Friday, July 18, 2008

Updates, New Blogs, Stuff and more Stuff...

First of all, this picture rules the most.

If you know this girl, send me her number. (just kidding Lara. ^_~)

Ummm, second of all, eh, Im not gonna order this, thats silly... though I love the word tertiary, if I could figure some way to use it I will. The next thing to discuss is all the awesome new blogs on the list.

Alphabetical? Sure, why not.

Am I Mean? from Papst Benedikt XVI is an awesome hardcore/punk/grind/thrash blog. Basically any scathing and revolutionary music you could want. He has lots of OOP stuff and is especially noteworthy for all the amazing artwork scans that he provides. I always try to offer good sized artwork and he ups the ante by offering liners notes and the like.

An Attitude Exhumed run by hardcore's very own hearthrob Buske. (Sorry man, I had to give ya a dig) His blog has been up for a bit now, but just wanted to point you in that direction. He has a number of great out of print, badass hardcore posts as well as the occasional "thought" post, like why do people fall on the floor when playing live. These and many other issues can be discussed while listening to great bands like Dissolve, Trapped Under Ice, Jasta 14... you get the picture. Great blog.

Condensed Fresh has awesome show flyers and stories from various shows as well as a lot of underground Japanese hardcore and grind related stuff.

Unsavory Palindrome is another hardcore punk blog with plenty of hard to find classic of the genre, spanning way back to more recent 90's era stuff...

Severed Forever run by Deathmetaldan has been in the links for a bit, and offers up some hefty slices of early metallic hardcore classics. Check his recent post for an awesome live recording featuring Converge, Endeavor, Still i Rise and others.. Awesome recordings..

The Poet You Never Were is another great OOP blog with tons of great mid-90s emo/screamo classics.

There are a bunch more including the classics most of you may already know.Aversionline, Burning Down the Dreams of Forever, Mostly Blue Skies, Damn Those Bloodsuckers, Wine-Women-Song, Lo-res Viscera. All amazing blogs with commentary by people who obviously still have tons of heart for the music that makes our hearts pump faster.

Of course there are plenty of others that are all noteworthy reads. So check the links and say hello to all of these people and leave comments and get involved in discussions, critiques, opinions etc.


Portraits of Past is playing a few reunion shows at the end of the summer. Two in SF and two in NYC.
Check their myspace for show listings. It is a given that I will be going to one or both of the NYC shows. Ampere is playing one of the shows with them. it should be pretty fun, and especially so if anyone else wants to meet up.

They also just released their discography, finally, after years and years of promise. You can order it from Interpunk for only 8 bucks.


Just for the shit of it, here are two desktops I use. One I created. It is an industrial section of Brooklyn, out in between Bushwick and W'Burg. The other is a photo I took of some stuff pasted on a wall. This one section mesmerized me, so I made it into a desktop, though it is a bit chaotic and you'll probably lose your icons, but it sure is inspiring to me.

Click and view to make full size, then do what you gotta to save it to the proper folder on your computer.


Lastly! (Tertiarily? nah! I made that up, besides, this is the 4th or 5th point of interest.) A drawing I made of elephants. I love elephants. They are amazing creatures. Dont really know what to do with it. Maybe a shirt, maybe nothing. I will let it speak for itself for the time being...Elephants. Fo-Evah!


I lied. One more thing...

Youth of Today's awesome Disengage EP from 1990. Three of my favorite YoT songs. This is still available from Revelation, so if you dont own it then its more than worth the meager price. But for ultimate-summer-fist-pumping-finger-pointing-action grab this now and give it a number of spins.

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!


Blogger luciferyellow said...

Holy crap, a lot going on here on a Friday! Love the top picture. That's why we in the South here always carry ski poles with us when we go for a stroll... I can up the Beyond (incl. the demo) tonight when I get home from work.
P.S. check their LastFM profile page for hilarious comments about "the one and only legitimate" Beyond

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Thommy Browne said...

Wrong link - link goes to "can't close my eyes" ... not the Disengage EP.

3:22 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

well that is complete shite!

sorry man, i will fix that... haha!!! i was excited today...

5:39 PM  
Blogger Papst Benedikt XVI said...

thanks for the name-dropping! I´ll check out the other blogs you mentioned now!

6:25 PM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

Beyond - No longer at ease

8:48 PM  
Blogger Papst Benedikt XVI said...

BEYOND - Dew It Demo

10:05 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

i fixed the YoT link. it is, actually, the Disengage EP...

if anyone still wants cant close my eyes, I'll make a post, though I don't have a million things to say about them. I met Ray a few times in CT and hes very nice and approachable and likes (or liked) to buy records.

12:10 AM  
Blogger blend77 said...

oh, lucifer and papst, thanks for those links. I'll get around to posting that at some point, but for now I need to delve.

I still have to post up The Vanishing Point! That album continues to impress.

12:13 AM  
Anonymous jaysin said...

Thanks for the YOT, what an amazing 7". Probably my three favorite YOT songs. Or at least up there.

Check out the Am I Mean blog for the Rebuilding Comp. I have listened to that about 10 times in the last day. No Escape was ridiculously good and heavy.

In reunion news, saw THREADBARE last night and they killed it. Completely killed it. I've seen reunion shows where bands can and shows where bands are into it, but they covered both of those bases and were heavy as hell. Played almost everything and gave it their all. Plus got to see lots of old MPlS hardcore types that havent been around for a long time.

Again, great blog. I am sure that I along with many others check in every day to see what our playlists are going to be for the day.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Lo-Res Viscera said...

My blog is "one of the classics"?


That elephant drawing is fucking awesome!

12:02 AM  
Blogger Buske said...

I'm honored and flattered to be elected into the Hierarchy Of Cool Blogs 2008 posse.

2:31 AM  
Blogger cretin said...

perhaps a remark on the growth of the service (tertiary) industry over the past 50 years? good post.

2:55 AM  
Anonymous AVERSIONLINE said...

Man, that Youth of Today EP is so fucking excellent. I can't fathom that anyone likes early YOT better than that last EP. "Disengage" alone destroys every other YOT song ever written. It's just that simple. (Sure, I like their old stuff too, but...)

7:33 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

again, thanks for all your kind words, props, et al.

added you as a link.

if you're interested, mission of burma detroit show added...

6:06 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

yeah! thanks to all of you guys too for bringing up all sorts of good bands and info. And for turning me on to a lot of things I missed or only marginally knew.

The most prevalent thing to me on the YoT ep is Sammy's drums. They sound ridiculously thick and pummeling. But more like a roll. Rays voice is best here too..

Wally played on this one too. Playin bass..

6:21 PM  
Blogger Tom Hogan said...

I thought I'd miss PoP out here (Cali), but it turns out I'm going to be in NYC for the 2nd gig. Anyone know where that is?

8:09 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

Aug. 29th @ Death By Audio (49 South 2nd St) Williamsburg, Brooklyn with Ampere, Tropic of Nelson and Realms
the other one is still tba, but off minor has been added to the bill. so there you have it.

tim!!!! brainworms were fucking sick! and jay (the guitarist, not me) remembers meeting you at the show a year or so ago. he said you were a solid dude. i told him i agreed.
so there you have it folks.
tim of zen...
brainworms approved.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Death Metal Dan said...

Thanks for linking my blog, dude!! Much appreciated.

12:41 AM  
Blogger weleasewoger72 said...

Hey! Thanks for giving props the Poet! I never knew that many blogs were checking it out until I started seeing links popping up everywhere.
Cheers Big Ears!

4:10 AM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

am i the only one who never liked portraits of past? never really found too much interesting about them or why people were so obsessed. we were supposed to tour with them back in the day, but we thought we would be awesome and break up instead...haha. i guess the shows are cool for people who never got to see them back in the day. and maybe fun for the bands to just "get into it" again, but i can't help but think of if i would want to go see my band if we did a reunion...haha. it would be quite pathetic. fat, old, wierdos who went on to various things with no real reason to be youthfully pissed or upset anymore. haha. maybe i'm just being silly. maybe we could write new songs about being pissed off at slow broadband speeds or not getting paid on time by the multinational corporations we work for. or maybe we can scream about our mortgages while rolling around on the floor...haha. ah well. of course i just speak of my funny band. i'm sure the PoP dudes are still totally down with the kids.

oh yeah that YoT 7" is amazing. that and the first shelter LP were excellent!

3:32 PM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

@provenvhollow: That sounds like an excellent concept album ("Middle-aged Youth", or something). I think it is always best to write/sing about what's most closes to your heart - and if that happens to be looming foreclosure, that could be pretty powerful stuff... ;-)
I agree the YOT 7" is great (particularly "disengage"), but still I always liked the rawness and immediacy of the earlier recordings better. I also like the first Shelter best and not surprisingly these 2 records were released about the same time. I think particularly lyrically the YOT 7" foreshadows "Perfection of Desire" quite a bit; that Krishna puritanism and prudishness. But at least at that time it was still all heartfelt and full of conviction, he, he.

4:10 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Phil, you always leave the best comments. Phil is the devils advocate of opinions on hardcore.. ^_~

Personally people would flip if Inkwell played shows.

Yeah, I never saw PoP back in "tha day" but I definitely liked their roundabout way of playing spazzy hardcore. I think the fact that Funeral Diner was around has kept their name at the surface for some time, so I think a lot of new kids got into them that way, but the music holds up in my opinion (though I kind of like Funeral Diner more)

PoP wasnt as good as some of my favorites though.

Anyway, it will be a good reason to get out of the house, meet up with some people and possibly see Ampere or Off Minor as well...

YoT needs no explanations. They are great... Charming in fact... especially in hindsight. I love the first Shelter and Quest for Certainty best. But even Attaining the Supreme got lots of plays back then...

4:22 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

oh, and Phil, I do hope you will find some way to write angry music about not getting paid, having to do laundry and shit like that.

Personally I am starting a hardcore band based around the woes of having two dogs.

"I Have To (Walk the Dogs - AGAIN!)"

"Pickin' Up Shit"

"Bark Again And You're Dead"

haha!!! Of course I could start a really cheesy pop band based on all of their good qualities

Including the smash hit:

"Love Is a Puppy Chin"

what do you guys think?

4:26 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

not only would "pickin up shit" be a monster hit, it could also have a dance based around it, making it the crowd dance-along spectacular. kinda like soophie nun squad's "cinderblock" where everyone stops to do the cinderblock but instead of three moments to act, you could have a whole song to flail wildly too, maybe even give the crowd some plastic bags to wrap around their hands, to keep it real, as they say. maybe even throw fake dog shit into the crowd to give them something to remind them of the experience, or even more along the lines of keeping it on the up and up of authenticity, you could just throw real shit at them and let the crowd truly experience the inspiration. it's one thing to sing about picking up your dogs shit, but that's what we might say is the easy way, sometimes you have to ask w.w.g.g.a.d. ("what would g.g. allin do?" for those of you not down), and come to realization inspiration and experience do not have to be mutually exclusive. these are just ideas...just throwing them out there.

oh and an inkwell reunion would probably make some heads turn and peni erect. just saying.

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, this is way off topic, but would you be able to re-post the Indian Summer discography? they're m4a's and can't be read by my cd burning program.

1:24 PM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

haha. i am right there with you about the dogXcore band. living with a pit/boxer mix and a pit/mastiff mix, my days revolve around dog duties. sounds like a perfect focus for some very aggressive (yet sensitive) music. songs could touch on trying not to let them kill the neighbors. or hoping they dont wake from a dream and accidentally rip my throat out.

thanks for the positive inkwell comments, but i have to admit a reunion would probably kill us...haha. however, joe and i are about to release an "official" discography cd including live version of the never recorded LP. so keep an eye out. perhaps joe and i can do a sensitive acoustic reunion gig. or maybe a vh1 storytellers.

"pickin up shit" made me chuckle out loud, fyi. bravo!

1:35 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

here's that indian summer discog.

3:33 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

Oh, fer realz. ^_~

Indian Summer

My comment disappeared! Shit... something about dogXcore... something about shit, something about Indians and summer... shit!

4:25 PM  
Blogger sweet baby jaysus said...

beat you to it punker

4:31 PM  
Anonymous jaysin said...

oh the dog days of summer are here. I have a 8 month old American Staffordshire Terrier. I have learned that taking her biking (she runs along) is the best cause it tires her out big time. And a tired bullie means a happy owner.

Can someone post the first Shelter lp? I remember on their second tour that they ended their set with Disengage. I also remember losing my shit to that.

6:18 PM  
Blogger blend77 said...

yes. we try to tire them out as much as possible. sometimes their resilience astounds me!

i had a party this weekend and the dogs were forced to meet about two dozen people at once. that tired them out more than anything. we took them to a dog party a few times and the results were similar. crash!

Shelter - Perfection of Desire

I should make a post sometime. I loved this record at one point.

7:47 PM  
Blogger proven hollow said...

mostly what i remember about that LP are the sexy glamour shots photos of the band members on the back...haha. i rememebr staring into tom capones eyes for hours.....

anyway, someone should post an ultimate TC3 post. he could almost be an honorary sullivan brother.

i always heard he was a devout satanist, although that could just be wishful thinking.

12:08 AM  
Blogger luciferyellow said...

I am afraid that is wishful thinking. On his MySpace page Tom Capone reminds us that we "are dust and unto dust we shall return (Gen. 3:19)". He also has a picture of Hildegard von Bingen right up there and wants to meet his "Holy Guardian Angel". I might miss the hidden satanic references in this, but I think Tom is just a JesusFreak who works for EqualVision. That kind of spiritual jumble always makes me wonder... Let's be spiritual, goddammit! Creepy.

12:30 AM  
Blogger detectiefvanzwam said...

Hey blend, kind of lost track of your blog. Nice to see you are still around and making excellent choices. You should make a post of shelter's perfection of desire, loved that too at a point. Saw Bane this weekend, it was ok but way too american for me as a full blown european dude. Everything was cool and nice and positive. Hell no, some stuff is just crap shut up and play! Liked the music though. Anyway if you would like to exchange links. I added yours to my linksection finally.

4:15 PM  
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6:35 PM  
Blogger Papst Benedikt XVI said...

that idea of your�s questioning people about punk... I�m all for it! do it!

6:37 PM  
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