Thursday, May 30, 2013
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The Wolfhounds - Unseen Ripples From a Pebble (1987, Pinky)
I should also point out this isn't my rip of the album, so a hearty thanks to whomever went to the trouble of digitizing this.
03. Rain Stops Play
04. Goodbye Laughter
05. Lost But Happy
06. Cut the Cake
07. In Transit
08. L.A. Juice
09. Rule of Thumb
11. Public Footpath Blues
12. Handy Howard
Now available on Bandcamp on wax or name your price download with an album's worth of extra tracks. Who says you can't have it all?
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Idiot Savant - The Rest on Down ep (1984, Blackberry Way)
01. Down to Sleep
02. Beat the Clock
03. Throw it Away
04. Wheel of Fortune
05. The Rest on Down
06. In My House
Monday, May 27, 2013
They say that indecision makes one weak. My indecisions suddenly been deepened.
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Saturday, May 25, 2013
Well Nigh Forgotten - Betty's Wake (1992, Moist)
Friday, May 24, 2013
Absolute Ceiling 7" (1987, High Wire)
A. Many Years From Now
B. Paint the House in Blood
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Jamboree - Melt Down ep (1985, Jayrem)
Though I hadn't the slightest familiarity with Jamboree, I was stoked to discover this New Zealand relic, which was issued no less at the height of that nation's fertile indie music phenomenon. Had I stumbled upon the next Chills or Verlaines? Um, no, I don't think so. In fact this four piece hardly meshed with the Kiwi pop aesthetic at all, and even more frustrating Melt Down's first selection (title track) found this foursome absorbed in rote "modern rock" mode, definitely sounding like a glossy product of their era. Next up, the hushed and insular "A Familiar Quietness" makes a break for the very polar extreme, but unconvincingly I have to say. Nonetheless, Jamboree manages to salvage the remainder of Melt Down in robust fashion, delivering three slices of pensive, forward thinking guitar pop that would do everyone from Lloyd Cole to Steve Kilbey proud. A happy ending after all.
01. Melt Down
02. A Familiar Quietness
04. Out of Season
05. Spin Me
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Infections - Sub-Rosa (1986)
With a name like the Infections they have to be punk...right? Um, no, I don’t think
so. A lot more straitlaced then I was expecting, I took a chance on these
Michiganders by virtue of a very snazzy record sleeve and a healthy dose of mystique. In fact, Sub-Rosa is surprisingly diverse, ranging from the nervy, pub-rock groove of "Reykjavik," to "All Your Life," a Beatlesque piano ballad that gradually blossoms into a more ornate motif that's downright orchestral by the end of it's six minute journey. Faint Mersey/paisley inclinations involve "Mind Grow" and "Candle Against the Darkness," easily the most winsome two moments here. The long-winded tracks occupying side two aren’t as consistently enticing, but
the ethereal “Under the Rose” finishes Sub-Rosa off on a high note.
01. Big Machine
02. Mind Grow (Apple Blossom Girl)
03. All Your Life
05. Candle Against the Darkness
06. Red Sky/Blue Heart
07. Blue Serene
08. Under the Rose
Monday, May 20, 2013
It went the dull and wicked ordinary way.
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Friday, May 17, 2013
The Love In ep (1987, Love Chain)
As for the ep itself, the Love In waste not a split second of it's roughly 21 minutes, raining down the most spellbinding harmonies you're likely to encounter this side of a Three O'Clock record. Tom Sheppard's chiming fretboard runs exude a sublime synthesis of Peter Buck and Roger McGuinn, while bassist Kurt Stake's capabilities as a frontman completely seal the deal. The arpeggio-driven "Late As Usual" functions as a startlingly jawdropping opening salvo, but other nuggets of gold, including the "Young Mr. Jones" and "Dad's So Jealous of Youth" also satisfy at an optimum level. The Love In is nearly essential as anything Ric Menck's attached his fingerprints to, and should likewise move fans of the Smithereens and Dreams So Real.
A big round of applause goes to Kurt for setting me up with everything. With any luck there will be more Love In to follow...
01. Late as Ususal
02. Young Mr. Jones
03. On the Reds
04. Freedom Now
05. Dad's So Jealous of Youth
06. Home for the Holidays
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Parrish Blue - Western Roads (1987, Jolt)
01. Remember Me the Same
05. I Am the Revolution
06. Western Roads
07. Arm in Arm
08. Take Me There
09. Forget the Lies
10. The Dove
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Godrays/Rodeo Boy 7" (1997, Sit-n-Spin)
A chunk of splitsville action coming at ya, this time from a band with something in common to one I introduced you to just the other night, What Now. As was the case with them, the Godrays have strong ties (two in fact) to Small Factory. The 'rays involved exactly two thirds of the Factory, specifically mouthpiece/guitarist Alex Kemp and drum-wrangler Phoebe Summersquash. Their double 7" ep, Songs for TV Stars showed up on Wilfully before, but I couldn't let this split single get away, especially considering it offers two exclusive cuts, both of which hit a slightly more dissonant stride than say, their album, also called Songs for TV Stars. The second of the two Godrays selections, "The Thrifty Heart Song" is a Rodeo Boy cover, who also reciprocate with a 'rays song ("Vampires Suck") on their side of this torrid 7" affair. While we're on the subject of Rodeo Boy they made a sweeter impression on me here than their (at least the few I've heard). "Another Chorus Comes" is like Pavement meets Figgs, and really makes me want to re-investigate their back catalog. Cool beans.
01. Kick It Around
02. The Thrifty Heart Song
01. Another Chorus Comes
02. Vampires Suck
Sunday, May 12, 2013
What Now - Small Record With Four Songs 7" (1985, Incas)
02. All My Life
03. The End
Friday, May 10, 2013
Stürm Group - s/t (1984, Green Fuse)
01. Outdoor Cafe
02. Upon a Nerve
03. Loaded Life
04. Folding Chair
05. The Gin Palace
06. Red Balloon
07. The Lottery I Am
08. In the Shower
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Book of Lies - Cryptic Memo ep (1983, Fever)
The opening "Book," with it's abstract spiritual connotations, doesn't make for the best intro, but the remaining three songs compensate, some of which possess a surprising measure of warmth coming from such a mangled delivery system. Bass (quite possibly of the fretless variety) is quite prevalent throughout. Those who are capable of feeding off of Cryptic Memo's crooked energy will find the mystique of this record enthralling. A Google query, believe it or not, conjured up this brief write-up in the New York Times:
On ''Cryptic Memo,'' the Chicago- based rock trio Book of Lies purveys a funk-oriented, densely mysterious and quite original sound, and answers an old question: ''Who wrote the book of love?'' These folks claim they wrote it, and that it's really a book of lies. ''Cryptic Memo'' is available in new-wave and import stores...
02. Tree of Laughter
04. & Then Some
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Re-up: The Verge - Habitual 7" ep +2 (1983)
The Verge were a phenomenal and relatively short-lived Albany, NY post-punk trio, who recorded a small body of work during their early-80s lifespan, with an even more minute segment of those recordings having been made available for public consumption. From what I've been informed by band personnel (as well as the thoughtful testimonies of some ardent Verge aficionados left in the comments portion of my original entry) the Habitual ep and a contribution to the Albany-centric, 1982 compilation record Hudson Rock, comprise the group's scarce surviving fossil record.
The Verge's regrettably limited oeuvre was nonetheless deliriously visceral, bearing flashing signposts to such period luminaries as Joy Division, Killing Joke, Mission of Burma, and even a dab of pre-ego U2. Not plagiarism so much as compulsive inspiration, The Verge's revisionism married a sweeter guitar tone to the demi-nihilistic angst of the aforementioned. One arguable exception to this winning formula is "Picturesque," whose dive-bomb salvos of serrated power chords elevates the trio's game to a doubly more fearsome level. That comp cut I mentioned, "1-2-3-4-5-6" is also situated on a different plateau, and functions much better as a one-off track than it would have served on the ep. As a bonus, I'm sharing the heretofore unreleased jewel, "Day and Age," which was furnished to me by a Verge alum himself. How's that for gratitude?
If you haven't had the opportunity to immerse yourself in these recordings before, it's never too late. As for the rest of you, please treat yourself to an upgrade. If you fancy what you hear, you'd do well to enlighten yourself by reading the copious comments section from my original write-up.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Failure of all punk.
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Sunday, May 5, 2013
Dead Trend - False Positive (2013, Cabildo/Cut the Shit) - A brief overview.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Jawbox/Edsel split 7" (1993, DeSoto)
I became an instant Edsel convert upon encountering their half of the obligation, "Penaluna," which boasted a a heavily phased guitar technique, mimicking a woozy keyboard effect (or so my mind likes to think). Throw a murky sonic mystique into the mix, top with a succulent chorus hook, and you have a mighty tasty post-punk confection on your hands. I did a write-up for the Edsel album this would soon appear on, The Everlasting Belt Co., and though I had to pull the link, it has been reissued.
Jawbox - Savory
Edsel - Penaluna
Thursday, May 2, 2013
VA - Never Mind the Jacksons, Here's the Pollocks (1985, Abstract Sounds)
Overall side two wins this match, commencing with a hot Peel Session take of New Model Army's "Small Town England." The next tune, courtesy of The Gymslips was also cut for John's fabled hit parade, and is enough to renew anyone's faith in the girl-group contingent of the wave/punk arena. The Bomb Party deliver a frothy, pounding surge akin to Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, albeit with more frivolous subject matter. The concluding "Violation," an offbeat spoken-word piece by Joolz, plays out like a small portion of a greater narrative, thus making for a decidedly confusing end to otherwise appealing compilation.
01. The Three Johns - Fruit Flys
02. Five Go Down to the Sea - Often
03. Hagar the Womb - Song of Deep Hate
04. The Word - Different
05. New Model Army - Small Town England (Peel Session)
06. The Gymslips - Empire Song (Peel Session)
07. The Bomb Party - Henry Was a Babysitter
08. Joolz - Violation (Peel Session)