Thursday, 8 November 2012

The Return / The Great Ripp Offs

Hi All,

Been away too long, mainly been so busy due to the misses having surgery and being a single dad for a while but finally found time to return.

While i've been away i've still been obsessively listening to music, here's whats been floating my boat:

John Coffey - Bright Companions
Unbelievable screamy goodness from the Netherlands, produced by Jag Jago from Ghost Of A Thousand, just started listening to this but it's already pounding my brain

Cars On Fire - Black Hearts & Bloody Hands
The first album by these guys showed promise, this takes it to a whole other level, heavy as hell and melodic as fuck, love it!!!

Parkway Drive - Atlas
Fucking brutal, still need to watch the DVD i got with it but i bet that's awesome as well

Axewound - Vultures
What's that an album featuring the singer out of Bullet For My Valentine that's not shite? Yes it's not shite in fact it's really fucking good!!

Soundgarden - King Animal
I know, i know, i was sceptical that this would be rubbish as well, but in fact it's the most consistently good album they've ever done

Deftones - Koi No Yokan
The most beautifully heavy album i've ever heard, this is what i've been waiting for from these guys for quite some time.

Ultrasound - Play For Today
haven't even listened to this yet but i intend to shortly and i know it will blow me away when i do

The Great Ripp Offs

Finally i've got to say i'm sick of seeing Deluxe Editions that are a ripp-off

The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness 5CD/1DVD £140!!!!!!!!

The Rolling Stones - GRRR! 5CD/1 7"/1 Book £100!!!!!!!!!!!

U2 - Joshua Tree 2CD/1DVD £76.21!!!!!!!!!!!!

These prices are starting to take the piss, they say artists barely make any money from the sale of records so then why are they so high for deluxe editions, i recently got the Manic Street Preachers Generation Terrorists one with 3CD's 1 DVD, 1 10" record, a book, a photo and a fake backstage pass for £45, which is a fare cry from the £140 for the Pumpkins one. Fucking disgrace!!!!!!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Around The World In 80 Bands: Day 4: Finland: The Flaming Sideburns

Day 3: Finland: The Flaming Sideburns

Day 4 arrive in Finland, Feel like catching some old school garage rock, The Flaming Sideburns debut album 'Hallelujah Rock'n'Rollah' is a great place to start. catchy garage rock'n'roll, heavy on melody and guitar riffs

See you next time in Estonia.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Around The World In 80 Bands: Day 3: Sweden: Refused

Day 3: Sweden: Refused

Day 3 arrive in Sweden, may as catch a Refused reunion, for anyone who doesn't know who Refused are, shame on you. Their album 'The Shape Of Punk To Come' is a masterpiece, chock full of melody and agression and pretty much every genre you can think of.

Every 20 countries i'll post a playlist, maybe even a cheaky link to a comp who knows.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Around The World In 80 Bands: Day 2: Norway: Turbonegro

Day 2: Norway: Turbonegro

Day 2 in Norway, home to some cool bands, the best of which surely has to be Turbonegro, most recommend albums would be easily 'Apocalypse Dudes' and 'Ass Cobra' however pretty much everythign is worth checking out.

They've recently returned with a new singer 'Tony Sylvester' and the 'Sexual Harassment' album which is actually pretty good

Monday, 24 September 2012

Around The World In 80 Bands: Day 1: United Kingdom: The Cribs

What better way to waste time than spend a metaphorical 80 day trip around the world seeing a band in a different country on the way, but that’s insane isn’t it, almost impossible to be that mentalish to even try such a feat. Nah it’ll be fun, let’s try it anyway!
Day 1: United Kingdom: The Cribs

So Day 1, before we jet set off from this merry old isle, we’ll have to catch a quintessential English band, by quintessential I mean a band from Oop North where I live, so what better band to catch than The Cribs. Not only are they one of the most awesome live bands ever, every song they do it crammed full of wit and melody. This literal band of brothers have been going for 10 years now releasing 5 amazing albums, 2 of which made it into my own 1001 albums you must hear before you die. Cos I’m sad I’ll even make up a setlist for this made up gig:

Our Bovine Public / You Were Always the One / Cheat On Me / I'm a Realist / Chi-Town / Hey Scenesters! / Things Aren't Gonna Change / Martell / I've Tried Everything / Men's Needs / Another Number / Come On, Be A No-One / You're Gonna Lose Us / Mirror Kissers / Don't You Wanna Be Relevant? / Moving Pictures / It Was Only Love / We Share The Same Skies / Baby Don't Sweat / The Wrong Way to Be

And there’s still tons of other songs they should play, realistically any Cribs gig should be at least 30 songs long.

See you tomorrow in Norway

Friday, 14 September 2012

Going On Holiday...

...For 3 days, So likely there will be no updates in that time, have fun, listen to some music!

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Generation Terrorists 20th Anniversary - Yes Yes Yes!!!!

Finally the debut album by Manic Street Preachers is getting the deluxe treatment, all i know so far is there's the following:

1. Anniversary Edition – 1CD
2. Legacy Edition – 2CD/DVD
3. Limited Edition Collector’s Edition – 3CD/DVD/Book/10” Vinyl
4. 12” 180g double vinyl gatefold LP
5. Download

This is an epic awesome album and i want the collectors edition NOW!!!!!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Recommendation Of The Week: Parkway Drive

You can now pre-order the new Parkway Drive album 'Atlas' over at:

If you love a bit of brutal metalcore then you already know how insanely good this band is, if not pick up 'Killing With A Smile', then 'Deep Blue' and if you must 'Horizons' (no where near as good as the other two)

Think i'm gonna have to go for a CD/DVD/T-Shirt bundle, looks too good to pass up, i've now listened to the new single 'Dark Days' this album is highly likely to be immense!!

Monday, 3 September 2012

In Bed... With The Plague

Okay maybe not the plague, but i am unwell so it might be a day or so before any more updates, plus i need to finish off the UK proud article

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Today Is A Good Day!

Very good start to the day, managed to get 2 pre-sale tickets for me and my brother to see Biffy Clyro at Leeds O2

How can this not be a class gig

Also managed to procure a copy of the new ultra-limited Zen Motel album 'We Want Your Blood' when i say ultra limited, there's only 100 of the fuckers!!

And it's not even midday!!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Happy Days Music Radio Needs Your Help

Want to also have a radio show or at least a link to where you can hear my radio show, i have a mixing desk to create the show and i have the sound recorder software to turn this into one long mp3, what i have no idea about is hosting it or somehow having it available online for others to listen to. Anyone got any ideas????

Just A Hot Picture Of Katie Jane Garside

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

I noticed i've had 15 views from Russia so...

Free Pussy Riot!

I'd also urge any band from outside Russia not to play or organise any gigs there until they have been freed

The Lams - Anarchy Or Death - UPDATED

Going to send a tenner in the post to Mark (Keds/Myers/Hammerton) for a copy of The Lams album 'Anarchy Or Death' seems a little dodgy considering everything to send cash in the post but it's worth a try considering Mark was in one of the best bands in England the Senseless Things. Fingers crossed. If it comes i'll review it and promote it unless it's really crap but i can't see that being the case

Update: tenner posted today 31/08/2012 - let's see what happens...

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Kerbdog New News

Not to get anyones hopes up but Kerbdog are to re-release their 2 albums 'Kerbdog/Totally Switched' and 'On The Turn' through Eastworld records on 10th September. No word yet whether these are remasters or have extra tracks or anything. Drummer Darragh Butler has also hinted at a possible live album release along with a few shows lined up

Academy, Dublin - "On The Turn Album Show" - SOULS supporting! - Saturday, Dec 8th
London Garage, London - SOULS supporting - Saturday, Oct 20th 2012
The Clubhouse, Castlebar Co.Mayo - Saturday, Oct 27th 2012
Cyprus Avenue, Cork - Saturday, Nov 10th 2012

All i can say is for the love of god please book some shows in the North!

Normally i'd say get excited about all this news but as this is Kerbdog it could just fizzle out into nothing, if it does turn out to be a full reunion with new album it should be immense, both the Kerbdog albums are classics along with the Wilt records that the majority of them were also involved in.

Updates are likely to be on the forum here:

Pre-order both re-releases here:

Both releases have now been put back to 1st October, we'll see!!! (sad face)

Monday, 20 August 2012

Redd Kross - Researching The Blues

Redd Kross - Researching The Blues (Cargo/Sweet Nothing) (2012)
To say this album has been a longtime coming is an understatement, 15 years since 'Show World' have passed and a few side projects really haven't cut it for anyone wanting their sugar-coated pop rock fix. So finally Redd Kross re-emerge seemingly out of nowhere with an album they've been promising for at least 5 years or so, the big question, is it any good? It's so easy for a band to comeback after this long with a lacklustre version of what they were once capable of, for examples of this see The Stone Roses average 'Second Coming' or Guns N' Roses abysmal 'Chinese Democracy' but that's just not the Redd Kross way. So what we have here is an album that can sit alongside Neurotica, Third Eye and Phasehifter as one of their best, we have 10 perfectly crafted pop rock masterpieces full of melodies that only the McDonald brothers could manage mixed with their obvious love of 70's glamrock. kicking off with lead single 'Researching The Blues' it becomes evident that if anything the brothers McDonald are on a better form than their last album, reducing the number of tracks to make sure there is absolutely no filler here. If you're already a Redd Kross fan then i'm preaching to the converted because you already know how good this band are, if you aren't already a fan then do yourself a favour, seriously.

Classic Headbangers Ball 93/94 Playlist

Arrrgh the good old days of Metal music just as i was getting into it, a lot of people back then used to tape songs off the radio, however they didn't play that much metal on the radio so i hooked up my TV to my hi-fi system (ask your parents what one of those was) and used to tape the sound from the music videos off Handbangers Ball instead. Now not all of the below were taped from music videos some i taped from live stuff that they showed such as Donnington Monsters Of Rock 1994 - at 13 i was a bit young to go to that one, anyway here's a playlist of the stuff i used to tape...

1. Mutha's Day Out - Locked
2. Butthole Surfers - Who Was In My Room Last Night?
3. Clawfinger - Warfair
4. Entombed - Wolverine Blues
5. Melvins - Hooch
6. Paradise Lost - Widow
7. Sepultura - Refuse/Resist
8. Tool - Prison Sex
9. Alice In Chains - I Stay Away
10. Baby Chaos - Golden Tooth
11. Biohazard - Tales From The Hardside
12. Corrosion Of Conformity - Albatross
13. Headswim - Dead
14. Kerbdog - Dry Riser
15. Machine Head - Davidian
16. Obituary - Final Thoughts
17. Pantera - I'm Broken
18. Therapy? - Nowhere
19. Rollins Band - Liar

Favourite Gig Poster Of The Week

Classic Soundgarden poster, support from Screaming Trees and Tad, who doesn't wish they were there for that one!

Sunday, 19 August 2012


First ever band of the week, and it really has to go to these crazy bastards. I first saw them supporting Ginger Wildheart at York, Duchess in June this year, they spent more time in the crowd playing than they did onstage which instantly made me like them. After watching one of the most chaotic shows i've ever seen and i was there for the early The Murder Of Rosa Luxemburg shows which were insane to say the least i had to pick up a copy of their new album 'Oche'. Again similar to the first Murder Of 7" the mini-album is just as chaotic as the live shows but what makes it so much better is the moments of singalong and dare i say it almost melody, especially lead-off single 'Powerboat Disaster' which is also available in a classy cassette tape single which really takes me back.

Considering the amount of screamy riff heavy bands around these days, Baby Godzilla manage to set themselves apart from the pack with their oodles of personality, it's rare these days to see a support band and really want to go see one of their own shows in future (You just have to play some more in Leeds now guys), Here's a few live pics to give you a rough idea of their show

And the below are from a Leeds gig i can't believe i missed at Santiago's Bar, although having seen Zico Chain there i don't recommend ever going to the toilets (you can actually taste the mold in there) It is however a class bar for going to see a band in otherwise

Now for all the band profile bumff;

Band Members:

Matt Butch Reynolds -
Paul Shelley -
Tom Marsh -
Jonny Hall -


2012 - Oche (I'm Not From London Records)
1. At the Oche 01:20
2. Power Boat Disaster 04:08
3. Thotty 04:35
4. The Gleiwitz Incident 01:59
5. Braille For An Axeman 03:27
6. Dave Lankester 02:53
7. The Three Legged Race.Ist 06:46

2011 - Powerboat Disaster CS (I'm Not From London Records)

1. Power Boat Disaster 04:15
2. Try Hard or Die Hard 03:55

2010 - NPAG EP (Self Released)

1. The Disenchantment Boogie 03:07
2. Streamline Feline 04:00
3. We Dine On Wine & Parking Fines 03:41
4. (You're Not a Love) You're An Addiction 05:10

Official Band Biography:

Baby Godzilla are a bunch of overly-energetic, slouching, blues-hunched over-underachievers who specialise in their own unique blend of loud, sweaty, voracious and shouty psycho-blues and are already known for their extraordinarily intense live shows. The band recently signed to the English independent record label ‘I’m Not From London Records’ and have recently released their first single, ‘Power Boat Disaster’. They have also recently finished recording the follow up to their 2010 EP ‘NPAG’, which will be launched on New Year’s Eve, at the INFL/LeftLion gig at The Maze, Nottingham.

Formed just after a year ago, the band have already played with the likes of Fucked Up and The Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster and impressed on the stages of two of the country’s most auspicious venues (Rock City and The Rescue Rooms), not to mention an explosive opening slot at this years Dot to Dot. They have also headlined festivals in their hometown of Nottingham, such as the INFLUX Waterfront Festival and the now infamous Hockley Hustle. Baby Godzilla are certainly a band that is forging an impressive reputation for being as dedicated as they are unpredictable.


Bandcamp page
(NPAG is available free to download here)
Big Cartel page
(Everthing they have for sale - WARNING naked band members on this page)
Myspazz page
(Does anyone use these now?)
Facebook page
(Lots of good stuff here)
Label page
(Lots more good stuff here)

So if you have to check out one mental band this week make it:

Friday, 17 August 2012

Twins Of Evil

I'm off to the Manchester show, should be awesome, caught Rob last year and it was immense, i hear Marilyn Manson's recent shows have been a tad dodgy.

Thursday, 16 August 2012


Remember these???????

I used to love making mixtapes, still do but cd's are 10 minutes shorter and they don't have seperate sides which is what made making tapes so much fun, so here's a hyperthetical mixtape

Side A:
1. Kiss - Detroit Rock City
2. Silver Ginger 5 - Anyway But Maybe
3. AC/DC - TNT
4. MC5 - The American Ruse
5. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers - Chinese Rocks
6. Living Things - Bombs Below
7. The Faces - Stay With Me
8. The Replacements - Bastards Of Young
9. The Cramps - Let's Get Fucked Up
10. Silver Sun - Last Day
11. Baby Chaos - Loud And Clear

Side B:
1. Lee Harvey Oswald Band - Surrender Earthlings
2. Redd Kross - Switchblade Sister
3. Wipers - Return Of The Rat
4. The Stooges - 1969
5. Primal Scream - Medication
6. Reuben - Blamethrower
7. Monster Magnet - Dopes To Infinity
8. Black Spiders - KISS Tried To Kill Me
9. Slash's Snakepit - Ain't Life Grand
10. T.Rex - Children Of The Revolution
11. Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb

Just A Hot Picture Of Blondie

As the title says... it's just a hot picture of Blondie

You would

Free Shit

For people out there who are a bit squeamish about downloading musical illegally here's a little antidote, actual free music!!!!!!!!!!

First up is the awesome new album from Carcer City, this album is all kinds of brutal and definately too good to be given away for free, but it is so enjoy, all it costs is a Twitter Tweet or a Facebook post and you'll be slamdancing around the living room to some Parkway Drive/Architects style metal

Carcer City - The Road Journals

Download from here

Next up is some nice free bandcamp stuff

Red Stars Parade - High Hopes/Lutine Belle/Disko

Awesome screamy metal band from the mid 00's, everything they ever put out for free pretty much

Download from here

Finally for now we have my old friends at Obscene Baby Auction's bandcamp page where you can pick up a ton of releases for free including the Kill Yourself/Humanfly split 7" that i put out with them, seriously get that one it's amazing, but also you can pick up the never released Kill Yourself album which is some crazy Shellac/Jesus Lizard style mentalness uber good indeed

Kill Yourself - The Album

Download here:

That's it for now, i'll try and post links to more free stuff as and when i find it

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Favourite Gig Poster Of The Week

I especially like this one cos i have a copy of it and i was at the gig

Incredibly Lazy

Okay so i've been incredibly lazy and this blog perhaps is one of the worst to have ever been shat into the world wide web, i'm going to try and turn this around, and in my defence i've become a father in the last 2 months so have been a tad busy.

Here's proof!

Anyway here's whats looking good to me lately

Redd Kross - Researching The Blues

it's taken me a few listens to get into at first, only about half the tracks or so were up there with their finest but more and more tracks are starting to permeate my music brain and i've been playing this more and more

get it Redd Kross - Researching The Blues

While She Sleeps - This Is The Six

They're first album (sorta) The North Stands For Nothing blew me away and this shits all over that one which surely tells you how amazing it is, for fans of Bring Me The Horizon, Architects and screamy stuff like that

get it While She Sleeps - This Is The Six

The Vaccines - Come Of Age

Have to keep this one on the downlow as it's not extactly street legal at the moment, it is however insanely good and catchy as fuck, the link below is to the deluxe edition with a full live gig as a bonus disc, you know you want it!!

GET IT!!! The Vaccines - Come Of Age [Deluxe Edition]

Kiss - Destroyer (Resurrected)

And finally here's the crazy good remastered version of the Kiss Klassic (see what i did there) seriously you can't call yourself a rock fan if you don't own this album it's that good and cheap as fuck at a fiver

Get It: Kiss - Destroyer (Resurrected).

Ginger Wildhearts Pledge Campaign

And Finally finally Ginger Wildheart is at it again with another Pledge campaign, having got the signed copy of 555% from the last campaign i can say it is indeed fucking excellent, and having heard the riffs on the video for his latest campaign Mutation/Hey! Hello! you'd be a bellend not to pledge for this one

Also if you fancy reading anymore about my musical tastes check out

yes i am indeed this sad as my wife keeps reminding me, anyway once i'm done there should be 1001 mini album reviews there

Just a little add-on here's my setlist stats of bands i've seen live, i'm quite impressed myself

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Album Of The Week - Hawk Eyes

Album of the week easily goes to Hawk Eyes for their new album 'Ideas' amazing work

you can buy it from here

Pre-Order new Cribs album

The new Cribs album 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull' is available pre-rder from

I recommend the 'SUPER DELUXE BUNDLE' looks awesome

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Live At Leeds Line-Up

Latest Live At Leeds line-up, venue's etc haven't been announced but the line-up is amazing, bold bands are best!

Adult Jazz
Another's Blood
Bearfoot Beware
Bears Killing Bears
Being There
Black Moth
Broken Hands
Cashier No.9
Cave Birds
Charli XCX
Chew Lips
China Rats
Dan Mangan
Dead Sons
Deaf Club
Dear Prudence
Dog is Dead
Dot Rotten
Ellen and the Escapapdes
Eyes on Film
Fossil Collective
Fran Rodgers
Francesca Pidgeon
Fun Adults
Gabriel Bruce
Gabrielle Aplin
Grant K. Fennell
Grass House
Gross Magic
Hannah Trigwell
Hey Sholay
Holy State
Hooded Fang
Housekeeping Society
Hunting Bears
I Call Shotgun
Jake Bugg
Jamie N Commons
Jaymz Dean
Jess Mills
Jessie Ware
Joseph & David
Josh Kumra
Just Handshakes
Karima Francis
Karin Park
Kyla la Grange
Lianna La Havas
Liz Reynolds
Los Campesinos!
Lucy Rose
Lunchtime Disco Club
M o n e y
Marina and the Diamonds
Moody Gowns
Niki and the Dove
Pale Seas
Post War Glamour Girls
Rae Morris
Random Pulse
Ren Harvieu
Reverend and the Makers
Richard Parker
Riz MC
Rob Green
Royal Republic
Rupert Stroud
Ryan Keen
Sam Airey
Scroobius Pip
Secret Sirens
Simon Pollard Band
Soul Circus
Swiss Lips
Talk To Angels
Team Me
The Artists
The Chevin
The Enemy
The Finnlys
The Heartbreaks
The History of Apple Pie
The Marsicans
The Mexanines
The Night
The Subways
This Many Boyfriends
Two Wounded Birds
We Are Augustines
Weird Dreams
White Arrows
Wot Gorilla

Tickets are an extremely reasonable £20 you can get them below

Leeds Festival Line-Up

Leeds Festival line up has been announced, some good bands, some awful ones, headliners are a little boring, i love the Foo Fighters and even i'm a bit bored of seeing them live now. As usual bands in bold are my tips to check out.

Main Stage

Reading (Fri) Leeds (Sat)

The Cure


Bombay Bicycle Club

You Me At Six

Crystal Castles

Angels and Airwaves

Coheed and Cambria

Cancer Bats

Deaf Havana

NME/Radio 1 Stage
The Maccabees

Foster The People

The Courteeners

Main Stage

Reading (Sat) Leeds (Sun)


Florence And The Machine

The Vaccines

Enter Shikari

The Shins

Odd Future

Mystery Jets

Special Guests

Blood Red Shoes

NME/Radio 1 Stage

At The Drive-In

The Cribs

Billy Talent

Miike Snow

Dance Stage


Katy B

Azealia Banks

Jaguar Skills

Main Stage

Reading (Sun) Leeds (Fri)
Foo Fighters

The Black Keys

Kaiser Chiefs

Bullet For My Valentine

All Time Low

The Gaslight Anthem

Eagles Of Death Metal

Band Of Skulls

Pulled Apart By Horses

NME/Radio 1 Stage

Two Door Cinema Club

The Horrors