Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Baby Blue

Look at the cover. How could I not buy this record?

I know absolutely nothing about it, and you probably have never heard of it either. Unless that is you on the cover, that is.

How many of these do you think there are? I would guess not many. But now the world can hear it!

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Baby Blue.

Rock N' Roll Rebel b/w Fantasy Man
1. Rock N' Roll Rebel
2. Fantasy Man

Monday, September 29, 2008


I thought you all might enjoy a solid banger, whatever that means.

You can't really mess with Hawkwind, can you.

I used to have a beautiful copy of Space Ritual  that someone nicked. Bastards!

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by Hawkwind.

Silver Machine b/w Seven By 7 (United Artists)
1. Silver Machine
2. Seven By 7

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Miranda July with The Need

I originally had this with The Need records but upon further listening decided it was more of a Miranda July record and thus deserved its own slot.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by Miranda July with The Need.

Margie Ruskie Keeps Time (Kill Rock Stars)
1. 1
2. 2

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tennis Shoes

I recently spent a day in London wandering around in the rain going to as many record shops as I could find. I purchased quite a few records, some by bands I had heard of and many by bands I had not.

There were some rules governing which records I could buy and which I couldn't. To buy a record I had to be reasonably sure I would post it here at some point, and it had to be less than £10 (preferably closer to 5). If I hadn't heard of the band it had to look cool (obviously) and not be on a major label.

I got some oddballs, this not being the weirdest of the bunch. I love that their band is called Tennis Shoes and there are 9(!) members. I'm sure they needed every single one of the six people who are credited with vocals (for 3 of them it is their sole credit).

It says on the cover that there is a "free zoetrope inside" but as mine didn't contain one I concluded that they had intended that to be the title of the record.

This record is really fun to listen to, I am currently doing the medium wave (whatever that means).

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Tennis Shoes.

Free Zoetrope Inside (Bonaparte)
1. (Do The) Medium Wave
2. Rolf Is Stranger Than Richard
3. So Large.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fighter D

I bet you were wondering if I was ever going to give you the flip side of this record. Wonder no more.

I had a feeling I saw them play at some point but I have absolutely no idea now when or where or it was. It is safe to assume that it was somewhere in the vicinity of San Francisco.

This year I started keeping a record of every show I go to. I wish I did the same thing in 1998 too so I could refer to it now.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, .5 records by Fighter D.

Fighter D/Mates Of State (Omnibus)
1. Storm

Thursday, September 25, 2008


I heard that Armatron played a show in San Francisco and threw a bunch of worms all over the place. Not the computer kind either.

My friends who set up the show were not amused when they had to clean it up at the end of the night.

For one reason or another I never purchased their 7", but I have all these comp tracks burning a hole in my pocket. At some point I'll drop a few bucks and you'll get a few extra tunes.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Armatron.

La Foresta Della Morte (Toyo)
1. R U 12
2. Strong-Arm

The Science Of Crisis (Toyo)
1. Fuck The Pigs
2. Pinch The Bug
3. Man's Urge To Destroy
4. Spoonman
5. Eaten Alive
6. Rolling Heads
7. Midget Child
8. Rocket Science

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Beat Buttons

Oh man do I love this record. I listened to it pretty regularly during the summer of 2005 and still bump it now and again. It usually puts me in a good mood when I do.

Hopefully now it can put you in a good mood too!

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, The Beat Buttons.

The Beat Buttons (Bakery Outlet)
1. Red (Gainesville Is Full Of Excuses)
2. Our Fight Song (Begin)
3. Favorite Flavor
4. Divorced
5. Dare
6. The Middle
7. Hang Me
8. Unbroken
9. The Simple
10. Good Weather
11. Too Late

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Missy X

If you've been keeping up with me then you already know that I cannot get enough of the Slampt catalog. Sooner or later I will track down a copy of all the releases and share them with you.

I wish there were more information available about bands like this. I didn't live in England so I never really had the chance to see them.

Maybe you did and know more? Perhaps there is some Missy X cassette you want to mail me so I can add it to this post? Who knows!

A man can dream, after all.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Missy X.

Missy X 7" (Slampt)
1. J C
2. Fucker X
3. White Panther
4. Remus
5. Black Sabbath
6. Ria Savage

Elastic Jet Mission (Slampt)
1. Lanegan's Trumpet

Monday, September 22, 2008


Texas hardcore, totally classic.

I never saw them but I had a single of theirs, released by my now good friend Matt Owens. He probably has more stories to tell about them than I do. He was the one who told me the Mike Gerner pirate story.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Carbomb.

Total Eclipse (Young Heartattack)
1. Intro
2. Radio Bomb Squad
3. Starlite
4. Angry Frogs
5. 50's Boy Lover
6. 60's Girl Lover
7. Pillowtalk
8. Lipstick
9. Love Shit Faced
10. Greaseslick Motorists
11. Dudly Foremost
12. Hipchick
13. Bomb Threat
14. Vacuum 57
15. Cherry Bomb
16. March Of Carbomb
17. 321 Contact
18. Breaker #9
19. Class Program
20. Sin City
21. Greaseslick Motorists/"Turn Up The Vocals!"/Pillowtalk/Starlite (Live)
22. For Your Eyes/Love Song For Love Birds/Dudly Foremost/Stereophonic/In Our Hearts/Radio Bomb Squad/Jakelegg/Constitution Revolution/Beatnik (Live)

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Crainium

It would appear that yet another milestone has been reached, as this is my 200th post. I am going to celebrate by sharing The Crainium discography with you.

I never got to see them, unfortunately. I heard something about them playing in San Francisco but I didn't hear about it until the next day. It was reputedly with Crom-Tech, another band I missed out on seeing. Damn it!

When I worked at Merrill Lynch I used to listen to A New Music For A New Kitchen to annihilate the corporate weirdness that surrounded me. It was usually pretty effective.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, The Crainium.

The Crainium (Dialect)
1. Human Nature Is Something Divorced, Human Nature Is A Mechanical Corpse
2. The Dancing Dinner
3. Sad And Painful Are The Realizations That The Fantasies Given To Us May Never Be Fixed

The Crainium EP (Slowdime)
1. They Cut Many Open And Were Surprised To Find No Radio
2. No, No, No
3. The Garden The Machine (A Drawing Of Blood In Imitation)

The Crainium/The Make-Up (Slowdime)
1. Hatch As Hatch Can - And I Can - But Won't
2. The Mechanical Breast

A New Music For A New Kitchen (Slowdime)
1. The Roles We Play, A Dead-Ended Game. We Have To Change. Create And Rearrange. The Roles We Play They Are A Dead-Ended Game.
2. Watch Who They Beat, Watch Who They Eat.
3. You Pretend That You Depend But Now You Are, Are You, Visible?
4. There Are No Rabbits In My Hat, (Yes, Yes, Yes, I Am A Traitor To My Sex!)
5. Abracadabra!, What Am I Now?
6. Only True Love Will Break The Rules.
7. Your Penis, It Is Tiny, And It Can Not Spell.
8. Untitled
9. Cut It Out Of My Body, Cut It Out Of My Mind,To Look, No Look, With These Eyes.
10. Untitled
11. What Are We Hiding? 1)Blood And Babies, Over Tea. 2)The Eggtree And The Ebbing Tides. 3)The Man In My Moon, Drinks Claret.
12. Untitled
13. New Hormones. Until Then, We Will Not Know What Love Is
14. A New Music For A New Kitchen. Or, (How I Raised Myself Up From The Dead, And You Can Too!)
15. The Coquettery Of Immobility Oh Watch How I Bake, A Victim, A Baby, A Coital Cake.
16. Untitled
17. A New Music For A New Kitchen

Saturday, September 20, 2008

24K Gold

I played very briefly in a band with Mike and Keith called The Dimlocator, which then turned into PS Burn This Letter after I was evicted (there were no hard feelings).

The three of us worked at Epicenter together. One day before our shift, Keith suggested we go to Jay's Cheesesteak. I was dubious as it didn't sound particularly friendly to vegetarians, which is when he informed of their seitan sandwich. It very quickly became my favorite place to eat in San Francisco. I still stop by there whenever I am in town.

One day, many years later, I was visiting San Francisco and I showed up at some show in a park that they happened to be playing. It was nice to catch up.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, 24K Gold.

Gold (Self)
1. Insider Trading
2. Action Potential
3. Outside The Cut

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Lines

This record was not particularly well cared for as there is a seam split at the bottom and quite a bit of surface noise to boot.  I suppose it was released nearly 30 years ago now. It seems so strange, I feel like records from that era should still be teenagers -- I guess I'm getting old! Imagine if I were actually in this band!

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by The Lines.

Let's Be Modern b/w Who Is Number One? (Self)
1. Let's Be Modern
2. Who Is Number One?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Golden Ticket

I believe I picked this up at Sound and Fury as it is yet another one of Don Godwin's ventures. I have to admit that he was in some pretty good bands.

There appear to be approximately 304 of these, according to writing in mine. So few!

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, The Golden Ticket.

ISODM (Sound Suicide)
1. D Equals
2. Hot Cross Buns

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Trevor Healy

I booked Trevor to play the Prospect Park acoustic BBQ show a few years ago (the precursor to the Roosevelt Island shindig that Todd has thrown the last few years) on the recommendation of one Tianna Kennedy. He and Zeke Healy (no relation, ironically) were excited to finally play a show together.

What a show it was!

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Trevor Healy.

Walks Far (Heat Retention)
1. Jun-san Prayer
2. Paper Cranes
3. Stay Awake
4. Walks Far Woman
5. Hank Hazelton
6. Mohican
7. Prayer Stone
8. Monument

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Teen Crud Combo

Long before I ever heard Teen Crud Combo, my good friend Erin McDermott used to email me the lyrics for no apparent reason. She was having some sort of relationship (I will leave which sort up to you to figure out) with Nick Flanagan (who I didn't meet until a few years later when he stayed with me for a night) and thought that I might enjoy his lyrics. I did and do.

Nick looks less like me than people say, although I haven't heard it in a while. The last time we were in a room together was not all that recent, however.

I was able to dig in my email and find the following lyrics for you:

If be ugly-young-dimwitted before Nick good
ask for beer it to be buying nick can, will and should
much not sexy but promiscuous-bonus points
you veterans of sex having after smoking joints
girl did tug on dong
dong became half long
in front of the green office building
hand job was performed
girl who did take part in handjob
partially deformed
sloppy white trash skanks
in tubes tops and capris
girls so nasty their gross snatches
scare away the fleas(repeat verse)
girl did open legs
smell did peel paint
yeah yeah yeah

Early to bed, early to rise, if go Yonge street Awful brothers be wise
not entering stores or purchasing food,see eye-popping ladies,
remarks made are crude!
arcade comes in sight, only stop on the trip
play street fighter 3 and ask Chinaman for a tip
game shack hath received to buy what dave hath once reserved
from now on upon his door it states do not disturb
HMV is the best with a beatable selection of tapes

the early bros embark on a quest in search of babes, electronica
and to see breast
the quest is enjoyed, it cost too much coin
rock stores smell like man with cerebral palsy's sheet

The time is noon and I am sitting with several of my friends
The general consencus is lunch-time is near
Perusing the menus of four-star delicatessens
Important to decision is if parking in rear

Reuban is the choice of my bolder friends
girls go bathroom for tampon adjusting, then...
Men agree for girls wash dishx2
men agree girls need suck dick
because they want eat sperm

The men are happy about their ideas on women
the food is then brought to the table quite promptly
women go bathroom for vagisil applying
'that time of month' make them disabled and easy

Women enjoy to clean-it is genetic.
Men enjoy women enjoying clean-also genetic.
Men agree for girls wash dishx2
men agree girls want big chest because they know dudes like

Eating delicious food is a hobby
with my friends Paula, Jack and Bobby
The meal is finished, we are done.
Job of wash dish for Paula, cause woman.

'Paula'-molive is our new name for Palmolive
as it is utilised by Paula on plates
men agree for girls wash dishx2
men agree girls will get rich
if fulfill needs of guys.

The Awful Brothers, we meet again
over rib torpedoes, daft punk in den
do you dare challenge me to a game
of street fighter alpha 3, made in "Japane"
Offspring record is my fave,
drink ovaltine until go pee
Humour garnered at the expense
of Columbine High school students
Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris
are funny as Mr. Bueller, Ferris.
(rpt. Chorus)

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by Teen Crud Combo.

TCC EP (Black Lung)
1. Suck It
2. Beaver County (Pop: Nick)
3. Wash Dish
4. Awful Brothers Night

Monday, September 15, 2008

Hot Hot Heat

I purchased this because it featured my friend Dustin (whose hair was previously discussed).

I remember not terribly enjoying it. I still don't. Oh well. At least another step on this journey has now been taken.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by Hot Hot Heat.

Hot Hot Heat EP
1. Red On Black
2. Fashion Fight Pause
3. Black On Red
4. Spelling Live Backwards

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Cherry Valence

This is a barn burner of a single. I saw The Cherry Valence a number of times and they were always fun.

Rock and roll, etc. You know you love it.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, The Cherry Valence.

Two Headed Woman b/w (Let Me Do My) Business (Fandango)
1. Two Headed Woman
2. (Let Me Do My) Business

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Peter Jennings

As promised, side B.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Peter Jennings.

Floor Show At Dzerzhinsky's (Y)
1. Floor Show At Dzerzhinsky's

Friday, September 12, 2008

Christopher Reeves

I thought the name of the band was Dining At Dzerzhinsky's, but apparently it is Christopher Reeves? With the B side being by Peter Jennings? It is on Y, which explains why I purchased it.

I'll make it easy on you and give you the B side tomorrow.

Your may not know this, but I am currently in the United Kingdom (unless you read this much past the original posing date). I bring this up to let you know just how much I care.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Christopher Reeves.

Dining At Dzerzhinsky's (Y)
1. Dining At Dzerzhinsky's

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Adrian Orange & Her Band

I love Adrian's recent records. The big band is really doing it for me.

I saw them with an approximation of this lineup a while back and it was amazing. If you like this please do yourself a favor and pick up the LP as well.

I actually had a hard time finding one of these -- I guess it went out of print pretty quickly?

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Adrian Orange & Her Band.

Interdependance Dance (K)
1. Interdependance Dance (PDX Mix)
2. Sad Dancing
3. You Been Fucking Indoctrinating Me Blues

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


This was Trixie's first band (I think) and featured approximately one million women on guitar. Probably quite a sight to see.

You've probably seen these records around and never picked them up because you didn't know what they were or don't like Mecca Normal (trust me, I can relate). Now you can listen to them in the privacy of your own home.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Kreviss.

Unveiled b/w You Think (Scratch)
1. Unveiled
2. You Think

Kreviss/Mecca Normal (Sub Pop)
1. Going To Hell

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


I met Jessy when she first moved to San Francisco. She was living with Mike Kirsch which we all found amusing for some reason.

We played music together for a bit, but nothing ever really came of it. I can't remember why, but these things happen.

She went on to be in Subtonix and is currently in Magick Daggers. I was out of town when they came through a few months ago so I missed them. Next time I suppose.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Vanbuilderass.

Vanbuilderass EP (Schematics)
1. Choices
2. Two Faced
3. One Shot Deal
4. Seasons

Monday, September 8, 2008

Lil Pocketknife

This has some serious jams on it. I used to play Dungeons & Dragons so I totally get it.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Lil Pocketknife.

Pants Control (Narnack)
1. Disco Dancer
2. East Coast/West Coast
3. Red Hott
4. 5'2"
5. A.D.D.

Narnack Records Is... A Fist-First Sampler Of New Music (Narnack)
1. Do A Dance

Sunday, September 7, 2008


Apparently this is the solo project of someone named Gary Middleclass, or something like that. I got it in Toronto and it appears to be Canadian in origin.

Another awesome early 80s new wave single. More please!

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, E.

Reaction b/w Coincidence (Box Prod. 80)
1. Reaction
2. Coincidence

Saturday, September 6, 2008


John Lukens is a genius. Please do yourself a favor and check out Retconned as well -- he has literally blown minds before.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Amverts.

Know All The Right People (Self)
1. Amverts Know All The Right People
2. Fronteirland (Sic)
3. Zombies
4. Soul On Consignment

Friday, September 5, 2008

Countdown To Oblivion

They hail from The Provinces. I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Canada and its people, although I can't really say why.

I think it might be because I was such a big hockey fan growing up. I always thought I'd more to Toronto or something someday.

Needless to say I did not ever make that move, but I will say that I wish I had more Canadians in my life. I hung out with one the other night and it was quite the time!

Katie and I hung out in New York once and in Toronto once. I haven't spoken to her in some years now but I hope that she is well.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, a single by Countdown To Oblivion.

Brain Surgery For Beginners (Deranged)
1. The Way It Is
2. Take It Apart
3. Spray P.E.C.
4. The Fest Sex I Never Had

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The Court & Spark

I used to be pretty good friends with these guys back when I lived in California. We initially sort of met when The Angel Assassins played in Isla Vista with a band that went on to become The Court & Spark.

The party in Isla Vista featured a keg of root beer. When the cops came to break up the party, a kid with a mohawk jumped in the police car and drove off with it. I don't know what happened to that kid, but I sure as shit salute him.

One time when they played New York they were hanging out with their friend who for some reason was roommates with Milla Jovovich, so we all ended up back there hanging out. Unfortunately she was out of town at the time so I did not get to meet her.

Scott handed me this cassette one night at Bottom Of The Hill, a while before the record actually came out. I used to listen to it all the time, and I love the handmade cover.

I haven't seen James or Scott in ages! If you know them please say hello for me!!

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, The Court & Spark.

Ventura Whites (Self)
1. Saturn City
2. Ghost Of Sigma 14B
3. Veranda
4. Dunedin, Dunedin
5. Joyful Dispel
6. Burning Bridges
7. Ventura Whites
8. Sugar Pie In Bed

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

File Under Pop

This is probably one of the lesser known Rough Trade singles.

I would guess that the reason for that is because a lot of this record consists of field recordings taken at Heathrow Airport.

There is a pretty killer song in there, too.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, File Under Pop.

Heathrow (Rough Trade)
1. Heathrow
2. Corrugate
3. Heathrow SLB

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Godzik Pink

I know I saw this band at least once but I cannot for the life of me remember the circumstances. I am leaning towards somewhere in the Bay Area, but it could have been in Los Angeles whilst visiting family. I really have no idea.

If you saw me at a Godzik Pink show, please remind me of the details.

These records are both pretty cool, though.

Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, two single by Godzik Pink.

Godzik Pink (Sympathy For The Record Industry)
1. Nursery Lime
2. East Coast/West Coast Unity (A Cry For Peace)
3. He Hits Her
4. Scorching Summer Knights

Godzik Pink EP (Selvik International)
1. Drill
2. First-Aid Cookies
3. Tribu Ni Rectum
4. Hugs
5. Little Squirt

Monday, September 1, 2008

Rent Boy Assassin

There doesn't appear to be much information on this mysterious band, but I do like the cut of their jib.

Their official bio:

"Rent Boy Assassin were 11 year old male prostitutes from South London who were discovered singing on the streets of Gipsy Hill inbetween tricks."


Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Rent Boy Assassin.

Rent Boy Assassin/Phantom Pregnancies (Damaged Goods)
1. Rent Boy New World Order
2. Pay Your Rent Boy
3. Rent Boy Beat