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submitted Ted Lee - Special Lunch. 4 months ago
submitted Gary Wilson - Gary Saw Linda Last Night Kissing John Cage / Duet For Piano And Drums. 4 months ago
posted a review of Dana Westover - Memorial To Fear. 4 months ago
Classic, darkly personal folk album pressed in an edition of 100 in Quebec. The album was mostly recorded by Westover while he was in Montreal in '68 (reportedly staying away from the draft), although a couple of songs were laid down in Massachusetts in ... See full review
posted a comment on Bob* And Carole Pegg With Sydney Carter - And Now It Is So Early. 10 months ago
brilliant bridge between mr. fox and the carolanne's solo LP on transatlantic. every track is great -- a holistic schmoo between trad and acid folk. not every piece is transcendent, but if you dig the vibe you'll sink into this swamp fast.
posted a comment on Boys Will Be Boys - Etcetera Songs. 11 months ago
nice riff-heavy british power-pop with female vocals by the well-named Fanni Firmin.
posted a comment on Production - Is Love?. 11 months ago
decent ohio power pop with guitar by mark luthardt, who played on dennis carleton's solo 45
posted a comment on Friends Of The Library - Story Of The Sunken Ships. 11 months ago
very nice record, reminiscent of early yo la teenage at their dreamiest.
posted a review of The Speakers* - En El Maravilloso Mundo De Ingeson. about 1 year ago
great package and one of the most brilliantly whacked-out psych LPs to emerge from South America. every home should have one.
posted a review of The Human Beast - Volume One. about 1 year ago
this is a really great psych album with mixed hard and soft tunes that are all very hep, in a somewhat amateur way. the cover art is so hideous (and the name so dumb) i avoided this one for years. stupid me.
posted a review of Rävjunk - Uppsala Stadshotell Brinner Igen.. about 1 year ago
maybe not quite as solid as their actual released LP, which is a stone classic, this is still a great one. first side collects all the band's 7" tracks (including their brilliant rip off of "I Wanna Be Your Dog.") They really knew how to balance punk, ... See full review
posted a review of Fusion Farm - Rush Job. about 1 year ago
mixed bag of an LP that includes a couple of great tracks in a rough almost-Stackwaddy-like photo punk style, and lots of other things. the two later tracks, by Farm (an offshoot group), have strange textures, but the best tunes (like the destructo Dylan ... See full review
posted a review of Eugene Carnan - Eugene Carnan. about 1 year ago
typically nice package. music is hard rock trio spew with nice lo-fi dynamics and a general mood that sounds a little easier than '72. they still show a lot of the blues element that many bands had started to drop before then. not psych, but not bad.
posted a review of Estrella De Marzo - A Los Ninos. about 1 year ago
first side seemed a bit laid back in an organ-heavy sort of way, but the flip has lots of fuzz guitar and small flood references (among many other things) that's quite appealing.
posted a review of Dream (6) - Get Dreamy. about 1 year ago
nice reissue of this classic Norwegian psych LP. not solid all the way through (how many '67 albums are?), but the highpoints are great. i've always been a sucker for rypdal's guitar playing on their hendrix tribute.
posted a review of Micah (10) - I'm Only One Man. about 1 year ago
having lived through countless sets by early '70s North Jersey bands, i have a hard time getting too chuffed about this one. psych it is not. prog, it is sorta, if what yr counting is the influence of "prog" bands on the charts in 1971. has a few good ... See full review
posted a review of The Sun (22) - Tristan - A Rock Opera. about 1 year ago
whilst i can imagine the excitement of fining this non its original format, the reissue is a bit less titillating. fairly solid folk/prog playing buoys a narrative i still haven't quite figured out. not bad, but it has yet to do much for me. but ... See full review
posted a review of Time (20) - Before There Was... Time. about 1 year ago
Pretty cool archival release. Liner notes had type too small for me to read in this light but I'll get to them some time. Music is hep baroque-pop with experimental Beatles touches (sitar, etc.) and some dark spots that put me in mind of the Silver ... See full review
posted a review of Charlies - Buttocks. about 1 year ago
nice combination of hard rock and proper stuff. some tracks are very cream-damaged (in a brown/bruce kinda way), and some of the quiet stuff reminds me of non-Tracy Nelson tracks by early Mother Earth (of all things). cool stuff.
posted a review of Morning After (6) - Blue Blood. about 1 year ago
i had expected more from this than the refried '71 Savoy Brown-like choogle I found. of a recent shadows haul this was the only dud. maybe it will improve with time. if it does, i'll let you know.
posted a review of Fells* - Amped. about 1 year ago
first large one from this tucson band, showing why they were soon signed to estrus. the basics are garage, but it's not nearly as straight ahead as it looks like it'll be. there're very boss psych and even noise-oid highlights. real cool.
posted a review of Dump - International Airport. about 1 year ago
excellent chunk of sounds by yo la tongue's bassist. mcnew is cut from the same pop-cloth as no's chris knox, and you can really appreciate the similarities on this one. quite golden.
posted a review of Love Battery - Between The Eyes. about 1 year ago
i'd never paid much mind to the second gen seattle grunge outfit, but their debut album is pretty cool. starts off with guitar tremolo as heavy as any Burma track. most of the interspersed rockers are more "standard," but there's some good psych guitar ... See full review
posted a review of Jack O'Fire - Six Super Shock Soul Songs. about 1 year ago
fantastic record, the first long player by tim kerr's garage blues juggernaut. starts with a cover of negative approach, ends with a cover of wile dixon, and slays many bands who've tried something similar.
posted a review of Flohr Otis - Vierteiler. about 1 year ago
not much else i can think of that's like this from '91 germany. it somewhat presages a certain vibe achieved by the free-form freak-rock bands that would emerge later in the decade, but it makes a contemporary combo like metabolismus sound pretty ... See full review
posted a comment on The Makers - Hip-Notic. about 1 year ago
one of this northwest band's first records not for estrus, and also their first for sympathy. they cover some great '60s stompers (blue stars, animals, them) and punch hard into original but from the same cloth. pretty straight, but also raw & nice, as ... See full review
posted a review of The Lazy Cowgirls - Another Long Goodbye. about 1 year ago
first non-7" released buy these guys after their drummer and bassist left the fold. they were still an amazingly powerful live band, and while the songs on this EP are slower than earlier stuff, they're still packed with dd's raw guitar leads and pat's ... See full review
posted a review of Teengenerate - Savage!!!. about 1 year ago
their only record for sympathy, and a typically good one. they may have taken their name from the dictators, but their sound is more based on UA-era flamin' grooves, amped and grubbed way the hell up. no real revelations, but that's not what you'd really ... See full review
posted a review of Monster Truck Five - Gimme Five. about 1 year ago
first long-ish player by this columbus band operating in a fog of post-grunge/post-scum confusion. there are certain notes and textures here that recall earlier columbus bands like gibson bros. (whose one-time guitarist, jack taylor played on their next ... See full review
posted a review of The Karl Hendricks Trio - Some Girls Like Cigarettes. about 1 year ago
although this is listed as being their debut, buick elektra was actually released earlier. had not heard these guys in a long time, but this is a very decent record. kind of like if superchunk was from pittsburgh.
posted a review of Prisonshake - Della Street. about 1 year ago
prisonshake was more or less scat records' in-house band, and all their records are cool. along with death of samantha, they defined a new cleveland could, with roots in combos like the mirrors, although prisonshake was maybe a bit closer to the ... See full review
posted a review of The Mono Men - Shut The Fuck Up!. about 1 year ago
this was the band led by estrus label boss, dave crider, and they were always pretty damn solid. for this album they did away with vocals and packed on a pile of instrumentals that have their own slurred post-dale raunch vocabulary. not earthshaking, but ... See full review
posted a review of The Blimp (2) - I Need To Go To A Hospilal. about 1 year ago
more garagey than i had expected, but this is still a very cool homemade take on the post beefheart/zappa continuum, viewed through a punkoid lens. they don't don't like rustic hinge as much as they look like rustic hinge, but what are ya gonna do? it's ... See full review
posted a review of XTC - Go+. about 1 year ago
every time a copy of this record comes through the store, i think to myself, "i should check this out again. it's probably really good. and each time i do that i end up disappointed by how softly burbling its surface it. kind of like reaching for "this ... See full review
posted a review of Mr. Transylvania - Martin Compound. about 1 year ago
the sole vinyl evidence of chris shields' weird schtick. something like a very floridian answer to existential questions posed by neil hamburger. show of the visuals, the sonics have a kind of kvetch/rap hybrid that almost everyone should find somewhat ... See full review
posted a review of Chemical Peel - Bike Thief. about 1 year ago
somewhat generic-sounding, but peppy, trio from charleston sc. their drummer went on to play with northampton's potty mouth, but this their sole vinyl. riffy pop-punk with art rock overtones, but not quite enough of 'em.
posted a review of City Of Churches - Memelust. about 1 year ago
63 tracks indeed. pretty fine grinder explosion with a certain jazz scent, meaning it resembles naked city and the ruins as much as anal cunt. related to portland doom-droners: trees.
posted a review of The Contents Are - Through You. about 1 year ago
long revered as the quad cities band who got closest to the early folk rock sound of the bay area groups, the contents are album has always been worthy of its hype. this issue adds their two non-LP 45s, which are boss as well. the cargill liner notes are ... See full review
posted a review of Ho-Ag and Laughing Light - Split. about 1 year ago
the ho-ag side is nothing to write yr mom about, but the laughing light tracks (the only ones they released) have a very odd early Ubu edge that's pretty hep.
posted a review of Kaki King - Pull Me Out Alive. about 1 year ago
the vocal side is pretty pleasant in a 'mesh folk sort of way, but the instrumental flip has a lot of strange texture and slow-but-surprising shifts. pretty cool.
posted a comment on Little Gold - Completely Fucked! / Chainsaw. about 1 year ago
pretty dang dull rock-qua-rock, which is a shame since some of the players here are associated with better sounding stuff.
posted a review of Rick Nelson* - Another Side Of Rick. about 1 year ago
pretty darn good record. three tim hardin tunes, some great john boylan stuff...a little "produced" but a very solid example of the straight-early-sixties-singer-goes-hip genre.
posted a comment on Gary Lewis And The Playboys* - Listen!. over 2 years ago
pretty cool. gary's "folk rock" move with a couple of hardin songs & nitzsche production.
posted a comment on Zager & Evans - The Early Writings Of Zager & Evans (And Others). over 2 years ago
Side 2 seems to be an exact lift of the second side of the JK & Co. LP. Anyone know what the deal is?
posted a comment on Tommy Roe - It's Now Winter's Day. over 2 years ago
shockingly good record with huge curt boettcher vocal arrangements and a very decent studio-psych angle to many of the tracks.
submitted Ronnie Wood* - Live And Eclectic. over 3 years ago
submitted Chris Thompson (12) - Chris Thompson. over 3 years ago
submitted Christopher (9) - What'cha Gonna Do?. over 3 years ago
submitted Greg Brown (3) - 44 & 66. over 3 years ago
submitted The Buckinghams - Made In Chicago. over 3 years ago
submitted Bert Jansch - Live At The 12 Bar (An Authorized Bootleg). over 3 years ago