There is nothing quite like a mix tape to kick off an Arizona summer! We’ve got plenty of new and well-loved songs from some of our favorite locals along with some from-somewhere-else jams to get your crusty asses primed and ready for the sweaty times ahead.
In the vein of always giving credit where credit is due, and as co-founder and former head editor of AZK, I feel that the loss of Miles “Slime” Berrett is much bigger than any of us could imagine. He was always one of my favorite desert dwellers and a solid friend, in addition to being one of the original AZ Kaos family members. A handful of the original zines would have never made it to press on time had Miles not pitched in so much work. It most certainly wouldn’t have had half the distribution or witty insight into forgotten gems, had he not darkened our doorstep. I feel that the least I could do is shine light on some of the things that he poured his passion into that we may have forgotten or not known about in the first place.
Many people have contributed to AZ KAOS in some manner over the past 8 years and no doubt one of the more colorful and entertaining individuals was Miles, sometimes better known as “Slime” from Slime and the Boobytramps.
Back in our paper zine days he did a monthly article for us called The Drunk March which was basically where you could find the cheapest alcohol for sale in various parts of the valley, a help for many I am sure and extremely detailed. That point always amazed me, having it all down by various store and exact cost.
Miles past away July 31st , long before his time and it was shock of all of us that knew him or had worked with him. In their time of grief the family has many things to take care of and as such people helping out means a lot. Brian Paulson has set up a benefit show to raise a little money and allow many of us that knew him gather to celebrate the life of Miles. Tragically short yet an impact on many.
AZ KAOS and Gagging Maggot Records present Apocalypse Cow! Volume #1
This 30-song digital album, with thirty bands, serves up punk rock goodness from the desert state. The compilation includes the music, listed in order of appearance, of:
Bloodspasm, The Video Nasties, Reason Unknown, These Charming Men, Thee Oh-Nos, The Fisters, Braincage, The Cullens, The West End, Thee Park Drive, The Mongoloids, Manual Sex Drive, JJCnV, Johnstone Strait Killers, SLIME and the Boobytramps, Ten Thirteen, Nunzilla, The Mission Creeps, Glass Heroes, Bomb Threat, Venomous Pinks, Moovalya, No Other Option!, The Complainiacs, Busted Bearings, The Fed Ups, The Limit Club, Asses of Evil, AIDS Free, and Rotten Youth
Get yours – by naming your own price – now at azkaos.bandcamp.com
Slime and the Boobytramps have been around for roughly 3 years now and have managed to stay under the radar until recently. After a few (seemingly constant) line-up changes and numerous shows over the years, it would seem that their day is finally coming. As far as the Arizona punk scene goes, it’s of my personal opinion that The Boobytramps are one of the few local bands that has a firm grasp on what punk rock is all about. They’re loud, fast, dirty and most importantly, have fun; from playing live with fly head hats or dead rock star masks to writing songs that have a slight twist of demented humor in them. Besides, anyone that has a song about a cat lady or seeing Elvis at Walmart getting on the bus is most definitely a band after my own heart.