Thursday, April 29, 2010


I promised pop and pop is what you're going to get.

Canadian pop.

Lights. New.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


I apologize for the lack of posts this week. I started a new job Monday and have been attempting to settle into a schedule.

I will make up for it this weekend.

All of your forgotten favorites. And the pop music I spend my money on.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


It was 1987 when I caught the first XOn PointX show. It took place at the legendary Philadelphia space The Garage. The Crowd of 40 or so could not possibly have been prepared for the onslaught of goodwill they were about to witness that night. I stood, jaw gaping wide open, as XOn PointX lay waste the musical stylings of headliners Chain of Strength and Uniform Choice. In a Philly scene still plagued by the "live fast, die young" attitudes of late '70's punk rock, XOn PointX set an entire movement in motion towards positive commitment and the path to righteousness. It would be nearly 2 years before the release of a classic demo. With giant labels such as Revelation and Dischord moving towards indie-rock obscurity, XOn PointX found themselves without a home to release an EP and eventually called it quits. I can still recall the scent of the beer, from the smashed bottles, at the last show in 1989, the final show at The Garage. How would four 10-12 year-old kids affect Philly HXC so deeply?! It seems unbelievable!!!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Bluegrass State

Endpoint is doing a reunion show.

Why couldn't it be Falling Forward?

I'd take that trip to Louisville.

I was there once. Briefly. Before driving to Lexington.

All I remember is a Colonel Sanders statue in the airport.


Recently I've developed a bit of a Xenomania habit.

It's gone from casual interest to obsession.

I spent an hour the other night debating whether to buy the Alex Gardner single digitally or on compact disc. I've yet to come to a decision.

That being said, most of my recent focus has been reserved for Florrie.

Thankfully she's been providing free remixes to satisfy my needs.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Hang the DJ

People love Refused. People really love Refused.

Love of Refused transcends hardcore. Love of Refused moves into Hot Topic territory. Especially the later releases.

People should listen to Ink & Dagger instead.

But in the absence of that, stick to this era.

Tee Till Death

Pardon me while I channel Tee Till Death for a moment.

I'd like to know more about the Cabal shirt Rob Fish is wearing in the album art.

It's not a basketball jersey, but appears to be a licensed NBA product. It is sleeved, not a tank.

Is this a one off Cabal item?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On Singles

I suppose singles are becoming an all-digital medium.

At least that's what I gathered while searching for Robyn and Alex Gardner singles today. Not that iTunes was much help. here I come. It's been too long.


I found this under the Face Tomorrow disc.

No case. No art. All disc.

An unremarkable compilation. But worth a listen. You can't go wrong with Rain On the Parade.

Go Buy It

In-Flight Program: Revelation Records Collection '97. Used.


My favorite single from The Stone Roses.

The Peter Hook production is a bonus.

The Stone Roses - Elephant Stone. eBay. Used.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Singles Start

I happen to love the much-maligned Second Coming.

In all of its glorious excess.

This being the standout single.

Go Buy It

Mouthpiece - Face Tomorrow. Used.


I remember Mike being very into this album when it came out. If not for him, I probably never would have listened to it. Eventually I might have, but certainly not at the time.

He was partial to James after Laid. And had always been partial to Brian Eno.

His worlds collided.

James - Wah Wah. AKA Music. Bargain bin.

Go Buy It

Fastbreak - Whenever You're Ready. Used.


I think some of my favorite bargain bin finds are mainstream British acts from the late eighties and early nineties. I'm rarely looking for them. Which makes it all the better.

I especially like finding the albums that don't have the hit single. Too many second and third efforts are disregarded by the listening public. Making me the bargain bin beneficiary.

Soul II Soul - Vol. II: 1990 - A New Decade. Long In the Tooth. Bargain bin.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Comedy? Or Euro?

I'm fairly certain Final Exit is a joke band.

At the very least, tongue in cheek.

I don't know much about them. Beyond being Refused.

A free acquisition, it was the first I had ever heard of them.

Friday, April 16, 2010


The Hope Conspiracy were such a departure from Harvest.

Not a bad departure, but certainly different.

Those first few records are great. As far as I know, they're still together. Still playing. Still recording. Although I haven't heard the more recent releases.


Sam went digital.

In doing so he decided he didn't need his compact discs anymore.

I am the beneficiary of this decision.

Thank you Sam.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Name Game

So you named your new band after an album released by your old band.

I am trying to think of any other examples. Hardcore or otherwise.

Land of 10,000 Lakes

Minnesota had a pretty good run there in the nineties.

Harvest. Threadbare. Disembodied.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Hard Stance is okay. I don't have any strong opinions one way or the other. I like them. I listen to them. But they're nothing special.

I first bought it because it was pre-Inside Out.

I think that's why most people first picked up their releases.

I'm sure that continues to be the case. Although pre-Rage Against the Machine might be the bigger draw these days.

Missed Opportunity

A few years ago there was talk of a Deadguy reunion.

I don't believe it ever happened.

That's a shame.

Monday, April 12, 2010


I'm looking for a cheap copy of Slamdek A to Z. Book and compact disc.

And by cheap I mean under five dollars.

It's something I've wanted for years. As much as you can want something without making any real effort to find it.


I have a number of self-imposed rules about the order I listen to my purchases, when I rip my purchases and when I upload my purchases.

It's not worth explaining, but it makes sense in my head. I once tried to explain it to Cathy. She looked at me like I was crazy. Rightfully so.

Now I keep it to myself.

Because of these "rules" Viva! Roxy Music was queued up for a little over five months.

I hope the wait was worth it.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Rite of Passage

Everyone discovers Violent Femmes in middle school.

At least that's when my friends stumbled on the debut. Independent of each other for the most part.

Violent Femmes. Used.

Saturday, April 10, 2010


I know it's cool to hate on Boy Sets Fire.

But I've always loved This Crying, This Screaming, My Voice Is Being Born. "Vehicle" is such an amazing song.

The Day the Sun Went Out also holds up well.

After that, my Boy Sets Fire knowledge is spotty. I'm sure I'll eventually do some reanalyzing via the bargain bin.

Go Buy It

Bold - Speak Out.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Gruff Rhys is one of those rare talents.

Everything he touches is interesting. Even if it isn't to your taste. Interesting.

Strange Bedfellows

I always found it odd that By the Grace of God released albums on Victory Records.

Their message didn't seem to match the commonly held opinions of the label.

A number of great bands worked with Victory Records. It makes me wonder. The truth is likely somewhere in the middle.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is an amazing film.

Too bad I already covered that.


I wanted to post this yesterday. For obvious reasons.

I never got around to it.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Thank You

Nick was kind enough to offer me the Christ demo via email.

Thank you Nick.

If you like Christ you should check out his new band. It features members of Christ, Memorial Day, Prema and Bad Luck 13:

I was a bit hasty in uploading the Christ demo. The tracks are listed below.

1. Page 15
2. 6655321
3. Song #3
4. Mitchell

Saturday, April 3, 2010

B.M.H.S. Part Two

The Bobb Mac Historical Society presents:


I'd like to know more about Cheryl Cole.

I'd like to help her pick up the pieces of her failed marriage.

Girls Aloud - Sound of the Underground. Used.

B.M.H.S. Part One

The Bobb Mac Historical Society presents:

Go Buy It


Thursday, April 1, 2010


I was at this show. I was at one of the shows. I forgot there was a second show. I'm not sure which of the two I attended.

It was a benefit and a book release.

I still don't own the book.