Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This week in AFS...
* meet Hysterics, rip-roarin' ladyragers from Oly, WA!
* Hysterics play live in Studio A (& totally kill it)!
* ...then spin records in Studio B!
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THE FALL-OUTS | Sleep | Sleep 7" | Super Electro 1994
UNNATURAL HELPERS | Heavy Sugar | Earwax EP 7" | Dirty Knobby 2007
UNNATURAL HELPERS | Tell Me That You Wanna | Cracked Love & Other Drugs | Hardly Art 2010
UNNATURAL HELPERS | This is a Gift | split 7" w/ The Intelligence | Dirty Knobby 2009
JOYCE MCKINNEY EXPERIENCE | Profit Motif | v/a: Gruesome Stains | Upright 1988
DAN | Into the Fields | Can You Dig It? 7" | Mass Media 1989
DIRT | Deaf in Reality | Never Mind Dirt - Here's The Bollocks | Crass 1982
========================== live in Studio A ==========================
HYSTERICS | Arm Candy
HYSTERICS | Dow Jones
HYSTERICS | Correct Me
HYSTERICS | Sunk
HYSTERICS | Deformative Years
HYSTERICS | Hanging Out at the 512
WRONG KIND OF STONE AGE | Run Amok | v/a: Bloodstains Across Australia | Bloodstains 1998 (orig 1984)
BOYCOTT | Barbie Doll Death | Barbie Doll Death 7" | Trench 1994
TEN DAYS LATE | Getaway | Go With the Flow 7" | Klark 1994
#B'LAST | Only Time Will Tell | It's in My Blood | SST 1987
#CRUMBSUCKERS | Trapped | Life of Dreams | Combat Core 1986
#SCHOOL OF VIOLENCE | Lab Rats | We the People...? | Death 1988
#NEGATIVE APPROACH | Whatever I Do | self-titled 7" | Touch & Go 1982
#NEGATIVE FX | I Know Better | self-titled | Taang! 1982
#SONSKULL | Housing | Birth Scene/Rewind EP 12" | Perennial 2010
@THE NECROS | No One | Conquest for Death | Touch & Go 1981
@BORN AGAINST | The Good Father | The Rebel Sound of Shit & Failure | Vermiform 1995
@RITES OF SPRING | Persistent Vision | self-titled | Dischord 1985
@HÜSKER DÜ | Divide and Conquer | Flip Your Wig | SST 1985
@MEAT PUPPETS | We're Here | II | SST 1984
@NAZZ | Open My Eyes | self-titled | Atlantic 1968
@THE IMPRESSIONS | So Proud | 16 Greatest Hits | ABC/Dunhill 1971
~THE WIPERS | Romeo | Over the Edge | Rabid Cat 1983
~NOTHING PEOPLE | It's Not Your Speakers | Late Night | SS Records 2009
~ROYAL TRUX | Air | self-titled | Drag City 1992
~NERVE CITY | Concentrate | Recordings 2007-2008 | Sweet Rot 2010
%JESUS LIZARD | Waxeater | Goat | Touch & Go 1990
%AGNOSTIC FRONT | Power | Victim in Plain | Combat Core 1986
%SUPERCHUNK | Brand New Love | The Freed Steed 7" | Merge 1991
%CHRISTIAN DEATH | Spiritual Cramp | Only Theatre of Pain | Frontier 1982
KOMMUNITY FK | Incompatible Disposition | The Vision & the Voice | Independent Project 1983
Tonight's guests--Hysterics--are yet another tally in the win column for Olympia, and much like H.P.P. and Sonskull, they honestly harken back to the early 80s hardcore heyday in such a rivetingly authentic way. Look for their 7" debut to drop anytime now on M'Lady's Records. And certainly don't miss 'em live if they come to your town. This is primo rip-roarin' ladyrager fun with rhythms fast n' loose but tight enough where they need to be, killer guitar shred alternating big dumb chunky barre chords with cool semi-metallic scaling, and a great vocalist who brings the right level of earnestness that's enough for you to know she means it and enough for her to make you feel it, but stopping well short of zealotry. The power in the music of Hysterics throttles through hulking amps, bashing drums, Stephie's vocal delivery, but also Stephie's eyes. She is seriously a great front-person for a HC band.
I had a great time with these ladies, too. We only had about three hours to hang out, but I'm quite sure they would be great to party with, and just great to talk music with. You can probably tell from the last 75 minutes of the show when they picked all the music. You can glean a keen sense of what each member brings to the band by their selections.
# guitarist Adriana's choice
@ singer Stephie's choice
~ drummer Shannen's choice
% bassist Jessica's choice
They just visited MRR Radio, too...
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I submit further evidence of the rulingness of Hysterics through these video exhibits...
earlier drummer here, but this fun flies in the face of Evergreen campus busybody fun-ruiners!
And now...if you care...I'm playing in a trio with the sax/drums duo formerly known as Klondike & York on Thursday, July 28 at the DAM Haus (503 E Street, Davis CA 95616). We're called Crack the Case, and it's kind of a funny story how we came to fruition. I was recounting a funny moment in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent starring Jeff Goldblum as Detective Zach Nichols where Det. Nichols, after interviewing a bartender about a victim who visited that bar, began playing the piano at the bar, and it sounded very avant-garde. You could tell it was actually Goldblum playing the piano, and he was arpeggiating these weird chords. It was like Conlon Nancarrow meets Ted Falconi's guitar style in Flipper. I was sitting at a piano, applying what little bit I know of some intervals that I gleaned from watching the Sun Ra documentary Make a Joyful Noise at Dewey from Eternal Tapestry's house. He said that everytime he watches that vid, he feels like he's capable of achieving a level of musical accomplishment he's never reached before. And sure, I could feel it....but I guess I just hung onto it for a couple years, and then I let it out doing my Det. Zach Nichols impression. In the L&O:CI episode, Nichols puts crucial pieces of the case together while playing these strange arpeggiated chords. His facial expressions were the kookiest Eureka! moment ever, just like how you would imagine Goldblum portraying it...or living it in real life! It just so happens that during an impression, I was being secretly filmed on someone's flip-phone video camera, and Chad--the Klondike in Klondike & York--asked me about where I was playing piano. I explained the whole thing about Jeff Goldblum to him, and he was like, "Cool...we should play in a trio together!" Seriously? This guy's one of my ultimate Sacto musical idols, so it's like fantasy bandcamp. And it totally works for my busy life 'cos I don't even hafta practice. We convene at shows and just go to town.
This week, we start right at 7:30 in support of Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band (including Spencer Clarke of Skaters and Scott Simmons of Exiled Records and formerly Eat Skull) and Orphan Fairytale from Belgium. The masters of cosmiche muziek aus Davis known as Mucky the Ducky also play, and they've been especially nailing it lately. So, maybe I'll see you there, eh?!?!
Posted by DJ Rick at 2:36 AM