Love God Murder (Pre-The Weight) - Live →
I’m not gonna write about this much, because it’s pretty much just for Chad and James. The Weight is currently a NYC based Alt-Country band, but they were initially based in Athens, Georgia and and had a completely different line up beyond their singer. Love God Murder was The Weight’s initial Athens line up prior to their name change. I’m pretty sure none of these songs...
Propagandhi - Rarities (Includes a Cro-Mags cover)... →
I don’t think Propagandhi will ever cease to blow my mind. Today’s Empires, Tomorrow’s Ashes came out when I was in high school, and I truly did not comprehend a single thing that was going on the first time I heard it. I didn’t understand what they were going for musically, I didn’t understand what was going on lyrically, all I knew was that it was pissed off and...
Blake Schwarzenbach - Live Acoustic Tracks →
Alright, before you lose your mind based on the title, this is only two songs, and they aren’t Jawbreaker or Jets to Brazil songs. They’re both Thorns of Life songs, and these two songs are actually two of my favorite Schwarzenbach affiliated recordings. I might put a full Thorns of Life set up at some point… we’ll see. Why are there are only two songs? Well, apparently...
Out of Sight - Live at the Legendary Castle →
I’m having a tough time figuring out what to write for this one. Out of Sight are my friends, and it’s always hard to write a description of a recording, when you know the people responsible are going to read it. Basically, anything I write is gonna feel like shameless nepotism. I guess that’s still better than 90% of the internet. This set is from the final Promises show at the...
Quicksand - Unreleased, B-Sides, Demos →
Quicksand was a really interesting band. They were an ‘Alt Rock’ band, for lack of a better term, that had members of Burn, Beyond, Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, Bold, Shelter and more. They released their first Ep on Revelation Records before being snatched up by a major label in the Post-Nevermind sign as many ‘Credible’ artists as humanly possible panic of the early...
Rites of Spring - Live on WMUC 11/01/85 →
I’m going with an easy one today. This a live radio set by Rites of Spring recorded in 1985. The sound quality is great, and if you appreciate music you’ve probably jammed the studio versions of these tracks about a hundred times, so why not change it up? It’s actually pretty crazy to think about how different Punk and Hardcore would have ended up sounding without all the...
Buried Alive (Pre-Terror) - Collected non-LP... →
Buried Alive was a very heavy Hardcore band from Buffalo, New York. They were third band that Scott Vogel of Terror sang for, the others being Slugfest and Despair. He also drummed for Fadeaway. Anyways, they released an LP on Victory called The Death of Your Perfect World, and a posthumous collection of unreleased/live material called Last Rites. Last Rites was some classic Victory Records...
Paint it Black - Demo + Rarities + Live Set →
I’m not gonna give much of a description here, I’ve got my doubts that anyone reads this stuff anyways. Paint it Black is one of the best Hardcore bands of the last decade, and probably the second best Dan Yemin band (behind Jade Tree era Lifetime). Some of these songs (well, mostly just one of them) are actually really hard to track down, and I really doubt anyone following me will...
New West Crew!
headfirstrecs: just started following a new blog that started up last week. it is focusing on nothing but rarer hard to find, out of print/forgotten/regional, hardcore records. looks to be a solid start of a blog! http://newwestcrew.tumblr.com/ John at Headfirst Records was kind enough to throw a link to my blog on their page. I strongly recommend that you check out some of the stuff on the...
The Answer - Discography →
The Answer was a criminally underrated Straight Edge Hardcore band from Seattle Washington who existed in the early to mid 2000s. In case you were unsure of whether or not they were Straight Edge, the second EP have “The Answer is a fucking Straight Edge band” printed in the sleeve in big letters. They released three EPs and a couple of compilation tracks. I’ve never quite...
Hills Have Eyes - Discography →
This post is for any Albertans out there. I’ve posted almost exclusively Hardcore on this blog, and that will stay my focus, however, I’m gonna mix it up every once in a while. Hills Have Eyes were a punk band from my hometown of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. They play a style of music similar to Small Brown Bike, Hot Water Music, or North Lincoln. They had a huge impact on the way...
Hatebreed - Early Recordings (1995-1997) →
Satisfaction is the Death of Desire is a great record. It really is. But I can’t think of many other LPs that have overshadowed the rest of a bands discography as much as Satisfaction… has with Hatebreed. I feel like a lot of Hardcore kids who jock it haven’t heard anything after it (that stuff isn’t great, but that’s not the point), and are unaware of anything prior...
Go It Alone - Anthology (B-Sides, Comp Tracks,... →
I’m going with another better known band today, but despite being a huge band in the hardcore scene, they still have a fair amount of material that isn’t exactly common. Cole’s notes version of an intro to Go It Alone: They hailed from Vancouver Canada, a suburb of New Westminster (not a typo), and are one of the biggest Canadian hardcore bands of the last decade. They were in...
Modern Life is War - Live Tracks (Includes Black... →
I don’t feel like MLIW needs an introduction. Instead, I’d like to point out one thing that I feel made this band special. They are a Hardcore band that became big in the 2000’s without using the normal means. They didn’t have a myspace page or any other band controlled online presence, they didn’t have any ‘Ex-Members’ hype, they were from the middle of...
Coalesce Anthology - 1994-2007,... →
I’ve put together a collection of all EPs, splits, compilation and bonus material, by one of the best metallic Hardcore bands of all time. Hailing from Kansas City, this band has one of the angriest, heaviest, most unique bands ever. Despite this, most other bands their members did during or after their time in Coalesce were Indie or Emo bands (Casket Lottery, The Get Up Kids, Appleseed...
Kill Your Idols - Live at Crucial Chaos (2/6/03) →
Kill Your Idols is one of my favorite NYHC bands of all time, and this live radio set is actually my favorite recording by them. Great song selection, great banter, and the sound quality is awesome. It was given away as a bonus to people who preordered the ‘Something Started Here’ collection. The version they gave away also included an alternate take of Salmon Swim Upstream, which...
Inside Out - Demo + Live (Includes 14 non-EP... →
Jordan, this one is for you. Inside Out need no introduction, but in case you don’t know they were a short lived hardcore band from California that when formed, featured members of Chain of Strength, Hard Stance, No For an Answer, and Beyond. They released one EP (four songs on 7”, six songs on tape and CD), and existed for about 3 years from 88-91. They had written an LP that was to...
Texas is the Reason - EP + Splits + Live →
Texas is the Reason was a NY based Indie/Emo band with very strong ties to Hardcore. Prior to forming Texas is the Reason, Members played in Shelter, Fountainhead, Ressurection, 108 and Copper. After splitting up, members played in Jets to Brazil, New End Original, Project Kate, Solea and a couple other bands I’m not familiar with. Everybody knows the Do You Know Who You Are? LP, it’s...
Reach the Sky - Demo/EPs/Splits/Comp Tracks →
Reach the Sky was a Hardcore band from Boston who existed from around 1997-2003. This collection of tracks spans their entire existence, from their demo up to their last Ep. The later stuff gets pretty poppy, one of the tracks from their final Ep even has some piano on it. That said, it never sounds gimmicky or forced, their change in sound was logical and organic. They released a good chunk of...
The Promise - Non LP Tracks →
In 2002, the Promise released one of the best Straight Edge Hardcore LPs ever. That LP is easy to download (or buy it from Indecision Records, they still have the CD!). If you aren’t familiar with The Promise, they were a heavy Hardcore band from Syracuse NY, that contained members of Another Victim, One Kind Down, and Santa Sangre, and after breaking up members ended up in Terror, Unholy...
The Curse - Discography →
The curse was a short lived Hardcore band from Philadelphia, who featured members of bands you like, possibly even bands you jock hard. So why don’t you listen to them? I dunno, you tell me. They play fast, catchy, somewhat melodic hardcore. The obvious comparison is Kid Dynamite (but they’re better than that) or Lifetime (but they’re aren’t quite that good). But for a Dan...
Converge Split/Comp/Rarities/Live/Covers/Demos... →
So, I put together this Converge collection last night. It is tracks from splits and comps that have never appeared on other collections. It also has bonus tracks from reissues and imports, as well a full live set from Burning Fight Fest in Chicago. Consider it an unofficial companion to Caring and Killing, and Unloved and Weeded Out. Some of these tracks are OOP, some are not. Support hardcore,...