12 October 2019

BEN & JASON Emoticons 1999

by request

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The fey acoustic sound favoured by Ben Parker (b. Surrey, England) and Jason Hazeley (b. Essex, England) drew inevitable comparisons to the work of legendary English singer-songwriter, Nick Drake. Hazeley and Parker met while both were working for the same sheet music company. They soon bonded through their mutual love of Drake’s music and their distaste for the day job, but it was several years before the duo began writing songs together. They recorded several tracks during a free recording session at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios, leading to a contract with Go! Beat Records. The duo’s eight-track mini-album Hello was released to great acclaim in early 1999. The opening track, ‘Joe’s Ark’, featured a string arrangement by former Drake collaborator Robert Kirby. Hazeley and Parker had traced Kirby, who had long ago retired from the music scene, to persuade him to arrange their track. In a busy year, the duo finished preparations on their debut album while pursuing a lucrative sideline writing songs for EastEnders actress turned pop singer, Martine McCutcheon. Emoticons was another impressive collection of elegantly crafted folk pop. The innate strength of songs such as ‘What I Meant To Say’ and ‘Air Guitar’ enabled the album to rise above the inevitable Drake comparisons, although this time around critics also noted similarities to Radiohead and Jeff Buckley. In September, Parker and Hazeley appeared at The Tribute To Nick Drake concert at London’s Barbican Centre.
Critically fêted but commercially undervalued, Ben And Jason completed a second album for Go! Beat that failed to match the excellence of their previous recordings. The duo elected to call it a day after being dropped by their record label. Goodbye was belatedly released by Setanta Records.


1 Widow's Walk 4:10
2 Air Guitar 3:30
3 Smiling Shy 4:17
4 Cartoon Heart 4:16
5 Say Come 4:08
6 What I Meant To Say 2:58
7 Emoticons 4:26
8 Trapped Behind The Glass 4:38
9 Halfway Up A Tree 3:36
10 Romeo And Juliet Are Drowning 5:18
11 Dear Sally 4:02
12 I'll Always Want You 4:29
13 Play For Today 3:40

SPATULA Medium Planers and Matchers 1996

by request



1 Zero Trail
2 Service Entrance Fiasco
3 Adhesive Sky
4 Hardwick Range
5 The Profundity Requital
6 Dover Downs
7 Pari Passu
8 Coupon Waxer
9 Defenestration
10 Resolute

10 October 2019

BOMBSHELL self titled 1993

 punk rock on the Allied Recordings label

GIRLY MACHINE self titled 1994


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Unlike Ohio's other favorite group of Brit rockers, Dayton's Guided by Voices, the English accent heard on songs by Columbus' Girly Machine is the genuine article (sorry, Bob) as frontman Andy Spencer hails from across the pond. However, rather than fully embracing his potential as a Brit popper, Spencer opts for a vocal style that generally leans more toward singspeak and an overall air of at least mild creepiness. Rounded out by phenomenal guitarist Robert Petric (later the metal-riffing axeman for Ron House-fronted noise punk icons Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments), drummer Dana Marshall (most well known for his time in superb Scrawl), and bassist Jeff Plavcan, Girly Machine buzzes, rattles, and chugs their way through songs that strike a balance between ominous and poppy, bringing to mind acts like Bauhaus and the Psychedelic Furs. The music is dark, with traces of old-school goth (minus the sort of cartoonish, middle school black t-shirt anguish that sometimes entails), yet rooted in rock and truly quite catchy. While the entire album is first rate, "Vancouvre" is among the standout tracks, as it finds Spencer naming places he'd like to go (Vancouver, the Louvre, and Mother Russia make the list) with an almost Fred Schneider cadence.


1 Strange 3:46
2 Jihad 4:06
3 Friend 3:49
4 Diamond Mine 2:33
5 Under The Bombs 3:02
6 Hole 2:15
7 Ode To The King 4:02
8 Snipe Hunt 1:42
9 1978 3:18
10 Sister 4:38
11 Heart Attack 1:56
12 Vancouvre 3:34
13 Crime 4:20
14 Final Kiss 3:25

THE VEGAS BEAT self titled 1996

 Featuring 2 members from Team Dresch

09 October 2019

BLEED Tales of the Handsome Creep 1997

by request


1 Untitled 0:35
2 Tortured Youth 2:06
3 Let Me Go 2:36
4 Let's Get Wet 1:34
5 No Greater Love 2:36
6 The Untamed 3:51
7 Untitled 0:14
8 Flat Tire 2:25
9 Untitled 0:40
10 Dragster Man 2:59
11 Untitled 1:11
12 Turn Me On 2:40
13 Riot Girls 2:43
14 Maybe I Was Wrong 3:22
15 Speed Kills 2:04
16 Untitled 0:16
17 The Phantom 3:29
18 Ultra Violet 2:41
19 Untitled 0:30
20 Wild Wild West 2:37
21 Doctor Speed 2:55
22 Untitled 25:01

MOLEST Tep Zepi 1997

by request


1 Untitled 0:12
2 G-Song 4:13
3 S.O.A.K 4:48
4 Morning Man 5:39
5 Untitled 0:08
6 Bob Morton Made A Mistake 2:16
7 Erehwon 3:38
8 Wok 8 3:35
9 Stolen 3:00
10 About Faces 3:06
11 Helm's Deep 4:28
12 Sandkings 2:57
13 Influenza 1:17
14 Kaaiman 6:08
15 Hospshop 4:05

05 October 2019

BIG PANTS WASTE PRECIOUS FABRIC No Idea Fanzine #11 Compilation 1995

compilation released by No Idea Records out of Gainesville, Florida


1 Don's Ex-Girlfriend Chesapeake 2:37
2 Sparkmarker Spores In Ferns 3:04
3 Friction (8) The Re-Makeshift Chimney 2:30
4 Frontier Trust Kicked To The Curb 1:55
5 Radon Stepmother Earth 2:07
6 Ne'er Do Wells* Rumble 1:52
7 Assück Corners 0:55
8 Guzzard Super Sonic Enemy Of Evil 3:10
9 Bombshell (4) Perspectives 2:36
10 Schlong Pooploops Vs. Barney 0:08
11 Undertow (2) Never 3:07
12 Clairmel Calypso Louie 2:14
13 When Puberty Strikes Rebound 3:23
14 Assfactor 4 12 Years Of Living Hell 2:11
15 Less Than Jake Liquor Store 2:55
16 Union Morbide Eyes Of Hatred 2:29
17 Tired From Now On From Now On 2:53
18 Rain Like The Sound Of Trains Mind My Mind 3:58
19 Vanbuilderass Some Cringer Song 2:02
20 Drop Dead* Wake Of Deception 1:12
21 Gus (4) Accident Prone 4:01
22 El Toro (3) Pnoomonia 2:25
23 Highway 66 Shitbeats 2:18
24 Initial State Die Silent 1:47
25 Grain (8) Outside Of The Law 2:54
26 Radio Wendy Pepper 4:24
27 J Church Chemicals Live 3:36
28 Gimcrack Red 2:50
29 Corsair (2) Gobstopper 2:57

MICE PARADE Ramda 1999


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The True Meaning of Boodleybaye
The experimental post-rock of New York's Mice Parade, aka Adam Pierce, blends live instrumentation, layers of overdubs, and intricate percussion into a distinctive, playful sound. Mice Parade's 1998 debut single, My Funny Friend Scott, introduced Pierce's genre-bending style, which he expanded on with that year's full-length debut, The True Meaning of Boodleybaye. On 1999's Ramda, Pierce upped the ante once more by recording the tracks and mixing the album in one take, lending it an improvised feel. The year 2000 saw the release of Collaborations, which featured contributors like Curtis Harvey, Jim O'Rourke, Doug Scharin, Aki Tsuyoko, and Nobukazu Takemura.
Pierce formed a loose recording and touring band around Mice Parade in 2001, the year of Mokoondi, and also added harmonic influences from Africa and India. Vocals were the next frontier, introduced on 2004's Obrigado Saudade and expanded upon with 2005's Bem-Vinda Vontade, 2007's self-titled Mice Parade, and 2010's What It Means to Be Left-Handed. 2013's Candela, named for a bar in Madrid, presented Pierce's eclectic, often globe-trotting influences in some of his most accessible songs.

FRIDGE Ceefax 1997

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The British post-rock trio Fridge comprised guitarist Kieran Hebden, bassist Adem Ilhan, and drummer Sam Jeffers, longtime friends from the Putney area who began playing music together while attending school. A chance record shop encounter with another friend helped put the group in contact with Output label chief Trevor "The Underdog" Jackson, who signed them the next day; the first Fridge record, the single "Lojen," was released in early 1997, with all three members still in their teens. The full-length Ceefax followed a few months later, but it was their final release of 1997, the epic Anglepoised EP, which won the group their first significant radio airplay and critical raves; the equally brilliant Lign -- a tandem 7" and 12" release with no overlapping tracks -- appeared during the early weeks of 1998. The second Fridge LP, Semaphore, arrived that March and was followed by Orko, another 7" and 12" double-pack; the EP was their last new material for Output, with the trio signing to Go Beat! soon after. A two-disc collection of their Output singles, Sevens and Twelves, was issued in late 1998, with a full album, EPH, following the next year. Fridge released their fourth full-length, Happiness, in 2001 on the Temporary Residence label. After that release, the band took time off to pursue their numerous side projects and side careers, with two members releasing solo efforts on Domino. Hebden recorded material under the names Four Tet and Joshua Falken, Ilhan issued two solo albums, and Jeffers started a successful web design business while enrolled as a student at Harvard and LSE. Their time apart may have proved fruitful, but the guys were itching to tackle another album under the Fridge moniker, and did so with 2007's The Sun.


1 EDM 1:09
2 Helicopter 2:08
3 Tricity 6:01
4 More EH-4800 11:00
5 FDM 0:27
6 Robots In Disguise 4:29
7 EDM 2 1:09
8 Oracle 6:11
9 EDM 3 4:40
10 Zed Ex Ay-Ti-Wan 5:24

CELLOPHANE Hang Ups 1994

alt rock
band formed from Agitpop