Thursday, July 31, 2008
Mean Red Spiders - Places You Call Home (1998, Teenage USA)
Places...distinctly recalls the eponymous debut album by Dutch shoegazers, The Nightblooms. A probable coincidence perhaps, but if you're familiar with the aforementioned, MRS craft a lucid, less-insular enclave by comparison.
Two more Mean Red Spiders albums would follow, Starsandsons in 2000, and Still Life Moving Fast two years later. The band is apparently still active, as evidenced by newly recorded tunes on their Myspace page (linked above), including a sweet variation of the Beach Boys "Feel Flows."
01. Shiny Skin
02. iiieved cove
03. Trains and Boats and Planes (Burt Bacharach)
05. Belle Elemore
06. I Recognize
08. Eat Without Sowing
10. Places You Call Home
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008
The Dentists - Naked 10" ep (1991, Independent Projects)
Naked, a 10” ep's worth of demos, recorded between 1984-87, released in ’91 as part of Independent Project Record’s “Archive Series,” is an undeniable treat for hardcore Dentists fans, and for that matter jangle-pop enthusiasts in general. The sprite, driving opener, “Ugly” is damn-near sublime, while “We Thought We’d Got to Heaven,” and “The Sun in Sands” offer thoughtful ruminations a la the Smiths, sans any of Morrisey's patented posturing and preening. In sum, not a bad little record.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
The Texas Instruments - Crammed Into Infinity (1991, Rockville)
Singles Going Single #56: The Halo Bit 7" (1992, spinART)
A1. Stay Away For Awhile
A2. Peggy & Helen
B. Dad's House
Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Squares - Enjoy Yourself...and others (1987, Boat)
Here’s a great find from the mid-80s! Fans of The Bongos, The Feelies, early Talking Heads, The Reievers, REM and dBs, check the Squares! Basically, right after REM knocked the rock-n-roll Establishment on the head with Murmur, the sQuares left the corn fields of Indiana and headed north. For some unknown reason (cheap rent and beer?) the boys landed in Milwaukee.“Although none of its members hailed from the Brew City, the Squares were one of Milwaukee's best bands in the 1980s, mixing high energy rock and roll with melodic pop in the style of the band's heroes Elvis Costello and REM. Although it only released one vinyl LP, "Enjoy Yourself (And Others)," one vinyl 45 and one CD, "Answer," the band was very prolific, recording a number of locally-released cassettes and more than a few unreleased tracks. In 1985 they spent most of their time writing songs and practicing. In the autumn of that year they spent a weekend in the studio and produced the critically acclaimed Number 1 Cassette.
01. Enjoy Yourself
02. Truth Is
03. Blue Notes
04. The Street
05. Chemical Bomb
06. World That Never Was
07. Existential Birthday
08. You Don’t Know Me
09. All Voices
11. Well Protected
12. Ways to be Weird
13. Safety In Numbers
Singles Going Single #55: Vertigo - Rub 7"
If you ask me, Vertigo were the most conventional and approachable outfit to ever brandish an Amphetamine Reptile logo on their records, but that’s not to say they couldn’t kick up an unholy swill of sinewy distorto-punk on their more rockin’ releases like this one. A bass-less Mpls trio, Vertigo generally subscribed to the raw, aesthetics Am Rep was notorious for, while appealing to more pedestrian listeners with a decidedly linear approach. Compared to their more savage label-mates, like Halo of Flies and Hammerhead, Vertigo’s straight-shooting penchant ultimately failed to pay off, recording three full-lengths for the now defunct label that garnered nil attention. A tad non-descript at times, particularly on their often pedantic, mid-tempo albums, the band pulls it together on the Rub ep, featuring a quartet of their most ragin’ full-on tunes.
02. Murder by Guitar
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Seafood - Messenger in the Camp (1998, Fierce Panda)
Seafood’s excitement quotient has taken a back seat on their latest albums, but if you enjoy this, you’re bound to drool over their 2001 debut, Surviving the Quiet, not to mention the almost nearly bitchin’ follow-up, When Do We Start Fighting.
09. hidden track
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Eric Menck and Paul Chastain - Firetrucks and Periwinkles (198?)
Sunday, July 20, 2008
The Norberts - Mishmish ep (1989, Moon Cheese)
Not a whole lot of background on this quartet, hailing presumably from the suburban Boston area. The Norberts' Mishmish, or alternately referenced as Mish-Mish in the sleeve notes, was something of an eBay gamble that paid off, sorta. The band saves the best for first, with the sprite, lead-off track, "Under My Feet," recalling such gnarly indie acts of the era like The Chills and The Mighty Lemon Drops. The Norberts press onward, eschewing some of their more tuneful inclinations in exchange for a colder, post-punk tact, not to mention feigned British accents that get old real quick. "Sacred Kow's" lyrical content, for example, is littered with collegiate drivel, but as a song it sure as hell beat the crap out of whatever the Fine Young Cannibals or Concrete Blonde were doing at the time, and if you ask me, that alone should warrant some praise. The Norberts redeem themselves with the lofty concluding track, "New Religion."
01. Under My Feet
02. Tin Tin
03. Two Critics
04. Sacred Kow
05. New Religion
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Life Before Superchunk - Part 3: Metal Pitcher - A Careful Workman is the Best Safety Device 7" (1989, Merge)
Friday, July 18, 2008
Then Jerico - First (The Sound of Music) (1987)
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Singles Going Single #54: Bright - Plymouth Rock 7" (1998, Darla/Ba Da Bing!)
A. Plymouth Rock
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Moped - It Won't Sound Any Better Tomorrow (1996, Summershine)
02. Stephaen Hero
03. Window Shopping
06. Does Your Back Hurt
08. Cheap Strings
09. Bangs and Booms
13. Through the Cracks
14. Keep in Touch
Monday, July 14, 2008
Singles Going Single #53: The Breeders - Head to Toe 7"
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sub Pop singles triple-shot: Poster Children (1990) Tsumani/Velocity Girl split single (1992), Pond (1994)
Update: The Poster Children are now sharing both sides of this single alongside many other rarities on a Bandcamp'ed compilation, Copyright. Since this is the case I am really no longer at liberty to share it. Please show 'em some love!.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Green River - "last show" Los Angeles 10/24/87
The Fluid - Roadmouth (1989, Sub Pop)
Friday, July 11, 2008
Swallow - s/t (1988, Sub Pop); Sourpuss (1990, Sub Pop)
I have uploaded the aforementioned pair of Swallow albums in their entirety from CD, not vinyl, and as far as I know Wilfullly Obscure is the only blog that has undertaken such an endeavor (Lamestain’s tribute to the band is informative as well). There’s some excellent music here, and a lot more melodic than you might expect.
An album’s worth of unreleased Swallow recordings from 1990, Teach Your Bird to Sing, was issued in 2007 on Flotation Records. The band will be making a reunion appearance at one of this weekend’s kickoff events. Word. Rod Moody, Swallow singer/guitarist, has also prepared this 'lil write-up.
Please note, this is not the same Swallow as the shoegazer-lite act on 4AD Records that existed contemporary to their Seattle counterparts.
plus special for you:
09. Home (cd-only bonus track)
10. Trapped (from Fuck Me I'm Rich compilation)
03. Sex Pig
06. Take Me
10. In Effect
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Ben Kweller - Bromeo (2000); Freak Out, It's Ben Kweller (2000)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Singles Going Single # 52 - The Jumpers 7" (1979 Play it Again, Sam)
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Nothing Wrong (1988, Beggars Banquet)
Singles Going Single # 51 - The Gloria Record 7" (1998, Crank!)
A. Grace the Snow is Here
B. And is it Ever
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Life Before Superchunk - Part 2: Wwax - Like it or Not 2x7" (1990, Merge, rec 1987-88) & Pumpkin 7" (1991, Meat/1989 Lepoard Gecko)
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Sebadoh - Oven Is My Friend 7" ep (1990, Siltbreeze)
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Rotator Cuff - s/t ep (1995, Park 'n' Ride)
Rotator Cuff created a buzz following the release of an EP with the single "Alfa Romeo" on Park N Ride Records out of San Francisco. The Video for Alfa Romeo was featured on MTV's120 Minutes and the music on House of Style, The Real World and Unfiltered. The band featured Joe Woelf, Gary Kaplan, Rob Farrell and Dave Turov. Gary and Rob both are currently in the bands The Fletchers and The Anderson Council, respectively.
Playing chiming, indie guitar pop, Rotator Cuff's unassuming sound was heightened with a mild downer vibe that kept the procedings that much more intriguing. The ep was produced by Kramer of Shimmy Disc Records fame. If you enjoyed my previous Edsel post, Rotator Cuff are sure to entice.
01. alfa romeo
04. your fault or mine?
05. 2nd friend