Monthly Archives: July 2010

First Look: Street Sweeper Social Club EP


They’re more than a
band, they’re a mutha fuckin’ social club: brand new
The Ghetto Blaster EP drops August 10 on SSSC/ILG.


By Jose Martinez


The militant brainchild of Rage Against The
Machine’s Tom Morello and The Coup’s Boots Riley, Street Sweeper Social Club
isn’t as incendiary as Rage but it’s definitely a proud middle-finger in the
air amongst the current rock pack. Aptly mixing rock and hip-hop, this isn’t
the frat boy, date rape fare we’ve come to associate with the rock ‘n’ rap
moniker. Aiming for a Clash meets Ohio Players vibe, the seven-song EP includes
raw covers of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” and LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You
Out.” While the EP’s title track continues in the same vein as the band’s
relentless debut, “The New Fuck You” finds them in rough and ready mode
creating music that would be proudly blaring at a Panthers party back in the
day. In the ‘70s they said the revolution will be televised; well, it
definitely now has a soundtrack. And as Boots declares on the LL Cool J cover,
We’re more than a band, we’re a mutha
fuckin’ social club


NOW PLAYING: July 2010

Highlights of what’s been running through the speakers here at OUTLANDOS HQ the last month or so:

1. The Kissaway Trail, Sleep Mountain

Danish outfit, very Death Cab for Cutie. Honestly, the jury is still out but so far, thumbs up; meaning, I didn’t reach over to shut it off once through the first listen — and that’s saying something :-). I also did reach over to turn it up a couple of times, most notably for “New Lipstick” and the cover of Neil Young’s “Philadelphia.” Summary: take a risk.

2. David Chernis, Music for Super 8

Sure, sure… I might be biased. But this is beautiful. The guitar-balls behind the original Damnwells‘ lineup releases his first solo project, a complete 180. Instrumental. Restrained. Surprising. Eclectic. Enjoy []


A Triple-A radio programming veteran, Kate has served as Music Director of the Loft at XM, Midday Host at WYEP, Evening Host at both WNCS and WUIN, as well as Content Supervisor for Pump Audio. Currently, she’s the CEO of Outlandos Music, a new-music discovery service for grown-ups. Kate has been nationally recognized for her ardent presentation of music and her ability to champion talented, compelling artists.

Mogwai Film Screens Online Next Tues.

“A visionary collaboration between Mogwai and La Blogotheque directors
Vincent Moon and Nathanael Le Scouarnac”: on your computer screen July 27 for
one showing only.


By Blurt Staff



Awhile back we filled you in on the upcoming Mogwai concert
Burning, due on DVD Aug.
24 and to be accompanied by a slew of screenings in August and September. Before it hits the big screen, it will be available for
fans to watch on a smaller screen – directly on your computer, world-wide. On July 27th, Burning will be streaming live on websites and blogs via
Ustream in real time.

This special screening will happen just
, at 12pm PST/3pm EST, on July 27 – that’s this coming Tuesday.


Directly following the
screening, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite and director Vincent Moon will be answering
fan submitted questions about the film offering fans an opportunity to interact
directly with the masterminds behind this creative project.

A full list
of current 40+ participating websites are available on and also listed below.


Meanwhile, watch for the next print issue of BLURT,
due in September. We’ll have a story about the film along with an interview
with Moon.




Bradley’s Almanac
Bright Light Blog
Consequence of    Sound
Daily Swarm
Drowned in
Grimy Goods
Hard Candy Music
La Blogotheque
Love Shack,
Muzzle of Bees
Pigeons and Planes
Prefix Magazine
Second Life
Some Velvet Blog
The 405
The Audio Perv
Culture of Me
The Decibel Tolls
The Line of Best Fit
Music Slut
The Needle Drop
The Quietus
The Walrus
Y Rock on XPN



Your Chance to Film the Stooges!


See the teaser trailer, below, featuring Iggy
and Handsome Dick Manitoba. You, too, can be the next great concert


By Blurt


On Friday,
September 3rd,  Iggy and the Stooges will be
performing Raw Power  at the All Tomorrow’s Parties bash, so in
conjunction with this MVD Entertainment Group has launched the In The Hands of
the Fans  site ( to
offer fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to film and interview the band.


Six aspiring filmmakers will be chosen by way of a video
submission contest to join director Joey Carey on location at the Stardust Theater at Kutchers’ Country Club
in Monticello,
NY, for the Stooges show. The contest is based on fans submitting short high
definition video segments asking Iggy
and the Stooges interview questions, or demonstrating why they should
win the contest. Winners of the contest will film and interview Iggy and the
Stooges at All Tomorrow’s Parties. This fan shot footage, along with the
contestant video submissions, will be crafted into a high definition longform
program, which will be part concert film and part reality TV show about the
journey of the fans.


It’s slated
to be released on DVD in early 2011. Look for a broadcast as well. And MVD is
already talking to other artists about mounting more In The Hands of the Fans
shows. Go to the website link above for submission rules and more details.



Three Mile Pilot Returns!


First album in
over a decade, The Inevitable Past Is The Future Forgotten
is out
Sept. 28 on Temporary Residence Ltd.


By Blurt Staff


The rumor of a new Three
Mile Pilot album has been circulating for over a decade, further fueling
the mystery and mythology that has swirled around the San Diego trio since the
1997 release of what was thought to be their swan song, the enormously
influential Another Desert, Another Sea.


Formed in the early ’90s, the group released a debut album
to a fair amount of acclaim, followed by Chief Assassin To The Sinister,
an album that garnered the attention of Geffen Records, with whom they signed
for all of one album. After enduring the major label wringer, the group
released Another Desert, their most emotionally resonant and
commercially successful record to date. Shortly after, bassist Zach Smith
formed Pinback with Rob Crow, and singer-guitarist Pall
Jenkins began a new project with Three
Mile Pilot keyboardist Tobias Nathaniel. Both projects were meant to
coexist with 3MP; however, both Pinback
and The Black Heart Procession
became unexpectedly popular.


Cut to 2010 and The Inevitable Past Is The Future
, the first Three Mile
Pilot album in 13 years, and the first to be written, performed,
recorded and produced entirely by the original three members in their own home
studios. As such it is the most uncompromising album since their inception
– it also just happens to be their most accessible. While Pinback and The Black Heart Procession were obviously influenced by 3MP in
their early days, the inverse can now be heard, with many of the songs on The
Inevitable Past
bearing the unmistakable and inevitable stamps of Pinback and The Black Heart Procession. This circular influence is what makes
the album so brilliant; instead of a proper hiatus, 3MP’s progression was
charted vicariously through its members’ other groups. As such, The
Inevitable Past
makes good on the promising glimpses heard through a long
but breathless wait. 




1. Battle

2. Still Alive

3. Grey Clouds

4. Same Mistake

5. What I Lose

6. Left in Vain

7. The Threshold

8. One Falls Away

9. Days Of Wrath

10. Planets

 11. What’s In The Air

12. The Premonition



Report: Sting Symphonic Tour In Cincy


The erstwhile
Police-man takes his greatest hits out for a ride and brings the Royal
Philharmonic Concert Orchestra with him. Spotted July 20 at Riverbend Music
Center in Cincinnati.


By Steven Rosen


While Sting certainly has no problem writing an ebullient
pop song whenever he wants, there’s a strong ruminative streak to his solo
material. Sometimes, he so painstakingly works at trying to find the right
lyric for the melody, the right instrumentation and tempos for the mood, the
right imagery for the idea, that the songs themselves don’t come alive beyond
their arresting titles. His voice, strong and plaintive, can only move them so


That’s why it was encouraging to hear he was going on tour
with the 45-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Steven
Mercurio. (He also recently released Symphonicities, featuring orchestral arrangements.) Unlike pop, classical doesn’t have to worry
so much about a song’s overall momentum or even sense of whole. It can
highlight and punctuate individual passages, and build satisfying bridges
between them, through the endless ways that string, woodwind and brass sections
can add coloration. Add rhythm and percussion to that – a cinch for anyone
schooled in rock ‘n’ roll – and Sting with orchestra should lead to some very
sophisticated pop – make that Pops – music.


I tried to remember that when he closed the first half of
his show at Cincinnati’s packed Riverbend Music Center – an outdoor venue with
a roof – with the punkishly frenetic Police nugget, “Next to You.” The
orchestra was wailing away at top volume like ELO tackling “Roll Over Beethoven,”
complete with a fooler time change right in the song’s middle. 


Who doesn’t love stuff like this – big orchestras playing
straightforward rock ‘n’ roll really, really loud. But do we need them to?
Don’t rock bands already do that well enough? At what point does this become
bombast? To Sting’s credit, he really only used this gimmick twice – the other
time was with “She’s Too Good For Me,” a good-natured, revved-up excuse to let
the different orchestra sections stand up and swivel some hips.  (Mercurio, moving quickly to keep up with the
beat, got the best workout of anyone.)


Otherwise, Mercurio wisely kept the orchestra subdued on
Sting’s most melodic ballads, like “When We Dance” and “Fields of Gold,” to
avoid overkill. The orchestra sweetened them a bit, especially the opener “If I
Ever Lose My Faith,” whose slow build to rousing chorus is the perfect vehicle
for an orchestra to methodically layer on sound to reach a flourish.


The arrangements really helped his more melodically complex
and even theatrical songs, adding drama. The best example was the 1980s
warhorse “Russians,” which Mercurio prefaced with a reading from Mussorgsky’s
forebodingly powerful Boris Godunov. This
added apprehension and intrigue to Sting’s more introspective, quieter song
(and performance). There was also a mournful trumpet solo midway through, which
gave this song about the Cold War a nostalgic tone. Sting added to that,
probably, by recalling how the threat of ruinous nuclear war probably kept the
Russians (and President Reagan) in check. “Our current ideological adversaries
don’t seem to have that ethic,” he said. “I kind of miss the Russians in that


Sting donned a black coat with blood-red cuffs for the
vampyric “Moon Over Bourbon Street.” Here, the string section provided a tense,
biting accompaniment. At one point, Sting played a theremin while the three
overhead video screens showed images of Nosferatu. The orchestra worked well
for this showy tune, helping it transcend its inherent artificiality. (It even
ends with Sting giving a werewolfian howl.). The fact there was a hard rain
during it, with lightning streaking the sky, helped.)


But there were weaknesses. Sting introduced “I Hung My
Head,” his murder ballad from Mercury
by recalling how much he liked American Western TV series as a
boy. Sure enough, the arrangement sounded like a theme from Bonanza or The Big Valley, a borderline-soundtrack-y overture that drained all
the sorrow right out the song. And Sting’s harmonica playing couldn’t restore
it. Comparing this to Johnny Cash’s stark version of the song underscores that
sometimes less is more in pop music.


Sting’s own group included longtime guitarist Dominic
Miller, stand-up bassist Ira Coleman, and back-up singer Jo Lawry. Her
presence, by the way, was problematic. A willowy blonde, she was placed upfront
to Sting’s right where she couldn’t hide. So she tried to maintain a constant
stage presence, swaying and smiling to the music. But the attention she
garnered was out of proportion to her role in the concert, even though her
voice sweetened his on numerous songs, especially the lilting “When We Dance.”
(On their one true duet, “Whenever I Say Your Name,” her singing was too strong
– it felt like a dated power ballad.)


Too many older rock acts go the symphonic-accompaniment
route to extend the shelf life of their material by sanding the rough spots off
it. They’re out to make it palatable to a non-rock crowd, not make it art. But
there are younger acts – the Decemberists, Belle & Sebastian, Airborne
Toxic Event – doing some interesting experiments with orchestras. At 58, Sting
is old enough to take the safe route, but seems to really want to use an  orchestra to reveal detail and enrich the
musicality of his older material. He’s not consistently there yet, but one
hopes he stays with the effort.



Devendra, Beck for John Martyn Tribute



singer-songwriter passed away in January of 2009.


By Fred Mills


The terms “legend” and “influential” tend to become
meaningless with overuse, and when combined with the term “tribute album” one
typically shudders in horror. In the case of the late UK folk pioneer
John Martyn, however, we’ve got the proverbial exception proving the rule. He
died on Jan. 29, 2009 at the age of 60 and you can read our obituary along with
a personal remembrance from yours truly right here.


Word now arrives from Martyn’s official website (via
Pitchfork) that a tribute album is “well underway” featuring an intriguing
roster of artists – among them are Beck, Devendra Banhart, Beth Orton, the Cure’s Robert
Smith, Vashti Bunyan, Vetiver, the Swell Season and two genuine left-field
entries, the Blind Boys of Alabama and Sonia Dada (who even knew the latter
were still around?). No label or release date has been announced yet bu “further
details as they become available,” says Martyn’s site. Here’s the lineup so


Stormbringer – Beck
May You Never – Snow Patrol
Small Hours – Robert Smith (From The Cure)
Rope Soul’d or Sapphire – The Blackships (Nick McCabe and Simon Jones from The
Go Down Easy – Beth Orton
Let The Good Things Come – David Gray
Couldn’t Love You More – Lisa Hannigan
I Don’t Want to Know – The Swell Season
One World – Paolo Nutini
Sweet Little Mystery -Devendra Banhart
Go Easy – Vetiver
Head & Heart – Vashti Bunyan
Solid Air – Skye Edwards (Morcheeba)
Over The Hill -Ted Barnes featuring Gavin Clark (from Clayhill and Unkle)
Glorious Fool -The Blind boy’s Of Alabama
Anna – Brendan Campbell
Dancing – Sonia Dada
Certain Surprise – Sabrina Dinan
John Wayne – Oh My God
Clutches – Foley (Miles Davis Bass Player)
Angeline – Nicholas Barron
You Can Discover – Cheryl Wilson






Exene Has a Bad Day w/Film


Short film by Exene
Cervenka (X, Knitters) and Modi Frank stars Dave Alvin, Michael Blake, Kevin
Costne, John Doe, Chris D, Julie Christensen and others. Made in 1986, the film has never been seen by
the public – until now. Available on a “pay what you want” basis,
with all proceeds going to Gulf
Coast aid organizations.
See the awesome trailer, below.


By Blurt Staff


The film is called Bad
and it’s the brainchild of Exene Cervenka and Modi Frank. Go to the
official website (
for details on how to watch it. Here’s how it all came to pass:



Over dinner
one night in the good ol’ days, Exene Cervenka,
writer/singer for the celebrated Los Angeles band X, and independent filmmaker Modi Frank brainstormed a
shoot-’em-up starring their talented and twisted circle of friends, of which
every member was headed for a full-size future in music, movies, and more.


This was the mid-80s: a time when
there were no prepackaged labels like “alternative” or “indie.” There was only
punk rock, and you either were or you weren’t. For a very short time, punk
music and its fans symbolized anything and everything that wasn’t buttoned
down, bar-coded, or flag-waving. There were still some strings attached to our
modern “do it yourself” attitude for women, though, so when two music scene
chicks wrote, cast, produced, directed, and shot their own film, our being
impressed didn’t come off as patronizing.


Exene and Modi wrote Bad Day together
as a salute to the roots-rock and cow-punk scenes that were flourishing in Southern California at the time, and also because they
were surrounded by artists and musicians who were eager to work together. They
wrote the script to capture a moment, to protect an important picture with a


Exene was always running around
back then with her Super 8 cameras, shooting X’s tour footage and more. She was
a natural cinematographer: perfect to shoot our film
,” remembers Modi, who
served as the film’s director. As co-producers, Modi and Exene cobbled together
a crew, costumes, funds where possible, and of course, the players.

Casting began with the role of “Tripped-out Cowboy Priest” being filled by X
front man John Doe, inaugurating his enduring push into professional acting.
Joining Doe is prominent Los Angeles writer-poet
Doug Knott, as well as Chris Desjardins, author, producer, and creator of those
L.A. punk
pioneers, The Flesheaters. Also coming aboard was Chris D.’s then-wife,
folk-jazz singer/songwriter Julie Christensen.


Grammy Award winning American
roots-rock scholar and former Blasters lead guitarist Dave Alvin narrates the story
and plays the film’s wandering, dusty troubadour. Fittingly, Bad Day’s acoustic
soundtrack comes courtesy of Dave Alvin and X’s D.J. Bonebrake and is infused
with their love of all things California.


The role of “Little Mae” is played by
Jenny Aust, daughter of rock critic Chris Morris, whereas “Town Sheriff”
features author Michael Blake, who a few years after the making of Bad Day would be best known for his Academy Award-winning adaptation of his novel, Dances
with Wolves
. Blake’s buddy, Academy Award-winning director and actor Kevin
Costner also signed on as a lovable guy whose sudden inheritance turns him into
the nevertheless-still-charming town drunk.

The late and dearly missed Peter Haskell, an artist-photographer whom Bedlam
Magazine described as a “generous, talented, larger-than-life guy who led a
determinedly bohemian lifestyle
,” approached his own role (as the villain)
the only way he knew how – with passionate dedication to Modi &
Exene’s vision of the story’s notorious gunslinger, Johnny R Walker.


Shot in 1986 at a secret location
near Chatsworth, California, the short film features an
inspired cast of irregulars playing the residents of a small town on a bad day.
Call it what you will: a cow-punk time capsule, a mock-Western, a guerrilla
film forerunner – or just plain proof of a time when everyone didn’t take
themselves so seriously. 

“Everyone came through, it’s a great cast,” observes Exene today. “I’m glad we captured our friends on film.  We all just jumped off the
cliff, artistically. We were fearless. While the torrential rain and mud
helped make the story, it was crazy to shoot through such heavy weather.
 Modi and I had so much fun writing and making Bad Day.  It was one
of the best times I ever had.


Photographed on black and white film
by Exene Cervenka, directed by Modi Frank, and written by Modi and Exene in
1986, Bad Day is a wayward tribute to the early silent film days of
one-reel Westerns. It’s a short film that throws a saddle over the back of
mid-80s punk, yanks the reins of shoot ‘em up satire, and smacks this horse’s
ass with the anything-goes spirit of its two gifted creators. Not bad for a
film only rumored to exist until now.



MP3s: Classic Arab Strap Deluxe Reissues


First two albums
expanded as double discs featuring a wealth of BBC material.


By Blurt Staff


On August
17 Chemikal Underground will reissue Arab Strap’s seminal first two albums “The Week Never Starts Round Here” and “Philophobia”. Not only do both albums
include a bonus disk of previously unreleased BBC material, but the reissues
also mark the first time Chemikal Underground have been able to offer these
albums together digitally.  


Full details on them,
courtesy the label, appears below. Meanwhile, check out a couple of free MP3s
from the Strap:


The First Big Weekend from “The Week Never Starts Round Here”


Packs Of Three from “Philophobia”


But wait, there’s more – how about an MP3 of an unreleased song too! This track is not on the reissues and has only appeared before on the Chemikal Underground box set:

      Daughters of Darkness



Release details:


After gate-crashing the
Britpop party in 1996 with ‘The First Big Weekend’, Arab Strap went on to
produce eight albums (six of them on Chemikal Underground) over a period of 10
years.  Reflecting now, over a dozen years after these first two albums were
released, we can start to appreciate just how influential Moffat and
Middleton’s output actually was.  Favourites of Conor Oberst, Underworld
and Helena Christiansen; they are regularly cited as primary influences for
bands like The Twilight Sad and, in Aidan Moffat’s lyrics, they shone a light
under the rock of sexual politics with so much truth, honesty and insight that,
had it not been for the fact they were so funny and, well…accurate all the
time, we would have been barely able to look.


Acquaintances on the Falkirk scene, Aidan and Malcolm became
friends in 1995. They soon began making music together, telling twisted tales
of messy sexual encounters, shit jobs, titanic drinking sessions and the
twisted chemistries of human relationships. They called themselves Arab Strap
after a sex toy Aidan spotted in a porn mag.  Signing to Chemikal
Underground, their debut single, The First Big Weekend, would become a
cult classic: a tale of Aidan and Malcolm’s adventures on the weekend Scotland
were knocked out of Euro ’96, in September of that year.  In the years
that followed, we were given countless glimpses into the intimately private
lives of our two protagonists, whether they were pondering the risk of STDs (on
Philophobia‘s Packs Of Three) or wondering if they’d get to shag
that friend of the cellist from Belle & Sebastian (the Peel Session of I
Saw You
on The Week Never Starts Round Here’s bonus disc).


These CD reissues come on the back of
Arab Strap’s luxuriously packaged box set, ‘Scenes of a Sexual Nature’, which
celebrated in exhaustive detail the band’s recorded output from 1996 – 1998 and
in particular their first two groundbreaking albums: their debut ‘The Week
Never Starts Round Here’ (1996) and its spectacular follow-up ‘Philophobia’
(1998).  The CD reissues of these albums now find them respectively
bolstered to a double CD format, with each album including a BBC Peel Session
and BBC recording of two landmark live performances.  Revisiting these
albums now reminds us why Arab Strap were one of music’s most precious
commodities: a fearlessly original band who were strangers to compromise.


“No one really writes honest, hateful love songs. The kids never hear it like they should hear it –
they should know about the farting, the fighting and the fucking, the pain and
the pleasure.”


  • 1996 debut ‘The Week
    Never Starts Round Here’ with updated artwork.
  • 1998 album ‘Philophobia’
    with enhanced lyric artwork.
  • Each CD now has a bonus
    CD of BBC material featuring:

    • Arab Strap’s first two Peel Sessions
      (from March 1997 & March 1998) the first of which features guest
      appearances from members of Belle & Sebastian.
    • Arab Strap’s first ever gig in its
      entirety, recorded for the Peel Show at King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (October 1996).
    • Arab Strap’s six track live set from
      T in the Park 1998





“The Week Never Starts Round Here” (Original)


1. Coming Down

PEEL SESSION 1 (March 1997)

2. The Clearing

1. The Smell Of Outdoor Cooking

3. Driving

2. Soaps

4. Gourmet

3. I Saw You

5. I Work In A Saloon

4. The First Big Peel Thing

6. Wasting

King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (Oct ’96)

7. General Plea To A Girlfriend

5. Intro

8. The First Big Weekend

6. General Plea To A Girlfriend

9. Kate Moss

7. The Clearing

10. Little Girls

8. Kate Moss

11. Phone Me Tonight

9. Gilded

12. Blood

10. Driving

13. Deeper

11. I Work In A Saloon


12. Phone Me Tonight


13. Blood


14. The First Big Weekend



“Philophobia (Original Double Album)


1. Packs Of Three

PEEL SESSION 2 (March 1998)

2. Soaps

1. Packs Of Three

3. Here We Go

2. Piglet

4. New Birds

3. The Night Before The Funeral

5. One Day, After School

4. Blood

6. Islands

T In The park (1998)

7. The Night Before The Funeral

5. Girls Of Summer

8. Not Quite A Yes

6. New Birds

9. Piglet

7. Here We Go

10. Afterwards

8. Soaps

11. My Favourite Muse

9. Afterwards

12. I Would’ve Liked Me A Lot Last Night

10. I Would’ve Liked Me A Lot Last Night

13. The First Time You’re Unfaithful





Frontier Records Turns 30 w/100th Release


Just say yes to the
classic punk and proto-Americana the label championed


By Blurt Staff


This year marks the 30th anniversary of Frontier Records, which was founded in Los Angeles in 1980 by Lisa Fancher. Frontier
was one of the first independent labels to document the nascent L.A. and O.C.
hard-core punk rock scene before branching out into other scenes and sounds
such as the so-called “Paisley Underground” and (always) guitar-based
bands along with genres such as goth, alternative country (proto-Americana at
that), pop and more. Bands releasing records on Frontier include: Circle Jerks,
Adolescents, The Weirdos, TSOL, China White, Redd Kross, Thin White Rope,
Heatmiser, Young Fresh Fellows, Christian Death, Dharma Bums, American Music
Club, The Long Ryders, The Three O’Clock, The Pontiac Brothers, Naked Prey,
Flop and many more.


To celebrate the milestone, Fancher will be reissuing the
classic 1979 punk compilation Yes L.A. (originally a one-sided picture disc LP from the Dangerhouse label containing
tracks by X, the Germs, Black Randy, the Alley Cats, the Eyes and the Bags; the
title was a play on the previously released No
New York
no-wave compilation). This will be Frontier’s official 100th release – a milestone in itself.





“When I founded Frontier Records
in 1980, I had no idea what running a record label entailed, I just wanted to
turn other people onto the local bands I loved,” said Fancher, in a press
release. “It’s pretty cool to have outlasted so many independent – and major –
labels thirty years later but what really still makes me want to continue is to
continue to release great music that still needs to be heard. Especially now!”


In late 2010, Frontier will
re-release the digitally remastered Christian Death classic Only Theater of
with Rozz Williams’ original artwork as well as Dangerhouse’s Yes
compilation and other nuggets soon to be announced. Additionally,
Frontier has always been a vinyl-oriented label, which considers the limited
edition colored vinyl LP their calling card – so expect more colored wax
reissues in the coming months.


A 30th anniversary
event honoring Frontier Records is in the works and will be announced shortly.


The back story…


Among the first to tap into the
Los Angeles
punk scene, Frontier Records’ initial success was releasing the classic Circle
Jerks record Group Sex. This was later followed by Orange County’s
Adolescents’ debut known as the Blue Album TSOL’s Dance with Me and Christian Death’s Only Theatre of Pain. However, it was the
eponymous debut LP from Suicidal Tendencies that spawned the unexpected MTV
smash “Institutionalized” that put Frontier on the map. If you caught the
Don Johnson vehicle Miami Vice episode featuring Suicidal, you’d know the
mainstream finally caught up with the underground.


In light of these early
successes in punk rock, it is easy to overlook the fact that Frontier has also
released well-known records from bands from a variety of genres:  The Long
Ryders, Thin White Rope, The Three O’Clock, Young Fresh Fellows, American Music
Club and Heatmiser, Elliott Smith’s first band. All of these groups and more
released full-length-albums on Frontier Records that were as important to the
labels evolution as any punk rock angst the label is best known for.


Perhaps most importantly, a
woman starting her own independent record label in an overwhelmingly male
dominated music industry in 1980 was key in shattering the notion that ‘chicks
can’t rock’.  Simply put, women didn’t start their own record labels then,
especially in the testosterone-drenched L.A.
punk rock scene. For founder Lisa Fancher to have survived as an indie label
for thirty solid years on, having seen her fair share of record distributors go
belly up and put her label in financial jeopardy, makes its survival almost as
impressive as its inception.


Having begun her music career as a
teenage clerk at the Bomp Records store on Magnolia Blvd in North Hollywood-
concurrently fan club president for L.A.’s The Dickies and publisher of
Biff!Bang!Pow! fanzine-  Lisa learned the ropes on how to jumpstart an
indie label from the best possible mentors a person could have, Greg and Suzy
Shaw at Bomp Records. While her first success came from releasing soon-to-be
classic punk titles by new bands, Fancher gradually delved into the world of
reissuing out-of-print catalog as well, including Born Innocent from
Redd Kross, two legendary slabs of punk vinyl from The Weirdos: Weird World
Vol. 1 & 2,
Dangerhouse Vols 1 & 2 featuring crucial 45s by
X, The Avengers, Weirdos, Black Randy, et al.), the Adolescents’ Complete Demos
1980 – 1996 and The Middle Class’ compilation Out of Vogue.