Thursday, 31 December 2009

The Cryogenic Strawberries

Looking for something a bit different? For something individual but can still make your feet tap and your head bob. Then look no further me amigo's as here is The Cryogentic Strawberries. Mainly the solo project of Rev. Eddie DeSadebut also is contributions from Casey Jones (amongst others) this throws everything you thought about Lo Fi music out the window, slaps you in the face and then puts it's hands down you pants and gives your loose change a jingle. So want to take a trip to a whole other side of the world? Then click below.....


The Cryogenic Strawberries - Dadaism is the old kistch (12 minute opus of insanity)

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Get Serious

Yet another awesome band from Manchester (UK), hurrah! This time super pop punk from the Get Serious kids. This is terribly addictive and i was caught on the bus busting out some one my best white boys dances shuffles to this while on my way to work. It was all recorded with one maybe two mics in their practice room and the results are pretty fucking good. Each tracks is around two minutes (if that) and bounces around like a kid on a Haribo sugar rush with the live recording really helping push through their energy.

So you like power pop punk? Well open a beer and put this on and get singing "Waste my time, lose my mind!" you know you will.


Get Serious - High on DIY

Workerbee Records

So here's a post about the wonderful Workerbee Records. Mainly known for their awesome compilations featuring all kinds of bands and other music folk including Casey Jones, Murder Mystery and Electric Needle Room. Mainly focusing on Lo Fi stuff plus some of the most bizarre music i have ever heard (that is a compliment) then this is one of those small labels that are always worth a look out for for new and very exciting music.

At the moment they are looking for bands for a new comp so if you are interested then go and drop them a line on their myspace.

Now here is the Low Fidelity Living 5 featuring My Cell Phone is Better Than Your Cell Phone, Poland and You Are Home amongst many others so grab a copy and enter the world of Workerbee records.


Low Fidelity Living 5


Here's a band you have to check out the wonderful Polina. Mixing up the intensity of punk with sprinklings of emo hardcore (the good kind of emo that is) and some great technical diversity, then how can that not sound good. You only have to see their influences to see that they are willing to try and play something a bit different to most other bands in this genre. From Miles Davies to Pig Destroyer to Drive Like Jehu!

Their EP will be out in late January next year and more tracks will be posted on their myspace very soon. So go on over and say hello!



Bill Shatnerrr

Hailing from Manchester, UK comes (or came as now sadly defunked) Bill Shatnerrr. A trio of odd bods that wanted to push the boundaries of hardcore using as many influences as possible like Daughters, Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Ornette Coleman and every garage punk band under the sun. The results came out loud, fast and noisy. The demo below has 4 tracks that were recorded live in a practice room with a handful of beat up mics and a very temperamental laptop. These tracks are all that pretty much remain as nothing else got put out. So like your hardcore with a jazzy, bizarre edge? Then here's Bill Shatnerrr.

Bill Shatnerrr - Bootleg Demo

No One is Immune

A small side project i did over a couple of weeks. Super fast powerviolence containing six tracks all wrapped up in three minutes or so. I was going to put it out on a tape but i was too lazy so here it is!

No One is Immume - EP

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Divets/Anisette Banana Split

This is the great little split between two of my favourite bands of the moment Divets and Anisette.

It composes of 2 tracks by each band that kind of blend into one. First up is the brilliant madness of Divets (see previous post) a one man manic that does drums, vocals, loops and make general noise. Can't speak highly of this kid at the moment. And secondly there's Anisette, really clever and very technical, instrumental (with limited vocals sometimes) kinda bag. The music switches around like a crazied tweeker going through a thousand thoughts a second. This is a sexy little split if ever i heard one, so grab it, play it and don't look at the picture too much as it will make you hungry!


Ainsette MYSPACE

Banana Split EP

Well Wisher

Right, so as you may have seen in the earlier Hail Brethren post this is the band that they became minus one member. But onwards they continued and just a month or so ago they recorded a few tracks and i have two of them tracks for you. Sinking more into the pop punk/emo whole bag this is nothing but rather good, with good decent guitar work, a thumping bass and a driving drum beat it all shapes up pretty fucking well. Well decide for yourself....



Get Yer Top Off


Featuring member(s) of the super awesome 1994! then you get a feel already of what this band is about. Bustling around with their super funtime music that is bound to get even the most grinchy of person to rip off their shirt in a Hulk Hogan style and run around in circles like a drunken dog chasing it's tail. The demo features three great tracks with my favourite Chobra Son that has such an awesome opening riff followed with distant powerful vocals which was the first track i heard by them and have had a secret love for them since.

They have appeared on the truly great Ticklebutt Records tape that can be purchased here on their myspace, is really worth a check out.

Also a 7" split with Boys and Sex which is set for release in the spring time, which should be pretty darn funky.



Call Me Betty

How fucking great were Call Me Betty!?!? So good infact that i'm going to run a small post on them. Sadly they have all parted ways but Tom went on to form Henry Fonda the truly awesome Powerviolence band (see previous post). But back to Call Me Betty! Outstandingly complex and heavy all at the same time like some mad jazz band that took way to much H and picked up guitars and rocked the fuck out! This is one of the bands that i wish i had seen, but always i didn't grrrrr. But for people that like their hardcore to be challenging and well put together but also is crazier than an old guy thinking he is Abraham Lincoln then this is the band for you!

Der Gini-Koeffizient

Dance or Die!

How awesome is that pic! Anyways here's another slice of super awesome Hungarian hardcore! The rawness of the demo is really refreshing, and does what it says on the tin, hardcore, fast and super aggressive the way it should be. So grab a copy, turn it up and mosh!!!!!!!




Formed only a few months ago the guys have already put out their demo and what a demo! Happy go lucky pop/emo/indie kind of groove that puts a spring in your step. These guys are looking for house shows up and down the US in the new year so if you can help then jog on over to their Myspace and do so!



Hail Brethren

Now sadly parted their ways, but now 4/5 of them now play in Well Wisher.

But this was a fantastic album of twiddly riffs and energetic post punk that made you click your fingers and nod your head. Always an awesome live spectacle with raw energy from their music passing through the audience like a spliff through a hippy convention. This is an extra special post as there has been two unreleased tracks that have been put out which were intended for a split but of course never happened. So you lucky people not only do you get this awesome ep, you also get the two unreleased tracks as well! Hows you like them apples!

Hail Brethren EP + 2 Unreleased Tracks

Twilight Of The Idols

Now i am really happy the guys at Twilight of The Idols allowed me to upload their album as it has been my album of the year, and is always on my Mp3 player. Hailing from the sunny shores of California these guys really push the limits of hip hop with excellent rhymes and really great tunes in the background that convey a truly brilliant sound. Every track is really outstanding and the whole album flows like water over rocks with a more laid back style than some other hip hop bands around but it just means they stand out more. As you can see i really love this album so i hope you all grab a copy and say a huge thanks to the boys at Twilight Of The Idols.

Now if you loved this album as i am sure you will you can still buy a copy (and i hope you do) here at New Coccon.

There is also other stuff to get from New Cocoon and is the place to go and check out new and exciting hip hop people such as Staplemouth, Noah23, LXOR and many more. So drop on buy and check it out.


Apathetic Palm Reader

Monday, 28 December 2009

Active Knowledge

For fans of the 8-bit generation then i guess this fellow needs no introduction...but here's one anyway. Hailing from the tasty sounding Cape Cod this guy has been creating awesome 8-bit tunes for awhile, and how awesome they really are. Throwing in influences from Mogwai to Beck and Air it all makes for a great listen. Constantly refreshing and always up beat makes Active Knowledge at the top of his game. So here's the Pyramid Neon and a special live set for you all to enjoy.


Pyramid Neon

Active Knowledge Live Set


A new one many project from a great guy called Sam. He also runs Derry Air Records which puts out all kinds of thrash/Grind kinda stuff from all over the world. But back to Quoz, a devilish grind project that is set to release it's five track demo tape in January 2010, so if you like what you here then go and message him for a copy as it is only limited to 10 copies!

So Sam gave me two tracks from it to post on here, so if you like heavy. dark, grind then get downloading!


Quoz - Scene Kids, The Ignorance Lives On

Quoz - O Hai NOOb Epic Fail. Pwned

Step On It

Now legendary hardcore/thrash band from Hungary playing no bullshit, straight up hardcore. In the last few years there has been a strong new hardcore movement with this guys being at the forefront. I have posted two of their albums but if you want more then go to their myspace for more details, and also if you live in Hungry check out their future gigs. This is exciting times for these guys so grab some tunes and be a part of it.


All School Monster

Thrash Baby


Can't say enough good things about Staplemouth. Awe inspiring Hip Hop from the US and features all kinds of other great hip hop fellows such as Wormhole and Noah23. The speed of the raps is enough to drop your mouth but also the great beats and tunes behind it all really make for an over all individual sound. I was lucky enough to get a track onto my ZX Tapes comp a few months ago. So bow your heads and and all praise Staplemouth.


Ruler of Desperate Measures

Un-Everything Except Three

Henry Fonda

Powerviolence played as it should be fast,hard and in your face! Sounds like your kinda thing then welcome to the world of Henry Fonda. No bullshit, No fads just straight up punk play at 1000 miles an hour. Since they started at the beginning of 2009 they have been one of the most productive bands of the year with numerous splits, live tapes, demo's and more to come in the new year. They are looking to do a tour in the US next September so if you can help out then go to their myspace and hook them up. So enough chat....

Henry Fonda Myspace

Henry Fonda - Demo Tape

Henry Fonda - Live At Birth

Henry Fonda - Live At Dani's Swamp House

Grab Ass Cowboys

Now here is a little treat for ya'll. It's the always wicked Grab Ass Cowboys live set featuring Bad Costume live set that was put onto SUNY Albany Radio in May this year. An eclectic mix the bizarre and the awesome for all of you to get your teeth into. This really is a slightly late Christmas present for you all!

Grab Ass Cowboys Myspace

Grab Ass Cowboys Live Part One

Grab Ass Cowboys Live Part Two


Hailing from Manchester UK (and Switzerland) throwing out their blend of sludge/punk madness these kids have done very well for themselves over the past year or so with their few releases selling out fast and playing at the Cry Me A River Festival in the summer. So here is the Year One Tape that came out a while ago, and since then one of the members has left but one wards they continue with a new 12 inch Orogeny out very very soon (you can hear the tracks on their myspace). AND they will be touring the UK again this year!!!!!

Hammers - Year One Tape


Dirty filthy Bastards! I heard of these guys many months ago and since then they have been up and down the US touring and what not, not being in the US i haven't seen them (GRRR) but from what i hear they put on quite the show. Powerful Grindcore that's faster than a cheetah on speed and heavier then a fat guy eating lead, these guys will be one to watch for 2010 with their full lengh release to be put out and the many splits and compilation appearances. So check out their myspace for more details!

So here is the Batards demo, so put it on, turn it up and Grind!!!!!!!!

Bastards Myspace

Bastards - Demo


Now trying to describe this cat may prove somewhat tricky so here goes....improv, noise, jazzy, funk, tape music?!? Either who cares what it is when it is this good! Featuring some really powerful and super impressive drumming which leads the tracks through his odd and somewhat weird structures leaves you tapping your wee feet to the madness that is Divets. I have been listening this all day today and hope you will all follow suit!

This guy is also about to start touring with Anisette (another awesome band) in the new year so go to his page and see when and also if you can help them out with any dates then please do.

Divets Myspace

Divets - Fruit Salad EP


Hurrah! I love Burt!!!!!!!!! More awesome hardcore punk from Saarland, Germany. Check out these guys in the new year as the will have a split tape with the impressive Henry Fonda on the brilliant Puzzle Records. So start the new year with some hardcore!!!

Burt Myspace

Burt - Mustache Thrash

ZX Tapes Back Catolog..So Far...

So here we go the first post! And here is the chance (if you haven't) to grab the five previous tapes that i have put out on my label:

Wormhead - Hailing from Germany, this is the product of a great guy called Wayne who does so many small and big musical projects from Burt (look out for a future post) to running Puzzle Records. This was my first tape i put out and it was fantastic collect of noise/drone material. So turn the lights off and put on your headphones and take a trip to the darkside.

Wormhead Myspace

Wormhead Tape

Somebody's Kid - Post hardcore/punk/noise from this small jam band from London. Not really a band as such as they just meet up to play some jams, but the results are incredible. Juggling all kinds of genres like a drunk clown at a birthday party this is a great listen.

Somebody's Kid Tape

I Killed Techno - Electro/pop/punk from Texas Yeeehaww! This was a little something different from IKT as he starting experimenting into the evil world of electro noise. The whole album is just one track with each song merging into the next. Great stuff.

I Killed Techno Myspace

I Killed Techno Tape

ZX Tapes Comp Tape Volume 1 - This took a while to put together but was well worth it and sold out rather fast. Here's a list of the bands that were involved:

Joint Chiefs of Math -
Swim Ignorant Fire -
Slapendehonden -
Negative Neutron -
Granny Frost -
Anisette -
Henry Fonda -
Paregorik -
Velma and the happy campers -
Cantank -
Staplemouth -
Paradise -

ZX Tapes Comp Tape Vol 1

xHaroldshitmanx/Wheelchair,Wheelchair,Wheelchair,Wheelchair Split Tape - Bored of bland,generic punk/thrash music....Well get this in you! Both bands from the sunny climates of Scotland pushing out fast,angry and pissed off Powerviolence/thrash tunes that will make your head spin. This tape was sold out with in 4 days so here's your chance to grab it for free!!!

xHaroldshitmanx Myspace

Wheelchairx4 Myspace

xHaroldshitmanx/Wheelchairx4 Split tape


Hello one and all and welcome to the ZX blog. The basic idea here is to put out as music free music as possible from any genre and to get the smaller bands out there that you may of not heard of a small stage to get heard. There is no scene bullshit here as this is just purely about the music and not about what is "fashionable" or "the latest craze". But as i will be publishing mainly underground music then if you do download something then please go and buy something from the band/artist.

If you wish to submit something for here then go to http:/ and message me.

Jon x