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I like: !!! (or Chk Chk Chk)

This was released 12 years ago, can you believe that? 2001.

That same year a friend and me went to see The Locust, The Oath, JR Ewing and Kid Commando at Meeths, a youth club in Gothenburg, Sweden. The small venue was packed with kids selling their DIY stuff, stuff from their DIY-distro and so on.

I remember that all four bands got the crowd moving, but The Oath was the fiercest. The crowd even got into a (small) circle pit, which eventually resulted in the vocalist getting stuck in the middle with the microphone chord wrapped around his leg. Great fun.

Another fun thing was the fact that Justin Pearson (of The Locust) was bobbing his head to the music, as if he was playing in a 60s pop band. Awesome.

The Locust is not a 60s pop band…

And the vinyl? I still like some of the tracks very much, for example “KooKooKa Fuk-U”, “Intensify” and “Feel Good Hit of the Fall”.
Listen to !!! – !!! (vinyl tracklist).

I like: the Hated (or Desmond Outcast & The Transplanted Heroes)

Troubleman Unlimited was one those labels that didn’t have proper distribution in Sweden back in the days. Most of it you’d have to post money all the way to New Jersey to get.

I remember sitting on my apartment floor, listening to it over and over, when I got it. “Two People Blue” sounds almost like acoustic drone pop. Awesome.

I like: Barbed Wire Kisses

Got this on the way to the market on Portobello road. I think it was 18 years ago. Still fucking awesome. I mean “Don’t Ever Change”, ” “Psycho Candy”…

I like: my old vinyls

Did you know that José González used to play in a hardcore band? Yep, it’s true. Renascence was a hardcore band from Göteborg, Sweden. A quintet with Mr González on bass plus backup vocals and Elias Araya on drums. Araya and González play together in Junip now (Araya also do cover art for González solo releases). There you go, white vinyl and all.

And me, I like my old vinyls.

I like: Cavallaro with that Latin Beat

Ten years ago I had a thing for exotica. You know Martin Denny, Les Baxter, Yma Sumac etc…I picked this up back then. I don’t know why I liked exotica that much, it’s such a weird genre…that’s really pure fake. Or pure fantasy if you wanna stay positive. Even though it has lost it’s charm, I still find the whole world of tiki and exotica fun…it’s kitsch you know. You don’t have to love it all, to enjoy it in some way.

By the way, last time in NYC, I picked up two shirts at Screaming Mimis: one hawaiian shirt and a bowler shirt with pink flamingoes on it’s back…well, there you go.

And I guess many genres are fake, as well as many artists. In some cases it bothers me, in other it don’t.

Don’t even know if Cavallaro qualifies as exotica artist…

Oh oh oh, I’m selling prints now. More info on that soon, but in the meantime check

I like: Swing Kids seven inch

Ok, this is a little weird, since I don’t know if this is a Kidney Room Records release or the the re-released on Three One G (As Three One G #2). Why? Well, I picked up a couple of records, took some pictures. Then I put the records back in my chaotic collection and did something else. Well, needless to say…it would take me a while to find it again. Anyway…

About 13-14 (?) years ago I started working at a cemetary. After the first week was done I decided to give myself a treat, a couple of records. This was one of them, I think.

This was so exciting to me, everything from the cover art and how the music sounded to the jazz references. This was when I started to explore the noisier parts of the hardcore world. And I never looked back.

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