Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dead Boys / Ramones at CBGBs

Thanks to my friend Ed for finding this and sending this along:

The Dead Boys and The Ramones live at CBGBs in 1979.



The Dead Boys song is Caught With the Meat in Your Mouth; as Joey says The Ramones play Loudmouth.

Too bad it's a little bit rough, but it's good to see them live back in the day.

Speaking of the Dead Boys and CBGBs is a whole set:

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Joey Ramones & the Dictators - The Kids are Alright

Distorted, but really good - The Dictators with Joey Ramone on vocals covering The Who's "The Kids are Alright."



They're at Coney Island High, which if I recall correctly was managed by Lindsay Anderson of The Kowalskis.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Criminals - Parlez Vous F*** You

This isn't the best track ever recorded by The Criminals, but it's got the best title and it's really awesome.



There is a good live version up on Youtube, too, plus one as part of a whole show including a "cover" of a Blatz song. Nice! I've only managed to see them live once, at Coney Island High in NYC, opening for Voodoo Glow Skulls* and another band whose name escapes me at the moment.


* Who I've seen at least three times, and it might be more like five or more. I've seen three shows were they were headlining (went to see the opening band) or where they opened, and they played at a festival show I went to and I can't recall if I stopped to see their set. They've popped up a lot of shows I've been at not to see them and got to see them anyway. Kind of how I got to see H2O, actually.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Hi-Standard - Another Starting Line

I'm off to visit some old friends, back in the city where I was first introduced to Ken Yokoyama's and Hi-Standard's music. So here is a recent one, from their long-awaited reunion release.



I still need a "FUCK KEN" t-shirt, but I doubt I'll ever find one.

I think I've said this before, but I've had a running argument about Ken Yokoyama's English. I think his accent is very, very thick - but his English is correct, idiomatic, and smooth. It sounds very Japanese, but you don't get a lot of "Let's Fighting Love!" errors in his songs. Check out Ricky Punks III for what I mean:



Here is a bonus track, as well - Ken Yokoyama, "Ten Years From Now."



I think that's Fat Mike from NOFX and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on the bass.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Rancid - I Kept a Promise - all I hear is Ramones

Ramones much?

I know the guys in Rancid love The Ramones. You can hear the influence on their song "The Brothels." They were on the stage for the last Ramones show ever, and did 53rd and 3rd with them for fuck's sake. But they generally don't sound very Ramones-y to me. But then comes along a track like this:



I just hear about five different Ramones songs in that one, not the least of which is I Wanna Be Sedated.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Armstrongs - If There Was Ever a Time

So this took long enough - Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid, The Transplants, Tim Timebomb & Friends) and Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day, Foxboro Hot Tubs, etc.) and two other guys last-named Armstrong that I'm less familiar with formed a band.



It's a fund-raising track for 924 Gillman Street. I've never been there, but my friend Jesse (The Criminals) has long been involved in keeping it going.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Green Day w/Tim Armstrong - Knowledge / Radio

Here is a good-quality sound video of Green Day featuring Tim Armstrong of Rancid, aka Lint of Operation Ivy. They cover Knowledge by Op Ivy, and then play Radio by Rancid. I can't really say "cover" here because Billie Joe Armstrong co-wrote Radio - he's got songwriting credits on it along with Tim and Matt Freeman.



It's a nice image - Tim and Billy Joe sitting on a porch writing, with no idea of their respective, successful, futures ahead.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Kowalskis - 100% Fun

I first saw The Kowalskis at a show including Mental Decay and SUX at The Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ.

I went to see SUX. What I didn't know was:

- it was a birthday bash for Lindsay Anderson, lead singer of the Kowalskis

- that those three bands had overlapping members.

I ended up really falling for The Kowalskis. Great, great band. Even better live than on their CD - and their CD kicks ass. It's 100% Fun.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Shonen Knife (少年ナイフ) - Bear Up Bison / Riding on the Rocket

I was just telling someone the other day about Shonen Knife. This is my favorite version of Bear Up Bison - the lead off track from Pretty Little Baka Guy. It just feels more raw and fuzzed out than the cleaner (but still good) version off of Let's Knife.



Same thing with the Japanese language version of Riding on the Rocket. Even when the only Japanese I knew was ich-ni-san-shi-go-roku-shichi-hachi-kyu-jyu, hajime, yame, and sensei, I liked this version more than the English language version. Again, it just feels more raw.



Probably didn't hurt that Pretty Little Baka Guy was one of the first two albums I owned by them, so I played it to death. And it helped me learn the planet names in Japanese, except I can only sing them.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Music Mythos: The Ramones

This is a pretty entertaining, very angry, long retrospective/rant about The Ramones.

And this guy likes one of my favorite albums by The Ramones - Subterranean Jungle. That was the first full-length album by The Ramones that I owned. It was a $2 cassette from the discount bin because someone had driven a nail through the case when it was being packed. The tape was fine, and I played the living hell out of it.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Kinks - Live in London 1973

My sibling showed me the final song of this set by The Kinks today, Village Green Preservation Society. It's outstanding. But the whole 10-song set is worth listening too.

Such a good, good band.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Pantera - Walk

Pantera is one of those bands I missed, more or less, when they came around. They weren't a big-name metal band when I was listening to metal.* They pretty much started making the music I'd have liked, and like now, after I wasn't really seeking out and listening to metal bands.

But this one song kept coming up - Walk.


It's really what I like in a metal song. It's one I can't turn off when it comes on. If you haven't heard it, give it a try.


* Not just metal, for sure, but most of the metal I got into was when I was in high school.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Rancid - Trouble Maker

The new Rancid album Trouble Maker kind of fits the bill. I put the CD in my CD player in my car when I got it, oh, a week or so ago. It hasn't been ejected since. I've been playing it straight through over and over alternated with brief bits of skipping around randomly through the tracks.

If you'd like to hear it all the way through, here it is.



Great stuff, once of their best. Right up there with . . . And Out Come the Wolves and Rancid (2000) in my book.

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.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Rancid - Ghost of a Chance

New Rancid!



Album comes out June 9th. I'm going to miss their NY/NJ area show because I'll be out of the state. Bad timing. I'll make sure to catch them the next time.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I Like the Cover Better: Motorhead - Shoot 'em Down

I love the original of this song by Twisted Sister. It's very TS and really feels like it could be a Brian Johnson-era AC/DC song with just slightly too many chords to really be AC/DC.



But the Motorhead version is everything that's good about the original and everything that is good about Motorhead.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Iron Maiden - The Prisoner

I really wanted to hear this yesterday, and requested it, but our music streaming service at work just wouldn't bring it up. I heard plenty of excellent Iron Maiden, some Metallica, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Pantera, and Megadeath . . . but it didn't scratch this itch.



There, that does it.

Good song, and of course, it's got the snippet of Patrick McGoohan as No. 6 in the beginning.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

J. Geils Band - Love Stinks

We lost J. Geils . . .



The J. Geils Band was the biggest and most popular band in my school when I was in 4th grade. Before that, I was in another school and Styx was huge. But that's when I first heard them. Freeze Frame and Centerfold, of course, but if they'd only ever done Love Stinks they'd still be a favorite of mine.

The Lords of the New Church - Like A Virgin

I can't believe I didn't post this before. Part of my commute home music this morning.



Better than the original. Play this one loud and belch along with Stiv Bators.

Friday, April 7, 2017

45 Grave - Evil

Today's post is brought to you by the number 45.



Thanks to a co-worker of mine way back when who included this song - along with two other 45 Grave tracks - on a mix tape.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Ramones - Every Time I Eat Vegetables It Makes Me Think of You

The other day my friend Ed and I were listening to the radio and Girlfriend in a Coma came on. I said, I prefer The Ramones take on the subject:



Really catchy. Really what-the-hell? too, which is very Ramone-y to me. "Did he just sing about Thorazine?" Yep.

That's from Subterranean Jungle, the first album by The Ramones that I owned personally.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - You Got Lucky

First off, this was a very cool video when it came out. It's probably not looking so cool to much younger folks seeing it the first time. But it's post-apocalyptic and had radiated-looking skies and a nice electronic intro. Tom Petty videos generally were worth watching as videos.



But also, this song is great. It's good solid rock and roll, for one. But also, rock and roll is filled with songs about getting broken up with, unrequited love, the pain of loss, and women that done broke your heart and men who don't deserve it (and vice-versa). But Tom Petty stands out with a trio of tracks that turn that around. You're leaving me? Go ahead, but I'm the catch here. Confidence, not loss. I loved it when I first heard it even if that kind of confidence took years to sink in to my life.

I'll post the other two some time, too - Free Falling and Don't Come Around Here No More, my favorite Tom Petty track. But for now, you got lucky. And got post-apocalypse.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

BNQT - Restart

I love this song. It reminds me of Matthew Sweet and T.Rex at the same time, plus a few other things I can't put my finger on.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Manitoba's Wild Kingdom - New York New York

"If I wasn't blasting Sister Ray I would lose my mind."

I love songs that reference songs. I also love it when both songs rock.



This is New York New York by Manitoba's Wild Kingdom - as in Handsome Dick Manitoba of The Dictators, plus friends (some of whom are in The Dictators.) If you visited NYC in the scary 70s and grimy and dangerous 80s this song will stick to you. Me, I grew up in one of them there safe suburban slums. Still, this song makes me sing out loud, so be wary of playing it around me. It's the song that pops into my head on long subway rides when people start dancing or singing or panhandling. Fun stuff. The song, anyway, not the subway nonsense.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Dictators - Faster and Louder

For a blog named after, themed after, and inspired by a song by The Dictators, it's had a nearly criminal lack of The Dictators recently.

Let's fix that, right now, faster and louder.


It's got Bruce Springsteen doing a 1-2-1-2-3-4 count on it, too.

For fuck's sake, it's about time I posted that.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Shonen Knife - It's a New Find

Wear your socks inside out. Get a weird haircut. Have fun. It's a new thing!


There is nothing I don't like about Shonen Knife.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Blue Hearts

I mentioned these guys before, and linked to a cover of their stuff from the movie Linda Linda Linda.

I'm not sure I've talked about them before.

I wish I'd heard of them earlier, but I have to admit I don't think I did prior to 2005 or 2006. I stumbled across the movie Linda Linda Linda, discovered The Blue Hearts, and then had friends (and a great Japanese teacher, Kimura-sensei) lend me their stuff.

I wish I'd known about them much earlier. I'd have loved them when I was in high school and college, when I was discovering bands like Naive and digging deeper and deeper into punk's roots.

Once I discovered this band, I got turned on to The High-Lows, and later onto Cro-Magnons, both successor bands to The Blue Hearts. Neither band really grabbed me as much as the original did, but they're good, too.

Here is a quick selection of standout tracks of theirs:

Owaranai Uta


Linda Linda


Train Train


Here is a good, full, live set. That YouTube user has a number of full set videos.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Paranmaum - Linda Linda (The Blue Hearts cover)

This is one of my favorite fake bands.

Fake band?

Not a band. It's the band in a movie. It's actors playing - check Bae Doona on vocals, and Girls #15 Aki Maeda on drums - but it's really good.

In this case it's Paranmaum ("Blue Hearts" in Korean, I'm told) covering The Blue Hearts "Linda Linda." It's from the movie Linda Linda Linda, which is extremely watchable. I could follow along even when I caught about 10% of the Japanese. And it has a dream sequence featuring The Ramones.



If you keep going they go into Owaranai Uta over the credits. Yeah, you just caught the payoff. Still worth watching the whole movie.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Shonen Knife & CJ Ramone - Blitzkreig Bop

I love The Ramones. I loved CJ Ramone, and in fact when I finally got to see The Ramones it was CJ on bass at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park (motto at the time: post-apocalypse charm, pre-apocalypse parking!)

I also deeply love Shonen Knife (少年ナイフ), another band it took me forever to get to see. Finally saw them live at Maxwell's in Hoboken NJ.

Here they are together, slamming through Blitzkreig Bop.



If you check CJ's channel, there is a video of them doing a song called Scattergun together as well.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Warren Zevon's birthday

Warren Zevon would have been 70 today. I'm sorry he didn't get there. I'm pretty much sad he didn't get there every time I hear one of his songs - he was unique even in a field full of personalities.

Happy Birthday Warren. I hear your shit is fucked up, though.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Wall of Voodoo - Mexican Radio

Wall of Voodoo is a band largely known for one song - this one. They're a lot deeper than that, though. Still, "Mexican Radio" is painfully catchy, memorable, and has a weird video.



Periodically I just need to hear Mexican Radio.