18 September 2017

DIESEL PARK WEST Decency 1991


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The British pop band Diesel Park West was formed in Leicester, England in 1987 by singer/guitarist John Butler, guitarists Rick Willson and Rich Barton, bassist Geoff Beavan and drummer Dave Anderson. Upon signing to the EMI subsidiary Food Records, the quintet debuted with the single 'When the Hoodoo Comes; " a solid year of touring and songwriting followed, as they issued a series of subsequent singles -- including "Jackie's Still Sad," "All the Myths on Sunday," and "Like Princes Do" -- before finally releasing their first LP, Shakespeare, Alabama, in 1989.

Flipped
Despite good critical notices, the album did not fare well; an appearance on the 1989 Food Christmas EP, wherein the band covered Jesus Jones' "Info Freako," brought them greater exposure, but Diesel Park West soon turned away from both live appearances and studio recording to continue to hone their compositional skills. In their absence from the limelight, Food issued 1990's Flipped, a stop-gap collection of B-sides and outtakes; finally, the all-new Decency appeared in 1991, but again no commercial success ensued.
HIPReplacement
For the follow-up, Food requested an all-covers LP, although only a series of EPs, each highlighted by a rendition of the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows," ever materialized. Diesel Park West soon parted ways with the label, resurfacing on Demon in 1993 with the stripped-down Diesel Park West vs. the Corporate Waltz. After another label change -- this time to Permanent -- as well as the replacement of Beavan with bassist Ian Michie, the band released Freakgame in 1995. The comprehensive package Left Hand Band: The Very Best of Diesel Park West surfaced in 1997, and the fresh Hip Replacement followed in 2001. 

Tracklist

1 While The World Cries Decency 4:40
2 Walk With The Mountain 3:06
3 Fall To Love 4:27
4 Boy On Top Of The News 4:33
5 Somewhere In The Afterglow 5:23
6 Fine Lily Fine 4:41
7 I Want No Mystery 2:49
8 Till The Moon Struck Two 3:48
9 Hot Summer Water 4:31
10 Safe Life, Safe Times 5:12
11 Clutching At Love 4:35

THIN WHITE ROPE Sack Full of Silver 1990






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Copping their name from William S. Burroughs' euphemism for ejaculation, Thin White Rope was founded in Davis, California in 1984. Although the time and place of their formation aligned them with both the Paisley Underground and roots rock movements, the group quickly staked out its own musical territory, divining their own unique brand of dark, surreal, desert rock. Thin White Rope was led by singer/guitarist Guy Kyser, whose harsh, tightly coiled vocals and unsettling lyrics combined to give the band its edge; in the group's first incarnation, Kyser was joined by guitarist Roger Kunkel, bassist Kevin Staydohar (soon replaced by Steven Tesluk), and drummer Jozef Becker.

Exploring the Axis
While Thin White Rope's 1985 debut Exploring the Axis flirted with neo-psychedelia, the 1987 follow-up Moonhead upped the ante by allowing the desperation of Kyser's lyrics to take full command of the music. Unrelentingly grim and harrowingly provocative, the album's best songs -- like "Crawl Piss Freeze" and "If Those Tears" -- were postcards from the edge. Following the addition of new bassist John von Feldt, 1988's In the Spanish Cave continued along the same path, albeit with a renewed sense of humor ("Mr. Limpet") and more oblique wordplay.
Sack Full of Silver
Though garnering little notice stateside, Thin White Rope earned a solid fan base in Europe, and even became the first American independent-label act to tour the Soviet Union. 1990's Sack Full of Silver, a collection of songs written while on tour abroad, featured new drummer Matthew Abourezk as well as a newly focused sonic attack; the album also featured a left-field rendition of Can's "Yoo Doo Right," a hint of things to come on the 1991 all-covers EP Squatters' Rights.
The Ruby Sea
1991's full-length The Ruby Sea, a dense, atmospheric work highlighted by the riveting "Clown Song," proved to be Thin White Rope's studio swan song: in 1992 the band split, and while most of the players continued performing in various musical projects, Kyser devoted himself to a career as a botanist. The posthumous The One That Got Away 6-28-92 Ghent, a two-disc live set recorded in Belgium peppered with odd covers of Lee & Nancy's "Some Velvet Morning," Bob Dylan's "Outlaw Blues," and Hawkwind's "Silver Machine" appeared in 1993. Spoor, a collection of demos, remixes, and rare tracks, followed two years later. 

Tracklist

1 Hidden Lands 3:00
2 Sack Full Of Silver 2:09
3 Yoo Doo Right 6:01
4 The Napkin Song 1:28
5 Americana 7:75
6 The Ghost 3:42
7 Whirling Dervish 5:36
8 The Triangle Song 4:40
9 Diesel Man 3:40
10 On The Floe 4:51

HOOD Cabled Linear Traction 1999






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1 Norfolk 2:27
2 Evening Return 3:28
3 Untitled 2:51
4 The Hay Harvest Had Special Charms 1:41
5 An Oblique View Of An Irrationally Happy Time 2:59
6 Small Town Prejudice 3:13
7 Abstracting Electricity 1:19
8 A Spell Of Rain 1:07
9 Fades To End A Day 3:40
10 Fashion Mistake Of The Decade 2:19
11 Summers Last Annual 3:19
12 Coastal Driftings 1:38
13 British Radars 4:36
14 Church, Circular 1:26
15 Be Nice To Everyone At All Times (With A Few Important Exceptions) 1:07
16 Finite Differences 0:56
17 Highly Competitive Cut Throat World 1:15
18 Hurt 1:16
19 Untitled #2 8:10
20 A Thinly Veiled Excuse For Something More 1:27


BOYRACER More Songs About Frustration And Self-Hate 1994

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1 A Friend For Life 1:01
2 Passionflower 1:47
3 That's Progress 2:38
4 Chanteuse 3:29
5 Skill 1:26
6 Fifteen 1:27
7 My New Shoes 3:18
8 Why Bother Asking Me? 2:29
9 Is It Me Or Is It Cold? 3:36
10 New Zealand Jazz 1:01
11 Define Beauty 2:46
12 Hatemail 3:04
13 Jazz B. 2:08
14 Giving Way 2:52
15 The Useless Romantic 2:08
16 Second Is Always Second 9:41
17 Short Changed 1:30
18 Sex 0:44
19 Spiteful Punk Rock Song #2 1:25
20 Sunshine And Violence 2:05
21 Stabbed 4:18
22 Short Changed Revisited 0:49
23 Tested 3:29
24 Railway (Version) 3:22

LONGSTOCKING Once Upon A Time Called Now 1997






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The defiantly out queer-punk band Longstocking unfortunately only lasted for one album, 1997's excellent Once Upon a Time Called Now, but during their brief two-year run, the Los Angeles-based quartet added a clever kind of '60s-style pop polish to a scene that occasionally ran a bit too far toward willful amateurism. Former Oiler and Fleabag singer/guitarist Tamala Poljak, whose musical tastes run the gamut from the Shangri-Las to Gang of Four to Stereolab, formed Longstocking as a guitar-drums duo in 1995. After a few months, the lineup solidified into Poljak, guitarist Michelle Stevenson, bassist David Gomez, and drummer Sherri Solinger. After a pair of 7" EPs and a handful of compilation appearances, Longstocking released Once Upon a Time Called Now on Donna Dresch's Chainsaw label in late 1997. Unfortunately, by the time the record came out, Longstocking had split up; Poljak had followed a relationship to Olympia, WA, while the other bandmembers had stayed in Los Angeles. Poljak joined Team Dresch temporarily, but returned to Los Angeles in 1999 to form a new band called the Automaticans. 

Tracklist  

1 Teenage Angst At 27 2:14
2 Jehu On A Rollercoaster 2:17
3 Passing The Crown 2:54
4 Autobarb 2:54
5 Goddess Pt. 4 2:56
6 Radio Agony 3:57
7 Not A Jerk 3:30
8 Equator 2:56
9 Oscar Nite 2:41
10 Bus 3:51

ZENI GEVA Maximum Money Monster 1990




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One of Japan's more eccentric and intriguing extreme music exports of the late '80s and '90s, self-professed "progressive hardcore trio" Zeni Geva (their name derives from an ancient Japanese word for "money" and a corruption of the German "gewalt," or violence) forcibly fused elements of heavy metal, hardcore, industrial music, noise rock, and the avant-garde, gaining no small underground recognition in the process.

Total Castration
Having already made a name for himself via several experimental outfits (Absolut Null Punkt, YBO2) and collaborations with Merzbow and Null earlier in the decade, vocalist, guitarist, and programmer K.K. Null (real name Kazuyuki Kishino) founded Zeni Geva in 1987, calling on guitarist Fumiyoshi Suzuki and drummer Ikuo Taketani to join him on debut album How to Kill, released on Null's own NUX Organization label. Said album also featured a short-lived vocalist named Elle who was replaced by bassist Bunsho Nishikawa come 1988's amusingly named Vast Impotenz cassette EP, but he too would be gone by the release of 1990's watershed Maximum Money Monster LP, which brought industrial discipline to Zeni Geva's savage sonic outbursts while introducing new guitarist Mitsuru Tabata (ex-Boredoms) and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida, briefly borrowed from Ruins. Finally, Zeni Geva found stability with the recruitment of drummer Eito Noro, and with it came greater international touring and success, beginning with Steve Albini-produced albums like Total Castration (1991), Live in Amerika (1992), Desire for Agony (1993), Freedom Bondage (1995), and others. These efforts reined in some of the band's former flair for chaos with a heavier focus on noise rock, and the final pair was released by Jello Biafra's Alternative Tentacles label, while 1993's All Right, You Little Bastards! constituted a proper Albini/Zeni Geva collaboration.
10,000 Light Years
When Noro decided to leave the band in 1996, Zeni Geva carried on touring irregularly (with American percussionist Blake Fleming stepping into the breach), but recording activities came to a standstill as Null increasingly immersed himself in a string of solo and collaborative releases. The next Zeni Geva album, 10,000 Light Years (featuring Null, Tabata, and drummer Masataka Fujikake), did not emerge until 2001 through Neurot Recordings, and its highly experimental nature clearly reflected Null's recent avant sound exploits. The album also proved to be a one-off, as Null resumed his prolific solo endeavors shortly thereafter and Tabata also remained busy, primarily with Acid Mothers Temple. The Zeni Geva engine was not refueled again until 2009, when onetime drummer Yoshida rejoined Null and Tabata for a spate of touring that yielded 2010's Alive and Rising, but it remains to be seen whether there will be more band activity in the future. 

Tracklist  

1 Slam King 16:03
2 炎 (Blaze) 1:20
3 Blackout 3:34
4 Sweetheart 5:42
5 Guystick Bodie 4:34
6 Skullfuck 3:15
7 War Pig 6:50
8 On Suicide 5:56

COUNTRY TEASERS Satan Is Real Again (Or: Feeling Good About Bad Thoughts) 1996


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Destroy All Human Life
The Country Teasers would eventually win audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Crypt was the first label responsible for the group's American exposure, thanks to distribution of a self-titled 1995 ten-inch. The album Satan Is Real Again was released the following year. After 1997's Anytime Cowboy EP, the Teasers moved to Fat Possum/Epitaph and released 1999's Destroy All Human Life. Science Hat Artistic Cube Moral Nosebleed Empire came in 2002 -- a double LP released by In the Red, it compiled material dating back to the early '90s. The group's relationship with In the Red continued in 2003, with the release of Secret Weapon Revealed at Last. 

Tracklist

1 The Wide-Open Beaver Of Nashville
2 Black Change
3 Panty Shots
4 It Is My Duty
5 Devil On My Back
6 Little Black Clouds
7 Lies
8 Thank You God For Making Me An Angel
9 Cripples
10 Some Hole
11 Don't Like People
12 Country Fag
13 Satan Is Real Again
14 These Things Shall Pass

14 September 2017

CHERUBS Icing 1992

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Formed in 1992 by Ed Hall, expatriate drummer Kevin Whitley, Owen McMahon (bass), and Brent Prager (drums), the Cherubs emerged on the Austin, TX, LSD punk scene with a jackhammer of nightmarish, rhythm-driven song structures and plenty of Butthole Surfers whimsy and terror to keep things more than interesting. Later that year, King Koffey of the Butthole Surfers released the band's first album, Icing, on his Trance Syndicate label. Icing proved a strange concoction of repetitive, hypnotic beats, frosted with Kevin Whitley's high-pitched howl. In 1993, the band issued the Carjack Fairy single, each of the thousand pressed sleeved in a different piece of wallpaper samples; an interesting concept, and one certainly not alien to the musical climate of Austin, TX. By the time the band's magnum opus, Heroin Man, was issued in 1994, the Cherubs had called it quits, leaving a hell of an album in its wake, one of the most distorted, red-lined, oddball noise rock records ever made. Two years later, Trance released Short of Popular, a collection of singles, odds and ends, and outtakes from previous sessions. 

Tracklist

1 Sugary 3:07
2 All Chickened Out 3:18
3 Half A Rat 3:47
4 Come 3:02
5 Ginger Upper 4:03
6 Fed 4:01
7 Shoofly 3:04
8 Pink Party Dessert 3:37
9 Vicki's Retreat 3:39
10 Kick Me 4:10