Sunday, December 13, 2009


i dig them. if you dig jesus'n'mary chain you'll dig them too. they been kinda blowing up lately and since i haven't posted here in a while, i figgered they would be a good place to pick back up. their records aren't too tough to get a hold of. try goner and florida's dying, and even ebay for some of the older ones.
here's a vid from psych fest:


Sunday, September 27, 2009

couch dancing

i was commenting to newlin today that i wanted to listen to something i haven't listened to in a long time. but i didn't know what. i've been uploading photos from compound shows and for some reason i get kinda nostalgic when i do that, dunno why, some of these shows were only like a week ago. still, i try not to get caught up too heavily in nostalgia, sure i've mentioned that before.
moving on.
i was thinking about bands that walk the line between nostalgia and productivity and i was like, man, no one does that better than '68 comeback. doesn't matter how far back into music jeff & co reach, they still keep what they're doing fresh. dead friends seem like they just died with these dudes. i pulled out "a bridge too fuckin far" as i set bout my task of documenting compound shows on facebook and it felt perfect.
someday my prince will come:

Saturday, September 19, 2009

i can't believe i've neglected writing about them: the demon's claws

i came across these guys in about 2006 then got to see them play at the last hozac blackout, also in 2006. they decimated me. this is closest thing i can think of to describing how they play: once i was hiking in the mountains around here and i was pretty high up and i was near a gravel slide and decided i wanted to take a short cut down. so i started making my way down this gravel slide and didn't realize how steep it was so i either had to slide down on my ass or run. since ruining a pair of jeans wasn't appealing i decided to run, and it wasn't so much running as it was giant leaps with no control. i was going so fast that each "step" was about ten feet apart. and there was no slowing down, and i was simultaneously in and out of control, and it was totally beyond my control. that's what i think of when i listen to the demons claws, once they start they can't control what happens. they're some of those folks who continue to prove sound is a physical force. i've been listening to their records over and over again the past few days. i kinda get stuck on their latest lp, "satans little pet pig", and have slowly realized i really want to rip off every song they do. i'm fine with that.

please head over to the nearest wrong side of town:


Monday, September 14, 2009

a new romance

i got a friend request on myspace for a band called younger lovers. very good. very gay. i'm in love. not gay love, but rocknroll love. so snotty. from oakland.

with any luck i can get this record and talk about it some more.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

watch me fall first listen

so i'm writing as i listen to jay reatards "watch me fall " lp. i had hear ain't gonna save me a few times before so i skipped it. so far the record sounds pretty disjointed, not typical of what i've heard from jay before, i can't really compare it to any of his other stuff, tho, i'm not sure if that's an appropriate response for not understanding where the writing is coming from on this record, and i've heard from a few folks that it's quite a departure from what we're used to from him. i will agree. it seems like he's kept writing things in the same vein as the matador singles, which weren't my favorite, but there were a few good tracks from those 45's. while in some respects it seems he's trying to make the songs a bit more complex, it also seems he's stripped some things down, for instance, you don't hear much by way of basslines (which IMO were stand out on blood visions). i'm really not picking anyhting out on this record so far that says, wow. i hate saying it's mediocre, because there are glimpses of what could possibly be really cool, but arent quite developed like they were in previous endeavors (which are always in the back of my head when i think about jay's music). i think what i'm missing most from this record, a thing i've grown accustomed to on tard records, are killer choruses. maybe they're overthought? ok, rotten mind just came on, and i'm really liking it more than most of the other tracks. watching you is pretty good too, kind of a new song for jay (new in that i haven't heard him write one like that). maybe thats what this is. other ways of writing for him. i really hate hearing people go off on the new stuff like it has no value. most things have some sort of value. if he kept writing the same way since he started we'd have no lost sounds or nervous patterns or angry angles or blood visions. with respect to that idea i'm curious to see where he's going with this. i'm patient enough because of the things he's written in the past to see where this new phase takes him. i'm liking the end of the record more than the beginning, and though the first few songs sound disjointed and out of place i think the latter tracks are jay getting his legs. it's a calmer less seething more grown up jay on the b-side. as i'm thiniing about this transitional pahse i wonder if we'll ever get a combination of the old and new, which for me would be exciting. i'm kinda fascinated by this record only because it seems like jay can't sit still on an idea. i wouldn't call this a concept record if he's only messing around, but i would say the record is a re-orientation of his ideas, influences and methods. he's definitely looking back to a less angry or violent, but no less artistically potent, era of punk, non-american/british punk (maybe aussie /NZ stuff?). i think i hear a lot of the clean, adverts, tall dwarfs, veralines etc but with a more absurdist take on structures and stuff, or rather less of a dependence on typical american rocknroll/punk rock ways of writing that we're all used to. finishing up is "a whisper (there is no sun)". i had a tough time at the beginning getting behind this album, but i think as i think about it a little more the record will make sense. i hope this doesn't come off as apologetic, because i wasn't ready to like this, and i still don't know if i "like" it, but i do think its worth understanding. this record seems to require a bit more thinking through, and i'm fine with that.
here's jays website:
scroll down a bit to listen to the tracks.

Friday, September 11, 2009

what? no way!

so i came across this little band a few years back from new jersey called titus andronicus, and at first thought i wondered about the name, like are they gonna sing all about shakespeare all the time? i got their first 7" from my buddy joe's label, shake appeal records, and i fell in love with t instantly, i didn't really hear much about them after that, but i think they may have put out a couple more records. regardless, i saw they had a hole in their tour and were looking to fill it, so i emailed them to see if they wanted a show here in provo and they took the bait. can't wait for this show. not your typical black lips rip-off band. i find a kind of catchy dissonance intheir music that i really like. i think these guys share members with VCR (remember the first post on here?) any way check these dudes out at the compound on sunday with so so glos (brooklyn) and locals big trub on sunday.
here's a vid for arms against apathy:

here's the myspace:

Monday, September 7, 2009

stooooooooooooopid party!

AT the come poind tomorrow night!
also with badd blood and ZE BUMMERVOOLF!

come to the party baby!!!!!!!!!!!
three dollarz!
starts at 8! at the compound! yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
tuesday sept 8!!!!!!!!11111

Saturday, September 5, 2009


greg o posted this on the goner board!

so wierd. i love it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"bubblegum bators"

in the interim between the dead boys and lords of the new church (and i guess the wanderers too) stiv bators did some solo stuff that was pretty damn fun, like really bubblegummy power pop. quite the departure from the snot the dead boys kicked out and not gothic at all. cool thing is, IMO, the solo stuff is as solid as anything else he did. dale from smashin' transistors (i stole the post title from him) was putting some of this stuff up on facebook today and it prompted me to try to find some more:

make up your mind

not that way anymore:

it's cold outside:

Monday, August 24, 2009

some crap from down under

ran across these dudes a bit ago while scouring youtube. i was hunting for only ones songs and you know how it goes on you tube, one thing leads to another...television addict by the victims:

here a fansite:

singer went on to do hoodoo gurus. i liked them when i was 14. i like the victims more.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

getting nostalgic

i forgot how good this record is compared to the stuff i've heard recently:

i kinda hate it when a band like this puts out an over-produced record. kills all their energy.

Saturday, August 22, 2009





Monday, August 17, 2009

trans-linguistic garage snot

i don't really know much about jaques dutronc other than i've found some really catchy shit by him on you tube. i've kinda halfassedly looked for some of his records on ebay, but it hasn't gone father than that because i don't have any $$. oh well. maybe some of the other earwaxers can direct you to good and better stuff, but i dig this one a lot:

here's a myspace:
listen to et moi et moi et moi

in that myspace there's a link to a wikipedia page.

church of the snake!

in provo on tuesday night!
color club
the boy who could fly!
here's bryan gomm's flyer:

Sunday, August 16, 2009

this one is for cassie s

haha. here's your japanese culture:

the mayyors

Saturday, August 15, 2009

today is a sad sad day. RIP Jim Dickinson.

i have no clue where to start. i like making short posts on this blog, because most times you can get a good idea of what a band or singer is trying to do with one key song. it isn't that that one song can define the entire project of the band or person, but many times it gives you a way to orient yourself to where the band is from, or maybe an artistic philosophy they're working expressed in sound. i believe when you can understand, at least in some part, where they are coming from it can give you a better sense of where they are going. for me it opens up a space for reference. i think i really understood how this concept worked through reading about and hearing and seeing people like jim dickinson play music, or listen to the bands he recorded and produced, and not to mention the things he said about music. a large part, for me, of this information comes from robert gordons brilliant "nonfiction" book called "it came from memphis. go pick it up. if it wasn't for that book i don't think i would have immersed myself in the story of memphis music. and i wouldn't have really cared at all about people like jim dickinson or alex chilton or furry lewis or tav falco and i wouldn't have understood their importance to some of my favorite bands like the oblivians. it's funny how one person can create such an ariadne's thread. jim dickinson was kind of an embodiemtn of that idea. he had his hands in many many types of music and was involved in many many peoples lives. i only met him once, but he was one fo the few folks around that got me star struck. and he wasnt even a star. haha, the record industry hated him. he did what he wanted and was a maverick from the start. i hate knowing that a guy like him won't be around to fuck with the powers that be.
like i said at the beginning, i don't know where to start with his music, so i'll post my favorite song he was involved in:
i believe he was on piano

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

For such a small island, New Zealand sure produced a TON of great music.

This is one of my favorite songs ever, and I was so beyond stoked to score the record a month or so ago. Great live footage, too. It's just a damn shame that this band only released three songs before breaking up and becoming Bailter Space. Enjoy!


i'm really pissed i didn't know about these dudes earlier. its kinda like that king tuff thing. i want their lp but its out of print and i'm waiting for the reissue.
they got a 45 coming out on trouble in mind records. dig them.

love songs?

i was at work today talking to nick about doo-wop. its one of my favorite things about nick. he loves doo-wop. and he has a pretty good knowledge of it, way better than me. but the irony is he loves a lot of crap. like real bad crap, richard marx crap. regardless, i brought up nolan strong because nolan strong has to have one of my favorite voices ever. a real smooth tenor that kinda gets shaky on the low parts. beautiful. makes him sound kinda nervous. and nothing is more perfect in a love song than sounding nervous. i found a "video" for "if i (oh i)". i think its my fav of his stuff with the diablos:

here's another on i love, its the everly brothers doing "when will i be loved. no one did that haunted pop like those dudes.

i'm gonna post a few more, this next one is by the purify brothers, "can't keep a good man down". i've played this at a few parties, and i think its my fav by these dudes.

this one isn't so much of a "love song", its more uptempo, and originally it was a sam cooke number (which was slower) but sam and dave hopped it up a bit:

i guess i can't end this without sam cooke. so smooth.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

New on Goaty Tapes

It's always nice when a label puts a little bit of TLC into their packaging as sometimes the music just ain't enough. I mean, isn't artwork half the joy of a record? New York's Sacred Bones Records is a great exemplifier of this, what with their unifying cover aesthetics, nice silk-screen jobs, and beautiful old-time / future-shock crypto-zoological artwork. Another label currently treading the same articulate path is the Goaty Tapes label, whose packaging is as uniquely psychedelic as the music that it encapsulates, and they have just dropped a couple brand new winning releases.

First up is the Cro-Magnon / Circuit des Yeux / Bird split release, which is actually a very interesting conceptual piece. Can a split really be considered a split when the artists are practically the same on both sides of the tape? Let me explain -- see, while there may be three names present on this release, the music inside is really only made by two young girls out of Lafayette, IN -- Haley Fohr and Katie Leming. Together they are Cro-Magnon; separately they release music on their own as Circuit des Yeux and Bird, respectively. On the a-side, Cro-Magnon opens things up with "Crop Circles", a decidedly more musical affair than anything found on their 7" on Bruit Direct, recalling a bit of that mid-90s K Records sound, or possibly some of the less caustic moments of Little Claw. "Crying From the Invasion", the second and last tune on the Cro-Magnon side, is more in spirit with the abrasion that I'm used to from these girls. With its discordant string noise and eerie vocal incantations, it calls to mind the Shining soundtrack by way of Diamanda Galas. And while it is an enjoyable bit of skin-crawl, it feels as if it's missing something. Over on the b-side, CdY steps up first with what very well could be an out-take from her recent LP, Sirenum (De Stijl). Haley seems to have found a comfortable stride in formless wailing, and tuneless, detuned acoustic string scraping. I don't recommend listening to this late at night. That is, unless you like giving yourself the creeps. I suppose it's no coincidence that Jandek is one of her top friends on Myspace. Bird is next with what I believe is only her second officially released song (the first being on the great XXperiments compilation released last year on Die Stasi). With "Swamp Cry" Katie builds a multi-tracked vocal procession over the top of a warbly low-end hum that sounds not too far removed from Mongolian throat singing. Katie's vocal excersise starts out in sync with itself, and by the end of the song diverges into two seperate entities, making for a bit of a disorrienting listen. But it's the kind of disorrientation that makes for an enjoyably challenging listen.

Next is the Bone Patrol U.S. / Varlet Tarsod CS, which continues somewhat in the same tradition as the above Cro-Magnon CS, pairing different projects of the same people alongside one another. The subject in question this time around is Madison, WI's Dead Luke, who's made quite a name for himself lately with multiple releases under both his name and as half of Absinthe Minds, not to mention the mastermind behind the excellent Jerkwave Tapes label. With Bone Patrol U.S. Luke is paired up with psychedelic minimalist Aaron Coyes of Peaking Lights and Rahdunes, wherein they serve up a very hazey, lo-fi Western raga guitar dual. Imagine Earth's Southern Lord releases with a heavy Ravi Shankar bent, droning low and high notes weaving in and out of each other, buzzing, rumbling, and generally making good for melting into the couch staring at the ceiling for a while. From there things slowly move to some cacophonous synthesizer wailing, sounding like some kind of foghorn symphony with occasional free-form wailing in the background. I coulda done without this part, but the trance-guitar work-out more than makes up for it. Over on the other side, Luke finds a new solo venture under the nom de plume Varlet Tarsod. Seemingly using Bobby Beausoleil's Lucifer Rising soundtrack as a launching pad, Varlet brings us "Psychic Desert", and, with its high lonesome synth and guitar explorations, it's a pretty fitting title. Luke seems to have a knack for intertwining different ideas and not letting certain themes carry on for too long, with drums and tambourines fading into blissed out synth-scapes, building into a dark psychedelic pulse with wah'd-out guitar drifting over the top.

Keep an eye out for these as they probably won't last too long. I ordered direct, which yielded prompt results.

HARLEM in provo this week.

thursday night at the compound these dudes will be playing with forest world and neighborhood zero. should be a party.
here's a vid:


Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Aislers Set

One of my favorite bands! They formed in San Francisco in 97 and haven't released anything since 2003. Sad.
This is Amy Linton's previous band Henry's Dress

Thursday, August 6, 2009

some of my favorite dudes ever

and they happen to play some of the funnest rocknroll going. box elders rule. they just put out their first lp on goner records. i just ordered it. i got a cd copy from jeremiah (guitar) when they played in slut lake with cursive and it rules. can't wait for my CLEAR (!) copy to get here.
here's them playing "cougar" in columbus:


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Charlie and the Moonhearts

I wonder why most of my favorite bands come from the Bay Area these days?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

holly golightly

i first heard of holly golightly when one of my friends saw broken flowers and told me to listen to this song, "tell me now so i know." it was great, and kind of sexy too.

then i overplayed the song and forgot about her, until today, when bryan asked me if i had heard thee headcoatees. i hadn't, so i checked them out, and discovered that holly golightly was in there. i remembered how much i liked that song and decided to find some of her others. "run cold" is by far my favorite. check it out--good female vocalists, REALLY good lady singers, are hard to find.

Girls of the Gravitron

Joey should appreciate this- straight out of Memphis, GOTG play weird, lo-fi psychedelic pop. It's pretty enjoyable stuff. Plus, I absolutely love their name.

[EDIT] They've got a 7" out on Boom Chick Records.

Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire

The great Billy Childish's latest band rules.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


it doesn't matter where i hear this song or how many times i hear it: "i can't explain" always puts me in a good mood and always makes me feel like dancin. if i could only have one album by the who, it would definitely be my generation. solid gold.

doing what i do best...

procrastinating, or generally not using my time constructively. its been a problem (depending on who you talk to) since i was a kid. i "should" be cleaning my house and doing dumb shit like laundry. i don't feel like it. i feel like listening to the turpentine brothers. good folks who hail from boston via new mexico. i got into them because i like mr. airplane man, they share drummers. here's a vid from their S/T lp:


as far as i'm aware, none of their records are out of print. grab a few if you see them.

R.I.P. Billy Lee Riley...

one of the earlier rock-a-billy singers on the scene. notorious for being out of control.
here's one of my favorite music videos ever, and it happens to be of a song he does:

hope they can handle his crazy ass in heaven. RIP

Saturday, August 1, 2009

movie star junkies...

i found an actual video these guy did. kinda cool. i still remember pinning their singer to the ceiling and holding him there for like 5 minutes while the rest of the band played and laughed at him.

for the benefit of bryan, and anyone else who doesn't know about tokyo electron.

here's a clip from the gonerfest 2 video:

one of the meatier bands out there. ryan was in the reatards and the wongs and destruction unit and digital leather for a sec. he's doing earthmen and strangers now too. and probably some more i don't know about.
darker stuff. i think about them at the same time as the lamps and demons claws and it works.

heres the myspace:

Friday, July 31, 2009

ladies and gentlemen, presenting KING TUFF

dig it, children.

i dunno what it is about bonehead simple rocknroll that i like so much. but i like it.
here's the myspace:

here's some more info i found at the victim of time website:

what guitar wolf does best...

wacky crazy "blinkin' blinkin' jivin' jivin' shit"*. here's a vid from the John Michael McCarthy film "sore losers" directed by JMM featuring guitar wolf:

basically any record you buy from guitar wolf is going to kick your ass, so go wild.
also, JMM films rule. the only rocknroll movies being made nowadays that are worth watching are made by him. RIP basswolf.

*muddy waters

Thursday, July 30, 2009

gun club

prob my fav gun club song...ghost on the highway
there isn't much to the vid. just audio.

here's another good spirit

i can't help but think ian astbury took big cues from jeffrey lee pierce. makes the cult even less interesting. i've also been thinking about the similarities in the vocal stylings of black francis compared to pierce too. dunno. whatever.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

oh yeah...

so some buddies in chicago started a label called "trouble in mind" and its looking like they'll be releasing really really cool shit.
if you like stuff we post on this blog it is very likely you'll like what these dudes are selling.
plus they just had a really cute kid. so unless you want a baby to starve please buy the records they sell.

crystal stilts

i've kinda been obsessed with this band the last few days. i don't have any of their records because i'm stupid and buy other things. like rent. yes, you're going to say they sound like joy division. thats because they do. its ok. don't hate them. a good ripoff is better than a bad one, and this is a very good ripoff.

frankie, their drummer used to drum for vivian girls, but was replaced by someone less cool. she was proba my fav viv girl too. sad.


you know when you suddenly remember this awesome song but you can't remember the name of it, or the name of the band, and it drives you crazy? yeah, that happened to me this morning. fortunately the words i remembered happened to be the title of the song (i love you oh no!), and myspace music search led me to plastics.

the problem with these guys is that they only released two albums between 1979-80. there's a greatest hits-type collection that seems to be easier to find (by that i mean, i found a copy selling for $25 instead of $70), but for the most part, they have a bunch of songs on the fan myspace and some great music videos on youtube that will do.

i love the guitar solo on this one, not to mention the video itself.

p.s. i swear i'll post more than j-pop videos, but this is seriously the summer of all things 80s for me.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Thee Oh Sees

Since their excellent 2006 psych-folk release Cool Death of Island Raiders, the acid-drenched sounds of Thee Oh Sees have had a nearly constant presence on my stereo. Rumor has it they'll be hitting up the Compound with the also incredible Fresh & Onlys sometime in late September, so keep yer eyeballs peeled. You really don't want to miss out on seeing these guys live.

shonen knife

one of my best pals drove down from new york last weekend to hang out. when we weren't at the beach or the waffle house we were watching hard gay and bootlegged anime. more and more we wished we were japanese. sure, the japanese have their problems too, but try finding another pop culture as brightly colored and adorably packaged. if you don't believe me, just check out this gem from shonen knife.

eddy current

sorry, couldn't help posting this. brendan at the top of his game

ty segall: lemons

i should probably be downstairs getting into this record but i'm not because i got food poisoning last night from betos. i thought they loved me.
its a departure from the castleface lp in that its a bit more subdued and the songs are a little less stompy. still pretty good. the highlight for me, tho, is the beefheart cover. if you aren't checking this guy out you need to. lotsa fun stuff he's doing lately.
here's a vid from the last lp:

and heres his myspace:

Monday, July 27, 2009


Here's a rather kick-ass band from Oakland, California: Bare Wires. These dudes look and sound like something from 1976, and they recently came out with a new LP, Artificial Clouds, on Tic Tac Totally records. It's real good, so go buy it! That is all.

uh oh, another blog i'll forget to post shit on.

but i invited cassie s to post stuff too and i'll invite a few other folks as well who frequent the compound a lot.

so this is an attempt at a music blog for people who don't really listen to what i listen to. hopefully i'll gain a few more fans for bands i like. and the bands other folks like too.

here's one i was telling cassie about today, a band from new jersey called V.C.R. (vice city rockers)
don't let the acronym fool you.
they good

here's a vid too.