Thursday, October 28, 2010


The Starlite Desperation - Violate A Sundae (2004)


Up by popular demand: Third proper release from this criminally overlooked So Cal rock and roll band. Released on Cold Sweat Records.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


The Faint - Blank-Wave Arcade (1999)


Have your black hair dye and white belt on standby. Maybe a pack of Parliament Lights, too.
I've been seeing so many Faint LPs in used bins over the last month that I sort of took it as an omen and felt compelled to post an album of theirs.
THE FAINT is an electroclash band, I guess it's now known as new wave revival or something. But they started off as probably the worst post-hardcore band you've ever heard. Their first album is seriously painful, but you'll probably never hear it. So I guess this can be seen as the first "true" Faint record in terms of the archetype for scenester dance music that would be prevalent for the next six to seven years. Hard to believe this came out in 1999.
Released on Saddle Creek (originally Lumberjack which would explain the catalog number), the label responsible for your favorite guilty pleasures: Rilo Kiley, Son Ambulance, Bright Eyes, Cursive, etc.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

You can stop clapping now

The Faint live at Koo's Cafe in Santa Ana 2000.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Neon King Kong - Get What's Going Around 7" (2002)


THERE'S A PARTY THIS WEEKEND AND YOU KNOW EVERYONE'S GOING TO BE THERE: name dropping everyone who was anyone in So Cal circa 2002.
The only other release from Hot Rod Todd's shortlived Neon King Kong. Two song seven inch released through Vinyl Dog Records. I have no idea who that label is but I assume they were an Orange County/Long Beach label since they released stuff by the Orphans and the Starvations.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Neon King Kong - Mix Up The Mix 7" (2002)


Neon King Kong was a short lived synth punk band out of Long Beach featuring members of the infamous LE SHOK. This was actually the first band I ever saw live back in 2002 opening up for Bratmobile and the Locust at the Roxy.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Fast Forward/T Cells Split (2004)


Here's something else I've been meaning to upload for years that I know people want. Fast Forward formed around 1999 in L.A, CA and is known for their controversially political live shows. Includes mysterious members with ties to such organizations as Wrangler Brutes, The Locust, Nazti Skins, One Day As A Lion, and Le Shok. The band has two previous releases on Vermiform and KOTM. T Cells are from Long Beach, CA and were formed around 2002. Including members of The Locust, Le Shok, One Day As A Lion, The Distraction, and Nazti Skins. Their music is Lo-fi electronic, pulsing noise pop? This record includes a cover of Cime’s “Maserati”. T Cells also have a self-released 10″ on SPS Records. This release is a double 3″ CD released on Three One G.

Friday, October 8, 2010


Chromatics - Chrome Rats vs. Basement Rutz (2003)


BY REQUEST: Chromatics are the typical case of a band getting attention when they turn into a flavor of the month generic act. Yes, I'm talking about their last album Night Drive, which sounds like a less interesting Glass Candy. Boring synth lines with Blondie-like vocals that you've heard before.
Chrome Rats is KRTMX's very first album: a very discordant post-punk showcase with screeching guitars and pulsating basslines. Actually reminds me a lot of Erase Errata.
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Yip-Yip playing a high school homecoming dance 2004.

Didn't know the Irish could dance

Les Georges Leningrad 2005 in Belfast. Check out the dance moves in the crowd.


Les Georges Leningrad - Sur les Traces de Black Eskimo (2004)


Les Georges Leningrad was a four piece from Montreal active from 2002-2006. They played a ridiculous form of funky synth driven garage punk that they dubbed "petrochemical rock."
This is their second album on Alien8, a Montreal record label that's released stuff by Masonna, Merzbow, and the Unicorns.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Moving Units - Moving Units EP (2002)


There was a point in time when Moving Units were the coolest band on the planet and now they're just the reason why you don't do heroin. Moving Units are a Los Angeles post-punk dance revival band that peaked around 2005. This is their debut 12" single on 31G.

Maybe it's better off this way

Moving Units on FOX ROX 2004.