Thursday, January 28, 2010
Yes, yes, my band again...
Well, our "last show ever" was so poorly attended, instead of breaking up we decided to put out a new album!
Recorded by Jeff Leppard (ex STFU and Voetsek), it's my favorite thing we've done. We've mixed down 7 of 12 songs, and will be recording a few more. It's UNMASTERED, so crank it up!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Ex-Flamin' Groovies front man Roy Loney put out this fun and catchy EP back in the punk hay day of 1978. It's a more acoustic take on the Phantom Movers stuff he'd do a year later, but fans of those records will recognize a couple of songs on this 7".
I've seen Roy perform (in his sunglasses, suit and scarf under blazing stage lights) and he's still wildly entertaining. I'm also a fan of Cyril Jordan, but even though Jordan co-wrote some amazing tunes with Loney, it was Roy Loney who I think really put the '50s Rock n Roll vibe into the Groovies (if the more Beatlesish route they took after he left was any inclination).
I interviewed Roy for my old one-shot zine "I Am Right", and I'll scan that and add a link in a day or two for those interested enough to hear what the guy has to say.
Not sure if Roy is still at Jak's Record Celler in the city, but stop by there and say hi if he is.
Rockin' In The Graveyard
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I've mentioned the Skip Bifferty album as being my favorite piece of 60s psychedelic pop, well a close second would be The World of Oz's sugar coated wax wafer. This now OOP "limited edition import" reissue can still be found for around $33 and includes a booklet with a ton of background info on the band — I only scanned in a few of the photos, so I'd snatch it up if I were you. If it's not in your budget however, then check it out here! "The Muffin Man", "The Hum-Gum Tree" and "With A Little Help" are personal favorites.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Imagine you lost all your hair and became a homicidal maniac due to a delayed reaction from some acid you dropped 10 years before. A great premise and a fantastic movie. If you've seen the film you know what to expect here: eerie sci-fi tunes, and proggy disco numbers!
This is a great soundtrack, and Composer Charles Gross would continue a lucrative career scoring for television as well as the occasional movie (unfortunately tripe like "Turner & Hooch" and "Air America").
This Ain't the Summer of Love
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Some classic stuff here. The Velvet Opera's only real claim to fame may have been Led Zeppelin covering their single "Flames" live, but their amazing music lives on in this OOP reissue.
From the Beatlesesque "Mary Jane" to the powerful "Volcano" and "Mother Writes", this is essential listening for 60s music fans.
After the Velvet Opera disbanded, John Ford and Richard Hudsdon formed "The Monks" (the UK punk band, not the US/German garage outfit).
If you grab this, make SURE you play "Volcano", a single and bonus track on this disk. It smokes just about anything released at the time.
I Was Cool
The post over at Terminal Escape reminded me had I had a Fuckboyz tape I've been meaning to share...
bout 17 years ago I saw the mighty Fuckboyz in Los Angeles, and somehow struck up a conversation with guitar player Matty in which we ended up agreeing to exchange some of my GG Allin videos for a video of his band and The Gargoyles. Along with the video he sent, I got this tape of various live Fuckboyz mayhem.
Funny punk covers of new wave songs is a long lost art, and one that I hope never gets revived. At the time though, sped up versions of early MTV hits such as "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" or "Kids in America" were a fun way to fill out a set -unless you were the Dickies and 90% of your songs are covers to begin with.
Anyways, enjoy the drunken spectacle that was the great, late Fuckboyz featuring the great, late Matty Luv on guitar.
Rock And Roll Problem
Sunday, January 10, 2010
This is one CD that I would almost say: "skip my download and buy it for $100 on Amazon". One of my favorites, Les Fleur De Lys formed in the UK back in 1964 but for a completish history, look here. There's some misses on this disc to be sure, but the high points are some of the best of the '60s.
Les Fleur had many different lineups which might explain why my two favorites, "Mud In Your Eye" and "Hold On" sound like totally different bands.
Turn on "Mud in Your Eye" and go fucking drop out.
Gong With The Luminous Nose
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Beyond Possession were from Canada, and get lumped into that "crossover" genre (because of their Metal Blade release a couple years later), but this 7" is pure "Skate Rock". Great, gruff vocals (think Keith Morris or Steve Miller from Electric Frankenstein) and catchy songs and riffs make this a personal favorite.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Even if I like a band, I usually won't buy "CD singles". Something about them seems a waste and a rip off. GBV on the other hand does you right; the ones I've picked up have at minimum 3 unreleased tracks, and sometimes as many as eleven. Maybe no one told them what an EP is supposed to actually be. Some of the stuff released here and on their box sets is pretty rough, others are album quality but all good listening.
I recently posted a GBVCDEP recorded during their later "Do the Collapse" era, but these here are some earlier (and better) recordings. If you think Pollard can do no wrong, you already have these 39 songs, but if not...
(includes: Fast Japanese Spin Cycle, Forever Since Breakfast, The Grand Hour, I am a Scientist, The Official Ironmen Rally Song, Sunfish Holy Breakfast). The great 11 track "ep", Get Out of My Stations is still available, and it's one of the best, so pick it up!
Don't Stop Now...
Monday, January 4, 2010
Is this a blast from your past or is it everything you hated about the early '90s? Well for me it's a bit of both - mostly the later. I always wonder things like: they had the idea to cover a VOID song (and do it justice for Christ's sake!), why aren't they more tasteful? Then I remember my old bands from around that time...
Actually, this album is harder than the cover would lead you to believe. Sure you got the giant peace sign, some "'80s damage" fashion, 3rd Bass haircuts (see insert), and the metal is "funked out"... but I like it better than bands like Living Color, 24/7 Spyz, Limbomaniacs and that ilk. Think Sick of it All and Metallica (they do a Meat Puppets-esque cover of "For Whom the Bell Tolls) meet MCM and the Monster.
You can prolly pick this CD up cheaper than what it costs in bandwidth to download it, but if you're as nostalgic as I am, you'll give it a listen.
Most tribute records suck. Well, not just most but all — OK, maybe with a few exceptions. This is not one of them. First of all, Shangri-La breaks the unwritten rule of tributes: ONE SONG PER BAND! Alright, the few bands on here that I like and have heard of (Chesterfield Kings, Fleshtones, The Droogs) were pretty good choices, but they don't add anything to the original, in fact it makes me want to turn it off and get out my Kinks records. Is it bad? No, all the bands did a pretty good job. Is it pointless? Like most tributes: yes. Why am I posting it then? If you love the Kinks you'll download it anyway. Unless you want to buy a new copy off Amazon for $179 right now.
I Like Misty Water
Saturday, January 2, 2010
So you already got the France Gall record I posted? And maybe you moseyed on over to icoulddietomorrow and downloaded Aesop's "Baby Pop" upload? Well, I figured you might want to check out my 3rd favorite France Gall album, Les Sucettes.
I paid thirteen bucks for this not 4 years ago, and now it's only available from one seller — at $89.32 — on Amazon. Funny how that happens, and fortunately for us music obsessed there's the internet.
(re-upped to Mediafire!)
The Addicts Choir was founded by Andrae Crouch who started playing gospel music back in 1960 and has released dozens of records since (and has managed to get his name on the Hollywood walk of fame). Perhaps the most interesting thing about this record is the cover, and maybe the "Signed D.C."-esque "Addict's Plea" sung by Andrae himself, but there's also a few lively church-shakers all sung by addicts coming out of TC Rehab in Los Angeles.
Religion has always seemed really weird to me. My mom was all ouija and tarot cards when I was growing up, and the 2 months I did attend Sunday school I was kicked out for talking about the Exorcist. Anyway, if God didn't want us to do drugs, he wouldn't have called it "Angel Dust".
Vinyl rip, includes scans/back cover bio etc...
Jesus Is My Heroin!