Friday, February 12, 2016

Mrs. Peacock - My Brain and it's Headlights ep (1991)

It wouldn't be the least bit of an exaggeration to say this one is something of a no-namer - but an intriguing one at that.  The almost un-Googleable Mrs. Peacock were a trio that strutted their proverbial "stuff" in/around the environs of Gloucester, MA,  Side one (tracks 1-3) is impressive DIY post-punk flirting on the fringes of goth.  A bit of noir mystique, chiming guitars, and a mouthpiece faintly recalling Julian Cope tally up to more latent potential than one might expect.  Two iffier items occupy the flip of My Brain..., with the ambient drone of "Sally's Song" out-weirding anything else in sight.  Overall, not bad for a 50 cent yardsale find.

01. My Brain and It's Headlights
02. The Empty Stare
03. Birthday
04. Creator
05. Sally's Song

http://www86.zippyshare.com/v/uj6Yz67T/file.html

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Blue Trapeze - Who Were You Then? (1984, Fullspeak)

In 2010 I posted an ep from a rather arcane Orange County, CA outfit dubbed Blue Trapeze.  Ring a bell?  Anyway, here is what appears to be their first record.  Coincidentally or otherwise, Who Were You Then? is steeped in shades of paisley psych-pop, de rigueur for it's era, with that very strain of musique blossoming full tilt in nearby Los Angeles, spearheaded by such proponents as Rain Parade, Dream Syndicate, etc.
Blue Trapeze's spin on things was considerably more organic and delicate, faintly exuding the aura of Love's Forever Changes, particularly that album's more hushed tendencies.  At least that's what I got out of it, but naturally, your results may vary.

Note: There were some skips on track five, "Projections."  Not much I could do to rectify this, even after cleaning the record, but I do have an alternate transfer of the album from someone else, and I've included their rip of that song if you wish to hear an unblemished version.

01. The Day This Life This World
02. You and Me
03. This Fear
04. In the Still Darkness
05. Projections
06. Passion Like Paper
07. Ever Selfless
08. Walk Through the Field
09. Who Were You Then

http://www28.zippyshare.com/v/uagrHint/file.html 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Game Theory - Lolita Nation (1987/2006, Engima/Omnivore) - A brief overview.

How do you explain why an album so heralded and lauded as this one has been out of print and commercially unavailable, even digitally, for close to 30 years?  Cliched as the word might be, "sprawling" is an apt adjective to describe Game Theory's feast of a double album, 1987's Lolita Nation.  Bursting at the seams with 27 tracks, with the inclusion of a myriad of loopy instrumental segues and detours (not to mention an album title that would suggest something of a skewed story-line) would give many (even myself) the impression Lolita was a concept piece.  As it turns out, not any more so than say, Double Nickles on the Dime or London Calling.  In fact,  if you're looking for anything resembling a "plot" or "theme," be it subtle or obvious, you're merely deluding yourself.  Whatever the case, for the first time in several decades you can dissect and debate to your heart's content, thanks to a remastered and expansive reissue of Lolita Nation on Omnivore Records.

Thankfully, one thing Lolita isn't is rambling.  There's a palpable method to the late Scott Miller's sequencing and flow of what many regard as his career best album, albeit not a particularly narrative one.  Lolita Nation nonetheless has quietly cultivated a mythos in the years since it's Reagan-era conception.  A one-fan-at-a-time conversion ensued over the subsequent decades as it was handed off from friend-to-friend, much in the way Big Star's three albums were posthumously disseminated throughout the '80s.  And even though Game Theory made their case more concisely (and arguably more consistently) over the course of crucial precursors like Real Nighttime and Big Shot Chronicles, LN captures Miller and Co. revisiting their indigenous aesthetic and charm of yore on signature-tunes-in-waiting, "Chardonnay," "Little Ivory," and "The Real Sheila."  Another tune smacking of classic Game Theory's is "The Waist and the Knees," though to the contrary of the aforementioned it's cascaded in jarring blasts of synths and other intermittent techno trickery.  Things take a decidedly more avant turn on "Dripping With Looks," and then we have the oddest duck of all, "All Clockwork and No Bodily Fluids Makes Hal a Dull Metal Humbert," two challenging minutes of loopy studio effects and a pastiche of dissonant audio snippets and samples.  Lolita Nation is the one album in the Game Theory oeuvre that adamantly defies generalities. 

A couple of more observations and then we can dig into the bonus disk.  Once again, the band enlisted Mitch Easter as producer and engineer.  Sonically Easter and Scott Miller were on parallel wavelengths, part of a unique vanguard of artists who stretched the more eccentric facets of collegiate rock over a relatively accessible pop/rock canvas.  With that in mind, you'd be forgiven if you mistook "Nothing New" as a Let's Active tune.  I'd also be remiss if I didn't mention that Game Theory adopted a new band-mate prior to Lolita, specifically Donnette Thayer, whose up-front vocal presence on "Look Away" and "Mammoth Gardens" charted the band on a tauter and more assertive course, a tact that would be extrapolated even further on the band's 1988 swan song, 2 Steps From the Middle Ages.

Onto the supplemental material.  A whole disks worth in fact, almost as lengthy as Lolita Nation properAmong it's 21 servings of rehearsal and live takes, rough mixes, and radio session material, you really won't find any unique Game Theory compositions that aren't represented on the album.  Instead, you'll be treated to a wealth of imaginative covers, encompassing such disparate artists as David Bowie, The Hollies, Iggy Pop, The Smiths (for chrissakes, wow!), Public Image Ltd, Sex Pistols and even Joy Division.  But it's not all remakes mind you.  The proceedings commence with the unedited, near eight minute  version of "Chardonnay," that had to be pared down considerably for the album to accommodate the original 74-minute limitation of compact disks, circa 1987.  Rehearsal demos of "Little Ivory" and "The Waist and the Knees" are represented at their spontaneous best, but it's seven radio session offerings from 1987-88 that really take the cake, and in fact are where many of the covers are sourced from.

So what makes Lolita Nation so endearing to Game Theory fans?  Taken into account it's breadth, depth, inherent contradictions, not to mention a tad of experimental wanderlust, the answer to that question lies solely in the eyes/ears of the beholder.  To have an behold the rejuvenated Lolita Nation for your own, head over to Omnivore headquarters, Amazon or iTunes.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

...because my so-called friends have left me, and I don't care at all.

The compilation that got the whole ball of wax rolling thirty years ago.  From the CD reissue.

Here

Saturday, February 6, 2016

VA - Teen Line No. 4 (covering letters R to Z, 1978-88)

Looks like I'm about half a year overdue in my presentation of the fourth volume in the much coveted Teen Line series of primo, power pop arcane-ology, that is writ large the province of this very website.  Only thing is, I didn't assemble any portion of Vol. 4 or the three installments preceding them.  Teen Line was a formally in-progress and now sadly incomplete and abandoned project that was in the hands of the Hyped to Death curators who were also responsible for the Messthetics and Homework series, loosely modeled after the considerably more renown Killed By Death DIY punk comp empire.

To backtrack on something I just mentioned, much of the roster crowding up Teen Line 4 actually isn't as arcane as you might expect, with veritable heavy hitters like 20/20, Real Kids, Paul Collins (Beat), Sylvain Sylvain.  That being said, there's a host of others I've already introduced you to over the course of Wilfully's tenure - Wild Giraffes, Ramrods, The Strand, Radio Alarm Clocks, Velvet Elvis, and The Wind.  If that weren't enough there are some true-blue cult classics from the likes of Shane Champagne, The Toms, The Quick, the Sighs, not to mention a cavalcade of others I never broached myself until I made their acquaintance with this dandy little disk.  The full tracklist is to your right. 

http://www27.zippyshare.com/v/80fAc2ur/file.html

Thursday, February 4, 2016

New noise: Muler, Slanted, Smug Brothers

Out of all the indie-rock hopefuls to emanate from Rochester, NY during the Clinton-era none charmed me as much as Muler fronted by the deftly skilled David Baumgartner.  Many singles came and went between 1993-98, but more notably a smashing debut platter in 1997, The State of Play, chockablock with tuneful turbulence and heart-on-sleeve text.  In 2010 or thereabouts, I was happy to learn of Muler's exceedingly belated followup, Hope You Found a Home.  That record signaled Baumgarterner and Co.'s graduation from post-adolescent to common ailments of maturity.  It was a Muler album alright, but to varying degrees I was able to discern that the record stylus was slightly amiss of the grooves, lacking some of the spark and verve of a more vibrant and visceral past.  To my delight Muler's needle is locked right back in place all over the freshly minted Unlikely Soldiers, which if anything picks up where 1997's State of Play left off.  The rush of clangy chords and dense arrangements is thriving on "Soldier," "Jumping Jack Queen" and "Olivia," and the guys are still suave enough to dig into the well of small-scale dilemmas, eschewing any potential emo schmaltz to the curb.  I still have Muler loosely pegged as a fusion of Buffalo Tom and the Promise Ring, but that strikes me as more of a tasty coincidence than deliberate plundering.  In any event Unlikely Soldiers isn't an unlikely return to form, so much as a welcome one.  It's available digitally through Bandcamp, Amazon and iTunes.  Excruciatingly limited physical runs on LP and cassette are available per the Bandcamp link. No CDs?  It's like 1982 all over again. 

We checked in with Cincinnati based denizen Casey Weissbuch (aka Slanted) a year ago via his premiere offering, the slanting and often enchanting Forever, crammed fulled of maneuvers that signaled allegiances to inspirational antecedents of yore like Polvo and Dinosaur Jr.  Slanted's new ep, Desire for Lust delves a bit further into the weeds, downplaying verse-chorus-verse song structures in exchange for tweaked and decidedly more introverted motifs.  "Santa Fe" occupies a downcast, droney space, entailing a smidge of avant weirdness, a la Creeper Lagoon, while the concluding "My Universe" indulges in a chilled-out, lackadaisical stride.  I do believe I'm picking up some co-ed vox here as well - either that or Casey is really adept at throwing his voice.  Check out Desire for Lust at a price of your own discretion here, and lay yours ears on the aforementioned Forever if you haven't already. 

I haven't dedicated much space to Dayton's Smug Brothers in a good five years, specifically not since the insertion of 2011's Fortune Rumors into the marketplace.  Hardly ones to sit idle, they've been churning out roughly an album a year and their latest salvo, Echo Complex is split release between the Bros and Brat Curse.  I'm not going to avoid saying it - these guys do exude a considerable resemblance to their hometown boys done good, GBV (think Under the Bushes, Under the Stars era).  They even involve an alum of that recently disbanded American treasure, Don Thrasher in their lineup, but the going here isn't as derivative as I might be leading on.  Try the pop-sided "(A Minute for) Ruby Skate" and the mildly angular "Razor Thin Races" out for a spin and you'll get the idea.  Lot's of bite-sized "shorties" here, some of which clock in around a mere thirty seconds.  As usual, Bandcamp has you covered.

I realize that you can preview all three of these items on an abundantly aforementioned music platform, but for what it's worth I've strung together a brief three cut sampler.  Enjoy, and if you like what you hear support the bands!

Muler - Olivia
Slanted - Man
Smug Brothers - Razor Thin Races

http://www107.zippyshare.com/v/jJhdptKd/file.html

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Indian Rope Burn - s/t (1990, GGE)

You might call this a belated follow-up to an Indian Rope Burn single I flung out here in 2012.  I must have enjoyed it, because I went to the effort of tracking down more stuff by them.  The Kent, OH band in question was a trio at the time of this nineteen-song disk, and sad to say, it really doesn't contain any phenomenal or must-hear selections, but occasionally some good ones including "Stranger" and "Have You Heard."  There's a post-punk, anglophile modus operandi running amok here, bringing to fruition what a Yankee version of Love and Rockets might have amounted to - that and a watered down spin on Red Lorry Yellow Lorry on some of the album's later selections.  It would appear that all three gents in IRB contribute vocals.  Problem is, no one in this Buckeye skeleton crew possesses the melodic timbre to propel these songs into the endearing and memorable thresholds they sometimes teasingly suggest.  The percussion sounds robotic, and it was no surprise for me to learn the band adopted a more industrial tack on subsequent records.  Perhaps Indian Rope Burn will grow on me, but for now, you be the judge.

01. disjointed
02. she's helpless
03. stupid for you
04. two steps
05. flying past the window
06. blood
07. close the door
08. part II
09. say when, now
10. love problems & pipe bombs
11. stranger
12. dead man's body
13. horror show
14. daydreaming at night
15. spider web
16. looking for home
17. alex
18. mystic
19. have you heard

http://www88.zippyshare.com/v/0U0Hb6c6/file.html   

Sunday, January 31, 2016

I can't help but laugh out loud, to see your stupid face in the crowd...

A compilation of singles, rarities, and even a few demos from a Southern Cali band that made a rare reunion appearance this past weekend.

Here

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Lienke Brothers City Band - s/t (1979, No Sweat)

I wasn't able to give you much this week, so at the very least I thought I'd attend to a recent request.  Back in 2010 I presented a 1982 record (Brothers by Choice) by a different incarnation of the same band, who by then were making themselves known as The Lienkes.  Based in Oklahoma City, The Lienke Brothers City Band weren't striving for any punk/wave credentials, at least not in this phase of their tenure.  There's a couple of power-poppy stunners however, specifically "The Observer" and "Squeeze Play," both strutting a faint Rundgren-esque stride.  Elsewhere, the bulk of this disk isn't particularly idiosyncratic, and in fact skews closer to the mid and right stratas of the dial, clinging preciously to the last vestiges of '70s pop/rock.  To their credit, the Lienke's have the acumen down pat with Top 40-ready morels "In a Plane" and "Caroline."  And then there are the deal-breakers.  "It Started to Get Good" humps a Bee Gees groove that I'm totally not in the market for, and I was just as desperate to escape from their token swing number "Hotel Black."  Consider yourselves warned.

01. The Observer
02. Hotel Black
03. When I Was Young
04. Well What About It
05. Caroline
06. It Started to Get Good
07. Squeeze Play
08. Innocence
09. Once Before
10. In the Jungle
11. In a Plane
12. Nothing to Lose

http://www72.zippyshare.com/v/VT9UyPmk/file.html

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Miamis - We Deliver - The Lost Band of the CBGB Era (1974-79) (2015, Omnivore) - A brief overview.

Say what you will, but there was more to the sonic netherworld of New York, circa the '70s, besides the Ramones, artsy proto-punkers like Television and insular no-wave merchants...but you'd be hard pressed to become enlightened to anything going against said grain in the volley of rock and roll textbooks dedicated to this era.  The Miamis, helmed by brothers James and Thomas Wynbrandt, weren't merely fixtures in NYC havens like CBGB's and Max's Kansas City, they were sunny-side up anomalies.  This Big Apple quintet's primary hindrance wasn't a disinterested public (per the liner notes, they headlined a 1976 New Years Eve concert in Central Park), and certainly no shortage of exuberance on the band's part, rather lack of a record contract.  The phrase "best kept secret" has been bandied about from time immemorial it would seem, but in the Miamis case it's wholly apropos, as the only way to experience them was to attend one of their gigs, invariably in Manhattan's Bowery district.

Contract or not, the band did indeed step into a recording studio or two, albeit their repertoire consisted of roughly a dozen original compositions, comprising the meat and potatoes of We Deliver.  If this 23-song set was pared down to an EP of the title cut, "I Want a Girlfriend," "Another Place, Another Time" and "Just Too Many People (In the World) one could easily cast the Miami's off as power pop prodigies with an affection for Utopia and the Rubinoos.  For better or worse, there was also an innately cheeky madness to their method on wry, politically bent jabs "We Need a Bigger Navy" and Détente (That's What I Want).  "Wang It" is a strikingly camped-out ditty that just might make contemporaries The Sweet blush, "Dancin' Together" indulges in a New York Dolls groove minus the pomp, and "Let There Be Pain" is a patented, '50s soda shop romantic lament.  We Deliver is further bolstered by a handful of alternate/demo takes and virtually an album's worth of live cuts from a pair of 1978 CBGB's performances.  The Miami's were frequently accompanied on stage with a horn section, contributing that much more to the overarching uplift quotient.

As much of a rollicking blast this compilation frequently is, I can't help but wonder what the Miami's legacy would have amounted to if say, Seymour Stein had thrown a hundred grand at these cats to make a couple of proper albums.  Twas not to be, but to our good fortune We Deliver will suffice.  Get it straight from Omnivore, iTunes or Amazon.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Highway Men - s/t ep (1986, I Wanna)

Oh boy.  I have a feeling this Dayton, OH bunch may have gotten an earful from another band of Highwaymen making the rounds around the release of this humble four-songer.  No, the surnames of these profoundly less renown Highway Men did not entail the likes of Jennings, Cash and Nelson in their stable, but so be it.  This not-so-supergroup of Midwest everymen did however deliver a solid dollop of twang to the table on the pedal steel-enhanced "After the Sun," an earnest, ballad-esque slice of Americana.  My palate finds driving, assertive rave-ups like "Burndown" and the band's concluding theme song to be considerably more stimulating, in a manner not far removed from say, The Reducers.  The Highway Men eventually relocated to Austin, TX and rechristened themselves Loose Diamonds.  On a purely trivial note, I Wanna Records was also responsible for Guided By Voices' debut wax, Forever Since Breakfast, which dropped the same year as this record. 

01. Burndown
02. Wearin' Away
03. After the Sun
04. The Highwaymen

http://www17.zippyshare.com/v/mPd8CYKI/file.html

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Be careful what you say, actions will make words blush.

Bubblegum induced, riff-savvy rock from 2001.  This one is probably well outside my demographic...but sometimes
it's best to err on the side of melody.  Truly intoxicating at times.

Here

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Re-ups a plenty.

This should keep you busy for awhile.  My way of compensating for not having attended to this in almost two months.  Keep in mind, these links are only fresh for 30 days since the most recent download, so don't sleep.  Thanks for your continuing requests.

V/A - Best of the Blog comps - 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 
Husker Du - Zen Arcade demos, outtakes, etc: 1, 2, 3 and Psychepowerpopapunk live boot 
The Emabarrassment - Retrospective tape
man dingo - badtouchbecca ep, ifive, How's My Driving 7"
Wynona Riders - singles
Porcelain Boys - Away Awhile demos & singles
Skiploader - 7" ep
Neighborly - A Moment for Us 7''
G-Whiz - Eat at Eds & split 7" with Lonely Trojans
I-Rails - Panharmonium, Nine Songs from Nowhere, Valentino Says, Unfocused, Same Old Me 7"
The Philisteens - s/t LP  
Fluid Waffle - s/t ep
Lucy Brown - s/t LP
Defenestration - s/t ep & Dali Does Windows
Five Gears in Reverse - Trailer tape
Funland - Sweetness
V/A - iHL Records comp 7'' ep
Ozma - Songs of (In)Audible Trucks and Cars
Mayflies USA - s/t ep
Muler - The State of Play & singles collection
St. Johnny - Scuba Diving 7" 
The Blanks - ...actual emergency 
Sunday Cannons - Red to the Rind
Outside World - s/t tape
Second Childhood - Figure Skating
Fun w/ Atoms - Main Street
Johnsons - s/t LP 
Polo - s/t ep
Probers - Mad at the World ep
Papa Sprain - Flying to Vegas ep
Sheer Thursday - Expecting the Grass
Shaking Hands - No Laughing Matter ep
Hidden Charms - History 
Killer Whales - Emotional Geography
Spinning Jennies - Pop 'n Serve and Starstruck
Strawberry Zots - Cars, Flowers, Telephones
Yuji Oniki - Shonen Blue
The Furlongs - 2300 Ward
The Surf - Out of Step ep
Troubled Hubble - The Sun Beamed Off...
Velocity Girl - 10/29/39, Athens, GA
Lienkes - Brothers By Choice
The Talk - Not Just Hearsay
The Slurps - HrrSheeCom ep
V/A - Hotel Massachusetts 
V/A - Half Assed 7" ep
Angle Park - 7"
J Church - Whorehouse: Songs and Stories
Young Pioneers - tape 
Foundation - Voyage ep 
Sleep Capsule - singles
Seafood - Messenger in the Camp
The Spectres - singles
Not Shakespeare - s/t ep
Newkeys - Acts of Love
Polvo/New Radiant Storm King - split 7"
Paul Collins Beat, 20/20, Sinceros - live at The Palladium, NYC 12/17/79
Matinee Idols - Leaving Limbo ep
Deep 6 - Garage D'or
The Wolves - s/t LP
Lemmings - Running ep 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Big Tube Squeezer - I Have A Thing For Love (1989, Candy From a Stranger)

Granted I got this one gratis (thanks to a sadly defunct sharity blog I used to visit) but I can't help being a little flummoxed with Big Tube Squeezer.  On this Jack Endino-produced effort, the band commence I Have a Thing for Love with a couple of genuinely promising numbers ("Black Velvet" and "Rain") oozing the same sort of frenetic moxie as contemporaries fIREHOSE, Nice Strong Arm and Vomit Launch. I thought I was in for a while record's worth of nimble fretwork and subtle hooks and such, but the good ship BTS looses steam almost immediately thereafter, indulging in inconsequential and sometimes corny jams - just the kind of offbeat frivolities their namesake would suggest.  There's a Fugs cover ("Couldn't Get High") and a bastardization of a Lou Reed classic.  The guys sorta recover their momentum on "Lamp of Life," but by then the record is finito.  You can check out the Big Tube's rendition of "Sweet Jane" on YouTube.  Thanks to whomever ripped and edited this wax.

01. Black Velvet
02. Rain
03. The Fire
04. Dreams of My Love
05. Ball and Chain
06. Bill
07. Couldn't Get High
08. Mother (For Yours)
09. Walk On The Suicide
10. Feelin Eye Dog
11. Lamp Of Life

http://www116.zippyshare.com/v/LM3mGMFz/file.html

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I will sing this victory song...

Late yesterday afternoon the television told me that a certain veteran singer/musician had kicked the bucket.  And with the announcement came the requisite signature song to accompany that bit of sad news, in this instance "Already Gone."  My thoughts were instantly ushered to the memory of a lesser known incarnation of the tune, one which slathered on an acute and utterly ironic punk-pop gloss no less.  Enter Mandingo (aka Man Dingo), a desert-bound Arizona outfit I introduced you to in 2008 by way of some fine material they cut in the '90s.  It was this unheralded trio that tipped their collective hat to Glenn Frey and Co. on a 7" ep containing two more classiq rock covers that I'll attend to shortly.

For now let's get one thing straight - despite all the punk rock bellyaching, the reality is The Eagles were tolerable in minute doses.  Indeed, they're essentially what propelled the Ramones into existence.  Furthermore, Don Henley and his scruffy cabal of privileged, coke-snorting brats have clogged up more radio airtime than the Stones and Beatles combined, and over the decades the best-selling fossils in question have been accorded way too much credit for their ersatz melange of "country rock."  As you might guess, with all that being acknowledged, this isn't a group I'm particularly fond of, or the least bit dedicated to in fact, but for the record, "Already Gone" is pleasant enough...so long as it's not endured for more than say, once every election cycle.  Ostensibly, pop-core speed demons Mandingo had settled on this realization as well, or at least long enough to bash out a peppy, two minute remake of it (but jeez, go a little easier on the snare next time guys).

The Mandingo treatment fares less logically on Huey Lewis and the News actually not-half-bad Sports momento, "Walking on a Thin Line," and as for Van Halen's "Romeo Delight" I don't have much to gauge it by considering it's somewhat of a deep cut that I have minimal familiarity with.  To their credit, the 'dingos original compositions could best be described as commendable Big Drill Car impersonations.

And in case you're wondering, I didn't offer any Bowie covers last week as I couldn't think of any that you probably haven't already encountered.  At some point, maybe I'll piece together every version of "Queen Bitch" I can find, but don't hold your breath.

01. Already Gone
02. Walking on a Thin Line
03. Romeo Delight

http://www76.zippyshare.com/v/aLPTxMhW/file.html

Sunday, January 17, 2016

I lost it all when I broke that deadly saw...

Athens, GA rock 'n roll, circa 1989.  I actually featured this one way back in 2008, when I estimate I was only getting 29 hits per day.  The link has long been removed, so I'm making it available again, if only on a temporary basis.

Here

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Superscope - Generally Electric ep (1995, CItadel)

This quite possibly defunct Aussie export have something the vast majority of their Wilfully Obscure compatriots do not - a websiteSuperscope strutted their pop-sided, power chord-addled shtick in the environs of that noted musical hotbed of Perth, sticking it out long enough to track a pair of eps, and even a full length, Torpedo, by the time 2002 hit.  Generally Electric is the only item I've encountered by them, and I really hope that changes, because this trio could have easily held their own versus contemporary country-mates Pollyanna and Screamfeeder, not to mention Silver Sun a couple continents away.  Ain't a misstep in sight on this one, though the particularly high-strung slammer "Cow" stands out like a sore thumb.

01. Home + Away
02. Replacement
03. Windmill
04. Dead
05. Cow
06. Constipate

http://www91.zippyshare.com/v/zrTBBRvU/file.html

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Drones "Red" 7" (1995, Apostrophe)

The Drones were a noisome power-trio, presumably from Massachusetts, bustin' out full tilt in a none-too-dissimilar fashion to Sugar, though fulcrum Buddy Bell doesn't sound a stitch like Bobby Mould.  Incrementally, I'm picking up traces of Small 23 and Garden Variety, but even those acts rarely had songs as visceral and rugged as the melodically drenched "Red," easily a 'nine' out of your proverbial 'ten.'   The flip, "Wanna Be" sports dissonant minor chords, but manages to accentuate something of a pop undercurrent.  Primo '90s indie rock that I'm just getting turned onto twenty years after the fact.  Sorry for the bumpy vinyl noise.  Will see if I can come up with a cleaner copy of this one down the road.

A. Red
B. Wanna Be

http://www29.zippyshare.com/v/vrsAuy2N/file.html

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Prodigys - Another Lazy Wednesday tape (1991)

Whether you're having a lazy Wednesday or not, what better day than hump day than to present this little morsel?  If this collegiate Erie, PA foursome was prodigious of anyone, Aztec Camera and Crowded House it would most palpably be, although The Prodigys had nothing on Roddy Frame or the brothers Finn.  In a nutshell, this is lilting guitar pop with jangly tendencies.  The band's homegrown wit and occasional candor managed to shine through the flannel era, if only on this cassette and within the confines of local clubs. 

01. Somewhere Over the Rhine
02. Princess of the Xerox
03. Tell Me
04. The Weathering Blues

http://www113.zippyshare.com/v/hG7u1xzz/file.html

Sunday, January 10, 2016

I never knew you threw so hard.

Today it's one of my guiltiest pleasures.  G-rated, sparkly pop from 2006, reissued two years later with an album's worth of bonus tracks (guess what version you're getting)?  Some startlingly cheesy synth maneuvers here, but when the hooks hit they're nothing short of colossal. 

Here

Saturday, January 9, 2016

The Fluid - 4-19-91 Lounge Ax, Chicago

One month ago, almost to the day in fact, I offered an exhaustive array of Fluid rarities and scarcities for one of my annual Chanukah posts.  I effectively declared I had nothing more to offer from Denver's finest, that I hadn't shared previously.  It's safe to say that was a lie, if not a half-truth, as I've decided to cap off a grunge-centric week with a 1991 gig from the very band in question.  Either a primo audience recording or a soundboard tape, this gig was performed around the release of the Fluid's Glue ep, not long before the band inked a contract with Hollywood Records for the purplemetalflakemusic LP.  It's an exemplary set not merely in terms of the performance, but the wide swath of material too, ranging from the '89s Clear Black Paper to songs that had yet-to-see-light-of-day.  The track list follows.  Enjoy (or not).  BTW, a hearty thanks to whomever taped and organized these files.

01. Pretty Mouse
02. Black Glove
03. Cop a Plea
04. Cold Outside
05. Human Mill
06. Waves
07. Tin Top Toy
08. unknown
09. Lies
10. Closet Case
11. Hooked
12. Fools Rule
13. Is It Day?
-----(1st Encore Break)-----
14. Static Cling
15. Girl Bomb
16. Our Love Will Still Be There
17. (2nd Encore Break)
18. Candy 

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Sleep Capsule - (1994)

In keeping with the theme I laid out with last night's Loveslug post, Sleep Capsule not only sounded like the product of the world's most infamous grunge outpost, they were actually residents thereof.  And like Loveslug, S/C had next-to-no affiliation with Sub Pop Records (save for a well-under-the-radar single in 1996)...but get a load of their 1994 debut, mousepuss.  Behold, salvo upon billowy salvo of distorto-punk sludge, like so much lava hurling from a volcano, yielding a scalding wad of obsidian, out-bludgeoning the Melvins or even Bleach-era Nirvana.  Sleep Capsule's m.o. wasn't unlike that of fellow Northwesterner's Unwound, albeit this power trio were operating on a warmer frequency.  In fact, the Cap's dissonance and loose song structures were not without tuneful shadings – the band’s saving grace, in fact.  I'm hearing frantic elements of Die Kreuzen on this record as well.  You can check out a trio of S/C singles that surrounded mousepuss (and their follow-up, Pink Eye) here with some additional observations that I didn't want to be redundant about in this piece.

01. minus
02. kevin's bacon best
03. the kind
04. crawlspace
05. toot
06. jeremy stick
07. eat it's tongue
08. something to ride
09. took
10. thousand trails
11. gray clouded theory
12. lump
13. mobility
14. hyenas
15. mousepuss

http://www112.zippyshare.com/v/bqf2YfmK/file.html

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Loveslug - Beef Jerky (1990, Glitterhouse)

On the face of it, one is/was liable to dismiss Loveslug as little more than frivolous metalli-punks by no other measure than Beef Jerky's simpleton album jacket.  In fact, had the back cover been adorned with only a track list and no subsequent text, I would have slung this sucker right back in the rack.  To their credit, this long departed Amsterdam quartet had the good sense to enlist Jack Endino as producer.  Furthermore they won mega points with me for extolling props to Mudhoney, The Fluid, and Maximumrocknroll alum Mykel Board in the credits.  Loveslug could have passed for grunge stock, yet the only Sub Pop signees they truly recalled were Tad and the Afghan Whigs - and those comparisons are limited to a mere song or two at best.  Coincidentally or not, the folks these guys most sonically resembled were Aussie contemporaries the Hard-Ons, and much like them, for every bright idea Loveslug had ("Blood Like Ice" and "Last Man Alive") there was a turkey around the corner.  The incorporation of brass and saxophone simply fails to accomplish whatever these chaps were thinking, but luckily those accouterments don't appear from song-to-song.  Beef Jerky isn't without it's merits, so if you celebrate the era this disk harkens back to give 'er a spin.

01. Dogfood Sandwich
02. Coyote Date
03. Blood Like Ice
04. Lily is Dead
05. Love Ransom
06. Last Man Alive
07. Buttbuster
08. Turn the Tide
09. (I'm a) Party Member 
10. Work is a 4-Letter Word

http://www66.zippyshare.com/v/CGlyEo04/file.html

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The future’s uncertain and bleak.

The past week has been all things Lemmy, at least in my particular sphere.  While Motörhead won't be making it on to these pages anytime soon, I have been inspired to revisit a pair or albums from an unrelated band who owe a rather intense debt to the Vampire of the Sunset Strip.  How does 32 songs in the space of 39 minutes grab ya?  Strap in - you'll thank me at the end of the ride.

RIP Mr. Kilmister.

Here

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Rolls Rock - s/t (1981, Caveat)

It took a little poking around but I finally came across a well maintained (actually, sealed) copy of the lone record from Rolls Rock a power-trio who rolled out of the northern California enclave of Eureka.  Opening up for the likes of Rick Springfield, Van Halen (wow!), Eddie Money and Loverboy, R/R weren't necessarily the straight up AOR types you might suspect.  Yes, they're hard rockers at heart, but you'll no doubt discern traces of nervy power pop a midst these ten numbers, especially on the biting "Peggye's on Qualudes," and "Jealousy," both of which indicate the first three Cheap Trick albums may have caught this band's collective ear...just try not to get too excited.  You can read an interview with former Rolls Rock bassist Rob Ruiz here, and you can stream "Get a Gun" on YouTube if you have any apprehensions before delving into the whole thing.

01. Gamma Rock
02. More Than You Know
03. Peggye's on Qualudes
04. Roulette World
05. Middle Class Man
06. Baby Beware
07. Drifter
08. Jealousy
09. More Than Ready
10. Get a Gun

http://www13.zippyshare.com/v/ptluCDMz/file.html