Thursday, October 29, 2009
Italy's Death SS were started way back in 1977 by Paul Chain (music and lyrics) and Steve Sylvester (lyrics). The short of it is that Sylvester left in 1982, then Paul Chain broke the group up in '84.
Forward to 1988, Steve Sylvester starts up Death SS without Paul (as none of anything has been copyrighted) and still keeps Death SS going to this day.
I love the first three post-Paul Death SS records, but nothing beats the raw early shit. This CD has original (and superior) versions of Zombie, Terror, Cursed Mama (sounding damn near a KBD punk song!), Horrible Eyes (total Melvins-meet-Regan Youth sounding version!), etc...
Aside from all this, Death SS had the best LP covers. Google "Heavy Demons" and "...In Death of Steve Sylvester" if you don't believe me.
Paul Chain's current band's mySpace page is here. they only have 2 friends, and I doubt he gives a shit.
I don't see this for sale anywhere online, so here:
Nazi Babies With Cadaver Eyes
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Ann Arbor's Laughing Hyenas were one of my favorite bands in the very early '90s (though they started up in '85, I arrived late).
Featuring John Brannon of Negative Approach (and and Larissa Strickland of L-seven), They were one of the few "ex-member-of-hardcore-band-makes-new-band" that did it right. Teaming up with future Mule members Kevin Munro and Jim Kimball, Laughing Hyenas played some great drug fueled noisy blues rock.
"You Can't Pray a Lie" and "Life of Crime" are really the "classic" albums for me, but their last record "Hard Times" was totally underrated. Maybe people lost some interest when they got a whole new rhythm section (ex-Necros members Todd Swalla and Kevin Reis), who knows? I saw them play a pretty lackluster set at the Jabberjaw this tour, but this last record still remains one of my favorites (and also their bluesiest and catchiest).
John sings for another good band called Easy Action but unfortunately Larissa died from a Xanex overdose a couple years ago.
Learning Is My Heroin!
My band met Brooklyn's "Ghetto Ways" when we happened to play with each other in Münster and Ljubljana while on tour a few years ago. We hit it off and dug each others bands (at least they said they liked our band). They never toured the states but had built up a pretty good following around Europe — and for good reason.
Live, the Ghetto Ways were all about catchy songs and super high-energy shows; great dirty guitar playing and an unbelievable drummer. If the Bell-Rays were on In The Red they might sound a little like this...but then again the Ghetto Ways were doing their own thing. Plus Jenna, the singer, and I bonded on Dinosaur Jr and Sebadoh so that means they're OK in my book.
Here are both records which you can only get in the states used or as imports. Last I heard Jenna moved to Germany, but if they do ever play again, go check em out!
Get Down on the Git Down
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I listened to bands like Crimpshrine, Operation Ivy and Fifteen a lot between 1989-1993. Even today most of it still holds up for me. Especially Fifteen's second LP, Choice of a New Generation.
I noticed that this CD is going for $39-$49 from greedy fuckers on Amazon, so I thought I'd post Mr. Ott's best work.
Monday, October 26, 2009
**Update: Good news everybody! Fu Manchu has some anniversary releases planned, including some unreleased things...so say goodbye to this link!**
I know I recently posted some Fu Manchu, but I've been busy and already had this - their debut 7" - ripped onto my hard drive.
This single was the first thing I heard and first thing I bought by Fu Manchu though they may have had a second 7" out at the time.
The lineup had changed by the time I saw them live though, with Scott Hill taking over lead vocals, and a more "California vibe" happening in their music. I prefer the slightly later stuff actually, but this slow, dirgy single is still a classic.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
After Aesop's post of "Racially Yours" and Adam's threat to post "It's Only Right and Natural", I thought I'd post the other classic Frogs album. It also happens to be my favorite.
In the same way "I've Got Drugs" from the Frog's first record made it's way onto many mixtapes, I was a fan of adding "Where's Jerry Lewis" and "Children Run Away (The Man with the Candy)" from "My Daughter the Broad" when the record came out.
This was the last record I really liked by them. The Billy Corgan produced "Starjob" came out, and I wasn't really into their attempt at Glam rock (Lee Harvey Oswald band did that thing much better).
I only have one Frogs story. I went to Lalapalooza to see the Frogs and the Boredoms because MTV said they were playing the side stage. When I got there, the bands had been replaced mid tour with Stereolab and Cypress Hill. I was fucking depressed. But Nick Cave was pretty decent, Shonen Knife played and we went to see Fitz of Depression in Hollywood later.
I sold my CD to pay for my grandmother's sex change operation, and only still have the first CD and a 7" so it's not my rip this time.
God Is Gay
Sunday, October 18, 2009
The Tight Bros were an amazing band live and recorded, and nothing summed up their Rose Tattoo-ish cocksure rock than their debut 7" ep.
It kinda pisses me off that Jarred has never been in a bad band in his life. I almost want the guy to utterly fail at something, but having been in the Whip, the Melvins, Karp and Big Business, that asshole is unstoppable.
The only thing that would make this 7" better is a school bell.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
When I was 18 or 19 ('90-'91 ish) I went up to Olympia and Seattle. In Olympia I saw an amazing show at the Capital Theater of Unwound/Giant Henry, Some Velvet Sidewalk, Kicking Giant and a great garage-mod-surf band called "Dukes of Burl".
After the show I wanted a tape, so the bass player took me back to his pad (or place he was staying I can't remember) and dubbed me their demo (over a "James Gang" tape I had recently got at a record store "grab bag").
That bass player was John Quitty who was also in Honey Bear, Brent's TV, Tight Bros From Way Back When, Behead the Prophet, and did Hession Obsession zine. Also in the band was future Hi-Fives members John Denery and Chris Imlay, and drummer Greg).
When I got back home I decided I wanted to move to Olympia; literally everyone was cool as hell and welcoming. I met punks and skaters who also loved black coffee, and saw Melvins graffiti on alley walls. I got an issue of "Pulp" fanzine and it instantly became my new favorite zine. I never did move, and a couple years later Olympia was the "new place to be" and I heard the locals were less friendly to "outsiders". Understandably so. Thanks "Sassy".
I still kept this demo and the sticker I got at the show...and the Pulp fanzine. I also tattooed the K records logo on myself when I got home. What an impressionable youth I was, eh?
Anywho, fans of Hi-Fives, Phantom Surfers, Odd Numbers, monster movies, Groovie Ghoulies, POTA marathons, Buzzcocks, the Jam or just watching Ray Harryhausen films on a Sunday afternoon...check it out!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
***Update: Good news everybody! Fu Manchu has some anniversary releases planned, including some unreleased things...and possibly a few tracks from this party I recorded! so say goodbye to the link, and sorry if you missed the boat!
I recorded this back in 1992 I think. It took place in my friend Brian Maloney's backyard in Bermuda Dunes, CA. There's been a lot of talk of "desert parties" so let me say that they were going on before I started going to shows and long before Kyuss/Sons of Kyuss/Katzenjammer.
Unlike most generator parties in the middle of nowhere under the "stars and sprawling dunes", this one was in a back yard -or side yard maybe. It's hazy. Fu Manchu came down to play the desert a bunch back then and I was really into them. I think this was the first time I saw them with Eddie Glass. It's pretty great when Scott announces "this is a new one" and then breaks into Ojo Rojo.
I split this recording into 2 tracks. The first track is some local yammering, being three friends of mine (all named John strangely enough) with various drunken behavior in the background - I still remember that story of John beating up the tweaker who was stealing sprinkler heads in his front yard . The second track is the show - complete with some tuning issues and whatever else. It was a party! Everyone was drunk, stoned and/or on crank.
Don't Bother Knockin' (If This Van's Rockin')
Shine it On
Kept Between Trees
Pick Up Summer
Summer Girls (Free and Easy)
Senioritis Vankhana (Rollin' Rooms)
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
It's raining hard here at Blog the Jerk! HQ (San Francisco), so I thought I'd make a rainy day comp for the few to no people who care.
Most of the songs deal with rain or bad weather, but a few are just songs that sound good when you're indoors and it's gray out.
It's a really mellow comp - aside from a few tracks- so make some tea or coffee grog, pick up a book and enjoy your heater.
Rainy Day in June - The Kinks
Sound of the Rain - The Dils
In the City in the Rain (with Lou Barlow) - The 6ths
Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow - Strawberry Alarm Clock
Turn on Your Radio - Harry Nilsson
Carpet Of The Sun - Renaissance
Somewhere Far Away - Dead Moon
Where The Rainbow Ends - Television Personalities
Look at the Rain - Meat Puppets
Flowers In The Rain - Nancy Sinatra
Sitting by the Window - Moby Grape
Wait for the Rain - David Hess
Buckets of Rain - Bob Dylan
One More Rainy Day - Deep Purple
See The Sky About To Rain - Neil Young
It's Raining - Irma Thomas
Standing In The Rain - Husker Du
Water Wings - Superchunk
Camden Town Rain - Mary Lou Lord
Blue Turns To Grey - Rolling Stones
Looking For A Rainbow - Talulah Gosh
Hurry Sundown - The Bubble Puppy
Send Down The Rain - Brother Claude Ely
The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory - Guided By Voices
Eastern Rain - Fairport Convention
Last Rose Of Summer - Judas Priest
I Wish It Would Rain - The Temptations
Brand - New - Life - Young Marble Giants
I Can't Stop The Rain - Peter Criss/KISS
Out In The Rain - Died Pretty
The Big Gray Sky - Merrell Fankhauser & H.M.S Bounty
I Hear The Rain - Violent Femmes
Rainbow Chaser - Nirvana (UK)
Streets of London - Mary Hopkin
Rain Dance - Das Damen
Little Miss Sunshine (Little Miss Rain) - Lee Hazlewood
A Message To A Pretty - Love
Pure - The Lightning Seeds
Lady Day and John Coltrane - Gil Scott-Heron
The Wind - Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens (live)
May Rain I - Sand
It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl - Faust
The Darkness That Embrace Me - Immortal
It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl - Faust
I Can See Clearly - Screeching weasel
Are You Ready for the Summer - The Camp North Star Kids Chorus
Part 1 (tracks 1-24)
Part 2 (tracks 25-45)
Sunday, October 11, 2009
I love me some Goblin. My cat was named Goblin. This here is a disco remix ep credited as "Simonetti Pignatelli Morante" (with Dario lookin pretty snazzy on the cover).It was a thrift store score from the early '90s that I paid a whopping .69 cents for! Now you guys can get it for even less...
(scans included. Front cover and back cover are the same)
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Believe it or not, this EP changed my life. OK, well it at least was the catalyst that pushed me into harder metal than the KISS, AC/DC and Twisted Sister I was listening to at the time. This was 1986, and I was starting to get sucked in to the darker side of metal with LPs such as Venom's "Possessed" and Impaler's "Rise of the Mutants" - And getting more into punk and hardcore. I was well on my way to becoming a little hellion.
Impaler were and are still from Minnesota. Singer Bill Lindsey with his semi-Rozz Williamsy spits, growls and screams keeps the band alive 25 years on, releasing several LPs, a couple DVDs and playing scores of live shows for those lucky enough to catch 'em.
I picked up their tape "If We Had Brains...We'd Be Dangerous" when I was in 10th grade and into all things punkrock and saw that Bob Mould produced the record. You can tell these guys like some punk - especially bands like the Plasmatics.
I know Jay Loudmouth has some good Impaler stories, but for now here's a record that meant a lot to me a long time ago.
(includes LP scans)
Friday, October 9, 2009
"Thrash With Class!"
...Or so says the sticker on the cover of this forgotten Slayer-inspired "classic". EXE were formed in 1984 in New York and released two LPs before calling it quits.
There's some pretty cool songs on this LP, and some hilarious band photos (scans included). Halfway through though it gets a little generic ― OK let's face it, it's all a little generic ― but they got the chops and there's some cool hooky parts to make it worth some listening.
EXE released a second LP with corny pre-juggalo clown themed art. It's a thrashier record with a different singer, but I like this one better.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I thought Nirvana were OK. Overrated. "They're no Melvins or Jesus Lizard" I used to proclaim. Yeah yeah yeah, anyways I may not have been the hugest Nirvana fan, but I am a big fan of "Engrish", and this CD is chock-full of it. Listen to "Wape me". Listen to it repeatedly and put it on comp tapes. Not all of this is as hilarious or even very good, but if you're a fan of the original material you might like it better than me -and it's slightly more listenable than the Japanese Metallica tribute. My only gripe is that someone really should have done "Been A Son" what with the whole Asian "female infanticide" angle and all - maybe if there's a volume 2...
This one isn't my rip, but I had to post it since I could only find it for sale online for 2,494 yen.
The Best and loudest S.F. punk Band in the '90s.
(Not to be confused with the older band "The Vectors").
Saw them a bunch, played with them a few times and along with bands like the Idiots and the Loudmouths were friends in the local "music scene". My band started covering their song "San Francisco" years later, but we never did it justice.
And the band today? Dave moved to New Orleans and ODd. Tim - I heard - moved to Memphis and became a Baptist preacher. No idea where Ben is, and I ran into Vinnie in L.A. and he's doing well and playing music. This here is a 4 song 7" ep, but the songs on side A go right into one another, so I left it as one 4 minuteish track. Enjoy!
Rockin' The Floorboards
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I got this bootleg (my xerox cover not pictured) at the Sound Exchange in Austin. I think the same day this guy's band played there and knocked down the entire CD display racks he was singing on top of.
BBATGWI formed in 1975, being Germany's first punk band. They remind me a bit of the Kids, and have a great, gritty old school KBD kinda sound. According to Wikipedia, 2 of them got arrested days before a 2001 reunion tour smuggling a couple tons of hash off the
coast of France. One of 'em had to be the 3rd guy from the left. He looks like the guy who gave me PCP in high school.
A long time ago I mentioned these guys on a garage rock message board and Greg Shaw emailed me that he loved them and was stoked someone else loved them too. that was the only time I ever talked to Greg Shaw (RIP).
I think these are the MP3s I ripped from my boot several years ago, but perhaps I got these later from somewhere else. Either way, turn this shit up and have a Schlitz!
Anarchy in Germany