December 27, 2013

My picks for 2013

CÜLO - My Life Sucks And I Could Care Less (Deranged)
CRIMINAL DAMAGE - Call Of Death (Feral Ward)
RULETA RUSA - Aquí No Es (Sorry State)
EMENKAYA - S/T (Vulgar Deformity)
IRON REAGAN - Worse Than Dead (A389)
PROXY - Something We've All Seen Before (Inflammable Material)
KREMLIN - Drunk In The Gulag (Hardware)
TOE TAG - Here She Comes Again (Conundrum Media)
IMPALERS - S/T (Todo Destruido)
LONG KNIFE - Wilderness (Feral Ward)
TOXIC HOLOCAUST - Chemistry Of Consciousness (Relapse)
BLOOD PATROL - From Beyond And Below (Drunk With Power)
NIGHT PROWLER - Psychopath (KFC Tapes)

BISHOPS GREEN - S/T (Rebellion)
MAJOR DAMAGE - Sheer Mayhem (Even Worse)
PROXY - Police Car (Discos MMM)
GAS RAG - 6 Track EP (Even Worse)
GAS RAG - Human Rights (Beach Impediment)
ALL OUT PANIC - Pig (Self Released)
IMPALERS/VAASKA - Split (Beach Impediment)
BRAIN SLUG - CREEP//Annihilate Me (Self Acceptance)
SAVAGEHEADS - Demo (Self Released)

HOLIER THAN THOU? - You Can't Have Slaughter Without Laughter (Six Weeks)
TOXIC HOLOCAUST - From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction (Relapse)
BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS - By All Means Necessary (Funky Town Grooves)
BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS - Ghetto Music (Funk Town Grooves)
EAZY E - Eazy Duz It 25th Anniversary (Priority)
POISON IDEA - Kings Of Punk (Southern Lord)
THE ABUSED - Loud And Clear (Radio Raheem)
CÜLO - My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Cowabunga)
NECROS - Club House Session (Alona's Dream)
BORED YOUTH - November 1981 (Alona's Dream)
BL'AST - Blood! (Southern Lord)
VA - Dangerhouse: Complete Singles Collected 1977-1979 (Munster)
EVIL ARMY - I, Commander (Hells Headbangers)
SCHOOLLY D - C.I.A./Cold Blooded Blitz (Roots Forward)

December 17, 2013

ACTIONAUTS - Hash Assassin single (1983)

I knew about this band through the "Last Call" compilation, and even though I've seen this 7" in local records I only heard it for the first time a few months back when Dan Walters gave it to me. Some pretty good power pop / new wave type stuff here, produced by Nick Jones of the Pointed Sticks. Shame they didn't put out anything else. According to former member John Cody, the band did have some other recordings that were never released. You can listen to a few of them on his website HERE. You can also check out both songs from this single at the Museum Of Canadian Music.

1. Hash Assassin
2. Vagabond

Here's another unreleased song that they even shot a video for. I can't believe no one in the last 30 years has put this stuff out. I'm looking at you, Sudden Death Records! 

December 10, 2013

DIRECT CONTROL - You're Controlled LP (2005)

By far one of my favourite hardcore records from the last decade.  When I first heard "Ronnie's Dead" back in '06, I was hooked. Pretty much everything this band put out was great, which really isn't surprising given guitarist/vocalist's Brandon Ferrell's resume (Municipal Waste, Government Warning, Major Damage, to name a few). While I do think this 12" is out of print, it's not impossible to track down. 

1. Direct Control
2. Ronnie's Dead
3. What's The Point?
4. Bucktown Hardcore
5. I Like It Fast
6. Herd The Cattle
7. War All The Time
8. Let's Scorch Scorch
9. Tough Guy
10. Braindead
11. Outro