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Heya Peeps!! Here’s a new review of The Bedlam Knives new 7″ out on Dr. Strange Records, “Here Comes Trouble” in Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc.


Heya Peeps!! Here’s a new review of The Bedlam Knives new 7″ out on Dr. Strange Records, “Here Comes Trouble” in Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc. Nothing but GOOD things to say about it of course! Also, get your butts out to see Bedlam Knives this coming Friday the 28th in Pasadena, or April 11th in Riverside, and stop by the shop soon to pick one ‘o these bad mamma-jamma’s up!! 

New review of the Beaver- s/t reissue on Dr. Strange Records in the latest issue of Razorcake…

New review of the Beaver- s/t reissue on  
Dr. Strange Records in the latest issue of 
Razorcake/Gorsky Press, Inc.

Check it out then have a listen to a 
couple tunes uploaded on soundcloud…
#punk


Beaver “Punch Him in the Head”

 

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New review just posted of The Bedlam Knives latest 7″ “Here Comes Trouble” on Dr. Strange Records by Frank FOE, check it out…..

New review just posted of The Bedlam Knives latest 7″ “Here Comes Trouble” on Dr. Strange Records by Frank FOE, check it out…..

Excerpt From FOE Blog…..

“You might know Doug, the vocalist of Bedlam Knives, from his previous vocal duties in Schleprock and The Generators.  In April of 2012 Doug Kane and Mike Snow (who was also in The Generators) teamed up with drummer Mike Clark, bassist Chalon Kashey and guitarist Chris Loya (The Toughskins) to form Bedlam Knives.”

Read More on The FOE Blog zine, go here….

 

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Check out Left Off The Dial Magazine’s review of The Bedlam Knives Here Comes Trouble 7″

Check out Left Off The Dial Magazine’s review of The Bedlam Knives Here Comes Trouble 7″ the latest punk vinyl release, out now on Dr. Strange Records……

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Hey Jerks! Check out a couple reviews of The new Billy Bones LP and Beaver repress, in New Noise Magazine by Jim Kaz, both records are out now on Dr. Strange Records!


Hey Jerks! Check out a couple reviews of The new Billy Bones LP and Beaver repress, in New Noise Magazine by Jim Kaz, both records are out now on Dr. Strange Records, first pressings selling fast, stop by the shop and pick ’em up before they gone, or get ’em from the website and see 1000’s of more rare punk records your stupid-ass didn’t think anyone still had, here…..

www.drstrange.com

http://newnoisemagazine.com/spins-3-paying-tribute-record-store-day-more/ — at Dr. Strange Records.

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Beaver “s/t” LP Reissue: Album Review via Freedom of Expression Blog (Frank Foe)

Beaver “s/t” LP Dr. Strange KBD Reissue
BEAVER
“s/t” LP
Dr. Strange Records
ReleaseD: September 20, 2013



Tom Lyle (aka Tom Cleaver in Beaver) eventually ended up in Government Issue. Beaver, originally recorded these tracks for the now “Killed By Death”, DC HardCore 7” that had an original press of 300.



I love this passage from punkvinyl.com:

Beaver started out as a solo project of Tom Lyle’s. Then it became a real band, albeit short lived. Here’s a brief story Tom shared with me.
I was in a DC progressive/new waver band, but became VERY bored with the whole scene. After seeing the Dead Kennedys in April 81 at the 9:30, and then the Government Issue/Youth Brigade/Minor Threat show in June 81 at the 9:30 I started making home demo tapes of me playing all the instruments in the most hardcore style I could come up with. I wanted to get a band together to play out live and used they rhythm section from Square One, the awful band I was in at the time. Then we got asked to record a record for Choice Cuts.

That’s how it was. Hear a band, see a band, change your life… just like that.
Dr. Strange has reissued this on LP, (400 on black vinyl, 100 on white vinyl) and added some demo tracks, also recorded in 1981.

This is rudimentary hardcore, typical for the early 1980s. Tom Lyle eventually ended being an inspiration for me on guitar. I love his guitar style on all of the Government Issue material. I own a Marshall because of him. This is the roots, the developmental stage. Having been involved in hardcore during this time period, I have a certain affinity for all of this material.

Considering the early stage of hardcore, how fast this genre evolved, the lack of technology available for recording, Beaver, and all of their contemporaries were a part of something huge.

This is mandatory if you love hardcore.

Cheers,
Frank FOE

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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….

http://www.drstrange.com/cart.php?m=music_search&xsubmit=Y&search=Billy+Bones&go.x=17&go.y=14&format&label

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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