REVIEWS - SEPTEMBER 2007
Passing theTime 7
Firstrelease from cool Brooklyn recordstore, Passout Records. And this is having astrange effect on me. Extremely catchy and hooky, and extremely garagey pop..orsumthin.. Fucking awesome hooks and. Four girls with a great feel for popsongand its just lofi and garagey enough to make my ears love it.
Put on Records
Cold Handsb/w My Struggle 7
Cold Handsb/w Hippie Hippie Hoorah 7
Its not aProblem b/w Dirty Hands 7
Guess itsfairly regular practice by bigger labels to just release tons versions ofsingles and when its the Black Lips that get the treatment Im notcomplaining. But putting a bunch of livesongs on a 7 is kinda boring so justsuffice to say that the Not a Problem 7 is pretty redundant. The Cold Hands7 though it pretty damn sweet, except for more livestuff in the form ofHippie Hippie Hoorah so skip that one too. Cold Hands is taken from theirnew and upcoming LP and sounds great. A bit cleaner and softer but its a damngreat song. Cant wait to hear it live. I fucking love it! My Struggle is anon-LP song and makes this single a definite must-have. A winner.
Shattered:the complete singles collection LP
Thecomplete output by in my mind Swedens best band ever. Yeah, ever! Heavilyinfluenced by bands like the Gories and Oblivians and they do it great. I mightbe very biased but heck, listening to this almost ten years after they stoppedplaying, well eight years at least anyway, and it still is great shit.Remastered and great sounding.
Hide &Go Seek 7
Whoa! Oneof the singles Ive been most wanting to hear for the last ten years or so.Ever since ITR issued that damn cool double Blacktop single that had covers ofHide & Go Seek parts one and two. And damn if it aint up to my highexpectations. This is a goddamn must for everyone into rnb.
Walk Into the Sea LP
Yeah, abrand spanking new Cheater Slicks LP right in time for their 20thanniversary. Yeah, its been that long, but the Slicks havent slowed down,well maybe a bit but their music is as aggressive and introspective as always.Filled with hate and anguish. And they do it so damn well. I dont like all thesongs but mostly 90% is just amazing noisy rocknroll with a lot of roots in60s garage and blues. Walk Into the Sea shouldnt let anyone whove likedthem before down and its a good a starting point as any to discover one of thebest bands out there, and one of the best bands for the last twenty years.
Dead Canary Records
Real coolcomp of singles, demos, live and unreleased of this cool NYC band from way backwhen (90s). Their dark brooding, yet really rockin swampy sound made up ofbits and pieces of Blues Explosion, Scientists, Gun Club, Cramps etc is waycool. If you havent heard them before this might not be the place to start,pick up the Crypt LP instead but for the Cranks fan that has everything thisis a real winner. Loads of cool shit is packed on this baby.
Heavilyinfluenced by Billy Childish down to the very Thee in their name. But hey noone does it in the States and theres no one coming even close to being this good.I dont mind, this is pretty rocking stuff. Not as good as Billys best bandsbut pretty decent.
Licorice Tree Records
Id BraveEverything For You 7
This issuch a cute little garagey punksingle from Bobby Ubangi (Lids) and JaredSwilley (Black Lips). Cute songs, hooky tunes and a damn great lo-fi sound. Ifyoure a fan of either of the above mentioned bands or say maybe the Fe Fi FoFums then by all means get this. Its just too cute to not love!
Message ofLove 7
Two coversfrom the cool Intelligence. I like their experimental robotic stuff cause theyalways keep it trashy and rockin enough. Its always cool and hardsounding.But keeping a danceable beat to it. Cool Stuff. Here they cover the Pretendersand Bob Dylan. I really like how Message of Love sounds but I dont care thatmuch for Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat so this is a 50-50 situation..
I Know a Place b/w Dont Let Him Come Back 7
Kind of adeparture as this is kinda acoustic but still in the same style as his latestsolostuff. Pretty cool though. Great songs, and the production is cool. I thinkthis might have been even cooler recorded real but its kinda cool the stuff hestrying out these days. I can easily see him sliding over to some kinda JeffreyEvans blues thing or back into punkmode or whatever. And its pretty darn coolthat everything this guy touches is so great.
KING KHAN& THE SHRINES
What Is?! CD
The worlds#1 soulband is back. This record has really been growing on me, at first Ithought it was way too garagey and psychedlic but now Im starting to thinkits their best one. A few more real hits would have made it a real killer. Buttheres enough great songs here to make this a winner. A couple of real turdsin the forms of some sorta free jazz experiment that really bums me out butthats what CDs are great for, skipping songs. So without the turds, this isthe shit.
Rich Crookfresh from such great bands as the Lost Sounds and the Knaughty Knights goessolo, kind of and produces a full album of great popsongs kinda continuing hisstyle from his previous bands. Great shit! I love all the songs and theproduction sounds great. Its kinda high energy rocknroll but pop songs.Sounds awesome.
Kill, Baby, Kill CD
Rawk fromLondon. Supposedly inspired by Russ Meyer, New Bomb Turks and the Devil Dogsand while I kinda hear the influences this sounds nothing like the two greatbands above. This has that sorta Social Distortion sound thats pretty muchunbearable. They also quoute say this sounds like the Misfits getting drunkwith Elvis listening to Social Distortion. Ugh…
Always Late and Not Even Close CD
Ugh, thisis horrible.. streetpunk made up to sound like rocknroll. Fuck this ishorrible!!!
Ryan Wongand Steve Sleaze team up for some real lo-fi dirty punkrock in the Rip Offvein. Six songs, and two pretty great ones and four more medium memorable.Sounds like different recordings a bit too much also. Kind of a shame, soundslike this could have been a great single, lose two songs and some masteringmaybe.. Well, what do I know… Pretty cool punkrock anyway. Reatards meets RipOff Records.
Solid Sex Lovie Doll Records
SONICNEGROES Honky Bastard Blues CD
These guysfrom Stockholm are still rummaging in the mid-90s Hellacopters pool ofactionrock. Taking cues from bands like the Stooges etc. Nothing new, fairlycompetent.. Not my cup of tea at all..
Its Not About Music Records
BusyBody!!! Live in Tacoma 1964 LP
Anothercool discovery from the Norton folks. Two long lost live recordings of theSonics from 1964. I mean yeah, live records arent the shit but this is a damncool testament of time. A part of rocknroll history. The Sonics, probably theepitome of 60s garagerock, caught live in their early days. You get two liveshows and classics like Have Love, Will Travel, Busy Body, The Witch andNight Train plus more and come cool introductions and radio spots concerningthe two shows. All in all a cool package, raw sounding but with pretty goodfidelity anyway courtesy of Tim Warren and the Crypt Studios.
Cool asfuck punk 77-style. And its not overly retrosounding or anything like that.This is just a great fucking punkrock single. Three damn cool tunes that soonhave me hollering along! Hope they can keep it up.. Cause I want this shit tokeep on coming.
Heavy andtrashy, and the best Ive heard so far from TSF. Usually its too noisy andhard sounding for me to like but this time its kinda sloppy and dirty andlo-fi which gives the noise a much garagier sound. For fans of nosiy stuff likeHuman Eye and the Blowtops.
TWISTINRUMBLE 1-4 LP
Four newfantastic comps of insane dancenumbers. How awesome is that?! Yeah, enough tobreak out the A-word. Its fucking awesome! And these comps are just plainfantastic. Not one of these songs will let you down. Its a great package allthe way down from the insanely great artwork to each individual song. Rangingfrom soul to rnb to exotica to garage to slop.. Some are justuncategorizable. Theres some stuff youve probably heard before but thesoundquality is awesome. Put these on at any party and youll soon have abonafide dancingparty going on all night!
I Need YourLovin 7
Coolreissue of apparently ultrarare 45 from 65. Cool shit anyways. B-side is a bittoo soft for my ears though. A softvoiced ballad. But the fact that theres somuch fucking awesome stuff that havent been reissued the right way yet is justamazing, and who can complain when great shit like this just continues showingup on great sounding singles from Norton. Just get this if youre a fan of 60sgarage. You wont be disappointed.
ANGRYANGLES / DIGITAL LEATHER split 7
Pretty coolsplit. Angry Angles got a really cool sound which I guess you know by now.Rumor has it their ITR fullength is still coming out. Digital Leather isnt mything to a hundred percent. Its a bit too electronic. But as far as electro,these guys are by far the best Ive heard.
BLACK LIPS/ DEMONS CLAWS Split 7
Anotherinstallment in the Rolling Stones cover 7 series from Norton. All of these arepretty redundant but theres some really cool bands here and there and this isthe best of the bunch so far. Demons Claws do a very stripped down FactoryGirl. Sounds more like a demo recording, but fairly okay I guess. The Blips doWhat To Do and in a very Black Lips-y way. At the end of the song youll bethinking its a Black Lips song. They can do no wrong right now. Great tune!