21 September 2017

THE FUCK SHIT UPS


I'm guessing from the 909 area code that these mutants called California's sun baked Central Valley home, but once you hear the vocals crack and squeak in the pure energy burner "RnR Salvation," you won't fukkn care where it comes from. Raw and primal garage hardcore punk, the kind of punk that either happens in a cultural void, in the pre-punk 1970s....or, hopefully, in a sweaty basement. Hearing the tom heavy rumble of "Teenage Riot!" segue into "I Threw A Chair Out The Window" is total perfection, and the 38 seconds of "Stunt My Growth" that follows should be presented by scholars and historians to civilians and looky-loos as an example of how punk is supposed to make you feel - because that's more important that how it sounds. Six bangers in five minutes, the return on time investment is shockingly high today. 

20 September 2017

REVUALTA PROPIA


After just two cassette releases, Mexico City's REVUELTA PROPIA seem to have officially called it quits in the late '90s, though the moniker continued as a vehicle for sounds increasingly distant from the classic ska/punk at the band's roots. Hard to say when they actually became inactive, but the point today is this four song cassette from 1998...keyboards, horns, vocals fluidly scat/rapping their way through tracks as equal parts front and hype man. The entire (short) tape burns, but "Las Vueltas de la Vida" as a closer is indescribably infectious, and the energy is so high that even subgenre naysayers (of whom I can be one, I confess) will start to dance. 


19 September 2017

JUHYO


The world of ambience and noise and electronics overlap and merge in countless series of concentricity that I will never fully comprehend. The decidedly accessible nature of the media/medium further ensure that all but the most dedicated followers of these arts will miss something here and there...and by "something," I am referring to large swaths of sonic contributions worth of serious investigation. My point is this: Don't miss JUHYO. This Minneapolis duo has been casually and confidently cranking creating and cranking out brilliant sounds for a decade or so, and their most recent two track tape is an exercise in patience and dedication. Listen to the swell of electronics that takes up the first 5 minutes of "Grave Mistake," and then realize that this swell is, in fact, the track itself rather than an introduction to aural violence. It's a tension that is so calm that's it's difficult to put into words. And the unfortunately applicable "Buddhist Violence" on the flip...how something so peaceful can be this soul crushing is a statement on the times as much as it is an example of sound. 


Presented as a double A side split release with each member's label (Housepig and Hear More) and releasing one side of the tape, and taking charge of the corresponding artwork. A brilliant way to package and disseminate a brilliant release. As is often the case: Maximum Volume Yields. 



18 September 2017

BESTHÖVEN


It seems weird that today, more than eight years into this weird cultural experiment, marks the first appearance of BESTHÖVEN. Hailing from the relatively nowhere town of Gama, somewhere between the coast and the interior regions of Brasil, this one man/machine project is to South America what Kawakami is to Japan. With 50+ releases under his belt, Fofäo has been cranking out sinister and primitive DBeat for well over 20 years with no signs of slowing down. The live experience includes various other players, but the recordings are (primarily) just one dude, DBeating his life away for our pleasure. This tape features BESTHÖVEN tracks from splits with VIOLATION, SKELETON, TRIOXIN 245, SEE/GET, WARVICTIMS, SUBURBAN SHOWDOWN and DISCLOSE, as well as the More Victims Of War and Just Another War Song EPs. Raw and brutal Dbeat purism...



17 September 2017

FEED THE MACHINE


Disgusting US hardcore from (I presume) the 1990s. It's sloppy, it's ugly, it's mean, it's DIY and raw....and it's really good. I don't know (or remember) how I came across this one, but FEED THE MACHINE left a five track demo in their wake that is owed far than a passing mention on some passé one-a-day tape blog....but sometimes you don't get all that's coming to you, you know? And so you take what you get. You? Today you get a whirlwind of manic riffs and loose, blurred guitars and those hollow throaty vocals that no one does anymore...and if you have any brains left, then you will fukkn dig it. 


16 September 2017

BRAZILIAN PANDEMONIUM


Maybe it's because I just got back from Brasil, maybe it's because the comp is just hot like fukkn fire, or maybe it's because Ben started cranking out the regional Pandemonium mix tape series a few years back and I have yet to share them with you. But you shouldn't wonder why you are getting this gift, you should just lather yourself in the pure primal power that is '80s Brasilian punk and hardcore. COLERA, OHLO SECO, LOBOTOMIA, RATOS DE PORÃO....sure. but also AUSCHWITZ, HINO MORTAL, FOGO CRUZADO, COBAIAS, GRINDERS and so many more. 29 tracks in all, every one essential. 



15 September 2017

WAR TOYS


Killer '80s dark punk originally posted back in 2010, this WAR TOYS practice tape is on pretty regular rotation around TEHQ, so it seemed fair to revisit for everyone's benefit. It's unpolished, to be sure, but the tracks are quintessential brooding anarcho that swing hard when the drummer starts in on the toms. It's easy to imagine these tracks with a "proper" recording (and, in fact, I often forget how raw this practice tape is simply because the tracks are so solid)...and just think of how many more bands there are like this one - bands who created brilliance in a vacuum and with a flash. And then faded away. 



14 September 2017

OBSTRUCTION


oooooooffffff. These Dallas punks deliver in the tradition of the finest the Lone Star State has to offer. Someone has been doing their homework and taking nods to their own pedigree/s at the same time, and the result is a gloriously bombastic collection of DBeat hardcore punk with tasty morsels or SPAZM 151's rock 'n roll and 2017's dupa dupa thrown in only where appropriate. Check the breaks and the riff changes in "Salvation," and if you aren't moshing, then you might not be breathing. There's an EP that followed this demo....and, yeah, it is a banger too. 

13 September 2017

GAS STATION OF LOVE // TAPE MONSTER


From the same family of freaks that gave us BLEEDING IN THE MOONLIGHT, TURKEY TITS, DJ DICKWALLS and a host of others (all featured in these pages, of course), comes the one time pairing of GAS STATION OF LOVE and TAPE MONSTER. Power electronics, neanderthal drum machine grind, singer songwriter tracks about sexual fetishes. Yeah...it's all here. 

Can't seem to make it stop // lying here with a rock hard cock // oh no, I'm watching tranny porn again

12 September 2017

OTRO MUNDO


When you find an Ascetic House release in an abandoned box of cassettes on the sidewalk, you take that box home with you. Because Ascetic House, you know? Sometimes though, you get surprised by things on the sidewalk...and sometimes that is a good thing. I'll leave you with those words, so that you can enter the world of OTRO MUNDO with the same predispositions that I did. Enjoy. 



11 September 2017

FEED YOUR HEAD


The joy of unknown tapes. I have another cassette from this studio, a raw version of the 1984 SACRILEGE demo, but other than the studio name and the text on the cassette, I know nothing about this banger. I mean, I know that it's ten tracks of tough as nails throaty hardcore punk, and I assume that it's from England. You like punk....and mysteries? Well then you are welcome. 



10 September 2017

09 September 2017

GETTING OLD IS NO JOKE


In 2016, on the 9th of September, my band STERILE MIND played a show with SUBHUMANS. Talk to teenage Oklahoma Punk Me and tell me that was gonna happen on my 44th birthday and I would laugh in your face. I mean....after I asked you who SUBHUMANS were, because I was (and, let's be honest, still am) clueless. The next morning, I got on an airplane and flew to Missouri and spent a few days with some crazy ass religious cult family that my father had somehow entrenched in while I watched the life leave his body. The year that followed has been rather intense, but full of life, full of learning, and full of adventure. My friend Katherine made this tape for me, not knowing the condition I would be in when it reached me, and not knowing the struggles that this reality would throw at me before I even had a chance to sit down and digest the contents. But it's a concept tape....and it's about getting old(er). And whether you are knee deep in the shit or not, it is a brilliant mix. This should come as no surprise, since Katherine is a brilliant woman. A woman full of life and knowledge and experience and wisdom beyond measure, and a woman I am very lucky to call a friend. I confess that it was months before I really spent any time with this tape (I was kinda going through some stuff), but as I listen to today to the deep SABBATH cut "Never Say Die!" placed expertly between THE PLUGZ and WIPERS, and I think about myself sitting in that hospital room on my father's birthday watching strangers wipe the piss and shit from his lifeless but still breathing pre-corpse, I'm like...."yeah, exactly." Because the rock keeps turning, whether you and/or yours are still on it or not. 


I write this in late August, preparing to board a flight for South America (yeah...the posts you've been reading these past days were all prepared earlier, like a fukkn TV dinner - nothing personal, I just had somewhere time specific I needed to be). With any luck, and barring plane crashes and/or hijackings, I will spend my 45th birthday with my pals FLIPOUTAA from Tokyo at their tour final in São Paulo with ULSTER and DER and a host of brilliant bands. And with any luck, that night (this night) will usher in a brilliant year, filled with continued growth and renewed positivity. Also, I can never listen to "It's Good To Have Met You" without crying. It's simply not possible. 


08 September 2017

WOOLWORM


I don't know man......sometimes you just want it to sound really fukkd up, you dig? WOOLWORM sounds really fukkd up. Chaotic and dangerous sounding, lurching Canadian noise drenched punk. Or....punk? I want to compare some of this to shit-fi black metal, I want to compare some of this to desperate hardcore punk, and every now and then I think I'm listening to a '90s AmRep band's demo, but with French screamo vocals. Yeah, man....it's all over the place, but it's completely together. Extra hails for execution, because this one sucks you in with mystery and then just pulverizes you. 



06 September 2017

DANIEL HIGGS


For those accustomed to the improvisational and acoustic nature of most DANIEL HIGGS releases over the last decade will be (pleasantly?) surprised by Surrender To Love. Looped electronics and psychedelic manipulations of the wailing missives of a modern day shaman, this is the first step on what could be an incredible journey of sound were the universe willing. And...perhaps the universe is. I am. 


05 September 2017

ELEGY


How many bands named ELEGY do you know? I'm pretty sure this is the third featured in these pages. This ELEGY comes from 1990 and seems to have been on the front end of the quirky, genre-resistant and vaguely (pre) emotional hardcore surge of the USDIY 90s. You are, of course, welcome to make your own judgements and/or genre classifications. Because I like you to be able to have all of the freedom possible. You're welcome. 



04 September 2017

IMPAIRED


Straight talk: "Shitstream" is a certified banger. Period. Such power in simplicity desperation, this song is an absolute crusher. I don't want this fact to overshadow the other five tracks that are about to bowl you over like a ten pin....but fukk that's a good song. IMPAIRED are modern day Singapore DBeat crusters of the highest order, a nod back to a partially forgotten time when folks didn't mind a good formula (who am I kidding? folks still love a good formula, it's just that the kids are globbing onto a different formula now) and we all clenched our fists a little tighter when we heard those Swede-bendies pop up in the verse. Once again, Black Konflik doesn't fukk around. 


03 September 2017

DIVIDED MINDS


"Frozen," the track that closes this demo, is exactly the kind of thing I want to listen to on a late night drive. Simple, straightforward, with a driving bass line that rolls and swings as the white lines pass by and I'm serenaded by barking vocals that echo through the night. . The rest of the thing is great too, with a pervasive not-quite-perfect vibe that draws me in even closer (I'm like that). Five tracks on this demo, and I also recommend the EP that dropped the following year. 

02 September 2017

MICROAGGRESSIONS


Someone's listened to a few NEON PISS and/or OBSERVERS records, and that is completely fine by me. Intensely catchy Portland punk, with decidedly off kilter vocals that sporadically pump up the intensity in a way that's somewhere between brilliant execution and a terrible final mix. It makes these tracks seem and feel real, and that's an important thing. Even though a track like "Paradise" might not otherwise appeal to this listener (hey, I am only one person, am I not?), I adore it in this manifestation. "Lost Cosmonaut" however? I'm gonna love that tune every damned time. Recommended for evenings with friends, especially if they also know all the words. 

01 September 2017

GLITTER


More from Canada? Why not? GLITTER hail from the plains - those plains....they are fukkn vast and intimidating, and that frustration manifests here in the form of three snotty and raw bursts of freek punk with distortion free piercing guitars and sharp desperate vocals, all driven by a gloriously basic pummel from behind the kit. Well...that covers two songs. The tape ends with a drugged out drum machine/synth missive, which is obviously a positive. In and out, kids...





31 August 2017

ALIENATION


More mutant hardcore from Nova Scotia. Urgent, fierce, raw, primitive, fast, killer. 


30 August 2017

STEFAN CHRISTENSEN


CHRISTENSEN's sounds are from another time and/or dimension. Dreamy and dreary vocals flittering in and out of drawn out tracks that owe as much to early psychedelia as to the early '90s bands who showed us that shoegaze can still have teeth. The sounds meander a bit, but it's a journey well worth embarking upon. "In My Head" is this fellow's favorite, but you are welcome to choose your own....and then peruse subsequent recordings that show this gentleman progressing into something of a force. 



29 August 2017

RAD


They've visited The Escape before, but it's been a while. And correspondingly, it's been a few years since this tape was released. But....holy shit do Sacramento's RAD fukkn smoke. Still. Their lo-fi tinny recordings capture the relentless '80s USHC assault perfectly - you could sneak "Who Wore It Best?" into the middle of the Master Tape comp and no one would bat an eye except to wonder how they missed a burner on previous listens. It's like JERRY'S KIDS reborn in the 2010's. And in California. All of this reminds me that it's been way too long since I've seen them play. 



28 August 2017

MOONSCAPE // UNARM


Anyone who saw UNARM on last month's West Coast tour should already be jamming these sounds into their ears daily since the gig....but for the rest of you? A distortion drenched assault in three blistering movements with Nanae's vocal power front and center. Just listen to the jerky drum into to the final cut and how it just builds into a steamroller....it's hard to imagine anything coming close to their live intensity, but this recording comes close. Not to be outdone, Tokyo's MOONSCAPE on the flip deliver two mid paced metallic churns, shadows of HELLCHILD, especially with the affected vocals.....it would be hard to match UNARM's fury and speed, so the pairing with a band that relies on dark aural imagery and an undeniable groove works super well. Yes please...just: yes. 





27 August 2017

EXPLODING BUDGIES


The flip side of the handmade tape with STAMMERING CHILDISH CANTICLES posted a while ago, these four tracks are from another dimension. The late '80s alt/college rock swing seeps through this, with airy guitars and borderline pretentiously delivered vocals and sweet melodies....but it's all kinda primitive, and these jams were recorded in 1984, years before that style took over the airwaves and every teenager had wavy bangs drifting over their brow. Keyboards and synths, and OCEAN BLUE vibe in "Kenneth Anger," and even one actual (though awkward) burner to keep the thing grounded. Maybe more interesting as an artifact than as a piece of essential listening...but isn't that really why you're here anyway?

These songs (plus one more) were released by Flying Nun as The Grotesque Singers 12" in 1985. 

26 August 2017

STAGNATION73


This one languished in one of my (many) "I need to check this out" piles for way too long, but sometimes that just makes the surprise even sweeter when you press play. Blistering and powerful Vancouver hardcore with a serious NYHC bent and some brilliant '90s US hooks - I would guess that STAGNATION73 are somewhat removed from whatever the "cool" scene is in their town, but this is one that the kids are gonna grab in a few years and wonder what the fuck they missed out on. That is....is the kids decide they want to go hard. 





25 August 2017

IMPALERS


Y'all heard the new IMPALERS record right? Shit fukkn rrrrrrips. I remember people flipping their shit when this demo dropped in 2010, and I remember why. Pummeling DBeat meets BONE AWL topped with relentless leads - the last 20 seconds of "Out For Power" is worth the price of admission on its own.