Love him or fucking hate him, you’ve got to admit that GG ALLIN was on his own planet of madness. From 1984 until his death, this rock and roll misfit did shit his own way. The impact that GG ALLIN had on underground music can be seen and heard to this day! Terror In America: Live 1993 is an 40 minute onslaught of this freak performing live! So after the jump check out GG ALLIN and the Murder Junkies spray their nasty rock on everyone!
I’m not even going to write that much, just know that right here and now, you can download a full set of MINOR THREAT, recorded live on 4-29-82 @ the 930 Club, in Washington DC. I will say this – if you are a MINOR THREAT fan, get this, blast it ultra loud and drink some milk!!!
As a youth, my homies and I were running wild in the streets of Hollywood and beyond. Some nights there were fights – Suicidal Boys vs. L.A.D.S – or our clothes were covered in puke because we could not hold our liquor. We would leave shows most nights with the L.A.P.D herding us which way to go. We could always count on punks shoving flyers in our hands, telling us where the next gathering of feral youth would be and what bands would provide the soundtrack to our mayhem-fueled fun! Graphics on these pieces of paper could make or break what the turn out would be. Many us young weirdos also used these historic pieces of paper as wallpaper to decorate our bedrooms. Today CVLT Nation celebrates the early 80′s punk flyer with a mammoth gallery that has flyers from all over the world. While researching for this feature, it reminded me how important Gary Tovar and Golenvoice were to the SoCal punk community – there will never be another punk promoter like this crew. Also, I didn’t realize how many insane lineups we got to see! Plus, since paper was the way we communicated with one another, these physical reminders of the scene will continue to exist for future generations to appreciate…I can’t say the same for Facebook invites or internet flyers. Food for thought – you don’t realize you are living history until it’s too late…So don’t take your community for granted!
Why were punk kids the enemy in the early 80′s, when America and the world faced way bigger issues than us? Society made us the little scapegoats instead of focusing on the threat of nuclear war, acid rain, growing urban poverty, Apartheid and the US-led conflicts in South America. If a T.V. show needed a villain, they would cast a so-called Punk Rocker to do the killing. This was a time when kids would get the shit kicked out of them for dying their hair, or worse, kids were shipped off to anti-punk boot camps. All of this negative energy from mainstream society just made our bond stronger, because we knew were doing the right thing by not feeding into the ideas of the masses! Today we pulled a vintage interview with Chuck Dukowski where he breaks down what was really happening to Los Angeles’ kids under the forces of police brutality. Also, we unearthed the 1984 Phil Donahue show where he tackles the punk issue. It’s really hard to put into words, but there were some really fucked up adults around back then that just wanted to oppress youth expression. Looking at the world now, the punks won and squares lost – DIE YUPPIE SCUM! Step back into the 80′s after the jump!
The year was 1989, and one of the gnarliest skate videos ever was released, SPEED FREAKS. This film featured insane ripping from Jason Jessee, Jeff Grosso, Jim Thiebaud, Salba, Natas Kaupas, Christian Hosoi and many more. SPEED FREAKS is killer to watch because it shows the viewer the beginning of street skating & radical pool shredding. When I watch this skate video, it reminds me of the time before the skateboard industry was a multi-million dollar business. SPEED FREAKS is also full of cool fucking tunes…come get your old school skate on and check out SPEED FREAKS after the jump!
HOAX creates the kind of punk that I straight up dig. Their live shows are short, destructive moments of anger-injected bliss. A couple of weeks ago, they performed at The Acheron in Brooklyn, and had the crowd in a fucking frenzy…Our comrade in video (((unartig))) was on hand and caught this mayhem on film. HOAX are about to head to Europe for a tour and are releasing a new 7″ entitled Caged via La Vida Es Un Mus (pre-order HERE). Check out their bombastic performance and tour dates after the jump!
Photos by Astrid Tonella
I’m not even going to write that much, just know that right here and now, you can download a full set of 7 Seconds, recorded live in 1983 in Hollywood @ The Cathy De Grand (this was a gnarly night, I was there). I will say this – if you are a 7 Seconds fan, get this, blast it ultra loud and start slam dancing!!!
7 Seconds 1983 in Hollywood @ The Cathy De Grand DOWNLOAD HERE!!!
Tracklisting after the jump!
I won’t spend any further words to describe IRON WITCH, since I already spread quite a range of posts about these Sludge-lovin’ Liverpudlians. Just as much: They still rule. Ok, their newest output is another 7”, which is awesome, and will be released in February by Endtyme Records. The title is just as hilarious as of the previous release: After last year’s Post Vegas Blues you’ll now get Hangover Suicide. The cover artwork is fucking gnarly and goes hand in hand with the bleakness of the music.
Looking at the musical side of things I really have to write the five forbidden words: Their best output to date. The two songs on this EP show a developed band that knows what sound it’s aiming for, but isn’t afraid to do things differently to hundreds of other Sludge bands. On side A you’ll find Death was the colour, a song that starts with a short and mean repetitive riff that torments your auditory canals like a wisely used drilling machine in your favourite splatter movie. The mid- to lava-esque speed throughout the song is just the perfect pace for the cancerous vocal delivery. A very harsh track. If you think that it can’t get any better, flip the vinyl and kill yourself: The title track features a riff whose emergence can only be explained like this:
Greg Ginn invented time travel in around 1984 and due to unpredictable circumstances finds himself in IRON WITCH’s rehearsal room. Since he is a good man willing to help other bands out he’s like: “Well, you guys can use this super fucked up riff I wrote the other day. I wanted to use it in Black Flags upcoming album, but Henry is a total pain in the ass about it, so it’s kind of a left over I want to give to you. But make sure you keep the odd time signature.” Aaaaaand he’s gone, back to the 80ies.
And as if this amazing Black Flag’ish riff wouldn’t be enough to write like at least five outstanding songs with it, the track evolves into an almost hypnotic, trance-like riffage that wouldn’t be misplaced on a Yob album. All the while keeping the shit heavy as fuck, of course.
Burn assholes burn!!! South Carolina’s BURNT BOOKS‘ self-titled album will be released by At A Loss Recordings on Jan. 22nd, and it is full of hellfire! This band manifest totally off-beat angular punk that will also have you thinking with killer lyrics. It’s our honor to be debuting their new song “Golden Gates, Golden Streets” below. Fuck being abnormal inside of normal, just blast some BURNT BOOKS and your world will be a cool place to be in…
Another year’s nearly gone by, and I have the honour of compiling CVLT Nation’s top 6 of German releases. I’ve tried to include releases from at least somewhat differing genres, as well as different formats (not just full length records) and also from new, exciting bands as well as established acts. Of course, a top six can never be complete, considering the huge amount of records released in one year, and naturally these choices are completely and utterly subjective. There are a bunch of other records I could have put easily on this list as well: O, Red Apollo or White Fields for example all released amazing records this year, but somehow I had to make decisions. Let us know in the comments section which records would have been on your top 6 German releases list and if we might agree on one or another! Oh and I cheated here and there a tiny bit, but I guess it should be fine with the golden rules of best-of-listing. Let’s go: