Oliver – Control (2013)

I can’t figure out how to embed this track, but holy fuck, how rad is this shit: https://soundcloud.com/weareoliver/oliver-control

I dunno man… I just love house music. Even if it verges along played out, there are always artists out there — in any genre or medium — who are, as 311 put it succinctly, “Comin’ original.” “No-F-X they, comin’ full range neaah.” NoFX were comin’ full range at the time that song was written.

I remember reading Billy Bragg described as a “One-man Clash.” How solid is that, and it’s true. I couldn’t find a video of it, but if you can get your hands on Help Save the Youth of America EP: Live and Dubious it’s got an even more excellent and rich live version of this song.

Edit: I found the mp3, it’s here.

Generation X

Man, Generation X were rad as fuck. “Valley of the Dolls” is still deserving of being turned into a banger of some sort (rather, the first few seconds of the following video):

Gotta love those cardboardy drum tones, way more listenable than the crystal clean digital production of present. Like on the Minor Threat record Jeff Nelson sounds like he is literally playing mildly soiled cardboard boxes of various sizes.

Cool Band Now, – Badd Mann (2009)

In 2009, Logan Bean, Nick Green and I went apeshit on Tascam 4-tracks and recorded probably upwards of 300 songs between the four of us (including Ken Kouot). We assembled ~30 of them into an LP called “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Cool Band Now,” and decided to make a music video for what was arguably the worst, least-palatable song on the record. I think it sounds like a brattier/snottier “Cyclotron” by The Electric Eels, and I recall Ken enjoying it, but that’s besides the point. The point is, download YOUR free* ringtones! The lyrics are about this dream I had a couple years back where if you got oil accidentally splashed on yourself, you would turn into this Fonzi-esque “Bad to the Bone” version of yourself, rockabilly style, and then bounce around the city in a monster truck. Sick.


thank you to everyone who came out to nuclear winter 2012 on new years eve. as usual it was a fucking blast. monster walker, wild cat, chapel gheist, some special moves, anomie, ring trick, life b4 deth, almostghost, and your host bro montana all tore it down. thank you to everyone who came out and rocked. also thank you to my neighbors for not calling the cops and quentin for bringing a ton of mortars and other explodeables. and thank you for reading this. have a truly excellent 2013!