Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Stains- self titled LP

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Here is the superb Stains self titled LP from 1983.
The band formed in the late 70s. I found this piece of band history... "Back in 1980, the East L.A. punk scene was constantly being overshadowed by the already established strongholds in Hollywood and the South Bay. Recognizing the need for a place to call their own, a couple of members of Los Illegals created The Vex. Located on the second floor of an arts center at the corner of Brooklyn and Gage, The Vex became the home to several bands, including Los Illegals, The Brat, The Odd Squad, Thee Undertakers and The Stains. Black Flag's Greg Ginn took a liking to The Stains and decided to release their full length debut on SST Records. Released in 1983, "The Stains" (SST 010) is one of the true undiscovered gems of the SST catalog. Recorded at Media Access Studios by Spot, this record spits forth a venom that is impossible to ignore".
SST is retarded. You can go to any record store and find any one of those terrible piece of shit instrumental Black Flag records but this elusive gem remains out of print for years. Oh well. Here it is. Enjoy the music!

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Absolution- 1988 Demo

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Here is a golden find. It's the Absolution demo from 1988. There are thirteen songs and its all amazing.
Absolution took the standard New York Hard Core sound and went all over the place with it. The people in this band had skill. There is so much going on in these songs. There are enough riffs in each song to make three or four songs for a regular band. But not Absolution. Every song is a complex deal, but that is where you know they are gold. They have all these great complex songs, with all these amazing parts, and it never gets boring. Not even once. Enjoy the music!

Here is a cool live picture...
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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Suicidal Tendencies- Mystic Demo + Live At The Rollerworks 1983

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Here is a double treat of great old Suicidal Tendencies stuff.
Suicidal Tendencies were one of the first punk bands to incorporate metal into their sound. They were also the first punk band to sell a lot of records. I don't care about that at all though. What I do care about are the great songs this band put out.
First here, is the Mystic demo. The sound on this isn't the greatest, but it's not unlistenable either. It's notable for the presence of the great song 'Kill', which there is a video of floating around on the internet. That song rules. I also included a live set from the Rollerworks in 1983. This set is from before the first LP came out. Most of the LP songs are here too. The sound quality of this live set is great. Enjoy the music!

Here is a live picture...
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Circle One- 1980 Demo + 1981 Demo

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Here are two demos from Circle One. One is from 1980 and the other is from 1981.
Circle One is one of my all time favorite bands. I could go on and on for pages about how great I know they are.
Circle One was a fantastic hardcore bands from LA in the early 80's. Their LP, 'Patterns Of Force' easily makes my top records of all time and it is available elsewhere on this blog. I think you should download it right away.
Some of the songs on these demos, 'One Chord' and 'In This City', are about as simple as a song can be. Then as the songs progress, you get longer and even more wonderful songs such as 'Highway Patrolman', which is one of their best songs. Something cool about this band is that their slower songs are just as powerful and exciting as their fast songs. I love how 'Highway Patrolman' goes from slow to real fast and then slows down a bit for the chorus. Also here is the great 'Highschool Society' with its very simple, yet memorable chorus. The vocals here are a bit different than the LP, but who cares? To me, everything this band did is golden. Fuck, what a great band! People don't make tunes like this anymore. Enjoy the music!
If anyone has any live stuff, audio or video, or pictures of anything Circle One related, please contact me. Thanks!

Here is a picture of singer John Macias...
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Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Klan- Pushin' Too Hard ep

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Here is The Klan ep from 1980. This is very early LA punk. In fact, the band had been around for a while before this was recorded. I was told that The Flyboys had some extra recording time, four hours, when they were done recording their ep, and so form that time came this ep from The Klan.
The first song, 'Pushin' Too Hard', is a cover of The Seeds song of the same name. The song would later appear on a Rodney On The ROQ comp and received a lot of airplay on his radio show. The other song, 'Cover Girls', is an original and has lyrics that are sure to bum out some people. Who cares though? The song is a memorable treat.
I am not aware of any other studio recordings from this band, besides what I have talked about here. There are lots of rehearsal tapes and live recordings going around, so if you have the chance to get those, please do so, as they are great.
Enjoy the music!

The original version of this ep has no cover sleeve. The covers shown here are from a later reissue. The front of the ep is at the top of the post. The back of the ep is here...
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Wasted Youth- Live At The Whiskey- 08/03/81

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Here is a cool set from Wasted Youth from 1981.
Wasted Youth were a hardcore punk band from LA in the early 80's. They had two official releases. The first was the 'Reagan's In' LP, which is a great example of early 80's hardcore punk. Great record. The second LP is a failed attempt at a more metal approach. There are a couple decent songs, but as a whole, the record get a big fail. Get 'Reagan's In' though.
This live set is pretty good too. In fact, based on this set and others that I have, I think this band was better live than on record. The sound seems more angry and furious than on the LP.
Enjoy the music!

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NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/vp08km

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Rebel Truth- s/t 7"

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Here is the great Rebel Truth s/t 7".
This record is wonderful and a good example of early CA hardcore. Some parts remind me of Articles Of Faith, but they don't sound anything like that band at all. They had a great urgent sound and the production here captures that well. The vocals are unique, which is a big plus. Most important of all, the songs are filled with hooks and all nine of them are memorable.
Rebel Truth were around from 1981 to 1983. This record came out in 1983 and has been bootlegged many times.
Enjoy the music!

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NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/mfj7df

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Four Walls Falling- Demo

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Here is the Four Walls Falling demo.
There are six songs on this demo. Most of them went on to be on the 7" or the first LP. The song with no title, seems to be exclusive to the demo though (correct me if I'm wrong). This is still worth hearing because the versions of the songs here sound a bit different than the later versions, in just how the songs are put together. Maybe it's the production, but it sounds like some of the songs are played faster here.
For more information about them, check out the early post I did of their 7".
Enjoy the music!

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NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/d9hg9w

Friday, April 11, 2008

Gut Instinct- Demo 1989

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Here is the Gut Instinct demo from 1989.
Gut Instinct was a hardcore band from Baltimore, Maryland in the late 80's. They had a tough sound, not unlike some NYHC bands of the time, such as Breakdown or Raw Deal.
The 'hit' here is the song 'Right Wing Hype'. When I was growing up, I knew this moronic skinhead who was obsessed with this song, as he was into all sorts of loser Nazi stuff. He obviously never actually listened to the lyrics though. No one even liked him but he would somehow always find out where everyone was at and would just randomly show up everywhere. Even if people told him to go away, he would just linger around for hours. Once he was there though, the dude was hard to ditch too. One time we figured that if we bought him enough to drink, he would eventually have to go to the bathroom and then that would be the perfect chance to ditch him. So we bought this kid all varieties of those 'Big Gulp' drinks for hours, the big 64 ounce cups from the gas stations, but I think he was on to us, because he never went to the bathroom. He must have had a bladder the size of the Goodyear Blimp because he drank no less than three of those and never even mentioned having to go to the bathroom. I remember showing him a 'zine where there was a Gut Instinct picture and he got real bummed when he saw a black guy on stage!!! I wonder whatever happened to that guy. Anyways...
Besides this, there is another demo and a 7". That is about all I know about this band. Please post more info in the comments.
There is a discography that you can buy on Vicious Circle Records. An internet search will bring up many links to where you can get that.
Enjoy the music!

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

District 9- Live On WNYU

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Here is the District 9 set from when they played on WNYU in 1995.
Normally, I hate 90's NYHC, but this is an exception. This band is great. Some of the songs have the slow chunky parts that I don't like, but they pull it off because they also have a lot of fast parts that sound like 80's NYHC. The best part of the songs are the 'bust' mosh parts with the super catchy drumming, like on the intro that Supertouch played when they were on WNYU. So energetic and exciting.
There isn't anything particularly funny or noteworthy said between the songs, like on some other WNYU sets, but its slightly amusing how he catches himself every time he is about to swear. The music is what is important here, and these songs kill. The high point here is the song 'Stand Out', with the duel vocals and the Maximum Penalty-esque ending.
District 9 came from the remains of another NYHC band, Close Call, not to be confused with the late 90's Boston Hardcore band of the same name.
Enjoy the music!

The music is here...
NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/hm7s4s

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


I took down the Youth Brigade record that was posted because it is still in print. I was not aware of that.
Again, if anything posted here is available in any way, from bands, record labels, etc., please let me know and I will take it down immediately.
Here is a link to where you can buy the Youth Brigade record that was posted here...
All of their records are available on iTunes, as well, if you prefer to order that way.
Obviously I like them a lot, since I named the blog after one of their songs. Check them out!
Buy the records in this order...
Sink With California
Out Of Print
Happy Hour
Split LP
To Sell The Truth
Come Again ep
... and you will not be bummed. Great band!

Sin 34- Die Laughing 7"

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Here is the Sin 34 'Die Laughing' 7".
Sin 34 formed in 1981 and were involved in the great early 80's hardcore punk scene in LA. They are notable for being one of the few good bands to have a female singer. She could hold her own with anyone else, as you will see when you listen to the music. Another reason this band was well known was because their drummer was Dave Markey, creator of the great zine We Got Power. What a great zine that was, documenting the early LA/OC/HB scene from an insiders perspective. Besides all that, the music was great too. They had the speed of a lot of other bands of the time, but the occasional mid paced songs were just as powerful.
'Die Laughing' came out in 1982 and has five songs, all of which are great. There was an LP after this, but it's not as good as this 7".

Here is a picture of the band recording the 7"...
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Here is a picture of the band and friends hanging out...
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Monday, April 7, 2008

Various Artists- Rodney On The ROQ: Volume One

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Here is the excellent Rodney On The ROQ comp from 1980.
Rodney Bingenheimer was the DJ of the famous Rodney On The ROQ radio show in Los Angeles in the 80's. He was more than happy to play cool tunes from little known bands. He played a lot of records from early (and great) punk bands, many of whom would gain some amount of success if their songs went over well on the radio show. He also played rock and new wave material, but his show was known for the great support that it gave the early 80's LA punk scene.
MIke Ness once said this about the show, "I worked at a porn store for a while and we would hang out there all night, get drunk and listen to Rodney On The ROQ and hear all the great new bands".
There are so many classic songs on here, from bands such as Adolescents, Circle Jerks, Agent Orange, The Crowd, Simpletons, Rik L Rik, Black Flag, UXA, Nuns and lots more. Some of the bands here would end up using these songs on other records, but the versions here are gold, either way.
Volumes Two and Three would follow in 1981 and 1982. They are also great records (and I will be posting them on here) and they followed in the style of this one, featuring the best of early 80's LA punk and new wave.
This is one of my all time favorite records and I hope you enjoy it too!

The front of the record is at the top of the post. Here is the back on the record...
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Here is a picture of Rodney...
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Friday, April 4, 2008

Trip 6- Demo

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Here is the Trip 6 demo. Trip 6 was fronted by legendary NYHC guy Tommy Ratt. He sang for Warzone when Raybeez still played drums. Later on, he sang for Rejuvenate.
Besides this demo, Trip 6 has a song on the 'New York Hardcore: The Way It Is' comp and a 7". The 7" is not nearly as bad as the horrendous cover art would lead you to believe.
Enjoy the music!

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

Inside Out NY- Demo + Above All 7"

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Here is the Inside Out NY demo and 'Above All' 7".
Inside Out NY was from New York (duh!) in the late 80's. The demo is ten songs, two of which 'Beat Life' and 'Cracking Up', went on to be on the 7". The 7" is only three songs. The first song is a regular song and an intro combined, but still, I think the band could have done better than a three song 7". Especially since the demo is pretty strong 'harder' New York hardcore. Comparisons can easily be made to bands like Uppercut or Outburst.
Two interesting side notes: Inside Out NY had two singers. They both had similar voices though, so it's not immediately obvious. Also, Alex from Side By Side was in this band for some time.
That is about all the info I have on this band. Enjoy the music!

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NEW LINK!!! (i get nothing but problems from mediafire) http://www.sendspace.com/file/3j2shw

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Uppercut- Demo

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Here is the Uppercut demo. Great band, and the demo includes 'Am I Clear?', which they are best known for. There are also songs on here that didn't appear on comps or the 12". For more info about Uppercut, check out the post with the WNYU set in it. Enjoy the music!

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