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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)
 

Xrays

Nov 26, 2013

Best Demo and Best Freebie of November


Best Demo: Twin Guns

I love garage rock n roll and when I read a package that describes a sound that is a cross between Jesus and Mary Chain and the Gun Club...

Best Freebie: The Xrays – “Booze and Speed” CD

The Xrays have done it all; monster hit records in the 90’s....

Category: General
Posted by: bart

Best Demo and Best Freebie of November

Best Demo: Twin Guns

                       

I love garage rock n roll and when I read a package that describes a sound that is a cross between Jesus and Mary Chain and the Gun Club, I am all a tingle!  Twin Guns are two New Yorkers doing music right.  They are Andrea Sicco from Oscura and Rockethouse with Jim Chandler from The Cramps and The Makers.  The description of their sound is very apt, leaning a bunch more towards the Gun Club sound.  They dive in with no restraints and pour out a doom ridden, distortion filled, reverb drenched, hook lined, crazy sounding demo.  The best part is that these are just two guys pulling this sound out of their equipment.

I have not stopped listening to this since I got it.  If we weren’t booked up till Spring 2014 I would beg these guys to do a record.  Big Neck needs more money to put out amazing bands like this one.

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/TwinGunsNYC/info

Best Freebie: The Xrays – “Booze and Speed” CD

 

The Xrays have done it all; monster hit records in the 90’s and turn of the century, toured with the New Bomb Turks, and released a veritable library of singles on tons of different labels.  Well they did a huge favor for all of us, they gathered all of their singles and put them into one massive CD collection that just plain F’N Rocks.  If you are looking for straight up, guitar driven, punk rock scorches that do not last longer than two minutes apiece, look no further.  This CD will fill that need.

It is a great retrospective, we now get to see the progression of the band from the very beginning in the 90’s to early in the 2000’s to present day where they have honed their sound to become even better with age.  They include a new track from their new sessions too.

26 tracks of pure rock n roll.

Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/xraysnottingham

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