Sunday, November 24, 2019

A Couple of Post-Punk/Metal Bands From Washington State

It's chilly in Texas in late November, 2019. I love the tactile feel of typing. The way the tips of my fingers mash down hard on the keys on the keyboard. I like it when I get going fast, spewing out a stream of consciousness, ignoring misspelled words like consciousness with a squiggly red line underneath it.

Let's see what's happening on the Bandcamp. From searching the Punk New Arrivals, as I do:

Novopain is gothy Joy Division-esque post-punk from Washington State, $6 for their 6 song EP. Into it:

From Portland, how about this 8 song amalgam of hc and crust punk, and metal. $5 for an 8 song digital dl. Pretty badass:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Andrew Anderson; Slumb Party; Drunken Sailor

Andrew Anderson from Proto Idiot, Freak Genes, and The Hipshakes puts out quality product. His new album, Clean Yerself, is available for free download on Bandcamp. It's more quality product and I can't believe he's giving it away for free:

Also what about this good stuff the UK's Slumb Party, from Drunken Sailor Records:

Drunken Sailor Records put out the highly excellent Freak Genes album Qwak Qwak:

Thursday, November 14, 2019

CNQ Profile On: Sean Hocking / Metal Postcard Records

If you don't know about the amazing, eclectic, and effervescent Metal Postcard Records, now's your time to get hep. Here's an interview via e-mail I did with Metal Postcard's founder and main mane, Sean Hocking. This was a lot of fun to do. Thanks Sean!

CNQ: What is the origin of Metal Postcard Records? Can you talk about where you were location and life wise when you first started MP?

SH: I started a art project label with a friend in 2000. 12 Apostles. And released the first piece of vinyl by the likes of Girl Talk, cult London band ROC and Sydney mash up artist DSICO. With still the best Nirvana cover ever on the “punk as pussy” 12”

The label was run by myself in Sydney and my partner in crime Ben in London. After this project drew to a close I decided I’d like to run my own Lakeland on moving to NYC in 2004 I started Metal Postcard records with the following release as a 7” vinyl:

Make Sure you listen to both sides!

CNQ: You've lived all over -- you're in Sydney now, correct? Didn't you live in Hong Kong too, or am I making that up? Did you grow up in London?

SH: Today I’m 55 and when you get to this age you work out life is quite a complicated thing ! So here’s the potted

Was born in Adelaide Australia 1964

From age 3-8 lived in the West Indies ( Island of Tortola). First music memories Carnival, Steel Bands and what was called at the time Jump Up music - never wore shoes, school what was that !

So aged 8 went to a dark and grey England ( 1972 in the UK was a different world). And off to boarding school where the highlight of the week was Sunday evening being allowed to listen to the radio to hear the top 20 chart singles of that week.. that’s what really got me into music.. there’s lots to say about that place .. essentially for your generation imagine Hogwarts with peadophiles and sad men who survived the 2nd world war but took the sadness of their damaged lives out on small children with physical cruelty.

CNQ: I'm 43! I do feel like I have a lot in common with millennials but Potter-mania definitely not one of them. That's ok tho, it's good I present younger than I am, I think.

SH: There you go I imagined you were 10 years younger - although to be honest I didn’t have you as a potter reader I just thought the analogy might make sense

For secondary school I went to a place called Charterhouse - google it - famous musicians from there included Genesis ( who we all hated). And a Cocteau Twin was a couple of years above me in my house( boarding again) This is where music really kicked in - started aged 14 in 1978. So we’d sneak out of school and go and see the likes of the Ramones, Banshees, Damned, Undertones, Cramps,Killing Joke - the list goes on forever and all those really bad punk bands like Anti Nowhere League, Expolited, Cockney rejects , sham 69 etc etc

After school it was university at Sussex Uni - which in those days was proper Marxist ( not what people think Marxism is today) I studied American Literature with Marx & Engels critique .. my teachers were poets, real feminists.. they didn’t believe in exams so I only ever had to do finals and hand in a few essays.. so the rest of the time was spent what you should do at uni, reading, taking as many drugs as possible within our lean budget ( acid was very unhip in the mid 80’s so it cost nothing and along with cheap Lebanese hash was how we’d operate) as for music I’ll go into that later

After uni spent 2 years on the road - Australia, SE Asia and India

Then back to the UK at the height of Acid House - living in London

Then ran out of money - went back to Aus and settled there for 10 + years with the odd couple of years back in Europe

On 9/11 was in Battery Park City 2 blocks away from WTC and was a part of all that - mention it because it made a big effect on the music I released - told you about Wax Audio

But not DJ Foundation. From Mosul Iraq - I think you’ll like it

Mid 2000’s lived in NYC for a few years Brooklyn - sort of getting gentrified but not quite there so it was a fun time to be there

Then after that to Hong Kong as you correctly say - was there for 10 years and then to Portland OR from 2015 - 2018

And now back in Sydney while my son from one of my marriages finishes high school - he needs a bit of male guidance so we don’t have too many disasters

When he finishes - who know where next - but nowhere is forever. We live on a big beautiful planet and as far as I’m aware we are only here one so might as well make as much of it as I can

It’s all as clear as mud now !

CNQ: You stopped putting out hard copies (vinyl, I assume you also did cassettes and CDs?) with MP a while back, and now focus on digital releases. What do you think are the plusses and minues for musicians and labels putting out physical media vs digital releases only? Any advice for people who may be thinking of starting a label, or for bands who may want to submit to MP? And do you think you'll ever return to physical media with MP?

SH: Yes - when I ran out of money .. most physical never made its money back except for a few, I have released all three formats and as a collector who has just sold a 10k records and 5K cd collection I’m loathe not to sell physical. I will do so again when there is money !

If you want to be on MP - it’s simple write me a nice email and I’ll do my best to help you with your release. Just a word of warning , if money is the first thing on your mind I’m probably not the best label to talk to .. all the budgets spent on music pr, radio promo etc was a waste of time and I’m doing it no longer. So I’m interested in you weirdoes out there who want to build your catalog with a small label and I’ll do my utmost to make independent, radio, blogs, online pay attention and see if my licensing and sync buds will push out to their clients.

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Cool interview, right? I forgot to ask Sean about Dandelion Radio but def check it out, and you should also get on the e-mail subscription list for Bottom of the Pops immediately.

And finally, if Mr. Hocking wasn't busy enough, he was kind enough to make a Spotify Metal Postcard playlist specifically to accompany this post. Let's rock:

Monday, November 11, 2019

R.I.P. STINKY DON (AUGUST 2001 - NOVEMBER 2019)

My 19 year old cat Stinky Don passed away and that just is what it is. I got her in August, 2001, and she fit in the palm of my hand. She shat on my buddy's shirt when she was a kitten while he was petting her. He said she looked so relaxed.

She once got accidentally dunked into a crock pot full of grease. She was a birder and a rambler when she was young. She was a strong-willed but sweet fur-iend when she got old. Her mother's name was Seven, but that's as far back a geneology chart I can go. I saw the litter when they were first born, so I know she had siblings. But she was brought to me in a "do you want her or not" fashion, when in my opinion she was too little to have been separated from the mother. But her owner was moving, so I took the tiny, furry thing, first named her Face, then she quickly became Stinky Don (Don as in like Don Corleone, I thought she was a boy), and we had a wild 19 years together.

I ripped up a whole room of carpet so she could have a whole room of our house to shit and piss in all to herself (after I took up the carpet, she went back to pissing in the litter box. But it was a rare treat for me when there would be a turd in the litter box, instead of adjacent to it, or on the other side of the room. Or right by the door.).

She inspired many funny songs and many funny, furry stories. As my main mang Big A put it, "she was a muse and amusing."

Old girl had an excellent run.

Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft was playing as she passed there in the vet clinic's little room. She went easy.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Punk from Argentina, Miami, and Boston; Acoustic Folk from Rwanda.

CNQ has an interview with Sean from Metal Postcard coming up, that'll be cool. I recently got on MeWe, which is touted as a next-gen social media site, but I know Google Plus when I sees it.

Got back on Fallout 4 with a new character, Red Blackhead, and a random start DLC, which takes away the burden of being the Chosen One or whatever. Such a burden. Still finding new things in that game. Never had an NPC talk about Halloween in the game when it's actually Halloween in the game! And met a guy who wouldn't sell me his dog. What a great game.

This Talactus S/T was released back in July. 13 or so minutes long, 15 song Argentinian punk album that is enjoyable all the way thru:

SHOVEIT is a three-piece punk band from Miami, FLA. Their debut EP "EFF U" is a tight 4 song, 9 minute effort that draws on 90s and early oughts pop-punk. That's usually not my bag, but this EP is highly listenable. I got it on repeat. Click the link to EFF U and it takes you to a site called Songwhip, which then directs you to the streaming service of your choice to listen to EFF U, which is neat.

Saw Palehound from Boston open up for Big Thief at Trees earlier in the week. Amazing vox + rockin' Americana, this is off a 13 track album that you should definitely listen to and certainly see the band if you get a chance:

The Good Ones, RWANDA, you should be loved. I love this 12 song album, which clocks in around 40 minutes. I can't think of a reason why you wouldn't love this, it's beautiful: