Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Spacehorse - s/t (2005)

Spacehorse is the charred remains of mid-90's San Diego punk. Matt Anderson and Scott Bartiloni, both of Heroin fame, have had quite a run of things since those times. Their framework for hyper-spastic, ultra-kinetic hardcore punk has become a blueprint for countless bands since. Add to that ideal the band members other works, Clikatat Ikatowi and Antioch Arrow and youre pretty much talking about some of the sexiest hardcore to grace the planet. Spacehorse surprisingly doesnt lose an ounce of energy. Of course, the whole album is only 14 minutes long, but Anderson and Bartiloni are godfathers of this style and here they give it a swift kick in the ass and one-up even their best works with Heroin. And Heroin is the basis for all of this. When Heroin played it was almost as if the band members harnessed an energy they could barely hold on to. Now, having grown into the roles and explored then thoroughly, the members seem more than equipped to take the reigns and ride this horse right off the rail, but this time in style.

I thought this post would fit well with the recent Johnny Angel post on Kiss My Soundsystem as they both have roots in San Diego hardcore and punk, but they both also sound like they are shooting for that same style of early 90's hardcore that so many bands have imitated over the years. Where as Johnny Angel sounds like the Swing Kids, Spacehorse sounds rightly enough like Heroin.

Please check out both of these releases, Spacehorse and Johnny Angel and remember why you liked hardcore in the first place. I mean, these guys obviously remember why.


Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

dude thanks so much for this, i've been wanting to hear this forever and could never seem to locate it. you have made my day.
i might actually start posting up on my blog again fairly soon, all this preparing to move has kept me pretty damn busy. two more days...

7:12 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

jaysus, good luck with your move.

hopefully this bit helps with all the work. spacehorse is good for three or four straight runs through. so is the johnny angel from KMS's site.

i ordered the second spacehorse album as well. i'll get that up sometime in the future.

9:47 PM  
Blogger soulfire said...

Love Spacehorse! The 2nd album is even better. For anyone interested: They are featured in my zine, called Sight Beyond Sight.

9:30 AM  
Blogger J Bubblegum said...

consider my curiosity piqued. this sounds right up my alley. jay- see you in tulsy on easter?

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please post the 2nd Album up here, I'll be so amplified

10:18 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

I cant post the second until I receive it in the mail. I just ordered it yesterday from Interpunk. It has a delay of 5-10 days + the 2-4 days shipping, probably due to the fact that the record was released on a Czech label, Day After records. When I get it, I'll have to listen to it for a bit before I go posting it up and I'll also need to find a new set-up to rip vinyl, cuz my old one sucks. So it may take some time... Add to that a busy life, a girlfriend and two dogs and im moving in a month and half, so it may not happen until the early summer.

If you like this one alot (which you should) and you cant wait til summer then the second one is $10 from Interpunk.

If you want to hear 3 of the songs from the second LP, check their myspace for now.


11:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! Spacehorse rules!!! Yet another short but kicking ass record as I like :)

The irony is that I cannot find their 2nd album in any distro here. What the hell, this is the Czech release! I've thought that Day After has some better distribution in my country but it seems that I was wrong...

So, it seems like I must wait til summer ;)

BTW, apart of myspace two of the songs from their 2nd are also available for download from Day After site if anyone's interesting:


4:27 PM  
Anonymous Ricardo said...

Thanks so much blend!!

Please post the 7" of Absinthe.

4:42 PM  
Anonymous dagnasty85 said...

HI guys..... I need a help about one band that I can't find a proper info anywhere on the internet, so I thought that if anyone could help me it's you guys, you're like a big (biggest) wikipedia (or whatever) when it comes to smaller bands that were any good.... Now, here's my problem, I recently got 2 albums from 2 line filler (so far lost & listener) and i would be very gratefull if you could give me at least smallest info on the band and if you could tell me years of albums...

8:35 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey, KMS, you can get MP3s of the album from Junodownload.com

I couldnt purchase them here in the US due to some licensing restrictions, but you may be able to by them. If you do that, be sure to post up the mp3's as I will want them for my iPod...

though I am also considering buying a better stereo set-up so i can do better rips. The vinyl artwork does look awesome though..

Ricardo, I dont have the Absinthe 7", if anyone has it and wants to post it, I would be extremely grateful. I will re-rip the 10" when i get my set-up worked out.

Dagnasty, i dont know of that band you mention. Sorry. maybe someone else here will know.

9:55 AM  
Blogger David said...

Dude! please if you have "Teenager of the Year" of Black Francis please post it! i can find the freaking thing!

greetings from Mexico :)

5:48 PM  
Blogger David said...



5:48 PM  
Blogger soulfire said...


2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thx, blend! Gonna check it...

david, you can find full Mr Black's discography here:



2 Line Filler - So Far Lost (1994)
2 Line Filler - Listener (1995)
both released by New Red Archives

That's all I know I think...

2:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks soulfire!!! What a nice surprise in the morning :)

2:17 AM  
Anonymous dagnasty85 said...

thanks kissmysoundsystem

7:12 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

thanks a ton Soulfire!

I am so psyched to have these for the iPod!

12:07 PM  
Anonymous michael said...


i went to high school with one of the dudes from 2 line filler. that was in ajax, ontario (just outside of toronto, canada). maybe that helps put them in some context for you.

1:19 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

hey, thanks for this. Rather good hardcore, even if it isn't from my preferred side of San Diego-core :}

I really like the cover, though. I used to be really into fighter planes when I was kid (I've long been punk and anti-militarism since, of course) so that picture looks extra cool to me.

4:43 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

hey gabba, i figured you would like this. i'll have to post up the second one, cuz as Soulfire said, it is actually better.

i love fighter planes, but also dislike militarism. my father was an air force pilot, so its easy to appreciate the technology of billion dollar machines, even if they were meant to drop hate bombs instead of love bombs

10:37 AM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

sex bomb baby!

9:58 PM  
Anonymous John said...

I've been a fan of Heroin since the mid-90's, but i never heard this before. thanks for both these records. they are killer.

7:14 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

Tim!!! Everyone Else!!!
saw an incredible band last night, posted their demo on my blog this afternoon, this should save everyone time reading while they should be rocking. www.mediafire.com/?yhgvtfdbl9a

curiosity gonna getcha.

9:11 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

thanks! I'm gonna read it while listening to it.

are you back in OK?

11:11 AM  
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2:26 PM  
Blogger Pancho said...

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Thank You!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Lo-Res Viscera said...

I just realized that you have me linked up, thought I'd let you know I appreciate it, and that I have now added you to my links as well. Your blog was an inspiration when I started mine - see you around!

10:11 PM  
Blogger The Ghost of Jerry Reed said...

whoa, this post is stronger than death! thanks!

7:42 AM  
Blogger Damn Those Blood Suckers said...

doe anyone have any judas factor albums? i'd love to hear them

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Judas Factor - Ballads in Blue China (1999)


I think I should have also Kiss Suicide somewhere...

3:43 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

thanks. isnt that Rob Fish from 108 / Ressurection?

so, sorry i havent been around. Posting will resume sometime by the end of this week...

if anyone has any requests, make them now. I will try and fill them today while i am at work. though I have a much smaller library at work, so dont get your hopes up if you stray too far from what has already been posted here.

10:48 AM  
Blogger theodore said...

here's a request, for some bizarre reason:

schlong - punk side story

ha! a bit out of line with most of this blog, but y'all know you love it.

11:20 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

sorry, theodore, i dont know that one. someone here may though...

wheres papstar? hes the man at finding things...

2:05 PM  
Blogger Damn Those Blood Suckers said...

thanks for that judas factor album. i would love to get 'kiss suicide' is you have it. thanks!!

2:26 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

if we're talking requests, that Bongripper - Hippiekiller would be good :)

I wanted to download it and Caspian The Four Trees from eMusic this month but I was short on downloads (10 + 11 I think; I got the latter album on the web anyway)... so I got Grails (8) and Mono (8). You've inspired a rejuvenated interest in post-rock for me!

oh yeah, and please do check out Ghostown on my blog, keep the Paddy's day craic going...

6:00 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

dude i so second punk side story i fucking loved that record!

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've found it :)

The Judas Factor - Kiss Suicide (2000)

Yes, I think it's another Rob's band. And in the meantime I've uploaded 2 live videos from Ballads... (it's an enhanced CD containing live videos and interviews) to youtube, so you can check it here:


Enjoy ;)

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, and a humble request :) Could anyone check this two and re-up to mediafire if possible?

The National Acrobat - The Complete Recordings

Steel Pole Bathtub - The Miracle of Sound in Motion (1993)

Megaupload isn't working for me, as usual...

9:56 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

KMS, i got you on both of those.

i cant tell you how happy you made me with that National Acrobat link. I have been looking for that forever.

i'll get both of them today sometime...

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great :) As far as I know these guys played later in Black Cross and Breather Resist. I've had only a chance to listen to a couple of songs by TNA but think that they can be even better...

11:33 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

I think you are right KMS. Breather Resist is good, but this is much better. Im happy. Have you heard Pusher? Its totally different, way faster. It has members from TNA, Lords and Coliseum.

I think I'll have to up that next.

here ay go for now



11:53 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Steel Pole Bathtub - The Miracle of Sound...

12:19 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

saw coliseum and an albatross a few days ago. coliseum could have fathered half the crowd. my favorite part of the show: watching the singer/guitarist getting so into the music he starts doing his best k.k. downing impression but instead of monumentally high split kick bravado we instead were treated to weight-issue inspired Man-Skips.
if you're having trouble imagining this image i know of plenty of minutemen clips on youtube that can better show off full on Man-Skip action (as it were, D. Boon did invent said Man-Skip, it's a shame he passed so soon before he could give proper tutorials on the graceful execution of something so inherently clumsy.)

12:44 PM  
Blogger Damn Those Blood Suckers said...

thanks for the kiss suicide album! much appreciated!

12:49 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

haha!! the Man-Skip. D.Boon was the man at the Man-Skip.

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, blend!

No, I haven't heard Pusher, but you make me curious enough.

Waiting for your next post!

3:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here you go gabba:

Bongripper - Hippiekiller


1:57 AM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

thanks, zero

wow, 95 MB? This is going to be loooong! :)

10:06 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

im sorry i never re-upped that for you gabba. hope you enjoy it. ^_^

2:04 PM  
Blogger [tringa] said...

hi dudes i dig this blog a whole lot!
i cannot find the q and not u stuff, nothing on the internet. its a desaster after im missing my albums. can anyone help with links or similar? high fives and take care

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anthony J said...

Awesome post, man! Thanks for all the clutch traxxx!

8:49 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Q and Not U?

I can help you out. I need to make a few posts to catch up. I have a busy month ahead of me, so i want to leave some stuff for people to be happy about. Maybe Q and Not U is a good addition to that...

ps. I passed 300,000 hits... i should throw a party.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!! I wish you 1,000,000 :)

And another million of great records to post :D

Good reason to party, let's have a beer today!

3:18 PM  
Blogger gabbagabbahey said...

likewise, congratulations.

cyber-party? difficult to organise over half a dozen different time zones... sun over the yardarm and whatnot.

I kinda semi-consciously never put a hit counter (not even an invisible one) on my site, just on the basis I didn't really want to know. Comments + dl's (+ links/plugs!) form a rough indicator, I suppose, but for the most part it's art for art's sake.

I see you've passed 2,000 profile views. It's the only counter I have myself (a respectable 1/4 of that number) though I never put anything interesting on it. What the hell are my favourite bands, anyway?

Q and not U - I doubt I need to help out with this, but I'd be interested to see what you might write. I mentioned on my Foals post getting No Kill Beep Beep on vinyl; the more I listen to Different Damage, particularly with the benefit of time and changed tastes, the more I like it - but No Kill remains the instinctive go-to album of theirs for me.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is anyone still looking for Schlong Punk Side Story? Born In The Basement has just posted it today:


The debut of Q and not U was very promising. I remember I felt a bit disappointed with their second...

7:07 AM  
Blogger theodore said...

saw the schlong post there this morning, too. BITB never disappoints.

10:11 AM  

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