VIDEO FEED: Keith Richards 'Life' BBC documentary

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Dec 18th, 2014

We'd like to wish a very happy 72nd birthday to the rock'n roll icon who defies logic, all laws of health science, as well as the forces of nature, the one and only "human riff," Keith Richards! How Keith has outlived his peers (I mean who's REALLY his "peer," right?) has been confounding scientists for years now, as his astronomical appetite for drug abuse and alcohol knows no equal, yet he still walks this mortal coil, and for that drug dealers everywhere can rest easy, as the shining beacon of tolerance remains unwavering, and still performing on stage today. As ...

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EXHUMED: Todd 'With Love… From Me to You' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Dec 15th, 2014

Sixteen-year-old Indianan SSW loner piano man Todd (Wathen) has a heart bigger than a chest can hold. 1979’s With Love… From Me to You, originally issued in a short private-press run of 100 copies, is ‘Real People’ gold broadcasting an earnest, heartfelt set of tunes of loneliness, feelings of doubt, and the darker side of a teenage existence. Aided by sympathetic classmates on a low-budget trip, this set of fully self-penned tunes oozes with charm, and if given a deep listening serves a spiritually soothing slice of unfiltered humanity. Many rumors surround this obscure private, but when the joys come ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Ausmuteants 'We're Cops'

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Monday Dec 15th, 2014

What a nasty surprise we have for you, "We're Cops" the new video from Australian dynamos Ausmuteants is here and screaming off the new Order of Operation LP out now on Goner/Aarght records, and ready to be permanently implanted into your motherboard. With their first full US tour under their belt, these seething synth-soaked savages haven't let up the assault, and with their second proper LP just released, making that three LPs and five singles already last month, we're beyond stoked to premiere the first video from these reliably brilliant Aussies right here on VoT. Shot in a ...

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ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Low Life 'Dogging'

by Diamond Boyz

posted Wednesday Dec 10th, 2014

This year we've crowned the sickest throb we've been privileged to come across, while searching high and low for the best new music, and we've just gotta hand it to the long-awaited debut LP Dogging from Low Life, from Sydney, Australia. Finished way back in 2012, the debut LP was slated for release on Brendon Annesly's Negative Guest List label, but was sadly sidetracked due to Annesly's untimely death. An uncategorizable yet instantly intimidating mess of snarling post punk, gripping Murder Punk, and exhilarating synth pop, seamlessly interwoven into eight songs of lascivious madness, perfectly unaffected yet slovenly ...

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EXHUMED: Anonymous 'Inside the Shadow' LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Dec 8th, 2014

Originally released privately in 1976 on the playfully-named, A Major Label, the Indianapolis-based combo Anonymous was led by Ron Matelic, who along with group drummer John Medvescek had been in ‘60s fuzz and mild-psych punks with a pop edge, Sir Winston & the Commons, but since their dissolution and preceding the Inside the Shadow sessions had been playing together purely for kicks, kinda making the grand-scale majesty on display here all the more impressive. Inside the Shadow is a collision of the post-psychedelic return-to-roots arena many were mining in the late ‘60s-early ‘70s (Buffalo Springfield, Byrds, CSN&Y, early Bread, etc), ...

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VIDEO FEED: Badfinger BBC Documentary

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Dec 5th, 2014

One of Britain's greatest pop bands of the 1970s, and one of the bands indirectly responsible for laying the foundation for the 'power pop' sound of the 1970s along with The Raspberries, Big Star, and many others laying just below the surface. A well-known band with such a tragic story resulting in multiple suicides AS WELL AS huge chart-topping record sales success, due to the complications of the entangled mess from manager Stan Polley, who just so happened to be named in each suicide note. Starting out in the early 60s as The Iveys and having the honor of being ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Hollow Mountain debut 7" EP

by Jacques Cousteau

posted Wednesday Dec 3rd, 2014

Following a series of strong demo recordings and an exclusive session with Loud Loop Press, Chicago's hard-to-categorize and always heavy Hollow Mountain have broke through the surface and gushed forth a volcanic debut 7" EP, reeling with impressively hairy hard-rocking structures, and Sabbath-soaked vocal hook cadence delivered from Esther, one of the unassuming members of The Lemons. Further proving that the range of style is the benchmark of a musician's ability, Hollow Mountain also includes the savage guitar slashings of Steve Wichelecki, formerly of Pink Torpedo and The Catburglars, nailing down an ominous tone across this EP's duration ...

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EXHUMED: Hoi Polloi s/t LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Dec 1st, 2014

A prized export of its time, 1972’s one-off ensemble piece from a near-dozen college pals and collaborators under the Hoi Polloi name was a work of determined ingenuity. After taking over the audio-visual department post-graduation, college-aged John Schuerman hatched a plan with rural Indiana schoolmates Charlie Bleak and Dan Mack—both whom he’d recorded as part of two volumes of student-led LPs during his schooling—along with the multi-talented Bruce Wallace (and other friends who played a supporting role) to record and self-release an album of original material. With full use of the school’s equipment at their disposal they spent two strenuous ...

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STREAM: EXHAUSTION 'Biker' LP

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Nov 25th, 2014

The sinister sophomore LP from Melbourne's EXHAUSTION stirs up another ghastly cloud of ether and deadly rhythm and lays down one of the year's most brooding blows to the brain. And to think those savage swipes at post punk were just the beginning, you'd have to reach back and connect Per Bystrom in his previous outfit Ooga Boogas to line up that illustrious and brilliant throb that's your instant introduction to each and every penetratingly repetitive K-hole of delights. Biker was recorded live in just one day, and with no overdubs, clinching it's spontaneity and it's atmospheric ominousness ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Bud Benderbe - Slice Slowly And See LP

by Jeremy Cargill

posted Monday Nov 24th, 2014

Bud's modus operandi is to make the unlistenable listenable or palatable (smoothing things out like a million lounge warblers before him), and while I'm not entirely sure he's achieved his goal here, the fault line between stupidity and brilliance is often quite slender. He aptly revives Neil Diamond / Tom Jones show band hucksterisms with the low-rent flair of privately-pressed lounge oddities created by limited means with enough joie de vivre that the whole set doesn't play like a tasteless joke—it's delivered convincingly, not laced with porkfat—but you know there's a sly grin (and perhaps a bit of warped humor) ...

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VIDEO FEED: Negative Trend Live at the Mabuhay 1978

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Nov 20th, 2014

Before such repugnant punk luminaries of the 1st wave San Francisco Bay Area scene, Flipper and Toiling Midgets were born into this ugly world, the darkest corners of the 70s west coast produced Grand Mal, the template for the insidious down tempo madness that was about to unfurl. Fronted by Don Vinil (later of the Offs) and enlisting Will Shatter after Vale from Search & Destroy departed early on, the Grand Mal was constantly in limbo with members until the end of 1977, when Vinil left to form The Offs, setting the stage for Negative Trend to fall into place. ...

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EXHUMED: Hot Knives s/t LP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Thursday Nov 20th, 2014

Thank god for the Hot Knives, this obscure Bay-Area early 70s pop excavation, courtesy of new label Got Kinda Lost, is a heady blast of hard rockin' folk rock, successfully encompassing all the resin-stained nuances of the era, and cohesively nailing down a fine full-length out of some long lost tracks you need to hear. Formed by brother-sister duo Michael and Debra Houpt, along with ex-Flamin' Groovies heavies Tim Lynch and Danny Mihm in 1972, their combination of an airtight double-lead vocal, along with bona fide SF rock'n roll royalty, was firmly in place from the start. Named after the ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Nots 'We Are Nots' debut LP

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Nov 14th, 2014

Memphis' newest crop of bands is doing a great job at filling the void left by the last generation of ruthless brigadiers of underground noise, and the debut LP from Nots fits in squarely with such a righteous pedigree. Kicking off with "Insect Eyes" it almost instantly recalls the insidious synth snarl of the primitive Lost Sounds groundwork, yet it's got an impenetrable snottiness that modernizes and methodically places Nots into a post-Reatard world, where their gusto and casually-slurred vocal style can breathe on their own, causing ripples of instant gratification. On their debut LP, Nots create an ...

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AUSSIE SOUNDS: Martyr Privates

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Nov 7th, 2014

As another notch in Brisbane's underground belt comes to the surface yet again, we can rejoice in the brooding apocalyptic debut long-player from Martyr Privates, which syncopates the gurgling death waltz of the most prime selections of Australian post punk, with an atmospheric wall of noisy pop, washing away the frivolities, and leaving nothing else but the bare reality. Formed back in 2011 and with only a lone 7" release under their belt so far, this album collects tracks recorded in the interim, and charges forward an almost polished catastrophe of dark pop songs that will leave you in a ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: EGO 'Can't Shut It Off'

by VOT staff

posted Thursday Nov 6th, 2014

We've got another hot video premiere for you this week, this time from yet another underground luminary of the Chicago area known as EGO (a dialed-down version of previous Massive EGO, and featuring ex-members of Tender), who have a new 7" release slated for inclusion in next week's record release show on November 10th at the Empty Bottle, along with Foul Tip and Lil Tits. The new track "Can't Shut It Off" has a riveting sound, not too far off from Times New Viking's off-centered harmonies, but interlaced with a sloptastic chorus ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Timmy's Organism 'Singles & Unreleased Tracks' 2LP

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Oct 31st, 2014

Timmy Vulgar, Detroit's favorite son, and most ambitiously amphibious creative force doesn't need much of an introduction to anyone familiar with subversive punk music over the past decade and a half. He's been such an irreplaceable figure in each of his musical endeavors since his emergence in such legendary acts such as the Epilieptix and Clone Defects back in the late 1990s, right up through his shape-shifting efforts in the mollusk-like Human Eye and the prog-soaked Reptilian Forcefield, and straight into his latest nerve-numbing scatterbomb known simply as Timmy's Organism. We've been lucky to have bore witness to Timmy's metamorphosis ...

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STREAM: The Stooges debut LP (Alternate Version)

by Tony Visconti

posted Friday Oct 31st, 2014

Well you might have thought you've heard it all when it comes to such an iconic band such as the Stooges, they didn't really have many "b-sides," and they really weren't coherent enough to record as much as they should have. It's often said that they wrote most of the sings on the debut LP while in the studio, as the material they played live was usually unstructured, primal noise jams. So when Rhino Handmade issued the deluxe edition of the debut album a couple years ago with one new (studio!?) track culled from the archives, alongside a completely alternate ...

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AUSSIE SOUNDS: The Sidewalk Regrets

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Oct 29th, 2014

Named after a song by The Birthday Party, Brisbane's notorious and sadly short lived band, The Sidewalk Regrets never made the impact they had the potential for, and coming to fruition a few years ahead of their time didn't help much either. Band leader Jamie Thompson was the archetypal brooding genius and for a band that almost changed their name to "Synth Pop Faggots," swung a dark Bad Seeds-soaked sound into a fragile embodiment quite well. As a band ahead of the underground curve in Brisbane, their earliest roots were in the late 1990s, and spanned up until the devastating ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Lil Tits "New Digs"

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Oct 28th, 2014

For our double-header video premiere this week, we've got our next half of the equation with the "New Digs" video from Chicago's salacious band of renegade women, Lil Tits, as part of their split 7" release with Foul Tip, which gets it's official release on November 10th at the Empty Bottle with EGO and Perfume. Shot on location in Logan Square, and focusing on the intersection of California & Milwaukee, it even manages to catch a glimpse of my favorite eyesore of the 'hood, "Yogurt Daze" for a split second, along with a perfect snapshot in ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Foul Tip "Madness"

by Richie Dagger

posted Monday Oct 27th, 2014

Chicago two-piece Foul Tip have unleashed their video premiere this week on VoT for their new track "Madness," from their upcoming split 7" with Lil Tits, due out soon on Maximum Pelt on Nov. 10th at Empty Bottle. The Aaron Preusch-directed video showcases great lo-fi effects with a tense and terrifying minimal punk backdrop, and includes appearances from band members of Toupee as well as cop-punching, stuffed giraffe-punching, reverse-motion bathroom head banging, and aggressive floor-sweeping, all the ingredients you'd need to stuff your head with a good time. Don't miss the Foul Tip boys on tour in the days up ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981)

by Todd Killings

posted Saturday Oct 25th, 2014

Welcome back to the Sunday Matinee on VoT, and wow do we have a ripper for you this week. As the witching hour grows near, we dig deeper into the seedy world of drastically depraved Made-for-TV horror films from the golden age of the early 1980s, and deliver you a full stream of one of the greatest of the era. I'll never forget seeing this one in grade school and hearing kids at recess talk about "my dad made us turn it off," or "my mom said we couldn't watch the rest of it" as I rejoiced that my dad's ...

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VIDEO FEED: Son of Dracula (1974) with Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon & Ringo Starr

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Oct 21st, 2014

It's that time of year, and since we left you hanging without a proper Sunday Matinee this week, we're back in the fold with a super-rare rock horror film starring Harry Nilsson, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and Peter Frampton, that's so obscure it'll make your eyes fall out. Billed as the 'First Rock'n Roll Dracula Movie' and released to a dead stare in 1974, Son of Dracula fell quickly into obscurity despite being released on Apple Films, the Beatles imprint, and has since languished in the shadows in history's rock film footnotes. With a Nilsson-filled soundtrack as well as tunes ...

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STREAM: Son of A Gun 'No Bread' debut LP

by Brett Cross

posted Friday Oct 17th, 2014

Tall Pat sure put out a pretty outstanding LP for his second 12 inches. We've seen Son of a Gun play out over the past year or so, and they killed it at the inaugural VoT party at Door #3 a couple of months back, when their set ended with a cover of Dan Sartain's "Fuck Friday" after humbly declaring "We don't know anymore songs." Live, Son of a Gun is on fire, packing their sets with unrelenting energy as they blast through songs and keep the crowd banter to a modest, and charming, minimal. Son of A ...

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TICKET GIVEAWAY: Eddie & the Hot Rods

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Oct 14th, 2014

Have you heard? Eddie & the Hot Rods are playing a rare Chicago show on Tuesday October 21st at Double Door! To be entered in the contest for a pair of FREE tickets (21+ Only), please SHARE this article link on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr and send us a screen-shot of your post to info@victimoftime.com. We'll notify the winner by email on Thursday October 16th. When it comes to pre-punk UK bands of the mid 1970s, one name seems to always rise to the top, and that name is one you're probably familiar with, but maybe you just haven't thought ...

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Timmy's Organism Fall Tour

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Oct 10th, 2014

Timmy Vulgar needs no introduction, even your parents know about him, and that's a great thing. Since the demise of the much-loved Clone Defects in the early 2000's Timmy has been rotating between his art-pushed-to-the-limit punk projects such as Human Eye, Reptilian Forcefield, and now Timmy's Organism. With an enduring enthusiasm, and a visual and sonic style all his own, Vulgar has streamlined his force into his latest venture with unabridged bravado, and toe-curling tempestuousness. After a series of stellar singles on such labels as Bat Shit, Sacred Bones, Cass, Douchemaster, Hozac and Goobye Boozy, and two cranium-cracking LPs on ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'The American Dreamer' with Dennis Hopper (1971)

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Sunday Oct 5th, 2014

The Sunday Matinee is back again at VoT, and this week's feature is the rarely-seen Dennis Hopper documentary The American Dreamer from 1971, shot on location at Hopper's headquarters in Taos, New Mexico while editing his film The Last Movie. A ramshackle and rambling underground film that mainly played on college campuses in the early 1970s, director Kit Carson zooms in on Hopper bouncing off the walls, frolicking in a bathtub with groupies, as well as firing guns and toiling over the final edits of his epic film that would sadly flop upon release, killing his momentum garnered with the ...

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AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR: Al Montfort

by Richie Dagger

posted Thursday Oct 2nd, 2014

If you've been steeping in the massively thick and potent broth of Australian punk for the past five plus years, you'll no doubt recognize one of the primary figures spanning across several genres is none other than 'Australian of the Year' Al Montfort, who appears in so many pivotal bands, it'll make your head pop like a zit. You already know his work, as it encompasses the output of The UV Race, Total Control, East Link, Lower Plenty, Straightjacket Nation, and tonight at the Noise in My Head: Voices from the Ugly Australian Underground ...

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VIDEO FEED: Ramones on Champaign, IL TV News 1978

by Chuck Nolan
Ramones live 1978, photo by Sue Rynski
Ramones live 1978, photo by Sue Rynski
posted Tuesday Sep 30th, 2014

Friends and fellow followers of the far out, heed these words! Our quest for arcane rock and roll over-stimulation leads us to Champaign, Illinois USA. The city is located 135 miles south of Chicago and 178 miles northeast of St. Louis, MO. Despite its locale, newly uncovered newscast footage shows central IL doing its part for the cultural vanguard known as…punk rock! On August 1st 1978, The Ramones played a gig at the now legendary Red Lion Inn. I imagine the Red Lion’s parking lot normally filled with El Caminos, Firebirds, or better yet, vans with smoke wafting ...

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Jerry Lee Lewis Hits 79 Today

by Brett Cross

posted Monday Sep 29th, 2014

Happy Birthday to The Killer! Today, September 29th, is Jerry Lee Lewis' 79th birthday. One of the most infamous and interesting characters in early rock'n roll is still amazingly, albeit barely, still playing out live today. Riding the line between rougher county sounds and rock'n roll, Lewis was able to distinguish himself from the rest of the million dollar quartet, by sticking to the piano and putting on some of the most intense live shows throughout most of his career, and not to mention, by drinking a little more than everyone else. Below is a video of him performing "I'm ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Christiane F.' (1981)

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Sunday Sep 28th, 2014

Welcome back to the highly anticipated return of the Sunday Matinee on VoT, this week as the David Bowie Is... exhibit opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, we've dug up one of the films most closely associated with his heaviest drug intake period and a crucially under-seen film that depicts the hard realities of living in Berlin in the late 1970s. Christiane F. featured mostly first-time actors, real life drug addicts and prostitutes instead of real actors and the teenage girl the film is based on was actually introduced to heroin at a David Bowie ...

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EXHUMED: The Outsiders 'Calling On Youth' LP

by Tony Visconti

posted Thursday Sep 25th, 2014

Not many people know that The Outsiders' debut LP was the first self-released DIY LP of the 1st punk wave in the UK, but thanks to Beat Generation, this elusive piece of the punk puzzle is now accessible again, albeit in a very small edition of only 500 copies. Most punk fans already know that the Buzzcocks' Spiral Scratch EP is the first self-released 45rpm release of the UK punk movement, but this debut from The Outsiders is hardly anything you can remain ignorant of any longer. From Wimbledon, and known as the launching point for Adrian Borland's music career, ...

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AUSSIE SOUNDS: Deaf Wish

by Todd Killings
Deaf Wish live in Memphis
Deaf Wish live in Memphis
posted Monday Sep 22nd, 2014

The 2014 Australian Invasion officially enters it's second week in the US, and of course, we're very excited to see Deaf Wish once again in Chicago, as their abrasively captivating, scrawling punk noise just bleeds with a unique off-the-cuff intensity that you won't want to miss. Their upcoming fourth LP is slated for a Sub Pop release so you know the secret is out as well, and as of one of the more unpredictable Australian bands that's been going on for 5+ years strong, they're a band that lives hard and parties even harder. If you were lucky ...

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PREVIEW: The Saints & T.I.T.S. in Paris

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Sep 19th, 2014

So if you're wondering what's been bubbling under the surface in the fruitful French underworld since the dawn of the Glue Wave, fear not as T.I.T.S. (Thugs In Trendy Style) are here and ready to break some hearts and bones. Featuring an all-star lineup of Vince from The Fatals, Henri from Feeling of Love, Cyprien from Catholic Spray, Baptiste from Pierre & Bastien, and now Lili from Splash Four/VOLT has even joined, creating a multi-headed beast just throbbing with unsettling bad vibes and good times. And with their debut LP just out recently on Teenage Menopause Records (streaming below), they've ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: MAMA 'Speed Trap' EP

by Steve Wichelecki

posted Thursday Sep 18th, 2014

A rock 'n' roll animal like none other in our great metropolis of Chicago, MAMA bomps with abandon and will settle for nothing less than pure, unbridled freedom. Pumping out a unique brand of '70s hard rock meets power pop meets punk rock, these boys have unleashed a sound free of pretension and full of sincerity, and they don't give a fuck that what they're doing isn't fashionable. MAMA goes wild on stage. MAMA shreds with wild guitar solos. MAMA serenades wild babes with beautifully naive lyrics that have traveled to our burned-out wasteland of irony and nihilism ...

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VIDEO FEED: Sparks 1976

by Richie Dagger

posted Thursday Sep 18th, 2014

Oh yes, the glammary glands are swelling up over this one, check out a full 1976 show from Sparks, November 27th, 1976 to be exact, and filmed live at The Capital. Judging by the fact that there's less than 200 views so far, this seems to be an incredibly rare full live set, especially important as it's the lineup featuring Hilly Michaels of later "Calling All Girls" fame! Filmed during the golden era between Indiscreet and Big Beat, this full show captures Sparks during one of their most fruitful periods, and shows a strong live presence that'll send chills down ...

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TOP OF THE SLOP: Melkbelly 'Pennsylvania' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Sep 17th, 2014

TOP OF THE SLOP is back, and we've got an emerging new Chicago band with lots of surprises and nothing to lose, so it's time to get your head officially wrapped around Melkbelly. With such an unsettling name for anyone lactose-intolerant, you might be surprised to hear a hard lunge of early Breeders, (especially the early Tanya Donelly-sung material) which forges quite a heavenly glow indeed. And just as you're not expecting it, the almost ethereal twee pop takes a darker turn, resulting in frantic pulsations of noise. Creating their own antithesis, even within the grooves ...

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RIP: Peter Gutteridge NZ Legend

by Todd Killings
Peter Gutteridge RIP (1961-2014)
Peter Gutteridge RIP (1961-2014)
posted Tuesday Sep 16th, 2014

As you've probably already heard, we lost a monumental force in underground music this weekend with the passing of New Zealand icon and founding member of The Clean, The Chills, The Great Unwashed, and last but not least, the formidable Snapper. As one of the most-often lauded and recurring names you'd see pop up in histories and liner notes on the classic Flying Nun material, Gutteridge was an unrelenting force that although most credited with involvement with some of the most classic Flying Nun material, his most formidable and revered work clearly came through with Snapper, one of ...

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EXHUMED: Colored Balls 'Heavy Metal Kid' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Sep 12th, 2014

The second full-length, Heavy Metal Kid from the massive Australian thunder known as Lobby Lloyd and the Coloured Balls is finally accessible again after being out of print for 40 years, with a fresh remaster courtesy of Desperate Records. Released during the heyday of Melbourne's 'Sharpie' culture, this LP was the soundtrack to the stomping, bruising, and grillfat-sizzling days gone by, when thugs rocked hard with bravado so deep and real, it would make you grow hair on your chest. Holding a pivotal role in the Australian proto-punk pantheon, The Colored Balls (sic) scorched an entire generation, and prepped the ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Total Control 'Typical System' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Sep 10th, 2014

With any spectacular debut comes the dreaded sophomore slump, and we're SO GLAD to not have to offer any condolences with the second spectacular LP from one of the most revered Australian bands currently circulating your cerebral vortex, the punishing, yet always rewarding Total Control. One of the most heralded, yet also one of the most diverse, you never know which side of the razored edge you'll get, but on Typical System, DX and company deliver an outright heavenly palette of 80s new wave textured tracks, interwoven with their angrier statements and bookended with incredible motorik synth work, ...

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VIDEO FEED: Slade LIVE at Granada Studios 1972

by Richie Dagger

posted Tuesday Sep 9th, 2014

So by this point you shouldn't really need any introduction to Slade, but due to their lack of popularity in the US in the 70s, it still might need to be rubbed in your face. In this incredible and uncut TV appearance in 1972, Slade are at the height of their powers, bursting forth with incredible bravado and toe-curling aggression, and since this is NOT a lip-synched performance, you get to see one of the Glam era's top forces of nature, blow the roof right off the joint. The relatively small studio audience must have their heads knocked clean off ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: Raymond Pettibon's 'Sir Drone' (1989)

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Sep 7th, 2014

"Are you gonna change your name?" "That's what my dad asked me when I told him I was going 'punk rock.'" Welcome back to another impressive installment of the Sunday Matinee series on VoT, where you'll always find true treasures from the far corners of the cinematic world, streaming right in your lap. This week's selection is the rare Raymond Pettibon-directed Sir Drone from 1989, the second film in his three-film series, and the only one that lasts just under an hour. This rare low-budget gem follows some of the greats such as Desperate Teenage Lovedolls in the style of ...

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EXHUMED: The Garbage And The Flowers Eyes Rind As if Beggars 2LP

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Sep 4th, 2014

For the beginner just delving into the Australian underground universe of the last twenty years, seminal New Zealand (and later Australian) legends The Garbage And The Flowers, are an important first step to acquiring a higher appreciation of the subtle arc of inspiration of this overlooked era. As one of Australia's most well-known cult bands, TGATF formed in the late 1980s in Wellington, NZ when Yuri Frusin and Helen Johnstone met while still in high school, where they quickly formed a mutual appreciation for the Velvet Underground, along with free-form jazz influences like Ornett Coleman, as well as ...

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VIDEODROME: Gross Pointe

by Brett Cross
GROSS POINTE Live at Volcano Room, photo by Rob Karlic
GROSS POINTE Live at Volcano Room, photo by Rob Karlic
posted Wednesday Sep 3rd, 2014

Gross Pointe are a pretty rad band that's been bumping around Chicago for the past year or so. They just played the VoT Chicago Label Showcase a couple of weeks back, and another one of our gigs we have going on at the new Double Door spot called Door #3. They ripped up the stage at both shows, actually they bring it every time. They've got a split tape with Son of a Gun, a band with a couple of members in common with them on Dumpster Tapes. They remind me a bit of ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Sex Scheme 7"

by Brett Cross

posted Tuesday Sep 2nd, 2014

I was disappointed to find out these guys are not some kind of backwoods, Appalachian snake church/sex cult band. I was disappointed they hadn't lived off canned dog food and shitty weed, and that they were just another band from Brooklyn. Since the waxing of the internet, the mysterious band that might have the elusive outsider appeal, whose slight glimmer of being "the real deal."––the next Chosen Few, is even harder to come by. Everyone's on that game now. On the internet we can be from anywhere, except Brooklyn. That said, Sex Scheme's debut single out on Puppet ...

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MONDAY MATINEE: 'Jubilee' (1978)

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Sep 1st, 2014

Welcome back to another killer cult film of the punk persuasion, this time from the UK during the heyday of the 1st wave of punk and one of the best, high-quality documents of the era. Jubilee was filmed throughout 1977 and features an actual storyline as well as crystal-clear footage of the prime-era Adam & the Ants, which you can't see anywhere else. In the film, Queen Elizabeth I travels in time forward the late 70s Britain and clashes with a cast of early punk characters such as Adam Ant, and various Malcom McClaren proteges, as well as great cameo ...

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AUSSIE SOUNDS: True Radical Miracle

by Todd Killings

posted Thursday Aug 28th, 2014

We're back with another lethal dose of raw Australian punk for your innocent ears, this time in the form of Melbourne's True Radical Miracle, a thuggish pig-fuck strut to stick in your head a la 80s greats Grong Grong, and King Snake Roost, in other words, a very brutal affair with lots of broken teeth and heavy plodding, all moving you in the right direction. Their two LPs, Cockroaches and Termites further reinforce their sadistic vision of a world in ruins, with all it's decrepit, decaying glory. True Radical Miracle crash forth with a pummeling, ravaging groove, grinding ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Joysticks' (1983)

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Aug 24th, 2014

Welcome back to the Sunday Matinee on VoT, and this week's feature is one of our favorites in the video game exploitation genre, Joysticks, from 1983! Starring the gang of 'video delinquents' the Vidiots and a cast of hob-knobbing dorky supporting cast members, this film stands the test of time and delivers nonstop spit-takes, chortles and knee-slaps, all at no cost to you. Filmed during the peak of video game/arcade obsession, this Joysticks is a raucous and totally BONKERS film you will watch again and again, and just try to get that theme song outta yer head! So kick back ...

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PREVIEW: VoT Chicago Label Showcase + Record Fair!

by Richie Dagger

posted Thursday Aug 21st, 2014

It's with great pleasure that we bring you the first annual Chicago Label Showcase this weekend, sponsored by our friends at Stoli Vodka with featured beer courtesy of Revolution Brewing, and last but not least, our sketchy new pals at Monsanto, and featuring eleven of the gnarliest Chicago bands across genre boundaries, and represented by some of the best underground record labels in town. Friday's debacle kicks off with one of Chicago's new nasties, Gross Pointe, who've de-pantsed audiences around town for a few months now, and who have their newest tape out on Dumpster Tapes, and are ...

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EXHUMED: X__X 'Sticky Fingers' LP

by Stainzer Prohmdrez

posted Tuesday Aug 19th, 2014

At this point, Ohio proto punk GODS the electric eels really need no introduction, but their lesser-known off-shoot X__X, or Ex Blank Ex, has just recently had their first turn at an official reissue after releasing two earth-moving singles on Cleveland's epic Drome Records in the late 1970s. Featuring the eels' John Morton on guitar, The Mirrors' Andrew Klimeyk, and Anton Fier on drums, later of Pere Ubu, The Feelies, etc. X__X were a full-throttle art terror troupe with nothing to lose in the grip of punk's peak of popularity, and their ensuing singles bridged the ...

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VIDEO FEED: William Eggleston: In the Real World 2005

by Brett Cross

posted Saturday Aug 16th, 2014

Memphis born and raised William Eggleston is one of the most prominent American artists, living or dead. Known for his color photography that captures inanimate objects and reflects beauty in the ordinary and mundane, at the ripe age of 75 he is credited for legitimatizing color photography as an artistic medium. His work has appeared all over the world, MoMA, J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and The Whitney in New York just to name a few, and his most famous work "The Red Ceiling" appeared on Big Star's excellent Radio City album. Eggleston's photos have appeared ...

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PREVIEW: Lover! Talbot Adams, MAMA

by Dutra Scanlon
This monkey knows how to PARTY
This monkey knows how to PARTY
posted Thursday Aug 14th, 2014

That icky and sticky Power Pop honey you’ve been craving will be DRIPPING from the ceiling of Cole’s Bar this Saturday night August 16th! Legendary Southern power pop monsters Lover!, and Talbot Adams will be joining Chicago’s MAMA to perform their sexiest hits for FREE – wet-knaps not included! It might be a little dirty, and it might be a little sweet, and maybe they put the moves on too fast (admit it you LOVED IT) – but you definitely won’t regret getting your filthy mind stuck on the punk rhythms, come-hither vocals, and ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: COZY "Sidepiping"

by Diamond Boyz

posted Monday Aug 11th, 2014

Fresh off their SECOND whirlwind tour of Japan, COZY are headed back to the American shores and we couldn't be more excited to welcome them back to land of denim britches and heavy rock, so it's with great excitement that we are providing a premiere today for the least innocent of the COZY songs we've heard so far, the beyond risque, blush-inducing and oh-so seam-bursting smash hit, "Sidepiping!" We're not exactly sure how "Sidepiping" translated to the legions of weeping Japanese fans, but we do know that back here in America, all it sometimes takes is a throbbing ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Get Crazy' (1983)

by Todd Killings
Possibly the GREATEST Rock'n Roll movie of ALL TIME
Possibly the GREATEST Rock'n Roll movie of ALL TIME
posted Sunday Aug 10th, 2014

Welcome once again to the Sunday Matinee on VoT, and this week we are bringing you one of the brightest gems of American cinematic achievement during the punk era, and a film so chock full of great moments and good times you probably wouldn't even believe it exists. I mean, how many other movies star Lou Reed in a speaking role, creating a song on the spot and singing it throughout the whole film? And who knew The Doors' John Densmore was such a party animal? And the concept of the Reggie Wanker character is enough to make Hollywood hang ...

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Aussie Sounds: WONDERFULS

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Aug 8th, 2014

This installment of the Aussie Sounds series goes to the ethereal, lofty sound of Wonderfuls from Brisbane, who emblazon an 'against the grain' stance of not using drums, and yet still manage to captivate listeners into a hazy world of inner reflection and true grit of the uglyiness around them. The angelic, echoing arrangements show such a delicate, harrowing tone in each song, you might wonder if the songwriter, Bobby Vagg was on the verge of a mental breakdown, and if that's not an essential ingredient for real music, I really don't know what is. With a darkness ...

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LANDFILL: How to Dress Well

by Tony Visconti

posted Tuesday Aug 5th, 2014

Welcome to the new recycling section of VoT where we offer divisive insight to the world of mainstream drivel being passed off as "Indie Rock" to the brainwashed masses, and boy are you in for a treat! But please don't think this is going to be some great dissection of this soul-baring guy thinking he's onto something new in any way, shape, or form, this is all about the reality of what makes this artist so much better than 88% of the other people making music today. How does that feel? This encouragement is exactly what makes us weak as ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Mazes and Monsters' (1982)

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Aug 3rd, 2014

Welcome back to yet another thrilling episode of the VoT Sunday Matinee, this week featuring the cult classic 'Made-for-TV' film warning of the dangers of Dungeon & Dragons-style role playing games in the early 1980s, Mazes and Monsters starring a young and very psychologically vulnerable Tom Hanks in a post-Bosom Buddies drama you need to see to believe. You just don't get to see Tom Hanks hallucinate enough, NOW DO YOU? Based on the novel by Rona Jaffe, this CBS movie tackled the rising fears associated with the growing popularity of role-playing fantasy games aimed at teenagers in an intense, ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: The Yolks "I'm Going Down"

by Diamond Boyz

posted Wednesday Jul 30th, 2014

Chicago's "Kings of Awesome" are back with their sophomore LP bearing that exact title, and we have a special treat for you today, with a track premiere for their risque and downright "RANDY" track "I'm Going Down." If you've been hovering around the good times in Chicago for the past 10 years you'll no doubt have some bruises on your heart from The Yolks amazing live shows, where they seamlessly interplay brooding early 60s doo-wop style melodies with party-soaked mid 60s frat rock to no end. As any fan of theirs knows, they went dormant for a short ...

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PREVIEW: Dead Native, Hollow Mountain, Le Tour

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday Jul 30th, 2014

We welcome you to another thrill-filled evening at Door #3 in the most dangerous section of Wicker Park in Chicago! Tonight we've scoured the gritty city for another round of bands guaranteed to stain your socks and send you home in a box, and you know how much you love going home in a box. First up, we have Le Tour who have just completed recording their debut LP after a knockout series of demos and live shows, and their delicately wrangled pop will echo loud and clear throughout your earholes, so try not to get too "faced" ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Bronco Bullfrog' (1969)

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Jul 27th, 2014

Welcome back to another installment of the Sunday Matinee film series on VoT! Today we have a special treat from late 60's London spotlighting the fledgeling Suedehead/skinhead scene called Bronco Bullfrog. The film was an extremely low-budget project, enlisting street people and/or thugs in the acting roles, with no formal training, as to keep it's gritty, realistic feel intact. So much so that these "actors" even stole equipment from the set, jeopardizing it's completion! But the real eye-opener in this rare UK film is the appearance of Audience, the pre-punk art rock band fronted by later maligned Dangerhouse recording artist ...

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PREVIEW: The Man, Make-Overs, Hollow Mountian, Son of A Gun

by Pat Sullivan

posted Thursday Jul 24th, 2014

There are shows, and then there are shows. Friday July 25th at Moe's Tavern will most certainly be one of the shows that is spoken about in hushed tones in future days. When they write the annals of this time, we can guarantee you its authors will see this show as one of our times key happenings. South African sensations, the Make-Overs are going to start things off with their HOZAC RECORDS-approved attack, bringing to mind the most fuzzed out noise punk of the 1980s. They would been a perfect opener for Pussy Galore at Maxwells in 1988. ...

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TRACK PREMIERE: Liquid Diamonds

by Todd Killings
LIQUID DIAMONDS 1973 Archival debut 7
LIQUID DIAMONDS 1973 Archival debut 7"
posted Tuesday Jul 22nd, 2014

As time passes, the legitimacy of Sonny Vincent's repertoire just grows stronger and more impressive with each new unearthed segment of his seminal years. As you will undoubtedly recall, the issue of the debut 7" from FURY as the first release in the HoZac Archival series in late 2012 was just the starting point, as here we have uncovered an even lesser-known band during those uncategorizable early/mid 70s years when so many styles of "underground rock" were interweaving. Sonny's incredible recollection of these early years in his career are mind blowing, and the fact that he's been able to hold ...

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Aussie Sounds: The Stabs

by Richie Dagger
The Stabs
The Stabs
posted Friday Jul 11th, 2014

Of all the congruent shades of din echoing throughout the modern hotbed of the Australian Underground, the gloomy, pummeling force of The Birthday Party/Moodists/Scientists can never be cleanly scrubbed out, and even as the tentacles of innovation and diversification extend themselves ever-so-effortlessly into new realms of new generations, the soiled stains still remain. The Stabs are part of that contingent, yet not impersonators by any length, they reduce their noise to a reptilian crawl, digging deeper into your psyche with each repetitive, grueling thump, and laying waste to the minions in their wake. With a string of releases ...

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VIDEO FEED: The Undertones 'Here Comes the Summer' BBC Documentary

by Stainzer Prohmdrez
The Undertones circa 1978
The Undertones circa 1978
posted Monday Jul 7th, 2014

It's already summer and the pressure is ON for you to get the most out of it, I mean who wouldn't be disappointed in you for not going to the beach every day, or constantly eating popsicles, right? Well this week on the VoT Video Feed we have another choice, rarely seen and super HQ, official BBC documentary on one of the top-rated bands of Summer, late 70s Irish power pop legends, The Undertones. For a band that's sadly not as well known in the US as they truly should be, the Undertones had numerous TV appearances in ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Watery Love 'Decorative Feeding' LP

by Diamond Boyz

posted Thursday Jul 3rd, 2014

Philadelphia's throbbing thugs, Watery Love, have effectively kicked the door down with this debut LP, echoing back to the nasty-caked mid 90s In The Red roster, chock full of Necessary Evils, Hospitals, and Cheater Slicks, and bringing the east coast Richie/TestosterTunes party crashing into full view. From the first needle drop to the last agonizing riff, the levels of discomforting death knells churn forth repeatedly, building one Flipper-fueled nightmare after another, burying their "Competing Odors" deep into your nasal cavity, causing instant elevation to their form of irritation. But just because of your mild uneasiness, doesn't mean Watery ...

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EXHUMED: CRIME 'Murder By Guitar' LP

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Jul 2nd, 2014

One of the most elusive punk bands of the 70s, CRIME, finally got their due in the early 2000s with a proper, accessible reissue of their most well known material in the form of the San Francisco's STILL Doomed LP on Swami Records, but as time passed, it came to be realized that this wasn't actually complete, and that even more material had surfaced. But studio tracks such as the often maligned 3rd single "Maserati" b/w "Gangster Funk" as well as "Terminal Boredom" and demo cuts like the killer slow-burner, "TV Blue" are all coming to the surface ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Tilt' (1979)

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Jun 29th, 2014

"The tough and tender saga of the pinball princess who was hard to beat -- and easy to love." "Us truck drivers were the first dopers in America, don't forget that!" "My boy here is a great artist, how do you think a star is born?" "Look you gotta prove they're born, listen man we've got 50,000 kids coming in here, smokin', druggin', snortin', freakin' out. You think they're gonna sit still for a hick on a guitar?" The "dim bulb" that is one of the first pinball exploitation films of the late 70s (along with the stone classic, 'Pinball ...

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Aussie Sounds: The Lost Domain

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Jun 27th, 2014

Our next installment in the Aussie Sounds series, devised to occupy your brain with the sublime and rejuvenating noise emanating from the cup runneth over that is the underground Australian scene, comes from Brisbane audio heathens The Lost Domain, who have been kicking up the digital dust for quite some time now, with releases dating back to the early 2000's on various formats. Featuring drummer Ian Wadley from notable underground act, Bird Blobs, The Lost Domain exist in a parallax view of a textured sound landscape, barbed with jagged waves of feedback and vertigo, a major reason for ...

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PREVIEW: Son of A Gun, The Wet, Gravity Waves

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski
WHO KNOWS WHAT LURKS BEHIND DOOR #3?
WHO KNOWS WHAT LURKS BEHIND DOOR #3?
posted Thursday Jun 26th, 2014

Tonight at Door #3, the newest basement party spot in the puke-stained heart of your good times, Wicker Park, join the VoT staff for another skull-softening evening of raw realism, presented in musical form, especially not for the faint of groin or heart. The Chicago label collective BOCRL has assembled another night of heady goodness for only a measly $5 cover and complete with a $3 beer special, and you thought this was Wrigleyville? Don't miss the incredible "SEX ROOM" as well, which used to be the backstage area when The Rolling Stones played DD in 1996, now converted into ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Kim & Leanne "The Science Test"

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Jun 24th, 2014

Australian punk legend Kim Salmon hasn't really ever slowed down in his undying thirst for the hideous throb, and after his recent accolades fronting the original Scientists lineup a few months back, his newest project, Kim & Leanne is creeping up to the surface with a video for one of the upcoming LP's standout tracks, "The Science Test." With it's excellent stop-motion animation style, this video brilliantly reiterates the modern primitivism Kim Salmon has been known for, going on 40 years into his career now. The first LP from Kim & Leanne, True West will be hitting the ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Out of the Blue' (1980)

by Todd Killings

posted Sunday Jun 22nd, 2014

Welcome once again to the Sunday Matinee on VictimofTime.com, we've got a great treat for you all this fine afternoon, featuring one of America's greatest actors, Dennis Hopper in his brush with Punk culture in the seldom-seen Canadian film from 1980, Out of The Blue. The film centers around teen-aged Cebe, a girl with an obsession with Punk Rock and Elvis, who is the daughter of ex-con Hopper, and features live footage of Vancouver punk/powerpop legends The Pointed Sticks in their only major motion picture appearance. The tag line "Her Dad's in prison, Her Mom's on drugs, and ...

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PREVIEW: Dark Mofo Festival in Tasmania

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Jun 20th, 2014

Tomorrow in Hobart, Tasmania is an underground gathering of synth-heavy Australian acts that's going to be looked back at historically as one of the pivotal events of this era. As part of the Dark Mofo Festival spanning this entire week, heavy hitters of the noir-punk world are congregating in a glorious din of mesmerizing reverberations, including the likes of Total Control, HTRK, The Native Cats, Kirin J. Callinan, and Nun, along with many others of their kindred ilk. For a week-long festival in such a remote part of ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Thunders 'Born Pregnant'

by Robyn Banks
Thunders
Thunders
posted Wednesday Jun 18th, 2014

Thunders just kicked off the first few nights of their tour and sent us their latest video. We didn't know most of these things existed on the Internet but found footage vids are usually the best (even better when you're "alone and stoned" with an entire cheeseburger pizza from Papa John's on your lap (have you tried that yet because it's amazing). Anyway, they've been described as sleezy, gritty, 80's psych, and scuzzy so that means they're almost like Nirvana? Just kidding that's crossing a line. Is Thunders coming to a city near you? Find out below! June ...

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TOP of the SLOP: Gross Pointe

by Steve Wichelecki

posted Monday Jun 16th, 2014

One of the newer groups to crop up in the Chicago scene, Gross Pointe was made known to me through Animal Kingdom's Tuff + Rumble Vol. 1 mix tape. The song was "Feelin' Alright," a scrappy, poorly recorded number - raw and snarling, loaded with snotty, pissed-off attitude. It is rock 'n' roll punk rock in its rawest, purest, most juvenile form. Needless to say, I instantly fell in love. "The name Gross Pointe is an homage to the bottom of the barrel," says guitarist, vocalist and brains of the operation Michael Santana. "[It's] that sort of helpless ...

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SUNDAY MATINEE: 'Cotton Candy' (1978)

by Todd Killings
Cotton Candy (Made for TV, 1978)
Cotton Candy (Made for TV, 1978)
posted Sunday Jun 15th, 2014

Welcome to another mind-blowing new aspect to Victim of Time, the SUNDAY MATINEE series, where we dig up some of the greatest obscure films, and in this case, a Ron Howard-directed Made-For-TV movie that has slipped through the cracks, and still holds some impressive cinematic moments in the field of trash and rock'n roll. The power pop hits the band churns out on stage are worth your time alone, but the subtle nuances of the era will keep you coming back, just keep your eye on Clint Howard's teeth. Cotton Candy is a great TV movie from 1978 that shows ...

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A Tale of Two Gizmos

by Brett Cross

posted Friday Jun 13th, 2014

The Gizmos are back, guys! Last night the old gang: Kenneth Highland, Eddie Flowers, Ted Niemiec, and Rich Coffee, along with Max Demata from Sonic Daze, John Terill from Dancing Cigarettes and Ian Brewer from the Panics, busted out of the time-casted shadows to blow the monitors out from the confines of The Bishop in Bloomington, Indiana Their lineup revealed that not only was this a well sewn reunion for the Gizmos, but also a who's who in early Indiana punk that centered around Gulcher Records and fanzine. Some of these dudes hadn't seen each other in 37 ...

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VIDEO PREMIERE: Cretin Stompers 'Adult Child'

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Jun 13th, 2014

Cretin Stompers landed in our lap on an other-worldly afternoon one day, sent directly from the future and completely ready to bury your past and everything you’ve ever held dear. Not even a fully formed embryo upon their first recording, the interstellar project began as a long-distance collaboration between past members of the ethereal Barbaras, Magic Kids, Boston Chinks, (and later, Jay Reatard Band/Wavves) in Memphis, and their mysterious cohort, (who had never been met or even spoken to while making the record!) BIG MUFF RADIO, living up north in Brooklyn, and has reached it’s fully-developed final mutation ...

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VIDEO FEED: TROGGS Documentary

by Todd Killings
The TROGGS are the BEST
The TROGGS are the BEST
posted Thursday Jun 12th, 2014

If you ever were under the normal assumption that males could not give birth, and that the female gender was the only side privvy to this glorious natural occurrence, then please pull up a chair my dear children and let's get you acquainted with one of the greatest musical creations of the 1960s, The Troggs. Composed of four modest gentlemen from Andover UK, The Troggs crawled up from the primordial ooze in 1964 as Reg Presley, Pete Staples, Ronnie Bond, and the name that's still sadly not a household one, guitarist Chris Britton, and created a new savage ...

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PHOTO BOMB: HoZac Blackout Fest 2014 Day 2

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Jun 11th, 2014

Friday of the 2014 HoZac Blackout Fest was already cause for alarm, with the show selling out way in advance with the word on the streets about The Boys hitting the airwaves. Never was expected such an epic band of the first 70s wave of punk to grace this festival, but in the 11th hour, the trigger was pulled. Kicking off the night were Chicago's most savage CEO pricks, The Man who decimated and redistricted the fuck out of the crowd, implementing zoning laws and miles of red tape in gutteral blasts of executive smashings. Next up was ...

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Aussie Sounds: Blank Realm

by Brett Cross

posted Tuesday Jun 10th, 2014

Blank Realm are a band of siblings, three of them bound by their DNA: Daniel, Luke and Sarah Spencer; and Luke Walsh who is their brother from another mother, and their guitarist. The band came together in a Brisbane suburb in 2005, and in their early years they honed in on noisy, psych-damaged experimentation, consistently abstracting any sounds they could wring from their equipment. Throughout the years, Blank Realm have amalgamated into a sound that is much different than what they originally transmitted during their earlier inception. Today their tunes bring to light the intersection between glorious and ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: THE MAN Carousel of Sound debut 7" EP

by Ald. Dan Rostenkowski

posted Wednesday Jun 4th, 2014

ARE YOU WIRED TO GET HIRED? Let’s get this straight, nobody likes to be pushed around by The Man. With all of the corporate involvement in the music industry these days, it’s finally time to grab those smug CEOs and thrust them onstage and see what comes out when you really stick ‘em. And nothing is more satisfying, both financially and fiscally responsible, than to let THE MAN do their thing, because they will walk all over you and you will love every minute of it. With a panicky/riveting/down-sizing guitar crunch, merging with the heavy dose of anxiety-riddled ...

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INTERVIEW: Tony Molina at the Beat Kitchen in Chicago

by The Mudcat

posted Friday May 30th, 2014

Tony Molina's breakout album, "Dissed and Dismissed" (2013) was originally released on the Melters imprint, the album is equal parts "Pinkerton", with all the lyrical sylopism of the original, and equal parts Iron Maiden, with powerful, riffing metal breakdowns that border on hyperbole. Most songs clock in under the two-minute mark, with a signature pop arrangement that garnered the attention of such giants as Slumberland Records, who repressed the album this year, and Matador, who released the "Six Tracks EP" as part of their vaunted and ongoing singles series, "Singles Going Home". The name is taken from a song by ...

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PHOTO BOMB: HoZac Blackout Fest 2014 Day 1

by Todd Killings
Counter Intuits at HoZac Blackout Fest 2014, photo by Stan Golovchuk
Counter Intuits at HoZac Blackout Fest 2014, photo by Stan Golovchuk
posted Thursday May 29th, 2014

This year's ever encompassing HoZac Blackout Fest reached a fever pitch like never before, with this being it's 10th year, and raising the roof for the seventh year at the Empty Bottle for three nights of the best underground music you can find in one weekend in the Midwest. With such incredible headlining acts (that you'd never see at other festivals) in recent years such as Redd Kross, Chrome and Nervous Eaters and Dwight Twilley, this year's cavalcade of talent was just as unmatched and pulled in another massive crowd of punk fanatics from across the globe. Thursday's annual Blackout ...

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PREVIEW: The Rubs, The Sueves, and Gross Pointe at Door #3

by The Mudcat

posted Tuesday May 27th, 2014

This Thursday, May 29, HoZac Records and The Benevolent Order of Chicago Record Labels are hosting a slate of bands guaranteed to satisfy your hankerings for fun and friction. Chicago's The Rubs, The Sueves, and Gross Pointe are set to blow the doors off Door #3, a new venue in the basement of the existing Double Door that is more reminiscent of a house space than venue. Noisy, eccentric garage-punk is the hallmark of the sound of Chicago's The Rubs. With a demo tape out on cassette masterminds and fellow BOCRL members Why Pick on Me?, the ...

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Shocked Minds: Hangin' at Mike's House

by Robyn Banks

posted Wednesday May 21st, 2014

After the shitshow that was Saturday night at HoZac’s Blackout Fest, I hopped in a car with Shocked Minds because why not. To sum up the experience: they ate my lip gloss and didn’t laugh at my amazing jokes (What’s the difference between a Greyhound bus station and a shrimp with big tits....?), but they always lit my cigarette like the true NYC-via-Atlanta gentlemen that they actually are. Epicycle was played, an Oblivians record on repeat, the late and great Jay Reatard rounded off the soundtrack of the night-now-morning. I really didn't want to see the sun rise, ...

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VIDEO FEED: Dictators on Jabberwalk 1976

by Todd Killings

posted Saturday May 17th, 2014

If you're the type of guy, who's into getting high on a Friday afternoon, then we have a real treat for you here. As we all know, the massively influential punk pioneers, The Dictators are headlining the 2014 HoZac Blackout Fest this year and what we've dug up, courtesy of Frankie Foodpoisoning is the extremely rare "Documentary" on the seedy American underbelly, Mondo Cane-style, entitled 'Jabberwalk" which features The Dictators in their full glory at the 1976 Ms. All Bare America pageant. Yes you will need to see this to believe it, that's for certain. And if that's ...

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LOST IN THE STACKS: Von LMO – FUTURE LANGUAGE

by Dutra Scanlon

posted Thursday May 15th, 2014

Six Million Years Ago Today... A message was seen traveling through space... Transcending time... Moving faster than the speed of light... Breaking the sound barrier... This message was known as THE FUTURE LANGUAGE... And we are here to deliver this message to you NOW... LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL! Then, like a no wave rocket ship headed straight for your head, Von LMO and his band of time traveling, interplanetary rock-mongers launch into the funkiest throw down Downtown Manhattan has produced since James Chance and the Contortions were at their ugliest and heaviest, commencing lift off on Von LMO’s first ...

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EXHUMED: MARY MONDAY & THE BITCHES 7"

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday May 13th, 2014

“Oh Rickie you took my razor blaaade, Oh no now how am I gonna playyy…” One of the greatest west coast punk singles of the first wave is back in print and ready to smash your party right in your face. Former stripper Mary Monday had a life shrouded in mystery, and conflicting reports in the historic documentation as to the band and Mary’s origins are still baffling punkologists to this day, including her mysterious death a few years after this single’s release. As legend goes, she arrived in San Francisco from Vancouver in 1976 with green hair and put ...

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VIDEO FEED: Dr. Feelgood LIVE 1975

by Todd Killings
Dr. Feelgood 1975
Dr. Feelgood 1975
posted Tuesday May 6th, 2014

If you've heard the name Dr. Feelgood and the first thing that pops in your mind is the Motley Crue song, well, then this post is definitely for you. Formed in the early 70s and one of the most visible/well-known band of the pre-punk "pub rock" movement, Wilko Johnson & the gang steamrolled their choppy punk rhythms into a glam rock-soaked UK music scene and left an indelible mark on the early sound forged with the first round of punk bands that still hasn't been washed out. I'll never forget reading about the Ramones first trip ...

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BREAKING SOUNDS: Obnox - Louder Space LP

by Brett Cross

posted Thursday May 1st, 2014

I think they must have a statue in Ohio dedicated to Lamont “Bim” Thomas. There are few out there like Bim, he’s a prolific mutherhumper who’s been at it since the early 90s with the Bassholes, more recently This Moment in Black History, and Puffy Areolas and his venom is just as potent now as it was then. His newest gig is called Obnox, under which he’s already cut a handful of singles and a couple of albums, one of which is a double LP. The dude isn’t much for sitting still. Mr. Thomas ...

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PREVIEW: WEED at Animal Kingdom

by Max Green 18

posted Friday Apr 25th, 2014

Fuzzed-out and insistent, WEED'S first full-length Deserve is refreshing and relentlessly catchy. The four-piece, Vancouver-based outfit behind the loaded moniker makes music that — for all of its waves of feedback and aggressive tonal quality — seems determined to never lose sight of pop sensibility. Much of Deserve’s charm is in the lower-fidelity sound of its production and the reverb-drenched vocals that drawl over upbeat rhythms. WEED has released a highly listenable album that is at turns mellow and endearingly chaotic, with hooks to spare. Get an earful of WEED at Animal Kingdom this Monday, April 28th with

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TRACK PREMIERE: Spike & The Sweet Spots

by Robyn Banks

posted Wednesday Apr 23rd, 2014

We’ve been waiting for fucking forever for Spike & The Sweet Spots to finally record something – and here it finally fucking is. Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, the exclusive, world premiere of their hit song “Black & White." The Sweet Spots expect to have a five-song EP up somewhere on the fucking Internet shortly, but catch them tomorrow night at Township with James Swanberg, American Breakfast, and Zoo Brother.

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TOP OF THE SLOP: Toupeé

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Apr 21st, 2014

Chicago's Toupeé are a twisted, writhing, lecherous, and lumbering explosion of unsettling and invigorating noise. With a drifting post punk backdrop that encapsulates some of the farthest reaches of contrasting sound, their ability to straddle such a range of delicate tone with venomous vocals is just as intimately polarizing as you might imagine. A strangulated riff, punched repeatedly that continues to worm its way inside you, Toupeé are that rare flightless bird that has evolved to devour the young at heart and continue to confound scientists with their uniquely unpredictable, moody and intense sonic delivery. From heavenly hushed ...

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INTERVIEW: The Goose is Loose: Poppin’ Off with Audacity

by Robyn Banks

posted Thursday Apr 17th, 2014

(Audacity are in the midst of a 27-date “Panda Express” tour with The Coathangers. I got to hang out with them all night when they played at the Empty Bottle on April 11th. Their tour runs through the end of this month, find dates here). As stated above, I hung out with Audacity all night and that also entailed doing poppers all night. Now let’s be clear: this stuff is legal and I guess it’s meant to loosen you’re a**hole before a** sex, but you can also huff it and it makes you feel like a wacky waving inflatable ...

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EXHUMED: Lost Kids Cola Freaks EP 7"

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Apr 7th, 2014

Danish punk legends, the Lost Kids, released one of the most chill-inducing punk moments ever recorded in that fateful year of 1979, and luckily our friends at Sing Sing have bridged the financial gap for you once again, bringing this top-notch Euro punk rarity into temporary accessibility, in it's original format. With a bizarre lineup boasting such a mismatched crew of weirdos charging forth in both disco wear AND garish corpse-type makeup, these songs will burn your eyebrows right off before it even makes it to your ears. Deliciously thuggish Rezillos-style sneer gushes over the misplaced, yet perfectly-fitting, ...

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VIDEO FEED: Dunedin NZ 1977: Friends of The Enemy

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Apr 1st, 2014

If you've found yourself falling farther and farther down the wonderful well of the seemingly limitless New Zealand underground music of the late 70s/early 80s, you've no doubt crossed paths with the likes of Chris Knox. Most notably the figurehead of the extremely prolific Tall Dwarfs and the ground-breaking Toy Love before that, Knox has been on countless releases, whether as a guest or in solo form, since 1978 up to the present. And as with any notable and iconic figures of the time, he also fronted an early punk band called The Enemy, which debuted in that magical year ...

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EXHUMED: The Exit The Exit EP 7"

by Todd Killings

posted Tuesday Mar 25th, 2014

Chicago's vast South Side in the late 1970s wasn't exactly the ideal breeding ground for punk rock, but as evidenced by the output of the prolific Disturbing Records label (Cunts, Meaty Buys, Painterband, etc) and a few shining examples of subversive culture festering in the shadow of the bleak shadow of Midway, such as The Imports from Hyde Park on Circkle Records, most notoriously, the band with the least-known history has always been The Exit. As noted numerous times, Chicago's disorganized, disconnected 70s punk 'scene' evolved on both the North Side as well as the South Side, with the latter ...

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VIDEO FEED: Akron, OH Punk: It's Everything and Then It's Gone

by Todd Killings
Rubber City Rebels hangin' tough in front of The Crypt
Rubber City Rebels hangin' tough in front of The Crypt
posted Thursday Mar 13th, 2014

"East Coast, West Coast, they Can Jump In The Sea. I Don't Need No Ocean, I've Got Industry" Akron is one of the several pivotal cities from Ohio that made major waves in the 1970s rock'n roll underground. Along with Cleveland and Columbus, Akron, or 'The Rubber City' it dug it's footprint deep into the history of the era, and with such vital contributions such as DEVO, Pretenders, Rubber City Rebels, Numbers Band, The Bizarros, Tin Huey and the Waitresses as well as the esteemed Clone Records imprint in their midst, who could deny them? This week we're featuring a ...

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People's Temple On Tour with LOOP

by Todd Killings

posted Monday Feb 24th, 2014

The People's Temple and legendary late 80s UK psych/shoegaze band LOOP are touring together this spring, don't miss this meeting of the minds: So at this point, the Lansing, MI band, People’s Temple, are pretty much an institution here at HoZac, and their anxiously awaited third LP is finally here and ready for you to sink your teeth into. Not necessarily an album formed in preconceived theme, akin to their debut, and More For the Masses, but similar to how the Rolling Stones’ Between The Buttons or The Seeds’ Fallin’ Off The Edge albums represented a ...

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RIP: Bob Casale of DEVO

by Todd Killings

posted Wednesday Feb 19th, 2014

It's another sad day for the underground, as the immortal Akron, OH heroes known as DEVO have lost their second member within the calendar year, first Alan, and now Bob 2 (aka Bob Casale) at age 61 due to heart failure. As the years go by and the peripheral landscape of the punk/underground world expands both farther back, and to the outer fringes, the trail of human development seems to all stem from the Midwest's fertile crescent of creative explosiveness, OHIO, and DEVO are easily one of their most important byproducts. As Bob wielded the always dynamic guitar ...

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Lost In The Stacks: The Kinks The Great Lost Kinks Album

by Dutra Scanlon

posted Wednesday Feb 12th, 2014

The Kinks were doomed from the start. The minute they signed on the dotted line, they cursed themselves to a record contract that would leave them poverty-stricken and drug addled, despite releasing some of the finest pop music (and arguably, the heaviest rock and roll) in their first decade as a band. Their tale of squandered opportunities, booze-fueled brawls, mismanagement, and their legendary banishment from America following a disastrous first tour are the stuff of legends. What isn’t so well known is just how insanely good every last scrap of their music is. And just as unknown is the ultimate ...

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EXHUMED: Electric Eels Jaguar Ride 7"

by Todd Killings

posted Friday Feb 7th, 2014

This is still hard to even fathom, let alone anywhere near realistic, but HoZac Archival Records is proud to present a little piece of history for you here, which, if you are still unexposed, will knock your "punk clock" back a few years, resetting your concept of what punk evolved from, where punk germinated from, and how unhinged the Midwest (Ohio in particular) was in comparison to the East & West Coasts in the days before the Ramones & Sex Pistols records littered the land. The Cleveland-based (and formerly Columbus) electric eels were unrivaled in terms of sonic mayhem for ...

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INTERVIEW: SONNY VINCENT's FURY Tales from NYC 1972

by Todd Killings
FURY live at The Academy of Music, NYC 1972
FURY live at The Academy of Music, NYC 1972
posted Thursday Oct 18th, 2012

Sonny Vincent is a true punk pioneer, we all know that already. But did you know how deep this man's well of punk madness really goes? Pull up a chair and get comfortable, as Sonny takes us for a ride through his world as a runaway kid in New York in the mid 1960s, up through the forging of punk in the early 1970s as his proto-punk bands, Distance, FURY, and Liquid Diamonds will soon attest. Sonny's voice has been sadly absent from all of the New York Punk biographies and oral histories, and now it's time to rectify this ...

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Herman Brood and his Wild Romance "Dope Sucks" 1978