With a presence in the state of Indiana (I think) and a live backing band based out of Philadelphia, Jason Henn’s Honey Radar project gives the impression of existing in two places at once. That carries on over to the music on this well-executed debut LP, which follows a handful…
Highly recommended here as well. Jason was interviewed for the upcoming Dynamite Hemorrhage #2.
Honey Radar – Chain Smoking On Easter LP (Third Uncle)
The Flesh Eaters’ A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die album was one of the musical highlights of 1981—and certainly of the entire Los Angeles punk era—but outside of Southern California, or major cities, it wasn’t an easy record to find out about, let alone stumble across. For A Minute To Pray, head Flesh Eater Chris Desjardins, aka Chris D., an aspiring filmmaker and writer for Slash magazine, assembled a “super group” from the LA punk scene: Dave Alvin (Blasters) on guitar, John Doe (X) on bass, Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) on sax, with Bill Bateman (Blasters) on drums and DJ Bonebrake (X) on the marimba. The group, unshackled from their “day job” bands, writes noted music maven Byron Coley in his liner notes, “all played like fucking maniacs.” (Coley also calls A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die “the best rock record ever recorded.” Whether or not this is objectively true, I’ll leave for you to decide, but hey, just having Byron Coley declare your record “the best” ever recorded is one hell of a compliment, isn’t it? The man is known for having exceptionally good taste.) There is a dark, disturbing…
Satan’s Stomp: The Flesh Eaters’ ‘A Minute To Pray, A Second to Die’
This Don Snowden take on the new Flesh Eaters & Gun Club reissues is actually worth registering on “Rock’s Back Pages” for. The man was there, and has a good perspective on both bands – particularly the latter.
Locals Only: The Flesh Eaters and The Gun Club. By Don Snowden
In 1999 I tried to resurrect my dead Superdope fanzine with an “email attachment” version. That lasted all of one email. Here it is.
SUPERDOPE 1.0 – WHERE WE TRIED TO CONQUER NEW MEDIA
Shut Up ‘n Play Yer Guitar/Peter Laughner and Lou Reed December 1973/“I don’t know, man, I mean you’re the guy who played the lead on ‘I Heard Her Call My Name …’”
Peter Laughner interviews Lou Reed
What can you say about one of the best records, if not the best, ever to come out of the punk scene? Simply this: it took vision to make it, and a fucking mind-meld to actualize it, kinda like whatever hold James Brown had on his ‘60s and ‘70s ensembles: the psychic lock-down, a…
Excellent summary by Douglas on my favorite album pretty much of all time.
The Flesh Eaters – A Minute To Pray A Second To Die LP (Superior Viaduct)
So occasionally I’ll write about something other the records, fanzines, songs and books. Here’s something I wrote in anger and frustration over the gun murders in Isla Vista, CA over the weekend.
ON THE ISLA VISTA MURDERS AND OUR MALIGNANT GUN CULTURE
Domain trouble! I had a hell of a time trying to hold on to the URL hedonistjive.com with something called “Google Apps”, and woke this morning to find it expired.
I’ve now migrated over 4 years’ worth of content on my other blog, THE HEDONIST JIVE, to a new URL – www.hedonist-jive.com. If you have a bookmark, please feel free to adjust it accordingly, as the other one appears to be dead as a doornail.
THE HEDONIST JIVE
In case you might be interested, I’ve been posting stuff to a magical place called The Hedonist Jive for over 4 years now. I’m trying to re-energize it w/ new content, reviews and whatnot. Generally this is where I hide my book reviews, film analysis, non-rocknroll music stuff, sports blather and inward navel-gazing.
I hope ya like it!
THE HEDONIST JIVE