16 July 2019

GOBBLEHOOF Freezerburn 1992

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Gobble Hoof were an American rock band from Massachusetts founded in 1990. The group was led by Charlie Nakajima, previously of Deep Wound.[1]

Tracklist

1 Nomad Lust 3:15
2 Embryo 2:59
3 Where's The Fire? Pale Moonlight! 6:51
4 Headbanger (Windshield) 4:15
5 Seed 5:31
6 Sadist 6:45
7 Sintax 3:35
8 Shotgun 2:57
9 Death 4:35
 
 
 

THE BLACK WATCH Flowering 1991


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The lone constant of veteran California indie rock outfit the Black Watch is John Andrew Fredrick, a writer and anglophile with a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Since the late '80s, Fredrick has released well-regarded post-punk pop/rock albums that have gained comparisons to My Bloody Valentine, the Cure, Yo La Tengo, the Smiths, Interpol, the War on Drugs, and late-'60s pop. With multiple lineup and label changes since forming the group in 1987, Fredrick's talent as a writer and skill as a musician has gone mostly unnoticed, aside from the admiration of a handful of underground journalists and a devoted fan base.
Fredrick assembled the first lineup of the Black Watch after finishing college. Recording a brief demo and opening for the Church and Toad the Wet Sprocket, the band more or less went their own way. Later in 1987, Fredrick put together a new band and recorded the full-length St. Valentine, releasing it on his own Eskimo label. That lineup dissolved shortly after its release, and Fredrick soon picked up another batch of people to play with. Most importantly, a chance meeting between Fredrick and J'Anna Jacoby (who played mandolin for the likes of John Tesh and Rod Stewart) led to the recruitment of a second full-time Black Watch member.

The vinyl-only Short Stories EP was released in 1989, with Dr. Dream picking them up for 1991's Flowering, ushering in another new rhythm section. "Terrific," one of the highlights of the album, gained considerable airplay on a number of major radio stations, but lack of label promotion thwarted the record's exposure. The Black Watch left Dr. Dream and signed with Zero Hour for 1995's Joe Chiccarelli-produced Amphetamines. Again, the record was well-received by those who heard it. Several lineup changes pre-dated the Seven Rollercoasters EP, which was issued in 1997.
Lime Green Girl
The band went on hiatus for six months, while Fredrick finished a book about an indie band titled The King of Good Intentions. Henry Rollins' 2.13.61 publishing house intended to print it, until they realized that they didn't have the finances to do so. A companion record of the same name was released by Not Lame in 1999. Lime Green Girl was released the next year by Saltwater, which added seven songs from the band's history to the end of the record. The Christopher Smart EP was issued in 2001. The following year, the band released what would be regarded as one of their best offerings. Produced by Tim Boland, Jiggery-Pokery combined Fredrick's songwriting and Jacoby's violin and guitar backing on tracks like "The Tennis-Playing Poet Roethke Said" and "What Is the Color of Happiness," which featured Pat Fish of Jazz Butcher on vocals. Very Mary Beth arrived in 2003, continuing along the same model of Intentions and Jiggery. In 2005, the band issued The Hypnotizing Sea and The Innercity Garden EP, with Tatterdemalion following the year after. The group's tenth LP in two decades, Icing the Snow Queen, and their fifth EP, After the Gold Room, were released in 2008.
Led Zeppelin Five
Album 11, titled Led Zeppelin Five, arrived in 2011. Yet another solid set, the LP featured the brisk guitar rocker "Emily, Are You Sleeping?" and an unlisted cover of the Beatles' "It's All Too Much" hidden after the closing track "Weirdly." The 27-track double-album The End of When was released in 2013, continuing Fredrick's record of reliable output and the band's ever frustrating lack of mainstream exposure. Sugarplum Fairy, Sugarplum Fairy marked album 13 for the prolific stalwarts. Here, Fredrick played every instrument aside from drums. Highs and Lows (Pop Culture Press Records) arrived in 2015.
Gospel According to John
The Black Watch released The Gospel According to John in the summer of 2017. Produced by Robert Campanella (the Brian Jonestown Massacre), Gospel featured Andy Creighton on guitar, Rick Woodard on drums, and Chris Rackard on bass.

Tracklist

1 Terrific
2 Tear The Sky
3 Jaded
4 Humming
5 Jennifer Jennifer
6 Not Forever Blue
7 A Better Way
8 Mrs. Browning
9 This Is For Chandler
10 Room
11 The Stars Come Down


13 July 2019

RADISH Restraining Bolt 1997




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In the hysteria to find a new Silverchair, several major-label record companies decided that Radish, a Dallas-based heavy post-grunge trio led by 16-year old guitarist Ben Kweller, would be the next big thing. Kweller had been playing guitar and writing songs since the age of eight; when he was nine, he entered Billboard's songwriting contest and earned an honorable mention. Over the next four years he played in local, Greenville, Texas-based bands like Green Eggs & Ham, eventually founding Radish when he was around 12 years old. Drummer John Kent joined in 1994, when he was 14, and the group made a handful of demos with producer Roger Greenwalt. On Greenwalt's advice, they added 28-year old bassist Bryan Blur, and began shopping the demo tape.

Restraining Bolt
Unexpectedly, the tape began an intense, prolonged bidding war. Eventually, Radish signed to Mercury Records in 1996 and began recording their debut album with alterna-rock producers Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie. After much media hype, Radish's debut album Restraining Bolt was released in April 1997.

Tracklist

1 Little Pink Stars 4:49
2 Simple Sincerity 2:45
3 Failing And Leaving 3:39
4 Dear Aunt Arctica 5:03
5 Sugar Free 3:40
6 Today's Bargain 3:49
7 The You In Me 3:01
8 Still I Wait 5:22
9 A Promise 4:07
10 Apparition Of Purity 3:49
11 My Guitar 3:59
12 Bedtime 4:39

MADDER ROSE Tragic Magic 1997

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Bring It Down
Responsible for some of the sweetest and, unfortunately, most overlooked indie rock of the '90s, New York City's Madder Rose featured guitarist Billy Coté, drummer Johnny Kick, bassist Matt Verta-Ray, and guitarist/vocalist Mary Lorson. Their lovely 1993 debut album, Bring It Down, introduced the band's winning combination of Lorson's dulcet voice and Coté and Lorson's eloquent songs; while it was a critical success, that album and its equally graceful 1994 follow-up, Panic On, both eluded commercial success. The group returned in 1997 with the trip-hop-inspired Tragic Magic and issued the like-minded Hello June Fool two years later. It was the swan song for the group, but not for Coté and Lorson's collaboration, as each contributed to the other's subsequent projects: Lorson developed Saint Low and Coté formed the Jazz Cannon. In 2003 Coté and Lorson also released an album of their other work together, Piano Creeps
 
 

Tracklist  

1 My Star 3:58
2 Real Feel 3:41
3 Float To The Top 4:57
4 Hung Up In You 3:34
5 Delight's Pool 4:25
6 (She's A) Satellite 3:53
7 Peter And Victor 3:10
8 Best Friend 4:11
9 Scenes From "Starbright" 3:36
10 Midnight On The Dot 4:01
11 Don Greene 4:52
12 Not Perfect 4:29
13 Untitled 1:29

LOW SUNDAY GHOST MACHINE self titled 1996

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new wave/goth rock

 

Tracklist

1 So Far Away 3:57
2 For A Moment 5:33
3 Your Eden 3:58
4 The Wanted 2:44
5 No Sun 2:56
6 Spiders Web 4:59
7 Blast 5:06
8 Overslide 5:24
9 Static 5:42
 



MOOSE Live A Little, Love A Lot 1995

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07 July 2019

BIKERIDE Thirty Seven Secrets I Only Told America 1999

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Here Comes the Summer!
Indie song sculptor Tony Carbone began releasing his Beach Boys/Burt Bacharach-styled West Coast pop tunes under the name Bikeride in 1997. The band's schizophrenic take on nearly every popular musical style from Beatlesque light psychedelia to the Pixies' alt-rock pioneering (not to mention bossa nova, jazz, and new wave mod) caught the attention of indie label Hidden Agenda. Along with a number of indie vinyl releases, Carbone and his on-again, off-again Bikeride contributors have released 1997's Here Comes the Summer!, 1999's 37 Secrets I Only Told America, 2000's Summer Winners, Summer Losers, and 2002's Morning Macumba. Five years later, Bikeride returned with their fifth full-length album, The Kiss
 

GHOST Tune In, Turn On, Free Tibet 1999

 


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A collective of psychedelic-minded Japanese musicians headed by guitarist Masaki Batoh, Ghost records commune-minded free-range psychedelia with equal debts to the Can/Amon Düül axis of Krautrock, as well as West Coast psych units like Blue Cheer and Jefferson Airplane. Batoh grew up in Kyoto, where he attended a private school well-geared to spark his interest in rock music, from Dylan and Pink Floyd to the Velvet Underground. Later, he formed Ghost with a large and varying lineup, centered around contributors such as Michio Kurihara, Kazuo Ogino, and Taishi Takizawa. According to reports, the group lived a nomadic existence, drifting from ruins of ancient temples to disused subway stations around the Tokyo area.

Ghost
The band began releasing their work with the albums Ghost and Second Time Around, each appearing during 1991-1992. The American independent Drag City licensed each of the albums for distribution, and L.A.'s The Now Sound picked up two of Batoh's solo albums, A Ghost from the Darkened Sea and Kikaokubeshi (released together as well under the title Collected Works). Two more Ghost titles, Tune in, Turn on, Free Tibet and Snuffbox Immanence, were released simultaneously in 1999. A year later, the group teamed with kindred spirits Damon and Naomi for Damon and Naomi with Ghost. The ambitious 2004 album Hypnotic Underworld was followed by the archival 2005 release Metamorphosis: Ghost Chronicles 1984-2004. A new studio album, In Stormy Nights, and a live album, Overture, both landed in 2007. 
 

Tracklist  

1 We Insist 2:33
2 Comin' Home 4:11
3 Way To Shelkar 5:16
4 Images Of April 3:09
5 Lhasa Lhasa 3:28
6 Remember 2:55
7 Change The World 4:41
8 Tune In, Turn On, Free Tibet 33:54
 

CHROME LOCUST self titled 1999

 


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New York City-based punk/metal band Chrome Locust was formed around the end of 1998 by ex-D Generation members Todd Youth (guitar, vocals; also ex-Murphy's Law) and Michael Wildwood (drums, vocals), adding bassist Jim Hennigan to round out the lineup. Building a following very quickly, their self-titled debut album appeared in 1999.
 

Tracklist

1 Intro 0:40
2 Aint No Love 2:25
3 Drop 2:37
4 New World Disorder 3:31
5 Love Rap 2:49
6 Teen Dream 3:31
7 Formula 3:08
8 Heavy Medication 3:52
9 M.I.A. 4:09
10 The Cycle Of Birth And Death 4:18
 

VITESSE A Certain Hostility 1999





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Certain Hostility
Indie synth-pop duo Vitesse teamed keyboardists Hewson Chen and Josh Klein, the latter a former drummer with the band Toulouse as well as a staff writer with the cult-favorite weekly paper The Onion. The duo first collaborated in 1997 on a piece for their Intro to Music Composition class at the University of Chicago; as Vitesse, they recorded their debut LP A Certain Hostility over the course of some 36 hours in late 1998, releasing the album on the Hidden Agenda label the following spring. A year later, the lush, morose Chelsea 27099 arrived, again on Hidden Agenda. Their next effort, What Can Not Be, But Is..., is jokingly referred to as a "surprisingly long EP" by the band, but it was actually a full length compilation of leftover tracks and covers. In the fall of 2002, the poppy You Win Again Gravity was released, an impressive record that recalled the vintage sounds of OMD and New Order. 

Tracklist  

1 Car Crash 2:54
2 The Stars Don't Shine As Bright As Street Lights 3:43
3 The Saddest Day 3:51
4 A Fine Young Age 3:51
5 The Selfish Nature Of Your Eyes 4:18
6 Southern Girls 4:17
7 The Human Element 3:59
8 Spun Right Around 3:25
9 A Day's Education 3:01
10 Greener Than The Everglades 3:58
11 Before Today 3:57
12 Faded And Covered With Dust 4:05
13 Untitled 4:45
14 Untitled 5:09