Previously unreleased Drive Like Jehu song released!!! Not on any album/7″/official release!!!

Wow, check it out, in this Drive Like Jehu show from 1992 at the X-Ray Cafe in Portland, Oregon, starting at 30:00, there’s a TOTALLY UNRELEASED DRIVE LIKE JEHU SONG that I had never heard before and is not on any album, 7″, compilation, or any other live video I’ve ever seen.

Does anyone know the guys in this band, are there any other rare gems out there?     Totally awesome.  The only other unreleased piece of Jehu I’ve ever heard is the original? or an alternate intro for New Math–you know how it’s called “New Intro” on Yank Crime?  If you listen to the recording of the live Drive Like Jehu KXLU radio set, the intro to New Math is totally different than on Yank Crime and is totally awesome too…



o13–Time Wave Zero (Favorite new band, best record of 2013 so far)

o13–Time Wave Zero

Featuring Mark C from Live Skull, Stuart Argabright from Ike Yard, and Kent Heine from The Holy Ghost, o13 (formerly Outpost 13) has made the record of the year, actually of the past few years, with their new release Time Wave Zero.  It’s a sophisticated mix of new wave, no wave, krautrock, dub, electronic, and ambient music that sounds wholly original and inspired, invoking the present, past, and future (bridging the gaps from 1978 to 1985 to 2013 and beyond) in a totally unique way.

I’m tempted to say that only veteran experimental/underground musicians who never hit the big time and have been keeping the torch alive, making art and music in the background for the last few decades, could make a record that sounds as effortless and evocative as Time Wave Zero.   If pressed for comparisons I’d say this would fit in nicely with some Can, Philip Glass, Live Skull, Orb’s Orbus Terrarum, Suicide, Joy Division, Brian Eno, all in their prime!!!  It’s super-accomplished and stylized, the type of album that all fits together perfectly, evoking a number of moods and emotions that you just can’t get anywhere else.  It’s about time–an album this good and consistent hasn’t come out in many years, especially out of the indie/postpunk arena–maybe the last records this interesting were Battles’ Gloss Drop and Mirrored?

Spotify: o13 – Remote Purity Control

Desire Records: 013 (CD) (vinyl)

Newsflash: Desire Records is also re-releasing some Live Skull records on CD and vinyl, and they’re on Spotify too!  It’s about time, Live Skull is basically as good or usually better than Sonic Youth in their own inspired and unique way (only Sister and Daydream Nation are on par with the best Live Skull records) but many of their best records have never been released on CD until now (or soon, currently in preorder)!!!  A dedicated post on this monumental (I’m serious) news  soon!

Taking Back Sunday–Sink into Me

Taking Back Sunday–Sink into Me

In the 1990s, I don’t think there’s any way a song like this would be on popular radio, it would have been relegated to indie/college radio. It’s good to hear some good music slip through onto popular radio sometimes–sounds something like Foo Fighters meets Swerverdriver and Drive Like Jehu and Quicksand and Fugazi or something in that vein, albeit very much on the poppy side of their output. Oh, wait, they used to be on Victory Records! Wow, I never thought I’d hear a Victory Records band on pop radio and in Spiderman movies etc!

Maps and Atlases: Best New Band Ever!!!

Maps and Atlases: MTV2 Interview

Maps and Atlases: Songs for Ghosts to Haunt To (Live)

Wow! Maps and Atlases are the best new (to me) band ever! Imagine Yes, Gentle Giant, Brian Eno, Dave Matthews, Peter Gabriel, Captain Beefheart, and Don Caballero playing some amazing psychadelic pop tunes, and that might give you an idea of the pop and technical might of Maps and Atlases! From Chicago! On tour now!

Maps and Atlases — The Most Trustworthy Tin Cans (Live)

The Fall of Troy–Ghostship Part V (Live)

The Fall of Troy: as if prog legends Yes and King Crimson met Unwound, Drive Like Jehu, Voivod, and 2008 emo.  I would like to see a Fall of Troy/Maps and Atlases show.

Spike in Vain–best postpunk pre-emo experimental hardcore band ever

Well, in my book Spike in Vain’s Disease in Relative from 1984 is the most-underrated punk/postpunk/experimental/hardcore record ever made! It’s the perfect blend of styles somewhere in the neighborhood of early Minutemen, Black Flag, Joy Division, and Bauhaus, with touches of Killing Joke, King Crimson and mid-period Voivod, Drive Like Jehu, and Sonic Youth. It’s crazy and crazy good. I hope they rerelease it someday. If you’re interested in hearing this amazing record, someone has put up mp3s of it on the megaupload-like mediafire: Spike in Vain–Disease is Relative.
Great news via the Good bad Music for bad, bad Times! blog:

Here’s an email that I received from Robert Griffin who now runs and was the main man behind Spikes In Vain. Go to his website – there’s a limited supply of original Spike in Vain 12″s available!


“Very cool blog you’ve got there, nice to see some love for that old scene, thanks. I’ve gone on to play lots of other music, but the attitudes and aesthetic of those days will always guide me.

Sometime next year I’m going to release all the Spike in Vain recordings on cd. After Disease Is Relative, there was a cassette-only album, “Jesus Was Born in a Mobile Home,” and there is also an unreleased third album, “Death Drives a Cadillac.” There may be a DVD in there also, I recently got a video of an almost complete 1983 gig. There are some other odds and ends too, it will most likely be a 3 disc set. If there’s enough interest I might press up some of the unreleased material on vinyl also.

Some other info for you – Outerwear were kind of a sister band to SiV. I played drums, Chris Marec on gtr/vox, and Beth Scarf on bass. There was a cassette album called “The Outerwear Limits.” Our slogan “loud slow bad rules” heh.. We had a great time pissing off all the “correct” punks. But Beth and I did eventually learn our instruments, so we started doing things like wrapping ourselves in bandages so that we couldn’t play so well. Very fun band and Chris wrote some pretty cool songs for it.

Funny, the Guns were the youngest band on that compilation, 14 or 15 years old at most, and both the main guys have passed on. Dave died of a brain aneurism in his 20s, and Scott died last fall of a heart attack. Just before he died he put together a Guns cd – all their original recordings, maybe a dozen tunes, then re-recorded versions from a reunion a few years ago. Not sure how you’d get one of those. These two were also the drummer & bassist in The Dark. Small scene, lots of inbreeding!

There’s also a 2CD by The Dark on Grand Theft Audio called Scream Until We Die.



Posted on 20-May-08 at 11:40 am

Spike in Vain and the Dark are two of my favorite bands ever…totally like the mighty DRIVE LIKE JEHU but circa 1984! Totally predated a lot of the whole DC emo/Fugazi/Rites of Spring stuff. Better than 99% of indie postpunk stuff out there, kind of undiscovered in the same way great Live Skull albums are. Robert Griffin is one heck of a experimental postpunk post-prog hardcore noise guitarist! I like their stuff as much as the mighty Live Skull, will appeal greatly to fans of bands like Drive Like Jehu, Sonic Youth, the Gordons, early Killing Joke, etc. .

The Dark – Scream Until We Die

The Dark–Scream Until We Die

mp3: Fire in the Church

Super super awesome, from the early 80s, mix Drive Like Jehu with Black Flag and Killing Joke. We NEED that Spike in Vain 2CD compilation some day!!!

From Ohio.

Did I already post about this?

*Update* Great news on the Spike and Vain front!!!