Ok, let's talk incoming stock, shall we? 2 posts in a week? Someone has nothing to do with their life. We will also begin working in our flagship radioshow-- now known as SCRATCH-N-SNIFF RADIO. It airs every saturday (well, most saturdays) at 10 p.m. to midnight. Click that link and you'll uncover tons of playlists from the last...well, a long time.
Let's get to some new stuff, eh?
DIRTBOMBS - ooey gooey chewy ka-blooey! Another adventourous foray into the world of rock and roll genius, Mick Collins. In addition to the plethora of Dirtbombs albums, Collins has paid tribute to soulful...well, soul and rock and roll via ULTRAGLIDE IN BLACK and most recently, Detroit House Music wih the adventerous PARTY STORE triple. Here, Collins does not cover songs in fuzzy Dirtombs tradition, rather Mick Collins wrote ten new tracks which pay homage to the sound and style originally popularized in the late ’60s / early ’70s by producers / exploiters like Kasenetz-Katz and Don Kirschner. While the usual Dirtbombs’ double-drums, fuzzy guitars and soulful swagger are present, Ooey Gooey is sugary, sunshiny pop rock that recalls Josie & the Pussycats, the Banana Splits and Lancelot Link & the Evolution Revolution, to name but three. It’s all sing-along choruses, childlike themes and a contrived innocence—not the kind of record one would’ve predicted from a guy who once fronted The Gories. Top notch.
OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL - BLACK FOLIAGE/MUSIC FROM THE UNREALIZED FILM...
Two limited double lp's featuring hard to find material from OTC, wonderfully packaged and apparently limited to 1000 copies each. Though these originally came out 2 years ago, we are to assume a few more were pressed. Whatever the case may be, we have them waiting for you.
BATHS - Obsidian After suffering a year long illness, BATHS has produced a follow-up to critically acclaimed CERULEAN (2010), the mood here is a bit more wry, painful yet upbeat in it's overall execution. Bearing the scars of a year bedridden e. coli illness, the scars of that affair are obviously evident here--as could be expected. Still, a cohesive effort that is also receiving high acclaim from music hacks and fans alike. They are due in town soon, so now is the time to do your himework and get ready for the show. We have tickets, too.
Speaking of Goner, check out the line-up of GONERFEST happening this fall in, of course, Memphis.
"Want to hear America’s Wire, only twice as primitive (if that’s possible), with one quarter the sound quality? Even when they are covering the Soft Machine’s “Why Are We Sleeping?” they sound like a three-step primer on minimalism, in scratchy, fast, burping, nutso punk with clipped vocals. You can see why the Minutemen covered “Ack Ack Ack Ack,” but it’s the real solid, melodic stuff—such as the Last-inspired harmonies of the great A-sides “Black Hole” (covered by Leaving Trains -ed) and “Sex,” and “Scholastic Aptitude,” and the instrumental “Surfing With the Shah” (which foreshadows the coming of 100 Flowers and later offshoot Trotsky Icepick)—that makes so many Angelinos remember this goofy but great trio so fondly. Negative Capability has an unrelenting, authoritative intelligence and sense of humor." —Jack Rabid
(Jack Rabid is responsible for Big Takeover magazine and has been writing about music since the early 80's covering NYHC act Stimulators with his Stimulators Report.)
This is an essential for fans because it features ALL unreleased material...instead of being some greatest hits starter kit for an up and coming hep cat, this is 2 albums worth of alternate takes, unreleased tracks and "movie mixes". what else can be said here: this is an absolute must for fans and n00bs alike. We all know the Big Star story by now (or we should). Great band who didn't hit it big when they should have--the sad tale of many great bands. That is a blessing, because we probably wouldn't give to shits about them if they had been shoved down our throats for the last 30 years! Oh...yeah, we probably would. They influenced multiple generations and are among the holy grail of American Rock and Roll. Not a perfect band by any means...but who is? You need this.
More instock, including restocks on Bill Fay, Scott Walker, Daft Punk, Destruction Unit and a new release from NEKO CASE.
Next post will report on some upcoming shows, the 5th Anniversary and another hefty incoming with new releases from MGMT, ARCADE FIRE, DESTRUCTION UNIT, JACUZZI BOYS and more.