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Two New Fiends From Aggronautix

Aggronautix just announced two action figures modeled after the Misfits’ iconic figurehead, the Crimson Ghost (aka “The Fiend”).

Super7’s ReAction figures stand about 3.75”, donning a robe that comes in either midnight black or crimson red. Packaged like the classic Star Wars and G.I. Joe action figures, the overall presentation brings back memories of images in childhood toy catalogs and department store toy aisles. Each of the figures come with an exclusive new art card with artwork done by the legendary artist Ed Repka.

Each figure will run $15.99 and they’ll be shipping out soon. As it is with anything from Aggronautix, these guys are extremely limited and will go fast. Order your Friend figures and more by clicking here.

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DVD REVIEW: L7 Pretend We’re Dead

31-ogThere’s gotta be a better way to describe the rawness of the unrefined rock & roll that rose to popularity in the 1990s than ‘grunge’. At any rate, L7 was an absolute force to be reckoned with back in those days. Their breakthrough cut ‘Pretend We’re Dead’ was an anthem of subversion, revolution, sex, Generation X’s subversive revolution of the sexes. It’s one of those songs that’re delivered with a simple superficiality cloaking an inner profundity. The song has real staying power to the extent that it’s just as sonically effective in 2017 as it was in 1992 which is pretty phenomenal, albeit somewhat anomalous, just because they produced dozens of equally strong and affecting songs over the span of their five album career.

Like the band itself, ‘Pretend We’re Dead’ has an overall presentation that’s comparatively unorthodox in that it doesn’t necessarily abide by a typical formulaic documentary arrangement, though the story is still told chronologically. Comprised almost completely of archive material—early gigs, travels, recording sessions, extensive touring, interviews, intermittent general time-killing fuck-aroundery—the visual story is told through 10+ years worth accrued video and film footage, much of which has never been seen before now.

Rather than telling the tale via oral narration, the band members engage the audience with pertinent commentary as the film plays through. As the band’s history is retraced, they sometimes delve into deep, and often candid, admissions and discussions. Suzi Gardner’s severed ear, Donita Sparks’ live television bush, the infamous tampon matter; they gladly recount the mishaps and controversies. On the flip side, the’ve included the moments that recall the disillusionment, misfortune, even tragedy during the chaotic whirlwind of a ride.

L7_Mary ScanlonOther than clips and footage, the individual band members don’t really make any appearances in the film, though many of their peers—including Alison Wolfe, Shirley Manson, Alison Roberts Krist Novocelic, Valerie Agnew—show up throughout. The first significant sighting of contemporary L7 comes in the form of recent festival performance footage at the tail end of the movie, which works surprisingly well because it’s almost like an ultimate reveal for the curious anticipation some people might build during the film, to see how the band sounds and appears today. After the dust has settled, ‘Pretend We’re Dead’ is a well-crafted affair that plays as a reverent ode to a band that refused to be labeled or characterized, while insisting on being seen, heard, and felt (even smelled).

Order ‘Pretend We’re Dead’ here

Why You Should Buy The DVD
For those people who need more than just a great movie, you’re in luck. As always, a DVD’s extras usually always make a great argument. With ‘Pretend We’re Dead’ you get the DVD and Blu-ray versions, which worked beautifully for me. Inside the case is an extra thick booklet full of photographs laid out in full color that goes on for 12 pages. The added performance footage is great and expounds on their legend as a life force of nature. And then there’s the movie; a second film. ‘The Beauty Process’s is a second feature that turns out to be a fantastic cheeky extra feature mockumentary that’s directed by Krist Novocelic; the same Krist Novocelic that played bass in an L7 buddy-band called Nirvana.

Operation Ivy’s Jesse Michaels Gets A Throbblehead!

211_162785Lead singer of the legendary ska-punk band Operation Ivy, Jesse Michaels, will be the most recent addition the Aggronautix Throbblehead family. He joins the illustrious club whose membership includes that of Milo Auckerman, Wendy O. Williams, Lee Ving, Bobby Liebling, GG Allin, Mark Arm, Joey Shithead, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, the Dwarves, and scads more.

Limited to 1000 hand-numbered units, Throbblehead Jesse stands at 7” tall. He’ll be made of a lightweight polyresin, which is surprisingly sturdy and durable.

211_001487You can see from the accompanying images that his likeness is captured impeccably and frozen in what is arguably a better time. The box is full color and a whole other work of art in itself. The box art is done by Marco Palumbo of No Front Teeth Records.
Orders are supposed to ship sometime during the latter part of summer. Pre-orders can be made now, though, by clicking here.

For orders outside of the United States, please note that items will take longer to arrive (average of 3 weeks) and there is no tracking available w/o upgrade to an expedited shipping method (between $10 and $30).

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While we’re talking about Op Ivy, be sure to read up on all of the provided information available below about ‘Arcane Drama’, a new compilation of band’s that hail from the fabled 924 Gilman St. scene.

Arcane Drama‘: A Compilation of 924 Gilman Street Music, Volume 1 captures a snapshot in 2016 of the diverse group of bands that call 924 Gilman home. Founded in 1986, the all ages, volunteer-run community space and underground music venue at 924 Gilman Street in Berkeley, California, (affectionately called, simply, “Gilman”) has been the home and starting point for some of the largest national punk acts in the last 30 years. Today, the venue holds the title for being the longest running DIY music venue in the country. Even after three decades, the scene around Gilman is a hotbed for up and coming artists across many subgenres of alternative and punk music. This compilation has something for almost every alternative music fan: fast old-school hardcore, ska, indie-influenced punk, folkpunk, pop-punk and much more. This will be the first of several compilations to document the diverse and exciting underground music coming out of the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California.

212_029509The record opens with two fast-paced hardcore-style songs: the serious and political “The Betrayal” from up and coming hardcore band PUBLIC SAFETY and the upbeat and fun “D” from scene veterans (and Queen punk baby) THE LOVE SONGS. From there, the record takes a melodic turn with songs from three different but equally talented acts: the introspective “Tides II” from SARCHASM, pop punk anthem “Binge” from DECENT CRIMINAL, and the folk punk musing of “Siren Sigh” from DANDELION MASSACRE. The end of Side A gives the listener an introduction to the thriving skareggae scene at 924 Gilman with teenage (we mean still in high school) SKANK BANK’s steady instrumental “Real Rock Riddim” and the hip hop influenced “Smile” from the talented and eclectic CROWD 9. Side B of the compilation opens with the three heaviest-hitting bands of the group: legendary Bay Area mariachi-punk band LA PLEBE’s beloved “Siempre Unidos.” “Johnny Hit and Run Jenny” by THE PATHOGENS, a new band featuring the vocal talents of Jesse Luscious of BLATZ/THE CRIMINALS and Cinder Block of TILT; and “Box of Handkerchiefs” by Sacramento’s DOG PARTY, who are fresh off their tour with GREEN DAY. The next two tracks go back into hardcore with the emotive blitz-speed “Coffin Nail” by street punk band HEARTLESS FOLK and the teenage angst (by four non-teenagers) of CRONANDER’s “Trapped.” The compilation finishes with two 924 Gilman mainstays. DEMI AND THE GODS, Gilman’s teenage favorites, debut a new song (with an old punk sound) “Owe the Night.” The grand finale is Gilman Ska Night headliner DAY LABOR, with their extremely dance-able track “Bandito.” The roller coaster of sub-genres gives the listener the experience” of a 924 Gilman regular.

Click on the album art to order!

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Track Listing
PUBLIC SAFETY – “The Betrayal”
THE LOVE SONGS – “D”
SARCHASM – “Tides II”
DECENT CRIMINAL – “Binge”
DANDELION MASSACRE – “Siren Sigh”
SKANK BANK – “Real Rock Riddim”
CROWD 9 – “Smile”
LA PLEBE – “Siempre Unidos”
THE PATHOGENS – “Johnny Hit and Run Jenny”
DOG PARTY – “Box of Handkerchiefs”
HEARTLESS FOLK – “Coffin Nail”
CRONANDER – “Trapped”
DEMI AND THE GODS – “Owe the Night”
DAY LABOR – “Bandito”

PLASMATICS LIVE! Rod Swenson’s Lost Tapes: 1978 – 1981

MVD9695DAs the essential founder of the Plasmatics, from then absolute beginning Rod Swenson was like the silent member of the Plasmatics, always just off to the side. Over the years he directed all of their conceptual art videos and filmed their shows. Over time things were shuffled and loads of footage was lost in the grand mix. Literally decades later, while Rod was shifting some Plasmatics/Wendy O. Williams materials in storage the lot of the footage was found. At first, the integrity of the tapes were in question because of natural age degradation, though they proved to be salvageable and we’re successfully restored. Fast forward to the spring of 2017, along with MVD, Rod has compiled and unleashed a copious collection of surprisingly amazing footage of a few different performances during the band’s early years.

Like the band itself, the trajectory of the material is linear and straightforward. All told, there are 16 tracks total, taken from seven different appearances between 1978 and 1981. All of the songs come from Plasmatics’ early releases; ‘Meet the Plasmatics’, ‘New Hope for the Wretched’, ‘Beyond the Valley of 1984’, ‘Metal Priestess’.

Because of the multi angle perspectives and great relative sound quality, the footage from ‘Plasmatics LIVE!’ appears to be shot and edited professionally. The first two tracks–“Want You (Baby)” and “Tight Black Pants”–are taken from two different performances at CBGB; one in June 1978 and one July 1979, respectively. As the DVD plays through, you have some pretty far out performances of songs like “Sometimes I Feel It,” “Squirm,” “Butcher Baby,” “Living Dead,” “Fast Food Service,” “Sex Junkie,” “Black Leather Monster,” the list goes on and the performances are real classics. And speaking of classics, there’s a ‘bonus’ clip added to the end of the disc of the band slamming out “Monkey Suit” in New Jersey at Summertime Park from 1980.

Since the DVD essentially runs in chronological order, it shows development of their visual aesthetic over one year’s time. It also means that you see how their popularity continued to increase by their steady venue graduation: CBGB, the Calderone Theater, Bond’s Casino, Perkins Place, Dr. Pepper Festival. Early evolutions of the Plasmatics’ legendarily destructive stage shows are caught taking their shapes.

Rod Swenson’s footage immortalizes the early chaotic years of the Plasmatics’ brilliant legacy. ‘Plasmatics LIVE!’ serves as an exceptional document of band’s iconic rawness, sonic force, and its ultimate importance to the generations the followed. Any rock & roll fan worth their salt knows the ‘what’ and the ‘why’ that pertains to the Plasmatics’ legendary status in rock & roll history. ‘Plasmatics LIVE!’ tears a hole in time and looks back at the band’s beginnings to see how they did it.

You can grab a copy of this DVD from MVD, now.

New Descendents’ Milo Throbblehead From Aggronautix Revealed – You’re Welcome!

Aggronautix has announced a run of a new version of their extremely popular Throbblehead likeness of the Descendents’ Milo Auckerman.207_114231

The mini v1 model is a mini version of the long out of print, and sold out, Milo Throbblehead v1. He stands at 5 inches tall and as you can see below, that shadow he casts ain’t too shabby. The Throbblehead is made of a lightweight polyresin. If you’re not familiar with the Throbblehead, they’ve got a sturdy feeling despite being made to be light. But it’s nothing cumbersome, though.

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The first 500 orders get a free sticker with The Descendents logo from the box graphics. This Milo piece is going to be limited to 2500 numbered units. And when Aggronautix says that a figure is limited, it is limited. The Aggronautix name essentially ensures you’re going to get a solid product. Their Throbbleheads aren’t on their shelves long at all.

Milo is going to be $19.95, you can place your pre-orders now. Packages are scheduled to ship in mid-July. Keep in mind that orders going outside of the United States will take longer to arrive (average of 3 weeks) and there is no tracking available unless your order is upgraded to an expedited shipping method (between $10 and $30).

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