Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sonic Overload 5/16/11

 Are you ready for Judgment Day? Ready for The Rapture? According to some people, this weekend is the time, May 21, 2011. The righteous will be “saved,” the rest of us are fucked. Or something like that. Perhaps this really is the last Sonic Overload. I’ve tried to put together something memorable and selected some special songs for the occasion. See you next week—I hope!

Sonic Overload 5/16/11


WARZONE-Judgement Day (Fist)

DOUBLE NEGATIVE-Face Jam (from upcoming 7”)
LEATHER-Relapse (Jade Tree)
CRIME WAVE-Get With The Sickness (Agro-Wax)
KNIFE THE SYMPHONY-Squatting Warrior (Phratry)

SHIRKS-Cry Cry Cry (Grave Mistake)
BURNING SENSATION-I Feel Disgust (Vertex)
GUNNAR HANSEN-Phil’s Song (Schizophrenic)
DEAN DIRG-Cause I Can (Hardware)
OMEGAS-Sex Hero (Parts Unknown)
DEAD VIRGINS-Rape Capitol Hill (from “Something In The Water,” Under The Volcano)

ROACH MOTEL-I Hate The Sunshine State (Destroy)
ADRENALIN OD-Clean and Jerk (Chunksaah)
MEDIA DISEASE-Religion (from “Mixed Nuts Don’t Crack,” Outside)
GANG GREEN-Kill A Commie (Taang)
GOVERNMENT ISSUE-Sheer Terror (Dischord)
PRETTY THINGS-Judgement Day (Fontana)


MUTOID MEN-Ly Canthrope (Rumbletowne)
DIPERS-Bed Bugs Are Back (demo)
DAVILA 666-Ratata (In The Red)
TYVEK-Summer Things (Siltbreeze)
MANSON YOUTH-Let’s Call it A Day (Dr. Strange)
BLIGHT-Prophet of Doom (Touch & Go)

LIEUTENANT-Put A Cork In It (Peterwalkee)
JANITOR-Suffocation By Filth (Agro-Wax)
POINTBLANK-The Hunter, Part 1 (demo)
JUDAS FACTOR-The Last Days Of The Titanic (from “Mindset Overhaul,” Wreck-Age)
VIOLENT NUNS-The CIA Is After Me (from “Bands That Don’t Give A Shit About Being God,” Social Napalm)
DEATH OR GLORY-Your Choice (Crucial Response)
HERATYS-Ostovoimaa (Not Enough)

PETER AND THE TEST TUBE BABIES-Banned From The Pubs (Dr. Strange)
DOW JONES & THE INDUSTRIALS-Ladies With Appliances (from “Red Snerts,” Gulcher)
LOU MIAMI & THE KOZMETIX-Fascist Lover (Final Vinyl)


SCABBURGER-no title (from “Speed Trials: Worst Bands Of West Michigan,” Punks Before Profits)
STOCKPILE-Erosion (from upcoming 7”)
BOMBS AWAY-Waiting For History To Change (self-released)
DISASTER STRIKES-Sick To Death (Overdose On Records)
CONFINES-Downward Harmonization (Labor Of Love/Side Two)
PORTRAIT OF POVERTY-Anxiety Attack (Sudden Death)

NERORGASMO-Io Sono La Tua Fine (El Paso Occupato)
BOTTLES & SKULLS-Party Crasher (Sickroom)
BAR FEEDERS-Toolshed (Fast Music)
CRIMINALS-Parlez-Vous Fuk You? (Lookout)
ONE TON SHOTGUN-Don’t Mess With The Amish (Atomic Action)
ROMULANS-Judgment Day (from “We Got Power: Party Or Go Home,” Mystic)

NAZTI SKINZ-Race War (Youth Attack)
DETOX-Child For One (Flipside)
DI-Living In The USA (Reject)
NIGHT BIRDS-Killer Waves (Grave Mistake)


TUFF DARTS-(Your Love Is Like) Nuclear Waste (Sire)
DAMNED-Problem Child (MCA)
DEMOB-No Room For You (Grand Theft Audio)
VICE SQUAD-Stand Strong Stand Proud (Captain Oi)
THE BLOOD-Stark Raving Normal (from “Oi! Greatest Hits Volume One,” Dojo)

BODYSNATCHERS-Frantic (from “Bloodstains Across Australia”)
WASPS-Teenage Treats (Cherry Red)
UNWANTED-Withdrawal (Raw)
DVA DAMAS-Man Skin Pants (Psychic Handshake)

CLASSIC RUINS-1 + 1 > 2 (Ace Of Hearts) in memory of Kevin Glasheen

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sonic Overload 5/9/11

It’s a big sports night as I post this (Celtics playoffs, Red Sox) so forgive the brevity of my words this week. I didn’t talk all that much on the show either, except to discuss the inspiration for playing  the Lärm song and you’ll have to listen to find out. That’s what you were going to do anyway, right?

Sonic Overload 5/9/11


LAST RIGHTS-Chunks (Taang)

LE FACE-Nothing Cult (Psychic Handshake)
OUTDOORSMEN-Stink Up The Bathroom (Psychic Handshake)
GONE BAD-Dirtbag (self-released)
FOLDED SHIRT-Smell You Later (Fashionable Idiots)

HERDS-Bay City (Residue)
ASSFORT-Intelligence (Vinyl Japan)
UX VILEHEADS-No Salvation (Sorry State)
BROWN SUGAR-King’a The Road (Feral Kid)
JESUS H. BOMBS-Sharp Lips (Bookoven/Tibs Ribs)
SEX/VID-Trainwreck (Kill Test)

CRASS-Where Next Columbus? (Crass)
LIBERTY-As Fools Rush In (Mortarhate)
YOUNG WASTENERS-We Got Ways (Kick ‘n’ Punch)
ANGST-Die Fighting (Bemisbrain)


VILE GASH-Everyone’s The Enemy (Youth Attack)
POISON PLANET-Mind Racing (from “Punx Don’t Drink,” ThirdXParty)
BOILING OVER-Trash City (Lifeline)
SORRY EXCUSE-Mute (Lifeline)
H100’S-Dismantle (Non-Commerical)
NIGHT PROWLER-Crime Wave (demo)

SHADOW OF FEAR-Now’s The Time (St. Valentine)
CLOAK/DAGGER-Dead Town Beat (Jade Tree)
PUPPY MILL-Suffocation (demo)
NOTHING BUT ENEMIES-Diarrhea Of The Human Race (Welfare)

LÄRM-Crucify The Pope (Coalition)
CHAOS UK-Four Minute Warning (Dead Ringer)
COURT MARTIAL-Young Offender (Riot City)
LAW & ORDER-Power (Fetal)
FLIPPER-The Game’s Got A Price (Infinite Zero)
ANGRY SAMOANS-Steak Knife (from Take-It Magazine flexi)


GUZZARD-Supersonic Enemy Of Evil (Amphetamine Reptile)
GIRLS AGAINST BOYS-Matching Wits With Flaming Frank (Adult Swim)
BATTLESHIP-San Francisco’s Alright If You Like Metronomes (On/On Switch)
CLIKITAT IKATOWI-Librarian (from “Jabberjaw: Pure Sweet Hell,” Mammoth)
DEEP SLEEP-Slow Down (Grave Mistake)

GAUNT-Rich Kid (Thrill Jockey)
SCRAMS-Chimp Necropsy (self-released)
NEW BOMB TURKS-American Soul Spiders (Engine)
HIVES-Outsmarted (Gearhead)

ACCUSED-Buried Alive (Subcore)
DR.KNOW-God Told Me To (Ghetto-Way)
KVORTINGEN-Fettet Haravgatt, Vargen Ar Los (Havoc)
DESTINO FINAL-Volver a Empezar (La Vida Es Un Mus)


SUNSHINE SS-Teen Choices (from upcoming 7”)
DEGENERICS-What’ll You Do? (Soulrebel)
OPPOSITION-Pre-Packaged (Figure Four)
ALONE IN A CROWD-Is Anybody There? (Flux)
CHAIN OF STRENGTH-Just How Much? (Revelation)
KRAUT-Doomed Youth (New Red Archives)

ATTAK-Today’s Generation (No Future)
TOXIC REASONS-Mercenary (Beer City)
UXA-UXA (from “Tooth & Nail,” Upsetter)
SLADE-Cum On Feel the Noize (Polydor)

IGNITION-Anger Means (Southern)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sonic Overload 5/2/11

I recorded this show the day after US Navy Seals killed Osama bin Laden, after nearly ten years on the run and eight years to the day after George W. Bush said “Mission Accomplished!” It’s a mix of emotions—I’m not sad about the death of Osama (and I’m not going to get involved with conspiracy theories and the like) but I’m not looking forward to the inevitable outpouring of rah-rah jingoism that has already begun. The show begins with a nearly-surreal bit of audio from Geraldo Rivera on Fox “News.” It’s not very long but I felt as though I might need to clean the screen off after hearing his ejaculatory euphoria (there’s a pretentious turn of the phrase, eh?) As I’ve written in this space and others on countless occasions, Ellen and I lost someone who we considered part of our family, our dear friend Jane, who perished on one of the planes. I feel the same way about any sort of extreme nationalism now as I did then.

This week’s show is dedicated to the memory of Poly Styrene, vocalist for X-Ray Spex, who passed away last week after a battle with breast cancer. Poly, whose real name was Marianne
Elliott-Said, was only 53. This show also goes out in memory of my high school classmate Mike “Lavies” Lavoie, who also succumbed to cancer last week at the age of 51.

On a more upbeat note, I hope everyone had a wonderful May Day this past weekend.  And I also mentioned that I’d appeared on my friend Jack Phoenix’s web show Ritual Noise. He’s on Monday and Wednesday nights from 9 PM to midnight eastern

Sonic Overload 5/2/11


SCURVY DOGS-Kiss My Talibuns (Rodent Popsicle)

DOVE-Ambivalence (from “Bouncing Babies,” Fountain Of Youth)
CONDEMNED 2 DEATH-Media Control (Grand Theft Audio)
RETCHING RED-Bullshit Repellent (self-released)
GIVE UP-Nothing Path (Peterwalkee)
STREET LEGAL-Knocked Off My Feet Again (Shut Up)
NO VALUE-Punk Show (from “Tomorrow Will Be Worse, Vol. 4,” Sound Pollution)

WARDS-Over My Dead Body (self-released)
THE CLAP-VD’s No Laughing Matter (Dionysus)
CATBURGLARS-I Hate My Friends (Cowabunga)
NO TALK-A Houston Punk Is A Dead Punk (Psychowolf)
INSERVIBLES-Una Vez Mas (Shogun)
DEATH TRAP-No Majority (Feral Kid/Warm Bath)

POLLUTION-Black Commune (Desensitized)
DUSTHEADS-The Bends (Don Giovanni)
CRESS-TV Screen (Tribal War)
RUDIMENTARY PENI-Farce (Corpus Christi)


X-RAY SPEX set, in memory of Poly Styrene (all selections on EMI or Sanctuary)
Oh Bondage! Up Yours!
Let’s Submerge
I Am A Poseur
I Live Off You
I Am A Cliche

WOMEN-We Don’t Talk (FDS)
HEAT TAPE-Spend It (Red Scare)
THE PANIK-Modern Problems (from “It Won’t Sell,” Rainy City)
BEASTIE BOYS-Lee Majors Come Again (Capitol)
SWELL MAPS-Black Velvet (Alive)
KIDS-No Monarchy (Philips)


MAYDAY-Shark Sandwich (Feral Kid)
GONE BAD-Midnight Love (self-released)
JESUS H. BOMBS-Food Stuffs (Bookoven)
RENEGADES OF PUNK-Difference (Thrashbastard)
HUMAN MESS-No One Will Find Out (No Way)
OMEGAS-Modern Glory (Parts Unknown)

ANTISEEN-Queen City Stomp (TKO)
HELLMOUTH-Exodus (Paper and Plastic)
PARASYTIC-Traitor (Vex)
MEANWHILE-They Remain Dead (Feral Ward)

REAL KIDS-She’s Alright (Red Star)
RUNAWAYS-School Days (Mercury)
SENSELESS THINGS-Legal Lies (from “Underground Rockers Volume 2,” Link)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sonic Overload 4/25/11

Ah, wedding bells are ringing for Prince William and his bride-to-be Kate Middleton. I don’t get Americans’ fascination with the royal family. What did our ancestors fight the Revoultionary War for, for chrissakes. Remember that? I did my Patriots Day show last week, after all. But everyone loves celebrity of all different types and I imagine Kate and William fit the bill. So I honor the upcoming nuptials in typically classy Sonic Overload style, wrapping things up with the ultimate royal tribute by the Sex Pistols. They meant it, man! And so do I...

Sonic Overload 4/25/11


UNNATURAL AXE-They Saved Hitler’s Brain (Lawless)

SUNSHINE SS-Banned From The Record Store (from upcoming 7”)
BROKEN PRAYER-I Smile For A Living (demo)
PLATES-Marching (Feral Kid)
MADBOX-One For The Pile (Super 8)

DEATH TRAP-No Hicks (Feral Kid/Warm Bath)
DETENTION-Dead Rock ‘n’ Rollers (Grand Theft Audio)
MACHINES-True Life (from “Killed By Death #2”)
MENTALLY ILL-All Mixed Up (Alternative Tentacles)
SAVAGE BELIEFS-Big Big Sky (Wasteland)
STRIKE UNDER-Context (Wax Trax)

HOLY SHIT!-Put A Band-Aid On It (Criminal IQ)
BROWN SUGAR-Cocksmoker (Feral Kid)
NARCS-Terrorfist (Reel Time)
TH’ DOWNER BOYS-Non-Conformist Rantings To The Existing Society (Eye 95)
EMPTY VESSEL-Poison (Blind Spot)


RESTARTS-Parasite Monarchy (Plastic Bomb)
FATAL RAGE-Die Princess Di (Mutha)
CHRONICS-Test Tube Baby (Nuclear)
DEREK LYN PLASTIC-Invisible Skin (self-released)

HELLMOUTH-Desperate & Violent (Paper and Plastick)
HONG KONG BLONDE-Johnny (demo)
DROPDEAD-A Disease Called Man (Prank)
TOXIC NARCOTIC-People Suck (Rodent Popsicle)
HOLIER THAN THOU-Nation Of Liars (Six Weeks)

PHOBIA-Pretend You’re Not Crazy (from “The Boston Bootleg,” Varulven)
SCARS-Horrorshow (Fast)
CURE-It’s Not You (Fiction)


B-MOVIE RATS-What I Need (Dead Beat)
LOS HUEVOS-Too Many People (Moo-La-La)
JABBERS-Groovy Motherfucker (from “Return To The Scene Of Crime,” Good Cop/Bad Cop)
LIVERBALL-Liar (Get Hip)
LOUDMOUTHS-Basket Case (Punch)
HELLACOPTERS-Tilt City (Get Hip)

SHATTERED BADGE-???? (from “Speed Trials: Worst Bands Of West Michigan,” Punks Before Profits)
GET RAD-Be The Wave (Halo of Flies)
SHARDS-They Want It, They Get It (Sorry State)
VACANT CHURCHES-Wake Up The Dead (Vinehell)
UNIFORM CHOICE-Screaming For Change (Wishingwell)
MAD PARADE-Real Horror Show (Dr. Strange)

DEATH OF SAMANTHA-Coca-Cola and Licorice (Homestead)
DRY CREEPER-Nervous Energy (Tic-Tac-Totally)
TALL PAUL-Breathe Underwater (demo)
ATV-Life (Cherry Red)


OMEGAS-Kill For Control (Parts Unknown)
COLA FREAKS-Hva Du Pa? (Hjernespind)
FINAL SOLUTIONS-Rubber Stamp Twist (Goner)
MURDER CITY DEVILS-Flashbulb (Die Young Stay Pretty)
SHANG-A-LANG-A Couple More Drinks (Facepalm)
GIRLS AT DAWN-WCK (Tic-Tac-Totally)

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES-Love In A Void (Polydor)
BAGS-Bag Bondage (Artifix)
MAPS-My Eyes Are Burning (self-released)
WIPERS-Can This Be (Zeno)

SEX PISTOLS-God Save The Queen (Virgin)