Thursday, August 31, 2006

If you downloaded the live Sheer Terror / AF show ....

I had to update two tracks. See comments under that post.

Friday, August 25, 2006

I've Got an Attitude Problem

Boy sucks (unstable - frequent outages), but I guess you get what you pay for. If I knew MT better I'd manage this thing myself. I may have to move it somewhere, but barely have the time to rips songs and post, let alone deal with too much crap.
An obscure compilation (bootleg?) that thrashes around the world. It's a very cobbed together, DIY effort (note the manually overwritten errors in the song list on the back cover).

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--From Italy--
Wretched - "Fino in Fondo" ("Right Till the End")
Wretched - "Schiavo Del Sistemo" ("Slave of the System")
Raw Power - "Raw Power"
Raw Power - "You Shock Me"
--From the U.S.A.--
Psycho - "End Of The World"
--From the U.K.--
Satanic Malfunctions - "Just Another Protest Song"
--From Sweden--
Mob47 - "Fred Och Rattvisa"
Mob47 - "Logner" ("Lies")
--From (what was then) Yugoslavia--
Quod Massacre "Ponekao-Toneko" ("Sometimes-Someone")
--From the Netherlands--
Funeral Oration - "Demented"
Funeral Oration - "Going Further"

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Moss Icon


I never knew much about this band, except that they came out of Maryland and the greater D.C. area Emo scene. Of all sites, has this nifty bio:

Moss Icon In-depth Biography

Even more obscure than they were groundbreaking, Moss Icon was an early emo band whose music remains chiefly the province of hardcore collectors and underground historians. Whether that music directly influenced or simply presaged modern emo, Moss Icon's shifting dynamics, chiming guitar arpeggios, and screaming, crying vocal climaxes helped set the template for much of the emocore that followed in its wake. Typical for many late-'80s emocore bands, Moss Icon led an unstable existence; due in part to the members' youth, they performed and recorded only sporadically, and were on hiatus as often as not. Their first CD release didn't occur until several years after their breakup, following distantly on the heels of limited chunks of material for very small labels. Thus, despite increasing name-checks during emo's rise to prominence, Moss Icon remained a mystery to many.

Moss Icon was formed in Annapolis, Maryland in 1986, when its members were still in high school. Guitarist Tonie Joy, singer Jonathan Vance, bassist Monica DiGialleonardo, and drummer Mark Laurence played their first show as Moss Icon in the summer of 1987. In early 1988, they issued their debut 7," "Hate in Me" (aka "Greta Garbo") on Vermin Scum, the small indie label Joy co-founded in conjunction with members of fellow Annapolis band the Hated. A second 7," Mahpiua Luta, followed in 1989, after which the band alternated between spurts of rehearsals and inactivity. From 1989-90, Vance and Laurence also played in a side project called Breathing Walker with guitarist Alex Badertscher, which later came to include Joy and DiGialleonardo as well. Badertscher joined Moss Icon as second guitarist in time for their third single, 1990s "Memorial."

Moss Icon remained together for approximately one more year after that, during which time they released a split LP with Silver Bearing. They had attempted to complete a full-length album, but the results of an initial session were abandoned, then redone at a later date. The LP went unreleased during the band's existence, and finally appeared on vinyl in 1994 on the Vermiform label, under the title Lyburnum (aka Lyburnum Wit's End Liberation Fly). Additionally, a half-live/half-studio 12" called It Disappears was released by Ebullition/Vermin Scum in 1995. The subsequent CD issue of Lyburnum appended the studio portion of It Disappears.

By that time, Moss Icon had long since scattered across the country and beyond, to travel or attend college. Only Tonie Joy remained extensively active in music, most notably founding the Universal Order of Armageddon and the Convocation Of..., while also playing with Born Against, Great Unraveling, and Lava, among others. In 2001, Moss Icon reunited for several live shows with a lineup of Joy, Vance, DiGialleonardo, Badertscher, and one-time Breathing Walker drummer Zak Fusciello.
-- Steve Huey, All Music Guide

This self-titled EP is alternately called “Hate in Me” (name of first track) or “Greta Garbo” because of the cover photo. I just saw this EP on eBay, asking $99. I know it is rare but sheez! I'd sell mine to anyone with $50.

Hate In Me
What They Lack
I'm Back Sleeping or Fucking or Something
Kiss The Girls And Make Them Die

back cover/lyrics

The Life or This Grape’s Juice Drink
Kicks the Can

And then some. FREE SHIPPING via US Mail.
Record is in good condition. No skips but some crackle from multiple plays.
$75 or the highest bid above that by August 1, 2010 will take it home.
Send bids to mike AT

Sheer Terror / Agnostic Front Live - 1988

American Legion Hall, Albany, NY, July 15, 1988. This was something of an unlikely show. Sheer Terror, a band that didn't "give a shit about your skinhead pride" and "could care less about the Lower East Side" opened for Agnostic Front, the quintessential Lower East Side skinhead band. It's amusing to hear the singer from Sheer Terror dedicate "Just Can't Hate Enough" to "all the little bastards on the Lower East Side who try to blackball us with all that Positive crap" and then later to hear Roger from AF thank Sheer Terror for playing. AF, of course, were not a "Posi" band like Youth of Today or anything, but they were "A" list NYHC scenesters that all the Posi kids loved ... and Sheer Terror hated.

The Sheer Terror tracks have much better sound quality. Something happened to the PA or to AFs equipment between sets that gave their set a sub-par recording sound quality. It's kind of odd, considering Sheer Terror were theoretically the losers who got no respect, while AF were the annointed NYHC rock stars. But whatever. Local boys Wolfpack opened the show, but I didn't have enough tape to get all three bands.

Sheer Terror

Hawk Night Intro (it's just funny to me)
Here To Stay
Ready To Halt
Only 13
Cup O' Joe
Just Can't Hate Enough
Ashes Ashes
Not Giving Up
Twisting and Turning
Burning Time

Agnostic Front

This isn't the whole set. I had to shorten one track (Society Sucker) because it was interrupted by leaving the room to puke. So, there's like 15 seconds missing from that song and I just had to kinda mix it together. I figured better that than cut it altogether. That said, I did have to cut a song or two of the AF set because the recording suffered considerably when I felt compelled to go into the pit. The recording of "Crucified" and I think one other song were irrevocably damaged.

Blind Justice/Last Warning
United and Strong
With Time (For Amy)
Victim In Pain
Society Sucker
Your Mistake
United Blood

Friday, August 11, 2006

Infest - "Slave" LP

This Swiss-released LP of this American HC band contains all the songs first issued on the band's self-titled 7" released earlier the same year (1988) and 10 extra tracks. Sweet stuff. This site has a lot of info on the band and lots of cover art.

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Break the Chain
Which side?
Where’s the Unity

The Game
Sick of Talk
Iran Scam
Life’s Halt
Head First
Sick and Tired
Fetch the Pliers

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Squat or Rot EP Volume 1

This is the first installment of a few compilations of bands from New York's Lower East-Side squat/anarcho punk scene in the late 80s and early 90s. Well, mostly. I wouldn't label my favorite band of the bunch, SFA, as an "anarcho" band really, and they labelled themselves "hatecore" as a matter of fact. I have a great live show of them with Poison Idea that I taped at the Pyramid Club in 1991 or so. I'll post that soon, along with the second volume of Squar or Rot. Instead of record sleeves. The Squat series were always folded inside a newspaper of squat/punk/Lower East Side news, as pictured here. Anyway here's 5 tracks of hardcore and punk stuff from NYC.

SFA - "Gyroscope"
Resisturz - "Nazi Bullshit"
Nausea - "Productive Not Destructive"
Public Nuisance - "Dead End Street"
Radicts - "6 of Them

Monday, August 07, 2006

Brain Tattoo - Skarred for Life

This band from Albany, NY was only around for about a year or so, but was my favorite local band in the late 80s. This demo was the only thing they put out, but I think they recorded some songs for a 7" that was never released. I taped a live show they did with Operation Ivy in 1988 and will post those sets sometime. Roger, Brain Tattoo's singer, went on to join Intent, which appears on the This Town We Own comp posted previously.

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Lyric Sheet 1
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Boy In A Bubble
Live Like Sperm
Brain Tattoo
Man or Mouse
9 to 5 (Dolly Parton cover)
Delayed Gratification
Redneck Stomp
Livin' On A Prayer/Doomsdayitis

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Impact - "Attraverso L'Involucro" EP

More 80s Italian HC. I never knew much about Impact except that they were on the same label as the Italian punk/folk outfit Kina (Blu Bus Records, which I think is Kina's own label). Anyway, I always liked this disc.

This site has some Impact info.

Non c'è Pace Per Noi
Alienazione Sistematica
Realtà Mutabili
L'odio Cresce Ancora
La Tua Eterna Illusione
Debloli Al Vostri Occhi
Dolci Sensazioni

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Beat-Less 7" compilation (four bands from The Netherlands)

This 1988 7" from The Netherlands features four...if I have to label them somehow folky post-punk(?) songs. It's not super hard-edged stuff, but I like it nonetheless, especially the first two tracks.

Back cover image.

Got to Follow my Heart (Union Morbide)
Five (The Grabbits)
Fit In (The Vernon Walters)
Happy New Year (Yahoo)