Back in the 90’s, before everyone and their dog had a skateboard, punk rock and skateboarding were pretty much synonymous with each other. Most skaters were punks and most punks attempted to be skaters. That’s how it was where I grew up anyway. Out in Flint Michigan (home of poisonous water) the skaters were punks too. It’s all chronicled here on this stupendous comp of live recordings in the late 90’s from a Flint skate shop called Empire Of One. The Get Up Kids, Hot Water Music, even Jimmy Eat World all got their start there. Ok they didn’t get their start there but they played there and it was amazing (probably).
“I wouldn’t listen to this alone if I were you. These songs are truly HORRIFYING!!!” said me.
Then you were like “…….”
And I was all “…….”
This is the kind of thing I really geek-out over. I automatically go four-eyed for anything 80’s Hardcore. I also get my pocket protector out for small town punk scenes. Here we have a merger of both. Two nerd-worlds colliding, if you will. Sending me into an intoxicating dweeb-rage of hardcore poindexteria. I know this is coming across as jovial but I’m actually in a really bad mood right now. Not because of this awesome hardcore though. If anything it’s helping. From Disillusion Records, this is the Welcome To The Circus comp, which chronicles the Tucson AZ (Home of cactus) Hardcore scene of the early 80’s. There is so much cool stuff on here. I’m like a kid in a candy shop (that only sells nerds).
So this is like a tape comp they were giving out at Decolonise Fest in London I guess. What the shit is Decolonise Fest, you ask? Good question! It’s complicated. Click this link and read all about it, or don’t. What I’m here to tell you is, this thing is bursting with flavor. Musical flavor. So many dope bands. There’s a Spics Girls cover on here ok. Do I really need to say anything more? Fav Track: To Leave by RAGANA.
From The Firm Records, here is Brasil Oi Volume 1. Holy cow, this thing is boiling over with meat and potatoes, and Brazil nuts! My favorite is track 2, “Stinkin Hippie Scum”. It wouldn’t be an Oi record without some hippie-bashing would it? Oh man, there’s just something so likable about this. I think Portuguese is the perfect language for singing as if your mouth is full of bangers and mash.
There wasn’t a lot to choose from for the comp post this month. This one fascinates me though. Coming to you from Scumbag Productions in New Orleans is Dude That’s What I Call Punk Rock #4. Incase you’re wondering, all of the previous editions of DTWICPR have equally as bricky artwork. One of theme even states clearly “PUNKS ONLY” on the bricks. It’s also nice that there’s a statement at the top of the bandcamp page with a definition of punk from myspace circa 2004. What’s really remarkable though, is that this is just a mix tape of someones favorite songs. It’s like a mix tape I would have made when I was 13. It’s EXACTLY like a mix tape I would have made when I was 13! There’s some really good songs on here too. If you wanna shell out $23.40 USD (35% off!!!) it could be yours!
Hey, here’s big pile of ooie gooie groovies from a dope little label in Philadelphia. Yep, of course the squiggly red line showed up under Philadelphia. Oh there it is again. Why can’t I spell that? I sounded it out! Anyway Get Better Records is here to help you get better at listening to music that doesn’t suck. They don’t tolerate bullshit and neither should you.