December 30th, 2004
The New Haven
Register posted a follow up to Tuesday's article!
WNPR says UNH plans benefit community
Joe Amarante, Register Staff
WNPR-Connecticut Public Radio officials, in defense of plans
to air public radio programs during the morning and afternoon
drive slots on the University of New Haven FM station, WNHU
(88.7), said the change would benefit students and the community.
Some station members have objected to the proposal, saying it
will be repetitive and crowd out some of WNHUs eclectic
shows, but Carol Sisco of WNPR said its a win-win situation
with a big educational element.
"Its a proposal at this point, but theres a
lot of benefit here.
It offers opportunities for both
organizations, said Cisco, vice president of corporate communications.
WNPR News Director John Dankoski said he looks forward to helping
students learn how to produce local news for WNHU. The training
would take the form of seminars and internships.
"Weve spoken to the student news director and some
other news folks and theyre excited," Dankoski said.
"They would get an affiliation with a professional organization
that does radio."
As outlined in the Register this week, WNHU General Manager
Hank Yaggi would like to air WNPRs "Morning Edition"
from 6 to 9 a.m., "All Things Considered" from 4 to
6:30 p.m. and "Marketplace" from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Monday through Friday. Weekends would not be affected.
Opposition concerns are summed up by this e-mail from a WNHU
listener, who noted the value of such programs as Scott Whipples
Tuesday morning jazz show and said, "The airwaves are filled
with multiple stations playing NPR chatter.
"I am also a fan of the Go Cat Go rockabilly
show, punk rock, and the Irish music shows as well as the late
evening blues show that is on Monday nights," said listener
Keith Henderson. "My 17-year-old son is a huge fan of the
various alternative music forms, especially death metal. It
is the only way he can hear this music and find out about new
artists, which I thought was the point of college radio."
On Wednesday, Harold Kramer, WNPRs vice president of business
development, said some of WNHUs good shows dont
get good ratings and he thinks WNPRs "promotional
impact" can help with that.
Yaggi did not say which shows would be moved or discontinued.
The uncertainty has local show hosts, such as Jeff Terranova
of "The Anti-Emo Empire," concerned.
He said he understands the university is looking for exposure
and prestige, but thinks the timing of the plan is bad (students
have gone home for break) and it seems "like more of a
marketing tool for the university as opposed to something beneficial
to listeners and students."
Terranova said music fans are losing six hours a day of airtime
and his big fear is that amount will increase.
"To me, true college radio is being eaten up left and right,"
he said. "The giants (Clear Channel and Cox among them)
have bought up everyone else already."
As for benefits to WNPR, officials there said that WNHUs
audience would be a new (and potentially younger) one for Connecticut
Public Radio. In addition, the signal of the station would help
WNPRs programs be heard in spotty areas such as West Haven
and north into the Valley.
Kramer said it is hardly a case of WNPR taking over a college
station, as some have charged. He said WNPR can help WNHU managers
with membership lists, audience research and fund-raising plans.
"Its about community service," Cisco said. "Thats
what engaged us all here."
The confusion on the part of listeners comes in the fact that
WSHU-FM in Bridgeport and stations in New York also air public
radio programs but arent part of the CPR family of signals
(WNPRs main transmitter is at 90.5 in Meriden). WNPR for
years has had a similar part-time deal with college station
WECS-FM at Eastern Connecticut State University.
"Theres a lot of competition on the left end of the
dial for public radio," Kramer admitted. "But we dont
do the same programming" as non-WNPR public stations.
He mentioned WNPRs "robust coverage of the state
capitol" as an example
.©New Haven Register 2004
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December 28th, 2004
We got press today
in the New Haven Register about the NPR fight...
WEST HAVEN Officials at WNHU-FM on the campus of the
University of New Haven are mulling a change in morning and
afternoon drive-time programming that has some students and
community members upset
.If final details can be worked out, WNHU General Manager Hank
Yaggi plans to air National Public Radios "Morning
Edition" from 6 to 9 a.m., "All Things Considered"
from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and "Marketplace" from 6:30 to
AdvertisementOpponents say there are already enough outlets
airing NPR in the area, that it will cut down on some alternative
music (metal, hardcore rock) on the stations air, and
that it will take programming and training away from students.
One WNHU alternative-music show host from the community, Jeff
Terranova of the two-hour punk-music show "The Anti-Emo
Brigade," has been organizing an e-mail and phone campaign
against the changes, saying the move would be "turning
a community radio station into another bland station broadcasting
the same NPR programming that is already on seven other
stations in the surrounding areas."
Yaggi disputed the idea that he was turning WNHU over to NPR,
saying, "That is nonsense."
He said the station is an underutilized asset, and the NPR programming
would "offer something we cant duplicate." Without
a broadcast journalism major, for instance, UNH doesnt
have a pool of students to produce anything like "All Things
Considered." WNPR, meanwhile, is interested in the 30 miles
of signal radius that WNHU broadcasts into eastern Connecticut.
It also would be another platform from which to air NPR pledge
drives. Yaggi said such NPR phonathons would be limited to the
two drive times.
The stations new-music director, sophomore Mark Scialabba
of Wallingford, said drive time is too big a listening period
to hand over to Connecticut Public Radios WNPR.
"Its kind of a slap in the face to all the students
who put so much time into the station and dont have input
into the changes," Scialabba said last week.
Yaggi, former top official at WTNH-TV, has held the UNH post
for almost a year and has been working to raise the visibility
of the station and university in the community. He said he discussed
the changes with some station managers and wants to meet with
a representative from the opposition to answer concerns. Opponents
gave out a mistaken e-mail address, so hes been hearing
about concerns secondhand.
"Well be answering them.
But if its
just we dont want change, thats not
good enough," Yaggi said. "Change is the principal
component of growth."
The broadcasting veteran said there are key advantages to bringing
in NPR during drive time, not the least of which is marketing
for a college that doesnt have a six-figure advertising
The station and school will get daily mentions on the rest of
the WNPR system in the area, he said. The affiliation would
be an opportunity to extend the stations listenership
through the polished NPR programming.
And as part of the deal, some UNH communications students will
get the chance to intern at Connecticut Public Radios
new studios in Hartford.
"A lot of people dont have a remote idea of what
we do (at UNH)," he said. "NPR brings value to us
in filling our void in news and informational programming. And
well be able to promote our ethnic programs, new music
and stuff on campus."
Yaggi said the non-commercial station is just completing expensive
studio renovations for students, and it would continue to do
student news and information "in small segments during
the day." Training, he said, would improve under the plan.
The WNPR arrangement, he added, will not cost WNHU any money.
Opponents, some of whom also protested when ethnic programming
was moved to weekends in place of a metal/new music block, worry
now that public-radio material will squeeze them out eventually.
©New Haven Register 2004
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December 27th , 2004
The University of New Haven administration
has recently announced its plans for NPR to be broadcasted during
the morning and afternoon drive times of WNHU. This was done
behind the backs of the student and community staff of WNHU,
without their knowledge and without their input. This plan is
in stark contrast with the goals and concepts of WNHU.
WNHU exists to serve the community. How can nationally syndicated
programming that is already broadcasted on at least 7 other
radio stations in our market help the community? It can only
hurt the community by decreasing diversity on the radio dial
and decreasing the speech of one of the few community radio
stations in our area.
WNHU exists to serve the students. How can reducing the times
students have to work on the radio station help in any way?
It can only hurt the students by keeping them off of their radio
WNHU is almost entirely student funded. The equipment and upkeep
of that equipment comes from the student government money, money
that comes directly from the students. The students do not want
their equipment used for the broadcast of NPR and should have
a say. The money allocated by the student government for upkeep
and purchase of radio station equipment was not intended for
the use of furthering the cause of NPR, it was intended for
The university decided to keep their decision to bring in NPR
to the student radio station secret until the beginning of winter
break. This is a blatant attempt to keep any student dissent
from being heard, as most students will not be around during
In an age of unprecedented media consolidation in the United
States, the need for independent voices in the media is greater
than ever. Radio is essentially the last localist media because
of its relative cheapness and wide scope of audience. Consolidation
in the radio industry has happened rapidly following the passage
of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Radio is now dominated
by two commercial entities (Clear Channel and Viacom) and a
public counterpart, National Public Radio.
With NPRs heavy reliance on corporate sponsors, there
is nothing public about it. It is part of the problem of media
consolidation. NPR has worked against the licensing of low-power
FM radio stations to communities through out the US. These shameful
actions have been anti-democratic, harmful to radio diversity
and fueled by arrogance and an intense fear of competition.
There is nothing public about NPR and NPR will not serve the
community. How can the staff of community members of WNHU not
serve the community infinitely better than nationally syndicated
corporate sponsored radio?
We are asking for the communitys help.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
(Hank Yaggi, WNHU general manager),
(Steve Kaplan, UNH President),
(Julian Schuster, UNH Communications Dept)
and send mail addressed to
University of New Haven
300 Boston Post Rd
West Haven, CT 06516
December 22nd, 2004
For over thirty years 88.7 WNHU has been broadcasting in a thirty
mile radius of New Haven CT. It has provided programing that
you CANNOT find any where else. WNHU has supported the metal
and hardcore communities by offering over 13 hours of hardcore/metal
programing each week and serves as the only TRUE alternative
in CT to commercial radio.
PLEASE HELP US!!
The school administration has decided WNHU will be broadcasting
NPR during the morning and afternoon drive times, not only taking
programming away from the students, but turning a community
radio station into another bland station broadcasting the same
NPR programming that is already being broadcasted on seven other
stations in the surrounding areas. This decision was made with
out the input or knowledge of the students.
PLEASE e-mail the following people and tell them NPR on WNHU
is a bad idea and they should not go through with it:
And also, call these people on the phone:
School of Business Dean 203-932-7115
Communication Dept 203-932-7208
Student Affairs 203-932-7199
Call 203-932-7200 and ask for the president, because i can't
find his phone number.
And finally if you can spare 37 cents, please write a letter
University of New Haven
300 Boston Post Road
West Haven, CT 06516
November 19th, 2004
The Abused have found a few long lost Live tapes
and they will be released shortly on Ltd. Edition vinyl and
Cd , for posterity and historical accuracy .With previously
unreleased material!! Along with a re-issue of the "Loud
And Clear" EP!
Check out the band's official
From the Bomp! Records mailing list!
We have some very sad news to report-- Bomp's
founder, Greg Shaw, died on Tuesday, October 19, from heart
failure at the age of 55. Greg's lifelong devotion to discovering,
raving about and releasing authentic -albeit obscure- rock &
roll, and promoting rock fandom over four decades was extraordinary.
Among his many accomplishments were fanzine publisher, magazine
editor, band manager, author, indie label owner, and rock historian.
Though his roles often varied, two things were absolutely consistent:
his impeccable taste in music and the ability to be there first.
Though we grieve for him now, please know that Greg's legacy
is the Bomp/Voxx records he was so proud to release, as ever
they will be in print and available to inspire music lovers
everywhere through the efforts of his business partner, Suzy
Shaw, and Alive/Total Energy's Patrick Boissel.
However you choose to honor Greg's memory-- do it with anything
but a moment of silence
BUSTED HEADS RECORDS RIP 1997-2004
7 years, 26 releases fuck it, lets go!
Hey kids, heres the news:
* Busted Heads is quitting! Yes, the label and the distro will
stop to exist within the next few months. Be no more. This is
an ex-label. By the end of 2004 or January/February 2005 I hope
to be rid of this behemoth named Busted Heads.
* Why am I ending my label/distro? Many, many reasons. But the
most important one is that my heart is no longer in it. I want
more free time. During these past 7 years theres so many
books I havent red, films I havent seen, people
I havent met etc. I wanna put my energy into other shit.
* What shall I do with my stock and distro? Well, my apartment
if filled with tons of vinyl and CDs and to be honest
I have no clue what to do with them all. If there is any label/dsitro
who might be interested in buying the lot let me know!!!
But yes, you can keep ordering stuff for the next few months.
Please do, help me live again!
* Thanx to all the people who have helped and supported me through
From the official Agnostic
Front web site:
Agnostic Front joins the Nuclear Blast family!
Spread the news! NY Hardcore legends Agnostic Front have signed
a recording deal with Nuclear Blast worldwide! The official
release date for the very anticipated "Another Voice"
is set for November 22nd in Europe and January 5th for the United
States! With Matt Henderson (Madball/AF) on guitars! and Production
by Zeuss and Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed), AF is offering their meanest,
nastiest and sheer brutal NYHC Anthems! The enhanced CD will
including a ripping band performance and a guest appearance
by Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed) captured by acclaimed director Dale
"Rage" Resteghini (Fear Factory, Hatebreed, God Forbid,
Shadows Fall, Candiria...) Other special guest vocal appearances
on "Another Voice" will include Scott Vogel (Terror)
and Karl Buechner (Earth Crisis)" ................................
Spread the news!!!!!!!!!
Agnostic Front Home DVD!!!!
We will be shooting our 1st ever home dvd here in NYC at the
legendary CBGB's club on November 7th! We will be performing
2 shows starting at 3pm and 5pm for only $5 per show. There
will be no openers being it is a live recording! so come on
down and be part of NYHC history! We will be performing 2 different
sets with songs from everyone of our releases including our
upcoming "Another Voice" release!
Song List: AF CBGBs DVD 2004
Victim in Pain
Friend or Foe
All Is Not forgotten (new)
One VoiceOver The Edge
Riot, Riot Upstart
Somethings Gotta Give
So Pure To Me (new)
Johnny Ramone, of 'The Ramones,' Dies at 55
Johnny Ramone died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon at his Los
Angeles home surrounded by friends and family, his publicist
said. He had battled prostate cancer for five years, and was
hospitalized in June at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Ramone, born John Cummings, was one of the original members
of the Ramones, whose hit songs "I Wanna be sedated"
and "Blitzkrieg Bop," among others, earned the band
induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
September 13th, 2004
Motorhead cancels US tour
Motorhead regrets to announce that the U.S. tour scheduled for
September/October 2004 is canceled due to a foot injury suffered
by vocalist/bassist Lemmy.
Lemmy injured his foot on stage about month ago while touring
Lemmy, ignoring the pain and against his European doctor's recommendation,
completed the few remaining shows on the Motorhead summer festival
Since he was not able to rest his foot for a while, Lemmy's
injury worsened, and his U.S. doctor insisted in no uncertain
terms that Lemmy stay off his foot for several weeks in order
for it to heal properly.
Motorhead will return for a U.S. tour in March 2005. Lemmy,
guitarist Philip Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee hate to disappoint
their fans but it is necessary for Lemmy's injury to heal so
that Motorhead can rock long into the future.
Motorhead's latest album, 'Inferno,' has earned the groundbreaking
band the best reviews of its career. The Associated Press calls
this Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records release "their best album
ever ... a 12-track opus that packs as much power, punch and
attitude as anything that's ever been committed to tape."
September 3rd, 2004
The New Haven Advocate did a nice A through Z piece on "The
School Of Local Rock" in their recent issue. WNHU got their
logo on the cover of the issue and The Anti-Emo Empire! as well
as my wife Michelle (Go Kat Go Radio), Basement Takeover and
Mandatory Feedback all received mention under "R is for
radio". Click here to check
out the write up...or click here
to check out the Advocate's site...
The tv program "Oasis D' Neon Video Magazine" is CT's
"longest-running arts/music/culture cable access program"
of it's kind. The program is cablecast every Thursday at 11pm
from CTV on ch 27 (citizens television) in New Haven, which
goes out to West Haven, Hamden and New Haven. In addition to
current stuff, the show constantly airs the older historical
programs of great CT musical heritage, such as Lost Generation,
76% Uncertain, Seizure, Stratford Survivors, Cadavers, Mill
Valley Taters, Delvis, Dresden, Vatican Commandos, CIA, Black
Hole, Miracle Legion, Stray Divides, Dumptruck, Hello Strangers,
Saucers, Poodle Boys, Future Plan/ Ad-x, Editors, Throttle Babies,
Thing's Fingers and many more...
August 31st, 2004
Malcolm Tent from Trash American Style was my special guest
in the studio this afternoon. He prepared a show with the theme
"punk rock as seen by Malcolm Tent". The show documented
the bands that introduced him to punk while growing up in Florida
in the mid to late 1970's up until the mid 1980's as Malcolm
found CT to be his new home.
Check out the playlists page for
the madness! I am sure that Malcolm would love to hear from
The 9th annual Film
Fest New Haven takes place September 16 -19, 2004 in New
Sunday, September 19th @ York Square Cinemas
5:30 and 7:45 PM RAMONES: END OF THE CENTURY
A feature documentary about The Ramones Directed by Michael
Gramaglia & Jim Fields
August 26th, 2004
After one year, my buddy Joe Snow came back to co-host a second
all Connecticut band show yesterday. This is what Joe had to
say in a mass email that he sent out:
Hello everyone! I just wanted to let you know that I will again
be guest DJing on My Friend Jeff Terranova's WNHU radio show
tomorrow (August 25th) at 4pm (I think). We will be playing
PART 2 of the all Connecticut band series that we started with
last year. This time around you will be hearing a more diverse
selection of bands and sounds. The playlist ranges from 1976
to 2004 will tons of real cool unreleased tracks that have never
been heard elsewhere! Expect to hear everything from punk and
hardcore to retro 60's garage and 90's alterna rock. Also I
will be playing some selections from the upcoming yet to be
released Incas Records compilation "UP ALL NIGHT"
which features many of the CT punk forefathers that we should
all bow our heads in respect to. LISTEN IN, IT'S GONNA BE A
REAL COOL TIME!!!
Check out the Playlists
page and also get in touch with Joe if you have CT band info
or music to share with him. He is truly the most avid collector
of everything CT and would love to hear from you...Joe
My prayers have finally been answered. Another State Of Mind
has finally officially been released on dvd!!!!
Another State of Mind
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
Suggested Retail Price: $14.98
Genre: Musical/Performing Arts
Cast: Social Distortion, Minor Threat
Summary: An incredible journey through the punk rock underground.
Are these kids socially deviant or just the "flower children
of the '80's?" This seminal punk rock film tracks the tour
of "The Better Youth Organization of Los Angeles"
- basically a fancy name for several punk rock kids crossing
the country in a dilapidated school bus. A few of these punks
were members of the pioneering bands Social Distortion and Youth
Brigade, and their raucous concert footage is captured here.
This a fine pairing of visceral and exciting music with an informative
sociological look into a youth subculture.
DVD Special Features: Region (unknown), Keep Case, Full Frame
Additional Release Material:
Commentary 1. Mike Ness 2. Adam Stern
MPAA Rating: NR
August 20th, 2004
I posted pictures from Sick Of It All, Terror and Champion from
last night's show at Toad's Place. Check them out on the pics
August 18th, 2004
Holy crap!! Last night at Café Nine was one of the best
shows that I have seen there this year! Texas Terri Bomb! from
Los Angeles and The Midnight Creeps from RI/MA. Both bands were
so incredible that I just kept taking pictures all night. Just
when I thought that it was safe to put the camera away, the
energy intensified and I found myself taking more and more pics.
There were so many good ones that I could not choose which ones
to leave out, so I posted A LOT of them on the site. Be sure
to check them out on the pics page...
On the show Tuesday August 24th we will have Jim Martin and
Gerry Stopper from Broken talking about the new cd and the cd
release show coming up on the 28th.
On Wednesday the 25th Joe Snow will be returning to co-host
an all CT show. View it as part II from the show that he co-hosted
with me last year.
Lastly, on the show Tuesday the 31st Malcolm Tent from Trash
American Style in Danbury will be my co-host spinning punk rock
as Malcolm sees it!
Look for bigger and better things for The Anti-Emo Empire! once
the new school season starts. There is going to be a huge programming
change in mid September on WNHU and it's looking like we are
going to be moved to Monday nights from 8-10 PM. I am excited
about the new time slot and all of the new opportunities it
will open up for the show!!
August 16th, 2004
I had the huge honor of emceeing the 1st Summer Skatefest which
was held this past Saturday at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk
in honor of the official opening of the Norwalk Skate Park!
It was a great day and a great event. The Mayor made a short
speech and officially cut the ribbon with the kids to open the
park. Live bands played the whole day, there were raffles and
booths from tons of great companies and sponsors. If all goes
well we can do it all over again next year! Check out the
August 11th, 2004
Posted pictures from a show at CB-GB's that I attended on Sunday.
YDI, Lethal Agression, Eyes Of Hate, Two Man Advantage, Kill
Your Idols, Only Crime and Verbal Abuse. Check them out on the
It's looking like there is no one to fill in for Search and
Destroy on wednesdays from 4-6 so I have volunteered to do it
for the remainder of August. Be sure to tune in to The Anti-Emo
Empire! Tuesdays from 3-5 and Wednesdays from 4-6. Also, there
is a good chance that the show is going to be moved to Monday
nights from 8-10 sometime in September, I will keep you posted
when I find out more.
This Saturday is the Summer Skatefest in Norwalk and I just
got word that I will be emceeing the day, so try to come out
and support the new Norwalk skate park, Axis Board Sports and
a bunch of great bands. Scroll down to the news from July 23rd
for more info about the event!
July 26th, 2004
Posted pictures from two shows that I attended over the weekend.
Friday night I saw Only Crime, FC Five, Stretch Armstrong, Hope
Conspiracy, and Bane at the Knights Of Columbus in Wallingford,
CT. Saturday night I saw the Disaster Party, Nasty Disaster
and the Misfits at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT. Check out
the Pictures page...
"The Adolescents are working on a collection of 1980 demos
and rehearsals to be released at end of the year on Frontier
records. That should be interesting. OC Confidential mixes
are almost completed. The release for OC Confidential is announced
for spring 2005. Don't ask why, just accept it."
RAMONES: END OF THE CENTURY
A feature documentary about The Ramones Directed by Michael
Gramaglia & Jim Fields
Opens in August in the USA
July 23rd, 2004
Skate Fest 2004
Saturday August 14th from 12
noon to 6pm at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT
Pro skateboard demos from 5 Boro Skateboards and from Bodega
Skateboards both from New York City.
Rraffles and fund raising for phase 2 of the park.
Free skateboard lessons
The mayor will speak
and of course live music all day on the main stage!
Vendors booths from companies like Bastard on Wheels, Kultjah,
Skateraid, Axis Boardsports, Etnies and more!
schedule of events is as follows
12:00 - 12:25 - International Brunch Mummies
12:30-12:40 - Mayor speaks
12:40-1:05 - Running Like Theives
1:15-1:40 - Mugshot Militia
1:50-2:25 - Human Vice Patrol
2:25-3:05 - Workforce / Matikhan (back to back sets, no change
3:15-3:45 - Planeside
3:55-4:25 - Dead 50's
4:30-5:00 - Raffle prizes giveaway
5:00-6:00 - Sixty Cycle
info contact Axis Board Sports in Norwalk 203-866-6444
From interstate 95 (northbound , from NYC)
1-Take I-95 to Exit 16 East Norwalk
2-Turn right onto East Ave. go approx .4 miles
3-Turn slight left onto Cemetary St. go approx .1 mile
4-Turn slight right onto Gregory Blvd. Go approx .3 miles
5-Turn left onto Ludlow Manor. Go approx .1 mile
6-Turn Left onto Marvin St. Go approx .1 mile
7-Turn right onto Calf Pasture Beach Road
8-Follow to end to Calf Pasture Beach Park
From interstate 95 (southbound, from New Haven)
1-Take exit 16 off I-95 East Norwalk
2- Turn left onto East Ave.
3-Follow from directions above (starting with #3)
From interstate 84
1-Take I-84 to Exit 3 (mall,Rt 7 South)
2-Follow Rt 7 south to Norwalk. Approx 35 minutes
3-Follow signs to interstate 95
4-Get on interstate 95 East.
5-Follow directions above (starting with #1)
July 21st, 2004
On Wednesday July 28th, Kevin (Basement Takeover), Mark (Shock
And Awe), Jessica (Search And Destroy) and Myself will be on
the air from noon til' 6pm. After 3 solid years of spinning
punk rock on WNHU, Jessica is relocating to the west coast.
Wed July 28th will mark her last Search And Destroy show on
WNHU. Us other punk/hardcore dj's have decided to throw her
an on air bon-voyage party and we have taken over the radio
station for a 6 hour block. Be sure to tune in, this will be
definitely be one afternoon that you will not want to miss!!
July 15th, 2004
New York Doll Arthur 'Killer'
Arthur Killer Kane
of seminal punk band the New York Dolls has passed away. The
bass player with the pioneering punk-rock outfit is reported
to have died Tuesday night (July 13) in a Los Angeles hospital
from complications with pneumonia at the age of 55.
Kane becomes the fourth Doll to pass away following guitarist
Johnny Thunders and drummers Billy Murcia and Jerry Nolan...
There will be a public memorial held behind the Mormon Temple
on 10777 Santa Monica Blvd on Saturday July 17th at 10AM.
Our deepest condolences go out to Kane's family, friends and
July 12th, 2004
Posted some pictures of The
Reducers from Sailfest this past Saturday.
Also, check out some Sailfest pics of The Swaggerts at
Go Kat Go Radio!
July 9th, 2004
I filled in for Shock And Awe
yesterday afternoon. Played a lot more Rock N' Roll than normal.
Check it out...
July 6th, 2004
New All Ages Venue In Boston
Boston now has a big DIY all ages venue that can hold punk and
hardcore shows in Boston!!!!!
The Polish American Citizen's Club in Dorchester, MA
This was the venue we held the In-Fest (Three days, 50 bands..!)
last month. They have agreed to allow us to promote as many
shows as we would like. Of course we cannot book just any ol
show there. It is a big venue, and looks really empty unless
it has more the 100 people in it...and even then it looks empty.
Think of it as a substitute to Bill's Bar or Axis....with out
the huge over head costs.
We are now booking shows for a couple big punk bands, but we
want to book hardcore bands also...we love it all!
The venue has the following:
Easy subway access
Bar for 21+ w/ID
Huge open space (As big as the Elk's!)
A real stage! (3ft.)
Good lighting and fans
Low cost!!!!! Wicked low!!
Don't settle for huge Clear Channel venues, or other venues
who odviously rip bands off (we all know which ones).
We cannot book every band or every show. Again it must be a
band that can draw! If you know someone who does booking for
bands, or you need a big show booked.contact me fns_publishing(at)msn(dot)com
FNS Records and Promotion have slowly built a reliable reputation
in the Boston music scene as a reliable and responsible label
and promoter. We run a label and publish zines and do all sorts
of shit.....look us up. www.fnsboston.net
July 1st, 2004
It's been a good few weeks for
New Haven's own Jim Martin and his band Broken. With the recent
completion of the band's 14 song cd to be called "Homeland
Insecurity" and released on Scrap Records (UK and Europe)
and the just announced domestic release on New Haven's Feralette
Records. An incredible live performance on June 17th at
Cafe Nine, a show tonight at Rudy's with the Deuce Frehley Band
and The Murder Junkies, and a cool feature in this weeks New
Haven Advocate called Stuck
In A Corner With Jim Martin.
On a sad note, The
Roxy in Norwalk will no longer be doing shows!
Clash's Classic 'London Calling' Album Upgraded to 2-CD
Plus DVD Set
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of The
Clash's landmark third album, "London Calling" (December
14, 1979 in the U.S.), Epic Records has announced plans to issue
a deluxe Legacy Edition version. "London Calling: The 25th
Anniversary Edition" will feature 2 full CDs of music plus
a newly-created DVD component. The package will arrive in stores
on September 21st.
The Clash and "London Calling" are constantly cited
as influential by the media, music industry, and the band's
immense fan base, and recent accolades have included the band's
induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and "London
Calling" being named the # 1 Album of the '80s by Rolling
Stone Magazine and one of the Top 5 British Albums Of All Time
by Q Magazine.
"London Calling: The 25th Anniversary Edition," will
include 2 CDs of music and a DVD housed in a lavish digipack.
The original packaging will be expanded with full lyrics, a
new historical essay, and rare photos by band photographer Pennie
Smith. Disc 1 will feature the complete classic album. Disc
2 is entitled "The Vanilla Tapes" and features previously
unheard demos for the album which were recently discovered in
vocalist/guitarist Mick Jones' storage house. Among the demos
that will feature on "The Vanilla Tapes" are a number
of tracks that never made the final cut of the album. Finally,
the DVD will represent a time capsule of The Clash at the time
of "London Calling's" release, and one of its features
will be a newly-created 45-minute documentary by the band's
longtime biographer and collaborator, Don Letts. The documentary
includes newly discovered footage of the band in the recording
studio with producer Guy Stevens, as well as previously unseen
live performance footage, interviews with band members Joe Strummer,
Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon, and for the first
time ever band manager Kosmo Vinyl telling his side of the story.
Incorporating elements of rockabilly, funk, blues and reggae
into The Clash's amphetamine rush of sound, and spread out over
four sides of LP vinyl, the 1979 release of "London Calling"
was closer to a manifesto than an album release. The album's
influence is immeasurable and reaches from the ska-punk of latter
day bands such as The Offspring and No Doubt, to the political
pronouncements of Rage Against The Machine and System Of A Down.
Distortion has announced that they will be releasing their
first ever live DVD, entitled Live In Orange County via Time
Bomb Recordings. The DVD was filmed on January 19, 2003,
at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA, and will feature backstage
footage, interviews, a photo gallery and more along with the
show itself, the setlist of which spans the band's entire career,
and even includes two brand new songs;Footprints On My
Ceiling and I Wasnt Born To Follow.
Both songs are to be included on Social Distortions forthcoming
studio album due out later this year. Live In Orange County
will be in stores July 27th.
June 22nd, 2004
Added pictures of The
Reducers from the 26th Annual Meriden Daffodil Festival
Saturday April 24, 2004. Also added Broken
and The Defcon Five from Cafe 9 June
June 9th, 2004
I had an opportunity to fill
in for Search And Destroy! this afternoon. It was a great three
hour show! Check out the playlist...
May 27th, 2004
I had an opportunity to fill
in for Shock And Awe this afternoon. It was a great three hour
show! Check out the playlist...
May 18th, 2004
D. Boon's brother Awest just
posted some previously unpublished photos of D.
May 11th, 2004
If you haven't noticed, we added two new pages to the site a
few weeks ago. Those being a Reviews page and a Concert Wise
page. So far we have two book reviews posted and hopefully more
to come in the near future. The Concert Wise page is updated
every week, so be sure to check back weekly for Anti-Emo Empire!
A huge thanks goes out to Dave Smalley who mailed me an autographed
copy of his book The Last Brigade 20 Songs From 20 Years Of
Punk Rock to give away to a lucky winner of the show. I read
a passage from the book on the air this afternoon and will do
the same again next week. On Tuesday May 25th be sure to tune
into the show for your chance to call in and win the book. Check
out my review of the book on the Reviews
May 4th, 2004
Kung Fu Records has
announced that legendary punks The Circle Jerks will be the
subject of the next volume of Kung Fu's The Show Must Go Off!
live DVD series. The live shoot, filmed last week at the Anaheim
House Of Blues, featured eight 24P digital video cameras and
24-track audio. Expect a late Summer or Fall release. www.showmustgooff.com
Here is some info that I thought was interesting about CD-R's!
Are we putting too much faith in the ubiquitous "recordable
CD", or CD-R? It is undeniably one of the most useful means
of storage around, offering an inexpensive way to save digital
photographs, music and files and costing less than 50 pence
If you check the claims made by some manufacturers of popular
CD-R brands, you will see that some make bold claims indeed.
Typical boasts include: "100-years archival life",
"guaranteed archival lifespan of more than 100 years"
and "one million read cycles". One company even says
data can be stored "swiftly and permanently", leaving
you free to bequeath those backups of your letter to the electricity
company to your great-great-grandchildren.
But an investigation by a Dutch personal computer magazine,
PC Active, has shown that some CD-Rs are unreadable in as little
as two years, because the dyes in the CD's recording layer fade.
These dyes replace the aluminium "pits" of a music
CD or CD-Rom, and the laser uses that layer to distinguish 0s
from 1s. When the CD is written, the writing laser "burns"
the dye, which becomes dark, to represent a "1" while
a"0" will be left blank so that if the dye fades,
there's no difference; it's just a long string of nothing to
the playback laser.
So have you already lost those irreplaceable pictures you committed
to medium, after its own testing found some with unreadable
data after just two years. "Though they looked fine from
the outside, they turned out to be completely useless,"
wrote the technical editor Jeroen Horlings, who had tested 30
brands in 2001, left them in a dark cupboard for two years and
then re-tested them in August 2003. Of the brands tested, 10
per cent showed ageing problems. And it wasn't just Horlings.
After seeing the results, shocked readers contacted the magazine
with their experiences.
Recordable DVDs are not off the hook either. The "dye chemicals"
in write-once DVDs are similar to CD-R, though recording density
and disk construction differ. "We're in the process of
testing DVDs and we're sure that the same problems will occur,"
said Horlings, who plans to publish his findings soon.
Gordon Stevenson, the managing director of Vogon International
- a company specialising in data recovery - is familiar with
these shortcomings thanks to the experiences of his customers,
one of whom commissioned Vogon to retrieve pictures of his second
honeymoon from a failed six-month-old CD-R. "The dye layer
was fading," Stevenson says,"but we were able to recover
most of the disk. But these claims [of a 100-year archival life]
are unhelpful and misleading. If you're spending 20p on something,
you probably don't expect it to last 100 years," he says.
In the wrong conditions, such as sunlight, humidity and upper
surface damage, your CD-R will slowly turn into a coaster. "CD-Rs
should never be left lying in sunlight as there's an element
of light sensitivity, certainly in the poor quality media,"
says Stevenson. "I wouldn't rely on CD-Rs for long-term
storage unless you're prepared to deal with them as recommended."
Such views are echoed by the National Archives at Kew. "Generally
speaking, we don't recommend CD-Rs for long-term storage,"
says Jeffrey Darlington, a project manager at the Archives'
Digital Preservation Department. "We don't regard CD-Rs
as an archival medium. Most of the CD-Rs on the market are not
of archival quality." Instead of CD-Rs, therefore, the
National Archives tend to use magnetic tape rated for a 30-year
life. Also, they are careful to copy, check and re-copy to avoid
losing information and this is also a useful strategy for CD-Rs.
"If you keep doing that so the CD-R is never more than
physically three to five years old, you'll be safe enough. A
hundred years sounds pretty unlikely," says Darlington.
Not all optical media is vulnerable. The rewritable variants
(RW) use metallic materials that change the phase of the light,
rather than light-sensitive dyes. Commercial magneto-optical
and ultra-density optical systems are different too. Stewart
Vane-Tempest, the optical product director at Plasmon, the archival
specialists, has first-hand experience of unreadable CD-R media.
"Some dyes are very robust, but others not," Vane-Tempest
says. "The one thing they have in common is susceptibility
to environmental conditions. I do a lot of digital photography
and pay top price for media. If I have anything important, I
generally make a couple of copies. I've not used CD-Rs for long-term
Vane-Tempest also offers a tip. Blank CD-R disks have a code
that your CD writer reads to find the best writing strategy.
If this isn't in the CD-writer's inbuilt software (its "firmware"),
the default may be a poor compromise. Vane-Tempest says that
some "less scrupulous" Far East companies have been
using other people's codes, with deficient results. However,
there is a way around this which is to find out which brands
suit your writer and ensure the firmware is up to date.
While such matchmaking is useful, there's no way to assess CD-R
longevity at home. All you can do is check periodically. As
for whether manufacturers are guilty of using finger-in-the-air
methods, Kevin Jefcoate, the marketing and product management
director at Verbatim, says: "It's a bit more than guesswork
because there's a lot of scientific evidence to back it up."
The answer, Jefcoate says, is to use a climate chamber to accelerate
the ageing of the organic dye. Using a relationship between
chemical reaction rate and temperature, 100-year lifetimes may
be argued for normal conditions. Jefcoate adds that he has never
known users to complain of age-related failures? "We haven't
had anyone complain that, after three to five years, it hasn't
worked." It's easy to blame budget CD-Rs when things go
wrong. Novatech's purchasing and product manager, Kriss Pomroy,
suggests users buy a small quantity for testing first.
The PC builder sells unbranded CD-Rs sourced from a Far East
distributor that buys over-production from well-known factories.
Are we saving pennies and taking risks? "No," says
Pomroy, "You can get problematic batches, but that's as
true with branded media." The company now sells two-and-a-half
times more unbranded write-once DVDs than CD-Rs. The world's
No 1 supplier of CD-Rs, Imation, talks of "saving precious
digital photo memories" - exactly what many people think
they're doing. Semar Majid, its technical marketing executive,
hasn't heard of any> ageing problems. "Optical media
should last between 30 and 200 years,"he says, "but
it's dependent on storage conditions and how you handle it."
He suggests transferring important photos to DVD, and keeping
on moving to new formats.
Another big maker, TDK, takes a cautious view with DVDs, claiming
only a 70-year lifespan. "This does not mean that DVD is
more fragile or unstable in time compared to CD-R; this is only
because of the shorter experience that we have in manufacturing
and testing this relatively young technology," says the
TDK product manager Hartmut Kulessa. There have been no complaints
about ageing failures.
As the oldest CD-R is barely a teenager, there are no definitive
answers either. But perhaps the last word belongs to Jeroen
Horlings at PC Active. "We see a lot of manufacturers and
they think that quantity is more important than quality,"
he says. "The problem will remain."
For more info on CD-Rs and dyes:
April 23rd, 2004
Congratulations to New London Connecticut legends the Reducers
who after 25 years of existence are going to rock 'n roll in
Japan this coming June!!
June 25th (Friday) - Shelter
Club, Tokyo, Japan
June 27th (Sunday) - Pipe69, Osaka, Japan
June 29th (Tentative) - Fiddler Pub, Tokyo, Japan
July 1st (Tentative) - venue TBA
July 3rd (Saturday) - Shelter Club, Tokyo, Japan
April 21st, 2004
Unless you live in a cave, you
should be fully aware that the government has been pushing to
control what we see and hear on tv and radio. If you believe
in freedom of speech and are uncomfortable with the idea of
the government having the power to soley dictate what you can
and cannot hear and see and also have the power to hire/fire
radio and tv personalities, then go to StopFCC.Com
and sign there petition. It only takes 30 seconds and every
name makes a difference. There is also a link on the site where
you can send an instant fax or email to your local Senators.
This too only takes about 30 seconds. It's more important than
ever for the citizens of the United States Of America to stand
up and fight for our freedom of speech!
April 14th, 2004
BROKEN BONES Just in TODAY is the newest release on Dr. Strange
Records; BROKEN BONES 7ep., No-One Survives!.
This is a GREAT release. (3 new songs) Imagine: Classic Discharge
(good Discharge!) mixed with the vocals of Negative Approach
and youre on the right track. This one is STRICTLY limited
to 800 copies; 400 on black and 400 on white. Be quick, many
of these are going to distributors overseas so we dont
have a lot
THE PARTISANS is joining the Dr. Strange family. They will have
a new full length release out in July called Idiot Nation
as well as a U.S. tour. Ill have song samples, artwork
etc.. on my site as soon as possible. Their new stuff is AWESOME!!!
Its a cross between their old stuff and vintage Clash.
1st Annual KNIFE
OR DEATH FEST 2004
FRIDAY JUNE 4th and SATURDAY JUNE 5TH: KNIFE
OR DEATH FEST at the Fairless Hills Fraternal Order of Eagles
Hall in Fairless Hills, PA. (It's ten minutes outside Philadelphia
and five minutes from Trenton, right off of route 1). YOUTH
OF TODAY (both days), ANTIDOTE (NYC), KIDS LIKE US (Tallahasse,
FL), CHARGE (Hell Bent Records), VISION (NJ), DOWN TO NOTHING,
MOUTHPIECE, Mental, Desperate Measures, Righteous Jams, Love
is Red, Thumbs Up, Punishment, One Up and xtraitorx!
INSTED REUNION SHOWS
June 25 Boston, MA tba w/ The First Step
June 26 Montclair, NJ Bloomfield Ave. Cafe w/ The First Step
June 27 New York, NY CBGBs w/ The First Step
Indecision Records for more info...
March 24th, 2004
A friend and long time supporter of the New Haven
music scene has decided to relocate to Fresno, California. Chris
Arnott of the New Haven Advocate wrote a very heart warming
article about Fran Fried in last week's edition. Here is a link
to the article,
check it out. I searched all over for an online copy of the
"farewell" article that Fran himself wrote in last
week's edition of the New Haven Register's Weekend section,
but could not find it. So...I scanned in my copy, so if you
want to check out the article just follow this link for Fran
Fried's last Weekend column. Fran we love ya and wish you
all the best in Fresno, but New Haven will always have the #1
I got into the Descendents
back in 1985 and 'I Don't Want To Grow Up' and 'Milo Goes To
College' were two crucial albums for me when I was growing up.
I used to know all of the lyrics to every song and would sing
them loud and proud while driving past the nuclear tits in my
1972 Chevy Malibu Classic. When things got too tough to cope
with at school or in life, I would retreat to my room, put on
the headphones and crank up 'My World'. I had the pleasure to
see the band at the Ritz in NYC back in 1985 and I still cherish
the memories and the Official Bonus Cup that I bought at the
show and have proudly displayed on my office shelf to this day.
The reason that I say all of this is because I just got a copy
of their new cd 'Cool To Be You' on Fat
Wreck Chords and I cannot say enough good good things about
it. It truly fuckin' rocks!!!! So be one of the proud, the few,
and rock out with the Descendents tonight...
On a funny note, check out this movie clip with Straight
Ahead and the Smurfs!
March 17th, 2004
Stiff Little Fingers has signed with Kung Fu Records to release
their latest album "Guitar and Drum" in the U.S. and
I had the pleasure to go to England for 10 days and I posted
some pictures on the pictures page for
you to check out...
In sad news, Dave Schulthise AKA Dave Blood, the bassist of
the Dead Milkmen committed suicide on Wednesday March 10th.
You can see and read more on the In
To end on a funny note, check out this link to see/hear Ian
MacKaye from Minor Threat/Fugazi singing a kids song called
For Immediate Release:
JELLO BIAFRA APOLOGIZES TO FANS FOR LATEST DEAD KENNEDYS "DEAF
I am sorry I have to be the whistle
blower yet again. I am deeply embarrassed by the poor quality
of their new "Live at the Deaf Club" CD. It could have
been a good album. But in my opinion the sound quality and remix
are so lame it's not even as good as the versions on "Give
Me Convenience or Give Me Death." And those mixes are almost
20 years old. If they really "spent the better part of a
year" on this, I wonder what they were really doing most
of the time.
I don't think the artwork is as boring as "Mutiny on the
Bay," but it doesn't really rock my world either. To me it's
a dumbed-down version of the good stuff Winston Smith and I made,
but now it seems deliberately designed not to offend anyone. Sad.
I relayed my concerns to East Bay Ray, but as usual I never heard
back. I have also been confronted several times at shows by people
feeling ripped off by the "Making of In God We Trust Inc."
DVD. They said they felt especially burned by only 22 minutes
of content, and that the karaoke section was as stupid as the
elves (yes, elves) on the cover.
Please, folks, I had nothing to do with this! Like the fake Dead
Kennedys "reunion" tours, I did not authorize either
of these projects and was not allowed any meaningful input at
all. I can't double-check the 22 minutes or whatever because I
am not allowed to possess the MVD releases unless I buy them from
a store. I have never received copies, or even a contract, from
Ray & Co. at all. Nor am I allowed to see all the books.
In 1998 the other ex-Dead Kennedy's filed a vicious lawsuit against
me stemming from a dispute that got ugly when I opposed putting
"Holiday in Cambodia" in a Levi's Dockers TV commercial.
Unfortunately, their lawsuit is still going on. I maintain my
innocence, and am sickened by what they have done to exploit Dead
Kennedys once - good name and legacy since. I would like to go
into much deeper detail about all this, but our attorneys have
asked me not to. Let's just say it is far from over, uglier than
ever, with no end in sight.
So please be aware of the mentality behind all current Dead Kennedys
releases, and where the money is really going.
If anyone wishes to help in any way, please support the Alternative
Tentacles Legal Defense Fund:
Alternative Tentacles Legal Defense Fund
P.O. Box 419092
San Francisco, CA
On the Internet: http://www.alternativetentacles.com/page.php?page=atlegalfund
Lick Bush in '04,
WOW! I haven't posted any news
in a month. I have been getting so much music for the show these
past two months that it is occupying most of my time going through
it all. Anyway, I will not be live on WNHU next week, the show
has been pre-recorded. I am playing a classic Compilation LP from
1982 called Maximum Rock 'N Roll Presents All Is Quiet On The
Western Front. This is one show not to be missed, they don't make
comps like this one anymore. As a matter of facts almost all of
the comps from the past decade suck ass! All they are is rehashed
songs from lame bands sold for $3.99 at the local mall Hot Topic.
Comps from back in the day were different, they featured songs
that were exclusive to the comp and they featured a ton of bands,
much like the one that I chose to play. Enjoy the show and if
you are listening from home you can follow along with the
The Adolescents will release a
live DVD on February 24th. It is another installment in Kung Fu
Records' "The Show Must Go Off" series. The show was
recorded at The House of Blues and also comes with a free live
CD of the show. You can watch video clips from each DVD at www.showmustgooff.com
The Vandals have a live DVD from the House Of Blues also in the
5th , 2004
Smorgasbord Records News / upcoming
new releases and more...
Smorgasbord Records is proud to announce our triumphant return.
It's been over two years since our last new release, but that
is about to change. Here's what's new and exciting. No official
release dates have been set, but both releases will be out late
March / early April 2004.
First up is Smor 028: Windfall / Psychopunch limited edition split
7 inch. Four songs in all, two from USA's Windfall and two from
Sweden's Psychopunch. The songs are exclusive to this vinyl only
split 7 inch release. The cover art was created specially by Mike
Fisher at Wrecking Crew Studios. See what it's like when two countries
collide and bring you raw, powerful, hardcore/punk rock 'n roll!
We are accepting pre-orders and suggest that you pre-order to
guarantee a colored vinyl copy. There will be 1,000 total records
pressed, and there will be only one pressing. The price will be
the same as any other Smorgasbord 7 inch release, $4.00 postage
paid if you live in the USA and $7.00 air mail postage paid to
anywhere else in the world. Pre-order now and receive a free Windfall
"Awaken" cd/ep. Pre-orders must be received by March
31st and must be through the snail mail. This offer is available
for direct mailorders only.
Next up is a cd release from Up Front compiling all of the band's
7 inch releases onto one cd. Smor 027: Twenty five songs in all
including three tracks from the 1999 split 7 inch release with
Building, six tracks from the 1994 7 inch release "What Fire
Does", four tracks from the 1992 7 inch release "Changes",
seven tracks from the 1990 7 inch release "Daybreak",
and five tracks from the 1996 7 inch release "Doin' It Live
On WNYU". Except for the "What Fire Does" 7 inch,
these recordings have been sold out and out of print for many
years. The cover art was created specially by Jason Powell / Killerkatt
Artworks and is very reminiscent of the band's 1988 LP release
"Spirit". Fans worldwide have been asking, and we finally
got this release together. All from the original masters, no remixes
here, just what you heard on 7", only now remastered for
cd format. Pre-order now and receive a free Up Front "Movement'
cd. Pre-orders must be received by March 31st and must be through
the snail mail. This offer is available for direct mailorders
We are also planning a follow up Up Front cd in about a year or
so compiling all of the band's demos onto one cd. What demos might
those be you ask? Before the three tracks that appeared on the
1987 "X Marks The Spot" 7 inch, a friend of the band
Mitch Mitchell recorded the band's 1986 six song demo tape. These
were the only recordings with the band's original drummer Dan.
Six songs were released, but thirteen songs were recorded in all.
In addition to the 1986 demo, the band recorded a four song demo
in 1991 prior to the recording of the Striving For Togetherness
Records "Changes" 7 inch and a four song demo in 1996
prior to the recording of the "Movement" LP. I don't
know how, but over the years none of these recordings have leaked
out and besides for the original six song demo from 1986 that
you occasionally see on ebay and/or trade lists, the other songs
have never been heard by anyone other than Up Front and close
friends of the band!
So as you can see, the wheels are still turning here at Smorgasbord
Records and we are extremely excited to add these fine releases
to our catalog.
The Up Front "Spirit" cd and the Wide Awake "25
Song Discography" cd have both been sold out for the past
year or so. If you tried to order one and could not get one, we
apologize. Good news though, the reorders have been placed and
both cds should be back in stock the same time that the two new
aforementioned releases are available! If you pre-order one before
March 31st we will be sure to throw in some buttons, stickers,
and whatever else happens to be lying around.
Lastly, we are so excited about the new releases and the re-presses
that we are having a HALF OFF sale on select titles. Check out
the Releases page for more details...
finally have a web site, and it's a damn good one...
Re-issues coming in April!
Get ready -- this April, Bad Religion will be re-releasing completely
re-mixed and re-mastered versions of How Could Hell Be Any Worse,
Suffer, No Control, Against The Grain, AND Generator! Also coming
is a re-issue of the Along The Way video on DVD. It all hits stores
on April 6th!
After Brian finishes recording the new Bad Religion record this
December / Jan, he will focus his attention on the new Dag Nasty
record, which will begin tracking at Inner Ear Studios (tentatively)
in spring 04. Hopefully the guys will do their daily photo / text
recording journal like they did for Mo1, which was a blast. That
journal will be making a re-appearance on the site very soon along
with some other missing pages.
I had the oppotunity to team up
with Kevin from The Basement Takeover for a four hour show yesterday.
Third time total, first time in 2004. We spun for four hours,
played 60 songs, fulfilled 15 requests, and had a great time...
I focused mainly on cover songs, just like the last two times.
Check out the playlist
Happy New Year!
Over one year ago my
friend Tim Cundle released a book through Three Days Dead
Records. Long story short, the owner of the label turned out
to be a liar and a cheat and Tim was left with cases of unsold
books. He still has copies of "Compression", the
novel that was written under the pseudonym Martin Crisis and
is selling them cheaply - £3 ppd UK, $8 ppd (airmail)
US and 10 Euro ppd (airmail) for the rest of Europe, available
from the Mass Movement address. You can read a bunch of reviews
of the book below.
12 WEST STREET,
"The debut from writer Martin Crisis has been released
on Punk label Three Days Dead cos it would be a tragedy
if this book was left to rot on the shelves of a big time
publisher while they figured out how to market it to Guardian
readers. Author Crisis probably wouldnt want them touching
his book anyway, ysee Compression is built around punk
music and its author has a passion for it that stretches
way beyond name checking Black Flag within the novels pages.
The book begins with its hero Flanagan returning to
the seaside dump of his youth for a school reunion. Having
escaped the town to become a famous punk rocker with a major
label deal and a home in the States, it becomes obvious that
the singer is returning for more than a chance to see old
school chums. Witnessing the murder of a mentally disturbed
man haunts him and Flanagan returns to seek redemption after
drugs and music have failed him only to find that the murder
case has been reopened. With excellent characterization and
a rawness thats hard to find in the bookshelves of WH.Smiths,
Compression raises questions about the power of music to change
ones life, the validity of being punk in
the new millenium and what it means to be truly honest with
oneself. Fully recommended"
Big Cheese Magazine.
"The debut novel from the cryptically named Martin Crisis,
Compression, is the story of Michael Flanagan, A successful.
Contemporary British punk musician (okay, this is a novel)
whose past and present hides many secrets, some
murkier than others. The story unfolds over the space of 24
hours, with more and more being gradually revealed, as Flanagan
seeks redemption, and eventual freedom, from the long carried
burdens of his youth. Although the action starts
less than promisingly with the long, rain-sodden tedium of
a motorway journey, things soon pick, and the reader really
starts to care about Flanagans fate. Mr.Crisis has a
definite way with words and this is a promising debut. Id
recommend you seek this out"
Virginia Black, Rock Sound Magazine
"Martin Crisis, whoever he may be, is one pissed-off
individual. His hatred for himself and everyone around him
is smeared across every page of his debut novel like so much
blood and shit. Compression is a high-octane mixture
of autobiography, wish fulfillment and twisted fantasy; the
sordid tale of a punk rockstar returning to his home town
for his school reunion, to confront a dark secret from his
past that he has struggled to keep buried ever since he left
there in the first place. Several painful home truths have
to be exhumed and dealt with en route; not least of all the
fact that he is in love with the wrong woman and that
for most of his adult life he has been living a lie!
This has been written with tremendous feeling, and the anger
of the author reaches out to grab the reader by the throat
and doesnt let go. And as someone who refused to attend
my own school reunion mainly out of disinterest than
to make any concerted point to anyone I can certainly
relate to the frustrations of the books nihilistic anti-hero.
Worth checking out".
Ian Glasper, Terrorizer Magazine
"Im so pleased to see books coming out of the punk
rock underground and especially from the UK scene. This is
a work of fiction but methinks certain characters and situations
are culled from the authors own real-life exeriences.
Flanagan is a successful punk rocker returning to his hometown
for a school re-union, the re-union is just a feeble excuse
for him to tie up loose ends he left behind and more importantly,
a chance to relieve his guilt of a crime committed years previously.
Its a simple, short story, there are few surprises and
the writer leads you to the hopefully perfect ending that
you wish for the main character. I must admit that I thought
it may be a bit of a tough read, but I found myself absorbed
after the first few pages and its a solid piece of work.
I enjoyed it and you should support this endeavor, the more
underground DIY literary projects the better as far as Im
concerned and watch out for further books from the guys at
Three Days Dead. Good stuff"
David Stuart, Fracture Magazine.
"Its great to see a piece of essentially punk rock
based fiction from the shores of the UK that is more than
capable of matching the work of Charles Romalotti (Rash /
Salad Days). As with Romalotti, you know the author has a
very defined understanding of the traits which when compiled
together forge believable characters of a Punk basis.
At the heart of "Compression" there lays a very
simple story one of maturing; of awakening; of coming
to terms with ones own past. It focuses on Flanagan, a Punk
Rock superstar who is growing ever more disillusioned with
his life and what it represents. For the first time in many
years, he heads home to the town of his youth. It is a town
that holds a deep, dark and very discrete secret for he and
his former adolescent school chums. It is also a school reunion.
Flanagan reacquaints himself with his former gang (who have
gone on to be a copper, porn star, mental case and more) and
revisits the scenes of activities old as the book progresses
through its 112 pages while slowly building to the tumultuous
This just paints the soft white underbelly of the book though.
Im not talking about the streak of drug and alcohol
abuse that proliferates through the pages, nor the sexual
references. The heart of this lies in the past, Flanagans
past and the past of his cohorts. Its dark and perfectly
expressed here. The past and the events that it contains has
effected them all to different degrees and a lot of the enjoyment
of the book pivots around the discovery of how each individual
involved deals with that long gone situation. What is the
ominous secret the past holds? For that, you have to buy the
book! Just trust me when I tell you that you wont guess
Theres definitely a sense of the author putting a lot
of himself into the main character too, from little cynicisms
through to all out brashness. It lends a sense of familiarity
and certainly a sense of sincerity. This in turn leads to
a stronger novel."
Steve B, Scanner Magazine
& Alcoholics" Compilation CD
Its finally here! That's right
"Mullets & Alcoholics"; 34 songs or 80 minutes
of punk rock debauchery! Thanks to all of the bands and labels
who participated! This has been an amazing success that will
surely help keep Hussieskunk alive for some time to come.
So who all is on the disc, some of you may ask? Well how about
MDC, US Chaos, A Planet For Texas, Blitzkid, Lame Ducks, Large
Marge, I Voted For Kodos, Lazy American Workers, and The Narcoleptic
x5 to just name a few. All the bands and labels have a few
copies available, as well we do to. So help support Hussieskunk
and those that participated by picking up a copy for yourself.
We have them available on our site for $6 (that's $5 for the
disc, and $1 for shipping), or go see one of the bands live
to get a copy. A CD release party is being planned right now,
taking place around the end of January. More details about
that will be coming in the next few weeks.
Radio For Punk Snobs
P.O. Box 1599
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
23rd through January 20th, the Anti-Emo Empire! will be starting
one hour earlier at 3pm for a full two hours of broadcast.
Be sure not to miss Tuesday December 23rd for the Hardcore/punk
Twisted Chords Records relases a ton of MDC stuff, old and
MDC "Hey cop! If I had a face like yours..." LP
MDC "Millions of dead cops" Picture-LP
MDC Chicken squawk 7
MDC Multi Death Corporations 7
MDC / Stains John Wayne was a Nazi 7
MDC were and surely still are one of the best, most important
and most influential US-hardcore bands of the early 80s. Beside
bands like Reagan Youth and Dead Kennedys, MDC stood for political
lyrics and a for that time- new and unused sound: hardcore!
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Hell Bent Records
will be releasing the Nausea Punk Terrorist Anthology
Vol 1 on Feb. 17 2004, this is going to be a double
LP. The best part about this record other than it being a
Nausea record is that the covers are hand silk screened canvas
that we are personally making in the basement of our office.
Not only that it comes with a Nausea pin and a poster. It
is a must have for any fan of punk music.
The Nausea Punk Terrorist Anthology Vol 1 Double
LP is available for pre order now at www.hellbentrecords.com
and the first 100 pre orders will come w/ hand numbered hot
pink silk screened canvas covers
..hurry, these are going
fast! Interpunk will have another 60 limited with green screened
canvas covers. THIS IS THE ONLY OFFICIAL NAUSEA RELEASE!
Taking Pre-Orders now for Nausea "Punk Terrorist Anthology
Vol. 1" Double LP/Pin/Poster
Hell Bent Records
Po Box 1529
Point Pleasant Beach NJ 08742 USA
VISIT US ONLINE AT: HELLBENT
I just found
out that it's NOT the legendary New Haven Saucers that were
around in the late 1970's who are playing Cafe
Nine this Saturday night. I guess that there is a funky
groove rock band from Stamford with the same name... Check
out the show if you like the funk!
The Saucers will
be playing New Haven
on Saturday night at Cafe
SATURDAY, DEC. 13th
CELEBRATING 5 YEARS, INDEPENDISC RECORDS PRESENTS:
NEW HAVEN'S NEW WAVE VETERANS THE SAUCERS
with the HIGH LONESOME PLAINS
As of January
1st, 2004, Stab
& Kill Records (the label known for having released
such great bands as BLUE MONDAY, CLOSE CALL, A-TEAM, and many
more) will be changing their name to Perfect Victim Records.
With two years of hard work, solid releases, and lots of learning
under their belts, the label has decided that a less abrasive
name will do nothing but help them and their bands.
Perfect Victim Records plans on continuing the growth process
in 2004, with their current family of bands, as well as new
releases by Florida's ON OUR OWN and Massachusetts's RATTLE
BATTLE. 2004 will also see continued partnerships with other
labels such as Jamey Jasta's Stillborn Records, from whom
Perfect Victim Records will be licensing SUBZERO's forthcoming
full length and the debut full length from the highly acclaimed
WITH HONOR for release on vinyl. Having teamed up with Invisible
Youth PR for both press promotions and retail marketing, 2004
should prove to be the best year yet.
All remaining releases with the Stab & Kill logo will
still be sold by Perfect Victim Records, with any repressings
carrying the new Perfect Victim branding. Additionally, the
label will retain the same contact information and address
JOEY RAMONE PLACE!!
Well it seems that the unveiling of Joey Ramone
Place this past Sunday was very eventful. Check out Official
Ramones.com for all of the info. Also be sure to check
out some pictures and video of the day on CBGB.com.
It seems that everyone now a days is writing
a book. Here are two that you might be interested in checking
The Last Brigade: 20 Songs from 20 Years of
Punk Rock -- by Dave Smalley.
The singer for Down By Law, Dag Nasty, All and D.Y.S. shares
some of his favorite lyrics from over the years, and tells
the story of each one. Softcover only. $12 postpaid (includes
shipping costs for U.S. -- international orders, please send
address and postage rates will be provided).
Checks should be made out to: C.S. Graphic Design.
Send orders to: Never Surrender Publishing, 1231 Jefferson
Davis Highway, PMB #123, Fredericksburg, VA. 22401.
If using PayPal, or for any other questions, please email:
Shithead, a life in punk'
by Joey Shithead Keithley
Joey Shithead Keithleys new book,
I Shithead, a life in punk has just been named
as one of the top 25 non fiction books of 2003, by Amazon.ca.
The book has been selling briskly across Canada. I Shithead
is due to be released in America this coming April. A German
translation version will follow shortly thereafter.
The book has been whipped along by Joeys spoken word
shows, where Joey relates wild and unruly stories from the
book, as well as his take on the state of punk and politics
in the modern world. This positive punk show went over great
on D.O.A.s recent cross Canada tour, with Joey doubling
up with spoken word shows in Montreal, Halifax, Toronto and
London, ON. Come and hear him Tuesday in Vancouver.
JOEY RAMONE PLACE!!
THE CORNER OF SECOND STREET AND THE BOWERY
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, AT 1 PM
Taken from Official
On Sunday, November 30, 2003 the City of New York will officially
name the corner of Bowery and Second Street "Joey Ramone
Place" in a ceremony honoring the late rock music legend.
The street sign dedication is the culmination of the efforts
of his fans, family, contemporaries, community and the city
itself to recognize Joey Ramone's historic achievements and
contributions to New York City's music scene.
Check out a lot of links to press about the event on CBGB.com.
Anti-Emo Empire Takeover
returned to the airwaves this afternoon. 2 hours, 33 songs,
5 great requests. It was a lot of fun getting together with
Kevin for the 2nd time. We will try to do it again over the
X-Mas break. Check out the playlist!
The Basement Anti-Emo Empire Takeover returns
to WNHU on Wednesday the 26th from 2-4 PM. That's right, I
am teaming up with Kevin MacKenzie from The Basement Takeover
for the 2nd time this year. Last time it was an end of summer
4 hour bash, this time it will be a two hour Thanksgiving
Saw Sick Of It All at Toad's Place last night. That band has
been the tightest, most hard working, energetic band for 15
straight years. They always put on a stellar live show and
you get more than your money's worth!! Check out the radio
Id's that they were gracious enough to do for the show on
the Sounds page.
I wrote this in the wee hours of the morning
just after I got home from the show, but did not post it until
I just got home from the Soul Brains, Murphy's Law, Red Tape
show at Toad's Place. I don't know who opened the show, but
they were absolutely terrible. Next up was Red Tape from Burbank,
CA and I have to say that I was quite impressed. Fast, old
school sounding hc/punk, I loved it and I am looking forward
to the band's debut release early next year on Roadrunner
Records. Murphy's Law, what can I say that already hasn't
been said. It was like my 20th time seeing them and they are
always entertaining, never a let down. Jimmy G is 38 years
old and he rocks harder than most singers 1/2 his age. The
band is just as good, if not better than when I first saw
them back in 1986. Now, speaking of let downs, the Soul Brains
were actually worse than the opener. The musical portion was
right on, rock solid, and what you would expect from these
master musicians. HR on the other hand has lost his energy,
his ability to entertain, and apparently has lost his mind.
Dressed in his finest white sweat pants, inside out with the
pockets hanging out and his sox pulled up over them, his slippers
and athletic jacket, and his ability to not stand up or put
any energy what so ever into singing, this is one of the biggest
let downs in my life. I had seen the band a dozen plus times
throughout the years, mostly from 1986-1992, and they were
always incredible. I even saw HR doing his solo reggae thing
at the Anthrax and I loved it. It was passionate and sincere
and that is always the thing that is the most important to
me. Tonight was a joke and I feel bad for everyone who dropped
$20.00 on a ticket, because you were short changed. I mean
at one point the entire band walked off of the stage and HR
rambled on and on and on and sat behind the drum kit and tried
to play, it was embarrassing. I fully respect Dr Know, Daryl
Jennifer, and Earl Hudson, but I have lost all respect for
HR, and it hurts me to say that,... a lot. On the other hand,
if the man has truly lost his mind and needs to be atmitted
into a mental hospital, get him off of the streets before
he hurts someone or himself...
Check out some pictures from the show.
The best one is the last picture on the Soul Brains page,
where Mike from The Defcon Five is looking at me like WTF?
I also added some new WNHU and Anti-Emo Empire! ID's that
I recently got. Jimmy G from Murphys Law, Jesse Malin from
D Generation, Tim Armstrong from Rancid, Ernie from Token
Entry, Jason Biggs, Good Charlotte, and Red Tape. Check them
out on the Sounds page
Coming soon on Cold
Hardcore from the early days: A 3 way split featuring the
Cells, White Pigs, Chronic Disorder
500 on LP ( 200 on coloured) / 750 on CD
When Tim Yo reviewed the TARGET
CELLS demo in MRR #15 at the time he called it the metal
side of hardcore and the guitars were heavy. Times
have changed so much that these days it would go through as
100% hardcore. Whatever you want to call it, it seriously
rages. This demo has never made it onto a disc or vinyl until
Fans of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Nihilistics etc will love
The WHITE PIGS are better known, but still a lot of HC fans
still dont know their first EP, which is a great thrasher.
First released (1000 copies) in 1984, never repressed and
definitely worthwhile re-releasing. Some tracks on this album
are from that EP and some are unreleased.
DISORDER needs no introduction, they made quite a name
for themselves and they had numerous releases. They even recorded
for the legendary Posh Boy records! Their first 2 self financed
EPs are very rare (300 made) and a selection of tracks
are included on this LP/CD. As a bonus we have added some
live stuff recorded at the legendary CBGBs. They are
still going strong to this day.
Killer artwork (12 page booklet with lots of photos,
flyers, lyrics etc) and a truly fantastic production/remastering
( done at joetown.com, Walingford, CT)makes this release a
must for the old school hardcore fans...
Rocket From The Tombs are going to be appearing at TT
The Bear's on Saturday, Dec 6th (10 Brookline Street,
Cambridge, MA 617 492-BEAR) Rocket From The Tombs 11:30pm
/ US Maple 10:30pm / Unnatural Axe 9:30pm .
If you DO NOT know who Rocket From The Tombs are, here is
a brief history lesson for you:
Not to be confused with San Diego-based alternarockers Rocket
from the Crypt, Rocket from the Tombs was a mid-'70s Cleveland
rock/punk outfit best known as the band that split into two
better-known Cleveland punk bands, Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys.
Rocket was formed by a reporter for the weekly Cleveland entertainment
newspaper The Scene who went by the name of Crocus Behemoth.
Behemoth met Peter Laughner, a guitarist/songwriter who played
at many of the same clubs as RFTT as a member of the band
Cinderella Backstreet, a now-infamous Cleveland band of which
Pretender Chrissie Hynde was briefly a member. Laughner became
a fan of Rocket and occasionally joined the band for a song
or two. Before long, Laughner and Behemoth became partners,
and with the addition of guitarist Gene O'Connor, bassist
Craig Bell, and drummer Johnny "Madman" Madansky,
Rocket from the Tombs became a fairly stable unit. Playing
high-energy rock influenced by the Stooges and Lou Reed (Laughner's
hero), RFTT made a name for itself in the Cleveland club scene,
as well as opening for touring thud-rock has-beens like Iron
Butterfly. In 1975, a scrawny, Iggy-worshipping kid from Youngstown,
Ohio named Stiv Bators came to Cleveland and was tried out
as lead singer, but he didn't last. Laughner, meanwhile, had
met and become friendly with influential rock scribe and fellow
gonzo Lester Bangs after sending Bangs a Rocket demo tape
that he reviewed favorably for Creem. Soon Laughner was writing
for Creem and traveling to New York for a first-hand look
at the punk scene at CBGB's. Blown away by Patti Smith and
especially Television, Laughner returned to Cleveland only
to find that the issue of musical direction was tearing RFTT
apart. Within weeks, the band was no more.
Laughner and Behemoth (who at this point was going by his
birth name, David Thomas) began Pere Ubu, while Gene O'Connor
(now called Cheetah Chrome) and Johnny Madansky (now Johnny
Blitz) had wisely remembered to keep Stiv Bators' phone number;
they called him up and formed the wonderfully scuzzy Dead
Boys. Craig Bell moved to CT and formed the Saucers. Laughner's
time as a member of Pere Ubu was short, and by 1976, he was
fronting a series of new bands, among them Friction, the Finns,
and Peter and the Wolves. Despite this flurry of creativity,
which included a good chunk of writing for Creem, Laughner
was fueling a substance abuse problem that had reached critical
mass, and in 1977 he was dead of liver failure at the age
of 25. Both Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys went on to have respectable
careers (Ubu more so than the Boys), but the sad legacy of
Rocket from the Tombs is that of Peter Laughner, an extremely
talented man who didn't live long enough to see his talent
OUT NOW on SMOG
The Day the Earth Met the Rocket from the Tombs CD / Double
Taken from the Smog Veil Records press release:
Rocket From the Tombs, the Cleveland band that featured a
pre-Pere Ubu David Thomas and future members of the Dead Boys,
has been hailed by numerous serious rock critics as overlooked
punk and new wave forefathers. They never entered a recording
studio, however, and for the most part their scant body of
demos and live tapes have been heard only by serious collectors,
though some were available on the 1990 album Life Stinks (itself
hard to find now). The Day the Earth Met the Rocket From the
Tombs does not issue every tape known to exist by the group,
and is not perfect from the standpoints of fidelity and performance.
The 74-minute disc does, however, finally make a reasonably
comprehensive document of their work widely available for
the first time. The first half is devoted to a February 1975
loft rehearsal, and though the sound is on the muddy side,
the performances raw, and the songs on which David Thomas
sings lead afflicted by some indistinct vocals, it's a quite
powerful fusion of hard rock, metal, and art rock that in
retrospect can be seen to contain some seeds of American punk.
Particularly edgy are an early version of "30 Seconds
Over Tokyo" (redone to famous effect by Pere Ubu) and
the nearly out-of-control "Life Stinks," though
the standout number is the unexpectedly melodic, lyrically
desperate "Ain't It Fun." The next seven songs,
from one of their final shows in July 1975, boast better (though
not outstanding) fidelity, and some of their most innovative
compositions ("Final Solution" and "Sonic Reducer"),
as well as the arcane Velvet Underground cover "Foggy
Notion" (at that time impossible to find even on bootleg).
Thomas doesn't sing lead on any of the July 1975 numbers but
does on all three of the final selections, taken from a May
1975 show, including the future Dead Boys staple "Down
in Flames" (with a downright avant-garde instrumental
section) and a cover of "Search & Destroy."
There are shortcomings to Rocket From the Tombs: some of the
songs leaned too heavily on heavy metal and simple outrage,
and for all the notoriety attached to the band because of
the Pere Ubu and Dead Boys connections, their best moments
were actually the more sensitive reflections on troubled youth
by Peter Laughner. And there are some imperfections to the
package in that it doesn't include all the known Rocket From
the Tombs tapes, the excerpts seemingly selected so as not
to repeat any song twice (it's also unfortunate that the loft
cover of the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" fades
out almost as soon as it starts). Yet, in all, this is a release
of considerable historical importance and definite musical
worth, enhanced by lengthy and knowledgeable liner notes.
Added some pictures from a few shows that I
attended recently. Temptress and Nasty
Disaster at Alchemy from the 29th and 3
Finger Demon at Cafe Nine from the 23rd. There is also
a very silly picture of me dressed
up for the show on the 29th!
D.O.A. 25th Anniversary
D.O.A., Canada's most influential punk rock band, is beginning
the celebration of their 25th Anniversary. Having influenced
a couple of generations of punks and musicians and made a
big impact on underground "people power" politics,
D.O.A.will mark the occasion in a couple of special ways.
Sudden Death Records (Canada's punk godfather Joey Shithead
Keithley's own record label) will release the definitive D.O.A.
album "War and Peace" a 26 track compilation of
D.O.A.'s greatest recorded moments. War and Peace starts at
the roots with "Disco Sucks", "The Enemy"
and "Liar For Hire" right through to their modern
blitzkrieg sound of "Dead Men Tell No Tales" and
"Just Say No To The WTO".
D.O.A. will blast through live shows with their new rock solid
lineup of Joey, The Great Baldini on drums and new bassist
Damned Dan Yaremko (Econoline Crush, Bif Naked). This fall,
Shithead's first book "I, Shithead, a life in punk"
will be out on Arsenal Pulp Press. It is a definitive and
raunchy look at punk and the spread of counter culture throughout
western society. Sudden Death Records will also release this
fall "Let's Start The Action" an electronic tribute
to D.O.A. performed by 20 different artists from around the
world and inspired by the anti-globalization movement. As
well, Sudden Death has recently re-released D.O.A.'s first
two albums "Something Better Change" and "Hardcore
81", recently picked as two of the top five Canadian
punk rock albums of all time, by AMP Magazine. A full length
documentary on D.O.A. "Talk-Action=0" is being developed
by film maker Marcus Rogers (The Widower).
D.O.A. has travelled a long, tough road, that has taken them
around the world and the raw energy continues. The band has
never been more active, having recently released their second
DVD, D.O.A.'s "Greatest Shits" and a split album
with metal legend Thor ("Are U Ready"). Recently
Mayor Larry Campbell of Vancouver declared December 21st to
be " D.O.A. Day" in Vancouver. The band has also
been featured in punk and political books published around
the world. Come join in the power and non compromise that
25th Anniversary Tour/Joey Keithley Spoken Word Tour/I,Shithead
This is Sasha Tankovich from Russian-language
beer-punk band THE PAUKI (THE SPIDERS).
We have recently released our compilation (1000 copies!) of
the best songs from 1996 to 2001 "THE PAUKI: IS THAT
WHAT YOU EXPECTED?". The compilation includes 19 songs
from 5 albums!
The price of the CD is 5$/euro (if you order 3+ CDs the price
You can also purchase other albums of THE PAUKI (5$/euro):
1. THE PAUKI "The Dragon Tooth" 1997 (12 tr; 43
min; Rus. language)
2. THE PAUKI "The Pauki: Is That What You Expected?"
1996-2001 (19 tr; 74 min; Rus. language)
3. THE PAUKI "Through" 2002 (12 tr; 33 min; Rus.
You can check out all detail on our website www.pauki.nm.ru
You can listen to 30 of our greatest hits in section MUSIC.
196641, P.O.BOX 86
If you are interested
you can write me to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hellcat Pictures presents a You've Got
Bad Taste Production, Live Freaky!, Die Freaky!.
An epic motion picture of puppet proportions. Produced by
Tim Armstrong. Written and directed by John Roecker. Creepy
crawling to you December 2003.
Got a last minute phone call from WNHU to fill
in on Wednesday evening. Check out the playlist.
Right after the show, I went to Alchemy to check out The Defcon
Five, The Lamb Bombs, and The Disaster Party. It was one incredible
show. Check out the Pics that I posted!!
Also, props to Skratch
Magazine, who very graciously apologized and immediately
added my name for photo credit for the Threats picture with
the interview that I mentioned below...
And Kill Records
will be releasing Subzero's Necropolis, City of the Damned
EP as a 12" record. Subzero is back and have released
this killer EP on Stillborn Records. Not only is the music
on this release awesome NYHC that you would expect from these
veterans, but the artwork is amazing as well, thanks to Dave
Quiggle. We hope to have this record out the door by November
when the band starts touring in support of the record.
JOE STRUMMER AND THE MESCALEROS "Streetcore" is
due out on October 21st, and it looks like Epitaph are going
to have THREE songs up and streaming off of this record. You
can hear "Coma Girl" right now at the link below,
and next week we'll have "Get Down Moses" up for
you to hear.
Man oh man, a
lot went on the past week or so. I am sure that you all already
heard about the Friday September 12th deaths of Johnny Cash
and John Ritter. Both men were legends in their fields and
will truly be missed. Anyone who has never heard a Johhny
Cash song or saw an episode of Three's Company, must live
in a cave. Check out the In Memory
page for my recent Johnny Cash addition!
This past Saturday the 13th I went to the Let's Get Furious
tribute to the Furors cd release party at Aunt Chilada's in
Hamden. There were some killer performances by a bunch of
the artists on the cd and a great set from the Furors. The
old school were out in full force and I had the pleasure to
meet members of The Poodle Boys, The Saucers, The Stratford
Survivors, and the Subdudes. They all appear in one form or
another on the let's Get Furious cd. It's a 2 cd set featuring
38 bands and I highly reccomend that you check it out. www.thinmanmusic.net
Monty Pythons Eric Idle on The Greedy Bastard Tour another
stupid evening... will be coming to New Haven Saturday, October
18th at the Shubert Theater. Check out ALL of the tour dates
In the Spring of 2000 Eric Idle toured North America with
Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python, a very silly evening of sketches
and songs ripped off or entirely stolen from the sacred canon
of the semi-legendary British comedy troupe.
He played 31 gigs to over 50,000 people.
At the end of every show the entire audience rose to its feet.
And then left.
Now he's back on the road with The Greedy Bastard Tour.
Described as an evening of songs, skits and skirts, the semi-legendary
quasi-entertainer will be on the road from October 2nd in
Rutland (get it?), Vermont till December 20th in LA.
Accompanying him will be John Du Prez, Nigel Spasm, the Bruces,
Sir Dirk McQuickly of The Rutles, Peter Crabbe, Jennifer Julian
and some mystery guests.
The show will feature new material from his latest Rutland
Isles CD as well as old Python favorites, and there will of
course be lots of very rude sing-along opportunities.
I Want to thank
Kevin from the Basement Takeover for letting me co-host his
four hour show with him this afternnon. It was a blast! Besides
the requests, we played all punk/hardcore cover songs. Check
out the playlist.
Four hours, sixty four songs, 19 requests fulfilled...
We recorded the entire show onto cassette, so if you missed
it and would like a copy, feel free to contact Kevin
Went to Alchemy
in New Haven last night. What a great show!
Local greats The Disaster Party opened up, and I had the opportunity
to rock out with them for the very 1st time. Check out their
Next up was NYC's Temptress. All I can say is Temptress
are to Rock N' Roll what Wayne/Jane County And The Electric
Chairs are to Punk Rock! You need to check these guys/gals
Headlining the evening was The Deuce Freely Band. Unfortunately
I was no able to stay for the entire set, but what I saw was
fun. In memory of the 10 Anniversary of G.G. Allin's death,
they played mostly G.G. covers.
Check out some pics I took of all of the bands on the
Went to the Fiend Fest at Toad's Place on friday
night and all I can say is that it was incredible. D.I. opened
the show and played pretty much all songs from the 1st three
albums. Balzac were up next and they played a solid set of
Misfit's-esque punk and being that they are from Japan, you
can sense how humble they were to be on the tour and having
the opportunity to play the Fiend Fest. Agnostic Front were
next, they played a great mix of Victim In Pain songs and
some of their newer Epitaph albums material. They threw in
a very impressive cover of Cock Sparrer's "Take Em' All".
A few songs into the set Roger invited all of the girls in
the crowd to come up onto the stage and it was nuts. There
were like 40-50 girls lining the front of the stage for two
entire songs. It was one of many moments that I wished I could
have captured on film, but I only brought my digital camera
with a 2X zoom, so I literally would have had to have been
in the front 5 rows to capture it. The Dickies were up next
and they were just as good as when I saw them at the Anthrax
back in 1987, if not even better. Tight snakeskin pants, plenty
of puppets and props, as well as jokes between songs, these
guys never get boring. From Eve Of Destruction, the band's
1st single to the more recent My Pop The Cop, they kicked
serious ass!!!!!!! The Damned played next and all I can say
is Damn!! My friend Andrew got a copy of the band's set list
and it looked something like this:
Just Can't Be Happy Today
See Her Tonite
Street Of Dreams
History Of The World
Neat Neat Neat
Smash It Up
They played an encore but the song escapes me right now. Then
up were Jerry Only, Dez Cadena, and Marky Ramone. Besides
for the few 1950's covers that they played from the new Misfits
Project 1950 cd, it was pretty much the same set as when they
came around as the Misfits 25th Anniversary tour last year.I
had high expectations of getting radio ID's from all of the
bands, but I had such a great time hanging out and enjoyed
the show so much that I put business aside and kicked back
and soaked it all in. I did though manage to get some digital
photos of the show which you can check out on the pictures
It's not too often that I can say ALL of the bands were great,
and it's rarely ever the case that you get the opportunity
to see 2 bands that started in the late 1970's, three that
started in the ealry 1980's, and one more recently formed
band from Japan! Toad's Place claims to be "Where The
Legends Play" and that was certainly the case last Friday
Well, this coming week
marks the end of the summer and the end of my 2 hour 3-5 slot.
On Friday the 29th, I am going to be joining Kevin and the
Basement Takeover form noon to 4 and we are going to bombard
the airwaves with our end of summer bash. Kevin and I will
be dueling dj's for 4 hours and I highly reccomend that you
tune in, it is going to be one hell of a time!
From Dr. Strange Records
The brand NEW Skulls cd The Golden Age of Piracy
is out! Well, at least WE have them in and for sale. Its
officially out September 9th but you can be the first on your
block to own, what is in MY opinion, one of the BEST Punk
Rock releases of the year. For those of that loved their first
full length Therapy For the Shy I promise you
this one is even better. Dont believe me? Then go to
the web site http://www.drstrange.com/info/label.php
to sample a few songs.
This release will also be on very limited vinyl. Were
just waiting on the sleeves. Keep checking your e-mail updates.
They will go FAST (I mean FAST!). (sorry no pre-orders).Weve
also added Skulls t-shirts to our website. www.drstrange.com
click on Catalog and then t-shirts.
Also, speaking of limited Skulls vinyl, do yourself a favor
and check out the new Skulls
website. Its awesome. And when you
sign up you will be entered to win FREE stuff. Possibly
one of the limited to 100 leather bound Skulls lp
The Skulls straight ahead Punk Rock is inspiring
-Al Quint/Suburban Voice
This is from an email that I received today
from Alternative Tentacles Records:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WESLEY WILLIS 1963-2003
Dear Friends and fellow Wesleynauts,
We are deeply saddened to report that one of our artists,
Wesley Willis passed away yesterday, Thursday, August 21st.
Wesley will be greatly missed by all that had the privilege
to know him, as well as the fans who have been fortunate enough
to experience his genius.
Wesley was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)
at the end of 2002, and had to undergo emergency surgery on
June 2nd to identify the source of, and to suppress internal
bleeding. It is not clear if this bleeding was related to
his leukemia or not, and the exact cause of death is still
unknown. Wesley had been recovering at a Hospice in Illinois,
and since the surgery his health had declined.
His songs were simultaneously disturbing, hilarious, blunt,
and intoxicating. Wesley's sheer excitement and unaffected
honesty about every cultural phenomenon defined his music
as truly individual, and truly punk rock. Wesley released
well over 50 albums--three of which are on Alternative Tentacles,
and a fourth, entitled "Wesley Willis Greatest Hits,
Vol. 3" (CD) had already been scheduled for release in
October of this year.
For more information on Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia, please
A letter from one of his biggest fans, Jello Biafra:
We lost Wesley Willis some time before 9PM Chicago time August
21, 2003. Word is he died peacefully. The likely cause may
be heart failure. Wes had been battling leukemia for less
than a year.
No services are planned as of yet. There will probably be
a memorial concert, or at least a gathering in his honor in
Chicago in the near future. We will let you know.
Wesley will go down as one of the most unique songwriters
and entertainment personalities in history. His music, lyrics,
drawings, insight and the way he put them together are like
no one else. Ever. There will never be another.
As I got to know Wes, what really struck me was his sheer
will power, his unrelenting drive to succeed and over come
his horrifically poor background, child abuse, racism, chronic
schizophrenia and obesity among other things. He was the most
courageous person I have ever known.
Yet through it all he had such a deep, all-encompassing love
of life. Little things, big things. He loved bus rides. He
loved watching trains. He loved writing songs about how much
he loved his friends. He loved travelling to new towns so
he could headbutt new friends. Is there any band he saw that
escaped being in their own song about how much he loved their
show? He was so warm, so sweet, so giving. He could be a handful
when he came to visit; but as soon as he left, we'd miss him
As his long time friend Dennis Cooper said, "No More
Demons." The voices in Wesley's head can't yell at him
and put him down any more.
Wes was deeply religious. He was afraid that if he died he
would no longer get to go see bands play. If there is a hereafter
I hope he's right up front as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn,
his beloved Otis Redding and his dear friend Bradley from
Sublime "storm the stage" as the crowd "roars
like a sea monster." All opening for Wesley, of course.
It will be hard now that he's gone, but I'm not going to let
myself stop enjoying the funny stuff, or the look on people's
faces when they first hear "Rock n Roll McDonalds,"
or the memories of the good times and Wesley's many adventures.
He wouldn't want it any other way.
There are many down times when all I have to do is think of
one of Wes's songs, something he said or simply marvel at
his Wesley-isms, and the clouds part and a smile comes to
my face. I think he does that for a lot of people. He always
Rock over London
Rock on Chicago
Sail on, Wes. I love you.
For more info and MP3's: http://www.alternativetentacles.com/bandinfo.php?band=wesleywillis
This was sent to me today by REDUCERS
producer Richard "I'm working on it" Brukner for
As you know, the boys are celebrating their 25th anniversary
with a free blowout show at Ocean Beach Park in New London
on August 23. We were scratching our collective heads about
what to do to make the night extra special and I think we
We've thrown around the idea of putting together a live record
for years and I'm proud to say that the first copies of The
Reducers new CD will be for sale at the Ocean Beach show.
The CD is called OLD CONS and it's a collection of live performances
of fan favorites going way back to 1981. Which fan favorites?
OLD CONS collects 14 cover tunes - the songs you thought The
Reducers wrote but were afraid to ask (cuz you were probably
too busy doing The Pogo). It's a great line up of tracks and
I'll send the track list soon along with some cover art to
whet everyone's appetite.
After the show we'll make the CD available online and in better
record shops, but we hope everyone can make it to the show
and pick up a copy in person. It should be a great night!.
Check the web
site for track listing, cover art and more news about
the 25th Anniversary gig at Ocean Beach Park on August 23rd.
Beach Park, New London, CT (25th Anniversary show!)
Books, and Brushes Festival, New London, CT
This has got to be the best article that I Have read in years
by Mike Sembos - August 7, 2003
Had the opportunty to fill in for Jessica and
"Search And Destroy" this afternoon. I will be filling
in again for her next Wednesday the 13th as well. Check out
Taken from the CHEAP
SEX web site
Members of CHEAP SEX were involved in a major accident on
Friday July 25. Lead guitarist, Johnnny O. is in critical
condition in the hospital with a torn aorta to his heart.
and two other members suffered minor injuries. A pickup truck
filled with cinder blocks was parked on the side of an exit
off a freeway in Harrisburg, PA. unattended, and the trailer
holding the bands equipment hit the truck. The van started
spinning out of control, and then get hit by a semi which
did not stop at all, he kept going. The van flipped on its
side, and the windows shattered in the van, the cinder blocks
from the pickup truck flew in the van one of which hit John
in the chest hard enough to tear his aorta which is the main
artery to your heart. Glass went everywhere. We are all hoping
for John's speedy recovery, and that the mess can be sorted
out in Harrisburg, PA and that the band returns safely home.
Needless to say, the band will not be able to play any of
the east coast dates of the tour. Hopefully everyone will
be ok, and the band will come back to tour the east coast
in the near future. .
Machine Records NEWS - 6.26.03
Much to the surprise from us at War Machine we are sad to announce
the end of NJ's Survivors. They announced the news last Sat.
at the Death by Stereo / Over My Dead Body show and was quite
a huge downer for everyone. In their 5 year history The Survivors
have released a full length, an ep.and a 7" in addition,
to the split CD/7" with A.New Enemy for War Machine. They
will be playing 2 more shows in NJ before they are completely
Added all of the 2001 Playlists to the
Playlists page and a bunch more band links to the Links
Had the pleasure to atttend this show yesterday:
July 9th Woodbury Ski Area, 785 Washington Road, Woodbury, Connecticut,
The Threats with No Regard, Down For The Count, Silenced Sin,
Good Times, and Under Investigation. I had never seen the Threats
before and all I can say is that they kicked my fuckin' ass!
They have an incredible live sound and live show and were four
of the nicest guys that I have ever met. All of the bands were
great and pretty much all of them gave me a cd to play on upcoming
shows. I brought the digital camera and you can check out the
July 8th, 2003
My friend Joe Snow and I teamed up this afternnon
to bring you an all CT band show, featuring bands and recordings
spanning from 1978 through 1986. The response was pretty damn
cool and Joe made some new connections to get his hands on
more out of print and rare CT band's recordings. If all goes
well, we may plan a follow up show later in the year. Check
out a picture of us at the station.
If you used to play in an older CT band or have copies of
old CT records and/or contacts to members of old CT punk bands,
feel free to contact
28 Culvert City Rd.
New Milford, CT.
My good friend Bart had the pleasure to see Youth Of Today
this past weekend on their European reunion tour. Check out
this picture of him hangin' with Ray
and sporting my dad's companies t-shirt...He posted all of
20th , 2003
JELLO BIAFRA APPEAL DENIED IN LAWSUIT FILED BY OTHER EX-DEAD
We are shocked that the California State Court
of Appeals has denied our appeal in an unpublished opinion,
and sent the dispute back to San Francisco Superior Court for
further hearings. Those hearings will give us an opportunity
to prove facts different from those claimed by the other ex-Dead
Kennedys. So, unfortunately, this dispute is far from over.
We are far from giving up. Stay tuned.
Sadly this means we need your support now more than ever. If
interested, please help us out through the Alternative
Tentacles Legal Defense Fund.
10th , 2003
Added some more band and friend links
Kevin from the Basement Takeover, Friday's 2-4 PM on 88.7 WNHU
asked me to fill in for him this Friday the 13th of June while
he is having some minor surgery performed. I am honored that
he picked me and I am also very excited to be able to have a
two hour show in addition to my regular Tuesday show. Email
Kevin at The Basement
Takeover and show him some love and support! I may be filling
in for him again on 6/20 if his recovery time runs longer than
Also, it is looking like the girl who is presently on Tuesdays
from noon to 2pm may be changing to Mondays. If this happens,
and this would be for the summer time only, Mark, from Shock
and Awe will spin form noon to 3 pm and The Anti-Emo Empire!
will spin from 3-5 pm every Tuesday until the new semester starts
at UNH in the fall. Keep your finger's crossed!!!!
New releases on Twisted
[MDC were and surely still are one of the best, most important
and most influential US-hardcore bands of the early 80s. Beside
bands like Reagan Youth and Dead Kennedys, MDC stood for political
lyrics and a for that time- new and unused sound: hardcore!
We`ve re-released the first three MDC EPs, that have been sold
out for years:]
tc035 MDC Chicken squawk 7 2,10 Euro
The third single from 1984 was originally released by Radical
Records. This 7 has one of the most important and most
uncommon MDC songs Chicken Squawk on it. On the
b-side it goes on in the usual MDC style with following songs:
Kleptomaniac and Pecking order. This
record also offers the original artwork with a big posterfoldcover
including all lyrics and political information. More to say?
tc034 MDC Multi Death Corporations 7
Here is the second MDC single being published in 1983 on Crass
Records. It presents four great punk songs with political lyrics:
Multi Death Corporations, Selfish shit,
Radioactive Chocolate and No place to piss.
We also took over the original artwork, the big posterfoldcover
and all lyrics. Do not miss one of the most essential MDC records
tc033 MDC / Stains John Wayne was a Nazi 7
The very first MDC single from 1981 comes out in the original
artwork with a coloured cover. Dave, Mike, Ron and Alshivitz
then formed the band. On the a-side is the first version of
John Wayne was a Nazi and the b-side presents the
great song Born to die. The single was released
by the legendary Radical Records label and it hasnt been
rereleased since that time. One of the best, most rare and most
important records of US-hardcore is again available!
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5th , 2003
Updated the 2002 playlists. Added lists for May
7th through August 13th, which now completes the entire year
of 2002. Still working on finding the lists for 2001 and hope
to have them up on the site in the near future.
Also linked some more bands that we play on the show whose sites
I came across in my web travels.
3rd , 2003
Hey all! The Unseen's new record is coming out
June 3rd in stores. It is called 'Explode' and has 12 fast and
furious anthems for you to sink your ears into. We're really
proud of this album, its our best stuff to date, so make sure
you check it out!
If you would like to recieve the album a week before everyone
else does and get a free patch, check out http://www.byorecords.com
for more info!
Also, goto our website http://www.unseenpunks.com
for updated tour info and to download tracks from the new album!
2nd , 2003
I want to thank Mark, a great kid and DJ from
WNHU who filled in for me on May 20th and May 27th while I was
away. I had every intention on pre-recording my show like I
did in the past when I was away, but things got too crazy and
I just did not have the time to do so. I am going to get the
playlists from Mark and have them posted hopefully by the end
of the week. I am truly looking forward to returning to the
airwaves and doing the show tomorrow.
Greg Ginn talks about a possible Black Flag reunion
and Resurrection of SST Records. Read all about it at Mean
Dr Strange News
THE THREATS: "Demos and Rarities".
This 27 song cd features NEVER before released songs and different
versions of all the classic old Threats songs from the early
80's as well as the "official" releases (Rondelet
Records). This is the stuff that made the Threats truly one
of the finest in their league. You can listen to a couple samples
if you'd like and get the track listing on-line www.drstrange.com
and click on "Label" and/or "News". And
since you're getting "Demos and Rarities" pick up
the NEW Threats cd "12 Punk Moves". In my opinion,
their best release EVER!!!!
GOVERNMENT ISSUE: In addition to the Threats cd we also got
in GOVERNMENT ISSUE'S CD "Strange Wine". This has
been remastered by the "man" himself; Tom Lyle. It
sounds so much better than the original release. And to top
that off, this one (unlike the original release) includes the
ENTIRE show and three never before released studio songs! You'd
be a god damn fool not to get this one. Listen to a couple songs
for free by going to the web site www.drstrange.com
and click on "News".
D.O.A. and THOR release Are U Ready CD
In stores April 21st
Legendary punk pioneers D.O.A. and legendary metal artist THOR
have teamed up to release a 12 song CD entitled Are U Ready.
The songs are all about sports, power, glory and mayhem. Leading
off this dynamic union of roaring rock is the D.O.A. track Are
U Ready. The powerhouse Vancouver Canucks have been playing
the tune at home games to rev up the crowd and the team. So
this powerful CD has been released in time for the drive to
the Stanley Cup.
Are U Ready has also been adopted as the theme song
in the restoration of the memory of the Vancouver Millionaires
(Stanley Cup Champions 1915).
This CD is a co-release on Canadas punk godfather Joey
Shithead Keithleys Sudden Death Records and THORs
record label ThorToen. It is distributed by Vancouvers
On this CD THOR crushes everything in his path. He has only
gotten stronger with the passage of time; this is evidenced
by power anthems like Call of the Triumphant, Gladiator
Stomp and The Challenge. THORS music is bruising,
infectious and guaranteed to get U Ready.
D.O.A. is well known for its place in mixing rock and hockey.
D.O.A. could be considered the originators of puck rock, starting
with their great hockey video for Taking Care of Business.
D.O.A. also roughs you up with songs like Dead Men Tell
No Tales, Beat Em Bust Em and
I Am Canadian. It is a non stop parade to the penalty
This collection will surely mow down all that get in its way.
See you in the finals. Oh, by the way, keep your head up on
the blue line.