Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Ronsons

The Ronsons featured Kurt Vanderhoof of Metal Church and the Lewd, and Dan Garrett of Murder and the Fuckin' Flyin' A-Heads.
Two of their songs ("Butcher Town" and "You'll Be Taken Care Of") were covered by Buzz and Dale of the Melvins and Pat Fear of White Flag in their one-single project, "Sawed Off" (Gastatanka Records).
This is a 37 minute live and practice tape of the Ronsons, and I think all that exists. I ripped my cassette, but did a little mastering and it sounds pretty good overall. I forgot to do hiss reduction, so there's a bit of that goin' on...but don't let it scare you off, it's a GREAT listen for those adventurous enough.

You'll Be Taken Care Of

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


This lost classic made the blog circuit for a while and it's CD reissue came and went pretty fast -but in case you missed it, this is some damn INCREDIBLE power metal.
A bit like Paul DiAnno-era Maiden getting jumped in a dark alley by Raven all with amazing sheiks and growls from singer William McKay. Very competent and creative guitar work throughout as well. Fucking essential man!

Heavy Metal Attack

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ten Yard Fight

If you're in a manly mood, no other music hits the spot like some youth crew hardcore. Well, perhaps a Manowar record would do the trick as well but then I'm not sure European heshers embrace the male bonding as much as the hardcore scene - and besides, nothing says "touching ass" like football-themed straight-edge hardcore.
Actually, this is one of my favorite pieces of hardcore from the '90s. The Outlast 10" comes close, and I'll put that up if it's OOP as well.
TYF uses football imagery as a metaphor for the sXe lifestyle ("You fumbled the ball" = breaking edge, get it?) and while it's all a bit tounge-in-cheek, the great songwriting have made these demos a classic. Youth crew sXe was always a good soundtrack for doing hotrails of speed to as well.
Anyway, if American football isn't your thing, and you'd rather hit the gym, Aesop recently posted this great (and funny) Dead Lift cassette here, otherwise check it out!

When the Cowboys Were Strong

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mel Gibson

I'm not posting any music today, because I'm too busy listening to this amazing tape:
(also, because I am lazy).


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Bad News

As Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth would say: "BAD NEWS EVERYBODY!".

Even though Spinal Tap started as a Rob Reiner sketch from 1979, spoof metal band Bad News (featuring three cast members of the Young Ones) beat the Tap movie by a year.
Debuting on BBCs channel 4 in 1983, the first Bad News short film focused on the band's struggles as a pub rock metal band in England. "More Bad News" released half a decade later had the band gaining moderate success and playing at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington.
While this CD can be enjoyed without having seen the films, I advise to watch the video first. Also, unlike the Spinal Tap records, this has comedy skits as well as their incompetent Motorhead-esque songs. This is a great CD, so quit listening to Mary Hopkin numbers and download some BAD NEWS!

I could play "Stairway to Heaven" when I was twelve. Jimmy Page didn't actually write it until he was twenty-two. I think that says quite a lot. —Vim


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sylvain Sylvain

VINYL RIP (320 kbps)

Overshadowed by Johnny Thunders larger than life druggie "Guitar God" persona, Sylvain wasn't exactly "chopped liver". Though never much of a song writer with the dolls, he really proves his worth on this RCA solo record. The music on this is similar to what Roy Loney of the Flamin' Groovies did solo - a 70s take on 1950s Rock 'n' Roll.
Even though clean and wimpy production plagues this from being a great album, Sylvain's catchy tunes make it a must own for any fan. If "Teenage News" doesn't make you wanna get up and twist then there's something wrong with you.

Dance Like a Monkey