Jan 28, 2018

Warthog Speak Digital Mixtape Volume 1

January 27th, 2018.

Link to Download: http://media.virbcdn.com/files/91/16a55c5dc2f00785-WSMixtapeVol1.zip

Welcome to the debut Warthog Speak Digital Mix Tape. My intention here is to mend the voids that segregate all planes of the sonic cosmos. A peace offering of noise, so to speak. Enjoy.

00:00      J.BRIGGS – “Day 2” ---- Opening this with a collage by yours-truly. Why not. 

02:11      FLURIN GIGER – “I Think I Should Stop to Talk” ---- I know nothing about this. Distro'd a couple copies of the soundtrack to the Swiss movie, Lasst die Alten Sterben and while most of the OST is classic Swiss punk, this track opens the comp. Love what this song does to my head. It's addictive. During my forst spin of the LP I started this track over just few seconds in to absorb it all again. And again and again and again. Beautiful quick tune that reaches its goal after only one verse and one chorus. Is it new? Is it old? I wish I knew. A poppy, punked-out version of the song closes the album to contrast the sullen opener.

04:07      SKYLON – “Skylon” ---- From what I can gather, this is the only song recorded by this group, that includes a pre-LUSH/JESUS AND MARY CHAIN Philip King, Roxanne New, and OUTSIDERS/THE SOUND's Adrian Borland and his SOUND-mate Graham (Green) Bailey. From 1981. This is yet another track that hooked me immediately with it’s mood. A single for it was only just released by Captured Tracks for RSD in 2014.

07:44      RANK / XEROX – “Zero Hour” ---- R/X is a treasure of a band, not just musically, but also as people, and their exodus — along with most of their entire peer group — from the Bay Area left a void that may never be filled...as a band and as people. I was so pumped when I heard that there was a new record in 2017. Hopefully there will be more down the line.

10:14      TRISOMIE 21 – “See the Devil in Me” ---- Dark Entries recently blessed our planet with reissues of four records by this prolific wave-o / post-p powerhouse from northern France. I know little about them. Bought all of the reissues but I'm still stuck on the magical first LP, Les Reos des Enfants Heureux, from which this killer track comes calling, and have yet to venture into the rest. That is a great thing.

14:32      COMET GAIN – “Daydream Scars” ---- Granted, CG have a pretty extensive and slightly varied catalog, but when they are on, they are untouchable. To me the entirety of this album, City Fallen Leaves, is a pinnacle of the style.

17:38      AMYL & THE SNIFFERS – “Mandalay” ---- This track is a masterpiece. The sass is untouchable, the hooks undeniable, and the delivery rurally uncivilized. Feels like a bunch of mongrels that you don't know, just showed up to your party, hellbent on having a good time, whether or not they wreck your house, and there's nothing you can do about it but throw yourself headlong into the madness and smash up the sheetrock.

19:12      BOOJI BOYS – “Highest Guy (in the HRM)” ---- Dear MARKED MEN fans, time to re-focus your energy here, in Nova Scotia. Very proud of what this lot have done and all the great things they will do this year. "I want this band to play my funeral." - Iggy Pop

21:15      PUBLIC TRUST – “Everyone Smokes in East Boston” ---- The now's auditory senator of fascist-trash mutant-fashion factions a'likened to UNNATURAL AXE, THE MAD, MENTALLY ILL and the like. Ban hit it out of the park with this EP.

23:10      FOGNA – “Merda come L’oro”
               FOGNA – “Insomnia” ---- Thee only moderne band that can hold a candle to the heavyweight Italian classics of the '80s. Who gives an eff about the drum machine. This shit rips.

26:58      DUM DUM BOYS – “Stalking the Streets” ---- New Zealand punk from 1981. The whole of Let there be Noise is cool.

29:21      LION’S SHARE – “Cyber Worlds” ---- St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada stepping up.

31:35      DEATH WISH KIDS – “Hood” ---- There are plenty of ‘90s hardcore and punk bands that I obsess over, but maybe only one, that I think more highly of than DEATH WISH KIDS. I have listened to this 7” thousands of times, and I will listen thousands more. There isn’t a single second of it that isn’t perfect.

32:46      U-NIX – “Vapidity” ---- Good 7".

34:02      NARCOLEPTICS – “Noxious Thoughts”
               NARCOLEPTICS – “Answer” ---- The first two tracks on the third NARCS’ 7”. Their most punishing outing. 

37:38      ITANSHA – (I forget which song this is) ---- Daiki made this recording all by himself and it is incredible.

38:40      ALIENATION – “Dad Body” ---- A band that checks all the boxes for me.

40:04      NOSFERATU – “Spectator” ---- Straight up these Texans are the best band in hardcore. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

40:40      GAME – “Rzad I Osiol” ---- Killer flexi from members of ARMS RACE and CAREER SUICIDE / MAD MEN.

41:54      FIT FOR ABUSE – "Obsession" ---- My favorite band of all time, then and now, and probably the only group I obsess over harder than DEATH WISH KIDS. "Obsession" catches FFA at their most "LIFE'S BLOOD." #TCHCismy1stluv

44:11      FUERZA BRUTA – "Nación Dividida" ---- One of 2017's top tunes. Verdugo is an intense record, like no other. 

46:34      CHATTERBOX – "Forgotten Heroes" ---- Cool A-side of Swedish punk from 1980.

50:02      MICHAEL BEACH – "Vision of Modern Love" ---- Favorite song from one of my favorite records of the last couple years.