31 July 2017

I HATE THE 90s Volume 18

 1. PAPAS FRITAS Smash This World
 3. OP8 Sand
 4. LUSH Laura
 5. LIARS INC. Better
 6. CEMENT Six
 7. WRECK Bad Energy
 8. BOSS HOG Count Me Out
 9. AMMONIA Face Down
10. SON VOLT Live Free
12. THE ODDS Jack Hammer
13. DRUMS & TUBA Does It Suck To Be You
14. EELS Novocaine For The Soul
15. VERBENA Hot Blood
16. CARBOMB Radio Bomb Squad
17. MAJOR STARS Rock Revival Theme
19. SONETIC VET Boys Peeking
21. THE FAUVES Big Brother Age

29 July 2017


Inarticulate Nature Boy

Beautiful Nowhere

Artist Biography by

Josh Clayton-Felt embarked on a solo career after the breakup of his former band, School of Fish, learning to play keyboards, bass, and drums in addition to guitar. He recorded over 25 songs in the following years, playing all the instruments, and his solo debut, Inarticulate Nature Boy, was released by A&M in 1996. He toured colleges with Tori Amos in support of the album and achieved a place among college radio. While a lo-fi record in every respect, the record reflected Clayton-Felt's love for '70s AM radio fare and traditional pop songs. Crafting a second record, Center of Six, followed shortly thereafter. A&M dropped him prior to issuing the album, however Clayton-Felt was determined to release the album. He and sessions drummer Steve Scully worked together during the late 90s, but Clayton-Felt fell ill with testicular cancer in December 1999. After less than a month in the hospital, the singer died January 19, 2000 at the age of 32. Two years later, Dreamworks collected material from those unforgotten Center of Six sessions and issued Spirit Touches Ground.

Inarticulate Nature Boy
1 Window 5:10
2 Soon Enough 5:40
3 Paint The Tree Green 4:42
4 What Do I Know 4:18
5 Dead American 4:25
6 Matchbox Head 4:55
7 Bigger Than Me 5:02
8 Inarticulate Nature Boy 3:49
9 Waiting 3:08
10 Doubt 3:38
11 Helpless 3:57
12 Trumpet 4:56

Beautiful Nowhere


1 Josh Clayton* Painted Birds 5:00
2 Josh Clayton* Right On Time 4:51
3 Josh Clayton* Writing On A Candle 4:58
4 Josh Clayton* Disappearing In New York 4:16
5 Josh Clayton* Down The Same Steps 4:28
6 Josh Clayton* Over My Shoulder 3:59
7 Josh Clayton* Beautiful Nowhere 4:35
8 Josh Clayton* Only Weakness 3:42
9 Josh Clayton* Invisible World 5:22
10 Josh Clayton* Superficial Brother 5:24
11 Josh Clayton* Behind The Wall 3:31
12 Josh Clayton* Pigeon 4:07
13 Josh Clayton* Walk On The Water 4:23

LITTLE GIANT DRUG Prismcast 1999

by request
features guitarist and the bassist from Napalm Death


1 Shine
2 This Place Can Never Be Found
3 Something More Than
4 Silver
5 Guest
6 We Are
7 Overhead Walkways
8 Trip To Green
9 Well Born
10 Can Tell
11 At All
12 Somewhere In Sun


3 Strange Days 
The Wrong Sampler
Take Me Anywhere

Artist Biography by

This Boston-based college-aged quintet outclassed their postmodern contemporaries with a striking, hook-laden 1991 debut. Their sophomore album was less impressive. Frontman Josh Clayton-Felt issued a solo album, Inarticulate Nature Boy, in 1996; he died January 19, 2000 of testicular cancer at the age of 32. 
3 Strange Days


1 3 Strange Days (LP Version) 5:26
2 3 Strange Days (Cramshaft Mix) 5:23
3 3 Strange Days (Edit) 4:26
4 Where Have I Been 3:43
5 Let's Pretend We're Married 5:30
6 3 Strange Days (Dub) 5:23 
 The Wrong Sampler


1 The Greatest Living Englishman
2 The Turtle Song
3 Disconnected
4 This Is Where I Belong
5 Wrong 
Take Me Anywhere
1 Take Me Anywhere 4:44
2 Unrecognizable - (Outtake From Human Cannonball) 3:51
3 Talk Like Strangers (Live In Los Angeles) 3:49
4 Save It For Later (Live In Los Angeles) 5:04

28 July 2017


Rock Paper Scissors Dynamite

 Little Apocalypse

by request

Rock Paper Scissors Dynamite


1 The Welfare Of Your Enemy
2 The Right Place
3 Cycle Of Days
4 Let Them Lie Down
5 How Many Lives
6 Talking To Me Poor
7 Funeral Song
8 In The Mirror
9 The Chill
10 Her Darkness
11 Nine Years
12 In The Ghost House 

Little Apocalypse

1 Heart Not Within
2 Sooner Or Later
3 Home
4 Side Of The Road
5 Never Hold Heaven
6 Little Apocalypse
7 Duck Hunting In Hell
8 Where Were You
9 I Saw Him Fall
10 Conquerer's Song
11 A Woman's Name
12 Little American Hymn

27 July 2017


Blow Up

A Date With the Smithereens

Artist Biography by

Dressed in leather, brandishing heavy guitars, and exhibiting an unabashed fetish for British Invasion pop, the Smithereens were an anomaly in the American college rock scene of the late '80s. Lead singer/songwriter/guitarist Pat DiNizio stood out not only with his strange beatnik goatee, but also because his catchy hooks were haunting, not punchy, and because his lyrics were morose. As time wore on, the group became more straightforward, turning into an excellent bar band, one that attacked pop songs with the weight of AC/DC. A few hits followed, but the Smithereens seemed hopelessly out of date in the alternative rock explosion of the early '90s, and they quietly faded into a working cult band.

Beauty and Sadness
Of course, the Smithereens essentially started out as a working band. After playing in several cover bands, including a handful of prog rock and metal groups, DiNizio was inspired to form his own band after listening to Buddy Holly. Placing an advertisement in a New York paper for musicians influenced by Holly, Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello, and the Clash, DiNizio eventually came into contact with New Jersey high-school students Dennis Diken (drums), Jim Babjak (guitar), and Mike Mesaros (bass), who had all played together in school. By the end of 1980, they had independently released Girls About Town, an EP featuring four songs with "girl" in the title that was a moderate local success. For the next three years, the group played around New Jersey and New York, not releasing another record until 1983's Beauty and Sadness. While the EP earned some play on college radio and received a positive review in Rolling Stone, they still had trouble gaining an audience, so they began supporting traveling oldies artists like Otis Blackwell, with whom they recorded an album's worth of material, and the Beau Brummels.
Especially for You
By 1985, the Smithereens were growing frustrated by their lack of progress, as most of the demos they sent to labels were ignored. They did send a demo to Enigma, where Scott Vanderbilt, a former college DJ who was a fan of the band several years earlier, signed the group. In 1986, the band released its debut album, the Don Dixon-produced Especially for You, to positive reviews. On the strength of college airplay, as well as MTV's airing of "Blood and Roses" -- a video financed by a film studio that included the song in the B-movie Dangerously Close -- the album became a moderate hit, climbing to number 51 on the charts and leading to a major-label contract with Capitol. The Smithereens supported the album with an extensive tour, and they recorded their second record weeks after they left the road.
Green Thoughts
Green Thoughts appeared early in 1988, and the first single, "Only a Memory," not only became a college and modern rock hit, but it crossed over to album rock stations as well. The Smithereens made their attempt for big-time album rock success with their third album, 11. Hiring producer Ed Stasium brought a heavier guitar sound, which made "A Girl Like You" -- a song rejected as the theme for the comedy Say Anything -- a Top 40 hit, sending 11 to gold status. "Too Much Passion," the first single from their fourth album, Blow Up, indicated that the new record was more adventurous and produced, and the single did become a Top 40 hit, yet the album itself failed to replicate the success of its predecessor.
Blow Up was their last album for Capitol, and they moved to RCA for 1994's A Date with the Smithereens, their first album since Green Thoughts to be produced by Don Dixon. By that time, the alternative and mainstream rock scenes had been heavily altered by grunge, which essentially left the band without an avenue for their records to be heard. The album bombed, but the Smithereens retained a sizable cult following that helped them tour successfully into the late '90s. In 1995, they released a pair of compilations, the hits package Blown to Smithereens and the rarities collection Attack of the Smithereens.
God Save the Smithereens
After a five-year recording hiatus, the group returned to the studio for 1999's God Save the Smithereens. Another series of compilations and live recordings appeared between 2000 and 2006, with Meet the Smithereens! arriving the following year along with a holiday album, Christmas with the Smithereens. Live in Concert! Greatest Hits and More, recorded at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ, appeared in 2008. Two tribute albums would follow, with B-Sides the Beatles arriving in 2008 and The Smithereens Play Tommy following in 2009. In 2011 they issued Smithereens 2011, their first album of original songs in 11 years. 

Blow Up


1 Top Of The Pops 4:32
2 Too Much Passion 4:35
3 Tell Me When Did Things Go So Wrong 2:22
4 Evening Dress 3:12
5 Get A Hold Of My Heart 4:22
6 Indigo Blues 4:58
7 Now And Then 3:50
8 Girl In Room 12 3:22
9 Anywhere You Are 3:44
10 Over And Over Again 3:17
11 It's Alright 3:45
12 If You Want The Sun To Shine 5:58

A Date With The Smithereens


1 War For My Mind 4:06
2 Everything I Have Is Blue 4:27
3 Miles From Nowhere 4:18
4 Afternoon Tea 3:55
5 Point Of No Return 4:05
6 Sleep The Night Away 4:16
7 Love Is Gone 3:40
8 Long Way Back Again 4:06
9 Gotti 4:51
10 Sick Of Seattle 3:03
11 Can't Go Home Anymore 4:07
12 Life Is So Beautiful 3:25

ART PHAG Instant Ventriloquism 1991

by request
 garage rock band from Detroit...sort of sounds like The Cramps with occasional growling vocals


1 Sword Of The Lord 2:37
2 Bobby Shot A Man 1:45
3 Dahli Lama Of Love 3:02
4 Chantilly Lace 2:18
5 Goin' To Nevada 2:53
6 Mexico 2:01
7 Mysterical Sights 2:39
8 Give It Up 1:49
9 Chainsaw 2:00
10 Highschool Sweetheart 2:33
11 Molly 'n' Bobby 1:36
12 Flowers 1:36