Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Paul Westerberg - 54 Minutes of Your
Time Life (2008)
The full tracklist and spiel is available here.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
Crying all my life. This straight jacket fits alright.
Hangtime - Invictus Melodius (2017) - A brief review
Their aptitude not only reflects the comparisons I rattled off above, but to a certain extent the stable of powerful yet tuneful combos that graced the rosters of such renown labels as Epitaph and Fat, specifically those active during the Clinton-era. Hangtime don't go out of their way to reinvent the wheel, but they very well may have tweaked a spoke or three on the roiling opener "Let It Be," sounding like the best thing Goo Goo Dolls haven't churned out in a good twenty-years. It's an intimidating act to follow, and often, Invictus... doesn't really feel like it's heated up to full boil until mid-album, but once addictive slammers like "Trust In Me" and "Alone" careen into your ear canal there's no going back. They even save the best for last on the concluding "Lost," which I'm willing to declare as their finest three-and-a-half minute salvo to date.
Invictus Melodious is yours to have, hold and listen to over at Hangtime's Bandcamp outpost where a physical CD is available in addition to download, plus you have your usual digital vendors iTunes and Amazon.
Friday, January 26, 2018
The Odd Numbers - "Holiday" 7" (1996, Side1)
BTW, the Odd Numbers reconvened last year with a new album and single to show for it.
B1. If I Only Had You
B2. Ever Fallen in Love?
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Wooden Igloo - s/t (1989, Broken)
01. You're My Girl
02. Turning Gray
03. When I'm With You
04. Night Time
05. My Marie
06. Walk Away
07. Save Me
08. Lost Weekend
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Well, Thomas the imposter, he lived a lie, but it mattered not 'cos that was his way.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Loomis - How Much is Too Much (1999, Sun, Sea, Sky)
This one is a tad belated. Make that eight years belated. Then again, demand for Loomis has been limited as best, even when they were active in the mid/late '90s. I'm following up on an entry I did for them in 2009 for the first and only proper album, You're No Tiger, Meow, Meow, Meow which dates back to 1996. Back in the day, those who took notice of these Madison, WI gents were treated to the quartet's sobering, but muscular brand of thoughtful indie rock, that really did bring the rock on most occasions. Well, in addition to that seemingly "lone" LP was this exhaustive 34 song compendium of singles and mostly unreleased material, damn near three albums worth to be exact. The brief sleeve notes fail to provide recording dates, but it's safe to say that some of their earliest recordings are situated at the beginning of disk two. Loomis apparently began life as pop-punk aficionados, and during this phase of their tenure, they came up with raw, Husker Du and Doughboys informed assaults like "Boxspring," "Spoke" and "Beige."
In my earlier piece on Loomis, I observed sonic similarities to their Chapel Hill, NC contemporaries Small 23. That same observations applies to much of the remainder of How Much..., but these guys tinged the brunt of their handiwork with bittersweet inflections, stopping far shy of gloomy or maudlin. It's a formula that worked well to their advantage on the relatively subdued "Twinkle Toes" and "Liberace." Regardless of what mode the band chose to revel in, the real beauty of How Much is Too Much, is the sheer quantity and quality of material offered. Before you make room for this on your hard drive, you can sample all of it on Bandcamp (who for some reason aren't offering HMITM as a download). If you're brand new to these guys, do check out the aforementioned You're No Tiger... LP as well.
04. two inches deep
07. lunch tuck
08. paper mache
09. she moves like a lazy susan
10. home/a piece of resistence
11. secret asian man
12. when i move
15. twinkle toes
17. i'm a reader
01. girl of your choice
03. wait inside
04. chop suey
05. names and words
11. ballad of a handgun
12. untitled number one
14. iriwn am
15. hi-tech swimpsuit
16. i don't speak porpoise
17. untitled number two
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
The Pterodactyls - We've Done it Now ep (1987, Meltdown)
This clangy, post-punk quartet tracked their entire ep in one day in 1987 in Auckland. It sounds like some degree of local cross-pollination was at hand here, and it wouldn't be unwise to suspect the Pterodactyls may have been keen on the Bats and Tall Dwarfs, not to mention some other winged clergy on the Flying Nun roster. It would have been really interesting to see where these lads might have taken things on subsequent releases, but I think this was their sole outing. Brief as their catalog was, you'd be wise to console yourself with the poignantly melodic "Germs," We've Done It Now's should-have-been greatest hit.
BTW, Meltdown Records was home to a couple of other bands whose records (or at the very least, MP3s) I'm anxious to get a hold of. If anyone can tip me off to such long lost Kiwis as Three Leaning Men and the Remarkables, by all means get in touch! You'll be rewarded handsomely for your efforts.
04. Gravel Pit
05. Born Again
Sunday, January 14, 2018
And will the whole damned world fall down...
Saturday, January 13, 2018
A Witness - Sacred Cow Heart (1986, Twilight/Ron Johnson)
01. Smelt Like a Pedestrian
02. Red Snake
03. Dipping Bird
04. Sharpened Stick
05. The Loudhailer Song
06. Faglane Morris Wind
07. Nodding Dog Moustache
08. Raw Patch
09. Legs Be Sturdy
10. Hard Days Love
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Blue Peter - Up to You ep (1982, Ready)
As goes heavy ringwear on the jacket, so goes the fidelity of the record, and this one is no exception. I did my level best to tamp down some of the surface noise, but plenty of crackle is evident. If it's an unblemished listen you desire you can check out Blue Peter aplenty over at their Soundcloud hovel.
01. Up to You
02. Chinese Graffiti
03. Guilty Secret
04. Around You
05. The World Stops Here
06. Up to U
Sunday, January 7, 2018
Drink me like a case of wine...
Saturday, January 6, 2018
V/A - Propeller tape (1981, Propeller)
As it turns out, I learned this week that all copies of Propeller suffered from the identical defect as mine. Per comments on Discogs:
Yes, all copies are defective, but it's not damage, per se, it has to do with a flaw in the binder between the magnetic surface and the backing. Even if you can play the first couple of songs, eventually the surface starts peeling away from the backing and you get this screeching noise.
It goes onto mention that the master tapes were lost in a fire...but someone must have made a backup, because a corrected version of the entire album recently found it's way online from an unknown source. It was my original intention to share Propeller with you many years ago, but the faulty condition of my tape would have made that impossible. Now that it's thankfully been remedied, not so much.
Ironically, the band I mentioned a few paragraphs back, Art Yard, were the least artsiest of the bunch here. Nonetheless, idiosyncratic and art-damaged post-punk reigns on Propeller - some dissonant and tuneless (CCCP TV and Wild Stares), but elsewhere, V: and Dangerous Birds exude comparatively warmer hues. As for the Neats tunes, "Do the Things" and the live "Another Broken Dream" are fairly nascent and formative, but if you enjoyed their albums on Ace of Heart Records I wouldn't hesitate to partake in these tracks.
01 Art Yard - The Law
02 People In Stores - Cat and Mouse
03 Neats - Do The Things
04 Chinese Girlfriends - Let's Be Creative
05 CCCP-TV - Follow It Through
06 V: - Ich Liebe
07 White Women - Midge
08 Wild Stares - No Escape
09 Lori Green - Town Without Pity
10 V: - In The Suburbs Of The City Of Pain
11 Wild Stares - China Song
12 CCCP-TV - Downtown Address
13 Dangerous Birds - Catholic Boy
14 Lori Green - She Won't Hear You_Pink Dress
15 People In Stores - Cheap Detective
16 Art Yard - Something In Your Eyes
17 Neats - Another Broken Dream
Thursday, January 4, 2018
A slight case of overblogging - Best of the blog mix 2017.
Rebel Waltz, a bygone Wisconsin punk-pop quartet, whose glorious Rubber Walls LP has been reissued digitally.
01. The Reels - Prefab Heart
02. Macchu Picchu - Canada
03. Pezband - Waiting in Line*
04. Cement Trampoline - Pushing the Panic Button
05. Soup - Hangin' Out With Myself
06. Chixdiggit - Best Hung Carrot in the Fridge
07. Rebel Waltz - Highway of Doom*
08. Our American Cousins - Ice 9
09. Side Effects - French Forest
10. Squirrels From Hell - Cinderella Girl
11. Holiday Slides - The Fall of Rome
12. Glass Penguins - Out of the Rain
13. Seven Simons - Lavendar Bubbles
14. The Pony - Broken Kites
15. Suburban Sprawl - Serious
16. Casual T's - Rose Colored World
17. One Plus Two - Much More
18. Red Buckets - Palm Sunday
19. Plasterscene Replicas - What Could Be Incomplete
20. Fudge - Patty Hearst Machine Gun
21. Fire Town - She Reminds Me of You
22. The Clamheads - Everybody Loves Me Cept You
23. Fingers - Too Young
24. Ceedees - Patriotic Song
25. GBV - Tell Me*
* = Appearing for the first time.