Tuesday, August 31, 2010
My bandmates and I were talking about that Swedish Death Metal book last night, which doesn't have much to do with Cat Rapes Dog, but maybe I had Swedes on the brain this morning.
Cat Rapes Dog are my all-time favorite industrial (or "electro-punk" if you like that term) band and have been since my friend Lindsay dubbed me a few songs off this record back in '90 or '91.
Cat Rapes Dog was started in 1984 by Joel Rydström and Magnus Fransson, just one year after Skinny Puppy's debut ep and Alien Sex Fiend's first cassette, but they never got the attention those bands did. "God Guns & Gasoline" didn't come out 'til 1990, but it's still my favorite. "Maximum Overdrive" is another excellent record (especially the track "Schizophrenia").
Anyways, check this out unless you want to buy the CD on amazon for $255 new. (or used from private sellers at around $9). Crank up tracks like "Homo Bulldozer", or "American Dream" and blow something up.
Ass For a Brain
Oh why the hell not- here is the OOP "Maximum Overdrive" as well:
Hell Is Real
Monday, August 30, 2010
A year before I was born, West Germany's Dull Knife cut this unusual Prog Rock LP. I dig it, but it took a few listens to appreciate the less rocking tunes like "Walk Along The Muddy Road" and the rock opera sounding "Song Of A Slave". There are better German prog records out there, but don't let this one slip through the cracks.
Also, come on man -look at that cover!
Monday, August 23, 2010
Possibly the craziest film ever made is Nobuhiko Obayahi's Hausu (AKA "House", 1977). I gotta thank the Manchester Morgue for posting this last year and turning me on to the film which had gone under my radar 'till then. The soundtrack is nearly as wacky, ranging from Goblin-esque prog to 70s rock that would be more at home in a Leif Garrett foosball flick.
So nope, this one I don't actually own but will be happy to buy should it become available — just as I currently own a copy of Hausu, but can't wait for the Criterion release due out soon.
Cherries Were Made For Eating
Back in 1994 when I was pimpin' (yeah right) I ordered this CD from one of those Colombia House 9 records for a penny deals. It's as funky as you'd expect from the dangerous crew, and it's a slightly more consistent record than anything Too $hort or Ant Banks released (IMHO). the rhymes keep coming and the bass sounds like a wet fart from a big black booty. Way fucking underrated. Too $hort, as usual, makes a guest appearance and like on Ant Banks's "Big Badass" busts rhymes that rival those on his own recordings.
If you don't feel like burying your face in the nappy dugout after listening to this, then you're listening wrong.
Oakland, California Where the Mac Was Made
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I have to admit, I'm a big fan of Renaissance folk band Amazing Blondel. I'm not ashamed and I'll be posting some too if it falls in the OOP/hard to find category. Methuselah is the prior HEAVY ROCK band of John Gladwin and Terry Wincott. Actually, the first track isn't very heavy. If you're one of those impatient iTunes skippers who never listens to a complete album, skip that track and start on track 2 .
Oh, the weird religious lyrics are a turn off? Too bad- this ain't "Godspell", it's "Jesus Christ Superstar" on PCP. Now go dig this slab of heavy UK psyche, heathen!
Spine of God
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Man, there were some great punk rock records in the mid to late 90s. No, really! The Candy Snatchers, Hookers, Spiderbabies, Son of Hercules, ANTiSEEN...just a few who put out some great stuff. One underrated classic is Black Jack's self-titled LP.
Estrus put this out then seemed to disown it when Black Jack pissed off everyone at a Garage Shock fest with a barrage of heel shit-talking that didn't go over so well (from what I remember reading — I couldn't find out anything online).
A mix of the Misfits, ANTiSEEN, and early '80s West Coast punk, it was an unusual release from Estrus and at the time a breath of fresh air from a label whose releases were getting a bit "same-y". It didn't get great reviews, but this is a fun fucking record — raw, sloppy, and catchy as hell.
Ripped from my LP in glorious 320kbps, the songs go into one another so I left the tracks as "Side A" and "Side B" (Jpg of track listing included). Anyone have more info on these guys or what they're up to now? Lemme know in the comments!
I'm Gonna Step On You!