03 December 2019

SHINY BEAST Shiny Beast 1992

noise/math rock


Tracklist

1 Distro 2:06
2 Cockroach Near The Janitor 1:48
3 Lodestar 3:15
4 Glaxo 2:07
5 Empath 1:38


SLOWDIVE Slowdive 1990

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Commonly identified as shoegaze, Slowdive nonetheless exhibited a broader set of inspirations -- one that spanned four decades, including folk-rock, dub, and ambient techno -- than the majority of their '90s contemporaries. A combination of geographic origin, labelmates such as My Bloody Valentine and Ride, and a sustained predilection for dreamlike harmonies and psychedelicized layers of guitar, led to inevitable restrictive classification. The band's distinctive sound continually evolved from their late-'80s start through 1995, when they closed out their first phase with a misunderstood ambient album that shed nearly all rock convention. Two decades later, while most of the members remained involved with individual pursuits, the band was reactivated for touring and recorded again.
Formed in Reading, England in late 1989, Slowdive originally consisted of Nick Chaplin (bass), Rachel Goswell (guitar, vocals), Neil Halstead (guitar, vocals), Christian Savill (guitar), and Adrian Sell (drums). Goswell, Halstead, and Sell were previously the core of the Pumpkin Fairies, an indie-pop act that had recorded a demo. Savill was a member of Eternal, who released a single on Sarah. Within less than a year, Slowdive signed to Alan McGee's Creation label and released their debut, a self-titled EP of demos. "Slowdive" itself was named Single of the Week by Melody Maker. Morningrise, featuring temporary drummer Neil Carter, and Holding Our Breath, with ex-Charlottes member Simon Scott on board, followed as the band's second and third EPs of sleepy, escapist dream pop. "Morningrise" appeared on the U.K. pop chart for one week (registering at number 83), as did the third EP's "Catch the Breeze" (which entered at number 52). Both songs were likewise praised by Melody Maker. The same publication dubbed Slowdive part of "The Scene That Celebrates Itself," a small and loose conglomerate of guitar bands, including Lush, Moose, Swervedriver, and the pre-Britpop Blur, that could be seen at each other's shows.

Just for a Day
Just for a Day, Slowdive's debut album, was released in September 1991. Though it placed in the Top Ten of the indie chart and climbed to number 32 on the pop chart, the U.K. press was not as supportive as it had been in the past. Months later, the Blue Day compilation appeared on the racks. It combined the band's first three singles, leaving off their version of Syd Barrett's "Golden Hair" and the instrumental version of "Avalyn." The band's sound developed significantly for Souvlaki (titled in reference to a favorite skit by telephone pranksters the Jerky Boys), released in June 1993. Assisted by Brian Eno on a couple tracks and mixed by Ed Buller, it was even more atmospheric than the debut, an exemplary "studio as instrument" album of the era, elevated by refined songwriting. Dates with Catherine Wheel were intended to promote the album in the U.S., but snags with Stateside label SBK ensured that Slowdive toured a country where their latest album was available only sparingly as an expensive Creation import. When the U.S. edition of Souvlaki did arrive, eight months after its original U.K. release, it added four bonus tracks, including three-quarters of the 5 EP. Issues with SBK came to a head when the label pulled financial support from a later tour. The band responded by funding a two-week tour themselves and sold a live cassette to help pay the way. Despite poor promotion in the States, the band had cultivated a sizable following through word of mouth and short tours.
Pygmalion
The band's third studio album was released in 1995. Pygmalion was essentially a solo ambient recording by Halstead with guest vocals from Goswell and occasional percussion from Ian McCutcheon (ex-Mermaids), though all five members were listed in the liners. Taken further than the ambient techno slant of the 5 EP, it was mostly beatless. Within a couple weeks of the album's release, Creation, who had expected something else, dropped the band. Goswell, Halstead, and McCutcheon swiftly moved on with Mojave 3, signed by 4AD on the strength of a demo that basically became the first of their five albums released through the 2000s. In 2014, Chaplin, Goswell, Halstead, Savill, and Scott -- most of whom had remained active with numerous bands and solo activities -- resumed as Slowdive to play festivals and tour on multiple continents. The quintet eventually made a fourth album, Slowdive, released on Secretly Canadian sublabel Dead Oceans in May 2017. 
 

Tracklist

1 Slowdive 5:17
2 Avalyn I 4:54
3 Avalyn II 8:09
 

01 December 2019

HELLVELLN self titled 1991

by request
 
pop rock
 
 
 

 Tracklist 

1 Cruelest Plague 3:04
2 T-Shirt 2:56
3 Pretty Head 2:26
4 Elvis 4:42
5 Crystal 2:47
6 Temptation 4:46
7 Subway Girl 3:10
8 Cigarettes And Beer 2:41
9 Cavanagh St 3:18
10 Heroin 2:16
11 Crown 3:08
12 Start/End 2:44

IF I WERE A CARPENTER Various Artists 1994

by request
 

 Tracklist 

1 American Music Club Goodbye To Love 3:12
2 Shonen Knife Top Of The World 3:55
3 Sonic Youth Superstar 4:06
4 The Cranberries (They Long To Be) Close To You 2:40
5 Bettie Serveert For All We Know 3:27
6 Dishwalla It's Going To Take Some Time 4:16
7 Sheryl Crow Solitaire 4:43
8 Johnette Napolitano With Marc Moreland Hurting Each Other 4:09
9 Redd Kross Yesterday Once More 3:58
10 Babes In Toyland Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft 4:06
11 Cracker Rainy Days And Mondays 3:44
12 Matthew Sweet Let Me Be The One 3:26
13 4 Non Blondes Bless The Beasts And Children 4:17
14 Grant Lee Buffalo We've Only Just Begun 3:51

30 November 2019

GEEZER LAKE Hearts Won't Try This 1995

 


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One of North Carolina's less exposed indie outfits, Geezer Lake hailed not from the fertile Chapel Hill scene of the early '90s, but rather from nearby Greensboro. They enjoyed substantial local buzz, but were never quite able to translate it into a wider college radio audience. Somewhat heavy and metallic compared to the area's noisier guitar bands (Archers of Loaf, Polvo), Geezer Lake varied their jagged, angular sound with left-field trumpet melodies, samples, and intricate, jazzy rhythms. Initially a quartet, the band was composed of vocalist/trumpet player Chris Clodfelter, guitarist/tape manipulator Eric Shepherd, bassist Harrison Cannon, and drummer Scott Irving. Winning a strong following around Greensboro and Chapel Hill, the band formed its own D-Tox label and issued two 7" singles, "Field Blister" and "Liberated Woman." They also appeared on the North Carolina-themed Pyloric Waves compilation alongside Slowchange Madagascar, Chris Clodfelter's side project with brother Jim.
In 1993, Geezer Lake issued its debut full-length, Feet in Mud Again, also on their D-Tox imprint. After moving to Squealer for 1994's 7" EP Songs from the Watering Hole, they returned to D-Tox for their second album, 1995's Hearts Won't Try This. Meanwhile, the Clodfelter brothers began moonlighting as horn players for Barry Black, the mostly instrumental side project of Archers of Loaf frontman Eric Bachmann. Jim Clodfelter subsequently joined Geezer Lake as the second guitarist, expanding the group to a quintet for their final album, 1997's King Frost Parade, which was released by the Thick label. However, not long after, the members decided it was time to move on, and disbanded. Jazz-trained drummer Irving went on to work with Eugene Chadbourne, and founded his own solo venture, the Clang Quartet, which blended percussive free improvisation with electric instruments and Christianity-inspired sound collages. 

Tracklist

1 James Dean
2 Apple Cart Sink
3 Movie Star
4 Flat World
5 Meatflower
6 Midnight Crackerjack
7 Long Distance
8 Liberated Woman
9 Try These Things


PYLORIC WAVES Various Artists 1992

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Tracklist  

1 Robert Delaney Intro 0:09
2 Well Nigh Forgotten Florida Evans 2:49
3 Picasso Trigger Queenie 2:05
4 Blue-Green Gods Water 3:48
5 Matt Malloy Traffic Lights Cause Accidents 3:04
6 Slowchange Madagascar Tree 3:39
7 Polvo Wild Turkey 3:37
8 Geezer Lake The Bag 3:28
9 Orifice (4) Fuck 4:11
10 Vanilla Trainwreck Someone Somewhere 5:50
11 Toxic Popsicle* American Dream 3:19
12 Boil (2) Timmy 5:30
13 Shiny Beast (2) Texasatan 1:32
14 Camper Van Chadbourne Out To Lunch 8:03
15 Eighthundred Drift 3:11
16 Superchunk Invitation 4:15
17 Erectus Monotone Bang 3:49
18 Bicycle Face Brand New Attitude 2:40
19 Robert Delaney You Little Asshole 0:43

VPN Small Wire 1998

 
pretty decent alternative rock


Tracklist

1 Patty Hearst
2 Turn Off
3 Eleanor (Has 4 Arms)
4 Laughing For Help
5 Skywriting
6 Submarine
7 In Cement
8 One Half Of Our Funeral
9 Don't Cut Me Out
10 Faster Than Melting
11 She Has A Leak

GAY DAD Leisure Noise 1999




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Leisure Noise
Brit-pop phenoms Gay Dad were led by singer Cliff Jones, a onetime music journalist who first began conceiving the band during the early 1990s. Initial details are sketchy and the nascent group's line-up was fluid, although drummer Nicholas "Baz" Crowe was a mainstay from the outset; a 1994 demo recorded with legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham proved so disastrous it derailed Gay Dad's momentum for over a year, however, and they did not make their live debut until 1995. Early gigs were often a shambles, and by 1996 Jones -- who in the interim had developed a fascination with psychedelia and glam-rock -- began to rethink the band's approach; a subsequent demo earned Gay Dad considerable insider buzz, and in the spring of 1997 they signed to London Records. Their debut single, 1998's "To Earth with Love, " became a UK smash, and the band -- in addition to Jones and Baz now comprising guitarist Charley Stone, bassist Nigel Hoyle and keyboardist James Riseboro -- emerged as media darlings; the full-length Leisure Noise followed in mid-1999, with Stone leaving Gay Dad soon after. It would be three years until they would appear again, but they chose not to replace Stone and instead kept the group smaller for Transmission, a focused effort that showed them lean closer to their pop tendencies than their psychedelic tendencies. 
 

Tracklist  

1 Dim Star
2 Joy!
3 Oh Jim
4 My Son Mystic
5 Black Ghost
6 To Earth With Love
7 Dateline
8 Pathfinder
9 Different Kind Of Blue
10 Jesus Christ
 

27 November 2019

WILL AND THE BUSHMEN Blunderbuss 1991

by request
 
 alternative rock/power pop

 
 

Tracklist

1 D.C. To Moscow 3:03
2 So Close 2:51
3 Dabble On 3:01
4 The Blunderbuss 3:05
5 Month Of Sundays 3:28
6 Never Another Mother 3:14
7 Sgt. Surrender 3:47
8 Moosehead 4:03
9 Can't Turn Back The Clock 4:40
10 Laugh About It Later 2:45
11 The Very Last Time 3:12

SUGARBOOM Planer 1994

 
 
 
 
Indie pop/rock group from Portland, Oregon, USA. They played mostly during the '90s and into the '00s. Frequently on bills with The Dandy Warhols and Swoon 23 in the mid-'90s. 
 

Tracklist

1 Crust 4:08
2 Ash Street 100 6:28
3 Toast 3:58
4 Bipolar 3:40
5 Top Cat 2:47
6 Got What I Want 2:40
7 Lovebeam 3:30
8 My My My 5:15
9 Oh Eyes 3:50
10 Send Me 3:30
11 Ground 4:00
12 Plug Two 2:22
13 What I Found 4:45