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Salute To Milwaukee

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Milwaukee Conntinental Youth Band & Reddi-Kilowatt Ensemble – Salute To Milwaukee March bw Continentals on Parade 1966

This is a great 45 I found in some dusty old pile.  The Salute to Milwaukee March is a great, catchy tune that I’m sure all Milwaukeeans can appreciate!  It’s a live recording of a full marching Band and they really play the track spot on.  The B-side is a decent song, but the A-side is great!




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Damitol EP 1993

This is another cool old Milwaukee hardcore 7″ I fished out of ye olde bargain bin.  Four tunes of fairly straightforward early 90’s style hardcore.  The songs are a sort of midwestern melange of the prominent American styles of the time.  Definately some east coast hardcore chug and straight edge style mixed with some west coast influenced thrashy parts and attempts at melodic singing and some flashy bass lines and groovy riffs, all swirled in with a hefty dose of early Wisconsin emo.  We also get a lot of samples which are played over the music, some spoken parts (total Milwaukee/Chicago accent), and some nice shots at switching up the vocal styles. I like the drawing on the cover.

I’m sure these guys were pretty young when they put this out… I really like the raw recording and slightly loose playing. The sometimes out of tune vocals are a little off-putting at first, but like most idiosyncracies of punk music they quickly grow on you and become essential to the sound.  The bass stands out as the most entertaining instrument on the record, partly because some of the more interesting guitar parts are rather difficult to hear.  The band as a whole has a real cohesive sound with some really cool songwriting. 

I like this record a lot. It has kind of a dark, slightly depressed sound. Lyrics are vague, but interesting, about stuff like masculinity, church, punk and friendships. The sleeve has some pictures and a brief essay from each band member… The sound of this record is very reminiscent of early Jawbreaker and Hickey, and some other bands I can’t think of now.


7 inch Polka

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Happy Notes Orchestra – I Love You Waltz b/w Drinking Man’s Polka

Here’s a fantastic slice of Wisconsin polka that I dug up from a dusty old bin at the thrift store. The Happy Notes were a good times styled party band who might still be playing even today.  According to this short history, founding member Norm was a drummer who was influenced by Rock n’ Roll and Li’l Wally to start a rowdy, upbeat party polka band. 

 The I love You Waltz is ribald and funny and completely catchy.  You will surely sing it to the one that you love! Best of all, it’s:

A Drinking Man’s Polka seems to be the musical lament of a group of cuckolded men, “We left our Wives at home. We left our Skirts with 6 other Jerks, that’s why we’re drinking alone.”  Nice straight ahead Polish style Polka, with a verse in Polish.

Get drunk and listen to this.


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 Who Gives a Shit about Asinine Solution?

Asinine Solution - Cause Effect EP

Asinine Solution – Cause Effect EP 1998

Raging Wisconsin hardcore from Chippewa Falls; Asinine Solution.  I remember seeing their ‘My Dad’s A Goat’ EP in record bins in the mid 90’s, but I never decided to buy it (mostly because of the hideous cover art). I first heard this particular 7 inch a couple of years ago, when I first moved to Milwaukee.  I had just seen a show at a local scum pit basement, and was too fucked up to drive back home, so I was hangin’ out and Scott put this record on the turntable. I flipped out over the thrashin’ tunes and was determined to find a copy of this record for myself.  It didn’t take long before I had discovered all three of Asinine Solution’s 7 inches, all in different bargain bins, all for a grand total of less than $2.50.

This is their third, and I’m pretty sure their last, record.  The seven tunes here all follow the same pattern of simplistic hardcore played as loud and fast as possible. I like it! Sure, the songs mostly sound the same, but so what? This ain’t Jazz, it’s punk!

Most of the songs on this disc are about “The Punk Rock Scene”.  It’s interesting to think about how much was going on within this obscure musical cult in these small towns out in the country. There is even a full page essay about The Punk Rock Scene included in this record!  It certainly made a huge impact on these people’s lives.  Here’s an interesting write up of how to put out a punk record, from an insert:

Also some more info about what these dudes where doing back then.  I’ve found copies of the other records he mentions, so be on the look out.  The first Asinine Solution record is awesome, by the way.  Totally retarded teen-punk; it’s great.

Anyway, this is a classic Wisconsin hardcore record, so don’t miss it!

Bitchslap & URBN DK

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URBN DK + Bitchslap – split EP 1996

This post goes out to Curious Guy for posting the 10-96 + Standoff split.  This is Bitchslap from Kenosha, Wisconsin and URBN DK from northern Illinois. Bitchslap give us two new punk blasts that sound like they are from the same recording session as their EP. They also include an identical copy of their song Last Fat Shit from the EP, which is great because that song rules.  The first song, Magnavox Lobotomy, is a nice sarcastic anti-TV rant, overall more great punk rock shit from Bitchslap. Did they ever release anything else??

The URBN DK side is fuckin’ great, this was released during their best and most prolific period, during the mid-nineties. Three raging hardcore songs, with Politically KKKorrect being the best song on this record.  It’s a song about PC fascists! I saw URBN DK play in Chicago a few times during that period, and I thought that they were great.  I remember very clearly though that most people were very down on them and didn’t like them because they were old and played the wrong type of hardcore.  That’s a real shame because they really were a great DIY band and they could fuckin shred with the best of them.  I think URBN DK never really got much respect in their home state of Illinois, and that’s why they were really more of a part of the Kenosha punk scene than the Chicago scene. Or, maybe it was because of their strong association with 10-96, Bitchslap, Beautiful Bert and other Wisconsin bands that the Illinois snobs turned their noses up at them! Either way, you should dig their tunes. I’ve got several of their records, so I’m sure I will post more someday.

The ugly cover on this record sticks out like a sore thumb, not only because it’s so bad, but because it is cut to 8 inches, not 7.  I wonder if this record was originally meant to be an 8″?  That would have been cool.  This is Shitpile Records #2, I’m pretty sure that’s someone from Bitchslap’s label, because their EP was #1.

Enjoy the punk rock music!

Inspector 12

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Inspector 12 – Jack EP 1991

I think this record may have been the very first punk 7″ I ever held in my hands.  I remember that a few of my friends saw this band play and were totally stoked on them, and then they showed me this record, and probably played it for me (if they had a turntable…).  That may or may not be a real memory, but I was stoked when my wife found this record for me!  I definately remember that Inspector 12 (who were from Madison, Wisconsin) were the first independent, local, original rock band that I’d ever heard of.  That was at least 16 years ago, but the first time I can be sure that I’ve heard their music was just a couple of months ago!

The music on this 7″ is pretty much a 50/50 hardcore/thrash mix.  Just how I like it!  The first song, which features a sweet classic thrash riff, is definately the hit.  The rest of the tracks are all pretty good, and thankfully only slightly dated sounding.  I know they put out a few other records, and maybe a tape or two.  I would not be the least surprised to hear that some of the dudes from this group are still kickin’ around playing bar shows in Beloit…

I think that most of the lovely pics above were also taken by this lady

This is classic Wisconsin hardcore, so check it out!

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Crimson – Forge Winter – Cassette LP 1992 Milwaukee Wisconsin USA

Sometimes you can strike musical gold in the most unlikely places.  You just have be willing to dig for it!  I lucked out big time, when I found not one but four different demo tapes by this all-but-forgotten Progressive Thrash Metal band from Milwaukee.  This is the oldest one out of the bunch, and presumably their first.  Obviously as soon as I saw the sweet drawing of the Gnollish Minotaur with a short sword on the cover I had to shell out the two quarters for this tape!

The music is heavy progressive thrash metal with psychedelic tendencies.  There are a few rippin thrash tunes on this tape which definately make it worth the listen.  This is some great head banging shit!  The musicians are good, but they are obviously  inexperienced, so there are a few minor flubs and the solos aren’t that great, but for a first demo it’s really top notch.  The singer has a decent voice, and is not afraid to sing the high pitched Heavy Metal accents. 

This is a sweet DIY album, and I have found 3 more tapes by this group, each of which is better than the last, so stay tuned as I will post them soon.

Forge Winter


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Death Led  – And You Think There’s Nothing Wrong EP 1999

So I rescued this 7″ from the 1$ bin because the band was from Black Earth Wisconsin, which I imagined to be some isolated backwoods hole in the Northwoods.  Actually it’s a small town over by Madison, which is a big city, by Wisconsin standards anyway.  Anyway, I had low expectations for this platter, which were, much to my delight, far exceeded. I like this record a lot!

This is some pure small town midwest 90’s teenaged Punk Rock stuff.  It’s well played and has a good recording, the songs are catchy, well written and brief.  The thing I like about this record is it’s diversity, all of the songs are in a unique style.  This band obviously is most influenced by the more popular punk acts, which I am sure the Truely Hardcore people will hate, but so what?  The first song starts out kinda strange and then changes to some sweet fast punk. The next one, ‘Minimum Wage’ is definately the hit on this record- I fuckin’ love this song.  Despite the naive lyrics the song has a great anthemic quality that makes me want to jump around and sing along.  This song sounds kinda like a less lame and repetetive version of early Anti-flag. “Fuck The Man, Bring Him Down!”   ‘All Out War’ is similar to the previous song, but sounds more like a clean-cut version of The Casualties. It has a pretty sweet breakdown towards the end.

Side B starts out sounding like the Angry Samoans playing a cheesy political song.  The next song, ‘Another Day’, displays the bands obvious love for ‘White Trash, Two Hebes, and a Bean’ and 90’s Chicago punk like The Bollweevils,  two loves which I can definately agree upon.  This song is actually really good.  The last song is their humorous attempt at playing fast hardcore, cracking voiced screams and all!  The lyrics on this record are actually pretty decent teenage angsty stuff, not bad. I was unable to dig up any info on these kids, but I’m going to guess that this came out circa 1996.  (wrong!)

Check out Death Led!


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Bitchslap – Illegal Use Of Your Future EP 1996

Forget about their crappy name, Bitchslap was the shit. 100% punk rock from Kenosha, Wisconsin.  This record is so damn good. It’s one of those records that just sticks out from all of the others as being memorable and awesome.  Fast catchy hardcore, played short and sweet with great punchy bass  lines and gruff dual vocals on most of the record.  The drummer ain’t afraid to use his double kick pedals, either. 

The song ‘Last Fat Shit’ is so damn good they put it on two records, and I’m happy to hear it every time.  It’s so awesome!!!!!  Yeah, I like this record.  I got this one from my friend Scott, who told me that he and his friends considered Bitchslap to be totally radical, back in the days of yore.  Scott’s band Legion Of Doom, who we shall hear from soon, even covered Bitchslap.  This record is sweet.  Great photograph on this one, too. I wonder if he offed himself?  Get your Keno-Core fix below:


These dudes are still kickin’ around in some new bands, including:


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Default – Restraint EP 199X

Here we have what I consider to be the best record by one of the most important Wisconsin hardcore bands of the 1990’s.  Default, from Manitowoc, released three or four EP’s in the mid 90’s, most of which were on local labels, but this one is on Anomie Records, out of Germany.  Members of this group have been in dozens of other hardcore and punk bands, and they were very influential to a lot of bands from the Wisconsin countryside during that time.  This particular record just fuckin’ rages from start to finish.  The eleven songs speed by in twelve minutes, and all of them have that perfect combination of simplicity and hooks.  Don’t be mistaken, the three pissed off singers aren’t being melodic at all, in fact they scream like bloody banshees the whole time; but the guitar riffs are just really good, giving even the shortest songs an epic quality.  One of my favorite things about these songs are the ringing guitar tones that occasionally rise above the chaos.  The bass is pummeling throughout, and the drums have an excellent sound and intensity.  The lyrics are pretty standard misanthropic fare, fitting the archetype for disenfranchised middle class youth. 

 The photograph on the front cover is fantastic.  It’s a really amazing picture, anyone know anything about it?  The back cover is a pretty darn good shot, too.  My favorite song on here is ‘The Failure’, and not only because it’s 17 seconds long, but because it’s a kick ass song! Check this record out, it’s really fucking good! 

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One Day Away EP 199X

This record is like the perfect companion to the Hinge record that I posted earlier.  They are both very similar stylistically, thematically and asthetically.  They were released around the same time, and they both thank a lot of the same people!  I rescued them both from the same bargain bin, on the same day.  They probably both came from the same collection, even.  However, One Day Away was from Madison, while Hinge was from Milwaukee, and they do not appear to share any members.

So as soon as the tunes start rockin’, after the snap-crackle-poppin’ pause, you can only think ‘Wow, these guys must have loved Born Against’ (that is, if you’ve listened to Born Against).  It’s not just the similarity in the voice of the singer to this guy (though the singer of One Day Away has got nothin’ on him, in terms of sheer insane intensity), it’s the fact that a lot of the songs on this record sound a lot like Born Against, especially ‘Nails’.  Don’t get me wrong, that’s definately not a bad, in fact I wish more bands sounded like Born Against. We all know there are worse bands to emulate!

This one also comes with a huge booklet of art and writing. Yeah, these are a bunch of college kids for sure.  The essays range from cringe-worthy to pretty right on, but it is awesome that they thought it was important to right about what they thought was important.  The lyrics are actually pretty good, and there’s even an anti-Lincoln song (‘5 Dollar Bill’) which shares some lyrical themes with one of the songs on the Hinge record.  My favorite song on here is ‘Parasite’, mostly because I really like the  bass guitar sound on this song, in fact it reminds me of Crimson, a band that I will be posting soon. 

I think this picture on the back sleeve was probably taken by this person, who happens to be a really good photographer.  I also think my wife’s brother might have been in this band, but that is yet to be confirmed.  The only other place I’ve ever heard of this band is on a 7″ compilation called… I can’t remember what it’s called, but I think this band is on it.  Anyway, check this out, it’s a pretty fuckin’ good punk record from Wisconsin!

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Tribulation – The First Page – demo cassette – 1987

The Gods of  Heavy Metal have smiled upon us all today.

From deep within the deepest Vaults of Rock, a hidden gem has finally been unearthed.  After nearly a quarter century hidden away, the world is only now ready to hear the Power and the Might of  Tribulation.  Behold! Your puny being shall be crushed beneath the awesome Power (and might) which is barely contained within the pitiful plastic case of this demo tape.  The amazing awesomeness and awesome amazingness held herein is so … amazingly …. awesome, that… ahh…. well it’s really not that awesome, actually.  In fact, this is by far some of the most terrible shit I’ve ever heard!

When I saw this tape, at a used book store of all places, my heart rate increased and my palms got all sweaty. I quickly grabbed it and added it to my pile of treasures while glancing around to be sure no one else was coveting my prize.  I knew this shit had to be good.

And I was right!  This is totally inept cheeseball Metal that is somehow still so completely awesome that I can listen to it over and over again! Really, I can listen to it like three times in a row!  The band is generally sloppy as hell, though at times they do pull it together pretty well.  The guitar solos are all completely terrible, but the drumming is right on at least 85% of the time.  In addition to some really questionable post production decisions, such as the hilarious fake pauses in ‘Taking Command’, Tribulation  play several of my favorite cliche metal riffs on this demo.  They also seem to have something of a Christian theme going on in the horrible  lyrics, which is pretty funny.   But the best part about this tape, the part that could someday make this tape infamous the world round, are the vocals. Oh! The VOCALS!  I still laugh out loud every time I hear the singer belt out ” Thee Ay-thee-uuhst!” in ‘The Atheist’.  The vocals are fucking hilarious.  And don’t forget the song ‘Fat Chicks’, a crowd favorite, I’m sure, where we learn that  “It’s always an Orgy with a Fat Chick” and that “We need Fat Chicks to Survive!”  God I love this tape.

Okay, now this is even funnier.  I was wondering what ever happened to these True Warriors of Wisconsin Metal, so I just did a little sleuthing… and I almost fell out of my chair with mirth upon realizing that the drummer from Tribulation now plays with Milwaukee’s very own über hipster, gaze upon thy shoes, gag-me-with-a-post rock band Collections of Colonies of Bees (or CoCoBees, as the true ‘ipsters call ’em)! Ha! I’m so going to one of their shows just to scream out “FAT CHICKS!!!!!” at every sensitive, sit-down-and-sway moment. YAY!  I love being an Asshole.


Actually though, this guy is apparently a solo percussionist now, which is actually pretty cool, and his ambient/noise/jazz music is interesting.  Go figure! In fact, a few days ago, I was at a dour hipster bar and picked up a flier advertising a series of jazz concerts at another bar in my neighbourhood.  I remember being perplexed by the fact that so many of the performers listed on the flier had funny sounding Scandinavian names.  I thought to myself : “Am I totally unaware of an underground Swedish Jazz scene right here in Milwaukee, Wisconsin?” Well, it turns out that the drummer from Tribulation is setting up these shows with his touring European jazz musician friends!  I know you are probably bored to hell by all of this, but I am terribly amused by this shit.  I’m going to see ’em and have him sign my tape! hahahahahahahahaa

For High Quality MP3 files containing the music from this tape, as well as complete cover scans, etc., please click the link below:



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HINGE – Meaning EP 1994

This is a great EP from an all but forgotten Milwaukee band. I found this record in a local dollar bin, and I was immediately struck by the stark but beautiful artwork, featuring appropriated photographs.  I had never heard of this group, but I am definately happy to add this record to my collection.  The music is well written emotional hardcore, which could perhaps be likened to a less gruff Econochrist,  and it sounds great on the record.  This also came with a nice 8 page booklet with full lyrics, and artwork.  The best song on here is  ‘How The West Was Won’, an impassioned rebellion against the bullshit lies that we as American children are taught in order to gloss over the sick reality of the genocide which was perpetrated by the US government, and it’s citizens, against aboriginal Americans.  The first song, ‘Psalm’ also kicks ass with its pissed off chorus of “Where is your God? Where is Your God?”.   My favorite of these four songs, however, is ‘Rhyme and Reason’, a short, tight, thrash number that manages to remind me of both Oi Polloi and Minor Threat, oddly enough.  All in all a kick ass record from Wisconsin that deserves to be heard. Anyone with info on Hinge or Vagary Records, please comment!

Hinge Back

For the zip archive containing 320 kbps MP3’s of each song, and full quality JPG’s of all covers, vinyl and 8 page booklet, click below.




GAS BAG (who is this guy?)




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“I don’t think I like this day

Gotta get through it anyway.

Drugs, booze, I don’t care,

I feel weird…….”

-10-96, from ‘Dred Song’

Ok, here we go! Seein’ as how this is a blog all about Rock and Roll from Wisconsin I can only start with the most infamous and underappreciated band from Wisconsin, 10-96. From Kenosha, you can get some info on who these guys were, and on what the (surviving) members are up to from this link.  Together from 1983 until the probably not so untimely death of singer Dean Dirt in the late 90’s, these guys “Were told from the start that they’d never last” but their music deserves to live on forever. 


To me, this band is by far the ‘punkest’ band ever to come out of Wisconsin, not just for their fuckin’ attitude, but for their totally unique and ass kicking music.  10-96 combined old school, spit in yer eye Punk Rock and Roll with balls out, break neck, shit thrashin Hard Core in a way that I have never heard from any other band.  The music is chaotic, intense and fucking insane, with just enough catchy melody and humor to put it over the top into genius.  I don’t know their entire discography (please enlighten me!) but i do know they released two EP’s, a split 7″, and a fuckin legendary LP, all in the mid 90’s.    Check it out!



Onto the specific content of this post, the Gas Bag EP from 1994.  Though the recording is rough, I fucking love this record, and was super glad i found it again in a bargain bin about a year ago.  I had originally obtained it upon recommendation from whoever was selling records for URBN DK at one of their shows in Chicago in 1996. At first i found this record kind of confusing and even scary, but I soon came to love the awesome drunken thrash and dirty rock sounds on it, especially the alternately crazed and melodic vocals and the crazy wailing guitar leads.  Shit, not to mention the unrelenting thrashing drums.  With the longest original song on here (Mental Chant) lasting a mere 71 seconds, the last 20 of which are a crazy noisecore freakout, I think this record may have been an important factor in influencing my obsession with short songs. My favorite song here is ‘Bullshit’, fuckin kick ass no bullshit punk, but all of the other songs are great and have a unique intensity in their condensed and honest composition. Fuck yeah. Oh, and the last song is a cover of the Fuck Ups.

10-96 Gas Bag EP Track List

Download 10-96 – Gas Bag EP from link below. Ten song 7″ with all cover scans in archive. I can’t find the insert, though…


Also go to this awesome blog for their essential split 7″ with Chicago’s amazing Insult To Injury.


And go to their website for more tunes and to comment…


And finally, be sure to go over to Beer City Records and purchase the digital version of the LP “No Retreat”.  It is really good, and has much better recording quality than any of their other records.


Thanks to 10-96 for the tunes!

“Youth is an attitude, FUCKER!”