Friday, February 14, 2014

The Chanters + Damien Youth + De La Soul

Happy Valentine's Day, if you want to pretend this is a real and not manufactured by the MAN holiday, I mean. Just kiddin', I don't mind it. It is manufactured by the Man tho.

Put out on Deluxe and distributed by King Records in 1958, the Chanters "No No No" b/w "I Make This Pledge (To You)" is tight doo-wop action. The A-side, "No No No," is particularly rockin', although the chorus, "no means yes," is a little weird. But it was probably different times back then.

As a parting shot, I woke up today with the opening to this Damien Youth song on repeat in my head -- haven't heard this peach in years. But the verse kept playing in my head on repeat, ya know, and it wasn't until I was in the car on the way to work that I got to the chorus, about every day being Valentine's Day. What a genuinely pleasant sentiment, even if it is a pretend holiday manufactured by the MAN.

Enjoy yourself. Don't forget, tonight only, De La Soul is giving away their entire discography for free (except for one, their most recent album).

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Dot Dash: "Shopworn Excuse" (2013)

The guitarist for D.C.'s Dot Dash, Steve Hansgen, played bass for Minor Threat, Government Issue, and Modest Proposal. The drummer Danny Ingram co-founded Youth Brigade and was in Swervedriver. Singer/guitarist Terry Banks and bassist Hunter Bennett were both in Julie Ocean, which I've never heard of but seems cool. Together, these cats produce an enjoyable sound -- check out Dot Dash and their Canadian label, The Beautiful Music.

Here's Julie Ocean:

Sunday, February 2, 2014

New Punk from Bandcamp

Offa Unknown Records, from Toronto:

From Chicago:

From Adelaide, Australia:

Late 70s/Early 80s power-pop from a compilation of the same:

Crazy noise from Athens, Greece:

Thrash from the UK: