Saturday, February 20, 2010

Jaakko Kangosjarvi - 1981 - Erilaiset Enkelit 7'' (FIN)

Jaakko Kangosjarvi - 1981 - Erilaiset Enkelit 7'' (FIN)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Unnatural Axe - 1978 - They Saved Hitlers Brain 7'' (US)

Unnatural Axe - 1978 - They Saved Hitlers Brain 7'' (US)
It is 1977. A scruffy neighborhood of Boston sprouts a band of naive working-class kids who think they can shake up the world with their personal take on the punk rock experience. Not content, or possibly even competent enough, to be another Jam clone or a Clash clone, Unnatural Axe bash out their own brand of two-chord and three-chord rock, and crank it up extra high.

Throughout 1978 and 1979 the Axe were playing regularly in New York, and at Cantone's, the Rat, and the Space in Boston as the opening act for the "big" UK and US new wave acts of the time. Their strangest billing must have been opening for The Police at the Rat in Kenmore Square. It is truly unfortunate that Sting squandered this "turning point" opportunity to learn the essentials of punk rock from Boston's finest. Sting's only question of the Axe vocalist: "Did you poop?"

But such is the fate for the greatest moments of brilliance of our times: few people recognize it. The big club owners didn't see it and the major record labels didn't hear it. After two short years, the Axe packed it in.

As a result, the Unnatural Axe discography is small, but what recordings do exist provide the documented proof that the Axe were, and shall always remain, the most important punk band Boston will ever call its own.

— Monsieur Michel Bastarache (Boston's punk rock gentleman)
source Breakmyface (link)

Thursday, February 18, 2010

V.A. - 1995 - Punkrokki - Finland Punk (FIN)

V.A. - 1995 - Punkrokki - Finland Punk (FIN)
01. Veltto Virtanen - Ronkpukki
02. Ratsia - Lontoon Skidit
03. Sehr Schnell - Orja
04. Problems? - Raitsikka Oot
05. Maukka Perusjätkä - Sotaa Apatiaa Vastaan
06. Unicef - Käkimassaa
07. Lama - Totuus Löytyy Kaurapuurosta
08. Briard - Rockin' On The Beach
09. Pelle Miljoona & N.U.S. - Väkivalta Ja Päihdeongelma
10. Kollaa Kestää - Kaupunkisissi
11. Mik Monto - Häiriöitä
12. Se - Ei Asfaltti Liiku
13. Widows - The Famous Five
14. Woude - On Kesä Vasta Aluillaan
15. Rudi - Taivas Saa Odottaa
16. Hymy Taskinen - Hei, Tyttö, Hei
17. Korroosio - Hei Hei Hei
18. Mopot - Rakastan Sua
19. Pupukuusikko - Pupu6kko
20. Vaavi - Tytöt Hymyilee
21. Kelloggs Bollocks - Bigger 'n' Better
22. Pelle Miljoona OY - Varjo Seuraa Onneain

Monday, February 15, 2010

Siglo XX - 1980 - The Naked And The Death 7'' (BE)

Siglo XX - 1980 - The Naked And The Death 7'' (BE)
SIGLO XX (Antonio PALERMO, Dirk CHAUVAUX, Erik DRIES and Klaas HOOGERWAARD) hail from Genk, a depressed industrial city in Belgium. After the closing of the coal pits, Genk has now a painful present of unemployment, poverty, drug abuse and violence.

In that context, there's nothing unusual in a "rock" group stamping their sound with a hard, dark, but also very personal and emotional philosophy. Their formative years were the years of Punk. And perhaps there you'll find a cause for their headstrong tenacity of doing it in their own way. SIGLO XX refuse to produce music that shys away from looking reality straight in the eye. They've succeeded in imbuing their art with a touch of impressionism that's sadly lacking in a world preferring to whistle only unaffected melodies.

SIGLO XX have remained passionate and fascinated, following their own chosen way without losing sleep over fashion or trends. Constantly evolving, the group attracts a growing number of commited fans all over Europe.
Source : Play It Again, Sam! - 1989 (link)