Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Art for Spastics v. 114

Now listen in for part II of my favorite vinyl, discs, and tapes that were released in 2006...

Download AFS v. 114 (w/in next 10 weeks)

...or stream it (by Jan. 2, 2007).

ABE VIGODA // Yes 1, Yes 2 // split 7" w/ Child Pornogrpahy // Oms-B
THE INTELLIGENCE // Empty Piñata // internet-only 12" EP // In the Red
EAR & DARK // Don´t Mess Me Up + 2 // There´s No Such Thing as Dragons 10" // Black Light
ERASE ERRATA // Cruising // Nightlife // Kill Rock Stars
THE WOLF TRACKS // How I Feel About Going On Stage // v/a: Siked Psych // Not Not Fun
HUE BLANC'S JOYLESS ONES // Time Machine // Fait Accompli // P.Trash

NOTHING PEOPLE // I Can´t Find My Monkey // Problems 7" // S-S Records
CHEVEU // La Truite // v/a: Tête de Bébé // S-S
CHEVEU // Superhéro // Clara Vénus 7" // Royal/SDZ
HOMOSTUPIDS // Brutal Birthday // Brutal Birthday 7" // Richie
UNMONO // 13h Bender Kranky ShangriLaLa // split cassette w/ Kate Hall & Elijah Forrest // Deathbomb Arc Tape Club
FRUSTRATION // Your Body // Full of Sorrow 12" EP // Born Bad
ICH BIN // Danger // Obeis! // Poutré Apparente
THIS SONG IS A MESS BUT SO AM I // Faces // Marble Mouth EP // Acuarela
SNOWSUIT* // Build // Consolation Prize // No Format
JONNYX & THE GROADIES // Unmortål // self-titled // self-released
GLACIIAL // Removing the Mask of Shadows (False Light II) // Glaciial CDR // EEE/Gud er Sannhet

MONARCH // We Are the Music Makers // Speak of the Sea // Throne
DRUDKH // The Cranes Will Never Return Here // Songs of Grief and Solitude // Supernal
DEAD WESTERN // The Beautiful Light in the Day // 3-song 7" // Weird Forest
ZELIENOPLE // Life Is Simple // Ink // Loose Thread
DEAF CENTER // Loft // Pale Ravine // Type
PLANTS // The Sky Above You Seeks the Below // Double Infinity // Paradigms

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Art for Spastics v. 113

The following show features some of my favorite new things released in 2006! I'll be playing selections from my best of '06 lists for the next few weeks...

Download AFS v. 113 (w/in next 10 weeks)

...or stream it (by Dec. 25).

JAY REATARD // Oh It´s Such a Shame // Blood Visions // In The Red
RICH AND FAMOUS // Machine Gun // v/a: Messthetics #101 // Hyped2Death (orig 1981)

NIGEL SIMPKINS // Oblique Encounters // v/a: Messthetics #102 // Hyped2Death (orig 1978)
REJECTS // Vision Smashed // v/a: Messthetics Greatest Hits (#100) // Hyped2Death (orig 1977)
TYVEK // Mary Ellen Claims // first 7" // X! Records
PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT // Phony Detectives // Who Let the Dogs Out? 7" // Columbus Discount
SO SO MANY WHITE WHITE TIGERS // Bell // The Greatest Hits of Acid CDR // no label
COUGHS // Dark Powers // Secret Passage // Load
YELLOW SWANS // Psychic Secession // Psychic Secession // Load/Weird Forest
BUG SIZED MIND // Daisy Cutter // v/a: Sarcophagus 1-4 CDR // Radius Waste
BERNARD BONNIER // Véro-la-Toto // Casse-Tête CDR // Creel Pone (orig 1979)
FAT WORM OF ERROR // Red Melting Plastic Box // Pregnant Babies Pregnant with Pregnant Babies // Load
IMPRACTICAL COCKPIT // Furrowed Frow // To Be Treated // Load
WOODEN SHJIPS // Shrinking Moon for You // Shrinking Moon for You 10" // self-released

SAPAT // Krackhouseblooze // Tongue-Tied & Staid 7" // Black Velvet Fuckere
JACKWACKER // Messin´ with the P-Hole // ...Things from Inside Your Body // Black Velvet Fuckere (orig 199?)
LAKE OF DRACULA // Cherries and Socks // Skeletal Remains // Savage Land (orig 1997)
BATTLESHIP // Two Horses Too Many // To Give not a Gift 7" // Double Negative
PISSED JEANS // Dont Need Smoke to Make Myself Disappear // 2ND 7" // Sub Pop
THE NEW FLESH // Steel & Stone // Vessel // Heart Break Beat *new
PRE // Big Dique // 4-way split 2x7" w/ AIDS Wolf, Crack und Ultra Eczema, & Dmonstrations // Lovepump United
COUNTRY TEASERS // White Patches // The Empire Strikes Back // In The Red
BUSINESS LADY // Slow Motion // v/a: Why Is Anything Forbidden? vol. 2 // Deathbomb Arc
CARLA BOZULICH // Evangelista II // Evangelista // Constellation
PLANTS // 1000 Swarms // Totem CDR // self-released
MY LITTLE RED TOE // Fireman // v/a: Siked Psych // Not Not Fun

ÉL-G & CHARLENE DARLING // Du Bearre // Au Grand Dam du Jour CDR // self-released
PINK REASON // Slate Train // Throw It Away 7" // Savage Quality
ENTRANCE // Never Be Afraid! // Prayer of Death // self-released
JUNKPILE JIMMY // The Stupid Fickle Whims of Women // Alberhill 2xLP // Cártel Ilustré
SIC ALPS // Surgeon and the Slave // Pleasures & Treasures // Animal Disguise

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Art for Spastics v. 112

Download AFS v. 112 (w/in next 10 weeks)

...or stream it (by Dec. 18).

THE INTELLIGENCE // If I Had a Hammer // I´m Your Taxi 7” // The Holy Cobra Society *new
IMAGINARY ICONS // Fade // Eye-Cons 7” // Daggerman *new
SWIMMERS // I Got Problems // Scubacide CDR // No Label *new
HIBACHI STRANGLERS // Parking Lot // Our City Doesn´t Stink All the Time 7” // Florida´s Dying *new

THE WAX MUSEUMS // I Eat Vomit // Introducing... 7” // Rehab *new
SHIRLEY MACLAINES // Television Sucks! // Hey Girls 7” // Heads Up *new
CAPT. 9's & THE KNICKERBOCKER TRIO // Burner´s Barrel // Sophie´s Tiki Lounge 7” // Heartpunch/Burnt Toast 1991
CAPT. 9's & THE KNICKERBOCKER TRIO // Rock n Roll Paper Route // Scum of the Earth LP // Ripoff 1996
HEAD // No Hugging No Learning // No Hugging No Learning LP // Evil Clown *new
HEAD // Teacher´s Pet // No Hugging No Learning LP
JUNKPILE JIMMY // Drunk and Disorderly [the Shirkers] // Alberhill 2xLP // Cártel Ilustré *new
THE FEELING OF LOVE // Julie C. // s/t 7” // Yakisakana *new
SUPPRESSORS // Woods of My Heart // Woods of My Heart 7” // Goodbye Boozy *new
HANK IV // Oyster // Third Person Shooter LP // Hook or Crook *new
CHILDREN IN ADULT JAILS // Fishing for Compliments // Man Overcome by Waffle Iron // Buy Our 1985 *request

CHILDREN IN ADULT JAILS // Man Overcome By Waffle Iron/Justice
CYANAMID // I Support // v/a: New Jersey´s Got It LP // Buy Our 1985 *request
CYANAMID // In the Hole // Stop the World 7” // Mutha 1984 *request
ASSDROIDS // Daft Crunk // Fuck Bob Dylan CDR // Valis *new
ASSDROIDS // Snakes and Ladders // Fuck Bob Dylan CDR
MR. LUGGS // Dafty Duck // Neeby Deep lathe-cut 7” // Topplers *new
MR. LUGGS // Ukrainian Girls // Neeby Deep lathe-cut 7”
SKAREKRAU RADIO // Hair Claw Hair Hole // The One Eyed Swine Is Queen CD // Apop *new
SKAREKRAU RADIO // Corporate Dragons // The One Eyed Swine Is Queen
SKAREKRAU RADIO // Experimental Clone // The One Eyed Swine Is Queen
BOOGIE BOARDER // Teleporter // What Riding Waves Is All About CDR + comic book // Famous Class *new
TALBOT TAGORA // You Look Like a Human // MySpace mp3 *new
ABE VIGODA // Eat Your Crown // Kid City CD // olFactory *new
BATTLESHIP // The Blind Eating the Blind // Hearts Addendum CD // On/On Switch *new

BATTLESHIP // Kissing Cobras // Hearts Addendum
YUKON // Legsick // Mortar CD // Terra Firma *new
HALLELUJAH! // Shizzow! // Dirty Revival CD // CNP *new
GOLIATH BIRD EATHER // Mongol Hammer // v/a: Siked Psych CD // Not Not Fun *new
THE USA IS A MONSTER // Too Many Moves // Sunset at the End of the Industrial Age LP/CD // Load 2006
THE USA IS A MONSTER // Wine Country Cracker Blues // Sunset at the End of the Industrial Age
DANAVA // Eyes in Disguise // self-titled CD // Kemado *new
RESIDUAL ECHOES // California Creek Suite // California LP // Holy Mountain *new

RESIDUAL ECHOES // California // California
HANADENSHA // Headspinningdizzyblues // v/a: Young Person's Guide to West Psychedelia LP // Alchemy 1988 *request

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Art for Spastics v. 111

Download AFS v. 111 (w/in next 10 weeks)

...or stream it (by Dec. 11).

EAR & DARK // Never Cared // There´s No Such Thing as Dragons 10" // Black Light *new
JUNKPILE JIMMY // Death Total Death // Alberhill 2xLP // Cártel Ilustré *new

SLICING GRANDPA // Dirty Baby // Electric Shitstorm // Strain Theory 2003
KOUNT FISTULA // Nerd on Nerd // Fistmist // Scatalogical Liberation Front *new
KATHERINE HALL & ELIJAH FORREST // My Hands On // split cassette w/ Unmono // Deathbomb Arc Tape Club *new
TURMOILED FUNCTIONS // Mature Creature // v/a: Population Problems 7-inch // Cephia´s Treat *new
LEPRECHAUN CATERING // For Now, Opaque Means "Opaque" // Male Plumage // White Denim *new
KLONDIKE & YORK // Atone (the Beginning) // The Holy Book // Weird Forest 2002
JACKWACKER // Wickclipper // ...Things from Inside Your Body // Black Velvet Fuckere *new
WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE SON, GOD? // Tapestry Mouth // Out of Body Diva // KDVS Recordings *new

BEHALF // untitled // Black Noise & a Collaboration with Josh Hydeman cassette // Self-Released *new
DEEP JEW // Pass By/Let Me Bleed // War 7" // Troniks *new
CRACK UND ULTRA ECZEMA // Arbeit Rastafareich/Ebola Day // split 2x7" w/ AIDS Wolf, PRE, & Dmonstrations // Lovepump United *new
RADIO SHOCK // White Noise Ain´t Got No Soul // split 7" w/ Radio Shack // Roger/Breathmint/Carbon/Ignovimious/Sunship *new
YATAGARASU // Brief Lives // split CDR w/ Carpet Violence // Self-Released *new
RUTHLESS DUKES // untitled // self-titled CDR // Self-Released *new

GREY DATURAS // It Was // split cassette w/ Shearing Pinx // Isolated Now Waves *new
BRIAN MILLER vs. NICHOLAS GITOMER // Dark Monytaur // Slavelords // Deathbomb Arc *new
BIRD COSTUMES // Natural Disasters // split cassette w/ Aerosol Constellations // Isolated Now Waves/Thankless *new
ARGUMENTIX & BIRD COSTUMES // Sticks & Stones/Bored With My Body // Armageddon...Maybe Later // Below PDX *new
ARGUMENTIX & ADAM GNADE // We´re Never Gonna Die // Wilderness and the Holy Gold // Below PDX *new
KITES // Riding the Glass Geyser // v/a: Rare Youth 2xCD // Rare Youth *new
BLACK PUS // Huckdoll Finn // Black Pus 3: Metamorpus // DiareahRama *new
THE HOSPITALS // Jocks and Jazz // I've Visited the Island of Jocks and Jazz // Load 2005
SO SO MANY WHITE WHITE TIGERS // Menswear // The Greatest Hits of Acid // No Label *new
SIC ALPS // Reconnection Land // Pleasures & Treasures // Animal Disguise *new
DANAVA // Quiet Babies Astray in a Manger // self-titled // Kemado *new

We begin this week with the most fractured ramble from Ear & Dark, a band that first got my attention when Crudblog editor Scott Soriano raved about this artpunk band that sounded “like Karate Party meets The Ex,” or words to that effect. On this, their herky-jerkiest of songs, I am reminded of the band Stump if only they had hyperventilated in a rubber cement factory. Sharp angles are in attack mode throughout the other songs on this 10” even as gleeful whimsy keeps things upbeat, and thus Scott’s comparison is well warranted. This is a really outstanding discovery from Denmark, and Scott even snapped up 30 copies (of a total pressing of only 300) for his Ss Records distro. If you don’t know who Karate Party is…well, that is a story for a later blog, but if you are a fan of the A Frames family tree of bands, please just trust me when I say that Ear & Dark will delight you, and this 10” will be worth every penny to you.

I suppose I’ll be playing a cut off the new Junkpile Jimmy double album every week for the next few weeks. There are so many flavors in his music, from the bluespunk to the old-timey folk-blues, to the “Killed by Death” punk, psych, sludgy experimental, and even black metal. On paper, it seems too wide a gamut to make a cohesive sounding album, but Jimmy pulls it off incredibly well, and “Alberhill” is a masterpiece! This week’s selection sounds like 12-bar noise.

With this “Electric Shitstorm” LP, I think I’m finally all caught up on the incredible discography of Slicing Grandpa, Seattle’s supreme slingers of evil lofi dungeon drone. Now, don’t think boring ‘cos I said drone. Writhing, scrawly, and creepy, their scuzzy noise reveals a great sense of humor. Not everyone will appreciate the joke, because of course it’s very twisted and misanthropic. But if you have the heart for black comedy, and especially if you reach again and again for Shadow Ring records when you wanna let the laffs rip, then you oughta get to know Slicing Grandpa…and while you’re getting familiar, also check out Kount Fistula. The Kount includes SG members doing downcast psychedelic gothsludge. Early Swans meets Gang Wizard?!? I saw Kount Fistula at the Funhouse in Seattle on Tuesday, November 21, and they were a really fun show…not at all like 95% of equipment-swapping improv sludge bands. I think it was the unexpected goofball element they had. These were four people that didn’t look like they’d ever be friends, let alone bandmates.

Pictured above is Kate Hall, the drummer of Mika Miko and my appointed role model for any future daughter I might have. As I screw around with sticks and skins myself, Kate’s on my shortlist of drumgods that I try to emulate. She’s in a great band but maintains a singular voice, making Mika Miko’s upbeat pop perks explode into a powerful juggernaut. And she is so much fun to watch because she is having such a good time even as she’s drumming for dear life. There’s nothing subtle about her approach in Mika Miko, and that’s why I’m so amazed at the results of her collaboration with Elijah Forrest for this new Deathbomb Arc Tape Club cassette. It’s like I hear the Dead C deconstructing a sweet little indie-pop tune set as a theme, but with many variations ranging from sweet and gentle to dense, scary, and cloying, and the movements even vary from gradual phasing to quick editing. It’s very pleasurable for deep listening. I sense that she has a knack for the “free twee” thing, so I hope she continues to do more work like this.

I hope to continue with more reviews later this week…stay tuned!