Saturday, February 18, 2017

VA - Cash Cow: The Best of Giorno Poetry Systems (1993, ESD)

We gave a party for the gods...and the gods all came.  - John Giorno.

I'll admit it.  Hüsker Dü were the draw for me here, or more specifically their contribution, a devastating Metal Circus outtake, "Won't Change," equaling or outpacing anything on that classic 1983 ep.  This entire album is worth downloading for that song along, but if you're anything like me this compendium of songs having previously appeared on a myriad of Giorno Poetry Systems releases (a synopsis of what GPS entails follows in italics after my essay) will reward you otherwise as well.  In essence, Cash Cow corrals an inadvertent "who's who" of the post-beatnik syndicate, with most of the participants hailing from ground zero itself, New York City.  First and foremost, it introduced me to John Giorno himself, a somewhat confrontational poet who rubbed elbows with Andy Warhol in the early '60s and generally speaking his reputation and inspiration snowballed from there.

William Burroughs factors in significantly to Giorno's life, and he contributes text from Naked Lunch and then some.  Laurie Anderson's spoken word soliloquies are particularly jarring thanks to some eerie vocal manipulations, Patti Smith gets deep, and Frank Zappa reads a portion of Burroughs, you guess it, Naked Lunch.  Giorno himself makes a brief appearance, of course.  His startling "Hi Risque" is a lascivious AIDS-era lament that's almost certain to implore your attention. This gentleman's dialect and pentameter fascinates me to no end.

And there's more music as well.  Cabaret Voltaire and Philip Glass were never my style, but their inclusion amidst the proceedings is fitting.  Buster Poindexter's "Totalitarian State," is relevant today as it ever was, and Glenn Branca's clangy, sixteen minute piece "Bad Smells" is surprisingly approachable.

Cash Cow isn't for everyone, particularly those with a strictly 'pop" palette, but I got more out of this than I expected, and maybe you'll come away a little more enlightened too.  I've included a bonus John Giorno spoken word monologue, which happens to be a sheer favorite of mine.  An explanation of Giorno Poetry Systems (penned by the man himself) and full tracklist follows:

Giorno Poetry Systems (was) a non-profit foundation under which many projects were born. The record label called Giorno Poetry Systems eventually built up a catalog of 40 titles, ushering poetry onto the radio alongside rock, jazz, etc. for the first time. The Dial-A-Poem service, begun, in 1968, was a huge success. Not only did we ourselves get millions of calls, we inspired the creation of dial-for-stock market info and dial for sports-info services, etc. We also foreshadowed by a generation the explosion of 1-900 telephone promotions, not to mention the delivery of the Internet over phone lines. we produced poetry videos, videopaks and films. We formed bands and toured like the rock'n' rollers. We displayed poetry on the surface of ordinary objects, producing silk-screen and lithograph Poem Prints. We established the AIDS Treatment Project in 1984.

But in 1965, even before founding Giorno Poetry Systems, I began recording my friend William Burroughs, starting with tape experiments at his Centre Street loft and with Brion Gysin at the Hotel Chelsea. Before the year was out, with my earlier inspirations turning into tangible performances, electronic events and sound pieces at a show at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, I began Giorno Poetry Systems.
01-Cabaret Voltaire - Ride Baby Ride
02-William S. Burroughs - The Do Rights and Naked Lunch
03-Debbie Harry - Moroccan Rock (Pipe Of Pain)
04-Buster Poindexter - Totalitarian State
05-John Giorno - Berlin & Chernobyl, Hi Risque
06-Husker Du - Won't Change
07-Laurie Anderson - Song From America On The Move
08-Philip Glass - A Secret Solo
09-Patti Smith - The Histories Of The Universe
10-Coil - Neither His Nor Yours
11-Diamanda Galas - Eyes Without Blood
12-Glenn Branca - Bad Smells
13-Frank Zappa - The Talking Asshole
plus: John Giorno - We Got Here Yesterday

Wild Giraffes - Ensemble and Majorettes 7'' (1978)

Request fulfilled to the individual who asked for this, and while I'm not in possession of the original artifact, another blogger made this available several years ago.  I featured one of the Wild Giraffes later releases, their 1981 platter Right Now.  Regarding this 45, "Love Me" is a delightful way to spend 150 seconds (or so).  Quintessential DIY power pop from it's halcyon era, brimming with harmonies, a ringing guitar fill, and warm reverb that charms like no ones business.  The Giraffes approach the flipside, "When I Find Out" with a grittier, serrated edge not dissimilar to the garagey tendencies of The Troggs.

A. Love Me
B. When I Find Out

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lovers Under Pressure - Island tape (199?)

Not long after I made Minneapolis' Love Under Pressure's first album (The Elvis Years) available for public consumption I was contacted by an alum of the trio who informed me there were a couple of subsequent releases I might be interested in hearing.   The cassette ep I'm sharing today was one of them, generously provided by said alum (who for now shall remain nameless).  Perhaps with the exception of the gutsy "Promises," Island finds LUP gravitating to a milder tact.  Music-heads of left-of-the-dial staples like Agitpop, Dumptruck and the Pedaljets will find something to relish here, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say these Mpls lads could have roped in listeners of say, Crowded House as well, provided the right exposure of course.

01. Your Life Story
02. Island
03. Dear Johnny
04. To Olive From Catherine
05. No One's Watched Before
06. Promises

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Majesty Crush - P.S. I Love You (1996, Vulva)

Here's an approporiate album title for Valentine's Day if there ever was one.  Sadly, word went out two weeks ago that Majesty Crush frontman David Stroughter passed away, without much of a causation of death provided.  Never knew him personally, but I was gonzo for Majesty's one and only full length, '93s Love 15, a nuanced Yankee response to heady, Brit shoegazer/dream pop.  I've been sharing two independently released M/C eps, Fan and Sans Muscles for virtually the entirety of this blog's lifespan, but news of David's passing had me scurrying to Discogs to see if there had been anything I missed within the realm of his bygone band.  As it turns out there was a missing piece of the puzzle after all, the record I'm sharing today.   

P.S. I Love You, was released in 1996 in a startlingly low quantity of 200 vinyl copies, predominantly distributed in Majesty's stomping grounds of Detroit, MI.  Someone had recently uploaded some vintage M/C clips on YouTube, and in the comments for one of them I put the call out for a digital version of this exceedingly scarce and long sold-out piece of wax.  Within a matter of days someone came through, with a nice clean rip of the album, all seven songs, that were exclusive to the disk at the time of it's release.  Love 15 had major label backing, but by 1995 the band retreated to their own Vulva Records.  Sonically, P.S... is considerably rawer, albeit not as clingy to the ethereal ethos of Love 15.  Oddly enough, the opening "Unless I See You Again" opens with the stanza "the sun's going down on my life," a line that would become soberingly prophetic in a couple of decades.  Writ large, the record isn't a downer, just deliciously bittersweet with noisome, effects-laden guitars that will ring delightfully in the ears of any distorto-pop aficionado.

Stroughter eventually relocated to Los Angeles, and minted a new indie pop posse, P.S. I Love You, obviously named after Majesty's elusive parting shot.  A heartfelt remembrance of Stroughter can be found here.  Special thanks to whomever took the time to digitize this record, and for the images.

01. Unless i See You Again
02. Gemini
03. Monkey
04. Kowalski
05. Everybody's Bored
06. Since the Prom
07. Teen Beatles

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Shovels in my hand from digging for your pain.

A skewed alt-pop pearl from 1993.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Moss Poles - Underground ep (1987, Idea)

My turntable is out of commission, sad to say, but the archives are pretty well stocked.  This Moss Poles ep is plucked from the fat of the land that is my hard drive (sadly I'm not in possession of an original copy).  These Londoners assembled at the University of (London) in 1987, which is hard to believe because in that same year they also recorded a full length, Shorn, and some additional material that found it's way onto this EP.  Hard to believe any band is that productive to form from scratch and mint records all within a few months of each other, but I digress.

For an '80s aggregation, Moss Poles didn't really possess the slick, patented sound of their generation, not dissimilar to Stateside contemporaries The Smithereens.  The Poles exuded strong power pop bona fides, but also the taut muscularity of the Godfathers and the forward-thinking acuity of the Close Lobsters.  Merely three songs here, but I don't anticipate any complaints.  P.S. Cloudberry Records blog did a nice piece on these guys. 

01. Underground
02. Were You Happy?
03. The Sweetest Girl

Thursday, February 9, 2017

White Sisters - singles & tape (1985-89)

I recently had a request for the White Sisters.  I shared a cassette by them about six years ago, and am presenting it here along with both sides of two singles.  I have more material by them to share in the not-to-distant future, but at the very least this is a start.  There's precious little more elaboration I can offer on these Madison, WI popsters that I didn't lay out in my original W/S post.  Though denizens of the industrial midwest, the Sisters might as well have been sharing flexdiscs with overseas counterparts like the June Brides and the Bodines.  This combo wielded a pronounced Anglophile tact, but they did so without sounding slavish to the originators they seemingly took their cues from.  And did I mention that virtually any song they left their fingerprints on turned to gold?  Enjoy.

Kind Words From... 7" (1985, Boat)
A. Nothing Out There
B. Misery, Me and you

Big Girl 7" (1989, Picturebook)
A. Big Girl
B. Love Like Lead

cassette (bonus to Kind Words 7")
01. All is More
02. Lazy
03. Some Folk's Fear
04. The Tastes That Rule

Sunday, February 5, 2017

I'm always saving for honey, 'cos honey tastes so good.

Like last week's MM, this one is a borderline eulogy.  Sadly, we lost the singer of this sublime Detroit dream-pop quartet just last week.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Fluffy 7" (1992, Fluffy Disc)

Dang, where has this record been my whole life, or at the very least the better half of it?  I was tipped off to Fluffy when an alum of another band I featured on here, Baby Tooth contacted me recently...and was kind enough to supply me with a copy of the record.  There's all sorts of weird, flangy maneuvers infiltrating both sides of this pitch-shifty, distortion-y shoegaze single.  The six minute "Alien" takes a decidedly lo-fi road, and lives up to it's title, a la early Swirlies.  "Baby Tooth" (the title soon became the band's rechristened moniker) inserts some wry pop sensibilities into the mix, still approximating the offbeat allure of the Swirlies, and a dollop of Black Tambourine to boot.  Love it.

A. Alien
B. Baby Tooth

Heat - Overnight (2017, Topshelf) - A brief overview.

2015 may not have been a banner year for music, but it was a definite improvement over the three or four that preceded it.  This was due in part to the increasing visibility of emerging, guitarsy indie-rawk combos like Cheatahs, Beach Slang, Viet Cong (now renamed Preoccupations), Nai Harvest...and Montreal up-and-comers Heat.  I talked up their Rooms ep two years ago, and remarked how that record didn't quite do them justice stacked up to their live gigs, one of which I was fortunate to witness in '15.  Even at the time of that show there was talk about a follow-up to Rooms, and the freshly minted Overnight is the successor in question.

My hopes for Overnight were in a word, lofty - if for no other reason than Heat's juiced-up delivery on stage.  The quartet deliver on the songs, considerably in fact, it's the conveyance of them that has me a tad hesitant about committing myself to the sleepover the record's title suggests.  Susil Sharma's timbre is a variance of that of the Psych Fur's Richard Butler - one could do far worse, but my contention lies more with his monotonous and frequently droney drawl.  Sharma's air of cool, as it were, wears quickly, and I wouldn't advise holding your breath waiting for a dynamic to kick in.  This proclivity aside, Heat ultimately succeed with a competent and compelling album that virtually never falters.  Overnight doles out one bristling tune after, often reaffirming my faith in contemporary rock music.  "The Unknown," "Sometimes," and "Chains," (the latter of these originally revealed in demo form a few years ago) move the needle for me.  Indeed, there's some catchy shit here, but don't limit yourself to the record, see these blokes in the flesh if at all possible.  As this goes to press they're touring Canada, and playing SXSW next month.  Pick up Overnight on Amazon, Bandcamp and iTunes, or straight from the source at Topshelf Records.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Decorators - Tablets (1982, Red Flame)

I've never been big on saxophones, and unfortunately Tablet kicks off with plenty of them.  Luckily, The Decorators compensate with a mucho-spiffy album sleeve.  This UK sextet's lean Wiki bio touts them as post-punk, but proto-indie would be a more appropriate categorization.  Some sweet, clangy guitar licks occupy these eleven grooves, albeit they can be teasingly fleeting.  Mouthpiece Mick Bevan is a more prominent element than his five cohorts,  otherwise I'm struggling to pinpoint his combo's m.o.  The contemplative "Red Sky Over Wembley" is Tablet's runaway keeper.

Prior to splitting in 1984, the Decorators released an ep with their variation on the Flamin Groovies "Teenage Head" on side A.  Check out the video below.

01. Strange One
02. We Know It
03. Hidden Hands
04. Headlights
05. Absent Friends
06. Red Sky Over Wembley
07. American Ways
08. Half World
09. Without You
10. We Know it Part Two
11. Curious

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hellbent in this would-be heaven.

This week I'm commemorating the anniversary of the passing of this group's frontman, who left us almost one year ago to this day.  These songs were recorded between 1991-93, and released in 1994.


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Flesh for Lulu - s/t + singles (1984)

Even when Flesh for Lulu arguably peaked in 1987 (circa Long Live the New Flesh) they were regarded as little more than a post-new romantic flash in the pan (at least in my side of the Atlantic).  By the time lead-lulu Nick Marsh succumbed to cancer in the spring of 2015, his band barely qualified as a footnote, with the majority of the FFL catalog woefully languishing out of print.  Their big (and perhaps only) break arrived with the inclusion of the bittersweet "I Go Crazy" inserted into the soundtrack to the coveted John Hughes flick Some Kind of Wonderful.  The equally bittersweet followup single "Postcards From Paradise" possessed a stronger hook than "Crazy," but was merely relegated to cult classic status. 

Unlike much of their '80s ilk, FFL, did not in fact peak on their debut.  Flesh for Lulu isn't particularly deep or inventive, and even resorts to incorporating less-than-necessary female backup vocals.  Nonetheless, I have to pay homage to some of their better ideas, namely the nervy "Subterraneans" and "So Strong."  Think a vaguely less cerebral Psych Furs and you'll get the gist of what they had to offer in 1984.  Props to the individual who digitized this record, and for tacking on an ep's worth of singles and such.

01. Restless
02. Dog Dog Dog
03. Hyena
04. Coming Down
05. Jigsaw Puzzle
06. Subterraneans
07. Brainburst
08. Peace and Love
09. So Strong
10. Heavy Angel

non-LP singles and b-sides
11. Coming Down (alt vers)
12. Lame Train
13. The Power of Suggestion
14. Why Me?
15. Gurl at the Bar

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rogue Wave - Cover Me (2016, Easy Sound)

I tend not to open new vinyl releases, and that extends to Record Store Day titles as well.  In fact, I held off unsealing this one for two whole months in hopes that a digital version of Rogue Wave's wax-only, Black Friday RSD title Cover Me album would surface, but this time no dice.  Granted, it was only limited to 1500 copies, plus it didn't come with a download code...but anyway.  So far as the band goes, I was hip to Rogue Wave's 2003 debut, Out of the Shadow, even before Sub Pop picked it up a year later.  I warmed to Zack Rogue's DIY adaptation of the Death Cab For Cutie homage thing quickly, but by the time his band's fourth or fifth album rolled around they had assumed a more "professional" indie rock penchant that was too samey and slick for my ears. 

Nonetheless, this record composed of renditions of nine mainstream-ish tunes, circa the Reagan-era, was enough to get me back on board.  It's hard to make generalities about Cover Me, much like it's difficult to make generalities regarding Rogue Wave themselves.  If there's a common thread binding this endeavor it's that straight covers aren't an option for Zack and Co. - even if that means retooling ZZ Top's "Sharped Dressed Man" with Casios.  It's the more faithful interpretations on Cover Me that translate best - "In Between Days" (Cure), for example.  I'm reluctant to give this type of criticism, but taking a dull piece like Genesis' "That's All" and altering it into something even more flaccid isn't a hot idea, nor is expanding "Under the Milky Way" into a languid, yawn-inducing, six-minute exercise.  I kinda dig what they did with "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Let My Love Open the Door."  As for RW's take on "Bette Davis Eyes," I believe I find more merit in Alvin and the Chipmunks rendering of the Kim Carnes classic.  Make of this what you will. 

01. Rescue
02. In Between Days
03. Let My Love Open the Door
04. That's All
05. Bette Davis Eyes
06. Sharp Dressed Man
07. She Sells Sanctuary
08. Under the Milky Way
09. Talking in Your Sleep

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Reviews you can use - New music from Gracie Folds, The Jeremy Band, and Great Good Fine Ok.

I suppose comparisons are inevitable when you're the offspring of piano-pumping troubadour Ben Folds.  Sure, she tickles the ivories, and even demonstrates some of dad's pentameter and such...but here comes the kicker.  At merely seventeen years of age, Gracie's themes and ruminations are more conducive to that of a woman who's weathered the entirety of her twenties.  Having seemingly eschewed rote teen-angst to the back seat, her prose is a precocious melange of Nick Drake and J.D. Salinger, while on the sonic front, loosely paralleling Fiona Apple.   Gracie's opening slot for her father on the Ben Folds w/ yMusic tour last summer stunned me, and while she wasn't offering much in the way of merch, an ep, Pink Elephant, surfaced a few months ago online.  Not unlike her pop, she's well on her way to crafting sophisticated vignettes like "Harper" and "Nathan," curiously referencing a font type, of all things, in the latter.  As if her piano songs weren't enough of a revelation, Gracie straps on an acoustic for the equally effective "Yearbook Song," agilely slipping into a mode not dissimilar to early Suzanne Vega.  Pink Elephant is a petite, but stunning volume of music.  Catch it by the tail on iTunes, Spotify, and better yet Bandcamp where you can take in a couple of demos as well.

I'll now juxtapose to a not-so new comer, specifically pop veteran Jeremy Morris.  I've lost count of how many records he's made at this point (25 to 30 perhaps?) but Hit You With a Flower might be the first with The Jeremy Band trio, rounded out by Dave Dietrich on drums and Todd Borsch on bass.  Fans of the man in question know what to expect with virtually anything he affixes his name to - plaintive songwriting, an overarching sunny disposition, and jangly pop instincts that flirt with pleasing, psych-kissed guitar tones.  In a nutshell Jeremy doesn't alter the recipe with ...Flower, but the title track is one of the most hook-savvy tunes he's committed to tape since his '90s signature piece "I'm Flying."  Not sure where to dig in with Jeremy's deep catalog?  My best recommendation would be to start here, straight from the source at Jam Records.

Guilty pleasure confession time.  In 2009, I was bit by the "poptronica" bug and fell head over heals for Passion Pit's Manners album.  Ever since I've been looking for new-school techno pop outfits that I might become equally besotted with.  I hit the jackpot with Brooklyn's Great Good Fine Ok, whose sly synth salvos belie sumptuous, cosmopolitan grooves.  GGFO aren't the types I give much coverage to, but genre be damned, 'cos they've concocted some of the most devastatingly delicious music I've encountered in the last five years.  On their latest, (III) a maxi-ep of sorts, the dynamic duo of Jon Sandler and Luke Moellman lay down seven unapologetic love ditties couched in a polished modus operandi that all but compel you to shake a leg (or three).  An '80s veneer infiltrates the proceedings, not to mention Sandler's relentless falsetto, but neither maneuver is overplayed so as to gum up the works.  "Everything to Me" jump-starts a benign frenzy, "Already Love" is awash in bachelor pad sheik, while the concluding slow jam, "Thinking" finds the boys sauntering towards full fledged R&B.  Take selected GGFO III cuts for a test drive on Spotify, then finalize your purchase on Amazon or iTunes.  Physical copies can be had at their merch table, both online or in the flesh.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sometimes I can't help falling down.

'90s pop from Scotland, approved by Kurt Cobain. 


Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Falling Wallendas - s/t (1995, IMI)

Ever run a genre search on Ebay?  A query for "power pop" brought this one up week after week, until I finally relented and found an inexpensive copy on Amazon.  As it would turn out, the cleverly monikered Falling Wallendas were not true-blue adherents to the form, but they slotted in perfectly well on the more credible end of the alt-rock spectrum of their day.  You might discern trace elements of Jellyfish and the Judybats here and there, just nothing outright visionary.  My main beef with The Falling Wallendas is it's length, spanning no less than fifteen numbers when nine or ten would have sufficed.  You'll find your fair share of "better" tracks - "A Good Thing," "Dummy," and "The Adorable Horrible," but unfortunately a good number of lesser ones as well. 

01. A Good Thing
02. The Adorable Horrible
03. hyde & Seek
04. Monkey's Uncle
05. Mitchell Cooper
06. Hanging
07. Venus Kicked the Stars
08. Backwards Going
09. My Big Brain
10. Damn Spot
11. Sleeping Beauty
12. What Ever Happended to Jenny Fountain
13. Dummy
14. Lion on the Lamb
15. Agatha

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Green Magnet School - Blood Music (1992, Sub Plop)

I've been at this thing for almost ten years now, and it just occurred to me this week to feature something by Green Magnet School, a bygone Boston, MA enterprise whose tone might ring a tad abrasive stacked up to what I normally offer.  Blood Music sounds like the byproduct of copious Big Black listening binges, but Steve Albini had no hand in the creation of this album.  GMS bore an icy post-punk demeanor, cloaked in a skittishly avant latticework, absorbing Joy Division’s urgent pulse and Sonic Youth’s artful mystique.  Their arrangements were challenging and bustling, often exuding a fever dream intensity with a bedrock of dissonance at their core.  Blood Music indulges in freaky guitar squalls aplenty, not to mention more frantic arpeggios than you can shake your proverbial stick at.  It's all-out Defcon 2 on the bristling opener, "Ellipse" while the Dadistic disco stomp of “Sonic Extermination” taps into an early PIL vein escalating to something even more enticing as the tune builds. “Noxin” delivers an even more compulsive groove, but surprisingly, the record concludes on a near-melodic note of resolution in the guise of the six-minute "Windshield."  Blood Music fascinates and transfixes with it's myriad textures, dynamics and motifs, making it's messy viscous stream of red and white cells well worth the spillage.    

The band has made this and other recordings available gratis on Bandcamp, but this rip was entirely of my own making.

01. Ellipse
02. Throb
03. Package
04. Sonic Exterminator
05. Caldwell
06. Noxin
07. Barmecide Room
08. S
09. C U
10. Windshield

Sunday, January 15, 2017


No other clue this week other than a 1994 release date.  That should help narrow things down, right? 

Re-ups for January '17.

I was tardy in getting to a lot of your requests, so my apologies.  In addition, I haven't been doing my best in sharing new titles thus far in 2017, but hopefully that will turn around soon.  Thanks for your patience!

Didjits - Backstage Passout
The Ocean Blue - demos
Days Of... s/t LP
Super Friendz - Slide Show
Liquor Giants - Here
FacecrimeSex and Revolution ep
The Pursuit of Happiness - San Jose 5/27/89
Viva Caramel - s/t LP
Trunk - La-ugh
The Furlongs - 2300 Ward
Buzz of Delight - Soundcastles ep
Mod Lang - Where Your Heart ep
The Dazzlers - Feeling Free
Heartbeats - Pulsator
The Spliffs - House of Seven MP3 or FLAC
Pedaljets - demo tape
D.D. Ranged - s/t ep
Revelons - Anthology
Rotator Cuff - s/t ep
V/A - The Living Room: A Compilation
V/A - Teen Line Vol. 2
Situation at 1200 - De-luxe ep
Sleepasaurus - It's All Written Down
Pollyanna - Delta City Skies
Hardship Post - Hack ep & 7"
Six Going on Seven - Method Actor 7"

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chixdiggit - Best Hung Carrot in the Fridge ep (1995/99, Lance Rock/Delmonico)

Their moniker begins with a "C," but the adjectives that describe them most appropriately begin with the thirteenth letter of the alphabet - muscular and melodic.  The little band that could from Calgary made waves when their self-titled LP on Sub Pop detonated in 1996.  Piledriving, fun, tight, and eminently powerful, Chixdiggit! was composed of every iota of these aesthetics, which coincidentally or not worked wonders for Chix key inspirational antecedents, The Ramones.  A crush of guitars, KJ Jansen's bratty prose, and an unyielding, propulsive rhythm section made this Canadian quartet keepers, and after imbibing their full length a few dozen times I was itching to hear more. I took it upon myself to do a little backtracking, and I obtained their 1995 7", Best Hung Carrot in the Fridge on the Nanaimo, BC Lance Rock label.  The title track, a cheeky but bracing punk pop ditty concerning ones...let's say, nether regions, was nothing short of the finest 126 seconds of tuneage I had encountered this side of anything on Flip Your Wig.  Not a nanosecond is wasted, and Chixdiggit's surge of power-chords and hooks won't relent to save your life (not that you'd want 'em to of course).  "Best Hung Carrot" was backed by two songs including a punchy rendition of George Michael's "Faith."  I'm presenting the 1999 CD reissue of the single in question, which pads on five bonus tracks entailing among others the popular Chixdiggit! demo, "I Should Have Played Football in High School."

01. Best Hung Carrot in the Fridge
02. Grungebaby
03. Faith
04. I Should Have Played Football in High School
05. Mila, Caroline and Me
06. King of Kensington
07. Church
08. My Debutante

Sunday, January 8, 2017

I'm waitin' for the record sale.

A double-barreled, Ramonesy assault from down under.  This compilation purloins the best from this Aussie outfit's 1990-93 recordings.


Pixies - Gone to Heaven live 12-22-91

Given that this will sell itself, I'll keep the text brief.  I never subscribed to the notion that the Pixies peaked on their first two albums, Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, urgent and incendiary as they were.  Their final album with the original Francis/Deal/Santiago/Lovering lineup, Trompe le Monde was hardly a slouch, surging from one euphioric blast to another.  This live boot captures the Pixies at the nadir of what was expected to be their final run (an ongoing reunion would commence in 2004).  They hardly shied away from the then-current Trompe... material, and the gig was all the stronger for it (though they really should've shoehorned "Planet of Sound" somewhere into the setlist).

01. Rock Music
02. Cecilia Ann
03. Gouge Away
04. Motorway to Roswell
05. Alec Eiffel
06. Velouria
07. Crackity Jones
08. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
09. Manta Ray
10. Mental Dance
11. Lovely Day
12. Subacultcha
13. Letter to Memphis
14. Palace of the Brine
15. Ed is Dead
16. Wave of Multilation
17. Monkey Gone to Heaven
18. Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons

MP3  or  FLAC

Saturday, January 7, 2017

V/A - Best of the blog mix 2016.

Well, I'm about a week tardy in dispensing my annual distillation of the creme de la creme of my presentations from the year just passed.  If you discount all of the temporary "Mystery Monday" entries, I shared approximately 140 titles in 2016, down a good hundred or so from say, three years ago.  I'm getting more slack, and I don't reckon that 2017 will be the year I rebound, but we'll see.  No less than eighteen of the 23 selections this hypothetical mix-tape involves came to market in the 1980s, illustrating just what a fertile and rewarding decade that was.  I've been hip to some of the names on this roster for what seems like an eternity - the Dangtrippers, Wishniaks and The Ocean Blue, while others like the Water Walk, Grey Parade, Beef People and Gone Daddy Finch made their way onto my sonar a lot more recently.

I sequenced the music from mellow to mid tempo to decidedly heftier and freewheeling, employing a similar build up schematic that I have in years passed.  There are going to be fluctuations in volume MP3 bitrates, that I didn't have the opportunity to balance out, so my apologies in advance.  I've hyperlinked the artist names to take you directly to the original entries.  Enjoy this veritable feast of ones and zeros, and of course, don't be a stranger.
01. The Water Walk - Anyways
02. Dream Academy - Poised on the Edge of Forever (early vers)*
03. Ocean Blue - Vanity Fair (1988 demo)
04. Beef People - Fragile
05. The Upbeats - The Laser Beam Boys
06. Psychic Archie - No Pictures of Dad*
07. Fossil - Martyr's Wife
08. Christmas - Stupid Kids
09. Reaction Formation - Teenage Jesus
10. Lovers Under Pressure - Epitaph
11. Wishniaks - Point of No Return
12. Gone Daddy Finch - Sunshine Sister
13. Dangtrippers - When Time Runs Out
14. Drones - Red
15. Trunk - Sunbake
16. UV Prom - Upper Room
17. Figure 5 - I Get Lonely
18. Grey Parade - Flags Are Burning
19. Dead Neighbors - The Ultimate Goal
20. The Restless - The Contender
21. Rolls Rock - Peggye's on Qualudes
22. Flys - 16 Down
23. The Sweat - You Gotta Lotta Nerve

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