Thursday, October 30, 2014

punk rock classics - the rats

MISSISSIPPI RECORDS JUST DID US ALL A HUGE FAVOR AND REPRESSED THE FIRST TWO LPS FROM FRED AND TOODY COLE'S PRE-DEAD MOON PUNK OUTFIT, THE RATS!!!!!!!!!   FUCKIN' A!!!!!!   

YOU THOUGHT DEAD MOON WAS KILLER, JUST WAIT TIL YOU GET YER HANDS ON THE S/T (1980) AND INTERMITTENT SIGNALS (1981) LPS FROM THE RATS!!!!!!!  LEAN MEAN STRIPPED DOWN GARAGEY PUNK ROCK AT ITS BEST!!!!!!!

ORIGINALS OF THESE TWO ALBUMS ISSUED ON WHIZEAGLE RECORDS IN THE EARLY 80S GO FOR EPIC AMOUNTS OF MONEY, BUT THANKS TO THE FINE FOLKS OVER AT MISSISSIPPI WE CAN ALL CRANK THESE CLASSICS UP TO 11!!!!!!!

SERIOUSLY LISTEN BELOW IF YOU MUST,
BUT BOTH THESE ALBUMS ARE RECOMMENDED LIKE A MOTHER FUCKER.

SO GO TO YER LOCAL SHOP AND GRAB BOTH NOW!!!!!!!!



Thursday, September 4, 2014

energy gown - evening molasses


GET READY FOR A KILLER TRIP CUZ CHICAGO'S ENERGY GOWN JUST RELEASED THEIR DEBUT LP EVENING MOLASSES ON ALONA'S DREAM!!!!!!!!!!

start to finish this is one of the most bewitching / intoxicating / warped slabs of PSYCHEDELIA you'll come across all year long......  a heady freeform swirl of the best and darkest corners of lysergic RnR and analogue experimentation.... HAWKWIND spacecraft, LES RAZILLES DENUDES kamikaze antics,  PARSON SOUND drone scapes, JERUSALEM bad vibes, CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN voodoo organ freakouts.....and a whole lotta kaleidoscopic mind melting AWAITS as soon as EVENING MOLASSES sinks into yer turntable!!!!!!!!

ENERGY GOWN goes way beyond the madness hinted at by the 13th FLOOR ELEVATORS and early PINK FLOYD......pushing the outer limits only suggested by RED KRAYOLA, MICHAEL YONKERS and BENT WIND!!!!  seriously few bands have taken fuzz coated, art damaged garage psych to the next level like ENERGY GOWN does on EVENING MOLASSES.

so stop worrying about the "cool" bands playing austin psych fest,
and GET THE REAL / FUCKING RECOMMENDED THING!!!!!!
YOU NEED THIS TRIP!!!!!!!

listen to EVENING MOLASSES below
  and grab a copy from ALONA'S DREAM here!!!!!!


Friday, August 29, 2014

the yolks - kings of awesome




chicago's hardest partying garage rockers THE YOLKS finally return with a new lp entitled KINGS OF AWESOME on RANDY RECORDS......and well i won't disagree with their album title at all!!!!!

equal parts jangly super infectious garage pop and rhythm & blues saturated analogue RnR, THE YOLKS hit that sweet spot we all have for HIP SHAKING, DRINKING ALL NIGHT LONG ROCK N ROLL GOODNESS !!!!!!   they've been tearing up garages / basements / warehouse / dive bars in chicago for years and there's a reason the YOLKS are one of best and longest running local garage bands.....and all you have to do in listen to KINGS OF AWESOME to find out why!!!!!!

rock n roll junkies raised on PEBBLES and NUGGETS, RAY CHARLES, SHADOWS OF KNIGHT, STANDELLS and other such GARAGE ROCK / R&B CLASSICS will definitely be flipping this new lp over and over again in the near future.  that i can promise!

DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS!
YOU CAN PARTY LIKE IT'S 1966 ANYTIME YOU WANT!!!!!!!

preview KINGS OF AWESOME below!!!
  and grab a copy from RANDY RECORDS here !!!!!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

crime - murder by guitar

SUPERIOR VIADUCT is back with another KILLER FUCKING archival release, this time from san francisco's seminal punks, CRIME, entitled MURDER BY GUITAR!!!!!!!

comprised of their first three blistering singles, including HOT WIRE MY HEART (one of the best songs of all time) and nine unreleased tracks, MURDER BY GUITAR is finally the definitive comp we've needed for years and now we can have all the CRIME we can handle!!!!!!!

fans of early punk, raw RnR and proto punk, especially those into TESTORS, PENETRATORS, ELECTRIC EELS, ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS, DEAD BOYS, JOHNNY THUNDERS, RICHARD HELL and the like, NEED TO ADD CRIME TO YER COLLECTION ASAP!!!!!!!

THIS IS AS ESSENTIAL 
AND RECOMMENDED AS IT COMES!!!!!!!

click here to grab one from SUPERIOR VIADUCT
and listen to some of yer new favorite jams below -


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

the young - chrome cactus

music reviewing post y2k suffers from a regurgitation problem.  everyone decides whether they like album for superfluous reasons and then proceeds to praise or demolish said lp based solely upon the one sheet that comes with their review copy.  so an album sounds like this..."FILL IN THE BLANK"... "I love it.  It's the new thing!!!!" Or "I hate it because it sounds like "FILL IN THE BLANK!!!!! Yeah, it's a terrible mix of these said bands and not worth yer time."  

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PEOPLE ACTUALLY LISTENING TO AN ALBUM A FEW TIMES BEFORE THEY JUST DECIDED THE RECORD LABEL THAT PUT IT OUT WAS RIGHT (OR HORRIBLY WRONG) AND TELLING EVERYONE WHAT THEY NEED TO LISTEN TO??????


but does anyone really dig into those grooves and form their own opinion????  few and far between.  and that my friend is sad.  

well i still do and one album that caught me by surprise and off guard is the CHROME CACTUS by THE YOUNG, out next week on MATADOR.  by the looks of it, it would seem little too mainstream for my tastes now days, but UPON LISTENING to CHROME CACTUS, i've become HOOKED!!!!!

this austin texas quartet is resolutely stubborn about being a GUITAR ROCK BAND in a time when that's become passe in most people's eyes.   and their messy mix of POST PUNK UNDERGROUND ROCK AND PRE GRUNGE GUITAR ANTICS, COMPLETE WITH IN YER FACE RIFFS AND A HAZY SWIRL OF SHOEGAZING FEEDBACK is a trip back to a time when becoming a infatuated with a band was not about PRETENSION and HYPE.   THE YOUNG's third album is a refreshing mix of MEAT PUPPETS, SONIC YOUTH, RIDE, VOLCANO SUNS, HUSKER DU, SEBADOH, POLVO, MBV, SLINT, MUDHONEY, CHAVEZ and any number of mostly forgotten late eighties / early nineties RnR bands that flew below the radar.........

spin after spin, the heavy guitar racket on CHROME CACTUS becomes almost psychedelic, the slower burning shoegaze bent anthems become seared into yer skull and the volume knob on yer stereo will slowly inch towards 10......and at full blast and three or four times in, the subtly of the YOUNG's songwriting will become more than apparent.   THESE ARE SONGS THAT NEED TO BE UNRAVELLED BY REPEAT LISTENS.  

perhaps that's why some reviewers of CHROME CACTUS have stuck the one sheet.  or stated how much they hate this lp.  because like any good rock album, CHROME CACTUS is not all surface.  it has depth that requires an attention span to get to.  and not many people have that these days.

FOR THOSE WILLING TO TAKE THE PLUNGE, it's worth it.  just as rewarding as any new album by DEERHUNTER, THE MEN, PURLING HISS, METZ, NIGHT BEATS and THE BLACK ANGELS....

but you know, decide for yerself....

AND LISTEN TO TWO TRACKS OFF CHROME CACTUS BELOW AND GRAB YER COPY FROM MATADOR HERE!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

punk rock classics - adolescents

take a minute out of yer day to BLAST the uber classic 1981 self titled debut from LA's ADOLESCENTS!!!!!!  this is early hardcore punk at it's best!!!!!  and if you don't have a copy yet, you better change that STAT!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

cheater slicks - destination lonely

THIS IS YER REMINDER THAT YOU NEED TO PURCHASE THE RECENTLY REISSUED ALBUM "DESTINATION LONELY" FROM THE ALWAYS KILLER CHEATER SLICKS !!!!!!!!


THIS ONE'S BEEN OUTTA PRINT FOR YEARS, SO THANK CHRIST DESPERATE RECORDS PRESSED SOME UP AGAIN. 

AS YOU KNOW THIS IS SOME FINE BLOWN OUT GARAGE PUNK.  PERHAPS THE BEST THERE EVER WAS!  OR AT LEAST SUPER FUCKING RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!