Friday, September 13, 2019

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Radio - Sunday, September 8th, 2019



This is a broadcast for Equalizing-X-Distort for Sunday September 8th, 2019. EXD is a weekly hardcore punk radio show broadcast on CIUT 895 FM. We played a set of older first wave punk to start the show off. That was contrasted with a set of new releases. Then we played a set of bands playing Toronto in the next two months. That was followed by a set of bands from Halifax, who had just endured Tropical Storm Dorian. The rest of the show was new material. Download the show here

SNUFF – Summer’s Over (Fat)

THE CARPETTES – Help I’m Trapped (Small Wonder)
DESPERATE LIVIN - Stilla Natt (Desperate)
RAKKETAX – Unifil (Self-Released)
THE EX – New Wars (Verrcord / En)
TELEVISION PERSONALITIES – Part Time Punks (Kings Road / Rough Trade / Overground)
YOUTH YOUTH YOUTH – Louie Louie / Part Time Punks (Self-Released)

SUBHUMANS – Poison (Pirates Press)
UBIK - New Disease (Iron Lung)
THE KREUTZER SONATA - Degenerate Theory (Don't Panic / No Time)
SORE POINTS -On the Wire (Slovenly)
THE CONTROL FREAKS - Telephone City (Slovenly)
THE MUSLIMS - Ya Late (Don't Panic)
GINO AND THE GOONS - Watch Your Back (Slovenly / Sunwray / Black Gladiator)

URBAN VIETCONG – Attacco (Rebel Time
BIG BROTHER - Freedom is Slavery (Self-Released)
DISCO ASSAULT - Asshole Stare (Schizophrenic)
DAYGLO ABORTIONS - I Am my Own God (Sharpie)
TOMMY AND THE COMMIES - Devices (Slovenly)
REAL SICKIES – It Came From Above (Stomp)
ALIEN BOYS - Shadow Puppets (Desolate)

Halifax set
WAX - Out of Line (Self-Released)
SCIENCE PROJECT - Sick in Halifax (Neck Chop)
BOOJJI BOYS - Piscine Perfect (Self-Released)
TALENTLESS HACKS - Control (School Jerks)
OUTCRY - The Cycle (Self-Released)
NAPALM RAID - Dead Cities (Rawmantic Disasters / Phobia)

LEATHER LICKERS – Nowhere (Self-Released)
ELECTRIC CHAIR - House of Abuse (Iron Lung)
GAME – Curse (Beach Impediment)
FUCK IT ... I QUIT - Carpe Noctem (Refuse)
WORSHIT - Seeing Red (Self-Released)
SECT - You Too Will Scatter (Southern Lord)
SWARM - Labyrinth of Amygdala (Raw Skull)
XCAUTERIZEX – Sunder (Self-Released)

DETROIT 422 - Out of Control (Self-Released)
BLOWBACK - Great-Again (Collateral Damage)
HAIBOKU - Power of Dusk (Planeta  Destrozado / Rock SVB Discos) 
SLUMP - (Do the) Sonic Sprawl (Feel It)
SHIT RAT - Full of Shit (Self-Released)

SMASH POTATER - Diners, Drive-Ins and Drive-Bys (Horror Pain Gore Death)
NO SANCTUARY - Curse of the Werewolf (Self-Released)
LETHAL MEANS - Total Silence (Not for the Weak)
RECKONING FORCE - Lashing Out (Not for the Weak)
CONDOR - Chacun Pour Soi (Beach Impediment)
FAUX DEPART - Pôle employ (Doomtown / Lose and the Caves)

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Radio - Sunday, September 1st, 2019





Tonight's show is the third band in the Tomorrow is Too Late series, which is the radio interviews from the early Toronto hardcore bands that were conducted for the book by the same name. Tonight's band is Micro Edge, Toronto's first skate-core band. They shredded in a way that those early skate bands did (think JFA). They wrote one of the most memorable songs from the era called "(So You Think You're) Hardcore, eh", which is where we start this interview. The song appeared on the limited edition compilation that came with the first pressing of the book. But all of us wanted to see that song come out on vinyl. 

I had interviewed the band once before back when Sudden Impact did a reunion show at our old studio. The interview was lost and consequently never aired. It was one of my biggest regrets. So when they agreed to take a chance again and do this do over, I was super grateful. 


We get talking about how the band got into punk and skating and how the two things intertwined. Reminiscing about the early days of skateboarding reliving the spirit of skaters and that can do spirit, and developing their own culture with a zine that Dave put out called "Bong Out". "Bong Out" had interviews., show reviews, skate shots, and raditorials. I am going to put some pictures of the issues that Dave shared with us on the Facebook page under a Micro Edge photo album. They play with S.C.U.M. who were skaters. They skate with JFA. Reid's editorial and artwork, Dwayne skating shots, reviews of a lot of early shows in Toronto - it's a fantastic time capsule. 


In the interview we talk about some iconic shows in Toronto's hardcore history. We start out by talking about the Circle Jerks for shows in Toronto which included their gig at the Bev under the Spankin' Monkeys. The Dead Kennedys gigs at the Concert Hall were paradigm shifting in terms of the punk scene at the time. Their first gig at the Wexford Battle of the Bands with Boris sporting a mohawk (see right). They talk about Quarantine's all ages matinees. They opened for the F.U.'s from Boston which gets covered in Bong Out. DRI and JFA slept on Boris' kitchen floor. JFA skated the parking garages in Kensington Market. They got to play Start Dancing and saw some of the shows at the Desh Bhaget which is the hall that Start Dancing broke in.  

Micro Edge spend some talking about the scene back then. Getting to see Teenage Head at the Wexford school dance had an impression on Boris. They shared a practice space with YYY and NJF after losing Dave's dad's basement. Dave meets Brian Taylor by chance at the York Mills subway station and wind up being gifted a "Why Pay More" demo which becomes a fought over prized possession. Chronic Submission's association with the skinhead scene. The importance of the Record Peddler on finding out about music, finding out about shows, and meeting people. And the Young Lions who had the Garage, supported Rock Against Racism, and set the groundwork for this scene.


You can download the show here. Download the full interview here. Pick up their LP through Ugly Pop. The playlist looks like this:

MICRO EDGE - (So you think you're) Hardcore, eh? (Ugly Pop)
MICRO EDGE - Attitudes, Feelings and Ideas (Ugly Pop)
MICRO EDGE - United We Skate (Ugly Pop)
MICRO EDGE - Energy through Noise (Ugly Pop)
SUDDEN IMPACT - Bent OK (Marquee)
MICRO EDGE - School (Ugly Pop)
MICRO EDGE - Livin' After Midnight (Ugly Pop)
MICRO EDGE - Louie Louie (Ugly Pop)
MICRO EDGE - Assholes (Ugly Pop)
MICRO EDGE - Untitled (Ugly Pop)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Flyer - Saturday, August 31st, 2019

-Our Latin Thing Punk fest-
SATURDAY AUGUST 31st @ the Garrison
MURO (Colombia)
VICTIMAS (Colombia)
OLOR A MUERTE (NYC)
CES CADAVERE (NYC)
DEMENCIA ALKOHOLIKA (New Jersey)
ESTORBO (Montreal)
MALTIDA
TASHME
SCORPIO RISING

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Radio - Sunday, August 25th, 2019



Tonight's show features an interview with Jose Moreno (promoter of the Our Latin Thing Punk fest), a feature on hockey and punk for a feature story I was interviewed for in an on-line piece that looks at the world where this intersects, and a demo feature of Conscripts. Download the show here.


DISORDER - Law and Disorder (Ace)


Our Latin Thing Punk fest....
was started up as a way to create a more inclusive space in Toronto's punk scene. This fest will showcase bands in this scene and in surrounding scenes effected by the Spanish diaspora. Next Saturday (August 31st) there is a show at the Garrison (1197 Dundas St W.) called “Our Latin Thing Punk Fest” and we speak with Jose Moreno one of the organizers for the fest. He came in tonight amidst a flurry of last minute organizing to tell us about the upcoming show and spin songs from most of the bands playing. We also get the line up for the after party so make sure you listen to the show to figure out how to get the instruction for that. We start off with the local bands playing the fest.

TASHME – 09/11/1973 (Self-Released)
MALDITA - Sonita (Self-Released)
SCORPIO RISING - Power (Self-Released)
QUE LASTIMA – Historias Falsas  (Self-Released)

Here are the bands from New York City
CES CADAVRES – Petrificados (Self-Released)
DEMENCIA ALKOHLICA –Revolucion Social
OLOR A MUERTE – Prision (Self-Released)

And lastly the headlining bands from Colombia
VICTIMAS –Futuro Incierto (Descomunal / Self-Released)
MURO - La Cuidad es Hostil (Byllepest)

The cost for the tickets is $25 for the main show and $10 for the after show. Show starts at 7:30pm

Here are some other Spanish speaking punk bands starting with a band from Bogota that has a split with Victimas, but we start wth a song fro their four way split release.

AMENAZAS - El Salado (Ruido Total / Maldito Sudace / Tutti Pazzi / Contraurras ediciones / Liberacion / Enrenadur / Ramon / Discos Sanjuanito / Seless Acts of Angers / Mierdallo / Massa Punk / Deskabezado / Bisounours Prod / Discos Bastardos)
HUASIPUNGO - Cuentos De Amor (Ruido Total / Maldito Sudace / Tutti Pazzi / Contraurras ediciones / Liberacion / Enrenadur / Ramon / Discos Sanjuanito / Seless Acts of Angers / Mierdallo / Massa Punk / Deskabezado / Bisounours Prod / Discos Bastardos)
IRREAL - Societat Verinosa (Sangre Azul / Self-Released)
HEDOR - Aferrados A Las Manos Que Aprietan (Noise of Hell / Ojala Me Muera / Hecatombe / Humanicide)
PERRA VIDA – Heroína (En Tu Kara)
RATA NEGRA - Es Unica (La Vida Es Un Mus)
SOGA – Insecto (Iron Lung)
SHOCK - Sexta Extinción (Mad Butcher / Malicia / La Negra / El Lokal / Indie Box Music @ 360 / Grita O Muere)
XENU AND THE THETANS - Dos Imperios (Slovenly / Musica Para Lorcos)

A few months back I was interviewed by a good friend and former colleague at CHRY, Sunaya Sapurji about a piece she had been researching that looked at the relationship between hockey and punk. The on-line story appeared on the Athletic and is called "How hockey became hardcore : The often complex relationship between the game and punk rock".  Sunaya built a playlist on spotify for the article and I pulled together some other songs mentioned in the article and some harder to find pieces to support the article. 

SLAPSHOT - I Got Your Number(Bridge Nine)
DOA – The Hockey Song (Sudden Death)
THE HANSON BROTHERS - Third Man In (Wrong)
TWO MAN ADVANTAGE - Hockey Junkie (Royalty)
PUP - Kids (Self-Released)
THE TET OFFENSIVE - No Fault Parenting (Self-Released)
HOCKEY TEETH - Game Face (Outcast)
GOOD RIDDANCE - Our Great Divide (Fat Wreck)
PROPAGANDHI - Dear Coach’s Corner (G7 Welcoming Committee)


Tonight's demo feature is a band based in Montreal with members from Boston and some other places. We featured their two song demo that came out last year. Since then Byllepest released a full length with the band's new line up. 

THE CONSCRIPTS – Protect and Survive (Self-Released)
THE CONSCRIPTS – To What End? (Self-Released)

We are going out with some new and old releases. 
ELECTRIC CHAIR - Law Means Nothing (Iron Lung)
UNDER ATTACK -Blood Soaked Eyes (Iron Lung)
T.S.O.L. - Property is Theft (Posh Boy)

Flyer - Sunday, August 25th, 2019