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Social Distortion tends to be the band which gets venerated these days as the flagbearers of Orange County punk, while Agent Orange gets its own credit for amping up the surf sound for the slampit generation, but in terms of what could be called classic OC hardcore -- brattish, young, sneering and energetic -- it's all about this brilliant album, jam-packed with songs that to this day are constantly covered or cited by other acts worldwide. That the original lineup of the Adolescents itself spawned at least four separate future bands, if not more, further demonstrates that something good was going down, thanks to five kids who really were adolescents or had just barely gotten past that stage. The Descendents were the obvious role models for nearly everything on the album, if anybody -- same general sense of catchy bash and crash while voicing incipient yo ... Read more »

Views: 1352 | Added by: wre | Date: 26 Aug 2008 | Rating: 5.0/1 | Comments (3) |



In 1996, the fine Thirsty Ear label -- never motivated by commerce, always driven by the need to issue the what was new, odd, and fresh, even if it is that rare freakish and fractured thing -- released Cubist Blues. It was the unholy union of future roots music wailer Alan Vega with a pair of terminal rock & roll outsiders in Ben Vaughn and Alex Chilton. Since almost everybody else in the indie and pop worlds were still wandering around in shock after the death of Kurt Cobain, almost no one took notice of this terrifyingly great record made in two consecutive dusk to dawn improvisational sessions at Dessau Studios on the Lower East Side of New York in December of 1994! Like the best of jazz when the cats in the '50s would just show up to see what would happen (more often than not, it did: check the Norman G ... Read more »
Views: 1264 | Added by: illuminaut | Date: 25 Aug 2008 | Rating: 5.0/1 | Comments (4) |

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