…sweet violence…

Well the train is finally and rapidly approaching the station on this one…the mythical Mustard Relics Records #3 (we are now on #10)…the Blitzkrieg Baby “Violence” lathe 7″ (which was supposed to be a flexi, but I ran out of money). The lathes are in hand just waiting on the printers for the sleeve. Like all my lathes, limited to just 28 handmade in real time copies. These motherfuckers were lovingly made and at this point are the pride and joy of the Relics. The song itself will be released tomorrow on all the usual sites for that type of thing…but y’all can give it a listen below. Absolutely honored to have this work of art on the label and to be involved with the genius that is Kim Sølve and his Blitzkrieg Baby! Two weeks…

…and MUSTARD!!!

Featured this pre GWAR band many moons ago I believe. I recently put this tune on an 85 song/80 minute CDr comp I called “Under a Minute or So MIX” and after 35+ years I’m still tickled by it. Silly hardcore was not really my thing back then, you know how teenagers are thinking they know what’s cool and what’s not, but I always loved this song and really the whole silly EP. Some might say it was the seriousness in hardcore that killed it or at least turned it into this dogmatic self destructive mess….macho men and boy scouts.
Was hankering some Angels Dust (the dreamy electro duo not the elephant tranquilizer) and had this comp tape put out by Hit & Run called The Interpenetrating Worlds of various releases from the label, featuring a track of theirs. The whole comp is good, lotsa hits, but this one was my personal fave…hit home for some reason or another…
Then this dude from San Diego pops up with, I don’t whatcha call it, but I certainly can dig…some kinda middle eastern funk groove thing going on with this tune. My Mom was an aficionado of Mediterranean music, especially Greek

Gage and I at the art building at Humboldt State.

I’m sure most folks who visit this place should be able to name the band from the lyrics below. Recently I have playing it on repeat and am just amazed at how beautifully sorrowful it is…hurts so good

Now the first day that I met you
I was looking in the sky
When the sun turned all a blur
And the thunderclouds rolled by

The sea began to shiver
And the wind began to moan
It must’ve been a sign for me
To leave you well alone

I was born without you, baby
But my feelings were a little bit too strong

You never said you love me
And I don’t believe you can
‘Cause I saw you in a dream
And you were with another man

You looked so cool and casual
And I tried to look the same
But now I’ve got to love you
Tell me who am I to blame?

I was born without you, baby
But my feelings were a little bit too strong

Now the whole wide world is movin’
‘Cause there’s iron in my heart
I just can’t keep from cryin’
‘Cause you say we’ve got to part

Sorrow grips my voice
As I stand here all alone
And watch you slowly take away
A love I’ve never known

I was born without you, baby
But my feelings were a little bit too strong
Just a little bit too strong

Now the whole wide world is movin’
‘Cause there’s iron in my heart
I just can’t keep from cryin’
‘Cause you say we’ve got to part

Sorrow grips my voice
As I stand here all alone
And watch you slowly take away
A love I’ve never known

I was born without you, baby
But my feelings were a little bit too strong
Just a little bit too strong

Songwriters: Clifton Bailey, Miguel Collins, Delroy Harrison, J Osbourne

Ripped straight from the digital headlines in what I think is Italian or, at least according to Google translator is Italian, the below review of my beloved and criminally underrated Martyred Heretics CDr compilation…
https://www.nazioneindiana.com/2020/10/28/colonna-sonora-gramsci/

Pornostroika Dadaifi. Indifference. Dalla compilation Martyred Heretics del 2014.
Nella compilation Martyred Heretics, pubblicata nel 2014 dalla label Mustard Relics troviamo 18 brani di impostazione industrial, dark wave, noise e cosette così e la quarta traccia è opera del gruppo greco Pornostroika Dadaifi che propone Indifference basata sulle opere di Antonio Gramsci. Musica elettronica disturbata, malata, pensata per scenari apocalittici contemporanei, geografici e mentali. Diversamente piacevole.

Pornostroika Dadaifi. Indifference. From the 2014 compilation Martyred Heretics.
In the compilation Martyred Heretics, released in 2014 by the label Mustard Relics we find 18 songs of industrial setting, dark wave, noise and things like this and the fourth track is the work of the Greek group Pornostroika Dadaifi that proposes Indifference based on the works of Antonio Gramsci. Disturbed, sick electronic music, designed for contemporary, geographical and mental apocalyptic scenarios. Otherwise pleasant.

Sparkling Water Beverage…

Haven’t made an animated gif in a while…why not one of Al Cisneros of Om, from a live set they did at Amoeba in San Francisco back in the early days of the band, a little over 13 years ago…
My old acquaintance, who in modern times has turned into a pal…Check out his interview he graciously did for me or anything about the immortal Shower Of Smegma, a band I was fortunate enough to have seen way back when by way of a mutual pal, Roy Kazuyoshi Miyake (if you know this man, please send him my way, he is one of the few that may remember me when I was first called Mustard and had a huge early impact on me musically…a solid human being and a true Mustard Relic…frying together at 14 and watching Song Remains The Same, solidified that). Ed did a stellar job in a tribute to one of my favorite artists with this one..
My son is quite the angler, better at fishing than I ever was…he caught this 4+ pounder at a small pond in Greenville North Carolina.. Love this young man to the moon and back a few times over!
Had these guys fucking doing their grand thing live in the last post and damn they put on a show, but here’s the vid Björn turned me onto that made me an instant fan…

Was chatting with another virtual Swedish pal, Peter, most recently of the never boring band Isotope Soap and long time fellow blogger of the immortal Killed By Death Records site (look it up). We were talking politics, I’m often curious what folks around the globe think of Americans and our shenanigans. Anyway we were chatting to Viagra Boys and he mentioned “Benjamin who plays guitar in Viagra Boys is also in Isotope Soap. Benke who plays bass in Viagra Boys, Benjamin and I where in a hardcore band together called Neu-Ronz. Small world you know?” Always game for his work and in general Swedish bands (I have decided to claim my ten acres of ground for Sweden, much in the same way Columbus claimed the Americas for the king or queen or whoever the fuck of Spain…)…music played by seasoned vets reminding us that even in the 2000s hardcore punk can still be fresh and new

While on a bandcamp trip, may as well give you some brand spanking new stuff from some of my pals up Humboldt way, reminding us that there’s something in the air up there that makes bands like this so special. Hats of to you gentlemen with this new EP…

late night early morning…

Big Shout out to my Son, Jackson and Sean, sporting the Yacht Club gear, best brew house in North Carolina! Liam hit me up with the vid below of Chicano Superman. My Mom was a big Latin Jazz and Soul fan (and just music in general), she would have gotten a kick out the fact that Liam had discovered that vibe on his own. These guys fucking nail it live, gotta see what the studio stuff is like.
Joe Strummer rolling a doob (apparently taken by Cucho P.). The vid below from ’80 features the almighty Mikey Dread and the Clash playing one of my faves…

Mentioned it before, that the Relics has been listed in this thing called the Indie Bible, which is apparently some kind of resource for folks looking to get their music out there. Shit you not (all 8 of you regulars), I get 6 or 7 requests a day from folks looking for reviews. It’s cool in a way, but there’s no way I can wrap my damaged brain around writing that much shit…plus some of the music presented is very much not up my alley and why waste my time putting it down (who the fuck am I anyway). Let me share a few with y’all and see whatcha think…

Pete, Griff Clawson’s PR guy hit me up a couple times with this here tune released on the 21st of this month. In his second note, he indicated that, “This listen is an ideal match with your early morning coffee” to which I wrote back, “Indeed, good start to the day groove.  I would say though that this is more for a younger generation like my Granddaughters who are in their teens, rather than for a grumpy old burnout like myself…never the less enjoyable and I ended up listening to it several times.” …and I did enjoy my bold iced coffee along with a feeling of optimism while listening to it tonight.

Long time Mustard Relic (a Martyred Heretic original, even), Michael Lauden hit me up today (or was it yesterday, I’m on COVID time) and brought this thing of beauty to my attention. First word that came to mind was ‘brutal’ but that is just a fucking way overused word when it comes to extreme (another way over used word) music, so how about… savage · cruel · bloodthirsty · vicious · ferocious · barbaric · barbarous · wicked · murderous · cold-blooded · hard-hearted · harsh · ruthless · callous · heartless · merciless · pitiless · remorseless · sadistic · unfeeling · inhuman · heinous · monstrous · abominable · atrocious · vile · infernal · uncivilized · bestial · brutish · beastly · animal…ahhhh, maybe all those don’t work…’callous’ is a good one though. I’m more partial to the slower jams like “There Is A Disease In Their Hearts” and especially “Bring Shame” which is hands down the hit.

Not sure the target audience is “a grumpy old burnout like myself” but I gotta be honest, I kinda dug it. Yes, it’s not like anything I would have sought out, way too heavy on the pop side of the tracks, but it’s a well written catchy ditty, dude is no doubt talented (and I will be letting my Granddaughters know about this guy) I liked his quote in the press thingy, “I feel as an artist it’s my duty to go into the darkness and bring something back that’s tangible for the world to love.” Ahhh…the darkness…
This gal captivated me with the above vid a while back, probably even posted it, but it’s worth posting again because it’s breathtakingly beautiful and grimly satisfying. Could really go on and on, but somehow I got on her mailing list and apparently she has some new stuff up on Bandcamp along with a bunch of older stuff too. Lot’s of new stuff for old Mustard to listen to…

And then there was a lot of acts that just sounded like plain old shit to me….nothing edgy, nothing soulful, nothing captivating, just nothingness and a complete waste of my time to go through…on the other hand I still stand by the ideal that no music sucks, by definition…it’s all art. Context and sound…

Damn it’s getting late (or early I suppose for vampires) so it’s time to wake the fuck up with a shameless semi-nude of none other than Siouxsie stolen from somewhere on fucking Facebook (so I am yet again unable to give credit). Fuck a duck, screw a pigeon, get religion…what the hell is going on in this thing…favorite performer is the wasted ass looking motherfucker in the foreground.

Mr Bungle news via my pal Josh Hanson, former Humboldt head, multitalented musician and brilliant mind. This is the 2nd time recently we have been informed of Bungle news, how about another brand new vid?

And then there was Jenee Halstead…I wrote back to the PR folks, “I’m a sucker any time an artist is described as a singer songwriter, I’m a child of the 70’s, the heyday of the that type of groove.  Memories of riding around with my Mom in her VW bug listening to this kind of music on the AM radio.  This definitely has a more modern pop vibe, but I can dig it mainly because her voice, at times, is sort of a blend of 70’s singer songwriter country-esque and the sound of the somewhat more modern 4AD label sirens, with just a touch of lounge. The hit for me on the EP is Disposable Love.” 

Really dig this last one, dark 80s-esque tune that reminds a fella of the glory of BauHaus and the Jesus and Mary Chain, with of course a modern spin. The tune was released just this past Friday the 23rd (so many deadlines have come and gone).

For my dear friends in Sweden, thanx Björn these guys fucking nail it for man!!!

Ooze from slimy depths below…

Not going to go off on a tirade about shit tonight…this drawing by some unknown person is extremely powerful to me (apologies for not giving credit, because it is certainly due)…fucking gnarly evil! What better band to flow into than the Plasmatics, doing Doom Song from the Metal Priestess 12″ EP (John Candy and Wendy, two folks who are gone that I thought pretty highly of).