BAD NEWS Do the Dead/ Do You Love Me 7
Italiangaragerock in a Cramps kinda way. Two guitars and drums. One original and acover of the Contours Do you Love me, which of course has been covered waytoo many times. They do an okay take on it but you just cant help thinkingthat they wouldve been better off with something else to cover. Do the deadis an okay song but nothing too memorable.
BLACK LIPS Katrina / Italian Sexual Frustration 7
Theonslaught of Blips singles continues, and I cant say I dont like it. I mean,you obviously already have Katrina but what a fucking song that is. Itdeserves its own space on a 7 and the b-side is cool too, an outtake from thelatest LP. A sped up, punky little ditty about just what the title says. Notthe most memorable of their songs, but cool. P
CRETEENS Cocksucker 7 4-trackBlues 7
One of thebest European bands around. Reatards-style punkrock from this French wunderkidwith band. And when I say Reatards-style I mean it kinda sounds like theReatards but is done more than well enough to stand on its own. Both 7s hasthree new hits and this band should be unmissable for those that love bandslike Oblivians and Reatards/Jay Reatard. Check em out for chrissakes.
(Thomas) Boom Chick Records ContaminatedRecords
DEADCLODETTES Flou / LaSueur Coule 7
New Frenchgaragerock by three girls. Very simple and sung in french. Not terriblyexciting unfortunately. A bit too stiff and unrocking.
(Thomas) Trashmondain Records
HAUNTEDGEORGE Pile o Meat LP
Easily oneof last years best records and Haunted George has to be the biggest breakout ofthe year. Prolific like no other and with a quality control thats out of thisworld. Haunted George is of course Steve Pallow from the Necessary Evils andthe Beguiled, and here hes gone one man band and mixes horror, country, bluesand sci-fi into an excllent mix of garagerock. Very similiar to what both hisabovementioned bands did but in a new way and Pile o Meat is awesome and amust-have. Buy this!
(Thomas) Hook Or Crook
HEARTATTACKS Stay Away 7
Theirprenultimate release I guess. They have another one out on Plastic Idol thatwill probably be their last. Dont miss their last liveshow with Cococoma &Headache City in Stockholm february 22⁄2008. Heres three more patentedpunkrockers by the Heartattacks, Swedens best punkrock? Yeah, I think so.
(Thomas) ken Rock Records
HIBACHISTRANGLERS Our City Doesnt Stink All the Time 7
Kinda AngrySamoans influenced, maybe throw in some Aussie stuff too. Pretty cool. Crappilyrecorded but with a lot of energy. For fans of Final Solutions for example.
(Thomas) Floridas Dying
JON SPENCERBLUES EXPLOSION JukeboxExplosion LP
The bandthat got me into r&r. And what can I say.. Im in awe of how great thisshit still is. It doesnt sound a bit dated even though some of this stuffhearkens back to the early 90s. Explosive (of course) rock and roll is whatyou get in the trademark Blues Explosion style. This is the five jukebox editionsingles on ITR and some assorted hard to get stuff. Perfectly fit together onthis comp that actually sounds like the missing link between Crypt-style andNow I Got Worry. Fucking awesome stuff. If you havent heard their version ofSon of Sam for instance then you must buy this.
(Thomas) In The RedRecords
KING KHAN& BBQ SHOW S/t DBL-LP
I lovethese two guys! And even though this is the third version I own of this same LPI still find it exhilarating to listen to again and again and again. Thisversion sounds great, you get some bonus tracks (from the Goner and Hazlewoodalbums) as well as an extra lp of unreleased Factory sessions recorded inBerlin. Im not gonna claim that these are indispensible but if you love theShow then youre gonna want to own this too. And the extra tracks on theregular LP just makes it even better. Now Im just gonna hafta buy another copyof this album sos I can cut out all the stuff I need to play the game thatsincluded in the gatefold. Beautiful package!
(Thomas) In The Red Records
LUIS &THE WILDFIRES Brain JailLP
Rockabillywithout sounding retro? And fucking great rock and roll? When was the last timeyou heart that? Look no further. First issued on Californaias Wild Recordsthen snagged by Norton for glorius vinyl release. Four hispanics outtaCalifornia I think.. theyre just out to rock and roll and while they seem tosport all the rockabilly grease that the retro-scene does they just skip overalmost all the trappings. Going for a wild, furious approch to their rockabillyand not going for any sort of retrosound. This is just wild over the topvocals, trashy guitars and awesome songwriting. I cant recommend this enoughto everybody out there. Forget your preconceptions of the genre. Cause thatswhat Luis & the Wildfires does and that makes it fun for everyone!
(Thomas) Norton Records
MAHARAJAS In Pure Spite CD
Theyrekind of Swedens answer to a lot of 60s and 60s inspiredbands but the onethey remind me most of is the Swingin Neckbreakers. Not the wild stuff but theslower and more rock-stuff. And its pretty good too. Now, this isnt my favekinda style but some of the songs are really good, the production is cool andthe performance is above par so yeah, if youre into this kinda music, or likedthe Maharajas earlier records, then i think youll dig this too.
(Thomas) Low Impact
MAKEOUTS StreetTonight / Still Love You 7
RadioObligato continues to bring you Stockholm bands on black 7 vinyl. This is theMakeouts second single (first one on Bachelor). Theyre growing by leaps andbounds and heading toward their own sound more and more. This single is kickingtheir debuts ass bigtime. The songs are great might have benefitted by sometweaking here and there. Although I do love the rawness this radiates of. Forthose that havent heard them, theyre sorta taking their cues off theSpaceshits but infused with the Black Lips and King Khan & BBQ Show. Greatgarage rocknroll!
NOVELTIES Instead of a Hug 7
Anassortment of ex-band people out of Stockholm join forces for some stoopidpunkrock ala Spits, 77 punk and budgetrock. Some cool and fun stuff someswenglish and some that I dont dig at all, like Miniskirt which is justboring. Keep it shorter and a little faster and Ill prolly hop on board.
(Thomas) Ken Rock Records
PLEASUREKILLS Smash upthe Radio / Over and Over 7
Powerpoppystuff kinda akin to what MOTOs doing. Nice female vocals, good production andall in all okay stuff but somehow it fails to really grab me. Maybe its justmy problem with this stuff not going wild enough for my primitive tastes. Thisis nice and catchy and all but shit, I need it to cut loose and just go wildand crazy. More guitars, faster and some screaming would have done it. Punk itout!
(Thomas) Polypore Records
TRASHIES Fartstorm? 7 Blue Tarp7 What Makesa Man get Trashed? LP
Stoopidmonotonous mid-tempo punkrock. Doing what the Spits does in a way. And theSpits does it better, even if I dont love the Spits either. Okay musicwise,funny? Yes. But definitely not rising to any heights. Nuke em is the hit onthe Ken Rock single. The Rehab one is a bit wave-ier and darker/moody. Theb-side is okay but nah, still not my cup of tea. The LP is better, has bettersongs and sounds more coherent. More like a concept. Better recordings too.
(Thomas) Ken Rock Records RehabRecords 24⁄7 Records
V/A BLACKLIPS / KING KHAN & BBQ SHOW MerryChristmas 7
Anabsolutely classic x-mas single. The Black Lips turn in the best x-mas songsince Bing Crosby and the Show turn in a delicious little instrumental tune.This is single youre gonna wanna be spinning every x-mas from now on!
(Thomas) Norton Records
V/A SICK OFBEING SICK LP
Comp ofmostly Italian punkrock and garage. Falls a bit short on the information bitbut I know for sure that Sonny Vincent isnt Italian and hes on here so theremight be more that.. This is on an Italian label and feels kinda like apresentation of the scene. Theres a bunch of the more prolific bands on hereand some that I havent heard before. The Tunas, Movie Star Junkies and Honey Dont are thestandouts and a few more might make the cut but all in all, a kind of redundantcomp Id say. Good for checking out the scene but not much more..
(Thomas) Primitive Records
V/ABLONDSAI / THEE LEXINGTON ARROWS 7
Blondsai ispunk with female vocals, nothing too exciting. Sounds very 90s. Doesnt grabme and the music sounds like any punkband couldve done it. Lexington Arrows ismore garagerock but kinda boring too, the tempo is too low and the sound reallyboring. Think Headcoatees but muddier and lacking the flair.
(Thomas) Raped ByRecords
V/A LAMPS /HAUNTED GEORGE 7
Excellenttour single from two of my fave bands. Trashy loud garagerock. Lamps coverHaunted Georges Gonna Lynch U and HG cover the Lamps Ron Campbell. Lampsis dirty as fuck and loud and nasty just how I like em. HGs version is slowerand stompier. Really nice, might even outdo the original. Its like it was madefor him. Great single!
(Thomas) In The Red Records (available only on their website)
WILD BILLYCHILDISH & THE MUSICIANS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE Christmas1979 7
Myintroduction to Billys new band featuring the drummer of the Buff Medways andhis wif on bass. And its really great stuff. Pounding hard and of course itsounds exactly like Billys stuff always do. Heres two fucking awesome songson green vinyl (also available on red) that you need to hear. Hard as helllyrics about girls leaving and drunken fathers on x-mas. Christmas 1979 is slow,creepy one and Ho Ho! is a real pounder.
(Thomas) Damaged Goods