SONG STREAM: Nathan Xander “Over You, Over Me”

Hey! Listen to this single off Nathan Xander’s new album, Blue House [Trailer Fire Records]. I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed. We reviewed Xander’s self-titled full-length a few years ago and this song is further proof of what we said then: “Nathan Xander’s songs are simple but smart, sparse but with space and definitely get to the heart of matters of the heart.”

ZINE REVIEW: The Prodigal Son Returns

The Circle Jerks were one of the more popular SoCal hardcore bands in the 1980s. They played loud and fast and sent mosh pits into overdrive, but the band is also at least partly responsible for steering hardcore in the direction of tuneless, mindless, metal-tinged palp. That aside, they were an influential band and huge by 80s underground standards. This book from Microcosm is an interesting side note—not just to the Circle Jerks story, but to the greater L.A. punk rock history as well.