Tuesday, October 28, 2008

AFS v. 198½ ~ In Honor of Mr. Mick Mucus

You get an extra dose of AFS this week because I pinch-hit for Mr. Mick Mucus while he was sick. Mick has been DJing at KDVS as long as I have (since Winter 1994-95), and he his Hardcore Party: the Chicken Years has been one of the most consistently outstanding programs on our airwaves or any airwaves. This guy has a funny and engaging personality which shines through in the often humorous music that he plays, spanning all genres from 80s hardcore to corny DIY pop to weird audio outer-zoning.

Mick has also been one of the most outstanding showmen in Sacto/Davis music, fronting bands from Anal Mucus (which he transplanted here from his school-age stomping grounds of Concord), Girls Soccer, The Turdwrenchers, Gift of Goats (my fave!), and his current band, unkuT:Hunks (fast-becoming a fave!). The Hunks (pictured here (hey, DJ Oddy and I are front-row twins!)) are one of the very best live bands in the area. They just recorded yesterday, and it sounds absolutely vinyl-ready. Selected tracks are already there on the MySpace...
They kinda remind me of late-80s Poison Idea crossed with some of the trickier stuff that the Texan band The Offenders recorded toward the mid-80s (and don'tcha know...that was some of the most underrated stuff of that era?!?!)

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ANGRY SAMOANS | Gimme Sopor | Inside My Brain | Bad Trip 1980
THE WAX MUSEUMS | Safety in Numbers | The Wax Museums | Douche Master *new
THE REDS | I Hate Rules | It's About Time | Rip Off 2002
HORNY MORMONS | The Green Machine | split LP w/ Pounded Clown | Very Small 1992
STUBBY'S CRACK COMPANY | Ode to Larry Harris | v/a: Alaska 7" Comp | Kenai Pen *new
TRAGIC MULATTO | Tac Squad | Judo for the Blind | Alternative Tentacles 1984
SMERSH | Greasing Wheezer | The Beat from 20,000 Fathoms | RRRecords 1986
STANDARD OF LIVING | Don't Worry | Six Songs 12" | Vinyl 1982
DEAD LUKE | Jumping Jack Flash Drive | Record Two 7" | Sacred Bones *new
SEXY PRISON | Without Us Some Guys Would Starve | Filth Flarn Filth | Occult 2008
METAL CITY | Freakout Traverse | Metal City CDR | no label 2003
SLOOP JOHN SCRONGEBERRY & THE ROGER'S BEATS | Minor Threat | lathe-cut 7" | Replicator 200?
THE SCHIZOPHRENIC HOUSEWIVES | Ardia Girls | Don't Marry the... 7" | Hillside Strangler 2008
LEADERS | Rub You Wrong | Rub You Wrong 7" | Point Wrex *new
OCTAGON CONTROL | Proto Christ | Slackattack 7" | Krazy Keith *new
FNU RONNIES | Golem Smoke | Limited Edition Poop CDR | no label *new
SLICING GRANDPA | Peter Bark | Le Hardcore 7" | Strain Theory *new
UNKUT:HUNKS | Old Lady Writing a Check | MySpace mp3 *new
GIFT OF GOATS | Battery Factory | v/a: Omnibus 34 | Omnibus 2003
FESTERING RINYANYONS | Hopeless | Dreamgirl E.P. split 7" w/ the Mercury Players | Big Yucky 1992
KILLDOZER | Pig Foot and Beer | Twelve Point Buck | Touch and Go 1989
SAD SACK | Heinous Bitch | Heinous Bitch 7" | ERL 1991
NIMROD | Cunttroll | Cunttroll 7" flexi | Bron 1991
BETTY BINNS | Ladies Home Urinal | v/a: Killed by Death vol 11 | Redrum 1996
GRUMPY WINOS | Get Up (And Lose It!) | v/a: Killed by Death vol 11
SCISSOR GIRLS | By Process of Elimination | Here Is the "Is Not" | Atavistic 1997
HARRY PUSSY | Smash the Mirror | You'll Never Play This Town Again | Load *new (orig 1997)
GOLDEN TRIANGLE | Red Coat | Prize Fighter 7" | Rob's House *new
SWEET FACES | Cool Kids (Don't Wanna Listen) | 7" | Douche Master *new
GENTLEMAN JESSE & HIS MEN | Butterfingers | Gentleman Jesse | Douche Master *new
TERRY TEEN & THE TWEAKS | Pussy Galore | v/a: Garage Zone vol 3 | Moxie 1990 (orig 196?)
HUNX & HIS PUNX | You Don't Like Rock n Roll | You Don't Like Rock n Roll 7" | Rob's House *new
DREAMDATE | D.A.N.C.E. Party | The One I Need 7" | Chocolate Covered 2006
THE CATHOLICS | Motor Drive | 7" | Duke City 1980

AFS v. 198 ~ Rotisserie Gold

Gotta new grippa HoZac golds in the mail, plus more highlights from the fall harvest of vinyl! And I gotta fresh two-hour show coming tomorrow, too (as I pinch-hit for Mr. Mick Mucus during The Hardcore Party radio show). So, check back tomorrow for completely different batch. I'll be going old-school to please Mick's fans.

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KEPI GHOULIE & JERRY HORMONE | Must Be Mistaken | The Lives and Loves of... 7" | Stardumb *new
NODZZZ | I Don't Wanna (Smoke Marijuana) | I Don't Wanna (Smoke Marijuana) 7" | Make a Mess *new
WOUNDED LION | Carol Cloud | Carol Cloud 7" | S-S *new
MIKA MIKO | Bastard in Love | Singles Club 7" | Sub Pop *new
CAUSE CO-MOTION! | Who's Gonna Care? | It's Time! | Slumberland *new
CRYSTAL STILTS | Bright Night | Alight of Night | Slumberland *new
VIVIAN GIRLS | Where Do You Run To | Vivian Girls | In The Red *new
U.S. GIRLS | I Can Hear Music [Beach Boys] | Kankakee Memories 7" | Cherry Burger *new
CREEPING NOBODIES | Exult | split 7" w/ These Are Powers | Army of Bad Luck *new
MATT K. SHRUGG | Let's Eat Space | The Weird Shit... CDR | no label 2007
MATT K. SHRUGG | We're So S.O.L. | I'm Gone 7" | Plastic Idol *new
MATT K. SHRUGG | Phono | Phono 7" | Plastic Idol *new
MEDICATION | Fog | Don't Die 7" | HoZac *new
SUBTLE TURNHIPS | F* the People F* the Power | F* the People F* the Power 7" | HoZac *new
GRAVE BLANKETS | Tripwire | Our Love Is Real 7" | HoZac *new
THE LAMPS | Boring Girls [Pissed Jeans] | Songs of Sexual Frustration 7" | S-S *new
RUSTED SHUT | Woman | Hot Sex 12" | Dull Knife *new
SLICING GRANDPA | Dear Police, We Have Yr Wife/Gone All Gone | Le Hardcore 7" | Strain Theory *new
KRASH UN LÜRNE III | Three Quick Hits | The End Is Nein | Scatalogical Liberation Front *new
HARRY PUSSY | Velvet Pussy/M.S. 20 | You'll Never Play This Town Again | Load *new arrival (orig 1997)
RED TRANSISTOR | We're Not Crazy | Not Bite 7" | Ecstatic Peace 1990 (orig 1977)
MAYYORS | Intro/Airplanes | Megan's LOLZ 7" | Gomerdome *request *new
MEGAFUCKERS | Jet Lag | Escalation 7" | Deleted Art *new
KIM PHUC | Wormwood Star | Wormwood Star 7" | Criminal IQ *new
SKY JUICE | untitled/untitled | Hard to Kill | Olde English Spelling Bee *new
LOS LLAMARADA | Against the Day | Against the Day 7" | Avant! *new
EL JESUS DE MAGICO | Unclean Ghost | Unclean Ghost 7" | Columbus Discount *new
THE USA IS A MONSTER | Frozen Rainbows | Space Programs | Load *new
CHEB ZERGUI | Ana Dellali | v/a: 1970's Algerian Proto-Rai Underground | Sublime Frequencies *new (orig 197?)
TERMINAL WASTEBAND | Yom Kippur War | Dial M for Monkey 7" | Black Velvet Fuckere *new
HUMAN EYE | Slave Cave | Brain Zipz CDR | no label *new
HUMAN EYE | Vagabond | that other tour CDR | no label *new
CHROME | Abstract Nympho | Half Machine Lip Moves | Siren 1979
BLANK DOGS | Death Jumpers | Captured Tracks vol 1 CDR | no label *new
PRIVATE ENTERTAINMENT | The Dream | Four Tracks 7" | White Denim *new

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

AFS v. 197 ~ Perpendicular Jello

By order of Primordial Sid himself, I've finally flipped the Perpendicular Jello cassette tape compilation to play side B in its entirety, and what a treat it is! You may have heard side A on AFS v. 188, where I described it as a mix-tape of wild outer-zoning smart/stupid proto-weirdpunk from the cassette label which inspired Pete Larson to start his Bulb Records label back in the 90s. So, were it not for these teenaged Mississippians in the mid-80s, we might not have ever enjoyed Prehensile Monkeytailed Skink, a band that was very important to me in my formative years of good/bad smart/stupid music appreciation. Thanks again to Doug Barker for loaning this tape. Surely I'd have never heard it otherwise.

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THE LAMPS | Bob the Cat | Live CS | Phase *new
THE LAMPS | Boring Girls [Pissed Jeans]
THE LEADERS | Candy Pants | Candy Pants 7" | Regal Select *forthcoming
THE LEADERS | Electric Cadaver | Rub You Wrong 7" | Point Wrex *new
BLOOD! | Dogbite | Love in Vein 2xCS | Jerkwave Tapes *new
TWIN CRYSTALS | Witness | Twin Crystals | NMR *new
BLANK DOGS | I Was Counting | Setting Fire to Your House 7" | 4:2:2 *new
YUSSUF JERUSALEM | With You in Mind [Marianne Faithfull] | Heart Full of Sorrow | Florida's Dying *new
LILI Z. | Reality (is Laughing at Me) | The Two of Us | In The Red *new
THE BLACK BUG | Dead in My Head | Life is a Whore 7" | Boom Chick *new
VINCENT K. | White Sheet Glory | v/a: Festival der Genialen Dissidenten | Enfant Terrible 2008
CHARLIE DRAHEIM | Guts on the Dancefloor | v/a: Wierd Compilation vol II 4xLP | Wierd 2008
BLACK PUS | Altar Rat | split LP w/ Foot Village | DNT/Deathbomb Arc *new
ZACH HILL | Stoic Logic | Astrological Straits 2xLP | Ipecac *new
HUMAN EYE | Poison Frog People | Fragments of the Universe Nurse | Hook or Crook *new
MUDBOY | untitled | split CS w/ Ducktails | DNT *new
QUINTRON | The Boss Wants to Party With You | Too Thirsty 4 Love | Goner *new
THE HYPSTRZ | 96 Tears [? & the Mysterians] | Hypstrization | Voxx 1980
TY SEGALL | Son of Sam [Chain Gang] | It 7" | Chocolate Covered *new
LIIMANARINA | Suomen Ainoa Elvis | Juutalaiset 7" | Bad Vugum 1990
THE PABLUMS | Under My Gums | v/a: Blub Krad | LAFMS 1979
SKOALKANS | Nervous Breakdown [Black Flag] | v/a: Perpendicular Jello CS | Primordial Sid's 1985 *request
HANGING SPOONS | Resignation
ETHNIC LIZARDS | Water's Funny
BRANE DAMN, AGE 13 | John Paul Jones
HENRY FLYNT & NOVA CITY | Amphetamine Rhapsody | self-titled 2xLP | Locust Music *new (orig 1975)
HUMAN ADULT BAND | Sick & Chic | split CS w/ COW | Phase *new
STRANGULATED BEATOFFS | Don't Let Me Down [Beatles] | The Beatoffs 7" | Chopper 1989
RUDY RAY MOORE | Whatcha Gonna Do? | Hully Gully Fever | Norton 1962

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

AFS v. 196 ~ Knife Hits!

The FM Knives were one of the best bands live and on record from Sacramento in the early part of this decade…or ever! I remember when they were briefly called The Clap, and then The Knifes. We all cried when they broke up, but if we know then three excellent bands would hatch from the Knives, it might’ve been easier to take. Here’s the Knives continuum….Guitarist Chris Woodhouse (formerly of Karate Party) is now the guitarist and sound architect of The Mayyors here in Sacto; bassist Zack Olson--now in Oakland--still plays these wonderfully bouncy, yet driving basslines in The Pets; and singer Jason Patrone--when he’s not writing some of the funniest reviews on Yelp--sings and plays in Photobooth, also in Oakland. The Pets and Photobooth are coming to Sacto for a special KDVS Presents event at the 300 Room, the bar/lounge inside the 50’s/googie/neon-era timewarp bowling alley, West Capitol Bowl in West Sac. Some people say West Sac is the best Sac! The Pizzas are also playing!

Twin Crystals are also swinging through Sacto this week at Luigi’s Fungarden with The Dead Science and San Kazakgascar on Thursday. See below this playlist for an instant-messager-trade interview with Jesse…

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THE NIXE | Love Song | The Nixe | Polly Maggoo *new (orig 1981)
PETROLEUM BY-PRODUCTS | Grossest Thing | v/a: Emergency Room vol 1 | Grotesque Modern/Nominal *new
WHITE LUNG | Amy White Out | Local Garbage 7" | Hockey Dad *new
THE DEFEKTORS | Doomsday Girl | Secret Trials 7" | Nominal *new
GOLDEN TRIANGLE | Night Brigade | Prize Fighter 7" | Rob's House *new
CATATONIC YOUTH | Freedom Vanilla | Piss Scene 7" | HoZac *new *request
NOBUNNY | Tina Goes to Work | Love Visions | Bubble Dumb 2008
HUNX & HIS PUNX | You Don't Like Rock n Roll | You Don't... 7" | Rob's House *new
SONIC CHICKEN 4 | Toe Man | Midnight Girl 7" | Rob's House *new
DEAD GHOSTS | I Don't Understand | Holy Ghost 7" | Boom Chick *new
FM KNIVES | The Man from O.S.I. | Useless and Modern | Moo-La-La 2002
FM KNIVES | She's Terminal *request
THE PETS | Heart Attack | Misdirection | Static Impulse 2008
PHOTOBOOTH | Kill the Weekend | MySpace mp3 *new
CHRISTMAS ISLAND | Morning Sunshine | split 7" w/ Le Jonathan Reilly | FDH/Shit in Can *new
THE GOODNIGHT LOVING | Blank Day Parade | The Goodnight Loving | Dusty Medical *new
EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING | We'll Be Turned On | Primary Colours | Goner *request *new
EDDY CURRENT SUPPRESSION RING | I Don't Wanna Play No More *request
DAY CREEPER | Secrets | 2nd CDR | no label *new
EL JESUS DE MAGICO | Pirate Utopia | Singles Club 7" | Columbus Discount *new
NIGHT OF PLEASURE | Spasm Chasm | split 7" w/ Day Creeper | no label *new
EGO SUMMIT | Small Piece of Germany | The Room Isn't Big Enough | Old 3C 1997
PLACENTA POPEYE | untitled | split 7" w/ Reverse Mouth | Absurd/Phase/Tanz Procesz *new
TWIN CRYSTALS | Two Girls | Two Girls 7" | Summer Lovers Unlimited 2008
FNU RONNIES | Herb Owlpert | Limited Edition Poop CDR | no label *new
RADIO SHOCK | Sick City Water | Rage 158 | Roger *new
DEAD LUKE | trk 10 | Dead Luke Box bonus CDR | Sacred Bones *new
ZOLA JESUS | Soeur Sewer | Soeur Sewer 7" | Sacred Bones *new
THE DEAD SCIENCE | Holliston | Villainaire | Constellation *new
INCA ORE | Valley of Sherbert Cathedrals | split LP w/ Grouper | IOG *new
SWEET KELLY | Not to Go This Far | Tape Fed Into a Garbage Disposal by Spaceman and Jake | Zedikiah 1997
SWEET KELLY | When We've Gone Blind
SWEET KELLY | Running Free
SWEET KELLY | Territory
ORANGE | Golden Falcons | In The Midst of Chaos | De Stijl *new (orig 1978)


11:57 AM me: So, what about this new LP?
How's it gonna carry?
11:58 AM Twin: the new lp is a party / its like a new madonna lp from 84, no joke!!
me: Well, some of those songs are indeed moments of pop brilliance. What kinda things am I gonna hear that I haven't heard before on your CDRs and 7"?
12:00 PM Twin: well for once it should be all new songs , no demos no scrappy live traxx, its all guitar based now , jeremiah is playing more bass type stuff on the moog, theres a soft cell cover on there that kinda holds the lp together. we recorded it ourselves.
12:01 PM whereas the last record we did "two girls 7" was recorded in a fancy studio with the engineer taking control and adding in his own sounds. it worked but we wanted something different.
12:02 PM me: How many songs and minutes is it?
Twin: 8 songs 26 minutes
12:03 PM me: So, less atmospheric then?
Twin: no, not necessarily. side b is more dreamtime, and side a is pop madness.
12:04 PM me: Is this still gonna play well at a dance party?
12:06 PM Twin: it will play very well, we got sick of people calling us a dance band cause we were on Summer Lovers, and cause we had two moogs, so we wanted to make more of a early nineties party record, kinda like the story i heard of charles peterson playing out his copy of nirvana's mollys lips live single at his house parties.
12:07 PM me: You realize that your split cassette w/ N.213 that was limited to 47 shoulda been on vinyl, right? Your side of that is pretty great!
12:08 PM Twin: i know i know / me and nic are trying to get a label to release it. it was meant to be on vinyl from the start.
12:09 PM me: It has a few mastering issues, but that's easy enough.
Twin: i know nothing about mastering, all i know how to is stay up till 6 am mixxing and mixxing songs over and over.
12:10 PM i spent weeks mixxing the new lp.
12:11 PM me: There's a dark despair and desperation in a lotta music coming from Vancouver, and yet it seems like people are all excited about the music from there, whether it's kids here in Sacto and Davis or folks like Exclaim doing feature articles on it.
12:12 PM Why is Vancouver music so glum-sounding, yet also sparking a lotta interest these days? Twin Crystals included!
12:15 PM Twin: well for one thing all our bands - Shearing Pinx / Mutators / Twin C / Defektors....... all practice on Hastings Street for the low rent, but that street is home to some 20000 addicts. i'm talking the cops have no idea what to do, all day everyday people are smoking crack freely on the street, shooting up in front of cops. the Emergencry Room just got robbeed, and we hall had our guitars stolen. this city is fucked...im not really sure why people are taking notice now, though. all of us have been doing this for years, and we have had zero interest up until now. in Channels 3 and 4, we all worked so hard but we got nowhere with it. it seemed no one cared or anything. we never even got local press.
12:16 PM me: I hear that a lot about the Vancouver press....even D.O.A. complained about it back in 1981-82, I read.
12:17 PM Twin: yeah and look where they are now. hahahha...maybe thats what we have to look forward to.
me: No wonder you guys are so downcast, eh!
12:18 PM So, who's putting the LP out?
12:19 PM Twin: our friend david from NMR records here in Vancouver is releasing it. Summer Lovers wanted to do it, but they are too slow, and project us towards a different audeience...not a bad thing necesarily, but just not really what we want. dave is letting us have complete control. so i have sorted out our distro and cover art and everything. we are really really excited for it.
12:20 PM me: What's it like for Twin Crystals to share Jeremiah with a million other bands?
12:22 PM Twin: well, we all play in different bands, so it's not really a problem ever. it might be a struggle for him, but for us it's really quite exciting to see our best firend have success with other people he plays with. the thing about jeremiah though is he is a player not necessarily a songwriter, so he can just jump into a situation and play along perfectly to someone else's songs.
12:23 PM me: Jordan also strikes me as the sound/engineering kinda guy, so is that also kinda like a part that plugs into a system pretty well?
12:25 PM Twin: yes indeed...jordan is a full time sound engineer. he records most of the vancouver scene and does it perfectly. he is really easy to work with, but he never records twin crystals cause i think he finds it a bit frustrating trying to balance the sound and the playing. so i usually just record us. but yeah...it's a really good thing that we all have going...jordan records all the bands...all the bands are our friends, all our friends go on tour, all our friends make rad music, and that's kinda why i think everything is coming together nicely.
12:27 PM me: It's always so cliched to ask the same old question of "Who are your influences?" But tell us one influence that we wouldn't expect based on your sound.
12:29 PM Twin: well, when me and jordan first put the band together i was (still am) heavily into Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and i was showing jordan all this great afro disco beat, and we kinda imagined these rhythms over pop songs. i think a perfekkt example of that is our song "Trinity".
12:30 PM me: Hmmmm, I never realized that....
I always thought it was like a jungle/DnB-type song minus the drum machine and sequencers.
12:31 PM Twin: hahaha
me: That's your signature song as it's appeared on a lot of different releases. So why is its meaning still so mysterious?
12:34 PM Twin: i think all our songs are surrounded by mystery, but that one in particular is a bit dfferent. it's a really positive song if you can listen though the edges. it's kinda about the three of us sticking together through anything, 'cause we have all been through a lot in our lives...through friends suicides and overdoses, and it's just about the three of us being a family...not just ones that say they are; [we] really mean it.
12:35 PM me: Ah, we must all be imagining that it's more metaphoric than it really is!
12:36 PM Twin: haha probably
12:37 PM it might have a little bit to do with the break up of Channels 3 and 4 where i say "can you tell where my arm got torn"
12:38 PM "don't come and tear it apart"...that means i couldn't believe we didnt make it through 'cause we were supposed to be family. but now that family is back, and it feels good.
12:39 PM me: That coulda been a great record cover photo concept.
Twin: haha yeah probably
me: Put a little baby bonnet on Jeremiah.
12:40 PM Twin: we wouldn't even have to force him.
12:43 PM man that san kazakgascar band rules; they sound incredible.
me: Yeah...Jed, the guitarist of San Kaz is really great! They have a clarinetist, too, which just takes it over the top into magic carpet land.
12:44 PM Twin: awesome...i cant wait!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

AFS v. 195 ~ Beware of the Freedom!

Freeform KDVS brings you three antidotes to "There's never anything fun to do in the Central Valley": (1) Stolen Minks & Goodnight Loving in Sacto @ Luigi's Fungarden on Wednesday 10/8; (2) an awesome house-show with The Bad Trips, Nothing People, and Art Lessing in Davis @ 802 Villanova Drive; and (3) our sixth all-day outdoor festival, Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom VI, Saturday 10/11 in the boonies between Davis and Woodland at Plainfield Station. Check the feature on ORMF VI below the playlist.

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NIHILISTICS | Welfare for the Rich | Nihilistics | Brain Eater 1983
ARTLESS | Supply Side | Artless | Placebo 1985
THE SLEAZE | Smokin' Fuckin' Cigs | Smokin' Fuckin' Cigs 7" | Fashionable Idiots *new
SCHIZOPHRENIC HOUSEWIVES | Knight Rider | Don't Marry the... 7" | Hillside Strangler 2008
PITY FUCKS | Plug in Baby | Why Right Now? 7" | Felony Fidelity *new
LES HORMONES | Peggy | Peggy 7" | Heads Up *new
STOLEN MINKS | Branded | Family Boycott | New Romance For Kids 2006
STOLEN MINKS | Chug a Lug [Roger Miller] | The Stolen Minks 7" | New Romance For Kids 2005
SINKS | Beat Out My Brains | Beat Out My Brains 7" | Fashionable Idiots *new
TRADITIONAL FOOLS | River | I Got a Baby 7" | Chocolate Covered 2008
AMBER ALERTS | Ghost House | Ghost House 7" | Florida's Dying *new
NOTHING PEOPLE | Corner's For | Anonymous | S-S Records 2008
THE INTELLIGENCE | Witchworld | split 12" w/ Thee Ohsees | Mt. St. Mtn *new
BEWARE OF THE KNIGHT | Klump | Third Canker From the Rock | no label 2007
THE OHSEES | Inquiry Perpitrated | split 12" w/ The Intelligence
WAVVES | California Goth | Wavves CS | Fuckittapes *new
WAVVES | Wavves
14 ICED BEARS | Blue Suit | Precision: Singles 1986-1989 | Thunderball 1990
14 ICED BEARS | Spangle | 14 Iced Bears | Thunderball 1988
SAN FRANCISCO WATER COOLER | Rocker's Escape | San Francisco Water Cooler | KDVS Recordings 2007
JAY REATARD | Trapped Here | Matador Singles '08 | Matador *new
HOLLOW STARS | Only Your Love | 7"+CDR | Army of Bad Luck *new
DAVILA 666 | Ciudad | Davila 666 | In the Red *new
KIM PHUC | Freak Out the Squares | Wormwood Star 7" | Criminal IQ *new
THE DEAD SCIENCE | Death Duel Productions | Villainaire | Constellation *new
HIS ELECTRO BLUE VOICE | Duuug | Duuug 7" | Sacred Bones *new
JOSETXO GRIETA | At the Junction (Sing Along) | The Art of Distraction | Ozonokids *new
RUSTED SHUT | Godstrike | Hot Sex 12" EP | Dull Knife *new
ULI TREPTE | White Line Fever | Inbetween | Spalax 1974
THE BAD TRIPS | First Priority | The Bad Trips | Rocketship 2007
MONOSHOCK | Crypto-Zoological Disaster | Walk to the Fire 2xLP | Blackjack 1996
LIQUORBALL | A1 | Hauls Ass | Blackjack 1994

Freeform KDVS 90.3FM in Davis presents...

On Saturday, October 11, 2008 ten groups will take to the stage of Plainfield Station to rock Operation: Restore Maximum Freedom VI, the DIY underground music festival presented by freeform alternative KDVS 90.3FM in Davis.

It kicks off at 1:30pm with KDVS DJs spinning killer tracks from this year's top albums. The live music starts blasting at 2pm, with an eight hour roller coaster of punk to experimental to raw folk to indie to psych until 10pm sharp. All this is happening at Plainfield Station, 23944 County Road 98, just north of Davis. Best burgers, killer tacos, and beer bar for 21+.


$7 presale/student and $10 general door admission feeds the hungry touring vans and artists.

Presale tickets are currently available at Armadillo Records in Davis and through our PayPal button on our Myspace page...

Group bike rides are leaving from Davis, as well as a shuttle bus for those too inebriated to keep upright on two wheels. Maximum Freedom has developed a strong tradition of biking to the festival. For the past five fests, people have biked from as far away as the Bay Area to see this unique event! Bike rides leave from Davis at 1pm and 4pm, returning from Plainfield at 10:30pm.

The free KDVS shuttle bus will leave Davis at 1:30pm and 6:30pm, returning from Plainfield at 6pm and 10:30pm.

Driving Directions:
From I-80, take 113 north for a few miles. Exit at Covell blvd. and turn left. Turn right at County Road 98. You will see the Plainfield Station on your left, right after the intersection of County Roads 98 and 29.

Check our DavisWiki and Myspace pages for more updates! And stay tuned to KDVS 90.3 FM or http://www.kdvs.org/ for music from the featured bands, ticket giveaways and more information.

The Lineup:

LSD & the Search for God

Described quite accurately as dreamy indie-warp by the San Francisco Chronicle, this SF group has been compared to My Bloody Valentine, Luna, Spacemen 3, and the Telescopes, with its uniquely moving blend of psychedelic shoegaze indie rock.

Traditional Fools
Shrieking buzzing guitars and raw vocals meet punk melodies to send a killer garage punk rock n roll lighting bolt straight down your spine and get your feet dancing.

LA indie rock ushers out the summer with ebola-catchy lyrics melodies that make you want to dance, then takes a step back to reveal beautifully cute indie pop.

Will this wandering Portland native bard be able to hitchhike his way down the coast in time for ORMF? You'd better hope so, or you ll miss his powerful, sorrowful, honest folk brewed on the roads of America.

Inca Ore
Surreal experimental that must be witnessed to realize the warping of your mental state.

The drummer from Sacramento's Who's You're Favorite Son, God? and Prints launches forth in his solo drum n' ambient experimental crusade against lameosity and the expected.

Beware of the Knight
A mysterious blast from the past, the distilled essence of Sacto '95 Loft in psych/weird/garagepunk form, manifesting itself in a Sacramento rocker playing his first live show in a long, long time.

Countless Others
Feedback fuzzed up, messed up, roadkill raw, garagey rock n roll hailing from The City. What else can you say?

Religious Girls
Forged from the ruins of Destroy Tokyo, this Eastbay experimental electronic rock project takes convention out behind the shed and shoots it.

San Fransisco Water Cooler
Local lords of the psych garage, the sound flows like something that cannot be described, only felt. A KDVS Recordings featured artist!

ORMF VI lineup w/ times:

2:00- San Fransisco Water Cooler
2:45- Religous Girls
3:30- Countless Others
4:15- Hexlove
5:00- Beware of the Knight
5:45- Incaore
6:30- Ohioan
7:15- Blackblack
8:00- Traditional Fools
8:45- LSD & the Search for God


Bike rides leave from the Delta of Venus Cafe at 1pm and 4pm.

KDVS volunteers will be providing a bus/shuttle service to the festival, leaving from and returning to the UCD Memorial Union bus stops. The white ex-Unitrans Chris Bus will depart the MU bust station at 1:30pm and 6:30pm. It will return from Plainfield at 6pm and 10:30pm.

1pm- Bike to Plainfield
1:30pm- Bus to Plainfield
4pm- Bike to Plainfield
6pm- Bus to Davis
6:30pm- Bus to Plainfield
10:30pm- Bike and Bus to Davis
Ticket Information

$7 advance
$10 at the door

Tickets available at Armadillo...205 F Street in Davis.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Dead Science off the dome

For nearly ten years now, Seattle band The Dead Science have been one of the most stridently drastic and dramatic bands in the world of independent pop music. Just over a year ago, KDVS Recordings released a split 7" of The Dead Science with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, and this summer, the band released their first full-length album--Villainaire--for their new label, Constellation Records, also home to another outstanding pop deconstructivist in Carla Bozulich's Evangelista. I'm no longer bummed that Deerhoof's last couple of records have been so rhythmically un-daring (relatively, anyway) because the Dead Science have only ratcheted up the excitement now...jazzier, more drastic and obtuse than ever, yet undeniably alluring!

In support of Villainaire, the Dead Science are touring this month and will play a "KDVS Presents" event on Thursday, October 16th at Luigi's Fungarden in Sacramento (1050 20th Street, #160) with local psych desert-drifters San Kazakgascar and the Canadian neo-no-wave danceparty, Twin Crystals. (All ages, 8-11pm only, $5) This is a tremendous band in live performance.

Dead Science guitarist/vocalist Sam Mickens emailed back and forth with me after I'd finally come to appreciate that--while all of their albums and EPs have been very good or even great--Villainaire, replendent in beckoning beauty yin to severely obtuse angular yang, is their first true masterpiece!

Me: For better and for worse, so many critics and bloggers talk about The Dead Science as music with a high degree of difficulty and complication---not just for you musicians, but for the impatient or casual listener as well. I love the challenge and reward, but surely a lotta people wilt almost immediately. How do you suppose this difficulty and complication affects your relationship with your audience? Both fans and a more general audience?

Sam: Well, I don't think of the music itself as exceedingly or
intentionally difficult; it is definitely, for us, fairly pure pop
music, in the sense that it is perpetually about trying to construct
and refine the most exciting and emotionally decisive moments we can,
though I appreciate that what we consider the most beautiful and
immediate musical decisions may sometimes register as unusual or "out"
to others. I think in terms of lyrical content I do value the idea of
encoding and encrypting a lot, and trying to build patterns and arcs
that may only be readable with invested attention.

Me: Particularly in the pop/rock world, complication is thought by many to be an unnecessary contrivance? But I get the sense that these complications unfold your genuine selves? How authentic an expression is The Dead Science's music?

Sam: 100% pure realness.

Me: As individual musicians, you each seem to have a very singular voice, which I especially notice in your live performances. It makes me wonder how collaborative a project is the Dead Science during songwriting? What do you value about Jherek and Nick's individual approaches to the process? How much of a negotiation process is it to write a new song, or do things snap together magically? (A combination of both, I imagine...)

Sam: Generally things snap together really rapidly and in a nice group-mind
sort of way. I think, most basically, our songs will usually start
with Jherek or I having some kind of musical figure or figures that we
then build up from together. There is a good amount of negotiation in
that we will sometimes move through a few different approaches to
arrangements but generally we all coalesce pretty easily on what seems
the illest.

Me: How is Villainaire different from any of your previous records?

Sam: I think that musically and in terms of the arrangements and
production, it is much more fully realized and complete than anything
we've made, due largely to the fact that we made it all ourselves,
with Jherek recording, so we took absolutely as much time as we felt
necessary to make things as we wanted. I think thematically, too, it
is the most thoroughly designed and well-honed record we've done; it
forms a much stronger whole and the themes that exist in the record
pervade every atom of it. I think it is also more instilled with
agency, violence, and forward motion; where the last two full-lengths
were maybe more about being submerged and buried by energies, this one
is much more in aggressive concert with them.

Me: You write about hip hop with such grace and authority for The Stranger (popular alt-weekly newspaper in Seattle). That struck me as something completely unexpected. In what ways does your appreciation for hip hop creep into what you do with The Dead Science?

Sam: In a ton of ways, and not just my appreciation for Hip Hop, but Nick
and Jherek's as well. I think those influences are certainly much
more pronounced on Villainaire than on anything we've previously done;
the music itself definitely bears more of the blood of modern R & B
and Hip Hop, and some of the ways of approaching and dealing with the
content are definitely somewhat similar to rap records.

Me: I've heard about the School of Villainy-The Villainaire Prequel mixtape. What an astounding idea! How did this idea develop? I can't even think of a precedent!

Sam: Thanks, Rick. I don't know of any precedent for the mixtape in the way
that we made it, though obviously there are countless excellent
mixtape predecessors from the Hip Hop world. The idea just kind of
sprung out, but in developing it and working on the tracks, it
definitely took shape as something with two main intentions-one being
to work on lots of sorts of songs that are somewhat outside of the
natural realm of our band and try to exert our creative powers in a
more free-roaming way, and the other being to involve, showcase, and
culturally gene-splice with both our friends and immediate community
and music and film that we worship and adore.