Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dare Orange County Straight-Edge

It's been a while since I was excited about a new Hardcore release. This band embodies the continuation of the Orange County Straight-Edge started by Uniform Choice way back in the 80's. They do not play the same kind of music, it's old school Hardcore for sure but all a tad heavier and less melodic. Great to hear it, got my attention.

Dare "Orange County Straight-Edge" - orange flexi out of 110 copies

Dare "Orange County Straight-Edge" - green flexi out of 400 copies

Dare flexi discs - both colors

The record is just released by Reaper Records about a week ago. Six songs pressed on die cut flexi disc and looking good. The fold open cover has the lyrics and band photo on the inside. Great to see Reaper Records continuing their epic work after all the shit they got with the Turnstile LP pre-orders. People need to chill the fuck out.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Something Has Happenend Here

This live bootleg was recorded in 1966 during the European leg of Bob Dylan's tour, that mainly took place in the United Kingdom. Bob Dylan started out as a singer and songwriter mainly influenced by Folk and Blues music. His first albums sounded like that, acoustic with guitar, harmonica. The song texts were the main reason why he obtained recognition. He was considered a spokesman for some. His texts were sociologically-conscious, politically-motivating and about American society as he witnessed it. Songs were critical towards the Vietnam war, establishment, corruption, racism and slavery. Besides those protest songs, he also rewrote some ballads and sang about past loves also.

During these recordings Bob Dylan starts with his traditional songs and they were well received by the London audience that expected this type acoustic 'folk songs'. But in the second part he lets himself be accompanied by a band that plays on drums and electric guitars. Never seen before in his folk-styled pieces and highly untraditional for music in general during those years. A man in the audience yelled "Judas" at him, he replied "I don't believe you"...

This recording is a reflection of this twist or change Bob Dylan created within his music and so gave birth to Rock 'n Roll as we know it. The electrical sound he adapted caused many waves. His success increased, although also a group of fans could not appreciate this and evolution went too fast for them. The change gave music a completely new elan. And the audience felt that something had happened in that concert.

The lesson learned is that change is always confrontational. And that by following his inner vision, he no longer gave the audience what they wanted.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Nations On Fire 1991 - 2017

Strike The Match was Nations On Fire's first LP. It was originally released in 1991 and is quickly becoming the most representative European Straight-Edge Hardcore release to date. Here's why.
Nations On Fire was more than a Straight-Edge band. They have arisen from Rise Above, a pure Straight-Edge band that had took critical stance towards the Hardcore Punk from the USA. But also a 'beat it' stance towards the fascists over here in Belgium. Although Rise Above was a pioneering band in Europe, the message was not effective enough. The Straight-edge message was essential for them and their public but still they had a higher aim. That aim was not to stay away from drugs and booze only, but to become a movement within the scene that was more politically aware also. Racism, nationalism, organised religion and foreign corporate business became topics. All of this was brought in a clear message, written sharply enough to make it comprehensive and appealing for the wider public. A simple but effective approach in their song writing carried all of this.

Nations On Fire "Strike The Match" LP Refuse Records 2017

Nations On Fire "Strike The Match" LP Refuse Records 2017

Reissue with booklet

Being in the year 2017 and seeing this record reissued for the 5th time, proofs the relevance and appeal this record had in the underground music scene of Europe and beyond. The record had pressings in Spain, Poland, Germany and even in Brazil.

This time around the record comes packaged in a gatefold cover. It was pressed on two colours, blue and yellow translucent vinyl. It's accompanied with a booklet that has an interview with the entire band. Taken a few weeks after the original pressing was done in 1991. It's a translation from German.
Inside the gatefold is a photo of a recent installation artwork, by a friend of the band. It still fits the message of this record.

poster of the release: "Your country ain't your blood"

Another well done reissue of this Belgian Hardcore classic...

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Green Christmas Gremlin

Sometimes it feels like you get nothing back for what you do in life. But I fully realize that the essence is to feel great about what you do inside your self. Other people aren't always good at being positive about others. I have always felt this way about collecting records. Some people ask me why I collect Reaper Records for example. It's because I like it and feel good inside about what I do.
Current internet heroes feel that way when getting many likes and views. If this feels like an achievement for them, so be it. I won't hold it against them. But it's not only their merit that they can feel this way. Because the Instagram and Facebook technology is a not to underestimate force behind it also. The real-time connectivity realized by this technology holds a share in creating the feeling of togetherness. I have always tried to make a change in the real physical world also. On the field itself. I always tried to stay as objective as possible, although with music this can not always be realized. I am biased by my taste and background also. The Blogger.com technology is old. And far less embedded and wide spread than the technology of Facebook. But you can write more text and post more and bigger photos which I still feel as a plus. Also no stupid small digital keyboards that I can't type texts with.

For those who still read this, you know how it went already. Bought this version of the Out Crowd 7 inch accidentally. Listed wrongly by seller for the record release. Being too fast and not inquisitive enough can lead to these events. Although the situation turned out to being surprised and discovering a record that I had never seen before.

Gremlins cover, numbered out of 50 on dustsleeve

Christmas tree screen print


I would like to know the meaning of that cover. Can be a fantasy also. Feels like a meaningless Christmas tree printed on it to. The cover feels weird to me because it's not clear in meaning and message. This in contrast to the band's lyrics.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Out Crowd "Just Us" record release

There was a moment in time when this blog had lots of views. There was a big crowd that craved new posts. There were people looking for information on Google being directed to this site. Nowadays all of this changed. The views declined to about 10% maximum compared to the views in those times.
Actually I don't mind since this has always been a non-profit. And the main reason was and still is that this is a tool to communicate with like minded people who also collect records. Especially in Hardcore circles you have to go international to meet like-minded people.

So nowadays it's just us and nobody else. The biggest crowd is gone. This record is appropriate to that situation. It's one of those records from the Reaper Records catalogue that hadn't too much attention back then, let stand now. But I needed it and was looking for it since I knew it existed. The first time I saw it, I bought it on Discogs.com . But there are no unique photo's on that site and the item was listed wrongly as 'record release' so I got another version I did not expect. I left the seller positive feedback because I hadn't seen this version and didn't have it also. It was another version also dated but not on the release date.

Now I have bought another one listed as 'record release' and it's the correct one. I knew it before I received it, since I sent the seller a photo I found on the internet and he confirmed to me that it was this exact version. A little precaution can't hurt, this is a lesson learned.

Out Crowd "Just Us" record release cover

It's an extra cover with four live shots of the band in action. The record comes on red vinyl with the Out Crowd solidarity logo (the triple hand shake) on the A-side label. The cover also has a short fold over flap with the date, the band name, the record title and the date of the release show (7/7/12). There is also numbering out of 50, this copy is number 35.

Out Crowd "Just Us" record release #35/50
The record also comes with the Out Crowd logo printed on a clear plastic sheet. It's actually quite cool to see through but rather hard to make clear in a picture:

see through plastic with the Out Crowd logo printed on it

Out Crowd was a band from Atlanta, USA who played Hardcore in vein of Youth Of Today. They were a short lived band who also got another record, a split release and also a demo...