Thursday, December 30, 2010

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Best Canadian hardcore releases for 2010

1. AK47 CD – Ripping revolutionary message played by Victoria scene veterans being played just as urgent as the way SEEIN' REED or BIRDS OF A FEATHER sound. They have loads to say and are dead on about their targets. Tony Goluza continues to be one of the most important lyricists coming out of Canada. (Reason - c/o Tony Goluza / 706 Yates Street / P.O. Box 8829 / Victoria, BC / V8W 1L0 / Canada)

2. VACANT STATE “Internal Conflict” ep – In listening to this I think that if NEGATIVE FX tried to re-write the S.I.E.G.E. “Drop Dead” ep complete with the droning rendition of “Grim Reaper” on the B-Side this is what you would get. (Deranged Records - 2700 Lower Road / Roberts Creek, BC / V0N 2W4 / Canada /

3. URBAN BLIGHT “Total War” ep – The follow up to “More Reality”. Classic New York city hardcore with blown out production. And when I say blown out, I mean the playing too loud kind. Overmodulating because you set the amps to eleven. Think of CAUSE FOR ALARM or URBAN WASTE being played by some of the straight edge posse in Toronto. Featuring ex members of KEEP IT UP, KILL DECIBEL, and the non edge MOLESTED YOUTH member. (Static Shock -

4. NO PROBLEM “Your Eyes” ep – A project band from Graeme while WEDNESDAY NIGHT HEROES is on indefinite hiatus. He has assembled his roommate Matt from LET’s DANCE and some kids from some other local bands one of which is called THRASHTIC FIBROSIS that LET’S DANCE were talking about when they were in Toronto the first time. They have the same kind of chemistry to wrIte sing a long hardcore that everyone and their mother seems to harken back to a glory day of hardcore. Isn’t every day a glory day for hardcore? (Handsome Dan Records – 3244 – 31 A Avenue SE / Calgary, AB / T2b 0H9 / Canada /

5. SCHOOL JERKS “Decline” ep – The second ep by ex-TERMINAL STATE-ers. It has improved on the first one with more BLACK FLAG and more off singing by Luke which adds the snotty-sneer ANGRY SAMOANS appeal that everyone since the Cowabunga review came out has been making. (Cowabunga -

6. SLOBS “Memory Lapse” ep – Montreal’s answer to CAREER SUICIDE. They mine the US hardcore renaissance sound using a bit more from JERRY’s KIDS than the FREEZE. 6 songs on one 7”. (Machette Records – 7889 Saint Denis / Montreal, QC / H2R 2E9 / Canada /

7. MADMEN LP – Everyone in this city knows Jonah Falco is talented enough to pull off a one man band. He has played every instrument in everyone else’s band in this godamned city. MADMEN was Jonah’s chance to sing. And if you have followed Jonah’s early bands you know he loves straight edge hardcore. So I can’t help hearing DYS in the drum sound. This is a collection of recordings over the past couple of years. I’m glad some of it came out on vinyl. (Bootleg)

8. FEAR OF TOMORROW “No Fucking Future No Way” ep – The INEPSY of Vancouver complete with Chany artwork on the cover and typewriter font lyric sheet. Weighs a bit more on the DISCHARGE side of the equation as opposed to MOTORHEAD. (Charged//Distorted - P.O. Box 21530 / 1424 Commercial Drive / Vancouver, BC / V5L 5G2 / Canada /

9. MOLESTED YOUTH “We’re Always Going to Have Breakfast Alone!” ep – Showcasing a new line up on this extended player, MOLESTED YOUTH have hardened the sound for more BLACK FLAG and less youth crew in the new material. They are still playing fast as fuck and very choppy with loads of influences from the STOOGES to GANG OF FOUR. They remind me of the Japanese band ABARUDAKO. (Deranged Records - 2700 Lower Road / Roberts Creek, BC / V0N 2W4 / Canada /

10. CRITICAL CONVICTIONS “The Crisis of Modernity” ep – New band from Ottawa featuring folks from TAKE ONE FOR THE TEAM and TRIOXIN 245. They are doing their best Reagan Youth impersonation. And the cover artwork by Pascale Arpin borrows themes from Hobbes and Foucault emphasizing aspects of social control in our society. Limited pressing of 300. (Critical Convictions –

Rob Ferraz's Top Ten releases

READING RAINBOW - Prism Eyes - From Prism Eyes (HoZac)Hailing from Philladelphia, this girl/guy two-piece play a stripped down memorable and melancholy bunch of songs that remind me of Stereolab and Belle and Sebastian with more of a raw edge. A bit more indie than punk but still something that's very listenable and catchy and a great deubt LP. SATELLITERS - Leave My House - From Outta Here (Sound Flat)SF garage kings will knock you around and get you on the dancefloor with this excellent LP. They've been at it since the glory days of Bay Area garage in the 90s but have somehow managed to not only keep going but to still have the talent to release great records like "Outta Here." This slab features an awesome batch of 60s influenced tunes and one that reminded me of Jay Reatard. Seek this out and you won't be disappointed. IDLE TIMES - Gin and Death - From (HoZac)Another late arrival from one of my favourite labels, HoZac, comes the debut of Idle Times. This one took a little bit to grow on me but is now in regular rotation on the turntable. It's got a bit of everything from low-fi fuzzed out tunes like Gin and Death , the twang of Prison Mind and the Sonic Youth influenced Hey Little Girl. Give this one a few spins to try it out and chances are it'll find a comfortable home in your list of favourites. LIMINANAS - I'm Dead 7" (HoZac)A great two song 7" from this French outfit got a lotta play with me this year both on the show and while out dj'ing. The title track has a 60s girl group influence that is hard to beat and will stick in your head. The flip, Migas 2000, is like a cross between Serge Gainbourg and early Cramps. This one's a gem. NOBUNNY - Motorhead with Me - From First Blood (Goner)Although the cynics among us would likely have dismissed San Francisco's Nobunny as a novelty act with no substance, their second full-length, First Blood, proves there's something interesting going on under that filthy bunny mask. The bumble gum punk is still evident throughout with a batch of really catchy tunes but there's also a bit of branching out happening on this release. They channel T-Rex on Breathe and borrow the riff from the Velvet Underground's Sister Ray on Blow Dumb among other cool bits that make for an awesome listen. SNAKEPIT - Crossing the Rubicon - From their Demo (Self-released)If you missed seeing Snakepit this year, you have only yourself to blame and you something more to add to your growing list of regrets. Heavy and fast hardcore that somehow manages to have a rocknroll sound wrapped inside, these seven songs are gone before you can say "man, that was the shit." But it doesn't matter because they'll bounce around your head until you give it another listen five minutes later. ExD's co-host D'Arcy Rix-Hayes has the lead shouter role down like a tornado in a trailer park. I know they've recorded more and I can't wait to hear it. And either can you.OVERNIGHT LOWS - Eyesore - From - City of Rotten Eyes (Goner)Coming straight outta Jackson MS, the trio known as the Overnight Lows blast out a little over 20 minutes of punk rock madness on their debut LP. Equal parts garage and old school hardcore that may remind you of the first Adolescents LP, this one rages from top to bottom and will keep you coming back for more.CHRONIC SUBMISSION - Go For It/Cops Ain't Tops - From Toronto Hardcore '83 Compilation (NRK)The perfect re-issue comes to us packed with the most of the best of Toronto's early and underrated Hardcore scene. Direct Action, Chronic Submission, Dead End, YYY, APB and a lot more. This originally came out on cassette and one can't help but wonder how much different things would've been if it had originally been on vinyl. Get this while you still can.WHITE WIRES - Hands - From White Wires II (Dirtnap)Ottawa's power pop/punk kings (and queen) return with a 45 rpm LP that will have your ass shaking and your brain quaking. One of the great things about this band is that even though the songs all have an air of familiarity to them, they still sound fresh. And they don't fall into the pop punk trap of trying to sound like every pop punk band that's come before them. The reason for this is likely because they've dug a little deeper and found influences that are either obscure, forgotten or both. Either way, this is one of the best bands in the country, if not North America, right now and this release is a great example of why that is. CHINO HORDE - Natural - From Everything double LP (Adagio 830)The long overdue has finally be done. Chino Horde was easily one of the most underrated and overlooked of the early 90s emo scene. Now you can get all of their out of print stuff including their self-titled LP, 7" and a bunch more packaged beautifully on two LPs. What makes this awesome is that they didn't rely on the typical emo cliches and were able to inject a bit of rocknroll into their songs, making them catchy and memorable. This comes highly recommended.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Top 10 for 2010

I usually don't have much to say about hardcore and punk but if I was to recommend ten records that came out last year they would be these ones.

1. HERATYS LP - HERATYS are from Sweden. They are made up of members from Malmo and Uppsala. The weird thing is they sing in Finnish. But they play d-beat which is most closely associated with the Swedish sound. An unrelenting d-beat sound that reminds me more of what AARITILA were trying to accomplish with their mixing of Swedish and Finnish hardcore. I welcome this mixing of the two Scandi traditions. (Not Enough - Poststugan 144, 211 65 Malmö, SWEDEN / /

2. CITIZENS PATROL LP - Holland’s latest hardcore prodigy. It seems like there is one every year from Holland. CITIZENS PATROL are from a small town in the south known as Paningen and some of the members used to play in a band called MY REPLY. The band has been nursed on early American hardcore and sounds like some hybrid of early RKL meets the ACCUSED meets ANTIDOTE, but without the dodgy poilitics. This is their third release but their first full length. 15 songs on 45 RPMs will rip you a new one. (Way Back When Records - Taskinlaan 9 / 2361XM Warmond / The Netherlands / // Even Worse - Noel de Boer, / van Ostadestr 93-F / 1072SR, Amsterdam / the Netherlands /

3. PAHAA VERTA LP – This is the band’s third release but their first full length. They are from just outside of Helsinki and play a brand of hardcore akin to HERESY meets HERO DISHONEST with some early EXCLAIM manicness. (Bad Hair Life – e-mail: /

4. CHUCK DAMAGE / SHORT FUSE split ep – CHUCK DAMAGE and SHORT FUSE have done to NEGATIVE APPROACH what DS-13 did for MINOR THREAT a decade ago. Breathed new life into the sound. They are the latest champions of the motor city legends that starts with VOORHEES and ends with DEAD STOP. Both bands are from Munster, Germany which is near the border to Holland. I understand that the band’s share a member or two. They certainly share a scene and an inspiration. Makes for a split that sounds like a single. (Hardware – P.O. Box 1646 / 49006 Osnabruck / Germany /

5. LAPINPOTHAJAT LP – A new release by a band that comes from a town with the population of 300 in Lappland. Those are already harsh odds and making good punk rock. But when it embodies some of the greats from the Finnish cannon like RATTUS, RIISTETYT and APPENDIX you become the stuff of legend. They are like the SONS OF ISHMAEL of the Finnish scene. (Kämäset Levyt – Nakari / Iisakintie 18 / 37560 Lempäälä / Finland /

6. P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. – A Portland band made up of scene veterans who’s lineage includes RESIST and POISON IDEA. This could either be really bad or really good. Well if it has made my top favourite releases for 2010 you know which way I have decided. The baggage of their past does not interfere with these guys writing some punk anthems. I think it only facilitates the process. This two song ep leaves me needing more. There was only 300 of these pressed so I consider myself lucky to have one. (Tombstone Records – 4546 NE 33rd Avenue / Portland, OR / 97211 / USA /

7. THE ERGS! “Thrash Compactor” ep – This is a one sided 7”. I hate bands who don’t make use of all the space they have. But this is simply explained by how quickly these songs go by. There are 5 of them. And they were recorded three years ago, which makes me feel weird about putting them on a Top 10 from 2010. But most of these bands recorded these in a year other than 2010. It was only brought to our attention in this year with it’s release. The ERGS were from New Jersey and so references to A.O.D. constantly get made. But Jersey is a silly place. Bands like BEDLAM expressed it even better.The ERGS continue along in that tradition. If you took the manic power of NEW BOMB TURKS, combined it with the BEDLAM sense of humour and made them write songs that were like STARK RAVING MAD or STRAIGHT AHEAD length you would start to understand the genius of the ERGS. “I Shot the Devil’s Son” seems like a remake of SUICIDAL TENDENCIES “I Shot the Devil”. It is the same subject matter. I mean the exact same. And “Throttle Boy” and “Society Hill” rip right into each other. And who the fuck is Johnny Rzeznick? I am ready to kick his ass based on how good the ERGS are. No one this good could have a bogus vendetta. I shouldn’t be hyping posthumous releases but this one is worth it. (Grave Mistake Records – P.O. Box 12482 / Richmond, VA / 23241 / USA / // Firestarter Records – 2619 Guilford Avenue / Baltimore, MD / 21218 / USA /

8. COMMITMENT CREW “What are You?” LP – COMMITMENT CREW are from Sweden. They do not sound like what you think of when you think of Swedish hardcore. Particularily the d-beat known for coming from Goteburg. Distortion Records was form here and always put out the monster kang releases that would define Swedish hardcore. Instead you get some Boston / DC appreciation in the form of a band that sounds like SLAPSHOT meets SSD meets IRON CROSS. Neat idea bringing together two scenes that used to be at war with each other. (Crucial Response Records - Von-der-Mark Str. 31 - HH / 47137 Duisburg /

9. GLOM DA! “Grisigast I Ostergotland” ep – Yet another Swedish band in my top 10. I’m partial to Swedes, what can I say. My mom’s family lives there and they took her in during the war, but that is not why I love Sweden so much. It is hardcore like GLOM DA. It is all out fierce sounding and super political. This release has songs about the H1N1 paranoia, Nazis, MP3 files, and a neat parody of MODERAT LIKVIDATION. They totally remind me of an early version of AVSKUM. Five labels pulled together to release this. (Smattra Kang –

10. YDINPERHE “Hyvinvointikakarat” ep – YDINPERHE from Helsinki remind me of HATE UNIT in their unassuming straight forward hardcore approach. Short fast songs. Isn’t that what it is all about? (Vilja Joensuu – Hameentie 6C 34 / 00530 Helsinki / Finland /

Radio - Sunday December 26, 2010

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LOST BOYS - They're Watching (Thrashbastard)

YDINPERHE - Narkarit Naapureina (Bad Hair Life)
GLOM DA! - Pantade Javla Nazi As (Smattra Kang)
COMMITMENT CREW - Don't Get Your Hopes Up (Crucial Response)
THE ERGS! - Throttle Boy / Society Hill (Firestarter)
P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S. - P.R.O.B.L.E.M. (Tombstone)
LAPINPOLTHAJAT - Virhe (Kamaset Levyt)
SHORT FUSE - I'll Do It Tomorrow (Hardware)
PAHAA VERTA - Kaikaa Irti Elanmista (Bad Hair Life)
CITIZENS PATROL - Accepted Criminals (Way Back / Even Worse)
HERATYS - Odotukset ja Vaatimukset (Not Enough)

TERRORS - Keepers Of The Faith (Century Media)

DOWN TO NOTHING - Set Sail (Reaper)
PLANET DANGER - Searching For Answers (Self Released)
GIVE - Heaven Is Waiting (React!)
SNAKE PIT - Slow Rot (Self Released)
THE EFFORT - Made In China (Panic Records)
MINDSET - Witness (React!)
ATTENTION - Four or Five Ways To Play These Chords (
JUNIOR BATTLES - Roads? Where Were Going We Definitely Need Roads (Square Up)
BOUNCING SOULS - Like The Sun (Chunksaah)

READING RAINBOW - Prism Eyes (HoZac)
SATELLITERS - Leave My House (Sound Flat)
IDLE TIMES - Gin and Death (HoZac)
LIMINANAS - I'm Dead (HoZac)
NOBUNNY - Motorhead with Me (Goner)
SNAKEPIT - Crossing the Rubicon (Self-released)
OVERNIGHT LOWS - Eyesore (Goner)
CHRONIC SUBMISSION - Go For It/Cops Ain't Tops (NRK)
WHITE WIRES - Hands (Dirtnap)
CHINO HORDE - Natural (Adagio 830)

LIBYANS - Can't Face It / Empire (Sorry State)
POLLUTION - RWW (Self-Released)

THE KRUNCHIES – You Put the U in Useless (Southkore)
RENEGADES OF PUNK – Nao Quero Mais ter que Racionalizar (Thrashbastard)
NAKED RAYGUN – Todo (Regressive Films)
THE SPORES - Pervert Me (Sudden Death)

TUTU AND THE PIRATES - I Wanna Be a Janitor (Regressive Films)

YOUNG LIONS – Goodnight Belfast (Schizophrenic)

MALINHEADS – Wargames (Thought Crime)

LOW THREAT PROFILE - Kick My Heart (Deep Six)

REPROACH – Biochemical Warfare (Deep Six)
INSURANCE RISK – Too Much (Crucial Response)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Flyer - Monday December 20, 2010

Radio: Sunday December 19, 2010

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THE RAVERS - It's Gonna Be a Punk Rock Christmas (Zombie)

THE CUTE LEPERS - All I Ever Want (Under the Christmas Tree) (Blackheart)
SERVOTRON - Christmas Day of the Robot (Amphetamine Reptile)
THE MYSTEROIDS - Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (Superville)
FRANKIE FLAME - Party Time (H.O.O.)
BLONDIE - We Three Kings (Chrysalis)

THE GREEDIES - A Merry Jingle (Vertigo)
JACOBITES - Teenage Christmas (Chatterbox)
AMERICAN HEARTBREAK - The Greatest Xmas Song Ever Written (Radio Blast)
GENTLEMEN JESSE & HIS MEN - Christmas Hangover (Die Slaughterhaus)
LOVE GUTTER - Deck The Halls (Black Hole)

63 MONROE - Christmas Time, Stand in Line (Speed City)
TRIGGER HAPPY - Seasonal Excuse (Essential Noise)
BLOOD SAUSAGE - Fuck Christmas, Fuck Santa, Fuck You (Essential Noise)
THE STAND GT - Stalking Stuffer (En Guard)
THE EVAPORATORS - Who Are You? (Mint)

POISON IDEA - Santa Claus is Back in Town (Tim Kerr)
ALCOHOLICS UNANIMOUS - Santa Forgot Me Booze (Brilliancy Prize)
WAT TYLER - We Curse You a Wicked Satan (Damaged Goods)
SLOPPY SECONDS - Lonely Christmas (Taang)
FUCKED UP - David Christmas (Self-released)

THE YOBS - There's No Santa Claus (Captain Oi!)
THE DAMNED - There Ain't No Sanity Clause (Chiswick)
THE VIBRATORS - I Miss You Most at Christmas (Captain Oi!)
HARD SKIN - Ding Dong Merrily Oi Oi (Household Name)
BAD MANNERS - Christmas Time Again (Dojo)

WESTON/BOUNCING SOULS - Do They Know it's Christmas? (Glue)
BAD RELIGION - Joy to the World (WEA)
THE DARYLS - They Saved Santa's Cock (Bruce Monkey)
THE TUMORS - Christmas in the Drunk Tank (Naptone)
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN - Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh (Tario)

THE GREAT WHITE LYIN' SNAKE - Jolly Old St. Nicholas (Highly Collectible)
GROOVIE GHOULIES - Christmas on Mars (Crimson Corpse)
THE MR. T EXPERIENCE - Merry Fuckin' Christmas (Munster)
FEAR - Fuck Christmas (Slash)

RAMONES - Merry Christmas (Sire)
CRUCIAL YULE - Christmas Time for the Skins (Faith)
YOBS - Oy Santa (Captain Oi!)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Radio: Sunday, December 12, 2010

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THE ANEMICS - Here She Comes (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)

THE ANEMICS - Revenge of the Dickies (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)
Mods 'n Rockers (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)

THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Video Killer (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)
CAREERS IN SCIENCE - Rockets! (Self-Released)

THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Leave This World (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Nutrition Now (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Burning Freight Cars (CIUT)
THE ANEMICS - Interview (CIUT)


Friday, December 10, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

the Anemics studio 3 session

THE ANEMICS - Here She Comes
THE ANEMICS - Video Killers
THE ANEMICS - Leave this World
THE ANEMICS - Nutrition Now
THE ANEMICS - Burning Freight Car
THE ANEMICS - Revenge of the Dickies
THE ANEMICS - Mods 'n Rockers

Monday, December 6, 2010

Flyer - Monday, December 6th, 2010

Radio - Sunday December 5, 2010

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URBAN BLIGHT - False Truths (CIUT)
URBAN BLIGHT - Urban Blight (Deranged)
URBAN BLIGHT - Blight Makes Right / No Time (CIUT)
URBAN BLIGHT - Bombs of Peace (CIUT)
URBAN BLIGHT - Enough (Self-Released)
URBAN BLIGHT - Breakout (Self-Released)
URBAN BLIGHT - Quit Harshing My Buzz (Self-Released)
URBAN BLIGHT - Follow Through (Self-Released)
URBAN BLIGHT - Not Like You (Deranged)
URBAN BLIGHT - Slow Death (Deranged)
URBAN BLIGHT - Toxic City (Slasher)
URBAN BLIGHT - Get a Clue (Slasher)
URBAN BLIGHT - What Can be Done (Slasher)
URBAN BLIGHT - Absolute Controls (CIUT)

Songs we didn't get to play from the Studio 3 session are:
URBAN BLIGHT - Social Order (CIUT)
URBAN BLIGHT - Fake Attitudes (CIUT)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Update: Saturday, December 4, 2010

A flyer for an old Quarantine show was put up at

Information about a Retards on Caffeine ep went up at

Some scans went up with a track listing on the Ya Ma Buzz comp at

The Rammer artwork for their Studio 3 session is at

The artwork for the Metal Eddies is up at
The Regulations from Umea, Sweden did a Studio 3 session and has been uploaded at

The Studio 3 session for the Rebel Spell from Williams Lake, BC is up and can be found at

Voetsek from San Francisco were here in 2004 and we were able to get a few songs on tape in Studio 3. Download them here at

The Sick Needs from Newmarket recorded a Studio 3 session on Sunday October 5th, 2008. The sound and art files can be downloaded from the blog at

Endprogram's studio 3 session and artwork have been uploaded at

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

MRR Review "Argh Fuck Kill: The Story of the Dayglo Abortions" book

Craigums writes an awesome review of the Chris Walter book on the Dayglos. The review is found in Issue 331 - December 2010 and can be picked up at MRR.

Brutal Knights "Blown 2 Completion" LP

I believe this is the last Brutal Knights release. It is sad really. This great party band is coming to an end. Does this spell the end of fun? Well "Blown 2 Completion" deliveres more of the adrenalin fuelled dad like rants that previous releases have. And like the Brutal Knights the contradictions run high as the opening track sees the band recommended we "Relax. Take Breaks". For the most part this is driving garage punk fused with hardcore a la Dean Dirg. There are a few exceptions like the electronic inspired "Summertime Coffee" which reminds me a bit of Born Against's "Well Fed Fuck". The other exception is "Too Many Tattoos" which is meant to sound like a mosh-core band for extra emphasis. The retard factor is high with songs like "I Hate Chores" or "I Want Wings" or "Food Shopping", but that was always part of the Brutal Knights. They weren't afraid to say what was inappropriate for the sake of humour. The songs on here are:

1. Take Breaks
2. I Hate Chores
3. Bad Choice
4. P.O.W.M.I.A.
5. I'll S Your D
6. Summertime Coffee
7. Too Many Tattoos
8. Sky Mall
9. Wings
10. Heave Ho
11. Food Shopping
12. Life Problem