Excellent material from both bands here. The Cripple Bastards side lists 44 song titles but as is the case with a lot of noisecore it’s pretty useless to try to split them apart so it’s all one file here. The VH side is more grindy but still raw as fuck. There’s some wacked-out delay effect all over everything that’s kind of distracting. Still pretty rad.

Cripple Bastards/Violent Headache

The Barfos and several of their homies. Another diverse one here, with experimental sound collages, noise-rock, noisecore, plain ol’ noise, grind, bedroom indie, and even some honest to goodness pop-punk.

Cesspool #7

This compilation was supposed to kick off a new label called Be A Freak Records but I don’t think anything ever came of that, though the same guy did end up starting another label. There is a lot of seriously killer stuff on this one, It’s a definite favorite. Another mix of 1990s noise, grindcore, punk, and general weirdness.

Be A Freak

Among my many 1990s noise/grind cassette compilations, this is the granddaddy of them all. This is my personal first compilation appearance though I’m not saying which track. This tape is intimately bound up with my introduction to the noise tape scene and to noisecore and grindcore besides. Everything about this tape rules and brings back memories.

Audio Terrorism

Speaking of Adam/Y. A. Gadahn, here’s the only other Aphasia release I’m aware of besides the E H I split. Someone had it up online re-titled “Music Of A Terrorist” a while back. A lot of it kind of just sounds like klutzy guitar or keyboard playing through a pile of distortion, but it’s definitely got its moments.


A pretty fresh cassette EP of power electronics. I got this in a trade and know nothing about it really other than that it’s pretty damn good. (Moist Tapes 2009.)


Anti-vivisection/animal-testing compilation put together by some Canadian I don’t know anything about. Some of the preachiest stuff I’ve ever had in my collection. A time capsule from that time in the 1990s hen the punk scene decided music wasn’t for self-expression but rather for political causes. Side A has mostly a hardcore, d-beat, oi kind of vibe; side B goes more peace-punk with poppier and folkier sounds. Political Asylum are particularly good and get five normal-song-length songs, and they remind a bit of early Midnight Oil or late D.O.A. with some tasty guitar work. The last and best track is by Chumbawumba, yes that Chumbawumba. It’s actually right in line with what they were doing at the time. I remember when “Tubthumping” came out racking my brain to try to remember where I’d heard that band name before.

Still Angry?

Compilation put together in 1995 by the infamous Y.A. Gadahn a.k.a. Aphasia a.k.a. Azzam the American. An intriguing mix of noise, grind, metal, and industrial. If anyone out there has the first volume, I’d love to hear it.

Diversified Coalescence

Legendary, ridiculously prolific Austin goofball songwriter/rapper/electronicist The BassTurd a.k.a. Danny Ugly got his start in Iowa City with a few homemade cassettes and basement shows. There is nowhere near 131 songs on this one from 1996; I think it’s more like around 60-ish. They are all weird as fuck. There’s a They Might Be Giants cover song too. Strap in and blast off for Planet Homo.

131 Songs

Something from E.F. Tapes, the birthplace of the legendary Cock ESP. A drums/guitar-or-bass duo doing some primitive noisy improvisation. Nicely crunchy lo-fi recording, lamest insert E.F. ever did. Saw these guys play an E.F. showcase at The Red Sea in Minneapolis probably not long after this came out along with Wrong and The Amputease. My girlfriend I dragged along hated the whole thing. It was awesome.