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You’re Not Going to Believe This…

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , , , on April 24, 2020 by Magadh

But Slavoj Žižek’s new book is actually quite good. I just reviewed it for…

The Communist Influenza

Tramp the Dirt Down: Farewell Maggie

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , , , , , on April 8, 2013 by Magadh


Maggie Thatcher shuffled off this mortal coil today. We won’t miss her. Here are some great tunes from Britain’s dark old days.

Well I hope I don’t die too soon
I pray the lord my soul to save
Oh I’ll be a good boy, Im trying so hard to behave
Because there’s one thing I know, I’d like to live
Long enough to savour
That’s when they finally put you in the ground
Ill stand on your grave and tramp the dirt down

-Captain of Games

Some Odds and Sods

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , , , , on April 4, 2013 by Magadh

old ironSeattle down-tuned juggernaut Old Iron has tossed a couple of demo tunes up on their Bandcamp site. Do yourself a favor and check them out here. Look for a full length some time in the not too distant future.

In other news, Hydrahead Records has some big news for Record Store Day (4/20 if you’re interested). They will be re-releasing Botch’s American Nervoso and Cave In’s Until Your Heart Stops on vinyl. It’s been a long ass time since those jams have been available on wax. I remember stuffing endless copies of American Nervoso for Botch’s summer tour when it was first released so the record holds a special place in my heart. Don’t sleep on this!

American Nervoso









-Captain of Games

Dropkick Murphys Dropkick Bonehead

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , on March 22, 2013 by Magadh

The folks at Wartime Collective hipped us to this footage. The Dropkick Murphys, during their 3.13.13 show, serve notice that Nazis aren’t welcome at their shows. Enjoy!


– Captain of Games

Iron Maiden’s Trooper Beer

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , on March 21, 2013 by Magadh

We are big Maiden fans in the bunker (RIP Clive). so it was with great anticipation we learned that Bruce Dickinson was joined forces with Robinson’s brewery to create “Trooper – A Hand Crafted Ale”. They write:

Trooper is a premium British beer inspired by Iron Maiden and handcrafted at Robinsons brewery. Being a real ale enthusiast, vocalist Bruce Dickinson has developed a beer which has true depth of character. Malt flavours and citric notes from a unique blend of Bobec, Goldings and Cascade hops dominate this deep golden ale with a subtle hint of lemon.

The Charge Of The Light Brigade, which inspired the Iron Maiden song The Trooper, took place at the Battle Of Balaclava (1854) during the Crimean War when 6—British cavalry courageously charged the massed Russian artillery. This gallant but foolhardy assault resulted in a massive loss of life and came about due to a misunderstanding of an order given by the commanding officer, Lord Raglan.

Iron Maiden, with drummer Clive Burr

Learn more about this fantastic development here.

Confronting Hate

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , , on March 12, 2013 by Magadh

While this blog is primarily dedicated to music we do attempt to promote new and novel ways to challenge the fascists and bigots among us. Michl Hartney’s partner, Turtle, was called a “faggot” by a passer by. Turtle confronted the bigot and filmed the encounter. The video is below, to read the account of what transpired pop over to Mr. Hartny’s blog here.

– Captain of Games

Last Sparrow Tattoo

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , , on February 5, 2013 by Magadh


Last Sparrow Tattoo started as a labor of love for Scott Sylvia. His mission was to create an educational resource profiling the craft of tattooing and empowering the reader to understand the difference between good and bad tattoos. Last Sparrow Tattoo has grow into an amazing online community featuring a forum, galleries, tattoo book reviews, blogs and interviews with tattoo artists. They also offer ratings of tattoo shops and advice for folks interested in getting their first tattoo.

For my part, I love watching the interviews with tattoo artists. Sylvia does such a great job tracing the unique arc of each artist’s career. Sylvia says he became a tattooist because he wanted to live the pirate’s life and it is his interviews with artists from that era of tattooing that really resonant. I particularity like his interview with machine builder Dan Dringenberg, so I’ve included it below.  Last Sparrow Tattoo is a great resource and I can’t recommend it enough.

– Captain of Games

A Note on Reviews

Posted in Heads Up on January 22, 2013 by Magadh

I thought I might say a couple of words about our review policy here in the bunker. Here I speak only for myself, although I’m pretty confident that the Captain is similarly inclined. In any case, I seem to do the bulk of the reviews (which is more to do with the fact that I just don’t get out much than anything else), so this applies mostly to myself anyway.

You may notice that, in the main, the reviews that we put up here are positive. This is not because we’re uncritical. The fact of the matter is that I don’t spend that much time on something if I think it sucks. If I haven’t found something to hold my attention within the first couple of tracks I generally consign whatever it is to the rubbish tip of history. At any given time I’ve got twenty or thirty things hanging fire waiting for review and a lot of other writing projects as well, so my attention span is a little limited. Is this an ideal situation? No, it isn’t. But one has a limited lifespan (and zombies to fight) so I just can’t give too much attention to mediocrity. I would prefer to give the greatest possible attention to things that are interesting. Although I don’t spend a lot of time listening to that which disappoints, when I hear something good I’d like to give it my full attention rather than just listening to the first two cuts and writing a review declaring them the next Aerosmith.

Of course, there is something quite enjoyable about writing bad reviews. I am reminded in this context of Arthur Fifield’s hilarious rejection letter to Gertrude Stein, which I reproduce here because it makes me laugh:letter

You will notice that when I (we) give poor marks it tends to be to something from an act with whom we’re already familiar. If a band has done something impressive in the past, that at least buys them a couple of full spins of their new project. I (we) don’t seek out things to hammer just because they suck. There is plenty of garbage in what’s left of the world, and the interweb has ensured that it gets wider exposure than ever before. There are any number of places where we could find shit. Basically, and fascist/white power/nationalist label will be fully stock with absolute sheep shit for moronic seig heiling crowd. But that’s like shooting fish in a barrel. Unless they manage to rise above the level of mere absurdity and incompetence we just can’t be bothered.

Anyway, part of our goal in starting this blog was to bring ourselves into contact with more interesting stuff, so feel free to suggest points of interest.


RIP Sarah (Mike) Kirsch

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , , , , on December 10, 2012 by Magadh


It was with great sadness that I learned of Sarah (aka Mike) Kirsch’s passing on 12/5/12 following a courageous battle with Fanconi Anemia. Sarah was a prolific member of the Bay Area punk community and her bands remain an inspiration to me. If you’re so inclined, please head over to the Mike Kirch tumblr and share some memories. It can be found here.

Spencer Rangitsch’s moving obituary from MRR is here.

As for me, I’ll remember her this way:


– Captain of Games

Bargain Bin Blasphemy

Posted in Heads Up with tags , , on December 4, 2012 by Magadh

This is the best tumblr I have seen in some time. What do you get when you combine bargain bin records, a wicked sense of humor and black metal? Magic is the answer. Do yourself a favor and check them out here.

– Captain of Games