Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Brat-The Wolf (US, 1983)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of y'all back in the States.  When I realized what today was, this seemed the perfect song to celebrate to.  I haven't listened to The Brat very much in recent years as they are a super nostalgic band for me, and not really in a good way.  I am glad to say, I feel I am ready to reintroduce them back into my semi-regular rotation.

This song in particular was not on the band's 1980 debut EP Attitudes but appears on the 1983 comp Los Angelinos.  It has also recently been reissued on a single, but you'll have to track that down on your own with no help from me, I'm nice but not THAT nice.  As far as the comp is concerned, it is pretty easy to find and is always usually between $10-15 so I would recommend finding that as you'll get rad tracks from The Plugs and other East LA bands as well.  Ok, off to work for me.  

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ex Post Facto-Oceanic Explorers 7" (UK, 1982)

So, everyone keeps asking me about about Issue 2 and I promise work continues, slowly.  Actually, I have so much in the works and so many things planned it may just end up being Issue 2 and 3.  But, in the mean time I am just feeling overwhelmed.  Either way, I apologize for the delay. Especially in the light of the feedback and requests I have been getting.  

IN THE MEAN TIME, continuing on my theme of very dramatic Mondays, I present you with Ex-Post Facto. You can read a bit about them HERE, and check out the track Oceanic Explorers HERE.  Trust me, you WANT to go listen to this dramatic, crashing synth-goth opus.  Anyway, here's another video if you are feeling just SO lazy you can't follow that link.  This other one is great too, but I LOVE songs about money. 


Monday, November 18, 2013

Great City-Great City LP (US, 1986)

It's definitely the kind of day to listen to over-dramatic electro-rock.  Mondays are hard, and they are double-hard after such long weekends.  I am still feeling exhausted, dehydrated and  highly emotional after a weekend that essentially lasted two weeks.  Just have to get through November and I can hibernate till spring.

Anyway, this is Great City.  Not much info about them floating around out there.  If you want to download the album, you can do so HERE, I would recommend it for no other reason than the track Tell Me I'm Yours which is pretty great.  Here are a couple of the other best tracks, I Remember and Too Much Thunder.  Ok, happy Monday to you all, if there is such a thing.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

Pylon-Chomp LP (US, 1983)

I'm home!  Barely alive, beaten and bruised from a VERY long, hard weekend.  All in all, Toronto was great. I ate a lot of pizza, which was a surprise. Partook in an array of canned ciders. Dressed several flesh wounds, none my own, shockingly. Spent an inordinate amount of money on street car rides.  Saw a million friends from all over, many I hadn't seen in years and met a lot of new, rad folks. 

In an ODIF related note, I bought a bunch of records I am looking forward to researching for the zine.  Many of which I bought in this gem of a record store, LP's LPS, which I would highly recommend checking out. In a non-related note, hanging out with everyone this weekend, old and new, made me realize a few things. Mostly, that in several instances I have misjudged people, some for the better and some for the worse. This song is dedicated to second impressions and sudden moments of hung-over clarity. Obviously, this is in the more mainstream vain, I mean, it pretty much sounds like REM, but this song cut through the haze of a back seat nap riding home this afternoon and kicked me in the brain. Sometimes things come back to you at the exact right moment. 

Here's the jam called Crazy by Pylon, from Athens, Georgia.  


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tyranna-Tyranna 7" (Canada, 1980)

If you haven't seen my posts already, I am off to Toronto tomorrow and getting jazzed to speak English in shops and drink my favourite ginger beer.  Oh yeah, and see some shows and some people and meet some babes and babies.  I'm getting siked up by listening to Toronto music and at the top of the heap is Tyranna.  Always has been and always will be.  Here's another tune, aside from the iconic Back Off Baby called Neighbor. This record was reissued a bit ago on RaveUpRecords, it appears to be sold out on their website but I feel like I still see it around so keep your eyes out.  Also, if you missed it, I posted another tune from the No Pedestrians comp on the ODIF Facebook page by Zro4 called Blood.  Also rockin' so give it a listen. Anyway, I'm out for a good while!


Monday, November 11, 2013

Esprits Animaux-Whip of Passion EP (Netherlands, 1985)

It started out I was gonna do a post about The Parapluies but they are pretty well covered HERE so I'm going to do a little fishing expedition instead.  Up front, I know nothing about this group.  I have sent out a few messages but does not feel like anything is gonna come back to me on this one.  So, if you were in this band and are out there Googling yourself, get in touch and let me fill in some blanks.  
As always, I can be reached at  In other news, I am going to
bed early.  Long weekends make for long recoveries.  For all my regular readers, enjoy the song if you didn't listen to it on my Facebook already. 

Good night ladies and germs,

The Reactors-World War 4 LP (US, 1980)

It was fun seeing everyone this weekend at Varning Fest.  It went by super fast, maybe because I
 sleptthrough some of it.  At any rate, since it appears I just can't get enough, I will be at
Not Dead Yet Festin Toronto this weekend.  Seeing even more people I haven't seen in an
even longer time and maybe some bands too?

Either way, the energy of this song is a good match to how I'm feeling so I give you The Reactors.  This song is super catchy and always pops into my head at the mere mention of any World War.  This was reissued a couple years ago on Artifix Records but as far as I know that repress is long sold out.  You can still read about them on the Artifix website HERE. Or, if you prefer you can read a bit over on Break My Face HERE.

Alright, I hope you had a good weekend and I'll see you down at WW4!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Miracle Cave-Coping With Illness/Turquoise Coal (Wales, 1983)

If you are friends with me on Facebook you know I have been posting about this band a LOT. Since the flurry of local activity related to the blog has slowed I have had time to get back to what I love most, tracking down old bands.  This is a real weird one.  Miracle Cave are a Welsh group active 1983-84.  Only about half the tracks are female-fronted but I am just so in love with this group I thought I would share it anyway.  

You can find a lot of info I'm not going to rehash here over on the Turquoise Coal blog, named for this group's second album.  Specifically, HERE and HERE.  The pages include free downloads and I would 
highly recommend taking advantage.  I uploaded some videos on my Youtube channel just to share with you so if you like these two jams head on over and check out the rest HERE:

This weekend is crazy and getting crazier so you won't hear from me for a bit.  Happy Friday!