Wednesday, February 27, 2008

satan place!

Like 15 years ago or so I saw an ad for Ecstatic Peace records in Forced Exposure (I think) that mentioned this tape. It was an upcoming release and purported to feature interviews with various Long Island teen satanists! The ad I read definitely ran a year or more after the famous Ricky Kasso teen drug/satan murder in Northport, Long Island in 1984. I remember reading about the murder in Rolling Stone and the full page pic of wild eyed Kasso scared the shit out of me. Anyways, with that pic of Kasso burned into my brain forever, I couldn't wait to hear this tape. The ad even said "Ricky Kasso is an asshole" or something like that (I will scan in the ad when I track it down).

I don't recall it being mentioned or having much of a description in Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace rundown in a mid 90s issue of Muckraker. It seems it was never actually released, leading to more legendary status (in my head).

So, lo and behold Eric from We Have Heaven sent around a link with a download for the tape a few days ago! It seems it was issued briefly by Hanson records, the home of Wolf Eyes but is no longer available or even referenced on their website. A little bit of a wrap up on this release can be found here (ya gotta scroll, yo).

When I finally downloaded the tape and gave it a listen, it totally delivers, much like the live Venom 7" on Ecstatic Peace, another oddity that I didn't hear until years after it's release. The tape seems to be recorded before the Kasso murder, since there is no reference to it and I am sure it would have been a topic of conversation had it been recorded after the murder/arrest. But it is all Long Island, all heavy metal (the dark side of Heavy Metal Parking lot?), and all DUMB. So fucking dumb and awesome and silly. That said, none of the folks involved in the Kasso murder are on the tape (which includes full names and even one kid's address!), so one can assume the 'burbs of Long Island were just a hotbed of babbling devil kids on PCP, mesc and acid.

Over an hour of drug stories, Satan talk, heavy metal discussions, Long Island accents and even some impromptu jamming on a guitar and keyboard (!). Giddy excitement over their petty crimes! A million awesome quotes ("This guitar is possesed" "Ozzy is a fruity malutie"), references to Hit Parader TV (on ch 21), the bizarre cocksure confidence of early 80s dirt weed metal culture. When the interviewer mentions that he heard Venom are not really into Satanism, that it is a gimmick, the incredulous response of "Not into it??" is just perfect. Convoluted logic about Lucifer and his many wings, getting devil books out of the "lieberry." Ahh I could go on and on, but just give it a listen for yourself. Here are the first two parts of the tape. I will be adding more in the next few days. Enjoy this snapshot of a world that was all too real/dumb back in the early to mid 80s. This shit really existed, as a teen stoner into acid and such back then, you usually had to deal with these types, at least on the edges of the drug scene. Til you made friends with the school deadheads anyways. Keep your eyes out for the Hermit With the Knowledge.

UPDATE: Parts 3 and 4 added.

Satan Place - Side A Part 1
Satan Place - Side A Part 2
Satan Place - Side A Part 3
Satan Place - Side A Part 4

UPDATE II: Whole thing here... enjoy.

Friday, February 22, 2008

snow day!

Also, because of the snow, the show tonight (Friday Feb 22) at the Banana Factory is canceled and will be rescheduled.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

shows this weekend

On Friday Feb 22, We Have Heaven is playing the Banana Factory in Bethlehem with Mostly Other People Do the Killing:

Mostly Other People Do the Killing
are a free-wheeling Jazz quartet hailing from New York City featuring
Moppa Elliot, Kevin Shea, Jon Irabagon, and Peter Evans - if you
aren't a "names" person, these dudes have played in other bands like
Bright Eyes, the Coptic Light Orchestra, Talibam!, the Moppa Elliot
Quartet, the Peter Evans Quartet and SO MANY MORE. Extremely talented
players who are breathing new life and liveliness into Jazz & Bop.

We Have Heaven
are intricate progressive jams which transcend this world and will
take you to a new, higher consciousness if you'll go along for the
ride. Beautiful music for daydreaming and other psychedelic times.
Special guest drummer Kyle Rage

Asking $5-10 donations for bands.

In the main gallery at the Banana Factory, 25 W 3rd Street in
Bethlehem. PA.

UPDATE: Due to the weather, the We Have Heaven/Mostly Other People Do the Killing show in Bethlehem is canceled and will be rescheduled.

And then on Sunday, Doomed to Obscurity is playing the Khyber with friggin' MOD. While my weekend is kinda booked, I would like to swing by the Khyber just to see who the fuck goes to see MOD in 2008. That said, I did see DTO at the Tritone last week and they were great.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

a preview

Ok for like 12+ years I have been threatening to write and publish my treatise on Dag Nasty's Field Day and why it is by far the most awesome Dag Nasty album, and also the best and worst at the same time and how it relates to a burnt teenagehood spent in Central PA... so yeah at some point this year, the 20th anniversary of Field Day, I will explain it all.

As a quick preview, here are some live Dag Nasty tracks from City Gardens May 18 1988, including a live version of "Crucial Three"!

Dag Nasty- Field Day (Live May 18 1988)
Dag Nasty- Crucial Three (Live May 18 1988)

Friday, February 8, 2008

blog bitez, LOL!

Ok, we all know that Shiba Inus rule, but this Japanese blog focusing on two (maybe three) Shibas and their adventures is so damn cute I can't stand it. Be sure to watch the video clip about half way down the page. Ahhh!

Also, the new (third) volume of the We Got It 4 Cheap mixtape series from the Clipse is posted for free download on their website. I haven't given it a good listen yet, but the other two volumes were fantastic.


Tuesday, February 5, 2008


Via the Weirdpanther email list, Chuck Meehan forwarded the news that Sean Finnegan of Void passed away. Some info here.