Sunday, July 31, 2011

TEENAGE WAISTBAND - "I Saw What I Wanted To See" - Tape - 2007

   TEENAGE WAISTBAND is hard to describe to someone who has never heard them. Art damaged punk with an 11 year old boy for a singer? Minimalist noisy skronky shit? What happens when people in Providence decide "We're just gonna start a normal punk band"? I don't really know. I do know that I like them a lot and that their singer is neither 11 years old nor male. Maybe you should just listen to this for yourself and make your own weird descriptions...or fuck the descriptions altogether and just blast this out of your speakers. Features ex-members of BLOOD TRUCK, COUGHS, REACTIONARY 3, and THE FOREHEADS.
TEENAGE WAISTBAND in Brooklyn. Photo by Daniel Arnold.

                        Download Teenage Waistband here

Saturday, July 30, 2011

TWAT SAUCE - "Clash Of The Tight Ones" - Tape - 2010

    TWAT SAUCE, hailing from Chattanooga, TN, is a force to be reckoned with. They're a group of rowdy, sleazy punk girls (and dude) who will drink you under the table and then draw on your fuckin' face when you pass out. Then, they'll sit on your passed out, lifeless body and keep drinking 'til 7 in the morning when they pass out. Then, they'll get up for work 2 hours later and spend the day flipping hot dogs for 6 bucks an hour. After that, they'll get off of work and write these songs that will make you want to dance and do beer bongs out of a human skull (okay, it's a rubber skull, but so what?). Leah (their former bass player) called me when they were recording this tape and said "..hey..whasssup?". I said "Nothin, what are you doing?"
  "oh nuthin...jusss drinkin' ssome Four Loko and we're about ta du vocalsss for thisss Twat Sauce ssheeit."
  After some more drunken banter, we got off the phone and I realized it was 5 am in Chattanooga. True party people.
  Besides the fact that they like to get drunk, they are also adept at making totally solid punk music. I wish more bands were as fun as Twat Sauce.
   If you want to get in touch for your own tape, the only way I know of contacting them is right here
Link updated Dec 2017

Friday, July 29, 2011

COUNTY Z - Tape- 2000(?)

   County Z remains one of my top 5 favorite bands of all time. In a time when punk was making me groan (minus the genius music that was/ still is consistently coming out of the deep southern US), County Z was banging out some noise that was inspired by living in homemade shacks by the river, hopping trains, cheap whiskey, big old rotting midwestern houses, hot dish, rusting clunky bikes, homemade amps, DIY for real, broken shit, and homemade tattoos. Seeing them live was always exciting because it was always different than the previous time. I never saw them play a bad show. This tape shows COUNTY Z in their early, formative stages, but is no less serious or intense as their LP that came out a year or so later. The songs "Priest" and "84 Hours" still make the hairs on my neck tingle. "Rotten Living" and "Liquor Store" have been mixtape staples since the dawn on this century.
  This band was (and still sorta is) so anti-technology and anti-digital, that I asked them if it was okay if I put their songs online. Well, I asked the most anti-computer one of all of them. He said "yeah, I just used Craigslist for the first was weird. Computers are fucked, but 'I guess I want people to hear my band." Perfect for listening to on a cold day by the river.

                             Download tape here

Thursday, July 28, 2011

DIVORCE- demo 2002

Divorce was a band that was not to be fucked with...or a band to fuck with relentlessly. Take your pick. They had 2 singers , both large and small, that flew around the room and could sometimes be found screaming their obtuse lyrics at the back of the basement to the least interested person there. They made me like hardcore again at a time when hardcore was boring the shit out of me (think about the end of the bandana thrash era), but to just pigeon-hole them as a simple hardcore band is selling them short. They were tight, inventive, funny without being stupid and manic as shit. This tape got played daily in my attic room in Chattanooga as soon as I got out of bed in the morning. Blast it and bash your head through the window..

Link updated Feb 2017

Saturday, July 9, 2011

More Delays

So, Tour is over, but the computer is busted. It might be a while before I have some new music up. If you want to donate or sell a good, working laptop, please get in touch. Thanks!