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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Crippled By Society - "Total Rebellion" demo

What can I tell you about San Antonio's CxBxSx?  Not much.  I visited San Antonio on a family vacation as a young teenager, and tho they were all excited to go to Seaworld and the caves, I wanted to go to the infamous Hogwild Record store.  After ding donging my parents half the trip they let me go there, and it was like a wonderous candy shop for this young punk, hardcore, and metal fanatic.  I had saved up my money for quite awhile, hoping I could go there.  I don't remember everything I bought, but I do remember buying 3 cassettes: the Fearless Iranians From Hell, Cerebral Distortion, and these guys.  

I played the hell out of this demo.  Recorded at Bluecat studios in early '88, it featured some great metallic hardcore.  I really wish they had put a record out, but I guess all they did were demos (they did have a song on the "Bands Only a Mutha Could Love Vol. 1" compilation on Mutha records).  There are several songs by them on youtube, but none from this demo.  It sounds like they were a bit more mid-paced/ metallic on whatever release those songs came from.


At any rate, the only other info I can find on them is a picture of the house that their address corresponds with (on the Hardcore Architecture site) with a blurb from their review in MaximumRockNRoll, and some flyers for shows they were on.

Unfortunately, the tape is old so it's just a tad warped, but it doesn't sound too bad for being almost 30 years old and played a bunch.  The songs "Am I Wrong" and "No Way Out" were recorded together so I didn't split them up.

1988; self released

1. Total Rebellion
2. Where's the Freedom
3. Am I Wrong/ No Way Out
4. Diehard!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

ARB - Cassette

Here is the infamous tape by ARB, aka Arb's Gut, aka GUT. This was ripped from my 2nd generation copy that I've had since 1992 or so. Because of this, the quality of these files is not the best, but not bad considering this tape has been kicking around loose in a huge storage bin with about 200 other tapes for the past 20+ years.

I don't have a photo of the cover. I don't even know the song titles...! Can you help with either of these things? I would appreciate it!  

I've written and posted a lot about Gut on this blog. You can check out those posts here. This 10 song tape pre-dates all of those Gut songs, recorded in 1991 in Bryan, TX.

(flyers/images taken from the 90's Texas DIY Facebook page)

Friday, May 27, 2016

v/a: "Metal Moo Cow" LP compilation

Here is the infamous METAL MOO COW LP Compilation, released in 1984, chock full of 80's Texas mainstays that would later become household names:  THE OFFENDERS, SCRATCH ACID, THE HICKOIDS, FIFH, etc.

1984 Matako Mazuri Records

1.  Fearless Iranians From Hell - "Burn The Books"
2.  Napalm - "Sons Of Noise"
3.  Heather Leather - "We Came To Destroy"
4.  The Offenders - "Fed Up"
5.  The Jeffersons - "Ya Gotta Walk Ya Dog"
6.  The Hickoids - "Animal Husbandry"
7.  Scratch Acid - "The Greatest Gift"
8.  Feast Of Fools - "Blood"
9.  The Technicolor Yawns - "Social Disgrace"
10.  Toejam - "Requiem"
11.  Meat Joy - "Party"

Friday, March 18, 2016

v/a: "Texas Bashing II" 7" Compilation

This 7" compilation came out in 1992 on Kaniption Records out of San Antonio, and featured a swath of Texas punk with Houston, Austin, Dallas and of course San Antonio all being represented.  This was the second in the series - for some reason I digitized this one first instead of volume 1.

1992 Kaniption Records

Track Listing:

1.  Dixie Waste - "Let's Go"
2.  Refractory Period - "Chick Beater"
3.  Nuklear Fishsticks - "Wasting Time (live)"
4.  Stretford - "Pogo On My Own"
5.  The Havenots - "Patriotism"
6.  The Dispicables - "We're Not Gonna Change"

DL:  v/a: "Texas Bashing II" 7" Compilation

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Brown Paper Dog - "With Corns b/w Pudwack" 7"

I can't tell you too much about this band, except that they played around Houston in the early '90s and put out this single in '92.  They had a very dirgy, bass-heavy sound that was catchy but dirty and somewhat punky (tho I wouldn't exactly consider them punk).  I guess the closest comparison I could think of musically would be Killdozer, but Brown paper Dog were a bit more groovy and not quite as weird as them.
I saw them play several times, so I know they had a bunch of songs, but as far as I know this single and one song on the "Great Big Pile" compilation are all that was ever released by them.

1992; Double Naught Records

1. With Corns
2. Pudwack

DL: Brown Paper Dog - "With Corns" 7"

Friday, October 9, 2015

Angkor Wat - "When Obscenity Becomes The Norm... Awake!" LP

Angkor Wat were a band from Corpus Christi who were around in the late '80s to the early '90s.  Their first album, "When Obscenity Becomes the Norm... Awake!" was one of the last really good crossover albums released in the '80s (most of the crossover bands of the time had moved on to technical metal or something along those lines at that point).  Their second album was a lot more metally, with some industrial touches, which would pan out when two of the members- Adam Grossman and Danny Lohner went on to form industrial metal band Skrew (and of course Danny famously went on to play with nine inch nails).  Another member, David Nuss, went on to be in the No-Neck Blues Band ensemble in New York.
I saw Angkor Wat play in Houston several times, and they always put on a good show.
Here is their debut album in it's entirety (there was a cd that came out that had both of their records on it, but it omitted 2 songs from the debut- "Died Young" and "Prolonged Agony/ Ricky", two of the most hardcore songs on it).

1989 Death Records

1. Innocence '89
2. Something To Cry About
3. Seat of Power
4. Prolonged Agony/ Ricky
5. The Search
6. Awake!
7. Under Lock and Key
8. Emotional Blackmail
9. Warsaw
10. Died Young
11. Circus of Horrors/ Civilized

Photo I took of Angkor Wat at The Axiom, Houston Tx; 1989

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Cryin' Out Louds - Self-titled LP

Someone requested this record about two years ago... so here it is. Better late than never, I guess?  The Cryin' Out Louds were an Austin garage rock band who had songs on a handful of releases, including a great 7" on Rip Off Records and a split with The Motards on Little Deputy Records.  This LP came out in 1995 on No Lie Music.

1995 No Lie Music

1. Mescal Rose
2. Action
3. This Hammer
4. Mental Case
5. Highway Child
6. Here & Gone
7. Cut Off
8. Backroad Chase
9. Hell & Back
10. I'm Possessed
11. Jack The Ripper

DL:  The Cryin' Out Louds - Self-titled LP

Friday, August 21, 2015

Sik Mentality - "Bad World" 12" EP

Sik Mentality were a Houston thrash/punk/hardcore band who I saw many times in the late 80's & early 90's at the Axiom & other venues in Houston.  This 6 song EP was self released in 1987 on the band's own Mr Yuk Records.  The band also has a Facebook page and a Bandcamp site.



1987 Mr Yuk Records

1.  Bad World
2.  Take Part 2
3.  Death Allegiance
4.  Society Disease
5.  Suicide To Live
6.  Terminally Sik

DL:  Sik Mentality - "Bad World" 12" EP

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Mike Gunn / Smile 69 - split 7" single

Split 7" from Houston's The Mike Gunn and Smile 69, released in 1992 on Double Naught Records.  Both bands were part of Houston's very incestuous early 90's psychedelic rock/weirdo scene.

1.  The Mike Gunn - "Clueless"
2.  Smile 69 - "Alisa"