Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Imagine my surprise when I heard Dodgy during the commercial break.

I was watching football.

It seemed to be a strange and random choice for a truck advertisement.

"Are they playing Dodgy? I think that's Dodgy in the background."

I often wonder how certain songs make their way into commercials. Particularly older songs that were never exactly hits in America.

Hip and upcoming artists I can understand. Apple. Volkswagen.

But Dodgy? Really?

I hope they saw an increase in sales because of the campaign. Probably not.

Dodgy - Ace A's + Killer B's. AKA Music. New.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Wanted: Hardline

When I heard about the Islamic island, my mind was blown.

Vegan Reich - Vanguard. Digital download.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ninja Stars

I was wary of the R5 Punk Rock Flea Market.

Can you blame me?

A large crowd of potentially smelly patrons.

I've been to plenty of shows. I knew what odors were possible

Flea markets in general aren't really my scene. Throw in a crust punk/punk rock/hippie element. Nightmare.

In the end I was pleasantly surprised. Nineties hardcore castoffs. Needing a new home.

Not to mention the fun t-shirts that Cathy came away with.

The shirts were new. Not used. No stink.

This Is Boston, Not L.A. / Unsafe at Any Speed. Punk Rock Flea Market. Used.

Bis Meets Abba Meets The Captain and Tennille Meets Junior Senior

A blind order.

No downloads. No YouTube. No MySpace.

No reference. Nothing.

Totally worth it.

The Public Image Limited cover a bonus.

Alphabeat - This Is Alphabeat. Amazon.co.uk. New.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Oasis - The Hindu Times.

Canon - The Solution.

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Friday, March 27, 2009


Do I file under "PIL?" Do I file under "Public Image Limited?"

I have been wrestling with this for days. Not constantly. Although more than most people would.

"PIL" on one album. "Public Image Limited" on another.

They are currently listed as separate entities in my iTunes. I am considering filing the discs in a similar fashion.

Deferring to the albums. Deferring to the artist.

The inconsistency is weighing on me. Maddening.

I know the answer is "Public Image Limited. I can't bring myself to act on my decision.

"Limited" versus "Ltd."

New problems.

PIL - That What Is Not. AKA Music. New.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Matter of Trust

I got into Pulp with His 'n' Hers.

Followed up with Different Class.

I purchased Separations on a whim.

Abort! Abort! Abort!

They had a number of early releases. I didn't know. Now I did.

I wasn't prepared for that disc.

Over the next ten years I criticized early Pulp at every opportunity.

Last month I picked up two pre-His releases.

Trusting my teen ears, always a mistake.

Pulp - It. Amazon.com. Used.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

B Team

I didn't buy it until recently. Long after my adventure in veganism.

It was never a "must have" in the grand scheme of militant vegan-straight edge metalcore.

As a result, I was always putting off the purchase, ordering something else in its place.

It took a recent cut in price to convince me otherwise.

Soulstice - Raze the Earth. Very Distribution. New.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Revelation Vinyl

I bought the vinyl at the Princeton Record Exchange soon after it was released.

On black.

For years it was the only format I owned. Inconvenient to say the least.

Like all of my records, it was sold.

I eventually replaced it with a compact disc. Although not immediately. A Manic Compression gap in my collection.

Quicksand - Manic Compression. eBay. Used.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Come With the Gentle People

Number Two, the second in the Big Brother video series, introduced me to the California sound of The Carrie Nations.

In seeking out their recorded output I learned they were the fictitious band featured in Beyond the Valley of the Dolls. A film I knew something about, but had never seen.

Its reputation preceding it, I managed to purchase a copy of the VHS. My mind was blown. It became a favorite. After one viewing I understood the cult-like appeal. I expected an ode to buxom actresses. It was. But it was so much more.

The soundtrack played a major role in contributing to the overall feel of the film. A soundtrack I was told existed only on vinyl. Vinyl in Europe.

Grant shared my love of both the movie and the soundtrack. When he told me his store was getting a compact disc version of the soundtrack, I was excited. More excited than anyone should be about a thirty year old soundtrack. Although this wasn't the first time. I'm sure it won't be the last time either.

He asked if I wanted to order one for myself.

The check was in the mail.

Carry Nation - Protect and Serve. Punk Rock Flea Market. Used.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Framework - Never Again.

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Erin Express

Continuing the recent theme of posts dedicated to militant vegan-straight edge, I bring you another Syracuse classic.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, Green Rage.

Green Rage - Disinfect.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

At the Movies

After rereading Watchmen in the months following Christmas, I was excited for the movie.

Each new preview raised my interest.

I planned on an IMAX viewing.

Opening weekend came and went.

My desire to see the film waned.

The reviews by my peers have been less than favorable.

Realistically I may never see this move.

"Wait for the DVD" generally means "Never see."

A movie I was genuinely excited for as recently as two weeks ago.

Rorschach - Autopsy. Punk Rock Flea Market. Used.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Another Milestone

My blog had a birthday. So did I.


This was supposed to be posted then.

The posted date is correct. The actual date of posting is not.

Happy Mondays - The Platinum Collection. Amazon.com. Used.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Happy Anniversary

He Dances for Nickels has been around for one year.

This calls for some Gatekeeper.

Gatekeeper - Demo 1994. Very Distribution. New.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Let's Be Clear

If the lyrics need to be explained somewhere in the release, the listener is in for a treat.

Explanation of the use of the word "fetus" in the lyrics for STAND BY:

Respect for innocent life must encompass all those who are unable to defend themselves, be it animals or unborn children, all must be given the same right to live free from enslavement, torture, and pain. To separate and give this right only to an animal in a vivisector's lab or a slaughterhouse and not to a growing fetus is inconsistent. As inconsistent as giving those rights to a human and not an animal. Respect for innocent life must be supreme.

In cases of incest or rape, obviously the mother should not have to expose herself to the further emotional trauma of carrying the child full term. However, we feel the view and use of abortion as a means of birth control is wrong.

This doesn't necessarily mean that we are in support of legislation banning abortion. We feel a more positive and realistic approach is education. Educating the kids who are having unprotected sex at younger ages every year. Teaching the older people to have more respect for each other and not treat each other like objects, and educating people so they don't get themselves in the position of having an unwanted pregnancy, the sometimes "unfortunate side-effect" of sex. We are in full support of complete sex education and free condom distribution in our schools. For us the solution is abstinence or monogamous relationships. This way in the event of an unplanned pregnancy the two parents could in the least support each other long enough to put the child up for adoption or hopefully raise the child themselves. For the fetus we will attack with a strategy of compassion, education and personal accountability.

Earth Crisis - All Out War. Punk Rock Flea Market. Used.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rain, Shine, Ends in Mud

On the grass at The Mann Music Center.

The Butthole Surfers opened.

I always enjoyed shows at The Mann.

That statement includes The Steve Miller Band.

The Tweeter Center (or whatever corporate sponsor currently holds naming rights) doesn't have the same feel. Under cover or on the grass.

There are still shows at The Mann that interest me. They are few and far between. The chances of me going, still fewer and farther.

Fairmount Park will always be a nicer setting than Camden.

Maybe that's just me.

Stone Temple Pilots - Thank You. AKA Music. Bargain bin.

Monday, March 9, 2009

She's Still Got It

Growing up I had my share of "alterna-crushes."

Not that things are much different today.

Winona Ryder was a given. And possibly the first.

Juliana Hatfield, Liz Phair, Sarah Shannon and Kathleen Hanna were cornerstones of the music contingent.

Though none could hold a candle to my love and adoration of Tanya Donelly.

The Liz Phair pop reinvention came close.

Falling short.

Tanya forever.

Belly - Star. AKA Music. Bargain bin.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Lost Time

Considering I never owned an album during their glory days of the mid-nineties, I sure made up for it during the past year.

Four or five albums

More to go.

Mudhoney - My Brother the Cow. AKA Music. Bargain bin.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

A Double Shot at Lyla

I really don't like this song.

But there it is. Stuck in my head.

But there I am. Singing along.

Oasis - Lyla. AKA Music. Bargain bin.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y Grebo

If I had to venture a guess, the answer would be no. So I Married an Axe Murderer has not aged well.

Upon further reflection, I've decided it probably wasn't very good upon initial release either.

Age is not an issue. New or old, it's consistently below average.

This doesn't mean I don't like it. This doesn't mean I wouldn't watch it if it was on right now. I enjoy plenty of below average films.

In terms of quality, the soundtrack is another story.

A great compilation. A perfect fit for the era. A perfect fit for my tastes, my era.

More importantly, my first real contact with the Bay City Rollers. At least the music of the Bay City Rollers.

Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Are You Normal? AKA Music. Bargain bin.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Two Albums, No Doubt

It's late era Jesus Jones.

Jesus Jones in this decade.

What can you say about that?

All of your preconceptions are correct.

Jesus Jones - London. AKA Music. Bargain bin.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


There are mostly Mikes in my life.

One of them was, is and will always be a Crash Test Dummies fan.

I remember him enjoying the album when it first came out.

I remember him asking me a few weeks ago which album I bought after I mentioned buying one.

A dedicated fan. Not Canadian.

Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet
. AKA Music. Bargain bin.