Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Johnnys - Highlights of a Dangerous Life LP

Cowpunkish rock and roll from Bondi Junction, NSW.

I really enjoyed this band, kind of reminds me of X and Rank and File with a dose of Blood on the Saddle maybe even a little Elvis Hitler in there too.

If this was released now, it would probably be considered alt. country, which is just fine by me.

12 songs including a cover of Hoyt Axton's "Green Back Dollar" and a song about "The Marty Robbins Died."

Apparently they released a lot of music in their native Australia, however this is the only thing that I have by this band.

Released in 1986 on Enigma Records.

Enjoy,

Brian Guy

http://rapidshare.com/files/864152407/Johnnys_%20the%20-%20Highlights%20of%20a%20Dangerous%20Life%20LP.rar

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

True Police Stories of the Strange and Unexplained by DS Ingrid P. Dean

A couple of months ago I posted a book of trucker ghost stories. I was hoping that his book would be a lot like that one, but I was wrong. Most of the stories in this book don't seem that strange to me or that unexplained.

For example there is a story of a police officer who found that a so-called psychic was planting bones at crime scenes and then claiming to find them. Not really strange or unexplained. That's not to say that there are some good stories in here, but it just was not what I was expecting.

Probably 90% of the stories are from the state of Michigan where Dean worked as a police officer. Some of the other stories are from Washington State, Alaska, and Texas among others.

There is also a list in the back of the book with people who contributed stories to the book. Which is pretty interesting.

I enjoyed the book to an extent, but like I said I was expecting more ghost stories that stories on intuition and strange feelings.

Bottom line if you are looking for truly strange stories then I'd pass on this book, but if you are looking for interesting police stories, then take a chance on this book.

Published by Llewellyn Worldwide of Woodbury, MN 2011

Cheers,

Brian Guy

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Files have been fixed on Rapidshare

Everything is back to normal and all the Rapidshare files should now work, thanks to help from Bernando over at US Oi of Sweden.

I have now added a link to the X - White Girl 7"

Cheers,

Brian Guy

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Dear Abby is Dead

Pauline Phillips better known as the advise columnist Dear Abby has passed away at the age of 94.

I used to read her and her twin sisters columns in the local paper when I was a kid. I always found it entertaining and amazing what other people's lives where like.

I can't remember how old I was when I heard The Dead Kennedys song "Dear Abby," but I always thought it was a pretty funny song and made me wonder if she ever got a letter like this and if she did how would she react? I guess we will never know.


But here is a copy of the song that I found on You Tube.

Rest In Peace.

Cheers,

Brian Guy

X - White Girl 7"

As a follow up to my review of X "The Unheard Music," we have the seven inch of "White Girl."

This little piece of history from 1980 was released on Slash Records.

I have to admit, I don't recall ever hearing the song on the flipside, "You're Phones off the Hook (But You're Not,"before but it is a good rockablilly number.

Now that the Rapidshare files have been fixed here you go

http://rapidshare.com/files/2396184004/(CA)%20-%20G.rar


Cheers,

Brian Guy

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blood Pudding - Avalon Hangover cs + Live at Bob's House of Fishribs cs



From Canby, OR we have Blood Pudding. Now this is not metal or even close as the name might suggest nor is it grindcore, this is straight up punk rock influenced by The Clash and the Softboys and maybe a little bit of The Ramones.

I went to Community College with two of the band members and for a time was their "manager" which meant basically I was a roadie who got to drink a lot of beer.

Good times and great guys. This was released self released  in 1991.

I'm also including another link to the fake live tape "Live at Bob's House of Fishribs." There are only two songs on this cassette that made it to to professionally recorded "Avalon Hangover"cs

Enjoy,

Brian Guy

http://rapidshare.com/files/2852109495/BLOOD%20PUDDING%20-%20AVALON%20HANGOVER.rar

http://rapidshare.com/files/3027943801/Blood%20Pudding%20-%20Live%20at%20Bob's%20House%20of%20Fishribs%20cs.rar

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

X - The Unheard Music DVD (review)

This is the DVD release of 1985 file about Los Angeles punk band X.

I have to say that I really enjoyed watching this for the first time. I have to admit I thought the beginning was king of strange, but once I got used to the way it was shot, it was pretty good.

You see film of the band playing shows plus interviews with band members John Doe, Exene Cervenka, Billy Zoom and D.J. Bonebrake were a lot more interesting i thought than the interviews for Decline.

This movie made the members of X seem a lot more like down to earth people and gave some insight to their personalities. Billy Zoom talking about coming from a musical family, and D.J. Bonebrake talking about his musical stylings and copying the sounds of a coffee maker was pretty interesting.

There's also interviews with Brendan Mullen founder of the Masque in Los Angeles and Bob Biggs of Slash Records. There was also some other interviews with a couple of other record executives as to why they did or did not sign X to a record contract.

If you have not seen this I recommend that you track it down and watch it.

Cheers,

Brian Guy


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Misfats


A couple of vids from The Misfats who I believe where from Portland, OR. Pretty funny novelty stuff a bunch of fat guys doing unique "covers" of Misfits songs making all the lyrics about food.

Cheers,

Brian Guy

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Things You Find in Used Records

You know I've found some strange things in records I've bought thru the years from letters to other people to razor blades, but this has to be a first.

What we have here is an unused ticket to a Slayer and Testament concert from Jan. 1991. at the Salem Armory. I found this in a copy of a Sweaty Nipples - Chickensnake 7" I bought a couple of months ago. Strange. I never would have thought a fan of Sweaty Nipples would like Slayer.

The things we learn from records eh?

Cheers,

Brian Guy

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Northwest Passage: 50 Years of Independent Music from the Rose City Marc Moscato editor

This is a pretty interesting book put out by the Dill Pickle Club covering 50 years of Independent music in Portland, Oregon.

I have to admit that when I first read this book I was kind of disappointed in it. While it does have some pretty important people in music in Portland, it also seemed like there was a lot missing.

Thoughts on the Northwest Passage Lecture Series from Eric Isaacson. A personal look from scene to scene by Jacob Fain and Cabarets, Social Clubs, Coffee Houses & Discos: How Liquor Laws Influenced Local music by Ryan Tobias

Then you have eight interviews from people from the Portland scene, even though I consider Calvin Johnson as more of a Olympia, Washington scenester, I did enjoy his interview. Other interviews are Ural Thomas, Joe Kregal, Valerie Brown, Fred and Toody Cole and rapper Cool Nutz.

I think Fred and Toody Cole's interview where probably the best and I also found the Cool Nutz interview to be pretty interesting too. Cool Nutz talking about dealing with bands who thought they should have bigger type setting in the Mercury (a local weekly) was pretty funny, how do you remain diplomatic when you have people pushing you when no one shows up to the shows to see them. Egos got to love them.

There is also a CD which seems to be audio interviews of what is in the book. I actually enjoyed what I listened to better than the book itself.

I would recommend this, I guess what bothered me the most is I was under the impression that this was going to cover the punk scene a little bit more and it really didn't do that for me. There's even a section on Select Punk singles and LPs 1978-86. No real surprises on the list. I think that one of the Lockjaw 45s should have been on the list oh well.

Enjoy,

Brian Guy