Sunday, January 31, 2010

Iron Curtain - Artifact

This is a collection of demos/live stuff from Iron Curtain. All their music has been repressed recently but before that their records and tapes would have been near impossible to find. Even this release is limited to just 350 copies. The music is very dark depressing synth possibly recorded in a bedroom in the 80s. Really great stuff. I'm still trying to get the other reissues but this is proving difficult.
I ordered this from the good people at Missing Link. If you need to track down some weird obscure record they will probably be able to get it for you. As with most orders I get from them, Scotti the mailorder dude chucked in a bunch a random free shit. What a champ.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Got Fucked Up

The new Fucked Up singles compilation Couple Tracks is out. I pre ordered this last year from Matador Records so I could get the bonus 7" with it. As the postage was going to be heaps I ordered a bunch of the Matador 7"s that were already on the LP anyway.

Fucked Up - Couple Tracks
Double LP collecting all their 7" singles from 2002 - 2009. This is a good thing as I can't usually be fucked listening to 7"s with only one song on each side. Now I can play them all at once.

Fucked Up - Couple Tracks 7"
This is the 7" that came with the pre order. Same cover art as the LP except Fucked Up text is in black instead of red. Only available packaged with the LP. I don't know how many were made but Matador has sold out of them already. There might be some floating around in stores and distros still. Reading the lyrics to this song it seems to be about record collecting. 

Fucked Up - Crooked Head 7"

Fucked Up - No Epiphany 7"

Fucked Up - Year Of The Pig 7" (UK)

Fucked Up - Year Of The Pig 7" (JAPAN)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Best albums of 2009

I know it's a bit late to be posting a best of 2009 list but I've been too lazy to do it till now. So here it is in no particular order, though I must say that Dinosaur Jr - Farm is album of the year for me.

Dinosaur Jr - Farm
Not only is it album of the year it's also best cover art of the year. Up there with the best of the Dinosaur Jr catalog. Can't wait to see them in March!

Iron Age - The Sleeping Eye
I was a bit late getting into this and then one day while watering the lawn I put it on my ipod and was blown away. The neighbors must have thought I was a bit strange as I headbanged along while playing hose guitar.

Converge - Axe To Fall
The first time I played this on my turntable I thought it was playing on the wrong speed until a changed it  and realized it was just a fucking fast intro.

Mammoth Grinder - Extinction Of Humanity
I must have clicked on the Cyclopean Records webstore a couple of times a day for months until the pre order for this went up. When it finally arrived I was not disappointed.

Hatred Surge - Deconstruct
The thing I like most about this band is the dual male and female vocals. Austin, Texas has so many good bands that will probably never make it to Australia. I'm tempted to go there just to see them.

Cult Ritual - Self Titled LP
This is noisy hardcore that has more in common with bands like Sonic Youth than Youth of Today. Luckily I like Sonic Youth.

Pissed Jeans - King Of Jeans
I kept seeing this album in the record stores and not picking it up because I thought it was Kings Of Leon. I really need to pay more attention cause when I finally heard it I kicked myself for not getting it sooner.

Wolves In The Throne Room - Black Cascade
This album is so heavy, and I don't mean just the music. My weak arms were sore after carrying this home from the record store. As with most Southern Lord releases it's double super heavy weight vinyl with a inner sleeve and inner inner sleeve in a gatefold sleeve that's about as thick as a record mailer. They're touring Australia in February but not coming to the always ignored Western Australia so I'll be missing out.

Municipal Waste - Massive Aggressive
Probably not their best record but still worth a listen. Municipal Waste are a fun band and always get me in a good mood when I spin their stuff.

Iron Lung / Walls / Pig Heart Transplant - Public Humiliation
I've already posted about this record but wanted to mention it again. 3 great bands powers combined, it's like Power Violence Rangers!

Sarah Blasko - As Day Follows Night
This is Sarah's 3rd album but the first to get released on vinyl. I wish the first 2 would get some vinyl releases too. Went to one of her shows last year and as always it was a great performance. Everyone I know was too hardcore to go so I took my mum. It was a nice change from the other shows I went to last year.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Slavescene - Fuck Off Away From Me

Noisy hardcore from ex Cult Ritual members. First press on Blue wax. Get it from Deranged Records

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sex Vid

Snapped up these 7"s that the band had leftover from their tour. Glad I didn't have to get them from ebay.
Sex Vid - Nests

Sex Vid - Voyeur