Thursday, December 30, 2010

Going to a show on a Wednesday night? Yeah, if it's the TIMEBOMBS.

So I'm messing around and bored on a Tuesday night and start checking out websites looking for shows in the area. I see the Timebombs are playing at the Blvd the following night with Progeria, and Mindless and a couple other bands. I stared at the image for a few moments, wondering if this thee Timebombs, the band who's put out nothing but great records, and in particular their recent 10", "Mumbling", and the "I Belong In Hell" LP from last year. Both still available from Cowabunga Records. Do a search on the net for the site, if you don't already have these. The first couple EPs were straight up hardcore, whereas the latest two, though still very much hardcore, are more noisy and misanthropic. Distortion permeates everything, the cover art and lyrical subjects are darker and less, ermm... I don't know, definitely not for the weekender types.
So yeah, turns out it was thee Timebombs who played. They had some problems with the bass cabinet at first, but once it was rectified they ripped it up for a brief moment and it was over. Maybe a 10 minute set at best? I haven't seen a band play a set this short since the days of Mohinder, and that was back in 1993 / '94. No pause, all go. I didn't even see a set list. I must admit, as much as I enjoy their records and try to spread the gospel to others to pick 'em up, these guys are even better live. Run, don't walk, to see them when they play your area.
Here's a few photos I managed to get from their set.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

DESTROY LA / BAD ANTICS show this weekend...

Here's a digital version of the flyer for this weekend's show. Should be good. 
Don't forget the Nomos / Timebombs show coming up in a couple weeks. 
Also, I hear Culo are coming out in February. If you've heard their records, you know this is going to be an awesome show.
For those into post punk / dark wave sort of music, I heard on the Part Time Punks radio show on KXLU today that Soft Moon are playing the Echo on February 6. 

Friday, December 3, 2010


Haven't posted anything in a while due to being extremely busy with other more pressing things... But things are winding down, so expect more soon.
For now, here's some information on 3 upcoming shows.

December 10, 2010 - THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE SONIC SIX with Orlando Greenhill, ssleeperhold, and Jeanelle Mastema's Virgo Rising @ Show Cave, 3501 Eagle Rock Blvd, LA, CA 90065 Doors around 10pm.

December 18, 2010 - Bad Antics, Destroy LA, Broken Patterns, GOA, Wiseguys, Neckties, and Plan A @ Unity Church, 935 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802  Starts around 7pm. $5 to get in.

January 8, 2010 - NOMOS (NY), THE MEN (NY), Francis Harold and The Holograms, THE TIMEBOMBS @ Unity Church, 935 East Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802  Starts at 7pm. $5 to get in.

Also, the debut of the print version of Tastemaker should be out in January / February. A couple interviews to complete, and some odds and ends and cleaning up the layout is all that's left.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


I haven't been to many shows this year, but I have to say, and with only two months left, that this show is the best I've seen. Not only one good band on the bill, but two!! Two good bands!! Not too common lately, unfortunately. Lately there's one worthwhile band on a bill, and four shitty ones. Anyway, this show was held at the Redwood Bar & Grill in downtown LA, right up the street and around the corner from La Cita. Another great thing about this show, is that one of the good bands is semi-local. Neon Maniacs, from Fullerton opened the night up with some pretty good punk with a hardcore undercurrent (could be the ripping drummer). The music is driving as hell, and catchy to boot. I haven't heard their records yet, but would definitely see them again, and if I come across their vinyl, I'll pick that up too.


Sometime during the summer I picked up the Irritones "Negative Dots" LP (P.Trash / Relax-O-Matic Vibrator) to review for Razorcake. Gave the record a positive review, and found out soon after these guys were coming all the way from France to spread their punk rock filth up and down the West Coast. Hmmm... The last good punk band from France that I've seen play in Los Angeles were the TV Killers, and that was at least ten years ago at Al's Bar. Anyway, so the Irritones are in town and the reason I left the house to start with. Neon Maniacs being as good as they are was sort of like an extra bit of frosting on the cake. I didn't really know what to expect from the Irritones. I mean the album is pretty damn good, and definitely in my top ten records list of 2010. As soon as they hit the stage I was blown away. Non-stop energy, tight as hell, charisma, the whole nine yards. I haven't witnessed a punk band this great since the early days of the Stitches (their shows in San Francisco are legendary, as well as some of their shows in Costa Mesa). The guitar has a nice crisp sound, and drummer who wails away. The vocalist is all over the place, climbing on top of amps, going into the crowd, smashing drinking glasses against the mic stand, flipping hats off onlookers, and never missing a beat. Their cover of Abwarts' "Computerstaat" was great; doing justice to the original and injecting a new energy into is as well.
They have a new 10" out, which I need, and a split 7" with the Rough Kids, which I'll review and post next week. Hopefully they'll come back to the US in the near future. And hopefully there will be more Irritones on this blog and elsewhere. Lots of photos this time around. Why not?


I believe this is where they started playing the cover of Abwarts "Computerstaat". 

The bass player from Neon Maniacs picks Olivier up...

IRRITONES set list

Saturday, October 9, 2010


WITCHAVEN and GOATRIPPER (half of SUMMERIAN AXE) are playing a free show at Bert's Place in South Gate on November 6th. See the flyer below for the gruesome details.

Shows in the next week...

Alright, here's what I know of happening show wise this coming week. 

On Wednesday, October 13, 2010, IRRITONES, from France are playing in Los Angeles at the Redwood Bar. I've posted their tour dates below. I have their LP, "Negative Dots" on P.Trash, and it's a ripper. If you like straight up punk rock with attitude, then by all means come out to the show.  

And later, this coming weekend VITAMIN X are playing Los Angeles, Long Beach and Fullerton. In order of appearance here's the dates and venues:

October 15th, @ the Unity Church, 335 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 
Doors open at 5pm, $10 and all-ages.

October 16th, @ the Blvd, 2631 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 

October 17th @ the Riff Haus, 1150 E Valencia Dr, Fullerton, CA 
Doors at 7pm, $10, all-ages

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Free record swap on October 24, from 4pm to 8pm.  Check out the image below for further details. 

I'm selling stuff there as well, so come on down and see if there's anything you want. Looking for the first press of Neanderthal? Original press of the Rain 12"? Happy Go Licky? I'll have those as well as tons more.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

THE FAILURES came to town and I stood is a lousy location

As posted last week, the Failures played in Long Beach. The turn out was pretty good. Definitely the best I've seen in a while. The crowd was insane. I was thinking the days of the energetic crowd were over. Turns out I've been going to the wrong shows. There's something to be said about all-ages shows. They are  way more enjoyable on many levels. Whereas the 18 and older shows where drinking seems to be more important than watching the bands make for boring shows and boring crowds. 

I was upfront for the Failures set in the beginning and found myself slowly edging towards the back. It was near impossible to get a decent photo in the front due to crowd reaction. Off to the side wasn't much better, and at the back was horrible for photos. But here's a couple anyway. Can't say I didn't try...

A photozine I do...

The second issue of Ack Ack Ack, which is a photozine I put out every now and then just came out. Only 100 copies made. You can get the full details by visiting ISO3200Press, which is over in the Points of Interest section, to the right of this post. 
Here's some photos of what the zine looks like. You can get it direct from me at shows, or through the mail, or Armageddon Records in Providence, and Sorry State mailorder. Thanks. 

This is the cover

Spread from the Born Dead Icons section. 

Couple pages from Tear It Up at the Smell.

A couple pages from Assfort at Gilman. The photo on the bottom right was used for their EP on Prank.