22 January 2020

LODGER A Walk In The Park 1998

 
 

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One of Brit-pop's foremost "superbands," Lodger was created from the ashes of indie also-rans Powder and Delicatessen, both of which disbanded on the back of their genre's diminishing popularity by the late '90s. Not to be carried with the ebbing tide, vocalist Pearl Lowe and husband Danny Goffey of Supergrass, in a rare side project, joined forces with singer Neil Carlill and guitarist Will Foster (both with Delicatessen while the album was being made) to make a record worthy of a lot more than a final flourish to brief respective recording careers. With more than a passing similarity to Suede, there is more to Lodger than the obvious collation with Lush or Sleeper that accompanies any female-fronted British group. In fact, this release would sit alongside anything in a Supergrass fan's collection. The folky direction can be held up to that of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, while the frequent brass and string arrangements and rousing choruses of "Bones" and "Love Is the Game" allude to Blur. Distinctive though is the diversity channelled via difficult tempo and key changes, guitar twists, and haunting piano parts. From this period in British songwriting comes instantly identifiable four-minute pop songs on the downbeat subjects of heartache and headaches, drug use, and the complexities of society. Interspersed with dark folk-ballads, A Walk in the Park is high in content of vocal duets between Lowe and Carlill, which provide quirky diversions from the slow momentum of the album as a whole and its subject matter. Opening track "I'm Leaving" is the highlight, equally as a bright singalong and also as a creepy piano-laden ballad, as Carlill's distinctive straining vocal style is unlike anything you've ever heard of someone attempting emotional melodies. Its theme of a seething argument between lovers made it a British single-chart hit as audiences could relate to its updated trashy lyrics albeit in the traditional mould of Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. From an important decade in British music in terms of originality and inventive prose, this is an important release, although not commercially successful. Dedicated historians and fans of the bands involved need to seek this out and be pleasantly surprised by its unexpected original content.

Tracklist

1 I'm Leaving 3:27
2 Always Round Here 2:57
3 This Girl's In Love With Me 3:47
4 Bones 4:44
5 Love Is The Game 3:02
6 Old Ways 2:59
7 Cold Breeze 3:48
8 Top Gear Luv 3:28
9 Small Change 2:47
10 Stepped On 3:51
11 Ciao 2:33
12 Safe 4:54


PRISON Discipline 1995

by request
Hardcore band from USA, with ex-Chorus Of Disapproval & Visual Discrimination's members. 

Tracklist

1 Discipline 1:49
2 Life Begins 3:10
3 Pain I Know 2:58
4 Suffer 2:13
5 Crushed 3:20
6 Faceoff 3:46
7 Punishment 3:38
8 Taken 1:58
9 Looking Out 3:26
10 Walk A Line 2:18

BY A THREAD Last Of The Daydreams 1999

 


 

Vancouver's By A Thread have tightly knit a new sound, drawing their influences from Seattle's Sunny Day Real Estate, hometown favorites Sparkmarker, and their own hardcore roots. Formed in 1996 by former members of Strain, By A Thread weave complex melodies with poetic lyrics that speak to the muse in each of us. Each song reveals the depth of emotion in singer/ lyricist John Franco's thoughts and actions, "My lyrics come from life experiences. I try to remain true to the feelings of the moment rather than distort them to appease other people."
 

Tracklist

1 Surface 3:10
2 Castle 3:18
3 Fade 3:16
4 A Stale Goodbye 4:00
5 Skin Deep 3:51
6 ) 1:01
7 Walkway 3:22
8 The World To Me 2:57
9 Crushed Beneath 4:03
10 January 25 3:58
11 Phaedra 4:55
 

19 January 2020

POPEALOPES Slowest Eye 1994

by request



Tracklist

1 Slowest Eye 5:37
2 War Dream 5:27
3 Grand Anvil Chorus 6:27
4 Noontide 3:58
5 Yellow Paw 5:49
6 In The Cold Room 4:00
7 Oil To Oil 4:52
8 The Lastdance Hall 6:18
9 Marrow 2:52

15 January 2020

BEHEAD THE PROPHET NLSL I Am That Great And Fiery Force 1996

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It's safe to say that all five members of Behead the Prophet, No Lord Shall Live have about ten years of bad days saved up, and that they take it all out on their music. Seriously, a lot of this is just pure noise that's barely kept in beat while "singer" Joshua Plague spouts off at the top of his lungs; but it's all good though. As chaotic as most of this is, it's hard not to bob your head to "I Am That Great and Fiery Force," heck it could even instigate a night of frat house bashing -not that Behead the Prophet advocate violence, but they could inspire it if the right button is pushed and it's put to good use. Has it been mentioned that these guys have a violin player who just improvises noise?

Tracklist

1 The Apocalypse Through Sound
2 Sacrifice On The Altar Of Convenience
3 Adam Faith
4 Lewd Lewd Lewd
5 He's The King Of Everything
6 Scrambled Jack
7 All Day Interference
8 History Died Laughing
9 Separated States
10 Crypted Control
11 Baby Loves To Watch Me Sleep
12 In The Garden
13 Firebrand
14 They Shall Not Pass
15 S.S. Seventeen
16 Part-Time Executioner Of Hearts
17 Nausea
18 Zero-Zero Night Vision
19 Blasting Through Nothing
20 Obscene Tank Driver
21 Poison Tree
22 Welcome To The New Killer Bees


MUKILTEO FAIRIES I Am Upon You 1993





Kill Rock Stars
Mukilteo Fairies was a United States punk band from Olympia, Washington that existed from 1993 to 1994. Part of the “queercore” movement, they were distinctive by virtue of their extreme style of hardcore punk that has often been described as grindcore. Members included Jason Reece, Jon “Quitty” Quittner, Joshua Plague and Rebecca Basye.
After the band broke up, Jason Reece moved to Texas to form …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. Rebecca Bayse moved to Columbus, Ohio and started The Emerald Down. Jon Quittner and Joshua Plague stayed in Olympia, creating a new queercore band Behead The Prophet, No Lord Shall Live. After that group broke up, Joshua’s next outfit was Lords of Lightspeed.
Mukilteo Fairies are fast approaching legendary status, highly regarded by and sought out by hardcore aficionados, Trail Of Dead devotees and queercore enthusiasts alike; they have become more popular since breaking up than when the band was together. The straight edge, queercore hardcore band Limp Wrist offers a homage to Joshua Plague, along with Gary Floyd of The Dicks and Randy Turner of Big Boys in their song “The Ode”, a tribute to their role models.

Tracklist

A1 Oly Latent Boys
A2 We Are Not Your Entertainers
A3 Boyfffriend
A4 Closet Check
A5 Queer Enough For You?
A6 Crush Crusher
A7 Who's Been Fornicating In My Bed?
B1 Making Plans For Confrontation
B2 Boys Fuck Rock Stars
B3 I Had a Relationship in My Head
B4 Thorns Get in Your Eyes
B5 A Song for Jane
B6 Heavy Into Brett

12 January 2020

POPEALOPES Cavalcade 1991

 


With two albums produced by Russ Tolman, this Davis, California quartet isn't defying any laws of logic by bearing a certain stylistic resemblance to True West (not to mention the pride of Davis, Thin White Rope). The popeAlopes' quirky pop rhythms and trancey psychedelic flavors (the latter especially on a noisy cover of the Stones' "2000 Light Years from Home") provide An Adder's Tale with some personality; otherwise, the band's western-flavored guitar rock runs a bit on the generic side.

It's probably not due to the change in bassists, but the confident Kerosene is much better, a striking-sounding wash of layered guitar and Steven Dueker's quietly haggard vocals. While the heavy atmospherics overcome songwriting deficiencies, the popeAlopes spin echoes of U2, R.E.M. and the Psych Furs into the stew, making Kerosene a dose of the right medicine.
 

Tracklist  

1 Monkey Driver 5:06
2 Sunyata 4:17
3 Water Tower 5:17
4 Summer`s Triangle 5:30
5 PIC 5:16
6 Sailor Song 6:55
7 Cavalcade 4:05
8 Southernmind 4:16
9 Knot You 4:01
10 Sunyata (Remix) 4:16
 

BUZZOV•EN Unwilling To Explain EP 1994

 Back in the early 1990's, Buzzoven stopped in to the record store where I worked. Smelliest band ever.



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To a Frown
Buzzov-en has been cranking out drug-fueled, misanthropic sludge punk in various incarnations since their inception in 1990. Known almost as much for their out-of-control and sometimes violent live shows as they are for their music, the band carries on a tradition shared by such fellow Southern troublemakers as Eyehategod and Antiseen. They have endured several lineup changes and apparent breakups over the years, with the only permanent member being singer/guitarist Kirk Fisher (alternately credited on albums as "Reverend Dirtkicker" or simply "Kirk.") With drummer Ashley Williamson (aka Ash and Ash Lee) and bassist Brian Hill in tow, they recorded their first EP (Wound) and full-length (To a Frown) on the Allied label in the early to mid-'90s. Eventually signing with the more prominent Roadrunner Records, the band unleashed their second full-length, Sore, in 1994. (By this time, they had added a second guitarist in Buddy Apostolis, aka Buddy and Little Buddy.) Yet instead of garnering the type of recognition as some of their labelmates (see Sepultura or Fear Factory, for example), Buzzov-en remained very much a cult band, continuing to tour heavily (including a stint opening for GWAR) but ultimately disintegrating before they could issue a Roadrunner follow-up. By the time of their next full-length, 1998's At a Loss, Fisher was the only original member left, with bassist/vocalist Dave "Dixie" Collins (later of Weedeater) among the new recruits. Assumed to have broken up once more, Fisher and company nonetheless returned yet again in 2001 with the long-delayed Revelation: Sick Again, this time on the Hydrahead label. 
 

Tracklist

1 Behaved
2 Done
3 Hollow
4 Aching Improv #13
5 I Never
6 Proven Wrong
7 Blinded
8 Scrunge
 

08 January 2020

INTO ANOTHER Seemless 1995

 


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Into Another's music was not easily categorized. At once hard rock, grunge, alternative, and post-punk, the band's arresting melodies collided with their stop-and-go rhythms. They added to that a guitar wizardry steeped more deeply in classic heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden than the New York City hardcore scene that nurtured half of the band's membership early on, and an esoteric, far-reaching lyrical scope delivered skillfully by Richie Birkenhead's silky banshee wail. Through several indie albums and one major-label offering, fans and critics got to know Into Another as an intriguing, soulful quartet capable of transporting listeners with their adventurous soundscapes and other-worldly approach to guitar-based rock & roll. Into Another came together in 1990. Birkenhead, one-time guitar player for seminal straightedge flag bearers Youth of Today and vocalist for the reggae-tinged Bad Brains-inspired Underdog (who released an incredible album through Caroline), hooked up with drummer Drew Thomas, who he had known for years through the New York City scene. Thomas -- himself a hardcore alumni who spent time bashing the drums for Revelation Records recording artists Bold -- shared Birkenhead's desire to abandon the limiting conventions of the hardcore music style and explore other types of songwriting. The pair found exactly what they were looking for in Lower East Side musician Peter Moses, a longhaired guitar player who had never performed in a band before. His wild and uninhibited playing style greatly impressed Thomas and Birkenhead, who next recruited bassist Tony Bono. Bono had done a tour of duty in proto-thrash act Whiplash -- a band about as unlike Bold as one could imagine. Into Another performed their first show at New York's Pyramid, sharing the stage with a budding White Zombie. They were soon after offered a recording contract by Revelation. The following year, they released their debut, a self-titled album displaying Into Another's sharp musical chops and tripped-out spiritual vision, encapsulated by the band's multi-pointed star logo which adorned the album's cover artwork. In 1992, Into Another released the playfully titled Creepy Eepy EP -- four songs that reflected their increasing range. One of them was a lamenting ballad for a fallen friend laced with beautiful acoustic playing and heart wrenchingly honest and poetic lyrical prose. The band grew in popularity, with the press, fans and major labels taking an interest in this odd band comprised of a shorthaired hardcore singer with a high-pitched range, a mod-looking drummer, and two longhaired guys in bell-bottom pants. 1994 saw the release of what many consider to be their masterstroke -- the epic Ignaurus opus, filled to the brim with spectacular songs that venture into deep, dark, and progressive rock territory while still being firmly anchored in melody, groove, and abrasive angst. This album catapulted Into Another into the ranks of much-heralded "buzz" bands. Many proclaimed them to be the proverbial "next big thing" to arise out of the hardcore scene alongside one-time labelmates Orange 9mm, Quicksand, and Civ -- all of whom went on to sign with major labels. Into Another left the indie world in 1995, signing a deal with Disney-owned Hollywood Records, who at that time was best known for releasing the Crow soundtrack. They gave Revelation one last EP, a benefit release for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, as the band was made up of three vegans and one vegetarian. Into Another entered Seattle's London Bridge Studios with producer Rick Parashar, a man who had previously worked with Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam, to mix their next full-length album. They emerged with Seemless, an album that reigned in the excesses of previous works in favor of shorter compositions and more direct, straightforward lyrics, without sacrificing Into Another's unique and well-established musical identity. They supported the album's release with several dates on the Warped Tour alongside L7, labelmates Seaweed, New York hardcore veterans Sick of It All and, more yet, the public never quite warmed up to the band. They released one more record through Hollywood, the T.A.I.L. single (featuring incredible non-album B-sides). Sometime after they recorded another album's worth of material -- weird, trippy songs steeped in electronica and drenched in effects that strayed far away from the band's barn-storming guitar rock. But the recording was never released and the band broke up. Thomas went on to enjoy a short stint with New Rising Sons while Birkenhead reformed Underdog and embarked upon a reunion tour.

Tracklist

1 Mutate Me 3:21
2 Locksmiths & Lawyers 2:50
3 T.A.I.L. 4:22
4 Getting Nowhere 3:48
5 Seemless 2:45
6 Actual Size 4:04
7 For A Wounded Wren 4:07
8 After Birth 3:19
9 Regarding Earthlings 4:04
10 May I 3:30
11 The Way Down 4:46

THE NEW RISING SONS

self titled 
1998

Theives and Angels
1999
 
 

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What do you get when you take an emocore king and set him alongside the drummer of an avant-garde/metal group (and former skinsman for a New York City straight-edge band) and an incredibly gifted songsmith heavily influenced by the sounds of the United Kingdom? You get New Rising Sons, a short-lived, dynamic, poppy four-piece rock band whose soaring melodies, rock & roll attitude, and throbbing rhythms owed more to the mod movement than the post-hardcore scene that the band's members cut their teeth in. A band who took their craft seriously, they lived by a motto they themselves penned: "All you know and love is written in these songs." When New York City's Texas Is the Reason imploded shortly before signing a major-label deal in 1997, vocalist/guitarist/frontman Garrett Klahn refused to rest on his laurels. Determined to have his creativity extend beyond Texas Is the Reason's singular, genre-defining album and undiluted by frustrated attempts at mainstream crossover, Klahn assembled New Rising Sons relatively quickly. Teaming up alongside him was former Into Another drummer Drew Thomas, who himself had recently watched his band dissolve, and whom Klahn had been aware of since the days when Thomas drummed for semi-legendary New York hardcore band Bold. Taking their mutual Beatles/Brit-pop fascination to its next logical step, the pair began writing songs with guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Kevin McGinnis and bassist Jim Kimball. Klahn's distinctive vocal style and McGinnis' adept songwriting doubled well, with each of them penning songs together and apart. New Rising Sons quickly signed a deal with Virgin Records. Their recorded debut came in the form of an eponymous indie EP through grapeOS, followed by subsequent touring with Indiana's Chamberlain, who as Split Lip had been great friends of Klahn's. The band continued to work on songs, eventually resurfacing (again on grapeOS) with the four-song Thieves and Angels. Though bassist Enzo was now a part of the band, engineer Ted Nicely performed bass duties on the EP. New Rising Sons continued to write and demo material for their major-label debut, yet never truly got off of the ground due to various lineup shifts and internal problems. The group decided to call it a day in 2000, having been dropped by Virgin the day before. 

self titled

Tracklist  

1 Monday's Highs 4:18
2 All Over Over All The Skies 2:11
3 Now I Agree 4:18
4 Sharks And Comets 3:55


Theives and Angels
(I know "Thieves" is spelled incorrectly but that's the way it's spelled on the CD.)


Tracklist  

1 Steady Sway
2 Put It On The Wire
3 Falling Out
4 Bring Me Around

 


05 January 2020

SCRID The Island of Misfit Toys 1997

by request
 
 

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In 1993, the small Midwestern town of Fort Madison, IA, got a treat of deranged noise upon the debut of Scrid. But by 1994, Bronson Karaff (bass), Nate Gurtman (drums), John Hopkins (guitar), and Craig Owsley (vocals) eventually brought their chaotic hullabaloo a few miles over to Iowa City. Three years of touring the United States would follow before Ismist Records released Scrid's first album, The Island of Misfit Toys, in 1997. Resulting in a number of Killdozer, Cows, and Nine Pound Hammer comparisons, another two years of playing throughout the Midwest took place before their split with Sludgeplow came out in 1999.

Tracklist

1 Oralfice 6:31
2 Pigeon Fishin 6:07
3 Bruised (What a Difference a Day Makes) 2:49
4 Before 4:30
5 Moist 3:52
6 Hedgehog 5:37
7 Blister 5:19
8 Thanks A Lot 3:39
9 Pornasaurus 5:43
10 (Hidden Track - Untitled) 15:55
 
 

UNDERSTAND Burning Bushes And Burning Bridges 1995

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Formed in Southend, Essex, England, in 1992, alternative rock band Understand grew from the ashes of local group Stand Off (other members of that band, Hallam Foster and Tony Maddocks, went on to work with Above All). Comprising Dom Anderson (vocals), John Hannon (guitar), Rob Coleman (guitar), Stuart Quinnell (bass) and Andy Shepherd (drums), they continued Stand Off’s ‘straight edge’ creed of abstinence from drink and drugs, with their musical influences clearly American. Fugazi, the leaders of the ‘emo-core’ (emotional hardcore) and straight edge scenes, are their obvious chief influence. Their debut self-titled EP was recorded with noted hardcore producer Don Fury in his studio in 1994, but failed to garner sympathetic press coverage - though earlier reviews of their demos and live shows had been much more positive. Their debut album for EastWest Records, Burning Bushes And Burning Bridges, proved much more popular. Produced by Chris Sheldon, best known for his work on Therapy?’s Troublegum, this was a more disciplined, powerful showcase for their work. The songs that attracted most attention were ‘Southend’, a tribute to the group’s seaside home-town, and ‘The Rudeness We Encounter’, a plea for the return of a very old-fashioned English concept - politeness. 

Tracklist

1 Bogdan 3:39
2 On The Blocks 2:52
3 Fleeced And Felched 3:15
4 In The Bag 3:44
5 Chicken Scratch 2:10
6 Around For Nothing 3:04
7 To Live By Drawing From A Stone 4:12
8 The Portrait Of Dominic Anderson 2:48
9 The Rudeness We Encounter 2:40
10 Southend 3:22
11 Roules 4:15


SMUT Secret Center 1996

by request
 
All female punk band from Minnesota forming in 1990, sounding like a cross between Bikini Kill and Hole.
 

Tracklist

1 Honeychild
2 Brain Rot
3 Symphony #2
4 Drown
5 Pride Ride
6 Naughty Bits
7 Sly Boots
8 Sundown
9 Weightless
10 Loud Red Lights
11 Cesspool Blues