Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Calling All Punks
Los Angeles' BYO Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary with last week's release of a 31-song CD compilation and DVD titled Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records, which features artists who've graced the roster at some point over the years. 
I haven't had a chance to check out the 88-minute documentary yet, but the CD has some prime punk material. As you'd expect from 31 tracks, the quality can be up and down, but my personal favourites are Off With Their Heads' "Headlights...ditch!," Youth Brigade's "Misfortune," Lagwagon's "S.O.S.," Blue Collar Special's "Believe In Something," American Steel's "Dead And Broken," Complete Control's "Victoria," Old Man Markley's "We're In!," The Ignorant's "Keep On," Ch3's cover of The Nils' classic "Scratches & Needles" and 7 Seconds' "Sink With California." 
Other contributors include Bouncing Souls, NOFX, The Cute Lepers, Pennywise, Dropkick Murphys, Anti-Flag and Subhumans.
If you've followed American punk rock over the past 25 years, there's probably something here for you.

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