Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Episode 57: Live From The Ice System Of Hoth

Greetings Dear Listener,

If you have not heard by now, earlier this week we lost one of the greatest Americans of the last century.  Pete Seeger passed away at the age of 94.  In this episode, I make a meager attempt at paying tribute to the man.

Pete Seeger stood up for the common man and spoke out for peace and equality at times when it was not always popular to do so.  From workers' rights to civil rights to anti-war demonstrations, Pete Seeger was there for us for over 70 years.  We seem to be running out voices for the voiceless.

From someone that upheld the ideals of America to those that are trying to destroy them:  Dennis Miller and Bill O'Reilly are touring together and are somehow booked at arenas.  Chelsea Handler is also on an arena tour.  Larry The Cable Guy came through town recently playing a symphony hall.  To all of this the only thing I can say is:  What the fuck?  Mediocrity is holding sway and humanity is doomed.  I give up.

And as if we all didn't have enough reasons to hate Sea World, check out the documentary Black Fish that is currently streaming on the Netflix.  Here's a trailer for it:
In better news, there will be a wonderful event in 2015.  Marvel Universe Live will be coming to town two Octobers from now.  I don't know what it will exactly be but I'm a big enough nerd to want to find out.  Here's a promo trailer for that too:
I haven't picked up the Mind Cure single for January yet.  It came out last weekend but the weather didn't seem too agreeable for traveling to a neighborhood with the word "Hill" at the end of it.  I may have an illness but it hasn't gotten to point where I'd be willing to bobsled down hill in my car for records.

However, I finally picked up Slayer's vinyl reissue of God Hates Us All, How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Miles Davis' Kind of Blue in mono.  My house may be cold but at least it's a rockin'.

The Circle Jerks live album Gig is going to be issued on vinyl.  There are only 500 being pressed so get your pre-order in now.  Shop Radio Cast still seems to have it listed.  It looks like the pre-order on Interpunk is no longer available.

The new Against Me! is out.  Transgender Dysphoria Blues is a solid 10 tracks.  We'll be getting into that in a few episodes.

That's all for now.

Thanks for listening.

Take it easy.  But take it.


Here's the download link:

Out of Step Music Hour Episode 57

Here's the playlist:
1.  The Sword~Apocryphon~Apocryphon
2.  Jane's Addiction~Ocean Size (Demo)~Kettle Whistle
3.  Pete Seeger~Bourgeois Blues~If I Had A Hammer: Songs Of Hope & Struggle
4.  The Ruts~Staring At The Rude Boys~Staring At The Rude Boys
5.  Nic Lawless & Young Criminales~Sunless~Mind Cure December 2013
6.  Fugazi~Break~End Hits
7.  Deadline~Close Door~8/2/82
8.  Pete Seeger~We Shall Overcome~If I Had A Hammer: Songs Of Hope & Struggle
9.  Government Issue~Asshole~The Year In 7-Inches
10.  Minutes~Paring Knife~Roland
11.  The Cramps~Uranium Rock~All Tore Up
12.  The Bangers~Baby Let Me Bang Your Box~Lux & Ivy's Favorites Vol. 11
13.  Pete Seeger~Talking Atom (Old Man Atom)~If I Had A Hammer: Songs Of Hope & Struggle
14.  Tinariwen~Iswegh Attay~Tasili
15.  Jon Spencer Blues Explosion~Money Rock 'n' Roll~Plastic Fang
16.  Stiff Little Fingers~Gotta Gettaway~All The Best
17.  Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros~Blitzkrieg Bop~Coma Girl (Single)
18.  Pete Seeger~Tomorrow Is A Highway~If I Had A Hammer: Songs Of Hope & Struggle
19.  George Carlin~How To Handle A Heckler~The Little David Years
20.  Ben Folds Five~Julianne~Ben Folds Five
21.  L7~Shitlist~Natural Born Killers
22.  Ramesses~Omniversal Horror~The Tomb
23.  Pete Seeger~Talking Union~If I Had A Hammer: Songs Of Hope & Struggle
24.  The Kinks~You Really Got Me~Lux & Ivy's Favorites Vol. 3
25.  Dax Riggs~Truth In The Dark~We Sing Of Only Blood Or Love

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Episode 56: Feat. DJ Evolution

Greetings Dear Listener,

We have a special guest joining us for this episode.  DJ Evolution stops by to aid in assembling the playlist.  We keep the musical mood light and have some fun while doing it.

Iggy Pop has done a few radio shows on the BBC.  Luckily there is an online source for our listening pleasure.  They can be found here.  Along with hours and hours of Henry Rollins' radio output.

The shows heading to town this spring are getting interesting.  The Sword will be here on March 3rd.  Tinariwen will be here on April 1st.  And the Julie Ruin will come to town on April 11th.  Brimming with excitement am I.

April 8th will bring us a new OFF! album titled Wasted Years.  Hooray.  There aren't any pre-orders listed yet but I'm sure that will change in a few weeks.

Against Me!'s new record comes out on January 21st.  Anti-Flag and the Gaslight Anthem are recording as well.  2014 will be an interesting year.

Rise Against's Siren Songs Of The Counter Culture has been given another vinyl pressing thus lowering the value of my record collection once again.  Oh well.

The internet went bonkers when Judas Priest was referred to as a death metal band on The Simpsons.  Metalheads with nothing else to do but bitch on the internets through a fit.  At some point people need to realize that there are these things called jokes and a cartoon may tell these things called jokes from time to time.

I made a rather successful trip to the comic book store the other day.  I came across the anthology of Frank Miller's run on Daredevil.  If you want gritty crime stories this is the book for you.  These stories are where Frank Miller hit his creative stride and reinvigorated a great character that was almost discarded by Marvel.  Don't let a shitty Afleck movie ruin Daredevil for you.  That character has more depth than that awful script could handle.

I also brought home the Surfing Batman action figure.  Here's what it looks like:

The only thing missing is a can of shark repellent.

Justice League: War comes out on DVD on February 4th.  It's an animated adaptation of the first few issues of the Justice League when it was rebooted under the New 52.  Here's the trailer for it:

Thanks for listening.

Rock over London.  Rock on Chicago.


Here's the download link:

Out of Step Music Hour Episode 56

Here's the playlist:
1.  David Bowie~Ziggy Stardust~Bowie At The Beeb
2.  White Wives~Sky Started Crying~Happeners
3.  The Wellingtons~The Ballad Of Davy Crockett~Fantastic Mr. Fox
4.  Iggy Pop~La Vie En Rose~Apres
5.  Weezer~Undone--The Sweater Song~Weezer
6.  The Beatles~I Want To Hold Your Hand~Mono Masters Vol. 1
7.  Fiona Apple~Daredevil~The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
8.  Gaslight Anthem~45~Handwritten
9.  The Clash~Career Opportunities~The Clash (Sound System)
10.  Sheb Wooley~Purple People Eater~Lux & Ivy's Favorites Vol. 8
11.  Minutes~I Was 19, You Were 20~Minutes EP
12.  The Beach Boys~Heroes & Villains~Fantastic Mr. Fox
13.  Beastie Boys~She's On It~The Sounds Of Science Anthology
14.  Ramones~Spider-Man~Saturday Morning Cartoons Greatest Hits
15.  Veruca Salt~Swedish Fish~Benjamin (Single)
16.  The Jimi Hendrix Experience~Manic Depression~Are You Experienced (UK Mono)
17.  Walking Concert~Hands Up!~Run To Be Born
18.  Buzzcocks~What Do I Get?~9/9/1977 Peel Session
19.  Sleater-Kinney~Modern Girl~The Woods
20.  The Evens~Mt. Pleasant Isn't~The Evens
21.  Devo~Be Stiff~Be Stiff
22.  Jonah Matranga~Fathers & Daughters~3 Skeychys
23.  Ben Folds~Zak & Sara~Rockin' The Suburbs
24.  Richard Hunt~There's A New Sound~The Muppet Show: Music, Mayhem & More
25.  Seu Jorge~Ziggy Stardust~The Life Aquatic Sessions

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Episode 55: Too Busy Re-Watching Breaking Bad To Think Of A Witty Title

Greetings Dear Listener,

We can now put away our Christmas helmets and crawl out of our New Year's bunkers.  The holiday grind is behind us and we can now resume our regular day to day grind.

Speaking of Christmas, we can all remember this fond childhood moment:

Yes, that really happened.  If anyone claims that the 80's weren't a strange, fucked up time in our history, just show them this picture to set them straight.

I was going to post the local car ad that Gary Busey did a few years ago dressed as Santa but that was somehow not posted on the youtubes.

The Helmet/Melvins split single from their tour of Australia has hit the internets.  I should have it in hand by the end of next week.  Here's what the cover looks like:

I finally saw the Lone Ranger.  I actually enjoyed it but I still can't understand why they spent $215 million on it.  Westerns used to be made in abundance because they were always the cheapest to film.  That has apparently changed.

In a PR move ahead of the Winter Olympics, Vladimir Putin released the two remaining members of Pussy Riot that were being held.  I guess the thinking is that no one will notice the shit ton of other human-rights abuses if two high profile prisoners are released.  Oh well.  Outside of Women's Curling, who really gives a shit about the Winter Olympics.

It seems that the "new" Black Flag album came out last month.  Here's the funniest customer review that I read on the Amazons:

"My father died prior to this album's release. That's all that stops this waste of studio time from being the biggest tragedy of my life in 2013."

Ron Reyes was sacked as the singer of the band while they were on tour in Australia.  Here's a link to an article that includes Ron's statement about being fired during a show.  The name Black Flag has become a sad joke to me.

Zeitgeist played last night but I was too old and lazy to go to the show.  Feeding my inner-nerd with episodes of Maron and Arrow on the Netflix seemed like a better option than dealing with other humans.  Zeitgeist does have a new-ish EP available on their Bandcamp page for download.  It was a tape they put together for their tour back in November.  There were only 100 cassettes made so I'm sure I missed out on it.

The new Minutes LP, Roland, was dropped off by my friendly neighborhood mailman, this morning.  The download was good but the LP was gooder.  You can go here to see for yourself.  We will certainly be getting further into it as the weeks go by.

Thanks for listening.

Rock over London.  Rock on Chicago.


Here's the download link:

Out of Step Music Hour Episode 55

Here's the track listing:
1.  Helmet~Anything And Everything~Helmet/Melvins Split
2.  True Widow~Lungr~Circumambulation
3.  Minutes~In Your Own Fuel~Roland
4.  VUM~Solid Waves~Psychotropic Jukebox
5.  The Julie Ruin~Ha Ha Ha~Run Fast
6.  Submachine~I Wanna Be There~In Spite Of Everything...
7.  White Wives~Yours~White Wives
8.  Chelsea Wolfe~We Hit A Wall~Pain Is Beauty
9.  Bad Religion~Dept. Of False Hope~True North
10.  Marnie Stern~Nothing Is Easy~Chronicles Of Marnia
11.  Melt-Banana~Lefty Dog (run, caper, run)~Fetch
12.  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds~We Know Who U R~Push The Sky Away
13.  Fuzz~Raise~Fuzz
14.  Bosnian Rainbows~Morning Sickness~Bosnian Rainbows
15.  Iggy & The Stooges~Burn~Ready To Die
16.  Lemuria~Clay Baby~The Distance Is So Big
17.  Sebadoh~State Of Mine~Defend Yourself
18.  Iceage~Morals~You're Nothing
19.  The Mallard~A Form Of Mercy~Finding Meaning In Deference
20.  Chelsea Light Moving~Lip~Chelsea Light Moving
21.  Worlds Scariest Police Chases~Gay Jesus For President~NOFX & Out Come The Wolves Dookie
22.  Best Coast~I Don't Know How~Fade Away
23.  Dumb Numbers~Redrum~Dumb Numbers
24.  Pixies~Indie Cindy~EP1
25.  Melvins~Dr. Mule~Tres Cabrones