25 September 2017

D.J. LEBOWITZ


Old(er) San Francisco residents may (or may not) remember D.J. LEBOWITZ (and I only use the past tense because I have not heard him mentioned in a while, I assume and hope that is still alive and kicking). I put him on a show in Norman, Oklahoma with NAKED AGGRESSION in 1993 and he stayed at my house...it was weird. He is weird. I am familiar with this cassette (also available on wax, because it was the '80s) and the brilliant Smoke, Suffer and Die EP, an exercise in aural torture the likes of which most people can only imagine....but LEBOWITZ is most noteworthy for is reworking of punk classics as works for solo piano. "Holiday In Cambodia," "Judy Is A Punk" and "Racism Sucks" make appearances here, and I can assure you that his catalog is endless. Released by Fowl Records (FUCK-UPS, BLACK HUMOR, VERBAL ABUSE)....which makes perfect sense and no sense at all at the same time. Sometime in the early '00s, D.J. LEBOWITZ was playing piano at lunch time in a downtown San Francisco shopping mall food court, because we all have to end up somewhere. 

All jokes aside, I still genuinely enjoy letting this record fade into the background and then get shocked back by the familiar melodies of punk classics. Also, I have fixed the empty link to the Future Is Death post from a few days ago. We all make mistakes, thanks to the many who (politely) reminded me of this. 


24 September 2017

CHRISTIAN REICH


These kids weren't around for very long, but every time I saw them they crushed. From somewhere in the North Bay (Petaluma maybe?), CHRISTIAN REICH only dropped this demo (as far as I know?), and we should all be so lucky to have a recorded legacy this concise (and killer). The Bay Area sound is there in the form of BLACK FORK and even MULTI FACET nods, but at a certain point it's just really good hardcore punk, and they were super positive folks to hang out with too. Three studio tracks followed by three extremely raw and very excellent rehearsal demos (especially the last two) on the flip - I say it all the time, but imagine how many rippers like this there are in the world...bands who faded away after a brief flash, but left an under appreciated legacy in their dust. Also, good band name. 




23 September 2017

PETITE


It's not as if I was surprised that Laura started a(nother) good band when she moved to Portland. And that's what she did. Pedestrian construction, no one is pushing any envelopes here...but ugh, a banger is a banger, you know? Solid UK influenced punk stompers - no point in reinventing the wheel when the shit rolls this smooth. And in case you were wondering, as the Northern Hemisphere slips into fall but the days are still warm enough to spend outside under the sun, "11:15" is this weekend's jam. 


22 September 2017

FUTURE IS DEATH


Dark punk. Hardcore. Lo-fi garage bangers reinvented as pogo punk. Chaotic blasting grind. 12 bangers by ten bands, covering the Southern California underground that you missed in the post-2010 era. The content trumps the quality here, but if you come to The Escape for fidelity then you have surely become accustomed to disappointment by now. Also - the ELECTROCUTIONER tracks are fukkn sick. 



21 September 2017

THE FUCK SHIT UPS


I'm guessing from the 909 area code that these mutants called California's sun baked Central Valley home, but once you hear the vocals crack and squeak in the pure energy burner "RnR Salvation," you won't fukkn care where it comes from. Raw and primal garage hardcore punk, the kind of punk that either happens in a cultural void, in the pre-punk 1970s....or, hopefully, in a sweaty basement. Hearing the tom heavy rumble of "Teenage Riot!" segue into "I Threw A Chair Out The Window" is total perfection, and the 38 seconds of "Stunt My Growth" that follows should be presented by scholars and historians to civilians and looky-loos as an example of how punk is supposed to make you feel - because that's more important that how it sounds. Six bangers in five minutes, the return on time investment is shockingly high today. 

20 September 2017

REVUALTA PROPIA


After just two cassette releases, Mexico City's REVUELTA PROPIA seem to have officially called it quits in the late '90s, though the moniker continued as a vehicle for sounds increasingly distant from the classic ska/punk at the band's roots. Hard to say when they actually became inactive, but the point today is this four song cassette from 1998...keyboards, horns, vocals fluidly scat/rapping their way through tracks as equal parts front and hype man. The entire (short) tape burns, but "Las Vueltas de la Vida" as a closer is indescribably infectious, and the energy is so high that even subgenre naysayers (of whom I can be one, I confess) will start to dance. 


19 September 2017

JUHYO


The world of ambience and noise and electronics overlap and merge in countless series of concentricity that I will never fully comprehend. The decidedly accessible nature of the media/medium further ensure that all but the most dedicated followers of these arts will miss something here and there...and by "something," I am referring to large swaths of sonic contributions worth of serious investigation. My point is this: Don't miss JUHYO. This Minneapolis duo has been casually and confidently cranking creating and cranking out brilliant sounds for a decade or so, and their most recent two track tape is an exercise in patience and dedication. Listen to the swell of electronics that takes up the first 5 minutes of "Grave Mistake," and then realize that this swell is, in fact, the track itself rather than an introduction to aural violence. It's a tension that is so calm that's it's difficult to put into words. And the unfortunately applicable "Buddhist Violence" on the flip...how something so peaceful can be this soul crushing is a statement on the times as much as it is an example of sound. 


Presented as a double A side split release with each member's label (Housepig and Hear More) and releasing one side of the tape, and taking charge of the corresponding artwork. A brilliant way to package and disseminate a brilliant release. As is often the case: Maximum Volume Yields. 



18 September 2017

BESTHÖVEN


It seems weird that today, more than eight years into this weird cultural experiment, marks the first appearance of BESTHÖVEN. Hailing from the relatively nowhere town of Gama, somewhere between the coast and the interior regions of Brasil, this one man/machine project is to South America what Kawakami is to Japan. With 50+ releases under his belt, Fofäo has been cranking out sinister and primitive DBeat for well over 20 years with no signs of slowing down. The live experience includes various other players, but the recordings are (primarily) just one dude, DBeating his life away for our pleasure. This tape features BESTHÖVEN tracks from splits with VIOLATION, SKELETON, TRIOXIN 245, SEE/GET, WARVICTIMS, SUBURBAN SHOWDOWN and DISCLOSE, as well as the More Victims Of War and Just Another War Song EPs. Raw and brutal Dbeat purism...



17 September 2017

FEED THE MACHINE


Disgusting US hardcore from (I presume) the 1990s. It's sloppy, it's ugly, it's mean, it's DIY and raw....and it's really good. I don't know (or remember) how I came across this one, but FEED THE MACHINE left a five track demo in their wake that is owed far than a passing mention on some passé one-a-day tape blog....but sometimes you don't get all that's coming to you, you know? And so you take what you get. You? Today you get a whirlwind of manic riffs and loose, blurred guitars and those hollow throaty vocals that no one does anymore...and if you have any brains left, then you will fukkn dig it. 


16 September 2017

BRAZILIAN PANDEMONIUM


Maybe it's because I just got back from Brasil, maybe it's because the comp is just hot like fukkn fire, or maybe it's because Ben started cranking out the regional Pandemonium mix tape series a few years back and I have yet to share them with you. But you shouldn't wonder why you are getting this gift, you should just lather yourself in the pure primal power that is '80s Brasilian punk and hardcore. COLERA, OHLO SECO, LOBOTOMIA, RATOS DE PORÃO....sure. but also AUSCHWITZ, HINO MORTAL, FOGO CRUZADO, COBAIAS, GRINDERS and so many more. 29 tracks in all, every one essential. 



15 September 2017

WAR TOYS


Killer '80s dark punk originally posted back in 2010, this WAR TOYS practice tape is on pretty regular rotation around TEHQ, so it seemed fair to revisit for everyone's benefit. It's unpolished, to be sure, but the tracks are quintessential brooding anarcho that swing hard when the drummer starts in on the toms. It's easy to imagine these tracks with a "proper" recording (and, in fact, I often forget how raw this practice tape is simply because the tracks are so solid)...and just think of how many more bands there are like this one - bands who created brilliance in a vacuum and with a flash. And then faded away. 



14 September 2017

OBSTRUCTION


oooooooffffff. These Dallas punks deliver in the tradition of the finest the Lone Star State has to offer. Someone has been doing their homework and taking nods to their own pedigree/s at the same time, and the result is a gloriously bombastic collection of DBeat hardcore punk with tasty morsels or SPAZM 151's rock 'n roll and 2017's dupa dupa thrown in only where appropriate. Check the breaks and the riff changes in "Salvation," and if you aren't moshing, then you might not be breathing. There's an EP that followed this demo....and, yeah, it is a banger too. 

13 September 2017

GAS STATION OF LOVE // TAPE MONSTER


From the same family of freaks that gave us BLEEDING IN THE MOONLIGHT, TURKEY TITS, DJ DICKWALLS and a host of others (all featured in these pages, of course), comes the one time pairing of GAS STATION OF LOVE and TAPE MONSTER. Power electronics, neanderthal drum machine grind, singer songwriter tracks about sexual fetishes. Yeah...it's all here. 

Can't seem to make it stop // lying here with a rock hard cock // oh no, I'm watching tranny porn again

12 September 2017

OTRO MUNDO


When you find an Ascetic House release in an abandoned box of cassettes on the sidewalk, you take that box home with you. Because Ascetic House, you know? Sometimes though, you get surprised by things on the sidewalk...and sometimes that is a good thing. I'll leave you with those words, so that you can enter the world of OTRO MUNDO with the same predispositions that I did. Enjoy. 



11 September 2017

FEED YOUR HEAD


The joy of unknown tapes. I have another cassette from this studio, a raw version of the 1984 SACRILEGE demo, but other than the studio name and the text on the cassette, I know nothing about this banger. I mean, I know that it's ten tracks of tough as nails throaty hardcore punk, and I assume that it's from England. You like punk....and mysteries? Well then you are welcome.