Sunday, April 9

Ponce Playlist 03.03.06

Below you will find a fairly incoherent playlist... Only myself DJing I'm afraid, so no one else to pass blame onto. Enjoy.

Cougar - Atlatl
65 Days Of Static - Radio Protector
Aereogramme - Zionist Timing
Clinic - The Return Of Evil Bill
Owls - Everyone Is My Friend
Love Is All - Used Goods
And None Of Them Knew They Were Robots - Funeral Of Flowers
Jesus Lizard - Fly On The Wall
The Dismemberment Plan - Pay For The Piano
Oxes - I'm From Hell, Open A Windle
Bluetip - Japan
Challenger - Brand Loyalty
Milemarker - Banner To The Sick
EE - Beijing
Minus The Bear - Lemurs, Man, Lemurs
Hey Mercedes - A List Actress
Q And Not U - X-Polynation
Hot Hot Heat - In Cairo
The Wow - Long Time Ago
Piebald - American Hearts
Made Out Of Babies - Herouloid
North Of America - You Want To Join My Cult
Biddy Biddy Biddy - True Love Vs The Digital Kiss
Jarcrew - Paris And The New Math
Mates Of State - What I Could Stand For
The Shins - Young Pilgrims
Beastie Boys - 3 The Hard Way
Danger Doom - The Mask
Britney Spears - Toxic
Do Me Bad Things - Rise Of The Pontoon
Pendulum - Slam
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - She Said
The Fall Of Troy - F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.
Her Flyaway Manner - Fireside
Part Chimp - War Machine
He Is Legend - Greatest
Mew - Apocalypso
The Little Explorer - Sense Of Smell
Fugazi - Forensic Scene


Monday, April 3

Fall Out Lifetime Boy

So, Lifetime have signed to Fall Out Boy's record label. Lifetime said this:

"Pete and Decaydance are giving us an opportunity to make the record we want to make while still staying in control of our music and our lives. They are behind us as artists and because of that, we're backing them as a label."

Decaydance? Anyway... I'm not entirely sure I like this or not. Now I'm going to have to put up with these bloody My Chemical Trio kids wearing Lifetime shirts. Maybe they'll start listening to proper music though, who knows.

Any thoughts?

Tuesday, March 28

Ponce Playlist 27.03.06

Last night was super busy. Madness. This is not a full playlist... it got a bit messy after the last track listed here. Sorry.

Tunes were selected by Master-D and The Knowledge.

The American Dollar - Somnambulance
Koufax - Move Out, Move On
Braid - A Dozen Roses
Saves The Day - Jodie
Cursive - Mothership, Mothership, Do You Read Me?
My Complex - We Have Seasons Here
Small Brown Bike - A Table For Four
Weezer - Tired Of Sex
Green Day - Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?
Jimmy Eat World - Crush
Propagandhi - And We Thought Nation States Were A Bad Idea
Death Cab For Cutie - Styrofoam Plates
The Weakerthans - Aside
Texas Is The Reason - Back And To The Left
Shellac - Steady As She Goes
Rainer Maria - Tinfoil
Rival Schools - Used For Glue
The Get Up Kids - 10 Minutes
Zola – Midwembe
Jawbreaker - Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault
At The Drive-in - Rascuache
Hot Water Music - Elektra
Piebald - American Hearts
Urusei Yatsura - Hello Tiger
The Jesus Lizard - The Associate
Fixit Kid - Oubliette
The Fall Of Troy - F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.
Modest Mouse - The Way Down
Twofold - Hammer To The Hornets Nest
Sunny Day Real Estate - Seven
Slint - Breadcrumbtrail
Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower - Date The Take [?]
Thursday - Standing On The Edge Of Summer
Indian Summer - [3]
The Removals - Park Ranger
Be Your Own Pet - Extra Extra
Yo La Tengo - Sugarcube
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Bang
The Gossip - Fire With Fire
N.E.R.D. - Lapdance
Le Tigre - Let's Run
Britney Spears - Toxic
Minutemen - This Ain't No Picnic
Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp
Me First And The Gimme Gimme's - Rocket Man
65 Days Of Static - Massive Star
Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland 1945
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot
The Causey Way - Jesus Loves You

The Fixit Kid over of Oubliette by Cable was my favourite track of the evening. They've got the video for their new single "Whiskey Pit" on their MyFuck now:


Monday, March 20

Ponce Playlist 13.03.06

Last weeks Ponce playlist has been found, and is here now for your viewing, and possibly your future listening,

pleasure. Songs were selected by The Knowledge and Master-D.

Battles - SZ2
Modest Mouse - Teeth Like Gods Shoe Shine
Converge - Distance And Meaning
Rodan - The Everyday World Of Bodies
Racebannon - Part IV (Satan's Kicking Yr Dick In)
Slint - Ron
The Fall Of Troy - F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.
Crain - Fuckerman
Harriet The Spy - When The Shit Hits The Commadore 64
Cable - The (We Did The Music For The Sprite Ad) Blues
These Arms Are Snakes - Big News
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - How Near How Far?
The Presidents Of The United States Of America - We Are Not Going To Make It
Made In Mexico - Farewell Myth
Desaparecidos - Mall Of America
Sunny Day Real Estate - 48
Chin Up Chin Up - Fuck You Elton John
Hey Mercedes - Our Weekend Starts On Wednesday
13 & God - Perfect Speed
Days Ago - Flatliners As Deceiver
Pavement - Grounded
Free - Fire And Water
Idlewild - Self Healer
65 Days Of Static - Crystal Splinters City Skies
Reggie And The Full Effect - Where's Your Heart
Hot Water Music - Elektra
Leatherface - Watching You Sleep
The Little Explorer -
Minus The Bear - The Fix
The Paper Chase - Ready, Willing, Cain And Able
The Van Pelt - Let's Make A List
Taking Back Sunday - Cute Without The E (Cut From The Team)
Lifetime - The Boy's No Good
From Monument To Masses - Sharpshooter
Mates Of State - What I Could Stand For
Hot Club De Paris - Sometimesitsbetternottostickbitsofeachotherineachother
Braid - Dozen Roses
Mend This Tear - My Street Leads Somewhere
The Little Explorer -
65 Days Of Static - Natasha Beats The Devil

That is all. TEAM play at Ponce tonight, and once again myself and Danny will be DJing. Hopefully we'll get this weeks playlist up a little quicker.


Saturday, March 18

The Lawrence Arms - "Oh, Calcutta."

I always approach new Larry Arms records with caution. Y'know, I've been hurt in past: lied, cheated on, phone calls not returned, etc. And over the last 18 months or so it has come from the 'bigger bands' on the punk rock circuit. I'm talking about the likes of Alkaline Trio, Hot Water Music, Against Me! and Small Brown Bike, who have all gone down the proverbial sewer.

And I worry that the L'Arms will one day do the same thing.

This record also has the uncomfortable onus of being the bands third on a "bigger" label. This is exactly where Alkaline Trio (Crapson) and Hot Water Music (The New What the Fuck Are You Playing At?) finally gave up on trying to be remotely good.

In the case of LA, the "bigger" label here is Fat Wreck Chords. You may remember Fat Wreck Chords. It was quite popular toward the end of the nineties until we all found emo and thought music sounded better when it sounded like it wanted to be healthy and get married, rather than fucked up and laid.

So have the Lawrence Arms finally jumped on the shit wagon?

Well, the first line on the record is; "Shall we dance or just sleep around." And the last line is; "Fuck the Warped Tour, Motherfucker."

I am truely sorry for ever doubting you, the Lawrence Arms.

4 and one half big cheeses.

Friday, March 10

The Fall Of Poi

Unfortunately, this piece isn't about the dwindling number of people doing that stupid festival activity Poi, although I wish that were the case. No, it is in fact about a band called The Fall Of Troy who I travelled to ye olde Birmingham town last night to see.

It was my first visit to the Barfly, and as a venue it's pretty damn good. You can see the stage from almost anywhere, there's a little balcony at the back, the beer isn't stupidly expensive and there's a cloakroom. Good stuff.

First band up were Second Smile, on Big Scary Monsters. Now I'm not sure if you've ever heard the band Itch on the same label, but they do the emotional indie rock thing really well, and have really distinctive vocals. Well, these guys seemed to be trying to emulate Itch's vocals, and failing. The music was fine, but it sounded like a mash-up of all the bands signed to BSM. I wasn't overly impressed at all.

The Zico Chain were the final support, and they were pretty good. They sounded like the bastard children of Nirvana and Winnebago Deal, and at times they sounded exactly like one or the other. They were really tight though, and their vocals were strong enough not to make them sound like a cover band. A trip to the gents was taken whilst these guys were playing, and the general feel in there was that they sounded too much like Nirvana. Obviously the kids these days conveniently forget about the fact that The Futureheads, Bloc Party et al all sound exactly like Gang Of Four and The Ordinary Boys are re-writing Madness tracks. Diffrent strokes I guess.

Headliners for this Kerrang sponsored evening were The Fall Of Troy from New York, USA. I've been loving their Equal Vision debut 'Doppelganger' for the last couple of months, so I'd been looking forward to them ripping it up live. For those who've not heard the 'Troy, they've got mad time signatures, metallic riffage and screamy vocals - all the stuff the kids just love (myself included). Unfortunatley, it didn't translate too well live. They simply weren't tight enough to pull it off. Now, don't get me wrong, they were impressive. I was just hoping for a little more... beef?

One thing, before I sign off, I'm sick of this 14+ gig rule. The last three or four gigs I've been to have jumped on this 14+ bandwagon, and I wouldn't mind if these kids just enjoyed the music and had a dance. But they don't. They either stand around posing, then watch the band through the 2 inch LCD screen on their mobile phone whilst taking photos/filming, or they get drunk and act like dick heads, interrupting my gig experience. I propose more matinee's as opposed to this atrocious idea.

End. PX

Wednesday, March 8

Ponce Playlist 06.03.06

The DJ playlist from Monday nights Ponce. On disc duties: Myself (The Knowledge) and Dan (Master-D).

Piebald - Location Is Everything
The Dismemberment Plan - Pay For The Piano
Colossal - The 1/5 Compromise
Oxes - I'm From Hell, Open A Windle
Superchunk - Untied
Causey Way - Natural Disasters (Gods Black Box)
Modest Mouse - Breakthrough
Cat On Form - Back Off Man, I'm A Scientist
13&God - Men Of Station
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
The Van Pelt - Nanzen Kills A Cat
North Of America - Let's Get Sick To Our Stomachs
Dntel - This Is The Dream Of Evan & Chan
Mudhoney - You Make Me Die
Why? - Rubber Traits
Vanilla Pod - Baa Lamb
The Replacements - Bastards Of Young
Q & Not U - A Line In The Sand
Decendents - Silly Girl
Green Day - At The Library
The Get Up Kids - Regret
The Paper Chase - A Little Place Called Trust
50 Cent - In Da Club
Jesus Lizard - The Associate
Milemarker - A Quick Trip To The Clinic
Missiles Of Uncertain Destinations - A Day Spent At The Office Photocopying Guns
Consumed - Wake Up With A Smile
Fairweather - Still Paradise
Small Brown Bike - Fami(liar) To You
Ruth Ruth - Jerome
Atom & His Package - Palestinians Are Not The Same Thing As The Rebel Alliance
Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Bang
Electric Six - Gay Bar
Rival Schools - Used For Glue
Refused - New Noise
Modest Mouse - Float On
Oxes - Riki Cream Calls This One "Chivas Regal"
Choking Victim - Fuck America
As always, apologies for any spelling errors.


Thursday, February 23

Armalite - S/T

Cheers to Dean for the heads up on this....

One of the best pop punk albums I've heard in ages, it's Dan Yemin from Kid Dynamite/Lifetime, Atom from Atom and His Package, plus a couple of guys from bands I'm not familiar with.

While it retains Atom's Usual brand of comedy punk rock, it has it's occasional stint of seriousness, influenced by the other guys and is certainly not just another Atom album.

Highlights include "husker dave" and "metatastic!".

MP3's here

I recommend you check it out!

Sunday, February 12

Classic Album Time!

Right, I'm going to try and do this every week/few days if I can be arsed.
Especially while at work seeing as there's nothing to do apart from play zookeeper.

This weeks selection from the archives is:-

Superchunk - "Here's where the strings come in"

Superchunk for me, have always been in the background of my life whether I knew it or not.
Whether it was the first issue of kerrang I brought in 1995 where the single "hyper enough" got reviewed but I ignored it due to the fact that i'd rather read the review of "geek stink breath" by green day, or the time I first saw the video to "throwing things" on "idlewild choose" for MTV2.

It was the latter that pushed me to take a risk and buy "no pocky for kitty", and although it's an amazing album, I just don't think it touches this.

The ironic thing being, is that I got into superchunk at a later stage in life, and looking back I can see where all the bands I used to listen to, got it from.

Everything about this album is perfect, the production is spot on, the riffs are fantastic and the song writing is just pure genius.
At the end of the day though, this is just a pop punk album, but there's just something about it that helps prevent it from falling into that category.

Superchunk have always been an influential band (I believe even christie front drive used to cover "package thief" from "on the mouth"), but at the same time, criminally under rated.
Why this is, I don't know, (probably because nearly everything they do is released on their own label).

Despite the subject material of the songs, I always smile when I hear this album (an article on a similar subject matter coming soon!), purely based on the fact that it is poppy as hell, you just want to dance when you hear it.

Songs like "detroit has a skyline too" and "here's where the strings come in" are just adrenaline fuelled punk songs with riffs that just make you want to cry with happiness, while at the same time throwing your hands into the air.

What really makes this album though is the fact that so much energy and effort is put in by the band members and you can REALLY hear this in the performances. This usually makes or breaks an album for me, for example "the photo album" by death cab for cutie is an amazing album, but you can tell that the effort is lacking, especially when you hear those songs live as they blow you away.

Anyway a last piece of advice.....


GO OUT AND BUY IT! (and the rest of the back catalogue)

Saturday, February 11

Grabass Charlestons - "Ask Mark Twain."

If you had asked me, say, 2 months ago; "Hey Ian, do you like the Grabass Charlestons? Nice hair by the way." I would have replied 'why, thank you and yes, I do like the Grabass Charlestons.' If you ask now if I like the Grabass Charlestons I will reply 'No I don't "like" the Grabass Charlestons. I fucking love the Grabass Charlestons, and call em Grabass, it's cooler.'
You see, this record exceeds all expectations. Their first full-length and split with Billy Reese Peters (two-fifths of which are made up of two-thirds of the 'Ass) had some good songs on them but this is a much more well-rounded affair.
It seems since the last record, "The Greasest Story Ever Hula'd," Gainesville's answer to Duncan from Snuff, Will Thomas (he plays drums AND sings!) has been smoking a far few cigarettes, drinking the whiskey and taking the cocaine because he is a LOT more gruff on this one. But don't be fooled into thinking that the Charlestons are your run-of-the-mill gruff melodic punk band that No Idea Records has become famous for because Grabass have a healthy dose of country/folk influences too. Which makes them more punk than most.
Highlights include "Best in Shitty," "Capricornicus" and "Goat Cheese with Milkdud."
Will Thomas believes that if Mark Twain was around now he'd be a "violent revolutionary," which got me thinking; if Bill Hicks were still around he'd be able to us laugh and cry harder than anyone else. And if Orwell were around he'd be vindicated. And if Freud were around he'd probably be on Celebrity Big Brother.
Think aboot it.
But buy this record first.
Five K's.