Swamp Dogg reissues out today from Alive Naturalsound; download two free tracks

Legendary psychedelic soul bluesman Swamp Dogg‘s first two albums, Total Destruction to Your Mind and Rat On! see reissue today via Alive Naturalsound. I’ve had a chance to listen to both, and they sound amazing. They’ve still got that swamp funk to them, but the remastering job is just absolutely stellar. For those used to vinyl rips and bootleg CDs, these brand-new LP reissues (and first-time official CD releases) will blow your mind.

Hopefully, this will lead to a new generation of folks getting into this somewhat lost musician. While Swamp Dogg’s songs have been covered by the likes of Galactic, it don’t mean shit to be known if folks can’t get your music. Now that’s the case. Both LPs are available from the Bomp! store. Check out two tracks from the reissues below.

MP3: Swamp Dogg, “Creeping Away” (from Rat On!)
MP3: Swamp Dogg, “If I Die Tomorrow” (from Total Destruction to Your Mind)

MacLeod’s history of SoCal punk stops short

book-cover-kids-of-the-black-holeIn his book Kids of the Black Hole: Punk Rock In Postsuburban California, Dewar MacLeod brings together elements of Legs McNeil’s Please Kill Me and Teenage by Jon Savage to argue that as well as being an aesthetic of youth culture, punk is art, not just music.

Kids of the Black Hole tarces the evolution of SoCal punk from the art-damaged rock of the Germs and the power-pop championed by Bomp’s Greg Shaw to the hardcore that the region became known for. It’s an artful examination and looks just as closely at the societal implications of sprawl and the growth of the suburbs as it does at the “scene.”
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