(drawing by Raymond Pettibon)
Take heed of the silence of mind in sound.; the serenity of frenzy. Those records that have moved you, shook you, crushed you, those records that you have risen to, hold on to them, use them wisely. Hold on to the music, it's as necessary as oxygen, sleep, bathroom visits, I'm sure of it. Here is a list of bands, records, albums that have, and continue to be, my salve.
Minor Threat: Complete Discography
Charles Bronson: Complete Discography
Husker Du: Zen Arcade, New Day Rising, Flip Your Wig. Everything Falls Apart (a collection of singles), Metal Circus
Ramones: Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia, Road to Ruin
Angry Samoans: Back to Samoa, Inside My Brain (These cats could care less about who they offend; very audacious bunch out of LA)
Bikini Kill: First Two Records, Rebel Girl, Pussy Whipped, Reject All American
All of Charley/Charlie Patton
Anything by Slim Harpo
Anything by Andre "Mr. Rhythm" Williams
The Cramps: Songs the Lord Taught Us, Psychedelic Jungle/Gravest Hits
D.O.A. War and Peace
Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, In God We Trust, Inc., Frankenchrist, Bedtime for Democracy, Plastic Surgery Disasters, Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
The Damned: The Damned
Breaking news: Just received, via postal service, the galley of Paul Legault's The Other Poems, and when I say you should be excited about this new volume of poems, I mean you need to be excited, Sally. Please, reserve your copy today, you will not be disappointed. The poems in this volume, if you're not familiar with Mr. Legault's work are humorous, erudite, and austere. The poems come pregnant with wit, and unmitigated deftness. Thank you, Paul Legault.
Fucked Up: The Chemistry of Common Life
G.G. Allin: Always Was, Is and Shall Be
Zero Boys: Vicious Circle
The Krays: Inside Warfare, A Time for Action New album, Sangre, coming soon. Support this quartet of punkers, please.
The Truents: Everyday of the Week
Melvins: Eggnog, Bullhead, Mangled Demos From 1983, 26 Songs, The Maggot, et al
Misfits: Static Age, Walk Among Us
Black Flag: Damaged
Mission of Burma: Signals, Calls, and Marches, Vs., ONoffOn, The Obliterati
The Queers: Beat Off, Grow Up
Sonic Youth: Goo, Sister, Daydream Nation
Vice Squad: No Cause for Concern
X-Ray Spex: Germfree Adolescents
Wire: Pink Flag
The Muffs: The Muffs, Blonder and Blonder
A.C.: Top Forty Hits
Circle Jerks: Group Sex, Wild in the Streets
Fear: The Record, More Beer
The Smiths: The Smiths, The Queen is Dead, Meat is Murder, Strangeways, Here We Come
Morrissey: Viva Hate, Bona Drug, Your Arsenal, You Are the Quarry, Ringleader of the Tormentors
The Trashwomen: Spend The Night with the Trashwomen, Trashwomen vs. Deep Space
Las Vegas Grind collection (Crypt Records)
Nirvana: Bleach, Incesticide, Nevermind, In Utero
Teengenerate: Get Action!
The Stooges: Fun House, The Stooges, Raw Power
Screeching Weasel: Boogadaboogodaboogada!, Wiggle
D Generation: D Generation, No Lunch, Through the Darkness
The Make-Up: Destination: Love-Live!, et al
To be continued...
Book of the day: The Book of What Remains by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I would like to thank Mark Bibbins, and Copper Canyon Press for providing me with a copy of Mr. Sáenz's wonderful book.
Tomorrow: Last post for this old dog: A roundtable discussion with Jeff T. Johnson, Claire Donato, Allison Power, Amanda Smeltz, Mark Guarie, Christine Neacole Kanowink, David Blasco. It promises to be very interesting.