Monday, December 29, 2008

NO NEW YORK Compilation 1978

From Wikipedia:
"No New York is a compilation album released in 1978 by Antilles Records under the curation of producer Brian Eno. Although it only contained songs by four different artists, it is considered by many to be the definitive single album documenting New York City's late-1970s No Wave movement. The album became well-known in underground rock circles..."

1. Dish It Out - James Chance
2. Flip Your Face - James Chance
3. Jaded - James Chance
4. I Can't Stand Myself - James Chance
5. Burning Rubber - Lydia Lunch
6. The Closet - Lydia Lunch
7. Red Alert - Lydia Lunch
8. I Woke up Dreaming - Lydia Lunch
9. Helen Fordsdale - Mars
10. Hairwaves - Mars
11. Tunnel - Mars
12. Puerto Rican Ghost - Mars
13. Egomaniac's Kiss - DNA
14. Lionel - DNA
15. Not Moving - DNA
16. Size - DNA

Flip Your Face


Got to say I like this as much as the official release!

Tinderbox demos

Link is fixed!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hossein Behroozinia was born in 1962 in Tehran, Iran. He studied Tar with Reza Vohdaney, Barbat with Mansour Nariman and the Radif with Mohammad Reza Lotfi. He was a student at the Conservatory of Persian Music, and later the Music Director of Ensemble Khaleghi as well as the Director of Music Education at the Center of the Preservation Persian Music. He has performed and collaborated with many of the prominent music ensembles in Iran including Aref and Mowlana and joined Dastan Ensemble in 1992. Hossein Behroozi-Nia has played a key role in restoring a Persian musical identity to the instrument which has been under the influence of Arabic music for hundreds of years. He is currently resides in Vancouver, Canada where he teaches the Barbat. From wonderful music blog We Love Music.


Rough Guide To Music of Iran 2006

This is an excellent compilation of Iranian music, some contemporary but most leaning towards Persian classical music.

Music of Iran

TELEPHONE Au Coeur De La Nuit

I've been a fan of Telephone since the very early 80's when my best friend, Lisa, had gotten hold of one of their LPs from her French cousin. After all this time I still haven't gotten tired of listening to them. Telephone began in the mid 1970's and were one of the most popular French rock bands ever to tour around the world.

Au Coeur De La Nuit

Saturday, December 13, 2008

LSD A Documentary Report LP

"Actual recordings of people under the influence of psychedelic drugs."
Pretty funny!



From Wikipedia:

"Cluster & Eno is a collaborative album by the German electronic music group Cluster and British ambient musician Brian Eno. The style of this album is a collection of gentle melodies: a mixture of Eno’s ambient sensibilities and Cluster's avant-garde style.

In June, 1977 the duo of Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius joined with Brian Eno for recording sessions at Conny Plank's studio. The first release from those sessions on Sky Records was Cluster & Eno. Guest musicians on the album included Can bassist Holger Czukay and Asmus Tietchens on synthesizer. The association with Eno brought Cluster a much wider audience than previous albums and international attention.

Bryan Reesman, in his editorial review for, writes, in part:

"Meshing Cluster's affinity for loops and repetition and Eno's penchant for processing sounds, the trio proves that ambient music does not merely consist of drawn-out drones and insipid keyboard tapestries. Certainly many of these nine tracks play off of sustained sounds and atmospheres, but their shorter running times make them more digestible, as does their variety of moods and textures. Highlights include the angelic atmosphere of "Für Luise," the classically inspired piano interlude "Mit Samaen," and the Indian-influenced "One," a trippy progenitor of ethnoambient music, ripe with sitar drones, guitar noises, and exotic percussion that features contributions from Okko Becker and Asmus Tietchens."[2]

The American Gyroscope label reissued Cluster & Eno on CD in 1996. The album was also reissued in the United States by the San Francisco based Water label in 2005."

Cluster & Eno

DOWNCAST self titled LP

One of my favourite screamo/political bands of all time is Downcast. This LP was released on Ebullition Records a long time ago and then remixed. This is the original mix.
From the Ebullition Records website:
"The LP cover is also a 20 page booklet that includes lyrics, pictures, and a lot of text written by the band members.

There are two different versions of this LP. The first 3,000 records are scribed as Ebullition #4 on the inner groove of the record. This version had a different mix and doesn't sound all that great. After these were sold the LP was re-mixed and re-mastered, and then it was re-released as Ebullition #6. The only way to tell the difference is to check the scribe on the inner groove.

In the early '90s Downcast toured the United States with Born Against and Rorschach. After their LP was released they then toured Europe.

Downcast also had one song on the Give Me Back comp LP, as well as one song on the Voice Of The Voiceless compilation LP.

After Downcast broke up the various members went on to form Not For The Lack of Trying, Jara, and Born & Raised."


Saturday, November 29, 2008

HEROIN Heroin 1997

Somehow I missed out on these guys from San Diego the first time around back in the 90's when they were going strong in punk circuits. I was listening to Floodgate, 1.6 Band, Chisel and a bunch of other emo bands but missed out on these guys. So here they are - a veritable complete discography in all its screaming, glass breaking glory, released on defunct Gravity Records.
According to Wikipedia, "Members went on to play in groups such as Antioch Arrow, Clikatat Ikatowi, and Second Story Window; vocalist Matt Anderson also worked with A Minor Forest, Mohinder, and Angel Hair. Matt and Scott even played in the legendary San Diego punk/hardcore band, Battalion of Saints from 2005-2008."


GARDEN VARIETY Knocking The Skill Level

If you like Rites of Spring and Drive Like Jehu then you will definitely like this from Garden Variety. I hate using the word emo but that's what we called it back when it wasn't equated with those lamer bands that prance around today in eyeliner and striped socks worn on their arms.
And just what is up with this hair?

(he calls himself the "emo hair god")

But I digress....Back to the real thing - it's not about hair, it's about MUSIC!

Knocking The Skill Level

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Here's another great UK band in the vein of prog rock fan's most well known and favourite, Porcupine Tree. Progressive rock is alive and well in the UK!

And So Say All of You


Heavy progressive rock from Manchester, UK. If you like Pineapple Thief and Porcupine Tree, you'll probably like this. They are currently recording 2 albums at once, entitled "Mystoria" and "The Octopus", which will be finished by the end of this year. If you like this and leave comments, I just might upload more of their stuff. Let me know what you think!

Post Acid Youth

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Some Kind of Hate is a hardcore band from the Boston area that incorporates elements of late 80's New York and early 80's Boston hardcore. These 12 songs are a follow up to their debut self-titled EP and were recorded by Jim Siegel at The Outpost. For fans of Slapshot, Kill Your Idols, and Agnostic Front.



Late 1980's California hardcore. Sounds like Suicidal Tendencies in the pit with Youth of Today.

We Got The Edge

THE GITS Seafish Louisville 2000

THE GITS fourth full length album was released on September 25. 2000 and contains songs recorded live for the movie HYPE, several previously unreleased songs and some remixed and remastered songs from early GITS recording sessions.

Seafish Louisville

Sunday, November 23, 2008

ROBERT CRUMB R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz, & Country

A while back, Robert Crumb released a book called Heroes of Blues, Jazz, & Country. It included a CD of various blues artists and this was the only way you could get a copy of the CD. Here is more about the book.

From the book description:
"Anyone who knows R. Crumb’s work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats, and Pioneers of Country Music trading card sets he created in the early to- mid-1980s. Now they are packaged together for the first time in book form, along with an exclusive 21-track CD of music selected and compiled by Crumb himself (featuring original recordings by Charley Patton, “Dock” Boggs, “Jelly Roll” Morton, and others). A bio of each musician is provided, along with a full-color original illustration by the cartoonist. A characteristically idiosyncratic tribute by an underground icon to the musical innovators who helped inspire him, R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country is a must-have collection for Crumb aficionados, comics fans, and music lovers alike."

Here's the CD from this blues history filled book, featuring some well known and not so well known blues artists. Get it!

Pass The Jug

EM:T 003 2003

Released on Instinct Records, this is a nice compilation of ambient sounds from International People's Gang, Gregor Samsa, High Skies and more. Unfortunately, the Em:t compilations are hard to come by and fetch some high prices on the 'net. If you're into ambient or chillout music, this Em:t compilation will be right up your alley. Enjoy!


Monday, November 10, 2008


From the bowels of Cleveland came Face Value, a hardcore band which formed back in 1989. If you're into Cleveland hardcore or Erie hardcore bands, check this out!

Kick It Over

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Mood of Defiance LP
I was kindly tipped off by Borneojimy that Mark Underground from Down Underground blog got a copy of the Mood of Defiance LP so please go over to his blog and grab a copy if you haven't already! Mark works very hard on his blog to post very obscure punk rock so we have to thank him for posting this! I finally got to hear the whole LP and it's got some great songs on it! Also you'll find plenty more to listen to while you're over there.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

NIRVANA Very Fucking Rare

Track List:
talk to me (crocodile cafe 1992)
Bambi slaughter
Clean up before she comes
Crisco (Rock Whore)
Divine and bright
Down in the dark
Gothic teen spirit
Gypsies tramps and thieves
I feel fine (The Beatles Cover)
I Hate Myself and I Want to Die
Immigrant song (Led Zeppelin Cover)
In his hands
Kurt Cobain - Ultra Rare
Laminated effect
Lithium (Kurt Cobain solo Home demo)
Lounge Act (Alternate version from DVD menu)
Me and my IV
Moist vagina
My Best Friend Girl
My sharona (The Knack Cover)
Here She Comes Now
I wanna be your dog (The Stooges Cover)
Old age
She's my Best friend Girl
Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple cover)
Sweet Emotion Jam
Sweet Home Alabama (Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover)
White Lace And Strange
You know you're right (acoustic)
You've got no right
Do nuts (from 90-10-25 show)



Saturday, November 1, 2008

THREATS Demos and Rarities 1982 - 1984

One could describe Threats as 77 era The Damned, and later formed Casualties. Looks like this is out of print as it was released in 2003 on Dr. Strange Records. If you missed them the first time, here they are again.

1. Pacivity
2. Afghanistan
3. State of Shock
4. Spider
5. Underground Army
6. Iron Maiden
7. Can't Stop Me
8. 1980's
9. Dead End Depression
10. Pacivity
11. Wasted
12. Afghanistan
13. Underground Army
14. 1980's
15. Writing on the Wall
16. Can't Stop Me
17. Dead End Depression
18. Politicians and Ministers
19. Go to Hell
20. Afghanistan
21. Wasted
22. Politicians and Ministers
23. Writing on the Wall
24. Dead End Depression
25. Can't Stop Me
26. Underground Army
27. 1980's

Writing On The Wall

SNIVELLING SHITS I Can't Come 1977 era

The Damaged Goods website tells us all about the Snivelling Shits.

Another 77 band formed by journalist Giovanni Dadamo.

The line up was….
Giovanni Dadamo – Vox
Dave Fudger, Pete Makowski – Git
Steve Lillywhite, Barry Myers – Bass
Steve Nicol, Ade Lillywhite, Lou Salvoni & Nick Ratbite – Drums

I always loved their single ‘Terminal Stupid’ that came out on Ghetto Rockers records in late 77 but I knew nothing about them, so when I started Damaged Goods it was something I wanted to unearth and possibly re-issue. I asked around and eventually someone mentioned that the main person behind the band was Giovanni Dadamo and that he worked in Records & Tape Exchange at Notting Hill, so I headed down there and eventually met him. We arranged to meet for a beer after he finished work and that’s how the album came about. I showed him the Slaughter album and said I wanted to re-issue the 7” and he said did I want any other tracks, we met up at his parents house and searched through old boxes and dug up a whole load of cassettes and even an acetate or two.

We then went over to Dave Goodman's house and cleaned everything up and eventually put the album together. Photo’s were found at Ray Stevenson’s house and we had a cover. Gio put together a mock review of the album and we were away. One thing i never knew was that the Shits did have a second release called ‘isgodaman?’ as Arthur Comix on the Beggars Banquet compilation ‘Streets’. The reason it was under a pseudonym was because Beggars didn’t want the word SHITS on the cover!! how punk!.

Giovanni also co wrote a couple of Damned songs ‘I Just Can’t Be Happy Today’ and ‘They’re Aint No Sanity Claus’.

Gio died a few years back, it was a pleasure to have met him and recover a few great tracks.

I hear lots of different bands - a couple are The Fall and Richard Hell and the Voidoids with the snottiness that Sex Pistols was trying to achieve but were trying too hard.

I Can't Come

Monday, October 27, 2008

Southern California: Compilations and Labels

Southern California: Compilations and Labels
Over at Collector Scum there is a pretty comprehensive list of So Cal compilation LPs from the 80's. Check it out! I'll be looking to dig up some old comp LPs to post on here.

Also will be trying to dig up from somewhere Mood of Defiance. As for Estradasphere, I don't post DVDs here but you can try a blog aggregator and thanks for your requests!

Monday, October 20, 2008

REQUESTS are welcome

I'm wanting to know from my listeners what more do they want to see and hear here? What kind of music do you prefer to see more of here? Do you have any requests? Please let me know!

Friday, October 17, 2008


These demos were spread around by tape long ago. And we all are grateful that Quicksand fans are still offering opportunities to hear some early rare tracks. These demos were from Rocket Science blog site. Thanks Rocket Science!

1. Super Genius
2. Count Your Friends on One Hand
3. Tell Them Anything
4. Take My Hand
5. Can Opener
6. Dine Alone


Thursday, October 9, 2008

SHRIMP BOAT Duende 1992

After many years, I dug out my Shrimp Boat "Small Wonder" 7 inch record I'd gotten long ago at Vinyl Fever in Tallahassee and played it again. I'd forgotten just how creative and talented a band Shrimp Boat was besides the fact that their music was catchy and made for great driving music. So for you to hear is Duende, their second release on Bar/None Records. Here's what Bar/None website had to say about Shrimp Boat: "Shrimp Boat: swingin-ass dance band on a bed of melody." I concur.

A side note - when Shrimp Boat sank, Sam Prekop went on to play in the Sea and Cake.

Get on board

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

FURY Resurrection EP 1989

Hardcore from 1989 with vocalist Chris Thompson (Circus Lupus, Monorchid, Skull Control) with almost all of the Swiz band thrashing along to his hardcore gnashing. Get it!


R.L. Burnside - Mississippi Hill Country Blues 2000

Acoustic solo blues by the great Mississippi blues legend, R.L. Burnside, recorded from 1980 - 1982. I really got buzzed when I heard "Come On In" but hearing him with just his acoustic guitar and slide is good for any lazy Sunday morning with a cup of hot coffee on the front porch, sitting in your rocking chair.

Rest in peace, Mr. Burnside!

Bad Luck and Trouble

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

SIGUR ROS - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust 2008

I'd seen a lot of people I know getting all googly eyed over Sigur Rós but I just didn't get it at the time. I listened to a little of the music but it didn't grab me like I expected...expected only because so many others were into SR, I thought I must have been missing something. After a couple of years I found a rare Icelandic pressing of the CD Von in a Goodwill thrift store (I still wonder who must have dumped it there) and then it happened - I became what I never thought I would become - the owner of a Sigur Rós CD. Icelandic no less! While Von is definitely more ambient and experimental than the current release, I can't help but like this too. Sometimes I can hear a little Mercury Rev in Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust - roughly translated in English means "We play endlessly with a buzz in our ears."

And here's a little goodie from the Sigur Rós website about a competition for the Goobledigook single:

gobbledigook competition
6 September 2008

sigur rós have set up a gobbledigook remix competition on youtube. they’ve provided an instrumental mp3 of gobbledigook and the icelandic and english lyrics for you to use in the remix in any way you please. the “most gratifying” entry as judged by the band will receive a signed copy of the deluxe edition of með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. head over here for all the details on the competition.

1 Gobbledigook (3:05)
2 Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur (4:05)
3 Góðan Daginn (5:15)
4 Við Spilum Endalaust (3:33)
5 Festival (9:24)
6 Suð í Eyrum (4:56)
7 Ára Bátur (8:57)
8 Illgresi (4:13)
9 Fljótavík (3:49)
10 Straumnes (2:01)
11 All Alright (6:21)

Hver maður er borinn frjáls

Sunday, September 21, 2008

SPACEHEADS self titled CD 1995

Spaceheads is one of the most unusual and original bands to hit the music scene of the 1990's. Seriously. The quirky trumpet and rat a tat tat of the drums mesh together surprisingly well. You definitely won't hear anything like this anywhere else but on a Spaceheads CD. Andy Diagram's trumpet is played through electronics (whammy harmonizer pedal and echo machine loops) and somehow he manages to sing in between blasts of brass. You won't hear a bass player on this record and there is no need for one - you'll hear why. Onstage they have no need for fancy hype like go-go girls dancing inside cages. You'll just need to expect unbridled weirdness that only Spaceheads could master!

" The Spaceheads are among the most compelling projects of the past decade, naturally bringing together several different vital elements of the underground music zeitgeist in a remarkably organic, refreshingly original, and completely addictive fashion. The collaboration features trumpeter Andy Diagram, a onetime member of the classic British psych-pop ensemble James who also records with ex-Pere Ubu frontman David Thomas as 2 Pale Boys, and percussionist Richard Harrison, who has worked with everyone from God Is My Co-Pilot to Graham Massey (of 808 State) to Stereolab. They formed their partnership while playing in a noisy new wave/post-punk band called Dislocation Dance during the '80s. Following this, the duo formed a band called The Honkies which featured the two of them plus a pair of sax players and which recorded intermittently before burning out in the mid '90s. Then in 1989 Diagram and Harrison started recording alone as Spaceheads.
Diagram's echo-looped trumpet is the comet darting across the hot star-flecked night sky, while a wash of skittering techno sounds creeps below. Spaceheads tunes are funky and deep, they're dangerous and tense, they're spacey and cosmic, and they're peaceful and meditative, all at once. "
Jesse Ashlock on

Down In Outer Space  

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

DASTAN TRIO Journey To Persia 2003

Dastan Trio's release, Journey To Persia, is simply incredible. I've been privileged to listen to many Persian artists' CDs, but I'd have to say this is the best one I've heard. The music is absolutely beautiful and addicting.
It's also interesting to hear and experience the parallels between this music and Spanish flamenco compositions. The Tar is a wonderful instrument that has a soul and a heart and you can hear the emotion in each vibration of its strings. At times, I could swear it actually has a voice and is singing.
"Founded in 1991, "the almighty Dastan is perhaps the most forward-thinking group of its kind, re-establishing a repertoire of Persian classical music while using its fundamentals of melodic, rhythmic and dynamic variation to develop new forms and combined sonorities. The ensemble's structured improvisations are performed by several of the very best of the contemporary Persian musicians including Hamid Motebassem on Tar and Setar, Hossein Behroozi-Nia on barbat, and Pejman Hadadi on tombak" (John Payne, LA Weekly)

Thanks to We Love Music blog for this.

Track Listing
1. Prelude to Dastgah-E Mahur
2. Seven-Beat Rhythm
3. Gousheh Daad
4. Gousheh Khosravani
5. Gousheh Neyriz and Shekasteh
6. Modulation to Maqaam-E Afshari
7. Shirazi Song
8. Shurideh
9. Modulation to Dastgah-E Homayoon
10. Midnight Sun
11. Finale in Dastagh-E Mahur

Journey To Persia

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

ELMORE JAMES King of the Slide Guitar box set 1994

King of the Slide Guitar was released as a box set which included 3 CDs and a gorgeous and informative booklet filled with photos and stories about Elmore James. It's long out of print and there are plenty of goodies here including Dust My Broom.

Dust Elmore's Broom

TALKIN TRASH Lookey Dookey 1956 - 1964

Oh Lawdy! It's been a long long time since I heard these gems released by Crypt Records, a record label that is still going strong today! About 10 years ago when I was slaving away at a record store grudgingly selling NOFX and Pennywise CDs and being asked which Pennywise CD was the best one (I'd just pick the one with the prettiest cover), I got hooked like heroin to most anything that Crypt Records released, especially the compilations of rare old R&B that was greasy, sleazy and damned sinful! Grab you a slab o' ribs and some cornbread and turn this up loud! It's lip smackin' greasy good music that'll stick to your ribs!

1. Bunker Hill: The Girl Can't Dance
2. Guitar Crusher: The Monkey
3. Rex Garvin: Oh Yeah!
4. Continentals: Don't Do It Baby
5. King Coleman: Lookey Dookey
6. L.C. McKinley: Nit Wit
7. Louis Jones: Rock 'N' Roll Bells
8. Premiers: Run Along Baby
9. Sammy Fitzhugh: Sadie Mae
10. Nightriders: Lookin' For My Baby
11. Bobby Louis: Fire Of Love
12. Bobby Long & His Satellites: Mojo Workout
13. Big Jay Mercer: Bermudas
14. Olympics: Talkin' Trash
15. Pigmeat Markham: Your Wire's Been Tapped
16. King Coleman: Alley Rat
17. Evelyn Freeman: Didn't In Rain
18. Mr. Wiggles: Homeboy
19. Morine & The Zercons: Let A Woman Through
20. John Tee: Roll Dem Bones
21. Reverend Lofton & His Holy Travellers: Look To Jesus
22. Morine & The Zercons: Show Me Where It's At
23. Melvin Smith: Ugly George
24. Claude Cloud: Hobo
25. Rudy Ray Moore: Step It Up And Go
26. The Royal Jokers: You Tickle Me Baby
27. McKinley Mitchell: Rock Everybody Rock
28. Wailin Bill Dell: You Gotta Be Loose
29. Little Cameron: She's Leaving
30. Volcanoes: Oh Oh Mojo
31. Portuguese Joe: Teenage Riot
32. Bill Johnson: You Better Dig It
33. Billy Lamont: Hear Me Now
34. Emmet Lord: Women

Your Wire's Been Tapped

Thursday, August 28, 2008

TOTALITÄR Sin Egen Motständare 1994

I just heard this band for the first time about 2 months ago and loved it from the get go. Totalitar is a political crust band from Sweden which formed back in 1985 and has released over 18 albums.



If you don't know who Crimpshrine is and you love punk rock, you are probably just listening to poseur bands like My Chemical Romance and wearing black nail polish because it's so emo. That ain't punk, that's poseurs! Crimpshrine was a very early 80's San Francisco Bay area punk band who later influenced all the guys who made the world love pop punk - the frontmen of Operation Ivy and Green Day among others. Aaron Cometbus, one of the most well known zine editors, writers and book publishers in the underground literary world, was the drummer of Crimpshrine along with none other than guitarist Jeff Ott of Fifteen. You've probably seen Aaron's handwritten font on many punk LPs and 7 inch records over the years. Unfortunately for its fans, Crimpshrine had only one tour in 1988 which turned out to be their last.
(I hope Aaron doesn't come back to Pensacola and kick my ass for posting these. If he does I will blame it on Al Barkley!)

1. Walk Away
2. Wake Up
3. Another Day
4. RDC
5. Over The Years
6. Can You Feel That
7. I Don't Know Why
8. My Friend
9. Tomorrow

(I fixed the link! 8/29/08)

Can You Feel That

Saturday, August 23, 2008

SWIZ No Punches Pulled 1993

Former Dag Nasty vocalist Shawn Brown helped form DC hardcore standouts Swiz in the early 90's and then Bluetip. You can't go wrong with DC hardcore. I've personally heard very little that sucked from DC. After listening to Swiz, go listen to Sweetbelly Freakdown and Jesuseater.

Won't Breathe For You

Thursday, August 21, 2008

THE DICKS 1980 - 1986

"Hate the Police" 7 inch

You got to love any band that calls itself The Dicks! They have some of the funniest song titles like "Dicks Hate the Police" and "Shit on Me" and "I Hope You Get Drafted." Snotty and obnoxious!

Shit On Me

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Punk's Not Dead 2007

This is one of those documentaries I can watch over and over and not get tired of it!
Old and newer punk bands are featured in this great movie, including all time favs The Ramones, The Damned, Sex Pistols, UK Subs, Anti-Nowhere League, Dead Kennedys, Bad Religion and Phil Donahue. Plus tons more bands! It'll make you laugh, it will make you feel nostalgic and make you wish you hadn't have sold all of those old punk LPs you had a few years ago. It's also a relief to know that whenever Wattie Buchan speaks, there are captions to translate what he's saying into English.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

KILLED BY DEATH Volume 1 1977 - 1982

If you're into punk rock, especially the earlier and more obscure bands, then you'll know all about the KBD releases. They sell like mad on eBay and now any goon with an old punk record will put "KBD" or "Killed By Death" next to whatever punk LP or 7 inch they are trying to sell, even when it has nothing to do with KBD, maybe to try and squeeze out a few more bucks from some poor sap. I'm still waiting to see an old Green Day 7 inch show up on eBay with a "KBD" next to it. I'm sure someone will do it one day.

Track List:
1. Mad - I Hate Music
2. Hollywood Square - Hillside Strangler
3. The Slugs - Problem Child
4. Vox Pop - Cab Drive
5. The Controllers - (The Original) Neutron Bomb
6. The Dogs - Slash Your Face
7. Gasoline - Killer Man
8. Kraut - Matinee
9. Child Molesters - (I'm The) Hillside Strangler
10. Cold Cock - I Wanna Be Rich
11. The Authorities - Radiation Masturbation
12. The Authorities - I Hate Cops
13. The Nuns - Decadent Jew
14. The Users - Sick Of You
15. Vicious Visions - I Beat You

Linked fixed 1/16/2009

I Hate Music

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

DECONSTRUCTION self titled 1994

In the Dream 6 blog, Johnette Napolitano also mentioned the only full length release by Deconstruction, a CD that got very little airplay except for the occasional nod from college radio. Dave Navarro played guitar along with his childhood friend Eric Avery on bass and Michael Murphy on drums. Check this out - it's dark, heavy and damned good. Gibby Hanes from The Butthole Surfers makes a guest appearance on the record in the song Fire in the Hole. Deconstruction was produced by Rick Rubin, most well known for his work with The Beastie Boys.

Fire In The Hole

And here are 5 demos from Deconstruction.

1. Iris
2. America
3. Jealous Song
4. One
5. Untitled

Deconstruction demos

DREAM 6 1982 pre Concrete Blonde

Johnette Napolitano, bassist and lead singer of Concrete Blonde, writes this interesting anecdote concerning the release of the Dream 6 EP, which was a band that proceeded Concrete Blonde. So I'll let her do the talking.

"The first thing Jim & I had recorded together was a little electronic dance tune called 'Heart Attack' for a compilation album put together by a 'zine called D.I.Y. We were psyched, something on a record meant we may be able to put a band together. In L.A., nobody would play with you unless you had a deal or a following. We had neither.

We called ourselves The Dreamers, then the L.A. Dreamers. I worked at a studio called Gold Star on the corner of Santa Monica and Vine. Formerly a legendary room that had produced hits by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, Phil Spector, The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher and Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra, the aging studio now attracted a new breed of punk indie pioneers like The Cramps, Geza X, Posh Boy Records, Bomp Records and an ambitious young Bad Religion.

Having been passed on by various producers and majors and inspired by the wave of new labels, I asked for a weekend of down time at the studio and we brought in Jim's brother, Earle Mankey, and recorded our first EP. Drummer Michael Murphy, who years later would play on Dave Navarro's brilliant 'Deconstruction' album, had wandered in one day to fill out a job application. I called him up after work and we roped him in.

We slammed out the songs, but didn't have enough time to mix them all...but used the rough mixes anyway. We photographed the cover photo in the bedroom, and I cut and pasted the back cover together inspired by the cover of Genesis' 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' where they reach into each other's frames. We photographed the insert at the cabin where we lived at the time, '70's rocker Dave Mason's old house in Benedict Canyon. I glued it all together and between the pressing plant and Max at G&M Graphics on Santa Monica Boulevard, who did the labels, were very proud to have a real we were a real band. Since there were 6 songs, we became Dream 6: too many Dreamers, and it brought to mind John Lennon's Dream #9.

So I bought a ton of cardboard and envelopes (which at the time costs more than the pressings themselves)and stayed up all night sending them out to papers and college radio stations...then one day I stopped at the Las Palmas newsstand off Hollywood Boulevard and opened up the English music paper Melody Maker and there it was.. a review of our little record by a woman named Helen Fitzgerald. And it was good.

Well I flew down the boulevard back to work, I doubt my feet touched the ground at all. I think we managed to press about 900 LP's, but couldn't afford the inserts after the first few hundred. There wasa CD made as a bonus promo by Capitol Records many years later when 'Mexican Moon' was released, but since then we've found an extra track from the original session that we hadn't used, 'It's My Life' which was a hit for Eric Burdon & The Animals. Also managed to find at the bottom of a dusty box outtakes from the original photo sessions and Jim being the archive king that he is, has scanned and saved the original insert.

Those were the days of Duran Duran and New Romantic synth-pop and no one understood what the hell we were doing.

Neither did we.

We still don't. I like it that way."

Johnette Napolitano

Mojave Desert

February 2003

This CD is the original 6 song EP, released in the original slipcase cardboard cover.

1. Rain
2. Human Condition
3. Tomorrow May Never Come
4. Showdown
5. Secret Life
6. Daddy Lied

Everybody Knows

Thursday, July 31, 2008

TOOL Tool 72826 A.K.A. Satan demos 1991

This demo tape is the first release I know of to be put out by Tool. It was available only on cassette and was recorded to be shopped to the majors. It worked. This cassette is probably the rarest release by Tool. It's probably something you've never seen except on eBay. Enjoy!

Track list:

1. Cold and Ugly – 3:47
2. Hush – 2:38
3. Part of Me – 2:58
4. Crawl Away – 4:46
5. Sober – 4:30
6. Jerk-Off – 3:57

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

MIND OVER MATTER Automanipulation 1995

Featuring members of Milhouse and Error Type 11, this was Mind Over Matter's second and final full length release. This is by far my most favourite hardcore release. I used to play this in the record store where I worked and drive out the Michael Bolton and Mariah Carey fans. This unwashed knuckledragger guy used to come in all the time and make disparaging remarks about everything I played because he hated my music and he particularly hated this band, so I made sure to put it on every time he came in. Needless to say, he wasn't a fan of NYHC (New York Hardcore).
After Mind Over Matter broke up, George became the vocalist in the band Day In The Life, who had one release on TVT Records and never got the recognition they deserved, much in the same way as Mind Over Matter.
Mind Over Matter is playing some reunion shows. Wish I could be there.

Tyranny of Normalcy

Sunday, July 27, 2008

LAB REPORT Excision 1997

excision (n.)

1.the act of pulling up or out; uprooting; cutting off from existence

2.the act of banishing a member of the Church from the communion of believers and the privileges of the Church; cutting a person off from a religious society

3.surgical removal of a body part or tissue

4.the omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage

[Origin: 1480–90; < L excīsiōn- (s. of excīsiō) a cutting out. ]

Artwork by Matthew Schultz, one of 2 remaining members of the band. Some of past contributors have included Genesis P Orridge of Throbbing Gristle and Lydia Lunch. Excision should be played when you're feeling a bit evil and creepy. Sleep with the lights on and one eye open.


Thursday, July 24, 2008

COMPLETE STAX SINGLES 1959-1968 26 Track Sampler 1991

It was probably about 10 years ago that I found this promo sampler CD in some dusty pawn shop. I couldn't afford to buy the Stax Singles box set, so finding this was a thrill. Since that time, I've never seen another copy of this floating around. There are some real doozies on here, from The Mar-Keys, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor and Mable John to Sam & Dave, Otis Redding and Eddie Floyd. The front of the promo CD reads, "This promotional sampler is culled from "THE COMPLETE STAX VOLT SINGLES: 1959-1968," a nine-CD, 244-track boxed set. The collection contains all of the single a-sides released by the Stax and Volt labels between 1948 and 1968 as well as some of the most significant b-sides. "THE COMPLETE STAX VOLT SINGLES: 1959-1968" was digitally remastered from the original mono masters by Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch."

Walking The Dog