Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Faction - Discography Part 3

Yep, I've been away again. Obviously working on my Photoshop skills. Okay, MS Paint. But just like MS Paint, they can't keep me down! No matter how hard they try! ("They" being TV, beer and general slackitude.)

So, The Faction. Probably the most perfect Skate Rock band ever. When I think of skating in the 80's, this is the band I immediately associate it with. I was never a vert skater, but I did hang out a ramp near my house where they would often listen to "No Hidden Messages." They provided the opening song to one of the first skate videos I ever watched, the first Powell Peralta video. And of course they featured Steve Caballero, who wasn't just a some skater in a band; he was one of the best skaters in the world.

I don't think they quite get the recognition they deserve outside of the old guy skate community. Their early stuff fits right alongside the best SoCal bands like the Adolescents, Agent Orange and TSOL, but they developed an even harder edge that never went into metal territory. Maybe their lyrics were a little sillier, but they were still relatable.

Their original 80's output has been "collected" over the years, at first haphazardly on 2 CDs, and then re-released on vinyl recently on Beer City Records. But there's still a bunch missing. The Faction reunited a few times over the years and recorded a few demos. In the late 80's Jeff Kendall joined on 2nd guitar and they recorded at least 4 songs, a few featured in a skate video.

They broke up again, but reformed in the early 2000's and recorded a few more songs that I've collected here. I saw their reunion show in 2004 in San Jose and I seem to remember them selling a CDr with 4 new songs, but I held off because it was a CDr and I thought it would get a proper release eventually. I might be making that up. I think that the only post 2000 song I'm missing is "Who The Hell Do You Think You Are?" which:

1) Is a cover song from a fake band from the movie "Punk Rock Logo."
2) Was in a Thrasher video, but
3) Was never formally released.

Steve Caballero posted some artwork a few years ago that I thought was going to be part of a full Faction discography including everything they recorded and the live stuff from CBGB's at least. Perhaps I'm making that up as well. Oh well. For now, here are 5 more songs that are pretty much in the vein of their old stuff.

Va - Steve Caballero - Bandology Vol. 1 (Sessions, 2002) / Thrasher Skate Rock Vol. 10 - Parental Advisory Explicit Sk8rok (Thrasher, 1991)
   01) Accelerate
Va - Vans Off The Wall Volume V (Vans, 2002)
   02) Cut It Out
Va - Snoisses: The Skateboarder Sessions (Sessions, 2003)
   03) The Whister
Va - How's My Driving?? Volume 2 (SuperSpeedway Music, 2004)
   04) Aisle Seat
Va - All In! - A Tribute To Jfa (DC Jam, 2013)
   05) Out Of School (JFA)

The Faction - Discography Part 3 (vbr 0)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

I Heard It Round And Round The Grapevine

One post a year. Not bad eh? Sorry for my abscess absence. I've been working on my New Year's resolution of playing more Mario Bros 1-3 and developing a marijuana habit. Somehow I'm still too lazy to become a stoner.

I promise some new uploads soon. In the meantime, feast your ears on one of the best mash-ups I've heard in a long time. Or maybe it's just my love of all things Ratt.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Arteries - Brought Up Not Dragged Up (No Label, 2005)

Hey, I'm still alive! Are you? You don't have to answer that.

Sorry about the long delay, gentle readers. Since my last entry I moved back to the US, got married, trained and competed for the World's Fastest Tator Tot Eating Competition (got 5th place), had 10 babies, finished my musical adaptation of "The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again" and overhauled the tranny in my Z-Roc 524.

Okay, the first 2 are true. Now I'm just a lazy American again who never updates my blog. Until now!

And boy do I have a humdinger for ya! So anyone remember a little punk outfit out of Swansea a few years back called The Arteries? They raged it something fierce with their hard rockin' style of punk. They put out a bunch of eps, some limited 10"s and 2 albums. Dead Sea was probably their highlight with melodic hardcore vocals over bulldozer rhythms, but tempered through a pop/skate punk sensibility.

Well, it turns out these guys were hiding a couple old releases, one of which I luckily learned about and then won on "the ebay." That CD I present you is actually their 2nd release entitled "Brought Up Not Dragged Up." They have one other release that I'm still trying to track down called, I believe, "More Books, Less TV." (If anyone has this, holla at ya boy. Yeah, I'm bringing that back.)

This album isn't far off from their next offering, "Blood, Sweat And Beers," just not quite as well recorded. It's not bad at all though. 8 songs of driving punk with a touch of metal that owes from the early days of Fat Wreck and skate punk without sounding like a copycat. There's even some weird horn playing on a track or two that's, uh, interesting.

The members have since gone onto Pale Angels (meh) and Hot Mass (whee).

The Arteries - Brought Up Not Dragged Up (R) (vbr 0)

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Best Of 2016

Well, it's February 8th of 2017, so this list is a bit overdue. As usual in part to do with my laziness. But partly because I can't be arsed (yeah, I have British friends) to come up with descriptions of a bunch of albums that I'm not sure I'll be listening to in 3 years time. Yeah, not to be a killjoy, but 2016 didn't have a huge musical impact on me. Maybe I haven't let some of the albums sink in yet, but there wasn't too much that bowled me over besides maybe 5 of the albums listed below. Wild Animals was definitely my fave of the year though. And of course I missed seeing them a couple weeks ago because I preferred getting drunk with my friends than sitting through a hardcore fest with 3 decent bands. So jaded, man.

So this year I present a list. Then I'll get back to posting way better bands from 20 years ago.

Did I mention jaded?

* Albums *

Accidente - Pulso

Bad Future - Bad Future

Bob Mould - Patch The Sky

The Celetoids - Pupal Stage

Chestnut Road - LP2

Dark Thoughts - Dark Thoughts

Death Pedals - Meat House

Descendents - Hypercaffium Spazzinate

Direct Hit! - Wasted Mind

Duncan Redmonds - Honkypingpongseijinattack!!

Ekebuba - Rat Bite

Hot Mass - Nervous Tensions

Lumpy And The Dumpers - Huff My Sack

The Montell Jordans - Sweater Puppies

Nada Surf - You Know Who You Are

Nerf Herder - Rockingham

Not Scientists - Leave Stickers On Our Graves

Tiny Moving Parts - Celebrate

The War Goes On - The War Goes On

Warsong - Control

White Lung - Paradise

* Eps *

Bikini Cops - Two

Dag Nasty - Cold Heart

Dangus Tarkus - Binky Boy

Pizzatramp - Two Quid Ten Minutes

Red Death - Deterrence

Red Hare - Lexicon Mist

Rendez-Vous - Distance

Shoplifters - Believe

Silent Era - Silent Era

Snuff - No Biting

* Reissues *

Dow Jones & The Industrials - Can't Stand The Midwest 1979-1981

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This Is My Fist! - Everything Else

Through doing music reviews and living in a city with Amoeba Records for about 13 years, I accumulated literally 1 million CDs. I started to slowly weed them out through my extremely well designed Geocities site and sold maybe 1/10,000th of them. 1 of those CDs was sold to a local who sent me a CDr of her new band. I think I listened to it once and filed it in my shoebox full of promos with no artwork. Admittedly, I didn't give it much of a chance because I wasn't too keen on CDs missing more than a notch in the spine or hole punch. Call me shallow.

A few years later I started to see a band name around the Bay: This Is My Fist! Hmm, sounds familiar. When they popped up on a couple compilations I had, I realized this was the same band whose CDr I had packed away. I located the CDr again and was stoked to discover that besides being really good, it contained the 8 songs from their first 2 vinyl only releases.

I somehow never caught them live, but I managed to track down all of their material. And of course, they released everything on Bandcamp a few years ago. But I've cleaned this all up, remastering everything to the same volume, taking some of the hiss out of some releases, and adding a couple songs to the demo that aren't available on Bandcamp.

So if you've never heard This Is My Fist!, imagine Joan Jett singing for a classic Lookout! Records band. If you have heard them, you're welcome!

I Don't Want To Startle You But They're Going To Kill Most Of Us 7" (2002)
   01) Voice From Occupationland
   02) Story Of Reconversion
   03) I Realized My Error On Harrison Street
   04) Last Of The Ammunition
VA - Letters From The Landfill (2004)
   05) Yank Fiction
   06) Your Filth, My Fury
   07) Stiles The Dog
   08) Biblethumpin'
VA - To The Bitter End (2004)
   09) Wine & Cheese (Ambition Mission)
VA - California Thrash Demolition (2005)
   10) Jesus Plus Nothing
Dutch Oven Demos (2005)
   11) Gun Crazy Explosion Noises
   12) Wooden Bullets
   13) Wretched Of The Earth
   14) Country Time
   15) Hooray For The Home Team
   16) I'm Not Even Trying
   17) Skyscrapers
   18) You Sank My Battleship
VA - We'll Inherit The Earth: A Tribute To The Replacements (2006)
   19) Beef For Breakfast (The Replacements)
Fifth Hour Hero Split 7" (2007)
   20) Davy Crockett's Dead, You Know
Giant Haystacks Split 7" (2007)
   21) Gun Crazy Explosion Noises
   22) Love (Q Factor)
Marked Men Split 7" (2009)
   23) All That Is Wrong
   24) Bad Seed
Previously Unreleased
   25) Crash (The Primitives)

This Is My Fist! - Everything Else (vbr 0)

Friday, September 2, 2016