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Rock or Die!: Punk Rock Compilation

October 26, 2013

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I’ve put together this online compilation of my favorite Punk and 80s Hardcore songs.
The thing that inspired me to finally do this was a show I did with my friend Jeff Kipilman on KBOO fairly recently. Many of the songs from this comp. were played on that show but we didnt have the time to play all of them. After the show ran, I collected all the songs and leftovers into this comp. (with lots to spare). These are literally my all-time favorite Punk and Hardcore songs.

I tried, where possible, to make it as obscure and eclectic as possible. I passed on bands or tracks that appear on virtually every Punk comp. or bands that really don’t need any introduction to anyone. I also made it so that almost nothing on it happened after 1984 or so because after that, I can almost count the ‘punk’ bands that I found interesting on one hand. The supposition of the comp. is that Punk happened between the mid-Seventies to the mid-Eighties. The rest was just about selling shoes and soft drinks.
In some instances, I played more than one contiguous track from some records because that’s how I remember them – either played on the radio back-in-the-day or from mix-tapes I either made or got from friends, collectors, etc..
It’s just the way I wanted to do it.

A few caveats about quality: The whole thing originated from mix-tapes I’ve had since the early-mid-eighties, sources on the web in the ensuing decades and from my own collection. Like lots of projects like this, the audio quality varies widely. Some rarer songs were actually sourced from my mix tapes from my collection and I’ve been too busy (or lazy – take your pick) to look for better ones. Please don’t bother whining about audio quality or bitrate. I put a lot of work into preparing this. If you don’t like it, go spend all your money on the Killed By Death series and leave me alone.

Download: Rock or Die! (133 megs)

Comments vs downloads:
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Joe Strummer Appreciation Day

March 28, 2009

For me anyway…

I just got around to watching The Future is Unwritten and remembered how much I appreciated Joe Strummer’s music and cultural/political outlook throughout the years. He was the person – via The Clash – that made me aware of the world at large and what was going on in it as a teenager. I probably wouldn’t have known anything about what was going on in Central America if I didn’t become obsessed with the album Sandinista! after my Mom bought it for me for Christmas one year (I begged her, thinking she’d take one look at the cover and buy something safer instead. Thanks, Mom!). I wanted to know what the songs and liner notes were about and it led me down the garden-path to leftist politics, at the tender age of sixteen or so. Take that, Tipper Gore!

It was a punch to the gut when he died. Even though I hadn’t followed his latest musical projects that closely, I became a fan of his radio stints, where he would offer these free-wheeling excursions into music from all over the world. It made it obvious that despite his aspirations to rock stardom in The Clash, he simply loved music and its ability to give voice to people and their struggles the world over. It made some of his global hodge-podges on Clash records and subsequent bands – some more successful than others – make much more sense. He saw music as a unifying force and the people’s megaphone for change.

Enough sermonizing…

Here’s an open dex of his BBC radio show London Calling, reprised in 2007 with intros and outros mentioning the five year anniversary of his passing. These shows are great. Joe plays music from all over the world and across timelines. They’re rather brief, but he talks about why the songs matter to us.

Here’s a guest slot he did on WFMU in 2001, not long before his untimely death.

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Post-Mortem Cramps

February 8, 2009

“Hey I’m on my way, on a journey out of this world…”

~Lux Interior (10.21.46 – 2.4.09)

On Thursday the 12th, from 10pm to 12am Pacific Standard Time, we will be paying tribute to The Cramps and the recently departed Lux Interior (aka Erick Purkiser , Vip Vop, etc…):

Predating and never quite participating in
the early ’80s rockabilly revival, the Cramps used that genre’s primal
sound as a jumping-off point for a uniquely weird pastiche of
rock’n’roll, psychedelia and a monster movie/junk food/swamp-creature
aesthetic. Led by uninhibited vocalist Lux Interior (Ohio native Erick
Purkhiser, who was clearly a student of Cleveland television’s
Ghoulardi) and guitarist Poison Ivy Rorschach (California native Kirsty
Wallace), the band had its roots in Cleveland but was actually formed
in New York. (Drummer Miriam Linna, guitarist Bryan Gregory, drummer
Nick Knox and guitarist Kid Congo Powers are among the Cramps’
illustrious alumni, who all went on to spread the bad word far and wide
among the faithful.)

~Ira Robbins, Trouser Press

We’ll have many Cramps albums both rare and classic, as well as interviews and other surprises.

3-D glasses available at the concession stand.

That’s on KBOO, 90.7 FM in Portland and streaming on the web at www.kboo.fm/listen (iTunes, Winamp, WMP, VLC, etc…)

KBOO is Portland’s non-corporate, listener sponsored community radio.

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Turkish Psych-Rock pt. 3: Selda

October 4, 2008

The real gem of this 60/70’s Turkish rock triumvirate: Selda Bagcan.
Her stuff is much more over the top both in terms of vocal performance and instrumentation and studio technique. There’s ample fuzzy guitars and everything’s ladled thick with syrupy reverb.
Here’s what The Dusty Groove says about Selda:

Funky breaks and fuzzy guitars — one of the most amazing albums to come out of the Turkish scene of the 70s — and one with a sound that really defies categorization! Although the sweet image of a girl and guitar on the cover might make you think the record’s a folk set, the overall production is heavily electric — filled with fuzzed-up touches on the guitars, and usually supported by some funky drumming that gives most of the record a cool Eastern break sort of feel! Lyrics aren’t in English, but they’re oddly compelling even if you don’t know what they mean — as Selda’s voice has a weird other-wordly quality, and comes off with the same tripped-out qualities as the music! <link>

This album was found in the back of the record library at KBOO by the lovely Ms. Brooke, after she, Devin and I were on a Turkish rock binge. We all immediately fell in love with it. The CD featured the scratchy, distorted sounds of well-loved vinyl. Don’t let that put you off; I found that it added to its charm.

Download Selda (81 megs @ 192 kbps, Rapidshare)

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Sonic Stew for Richard Wright

September 27, 2008

Here’s a spontaneous radio stew that was brewed up at a moment’s notice on last night’s Outside World, with ingredients selected by Yaney, Mssrs Dodge and Phillip and mixed by yours truly.

We played this at about 2AM, seemingly only to some nice lady who wandered in off the streets and was tripping out to it in the back studio lounge.
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Download ( 23 mins., 32 megs, via)

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The Fall

February 3, 2007

The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall
Beggar’s Banquet

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What can I say about this album that hasn’t been said a million times over? It’s the classic, most stable lineup of this band, featuring Brix on guitar, dual drummers, Steven Hadley’s propulsive bass playing and some of Mark E. Smith’s best lyrical creations. There’s not a single weak song on this album in my humble opinion, from the scorching Lay of the Land to the domestic complaint of No Bulbs. There’s even a guest in the form of Gavin Friday (from The Virgin Prunes) on two songs. This is the first Fall album that I remember hearing as it got lots of airplay round these parts when it first came out. I could say that this is the Fall at their peak, but that’s always somewhat contentious as they’ve had many ups and downs in their long, illustrious career. If you can get your fingers on it, I really recommend watching the BBC doc The Wonderful and Frightening World of Mark E. Smith for the full story.

Tracks:

  1. Lay Of The Land
  2. 2 x 4
  3. Copped It
  4. Elves
  5. Oh! Brother
  6. Draygo’s Guilt
  7. God-Box
  8. Clear Off
  9. C.R.E.E.P.
  10. Pat-Trip Dispenser
  11. Slang King
  12. Bug Day
  13. Stephen Song
  14. Craigness
  15. Disney’s Dream Debased
  16. No Bulbs

Ripped @320kbps

The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall pt. 1

The Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall pt. 2

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Pigface

January 20, 2007

Easy Listening for Difficult Fuckheads
Underground Inc.

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A mixed bag from the multi-star-spangled juggernaut that Martin Atkins (PiL, Killing Joke) calls Pigface.
I don’t know what to make of an album that tells me to “fuck conformity, fuck the mainstream” but then contains some of the most ready for Clearchannel Nu-Rock spuzz (Blow You Away, Bitch, King of Negativity) and formulaic quirky Goth-girl pop (Sweetmeat) imaginable. It does feature a cool version of Delta 5‘s Mind Your Own Business, a weird turn by Ex-KMFDM‘s En Esch and a dreamy track from My Life with the Thrill Kill Cult’s Groovie Mann (Closer to Heaven- which also features ex-PiL member Keith Levene, making it a reunion of sorts), which is heads above anything Thrill Kill’s done in a long time. Chris Connely makes an appearance on Miss Sway Action, a floating, Berlin period-Bowie-esque tune. There’s certainly a wide array of styles and genres represented here, so you’re a little less likely to be completely disappointed. Add to that a calculated faux rant piece by Penn Jillette as the closer that is sure to only shock/annoy/entertain those who didn’t hear it coming.

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