Friday, July 10, 2020

All the Marbles


Robert Schneider wasn't the only one who called a project Marbles


Marbles (2006)

Once upon a time in mid-70s New York City a group of gents called themselves Marbles and put out a couple of insanely good pop singles that should have enshrined them in the halls of Valhalla, but instead they languished in obscurity and were all but forgotten.

The first single was "Red Lights" and came out on Ork Records. (I'm holding out for a copy with the elusive picture sleeve. It's one that I need an original copy of.)

I picked up the second single years ago in a dollar bin and played the fuck out of it. The kind of record you play multiple times because it's just that good.

 "Forgive and Forget" is the shit, man.

In 2006 Vinyl Countdown compiled both singles and a bunch of live tracks onto this lp that I felt like I paid too much for at the time, but maybe not so much now.

This is complex, intricate and well written and catchy pop songs.

You need this in your life.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Upgrading


As long as I'm here.






Pyramid Landing and Other Favorites (1997)

I was looking at my Marbles folder and realized I needed to upgrade the rips for this disc.
So here we are. More of the Robert Schneider solo stuff from the previous post in a long playing compact disc format.

Life is good and it's Summer.

Friday, July 3, 2020

That Guy in That One Band


Multitasking is messing with my head.

It's also dinner time and I need to take a shower.

Nevertheless I persist.





Go Marilee (1997)

As stated in the the insert, this Marbles is just Robert Schneider better known as the driving force behind Apples in Stereo doing his own solo recording schtick.

I reflexively purchased anything with the Elephant Six logo on it.
I have no regrets.

Sweet lo-fi pop songs.

That's a good thing.



I Love the Summer (1998)

More of the same.

 If you're familiar with Apples in Stereo then you have an idea of Mr. Schneider's writing and recording style.

It's the perfect stuff of making mixtapes for girls.

What's not to love?


Monday, June 29, 2020

The Inexplicable Still Unexplained


Got another large package of compact discs in the mail today plus a couple of records for good measure. I'm ripping those in another couple of windows.
Some of that shit might end up here in a year or two. Or not. I don't know anymore.


Meanwhile I'm going to queue up a few posts since I'm sitting here anyway.



Cannibal (1993)

Job's Daughters is a side project from Brendan Kearney of Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 abetted by Greg Freeman and others.
I read a while back on a link I can't relocate that the A side is an Ennio Moriccone track from the soundtrack to low budget Italian film "I Cannibal" The B side was from some odd Asian record of unknown origin, but a lovely song nonetheless.

That's about all I got.
I have some Duke Ellington shit to tag in another window...






Beat the Dog (1985)

A random flexi I acquired many years ago for the above noted fifty cents by Jesus Couldn't Drum. It is unfortunately afflicted with on nasty noisy blurt in the title track (such is the woe of cheap flexis), but is otherwise so wonderfully catchy that I decided to post it anyway.

I want to also go on record as not condoning actual animal cruelty and would like to assume that Jesus Couldn't Drum didn't either.

I'd kind of forgotten about this until it came up in the record box. Now I have the Jesus Couldn't Drum discography in my wantlist.

That is all.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Analog Drum Machines Keep Perfect Time.


I started this post and I intend to finish it.




What's Your Name (1983)

Bruce Loose from everybody's favorite band ever, Flipper, takes a solo turn.
I've carted this fucker around for nearly 4 decades.
I'm even including scans of the insert.
That's all that need be said.




Louder Animal Group. I've been on the lookout for an upgrade copy since I pulled this out of a close out bin for the princely sum of a dollar in the middle of the 80's some time.
I just haven't come across one.