Well, the holiday season is in full-swing - I've defintiely been enjoying the down-time - and I thought I'd make my year-end post in grand style, so here is the namesake-classic hardcore album of the genre itself.

Let's all be thankful that Chuck Biscuits is still with us, shall we?

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D.O.A. - Hardcore '81


There will be NO Lo-Res Viscera end-of-year best-of list.

That stuff is all pretty trivial in my opinion - working at a snobby indie/altie record shop for a few years in the past definitely changed the way I LISTEN to music, and it took me some time to figure out (once again) how to feeel confident & find my own voice when it comes to writing about great bands/records that move me.

I'm positive I would bum out a good portion of the blogosphere if I was to post my "Shittiest-and-Most-Overrated-Records-of-2009" list, and so - seeing as how I'm not out to make any new enemies - I'll keep that one to myself (although it would probably read like 57% of Decibel Mag's Best of 2009)...



A fuckin' comedic genius for sure.
98% of the time he's not even riffing, he's just "telling it like it is".

The references & comparisons to the late, great Bill Hicks can stop now, cuz for my $$$, Stanhope is even more "real" - especially when he starts frying on acid halfway through his set...

Your average joe-type for sure, but he's spot-fuckin' on when he spits it.
There's a million rappers out there AIN'T this real, son!


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Doug Stanhope - The Acid Bootleg



Grindcore is a strange beast for most folks.
In fact, hardly any of my metal-loving friends listen to it as much as I do.
I find it to be very soothing, and - believe it or not - "quite melodic".

The Swedish unit known as Nasum were a force to be reckoned with, and this album by them is one of my favorites of said genre. The production on this one is top-notch - everything sounds so clean. There's a controlled chaos that interjects the madness with some excellent hardcore-fueled riffage. They maintain the energy they have always been known for - along with more vivid tales of human strife - but it's a damn shame that the Tsunami of Xmas 2004 dealt them the final blow in the death of Mieszko.

Thanks for all the great memories, Nasum.

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Nasum - Helvete

*420th. post - just sayin*



Been sitting on this one awhile, letting it sink in, or rather I have been sinking into the depths of cold, dank vintage Swedish-style death metal...

While these guys conjure the sprit of greats such as Nihilist / Enotmbed, this AIN'T no retro rehash, brother. This shit stands on it's own like few contemporary bands can do it. It doesn't stop there either, as these guys gurgle & shred in their own unique way.

Each release is solid, and I gotta thank reader Memphis Ben for turning me on to these guys.

Did I also mention that this is a "Daryl Kahan" band?
Yeah, check the Taste of Fear post I did a while back - having Citizens Arrest & Assück on your resume' certainly ain't no joke, son.

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Funebrarum - Beneath the Columns of Abandoned Gods



A lesson in SHRED from these Dutch Thrash-masters!

Lots of cool riffs & solid drumming to be found here; the vocals are pretty standard fare for the day, and while the bass is killer too, it could have used a boost in the mix - just my opinion. Overall, this is an amazing record for the genre - one that I haven't been able to stop listening to (again) as of late.

Did I just write a review?

(No, but I will tell you that Santa is bringing me a new "axe" for the yuletide season coming up shortly, and I plan to start working on my chops - this record will be a point of reference along the way).

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Pestilence - Malleus Maleficarum



You pretty much know that you're gonna get a beating when you throw on a Malevolent Creation CD, but with Envenomed, prepare to receive the most vicious attack from their vast arsenal!

While "Retribution" may be the "classic" of their prolific output, it is THIS recording I keep going back to.
I feel that this may be their most adept lineup - their level of brutality at the time of this recording was relentless, to say the least.

Enjoy the savage violence that could only culminate from a band whose roots were sown in the NY Death scene prior to becoming kings in their own right upon migrating south to the FL Death scene...

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Malevolent Creation - Envenomed



There's not much going on in Novato, CA on most days.
It certainly isn't a "happening" place, there's no "scene" to speak of, and that makes it the perfect place to start your "KVLT" Black Metal band if you are Bone Awl!

In a genre quickly becoming the flavor of the week, Bone Awl skips all the usual trappings of subscribing to the narrow view / belief patterns of the movement, and their sound? Well, that's on another level too.
A shit-ton of cassette only releases, etc. only adds to the mystery behind these Bay Area cave-dwelling black mashers.

Check the cold raw hypnotic stylings for yourself, right here, on this cool live on-air radio set...

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Bone Awl - 05.21.2004 KFJC 89.7FM, Los Altos Hills, CA



I'm serving up some choice nugs today from Santa Cruz's finest hardcore/skatecore/lurker crew. Enjoy this most excellent set w/ soundboard quality from back in the day when Indy 169's & 9-inch (plus) wide decks with "money bumps" were the norm.

Bl'ast! - 06.20.1985 Sportsmen's Lodge, Sun Valley, CA

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*Re-upped: 05.22.2010*



As per request, HERE is a re-up on some raw, funny & righteous early material from (the) Melvins.

In the future, if you guys could use the contact button over there on the left for re-up requests I would appreciate it.
I don't check the C-Box so much, so this way is quicker, thanks.

(Brain hurts from last night's late-night festivities. Back to the couch).



While there's been quite a few lineups / eras of Verbal Abuse, it's pretty much a no-brainer to say that these guys were always at the forefront of hardcore / thrash / crossover at any given time - regardless of the musicians involved.

1995's Red, White & Violent proved to be an explosive and precise pit-inducing monster - never missing a lick, never missing a beat - just a full-on gnarbucket-style Nor-Cal thrash attack at it's finest!

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Verbal Abuse - Red, White & Violent



Here's a great-sounding vintage Devo treat for you...

The Spudboys were hard to beat back in the day, and this early performance is testimony to that as they tear through material from the first two albums.

I always enjoyed their early stuff, as they pretty much made digital tones on beautiful analog instruments better than anyone else. The first two albums are my favorites - especially "Duty Now" - but I'd say up through "New Traditionalists" it's all classic. After that they pretty much lost me.

For the record, Alan Meyers is one of the greatest drummers that ever beat the skins, and to me, it AIN'T Devo w/o him...

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Devo - 11.03.1978 Walker Art Center, Mpls. MN

Hawaii was fucking incredible.
I ate some amazing food, drank some decadent cocktails - I even put on a collared shirt! The beach was killer, did some boogie-boarding/surfing/swimming/snorkeling, our hotel resort was fucking plush, saw some amazing waterfalls/flora/fauna/coastline, went to BJ Penn's training facility, slept in, and just generally r-e-l-a-x-e-d.

The good times always go by too fast, don't they?



Grindy Metallic Powerviolence from members of Citizen's Arrest & Assück.
Taste of Fear is one of those cult bands that you can't ignore - or find out much about them on the web...

If you loves you some Infest as well as Venom, I'd say that you have "great taste" - much like myself - as well as those two aforementioned bands as being the jumping-off point for what you are about to fuck your ears up with.
The Don Fury "production" sadly leaves much to be desired at times, but the ferocity of the players involved always seems to stay in-the-red, and that's a good thing, folks.

A true classic, this one KILLS.

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Taste of Fear - Discography: 1991-2003

I'll be off to Hawaii for a few days of well-needed family vacation - still fucking sick with a gnarly head cold - but I'm ready for some sun & black sand beaches, etc.
I'll see you all in a couple days - keep those heartfelt comments coming - and I'll see you all back here mid-week - (IF I ACTUALLY LEAVE MY LAPTOP HOME, THAT IS)...



Quite possibly Poison Idea's most angry record, "War All the Time" was a ground-breaker for many a future new-school hardcore band.

Sadly, very few could pull this off.

You have to LIVE this kind of filth - day in & day out - you can't just turn it off and go back to your suburban roots after "band practice".

The (physical) price these guys paid day after day for years on end was testament to their sound, and the years of self-abuse finally took its toll on guitar-god Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts in early 2006.

While everyone has a favorite Poison Idea record, I seemingly go back to this more often than most; the lineup on this record was such a mish-mash of scumbag hardcores & thrash metal types and it just fucking worked...

Poison Idea - War All the Time

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A classic record from one of the true elite outfits of the NY Death Metal Scene, this record never fails me - especially at 7:30am in my car on the way to work!

Incantation deliver the goods - straight from the 46th. plane of hell - on this one. Great song structure with plenty of excellent doom passages mixed in the brutality, frenzied hella-drop-tuned riffing around every corner, and one of the most masterful approaches to the guttural style of Death Metal "singing" ever.

If you've never heard Incantation, this is a good place to start.
I guarantee you'll beg for more...

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Incantation - Mortal Throne of Nazarene



So I've had this wild hair up my ass for a few weeks now about how I'd like to re-do this blog, and while I'm digging the three-column template thing I concocted, I have ALOT of work to do around here, so bear with me...


Now, as far as coomments were going before, they had dropped off alot, and while I don't mind that much, I think alot of it had to do w/ the third-party service I was using. They got bought out and the script went obsolete and for me to tweak it I would have to shell out some $$$. Not that big of a deal, really, but I decided I'd give Blogger a shot at it again, so here it is. Hopefully, no one will have any problems leaving me a word or two.

Slowly but surely I will have this place spiffed up again; it may take me a bit longer than I like - always does- as I have a Hawaii trip scheduled in a week, but knowing me, I'll be geekin' & tweekin' this here site on the fuckin' beach...

UPDATE 10.31.2009

So after a few long nights -and some early mornings- I feel like I've got this place shaped up pretty good.
I managed to track down most of the lost link/friends, moved some shit around, added some other things, etc.
The obsession never ends over here, so don't be surprised if you continue to see more tweaks in the near future.

Thanks for your patience...



Zen Arcade was indeed this Twin-Cities blur-power trios' shining moment, and I don't think it would be far-off-the-mark to call this Magnum Opus "The Electric Ladyland of Classic American Hardcore".

While The Minutemen used this Double LP as the standard to live up to when they set out to record "Double Nickels on the Dime - "Take That, Huskers" (in the matrix) - I'd have to say that I tend to pull this one out more often that D.N.o.t.D. (and I hecka-loves me some D. Boone, brother)...

You may get different results.

Anyways, here's a nice little 3-CD gem consisting of demo takes/rough mixes/rehearsals. Fuckin' choice!

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Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade Outtakes, Pt. I

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Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade Outtakes, Pt. II



Well, if you've spent any amount of time around these parts, you have come to realize that I loves me some Black Flag - especially live recordings - and so tonite I offer up yet another gem.

This here show was from late-in-the-game, and it's in front of a pretty raucous bunch of Floridians.
The Hank banter is comedic/caustic, the band loose-yet-tight, and the recording is decent - considering the era, etc.

Sit back and "enjoy"...

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Black Flag - 01.24.1986 Cuban Club, Tampa, FL


Kind reader (and possible Slim's employee?) Dylan sent me this earlier today. I've been aware of the situation as well, and was prompted by him to post this. It doesn't take much - a couple of emails at least. Support in numbers helps...

Entertainment Lovers,

The Board of Supervisors Committee Chairman Bevan Dufty has moved the hearing on legislation designed to strengthen the Entertainment Commission to Monday, October 26 th at 1:00PM in room 263 of City Hall. There will NOT be a hearing on Monday, October 19th as announced earlier. This change works in our favor because it gives us another week to get the word out to our friends and supporters and more time to send emails to the Supervisors and the Mayor. We regret the confusion this change makes, it is not a decision that was in our control…..so let's use this time to our advantage. Spread the word far and wide!

As you may have heard, there have been recent attacks that threaten the future of entertainment in San Francisco. Anti-entertainment groups are pushing hard to “severely restrict music and shut down nightlife” and the fate of your favorite venue may be at risk. We need you to do two things: 1) send an email to the Mayor and Board of Supervisors, and 2) come to the hearing on Monday, October 26th at 1:00PM in room 263 of City Hall.

The October 26 th hearing at City Hall is regarding amendments to SF Police Code 1060 (Place of Entertainment) and SF Police Code 1070 (Extended Hours Premises). These are the two main laws that govern Entertainment Venues in SF and are administered by the Entertainment Commission.

The Entertainment Commission was created in 2002 to take responsibility for the granting and oversight of entertainment and late night permits. Before the Entertainment Commission, the granting, oversight, and enforcement of these permits were all done by the police. Separating the authority was seen as a way to give citizen stakeholders a place in the decisions around entertainment. Enforcement remained with the Police and the granting and oversight was given to the Entertainment Commission.

Two years ago the Mayor's office and the Entertainment Commission convened a “Nighttime Safety Summit” to hear recommendations from the entertainment community and the Police Department on how to strengthen the role of the Entertainment Commission in rewarding well managed venues and disciplining problem venues that were making the industry look bad. The legislation that is being heard on Monday Oct. 26 th comes from that summit and will give the Entertainment Commission emergency suspension powers to more quickly address a problem venue and the ability to write infraction tickets for lesser offences, like poorly managed lines in front to a venue or repeatedly leaving the door open causing a noise disturbance.

To help insure that our community's support of the Entertainment Commission is heard please do one, or hopefully both, of the following:

1) We need folks to send an email to the committee members of the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor's office asking that they support the legislation strengthening the Entertainment Commission.




2) Please show up on Monday, October 26th at 1:00PM at room 263 in City Hall and speak for a minute or two in support of the Entertainment Community and the Commission that was set up to regulate it. Even if you do not want to speak, your attendance will make a statement.

Here are some talking points to start from:

a) Every Week San Francisco hosts regional, national and international tourists who support our local economy. Hundreds of thousands of people come and go enjoying the sights, food and entertainment that this city is famous for with few problems. Keep that success and give the Entertainment Commission the authority to regulate the few problems that we do have.

b) I go out to ______(favorite place)________ several times a month. I enjoy my time with friends listening to music and dancing. I feel safe and secure and thank the Entertainment Commission for doing its job. If there ever is a problem, I want the commission to act quickly to keep the city's venues safe.

c) I work at ___________ and have seen the positive work of the Entertainment Commission. An example is when this happened____________________. Keep the commission strong.

d) The Entertainment Commission gives venues enforceable steps to become good neighbors. The Entertainment Commission has mandated more soundproofing, plus fire, electrical and building safety upgrades than at any other time in the city's history. Subsequent employment of thousands of contractors has been an ancillary boon.

e) Entertainment Commission has the only staff in the city that can test for sound complaints and ensure both compliance of good neighbor policy and fairness to venues. If anything, the Entertainment Commission's staff should be augmented, not disbanded.

f) Fewer venues and fewer local jobs at a critical time in our economic history. Venues are labor-intensive, and almost completely locally staffed. Every dollar spent on labor in an entertainment venue returns over two dollars to the local economy.

g) San Francisco has more small and locally operated street fairs and festivals than any city in the US. They employ thousands, entertain hundreds of thousands and bring millions into city coffers, plus massive hotel and restaurant income. The Entertainment Commission is part of the success of street fair culture.

Thanks for making this hearing a success and showing the support for entertainment that is part of San Francisco life.


- Slim's & The Great American Music Hall



This bad boy has been living in my car's CD player for the last week, doing a great job getting me tuned up for my daily dose of (slightly mundane) Pavlovian duty for 40 hrs. a week that results in (slight) monetary reward.

Surely I don't have to explain this band to you, kind Lo-Res Viscera reader, as I'm sure most of you already have this - it is, quite possibly - the "most perfect" Thrash album of all time...

Dark Angel - Darkness Descends

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Now playing: Old Grandad - Relatively Far From The Equator
via FoxyTunes



One of San Francisco's greatest musical entities WITHOUT A DOUBT.

Many have tried to conjure the raucous aural ugliness that is Flipper, but there can be only one king, duh!

Here's a wonderful set w/ great sound from a time when they were at their most ferocious; the din they create is sheer beauty, the banter is caustic, and did I mention they were tight as fuck on this night? Yeah...

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Flipper - 06.28.1981 The Keystone, Berkeley, CA (KALX Benefit)

(Because I am not a dick I will share with y'alls what I consider to possibly be my favorite Flipper recording.
Leave a comment will ya?
The dialogue around here has dwindled down to nearly nothing lately. Fuckin' leeches man, I tell ya)...