Thrash for all you thrashers. This 3 piece thrash band hail from Indy and play……wait for it……thrash metal. Not an all around band cassette tape again by REALITY IS A CULT, this label just keeps putting out little gems one at a time. This cassette has a total of 8 song, in the vein of IN DEFENCE with there party and humorous lyrical content. I’ve had the advantage of booking these guys when they came to Minneapolis the second time and there live show isn’t half bad, so I recommend checking this cassette out and if they are coming to your town make sure to check them out. Fart noises into a microphone=epic, and singing about a Big Mac is sweet. Also follow the links to listen and download this cassette. One final thought PIZZAFACE. (XbezerkerX)
Another nice slab of wax per REALITY IS A CULT this 7 inch is a little slice of heaven in a 7 inch sleeve. PARASITIC TWINS hail from Indy playing fast and catchy punk/hardcore, more on the punk side of things very catchy guitar and vocals on “Greedy Mitts” “Lily White” is another amazing track with powerful vocals and screeching guitar. Time to flip this over to the B-Side. The B-side offers up two more tracks with tuning the guitar as the intro to “Blowhard” is kind of weird but artists are weird right? But the lyrics are on point for this song a sarcastic snotty anthem to how most of us really feel. It appears that each side was recorded 5 months apart from each other and with that the B-Side sounds like a better recording to me but that’s my opinion check out this release for yourself. Plus I got a free mini zine with this release maybe if you order one you might be as lucky as I was. (XbezerkerX)
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
Two incredible new jams from NO STATIK here, first you have “No Hospice” A nice guitar and drum intro leads into very aggressive vocals. I’m always a fan of a female fronted hardcore/punk band. The lyrics of this song are very hauntingly true to everyone and how they feel entitled to everything they want because they think they deserve it. Really there are few people who actually get what they deserve. The B-Side to this album is titled “Clean Swift Sunshine” very well put together raw and angry track, with pounding drums and fast guitar this little slice of heaven on wax is a must own for any fan of this band or any fan of good music. Check it out, also if you’re lucky you’ll get it on gold wax. (XbezerkerX)
A brand new release for New Jerseys’ NIGHT BIRDS. If you haven’t heard of this band yet, then you my friend are missing out. You might say that there is a surf resurgence coming back if more bands could play as well as these guys. The first track is a nice instrumental surf song that sets the pace for the entire album. “Born To Die In Suburbia” is the title track off this record and it is a nice gem of a song spastic guitar and vocals makes you think of what punk rock should still be and sound like. Personally my favorite track is “Maimed For The Masses” being a huge wrestling fan and this track is dedicated to the hardcore legend Mick Foley. Fast and catchy vocals and loud guitar and drumming on this track makes this amazing. Plus all lyrics about his real life in the wrestling ring is awesome. GRAVE MISTAKE RECORDS put this out and I suggest you go support this label. I wrote in a blog I used to do that this label cannot put out a bad record and that still stands in my opinion. (XbezerkerX)
First I wanted to be clear that this review is for the 2nd edition(the first edition is pictured here), but for some reason a good quality photo was hard to find. The second edition includes 20+ more pages of new material. Whether or not you ever hung out in train years or hopped a train, this is a very entertaining read that due, to the zine format, never drags out. There’s also a ton of photos of hobos, bums and tramps(and little guides to tell the difference) and the graffiti on trains done by them and rail yard employees. A constant theme throughout is the real identity of the freightcar graffiti artist who came up with the Bozo Texino tag. Lots of speculation in interviews and letters written by current and past rail yard employees and clips from old train industry magazines. It’s a fun read that you don’t really have to do in any particular order for it to be informative and interesting. Perfect backpack book. (Jake)
Microcosm Publishing / 636 SE 11th Ave. / Portland, OR 97214
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/
Hailing from St. Paul Minnesota comes a 5 piece punk rock and roll band. If there was one band to define the term Punk Rock & Roll here is the band. All sporting there jean jackets with there love for TURBONEGRO. This cd kicks off with “Darkness Forever” and rocks all the way through to “Heavy Set Girls”. The guitar intro to “Night of the GSD” reminds me a lot of BLUDWULF and a lot of the other guitar riffs remind me of them as well. “Vault 23” is a good through back to the spirit of Rock & Roll of the 80’s with its catchy lyrics and amazing bass riffs. If you like the guitar riffs of MOTORHEAD then “Hell Ride” is the song for you. Personally knowing most of this band, they are a very hard working band and supportive of there scene by playing countless shows and very different venues around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area (including The Triple Rock Social Club, The 7th St. Entry, Memory Lanes, Station 4, The Fine Line, Memory Lanes and countless House and DIY spots) This gets the Bezerker stamp of approval PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE check this band out. (XbezekerX)
Here is another cassette release from REALITY IS A CULT. The more I get from this label the happier I become. Falter are a very fast hardcore band from Milwaukee Wisconsin. Here is there 6 song demo, very lo-fi and heavy. Guitars are smashing along with the drums very angry vocals on top of all that. All in all not a bad demo very excited to hear more from these guys.(XbezerkerX)