Florida… what do you think of? I’ll tell ya what I think: disneyworld, crowded beaches, swamps, alligators, old people, staunch conservatism, heat / humidity / sun, come to think of it, nothing good. But then I live in Minnesota, nowhere near the tropical state. Ive heard from several people that Florida has got a surprisingly decent scene. And Im not talking about death metal, but hardcore punk. To be honest, I didnt really believe them. god’s retirement home being the local spot for some good punk rock? But that actually makes sense because punk is fueled by rage not comfort. So evil staunch politics geared to the old and conservative could make for some really great furious punk. I went out on a limb and bought Baker Acted from some guys at the recent Grind Your Dick (or CLIT) Off Fest in Minneapolis. when I got around to putting this 7″ on the turntable, I was pleasantly surprised. Baker Acted released their record in October of 2012, and is the first release on All We Know Records. Hailing from Miami FL, this new band brings us 6 songs of punk rock with great bass lines, dual guitars, angry as fuck vocals and stop on a dime drums. The vast majority of songs on this record are sung by a womyn with a great vocie, which my wife and I both really enjoy. A few of the songs feature dual male / fem vocals, which brings an element of anarcho- style into the mix. This style has been done before, but this feels fresh and unique, not recycled at all like some bands do. A really good record from the underground of southern Florida, and highly recommended. By the way, the band name baker acted refers to a Florida bill passed in 1971 that allows mentally ill people to be committed to a mental health facility for 72 hours, against the will of the mentally ill person. Quite a fitting name for an angry fem led punk band. Other bands from Florida on AWK Recs are Recreant (Tampa), and Landbridge (also from Tampa)
BAKER ACTED: http://bakeracted.bandcamp.com/
ALL WE KNOW RECORDS: http://allweknowrecs.blogspot.com/
This is Tokyo City thrash punk thats fun to listen to when youre drunk, and good lyrics to read when youre sober. This is classic sing along style crossover metal punk in the style of Deathside meets Motorhead, leaning more on the Motorhead side. All the Japanese lyrics are translated into English in the lyrics book, and most song choruses are sung in English. Apparently this is their second LP.
I found this quote at Soap and Spikes:
“Nagoya city, one of the cities raised up Japanese Hardcore by world-class level, has 九狼吽(CLOWN) in its core. They play aggressively, and it’s not too much to say that they represent Japanese Driving Hardcore Punk at this time. And this is their newest record. You can be killed with one blow of Mune, a son of Burning Spirits. Agitating shouts of their souls. Shot! Shot! Shot! The lumps of sound make your aggression accelerate and battling spirits fire. Pound! Pound! Pound! A direct new generation of Japanese Hardcore, goes on their own way of hard core laughing social situation! Just feel their boiling blood. Yes! Yes! Yes!” -Souichi / FORWARD”
Discourage is a new 3-piece from Columbia South Carolina that play political as all hell fuckin punk rock. this is urgent anarcho-punk that has intricate riffage and complex drumming with anguished lyrics over the top of it all. At times mid-paced and suddenly bashing into fast paced yet melodic parts and layered with dual vocals on some parts. the lyrics package is a very DIY zine full of riot footage from around the world, and calloused lyrics about the protest movements in the States. one song mentions how SOME people at the Occupy movement thought they were beating the cops by playing Leftover Crack and drinking in the park. This is a call to direct action from the United States of Apathy. very solid demo from the Amerikkkan southeast.
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this 3 piece from Los Angeles bring the politics with the beer on this raging d-beat recording of 4 songs. Songs about war (obviously), religion, crooked politicians, and heroin leave you thinking about the issues long after this record has finished playing. Death Over Greed is by far the longest out of the four and has a really cool intro before blasting into the rage. Dual vox on all songs along with thick guitars and top notch drumming influenced by crusty core bands such as DooM and Wolfbrigade. released on Dirty Mick Records. All records come with digital download card and 18″ X 18″ poster.
DEATH MARCH: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Death-March/363458560393385
DURTY MICK RECORDS: http://www.durtymickrecords.com/
Haunting melodies, anguished vocals, and gothic ambiance is how I would describe this blackened – crust punk band from Columbia South Carolina. The current line up has existed since 2011, but these guys bring such tight music that they could have easily been doing this for a while now. Slow / Mid – paced melodies come crashing down with raging crust punk, and then slip into theremin led breakdowns of pure black ambience. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing this band live, and the stage show is just as amazing as the music. this music is for those who love epic crust with heart wrenching emotions. Talking to the members of the band, I learned that this cassette is the teaser for their upcoming 7″ due out before the end of the year. the cassette is “A do-it-together effort through Heidrun Collider, IFB, Anti-Corporate Recordings, All We Know, & Get Better! Records.”
They Eat Their Own God: http://tetog.bandcamp.com/
Anti-Corporate Recordings: http://www.anticorporatemusic.com/main.html
All We Know: http://allweknowrecs.blogspot.com/
Get Better! Records: https://www.facebook.com/getbetterrcrds
IFB records: http://www.ifbrecords.com/
Both of these bands are faily new and play crusty grindcore. Debacle tosses out 3 songs with an in – your – face ferocity and are apparently from Melbourne Australia. Lyrics cover topics of religion, squat life, and Sheeple, set at a pummeling rhythm. Debacle released a split with Scotland’s Filthpact in 2012. Inebrious Bastard is formed from members of other Sydney Australia bands such as Leech Woman, Subversion, Noisam, Bastardos, and Sordid. I.B. bring forth 4 tracks from the depths of grindcore hell, and have great lyrics extolling the horrors of war, xenophobia, animal rights, and the ‘war on terror’. Inebrious Bastard have opened for bands such as Subhumans and Steve Ignorant Presents CRASS. 7″ pressing limited to 500 copies. Co-release between Crust Almighty and Beerache Records.
CRUST ALMIGHTY: http://www.facebook.com/crustalmighty
INEBRIOUS BASTARD: http://www.facebook.com/inebriousbastard
This new band from Belgium captures the filth, ambiance, and destructive elements of black metal, along with 4 traditional low-fi black metal songs. I hear similarities of Raspberry Bulbs (Chicago), and at other times Burzum (Oslo), but this musical ogre definitely feels unique with approach and style. Side A is mostly ambiance laden with noise and 2 black metal songs. Side B is the musical reverse, being mostly black metal but still experimental as hell. This could probably be used as a film soundtrack, but the combination could potentially be scarring. Nine ‘songs’ total, multiple artists have been used on this release to paint the evil atmosphere. the booklet is laid out like a zine, and the gothic / satanic media give respect to Olde European lifestyle, sacrifice, satanism (surprise surprise), and some intelligent lyrics about the decay of Detroit city. limited to 500 copies, this record comes with a bonus sticker and can be found via Thee High Priestess.
Thee High Priestess: theehighpriestess.com
Classified Resistance: classifiedresistance.com
COMPLETE TITLE: Maps to The Other Side: the adventures of a bipolar cartographer
topics included in this book:
seed saving, mental health advocacy, freight trains, squatter lifestyle, biodiesel mechanics
Monsanto, Hormel, Del Monte. Three easily recognized names in most grocery stores, and yet what do these companies really represent to you? To some people, it’s just the biggest food companies in America today. To conspiracy minded people, these 3 companies represent an attempt toward enslavement of the human race. The author of this book and many other people would go with the second one. Indeed, such innocent activities as seed saving, organic gardening, and CSA (community supported agriculture) are revolutionary acts in the age of GMOs and mono-crop agriculture on the industrial level. And the food you grow from seed tastes better than what’s in the grocery store too!
Another main focus of this book is about dealing with bipolar disorder in this crazy world and accounts from the authors own life of insane manias and bone-chilling depressions. This could be very helpful to those who deal / suffer with the same issues.
Influenced by the author’s own counter-culture (see punk) roots and mental frame, Sascha DuBrul has become seed-saving revolutionary and mental health activist. Along with help from other comrades, he has established two organizations in the San Francisco / Oakland / Berkeley area to help enrich the communities he is a part of. The first is the Icarus Project, a peer to peer forum for those dealing with / suffering from emotional and mental difficulties. The other is BASIL (Bay Area Seed Interchange Library), dedicated to the preservation of organic bio-diversity and open pollinated fruits / veggies. Members of BASIL also partake in urban guerilla gardening, and inspire others around the world. Sascha Altman DuBrul has been a regular contributor to zines such as Slug & Lettuce, and played bass on NYC band Choking Victim’s first EP Crack Rock Steady.
MICROCOSM PUBLISHING: http://microcosmpublishing.com/
ICARUS PROJECT: www.theicarusproject.net
FULL TITLE: Why We Drive: The Past, Present, and Future of Automobiles in America, by Andy Singer.
“The automobile by its very nature is an inefficient people mover, and this inefficiency and need for space means that it creates sprawl.” And thus the basis of what this book is about. Andy Singer is a Minnesota resident, that takes pride in being without a vehicle for 47 years, and explains to readers why we should all attempt the same. Via quotes, comic / cartoons, and summaries; he explains what America was like at the turn of the 1900s, and how big business and profit goals have drastically changed it for the worse. Phenomenons such as “white flight” out of the cities and into the suburbs would have been impossible without the family car. Singer argues that with increased emphasis on public transit and less on driving, American cities would still have lively and energetic urban cores, and also many less symptoms of air pollution, isolation, and violent crime. With fully half of the 159 pages being comic cartoons, this book is an easy read which can appeal to anyone who makes the effort to read it.
Microcosm Publishing: microcosmpublishing.com
15 blasts of hardcore thrash are on this seemingly self-released tape from New Jersey band S’o'ftdov. This music has been self – described as cyberdelic disnöize / surreal death crust played at d-beat tempo, and the vocals are layered with reverb. The work on the package is superb, including printed lyrics for all songs and a profesionally done band photo. This tape came with a felt backpatch of the cover art, black on grey. Well done!
SöFT DOV: http://softdov.bandcamp.com/