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)


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Chapterhouse was formed in Reading, England in 1987 by Andrew Sherriff (guitar/vocals), Stephen Patman (guitar), Simon Rowe (guitar), Jon Curtis (bass) and Ashley Bates (drums).

Unlike many English bands, who were signed to record contracts before ever playing live or recording a demo, Chapterhouse would spend an entire year rehearsing and gigging before recording a demo tape. It would take them three years to perfect their trancey pop atmospherics before they released their first singles.  

A 1988 gig in Reading caught the ear of Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom who

wanted to release the band’s music on his Bop-a-Sonic label.

The group eventually signed with BMG’s Dedicated subsidiary, then home to the Cranes, Global Communication, and Spacemen 3.

Because of their association with Spacemen 3, which also included performing with that rather laidback band, Chapterhouse found themselves

lumped in with the British acid rock scene of the time.

They would escape from that genre, only to find themselves lumped in with the shoegazer groups of the early 1990s (Lush, Moose and Slowdive) in

the so-called "Scene That Celebrates Itself," as alternately championed and ridiculed by the U.K. press.

At the end of 1990 the group replaced bassist Jon Curtis with Vermont born Russell Barrett and also released a pair of four-song singles, Freefall and Sunburst, both which received mostly favorable reviews.  

Released early in 1991, the single, “Pearl”

featuring an oft-used John Bonham sample and background vocals from Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell

would reach #67 on the UK Top 75 charts.

“Pearl,” plus new tracks, would set the stage for the descriptively titled Whirlpool.

Gauzy dream-pop with a solid structural center… layers of echoey guitar fuzz and wispy voices… could have, and should have, won a bigger name for itself,

but Whirlpool would fall victim to a growing backlash in England to the shoegazer scene, while in the States it was completely ignored (as was anything British), once Nirvana’s Nevermind and Pearl Jam’s Ten hit the charts.

With four producers (Robin Guthrie, Stephen Hague, John Fryer, and Ralph Jezzard) Whirlpool functions more as a collection of mostly killer tracks then as a unified piece.

"Breather" with its mix of acoustic and electric guitars kicks off the album followed by "Pearl" with its

trancey beats, John Bonham samples, and some fine art-glazed feedback riffs to create as perfect a nugget of the era as any.

Other standouts include, "Falling Down" with its heavy-groove action, Madchester as played by Loop, the slow-build/rave-up/freak-out/repeat of "Autosleeper" and the guitar wash that runs through out the length of "April."

At the end of 1991 Chapterhouse released the single, “Mesmerise,” then went silent.

During that hiatus the band re-invented themselves as the 1993 release of Blood Music so shockingly demonstrated.

Letting go their drummer, the remaining quartet immersed themselves in rhythm on the Pascal Gabriel (Inspiral Carpets, EMF, Peter Murphy) produced Blood Music.  While they still maintain their airy vocal presence, Blood Music is guitars brought down to earth with an increased reliance on keyboards, samples and heavy electronic percussion. 

Two singles, She’s a Vision" and "We Are the Beautiful," from the album, were successive, successful singles, but a sampling lawsuit caused the album to be withdrawn.

Global Communication would later rework much of Blood Music’s music for the remix album Pentamerous Metamorphosis.

1996’s Rownderbout is a collection of

singles, various B-sides, rarities and unreleased demos which featured Slowdive drummer Simon Scott.

Though Chapterhouse has been silent for nearly 15 years, its members were not. Sherriff continued to work in electronic music forming, Rowe played guitar guitar for Mojave 3 and Bates formed the trip-hop band Cuba (aka Air Cuba). 

Although they are not reforming permanently, the group has performed live, beginning with the 2008 Truck Festival where they 

played a version of "Love Forever" with Ulrich Schnauss on the Barn Stage.

In November 2009 they performed with Ulrich Schnauss and Kirsty Hawkshaw at the Club AC30’s Reverence show at the ICA. 

Because of the success that show the band

happily agreed to play a handful of shows in 2010 to give fans one last chance to see them play live.

2010 found the group playing The Scala in London in March. They followed that up with a mini tour of Japan in April, finishing their mini reunion with a series of North American shows (Chicago, New York, Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles, San Francisco) in September and October.



Whirlpool (LP) Dedicated 1991   
Whirlpool (CD) BMG Victor 1991   
Whirlpool (LP 12", S/Sided) Dedicated 1991   
Whirlpool (Cass) RCA 1991   
Whirlpool (CD, LP) Dedicated 1991   
Whirlpool (CD) BMG 1991   
Whirlpool (CD) RCA 1991   
Whirlpool (CD) Cherry Red 2006   
Whirlpool (CD) Cherry Red 2008
Whirlpool – The Original Recordings (CD) Space Age Recordings 2009   
Blood Music (CD) Dedicated 1993 
Blood Music (2xCD) Arista US 1993 
Blood Music (2xCD, 2xLP) Dedicated Europe 1993 
Blood Music (CD) Dedicated Germany 1993 
Blood Music (Cass) Dedicated UK 1993 
Blood Music (CD) Cherry Red 2008
Blood Music: Pentamerous Metamorphosis (CD) Dedicated UK 1993 
Blood Music (Pentamerous Metamorphosis) (12") Dedicated UK 1993 
Blood Music: Pentamerous Metamorphosis (CD) Dedicated US 1993 
Pentamerous Metamorphosis (2xLP) Dedicated US 1998 
Pentamerous Metamorphosis (CD) Dedicated US 1998 
Pentamerous Metamorphosis (CD) Dedicated UK 1998 
Chapterhouse Retranslated By Global Communication – Blood Music + Blood Music: Pentamerous Metamorphosis (CD) Dedicated 1993 

Singles & EPs:

Sunburst (CD Single) Dedicated UK 1990 
Sunburst EP (12") Dedicated UK 1990 
Sunburst EP (12") Dedicated UK 1990
Freefall EP (CD EP) Dedicated UK 1990 
Freefall EP (12") Dedicated UK 1990 
Freefall EP (12" Promo) Dedicated UK 1990
Something More (7")  Dedicated  1990 
Pearl (CD Single) Dedicated UK 1991 
Pearl (12") Dedicated UK 1991 
Pearl (7") Dedicated UK 1991
Mesmerise (CD EP) Dedicated 1991
Mesmerise/Falling Down/Falling Down/Junkmale/Outshine The Sun
(12"+ 7") Dedicated 1991
Mesmerise Remix (12") Dedicated 1991
Mesmerise Remix (12" Single) Dedicated 1991
Mesmerise (12") Dedicated 1991
Mesmerise (7") Dedicated 1991
Mesmerise (CD Single) RCA 1991

Losing Touch With My Mind (7" Flexi) Chapterhouse 1991 
Falling Down (CD Single) RCA 1991 
She’s A Vision (CD) Dedicated UK 1993 
She’s A Vision (12") Dedicated UK 1993 
She’s A Vision (7") Dedicated UK 1993 
She’s A Vision (CD Maxi) BMG Germany 1993
We Are The Beautiful (CD Maxi) Dedicated Germany 1993 
We Are The Beautiful (12" Maxi) Dedicated UK 1993 
We Are The Beautiful (12" Promo) Dedicated UK 1993 
We Are The Beautiful (7" Single) Dedicated 1993 
We Are The Beautiful (CD) Dedicated Germany 1993 
We Are The Beautiful (CD) Arista US 1993 
We Are The Beautiful (VHS) Dedicated US 1993
Don’t Look Now (12") Dedicated 1993 


Rownderbowt (2xCD) Dedicated 1996  
The Best Of Chapterhouse (CD, MP3) Sony/BMG 2007 


"Breather" Live & Unreleased (Cass) Vox Magazine 1991  
"Pearl" Dedicated 92 (CD) Dedicated 1991  
"We Are The Beautiful (Spookys Extravaganja Dub Mix)" "Arista Alternative? You’re Shittin’ Me!" (CD) Arista 1993  
"There’s Still Life" The Alternative Way – Everything Is Beautiful (CD) Ariola Benelux 1993  
"Pearl" Like A Daydream – A Shoegazing Guide (CD) Castle Music 2006 

Singles & EPs:
"Mesmerise" Mesmerise/Falling Down/Falling Down/Junkmale/Outshine The Sun (12") Dedicated 1991  
"Falling Down" Split (7" Single) Town & Country Club 1991


"Falling Down" Dedicated: An Introduction (CD) RCA 1990
"Lady Godiva’s Operation" Heaven & Hell – A Tribute To The Velvet Underground – Volume One (CD, LP) Communion Label 1990   
"Lady Godiva’s Operation"  Heaven And Hell Volume One: A Tribute To The Velvet Underground (CD, LP) Imaginary Records 1990   
"Guilt" Sniffin Rock #11 (7") Sniffin Rock 1990  
"Precious One" Indie Top 20 Volume 13 (2xLP, CD) Beechwood Music 1991  
"Pearl" Happy Daze – Volume Two (CD, LP) Island Records 1991   
"Falling Down" Kinetic Aesthetic Magnetic (CD) RCA, BMG 1991  
"Precious One" Best Of Independent 20 (Cass, CD) Beechwood Music 1992   
"Mesmerise" Maxi-Music (CD) SPG Music Productions Ltd. 1992  
"Then We’ll Rise" (Over A Century Of Vivisection And Anti-Vivisection) How Much Longer? (LP) Anti-Vivisection Agency 1992  
"It Won’t Be Wrong" 1965. Through The Looking Glass (CD) Imaginary Records 1992  
"Breather" The Best Of The Mark Goodier Radio 1 Sessions – Volume 1 – Exclusive & Unreleased Recordings (CD) Nighttracks 1992  
"We Are The Beautiful" Indie Top 20 Volume 18 (2xLP, CD) Beechwood Music 1993   
"We Are The Beautiful" CMJ New Music November – Volume 4 (CD) College Music Journal 1993  
"We Are The Beautiful" The Serious Road Trip (3xCD) MCA Records 1994  
"Delta Phase" Remotion: The Global Communication Remix Album (CD) Dedicated, BMG 1995   
"Delta Phase" Remotion: The Global Communication Remix Album (CD) Dedicated 1995   
"Delta Phase" Remotion: The Global Communication Remix Album (CD) HitIt! 1995   
"Delta Phase" Remotion: The Global Communication Remix Album (2xLP) Dedicated 1995   
"Delta Phase" Remotion: The Global Communication Remix Album (CD) Dedicated 1996   
"We Are The Beautiful" Generation X – The Definitive Sound Of 90’s Indie (Cass, 3xCD) Generation X Music Ltd 1996  
"It Won’t Be Wrong"  A Taste Of… 3rd Stone Records Volume 2 (CD) 3rd Stone 1997  
"Mesmerise (The Mesmerising Vocal Mix)" Splendor – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD) Astralwerks 1999 
"Pearl" The Brit Box: UK Indie, Shoegaze, And Brit-Pop Gems Of The Last Millennium (4xCD) Rhino Records 2007  
"Pearl" Rob Da Bank – Sci-Fi-Lo-Fi Vol. 3 (Shoegazing 1985 – 2007) (CD) Soma Quality Recordings 2008
"Pearl" Rob Da Bank – Sci-Fi-Lo-Fi Vol. 3 (Shoegazing 1985 – 2009) (CD) Soma Quality Recordings 2009 


"Treasure" (Chapterhouse) Violens – Summer 2010 Mixtape (CDr) Not On Label 2010  
"Pearl" Plus Ultra – Autonomic Podcast Layer 10 (File AAC, MP3, Mixed) Autonomic 2010  
"Treasure" Sight Below, The – FACT Mix 149 (File, MP3, Mixed) FACT Magazine 2010 


Chapterhouse – Twobrednwor (2xCD) Not On Label 


Whirlpool (1991)

Playing Time: 71:54

chapterhouse - whirlpool

1. Breather (4:20)
2. Pearl (4:52)
3. Autosleeper (4:50)
4. Treasure (6:22)
5. Falling Down (3:58)
6. April (4:39)
7. Guilt (4:15)
8. If You Want Me (2:41)
9. Something More (3:20)
10. Need (3:07)
11. Inside Me (4:40)
12. Sixteen Years (4:41)
13. Satin Safe (5:42)
14. Feel The Same (4:15)
15. Come Heaven (5:32)
16. In My Arms (4:40)

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Rockin’ in the USA


Caustic Resin

Caustic Resin has worked in the shadows of another Boise ID band, and that city’s best known musical export, Built to Spill. Unlike BtS Caustic Resin’s roots pre-date and are less connected to the Seattle music scene. Formed in 1988, the original group consisted of  Brett Netson (guitar/vocals), Tom Romich Jr. (bass) and Pat Perkins (drums). Unlike the Seattle sound their sound is a blend of  heavy metal, psychedelia, and space rock, with songs that feature slow-moving jams, torturous vocals and general noise freak-outs.

The casual fan and the media tend to view Caustic Resin as Built to Spill’s lesser sibling and perhaps in some ways they are, but not musically. Early in their career Caustic Resin gigged with Doug Martsch’s pre-Built to Spill outfit Treepeople, and Netson played bass on Built to Spill’s debut album for C/Z Records, 1993s  Ultimate Alternative Wavers. Partly due to Martsch’s advocacy Caustic Resin was signed by C/Z, who issued their debut album Body Love Body Hate in 1993. When Built to Spill left C/Z for Up Records Caustic Resin followed suit.  

1995’s Fly Me to the Moon, produced by Phil Ek (Built to Spill’s producer as well), found the band breaking new ground musically, breaking away from the metal styling’s of their debut and moving towards a spacier sound. Body Love Body Hate had been  

a mess of fuzzy guitar, distorted vocals and meandering drumbeats… Agonized screams and lyrics (the few intelligible lines are about suicide, murder and pain)

but on Fly Me to the Moon the band

comes off like a cross between the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Jesus Lizard… even if the topics are the same: “Kill You If You Want Me To,” “A Fistful of Violence.”

1996’s Built to Spill/Caustic Resin EP was a collaborative effort with both bands working together to perform four songs; the first two, “When Not Being Stupid Is Not Enough” and “One Thing,” were penned by Built to Spill; the instrumental “Shit Brown Eyes” is a Caustic Resin number, and the last track, “She’s Real,” is a Kicking Giant’s.

“When Not Being Stupid Is Not Enough” is an incredible nine-minute ride… and is the real reason the EP deserves attention. 

Following the release of Built to Spill/Caustic Resin the group signed with California based indie Alias Records. Their 1998 debut for their new label, The Medicine Is All Gone, had the group drawing comparison to Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd and an electric Neil Young.

For 1999’s Trick Question the group added several guest artists; with half of the albums’ ten songs(“Unlucky,” “Taste,” “Eventhings,” “Torture Yourself,” and “California”), featuring the alternate rhythm section of bassist Mike Johnson (Dinosaur Jr., Mark Lanegan) and drummer Joe Plummer.  

As if channeling Neil Young 2000’s The Afterbirth, with it’s heavy reliance on reverb, feedback and guitar solos is a mixture of noisy indie rock and grunge, a heavy use of reverb, feedback and guitar solos. It would also be their last release for Alias Records.

Released by Up Records in 2003’s Keep on Truckin features original drummer Pat Perkins and sees bass duties split between Tom Romich Jr. and Mike Johnson.

Caustic Resin Discography 


 Body Love Body Hate (CD) (C/Z Records) 1993 
Built To Spill / Caustic Resin (CD, EP) (Up Records) 1995 
Built To Spill / Caustic Resin (10″) (Up Records) 1995
Fly Me To The Moon (Cass) (Up Records) 1995 
Fly Me To The Moon (2xLP) (Up Records) 1995
Fly Me To The Moon (CD) (Up Records) 1995
Fly Me To The Moon (Digital) (Up Records) 1995
Yeah Right (7″) (Up Records) 1995
The Medicine Is All Gone (CD) (Alias Records) 1998
Trick Question (CD) (Alias Records) 1999 
Trick Question (Digital) (Alias Records) 1999 
The Afterbirth(CD) (Alias Records) 2000 
 The Afterbirth
(Digital) (Alias Records) 2000 
Keep On Truckin (CD) (Up Records) 2003 
Keep On Truckin (Digital) (Up Records) 2003

Tracks Appear On:

“Still Flat”  Red Hot + Bothered: The Indie Rock Guide To Dating ★ 2 – Vinyl Is Sensual (10″)  (Kinetic) 1995
“Yeah, Right” Stacked Up!
(CD) (Up Records) 1995
“Worm Wood”
Up In Orbit! (CD) (Up Records) 1997
“Cable” Musician Magazine’s A Little on the CD Side: Volume 30
(CD) (Musician Magazine) 1998


Built to Spill – Caustic Resin (1995)

Playing Time: 26 minutes 9 seconds

1. Built to Spill – When Not Being Stupid is Not Enough (9:18)
2. Built to Spill – One Thing (5:09)
3. Caustic Resin – Shit Brown Eyes (3:29)
4. Caustic Resin – She’s Real (8:13)



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 Fly Me To The Moon (1995)

Playing Time: 73 Minutes

1 – Spore (6:16)
2 – Kill You If You Want Me To (5:04)
3 – Water Moccasin (3:11)
4 – Alien Fugue (3:26)
5 – Cancerous Eye (4:17)
6 – Healing Cough (4:37)
7 – The End of Betrayal (2:29)
8 – Damaged Animal (7:15)
9 – Summertime of Your Life (3:19)
10 – I Feel (5:44)
11 – A Fistful of Violence (3:47)
12 – Golden Hours (5:45)
13 – Calling Off the Dogs (5:49)
14 – White Box (2:37)
15 – Alien Fugue (Slight Return) (2:13)
16 – Station Wagon (7:48)

Fly Me To the Moon (Part 1) (Part 2)


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You can find many of Caustic Resins, Built to Spills, Mike Johnson’s and Mark Lanegan releases at Up Records.



Boys Life


The Emo-core band Boys Life sprang out of Kansas City, Missouri’s “post-hardcore scene” in 1993. Composed of Brandon Butler (vocals/guitar), John Anderson (drums), John Rejba (bass) and Joe Winkle (guitar) the band’s intensely energetic, but dissonant sound was noted for out-of-tune noisy guitars, distortion and epic crescendos with screaming and energy. By incorporating the sounds of crickets, radio static and the wail of far-off train whistles it gave their music a decidedly Midwestern feel.

Initially the band began releasing their material on split 7″ singles with local bands Secular Theme and Giants Chair. Their first full length, 1995’s Boys Life, recorded with ex-Drive Like Jehu member Mark Trombino, found each song following the same simple formula

guitars are strummed cleanly and off-key, giving way to intentional storms of distorted feedback, then it’s back to clean and quiet. Brandon Butler’s hushed voice rises a tone… he screams and then it’s back to a near-whisper. 

Recorded by Bob Weston (Sebadoh, Mission of Burma, June of 44) 1996’s Departures And Landfalls along with Do You Know Who You Are? by Texas Is the Reason’s are the two records that really introduced Emo-core to the mainstream. Staying with the formula established on 1995’s Boys Life of start, stop, then loud, then soft, then loud again, then dissonant, their sound is

Melodic yet dissonant, subtle yet powerful, puts the “emo” in emo-core.


By the time that the The Boys Life/Christie Front Drive split was released in 1999, both bands had already broken up, Christie Front Drive in 1996 and Boys Life in 1997. Any real differences between the two bands’ music lie in their vocal approaches, as instrumentally both work the tried and true formula of, start, stop, then loud, then soft, then loud again. Christie Front Drive’s vocals generally sit lower in the mix, but they are never whispered building in intensity as is the Boy’s Life’s Brandon Butler style.  

Following Boy’s Life’s break-up members of the band performed with the short lived Farewell Bend and Lullaby for the Working. Winkle and Butler are now members of the Lo-Fi group Canyon. 


Boys Life Discography 

Boys Life Discography


Boys Life / Vitreous Humor Split (7″)  (Crank!) 1994
Boys Life (CD, LP) (Crank!) 1995
Boys Life / Christie Front Drive (10″) (Crank!) 1995
Boys Life / Giants Chair Split (7″) (HitIt!) 1995
Departures And Landfalls (CD) (Headhunter Records) 1996
Departures And Landfalls (LP) Headhunter Records 1996

Tracks Appear On:

“Sight Unseen” (Don’t Forget To) Breathe (CD) (Crank Records) 1997
“Sight Unseen” (Don’t Forget To) Breathe (LP, + Bonus 10″) (Crank Records) 1997 “Temporary”
Stay Tuned for the Holidays (CD) (Crank) 2001
Fire Engine Red: Cargo Music Sampler
(CD) (Cargo Records) 1998


Christie Front Drive






Christie Front Drive we hardly knew you! The group formed in Denver in 1993 with Eric Richter (vocals/guitar), Jason Begin (guitar/vocals), Kerry McDonald (bass/vocals) and Ron Marschall (percussion).

I spite of their meager recorded output; a self-titled EP and a 7″ on Freewill Records in 1994, later combined and released as Anthology; split singles with Jimmy Eat World, Sineater, and Boys Life and contributions to several compilations the band has “earned legendary status in emo circles, and remains a major influence on up-and-coming artists.”




Christie Front Drive Discography 


Christie Front Drive (12″) (Freewill) 1994
Christie Front Drive (
CD, LP) (Freewill) 1994 
Boys Life / Christie Front Drive (10″) (Crank!) 1995
Christie Front Drive / Sineater split (7″) (Hellkite Records) 1995
Christie Front Drive / Jimmy Eat World Split (7″) (Wooden Blue Records) 1995
Anthology (CD) Caulfield Records 1999
Anthology (Digital) (Caulfield Records) 1999

Tracks Appear On:

“Bag” Shmowballs (Sh-mow Records) 1995
“After The Parade”
For Want Of… (2×7″) (X-Mist Records) 1995
“Mary Tyler Moore Show”  Punk TV (LP) (Red Dawg Records) 1995
“Bag” Bread: The Edible Napkin (CD, LP) (No Idea Records) 1997
(Don’t Forget To) Breathe (CD) (Crank Records) 1997
“Field” (Don’t Forget To) Breathe (LP, + Bonus 10″) (Crank Records) 1997
Stay Tuned for the Holidays (CD) (Crank) 2001








Boys Life – Christie Front Drive  (1999)

Playing Time: 30 minutes 33 seconds 

1. Christie Front Drive – Instant Romance (4:48)
2. Christie Front Drive – Bowl (2:42)
3. Christie Front Drive – Valentine (5:16)
4. Boys Life – Sight Unseen (8:49)
5. Boys Life – Homecoming (4:52)
6. Boys Life – Two Wheeled Train (4:06)





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Red Shift: Hovercraft

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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


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.



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
Certain Damage Volume 79 (CMJ) 1997
“Haloparidol” Music From Chicago Cab (CD) (Loosegroove Records) 1998
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
In Transit (CD) (Mute Records Ltd.) 1999



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

Hovercraft – Akathisia

Playing Time: 1 hour 4 minutes 47 seconds


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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