30 October 2011

AGNES GOOCH Blind 1997


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Biography

by Tom Demalon

The Los Angeles quartet Agnes Gooch's unusual moniker can be traced to an early drummer whose babysitter used to threaten him with retribution at the hands of said character. In actuality, Agnes Gooch is a character from the musical Mame. Finding common musical ground upon meeting in a club, guitarists Nathan Ehrenfeld and Mat Baker chose to form a band, soon adding a bass player going by the name Johnny Lonely. After several false starts, drummer Scott Bushkin completed the lineup and the group began to play out, attracting a following on the L.A. club scene and signing a record deal with Revolution. With a sound that drew as much on traditional, power pop influences as the darker, alternative rock of the period, they released their debut, Blind, in 1997. It would prove to be their only release and, with Baker and Lonely playing in separate bands, it seems likely to remain so.

IDLE Gravity Rocks 1995


By request Info on Idle: http://idlenyc.tripod.com/idlemain.html Thanks to Anonymous for sending me the CD to put on the site!

25 October 2011

CUSTOM FLOOR Clear Day 1993


Upped by Buddhaboy

HAZEL Wintogreen 1994


7 inch released on Cavity Search
Upped by Buddhaboy

21 October 2011

CLOSER In The Market 1998

THE MUMMIES and SUPERCHARGER Tour Split 7 inch 1993



Biography

by Mark Deming

The once and future kings of budget rock, the Mummies did for garage rock what the New Bomb Turks did for punk: stripped it to the frame, made it as raunchy as it deserved to be, and reminded everyone what was cool and crazy about the stuff in the first place. Of course, while the New Bomb Turks were able to build a career out of their roots punk cross-breed, the Mummies achieved their greatest notoriety after they broke up, but it's difficult to imagine the rawest edge of the garage revival bands existing without the guiding influence of the gauze-wrapped foursome.

Biography

by Chris Larry

Brought together by a love of rock & roll and a newly purchased drum set Supercharger rocked the early '90s with trashy guitar riffs and a full-throttle misfit punk attack. Based on the cretin hop of the Ramones and the Angry Samoans with a good knowledge of rock & roll's two-minute pop nugget history, Supercharger deconstructed songs till only the essentials of beat and hooks remained. Filling in the gaps with power and volume the music comes across like a cold slap in the face. Teenage mayhem and a general antisocial sentiment cast the band as delinquent savants like those that created the music originally in the 1950s. Calling San Francisco central headquarters, Greg Lowery (bass/vocals), Darin Raeffelli (guitar/vocals), and Karen Singletary (drums/vocals) formed in 1991 and before playing out or … » Read more


HALO OF FLIES Big Mod Hate Trip 1991



Biography

by John Dougan

Destructo, psycho-grunge from Minneapolis with big fuzzed-up guitars.

______________________

Well, I guess that says it all!

SHELLAC


Uranus
1993

Tracklist

A
Doris 3:10
B
Wingwalker 5:00

The Rude Gesture (A Pictorial History)
1993

Tracklist

A1
The Guy Who Invented Fire 1:36
A2
Rambler Song 2:40
B
Billard Player Song 3:45

20 October 2011

SPELL Mississippi 1994


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Review

by Pemberton Roach

One of the more back-to-basics bands to emerge from the early-'90s grunge scene, Spell is a stripped-down power trio with an emphasis on the power. Interspersing huge, Black Sabbath by way of Soundgarden-style riffs with softer Velvet Underground and Nico drone sections, the band keeps things pretty simple. The best songs are the ones on which Chanin Floyd sings. On those tracks, Spell recalls other heavy indie bands with female vocals, such as Royal Trux and Thumper, but with more melodic vocals than the former and more ragged production than the latter. The band plays with pretty ferocious energy throughout, but the formula gets a bit old after the first four or five tunes.

19 October 2011

COME Car 12 inch 1991


12 inch release

Tracklist

A1
Car

B1
Last Mistake

B2
Submerge

Biography

by Jason Ankeny

The dark and dissonant blues-rock band Come formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1990. The group was led by singer/guitarist Thalia Zedek -- a recovering heroin addict and veteran of the indie-rock scene whose career included tenures fronting Live Skull, Uzi, the Dangerous Birds and White Women -- and guitarist Chris Brokaw, also the drummer for Codeine. Fleshed out by a pair of Athens, Georgia refugees -- former Kilkenny Cats bassist Sean O'Brien and onetime Bar-B-Q Killers drummer Arthur Johnson -- Come spent its first year of existence improvising and jamming together before recording "Car," a single for the Sub Pop label which made them one of the most highly-touted new acts on the underground scene.


TIGER TRAP Supercrush 1993




Biography

by Jason Ankeny

Though sadly short-lived, Tiger Trap emerged as one of the most beloved indie-pop bands of the 1990s. The group was formed in Sacramento, CA in 1992 by singers/guitarists Rose Melberg and Angela Loy, schoolmates who soon recruited bassist Jen Braun and drummer Heather Dunn to complete the lineup; within weeks of their formation, Tiger Trap -- so named in reference to a Calvin and Hobbes comic strip -- issued their debut single "Words and Smiles," a split release with Bratmobile which appeared on the Four Letter Words label. Jumping to K, the band issued the "Supercrush" … » Read more

15 October 2011

DIMMER Crystalator 1995 7 inch





7 inch
released November 7, 1995

Track listing:
Side 1: Crystalator
Side 2: Dawn's Coming In


13 October 2011

X-TAL Everything Crash 1992


By request

Review

by Steven McDonald

Rough-edged guitars, electric folk elements, and a cynical vocalist spitting out literate, ironic lyrics that tell stories, air concerns, and come up with surprises in terms of content. It was too musically and lyrically smart-ass to appeal to the mainstream programmers, which is a bummer. The band had an agenda, talent, and brains, and the result is an excellent album that makes the brain dance. Unfortunately, barring an EP in 1993, this was the last hurrah for X-Tal.

WATER Nipple 1995


By request

Tracklist

1
Thoughts 3:44
2
Deep 5:02
3
Spin 4:02
4
Seeds 3:46
5
Amoon's Afterlife 5:47
6
Strained 5:00
7
Under My Skin 4:09
8
Hobo Junktown 2:45
9
Oven 4:38
10
Spirit Room Lady 5:14

TREECRUSHER Yes I Don't


By request
(no info available on this band)

TINFED

Synaptic Hardware
1993

Hypersonic Hyperphonic
1996

Biography

by Heather Phares

California's electronic/modern rock quartet Tinfed consists of vocalist/guitarist/programmer Rey Osburn, guitarist/programmer Eric Stenman, drummer/percussionist Matt McCord, and bassist Rick Verrett. The group formed in the mid-'90s and released two indie-label albums, 1994's Synaptic Hardware and 1996's Hypersonic Hyperphonic before they signed to Third Rail/Hollywood Records, where they appeared on the Mission: Impossible 2 soundtrack and released their third album Tried + True.

THROW THAT BEAT IN THE GARBAGECAN Not Particularly Silly 1991


By request

THE RAKE'S PROGRESS Cheese Food Prostitute EP 1994


By request

THE LEMONS


The Lemons EP
1995

Biography

by Stewart Mason

A lot of bands change a lot between their indie debut and their first major-label release, but few as much as the Lemons. The group that recorded 1993's Marvel is almost entirely a different band than the group who signed with Mercury Records in 1994; unfortunately, the indie group was the better one.

The first lineup of the Lemons formed in 1991 consisting of guitarist and primary songwriter Greg Lovell, singer and lead guitarist Jimmy Paulson, bassist Brent Saunders, and drummer Rob Cunningham. The quartet gigged around Seattle during the immediate post-grunge era, finally releasing their debut album, Marvel, on the local indie Macola Records in 1993. A speedy album that owed more to the … » Read more


12 October 2011

CHER U.K. Go-Go Fish 1994


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Biography

by Stewart Mason

Deserving massive praise for their brilliantly smart-alecky name alone, Missouri punk-pop trio Cher U.K. never quite delivered on the sarcastic promise of its handle, but the band's signature mixture of loopy lyrics, surprisingly catchy hooks, and noise rock interruptions -- like a mutation of the key attributes of the Meat Puppets, the Young Fresh Fellows, and the Butthole Surfers -- is entertainingly unpredictable.

Singer/guitarist Mike McCoy, bassist Heather Grehan, and drummer Lisa McKenzie formed Cher U.K. in Kansas City, MO, in 1991. After a 1992 debut single on the redoubtable Fist Puppet label, "Janitor in a Drum" backed with "Disaster," Cher U.K. signed with Twin/Tone's Red Decibel subsidiary and recorded their full-length debut, 1993's She's a Weird Little Snack. A surprisingly poppy follow-up, 1994's Go-Go Fish, was a bit more refined and less noisy, with the Velvet Underground homage/plagiarism "Baldie" among the standouts. Cher U.K. split up shortly … » Read more


10 October 2011

SOLAR RACE Homespun 1997


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DODGEBALL Hooray for Everything 1999



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DUB NARCOTIC SOUND SYSTEM Bone Dry 1997


By request

Track Listing:

1. Bone Dry

2. Bass Hump

3. Superball

4. Rot Gut

HEAVENS TO BETSY BRATMOBILE Split 7 inch





Side 1
Heavens to Betsy "My Secret"

Side 2
Bratmobile "Cool Schmool"

BAILTER SPACE Splat 7 inch 1995


Side A: Splat

Side B1: At Five
B2: Fascination

2 FOOT FLAME self titled 1995


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Biography

by Mike DaRonco

Taking a break from her full time gig singing for Mecca Normal, Jen Smith got together with Dead C guitarist Michael Morley and drummer/ pianist Peter Jefferies to form 2 Foot Flame in 1995. Jokingly dubbed as an "experimental super group, " the band took a hold of as many noises they could grasp and beat out of their instruments to record their self-titled album not too long after getting together. Their second full-length "Ultra Drowning" followed in 1997.



08 October 2011

SOLID FROG Supercoat 1995


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Biography

by Steve Bekkala

By melding together a tightly wound post-grunge sound with the decidedly more unpopular flavor (for the time) of late-'70s/early-'80s hard rock, Solid Frog was one of the most inimitable groups to arise from the Ann Arbor area in the early to mid-'90s. Comprised of guitarist/lead vocalist Andy Patalan, lead guitarist Kyle Neely, bassist Jeff Hayes, and drummer Mike Purcell, the band released their first album, Supercoat, on the local Overture Records label in 1995. Assisted by regional radio support for the single "Standard Day," the group began to build a following and gig steadily in the area, with occasional jaunts to the East and West Coasts. Their sophomore album, Pepper Spray, followed in 1997, at which point the group decided to start shopping their wares to various major labels by playing showcases and snagging opening slots for national acts. Unfortunately, the bubblegum pop and nu-metal that began to dominate the airwaves during this time was not in tune with Solid Frog's … » Read more

ROLLINGHEAD Long Black Feeling 1994

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05 October 2011

POPDEFECT Punch Drunk 1992


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Tracklist


The Big Appetite 2:13

Bob Says No 2:31

Heaven's A Hole 3:56

Paper Imitation 3:12

Puro Desmadre 3:18

Brain Twister 3:19

East Of Nowhere, West Of Nothing 2:50

Without 4:22

Bloody Knuckles 3:16

Scary 3:31

Motive Means Opportunity 3:03

Girl In The Basement

PLUTO


self titled
1996


Shake Hands With The Future
1998


Cool Way to Feel
1995

Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Pluto's eponymous first album is an accomplished set of commercial alternative rock, featuring anthemic choruses, surprisingly folk-rock song structures, and the occasional grunge guitar. Pluto has the formula down pat and they often have catchy hooks, but they don't sound like they have anything to say. Consequently, Pluto is more admirable for its sound than its substance.



MUSHROOM TRAIL My Medicine


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MISTLE THRUSH Silt 1995


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Review

by Jack Rabid

Boston's Mistle Thrush used to sound like a U.S. Slowdive on their Agus Amárach EP. But even then, they were still highly enjoyable, as the vocal talents of the gifted Valerie Forgione lifted them into a special category. Silt, their debut LP, finds her elegant pipes being added to a much more broad, if still entirely ethereal and celestial, palette. Imagine the Cure at their peak, circa Faith and Pornography -- in fact, "The Sky and My Hands" is vaguely like "The Hanging Garden" -- only with all the darkness and that great suffocating claustrophobia subtracted and replaced with super-pleasant, glistening textures (almost movie-soundtrack-worthy) and childlike wonder. Mistle Thrush and » Read more


LOVECHILD Witchcraft 1992


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GUM Soul Corrosion 1994


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GIFT Multum In Parvo 1994


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FEELINGS Dearling Darling 1999


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Review

by Dean Carlson

Mildly appropriating the lo-fi turmoil of emo culture, the Feelings took things in a slightly different direction for their follow-up, Dearling Darling. Rather than letting themselves brood inside bad vocals and co-dependent guitar-plucking, the band added Hammond organs, swirling electronics, and an early-'80s post-punk chug to the standard indie rock clichés. "Hemophelia" and "Banana Fandango" are formless and difficult, but "Gone" is quite good, like the Velvet Underground's "The Gift" happily reworked by the Rentals.



FABRIC Woolly Mammoth 1997


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Review

by Tom Demalon

The Bloomington, Indiana trio Fabric features the talents of Tina Barbieri (ex-Mysteries of Life), guitarist Chris Kupersmith, and keyboard player Scott Ewing. Produced by the band, Woolly Mammoth is goofy fun, at its best, and a bit grating, at other times, as they tread the same eccentric, quirky pop ground as the Flaming Lips. Barbieri sounds like Liz Phair on the circus-like "Deaf Baby" and "Rubberman" is an oddly amusing track with bouncy piano and tumbling percussion. They manage to work mental health, electro-shock, and sexual repression into the lyrics of "Bring on the Girls," with Barbieri delivering the words in an eerie vocal punctuated by Kupersmith's guitar bursts. Other standouts include two cuts sung by Kupersmith. "Husband's Tale" is a wry take on the male perspective of marriage which Barbieri joins in on mid-song, and "Security," a sweet tome on loneliness, is the most obvious pop melody on the record. An intriguing album, Woolly Mammoth requires a bit of effort.

DUB NARCOTIC SOUND SYSTEM Industrial Breakdown EP 1995


By request

MILK


So Many Dynamos
1996


Ear
1993