martes, 29 de marzo de 2016

DIGITAL OCTOPUS - 12" + bonus songs

No personal story involved here, just a compilation of the songs posted on the Château Vergogne YouTube channel by Digital Octopus, so you can download and dance to them any time you like.

Digital Octopus is a one-man electro/synth/italopop project by Maxine, the drummer of the great French oi! band Rixe and bass player of Skate Gang (which I haven't heard yet). He selects punk and oi! tracks and turns them into '80s synth/new beat tracks. Genius!!! Great stuff for all your punk afterparties...

The 12" was a 'bootleg' (not really) edited by La Vida Es Un Mus records. You can read more about Digital Octopus in this interview with Maxine on the Australian blog 'Stitches in My Head and & Blow Blood'.

  1. I Don't Like You (Skrewdriver)
  2. Voice of a Generation (Blitz)
  3. Can't Tell No One (Negative Approach)
  4. What You Want (Sheer Mag)
  5. Anti-War (Bloodkrow Butcher)
  6. Prisoner of the CIA (Savageheads)
  7. Pharmacist's Daughter (NOFX)
  8. Pomme d'Amour (Willy et Junior)
  9. Hybrid Moments (Misfits)
  10. Kill My Boss (Thrashington D.C.)
  11. I Got Your Number (Cock Sparrer)
  12. Bed Bugs (Crazy Spirit)

P.S. If you want more electro covers of (hardcore) punk songs, check out the album "Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Soft Pink Truth?" by the The Soft Pink Truth. It's not as upbeat as Digital Octopus at all, but it has electro cover versions of Crass, Minor Threat and Die Kreuzen.

martes, 22 de marzo de 2016


Amsterdam squatter ska band Skatonomen called it a day somewhere around 2003/2004. I have only seen them play twice I think, at the end of hardcore/punk/crust gigs in squats like De Blauwe Aanslag in The Hague and UBICA in Utrecht (actually, my memory might be wrong about the places, but I'm pretty sure it was in these two). Imagine a sweaty crowd that is quite intoxicated at the end of 3 or 4 punk bands in a scrummy place and then these guys start playing their mix of ska-punk-klezmer music. It really keeps the party going!
I actually like quite a few ska bands, but many of them are too standard, with their checkered logos, same two-tone style songs and many times not-too-interesting lyrics. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, Mr. Review for example really is a step above the rest in my opinion. But anyway, this bunch of squatters just play for fun, they don't give a shit about image and even though it's not the best ska band you'll ever hear, it's quite entertaining.

According to their website (which is like a relic from another internet-era), these songs were partly recorded in 2002 in Studio Turbine in Amsterdam and partly in Villa Friekens (RIP) in the Terror Studio in 2003. (By the way, this isn't the official cover, it's just something I added to it).

  1. Buurtstrijd
  2. Voedselrelluh
  3. Finse Ska
  4. Mokum is Burning
  5. Molotov Ska
  6. Alcohol
  7. Scheisse
  8. B.S.E.
  9. Zomerska
  10. Cerveza & Joder
  11. Noodweer
  12. Voormekaar

lunes, 21 de marzo de 2016

YUMMY - Yummy LP

This was an album I had been looking for for quite some time (either digitally or analog...) and today I saw a post on the Facebook page called Bootboy Glam & Bovver Rock about this band. Since I recently found the LP on Soulseek, I decided to upload the album and post a link on the page. So why not post it on here as well?

A few years ago I started getting more into glam rock bands from the 70s. Mostly Slade, T. Rex and the Sweet, but also many 'junkshop glam' bands like Hector and especially The Jook. Then appeared out of nowhere the Italian band Giuda with their great bootstomping glam rock (at least to me they appeared out of the blue, because I had never heard their previous band Taxi).

Right now there are quite a few bands playing glamrock'ish songs, sometimes more in line with the Marc Bolan side of glam (like Faz Waltz), sometimes more Slade-like (Giuda and Shandy come to mind) and sometimes more proto-punk like very early Cock Sparrer or Slaughter and the Dogs (Suede Razors).

Browsing blogs about bootboy anthems and bovver rock, I first found out about Yummy. It's a German band that consists of skinheads playing classic skinhead reggae tunes in glamrock fashion. Their LP was edited by Mad Butcher records in 2000. Later on one of the members joined the Italian ska band 'The Offenders'. The quality of these mp3's is not the best, but at least you can hear what German skinhead reggae glamrock sounds like!

Yummy - Yummy LP (2000)

  1. Rivers of Babylon
  2. Longshot Kick the Bucket
  3. Israelites
  4. Liquidator
  5. Red Red Wine
  6. Ethiopia
  7. 007
  8. Johnny Too Bad
  9. Come Along
  10. Carry Go Bring Come
  11. You Really Got Hold Me


viernes, 6 de noviembre de 2015

MIHOEN! - Final show, ACU Utrecht, 6 May 2008

Wow, it's been quite a while since I've posted anything on this blog. I just haven't had much time & inspiration to post in the last few years. Mostly because I started a new blog and Facebook page which is the most comprehensive punk and hardcore calendar in Mexico. If you haven't seen it, check out or!! On the blog you will also find quite a nice list of current Mexican punkbands that have downloads available on their bandcamps, so check it out to find out what's going on over here.

Now, let's get back into business with one of the bands that opened the portal to the underground punkscene for me: MIHOEN! from Utrecht, the Netherlands. Flashback to the late 90's, when I was a little kid going to 'rock nights' organized in the local youth center of my small town. Mostly mediocre grunge or new metal bands playing, but once in a while there was a punkrock band as well. Then one night, it was a punky evening with some skatepunk bands and a band called MIHOEN!. I was in awe! Fast, furious hardcore, they sang in Dutch, and they had a good sense of humour! Afterwards I think I asked the bass player, Pepijn, when and where they would play again, and bit by bit my friend and I started going to small punk gigs in squats in Utrecht and its surroundings. Who would've thought that almost two decades later I'd still be so much into this music and playing in a fast and furious punkband on the other side of the ocean....

In 2008 the bass player decided to try his luck in the USA, so the band split up. Their last gig must have been total mayhem and I wasn't there unfortunately. Mike D. (former drummer of S.A.F. and Waking the Dead amongst other projects) did a nice review about the afternoon on his website. Some years later, suddenly the entire show was uploaded by Michael Dandare/Tense Reaction, so finally I could see what I missed.

I have downloaded and converted the Youtube footage (see below) to MP3, cut it into pieces and added all songtitles, so there you have it: the complete last gig of a great thrashcore band called MIHOEN!, for your listening (and viewing) pleasure!!

  1. Soundcheck
  2. Geïnstitutionaliseerde idealen
  3. Tophop Yeah!
  4. Everything has a reason
  5. Eentje voor de paus
  6. In excelsis kapitaal
  7. Nederland daar ga ik voor
  8. Gezond chauvinisme
  9. Haat
  10. Eurocratie
  11. Kopen niet kijken
  12. Pijn
  13. Uitrijking roestige plaat
  14. Feest!
  15. Auw!
  16. Hoi! Hoi! Hoi!
  17. Ruzie
  18. Nazis
  19. Nederland op z'n smalst
  20. Eigen haard blijft goud waard
  21. De fiets van Wim
  22. Mijnheer de directeur
  23. Modern fascist rednecks (Insult cover)
 Download the show

viernes, 15 de marzo de 2013

G.P.K. - Noise Molesters 1988-1989

Me acuerdo que hace varios años vi en la página de Huarache Records un anuncio de sus próximas ediciones, entre otras estaba un grupo llamado G.P.K. "la respuesta méxicana a LÄRM". Desde entonces he tenido curiosidad qué tal tocan esos Chilangos de finales de los '80. En el transcurso del tiempo aprendí que eran amigos o (ex-) integrantes de Cacofonia y Putrid Scum que tocaron en GPK.

Al fin encontré una canción en un blog de un disco editado por P.P.R. Después de bajar todo el disco, la primera canción que escuché era Noisemania de GPK. 19 segundos de ruido grabado en el baño de una vecindad o algo por estilo... Aún así, me quedé buscando más ruido de ellos. En el canal de YouTube de Anarkojunk encontré dos rolas más, Garbage Gang y El Muerte, entonces ya eran 3 rolas que conocí, un total de 43 segundos de ruido...

Apenas por fin he tenido la posibilidad de escuchar lo que parece es toda la discografía de GPK: 2 demos y NoiseMania del disco de PPR. Me imagino que es el guitarista del grupo, Alex, quién abrió un Facebook de GPK subió todas las rolas a su página de Soundcloud. He podido bajar todos para poder escucharlo mejor, menos una rola que simplemente era demasiado corto para poder bajar. Se llama "Competencia para ver quién toca más rápido" y dura 2 segundos. Entonces abajo puedes bajar el disco completo -1... Disfruta de 13:08 minutos de Puro Pinche Ruido!!!!

1. Zona Gore
2. Ya fue mucho rock para mí
3. Sin letra
4. Ruido rosado
5. Rosa salvaje
6. Nosotros también estamos en la moda de destruir la música
7. NoiseMania
8. La Bamba / Juventud frustrada
9. Hemorroidhs
10. Garbage Gang
11. El mundo bajo la uño de mi dedo gorde de mi pie izquierda
12. El muerte
13. Diarrea crónica
14. Con la misma tijera
(15. Competencia para ver quién toca más rápido)
16. Comercial tendencies
17. Chainsaw

Descarga el disco

viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2011

Seein' Red - Live Ammunition EP

Two days ago I read about the end of Seein' Red because of hearing damage the bass player suffers. I really felt bad about it, I cannot imagine the Dutch punk scene without Seein' Red... It really made me sad. After thirty years of playing together in Lärm and Seein' Red (and some other bands), the holy trinity of Dutch punkrock is broken...

I remember that one of the first times I saw Seein' Red was at the 10-year anniversary of the Amsterdam band NRA. I had already heard about Seein' Red, but never saw them live. I think I entered while they were already playing, and it did not leave a very strong impression, probably because it was in the large Paradiso venue in Amsterdam. However, some time after I saw them in the ACU in Utrecht, and there were three veterans showing how to play FAST & FURIOUS!!! I was an immediate fan.

I'll leave you with a live EP (which I always thought was a bootleg, but it seems it isn't...): LIVE AMMUNITION... "the aim to destroy capitalism".

  1. I'm a fuckin' Atheist
  2. Words not just Music
  3. The Joke is on us
  4. C-Red
  5. Chained
  6. Resist
  7. Revocore
  8. Settled (Lärm)
  9. Colorblind
  10. Racism
  11. Sheep

Download the EP

Also check out the split with Human Alert posted some time ago...

martes, 25 de octubre de 2011

Los Carroñeros - Asalto a la Kultura

Después de no sé cuánto tiempo decido subir un disco otra vez, esta vez del grupo de México D.F. LOS CARROÑEROS. Su música es "punk salvaje" (en sus palabras) y la verdad es una de las bandas que más me gustan actualmente en México.

  1. Jinetes de la muerte
  2. Soledad
  3. Sudamérica hundida
  4. Atenco
  5. Fuego a las banderas
  6. Matan
  7. La bestia
  8. Las barrikadas
  9. Ni una viktima más
  10. Asalto a la kultura
  11. Kazería
  12. Unidad, lucha y equidad
Descarga el CD aquí

miércoles, 27 de abril de 2011

The Ex-Pistols (NOT the Sex Pistols...)

The last few days I'm getting more fed up with all that royalty bullsh*t in England on the TV and started thinking that God save the Queen by the Sex Pistols is still so current...

Since many promos about the wedding features "Land of Hope and Glory" as soundtrack, I remembered the horrible yet great EX-PISTOLS. After the real Sex Pistols broke up, soundman Dave Goodman decided to continue with the Pistols-sound and make some mediocre songs with mediocre musicians (besides editing a zillion bootlegs of the Sex Pistols). Although it is not great at all, it is at least somewhat amusing to hear these songs. And "Revolution in the Classroom" is just a great punktune.

So nevermind the breakup, here's the ex-Pistols...

  1. Revolution in the Classroom
  2. Schools are Prisons

  1. Land of Hope and Glory
  2. The Flowers of Romance
Download both EP's here...

miércoles, 20 de abril de 2011

La URSS - Europa EP

Modern bands that sound like old bands... I love it!! Whether it's Amdi Petersens Arme doing it in Danish, Blafkat in Dutch or Los Monjo and Putas Mierdas in Spanish, I like that so-called "KBD-sound" a lot.

Here's a great group from Spain, La URSS. This is their first EP (I think) and on their recent LP "Producto" they really sound like the ultimate mix between Spain (RIP, Siniestro Total) and the USA (Dead Kennedys). However I really like these four songs. Saw them some months ago in Mexico City and although there were some problems with the sound, it was great!

  1. Europa
  2. Última Guerra
  3. Sangre Joven
  4. Gulag
Download the EP here

martes, 19 de abril de 2011

Putas Mierdas - 2 EPs

Like mentioned in the post about Los Monjo some time ago, Putas Mierdas is another Mexican band (from Guadalajara) worth listening to. Another member of the Monjo family is on vocals in Putas Mierdas and the sound is a bit different than Los Monjo, but still it is some good old Spanish-styled punk. They have edited two 7"s so far, on Todo Destruido records and another label which name escapes me at the moment. As far as I know they have not yet played in Mexico City, at least I never had the chance to see them, but when they do, I will be there!!

  1. Imagina
  2. VIH Gritos de Miedo
  3. Gusanos en mis Dedos
  4. Autodestrucción
Download "El Punk no quiere paz, quiere diversión"

  1. El Mundo es todo un Kaoz
  2. La Nación más pobre
  3. Desperdicios
  4. Locura
  5. Desde la Alcantarilla
Download "La Nación más pobre"