Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Sonic Overload 3/19/12

I don’t have any profound political statements this week... well, that’s not completely true. I mention the blackout in the Back Bay area of Boston last week and how NSTAR, the power utility, won’t reimburse area businesses for the financial losses incurred over the few days they were without power. That’s while their CEO, Tom May, pulls down a salary of $8 million. Hey, good work if you can get it, I suppose. Something doesn’t seem right about that but I’ll move on... I should also mention that this week is the anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq—an illegal invasion and occupation that cost over 4000 US troops their lives and countless Iraqi civilians for close to ten years. Something that Bush, Cheney et al should be ashamed of and, frankly, should have been prosecuted for. But Obama said it was “off the table.” I imagine he wouldn’t have had much luck pursuing it anyway.

Sonic Overload 3/19/12


9 SHOCKS TERROR-Attack With A Gasmask (Devour)

AVON LADIES-Power Failure (Katorga Works)
THE DARK-No Eyes (Grand Theft Audio)
REAGAN SS-California Ideal (Rebel Sound)
LETS GROW-Man Is The Measure (Know)
FASHION-Swells (Yibbida Yibbida)

B.U.S.H.-Bush Klan Pt. 2 (625)
SERVICE ANXIETY-Needs Gasoline (DeadCEO)
CEREMONY-Quarantine (Matador)
WHITE LUNG-Viva La Rat (Deranged)

POLLUTION-Black Commune (Desensitized)
FOURTEEN OR FIGHT-Everything Is Not Alright (Lengua Armada)
REPOS-Ripped and Glued (Youth Attack)
NAZTI SKINZ-Race War (Youth Attack)
NIX-Down The Tubes (self-released)
NU SENSAE-Sweet Thing (Nominal)
ROGUE NATIONS-Downtown Drunk On Roller Skates (Suicide Watch)


NEGATIVE DEGREE-Meet & Greet (demo)
TERMINAL STATE-Your Rules (Deranged)
NEW BOMB TURKS-(Gotta Gotta) Sinking Feeling (Crypt)
DISKONECTED-Entertaining Horror (Loud Punk)
WEAKLINGS-Sugar Baby (Bittersweet)
OMEGAS-Fevered Freedom (Painkiller)

NEUTRON RATS-Dilapidated Brains (Loud Punk)
SISTA KRIGET-80-Tal (Black Water)
SOTATILA-Sotatila Tapaa (Kamaset Levyt)
EL DOPA-Wrong End Of The Gun (East Bay Menace)
PSYCHO-Master Race (Welfare)

CONSERVATIVES-T.V. Bab y (Sonic Swirl)
TAR-Cross Offer (Amphetamine Reptile)
STEREOLAB-Ping Pong (Elektra)


HAYWIRE-Pain (New Beginning)
BURNING SENSATION-Wrapped Up In Plastic (Vertex)
EVERYTHING FALLS APART-Leave No Record (self-released)
TAKE WARNING-Outside (PurePainSugar)
P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.-Gotta Get Away From You (Doomtown/Static Age)

TOM AND BOOT BOYS-Kill The DJ (Pogo 77)
DISTRACTORS-Rollerderby Queen (Big Neck)
DRAGS-Iron Curtain Rock (Estrus)
GRUDGE-OC Garbxedge (Jism)
NIPPLE VIOLATORS-Annihilate The 90’s

STARJETS-Ten Years (Epic)
CLASH-Death or Glory (Epic)
DILLINGER FOUR-Holy Shit (Hopeless)
THE MEN-Please Don’t Go Away (Sacred Bones)


LEPER-Shoot Me Up With Violence (demo)
GG ALLIN & THE SCUMFUCS-Drink, Fight and Fuck (Blood)
THE LEFT-Fuck It (Bona Fide)
IMPEDIMENTS-Stoned To Bed (HappyParts)
RADIO BIRDMAN-Non-Stop Girls (Sub Pop)

CLASSIC RUINS-Nyquil Stinger (Ace of Hearts)
MX-80 SOUND-Someday You’ll Be King (Ralph)
PSYCHEDELIC FURS-So Run Down (Columbia)
ZEROS-Beat Your Heart Out (Bomp)

TUBES-White Punks On Dope (A&M)

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sonic Overload 3/12/12--12th Annversary Show!

That’s right—12 years of this swill. Sonic Overload debuted on Allston-Brighton Free Radio on March 13, 2000, under its original name Inflammable Material. I’ve been webcasting since mid-2003 and the show’s been web-only since early 2005. The playlist this week certainly skews towards older material. In fact, a good chunk of this playlist could have been from March 12, 2002 instead of 2012 and this show feels like a throwback, although I’m not talking a mile a minute like I did then. It’s a good week to do it since it’s been kind of quiet for new arrivals, although I do play some brand-spankin’ new records.

It goes without saying that I appreciate all the support over the years. As always, I dedicate the anniversary show to Steve Provizer, the founder of Allston-Brighton Free Radio and Steve Lord, Josh Kanter and Seth Olansky, who graciously let me co-host their show The Next Generation at Masconomet High in 1998-99.


Sonic Overload 3/12/12


STIFF LITTLE FINGERS-Suspect Device (Rough Trade)

URBAN WASTE-Public Opinion (Mob-Style)
LIFE SENTENCE-Problems (Walkthrufyre)
HALF LIFE-Deathtrap (Get Hip)
STAINS-Sick and Crazy (SST)
SHEER TERROR-Here To Stay (Blackout)

CEREMONY-Citizen (Matador)
CHROME CRANKS-Living/Dead (Thick Syrup)
ALUMINUM KNOT EYE-Final Fling Of The Amputee (Trick Knee)
SHITTY LIMITS-Medication Time (Sorry State)

BORN AGAINST-Resist Control (Kill Rock Stars)
FLEAS & LICE-Up The Punks (Rodent Popsicle)
ONE WAY SYSTEM-Give Us A Future (Captain Oi)
4 SKINS-One Law For Them (Captain Oi)


46 SHORT-Problem (Know)

AUS-ROTTEN-B.A.T.F. (Tribal War)
BOILS-Moral Crusaders (from “Pure Punk,” Cyclone)
VIOLENT SOCIETY-Coming Back For You (CI)
UNION 13-Regrets (Epitaph)
LET IT BURN-Here’s To Goodbyes (Coalition)

P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S.-D.U.M.B. (Doomtown Sounds)
SPITZZ-Blonde and Pretty (Tario)
ANTISEEN-Fuck All Yall (TKO)
COSMIC PSYCHOS-Lead Me Astray (Amphetamine Reptile)

ADICTS-Straight Jacket (Anagram)
AGAINST ALL AUTHORITY-Walking Revolution (Far Out)
GUTTERMOUTH-Asshole (Nitro)
GBH-Knife Edge (Clay)


RABIES-Game Over (Sorry State)

LIP CREAM-Bigfoot (He’s Chicken Killer) (Terror Shock)
VIOLENT MINDS-Low Life (Parts Unknown)
BOSTON STRANGLER-Gonna Make You Pay (Fun With Smack)
VOID-Get Out Of My Way (Dischord)
SOCIAL UNREST-Ignorance and Arrogance (New Red Archives)

ROTTEN CADAVER-Starve To Death (Black Water)
WARVICTIMS-A Certain Death (Sacred Plague)
SISTA KRIGET-Utgifter (Black Water)
CRUDE SS-Forced Values (Uproar)
DISCHARGE-Always Restrictions (Clay)
BITCHARGE-The Nightmare Continues (demo)

WALLS-Just Complain (Iron Lung)
DRIVE LIKE JEHU-Human Interest (Interscope)
1.6 BAND-One Eye Open (Gern Blandsten)
MINUTEMEN-Little Man With A Gun In His Hand (SST)


THE FALL-Totally Wired (Rough Trade)

THE PAST-Russian Boy (from “Varning For Punk,” Distortion)
LURKERS-Freak Show (Beggars Banquet)
DOGS-No Way (Melodies Massacre)
TRACKS-Brakes On You (Blue Door)
IVY GREEN-I’m Sure We’re Gonna Make It (Pogo)

GANG OF FOUR-Cheeseburger (Warner Bros.)
MOTORAMA-Damaged Goods (Dead Beat)
THE HUSSY-Mind Alright (from upcoming album)
REPORTS-Turnaround (Ride The Snake)
TOTAL CONTROL-Retiree (Iron Lung)

EFFIGIES-We’ll Be Here Tomorrow (Touch & Go)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Sonic Overload 3/5/12

An action-packed show this week, as I pay tribute to Davy Jones from the Monkees and guitarist Ronnie Montrose and, in a way, to Andrew Breitbart and Rush Limbaugh. Delving into the right wing cesspool. El Rushbo is still with us but Breitbart died last week, of an apparent heart attack. I say apparent because the official announcement was “natural causes.” Who was this guy? He was a confrontational, thuggish blogger/publisher/shit slinger and emblematic of the bully-like nature that’s permeated conservative/Republican politics in recent years. I could go on more but I think the best way is to just stop talking about him and let Breitbart become a mere footnote. To take a line from the Who, “let’s forget you, better still...”

Next week is the 12th anniversary of Sonic Overload. I’m not sure what I’ll be doing for the show besides playing songs that have been a part of the show since the beginning but I hope you’ll tune in to find out...

Sonic Overload 3/5/12


PANTHRO UK UNITED 13-Dead Asshole (No Idea)

VOID-Condensed Flesh (Dischord)
FAITH-Nightmare (Dischord)
FALSE PROPHETS-Somebody React (Alternative Tentacles)
THE FIX-Cos The Elite (Touch & Go)
DUMPSTER JUNKIES-Desensitized (Burnt Hairy Butt)
CRUMBSUCKERS-Super Tuesday (Combat Core)

OMEGAS-Nazi Rules (Painkiller)
WYMYNS PRYSYN-Payday (Scavenger of Death)
TV FREAKS-Four Wheels (Schizophrenic)
CLOSET FAIRIES-Pork and Beans (demo)
X-RAYS-Shit Hits The Fan (Empty)
INHALANTS-Kill You (Unclean)

BOSTON STRANGLER-Overdose (Fun With Smack)
CROSS RAGE-Full Of Shit (No Way)
DIVINE RIGHT-Sheep (Residue)
UX VILEHEADS-Blind (Sorry State)
URBAN UNREST-Small-Minded (United Shoebrothers/Rabbit’s Foot)


FOREIGN BODIES-Downtown Fun (from “City Limits,” High Anxiety)
FUNERAL ORATION-Poison (Gummopunx)
THE NOT-Action Man (Not)
GRAY MATTER-Chutes and Ladders (Dischord)
VANDELLES-Swell To Heaven (Safranin)

IMPALERS-Blasts For Days (Todo Destruido)
ÄÄRITILA-110901 (1000db)
DEATH CRISIS-Can’t Die Young (Too Old To Die)
CIRIL-Torching Deceit (Know)
ARSON FAMILY-Stick It (Mobcore)

MONTROSE-Rock The Nation (Warner Bros.) in memory of Ronnie Montrose
ANGEL CITY-Take A Long Line (Epic)
ENEMIES-X-Ray Spex (Raw Productions)
SECRET AFFAIR-Let Your Heart Dance (Sire)


NINE POUND HAMMER-Run Fat Boy Run (Crypt)

SPITS-Nuclear Bomb (Dirtnap)
BRATS-Punk Fashion (CBS)
ICEAGE-White Rune (What’s Your Rupture)
XPOZEZ-Nightclub Strategy (Grand Theft Audio)
SALVATION ARMY-Fight Songs (Frontier)

KILLING JOKE-Complications (EG)
COMPLICATIONS-Last Journey (demo)
BLACK CROSS-Answers To A .45 (Initial)
READ YELLOW-The Association (Fenway)
POWERBLESSINGS-Stunt Whale (Manhattan Chemical & Electric)


PAIN TEENS-It Will (from “Love and Napalm,” Trance)
HELMET-Impressionable (from “Dope Guns ‘n Fucking In The Streets, Volumes 4-7, Amphetamine Reptile)
LOST CAUSE-Firing Line (High Velocity)
RUTS-Savage Circle (Virgin)
SUBHUMANS-Death Was Too Kind (Alternative Tentacles)

DICKIES-She (A&M) in memory of Davy Jones
MINOR THREAT-(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone (Dischord)
JAMES-Four Point Restraints (Varulven)
MEKONS-Where Were You? (Fast)
ALTERNATIVE TV-Life (Cherry Red)

LEFT NUT-Everything It Takes To Be An Asshole (One Way)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sonic Overload 2/27/12

I spread a little Santorum to begin this week’s show. I’d also downloaded some audio of Franklin Graham offering his own thoughts on religion i.e. who is really a Christian and who isn’t. That came from “Morning Joe” on MSNBC but I figured Rick’s words of wisdom would be enough. And the point is what fucking difference does it make whether the President is a Christian or Muslim or Jew or atheist, for that matter? There’s no religious test for holding public office. But we all know that’s not the way it works.

Enough of that—enjoy this week’s assortment of loud, raucous music...

Sonic Overload 2/27/12


STATE-Christian (Underestimated)

BOSTON STRANGLER-Primitive (Fun With Smack)
WASTE MANAGEMENT-Dead Weight (Painkiller)
NOMOS-Omar Hammami (Vinyl Rites)
MAD MEN-The Neighborhood (self-released)
OBSESSOR-Sick Salvation (Tankcrimes)

BROWN SUGAR-Birds (Feeble Minds)
RADIOPUHELIMET-The Option Song (Alternative Tentacles)
HOMOSTUPIDS-Tip Of The Worm (Parts Unknown)
DAILY VOID-You’ve Been Erased (Dead Beat)
BLACK BUG-I Don’t Like You (Avant!)
GRUPO SUB-1-Insoc (La Vida Es Un Mus)

REAL COPS-The Future Is Written (demo)
THE HORROR-Fuck The Romans (Chainsaw Safety)
BOXED IN-Scapegoat (Flat Earth)
NO STATIK-Surrogate (Prank)
STATE POISON-Tache Difficiile (Kick Rock)
KVOTERINGEN-Om 40 Ar (Havoc)


GUILTY FACES-Some Things (Deranged)
BUM KON-Old Woman (Maximum Rocknroll)
FOUND DEAD IN TRUNK-Prescription For Suicide (demo)
BRIDES-Bad Attitude (Rip Off)
MIDNITE SNAXXX-Like Lightning (Raw Deluxe)
THEE OH SEES-Opposition (With Maracas) (In The Red)

FISTICUFFS-3,2,1... (Motherbox)
DESPISED-Probation (Kangaroo)
UNIDA-Black Woman (Mans Ruin)

2x4’S-Bridgeport Lathe (Bessemer Process)
THE WALL-Kiss The Mirror (Captain Oi)
LOS OLVIDADOS-Personal Genocide (Alternative Tentacles)


BORN DEAD ICONS-Salvation On The Knees (Partners In Crime)
NO TREND-For The Fun Of It All (No Trend)
LEATHER-Moyamensing Killers (Fan Death)
SEX/VID-Footsteps (Dom America)
DACTYL-Tooth Magic (Reptilian)
CRAIN-Knock Yr Daylights Out (Restless)

THE SHAME-On My Way (demo)
OI POLLOI-Nazi Scum (Words of Warning)
ROGUE NATIONS-Drug Store (Suicide Watch)
ROUGH KIDS-Into The ‘00s (Rough)
CHEATER SLICKS-Chaos (Godawful)
CRAWLERS-Cold As A Veal Farmer (Blind Spot)


FLESH EATERS-No Questions Asked (Upsetter)
REPORTS-Arrows (Ride The Snake)
PREGNANT-Safe & Sound (Burn Books)

OMD-Red Frame/White Light (Virgin)
THE MEN-Night Landing (Sacred Bones)
CHILDREN ON STUN-Twisted (M&A Musicart)

WIPERS-This Time (Zeno)

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sonic Overload 2/20/12

Happy President’s Day. The holiday is actually legally known as Washington’s Birthday. When I was a kid, Lincoln’s Birthday was observed on February 12 and Washington’s on February 22 but they made it a Monday holiday for the third February, starting in the early 70s. Aren’t you glad you know that now? Speaking of presidents, the craziness with the Republican candidates continues, especially Rick Santorum, whose extreme views become more apparent with each passing day—although I knew about this guy years ago. And if you want to learn about him, just Google Santorum (just the last name). In case you don’t feel like doing it, here’s where it takes you...  Some nice reading matter while listening to the show. Or maybe not...

Sonic Overload 2/20/12


MC5-Kick Out The Jams (Elektra) in memory of Michael Davis

CURTISS A-I Don’t Wanna Be President (Twin/Tone)
EIGHTH ROUTE ARMY-Vice Presidente (One Dimensional)
BREIFS-No More Presidents (BYO)
SPITS-My Mess (In The Red)
TV GHOST-The Network (In The Red)
TAMPOFFS-Gentlemen (Daggerman)

ROGUE NATIONS-Full Circle (Suicide Watch)
CENOBITES-Can’t Find My Gun (Discorporate)
VOID CONTROL-Better Off Dead (17cm)
CLUSTERFUCK-Humans Disappoint Me (Wintermute)
CAREER SUICIDE-Means To No End (Dirtnap)
ACID REFLUX-Oh Good, There’s An Applebees (No Way)

ANCIENT FILTH-Punx Are Norms (Shock To The System)
NAZI DUST-Self-Worth (Vinyl Rites)
DEFCON 4-Landlord Whores (Ammonia)
A/V MURDER-Fight Like A Man (Local Cross)
FUCKED UP-Generation (Slasher)


REPORTS-The Valley (Ride The Snake)
UX VILEHEADS-Kitchen Knife (Sorry State)
TV FREAKS-I Can’t Win (Schizophrenic)
CROCODILES-Refuse Angels (Fat Possum)
FAMILY CURSE-Middle Age America (self-released)

LOS CRUDOS-Asesinos (Lengua Armada)
MUNDO MUERTO-Krucifikados (Konton Crasher)
CRIATURAS-No Hoy Futuro (Trabuc)
VAGINORS-Vaginors Theme (Hardcore Victim)
FRONT LINE-Front Line (Beach Impediment)

CRUDDY-Deconstruction Workers (12XU)
RANK/XEROX-Discipline (Make A Mess)
CANDY MACHINE-Autorepublic (Skene)
GOD AND TEXAS-Mask and Glove (Rave)
ANTELOPE-The Demon (Dischord)


SHITTY LIMITS-Survey Says (Sorry State)
NASA SPACE UNIVERSE-Graham Grizzly (Shogun)
WAX MUSEUMS-Breakfast For Dinner (Trouble In Mind)
LIQUOR STORE-Oilin’ Up My Boy (Almost Ready)
VON LMO-We’re Not Crazy (Munster)
DEBRIS’-One Way Spit (Anopholes)

MC5-Call Me Animal (Atlantic)
DR. FEELGOOD-Milk and Alcohol (United Artists)


VIOLENT ARREST-Youth Violence (Boss Tuneage)
ULTRA VIOLENT-Dead Generation (Riot City)
BLITZ-Never Surrender (No Future)
BELTONES-Fuck You Anyway (TKO)
KILL YOUR IDOLS-What I’ve Become (None Of The Above)
FLUF-Degrader (Headhunter)

CHICKENHEAD-Smash & Grab (Recess)
QUINCY PUNX-Nuke Seattle (Recess)
WASTED YOUTH-Uni-High Beefrag (ICI)
BOBBY SOXX-Learn To Hate In The ‘80s (from “Bloodstains Across Texas”)
391-You Bother Me (Posh Boy)
REALLY RED-Modern Needs (CIA)
DICKS-Dicks Hate The Police (Alternative Tentacles)

COFFIN BREAK-Kill The President (C/Z)