Friday, June 9, 2017

Rancid - Trouble Maker

Rancid's latest album is out as of today:



My CD, t-shirt, and pin are on the way . . . but naturally these days you can download the MP3s right away.

I did that, queued them up in my car . . . and got "unplayable file." Grr. I came back from work and fixed that and I'm playing it right now.

Great stuff. I'm really enjoying it.

Generally Rancid albums are a slow burn for me. I play it through, I kind of go, "Ok, that's fine." Then they settle in and never leave. Rancid (2000) is a good example of that. It went from "Huh" to my hands-down favorite Rancid album.

This one won't kick that one to the curb but it's really excellent. I'm a total die-hard Rancid fan, so that take my review with that in mine - I rate their albums on a scale from "love it!" to "totally kicks ass!"

This one falls somewhere in that range. Heh. LET'S GO!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Stiv Bators and the Zeroes - Mr. MX-7

I finally saw Tapeheads, which I watched basically because a) Stiv and b) Bators. Stiv Bators is in it as Dick Slammer, obnoxious lead singer of The Blender Children.

The song they sing is Mr. MX-7, which was released as Stiv Bators and the Zeroes:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Rancid - Telegraph Avenue

Second single from the upcoming Rancid album was posted up today:



I love the "PUNK" switch that gets stomped just before the song ramps up.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Por Moi + The Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died

These songs were back to back on a mix tape I made in the 90s, and they're now inextricably linked in my head as a double-header:

Part 1

Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Por Moi


Part 2

The Jim Carroll Band - People Who Died



Poor Tony. He couldn't fly.


And for what it's worth, the Rancid album . . . And Out Come the Wolves is named after a line in the song "Junkie Man" that album penned by and recited by Jim Carroll.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Rancid - Live at the Filmore 12/12/1995

Here is a throwback to Rancid arend when I first saw them - this not long after And Out Come the Wolves . . . came out. My first show was a year or so before this, after Let's Go. I still regret not making sure to get one of those burgundy-colored Let's Go T-Shirts, but they'd sold out before I realized I should push my way to the merch counter and buy a shirt.

I always try to get T-shirts or CDs or something at the show, if only because I know the band gets so much more of the cost when I do. I have to support what I love, or who will?

Anyway, Rancid live.



Enjoy.