Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top 10 - June 2015

Top 10s – June 2015

1. V/A – "Hardcore, Gimme Some More" EP (Beach Impediment)
2. FASHIONISM – "Smash the State" EP (Hosehead)
3. SUICIDAS / TRANCE split ep (Metadona)
4. RIXE – "Coups et Blessures" EP (La Vida Es Un Mus)
5. BARCELONA – "Extremo Nihilismo en Barcelona" 12” (La Vida Es Un Mus)
6. PARASYTES – demo (Self-Released)
7. ABSOLUT – "Hells Highest Power" Promo cassette (Runstate)
8. SEX SNOBS – "Lonely" LP (Self-Released)
9. DETERGENTS – "No Salvation" EP (Quality Control / Semtex Death)
10. VLASTA POPIĆ – "Kvadrat" CD (Moonlee)

* BEACH IMPEDIMENT - www.beachimpedimentrecords.blogspot.ca
* HOSEHEAD - www.hoseheadrecords.ca
* METADONA - www.metadonarecords.com
* LA VIDA ES UN MUS - www.lavidaesunmus.com
* PARASYTES - www.parasytes.bandcamp.com
* REINSTATE - www.runstatetapes.bandcamp.com/album/absolut-hells-highest-power-promo-sold-out
* SEX SNOBS - www.sexsnobs.bandcamp.com/album/lonely-lp
* QUALITY CONTROL - www.qualitycontrolhq.bigcartel.com / SEMTEX DEATH - www.semtexdeath.com
* MOONLEE - www.moonleerecords.com

Monday, June 29, 2015

Radio - Sunday, June 28th, 2015

We started off tonight's show with the latest installment of Notes from Behind the Iron Curtain. Guest host, Berislav Sabolic, takes a look at Bosnia-Herzogovinia in the latest look at Yugoslavia. Download the show here.

ZABRANJENO PUSENJE - Anarhija all over Bas Carsia (Jugoton)

OPERA LU – Televizori (Diskoton)
ZABRANJENO PUSENJE - Neću Da Budem Švabo U Dotiranom Filmu (Jugoton)
ELVIS J. KURTOVIC – Prva Ljubav (Self-released)

ZENEVSKI DEKRET – Necu da burem dio jere ne mase (Jugoton)

SCH – The Day when I was Born (Self-Released)

DOWN – Main Thing (Radio Zid)
PESSIMISTIC LINES – Rijeci (Radio Zid)
GRAFIT - A Lot Of Idiots Per Day (Radio Zid)
PROTEST – Sarajevo Feeling (Radio Zid)

KULTUR SHOCK – Rage Against Old Age (Self-Released)
RUPA O ZIDU – Urlice Vjetar (Zgaga)
DAMIR AVDIC – Komunist vs. New Bosniscime Kultur (Monlee Records)


We looked at the latest shows, releases and events like Pride happening in the city for this next set.

PARASITES - Out in the Street (Self-Released)
TRIAGE – Everyday in Hell (Self-Released)
ANTI-VIBES – Strange Strange Love (Self-Released)
FATHERS - Lover Boy, Leather Daddy (CIUT)
EEKUM SEEKUM – F. U.N. – Halifax (Self-Released)
THE VAPIDS – Thin Skin (Surfin’ Ki)
TOBY SWANN – Somewhere over the Rainbow (El Mocambo)

I learned about the Frags in a recent yet to aired interview with Triage. The band features Connor (Ex-Snakepit) on vocals, Kaelan (from Triage) on guitar, Luciano (from Burial Permit) on bass, and Matt (from VCR and Triage) on drums. They recorded a demo in April that you can find at https://thefrags.bandcamp.com/releases.

THE FRAGS - Give Nothing (Self-Released)

THE FRAGS - Social War (Self-Released)
THE FRAGS - Dead Students (Self-Released)
THE FRAGS - Breaking Cars (Self-Released)
THE FRAGS - Fragged (Self-Released)

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Radio - Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Tonight's show was an interview with the White Brothers. Simon did a photo exhibition in 2010 called "Toronto Calling" which saw some blown up photos of the Ramones and the Clash in the Steamwhistle building. These early photos captured the first punk bands to play in Toronto. His Brother Nick is known for a fantastic zine he did from 1979 - 1984 called Smash It Up. It was a local zine that covered the early post punk scene so well and incorporated all kinds of journalism as a way of getting the story about these incredible period that the mainstream press couldn't be bothered covering. Nick has been working on this book since the "Toronto Calling" exhibit and has incorporated a cut and paste approach to capturing the period. Nick and Simon spoke with us earlier in the day about this work captured in "Alone and Gone" this brand new book released yesterday. We catalogue clubs, zines, and bands as an approach to trying to capture the time and the developing new sounds coming out of this explosive period. We start off with the Clash show at the O'Keefe Centre and get into the Edge as a centre for shows from 1979-1980. Nick speaks about the role that zines play in developing the scene. the list of zines included Dave MacIntosh's Cause and Effect, Deanna's Schrik, Sounds form the Street, Civil Disobedience, Joannie Morris' All That Jazz, TOHC, Fifth Column's Hide, Red Shoes, this Tiny Donkey, and Goog Poogly. We speak about the reggae scene and the cross pollination with bands like the Young Lions, L'Etranger, Youth Youth Youth, 20th Century Rebels, Truth and Rights, and the mainstreaming with the Parachute Club. I grill Nick about some of the clubs at the time like the Cabana Room, the Palais Royale for out of town ska bands, the basement at the Drake, 100 Bond Street, St. Lawrence Hall for RAR and the Bop Cats, and Exile out on Main Street. We speak about the the paradigm shift that Start Dancing represents in the scene. We speak about the Garys record label that never came about. We speak about the role of the cassette tape in developing the post punk scene. We speak about the phenomenon of outdoor shows in the 80's. We speak about the role that radio had on developing the scene which starts with CFNY and also moves into CKLN. Nick tells us about 291 which was originally known as the Suicide Club and became a punk house that Smash It Up and the Dave Howard lived at. Nicks tells us about the Fifth Column, Hunger Project that went on to become the Cowboy Junkies, the Hi Fis that go on to become Blue Rodeo, the Rheostatics, Handsome Ned, the Sturm Group, Woods are Full of Cuckoos, the Rent Boys Inc., Breeding Ground, Vital Sines, Alta Moda - Molly Johnson's first band, Blank Generation that become United State and then National Velvet, Blibber and the Rat Crashers that become Jolly Tambourine Man, the Lucky Strikes, Mark Malibu and the Wasagas, and Crash Kills Five that becomes Shadowy Men. This is all a preamble to figure out if there is a Toronto sound. Nick tells us the Dave Howard connection to the "Alone and Gone" title. The Playlist for tonight's show is as follows:

THE CLASH - London Calling (CBS)
Interview with Nick and Simon White (CIUT)
DAVE HOWARD SINGERS - They Come They Go (Self-Released)

If you are in Toronto you can get copies of the book at Rotate This.

Flyer - Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Flyer - Saturday, June 20, 2015

Flyer - Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Nick White (a.k.a. Smash) is in town to launch his new book on the period of music in Toronto between 1979 and 1984. Situated in one of the worst economic times with political crises abound, culture responded. Garnering musical influences from the UK and the States, Nick looks at what these bands brought to Toronto by way of influences. He starts out with the Clash's show at the O'Keefe Centre and what punk rock looked like in a world music context which threw open the doors to all sorts of music experimentation which are around today. We talk about fractured scenes, but this was the apex or the blueprint for when it all happened. Toronto being a receptive music market soaked it all in and spat it back out with an underground scene that has scene little by way of recognition. Nick takes you through the bands like the Rent Boys, the Dave Howard Singers, Breeding Ground, Kinetic Ideals, V (pre Parachute Club), Hunger Project (Pre-Cowboy Junkies), the Hi-Fi's (Pre Blue Rodeo), the Rheostatics, The Mods, Truths and Rights, Lillian Allen, Third World....The list is endless. Nick also takes us into the world of the haunts where the musicians honed their sounds like at the 291, the Bev, the Cameron House, The Cultural Centre and all sorts of places. He explores how various mediums started up like zines and campus community radio, CFNY, as a result of being shut out of mainstream media. And he gives great insight into what touring bands brought like U2, Echo and the Bunnymen, Killing Joke, the Specials, The Jam, Madness, the Buzzcocks. It's all here. Flirst hand accounts with gonzo journalism which is beyond dedication but borders on fanaticism, which demonstrates the fan part of fanzine. With photos from his brother Simon, some of which appeared in Toronto Calling five years prior but so many more in this book, it is like a more cut and past version of Trouble in the Camera Club but the next chapter to follow.  Nick will be at the Rivoli between 1:00m and 4:00pm playing some of the music captured in the Smash it up comps to also give you a flavour of the sounds of the time.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Triage studio 3 session

Self-proclaimed hesher-core, Triage have already recorded a six song cassette last December. It's pretty great in an Attitude Adjustment sort of way. The band feature Lia on vocals who used to be in Cunt Punt and currently plays in VCR, Sadie on guitar who has recorded studio 3 sessions with Direct Approach and Burial Permit, Matt on bass who plays in VCR and the Frags and records a bunch of bands in the contemporary scene, and Kaelan on drums who used to drum for Brutal Youth and currently also plays guitar in the Frags. Lia spent some time getting a vocal effect for this session. Matt was wearing an Accused t-shirt. We recorded the following songs:

- Secret War
- Retaliatory Strike
- Society's Victim (Discharge)
- Power Beat
- Intro / White Eyes
- Fear Eater
- Dystopic Scene
- Everyday in Hell
- New song

They also put together the following IDs:

- CIUT is a Retaliatory Strike ID
- EXD is like Everyday in Hell ID

We also did an interview with the band after the session.

The session was recorded by Big Brother's Ian Wilkinson. Aldo and Candy from Punks 'n Rockers video taped the session. 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Radio - Sunday June 14th, 2015

Here is the broadcast for Sunday, June 14th starting out with the title track of the new Ancient Heads ep which also happens to fit how we are feeling with a week of rain and another week forecasted. Download the show here for your mobile device listening.

ANCIENT HEADS - It Can't Rain Forever (Deathwish Inc)

JOHN COOPER CLARKE - Daily Express (You Never See a Nipple In)
WRECKLESS ERIC - Rags and Tatters (Stiff)
THE SECRETS – All the Girls (Bomp)
THE JAM – All Around the World (Burning)
BLACK MARKET BABY - America's Youth (Taang)

SISTER HYDE – Cock of the Town (Self-Released)
THE ANTI-QUEENS – Halls of Ivory (Self-Released)
NOBLE SAVAGES – Music Will Kill You (Self-Released)
LEE PARADISE – Paradise (Pleaseance)
THE DICKIES – Gigantor (A and M)

CHAIN RANK – Up Against the Wall (Self-Released)
2 x 4 – Mental Shock (Twerp)
BLOOD PRESSURE – Chronic Abuse (Self-Released)
VAASKA - Religion-Destruccion (Beach Impediment Records)
ABSOLUT – Noose (Runstate)
JAVLA - Creature Comforts (Self-Released)
PILLAGE - Break Out (Residue)

IRON CROSS – You're a Rebel (GMM)
FOLK FESTIVAL MASSACRE – Information (High School Champion)
CRIMINALS – Radio (New Disorder)
SCHOOL DAMAGE – I wanna be wasted (Self-Released)
MORAL CRUX – Psychotic Neurotic (Goblin)

BREAKOUT - Sheltered Minds (Self-Released)
AMDI PETERSENS ARMY - Skate og do (Kick 'n Punch)
UDUSIC – Orchitis (Self-Released)
THE VAPIDS – Thin Skin (Surfin’ Ki)
ARTIFICIAL DISSEMINATION – Dirty Glass (Self-Released)
BLOCKHEAD - Quarantine Me (Self-Released)

FARTZ – Idiots Rule (Alternative Tentacles)
PANIC – Our Choice is Made (Bridge 9)
EXPLOITED – Was it me (Dream Catcher)
VERBAL ABUSE – I Hate You (Beer City)
FILTH – Night of Rage (Lookout)

PRIMETIME - Last Night (La Vida Es Un Mus)
ANTI VIBES - Strange Strange Love (Self-Released)
NOWHERE MEN – Tyrian Purple (Self-Released)
DOWNTOWN BOYS – Future Police (Don Giovanni)
MIDNIGHT CRISIS – Tekopyhat Pellet. (Renderherz)

RULETA RUSA – Divina Providencia (Discos MMM)
PEEPLE WATCHIN' – Us vs Them (Trashy)
SLOPPY KISSES – New Pompeii (Self-Released)
INSERVIBLES – Ruido de Mierda (La Vida Es Un Mus)
TOWANDA – Delete the Elite (Killer Haze)

Tonight's demo feature is a new project band from Hamilton featuring Scott from Born Wrong and Nate from TV Freaks/Flesh Rags. You can download this recording through High Fashion Industries.

TOTAL DICKS – Ugly Bitch (High Fashion Industries)
TOTAL DICKS – Overdraft (High Fashion Industries)
TOTAL DICKS – Grocery Store Mutant (High Fashion Industries)
TOTAL DICKS – Care to Bleed (High Fashion Industries)

SCUMRAID – Chronic Isolation (Iron Lung)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Radio - Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Great new project band from Halifax with a Poison Idea cover. Download the entire show here.

ALIENATION - Pure Hate (Self-Released)

TOWANDA - Slacker – (Killer Haze)
VIXENS - Personal Habits (La Vida Es Un Mus)
JUANITA Y LOS FEOS - Se ha Acabado (La Vida Es Un Mus)
THE BAYONETTES – Stuck in a Rut (Deranged)
LIE – Broken (That's Cool)
THE ALLEY CATS – It Only Hurts the First Time (Time Coast)
VKTMS – Hard Case (Emergency Room)
ESCROTO DE RATA - La Novia Mutante (La Vida Es Un Mus)

Here are some new releases I heard about in the last week

MODERAT LIKVIDATION – Skrik (D-Takt & Rapunk)
CITIZENS PATROL – All for Nothing (Way Back When)
REPROACH – ‘92(Way Back When)
THE WORST – Mindfuck (Straight and Alert)
CONCEALED BLADE - Cut From the Chain (Self-Released)
SCALPED – Stranger (Self-Released)
KROOVY ROCKERS – Refuse to Lose (Self-Released)
SEVERE – Deafblind (Self-Released)
CAR 87 – Reality (Self-Released)
SHITTY NIGHTS – Maybe one day (Self-Released)

Here are my favourite releases for May 2015 in reverse order

10. TO THE POINT – Is It Safe (Deep Six)
9. PUBLIC ASSAULT – Change (Foreign Legion)
8. SCAB EATER - Caged Life (Hardcore Victim)
7. CUCHILLO - Circulo Vicioso (Self-Destructo)
6. BARCELONA - Seguidores del Orden (La Vida Es Un Mus)
5. KORSFAST – Förslavad (D-Takt & Rapunk)
4. RIXE - Larmes De Crocodile (La Vida Es Un Mus)
3. KRONOFOGDEN - Arbete och-eller Fritid.(Blindead)
2. PILLAGE – Law (Residue)
1. G.L.O.S.S. - G.L.O.S.S. (We're From The Future) (Self-Released)

OI POLLOI – Let The Boots Do The Talking (Social Bomb)
HAGAR THE WOMB “Life of Lies” ep – You Never Learn (All the Madmen)
FLIPPER - Be Good, Child! (MVD Audio)
ADOLESCENTS – Orange Crush (Concrete Jungle)
THE FARTZ – Get Off Your Asses (Alternative Tentacles)
LOS CRUDOS – Sin Titulo (Nada Nada Discos / Barmy Army Discos)

I have been reading Tony Rettman's book "NYHC" and this set is built around the first 100 pages which covers 1980 to 1982 roughly. Great read so far.

THE MAD – I Hate Music (Disgusting)
EVEN WORSE – Emptying the Madhouse (ROIR)
FALSE PROPHETS - Good Clean Fun (Worn Out Brothers)
REAGAN YOUTH - I Hate Hate (Alternative Tentacles)
BAD BRAINS – Big Takeover (ROIR)
UNDEAD – Nightmare (ROIR)
NIHILISTICS - I'm A Patriot (Brain Eater)
KRAUT - Last Chance (ROIR)
THE MOB - NY Slam (Mob Style)
HEART ATTACK - From what I see (Serious Clown)

Tonight's demo feature is a crossover band from Edmonton who has already called it a day. But this demo came out that I could not find on-line.

LEGION OF GOONS – Reptilian Brain (Self-Released)
LEGION OF GOONS – Total Blackout (Self-Released)
LEGION OF GOONS – Get a Real Job (Self-Released)
LEGION OF GOONS – Can't Wait 'til Wednesday (Self-Released)
LEGION OF GOONS – Baddest Band (Self-Released)
LEGION OF GOONS – Boba Fett (Self-Released)
LEGION OF GOONS – Inferiority Complex (Self-Released)
LEGION OF GOONS – Can't Stand the Sight of You (Self-Released)
LEGION OF GOONS – Antidepressant (Self-Released)
LEGION OF GOONS – Poison Dwarf (Self-Released)
LEGION OF GOONS – Goons Theme (Self-Released)
LEGION OF GOONS – Inside My Brain (Self-Released)