Tuesday, July 26, 2011

AFS v. 321 ~ feat. Hysterics live on KDVS!

This week in AFS...

* meet Hysterics, rip-roarin' ladyragers from Oly, WA!
* Hysterics play live in Studio A (& totally kill it)!
* ...then spin records in Studio B!

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THE FALL-OUTS | Sleep | Sleep 7" | Super Electro 1994
UNNATURAL HELPERS | Heavy Sugar | Earwax EP 7" | Dirty Knobby 2007
UNNATURAL HELPERS | Tell Me That You Wanna | Cracked Love & Other Drugs | Hardly Art 2010
UNNATURAL HELPERS | This is a Gift | split 7" w/ The Intelligence | Dirty Knobby 2009
JOYCE MCKINNEY EXPERIENCE | Profit Motif | v/a: Gruesome Stains | Upright 1988
DAN | Into the Fields | Can You Dig It? 7" | Mass Media 1989
DIRT | Deaf in Reality | Never Mind Dirt - Here's The Bollocks | Crass 1982
========================== live in Studio A ==========================
HYSTERICS | Correct Me
HYSTERICS | Deformative Years
HYSTERICS | Hanging Out at the 512
WRONG KIND OF STONE AGE | Run Amok | v/a: Bloodstains Across Australia | Bloodstains 1998 (orig 1984)
BOYCOTT | Barbie Doll Death | Barbie Doll Death 7" | Trench 1994
TEN DAYS LATE | Getaway | Go With the Flow 7" | Klark 1994
#B'LAST | Only Time Will Tell | It's in My Blood | SST 1987
#CRUMBSUCKERS | Trapped | Life of Dreams | Combat Core 1986
#SCHOOL OF VIOLENCE | Lab Rats | We the People...? | Death 1988
#NEGATIVE APPROACH | Whatever I Do | self-titled 7" | Touch & Go 1982
#NEGATIVE FX | I Know Better | self-titled | Taang! 1982
#SONSKULL | Housing | Birth Scene/Rewind EP 12" | Perennial 2010
@THE NECROS | No One | Conquest for Death | Touch & Go 1981
@BORN AGAINST | The Good Father | The Rebel Sound of Shit & Failure | Vermiform 1995
@RITES OF SPRING | Persistent Vision | self-titled | Dischord 1985
@HÜSKER DÜ | Divide and Conquer | Flip Your Wig | SST 1985
@MEAT PUPPETS | We're Here | II | SST 1984
@NAZZ | Open My Eyes | self-titled | Atlantic 1968
@THE IMPRESSIONS | So Proud | 16 Greatest Hits | ABC/Dunhill 1971
~THE WIPERS | Romeo | Over the Edge | Rabid Cat 1983
~NOTHING PEOPLE | It's Not Your Speakers | Late Night | SS Records 2009
~ROYAL TRUX | Air | self-titled | Drag City 1992
~NERVE CITY | Concentrate | Recordings 2007-2008 | Sweet Rot 2010
%JESUS LIZARD | Waxeater | Goat | Touch & Go 1990
%AGNOSTIC FRONT | Power | Victim in Plain | Combat Core 1986
%SUPERCHUNK | Brand New Love | The Freed Steed 7" | Merge 1991
%CHRISTIAN DEATH | Spiritual Cramp | Only Theatre of Pain | Frontier 1982
KOMMUNITY FK | Incompatible Disposition | The Vision & the Voice | Independent Project 1983

Tonight's guests--Hysterics--are yet another tally in the win column for Olympia, and much like H.P.P. and Sonskull, they honestly harken back to the early 80s hardcore heyday in such a rivetingly authentic way. Look for their 7" debut to drop anytime now on M'Lady's Records. And certainly don't miss 'em live if they come to your town. This is primo rip-roarin' ladyrager fun with rhythms fast n' loose but tight enough where they need to be, killer guitar shred alternating big dumb chunky barre chords with cool semi-metallic scaling, and a great vocalist who brings the right level of earnestness that's enough for you to know she means it and enough for her to make you feel it, but stopping well short of zealotry. The power in the music of Hysterics throttles through hulking amps, bashing drums, Stephie's vocal delivery, but also Stephie's eyes. She is seriously a great front-person for a HC band.

I had a great time with these ladies, too. We only had about three hours to hang out, but I'm quite sure they would be great to party with, and just great to talk music with. You can probably tell from the last 75 minutes of the show when they picked all the music. You can glean a keen sense of what each member brings to the band by their selections.

# guitarist Adriana's choice
@ singer Stephie's choice
~ drummer Shannen's choice
% bassist Jessica's choice

They just visited MRR Radio, too...

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I submit further evidence of the rulingness of Hysterics through these video exhibits...

lights on!

lights off!

earlier drummer here, but this fun flies in the face of Evergreen campus busybody fun-ruiners!

And now...if you care...I'm playing in a trio with the sax/drums duo formerly known as Klondike & York on Thursday, July 28 at the DAM Haus (503 E Street, Davis CA 95616). We're called Crack the Case, and it's kind of a funny story how we came to fruition. I was recounting a funny moment in an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent starring Jeff Goldblum as Detective Zach Nichols where Det. Nichols, after interviewing a bartender about a victim who visited that bar, began playing the piano at the bar, and it sounded very avant-garde. You could tell it was actually Goldblum playing the piano, and he was arpeggiating these weird chords. It was like Conlon Nancarrow meets Ted Falconi's guitar style in Flipper. I was sitting at a piano, applying what little bit I know of some intervals that I gleaned from watching the Sun Ra documentary Make a Joyful Noise at Dewey from Eternal Tapestry's house. He said that everytime he watches that vid, he feels like he's capable of achieving a level of musical accomplishment he's never reached before. And sure, I could feel it....but I guess I just hung onto it for a couple years, and then I let it out doing my Det. Zach Nichols impression. In the L&O:CI episode, Nichols puts crucial pieces of the case together while playing these strange arpeggiated chords. His facial expressions were the kookiest Eureka! moment ever, just like how you would imagine Goldblum portraying it...or living it in real life! It just so happens that during an impression, I was being secretly filmed on someone's flip-phone video camera, and Chad--the Klondike in Klondike & York--asked me about where I was playing piano. I explained the whole thing about Jeff Goldblum to him, and he was like, "Cool...we should play in a trio together!" Seriously? This guy's one of my ultimate Sacto musical idols, so it's like fantasy bandcamp. And it totally works for my busy life 'cos I don't even hafta practice. We convene at shows and just go to town.

This week, we start right at 7:30 in support of Pacific City Nightlife Vision Band (including Spencer Clarke of Skaters and Scott Simmons of Exiled Records and formerly Eat Skull) and Orphan Fairytale from Belgium. The masters of cosmiche muziek aus Davis known as Mucky the Ducky also play, and they've been especially nailing it lately. So, maybe I'll see you there, eh?!?!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

AFS v. 320 ~ feat. Woolen Men live on KDVS!

This week in AFS...

* The Woolen Men from Portland play live in Studio A!
* The Woolen Men pick the last 45 minutes of music in Studio B!
* A killer year for reissues & retrospectives keeps rolling!
* We sample each song on the BBJr a/k/a Bob Bunko, Jr. LP!

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CHEATER SLICKS | Please Give Me Something | Our Food is Chaos LP+7" | Almost Ready *new (orig 1989)
CHEATER SLICKS | Night of the Sadist | Our Food is Chaos
LA SECT ROUGE | Rivers Edge | Frank | Trans Urban 1990
BLOODLOSS | My Friend the Moon | Lost My Head for a Drink | Dirty Knobby *new (orig 1997)
LORELLE MEETS THE OBSOLETE | That Suit is Dope | On Welfare | Captcha *new
BBJR | Neon is the New Black | Tearjerker | Captcha *new
========================== live in Studio A ==========================
WOOLEN MEN | Spoiled
WOOLEN MEN | Love Song
WOOLEN MEN | Royal Wedding
WOOLEN MEN | My Sunglasses [Pylon]
WOOLEN MEN | Magick Trycks
WOOLEN MEN | Ambivalence [Pin Group]
WOOLEN MEN | Hold it Up
WOOLEN MEN | In the Corner
WOOLEN MEN | Ode to an Hour
BBJR | Terminal Sac | Tearjerker
THE REBEL | Prove It | The Five Year Plan E.P. 12" | Monofonus Press *new
MONOGAMY | Sandstorm 2 | Posture Smiles Upon You CDR | self-released *new
WOOLEN MEN | West Coast | Live at the Banana Stand | Banana Stand Media *forthcoming
THE MOLES | Bury Me Happy | Untune the Sky | Kill Shaman 2010 (orig 1990)
GUIDED BY VOICES | Dodging Invisible Rays | Tigerbomb 7" | Matador 1995
ALISTAIR GALBRAITH | As in a Blender | Gaudylight 7" | Siltbreeze/Xpressway 1991
THE CHILLS | Pink Frost | Kaleidoscope World | Homestead 1990
WIRE | Blessed State | 154 | EMI/Harvest 1979
THE STOOGES | T.V. Eye | Funhouse | Elektra 1970
R.E.M. | Catapult | Murmur | I.R.S. 1982
THEE HEADCOATS | Every Bit of Me | Conundrum | Hangman's Daughter 1994
INDEX | Fire Eyes | self-titled | D.C. Records 1967

From the antipodean slant of their musical selections at the end of tonights program, you can probably predict that our live-in-studio guests this week--The Woolen Men--would reveal strains of the shambolic minimalist pop that we've heard reverberating from down under. While some elements are more Australian, such as the throttling relentless rhythm, and other traits such as the starry-eyed yet dark romance, are more associated with New Zealand. But I suppose we seppos love all your music for how it's different from the all-too-familiar U.S. and U.K., and thus it might be natural for us yanks to meld together those traits to some extent. And that's what I think these Woolen Men are doing, and quite well!

Due to recent equipment failure on their first tour, tonight's live-in-Studio-A set from Woolen Men lacks any of their keyboard-driven songs, but I've included their rousing and prideful "West Coast" song which should make a lot of friends come together harmoniously to honor our heroes with lyrics as irrepressible as "This is Greg Sage/This is Greg Ginn/From Californ-eye-ay to Washington/Alright!"

Find out more about the Woolen Men here...
Woolen Men on Facebook

Another Portland lesser-known comes to light this week with Captcha's release of the enigmatic experimentalist--Bob Bucko, Jr. better known by the official shorthand BBJr.--who's all over the free-music map from jazz to drone to noise, and ruling in each area and every adjacent territory he crosses. More than any full LP that has successfully thwarted recognizable songform in its entirety, Tearjerker has captivated me from start to finish more than anything since Olde English Spelling Bee issued Zephyrus by Squim four years ago, if not since 2009 when Weird Forest dropped Maurizio Bianchi's Das Platinzeitalter. This has got more of an old-school ESP-Disk vibe to it that's totally timeless. You can pick it up here...

All the YouTube searches for Bob Bucko reveals him approaching some sorta songform with collaborators, but it's got some killer moments, too. Start here...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

AFS v. 319 ~ Screature Feature

This week in AFS...

* meet Sacto's best new band, Screature!
* Screature plays live in Studio A
* ...then picks music and chats in Studio B

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PSYCHIC FELINE | Vampires | debut 7" | High Fives & Handshakes *new
THE WHINES | Straybird | Shootinhead 7" | Mt. St. Mtn *new
TROPHY WIFE | In the Water | self-titled 7" | Private Leisure Industries 2011
U.S. GIRLS | If These Walls Could Talk | split 12" w/ Slim Twig | Palmist *new
-----------------------------live in Studio A-----------------------------
SCREATURE | It's Obvious [Asolute Body Control]
SCREATURE | Black Light
SCREATURE | All and All
MONOGAMY | Champion of the Rights of Monogamists | Posture Smiles Upon You CDR | no label *new
LAKES | Secret Rites | Winters Blade | Inverted Crux *new
PAIN TEENS | Desu Evol Yaw | Born in Blood | Trance Syndicate 1990
SOCRATES THAT PRACTIÇES MUSIC | Ruthless Rake | Further Conclusions Against an Italian Version (BAT) | Junior Aspirin *new
FAD GADGET | Lady Shave | Make Room 7" | Mute 1981
CHROME | In a Dream | Inworlds 12" EP | Don't Fall Off the Mountain 1981
MAGAZINE | Shot by Both Sides | Real Life | Virgin 1978
WIRE | Reuters | Pink Flag | EMI/Harvest 1977
OPÉRATION S | (Demain Viendra) le Futur | Anteenagers MC/Happy Family split LP | Action 2004
BEAST OF BEAST | Destructive Heroes | Sex, Drugs...and Noise 12" EP | My Ass 1983?
COÏTUS INT. | Dry Up Soon | Dead Excitement EP 7" | Bunkerpop *new (orig 1980)
LILLETTES | Air Conditioning | v/a: Messthetics # 108 South Coast D.I.Y. '77-81 | Hyped2Death *new
TOYS WENT BERSERK | Skull | Pieces | Aberrant 1987
THE MEN | Bataille | Leave Home | Sacred Bones *new
CHEVEU | Impossible is not French | 1000 | Kill Shaman 2011
SUICIDE | Girl | self-titled | Red Star 1977
SPECTOR PROTECTOR | Sugar | demo CDR | no label 2004

Screature have been a band jamming and rehearsing right under my nose in Sacramento for the last two years, but they finally played their debut live show last month at a packed house-show in Davis in support of Death Grips. To my surprise, my friend Liz Donner, who I've known since the days when her art gallery
known as Fools Foundation was scene-HQ and the main Sacto venue partner for KDVS Presents, sings for the band. And sings very effectively and has a full repertoire of killer mic stand moves.

There are many bands--even many excellent bands--celebrating the dark art and heyday of the original postpunk, and Screature enter that field with a unique slant that creates their own space there with deep-pocketed kinetic drum-&-organ-bass rhythms, dramatic vocals, and a distinctive psych-punk guitar style that smacks of Chrome's Helios Creed now and then.

Now that they are outta-the-practice-space and further into the public eye, I expect a lotta you are gonna dig them immensely. You can follow them on Facebook here...

For such a rad-looking band, they seem kinda camera-shy so far.
Has anyone got any pictures to send me to post here? (THANKS!)