Believe It or Not I’m Still Here

Yes… I know… you thought I was gone… that I had just walked away, leaving my blog it to linger forever unchanged in cyberspace. Well guess again, that isn’t going to happen; even if it means just  occasionally refreshing links, like now.

I received a email from Jerry C asking if I could refresh the link for Small Ball Paul’s You In Flames. If you’re interested in what

 

a hybrid of Seattle grunge meeting late period X

 

sounds like you can check it out by clicking on the album cover below.

 

 

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One Off

Vowel Movement was a one off collaboration between new wave/punk artist Holly Vincent (Holly & the Italians, the Oblivious) and Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano.

Low-key and lo-fi the album provided a chance for the duo to return to their punk roots, but that very lo-finess accounts, in part, for the fact that some tracks, musically or lyrically, have a certain unfinished feel to them.

Sometimes the sum is not greater than the parts and Vowel Movement is case in point, and while Individually their work outshines their collaborative effort this album warrants a listen.   

 

DISCOGRAPHY

 

Albums:

 

Vowel Movement (Cass, CD) Mammoth Records 1995  

 

Appearances:

“Jesus” Audio CD ‎(CD) Audio (Magazine) 1995    
“Dinosaur” Longitudes & Latitudes Mammoth Educational Series Spring 1995 ‎(CD) Mammoth Records 1995 

 

 Vowel Movement (1995)

Playing time: 41:19

 

vowel movement

 
 
1. Dinosaur (3:20)
2. Hitchhiker (1:55)
3. Frank (6:09)
4. When We Collide (4:53)
5. I Don’t Wanna (1:22)
6. Las Vegas (2:31)
7. Death Of A Surfer (4:04)
8. Vowel Movement (A-E-I-O-U) (4:14)
9. Ohohoh (1:45)
10. Jackie Baby (1:17)
11. Gecko (3:41)
12. Jesus (2:23)
13. Tiny Music (1:38)
14. Jackie Baby (Extended Version) (2:07)

 

Buy from Vowel Movement Amazon.com 

 

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Last Two Teams Standing

Last October the 2013 – 2014 hockey season began for the 30 teams in both the American and National Hockey Leagues.

On Saturday night, June 14th, following a grueling play-off run of 26 games the L.A. King’s season ended when they hoisted the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years.

The Texas Stars season concluded on Tuesday night, June 17th, when they defeated the St. Johns Icecaps’ in overtime to win their first Calder Cup Championship.

Had the Stars – Icecaps series gone the full seven games the their last game would have been played on the 23rd of June.

Congratulations to the winners but

Hey… it’s time to Play Ball!

Go Red Sox!

 

L.A. Kings 2014 Stanley Cup Champions

Texas Stars 2014 Calder Cup Champions

L.A. Kings Texas Stars

 

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In Heavy Rotation

Talk about falling into a rut! For the last month, whether because of laziness, or maybe I thought that they’d provide the answers to the secrets of the Universe, these three albums, Dawnrazor, The Essential Radio Birdman and Crickets And Fireflies were my constant musical companions on my daily walk. 

No matter how you like your music, the straight with chaser punk and rock n’ roll of Radio Birdman, the throat shredding Goth of Fields of the Nephilim or the psychedelic noodling of Kinski, Paik and Surface Of Eceyon this post likely has something to suit your musical tastes.

Rock Steady!

 

Fields of the Nephilim – Dawnrazor (1987)

Playing time: 58:14

 

fields of the nephilim - dawnrazor

 

1. Intro (The Harmonica Man) 1:59
2. Slow Kill 3:40
3. Laura II 4:37
4. Preacher Man 4:46
5. Volcane 5:01
6. Vet for the Insane 6:50
7. Secrets 3:33
8. Dust 4:21
9. Reanimator 2:56
10. Power 4:33
11. The Tower 5:37
12. Dawnrazor 7:09
13. The Sequel 3:12

 

Buy Dawnrazor at Amazon.com

 



 

Radio Birdman – The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978) (2001)

Playing time: 71:01

 

1. Aloha Steve and Danno 4:00
2. Murder City Nights 2:25
3. New Race 2:45
4. Love Kills 3:46
5. Descent Into the Maelstrom 4:26
6. Burn My Eye ’78 1:37
7. I-94 3:38
8. Anglo Girl Desire 3:11
9. Hand of Law 4:48
10. Snake 3:09
11. Do the Pop 2:36
12. Non-Stop Girls 2:44
13. What Gives- 2:28
14. Man With the Golden Helmet 5:40
15. Hanging On 3:40
16. Crying Sun 2:57
17. Smith & Wesson Blues 2:57
18. Time To Fall 3:14
19. Alone In the Endzone 2:09
20. Breaks In My Heart (live) 2:55
21. More Fun (live) 2:00
22. Dark Surprise (live) 3:56

 

(Part 1)  (Part 2)

 

Buy The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978) at Amazon.com

 



 

Kinski •  Paik •  Surface Of Eceyon ‎– Crickets And Fireflies (2004)
Playing Time: 70:49

 

 

1. Kinski – Keep Clear of Me I Am Maneuvering With Difficulty (20:08)
2. Paik – Spanish Holiday (13:49)
3. Paik – Eva (6:57)
4. Surface of Eceyon – Concert of Stars (29:55)

 

(Part 1)  (Part 2)

 

 Crickets and Fireflies is available from these sellers at Amazon.com

 

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April 19th is Record Store Day

Tomorrow  is Record Store Day.

I use to buy a lot of records, two a week for nearly 10 years. Today I’m lucky if I buy 10 a year. Hell, even my kids have stopped giving me records as Christmas presents.… now how sad is that?

So tomorrow, I’ll make it a point (over my wife’s complaints of “don’t you have enough records already!”) to visit my local record store and purchase a record or two.

So get out there and support your local record store. You can find a local participating store here,

 

 

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Video Killed the Radio Star

While normally this isn’t a video blog I came across these two videos which I thought I’d share, as much for the visuals as for the music. Forever Lost, by the Irish band, God Is An Astronaut is the soundtrack that accompanies Christopher M. Georgia’s Light of the Night.

I “discovered” Public Service Broadcasting’s Everest after downloading NPR Music’s Austin 100. Further research about the group lead me to their video.

Enjoy the trips!

Light Of The Night from Christopher Georgia on Vimeo.

Forever Lost is from the album All Is Violent, All Is Bright available at Amazon.com

 

 

Everest is from the album Inform Educate Entertain available at Amazon.com

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The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

I’m sure that you’ve all heard that expression at some time in your life and at the beginning of this year I had every intention of posting more in 2014 then I had in 2013…and yet here it is February 22 and my first post of the year is a re-run.

You can thank Rob for that because he wrote and asked me to refresh the links for The Adverts The Wonders Don’t Care.

Well as long as I was doing that I also refreshed the links for Die Toten Hosen’s Learning English – Lesson 1 and Mass. Ave.: The Boston Scene (1975-83) which are also part of my original 2008 post.

 

The Adverts – The Wonders Don’t Care

 

 

Die Toten Hosen – Learning English – Lesson 1

 

 

DIY: Mass Ave.: The Boston Scene (1975-83)

 

 

You can find my original 2008 post and the new download links here.

And thank Rob for finally getting me off my butt.

 

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