It’s All Rock & Roll to Me – Part 2

rock n roll

 

I mentioned yesterday that I have days at work when I barely do more than turn on my computer, but then there are those days when I’m in front of it for 8 to 10 hours. BMFBV1D1 & BMFBV1D2 are my soundtracks for days like that.

There is a little of something here for just about every musical taste so Enjoy! 

 


 

BiteMeFanBoy-Vol 1 Disc 2

Playlist length: 9 hours 54 minutes 55 seconds

          1. The Chameleons – Silence, Sea And Sky (1:59)
          2. The Chameleons – Looking Inwardly (4:29)
          3. The Chameleons – The Fan, The Bellows (3:32)
          4. Paper Fleet – Be Your Man (2:26)
          5. Paul Kelly And The Coloured Girls – Bradman (7:26)
          6. Paul Kelly And The Coloured Girls – To Her Door (3:18)
          7. Placebo – Special Needs (5:16)
          8. +/- – Trapped Under Ice Floes (3:27)
          9. Quicksilver Messenger Service – Mona (7:01)
          10. Razorlight – Stumble and Fall (3:05)
          11. Red Elvises – Red Lips Red Eyes Red Stockings (2:47)
          12. Red House Painters – All Mixed Up (5:50)
          13. Ride – Vapour Trail (4:17)
          14. Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes (4:45)
          15. Robert Pollard with Doug Gillard – Pop Zeus (2:28)
          16. Ryan Adams – Luminol (Rock N Roll) (3:24)
          17. Ryan Adams – Somehow, Someday (4:24)
          18. Sarge – Stall (3:45)
          19. Say Hi To Your Mom – Hooplas Involving Circus Tricks (4:07)
          20. Sigur Rós – Fyrsta y Samskeyti (directo) (14:24)
          21. Sigur Ros – Star Lfur (6:47)
          22. Sigur Rós – Untitled #8 (aka popplagid-the pop song) (11:42)
          23. Singapore Sling – Guiding Light (6:14)
          24. Scissorfight – New Hampshire Ist In Ordnung, Wenn Du Gerne Kampfst (3:00)
          25. Smog – Dress Sexy At My Furneral (5:30)
          26. Smoking Popes – Need You Around (3:42)
          27. Social Distortion (Live at the Roxy) – Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash cover) (6:51)
          28. Soledad Brothers – Goin’ Back To Memphis (4:21)
          29. Starflyer 59 – The Lights On (3:07)
          30. Starflyer59 – Underneath (4:35)
          31. Stars Of The Lid – Archsong (18:00)
          32. Stars – Ageless Beauty (4:05)
          33. Stars – Your Ex-lover Is Dead (4:16)
          34. Stellastarr* – Untitled (5:08)
          35. Stereophonics – Dakota (4:57)
          36. Stereolab – Lo Boob Oscillator (6:36)
          37. Sufjan Stevens – Come On! Feel The Illinoise! (6:45)
          38. The Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies) (5:10)
          39. The Bats – Half Way to Nowhere (5:17)
          40. The Bigger Lovers – I Resign (3:16)
          41. The Boo Radleys – It’s Lulu (3:04)
          42. The Butterfield Blues Band – East-West (13:13)
          43. Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Work Song (7:53)
          44. The Chills – Familiarity Breeds Contempt (3:21)
          45. The Chills – Look For The Good In Others And They’ll See The Good In You (3:29)
          46. The Chills – Submarine Bells (3:41)
          47. The Clarks – I’m A Fool (3:54)
          48. The Clarks – Snowman (4:18)
          49. The Clean – Stars (5:20)
          50. The Clumsy Lovers – Single Girl (4:44)
          51. The Code Talkers – Flying Saucer Lights (6:02)
          52. The Consultants – Hollow-Bodied Evening (3:10)
          53. The Cure – Just Like Heaven (3:33)
          54. The Dambuilders – Candy Guts (3:23)
          55. The Dentists – An Agony In Twelve Fits (3:47)
          56. The Dentists – Faces on Stone (2:44)
          57. The Dream Syndicate – Halloween (6:12)
          58. The Field Mice – Emma’s House (3:36)
          59. The Field Mice – Sensitive (5:04)
          60. The Field Mice – When Morning Comes to Town (5:13)
          61. The Fine Print – Packed to Sell (6:53)
          62. The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize?? (3:32)
          63. The Frames – Fitzcarraldo (8:13)
          64. The Frames – Happy (4:56)
          65. The French Kicks – One More Time (3:20)
          66. The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love (3:02)
          67. The Get Up Kids – Forgive and Forget (3:26)
          68. The Go-Betweens – Quiet Heart (5:20)
          69. The Gris Gris – Everytime (3:49)
          70. The High Dials – Soul In Lust (4:18)
          71. The Housemartins – Happy Hour (2:21)
          72. The Ivory Coast – Swope (3:34)
          73. The Jam – Going Underground (2:56)
          74. The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy – Girl-Go (5:54)
          75. The Jazz Butcher – she’s on drugs (3:49)
          76. Jim Carroll Band – People Who Died (4:59)
          77. The Juliana Theory – To the Tune of 5000 Screaming Children (3:48)
          78. The Juliana Theory – Duane Joseph (4:09)
          79. Legendary Pink Dots – As Long As Its Purple and Green (6:04)
          80. The Meat Purveyors – Tallboy (2:56)
          81. The Mendoza Line – Sasha Goes Too Far/It Could Be the Nights (4:50)
          82. The Motet – Power (11:23)
          83. The Nails – 88 Lines About 44 Women (original) (4:38)
          84. The National – Abel (3:37)
          85. The New Year – Gasoline (3:33)
          86. The Oranges Band – All The Ghosts in Your House (1:18)
          87. The Pernice Brothers – Flaming Wreck (5:34)
          88. The Reverse – Blood on the Tape Machine (3:45)
          89. The Sound – Winning (4:18)
          90. The Stills – Yesterday Never Tomorrow (5:20)
          91. The Sun – Must Be You (3:15)
          92. The Undertones – You’ve Got My Number (2:37)
          93. The Walkmen – Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone (4:07)
          94. The Walkmen – The Rat (4:27)
          95. The Weakerthans – Psalm For The Elks Lodge Last Call (2:44)
          96. The Wedding Present – Anyone Can Make A Mistake (3:19)
          97. The Wedding Present – Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? (2:34)
          98. The Wedding Present – Pourquoi Es Tu Devenue Si Raisonnable? (2:34)
          99. The Wedding Present – Shatner (2:06)
          100. The Wildweeds – No Good To Cry (2:39)
          101. The Wildweeds – Never Mind (2:05)
          102. The Wipers – Youth Of America (10:21)
          103. The Woodentops – Get It On (3:19)
          104. This Mortal Coil – I Come And Stand At Every Door (3:53)
          105. Tram – Now We Can Get On With Our Lives (4:33)
          106. Trans Am – I Want It All (3:56)
          107. Trembling Blue Stars – Sleep (4:23)
          108. Tristeza – Opiate Slopes (5:37)
          109. TullyCraft – Cowgirls On Parade (3:12)
          110. The Twilight Singers – Too Tough To Die (4:02)
          111. Velvet Crush – Atmosphere (3:53)
          112. Velvet Crush – Superstar (3:46)
          113. Velvet Crush – Time Wraps Around You (4:13)
          114. Velvet Underground – The Gift (8:18)
          115. Versus – Crazy – Maker (I’m Still In Lo (6:25)
          116. Versus – Shangri La (3:39)
          117. Willard Grant Conspiracy – Christmas in Nevada (3:43)
          118. William Shatner – Common People (4:33)
          119. Windy & Carl – Antartica (22:06)
          120. XTC – Making Plans For Nigel (4:16)
          121. Yo La Tengo – Today Is The Day (4:28)
          122. Zykos – Understanding Fire (6:07)
          123. Die Toten Hosen – Goodbye From Janet & John (1:00)

 

BMFBV1D2 – Part 1      BMFBV1D2 – Part 2

BMFBV1D2 – Part 3      BMFBV1D2 – Part 4

BMFBV1D2 – Part 5      BMFBV1D2 – Part 6

BMFBV1D2 – Part 7

 

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For Your Dining & Dancing Pleasure

I’m too busy at work to do much writing right now, but I can always find some time to refresh the links to some of my older posts. I noticed several weeks ago that the following artists,  St. Johnny, Cul de Sac, The Dentists and Trotsky Icepick had been receiving numerous hits, but of course all the links were dead… well that’s been rectified… so enjoy.

Borrowed, Stolen, Strand: Image, Focus, Strand: Dissolve

Guitarist Roy Montgomery and guitarist Chris Heaphy formed the duo Dissolve in 1993 after Montgomery’s former band, Dunedin, New Zealand’s Dadamah broke-up. 

The majority of the duo’s debut release, That Is…Is (Not), was recorded during July of 1993 with some last minute recording and final mixing taking place early in 1994.

In an interview with Your Flesh following the release of That Is…Is (Not) Montgomery said about the album;

we wanted to try something that just involved guitars and which was more soundscape than song-oriented.  We tried to keep things simple and most of what you hear is relatively unadorned -  first takes, for better or worse.

On That Is…Is (Not) while Montgomery and Heaphy explore skeletal guitar structures… the album’s overall sound is one of

sparse picking over chords, subtle echoes and drones, fizzy feedback interludes, odd but not unpleasant tunings – in hopes of provoking emotional and contemplative states…

That Is…Is (Not) also features the clipped, dry, abbreviated vocals of Montgomery on “Strand,” "Dissong," and "Blurred." It wouldn’t be until his 1999 collaboration with Heaphy on True that Montgomery would again find his singing voice.

Dissolves’ sophomore release, 1997’s Third Album For The Sun, featuring contributions from bassist Arnie Van Bussel, Terminals drummer John Christoffels, and vocals from The Bats Kaye Woodward

shows a marked maturation in the pair’s tandem playing style and musical creativity with the overall sound of Third Album For The Sun… much more tuneful and lush than That That Is… Is (Not).

Credited to Roy Montgomery/Chris Heaphy 1999’s True

is a hypnotic, reverberating mix of solo guitar pieces and duets… an atmospheric, filmic set reminiscent of Ry Cooder’s  Paris, Texas… or Neil Young’s dark, distorted Dead Man soundtrack.

Active as a solo act, Montgomery has collaborated with the UK’s Flying Saucer Attack and with Philadelphia’s Bardo Pond released several albums under the name Hash Jar Tempo.

 

Discography

Releases:

That That Is…Is (Not) (LP) (Kranky) 1994
That That Is…Is (Not) (CD) (Kranky) 1995
Third Album for the Sun (CD, MP3) (Kranky) 1997

Tracks Appear On:

"Strand" CMJ New Music August – Volume 24 (CD) (College Music Journal) 1995
"Dismantle" Psycho Civilized (CD, MP3) (Elevator Music) 1995

"Presume Too Far" Kompilation (CD) (Southern Records) 1998

Roy Montgomery & Chris Heaphy

True (CD, MP3) (Kranky) 1999

Hash Jar Tempo: Roy Montgomery & Bardo Pond

Well Oiled (CD, MP3) (Drunken Fish Records) 1997
Under Glass (CD, MP3) (Drunken Fish Records) 1999

Flying Saucer Attack & Roy Montgomery

Goodbye EP (CD, MP3, Vinyl) (VHF Records) 1997

Dissolve – That That Is…Is (Not) (1994)

Playing Time: 43 Minutes 2 Seconds

1. Strand  (4:46)
2. 8 Wire  (3:40)
3. Dissong  (6:09)
4. 3 Films  (5:23)
5. Blurred  (4:10)
6. The Mortal Pleasure of Wanda Lust  (4:44)
7. Encounter  (7:49)
8. See The World  (4:55)
9. S.T.P.P.  (1:26)

Buy That That Is…Is (Not) from Kranky

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Red Shift: Hovercraft

Event Horizon

“Antithesis”

One of the several definitions for the word antithesis, is “the direct opposite,” and in mid 1990’s, “flying the flannel” Seattle if there was any band in opposition to it’s much hyped musical scene it was the group Hovercraft.

Often cited as one of the most abrasive, non-commercial sounding bands ever to receive major-label distribution for its albums

the instrumental experimental rock group Hovercraft was co-founded in 1993 by guitarist/samplist/tape looper Ryan Shinn (“Campbell 2000”), and bassist Beth Liebling (“Sadie 7”) and was

founded as a direct reaction to the dominance of the area grunge scene

while

their lengthy, moody avant compositions” were influenced by the music of Einstürzende Neubauten, Amon Düül and Genesis P-Orridge.

Unlike a number of Seattle bands who didn’t always actively discourage audience participation at a Hovercraft show upon making their entrance they never uttered a word or made eye contact with their audience. Their shows also borrowed freely from the psychedelic 60’s with

the stage shrouded in darkness as a projector played black & white scientific films and space-themed documentary clips from the reel-to-reel era (1940s-1970s), and free-use stock footage, somewhat synchronized to the music.

A Hovercraft show often featured fragments of album tracks but

was played as a single forty to forty-five minute long semi-improvised piece with no breaks.

While often overlooked Hovercraft was well respected and well received by the critics and developed a cult following, but was roundly criticized because of it’s association with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, who at that time was married to Beth Liebling.

On the band released single Zero Zero Zero One” Vedder is featured as

“Paul 4” on drums and on “box of nails.”

For the band’s first tour opening for Foo Fighters and Mike Watt Vedder would don a long wig in order to conceal his face, but once his true identity become widely known

subsequent Hovercraft tours would often be flooded with fans of the Pearl Jam frontman.

Eventually former Pearl Jam drummer, Dave Krusen (“Karl 3-30” ) replaced Vedder; and the fact that he was a more technically proficient drummer allowed the band to move from lo-fidelity noise experiments to music with structured improvisation and avant experimentalism.

The group signed with Blast First Records in 1977 and their debut album, Akathisia, (double-LP or single CD) was distributed in North America by Mute Records America.

In April 1997 that line-up of the band played at the first Terrastock festival in Providence, Rhode Island. 1997 also found the group opening for the likes of Japan’s Kirihito, Caustic Resin, Fugazi, Helmet and The Melvins.

In 1998 Ric Peterson (“Dash 11”) replaced Dave Krusen (“Karl 3-30”) on drums and it was his harder-hitting style that

was the apparent catalyst in the band’s shift from ethereal 15-minute songs to more concise, angular arrangements.

One year in the making the group’s final album, Experiment Below, was released in September 1998. 1998 and 1999 also found the group touring Europe with Add N to (X) and the United States with the Boredoms, The Melvins, and Mr. Bungle. Scattered in between tours were a number of one-off shows with Wire, Sleater-Kinney, Hater, Mudhoney, and IQU.

The group collaborated with Stereolab guitarist/backing vocalist Mary Hansen and formed the band Schema. Unlike the wholly instrumental Hovercraft Schema featured vocals and instrumentals in approximately equal measure. Plans for a tour and a second album were shelved when the 36 year-old Hansen was struck and killed by a truck while riding her bike in London on December 12, 2002.

Hovercraft’s last live performance was on February 16, 2001, at the Experience Music Project museum in Seattle.

DISCOGRAPHY

Releases:

Been Brained (EP) (Noiseland Records)1994
Zero Zero Zero One (7″) (Repellent) 1995
Hovercraft (10″) (Repellent) 1996
Akathisia (CD, Promo) (Mute) 1996
Akathisia (CD) (Mute USA) 1997
Akathisia (CD) (Blast First) 1997
Akathisia (2xLP) (Blast First) 1997
“Vagus Nerve”/ “De-Orbit Burn”
Scanner Remixes (CD Single) (Mute USA) 1997
“Vagus Nerve”/ “De-Orbit Burn”
Scanner Remixes (12″ Single) (Blast First) 1997
Experiment Below (CD) (Blast First) 1998
Experiment Below (LP) (Blast First) 1998
Experiment Below (CD) (Mute USA)1998

Tracks Appear On:

[hidden track] “Shutdown Reprise” A Small Circle of Friends: A Germs Tribute (CD, Cass) (Grass Records) 1996
“Angular Momentum”, “De-Orbit Burn (Remix)”
Newman Passage: Souvenir Complication (CD) (Blast First) 1997
“Hymn (with Eddie Vedder)”
Kerouac – Kicks, Joy, Darkness (CD) (Rykodisc Records) 1997
“Haloparidol”
Certain Damage Volume 79 (CMJ) 1997
“Haloparidol” Music From Chicago Cab (CD) (Loosegroove Records) 1998
“Haloparidol”
Music From Chicago Cab (CD) ( Play It Again Sam Records) 1998
“Vagus Nerve (Scanner Remix)”
Musique Facile Pour Gens Difficiles Volume 1 (CD) (Labels) 1998
“Anthropod”
In Transit (CD) (Mute Records Ltd.) 1999

Schema

Releases:

Schema (Vinyl) (5 Rue Christine) 2000
Schema (CD) (5 Rue Christine) 2000

Hovercraft – Akathisia

Playing Time: 1 hour 4 minutes 47 seconds

hovercraft-akathisia

1. quiet room (44) (15:35)
2. angular momentum (11:03)
3. haloparidol (12:31)
4. vagus nerve (12:29)
5. de-orbit burn (13:09)

Akathisia (Part 1) (Part 2)

Buy Akathisia from Amazon.com


Experiment Below (1998)

Playing Time: 45 minutes 32 seconds


1. Anthropod (6:06)
2. Phantom Limb (9:58)
3. Transmitter Down (10:07)
4. Endoradiosonde (6:52)
5. Benzedrine (1:50)
6. Wire Trace (5:37)
7. Epoxy (5:02)

Experiment Below (Part 1) (Part 2)

or

Download Experiment Below Here


Buy Experiment Below from Amazon.com


A 1999 performance by the group at Seattle’s OK Hotel is available here.

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This Ain’t Your Father’s Rock n’ Roll

This ain’t your father’s Rock n’ Roll , back in the day he probably listened to the Beatles or the Stones, Pink Floyd or Jethro Tull; but had they even been around at the time he probably would never have considered listening to someone like the Brooklyn based Babe the Blue Ox who specialized in

“open-ended backyard music as if they’d read the instruction manual backward and then set out to translate it into a foreign language.”

or Dayton, Ohio’s Brainiac who

“reached into Ohio’s rich musical history… for a handful of back-to-the-futuristic cool wave influences.”

and emerged with sounds

“slathered in schizoid punk, synth belches, abstract noise compositions and rhythmic heat… and herky-jerky spazz.”

Babe the Blue Ox formed in 1991 in the Brooklyn apartment of drummer Hanna Fox, thought the trio’s other members, guitarist Tim Thomas and bassist Rosalee Thomson had all originally met while attending Brown University.

Their debut single “There’s Always Room for One More, Honey,” released on Stamp Records, with its “Captain Beefheart take on indie rock” and it’s deliberate use of “jazz, sludge rock and punk to screw up their pop songs” proved to be the archetype for most of their other releases.

Signed to Homestead Records they released the single “Chicken Head Bone Sucker” in 1992, [BOX] and the Je m’Appelle Babe EP followed in 1993, and Color Me Babe in 1994.

[BOX] manages to channel the music of the Butthole Surfers and King Crimson, Basehead and Soul Coughing, but with it’s “challenging tempos, overcaffeinated tension and music, the album is also exhausting.”

On both the six-song Je m’Appelle and 1994’s Color Me Babe the trio “focuses the skittish mania of its presentation,” adding thicker rock textures, bolder melodies and a tad less restlessness to the mix.

Released in 1996, People, the trio’s debut album for major label RCA is Babe the Blue Ox at its most straightforward and rock-like. At times sounding like the Presidents of the United States of America on this album the group moves away from songs constructed about a

“spastic skeleton of firmly held fusion-factory art-funk complexity… a wriggly electric drive-by, a two-line refrain at a completely different syncopated rhythm… a spare instrumental bridge.”

and instead deliver songs, like the bass-heavy “Can’t Stand Up,” “Rube Goldberg” and “Family Picnic” or the pop inflected “Breathe,” and “Stand by Your Man.”

The Way We Were released by RCA in 1998 continues the groups progression towards a more rock like song structure. The songs on the album run the gamut of ’70s funk (George Clinton and Sly Stone), college rock (Pixies, R.E.M.) and the art pop of groups like the B-52’s.

In 1992, long after new wave had drawn it’s last breathe, Brainiac formed in Dayton, Ohio. Originally the basement experiments of vocalist/keyboard player Tim Taylor and bassist Juan Monasterio they added guitarist Michelle Bodine and drummer Tyler Trent and armed with a Realistic Moog synthesizer emerged from the basement

“with a sound that perfectly epitomized the uptight, herky-jerky tension of the early-’80s movement, as well as its warped sense of song structure and electronic breakdown.”

Brainiac began playing around the Midwest on a series of tours supporting groups like Jesus Lizard and Girls Against Boys “while the aggressive, unforgettable stage presence, frontman Tim Taylor” caught the attention of Limited Potential Records, which released the single “Super Duper Seven” in September 1992. Following the release of 1992’s “I Could Own You” a split 7″ with Bratmobile on Dayton’s 12 x 12 Records Brainiac signed with Grass Records.

The group’s debut full length, Smack Bunny Baby, was produced by the Girls Against Boys’ Eli Janney and appeared in 1993. Michelle Bodine left in the 1994 and was replaced by guitarist John Schmersal. The year also saw the release of Bonsai Superstar which

“slathered in schizoid punk, synth belches, abstract noise compositions and rhythmic heat… is a tour de force. From the herky-jerky spazz of “Hot Metal Dobermans” and “Hands of the Genius” to the sexy “Flypaper” and “Fucking With the Altimeter” to the Moog/samples-damaged “Transmissions After Zero,” the album is engaging, frenetic and fucked up in all the right ways.”

A Chicago performance, while playing on Lollapalooza’s second stage, impressed the indie label Touch & Go so much that they signed the band and released their third album, Hissing Prigs in Static Couture, “a spastic gem of, a white-hot slab of new wave dada-punk,” in 1996.

Prior to entering the studio to begin recording their fourth album, Brainiac released the EP, Electro-Shock for President, in 1997.

With their steadily growing reputation there were rumors that major labels, like DreamWorks, were interested in signing them once the new album was finished but…on May 23, 1997, Tim Taylor, while driving home from the studio, was killed in a one-car accident and Brainiac came to an end.

Brainiac Discography

Singles, EPs and Full-length

“Live” (7″) (Twelve-Vex-Twelve) 1992
“I Could Own You” (Split 7″ w/ Bratmobile) (12 x 12 Records) 1992
“Super Duper Seven” (7″) (Limited Potential) 1992
Smack Bunny Baby (CD) (Grass Records) 1993
Bonsai Superstar (CD) (Grass Records) 1994
“Dexatrium” (Split 7″ w/ Lazy) (Simple Solutions) 1994
“Internationale” (7″) (Touch And Go) 1995
Internationale (CD, Single) (Touch And Go) 1995
Hissing Prigs In Static Couture (CD) (Touch And Go) 1996
Hissing Prigs In Static Couture (LP) (Touch And Go) 1996
Electro-Shock For President (CD) (Touch And Go) 1997
Electro-Shock For President (12″) (Touch And Go) 1997

Tracks Appear On:

“Smack Bunny Baby” Buy This Used Compact Disc (CD) (Dutch East India Trading) 1993
“Cookie Doesn’t Sing” Dope-Guns-‘N-Fucking In The Streets Volume Ten (7″) (Amphetamine Reptile Records) 1994
“Go!” Jabberjaw No. 6 Pure Sweet Hell (4×7″ Box/CD) (Mammoth Records) 1996
“Noth1ng 3v3r Chan935” Mind The Gap Volume 8 (CD) (Gonzo Circus) 1996
“Indian Poker Pt. 1” Opscene 50 (CD, Album) (Gap Recordings (NL)) 1996
“Petrified” Ubu Dance Party: A Tribute To Pere Ubu (2xCD) (Datapanik) 1997
“Cookie Doesn’t Sing” Dope Guns ‘N Fucking In The Streets Volumes 8-11 (LP/CD) (Amphetamine Reptile Records) 1997
“Cookie Doesn’t Sing” Dope Guns ‘N Fucking In The Streets Volumes 8-11 (LP/CD) (Amphetamine Reptile Europe) 1997

Brainiac – Bonsai Superstar (1994)

Playing Time: 33 minutes 47 seconds

bonsai superstar cover

1. Hot Metal Dobermans (2:48)
2. Hands of the Genius (2:25)
3. Fucking with the Altimiter (2:24)
4. Radio Apeshot (3:23)
5. Transmissions After Zero (1:36)
6. Juicy (On a Cadillac) (2:28)
7. Flypaper (2:37)
8. Sexual Frustration (3:13)
9. To The Baby-Counter (2:24)
10. You Wrecked My Hair (3:17)
11. Meathook Manicure (1:38)
12. Status: Choke (3:13)
13. Collide (2:21)

Babe The Blue Ox Discography

Singles, EPs and Full-length

“Chicken Head Bone Sucker” (7″ Single) (Homestead) 1993
Box (CD, Album) (Homestead Records) 1993
Box (CD, Album) ( Rough Trade Germany) 1993
Je M’Appelle Babe (CD, MiniAlbum) (Homestead Records) 1993
Color Me Babe (CD, Album) (Rough Trade Germany) 1995
“Fuck This Song” (Radio Edit) (CD Single) (RCA) 1996
People (CD, Album) (RCA) 1996
Live (Promo CD) (RCA) 1996
Way We Were (CD) (RCA) 1998

Tracks Appear On:

“Lady is a Tramp” Chairman of the Board: Interpretations of Songs Made Famous by Frank Sinatra (Grass Records) 1993
“S’Good” Buy This Used Compact Disc (CD) (Dutch East India Trading) 1993
“Chicken Head Bone Sucker” Rough Trade – Music For The 90’s – Vol. 5 / World Service (CD Maxi) (Rough Trade Germany) 1993
“Hazmats” Red Hot + Bothered (CD) (Red Hot/Kinetic/Reprise) 1995
“Stand by your Man” Super Snax Summer ’96
“Stand by Your Man”, “Can’t Stand Up” Music to Floss Your Ears With! (BMG) 1996
“Can’t Stand Up” Masterminds (Edel America) 1997
“Basketball” FMQB Presents Best of CD Aircheck 1992-1994 Volume 37 December 1998
“My Baby ‘n’ Me”, “Basketball” Hear Us Now Summer-Fall 98
“Basketball” (Promo) (RCA) 1999

Babe The Blue Ox – People (1996)

Playing Time: 40 minutes 44 seconds

people cover

1. Can’t Stand Up (3:16)
2. Stand By Your Man (4:08)
3. Rube Goldberg (3:46)
4.Beat You To It (4:01)
5. Fuck This Song (1:42)
6. Breathe (3:35)
7. Family Picnic (2:50)
8. Resume (3:19)
9. I’m Wrong (3:49)
10. Shunpiking (3:52)
11. Just Checking (2:37)
12. Memphis (3:49)

A Holiday Grab Bag

Happy Holidays everyone! Hope everyone has had a Merry Christmas.

In keeping with the holidays, and because many of us are traveling to be with family and friends I felt that the Danish group Trains and Boats and Planes might be an appropriate place to start.

Taking their name from a Burt Bacharach/Hal Davis penned song this Danish groups’ one American record, 1994’s Minimal Star, was recorded and produced by Shimmy Discs legendary Kramer.

By the mid 1990’s the dominant sound of alternative music was grunge and this record (and many others like it) received limited, if any sort of airplay on commercial “alternative” radio.

Trains And Boats And PlanesMinimal Star (Shimmy Disc, 1994)

Playing Time: 51 minutes 10 seconds

Minimal Star1. Parents’ Place (4:40)
2. I Like Cars (2:30)
3. Private Party (By The Coast) (3:30)
4. Minimal Star (4:45)
5. She Had Us (3:59)
6. All We Got (2:35)
7. A Wake (4:09)
8. Playback (3:48)
9. Kitty Wu (4:58)
10. Genius Spider (5:14)
11. Pat Is Free (2:52)
12. You Hear! My Dear (3:30)
13. Timelove (4:40)

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The Scene is Now was a loose collection of downtown New York City musicians. Only former Mofungo members Chris Nelson and Philip Dray were permanent members of the group. Over the years other members of the group included sax player Elliott Sharp, Pere Ubu bassist Tony Maimone and ex-“dB Will Rigby.

Sounding like a modern day jug band, The Scene is Now was generally unknown until Yo La Tengo covered Yellow Sarong from 1985’s album Burn All Your Records.

Because their recorded output was limited to 1985’s Burn All Your Records, 1986’s Total Jive, 1988’s Tonight We Ride and 1990’s cassette-only Shotgun Wedding 1995’s The Oily Years (1983-1993) provides a good overview of their work.

The Scene is NowThe Oily Years (1983 – 1993) (Bar/None, 1995)

Playing Time: 1 hour 9 minutes 1 second

The Oily Years 1. 1150 Lbs. (2:01)
2. Rope (1:07)
3. Social Practice (1:29)
4. Voltaire’s Repair to the Organ (2:35)
5. Yellow Sarong (1:57)
6. 5 Cent Shave (0:47)
7. Railroad Boy (2:14)
8. Room of Wicker (1:36)
9. Premium Hat (2:10)
10. Bank (3:06)
11. Anthracite (3:41)
12. Two Spoonfuls (3:08)
13. Sartre’s Acid Trip (1:54)
14. A Man’s Coconut (2:05)
15. Pinwheel (2:37)
16. Pickle Barrel (3:32)
17. Dinah Shore (3:22)
18. Moonlight Broil (3:28)
19. Full Fathom Five (3:19)
20. Digest (2:44)
21. Tofu Golf Course (3:23)
22. If Justice Hides (2:57)
23. First Avenue (2:33)
24. Buffalo (3:28)
25. Carla (2:48)
26. Gone for a Long. Long Time (4:20)
27. Cool Pool (0:40)

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Combining Eddie Van Halen’s heavy metal guitar heroics with the classic rock gear of Dinosaur Jr.’s J. Mascis; Pittsburgs’ The(e) Speaking Canaries (guitarist/singer Damon Che, bassist Karl Hendricks, and drummer Noah Leger) provided an alternative to alternative music’s mid 1990’s embrace of all things grunge.

Thee Speaking CanariesSongs For The Terrestrially Challenged (Scat Records, 1995)

Playing Time: 1 hour 14 minutes 47 seconds

Songs For The Terrestrially Challenged1. Houses and Houses Of Perfectness (4:50)
2. Summer’s Empty Resolution (1:38)
3. Terristrial / Famous No Space (8:09)
4. Guitar Strings For a Holocause (3:52)
5. Hall Of Force / Gone Bad / So Glad / Reprise (9:19)
6. “Little” Ice Queen (6:36)
7. Super Hit (2:37)
8. El Rancho (6:09)
9. Any Three Days (12:59)
10. Secrets (3:00)
11. Our War On Cool Pt. 2 (4:03)
12. When Cats Fight / Let Loose Of Me (4:55)
13. De-Effect / Diminished (6:40)

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