Monday, 3 August 2020

Jim Bob - If It Ain't Broke (Guest Review By Jon Bates)



  Originally from Hartlepool but now living in Fukuoka, Japan, Jon Bates featured on here earlier this year with his band Born Shit Stirrers (https://bornshitstirrers.bandcamp.com/album/lester-2). He's also a big fan of ex Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine vocalist Jim "Jim Bob" Morrison's recent solo work and he's agreed to write a few words recommending his latest release...

https://www.facebook.com/JIMBOBFROMCARTER/

  One day we hope to be able to say “Jim Bob” without having to follow up with the fact that he was 50% of 1990’s heartthrobs, Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine. If It Ain’t Broke is the third single released from the new album Pop Up Jim Bob, and judging by the tracks released so far it’s looking like he’s reverting back to his punk rock roots! Fingers crossed that this work will finally please both Jim Bob fans and the “does it sound like Carter” fans alike. 

  In little over 2 minutes Jim has managed to sum up all the toxic shit that is evident right now in Trump’s America and by extension, Johnson’s Britain. From racism to homophobia and the destruction of the whole fucking planet. Jim is back, fed up and ready to Make Albums Great Again.

  Pop up Jim Bob is out August 14th on CD/LP from Cherry Red records. The LP comes with a 2021 calendar which, if it’s anything like this year you won’t have fuck all to write in it (2021 WTF?). 
If you buy both the LP and CD you will be given a download link to the Pop Up Covers digital mini album of Jim doing some great covers including X-Ray Spex, Elvis Costello, The Clash etc. Would you dare sleep on this one?
 -Jon Shit Stirrer


  This is If It Ain't Broke...

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Classics Of Love - Future Shock



  Classics Of Love (https://www.facebook.com/classicsoflove/) are the Los Angeles band that feature Operation Ivy's Jesse Michaels. But they aren't the same Jesse Michaels fronted Classics Of Love that released an excellent Self Titled album on Asian Man Records back in 2012. That band were pretty much done and dusted but when Jesse started making more music during the lockdown he was given the go ahead to continue using the name despite drafting in a new supporting cast. The new line up now sees him ably backed by Sharif Dumani (Alice Bag, Exploding flowers, ETC) on guitar and bass and Peter John Fontes (Los Nauticals, Surf Fronts) on drums.

  The new record is a 5 track ep called World Of Burning Hate and it's Jesse's hardest hitting release yet. It's lean, mean and to the point with only one of the songs creeping past the 2 minute mark. The guy's a genre veteran but the fire in his belly still burns bright. The new guys don't hold back and provide raw and authentic backing. I believe there's a vinyl version of the ep upcoming from Asian Man but for now you'll have to make do with the digital download :   https://classicsoflove.bandcamp.com/releases

  This is the opening track, it's called Future Shock...

All Hits - Don't Wanna

 

  A couple of weeks ago on the show I played a song called Blockhead, a scrappy modern punk gem from Portland, Oregon 3 piece All Hits (it was on this show https://www.mixcloud.com/mick-fletcher/just-some-punk-songs-190720/). It was just one of the tracks from their very impressive album Men And Their Work which came out in June on Iron Lung Records. 

  The band line up with Janie (guitar), Sam (drums) & Izzy (bass) and I've seen comparisons drawn with the likes of Wire, Wipers, Sleater Kinney, Raincoats and the Slits (personally, I'd throw The Coathangers in there as well). Last year they released a 4 track purple cassette titled Introducing... of which only 100 were made but it looks to still be available here :   https://allhits.bandcamp.com/releases



  Men And Their Work is available on various coloured vinyl. Black and translucent smoky blue from Iron Lung http://ironlungrecords.bigcartel.com/product/all-hits-men-and-their-work-lp-lungs-160  and coke bottle clear from Rough Trade https://www.roughtrade.com/us/all-hits/men-and-their-work
It's also streaming here : https://ironlungpv.bandcamp.com/album/men-and-their-work-lp-lungs-160

  It's an impressive looking package but it'd be no use to anyone if the music didn't match up. Fortunately it does. It's feminist post-punk. Angular guitar, prominent bass and powerful vocals. It sounds both familiar and fresh and deserves your attention.

  This track opens with the couplet "I'm going to need you to fuck off. I'm getting really pissed off." It's a statement of intent from a band that won't be told what to do and it's called Don't Wanna...

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Body Farm - Killing Floor

 

  As I'm over in the UK I'd never heard of Mike DeWine until I saw a comment on a song posted to Bandcamp by Baltimore hardcore punks Body Farm. It read "Fuck Mike DeWine." Short and to the point and a bit of searching revealed that one of the first big pieces of legislation Mike DeWine signed as Ohio governor was a six-week abortion ban known as the "Heartbeat Bill." He says that the law is only part of the overall agenda he's pushing. More recently, Ohio made headlines with a recent proposal to ban all abortions, with the death penalty as a possibility for both doctors and women. It has no exceptions for rape or incest and could outlaw some popular forms of birth control.

https://radio.wosu.org/post/gov-dewine-argues-recent-abortion-restrictions-part-larger-pro-life-agenda

  Attempting to have doctors and women sentenced to death seems a pretty damn draconian response no matter what your views are on the issues of abortion and Body Farm have come up with a hard hitting retort.

  It comes in the form of a blistering cover of a song originally released in 1993 by Madison, Wisconsin political punk band Naked Aggression (on their Bitter Youth album). Body Farm have made the song their own and state that "the message and the fight is just as important today as it ever was."  You can get the song as a name your price download from ...so this is progress?   https://sothisisprogress.bandcamp.com/album/killing-floor-by-naked-aggression

  As well as the cover, they've also released a new Self Titled ep on Blind Rage Records. 3 blink and you'll miss them bursts of noisy hardcore (including a Devo cover). The ltd edition 3" lathe version sold out in just 5 minutes but the digital version is available here :   https://blindragerecords.bandcamp.com/album/body-farm 

  This is Killing Floor...

  I had an abortion in a back alley
 I had an abortion in a back alley
 I had an abortion in a back alley
 I had an abortion in a back alley
 And now I'm bleeding to death on the killing floor...