27 February 2012

COLORFINGER Deep in the Heart of the Beast of the Sun 1990


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Editorial Reviews

Colorfinger is Art Alexakis' pre-Everclear band. Gritty, raw and full of emotion this album has been sought after by collectors and bootleggers for well over a decade. Any fans of Everclear's early albums World Of Noise or Sparkle And Fade will not be disappointed, as well as fans of pure American rock music. This is rock and roll - this is Colorfinger. From the official Colorfinger press release: Describing the album is not an easy task. This is not the kind of music you can wrap up neatly and fit into any single category. From his crazy childhood growing up in the housing projects of Los Angeles, to the drugged out decadence of night clubs and the LA punk scene, Alexakis soaked up a wide variety of ideas and influences ranging from Hank Williams Sr. and John Doe of X, to Sonic Youth and Neil Young. With grinding guitars, soaring harmonies, heavy rhythms and unpredictable twists and turns, the music of Colorfinger is indeed hard to label...but even harder to deny. Listen to "Deep in the Heart of the Beast in the Sun." You won't find anything kind or gentle here. This album is about the hard irony and bizarre comedy of real life, not Hallmark cards. (Amazon.com)

PINEBENDER Things Are About to Get Weird 1999


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Biography

by Mike DaRonco

The experimental three-piece of Pinebender originated in the Chicago suburbs in late 1997. With their minimal instrumentation that consists of Matt Clark (low guitars), Chris Hansen (guitar/vocals), and Stephen Howard (drums), a slow-paced but melodic tone of experimental indie resulted as the three-piece played around Chicago for the next two years. Following a deal with Ohio Gold Records in 1999, Pinebender's first full-length, Things Are About to Get Weird, resulted the following year with some production help from Steve Albini. The EP Too Good to Be True followed in 2000 before the band switched over to Lovitt for 2003's The High Price of Living Too Long with a Single Dream. Clark exited Pinebender in summer 2002, prior to that album's release, and the band didn't release any new material for several years. Hansen stayed put as Howard moved from drums to baritone guitar and Dennis Stacer joined on behind the kit; the new lineup then issued Working Nine to Wolf in the fall of 2006.

25 February 2012

BAZOOKA Perfectly Square 1992


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Review

by Jason Anderson

Kicking things off with the Coltrane-tinged "In Defense of Phallic Power Totems II," Bazooka set the high-toned stage for Perfectly Square: the group's 1993 debut for SST records. Comprising of saxophonist Tony Atherton, bassist Bill Crawford, and drummer Vince Meghrouni, Bazooka blast out a kind of groove jazz with Crawford's solid-body bass providing a rolling bottom end that gives the trio's tunes a heaviness that's unique and affective. Besides the aforementioned leadoff track, other standouts include the sparse "Crimes Against the Elders" and "Walt's Fault," as well as the quite natural cover of Edgar Winters' "Frankenstein." When the group wanders into more traditional rhythmic treatments -- as in "Speedball" -- Crawford and Meghrouni don't blend quite as well, and their struggle overpowers Atherton and the tune. Bazooka is at their best when the swinging is a secondarily punctuation to Crawford's fusion and prog syncopations, creating interesting figures and plenty of space for the teetering Atherton to wander about, exploring his group's unique sonic edges.

24 February 2012

FRONTIER TRUST

Speed Nebraska
1995


Untitled 7 inch
1993


Biography

by Mike DaRonco

Throughout their five-year tenure, the Nebraska quartet of Frontier Trust provided a fast-paced rock of country-punk. As they debuted in 1992, the lineup of Bill Thornton (guitar /vocals), Brian Swanson (bass), Joe Kobjerowski (drums), and Gary Dean Davis (vocals) added a Midwestern lyrical persona of the working-class, life on the road, and religion to their hoot of upbeat twang. -ismist Records eventually captured this sound in 1995 with the release of Frontier Trust's only album, Speed Nebraska. Two years following their full-length debut, the band called it quits with Joe Kobjerowski and Dean Davis moving on to form D Is for Dragster.

MARY MY HOPE Suicide Kings EP 1989


Tracklist


Monster Is Bigger Than The Man 5:55

Communion 6:38

Suicide Kings 5:21

I'm Not Alone (Live) 5:43

It's About Time (Live) 5:36


Biography

by Michael Sutton

Predicting the future is never a guarantee of success. The Atlanta, GA, band Mary My Hope appeared a little too early, carving layers of post-punk and hard rock a few years before the Smashing Pumpkins would turn similar ingredients into multi-platinum sales. Founded by James Hall (vocalist) in the mid-'80s with guitarist Clinton Steele, bassist Sven Pipien, and drummer Steve Lindenbaum, Mary My Hope were minor-league players in the college-radio world, several ranks below all-stars like … » Read more

23 February 2012

THE PUT-OUTS Sing the Hits 1999


Upped by Maximum Jack.

SERPICO Rumble 1996


I love this band! Great pop punk with a slice of hardcore.


2 FOOT FLAME Ultra Drowning 1997


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22 February 2012

HUTCH Jack London Hotel 1996

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Hutch "Jack London Hotel" CD

EXC-018

One new drummer and four (plus some secret stuff) new songs later and Hutch come back with yet another little noticed yet critically acclaimed offering. William S. Baker from Jayhawker/Slowsidedown even provides some guest vocals on "Honduras", the unlisted secret track at the end of the CD.
They put on a great live show too, but most of you missed it.

"This is just incredible. I'll tag this as the next Jawbreaker. Wow, I'm speechless. Every track has its own distinct personality. I'd list my favorite tracks, but it would include almost all of them. A keeper. Do whatever it takes to get this!" -Rational Enquirer

"One thing that used to appeal to me about a lot of pop punk and melodic hardcore bands was the sincerity of emotions that they conveyed. As those genres became marketable, it seemed like bands started making up emotions for the sake of appearing "real". For a time I thought there might not have been any legitimately talented and intelligent melodic punk bands left who remained independent. I guess I forgot about Hutch. Musically, they hold their own against the likes of Jawbreaker and Rocket From The Crypt, and the lyrics don't seem contrived in the least, just honest and insightful. Thanks for being you, Hutch" -PFN Snipehunt

21 February 2012

SATURNINE Wreck at Pillar Point 1995

As someone had requested Flags for Unknown Territories, I thought I would put up another one of their releases, Wreck at Pillar Point.

ASS PONYS Mr. Superlove 1990


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Biography

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Led by guitarist/vocalist Chuck Cleaver, Cincinnati's Ass Ponys cut a niche in the indie rock world of the early '90s with their skewed country-rock. The group managed to twist standard rock and country conventions around, giving them a goofy, off-kilter perspective. After releasing a couple of independent records, the band signed with A&M Records, releasing their major-label debut, Electric Rock Music, in 1994, followed by Known Universe in 1996. After a lengthy hiatus that saw the group severing ties with A&M, they signed a deal with alternative country label Checkered Past. The resulting Lohio was a triumphant, if slightly depressing, return to form. A compilation, Okra Years, was released in 2005.

20 February 2012

81 MULBERRY Drive Shaft to Culdesac 1995


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Upped by Raul.




DILLON FENCE Rosemary 1992

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Biography

by Stewart Mason

Although Dillon Fence released three full-length albums and several stand-alone EPs between 1991 and 1994, and at one point was the highest profile group on Mammoth Records after Juliana Hatfield and the Blake Babies, the band never got much in the way of critical acclaim, nor did their records spark much word of mouth outside of a small cult audience based in their native North Carolina. That said, there's a low-key charm to their brand of genial jangle pop that fans of the Connells or Guadalcanal Diary will most likely find appealing.

ATOMIC 61


1994


1996


19 February 2012

DIRT CLOD FIGHT Everything that Isn't 1994

Heavy sound much like Nirvana. Sure to upset the parents.

CRUST self titled 1994


Biography

by Erik Hage

Drawing on the tradition of the Butthole Surfers, the Austin, TX, band Crust creates willfully disturbing tracks based around such themes as sexually transmitted disease, public institutions, and life at rock bottom. The group's music is awash in the sounds of samples, guitars and noise-making household objects. The combo's first release was the industrial cacophony of the Heart of Crust EP. A self-titled debut LP followed, again on Trance Syndicate Records (Butthole Surfer King Coffey's label). in 1991. The harrowing effort featured such feverish paeans to low-living as "Head Lice" and "Hard Stool" couched in the blare of off-kilter percussion, otherworldy loops and samples and the overwhelming compression of layered instrumentation. Crust next unleashed their (barely) harnessed chaos via 1994's Crusty Love album. Thematically, the group upped the ante even further, plumbing the depths of crudeness with tracks such as "Chlamydia Is Not a Flower" and such lyrical sentiments as "You've … » Read more

WILL AND THE BUSHMEN self titled 1989


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18 February 2012

GODZUKI


Trail of the Lonesome Pine
1996

1
Pollen, U.S.A. 4:54
2
No Song 1:19
3
Sunday Man 3:38
4
Gleason Rocket 2:39
5
Orange Red, Bright Blue 3:12
6
Untitled 0:55
7
Old Number 7 2:56
8
Poinsettia 3:55
9
Tractor Driver 2:31
10
Auto-Haze 2:57
11
12X 3:06
12
Do The Sputnic 3:15
13
Canary 7:30
Free Wade EP
1996

Tracklist

1
Majic UFO 8:48
2
Brown City 2:27
3
Prophecy Of Wade 3:44
4
Nature Channel 14:01

VARIOUS ARTISTS Pop American Style 2001

By request
No more SadPanda.

Tracklist ▼

1-01

Shoestrings

Summer Days

4:08


1-02

Rocketship

Hey, Hey, Girl

2:15


1-03

Cub

Howard

2:42


1-04

Holiday

It's Only Love

1:12


1-05

Verbena

Old Junk For Fashion

4:10


1-06

Heartworms

No Way, No Way

1:55


1-07

Sissy Bar

Bellman

3:06


1-08

Superdrag

Sold You An Alibi

3:07


1-09

Allen Clapp & His Orchestra* –

Didn't You Know

2:34


1-10

Beanpole

I'd Know You Anywhere

2:18


1-11

My Favorite

Go Kid Go

3:21


1-12

Syrup USA

Thrill Fit

2:17


1-13

Receptionists, The

Soren Loved Regina

1:57


1-14

Dunebuggy

Pelican

2:23


1-15

Orange Cake Mix

Fresh Coffee

1:52


1-16

Racecar

Your Kind

2:42


1-17

Dupont Circles, The

Everywhere Girl

2:55


1-18

Elf Power

Spectators

2:17


1-19

Aberdeen

Marine Parade (For Keith Blueboy)

2:07


1-20

Push Kings, The

Memphis

5:06


2-01

Salteen

Green Light

3:24


2-02

Further (3)

Day To Day

2:18


2-03

Poundsign

Starry Night

3:45


2-04

Holiday Flyer

Every Once & Awhile

3:25


2-05

Kleenex Girl Wonder

Mercy

2:31


2-06

Bunnygrunt

Inanimate Objects

2:35


2-07

Vehicle Flips

O Tedium

2:31


2-08

Seashell Sea, The

Lost And Found

3:06


2-09

Godzuki

Who's Gonna Hold The Rope

2:42


2-10

All About Chad

Japanese Couple In Reverse

2:07


2-11

Motorhome

Magic

3:29


2-12

Igloo

Five Hours

3:34


2-13

Tullycraft

Piano Lessons For Beauty Queens

3:19


2-14

Kickstand

New Year's Day

3:29


2-15

Tizzy

Security Blanket

3:29


2-16

Lefties, The

Red Roses

1:43


2-17

Red Dye No. 5

Redo

3:00


2-18

Pee

Turn Key One

2:08


2-19

Christines, The

Secret Song

3:55


2-20

Flowchart

Ageism

4:27


2-21

Unknown Artist

Untitled

3:56