TWELVE CUBIC FEET "The Almshouse" (1980)
The State Express - “Midnight Kiss” (Cogent) - What a strange, baffling and dope LP. Some guys from Singapore with surf guitar, weird, haunted organ and breakbeat type beats underneath. The whole album pretty much sounds like this.
Sacred Product, “Tram and Train” from Wastex (2014)
I was blindsided by this release from Quemada Records over the weekend, a fantastic double-seven inch (!) from former Satanic Rocker Lynton Denovan. I missed out on the cassette he put out under the Sacred Product moniker last year, but chances are good that Wastex is gonna fill that Satanic Rockers-sized hole in your heart or head. Deranged double-tracked vocals are chock full of cynicism and sharp observations; you bet Denovan sees you eatin’ burgers with the cops, kid. But the real treat here is that the music isn’t quite as dour as the Satanic Rockers’ work, more light grey than sludgy black-brown - just listen to the coda of “Tram and Train” above for proof. It seems Denovan doesn’t dwell so much in the murk as much as he observes it and asks for the check. The record label calls it “doom pop” and I can’t call ‘em out on it. Hey, it’s a free ride away from all of this shit, no reason not to strap in. One listen to “Sonic Country” and you’ll be sold that this lil’ record(s) is the will of divinity, too.
Interested parties (I assume all of you) should buy the record direct from Quemada. Don’t get left in the pit of regret.
The CLEAN "Quickstep" (1982)
Live at The Rumba Bar, Auckland, New Zealand, 15 May 1982.
Mr Rogers Neighborhood with Bruce Haack & Miss Nelson (part 2)
Mr Rogers Neighborhood with Bruce Haack & Miss Nelson (part 1)
Season 1, Episode 68, May 22, 1968.
Brute Heart - Wildfire (from their Wildfire 7” on Water Wing Records)
What else happened in 2013? This single, released December 29, 2012, which is a part of the 2013 ranking cycle. What happens in this song? Well, there’s a violin somewhere in it, as you can guess from the above pic. Three-part harmonies. Great bassline. Someone, somewhere, would describe this as “krautrock-like”, because that’s just what people do. They can’t help themselves. Was it featured on any of your year-end lists this year? Last? I don’t recall ever seeing it on any list. Was it on mine, as an honorable mention? I honestly forget. But it’s wormed its way into my brain the last week or so, and I’m honorably mentioning it now for sure.
The SECLUSIONS "Seclusion Theme" (1981)
Alternate track from The LP “Isolation for Creation” (Fuz rcds. MCC-RHS 001. 1983).
Lazy - Don’t Die (Demo)
Not completely sold on their Moniker Records LP. Or their upcoming single on Quicksilver cargo short emporium & music label, Volar Records. The latter featuring a cleaner version of “Don’t Die” as the A-side. The demo gives you a peek into what could have been. Not everything has to be unpolished, but the rawness and no-frills recording here plays to the song’s strengths. Comes c/o of XO Press’ KCMO All Freak, No Leash compilation. It’s on Bandcamp, believe it or not, and free! 21 tracks of Kansas City bands, featuring Eunuch, Meat Mist, Mosquito Bandito, Dirty Work, and of course, Robert Plant’s Dingleberry.
Beg to differ re Lazy’s Volar 7” - “Soft Sheets” is beyond catchy - it’s super! See for yourself @ http://lazy.bandcamp.com/