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Descendents - Two Things At Once

Band: Descendents
Album: Two Things At Once
Country: USA

Just like the title says, this album complies Milo Goes to College and the Bonus Fat EP, both of which are great releases, conveniently packaged on one record. All that mischievous teenage skaters could appreciate is here, classics like "Myage," "I'm Not a Loser," "Bikeage," and "Hope." But for all those who already own their "best of" (Somery, which features the previously mentioned songs), other less-known hits such as "Marriage," "I'm Not a Punk," and "Catalina" are exclusive to this release.

1 Myage 2:01
2 I Wanna Be A Bear 0:43
3 I'm Not A Loser 1:29
4 Parents 1:38
5 Tonyage 0:56
6 M-16 0:43
7 I'm Not A Punk 1:04
8 Catalina 1:48
9 Suburban Home 1:40
10 Statue Of Liberty 1:59
11 Kabuki Girl 1:11
12 Marriage 1:40
13 Hope 2:00
14 Bikeage 2:14
15 Jean Is Dead 1:33
16 My Dad Sucks 0:37
17 Mr. Bass 2:06
18 I Like Food 0:17
19 Hey Hey 1:33
20 Weinerschnitzel 0:12
21 Global Probing 1:08
22 Ride The Wild 2:31
23 It's A Hectic World 1:56


The Fall - Room To Live

Band: The Fall
Album: Room To Live
Country: UK
Release Date: 1982

Room to Live originally appeared in 1982 and remains as essential to the Fall's discography as the previous year's Slates EP. Room to Live was similarly one of the great Fall collections of this era that was too short to be called an album and too long to be an EP or single. Its seven tracks epitomize the "Undilutable Slang Truth!" -- the phrase scrawled across the cover -- which in Mark E. Smith dialect translates as possibly the most archly political and scathing collection of diatribes the Manchester legend spewed forth onto record during what is arguably the group's creative peak. Room to Live marks one of the most inspired periods of the group, the era that produced the masterful Hex Enduction Hour and was in part fueled in by the political upheaval in England circa 1982 during the Falklands War (the subject became a bone of contention with many artists, yet few railed so spitefully as the Fall). Mark E. Smith is at his very best lyrically when getting riled up against the middle class, such as on "Hard Life in Country" and the hilarious "Solicitor in Studio." The latter track gathers a chugging momentum until peaking in uncontrollable feedback, and contains some of the most experimental and risky instrumental behavior his supporting cast ever brought to the studio. Room to Live may be a short, sharp stab of chaos, yet it remains undeniably one of the greatest pieces of post-punk genius the group ever recorded.

1 Joker Hysterical Face 4:48
2 Marquis Cha-Cha 4:31
3 Hard Life in Country 6:11
4 Room to Live 4:15
5 Detective Instinct 5:43
6 Solicitor In Studio 5:21
7 Papal Visit 5:32
8 Fantastic Life 5:20
9 Lie Dream Of A Casino Soul 3:10



Devo - Old Waldorf 1978

Band: Devo
Album: Old Waldorf 1978
Country: USA

Track 1-19: Live at Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA - 1978-11-10; Track 20-25: Live in Akron, OH - 1974

1. Wiggley World [Live] (2:51)
2. Pink Pussycat [Live] (3:16)
3. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction [Live] (2:53)
4. Too Much Paranoids [Live] (2:24)
5. Praying Hands [Live] (3:00)
6. Uncontrollable Urge [Live] (3:11)
7. Mongoloid [Live] (3:14)
8. Jacko Homo [Live] (4:07)
9. Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA [Live] (6:39)
10. Sloppy (I Saw My Baby Gettin') [Live] (3:53)
11. Dj: 1st Encore [Live] (0:57)
12. Come Back Jonee [Live] (3:32)
13. Gut Feeling (Slap Your Mammy) [Live] (3:30)
14. (Unknown) [Live] (0:45)
15. Devo Corporate Anthem [Live] (1:33)
16. Dj: 2nd Encore [Live] (1:18)
17. Red Eye Express [Live] (2:53)
18. The Words Get Stuck in My Throat [Live] (5:06)
19. Dj: Outro [Live] (0:41)
20. Intro to Fraulein [Live] (1:07)
21. Fraulein [Live] (3:23)
22. Intro to Lt Casanova [Live] (1:21)
23. The Death of Lt Casanova [Live] (5:03)
24. Intro to Midget [Live] (0:52)
25. Midget [Live] (3:04)

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The Fall - The Infotainment Scan

Band: The Fall
Album: The Infotainment Scan
Country: USA
Release Date: 2006

Returning to the indie label world with a bang, the Fall unleashed a winner and a half with The Infotainment Scan, one of the band's most playful yet sharp-edged releases. The choice of covers alone gives a sense of where Smith's head was at -- tackling Lee Perry's "Why Are People Grudgeful?" is one tall order to start with, while a cover of the novelty tripe "I'm Going to Spain" is just silly fun (even if the guitar does sound like early Cure!). Even more astounding, though, is what the band does to the Sister Sledge disco classic "Lost in Music" -- nobody will ever mistake Smith's singing for that of the threesome, but the band's overall performance is an honest to God tribute to the tight but full Chic Organization sound. Craig Scanlon throws in some scratchy work around the edges, but otherwise the group takes it as it is and does a great job. As for the originals, Smith and crew are in fine form once again, Scanlon, Steve Hanley, Dave Bush, and Simon Wolstencroft once again a dynamic, inventive unit. After the explicitly techno nods of the recent past, Infotainment balances that off with more straight-ahead rock, though with Wolstencroft's strong, sharp drumming still setting a brisk, danceable pace while Scanlon whips up his usual brand of tight, memorable riffing and Bush adds subtle textures and catchy melodies. One of the best numbers is the explicitly Gary Glitter-styled romp "Glam Racket," a great shout-along, while the beat-crazy "A Past Gone Mad" wins for this line alone: "And if I ever end up like U2/Slit my throat with a garden vegetable." "The League of Bald-Headed Men" also deserves note, as does another strong motorik-inspired number, "It's a Curse." Best song title of the bunch? "Paranoia Man in Cheap Shit Room," with a high-strung and aggressive arrangement to boot. [In 2006 the Sanctuary/Castle label reissued The Infotainment Scan with a bonus disc including two radio sessions for the BBC, the Why Are People Grudgeful? single in total, and seven unreleased outtakes and alternate versions.]

1.Ladybird (Green Grass)4:00
2.Lost In Music3:50
4.I'm Going To Spain3:28
5.It's A Curse5:20
6.Paranoia Man In Cheap Sh*t Room4:28
8.The League Of Bald-Headed Men4:09
9.A Past Gone Mad4:21
11.Why Are People Grudgeful?4:32
12.League Moon Monkey Mix4:37

1.Ladybird (Green Grass) Peel session4:05
2.Strychnine (Peel session)2:54
3.Service (Peel session)3:36
4.Paranoia Man in Cheap Sh*t Room (Peel session)4:19
5.Glam Racket (Mark Goodier session)3:34
6.War (Mark Goodier session)2:36
7.15 Ways (Mark Goodier session)2:51
8.A Past Gone Mad (Mark Goodier session)4:35
9.Why Are People Grudgeful? (Permanent single)4:28
10.Glam Racket (Permanent single)3:33
11.The Re-Mixer (Permanent single)6:03
12.Lost in Music (Permanent single)3:50
13.A Past Gone Mad (alternate version)4:38
14.Instrumental outtake3:43
15.Service (instrumental demo)4:41
16.Glam Racket (instrumental demo)3:17
17.Lost in Music (mix 3)4:39
18.Lost in Music (mix 7)4:35
19.Lost in Music (mix 14)4:30

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Trunble Funk - Early Singles

Band: Trouble Funk
Album: Early Singles
Country: USA
Release Date: 1997

While Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers were longer lived and E.U. scored the biggest national hit, Trouble Funk was the best and most interesting group to come out of the Washington, D.C., go-go scene, and its relentless pursuit of the good groove, propelled by buoyant horn charts, P-Funk-inspired keyboard lines, and tireless percussion jams, was a potent and satisfying reminder in the dying days of the disco era of just how joyous, muscular, and human good dance music could sound. This compilation (released by former D.C. resident and longtime fan Henry Rollins -- yep, that Henry Rollins) features eight cuts from the band's early, self-released 12" singles, where Trouble Funk could stretch out its tracks to eight to ten minutes without outside influences urging the band to shoot for something more commercial or radio-friendly; this is go-go with enough grease for purists and enough groove to win converts, including the epochal "Supergrit," "So Early in the Morning," and an idiosyncratic reworking of Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express." A valuable archival release that will also give you enough fuel to set the dancefloor burning all night long.

1.Super Grit10:18
2.E Flat Boogie5:26
4.Roll Wit It7:16
5.Latin Funk5:03
6.Get Down With Your Get Down8:43
7.Trouble Funk Express6:46
8.So Early In The Morning7:04


Butthole Surfers - Rembrandt Pussyhorse

Band: Butthole Surfers
Album: Rembrandt Pussyhorse
Country: USA
Release Date: 1986

Everything seems to start almost normally on Pussyhorse with "Creep in the Cellar," even with the rather gone violin line -- Haynes is intelligible, the piano part is quiet serene. Then again, Haynes is talking about the creep in question doing things like taking off his skin, so clearly all is still at least somewhat tweaked in Surferland. The rest of the album makes that pretty clear; if not quite as strong as Psychic...Powerless, Pussyhorse is still a strong slice of homegrown art/psychedelia gone to a murky hell. Gentler songs like "Sea Ferring" still have a distinct queasiness to them, its sea chanty feeling undercut by the nagging bassline and Haynes' yelps. When the group goes totally nuts, as on a drum-blasting, squiggly voiced cover of the Guess Who's "American Woman" that makes the later Lenny Kravitz version seem like the redundant slice of nostalgia it is, no prisoners are taken. "Perry" is another definite nutter, with Haynes or somebody talking about this and that to his "baby" over a slow, organ-heavy groove. This said, the trick about Pussyhorse, and arguably why it's slightly lesser than Psychic...Powerless, is its overall subtlety in comparison. Things are more dark and gloomy throughout, downright gothic, even, with the organ start and whispery lyrics of "Strangers Die Everyday" being a good example. Leary keeps his playing low and strange throughout, fitting in with new bassist Pinkus rather well as a result. Get past the slight surprise of not always hearing the Surfers going near-all out most of the time, though, and Pussyhorse is still mighty fine, whether talking about the drony guitar weirdness opening "Whirling Hall of Knives" or the echo-treated reprise of "In the Cellar." CD versions of Pussyhorse conveniently include the Cream Corn From the Socket of Davis EP.

1.Creep in the Cellar2:05
2.Sea Ferring3:59
3.American Women5:32
4.Waiting for Jimmy to Kick2:20
5.Strangers Die Everyday3:09
7.Whirling Hall of Knives4:44
8.Mark Says Alright4:07
9.In the Cellar3:18
10.Moving to Florida (Bonus Track)4:32
11.Comb (Bonus Track)4:57
12.To Parter (Bonus Track)4:20
13.Tornadoes (Bonus Track)2:37


Beastie Boys - Randy's Rodeo

Band: Beastie Boys
Album: Randy's Rodeo (Live At City Gardens, Trenton, NJ)
Country: USA
Release Date: 1992

1. Ricky Powell’s Intro
2. To All The Girls
3. Slow & Low
4. Shake Your Rump
5. Pass The Mic
6. Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun>
7. Rhyming & Stealing
8. Time For Livin’
9. Egg Raid On Mojo
10. In 3’s (Instrumental)
11. POW
12. Live at PJ’s
13. Stand Together
14. Posse In Effect
15. A Year & A Day/Posse In Effect pt 2
16. Jimmy James
17. Sounds of Silence
18. Finger Lickin Good

1. This One’s for Todd
2. High Plains Drifter
3. So Whatcha Want?
4. Paul Revere
5. The Maestro
6. Groove Holmes (Instrumental)
7. Something’s Got To Give
8. Lighten Up
9. Gratitude
10. Stand Up (Minor Threat Cover)
11. Time To Get Ill
12. Shadrach

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Young Marble Giant - Colossal Youth & Collected Works

Band: Young Marble Giant
Album: Colossal Youth & Collected Works
Country: UK
Release Date: 1980

Young Marble Giants' Colossal Youth is a collection of sparse, evocative tunes emphasizing Alison Stratton's floating vocals and minimal guitar/organ/bass/drum machine arrangements. Comparable to little else from its time or since, this is rock music at its most austere. The original album had 15 songs; subsequent CD editions added a few more. But the 2007 edition on Domino is the one to buy, pushing the total to 46 tracks, with additions from the Testcard EP, the 1979 "Final Day" single, the Salad Days album, a compilation cut, and a 1980 session for John Peel -- everything they ever did, in fact.

One of the most distinctive albums of the UK post-punk scene -- spare, stripped-down, and completely sublime! Where most of their contemporaries grabbed the world by doing more, Young Marble Giants made their mark by doing less -- just a bit of bass, some scratchy guitar, thin keyboards, and simple beats -- all topped by the light vocals of Alison Statton -- sweet and dreamy, but also a bit cold at times too! The approach is quite unique, and hard to describe accurately -- but all these decades later, the set still stands as one of the purest moments of genius from a scene that had plenty of genius to offer! Titles include "Searching For Mr Right", "Constantly Changing", "Include Me Out", "The Taxi", "NITA", "Colossal Youth", "Music For Evenings", and "Credit In the Straight World". 3CD package features a wealth of extra material too! CD 2 features 26 tracks pulled from the incredible Testcard EP, plus the "Final Day" single, the Salad Days album, and even their "Ode To Booker T" from the Is The War Over compilation! CD 3 features a John Peel session from 1980 -- with 5 more tracks -- and the package also includes a thick booklet too, with images, photos, and long notes on the group by Simon Reynolds.

1.Searching for Mr. Right3:00
2.Include Me Out1:58
3.The Taxi2:07
4.Eating Noddemix2:04
5.Constantly Changing2:04
7.Colossal Youth1:54
8.Music for Evenings3:02
9.The Man Amplifier3:15
10.Choci Loni2:37
11.Wurlitzer Jukebox2:45
12.Salad Days2:01
13.Credit in the Straight World2:28
15.Wind in the Rigging2:25

1.This Way1:41
2.Posed by Models1:24
3.The Clock1:39
5.Zebra Trucks1:33
6.Sporting Life1:04
7.Final Day1:43
8.Radio Silents1:53
10.Ode to Booker T3:03
11.Have Your Toupee Ready1:09
14.Zebra Trucks1:33
15.Choci Loni2:14
16.Wind in the Rigging2:38
17.The Man Shares His Meal With His Beast4:24
18.The Taxi2:03
19.Constantly Changing2:06
20.Music for Evenings2:57
21.Credit in the Straight World2:12
22.Eating Noddemix2:01
23.Ode to Booker T3:01
24.Radio Silents2:52
26.Loop the Loop2:59

1.Searching for Mr. Right2:36
3.Final Day1:57
5.Posed By Models1:31

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Pure Hell - Noise Addiction

Band: Pure Hell
Album: Noise Addiction
Country: USA
Release Date: 2005

In 1974, on the streets of Philadelphia, a band unlike any other was formed. They called themselves Pretty Poison. The band consisted of Stinker (Kenny Gordon) on vocals, Chip Wreck (Preston Morris III) on guitar, Lenny Steel (Kerry Boles) on bass, and Spider (Michael Sanders) on drums. They had a sound so ahead of its time that the music industry was not yet ready for it. They coupled the punk sound of the New York bands of the time with a harder, faster heavy metal edge unheard before. Their unique sound was a result of Gordon's berserk choreography and Morris's needling guitar riffs, while Steel and Spider added a synchronized barrage with no nonsense execution to the arsenal.

Inspired by the famous fuel-altered dragster, they changed their name to Pure Hell in 1975. Soon after, they moved to New York City where they played with bands like the New York Dolls, Sid Vicious, Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, The Dead Boys, The Stimulators, Richard Hell, The Germs, The Nuns, The Cramps and more. In 1978 Pure Hell headlined a tour of the UK, with bands like The UK Subs, Wilko Johnson, Vermilion & the Aces and more opening for them. While in the UK, their only original record was released. It was a single released by their manager Curtis Knight on his label, Golden Sphinx Records. The songs on the single were “These Boots Were Made for Walking” and “No Rules.” The single charted in the top 40 charts in the UK. During the same year, a full length album was recorded but was never released. It did not surface again for 26 years…

1.Noise Addiction1:56
2.Hard Action2:29
3.Lame Brain3:10
4.I Feel Bad2:30
5.Wild One3:32
6.Rot in the Doghouse2:21
7.No Rules2:26
8.Thrillers of Oz1:57
9.Spoiled Sport1:45
10.Courageous Cat3:31
11.These Boots Are Made For Walking2:47
13.The Girl With the Hungry Eyes1:31
14.I Want Your Body1:47



The Weirdos

Band: Weirdos
Album: Demos & Rehearsals
Country: USA
Release Date: 197?

1. Bad [Demo] 2:20

2. It Means Nothing [Demo] 2:33

3. Scream Baby Scream [Demo] 1:55

4. We Got the Neutron Bomb [Demo] 2:10

5. Life of Crime [Demo] 2:17

6. Teenage [Demo] 2:38

7. Why Do You Exist? [Demo] 1:46

8. Destroy All Music [Demo] 1:36

9. Do the Dance [Demo] 1:20

10. Message From the Underworld [Demo] 2:15

11. Go Kid Hugo [Demo] 2:03


Band: Weirdos
Album: Weird World Volume 1
Country: USA
Release Date: 1991

It's rather ironic that while Los Angeles was the capitol of the American recording industry in the mid-to-late '70s, most of the seminal bands of the original New York punk rock scene (the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith, Talking Heads) were able to score major-label contracts, but nearly all of their West Coast contemporaries were ignored, having to rely on fledgling independent labels like Dangerhouse or What? if they wanted to be heard on plastic. Consequently, several important bands, such as Crime and the Screamers, managed to slip through the cracks without ever releasing a proper album, and the Weirdos, who were one of the first major bands to emerge from the L.A. punk underground, broke up in 1981 without making an LP. (They did reunite for a spell in the 1990s, recording an album called Condor with the help of friend and fan Flea.) Fortunately, the Weirdos did manage to release a handful of singles and EPs during their 1977-1981 heyday, as well as demoing plenty of material that never saw release, and Weird World, Vol. 1 collects 14 superb cuts that set the record straight -- the Weirdos were, quite simply, one of the best and brightest American bands of punk's first wave. Dix Denney's hard, angular guitar lines suggested melody without sacrificing any of his propulsive punch, while the various rhythm sections were invariably tight, hard-driving, and energetic (the band went through four drummers and five bassists in five years; one of the group's bass players, Cliff Roman, was originally their rhythm guitarist, and wrote a handful of superb songs, including "Teenage" and "Life of Crime"). And vocalist John Denny was a genius frontman; manic, funny, and just a little disturbing, John could pour a world of passion and meaning into a nonsense lyric like "Bop helium bar tonight!," and his more coherent numbers, like "We've Got the Neutron Bomb" and "Pagan" were as hilarious as the Ramones but with a genuinely ominous undercurrent their funny-punk brethren couldn't touch (check the claustrophobic "Solitary Confinement"). Weird World, Vol. 1 is hardly the final word on this great band, but if you want concrete proof that the Weirdos were the great unsung heroes of L.A. punk, you could hardly do better.

1.Weird World3:02
2.Arms Race2:21
4.Helium Bar3:22
5.Rhythm Syndrome2:22
7.Fort U.S.A.3:12
8.Happy People2:33
9.Message From the Underworld2:35
11.I'm Not Like You2:36
12.We Got The Neutron Bomb2:59
13.Solitary Confinement2:30
14.Life Of Crime2:19


Band: Weirdos
Album: Weird World Volume 2
Country: USA
Release Date: 2003

A mere 12 years after Weird World, Vol. 1, volume two (with We Got the Neutron Bomb given as the dominant title) appeared to mop up odds and ends that hadn't appeared on the first anthology of material by the early L.A. punk band the Weirdos. As you might expect from a band that recorded infrequently and sporadically, there's a ragtag feel to this compilation. Ten of the 16 tracks, indeed, were previously unreleased; also tacked on are the late-'70s singles "We Got the Neutron Bomb" and "Destroy All Music," "Skateboards to Hell" (the B-side of a 1979 Denney Brothers single), "Hey Big Oil" (from the Denney Brothers' 1981 LP), and two songs from the 1990 Weirdos LP Condor. Although the material spans a dozen years (with a big gap between 1982 and 1988), the sound actually doesn't change much. It's straightforward ominous snarling punk, not quite hardcore but getting there, not too big on melody but not one-chord thrash either. A bit of experimental industrial rock creeps into the Denney Brothers' instrumentals "Hey Big Oil" and "Skateboards to Hell," and some rockabilly revivalism into the 1980 live-in-the-studio covers of Link Wray's "Fat Back" and Hank Mizell's "Jungle Rock." It's the late-'70s material that fans will probably be most hungry for, though, including not just the "We Got the Neutron Bomb" and "Destroy All Music" singles, but also a live 1978 track and two slightly crudely recorded 1977 live-in-the-studio numbers. Those are the freshest-sounding cuts on the set, "We Got the Neutron Bomb" sounding a little like a gallows Ramones in its sardonicism, though it all seems a lot less shocking and novel than it did back in the day.

2.Cyclops Helicopter2:02
3.7 & 7 Is1:50
4.Shining Silver Light3:22
5.What Will You Do?2:29
6.Hey Big Oil2:20
7.It Means Nothing2:36
8.The Hideout3:34
9.Jungle Rock2:45
10.Fat Back2:14
11.Skateboards to Hell3:42
12.Barbaric Americana3:37
13.We Got The Neutron Bomb2:58
14.Destroy All Music1:37
15.I Want What I Want2:41
16.I'm Not Like You3:10