton of distortion, Henry's Dress were a quintesential Slumberland Records group. For those unfamiliar with the sound, imagine My Bloody Valentine covering Tiger Trap. This is their only full length release, following an EP and preceding a 7" split with Rocketship, and it's easily the best thing they ever put out. Every song is a noisy gem. This is a bit of a change of pace from the rest of what I've been posting, but give it a try!


Iannis Xenakis - Orchestral Works Vol. 4

This album contains recordings of four orchestral works by the influential modernist composer Iannis Xenakis. Xenakis integrated techniques from mathematics as part of his methodology, but his music sounds remarkably organic in any case(I understand that he was often frustrated that people put too much emphasis on his use of set theory and the like - it wasn't that big of a part of his methods in his later years). I will probably follow this up eventually with an excerpt of what I think are the best pieces in a large collection of his percussion pieces that I have, because they are probably Xenakis at his best. For now, though, enjoy the sound of Xenakis composing something other than 30 minute all-percussion epics.

This collection, though only a few pieces, spans much of his career. The earliest piece is from the 60's and I believe the most recent one is from 1991.

Red Forty

I only got this album a few years ago because I was just getting into altcountry, and heard this was an old project of Lucero's frontman. But much to my surprise, there was no country present, just pop-punk/hardcore in the vein of Jawbreaker.
I didn't listen to it again for ages, but I decided to give it a try again recently, and guess what?
it owns!

(to come, actual alt-country-punk)

Friday, March 27, 2009

That Fucking Tank

Math rock, tons of cool changes within most songs. Also, they're very accessible. More so than better known bands like Polvo, and to top it off they're not soulless like lots of shitty math rock. Guitar driven dank riffs!

The Day of Death by Bono Adrenalin Shock PRIMO TRACK: Making a Meal for Beethoven

A Document of the First Set EP Primo track: The Rain Travels All the Way from Siberia and This is the First Place It Breaks

Fatal Flying Guilloteens

Incredible bass, everything else goes all over the place! small rhyme. Bass rules, everything else rules, spastic but not trying too hard good rhythm listen to these albums !!

enjoy mavon/whoever else these are excellent albums

Pinchers - Dancehall Classics

cover image only included as a curiosity - it's truly hideous innit?

anyway as everyone should know pinchers was/is one of the tightest and smoothest dancehall deejays and this is simply a collection of his biggest hits so it's got "agony", "bandelero", "i'm a don" and such

it's rly good hope u enjoy

link courtesy of

Prurient/Grunt and The Grey Wolves

I'm not good with descriptions, so this is minimal. If you like the genre a quick LMJGTY will give you much better descpriptions. Also, originally I was going to put a Skullflower album and something from Survival Unit here too but those are over 100megs  and I forget my filedropper account at the moment so maybe tomorrow mark your calendars

Prurient/Grunt - Split. Power electronics and really harsh noise. Grunt leans more towards power electronics, prurient more towards noise and drone

The Grey Wolves - Division. More power electronics/death industrial or whichever label you prefer. Super distorted voices speaking in various languages over super distorted noise. 


edit: here's Survival Unit - Continuity i don't like rapidshare but i'll put up that skullflower album later too

NME/Rough Trade C81 & C86 Cassettes

Two essential post-punk cassettes from the 80's with plenty of noise, no wave, & even some dub thrown in. The track lists speak for themselves - a lot of these you'll know, some you won't. I like the first comp better, but that's just me. Jangle jangle jangle.


Side one

  1. "The "Sweetest Girl"" – Scritti Politti (6:09)
  2. "Twist and Crawl Dub" – The Beat (4:58)
  3. "Misery Goats" – Pere Ubu (2:26)
  4. "7,000 Names of Wah!" – Wah! Heat (3:57)
  5. "Blue Boy" – Orange Juice (2:52)
  6. "Raising the Count" – Cabaret Voltaire (3:32)
  7. "Kebab Traume (Live)" – D.A.F (3:50)
  8. "Bare Pork" – Furious Pig (1:28)
  9. "Raquel" – The Specials (1:51)
  10. "I Look Alone" – Buzzcocks (3:00)
  11. "Fanfare in the Garden" – Essential Logic (3:00)
  12. "Born Again Cretin" – Robert Wyatt (3:07)

Side two

  1. "Shouting Out Loud" – The Raincoats (3:19)
  2. "Endless Soul" – Josef K (2:27)
  3. "Low Profile" – Blue Orchids (3:47)
  4. "Red Nettle" – Virgin Prunes (2:13)
  5. "We Could Send Letters" – Aztec Camera (4:57)
  6. "Milkmaid" – Red Crayola (2:01)
  7. "Don't Get in My Way" – Linx (5:15)
  8. "The Day My Pad Went Mad" – The Massed Carnaby St John Cooper Clarkes (1:46)
  9. "Jazz Is the Teacher, Funk Is the Preacher" – James Blood Ulmer (4:03)
  10. "Close to Home" – Ian Dury (4:13)
  11. "Greener Grass" – Gist (2:32)
  12. "Parallel Lines" – Subway Sect (2:38)
  13. "81 Minutes" – John Cooper Clarke (0:13)

Side one

  1. Primal Scream - "Velocity Girl"
  2. The Mighty Lemon Drops - "Happy Head"
  3. The Soup Dragons - "Pleasantly Surprised"
  4. The Wolfhounds - "Feeling So Strange Again"
  5. The Bodines - "Therese"
  6. Mighty Mighty - "Law"
  7. Stump - "Buffalo"
  8. Bogshed - "Run to the Temple"
  9. A Witness - "Sharpened Sticks"
  10. The Pastels - "Breaking Lines"
  11. Age of Chance - "From Now On, This Will Be Your God"

Side two

  1. The Shop Assistants - "It's Up to You"
  2. Close Lobsters - "Firestation Towers"
  3. Miaow - "Sport Most Royal"
  4. Half Man Half Biscuit - "I Hate Nerys Hughes (From The Heart)"
  5. The Servants - "Transparent"
  6. The Mackenzies - "Big Jim (There's no pubs in Heaven)"
  7. Big Flame - "New Way (Quick Wash And Brush Up With Liberation Theology)"
  8. Fuzzbox - "Console Me"
  9. McCarthy - "Celestial City"
  10. The Shrubs - "Bullfighter's Bones"
  11. The Wedding Present - "This Boy Can Wait"
c81 side 1
c81 side 2
c86 side 1
c86 side 2
All mediafire

Thursday, March 26, 2009


This was Amphetamine Reptile's version of the Single of The Month Club. A new 7" every month with two bands on each side (sometimes more). A brief look at the track listing shows many important noise/punk/grunge bands present in their larval stages, and there's not a bad song in the bunch. Not all bands here are Amrep, but it makes a decent sampler for those unfamiliar with the label's sound. Nasty, heavy, and sweaty: the true Amrep experience. I'll also post vols. 4-11 at some point if there's interest.

1. U-Men - Bad Little Woman
2. The Thrown Ups - Traffic Accident Sex
3. Lonely Moans - Lots O' Life
4. Helios Creed - The Last Laugh
5. Surgery - Action Candy
6. Cows - Almost A God
7. Halo Of Flies - Insecticide Stomp
8. Mudhoney - Twenty Four
9. Tar - Antlers
10. God Bullies - Tell Me
11. Tad - Habit & Necessity
12. King Snake Roost - My Zippo
13. God Bullies - Mussolini
14. Pogo The Clown - Intro-End



One of the problems that comes up pretty often with Chinese music is that people seem to expect it to be derivative. When people hear "Chinese indie rock" I guess they get to thinking ,"awwww look how cute some chinee learned to read pitchfork and decided to make a album," which is the only reasonable explantion for some of the descriptions and comparisons that these bands garner. The Gar, who just released their debut album on Maybe Mars, are some of the worst victims of poor generalization that I've encountered. Every blurb I've read about this band throws Television and Pavement's names around which is startlingly inaccurate and is going to disappoint listeners who are expecting that sound.

In reality, this album represents a pretty exciting hallmark in Chinese music because it's some of the first music I've heard that draws noticeably from other Chinese bands. You might think of that as a given but you have to realize that 20 years ago, rock music didn't even exist in China. China got rock from the United States and Britain and Chinese bands have been taking their inspiration from the already well-developed scenes in the west since then. In the past four or five years, however, Beijing's scene has really erupted and it's beginning to seem like the bands there don't really need the rest of the world.

The Gar sound to me like they occupy a musical niche somewhere between the catchy-yet-slightly-dissonant Carsick Cars and the pure pop sensibility of Hedgehog while adding some atmospheric post-rockish instrumentation into the mix. Altogether you get a product that's dramatic without being corny and is most likely going to be recognized as one of the best things going forward in China's constantly evolving scene.

The Gar - S/T


1. Seabird
2. Cat
3. Circle
4. Prince's Revenge
5. Two Moms
6. Interlude
7. Love for Life
8. Big
9. Tell Lei
10. New Order
11. Monkey D
12. Tail


Taking their name from the Rahsaan Roland Kirk album, Rip Rig & Panic were an English post-punk band formed in 1981. While they bear some similarities to the funkier post-punk bands of the time, they were distinguished by significant jazz and afro-beat influences and Neneh Cherry's soulful singing style, which was in sharp contrast to the utilitarian vocals of bands like Delta 5. Also featuring Gareth Sanger of The Pop Group, Rip Rig & Panic's debut album God is a bit less abrasive than say, Y, but still moves along nicely, featuring tons of honking, squawking saxophone, bizarre vocalizations, and jazzy, repetitive rhythms. For fans of Maximum Joy and 23 Skidoo.



Five rapping high school girls from Brownsville and Nathan Corbin, of Excepter, have been working with a project called "Representing NYC." Which has resulted in a debut album by The Fly Girlz which sounds like, well, high school girls rapping over beats by a guy in Excepter. Not really greater than the sum of its parts but worth listening to out of sheer weirdness. This is the first track on the album.

Born 2 B Fly

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Hey yall. It's your buddy Mavon "Nick" Barksfield here, and I made a mix in the spirit of this new cool blog. It's some old 70's funk and soul stuff, definitely some well known tracks by some well known people here and there. I threw in a few Latin artists as well. Anyway hope you enjoy cuz I really love all the tracks on this.

Here are the songs I put on it BUT I dunno what order its in as I am a big dumb gay baby who doesn't know how to order a playlist in a .zip file.

1) Aaron Neville - "Hercules"
2) Tony Avalon & The Belairs - "Sexy Coffee Pot"
3) The Soul Lifters - "Hot, Funky and Sweaty"
4) Cafe - "Si Dame Tu Amor"
5) James Brown - "Get Up Get Into It And Get Involved"
6) Willie Hutch - "Theme of the Mack"
7) Cold Grits - "It's Your Thing"
8) Rasputin's Stash - "Mr. Cool"
9) The Original Soul Senders - "Soul Brothers Testify"
10) The Meters - "Cissy Strut"
11) Ray Barretto - "New York Soul"
12) Skull Snaps - "It's A New Day"

Peace yall, have fun and keep it funky

Fela Kuti & Koola Lobitos - Afro Beat On Stage: Recorded Live at The Afro Spot

a '66 live LP by fela's highlife band, released on polydor and i think never reissued on cd except as part of various compilations of his '60s works, most recently as a bonus 10" with vampisoul's excellent "lagos baby" double LP comp

the sound quality is pretty bad, there is a weird echo to fela's voice and the mix is pretty muddy, but if anything that gives the whole thing character, makes it even rawer; and it is pretty raw, taking highlife's typical horn freakouts to new funky extremes, with percussion way too mad for hit singles but perfect for this saturday night session (he says "tomorrow we have a sunday afternoon jam!" after the first track!)

the title might claim it is afrobeat, and certainly some of the tunes, especially the 7-minute "akro", give some hints of the direction fela would take post '69, but it's still distinctly highlife, west africa's lastingly popular dance music which takes strong hints from jazz although generally maintaining rhythmic discipline over all. fela doubles on sax & vocals here i think, but it's a band affair - i don't know if it's tony allen behind the drumkit, but whoever it is, he's on fire. the opener, "everyday i got my blues" is pretty mellow and easy, but after that things pick up and peak towards the end.

A1 - Everyday I Got My Blues
A2 - Moti Gbrokan
A3 - Waka Waka
B1 - Ako
B2 - Ororuka
B3 - Laise


Long story short: ex-Hammerhead singer/guitarist moves to London, starts band with his wife and three other degenerates. The result is "Purity Pledge" by TODD, simply one of the meanest and heaviest punk/noise/hardcore/whatever records of all time. Everyone knows how great Hammerhead were (or at least they should - I'll be posting their classic "Into the Vortex" LP later), but I dare say TODD are even better. Creepy howling, gurgling, and shouting over ultra-distorted power chords with some keyboards thrown in for good measure. Demented, ugly, gross, and highly reccommended.


breadwinner - the burner

This came out in 1992. Lots of super repetitive guitar bits that eventually break down into noise, nice basslines that are kind of overpowered by the guitar. Don't believe this doesn't sound much like Polvo or June of 44 or A Minor Forest it's much heavier + dank. 

If you like math rock and also a little noise and also sick ass basslines goongratulations 


Lubricated Goat were one of a handful of Australian post-punk bands who, along with King Snake Roost, feedtime, Thug, and Mark of Cain, were described as having a "grungy" sound before that term was adopted by MTV to describe any long-haired rock group from the Pacific Northwest in the early 90s. "The Goat", as they were known to their friends, combined the noisy aggression of "Junkyard" era The Birthday Party with a swampy version of Stooges style garage punk to create a sound that was nasty and ugly but fun at the same time. The closest comparison I can make sound-wise would be their Amrep label mates The Crows and the aforementioned Steel Pole Bathtub, but Lubricated Goat stand out as one of the most inventive and truly original noise-punk bands of the late 80's.

Lubricated Goat - Plays The Devil's Music


I put together some disco (mostly italo), dubstep, and bassline the other day. Mostly an excuse to get some bass into everyone's life so turn up the low end and put some cardboard over the windows in case they blow out. Also groove like a motherfucker.

Ass Down Bass Up

1. Enzo Avitable - Black Out (Club Mix)
2. Dinosaur - Kiss Me Again
3. Joy - Lost in Hong Kong (12" Mix)
4. H two O ft. Platnum - What's it Gonna Be (Agent X version)
5. Mr. Bass ft. Lelani - Hed Kandi 4x4
6. Darkstar - Need You
7. Pendulum - Showdown (Excision Remix)
8. Agent X - Boops (Dance Until U Drop)
9. Ben Richardson - Skydiver <<< Hottest Jam
10. Trillbass - Bring it Live
11. Ikonika - Direct
12. Wideboys & Dennis G - Sambuca (The Upnorf Mix)
13. Zomby - Spliff Dub (Rustie Remix)

this is like 2% of the bass i'm giving u


I made this mix for my asian girlfrien initially so this mix is mostly geared towards what she'd like (and hasn't heard yet) and isn't really an all-encompassing portrait of what's going on in Chinese and Taiwanese indie music right now but as a basic primer i think it does a pretty good job. Mostly this is focused upon guitar-and-sometimes-synth-driven indie pop and rock but there's a lot more out there that I'll try to include in later mixes.

Don't read all of that as a dismissal of this mix as halfassed though because it should give you a pretty good idea of what sort of stuff you'd like to hear more of, and you telling me what you want to hear will give me a good idea of more things to post so yeah comment what tracks you like I guess~~

China/Taiwan Indie Primer #1

Tracklist (with rough translations):

1. 赌鬼 (Casino Demon) - Wahaha
2. 声音玩具 (Sound Toy) - 星期天大街 (Sunday Street)
3. P.K.14 - Behind All Ruptures
4. 48V - Sweet
5. 后海大鲨鱼 (Queen Sea Big Shark) - Hello! Passengers
6. 壞女兒 (Bad Daughter) - 我有我的小太陽 (I Have My Tiny Sun)
7. 橙草 (Orangegrass) - 奔跑舞曲 (Running Dance)
8. P.K.14 - How Majestic Is the Night
9. 刺猬 (Hedgehog) - Toy & 6.1
10. 壞女兒 (Bad Daughter) - 酸菇 (Acid Aegerita)
11. 刺猬 (Hedgehog) - 24小时摇滚聚会 (24-hour Rock and Roll Party)
12. 新裤子 (New Pants) - 北海怪兽 (North Sea Monster)
13. Ourself Beside Me - Someone's Love Song
14. 赌鬼 (Casino Demon) - I Love You
15. Carsick Cars - Guang Chang
16. 雀斑 (Freckle) - 朋友之歌 (Friends Song)
17. Monkey Power - Goodbye
18. 刺猬 (Hedgehog) - Apart
19. P.K.14 - 说话的伤口 (Wounds Speak)
20. Carsick Cars - He Sheng

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Everybody on this record was either in Corm or Q and Not U — or both — which is exactly what it sounds like. Post-dates Corm by a year and predates No Kill No Beep Beep by two or three, so this sounds even more like “a record that should be on Dischord” than, like, the Bluetip record that’s basically named that. If you like Q and Not U this record should be a real interesting and maybe informative listen (because you can see how NKNBB was a huge step forward for these guys, which it itself doesn’t sound like — this is also why you should listen to that Ris Paul Ric record!!). If you like Corm then, well, this really really sounds like Corm, so hey!

FURTHER DISCUSSION: How the fuck can the guitars in “Atop This Anchor” be so sick but not sound like they’re complicated or hard until you actually concentrate on listening to them? God DAMN it! NOBODY did skittery and dissonant like Dischord also-rans!!! LET’S ALL TRAVEL BACK TO 1993 AND SEE HEROIN AND CANDY MACHINE PLAY A SHOW :( :( :( :( :( :(

FIrst Post!!

uh uh uh a mix of disco and hyphy!! disco and hyphy

a compilation of latin soul by the best latin label!! latin soul