Sunday, January 13, 2019

Makes the earth toss and tumble...

A two-fer featuring a 1983 album and ep from a group that practically wrote the playbook for the scene that celebrates itself.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Eleventh Dream Day - Nuernberg, Germany 3/14/90

This one is pretty straightforward.  A full live set from Chicago's noisenik, indie/major label rockers Eleventh Dream Day.  This exemplary gig fell between the band's Beet and Lived to Tell albums, and this was one of the last tours audiences would be treated to such old chestnuts as "Watching the Candles Burn."  This recording could pass for a soundboard tape, but the setlist from the torrent I obtained this from notably states that track ten "Michael Dunne" had to be faded out due to a tape flip at the end, so perhaps this recorded by someone in the audience.  I'm offering it in the unaltered FLAC (lossless) from it was originally shared in, and an MP3 version if that's what you prefer. Enjoy.

01. Intro - Liz Beth
02. Between Here and There
03. Love to Hate to Love
04. Testify
05. Tranatula
06. Bagdad's Last Ride
07. Among the pines
08. Merciless
09. Watching the Candles Burn
10. Michael Dunne (fade out)
11. Teenage Pin Queen
12. Awake I Lie
13. Go!
14. The Death of Albert C. Sampson
15. title unknown - outro

MP3 (320 kbps)  or  FLAC

Friday, January 11, 2019

Beggar Weeds - Sure Pants Alot ep (1988, Junior Highness)

This long bygone Jacksonville, FL trio had an interesting array of parties cropping up in their "thank you" list - grandmas, the Chickasaw Mudpuppies, Henry Kissinger...  What to make of that is anyone's guess, and to a lesser extent you can apply that notion to the Beggar Weeds themselves.  From what little poking around I was able to do before stringing these 150 (or so) words together, I ascertained the band fancied themselves as "speed folk."  After a couple spins of Sure Pants Alot, the most immediate comparison I conjured up was that of a higher pitched John Fogerty fronting the Violent Femmes.  But as is the case with so many of my comparative attempts that's hardly a spot-on correlation.  There's a certain twangy modus operandi in operation here, and although BW were a discernible product of the deep south their vibe was thankfully more nonchalant than forced.  Word has it the band made inroads with the Athens, GA indie circuit of the day, so it's not a stretch to say the 40 Watt Club contingent rubbed off on 'em, at least to a modest extent.  In a nutshell, this platter is exponentially more earnest than hip - and thirty some years after the fact I'd say these boys settled upon the correct equation.

01. All I Need
02. Skinny
03. Harry Lee
04. Graduating
05. Churchin'

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Rods and Cones - s/t ep (1985, Oh Stu!)

Not to be confused withe the Boston band of the same (coincidentally featured here a few years ago) the Rods and Cones I'm sharing today were a more economical three-piece set up, situated in the less urban locale of Bloomington, IN.  Guitar pop with varying dosages of power was their calling card and they played it capably, if perhaps half a step or two shy of the mainstream.  Their approach was plenty accessible, but thankfully not as gaudily decked out as the drivel that say, Huey Lewis and his dudes were crapping out around the same time.  The Rods thing was more in league with Tommy Tutone and later Knack.  "Hypnotize Women" and "Useless Knowledge" were cheeky riff-rockers with ample bite, bearing enough commercial prowess to land on AOR playlists of the day...though I'm not sure if that scenario ever came to fruition.  Rods and Cones winds things down with a novel acoustic reading of the Peanuts theme (lazily titled "Charlie Brown") before seguing into one last original.  BTW, the band reunites every Christmas for a local performance.  Visit the link above to be delivered to their Facebook page for evidence of this.

01. Hypnotize Women
02. Getaway
03. What it Takes
04. Useless Knowledge
05. Nine Kinds
06. Charlie Brown/Outta Control

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Open up your mind, open up your purse...

Something decidedly off the beaten path for you this week.  A chronological, double CD anthology spanning 1971-88 for a band that lay claim to veritable genre-shaping in their native UK, but across the pond, not so much.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Signal Thirty - Purpose (1987, Hit a Note)

Something has always fascinated me about rural/small town indie rock, maybe because there seems to be so little of it.  Signal Thirty, ostensibly hailing from Paducah, KY, could have conveniently chosen to season their ears on such mainstream purveyors of the day as Def Leppard or John Cougar Mellencamp, but I tend to think their collective tastes ran a little deeper than the Top-ten.  Said to have been recorded over the course of Memorial Day weekend in '87, Purpose sounds like a dandy way to have killed three days.  Varying from twangy, albeit skewed roots rock, to jangly REM-isms, this trio never quite settles on a singular penchant here, yet manages to keep the entire affair structured.  Purpose really gets cooking on side two, with brisk keepers like "Wild With Me," "(The Adventures of) Laritasm," and "Some Sweet Day" all exuding verve and zest, not to mention a homegrown aplomb that occasionally floats in the vicinity of what the Meat Puppets had up their sleeves around the same time.  Solid stuff.  The record ends in somewhat uncharacteristic fashion with a medley of the reverent country ballad "Wings of a Dove" and the theme to Petticoat Junction.

01. Long White Sleeve
02. Napalm Luv
03. I Know It's You
04. I See God
05. Misconnected
06. Swimming's Funny
07. Fine Lines
08. Comparison
09. Wild With Me
10. (The Adventures of) Laritasm
11. Life Light (White World)
12. Some Sweet Day
13. Wings of a Dove/Petticoat Junction theme

Thursday, January 3, 2019

A slight case of underblogging - Best of the blog mix 2018

It's time once again for our annual rehash *ahem* taster of the creme de la creme of Wilfully Obscure's juiciest morsels from the year just departed.  Per the title, I say under-blogging in the respect that each year I seem to grow a tad more slack than the one prior in terms of the amount of audio victuals I lay out buffet-style on our coveted, on-the-house table.  Is what it is I suppose, as I'm in no hurry to exhaust my collection.  Revelations continue to abound on these pages, and 2018 brought to the fore some pretty phenomenal vintage wax from the likes of Three Leaning Men, The Woodies, The Lift, November Group and the Cuban Heels amidst approximately twenty others I've managed to shoehorn into one folder.

Given the disparate offerings here, more than a few song-to-song segues may not make for the most logical of transitions, though I've attempted to maintain a semblance of continuity, fractured as it amy sometime seem.  Roughly speaking, the first half houses some of the more aggressive selections, while the prettier and more jangly numbers have been corralled in the second.  Included are three previously unshared nuggets that until today you never knew you couldn't live without. 

01. Cuban Heels -  Liberty Hall
02. Private Domain - Burn the Torch
03. Wooden Igloo - Lost Weekend
04. Ten Ten - Giving In
05. Uncalled Four - Set Me Straight
06. The Woodies - Penelope Says
07. Mexican Pets - Stigmata Errata
08. The Red - Promises
09. November Group - Pictures of the Homeland
10. Stark Raving - Too Much to Take
11. Rank Strangers - Target
12. Rockphonics - Lock and Key
13. LMNOP - Like A Diatom*
14. Material Issue - Echo Beach (1986 vers.)
15. The McGuires - Russian Hill
16. Diesel Park West - All The Myths On Sunday (demo)
17. The Lift - Plush With Blonde
18. The Wishniaks - Marcy's Gone
19. The Colours - Somewhere in Between
20. Richard X. Heyman - Hoosier
21. Free Loan Investments - In the Park*
22. The Pterodactyls - Germs
23. Three Leaning Men - Facing
24. Stick Figures - September*

* = previously unshared