Thursday, September 23, 2021

I'm a Bit Behind

 I've been kind of wasting my time lately. The need to unstress from work these days is pretty fucking overwhelming, so I end up turning my brain off and playing video games for hours at a time. Long hours where I leave all the adulting and such on the backburner.

So here we are.

I had set up some posts the last stretch off to take me out until the next one. And when I looked yesterday I noticed that the last of them had already posted and I was a couple of days away from missing a post in the seven plus years I've been doing this.

Can't let that happen. I want to be nothing but at least consistent.
Plus there's only about three gigs left of space on that Mediafire account. When it's full I'm gonna go back and delete the files backwards one gig at a time. There's still a while to go before I need to do that, but it's a heads up.
(I know I could open more storage accounts, but I really don't feel like it and those things have already been up for a lifetime in internet terms. It's time to move on.)

So with that being reiterated. 



Alpha Romeo (1982)


Dangerous Birds

The band including a young Thalia Zedek who would go onto forming Uzi and then Come.

But that's beside the point as far as I'm concerned really.
I just love the song "Alpha Romeo"
I played the shit out of it when I got it way back in high school. It was a staple of compilation tapes made for girls. It's a great fucking pop song.

The only time I for sure remember seeing them live (though it's possible they played on or another all ages shows I attended but don't remember) is when they were one of the openers for the infamous afternoon All Ages show at the Bradford Ballroom for the final Boston appearances of Mission of Burma.

Yeah, that was a hell of a day.

I managed to grab a poster off the wall on my way out after having survived the experience and recently because I'm a posh bastard and middle aged person had it adequately framed. 

The Captain looks on approvingly.



11.13.81 (1981)

Not much I could come up with about the Roys.
There's some live footage on YouTube, but nothing particularly enlightening.

It's guitar based New Wave stuff like your mother used to dance around to in her underwear to in her high school bedroom. Or was that just  me....




Sunday, September 19, 2021

I'll Find It Someday

 

I've spent a few hours tonight poring over the new arrivals and playing some of them while doing it.

I've got Arson Garden on in the background while I type this. (I think it's likely to be something to add to this pile at some point.)

Anyway.

Let us continue from where we left off.



The Oranj Album (1998)


The second and unfortunately only other album by the Oranj Symphonette.

Here they do a version of  "Dreamsville" which I discussed in the previous post but they've also expanded their repertoire to cover tunes by Duke Ellington, Marvin Hamlisch and Burt Bacharach among others.

All with the same manic glee. All tongue in cheek and arranged in entirely unexpected ways. Things shine differently when they're reinvented and  rearranged. It's the wonder of taking music that exists and making it your own. And so long as everyone's having fun it's all game.

Which doesn't mean that everyone gets it.

Christopher Howard in the Jan. 21, 1999 issue of the Orlando Weekly certainly didn't.

"The jazz parodists of Oranj Symphonette have their work cut out for them. This eclectic troupe performs oddball renditions of Henry Mancini film scores, tongue-in-cheek versions of revered jazz standards, and even a deadpan take on the absurd pop hit “Up, Up, and Away.” The opening track of The Oranj Album, a cover of Quincy Jones’s “Call Me Mr. Tibbs,” combines the cheesy Farfisa organ of a B-movie surf band with disco funk. The second tune resembles the background music at the Olive Garden, and Duke Ellington’s “Satin Doll” is blasphemed with banjo, Mellotron, and fuzz bass. The Oranj Album puts the concept of elevator music to very good use. But do we really need to hear “A Man and a Woman” twisted into a cruise-ship classic or a forty-second breeze through the theme from Woody Allen’s Bananas? As entertaining as this CD is, I hope these versatile, talented players rise above novelty status."



He certainly sounds like he didn't get invited to a lot of parties.

Anyway. This is actually the second copy of this I've bought.

At some point I had been playing the first copy and when I switched to another compact disc. The actual case for it wasn't handy for whatever reason. I was in the middle of doing something else that I didn't want to interrupt by getting up to look for it. But I also didn't want to just leave a loose disc lying around unprotected. So I stuck it in the case with another disc that I'd been listening to and had every intention of putting it away properly when I was done with whatever it was that I was doing.

I didn't.

And then I forgot that I'd done that and subsequently the cd it was put in with got filed.

Now I can't remember which one it was. 

So there's an extra copy somewhere among the 2.5k compact discs I currently have.

I'll find it accidentally some fine day before I die.
(Maybe.)

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Jumping the Line

 

I got two packages of records and miscellaneous compact discs and a smattering of seven inches in the mail today. Including the other two volumes of Duke Ellington live at the Click Restaurant in Philadelphia in 1948. Plus one of the two Jethro Burns solo singles from after Homer's untimely death with a song called "Dolly Parton's Sweet on Me"

But I also got a replacement for a disc I lost somewhere along the line and I'm jumping over everything to just put both of them up because they are both fucking brilliant fun.

I will also warn regular viewers that this is something more akin to Jazz than the usual rock and roll based nonsense that is the most regular feature of this exercise in silliness.


Plays Mancini (1996)


The Oranj Symphonette were all part of the backing band for Tom Waits so first off you know that they are/were some really talented and versatile musicians. Secondly Henry Mancini was a really amazing composer who had an incredible knack for writing indelible hooks and earworms but for some reason gets kind of lumped in with a kitsch mindset because of it's association with campy movie soundtracks. But there it is ingrained deeply into people's pop culture back brain such that you can instantly hum along with the "Pink Panther Theme" or "Moon River" without consciously knowing you're doing it.

I mean, I used to sit in for a while with a local "Jazz Workshop" for a bit. Everyone got to pick a tune during the session. One time I chose "Dreamsville" (from the "Peter Gunn" tv soundtrack) for my pick. There was some grumbling amongst the serious folk until they played it. It's a fucking beautiful and lush song. There were no grumbles after.

So there's this. 


A group of A-List musicians who then take up some of these well known and not so well known songs and then proceed to turn them inside out with a mixture of equal parts love, respect and malicious glee.

 
I live for shit like this.





Monday, September 13, 2021

Ow!

 

I've had a huge knot in my left shoulder for a few days now that I just can't seem to loosen up.
It's terrible. I can kind of ameliorate it a bit with massaging it, taking a hot shower etc.. but it just doesn't quite go away.

I think it's related to sitting here and typing. Maybe I need to do something about my posture.

Or have a really strong muscle loosening drink

I think I may go that route...


A Gift From Sing Sing (1996)

A sweet little compilation of bands from the short lived Popfactory label which should be sort of self explanatory about what you're getting yourself into here.

It's pop. It's an indiepop compact disc.

If you need a songlist it's on Discogs.



Saturday, September 11, 2021

Another Night, Another Abandoned Website

 

Yeah, I'm still binging on the Everly Brothers.
I mean, check this shit out. They're backed by an uncredited Hollies on this Lp and just fucking kill it with stuff like this. (and also make me realize that I've lost a few more notes on my singing range. It didn't used to be such a strain to sing along....)


 

But that's neither here nor there as far as this particular exercise is concerned. You're not here to listen to me hype up the Everlys. You either already know or don't. I'll just say that it's worth your time.

Here's what you, and I mean you, actually came for.


 

Flex Time (2005)


The Dials were from Chicago. They made a sweet farfisa garage rock and pop sound and looked good doing it. Not that I ever saw them or even knew that they existed. I got this as an add-on to a large online order based on Youtube and it being really cheap.

It's unfortunate. I would like to have dug them live. Garagey stuff is always better sweating with a beer in your hand...

But on the plus side, their Discogs entry has been updated with the existence of a second album since I last looked over there. So there's more to hunt down.

As it is, they have a website, but it hasn't been updated since 2009 so it's probably a pretty safe bet that they've been defunct for a long while...

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Tipsy

 

I'm a bit tipsy from a very strong gin and tonic that I made for myself while digitizing yet more Duke Ellington bootleg radio transcriptions. Just great stuff.

But in the meantime, until I figure out what to eventually do with them

Here's something completely different....
.


Nothing La-di-da (1993)


I don't even remember why I picked these up.
 
Probably a combo of it being on Elefant , a Spanish indiepop label and it being cheap enough to take a risk on.

It was worth it.


 

Somer-Runner (1994)

I can't find much right now about this band that called itself the Lovelies from Portsmouth in the UK (not be confused with another band with the same name that hailed from Milwaukee) except the bio on the Elefant page for them which compares them to Wedding Present.

I can sort of hear it, but they remind me somewhat more of Yeah Yeah Noh, personally. (which admittedly is probably a pretty obscure reference for most people, but it's what I think of and you have some Youtubing to do which you probably won't regret.) I think it's in the vocals...)


Friday, September 3, 2021

Matters of Convenience

 

Blah blah.

Some days everything is much more inconvenient and annoying than you might normally want it to  be. Which, speaking for myself, is a solid zero.

But alas, we live in a world of imperfection and bad grammar and poor typing skills.


90-95 (1995)


I'm a lazy fuck and didn't scan this myself and the only jpg I could find are all this tiny and shit.

Maybe I'll fix this some day.
But probably not.

This is however a nice compilation of the majority of the Laurels singles and miscellaneous output during their short and noisy rock existence. I have all off these, but not the full lengths for some reason.  I'll rectify that at some point, I'm sure but for now this is what I have to offer in one neat digital package which I can present as a single post rather than split across several.

It's so much more convenient this way.
I have shit to do.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Judy's Judy's Judy's

 

Yeah. I may need another gin and tonic.

For better or worse, it's been that kind of week.

But I'm off work and have Duke Ellington live at the Southland Cafe in Boston from January 1940 blasting in the background while I type so there's that.


 

Moo (1985)

The second full length by the Judy's.

It's called "Moo" and the title track is some soothing music with the band mooing along with it.

There's also a nice little dance number called "Ghost in a Bikini" that has nothing to do with some of my experience with Sims 4, but I'm not exactly denying it's a possibility.

But best of all they offer some really solid advice to the youth of then and today looking for an identity to hang their self identity on in those/these troubled time. Don't be a Hippie.

Truly powerful stuff.

What I do find irritating is that in the early part of this century the band did release compact disc versions of both these albums along with the singles and eps they also recorded. But apparently in very limited quantities and they currently go for stupid prices for compact discs. I'm not stingy, but I do have some economic sense not to pay ransom money for them, but still. It'd be nice if they'd do another release of the material or somebody like Rhino or Numero Group would take up the cause.
I want more Judy's.
 




Thursday, August 26, 2021

Planning Ahead.

 

Ok, if you were to actually know me you'd be more than aware that besides the Fall, I really love the Everly Brothers and Duke Ellington. (I'll also go to great lengths to defend Elvis against the endless tide of bullshit there is out there about him. Dude deserves better.)

Anyway. Today as I type this I've found out Don Everly has passed. R.I.P. People get so stuck on the stuff he and his brother did as teenagers that they completely overlook the really fabulous things they recorded through the 60s. Really good stuff. I highly recommend diving in on some of that shit.

Anyway also. I've been binging again on Duke Ellington semi-bootleg records of radio transcriptions from the 70s and early 80s. He had a weekly radio show so there's tons of them. Plus when he toured Europe in the 50s & 60s he was always being broadcast. I got lots of these things already and have more than a dozen more coming in the next few weeks.
Right now I'm digitizing an Lp of the soundtracks for the Duke's film appearances starting with a twenty minute short he made in 1929.
Fucking brilliant stuff and the way the band plays in front of a paying audience of listeners and dancers is enlightening. Plus there's arrangements and tunes that never got studio recordings. (mostly popular numbers the Duke didn't write.)

So I've been toying with the idea of some future time devoting a few months to throwing these up on this or another blog. Shit needs to be heard.

But that's beside the point.

Here's the Judy's



Washarama (1981)


Yeah, this skirts that nebulous edge of New Wave and Punk -ish in terms of the time period as well as the fine and cynical line between joke and serious. It's very geeky and literate.

It's essential listening. I can well imagine the boys in They Might Be Giants spending hours poring over these songs with intent glee.

I think I posted Tullycraft doing a version of "She's Got the Beat" a while back. They would also go on to toss off a version of "Guyana Punch" on a food centric compilation that I'll get around to posting one day.

This is the good shit, baby.


Monday, August 23, 2021

Mopping Up

 

I got not much left to say.

 


 

Shined Nickels and Loose Change (2001)


Somewhere along the line life inevitably catches up with you and you realize that you need to get a real fucking job.

And here is the third album by the Rondelles.

Which is just a nice compilation of various singles and bits and bobs from the archives.

Including a pass at Madonna's hit from when the band was likely still in diapers, "Like a Prayer"

I was already an adult in 1989.

Now I still feel old.

If it's 20 years old does that mean this is Classic Rock now?




Saturday, August 21, 2021

Music for Driving Around with the WIndows Down

 

We continue where we left off previously.

Feeling old...



The Fox (1999)


The Rondelles.

As the Millennium drew to its inevitable conclusion and the 21st Century loomed the Rondelles pumped up the volume and hit the gas on their sophomore effort.

It wasn't a slump.

It's more focused and rocks harder. They've been practicing. They've been writing. They're tighter. It's like 27 minutes of pure fucking win.

This is hanging out in the 7-11 parking lot music.
So grab a Big Gulp.
And rock.


Tuesday, August 17, 2021

It's Getting Later in the Summer

 

The Dog Days are upon us and we're already past the equinox.

But it's still warm and the sun is still hot.

So we should enjoy some fast fun silly summer type tunes while we still can.


Fiction Romance, Fast Machines (1998)


There's something utterly irresistible about kids playing loud garage songs for the sheer joy of making a huge fucking racket. It's a timeless thing.

So here are the Rondelles.

The band formed when they were still in High School.

This album came out 23 years ago, so if the band members were at least 18 when they made it they're already in their 40s.

Now I feel really fucking old and much less personally timeless.

Good thing I have loud primitive records made by teenagers to remind me of a misspent youth. (Misspent because I really ought to have engaged in much more sex, drugs and rock and roll than I did. And worn hearing protection...)




Saturday, August 14, 2021

And What Costume Shall the Poor Girl Wear?

 

Blah  Blah Blah...compilation day.

 


 All Tomorrow's Parties UK2002 (2002)


So I'm going to just come out and say it.

I'm not really a big fan of Steve Albini.
He can get some great guitar tones, but he mixes like shit and all his recordings tend to sound kind of flat and a bit lifeless to my ears. I mean, that Stooges album he did is fucking terrible and unlistenable with the guitar kind of buried behind the vocals. On a Stooges record...

I also always found Big Black to be kind of tedious and pretentious and most Shellac kind of bores me. 

Plus the stories I've heard about him from friends who have been around him for various things always make him seem like kind of dick.
 

There. I'm glad I got that out of my system.

Now we come to this disc. It's the Shellac curated All Tomorrow's Parties from 2002.
And it seems if nothing else, Albini and I can agree that the Fall are the centerpiece of any curated lineup of bands because the Fall were the greatest band of all time.

Amen.

Shellac also included local MN heroes, Arcwelder and everybody's indie hipster namecheck, Mission of Burma on their bill. 

That's more win.

But if you were still be on the fence about this particular disc, let me just say that to my ears this is the definitive version of "Two Librans" by the Fall and above and beyond anything else it is an essential for that reason alone.

There I've said my peace and the cat is complaining in the other room.
I will feed her now.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Sure. Why the Fuck Not?

 

I didn't really feel ambitious about posting anything. I have no particular thing I want to say or put out there.

This caught my eye.

So here we are.


Jam Tarts in the Jakehouse (2008)


the Bitter Tears.

I had absolutely no preconceived ideas about this band when I purchased this disc on the internet as a two dollar add on to a larger order I was placing. I saw it. I listened to a couple of Youtube videos and decided I would add it to the order and the collection because I kind of liked what I heard.

It certainly didn't hurt its case that it was released on Carrot Top Records. The label that gave the world the Coctails among others.

A contemporary review gave it a 7/10 with comparisons to Neutral Milk Hotel and the Shins.
While I may quibble with the reviewer's perceptions, I'm not going to necessarily argue with their ultimate score there. But then this does have some of the earmarks of an album that could grow on the ears with each subsequent listen. So who knows where we'll be a few more years down the road.

For whatever reason this seems to be their swansong. They existed until they didn't.
Enjoy it as such.


Friday, July 30, 2021

Two Great Tastes

 

So another quickie as it's the middle of the working week and my sole night off and there's only one thing queued up. I want to finish this, play some guitar and some Witcher 3 in my free time tonight.

So here we are.


Rubber Rodeo (1982)


Yeah. Rubber Rodeo.

This is what happens when you take Country and Western and meld it with 80's synthpop.

An actually quite nice version of "Jolene" as written by US National Treasure Dolly Parton. (I may not personally always be a huge fan of her music, but there's no denying that she's an amazing and admirable human being.)

Admittedly too this may not appeal to the purist of either genre, but that's their problem not mine.

Suck it up.


Sunday, July 25, 2021

Hell is Other Records.

 

Blah BLah bLAh

 


 

Bleeding Star (1993)

I said it the last time I posted stuff by the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience but these dudes deserve a reconsideration in the kind of passed over second generation of Flying Nun bands.

This is their third and final album release.

Savor it slowly while contemplating your own existential crisis.
Mine involves some leftover Korean in the other room.
Yours may vary.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Your Doubtful Mind

 

I'm running out of steam and desire and want to have a snack instead.
So here's a minimal post to tide you over.


Cold Cold Hearts (1997)


The self titled album by Cold Cold Hearts.

They get listed as part of the Riot Grrrl movement of the middle 90s.
But, I dunno. It's all just rock and roll to me.


Saturday, July 17, 2021

Long Time in the Bin

 

Getting ahead of a single queued post because I still have a lot of crap to do in order for this new apartment to resemble a place that people currently live rather than one where people are actively moving out of with piles of boxes everywhere.

 


 Welcome to Maryland (1984)


Braille Party.

I like others have really no idea what to say about it. It's all over the place. And there's kind of something for everyone here in a jumble of styles and sounds. Most will probably come for the loud fast hardcore-ish songs, but I'm not you.

I'm not even sure how I feel about it except that it's sat in the "SSC To Post" bin for a couple of years now since I picked it up on a wonderful trip to the nation's capital seemingly a lifetime ago.

Give it a whirl.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

One for the 13th

 I got nothing to say.

I do have a compilation lp for you though.

That's nice.

The Iowa Compilation (1987)


This imaginatively titled record is compilation of bands from the state of Iowa.


01. Drednex - Sally Anne
02. The Hollowmen - Never Ending Ceiling
03. Full Fathom Five - Why Their Faces Are So Worn
04. Dangtrippers - Sidewalking
05. Claude Pate - My Turn
06. House of Large Sizes - One and a Half on a Hill
07. Cursing Birds - Popey Sally
08. Shellgame - The Dam Has Broken
09. David Brooks - Music Boy
10. The Shy Strangers - Heat Ray
11. Moveable Feast - Teddy Through the Grass
12. The Eclectics - When I Was Young
13. Four Million - War and Peace

Unlike the state itself, it doesn't generally smell like pig shit. 

(I'm sure that there's a lot of Iowa that is lovely and smells wonderful, but my experience driving through a vast flatness with the stench of porcine manure pits wafting through the air vents. So take that assessment with a grain or two.)

An early appearance by House of Large Sizes is always welcome in my neck of the woods.

a comment on a different blog's post of this says that this was the first in a series of five compilations put together by the a University of Iowa college radio station from its yearly Battle of the Bands.

You can decide your own winners here.

Friday, July 9, 2021

Another Bite of the Big Apple

 

Yeah, I'm going to toss off another quick one.

I need to be awake for another hour.


TV Sex Star (1981)


Ok, I couldn't find anything concrete about this band in the scant five minutes of google searching I did and the actual record is still in packed a box in the other room so I can't refer to that either.

The band's name is also really easy to miss on the cover so a lot of times you the actual name, the Agents (one of over a dozen bands that have used the name) gets lost and they're called TV Sex Star.

But it's a perfect storm of 1981.

You have Ronald Reagan on the cover and the presumed subject of the song "TV Sex Star". A bit of white boy reggae that gets mixed up in the NYC punk pop of the rest of it. A whiny synth that makes an appearance. The last three songs are all recorded live.

And it's all surprisingly good. 

It feels like one of those records that just never fell into the orbit of the right people who are interested in and reissue these kinds of things. I mean, the song "No Name" about an L.A. acid casualty with it's super cheesy synth hook is a stone cold classic that ought to be rescued from the ash heap of musical history and brought into the light.

 I originally stumbled across it on somebody else's music blog years ago and liked it enough to track down my own surprisingly cheap as fuck copy.

Perhaps this will inspire you to do the same

Monday, July 5, 2021

Trying to Stay Awake. Trying to Stay Ahead

 

I've been on "vacation". We moved to a new apartment. Things have happened and come and gone and I've let this particular venture sit for a long while with the idea of catching up a little closer to real time for posts rather than setting things up months in advance.

And here we are.
There's only one more post in the queue and I feel like I need to make a cushion or two between myself and the disappointment of the dozen people who stop by here if there's not something new to listen to.

Plus I flipped my sleep schedule to more normal people time for the last couple of weeks and I need to unflip it back to a nocturnal schedule before I go back to work in a couple of days. I'm mostly there, but I'm using this to keep myself occupied and awake for another hour or two so as to lessen the inevitable wrenching horror that will be trying to get back to my normal sleep habits.

The other thing is that I'm running out of the free space on the Mediafire account and I'm thinking I might have to start deleting things. I mean, nothing was ever meant to be permanent but so long as I had the space and nobody got their panties in a ruffle about it I was willing to keep them up given that the internet is just rife with dead ends when it comes to these kinds of blogs.
I figure seven or so years is a good long time. I probably won't do any reposts. I've got plenty of other stuff to go up.
Consider it a heads up.


Playtime (1990)


This is one of those things I've had kicking around for a while without listening to. It came as a bonus record or extra packing or something with a package of other records. I had no idea what it was so it languished until a day when I was curious about whether I was going to listen to it or sell it or toss it or something.
I listened to it. I kinda liked it.

It turns out that Marc Jeffrey was previous to this solo effort in Band of Outsiders whose beginnings are in that Power Pop/Punk rock nexus that was New York City in the late 70's in a band which morphed into Band of Outsiders in the early 80's and limped along through several albums before dissolving at the end of the decade. (though they apparently reformed in the teens of this century for one more album) Based on some of the things I found in the last ten minutes it feels like they were much more enjoyed by a European audience than over this side of the pond.

Which is neither here nor there where this particular Lp is involved. This is a Marc Jeffrey solo Lp produced by Ivan Kral (of Richard Hell and the Voidoids fame) and with a secret uncredited appearance by Nikki Sudden which makes perfect sense when you listen to the record.

All in all I'm going to call this one a pleasant surprise for a "free" lp.
It's not ever going to be the first thing out of the stacks when I'm thirsty to listen to something, but I'm not going to be getting rid of it anytime soon.

If that makes any sense to y'all.


Thursday, July 1, 2021

Triple Play

 

Listening to records. Typing about other records.

I still have a pile of nearly 50 singles in the "New Arrivals" pile in front of the turntable going back to last Fall. There was a solid couple of months when I was sick that crap like that took a back seat to convalescence.
Then I went on a couple of stress buying binges and found a lot of NOS copies of local stuff for the other blog (Swinging Singles Club MN) which I've been concentrating on mostly because this one was queued up so far in advance that there wasn't any sense of urgency to add to it.

Then there's the obsessive collector problem of things being incomplete which has started plaguing me more in my heightened stress levels from the past few years. I've had stuff sitting around waiting until I found those last few items that would make complete discographies. As a consequence there's a bunch of good stuff waiting around for that other single or the sole Lp.

Tonight's a "Fuck it" night.

These have been sitting around and it's all I've got, I can't find copies in the US and UK imports are much more than they're worth. And I'm not going to sit on them any longer. If I eventually find the rest, I'll post it then.

So here's three out of five singles by the Mo-Dettes.

 




 White Mice (1979)

Their first single was an indie chart hit right out of the gate with a cheap video made and everything.



There is nothing to dislike about that



Paint It Black (1980)


Third single was a stab at the Rolling Stones chestnut which was nice.

(Especially since the Stones themselves were in the first stages of what would become a slow descent into the pits of suck that would eventually culminate in horrors like "Harlem Shuffle" (which in itself is a cover) and that bane of dollar bins everywhere "Bridges to Babylon")

I like this better than anything on the contemporary "Emotional Rescue".
Suck it, Mick.


Tonight (1981)

Their penultimate single, though it was the last of new music and just following their sole Lp release. There'd be a live single as a last hurrah.


They're very 1981 fashionable on the cover though.
I dunno.
I got nothing.

You'd never know it but this whole post has taken well over an hour to get together to even this point because I'm digitizing singles at the same time and have to get up every few minutes to flip a record and run it through the restoration software so future posts don't sound as shit as previous ones like this one.

Plus I'm getting hungry.

I think I'm going to finish up the Spectres "This Strange Effect"(featuring former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock covering the Kinks) and call it a night knowing that now that I have both Spectres 45s they can finally be posted at some point in the future I feel like it and get back to the bulk of the 45s where it lies in state in "Sp". (I last left off at "Mo" and need to catch the 12" side up to it as well and that's a lot of Mancini records in between.)


Sunday, June 27, 2021

I Did This Wrong

 

I intended to post in the other blog, but somehow got here instead.

No biggie. I'm distracted. I need to grocery shop and I'm hungry.

I may order a pizza.

(Food again. it's always food.)

On the positive side, it's been above freezing the past few days four months ago.

I started thinking about stuff and I wonder if I followed through on any of it....


Among the Wandering (1987)


So without any further ado, here's 15 60 75 again with their third long player, "Among the Wandering". 

The band has been around for half a fucking century at this point is very high on my list of reasons I might actually go to Cleveland besides crossing Progressive Field off the baseball stadium list. I get stuck occasionally in Youtube holes watching clip after clip.

I really haven't spent as much time with  this particular Lp though.

It unfortunately suffers, at least to my ears anyway, of a bad case of 1987.. The sounds and recording/production techniques kind of date it a lot. The songs themselves are up to snuff and as evidenced by some live versions on Youtube quite good stuff with the 80s scraped off of them.

Your mileage will vary and I hesitate to say it's a "bad" record. 


It's not, but choices that seemed good at the time to update a sound don't precisely work as intended a couple of decades later. The updated version sounds more dated than previous recordings. It's a paradox. Go into it with open ears and a bit of caution and you'll be fine.

There are still other things to find and discover by them. If I had a record label there'd be a nice box set. But I don't. 

And I'm hungry.

The end.








Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Noise Noise Noise

 I'm killing some time while rice cooks.

I  may take a shower as well.

I have nothing otherwise.


Radiation (1995)

Michael Morley & Bruce Russell from the Dead C doing their thing.

Your mom wouldn't like it very much unless she's also some kind of pretentious record collector type who listens to noise because it's so much more visceral than than all that bland popular crap you people listen to.

Your mom is a bitch.




Stadium of Light (1998)

More NZ noise stuff

Discogs sez : "Extremely limited unauthorized remix [out of sync, panned stereo] of track 1 from K-Group - K-Group. One side only"

K-Group is the avant garde handle of one Paul Toohey.
The RSW Lundon in question is the owner of the Imperial label.

It's good background sounds for washing dishes.
Use this opportunity to clear out your sink.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

One For the Road

 

It's after midnight.
I got tacos to eat and a nice warm whisky glow from the glass I poured like three queued posts ago.

Let's keep this brief again



2000 - Tokidoki


Mostly acoustic duo consisting of Peter Schaefer & Nora O'Conner recording painfully sweet little pop ditties that you could play for your grandmother if she wasn't more into Motorhead or something. (Well, you could probably still play it for her, but she'd just give you the finger behind your back for being such a wuss)

This was released unto the world by Sunday Records.

Google also tells me that Tokidoki is Japanese for "sometimes", so there, we both learned something today.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Loosening Up, Keeping Mum

 

I was posting on Swinging Singles Club MN when I thought that I should probably toss a couple of things in this pile for the heck of it. I really haven't had much to do with posting here for a while since I set the queue up months and months in advance. But maybe it's the whisky talking because here I am typing away.

Sort of.



1995 - 1st String Teenage High


It's the first single by Tullycraft

It's Twee as fuck.

Deal with it.

 


1995 - Bailey Park

Another early single by Tullycraft from the first year of their existence.

Still Twee as fuck.
 


Sunday, June 13, 2021

Almost Forgot Compilation Day

  Yeah, I can barely be bothered with shit tonight.



1996 - Glove Puppet 7" comp.


the Discogs page has the info you seek on the contents.

However it must be noted that the Tullycraft song here is in fact a cover of a song "She's Got the Beat" originally recorded by the Judy's in 1981. (Their two albums are deep into future here...)



 
 
 A 7" compilation from the Drive-In & Seasons labels which features a side each from two US bands and two Australian outfits. (Discogs link)

Of note is that the Shapiros is yet another outfit featuring Pam Berry who was never part of anything that sucked and Madison Electric who's  song"V-Neck" is a particular favorite.

Enjoy and rock mildly at a volume that won't disturb others.
 
 





Friday, June 11, 2021

The Pitts.

 

I have nothing.

 

 
 
Wimp Factor 14 : A Pittsburgh based indie band

this single is hand painted with an actual run over penny glued to it.

 


There is no mutilated monetary incentive to purchasing this other single.

Frank Boscoe from this band would reappear as the main dude for Vehicle Flips a couple of years after Wimp Factor 14 calls it a day.