Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Art for Spastics v. 128

Download AFS v. 128 (w/in next 10 weeks)

...or stream it (by April 10, 2007).

PLAIN // She Had Pepperonis // Extra No Onions // self-released *new
FOOT VILLAGE feat. CAPTAIN AHAB // 3840 Ticks of Soul // v/a: Pisspounder 3xLP // Deathbomb Arc *new

Aa // Prime Time // v/a: Pisspounder 3xLP
CRADLE OF SMURF // Bachia // self-titled // Tes Fesses *new
MATTRESS // Survive // Who Do You Lust? CDR // Tiny Wolf *new
MATTRESS // Forbidden Fruit // Who Do You Lust? CDR
I JOG & THE TRACKSUITS // Red Box // v/a: Labels Unlimited // Cherry Red 1979
THE MEKONS // Polaroids (I Don´t Own I Only Dote) // Where Were You?: Hens Teeth & Other Lost Fragments of Unpopular Culture Vol. 2 // Quarterstick // 1999 (orig 1981) *request
THE MEKONS // Where Were You? // Where Were You? 7” // Fast Product 1978 *request

TYVEK // Night Time (?) // May 2007 Tour CDR // no label *forthcoming
TALBOT TAGORA // Crimson Blow // Volcano Girls CDR // self-released *new
SHOP ASSISTANTS // Safety Net // Safety Net 12” EP // 53rd & 3rd 1985
CAUSE CO-MOTION! // Which Way Is Up? // Which Way Is Up? 7” // What's Your Rupture? *new
THOMAS FUNCTION // The Insignificants // The Insignificants 7” // Tic Tac Totally *new
TIMES NEW VIKING // Let Your Hair Grow Long // Present The Paisley Reich // Siltbreeze *new

LITTLE CLAW // Wayward Chief // forthcoming LP // no label *new
GANG WIZARD // Phenom Racing Horse // Atlas of Cancer // Deathbomb Arc/Gilgongo/Accidie *new
PENETRATION CAMP // Loss of a Christian Mind // The Gooder Book 3xCDR // Backwards *new
SLICING GRANDPA // Invasion on Bong Island // Mobile Bones/Disposal System CDR // Tanz Procesz *new
GHQ // Live in Seattle // Bored Fortress Singles Club split 7” w/ Ex-Cocaine // Not Not Fun *new

WARMTH // untitled // split 7” w/ Yellow Swans // DNT *new
POCAHAUNTED // title unknown // v/a: Spire Ground, a Bored Fortress Compilation 3” CDR // Not Not Fun *new
BURNING STAR CORE // The Universe Is Designed to Break Your Mind // Blood Lightning 2007 // No Fun Productions *new
KOUNT FISTULA // Naked Lady Forcefield (Take It Off (On)) // Dudeical Visions CDR // Scatalogical Liberation Front *new
LIGHTNING BOLT // Mega Ghost // Hypermagic Mountain // Load 2005 *request

Extra No Onions is a CDR of four junkfood-obsessed songs by Plain, which as far as I understand it, is one prolific man from Seattle named John Laux who is better known for his work in bands such as Tractor Sex Fatality, Slicing Grandpa, and Kount Fistula. Unlike so many other junkfood-junkie bands like the Go Nuts, Sewer Trout, and Public Humiliation, Plain does not pile up punchlines in compounding comical couplets. Plain's brand of boffo is the insidious time-release method of driving the low-brow so far and so low that it comes out at the other end of the low- to high-brow spectrum. If you're smart and at least somewhat sick in the head, you will understand that this is hilarious. Kinda like a quasi-metal Cheer Accident, but even more patiently paced and more deadpan. No address or even a MySpace presence, so good luck hearing more Plain on your own!

Pisspounder gets me thinking about bro-dawg brew-chuggers slammin' the lowest-quality swill, but it's actually a new triple-LP compilation just out on Deathbomb Arc which contains one side each by six bands within a triple gatefold hand-screened and haphazardly painted covers that smell like the acrid froth of decomposition. Come to think of it, it fits all too well with the music. These six intrepid bands blow up genres with aplomb here, and I've probably only given you two of the most accessible moments of the entire collection. "Prime Time" opens up the sprawling Aa (Big A little a) side with oozing synth magma that soon yields to a driving, dynamic onslaught of tribal percussion and insistent exhortations. This might be the best and most inspiring should-be pump-up jock-jam since the Hospitals made "Rich People," and both songs sound like they were recorded in an airline hangar, but make extremely advantageous use of the live room sound. The magma creeps back in for the subtle outro, but the side plays on to become less predictable and more psychedelic. It's music like this that makes me not complacent to enjoy the Liars very much. From the Foot Village side, we basically get an aggressively overhauled Captain Ahab remix of the "Brazil" report from the World Fantasy 10". The exuberant shrieks and screams of the Villagers can barely be heard below the din of what must be dozens of cracked keyboards and stuttering sequencers. Other bands on Pisspounder include Sword Heaven, Rainbow Blanket, Grey Skull, and Dreamhouse, and they all tend to move further toward noise. Great comp that I highly recommend!

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