I know, it’s taking me a while but I am slowly fixing audio and .jpg links in old postings! If you have a request for a specific one, post a comment and let me know.
Happy New Year,
I’ll finally have a new posting up soon- the holidays got the best of me, plus work has been way too busy.
I also wanted to let everyone know that former members of various bands have stumbled upon my site since the Fall which is GREAT, so check out the below postings and their comments section with the info they provided:
Former singer Nita Banyaga left a lengthy comment with lots of great info about the early days of the band and her time in Deprogrammer.
Heard from two band members- the guy who sang on their 1982 EP as well as a longtime member Ron Obvious who is still with the band- their most recent gig was on December 28th by the way.
(+other postings! I’ll provide links when I have more time)
I am a little slow on the draw sometimes with the overall design of this site (aka “Am I Too Late For The Trend?”). But I just realized that I can add some additional sidebar widgets on the left-hand side that will make finding my old postings over the past 5 1/2 years a bit easier. I used to just have a “Monthly Archive” link on the side but that involves too many clicks sometimes, so I just added a “Categories” widget so you more quickly access old postings with just one click. Plus, this widget also gives you an alpha list of all of my old postings so you can see what’s in the archives at a glance.
I also added a “Subscribe” widget on the left-hand side, near the top, if you want to get notified via an automated type of message when I put up new posts. I would add those fancy Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and other social media links but I am just not on that shit much.
Speaking of new postings, I have a lot in the queue as always and hopefully will have a new posting up by next weekend. But, as always, career and family remain busy- but probably more so, my ongoing issue of doing too much research related to upcoming posts continues to prevent me from gettin’ music up here as often as I should! Doh!
I’ve also been meaning to update my Want List for a while and that is coming soon too, as certain records continue to elude me (and seem to have been posted nowhere else yet, nor reissed).
I am back from another hiatus again (this time my last new posting- the Cleavers 45 – was 7 months ago! Damn!!). Most people have probably given up on me again and considered the site dead- can’t blame em since my punk music blogs have new postings every other day so any hiatus longer than a month looks like your blog is done for.
Right when I was about to get back into the blog after the start of 2011, I decided to do the Hustle Up The Hancock stair climb in Chicago and started training for that. So what little free time I had was already thinned out more ya hear. But the stair climb was last Sunday the 27th so I can check that one off the list.
Let me say that nothing can pump you up more for some exercise/endurance activity than punk. As I rode up Michigan Avenue to the Hancock Building, “I Lie” by Naked Raygun was blasting through the mini van speakers and that got me good and pumped. Most foot races I’ve done over the years play total crap music- a particular favorite here in the Midwest is Van Hagar’s dreadful “Right Now”. To hear that shit before a race demotivates me and gets me mad so having some raw tuneage going through my head helps drone out that pap.
Anyway, my first new item of business (being a Punk Business Manager and all) was to update my posting of the Recipients 7″ from a few years ago. I recently acquired a vinyl copy of the single which I was excited about so I updated the original posting with some nifty scans of the sleeve and labels as well as posting upgraded rips straight from vinyl:
I have a long queue of cool postings in the works, as always, and hopefully I can keep em coming at a (somewhat) regular pace.
Four months is a virtual eternity for music blogs not to have a posting, and people have probably given up on this blog since my last posting in July(!). But rest assured that after a rough spell with life-related stuff that demanded my immediate attention, I am getting back on track with things including this blog. I have some cool postings planned, some of which will include some unreleased KBD-type stuff that some of y’all may have never heard before. And, by request, yes, some of them will be nice and wordy book-length postings- ha!
Until that time, dig on the below video of The Screamers circa 1978. I am not on YouTube a lot, but this is one of the coolest things I’ve found on there. Too bad so many other bands with synthesizers never sounded as evil and punk as The Screamers…
I’ve been into “Killed By Death”-type stuff from the late 70’s and early 80’s since then and am always looking to hear great obscurities from that era. Since the great Messthetics comps came out earlier this decade/century/millennium I’ve more “formally” gotten into DIY-type stuff. I have also picked up a liking for some 60’s punk a la Back From The Grave and, to a lesser degree, some obscure (there’s that word again- see a pattern?) deep funk from the 70’s. And of course “new” KBD-type bands from the boom of the 90’s onward have a special place on the top shelf… which I guess sounds dramatic like I have a swank wet bar in my house with certain records hoisted on high and analyzed like a bottle of good wine and played on a special $10,000 gold plated audiophile turntable. Er, in reality the top shelf is just my white, scratched up 20 gig iPod that has most of my music on it. But my main love over all these other genres is still the raw, sometimes poorly-produced, obscure, limited pressing, passionate, heartfelt KBD punk of yore.