Shirt: Stereolab - The Underground Is Coming 1999 Tour
Color: Baby Blue
Brand: Hanes Beefy-T
Source: in 1999 I went to see Stereolab for what i think was the last time. it was def the last time i would see them as complete band, so sad. a few years later Mary Hansen would be hit by a truck while riding her bicycle and would die. Stereolab would never recover and never be the same. she gave the band a distinct sound that was easily recognized and in my opinion really really missed.
This how in particular was a good one too, the Filmore in SF with Olivia Tremor Control and PapaM (aka Dave Pajo from Slint and Zwan). I bought this shirt and this 7” and some how ended up losing the shirt, or it was stolen, or wherever the shirt vortex is that they go to. whatever it is, this shirt went into it. until recently i found it again and we were reunited. the vinyl..its funny i don’t feel any connection to that at all, but this shirt takes me back.
Source: Finally got around to breaking out a few gems that i got from a fellow Tumblr user. stoked to be able to cherry pick a few great shirts and keep them alive for another decade or two.
the Damned is just one of those bands that paved the way hard for so many bands to come. i feel like they should be getting royalty checks from every new punk band for making their lives easier. this band was punk when people were still figuring out what being punk meant. they are hard OG’s that deserve lot of respect. i tip my hat to them fellas.
Source: this is from a Pig Pile box set that was purchased sometime in the late 90’s. actually this isn’t the EXACT shirt. that one was ruined and i recently after much stewing over how much i missed it found and acquired another. i forget sometimes how good this band was. Pig Pile box came with a Live VHS. it never really ever occurred to me of the box was a bootleg or not i think it was official but back then you bought stuff at Tower Records and so you assumed it was all legit form distributors.
Source: for some reason i was awaken today with this old Mr. t song stuck in my head called “fill in the Blank.” luckily for me i had this shirt sitting on top of a pile of stuff and it was here to complete the circle for me. i will undoubtedly go put on their album “Big Black Bugs Bleed Blue Blood,” and inevitably end up listening to the entire Mr. T Catalog. why? cause i can. i encourage anyone out there who hasn’t ever discovered this band, to get a start on it. they were a solid cornerstone to my teens and twenties.
Source: im not ashamed to admit it. i never listened to Mudhoney that much as a kid. I’m mean i listened to it but i didn’t hear it.
I had records and listened to them, but much like the White Men Cant Jump scene i felt like i wasn’t HEARING Mudhoney. i say that because when i listen to them now i enjoy it way more. i find parts in it that are so iconic and sound masterful i can’t believe i didn’t notice them before. It just goes to show that you can always return to music that you know is good but didn’t either gel with or appreciate as much as you could’ve.
Source: another Band I’m really psyched on seeing at fyffest next week. since 2008 Ty Segall has put out at least one album a year. normally i am a fan of editing. meaning just because you wrote a song and recorded it doesn’t make it good and you don’t have to put it out. but Ty seems to have it in him to crank out not only many great songs, but can also make each album sound unique whether it be album collaborators like White Fence (my fav collar he has done)
which is kind of an amazing album i think. Cause i think when you crank and write like he does you only really refine your craft. you get more technical, more comfortable, and confident. Manipulator to me is an album that is just telling people, oh you think i can only make a garage album..well suck on this! its got hooks, great production the works. it rides that fine line like i think In Utero did where it was polished but still punk with the roots fully in there and obvious.
Luckily for me, not only is he playing fyffest but he is also doing 4 Nights at the Echo in Los angeles, where he undoubtedly could play every song he has ever written in a row. who knows what he does. but i bet each night will be fucking good and he will def melt some faces and blow some minds.
and he has some great support bands, like the Zig Zags and Endless Bummer. click the image to buy tickets if you will be in the LA area. cause lets face it, you are dumb if you don’t. but i mean that in a nice way…like you would kick yourself if i told you 10 years form now you could a seen him 4 nights in a row at the echo. you low what i mean? go buy manipulator when it comes out. its fucking good. Ps this is not a paid advertisement. i just get hyped on this guy who does rad stuff.