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Hope Show 34 – the lowdown

Hope Show 34 – for absent friends

1. Rocket Juice and the moon – Hey Shooter
2. Grant Hart – The Argument
3. Mike Watt – Against The 70’s
4. Goldblade – Riot Riot
5, Panthro U.K. United 13 – Sound of a gun
6. The Evens – Wonder Why
7. Matana Roberts – Secret Covens
8. Barry McCormack – The Road to Tyrellspass
9. Glimmermen – Peace at Last
10. David Grubbs – A Dream to help me sleep
11. Midday Veil – Sun Stone
12. Hunx and His Punx – Mud In Your Eyes
13. Blast – Winding Down
14. Funeral Oration – Still IN A Punk Band
15. The Pukes – GLC
16. Zounds – Deportee
17. The Lives Of Millionaires – Act One Scene One
18. Southport – Fade Away

My daughter is getting into the Red Hot Chili Peppers and she switched me on to Rocket Juice and the moon. It is a collabaration between Damon Albarn, Flea and Tony Allen. It’s an interestng album shooting off in all quandrants with a very funky background (funky bassline, who’d have imagined that?)

I played Grant Hart a coule of weeks ago but want to get back to this album. I’m feeling pretty nostalgic today. I’m thinking of Seamus Heaneys family and how the death of one man has received pretty much universal approval in expressing sadness and empathy. His 2 sons have been to a few Hope gigs and one of them played drums in the Lawnmowers. Mike Watt featured heavily in their musical education so I’ve played Grant and Mike for them.

I’m also nostalgic because my son lost his Semi-Final today. He loves uplifting music and what is more uplifting than Goldblade . We played this song as a battle cry last night. Didn’t work though!!

Panthro UK United 13 is some mouthful. This band changed their name to Black Cougar SHock Unit but along the way released a criminally underated album, this is from that

The Evens released their third album this year, the odds. I’m just throwing this in so You don’t forget it.

Matana Roberts is a really interesting person, full of free jazz and rhythms that will have you all over the place. I played Secret Covens as it’s 1min53secs – didn’t want to get you too worried

I’ve been thinking of Dublins history a lot of late. I visted the excellent Dublin Tenement Experience and would have been at the lockout commemoration today if it hadn’t of been for the aforementioned semi-final. Rather than delving into our history I’ve taken the recent album by Barry McCormack (well 5 years is recent) and the new album by Glimmermen to celebrate Dublin today. And I won’t mention the All-Ireland Semi Final v Kerry as that could well be over by the time you read this.

David Grubbs voice is one I could listen to forever. I first came across him in Squirrel Bait and then Bastro. This rickets and scurvyy album is a beauty. No other word for it don’t ya think

Midday veil have a new album called Current (how long this that title stay relevant for?) coming out next month on Translinguistic Other. This is from that, I’m looking forward to the album.

I’m enjoying the Hunx and His Punx album, more than I should I suppose. It’s raw punk rock us style. Not too disimilar to Black Flag (who I played last week) and Blast who are next. Actually totally not similar at all but coming from the same place if that can be possible

I love Funeral Oration – tuneful punk rock from the Netherlands that dabbles in a US hardcore sound. They didn’t play rebellion this year but would have been a welcome addition.

The Pukes and Zounds both played Rebellion and gave me the opportunity to get both these records and share them with you. I played Deportee as it is a poignant memory of times when people left Ireland to travel unfriendly land, much like what this country has become. 100 years after the lockout what has changed? Maybe we drink coffee and wine and have nicer clothes?

The lives of millionaires remind me of the world we are chasing, the world of bankers and big bucks, the world we hope isn’t too alluring for others, but we just can’t seem to change it can we?

In memory of Big Jim Larkin, James Connolly and Seamus heaney I play Fade Away by Southport who have just announced their decision to stop playing as a band (damn shame).

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Hunx and His Punx – Street Punk

Hunx And His Punx
Street Punk
Hardly Art

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Seth Bogart started Hunx and His Punx in 2008 and this is their third albm. Hunx is Seth’s alter ego and the Punx are two women playing obnoxious US hardcore with an almost riot grrl feel.

The first time I had coffee I spat it out and said why would people drink this garbage. There’s so many other hot drinks out there in the world. Street Punk reminded me of that time. Initially I found it awful. I wanted so much more. its basic u.s. nearly 80’s hardcore feel had me very interested. But the obnoxiousness? Does the world need another obnoxious record? Listening to songs about Bad Skin, Blondes, being a pussy is about as interesting to me as watching a soap opera on tv. However some of the music is compelling.

So I’m in a quandary here. I don’t know what to say or think. Hunx is Seth Bogart’s alter ego. Seth is making a statement, trying to be obnoxious in a world that causes him hardship as a gay man. Shannon Shaw and Erin Emslie are his punx and they want to scream, they wanna be in your face and they are sneering all through. There’s two great songs, You think You’re tough and I’m coming Back rocks with sing along songs. There’s other parts that remind me of LA punk in a great time for LA punk if only they wanted to sing about something different!

Maybe they’re of a different era but the world they find obnoxious still exists and maybe that’s the real shame.

niallhope

Lazy way
Bad SKin – obnoxious
Everyone’s a Pussy – and why?
You Think Yoy’re tough – great track, bikini kill playing the germs?
Born Blonde Hair Die – Song about a Hair Dye?
I’m COming Back – Punk rock us style
Mud IN Your Eyes – I wanna keep playing this
Street Punk – Communist eyes and Liberal Guys sung to perfection
Don’t Call Me Fabulous – rasps at ya
Rat Bag – from the gutter
Egg Radi on Mojo – Early Beastie Boys Cover, fast and direct
KIll Elaine – Riot grrl with that loud raw punk sound
It’s Not Easy – It’s not easy being me, bluesy, rocky and filler?

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