četvrtak, 25. listopada 2012.

Descendents - Live at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010

I think there's a T-shirt with this motif. I have to have it.
So, I'm using my honeymoon as an excuse to visit the wonderful Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas, and to commemorate the joyous occasion, I'm sharing the Descendents' set from the 2010 edition of the festival. To my knowledge, this was their first show since 2002; they were replacement headliner for DEVO, who had to cancel due to their guitarist's hand injury. I do have a lot of respect for DEVO and I love their first LP, but man, I can't imagine how UN-disappointed I'd be if  I was among those waiting for DEVO's replacement, and then learning that it would be the fucking DESCENDENTS!

Anyway, the show is pristinely recorded, the setlist is great, and although Milo isn't exactly Pavarotti anymore, after a few songs of getting used to his singing you'll love it. You can watch the (almost) whole professionally recorded thing up on Vimeo, but for some strange reason, two songs (compare my track listing with the photo of the setlist) have been skipped. I've managed to find a listenable recording of "Clean Sheets" on YouTube and added it to the end of the show, but "Pervert" will probably remain lost forever. I hope the remaning 29 tracks will help you get over that one. =>

Track listing:

1. Descendents (2:11)
2. Coolidge (2:43)
3. I Wanna Be a Bear (0:41)
4. Rotting Out (1:58)
5. Nothing with You (2:29)
6. Coffee Mug (0:38)
7. Hope (1:58)
8. Sour Grapes (3:46)
9. Pop (0:37)
10. She Don't Care (1:51)
11. Myage (1:59)
12. I'm the One (2:22)
13. When I Get Old (2:28)
14. Talking (2:34)
15. I Don't Want to Grow Up (1:26)
16. I Like Food (0:16)
17. Cheer (3:15)
18. Suburban Home (1:44)
19. Silly Girl (2:19)
20. Everything Sucks (1:36)
21. Get the Time (3:44)
22. Wienerschnitzel (0:09)
23. No, All! (0:07)
24. I'm Not a Loser (1:47)
25. (encore break) (0:55)
26. All (0:11)
27. Uncontrollable Urge (Devo) (3:03)
28. Bikeage (2:27)
29. Clean Sheets (bonus from different source) (3:22)


Look at them! <3

utorak, 16. listopada 2012.

KUD Idijoti - Zbrka pjesama (Tusta 1955-2012)

Branko Črnac Tusta, the singer of Croatia's (and earlier, Yugoslavia's) longest-lived and best-loved punk rock band KUD Idijoti, has passed away two days ago, after battling cancer for almost two years. It's hard to explain even to myself exactly what this means to me. He and the band he was fronting for 27 years have been the entry point to punk rock for almost every punk fan in Yugoslavia aged between 13 and what, 43? He has been openly and passionately voicing his support for antifascist and antinationalist views during every moment of his long (but still not long enough) career; even, or perhaps especially, during times when this was least desirable by the majority. He was always present, always available and always approachable; Facebook is right now flooded with what seems to be a picture of every kid alive next to him in a club, at a show, in a restaurant or on the street. I don't think I have ever visited his town of Pula without passing him by somewhere on a street, and feeling happy and proud that I KNOW and FEEL and SHARE the amazing music he was making. The songs he sang contain more love for People than any national anthem ("people", not "A people"); and I believe they'll last longer, too. Their use of the red five-point star has gotten them in trouble both when it was a beloved state symbol, and later, when it was a hated reminder of a communist past; I think the reason was that they understood the symbol better and have done it more justice than either of their prosecutors. I have seen lots of their shows, and was never less than overwhelmed after they finished. I have seen them in small clubs, at huge open-air festivals and also at a neighbourhood celebration in a park between buildings; and no matter whether I paid 5, 450, 70 or 0 for the show, no matter whether they played with D.O.A. (who reportedly insisted the headliner/support roles be reversed, fearing appearing on stage after them), Kraftwerk, Anthrax or Franz Ferdinand, their show was always the best one of any evening. I have never had second thoughts about traveling for 200-300 km to see a second Idijoti show in a month; now that they are, incredibly and unbelievably, gone, I'm sorry I didn't go see them two times a week. I know I am rambling, but it's so hard to come to terms with the end of a thing, a relationship if you will, that has been here for me since I was fifteen, and for others, well, basically since before I was born; and that has provided me with reassurance, love and happiness through countless tapes, LP's, singles, CD's, shows, bootleg MP3's, archive YouTube clips, interviews, quotes, singalongs at shows, parties, beaches and parks, and a few exchanged words and a handshake, just to have a little feel of the person behind all the aforementioned. Tusta was not a saint and I don't want or need to paint such a picture of him; we are all faulted, all shorter and uglier than our ideals, but for me seeing a regular guy reach for the stars, be they red and five-pointed or otherwise, means much more than contemplating a faultless imaginary friend of a god, saint or angel variety. What Tusta has been doing for most of his life will always remain a significant part of who I am and who many others, similar or different to me, are; and for creating and nurturing this part of me, I am forever grateful.

With this post I am including a scan of the original KUD Idijoti lyrics book, "Zbrka pjesama", from 1988. Perhaps it'll help some of the future singalongs be more accurate wording-wise, now that Tusta cannot lead anymore.

And if you need a reminder on how great they were, there are six excellent old shows in this earlier post.


I'm no exception. Pula, 2005.

srijeda, 10. listopada 2012.

Galebovi - Two Little Girls

This 1989 tape by alternative rockers Galebovi ("Seagulls") from Osijek has been floating around the Internets for a while, but it seems to me that all the other links where it could previously be found are now dead, so I am sharing it here. It's nice enough late-80s rock, quite Serbian sounding to my ears, featuring lyrics by Osijek writer Delimir Resicki; fans of YU-alternative rock might like it.

Track listing:

1. Sjene na vodi (2:13)
2. Bulevar sumraka (4:39)
3. Rekla si (2:53)
4. Kraljica spava (3:56)
5. Kapela (3:47)
6. Tko je (2:01)
7. Zastave (2:02)
8. I Wanna Be Your Dog (1:46)