Sundials – First Six Songs EP

90s power-pop/college rock revivalism seems to be on a bit of an uptick at the moment with great bands like Cheap Girls and Failure’s Union rocking awesome melodic rock styles. I’m also occasionally reminded of¬†Weezer… good old Weezer, not shit new Weezer, and with less irritatingly tweenie lyrics.¬†Sundials are walking a similar path though they’ve […]

Steven Blush – American Hardcore: A Tribal History

It’s difficult to approach this book, originally released in 2001, without bringing a certain amount of baggage with you. It’s probably among the most well-known collected histories of the early American hardcore punk movement, particularly after it was adapted into the notorious film of the same name. It’s widely regarded as an essential resource in […]

New Sainte Catherines LP in 2010

Sometimes you do get what you wish for. (Doesn’t say where this was announced – certainly not the band’s MySpace page – but hopefully it’s for real.)

Wrecktheplacefantastic – 3rd gig coming up!

It’s a while since I posted here about what my band is up to. In fact, I think it’s been so long that I haven’t even mentioned that we now have a MySpace page. Yes, it’s true, we finally caught up with 2004. We’re just in time for MySpace to continue its decline and watch […]

Nothington – Roads, Bridges and Ruins

San Francisco’s Nothington are one of those bands that have managed to pass me by for years, and then one day I idly check them out on MySpace and am blown away. I picked up their 2007 full-length debut All In last August-ish and it immediately leapt into regular rotation. Happily, it was then only […]

American Steel – Dear Friends & Gentle Hearts

Yet another band that I’ve come to pretty late, American Steel were originally around between the mid-90s and 2002, at which point they started writing dance-rock tunes under the name Communique (I’ve not heard them so I’m going on what I’ve read). In 2007 the band decided to play as American Steel once again, releasing […]

Flash Fiction: Punk’s Not Dead

What was that about the author meeting his own deadlines? Yeah, I’m pretty much made of fail. Oh well. Here’s today’s flash fiction. This one’s about punk rock, which will no doubt impress my regular readers as it’s a subject which I so rarely touch upon. The soundtrack for this one is (Shut) Up the […]

Band Aid: Apocalypse Hoboken

It’s a while since I wrote one of these posts and I’ve been meaning to plug Apocalypse Hoboken for a while anyway, so why not? Apocalypse Hoboken were an idiosyncratic punk rock band hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Formed in 1987 by a group of highschool friends and beginning seriously in ’89, they spent a decade […]

R.I.Pieces – Lux Interior

I just heard the news that Cramps vocalist Lux Interior has finally gone to the great rock ‘n roll debacle in the sky. Apparently it was due to a heart condition. The MTV website has more. Born Erick Lee Purkhiser, Interior started the Cramps in 1972 with guitarist Poison Ivy (born Kristy Wallace, later his […]

“We Jam Econo”

I just got done watching We Jam Econo, the 2005 documentary about 80s San Pedro punk band the Minutemen. It’s a superb film, packed full of interviews with dozens of punk and hardcore veterans enthusing about one of the most enduring and treasured bands of the US hardcore and punk scenes. Interspersed with this are […]