new bomb turks - bottle island/youngblood (1993 Damaged Goods)

The New Bomb Turks are stretching the definition of 'garage punk' on this one. This is kitchen punk. Literally. See, it was recorded in Billy Childish's kitchen. 1 Billy Childish cover. 1 Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments cover. I may have reversed the order of the tracks. Whoops!

I have a lot more New Bomb Turks stuff posted. Poke around, you'll find it.

  1. Bottle Island
  2. Youngblood



tejas style

Republicans in Texas, which has no state laws against bestiality, want to once again ban sodomy. The situation is always ripe for easy yuks, but for me, it's a chance to revist this David Cross bit:
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the country hip-hop

On behalf of white people everywhere, I am so sorry.


the quitters - invented rock'n'roll ( 1996 trashcan)

I was about to call Rochester's Quitters garage punk, but really, it's just some straight up rock 'n' roll, as advertised. Certainly nothing wrong with that. Last song not listed anywhere on the record.
  1. We're Fakers
  2. A Bad Day
  3. Wasn't Born In Love
  4. Too Fast
  5. Motherfucker



tour diary [tired from now on, moonraker, highway 66, don's ex-girlfriend] (1995 no idea)

I replaced the hamster in the computer, so we're good to go for now.

Fucking great comp perfectly capturing the No Idea Records thang in the mid-90's. The Highway 66 track is unbelievably great. The Don's Ex-Girlfriend track has a little bonus at the end. Name that tune!

  1. Tired From Now On - Beauty And Me
  2. Moonraker - Microgroove
  3. Highway 66 - Gainesville 32601
  4. Don's Ex-Girlfriend - Pair Of Brown Eyes [Pogues]



i'm gonna be sick

This is the disgusting sort of grossness I have to deal with every night. Puke.



Digitize Your Analog Audio Collection with Audacity [Digitizing]

Audacity is what I've been using to rip vinyl. But, I'm ripping dirty old punk records, so I don't go into quite the detail they do. Basic steps for me are 1) rip vinyl, 2) use 'noise removal' and 'click removal' only when noise and clicks are obvious, and 3) normalize all tracks. The entire process takes less than forty minutes per record, and that's including properly tagging the mp3 files and scanning the artwork.

So basically, if you have a record player and some rare records that I want, snap to it.

rad things: zappos

So, I order a new pair of shoes from Zappos. Good price, free shipping. But Puma's fit me weird, so I order the size I normally get. Later in the day, I just happen to see the same shoe for sale in a store. So I try them on and realize, holy crap, I need a half-size smaller. But then I forgot about it until like 9:00 pm. So at 9:00 pm, I call Zappos, and tell them I placed an order earlier and need a half-size smaller. They tell me it's not a problem.

So I get home from work the next day, and my shoes, in the size I requested not even 18 hours earlier, are at my door.


technical difficulties

The computer I use to rip vinyl is all jacked up, so no vinyl posts for at least another day.

In the meantime, here's something to haunt your dreams.


battle of algiers

We're not the French, bitches.

like a parasite

We're all hypocrites in some way or the other, but conservative farmers always up the ante.
The Raytown farmer who posted a sign on a semi-truck trailer accusing Democrats of being the “Party of Parasites” received more than $1 million in federal crop subsidies since 1995.

But David Jungerman says the payouts don’t contradict the sign he put up in a corn field in Bates County along U.S. 71 Highway.

“That’s just my money coming back to me,” Jungerman, 72, said Monday. “I pay a lot in taxes. I’m not a parasite.”

This kind of ridiculous rhetoric and disconnect from reality goes on all the time in the Central Valley. Just take your free money and be quiet.



kfc double down, you got served

What the hell is a "Friendly's" and why is there not one in San Diego?


my next tattoo

Truth be told, I'd have to get the Commodore 64 version, with Hardball and 4th And Inches. Man, Accolade ruled.


joe lieberman: let's be more like communist china!

So thankful he no longer has that "D" tag. 

He (Lieberman) cited China, which has long been criticized for its Internet censorship, as an example. “Right now, China can disconnect parts of its Internet in times of war. We need to be able to do that too.”

have a punk father's day

I just whipped up this little Father's Day punk compilation. I know I'm missing some obvious choices, so remind me what they are so I can include them next year.
  1. Intro  -  GTFO
  2. Reckless Deerhunters -  Fathers Day
  3. Angry Samoans  -  My Old Man's A Fatso
  4. DRI  -  Mad Man
  5. Descendents  -  My Dad Sucks
  6. Fighters  -  The Flying Father
  7. Fondled  -  Daddy's A Whore
  8. Fuckboyz  -  Daddy 
  9. Pavers  -   You're Sicko Dad
  10. Andrew Jackson Jihad  -  Daddy Didn't Love Me
  11. Doggy Style  -  Daddy's Constitution
  12. Nomeansno  -  Dad
  13. Articles Of Faith  -  My Fathers Dreams 
  14. Tits  -  Daddy Is My Pusher
  15. Frantix  -  My Dads A Fuckin Alcoholic
  16. All You Can Eat  -  My Father
  17. No Empathy  -  Daddy's Got a Problem
  18. Capitalist Casualties  -  My Dad Kills For The U.S.A.
Adding: none of these songs reflect any feeling about my own dad, who was pretty rad. It's just a goof.



the fighters - give 'em the business (1993 rocco)

First Rocco release. First Fighters release. They hadn't found their sea-legs yet, so not as good as the later stuff, but still charming in its own right.

Previous Fighters posts here and here
  1. Gromel
  2. I Don't Have To Smile
  3. Fat Sheen
  4. The Ladder


breaking bad: the sitcom


Anand Giridharas seems to think that using "So" to start a sentence originated in Silicon Valley in the late 90's. I seem to remember that George Tabb opened a whole lot of his Maximum Rock'N'Roll columns with "So". Am I misremembering? Can someone please confirm this?


I apologize
Texas Republican Joe Barton, speaking to BP about the $20 billion dollar escrow fund.

If you read the full quote, I kind of get what he's trying to say. I don't agree with it at all, but I get it. Still, though, nice to know where people's knee-jerk sympathies lay.


los canadians - the kids are alroot (1996 starcrunch)

Los Canadians were obviously from Miami, FL. Mid-tempo punk, female vocals, excellent stuff. The tone of the guitar and the style of bass remind me a lot of the Descendents' "Bikage". Untitled track at the end, not mentioned anywhere in the liner notes or on the internet. Anyone know the name? Maybe it's a cover song I'm not recognizing? Sounds like it may be a Crackrock tune?
  1. Never Can
  2. Cornflakes
  3. Clarissa
  4. False Prophet
  5. EAB
  6. Forget Now
  7. Untitled


ramones top 10

Paste Magazine posted their list of the Top 10 Ramones songs. They are wrong. These are the actual Top Ten Ramones songs, according to moi.

10.Chinese Rock (originally by The Heartbreakers, but Dee Dee co-wrote)
09. I Don't Wanna Walk Around With You
08. Havana Affair
07. Commando
06. 53rd & 3rd
05. Oh, Oh, I Love Her So
04. Swallow My Pride
03. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
02. Judy Is A Punk
01.Suzy Is A Headbanger
Yes, this list is top heavy with the first few albums, as it should be. And clearly there are some obvious songs missing (i.e. "Blitzkrieg Bop"), great songs that I've just heard way too many times and have become quite ambivalent about. I'm also not including cover songs. If I did the following would compete for a spot.

cease the day

Finally someone made a video of "Drill Baby Drill" by the Arrivals.


dillinger four & the strike - the rebel's choice (1997 doing it for the kids)

Two Minneapolis powerhouses, Dillinger Four - the best active band there is, and The Strike - one of the underappreciated gems of the 90's.

I have lots more D4 posted, just use that upper search box thingymabob and type Dillinger Four.

Again, thanks to MRML for the high quality rip. 

  1. S: Fire Away
  2. S: Ain't Gonna Take It
  3. D4: Open And Shut
  4. D4: Sally MacLennane 


critical mass

Holy fuck.

r.i.p. jimmy dean

A legacy to be proud of.

I'm sure we'll hear more on this breaking story on The Daily Show tonight.

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positive state / majority rule - partners in profit split (1997 submit)

Couple o' Virginia bands wailing away. The third Majority Rule track isn't mentioned, so I took it upon myself to name it. I'm very creative, as you can plainly see.

Previous Positive State here and here. Previous Majority Rule here.
  1. PS - The Intelligent Kill Themselves
  2. PS - Regarding The Facts, I Am A Genius
  3. PS - No (We Won't Recover From This One)
  4. MR - Networking
  5. MR - Tangled Web
  6. MR - Oi!


Got this email at work:
There is some left over Phil’s barbecue in the hall if anybody is interested.   
Like white on rice, my man. 

super mario british petroleum

if al swearengen was a 13-year-old girl

Beatings + Cursing = Al Swearengen.

pucker up

The Teen Idols are calling it a day. :(


bp + coffee

apostles of gein - corpse whore (1996 beer city)

Fast, pissed hardcore from a band I can't seem to find any info on. 
  1. Gutless
  2. Shit To The Core
  3. Work Today
  4. Hypocrite 
  5. Dancin' With The Dead 
  6. When You're Dead 



Right now, from a P.R. perspective, it's as if BP sold cadmium-tainted Shrek glasses to a Gaza-bound flotilla while cheating on Sandra Bullock with Joran van der Sloot.

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life lessons



smells like o.k. soda

Poor wittle wecord industwy.
 For the week ending May 30, the U.S. music industry sold a total of 4,984,000 albums, according to Nielsen Soundscan. This figure, which includes new and catalog releases, represents the fewest number of albums sold in one week since Soundscan began compiling this data in 1994. 

UMGD's Urie cites this week's album total as "all the more reason why everyone in the industry should be focused on getting the U.S. Congress to introduce legislation that makes the Internet service providers our allies in fighting piracy. Piracy is getting worse and worse and the government needs to focus on that." 

Or maybe, possibly, popular music is fucking horrible right now?

Seriously, I've been coming across really, really bad 80's music lately (oh, Sussudio). It sounds like the fucking Beatles compared to what's going on in popular music right now. 

Put substance over style and start putting out some decent records, and people will buy them. Not complicated.


that's gold, jerry, gold

Where to begin with this? Just about every single sentence is quotable. 

My fave? "You should see my teeth turn."

miho gastrotruck

So, apparently food wagons are the next big trend in San Diego. The new kid on the block is the MIHO Gastrotruck.

I was pretty eager to check it out based on the menu.

It was parked in North Park, next top Bird Park. There was a decent crowd. Ordering was a little slow but the food was served relatively quickly.

Today, I went with the Cheeseburger and the potato croquettes.

Croquetas with saffron aioli:

At $2.75, I was a bit underwhelmed, quantity-wise. Taste-wise, they probably would have been pretty good if they were cooked all the way through, but alas, they were not. I'll pass on these next time.


Burger is grass-fed Estancia beef, white cheddar, butter lettuce (which I removed - don't like lettuce on my burgers), caramelized onions, and harissa aioli on brioche. The onions were not caramelized to the degree I like (Luc's Bistro in Poway has me spoiled in that department), but the burger was cooked perfectly and was tasty. Was it $7 from a truck tasty? Probably not. I think highlighting the quality of the ingredients and making them sound so fancy at some point has diminishing returns. Expectation get built up and they are usually not met. Then again, I'm getting good food from a freaking truck. Luckily, the burger was good enough to make up fro the undercooked croquetas.

Three great things about MIHO. 1) It's brand new and will probably just get better. 2) The menu will constantly be changing. I will definitely be going back to try some of the other menu items (Poutine!). 3) The guys and gals running this enterprise are super friendly and seem genuinely excited about their endeavor.

 If you see the MIHO van in your area, give it a shot. Just remember your food is coming from a truck.


arizona is a bastion of tolerence

Believe it or not, this is not from The Onion.
A group of artists has been asked to lighten the faces of children depicted in a giant public mural at a Prescott school.
The project's leader says he was ordered to lighten the skin tone after complaints about the children's ethnicity.

r.i.p. richard dunn


dear mister shanks comp (1994 quincy shanks)

If you've been following for any amount of time, you know that I'm a big fan of the Quincy Shanks label. This is the second Quincy Shanks release, and each of these bands has been on the blog before.

  1. The 4-Squares - Lotobullshit
  2. Finway Fish Camp - Sick
  3. The Parker Brothers - Slowmotion
  4. The Hitmen - Braindead



the lawrence arms - fat club (2002 fat wreck chords)

Honestly, The Lawrence Arms are a bit hit and miss for me. But I do like this EP a lot. In fact, Porno And Snuff Films is probably my favorite LA song.
  1. Porno And Snuff Films
  2. A Toast
  3. Overheated 


banned in gaza

Situation: Ridiculous. Either allow a Palestinian state or make the entire West Bank and Gaza part of Israel. 



nobodys - politically incorrect (1994 just add water)

Politically Incorrect is about as apt a description for the Nobodys as you can get. Snotty, fast, and catchy. Can't go wrong with that formula.

Cover art drawn by Rev. N0rb. 

Previous Nobodys releases here and here.

  1. Kielbasa Queen
  2. Bring It Back
  3. My Girl Sucks
  4. I Don't Wanna Know
  5. Addicted To Porn
  6. Manny
  7. God Is Dead

DL 'P.I.'


George Packer: 

At one time, Israelis understood counterinsurgency much better than Americans, which is why U.S. officers looked to their Israeli counterparts for advice in the early years of the Iraq war. At one time, the Israelis understood that self-interest demanded subtlety, restraint, and attention to perception. As others have pointed out, these qualities have been disappearing from Israeli strategy and tactics, and the current right-wing government seems determined to isolate and destroy itself with the unbending principle of self-defense.

nothing to see here. please move along.

It must be nice to be as all-knowing as

For them, what was "unacceptable" was not the disastrous result of Israel's raid on the flotilla. They wanted an end to the blockade on Gaza.

Wrong. The raid and the blockade are unacceptable. It's not a either/or question. Like, believe it or not, I can walk and chew bubblegum

But this isn't what Egypt wants.
The math goes: if Egypt and Israel both want something, then it automatically becomes morally just and acceptable. 

The White House expressed deep regret over the "loss of life and injuries sustained," but it didn't criticize the siege on Gaza.

Duh. Have you not followed U.S. foreign policy towards Israel since its founding? Kid gloves would be a overstatement. Justifying Israeli actions by the U.S. response is the easiest and laziest thing you could possibly do.

As long as blockade is the policy, no bunch of kooky protesters can be given the right to enter, no matter how peaceful they claim to be.

Seriously, you're going to justify the killing of activists trying to deliver aid, aren't you?

Whether Gaza is entitled to jurisdiction over its shore is another worthy debate. But it also has nothing to do with the failure of the Israeli government to effectively enforce its policy.

Nothing to do with it? You just said it's a worthy debate? If one side of that "worthy" debate is that Gaza does have jurisdiction over its own shore, then that has everything to do with Israel commandeering ships heading to that same shore, no?

So, the only question that is really relevant to this recent bloodshed on the high seas is about the use of excessive force against the protesters. And it is not a very interesting or complicated question. 

Oh, God you're an asshole.

Assuming that stopping the protesters from entering Gaza was a must—and it was...

Well, now you're not assuming, are you? "And it was"...now you are stating what you believe to be fact. Nice trick!

...assuming that the protesters wouldn't agree to any peaceful compromise short of a victorious landing in Gaza—and they didn't...

You know this for sure? You are determined to make an ass out of u and me, aren't you?

The soldiers were surprised by a mob; they saw their friends being lynched; they acted as any soldier would have and should have acted. To save their fellow soldiers, they opened fire. Civilians were killed. It's no cause for pride—but also nothing to be ashamed of. 

Oh, you totally did just justify these killings.

Frank Drebin would be proud.