Top 10 Albums/EP’s That DON’T Suck [MARCH 2021]

closer within one stemCloser – Within One Stem
(hardcore) (post-hardcore)
New York City 🇺🇸

courtesy drop argonautCourtesy Drop – Argonaut
(indie-rock) (indie-punk)
Nashville, TN 🇺🇸

kill scott herron the revolution will now be live streamedKill Scott Herron – The Revolution..
(hardcore) (rap)
Newark, NJ 🇺🇸

twin crystals palace obscuredTwin Crystals – Palace Obscured
(hardwave) (punk)
Vancouver, BC 🇨🇦

the drin engines sing for the pale moonThe Drin – Engines Sing..
(coldwave) (post-punk)
Cincinnati, OH 🇺🇸

home is where i became birdsHome Is Where – I Became Birds
(emo) (indie-rock)
Palm Coast, FL 🇺🇸

nanny cant remember cant forgetNanny – Can’t Remember Can’t Forget
(indie-punk) (powerpop)
Northampton, MA 🇺🇸

clever girls constellationsClever Girls – Constellations
(indie-rock) (grunge)
Burlington, VT 🇺🇸

angry silence les privesAngry Silence – Les Prives D’amour..
(post-punk) (indie)
Le Vieux Marché, France 🇫🇷

elsewhere ПервыйElsewhere – Первый
(emo) (midwest emo)
Moscow, Russia 🇷🇺

If you listen to the music, if you let it just break you up into bits and pieces. If you don’t for a moment look away from the ever bleeding heart. If you sneak away to the dark end of the street. If You wait till it freezes. If you wait till it thaws! If you think about it. I mean if you really think about it. If you get in your car and drive to the nearest island. If you get in the water and sink. If you try to write down how it feels. If you ask your friends and they tell you you’re ok. If you believe it. If you think about it. I mean! If you really think about it! Are you awake? Are you even awake anymore? Do you hear it winding down? I know you’re awake yeah, but if you really think! If you really think about it. If the sky was a lie. If you breathe. If you let yourself breathe. If, whatever this is, enters your lungs. If you get used to it, so it doesn’t make you choke anymore. If you’re not alone. If you slip! If you’re really not alone. Who is there with you when the tide goes out? I mean all the way out. I mean if you’re standing on the seaweed fool! I mean if life is really that movie. That movie! You know the one with the guy.. The guy with the nose! The music! You think you’re the only one who hears it like that? That ever bleeding heart? You are right. You are looking back. You’re letting it play. The sun was shining. Of course it was. Wasn’t it always? You should know, if you really think about it! There were days when it rained. Days when the sky lied. Those were the days you had that idea. You were awake! If you really think about it! I mean if you really think about it! I mean, if you really listen to the music! You were there. Letting it play.

Top 10 Albums/EP’s That DON’T Suck [FEBRUARY 2021]

keeks healKEEKs – Heal
(post-punk) (emo) (indiemath?)
Claremont, CA 🇺🇸

the lowtones lights outThe Lowtones – Lights Out
(new-wave) (post-punk)
Norwich, UK 🇬🇧

pillow dog happy heart attackPillow Dog – Happy Heart Attack v1
(lo-fi) (bedroom)
Bielefeld, Germany 🇩🇪

prahnas dad weight splitDad Weight/Prahnas – Split
(lo-fi-emo) (garage-punk)
Arizona/Arkansas 🇺🇸

rotura estamos fracasandoRotura – Estamos Fracasando
(anarcho) (punk rock)
Barcelona, Spain 🇪🇸

golden seams sublimons le blessuresGolden Seams – Sublimons les Blessures
(emo) (pop-punk)
France 🇫🇷

supercorp lissajousSupercorp – Lissajous I
(indie-punk) (emo)
Chicago, IL 🇺🇸

the gubs daisy cutter genocideThe Gubs – Diasy Cutter Genocide
(pop-punk) (ramonescore)
Maine 🇺🇸

unwell band indonseiaUnwell – Self Titled
(indie-rock) (shoegaze)
Balikpapan, Indonesia 🇮🇩

lhoste band germanyLhoste – Self Titled
(pop-punk) (emo)
Cologne, Germany 🇩🇪

I’ve been listening to a lot of Slint lately. I read the 33.3 about Spiderland and it kind of blew me away. I was way late getting into them. I think the first time I listened to that album was less than ten years ago. It got me thinking, how cool must you feel if you were one of the people who got to see them live back in the day? If I had seen Slint play back then I would rub it in everyone’s face at every available opportunity. I would feel way holier than thou! I would be cutting in front of people at the grocery store like “Did you see Slint in ’89?!? Huh??? Didn’t think so! *spits at their feet”

It happens to me all the time; I meet people who were there at the beginning of (insert massively legendary band here). I don’t have that. I don’t even think I’ve ever bought an album by an important band when they were just starting out. Maybe that’s why I do what I do now. I want to get in on the ground floor of something big! Who knows, maybe one of the bands in this top ten will end up being super important someday. Then I can gloat “I was there first! I said they were great in the beginning! What? Fuck me? No fuck you! What? You saw Slint? FUCK!”

Yeah. Anyways, check out the SCRAP HEAP and send me an email about how you were into a really important band before everyone else was.

Bye.

COMPOST (February 2021)

Hey, what’s up you goddamn music vampie? Thirsty for a huge bleeding sack of new bands? Here, suck on this for a while you crazed psychopath. When you’re done here, get some sleep. Seriously, you look terrible.

Get Resurrected Vol. 8Resurrection Records(garage-punk) (powerpop)
A Geology of SoundLady Sometimes Records(indie) (dreampop) (shoegaze)
Massive Cactus Comp #1The Bail Project(lo-fi) (indie) (bedroom)
The Universe Is LitBay Area Black & Brown Punk Fest(punk) (hardcore) (postpunk)
Sordid States V​.​3Middle Man Records(emo) (post-hardcore) (screamo)
Be Gay, Do Crime!Girlsville(punk) (punk rock)
FUAZPD CompLiver Die Records(punk) (folk-punk) (thrash)
Sampler Vol​.​2Negative Hope Records(emo (indie) (lo-fi)
Compilation 7Lo Fi City Recordings(indie) (shoegaze) (hiphop)
Songs of AngusBroken Sound Tapes(90’s pop-punk) (90’s alternative)
Comp #1 Emo Dies With YouSlow Down Records(emo) (hardcore) (emocore)
Rocktober Sampler Rum Bar Records(garage) (powerpop) (punk rock)
Russian Tour 5Belka Records(coldwave) (post-punk)
Cadavre ExquisTemporary Animation Records(punk rock) (midwest emo)
Grave Neighbors V​.​4Middle Man Records(emo) (post-hardcore) (screamo)
It’s A Kling Comp!It’s A Kling Thing(punk) (emo) (rap) (etc…)
Fall Sampler 2020Missed Out Records(emo) (screamo) (math-rock)
Big Bully CompOrlando Punk Archive(90’s) (punk) (hardcore) (indie)
Flippin’ Freaks Vol​.​4Flippin’ Freaks Records(noise-pop) (shoegaze) (grunge)
2020 SamplerSpecialist Subject Records(punk) (indie-rock)

Top 10 Albums/EP’s That DON’T Suck [JANUARY 2021]

states were in

States We’re In – Self Titled
(indie-punk) (emo)
Berlin, Germany 🇩🇪

the sunks wedding season


The Sunks – Wedding Season
(indie-rock) (garage-rock)
Omaha, NE 🇺🇸

Пекинский Велосипед Разминка


Пекинский Велосипед – Разминка
(emo) (indie-punk)
Yekaterinburg, Russia 🇷🇺

frat mouse plywood


Frat Mouse – Plywood
(emo) (indie-rock)
Los Angeles, CA 🇺🇸

petite league joyrider


Petite League – Joyrider
(indie-rock) (powerpop)
New York City, NY 🇺🇸

farewell horizontal an argument with an idiot


Farewell Horizontal – An Argument..
(indie-rock) (lo-fi)
Melbourne, AUS 🇦🇺

sekunderna Hjärtat


Sekunderna – Hjärtat
(pop-punk) (punk rock)
Umeå, Sweden 🇸🇪

breathe and repeat cuts and bruises


Breathe & Repeat – Cuts & Bruises
(post-hardcore) (shoegaze)
Minneapolis, MN 🇺🇸

sunday boxin hot box


Sunday Boxing – Hot Box
(punk) (garage-punk)
Charlotte, NC 🇺🇸

futurat incinerat


Futurat – Incinerat
(punk rock) (fuzz)
St. Petersburg, Russia 🇷🇺

Woof, it smells funny in here!

Hello loyal reader. Funny running into you here. Have you just been hanging around this place waiting for me all month? I’m sorry I took so long. You don’t look too hot. Why don’t you have any shoes on? Hello? Can you talk? What’s that? I don’t understand these gestures you’re making. Are you pretending to peel a banana? I don’t get it. Oh! You’re hungry! I’m sorry, I don’t have any food, but I do have a nice selection of new music for you. No? Why are you shaking your head? Come on! Oh the banana thing again.. I gotta say that’s getting old fast. Why don’t you relax. Hey! I said relax! I swear to god, one more time with this banana thing, I dare you. Yeah go ahead, see what happens.. Hm? Hm!? Yeah that’s what I thought. Okeedokee well I gotta be going. Here’s the music and.. Dude! Let go of my shirt! Damn, you’re weak. Alright well I gotta be outsy. Don’t forget to check the SCRAP HEAP! ttyl bye!

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Top 10 Albums/EP’s That DID NOT Suck in 2020

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It doesn’t matter how shitty things are, the music never suffers. In fact it thrives! The past year was, of course, the ultimate test for this theory and once again it’s proven true. That’s the thing about punk and punk-adjacent music; the harder things get, the more vital this stuff becomes. It’s always been there, tying tethers around the ankles of the toxic giants and, if we’re honest, we barely cause a ripple in the ocean of poison that fuels this planet. Don’t ever let anyone tell you we never change anything though, because what this music is doing is building a mentality. A mentality that grows stronger with each generation. We will never back down. This shit is unrelenting.

It’s been a weird year, a tragic year, a depressing year. Next year, with any luck, will be a little more “normal”, but whatever happens, the spirit of this music will never waver. It will live on far in to a future where kids are playing glow in the dark lazer flutes and brainwave-controlled moon drums. They’ll be playing that shit hard though. You’re gonna feel the pain and the rage and the love. No matter what it sounds like, it will always be punk.

Onward to the top ten!

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street sity surf where i live nowStreet Sity Surf – Where I live Now  🇺🇸 Portland, ME
Typically these lists are in no particular order but, between you and me, this is my favourite release of 2020. I knew it would be since I first heard the opening track all the way back in February. Remember February?! Haha oh how innocent we all were back then.

cursetheknife thank you for being hereCursetheknife – Thank You For Being Here  🇺🇸 Oklahoma City
Jumping from February all the way to November. Oh how defeated we all were by then. Who would have thought nine months could deliver such a whooping to our collective ass. That’s right we’re all in this together and we all share the same ass. This album actually came out in two parts which I find irritating so I downloaded both of them and combined them to make one sensible album.

gatsu inner struggleGatsu – Inner Struggle  🇨🇱 La Florida, Chile
Gatsuuuuu! Man this thing jumps. It’s not often these days you hear a hardcore record with such relentless vocals. Relentless is maybe an understatement. Does this guy even breath? Does he require oxygen at all? He probably needs to lay down and take a short nap after every song when they play live. I’m not mad at that at all. There should be more napping at hardcore shows.

alright im doing this to myselfAlright – I’m Doing This To Myself 🇺🇸 Charlotte, NC
As far as rad bands putting out rad music goes, North Carolina had a good 2020. I can think of at least three albums from that state that blew me away this year. This one has to be my favourite though. These songs really stick to the head. How does a band sound so fresh and so classic at the same time? The guitar riff in “Lapse” is like masturbation for your ears, and you don’t even have to feel guilty about going to hell or anything.

fossil arm in bad declineFossil Arm – In Bad Decline 🇺🇸 Austin, TX
There is not so much as a hint of positivity on this album. Most of these songs are about being brutally crushed by the weight of the world. Isn’t that wonderful! If you’re not currently in bad decline, these guys can certainly get you going in that direction. It’s strange though, because the band themselves are not in bad decline. They are anything but. They only disseminate the declination that is bad. They are the vendors of the bad decline. Get it while it’s hot.

laverne lack of vocationLaverne – Lack Of Vocation 🇨🇦 Vancouver, BC
I’ve been singing the praises of this band for a while now. Their first full-length Yarrow was my number one album back in 2018. Obviously I was pretty hyped when a new one came out. This sort of behavior often leads to disappointment. I’m not the type of person to just automatically like an album because it’s by one of my favourite bands. I do genuinely like this album though, a lot. I’m still not sure how to describe the guys voice. I’ve been going with “sarcastic”. I don’t know if that’s accurate though. Anyway it’s just dripping with attitude. Oh fuck I described someone’s voice with the word “dripping”. This is disgusting.

deaf chonky harshDeaf Chonky – Harsh 🇮🇱 Tel Aviv, Israel
What do you call it when a bands name is kind of the best way to describe their music? Some sort of musical onomatopoeia? I don’t know but I think you’ll agree this band, if not deaf, is most definitely chonky. And the album is called Harsh, which is also an accurate description. It’s not harsh-noise though. Maybe this is getting a bit confusing. Let’s just stick to chonky. It’s just chonky ok. That is the most clear and non-confusing way anyone could possibly describe this music.

fake eyes a drip is all we knowFake Eyes – A Drip Is All We Know 🇺🇸 Charlotte, NC
The new Hum album came out in June to great acclaim and a month later this little EP dropped and I was like “Hum who?”. Sure that’s a big statement and the new Hum album is pretty amazing but I’m telling you, these guys can hang. I strongly advise you to keep an eye on them. Watch, now that I said that they’ll never release anything again. Thanks a lot Fake Eyes. Another one of those killer releases out of North Carolina btw. What is in the water there? Hold on, I’ll look it up.. Ah ok, hexavalent chromium and vanadium, that’s what’s in the water.

old moon past livesOld Moon – Past Lives 🇺🇸 Lyme, NH
When it comes to new wave and it’s surrounding genres I’m pretty picky. It has to be dark but not too dark. It has to be moody but not too moody. Ok it can be too moody. Has to be guitar driven. Has to have the right style of vocals. Has to have some post-punk or shoegaze vibes. Has to sound like what walking in the rain and/or fog would sound like if you put it into a machine that converted it into music. And it has to invoke feelings of nostalgia, wistfullness and melancholy. In other words, THIS.

the yaupon holly bandThe Yaupon Holly – Self Titled 🇺🇸 Gainesville, FL
I recently learned from a friend in Florida that a Yaupon Holly is some kind of shrub or bush. I saw a picture of it and I gotta say, as far as holly goes, that shit is kind of uninspiring. I mean the leaves aren’t even prickly. I hate to be a holly-snob but I was raised to grade a holly bush based on how prickly it’s leaves are. LISTEN! If you’re a holly bush.. right.. RIGHT? and you haven’t a single prickle ON YOUR LEAVES.. What in THE ACTUAL oohhh.. Ok I’m gonna take a little break and come back to this. . Ok I’m back. We’re good. They may not be what a holly tree should be but they are exactly what a post-hardcore band should be. I heard they only had one show and then covid happened. Here’s hoping they come back.

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Well.. That’s it my loyal reader(s). These are the best relatively lesser-known albums of 2020. I mean as far as my opinion goes they are. If you’re not satisfied with this list, you should make your own. You should always keep digging for new bands. There’s literally thousands of them popping up every year. Be careful though. Most of them are fucking horrible. If you want to skip the part where you listen to all that bad music, you can check out the SCRAP HEAP where I try to weed out all the duds. Anyways, happy hunting everyone. Keep on fighting the good fight. I hope your 2021 is normal af. Follow me on twitter @SteveDoesnt and join the Doesn’t Suck Facebook group!

ARTIFACTS UPDATE: Unearthing Rare Releases From the Past

God And Texas – Criminal Element
(1993) (post-hardcore)
Chicago, IL 🇺🇸

Fake Hyppi – Discography
(late 90’s) (post-hardcore)
Toulouse, France 🇫🇷

The Howards – Switchblade Rock N Roll
(2000) (ramones-core)
Springfield, MA 🇺🇸

Jeremiah’s Grotto – Through It All
(2001) (emo)
California 🇺🇸

Unherd – Self Titled
(1991) (emocore)
Columbia, SC 🇺🇸

Paper Lantern – Intro
(1999) (post-hardcore)
Los Angeles, CA 🇺🇸

Build Nest Sleep – Diskografi
(mid 2000’s) (emo-noise)
Oslo, Norway 🇳🇴

Biscayne – You’d Build A Robot
(2001) (pop-punk)
Illinois 🇺🇸

Downtime – Lose Yourself
(1995) (hardcore)
Sydney, AUS 🇦🇺

Gregor – Untitled
(1995) (post-hardcore)
Detroit, MI 🇺🇸

Tropiezo/KLH – Split
(2008) (hardcore)
Puerto Rico & Mexico 🇵🇷🇲🇽

LAPM – Buscando Problemas
(2001) (pop-punk)
Bogota, Colombia 🇨🇴

Die Atlantikschwimmer – Kassetto Fix
(1983) (post-punk)
Bavaria, Germany 🇩🇪

The Fragments/Modern Machines – Split
(2002) (pop-punk)
Green Bay, WI 🇺🇸

Scarper – Not As Punk As You
(1998) (pop-punk)
Hull, UK 🇬🇧

Some Still Believe – Self Titled
(2001) (hardcore)
San Francisco, CA 🇺🇸

Fair Warning – All Of The Songs
(late 90’s) (pop-punk)
Roslyn, NY 🇺🇸

Down Division – Fall
(1995) (pop-punk)
Philadelphia, PA 🇺🇸

The Goodbye Kiss – Self Titled
(2005) (emo)
Tucson, AZ 🇺🇸

Complete Control – Reaction
(2004) (street-punk)
Austin, TX 🇺🇸

Odd Man Out – Self Titled
(1997) (pop-punk)
Alexandria, MN 🇺🇸

Toxic Avengers – Full Moon..
(1993) (melodic-hardcore)
New Zealand 🇳🇿

Stay Gold – Self Titled
(2001) (hardcore)
Seattle, WA 🇺🇸

Down Division – Grinning
(1997) (melodic-hardcore)
Philadelphia, PA 🇺🇸

Shortfuse – Jacked Up & Muddy
(2003) (pop-punk)
Boise, ID 🇺🇸

Life Is A Fight – Self Titled
(2006) (screamo)
Athens, GA 🇺🇸

Brain Damage – Do It Yourself
(1999) (pop-punk)
Campana, Argentina 🇦🇷

Fire Is Fatal – Self Titled
(1998) (screamo)
Virginia Beach, VA 🇺🇸

Panic Button – Nothing To Fear
(2002) (indie-rock)
Oakland, CA 🇺🇸

Bush Tetras – Boom In The Night
(early 80’s) (no-wave)
New York, NY 🇺🇸

The Unbelievers – One Soil
(1988) (garage-punk)
London, UK 🇬🇧

Chumpslap – Fleet Week
(1995) (gutter-punk)
Bay Area, CA 🇺🇸

Constatine Sankathi – Discography
(1997) (emocore)
Kalamazoo, MI 🇺🇸

Only Ten Between Us – Youth Posi Snack Attach
(1997) (hardcore)
Davenport, IA 🇺🇸

Recordiau Anhrefn – Dim Heddwch/Priodas Hapus
(1984) (post-punk)
Wales, UK 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

After Words – Self Titled
(1989) (emocore)
Atlanta, GA 🇺🇸

Top 10 Albums/EP’s That DON’T Suck [OCTOBER 2020]

cabeza de juarez furry transpilledCabeza de Juárez – Furry Transpilled
(lo-fi) (indie-punk)
Mexico 🇲🇽

petrov flower bedPetrov – Flower Bed
(indie-punk) (indie-rock)
Charlotte, NC 🇺🇸

lk ultra youre not gonna like thisLK Ultra! – You’re Not Gonna Like This
(pop-punk) (emo)
Lawrence, KS 🇺🇸

jungle boys barredJungle Boys – Barred
(post-punk) (punk)
Manchester, UK 🇬🇧

Культодиночества ИстлетьКультодиночества – Истлеть
(coldwave) (darkwave)
Russia 🇷🇺

loft and lillow love songs for lucyLoft & Lillow – Love Songs For Lucy
(emo) (folk-punk)
Los Angeles, CA 🇺🇸

zidima Del nostro abbraccio ostinato in questa crepa in fondo al mareZiDima – Del Nostro..
(post-hardcore) (noise)
Catania, Italy 🇮🇹

dumb luck made to rustDumb Luck – Made To Rust
(pop-punk) (indie)
Corvallis, OR 🇺🇸

НочнНочная Игротека Nochnaya Igrotekaая Игротека – Nochnaya..
(coldwave) (post-punk)
Russia 🇷🇺

crescent ridgeCrescent Ridge – Self Titled
(punk) (grunge)
Stoughton, MA 🇺🇸

I was in the 9th grade when the internet became a household luxury. Not in my house apparently. They had a couple computers in the library at school that were Online though. Usually they were occupied by someone bigger than you wearing a Fubu shirt. They were those nice computers with the CD-ROM thingy. You could entertain yourself for 15 minutes just making the little CD tray go in and out.

There used to be Internet lessons in the library, but only like 10 students at a time because our school was budget and there were only 5 computers (2 people per). The man teaching the lessons doubled as the librarian and he was old enough to have a patchy grey beard. In hindsight this leads me to wonder, how on earth did Mr Whathisface’s old ass know so much about the many wonders of Netscape Navigator? His first lesson was How to Use The Yahoo Search Engine.

There wasn’t much on the internet those days, but most of the websites were rad ass colours like purple with yellow text. Extra chunky pixels too – just how I like ‘em. Seriously. it’s my dream to someday make The Doesn’t Suck feel like a trip back in time to the internet of the late 90’s.

The first thing I searched was “The Screeching Weasel Story“, which I’m sure you can still find online or in the liner notes of Kill The Musicians. It was actually the first time the concept of writing seemed cool to me, and the first time the internet had something to offer. I still had mixed feelings though, because Enema Fanzine had an editorial about how unpunk it was to use a computer.

Today every punk and their mom is online, and 20-something years after logging on to Netscape that day, I think it’s fair to say, the internet is well on it’s way to destroying us completely. We’ve created this disgusting monster and only The Doesn’t Suck can save us! Well no.. that’s not true. We’re all fucked. Nothing can save us, but if you want to listen to some cool tunes.. umm you can listen to these ones or whatever.

Yeah bye.

Top 10 Albums/EP’s That DON’T Suck [SEPTEMBER 2020]

laverne lack of vocationLaverne – Lack Of Vocation
(post-punk) (garage)
Vancouver, BC 🇨🇦

mixed signals so far goneMixed Signals – So Far Gone
(pop-punk) (melodic)
Chattanooga, TN 🇺🇸

last quokka unconscious driversLast Quokka – Unconscious Drivers
(post-punk) (aussie-attitude)
Perth, Australia 🇦🇺

sbdc the feeling of winningSBDC – The Feeling Of Winning
(riot grrrl) (pop-punk)
Vancouver, BC 🇨🇦

metayouth ronaldMetayouth – Ronald
(shoegaze) (emo)
Gadsden, AL 🇺🇸

cunj smooth grindCunj – Smooth Grind
(indie-rock) (indie-punk)
Palatine, Illinois 🇺🇸

open house gatorOpen House – Gator
(emo) (indie-punk)
Woodsfield, Ohio 🇺🇸

mutombo dreadfully yoursMutombo – Dreadfully Yours
(indie-rock) (indie-punk)
Jakarta, Indonesia 🇮🇩

moonkisser summers fleeting majestyMoonkisser – Summers Fleeting Ma..
(post-hardcore) (hardcore)
Portland, Oregon 🇺🇸

miketeeevee magic wordsMikeTeeeVeee – Magic Words
(lo-fi) (indie-rock)
Marquette, MI 🇺🇸

Hello, and thank you for coming. Why don’t you shake that load off and stay a while? Have a look around. There’s lots to discover! This includes but is most certainly not limited to this months top ten albums that do not suck. Come onnnn, let me take your coat.. No? Ok no problem. Keep it on. Whatever. Hey where are you going? Don’t leave. Trust me, there’s nothing out there for you. The world is absolute shit. Why not kick back and forget about it for a wile. Listen to these bands. Just do it! Hey! Don’t you trust me? Hey feck yew!

A scuffle ensues..

Ok great. I’m glad we worked that out. Please don’t struggle, you’ll only give yourself rope-burn. Ok! So! Where was I?.. ah yes..

This list contains a new release from one of my favourite local bands, Laverne. It’s been a highly anticipated album for me and it did not disappoint. Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint you either. If it does, that’s ok; It just means you have a bad attitude and you’re not very good at listening to music. Good thing you’re currently in the worlds greatest music-listening training facility. Get your ass in the SCRAP HEAP and give me 50 soldier!

Somebody seriously needs to take the internet away from me.

Yeah bye,

PS: I think that Mixed Signals album may feature some of the same members as a very obscure and mysterious band you may recall I was obsessed with a few years ago (and still am) called Briscoe. If anyone can confirm this and offer any more information, please get in touch.

TRAJECTORIES: Reflecting On The Moments When Music Changed Our Lives

bob ladewigWhen I was twelve years old I started skateboarding. My fifteen year old sister started dating skater guys and I wanted to be just like them. I quickly absorbed myself in skate culture. I watched videos, had my mom buy me the baggy clothes and gear and most importantly I started listening to skate music. The music found in skate videos of the time, to be precise. This music has had a long term effect on my tastes and a lot of these bands have remained in my constant rotation of music I enjoy. Bands I would otherwise have never been exposed to if it weren’t for skate videos of the 90’s. New Deal introduced me to The Odd Numbers, a San Jose mod/pop/punk band who always sounded like a retro band ahead of their time.

After breaking off from Powell, Tony Hawk formed Birdhouse Projects and introduced me to Pixies, Fluf and New Model Army. What other “mainstream” arena would you find any of that music?

The 90’s also introduced me to some great hip hop. I would watch Yo! MTV Raps on the weekends, so I had an appreciation for some of the bigger acts, like Public Enemy and NWA, but the skate company Planet Earth used a few songs by SWAT. Ever heard them? Probably not. The World Industries faction released so many videos with a random array of genres and styles of music.

Feasters – Birdhouse Projects (1992) – This kicked off my love affair with Pixies. I still listen to those first 5 albums all the time. One of my favorite bands – then they became too big for themselves in the head of Frank Blank. What a shame.

Falling Down – 101 (1993) – Gang Starr. Skateboarding and Yo! MTV Raps introduced me hip hop. I was never a fan of gangster rap, so Gang Starr is as tough as I get. Premiere’s jazzy loops and effects under Guru’s voice make Gang Starr stand head and shoulders above the rest.

From 1990 – 1998 I was all about skateboarding. I wanted to get sponsored, but living in the suburbs of Chicago (and not Los Angeles) made that a difficult task. Being not that good didn’t help either, but I tried. I met a lot of friends through skateboarding. We would take trips to different spots/parks/states just to skate, fall, get up and try again. It was a constant.

I’m an old man now and I officially live in Los Angeles. I’ve given up the dream of being a sponsored skateboarder, but I still try to get out to the local spots and parks and ride for fun. I’ve still got a few tricks in me. Sometimes my muscle memory kicks in and I think I can still do the same tricks I used to, however my body usually disagrees. Growing up is weird.

I compiled clips of old skate videos I made with friends back in the day, as well as some more recent clips. So here’s another important video part, including a song and band I love dearly:

Thank You Skateboarding (1993 – 2020) / Beauty Pill