11.28.2013

BLACK FLAG








































"what the..."
Year:  2013
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  SST
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  22
Time:  44 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:         Punk





















Really, once you hear one track on What The… you've heard them all. There are no stand out tracks. Everything blurrs together like a kindergartener's finger painting. No distinguishable shapes or bright stand out sections, just an amalgamation of slop. And this is coming from a guy who champions powerviolence and fastcore (all hail the deceased Xbrainiax, drink the wine), genres famous for brief bursts and breakneck writing that oftentimes blurs together. Black Flag's songs and lyrics are so interchangeable that the album stoops to a level of cut and paste writing. Instead of going off the deep end the way Family Man did, Ginn and company play it safe. Its embarrassing to listen to and to know I've actually purchased this. Why did I purchase this?!






And before I bring myself down, before I put bullets through this record in my backyard in these city limits I reside in, you'll notice that there are no sample songs on here. Why? Because the when Ron Reyes quit the band pulled everything off the internet. From their music video for “The Chase” to “Down in the Dirt” and “Wallow in Despair.” Their site is little more than a logo. Their Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are silent. So instead, beneath these venomous paragraphs I've penned, I'm going to post something better for you. I wanted to put up something like the Xfliesx classic “Please Break Up Before You Embarrass Us All” or a funeral song of sorts, but I found something better. Something more appropriate. Something that can summarize this album simply.






Bottom line: this is Shit with a capital S. I'm usually excited for a band to get back together but after listening to this band for 10+ years and reading every aspect of their history I've been able to get my hands on in a variety of books over the years that is too large to post on here because I'll go over my word count (which has already happened anyway, sorry Jeremy, but when I'm pissed I don't stop until my knuckles are raw), I can't help but wonder why Ginn even bothered with this. And while mulling this over, I keep referring to this line I wrote in the opening paragraph: “Sometimes contemporary records feel grossly uninspired and distant from their source material—from the greats.” Black Flag's past will always be great but their present form is laughably bad. But let's not be so glum. I recall there was a really fantastic album released last year in the vein of old Black Flag and Circle Jerks. It was a self-titled record called OFF!. Go grab that instead, it's awesome. Fuck this. (*Note = this review was writen HERE ).
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"Wasted... again!"
Year:  1987
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  SST
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Jazz         Punk





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"Loose nut"
Year:  1986
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  SST
Format:  CD
Tracks:  10
Time: 30 min.
Genre: rock
Style:        Jazz         Punk





















Loose Nut is the fifth full-length album released in 1985 by Black Flag on SST Records. The album is noteworthy in the Black Flag catalogue for introducing a more commercial sound to their already gestating jazz heavy metal hybrid. In some ways, it is a fusion of the jazz punk style of Slip It In and the jazz metal of In My Head.
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"In my head"
Year:  1985
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  SST
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  12
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Jazz         Punk






















In My Head is the sixth studio album released by Black Flag. All of the music was written by guitarist Greg Ginn, who intended to record it as his first solo album. After hearing the band rehearsing the album, singer Henry Rollins wrote lyrics for several of its songs. Many fans consider this record to be perhaps their best album musically. This is a sentiment shared by Kira Roessler, who played bass on the record, according to the biography of "Spray Paint the Walls, The Story of Black Flag" written by Stevie Chick (The sentiment in question being located on pages 374-375 of the aforementioned book). The album represents Black Flag's final stylistic change, to free jazz and hardcore punk influenced heavy metal. It was released in 1985 on SST Records, and was their final album before their reunion in 2013. The CD reissue adds three of the four songs from the I Can See You EP, replicating the original 1985 cassette release which came out concurrent to the LP.
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"Slip it in"
Year:  1984
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  SST
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  9
Time:  40 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Jazz         Punk




















"Slip it in" is the fourth studio album by the hardcore punk band Black Flag, released in 1984 on SST Records. "Slip it in" is an extension of the sound Black Flag utilized on its predecessor My War: heavy, cathartic, intense, dense and progressive. At this point, Black Flag was considered by many to be one of the leading bands of the american punk scene. The album pursued the newer, lengthier song arrangements that Black Flag would develop until its demise. It also features Henry Rollins' further development as a songwriter, contributing four of eight tracks on the album. This album also demonstrates Black Flag’s increasing use of instrumentals, where Greg Ginn demonstrates his increasingly more complex playing style.
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"my war"
Year:  1983
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  SST
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  9
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Jazz         Punk






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"Damaged"
Year:  1981
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  SST
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk





















Damaged is the debut studio album by the American hardcore punk band Black Flag. It was released on December 5, 1981 through SST Records. Over the years since the album's original release it has been recognized as a punk classic and one of the most influential punk records ever made by appearing on a number of "best of" lists by punk fans and critics alike. In 2003, the album was ranked number 340 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Pitchfork Media also ranked it number 25 on its list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s. Kurt Cobain listed it in his top fifty albums of all time.
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"Idem"
Year:  1979
Country:  US
City:  Los Angeles
Label:  SST
Format:  CD
Tracks:  15
Time:  36 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:        Punk






















This is just an unofficial compilation with the 16 first tracks of the band. So here there is just and only punk-rock from late 70s, nothing about jazz punk, experimental punk or spoken words. The techncal level of the band is very low and also the quality sound production is frankly low... but I liker very much despite this facts because it sound fresh and spontaneaous.
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