Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Don't Be Swindle - Issue #1

Debut issue of this new half-sized zine compiled by Will Butler himself (To Live A Lie Records). Issue #1 features interviews that highlight a variety of heavy music genres, from the devastating grind of Looking For An Answer, to Idaho's fastcore maniacs Hummingbird Of Death, up-and-coming powerviolence wrecking crew ACxDC, and the legendary Eric Wood of The Bastard Noise. Among the columnists for this debut issue are Ralph Ferrara of Haunted Hotel Records, Will Toftness of the grind-violence band Hip Cops, and To Live A Lie label artist Matt Gauck, as well as Will Butler's own musings on life as a label head juggling a full-time job. Don't Be Swindle is chock full of record reviews that are refreshingly in-depth (when you need them to be) and nicely concise at other times (so you don't get bored!) There's even some non-typical show reviews that you'll have to read yourself to believe. Picking up on his previous zine endeavor in Fastcore Photos, Will displays some of your favorite grinders (hello, Disciples Of Christ) in a fancy spread of photos he took himself at shows. All in all, issue #1 of Don't Be Swindle is pretty sweet, and definitely recommended for anyone who enjoys fastcore, grind, and powerviolence, and appreciates an MRR-style approach to a music zine.

Available from (updated with links as soon as I verify):
To Live A Lie Records - eBay
Haunted Hotel Records
BSP Records
Blastcat Records
Karasu Killer Records (Japan)
Bastard Noise
Hummingbird of Death
Looking For An Answer
Total Hipster Crusher
Jim Walkley
Vii Caso
Jace Kuhn

Monday, November 14, 2011

Don’t Be Swindle – Episode #6 Podcast

Sixth episode is a To Live A Lie Records-centric episode, in fact all songs are from TLAL. Self promotion to inspire me to do more podcasts.

1. Sex Prisoner - Piss When I Cum (0:50)
2. Sick/Tired - Last Stand for a Deadman (1:21)
3. Shitstorm - Nevernding Genocide (0:15)
4. XBRAINIAX - Fuck the Swindlers (0:32)
5. Magnum Force - Distort (0:34)
6. Backslider - Some Kind of Moron (0:29)
7. Disciples Of Christ - 12 (0:56)
8. Dos Amigos - Snitch Bitch Eyesore (0:24)
9. Sissy Spacek - Look Alive (0:35)
10. Assholeparade - Bury You (1:01)
11. Beartrap - Nailed Shut (0:22)
12. Suffering Luna - Go Ask Alice (4:12)
13. Archagathus - Intoxicating Aroma (1:33)
14. Sidetracked - Runaway (0:23)
15. Mehkago N.T. - Crustfund Youth (1:55)
16. Capitalist Casualties - Atomic Energy Commission (Live) (0:48)
17. Sakatat - Bu Düzen Hepimizi Bir Gecede Harcayabilir + Kayñp (1:18)
18. Deathrats - Please (1:09)
19. Get Destroyed! - Shut In (0:31)
20. ACxDC - Milk Was A Bad Choice (0:48)
21. Lapse - Trend (0:46)
22. Eddie Brock - Pointer Thumb Pinky (1:56)
23. PLF - Veteran Of Looserhood (1:04)
24. Fatal Nunchaku - Track 11 (0:33)
25. Curmudgeon - Infallible (0:54)
26. Osk - Knowingly Ignorant (0:45)
27. Mind As Prison - Ramifications (2:43)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Don't Be Swindle - Episode #5 Podcast

1. Lapse - Posthumous
2. Curmudgeon - Gran Machismo
3. What Life Is - Street Lights
4. FCH - Japanese Wisdom I
5. Parlamentarisk Sodomi - Introduksjonell Mistillit
6. Sakatat - Unknown Title
7. Beach Babes - Cold Pizza
8. Bloody Phoenix - Isolated
9. The Kill - We Want Blood
10. Violent Children - Culture Sucks
11. Zero Boys - Splish Splash
12. Uniform Choice - My Own Mind
13. Ratos De Porao - Caos
14. Sairaat Mielet - Tippa Tappaa
15. Civil Victim - Coptown
16. Bastard - Flash Out
17. Punch - Been Here Before
18. Creepy Crawlie - Chicken Leg
19. I Accuse! - Can't Stop
20. Inzest - Human
21. D-Clone - What Color The Sky?
22. Nasikuzusi - Japanese Title

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Don't Be Swindle - Episode #4 Podcast

1. Suffer - Numbered
2. Pissed Happy Children - Ready to Fight
3. Pandemonium - No More Talk
4. Cthulhu Youth - S.O.S.D
5. Female Snake - Adulthood
6. Kieltolaki - Maailma Menee Helvettiin
7. Blank Stare - Fuck Drugs. Fuck You.
8. Crippled Youth - Positive Scene
9. Stripmines - Failsafe
10. ¡LIBÉRATE! - Hispano? NO!
11. Attitude Adjustment - Endless Sight
12. No For An Answer - Domino Principle
13. Vile Intent - Front
14. Mondo Gecko - Unknown Track
15. Punch - Get Back
16. Un Quarto Morto - Idiocrazia
17. Curmudgeon - Gran Machismo
18. Raw Power - I Hate The System
19. Riistetyt - Ei Hoitokeinoa
20. Youth Korpse - Disappear + Cop song

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Don't Be Swindle - Episode #3 Podcast - by the Other Will

This was pretty fun to do. Enjoy!

1. Doom- Circles
2. Sore Throat- Hang Norman Tebbit
3. Sore Throat- Filthchain
4. Gore Beyond Necropsy- Leavin' Here
5. Iron Butter- Willieburger
6. Final Exit- May
7. Asocial Terror Fabrication- Under the Dark Force
8. GoFuckYourself- Mormons Can Fuck Off pt. 2
9. Herpes- Seguimiento Falso

10. Electro Hippies- Gas Joe Pearce
11. Concrete Sox- Your Turn Next
12. Heresy- Despair
13. Attitude Adjustment- Warfear
14. Ulster- Morte Aos Velhos

15. Excruciating Terror- Human Error
16. Extreme Noise Terror- Cage Paralysis/ Think Outside the Box
17. Phobia- Infant Suffering
18. G-Anx- Life
19. Prophecy of Doom- title unknown
20. Napalm Death- Your Achievement
21. Masskontroll- Epilogue

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Don't Be Swindle - Episode #2 Podcast

Heresy - Dog Torture
Mihoen - Geinstitutionaliseerde Ideale
Vorhees - Feed The Poor
Neos - Destruct
Malicious Grind - Hardcore Wall Flower
DYS - Brotherhood
Bathtub Shitter - Fuck Hip Raper
Framtid - We Must Impart
Slight Slappers - Normal Life
Toast - Plastic Kill Order
Sea Of Shit - Mindless
Mindless - Diseased
Matka Teresa - Dirty Hands
Mind As Prison - Comp Song
Napalm Death - Unchallenged Hate
Magrudergrind -Stagnant
Bathory - Holocaust
Backslider - Predictable Epitaph
Dead Language - Short Straw
Low Threat Profile - Southern Hospitality
Brain Killer - Tranquilizer
Pull Out An Eye - Paper Soldier
State Violence - Song 2
Surroundings - Gluttony Of God
Coke Bust - Deathbed

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Don't Be Swindle - Episode #1 Podcast

Very first episode of Don't Be Swidle Podcast with Will Butler as your host.

Antidote - Real Deal
Lärm - Hippies
Satanic Malfunctions - Dealing Out Death
Electro Hippies - Run Ronald
Hummingbird Of Death - Where's The Fun
Quattro Stagioni - How Will I Live Tomorrow
Knuckle Scraper - The Thing
Hatred Surge - Society Sucker
World - IMONC
Ruidosa Inmundicia - Ello Son
Culo - Neighborhood Watch
Warhead - You In Corruption
Citizens Arrest - Serve And Protect
Ripcord - Aim To Please
Disrupt - An End To White Rule

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Too Early for Spring Cleaning

Every few weeks, I purge my record collection to make room for new stuff, and to get money to buy new stuff. There's no motive of gain, some sort of pyramid scheme, or anything like that. To me, records have a utility to them. I'm not a collector, I'm just a listener. So, when searching for something to listen to on any particular day, if I find myself combing over the same record again and again, then it's time for it to go.

One really helpful thing to note is that I don't always need to be a completist. Until very recently, I had a tentency to try to get every record from a band I liked. Sometimes this is a good thing because more records of something that I like is good. However, I finally started to realize that it's ok to like one record of a band persay, but not like their entire catalog. I don't need to keep holding on to their other releases, just because I like one of them. A good example of this is Coke Bust. I love their Fuck Bar Culture EP. It's so fast, and sounds a lot
like Heresy to me, who are one of my absolute all-time favorites. I was excited to get their LP when it came out, but when it arrived, I just wasn't as into it as I was that EP. So, that LP sat on my shelves for the past 2 years, until I decided to pull it out a few weeks ago, and give it another chance (another of my habits; to reevaluate stuff I thought I previously didn't like). Turns out I still didn't like it, so it's time to go.

This brings me to another point. I think that some bands can do in an EP what they can't always do on an LP. Almost any band can give a good 5 minutes or so at a time, but when it comes time to deliver over a longer span, it just loses the impact. Another fine example of this is the Insect Warfare side of the split with Carcass Grinder. I was really excited to get that record when it came out, and it was hell to get copies from the Czech label, who didn't seem that eager to distribute them to the US. I already liked IW at this point, but when I first heard that split, it blew my fucking mind. I couldn't stop ( and still can't) listening to it. It's basically 4 minutes of blastbeats, and ridiculous riffs. Then, when the LP came out, it didn't hit me in the face quite the way those 4 minutes did. This doesn't just go for grind bands either. I never quite understood what anyone liked about World Burns to Death. I hadn't listened to them in a few years, and then I got their split with Slang, and again was totally blown away. I wish that their LPs were as good as that one song. Perhaps it's easy to put a ton of focus, energy, and quality control into a small amount of music, and it's hard to obtain that same effect over a longer session.