Cornucopia of Sounds

Here we are… it’s “Black Friday” and Thanksgiving; or as columnist Art Buchwald noted;

“And so, on the fourth Thursday in November, American families sit down at a large table brimming with tasty dishes and, for the only time during the year, eat better than the French do.”

A Turkey With French Dressing

has come and gone.

Thanksgiving is just one of the many harvest festivals celebrated world wide. Just as the Thanksgiving dinner is bountiful we’ve uploaded a varied mix of artists this week. All of these artists appeared on The Machines 1990 – 1993 (Simple Machines, 1993) compilation that we posted last week.

Jawbox – “Novelty” (Dischord, 1992)

Playing Time = 43 minutes 25 seconds

Jawbox-Novelty

Drawing their inspiration from Chicago post punk groups like Big Black and Naked Raygun rather than fellow label mates Rites of Spring, Embrace and Minor Threat Washington D.C.’s Jawbox would release 4 albums over a eight year span. Novelty was their second for Dischord, and although not as polished as Your Own Special Sweetheart; released on major label Atlantic, it really typifies the groups post-punk sound.

1. Cutoff (3:51) 2. Tracking (2:33) 3. Dreamless (4:08) 4. Channel 3 (2:57)
5. Spiral Fix (4:53) 6. Linkwork (3:58) 7. Chump (2:26) 8. Static (4:08)
9. Spit-Bite (4:53) 10. Send Down (2:36) 11. Tongues (4:00)
12. Ones and Zeros (3:02)

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Rodan – “Rusty ” (Quarterstick, 1994)

Playing Time = 42 minutes 41 seconds

Sounding somewhat like a cross between Mogwai and home town heroes Slint, Louisville, Kentucky’s Rodan would only release this one album. After their break up various members would go on play in math rock group June of 44 and chamber rock group Rachel’s.

1. Bible Silver Corner (6:52)
2. Shiner (2:38)
3. The Everyday World Of Bodies (11:55)
4. Jungle Jim (7:31)
5. Gauge (7:17)
6. Tooth Fairy Retribution Manifesto (6:28)

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Scrawl Portrait Before the riot-grrrl movement opened the field of indie rock to a score of female performers there was Columbus Ohio’s Scrawl. Formed by singer/guitarist Marcy Mays, bassist Sue Harshe, and drummer Carolyn O’Leary, the group debuted in the summer of 1985 by opening for the Meat Puppets. They were originally signed to Rough Trade, but the label declared bankruptcy and their back catalog went out of print.

Signed to Elektra, their major-label debut Travel On, Rider was released in 1996 and Nature Film was released in 1998.

Travel On, Rider (Elektra / Wea, 1996)Scrawl-Travel On, Rider

Playing Time = 40 minutes 36 seconds

1. Good Under Pressure (3:39) 2. The Garden Path (3:11) 3. I’m Not Stuck (4:23) 4. From Deep Inside Her (2:49) 5. Story Musgrave (4:46)
6. Easy On Her Mind (2:46) 7. Hunting Me Down (2:27) 8. Louis L’amour (3:12)
9. Come Back Then (2:49) 10. He Cleaned Up (3:09)
11. Story Musgrave (At The Piano) (3:39) 12. What Did We Give Away? (3:46)

Download Scrawl’s Travel On, Rider

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Nature Film (Elektra / Wea, 1998)

Playing Time = 44 minutes 40 seconds

Scrawl-Nature Film 1. Rot (2:54) 2. You Make It A Crime (3:11) 3. Charles (3:02)
4. Don’t We Always Get There? (4:39) 5. Standing Around (2:24) 6. Public Image (2:56) 7. 11:59 (It’s January) (4:46) 8. Clock Song (3:16)
9. Everyone I Saw Tonight (3:04) 10. Nature Film (5:08) 11. For Your Sister (2:49) 12. 100 Car Pile-Up (2:56) 13. Guess I’ll Wait (3:35)

Download Scrawl’s Nature Film

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Chapel Hill, North Carolinas’ Superchunk to this day remains true to “indie rocks” D.I.Y. attitude of the 1990s. Operating strictly by their own rules and ignoring passing musical trends the group continues to maintain its sound, buzzing guitars and impassioned vocals. By rejecting major label advances for the freedom that their own Merge Record provides the group continues to soldier on.

On the Mouth (Merge Records, 1993)

Playing Time = 45 minutes 26 seconds

1. Precision Auto (2:46)
2. From the Curve (3:19)
3. For Tension (3:00)
4. Mower (3:45)
5. Package Thief (2:29)
6. Swallow That (6:14)
7. I Guess I Remembered It Wrong (3:33)
8. New Low (3:20)
9. Untied (4:13)
10. The Question is How Fast (4:07)
11. Trash Heap (3:25)
12. Flawless (2:34)
13. The Only Piece That You Get (2:41)

Download Superchunk – On the Mouth

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Foolish (Merge Records, 1994)

Playing Time = 50 minutes 22 seconds

1. Like a Fool (4:43)
2. The First Part (4:47)
3. Water Wings (4:04)
4. Driveway to Driveway (4:41)
5. Saving My Ticket (3:26)
6. Kicked In (4:23)
7. Why Do You Have to Put a Date on Everything (4:33)
8. Without Blinking (3:11)
9. Keeping Track (4:42)
10. Revelations (3:39)
11. Stretched Out (4:13)
12. In a Stage Whisper (4:00)

Download Superchunk – Foolish

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Velocity GirlCopacetic (Sub Pop, 1993)

Playing Time = 45 minutes 31 seconds

Combine the immediacy of classic power pop with the feedback drenched sound of the British shoegazer bands, call it “bubblegrunge”, and you have Washington D.C.s Velocity Girl. Copacetic best captures the sound of the early 90’s, a cross between the jingle jangle pop of R.E.M. and the sonic feedback of the shoegazer bands that then ruled the air waves of England.

1. Pretty Sister (4:59) 2. Crazy Town (3:48) 3. Copacetic (3:41)
4. Here Comes (4:43) 5. Pop Loser (2:25) 6. Living Well (3:06)
7. A Chang (5:49) 8. Audrey’s Eyes (3:03) 9. Lisa Librarian (2:18) 10.57 Waltz (2:50) 11. Candy Apples (3:07) 12. Catching Squirrels (5:42)

Download Velocity Girl – Copacetic

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