Tuesday, February 23, 2010

AFS v. 256 ~ Garage Turkeys, Be Warned...

....I ain't got nuttin' for ya, man!

This week in AFS...

* The Guinea Worms double-LP completely satisfies!
* Beginning to decipher the mystery of this John Bellows cat...CDR? Where's the vinyl??? (a little birdie says it's coming March 9th!)
* Beru really raises the bar for haunting beauty and power at the intersection of exp. psych/folk!
* Preview of a busy week of live music in Sacto and Davis...

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HOME BLITZ | Nighttime Feel | Out of Phase | Richie/Testostertunes *new
JOHN BELLOWS | Travel On | Clean Your Clock | Moniker *new
LOS BUDDIES | Buster Keaton's Cow | self-titled 7" | Buddy Brand *new
GUINEA WORMS | Maggot Therapy | Sorcererers of Madness (4rd Year in a Row!) | Columbus Discount *new
MORDECAI | Asphalt | Two Rooms CDR | no label *new
COLOUR BÜK | Nice Nice Speaker | Nice Nice Speaker 7" | Wir Wollen Wulle *new
MYELIN SHEATHS | Laboratory Disaster | Stackticon 7" | Bachelor *new
THE REBEL | Riding in the Sun | The Incredible Hulk | Junior Aspirin *new
NAZIS FROM MARS | I Don't Like Your Favorite Bands & DJs | self-titled | Astral Anarchy 2001 *request
SOHO JETS | High-Heel Tarzan | v/a: Killed by Glam | Moon Boot *new (orig 1974)
DRUID PERFUME | Don't Eat 'em They're Poison | Don't Eat 'em They're Poison 7" | X! Records *new
HARANGUE | Whitewashed Wall | self-titled | Wilder Pryor/Enamel *new
JOHN CALE | Bring It on Up | Vintage Violence | Columbia 1970
HARRY TOLEDO & THE ROCKETS | Who is That Saving Me? | Busted Chevrolet 7" | Spy 1977
NOTHING PEOPLE | Exploded View | Soft Crash | SS Records *new
CHROME | SS Cygni | Alien Soundtracks | Siren 1977
REFLEKTIONSS | Move Careful | split 12" w/ N. 213 | Needs More RAM *forthcoming
TWIN CRYSTALS | Attraction | split 12" w/ Modern Creatures | Slanted Square 2009
OLD YELLER & THE PIGBITES | (Your Life is) Fucked | Songs for Nadine | Milvia Son *new
BAD DRUMLIN GRASS | Moon Trek | The Invigorating Scent of Bad Drumlin Grass | Milvia Son *new
CAROLINER | Coal Mound/Horse Flat | Strike Them Hard Drag Them to Church | Nuf Sed 1992
LOACHFILLET | Somnambulant Synchonisms, Part 1 | Electric Pond: Solar Solution | Resipiscent *new
BERU | Prophecies of Love & Gravities Power | What Would I Do Without You? CS | Thor's Rubber Hammer *new
THE TRUTH ABOUT FRANK | When the Lights Wear Out | Neon Fractured Night CDR | Weird and Wired *new
GRANDMOTHER HAM | Skamawati | Ichthyotl CDR | no label 2009

* NEXT WEEK! ... live in Studio A, Electric Jellyfish all the way from Australia!

Check back here later for hyperlinks to bands and labels, and more analysis of these most excellent new discoveries I found this week. Like, tonight?!?!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

AFS v. 255 ~ Killin' It for the Spirit of Killiniq!

This week in AFS...

* Live in-studio performances by Vancouver, Canada's Dead Ghosts and Indian Wars!
* Another Charles Albright history tour w/ the (K)Nightmares and Sunshine Smile
* A different flavor from the forthcoming debut LP of The Whines
* the first taste of the forthcoming LP by Ireland's So Cow
* A traipse through extreme fuckophonic absurdity

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MOON DUO | Escape | Escape EP | Woodsist *new
NOTHING PEOPLE | It's Been a Bad Day | Soft Crash | SS Records *new
~~~~~~ live in Studio A ~~~~~~~
INDIAN WARS | Took a Trip
INDIAN WARS | If You Want Me
INDIAN WARS | Sitting on the Steps
INDIAN WARS | Comanche Killer
INDIAN WARS | Carol Anne
INDIAN WARS | Just Can't Get Along With You
THE WIPERS | What Is | Over the Edge | Braineater 1983 *request
THE NIGHTMARES | Inward Laughing | Love Is | 25% More Sacramento 2003
THE KNIGHTMARES | Superunknown II | Worst Impressions CDR | no label 2004
SUNSHINE SMILE | The World is on the Move | ...For Your Consideration CDR | no label 2003
THE MEGACOOLS | At the Beach III | Introducing the Fun Police | Sacramento *new
WOUNDED LION | Silver People | summer 2009 demo
MAYYORS | Clicks | Deads 12" EP | Hurling Man 2009 *request
MC MONKEY & APE WITH ATTITUDE | Human Zoo Pt. 1 | Human Zoo 7" | Kryptonite 2004
~~~~~~ live in Studio A ~~~~~~~
DEAD GHOSTS | I Want U 2 Know
DEAD GHOSTS | Off the Hook
DEAD GHOSTS | James Brown
DEAD GHOSTS | How the West Was Fun
DEAD GHOSTS | Girl Across the Street
DEAD GHOSTS | Haunted House
DEAD GHOSTS | Detroit Jerry
DEAD GHOSTS | Camanche
UZI RASH GROUP BAND | When the Veil is Lifted | When the Veil is Lifted CDR | The Church & the Commune *new
HUMAN SKAB | Throwin' Rocks at Windows | Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags | Family Vineyard *new (orig 1986)
SWORDKILLER | Evil Has No Fear | v/a: Roots III (A Trilogy) | Root of All Evil 1999
BARFING GRANDMAS FROM UTAH | Moped Mania | v/a: Crispy Chronicles vol 1 | Speed 1998
FDR | Reality's Fake | v/a: Bands on the Block | Matako Mazuri 1985
THE HATES | What Am I Living For? | Panacea | Faceless 1982
THE LIZARDS | Chongo | Uh Oh Chongo! 7" | Too Many 1996
HOBOCOP | Ponzi Scheme | self-titled CDR | no label *new
CAFETERIA DANCE FEVER | Sardinian Idol | Man The Lifeboats! 7" | Hovercraft *new
SO COW | The Tony Keady Affair | Meaningless Friendly | Tic Tac Totally *forthcoming
THE WHINES | It's Raining | Hell to Play | Meds *forthcoming
THREE STONED MEN | Before I Go to Sleep | Smells Like the Big Time | Know Knew 1996

To keep AFS brimming with plenty of Can Con this week, we have live in-studio sets from two foot-tap'n twang-wranglers of the Black Lips Generation's best from Vancouver, BC. With the plucky joy of basking in our early springtime sunshine while avoiding an Olympic clusterfuck, the Dead Ghosts and Indian Wars stoked a party in the basement of Freeborn Hall before meeting the Bare Wires for a short California tour. Indian Wars' set begins at approximately the 13th minute, and Dead Ghosts begin just after the halfway mark. If you're in these cities and wanna have fun, catch this tour...

Tues 2/16 in Oakland @ Fuzzplex
Wed 2/17 in San Francisco @ Pissed Off Pete's
Thu 2/18 in Los Angeles @ The Rosewood
Fri 2/19 in San Diego @ Soda Bar

Thanks to Fenris Wulf for nailing the sound, Dyl-Dawg for holding it down, and our live studio audience!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

AFS v. 254 ~ Wellspring Has Sprung!

This week in AFS...

* sneak-peeks at The Whines and Inservibles!
* the latest in Charles Albright news, including his new Megacools LP!
* a gang o' debuts including Nothing People, Chinese Restaurants, and Nudge Squidfish!
* lotsa Can-Con again (and snappy, crunchy punks from Spain, too)!

Next week, tune in for live-in-studio sets by Moon Duo from SF and the Dead Ghosts and Indian Wars from Vancouver, Canada! (If you wanna be part of the studio audience, you must RSVP to me ASAP at rickele (at) gmail (dot) com.)

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BEWARE OF THE KNIGHT | Sponge Whistle | Numb Burr Four CDR | no label *new
CHARLES ALBRIGHT | Headphones | Albright Comes Alive CDR | no label 2009
THE MEGACOOLS | God vs. Drugs | Introducing the Fun Police | Sacramento *new
CRUDDY | Berlin Wall | self-titled 7" | Basement Screams/Let's Pretend *new
MUJERES | Yella | 3 Canciones de Muerte y Sudor 7" | Discos Humeantes *new
LOS DAGGERS | Ternera No | Ponte a Patinar 7" | Discos Humeantes *new
VENEREANS | Don't Step Cockroachs | Future Primitive | Tic Tac Totally/Discos Humeantes *new
RATAS DEL VATICANO | Estaria Chido que no Hubiera Ley | Chido E.P. 7" | Volar *new
INSERVIBLES | Aselto Mental | Cultura Pendeja EP | HBSP-2X *forthcoming
POISON IDEA | Thing Called Progress | Pick Your King | Fatal Erection 1983
POISON IDEA | In My Headache
ROT SHIT | Hipster Grandma | You're Welcome 7" | Columbus Discount *new
ROT SHIT | Local Band Forever
THE JAWAS | Mocking U | What Gos Haha Bonk? 7" | Nation of Kids 1995
THE JAWAS | Express Lane | Guy Cut in 1/2 7" | Nation of Kids 1995
NASA SPACE UNIVERSE | Apache Blood Overdrive Destroys Oprah Winfrey | self-titled 7" | Gradual Limbo 2008
RED ASPHALT | Red Asphalt | self-titled 7" | Egg and Anvil 1981
RANK/XEROX | Masking/Confessions | self-titled 7" | Mongo Bongo *new
THE CHINESE RESTAURANTS | River of Shit | River of Shit 7" | SS Records *new
MEN/EJECT | Apologize | Apologize b/w Draw 7" | no label 1980
CABARET VOLTAIRE | Walls of Jericho | Eddie's Out 12" EP | Rough Trade 1981
MOON DUO | In the Trees | Escape EP | Woodsist *new
NOTHING PEOPLE | Reinstall | You're Invited 7" | Permanent *new
NOTHING PEOPLE | Remember How Cold It Was (part one) | Soft Crash | SS Records *new
ELECTRIC BUNNIES | You're Not Just Eating Pancakes | Through the Magical Door | Florida's Dying *new
KREAMY 'LECTRIC SANTA | Mindy Cohn | Operation Spacetime Cynderblock | Starcleaner *new
U.S. GIRLS | I Don't Have a Mind of My Own [Mark Charron] | Go Grey | Siltbreeze *new
U.S. GIRLS | His Son's Future
BIRD | Green Shoes | Hoy en Dia CS | Goaty Tapes 2009
NUDGE SQUIDFISH | Part Cherokee | Twenty Thousand Leagues Under Nashville | Columbus Discount *new (orig 1985)
N.213 | Send Her My Love | split LP w/ Reflektionss | Need More RAM *forthcoming
N.213 | Future Decay
BOT | Damn It Feels Good... | split CS w/ Shearing Pinx | Isolated Now Waves 2009
POMPOIR | Unrequited | Exploding Time 12" EP | Isolated Now Waves *new
DEAD GHOSTS | She Likes It | split 7" w/ Smith Westerns | Bachelor 2009
DEAD GHOSTS | Holy Ghost | Holy Ghost 7" | Boom Chick 2008
THE WHINES | For Your Safety | Hell to Play | Meds *forthcoming
NERVE CITY | Golden City | Recordings 2007-2008 | Sweet Rot *new

Get ready for that new Whines' Hell to Play LP coming soon from Meds because it's gonna be brilliant! As I said in AFS v. 213 that "[t]he style of this young Portland band is kinda like the more ruminative moments of The Hunches, thanks to the shimmering sprawls of psych-punk guitar that spiral toward the edges of the incredibly stalwart rhythm section"; that's still completely true, but with confidence, they've outgrown the sorta kid sibling status and into their own shoes which kick so much ass that they're surely one of the best bands on the west coast now. Powerful when stonefaced and beautiful when emotionally vulnerable, this album's range is rare and tremendous. It's everything I hoped it would be after seeing them wallop their debut 7" when they played live. Look for the band to come down the I-5 corridor for a tour to kick off promotion of this new album in March. Dates will be announced here when they are known.

Could the third LP by the Nothing People really be even better than the 2nd, which was better than the 1st, which was also really great? Has any other band from 2000-2010 succeeded in outdoing themselves three times in a row after such auspicious beginnings? The Hospitals? Yes, but I can't think of another off-hand. I don't wanna render my final verdict 'til I let this sink in some more (two at-length listens so far), but I have a hunch it's true. Soft Crash has a more driving pulse than Late Night, but it's just as psychedelic and delightfully dazed.

Sacramento treasure Charles Albright has a new LP out, but not a solo effort. It's the first album of his band The Megacools, a trio also including his better half (she also drums for The Pizzas). Fans of last year's Charles Albright solo 7" on SS (and previously self-released in an edition of 100) will surely dig this LP. Maybe even just as much! It's quite a riot of wild punchy riffs, hooky melodies, and humorous goofball surprises including some of the best-integrated TV and movie samples since Spazz and No Le$$ succeeded in that arena during the powerviolence era. This record is totally Charles-style which means homemade and limited to 100. If you wanna get this thing....gee, I don't know what to tell you exactly. Do you still use MySpace? Does he even? The band hasn't logged in since November. You might as well just email me and I'll forward it along. Otherwise, if you wanna hear more outta Charles, reportedly there's a solo album to pick up where the 7" left off coming from Permanent Records, so stay tuned to their channels for forthcoming release info!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

AFS v. 253 ~ Catching Up w/ Weird Forest!

This week in AFS...

* All the latest and greatest Weird Forest releases!
* Davis' creepiest crimson-wave queen, Waxy Tomb's about to debut live!
* The Bay Area's most under-rated musical treasure, Kreamy 'Lectric Santa!
* & much more!

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KREAMY 'LECTRIC SANTA | Everything? | Operation Spacetime Cynderblock | Starcleaner *new
KREAMY 'LECTRIC SANTA | Like Friggin' Gone
THE FEELING OF LOVE | Young Jesus | OK Judge Revival | Kill Shaman *new
THE FEELING OF LOVE | La-Bas C'est Naturel | School Yeah 7" | Sweet Rot *new
U.S. GIRLS | Sleeping on Glass | Go Grey | Siltbreeze *new
BREN'T LEWIIS ENSEMBLE | Memories of Foam | Three Christs of Ypsilanti | Siltbreeze *new
WAXY TOMB | Grey Ice Box Gardens | self-titled CDR | no label *new
HUMAN SKAB | Bein' Bad | Thunder Hips and Saddle Bags | Family Vineyard *new (orig 1986)
HUMAN SKAB | Piano Concert
ALBOTH! | Juerg Solothurnman | Amour 1991 | Permis de Construire Deutschland 1991
MANYMENTAL MISTAKES | Wild Power | Clean the Bloody Tape CDR | ManyMental *new
SHEARING PINX | Xpanding | Weaponry | Divorce 2009
N.213 | Slauterhaus | Sun Knowledge EP CDR | Isolated Now Waves 2005
CHANNELS 3 + 4 | Jesus is Free | demo | no label 2004
RED MASS | Too Many Parties | Too Many Parties 7" | Wallride *new
NÜ SENSAE | Don't Panic | self-titled CS | Oms-B *new
MESS FOLK | Something I Remember | Something I Remember 7" | HoZac *new
AMBER ALERTS | Somewhere Under a Shit Cloud! | Antibodies 7" | Sweet Rot *new
NOTHING PEOPLE | Late Night [Syd Barrett] | Late Night | S-S 2009
BANANA HEAD | In the Tubs | In the Tubs CS | Goaty Tapes *new
ROY MONTGOMERY | Used To [Wire] | 324 E. 13th Street #7 | Drunken Fish 1999
SAM GOLDBERG | untitled (excerpt) | Current | Weird Forest *new
STARVING WEIRDOS | The Density of Life part one (excerpt) | Self Hypnosis 2xLP | Weird Forest *new
STARVING WEIRDOS | Hagen Dazs | The Path of Lightning 2xLP | Weird Forest *new
MAURIZIO BIANCHI | New Heavens New Earth | M.B. Das Platinzeitalter 2xlp | Weird Forest *new
LOVE CRY WANT | The Great Medicine Dance | self-titled 2xLP | Weird Forest *new (orig 1972)
DOUG SNYDER & BOB THOMPSON | Hit & Run | Daily Dance | Cantor *new (orig 1972)
TOUGH TROUBLES | Big Rig | self-titled CDR | Geneva Lake *new

A word to the wise...Buy one of everything on Weird Forest Records! I'll come back later in the week to tell you why. Just trust me for now.

Also, if you are in the Sacto/Yolo area, please come meet Davis' most outstanding upstart noise artist since Slobberaht--Waxy Tomb--as she debuts in live performance at The Hub (1819 23rd Street in Sacto) on Friday, February 5, in support of Pompoir from Vancouver, Canada. If you're lucky, she'll be selling this demo CDR pictured above which is a riveting 31-minute creep-out traverse on the knife edge of timeless proto- and post-industrial sounds and resonant metallic drone. I was intrigued by this CD when I first discovered it floating around in a box a few months back. I had no idea whether it could be from Sheffield, England, 30 years ago, or the newest MySpace mystery profile linked to the FNU Ronnies and Blood. The liner sheet was just a spare torn-off piece of paper with no artist information. So, imagine my surprise to learn that it was KDVS' own DJ JJJulllia of the "here ear" program on Friday afternoons. This would sound really good on a slab of vinyl, so if you're ready to pony up to add her to your stables, ask me to put you in touch. Your mailing list will thank you later.