Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Vagtazo Halottkemek - Hammering At The Gates Of Nothingness

This is...I don't know what to say this is. It's Hungarian, first of all. Second of all, it sounds like this: you're in a movie. You're on horseback and you're surrounded by a ragtag bunch. Y'all are looking at a hill. You hear the beat of several thousand horse hooves. And then, suddenly, on the hilltop, you notice the horizon becomes blotted with riders ready to descend and fuck you up. You realize some of them have fire. You whisper, "Oh shit."

That's what it sounds like to me. What does it sound like to you?

As someone else who has posted another album of theirs on his blog put it: "Hungarian is probably the only language on Earth in which this would not sound ridiculous."

Totally true. Just look at them. But not before you've listened to it, because that geeky image betrays something beautiful and hypnotic.


Thursday, December 25, 2008

Mix Tape #9 - Won't Get Yuled Again

In honor of Jesus I am posting this week's mix early.

All I want for Christmas, by the way, is for property owners/managers in Seattle TO SHOVEL THEIR GODDAMN SIDEWALKS.

Oh. And to watch this video over and over again. It has nothing to do with the mix.

The two lead tracks for this come from this great Christmas mashup collection. Here's the rest:

Side A
1. Mojochronic - Whoville (Won't Get Yuled Again)
2. Men Without Pants - And the Girls Go
3. Groupe El Azhar - Mazal Nesker Mazal (I'm Still Getting Drunk... Still)
4. Pale Face - Burn and Rob
5. Don Ho - This Christmas
6. Rock Shop - It's Hurting Me
7. Rifle Sport - The Little Drummer Boy
8. Herman's Rocket - Space Woman
9. Paul Piot & Paul Guiot - Amour Vacances Et Baroque
10. Davila 666 - Oh Baby!
11. Red Sovine - Santa Is A Texas Cowboy
12. Wire - One Of Us
13. Henry Mancini - My Friend Andamo
14. Guided by Voices - I Am A Tree

Side B
1. Mojochronic - Xmasploitation (Santa's Baddass Revenge)
2. Monks - Complication
3. The New Year - Gasoline
4. The Shandells - Go Go Gorilla
5. James Brown - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
6. She - Outta Reach
7. Bo Diddley - Rooster Stew
8. Union Carbide Productions - Cartoon Animal
9. The Wildebeests - lucinda
10. Darlene Love - Marshmallow World
11. Wooden Shjips - Auld Lang Syne
12. Scrawl - 11:59 (It's January)

May your days be merry and bright.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

SS-20 - More Government Now

This is excellent late 80's punk rock from Cincinnati. Under-produced and totally endearing. Kind of sounds like the Misfits filled with doughnuts and Pabst.

Here. Hear for yourself.

And then get it.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Mix Tape #8 - Residents Videos Sure Are Creepy

I used to watch the shit out of Night Flight and, as such, was treated to a heavy dose of Residents videos. The one below is for a song that is not on this mix, but it's worth posting for nostalgia-value. At the time, it gave me both the creeps and a boner for the tight-sweatered eyeball lady in the chair. This is actually not a great combination to imprint on someone of an impressionable age. And maybe it explains some things.

But the Residents song on here had a creepy video, too, and it's worth looking for. And none of the above has anything to do with how the mix turned out, which, I'm happy to say, was pretty good!

I need to find out if there's a plane to Skaville. It sounds like a nice place and maybe it's not covered in snow that no one will plow. Because that would be a refreshing change.

I also need to figure out who the hell Tic Tac Toe were because if they were capable of the brain-infecting track enclosed, they may be plotting something in a smoke filled room somewhere. And they must be stopped.

Oh. And the funny thing about that Shellac song. I tried to find a less-shitty copy of it and the two I got from Soulseek had the same skip. Which means my awful rip of it has been circulating for years. Go, go internet!

Anyway. Here's what's inside:

Side A
1. Jackie Mittoo & The Soul Brothers - Train To Skaville
2. Louis Bellson et al - Mouth To Mouth Resuscitation
3. Johnny Guitar Watson - Nobody
4. Nancy Sinatra - The Last Of The Secret Agents
5. George Brigman - Schoolgirl
6. Tic Tac Toe - Leck Mich Am A B Zeh
7. Serge Gainsbourg - Cargo Culte
8. Railroad Jerk - Bang the Drum
9. Ursula Bogner - 2 Ton
10. Sammy Davis, Jr. - You Can Count On Me
11. The Residents - Hello Skinny
12. Roger Miller - Chug-A-Lug
13. Mavi Isiklar - The Great Airplane Strike of 1967
14. Kent Yedilisi - Mühür Gözlüm

Side B
1. Phil Johns And The Lonely Ones - Ballad Of A Juvenile Delinquent
2. The Treble Spankers - Red Hot Navigator
3. Jackie Lee - The Duck
4. Dara Puspita - Soal Asmara
5. Pretty Purdie and The Playboys - Artificialness
6. Freddy Fender - Mi Nena
7. Shellac - The Rambler Song
8. Jack Costanzo - Don't Squeeze the Peaches
9. Folkes Brothers - Oh Carolina
10. Mick Farren - Let's Loot The Supermarket Again Like We Did Last Summer
11. Los Apson - Satisfacion
12. The Gossip - Jealous Girls
13. The Out Casts - Weird Ties Wide Belts
14. Edwin Starr - Agent Double O'Soul
15. Michelle Shocked - 5AM In Amsterdam


Sunday, December 14, 2008


Due to unfortunate circumstances, this project is on hiatus.

Hope to see you later.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Volcano Suns - Some Live Show

I was really happy to read that the first two Volcano Suns records are going to be re-released with bonus stuff. In honor of that, I'm posting some live show of theirs that sounds pretty good. You'll have to turn the volume up, though. Actually, turn it up a little more. Little more. There.

Yeah. Blast-worthy band.

Here's the track list:

1.Belly Full of Lead
2.Promise Me
3.Slopen Hood
4.Greasy Spine
5.Brother Superior
6.Like Bucks
7.Now File
8.Balancing Act
9.The Mouth That Roared
10.Magic Sky
12.What's Happening To Me
14.Crotch On Fire
15.Storm In My House


Good Record Store Day.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Slits - Typical Girls

This is them live in the early eighties in San Francisco and, of all places, Cincinnati (reprazent!). About 90% of this is fantastic, especially their cover of "Heard It Through The Grapevine" which you may listen to below.

The other 10% is, I think, Neneh Cherry doing guest vocals and sounding like a kitten with its paw in a meat grinder.

But what are you going to do?

I was lucky to see them a couple of years ago and the show was fantastic. After one song, Ari Up said, "That one was tight. Like my boom boom!" And then she patted her boom boom.

Oh Ari! You silly!

Here's the track list:
1. New Town
2. Walkabout
3. Man Next Door
4. Life On Earth
5. Heard It Through The Grapevine
6. Typical Girls
7. Fade Away
8. In The Beginning
9. Or What Was It


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Mix Tape #7 - Funk (Not The Good Kind)

I don't know if it's the onset of winter or the holidays or what, but I have been in the foulest of tempers for a while now. I've never quite understood why that leads me to listen to bleak and mournful music, but I do find it comforting during these short, cold days.

I wonder if watching a video featuring Black Box Recorder's ultra-hottie Sarah Nixey will help.

Huh. It kinda did!

Anyway. Here's my bad mood mix.

Side A
1. Swans - Failure
2. The Waterboys - Be My Enemy
3. Songs: Ohia - Love Leaves Its Abusers
4. Heartless Bastards - Done Got Old
5. Big Star - Nightime
6. Blatz - California
7. Fastbacks - Call it what you want
8. Morphine - I'm Free Now
9. Robert Pete Williams - I've Grown So Ugly
10. Love Battery - Damaged
11. The Kinks - Predictable
12. Cringer - Signals

Side B
1. Scrawl - Sad
2. Flipper - The Way of the World
3. Palace - Stablemate
4. Thee Headcoats - Don't Like The Man I Am
5. Proton Energy Pills - Nothing
6. Pussy Galore - Kill Yourself
7. Sebadoh - Hoppin' Up And Down
8. Black Box Recorder - Child Psychology
9. Honor Role - Purgatory
10. Hayden - Bad As They Seem
11. Panda & Angel - Dangerous
12. Bettie Serveert - Healthy Sick
13. Kristin Hersh - Listerine


Friday, December 5, 2008

Sanford Clark - Shades

Excellent twang. Recommended if you like Lee Hazlewood. Because he wrote some of the songs. Like the one I am posting via this cute little internet thingy below.

I think this might still be commercially available in Germany, so I feel bad about posting it. But, then again, there was that whole Hitler thing...


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

X Ray Spex - Spermfree Geriatric

I guess these are Rough Trade demos and Peel Sessions. And as such they're really raw. I don't know, though...I think some of these songs should be rawer. A good example is "I Can't Do Anything." The studio version of that sounds all Brady Bunch and sunshine handclaps. The version here will poke your eye out.

I was so happy to find this in the late 80's because Germfree was out of print and this was the only way I could listen to these songs. You damn kids with your damn internet.

This is my vinyl rip, so you know it'll be extra shitty. And there's a big old skip on "Plastic Bag." And I didn't break it into tracks. Punk rock!

Side A
1. Oh Bondage Up Yours
2. Obsessed With You
3. Identity
4. Let's Submerge
5. Plastic Bag
6. I Live Off You
7. I Am A Cliche
8. I Can't Do Anything
9. The Day The World Turned Dayglo

Side B
1. Genetic Engineering
2. Identity
3. I Am A Poseur
4. Genetic Engineering
5. Germ Free Adolescents
6. Age
7. Warrior In Woolworths
8. Artificial