Friday, January 29, 2010


CHAOS IN TEJAS MAY 27th-30th, Emo's+ other venues.. Austin, Texas, Day to day so far, Really excited MORPHEME has confirmed. Singer has to Get back here from Japan for it to Happen, so it's a pretty special event in itself! Do't miss!:

Updated 04/04/10

Thursday at End Of An Ear Tim Kerr Art Show Opening
Tim Kerr and friends-5pm

Thursday at Red 7 ($16)
X (Australia) 1:00-1:45
the Spits 12:05-12:45
Ty Segall 11:20-11:50
Grass Widow 10:35-11:05
Wild Thing 9:50-10:20
Bad Sports 9:05-9:35

Thursday at Emo's (outside) ($18)
Crow (japan) 12:00-12:45
Talk is Poison 11:15-11:45
Wasted Time 10:35-11:00
Kyklooppein Sukupuutto (Finland) 9:50-10:20
Nerveskade 9:15-9:35
Mind Eraser 8:30-9:00
Mother Of Mercy-7:45-8:15

Thursday at Beerland
Broken Gold

Thursday at the Beauty Bar
New York Night Train's Soul Clap & Dance Competition featuring Mr.
Jonathan Toubin

Thursday after party at the Broken Neck (2:30am-4am) ($5)
Kyklooppein Sukupuutto (Finland)
Arctic Flowers (ex deathreat/signal lost/the observers)
the Altars

Friday day show at Beerland ($5)
Acid Reflux
Wasted Time

Friday at the Mohawk (outside) ($12)
the Ponys-11:00-12:00
Jeff the Brotherhood-9:15-9:45
Woven Bones-8:30-9:00

Friday at Mohawk (inside)
Cowabunga Babes-1:00-1:30

Friday at Emo's (outside) (SOLD OUT)
Bastard ( time reunion) 1:00-1:45
Subhumans (england) 12:00-12:45
the Marked Men 11:00-11:45
Walls 10:15-10:45
Rival Mob 9:30-10:00
Kim Phuc 8:45-9:15
Vaaska 8:00-8:30

Friday at Emo's (inside)
Brilliant Colors-12:15-12:50
Blessure Grave-11:30-12:00
Gun Outfit-10:00-10:30
True Widow-9:15-9:45

Friday at Red 7 (outside) ($12)
Toxic Holocaust

Friday at Red 7 (inside)
Iron Age
the Roller

Friday after party at the broken neck (2:30-4am) ($5)
World Burns to Death
Slang (Japan)

Sat Morning breakfast show at Thunderbird Coffee
Iron Lung 11:45-12:15
Acephalix 11:00-11:30am

Sat day show at Beerland
Crow (Japan)-5:20-6:00
Waste Management-4:40-5:05
Night Siege-3:00-3:30

Sat day show at Trailer Space (FREE)
Ghost Knife-6:30-7:00
Jeff Burke-5:45-6:15
Mind Spiders (members of the Marked Men)-5:00-5:30
Teenage Cool Kids-4:15-4:45

Sat at Emo's (outside) ($20)
Poison Idea 1:00-1:45
the Pist 12:00-12:45
Slang (japan) 11:15-11:45
Morpheme 10:30-11:00
La Urss( spain) 9:50-10:15
Wild Thing 9:05-9:35
Deskonocidos 8:20-8:50

Sat at Emo's (inside) (SOLD OUT)
Inquisition (columbia) 11:45-12:30
Bone Awl 11:00-11:30
Volahn 10:15-10:45
Twin Stumps 9:40-10:00
Viper 9:00-9:25

Sat at Red 7 (outside) ($12)
Lion Of Judah
Ninja Gun
Shanghai River

Sat at Red 7 (inside)
Airfix Kits

Sat at the Mohawk (outside) ($12)
Quintron and Miss Pussycat-10:45-12:00
Box Elders-10:00-10:30
Psychedelic Horseshit-9:15-9:45
Ratas Del Vaticano (mexico)-8:30-9:00

Sat at Mohawk (inside)
Fungi Girls-1:00-1:30
Fergus & Geronimo-12:15-12:45

Sat after party at the Broken Neck (2:30-4am)
Salted City (members of talk is poison/call the police/warcry)
You People
Hot-Rails to Hell

Sunday day show at Beerland (3-7pm)
Subhumans (england)
Cross Stitched Eyes
Mata Mata
Criaturas (members of severed head of state/vaaska/deskonocidos/signal

Sunday instore Trailer Space (FREE)
Stoned at Heart (members of toys that kill/underground railroad to candyland)
Fungi Girls
Wild America

Sunday at Emo's (outside) ($20)
Rorschach 12:05-12:50
Bastard Noise (Wood,Connell and Nelson) 11:10-11:50
Morne 10:10-10:50
Gehenna 9:20-10:50
Yellow Tears 8:45-9:05
Mammoth Grinder 8:00-8:30

Sunday at Beerland ($10)
the Marked Men 1:00-1:45
Toys that Kill 12:15-12:45
Young Offenders 11:30-12:00
Wild Thing 10:45-11:15
the Hex Dispensers 10:00-10:30

all shows are all ages except the shows at beerland which is 21 and up.
tickets for shows at emo's or at
end of an ear records if you live in ausitn.
tickets for shows at red 7 and mohawk at [] »

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


FROM ASHES RISE are playing shows again! THey have a show in Portland that's been scheduled for awhikle in Portland at Satyricon and now have advance tickets available HERE..

FROM ASHES RISE have also a show March 13th in Montreal and an appearance at the Punk Illegal festival in Munkedal, Sweden June 11th and 12th with Extinction Of Mankind, Riisteyt, Rakkaus and more. Good to have you guys back in action!


Friday, January 15, 2010


Slang From Sapporro , Japan will be coming to Chaos in Tejas, touring back to the East coast with Mind Eraser and then be joined on the East Coast by World Burns to Death, in their first U.S. tour and East Coast shows since 2004, who will finish the tour ( sans mind eraser) back to Austin.
here are the tentative dates ( updated 04/04/10), Venues tba.

May 27th to the 30th Austin,TX at Chaos in Tejas Fest
May 31st Dallas,TX the Prophet Bat w/ Subhumans,Cross Stitched Eyes and Unit 21
June 1st Dallas,TX at the Phoenix Project (406 s. haskell st.) w/ Mind Eraser,Tolar and Power Trip
June 2nd St Louis,MO at Fubar (3108 Locust St) w/ MInd Eraser
June 3rd Milwaukee,WI at the Eagles Nest (825 east center st) w/ Mind Eraser
June 4th Chicago,IL w/ Mind Eraser
June 5th Detroit,MI w/ Mind Eraser
June 6th Cleveland,OH at Now That's Class w/ Mind Eraser,Inmates,Pigsticker and Mad Minds
June 7th Pittsburgh,PA w/ Mind Eraser and Kim Phuc
June 8th Albany,NY at Valentines w/ Mind Eraser,Brain Killer,Coughing Fit,Pointblank and Damnation Ally
June 9th Brooklyn,NY at Death By Audio w/ Mind Eraser and Nomos
June 10th Boston,MA w/ World Burns to Death and Mind Eraser
June 11th Providence,RI at AS220 w/ World Burns to Death,Mind Eraser and Neon Bitches
June 12th NYC,NY at the Cake Shop w/ World Burns to Death,Absurd System and Perdition
June 13th Philadelphia,PA at the First Unitarian Church w/ World Burns to Death and Blacklisted
June 14th OFF
June 15th Baltimore,MD at the Barclay House (2101 Barclay St) w/ World Burns to Death,the Wankys and Lotus Fucker and Chaos Destroy
June 16th Richmond,VA w/ World Burns to Death and Wasted Time
June 17th North Carolina w/ World Burns to Death
June 18th Atlanta,GA at 585 Wells st w/ World Burns to Death,American Cheeseburger and Bukkake Boys
June 19th New Orleans,LA w/ World Burns to Death
June 20th Houston,TX at the Mink w/ World Burns to Death

Slang/Mind Eraser split 7" out on 540
Slang/World Burns to Death split 7" out on Prank Records

both out for the tour.

Friday, January 1, 2010


Happy 2010! It's my hope, my wish that this decade is filled with more peace, less fear mongering, less war, and less stupidity than , what we'll just call the "the OH's".

Rang in the New Year with the Classic L.A. band X. I always have mixed feelings about going to see old classic punk bands, punk bands are best seen at the height of when they are actually relevant, and the venue was SLIMS in San Francisco, Not the worst place to see bands, but I've seen enough Punk bands and performers go down hard there ( Penelope Houston, Rollins, HR from Bad Brains) to kind of consider it the Elephant's Graveyard of punk rock, where bands go to die with premium reserved Seating dinner tickets available for you to watch.

I taped "Under the Big Black Sun" onto a Certron Cassette off the local college radio station when it came out - they used to play LP's in their entirety I think mainly so you could do this, this was the same time - or shortly after- In the late 70's or early 80's when the U.S. was experimenting with Record rental shops where, like a video store, you could rent an LP, bring it home and tape it, return it for a few bucks. Unlike filesharing, this was largely squashed under the thumb of the then monolithic record industry, but without song titles and with endless repeat listens, this LP really ingrained itself into my 13 year old being. It wasn't until years later when I rediscovered the album on vinyl years later that I realized How many times I had listened to it, and how well I knew the record. Sure they're desperate, but Considering my teenage freeloading, the $50 new years gouge pricing for this show was fair enough, for the enjoyment I've gotten from the band's music over the years, I probably should've bought a shirt too. ( Make ones with the Cursive X, Giant silver on black. That's it, no "the band", nothing else on it, secret club style, will buy).

X isn't a band that people in the DIY punk circuit really pay much heed these days- (I got in a bit of grumbling online when kids a few years ago would loudly declare "GORILLA ANGREB are so much better than X"- which was just, well silly, gorilla angreb were a good band, but are largely honored by the consideration of the comparison). It's Kind of like how DEAD KENNEDY'S have tarnished in favor of harder bands that are more concurrent to where the DIY scene evolved to. With X and the DK's bands the guitar playing is paramount to the entire thing, and kinda seems like what both bands were doing was taking rockabilly Chuck Berry / Duane Eddy ( in billy Zoom's case) Link Wray / Dick Dale Surf ( in East Bay Rays case) 50's and 60's rock guitar, dredging it up out of the muck of '70's rock and the mounting backlash of the increasing insipidness of Disco. In the face of something like THIS X or the RAMONES, or the DEAD KENNEDY'S are musical atomic bomb, levelling the playing field so anyone can pick up a guitar , start a band and not have to save up for a MOOG, flare legged pantsuit and their producer's coke bill.

But that guitar sound and those aren't cultural touchstones for a younger generation of kids, there's not back ground in early Rock'n'roll that was laid by it's nostalgic revival in the early '70's and now You can hear "blitzkreig bop" over the loudspeaker at the supermarket, but as it happened, as it was pulled out of the ether and created, these things were like magic because the mainstream hadn't splintered into it's kaliedoscope of possibilities. Unheard music, Indeed.

Even the KBD- record collector circuit sometimes have an ambivalent attitude towards X, besides the ALLEY CATS and BLACK RANDY , were the only "dangerhouse" era band to make LP's ( not later collections like the recent BAGS, DILS and 80's AVENGERS collections - and oh yeah, wait "This album leaves exit wounds." ) while Active, and X is the only band to deliver multiple LP's ( and stunningly several good ones). maybe not an obscure enough discovery, maybe not distilled down to a handful of classic tracks that leave the promise of what could have been, or maybe that the band crossover into mainstream rock and rockabilly burnishes the raw edge. The late 70's Punk scene in Los Angeles remains one of the greatest punk scenes of all time for it's vibrancy, diversity, it's cleverness , you can spend a long time pondering where all the smarts went..

But it's not like X lacks fans -It's always kind of odd when I walk into a show and the crowd is my age or older. It only seems to happen when I see an old band, as Most crust and punk shows I go to, I'm usually in the upper stratosphere of geezer-dom with whoever else from Maximum Rock'n'roll decides to show up. San Francisco's transformation in the 1960's from a shipyard, industrial city to Hippie mecca has always colored the city in both many wonderful but also some negative ways. The 1960's soft San Francisco rock tradition that it rests on , well, largely sucks ( well maybe that's a bit harsh, but compared to THIS, yeah, it does) but it's always regaled as "You don't know, you weren't there, you wouldn't understand" capturing the broader arrogance - or at least perceived arrogance of that generation = something I never want to be in my realationship to a younger generation of punk and music fans, handing out an instant set of rules and guidelines to rebel against. Bite the upper lip, I own all the Gorilla Angreb records in multiple pressings.

X took a lot of criticism for inviting Ray Manzarek of the Doors to produce and Play on their first few LP's ( like this one I found online: "X’s Los Angeles would be the single finest rock and roll album ever crafted in the annals of history if Ray Manzareck had stayed in the production booth and off of the god damned organ." ) Though Oddly I found myself MISSING the organ when they played those songs live last night, that's how I know the songs.... It always stuns me that punk was so ANTI-Hippie less than decade after happened-But nothing has ever come to counter punk thirty odd years on in the same way - maybe the development of rave and revival of basically disco culture was, or maybe punk never reached the same critical mass or relevance in the U.S. TO garner such a strong counter reaction. That said, I'm a mixed bag on nostalgia and I look forward to the generation - it's probably the one that's about ten years old right now that will LOATHE the 80's, as it has nothing to do with them and they'll be free to create something new from the ruins. though, In all honesty, Maybe that generation is already here and I'm too blinded by perceptions and tastes of how and when I grew up discovering and formulating opinions about music to find an appreciation of it.

But The mixed bag I have towards Nostaliga, still brought me to see one of my favorite bands play some of my favorite songs.I had never seen X perform live, and watching Youtube kind of scared me off going a year or two back. It's not what it was, nor could it ever be, vocal chords are harsher and being sung from a different place in life. X Now, largely look like they should bouncing grandkids on their knees as opposed to touring, but it's a gift that they still do, as their strengths - Billy Zoom's ability to so effortlessly play guitar ( yes, he does, indeed deserve his own signature guitar), the skill of the drummer DJ Bonebrake, who must be in his 50's still has playing, and the songwriting of the first four records, where their set was largely culled, propelled this to be a pretty memorable way to ring in '10. I think John Doe must've been playing the same bass since the start of the band as the paint job was completely worn to the wood of the bass. People Yelled " I love you exene" between songs and I wanted to shout " I love you Billy Zoom!" . I love all the wonderful freaks, miscreants, and in his case, uber talented weirdos that created this culture. I often wonder where such extravagant, talented people went - and I guess now, you can just blog your pain or have actual alternatives for your talent than were offered in the late 70's. I could do without the christmas covers, but it was at least one set up for Zoom to solo. Mildest "pit" more like a seed at best, Moderate, largely greying crowd, but it's also the first show I brought my night driving glasses to to see better, so it happens to all of us. We showed up right before X started with enough time to order a drink and get to the front of the stage, and in lieu of Auld Lang Syne- or maybe more appropriately to the spirit of THAT song, bask in "World's a Mess it's in my Kiss"- what it was, what it remarkably still is and welcome the new year. Bravo and all the best to everyone for 2010.