Introducing the 12XU dumping ground

Don't ex­pect any­thing huge. It's just a lit­tle ze­ro-ef­fort ex­ten­sion to this blog where i'm post­ing some links, pod­casts, videos i find worth­while, ran­dom brain farts, what films i've been watch­ing and some rather nerdy stuff large­ly un­re­lat­ed to the main blog. Just click on Dump in the menu.

As i'm try­ing to get a bit more in­vest­ed in the fe­di­verse any­way (as well as coax oth­er peo­ple in that di­rec­tion, away from cor­po­rate so­cial me­dia), i've sim­ply made it an­oth­er Pleroma/​Mastodon (etc…) han­dle you can eas­i­ly fol­low on the fe­di­verse.

Be aware though that the stuff on there may oc­ca­sion­al­ly be of a rather per­son­al na­ture or might touch on sub­jects such as (left­ist) pol­i­tics and athe­ism (as am cur­rent­ly still grap­pling with my own de­con­ver­sion from re­li­gion over the past few years). Just in case that kind of stuff is prob­lem­at­ic to you, be warned.

Al­so, as quite a few peo­ple are quit­ting face­book and twit­ter in fa­vor of open and de­cen­tral al­ter­na­tives right now, i wan­na en­cour­age you to do the same and join the de­cen­tral fe­di­verse. I'm not feel­ing con­find­ent enough in main­tain­ing my own plero­ma in­stance to open it up for reg­is­tra­tion just yet - it will stay my own sin­gle-user in­stance at least for the time be­ing. How­ev­er, there are tons of pub­lic in­stances out there open for reg­is­tra­tion. For my fel­low mu­sic nerds, i rec­om­mend tak­ing a look at

Pedigree - Connected?

Their 2019 de­but al­bum New Freak was great fun al­ready, but on the bel­gian group's newest EP all the mov­ing parts click in­to each oth­er way more tight­ly and ef­fec­tive, while their quite slick yet pow­er­ful garage punk sound has gained a bit more of a sub­tle post punk vibe. At var­i­ous points i'm re­mind­ed of groups like (ear­ly) Teenanger, Video, Flat Worms, Sauna Youth, Ex-Cult as well as french acts Night­watch­ers & Telecult.

Al­bum-Stream →

Jah Hell - Lockdown Love Songs

An­oth­er fresh new batch of hissy, dis­tort­ed, melod­ic and sim­ply awe­some garage punk, fuzz- & noise pop bangers by this one-man project from Ely, UK.

Al­bum-Stream →

Mystic Inane - Natural Beauty

Man, it's been at least half a decade since i last heard of this New Or­leans group. How­ev­er un­ex­pect­ed the re­lease of their new 7" might come, their blend of garage- & post punk, hard- & post­core cer­tain­ly sounds as fresh and en­er­getic as ever on this one, fit­ting in nice­ly with more re­cent groups in the vein of Launch­er, Liq­uid As­sets or Fried E/​M.

Al­bum-Stream →

Daydream - Mystic Operative

With their sec­ond long­play­er, Port­land punks Day­dream set off eleven new blasts of care­ful­ly con­trolled chaos, imag­i­na­tive and un­pre­dictable as ever and with quite a bit of fine-tun­ing to their very own any­thing-goes brand of slight­ly garage-fla­vored post­core, which might draw com­par­isons to groups such as Kalei­do­scope, Bad Breed­ing… even a very slight hint of Dri­ve Like Je­hu, maybe?

Al­bum-Stream →

New Vogue - New Vogue

Mon­tre­al group New Vogue nev­er sound­ed bet­ter than on their most re­cent EP, whip­ping out in­fec­tious hooks at a dan­ger­ous pace, merg­ing them in­to shiny lit­tle nuggets of garage- and synth punk with echos of Use­less Eaters as well as many loose­ly Warttman-af­fil­i­at­ed bands like Sa­tan­ic To­gas, R.M.F.C. or Set-Top Box. Nice!

Al­bum-Stream →

Something to look forward to…

I've heard there are those among you who weren't en­tire­ly sat­is­fied with the year 2020. Well, the good news is we're all gonna have just as much fun this win­ter. Al­so, some folks even man­aged to record some mu­sic to be re­leased in the com­ing weeks. Here's a first batch of things to look for­ward to.

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Verspannungskassette #12

Prob­a­bly my last good deed in this su­per awe­some year of joy and progress. You guys hang in there. Some time in ear­ly jan­u­ary i'll start an­oth­er at­tempt at keep­ing this blog up­dat­ed with at least some reg­u­lar­i­ty. In the mean­time, my bones need some sleep and my head a some kind of ther­a­py. See you then!

I've in­clud­ed band­camp links this time (just click on a song ti­tle). If you can af­ford it right now, please con­sid­er mak­ing these artists slight­ly less broke, okay?

Side A


Ja­son Henn A Straighter Line (Bal­lad of JPHS)
The Res­onars
My Fog
Skink Tank
Isn't It Nice?
Black Hole
Bil­liam I Need A Ro­bot
De­part­ment Tech­ni­cians
Sta­t­ic Sta­t­ic
We Are of the Night
Sil­i­con Heart­beat
Atom­ic Ex­per­i­ments For Boys
Smirk Do You?
Talk­ing An­droid
Ner­vous Tick And The Zip­per Lips The Feel­ing Is Al­right
Sex Dri­ve
Richard Rose
On the Bridge
TV Freaks
Cold Dead Blood

Side B


Pro­to Id­iot That Is Not a Good Idea
The Un­ders
Loser's Bar
Leben­den Toten
Eat the Life
The Kids Will Have Their Say Pt. II
Ond Tro
Virtue Sig­nals
Find­ing Death
Fugi­tive Bub­ble
Sil­ver Spoon
Poi­son Joy
Good Old Days
Sci­ence Man
Brazil­ian Nap­kins
Prized Pig
Failed Satyr
Jah Hell
Los­ing Steam
Sa­tan­ic To­gas
Tools For Fools
The Dirts
Ze­ro Boy
The Spits
Kop Kar
The Sweatys
Mar­ried To The Lime­light
Erik Ner­vous
Ra­di­ant Eye

Fugitive Bubble - Fugitive Bubble /​/​ C-Krit - C-Krit

Im­po­tent Fe­tus, the mar­vel­lous new-ish cas­sette sub­la­bel of the equal­ly fan­tas­tic Stuc­co em­pire, has al­ready brought quite a bit of joy to the world re­cent­ly with that Sep­tic Yanks tape. In the mean­time, they've al­ready re­leased two new pud­dles of noise to bathe in, made by two groups of un­known where­abouts, eas­i­ly up­hold­ing the high qual­i­ty stan­dards.
Fugi­tive Bub­ble cre­ate a de­light­ful and in­ven­tive mess of fuzzed out hard-, noise- and weird­core, at times re­mind­ing me of Das Drip, Warm Bod­ies, Vexx, the ear­ly out­put of NAG or Kalei­do­scope.
C-Krit, on the oth­er hand, sound a lot like a dis­fig­ured cross­breed be­tween Soup­cans, No Trend and Lumpy & The Dumpers. Al­so, their fucked up ren­di­tion of the Scream­ing Sneak­ers ever­green Vi­o­lent Days is pure gold.

Al­bum-Streams →

Pódium - Pódium

In the two years that have passed since Podi­um of Va­len­cia, Spain gave us an ex­cel­lent first im­pres­sion with their de­but EP, what has been a so­lo record­ing project back then has grown in­to a com­plete band line-up, rest­less­ly bull­doz­ing ahead with their own fla­vor of straight & stu­pid garage punk, rough­ly in the same or­bit as Ar­chaeas, Ex-Cult, Flat Worms and Sauna Youth, while adding to their for­mu­la some sub­tle over­tones of noise, ston­er punk, hard- & post­core.

Al­bum-Stream →