Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Los Straitjackets - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Aaaah so appropriate, so festive. Dig the "Runaway" lick thrown in there. That's good enough to make Del Shannon want to unkill himself.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Christmas with the Vandals

so not the most original choice for a christmas song but it is still one of my favourites so in it goes.

Fishbone - It's A Wonderful Life

OK, so Thanksgiving is over and I love Christmas! Look forward to some G13 Christmas surprises this year. We're really trying...
Let's kick this holiday season off with some Fishbone, shall we?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Moon Records - Skaface Comp 1988

Here a sample of something from my record collection. It's out of print, so I don't feel wrong posting a little nugget.

Ska Face!! The first American ska comp by Moon Records in 1988. This beauty contains recording debuts of bands like Let's Go Bowling, Donkey Show, No Doubt and Skankhead (the pre-Skankin' Pickle.) I love it so much I''d buy it again. Rad cover art by (I believe) Bob Fingerman who also did The Toasters Skaboom! cover. The tracklisting is as follows

Side 1: Toasters: ska killers; Bim Skala Bim: shoes; Rhyth o matics: skatalation; The Scofflaws: rudy's back; Donkey Show: feeling nice; Let's Go Bowling: b*t@h
Side 2: New York Citizens: dance; Crucial DBC: don't run away; No Doubt: everything's wrong; The Boilers: bal man jump; Skankhead: circus skank; Thick As Thieves: 12th street; Exterminators: big talker

Do you like No Doubt? I Well, I like this song alot.
  • No Doubt - Everything's Wrong

  • P.S. I love hearing your feedback!

    Thursday, November 16, 2006

    Moneybrother just made my day and broke my heart at the same time. They plan to release a new cover record, "Pengabrorsan" in only a few weeks. Great news, right? Well, it's a swedish-only limited release! nooooo!! Oh well, based on the new video, "Dom vet ingenting om oss" they've cheered up a little from "To Die Alone"... Which is great news! Apparently some of the bands they're covering are Donna Summer, Operation Ivy, My Morning Jacket, and Otis Clay. There's also duets with Jerry Williams and "Howlin" Pelle Almqvist from The Hives. It looks like they also have a song called "Falling in love (with Christmas Time)". How amazing is that? Maybe it's a Monster cover. One can only dream...

    Dolly Madison Cupcake Commercial

    Ok, so this pretty much won't be special to anyone besides me and Parka, but I thought I'd post it anyway. Here's a commercial for Dolly Madison Cupcakes featuring an angel (our older sister Rachel) and a devil (a pre-superstardom Corey Feldman). It's lame, but good for a laugh.

    Wednesday, November 15, 2006

    Elvis Costello - I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

    According to Record Collector (No 91): " Costello had been signed to Radar in 1978, via a licensing deal from Riviera Global Productions. Radar collapsed towards the end of 1979, and so Elvis's manager Jake Riviera alighted upon the Specials' 2-Tone label as an ideal venue for a holding operation - a one-off single - until Elvis sorted out a deal for the Get Happy!! album. WEA, who had distributed Radar, were less than delighted: they felt they had a stake in Costello's career by virtue of the success of the records they had distributed for him, and so they obtained a court injunction to stop the 2-Tone single being sold.

    By March '80, the situation was clarified: F-Beat was set up by Riviera as an independent company, but WEA continued to distribute their records. In the meantime, there were several thousand 2-Tone singles to dispose of. These were handed out free to the audience at a London's Rainbow Theatre gig. Several months later, Riviera pressed up a few thousand more of the 2-Tone singles, and these were given away at London and US gigs".

  • Elvis Costello - I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2006

    Today: Disney's Gummi Bears out on DVD

    Yaaaaay! I'm very excited about this release. I loved the Gummi Bears! Seasons 1-3. It was was my favorite show, and that's not because it features the voice talent of my elder brother Christian as Cavin (who played him until his voice changed) and the legendary Bill Scott, AKA THEE Bullwinkle who played Gruffi (until his heart attack). This show was brilliant for it's time. Action, adventure and Gummi Beary Juice. Help a brother out! Pick it up today!

  • Gummi Bears DVD at Amazon
  • Friday, November 10, 2006

    Slade's Skinhead Phase

    Slade explains (and basically apologizes for) their skinhead phase early on in their career. Funny, though, because I like 'em anyway and I think the song they're playing is pretty nice... But it definitely doesn't look right.

    Thursday, November 09, 2006

    (Not French) Pop Thursday: Majestic 12 | Nothing on TV

    Circa: 1996, from the genius mind of Scott Schultz, aka "The Sea Ghost","Harry S. Schultz","Phantasmo Del Mar" and also, "My Cousin Scotty", came the MJ-12 who later evolved into the brighter, poppier "Majestic". This entire album was beautiful and horribly under-rated. That was my post mission soundtrack. I listened the crap out of it. Scott is also the co-creator of Yo Gabba Gabba. I love him. I attended the Newport Beach Temple with him and my brother Christian this morning. We were edified. But I digress...

    The Majestic 12. Find it.



    Earlier this evening we received an email from someone called Donald,

    The email contained a link, pointing to:,,

    (Copy and paste the link on to one line. The two commas at the
    end of the first line ARE part of the URL)

    The text on the site reads as follows:

    “We require extras for a shoot next monday (13th Nov.)

    Applicants must be available for a full 14 hour day.
    We are looking to cast 4 police officers ( 3 male, 1
    female), 4 criminals and a prostitute.

    Each individual will be a featured character in the
    video, so potentially good showreel material. The
    video is for a track from a forthcoming feature film
    and will be played on music channels throughout Europe.
    The band, Madness, will be starring alongside 2
    comedians who appear in the film.

    We can offer £40 for the full day and a DVD copy of the
    finished product for use on your showreel. This will be
    a great experience for aspiring actors and extras alike.
    Only serious applicants should apply.

    Please apply now for auditions or more information.

    Payment details: £40 for 14 hour day

    Created: 7 Nov 2006
    Applications accepted until: 13 Nov 2006
    Application criteria: Males & Females aged 18 to 60
    from UK

    If you click on the 'apply now' button found on the page at the above
    link you will be prompted to sign-up. The ever-helpful Emma Southerby
    has dug into this a little more, and tells us to take part in the shoot
    you have to sign up to either a subscription to Star Now's services (a
    minimum of 6 months) or pay a one-off fee of £23.70.

    Before paying any money we recommend you read the site terms and
    conditions as there is a LOT of legal mumbo jumbo to plough through.

    This is the only info we have on this. We have no idea who the person
    is who sent us the link, or how genuine the company are.

    If you decide to get in touch with the company in an effort to get on
    the video, please let the rest of us in on what's happening (or if you
    have to keep your lip buttoned - what went on!)


    Rob Hazelby

    Wednesday, November 08, 2006

    Scandinavian Choirs

    So this is what I learned today:

    The Swedish are happy to meet you and the Finnish only complain.

    See for yourself.



    By the way, "Let Me Introduce My Friends" by I'm From Barcelona (the swedish band) is one of my favorite albums of the year. I highly reccomend it.

    Thursday, November 02, 2006

    French Pop Thursday: Pschitt!

    I almost forgot that today was French Pop Thursday! Well, when I want a pop, I reach for my favourite beverage! That's right, a nice bubbly refreshing glass of Pschitt! It's the best Pschitt ever and everyone knows that you can only get the good Pschitt from France. ....Mmmmmmm

    Petter feat. The Club Killers

    Swedish rapper, Petter featured Club Killers on one of his songs, "Vad Som Går Runt Kommer Tillba" from his 2004 CD, "Ronin". As a bonus treat, Anders Wendin (aka Moneybrother) is featured on another track,"Showdown", which I like even better.

    Here are both songs. Because I love you.

    Petter - Vad Som Går Runt Kommer Tillba (feat. Anna Maria & Club Killers)

    Petter - Showdown (Feat. Moneybrother)

    More of the Club Killers

    Ok due to popular demand I must oblige. More from the Club Killers. This is from the Burning Heart Records compilation, "Heart Attack Vol. 1"

  • Club Killers - Some Of Them A Bawl

  • Now go buy "Two Nights With Club Killers" on Amazon


    Wednesday, November 01, 2006

    The Club Killers

    Kids, it's time we get to know the Club Killers. You might already know that Tyler and I are the Nation's advocates for Sweden's Monster and MoneyBrother. GOGO13 even wrote a song about it. I feel like we are America's only fans. I say that because when Moneybrother played last year at the Troubador(their first American gig) we were the only ones that were there for Moneybrother and greeting them as fans. Yes they are genius and they've even won a Grammy in Sweden but nobody in the states has heard of them. Well regardless, Gustav Bendt and Viktor Brobacke of both Monster and MoneyBrother have put together the Club Killers. A 15 piece club ska, r'n'b and reggae power house. I believe the line-up also includes members of Ska Wars.
    Now watch this video. I mean it.
    Now go buy the album....and then buy me one.