Thursday, March 31, 2011

Owen - Live At The Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL (09-18-2009 Late Show)

This live recording captures 1 of 2 full band Owen shows to celebrate the release of New Leaves. He and the band play a good mix of songs spanning the entire Owen catalog and though they didn't play a few of my favorites, it was a great show. Check it out!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Archers of Loaf - Live at Cat's Cradle (Reunion Show) - 1/15/11

There have been a staggering amount of band reunions in the past few years it seems. Some are more appropriate and relevant than others, and my interest varies from band to band (even the ones I love). For instance, I was very psyched about the Pavement reunion at first announcement. After the novelty and shock factor wore off I decided I'd rather keep my memories untarnished than go see them at an outdoor amphitheater off Michigan Avenue with 15,000 GRUPS. On the other hand, I went and saw My Bloody Valentine a few years ago and they were incredible, so everything is evaluated on a case by case basis.

Archers of Loaf are another favorite I often wished would get back together for some shows. Then a few months ago I came into work and found out they opened for The Love Language the night before at a show in Chapel Hill. I was excited. I downloaded a bootleg of the show and they clearly killed it. They played a good selection of material from Vee Vee, Icky Mettle, and the Vs the Greatest of All Time EP. However, as great as this sounds and how much fun it probably was to be there, there are some feelings you just cant recreate when you parade it around the country. I'm pretty ok with this bootleg and the back catalog, so if they end up touring I'll probably sit that one out.


Pukeoid - Demo

Pukeoid are another great band from Northwest Indiana playing fast, raw Midwest hardcore in the vein of the early Touch and Go Records roster. 8 songs in 6 minutes, crushing without being broish. Every time I put this on I end up listening to it 2 or 3 times in its entirety. That's always a good sign. They have a 7" coming out soon on Not Normal Tapes featuring photos of them with puke all over their faces. That is true dedication to the craft.


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Harsh Distractions Playlist 1/30/10

Here is the playlist for tonight's episode of Harsh Distractions. Download link is below.

1. Chapterhouse - Breather - Whirlpool (intro music)
2. Iceage - Eyes - New Brigade
3. Japandroids - Wet Hair - Post-Nothing
4. Smith Westerns - Weekend - Dye it Blonde
5. Sorry Excuse - Confessions - Sorry Excuse EP
6. Raw Nerve - New Neighbors - Nervous Habits CS
7. Raw Nerve - Strychnine - Nervous Habits CS
8. The Screamers - Vertigo - Demos 1977-1978
9. The Ropes - Blood Gut Twins - Demo
10. The Ropes - Low End Highs - Unreleased
11. Tyvek - This One, That One - Nothing Fits
12. Spells - Oh My - Demo
13. RVIVR - Tiny Murders - Dirty Water EP
14. RVIVR - Had Enough (of this Hell) - Dirty Water EP
15. Lemuria - Pleaser - Pebble
16. Stick Together - For Myself - No More Games
17. White Guilt - Born a Victim/Born Ashamed - White Guilt LP
18. New Lows - Last of the Rats - Harvest of the Carcass
19. The Splinters - Splintered Bridges - Kick
20. The Fresh & Onlys - Red Light Green Light - Play it Strange
21. Summer Camp - Round the Moon - Young EP


Friday, January 28, 2011

Night Fever - You Can't Hide From... Cassette

I apologize for letting this blog more or less go by the wayside. It's easier for me to write about one song every day than it is to consistently think of new records to post here. However, I'm gonna try and get better about posting in here. I've had this blog for a long time now and I don't want it to turn into some music time capsule, left to be discovered years later by people searching for the Loose Dudes cassette or whathaveyou.

In any case the past few years have brought some real gems out of the bastard Chicago suburb that is Northwest Indiana. Typically I wouldn't be so quick to give praise to The Region, but they've been churning out great punk bands and Night Fever is another one to add to the list. This three song demo of cool, weird synth heavy punk has a strong early LA influence (think The Screamers, Nervous Gender) and even include a take on Black Flag's "Wasted." Download now and experience life after fallout.


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Harsh Distractions Playlist 1/23/11

Here is the download for tonight's broadcast of Harsh Distractions.

1. Chapterhouse - Breather - Whirlpool (intro music)
2. Night Fever - Fallout - Demo Cassette
3. Forcible Discipline - Worthless - Demo 2011
4. Hoax - Dead Weight - Demo
5. Hoax - Living on the Brink of Suicide - Demo
6. Black & Blue - Intro/Make Way - Demo 2011
7. Black & Blue - America's Blood - Demo 2011
8. In My Eyes - Can't Live Through Me - Nothing to Hide
9. Abecedarians - Smiling Monarchs - Smiling Monarchs EP
10. Minks - Kusmi - By the Hedge
11. Minks - Arboretum Dogs - By the Hedge
12. X-Ray Spex - I'm a Cliche - Germ Free Adolescents
13. Wild Nothing - Your Rabbit Feet - Golden Haze EP
14. The Babies - All Things Come to Pass - The Babies
15. Best Coast - Sunny Adventure - Best Coast/Jeff the Brotherhood Split 7"
16. Weekend - Veil - Sports
17. Weekend Nachos - Black Earth/Friendship - Black Earth 7"
18. The Boston Strangler - The Truth - Outcast Demo
19. Daily Void - Civilization Dust (Before Death) - Civilization Dust EP
20. The Babies - Sunset - The Babies LP