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Posted: March 24th, 2010 | Author: PJ Kinzer | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

This was a hard few weeks for the CWS camp. First, we were both sick with whatever lung-based plague is going around. Just when things stared getting back to normal with our ability to breathe, we got hit with two brick-loads of bad news. On St. Patrick’s Day, we heard that power pop icon Alex Chilton had passed. We were both big fans. Our first & only release on our label even featured a Big Star cover. He was only 59. Sad news for anyone who loves good music.

The second came the next morning, when I heard that Bruce Roehrs had died. The long-time Maximum Rocknroll contributor and working class hero was 60 years old! I had just read his latest column this week. Even at a grandfatherly age, he was still the torch bearer for bare-knuckle, blue collar punk. There will certainly be a void left within MRR and punk as a whole

There were good things too. The Preds are on a tear, looking to end the season in a pretty sweet playoff spot. Benjamin went to Chicago to see SHELLAC and THE EX (for a second time.) I have been studying time travel theories, watching sports and taking cold meds like I am trying out for NEUROSIS. Lots of good shows coming to Nashville soon too. This list includes Gentleman Jesse & His Men, King Khan & The Shrines, Smoke or Fire, as well as several other bands with conjunctions in the name. On top of all this, evidently some members of Congress thought it was necessary for sick people to actually get health care.

On Sunday, we will be spinning records at the BLACKBIRD GALLERY. The event is an opening for SINCERELY, KB. The artist, kB, will be on hand. Snacks & drinks will also be on hand. Benjamin & I will be joined on the turntables by long-time collaborator JENNA SHO’NUFF and new-comer WILLIAM TYLER of SILVER JEWS/LAMBCHOP/PAPER HATS fame. William will be fresh back from playing BIG EARS in Knoxville, TN with THE EX and a bunch of other indie rock bands that I don’t like as much as THE EX.


There are a lot of cool records coming out right now. If you can’t wait for the new FUCKED UP 7” on Record Store Day, you can get the new double-disc comp of singles and rarities from Matador. “Couple Tracks” has 25 tracks from 2002 until 2008. It serves the same purpose that “Epics in Minutes” served several years back. This is the best way to get all of these songs without typing “media fire” into a Google search or spending a few hundred bucks on eBay. It is no secret that I love Fucked Up. From the early singles to the last LP, I dig what they do. While not every song on this comp is essential, it’s interesting to see how they progressed from the POISON IDEA-meets-BLITZ punk through the 70s power-pop/hardcore hybrid to the scattered postpunk that they are now. The liner notes are full of self-deprecating hilarity.

Matador also just released the new TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS record. “The Brutalist Bricks” is a step away from Leo’s normal pattern. I really don’t like it as much as I did his older stuff. “Shake the Sheets” is one of my favorite records of the past decade, but the new one is just ok. Occasional great tracks snuck in between a olio of descent tunes. I was sort of disappointed.


After a half-decade hiatus, FROM ASHES RISE have emerged from their Pacific Northwestern cave for a few shows. To celebrate this metal-punk resurrection, Jade Tree has released the Live Hell LP. The recording is from a 2005 show, when the FAR boys were out with OBSERVERS & PAINT IT BLACK. I still hate myself for not seeing that tour. The record captures the loud Mesa Boogie mayhem as it was intended – noisy, dark and ferocious. I still say that they are one of the best live punk bands ever – and I saw them no less than 20 times. Do yourself a favor and pick up this rager. The LPs are limited, he iTunes are limitless, and no one will buy the CD version anyway. My pre-order came with a woven patch. Pretty classy.
That’s about it for now. I am moving and I am poor, so I may need you to buy me a beer.
Take care and see you at the bar.