December 3, 2018

SOUND EXCHANGE (Tampa Bay) Record Haul

Cruised down to Tampa for an overnight trip to surprise my folks for their 50th Wedding Anniversary on Friday. Woke up on Saturday with some time to kill before dropping off the rental and hopping on my flight back to NY, so I looked up record stores in the area and came across Sound Exchange just a few miles away.

Having already dug deep into my pockets for the overnight visit, and giving myself a reasonable mental budget to spend when walking in to see an expansive selection of music formats and goods, I eventually came upon a nicely categorized, and neatly organized, vinyl selection tucked nicely in the right-hand corner of the building. Always seeking to find the Metal and/or Hardcore section(s) first, I have to say, I was a bit shocked to find that—in Tampa, the Fatherland of Death Metal—there wasn't much of a designated Metal section... and nothing at all designated for Punk/Hardcore. Maybe it was wishful thinking on my behalf, but I was hoping to be floored with a substantially stocked Metal section.

After spending around 45 minutes thumbing through the various vinyl sections alphabetically, I was excited to come across and pull out the following records all totaling up within the comfortable little budget I set for myself.

The Wretched Ones - Hey Old Man
THE WRETCHED ONES - Hey Old Man 7" (Pogostick Records)
Being a familiar band name I've seen for years, from New Jersey, and only a couple bucks I grabbed it. The Punk/Oi thing has never really been much of an interest but this was actually a decent enough listen. Glad to have picked it up.

No Future? - ...You Decide!
NO FUTURE? - ...You Decide! 7" (One Way Records)
Another blind purchase but grabbed it, again, based on it being New Jersey origin. Very early-90's Hardcore and of it's time, aka "awkward". Has a New Jersey Hardcore feel riding somewhere between Turning Point at times and even comes with an Underdog-style Reggae break. Recorded and mixed by Don Fury.

MDC - Smoke Signals
MDC - Smoke Signals 12" (Beer City Records)
I always thought my gateway record into MDC was "This Blood's For You", but after spinning this for the first time in what seems like forever, I was quickly reminded of what were some of my favorite introductory MDC songs. Side A is pretty much flawless with 'Missile Destroyed Civilization' on Side B being an all-time favorite MDC song. Love the white vinyl, design, and layout. Super stoked to have grabbed this.

Kraut - An Adjustment To Society
KRAUT - An Adjustment To Society 12" (Cabbage Records)
Having never owned a vinyl copy of this, as soon as I saw it and for the price it was marked at, it was mine. Original pressing with original shrinkwrap in excellent condition. This come-up alone was worth the entire visit.

Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
BLACK SABBATH - Master Of Reality [Winchester Press] 12" (Warner Bros. Records)
Never seen this version with the lyrics printed on the back cover, so had to grab it thinking it would be an alternate duplicate copy of my favorite Sabbath record. Got home, spun it, went to put it away and realized I somehow didn't even own a copy of this record yet. Nice surprise and a cool version to finally add to the collection.

OLD SKULL - Get Outta School
OLD SKULL - Get Outta School 12" (Restless Records)
If you were around when Old Skull came out and saw this for $1.99, your ass would be buying it too. I remember it being pretty unlistenable then, so when I barely got through the first half of the first song, I'm glad I didn't pay much more than what I did for it. Still love what they stood for and that they were the first recognized pre-teen Punk band, from the middle of America.

SLAMMIN' WATUSIS - Kings Of Noise 12" (Epic)
One of those band names and albums that looked incredibly familiar, but could not (and still can't) figure out where I know or heard of them from. Pretty catchy Punk-derivative Rock N' Roll featuring Mark Durante who went on to work heavily with Revolting Cocks and KMFDM.

Super friendly customer service that continued with a great conversation at checkout made for a memorable and impressionable first-time visit. Looking forward to checking out the second location in Pinellas, and stopping in at this location again, on my next Tampa visit.

November 24, 2018

MINDFORCE, "Excalibur" LP (Triple B Hardcore)

Debut full length from Hudson Valley's MINDFORCE. It's been a couple years in the making, with a few songs in between, but this big boy really delivers and hits hard. The comparisons to Leeway, Burn and Cro-Mags are apparent but they're crafted and redefined very tastefully when they surface. This sets the bar, probably, as the top contender for new shit. Available at Triple B Records.

CARCOSA, "Carcosa" LP (State Of Mind Recordings)

CARCOSA, from Long Island, riding comfortably in the modern-day Hardcore/Metal, Grind, Death Metal category, but never really favoring any of those genres specifically, or often enough, to fully define their sound. Mostly mid-tempo, heavy, down-tuned Metallic Hardcore with intermittent blast bursts and tempo pick-ups, with anti-religious and societal lyrical content. Features current members of Incendiary. Mastered by Brad Boatright (Integrity, Nails). Artwork by Chad Lawson (Terror, No Warning). Limited vinyl available at State Of Mind Recordings.

October 9, 2018

CHARGER, "Charger" EP

Hard to find much more info on the band, and this specific release, other than it features Matt Freeman (Rancid) on bass/vocals and Jason Willer (Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, ex-UK Subs) on drums/vocals with some really good Motörhead/Black Sabbath vibes and tight musicianship.

September 25, 2018

TERROR, "This World Never Wanted Me" (Music Video)

"I think most of us that are drawn to underground music in one way or another feel like they don't fit in this fucked up place. Whether we were thrown away and left to make it alone, or just constantly told we are not good enough, something told us that these sounds and the energy it creates was a way out and a way to find solace in the darkest times." —Scott Vogel