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miscellaniac on 10/26/2012 at 02:37AM

Halloween Costume Ideas Mix

Maybe you're still figuring out what to be for Halloween.  Maybe you need some ideas, and also the perfect soundtrack for sifting through your closet and that weird box under your roommate's bed to cobble something together.  This mix is for you.

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Uncle_Dracula on 06/04/2012 at 01:14AM

Backyard Mosh

This one's a good-time punk party to make those old teenagers dizzy and sweaty again... hell, it's for you teens all softened up by nowadays too! Turn it up, let's slam, pogo, and lose control. Here's a house full of punks ready for volume, Ma & Pop are away for the weekend, goodbye lawn! A full listen will result in cold pizza for tomorrow's breakfast.

-Uncle Dracula

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emcecil on 05/17/2012 at 03:45PM

Digital Stimulation: An Interview with the Units' Scott Ryser

Daily_texanSuicide may have lit the torch in the mid-'70s, but one could argue that by decade's end, its carriers lived on the other side of the country -- in San Francisco.  Sure, L.A. had the Screamers and some other odd ducks.  But SF hosted an impressive number of bent bands who used synths, tape machines and other electrical apparatus to extend punk's mutated left end by leaps/bounds.  Informed by avant garde composers and performance artists, fueled by apocalyptic abandon and paranoid pop twitch, groups like Tuxedomoon, Nervous Gender, the Residents, Factrix, Minimal Man, Chrome, and Pink Section would release timeless slabs of aggresively bizarre noise -- as would the Units, whose Digital Stimulation LP (415 Records, 1980) remains a personal favorite.  The album's a lush and moody salvo if there ever was one, and I was thrilled to ask former lead synth player and vocalist Scott Ryser (right) a few questions about the band and its M.O. by e-mail last week.

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