COMPOST (September 2020)

Hey whatsup? You got like 40 hours of spare time and nothing to do? Well, I don’t know what kind of freak you are but I’ve got your back. Here’s a metric shit-pile of compilation albums that came out in the past few months. This is no joke. One of these comps has like 150 songs on it. Here’s your chance to discover a lot of new bands. It doesn’t matter what gender you identify with, you are going to have a caveman beard when you get done with this. Happy hunting!

๐Ÿ’€Year Of The Mask – Avant! Records (darkwave) (newwave)

๐Ÿ’€2020 Earth Day Comp – Mourning Records (indie rock) (emo)

๐Ÿ’€Blood Fest Comp – Violent Breed Records (hardcore) (punk)

๐Ÿ’€Noise From The South – Struggle Records (hardcore) (punk rock)

๐Ÿ’€Music Venue Trust – CPRW Records (pop-punk) (skate-punk)

๐Ÿ’€Big Bully Comp – Orlando Punk Archive (90’s) (indie) (punk)

๐Ÿ’€Crowd Kill Your Lampshade – Bitter Hearts Records (grindcore( (hardcore)

๐Ÿ’€Volume One – Sockhead Records (punk rock) (garage-punk)

๐Ÿ’€Kat Music For Kat People Vol IV -Bloated Kat Records (pop-punk) (powerpop)

๐Ÿ’€Give Me The Cure Volume One (punk) (indie)

๐Ÿ’€Horror Of The Unwashed Hands – Kafadan Kontak (garage-punk) (garage-rock)

๐Ÿ’€Sick Boyz II – Stupid Decisions Records (bedroom-pop) (indie)

๐Ÿ’€Only Death Is Fatal – Immaculate Obscurity (70’s) (80’s) (punk)

๐Ÿ’€Protest And Survive Compilation (indie rock) (garage-punk)

๐Ÿ’€Retrospective Ghosts – Isolation Records (hardcore) (garage-punk)

๐Ÿ’€2020 Sampler – The Ghost Is Clear Records (hardcore) (noise) (screamo)

๐Ÿ’€19 Notes On A Broken System (punk) (punk rock) (hardcore)

๐Ÿ’€2020 Sampler – Flowerpot Records (lo-fi) (indie) (shoegaze)

๐Ÿ’€A Compilation Vol.2 – Dammit Presents (punk rock) (emo)

๐Ÿ’€Black And Loud – Ontario Artists Against Injustice (afro-punk) (indie-rock)

COMPOST (May 2020)

Still stuck at home, scratching at the walls, bored out of your skull? Cool! Me too! I’m at the point now where I’m sick of finding things to do. I just want to stare at a wall or something. I don’t even want to listen to music right now, but if you do.. here.. waste a day digging through these comps I found! A few hundred bands at least. Most of which you will probably like, depending on your taste.

๐Ÿ’€Jesus Christ Supermarket – Greenday Tribute (pop-punk) (power-pop)
๐Ÿ’€Bailey Vol.1 – Marly Records (bedroom) (dream-pop) (shoegaze)
๐Ÿ’€Jessie Vol.2 – Marly Records (punk) (bedroom) (lo-fi) (shoegaze)
๐Ÿ’€Reconstruction – Stonehenge Records (punk) (hardcore) (france)
๐Ÿ’€Mixtape – FDH Records & Suicide Bong Records (punk) (garage) (synthpunk)
๐Ÿ’€Ones & Twos – Zegema Beach Records(screamo) (emo) (emo-violence)
๐Ÿ’€MMXX – Bus Stop Press (punk) (crust) (folk-punk) (hardcore)
๐Ÿ’€Aquabear Legion 8 – Aqua Bear Legion (punk rock) (inde-rock)
๐Ÿ’€Pilipinas HC Vol.2 – Still Ill Records (punk) (hardcore) (philippines)
๐Ÿ’€Hidden Gems – PPRW Records (pop-punk) (ska-punk) (skate-punk)
๐Ÿ’€City Rockdown – Kolibri Rekords (indie-rock) (dream-pop) (indonesia)
๐Ÿ’€GR Sample – Girlsville Records (punk-rock) (riot grrrl)
๐Ÿ’€Ghost Town Initiative – Ghost Town Initiative (punk) (hardcore) (metal)
๐Ÿ’€Killed By Slow Death 1 – Slow Death Records (punk) (crust) (d-beat)
๐Ÿ’€Storrady 2 – Tego Slucham (punk) (post-punk) (garage-rock)
๐Ÿ’€These Kids Are Sick – I Buy Records (ramonescore) (vapids-tribute)
๐Ÿ’€Social Distancing – Yellants (punk rock) (anthem-punk)
๐Ÿ’€Quarantine Comp 2 – Horror Punks USA (punk rock) (horror-punk)
๐Ÿ’€Never Alone – DCHC519 (antifa) (hardcore) (oi) (punk)
๐Ÿ’€OsterSampler – Pestspiele Booking (punk) (hardcore)
๐Ÿ’€Exploitational Sampler – Creep Records (punk) (emo) (hardcore)
๐Ÿ’€Killed By Boredom – One Chord Wonder (punk rock) (garage-punk)
๐Ÿ’€State Champler – State Champion Records (indie-rock) (noise-rock) (punk)
๐Ÿ’€Pogo Discos Vol.1 – Pogo Discos (punk rock) (garage) (argentina)
๐Ÿ’€Fragementos – Antonia Amor Y Ruido (punk) (emo) (screamo) (colombia)

COMPOST (March 2020)

Letโ€™s say youโ€™ve broken your leg and youโ€™re stuck on the couch and youโ€™re bored with the rest of the internet and youโ€™ve already read this entire blog.. Well Iโ€™ve got something that will help you kill some more time. Hereโ€™s a big pile of compilation albums you can go through. Literally hundreds of bands to discover. I tried to specify the genres for you as well. Dig in, and keep that leg elevated.

๐Ÿ’€Solid Ground Volume Six – Whisk And Key Records (folk-punk) (pop-punk) (orgcore)
๐Ÿ’€2019 Fall Sampler – The Ridge (punk) (pop-punk)
๐Ÿ’€Sampler Number 2 – Audioconfusion (indie) (indie-rock) (folk)
๐Ÿ’€Punx For Peace – No Spirit (punk) (hardcore) (garage-punk)
๐Ÿ’€Grave Neighbors Vโ€‹.โ€‹3 – Middle Man Records (emo) (post-hardcore) (screamo)
๐Ÿ’€Content Farm Vol.6 – Cowboy 2.0 (indie) (shoegaze)
๐Ÿ’€Fuerza Ultrapoderosa – Andalucรญa รœber Alles (punk) (hardcore) (spanish-punk)
๐Ÿ’€25th Anniversary Comp – Stonehenge Records (anarcho) (punk) (hardcore)
๐Ÿ’€MSG Vol.2 – MKULTRA SUPPORT GROUP (punk) (indie-punk) (emo)
๐Ÿ’€N.C. LGBTQIA+ Musicians – Walk-in Closet Records (punk) (folk) (indie-rock)
๐Ÿ’€.โ€‹.โ€‹. .- — .โ€‹-โ€‹-โ€‹. .โ€‹-โ€‹.โ€‹. . .โ€‹-โ€‹. – Mourning Records (indie-rock) (emo) (screamo)
๐Ÿ’€Party 4 Peace – Crazy & The Brains (punk rock) (garage-punk)
๐Ÿ’€Punk Rock Val 19 – Slovenski Punk Rock Portal (punk) (hardcore) (skapunk) (slovenia)
๐Ÿ’€Malt Transit & Mass Liquor – Brassneck Records (punk) (pop-punk)
๐Ÿ’€Winter 2020 Sampler – Rum Bar Records (powerpop) (garage-punk) (bubblegum)
๐Ÿ’€Bands Of 2019 – Horn & Hoof Records (punk) (folk-punk) (ska-punk)
๐Ÿ’€Year Of The Pig 2019 Sampler – Dead Broke Rekerds (punk) (indie-punk)
๐Ÿ’€Know Your Scene Vol. 5 – Eye Design Records (punk) (indie) (psych) (shoegaze)
๐Ÿ’€Soli Sampler – RilRec Punkrock Family (punk) (hardcore) (german punk)
๐Ÿ’€2020 Ssampler – ZAP Records (punk) (hardcore) (anarcho) (street-punk)
๐Ÿ’€Fetal Records 5 – Fetal Records (punk) (post-punk) (80’s punk)

COMPOST (#018) โ€“ Two Piece Fest

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No offense to all the one-man bands out there but everyone knows you need at least two people to officially qualify as a band. Here is a compilation to celebrate all of those bands that have the absolute minimum number of members. Iโ€™m talking about duos, 2-piece bands, twosomes.. Every band on this album is Simon and Garfunkeling the shit out of their respective genre, and there are a wide range of genres happening here let me tell you. All coming together this weekend (Feb 23rd) for the 12th annual Two Piece Fest. Yes, thatโ€™s right, this has been happening for 12 years. Who knew!? Wouldnโ€™t it be hilarious if exactly two people showed up to this thing? Hahahahahaha oh my god. Seriously though, if you happen to live in Philly, and youโ€™ve got nothing better to do, you should check this thing out. Large groups are not encouraged but will probably be allowed entry. Best to split up into pairs just in case. Also, if youโ€™re going to wear a bathing suit, make sure itโ€™s a bikini.

COMPOST (#017) โ€“ Snappy Little Numbers

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I donโ€™t know about you, but I like my numbers little and snappy. Big numbers just confuse and frustrate me. Donโ€™t even show me a number if it isnโ€™t snappy. That would be a total waste of my time, and obviously time is at a premium. Thatโ€™s why the longest song on this compilation isโ€ฆ oh waitโ€ฆ Five minutes? Jeezis! I guess nevermind everything I just said. Look pal, if I were you, first of all Iโ€™d send five hundred American dollars to Steve Doesnt. THEN, immediately after that, I would sign up for bandcamp and follow every band on this comp. If youโ€™re already on bandcamp, I beg your pardon, but the important thing is that you give me money, and Iโ€™ll thank you in advance for being snappy about it. If you work at Snappy Little Numbers, thank you for these cool tunes, and thank you in advance for the $500 youโ€™ll be sending me for Christmas this year. In conclusion, Iโ€™m poor.

COMPOST (#016) โ€“ Take This To Heart Records

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I thought this was going to be a Christmas album, based on the artwork, but itโ€™s not, unless Christmas to you is a bunch of sobbing emo songs. Take This To Heart Records is like a box of chocolates and here is their variety pack. Whether you like your emo dark and bitter or, umm sweet and bitter(?), thereโ€™s a chocolate in here for you somewhere. Just take a small bite out of each one until you find something you like. I know some of these are overly sweet and a little warm, probably kind of soft. You can leave those ones for the kids. This is really turning out to be a Christmas miracle. Happy Halloween everybody!

COMPOST (#015) โ€“ Burdigala Records

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Straight outa Bordeaux France (home of wine and probably other things too), this is the Bordal Fest compilation. Bordal Fest being some kind of concert series celebrating the partnership between Burdigala Records and something called Picole. I donโ€™t know what any of this means for either party, but I do know it means a pretty sick comp full of squeaky-clean pop punk for our enjoyment. Any one of these bands could be very much at home on Fat Wreck Chords, and no, I donโ€™t mean that as an insult. I see how it could be perceived as one though. All Iโ€™m saying is this stuff really appeals to the 15 year old skater-punk in me, and it should appeal to the one in you too. If you donโ€™t have a 15 year old skater-punk in you.. You know what, Iโ€™m gonna stop myself right there. Have a nice day folks.

COMPOST (#014) – Open Door Records

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My personal feelings about children are generally negative. I mean I do not like them very much, but the thought of them being mistreated infuriates me to no end. If you feel the same way you should contribute to one of the organizations helping the kids at the border. Better yet, you can purchase this wicked comp from Open Door Records, and the proceeds will be donated to the cause. I mean you help kids and you get a bunch of cool tunes. Sounds like a solid plan to me. Itโ€™s unfortunate that such a comp even has to exist but letโ€™s not get me started on a political tirade right now. Just go get this thing. Itโ€™s full of squeaky-clean pop punk, emo, some screaming, a bit of funk(?), and some other stuff. Whatever, itโ€™s mostly/partially good. The Smilies are on here but their best song is not. Are you sold yet? I know Iโ€™m making this sound incredible.

COMPOST (#013) โ€“ Jeruk Records

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Last month’s Comp Post spurred on a major Mutant Pop Records nerd-out. This month Iโ€™m trying not to have a full on Lookout! Records nerd-out. Back to back nerd-outs are not good for my sperm count, and a Lookout! Records nerd-out is like the motherload of all nerd-outs. (My Google analytics told me I need to use the words โ€˜nerdโ€™ and โ€˜outโ€™ more often). Iโ€™m just going to explain this quickly and then get the hell out of here before something weird happens. Jeruk Records is an Indonesian label that appears to specialize in 90โ€™s-style pop punk of the weasel persuasion. Theyโ€™re going to anyway. It looks like they only have 2 releases on Bandcamp so far, this comp being the first. An introduction, if you will, to the kind of kickassery theyโ€™re planning on dishing out. Keep a close eye on these guys, and donโ€™t be surprised if you see me talking more about them in the future. I have to go, this is getting too intense! Giggity!

POSTSCRIPT: Sorry about the Quagmire thing.

COMPOST (#012) โ€“ Corvallis Punks

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Ever heard of Corvallis Oregon? No. The answer is no, you have not. Oh you have? Well you must be from there, so it doesnโ€™t count. Oh youโ€™re not from there? Well you must go to school there then. Look pal Iโ€™m going to have to ask you to stop interfering with my blog.

The point is, most people have never heard of this place. Iโ€™ve never been there myself, but Iโ€™m very aware of it, and I will be there this July as a pit-stop on my way to San Francisco (Iโ€™ll probably talk more about that trip at some point). Thatโ€™s what Corvallis is though; a pit-stop, and I think kind of an important one for touring punk bands, especially if you go back a couple decades. In the 90โ€™s a lot of your Gilman bands did excursions up to Seattle or Vancouver. I think I read somewhere that Aaron and Billy Joe wrote a Pinhead Gunpowder song on the ferry from Victoria to Vancouver. I might have just made that up in my head though. Anyway, a lot of bands did these little Northwest mini-tours, and Corvallis was often a pit-stop for them, but the reason this town is really significant is because it was home to my favourite record label of all time Mutant Pop Records. Itโ€™s for that reason alone that I decided to make this a stop on my trip, in hopes of finding some trace of the Mutant Pop legacy. I have visions of finding a dusty old milk crate of Mutant Pop EPโ€™s in the back of the local record shop. I know thatโ€™s never gonna happen. Iโ€™ll still be disappointed when it doesnโ€™t, but hey, thatโ€™s not what Iโ€™m here to tell you.

Iโ€™m here to tell you whatโ€™s happening in Corvallis NOW and, well, the same thing is still happening by the looks of it. Lots of great local bands and lots of other west coast bands stopping there to play. A whole butt-pile of them happened to be there just a couple weeks ago for the Sinking City Pop Fest. If you missed it, and Iโ€™m almost certain you did, youโ€™re in luck cuz they made a comp featuring all the incredible bands that played. I mean, Iโ€™m assuming the festival went ahead as planned. I have no evidence that it actually took place. Maybe someone from Corvallis can let me know about that if youโ€™re reading this. Maybe write me a whole re-cap of the festival and Iโ€™ll post it? Maybe we hang out when Iโ€™m in town? Maybe we become best friends forever?