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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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

 

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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)

 

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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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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.

The Nectarine No 9

Glasgow Scotland was host to a vibrant and thriving Indie rock scene during the 1990s, but that scene was dominated by two distinct musical styles

the winsome guitar pop of Teenage Fanclub and its many affiliated bands or the twee preciousness of Belle & Sebastian and their many affiliated bands.

Part of the scene, but also outside and looking in was  The Nectarine No. 9. Lead by Davey Henderson (guitar and vocals), Simon Smeeton (guitars/keyboards), Iain Holford (bass) and John Thompson (drums) the group formed in 1991.

Signed to the reactivated Postcard label the band and Henderson, in particular, 

shared little of the naïve pop sensibility of Postcard alums like Aztec Camera or Orange Juice, instead preferring a noisy guitar rock sound mixed with Captain Beefheart-style quirkiness.

Prior to forming The Nectarine No. 9 Henderson lead “the avant-funk Fire Engines in 1980.” He later joined forces with Simon Smeeton in the 80’s pop band Win.

Their 1992 debut, A Sea With Three Stars was quickly followed by the Unloaded for You EP. In 1993 Strange Fruit released Guitar Thieves, a nine-track compilation of various BBC sessions which the band had recorded during the first half of that year. America and Canada were finally introduced to the group with the 1994 release of Niagara Falls,“ a 16-track summation of the first album and EP.”  Included on the album was one new track, “This Arsehole’s Been Burned Too Many Times Before,” which was a limited edition U.K. 7″.

The group’s long delayed second proper album, 1995’s Saint Jack, proved to more “dissonant than A Sea With Three Stars,” while also exhibiting a new found fascination with electronic noise.

After a tour with Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice) the group went on hiatus for two years, remerging in 1997 as the backing group on Scots poet Jock Scot’s album My Personal Culloden.

Released in 1998 on the Glasgow indie label Creeping Bent the curiously named Fried for Blue Material included the song “Port of Mars,” their side of a 1997 split single with Suicide singer Alan Vega.

2001’s Received Transgressed & Transmitted

is the Cliff Notes version of the history of avant-garde rock.

with nods to the lo-fi rock of the Fall and Pavement, early Flaming Lips, the technologically induced, electronic freak-out sessions of Grandaddy, and let’s not forget Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa.

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Albums:

A Sea With Three Stars (CD, LP, MP3) Postcard Records 1992
Saint Jack (CD, MP3) Postcard Records 1995
Saint Jack (CD) Shake The Record Label (Canada) 1995 Niagara Falls (CD) Shake The Record Label 1995
Received Transgressed & Transmitted (CD, MP3) Beggars Banquet 2001
I Love Total Destruction (CD, MP3) Beggars Banquet 2004
Un-loaded For You (CD) Postcard Records
Fried for Blue Material

Singles & EPs:

This Arsehole’s Been Burned Too Many Times Before  (7″) Postcard Records 1994
Paul Quinn & Nectarine No. 9, The & Independent Group, The & Jock Scot – Pregnant With Possibilities Vol. 1 (CD EP) Postcard Records 1995
Revolutionary Corps Of Teenage Jesus* / Nectarine No. 9, The – Creeping Bent Singles Club #7 (7″) Creeping Bent 1998                                                              
South Of An Imaginary Line E.P. (CD EP) Creeping Bent 1999
Constellations Of A Vanity Extended Play (CD EP, MP3) Beggars Banquet 2000
Society Is A Carnivourous Flower (CD, MP3) Beggars Banquet 2000
The End Of Definition (CDr Single) Beggars Banquet 2004 
Adidas Francis Bacon (7″) Sano Music

Compilations:

Guitar Thieves (CD) Nighttracks, Postcard Records 1994
It’s Just The Way Things Are, Joe, It’s Just The Way Things Are (CD, MP3) Creeping Bent 1999

Miscellaneous:

Paul Quinn & Independent Group, The & Nectarine No. 9, The – Thirsty Ear Promo CD (CD) Thirsty Ear 1996

Appearances:

Albums:

Inside Of Your Heart (as Nectarine #9) The Beat Goes On… (CD) Shake

Singles & EPs:

The Holes Of Corpus Christi  D’Un Échantillon De Marchandises (CD EP, 7″) Postcard Records, Summershine 1993

Compilations:

Thierry Lacroix  Volume 15 – Technology Alert! (CD) Volume  1996
Walter Tevis The Carve-up (CD, Comp) Loose 1999
Walter Tevis (as Nectarine No. 9) Unconditionally Guaranteed Volume 10 (CD) Uncut Magazine 1999  
The Port Of Mars Bentism (The Underground Sounds Of Creeping Bent) (CD) Creeping Bent 1999 
These Days Bentboutique, Chasing The Chimera (2xCD) Creeping Bent 2000
Foundthings 1.8.16.2001 (CD) Beggars Banquet 2001
Constellations Of A Vanity Winter 2001-2002 (CD) Beggars Group 2001 
Foundthings (as Nectarine No. 9) Eight Labels Sixteen Tracks Second Edition (CD) Beggars Banquet 2001 
Saint Jack Thank You For Being You (CD) Electric Honey Records 2007  
Curdled Fragments (as Nectarine No. 9) Park Lane Archives (CD) Jungle Records 2009

Miscellaneous:

South Of An Imaginary Line (as Nectarine No9) Bleeps-oh-six (9xFile, MP3) Bleep 2006

 

Saint Jack

Playing time: 48:50

the nectarine no 9 - saint jack

1. Saint Jack (3:40)
2. Curdled Fragments (3:47)
3. Fading Memory Babe (1:41)
4. Can’t Scratch Out (4:27)
5. This Arsehole’s Been Burned Too Many Times Before (4:17)
6. It’s Not My Baby Putting Me Down (1:34)
7. My Trapped Lightning (4:21)
8. Just Another Fucked-Up Little Druggy On the Scene (2:15)
9. Couldn’t Phone Potatoes (4:47)
10. Dead Horse Arum (0:38)
11. Firecrackers (3:09)
12. Un-Loaded For You (4:13)
13. Clipped Wings & Flower Sting (5:22)
14. Tape Your Head On (4:39)

 

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Various Artists

In 1994, while still in high school, Matt Lunsford and Darcie Knight started the publication, Polyvinyl Press, to cover the burgeoning independent music scene in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. As the magazine grew so did it’s connections to label-less artists. The July 1995 issue of the magazine included a split 7″ EP with Back of Dave and Walker. And so a label is born. Their first major releases came following their signing of “emo”/post hardcore rockers Braid in 1998, which with the subsequent national exposure allowed the label to work with a wider repertoire of artists.

Polyvinyl finally achieved mainstream success following the release of Montreal’s The Sunlandic Twins in 2005 . The success of that album,

which produced three successful singles and national television and media exposure

also increased the visibility of all Polyvinyl’ s artists to the point that in 2008 the label opened a San Francisco branch. No longer confining themselves to local bands, the label currently boasts a roster of 21 bands, including international artists like Australia’s Architecture in Helsinki and Norway’s Casiokids.

With rare and exclusive tracks from Aloha, matt pond PA and Pele, 2001’s ReDirection documents the label’s first six years and Lunsford’s and Knight’ efforts to expose “independent artists” to a far wider audience.

 

ReDirection (2001)

Playing Time: 70:47

redirection

1. Sunday’s Best – Saccharine (3:47)
2. The Ivory Coast – Swope (3:34)
3. Aloha – A Hundred Stories (2:54)
4. AM/FM – Come Suck Down A Cloud (3:54)
5. Radio Flyer – (312) (4:03)
6. Rainer Maria – Breakfast Of Champions (3:36)
7. American Football – Never Meant (4:18)
8. matt pond PA – A New Part Of Town (4:05)
9. Pele – The Mind Of Minolta (3:41)
10. Hey Mercedes – Stay Six (4:32)
11. Kerosene 454 – What Was (3:03)
12. Paris, Texas – Le Tigre (2:41)
13. Sunday’s Best – Sons Of The Second String (4:01)
14. AM/FM – A Best Man (Put My Girlfriend On Fire) (2:58)
15. Rainer Maria – Artificial Light (3:38)
16. Braid – Killing A Camera (2:35)
17. matt pond PA – This Is Montreal (1:19)
18. Pele – Gas The Nutsy (6:50)
19. Aloha – Warsaw (5:18)

ReDirection (Part 1) (Part 2)

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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)

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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)

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

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