New York Trash (LP) 1982

Various Artists
New York Thrash


Rating: **** (Recommended)
While NYC played a huge part in creating the punk of the 70s, here the influence comes back home, from NYC to the UK, to the West Coast and back to NYC.  Of course, many NYC outfits would likely argue against such simplifications, and many would say that they were all part of the NYC underground of an era.  We tend to separate things by decades but 1982 was only five years after 1977, and especially when it comes to NYC, ’75 to ’85 was more of a decade than the 70s or 80s.  
  1. “I Hate Music” – The Mad (1978)
  2. “Getaway” – Kraut
  3. “Shotgun” – Heart Attack
  4. “Social Reason” – The Undead
  5. “New Year’s Eve” – Adrenalin OD
  6. “Illusion Won Again – Even Worse
  7. “Cry Now”  – Fiends
  8. “Here and Now” – Nihilistics
  9. “Nightmare – The Undead
  10. “Taxidermist”- False Prophets
  11. “Regulator (Version)” – Bad Brains
  12. “Riot Fight” – Beastie Boys
  13. “Love and Kisses” – Nihilistics
  14. “Asian White” – Fiends
  15. “Last Chance” – Kraut
  16. “Emptying the Madhouse” – Even Worse
  17. “Paul’s Not Home” – Adrenalin O.D.
  18. “Scorched Earth” – False Prophets
  19. “God is Dead” – Heart Attack
  20. “The Hell” – The Mad (1980)
  21. “Big Take Over (Version)” – Bad Brains
  22. “Beastie” – Beastie Boys


Other than the Mad cuts, all these songs were recorded from 1981 – 1982.  Classic 1982 NYC underground comp, originally on cassette only.    


— winch

(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s) 


The Surf Trio: Almost Summer (LP) 1986

The Surf Trio
Almost Summer
Voxx 200.043
Producers:  Greg Shaw & Brett Gurewitz
Rating:**** (Recommended)

Surf-rock comes to the rescue again, this time from Eugene, Oregon, this band obviously one of the best things to come out of that town.  

This set was recorded in L.A., has a nice balance of instrumentals and vocals, originals and covers, professionalism and amateurism.  Highly recommended for fans of surf.
— winch
(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)

Kimio Eto: Sound of the Koto (LP) 1966

Sound of the Koto
World Pacific WP-1439
Producer: Richard Bock
Rating:**** (Recommended)

Just Eto on the Koto but he fills the cuts with plenty of sounds, just the perfect amount actually, lots of sounds but enough space to allow the listener to breathe easy.

Obviously, this blind cat knew what he was doing.  Very cool, interesting and enjoyable, highly recommended for fans of Japanese music.

— winch

(author of Kalamazoo: Growing Up Sideways in the 1970s)