Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Songs From The Holiday Vacuum

Hey I made a quick mixtape with some of my favorite holiday songs! Hope you like it.

  1. The Kinks - Father Christmas
  2. Darlene Love - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
  3. Julian Casablancas - I Wish It Was Christmas Today
  4. Run-DMC - Christmas In Hollis
  5. Jackson 5 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  6. Stevie Wonder - What Christmas Means To Me
  7. The Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
  8. Weezer - The Christmas Song
  9. Fucked Up - Do They Know It's Christmas
  10. Vince Guaraldi - Christmas Time Is Here
  11. The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
  12. Willie Nelson - Frosty The Snowman
  13. Low - Just Like Christmas
  14. The Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick
  15. Descendents - Christmas Vacation
  16. No Doubt - Oi To The World
  17. The Sonics - I Don't Believe In Christmas
  18. Twisted Sister - O Come All Ye Faithful
  19. The Lonely Island - Dick In A Box (feat. Justin Timberlake)
  20. Fear - Fuck Christmas
  21. Bob & Doug McKenzie - 12 Days Of Christmas
  22. Cheech & Chong - Santa Claus and His Old Lady
Edit: I forgot the Low & McKenzie Brothers songs. Get em here

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A mixtape I probably would have made: 2002

Moving right along in our series of mixtapes I would have made in a certain year, here's 2002.
This was the first year I spent completely living in Minnesota which was quite a bit different from New Mexico. The difference I found in new avenues to discover new music in my newly adopted home state was astonishing. I had never found myself surrounded by so many different musically knowledgeable people, going to so many excellent concerts and listening to so much great music, present and past.

Looking back, this was a great year for music. If i had to make a top 20 songs of all time list the included songs from Johnny Cash, The Roots, Drag The River, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, Against Me!, and Paul Westerberg would be strong contenders for inclusion.

Here's 2002. Hope you dig it.

  1. Queens Of The Stone-Age - You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire
  2. Dillinger Four - Folk Song
  3. Drag The River - Get Drunk
  4. The Roots - The Seed 2.0
  5. Sweet JAP - Oh My Pretty Face
  6. Against Me! - Baby, I'm An Anarchist!
  7. Foo Fighters - All My Life
  8. The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??
  9. Johnny Cash - The Man Comes Around
  10. Elvis Costello - 45
  11. Blackalicious - Chemical Calisthenics
  12. Wilco - I'm The Man Who Loves You
  13. Rocket From The Crypt - Bring Us Bullets
  14. Paul Westerberg - We May Be The Ones
  15. Ultimate Fakebook - Inside Me, Inside You
  16. Sonic Youth - Disconnection Notice

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

DIY Punk From The ZEROS

It's Ben Crew!
(photo by Matt Average)

I take a small detour from the recent year themed posts to post a (slightly modified) mix I made for Luis and Beata of DIY Punk and hardcore punk from earlier this decade. When I started getting into punk in the mid 90s I found myself drawn more to the punk from the 80s, especially the stuff from SoCal and the DC hardcore scenes than a lot of the more current stuff. When a lot of bands started taking on that music as influence in the late 90s and early 00s I was extremely excited. There were a lot of awesome bands that came out of that 80s revival. Here's some of my favorite stuff. A lot of really good stuff I don't have in digital format, just on vinyl, so this is definitely not a complete primer on what transpired in all those basements and VFW halls, just a cheat sheet DIY HC 101 sorta thing. Hope you like it.

  1. Limp Wrist - I Love Hardcore Boys/I Love Boys Hardcore
  2. Limp Wrist - What's Up With The Kids?
  3. Limp Wrist - The Ode
  4. Direct Control - Wicked Sick To The Gills
  5. Direct Control - Hardcore For Heroin
  6. Caustic Christ - Burned
  7. Caustic Christ - Bloodsucking Fiends
  8. Caustic Christ - I Infect
  9. Career Suicide - Fall-Out
  10. Career Suicide - Jonzo's Leaking Radiation
  11. Career Suicide - Quarantined
  12. Tear It Up - Don't Call Me Tonight
  13. Tear It Up - Close My Eyes and Hope For The Worst
  14. Surf Nazis Must Die - Emo Kids Blown To Shit
  15. Surf Nazis Must Die - I Am Angry
  16. Regulations - Destroy
  17. Regulations - Police Siren
  18. 9 Shocks Terror - Not A Fucking Anthem
  19. 9 Shocks Terror - Adjust Me
  20. Cold Sweat - Fuck The Flock/My Rights
  21. Cold Sweat - Burn Everything
  22. Tragedy - The Ending Fight
  23. The Observers - Symbols, Slogans, Lies
  24. The Observers - Lead Pill
  25. Fucked Up - Circling The Drain
  26. Fucked Up - Police
  27. Total Fury - I Win, You Lose
  28. Total Fury - Showdown
  29. Annihilation Time - Feel It
  30. Annihilation Time - Annihilate
  31. D.S.-13 - Lie
  32. D.S.-13 - Umea Hardcore
  33. Municipal Waste - Mutants Of War
  34. Municipal Waste - Substitute Creature
  35. No Hope For The Kids - Secret Police
  36. No Hope For The Kids - Rainy Day
  37. Punch In The Face - Not Here To Make Friends
  38. Punch In The Face - Dumb Hardcore
  39. Street Trash - Street Trash
  40. Street Trash - What The Shit
  41. Victims - Moments
  42. Victims - We Are Dead
  43. RunnAmucks - Detonation
  44. RunnAmucks - I Gotta Move
  45. Suicide File - I Hate You

Friday, December 4, 2009

A mixtape I probably would have made: 2001

After looking at the last post Jessi said that she didn't think that I would have made a mixtape that varied back then and that I'm more likely to mix it up like that now. What's weird is I feel it's the opposite: I was more willing to make a weird mix like that back then and that I'm more inclined to make some sort of theme or streamlined mix these days. Maybe I'll have to dig up an actual mix tape I made back then and recreate it here some time.
Anyhow, here's 2001, nothing like Kubrick or Clarke thought it would be.

1. Someday I - CRS Disease
2. Andrew W.K. - It's Time To Party
3. D.S.-13 - In The Name Of Revolution
4. Fugazi - Cashout
5. Alkaline Trio - Private Eye
6. Outkast w/Killer Mike - The Whole World
7. Built To Spill - Fly Around My Pretty Little Head
8. Tenacious D - Dio
9. Hot Water Music - Paper Thin
10. N*E*R*D w/Lee Harvey & Vita - Lapdance
11. Radiohead - True Love Waits
12. Zero Zero - True Zero
13. The Icarus Line - Feed a Cat To Your Cobra
14. The Shins - Know Your Onion
15. Weezer - Photograph
16. Rocket From The Crypt - White Belt
17. Zeke - Crossroads
18. The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl
19. The Dismemberment Plan - Time Bomb
20. American Nightmare - There's a Black Hole In The Shadow of the Pru
21. Jay-Z - Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)
22. Slayer - Disciple

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A mixtape I probably would have made: 2000

Here's the first in a series of posts where I try to remember what I was listening to in a certain year and what a mixtape I made would have probably looked like. I'm gonna start at the beginning of the last decade and do 2000 first. Enjoy!

1. The Explosion - No Revolution
2. The Weakerthans - Watermark
3. MC Paul Barman - Salvation Barmy
4. Kid Dynamite - Cheap Shot Youth Anthem
5. At The Drive In - Incetardis
6. Someday I - Distance
7. Crispus Attucks - D.T.T.
8. Reggie & The Full Effect - From Me 2 U
9. Dillinger Four - Let Them Eat Thomas Paine
10. Alkaline Trio - Radio
11. Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
12. Radiohead - The National Anthem
13. Q And Not U - A Line In The Sand
14. Discount - Broken To Blue
15. The Gamits - Last Of The Mullets
16. Outkast - B.O.B.
17. Johnny Cash - The Mercy Seat
18. ALL - Drive Away

Monday, November 23, 2009


2009 was a weird year for me and I think it's kind of apparent from the new music I was into.
Here's a playlist of stuff from this year that I dug on. I'm definitely not claiming to have heard everything that came out this year, this is just what I experienced and liked. Hope you enjoy it. Old favorites like Slayer and Sonic Youth had new albums that stood up with their best work but you should know by now what those bands sound like and whether or not they're your cup of tea.

(I live in New Mexico which is kind of a vacuum as far as record stores and outlets to discover new music go, hence the title of the blog. Most of my time is spent listening to hardcore punk rock, hip hop and Pet Sounds. A lot of my new music discovery comes from reading about stuff online or from friends and tends to lean indie/poppy so I apologize if this comes off a little Pitchfork heavy. Let me know if there's good stuff that you think I may have missed!)


1. Atlas Sound - Walkabout (f/Noah Lennox)
2. Mos Def - Casa Bey
3. The Thermals - Now We Can See
4. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Some Trees (Merritt Moon)
5. Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
6. Wale - Chillin' (w/Lady Gaga)
7. Sonic Youth - No Way
8. Dirty Projectors - Useful Chamber
9. Girls - Lust For Life
10. St. Vincent - Actor Out Of Work
11. Phoenix - 1901
12. Japandroids - Wet Hair
13. Deerhunter - Dissapearing Ink
14. Animal Collective - My Girls
15. Jay-Z - Run This Town (w/Rihanna & Kanye West)

Download Songs From The Vacuum - 2009