Tuesday, December 01, 2009

AFS v. 245 ~ Skull Checkpoint: Please Show Provenance of Riffs



If cynics and haters and Carrie Brownstein say there's nothing original happening in today's music, well...did they ever consider how impossible (or impossibly arbitrary) their standards of originality are? Damn near everything that's been retroactively credited as original was really just a rather unique derivation of influences which had previously never been successfully blended, or were atavistic and overdue for a rebirth. I'm offering several exhibits for you to ponder this week, including a couple songs from the debut cassette by Chicago's Brain Idea (pictured right), two ripe riffs plucked at their peak of perfection by Siltbreeze for inclusion on the superb Skulls Without Borders 10" comp/"sampler", and a pair of killer songs from 2009's best new band of ladypower from leftfield....plus more, as always....ENJOY!

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GANGLIANS | Blood on the Sand | Blood on the Sand 7" | Captured Tracks *new
FRESH & ONLYS | Black Coffin | Grey-Eyed Girls | Woodsist *new
FRESH & ONLYS | A Taste of Hunger | split 7" w/ Dan Melchior und Das Menace | Volar *new
HENRY'S DRESS | Target Practice | Bust'em Green | Slumberland 1997
FLIGHT | My Business | self-titled 10" | Kill Shaman *new
BRAIN IDEA | The Heat | self-titled CS | no label *new
BRAIN IDEA | Yaweh with a Straightrazor
THE FALL | Wings | Palace of Swords Reversed | Rough Trade 1987 (orig 1983)
THE FALL | Mansion | This Nation's Saving Grace | Beggars Banquet 1985
JOY DIVISION | Dead Souls | Still | Factory 1981
KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS | Denial | v/a: Skulls Without Borders 10" | Siltbreeze *new
SIC ALPS | Clarence in Wonderland [Soft Boys] | v/a: Skulls Without Borders 10"
SONNY & THE SUNSETS | Lovin' on an Older Gal | Tomorrow is Alright | Secret Seven/Soft Abuse *new
FUNGI GIRLS | Kowloon Walled City | Seafaring Pyramids | Play Pinball *new
RIDE | Unfamiliar | Vapour Trail EP | Sire 1991
LIGHTNING BOLT | Rain on Lake I'm Swimming in | Earthly Delights | Load *new
LIGHTNING BOLT | S.O.S.
MAYOR DALEY | Choices | Facial Expressions CDR | Rotted Tooth *new
TALK NORMAL | River's Edge | Sugarland | Rare Book Room *new
TALK NORMAL | Warrior | v/a: My Estrogeneration | Not Not Fun *new
TIMELOAD FOWL | Collaboration w/ James Fella | split LP w/ James Fella | Gilgongo *new
SISSY SPACEK | side A (excerpt) | Fortune b/w The Eyes of Men 7" | Gilgongo *new
AIDS WOLF | Dustin' Off the Sphynx | Dustin' Off the Sphynx 7" | Skin Graft *new
POP. 1280 | Bedbugs | Bedbugs 7" | no label *new
CONDOMINIUM | Pupils | Pupils 7" | no label *new
MUDHONEY | Twenty Four | Superfuzz Bigmuff: Deluxe Edition | Sub Pop 2009 (orig 1988)
SURGERY | Feedback | Feedback 7" | AmRep 1990
PUFFY AREOLAS | Lutzko Lives | Lutzko Lives 7" | Columbus Discount *new
PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE SOUND | Shockwave Rider | Shockwave Rider 7" | HoZac *new
MONOSHOCK | Hong Kong | Walk to the Fire | Blackjack 1996