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posted a review of Burnt Ones - Last Draft In Different Rooms. about 1 month ago
this, i guess defunct?, indiana>oakland garage band mixes a lot of interesting bits on their second album. some girl group sounds, some mumble core groping, some chinnichap stomping and so on. a varied and dang cool LP.
posted a comment on Brethren (5) - Brethren. 6 months ago
interesting enough low key rural mix, halfway between the band and traffic. pretty solid throughout if you like this sort of thing. dr. john guests as does randy young from poco.
posted a review of Floare Albastră / Quo Vadis (8) - Coming Out Of The Maze. 7 months ago
flashier than hoped for prog & blues rock, but a guy does like to keep some representative rumanian underground rock around, right?
posted a review of Peter Warren - Solidarity. 7 months ago
bought this one to fill some holes, but it turned out better than expected. the purcell and anderson both play about as out as they ever get. and it's not a wailer, but had some extremely fine splat.
posted a review of The Avonden - God Is De Liefde. 8 months ago
not sure where or when this is reissued from, but it's a great LP. this dutch quartet (who sings in their native tongue) has a very pleasing paisley/college rock blend with distinct third album velvets damage. i don't understand a single word, but... See full review
posted a review of Flatbed (2) - Drug Mom. 8 months ago
very nicely lurching noise rock from nanaimo b.c., with maybe a bit more emphasis on noise than rock. players from psychedelic dirt & other cool b.c. bands go free form here (i've heard the "leader" refused to let anyone else know what was going on... See full review
posted a review of Ernest Gibson - Island Records. 9 months ago
someone just sent me this out of the blue and it's great. been listening to a lot of so-called contempt psych lately, and it mostly sounds like formula pablum in comparison to this. super thick atmosphere, with vaguely germanic percussions, shadowy... See full review
posted a review of Cool Ghouls - At George's Zoo. 9 months ago
never heard these guys before, but this album is a pretty interesting hybrid of some weird strands. in their most basic form they remind me a bit of the fleshtones. but they substitute that band's east coast mania with something very much more west... See full review
posted a review of The Pilgrim (6) - Walking Into The Forest. 9 months ago
not sure how this classifies as stoner rock. sounds like pretty straight (albeit fine) folk rock to my ears.\ about as stoned as damon & naomi or something. perhaps the genre has just expanded its little arms?
posted a review of Southern Fried - A Little Taste Of Southern Fried. 10 months ago
this is pretty straight southern boogie rock with female vocals and high potential chorale. i really only keep it because of the beef heart connection, but played it today and realized the very bent cover of "stand by me" is a great tribute to '71... See full review
posted a review of David Sinclair (5) - Take My Hand. 10 months ago
one side is fairly ordinary club folk, but the second side has a bit of rock flash and some decent guitar. still as laid back as a shoe, but what the hell
posted a review of Space Band - Space Band. 10 months ago
these guys act like punk never happened, and who knows? maybe in their hometown bar it didn't. semi-generic '70s bar rock with a few odd touches and cover art weird enough to make it a keeper
posted a review of Sounds Nice - Love At First Sight. 10 months ago
a very odd one-off studio project. most of it is fairly loungey arrangements of pop hits with tim myvcoft's organ being put to good effect. but when they let out the giuitarust on the b-side, things get pretty neat. chris spedding sounds like he's... See full review
posted a review of Therapy (7) - Schizophrenia. 10 months ago
too much comedy on this live 2LP set, but their folk stuff is still interesting, if not very progressive. they mix in soft rock bar band things as well, making for a weird blend with a few small highlights
posted a review of Crack (6) - Si Todo Hiciera Crack. 10 months ago
closer to yes than many people will feel comfortable with, but within its context it's an interesting record.
posted a review of Country Joe McDonald & The Bevis Frond - Eat Flowers & Kiss Babies. 10 months ago
fantastic live record with bevies frond doing some amazing backing work for country joe to recreate fish era classics. really a nice one
posted a review of Derek Brimstone - Shuffleboat River Farewell. 10 months ago
not sure why these british folk dudes felt they needed to do so much comedy at live shows, but this one has jokes galore. in between those, there are a few great folk moments. with guitar by michael chapman.
posted a review of The Bronze Hog - Hey! The Bronze Hog Live. 10 months ago
sounds earlier than the date. high quality bar rock with cheap trick, stones & other mainstream influences, as well as a more raw power pop underlay. pretty cool
posted a review of TCB (4) - Open For Business. 10 months ago
a horn rock offshoot of the 1910 fruitful company doesn't sound like very much of a anything, but i've always dug this album. the horns never really stick out, and the songs are like the local bands i used to catch in the early '70s. basically... See full review
posted a review of Sugarloaf - Sugarloaf. 10 months ago
i remembered this denver band from their lousy "green eyed lady" single, but a friend suggested i spin the LP, and hey -- it's not bad. long songs that must have been very cool live, with a very weirdly nice organ track that works to connect the sound... See full review
posted a review of Paper Bubble - Scenery. 10 months ago
very much in the mode of the early straws. you can easily hear why cousins produced them.
posted a review of Unicorn (12) - Uphill All The Way. 11 months ago
this is total CSNY damage, but heard as an impulse filtered through the UK and the zigzag magazine ethos, it has a whole lot more charm (and is far less drummed-in) than, say, "deja vu." which render it way more interesting than it might be otherwise.
posted a review of Mikoláš Chadima & The Extempore Band - Velkoměsto / The City. 11 months ago
excellent selection of archival recordings by this on-again-off-again czech unit, whose best known international incarnation was as the MCH Band. this is late '70s/early '80s material combining some no-wavish textures with the sort of progressive... See full review
posted a review of Pick-up - Mouthless. 11 months ago
very nice, fairly sparse plink plonk guitar with muted electronics. has an almost japanese feel in spots.
posted a review of Musk (3) - Animal Husbandry. 12 months ago
this is the only record i've heard from these guys, and while it is a sorta post-hardcore bag, the way they pile up the sounds on the first side is pretty damn psychedelic. it just keeps climaxing and spinning, buried in the red the whole time, sorta... See full review
posted a review of Clyde And The Nightswingers - The Enormous Midnight. 12 months ago
no idea who this band is, but this single is great. the liners seem to indicate the music was recorded as a reaction to the soundtrack to an (unissued?) acid/art movie from '67. the a-side is their version of the film's theme song, with classic '66... See full review
posted a review of Adam Payne - Maybelline Weeks. 12 months ago
payne is a weird cat, capable of all sorts of interesting psych and pop moves. this single combines an organ-pocked carnival pop swirler with a hard-strummed rocker that sounds like an out-take by some unknown sunset strip band that was really into... See full review
posted a review of Bare Wires - Young Love. 12 months ago
was expecting some scum based on their first single, but this is a mix of power-pop and proto-glam that's catchy as a chinnichap readymade, but somewhat confusing from a raw snot angle.
posted a review of Bare Wires - Voo Doo Doll. 12 months ago
great raw scuzz punk with a no-fi edge that is pretty classic/
posted a review of Lewis & Clarke - Bright Light. 12 months ago
fairly straight ahead, but well paced folk rock with a very l.a. heft. somewhere between the paisleys and the originals.
posted a review of The Highlander Twos* - Go West!. 12 months ago
makes me think of what a garage trio led by jethro from the beverly hillbillies would sound like.
posted a review of Flight (8) - Feels So Good. 12 months ago
good slab of mid tempo lo-fi mississippi garage rock with oddly crumbly vocal harmonics. not an easy one to date by ear.
posted a review of Far-Out Fangtooth - The Thorns. 12 months ago
a very thumping take on shoe gaze contraction with some wailing guitar thrown over the top. quite juicy
posted a review of Reading Rainbow - Cover The Sky. 12 months ago
nice single sided stab at the garagey end of the shoegaze rainbow with vocals worthy of a late period girl group 45.
posted a review of Miss Murgatroid - Hell To / Heavens To. 12 months ago
really great, freaked out debut single by alicia rose's long-running solo project. could not imagine an accordion record that sounds less like "an accordion record." I'm just sorry the b-side isn't a dub version.
posted a review of XYX - Sistema De Terminacion Sexual. 12 months ago
solid post punk from monterrey mexico, with female vocals, thick bass lines and choppy rhythms. very cool.
posted a review of Encore + Grande* - Total Bliss. 12 months ago
a wonderful album, emphasizing the bizzaro-pop beefheart influences of etron fou, rather than their more jazzoid expressions. although there are plenty of those as well, but they feel as though they were created in a free rock context. a very sweet... See full review
posted a review of Druid Perfume - Druid Perfume. 12 months ago
super interesting record. beefheart damaged art punk that also manages to sound like the parts of the hampton grease band that egg eggs were too genteel to employ
posted a review of Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Aniara. about 1 year ago
nice piece, but electronics it ain't. time and space may be the topics of the libretto, but they are not the musical motifs. this is a modern orchestral/choral work & nothing but. just so you know.
posted a review of Francesco Branciamore Quartet - Flash in Four. about 1 year ago
first side is a little tame, but there's some great ripping sax blurt on the second side.
posted a review of Maxfield Parrish (2) - It's A Cinch To Give Legs To Old Hard-Boiled Eggs. about 1 year ago
this is a cool album with connections to u.s kaleidoscope, but the psych age may be a bit of a reach for the LP. this is mostly very good country rock, apart from the final track which takes their basic approach in a much ore extended and weird direction.
posted a review of Slumberlandband - Slumberlandband. about 1 year ago
i always liked the cover of this one, but it had been years since i played it. expecting something proggy, imagine my surprise to discover it was actually very much in the vein of early rca-era kinks, with maybe some touches of doggerel bank or even... See full review
posted a review of Gun Outfit - Two Way Player. about 1 year ago
nice laid-back sound with female vocals, and a vibe that is akin to the more active bands at the folkier end of the '80s college-pop spectrum. the best tracks have whisps of psych as well, but nothing too overt.
posted a review of Kejsarens Nya Kläder - Kejsarens Nya Kläder. about 1 year ago
a little more inside than one might hope, but there are a few very nice passages of out-blow. pretty cool
posted a review of Risa Potters - Half Woman / Half Child. about 1 year ago
surprisingly interesting folk rock LP with vocals and tunes by a women better known for the a&r skills. the best parts of this are like a somewhat older, gnarlier take on early janis ian. under-rated.
posted a review of Björn J:Son Lindh - Cous Cous. about 1 year ago
most of this is just pretty good fusion, light and flowing in a decent but non-essential way. however, the last track, "abdo," is pretty smoking with lots of eastern highlighting. definitely worth a spin.
posted a review of Raw Edge Band - For Everything There Is A Beginning. about 1 year ago
i do not totally disagree with that assessment, but i think there's enough of an oddball "real people" vibe to the record to give it some worth to that community. not what i expected, but the bar band vibe is definitely a bit strange, and the cover... See full review
posted a review of Regal Degal - Speckled Fruit. about 1 year ago
first side is kinda new wave in a not entirely interesting way, but the side-long flip side is a pretty great sluice through a variety of unknown tongues. noisy and good.
posted a review of Trummors - Moorish Highway. about 1 year ago
mostly straighter than i dig, there is still something quite nice about the sound of this record. the band's approach is low-key country-tinged folk rock with mixed male/female vocals, but there are small bursts of psych guitar (as if played by some... See full review
posted a review of Open Form Trio - Bapriza. about 1 year ago
most of this is way too inside for me, but the track "deepnes" (sic) takes off in a way that could have madf e rhe whole album much more interesting.