bedford - crappy xmas tape

bedford tour 14

happy holidays!

here we have a rare treat from northeast PA's most favourite pop-punk band during the mid to late 90s, bedford. i'm not sure exactly what year this came out, but i'm thinking 1998 or 1999, and as far as i know, the songs were recorded for a tape to be given away at one show around the holidays. despite this ultra-limited cassette release, a year or so later, there was an even shorter run of the same songs on CD-R format.

bedford pull out all the stops on this lo-fi stocking stuffer.  if you're not familiar with bedford's brand of punky rock, imagine taking that old record reviewer's blender and inserting equal parts elvis (fat AND skinny, but mostly skinny), elvis (costello, this time), buddy holly, husker du, action patrol, and doc hopper, blend until smooth, and there you've got a close approximation to the bedfords, as they were sometimes affectionately known.

bedford - crappy xmas tape
mp3 320kbps VBR [14.67 MB]

01 silver bells
02 hurry xmas
03 (night before xmas) sleepwalk
04 hawaiian xmas
05 santa claus is coming to town

members of bedford went on to form an albatross, a highly progressive grindpunk mindfuck synthrash ensemble, as well as the swims, and maybe some other bands you should find out your own damn self!  ha!

ps. the songs are labeled and tagged incorrectly, so FUCK YOU! ;D


skate witches: a short film from 1986

i figured i might as well post this one too, while i was at it. old school nostalgia at it's finest!

pretty in punk: 1985 boise, idaho punk documentary

part one of three

part two of three

part three of three

it's been a while since i've posted some found video here, and this one fits the bill quite well. i find it odd there's no mention of septic death, or had they moved west by this point?

enjoy, and as always UP THE PUNX!


the internet rules: three shades of dirty and higher giant myspaces, nuisance demo

long time coming, there is now an official unofficial three shades of dirty myspace page.  this short-lived band from MD rose from the ashes of emo-punk pioneers the hated, and produced one of the most rocking/melodic/beautiful demo tapes i have ever heard!  you may remember, i shared the "paper roses" EP/demo with you a while back on my blog here.

might be a little behind on this news, but i just found out ernie from token entry, in your face, black train jack, grey area, etc. is in a new band called higher giant.  check out their myspace page.  melodic hardcore in the vein of, well, everything you thought it'd be!  great stuff!

our good friend justin over at mustard relics posted nuisance's "attractive nuisance" EP tape.  i first checked out nuisance when their "confusion hill" LP was released on lookout records.  the lookout! roster at the time was damn near solid and i was pretty rabid for new music so i picked up the LP as soon as i could.  unfortunately, i wasn't entirely impressed with it for some reason and it was quickly shelved after a few listens.  i didn't "get it."  something always drew me back, though.  there were a few undeniable hooks buried within the plodding, stoney rock storm.  it took years, but when i finally caught on, it was like i discovered a brand new record.  one that sounded great after repeated listens, on roadtrips, and in the kitchen.  riffs that slayed nirvana, and hooks that only jawbreaker can better.  "confusion hill" was now a completely different monster to me.  one that i was now proud of to have somehow cracked the code, which in turn, led directly to my new pursuit of all things nuisance.  over the years, i have picked up most of the vinyl for a song, while traveling around the states (save for the sunny-side down lp, if you have a copy to spare, holla!). 
this demo is bonafide nuisance in infancy.  great to hear this band in early stages!