Not especially readable - but here’s a split interview w/ San Francisco’s ICKY BOYFRIENDS and Toronto’s LEATHER UPPERS - who shared a drummer - from the pages of Portland’s Snipehunt fanzine, a mag I’d love to find some back issues of (especially if anyone saved the “Zip Code Rapists break up” issue….). Enjoy your squinting.
A loping, strangely mid-tempo version of “Smokescreen” by THE DESPERATE BICYCLES, performed on The John Peel show back on April 7th, 1978.
Sure, it was 38 years ago - but if anyone knows how I might get in touch with a member of the ‘Bicycles, I’d really appreciate it. Thanks.
Goodbye to a dear friend and deepest condolences to his family. Mike was truly lit from within. #MikeAtta
Was very sad to hear about the passing of Mike Atta this morning. He was a good friend of some of my good friends, and I was fortunate enough to spend an evening with him, his wife and son about eight years ago.
His blitzkrieg SoCal punk rock band The Middle Class were landmark pioneers in the evolution of UK-influenced punk into a brilliant brand of US steamroller punk, and then again into a haunting, wiry postpunk sound as The Middle Class themselves evolved.
My 2006 interview with Mr. Atta is here. Dynamite Hemorrhage sends its best wishes to Mike Atta’s family and friends.
SKID was an early-80s Milwaukee-based fanzine published by one Jon Hope, who later published a great music blog called Underneathica during the 00s. SKID was put together whilst he was a teenager, and this one, issue #5, even has a “thanks to Dad” in it, which is pretty great.
Jon’s taste at age 15 or 16 was quite stellar, ranging from hardcore to experimental post-punk to Flipper to some happy English new wave. He recently wrote liner notes to the AMA-DOTS reissue, having been a fiendish devotee of the band in their time. I’ll be posting a few other scans from Skid #5 as the week progresses.
This bit of learning-to-play DIY jangle from Vancouver went over my head in 2011, yet now this song’s earwormed itself into my cranium for good, three years later.
"Hi Smile Wave" from the LOVE CUTS' first 45 sounds like 60s garage knockout “We All Love Peanut Butter” turned inside out and backward. Band may even still be active and have released records as recently as last year.
Every other week I seek to give unto the people a 60/90-minute streaming/downloadable pretend radio show, recorded on my laptop at the back of my house. This happens to be one of those fortnights. DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE RADIO #35 is 85 minutes of new underground & independent noise, garage pop & obscurities from the last five decades. This show’s marked itself as having a particularly annoying string of commentary from the know-it-all mushmouth host, who speaks before he thinks, flubs discographical information and can’t even get the name of the current computer virus wreaking havoc on the internet correct.
At least the music is gnarly. New stuff this time from Pang, Sex Tide, Girl One and the Grease Guns, The Spies, Nun, Trick Mammoth, Animals & Men, Witching Waves and Slum of Legs is pockmarked by older stuff from the likes of Simple Saucer, The Puddle, Howard Werth, the Meat Puppets, Pussy Galore and Blast Off Country Style. See what you think by downloading it to your computer, tablet or phone, streaming it via Soundcloud or subscribing to the show (and getting some of the older episodes) on iTunes.
SUBTLE TURNHIPS - Can Can
PUNCTURE - Mucky Pup
SEX TIDE - Boarded Up
FREE KITTEN - John Stark’s Blues
INTERNATIONAL STRIKE FORCE - Invasion of the Boyscout Clubhouse
PUSSY GALORE - White People
MEAT PUPPETS - Teenager(s)
TRICK MAMMOTH - Week End
IRREPARABLES - Release The Hounds
THE SPIES - Collided and Collected
THE PUDDLE - Lacksydaisical
SIMPLY SAUCER - Here Comes The Cyborgs, Pt. II
PANG - So It Goes
LOVE CUTS - Hi Smile Wave
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE - Giggles and Gloom
NUN - Uri Geller
GIRL ONE AND THE GREASE GUNS - (Here Come The) Catastrophe Machines
ANIMALS AND MEN - I Never Worry
HOWARD WERTH - Mango Man
LOVE IS ALL - Make Out Fall Out Make Up
MICRAGIRLS - Saturday
WITCHING WAVES - Concrete
MORBID OPERA - Liar
SLUM OF LEGS - Benetint and Malevolence
DEATH OF SAMANTHA - Yellow Fever
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I gushed about PANG in MRR and someone scanned it so here it is.
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Saw PANG play their record release party last night in San Francisco, and all was good. It’s hard to reconcile “they’ve broken up” with “I saw them play 24 hours ago”. That must have been a helluva backstage kerfuffle.
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