Sunday, December 13, 2009
This record has just come to my attention as recently as a month ago or so, just from clicking around from website to website. At the time I was looking for something but this caught my attention and I can't honestly say I know (or care) what I was even looking for originally. This record is amazing. This self-titled record is the band's only album and original copies of this album go for vulgar amounts of money these days although there was a CD issued and more recently, an LP reissue. The members of this band were previously in the more successful D.C. area band The Diplomats, and I can't honestly say why this shit didn't take off. I'm a recently turned fan of this material so I haven't got much info or nostalgia to offer on it like most of my posts here, but the internet also hasn't got much to say on 'em. The lack of a back story here is irrelevant, though. You just really need to hear this record.
Tracks here have been sampled on tunes by some well-known hip hop artists and that flaccid bad haircut euro industrial techno band Prodigy, too.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
The Quick were from L.A. in the mid 70's. Their only album, "Mondo Deco", came out in 1976 and has never been released on CD or reissued on vinyl. They were influenced by British 60's bands, the sound of the album shows more of The Move than it does of The Beatles or The Kinks, though. And Sparks, who's guitarist actually produced their album. This is a pretty under appreciated and all but forgotten gem even in today's world where every single person has heard of everything and all the pansified music "experts" prancing around on the internet have hit maximum saturation. It's hard for me to really wrap my head around how this record has escaped a reissue on CD or vinyl given the said amount of collector pervs out there, especially those with enough dough to back a label. And there are PLENTY. Lots of other bands of this ilk are retroactively getting their 15 minutes, but I suppose The Quick aren't quite as obscure as Milk & Cookies and others who have recently gotten the re-ish treatment. But hey, that's why I'm glad to live in the internet age and I'm hoping you are too.
Like Milk & Cookies, though... The Quick occasionally push their wimpy exhuberance to a point that is close to being too effeminate for me. Also like Milk & Cookies, the bright spots more than make up for it.
THE QUICK - MONDO DECO (1976)
Monday, September 7, 2009
As you know, The Beatles entire discography has recently been treated to a sorely needed remastering and in two days they're gonna drop 'em on us. The versions available now are the same ones that have been around since their original CD release in 1987. And as you know, the 80's were the shittiest decade for music when everyone in the music industry was a complete retard, especially the people doing the post production. Now I'm obviously not saying music has gotten any better, but technology has. So thank God we're gonna get our mitts on those, somebody tell that grizzled old crank Neil Young that he'd better get to work on remastering Harvest next. That CD sounds like fucking garbage. But I digress...
The whole Beatles discography IS getting rereleased. But this is not included because it is obviously not one of their albums. This is the recording The Beatles did while auditioning for Decca. Those thirsty for details would probably prefer the coverage on The Beatles wikipedia page to my half informed, willfully ignorant, and over opinionated ramblings. There is also a wikipedia page dedicated solely to the Decca audition here. They'll give you the details without going off on a tangent about any unrelated bands, the service at Small Bar, or accidentally buying creamy peanut butter instead of crunchy.
You got a snapshot of The Beatles here right after Stuart Sutcliffe left the group and Paul McCartney switched to bass. And Pete Best on drums, he would get replaced by Ringo Starr only a few months later. They call Pete Best the unluckiest guy in the world 'cuz he got fired from The Beatles but I think that nickname started when his best friend (and Beatles busdriver) started banging his mom. That sucks. I'm sure whichever suit it was at Decca who decided to pass on The Beatles is the real unluckiest guy in the world though, I mean you gotta feel like a real fuckin' idiot. The band they chose to sign instead was The Tremeloes, but I'll get to them later.
BEATLES - THE DECCA TAPES (1962)
They auditioned with 15 songs and there is 21 represented here, how could a record documenting a sole, specific session consisting of 15 songs possibly have any material to supplement it? Yeah, it doesn't make sense, but what're you gonna do? Complain about it? I dunno where it came from either, look it up for yourself... whaddaya want me to wipe yer ass for ya too?! Jeezus.
Sunday, September 6, 2009
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It's Labor Day weekend. It's time to kick back, relax, and listen to the fucking Minutemen.
MINUTEMEN - ACOUSTIC BLOWOUT (1985)
The first time I heard this band was in 1998 when I was a junior in high school. I went to hang out with my friend Eric and he was listening to a mix tape his girlfriend made for him, sounds pretty cliche but it's true. Most of the other stuff on there must not have grabbed me, I don't remember it now. The emo revolution had not yet tricked all the losers in my school into thinking they would somehow be more mature if they listened to bland college rock with fake deep lyrics and lots of baby blue on the cover of the album. But it would fool me too. You hear something you love and you just want more of it, that's how everyone gets into new kinds of music. But one day you realize "Wait a second... Cap'n Jazz actually kinda sucks." and you're left only still really liking the cream of the crop of that kinda stuff. That's Knapsack. Melodic "post-hardcore" or whatever you wanna call it. These guys could just write a good song, man. This band was great. Whenever I felt like listening to Knapsack in the last few years I'd almost always put on their last album "This Conversation is Ending Starting Right Now" and I was listening to 'em pretty obsessively a month ago and thought I'd put this one on. It had been so long since I heard it that I almost forgot what the songs sound like, it knocked me out all over again.
KNAPSACK - DAY THREE OF MY NEW LIFE (1997)
(photo borrowed from churchofzer.blogspot.com - a real gnarly blog about the heavy stuff! i have the CD buried in a closet somewhere but my scanner is a piece of shit anyway.)
So, yeah... These guys were on some serious drugs when they recorded this shit, and when you play this record you will wonder whether they have invented the technology over in Japan to actually play drugs out of your stereo speakers. Even stone sober you'll start to wonder whether or not the mind altering guitar noise is vibrating through your head and embedding itself in the folds of your brain until it is no longer the bland, gray brain you had before but instead it's more colorful than a japanese kid's cartoon. It will probably induce just as many seizures, too. Playing this record will literally tear the fabrics of time and space and pull you through them in every direction.
You get the picture. The Futures were a Japanese hardcore punk band in the early 00's with members of Jellyroll Rockheads. I don't know why I bothered to mention that. If you know who either of these bands are, you know who they both are and if you don't know one, you don't know either. Anyway this record is a unique, "psychedelic" take on spazzy fast hardcore thrash. It sounds like Jellyroll Rockheads on LSD. I really love this album, I find contemporary hardcore and punk to be almost entirely disposeable but there are a few albums I can listen to in the years after their release, after the trends change and the excitement of a new band's new release has worn off, the time many albums begin to work their way to the back of my mind, sitting on my shelf gathering dust a few manage to stay in rotation for reasons other than nostalgia. This is one of them. This band fucking ruled.
THE FUTURES - ELECTRIC WAVE FROM THE UNDERWORLD (2002)