Real People Real Radio
Tucson and Southern Arizona's Community Radio
Aug 24, 2023 10:00 PM – 11:55 PM
With Julio Peña
A weekly mix of punk, post-punk, noise rock and more!
Set Me On Fire
The Fall Mansion
This Nation's Saving Grace Beggars Banquet 1985
Refused New Noise
The Shape of Punk to Come Burning Heart Records/Epitaph 1998
Third and final studio LP from the Swedish hardcore-punk band, whose intention with this release was to challenge the conventions of hardcore punk rock that they felt limited the genre. The music video saw some MTV airplay, with this cut featured on numerous film, television, and video game soundtracks. The track also samples a monologue from the 1979 Francis Ford Coppola film Apocalypse Now.
Big Black Kerosene
Atomizer (Remastered) Touch and Go Records 1992
Pummeling and bleak 1986 debut LP from Steve Albini and company. English news site The Guardian recently profiled Steve Albini, where he reassess his past and takes responsibility for many stupid and cringey comments made as a contrarian. recently profiled Steve Albini, where he reassess his past and takes responsibility for many stupid and cringey comments made as a contrarian.
Killing Joke The Wait
Killing Joke Virgin Catalogue 2005
1980 debut LP from the still-active influential English post-punk band. How influential? Metallica covered "The Wait" on The $5.98 E.P. – Garage Days Re-Revisited from 1987.
Clockcleaner Vomiting Mirrors
Babylon Rules Load Records 2007
Third studio LP from this unapologetically abrasive defunct Pennsylvanian noise-rock band. For its final 2008 show, Clockcleaner "opened" for billed opening act Negative Approach by playing a 15-minute sludge cover of NA's "Ready to Fight". This led to a violent outburst before and after the main show throughout the crowd. Despite this (or because of it) NA drummer Chris Moore compared it to a Flipper show!
Closet Goth Tucson, Bridge City L N
All Wrestlers Die Closet Goth 2023
New music from this Tucson band, incorporating elements of punk, post-punk, noise-rock, and more into its sound. Will easily crack my Top Ten of 2023 list!
Girls Against Boys The Royal Lowdown
Cruise Yourself Touch and Go Records 1994
Formed in Washington, D.C., and later relocating to NYC, Girls Against Boys were classified as post-hardcore. This marks one of three albums released on Touch and Go Records (third studio LP overall). Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty was a brief member, recording on the band's 1990 debut EP Nineties vs. Eighties.
Love's Miracle Ipecac Recordings 2007
Though Los Angeles based noise-rock two-piece Qui released several LPs, this is the only one recorded as a three-piece, with David Yow of The Jesus Lizard on vocals.
Melvins If I Had an Exorcism
Bullhead Boner 1991
Third studio LP from the sludge metal legends. Japanese noise-rock band Boris takes its name from the opening cut on this release.
Bauhaus Dark Entries
Bauhaus 1979-1983, Vol. 1 Beggars Banquet 1986
Originally released in 1980, "Dark Entries" was the second non-studio single released from the English post-punk band.
Ritual Howls Cauterize My Eyes N
Virtue Falters felte 2023
Latest release from this Detroit band, self-described as "death jangle". Sisters of Mercy fans will love this one!
The Soft Moon Face is Gone
Exister Sacred Bones Records 2022
The Soft Moon is the solo musical project of California-based singer-songwriter Luis Vasquez, steeped in heavy post-punk and industrial influence. Exister is the latest Soft Moon release and one of my Top Ten albums from last year.
Tuxedomoon Incubus (Blue Suit)
Desire / No Tears Crammed Discs 1981
Second studio LP from the San Francisco post-punk band. Originally released on Ralph Records, the label formed by The Residents as a means to release their music no other label would touch (and to support worthwhile artists in a similar spot).
Yello Daily Disco
Claro Que Si (Remastered 2005) Polydor 1981
Swiss electronic duo active since 1979. Yes, Yello had a major hit with "Oh Yeah" due to it being popularized by the 1986 comedic film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But don't sleep on this - the duo's second studio LP from 1981 - and other releases. Amazing sounds! Another Ralph Records original.
Wall of Voodoo Red Light
Dark Continent I.R.S. Records 2015
Second 1981 studio LP from the Los Angeles band better-known for the karaoke favorite "Mexican Radio". Lots of great, over-looked cuts on this album.
VR SEX Victim Or Vixen
Rough Dimension Dais Records 2022
Hailing from Los Angeles, VR Sex delivers a dystopian focused blend of punk/post-punk, along with some trippy music videos.
Wire Two People In a Room
154 The state51 Conspiracy 2006
154, Wire's third 1979 studio LP, built on the darker musical territory hinted at on the band's prior album Chairs Missing. Supposedly, the title for this album references the 154 live performances by the band leading up to the recording of this album.
Godflesh Permission N
Purge Avalanche Recordings 2023
New album in six years from Godflesh, formed by Napalm Death founding member and original vocalist Justin Broadrick. According to the band, Purge "revisits and updates the concepts explored on [1992's] Pure."
Destruction Unit Animal Instinct
Negative Feedback Resistor Sacred Bones Records 2015
2015 release from this Phoenix-based band, and my top album of 2015, as I wrote HERE:
Phoenix’s Destruction Unit deliver another psychotropic fueled blast of noise meant to do nothing but make you lose your senses in a deafening haze. Opener “Disinfect” begins with a low hum slowly building upward. But before you can settle in, an ear-splitting note kicks. This isn’t a wall of sound surrounding you. Those walls have already collapsed. This is – to borrow from the subsequent track – salvation, meant to liberate you from boring musical restrictions you unknowingly box yourself into. You’ll be unrestrained by the end of “Animal Instinct”, with its pulsating beat cascading into a wail and rumble. There’s no turning back at this point for the uninitiated. They’re trapped. The rest of us? We’ll be in noise-rock heaven.
Poison Ruïn Frozen Blood N
Härvest Relapse Records 2023
Philadelphian punk-band heavily indebted to the musical territory established by The Wipers.
Strike Under Sunday Night Disorientation
Immediate Action Wax Trax! Records 2020
One of the earliest, seminal Chicago punk bands, though short-lived. This 5-song EP was originally released in 1981 on Wax Trax Records.
Negative Trend Black and Red
Negative Trend EP Superior Viaduct 2013
Based out of San Francisco, Negative Trend only released this EP (in 1978). The band is better known as spawning Flipper and Toiling Midgets following its disbandment.
Dicks Sidewalk Begging
These People / Peace? Alternative Tentacles 2012
Fronted by the openly gay Gary Floyd, Austin's The Dicks played a bombastic punk rock whose satirical lyrics often found them in confrontation with local religious and political leaders. The police force didn't like 'em either. But the 80s punk rockers loved them! These People was originally released in 1985 and marked the band's second and final studio LP.
Black Flag Life of Pain
Damaged SST Records 1981
Black Flag's first studio LP and first album with Henry Rollins on vocals. According to SST in-house producer SPʘT (who would produce Black Flag's first four studio albums), an alternate version of Damaged was recorded with previous Black Flag vocalist Dez Cadena, which now exist as bootlegs.
Crime Murder By Guitar
Murder By Guitar Superior Viaduct 2014
Self-proclaimed San Francisco's "first and only rock and roll band" formed in 1976. Played shows in police uniforms. Heck, they performed inside San Quentin wearing police garb. And not just on stage. In the exercise yard!
Adolescents Losing Battle
Adolescents Frontier 1981
Debut studio LP from this Orange County, CA, punk band. This cut, while not included in the original release, has seen inclusion on subsequent releases as a bonus track, originally recorded for and released on the 1981 EP Welcome to Reality.