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Mabel’s Music

Besides her all-time favorite, the Andrews Sisters, Mabel has been getting into a few other bands the past few weeks.  I try to not influence her decisions and just let her choose. At some point you have to trust that you’ve done a good job, and just let go.

When she’s awake, and just has some time to kill (you know, those lazy Sunday afternoons), she enjoys Fugazi. She likes the music, but says it’s much more enjoyable when she can read along with the lyrics.

After a bottle or two she gets sleepy (don’t we all?). She’s taken to putting on some bed time music, usually Mazzy Star.

The other day at the library she picked out a CD, Led Zeppelin’s “s/t”. She’s a fan of most the album, as you can see, but admits “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You” isn’t really her favorite.


Birthday Records!


Mabel turns two months old today!  And it was just serendipitous that she got a great present in the mail.  Ft. Myers resident Joe Lachut, friend, and author of the the zine Seven Inches to Freedom, read the post about the disappearing cassette, where I mentioned that Mabel was a fan of the Andrews Sisters. He had some LPs of them on hand after putting them on CD for his grandpa, and was kind enough to send them along with a few copies of the new issue of his zine (a donation for JPL’s Zine Collection.)  Thanks a ton Joe (and Jessi – congratulations on fun wedding times!).  Mabel and I will write you back soon.


The Disappearing Cassette

The new Oxford Dictionary is removing ‘cassette tape’ from it’s newest edition – they need to make space for “re-tweet” and “mankini.”  Par for the course I guess, since Sony discontinued the Walkman a year earlier.  I recently got a new vehicle, and low and behold no tape deck.  It’s been a change, but probably one everyone made quite some time ago.  Although there are enough niche tape labels for Wikipedia to even include a blurb on it;

“In recent years, the audio cassette format has seen a revival with independent record labels (“indie” labels) preferring to issue releases in this format due to its low cost and the difficulty in sharing tape music over the internet. Underground and DIY communities release regularly, and sometimes exclusively, on cassette format, particularly in experimental music circles and to a lesser extent in hardcore punk, screamo, and black metal circles, out of a fondness for the format.”

The ‘mix tape’ as an idea is also still kicking around on Pates Tapes.  Hundreds of hours of music from a mixtape maker fanatic. A good way to hear something different.  Streams on your iPhone too.  Check it out – http://www.patestapes.com/

It’s been on at our house a lot.  Mabel likes a lot of the swing and bebop tapes. I think her favorite is anything by The Andrew Sisters.


The South “Sick Pits Bro Sesh” 7″

This 7″ was released in June 2003 by Paul of Perpetual Motion Machine Records and myself with Dead Tank Records, just in time for the band’s Summer tour.  540 copies on black vinyl. 100 were packaged in two-color silkscreened covers for tour and 440 were packaged in one color offset printed covers.

It’s a quick and urgent four song followup to the debut “Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!” LP I had released a year prior.  The trio known as The South were from St. Augustine, Fl and consisted of Jacob Hamilton on guitar, Jeff McNally on bass, and Ryan Verzall on drums.  Think chaotic and dynamic hardcore.  In the past, references have been made to Palatka, Eurich, End Of The Century Party and Assfactor 4, but these dudes cover all that ground and more with this solid release. 

Download it here.


Current Playlist – Music I Got Online Edition

Awesome Tapes From Africa Blog

Yes! Bare witness to the  Awesome Tapes From Africa Blog!!  Before our missionaries visited and hit hard the message that homosexuals are bad. And before the local governments proposed a bill imposing the death sentence of homosexuals… they made love music, not war.

And really good music. The tape hiss is the real deal, and the cover art can’t be beat.  Most of the tapes posted are from current groups / groups from around the last ten years.

This tape pictured though? Woubeshet Feseha, 1976.


Black Moth Super Rainbow.

What a horrible band name.  It may be increasing apparent to some that I don’t get out quite as much these days as I used too.  So forgive me if this is some lame hipster shit. It sounds like it could be, but it also sounds interesting.  My references for this kind of stuff are all older – something akin to psychedelic folk pop between Strawberry Fields and a Boards of Canada / Beck collaboration. I looked up some pictures of them and got to see some of the covers of the records, and now I’m regretting even posting that I like this record.  It looks like they are trying too hard to be eccentric assholes. The kind I’d talk to once and promptly spend the rest of my days trying to evade.  Dandelion Gum is the only one I downloaded, though you can presumably get them all here.  They have a Myspace, and you can just listen to them there.  Sun Lips is a good song.  Thank you, Pittsburgh.


Woven Bones

Dear Andy, you used to live in Jacksonville.  You had some ups and downs but it’s all good and now you moved.  We mostly only hear about you through this band.  Which I’m liking.  No one really mentions Providence Union much anymore.   It reminds of me being in Andy’s room and him talking on and on about the Rolling Stones.  I’m thinking that reference won’t help you understand the music much.  You can listen on Myspace. Psych-punk revival maybe?  I like it.  Let’s hope the wash of guitars doesn’t turn to a wail.


Some New Records, IFB Records Rule

Let me tell you, IFB Records is awesome.  Nevin Marshall is so quick and professional about getting records out.   Things are packed up well, mailed fast and friendly and the prices are killer.

Ft. Myers Florida is housing a real treat that you should  take advantage of next time you are ordering records.  They carry a lot of great hardcore / punk from other labels and of course Nevin has his own label that’s released tons of great records from Jiyuna, Merkit, Her Breath on Glass, Dead Friends, Carlisle, Roboteer, Hombrinus Dudes, and Resurrectionists and many more!  Upcoming releases include Drainland (I think that is Mark from Shikari’s new band?) and a 10″ from Panzram – that’s Joe and John from the band Merkit, and the former of Seven Inches to Freedom zine,  the latter of MRR and Your Day Will Come zine.

From the ‘philosophy’ part of the IFB website..

“We are a group of kids who believe strongly in the DIY ethic. DIY is not a stepping stone to get huge off of and then abandon – it has to be the centerpiece of our culture if we are to present any kind of meaningful alternative to the awful garbage of a culture we are currently mired in. We take pride in the music we release and we do all the design and packaging ourselves and are always trying to come up with creative looking stuff. We are opposed to this new trend in hardcore where labels and bands market themselves in a way that major labels do. You will not see barcodes on our releases, you will not see thick, glossy postcard advertisements or pictures of our bands dressed up with nice haircuts looking sexy. We are not out to make a sale. The music, the words, and the DIY spirit behind the whole thing are what’s important. We cannot let ourselves become a clone of the mainstream business world. We also cannot let the forces of capitalism coopt our culture and sell it back to us. Support DIY labels, bands, and projects. We encourage you to gag when you see a barcode on a hardcore record or when a label puts out ridiculous press kits with “selling points.” Please have fun and lead a meaningful, creative life.”


And Merkit is touring Europe soon! These guys are all super busy with great things and they are still sure to send your records fast and awesomely.

Anyway, here’s what I got.

https://jubinsky.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/seeinredmihoen.jpg?w=200Seein’ Red/Mihoen 10″
Seein’ Red/Catweazle 10″
I love Seein’ Red.  I love them more the longer they are around (over 20 years!), and they’ve been around forever.   Straightforward Dutch hardcore.   I saw them play at Trashfest in the Netherlands while on tour there and was totally impressed.  The drummer is amazing.  It’s insane to me that they are still doing the same kind of music for all these years.  The split with Mihoen is brand new and everything for that record is in Dutch.  And the Catweazle split is old, I just saw it on the list and never heard of it.

Resurrectionists – s/t LP
Wall of noise style German hardcore on the IFB label.  The last (and first) I heard of them was the split 7″ with Merkit.  The drumming is totally amazing. Two vocalists with the one low pitched and high pitched, while it’s classic, it doesn’t seem overused here. The songs are fast and pummeling with the exception of the Eyehategod cover at the end.  You know, which is just slower and pummeling. Brilliant stuff. Listen to them here.

[public.jpg]Iron Lung/Walls/Pig Heart Transplant LP
All 11 tracks on this LP were recorded while all 3 bands played together live at the Vera Project in Seattle.  Jon of Iron Lung also plays in Pig Heart Transplant, and Jensen (also of Iron Lung) plays in Walls…so you sort of get the picture here.  Last I heard copies of the LP are out of print. You can download the whole thing here if that’s your deal.  

Pollution – Nasty DNA LP

Dissonant hardcore ala Veriform Records.  The UK label Feast of Tentacles put this out.  The band is from Brooklyn NY, so I can’t help but think of Drunkdriver when listening.  With that reference in mind, I do hear the  occasional vocal effect – although the rhythm isn’t nearly as offbeat or jarring as Drunkdriver.   Also present is a tip of the hat to Die Kruezen and Rorschach’s mythical offspring.

logo Thou

And here’s the Thou stuff I got from the band. Still haven’t listened to much of it. From what I’ve heard so far, I really like the long song format, but them having many parts, not just slower and longer.  Pretty epic.

Thou “Tyrant” CD
Thou “Peasant C”D
Thou / Salome split 12″
Thou / Leech 12”
Thou “Baton Rouge, You Have Much to Answer For..” LP
Thou / Black September 7″

The discography page of the Thou website has links to almost everything they’ve recorded available for free download. Punk.  Check it out here.