Category Archives: LA Punk Rock

Dr. Strange Records Releases: Bedlam Knives Debut 4-Song e.p. DSR-131


Hey Kids! Dr. Strange back again with another great release, and this time around it’s the debut 4-Song e.p from this Southern California Punk band Bedlams Knives featuring Doug Kane (vocals) & Mike Snow (guitarist) of the Generators. Melodic punk rock for fans of; The Clash, Angelic Upstarts and Chron Gen, well played and insightful lyrics make this a must have.

ONLY 300 PRESSED


Thanks as always- Doc


Out Next on Dr. Strange Records; 
Narcoleptic Youth full length LP

7136 AMETHYST AVE. ALTA LOMA, CA. 91701 (909)944-1778 



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Out Soon on Dr. Strange Records: Bedlam Knives “Here Comes Trouble” Brand New 7″ ep [4 songs] From Lead Singer of The Generators, Excellent Punk Rock, Only 20 Test Presses Made!

Out Soon on Dr. Strange Records: The Bedlam Knives “Here Comes Trouble” a Brand New 7″ ep [4 songs] From Lead Singer of The Generators, Excellent Punk Rock, Only 20 Test Presses Made! #punk

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Bedlam Knives “Here Comes Trouble” 7″ ep on Dr. Strange Records

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“Strange Tales From The Doc” #4 Government Issue, Dead Milkmen and Uniform Choice at Oscars Cornhusker 85-86

Here’s Today’s “Strange Tales” Post:
Government Issue, Dead Milkmen
and Uniform Choice
at Oscars Cornhusker 85-86

This was an awesome place to see bands play. Why? Because it was about 10 minutes from my house and all shows were just $6.00 They consistently had top notch bands too. Like; Kraut, The Dickies, Social Distortion, Cockney Rejects, Uniform Choice, Fear, etc… Most of the bands that were going to play at The Olympic would play Oscar’s before or after (but for only 100 people or so).

Government Issue pic by Doc Strange

This night was Government Issue (their 1st West Coast tour) with Uniform Choice and the Dead Milkmen. Uniform Choice’s “Screaming For Change” had just come out [I think?] and they played every song on that lp. When they were done people were yelling and screaming for more so they played a ton of Minor Threat covers! Great show. The headliner was one of my personal fav’s; Government Issue. This is a band that I listed to daily while going through high school. 

I was 17 years old, living on my own and trying to stay in school. G.I. [and others] were my motivation to do just that. Anyway, back to the gig…… They were amazing! All the hits were played and they sounded as great as I hoped…Check the photo here and see if you can see a young Roa of Justice League as well as Ryan from Chain of Strength was there if I remember correctly? Notice how I didn’t mention The Dead Milkmen? Yeah, that’s on purpose. Yawn!
Photo from www.bibliopolis.com

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New Review of The Billy Bones’ Just-Released Lp “The Complexity of Stupidity” out NOW on Dr. Strange Records (The Punk Vault)

Hey Gang! Check it out, here’s a new review from The Punk Vault of The Billy Bones’ just-released Lp “The Complexity of Stupidity” out NOW on Dr. Strange Records

The Billy Bones “Complexity of Stupidity” LP 

Album Art by John Miner, screened, poster sleeve, hand #’d, colored wax + download card

GET IT on Blue/Red Vinyl or BOTH!!

BUY the Record Online HERE….

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or DOWNLOAD From Itunes…

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-complexity-of-stupidity/id675850196

http://www.punkvinyl.com/2013/09/10/the-billybones-the-complexity-of-stupidity-lp/

— at Dr. Strange Records.

Billy Bones (the person) was part of the original L.A. punk scene way back in the late 1970′s and was the lead singer of the Skulls. The band never put out a proper record and only appeared on a What? Records compilation which is why a lot of the generations of punk rock fans that followed likely never heard of them. The band didn’t last long enough to record a proper album but they played a lot of shows in their area back then and then disbanded and wasn’t heard from again in any form for decades. Around the year 2000, sole survivor Billy Bones resurrected the Skulls name and put together a new band to play a couple of reunion type shows for special events in the L.A. area and that led to him putting together a new Skulls and recording new material. The material was surprisingly strong and they found a nice blend of the old punk sound with some modern touches and released two great albums before they too disbanded a few years later. 
Billy Bones

You can’t keep a good man down and that certainly applies to Mr. Bones as he is back after a somewhat quiet few years with a new band, the aptly titled Billybones. They put out a single a few years ago and now are finally back with their first full length LP. Those familiar with the more recent incarnation of the Skulls will find a lot of similarities in the Billybones to that of the former Skulls. The vocals obviously sound the same but the music is very similar too. The Billybones blend 1970′s style tuneful and punchy punk rock and give it a bit of a modern face lift to keep it from sounding too dated or retro. The songs are mostly fast and upper mid temp with straightforward beats and punchy guitar with occasional short leads. The songs have a lot of sing along choruses and call and response type of structures. They all have catchy hooks and are easy to get stuck in your head and get you singing along to them. These were all the ingredients of what made the modern version of the Skulls so great and that formula has been duplicated here with ear pleasing results. This is a catchy punk rock record with a lot of energy and none of the wimpy pop trappings of what modern pop music trying to market itself as punk is guilty of.

Doctor Strange Records has always supported the vinyl format so it’s no surprise that this comes on the vinyl format. The record (on red vinyl) comes inside a tri-fold silkscreen cover that is printed on two sides. The vinyl is very thick and it has color labels with artwork that matches the album cover. It does not come with any inserts. This is a limited edition of only 250 with another 250 in blue with a blue cover. What it lacks in inserts or information it more than makes up for with some kick ass punk tunes and a cool looking package and this new album is well worth your time.

 
The Skulls
 



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Dr. Strange Records Presents: Billy Bones “Complexity of Stupidity” Record Release Party!! With Special Guests: Symbol Six, The Paper Hearts, Government Trap, and Trashbeat SUN. AUG. 25th at Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo

Dr. Strange Records Presents:
Billy Bones “Complexity of Stupidity” Record Release Party!! 

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With Special Guests:

Symbol Six
https://www.facebook.com/SymbolSixOfficialFanPage
The Paper Hearts
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Paper-Hearts
Government Trap
https://www.facebook.com/TheGovernmentTrap
Trashbeat
https://www.facebook.com/trashbeatmusic



FACEBOOK EVENT LINK
 SUN. AUG. 25th at Skinny’s Lounge in North Hollywood, Ca.
Starts at 6:00pm, 21+
  


Skinny’s Lounge in NoHo
4923 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, California 91601
PH# (818) 763-6581




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