Wednesday, August 29, 2007

zen and the art of mix tapes #006

Zen and The Art of Mix Tapes #006 Please Kill Me

I woke up this morning thinking of the best mix tape. Namely because I was in the mood to listen to some of this stuff, and also cuz it symbolizes an era when punk took its form. The rest is history. Punk branched into hardcore, so on and so forth, and it may have been the best thing America ever produced. Punk and its influence has spread all over the map, even going so far as to influence the inspiration they began with. It is felt in all corners of the rock world, and definitely a huge reason why I ended up the way I did and ended up here, with Zen and the Art.

It was with a strange feeling of synchronicity that I received word that Hilly Kristal, the owner of the legendary CBGB, died today. It then became imperative that I come home and complete this mix, not only in an honor of the era and its reach, but in honor of man who intended to host a venue that featured Country, Blue Grass and Blues and instead fell victim to the burgeoning punk scene of 1970's NYC. Hilly Kristal made possible much of what we love today. Not to say it wouldnt exist, but it would be a different beast entirely. I think we can agree on that.

So this mix is to Hilly Kristal for giving a bunch of unruly kids a chance, to the bands for changing the face of rock and shaping the punk landscape in its infancy and onwards, and to the fans, for giving it our ears and our heart and allowing it to exist to its current day.

PS. I broke the rule again too. I couldnt decide on which Stooges song to put. They are both so different, and both so crucial. So you get both. The Ramones song was chosen as a semi tribute to Gabba Gabba Hey, for obvious reasons. Enjoy! The music will never die.

1. Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer
2. The Stooges - No Fun
3. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
4. MC5 - Tonight
5. Television - See No Evil
6. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Love Comes In Spurts
7. Talking Heads - With Our Love
8. Lou Reed - Vicious
9. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers - Chinese Rocks
10. The Stooges - Down On The Street
11. New York Dolls - Jet Boy
12. The Ramones - Pinhead
13. Bad Brains - Pay To Cum


Blogger Andrew said...

This is a great mix.

1:41 AM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

woo! thanks for the semi-tribute,

I was jotting down ideas for my own, and I started off with the obvious Ramones track (not pinhead) but I actually don't listen to that much NY punk stuff... more UK/Irish 70's pop punk, I guess. Although the Lou Reed song is killer... love that album.

Where do I send the mixtape?

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what sucks is never again EVER will we get to see a ramones reunion tour and they wont be able to play a private party for me at CBGB's.

RIP to all the fallen. joey, johnny,dee dee, hilly.

9:12 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

true dat... funny how marky and tommy, the only non-full-time members, are still alive... i bet if either of them had played drums for the full length of time ,they would be dead now too...

Gabba, just put your mix here in the lateste comments, put the link, the name and the tracklisting... and we'll post it up for you...

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont forget c.j. and elvis!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops...and richie

10:42 AM  
Anonymous jaysin said...

as Modern Life is War said, "we are all dead ramones" btw- amazing band and song.

thanks for a great mix. sad that i never got to go to a show at CBs. But those bands really built a great foundation for what we listen to today. Heard the NPR story about Hilly yesterday. He did a great job of getting new bands out there.

i don't know if it is just megaupload, but the mediafire downloads work just fine for me.

11:09 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

funny enough, i never went to CBs either... by the time i started going to shows, most of what was there wasnt very good... the hey day was from '68 to maybe '90...

megaupload stinks sometimes...

11:23 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

by the way, Gabba, if your saying youre not a fan of the Bad Brains, then we cant be friends anymore...


11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

id have done mediafire, but i ripped the files too big and dont know how to split stuff....

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bad brains is DC anyways.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops, just realized not all the bands on that are NY anyways....heh

11:47 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

yeah its not a stringent NYC thing.. though Bad Brains were in NYC from 80 onward... CBGBS was their main place.

and the Stooges and MC5 didnt play CB's much, but you cant talk of that time without mentioning them.. so maybe it was kind of fucked that i put 2 stooges songs, but i love them, so whatevs... lol!

11:54 AM  
Anonymous mr x, indeed said...

hey, great mixtape, (could do with a little suicide though!)
i was is new york a couple of years ago and i decided to explore manhatan by setting out to do a mini ramones tour.
CBGB's was basicly a t-shirt shop and 53rd & 3rd was in a shiny new buisness district.
(i think a piece of me died that fateful day...)

12:04 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

thanks Mr X! yes, regretfully i didnt have any Suicide. though i thought they should be on there... as well as Blondie, The Dictators and Patti Smith.

also, it may be apparent from the title, but despite my CBGB tribute, it is also an homage to the book of the same name. Please Kill Me, which all of you should definitely read.

i think i did a review of it a ways back... check the search function...

12:27 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

Ok, I'll see if I can upload mine my tomoro... I don't think there's gonna be any BB on it, blend, although I might possibly put some Patti Smith in!

1:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

down III : "over the under" leak!!!

im excited.....

3:28 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

what is it? Down III??

me stppoid.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what? yeah, down with pantera/c.o.c. dudes.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous jaysin said...

So maybe cause finding this blog along with some of the other peoples on here blog's, but it has made me wonder with a bit of nostalgia, what happened to a lot of the people in a lot of these amazing mid-90s band? There seems to have been quite the revival of the mid 90s emo/screamo scene. And while I don't want to see an Indian Summer or Native Nod reunion tour, I would be interested to know if any of these people went on to other bands. I was quite the nerd back then and would be pretty up to date on a lot of that scene gossip, but I really don't remember if some of those people actually went on to anything else. Thinking about some bands that were quite influential from back in the day. Like INFEST, i dont remember ever hearing of any bands that were "ex-infest" or whatever. Anyways, just something i was thinking about.

12:47 AM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

check out this site:
it practically has every band in family tree style display, there you can find the members of infest only were infest save one who was also in neandrethal.

6:04 AM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

Ok, here's my contribution:

'Tickle Yr Ears' by Gabbagabbahey

1. Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
2. Undertones - Teenage Kicks
3. My Bloody Valentine - You Made me Realise
4. The Radiators - Johnny Jukebox
5. Operation Ivy - Soundsystem
6. Rancid - Life Won't Wait
7. Fugazi - Turnover
8. Moss Icon - The Life
9. Swing Kids - 43 seconds
10. Sweep the Leg Johnny - The Blizzard of '99
11. Patti Smith - Ghost Dance
12. Radio Flyer - (312)
13. Hot Water Music - No Division
14. Leatherface - Gangparty
15. Lungfish - Non Dual Bliss
16. Green Day - Walking Contradiction

I think that's everything... hope you like it!

Cheers, gabba

9:12 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

sweet man, i'll get it up tonight!!! great mix!

to Jaysin...

Native Nod > Van Pelt > The Lapse > Vague Angels

All Chris Leo, the singer/guitarist from Native Nod. Van Pelt and The Lapse are awesome... dont know the most recent one...

Mark Bianchi from Indian Summer went on to Her Space Holiday, a bedroom lap top, dream pop band.... not my thing, but people seem to like it...

i think they were all in a band called Calm shortly after Indian Summer...

Band to Band is one of the best sites though... refer to it often myself to find new things...

10:47 AM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

don't forget about daredevil, i saw them with bakamono years ago that was the guitarist of indian summer's post i.s. band

11:44 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

what he said.

12:50 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

hey tim you mind if i highlight you're please kill me book review, i was going to post something in a day or so that pretty much goes along with the book and i thought it was a great review and would like to include it in the post.
your feelings?

5:57 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

please do...

youre welcome at any time to share or highlight anything from Zen, as I have done with one of your posts already...

7:08 PM  
Blogger Josh Brown said...

This is a really interesting series to read, especially the little introductions. Great to see some different stuff up on music blogs. I've written some fuller length reviews of my time at Leeds Festival so i'd really appreciate if a few of the guys frequenting these boards could check that out!

6:42 AM  
Blogger deaddreamnation said...

here's what i finally got work after having to revise after size limitations... hope yall like it!

1. shellac- prayer to god
2. american steel- every new morning
3. three mile pilot- the open-sided
4. lincoln- bench warmer
5. drive like jehu- hand over fist
6. strikeforce diablo- polymer on parade
7. M blanket- coaster brakes
8. twelve hour turn- little one
9. car vs. driver- without a day
10. sweep the leg johnny- the face perpendicular to the shoreline
11. consonant- that boston life
12. the dismemberment plan- rusty
13. fugazi- long division
14. hot snakes- plenty for all
15. and you will know us by the trail of dead- clair de lune
16. big business- grounds for divorce
17. lifetime- 25 cent giraffes
18. hot water music- eating the filler

9:55 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey, great mixes... i will get both of those up later today... as #007 and #008...

and i got another treat from Jaysus i gotta work out today..

10:51 AM  
Anonymous theodore said...

hey deaddream... got any more of that m blanket to share?

2:18 PM  
Blogger deaddreamnation said...'s what i believe to be everything they ever recorded....

2:30 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

to Deadream and Gabba:

if you guys wouldnt mind just giving a short explanation as to what the mix is about, if anything, or an anecdote if there is one.. or even just what you were thinking when making it, ie. if you made it for any specific purpose, or if there is some mood you were achieveing or just making a mix to bring some awareness..

nothing long, just a little blurb, and Deadream, if you could give it a name, that would be right nice... then i'll get em up...


2:44 PM  
Blogger deaddreamnation said...

i called it "this is a test" for no reasons really...just thinking of the emergency broadcast system...

most of these songs are songs stretching back for years that i have used on many a mix tape or gotten on mix tapes from others and quickly became my favorites...mostly because at each moment in time, these songs reflected something important that was happening in my life...not just the words...more the feeling when listening to them.

3:00 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

thanks, i'll get that up right now...

just realized you are an artist... awesome stuff man!


4:40 PM  
Anonymous theodore said...

deaddream... thanks for the m blanket! there actually are quite a few more recordings... a split ep w/ slinky, early demo tape, a handful of tracks that were recorded but never released late in the band's existence... there's a torrent out there that has all this stuff, but no activity on it, which is why i'm always looking for folks with any tracks. i was always digging whatever i could tape off my friends of them, but unfortunately, most of those tapes are melted now.... :(

11:24 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

here you are blend... I'm about to go on a week-long holiday in about an hour so I can't really think of much to write here!

"This is just a fairly representative selection of what I listen to really, mostly stuff I've been listening to for longer than I've been visiting this blog... just to show a bit of a back-story to how I got listening to these kinds of music. Hopefully there's a kind of a flow to the tape, (although a lot of it seems to me as a succession of songs arguing with each other) and a good mixture of familiar and unfamiliar. Enjoy!"

I intended putting up a goodbye post on HfN with the tape as well, but I think I'm far too busy... see yiz all next weekend!

Cheers, Gabba

3:57 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

have fun dude!

11:30 AM  
Blogger deaddreamnation said...

theodore- if you EVER get your hands on that m blanket stuff...please let me know. those guys were/are incredible. all i have ever heard is what i posted...and that was the same stuff that introduced me to them...which was basically a tape with all those songs...which fortunately after about 10 years i got from this guy here in town that does an awesome podcast called "all go no slow"'s the link if interested...he covers all the bases and every show is amazing...

definitely worth checking out.


8:21 PM  
Blogger deaddreamnation said...


i can't wait to get a copy of yours! sounds awesome.

8:22 PM  
Blogger theodore said...

deaddream... i'll be sure to pass along any more m blanket i can get my hands on.

10:32 AM  
Blogger Theo said...

love your mixtapes, thanks!

8:07 PM  
Anonymous prettypenny said...

prettypenny said...
sorry to lurk, but... caught wind of the frodus conversation, and wanted to know if anything (other than fireflies) was/can be posted? saw these guys a few times back in the day, and y'all piqued my interest anew. if not, it's cool...

1:01 PM  

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