Monday, February 16, 2015

LOST CLASSICS OF CHI-TOWN PUNK UNDERGROUND

although YOU WEREN'T THERE chronicles chicago's early days of punk and BUSTED AT OZ, the
original scene document / live album, has been reissued, much of the windy city's unruly late 70s / early 80s RNR history remains sadly forgotten........

so here to rectify that in a "killed by death" kinda of way is TINY GROOVES!!!!

below is a list of some of chicagoland's most overlooked / most fringe and best PUNK bands.....

and after you cycle through this playlist, you'll realize what a strange weird place the Chicago area scene was back in the day......... and that being PUNK IN CHICAGO MEANT MAKING MUSIC WITH NO REGARD FOR THE RULES.......

so CRANK UP THE VOLUME AND LISTEN BELOW!!!!!!!!

post script - i've avoided adding the more renown chicago punk bands (and more straight forward punk and hardcore acts) to this list and stuck to the weirder more outsider edges of the "punk" scene, and yes a few of these bands aren't from the chicago proper but to exclude them wouldn't be fair since all of them played in chicago during the heyday of the "punk" scene......and yes this list is meant to show the world that chicago had a real unique / wild / creative take on PUNK ROCK unlike many other places......  and had a RnR history that needs to be reassessed or at least comped again..........

PENTAJECT CORPORATION "blackmail stretch" 7in



SILVER ABUSE "fall from grace" 7in



DA "dark rooms" 7in



IMPORTS "untitled" 7in



ONO "machines that kill people" lp


END RESULT "ward" lp



TOOTHPASTE  "s/t" 12 ep



THE EXIT "who asked you" 7in



SUNDOG SUMMIT "crude sounding rock" 7in



C*NTS "chemicals in the mail" 7in


SUBVERTS "independent study" 7in



IDENTITY CRISIS "pretty feet" 7in



EPICYCLE "residential area" 7in


Friday, January 2, 2015

nots - we are nots

GONER RECORDS just released one of the best RnR debuts in recent memory, from memphis synth damaged punkers, THE NOTS!!!!!!!!!

WE ARE NOTS is 11 tracks of catchy, pummeling new wave / post punk spiked punk rock that'll make yer ears happy and keep you right next to yer turntable all afternoon......

taking cues from the lost sounds, ausmuteants, clone defects, the screamers and other like minded future obsessed / dystopian punk bands, THE NOTS might just be yer fave new band!!!!!!!   if this LP had come out a little earlier in the year, WE ARE NOTS would've been for sure a lot higher in my year end list.......

check out THE NOTS now,
just don't call 'em a girl group,
cuz this is some fierce recommended rock n roll!!!!!!!

listen to WE ARE NOTS below!!!!!
  and grab the LP from GONER now!!!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

best of the best in xx14 !!!


this has been a rather quiet year here at TINY GROOVES with all sorts of non-musical life events/changes keeping me away from the blogosphere much to my chagrin....however 2014 was a killer fucking year for music and i once again have a long list of fave albums of the year......

so here's TINY GROOVES TOP LPS OF xx14!!!!!!!!!
  buy them all!!!!!!

 
1.    EASTLINK - S/T - IN THE RED
2.    GINO AND THE GOONS - SHAKE IT! - BLACK GLADIATOR / SLOVENLY
3.    OBNOX - LOUDER SPACE - 12XU
4.    ENERGY GOWN - EVENING MOLASSES - ALONAS DREAM
5.    GERM HOUSE - SHOWING SYMPTOMS - TROUBLE IN MIND
6.    BLIND SHAKE - BREAKFAST OF FAILURES - GONER
7.    GOLDEN PELICANS - S/T LP - TOTAL PUNK
8.    HANK WOOD AND THE HAMMERHEADS - STAY HOME! - TOXIC STATE
9.    ONO - DIEGESIS - MONIKER
10.  VERMA - SUNRUNNER - TROUBLE IN MIND

11.  APACHE DROPOUT - HEAVY WINDOW - MAGNETIC SOUTH
12.  MANATEEES - SIT N SPIN - PELICAN POW WOW
13.  MORGAN DELT - S/T - TROUBLE IN MIND
14.  AR-KAICS - S/T - WINDIAN
15.  MEATBODIES - S/T - IN THE RED
16.  UNHOLY TWO - TALK ABOUT HARDCORE - 12XU
17.  SHELLAC - DUDE INCREDIBLE - TOUCH & GO
18.  LUMERIANS - TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE TELOS III - CARDINAL FUZZ
19.  ACHTUNGS - FULL OF HATE - GOING UNDERGROUND
20.  KRAKATAU - WATER NEAR A BRIDGE - TROUBLE IN MIND

21.  DOUG TUTTLE - S/T - TROUBLE IN MIND
22.  FAUST - J US T - BUREAU B
23.  INUTILI - MUSIC TO WATCH THE CLOUDS ON A SUNNY DAY - AAGOO
24.  OOZING WOUND - EARTH SUCK - THRILL JOCKEY
25.  EXHAUSTION - BIKER - AARGHT
26.  ONYOU - ULTIMATE PHOTON A SOLE - CAPTCHA
27.  TY SEGALL - MANIPULATOR - DRAG CITY
28.  DREAMSALON - SOFT STAB - SWEET ROT
29.  SPACIN - MEGATATIONS - TELEPHONE EXPLOSION
30.  ENDLESS BUMMER - VOL 1 - IN THE RED

HONORABLE MENTIONS
(mostly cuz i just didn't get enough time to blast these jams)

COSMIC DEAD - EASTERFAUST - SOUND OF COBRA
THEE OH SEES - THE DROP - CASTLE FACE
ZIG ZAGS - S/T - IN THE RED
YOLKS - KINGS OF AWESOME - RANDY
PEN TEST - INTERSTATE - MONIKER
SPRAY PAINT - CLEAN BLOOD, REGULAR ACID - MONOFONUS PRESS
WIREHEADS - LATE GREAT WIREHEADS - FORMAT
OOIOO - GAMEL - THRILL JOCKEY
GG KING - UNENDING DARKNESS - SCAVENGER OF DEATH
NO BAILS - EPYX SHREDDER - PELICAN POW WOW
NOTS - WE ARE NOTS - GONER
LOW LIFE - DOGGING - RIP SOCIETY
NONES - MIDWESTERN FAMILY VALUES - HOZAC
ATLANTIC THRILLS - S/T - ALMOST READY
BITCHIN BAJAS - S/T - DRAG CITY
WATERY LOVE - DECORATIVE FEELING - IN THE RED
PREDATOR -  COMPLETE EARTH - SCAVENGER OF DEATH
LEATHER SLAVE - LEATHER SLAVE - PERMANENT
WAND - GANGLION REEF - DRAG CITY


BEST REISSUES / ARCHIVAL RELEASES OF xx14 -
  well this list could be like hundred pages long, cuz so much NECESSARY music keeps finally getting repressed, but here are a few that you better pick up for sure!!!!!!!

FRANTIX - MY DADS A FUCKING ALCOHOLIC - ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES
JACK RUBY - VOL 1 - FEEDING TUBE
ELECTRIC EELS - DIE ELECTRIC EELS - SUPERIOR VIADUCT
CRIME - MURDERED BY GUITAR - SUPERIOR VIADUCT
BAD AXE - COACHMAN B/W POOR MAN RUN - PERMANENT
THE EXIT - EXIT EP - PERMANENT


Friday, November 21, 2014

blind shake - breakfast of failures

BLIND SHAKE return with a new album, their first on GONER RECORDS, entitled "BREAKFAST OF FAILURES"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

for those late to the party, BLIND SHAKE's psych/surf damaged noise punk is some of the most PRIMAL, PROPULSIVE AND ADDICTING ROCK N ROLL YOU CAN THROW ON YER TURNTABLE THESE DAYS!!!!!!!!

clearly collaborating with MICHAEL YONKERS and JOHN REIS have rubbed off on the BLIND SHAKE, but there's SOMETHING UNIQUE to their droned out lysergic two guitar/one drummer attack on psych / punk / garage that makes "BREAKFAST OF FAILURES" is a SERIOUSLY GO-TO RECORD!!!!!!!!!  could be their love for AMREP vitriol, NUGGETS fuzz and obscuro punk oddities that shines through this supercharged set of new songs, or it could be that these guys are some of the hardest working, creative rock n rollers around.....  cuz it certainly shows on their new lp.....

well i've raved about them plenty here at tiny grooves, so you know i'll just leave you with this....
"BREAKFAST OF FAILURES" IS HIGHLY FUCKING RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!

grab it now, and listen below -


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 !!!!!