31 Mar 2008


“The ever-mysterious Culturcide started the same way as a lot of other D.I.Y.-era bands: by having their minds blown by Throbbing Gristle. Houston's Perry Webb and Jim Crane (who knew how to put out records) did the first single with later Culturcide regular Dan Workman, then Really Red's C.I.A. label released their classic? Year One LP (a completely re-mastered reissue is still in-the-works…). They moved to New Orleans where they started working on the (completely different) material that became their hit Tacky Souvenirs LP. And somehow most of Year One came out in Australia on a split LP with Hiroshima Chair (Tom Ellard's band pre-Severed Heads).” Chuck Warner (Hyped to Death)

Culturcide poster

The first time I heard about Culturcide was thanks to Idle Time, a great website focused on the Austin old punk scene. It was created by Dixon Coulbourn – who passed away few years ago.

Culturcide – Death Speaks (Gut Level One: A Compilation V/A Cassette)

17 Mar 2008

Venom P. Stinger

Venom P. Stinger – 26 Milligrams

5 Mar 2008


Today I received the Local Anesthetic CD compilation by Smooch Records, and it is simply amazing! It contains the complete story of this Denver label – based around the Wax Trax Records store – that helped to put out discs by now legendary bands like Defex, Bum Kon, White Trash, and (my personal favourites) Your Funeral and Frantix.


As for these lads, there was also a CD released in 2003 by Afterburn Records. Remember going nuts when I noticed about it, because at that time I was very curious for all bands with Flipper-esque references and noisy garage sounds. The songs compiled on the CD were from demo tapes and a live set recorded in 1983. By the way, anyone got their complete demo… or were there only four songs on it?

Frantix – FM Ear (Insane Tunnel Demo Tape, 1980)

Frantix – Vietnam (Duane Davis, 1983)

4 Mar 2008


Psychic TV – Catalan

Catalan is a short film/music collaboration between Derek Jarman, Genesis P-Orridge and Jordi Valls. The film was commissioned by a Spanish TV station in response to the Psychic TV track of the same name.