Here is the Impalers 2010 demo that was put on vinyl in 2012 by Beach Impediment and No Way Records. This was the limited press on red out of /200. This Austin band brings the heat on this one with some good 80's USHC and a whole lot of D-Beat going on... and a mix of Motorhead worship. This group also has a split and an LP out, which I need to check out. Beach Impediment can do no wrong.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I was able to catch The Flex and Violent Reaction tour a couple months ago. Both UK bands were excellent as expected. I did think The Flex was better live than their counterpart, even though I prefer Violent Reaction on recordings. The Flex's debut LP "Wild Stabs in the Dark" is one of the most hyped albums of 2014 and rightfully so. This is a very good record and appears to already be out of press. Similar to their "Scum on the Run" EP, all copies were pressed on red vinyl. I believe this was out of /1000 copies. Furthermore, they reign from the same town as my boy Jake and my favorite European football club, Leeds United.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Here is Richmond Virginia's CRETINS. Vinyl Conflict has been putting out some excellent RVA stuff, and this certainly fits the bill. Just what you would expect, brutal and angry USHC. This is Vinyl Conflict's fourth release, and now I know anything they put out is a must own. This copy is on blood red vinyl out of /100. Don't sleep on it.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
Permanent Ruin is a new San Jose hardcore band that is getting a lot of recognition lately. They are a female fronted hardcore band and are angry as hell. This is some fast, punishing stuff. Rich from Hostile Takeover/In Disgust is in the group so it's not too far away musically. I wish I would have got a copy of this on color vinyl, so I'll have to be on the lookout for it.
I love the layout on this release. Screen pressed red ink on card stock just works.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Vinyl Noize once proclaimed this record as the "Chung King of Oi!". Here is the Templars "Poor Knights of Acre" Bootleg EP. Although I would hardly call this the Chung King of Oi!, or even the Templars most sought after record, it is without a doubt considered a classic and a must own for any Oi! collector. The Templars are one of my all time favorite bands and one of the bands I aggressively collect. In fact for my 50th post I dedicated it to the Templars, as well as some of my first posts ever. I am now realizing I haven't even posted a quarter of my Templars collection, and that is something I will need to remedy soon.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
My two most listened to EP's this month have been Breakout's "Razorwire" EP and this Mercy Killings EP. This Virginia hardcore band shares members with Wasted Time, Direct Control and Violent Outburst. This is right along with the recent wave of incredibly scummy hardcore with a touch of Oi! mixed with Infest. This Mercy Killings EP seems to stand out amongst it's peers, and I think it's because of the superb vocals. The guitars and crunchy and thick, the drums are tight and crisp but the vocals set this above most of the recent stuff that's been coming out. I knew from the first time I heard this record that it is an instant classic. I usually don't post "free download" links, but for this one I suggest you go download it IMMEDIATELY! This is on the immaculate Beach Impediment Records and is a second press out of /320 on black. I really wish I would have caught on earlier and scored a blue vinyl copy. Oh well. Don't sleep on this record, this is a serious contender.
Check them out live and you'll see why they rule so hard.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Here we have one of the best rap records from 2009, Fashawn's "Boy Meets World" LP. This is an excellent album and to this day is still Fashawn's crowning achievement. The entire album was produced by Exile, so all the instrumentals are fantastic. Fashawn has a unique Fresno style and is far from gangster, but is more inline with a backpacking skateboarder. However, this record does discuss some pretty heavy stuff. One track that always makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up is "When She Calls", a track about his friend committing suicide with the lyrics reading like a devastating suicide letter. However, my two favorites are "Our Way" and "Sunny CA", two classics.
I've seen Fashawn live a few times and he always kills it. I chatted with him for a few minutes when I saw him in Santa Cruz and he was a super cool laid back guy. I look forward to his sophomore album ("The Ecology") to be released sometime this year. This version is on purple vinyl. If you haven't heard this record, I suggest you track it down ASAP.
Check out "Our Way" featuring Evidence.
Check out "Life as a Shorty".