Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Radio - Sunday, December 27th, 2015

As in keeping with the last show of the year this is the Year in review looking at the highlights in punk in 2015. Listen to the show on the player above or download and MP3 here

DISGUSTI - A Thousand Prickly Needles (High Fashion Industries)

Top 10 Canadian releases
10. ALIENATION - Election Fraud (Self-Released)
9. NO PROBLEM - Eyes of ISIS (Deranged)
8. ABSOLUT – Hysterias Window (D-Takt ja Rapunk)
7. CAUSTIX - Fucking Nightmare (Self-Released)
6. BISHOPS GREEN – Lost Generation (Rebellion)
5. ARTIFICIAL DISSEMINATION – Politix of Violence (Seminal)
4. THE PAGANS OF NORTHUMBERLAND – 20 Years (Self-Released)
3. ANIMAL CRIMES - V.O.T.D. (Self-Released)
2. THE CHAIN – Your Mistake (Self-Released)
1. BRUTE FORCE Demo – White Middle Class (Self-Released)

Top 10 7” eps
10. RIXE “Coups & Blessures” ep - Coups & Blessures
9. PISSING MATCH – No Regard (Self-Released)
8. FAST ASLEEP – Automaul (Deep Six)
7. URBAN SAVAGE – The End – (Savage)
6. PURE DISGUST “Chained” ep - Race War – (Katorga Works / Quality Control HQ)
5. DIRECT YOUTH - Get Away (Halshugga)
4. 2 X 4 – Mental Shock (Twerp)
3. PILLAGE - Cycle of Hate (Residue)
2. AJAX - Priced (Static Shock)
1. NIGHT PROWLER - Fight Back (Kram)

Top 10 LPs
10. TERVEET KADET - Lapin Helvetti (Svart)
9. BARCELONA – Pasión (La Vida Es Un Mus)
8. ANTI-CORPOS – Policia Genocida (No Gods No Masters / Emancypunx)
7. NO TOLERANCE - Not For Me (Painkiller)
6. DEAD HERO – Ladrones (Discos MMM)
5. RED DEATH – Perpetrator (Grave Mistake / Hardware)
4. LONG KNIFE - Burning Will (Long Knife)
3. CRUTCHES – Avbruten (Not Enough)
2. CHAIN RANK - Time For You To Leave (Self-Released)
1. PARANOID - Nangijala (Shigo No Sekai) (D-Takt ja Rapunk)

Top 10 Demos
10. BLANK BODIES - Broadcast Carnage (Self-Released)
9. BREAKOUT - In Our Hands-Recruiter (Self-Released)
8. STRUTTER - Lunch Lady (Self-Released)
7. PRESSING ON - There Is A Way (Self-Released)
6. JAVLA - Creature Comforts (Self-Released)
5. LOS CAIDOS – Cicatrices (Self-Released)
4. C.I.B. – Hallelujah (Self-Released)
3. AGGRESSION PACT - Feeble Mind Fucked Life (Self-Released)
2. CONCEALED BLADE - False Gods (Self-Released)
1. G.L.O.S.S. (We're From The Future) (Self-Released)

Rob’s Top 10
10. THE ATOM AGE - It's a Mess (Self-Released)
9. DIRTY FENCES - These Freaks (Slovenly)
8. LONG KNIFE - Sharpened Bone (Long Knife Records)
7. CHROME CRANKS - Driving Bad (HoZac)
6. THE PAGANS - I Juvenile (Soul Jazz)
5. NIGHT BIRDS - In The Red/In The Black (Fat Wreck)
4. MAGISTER LUDI - We're Loud (Slovenly)
3. ROYAL HEADACHE - Need You (What's Your Rupture?)
2. G.L.O.S.S - Outcast Stomp (Self-Released)
1. WHITE REAPER - Make Me Wanna Die (Polyvinyl)

Tonight’s demo feature is from Halifax and features a Dark Wave / Goth inspired punk band called Unreal Thought. You can download their demo at their bandcamp page.

UNREAL THOUGHT – Minds at Work (Self-Released)
UNREAL THOUGHT – Meaningless Stare (Self-Released)
UNREAL THOUGHT – Ugly Creatures (Self-Released)
UNREAL THOUGHT – Done Trying (Self-Released)
UNREAL THOUGHT – Visions of Hate (Self-Released)
UNREAL THOUGHT – Amateur Comfort (Self-Released)

Flyer - Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Radio - Sunday, December 20, 2015

Here is the annual X-Mas show on EXD. Punk songs about Christmas and the season or associated with the season. The show is hosted by one of the most ravenous christmas song collectors in Toronto. Dave KW, Dave used to sing in Dirty BS and in Oxbaker, but Dave spends a lot of time now collecting punk rock Christmas songs which are evident from his inability to put together different material every year. This includes the new Battalion of Saints, new MDC, and new Angry Snowmans material. You can hear the show on the player above or download an MP3 here.

PECKINPAH - Punk Rock Xmas (Self-Released)

THE EVAPORATORS - Who Are You? (Mint)
THE ESCHATONES - Last Xmas (Self-Released)
ANGRY SNOWMANS - Christmas Spirit's Dying (Self-Released)
ANGRY SNOWMANS - Oh Santa Claus (Self-Released)
the BCASA - Merry Christmas Darth Vader (Self-Released)
the BCASA - Reptoid Humanoid Christmas (Self-Released)

APATHETIC YOUTH - Grinch (Noise Annoys! Records)
THEY MIGHT BE FASCISTS - Merry Anarchistmas (Music She Blogged)
POSER DISPOSER - Satan's Lonely Christmas Morning (Messy Life Records)
SCUMFACE - Christmas in the Face (self-released)
DRUNKEN ORGY OF DESTRUCTION - Aaron Won $200 at Bingo When He Was 9 and His Mom Bought His Christmas Presents with it (Agitate 96)

ARTHUR'S DILEMMA - Kristmas Karol (Curious Union Of Natural Twits)
STUDENT TEACHERS - Christmas Weather (Ork Records)
VOLXSTURM - Spuren im Schnee (Contra)
THE PUNK GROUP - On Xmas Day (Reload)
CHARTA 77 - Svart Jul (Birdskit)

MAJORETTES - It's Gonna Be a Punk Rock Christmas (Cleopatra)
B-LINES - I'm Watching TV on Christmas Day (Hockey Dad)
THE SPORES - Christmas Jeers (Garbanzo Bean)
BATTALION OF SAINTS - Jingle Bells (Cleopatra)
THE WIND-UP BIRDS - Working Christmas Day (Self-Released)

PANTYCHRIST - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Cleopatra)
CAMALEONES - Noche De Paz, Noche En Vietnam (DRO)
BLOODSPORT - Ghosts of Scrooge (Homestead)
45 GRAVE - Snow Miser (Cleopatra)
SINIESTRO TOTAL - Afunfun, Afanfan (DRO)
NOLLA NOLLA NOLLA - Joulurauha (Maaemo Levyt)

This is a set of all Japanese bands 
THE CRAP - Fuckin' Drunk Reindeer (Pogo 77)
SAMURAI - Dirty X'mas (Inundow)
THE DICK SPIKIE - X'mas Song Of The Dick Spikie (Straight Up)
THE INJECTIONS - Who Kill Santa?! (Injections Records)
TOM AND BOOT BOYS - Santa Claus Is Comming To Town (Pogo 77)

MILLIONS OF DEAD COPS - Merry Fuckin' X-Mas -Electric (Campary Records, Pogo!, Tupatutupa, Filferro Records, Guerilla Vinyl)
ETXANDO MIERDA - La Navidad (Self-Released)
RESTRAINT - I Shot Santa (independent)

THE PORK DUKES - My Mother Gave Me A Gun for Xmas (Vinyl Japan)
BIG BROTHER - Eco-Crisis (All I want for Christmas is the End of the World) (Not On Label)

JOEY RAMONE - What A Wonderful World (Sanctuary)

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Uncle Ray studio 3 session

Uncle Ray are a power violence band from Windsor. They used to run a punk house which did all the all ages shows a couple of years back. The band features Alexa on vocals, Steve on guitar, Sean on bass and Phil on drums. They have toured out east and have a couple of releases on their bandcamp page so they have done quite a few things in the past few years. We recorded the following songs at the session with Ian Wilkinson:

1. November
2. Root
3. Liar
4. Delusion
5. Webs
6. Dark Mind
7. Tough Guy
8. Perennial

9. Disfigured
10. Strong Arms
11. Strong Arms
12. November
13. Root
14. Liar
15. November
16. Root
17. Liar
18. Delusion
19. Delusion
20. Dark Mind
21. Tough Mind
22. Tough Mind
23. Tough Mind
24. Perennial
25. Perennial
26. Disfigured
27. Disfigured
28. Perennial
29. Perennial
30. Perennial
32. EXD ID
33. EXD ID
34. Interview

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Radio - Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Tonight's show started out with a session recorded a few weeks back with the reunited Secrets. Gary Topp brought the Secrets back for a one off show back in November and we recorded a couple of songs with the group without Freddy Pompeii as he was very sick. But we did interview Freddy which will be aired in the new year. However we did speak with John Hamilton (Keyboards), Chris Haight (Guitarist), Bryant (Bassist), and Cleave Anderson (Drums). We covered all kinds of details about the Secrets starting out with their roots in Zoom, the Viletones, the Diodes and some other bits and pieces. You can hear the interview in the player above or download the show as an MP3 file here

THE SECRETS - Schoolgirl Hitchiker (CIUT)
THE SECRETS – Interview (CIUT)
THE SECRETS – Interview (CIUT)
ZOOM - Sweet Desperation (Ugly Pop)
THE SECRETS – Interview (CIUT)
THE SECRETS – Zoom (Bomb)
THE SECRETS – Interview (CIUT)
THE SECRETS – Suzie Peroxide (Bomb)
THE SECRETS – Interview (CIUT)
THE SECRETS – All the Girls (Bomb)
THE SECRETS – Interview (CIUT)
THE SECRETS – Teenage Rampage (Bomb)
THE SECRETS – Interview (CIUT)
THE SECRETS - I'll Cry Tomorrow (CIUT)
ENGLAND`S GLORY - Shattered Illusions (Hozac)
HOT NASTIES – Get away from me (Self Released)
THE SUBTRACTIONS - Social Rules (Hozac)
THE EDGE - Death to AOR

Here is my top 10 for December 2015 in reverse order. 

10. L.O.T.I.O.N. - Ultimate Wound Kit (Toxic State)
9. DON GATTO - No Turning Back
8. LATEX - Losing Game (World Gone Mad / Sensual World)
7. BEYOND PINK – Det Har ar Punk (Emancypunx)
6. BOIDS – Don’t Need your TV
5. ANTI-CORPUS - Forma Practica de Luta ep - Abuso- Um fenômeno Patriarcha
4. DISGUSTI - Into The Long Night
3. FAST ASLEEP - Outside the Fence (Deep Six)
2. ANCIENT FILTH - Torture in the USA (Self-Released)
1. G.L.O.S.S. - Masculine Artifice

Tonight’s demo feature is a band from Singapore that ranked in Robert of Conquest for Death’s Top 10 in this month’s MRR. You can download the demo from https://mildshag.bandcamp.com/releases

MILD SHAG – Rat Race (Self-Released)
MILD SHAG – Ain’t No Such Thing (Self-Released)
MILD SHAG – Son of a Copper (Self-Released)
MILD SHAG – Birdbrain (Self-Released)
MILD SHAG – Born Dead (Self-Released)
MILD SHAG – Fight On (Self-Released)

Flyer - Sunday, December 13th, 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Radio - Sunday December 6th, 2015

SHEXD Volume 7 was in full effect featuring programmer/hosts from left to right Lydia, Märji, Chlöe, Sardé, Zöe, and Nuria. You can download the show here

VANILLA POPPERS – Pleasure Rush (Blowblood)

CHROMA – El Poder (Self-Released)
PROM NITE – Friendly Boy (Self-Released)
PARANOID – Bouryoku (Rapunk and D-Takt)

THE CURE – I want to be old (Early Demo)
NEGATIVE RAGE – Fear II (Self-Released)
FIREWALKER – Nothing Left (Failure Recordings)
THE LOWEST FORM – Comin’ Down Ruff (Iron Lung)

Lydia of MRR and Nuria of Frau join the show.

MUERTE - Falsedad (SPHC)
KREMLIN - Anti-Septic (Hardware)
CONDITION – Indictment
S.H.I. – Green Horse (Crust War)

ABSOLUT – Wage of Fear (Beach Impediment)
OAF – Cheat II (Deranged)
LATEX – Losing Game (World Gone Mad)

Interview with Kathryn Martin , filmmaker for Piss on You
Interview with Kathryn Martin , filmmaker for Piss on You
STRETCH MARKS – Old Man Understand (Psyche Industries)
Interview with Kathryn Martin , filmmaker for Piss on You
THE NOSTRILS – I’m Vile (Punk History Canada)
Interview with Kathryn Martin , filmmaker for Piss on You
PERSONALITY CRISIS – Twilight’s Last Gleaming (Risky)

To order a copy of "Piss On You" please contact the filmmaker Kathryn Martin directly at Kmartin2@shaw.ca.

X-RAY SPEX - I Live Off You (EMI)
CRASS – Do They Owe Us a Living (CRASS)
CIANURO – Uno (Self-Released)
DISCHARGE – The Nightmare Continues (Clay)

ALTERNATIVE TV - Life (Deptford Fun City)
WIRE – Outdoor Miner (Emotional Response)
RATA NEGRA – Corasones (Self-Released)
ANTI-VIBES – Monotomy (Self-Released)

PANDIMIA – Divine Tragedy (Maximumrocknroll)

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

MRR - Interview with Zoe

Here is an interview with Zoe, the singer from the Bayonettes, on her day job working on Harm Reduction from a street health perspective which sees lots of lessons of the DIY ethos applied to this unique form of activism. The interview appears in the December issue of MRR.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Radio - Sunday, November 29, 2015

This is tonight's show which starts off with a feature on punk in the DDR. You can download the show here.

AUSSCHLAG - Kack Zukunft (Ostklotz Musikverlag)

We started off with AuSSchlag who are from Bitterfield which was an industrial town known for its chemical production. From the arts standpoint, in 1959 there was a conference that sought to connect the working class with the artists of the day. But punk was outlawed in East German in 1981 and punks were branded enemies of the state. AuSSchlag were one of the first recorded bands from East Germany. They started in 1983 and this recording is from 1984. The song translates to mean “Shit Future”.

According to an article titled “Did Punk rock have an impact on the wall coming down

In the late 1970s, there were only about two dozen punks in all of East Germany. A handful of teenagers in East Berlin picked up on the sound via John Peel’s show, broadcast on British forces' radio in West Berlin. The first self-styled punks ripped their clothes and crafted homemade patches with slogans on them—often just band names like Sex Pistols or the Clash, but also critiques such as “destroy what’s destroying you” and the logo of Poland’s Solidarity movement. Though punks ran into constant trouble with the police, they initially had few aspirations beyond drinking heavily and wishing they were in London.

The first-ever East German punk concert took place in March 1981, inside the Yugoslavian embassy—something of a liberal oasis within the police state. (Two sons of Yugoslavian diplomats were in the band.) One hundred punks attended. A wave of bands sprung up in East Berlin later that year, including Planlos and Namenlos, and in the coming year they began to play illegal shows in artist studios, attics, and basements, and in their makeshift rehearsal spaces.

An East German government report from 1981 pegged the number of punks nationwide at 1,000 with 10,000 more “sympathizers”—this in a country of 15 million. Authorities began to worry and the state bore down hard: Punks experienced arbitrary detainment, brutal police beatings, and invasive searches of apartments and other spaces where they congregated. The police also began to recruit informants—often by extreme coercion. Finally, before the end of 1981, the “punk problem” was eventually passed over to the dreaded Stasi, taken up by the division charged with fighting political opposition.

“1981 and 1982 were like 1976 in England,” says Henryk Gericke, who sang in punk bands back then and in recent years curated a museum exhibition on Eastern punk. “You would go to these illegal parties in tiny spaces with 20 or 30 people pogoing around—your heart was in your throat when you got ready to go into one of those parties. It wasn’t intellectuals who would go on to join the literary scene or whatever. These were really hard kids, a lot of whom ended up in prison and were then ‘bought’ out of jail by West Germany.”

Reacting to the violence and harassment inflicted on local punks, a few protestant churches in Berlin stepped in to offer shelter, legal aid—and free beer. The church’s umbrella soon opened over punks in other cites as well. B

This next band is called Namenlos which translated to mean Nameless. Namenlos are credited with playing the first punk show in East Germany which was called “Punkfestival der DDR” and took place on April 30, 1983 in Halle. The band was arrested and sent to prison by the Ministry of State Security which attracted a lot of attention within the punk scene and within church groups. The band was released in September 1984 and reformed and then detained again a year later. Members left the DDR and the band went back and forth with various projects. The song we are going to hear is called “DDR Staatsgrenze“ which means East German border. We all know that the Berlin Wall was the main representation between the east and the West and Namenlos were from East Berlin. This comes from a collection of recordings between 1983 and 1989.

NAMENLOS - DDR Staatsgrenze (Nasty Vinyl)
PLANLOS - Moderne Zeiten (Self-Released)
NINA HAGEN AND AUTOMOBIL - Das, well ich so schon bin (Amiga)

Nina Hagen was the first German punk artists I ever learned about. I didn’t realize she was from East Berlin originally. At the age of four she began studying ballet and was considered an opera prodigy. Her father was a filmmaker and her mother was an actress. Her step father was an anti-establishment singer/songwriter. She went to Poland and upon her return to East Germany she joined a few bands eventually teaming up with Automobil which would become the band that she wrote the most memorable songs. The song I know her most for is a song called “TV Glotzer” which is a cover of the Tubes song “White Punks on Dope”. If you have never heard that song you should dig it up. The song I want to play for you is from her first recording which was released in 1974. Given how early this recording is the recording has earned Nina Hagen the moniker “Godmother of punk”. The song we are going to hear comes off of an album titled “Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen” which translates to mean “You forgot the colour film” and is a subtle dig at the sterile gray communist state. I chose a song off this because it is lesser known but you can see the transition in this proto punk era and East Berlin had a band that played that kind of material. Here is a song from that release called “Das, well ich so schon bin” and demonstrates the theatrical hard rock compositions that Nina Hagen was known for on her first three releases. You can see a video of Nina Hagen performing the title track of this record and they shot it in black and white to go along with the meaning of the song.

SCHLEIM-KEIM were a punk band from Eufrat, which is near Leipizig. They formed in 1981 and played their first show on December 11, 1981 at the Erfurt Joahnnes Langue House, which was the first punk show Erfurt. They mostly played ecclesisatical workshops hosted by the churches. The band built their own instruments which will help explain how the sound is rough. The guitar was built with cables from a bicycle used as strings on the guitar. The drummer was able to buy a kit by selling brass knuckles to hooligans and was able to get enough money to buy pieces of the kit. Aggressive Producktions releases a split by the band which is known as the first punk record from East Germany. The split was called “DDR von unten/eNDe “ which means “DDR from below”. Otze and Klaus were brothers and lived on a farm. When the record came out the Stasi rounded them up and detained them in solitary confinement for a number of months. Otze the songer was questioned for 13 hours straight. The crime they committed was illegal contact with enemy forces and anti national agitation, which were trumped up charge because the person who smuggled the tapes out was Sascha Andersen from the band Zwitschermaschine. A great history of the band lives at http://www.killfromtheheart.com/bands.php?id=1796 . We are going to play a song from that called

SCHLEIM KEIM – Untergrund und Arachie (Aggressive Producktions)
ZWITSCHERMASCHINE – Untergrund Ist Strategie (Aggressive Producktions)

So Zwitschermaschine were on the split with Schleim-Keim. They were instrumental in pulling this together. Sascha Anderson from the band was later revealed that he was working for the Stasi, the East German secret police and was put in to infiltrate the East German punk scene.

Rosa Beton were from East Berlin. They were considered for one of the first punk releases. This recording comes from a live show that became a demo.

ROSA BETON – Berlin (Self-Released)
PARANOIA – Kidpunx Verpiist Euch (Robin Hood)

In 1982 a band from Dresden formed called Paranoia. They played East Berlin, Karl Marx Stadt, and Leipzig. In December 1984 they recorded a cassette called “Here We are for everyone who needs a cult band”. The demo got out to Bremen and to a label called Weird System, but the sound quality was too rough so they didn’t release it. However word got back to the Stasi that this recording was in the West and so the band was penalized and needed permission to play shows. Sascha Anderson got them a regular rehearsal space to practice in, but the band wound up breaking up in 1985.

In 1979 a band called Die Deutschen Kinder (The German Children) started up in Eisenberg. The band started writing songs in 1981. Most of these are rehearsal recordings. But they are pretty good. In this collection they do a punk cover of “Forever Young”, but they call it “Forever Punk” which breaks into “If the Punks are United”. It’s a clever medley.


L’Attentat were a band from Leipzig. They formed out of an earlier band known as HAU which was an acronym that stood for Half Milled Anarchist Underground. HAU started in 1982, the bassist was arrested. The band re-built from other bands at the time and then the singer was turned into the Stasi by the guitarist who was a paid informant, but this was only found out later. The band became L’Attentat and did this recording which was smuggled out to X-Mist who released it in 1987. The release was called “Made in the DDR”.

L’ATTENTAT – Bürgerkrieg (X-Mist)
WUTANFALL - Wann ist es denn soweit (Self-Released)

“Burgerkrieg” translates to mean “Civil War”. That was followed up by a band that was one of their predecessors and actually wrote that song. The band is called Wutanfall which translates to mean “Tantrum”. We played a live track called “Wann ist es denn soweit” which gives you also an idea of the crowd and the scene. They existed between 1981 and 1985.

In 1986, a band named Die Skeptiker formed. They were from East Berlin and they were part of a group of bands that criticized life in the GDR. The band is still actove today. This is from their first Studio recording called “Schreie”.

DIE SKEPTIKER - Verkannte Welt (Self-Released)
BUNTE TRUEMMER – Quit Holding Out (Self-Released)

BUNTE TRUEMMER are a punk band from Bad Liebenwerda which is a spa town near Dresden. This is a demo they recorded in 1988. Some of the lyrics for this song come straight out of “London Calling”. This is a song titled “Quit Holding Out”.

In 1988 a band called K.V.D. released their first recording called “H..I.V. Positiv” They are from Halle Germany which was the first city to hold an illegal punk festival in the GDR which took place in 1983 at the Altar of the Christ Church. KVD were a band that came out of this scene.

KVD - Wir lieben das Bier (Schlemihi)
ABFALLSOZIALPRODUKT - Krieg In Leipzig (Self-Released)

This comes off a compilation of bands from East Germany called “No Future” that came out in 1992. The band is from Leipzig. They started up in 1989 and existed for a decade. They are referred to as punk legends.

UMSTURZ IM KINDERZIMMER from Freiburg that existed between 1990 and 1994. This was taken from a collection of the band’s first two years of work found at http://hc-punx.blogspot.ca/2013/12/umsturz-im-kinderzimmer-demo-90-91-tape.html.

UMSTURZ IM KINDERZIMMER - Wir sind das Volk (Self-Released)
UNITED ATTENTAETER – Verräter (Self-Released)

An East German band named Die Anderen were playing a gig in Berlin the night the wall came down.

In the Soviet Union and Hungary and Poland, change came from the top down and represented the triumph of a reform-from-within-the-system mentality. Only in hard-line East Germany did change come from outside and below, catalyzed by grassroots protests. At the end of the day, East German intellectuals sought incremental change designed to create a society that, at base, shared a utopian vision with the dictatorship. Perfect the system, reform the system. Punk ideology, such as it was, rejected utopianism and maintained the simple, practical goal of casting off the shackles imposed by dictatorial institutions: Destroy what’s destroying you.

And that’s what happened, as the scale of street protests ramped up through the fall of 1989, forcing first the ouster of longtime head of state Erich Honecker and then the lifting of travel restrictions on citizens of the GDR. The importance of the youth-oriented church-based underground in causing these changes was emphasized by recent evidence showing the East German government planned to open the wall even before the massive, million-person demonstration on Alexanderplatz on November 4, 1989.

When at the end of an evening press conference on November 9, East German official Guenter Schabowski casually announced that travel directly from East Germany to the West would be permitted immediately, East Berliners swarmed to the city’s checkpoints. By 11:30 p.m. that cold Thursday night, the gates have been opened at Bornholmer Strasse and Checkpoint Charlie. Other checkpoints follow.

As November 9 turned to November 10, the streets began to fill with revelers.
“We partied all night there,” says Toster. “The club was right near the checkpoint at Heinrich-Heine-Strasse, and we stood there—Easterners greeting other Easterners entering the West.”

“We drank with friends and wandered the streets,” says Dafty. “I went back home to bed in the morning, green in the face after what seemed like 20 joints and 700 beers.”
Toster and Dafty also made a decision there and then. Die Anderen was breaking up. The wall was done and so was the band.

DIE ANDEREN – Berlin (Self-Released)

Runners up to last week's best of November set
LEATHER – Coffee Drinkers (Self-Released)
WOUNDED KNEE - Tanec duchů
VACATION – Decaying (Self-Released)
AUSMUTEANTS - Echo Beach (Hozac)
GATTACA - Dej všem co chtějí (Contraszt! / Halo of Flies / MFL)
HALDOL – Time is not on our side (Self-Released)
FZ-10 – Hixteria (Self-Released)

NO NEGATIVE - Feelin' the Heat (Self-Released)
CENTURY PALM - White Light (Deranged)
UNREAL THOUGHTS - Minds at Work (Self-Released)
FOXMOULDER - Needless-Anxious (Zageme Beach)
MOLLOT - Black Boots (Self-Released)

Tonight’s demo feature is from St. John’s, Newfoundland. In a review in the October issue of MRR the reviewer says the tape opens skewing towards the S.H.I.T. of current hardcore, with pogoable 1-2 drums over some dynamic guitars and reverbed vocals, tough but not thickheaded. The latter half slips comfortably into the charms of an earlier time with a more straight forward thrashing style that reminds me of Jerry’s Kids and Urban Waste in parts. The tape closes with a Rudimentary Peni cover so there’s that too. You can download the demo at their bandcamp page.

ANIMAL CRIMES – Who Lied (Self-released)
ANIMAL CRIMES – Aggro Culture (Self-released)
ANIMAL CRIMES – Lock Down (Self-released)
ANIMAL CRIMES – V.O.T.D. (Self-released)
ANIMAL CRIMES – God’s Speed (Self-released)
ANIMAL CRIMES – Teenage Time Killer (Self-released)

New unreleased Career Suicide song
CAREER SUICIDE – Cut and Run (Self-Released)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Radio - Sunday, November 22, 2015

Tonight's show started out with a Top 10 for November because next week we will be featuring a show on the Punk scene in the DDR.You can download an MP3 file of the show here.

THE MAHONES – Alternative Ulster (Wolverine)

NUCLEAR AGE “Look Around” ep - Power of Youth
CORNA KRUSWA - =-) (Mamma Leone / Phantom)
CONSTANT INSULT - I Quit (Let’s Pretend)
DIRECT YOUTH – True Speed (Halshugga)
SMASTADSLIV – Einstaan (Self-Released)
MIND CONTROL – Downplay (Self-Released)
LONG KNIFE - Teenage Death Ceremony (Long Knife)
SKULLCRACK - Cut It Down (Adios Motherfucker)
CONCEALED BLADE – Never Heard (Self-Released)
C.I.B. - Hokuto Shinken is not good for our shows (Self-Released)

A set inspired by the Punk45 series of comps

THE USERS – Sick of You (Soul Jazz)
CHI PIG – Ring Around the Collar (Soul Jazz)
THE HOLLYWOOD BRATS – Sick on You (Soul Jazz)
THE COFFIN LIDS - Sonic Reducer (Bomp)
THE GIZMOS – Mean Screen (TimeChange)

GRUMP – Synopticon (Weak Link)
ABSOLUT - Systems Cross (D-Takt and Rapunk)
SILENT ORDER – Decay (Self-Released)
BALLOT BURNER – Nothingness (Harvest King)

A set inspired by a punk covers benefit for Syrian refugees held last night

GERMS – Media Blitz (Slash)
SNFU – Broken Toy (BYO)
KILLING JOKE – Eighties (EG / Malicious Damage)
THE PARTISANS – Police Story (No Future)

BISHOPS GREEN – We Got Nothing (Rebellion)
FLQ - Culture of Infants (Self-Released)
GROINOIDS - Doy Doy Doy (Modern Method)
DOA - Pipeline Fever (Sudden Death)
MERCENARY - No Uniform (Self-Released)

THE INCREDIBLE KIDDA BAND – Bullet in My Head (Psycho)
THE CIGARETTES - It's the Only Way to Live (Die) (Company)
THE CHORDS – Now It’s Gone (Polydor)

Tonight's demo feature is SAGO who are a new local hardcore band that features Alex, the drummer from the Sofistifucks on vocals. You can hear the demo at the band's bandcamp page.

SAGO – Accusations (Self-Released)
SAGO – In Harm’s Way (Self-Released)
SAGO – Antipathy (Self-Released)
SAGO – The Throwaway (Self-Released)
SAGO – Ignorant Shit (Self-Released)
SAGO – Faceless Criminals (Self-Released)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Secrets studio 3 session

It's rare you get to meet people that inspire you. Usually you hear a radio interview with someone or see an interview on TV or the internet, but it is rare that you get to be part of that conversation. I have been into punk for a long time and as I have gained an appreciation for the homegrown local scene I have come to recognize that the Viletones and the Diodes were some of the pioneers of that scene. That is a given, especially after reading Treat Me Like Dirt or Perfect Youth or Trouble in the Camera Club. But the first band that grew out of that scene and became part of a second wave that is described as part of the second wave is a band named the Secrets. The band got their name because they technically had formed while the Viletones were still a band. They were practising in secret. And they initially started out as a jam band. In fact when they first started playing they were known as the Secrets Review. And they shared the stage with all the folks who were singers in that first wave. They performed as a stage band and had many of the greats like Mickey Skin and Lucas and Zero come up and sing....while they worked on original material. And the material was not what you would expect from guys who wrote the Viletones and Diodes material. The key difference was that it had a back beat. This had something to do with the musicians backgrounds. Freddy had been a do wop singer back in Philly. That influenced a song like "Zoom". 

John and Chris performed in R and B bands prior to their band Zoom, which Don Pyle has argued is the first punk band in Toronto to release a record. There are songs on the Secrets LP that are bar blues numbers and more new wave inspired. But the music reflected the time when bands like the Clash started toying with reggae and rockabilly. The Secrets were out of the gate early and they shared the spotlight bring the scene together at a time when it was falling apart. Gary Topp put together a reunion show for the Secrets getting Freddy Pompeii to come back for the first time in decades. Cleave told us about this reunion a year earlier and we began planning to record a session. Freddy's trip to Toronto led to him getting strep throat and so he wound up missing the session. he was hopped up on antibiotics trying to get better for the show they had in Hamilton later that week. So Chris, John, Bryant and Cleave came in to record a session but recorded the only two songs that Freddy didn't sing on. "Schoolgirl Hitchhiker" and "I'll Cry Tomorrow", which appeared on the "No Pedestrians" compilation. We also got to speak to these guys in three parts. Interview part 1, Interview part 2, and Interview part 3

This session was recorded by Ian Wilkinson. The session was videotaped by Aldo Erdic and Candy Nichols.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Radio - Sunday, November 15th, 2015

This show was our fundraising show. Kind of an all hands on deck position. With help from Candy who videotapes the studio 3 sessions and Chloe who organizes SHEXD and Mark who organized the phone room. There was muffins and cookies and stories about the last six months of EXD programming with association to how lucky we are to have a radio station like CIUT that is supportive of such nerding out on puck rock. By the way if you haven't donated to CIUT you can do so here

We started out with a game of name that tune. Mr brown of the Prophesy got his start as a rude boy DJ and so we try and find some punk or hardcore covers of a ska song and get hie to figure out who did the original. We played the Restarts cover of the Selector's "Everyday" recorded at the old studio on St. George. 

THE SELECTOR - Everyday (Times Hard) (Two Tone)

The campaign theme is "Love Your Radio" which works well in social media with the hashtag. We looked around for some punk rock radio songs that we haven;t played yet and here are a few we came up with starting out with a brand new 63 Monroe song.

63 MONROE - Fukk the Radio
HARD ONS – Radio (Bad Taste)
RENNY WILSON - Radio Receiver (Mint)

THE RAMONES - Do You Remember Rock n Roll Radio (Sire)
RADIO BIRDMAN - Do The Pop (Trafalgar)
J CHURCH - Fascist Radio (Jade Tree)
NEW BOMB TURKS – Radiobeat (Head Dip)
ANTISEEN - Radio Ruined Groove (Rebel)
GOOD THROB - Tube Disaster

Chloe has been a key organizer behind the SHEXD programming and has really started to become a part of the hosting team on the show. We talked about some past shows and upoming plans for the next installment which should be before the holidays in December. 

X-RAY SPEX - I am a Cliché (EMI)
SANG - Tres Dents
SADICOS – Control (Silenzio Statico)
FIREWALKER - Don't Cross Me (Failure)

We also did a ton of special themed programming around current events, punk rock launches, song structures and so this set represents material from the Alone and Gone book feature, the Paris shootings, and the "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie" sound alike set we did in the past few months. But we listed off all kinds of scene report sets and current events sets and punk fest sets programmed over the last little while. 

UGLY MOTELS - Not For Me (Smash)
RIXE - Coups & Blessures (La Vida Es Un Mus)
BLACK FLAG - Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie (SST)

Some things we are working on include an interview with Tony Rettman who wrote "Why Be Something That You're Not" and "NYHC", an interview with Strangled from Edmonton, and an interview with Kathryn Martin the filmaker of "Piss On You" a film about the early Winnipeg punk scene. 

NEGATIVE APPROACH - Why Be Something That You’re Not (Touch ‘n Go)
STRANGLED – White Noise (Crude City)

We are very proud of the Notes Behind the Iron Curtain so we played some of the first punk bands from Serbia, Hungary and Cuba. 

PEKINSKA PATKA - Bela Sljiva (Jugton)
WYX - Lie Lie Lie (SPS)
ESKORIA - Asquerosa Cancion de Amor (Metadona)

We also played a ton of demos in the last six months so we featured two songs from two of those demos. 

HOWITZER - Concealed Violence (Self-Released)
GRUMP - Culture in Decline (Self-Released)

You can download an MP3 of the show here