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Nov. 21st, 2010

Me

Enabler "War Begins with You" Cassette

This release is the ‘Pro-Cassette’(1) formatted version of a vinyl 7” (from Volatile Recordings) or is the 7” the vinyl version of this Pro-French styled release? Hmmm. According to the press release, this band hails from Milwaukee, WI and play a variety of grindcore/metal/hardcore stuff that is heralded to the likes of ENTOMBED, HIS HERO IS GONE, INTEGRITY and mid-career(2) NASUM. I guess all of that is accurate. Yeah, the slash-slash description in that same press release I can totally agree with. As for the band comparisons, well, I cant tell one from the next because if (at best) I just heard most of those bands, mostly in passing or overhearing Treebeard talk about them whilst I was glazing over. But none of that means, by any show, that its bad. Even about the glazing over while talking to Treebeard (nothing personal). This is a cool tape and a good listen. Well produced, catchy and the sort of thing I have been running into where I least expect it ever since I began getting into the punk scene. I spent a week with it playing through the pick-up trucks tape deck back and forth to work and didn't get bored of it one bit. Hell, I bet Treebeard loves this shit too! Bands like Enabler get the job done more so than they get credit for most of the time and if they still made 40’s(3) you could hardly mistake a basement full of smelly studded pink-eyed crustys raising 40’s NOW to bands like Enabler or even Enabler themselves, than to the same smelly studded pink-eyed bunch back THEN raising 40’s to band like Enabler... I find comfort in sitchies(4) like that. Oh yeah, a BEASTIE BOYS cover on side two as part of the five songs in total that's worth a nod in mentioning.

By: Shawn Abnoxious www.myspace.com/shawnabnoxious

(1) Cassette=French=French Fries=Freedom! This is a FREEDOM TAPE!!!)
(2) As opposed to early career
(3) As in ‘ounces’ and yeah, I know they still make them, just not like they did Back In The Day®
(4) A new fancy way of saying ‘situations’

Sacred Plague Record www.SacredPlague.com
Kaleb Keefer 7746 Whitehall Cir. E, West Chester, OH. 45069

Nov. 10th, 2010

Me

Wolverton Brothers "Crooked" CD

Wow. Another space-soaked scorcher here. Imagine if PERE UBU didn't start sucking when they should have been ROCKING (Like during Dub Housing)... That band would be The Wolverton Brothers! Crooked is the base returning to slap you in the face. It's minimal all B/W packaging hand numbered copies limited to 250 copies gives the release a sense of urgency... It seems to a trained and professional ear that the hillbilly/alt-country influences that the band was founded on are nearly culled and replaced by a psychedelic space thang... And that thang is a good thang. The Bros. are out there, on a different existence altogether surfing a new dimension into the unknown three islands over from the initial landing. You see, its guys like this that LEAD the way. The Bothers are pioneers sailing a flat earth knowing that they will fall off the edge, but will make the journey anyway. They will go there and might not ever be back (No, they sail NEVER to return!) but that is YOUR concern, not theirs. You see its the pioneering suicidal divine wind that propels these guys sails. Fuck you Chrissy Columbus! Move o'er, there's something LEANER! All in all, these songs definitely have a harder edge than their last effort, Old Ugly and Loud which seems to be all the guitars fault. There's less chaos in the mix too. Could this be due to their re-inclusion to a studio unlike the path that had seemed to becoming forged with Old Ugly and Loud which the band recorded themselves in their practice space? Like I said, these guys sail into the deathly unknown. It's all left turns unless your expecting left turns (then its all right turns, and here we are acting like there are only TWO turns available to us; Right and left... This band defies that concept). I guess what I'm trying to say. is with any Brothers release, this one is bound to impress and even surprise. My fav track is “Memory Thieves” or maybe “Our Sons” but really, this whole release is on target, if even the target is vibrating in this dimension. Outside, the outside is where you will find The Brothers infecting you. Infecting you. Infecting you... Dont fight it.

Nov. 7th, 2010

Me

Deadly Companions 7" (1)


Refreshing. Whew! For just a minute back there, I thought punk-rock* was DEAD! But its still alive... After all, its moving and jumping like it did Back In The Day®. Sigh. Three songs that brings to mind THE MOTARDS or THE REDS but not as garage-punk** driven as both those bands more classic punk driven like THE GERMS which really, really, REALLY hits the spot (really)... After all, you proly would never see something like DEADLY COMPANIONS on Rip-Off Records (are they even still around?) and that isn't necessarily a bad thing either. DEADLY COMPANIONS give you three dirty, gritty jams full of scathing vocals and push-a-long guitars and drums that start and only let up when the needle isn't hitting the record. Its bands like this, on records like this that I remember putting three REAL olde tyme american dollars in an envelope for, waiting to see if I get anything back. Usually I did, sometimes I didn't. A CHANCE was about taking a CHANCE and nowadays, friends in foreign cities hear something and send stuff to me... So yeah, this record found me via a friend***. He thought I would like it and yeah, he was right. This is the sort of record, and band (for that matter) that I would have heard by chance at a Mantis Gallery show in Kent Ohio and just raved-on and on and on (until the break of dawn and then some) about. During the writing of this review and the many listens of this record, it also got better with each turn, or spin or listen or whatever the fucking kids call THAT these days. Save some time in your day for this band. My eyes are open in 2010 and I’m ready to do it again. So bring it down you dirty Texas punk-rockers make the dash mean it!

Nov. 6th, 2010

Me

Gordy Horn "The Glue..." LP


In the attached label catalogue that came with the LP from WHAT THE...? RECORDS many different examples were used to describe this outfits sound but I’m just gonna say that it’s experimental Columbus Jazz. ‘Columbus Jazz’* is a term that I developed to stand for the cool music that I would hear from my Uncle Frank, who lived in Columbus Ohio with his family for a time. ‘Columbus Jazz’, to me is just cool sounding stuff that isn't necessarily birthed of a specific genre. To be ‘Columbus Jazz’ it has to sound cool and be different... From what I gather, most of these songs are derived from a small core of members including Scott Hisey, Adam Shelton and one of my art-hero’s, Tim Schwallie of WOLVERTON BROTHERS and BY-PRODUCTS OF AMERICA who also is an accomplished artist to boot. This record was a present to me from a close friend. A GOOD present and one that I cherish. I have actually had the pleasure of witnessing a Hissey/Schwallie performance of Gordy Horn some time ago, and much like the record was a sight to behold. You see, with many different descriptions of what ‘experimental’ (‘Columbus Jazz’) could be, what Gordy Horn is I would consider listenable. It’s just not noise and banging instruments hiding behind some form of a genres definition as ‘music.’ This shit is real and considered and even though freeform and improved, detailed and well thought out. Dare I say the songs are also memorable and catchy... Plus, the cover has Scott (I think) and Tim huffing glue from a bag. That is awesome. Wish I was there. Did I mention that this one-sided LP is limited to 130 hand-numbered copies? Well put that in your bag and huff it!


Nov. 3rd, 2010

Me

Fuck Knights/G-Biz 12"


Fuck Knights/G-Biz 12"
Originally uploaded by The Big Drop
This is a two band, 2 song each split 45 rpm EP (small hole) on a 12” record. Yeah, don't see much of that nowadays because the format is an expensive one compared to others and heralded as not being convenient. So when I opened up the package that meant there was instant bonus points awarded. More bonus points were awarded when it was discovered that of the 2 songs from each band one was a studio track and the second was a live one with the live track being recorded in a bar in Minneapolis on a cassette recorder! Cassette? Yes, cassette recorder! Breaking it down band to band, THE FUCK KNIGHTS have local Cincinnati ties (as does the label, IONIK) and it all makes sense when you see G.D. ‘God Damn’ Mills mug on the cover. He is in the Fuck Knights and ever since I met him he had been building up a band to what The Fuck Knights have seemed to accomplish. You could see burgeoning bits and pieces of what the Fuck Knights are on some DataWasLost Recordings from the band THE DECISIONS, which was an awesome G.D. project... The Fuck Knights play late 90’s style lo-fi spastic garage-punk. Fast, snotty. Loud and on the fringes. Sounds tight and nasty. As for G-BIZ, well this was my first exposure to them and the results finds favor. A lot of the same aspects that the Knights deliver on their side of the record shine through on the G-Biz side, except that the music is all mechanical drum beats and screaming synths (I guess). Like mixing a dragging SCREAMERS with CHROME. Lots of overdriven vocals that sounds like they could reach through the record and player and speaker and bite you. This is a good release which shows promise for both bands and their label that took a chance on the format. Im left from this release wanting more from all three. Mission accomplished.

Nov. 2nd, 2010

Me

Swear Jar "Cuss" CD


Swear Jar "Cuss" CD
Originally uploaded by The Big Drop
Separated in two parts that could wage infinite war with each other for superiority (without winner) Cuss is the debut release from these NKY sounds assassins that have done their best (and lord knows they tried) to cure (at least my) insatiable thirst for interesting, intense, raw, moving and powerful music. With this release becoming highly anticipated in a short amount of time, Cuss definitely inspires and causes movement. You listen to it and wanna do something. Write. Scream. Pick up a guitar... Cuss spurs action. Imagine a more accessible and listen-friendly version of US MAPLE mixed with social conscious post-punk bands like GANG OF FOUR or the honesty to their songs lyrics and structures likening that of THE MINUTEMEN and, at the same time, a sound that also reaps the benefits and danger of punk pioneers like THE BIG BOYS; Cuss could have been a bridge between THE BIG BOYS punk and funk definitions. It’s new enough for all those kids who call records vinyl's (fucking idiots that they potentially are) to like and appreciate but still (at the same time) holds true to the Back In The Day®* punk ethics of yester year (I’m talking as recent as early as 1995 here peoples!) that keeps old codgity fucks as myself interested. The songs on Cuss are heavy AND delicate. They are strong AND fragile. They show promise AND decadence. Cuss plays like soundtrack to watching a forty-five minute swath of the news, with plenty of toothpaste, fast-food and pharmaceutical commercials played in-between segments. Is it of any coincidence that my two-year old picked up the LP sleeve, heard the beginnings of the song “Old Shake,” and said “Uh-Oh”? No, it isn't. She should be concerned because records like this will one day be treason to own. Yes, I said TREASON. Cuss goes against everything that the modern machine touches and molds. Cuss shows that there is still rebelliousness out there. The fight continues... Wow. I cant believe that I even said that... It’s just rare that a record these days, like Cuss, comes along and I cant find anything I would change about it. This, in my book, is a damn near perfect release. It’s a reason behind any codgity statement that nothing good is released these days. Cuss is good. Damn good... Swear Jar will prove you wrong, and now I don't have to go to church this sunday. Good, cause I wasn't going anyway.

Jul. 21st, 2010

Me

July 24th: SWEAR JAR "CUSS" Release Show


Mar. 11th, 2010

Me

Bauhaus "1979-1983"


Bauhaus "1979-1983"
Originally uploaded by The Big Drop
No OT tomorrow after all... So its Bauhaus with some Tullamore Dew and Miller High-Life. This is a double LP that I bought used for $8.99

Feb. 18th, 2010

Me

The Sonics 'BOOM"


The Sonics 'BOOM"
Originally uploaded by The Big Drop
Im listening to this record REAL LOUD.... so loud that i cant hear my ears ringing anymore... it's ALRIGHT!!!!

Feb. 16th, 2010

Me

ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT 7"


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