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.

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

COMPOST (March 2020)

Let’s say you’ve broken your leg and you’re stuck on the couch and you’re bored with the rest of the internet and you’ve already read this entire blog.. Well I’ve got something that will help you kill some more time. Here’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.

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

COMPOST (#018) – 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. I’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, that’s right, this has been happening for 12 years. Who knew!? Wouldn’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 you’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 you’re going to wear a bathing suit, make sure it’s a bikini.

COMPOST (#017) – Snappy Little Numbers

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I don’t know about you, but I like my numbers little and snappy. Big numbers just confuse and frustrate me. Don’t even show me a number if it isn’t snappy. That would be a total waste of my time, and obviously time is at a premium. That’s why the longest song on this compilation is… oh wait… Five minutes? Jeezis! I guess nevermind everything I just said. Look pal, if I were you, first of all I’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 you’re already on bandcamp, I beg your pardon, but the important thing is that you give me money, and I’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 you’ll be sending me for Christmas this year. In conclusion, I’m poor.

COMPOST (#016) – Take This To Heart Records

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I thought this was going to be a Christmas album, based on the artwork, but it’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(?), there’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) – 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 don’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 don’t mean that as an insult. I see how it could be perceived as one though. All I’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 don’t have a 15 year old skater-punk in you.. You know what, I’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. It’s unfortunate that such a comp even has to exist but let’s not get me started on a political tirade right now. Just go get this thing. It’s full of squeaky-clean pop punk, emo, some screaming, a bit of funk(?), and some other stuff. Whatever, it’s mostly/partially good. The Smilies are on here but their best song is not. Are you sold yet? I know I’m making this sound incredible.

COMPOST (#013) – Jeruk Records

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Last month’s Comp Post spurred on a major Mutant Pop Records nerd-out. This month I’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 ‘nerd’ and ‘out’ more often). I’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 90’s-style pop punk of the weasel persuasion. They’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 they’re planning on dishing out. Keep a close eye on these guys, and don’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) – 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 doesn’t count. Oh you’re not from there? Well you must go to school there then. Look pal I’m going to have to ask you to stop interfering with my blog.

The point is, most people have never heard of this place. I’ve never been there myself, but I’m very aware of it, and I will be there this July as a pit-stop on my way to San Francisco (I’ll probably talk more about that trip at some point). That’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 90’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. It’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 EP’s in the back of the local record shop. I know that’s never gonna happen. I’ll still be disappointed when it doesn’t, but hey, that’s not what I’m here to tell you.

I’m here to tell you what’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 I’m almost certain you did, you’re in luck cuz they made a comp featuring all the incredible bands that played. I mean, I’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 you’re reading this. Maybe write me a whole re-cap of the festival and I’ll post it? Maybe we hang out when I’m in town? Maybe we become best friends forever?

COMPOST (#011) – The Ugly Truth About Blackpool

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Usually the comp’s I talk about are pretty recent; maybe within a month or two, but this one is a bit of a relic. *twinkly music plays* *the screen goes all wavy* The year was 2005: Owen Wilson (wow) and Vince Vaughn were winning our hearts with Wedding Crashers, Richard Pryor was dying, and double-wide trailers around the world were jiggling with the thoughtful melodies of Nickelback and Papa Roach. Also, some guys in Blackpool England were compiling a couple decades worth of punk onto a compilation called The Ugly Truth About Blackpool. The title pretty much speaks for itself doesn’t it? That’s how they talk in England. They put ‘doesn’t it?’ at the end of everything. Like “This Yorkshire pudding tastes a bit off… Oh well, pass the gravy doesn’t it?” Yep, so there are plenty of super solid songs on here, covering all the waves of UK punk. One Way System is legendary, yes, but there are so many other great bands you’ve probably never heard of unless you’re from that area. Razor Dog is my favo. Definitely worth checking out doesn’t it?