Tuesday, November 25, 2008

AFS v. 201 ~ A.H. Kraken live in Studio A!

My special guests this week are here to dish ultra-severe artpunk angles all the way from Metz, France...A.H. Kraken! Thanks to Tim Hance for engineering. Pacific Northwest, they're all yours now...Receive your ass-beating Tuesday 11/25 @ the Samurai Duck in Eugene, Wednesday 11/26 @ the Funhouse in Seattle, Friday 11/28 @ the Sweatshop in Vancouver, BC, Saturday 11/29 @ Slabtown in Portland (w/ Meth Teeth), and then toward the desert Southwest in December! They're bringing more copies of their unrelenting LP on In the Red, plus a brand-new 7" from Sweet Rot, and stuff from other affiliated projects.

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RED MASS | Terrorizer | Red Mass 12" EP | Psychic Handshake *new
KIDNEYS | Ghost Radio | demo CDR | no label *new
BLANK DOGS | Red World | The Fields CS | Fuckittapes *new
BLACK FEELINGS | trk 6 | demo CDR | no label *new
BAD PARTY | Feathered Hair and Tight Ass Jeans | Bad Party | Animal Disguise *new
PLASTOBETON | Ete '83 | Glam Mort | Tanz Procesz 2007
A.H. KRAKEN | Je Suis ton Marécage | Gianna Michaels 7" | Sweet Rot *new
A.H. KRAKEN | Verschwende Deine Jügend [DAF] | A.H. Kraken | In The Red 2008
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A.H. KRAKEN | Gianna Michaels | live in Studio A
A.H. KRAKEN | Kevin Costner est un Acteur Americàin
A.H. KRAKEN | De Type Caucasien
A.H. KRAKEN | Allan Müller
A.H. KRAKEN | Black Borny
A.H. KRAKEN | Ahmed
A.H. KRAKEN | Cette Fille est a Genoux
A.H. KRAKEN | Axe Vertical
A.H. KRAKEN | She Plays Loud
A.H. KRAKEN | Drop Sex
A.H. KRAKEN | Danse, Baden Powell
OVO | Tiki Colo | Crocevia | Load *new
DEATH SENTENCE: PANDA! | Reform | Insects Awaken | Upset the Rhythm *new
FINALLY PUNK | Hypertension | Coffee, Tea & Misery 7" | M'Lady's *new
GRASS WIDOW | To Where | v/a: Yeti 6 zine CD | Yeti *new
CONTACT | Someone Like You | v/a: Messthetics #106 | Hyped 2 Death *new (orig 1979)
LONG LEGGED WOMAN | Something is Pressing Against it from the Inside | 7" | Thor's Rubber Hammer *new
GRAVE BLANKETS | Our Love Is Real | Our Love Is Real 7" | HoZac *new
BLOODBIKER | Dead | demo CDR | no label *new
LOS LLAMARADA | I've Got Your Face | Take the Sky | S-S *new
MISSING FOUNDATION | Jameels/Turmoil | 1933 | Purge Sound League 1988
POP GROUP | We Are All Prostitutes | We Are All Prostitutes 7" | Rough Trade 1980
BUTTHOLE SURFERS | 100 Million People Dead | v/a: P.E.A.C.E./War 2xLP | R Radical 1984
THROBBING GRISTLE | Hamburger Lady | Greatest Hits | Rough Trade 1980
DNA | You & You | You & You 7" | Medical 1978
CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & THE MAGIC BAND | Ashtray Heart | Doc at the Radar Station | Virgin 1980
SIM SISAMOUTH | Don't Let My Girlfriend Tickle Me | v/a: Cambodian Cassette Archives: Khmer Folk and Pop Music | Sublime Frequencies 2004 (orig 196?)
DAF | Der Mussolini | Alles Ist Gut | Virgin 1981
OLD TIME RELIJUN | Casino | La Sirena de Pecera | K Records 2000

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

AFS v. 200 ~ Panic on My 35th!

I'm back from vacation and internet-avoidance, and of course, I gotta bag fulla goodies from record-shopping in Portland, Oregon, in addition to part of the two-week backlog of promos streaming into the KDVS mailbox. Nevermind how it's halfway to septagenarianism (spooky, eh?)...35 might just be the best birthday ever! Everytime I've had the pleasure to say hello to Fred Cole, I've always asked "When are The Rats ever gonna get reissued?" Surely, he must've been hearing it all the time. He would always nod a bit and look sorta wistful. But now the wait may be over any minute because Mississippi Records got it back from the presses last Wednesday. There is a "but", however...Apparently, the label's kinda frettin' over some kinda defect that is apparent on one song, which was described as a loud pop. I listened to my copy gleefully and could hardly care. Hey, this is a great, long overdue reissue of a major piece of Portland's punk rock history, and that one tiny defect--if it is even there!--won't keep this LP off the top of my best reissues of 2008 list. Fans of Cole music aren't audiophiles! Release it and keep those Rats reissues comin', please!

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NASA SPACE UNIVERSE | Meteorite Mystery | 6-song 7" | Gradual Limbo *new
LAS NURSES | I Am Yellin' | Rémora 7" | Discos Humeantes *new
LIFE PARTNERS | AIDS of Spades | AIDS of Spades 7" | Ride the Snake *new
KILL THE HIPPIES | End of Discussion | split 7" w/ Blacken Snapper | Wheelchair Full of Old Men 1993
KILL THE HIPPIES | Born With a Bible
MY WHITE BREAD MOM | Counter Culture Daddy Warlord | split 7" w/ Moody Jackson | Burnt Sienna 1995
PRIMITIVE TRIBES | Trapped | Some Bouncy Anthems from... 7" | no label 1994
THE RATS | Panic on 39th | The Rats | Mississippi *new (orig 1980)
THE RATS | Defiance | Intermittent Signals | Whizeagle 1981
PIERCED ARROWS | Paranoia | Paranoia 7" | Tombstone *new
ELDER CHARLES BECK | Rock & Roll Sermon, Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 | v/a: Life Is a Problem | Mississippi *new (orig 1956)
CASSIUS CLAY | I Am the Double Greatest | I Am the Greatest! | Columbia 1964
CASSIUS CLAY | Do You Have to Ask?
w/ SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA | Somewhere There | Pictures of Infinity | Black Lion 1971
SHADOW RING | I Am the Black Piper | Lighthouse | Swill Radio 1999
SHADOW RING | I Am Lord Llyson / Mindart / If It Is a Boy
GRAHAM LAMBKIN & JASON LESCALLEET | Soap Opera Suite | The Breadwinner | Erstwhile 2008
THE HOSPITALS | Animals Act Natural | Hairdryer Peace | no label 2008
AIDS WOLF | General _ _ | Cities of Glass | Skin Graft *new
A.H. KRAKEN | Kevin Costner Est un Acteur Americain | A.H. Kraken | In The Red 2008
BAD PARTY | I Touched Her Twice | Bad Party | Animal Disguise *new
TWIN CRYSTALS | Spell on You | Twin Crystals | NMR *new
NIGHT WOUNDS | Nothing Changes [Death in June] | split 7" w/ Mutators | Badmaster 2008
NIGHT WOUNDS | Ghana | split LP w/ AIDS Wolf | Nail in the Coffin 2008
GOD'S GIFT | People | 1st 7" | Newmarket 1979
LOVE TAN | This Land Is No Good | Miscellaneous Night Feelings | Kill Shaman *new
THE MEDIATERS | The Waiting Room | v/a: The Waiting Room | Object Music 1980
DISLOCATION DANCE | You Can't Beat History | v/a: Messthetics #106 | Hyped2Death *new (orig 1980)
FINALLY PUNK | Coffee, Tea, and Misery | 2nd 7" | M'Lady's *new
VIVIAN GIRLS | Damaged | Vivian Girls | In The Red *new
BLEACH | Burn | Snag EP 12" | Way Cool 1991
VINCENT OVER THE SINK | I Found a Genie | 22 Coloured Bull-Terrier Chants CDR | no label 2008
BLANK DOGS | Silk Heads | Captured Tracks vol 1 CDR | no label *new
ROBOTI | Robot Sintezator | v/a: Analoges Russland | Kernkrach *new
PRIVATE ENTERTAINMENT | He's Dancing in My Belly | Four Tracks 7" | White Denim *new
ANGEL FACE | Pride | A Wild Odyssey | Pacific Productions 1985 (orig 1974-76)
LOS LLAMARADA | I've Got Your Face | Take the Sky | S-S *new

During late-night record-gabbin' with Scott Simmons from Eat Skull and Exiled Records, we were talking about the Rats record and how much we like it, but he made a funny point about Fred and Toody's singing "There's a panic on 39th!" No, it wasn't so funny because of Toody's youthful punk affectation on the last syllable. "It's just funny to imagine that there could have ever been a panic on that street," he said.

Really, though...What could make one panic on 39th?

I think there really was a time that I was fretting about that double-left turning lane at Sandy Blvd. I never seem to know which lane to be in so that I can catch that westbound I-84 freeway ramp.

I suppose that you could panic at Pho Dalat if you are a vegetarian.

In Laurelhurst Park, at the south end of the basketball court nearest the intersection of 39th and Stark, tree limbs hang over the backboard which can greatly complicate long jumpers. I remember running a game there, 5-on-5 to fifteen, and one guy was extremely adamant about the teams switching baskets at eight to make things fair. No one else really cared, but he seemed concerned nearly to the point of panic as he counted off each point to eight emphatically.

I've seen a Tri-Met bus kick up a ruthless wave of water due to the leaf-clogged storm-drain on the northeast corner of 39th and Hawthorne. It ruined some rockabilly dude's day. He'd worked so hard on his look to have it whippy-chipped like by a gutter tsunami.

Wonder how the Blazer fans at Tom's Sports Bar at Division and 39th felt when Greg Oden rolled his ankle in game two of this young NBA season? Surely someone panicked! Ever eaten there? Your dinner might just threaten to leak down your drawers...That would surely be a PANIC ON 39TH!!!

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

AFS v. 199 ~ Takin' the Night By Storm!

The brand-new LP by Monterey, Mexico's Los Llamarada has finally dropped, and it rockets to the top of the list of the great albums of 2008 next to Hairdryer Peace by The Hospitals, the Hank IV's Refuge in Genre, Dan Melchior's Christmas for the Crows, and a handful of others that are the cream of what is a really great crop. When will 2007-2008 be declared a halcyon age, d'ya think? I've enjoyed everything I've heard by Los Llamarada so far, but with Take the Night, the band has finally revealed themselves to be turning a corner in terms of recording fidelity. Side A and the first half of B. Much of what you've heard from the band so far has been self-recorded on a boombox. Last year, the band graduated up to a four-track machine. After much trial and error, they finally nailed it, and the results of that newly gained mastery is the first two-thirds of the LP. The last three songs are from their Live in Studio A session at KDVS during their September 2007 west coast tour. Take the Sky varies in sound from mesmerizing psych-punk seances that'll levitate your chakras, to strains of panic-stricken distress calls. This effectively makes all their previous output damn near obsolete. I give this my highest recommendation!

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LOTEK | Running Dog | v/a: Portland Punk Live at Earth, 10-29-79 | Trap 1980
THE NIXE | Mentally Disturbed | The Nixe | Polly Maggoo *new (orig 1980)
COREY ORBISON | Who's the Monkey? | Your Name Is Poison 7" | Everard *new
LAS NURSES | One Eyed Girl | Remora 7" | Discos Humeantes *new
LOS LLAMARADA | The Late Great MTY Trip | Take the Sky | S-S *new
GRAFFITI ISLAND | Pet Snake (backwards) | 3-way split CS | no label *new
LIFE PARTNERS | Teenager in Trouble | AIDS of Spades 7" | Ride the Snake *new
ANGEL FACE | 12½ | A Wild Odyssey | Pacific Productions 1985 (orig 1974-1976)
RUSTED SHUT | Dyin Up Here/I Hate Seattle | 1992-1995 | boot *new
KRASH ÜN LURNE | Jessamyn's Lips | III: The End Is Nein | Scatalogical Liberation Front *new
STEVEN FIELDS | Legalize Heroin | Legalize Heroin 7" | no label 1988
SWIFT WINGS | Dead Tropic | Swift Wings CDR | no label *new
FEY GODS | Face Like a Rat | free comp CDR/zine | Chicago on a Spree *new
SQUIM | Nightingale Part II | Zephyrus | Olde English Spelling Bee *new
SQUIM | Nightingale Part III (Red Boiling}
THE USA IS A MONSTER | All or Nothing | Space Programs | Load *new
BUICK | Immortality | Sweatertongue | Lather 1992
GGREEN | Swimsuit Drugs | Hot Streets CS | no label *new
BIG BLOOD | The Grove Is Hotter than an Ocean's Oven | The Grove CS | Phase *new
BIG BLOOD | Little Lepers
MARK TUCKER | Everywhere With Sally | In the Sack | De Stijl *new (orig 1982)
CRYSTAL STILTS | Verdant Gaze | Alight of Night | Slumberland *new
CAUSE CO-MOTION | Cry for Attention | It's Time | Slumberland *new
THE TOURS | Language School | v/a: Apprentices Dance | Sounds Interesting 1981
THE EMBARRASSMENT | Celebrity Art Party | The Embarrassment EP 12" | Cynykyl 1981
MATT K. SHRUGG | I'm Gone | I'm Gone 7" | Plastic Idol *new
TY SEGALL | Where We Go | It 7" | Chocolate Covered *new
LIGHTNING BEAT MAN | I Wanna Be Your Pussycat | Wrestling Rock & Roll | Voodoo Rhythm *new
JACK MONAHAN | Poems | v/a: Shadow Mouth compilation one | Shadow Mouth 1987
RUSSIAN TSARLAG | Breadwater | Let Your Dreams Touch Air CS | Unskilled Labor 2007
SKY JUICE | untitled | Hard to Kill | Olde English Spelling Bee *new
DARAKA | Burn Your Docs | v/a: Reality Control? Compilation | Reality Control? 1994
MEGHAN McCAIN | The Only Way to Be Punk... | Interview on Fox News
SAM & JOE | Save the Children | v/a: Fear of Smell | Vermiform 1992
RUGBURN | Left Behind | v/a: Reality Control? Compilation
JEBERREKENELLE | And My Hands Move Around | split LP w/ Rugburn | Reality Control? 1994

And y'know what else???

This 7" by the Life Partners is absolutely scathing and great! Weirdpunk that's funny and tastes a lit'l like hardcore, and it's gotta meanstreak! This B-side shoulda been copped by California's No-on-Prop-4 coalition!

Also, the best drone album in a loooong time is this Zephyrus LP by Squim. It just sorta snuck on my and is now vying to get in that best-of-'08 list.

If I can find time this week before leaving for vacation (running up Eastern Oregon desert, then cutting across to Portland through the Columbia Gorge, and finally down the coast of Oregon and Northern California), I will post some reviews.