Thursday, April 30, 2009

Henry Fiat's Open Sore

Love this video... and love this band. No idea why these guys aren't huge? too fast for the garage heads, to garage for the hardcore heads... fuck knows. They have been threatening to come stateside forever but still no sign..... here's hoping....

Chocolate Watch Band

So picture this.... 1965, San Jose California... bunch of hip dudes who were in a band called the Chaparrals start jamming in the of the members shows up "dudes..dudes, I have the perfect name for the band - the Chocolate Watch Band!"... you would expect the other members to tell him to get fucked...but no, thats the name of the band! seriously? wow, the 60's were awesome. I mean San Jose? The Chocolate Watch Band? jesus. You don't get any airy fairy psych shit from these cats, straight up slash and burn garage. Our own 60's guru Dougie turned me onto these years ago, but it's only since owning the vinyl have I really dug into this band... the LP 'No Way Out' is a masterpiece.... and imagine it stoned...holy shit! The band were actually pretty popular and even had a cameo in the hip flick 'Riot On Sunset Strip'....

Touch Me I'm Sick...

Well, don't actually touch me 'cos whatever the fuck I have suuuuucks. Been laid up for 3 days coughing and spluttering.... thought I'd post a sickness related song (tenuous I know). Mudhoney could have been Nirvana...I mean, they kinda were for a while there...pity their singer wasn't a baby faced smackhead eh? I dig Mudhoney... their 1st LP smokes...this is on it. They are still around is some form and good I am sure....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Move

So I was just reading the latest issue of Ugly Things and they had a cool retrospective on the Move... I band I had always figured to be way too wimpy for my ears.... seems I was wrong... this shit rules. They were right tearaways too by the sounds of things...check those threads maaaaan. Who would have thought they were from Birmingham!!!


The thought of doing that right now cools the marrow of my bones... but the Pretty Things 'LSD' is true psych monster...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Do They Owe Us A Living?

I've been digging out some of my old anarcho records recently after getting a Siynx CD for review. While not the hugest fan of Crass, they stood for so much that influenced the person I became (both good and bad). This little doc has some good shit in in...

Death Star over San Francisco

If you appreciate Star Wars, San Francisco, or both, then you should check out the video below. Its amazing what a little roto-scoping and After FX can do to geek-out your otherwise mundane home videos.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Eye In The Sky

Red Bull Eye in the Sky from Ivan Mennim on Vimeo.

... We just did some editing on this short film of the Red Bull race in New Zealand. Rainier from SF killed it and won by a huge margin! Thanks to Mike, Ivan and the NZ crew for pulling this together.... and Rainier for an epic race...

JUDGE Documentary

Someone just unearthed a 17 minute documentary on one of the best straight-edge hardcore bands of all time. Enjoy.

Thanks to Double Cross for the heads up.

Aesop Rock Vs Mountain Goats

Stumbled across this rad video by Aesop Rock featuring John Darnielle from the Mountain Goats....

Aesop Rock - Coffee feat. John Darnielle from Worlds Fair on Vimeo.

Cinelli X RVCA

Cool little piece about a bike related art show they had here in SF last year...

Cinelli x RVCA Presents: Pressure from RVCA on Vimeo.

MASH Vimeo

Mike and the MASH have started their own Vimeo channel with a ton of sick vids. Keep peepers peeled for the Tour Of California promo and the New Zealand Red Bull race coming soon


Today was one of those days...waking up with a cold and cough, cold and cloudy...slow start to the day. I listened to Chicago Public Radio on the way to work and they had an interview with Portland band Blitzen Trapper. I never realized just how Dylanesque these guys are - especially live. The perfect soundtrack to my day. (Intro shamelessy stolen from the Tobin SOTD).

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Martin Clothing

Our friend Mike from MASH has just released some info about his latest clothing line.... he has made a pretty sweet line of bicycle related clothes which straddle the line between fashion, form and utility. The guy has his shit straight that's for sure... keep yer peepers peeled. Martin.

Punk illegal Trailer

While we are on the Swedish hardcore's a trailer with some of the current Swdish rippers - Wolfbrigade, Victims, Uncurbed etc.... ripping shit...and the quality is good too...


I just picked up the latest Wolfbrigade LP from Deranged and while this band are doing (and have been doing for fucking years) nothing new... they are really fucking good at the D-Beat....

Friday, April 24, 2009


While we're on the Belfast tip here's some footage from the movie Shellshock Rock that I managed to get my hands on at last. Neck has all their 7"s as his pockets are deep.... I wish - look at the state of these toerags!!!


Did we already post this?? maybe...probably...fuck it - the most unbderrated Irish band...fucking Rudi man.... the shit. Class TV footage too..

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Norton NRV588 Tracktest at Donington and Dynometer for Isle of Man TT

Check out the pipes when the bike is on the dyno, red hot, smokin I tells ya!!.Michael Dunlop will be racing the Norton NRV588 at the Isle of Man TT this year.Good luck Michael.


In terms of Japanese hardcore...Gauze are pure legends - they have been around forever and still proven by this recent gig footage.... looks like a good time. New LP on Prank records blows minds...

GAUZE @ Earthdom, shin okubo - 2/8/2009 from the straightedge on Vimeo.

Small Faces

c'mon can never have enough of the Small Faces... classic mid 60's period song about cocaine - these boys were the real deal - east end hardnuts who would knock yer shit in dressed to the nines....


Deerhunter- Agoraphobia
It’s been a while, I’ve been in Kikkoman-land, but I’m back on the decks. Like the weather in SF the past few days, this track is weird...but you kinda like it. You don’t want to listen to it a lot, but when it comes on it’s a nice change.
These guys are from the dirty south, Athens Georgia...holla pimp!

No More

It's Earth Day an I almost posted Earth Crisis but then remembered how shit they were. So here's a rad Youth Of Today video promoting vegetarianism... a little tenuous I know but I'm kinda hungover....

Crazy Shit

Im no mountain biker by any means....but this Scots dude is KILLING it...

Monday, April 20, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Manikin at Beer Land

Oft overlooked Manikin from Austin, TX playing live at the best-named venue/bar ever, Beer Land. Some of the Bricks crew will be playing with them next month at this very same venue. Can't wait. Love, love, love Manikin. Spacy, noisy but always within the parameters of really sing-alongable tunes.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dolly Mixture - Everything and More

We at Bricks and Mortar aren't afraid of a sweet jangle now and again, and here's one of the greatest... Dolly Mixture's third single from 1982, a damn near perfect pop song!

Thursday, April 9, 2009


Slime were a German punk band who sang in their native tongue rousing street anthems. Always been a fan, especially of the LP "Alle Gegen Alle". Digging on the tube I saw this clip of them playing live.... I had no idea they were that popular...look how many people are in the crowd!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Duncan Redmond

So I just got a double LP by Duncan Redmond (he was the drummer for Snuff, Guns & Wankers etc) of songs he wrote and gave to friends on tour, then went back and recorded them is amazing - it plays like a cohesive LP even though it is recorded all over the world with a bunch of different people - if I told you he was playing with Nomeansno, fat mike, frankie stubbs from Leatherface, Simon from Snuff I think you'd know where I was coming from.... easily top 10 of the year.... soooo good. Here's a very old Snuff clip to whet yer appetite.


The Troggs were held back a little by 'Wild Thing' which is all they were known for...their is stuff is more ripping....

Music Machine

Me and Dougie were lost in YouTube last night checkin out totally mind blowing videos from the 60's. Check this Music Machine classic.... so out of control...

or maybe the fucking Seeds on TV...what the fuck????

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

One Sound UK

I've posted before about DJ Holland, easily the most listened to selector round our yard - his reagge and dubstep mixes have kept me occupied on many a long drive... So happy to hear he is out of hibernation in the form of One Sound UK. 3 DJ's bringing together Dub, Reggae, Breaks, Dubstep and Jungke. Recent mixes are available for download and I would suggest you hop on it quicksmart....


So I saw this Natas Kaupas bike on Keirin Culture and it got me thinking about the Wheels Of Fire skate film that was such a huge influence on me. It came at a time when me and my friends were fiends about skating, young kids in the middle of nowhere dreaming of Santa Monica. Natas' part was just so sick... I guess it looks weak now, but at the time? shit... the commentary he gives is genius...

Monday, April 6, 2009

Ghetto House

Pretty sure most readers aren't gonna be feelin this...but fuck it. Back in the early 90's I was pretty immersed in Detroit Techno and used to frequent clubs like Lost and Eurobeat 2000. For some reason Chicago House went hand in hand, labels like Relief Records and Dancemania with artists like DJ Funk, DJ Deeon, Robert Armani, Boo Williams etc... I still like the sounds, tho I think the scene has changed some since my days.. here is a little insight into the vibez...


Since our fearless leader went to the great record store in the sky.... the BBC airwaves haven't had a ton to offer.... but I must admit a real soft spot for Mary Ann Hobbs - she turned me onto Dustep along with some other fucked up electronics. She has alos played a lot of great new music from the Bay and for that I respect her... Here's a wee thing on her recent trip to the States... I missed her play of course, but I'm sure it was banging....

Saturday, April 4, 2009

camera obscura

It's really nice outside, which always make me want to get high in the park with a group of friends, perhaps also enjoy some cold beverages. Kick a soccer ball around. This video reminds me of that. I'm late to Camera Obscura, but better late then never. I love this song. I think Husker Du would've done a really amazing version of this song. I don't know why.

I just got the latest batch of 7"s from the Art Of The Underground
singles series. They do 1 a month, limited to 350 copies. What I like about the label is that you never really know what you are going to get.... sure there a common ground in Punk Rock but it's a pretty diverse mix from acoustic almost to hardcore... sounds like a mish-mash, but it really works... there's been a couple of duds, but I've also been turned onto some awesome bands. The latest is Cheap Girls who have this scratchy Pavement indie rock vibe. Totally dig the record and was pleased to discover they are a bunch of speccy nerds....awesome - here's them rocking some aucoustic shit...

Lights Out....

It always surprises me to find out who reads this blog..... I was in my local bike shop today talking to the fella Connor behind the counter...and he told me how much he was enjoying the blog... always nice to hear, as is the fact that Connor is backing rocking in a band after the demise of local legends Lights Out. Good to hear, 'cos Lights Out ruled... here's a clip of their last show....

Stockholm Syndrome

I was thinking about old friends today while stuck at work.... so busy that you realize you haven't had time to see the people important to you. Here's a clip of an old band I was in a few years back with a bunch of good friends who I don't see enough of. This is us jumping onto the bill of What Happens Next?s last show at Gilman Street.... we played a 5 minute set... here's half of it. This one is for Spence, Mike and Max...beentoo long fellas.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Death Pedal

With all the Fixed Gear films around now...this trailer is pretty funny..

DEATH PEDAL trailer 2 By Kareem Shehab from Killa Kareem on Vimeo.

Trail Of Gears

Our friend Bobby does a ride in Long Beach... So Cal heads should get on this....