Friday, July 23, 2010

Sonic Overload 7/12/10

No extraneous audio this week, just the music. I do have to say, though, that I think it’s lame when an out-of-town band from the other side of the country plays a show and the attendees watch the two local openers but decide to hang outside while they’re performing. I touch on that during the course of the show. In the meantime, I hope those of you dealing with the heat of the past few weeks are managing to keep cool...

Sonic Overload 7/12/10


SHORT CHANGED-Clones ’09 (Rodent Popsicle)

BLOODKROW BUTCHER-Endless Fields Of Rotting Sacks (demo)
CONFINES-Culture Trust (demo)
RAW NERVE-Teens In Heat (Video Disease)
DRY HUMP-Let Down (Shogun)
SOCIALCIDE-Kill A Junkie (Kangaroo/Even Worse)
PERDITION-Deception (Distort Reality)

REACTIONARIES-The Big Lie (Water Under The Bridge)
SHELL SHOCK-Your Way (Vinyl Solution)
WARSAW PAKT-Speeding (Captain Trip)
COUNT FIVE-Psychotic Reaction (Double Shot)
INHALANTS-Kill You (Unclean)

SOCIAL SUICIDE-Born Again (from “Mixed Nuts Don’t Crack,” Crackle)
EXILED-Artificial Friend (Fountain Of Youth)
DIE KREUZEN-Hate Me (Touch & Go)
VATICAN COMMANDOS-Why Must I Follow? (Pregnant Nun)
NEGATIVE ELEMENT-Dough Boy (Version Sound)


BROKEN IDOLS-Life Sucks (demo)
AVENGERS-Uh Oh! (White Noise)
X-We’re Desperate (Elektra)
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS-Do Anything You Wanna Do (Island)
DB’S-Black and White (Albion)

KILLING JOKE-Unspeakable (EG)
JANITOR JOE-Boys In Blue (Amphetamine Reptile)
CRUNT-Black Heart (Trance)
WHITE DRUGS-Black Wizard Gloaming (Amphetamine Reptile)
GIT SOME-Always The Hard Way (Alternative Tentacles)
EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING-Through The Trees (Mexican Summer)


RAW NERVES-The Elegant Dance Of World Destruction (Inkblot)
I ATTACK-American Dream (Criminal IQ)
ABUSIVE ACTION-Taking Charge (Voice Of A Generation)
LOW THREAT PROFILE-Nobody Fears You (Drank Blank/Deep Six)
RABID GRANNIES-I’m Degenerating (Cagematch Federation)
ERGS-Johnny Rzeznick Needs His Ass Kicked (Grave Mistake/Firestarter)
THE BOMB-Integrity (No Idea)

TUXEDOMOON-What Use? (Ralph)
BPEOPLE-Weather To Worry (Faulty)
EDIE & THE EGGS-Punks, Get Off The Grass (Big Spurt)
RAMONES-Go Mental (Sire)
GUIDED BY VOICES-Motor Away (Matador)

DISGRUNTLED NATION-Small Town, Smaller Minds (Pink House)
BOTTLES AND SKULLS-American Dreams (Sickroom)
GHOULIES-Death By Television (Rockstar)
REDSHIFT-Conflict (Soulforce)


SHOCK-This Generation’s On Vaction (from “Killed By Death #3”)
LEGAL WEAPON-War Babies (Arsenal)
PLASMATICS-Won’t You (Stiff)
SOVIETTES-#1 Is Number Two (Adeline)
LA URSS-Que Asco Me Dan (540)
DIRT-Profit and Loss (Skuld)

ARCTIC FLOWERS-Slouching Toward Bethlehem (self-released)
AARITILA-Papgao Song (1000db)
PAHAA VERTA-Lyon Sut Kahtia! (Paha Tukka Elama)
CITIZENS PATROL-Disposable (Way Back When/Even Worse)
THE WALL-Exchange (Captain Oi)
UNDERTONES-Boys Will Be Boys (Sire)

BLITZKRIEG-Lest We Forget (No Future)
BLITZ-Fight To Live (No Future)
NEGATIVE FX-Feel Like A Man (Taang)
FIT FOR ABUSE-Mindless Violence (Bridge Nine)

SUICIDE COMMANDOS-Complicated Fun (from “Big Hits of Mid-America Vol. 3,” Twin-Tone)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Sonic Overload 7/5/10

Happy birthday, USA!! Will we ever be the land of the free? I'll just let this week's musical selections speak for themselves. Or itself? Whatever...

Sonic Overload 7/5/10


MC5-The American Ruse (Rhino)

GOONS-USA (Torque)
CLASH-I’m So Bored With The USA (Epic)

7 SECONDS-Fuck Your Amerika (from “Not So Quiet On The Western Front,” Maximum Rocknroll)
VICIOUS CIRCLE-American (demo)
MELEE-Fuck You To The Red White And Blue (from “DIY or Die,” Suburban Voice)
PATRIOTS-Land Of The Free (Another Lousy Record)
SOCIAL UNREST-Red, White and Blue (New Red Archives)
CRUCIFUCKS-Democracy Spawns Bad Taste (Touch & Go)

BIG BLACK-The Ugly American (Homestead)
POISON IDEA-Ugly American (Taang)
PAGANS-Dead End America (Crypt)
KOSHER-Bored In America (BYO)


POLES-CN Tower (Nimbus 9)
MANIACS-Chelsea 77 (United Artists)
TABLE-Sex Cells (Chiswick)
NEW HEARTS-Just Another Teenage Anthem (CBS)

REAGAN SS-‘mericuh (from “Mein Comp,” Youth Attack)
DEARBORN SS-Americana (Council)
DARK AGES-Radioactive States Of America (Cowabunga)
COLD SHOULDER-America’s Son (Cowabunga)
REGRESS-Flags And Slogans (Lengua Armada)

TOXIC REASONS-God Bless America (T-Reason)
SCREAM-U-Suck-A/We’re Fed Up (Dischord)
HÜSKER DÜ-In A Free Land (New Alliance)
BROTHER INFERIOR-Land Of The Free (Sensual Underground)
NAKED RAYGUN-Home Of The Brave (Homestead)


UNSEEN-Goodbye America (VML)
SWINDLE-USA (Grilled Cheese)
CHOKING VICTIM-Hate Yer State (Hellcat)
FROGS OF WAR-Up Someone’s Ass (Full Circle)

F-MINUS-Pain Messiah (Hellcat)
CITIZENS PATROL-Crusade (Way Back When/Even Worse)
CUT THE SHIT-Burn The Dance Clubs (Gloom)
KNIFE FIGHT-Knife Fight (My War)
GASMASK TERROR-Ruins... And Then? (Wake Up Anarchy Rider)
PAHAA VERTA-Miski Huutaa? (Paha Tukka Elama)
FIX ME-Sentir General (La Vida Es Un Mus)
LAPINPOLTHAJAT- Syvemmalle Pimeaan (Kamaset Levyt)

BLACK FLAG-American Waste (SST)
TSOL-Abolish Government/Silent Majority (Posh Boy)
RED SCARE-Keep America Beautiful (Grand Theft Audio)
ECONOCHRIST-Fuck Your American Dream (Ebullition)
ARTICLES OF FAITH-American Dreams (Reflex)


BURY THE LIVING-Of God and Country (Kangaroo)
ANTIPRODUCT-For Which It Stands (Tribal War)
HOLY MOUNTAIN-America (No Idea)
DEATHCYCLE-O, Say Can You See? (Chainsaw Safety)
UR FUNKTION-Patriot-Idiot (Grand Theft Audio)
CAUSE-We’re All Family (Hybrid)

CRESS-Consume (Tribal War)
OBSERVERS-Us Against The World (Vinyl Warning)
STIPHNOYDS-Afraid Of The Russians (from “History Of Portland Punk,” Zeno)
YOUNG OFFENDERS-Black Coffee (Deranged)
NEW MUSIK-This World Of Water (Epic)

KIM WILDE-Kids In America (EMI)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Sonic Overload 6/28/10

Sonia Weitz, a Holocaust survivor who lived in my hometown of Peabody, passed away in late June at the age of 81. She founded the Holocaust Center North. Read this piece about an extraordinary woman: Sonia Weitz: Holocaust Survivor Kept History Alive.

I almost hesitate to mention it but I also just finished reading a book by Norman Finkelstein called The Holocaust Industry. It was a complete coincidence that I was reading the book the week that Sonia Weitz passed away. To say it’s controversial is an understatement. Both of Finkelstein’s parents were concentration camp survivors but he offers a pointed take on what he calls the Holocaust Industry. The premise of the book is that various Jewish groups have used the unspeakable atrocities of the holocaust to, among other things, justify Israel’s own transgressions and also extract restitution from different countries. There’s a lot more to it than that. What’s interesting is I had to have the book sent to the Peabody library from another branch. In fact, few of Finkelstein’s books can be found in libraries in this city or surrounding communities. Finkelstein has unsurprisingly become a pariah to a large segment of the Jewish community. I certainly don’t mean to dishonor Sonia Weitz’s memory but it’s quite a provocative book and worth reading.

This week’s show is also dedicated to the memory of original Kinks bassist Pete Quaife, who recently died at 66...

Sonic Overload 6/28/10


CRISIS-Holocaust (Apop)

NO HOPE FOR THE KIDS-Treblinka (from “Public Safety,” Maximum Rocknroll)
BLUT + EISEN-Lange Gesichter (Weird System)
ANTIKEHO-RAY (from “Russia Bombs Finland,” Propaganda)
R.I.P.-No Hay Futuro (Munster)

CITIZENS PATROL-Social Skills (Way Back Wen/Even Worse)
UNIT 21-Lokis Traffic Jam (Muerte Negra)
NINE CURVE-Thrash Again (625)
CROSS STITCHED EYES-Cast Out (Alternative Tentacles)
HUMAN INVESTMENT-Lesser Of Two Evils (Rotten Propaganda)

KINKS-Till The End Of The Day (Rhino) in memory of Pete Quaife
ZAKARY THAKS-Bad Girl (from “Nuggets Vol. 3,” Rhino)
JEWWS-Gotta Go (Nitro)
CÜLO-Kill The Pain (Punks Before Profits)
BODYSNATCHERS-Frantic (from “Shakedown: Original Brisbane Punk,” Dropkick)


KIDS-Do You Love The Nazis (Philips)
NAIVE-100 Degrees (Kool Arrow)
FLAG OF DEMOCRACY-Glimmerglass (Motherbox)
LOSER LIFE-I Want The World (Life’s A Rape)
COMES-Baca Moss (Dogma)

MUCH WORSE-Speed Intentions (Pass Judgement)
ACID REFLUX-Time To Move (No Way)
SNOBS-School Kids (My War)
LOST BOYS-They’re Watching (Thrashbastard)
FAILURE FACE-Human Cancer (Burrito)
RAW POWER-State Oppression (Beer City)

GENRAL FOODZ-Be So Funny (Destiny)
NICK LOWE-Heart Of The City (Stiff)
DOCTORS OF MADNESS-Doctors Of Madness (United Artists)
NASTY FACTS-Drive My Car (Jimboco)
BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY-Turn On The Light (Polydor)


YOUNG OFFENDERS-Black Hands (Deranged)
MISSION OF BURMA-Academy Fight Song (Ryko)
OIL-Ban The Forbidden Beat (Coalition)
TILTWHEEL-The Box (Liquid Meat)
FAITH-More Of The Same (Dischord)
AGENT ORANGE-Everything Turns Grey (Posh Boy)

SCEPTRES-Mongolot’s Burden (demo)
TH FAITH HEALERS-Reptile Smile (Too Pure)
CRIMSON SWEET-Still Glistening (On/On Switch)


HOT SNAKES-Past Lives (Swami)
CEREMONY-Moving Principle (Bridge Nine)
CLOAK/DAGGER-Walk The Block (Jade Tree)
POPULAR SHAPES-Everyone Hawaiian (On/On Switch)
UNWOUND-Here Come The Dogs (Kill Rock Stars)

CUTE LEPERS-Thanks For Not Showing Up (1-2-3-4 Go!)
DEVO-Blockhead (Warner Bros)
LOS MICROWAVES-Time To Get Up (Posh Boy)
BABY BUDDHA-Robot Police (Posh Boy)

CHEAP TRICK-Auf Wiedersehen (Epic)