March 22, 2013

SHANGHAI DOG - This Evolution LP (1985)

It was when I was ripping the Zulu Sampler tape recently that I discovered Shanghai Dog's "American Desert". Turns out I've had this song for almost twenty years on the 'Last Call' comp. I've never heard it before because it was on the second disc, and I only really played the first half of disc one (which was where all the punk rock was on that 2 CD set). That's when I decided to track down this band's records, which I've seen around town for years. I was actually able to score a sealed copy of this LP online for only $4. While I prefer their first release, "Clanging Bell", "American Desert" is (in my opinion) their best song. And yes, "Hiroshima" is a Subhumans cover, even though half the band are ex-Subhumans. I'm surprised Sudden Death Records hasn't put out a discography CD or something. I mean, if Joey Shithead can reissue The Spores, why not Shanghai Dog?
1. This Evolution
2. American Desert
3. Siren
4. Hiroshima
5. Refusal
6. Security
7. In The Distance
8. Past Tense
9. Try
10. On The Rocks

March 15, 2013

ENIGMAS - S/T EP (1983)

For years, the only song I knew by this band was "Teenage Barnacle" from the Last Call compilation. To be honest, when I first heard it back in the mid 90's I wasn't that into the song and hadn't listened to it since. Probably wasn't "punk" enough for me at the time. I guess now that I'm older, my musical tastes have matured somewhat (haha!). These guys played a mix of punk and garage rock with a 60's influence. "Pancho Villa" is my personal favorite on this 12". And for those that don't know, singer/sax player Paul McKenzie would later go on to front the Real McKenzies.

1. Teenage Barnacle
2. Pancho Villa
3. Roll With The Punches
4. Daymare
5. Greenstreet

March 8, 2013

POINTED STICKS - Live Radio Broadcast (1979)

Here's some more rare Pointed Sticks, this time recorded live at Rohan's in Kitsilano. The sound quality is a bit muddier than the show I posted last month, but it's still pretty good. It sounds like someone taped this off the radio as the first and last song are incomplete. Also, at one point the band has some technical issues and a few studio tracks (songs 14-16) are played while it's being sorted out. What's cool about this set is the number of covers and originals that never made it to the studio, or were never released. I'm still not sure what track 2 is called (posted below). Anyone?

1. Downtown
2. ????????
3. The Way You Do
4. Stupid Girl
5. Automatic You
6. I'll Never Change Your Mind
7. Apologies
8. Who Cares
9. Part Of The Noise
10. You Must Be Crazy
11. Somebody's Mom
12. My Little Red Book
13. I'm Numb / What Do You Want Me To Do?
14. Marching Song
15. Apologies
16. The Real Thing
17. Baby, I Love You
18. The Kids Are Alright
19. Nothing Else To Do
20. Instrumental / Out Of Luck
21. Nothing Holding You
22. All I Could Take
23. Tired Of Waiting For You
24. Love Or Money
25. All My Clocks Stopped
26. Ride On Baby

March 1, 2013

VA - Undergrowth Vancouver 84 tape (1984)

The main reason I haven't posted this tape ages ago is because it was already available on the Model Citizen blog. Now that link is dead, so I thought I may as well put my rip up on here. This compilation is actually two cassettes, unfortunately I only have the first half. But the second tape is mostly electronic, industrial and experimental type stuff, whereas this one is mainly punk rock and hardcore. There's some great stuff on here too, a lot of it not available anywhere else.
1. Nomeansno - Self Pity
2. Nomeansno - Some Bodies
3. The Bill Of Rights - Blind Society
4. The Bill Of Rights - Shot In The Ass
5. The Bill Of Rights - Back In The USSR (live)
6. Clay Pigeon - Party Line
7. Clay Pigeon - The Holy War
8. Soldiers Of Sport - The Broadcast
9. Celebrity Drunks - Laugh Till I Cry
10. Culture Shock - Stay Away
11. Death Sentence - Get Out Of Our Way
12. Death Sentence - Real World
13. Death Sentence - Ultra Violence
14. Unnatural Silence - Misfits Are Innocent
15. Unnatural Silence - Enemies
16. The Spores - Meat By-Product
17. The Spores - Pervert Me
18. Sudden Impact - Hostage Taker
19. Sudden Impact - She Drives Me Crazy
20. House Of Commons - Insane
21. Unknown Fibres - Surfer Joe
22. Slow - The Night Before