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July 12, 2014: I’m Your Puppet by Blue Jungle.
This is just the perfect summer song. Blue Jungle is the dream pop/punk/lo fi project of Compton native Lleticia Llesmin. “I’m Your Puppet” is admittedly the only song I’ve heard so far from her 2011 release, Loveless Youth, on Burger Records. But based on how hooked I am on this track, I’m ready to settle in and listen to the whole record right now.
June 30, 2014: Mani Pedi by A G E N D E R.
A G E N D E R is a Los Angeles-by-way-of-Austraila all-female post-punk group. After turns as a disco and rap artist, singer Romy Hoffman started A G E N D E R as a lo-fi punk solo project before filling out the band with Yolanda DeRose on bass and Melissa Agate on drums. I stumbled across the group at a show in LA the other night, and loved them so much that they inspired me to start up this old blog again. Enjoy.
April 5, 2014: Smells Like Teen Spirit covered by Kathleen Hanna.
Today is the 20 year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. Coincidentally, I finally watched The Punk Singer last night, and have been binging on Bikini Kill records ever since. So, in tribute to Kurt and Kathleen, here is Hanna explaining the origins of the title “Smells Like Teen Spirit,”and covering it live in NYC in 2010.
March 30, 2014: Ain’t Got No Sense by Teenage Head.
Teenage Head are a Canadian rock/pop-punk group formed in 1975 while the members were attending Westdale High School in Hamilton, Ontario. They reached success in Canada with their 1982 sophomore album, Frantic City, but “Ain’t Got No Sense” is one of my favorite early tracks, off their self-titled debut from ‘79.
March 16, 2014: Down on the Street by The Stooges
God, dammit. RIP Scott Asheton. Thanks for making the drums sound dangerous, and for the music that makes me feel most inspired and alive.
March 11, 2014: Running Out of Time by Dead Moon.
Just found out that one of my greatest musical idols, Fred Cole, is undergoing heart surgery today. Despite the title of this song, I firmly believe that time is on Fred Cole’s side and he’s going to the first punk still performing at age 90. Please send good, healthy, thoughts his way, SOTD followers. Much love to Fred and Toody.
February 6, 2014: Liberty by Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons.
I just picked up the new Sacred Bones Compilation, Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1. It’s full of fantastic forgotten treasures from the 70s and 80s postpunk/darkwave scenes all around the world. One of my favorites is “Liberty” from Kitchen & the Plastic Spoons, a band that formed as a joke in Sweden in 1980 and only released a couple 7-inches before disbanding one year later. Since then, they’ve reunited occasionally to perform at various festivals.
January 17, 2014: I Only Fucked You as a Joke by Childbirth.
Childbirth are a Seattle three piece featuring Julia Shapiro of Chastity Belt, Stacy Peck of Pony Time, and Bree McKenna of Tacocat. This song is hilarious and amazing, and while I can’t wait to pick up their debut tape, It’s A Girl, I really wish this song was available as a 7-inch so I could mail it to a a few deserving subjects. Enjoy.