Wednesday, December 17, 2008


This post is for Agent Asian over at Meattortillas blog. I have fond memories listening to this fabulous band with my favorite China Man while driving over Deception Pass heading to Sequim Skatepark. These tunes by Treepeople are nowadays hard to find and should be listened to. For those that don't know, Treepeople features the ever so popular (and rightfully so) Doug Martsch of Built to Spill fame. Agent Asian my apologies for buying that Something Vicious for Tomorrow CD out from under you so many years back. If you have the time check out Agent Asian's blog over at He does a great job documenting skateboarding in Bellingham where there are tons of rippers true to the sport.
Here are the tracks

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Creative behavior is something we all thrive on. Its what makes us frustrated, purposeful and joyful all at once. Everyone has this ability, some just use it more than others or in different ways. Unique creativeness is what sets us apart from everyone and everything else. It also is what brings friendship, cohesiveness, and turmoil amongst one another. We all have this creativeness to offer. I love finding certain unique creativeness that adheres to me and others. Certain people stand out to each of us in a way that tickles our own fancies. Daniel Higgs is one of these people for me. The sounds, pictures, and art this guy makes is so mysterious to me. He makes me feel like he knows something big that none of us know. I was fortunate enough to see him perform live at the Towne Lounge in Portland, Oregon awhile back. The performance that night was one that I will always remember. I could spend hours just watching YouTube videos of him playing music. I first heard of Daniel Higgs through his very prolific band Lungfish. Posted below are some Lungfish tracks that are not easy to come by. Three of the tracks are from a demo which absolutely rule. Another three tracks are off of an extremely hard to find 7" called 10 East. The remaining track is an out-take from their Necrophones album. Song 1 on the demo just might be my favorite Lungfish tune ever. Daniel Higgs does some solo stuff as well. I will be posting some of this as well in the near future. Enjoy a small movie called "Alchemist" by Mr. Higgs below. I'm not sure exactly what its about. Maybe its about that certain thing he knows that none of us do.

Tracks are here.

The Alchemist

Obviously a Keeper

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Don't Make em Like They Used To.

Thanks to my long lost friend Jon Brown for pointing this one out.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Screwdriver in my leg. Pancake Batter

I just watched Hokus Pokus all the way through for the first time in many years. I know that every skater to come out of the late 80's early 90's was affected by this video in one way or another. The skateboarding was fresh and so were the tunes. I think what makes this skate flick so enjoyable is the conceivable trick maneuvers these guys pull off. Creative and within my reach. Not to put down what vids are like now, but much of it is shock value to my brain. Fun to watch, but I am not getting as stoked about massive drops mixed with flipper flops. To sum it up. I am so happy to have started skating when I did.
Heres the video.

Heres the soundtrack

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Mixed Ape #1

Here is a mix tape for someone, anyone, me.

Track list
1.Marginal Man - Friend
2.Minor Threat - Stumped
3.Buzzcocks - Breakdown [Take 3]
4.Gray Matter - Retrospect
5.The Warmers - Poked it with a Stick
6.Gray Matter - Oscar's Eye
7.Lungfish - My Fool Heart
8.Treepeople - Planet Earth
9.Wire - Damaged Goods
10.Naked Raygun - Treason
11.Nomeansno - Now
12.Ramones- Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World
13.Pavers - Thank You, Mr. Hollywood Fancypants
14.Gorilla Biscuits - Start Today
15.Dinosaur Jr. - In a Jar
16.Egg Hunt - We All Fall Down

I'm pretty sure that skateboarding was cooler back in the day.

If you went to Asia, this is how you would have to ride.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Pick Your Poison

I wonder if any of these exist still.

Small Man, Big Mouth

Translation Please.

Huge Drug?

A humorous screenshot from a very challenging but extremely fun Nintendo game called Code Name: VIPER. The translations in these games as well as the text that can be read are sooooooo funny sometimes! Huge Drug. Try hiding that one you bathroom junkies!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Los Vampiros

This just may be the strangest record cover I own. I'm not sure what the motivation was on picking this photo, or who this person is. Los Vampiros were a side project of Dag Nasty. From what I understand these guys only played one live show and released this hard to find recording. I got ordered this album from Selfless records out of a Maximum Rock and Roll many years back. I have always been a huge Dag Nasty fan even through all three singers. Peter Cortner sings on this album. He has always had some of the more strange and dark lyrics out of all Daghouse. His lyrics on this album rank among some of the more strange with song titles like "I Kill Dogs." Anyway hope this finds someone's fancy like it does mine.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Fugazi "Silvermachine" 2 x 7"

Have you ever worn out certain music that you love so much to the point where it just isn't the same as it used to be? Fugazi is one of those bands that I wish I knew the total number of hour minutes and days I have listened to them. Here is a 2 X 7" that I picked up sometime early 90's at a record store in Spokane called 4000 holes. Yes the owner is a huge Beatles fan. I have always been confused by the title of this 7 incher. The song titles that they give on the back don't really match up to what the songs really are. These recordings are old and these songs heard a million times. Next time you want to listen to the old Fugazi give this a whirl. Really cool version of the ever popular, never top 40 but should have been hit, "Waiting Room."

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Monday, October 6, 2008

The Stench never smells this good.

Jammin, Jammin, Jammin, Jammin! They most certainly don't make em like they used to. For your extreme listening pleasure. The Stench, "Old Style" 7incher.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

I think out of every live show that I have ever been to, The Fumes seemed to always play. I have no idea how many times I saw these guys. Out of all the times that I saw them I don't think that I was disappointed once. Always straight forward drunk punk at it best. Whether it was Peaceful Valley Community Center, the Pompeii or Airway Heights Grange the crowds were always the best. Great dancing done by audiences everywhere. This tape was acquired at a little record shop in Spokane many, many years ago on Garland Street. I can't quite remember the name of it but I think it was called Ago Today. Since it is quite rare being only 150 made, I thought posting these songs was appropriate. Especially after posting the Black Happy live show. Live music will never be the same for me as it was in the 90's. Enjoy.

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I Don't Want to Rule the World

Alright! What to say about this here tape? This is sort of a homemade tape that was created when I was a sophomore in high school. Down the road from where I grew up was Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington. Like all colleges there was a common place called the HUB where students could congregate and flirt with one another between classes. The HUB held a kick ass radio station called KWRS as well as a stage where live shows could be seen. I would go down there just about every weekend to see local bands play and mosh around like people try and do these days (Its not the same). KWRS announced that they were going to air this Black Happy show. Luckily my cousin was staying at my house at the time and I had him record the show onto tape while I attended. Black Happy shows were amazing shows to go to. While all of the crazy grunge and Sub Pop music happening in Seattle, we had Black Happy. After many shows in small clubs and elsewheres, these guys created quite a following. By my senior year of high school all of the football players and jock heads started to go to the shows with fists and pent up anger. Maybe it was all of the burritos I threw at them during school lunch. Somehow the shows weren't as fun anymore. Eventually these guys broke up becoming Shoveljerk. I feel lucky to have captured this moment in Spokane's live music history. The show is available below. Just copy and paste it into your browser, download and enjoy. It is one large mp3 about 48 minutes long. At the end there is also the two songs off of Black Happy's "Go Off" 7" which was put out by my great friend Corey Menzer. Menzer if you have anything to add please comment below. Of course you have something to add! Cheers!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Las Mordidas

So this little bugger of a cassette tape has some personal history with myself. I have always been a music collector for as long as I remember. Music tastes come and go and then come back again. Throughout the years I spent growing up in Spokane Washington, I saw many live shows at all kinds of strange places; Pompeii, 123 Arts, The Hub, Peaceful Valley Community Center, and Airway Heights Grange. Anyway, during these years I used to trade music via mail with others I met through the ads in Maximum Rock & Roll. So fun because I would get some of the coolest most random music. Many of the pieces of music I would get were DIY tapes with photo copied covers. Throughout the years some of the tapes got lost or I gave them away. Not this little bugger. This is one of my many cassette tapes that I still listen to. I saw Las Mordidas at Airway Heights grange. I couldn't believe how intimate and totally jamming these dudes were. I had no idea who they were at the time, but i just had to buy their tape. Up until about a week ago I have looked long and far for more music from these guys. I ran across a blog called rocket science where I saw a fellow requesting this particular demo because all he had were the other recordings done by the band. I quickly responded and we were able to trade our music. I had forgot how much fun this was. So I thought it was appropriate to post this demo for others to have. For those that don't know Chris Thompson of Circus Lupus, Monorchid, Skull Kontrol, etc sang for this band. I still have yet to see a punk show as good as this was. Just copy and paste into browser because I am not savvy enough to make it work by clicking it. Enjoy the Tracks.

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