Noise The Show #27/28, with Tim Sommer, WNYU, 1981

Sometime in 1981, my mom ordered an inflatable beach ball for me from the back of a Sugar Corn Pops cereal box with some UPC bar codes. It had the cowboy mascot of Sugar Corn Pops on it. Some neighbor kids borrowed it for their trip to the beach and popped it. I got to play with it zero times. It was my first hard lesson in “if you let people borrow your stuff, they will probably break it.” I was 5 1/2.

Less than a year later, the Commodore 64 was born. Michael Jackson released Thriller. A guy in Long Beach flew his lawn chair up into the sky tied to some weather balloons. More importantly than all that, a guy in New York hosted a radio show on which he played punk and hardcore records of the day for his listening public. Here’s two more episodes.

Thanks again to Greg Fasolino for recording these and lending them to me to rip and post. I promise to take better care of them than my stupid neighbors took of my Sugar Corn Pops beach ball.

Noise The Show #27  12/30/1981
1. Teen Idles – Teen Idles
2. Minor Threat – Filler
3. S.O.A. – Lost In Space
4. The Business – Harry May
5. Heart Attack – God Is Dead
6. The 4-Skins – One Law For Them
7. Social Unrest – Making Room For Youth
8. Discharge – Death Dealers
9. Circle Jerks – World Up My Ass
10. Even Worse – We Suck (Live)
11. Necros – Race Riot
12. The Exploited – Dead Cities
13. Bad Brains – Pay To Cum
14. Dead Kennedys – Nazi Punks Fuck Off
15. Black Flag – Six Pack

Law And Order – Anything But The Critic’s Choice (1981)
1. Punks Like Us Get Nothing
2. I Hate Military Road
3. Teleside
4. Soldier Of Fortune
5. Adolescent Aggression
6. Power
7. Anything But The Critic’s Choice
8. Self-Destruction
9. I.R.A.
10. Caught In The Act
11. Violent Waltz
12. Law And Order

Celibate Rifles – Sometimes (I Wouldn’t Live Here If You Payed Me)
1. Sometimes (I Wouldn’t Live Here If You Payed Me)
2. E=MC²

Noise The Show #28  1/6/1982
1. Youth Patrol – America’s Power
2. Black Flag – Fix Me
3. Varukers – Protest and Survive
4. The Misguided – State Of War (demo)
5. The Nihilistics – You’re To Blame (demo)
6. Discharge – Is This To Be?
7. Disorder – More Than Fights
8. Adrenalin O.D. – World War IV (demo)
9. The Subhumans – Drugs Of Youth
10. The Dickies – Banana Splits
11. Negative Approach – Lost Cause
12. Anti-Nowhere League – So What
13. The Mad – The Hell
14. False Prophets – I Am The Taxidermist (demo)

The Misguided – Bringing It Down (1982)
1. You Bore Me
2. State Of War
3. C.C.T.V.

Abrasive Wheels – The Army Song EP (1981)
1. The Army Song
2. Juvenile
3. So Slow
4. Jailhouse Rock
5. Sonic Omen

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Various Artists – All The Punk Fit To Print CD, Newspeak Records

This one harkens back to a very specific time for me. I was living with my parents, on a now-defunct US Army Base in Germany, not paying rent but working full time at a music store. The store catered to soldiers and their families, and was roughly equivalent to a cross between the electronics/CD department of a Wal-Mart, a video rental store, and a tiny Guitar Center.

As a result of way more cash income than outgo, I was ordering a shit ton of records out of Punk Planet and MRR. So much so that I was getting at least one, sometimes as many as three or four, packages a day from stateside, each with wonderful new music, which I’ve lovingly hoarded for 20 years so I could share them with you.  A direct result of such wanton consumption of music artifacts is that one doesn’t get to enjoy or appreciate everything that crosses one’s path during such a deluge. Sure, I was bringing home 5-10 new CD’s or records every week, but I’d find a great one and just listen to it repeatedly, instead of listening to the rest of them. (A problem that hasn’t seemed to gone away with age. The current “to listen to” pile keeps growing and growing despite paring WAY back on buying new things.)

I saw Lagwagon play twice one summer when I lived in Germany. My own summer travels crossed paths with their Euro tour, so we saw them once in Germany and once in Amsterdam. Their song on this was the only song of theirs I knew by name so I just spent the entire time during both shows requesting this song. They never played it but the first time I yelled it out at the second show, Joey said “oh no, this guy.”

All The Punk Fit To Print was one of the albums that rose up out of that huge pile of daily mailorder music and stayed in rotation for a while, and I’ll still put it on and listen to it almost all the way through.

Something about the way the musical bits and the lyrics on this go together really got to me in a way a lot of other great records didn’t. I was still living with my parents but starting to face real grown up living stuff like work and politics and facing having a career (basically everyone around me who was my age was in the military…) and figuring all that stuff out. So the personal introspective (but still upbeat, sloppy, and poppy) music really hit home and helped sort of crystalize how I was feeling about a lot of all that stuff. I’m guessing it was more that this record was at the right time at the right place to attach itself to my brain than that it was some groundbreaking personal/political pop punk record. That said, there’s some great songs on here that still hold up. The swipe at MRR and Epitaph certainly helped endear this thing to 18 year old me.

Regretfully, I never reached out personally to the label guy or any of the bands on this, other than Zoinks! and it’s kind of weird that I feel so attached to this comp when I don’t think I’ve ever seen a reference to it or mention of it anywhere else. I kind of wish I did. Especially Nonsense. Theirs are my favorite two songs on here and I never bothered to send them a SASE.

I’m counting this as a Florida release since Sidecar, Zoinks, and The Bollweevils are the only bands not from either California or Florida.  I believe this is the only thing the label ever put out but the liner notes imply that whoever ran the label was also in Bankshot.

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My Pal Trigger – My Pal Trigger – Tiny Records – 1995

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the way music and art scenes work. A bunch of creatives living in close proximity with access to the tools needed to create music or art or whatever creative thing they’re into, feeding off of each other’s creativity, bouncing ideas off of one another, playing with each other’s ideas…
I’m especially interested in how scenes like this connect but transcend geography and space time or even a specific sound. The two most obvious examples off the top of my head are Lookout/East Bay Punk and Region Rock. The former tends to be more geographically focused, but both have this weird connection between bands and sounds and artwork that ties their respective “genres” together, while allowing for divergent sounds. Mr. T Experience sounds nothing like Filth sounds nothing like Isocracy, and on and on.

Figuring out related bands via liner notes thanks lists, compilation address lists with two bands sharing an address (and therefore a member?), labelmate bands, all time tested ways of playing connect the punk rock dots. Pretty much all of this replaced by a few moments on discogs now. Of course, what we lament as having replaced our romantic idea of research now would have been welcomed 20 years ago when trying to decipher a tiny, xeroxed handwritten thanks list for related music to track down.

Eventually, tracking down all the bands on a label, or all the side projects of members in side projects of members of side projects of bigger bands gets too expansive to keep going, or winds up hitting dead ends, with musicians who never played in other groups or never had their name put out there as belonging to them.

And then, of course, there was the odd band that came out of nowhere, played with some other bands, recorded some things, possibly toured, then quit without going on to anything else. My Pal Trigger, from what I can tell is one of those.

So far as my paltry internet research has led me to believe, the band had a handful of members who rotated in and out, but never really went on to do anything else. I first came across them on the Punk? comp on Backspin Records, and then fell into the other records pretty easily.
Their last record, Lessons in Ancient History (stay tuned!) was on Kat Records, the label that a little bird told me Liquid Meat turned into when the label wanted to put out a Discount (My Pal Trigger state-mates, as well as split 7″ mates [i said STAY TUNED!])  record, but Discount was vegetarian and didn’t want to be on a label with the word “meat” in the name. And as we all should know by now, Liquid Meat is the label that put out the band that wrote the song that this blog is named after. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly .

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Circle Jerks – SPIN Radio/ Live From Fender’s Ballroom, 1986

I guess if we’re gonna back, we might as well go back to the beginning. In high school, before I knew what punk was, I was pretty active in my church youth group. I went to bible studies, I went to lock-ins, I went to summer and winter sleepaway camp in the high desert of south south Arizona. On the last night of summer and winter camp, there was a dance DJ’ed by one of the adult camp counselors, who was, at his normal daytime back-home job, a professional party DJ. He had tons of his own music, fancy spinning flashing lights, smoke machines, the whole deal. This was a Methodist camp, but DJ Rich was pretty open in terms of what he’d play, as long as it didn’t have any profanity or over sex stuff. There was another adult counselor there who was a huge Ramones fan, and he’d always get DJ Rich to play some Ramones deep cuts, which always brought the skater kids to the dance floor.

The first time I ever went to Pine Canyon winter camp, another camper got him to play the I Fought The Law. I hadn’t ever heard it before, but I knew something was happening when it came on. The camper who requested it happened to be on the same bus as me on the ride home, so I asked her what it was. She let me borrow her Clash tape for the duration of the bus ride. The first thing I did when I got home was ride my bike to the music store and buy the double cassette of The Story Of. I still have volume 2 of that thing around here somewhere. Volume 1 is lost to the sands of time, but don’t fret, dear readers. I’ve since picked it up on CD and vinyl. I can trace my love for punk back to a handful of moments, but this may be the earliest. The same girl who brought the Clash to my attention was the same person who would later introduce me to veg*nism. I’m still friends with her and I’m still very grateful for her influence, insight, and incredibly awesome propellor beanie.

As a result of going to camp, a few other events and being involved in church stuff, (flash forward a couple years) I eventually got nominated to run for a position representing the youth at different adult functions. At one point I represented all of the United Methodist kids in the entire state of Arizona and part of Nevada. It still blows my mind that they wanted me to do this. So, I was hanging out at the annual church conference, at a big conference business type hotel in Phoenix, with nothing to do between meetings. Me and some other kids from the conference were hanging out being bored, when one of their friends, a local guy, came to the hotel room and informed us that the Phunk Junkeez were playing the following night. I had no idea who the Phunk Junkeez  were, but I was firmly into punk by this point. I found out that the Circle Jerks and Unwritten Law were opening. At home I had my copy of Decline of Western Civilization dubbed from my local video store’s rental copy, and had about worn out the tape by this point. Needless to say, I knew the Circle Jerks well. If memory serves, this was not long after Punk Sucks had come out so I at least knew OF Unwritten Law, even if I didn’t know all the words to CPK yet.

The conference affairs were mostly run by and for older folks (ie, not just adults. Older adults. ie, lots of elderly folks) so the conference obligations I was committed to pretty much ended by 6 pm or so. I knew if I could find transportation to the show, I was going to be there. As it turned out, the venue was NEXT DOOR to our hotel, and, this being the days before the internet, they had an actual box office which was open during the day, at which I could buy a ticket the day before the show. I walked over between meetings, got my ticket, and couldn’t believe my luck. None of the other kids were interested in going to this, but there was no way I was missing it.

The next day, I was buzzing with excitement all day. I remember very little about what official church business I had a hand in. The one thing I do remember is that we voted on how the church would view homosexuality. I don’t remember how I voted on this issue, regrettably, but I do remember one of the options being to “treat it like a disease.” I’m certain, thinking back, that the list of choices was probably not even close to adequate to work with reality. (Short epilogue: voting on issues like this was one of the major factors in me grokking that the rules of the church were much more fluid and up to the whims of the majority than I had previously understood, which ultimately let me to leave church life and embrace my true apatheistic self.)

Anyway, I’m stoked I get to go see one of my favorite bands, and I’m stuck in church meetings. Since the venue is next door, and outdoors, at one point during the afternoon, I can actually hear the sound check happening from inside the hotel, during a meeting. Stoked level going through the roof at this point.

The conference day stuff ends, and I make it to the show. Unwritten Law was ok. I think they were touring on Blue Room, but I hadn’t heard it yet. The only thing I remember is them complaining about the crowd being “worse than L.A.”

The Circle Jerks played for what seemed like forever, and fucking rock my world. I got back to the hotel super late, and was back up early for church stuff. When it was time for the big group to meet, there was some buzz about some new agenda item that we would be discussing. Eventually someone got on the mic, it got very quiet, and the discussion turned to the topic of the “rock concert” next door the previous night. A letter was circulated, addressed to the city of Phoenix, basically whining about how the United Methodist church spends a lot of money on this conference every year, and this concert was loud and ran late into the night and kept members of the conference awake past their bedtimes. Unless we could get some kind of confirmation from the city that this wouldn’t happen again, the conference, the letter threatened, would have to take place elsewhere… We were each encouraged to sign the letter and mail it to the mayor’s office.

I kept my copy of that letter with my ticket stub for years.

Speaking of tenuous segueways…SPIN Radio (same company as the magazine, it would seem, but I can’t find any info about the connection between the two other than the shared logo) created a series of live concert records  for the distribution to and broadcast by radio stations. These weren’t ever for commercial sale, and I’ve seen mention of them being hard to come by, but my experience is that they’re pretty easy to find, if you’re willing to pay.
I haven’t been able to find much info on the series itself, other than a few other concerts that were recorded and LP’s pressed. Hüsker Dü seems to be the most famous/sought after record but there are also concerts from 10,000 Maniacs, Fine Young Cannibals, Green On Red, Modern English, and a few others.

The format is about what you’d expect from something called SPIN Radio. Live songs from the show, interspersed with promotional spots for SPIN, plus some short interview snippets with band members. The records in the series are listed in various places online as “promotional” but the only thing they seem to be promoting is the live concerts, and the only information I can find about those leads back to these records themselves. What was the SPIN Radio Concert Series? Was this some kind of pre-Clear Channel/LiveNation concert franchise thing that never took off? Did anything ever become of it? What were other concerts/acts that played these shows?

From what I can tell, the earlier releases in the series had no cover art, but came in plain white sleeves. The thought being, I assume, “If they’re just going to live on the archive shelf of a radio station, why go to the trouble of producing artwork?” Whether anyone stopped to ask about the cost of actually pressing a record that no one is going to purchase is just as unclear. The Circle Jerks record comes in a plain white paper sleeve* but has a couple of interesting inserts. One is a cue-sheet, which helps DJ’s know when the breaks in the tracks are, so they can come in with local promotional spots or station ID breaks or whatever. The other is an affadavit they’re supposed to sign and return to SPIN HQ declaring that they actually played the thing in its entirety. What happens to DJ’s that don’t play the thing, or don’t play the whole thing? I wish I knew.

The show on the record is from 1986, during the Wonderful tour. Not my favorite Circle Jerks record, but still pretty killer. In relistening to this 2xLP for this post, it strikes me how prescient and timeless these guys were with their lyrics. Especially the songs dealing with government and war profiteering, given the state of privatized war in the 2015 world.

*It didn’t feel right posting this without some cover art, so I cobbled together the below “cover art” with pieces from the included art, and a photo borrowed (with forgiveness/permission) from Ed Arnaud, a Tucson photographer whose website has a bunch of other super rad punk photos from ’82-’84.

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Various Artists – Noise The Show #25, #52 with Tim Sommer, WNYU, 1981, 1982

Note to self: tapes of classic old school hardcore and punk radio shows from the early 80’s are much more popular than obscure pop punk records from the 90’s. Who’da thunk?

The second tape from Greg’s collection, introduced here.

It’s more of Tim Sommer and Noise the Show, with one notable exception on this particular tape. Most of the tapes in the set feature two or more consecutive or almost-consecutive shows on the A side and B side. This tape has episode 25 on side A and episode 52 on the B side. Not a big deal, really, but if you want to listen to them in order, skip #52 until you hear the others.

You can totally hear the difference in Tim’s on-air voice and production style from the 6 month mark to the one year mark. The interviews at the end of side-B I believe are from a different show than #52, but are great and worth the download alone. Enjoy.

Noise The Show #25  12/16/1981
1. Anti-Pasti – No Government
2. The Fartz – Campaign Speech
3. Kraut – Unemployed
4. Discharge – Death Dealers
5. Disorder – Daily Life
6. The Business – Suburban Rebels
7. The Undead – Interview/My Kinda Town
8. Adolescents – Losing Battle
9. Teen Idles – Get Up And Go
10. Even Worse & Dez – Nervous Breakdown
11. Red Rockers – Peer Pressure
12. Red Cross – Burnout
13. Reagan Youth – U.S.A. (demo)
14. Slaughter & The Dogs – Where Have All The Boot Boys Gone?

Blitz – Warriors
1. Warriors
2. Youth

N.O.T.A. – Toy Soldiers
1. Toy Soldiers
2. Justice In America
3. Fucked Up
4. Cattle Call
5. Riot Kids

The Lust
1. Dread In NY.

Noise The Show #52  6/21/1982
1. The Exploited – So Tragic
2. Instant Agony – Think Of England
3. Adrenalin O.D. – New Year’s Eve
4. The Insane – El Salvador
5. S.O.A. – Disease
6. Necros – Police Brutality
7. The Misfits – Horror Business
8. G.B.H. – Sick Boy
9. Motörhead – Iron Fist
10. Erazerhead – Shellshock
11. The Exploited – USA
12. Reagan Youth – U.S.A. (demo)
13. Lightning Raiders – Views

Anti-Nowhere League – 1982 Interview on WNYU

Chelsea – 1982 Interview on WNYU

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Various Artists – Noise The Show #18, #19, #21, #24 with Tim Sommer, WNYU, 1981

In the summer of 1993, I spent a week at a church-based summer camp in the woods in southern Arizona. I was friends with some of the other punky skater/alternative kids who went to the camp but lived in a different city than me, and we were thick as thieves. I remember someone in the group had a boombox in their cabin, and we spent a lot of our free time playing tapes for each other, introducing new old bands to the group. It was this boombox from which I first heard the Beastie Boys’ collection of early hardcore tracks, Some Old Bullshit. I ordered the CD from our local chain record store as soon as I got home from camp. The CD (heard at the link above) opens with a guy yelling about the Beastie Boys and some shows in New York “down…in downtown…somewhere…”

I know summer camp was the first time I heard his voice, but I don’t remember the first time I went looking to find out who Timmy Sommer was or what this “Noise The Show” was all about. I’m pretty sure I shelved the idea of looking for it until well after the internet was a household thing.

Noise The Show was a punk and hardcore radio show out of WNYU in New York City in 1981 and 1982. I’ll let you dig up the rest of the details; anything else I tell you I’m going to get from the same internet you’ll get it from.

In the summer of 2014, I went googling to see if any episodes of Noise The Show were on youtube (there are) or on blogs similar to this one (there are.) I even stumbled across a facebook group dedicated to the show. Earlier this year, a group member mentioned having a box of tapes of a bunch of episodes, and lacked the gear necessary to digitize them. I spoke up and offered to get these tapes into a format that’s sharable on the internets. Which brings us to this post.

All of the tapes in the series were recorded by and are from Greg Fasolino’s personal collection. A few were dubbed from tapes that his friend Paul made before Greg got into recording themhimself. I’m told Greg’s mother and grandmother recorded a few when he was out at the occasional Rangers game. He also tacked on a random punk single or two after each episode, disconnected from the radio show. I’ve included those in these rips as it felt weird to not.

The host, Tim Sommer, went on to be more involved with music production and industry stuff, even working at MTV and going on to represent a band big enough that my parents went and saw them a year or two ago. He’s still involved in music industry stuff.

Some technical notes:

  •  These tapes are almost 35 years old. Sometimes the audio sounds like it. Most times it sounds great. All of the time it sounds fine for what it is. Some of the earlier tapes were recorded by holding a tape recorder up to a speaker. Later episodes were recorded via a tape deck connected directly to a receiver.  I’ve ripped them all at 320 kbps but keep in mind there are some defects here and there.
  • I’ve done my best to present the audio as it sounds on the tape, with a little minor processing here and there. (I got rid of some tape hiss, or got rid of dead air at the beginning or end of an episode/side.)
  • I’ve done no editing during episodes at all.
  • Tapes that include another single or two at the end of aside include those singles in the rip. They’re listed on the tape cover and included in the tracklist here, but aren’t tagged separately. Consider these bonus tracks.
  • Several tapes include several incomplete episodes per side. These episodes are split into separate tracks, but I’ve included everything on the tapes. Where episodes cut out in the mp3, it cuts out on the tape.
  • Occasionally, there are tracks marked “Interview”. Some of these are several minutes and multiple questions long, others are just a band member introducing a song.

It’s weird to think that I first heard that 20 seconds of Noise The Show on the Beastie’s CD a little more than 10 years after it first aired, while shows I’ve attended or records I bought new 10 years ago often seem like they happened yesterday. Also crazy to think I was 5 and 6 when this show was on the air, and now I’ve got a 2, 4, and 6 year old of my own. All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again, I guess. .

I don’t have it in me to review or synopsize each individual show or tape, so I’ll just leave things general here. One of the things I enjoy best about hearing these tapes, besides getting this curated mix of great classic hardcore and punk, is hearing Tim introduce brand new bands like…Bad Religion. Then there’s the more obscure bands that never recorded anything else…The Red Rockers from New Orleans come to mind and are a new (old?) favorite band of mine and make an appearance on more than episode.

And, if you know anything about the show itself or were around when it was on, please leave a comment.

Thanks to Tim for doing the show, and a huge thank you to Greg Fasolino (and his mom!) for providing the tapes.

More to come as I get them ripped and processed. Enjoy.

Noise The Show #18  10/28/81
1. The Exploited – Class War
2. Legionaire’s Disease – Rather See You Dead Than With Wool On Your Head
3. The Misfits – Where Eagles Dare
4. The Ejected – East End Kids
5. Even Worse – Emptying The Madhouse
6. Alternative TV – How Much Longer
7. Necros – Race Riot
8. Flipper – Brainwash
9. Fear – I Don’t Care About You
10. Black Flag – Police Story
11. Partisans – Arms Race
12. G.B.H. – Necrophilia
13. The Misfits – Night Of The Living Dead
14. Dead Kennedys – Insight
15. The Mad – Eyeball

Noise The Show #19   11/4/1981
1. S.O.A. – Girl Problems
2. Discharge – Never Again
3. The Misfits – All Hell Breaks Loose
4. The Damned – Sick Of Being Sick

C.I.A. – God, Guts, Guns EP
1. Who Cares?/Death
2. Hazard
3. Commie Control
4. Love & War
5. No Thrills

The Lust
1. 1,000 More

Noise The Show #21  11/18/1981
1. Dead Kennedys – Moral Majority
2. S.O.A. – Lost In Space
3. The Fartz – You Got A Brain
4. The Ruts – I Ain’t Sophisticated
5. The Nihilistics – After Death
6. Teen Idles – Get Up And Go
7. Red Rockers – Teenage Underground
8. Anti-Pasti – Now Is The Time
9. Heart Attack – Interview/God Is Dead/You
10. Eater – Thinking Of The U.S.A.
11. Demob – Think Straight
12. Headlickers – ? (demo)
13. The Fartz – How Long
14. Discharge – Feeble Bastards
14. Black Flag – Louie Louie

Noise The Show #24  12/9/1981
1. The Misfits – Interview/We Are 138

The Freeze – Guilty Face EP
1. Violent Arrest
2. Voices From My Window
3. Halloween Night
4. Guilty Face

Sadistic Exploits – Anarchy For Freedom EP
1. Freedom
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Various Artists – Lump Of Coal

Every year, my friends on the internet and I hash it out over what the best punk Christmas song of all time is. Is it The Ramones’ Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)? Fear’s Fuck Christmas? The Pogues’ Fairytale of New York? The Kinks’ Father Christmas? Danny Says by the Ramones? The Angry Snowmans?
All close, and all at the top of the list, but no, it’s none of those. It’s the Showcase Showdown’s Merry Christmas, I Fucked Your Snowman. That is obviously hands down the best punk Christmas song ever.
That said, the SECOND best Christmas song is actually one of the ones above. The Kinks’ song about a shopping mall santa being held up and robbed by a bunch of thugs in my mind perfectly captures the essence of what this season is all about. I’m not going to post a Kinks song on this here blog. You’ll have to dig that up elsewhere for yourself.
But I’m certainly not above posting a cover of the Kinks song. As far as I know, the only cover of that song. By, what I’m sure is clear now, is one of my favorite bands of all time, Everready. Amid other Southern California mid-90’s pop punk bands covering Christmas classics, you’ll find Jon Cougar Concentration Camp, Dodgeball, Spazboy, Carter Peace Mission, and Third Rale. Dodgeball offers up the snarkiest version of Blue Christmas I’ve ever heard. Carter Peace Mission brings new levels of awesomeness to Good King Wenceslas. And somehow, Second String (who One Sided War tells me is an all star band made up of members of other bands on this record) manages to cram all 12 verses of the 12 Days of Christmas into under 3 minutes. About the only thing this album lacks in order to be perfect is Tiltwheel covering Wonderful Christmas Time.

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It’s now the day after Thanksgiving and officially Christmas music season. Go ahead and blast the Pogues and the Ramones and Fear and Elvis and Bing and Barbra Streisand and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass. But start with this one. Methinks  you’ll slide those others to the back of the queue more than once this season.

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