NOTE: I initially tried to post all the cover art to makes this look a little better, and to save you the trouble of reading, but tumblr claimed the “post was too long”. Maybe I’ll try and do an image post later.
You Have No Excuse For Not Hearing New Music; 75 Downloads
Here is the deal, I’m gonna be to busy this week to post anything new, so here is all 75 things I’ve uploaded. Also, I have a bunch of new followers who may or may not like music, if they do, this saves them the trouble of going back through the blog. There is something on here that you NEED to hear that you haven’t heard yet, I guarantee it. If you want extra info on this stuff, each upload has it’s own post with a more detailed description. Also, feel free to Reblog this stuff and share it with your friends. The initial goal of this blog was “post cool shit for my friends”, but it’s gone beyond that to “post cool shit for strangers and their friends and my friends”. I have mixed feelings about that, but I can’t turn back now.
5. Blake Schwarzenbach - Two Live Acoustic tracks. Unless you got these from me, you (probably) don’t have them. Blake (of Jawbreaker and Jets to Brazil fame) playing a pair of Thorns of Life Jams. Beautiful stuff, great banter. http://www.mediafire.com/?bfqyr9bq9fnm37j
6. Blood Red - Complete Discography - Tommy Corrigan’s band after Silent Majority and Advent, also had three members of Inside. Blood Red is a personal favorite, that has been long forgotten or just plain ignored by most. http://www.mediafire.com/?m60cd4n0kkgb8ug
8. Buried Alive - Collected Recordings. Pre-Terror, Scott Vogel on vox. All Split/EP/Comp recordings not included on Last Rites or Death of Your Perfect World. Also has a live set. Mosh. http://www.mediafire.com/?29e805dd96380q6
9. Chain of Strength - Live set + Comp Track + Rehearsal tape. Live set has a track with no studio recoding released, Comp Track is an alternate mix. You need this. http://www.mediafire.com/?1aejcrk0x87v3go
12. Coalesce - Anthology 94-07. All you kids jocking Converge on here need this. All Splits/comp tracks/etc… from this legendary and currently unappreciated metallic hardcore band. http://www.mediafire.com/?4pzyplb5acpmq5j
15. Cro(w)s AKA Sheryl Cro(w) Mags - Complete Discography - Chris Wollard of Hot Water Music/The Draft with members of As Friends Rust and Radon. Sounds like a more rocking, dirtier version of The Draft. http://www.mediafire.com/?fmdyrd6e7upjb12
20. Downpour AKA The Power and the Glory - Complete Discography - Late 90’s/early 2000’s, Metalcore from Atalanta. The early stuff is great 90’s Hardcore, the later material sounds similar to Jane Doe era Converge. http://www.mediafire.com/?4vkcnxwnpwosu5t
21. Family Man - Demo - Tim Singer of Kiss it Goodbye/Deadguy’s short lived post Kiss it Goodbye band. This demo is the only thing they released. Think Kiss it Goodbye meets later Black Flag. http://www.mediafire.com/?cx6dtcuyubrk904
22. Find Him and Kill Him - Discography. Fast, pissed, sometimes surprisingly heavy, but mostly just fast and pissed. Will cause you to destroy objects in your own home. http://www.mediafire.com/?fl1e2ov1sp4d3lj
24. Floorpunch - Live Set + Rehearsal tape. Different set from the same tour as the last one. Explains beef with Boysetsfire. Rehearsal tape is a cool little oddity. http://www.mediafire.com/?ra5h39e9l9wsw6m
25. Genuine - A Bond Still Strong + Pessimist Project EP - Aaron Edge of Himsa/Harkonen’s one man band. The LP has a different vocalist on each track, including Jason Kollins of Burden, Greg Bennick of Trial, and more. http://www.mediafire.com/?0keh2b1ckc4fvk3
35. Jawbreaker - Live at the Crocodile Cafe. Great band, despite the turd support. This set rules, decent sound, 10/10 banter, and a song that never got any sort of studio release. http://www.mediafire.com/?nq33d3s1yrew08v
42. Minor Threat - Non-Discography Tracks + Skewbald/Grand Union Ep - Contrary to popular belief the “Complete Discography” isn’t complete, Here’s the tracks not included. http://www.mediafire.com/?ux7h1vvmacegssu
54. Reserve 34 - Discography, + Cuckolds - Discography. Reserve 34 is one of the best Hardcore bands ever. Pre-Go It Alone. Fast, creative, very unique. Cuckolds was their singer’s most recent band. Imagine if Cap’n Jazz wasn’t recorded by children. http://www.mediafire.com/?mekewgese7g0eye
58. Silent Majority - Discography. Long Island’s finest export. This download has a bunch of tough to find tracks as well the the LP and Eps. The LP is one of the best Hardcore records ever. http://www.mediafire.com/?71bnui2dyab4gvr
59. Sons of Abraham - Termites in His Smile + 1 - Pre-Glassjaw band, some of these songs actually ended up being Glassjaw songs. I actually think this record is better than anything Glassjaw did. http://www.mediafire.com/?f240naj2o7van7d
70. Various Artists - All Systems Go! - All covers comp from the the late 90’s. Bane covering Chain, Ten Yard Fight covering Youth of Today, Reach the Sky covering Rites of Spring, Ensign covering Underdog, Earthmover covering Dag Nasty and more. http://www.mediafire.com/?dgl514g4fl3fncy
3. Blood Red - Complete Discography - Tommy Corrigan’s band after Silent Majority and Advent, also had three members of Inside. Blood Red is a personal favorite, that has been long forgotten or just plain ignored by most. http://www.mediafire.com/?m60cd4n0kkgb8ug
5. Cro(w)s AKA Sheryl Cro(w) Mags - Complete Discography - Chris Wollard of Hot Water Music/The Draft with members of As Friends Rust and Radon. Sounds like a more rocking, dirtier version of The Draft. http://www.mediafire.com/?fmdyrd6e7upjb12
8. Downpour AKA The Power and the Glory - Complete Discography - Late 90’s/early 2000’s, Metalcore from Atalanta. The early stuff is great 90’s Hardcore, the later material sounds similar to Jane Doe era Converge. http://www.mediafire.com/?4vkcnxwnpwosu5t
9. Family Man - Demo - Tim Singer of Kiss it Goodbye/Deadguy’s short lived post Kiss it Goodbye band. This demo is the only thing they released. Think Kiss it Goodbye meets later Black Flag. http://www.mediafire.com/?cx6dtcuyubrk904
10. Genuine - A Bond Still Strong + Pessimist Project EP - Aaron Edge of Himsa/Harkonen’s one man band. The LP has a different vocalist on each track, including Jason Kollins of Burden, Greg Bennick of Trial, and more. http://www.mediafire.com/?0keh2b1ckc4fvk3
14. Minor Threat - Non-Discography Tracks + Skewbald/Grand Union Ep - Contrary to popular belief the “Complete Discography” isn’t complete, Here’s the tracks not included. http://www.mediafire.com/?ux7h1vvmacegssu
18. Sons of Abraham - Termites in His Smile + 1 - Pre-Glassjaw band, some of these songs actually ended up being Glassjaw songs. I actually think this record is better than anything Glassjaw did. http://www.mediafire.com/?f240naj2o7van7d
21. Various Artists - All Systems Go! - All covers comp from the the late 90’s. Bane covering Chain, Ten Yard Fight covering Youth of Today, Reach the Sky covering Rites of Spring, Ensign covering Underdog, Earthmover covering Dag Nasty and more. http://www.mediafire.com/?dgl514g4fl3fncy
I’ve never been able to find much info about this demo, so if any LIHC heads could fill in the details, that would be cool. It has Tommy Corrigan from Silent Majority fronting a heavier style band with three members of Tripface. I wasn’t crazy about it when I first heard it, but after revisiting it recently, it’s quite good. It is definitely a bit of a grower. If you dig Tommy’s other bands and heavier Hardcore, this is right up your alley.
EDIT: This is NOT the active band called Advent. This is a completely different band.
I went for breakfast with Hunter this morning, in between playing the Seaweed, Nirvana, and Supersuckers singles in the jukebox we ended up discussing the recent Verse reunion. The consensus was one of not having a problem with it, but not really understanding the excitement.
This led to discussing Sean Murphy’s pre-Verse band, What Feeds the Fire. What Feeds the Fire was just as good as the first Verse 7” and LP, and better than the 2nd and 3rd Verse LPs. Even though they were on some bigger tours during their existence, they don’t really get talked about anymore. I feel like this probably has to do with the average “life cycle” of Hardcore kids being so short, or maybe with the internet giving people the illusion of knowing everything so they don’t even try and learn new things. Whatever the reason, I hope that this post can get a handful of new kids stoked on this band.
This download contains:
- Demo (this tape has the UGLIEST layout of any demo tape I’ve ever seen. It’s atrocious)
- Set Me Free EP
- Track from Anger Management Session One comp 7” on Martyr Records
I’m not gonna give much of a description for this, other than saying that’s it’s something of a forgotten classic. It was released in the late 90’s, and I feel like the tracklist speaks for itself. So many great bands covering classic jams. This LP is still available through Ebullition, who only takes wholesale orders over 100$, so get a bunch of friends together and do an order if you want this.
Part of what made me want to upload this is that the download I found didn’t have any fields filled in Itunes, which annoyed the hell out of me.
1. Earthmover - One To Two (Dag Nasty) 2. Until Today - Sneakers (Teen Idles) 3. Ensign - Say It To My Face (Underdog) 4. Reinforce - Young Til I Die (7 Seconds) 5. Reach The Sky - Spring (Rites Of Spring) 6. The Letterbombs - Filler (Minor Threat) 7. Extinction - Without A Reason (No For An Answer) 8. Close Call - Vitality (Beyond) 9. Eyelid - Forward To Death (Dead Kennedys) 10. Supersleuth - Use Your Head (Uniform Choice) 11. Roundhouse - Wild In The Streets (Circle Jerks) 12. Ten Yard Fight - Put It Aside (Youth Of Today) 13. Standard Issue - Hold True (Wide Awake) 14. Death Threat - Who You Know (Alone In A Crowd) 15. Bane - Just How Much (Chain Of Strength) 16. Bloodpact - Second Hand Murder (Chokehold)
Can you recommend any good punk history/culture books? Thanks!
The best one I’ve read recently was Dance of Days by Mark Anderson. It’s a great history of the DC Punk/Hardcore scene from the late 70’s up until the late 90’s. It focuses on more than just the dischord stuff, which is nice. The Anti-Matter Anthology is a great read, tons of really cool interviews. The Punk Planet Interviews book is awesome too. There are a couple different ones, I’ve only read the music one. It has interviews with Duncan Barlow, Kathleen Hanna, Jawbreaker and a bunch more. Burning Fight was a good read if you’re into 90’s Hardcore. Our Band could Be Your Life was a mostly good read, it focuses on a lot of Alt Rock bands from the 80’s as well as punk and Hardcore bands, which I enjoyed. It’s got kind of an ‘entry level/rock critic’ vibe at times, but it’s still a really entertaining read. Not sure if you like The Replacements (They’re one of my favorite band), but I enjoyed All Over But the Shouting. I would also avoid that Gilman book by Brian Edge like the plague, it was like torture reading that. The only good part was the complete show list at the end.
Burden was an active band from around 1997 to 2003, and are a bit of an oddity. They played a combination of heavy, groovy 90’s style Hardcore, with a more traditional sound at time that wouldn’t put them entirely ad odds with the late 90’s Youth Crew revival. Think Trial meets Ten Yard Fight.
The reason I consider them to be something of an oddity, is that they were a very active for a decent amount of time (for a Hardcore band), released a solid amount of material, appeared on a ton of compilations at a time where that mattered, but never had a huge following in North America. Europe however, loved them! They never did a full North American tour, but managed to Tour Europe twice. Due to the lack of a following in North America, they don’t really get talked about, even they they were a great Hardcore band, that deserves to be in any discussion about late 90’s Hardcore. The intro to the LP alone makes them a band worthy of discussion, so heavy!
As an aside, Burden was actually one of the first Hardcore bands I heard. It was on a Spawner records compilation in 1999 or 2000. I like a lot of punk, and a lot of metal. The comp was mostly Punk bands, and I remember hearing Burden and not understanding it. It was harder then any metal I had heard, but it was still sounded like Punk. It confused me, so I ignored it for years until finding a copy of the Burden/Automatic split in a dollar bin somewhere a few years later and revisiting the band.
Another ignored Hot Water Music side project! This one is even better in my opinion. Unitas featured two members of Discount, and Todd Rockhill of Hot Water Music with Discount/HMW roadie extraordinaire Jason Rockhill on vocals.
Unitas only released one full length, and then a pair of J Church covers later on. The Full length is split between rockin jams, and incredible alt country jams. The rockers are good but not amazing, the country songs are perfect Uncle Tupelo worship. Porch Songs, The One About My Friends, Untitled and the J Church covers are honestly some of my favorite recordings of any style of music. Serious jams!
The LP also has a track that was in response to “Half Friend Town” by As Friends Rust, which is interesting seeing as Discount released a split with them. It’s like the Gainesville version of “The Answer” by Floorpunch, but with less sucker punches.
Cro(w)s were a side project of Chris Wollard of Hot Water Music who existed in the early 2000’s. They never really got much attention, despite existing during HWM’s peak of popularity. There are a few reasons for this, first off they self released both their records in the states, so they didn’t have any significant label backing. Secondly, they were all in active bands at the time, especially Hot Water Music and As Friends Rust. Lastly, as great as Hot Water Music was, they always attracted a fanbase that didn’t really care to dig any deeper that the surface level of whatever they happened to be into, so as a result a lot of HWM affiliated bands didn’t really get much attention (Rumbleseat, The Draft, Cro(w)s, Unitas, Blacktop Cadence).
Cro(w)s were great, they sounded kind of like The Draft, but harder and dirtier. There are still lots of hooks, and a lot of rock influence but not so much that it gets annoying or cheesy. The intro tho the LP is an all time favorite!
I consider this to be essential listening for any Hot Water Music fan, and I’m still a little confused at how often this band is ignored or forgotten.
In My Eyes was one of the best Hardcore bands of all time. Every single time I listen to either of the LPs, especially the second one, I can’t believe what I’m hearing. Nothing sounds like it. Their take on Hardcore still sounds fresh and modern today, partially because they were a truly unique band. It sounds like they took influence from a far wider spectrum of music than their late 90’s Youth Crew companions like Floorpunch or Ten Yard Fight, although both those bands were great too.
On a personal note, a few months ago Hunter, James and Myself got into a voices raised but not quite yelling argument in public about which In My Eyes record LP was better. James and I were naturally correct in saying that Nothing to Hide is the better of the two.
This download is actually a CD released by Big Wheel Recreation and it contains the band’s Demo, as well as a live radio set from around the same era. For whatever reason these recordings don’t get the same attention that the LPs do, to be fair, the sound on the Demo is pretty weak, but the Radio Set is great! The answering machine intro is a nice touch as well.
I’ve been a little lazy with the uploads lately, but I feel like this comp will make up for that. It’s an absolute classic records released in 1996, to celebrate the final issue of Anti Matter Zine. In case you’re not in the know, Anti-Matter was a short lived but massively distributed and very well written zine published by Norman Arenas/Brannon of Texas is the Reason/Shelter/Fountainhead. There is a book containing highlights of from the zine available through Revhq, for the handful of you who actually own books. http://revhq.com/store.revhq?Page=search&Id=REVBKS02
At the time of it’s release, nearly all of the tracks on this comp were exclusive. Many of them never did make it onto rarities/B Sides collections (Mouthpiece, Supertouch, Outspoken). Others were later re-recorded, but the version on here is different than the one most people here (Lifetime, Snapcase), while others were B Sides that never really got a proper release, but showed up in other places as well (Quicksand, Sensefield).
Overall this is a pretty incredible collection of 90’s Hardcore, that for one reason or another, doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It’s also a strong argument for owning hard copies of the music you listen too. The liner notes on this thing are great, they have snippets from interviews with the bands, and discuss when the tracks were recorded and whether they were exclusive for this compilation. I only own this on CD unfortunately. I picked up my copy at Sloth Records in Calgary, but the girl didn’t put the disc in the case, and they had to mail it too me. I’m glad they did, because I didn’t realize at the time what a treat I was in for. The Lifetime track on here is one of my favorite songs ever, but I didn’t realize there was an earlier recording of it floating around (this version is from right after the Hello Bastards sessions).
1. Shovel - Quicksand (Only ever released as a B-Side)
2. Everything I Do Is Wrong - Gameface
3. Spark - Outspoken (Exclusive)
4. Better - Supertouch (Exclusive)
5. Moral Staightjacket - Farside (recorded for this comp, but ended up on Monroe Documents)
6. Arctic - 108
7. Vent - Snapcase (Exlusive version, last recording with Scott Dressler)
8. Weatherman - Threadbare
9. Don’t Gotta Prove It - CIV (Exclusive Live Version)
10. New Guitar Parts - Garden Variety (Exclusive)
11. Kill - Undertow
12. Circuit - Strife (Exclusive at time of release)
13. Magnetic 62nd - Chamberlain
14. Shady Day - Sense Field (Exclusive, also appeared on Rev 100 rarities LP)
15. Theme Song For A New Brunswick Basement Show - Lifetime (early version, eventually ended up on the Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey comp, but wasn’t credited correctly)