Sunday, November 29, 2015

...and what would you say if it was all up to you?

The second (and IMO) best album from this long-running Aussie troupe, plus an ep that followed one year later. 


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Re-ups for November.

Here's the brunt of it, but tune in tomorrow for some more additions.  Thanks for your requests.

Simples Machines Records Tool cassette series - Geek, The Hated, Late!, Mommyheads, My New Boyfriend, Saturnine, Slack
Winter Hours - Leaving Time
Silent Partner - 7" ep
Dave Parasite - Back to Demo ep
Punch Wagon (Superdrag) - demo
seade - perf ep
Blind Dates - Radio 7"
Kashmir - Outside 7"
Big Clock - s/t ep
Animation - Loud Day ep
Eleventh Dream Day - s/t ep & Borscht promo 12"
Silent Partner - 7" ep
The Wrench - Worry When We Get There & Cop Krueller ep
One Plus Two - Once in a Blue Moon
Punchbuggy - Grand Opening Going Out of Business Sale
Bloody Chicletts - Presenting...
Scared of Chaka/Flake Music - split 7"
Latter Day Saints - Plaster City 7"
Retriever - Three Second Stereo ep
Dreams So Real - 11/11/88, Charlotte
Tsar - King of School EP + radio session
Poole - Superamerica & Loon eps
Pure Joy - Unsung, Getz the Worm, s/t ep, Sore Throte ep
Not Rebecca - Twin City Obituary, Rocketship to Canada, Bowler & Who You Really Are, Thick Recs 7"
Pollyanna - Hello Halo, Delta City Skies, Didn't Feel a Thing
Cost of Living - Comic Book Page, Day of Some Lord 
Fancipantz - 7"
Parade - Love and War, Circle of Deception
Rollerskate Skinny - Trophy & Novice eps
White Flag - Thru the Trash Darkly
Joybus - 7" ep
Jolt - Proof of Total Collapse tape 
Harvest Theory - From the Back 7"
V/A - Give Me the Cure
Squirrel Bait - demo
Citrus Groove - Sunswayed ep

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Missed in Diary - Dissolve ep (1995, Eye)

Upon sharing a 1991 7" from Detroit's Missed in Diary a few months ago, one of our readers was thoughtful enough to supply me with a link to a subsequent ep from them, originally issued in 1995.  And it's a killer offering at that, flexing the beefy post-punk musculature that was evident on that 45 exponentially.  This ain't your sisters' namby pamby, pancake makeup-wearing bunch of goth sissies, not by a long shot.  The pummeling drum salvos alone (programmed as they may be) set in stone these lads could rock with a vengeance, a la Red Lorry Yellow Lorry or Band of Susans.  Jeff Cornett's pipes are indeed gloomy, but never doomy, and his icy guitar leads lend themselves perfectly to both the premise of MID's pensive prose and the dense sonic latticework they're steeped in.  In a word, Dissolve is transfixing.  A big thanks to Megan for setting us up with these files.  Methinks I'm going to have to locate an original copy of this CD for myself.

01. To Crowd the Hours
02. Pause for Effect
03. Wonders Why
04. Gone
05. Dissolve

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sex Tide - Vernacular Splatter ep (2015, Superdreamer) - A brief overview

Arising not from the primordial ooze of say, California's fabled La Brea Tar Pits, rather central Ohio, Sex Tide manage to pack a subterranean wallop entirely of their own accord.  Yep, insert those earplugs 'coz Vernacular Splatter is gonna hurt, if only on your first or second encounter, anyway.  Where can you find the DIY post-punk ethos of local yokels Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, the eccentricities of The Fall, and Sonic Youth's SST-era sprawl all rolled up into one garage-stompin' greaseball?  You got it, right here on the six-track Vernacular, where the rubber meets the proverbial road, graciously scooped off the same slab of asphalt that only Flipper and AmRep bands of yore once dared to tread.   And speaking of Flipper, this coed twosome wrangle up a raw, likeminded ruckus, with copious portions of low-end to spare.  Highlights include the throbbing opener "Are You Even Alive," and a little further in the slow-burning muck of “Why Don’t You Want Me” which plods along like a molasses paced train wreck, equally compelling and repelling.

Vinyl copies (with splendidly hand-screened back covers) are available straight from Superdreamer Records, and Bandcamp, where you can also get your digital fix. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Welcome to fray and feast.

This 1986 album should have made these four gentlemen millionaires.  It didn't.  And neither did their next album, or the one after that...


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Swervedriver - KCRW Brave New World session, 2/23/93

I suppose this doesn't require much explanation or heavy insight.  It's Swervedriver circa Mezcal Head on one of America's closest answers to the John Peel show, KCRW's Brave New WorldAdam Franklin and Co. perform and spiel for roughly a half hour, with a natural emphasis on Mezcal tunes, and a couple of oldies.  This was taped from an FM broadcast and the audio quality is slightly wobbly at moments.  Buyer beware.

01. intro
02. Last Train to Satansville
03. talk
04. For Seeking Heat
05. talk
06. Sandblasted
07. Duress
08. talk
09. Kill the Superheroes
10. outro

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Retriever - Greatest Moments of Doubt (1998, Anisette)

Upon doing a web query on this bygone southern California outfit, I discovered that a music blog had presented a previous Retriever record - mine!  Given that I've showcased some 1000+ music titles on these humble pages, I suppose I'm entitled to forget one or two I've shared along the way.  At any rate, here's another eight-songer courtesy of the same folks, whom I unfortunately have few details to enlighten you about.  Recorded over the span of three years, 1995-97, Greatest Moments of Doubt tenders some patently indie-centric fare in the manner of early Lilys and the Raymond Brake, even managing to shoehorn some tweaked Polvo-y guitar bends into "Evil K" and "Collapsing."  In fact, this is practically like finding some long-lost Slumberland Records product tucked away in the storeroom at Mod Lang in Berkeley.  "From Pixels to Providence" shifts gears into Elliott Smith turf, and "Never Comeback," exudes the type of downer, lo-fi tact that only the Clinton-era could muster.

01. Zenith
02. Evil K
03. Rollercoaster
04. From Pixels to Providence
05. Collapsing
06. Never Comeback
07. 10,000 Predictions
08. East Coast Knacks

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Arcwelder - 20th Century Masters: The Singles Collection (1992-95)

It's been eight years since I've broached the topic of Arcwelder, a band that was an indispensable soundtrack staple of my collegiate years.  So why the drought you might ask?  In a nutshell, their record label for the better part of the '90s, Touch and Go has done a fine job of keeping their albums commercially available all these years.  Sure, you might be a bit hard pressed to find hard copies of Pull, Xerxes, Entropy and Everest at your local record watering spout, they're for the taking (at $8.99 apiece) from the usual suspects.  And you really should invest a little time and some well-earned samolians to hear some on Arcwelder, a guitar-driven Twin Cities power trio, who were clandestine proteges of yet a considerably more renown Mpls power trio from exactly one decade prior (catch my drift)?

Truth be told, there are a few Arcwelder morsels that never made it into the digital age, starting with a 1992 single, featuring two less-than-obvious choices for covers, The Beatles and Prince.  To this day, I'm still debating which fares better.  The boys delivered yet another 7" slab in '92, featuring the rumbling, yet tunefully assaulting A-side "Raleigh" plucked straight from their Pull long-player.  It was backed with two exclusive goodies, including "Walls" which careens and juxtaposes between chilly verses and a killer chorus hook.  Arcwelder's last official 45, offering "Captain Allen" from the then forthcoming Entropy album, also brandished a cover of the Volcano Suns signature tune, "White Elephant" for it's b-side.  A straightforward but gratifying spin on that classic post-punk nugget I might add.  Finally, I'm capping off this lil' collection with the band's contribution to a 1998 Chunklet fanzine CD compilation.  How does a rendition of The Move's lighthearted "Cherry Blossom Clinic" grab you?  BTW, a fourth Arcwelder single exists of "Favor" and "Plastic," both of which also appeared on the band's out-of-print second album, Jacket Made in Canada, which you can check out in full alongside their debut This, right here.

PS:  Arcwelder released a 1988 single when they were originally going under the guise of Tiltawhirl.  Sadly, I'm not in possession of this record.  

01. I Am the Walrus
02. Sign o' the Times
03. Raleigh
04. Walls
05. Rosa
06. Captain Allen
07. White Elephant
08. Cherry Blossom Clinic

1 & 2 - covers 7" (1992, Big Money Inc)
3-5 - Raleigh 7" (T&G)
6 & 7 - Captain Allen 7" (T&G)
8 - The Money Shot! compilation (Chunklet magazine)

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Living mental isolation...far from your contamination...

Seventeen greats from one of post-punks greatest.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Now - Here Come the Now (1977-79 + 2002, Wizzard in Vinyl)

As you might guess, there was/is more than one band out in the universe going by the name of "The Now," and frankly, I'm not sure if these guys were the best out of that supposed contingent.  Content-wise I'm a little on the fence about this collection, but I figured I'd put it out there so you lot could sort it out on your own.  The inception of the Ramones debut barnburner in 1976 was the proverbial face that launched a thousand shits, er, I mean ships.  A disproportionate number of young hopefuls taking the call to arms emanated from the British isles.  The Now, from Peterbrough, were one of the lesser known punters in the hundred or so class of '76-'78 punk cabal who actually made it to vinyl.

Upon absorbing their brief catalog, I've come to the conclusion that the Now were something of a one-beer-short-of-a-six-pack proposition.   The small volume of tuneage they flung at their termite ridden wall of choice didn't always adhere to the surface.  Commencing with their 1977 single, "Development Corporations" it was clear these boys were angling in the direction of (very) early Mekons and Wire. The song in question, as well as the loosely existential bent of it's flipside "Why?" made for vaguely interesting societal screeds, but fell short of anything approaching classic status.  Per the liner notes, the band concurs. 
Another single, "Into the '80s" came down the pike shortly thereafter, and was an improvement, as were five more cuts tracked in 1979 that really found the Now congealing in all pertinent aspects.  Still, you'd be hard pressed to discern any pop tunes from their slim volume of work.  By 1979 the quartet was splitsville.

Fast forward to the 21st century.   Renewed interest in the band yielded not only reissues of their two singles, but a reunion which entailed dusting off old 1977-era notebooks containing lyrics to songs that had yet to be committed to tape.  A quarter century later in 2002 The Now brought said text roaring to life - a half dozen songs worth to be exact, fulfilling that nascent potential of yore with salvos like "You Student" and "Here it Comes Now" that positively crank.  A splendid way to cap this reissue off to be sure.  Here Comes the Now was available on CD from the Japanese Wizzard in Vinyl imprint, and an even more limited vinyl incarnation was issued in a dosage of 500 copies.

01. Development Corporations
02. Why?
03. Development Corporations
04. Into the '80s
05. 9 O'clock
06. Into the '80s
07. 9 O'Clock
08. Don't You Believe Me
09. Seven Days Ago
10. So Simple Then
11. QQ/52
12. Room at the Top
13. You Student
14. Here it Comes Now
15. Labour Party
16. Third World War
17. Office Workers
18. The Invaders

1 & 2 - first single (1977)
3-5 recording session
6 & 7 - second single (1979)
8-12 - 1979 recording session
13-18 - 2002 reunion recordings

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Earthmen - Flyby ep (1993, Summershine)

For those of us in the States, anyone's knowledge of Melbourne Australia's Earthmen probably began and ended with their first LP, 1993's Teen Sensations.  Signed to Seed Records (a boutique division of Atlantic Records masquerading as an indie) in the western hemisphere, and the much hipper Summershine down under, the Earthmen doled out gnarly, feedback-addled guitar hysterics on this ep's title-track, that would do J Mascis proud.  The decidedly strummier "Too Far Down" is mellower fare for sure, but this quartet dip back into their bag of dizzying distortion tactics on the closing "Stacey's Cupboard," which in case you were wondering also made it onto a single.  I was never what you would call a fanboy of these chaps, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the hell out of their records when I got the notion to pull them out.  You can school yourself further on the Earthmen from the links offered above as well as a more exhaustive bio here.

01. Flyby
02. Too Far Down
03. Roll
04. Stacey's Cupboard

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Though I have fallen down, I'm through falling for you.

Primo indie power pop from 2001.


The Four Color Manual - Guardian for a Year (1998, Sudden Shame)

Presumably from the environs of the New England area (based on the Vermont locale of Sudden Shame Records), Four Color Manual's mildy dissonant and dynamic aptitude would probably be deemed as emo by today's standards, but their overarching shtick was through-and-through indie rock.  Much like an onion, this trio was a layered proposition, revealing a noisome cross section depicting the likes of Unwound, the Promise Ring and Seam.  Glints of melody eke out of slight cracks ensconced between the rough-hewn slices of "Chambers," "She Fought the Devil," not to mention others.  Guardian of the Year sounds unmistakably like a debut, but FCP's latent potential wasn't realized on subsequent records, because evidently there weren't any.

01. Margin of Error
02. Chambers
03. I Not Consent
04. For Montreal
05. Scrape
06. A Study in Josh
07. Reason to Roast
08. Slipped Knot
09. Holding on to Sound
10. She Fought the Devil
11. New Make Over

Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Swizzlesticks - s/t (2002, Defacto)

I don't exactly have a bounty of specifics to extol on this power pop quartet, but nevertheless I'm sure that a good many of you will be firmly in their corner upon imbibing this disk.  The Swizzlesticks hearken back to such old reliables as Poole and Splitsville, when indie imprints like Big Deal and Not Lame were the order of the day.  There's even echos of the Plimouls and Material Issue bangin' around on "She Says No to Everything" and "I Just Wanna Know You." A quick scan of the credits reveal that the 'sticks give props to none other than David Bash, and as I'm frequently inclined to impart, "bash the head that does not Bash."

01. She Says No to Everthing
02. Fall Again
03. Tremblin' Hands
04. Hang Around
05. Dani Stole My Girlfriend
06. Cupid Missed His Mark
07. Make Me
08. Used to be a Man
09. Late Night Movie
10. Down
11. I Just Wanna Know You
12. Say You Love Me Too

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

V/A - Aqua Bear Legion Vol. 5 (2015, Aqua Bear Legion) - A brief overview.

If you've ever desired a birds-eye microcosm, or for that matter a handy summation of the goings-on within the still-fertile Ohio indie rock circuit, the folks at Aqua Bear Legion have made it all to easy for you - over the course of a beautiful, double gatefold album no less, for their fifth installment in the various artists series of the same name.  Yes, it's everybody's favorite swing state - the one that's "HI" in the middle and round at both ends, home to such stalwarts as Guided By Voices, the New Bomb Turks...and Nine Inch Nails.  You'll find nothing that sounds like the latter of those here mind you.  In fact, ABL 5.0 kicks things off with a jangly bang from Joseph Airport, loosely in the mold of the aforementioned GBV before they lost their coveted charm.  One of only two participants here I've dedicated Wilfully Obscure text prior to today is Connections, whose "Everybody's High" is exclusive to this wax, and is almost as much fun as the proceedings on their Private Airplane and Body Language platters.  Their Pollard/Sprout fixation appears to be waning I might add, or perhaps this is just a quick respite.   Elsewhere Herzog soak up seBADoh's classic aplomb like they were a damn dry sponge, WV White keep the guitarsy slacker momentum going, the D-Rays serve up a surfy surprise and The Guitars split the diff between Brit Invasion acumen and power pop prowess.  And we haven't even gotten to disk two yet (but we're fixin' to right now).

The remaining half of ABL 5 trends in a more angular direction.  There's scuzzy punk, and oodles of it - Dead Hand of Man, Weird Science and Kid Tested.  Cleveland's Murderedman wallow in sludgy, Melvins-esque muck, while Hookers Made of Cocaine are the debauched barrel of monkeys their moniker capably suggests.  Wry popmeisters the Kyle Sowaches are present with a commendable new song, and Dayton residents The 84 Draft close this affair out on a sobering, slow burning note with "Scarlet & Cream."  BTW, about half of the tunes on this comp are exclusive tracks. You can order this on handsome, clear blue vinyl, or go the digital route if a bargain is what you have in mind. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

I sure miss the world before it changed.

I would suggest starting with track seven first...


Saturday, October 31, 2015

Winter Hours - Chicago, Cabaret Metro, 10/18/89 (R.I.P. Michael Carlucci)

This Thursday I learned the sad news that Winter Hours guitarist/leading light Michael Carlucci passed away suddenly from a heart attack.  I've featured music from the Hours on W/O, and quite coincidentally I corresponded with Michael earlier in the year for the first time.  He expressed his appreciation for keeping the name of his former band alive, and also informed me that plans were in the works for a 2016 reissue of some of Winter Hours earlier records. 

While I didn't foster a frequent or deep rapport with him personally, the music was a different story.  The New Jersey five piece he performed in were consistently vaunted by critics, who often emphasized the Americana inflections that by and large became their calling card.  True, but there were some diffuse post-punk elements peppered in as well, particularly on their first two EPs and the debut 1986 full length Leaving Time, all surfacing on Link Records.  To get a better handle on what they offered sonically, think a less knotty Dream Syndicate, or the Rain Parade had they curtailed their psych urges a notch.  These college radio staples were followed by their second album, Winter Hours, arriving via Chrysalis  in '89.  Although they hadn't sold their soul upon moving to the big leagues, the record could have made greater commercial inroads had Chrysalis not been so intent on promoting hair metal hacks instead, but I digress

I'm presenting a pristine radio broadcast of a 1989 Winter Hours concert in Chicago, in which the band was touring in support of their then-new album, mentioned above.  Bristling with warm frenetic energy the Hours delivered an inspired performance that evening heightening the effectiveness of an already potent body of work.  As you might guess, there's a focus on material from Winter Hours, but they're eager to delve into their back catalog, pulling out among other pearls, "Hyacinth Girl," the band's jangly signature piece that shall echo from the broadcast towers of left-of-the-dial outlets for decades to come.  I would hope anyway.  Take your pick of MP3 of lossless FLAC below, and feel free to check out a set of demos from the immediate precursor band to Winter Hours, Ward 8 here.

01. Longest Century
02. One Small Achievement
03. Smoke Rings
04. Tried So Hard
05. Hyacinth Girl
06. Roadside Flowers
07. The Confessional
08. At a Turtle's Pace
09. Bus Stop
10. Broken Little Man
11. Rise
12. Stay With Me
13. Just Like Love
14. If I Could Make You Hear Me
15. Sweet Virginia
16. Island of Jewels
17. Soul Kitchen

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Junk Monkeys - Firehouse (1987, Happy Face)

It appears my turntable is sick, so this might be the last vinyl I'm able to share for a spell (though I hear a tape deck can be a lot of fun).  My apologies if the audio quality is a tad compromised.  Firehouse is the first album by the Junk Monkeys, a band I've been touting the virtues for eons on here, and in fact, this is the only record by them I haven't shared heretofore.  Deliberately or not, this long departed (but occasionally reunited) Detroit foursome came across as Replacements proteges, and amazingly, over the course of four albums their development was loosely in tandem with the Mats reluctant slouch to maturity.  This isn't their finest moment, but in some respects it's the Monkeys at their most candid and sincere, rawking out with brotherly spirit and abandon.  "Everything Remains the Same," "Lost My Faith," and "Anywhere With You" weren't anthems shooting for the nosebleeds so much as the pool tables - and that was perfectly ok with me as well as the other couple thousand earholes that absorbed these nine grooves.  Enjoy, and check out he remainder of the JM oeuvre via the link above.

01.  Lost My Faith
02. Anywhere With You
03. Whaddaya Know
04. Lookin for Fun
05. Fever Riot
06. Round and Round
07. Front Row Park
08. Tying Up Daytimes
09. Everything Remains the Same

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Poncho - s/t ep (2015) - A brief overview.

Holy smokes.  We don't see many bands coming out of the Hawaiian woodwork, but this combo barrels out of the Aloha State like a damn steamroller.  In all senses of the expression, Honolulu's Poncho are your proverbial hot mess to be reckoned with, wielding a gloriously tuneful din that outdoes the likes of buzzkids Vietcong handily.  Indeed, theirs is a dichotomous amalgam of strenuous vocals (approaching a bona fide scream) with melodic, distorto-punk guitar lines roaring about like Metal Circus-era Huskers, and Bitch Magnet to boot.  "Green Apple," and "A Third Past Four" are my preferred examples of Poncho's manicured noise that has equal footing in the post-punk and emo realms.  Such sweaty. sinewy passion, tempered with a healthy dose of sheer nonchalance is a seemingly incomprehensible proposition to wrap one's mind around, but these blokes have actually done gone pulled it off, and I couldn't be more charmed with the results.  Hear Poncho for yourself over at Bandcamp (available at a price of your choosing) and it would seem you can find a hard copy here.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

October's at the storm door coloring the lawn...

A rerun of one of the earliest Mystery Monday entries you may have missed.  One of my top-20 favorites from the '90s.  Wide-eyed Midwestern romanticism with a searing rock backbone.  An absolute masterpiece.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Church - Slaving Plantinum to Gold... The Gold Afternoon Fix demos

I was considering saving this for one of my world famous Chanukah features, but since these were at one point in wide circulation online, I assume this is a old news to many of you.  In a nutshell, The Church have long been a top tier favorite of mine, with 1990s Gold Afternoon Fix easily earning a spot in my hypothetical list of their five best albums.  It's almost by sheer coincidence that Steve Kilbey and Co, tracked working versions of GAF to begin with, as typically they were never accustom to doing so on prior albums.  Blame it on the behest of their label at the time, Arista, for insisting they submit demos before executing the finished product.  Given their most recent LP at the time, the international breakthrough Starfish, went platinum in the United States alone, the suits wanted to be assured their new "cash cow" wasn't about to gum up the works. 

Ultimately, Gold Afternoon Fix was green-lighted by the label, and though it failed to produce a hit as universal as "Under the Milky Way," the band's vision for the record wasn't clouded by frowning executives.  I gauge this by virtue of these demos generally bearing the same arrangements and sonic inflections as the album versions (albeit a trifle rough around the edges, naturally).  Per this well-maintained Church fan page, the first eleven cuts eventually found a home on the GAF, with seven more winding up as B-sides (later consolidated on the import-only A Quick Smoke at Spots). The final selection, "Wardance" is exclusive to these recordings. No mondo revelations here, rather Slaving Platinum... is a treat designed with the dedicated acolyte in mind.  As mentioned above these tracks were made available on a Church website in the early '00s and were resident there for a good ten years before apparently being removed.  The relatively low bitrate is not my doing.  Hope you enjoy nonetheless.

01. Pharoah
02. Metropolis
03. City
04. Monday Morning
05. Russian Autumn Heart
06. Essence
07. You're Still Beautiful
08. Disappointment
09. Laughing
10. Fading Away
11. Grind
12. Forgotten Reign
13. The Hunter
14. Much Too Much
15. Desert
16. Take it Back
17. Dream
18. The Feast
19. Wardance

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Vigil - s/t (1987)

Don't let the paisley album jacket fool you, as the Baltimore quartet responsible for it weren't cut from psychedelic stock in the least.  Starting life as Here Today, the band inexplicably took up a new moniker (Vigil) upon inking a deal with CBS Records in '84.  Problem was their album was in limbo for three years due to personnel changes at the label, and ultimately, Chrysalis came to their rescue.  Ostensibly Vigil were marketed as "alternative" product, if only for their mildly noir bent that didn't slot comfortably into the new wave mold.  Side one includes "I'm Waiting" and "I Love You Equinox," both suggesting what a mainstreamed Bauhaus could have conjured up had Peter Murphy and Co. been sufficiently cash-whipped.  The other side of the coin entails the inspired, post-punky "Whistle in the Yard," a piece that was originally written and tracked in '83 when they went by their former name, while "Celiba Sea" (get the pun?) finds these lads on a particularly tuneful tear.  I apologize for the fidelity here, as my secondhand vinyl copy had apparently endeavored one too many rotations from it's former owner.  Vigil made it onto CD, but copies are exceedingly scarce.  A second album, Onto Beggar and Bitter things was apparently recorded on Chrysalis' dime, but the label opted not to release it.  Left to their own devices the band distributed it locally on cassette circa '89 or so.  Check out Vigil's corner of Facebook here

01. Until the Season
02. White Magic Spell
03. I am Waiting
04. Gargoyles
05. I Love You Equinox
06. Whistle in the Yard
07. The Celiba Sea
08. The Garden
09. Born Again
10. The Benefit of the Doubt

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Answers gone till I don't know when.

I really don't have much of a spiel to relate on how I became a Johnny-come-lately fan of the Red Rockers.  Saw the video for "China" on 120 Minutes or late nite MTV.  Loved the song, bought a cassette of Good As Gold, and eventually picked up the Good As Gold/Schizophrenic Circus twofer CD when it was reissued in the '90s.  And while I haven't had much to share by them heretofore, I've namechecked ze Rocquers of Rouge at least a dozen times when making band comparisons and such over the last eight years.

The band's segue from the pronounced punk ethos of their debut single (and subsequent 1981 LP Condition Red) to the cleaner and not so meaner new-wave inflections of the aforementioned Gold, must have been a bit startling to RR's early minions.  I'm sure there must have been a few faint cries of "sellout," but they were likely drowned out by "China's" keen, melodic prowess and poetic moxie.  A phenomenal song in all respects, and the contents of the promo 12" for it are presented below.  You get the straight version, a cliched dance remix, and a non LP cut, an interesting reworking of the Temptations "Ball of Confusion," which features uncredited female backing vocals. 

A. China
B1. China (dance mix)
B2. Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Blake Babies - Vintage live show available, and brief reissue news.

Just wanted to give you a heads up on a 1989 Blake Babies recording that surfaced today via Noisetrade.  It's an eleven song show performed on WERS radio in Boston somewhere contemporary to the era of the Babies Sunburn record.  And speaking of albums and such, a reissue campaign of the band's entire catalog is in the offing, albeit with few details being reported at present. 

The WERS performance may or may not be available indefinitely so don't sleep.  BTW, they're suggesting a donation of $6, but ultimately it's at your discretion.  Check out a recent post I did on the recently reconvened Juliana Hatfield Three here.