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Kamikaze Conniptions

ka·mi·ka·ze-"kä-mi-'kä-zE-adjective: having or showing reckless disregard for safety or personal welfare. con·nip·tion-k&-'nip-sh&n-noun: a fit of rage, hysteria, or alarm (went into conniptions).

Updated: 2014-10-06T19:26:08.057-07:00


Farce... Look!


Refugio del Crápula +34 976 292 535 Calle Mayor, 56, 50001 Zaragoza España

Marseille?... Ya Don`t Say..




`Nuff Said



Dejected, Lonely, & Drunk


(image) Come celebrate the Era of the Tabula Rasa in Paris this Saturday the 10th of July.

Mala Raza Presents...


Aryawn Reunion Gig in Spain

Sonic Drive-In, Not Drive-Thru...


Mystery gift provided by robotic drive-in employee. A little bit of everything for everyone. This mechanistic minion of corporate drive-in wage slavery is also a purveyor of fine weirdo folk or whatever neue-hipster label you wanna affix to his rampant musical meanderings.

Wooden Tit Bean Ice

Not Much Ashtray Dirt...


Garage rock from Philadelphia produced by Joe Talcum of the Dead Milkmen. Ashtray toured extensively with Afghan Whigs and Ed Hall throughout the '90s. They released a couple of 7-inch records and a full-length CD.

Here's a smidgeon of their self-titled CD:


One, Two, T'ree... Sing It, Nancy!


The first female MC in the reggae dancehall scene, Sister Nancy, began her musical career in the late '70s while working with her brother, Brigadier Jerry. Performing at Reggae Sunsplash and releasing a live album on Heartbeat Records, she quickly became a celebrity with the release of two LPs and a collaboration with Yellowman. She still performs occasionally but currently works at a bank in New Jersey, stating that she gave her career a rest so that other female DJs could step up to the plate.

One, Two...

Twist It, Bo!



A second installment of Bo Carter re-issues brought to you in 1973 by world-renowned record label Yazoo Records. The unusual approach he took with strumming the guitar makes him one of the masters of the blues guitar. In a genre where so many collections of musicians' recordings come off as repetitive, Carter's ability to maintain the listener's attentiveness to what he's doing with the guitar is quite astounding.

For those who are so taken in by his picking that they wish to try to emulate, there is an actual DVD devoted to studying his playing technique here.

Twist It Babe: 1931-1940

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O'Hell with Anok in the PRC


Dave O'Dell traveled to China in the mid-1990s as a foreign exchange student for a semester and wound up staying for 8 years. This period of time proved fruitful in the form of several jobs: writing for Beijing Scene, working for Pearl Printing's technology sector, developing and printing web promotions for bands on the Rock Records label, as well as some film work with IMAR Film Company (the first independent film company in China).

A chance meeting with China's first punk band, Gao Wei And Underbaby, led to many organized punk gigs, including the first punk festival, titled (you guessed it!) Punk's Not Dead. A shy friend by the name of Xiao Rong said he was starting a band called Brain Failure. Although, the first incarnation of the band didn't last too long, a new incarnation was started when Dave decided he would join as bassist and it wasn't long before the band became a hit sensation with Chinese youth. Brain Failure even went on to play in US musical events such as CMJ and SXSW in the late '90s/early 'oughts.

(image) The Anarchy Jerks are basically a Chinese Oi band. Their gigs are almost always followed by government repression of various sorts, which usually end with shows being shut down by cops with guns and in riot gear. They even played a rave in Yunnan province on a small island that was located outside of Dali, where police landed and demanded to know what a DJ was and whether raves were considered subversive. The police asked one kid if his wallet had some kind of political significance and used this as the reason for shutting down the rave.

Although, a Westerner may think that some of this music simply hearkens back to English punk and oi, it's amazing that a youth movement of this sort can flourish in such a repressive and contained environment.

Anarchy In The P.R.C.

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Not to be Confused with the Metal Band by the Same Name...


Although this CD is out of print, a Google search will show that excerpts of this album by Diamondhead have made it onto many online radio shows. This drone outfit was started by L. Eugene (Lonnie) Methe ("The New Obama"). Hailing from Omaha & Philly, Mr Methe sought musical refuge in Austin for a time and played live gigs with the rhythm section from The Young.

"...the entire album manages to sound like they're in the process of tuning up for a real gig that probably happened after someone turned off the tape recorder." - RKF, Dead Angel

"Throbbing rhythms and loopy experimentalism trade body blows. No one wins, but it sounds really cool."- Jon Worley

'Dirty Realism'

"You Could Call It a Gimmick but That’s Just Short-Sightedness..."


Originally released on Anomalous Records, this album was re-issued by Sublime Frequencies, where all copies quickly sold out! The sonic explorations captured by Robert Mills fit well within the parameters of the Alan Bishop recordings on the Sublime Frequencies record label so it's not a big shock that they picked up this auditory treasure.

(image) "Let Millis be your guide on this mini-odyssey through strange lands; great to listen to and also useful as an insight as to the one of many 'bedrock' influences on the work of this very singular band."
-- Ed Pinsent / The Sound Projector

Leaf Music, Drunks, Distant Drums


Drummond Up Business


Houston, TX- In 1965, Fred Carroll started a record label called International Artists so that he could market a band by the name of the Coastliners. It was a failed endeavor which led to him quickly selling the record label for $35 (the cost of the printing ink for the logo) to local lawyer Bill Dillard. Bill got together with Noble Ginther (another lawyer), Lester Martin (a recording studio owner), and Ken Skinner (of Tapier Music Corporation) and released a series of 45 singles that garnered very little recognition. It wasn't until they caught wind of an Austin act by the name of the 13th Floor Elevators and signed contracts for the release of You're Gonna Miss Me that people started paying attention to the label. After the Elevators' two Dick Clark appearances and a second run of the popular single, it wasn't long before the label felt in over their head so they hired Lelan Rogers from LA to handle their production and promotion. Shortly after this personnel addition, the label signed Red Crayola (later called Red Krayola), Lost & Found, Thursday's Children, and the Golden Dawn. The move to a psychedlic repertoire was extremely evident in the acts that they signed to the label. In 1968, the label started to suffer and Lelan left. IA decided to hire Fred Carroll back, who took over the tasks that Lelan had been brought on to do. Things started to perk up a bit with a release by Bubble Puppy and IA acquired a record plant in Nashville. However, the label officially filed bankruptcy in 1971 and little else happened until Lelan bought the rights to the Elevator's back catalog in 1975 and Roky Erickson & Mayo Thompson (of Red Krayola) resurrected their careeers. The unfortunate thing was that with all the interest generated in IA and the 13th Floor Elevators, the lack of output resulted in mass bootlegging of albums throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Japan. Lelan finally sold off the rights shortly before his death in 2002 after a legal battle involving the 13th Floor Elevators. A very thorough insight into this debacle can be explored in Paul Drummond's book Eye Mind: The Saga Of Roky Erickson And The 13th Floor Elevators, The Pioneers Of Psychedelic Sound. Although, some have questioned the integrity of what has been written there. In 1980, a 12-LP box set of International Artists' releases was pressed; it included re-issues of previous recordings, demos, interviews, and radio spots. Sunspots released a CD and LP of Epitaph For A Legend- capturing the high points of this box set- only a few years ago. It quickly went out of print and was issued yet again by Collectibles as a double CD. Here is the Sunspots pressing of this original single disk collection. Epitaph For A LegendEpitaph For A Legend Liner Notes[...]

Chumbawamba A Capella, or Chumbawamba, Yon Instrumentation Doth Slumba!


In 1989, Chumbawamba released an album of a capella songs of rebellion spanning many centuries. The 10-inch record did not sit well with the "punk public" who were still listening to "re-hashed versions of Feeding of the 5000." The staff of Maximum Rocknroll even had a staff meeting to discuss whether they would continue to do any write ups or interviews with the band and after a hearty discussion deemed the recording as "not punk" and haven't mentioned them much ever since. In Ian Glasper's book The Day The Country Died: A History Of Anarcho-Punk-1980-1984, Boff Whalley said, "On the one hand we thought it was ridiculous, and on the other we thought it was quite funny! Some of those people were just's no good getting all upset about it; we never said anyone had to like it; we just wanted to provoke them, to get them to try something different for once..."

English Rebel Songs 1381-1914

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Barraged by the Beatitudes of Borchert


Wolfgang Borchert, a German playwright during the Second World War, found himself sentenced to death by the Third Reich for his inflammatory criticism of the governing party through his writing and plays. He was sent to fight in the front lines as his punishment. Each time he returned wounded and was accused by the Nazi government of intentionally wounding himself in order to escape death in battle. A year after the end of the Second World War, he finally succumbed to his wounds but not before enjoying a bit of success for his work in theatre. His appeal lay mostly in his firmly held idea that the youth of Germany were not responsible for the sins of their fathers.

Aryawn's latest musical effort focuses specifically on the prose of Wolfgang Borchert. His written account of being a soldier expected to easily flow back into the structure of society after encountering the hazards of war are relevant to those who are about to return to a world that will never be the same for them. The musical approach on this new CD demo is quite different from the previous recording effort. Although there are hints of an alternative sound still present, it has fewer ties to the punk roots in Aryawn's first recording. It almost begs the question: Now that punk rock has grown up and given birth to children of its own... who is responsible for the most current sins being perpetrated on society?

Bush, Borchert, & Birkenstocks

Don't Tell Mom (the house burned down) Fest II


The first year anniversary of Aryawn will be celebrated tomorrow evening at the 2nd annual Don't Tell Mom Fest. The event is being re-located to the Wok House since House of Commons burned down two months ago and is currently being rebuilt. Donations for ICC (Inter-Cooperative Council) will be cheerfully accepted at the event.

Team Robespierre- Dirty sounds for dirty people!
Best Friends Forever- Celebrating 14 years of friendship!
Henry Sugar- Kill Henry Sugar? Never!
Aryawn- Defilers of genre...
Jaakko & Jay- "We are what we are, we are what we say and we say what we want. And just because we dont look like you, or act like you, it doesnt make us any better or worse."
Electric Mountain Rotten Apple Gang- AMERICAN FOLK RIOT!
THAT Damned Band- "The locomotive’s motives are to haul and deliver!"
Why Can't The English Teach Their Children How To Speak?- abcdeghijklmnowhycan'ttheenglishteachtheirchildrenhowtospeak?pqrstuvwxyz....


Seattle Gone South



Special Show on the Night Before Fun Fun Fun Fest!

Show starts promptly at 8 pm on 6 November 2008 at the House of Commons Co-Op smack dab in the middle of West Campus at 2610 Rio Grande.

Aryawn (You will believe that baboons can go hermaphroditic!)
Boogdish ('S'not your average one-man band!)
The Pharmacy (Heinous happy go-lucky hi-jinks!)
The Terrordactyls (Acoustic Wonder Rot!)

A Record as Long as Your Forearm



Aryawn's keyboardist suffered an injury yesterday. For now, the band is still planning on playing the gig.

Thank God, I'm a Contra Boy!... oh, wait a minute...


...that phrase was coined by someone else!


Austin Secret Photo Show- The Cat's Outta The Bag...


Aryawn will be performing an unusual set at the very first annual Austin Secret Photo Show.

Liane Ojito
Kristina Boswell
Night Viking (tentative)
Ethan Kennedy (tentative)
David Israel (tentative)


The Yawning Void Gapes at Us


The musical sealant to plug into the leaking dike of society.
This is the sound of Aryawn.

"Sort of like if Queen and James Chance had gotten together with Suicide and decided to perform a classical opera at Crass' house." -Stephen Canner (singer from Too Cool, Your Real Dad)

The Milk Of Human Kindness

Imaginings Made Manifest


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All but two copies of the first printing of Aryawn's CD demos have been given away but the songs are available for download on this 'blog as well as on

Aryawn on

Aryawn Nation as Opera


Video of Aryawn's performance at the bridge that was occupied on the anniversary of the Enrages blockades in Paris in the grand old year of 1968.


Act I: GW Bush awakens to realize that his dreams of power and conquest can no longer be realized through good ol' boy politics. He tastes the blood thirst of the Presidency and decides that things need to be taken a stage further than they ever have. After participating in a retreat that puts him in touch with his inner fascist, he performs a sacred ritualistic dance and raises the spirit of the wizened Ronald Reagan, who offers him all the power of his wildest dreams. Reagan's offer has a catch, though, and he inhabits the body of Bush in exchange for this unparamounted power. The deal is stricken and Bush rises to power.

Act II: Bush rises to power and the people of the US feel safe while under his sway. Mass celebrations occur across the country and everyone feels unified in their blind trust of his leadership. He embraces the soul of Reagan, who gains more and more control over his actions and thoughts. The soul fuck commences and the two become one.

Act III: Awareness slowly creeps into the consciousness of the American people as Bush's lies become more and more apparent. An opposing form of witchcraft makes itself manifest as the people perform their own spells and exorcise their rites. The exorcism casts the spirit of Reagan out of Bush's body, who screeches in horror at the sound of free speech in its purest form. Bush's own lust for power consumes him and he perishes in a flame of his own making. The people celebrate geniunely this time as they stomp out his remains, resolute in their decision to finally take their lives into their own hands. The burning embers scatter to the winds; some are frightened by this instantaneous freedom that has suddenly become foisted on them and they attempt to take refuge in the ways of the past but they are no more. Some revel and some are left in stark fear of where to go from here. They are already dead. The empty page stares us in the face; its blankness awaiting the touch of our pen. Do we dare make the first mark?


Now that you have a program, download a video of the show.

A spontaneous, unrequested encore video will be forthcoming.

Play Bridge


The day grows closer. The spirit of the Enrages beckons. Lee grows one year older. A silver spoon-fed mentally handicapped chimp prepares for his last days in the Oval Office. Hart Crane pines for old Walt.

The gig mentioned in the previous post happens this weekend (10 May 2008). The locale is a favorite haunt chosen by local bands of "lesser stature." In an attempt to break free from the confines of genre-specific gigs that most venues put on in this town, it was decided to intentionally set up a gig with bands comprised of differing musical styles so as to bring a varied fan base together to enjoy a night of musical mayhem. Show starts promptly at 2 am at the pedestrian bridge closest to Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas on Saturday night (Sunday morning, if you prefer). The show is free so don't miss it!

Bands in attendance:

Whale Fall (makes The Locust sound like the Indigo Girls)- 2:00 am
Aryawn (absolutely unclassifiable music that sometimes sounds like jazz, sometimes punk, and (in a rare moment) opera fronted by a guy with a Hitler mustache)- 2:25 am
Jerry Seinfeld's Atrophied Sac (free jazz that will make all parents believe that jazz has once again become the devil's music)- 2:50 am
Naw Dude (hardcore with a neutron bong)-3:15 am

If you miss church because of this show, then store credit for Heaven (TM) will be issued to you.

March into Madness


Does anyone pay attention to College Music Journal anymore? Did they in the first place? Looking at the magazine's website with its archaic layout (but really, can the term 'archaic' actually be used to describe graphic design that is probably not quite 5 years old?), it's kind of laughable to think that college kids actually read this shit to find out what's cool and hip. These guys were like the proto-hipsters before the variety of white belt strappin', angular haircut sportin' Romulans made the scene so the staff give off an air of being washed up in music critique business. If someone that reads this blog actually reads CMJ, feel free to drop a comment to blast how full of shit this perception is. It would be nice to know a little more about a publication that has been ignored for the most part. This CD was part of a monthly giveaway that came with the magazine when it was printed back in the '90s; a lot of people still didn't have access to the internet, so this was a great way to get new sounds out to people. No one cared about flexi disks any more... except for those of us who never gave up our penchant for vinyl in the first place! Beastie Boys: These guys don't need any introduction to most people. The tracks on this comp were taken from the album Some Old Bullshit, which featured their music from their hardcore beginnings before their mocking of rap music proved to pay more bills than playing gigs with Bad Brains. Solsonics: This LA-based manufacturer of grooves produced a pretty decent fusion of acid-jazz and hip-hop. Although, the vocal ramblings don't quite match the finesse of the other musicians, their re-workings of pieces by the likes of Ahmad Jamal are enthralling enough to suck you in and make you forget about the verbal fluff that occurs on the upper layers. Therapy?: Formed in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1989, this band's influences vary from Black Sabbath to Can to Captain Beefheart to Public Enemy to John Zorn. The band formed when the individual members met at a gig comprised of local bands. The opening guitar chords on this track are intense but beyond that it's pretty standard '90s pop-punk with a bit of grunge added for good measure. Failure: Although, one could state this is standard alt-rock faire, the guitar work and signal processing of this recording is pretty nice. One can definitely feel the impression of the finger print of Steve Albini in this recording; this isn't surprising as he produced the first album that Failure recorded. The quality of the drum track is a bit sludgy but it really goes well with the overall soundscape of the song. Jello Biafra joked about calling a band Failure; wonder if these guys ever heard that record...Texas: Blues rock hailing from Glasgow, Scotland. Sounds kind of like Bonnie Raitt gone rock 'n' roll. Famed for re-recording their song So Called Friend for Ellen DeGeneres' comedy sit-com.Luna: Hints of Jesus & Mary Chain if they were strictly acoustic- but only during the verses. Then this really silly schmaltzy chorus goes into effect, ruining the vibe of the song. Apparently, two of these band members got married after playing together for over 15 years and for some reason people are making a big deal about it. Now, if they were same-sex, then that would be some news!Bruce Cockburn: If you know anything about this Canadian musician, then you know that he has an incredible amount of output. The myth is that he[...]