Monday, November 30, 2009

"Kick her in the dirt!"

Check out this video of STRANGE ATTRACTOR doing a cover of "Kick Her In The Dirt" by BIG BALLS & THE GREAT WHITE IDIOT.

Big Balls and the Great White Idiot was one of the first and best known German punk rock bands. They were founded in Hamburg in 1975 by Peter Grund (drums,vocals, text), "Baron Adolf Kaiser" (vocals),Wolfgang Lorenz (guitar) and the Grund brothers, Alfred (bass, vocals) and Atli (guitar). The charismatic head of the band was the drummer and songwriter Peter. "Baron Adolf" provoked the audience by wearing a Nazi uniform and a black moustache as an expression of anarchy. Performances on stage were highly aggressive; the band was known to shout at the audience to go home. Punk News magazine called the sound "mean and ugly."

The first album was released in 1977 by Teldec, named Big Balls. Among the 17 songs were a cover version of the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the U.K.", in this case "Anarchy in Germany," and another of Velvet Underground. In 1978 the second album Foolish Guys followed. The next two albums, Artikel 1 and Creepy Shades, were released by their own label Balls Records, the latter bringing a change in sound away from punk."

Hear the original by clicking HERE.

STRANGE ATTRACTOR has a bunch of records coming out very soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Meltin' Pot!

So if you haven't gotten a ticket for THE ACTION/WHITE WIRES show tonight, you probably aren't getting in unless you get there early enough to get one of the tickets at the door. But don't despair because you can still see the matinee show at 3 pm and check out THE ACTION/SUPPOSITORIES instead.

Also, you still have something to do tonight because you can head down to the ATOMIC ROOSTER for MELTIN' POT. You'll hear tons of Stirred up R&B, Ska, Northern Soul, Rocksteady, Ye Ye, Afrobeat, Mod, Garage and Blues.

"The Meltin' Pot is back on the stove for your drinking & dancing pleasure at the Atomic Rooster, Saturday November 28th!

4 boss DJ's spinning the dusty grooves all night:

DJ Scott (Ska/Soul/Rock&Roll Soundsystem, Jet Set '68)
DJ Mark (RRPP, Roosters Blues night, Aloha Rm.)
DJ Stephane The Man (Jet Set '68, CHUO's Up For A Downslide)
DJ Whitey (Ska/Soul/Rock&Roll Soundsystem)

and Atomic Rooster has one of the best line up's of euro beers on tap and by the tall can!"

It starts at 9:30 and there is no cover.

I've been listening to this song over and over all week.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Action Reunion Shows

On Saturday November 28th, The White Wires will be opening for THE ACTION who are a punk rock band from Ottawa that started in 1977. If you want to read a brief history on THE ACTION check out the post I put up a way back in March 2008 by clicking HERE.

This is THE ACTION's first show in many a year.

The White Wires are opening the Saturday night show. Tickets are $15 dollars and are available at BIRDMAN SOUND. I would highly recommend buying a ticket if you want to go because this will most definitely sell out. Doors at 9 pm.

But have no fear because they are also playing a Sunday matinee with SUPPOSITORIES as the openers. Tickets for that show are only $10. Doors at 3 pm.

There's an overload of media regarding this show. Check it out...

Capital Xtra!

Ottawa Sun

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

"Did you forget my name?"

DIRTNAP RECORDS posted a sampler that you can download for FREE which features their current bands that have just put out records as well as some songs from their back catalog.

Why should YOU care? Because this sampler contains an UNRELEASED song by the one and only WHITE WIRES!

There are a lot of great bands on this label and I'm really excited that THE WHITE WIRES will be releasing their next lp on this label.

Download it by clicking HERE.

Mean Jeans – Born On A Saturday Night
Marked Men – Fix My Brain
Impulse International – Hey Girl
Something Fierce – On Your Own
Goodnight Loving – Nothing Conquers Us
The Returnables – What Would Mother Say?
The Raydios – Are You Ready?
The Estranged – Middle Of The Night
Psyched To Die – Conditioned To Fail
Beat Beat Beat – Psycho
The Girls – Transfer Station
High Tension Wires – Tokyo Is Burning Down
River City Tanlines – Black Knight
The White Wires – Did You Forget My Name? (unreleased!)
Mind Spiders – Worlds Destroyed (unreleased!)


Monday, November 23, 2009

"I'm moving up and I'm moving out"

Last night I headed down to 373 Bronson Street to check out an awesome basement show.

(Isaac is a mad man.)

The show was opened up by last minute addition THE VANISHING ACT. I was surprisingly a lot more into them than I was the last time I saw them. Insane metallic hardcore with a bit of grind thrown in. They sound like what I imagine would be the sound you would hear if both sides of the MORSER/THE SWARM split 7" came together as a singular entity.

Things got switched up completely when YEAR ZERO came on next. This band is really great and their tape is amazing. What I love about them especially is that they get better every single time that I see them. The songs seems tighter, the performances more confident and this time they even played a couple of new songs which were amazing. If you aren't familiar with this band check out their myspace page cause you can listen to their entire "No Tongue For Eros" tape which you can later pick up from BRUISED TONGUE records.

Next up was BARRIER from Montreal/Ottawa. I haven't seen these guys play in a really long time. They have gotten a new drummer since the last time I saw them and it makes a HUGE difference. The old songs are way more powerful sounding and the new songs are way more intense and complex. The new songs got me really excited. This band rips hard and clearly play from the heart and is a band who is perfect to see play in a basement . If you aren't familiar with them I'd urge you to check them out although I don't think the songs on their myspace do them justice at all.

I unfortunately had to miss the last two bands so I can't tell you anything about AFTER THE FALL and FROM THE DEPTHS who were both on tour from out of town.

All photos by PAUL GALIPEAU.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Blogging Gaga!

Going Gaga Records now has a blog. I'm happy that this happened because Ian has been making great posts with the history of every release on the label so far with pictures to accompany it all.

Here's what he has to say:

So Tom and his Fox friends over at myspace destroyed all my paypal buttons...little bastards. Whatevs. GOING GAGA RECORDS has a new home. I'm gonna keep the myspace going for obvious reasons, like being a link, and still a good music player, but this is where all the ordering is gonna be.

I thought it was the right time to get a little more organized, try and put this website together. I even divulged an entire ten dollar bill and secured WWW.GOINGGAGARECORDS.COM!!!

In the next few months there will be a LOT of new records on the way. I think you're gonna be floored once you hear this stuff! Coming up right away are the WALNUT KIDS 45, the JOLIETTES 45, and the SONIC AVENUES LP!!!

So here you have it...!!!
Have a look around, let me know what you think.
See ya soon!
I am very excited for his 3 new upcoming releases and I can't wait for them to hit my turntable!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Speed It Up!!!

STEVE ADAMYK just posted a couple of new songs on his myspace page. If you aren't familiar he's the dude who was in such bands as MILLION DOLLAR MARXISTS, URANIUM COMEBACK, SEDATIVES, TOKEN, HANDICAP 5 and probably countless other shitty high school punk bands. His backing bands includes two other prolific members Dave Williams (FUCKING MACHINES, SEDATIVES, YEAR ZERO) and Davey Quesnelle (MALE NURSE, MOTHER'S CHILDREN, CLOVEN HOOFS, CHANDELIERS).

The first single - Speed It Up b/w 20/20 is coming out on P.TRASH records very soon.

He's just announced and posted a couple of songs that will be coming on a single on another german label RED LOUNGE records. RED LOUNGE has put out records by the likes of LOVER!, DIGITAL LEATHER and STRANGE ATTRACTOR.

Here's the artwork for the P.TRASH single.

Even though he has two records on the way, Steve Adamyk and his band have yet to play a show. Look for that situation to be rectified some time in the very near future.

Pretentious Assholes...

Check out this awesome blog from Ottawa. It's called WE ARE PRETENTIOUS ASSHOLES and anyone familiar with a certain record by POISON IDEA will be able to infer that this blog is indeed about RECORD COLLECTING.

Spencer has been making a bunch of posts regarding records he owns, records he wants, records he's recently purchased and even records he isn't going to buy on ebay because the sellers are liars.

Definitely check it out if you like punk rock and you like records. I'll be checking back very often since Spencer is very good at regularly updating. I should try to be more like him in that regard.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


So it's been a somewhat insane last few weeks. Days after my last post, some enterprising friends and I drove to Gainesville, Florida to attend THE FEST 8. It was an amazing time and I saw some amazing bands. Sequentially they were: AMERICAN STEEL, SHANG-A-LANG, TORCHE, 7 SECONDS, BANNER PILOT, DEAR LANDLORD, COPYRIGHTS, TOYS THAT KILL, DILLINGER FOUR, SNUFF, USED KIDS, WHISKEY & CO., DEEP SLEEP, THE TIM VERSION, SICK SICK BIRDS, UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TO CANDYLAND, FLESHIES, THE ARRIVALS & TILTWHEEL. It was an absolute blast and definitely worth the hours and hours of being crammed in a car.

Minutes after arriving home after a day and a half of driving back I moved all of my stuff into my new apartment. I now have a new home base and I'm really happy about that. I didn't get around to getting the internet installed until now so that explains the big hold up. I figure not too many people were upset about it.

On November 14th, the LEAKY PIPES gang did what they do best and put on an amazing house show.

I missed out on most of the show but I did get to catch ARMY OF SAINT JOAN absolutely kill it. They sounded really great and I enjoyed seeing them play in a cramped living room. I also saw DEAD WIFE who have greatly improved since I saw them play in Montreal several months ago. They were really great and I look forward to hearing their tape.

Check out pictures of the show taken Dave Forcier HERE.

Last night I had the pleasure of checking out CHANDELIERS first show. They played for free at Babylon as part of BOOZEDAYS which is a night they have every tuesday. Dj's spinning good tunes and every now and then bands playing on the floor. CHANDELIERS play total 90's insano-guitar rock. Think DRIVE LIKE JEHU meets DAYDREAM NATION insanity with something weirder/wilder/crazier like RYE COALITION or something. They totally killed it and I'm looking forward to seeing them play again.

I will ideally be updating this a lot more frequently so feel free to keep checking. I'll try to not disappoint.