Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Johnny Volume Awards Ceremony!

Okay so it took me a long time to post my favorite incomplete list of records of 2010. There was some grey area, due to the inclusion of a Best Of 2010 mix tape. I wanted to make a few things clear, and the next few blogs which I hope are timelier then they usually are, will address those thoughts. And so, welcome to the Johnny Volume Awards Ceremony (J.V.A.C.) to address what really mattered to me this year, like anyone cares. The first, and really most important, my award for artist of the year, Good Men Die Like Dogs, from right here in good ole Arizona.

There are many reasons for Good Men Die Like Dogs winning the artist of the year for J.V.A.C. the first being, they are amazing people. I genuinely like them as people, if you’ve had a conversation with any of the three you see what I mean. But you don’t win the J.V.A.C. Artist of the Year for merely for being, umm good men. You have to make great music, and boy do they! Billy is a truly fuckin’ honest songwriter; I have always appreciated that about him. I remember upon hearing that Parkway Wretch broke up being bummed out for a number of reasons, but one of them was the last batch of new songs were amazing, I could tell Billy was on a roll. Well here we get a brand new band in 2010, Good Men Die Like Dogs, with not only Billy as Parkway alum but also Nasty D! And moving to the drum kit was the recently relocated back to Arizona Fuck You Ups guitar player Abe Ruthless. I remember hearing about Good Men before I had actually seen these good men play, interest was obviously peaked, and a recent project I was involved in, the Personality Disorder comp. had to include them, if for no other reason then for their mere existence as good men. But holy shit was “Spilling On The Floor” quickly becoming on of my favorite tracks on the comp!

I was assembling my birthday show, when these fine men were asking to be a part of it, of course! They had slayed me with one recorded track, what else was in store? I think they were great, really I don’t remember, it was my birthday, I was getting married the next week, I was pretty drunk! But the good men of Good Men Die Like Dogs were pressing a 10” and for my birthday had presented me with a test press of that record.

I took it home, and played it over and over and over again! Oh fuck, this was the roll Billy was starting at the end of Parkway and continued with this new band…Needless to say I LOVED it!

I remember professing my love of the record to Billy as he told me about their next record they had just recorded, Postscript.

The songs on the record would string together in the form of a letter. Sounded very interesting, I was intrigued, couldn’t wait to hear it, and of course picked it up first chance I could. I have to admit before I played it I was worried, concept records usually work as just that, a concept, yikes, would this be the point where they had jumped the shark? Fuck no, they are a pop punk band, who write, great songs! Each track stands out on it’s own as a great song! Proof, I picked one song off of this record to be in on my Best Of ’10 tape. Remember when I said many records were left off that tape because it didn’t fit the confines of a mix tape? Obviously it fit the parameters of that rule! Slam Dunk #3 of the year for the Good Men!

Good Men Die Like Dogs still had one more release to give us before years end, and this time a split 7” with friends and comparatively younger kids on the block, That’s Life!

This time with three different colors cause folks like me and Nate Cause Dizziness need all variants! Green, Black and mix! Two more great tracks, especially any one mentioning going to the record store!

(Green, Black And Mix Repectfully!)
Good Men Die Like dogs did in 2010 what most bands don’t do any more, and that is make shit happen for themselves! They got together, wrote fuckin’ great songs, and put out three records in one year! That doesn’t happen any more, and nothing feels more rewarding then falling in love with a band and having them give you a comp track, a 10”, a 7”, and a split 7” all within the year they formed! Thank you Good Men Die Like Dogs! Thank you for giving a track to a comp I was a part of, thank you for being a band, thank you for being honest, and truly amazing in every way! And congratulations on being the Artist Of The Year in the utterly useless Johnny Volume Awards Ceremony!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Top Records Of 2010*

Well like nearly everyone I know, I have my favorite records of the past year. I have made this tape with a bunch of songs from said records as well, if you want one email me, and maybe I’ll have some left to send you, no promises though!

I have a serious problem ranking the records I do love from the year, and used to pain over deciding if a record deserved #4 or #5, but no longer. They are like my children and can’t place an order. So with that in mind, the tape was separated geographically only, Side AZ bands, Side Bands from other places! And like any good mix tape I tried to make each song segue into the next and create some sort of mood, rather then just placing tracks next to each other for some other reason. It’s kind of like what I try to do whilst DJing. Sometimes this is an utter failure and it all sounds like shit, but sometimes, and I think this tape showcases this, it comes together very nicely to make up a mix that is enjoyable to listen to, if I don’t say so myself. So, having said that, this tape doesn’t feature a song from all of the records I loved last year. For example the Off With Their Heads record IN DESOLATION, would push come to shove make my top 5, but no track from that record made the tape. One reason was that I seriously couldn’t find the right spot in the mix for it. And two, almost all of you have probably heard it…Now with that in mind here are some records I loved last year….What did you dig on?

Tape track listing...
Side AZ

1. The Answer –Casket Life

2. Sea Monster –Japanese Monsters

3. Complimentary Close- Good Men Die Like Dogs

4. Forever Alone –Tradewinds

5. Dear Mom- That’s Life

6. Again & Again & Again- Royal Monsters

7. Like Fangs –Cagematch

8. Reign Of Death & Raining Blood & Death & Stuff- Hotdog!

9. Painter –Earthmen & Strangers

10. Lonely Summertime – Lenguas Largas

11. Seems Like A Flusher –Rumspringer

12. Ex-Mas- The Chortys

13. Eclipse – Destruction Unit

14. Have You Ever Been Hit By A Flying Saucer? –Al Foul

15. Outlaws Billy The Kid & Clyde Barrow –Chip Hanna

16. Lonely Has A New Name – Tony Martinez

17. Truck City –Flathead

Side Bands from other places

1. The Envelope Song –The Arrivals

2. Simple Pleasures In America –The Arrivals

3. Effortless Amnesiac-Swingin’ Utters

4. Tears In My Beers –Mean Jeans

5. Drink To Win –Modern Action

6. Amazing Race –Boats!

7. Public Domain –The Dopamines

8. Substandard –Sundowners

9. The Other Side –Marked Men

10. Past Due –Potential Johns

11. Get Our Kicks –The Spits

12. You’ll Always Be My Girl-Vacation Bible School

13. Cindy’s Gonna Save Me –Young Governor

14. Last Caress –Dum Dum Girls

15. Bound –Parting Gifts

16. Haunted – Black Wine

17. Breathe Out –RVIVR

18. The Night Accelerates –forgetters

19. Higher Education – The Stitches

*=This can not be overstated, THIS IS IN NO WAY A RANKING!!!!!!!
(But those last two were my favorite two!)