Top 5 Music (first half of 09)

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Every yeah for the past couple years I’ve done a top movies of the year which I normally post on my myspace or wherever I am at the time. I imagine I’m just going to post it up here when the time comes this year. One one I’ve wanted to do but haven’t yet is a top for music, because it’s too damn hard to remember everything that came out in the year, well 2009 is officially half over and I did some research. Hopefully I’ll do the full version at the end of the year but here’s whats up for the first half of the year.

Also because this is just a ‘half year preview’ these are in no order:

Iron Maiden: Flight 666  Universal Music Enterprises  June 9, 2009
It’s almost unfair to put any Iron Maiden release on any type of list like this because any year Iron Maiden comes out with a record it’s always going to be the best.
Death: For The Whole World To See Drag City February 17, 2009
This one I’m really not sure if I can count it but I’m going to. Recorded about 30 years ago but just released this year this is one of my favorite records out of everything I own.
The Hard-Ons With Neil Hamburger: American Exports Red Lounge April 2009
Australian rockers team up with America’s Funnyman to produce 4 songs of greatness. It’s exactly what it should be. Expect a full review on the site soon with some luck.
Propagandhi: Supporting Caste Smallman March 10, 2009
Punk rockers from north of the border sneak another album over the border for us to enjoy, more metal riffs than ever before, I fucking love it.
Deep Sleep: Three Things At Once  Grave Mistake Records March 6, 2009
This one is another cheat but I have a quick fix. Three things at once is a compalation from Deep Sleep of their first 3 7″s put out on one CD. But if you don’t want to count this because 2/3 of the material isn’t from this year you can replace this entry with Deep Sleep’s Paranoid Futures, it’s the 7″ that came out this year and it’s got their best material on it anyway.
The Copyrights / The Dopamines: Songs About Fucking Up It’s Alive Records
Sense I had a few cheats in here I’ll throw this split in as a runner up, it’s good as hell.
Iron Maiden: Flight 666 Universal Music Enterprises  June 9, 2009
It’s almost unfair to put any Iron Maiden release on any type of list like this because any year Iron Maiden comes out with a record it’s always going to be the best.

Death: For The Whole World To See Drag City February 17, 2009
This one I’m really not sure if I can count it but I’m going to. Recorded about 30 years ago but just released this year this is one of my favorite records out of everything I own.

The Hard-Ons With Neil Hamburger: American Exports Red Lounge April 2009
Australian rockers team up with America’s Funnyman to produce 4 songs of greatness. It’s exactly what it should be. Expect a full review on the site soon with some luck.

Propagandhi: Supporting Caste Smallman March 10, 2009
Punk rockers from north of the border sneak another album over the border for us to enjoy, more metal riffs than ever before, I fucking love it.

Deep Sleep: Three Things At Once Grave Mistake Records March 6, 2009
This one is another cheat but I have a quick fix. Three things at once is a compilation from Deep Sleep of their first 3 7″s put out on one CD. But if you don’t want to count this because 2/3 of the material isn’t from this year you can replace this entry with Deep Sleep’s Paranoid Futures, it’s the 7″ that came out this year and it’s got their best material on it anyway.

The Copyrights / The Dopamines: Songs About Fucking Up It’s Alive Records
Sense I had a few cheats in here I’ll throw this split in as a runner up, it’s good as hell.

REVIEW: Death: For the Whole World To See

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deathDeath is possibly the first punk band that never was, they were also they first African-American punk/rock band around and brothers on top of that this gives you a few reasons to raise your eyebrow (not to mention the songs are fucking awesome). As a band the teenage Hackney brothers started playing R&B in their parents’ garage about 1971 but switched to hard rock in 1973, after seeing an Alice Cooper show, which is not only a true, but a fucking awesome story. The band had a self-released single in 1976 and that was about as much fame as they had while they were around. They were close to landing a deal a few times but shot it down with an against the grain attitude, a tape was brought to a New York record executive; the executive liked the songs but not the name. The suit told the band that they would have to change their name or there would be no deal, the band responded with a ‘Hell no!’ A 1974 demo tape was found in Bobby Sr.’s attic, this was released recently by Drag City Records as “… For the Whole World to See”, which is what we have here. Seven songs that were recorded over thirty five years ago, the sound is kind of a combination of the Buzzcocks, Ramones, Bad Brains, and Jimi Hendrix…before any of these bands were around (with the obvious exception of Hendrix. I was lucky enough to hear a the first track off of this record “Keep on Knocking” which immediately sold me, this may also be my favorite song, however closing out the album is “Politicians in My Eyes” in which lead singer Bobby Hackney lets out a great primal scream part way through the song, I love this song so much. This record is so good, I’m glad it’s in my collection; it should be in yours if you’re into that early punk sound because this is a prime example of what that was. Moving forward for the band they haven’t had much luck, in the early 80’s they released two albums of gospel rock as the 4th Movement. And more recently on a tragic note founder and leader, David Hackney, died of lung cancer in 2000. This is not only sad to find out because it’s a loss of a man who was a visionary with some great talent this also makes any kind of reunion impossible. Go out and get this record as a tribute to one of the best punk bands that never got a chance and you’ll be happy to find out that you’ve got some great tunes in hand.

1. Keep on Knocking
2. Rock-n-Roll Victim
3. Let the World Turn
4. You’re a Prisoner
5. Freakin’ Out
6. Where Do We Go From Here???
7. Politicians in My Eyes

Get it from Drag City Records HERE

Get For the Whole World to See from Amazon HERE

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