Slabbin’ – 18

Tommy and the Commies: Four song single: 7”
Here lies another favorite from two Gonerfests ago, back in the days of yore when you could be in the same room with a band. Tommy and the Commies play snotty, ’77-style punk with an urgent hump and a MOD jump. And talk about olden-days value: this four-song spinner rips and rips. “Hurtin’ for Certain” opens the single with a quickness patching verse and chorus with a melodic guitar run. “Impulse Action” is a boxcar on this train with an awesome staccato riff for the chorus. I hate to compare, but if you love the Buzzcocks, you’ll love this. The album is great. This single is great. No filler band. ‘Nuff said. – Billups Allen (Slovenly)

New column art

I’m working on a new Splat the Movies column for Razorcake. This upcoming installment is about the filmmaker Charles Burnett. Here’s a picture of the art I hope to use.

New GONERTV January 15th.

I’ll be doing a bit of hosting tomorrow night. I’m going to talk about one of my favorite Christmas presents.

We’re working on Billups Sees a Movie III for the January 29th broadcast. Until then, I hope to see you tomorrow night.

Slab of Some Week – 17

V/A: Killed by Meth #5: LP

This is the fifth entry in a great series of comps highlighting Midwestern bands keeping the traditions of lo-fi, muck-laden, leave-me-alone punk alive. If you’re a fan of three- chord punk and feel like your options are waning these days, this is the series to follow. Number five does not disappoint. Erik Nervous is always good for a chorus; his entry “Don’t Want Your Milk” stays on target as full-on blaster. “Dirtbike” by The Fucking Astronauts is another highlight blasting off with overdriven bass and a spooky keyboard melody that goes well with being up late at night.  Mononegatives kick in with a Devo-infused keyboard and an infectious ascending guitar riff. Killed by Meth as a whole keeps trashy punk current and tasteful. It’s a great comp and always affordable amongst rising vinyl prices. – Billups Allen (It’s Trash)

Slab of the Week – 16

Slab of the Week 16
Buck Biloxi and the Fucks

Buck Biloxi and the Fucks: Put You in the Gulag b/w I Am A Shade and I Would Rather Die: 7”

Buck Biloxi and the Fucks are back with a three-song slab blaring with flat, matter-of-fact vocal delivery and mechanical power chord progressions. “Put You in the Gulag” and “I Am A Shade” is a mid-paced grinder with catchy choruses and blasé delivery. “I Would Rather Die” picks up the pace a bit to an early Ramones gear. Buck Biloxi and the Fucks have been a favorite of mine since I first heard them. The new single doesn’t disappoint. – Billups Allen (Goodbye Boozy)

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