30 January 2010

CAVEMAN SHOESTORE Flux and Master Cylinder 1995

Master Cylinder 1995

Flux 1995

The band's first full-length CD as a trio, Master Cylinder, was released by Tim/Kerr Records in 1993, and has since been described by album producer Alessandro Monti as influenced by everything from Conlon Nancarrow to Black Sabbath and from grunge to prog rock. Some tracks might also lead to comparisons with Discipline-era King Crimson -- although overall the record seems designed to be played at parties in which guests could be asked "what instrument do you think that was?" in reference to the apparent predominance of electric guitar played in a metal-grunge style. Surprise: "NO GUITARS!" exclaim the liner notes...the speaker-busting sound in question came from Chalenor's fuzz bass. Coupled with Franzoni's sometimes pounding rhythms on the "membranophones," the Caveman Shoestore of Master Cylinder could be a heavy item indeed, but the band's sound was balanced by diFalco's enjoyably rich yet never histrionic vocals, often in multi-tracked harmonies, as well as her solid electric keyboard work.

In 1994 the second Caveman Shoestore album on the Tim/Kerr label, entitled Flux, was released; the album found the band expanded to a quartet including Amy DeVargas on vocals, second bass, and cello -- indeed, DeVargas was a somewhat more prominent vocal presence (and more assertive in the higher ranges) than diFalco, and wrote or co-wrote five album tracks. Guest Jen Harrison was also featured on French horn. The album had a more diverse sound overall than Master Cylinder -- without the heavy metal masquerades prominently featuring Chalenor's fuzz bass disguised as a roaring guitar -- and placed considerable emphasis on Chalenor/DeVargas interlocking bass parts, tribal-flavored rhythmic undercurrents, and diFalco's keyboard work often emphasizing the Hammond organ, although her synth and piano were featured as well. In an interview with Allen Huotari on the /All About Jazz website, Chalenor notes that on the first two Caveman Shoestore CDs, the band explored "really crazy" polyrhythms in the context of "sick" pop tunes.

All Music Guide


SKIPLOADER Sprainy 1995

1 N2O
2 Hasty In C# Maj.
3 Kindness
4 Name Dropping
5 All Smiles
6 King Of The Hill
7 Behave In E
8 Hubris
9 Unlimited...
10 Gyp
11 Baker's Chocolate
12 Another Billy
13 "Sprainy"

DEAD CAN DANCE Toward The Within 1994

ZOINKS! Panorama EP 1997


1 Chest Pain
2 Pedestal
3 Bridge Over Brautigan
4 Ugly Side
5 Snowshine

26 January 2010

MIKE WATT Ball-Hog or Tugboat 1995

AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB United Kingdom/California 1989


1 Here They Roll Down
2 Dreamers Of The Dream
3 Never Mind
4 United Kingdom
5 Dream Is Gone
6 Heaven Of Your Hands
7 Kathleen
8 The Hula Maiden
9 Animal Pen
10 Firefly
11 Somewhere
12 Laughing Stock
13 Lonely
14 Pale And Skinny Girl
15 Blue And Grey Shirt
16 Bad Liquor
17 Now You're Defeated
18 Jenny
19 Western Sky
20 Highway 5
21 Last Harbour

23 January 2010

EUGENIUS Oomalama 1992


Artist Biography by

Star Wars
Following the 1989 breakup of Scottish indie popsters the Vaselines, leader Eugene Kelly assembled a new band, Eugenius, and earned a major-label deal with the advocacy of Kurt Cobain. In contrast to the Vaselines' minimalism, Eugenius had a fuller, more traditional guitar pop sound, but carried much the same simple, amateurish, innocent charm. When Kelly assembled the first version of the band in 1990, it was called Captain America, and featured BMX Bandits guitarist Gordon Keen, Vaselines bassist James Seenan, and Teenage Fanclub drummer Brendan O'Hare. However, it wasn't a serious venture at first; Kelly joined the BMX Bandits for their 1991 Star Wars album, and didn't focus full-time on Captain America until Nirvana invited them to open dates on their 1991 European tour.
Flame On
Captain America issued an EP, Wow!, on the British indie Paperhouse in 1991. By the time of their 1992 follow-up EP, Flame On, Marvel Comics had gotten wind of the band's name and forced a change due to trademark infringement. Kelly selected Eugenius -- not just a play on his own name, but also the name of a pretender to the Roman throne -- and, with Cobain continuing to praise his music in interviews, caught the attention of Atlantic Records. In the meantime, he watched several rhythm section members -- drummers Francis MacDonald (Teenage Fanclub) and Andy Bollen, bassist Joe McAlinden -- come and go. Eventually, Eugenius' lineup solidified around bassist Raymond Boyle and drummer Roy Lawrence, who played on the majority of the group's 1992 Atlantic debut, Oomalama.
Mary Queen of Scots
Oomalama received generally excellent reviews, but its sweet pop appeal was out of step with the booming grunge fad, and despite Cobain's seal of approval, Eugenius didn't resemble Nirvana enough to attract the majority of their fan base. They did, however, reach a much wider audience than the Vaselines ever had. In its wake, Atlantic issued a six-song live EP called It Ain't Rocket Science, It's Eugenius!, which included two Vaselines re-recordings for newcomers. In 1994, Eugenius returned with the single "Caesar's Vein," which was followed in short order by their second album, Mary Queen of Scots. Met with lukewarm critical response this time around, it failed to build the band's cult audience any further. Kelly disbanded Eugenius in 1995 and moved on to a very sporadic solo career, issuing several singles and compilation tracks. 


1 Oomalama
2 Breakfast
3 One's Too Many
4 Bed-In
5 Hot Dog
6 Down On Me
7 Flame On
8 Here I Go
9 I'm The Sun
10 Buttermilk
11 Bye Bye
12 Wow!
13 Wannabee
14 Indian Summer

BECK Golden Feelings 1993

THE CANDY SKINS Space I'm In 1991


The band Captain America became Eugenius after a copyright infringement claim by Marvel Comics.

Flame On 3:40
Buttermilk 3:22
Indian Summer 4:18

22 January 2010

21 January 2010

THRONEBERRY Sangria 1994



1 Touched
2 Off The Ground
3 Green Goddess
4 Calliope
5 Velvet Maroon
6 Shellac The Bozak
7 Formula
8 Bludgeoning
9 Trial Flight Behind
10 Galleon

THE GRAYS Ro Sham Bo 1994

Artist Biography by

Ro Sham Bo
A ramshackle collective of four musicians who all hated playing in bands, the Grays comprised ex-Jellyfish members Jason Falkner and Jon Brion, Buddy Judge, and Dan McCarroll. After coming together in 1993, the group released just one album, Ro Sham Bo, before amicably packing it in. Falkner later began a solo career, while Brion worked with Aimee Mann, eels, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore


1 Very Best Years 3:26
2 Everybody's World 5:43
3 Same Thing 4:02
4 Friend Of Mine 5:17
5 Is It Now Yet 4:03
6 Oh Well Maybe 3:43
7 Nothing Between Us 3:55
8 Both Belong 4:25
9 Nothing 3:31
10 Not Long For This World 4:53
11 Spooky 5:07
12 All You Wanted 4:31
13 No One Can Hurt Me 6:29


The Tragically Hip "Courage" from Certain Damage Volume 45


1. BEST KISSERS IN THE WORLD Pickin' Flowers For
2. DINOSAUR JR. Start Choppin'
3. HENRY ROLLINS Airport Courtesy Phone
5. THE THE Dogs of Lust
6. THERAPY? Nausea
7. BONECLUB Everything's On Fire
8. HENRY ROLLINS Vacation in England
9. POOH STICKS The World Is Turning On
10. TEXAS TORNADOS Guacamole
11. DIG I'll Stay High
13. FLOWERHEAD Everything Is Beautiful
14. BASH & POP Fast N' Hard
15. HENRY ROLLINS Good Advice Part 1
16. QUICKSAND Dine Alone
19. NOFX Please Play This Song On The Radio
20. JOSHUA PATH Headrush
21. UNLOVED Faraway Smell
22. BOY O BOY Socks And A Smile
23. STYVE I Got A Church In My Head
24. HENRY ROLLINS Regarding Henry

2. RICHARD THOMPSON I Can't Wake Up To Save My Life
4. MEAT PUPPETS Backwater
5. GRAYS Very Best Years
6. RED RED MEAT Stained And Lit
7. PRONG Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck
8. FURY IN THE SLAUGHTERHOUSE Every Generation Got Its Own Disease
9. THRONEBERRY Green Goddess
11. DIE MONSTER DIE Swallowed
12. VELDT Soul In A Jar
15. HO HUM The Last Time
17. VELVET TAXI The Secret Life Of Mr. Jones
18. Public Service Announcement: Sarah McLachlan for the Red Hot Organization

Here's The Dentists "Gas" from Certain Damage Volume 53

These particular CMJ promo CDs were sent along with a fantastic and info filled music magazine by the same name: College Music Journal. CMJ magazine was available to subscribers only which consisted of record labels, radio stations, promoters and anyone who worked in music media. The subscription per year was a staggering $325. CMJ was not the same CMJ magazine which was released to the general public and available at local bookstores. I really looked forward to the newest CMJ to check out the new artists on the promo CDs and read all about the latest music happenings. I used to own stacks of these CDs but got rid of them over a period of time. Unfortunate for me now. So I'm sharing these rare releases to you. Hope you enjoy.
If you'd like to hear more of these, please leave a comment and I will see if I can dig up some more.

20 January 2010

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL In the Aeroplane Over the Sea 1998

FUCK Pardon My French 1997

Fuck was formed in Oakland, California in 1993. The members met while stuck in a police holding cell over the weekend, and wrote a few songs while in jail.[1] They released a self-titled cassette called Fuck, and a single, MonkeyBeautyShotgun on their own imprint, Rhesus Records, in 1994. (The songs from the cassette would eventually find their way onto later releases.[2]) They released their second full-length album Pretty...Slow in 1996. The album was ultimately released on three different labels. Their third album, Baby Loves a Funny Bunny, was also released in 1996.

The band then signed to Matador Records, who released the albums Pardon My French in 1997 and Conduct in 1998. According to Timothy Prudhomme, the band were told by a Matador marketing director that they needed to change the name of the band. They refused to give in.[3]

THINKING FELLERS UNION LOCAL 282 Strangers From The Universe 1994

ARCHERS OF LOAF Icky Mettle 1993

This one's for my new blog buddy, Ron.

Reupped November 2012

THE CANDY SNATCHERS Candy Snatchers 1996

American punk rock band from Norfolk, Virginia formed in 1992.


1 She's Gettin' Loose 1:06
2 Yeah You 1:41
3 Well I... 2:36
4 Motion 1:51
5 Night Crawler 1:48
6 Fed Up With You 1:34
7 This Town 1:30
8 Sympathy Trip 1:46
9 Haunted Road 2:04
10 Turnin' Blue 1:38
11 Matty's Room 2:11
12 Sauced Again 2:03
13 It's Too Late 2:49
14 Why I Drink 2:12
15 Whisperin' Wind 1:30
16 Tomato Man 2:17