Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Art for Spastics v. 163 w/ La Otracina live in Studio A

This week's AFS includes a special live performance of Holy Mountain recording artists La Otracina, on tour now with the Phantom Family Halo. This was some rather rippin' hardpsych spiked with strident moments of metal heaviness, and awesome power. This, I believe is better than their recent album. All-new songs written for this tour.

We caught a set of Phantom Family Halo, too, but it was recorded after airtime and will be unleashed next week on AFS v. 164. Should be pretty tremendous.

You can download this week's show AT THIS LINK HERE!
(archived for 10 weeks)

La Otracina begins a little after the midway point after a few odd moments of silence (sorry!).

SIC ALPS // Dr. Bag & the Pomade Nature Giants // Description of the Harbor // Awesome Vistas *new
LITTLE CLAW // Deer Eye // Moss Has Fangs // Ypsilanti 2006
LITTLE CLAW // Dirt Forest
GLANDS OF EXTERNAL SECRETION // Something Bad in Front of Me // Northern Exposure Will Be Right Back // Starlight Furniture Co. 1995
TURKISH QUEEN // Blood and Gold Dust // Cusp // self-released 2003
ROBERT WYATT // Out of the Blue // Comicopera // Domino 2007
WHITE RAINBOW // Guitars // Prism of Eternal Now // Kranky 2007
HEAVY WINGED // The Wave Crest // Feel Inside // Archive 2007
ALASEHIR // Circius (excerpt) // The Philosophy of Living Fire // Siltbreeze 2007
CRESCENT // Light Will Pour Out From Our Eyes // Now // Planet 1996
LES BEYOND // trk 1 // In a Gemstone // Isolated Now Waves *new
*** LA OTRACINA // live in Studio A (all new songs; all titles pending) ***
FACTUMS // Organ of Self-Esteem // Spells & Charms // Kill Shaman *new
THE PHANTOM FAMILY HALO // Rainbow Can't Grow Where Rainbow Can't Breathe // The Pain of the Honey // First Flower *new

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Art for Spastics v. 162: Re-Introducing the Damaged Pop Wave

You could say that for the last couple of years, a new era of "damaged pop" has begun to come back in the underground. With interest in the British DIY "Messthetic," kiwi pop of Flying Nun, and the history of rural American protopunk and weirdpunk through the ages, it's no wonder more people are finding their way to new bands like Times New Viking and Psychedelic Horseshit. Much of what's played on this AFS is what you might call "damaged pop."

You can download this week's show AT THIS LINK HERE!
(archived for 10 weeks)

I REFUSE IT! // Choch Numret // v/a: We Can Do Whatever We Want // BCT Tapes 1986
GRABBA GRABBA TAPE // Domo Arigato, Margarita! // split 12" w/ Margarita // Holy Cobra Society *new
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY // New Neighborhood // She's Got Legs // Deathbomb Arc *new
MODERN CREATURES // Divorce Yrself // Divorce Yrself CDR // self-released 2007
DOXA SINISTRA // Kuomintang's Space Ballad // v/a: Trumpett Days // Enfant Terrible *new (orig 1981-1983)
CHEVEU // Truck // v/a: Hoera! Een Hex Voor Thuis // Hex Grammofoonplaten 2007
NECROPOLIS // Song for a Working Man // Working Man 7" // Columbus Discount *new
GUINEA WORMS // Box of Records // Box of Records 7" // Columbus Discount *new
MANTLES // Trouble in the Streets // Burden // Dulc-I-Tone *new
SIC ALPS // Message from the Law // Description of the Harbor // Awesome Vistas *new
EAT SKULL // Dead Families // 2nd 7" // Skulltones *forthcoming
PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT // These Days // Magic Flowers Droned // Siltbreeze 2007
BEWARE OF THE KNIGHT // Space Sores // Third Canker From the Rock // self-released 2007
BEWARE OF THE KNIGHT // I Wrote on Your Crack
J.P. HERRMANN // Dead Water Dead Light // demo CDR // no label *new
J.P. HERRMANN // Labyrinthitis
TALL DWARFS // The Brain that Wouldn't Die // Hello Cruel World // Flying Nun 1990 (orig 1984)
SAN FRANCISCO WATER COOLER // Rocker's Escape // self-titled // KDVS Recordings 2007
WINGTIP SLOAT // Waxing Neurotic // Add this to Rhetoric // VHF *new
SERPENTS OF WISDOM // My Dead Cat // split 7" w/ Tickley Feather // Badmaster *new
ROBERT WYATT // Alife // Rock Bottom // Virgin 1974
ROBERT WYATT // Little Red Robin Hood Hit the Road
PAUL REEKIE // Lovers // v/a: Messthetics #105 // Hyped2Death *new
JANET & JOHNS // I Was a Young Man // v/a: Messthetics #104 // Hyped2Death *new
EGGS // Sexual Tension // Sexual Tension 7" // Jade Tree 1993 *request
HENRY'S DRESS // Tree Fort // Bust 'em Green // Slumberland 1995
SKI INSTRUCTORS // Kids on the Street // Kids on the Street 7" // Dulc-I-Tone 2007
SO COW // Five Months, Out in the Wilderness // These Truly Are End Times // Covert Bear *new
SEXUAL MILKSHAKE // Bus to B.C. // Space Gnome 7" // Teen Beat 1991
THE WEEKS // On All is All and // Clipping Wood Paste Adhesive CDR // Big Drum 2005
TOMMY JAY // Lust Honor & Love // Tommy Jay's Tall Tales of Trauma // Columbus Discount *new

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Eternal Tapestry live on KDVS

What a hippie bandname if there ever was one, eh?

Yes, but this band Eternal Tapestry is one of the sweetest psychedelic crescendo-crushers this side of Acid Mothers. After a couple CDRs and a tape release, they've got a debut LP on Not Not Fun about to drop any moment, and they come down here from Portland tonight on their way to the Neon Commune festival in L.A. this weekend, which is a big Not Not Fun label showcase that I was hoping to go to, but I don't like to drive to L.A. alone. I've heard an early mix of the LP, and it is great. Kinda sprawling from a sorta Ash Ra Tempel-esque breezy chime to a full-bore AMT-style soaring psych fugue. Their "Vibrations"/"New Dawn" cassette was my co-Top Tape of 2007 (along with Eat Skull's tour tape). That thing really shoulda been released to vinyl.

Eternal Tapestry has brothers Nick and Jed Bindeman, whose first band together was Counterfeit Monsters. What an underrated show they played in 2001 at Espresso Metro! Just when I thought, gee, this sounds like Saccharine Trust, they dropped a rulin' SacTrust cover. Since then, Jed has been in the awesome Heavy Winged who work that same ambient/metal/psych fusion that Blues Control own. Nick has been in Alarmist, Hustler White, Malibu Falcon, Silver Creme, the MVP of the few very great Jackie-O Motherfucker LPs, and master of his own rad solo project called Tunnels. The dude is always one of the very most interesting part of every band he's in.

Few-minute snippets are a bad way to listen to ET's music...
...so you should definitely check out tonight's hourlong Live in Studio A at Freeform KDVS 90.3 FM!

(first couple minutes of file is the news, followed
by a couple minutes of silence due to a mishap
involving switching of on-air studios...just FFWD!)

If you're in California, catch them on tour...

Fri Jan 18
San Francisco @ The Hemlock w/ Turks, Hurry Up Shotgun
Sat Jan 19
Los Angeles @ Echo Curio w/ Magic Lantern, Ettrick, Pocahaunted, Barn Owl, Antique Brothers
Sun Jan 20
Los Angeles @ Echo Curio w/ Antique Brothers
Mon Jan 21
Oakland @ Heco’s Palace w/ Oaxacan, Barn Owl
Tue Jan 22
Davis @ Fort Douglas w/ Castanets, Sholi

The friendly Fort Douglass is a house-show place at 918 Douglass Ave in Davis. Shows run early...from 7:00-10:00 p.m. only. Donate $$$$$.

Directions from Sacto...

(1) I-80 west to Davis
(2) Exit at Downtown/Richards Blvd North
(3) merge onto Richards, proceed under tunnel
(4) turn left at 1st light after tunnel onto First Street
(5) Turn right at B Street
(6) Turn left at 3rd light onto Eighth Street
(7) Turn right at Douglass....

918 Douglass is behind 916 Douglass, at the end of the driveway on the left side of 916. Both houses are near the very end of Douglass, on the right side of the street. A Save Mart store is nearby on Anderson and Covell.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Art for Spastics v. 161

You can download this week's show AT THIS LINK HERE!
(archived for 10 weeks)

ALAN POUNDS GET RICH // Searching in the Wilderness // v/a: Searching in the Wilderness // Muziek Express 1966
THE GREAT BELIEVERS // Comin' Up Fast, Part 1 // v/a: Acid Visions // Voxx 1966?
SUNN CYCLE // Acid Raga, part 2 // v/a: Aliens Psychos & Wild Things: Volume Fore // Arcania International *new
THE SPECTORS // Oh, How to Do Now // Spectors Meet Monks 7" // OXO 1993
THE MONKS // I Hate You // Black Monk Time // Polydor 1965
NECESSARY EVILS // Flames o' Heat // Spider Fingers // In the Red 1997
NECESSARY EVILS // Pretty White Girl on a Black Death Train
THE MANS // First Love // JC/BC 7" // Boom Chick *new
THE WRISTS // Lights Out/Black Out // MK Ultra 7" // Rijapov *new
THE DRILLS // No More Beer // Skull Death 2 7" // Dirty Knobby *new
DAILY VOID // No One Knows... // Identification Code: 5271-684346864436-4519 // Dead Beat/Boom Chick *new
WAX MUSEUMS // Pyramids // Ancient Structures 7" // Kenrock *new
DAILY VOID // The Man W/o a Face
HEART BEATZ // Bummer Timez // Secret Girls 7" // Going Underground *new
FNU RONNIES // Valley of the Wastoids // 3-song CDR demo // no label *new
DEAD CLODETTES // La Sueur Coule // Flou 7" // Trashmondain *new
MODERN CREATURES // Time to Go // Thick Thick Black 7" // Grotesque Modern *new
KOUNT FISTULA // Florence // Songs from the Big Hair 7" // Scatalogical Liberation Front *new
SLICING GRANDPA // Osage Ryan // Methset 7" // Daisy Cutter *new
BILLY BAO // Jail Logic // Fuck Separation 10" // S-S *new
MEGAFUCKERS // Drugs I // split 7-inch w/ Landed // Kill Shaman *new
MIKAELA'S FIEND // Blanket // split 7" w/ Abe Vigoda // Zum *new
SATANIZED // Purple Pickle // Sickness and Hellth: The Secular Chansons of... // Badmaster *new
SATANIZED // Umami Fever
MINCEMEAT OR TENSPEED // B2 / B3 // split LP w/ Drums Like Machine Guns // Badmaster *new
LES BEYOND // trk 3 // In a Gemstone CDR // Isolated Now Waves *new
AJA ROSE BOND // The Flood // Flying Lion cassette // Isolated Now Waves *new
U.S. GIRLS // RIP KISN (AM 910) // Introducing... CDR // self-released 2007
ZOLA JESUS // Soeur Sewer // MySpace mp3 *new
TICKLEY FEATHER // Natural Natural // split 7-inch w/ Serpents of Wisdom // Badmaster *new *request
THE LAST DANCE // Malignant Love // v/a: Passage(s) // 4AD 1980
TRANSMISSION // C-Out // v/a: Put Out C-Out 10" // Hell's Half Halo 1998
PETER WRIGHT // Magpie Attack on the Back Road to Albert Town // new 7" // Dirty Knobby *new
THE JAGUAR // Where Everyone Is Happy (Component 2) // A Bag of Jag CDR // self-released 2007

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Art for Spastics v. 160

So, I didn't hear the new Sic Alps LP until December 31, but I do now declare that it was THEE BEST record of 2007. You can hear the A-side entropic epic this week, but if it's too damaged for you, trust me...Side B gets into some sweet grooves. 2007 was the comeback year for "damaged pop," and Sic Alps and Psychedelic Horseshit are my faves of the bunch.

You can download this week's show AT THIS LINK HERE!
(archived for 10 weeks)

CPC GANGBANGS // Rich Rich Rich // The Broken Glass picdisc 7" // Seeing Eye *new
DAILY VOID // In the Year Zero // Surprise Surprise 7" // HoZac *new
MENTHOLS // The Miracle Ship // The Miracle Ship 7" // U.F.O. Dictator *new
METAL TEETH // Wild Eyes // Wild Eyes 7" // U.F.O. Dictator *new
UZI RASH // Cranes // Paid in Fur CDR // 24/7 Tapes/The Church & the Commune *new
UZI RASH // Abacus
SIC ALPS // Description of the Harbor [Strapping Fieldhands] // Description of the Harbor // Awesome Vistas *new
SIC ALPS // Strawberry Guillotine // Strawberry Guillotine 7" // Woodsist *new
EAT SKULL // Survivable Spaces // Tour Tape // Palto Flats *new
GUARANTEED UGLY // Soup Kitchen // Fire Escape 7" // Hangman's Daughter 1995
HEAD & THE HARES // Lost // Two Tymes 7" // Stanton Park/Moulty 1995
HUE BLANC'S JOYLESS ONES // Frolicked Walk Through Autumnal Bliss // Arriere Garde // S-S Records *new
PIERCED ARROWS // Caroline // In My Brain 7" // Tombstone *new
THE RATS // Radio Pulse // Intermittent Signals // Whizeagle 1981
HUMAN EYE // Self Transforming Machine Elves // Rare Little Creature 7" // Disordered *new
NOTHING PEOPLE // What a Waste // Army of Ideal 7" // HoZac *request *new
THE APPLE-GLASS CYNDROM // Someday // v/a: Get Ready to Fly: Pop-Psych from the Norman Petty Vaults // Ace/Big Beat *new (orig 1969)
RESULT'S OF ADULT'S // Under Ground Purple // v/a: Aliens Psychos & Wild Things, Volume Fore // Arcania International *new (orig 1970)
NAUGHTY WOMEN // Fuck Yourself // v/a: High Road to Obscurity // Grand Theft Audio 1999 (orig 1979)
DESIGNER // Pissing in My Bed // v/a: Accidental Death Through Misadventure & Mayhem 7" // Satan's Pimp 1996
NO TREND // Cancer // Too Many Humans... // No Trend 1983
THE DIPERS // Ponch's Boyfriend // How to Plan Successful Parties // Omnibus 2003
A FRAMES // Weissensee [Neu!] // Crutches 7" // Royal 2003
WICKED AWESOMES // Fighting the Wolf Spirit // Death Cults & Desert Gangs Demo CDR // self-released *new
UZI RASH // Come On [Chuck Berry] // Fatal Rash CDR // The Church & the Commune *forthcoming
BLANK DOGS // You're Dead // Two Months 7" // Florida's Dying *new
WIZZARD SLEEVE // Pterodactyl Meltdown // Mommy's Little Baby 7" // HoZac *new
SOLITAIREN EFFEKTEN // Ein Kleines Stück Erinnerung // self-titled 10" // Enfant Terrible 2007
DR. PHO // Sauerklang mit Elektronische Weiterbildung // v/a: Trumpett Days // Enfant Terrible *new (orig 1983)
SICKDOLL // Little Monsters // self-titled LP // Kernkrach *new
CORPSES AS BEDMATES // Venus Handcuffs // Venus Handcuffs // Dead Man's Curve 1986
NEITHER/NEITHER WORLD // Our Devil's Cave // Sociopathic Pleasures // Majestic Chaos 1992
U.S. GIRLS // Don't Understand That Man // Introducing... CDR // self-released 2007
LABRADFORD // Accelerating on a Smoother Road // Prazision LP // Kranky *new (orig 1993)
SIGHTINGS // The Electrician [Walker Bros.] // Through the Panama // Load 2007
VAPAA // Näky Alas // Hum Hum Hum // Last Visible Dog *new
MIKAELA'S FIEND // Blanket // split 7" w/ Abe Vigoda // Zum *new