The 49th Parallel

In our quest to compile everything by Three Studies for a Crucifixion, it came to our attention that they have three songs on the 49th Parallel compilation (as listed on discogs.com). But we only had that first song in the unofficial discography zip (includes the demo, and a live set). And the rip of that comp that’s cruising around only has 13 tracks…

Where were those other two songs? On the record, perhaps! So I borrowed the record from a friend. And lo, it turns out that the listing on discogs.com is wrong (it’s also wrong about the Inept track list). The other two Three Studies songs are just bolded text in the lyric sheet. They aren’t actually different songs. So the discog is complete.

And here’s the 49th Parallel compilation!

49th Parallel

This is an lp, put out on Old Glory Records in 1997. It was also put out on CD by Disillusion records. 21 tracks. Here are the bands:

Swallowing Shit
Still Life
Karenza
Tho Ko Losi
Acrid
MK-Ultra
The Eliot Rosewater
Three Studies for a Crucifixion
Submission Hold
Inept
Gates of Dawn
Resin

Many of these bands are from Ohio or Canada. This is a rad compilation. Many play pretty brutal and fast powerviolency stuff. Still Life has three tracks on side a (10 minutes of it, or so). It’s a departure from their usual sound. Here, they channel Kilowatthours (Travels in Constants, vol. 17) and Bugskull, producing three lo-fi, droney tracks. Tho Ko Losi sound like Monster X on their first song.

More songs by Inept can be found here on the Fugitive Equilibrium blog.

download the 49th Parallel
like 70mb, insert included. It’s a pretty long comp (about 24 minutes each side)

Please tell me if I made any mistakes on this rip. I was sort of tired when cutting it into tracks.

An American Tragedy

Here is the An American Tragedy compilation 7″.

an american tragedy

It features:

Dead Silence
Three Studies for a Crucifixion
Still Life
Watercolour

It was put out by Diffusion Records (Bloomington, Indiana) in 1996.

Dead Silence covers a song by a band called Dissent. I’m guessing it’s originally from the ’80s. It starts with, “Sometimes I get angry, but not in a selfish way.” And sometimes you play pretty catchy ’80s punk rock (which is also not a selfish thing)!

Then Three Studies for a Crucifixion arrives from planet Jupiter, but explodes mid-entry, and this is what we’re left with. And it rules. This song is also on the split 7″ with Harriet the Spy. Except this is a different recording of it. A better one! I recently posted this song on my tumblr. I love it! So then I figured I should post the rest of the record. Which is what I’m doing now. This comp had previously (about 3 years ago), been posted on another music blog. But they didn’t have the balls to keep the links alive. Which maybe means that this record is already common on the hip young music-sharing message boards you blokes “surf.” BUT! It wasn’t included in a zip that supposedly contained their comp tracks.

On that (side) note: here’s everything by Three Studies for a Crucifixion! It’s only their songs (not the other sides of the splits), and includes their stuff from: the split with harriet the spy, split with coleman, split with melt banana, four songs from comps, demo, live set. (Look, I used mediafire… they keep links up for a long time, right?) Thanks to Leo for for helping find these! And I got the demo from Killing Technology.

Edit: this discog is three tracks short! It’s missing three songs from the 49th Parallel compilation. My friend has that record, and I’ll be borrowing it soon, to complete the discog!

If you want the other sides of those splits, here’s:
split with Coleman
split with Harriet the Spy
split with Melt Banana

Okay, back to this record. Side B has Still Life doing their best and slowest William Martyr 17 impression. har har, just kidding. But those bands do remind me of one another at times. Watercolour is good – melodic and decently-fast (similar to cap’n jazz or something).

This compilation is a benefit for the (now departed) political activist, Judi Bari. Her car was hit with a pipe bomb… and by whom? Insert included.

-download An American Tragedy

Boys Life

Here’s the first Boys Life 7″. This was put out on Synergy Records, in 1993. It’s the first thing Synergy put out. I found this at a local record shop a couple weeks ago for $2! And it’s in untouched condition. It’s also, according to the insert (included in the d/l), one of the first 150 put out (because the label owners glued the song names on each side).

I was surprised to find that I couldn’t find a d/l of this record posted online. So here it is. And here’s a post on Chug Life with a bunch of their other records. Also, read that post for some more info about the band.

boys life

It’s a 45, with one song on each side. I didn’t listen to this band much back in the day. It wasn’t until some recently that I started running into their records at shops. But, the first hardcore show I ever went to was a Boys Life show! This was 1995, and it was at Food Not Bombs in Goleta, CA (later called The Living Room). I barely remember their set, though. I think we didn’t see all of it. I remember getting vibed by some guys from our high school – established scenester guy named Dan. Another band (that sounded really good) was playing inside while we were heading in, and Dan, in a mocking fashion, dropped some knowledge bombs on us. “Since you probably don’t know, that’s not Boys Life playing right now,” he said. Yeah, no shit man. ANYWAY

Some other site mentioned that Boys Life kinds of sounds like Drives Like Jehu or Fugazi. But… I’m not too familiar with either of those bands, so I think of them as somewhat similar to Car Vs. Driver (and maybe even Clikatat Ikatowi?!). It’s got really active drumming, and slow/fast transitions that eventually build up to rocking, crashing moments before tempering back down. The vocals are somewhat subdued behind the guitars, and are easy to get along with (aka they don’t scream).

download Boys Life

Operation: Dandelion

Three Studies for a Crucifixion – “Operation: Dandelion”. This song is also on the split 7” with Harriet the Spy (if I recall correctly). But this is a different recording, which I just ripped from the 7” compilation, V/A Benefit Compilation for Judi Bari’s Case. It amuses me that the song before this on the comp is like a 1,2,3 standard garage punk rock song (by Dead Silence), and then this song’s from another world compared with it. I think this band is a bit underrated. They remind me of Usurp Synapse – except, like, 5 years earlier.

Demo tape here