letters from punksville (1999 reinforcement / umbilical records)

As I'm going through my old mix CD's, it's become sort of a challenge in my old age to figure out which comps I was extracting choice pieces from. An then I realized I had never even burned some of them. Here's one. There are a lot of great bands on here, which begs the question: why did they sign on somthing with such a terrible name and such horrendous artwork?

Your in Sample 
People Are Stupid 
I Was a Pre-Teen McCarthyist 
Nobody Want's You Around / I Don't Wanna Hear It 
I Hate It 
Violent Society
Can't Stop You 
The Undead
There's a Riot in Thompkins Square 
I Don't Want to Be Like You (live) 
Santa's Dead
Something in the Way 
The Vapids
Waiting for June 
Norma Jean 
Runaway (new version) 
The Weakerthans
Rubber Band 
Mohawk Barbie
Darby Had a Mullet 
You're Too Cool 
The Thumbs
Looking for the Cure 
Middle Finger
A Ferret Named Schick 
The Supaflies
Catch 22
As the Footsteps Die Out Forever 
Snot Rocket 
The Jerkoffs
Up in Smoke 
Capture the Flag 
Moral Crux
Strange World 
Humble Beginnings
Ann Beretta
Hate Mail 
The Frantics
Peer Pressure 
Reagan Squad
Stand Out 
The Goons
The Suspects
New Dawn in the 21st Century 


thanks a lot, netflix for kids

Finley has now discovered the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.

This hell never ends.

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This sentence in the latest New Yorker regarding the inevitable end of Kobe Bryant's career contains this sentence:

"Wilkins was two years younger than Bryant at the time of his hobbling, and had pestled the joints in his knees, elbows, and ankles for about half as many minutes."

And that my friends, my be the most perfect, descriptive, use of a verb I've seen in years. I cannot fathom how I will ever be able to use 'pestle' as a verb in normal conversation, but it's on my bucket list.

My bucket list kind of sucks.



nailed it, amazon cloud player auto-artwork algorithm

Easy mixup. SSD and Anne Murray have a lot in common.


i'm old: mix cd edition

Hey kids.

Way, way back, before your iTuneses and your Spotifys, if old fogies like me wanted to listen to a mix of our favorite songs, we had to make them ourselves on cassette tapes, from scratch, barefoot, in the snow, uphill both ways. This was a time consuming process, and because of that, you made sure you were creating something you could be proud of. You dwelled about which songs to include, their placement, how many you could fit on a side, and how you would fill the leftover space at the end of a side. Would you make a cover? Or just write the songs on the insert provided by TDK, Maxwell, etc?

Then, in the mid 90's, CD burners became affordable to the masses. Game changer. No you could just drag and drop some songs, hit the burn button, and viola, a mix CD. Convenience killed the art of the mixtape, at least for me.

This mix CD I made in 1996 is a perfect example. I just put whatever songs I liked at that exact moment. And I can tell it was just after the P.E.A.C.E./War CD reissue came out, as there are  five or six tracks from that. The track listing is alphabetical by band, the default setting for Nero or Easy CD Creator, or whatever I was using at the time.

Keep in mind this is a rip of burned cd from 1996, so don't expect 320. In fact the last song starts to distort big time. I added some quick cover art today. I rarely actually made covers, and when I did it was usually some clip-art gagortion. Some of these choices are highly embarrassing in retrospect, but still, it's a good stroll down memory lane.

Now, get off my lawn.

01 - Afflicted - Here Come The Cops.mp3
02 - BGK - Arms Race.mp3
03 - Blue Bird - Wrecking Ball.mp3
04 - Bracket - 2RAK005.mp3
05 - Christ On A Crutch - Off Target.mp3
06 - Condemned To Death - Gartland's Pit.mp3
07 - Contrazione - Sbarre.mp3
08 - Cringer - El Salvador.mp3
09 - DBS - Sorsha.mp3
10 - Deviators - Falling Away.mp3
11 - DRI - Snap.mp3
12 - Fiendz - No One In The World.mp3
13- Fracture - Babbling.mp3
14 - Good Riddance - United Cigar.mp3
15 - J Church - On Dying Alone.mp3
16 - Kangrena - Ataque.mp3
17 - Kill Holiday - Meant To Let You Down.mp3
18 - MDC - Missile Destroyed Civilization.mp3
19 - Moral Crux - Religious Discipline.mp3
20 - Mr T Experience - Swallow Everything.mp3
21 - New Bomb Turks - Long Gone Sister.mp3
22 - Nine Pound Hammer - Feeling Kinda Froggy.mp3
23 - Propagandhi - Homophobes Are Just Mad Cuz They Can't get Laid.mp3
24 - Shoegazer - 1.21 Jigawatts of Power.mp3
25 - Sofa Glue - I Want.mp3
26 - Speak 714 - Virus.mp3
27 - Spoke - Antihistamine.mp3
28 - Ten Foot Pole - Joy To The World [Three Dog Night].mp3
29 - Tree - Negative Hippy.mp3
30 - Two Line Filler - Mind.mp3
31 - Victim's Family - New World Hors D'Oeuvre.mp3
32 - Wingnut Supreme - Status Quo.mp3
33 - Zero Boys - Civilization's Dying.mp3

Words will never hurt me.


the best 90's album you've never heard of

Shoegazer - Intoxicated Birthday Lies, 1998, Todo O Nada Records

You thought I was going to say Hickey, huh? Nope. Enough people know and love Hickey to pull them out of the obscure category, though they'll never be mistaken for, oh, I don't know, Voodoo Glow Skulls. This album? I'd be shocked if anyone reading this has heard it.

This band is called Shoegazer. They were an L.A. band who put out a pretty good album called Two Brown Bears Boxing in the mid-90's. There was a song on that called "Belong" that I dug a whole lot and put them on my radar. Saw them play with the Nobodys at a skate park in Fresno. I was a fan. But I never expected something like their next album, "Intoxicated Birthday Lies". Completely blew me away.

If you've seen this album at all, it was likely in the dollar bin of your local record store. Which is a damn shame, because this album is totally rad.

What do Shoegazer play? Well, not shoegaze if you're wondering. They play a bit of everything. One second it's pop-punk ("Elemenopee", the next it's a hardcore, Positive State-ish ditty ("Power Converter") , mix in some math-y breakdowns ("Betty Crocker"), sometimes all in the same song, and you're getting close. In other words, it's punk, but not easily classifiable into a sub-genre. If you must know, "Moted" is my favorite song on here, though I love each and every song on the album.

I never heard anything about them afterwords. I've tried off and on to figure out whatever happened to them, but putting "shoegazer" in the google doesn't help much. And this is one case where the tried and true method of adding "band" doesn't work either. So if by chance someone could fill in the details, I'm all ears.

If you download this, chances are you're going to be underwhelmed. The title of this post sets the bar pretty high. But got dam I love this record.

Weird fact: One of the other "best albums that no one has ever heard," F96 by Wingnut Supreme, was released on the same label.

Run, Marty, Run.


peaceful meadows - no justice, no peace (1998 allied recordings)

When people think of the San Diego punk scene in the 90's, the first bands that usually come up are generally the worst ones. I don't need to name names. But dig a little deeper, and you get Creedle, Drive Like Jehu. RFTC, No Knife, and all those other great Cargo/Headhunter not-very- traditional-if-at-all punk bands. Deeper still, and you get the Three One G/Gravity scene, which I'm still trying to understand. And at the bottom, you get those few people who remember great unsung bands like The Neighbors and Peaceful Meadows. 

The Neighbors - I don't know why they never blew up. They played everywhere, were great, and seemed very well respected. Although they would go on to put a record out on Six Weeks, they just never seemed become a "popular underground" band, if that makes sense. 

Peaceful Meadows, though, I get why more people don't know about them. I first heard them on an Allied Recordings comp. The song was "Shark", and I loved it, especially the drumming. But I don't remember Peaceful Meadows being very active. I never saw shows listed, and no one seemed to mention them when talking about San Diego. And the possibility remains that I'm wrong about all that. Maybe they were prolific, and our paths just never crossed. It's happened before. In any case, their lack of wider recognition is sad, because as you can tell from this record, they were pretty great. 

No need to micromanage the genre, Peaceful Meadows play fast punk rock. As far as I know they had two official releases, this one, and an earlier one called "Maximum Party". Both were on Allied Recordings (tangent: why "Recordings" and not "records?" Discuss) which should be reason enough for you to click below. 

Special thanks to But I'd Rather Be Sleeping for saving me the trouble of ripping this. 


shortly i came across a wooden stick

Super Bowl edition of Bad Lip Reading.

It's all funny, of course, but I dare you not to lose your shit when the title of this blog post comes up. Absolutely brilliant.


boba fett youth - s/t lp (1995 bucky records)

Whoa. What? Like, music? What is this, 2010 before your daughter was born?

Yeah, it's been awhile since I've posted music. Turns out, daughters are hard work. TOTALLY WORTH IT, DARLING, DON'T GET ME WRONG IF YOU'RE READING THIS IN THE FUTURE.

These guys are/were bike-riding, vegan punx so I have to post this out of loyalty to placate my humongous audience of bike-riding vegan punx.

Snotty punk from Vegas. They have opinions. Sometimes I agree with them. Sometimes. I sold this on eBay a while back (not because I didn't like it, but because CD's have no more personality than an mp3 and I needed the space) and am kicking myself for not conning a Comic-Con consumer.

I posted an EP way back that I just re-upped, so you can go look for that.

Yearn for Mandalore