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Jan 22, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: bart

A lot of zines and blogs emailed me this year to hand over a list of top records, bands, shows, etc.. for 2014.  Sadley, I ignored most of them and I apologize my friends, next year I will create the lists for you and submit.  Because I ignored them, I thought long and hard about my top ten records of 2014 or at least top ten of 2014.  Here it is:

Musk – S/T Holy Mountain – Best Goddamned album of the year, hands down!

Golden Pelicans – S/T Total Punk – Best new punk in years

Off With Their Heads – Home Epitaph - I know it was released in 2013, but I didn’t listen till 2014

Fire Retarded – Scroggz Manor Big Neck Records – Love seeing Bobby Hussy getting into punk

Sonny Vincent & Spite – Super group of super Groups!

OBN III’s – Third Time to Harm Tic Tac Totally – if you love rock n roll, you must love this band

Pissed Jeans – Shallow (reissue SubPop) – Great reissue and very much needed

Bloodstains Across Buffalo V/A Extra Evidence – If you are from Buffalo you will love this record

Activations – Radio On/Attack Big Neck Records – Best new punk single in years!  Dan Radiobeat kills it.

Sammy Hagar Birthday Bash in Las Vegas – Are you kidding?  It’s Sammy Hagar and we were in a private tent drinking next to the stage! I know this is not a record it was just the best damn time that year.

Jan 21, 2015
Category: General
Posted by: bart
 
I remember an earlier single featuring Sal Go, Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb which came about at a Jay Reatard show. That project may or may not still be active but like Jay immediately another project, The NV's was already in the works featuring members of Electricutions & Lady Cop. Washington DC is the beginning of some of the greatest hardcore and it's almost impossible that this wasn't going to turn out well if you haven't guessed already.


Oct 28, 2014
Category: General
Posted by: bart
 
X-RAYS!:
Jameson Shot: 7” EP
Jameson whiskey goes down fine, and finer still are the X-Rays! of Nottingham for supporting neighboring Ireland’s economy. What isn’t fine is the way waking up to the aftertaste of whiskey has cross-wired my brain to think that whiskey actually tastes like hangovers. But that’s my problem. For the strong eared and stomached, every song on Jameson Shot will please, neat or with ice or water. G-Man’s guitar roars with bottom dollar distortion and Gary X-Ray’s weasely shouts are perfect on tracks like “Drinking for My Baby,” crafting gleefully shitty rock of the street punk feel, minus the aggression and double the cheese. I can just get through these three tracks before the X-Rays! liquor slap overwhelms my system, which needs some watery lager (tempo changes) mixed in with the hard stuff so I can stand on solid legs and flip the record, which comes on marbled vomit grey vinyl.  –Jim Joyce (Big Neck)
 

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Mar 11, 2013

Review of White Whale from 7 Inches Blog


http://7inches.blogspot.com/2013/03/white-whale-widows-peak-on-big-neck.html

White Whale "Widow's Peak" on Big Neck Records

Got this one in from White Whale, a three piece from Buffalo, NY. I remember friends with bands in Buffalo, that was the big time, to play a show out there, maybe cross the border for an underage beer. The coolest. Haven't heard much from this part of the country in a while...way off my radar, and that's probably just because they aren't pressing seven inches probably except these guys.

Category: General
Posted by: bart

White Whale "Widow's Peak" on Big Neck Records

 
Got this one in from White Whale, a three piece from Buffalo, NY. I remember friends with bands in Buffalo, that was the big time, to play a show out there, maybe cross the border for an underage beer. The coolest. Haven't heard much from this part of the country in a while...way off my radar, and that's probably just because they aren't pressing seven inches probably except these guys.
A-Side's "Widow's Peak" is full of rowdy guitars... yes, of the garage variety, but hidden somewhere in there is a real big pop feel with an overlay of just slightly weirdo guitar rhythms and feedback plinking inbetween the jamming riffs. Bashing the cymbals with a precise snare in an almost Abe Vigoda style (haven't heard anything like those guys in a while). Abstract vocal about the ocean in the rock trinity sound, lots of extra guitar layers of panic distortion, Patrick is laying into a melody on top of this and it's urgent, jagged, not laid back at all, really decisive and right in your face...with some uncertainty and looseness it's a nice combination of say... a hardcore sort of Westing (By Musket & Sextant). "Rats in the snow" this has a darker, faster edge, a real angsty number with deeper grooves cut into hardcore, the chorus of RATS RATS RATS! Head bashing, straight up one note solo time, a thick and heavy wall of distortion and his yelling is coming up over that wall, like Le corde, they're working with those hardcore rough speed elements but still very pop. The quirks keep it interesting and it's got to be a solid probably sweaty live show. Recorded real clean they have an exacting vision, even with the blindfolds on.
Pick up one of these clear dark purple singles from Big Neck Records.
 
http://7inches.blogspot.com/2013/03/white-whale-widows-peak-on-big-neck.html