Acid Dad – “Die Hard” – Record Of The Day

With 2017 drawing to a close, there’s a lot of records to reflect on. Just about every genre had records to be celebrated. Instant classics from legends, promising debuts, and steller follow-ups from old favorites. With so many albums trying to find their way on Best Of lists, it’s easy to overlook new releases this late into the year. That’s when the door is kicked in by Die Hard, the new 7″ from the New York-based psyche punk outfit Acid Dad on Greenway Records. Die...

Superconductor ‘Satori Part One’

Once upon a time, there were these curious little commodities gregariously scattered around inner-city hipster neighbourhoods, called record stores. These stores were nothing like the “record stores” that you young ‘uns refer to today. For one thing, they didn’t sell comics. Or action figures. Or DVD box sets or overpriced books or posters or turntables or cheap memorabilia packaged up to seem urgently necessary and sold at a premium. No. They just sold records. 33. 45...

Album of the Week: Teenage Head – Fun Comes Fast

Teenage Head are arguably the greatest Canadian punk band ever. Actually there is no argument, they are. Formed in Hamilton, Ontario in 1976, The Head actually weren’t really punk, they wore makeup and wore their hair long as a nod to Bowie, Iggy and The Sweet and they borrowed more from Chuck Berry, The Monkees and Rockabilly than what was happening in New York. But if you were a teenager in Canada in 1979 when their debut came out The Head were hard to ignore. Rebellious, sneering and...

Turkish Delight – ‘Grammy’

Grammy by Boston-based, indie rock experimentalists Turkish Delight is three minutes of soaring melodies, jittery drums and overdriven drama. It’s the first track from their 1996 debut album Tommy Bell; a highly original LP which combines the commitment to authenticity of the post-punk era with the power and attitude of grunge. On its release, Tommy Bell made a big splash in the Boston area and some ripples nationwide but Turkish Delight called it quits before their follow-up album, Howcha...

Action Swingers – I Don’t Wanna Be This Way – Record of the Day

This is my favorite of the post-Julie Cafritz Action Swingers output. In my opinion any band that once had Julie Cafritz among it’s ranks but then lost her, was worse off for it because her guitar sound is so great and so recognizable. But The Action Swingers Decimation Blvd. is great in it’s own right and they’ve dug up a video buried in an old NYC public access show called Wolftoob that also seems to be an embarrassment of riches, and worth taking a deeper dive into those...

PINS – All Female Kick-Ass Manchester Rockers ‘SERVE THE RICH’…

6 December 2017 One of the most exciting bands of last year, this year and next year. From the legendary rock city of Manchester, here are PINS. An outspoken all female gang producing dashing pop punk gems about daily injustice, intolerance and all sorts of inequality in today’s troubled society. Check their two fabulous albums GIRLS LIKE US (2013) and WILD NIGHTS (2015) and this year’s excellent 5-track Bad Thing EP, including a collaboration with the...