Wednesday, July 29, 2009


I just picked up the reissue of the Hosoi Hammerhead. The deck I always wanted as a kid. The dude was/is a stone cold legend... epic. Here is a God related piece about him..... he still rips tho...

There Is No Authority But Yourself

.While I always loved what Crass stand for I have never been a huge fan, I did however love the new doc about them. And the songs actually sounded great. Where would we be without Crass????

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Big Star

Rough Cut And Ready Dubbed

..Last night I watched this great movie about UK punk 78-81 with some choice footage of bands like SLF, Cockney Rejects etc. The music is great but the interviews with bands and punters make this a much watch. I will try and find the Cockney Rejects interview and upload it, where they talk about 'steaming into the crowd'...priceless...

Here's some footage from the film with footage of the folks now... there's even that bloke Dave Ferguson who used to do a stall outside Rough Trade!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Open Your Mouth And Say...

When I was younger one of the best bands I ever saw was SNFU from Canada. The singer Chi Pi'g intesnity on stage was unbelievable. The last time I saw them was 14 years ago when my old band plyed with them, and they were still great. I had no idea he became a meth addict. This doc looks pretty sad...

IZ The Wiz RIP

One of the stars of style Wars IZ The Wiz passed away last month. Apparantley his illness stemmed from all the years of spray painting and track dust from in the tunnels. Now thats commitment.

Friday, July 24, 2009

I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles

It took me this long to break down and finally get this 7" by the Cockney rejects. A total joke, but I love it.!!!! Stinky Turner the singer was 15 when they appeared on Top Of The Pops. Epic.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Zero Boys

I just picked up the first Zero Boys LP today... I can't believe I've never owned a copy!!! Sucha fantastic record. There is a reissue of this doing the rounds... and more fool me for not going to see them!!! Check out the girls bopping at the sides of the stage!!! Rad!

Bricks And Mortar Away Team in NY

tonight I will be broadcasting live on WJFF 90.5FM in the Catskills area from ten to midnight eastern time - you can listen online at

I'm guest-hosting a show with my mate Nick Forte (of Rorschach, Beautiful Skin, Computer Cougar, Christmas Decorations, Hamsoken, etc)

We've put together a cool couple of hours of glitter, glam, proto metal, and power pop. Should be some surprises in there for everyone... tune in!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


CSF3 "24 Hours" Trailer from I Love Graffiti on Vimeo.

Trailer for the new Can't Stop Fanatics graffiti film. All trains... looks rad...

Mike Giant Intervew

New interview with Giant. I'm not sure how I feel about the Rebel 8 overexposure, but he's rad and his art kills....

Mike Giant Interview from David Mongan on Vimeo.

Chrissy Zebby Tembo

At last I managed to track down this LP of fantastic Zambian music. Very similar to stuff like the WITCH and Peace which I have posted before. I would track this down before it is impossible to get.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Hex Dispensers

Fucking ruled this last weekend. the new LP 'Winchester Mystery House' is the best LP of the year along with the Marked Men and Skin Like Iron...

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rory Gallagher 1972

Here is a 70's documentary with the late great Rory Gallagher,I am a big fan.Specially the early 70's stuff, kind of an Irish Legend, hero, considering there wasn't much else going on, pre-Lizzy that is.Irish tour 74 is a must have record if your'e into 70's blues's rock and I really think it captures Rory at his best.Enjoy.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Inside Straight Edge

Never seen this Nat Geographic doc before?...pretty cool...


Follwing the straight edge tip - here's our mate 8 Clip's old band Allegiance. I love this band... and the energy of the crowd and band is off the chain...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Nick Lowe - So it goes

Great song.

First Step

Me and the Neck were just rapping about straight edge, and how I'm on an 88 hardcore kick right now. we ended up talking the First step...who I never saw... more fool me.... here's a rad a little two part doc about their West Coast weekend.... one two youth crew..

Maaster Gaiden

If you are still crying yourself to sleep about the demise (or hiatus) of the Marked Men. Check out Denton's Maaster Gaiden. Like ther Marked Men's ugly stepbrother - this is good shit. Nice folks too....

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This Friday

SF kids should make their way out to this... the zeros are playing the same night...but the Hex Dispensers will have copies of their new LP on limited to 100 vinyl especially for the SF shows!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Belfast murals from matt curry on Vimeo.

when I was in Belfast last year Dougie's brother Niall took me around to show me some of the newer murals in Catholic areas which had a real feeling of hope, celebrating achievements. When I visited my brother on the other side of town it was all balaclavas and guns. Good to see people are moving forward on both sides....

some older ones:


Suspect Device

I'm sure most folks into punk rock love Stiff Little Fingers. What a band! Not only for the music and lyrics, but also for creating awareness of the troubles back in Belfast. Pretty apt this week afetr all the rioting around the July 12th marches. Everyone has seen footage of this band, but I had'nt seen them playing Brockwell park before. Me and my mate Andy lived right next to Brockwell and spent many night sat up on the hill with a bag of beer looking at the lights of London putting the world to rights!

Die Kreuzen

One of the most original bands from the early 80's hardcore was Die Kreuzen from Milwaukee. Ine the age before the internet it seems that bands from far away landlocked places were churning out some pretty fucked up shit (Big Boys from Texas, Corrosion Of Conformity from North Carolina). Die Kreuzen had this weird dischordant element in their sounds similar to later Black Flag, but still keeping plenty of punk. Their debut "Cows And Beer" and self titled LP are untouchable.... here's a super rad live performance on TV.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Shitty Limits

Best band in the UK. New Lp rules...
Here's my review of the new LP for next months MRR:

SHITTY LIMITS – “Beware The Limits” LP
From the moment these bratty kids from the ‘burbs of London played their first show, everyone was talking about them. Always a step behind, everything was sold out when I tried to track their stuff down. Since then I have managed to backtrack and get pretty much everything. Best band in Britain? Sure, and I haven’t even seen them live. Sometimes you hear a record and it sounds instantly familiar, yet totally fresh and new, you try and make comparisons then realize it’s like all the bands you love….but kinda all together!. You know when you were a kid and you’d just sit by the record player holding the sleeve for the entire record? Just did it. The music? a hardcore ART BRUT… the GERMS meets HENRY FIATS OPEN SORE…. I dunno, get the fuckin record. Just get it. It’s an LP played at 45. Can you believe I’m going to miss them on their US tour because I’ll be at Legoland. Seriously?.


Saturday, July 11, 2009

Re: Budgie

Oh man, that Budgie post took me back...

Another great Metallica cover of an epic song is "The Prince," by Diamond Head. Metallica's version was the b-side of the "One" single in '88, but they'd recorded it a year or two earlier (check out their note below about how they later tried to remix the song but "failed." Whew!).

F*ck the a-side, I wore the f*cking cassette out listening to this thing, unable at the Metallica-obsessed age of 10 to believe they could cover songs that were better even their own. I did this art class project in 5th grade where I recreated the cover (sick Pushead) with watercolors, stippling, the whole nine. If I can find it, I'll scan it in and post was a perfect remake. For now, here's the original and of course, the vids.

(I think they rereleased it later on this "Garage Inc" album, but this vid is the '88 version)

MASH - Tour Of California

We helped put this promo together... thanks to all the people who helped out on this.... the music is from the new skin Like Iron LP..... ripping.

PREVIEW: MASH Tour of California 2009 from MASH TRANSIT PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Our pals at MASH designed a ruling new biker friendly bag with SAG from Japan. I've been riding this bag for a couple of months and it is super comfertable and roomy. Here's nice interview with the main polayers at Hypebeast.

Start 'Em Young

Young Bricks And Mortar crew on vacation ripping the ramp... go Eli!!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I haven't had a chance to watch this yet....but it looks pretty rad..

World Of Skinhead

July 4th

some of the B&M crew took a break from the day to day to hit the lake... good times...


MASH-SF 2007: Garrett Chow from MASH TRANSIT PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.


I'll admit I first heard Breadfan when Metallica covered it - but the orig slays their version. Budgie were from Wales and put out a handfull of great LPs in the 70's. In fact they are still around today! Ahuge influence on many metal bands, they melded hard riffage with crazy freakouts. Also, all their LPs covers had Budgies on them...RAD!!!

Metallica - Breadfan

KERSE BTM Rest In Peace

SF king. KERSE BTM 3A TKO. Maybe in the next world...

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Bay Area Thrash

Been rocking some Death Angel & Exodus recently... here's a little Bay Area taster....

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Here at the B&M HQ we are enamored by anything members of the Hot Snakes/Drive Like Jehu have done and the new LP by Rick Froberg's Obits is no exception. The LP smokes... it's on Sub Pop. You be nuts not to check it...