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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