Tuesday, October 27, 2009

AFS v. 242 ~ Vichy Water live on KDVS!

Vichy Water are a Sacto trio that formed this summer. You might remember that I had them on AFS as guests when Ratas del Vaticano visited. They had literally formed about 72 hours before that program, so they didn't really have full-fledged songs then. But lately, they've been wowing Sacto's live-show roll-call (one of whom was so impressed, he's gonna release their first 7" on his Weird Forest label) with some dazzling performances, and I was so struck by how far they'd progressed, I invited them back to the KDVS studios to play their effervescent postpunk for you. If it seems like Sacramento has a ton of bands lately, it's partly because these three people have started more bands this summer than anyone else, and they also flank Andrew in his rock quartet version of G.Green. There's also a Mayyor in there.

This week on AFS...

* Sacto band Vichy Water revisits for a more fully-fledged, fleshier live-in-Studio-A performance!
* Vichy Water interview reveals a fun, earnest band that sometimes shoots sparks!
* HoZac's "Fall 2009 4-Pack" sounds pretty, pretty, pretty good!
* Today's cassette subculture's gnarliest scuzzmongers!

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THE NYMPHETS | I See | I See 7" | Signed by Force *new
TYVEK | Robots, Dogs | Blunt Instrumental EP 12" | Night People *new
SILVER SHAMPOO | Dogs | Jethro Skull 7" | What's Your Rupture? 2009
CLUB TANGO | Performance | v/a: Messthetics #107 | Hyped2Death *new (orig 1981)
GOD'S GIFT | Anaesthetic | Pathology 1979-1984 | Hyped2Death *new (orig 1984)
live in Studio A
Affirmation Action
Shattering Spirits
Oh, Diana
Turn It Down
The Samba
Choice Pumps
Sacto, Great Job!
Drunk Jesus
Ass Treatment
Crap Culture (w/ Andrew of G.Green)
| Suicide Trip | v/a: Cleveland Confidential | Terminal 1982
PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE SOUND | Shockwave Rider | Shockwave Rider 7" | HoZac *new
WIZZARD SLEEVE | When I Die [the Pagans] | Make the World Go Away 7" | HoZac *new
SHARP ENDS | Ghosts of Chance | Northern Front 7" | HoZac *new
A CERTAIN RATIO | The Thin Boys | The Old and the New | Factory 1986
FLIGHT | Molly, Don't Fade | self-titled 10" | Kill Shaman *new
CHEVEU | Sacha | Cheveau | Permanent *new
ACCIDENT DU TRAVAIL | Landowski | self-titled 12" EP | Bruit Direct Disques *new
LOW RED CENTER | Sun Outside | self-titled 10" | SS Records *new
TWIN CRYSTALS | Boys Still Pictures | split CS w/ Ultrathin | Campaign for Infinity *new
GAY BEAST | Pressing Hard | Multi-Purpose Anti-Form 7" | Gilgongo *new
KALIBAS | Masticate | Eyes Forever Red 7" | Howling Bull America 2000
HELLHAMMER | The Third of the Storms (Evoked Damnation) | Apocalyptic Raids | Metal Blade 1984
EXTRA SEXES | Gap/Solvent Bone Remorse | Gash Bulb CS | Skrot Up *new
BUTCHER COVER | Embracist | self-titled CS | Military Radio *new
ANAL BABES | Punk Rock [David Peel & Death] | Cocaine Swastika 10" | Incognito 1999 *request
THE AXEMEN | Shacked Up in Yr Egypt Tomb | Scary! Part III | Siltbreeze *new (orig 1989)
TIMES NEW VIKING | I Smell Bubblegum | Born Again Revisited | Matador *new
BLACK TAR | Familiar | self-titled CS | no label *new
FACTUMS | Three Sheets Rider | Flowers | Sacred Bones *new
TEEPEE | Satisfied Heart | Morals | Senzei *new
BUCKETS OF BILE | Growing Gone | Outside Mind CS | Speed Tapes *new

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

AFS v. 241 ~ Slippery Slopes & Black Time live on KDVS!

This week on AFS...

* The Slippery Slopes from Florida live in Studio A!
* In the Red recording artists Black Time from England live in Studio A!
* A Fashionable Idiots triple capsule of new releases
* The end of Columbus Discount's singles club year one, and the beginning of year two
* a couple shoulda-been AOR nuggets unearthed from the 70s

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MIDDLE AMERICA | Every Night | Every Night 7" | Fashionable Idiots *new
FRESH MEAT | Get to Work | Problem Fixer 7" | Fashionable Idiots *new
HERDS | Winter in the Midwest | self-titled | Fashionable Idiots *new
MAYYORS | Deads | Deads 12" | Hurling Man 2009 *request
ANAL BABES | Flabby Sagging Flesh | Delirium or Diarrhea | Accident 1994
live in Studio A
Pizza, I'm Against It
So Tight It Squeaks
Space Paranoids
Sad Tugs
Bikini Binge
No Nerds
Dan Savage
| Wildlife | Handy Man 7" | Douche Master 2008
CHEAP TIME | People Talk | self-titled | In The Red 2008
BUZZER | Teacher's Pet | Teacher's Pet 7" | Tic Tac Totally 2009
XTERMINATORS | Occasional Lay | Microwave Radioation 7" | Radio Active 1979
THE DICTATORS | Faster & Louder | Blood Brothers | Asylum 1978
BROWNSVILLE STATION | Mister Robert | A Night on the Town | Big Tree 1972
Live in Studio A
Black Time Theme
Hostile Cosmos
Fascist Bathroom
Asleep at the Wheel
You Make Me
Scary People
Mystery Shudder
I'm Not a Young Man Anymore
| I'm in Love with Your Mom | Live at Surf City 7" | White Noise 1978
NITZINGER | Live Better Electrically | Live Better Electrically | 20th Century Fox 1976
PUFFY AREOLAS | Lutzko Lives | Lutzko Lives 7" | Columbus Discount *new
PSYCHEDELIC HORSESHIT | Let Down (and Hangin Around) | Too Many Hits 2x7" | Columbus Discount *new
THE PHEROMOANS | Phantom Darwin | Savoury Days 7" | Savoury Days *new
GOD'S GIFT | People | Pathology 1979-1984 | Hyped2Death *new (orig 1979)
RED MASS | Skank | self-titled | Semprini *forthcoming

2009 was the year of the return of the "singles club", and Columbus Discount's series was the best. Just as Year Two kicks off to an outstanding start with Lutzko Lives by the Puffy Areolas of Toledo, Ohio, Year one ends on a brilliant note! Psychedelic Horseshit's Too Many Hits double-7" is certainly the most consistently satisfying release since their first single--Who Let the Dogs Out?--way back before anyone had a preconceived notion about the band. Seriously....if you think this band's discography is a like a steaming duke with some nice lit'l bits of corn in there, stop picking through the poo of the past and have a listen to this. This is like a heap o' huitlacoche. Naturally gnarly, amply swissed, not overly fucked over...Damn near perfect! Don't know what huitlacoche is? Google it! I want you to appreciate how I went to the next level with my metáfora de maiz. Remember when Sebadoh took a turn towards punk rock on their awesome Siltbreeze single? Well, if they'd never returned from that trip, but took another turn into joyful melody with a nod to the indie-rock gods of southern Ohio's past two decades before diving into the crucial works of The Fugs and David Peel & the Lower East Side, then they might've come out sounding like this.

And Puffy Areolas??? "Lutzko Lives" just absolutely smokes! That is my new pump-up jam! This is the band I most wish I could play in right now.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

AFS v. 240 ~ Sonic Chicken 4 live on KDVS!

Tonight's special guest--Sonic Chicken 4--came all the way from Perpignan in the south of France to tour the USA for more than a month. Of all the bands I saw at the Gonerfest 6 in Memphis a couple weeks back, this band was up there with Box Elders and Davila 666 among the most smile- and laughter-inducing bands of the entire fun-packed festival. So, please download and enjoy one of the most contagiously fun bands on the planet today. Their set begins just past the halfway point of this program...

Also in this week's AFS...

* What is this mysterious Astro Boy(?)/Hamtramck(?) 7" anyway?
* R.I.P. Dickie Peterson of Blue Cheer
* New Sacto pure pop perfection by California Innovations

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ASTRO BOY | Rebel Now | Holidays at the Beach | Hamtramck 1994 (??)
WHEN DINOSAURS RULED THE EARTH | Ghost 20 | Art Galleries 7" | no label *new
BATWINGS | Dr. Ohm vs the Exploding Amp | split 7" w/ When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth | Us Two *new
OXFORD CIRCLE | Mind Destruction | Live at the Avalon 1966 | Big Beat 2007
BLUE CHEER | Second Time Around | Vincebus Eruptum | Philips 1968
FUNGI GIRLS | Clouds | Seafaring Pyramids | Play Pinball *new
FUNGI GIRLS | Crystal Roads
THE AXEMEN | The Church of the Loosely Brethren | Scary! | Siltbreeze *new
UZI RASH GROUP BAND | New Clear Winter | Hight and Phree | Freedom School *new
WILD MAN FISCHER | Don't Ever Get Mad at Me | Nothing Scary | Rhino 1984
WILD MAN FISCHER | My Friend Robert
WOUNDED LION | Big Boots [Wild Man Fischer] | Friendly? 7" | In the Red *new
THINKING FELLERS UNION LOCAL 282 | 2x4s | Lovelyville | Matador 1991
FRESH & ONLYS | Laughter is Contagious | Laughter is Contagious 7" | Trouble in Mind *new
KITCHEN'S FLOOR | Failure | Loneliness is a Dirty Mattress | R.I.P. Society *new
PIGEON RELIGION | Scorpion Milk | Scorpion Milk 7" | Parts Unknown *new
JACK STANDS | You Suck | Box of Feelings CDR | no label *new
JACK STANDS | Black President
GENERAL INTEREST | Sick of Waiting | Right by the Beach | Ride the Snake *new
live in Studio A
Neon Night
Airplane Girl
Shadow on the Boat
Sonic Night
Girl 66
Only Lose
Depuis que j't'ai Rencantre
Right Side of...
Creature in a Picture
Too Much to Drink (Last Night)
| Fishage | Fishage 7" | Volar/Single Screen *new
ANDERS ANGEST | Just Nar Allt ar sa Roligt | v/a: Total-Pop! | no label 2009 (orig 1980)
CONTAINER | Livet Stinker | v/a: Total-Pop! (orig 1980)
CALIFORNIA INNOVATIONS | Love is not a Gun | cassingle | Palace of the Golden Cassette *new
NODZZZ | True to Life | True to Life 7" | What's Your Rupture? *new
ADAM PAYNE | ...if you... | Maybelline Weeks 7" | Malt Duck *new
THE INTELLIGENCE | Becky is a Bummer | split 7" w/ Unnatural Helpers | Dirty Knobby *new

I found this 7" record lying around on a table sleeveless which is by a band called Astro Boy, or is it Hamtramck? Songs were copyrighted in 1994 by Astro Boy and credited in parentheses to Astro Boy. The label is either Hamtramck or the Honeyking Record Co. at 11343 Klinger in Hamtramck, MI 48212. All I know for sure is that it has three songs: "Holidays at the Beach" and "Gong Li" on side A; "Rebel Now" on side B. And it's damn near un-googlable no matter what search I try. This record is plenty good, though? Each settles into its own grudgeful groove. Please enjoy the bristly cave-stomp of the B-side, batting lead-off tonight. It positively reminds me of early Cheater Slicks oompah-damage or Feedtime. If you know the story of this record, please gimme the facts!

A crucial piece of Davis and Sacto Valley music history has passed away. Dickie Peterson of was the bassist and singer of Blue Cheer, the band recognized by many historians for releasing the first album in the history of heavy metal, Vincebus Eruptum, in 1968. Most writers cite Blue Cheer as a San Francisco band, but their history includes a few Davis chapters at the beginning. Here's the story of his passing at age 61 due to liver cancer.

California Innovations is a new band from Sacramento, but hold it...Scott Miller (of Bananas, Nar, Ski Instructors, and English Singles among other rad bands) said this snappy lit'l two-song tape was just the result of one Saturday of screwing around in the basement with buddy Jason (also formerly of Nar, Ski Instructors, and more (see the Sacto Inbred bands database to see how incestuous it is/was)). He said Jason has a ton of songs...some of which are slated for an upcoming tape release under a different band name. Here's to hoping that it's more than the one-off Saturday sesh. Breezy, plucky pop with a brainworming effect...so beware! You might not be able to forget these melodies for a while. Scott sings in his best register (high) on the chipper, yet wise "Father Time" which is incredibly memorable for such a short song of two very short verses and 2.5 chorus refrains including a brilliant giddy finale. Jason's plaintive vocals work a more subtle angle. Both of these pop crooners deploy boyish charm and oodles of wisdom. I reckon that if they mess around in the basement for four or five Saturdays in a row, we might have a perfect pop album for living life to the fullest and cutting all the bullshit. Mini-anthems for aging gracefully? Different ways of saying carpe diem without invoking an over-quoted movie? Practical relationship advice? Seems like that basement might be a budding hit factory.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

AFS v. 239 ~ People Will Be Talking!

This week in AFS...

* new sarcastic no-brow smart-isms from the Ride the Snake stables!
* hear why you will be talking about Life Partners!
* a double-shot of depression for you donut dippin' swines!
* welcome The Intelligence back to the West Coast!
* extreme submerged-fidelity warning: Processors and Dead Wife redefine lo-fi!

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LIFE PARTNERS | Men Are Talking | Men Are Talking | Ride the Snake *new
MICHAEL YONKERS w/ THE BLIND SHAKE | When You're Fallin' | Cold Town/Soft Zodiac | Learning Curve *new
CACAW | Pazuzu | Get a Brain | Permanent 2009
CHEVEU | Kador du Porno | Cheveau | Permanent *new
THE INTELLIGENCE | I Hear Depression | Fake Surfers | In The Red 2009
SUN MANTRA | Pockets Pull (in So Many Ways) | self-titled CDR | no label *new
WICKED AWESOMES | Ghost Beach | Punk Holograms | Psychic Handshake *new
BEATERS | Obamanation | Fishage 7" | Volar/Single Screen *new
GENERAL INTEREST | Cops in Love | Right by the Beach | Ride the Snake *new
ANGST | Pig | self-titled | Happy Squid 1983
HERE COMES A BIG BLACK CLOUD!! | Mission Statement | Party Vietnam 10" | Hovercraft/Stankhouse *new
PROCESSORS | I Can't Get Drunk Without My Glasses | A Lean Night CS | no label *new
SOFT SHOULDER | Mary Ann | Mary Ann 7" | Gilgongo *new
IMPRACTICAL COCKPIT | Corn on the Bayou | split LP w/ Nuclear Family | Friends & Relatives 2002
PIGEON RELIGION | Shootist | Scorpion Milk 7" | Parts Unknown *new
HAMMERHEAD | Zesta | Into the Vortex | Amphetamine Reptile 1994
DEAD WIFE | Choke | Subterranean Megazit CS | Campaign for Infinity *new
SLEETMUTE/NIGHTMUTE | In Adulthood...Black Steel Sick | unreleased LP | no label 2004
SHEARING PINX | Battery Born | Weaponry | Divorce *new
AMON DÜÜL II | Eye Shaking King | Yeti | Liberty 1970
MOON DUO | Speed | Killing Time EP 12" | Sacred Bones *new
ETERNAL TAPESTRY | Cosmic Dream | The Invisible Landscape | Not Not Fun *new
OMON RA | It's Nice to See You Again | split CS w/ Chris d'Eon | Divorce 2009
OMON RA | Brand New Baby
DEAD WESTERN | So Many Signs | Suckle at the Supple Teats of Time | ??? *forthcoming
ÉL-G | Tim et Henri | Tout Ploie | SS Records *new
MUDBOY | Freeze | Music for Any Speed 7" | Disques Lexi *new
ROBERT RENTAL | On Location | Double Heart 7" | Mute 1980
SECTION 25 | Haunted | Charnel Ground 7" | Factory Benelux 1980
FOR AGAINST | Autocrat | Echelons | Independent Project 1986
MANTLES | Don't Lie | self-titled | Siltbreeze *new

The Intelligence were in Europe long enough to establish dual citizenship status in a few different countries earlier this year, but they are back on the West Coast at the end of the week, so get ready to welcome them back. I saw them at Gonerfest with their new guitarist, who really did appear to be stolen from Leon Redbone's band, but he certainly snapped to the songs plenty well. Their latest album--Fake Surfers--is still standing up as one of this year's most brilliant, and the band is surely sharpened by so much constant touring. Be a friend and make them feel welcome on their home stretch, won't you?

Tue, Oct 6 in Denver, CO @ Meadowlark
Wed, Oct 7 in Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
Thu, Oct 8 in Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Fri, Oct 9 in Phoenix, AZ @ Modified Arts
Sat, Oct 10 in El Centro, CA @ Bujwah (Hi, Felipe!)
Sun, Oct 11 in Los Angeles @ The Echo (Part Time Punks Festival)
Mon, Oct 12 in San Diego @ The Casbah
Tue, Oct 13 in Sacramento @ The Hub (w/ Sonic Chicken 4 & Repressive Proteins)
Thu, Oct 15 in Oakland @ House of Nostromos
Fri, Oct 16 in San Francisco @ Elbo Room (w/ Hank IV & Mayyors!)
Sat, Oct 17 in Portland, OR @ that silly Vice/Scion Garage Festival thing

From the most submerged depths of tin-cans-'n-twine fidelity come two of the more exciting cassettes of scrawly/scrabbly ladypower punk bands with no-wavey angles, scathing bile, pointed aggro noise, and hardcore ferocity. Actually, the Processors (from Bakersfield!) might be closer to vinyl-ready fidelity, but their self-released cassette--A Lean Night--might suffer from a little extra murky sound because of the daring artistry of the homespun artwork which involved unscrewing and carefully cracking apart the cassette tape to festoon the inside of the clear cassette plastic with constrasting colors of paint and photos on each side. This pretty much obliterates the dozens of post-Blackbean & Placenta/post-Hanson/American Tapes cassette labels who have wrecked the heads of your home and automotive cassette decks with oodles of oversprayed paint. I imagine that whoever decorated these must have as steady a pair of hands as the most accomplished neurosurgeon! I'm not even 1% kidding...I've spot-checked throughout the entire length of this cassette, and the tape is totally clean, and there's nary one bit o' spackle on the smooth and clear outside of the cassette. It must've been a challenge to keep the tape from unspooling, but the result is a tape that's actually fairly listenable and hints at a band that I'd like to hear without the scads of murk (even though this is apparently on the fancy and ever-rarer Type II cassette!). Side A begins with an instro that's just alright, but the vocal songs are pretty riveting for their furiously corkscrewing guitars, walloping drums, and female vocals which are very effective. With a too-cool-for-school affectation, singer Jeannie expresses such grisly lyrical subject matter as teen abortion, inept parentage, and wretched wasterdom with an odd and eerie level comfort, and an unusually poetic flair for words and metaphors. Musically, it's just a guitar/drum duo, but much like the precocious early recordings of Shearing Pinx (particulary Poison Hands), these Processors seem to have a really well-conceived handle on dynamics, achieving a balance between focused riff-based grooves and sprawl-out scribble-tech interludes. Side B is a sidelong noise-jam which sounds as well-conceived and executed as the work of many of the leaders of the noise genre ghetto. It's certainly listenable all the way through. I think I will love seeing this band live, and I'd surely like to hear what kinda recording they're capable of if even half the effort it took to deconstruct and reconstruct these awesome-looking tapes is directed into making the most effective songs and sounds possible.

Dead Wife are three ladies and a boy drummer from Montréal, Quebec, whose cassette tape suffers from extreme Type I tape noise and low dubbing sound level which make it kinda frustrating to listen to whether the Dolby noise reduction is off or on. But the band still brings enough spirit to translate through the murk enough to land on my list on bands I'd like to hear all-cleaned-up. And I found out what they really sound like on their MySpace page. Forget Loni Love and Gilbert Gottfried, Micheal Ian Black, the Sklar brothers, The Donnas, and all the other snippet-sniping heads in the little pop-up bubbles on shows such as "Best Week Ever" and "World's Dumbest Criminals". The ladies are Dead Wife have something more interesting to say about pop culture clichés. At least, I think they do. "Choke" has got that contemporary reverb drench on the vocals which rate sky-high on the brat meter. Musically, they remind me of Kill the Hippies' early tapes and 7"es, but with little more touch of 80s hardcore, which is a huge compliment. Do you know how much I love Kill the Hippies?

But just when you've had enough girltalk (and if you'll indulge just one more pop-culture reference here today), The Life Partners must be heard. The title song of their new Men Are Talking album is surely deserving of Al Bundy's "bronze dumpster" award. You might remember that I raved about their 2008 7"--AIDS of Spades b/w Teenager in Trouble--which couched the questionable lyrical matter on a pop organ riff that humorously betrayed the bristling hardcore fury of the band and the over-the-top-and-back-again buffoonish vocal delivery which made it all sit right with my emocore-lyric-sheet-reading/riot-grrl-crushin'-on came-of-age-in-the-90's self. Apparently, it bummed a few of you out. But it got us talking, and the conversation continued about such sensitive issues that too many so-called libs feel strongly about, but never really confront or dwell upon (such as race, and what about boys now that girls are kicking their academic butts in primary and secondary schools all across this nation?). Bands like the Life Partners or Country Teasers are kinda like the "All in the Family" of underground music. If you take the lyrics at face value and cry foul and shut yourself away from this band, you can forget about 'em and go back to your safe cocoon, much like the too-easily offended viewers who wrankled at Archie Bunker's paint-peelingest words who failed to appreciate where those words fit in the context of a program that was building a very constructive dialogue. It takes no courage to ignore something that confounds, but the effort to peel away the layers of complication and convolution can be worthwhile, and rather fun in the case of Men Are Talking. What does it say about a band's message when members of an outfit as esteemed and accomplished as Major Stars are waving their pricks and beating their chests over a bed of music steeped in the easy-paced AOR rock balladry of the 70s? This record is so devoid of three-stupid-chords punk convention that it makes Cheer Accident sound like Blitz. It's like E.L.O. played the Elton John songbook with words re-written by Rancid Vat when they were one of the most deceptively clever lyricists in punk rock, and then brought in Bob James to arrange the horn parts 'cos the producer loved the theme of "Taxi" so much. The occasional crunchy riff creeps in, as if by the command of John Nitzinger's svengali strings. If Metal Mike's brain wasn't complete mush by now, he'd love this record for all the wrong reasons. But fortunately, this album's so wrong, it's right! So, you can love it without guilt. You can just tell your immediately disapproving friends that you're conducting research on yourself...exposure therapy to test your true punkness and your sense of righteousness! Maybe it's not really that wrong...The production and vocal delivery screams Homestead Records circa 1989. There's as much musical talent here as any Boston or Journey record, but there's no sheeny gloss of overproduction or overly histrionic singing. There's just that much of a shred of honesty that makes you really wonder about these guys. Basically, if you don't get too indignant about off-color jokes, and you can't peel yourself away when you see those late-night infomercials about hits-of-the-70s compilations, then you owe it to yourself to track this record down!