This song appeared on the 2009 Rocky Mountain Low compilation released by Hyperpycnal Records. The compilation features a slew of rad, ultra-obscure punk and proto-punk ditties from late 1970s Colorado — hardly considered an epicenter of punk, unlike New York, London, and LA. So obscure is the music on this compilation that most of it can’t be found anywhere on the internet… but fortunately, this jam is present, at least for now. Angular, melodic pop punk, as neat and orderly as a freshly-manufactured cardboard box. “Class, today instead of going to the box factory, we’re going to the… box factory.” – Principal Seymour Skinner
This chord progression, and the ominous growling synth rendering it, is super interesting. I love the reverby drums, too… this could totally find its way into a house “mixtape.” I use the quotes because tape is a dead medium. People who buy cassettes are zombies.
Pure 1985 melodic DC thrash, in some random living room, with the legendary Dave Grohl on drums. He’s only 16 years old here and is 100% in the hardcore pocket. Punk creds confirmed. I wonder if the song they play was ever even recorded/released? Siri, what isn’t punk?
So rad, channelling the essence of 80s John Carpenter / B-movie soundtracks, which in turn influenced Duke Nukem 3D’s soundtrack in the 90s, and now comes full circle. Come. Have some!
RIP Johann Johannsson
Patrick Flegel’s post-Women nofi “pop” outlet. Very difficult to pin down; reminds me a lot of “All Tomorrow’s Parties” by the Velvet Underground and Nico, but covers more ground — there’s some rad synth soundscapes, and some pure dissonance. Has Spotify destroyed the concept of music being a physical product? Lot harder to make money on music once it’s an infinitely-copyable cloud-based commodity. Why are you reading this?
Nine years ago, Propagandhi released “Supporting Caste,” which instantly became the only record I listened to for months on end. I knew that “The Banger’s Embrace” was about the dudes getting fuckin’ stoked on seeing Sacrifice on their reunion tour, but I didn’t realize the little sample at the beginning was plucked directly from a Sacrifice track:
How cool is that? Nearly a decade of loving that record, and I just uncovered a little secret hidden Easter Egg. Love that kind of stuff. Who do you think will be the President of the United States in the year 3018?
Memphis power pop circa 1977, recorded in the same studio that Big Star banged out their jammers. I’m on a never-ending quest to find the perfect power pop. By “never-ending” I actually mean the quest will end when I die. Still, I’m on said quest. This album rocks, thank you Cullen. Radical Islam and arch-conservativism are the new punk rock.
A barely-hanging-on VHS recording of Amebix back in 1987. Vapormetal?
Could this be described as hyper-real hardcore punk? I.e., more real than the real thing? SNL had a skit recently where Fred Armisen gets his old band, “Crisis of Conformity,” back together at his daughter’s wedding. Even though the skit / band are fictional, the song they wrote for the skit is like 80s hardcore punk boiled down to its essential components — so it’s an artifact intended to sound like it was produced in the 1980s, but was written in the last few years. The skit is a simple recipe for slapstick wackiness, but the song itself holds merit. The only thing indicating this recording is recent is that the production value is far too clean for a typical shoestring budget early-80s punk 7″ EP. To really complete the effect, the drums would have to sound like cardboard boxes and the guitars would have to sound like chicken scratch stratocasters played through a transistor radio. Regardless, this song rips.
In the 90s, some company made an unlicensed NES cartridge called “Action 52,” which contains 52 mini-“games.” If you have any experience with these kinds of offerings, they are 100% scams meant to fool the game-buying parents that buying one cartridge with 52 games is a better deal than buying 52 individual cartridges. Unfortunately, as is typically the case, all of the games are complete garbage and hardly qualify as “games.” The featured sub-game on Action 52 was called “Cheetahmen.” It was reportedly unplayable garbage (as expected), but somehow got a decent theme song. Somebody remixed the theme and it’s classic Mega Man techno-tronic action music. What will video games be like in the year 2118? Will Cheetahmen ever get the sequel it doesn’t deserve?