JACK RUBY have long been a band who merely existed by whisper and rumor. Some old-timers would mutter they were the most amazing band of the ’77 NYC no wave scene that ever there was, a totally fried proto-punk explosion of Stoogoid power and crazed stun-guitar on the level of Mars or Red Transistor. Ultimately, it’s kind of hard to meet that level of expectation, I’m sure you’d agree.

Now that this stuff’s finally out on a 2xCD compilation called “Hit and Run”, it appears that Jack Ruby really only pulled it off in the studio thrice, on the songs “Hit and Run”, “Bad Teeth” and “Bored Stiff” (which I’m posting for you here), which by themselves are reason enough to spend what you have to on this collection – particularly when there are only five studio-recorded “rock” songs on the two discs. These three are monstrous, and well worth the wait, with a swagger and an aggression that was radical and intense for both its own time and any other.

The rest? This is where tastes may fork. On the rehearsal tapes, which date from a 1977 practice, Jack Ruby sound like a KBD punk band who even leaned skinny-tie power pop on a few numbers, except when they do an exceptional (and fairly different) version of “Hit and Run” – which amps up its “Loose”-style riffage with a free-form guitar interlude that absolutely drenches the room with chaos and uncontrolled feedback, and has all the subtlety of a fat lip.

The remainder – and these are more than half of the running time of the entire collection – is electronic, avant-garde “pieces” that are as far away from rocknroll as Guy Lombardo and Dinah Shore. Don’t be fooled by the number of titles on this thing – it’s those 5 studio recordings that you’re looking for, and maybe one or two live tracks – everything else is pure stuffing that allows for a comprehensive “complete recordings” to be packaged, marketed and sold.


New show with a stunning array of berserk musical acts from about 1973 to the present – it’s Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #38, and I hope you choose to listen to it. The first track, a newer-than-new, skittering one-minute spastic artpunk jam from Northwest Indiana’s CCTV, will have you hooked for another hour – on this you shall mark my words

Other new bands in the mix this time include BATTY, HLEP, EASTLINK, GOOD THROB, PARQUET COURTS and DARK TIMES; I’ve also got some new reissues/unearthings from The Spies, X__X, Jack Ruby and Dadamah, plus a bunch of library material from the likes of The Minutemen, Clinic, Solger, Half Japanese (pictured), Union Carbide Productions and more. And if for some reason you enjoy this show, you’ll find comfort in the fact that there are 37 additional hours of Dynamite Hemorrhage programming that you’re free to download as well.

Download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #38.
Stream or download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #38 on Soundcloud.
Subscribe to the show on iTunes.

Track listing:

CCTV – Mind Control
HLEP – Drunk Cop
THE MINUTEMEN – Afternoons
CLINIC – IPC Subeditors Dictate Our Youth
THE SPIES – Egyptian Bird Song
PARQUET COURTS – Sunbathing Animal
THE SPITS – Get Our Kicks
THE BEGUILED – Fire Rock (That Nagging Voice)
GOOD THROB – Acid House
X__X – No No
DADAMAH – Violet Stains Red
BATTY – Summoning Call
JACK RUBY – Bored Stiff
½ JAPANESE – Hey Laurie
WHITE FENCE – Growing Faith
DARK TIMES – Girl Hate
CRISIS – PC 1984
HECTOR – Wired Up
EASTLINK – What A Silly Day (Australia Day)

Some past shows:
Dynamite Hemorrhage #37    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #36    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #35    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #34    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #33    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #32    (playlist)


It’s another edition of our hour-long series of podcasts/mixtapes/fake radio shows called DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE RADIO, coming to you for the 37th time since we kicked off this relatively rewarding endeavor late in 2012. I focused this one pretty laser-like on new stuff, both new bands and new reissues. In the former category, we’ve got stuff from Numb Bats, Good Throb, Advlts, Pang, Trick Mammoth, Constant Mongrel, Thee Oh Sees, Ausmuteantsand Fleabite. Whoa. In the latter, I’m playing you things from Jack Ruby, X__X and Dadamah (pictured). Not one half bad.

See if you’re buying one hour and 4 minutes of what we’re selling – and please try some of the older shows while you’re at it as well.

Download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #37.
Stream or download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio #37 via Soundcloud.
Subscribe to the show and get ‘em all via iTunes.

Track Listing:

DADAMAH – Absent and Erotic Lives
ADVLTS – Raw Nerves
FLEABITE – Last Call
AUSMUTEANTS – 15 Frames Per Second
NUMB BATS – Cry Baby
JOHNNY BOY – You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve
HOUSEHOLD – Never After
PANG – Relax
THE KIWI ANIMAL – Making Tracks
JACK RUBY – Hit and Run
MARS – Helen Forsdale
THE GIZMOS – Mean Screen
X__X – A
BLACK BUG – Unicorn
THEE OH SEES – Encrypted Bounce 

Past Shows:
Dynamite Hemorrhage #36    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #35    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #34    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #33    (playlist)
Dynamite Hemorrhage #32    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #31    (playlist) 
Dynamite Hemorrhage #30    (playlist)