Ghoulies - Reprogram

This week's manda­to­ry in­jec­tion of De­vo-ish garage- and synth-punk comes from some Perth based group whose quirky and catchy sounds sure­ly won't fail to more than ad­e­quate­ly re-vi­tal­ize ad­mir­ers of groups like Skull Cult, Re­search Re­ac­tor Corp., Alien Nose­job, Iso­tope Soap or Erik Ner­vous.

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Misanthropic Minds - Welcome To The Homeland, Greetings From The Wasteland

Boom! What this cana­di­an group has spit on­to their de­but tape is sev­en min­utes of ab­solute­ly flaw­less and un­re­lent­ing, slight­ly garage- and KBD-soaked old­school hard­core fury ex­pos­ing not a sin­gle weak link in their break­neck per­for­mance.

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Spyroids - Passage To Hell

Oh my… it took a good two years (or rather, two some­what be­low-the-usu­al-stan­dard years) for this Los An­ge­les duo to come up with a fol­low-up to their fiendish­ly fun de­but EP. Just as back then, this is noth­ing short of an­oth­er glo­ri­ous spec­ta­cle of sleazy, stinky, for­bid­den synth-/elec­tro punk de­light, the likes of which you'll on­ly ever en­counter in the shadi­est cor­ners of Bandcamp's adult en­ter­tain­ment sec­tion.

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Predator - Spiral Unfolds

I've been a bit late to the par­ty when it comes to this At­lanta group which has been around for over a decade by now, with their 2018 No Face 7" be­ing my first ex­po­sure to them. Al­so, i didn't know at that time they're shar­ing mem­bers with post punk min­i­mal­ists Nag. Now that cer­tain­ly makes sense. Not on­ly is this clear­ly the same singer here, but there are al­so abun­dant son­ic sim­i­lar­i­ties to note. Preda­tor kin­da sound like the slight­ly more so­cia­ble cousin to Nag, lean­ing heav­ier in­to garage ter­ri­to­ry with oc­ca­sion­al hard­core mo­ments. I mean like… at times they al­most sound like they're ac­tu­al­ly en­joy­ing them­selves!

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Hideous Sun Demon - Development Hell

This Mel­bourne group's newest EP starts out quite good, then be­comes even bet­ter with every song, first sug­gest­ing kind of a mix be­tween synth-less (at first) Aus­muteants, Ex-Cult, Sauna Youth, ear­ly Teenanger… but al­so with a slight post punk edge á la Flat Worms, Con­stant Mon­grel. The lat­ter ten­den­cy (plus the for­mer­ly elu­sive synths) then kicks in­to over­drive in the record's sec­ond half and that's where things go from good to great, cul­mi­nat­ing in the epic an­ti-hymn Aus­tralia - an un­mis­tak­able fuck you to na­tion­al­ism in their home coun­try whose lyrics strike me as un­apolo­get­i­cal­ly frank and straight­for­ward.

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Dear audience, i'm so very, very disappointed of you.

Yes, this is an in­ter­ven­tion a.k.a. an­oth­er one of these oblig­a­tory read­er bash­ing posts. Be­cause most of you still suck so bad at this. I shouldn't have to be telling you this any­more and you're mak­ing me so very sad. And no, i won't stop nag­ging about it any­time soon.

So here goes… Please, please, pret­ty please, for fuck­ing fuck's sake please stop us­ing these things:

  • Face­book
  • Twit­ter

Join the fe­di­verse in­stead. As a start­ing point for my fel­low mu­sic lovers: How about get­ting an ac­count at linernotes.club? And when you've done that, tell me about it.

If you're us­ing twit­ter or face­book to pub­lish and/​or cu­rate stuff in a reg­u­lar man­ner, how about start­ing your own blog in­stead? When you've done that, tell me about it.

If you to­tal­ly can't lay off your bad in­ter­net habits for now, at least make your­self fa­mil­iar with the al­ter­na­tives and start us­ing them.

  • Google Chrome

You have no fuck­ing ex­cuse. There are sev­er­al equal­ly good al­ter­na­tives out there do­ing ex­act­ly the same thing. Some of them are ba­si­cal­ly just Chrome with all the evil parts re­moved. Fire­fox is way more sexy though.

  • Google An­a­lyt­ics

Aaarght! Blog­gers and web­mas­ters, cut that shit out for cry­ing out loud. If you need sta­tis­tics, you might wan­na take a look at Mato­mo. It's free and easy to set up. Al­so look­ing at you, Band­camp!!! I like you, but you're help­ing Google track your users. And you're do­ing it with your em­bed­ded play­er, on every fuck­ing mu­sic blog in the world!!!

  • Share- and like-but­tons pro­vid­ed by Face­book or Twit­ter

These are just an­oth­er means of track­ing users. If you can't live with­out that sweet lit­tle dopamine boost every share or like pro­vides… take a look at Shar­iff. Word­Press users: There's a plu­g­in for that.

Every­body, please start do­ing this:

  • Use a de­cent ad-block­er plu­g­in in your web brows­er.

This pro­tects you from the bulk of track­ers, all of the ad-in­dus­try brain­fuck and it helps starve out said in­dus­try. If your brows­er doesn't al­low it: Use a dif­fer­ent brows­er! How hard can it be?

Blog­gers and Web­mas­ters take no­tice: Google wants to roll out its FLoC pro­gramme in the near fu­ture to en­able track­ing of Chrome users even in a world where cook­ie-based track­ing be­comes less and less ef­fec­tive. Please do this:

  • Learn how to pre­vent the FLoC func­tion­al­i­ty from be­ing en­abled on your web­site (for now at least).
  • If your site us­es Word­Press, it's as easy as in­stalling a plu­g­in like this one here.
  • Chrome users: Here's an­oth­er rea­son for you to look for a dif­fer­ent brows­er.

Please, folks, please start tak­ing these things se­ri­ous­ly. Please stop suck­ing so hard at every fuck­ing thing in­volv­ing com­put­ers and the in­ter­net. Please stop feed­ing the ma­chine cre­at­ing all these prob­lems. In­stead do the lit­tle things that help make the web more open, de­mo­c­ra­t­ic and less re­liant on ma­jor evil cor­po­ra­tions. How many more crap­py stunts and dirty tricks do Face­book, Google, etc. have to pull on you be­fore you even con­sid­er pulling the plug? Are you a punk? Do a punk thing. Par­tic­i­pate in some punk web shit. Thanx a lot in ad­vance.

Home­work:
Num­ber of days since last Face­book Scan­dal (while i'm writ­ing this: Four days.)
Google’s FLoC Is a Ter­ri­ble Idea.
Clean Up The Web

OK Satán - Fatal Insomniac

I know you've all been wait­ing for this. The sec­ond dis­patch from Copen­hagen garage-/hard­core punk duo OK Satán has ar­rived, fill­ing us in on sev­en epic new sto­ries from their mag­i­cal world lim­it­ed on­ly by an ever-ex­pand­ing tech­ni­col­or hori­zon, deal­ing with im­por­tant and con­tro­ver­sial top­ics such as their names, your very prob­lem­at­ic face and them not giv­ing a shit. An­oth­er bril­liant, mul­ti-lay­ered mas­ter­piece!

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Italia 90 - Borderline 7"

An­oth­er wor­thy re­lease by Lon­don group Italia 90. The A-Side Bor­der­line presents their post punk sound in its most slick and ac­ces­si­ble it­er­a­tion so far, hav­ing a bit of a Go­tobeds, Sleepies or B-Boys bent. If you ask me though, the main at­trac­tion here is the much dark­er, edgi­er b-side De­clare, which comes across like a more so­phis­ti­cat­ed throw­back to their very first EP, show­ing a sim­i­lar min­i­mal­ist, noisy Swell Maps- and Mem­branes-lean­ing vibe.

Mesh - Company Jeep

Mesh re­leas­es May 21st via Born Yes­ter­day Records.

Exek - Several Souvenirs

Good Thing They Ripped Up The Car­pet re­leas­es June 4th via Lulu’s Son­ic Disc Club.