Can't say much old punk resonates anymore, Xray spex though, great band. Jam too. And the pogues, still sound as good today. And hearing crass, brings back a time long gone. But wouldn't seek them out, heard too much good music in the meantime. Though last I heard them, some month or two ago, the song looped through my head for a week.... something about having known all their lyrics by heart I guess. I've found some stuff ages well, some doesn't. Sad to see Poly Styrene go though, she was a true talent. Sad to see the butthole surfers finally suck big time on their last tour, unless they issue some type of public apology or explanation for being so bad that even Paul Leary had to apologize for that. The extra sad thing is that the tour before they were totally on, it was electric, but I guess their inner band tensions just got the best of them. Their 80s tours were probably the best live music I will ever, and did ever, see. Every bit as powerful and intense as the Airplane in their heyday, I am assured by people who saw both. But they weren't punk, they were just the surfers doing their thing, although they did play a few punk songs here and there in their sets from their early days. Gary Floyd for example. But even those were punk with such a twist I'd call it just music.
But I have to admit, when I see new punk bands, I'm always thinking, ok, and you're playing exactly the same thing as I was listening to in 1979.. exactly why? I mean, the circle jerks covered the speed punk, doa the heavy fast stuff, there's only so much you can do with fast power chords.
Now for the new 21st century underground metal, that's some music worth checking out, seems to be where all the creativity has migrated to. Just saw High on Fire, excellent, Mammatus, excellent. Yob was an amazing surprise. Active scene here in the Bay Area. Om, can't wait to see them. I took a 10 year or so hiatus from going out to see heavier music, except the surfers, glad to see the scene is bubbling up so nicely now. Carlton Melton is playing tomorrow at the El Rio. Electric Wizard mentioned above, another good one. Aquarius records, in San Francisco, for those of you willing to date yourselves by remembering this, used to be one of the premier punk record stores, back when they were in the Castro if I remember right, but are now probably the best metal resource out there, they've kept up well with the times, even have a listening station so you can check out the vast array of metal and underground stuff they have. Or tune into kfjc.org, that has lots of great metal shows.
Flipper was great too last week, they still have it, great to see, though Will Shatter I miss greatly, rip. Hanging out with him at late night parties remains one of my most cherished if hazy memories from that era. Had a nice impromptu 3 out of 4 dk miniset, and as far as I'm concerned, the new singer is way better than Jello ever was. Heavy drone attack, is it metal or is it Flipper being their inimitable selves? Who can say? Glad to see at lest one of the bands from back then hold onto everything that made them great.
And of course, Roky Erickson puts all the kids to shame, his last 3 tours have been great, the young bands that back him always properly awed, and elevated above what they would normally be able to do.
With that said, last thing I'd want to hear out in nature would be punk rock, that's for the city, dank dark clubs... nature I want I want to listen to the songs of nature, and I'll never hear them if I keep sticking headphones on. Now mammatus and om, looking out over the pacific from a point reyes bluff as the sun sets into the pacific, that is not the worst thing in the world...
Agent orange is playing may 25 in Santa Cruz, but I assume that's going to be mainly their surf stuff, that's a show I'd love to see though, if I only had a car, grrr....