Thursday, February 19, 2009

Al Green - Definitive Greatest Hits, The

I am off to Florida for 9 days tomorrow.
I bid you dudes farewell and happy downloading.

An expanded version of Al Green's beloved GREATEST HITS (which was already bolstered from 10 tracks to 15 in 1995), this 21-song collection features all the tunes from the earlier editions, including his biggest singles--among them, the supremely romantic "Let's Stay Together" and the beautifully weary "Tired of Being Alone." The real draws of 2007's DEFINITIVE GREATEST HITS are the additions of the plaintive "Back Up Train," which finds the legendary soul singer in his formative late-'60s period, and the gently funky "I Can't Stop," from Green's triumphant 2003 return-to-secular-form album of the same name. Although some fans may bristle at yet another tweaking of this top-notch compilation, DEFINITIVE succeeds at painting a bigger picture of Green's impressive career.

Recording information: 1967 - 2004

1. Let's Stay Together
2. Tired Of Being Alone
3. Take Me To The River
4. I'm Still In Love With You
5. Look What You Done For Me
6. Here I Am (Come & Take Me)
7. Love & Happiness
8. Keep Me Cryin'
9. Call Me (Come Back Home)
10. Livin' For You
11. Let's Get Married
12. Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)
13. L-O-V-E (Love)
14. You Ought To Be With Me
15. Oh Me, Oh My (Dreams In My Arms)
16. Full Of Fire
17. Back Up Train - (with The Soul Mates)
18. I Can't Get Next To You
19. Belle
20. I Can't Stop
21. Perfect To Me


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bones Brigade - I Hate Myself When I'm Not Skateboarding

Just in time for warmer weather...emirite?
No but this record from start to finish makes you want to grab your board and shred pools, bomb hills and skate skate skate. 13 lightening fast songs clocking in a grand total of 18 minutes. All about skateboarding, zombies and going REALLY, REALLY FAST..or as they say.. ALL GO NO SLOW! With furious fretwork that resembles Early Anthrax and PC Deathsquad you can't help but circle pit in your living room, listen loud and headbang often.

Track Listing
1. Thrashin' USA
2. All Go No Slow
3. Real Ultimate Power
4. No One Gets Out Alive
5. Adult Crash
6. Each Walking Hour
7. I'm Not Alright
8. Hands Off
9. Evil Dead
10. Skate or Die
11. King of the Pit
12. See Right Through
13. No Reason

JIHAD - Old Testament (Makoto Recordings)

One of my favorite bands from Michigan.

"Jihad," as you probably already know, is the Islamic term for holy war, but it is also the name of a now-defunct Kalamazoo hardcore quartet whose sound suggests the violence and fury of that aggression. Their music is about anger, anger, and more anger. Their anthems of loneliness and alienation are filled with chugging, double-edged guitars, which create volcanoes of sound on top of smoldering bass and drum rhythms. Horrifyingly ragged, voice box-disgorging vocals lace every composition. Bitter, caustic stuff. Jihad disbanded in the latter part of the '90s. Old Testament represents the band's complete discography, plus a live set at a Cleveland hardcore festival.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound

Have you ever heard a song where for some reason you felt as though you already knew the words, yet it was the first time listening to the song? Well this album has eleven of those songs. This without a doubt makes it into my "top 10 records of 2008". It's different and most people "won't get it". If Bruce Springsteen and The Clash had a child it would be this. I personally think that this is the kind of record that surpasses genre's and elitist taste. It's the kind of music that when you listen, it sends chills down your spine and you can't help but smile.

Track Listing
1. Great Expectations
2. The '59 Sound
3. High Lonesome
4. Film Noir
5. Miles Davis & The Cool
6. The Patient Ferris Wheel
7. Casanova, Baby!
8. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
9. Meet Me By The River's Edge
10. Here's Looking At You Kid
11. The Backseat

Anodyne "Quiet Wars"

A Bio on Anodyne according to the ever so sweet all music guide since I'm entirely too lazy to be typing up biographies on bands that are split up anyway:

"Anodyne is a New York-based hardcore band specializing in dense, brutal, cryptic, and murky sludge metal with flashes of dark punk and noisy ambience, delivered with all of the sonic subtlety of an avalanche. Comparable to Deadguy, Bloodlet, and Neurosis, Anodyne's thick crunch and cathartic heaviness is astounding. Anodyne originated in Boston in July 1997 around the core of imposing vocalist/guitarist Mike Hill and drummer Thos Niles. Influenced by Black Flag and heavy metal, the two weren't serious about doing the project as a full-on band until bassist Mike Davis and guitarist/vocalist Ayal Naor came along. As a four-piece, Anodyne soon recorded a demo at Salad Days studios. Davis then left the band and was replaced by Josh Scott. Three of the demo tracks, plus a live song, were compiled as a 7" single and released by Reproductive Records. In 1999, Niles left the group. Anodyne went through a series of short-term drummers until Mike Swanson joined up shortly before the recording of the band's Quiet Wars EP. After performing throughout the Northeast in support of the EP, Anodyne said goodbye to both Swanson and Naor, the latter concentrating on his 27 project with his wife. Hill and Scott, having relocated to N.Y.C., pushed forward with some assistance from Burnt by the Sun drummer Dave Witte, who recorded a new 7" with the band, Red Was Her Favorite Color, which was released by Happy Couples Never Last and includes a reinterpretation of Charles Manson's "Look at Your Game Girl." Witte also stuck around long enough to record tracks for a split single with Cleveland's Keelhaul. Joel Stallings then joined Anodyne as their permanent drummer. With the lineup now solidified, Anodyne recorded material in 2001 for both the Berkowitz 7" on Alone and their debut full-length album, The Outer Dark, which was released in November 2001 by Escape Artist. ~ Ryan J. Downey, All Music Guide"

There you go. This is more Metal than noise rock in my opinion, but it's still plenty noisy and dissonant. Was given this cd by Ayal many moons ago and wanted to share it up!

Donkey Punch Lunch

Buried Inside - Spoils of Failure

I won't take full credit for this, since Jason found it and sent it to me.
But holy fuckin' shit batman!
Ive been waiting for this since I heard it was in the works.

1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI
7. VII

Irepress - Sol Eye Sea I (2009)

instrumental metal.

1. Diaspora
2. Rhintu
3. Barrageo
4. Daniel Sen
5. Cyette Phiur
6. Fletchie
7. Adeluge
8. Billy
9. Entangelment

Monday, February 16, 2009

Buried Inside -

If you don't own this. Go out side, throw a rope over a tree branch and fucking hang yourself.

1. Introduction
2. Time as Ideology
3. Time as Methodology
4. Time as Surrogate Religion
5. Time as Imperialism
6. Reintroduction
7. Time as Abjection
8. Time as Automation
9. Time as Commodity
10. Time as Resistance

Birds of Prey - Sulfur and Semen

Birds Of Prey are a super-super group. They feature current and ex-members of Municipal Waste, Burnt By The Sun, Discordance Axis, Melt Banana, Human Remains, Alabama Thunderpussy, Avail, Kilara, The Last Van Zant, Throttlerod, Baroness, and Beaten Back To Pure. Imagine all those bands bloodily pulped in a giant blender and you will get some idea of Birds Of Prey’s punk-death-metal ramblings. They bring together a wealth of experience that traverses the North American extreme music movement

1. Bleed Blister or Cum
2. Show Him the Ground
3. Mentoring the Mongoloids (Return to the Attic)
4. Turning Big Rocks into Little Rocks
5. Murder the Homeless / Burn the Upper Class
6. Where Black Lungs Don't Breathe
7. Lice Halo
8. Satisfy the 45
9. To My Victims' Families
10. Overfucked and Underage
11. Liquor Blister

Mineral - Power of Failing, The

Here's an idea. Put this record on. Grab a knife, and start slitting your wrists. With that being said, you can't go wrong with some Mineral in your life. Sure it might be depressing, but it's a damn good album.

Ascension - Abomination

undeniably one of the best hardcore bands Cleveland has ever seen. I dare you to argue with me otherwise. One of the greatest live shows you would have ever witnessed back in the day.

here is a video i took of their "last show ever"
@ The Euclid Tavern, Cleveland, Ohio

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Archers of Loaf - Vee Vee

The Archers of Loaf are the quintessential college band. Their music was always slightly off tune but always great. By far my favorite album by them is Vee Vee.

There’s just something kind of freaky and weird about some of the notes they play on that album, and our ear never tires of listening to it.

The tonalities are unexpected and challenging. If it were another band, we would say they were off their rocker, but the Archers of Loaf pull it off remarkably well. It’s too consistent, too methodical to be an accident, and yet it’s totally spontaneous and sloppy at the same time

1. step into the light
2. harnessed in slums
3. nevermind the enemy
4. greatest of all time
5. underdogs of nipomo
6. floating friends
7. 1985
8. fabricoh
9. nostalgia
10. let the loser melt
11. death in the park
12. the worst has yet to come
13. underachievers fight and march song

Split Lip - For the Love of the Wounded

Blacktusk - Passage Through Purgatory

Savannah, GA is like ground zero for so many incredible bands. must be something in the swamp water. Blacktusk's musical DNA is laced with familiarities like Kylesa, Skeletonwitch, and Baroness. This album's on the thrashier side of things though. Enjoy.


Valens - Demo

Valens is a hardcore band from New Jersey featuring members from Pellinore, The Banner, and Troublemaker.Here's their demo and I'm pretty stoked on this and you should definitely enjoy it.


Engine Kid - Angel Wings

Cut the Shit - Marked For Life

27 succinct tracks of blistering hardcore/punk in barely under 27 minutes, including bonus cuts from their one-sided 7" and the "Bored to Death" EP. Only one song hits two minutes and the recordings are loud as fuck with just the right amount of dirtiness, making for a clear and in your face sound that's tightly performed and unpolished. As for what to expect? Straightforward hardcore/punk in the angry and aggressive mid-80's style with a little rock 'n' roll to some of the chords or occasional lead breaks, throaty shouting vocals that don't mess around, pounding basslines and basic drumbeats, etc. You'll find 20-second ragers like "Doctor, Martyr", slightly slower and more driving pieces like "Gotta Get a Grip", some that crank the rock such as "Relax & Have a Drink", etc. Hell, "My Hands Around Your Birdneck" even tossed in some very subtle (and awesome) little melodic tinges. Also, a couple of the tracks from the "Bored to Death" 7" are ever so slightly heavier as far as their sense of rhythm, even though there are definitely no metal influences or major breakdown parts or anything of that nature. The older vinyl tracks do have slightly less aggressive recordings that aren't as bright or well rounded, but that doesn't bother me at all. It takes away some of the vocal character, but just barely. The layout keeps it pretty simple with a bunch of mugshots on the cover, some images of the other record covers on the back, and tons of text. The lyrics to all of the songs are included, and they're pissed off attacks on everything from the medical industry and issues within the scene to strictly personal topics. "Confusion has left me with few options to sort. I've burned my last bridge, I've torched my last resort. No longer at ease in my own mind. Self abuse and torture, I've led myself to ruin..." The only downside to this kind of hardcore is that it can be a little one-sided and lack songs that truly stand out, and that's sort of the case here, but they keep it short and to the point, so there's really not enough time to get bored. That pretty much covers it. It's one of those no nonsense hardcore records that will appeal very directly to a core audience of listeners who like their hardcore completely unadulterated, with plenty of attitude that doesn't shed its sense of purpose. Rock.


Last Days of April - Angel Youth

I never really got into this band way back in the day. I think when this band came out, I out grew the whole "post indie/emo rock" stage.


01. From Here To Anyone
02. Aspirins And Alcohol
03. The Days I Recall Being Wonderful
04. Will The Violins Be Playing?
05. Glowing Me Choking You
06. Make Friends With Time
07. Two Hands And Ten Fingers
08. Life Companion Murphy's Law
09. Down The Aisle With You
10. Make Friends With Time (Instrumental)

Riff Raff - Lowlifer

Despite my initial disappointment that this band has nothing to do with BILLY BRAGG, I thought this EP by Massachusetts' RIFF RAFF (who shares members with THINK I CARE) was good, burly, NYHC-influenced hardcore punk. And I'm not talking paint-by-numbers late-80s youth crew NYHC or basketball-Jersey-wearing thugcore NYHC, I'm talking about the real ideal—early -80s bands like the ABUSED, ANTIDOTE, and United Blood-era. AGNOSTIC FRONT (with a touch of the CRO-MAGS and NEGATIVE APPROACH). Good songwriting and a mix of faster and mid-tempo tracks make this record well worth picking up for fans of the aforementioned bands.


Infernal War - Conflagrator EP

5 tracks of straight-up BLISTERING blackened death metal out of Poland.

Their bass player's name is Godcrusher.

You need this, right now.