Friday, July 20, 2007

hit me with your best shot

Nothing Personal

oh i love to hate you. or hate to love of those. anyway, from the bowels of the same city that brought you scrog and assuck, the devil's asshole (tampa, florida), came this utterly delightful band. if you like your punk extra poppy, or your rock really peppy, you might just like hankshaw. actually, if you like your boys to sound like girls, you will like hankshaw. aside from the tight musicianship and hooky as hell music, the defining characteristic of this band is harold's singing. this isn't your typical "emo" crybaby singing or the painful scream-singing of all the other bands in this "genre," harold belts out some seriously lovely girly-ass vocals. but in a good way. there were time when people actually thought it was a girl singing. i've been at shows where people were disappointed not to see a sweet young girl take the stage. instead, it's some dude named harold! anyway, these guys were great. and i use the word "were," not only because i think they are no longer really doing much, but also because they turned into something completely differet from what these albums represent. this was their first big full length album. its catchy as hell.



a 2 song 7". i can't remember if this came out before nothing personal or after, but it features my favorite song of theirs, "maple." its a peppy little number that always reminds me of driving my car. maybe because i had it on a cassette mix that i listened to in my car alot. that could be the reason.


Everyday I Wish You Harm EP

as the title and art suggests, you can probably figure out what this ep is all about. you definitely notice a progression in the songwriting on this thing. it gets way less punky. i really thought they were gonna hit it big with this one. doghouse was putting out some good records at this time, and it seemed like this one just got overlooked. who knows. features a wicked pat benetar cover.



so yeah, i put this record out. and it burned me. at the time i was super into the harm ep and the 7". they were random acquaintances of mine and when they were on tour with elliot, i went to go see them in nyc. i chatted with them about doing something and they were super excited about it. so we made the plan. i threw them some money to record. they eventually sent me a dat tape with the following songs, and then i never heard from them again...haha. when i listened to these songs, i'll be honest, i was disappointed. i wont say they are bad, because they are not. they are actually terrific songs, but its just not the same band i loved. it is some super dawsons creek soundtrack kinda stuff. unbeknownst to me at the time, they were going through some changes. somewhat of a crossover phase into "mainstream" or proper radio songs...who knows. i even tried to roll with it. when the cd came out, i repeatedly pleaded with them to let me put together a promo package i could send to radio and magazines and everything. but my pleas fell upon deaf ears. they just werent interested anymore. after the cd came out, i seriously never heard from them again. not a word. the only people at all interested in the cd were people from tampa. i legitamately sold maybe 200 of them and the rest i gave away. i even sent a box of 100 to ebullition and asked kent to please put them in packages he was sending out...FOR FREE! a month later i got the box back and a message from kent, "sorry." haha. amazing. i sent yet another message to the band saying i will pay all the shipping if they want the cds. i will send them the remaining 500 for them to do with what they please, i just need them out of my house! nope. never heard a word. the box still sits on my shelf. fucking hell.


from what i've understood. they released another album after this. i think they do movie soundtracks now. or they just mess around in the studio or something...who knows. i even think they moved to atlanta. wierd. well these records are still good anyway. i hope you enjoy.


Blogger blend77 said...


hahah!! i was listening to some funny 80;s song this morning... I Cant Wait by Nu Shooz... remember them?

haha! so funny.

i havent read this yet, but i will...

good to see you around ph.

12:19 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

another emo screamo blog

12:26 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...


for fans of orchid, neil perry.

12:34 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

One Eyed God Prophecy

12:36 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...


(note: add ".rar" to end of filename before extraction.)

12:55 PM  
Blogger Destroyer said...

Hey, I've been out of it for awhile.
Hope you guys are doing well. The blog seems pretty busy.
I have a couple of personal requests and maybe some of you might be able to help.

• Cinemechanica - any album.
• The Union of a Man and a Woman - any album
• Uzeda - "Stella"

As a token of my appreciation:
Some Shellac singles:

(1993) The Rude Gesture

(1993) Uranus

(1994) The Bird Is The Most Popular Finger

I'll make a proper post in the near future.

1:00 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

hey destroyer...I can do the Uzeda and 2 Cineme albums..martial arts and ep1.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Destroyer said...

Thx man, that would be awesome. I got only 2 Cinemechanica songs from the martial arts album. I was listening to them yesterday intensely.
The new Uzeda can be streamed on the Tn'G site and sounds amazing. One of the best things I've heard lately. If you could share, I'll be very happy this weekend.

By the way I got a few concers this weekend.
Tonight I'll see Sonic Youth perform Daydream Nation. Should be awesome! I can't wait!. They are also performing a free concert Saturday in Sta. Monica which is very close to me but I think I want to have the Daydream Nation memories stick longer in my mind.

Sunday Girls Against Boys will perform "Venus Luxury".

I love this new trend of performing full albums. So many old bands have great early albums and could do the same...

1:26 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey destroyer...

i have The Sounds of The Union of a Man and a Woman at home. I'll get it up here for you this weekend..

2:56 PM  
Anonymous destroyer said...

cool dude! that'll be awesome! Thx!

3:41 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

cinemechanica - the martial arts - 2006

Cinemechanica - EP1

Uzeda - Stella(V0)

there ya go Destroyer...enjoy

3:52 PM  
Anonymous destroyer said...

hey... thx a lot! I am looking forward to this!

4:00 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

gi joe pack 9

gi joe pack 10

4:48 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

ok guys...I'm out for the weekend probably...might stop in sat or sunday to check in. I will up all the rest of the Gi Joe's on monday, you should have enough issues to keep you busy:p

everyone have a good weekend

4:52 PM  
Anonymous DB said...

hey. im new here. this blog is awesome. so much great 90s emo stuff. one thing ive been looking for forever is the EMPIRE STATE GAMES ep that initial put out back in the day. i used to have it, but after i moved out of my parents i lost it...if anyone had that and could toss it up on mediafire thatd be simply AMAZING!!!


5:37 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey db. i am unaware of that one...was that around the time of Falling Forward?

Paps could find it i bet.

while youre here, make sure you browse the comments. there are hidden gems everywhere, starting a month or so back with the Econochrist post. the Mouthpiece quotes will net you so many albums youll bleed emo and hardcore...

and grab the comics paps been upping too. great stuff. we bringin it back!

8:05 PM  
Anonymous db said...

thanks man...they were a great kinda pop/emo band that just never really caught on.

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i found the empire state games discography. ill get it posted. this weekend or monday. hopefully tomorrow night.

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Ben. said...

the hankshow story is gold. ahhh... putting out hc records *sigh*. thanks. oh, and yeah - still think it sounds like a girl!

5:15 AM  
Anonymous db said...

thanks a ton maize...i didnt even know they released a discog...ive always just been hunting for the EP on initial.

10:16 AM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

hey blend is that benchmark just the file 13 7"?
you wouldn't happen to have the doodlebug demo as well?
or any burned up bled dry or rash of beatings?

5:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ive got the burned up bled dry on slap a ham. ill do it monday (same with the ESG for db)

8:57 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

sweet, thanks maize, i used to have both their 7"s and loved them, ft. smith hardcore, as a tulsa boy they were part of our sister scene. every weekend kickball matches between the cities. it was an awesome time.

2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah they (BUBD) came to my town to play a show with my band and the club (an art gallery) had "forgotten" there was a show that day and no one came to open up, although i had my suspicions that the guy who set up the show failed to tell the people we were having a show. so we ended up eating pizza with them.

8:31 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

gi joe pack 11

gi joe pack 12

3:27 PM  
Anonymous db said...

back in maybe 98 or 99 my old grind band played a killer show with BUBD in was them, his hero is gone and los crudos. there used to be so many amazing shows like that back around then

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey paps 82-92 got skipped.... thought id let ya know. thanks again for these!!!

8:57 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

hey look, music!

Kidcrash - Jokes (2007 vinyl rip)

9:49 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

kidcrash is SO good.

Sweet baby Jaysus

are you Aaron?

10:28 AM  
Blogger papstar said... music

1.6 band - broke up
not sure if that has been there ya have it

Forstella Ford - Insincerity Down To An Artform

Tasharah - Tasharah
features members of takaru

12:31 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

The Sound of a Union of a Man and a Woman.

weird mix of early Unwound, with Blood Brothers weirder stuff, and geekier vocals.

2:38 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

Couldn't remember if this has been posted...

Spirit of Versailles - The Confluence of all the senses

2:59 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

jaysus is jay.
i do know a few aarons though.

3:33 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

speaking of blood brothers, i guess it should be said they broke up last week

4:13 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

I haven;t seen that anywhere! do you have any links ?

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hot cross broke up a couple weeks ago too. hadnt heard about the BBs.

4:47 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

no link to it yet, just straight from their mouths.

4:53 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

wow..thats rough. they were together quite a while

5:00 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

yeah, two of them are moving to portland to start something new, and the drummer is starting up something with one of my roommates.
apparently they were offered a tour with against me the day after the decision was made, but they wouldn't go for it. there's one final show sceduled for the capitol hill block party here in seattle. other than that just records and memories

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Destroyer said...

thx Blend! Downloading now...

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok, FINALLY...

burned up bled dry - cloned slaves for slaves

empire state games - discography

9:41 PM  
Anonymous db said...

thanks again for ESG!!!

9:58 PM  
Blogger soulfire said...

The comments section on this blog will definitely go down as one of my personal highlights of HardCore 2007.

As Verbal Assault said: More than music! How about uploading some zine scans? Some issues of NO ANSWERS perhaps???

5:44 PM  
Blogger shadowpuppetmaster said...

so I just recently found this blog through a friend, and can't express how stoked i was just running through the first few posts, much less the impressive backlog and the comments-a-plenty. it's more than just the readily available hard-to-find stuff, and good recommendations (btw La Quiete = sonic gism, no joke, i had chills it was so good, so good, so that's part of it, sure), but it's more than that. let me explain.

i spent my high school years and some early college in Santa Barbara, CA, and cut my teeth on so many of these bands posted here, that reading you guys is like being back in SB all over again (i moved away to oregon, and now live in chicago). a lot of these bands I saw play week in and week out in steve aoki's living room, the Pickle Patch; I would ride my skateboard down to buy their records off Kent personally at Ebullition, even reviewed a couple albums for heartattack (Decay, and some others). kent and lisa were an integral part of the scene that was my life during those years, and, so to keep it short, reading all this stuff and rediscovering some of the records i'd either completely lost or never owned by many of the bands I saw during those years in the 90's is freaking amazing, simply put. and you guys obviously know your shit.
so, huge Kudos, and if I ever see any of you i'll be buying the first round (unless you're sXe, then i guess something else will have to work, haha).

8:20 PM  
Blogger shadowpuppetmaster said...

as a token of kickassness, here's a bunch of Shellac, some commonplace, others not so. cheers. -K

Excellent Italian Greyhound LP (Touch And Go, 2007)
192 kbps mp3

Peel Session 1 (12-02-04)
VBR 195-204 mp3 (9 tracks)

Peel Session 2 (Date Unknown)
VBR 128-160 mp3 (4 tracks)

Shellac/Mule Split 7" (laff-n-go, 1997)
VBR 195-204 mp3

Rare and Oddies (Unknown release dates)
9 tracks, VBR 128-160 mp3 (one or two are kinda glitchy)

Futurist LP [also referred to as the 'friends of Shellac' record] (1997)
mp3 192kbps

At Action Park LP
Touch and Go Records, 1994
mp3 320kbps

8:32 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Shadowpuppetmaster -

thanks man, youre words mean alot. this is why i started this blog. in a sea of internets and intrawebs i wanted to find people who shared some of the memories of these bands. at the least, i wished to reach some new people, but having people like you and the others who have become regulars here has fully realized what this blog was intended for.

most of us grew up 'round that time, when finding all these records was hard, something you had to search for, flip over a few rocks, know the right people or be in the right town. finding a band that spoke directly to you was like discovering fire. it is clear you feel that way too, so we are happy to share in all of this with you. and the bands still exist. thats the best part. different people, different names, different sounds, but the same burning passion of life. I think La Quiete is a good example of what i mean...

so thanks again, and thanks for all the Shellac. My favorite Steve Albini band. ^_^

10:11 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

I think I just shed a tear.

getting slow around here...everyone alive?

11:50 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

haha! yeah, im alive. gettin busy over in these parts...

going to see Ampere and Daitro tomorrow... and then gone for the weekend...

I'll make a post sometime soon though. I got some great post-rock metal things... Omega Massif and Minsk.... if anyones interested...

hows you been paps?

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey paps, not to bother you, but did you get around to uploading the rest of the joe comics?

as for me, since i found i can read comics online, thats all ive been doing in my free time.

1:52 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

yes, i read alot of groo and stray bullets..

i still cant get pack 3 for Stray Bullets though...


2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it worked for me.

2:46 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

Yea, I can do the rest of GI Joe you know where I left off? and which packs you were missing.

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as far as issues ive got 1-104, excluding issues 82-92...

packs 1-8

i dont know if i downloaded somesthing wrong to skip those issues or what???

8:32 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

hmmm..I've upped 1-12 already...
here is 9-12

pack 9
pack 10
pack 11
pack 12

8:58 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

Hey Blend, did you try the 2nd link for stray bullets, after I reupped it?

try that..I just got it again and it opened just fine...lemme know.

I will start upping all the Groo's today.

9:02 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

gi joe pack 13

gi joe pack 14

9:38 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

gi joe pack 15

thats the last one...I'm upping 82-92 now...then I that should be all of them.

9:42 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

GI Joe 87-92

GI Joe 82-86

that is everything...Let me know if you are missing anything Maize.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok paps. i know what happened. pack 7,8 has the same files as 11,12.

pack 9,10 had the missing issues i needed. so there will probably be two packs missing something. 13 is ok, 14 is still DLing.

ill let you know...

10:32 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

ok gotcha...yea get them all in and let me know whats missing...I will up them before I delete all these!

I fixed that problem with groo, I just let the rar program split them into volumes for me, like I should have done with GI Joe. Groo is broken down into 4 series...versions 1 thru 4. Version 2 was the longest run, it had like 150 issues I believe. I also have a lot of extras by Arogones, lemme know if you are interested in any of those.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok. they are all there. thanks alot!!

those last two were full of books, i guess the files were smaller than some of the earlier ones.

12:38 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

yea...towards the end some of the files were only 5 megs...

1:13 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

Ok...this should be much easier. Here is all the Groo. Four different runs over the years. I put it up on a mediafire folder..
that is the link...should be about 15 rar files. enjoy

3:41 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

OK...I'm gone for the night...lemme know if you have any trouble downloading Groo.

4:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(volume 2)i was able to get the first 23 issues and the it went all corrupt and unexpected end of archives.

volumes 1,3, and 4 were fine.

anybody reading the walking dead? i just started it, pretty cool book.

10:08 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

yes...walking dead is excellent.

so are you saying I need to upload the entire 2nd volume again?

lemme knwo

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, i wasnt able to extract the rest of them. and it didnt seem like it would let you extract them seperately either.

10:15 AM  
Blogger papstar said...

Ampere/Funeral Diner Split 9"

2 new ampere songs, pretty good

4:42 PM  
Blogger papstar said...

the ampere songs are apparently on one mp3...don't know why the ripper did it that way....
2 songs, 1:31...too awesome

4:49 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

just saw them w/ Daitro last night...

i almost threw up when they closed with Money Stinks by DRI... the Funeral Diner split looks amazing, with all the etching...

i seriously freaked though when they did that cover..

Ampere fucking roooolz! so does Daitro.... go see, go see!!!

i got the Daitro tour 7" and the Ampere / Ringers split 6" too.... i'll try to rip them next week if someone else doesnt get to it first. im busy all this weekend...

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Cellarwork said...

Oh, thank you so much. I owe the first records, but I´ve never heared "Nothing Personal"... I´m very curious, download is nearly finished! ;-)

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

could you please re-up this album...

8:06 PM  
Blogger Milton said...

The Problem with Hankshaw is that they were a very lazy bunch of whiners. I'm sorry that either Harold or Johnny (whoever was supposed to be in touch with you) didn't do there part. That sort of disrespectful wasting of other peoples time and efforts lead to the ultimate demise of the group. We did record another record called "King Kandy" it's on It's pretty out there. The only person in Atlanta is me and I'm playing with The Hiss - everyone actually pulls there weight! Take care

6:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How in the world do I even open the Everyday I Wish You Harm EP? I can't get into it, I can't unzip it, I can't anything with it.

11:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can anyone repost the 1.6 band DISCOGRAPHY LP BROKE UP?????

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blend! i just came across this cause i was jamming hankshaw this morning. i didn't know that you were the Apt13 guy. Rad. I know you from VLV, sold you some records i think maybe. or maybe you just like my Gurp pics.

9:54 AM  
Blogger Kevin Killen said...

Can anyone help me get some of those Hankshaw demo tracks like "Angels and Frogs", "Circumstance", etc.? There seem to be some tracks floating around there that did not appear on any official release, so I am trying to hunt them down....thanks in advance!

2:52 PM  

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