all things old school

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

BABYLON BREAKDOWN - A Decade Of All Things Old School Compilation


Age of Quarantine, day # 285 - Originally this was going to be out in march this year, marking the blog's 10th anniversary but honestly I didn't feel it was appropriate to celebrate anything, specially with the very sad and disturbing Floyd episode that followed... yet it seems we're gonna keep livin' with the virus for a while, for better or for worse.

We have here a non-profit digital compilation of worldwide Hardcore Punk bands playing original Reggae/Dub songs, no covers! Either they are full reggae tunes from start to finish, or they mutate during the course of the song(*). I've been collecting these since 2017 and with the help of a few collaborators the result exceeded my expection in quantity but not in quality, for that reason I made 2 compilations so-to-speak:

I - The one on SPOTIFY has nearly all the songs that matched that criteria(*) but I felt some of those are more messing around rather than paying tribute or simply because it may sound out of context if heard outside the album, for example the Warzone and Minor Threat's tracks (asshole dub? com'on).


II - For DOWNLOAD we have what I believe are the best ones, some bands doing really cool "outro" Dub songs others incorporating partially the Jamaican rhythm in their compositions, during breakdowns or intros. Note: some of these are not available on spotify.

Tracklist:

A Side "Rasta-Core"
1. BAD BRAINS - Coming In Numbers
2. UNDERDOG - No Matter What
3. VIGILANTE - Society Dub
4. CHANGE - Beyond
5. REAL REGGAE - Real Jamaique
6. REAL REGGAE - Slam Rastaman
7. DON'T SLEEP - The Wreckage
8. HOGAN'S HEROES - Dread or Alive
9. COLD WORLD - Whagwan (feat Warrior Queen)
10. FIREBURN - Jah Jah Children
11. NAUSEA - Sacrifice
12. CATHARSIS - Deserts Without Mirages
13. ACID REFLUX - Not Another Day
14. CHUCK TREECE & MCRAD - Roar Pon Dem (feat M. Mills, Kam Houff & Darryl Jenifer)

B Side "Skunkin' Mosh"
15. AGATHOCLES - God Save The Real Green
16. AGRESSIVO PAU PODI - Eu Sei Que Você Vai Querer
17. OUTFACE - Petals
18. PLAID RETINA - One Step Back
19. MON DRAGON - Benedicte Douglas
20. MURPHY'S LAW - Blazing Chalice
21. ROGER MIRET & DISASTERS - We're Gonna Find a Way (Dub Remix)
22. BAD REACTION - Murder In Jamaica
23. SOUL DISCHARGE - Karma/Failure Is Steppin' Stone
24. SUBHUMANS - Fade Away
25. FALSE JUSTICE - Fight The Fight
26. SECRET HATE - The Ballad Of Johnny Butt
27. SUBLIME with H.R. - Shame In Dem Game (Live)
28. LAWNMOWER DETH - Seventh Church of the Apocalyptic Lawnmower (Skank Mix)

Bonus Jam: BAD BRAINS - What Remains (Darryl Jenifer Dub Mix)

  I made this purely out of fun, trying to show that with an open mind we can enjoy other cultures and beliefs focusing on what they have the best to offer, of course there is the cultural appropriation to consider (like it was mentioned in this great NO ECHO article) but in any mean I was trying to show disrespect to the rastafarian devotees by making this compilation, quite the opposite.


(excert from White Riot: Punk Rock and The Politics Of Race)

Like it was said earlier not every single Hardcore/Punk "influenced reggae" song is here, not to mention all Bad Brains skunky jams. For a more comprehensive list visit this page. A big shout out to TwinPowerForce (discogs user) and Soul Discharge for sending their track for this!! Don't see your favorite punk reggae tune here? Drop me a line and I will add it on that playlist, peace!

Friday, December 25, 2020

FORCED NEGLECT - Double EP Tape

Location: Alabama, USA
Release: Self-Released, 2020

Age of Quarantine, day # 281 - Narrowing down to the last posts of the year. For now we have FORCED NEGLECT and their double feature cassete tape comprised of two excellent EPs The Poison Of The Fang, released earlier this year and the 2019's Need To Feed. Expect merciless crossover metallic hardcore, back to back.

The cassette was very limited and put out for a good cause but this sure could get a vinyl treatment.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

EXPOSURE - Atonement

Location: Mannheim, Deutschland
Release: Street Survival Records, 2020

Age Of Quarantine, day # 272 - A highly antecipated record here at the AllThingsOldSchool's HQ, German EXPOSURE finally presents their debut full-length, exceeding all expectations I must say.

Is it thrash metal tinged stenchcore or the other way around? Sodom meets Discharge and Clevo HC? Truth being said they got a bunch of ugly influences and created a gnarly monster hungry for mosh that is the Atonement LP with a production quality not unlike of those found on Earache Records or Relapse releases. Better than that they kept it legit and chose Street Survival as the label to go, real recognize real!





Thursday, December 3, 2020

GET A GRIP - United Fight

Location: Arizona, US
Release: Criminal Records, 2020
Artwork: Gera Vega

Age of Quarantine, day # 259  - In fucked up times like this one, mankind reveals their raw nature, their best and their worst. GET A GRIP use all of that to spit venom and call-to-action in their new EP UNITED FIGHT!

Their inciting formula of thrashy skatepunk has reached its finest moment here, fierce music to match provoking lyrics! A few months prior to this they also put out a Promo Tape with 3 new exclusive songs that were left out of the 12".

DOWNLOAD [EP + Promo]


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

DEAD ENEMY - Knowing The Enemy

Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
Release: Self-Released, 2020

Age Of Quarantine, day # 250 - From the always shine city of Fortaleza comes DEAD ENEMY and their first album Knowing The Enemy, paying tribute (so to speak) to our nasty far-right government leader.

The band members' background are encrusted in the counter culture movement for quite some time, with a fair amount of projects under their belts, all focused on speed! Bands like BECO TUBARÃO and BLIGHT demonstrate that well, but most notably DAMN YOUTH and their sonic thrashcore that have been waving the Ceará scene flag for the rest of the country and beyond now counting with the hand of DEAD ENEMY to tear down some fascists walls and stagedive for diversity.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

STAND HARD RECORDS - Discography


Age of Quarantine, day # 243 - Another early 00's (or so) US full label discography or in this case, semi-full. The situation here is that STANDHARD RECORDS was as DIY as you could get, from extremely limited 7" EPs to handmade cassette releases, it became pretty hard to track down everything they put out. STAND HARD served more as an outlet to promote their friend's bands as opposed to a more traditional label with webstore, street team, merch and whatnot.

It all started in 1996 with Jesse Standhard and Neal St. Clair, both playing in the Connecticut sxe band TENFOLD and their EP Vengeance Will Be Ours... which was the label's first release (or second, lol). The fun aspect about STAND HARD is that their history is entangled with other more estabilished hardcore labels since day one. From there TENFOLD went to BRIDGE 9 RECORDS to become their first ever release, two years later the same happened to RIGHT BRIGADE, the band Jesse was the frontman.


They also put stuff out by FOLLOW THROUGH another Connecticut mainstay Jesse took part playing bass after they did the 1996's Not This Time EP and shortly before that a demo cassette version was also released.

To close up the label's first chapter, still in the late 90's, they got to work with FASTBREAK and IN MY EYES, both ending up on Relevation Records. The Fastbreak release was a weird one, comprised of soon-to-be compilation tracks, since I couldn't find the audio files for it I put together those comp tracks. The In My Eyes demo cassette was a game-changer as we all know by now, one hell of a demo!

In the new millenium STAND HARD remained as a launch base for a few more but crucial early 00's US hardcore acts, working with bands that later closed deals with labels such as LOCKIN' OUT, TRIPLE-B and PAINKILLER RECORDS. Two infamous bootleg tapes came out from that era, the LOUD AND CLEAR USA (aka Step Foward) Promo Cassette and the FREE SPIRIT / NO TOLERANCE Split Demo. The first one I didn't even found an image for it what to say about audio rips.


After that we sail in uncharted waters, the complete continuity of the STAND HARD RECORDS releases can't be found anywhere, not until the mid 2010's when Jesse started to run Boston's EDGE DAY FEST. From there a bunch of promo tapes started to pop up, issued by bands performing in those fests, DIY style.

DOWNLOAD I contains:
1996 - FASTBREAK - Where It Lies 7"
1996 - TENFOLD - Vengeance Will Be Ours... 7"
1996 - FOLLOW THROUGH - Not This Time 7"
1997 - IN MY EYES - Cassette Demo
1998 - RIGHT BRIGADE - Demo
1999 - RIGHT BRIGADE - Clevo Sucks 7"
1999 - THE EXPLOSION - Demo EP
2001 - INVASION - Face Up To It!
2001 - STOP AND THINK - Boston Straightedge

DOWNLOAD II contains:
2008 - FREE SPIRIT / NO TOLERANCE - Split Demo
2014 - BURST OF RAGE - Edge Day Sampler
2014 -THROUGH THESE EYES - Promo Tape
2014 - TODD'S WAR - Your Mistake Demo
2015 - NEW VISION - Promo
2015 - SPIRIT OF YOUTH - Edge Day Demo
2016 - LABELED - Demo

Saturday, November 7, 2020

U.Y.U.S. - United Youth of United States + Use Your Unedited Sense

Location: Houston, USA
Release: UYUS Records, 1989-1990

Age Of Quarantine, day # 233 - No, AllThingsOldschool is not done yet! Roughly 3 decades ago the Reagan era was ending. Hardcore, punk and metal bands had a lot to say back then as it does today.

To represent this day I picked U.Y.U.S. from Texas, they self-released 2 LPs filled with government criticism and political stands for equal rights. Although the cover may indicate Oi! related music this is pure late-80's styled thrashy hardcore not unlike Cryptic Slaughter.

Apparently there's just one audio rip available of their stuff and it was most likely made available by the Pay No More Than blog, which has its links dead for a long time. The issue is that the first LP's rip sounds way too weak! Other than that this is an amazing add to any old school punk collector. Vinyl photos by danielnatterdal.



UNITED YOUTH OF THE UNITED STATES
IT'S OUR TURN TO STATE THE WAYS
WE'VE FOUGHT EACH FOR TOO LONG
YOU PEOPLE LEARN TO LIVE HERE
OR WE'LL ALL BE GONE
WE'LL ALL BE GONE, IT MUST BE DONE

SOME PEOPLE ARE PREJUICE, I JUST CAN'T UNDERSTAND
HOW THE COLOR SKIN CAN EXPLOIT A MAN
SO CLOSED MINDED, SO IGNORANT
YOU PEOPLE LEARN HOW TO LIVE HERE OR GET THE FUCK OUT

RACISM, WHO'S TO BLAME
YOURSELF, YOU MUST CHANGE
PREJUDICE, EXTINGUISHED
YOU MUST JOIN THE U.Y.U.S.
PUT AN END TO THIS RACIAL CIVIL WAR
JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS, THEY'LL BE NO MORE
OPEN MINDS TEND TO DISCOVER
YOU CAN'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER

LEARN TO LIVE HERE, OR WE'LL ALL BE GONE
LEARN TO LIVE HERE, OR GET THE FUCK OUT!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

PILLARS OF IVORY - Genesis/Exodus Demo

Location: New York Metropolitan Area
Release: DAZE, 2020

Age of Quarantine, day # 189 - The folks at The Essence couldn't have said it better "BABYLON IS BURNING AND THIS IS THE SOUNDTRACK"!

A side project from dudes behind Mindforce, Death Threat and Age Of Apocalypse which can quite possibly become their main thing.

Their first demo GENESIS dropped in August and it's comprised of one long track divided in 8 parts (I. Key To Success / II. D.R.E.A.M. / III. Strawberry Mac 10/ IV. Salute / V. Gotti Du$t Bluntz / VI. T.W.C.T. POI / VII. Tearz Fall / VIII. Puffin' At Tha Lantern). The same goes for the EXODUS demo which came out last week but with a different tracklist of course.

RESTOCK FOR ROLLING PAPERS

Sunday, September 20, 2020

PEST CONTROL - Demo 2020

Location: Leeds, UK
Release: DIY, 2020
Artwork: Meirion Jones

Age of Quarantine, day # 185 - Dood... quarantine is taking its toe, I think I'm going crazy (but not insane). Well at least in Leeds they can't and won't stop delivering the goods, specially in crazy times like these.

Enters PEST CONTROL with members from Implement and Cheap Surgery bringing the very best from both Thrash and Punk worlds, music to chase fascists out of this earth.

FFO: Primal Rite, LawGiver, Vio-lence
 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

MFP (Main Force Patrol) - Discography

Location: Boston, USA
Release: Painkiller Records, 2011-2014

Age Of Quarantine, day # 171 - MFP, the apocalyptic law enforcement depicted in the movie Mad Max or, in this case, a Bostonian Hardcore unit comprised by the same folks behind Painkiller and R'n'R Disgrace (among other bands)! It comes as no surprise how hard this one rips, pure jock hardcore.

A total of 1 EP and 2 demos were issued (european versions by Stomp Records included), more than a dozen tracks were layed, as their contribution track to the We Breed Ugly compilation, but more were expected. Their last output, the 2014 Demo, was part of a lengthier work but they dropped it there.

FFO: Wrestling, Charles Bronson (actor), Negative FX


 
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