“Most of all I hope I never see someone reading a book at a hardcore show again in my life. It’s cool that you’re smart or whatever, but you look like a pretentious idiot who wants to show off how intellectual you are by reading at a SOCIAL event. You’re not hear to socialize…
So if someone goes to a show alone, or even if they know people there, what’s the problem with them reading a book between sets? Isn’t that the same as staring at your phone between sets? Why does it matter? Why is there the assumption that someone reading a book is pretentious? Why is there the assumption that that person is trying to show off how intellectual they are? Also, just a reminder that hardcore/punk shows aren’t necessarily about socializing for some people…they could be there for, you know, the music! Additionally, it may be that that person feels alienated or isolated or something and doesn’t want to stand alone staring at the ceiling and instead chooses to use that time to read. WHO GIVES A FUCK?
I would actually like more people involved in Hardcore to read period, at shows, at home, on public transit. I don’t care where, or even what, just read. The original post is honestly one of the most mind blowing things I’ve ever read.
If anyone wants more info on any of this stuff, just get at me. Also of note, a lot of blogs will claim something is a complete discography when it’s missing demos or comp tracks, I do my best to include everything so if there is a band you like on here, check the original post and see if there are tracks you’re missing in the download! If I’ve missed stuff for any of these discographies, let me know.
Last but not least, NWHC has produced some of the best Hardcore bands period, and I’m lucky to have lived in this area for the last 4 years.
How do you tell a band is great? When they set out to rip off another band, and then completely outdo the band they intended to rip off. That’s what Stay Gold did. Some of their members saw Faded Grey, and immediately said “I want to play THAT style of Hardcore!”. This lead the formation of arguably the best ‘Melodic Hardcore’ band ever. It’s a style of Hardcore that is really easy to fuck up, and really easy to have sounds like it’s just an indie rock band covering bad power metal songs. Stay Gold played the style to perfection. The songs were well written, had great melodies and hooks, as well as excellent lyrics. This was a Hardcore band that, despite forming just to rip off another band, actually ended up creating something truly unique. A lot of the melodies actually sounds really similar to the Pre-Stay Gold band The Entropy Project. I’ll post their stuff eventually, although, unlike Stay Gold, it really hasn’t aged well.
One of my favorite things about Stay Gold, is actually the back up vocals. This might seem like a strange thing to get fired up on, but I feel like it’s part of what put this band over the top. First off, the backing vocals sound like Ari Katz from Lifetime, which is probably not a coincidence since they were big Lifetime fans. As an aside, they actually broke up after playing a basement show in New Brunswick, that was a coincidence though. Second, the harmonies are extra tight and actually remind me a bit of Bad Religion at times, and since Bad Religion is the best band of all time, I like that.
I assume (probably incorrectly) that most of the people following me already have most of the Stay Gold stuff on their computers. You should download this anyways because odds are, you don’t have their best song. The track is called The Letter, and appeared on the first Power of Ten compilation 7”. It is one of the best songs ever recorded, any genre, any era. Not many people seem to have a digital version of that comp, as no one has listened to that track on lastfm in the last 6 months.
On to the good stuff, this download contains:
- Demo 2001
- Self Titled 7”
- Caught Up In the Moment EP (with 2 extra tracks from the CD)
Weight (not be confused with the incredible country band from Georgia/New York; The Weight) was a studio only two man project that recorded a demo tape that was only available at a couple of shows. Lucas MacFadden played drums and sang (remember the extra vocals on Water Finds It’s Own Level), and Graham Honeyman on guitar and bass. This demo is fantastic, it sounds a little like Histories era GIA, which makes sense, and parts are a little more rocking. Overall, it’s a great demo and is destined to be a forgotten NWHC gem. If you like later GIA this is essential listening, and pretty much impossible to find. I believe that there are less than 100 copies of this tape, and I’ve never seen it online before.
Retrace was a very short lived Seattle based Hardcore band. They released this four song demo tape, and played one show. All of the music was written by Eric Wallace of GIA/Black Breath. Had this band stuck around, they could have blown up. This demo could have passed for Vancouver Gold Pt 2.
There really isn’t much else to say about this demo, other than the fact that’s better than 90% of other Hardcore bands playing this style of music, and if you’re a fan of GIA or any NWHC of the last 10 years, this is a must hear demo.
It recently came to my attention that the Mike Judge LP is suddenly doing for 40-70$ on Ebay. This is pretty mind blowing. I bought this LP for 8$ in like 2004 or 2005 because it was still in print over a decade after it was released. What’s so strange is that something that took that long to go out of print is suddenly sought after.
This record is great, but it’s extremely different from both Mike Judge’s past bands and other Rev releases, so in some ways it makes sense that it took so long to go out or print. I’m blown away by how much Mike sounds like Neil Young. What it comes down to is this, if you like Neil Young, you’ll like this record, if you don’t then you won’t.
Interesting anecdote about his LP. Kids managed to use it to track down Mike after he had cut ties with Hardcore. It had a message in it that read “This recording is dedicated to Patricia Ferraro (I wish we had some time together)” in the liner notes, and the matrix carving read “There’s ghosts in the woods of Montville”. Kids where able to figure out that Patricia Ferraro was Mike’s mother or grandmother, and that he was living in Montville. Once this was figured out, people just used the phone book to get his number and try to call him for interviews.
The A-side of this record is Mike’s solo stuff, the B-side is him with a full band. Initially he wanted the record to just be under the Old Smoke name, but Jordan Cooper at Rev thought it would sell better with Mike Judge’s name on it. It still took over a decade to sell out.
Alright, instead of giving a lengthy description of these tracks, I’m just gonna discuss something that drives me nuts. Why do the Descendents get jocked so hard on here, but no one discusses All. They were, for songwriting purposes, the same band. Bill Stevenson wrote all the best songs for both bands, and the best All songs are just as good as the best Descendents songs. Both bands had some serious stinkers too.
So, what are these songs? Well, the Descendents album with the art that gets ripped off by everyone was originally… an All album. That’s what these recordings are. All recorded demos that would have been Everything Sucks with Chad Price on vocals. After they were recorded Milo Aukerman expressed interest in reforming The Descendents, and they ended up recording many of the songs from the initial Everything Sucks demos for the proper album, as well as a few new songs. Other tracks from that sessions ended up on the next All record, and other songs found here were never released!
In a nutshell, if you listen to The Descendents, but not All, you’re latching onto a logo and not paying much attention to the music.
Note: The only reason I included Descendents in the title was to get your attention.
So, despite no one really caring about that OnGuard post, I’m posting this NMB stuff because http://christianbeale.tumblr.com/ was stoked on it. Hopefully I few others will be as well.
None More Black’s line up has changed drastically over their years of existence, but during that time they’ve had members of the following bands: Kid Dynamite, Kill Your Idols, Deathcycle, Lifetime, Ink and Dagger, Good Riddance, Paint it Black, Go! For the Throat, The Hope Conspiracy, and more. Do I have your attention now?
Jason Shevchuk will always be best known for his time in Kid Dynamite, but I honestly believe that None More Black’s best material is better than pretty much anything KD did. Not hating on Kid Dynamite, I like that band quite a bit, but None More Black at their best, is better lyrically and musically.
Unlike a lot of rarities collections I’ve posted, this one isn’t such a bad starting point if you’ve never heard NMB before. I’d track down a copy of Loud About Loathing as well, since it’s their best stuff and it’s back in print on vinyl AND it’s really cheap through No Idea.
I really am baffled as to why more Hardcore kids don’t jock this band. They’ve had members of prominent Hardcore bands AND they’ve got killer hooks. It’s really accessible music, and is head and shoulders above the drivel that get’s passed as “pop punk” on here, ESPECIALLY considering the love I see for Kid Dynamite/Lifetime etc… You’d think that a band that shares members with them would get some love. Anyways, I’ve just frustrated myself typing this out.
I saw NMB once during their first existence (they split up and reformed), and it was with like 30 people in a shitty bar in Edmonton, Alberta in like 2005ish. I was bummed because Fifth Hour Hero’s van broke down and they couldn’t play. I’m not sure why I’m even bothering with that story, there isn’t a whole lot to it.
Side Note: I know that there is an unreleased demo with a couple versions of tracks off of File Under Black. If anyone has those tracks, let me know!
On to the good stuff:
This download contains the tracks from the following compilations: Prisoners of War a Compilation to Benfit Peter Young, Rock Against Bush V1, In Honor: a Compilation to Beat Cancer, and Wrectrospective. It also contains the 2002 demo, and the 2001 7” EP.
I wonder how many asks I would get accusing me of not listening to the bands I post stuff by, accusing me of only existing on the internet, critiquing every opinion I share etc…
The messages that get sent to some of the girls I follow on here are fucking insane. Dudes, if you’re feeling threatened because women are into what you’re into you should deal with it in ways other than anonymous messages.
OnGuard was a Jason Shevchuk’s solo recordings made after None More Black broke up. They (or he? I’m just gonna with they) never had a proper release, although a couple tracks did make it onto compilations and there was a digital demo available online for a minute through Myspace. Since they never had a proper release, they never got much attention, but some of these recordings are great. Others… a little less so. I’ll let you make up your own mind about what tracks are the strongest, but I prefer that one’s that don’t hint at where Shevchuk was heading when OnGuard became a full band and morphed into the rather dull Lagrecia. As an aside, I loved the first Lagrecia track I heard, a demo version of You Like Baseball I Like Ghosts, but when the LP came in the mail I listened to it once and it hasn’t left since. I remember reading that Shevchuk didn’t really enjoy righting and recording for himself and preferred to do so with/for a full band, but I honestly perfer the songs on here that are most stripped down. The guy has a pretty unique voice, and it works to his advantage in the recordings that have less going on.
These recordings are overall pretty cool, and definitely worth a spin if you’ve enjoyed any of Jason’s other projects.
If I’ve missed any tracks, let me know! It’s kinda tough to track everything down when almost everything is technically unreleased. This download is more complete than anything I found cruising the web, and at least one song on here hadn’t been listened to on Lastfm in the last 6 months.
Note: It’s Like Blaming Cupcakes was on the Generic Insight radio comp, and Give My Love to Rose was on that Johnny Cash tribute that Anchorless records did a few years back.
This post is mostly for my friends, because I know they’ll get it.
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and had a good conversation about it with James the other night. This might be a little scattered, so bear with me. I think what it comes down to is that hardcore isn’t really something I’m involved with, because that doesn’t do it justice. Hardcore is the reason nearly every single person who matters to me is a part of my life. Hardcore taught me to challenge myself, and to think critically about my actions and beliefs, and to keep trying to improve myself. Hardcore gave me self confidence when I had none, and made me comfortable with standing for what I believe. Hardcore had given me more knowledge, experience, friendship and love in the last 10 years that many people get in their entire lives. It taught me that I don’t have to settle for having people in my life just because “They’re around”. It gave me a ton of friends, but also taught me that not everyone deserves to be a part of my life and that sometimes you have to make cuts. Most of all, Hardcore is so much a part of my being, that I don’t know what I’d do without it. It’s just a natural thing at this point, I don’t really think about it because Hardcore is second nature. It’s what I do, it’s who I am, and I don’t regret a single second of it.
I’m grateful that my life took this path and I’m grateful for the incredible people I’ve surrounded myself with.
I haven’t put up any music for download in a while, I haven’t really been motivated to upload anything lately. Hopefully this gets me going again.
Where to even start with this band? One of the best NWHC bands ever, released one of the best Hardcore LPs of the last decade, and then somehow followed it up with even better material on their final release. It’s incredibly rare that a band, especially a Hardcore band, continues to get better throughout their entire existence.
I find it very strange that I don’t really hear anyone outside of the Northwest talk about Blue Monday anymore. They didn’t break up that long ago, not accounting for “Hardcore Years”. They toured a fair bit, released a record on the biggest Hardcore label in the world, and released a split with Go It Alone who were one of the bigger Hardcore bands at the time (and the Blue Monday half was significantly better than the GIA half).
I don’t really feel a need to describe Blue Monday as anything beyond a Hardcore band. Do you like Hardcore? Yes? Then download this. Even if you already like Blue Monday, this will have tracks you haven’t got.
Blue Monday broke up before I moved to the Vancouver Area, so I only saw them once. It was in Seattle and it was their second last show. When they were supposed to play in Edmonton (my hometown) they had cancelled a week or so in advance, but the promoter didn’t tell anyone and blamed them not showing on vehicle troubles. That said, that “no show” was one of the best shows I went to in that city, so I can’t even be mad about the slimy omission/lie to get kids out.
Also, if anyone is interested, most of Blue Monday plays in a Hardcore band called Circles. They’ve released a Demo and a 7” and are working on an LP right now that will contend for best release of 2012.
On to the good stuff, this download contains:
- Blue Monday Demo
- War Wounds 7”
- What’s Done is Done 7”
- Tracks from the following compilations: Look Out Below, Power of Ten V2, Coastal Flooding