is a word coined by Angus MacLise, original drummer
of the Velvet Underground and quite possibly the
coolest hippie of all time. (cf. track four of his
posthumous CD release The Invasion of Thunderbolt
Pagoda, released by Siltbreeze/Quakebasket.
for immediate cf'ing.)
click on Angus)
We hope you've already read every word and looked
at every picture of Cary Loren's ETERNITY
Now for the regular ish.....
CONTENTS PAGE FOR BLASTITUDE #13
-- Weirder, and Better, than Cat Power by
Joe S. Harrington
Joe has no idea why this piece isn't running in the
I guess Blastitude is just better than the Village Voice.
Chicago Live Report
Lots of shows, with a lot about OOPS!
Invisible Jukebox with Lotus
The jukebox is actually visible here
at HQ, but our guests don't even notice when I'M on
the wheels of steel.
Living Like Burt Reynolds
on a Mac Davis Income
by Tony Rettman
This issue's reverie inspired by the
new Germs bio...
this shit out...
pg. 7: Monster
Island, Monster Island & John Sinclair, Andrew
Burning Star Core, Hair Police, Death Beam, Your Lord
& the Infinite Soul Tribe, Ace Frehley, Twink, Whitehouse,
Lotus, The Sound of Failure, Guns Books & Tools,
Magic Markers, Ron House, Phi-Phenomena comp, Havohej
pg. 8: Sun
City Girls, Danse Asshole, Mammal, Lethe, Michael Mayer,
Free103Point9, Ceramic Hobs, Prince Paul, Nobezaku Takemura,
The Sequence meets Spoonie Gee, RZA, and books by Ira
Cohen and Alan Licht; Chris Moon on Vajra and The Birdtree
pg. 9: Tim
Aher on Ashanti and the Hair Police; Dolman on Angry
Samoans/MC5/Foghat bootleg, Black Eyes, Intersect
3 comp, Rocket from the Tombs, Roxy Music; John
Ruhter on El Guapo, tu 'm, Roger Smith, The Breeders,
Life Without Buildings, Derek Bailey, The Scientific
pg. 10: Carnitas,
Iovae, Wolf Eyes, Wolf Eyes w/Spykes, Jean Street,
Abruptum, Emperor, Sleep, Lou Reed, The
Nature of Systems comp, The Perfect Me, Television
Music for Neighbors
by Jared Stanley
With all the 'men's music' out there
these days we're prouder than ever to be in touch with
our girlie side.
Fiend Records Roundup
An attempted roundup anyway...
rounding up 798 different CD-R releases...
Joe S. Harrington's
Top 100 Albums
(Part Three: #50-#26)
ain't stoppin' 'til he gets to number one.
of our most popular features last issue! (It was because
searching for "free naked pics of Hallie Berry"
turned it up, but we'll take it.)
I Bought Four Records
at the Detroit Swap Meet
by Brad Sonder
of a Social Alcoholic by Jack Jackson
Perhaps the reader can relate.
As good a way as any to stop this madness.
August 16st, 2002, blastitude.com was visited
due to the following search engine queries (in
order of frequency):
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
one Hardcore fan to another:
email is specifically for Tony Rettman in response to
his articles on the Killed by Hardcore records. I enjoyed
the article, and I think it's cool that an old folk like
yourself is digging that records like that are coming
out. Me? I'm a youngen' obsessed with music, old and new,
hardcore, punk, rock n roll...whatever, as long as it's
got balls. I don't know how up on things you are, but
lately there have been a slew of bootlegs and reissues
of all sorts of old hc, partly people just trying to cash
in on a slight rise of interest and partly fans making
shit more available. But what I think stands out about
the releases you wrote about is not only are they digging
a little bit and finding stuff that even long time collectors
and fans don't know about (shit, in the last year someone
bootlegged the Negative Approach LP--still available on
CD) but there's a level of quality not in other reissues.
I didn't write to tell you that I think it's cool that
you're digging the same bootlegs I am, though I guess
that's a nice sentiment anyway. You mentioned in the piece
that you'd heard about KoRo having an unreleased LP and
so forth. Here's the story... As far as I know, I'm the
sole source on this one, unless someone else is out there
doin' the same digging as me who I haven't met yet. Last
January I got in touch with the guitar player, Carl, and
we started talking a lot about the old days. He was into
the fact that I was obsessed with his old band from back
in the day and I wanted to hear his stories. One of the
things that he told me was that he had just found the
reels for a 30 song LP they'd recorded in their short
existance. He said that it was better than the EP and
that, yes, I could release it if I wanted. Our correspndance
was at times infrequent since he was very sick--Hepatitus
C and on chemotherapy (never mentioned what for). Around
the time we talked most he was beginning a new experimental
treatment. Last I heard from him he'd promised me CD-R's
of all of the music throughout his career of music making,
including the unreleased LP. Unfortunately last time I
heard from him was about a year ago. Recently I edited
all of our emails into a readable conversation talking
about the history of the band and his life. I printed
that in my own zine, "Destroy What Bores You", and it'll
also appear in Maximum Rocknroll sometime soon as well
as be on the Kill From The Heart webpage. If you're interested
I can email that to you, which should fill in any holes
that need filling. I've sent him a copy of that Killed
By Hardcore boot and of the zine with our interview recently
with a note saying that I'm still interested in hearing
some of his music, but he hasn't responded yet, and I'm
sort of fearing that his sickness may be getting the best
of him right now.
OK, I guess
that's all. For what it's worth, I'm not too into some
of your suggestions to the compilers of KBHC...some of
that's a bit too much on the generic, less than memorable
side for my tastes (and TMA and Chronic Sick are way better
than all of the suggested). Then again, I'd like to see
more South American and foreign records represented on
those comps....it's amazing how universal hardcore was--one
of it's finest qualities in my eyes was how people from
all over the globe were simultaneously making great, pissed
off, agressive, balls out rock music. You can't say the
same for, say, hip hop, which was initially a US thing...with
hardcore you have SS (Japan), Middle Class (LA), Bad Brains
(DC), Discharge (UK), Terveet Kadet (FN), and other bands
all making hc, unbeknownst to the each other, in all parts
of the world. It's amazing. That's it again, for real
this time. Rock on, Dave
Thanks for the feedback and info. I REALLY hope you get
the KORO lp off the ground. I also hope you hear back
from Carl very soon and that his illness has yet to get
the best of him. I'd appreciate it if you could forward
that interview to me. I'd like to know just how those
southern boys shunned Skynard and decided to beat The
Bad Brains at their own game.
far as you thinking my suggestions for future KBHC comps.
to be generic, tedious, crappy, etc. Well, that's just
a matter of opinion. But since I've 'rediscovered' (Or
whatever the hell you wanna call it) HC in the past few
months, I find myself taking what 'lessons' (Again, for
lack of better words) I've learned from listening to other
forms of music and applying it to HC. I've been listening
to comps. like that first MRR double comp, the first 'We
Got Power' comp on Mystic and many more with plenty of
'generic' thrash on it and trying to dissect it the same
way alotta high brow types examine folk music and field
recordings from 80 or so years ago. At this point in the
game, I'm looking beyond what's good or bad and listening
to it and observing the different styles from different
locales, the confused anger, the all-too-focused vitriol,
etc. Trust me, in years to come, when musicologists discover
Demented Youths' 'Assassination Attempt', it'll sound
just as shit-your-pants scary and desperate as any Dock
Boggs track you can pull out your pretentious ass.
obsession HC collector kids have with the Mutha label
these days is just confusing to me. That label and the
whole 'Shorecore' thing was a total joke and the laughing
stock of the HC scene around here (N.J.) at the time.
I'll admit the back cover of the Chronic Sick record is
worth a giggle, but you can say the same for the back
of any Poco record from the 70s'...and that's where our
circle is completed. Anywhos...get back in touch if you
can and/or want to. Thanks again for the interest-TR
And Carl himself writes in:
Hey, Glad ya like the record ...and thanks fer the great
shout....(sounds like ya like Sharrok and Ulmer,...etc Then
yad love my later stuff with RED, balah blah) Yup I FINNALLY
re-mastered all the old shit (and all my bands that followed)
Out soon. Check
My page for Info... (rarely updated as i am on Chemotherapy
at the moment LOL)
Carl R Snow
Founder, Lyrisist, Guitarist, KORO 1982- 1984
Weasel Walter writes in:
come on now John . . . way, way too much second guessing
going on in your review of my new record. Please, just
say what you think. I have no fear or disdain of _constructive_
criticism. However, I tend to take personal attacks at
face value. I'm not sure if this is a positive or negative
review, frankly. You're really wishy-washy and overly
concerned with psychoanalysing some kind of persona you
think I have.
reason why I spend time addressing my critics is because
they almost always fail to actually criticize the music
-- they usually have some personal agenda, and you are
obviously no exception to this. For example, you barely
discussed any of the individual songs, what they were
about or what they sounded like from a musical point of
view. You alluded to our 'technicality', said that it's
"easy to get lost in technique", offering no examples
or criticism whatsoever. What are you saying? If someone
is wasting the public's time by writing a meaningless
review, why is it that I have no right to respond to it?
your information, I think that the production sucks on
the album -- we've never had an adequate enough budget
to do anything but the most half-assed guerrilla recording
productions (except for Trauma, still guerrilla, but came
out well due to massive favors). It's not a 'style' of
production -- it's about having no budget and very few
resources. Lack of mic preamps make that smooth, creamy
midrange hard to get.
you want to hear what I can do with a real studio, see
"Yahweh or the Highway" by AOR -- I think you'll find
plenty of frequency bandwith there. Also, the AOR records
were produced and mixed to AOR's spec's, not mine. I would
not have mixed "rough day" or "soak" like they were. Those
were done the way the band wanted them to be done.
negative criticism I receive reads like, "At parties,
Weasel Walter talks way too loud . . . who does he think
he is?" It's as if certain people think I'm really flushed
and overly conceited with my own 'massive' success at
selling _dozens of records_ or something. Au contraire.
P.O. Box 82
Chicago, IL 60690-0082
Your writing is amusement. You are The Amuser. With as
long winded as you have proven to be, perhaps you should
change your moniker to Wheezing Walter. "Personal attacks?"
Maybe Weeping Walter is more fitting. You brought up a
"persona." You go around referring to yourself as a Weasel
and you are saying it is far fetched for me to think you
carry a certain persona? Perhaps Whimsical Walter is most
"Fuzz-O" Dolman steps in:
you two. Now, break it up. That's better. Now shake hands.
Go on. There. Thanks. That wasn't so bad, was it? Now
John, Weasel was right, you didn't describe their music
all that much. The review didn't really come to a point.
(What, in Blastitude?) But "Whimsical Walter"
is actually pretty accurate: we're at a lot of the same
shows, and there he's always goofing around. Pretty funny,
too. I guess he saves his seriousness for when he responds
is now a quarterly. #14 scheduled
for November 1st. A print issue of Blastitude in 2003
is looking very likely.
Comments, recommendations, complaints,
for consideration should be mailed to Blastitude
@ 2158 N. Mozart St. #2, Chicago, IL 60647
editor, designer, collater: Larry "Fuzz-O" Dolman
contributors: Joe S. Harrington, Tony Rettman, Chris Sienko,
Brad Sonder, Matt Silcock, Jack Jackson, Chris Moon, John
Ruhter. Damn, where's the ladies?
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