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Rock or Die!: Punk Rock Compilation

October 26, 2013


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)

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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 (iTunes, Winamp, WMP, VLC, etc…)

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


50 Things that every comics collection truly needs

September 28, 2008

I really liked this article on the essentials of comic collecting. While I don’t necessarily agree with every one, there are more than one items worth noting:

10. Several Tintin Albums

I think Herge‘s work for kids of all ages is just great to have around; they are foundational comics and provide a whole way of seeing the world through the comics form that’s become ubiquitous in popular visual arts. In fact, I’d say Herge’s way of making comics is so ubiquitous that you forget how fun it is to see it for the first time.

15. At Least One Comic Book From When You First Started Reading Comic Books

Because comic books are read in a way that we invest a lot of ourselves in the telling, because they’re visual in nature, and because for generations they were among the only art forms available for a child to easily own, they can be powerful nostalgic items. It’s always great to have a few comics around that you either remember reading or simply recall wanting more than anything in the world. You may be surprised by how much of your comics reading since has been shaped by those feelings.

Some for me serve as suggestions worthy of examining, but would break most banks – especially mine.
I agree with the point of buying lots of alternative titles. I was a voracious sampler of edgy late eighties and early nineties small run comics, but never bought too many runs of any one title.
I have bought a few of the comics that turned me onto the idiom in the mid-seventies over the years, where the original went MIA somewhere between getting into Star Wars and discovering girls.
And no, I don’t meticulously bag them.
I read the hell out of them and it shows.

Read whole article.

Found at Boing Boing.


Various Artists

January 18, 2007

S.W.A.T.: Deep Inside a Cop’s Mind
Amphetamine Reptile


You know something bad is going to go down when you have a convergence of criminal lowlifes such as these inside of a recording studio: Jim Goad (author, Answer Me!, Redneck Manifesto) , Adam Parfrey (author, Apocalypse Culture I & II, Extreme Islam), Nick Bougas (of Celebrities at Their Worst series and Death Scenes fame) Boyd Rice (The King of Noise Music) and the late, great Anton LaVey. What have they done? They recorded an ode to the thin blue line between chaos and even more chaos. They documented the Manichean struggle between good and evil in America’s crumbling cities.

That’s right, folks. This gang, who are no strangers to encounters with the boys and blue, have put out an album dedicated to the fine men and women of the police, almost entirely through the use of of hilariously re-purposed cover songs – usually from the perspective of a jaded or overly alert policeman. It’s funny to hear the staged skit featuring Rice as a young rookie and LaVey as an aging, departing cop, given their real-life relationship within the Church of Satan.

As unappealing as an album by a bunch of authors and cultural shit-disturbers may sound, let me assure you that they are aided and abetted by some of Portland’s finest – in the form of nearly four-fifths of Poison Idea (Jerry A., Pig Champion, Thee Slayer Hippy, MondoSheesh – I hope they had reinforced floors!) and Sam Henry (Wipers, Napalm Beach) on drums.

Download it! 


Tom Waits

January 13, 2007

Nighthawks at the Diner


Nice live in the studio by album by seventies-era singer/songwriter Tom Waits. This is long before Waits became the hoarse, surreal croaker he is now; equal parts Howlin’ Wolf (vocally), Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac (lyrically) and Harry Partch (instrumentally). Tom had recorded three critically acclaimed, yet obscure albums for Asylum. His style was that of a beer-soaked piano man or a jazzbo, bebop speaking grifter or even a sensitive guitar playing singer.
Here – backed by a top-notch minimal jazz unit – he spins yarns about long-lost loves, the virtues of single life, eggs and sausage, phantom truck drivers and the goings-on of a fictitious county that would prefigure Garrison Keillor’s schtick by a year or two.
Waits really knows how to engage an audience and his between song banter takes up nearly half of the album. His portrayal of his stage persona and the characters he introduces us to are closer to a tragic, yet beautiful Diane Arbus photograph than Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks , the album’s namesake. After this album Waits became artier and more surreal, fianlly leaving Asylum for Island records where he continued to explore more fertile grounds artistically and lyrically with his wife, playwrite Kathleen Brennan.
This is probably my favorite Tom Waits album from his early career.