Thursday, April 27, 2006



Hardcore punk isn't supposed to be surprising anymore. King Kong covering Judas Priest is nearly the standard sound. But on a good new compilation, Twin Cities Hardcore: Bring It Together (, one group's holler is more blurt than growl. "In high school I was a punching bag/When I got out, I was a punching fag/You fuck with me, man, I will fuck with you back/I ain't gonna fall between no crack." These lines, from the singer of Ass, come during a sort of funk breakdown, with the band going silent for each verse. Then the messy groove lunges forward again, and the other boys (and girl) join in on the cheerleading chorus, which spells out the title "A.S.S.K.I.C.K.A.T.R.O.N." Though this gimmick has its limits, the song stays with you because lead vocalist Jim Ass is so bizarre. He contorts his delivery as if to sound crazy/threatening, but it's a geek's macho, which gives the bash-back anthem humanity. In concert, after this tune, the band veers back into Cookie Monster vocals and minor-key crunch, leaving one to wonder whether the song was a fluke. But they're good enough to grow, and growl with the best of them, too.

Dear City Pages,

If by "fluke" you mean "cover song", then you're absolutely right.



But it's these songs that are currently keeping me alive.

Honeybus - Fresher than the Sweetness in Water

Kevin Ayers - Lullaby

Joyce & Nelson Angelo - Comunhão

Wednesday, April 26, 2006


I was lost. I didn't know where to turn. No one was reading Porkchops And Applesauce. I just couldn't understand it. I consulted my friends; no help. I spoke to people on the streets; I got slapped. Finally, I turned to my last resort...

The Reverend Julius Cheeks

Still no help. His concern was more for my eternal soul than my sinful webspace. With a obviously pained throat, he told me

"If I steal MP3s... If I offer them for download to the internet... If i seek to make people happy with files ripped from records and peer-to-peer networks... It's Nobody's Fault But My Own.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006


A band releases a handful of singles in the psychedelic era. They pass on a crappy song called "Born To Be Wild" and break up soon after. Here is a b-side and a demo.

The Human Expression - Calm Me Down.mp3

The Human Expression - Your Mind Works In Reverse.mp3

That's really all I know about these guys. There's a disc of demos on Cicladelic and a track ("Optical Sound") on the first Nuggets box.

Look Ma(son), new name!

Ya'll can't stop me now.

Monday, April 24, 2006



Rodgers And Nicholson -Worried Man Blues.mp3

Sunday, April 23, 2006

The Warm Week Ahead Post

The weather's pushing 70 here and I will listen to this song 15 times tomorrow. Smooth pop with shortwave radio samples and hooks. Thank you, Germany.

Holger Czukay - Cool in the Pool.mp3

special thanks to matth for possibly unknowingly passing me a better sounding copy of this than i'd been previously rocking

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Ja, so was ist heute?

Ein berühmt Geburtstag?

Eine Schule Feiertag?

NEIN!! Vier-zwanzig! Vier-zwanzig! Vier-zwanzig!

Kuno & the Marihuana Brass - Marihuana Mantra

-matt h

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Douglas vs. Lincoln got nothin' on these guys

BIAS DISCLOSURE: I HATE Sick of It All. They're music is boring and jocky, and when I saw them in LA when I was in high school, they responded to audience jeers by calling the hecklers "faggots". Lame Lame Lame. AFI was also on the bill and I actually welcomed their appearance after living through SOIA.

Sometime in the early nineties, when the corporate punk explosion was just beginning to ignite, Born Against challenged Sick of It All to a debate on NYU radio. The issues revolved around SOIA's decision to sign to In Effect, a subsidary of EastWest/Atlantic. In Effect's releases were distributed by Important, a subsidary of CBS. This led to SOIA deleting some words from their lyric sheets so their records could get into the KMarts of the midwest. Born Against, pseudo-anarchists they are, cried sell out.

That's about all the background you need before listening to the debate, for the next 37:14 of your life will be spent spinning in rhetorical circles with the obviously frustated and bored NYU DJ. The meta-commentary every time someone curses is also hilarious, given the debate's main subject, and the "No blood, no blood" ending is totally worth it. Hope you enjoy, and remember:

Pt. I
Pt. II
Pt. IV
Pt. V

-matt h

The "Wrong Candy For Easter" post

Capt. Beefheart + Magic Band - Kandy Korn.mp3

Monday, April 17, 2006

easter shame time

Two Perspectives:

dc Talk - I Don't Want It (sorry its a .wma)
Electric Deads - Anti Sex

-matt h

Sunday, April 16, 2006


Dodie West - Thinking of You.mp3

Happy re-birthday, Jesus.

Happy Springtime Bollywood Time

From Diwana 1967

From Farz 1967

From television 1

From television 2

From Bombay to Goa 1972

From The Great Gambler 1979

From Pakeezah 1971

From Pasodan 1968

Posters linked from and the wonderful display of Bollywood posters shown.

Friday, April 14, 2006

The Magic is You.

If it were possible for Meatloaf and Weird Al to sire a child...that child would be Corn Mo.

1. Lollipop
2. Robert Holiday
3. What's That?
4. Bananas! (I Got Bananas in My Hands!)

Pick a Bigger Weapon

Two reasons for posting these songs from the new Coup album:

1)One's funky as hell, and its a damn nice day outside for that kind of thing.
2)There's a war going on, remember?

The Coup - Head (of State)
The Coup ft. Silk E - Baby Let's Have a Baby Before Bush Do Something Crazy

-matt h

Tuesday, April 11, 2006


Hank Earl Carr (not Joseph Lee Bennett): shoots his child in the head, kills two police officers, takes a clerk hostage, accepts two telephone interviews with Florida media, shoots himself in head. Cameras capture everything, the story spirals out of control faster than it can be reported.

Haunting audio of WFLA's Don Richards basically listening to Hank rattle off a statement and foretell his own suicide. I promise I'll put up music tomorrow.

Monday, April 10, 2006

woody appreciation

The last thing Woody Guthrie recorded before his health made it impossible to continue writing and recording were children's songs. The last thing he recorded before that was a proto-concept album about two Italian anarchists who had been wrongfully-convicted and executed 20 years earlier.

I don't have any children's songs for you, but I do have a few from "Ballads of Sacco and Vanzetti," because it's probably the most interesting collection of songs by him that I've heard. He mangles his words and fumbles over guitar chords frequently, tells their story several different ways and from some different perspectives, gets Pete Seeger to sing a Sacco's death row letter to his son, and generally gives the impression that he had to get these songs out there and out there fast... which is weird, because of the time between the trial (1920) and this recording(1945-6). Maybe he thought that the Democracy-uber-alles mood of 1946 America required an historical slap in the back of the head from the very recent past, I don't know. In any case, I think it's what real music reviewers usually call "urgency."

Red Wine
We Welcome to Heaven

-matt h

22-HOUR EDIT: S&V were executed in 1927. Trial was in 1920. Changes made to post, because history majors should care about such things and not fly fast and loose with the facts.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Gary Numan minus synths but not minus homoeroticism. It's weird to me to hear his voice with acoustic guitars. But then I haven't heard all of his 45 albums, so there's probably some more un-synths instruments in his work somewhere.

here is the song: Tubeway Army - Jo The Waiter.mp3

Friday, April 07, 2006


Gary Numan minus synths but not minus homoeroticism. It's weird to me to hear his voice with acoustic guitars. But then I haven't heard all of his 45 albums, so there's probably some more un-synths instruments in his work somewhere.

here is the song: Tubeway Army - Jo The Waiter.mp3

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

I'm pretty sure they're not Canadian

Someone out there must've sampled this by now, right? Surely Del or the Pharcyde or one of those smooth-samplin' cats in the early 90's. It's even on one of those Dusty Fingers comps, fer fuck's sake! Maybe someone else will recognize it and point me to some obscure Heiro b-sides comp...

Placebo - Humpty Dumpty.mp3

hippies from the isle of wight (quikpost from workstation0

shide and acorn - i used to live within a world.mp3

Tuesday, April 04, 2006



edit: 8:39pm

T.D. Mischke: your best bet for making your advertising dollars do something besides create a boring ad for your stupid store or product. An ad on the Mischke Broadcast is an investment in a dying form of absurd wordplay and stream-of-consciousness sales. Personally, I'd probably never actually shop at a place like R.F. Moeller or The Spectacle Shoppe, but I won't hesitate to recommend them to friends who are looking for that sort of thing.

I'm tempted to just post more Mischke, but we'll return from the commercial break tomorrow or later tonight if I'm feelin' frisky.

- Mason