Friday, November 30, 2018

Playlist - Friday, December 28th, 2018

Basement Sessions
Two Tone review

THE SPECIALS – Enjoy yourself

Ska is party music. “Enjoy Yourself” is one of the most obvious party songs by the Specials. But I played the songs because it was the opening song in a set that I got to see as a 14 year old kid at the Police Picnic. I think that was in 1983 out in a farmer’s field in Oakville. And the Specials was my first exposure to a ska revival scene that was growing out of the post punk era. The played right before the Police and it was the song “Enjoy Yourself” that left an impression on me, but I was yet to learn about the first record which would have even better hits.

I thought we could start off this second tribute show to ska with a guy who recorded the first SPECIALS album. A musical encyclopedia unto himself and now a Canadian citizen. He hosted the music show Spectacle. I am talking about ELVIS COSTELLO and on his first record he had a reggae inspired number called Watching the Detectives.

Early Roots to Two Tone
ELVIS COSTELLO – Watching the Detectives – Recorded that first Specials album
COVENTRY AUTOMATICS – Blank Expression – for the snow reference
AKRYLYKZ – Ska’d for Life (Polydor)

That was the Akrylykz from Hull. They were mostly art students that formed a ska band and featured Roland Gift who would go on to sing in the Fine Young Cannibals.
We started off without Elvis Costello and that was followed up by a band that became the Specials called the Coventry Automatics. I played Blank Expression because of the snow reference.
Up next are a few sets about what the ska revival inspired. First off some bands that came from the skate scene and tried to take it mainstream starting off with Fun Boy Three featuring the singers from the Specials. They had a hit called the Lunatics are taking over the Asylum, but we are going to play a song that features a band called Banarama that also would go on from the seeds that ska sowed. This is “The Farmyard Connection”.

2 Tone spin offs
FUN BOY THREE - The Farmyard Connection
THE COLOURFIELD – Colourfield - More 60’s inspired band that would lead the way for bands like the Smiths to enter the fold
CULTURE CLUB - I’ll Tumble for You

That was Culture Club and I know it is a bit too commercial for my tastes but they were probably the most popular band to do something with that ska feel. They wrote Karma Chameleon that referenced the rastafarian colours and would get covered by dancehall artists. They were gender identity forward thinking with the sexual ambivalent front singer decades before issues of gender assignment would take to the mainstream. Not a two tone band but within the sphere of reference for sure. And has made recent cameos in the Housewives series.
Before that was the Colourfield also featuring Terry Hall from the Specials. They were 60’s inspired and would go on to pave the way for bands like the Smiths to come along.
Next up is the Clash a band noted for many reggae influences but this is off the “Black Market Clash” album written by Willi Williams. I would hear this song at a Stone Love set in Fletchers Land on an oldies Tuesday night while two groups of people rocked singing along over an open sewage gutter. I was probably the only person who knew the song from the Clash but I was hearing the Willi Williams song for the first time.

THE CLASH – Armagedeon Time

That last song is a cover of the Specials one of many over the years. Citizen Fish formed from some of the greatest punk bands in England which started with the SUBHUMANS and then became CULTURE SHOCK. They had an acid rack sound inspired by the band before which is a UK reggae band called Basement 5. I think Don Lets was part of the band. They were very influential on the Subhumans.
Up next is a set on British Reggae which was happening simultaneously with the punk and ska scene. Starting with a band from Handsworth that used to play with punk bands at Rock Against Racism shows. Steel Pulse and the song “Sound System”.

British Reggae scene
STEEL PULSE – Sound System
UB40 - Food for Thought
ASWAD - African Children

Aswad started as far back as 1975. They had so many great songs and “African Children” was a song I first heard on their “Live and Direct” album which was the first time I realized that other places had a Carribean carnival just like us.
We also heard early UB40 which is from the first record. The first two records were double albums which contained an album and a dub record and neither of them were repetitive. we heard “Food for thought”.
Ska had an impact here in Canada. Locally the Rock Against Racism scene was taking their cues from England though a band called the Young Lions. They had a practise space called the Garage. One of the bands that practised there was from Malton called the 20th Century Rebels. They released their own 12” called “Rebel Vibe”. I made my own 20th Century Rebels shirt and the family of the sax player lived on the same street that I grew up on. Here is the most ska version from that record “Unemployed Expert”.

Influence of 2 Tone across the pond
20TH CENTURY REBELS - Unemployed Expert

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Radio - Sunday November 25th, 2018

Tonight featured part 5 of a continung series on punk in Mexico. Tonight's show looked at punk between 2015 and 2018 and was programmed, curated and hosted b Jose El Podrido. You can download the show here

NIEGALO TODO – Suicidio Colectivo (Self-Released)

ANNAPURA – No Pasaran (Self-Released)
ANTISEX – Desgracia (Self-Released)
APARA – Miseria Humana (Doomsday Machine)
CADENAXXO – Vida Miserable (Self-Released)
CHARGED SS – Puercos de Mierdas (Desorden)

CLAN TREVI ANDRADE - Las Ovejas Negras no Dejan de ser Negras (Self-Released)
CONFLICTO SOCIAL- Pederastas (Discos Y Cintas Denver)
HEADSHOT - Party in the Hell (Desorden)
MAQUINA MUERTA - Destino Controlado (Cintas Robachicos / Commodity Tapes / Dogma Destroyer)
MUJERCITOS - Facilona Nights (Not Normal Tapes)

PESADILLA - Fracaso de Rizoma (Self-Released)
REPTOIDES - Futuro Perdido (World Gone Mad / Grabaciones Puro Pedo)
LOS RETRETES - Aquantando Como Puedo (Self-Released)
ULTIMO IMPERIO - No Eres Me Amigo, Eres Mierda (Runstate Tapes)
ALBATRAUM - Victims del Mierdo (Self-Released)

ANIMALS REVENGE - Plaga al Hombre (Self-Released)
BONEBREAKER - My Skin is Corrupted (Self-Released)
LXS POQUIANCHIS - No Queria Crerer (Self-Released)
RINA - Chuchilladas (Self-Released)
AKTIV PUMP - El Juego (Self-Released)

CRANEOS ROTOS - Intxoicacion (Self-Released)
CIRCO - Nada Que Solcionar (Self-Released)
ESTADO - Infiltrados (Self-Released)
AGRAVIO - Celda (Self-Released)
VONTADE - Violênc (Self-Released)

DIE FAST - Powerslide (Self-Released)
DESGRACIA JUVENIL - Quince Minutos de Violencia (Discos Enfermos)
SACRIFICIO - No Morine sin Razon (SPHC)
ESPECIE FAILIDA - Lapidacion (Self-Released)
MALICRIA - Histeria (Self-Released)

DOA - The Cops Shot a Kid (Genjing)
THE FALLOUT - Red Light Union (Rebel Time)
JELLICOE AND WOODBURY – Doubt (Quality Control HQ)
REAL SICKIES – Take a Bite (Dirtyflair)
FLESH RAG – Nighthawk (Schizophrenic)
TERRITORIES - Standing In Place (Self-Released)
STAND AGAINST FEAR – Boss of Me (Self-Released)

FZ-10 - Fucking Policia (Self-Released)
ASSASSINI - Paria (Self-Released)
HAIBOKU - Sueno Pendejo (Self-Released)
CAMPO MARTE - El Salario del Miedo (Self-Released)
ATENTAR - Renuncia (Doomsday)
ABIKU - Acelera O Muere (Self-Released)
HATEWOLF - Endless Hell (Self-Released)

Tonight’s demo feature is a band from Ottawa called HONOUR GUARD. This demo was recorded at the end of last year and then LSC Records put it out as an ep.

HONOUR GUARD – Glory Days (LSC Records)
HONOUR GUARD – Boys in Red (LSC Records)
HONOUR GUARD – Lion Heart (LSC Records)
HONOUR GUARD – One More Day (LSC Records)

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Radio - Sunday, November 18th, 2018

This week was our bi-annual fundraising show. Thanks to everyone who pitched in with coming in to the station, answering phone, donating prizes and donating cash to CIUT. You can still donate on-line and thanks to so many who have been doing that after the fact through We start out the last few drives with a game of name that tune of punk bands doing ska-ish covers. James St. Bass knew it and stayed mum, but James Brown got stumped again. Download the show here or listen on the player above.


So the next song is for Steve Kurzell who passed away last week. Steve Milo from Sudden Impact wrote us about Steve's passing and asked for us to play "Guns and Children" because the song sticks in your head and is super relevant with the gun climate in the U.S. Sadly still relevant. 

THE YOUNG LIONS – Guns and Children (Schizophrenic)
URBAN WASTE - Wasted Life 
ADOLESCENTS - Word Attack (Frontier)

Lots of people from the golden generation of hardcore are passing away. And recently a book about our first wave of Toronto hardcore came out called “Tomorrow is Too Late”. Derek Emerson and Fran Grasso came in to talk to us about the book and how it came together? Here is a set of bands that are in the book.

MICROEDGE - United We Skate (Self-Released)
YOUITH YOUTH YOUTH - Civil Disobedience (Self-Released)
DIRECT ACTION - 19 A.D. 4 (Self-Released)

So a good friend of mine, Spencer Mack, made these Fratricide shirts and he gave me a whack of them to give away for fundraising. Spencer used to do a radio show up at CHRY called Apocalypse Now so he knows what it is like for fundraising. Here is what Fratricide sound like starting with the song that inspired the shirt design.

FRATRICIDE – Rip Wide the Sky (Schizophrenic / Ugly Pop)
HONG KONG BLONDE - Blind Faith (Self-Released)
CHRIST AIR – Faceplant (Self-Released)

JIMMY VAPID, a long time listener and all round great dude who is known for playing in a load of bands principally the VAPIDS and has recorded countless bands and sent many of them our way to do things for the station (from the ROCKET REDUCERS to TV FREAKS to FLESH RAG, he has pledged and ponied up two copies of his latest release called “Night Moves”.

JIMMY VAPID - Night Moves (Self-Released)
THE VAPIDS – Lucy Potato (recorded at CIUT on Nov 22nd, 2005) 
THE VAPIDS - Buzzard Luck (Self-Released)

Shawna and Jamie from Artificial Dissemination came in to help answer phones, but we're not going to leave them out there so we had them come in and talk about what has been happening with the band and to give away copies of their latest ep "Big Brother and the Dick Heads".

ARTIFICIAL DISSEMINATION - U.R.R. Superheroes (Self-Released)
SICK OF SHIT – Parasites (Schizophrenic)
WRETCHED FOOLS – Greed (Self-Released)

Oi Polloi are playing this coming Friday at the Velvet Underground. Here is a song from one of their latest eps. Title track actually. 

OI POLLOI – Donald Trump - Fuck You (Urinal Vinyl)

Monday, November 19, 2018

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Radio - Sunday November 11th, 2018

You can download the show here.

The first hour of the show is punk dealing with issues of war and peace to add to the discussion on Remembrance Day.....

CREATIVE ZERO - White Crosses (Unreleased)

DIRECT ACTION – Fire in the Sky (Bitzcore)
YOUTH YOUTH YOUTH - Fire in the Rain (Fringe)
NEGATIVE GAIN - No Life At All (Pusmort)
SUDDEN IMPACT - To Our Glorious Dead (Diabolic Force)
MSI - Army Mentality (B.Y.O.B. / Schizophrenic)

UNRULED - Time is Running Out (Schizophrenic)
S.C.U.M. - Go To War (Psyche Industries)
BORN DEAD ICONS – Monuments (Deranged)
INEPSY - Conspiracy WWIII (Feral Ward)
PROXY - Nurenburg Nightmare (Inflammable Material / Imminent Destruction)

CRASS - Fight War Not Wars - They've Got A Bomb (Crass)
CRISIS – Holocaust (Action Group / Ardkor)
KILLING JOKE – Wardance (Malicious Damage)
CHRON GEN - Puppets of War (Gargoyle / Fresh) 
DISCHARGE - Realities of War (Clay)
ABRASIVE WHEELS - Army Song (Abrasive)

UPRIGHT CITIZENS - Bombs of Peace (H’art Musik)
INFERNO - Life at War (Mulleimer)
TOXOPLASMA - Bunker Party (Weird System)
KGB – Napalm (Hard Way)
BURIAL - Abyss of Hate (Deranged)

The rest of the show programs a ton of new punk to check out. 

U-NIX – Landlord (Feel It)
AMENACA – Uniformització (Discos Enfermos)
BLOOD PRESSURE – Expectations (Beach Impediment)
MASS ARREST - White World (Self-Released)
BULLSHIT HARDCORE BAND - Let Them Eat Credit Default Swaps (Self-Released)

MURO – Desahuciados (Fuerza Ingobernable / Byllepest Distro)
TASHME - Where You Fall (Self-Released)
APOCALYPSE TRIBE - The Detention Camps (Self-Released)
CEMENT SHOES - Vile Facist Future (Loki Label)
OI POLLOI – Soil Yourself (Beluga Music)

PUPPY AND THE HANDJOBS - Fuck the World (Slovenly)
INTENT OPPGJOR - Turn Off E-Z Listen (Byllepest Distro)
ULTIMO IMPERIO – 1940 (Discos Enfermos / Oscuridad en mi Vida)
STIFF LOVE – Attitudes (Feel It)
ROTTEN COLUMN - Watching the Wall (Self-Released)

CRUMB - Future Leash (Self-Released)
STIGMATISM - End Is Near (Beach Impediment)
CLITERATI - Hard Times (Self-Released)
OVERSIGHT - Into the Void (Running in Place)
PAYDAY - Dead on your Feet (Quality Control HQ)
xSERVITUDEx – Stained (Life Liar Regret / Bound by Modern Age / Rage)
ANTAGONIZE - Land of Dreams (Triple B)

Tonight's demo feature is this oi band from Calgary called the Enforcers who have a four song recording available on bandcamp

THE ENFORCERS – Anti-Social (Self-Released)
THE ENFORCERS – Alt-Right Nightmare (Self-Released)
THE ENFORCERS – Chaos (Self-Released)
THE ENFORCERS – Ultraviolence (Self-Released)

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Radio - Sunday, November 6th, 2018

Here is the playlist for this week's show. Lots of new punk with an emphasis on releases from August. And a demo feature of a new band from Montreal called Starvation. Download the show here

VANILLA POPPERS – Get Away From Me (Drunken Sailor)

PREDATOR - Skate Slime (Scavenger of Death)
PLOMO - Río de Mi (Self-Released)
BRUISED EGO - Acid Cookout (To Live a Lie)
BULLSHIT HARDCORE BAND - Fight the Tightening Yoke of Neoliberalism - this is not a manifesto, this is a fucking call to arms! (Self-Released)
DISPAIR - Destroy the tax haven system (Urinal Vinyl / Nuclear Fear / Fight / Noise of Hell / Psychedlics / Rawmantic Disasters)
CESIO-137 - Cual sera la siguiente (Discos Enfermos)
EYES OF CROW - A guerra continua (Discos Enfermos)

PLASTIC HEADS – Danger Zone (Self-Released)
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Barbed Wire Love (Rough Trade)
ARCHIE AND THE BUNKERS - Riot City (Dirty Water)
TOMMY AND THE COMMIES – Hurtin’ Boys (Slovenly)
DEMOB – Anti-Police (Grand Theft Audio)

RINA - Borracho
S.P.I.C. - Victimas de Pinochet
NORK ZER?! - Inozentziarik Ez
PANDEMIX - Rank & File
OBEDIENCIA - Bajo El Temporal
TERRITORIES - Heart that Breaks
VIOLENCIA - Los perros me hacen feliz, lxs humanxs no
ABSURDO - Depressió

PRIORS – Sunshine (Slovenly)
TOY LOVE – Frogs
HARD CHARGER – Vagabonds of the Northern Hell
THE DISCARDED – Mongo Mussolini (Self-Released)
DWARVES – Down and Dirty

VERTIGO “Vínculos” - Murallas
CROSTA “Un Non Ritual” - Massa temps
PRIMARY – Demo - Wormhole
GECKO “Enter the Gecko”- FTTP
PIOUS FAULTS – Longevity

STARVATION – Humanity’s Final Breath (Self-Released)
STARVATION – My Hate (Self-Released)
STARVATION – Rat (Self-Released)
STARVATION – Life Cage (Self-Released)
STARVATION – Endless Fight (Self-Released)

PETITE - Fifth World