Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Short, Fast + Loud! Vol.1 (2000)

Short, Fast + Loud! Vol.1 (2000)

Hello readers of "Nola 504 and More" I'm just climbing aboard as a contributor to this great blog. I would like to give a big thanks to Swampchode and crew for the offer to become a member of the team and have a chance to get some tunes out that hopefully a few of you will enjoy. Bare with me as I slowly get the hang of things around here as a contributor as I was just a regular follower. If you like something give support to the band or label and purchase it, also it's really easy to leave comments......Cheers!

I didn't really know where to start so I'll bring a little variety to the plate so to!

" Short, Fast + Loud! Vol.1" is a compilation of 40 bands from all over the globe bringing you sonic fury at break neck speeds and grinding heaviness. Released in 2000 by one of my favorite labels throughout the nineties, Slap A Ham Records. The comp shares the name with a 'zine started by Slap A Ham head honcho Chris Dodge (Spazz) and delivers exactly what the title states songs that are short, fast and loud. This was release # 59 in the Slap A Ham catalog that had an output of 64 total from 1989 to 2002. If you can get down to D.I.Y Fastcore, Grindcore, Crust, Noisecore, Powerviolence and Thrash then check this out.

Track Listing:

1. Aftermath - Loyalty Oath
2. B.S.E - What's Worse?
3. Catheter - Slain and Broken
4. Dataclast - Strategic Intertext

5. Daybreak - Romulan Boarding Party
6. Dead Nation - What Are You gonna Do about It?
7. Despite - Crust
8. Discordia - Segregacion
9. Dread 101 - Predestination
10. Dumbstruck - 180 Degrees
11. El Nudo - Hate and Hate
12. Entropia - Assunizone
13. Existench - Cleanse
14. Fetus Eaters - Father Howard
15. Goat Shanty - Thirteen
16. In Control - Crash and Burn
17. Insult - Let's Give Emo Something To cry about
18. Iron Lung - Pushing Life
19. Kontortion - Boxed In / Closed Off
20. Lana Dagales - Instrumental
21. Life In A Burn Clinic - Unsilence
22. Life's Halt - Take It To The Heart
23. Mouthbreather - Pandemic
24. Mukeka Di Rato - Mickey
25. Otophobia - Blue Polyester
26. Peruke - Your Choice
27. Pignation - Moral Demise
28. Point Of Few - Developed Research
29. Progeria - Life's Scars
30. Ruinacre - Atrophied Emotions
31. Ruination - Who's In Season
32. The Scarlet Letter - Collateral Damage
33. Shank - Ergot
34. Spaul - Unexpected Terms
35. Totally Ridiculous - Conquer Earth
36. Tusks Of Blood - Flesheater
37. The Ultimate Warriors - The Only Good Mark
38. Uniq - Take No Notice
39. What Happens Next - Those Who Own The Streets
40. Wilbur Cobb - N.S.T.

Lets go!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Zydepunks - Finisterre (2008)

2008 - Finisterre

The fourth record from these New Orleans cult favorites is a kick ass good time with Eastern European, Breton and Cajun grooves infused with a fierce punk energy and lyrics in Spanish, English, French Creole and Yiddish. Comparisons to Gogol Bordello are inevitable but these five would absolutely hold their own in a sweat soaked dance floor throw-down.  - taken from Now Hear This

Track Listing:

1.  Papirossen in Gan Eden
2.  Angel Whiskey
3.  Blood Song
4.  Por la orilla del mar
5.  Dear Molly
6.  When My Ship Sails Away
7.  One More Chance
8.  Cuando crecerán los flores
9.  Song for Mike
10. Long Story Short
11. La vie est courte et cruelle

I thought I posted this up last week but as crazy as things have been going for me it must have slipped my mind.  These guys need no introduction here, unless you are a new visitor, The Zydepunks come back strong with 2008's Finisterre.  Expect more of what you heard on their previous efforts, as well as, (in my opinion) a tighter band as a whole.  I like to say that these guys sound could be described as "Heavy Zydeco" or "Zydecore".  I don't want to start a 3 year debate about sub sub sub sub sub sub genre's or anything though, ha!

Check them out HERE


Kur, your gonna love this one. 

The Pandoras - Stop Pretending (1986)

Origin: Chino, California, USA
Genre: Garage Rock
CD reissue: 2006
Quality: 136 Mb (320kbps)

Paula Pierce (guitar, vocals)
Kim Shattuck (bass)
Melanie Vammen (keyboards)
Karen Blankfeld (drums)

1 In and Out of My Life (In a Day)2:52
2 I Didn't Cry 3:01
3 Anyone But You 3:02
4 You're All Talk 2:52
5 That's Your Way Out 2:48
6 You Don't Satisfy 3:35
7 Let's Do Right 2:11
8 I'm Your Girl 2:14
9 The Way It's Gonna Be 3:16
10 Stop Pretending 2:36
11 Ain't Go No Soul The Pandoras 2:33
12 It Felt Alright 3:45
13 The Hump 2:36
14 I Want My Caveman 2:59
15 You Burn Me Up and Down 2:38
16 Bad Seed (Demo Version) 2:29
17 She's Ugly (Demo Version)2:45
18 Love Them, Leave Them (Demo Version) 2:14
19 Something I Can't Have (Demo Version) 2:49
20 You Don't Know (Demo Version) 2:42
21 Never Get Enough (Demo Version) 3:25
22 In and Out of My Life (In a Day) (Demo Version) 2:52
Total Playing Time 62:03

The Pandoras are an all-girl garage rock band that I discovered since I'm a huge Kim Shattuck (Muffs) fanboy and wow are they ever great! This will totally remind you of the great garage bands of the 60's.

Stop Pretending

Monday, March 29, 2010

Scott H. Biram - Somethings Wrong /Lost Forever (2009)

2009 - Something's Wrong/Lost Forever

Rock ‘n’ Roll ain’t pretty and neither is Scott H. Biram. The self proclaimed ‘Dirty Old One Man Band’ successfully, and sometimes violently, lashes together blues, hillbilly and country precariously to raucous punk and godless metal.

Biram ain’t no candy-ass singer/songwriter either, sweetly strumming songs about girls with big eyes and dusty highways. HELL NO!!! His singing, yodeling, growling, leering and brash preachin’ and hollerin’ is accompanied by sloppy riffs and licks from his 1959 Gibson guitar and pounding backbeat brought forth by his amplified left foot. The remainder of this one-man band consists of an unwieldy combination of beat-up amplifiers and old microphones strung together by a tangled mess of guitar cables.

Years of non-stop touring have honed his assault to a fine edge; his wide-eyed throw downs in the First Church of Ultimate Fanaticism routinely lead giddy followers to a fiery baptism.

Scott H. Biram won’t die. On May 11th, 2003, one month after being hit head-on by an 18-wheeler at 75 MPH, he took the stage at The Continental Club in Austin, TX in a wheel chair – I.V. still dangling from his arm. With 2 broken legs, a broken foot, a broken arm and 1 foot less of his lower intestine, Biram unleashed his trademark musical wrath.

When Scott H. Biram took the stage at his 2004 SXSW festival showcase right after Kris Kristofferson he was quoted as growling “They said that was a hard act to follow….I’m a hard act to follow motherfuckers!!” The stunned crowd looked on.

“Scott’s self described ‘dirty old one-man band’ had a captivating immediacy that big rock shows rarely reach. On stage Scott is a man possessed, spitting and snarling like a Mississippi juke-joint shouter on a moonshine bender.” – Eben Sterling, Thrasher

“He has a true stage presence that could be fairly compared to that of Clint Eastwood on film. The dude’s more dude than most other dudes you will ever meet.” – Austin Columnist

“An impassioned multi-instrumentalist unleashing a brutal cacophany with the fury of someone whose check from the Devil finally cleared. Half dirty blues, half underground punk, half honky-tonk, half revival meeting…oh shut up about the math. You’ll see the light.” – Dayna Papaleo, Rochester City News

“His barbarous exorcism of Depression-era blues—with a bedrock of frantic flatpicking, foot stomps into a floor mike, and gutteral growls through a distortion mike—has made Biram a rising star in Austin.” – Brian T. Atkinson, No Depression

“Biram is the kind of guy you don’t laugh at all the way just in case he really is crazy. We all wanna be entertained, but nobody wants to get stabbed in the head with a screwdriver.” – Frank de Blase, Rochester City News

“With a raw immediacy that recalls Hasil Adkins and Bob Log III, Biram specializes in a twisted hybrid of gutbucket, hillbilly and godless metal. He’ll praise the virtues of moonshine and titty bars one minute, then tongue-lash city slickers and hippies the next.” – John La Briola, Houston Press

Track Listing:

1.   Hospital Escape
2.   Time Flies
3.   Sinkin’ Down
4.   Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue
5.   Aint It a Shame
6.   Judgement Day
7.   Draggin’ Down The Line
8.   Feel So Good
9.   Wildside
10. Hard Time
11. The Wishing Well
12. Go Down Ol’ Hanna

Here's another great album in rotation at my house right now.   This guy is is high on Hee Haw.  I swear, and listening to this makes me feel like I am too.  This is serious beer drinkin' Southern fried angry music at it's finest.

Check him out HERE


He'll be touring this Europe April / May, so be sure to catch him when he passes through.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Reverend Horton Heat - Laughin' & Cryin' (2009)

Most recent release by The Rev. and boys and it's just as good as you'd expect...

"Laughin’ & Cryin’ with the Reverend Horton Heat finds the Rev (and Jimbo and the boys) back with a brand new barrel of licks. Naturally, this album contains tracks that touch on all of the styles RHH is known to employ, from country blues and Texas swing to hillbilly hi-jinks and ripped up rock ‘n’ roll. Mostly, though, this time out has Jim Heath wearing the greasepaint and playing the rockabilly rodeo clown.

The opening “Drinkin’ and Smokin’ Cigarettes” immediately gets things swinging with a promise to keep enjoying vices until love reforms those wayward ways. “Ain’t No Saguaro in Texas” aims to set the world straight about Hollywood’s go-to comical cactus (you know, the one that looks like it’s surrendering at gunpoint?). Musically, the song is a little like the soundtrack for a cartoon, not in a goofy sound-effect sense, but in its mix of sounds used to propel the lyric narrative. A polished, Nashville-style country music mood meets a mariachi/polka beat. Oh, and it’s catchy, too. Once this song makes the rounds, no filmmaker will ever mistake Arizona for the Lone Star State again!

The funny stuff continues with “Death Metal Guys”, a song about the many marked difference between rockabillies and the title’s types, which features a fast pace and blistering guitar that approaches the psychobilly threshold of old, but doesn’t quite cross it. But that’s not a bad thing, as this song will surely become a live favorite. Next up, “River Ran Dry” takes a downturn, lyrically, as drought is addressed (via an absence of catfish). However, musically it’s another upbeat rockabilly classic. “Please Don’t Take The Baby To The Liquor Store” and “Oh, God! Doesn’t Work In Vegas” are two more tracks that take serious subjects (alcoholism and gambling addiction) and turn them on their ears, Reverend Horton Heat style. Both piano-driven, bass-slappin’ humor-in-hard-times examples of what Heath does best.

Much of the rest of the album is filled with some countrified pride sentiments, such as “Rural Point of View” and “There’s a Little Bit of Everything in Texas” (except, of course, Saguaro), and with more comedy like “Beer Holder”, “Crazy Ex-Boyfriend”, and “Just Let Me Hold My Paycheck”. In a brilliantly weird, almost lounge-lizard song of lost love, “Aw, the Humanity”, we hear of the Hindenburg of broken hearts, and Snoopy and all four members of Led Zeppelin are mentioned by name. There are also two genius instrumental tracks. “Spacewalk” is a gorgeous, mesmerizing pedal steel piece that takes Santo and Johnny to the stars, while “Oh by Jingo!” ends the album with a cool-rockin, country-pickin’ nod to Chet Atkins.

Some fans of the Reverend Horton Heat might lament the lack of psychobilly barn-burners on this record, or resent what they perceive to be a mellower, more mature Reverend. How sad for them if that’s the case, because although it’s true that these tracks tend to lean a bit more in the direction of the country part of rockabilly than toward the rave-up rockers, it still seems to me that there’s a lot more laughin’ than cryin’ going on here." ~

1. Drinkin' and Smokin' Cigarettes
2. Ain't No Saguaro in Texas
3. Death Metal Guys
4. River Ran Dry
5. Please Don't Take the Baby to the Liquor Store
6. Aw, the Humanity
7. Rural Point of View
8. Oh God! Doesn't Work in Vegas
9. Spacewalk
10. Beer Holder
11. Crazy Ex Boyfriend
12. There's A Little Bit of Everything in Texas
13. Just Let Me Hold My Paycheck
14. Oh By Jingo!

RHH - L&C : Awright...

Band Site

The Reverend Horton Heat - The Full Custom Gospel Sounds Of.....(1993)

This is probably my favorite album by these crazy Texan's, but everything they've put out is really good. But what do you get when you mix Gibby Haynes with The Rev. and crew? Badassness, that's what...Not a filler song on this one and "Bales Of Cocaine" and "400 Bucks" are just flat out awesome! I've been listening to this from time to time for the last 15 years and it NEVER gets old.

"When the Reverend Horton Heat returned with a sophomore album, he had fellow manic Texan Gibby Haynes (of Butthole Surfers fame) riding the production board. Recorded in Memphis's Ardent Studios, GOSPEL SOUNDS is yet another rabble-rousing batch of slap bass, breakneck-speed guitar, and the raspy singing of the good Reverend Heat (Jim Heath).

When Heat isn't whooping it up with the lascivious "Wiggle Stick," he's putting on a nimble display of fingerpicking on the instrumental "Beer: 30." Unfettered garage rock is furiously delivered on such manic workouts as "Big Little Baby," the runaway "Lonesome Train," and the chugging, fleet-fingered "Bales of Cocaine," an amusing tale of drug smugglers. A highlight is the Mojo Nixon-flavored and absurd "You Can't Get Away From Me," a rollicking ditty about a groupie in which the Stray Cats, Charlie Sexton, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are mentioned. It's all wrapped up by the absurdist singalong double-entendre "Nurture My Pig," which segues into the avant-garde "Gin and Tonic Blues," an atonal dirge that the Reverend admitted to passing out in the middle of recording." ~

Recorded at Ardent Studios, Memphis, Tennessee.

Personnel: Reverend Horton Heat (vocals, guitar); Jimbo Wallace (vocals, upright bass); Taz (vocals, drums)

1. Wiggle Stick 3:00
2. 400 Bucks 3:09
3. The Devil's Chasing Me 5:21
4. Livin' on the Edge (Of Houston) 2:52
5. You Can't Get Away from Me 2:26
6. Beer:30 3:00
7. Big Little Baby 2:31
8. Lonesome Train Whistle 3:22
9. Bales of Cocaine 2:11
10. Loaded Gun 4:18
11. Nurture My Pig! 4:00
12. Gin and Tonic Blues 3:39

RHH - TFCGSO : Awright...


Toy Dolls - The History 1979-1996 (Compilation 1997)

Genre: Punk Rock
Origin: Sunderland, England
Years Active: 1979-present
File: Disc 1: 109 Mb (256kbps) Disc 2: 109 Mb (256kbps)

Disc 1
Idle Gossip
Back In 79
Pot Belly Bill
Fisticuffs In Frederick St.
Fiery Jack
P.C. Stocker
Alfie From The Bronx
Lazy Sunday Afternoon
Stay Mellow
When You're Jimmy Saville
Tocattta In Dm
Alec's Gone
The Lambrusco Kid
No Particular Place To Go
Poor Davey
Modern Schools Of Motorin'
Terry Talking
Blue Suede Shoes
Olga Crack Corn
Sod The Neighbours

Disc 2
Dig That Groove Baby
Please Release Me Darling I Loathe You
Silly Billy
Ernie Had A Hernia
Sabre Dance
Dougy Giro
The Sphinx Stinks
She Goes To Finos
Rupert The Bear
Glenda & The Test Tube Baby
Harry's Hands
James Bond Lives Down Our Street
Nellie The Elephant
Spiders In The Dressing Room
I'll Get Even With Steven
Cloughy Is A Boot Boy
Bitten By A Bed Bug

Here's a career retrospective of the amazing punk band Toy Dolls from England and it's got a ton of fun bouncy tunes on it. These guys are legendary so if you've never heard them you are in for one hell of a rockin' good time.

The History 1979-1996 Disc 1
The History 1979-1996 Disc 2

Friday, March 26, 2010

Sean Reefer and The Resin Valley Boys - Texas Hill Country (2003)

I would like to contribute a link to a album I uploaded for you to post on your teriffic blog, if you like it. Maybe you know of this cat maybe not, Sean Reefer & and the Resin Valley Boys outta Huston, Texas. Here's their outstanding 2003 debut (and only release)"Texas Hill Country". You pretty much know what you're gonna get with a name like that! Traditional country sound with songs about grow'n, smoke'n, drink'n and more smoke'n..ha! I hope you enjoy

Thanks T! I definitely enjoyed the hell outta this!

2003 - Texas Hill Country

Sean Raiford formed the Resin Valley Boys with the goal of bringing the sounds of classic country and western swing music back to a world that had forgotten how to two-step. Sean and the Boys quickly built a reputation as the swinginest band from Houston Texas, cementing that reputation with the release of their first full length album, "Texas Hill Country," in 2003. Their first nominations for Best C&W Act and Best New Act from the Houston Press Music Awards soon followed. Since then, Sean Reefer and the Resin Valley Boys have appeared onstage with such Texas legends as Asleep At The Wheel, Dale Watson, FlameTrick Subs, Alvis Wayne, and Wayne "The Train" Hancock, and national acts like David Allan Coe, Deke Dickerson, Scott H. Biram, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men, Weary Boys, Big Sandy and his Flyrite Boys, Wanda Jackson, Joe Ely, Billy Joe Shaver, and Junior Brown.

    In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Sean and the Boys received nominations for Best C&W Act from the Houston Press Music Awards, winning the prestigious title in '05 and '06 and '09. In 2007 the band won both the American Marijuana Music Award and Global Marijuana Music Award for best Country Song and in 2008 they won the Global Marijuana Music Award for best Country Song.

    Sean has been busy singing all over the great state of Texas ever since, winning new fans in every honky-tonk, dancehall, and lounge he and the Boys play in. Currently, they are in the studio recording material for a forthcoming, brand new full length release. Watch for them soon in your town. And bring your dancin' shoes; they'll wear 'em out for you soon enough.

Track Listing:

1.  The Other Side
2.  Bowl of Schwag
3.  Whiskey Bottle
4.  Texas Hill Country
5.  Diggin' In the Dirt
6.  Big Green Freight
7.  Swamp Booger Boogie
8.  When My Momma Told Me
9.  Do It All Wrong
10. Light It Don't Hide It
11. Reefer Blues
12. Green Yodel #1

This album was sent in by one of our regular visitors here, Mr. T.  I can't believe I never heard this album before actually, especially because 1. I love smoking the "Devil's Lettuce" and 2.  I love good old-time country music.  Definitely check this out if you like either no. 1 or 2.

(Thanks again to Mr. T!)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Mick Jagger - Wandering Spirit (1993)

It's been at least 8 years since I last heard this cd and totally forgot about it until I ran across it yesterday looking for something else. I popped it in and was completely blown away by how good the music's held up over the years! I guess I took this one for granted back in the day, but it's in pretty heavy rotation around here right now. Mick sounds great and this cd offers a little bit of pretty much everything, all done EXTREMELY well...Has a badass cover of Bill Wither's "Use Me" featuring Lenny Kravitz too.

"Given the feckless posturing of Mick Jagger's solo output ­ "She's the Boss" (1985) and "Primitive Cool" (1987) traded substance for style ­ the sheer punch of "Wandering Spirit" is staggering. Flexing the professional savvy that has long been his trustiest gift, Jagger nabbed as producer the rap & rock storm trooper Rick Rubin, and with deft players new and old (Billy Preston, Lenny Kravitz, Jimmy Rip, Jim Keltner), the pair deliver high-voltage goods. From rock ("Wired All Night") to funk (James Brown's "Think"), Mick stalks the Stones' turf with renewed attack ­ but he ranges too (from country to folk to faux-Elizabethan elegance), far more adventurously than those titans have roamed of late. Best of all, "Wandering Spirit" brings back Jagger's voice full bore - a role-playing marvel of intimidating skill." ~ Paul Evans

  1. "Wired All Night" – 4:05
  2. "Sweet Thing" – 4:19
  3. "Out of Focus" – 4:36
  4. "Don't Tear Me Up" – 4:11
  5. "Put Me in the Trash" (Mick Jagger, Jimmy Ripp) – 3:35
  6. "Use Me" w/ Lenny Kravitz (Bill Withers) – 4:28
  7. "Evening Gown" – 3:33
  8. "Mother of a Man" – 4:18
  9. "Think" (Lowman Pauling) – 2:59
  10. "Wandering Spirit" (Mick Jagger, Jimmy Ripp) – 4:18
  11. "Hang On to Me Tonight" – 4:37
  12. "I've Been Lonely for So Long" (Posie Knight, Jerry Weaver) – 3:29
  13. "Angel in My Heart" – 3:24
  14. "Handsome Molly" (Traditional) – 2:06

MJ - WS : Awright...


Nadja - Desire in Uneasiness (2008)

Genres: Ambient Drone/Doom Metal
Lyrical Themes: Love, Immolation, Death
Origin: Canada (Toronto, Ontario)
Formed In: 2002
Label: Crucial Blast
Status: Active
File: 131 Mb (320kbps)

Aidan Baker: Bass/Effects
Leah Buckareff: Bass
Jakob Thiesen: Drums
The Reverend Aitor: Artwork

1. Disambiguation 07:12
2. Sign-Expressions 13:17
3. Affective Fields 07:44
4. Uneasy Desire 15:17
5. Deterritorialization 18:49
Total playing time 01:02:16

I'm really new to Nadja and they have a huge discography so I guess I just started at random after reading some reviews. I picked a good one to post, I think, because I'm enjoying the hell out of it. Nadja play crushing drone/doom that just hypnotizes you with the gradual changes and the billion little things going on everywhere. Outstanding album.

Desire in Uneasiness

Phillip Roebuck - One-Man Band (2004)

2004 - One-Man Band

"Phillip Roebuck is poorly suited to written description. Merely describing what he does makes it sound trivial, when it is actually mind-blowing. Phillip is a one-man band in the traditional mould: He sings, plays banjo and harmonica with a bass drum strapped to his back, which he operates with a foot-powered harness that also plays the tambourine and maracas. See? That sounds silly, doesn't it? But Phil isn't silly, he is both a delightful oddity and the purest kind of genius. He plays in a frenetic style that suits his reedy, mountain-style singing, and manages to sound both plaintive and raucous at the same time. Look past the contraption and be enlightened."
-Steve Albini, 2004

"Imagine you are a one-man band. There's a huge backpack-like contraption that's holding a bass drum with two cords attached to mallets. There's one cord coming down to each leg for drum control. When you stomp each leg you make a thundering drum sound. Sound cool? There's more. While rhythmically pounding both feet to the ground, creating your desired drum sound, you are also equipped with a banjo. You play this banjo with ever increasing force and skill throughout the song. Now the crowd is mesmerized. They've never seen or heard anything like it. There's no niche or category to file this under. It's just simply amazing. One of the most inspiring shows I've seen all year. John Peel would have been proud."
Autopia John Peel Memorial, 2005
"He plucks that banjo like a madman, like the devil himself."
-New York Press
"Whirling one-man banjo ninja is in fighting form."
-Europe Intelligence Wire

"There's no niche or category to file this under. It's just simply amazing."

Track Listing:

1.  Summons Song
2.  Coward Day
3.  Wheatback Penny
4.  Be My Little Widow
5.  The Banyan Tree
6.  Carolina Requiem
7.  Carrick Bend
8.  Rattleback Blues
9.  Amanda
10. Milk Rag
11. Braxton Hicks
12. Running Home

Holy shit!  I can't believe I still have not posted this up yet.  This guy is amazing.  Just take my word on this one, you won't be disappointed.

Check him out here


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Les Discrets - Les Discrets (Demo 2006)

Genre: Post Rock, Shoegaze
Origin: France
Status: Active
Label: Prophecy Productions
File: 34 Mb (320kbps)

Fursy Teyssier (Amesoeurs, Phest) - All instruments and vocals

1. Corbeaux Automne Ciel gris 4:16
2. Les vieux ne meurent pas 5:33
3. Pensées Sous Les Nuages 2:26
4. Song For Mountains 3:13
Total Playing Time: 15:28

This is the Les Discrets demo and I'm also posting the split with Alcest at my own blog so i'll give a link for that, too. This demo along with their part of the split with Alcest can be considered a "making of..." type of thing for the new album.

Les Discrets

Split W/ Alcest

Joey Allcorn - All Alone Again - 2009

Woah! Somehow or another I completely forgot that Joey was releasing a new album and I'm totally kicking myself in the ass for not finding this a lot sooner. In case you missed his first cd (which is posted here) don't make that mistake this time! I highly recommend this guy to anybody who likes Hank Sr., Jr. or III or Earl Scruggs, Faron Young, Jimmy Martin, etc...Joey Allcorn is one of the very few country musicians that are trying to take country music back to it's 50's and 60's heyday, current popularity and album sales be damned. Fuck the radio.....

And sorry for the super-sized review but it's a good one :

"Self-discovery. It is a lifelong journey for all of us, and the journey is different for each of us. As each day passes, we learn a little more about who we are, and the direction in which we’re headed. This is certainly true for Joey Allcorn, and it is made evident by the lyrics of the opening track of his new album, All Alone Again. While the track, “Honky Tonkin Ramblin’ Man”, may seem to be a simple lively honky tonk number on the surface, much more can be interpreted from Allcorn’s words. He knows what he likes: “songs about murder, drinkin, God, drugs, and jail”. He knows what he is: “just a hillbilly singer with a five-piece band”. And perhaps, most importantly, he knows what he is not: “the rebel front man of an outlaw band”.

"I'm not a rebel or an outlaw or anything like that," says Allcorn. " I just make the kind of country music that I like. I'm not trying to re-invent the wheel or do anything revolutionary, I just want to write songs and make records for people who enjoy authentic country music."

All Alone Again, is an authentic reflection of who Joey Allcorn is as a songwriter and as a performer. Instead of making an album with an “underground scene” in mind, he instead made the wise decision to make a record with himself in mind. The result is a cohesive, polished product that reflects not the artist that Allcorn wants to be, but the artist that he is. The album borrows heavily from tradition, but does so in an honest way that makes it accessible to today’s listeners that crave that timeless blend of authenticity, fiddle, and steel.

Perhaps Joey Allcorn’s greatest musical love is the country love song, and he can discuss cheatin’ hearts in the form of an upbeat toe-tapper or of a classic weeper. Plenty of both can be found on All Alone Again. On the upbeat side, there are songs like “Huntsville”, a sarcasm-laced send-off to lady-friend who has up and left him for another man. “The Next Time We Break Up”, a final warning to indecisive lover, could easily be mistaken for a lost Buck Owens song. Another kind of warning, the kind to a guy thinking about confessing his love to a girl, is stated in “Don’t Start Thinkin Like That”. And the Harlan Howard-esque “I’d Be Over You By Now” finds Allcorn in the middle of a classic “aw shucks” moment, knowing he should have exited a relationship long before it reached its unfortunate end.

It’s a good thing these upbeat songs are present on All Alone Again because Allcorn’s “crying time” numbers on this record are the best he’s ever penned. He summons his inner-Hank Williams to deliver the very clever “Just Another Song”, and displays a yodel that Jimmie Rodgers would be proud of on the album’s closing title track. Both deal with broken hearts and loneliness, but some tracks have an even darker aura. Death seems to lurk around every corner, especially on songs like “Six Feet Down”, which will remind listeners of the star-crossed lovers of Edgar Allan Poe’s timeless poem “Annabelle Lee”, and the eerie “Honky Tonk Hell”, in which a haunted juke box and "dead men singing" set the scene.

This makes sense, as Allcorn’s heroes are never far from his mind, and on All Alone Again, he recruited many of the musicians who recorded with his legendary heroes. Fiddle-master Hank Singer, who currently tours with George Jones, Lloyd Green, the most recorded pedal steel guitarist in history and bassist Dave Rowe from Johnny Cash's last touring band were brought on board, as was Drifting Cowboy steel-guitarist Don Helms. Helms passed away in August of 2008, and All Alone Again features some of his final recording sessions. Combine these legendary musicians with modern masters like Johnny Hiland, and Chris Scruggs, and you have just the right sonic mix for the authentic country brilliance that brings Allcorn’s musical vision to life.

As he sings in “Lonesome, Lovesick Man”, Joey Allcorn seems to understand he is living a predestined life. It could really be the theme song for not only the album, but for his own journey of self-discovery. He has been dressing in 1950sstyle western suits on stage for years, but finally on All Alone Again, he completely embraces his true identity as the lonesome, lovesick man he discusses in song. Sure it’s hard, but like he says in “Waitin’ By the Railroad Tracks”, “I ain’t complainin’ ‘cause that’s my life”. At 28 years young, it can be said that Joey Allcorn knows who he is as an artist, and he is intent on showing anyone that’ll take the time to listen. In an era when finding authentic music is like discovering a needle in a haystack, All Alone Again is an incredible breath of fresh air." - Jared Morningstar

1. Honky Tonkin' Ramblin' Man (2:19)
2. Lonesome, Lovesick Man (3:40)
3. Huntsville (2:54)
4. Just Another Song (3:34)
5. Have At It Darlin' (2:50)
6. The Next Time We Break Up (3:10)
7. Honky Tonk Hell (4:21)
8. I'd Be Over You By Now (2:39)
9. Don't Start Thinkin' Like That (2:59)
10. Six Feet Down (2:49)
11. Down In Lousianne (3:11)
12. Waitin' By The Railroad Tracks (4:28)
13. All Alone Again (3:13)

JA - AAA : Awright.....


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Les Discrets - Septembre et ses dernières Pensées (2010)

Genre: Post Rock, Shoegaze
Origin: France
Status: Active
Label: Prophecy Productions
File: 80 Mb (280 Vbr)

Fursy Teyssier (Amesoeurs, Phest) - All instruments and vocals

1. L' Envol Des Corbeaux
2. L' Echappee
3. Les Feuilles De L' Olivier
4. Song For Mountains
5. Sur Les Quais
6. Effet De Nuit
7. Septembre Et Ses Dernieres Pensees
8. Chanson D' Automne
9. Svipdagr & Freyja
10. Une Matinee D' Hiver

Les Discrets is a solo project from Fursy Teyssier from Amesoeurs so you can kind of know what to expect. This is a rock album and there's virtually no black metal involved. So basically it's a beautifully crafted shoegaze album with swirling dreamy guitars, hypnotic rhythms and tender and smooth clean male vocals. If you like music with a wistful, nostalgic feeling throughout, this is for you.

Septembre et ses dernières Pensées

Left Lane Cruiser - All You Can Eat (2009)

2009 - All You Can Eat

Track Listing:

1.  Crackalacka
2.  Hillgrass Bluebilly
3.  Ol' Fashion
4.  Hard Workin Man
5.  Black Lung
6.  Hard Luck
7.  Broke Ass blues
8.  Putain!
9.  Poopdeflex
10. Waynedale

Here is another GREAT release by Indiana's Left Lane Cruiser.  This is without a doubt one of my favorite albums of 2009. Once again, a BIG thanks to Stonezilla over at the Sludge Swamp for turning me onto these guys.  The album opener "Crackalacka" is enough to have you stompin' your feet and gettin' your boogie on until the music stops.  This is a MUST.

Check 'em out here


Monday, March 22, 2010

Lydia Lunch - Widowspeak: The Original Soundtrack (Solo Best-of Comp. (2CD, 1998)

Origin: Rochester, New York
Genre: Experimental, No Wave, Noise Rock
File: Cd 1: 109 Mb (320kbps) Cd 2: 104 Mb (320kbps)

Disc: 1
1. Death Valley '69 (Lydia Lunch, Sonic Youth)
2. Endless Fall (Rowland Howard, Lydia Lunch)
3. Why Don't We Do It in the Road? (Lydia Lunch, Clint Ruin)
4. Some Velvet Morning (Rowland Howard, Lydia Lunch)
5. Four Cornered Room (Lydia Lunch)
6. Suicide Ocean (Karl Blake, Lydia Lunch)
7. No Excuse (Lydia Lunch, Lee Ranaldo)
8. Short History of Decay, Pts. 1 & 2 (J. Budenholzer, J.F. Coleman, Lydia Lunch)
9. Escape (Joseph Budenholzer, Lydia Lunch)
10. Quiet Night of Murder in Greenwich, Connecticut (Lydia Lunch)
11. The Need to Feed (Joseph Budenholzer, Lydia Lunch)
12. Der Karibische Western (Die Haut, Lydia Lunch)

Disc: 2
1. Twisted (Lydia Lunch, Clint Ruin)
2. Past Glas (Lydia Lunch, Clint Ruin)
3. Done Dun (Rowland Howard, Lydia Lunch)
4. Lock Your Door (Lydia Lunch)
5. Diddy Wah Diddy (8 Eyed Spy, Lydia Lunch)
6. Run Through the Jungle (8 Eyed Spy, Lydia Lunch)
7. Orphans (Lydia Lunch, Teenage Jesus & the Jerks)
8. Son of Stink (Lydia Lunch, Clint Ruin)
9. Still Burning (Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore)
10. Tornado Warnings (Beirut Slump, Lydia Lunch)
11. Lady Scarface (Lydia Lunch)

Lydia Lunch has colloborated with tons of people and her discography is a nightmare to sort through, so this compilation really comes in handy. If you've never checked out Lydia before, this is a great start for you. The music here is mostly all incredible. Some of the songs you are just gonna shake your head and go "wow". I love this stuff, and I hope you enjoy it.

Widowspeak: Disc 1

Widowspeak: Disc 2

Left Lane Cruiser - Gettin' Down On It (2006)

2006 - Gettin' Down On It

Joe takes to the licks, backed by Brenn on one big-ass bass drum, and a whole toolbox full of percussive gear. With a sound so big, and raw, these two are bound to evoke a steady foot-stompin throughout the crowd. From shoddy apartments, to evictions, to a heatless garage, these two have practiced through thick and thin to hone a sound unlike any other. The deep-fried racket these boys serve is sure to stuff ya' gut, pop ya' top, and make ya' panties drop." (CD Baby Review)

Track Listing:

1.  Big Mama
2.  Riverwalk
3.  That Ass
4.  Get Me Free
5.  Mountain Top
6.  Pork n' Beans
7.  Down the Road
8.  My Country
9.  KFD
10. Shotgun Wedding
11. Heart and Soul
12. Cheyenne
13. Ain't Got No Home
14. Board Shakers
15. What You Want

Well, these guys are definitely one of my favorite groups right now.  A big thanks to Stonezilla over at the Sludge Swamp for posting this up about a year ago.  I listen to this non-stop, along with their 2009 release "All You Can Eat".  These guys play a stripped down dirty style of blues that I can't get enough of.  This is a must for fans of The Black Keys, Black Diamond Heavies, etc.  Don't miss this!

Check 'em out here


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Earth - Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars (2001 re-release)

Another Earth album to go with the studio one Kur posted. The first track is about a half hour of a live show in London in 1995. The rest of the tracks are from a 1990 demo, including "Divine and Bright" with guest vocals by Kurt Cobain.


1. Ripped on Fascist Ideals
2. Geometry Of Murder
3. German Dental Work
4. Divine And Bright
5. Dissolution 1
6. Bureaucratic Desire For Revenge
7. Orouboros


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Earth - HEX: Or Printing in the Infernal Method (2005)

Genres: Drone, Psychedelic Rock
Origin: United States of America (Olympia, Washington)
Formed In: 1990
Label: Southern Lord
Status: Active
File: 107 Mb (320kbps)

Current line-up:
Dylan Carlson - Guitars
Don McGreevy - Bass
Adrienne Davies - Drums

1. Mirage 01:45
2. Land of Some Other Order 07:19
3. The Dire and Ever Circling Wolves 07:34
4. Left in the Desert 01:13
5. Lens of Unrectified Night 07:56
6. An Inquest Concerning Teeth 05:16
7. Raiford (The Felon Wind) 07:21
8. The Dry Lake 03:21
9. Tethered to the Polestar 04:42
Total playing time 46:27

Wow, this album is almost like a miracle. The whole thing just reminds me of slowed down versions of spaghetti western music and the atmosphere just engulfs you with a thick lazy haze. Trust me, you'll find this release interesting and beautiful.

HEX: Or Printing in the Infernal Method

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ben Weasel & His Iron String Quartet - These Ones Are Bitter (2007)

Genre: Pop Punk
Origin: Chicago Illinois
Label: Mendota Recording Company
Producer: Mike Kennerty
File: 82 Mb (320kbps)

Ben Weasel- vocals
Mike Kennerty- guitar/ producer
Dan Andriano- bass
Chris Gaylor- drums

1. Let Freedom Ring
2. In A Few Days
3. Got My Number
4. Happy Saturday
5. Sour All Over
6. The First Day of Spring
7. Blue Is The Ocean
8. Affected By You
9. Jeanette
10. Addition By Subtraction
11. Give It Time
12. Summer's Always Gone Too Soon
13. In A Bad Place
14. Only In November
Total Playing Time: 36:56

Oh my god is this album ever a sing-along fun good time! This is Ben (Screeching Weasel) at his best and it's about as addictive as an album can get. This is one happy uplifting hop hop pogolicious rocking good time. Back to the basics of good time rock n roll on this one.

These Ones Are Bitter

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Carusella (2008)

2008 - Carusella

Aphek and Shechter has recorded and toured together for 3 years with the band ‘ED’ which broke up closely to when "Carusella" was born. Both are considered well known figures in the Israeli alternative music scene. Aphek initiated and produced the first Israeli Independent Alternative "outdoors" festival in the north of Israel which is called ‘Hutsmize’. Shechter in his past has recorded and toured with various Israeli bands such as: ‘Kruzenshtern & Parohod’; ‘Monotonix’; ‘O.B.E.Y’; ‘Flying Baby’, ‘Superdrive’ and many more.  ‘Carusella’ brings out the essence of “Boy-Girl”, “super loud”, “two people are enough”. Their live performance presents their tensed chemistry and explosive charged energies. Carusella's debut EP album shows their genuine and innovative approach to rock'n'roll, stretching the boundaries by writing unique hardcore songs yet arranging them in a poppy way. Now After two years of touring Europe and spreading their self produced/distributed debut EP, the two are touring the US.

Track Listing:

1. Sally
2. Conclusions
3. Star Quality
4. Surrender
5. Hunt
6. You Say
7. I Smile

Carusella  played New Orleans last Monday night.  They had to follow two of the heaviest sets I've witnessed in a LONG time.... Thou, followed by Haarp.  Needless to say, they did a great job.  They kept the energy flowing and I kept the beers flowing.  After Carusella, Torche closed the show.  It was definitely a strange lineup but somehow, it worked very well. 

Check them out here


Bob Wayne and The Outlaw Carnies - Driven by Demons (2008)

2008 - Driven By Demons

Track Listing:

1.   Driven By Demons
2.   Reptile
3.   Estacada
4.   Home
5.   One For The Lord
6.   Drug Runner
7.   Wired Up
8.   Gold
9.   Love Songs Suck
10. Final Walk
11. Workin' Man

Here is the most recent offering from Bob Wayne and The Outlaw Carnies.  Another instant classic. 

Check them out here

Drug Runner

Banjo & Sullivan - The Ultimate Collection 1972 - 1978 (2005)

2005 - The Ultimate Collection 1972 - 1978

"Banjo & Sullivan disappeared amid a series of heinous homicides and were basically forgotten." That was the boilerplate from the group's website, though it was as fanciful as it was ominous. In actuality Banjo & Sullivan was a project created by Rob Zombie guerilla marketing-style to promote and support 2005's Devil's Rejects, the sequel to his 2003 cinematic debut, House of a 1000 Corpses. As the back-story went, Roy Sullivan and Adam "Fingers" Banjo shone briefly on the early-'70s honky tonk circuit with crowd-pleasers like "Dick Soup" and "I'm at Home Getting Hammered (While She's out Getting Nailed)." Their fictional career was abruptly ended in 1978, when Banjo, Sullivan, and their crew had a run-in with a group of homicidal freaks called the Devil's Rejects. The duo's crew were killed, but "Banjo & Sullivan were never found." Cue the music. In real life, the music was written and performed by Austin songwriter Jesse Dayton, who collaborated with Lew Temple and Zombie on the project. June 2005's Rob Zombie Presents...Banjo & Sullivan: The Ultimate Collection 1972-1978 carried the ruse even further, full as it was with the duo's fictional honky tonk. Still, it was in good fun. Well, good in a dirty way, considering the subject matter of Rejects, but an ambitious project nonetheless that contained a lot of great little details. ~ Johnny Loftus, All Music Guide

Track Listing:

1.  Dick Soup
2.  I Don't Give A Truck
3.  Honeymoon Song
4.  I'm at Home Getting Hammered (While She's Out Getting Nailed)
5.  Killer On the Lamb
6.  I'm Trying to Quit, But I Just Quit trying
7.  She Didn't Like Me (But She Loved My Money)
8.  Roy's ramble
9.  Lord, Don't Let Me Die In A cheap Motel
10. Free Bird

Jesse Dayton did a superb job with these songs.  Every song on here will either have you laughing your asshole off, or stompin' your feet.  Tracks 1 and 4 are my personal favorites but overall this is damn good. 


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Bob Wayne and The Outlaw Carnies - Blood to Dust

2005 - Blood to Dust

Track Listing:

1.  Road Bound
2.  Ghost Town
3.  27 Years
4.  La Diabla
5.  Bride
6.  My Only Friend
7.  Blood to Dust
8.  Five In The Mornin'
9.  Darkness
10. Work of the Devil
11. Cardboard Blues

Here's another great album by Bob Wayne and his crew of freaks.

Check him out here


The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem - The Very Best Of (2008)

Genre: Irish Folk
Origin: County Tipperary, Ireland
File: 152 Mb (320kbps)

01 - The Jug of Punch 2:54
02 - Roddy McCorley 2:21
03 - The Bard of Armagh 2:47
04 - Finnegans Wake 2:24
05 - Brennan on the Moor 2:09
06 - Tipperary So Far Away 1:54
07 - Johnny I Hardly Knew You 3:36
08 - The Real Old Mountain Dew 1:47
09 - The Men of the West 1:54
10 - Boulavouge 2:38
11 - Courting in the Kitchen 3:37
12 - The Castle of Dromore 2:34
13 - The Minstral Boy 1:35
14 - Bold Thady Quill 2:35
15 - O'Donnell Aboo 2:03
16 - Ballinderry 2:30
17 - The Barnyards of Delgaty 2:06
18 - Portlairge 1:20
19 - Nell Flahertys Drake 2:39
20 - Paddy Doyles Boots 1:23
21 - The Maid of the Sweet Brown Knowe 2:49
22 - The Stuttering Lovers 1:19
23 - The Work of the Weavers 1:58
24 - Bungle Rye 2:23
25 - Eamonn An Chnuic 2:27
26 - The Maid of Fife-E-O 2:12
27 - The Bold Tenant Farmer 1:46
28 - Eileen Aroon 2:50
29 - Johnny McEldoo 1:40

Happy Saint Patrick's Day Everyone!!! I'm Irish, myself, so I've always loved this day and my favorite Irish band has always been the amazing Clancy Brothers. Here's all you will need to get good and jiggy with it, 29 all-time classic cuts from the real deal.

The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem - The Very Best Of

Bob Wayne and The Outlaw Carnies - 13 Truckin' Songs

13 Truckin' Songs

Bob Wayne and his Outlaw carnies have a revolving crew of entertainers. There have been many misfits thus far and there's sure to be many more. To date the carnival has staged Joe Buck, Andy Gibson, the fine gent who recorded the From blood to Dust album- yes folks he's a man of man talents, Trey Dalton, Donny Paycheck, Little Frenchy Girlpants, Pat Fuckin Brown of Tacoma, Martin O' Dirty, Charlie "His parents never gave him a last name", TAD "Bullfrog Mc Gee",Jimmy Finkley, Velvet Davis, Sammy "The Bearded Lady", and Shane " the Alchemist"and yes Dan Infectoid of the Me Infecto, Donny Herron or Tommy or whatever his name is, Sheltonian, JillJill, Billy 2nd place Cook, The Sound Junkie, my Uncle Buck, T-lex, Mr. Don Robertson, Maria the drummer, DOGBITE, Spanky Eddie and the third dude you know who you are, Chris Scruggs, Sarah Gwen, Jacob, Crumville Records, Everyone at Eagle creek, Adam Watters, ONI INK, and many more to come!

Track Listing: 

1.  Mack
2.  Mornin' Time
3.  Devil Son
4.  Showdown
5.  Chatterbox
6.  Left Behind
7.  Long Way Down
8.  The Laugh
9.  100K
10. Movin' Out
11. 1985
12. One For the Ladies
13. Neath the Stone

I don't know what the official release date was but this is good stuff. Cockroach Media are re-releasing this on vinyl this Spring.  Check out the new cover art by "Dirty Donny" :

Cockroach Media will also be releasing Bob Wayne's other albums "Blood to Dust" and "Driven by Demons"  this summer. 


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Stage Bottles - The Best Of (1993-2001)

Genre: Punk Rock, Ska, Oi
Origin: Frankfurt, Germany
Lyrical Themes: Anti-fascism, Working class
File: 159 Mb (320kbps)

Founding Members:
Vocals/Saxophone: Olaf
Vocals: Manu (until 1999)
Guitar: Alex (until 2004)
Bass: Erik (until 2002)
Drums: Hoschi (until 1997)

1. All You Need is Hate 4:25
2. Dead But Not Forgiven 4:05
3. Good Luck 2:39
4. Skinhead Reggae (Live) 3:10
5. In the Mood 3:40
6. Here We Go 2:16
7. Take That 4:31
8. They Are Watching Me 4:10
9. Have Your Fun 4:13
10. Big Kick 4:18
11. Work Together 3:55
12. Hooligan 4:38
13. Hope You Gonna Save Your Life 4:29
14. We Shouldn't Have Done 3:41
15. You'll Never Walk Alone 4:59
16. Simple Song 2:35
17. We've Got to Fight 4:39
18. Sometimes Anti-Social But Always Anti-Fascist 3:38
Total Playing Time: 71:00

The Stage Bottles are a great underrated experimental punk/ska/oi band from Germany who play an infectious and fun blend of musical styles that was sure to rock the house. I really don't know that much about this band except that they're anti-fascist and they bring enough energy to tear off your face!

The Best Of (1993-2001)

Monday, March 15, 2010

The Zydepunks - Exile Waltz (2007)

2007 - Exile Waltz

Since their formation, the Zydepunks have been one of New Orleans’ most rousing live performers. Their energetic arrangements will get you moving whether you’re at a bar or a Celtic festival. On their new album, Exile Waltz, the Zydepunks deliver their most rambunctious collection of songs yet. The rhythm section anchors their punk style, while the accordion, fiddle, and Juan Christian Kuffner’s hyper Afro-French vocals give them an authentic Zydeco feel. “Boudreaux Crosses the Danube” starts off with a winding melody straight from a jack-in-the-box, and then explodes into an lightning-fast variation on and Irish jig. Shortly after the halfway point, the song breaks down into a hypnotic waltz, but soon regains its frisky tempo. A seductive little number that recalls old Parisian nights unravles into a rapid-fire accordion assault on “Andropov/Polka Felix”.

It’s difficult to get bored listening to a Zydepunks record. Exile Waltz is lively, infectious, and an extremely fun listen. - review by Richard Giraldi, Offbeat Magazine 10-07

Track Listing:

1.  Bordreaux Crosses The Danube
2.  Big Man Walking In The Rain
3.  Josette
4.  Valse De Balfa
5.  Andropov-Polka Felix
6.  La Maraichine
7.  Valse De Creve De Faim
8.  Odessa Bulgar
9.  Ma Tisere
10. Lairdeaux A Six Temps
11. Valse D'exil
12. Zydeco Cha Cha

Here is the third album by The Zydepunks.  Expect even more of the unexpected with this one. More accordions, Celtic Jigs, etc.  If you enjoyed the last one I posted, you'll love this.

Zydeco Cha Cha

The Zydepunks have some dates scheduled in April.  Fans in Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee, here's another chance to catch em' live:

Friday, April 9 - 10 pm
Hi Ho Lounge, New Orleans, LA
w/ Debauche

Friday, April 9 - 3:45 to 5:15 PM
French Quarter Festival / Pavilion Stage, New Orleans, LA

Saturday, April 10 - 8 PM
Private Party, Houston, TX

Sunday, April 11 - TBA
Arts Alliance, Austin, TX
w/ Mazel Tov Cocktail Hour

Friday, April 16 - 10 PM
Club 529, Atlanta, GA
w/ West End Motel

Saturday, April 17 - 10 PM
Preservation Pub, Knoxville, TN
w/ Cutthroat Shamrock

Sunday, April 18 - 10 PM
JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN
w/ Cutthroat Shamrock

Friday, April 23 - 10:30 PM
D.B.A., New Orleans, LA
+ Lost Bayou Ramblers

Saturday, April 24 - 4 PM and 6:30 PM
IFest, Houston, TX
Louisiana Stage: 4 PM and stage: 6:30 PM

Ed Hall - Albert (1988)

Origin: Austin, Texas, USA
Genres: Alternative rock, Noise rock
Years active: 1987 – mid-90s
Label: Boner
File: 77 Mb (High Vbr)

Gary Chester - guitar, vocals
Larry Strub - bass guitar, vocals
Lyman Hardy - drums, vocals

1. Cracked 2:32
2. Candy House 3:42
3. Uberman 1:33
4. Dirt 3:10
5. Sedrick 2:02
6. Bowling 3:24
7. Babies 3:52
8. Who's Ed 4:10
9. Generitalia 3:02
10. Reading 2:02
11. Poo Poo 2:34
12. Jungle Lobotamy 4:33
13. Ball Dirt Cookie 2:08
Total Playing Time: 39:34

Another Ed Hall by request, this is their first album. Great, fun stuff.


Ed Hall - Glory Hole (1991)

Origin: Austin, Texas, USA
Genres: Alternative rock, Noise rock
Years active: 1987 – mid-90s
Label: Trance Syndicate
File: 81 Mb (High Vbr)

Gary Chester - guitar, vocals
Larry Strub - bass guitar, vocals
Lyman Hardy - drums, vocals

1. Rachael Hourglass 4:18
2. Hortense Buttermilk 4:01
3. Luke Flukenstock 3:27
4. Scam Cobliber 3:33
5. Bernie Sticky 5:13
6. Destamare P. 3:33
7. Guido O'Brien 4:16
8. Roger Mexico 4:25
9. Buster Enamel 4:24
10. Sandra Gubernatorial 3:05
Total Playing Time: 40:15

Here's another great Ed Hall album going out by request. This is their 3rd album and it's catchy yet weird (as usual) about different people they met while trying to find their imfamous space gourd.

Glory Hole

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Thurston Moore - Psychic Hearts (1995)

Genre: Alternative Rock, Rock n' Roll
Recorded: 1994-1995 at New York City
Born: July 25, 1958 (1958-07-25) (age 51)
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
File: 154 Mb (320kbps)

Thurston Moore – bass, guitar, composer, vocals, producer
Additional musicians
Tim Foljahn – guitar
Steve Shelley – drums

1. Queen Bee and Her Pals 2:57
2. Ono Soul 3:28
3. Psychic Hearts 3:59
4. Pretty Bad 3:58
5. Patti Smith Math Scratch 2:43
6. Blues From Beyond the Grave 4:35
7. See-Through Playmate 2:18
8. Hang Out 4:10
9. Feathers 2:20
10. Tranquilizer 2:06
11. Staring Statues 2:34
12. Cindy (Rotten Tanx)3:46
13. Cherry's Blues 2:05
14. Female Cop 5:24
15. Elegy For All the Dead Rock Stars 19:49
16. Teenage Buddhist Daydream (Bonus) 2:27
Total Playing time: 68:04

This is awesome, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore put out his first solo album in 1995 and it's a good one. 16 well thought out songs crafted by one of the most unique guitarists ever. Don't miss out on this one.

Psychic Hearts

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Angry Johnny and The Killbillies - Killville Auto Salvage Vol.3 (2004)

2004 - Killville Auto Salvage Volume Three

Track Listing:

1.  Hey Darwin
2.  40 More Miles
3.  Chiquita
4.  Bought You A Rose
5.  Ain't Funny Anymore
6.  Davie & Jeanie
7.  Monkey Face Gene
8.  Don't Give A Shit About Me
9.  Toad (acoustic)
10. Over You
11. Won't Get Me Out Of Your Mind
12. Nuclear Man
13. Yankee Doodle Meltdown

Here is the third album of the Killville Auto Salvage series featuring more rarities from Angry Johnny and the gang.  If you enjoyed the rest, you'll love this one too.  


Friday, March 12, 2010

Omean - Live Demo (2010)

2010 - Live Demo

Omean is a new project formed out of Covington, LA. Incorporating Blues elements with a slow and powerful Doom sound, Omean creates a unique quality that will tempt even the hardest of metal heads.  Members include Ryan on vocals (current member of In Every Nightmare and former member of Zynk), Greg on guitar (former member of Organized Hostility and Drone and current member of Channel of Release), Eric on bass (former member of the Robert Fortune Band and current member of Channel of Release), and Brandon on drums.

Track Listing:

1. Serpent Wind
2. Dead Reckoning
3. Inner Stare
4. Exhausting the Well

So here is another Nola 504 and More Exclusive Download.  Ryan, the vocalist is a good friend of mine.  We've been friends since we were teenagers, and once I heard he was in a new band, I had to check it out. If you dig the New Orleans metal scene or sludge/doom in general this should be right up your alley.  This was recorded live, but that doesn't hinder the overall sound at all.  So be sure to check these guys out at and on Myspace.


And for all the locals reading this, be sure to check them out at one of these upcoming shows.

Mar 15 2010      10:00P

Apr 4 2010     8:00P
    The Bar w/ ENFOLD DARKNESS (TN), GIGAN (FL) & more

Apr 23 2010     10:00P
    Nick’s Place w/ MOOSE     Gulfport, Mississippi

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Replacements - Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (Deluxe Edition 2008)

Genre: Punk rock, Rock n' Roll
Lyrical Themes: Partying, City Life
Origin: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Label: Twin/Tone Records
Recorded: Tracks 7 and 11: July 1980. All other tracks: March to June 1981
Status: Split-up
File: 144 Mb (320kbps)

Paul Westerberg - vocals, guitar, producer
Bob Stinson - guitar
Tommy Stinson - bass
Chris Mars - drums

All songs written by Paul Westerberg, except as indicated.
The album was remastered and reissued by Rhino Entertainment on April 22, 2008 with 13 additional tracks.

1. Takin' a Ride – 2:23
2. Careless – 1:08
3. Customer – 1:29
4. Hangin' Downtown – 2:06
5. Kick Your Door Down – 3:11
6. Otto – 2:09
7. I Bought a Headache – 2:24
8. Rattlesnake (Chris Mars/Bob Stinson/Tommy Stinson/Paul Westerberg) – 1:48
9. I Hate Music (Chris Mars/Bob Stinson/Tommy Stinson/Paul Westerberg) – 1:50
10. Johnny's Gonna Die – 3:32
11. Shiftless When Idle – 2:18
12. More Cigarettes – 1:20
13. Don't Ask Why – 1:57
14. Somethin' to Dü – 1:41
15. I'm in Trouble – 2:10
16. Love You Till Friday – 1:53
17. Shutup – 1:23
18. Raised in the City – 1:59
Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
1. Raised in the City (demo) - 2:16
2. Shutup (demo)  - 1:39
3. Don't Turn Me Down (demo) - 1:54
4. Shape Up (demo) - 2:11
5. You Ain't Gotta Dance (demo) - 2:24
6. Get on the Stick (demo) - 1:39
7. Oh Baby (demo) - 1:18
8. Like You (outtake) - 1:44
9. Get Lost (outtake) - 2:27
10. A Toe Needs a Shoe (outtake) (Bob Stinson) - 2:09
11. Customer (alternate take) - 2:09
12. Basement Jam (rehearsal) (Chris Mars/Bob Stinson/Tommy Stinson/Paul Westerberg) - 3:32
13. If Only You Were Lonely - 2:53
Total Playing Time: 1:04:39

I can't really put into words exactly what the replacements mean to me, but looking back, they were my youth. I was lucky enough to see them live twice and they were pretty much the best band on earth for years when they first started out. They knew how to have fun and they especially knew how to rock the fuck out. This is their first album and this deluxe edition has a buttload of cool stuff from when they were basically a garage band. ESSENTIAL. And oh yeah... I'm gonna be helping out here posting some of my non-metal favorites because I already have my own metal blog but I know plenty of other stuff, so.... let's GIT ER DONE!!! or whatever they say in Weeziana

Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Zydepunks - ...and the streets will flow with whiskey (2005)

2005 - ...and the streets will flow with whiskey

Review of "…And the Streets Will Flow With Whiskey"
by "Barnacle" Brian Gillespie,

It's almost October, and this is my choice for album of the year!

I've been waiting to hear this album for years. Even before I'd ever heard the album, or even heard of The Zydepunks, I've been wanting to hear Cajun-punk. I remember discussing the idea of starting a Cajun-flavored punk band with a few friends years ago as a joke, it sounded like a great idea. Too bad none of us had any clue about Cajun music, Zydeco music, or anything remotely close. We figured there were probably a few bands in Nawlins already doing it, and our discussion altered into who was buying the next round.

A couple of years later at a BBQ, I heard a Zydepunks song and got so excited, I attempted a drunken back flip, and landed on my head. lying upside down between the bushes, grass, a fence, and dog shit, at the edge of my buddies yard, I screamed "FUCK YEAH!" It was so original, fresh, and exciting. A totally new sound. I couldn't get enough. (True story!)

The Zydepunks like to call their flavor of music: Bayou Gypsy Punk. It's a combination of: New Orleans Cajun-Irish-Breton-Klezmer-Slavic-Zydeco, and let me tell you, since the BBQ, I've been listening to it non-stop. If the combination of genres isn't enough for you, maybe the combination of languages will wet your whistle. The Zydepunks sing in English, French, German, Spanish, Yiddish, and Portuguese. The album "And The Streets Will Flow With Whiskey" is all over the place. The placement of the songs seriously reminded me of listening to The Pogues album "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" for the first time. The songs are all over the place. You'll be smiling from ear to ear with an irresistible urge to dive nose first into a bowl of gumbo. (Maybe that's just me.) It's an album you'll play in it's entirety, you won't want to skip a track. After a description like that, what more needs to be said? A whole helluvalot.

I'm sure what happened to New Orleans, and the Gulf Coast is still in your thoughts. I'd like to happily mention that even if the members of The Zydepunks are temporarily scattered across the globe. (From North Carolina to Austria) Not even a fucking hurricane (Or two) will stop them, or their music. They'll be playing a Halloween show in Memphis, so make sure you support them when they come through your town. Even their CD's have been saved from the storm. So make sure you pick one up if you're lucky enough to see them live, or if you live too far away, you can order it from their website: So, if you're looking to hear something somewhat similar to Celt-Punk, but with a spicy Cajun twist, I suggest picking up a copy right now, play it at a backyard BBQ, and keep an eye out for the village idiot attempting a back flip into the bushes.

Track Listing:

1.  Madeleine
2.  Satan
3.  Lowlands Of Baghdad
4.  A Fistful Of Oysters
5.  Bwamba's Rambles
6.  Eve's
7.  Tumbalalaika
8.  Reel & Jig Set
9.  Con ti sw va mi corazon
10. Romanian Hora & Bulgar
11. Johnny Can't Dance
12. Die Schwimmbadpiraten
13. Mabel's Got The Blues

I  have been listening to these guys a lot as of late so I figured I'd share.  I didn't bother looking to see if they were even posted anywhere else in the Blogosphere, so if you have no idea who The Zydepunks are, please do yourself a favor a check them out. 

Check them out on Myspace


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Caustic Christ - Can't Relate (2003)

Swampchode got me on a Pallbearer's kick and somehow it made me run across this band again which I haven't heard in years. Crazy, crusty punk recommended to anybody that's looking to catch a case of whiplash...

"You should know the drill by now, expect lots of fast hardcore/punk (but not too fast) with shouted vocals and fucking slick bass runs that fly all over the place rather than copying the guitars. Most of the songs hover right around a minute each and they just shred straight through without fucking around. These cats were never particularly sloppy, but I must say that the new tracks are tighter than ever, so the performances are really fucking dead on. There's definitely more of an emphasis on the punk influences this time out, it's still thick, but it's not what I would classify as necessarily heavy, and the slightly chaotic aspects have become more controlled and refined, which really fits the delivery a lot better. "Frat Boy", for example, has a slightly "catchier" structure with some gang backup vocals and such, but there are still a few tracks with that driving sort of heavier crust thing happening, namely "Immaculate Deception". Then they close the LP with a great cover of Flipper's "Ha, Ha, Ha". I love the recording. It's thick and natural with a suitable mix that gives everything its own space. It's certainly not polished, but it's not overly raw or anything like that at all. It's a lot clearer and more well rounded than the EP's, that's for sure. The layout is all in black and white with a little bit of green, and the artwork is incredible. There are tons of awesome illustrations, and I love the way the booklet is set up. All of the covers from the 7" releases are included, and the lyrics are presented straight off of the EP layouts as well, which works out great. Most of the lyrics are personal and just deal with base level frustrations and stuff, but then out of nowhere there's a scathing political attack like "Satisfied Means Pacified": "The vote is nothing more than a scam, Like war, taxes, and justice and the freedom of your 'fellow man', So wave the flag and praise the lord, Demand your given voice, Pull the lever, drop the ballot, and believe that you've made a choice." Good stuff. The new songs are the band's best yet in my opinion, so definitely pick this up if you enjoyed any of the previous 7" releases. (7/10)" ~

Caustic Christ - Can't Relate : Awright.....


Friday, March 5, 2010

The Pallbearers - Murder Capital (2009)


2009 - Murder Capital

Back in 1997 the Pallbearers hit the New Orleans scene... a gerbil in a blender - with lots of beer, b-movies, and 'Blood and Guts'. But that isn't the worst of it!

With songs about booze and dead rumps, these butt-belching creeps aren't messing around! Like a vibrating dildo in your ass, they're always stirring things up. The Pallbearers create energy driven, 'fast as fuck', drunk punk inspired by the likes of Poison Idea and GG Allin.

Pop a brew in your local cemetery and scream the tunes out loud!!!

Track Listing:

1.  Wallride
2.  Shut The Fuck Up
3.  Don't Look At Me
4.  Murder Capital
5.  Faggot Priest
6.  Sometimes Dead Is Better
7.  Green Egg
8.  Big Favor
9.  See of Pee
10. Morbidly Obsessed
11. Dirty Hippy Whore
12. Chocolate Donut
13. The Ladykiller
14. Fat Monkey
15. 2000 People
16. Posers Go Home
17. Beat The Fuck Out Of You
18. Checkin' It Twice

Here is Murder Capital by New Orleans Punks' The Pallbearers.  This is another GREAT album from the bowels of the Crescent City.  If you enjoyed Sex Crime of The Century, be sure to check this out.


And don't forget to check out Terror Optics Studios!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Angry Johnny and The Killbillies - Killville Auto Salvage Vol. 2 (2001)


2001 - Killville Auto Salvage Vol. 2

Track Listing:

1.  She Ain't You
2.  Drinking Your Memory Away
3.  Bring Me The Head Of Angry Johnny
4.  A Body Doing Time
5.  Charlie Walker
6.  My Mangled Blow Up Head
7.  Never Counted On A Creep
8.  Done My Time In Hell
9.  Jesus Please Come Down
10. Mean Motherfucker Blues
11. Thank Your Lucky Stars
12. Girls Like You

Here is Volume 2 of the Killville Auto Salvage series which features more rare tunes, outtakes and alternate versions of some of the more well known Angry Johnny songs. 

Just look at the title of track six.  If that's not enough reason to check this out, I don't know what is. 


Don't forget to visit Angry Johnny and the gang over at

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Zebra - IV (2003)

2003 - IV

Coming back after 13+ years since the live album release to record this CD is a feat in itself. It is another to come back with an outstanding, absolutely polished, powerful set of 11 songs that basically picks up their artistic progression from the "3V" days. Each song brings back the best of the best qualities that the band has displayed for over 25 years now. Better yet, between the obvious growing maturity the band has continued to possess to date, the catchy, energetic melodic power rock song craft they are famous for, the overall crisp musicianship and pristine digital technology sound recording of today's studio work on the CD, the long awaited "IV" is simply hailed as complete. Randy's vocals never sounded so clean with plenty of his enjoyable range. His guitar and keyboard playing are again flawless. Felix is superb on his bass and vocal contributions and Guy, who has been knocked by critics in the past for "over-drumming" is straight-forward with simplified Bonham-like thunderous and defined drum command to carry the trio home with a winner. The CD blasts off with seven superb power tracks in the Zebra style. A little twist that is a first for Zebra is mastered on track #8, "Waiting To Die", as in the mix is a very cool sax interlude throughout. The remaining three songs are slower-tempo introspective gems that ends with the smooth ballad "Why". - review by Bill A. from

Track Listing:

1.   Arabian Nights
2.   Light of My Love
3.   Who am I
4.   Angels Calling
5.   K.K. is Hiding
6.   Free
7.   So I Dance
8.   Waiting to Die
9.   A World That is Learning
10. My Life Has Changed
11. Why

I thought my friends were joking when back at the end of '02, one of them said "Dude, Zebra is putting out a new album." Not long after those words were said, they booked a show here in New Orleans so of course I went check them out.  That's when it had been confirmed that they were releasing something new,  They even played a few songs that would later make it on to the album.  It was pretty intense to say the least.  Whether you are a long time fan, or just stumbling across them now, do yourself a favor and check this out.


Also, for all you Zebra fans in the Long Island area, Zebra is playing their 35th Anniversary Show on April 3rd 2010 at the Theater at Westbury, in  Westbury, New York.  Tickets are being sold here