Sunday, 31 July 2011

Scars - adult/ery / horrorshow. Fast Records 7". FAST 8.

This one's a bit spikier than, All About You, the Scars single I uploaded in May. On Bob Last's tremendous and innovative Fast label, this is a nice slice of 1979 post-punk action. Enjoy.

Tracks:
adult/ery (99 BPM).
horrorshow (101 BPM).

Scars - adult/ery / horrorshow. Fast Records 7". FAST 8.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Man ... Or Astro-Man? - Welcome To The Sonic Space Age. Clawfist 7".

The previous releases have dropped off the front page, so it's time to upload yet another treat from Man ...Or Astro-Man? The final release from UK singles club label, Clawfist, it's one of a handful of MOA? records that plays at 45 rpm so there are only two tracks. There's some excellent 'theremining' on flipside, Bird's Stuff. Enjoy.

Tracks:
King Of The Monsters (120 BPM).
Bird's Stuff (157 BPM).

Man ... Or Astro-Man? - Welcome To The Sonic Space Age. Clawfist 7".

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Various Artists - (Please Find Enclosed) Your Invitation To Suicide. Get Hip Records 2x7".

Sorry, I've been away for a while. To Spain. Land of Munster Records, who released the CD and double LP versions of this tribute to 70s synth punks, Suicide. This is the 2 x7" version, released by Get Hip, and the Pink Slip Daddy track is unique to this release. The Gories take on Ghost Rider is probably the most well-known track off this, and featured on their 'I Know You Fine, But How You Doin?' LP. Enjoy.

Tracks:
Ben Vaughn - Juke Box Babe (89 Beats Per Minute)
The Gories - Ghost Rider (100 BPM)
Pink Slip Daddy - Dream Baby Dream (139 BPM)
The Nomads - Magdalena 93 (104 BPM)
La Secta - Raver (117 BPM)
The Honeymoon Killers - Fireball (96 BPM)

Various Artists - (Please Find Enclosed) Your Invitation To Suicide. Get Hip Records 2x7".

Monday, 18 July 2011

Wah! - Somesay. Eternal Records 12". Simey 12T.

It's a 12" single so I've had to nick the sleeve image from the internet. My copy has a sticker on it saying "Expect to pay around £1.25". The 12" adds nothing to the 7" release except that it's mastered super loud with wide open grooves. It's a bit crackly, but it was suffering from a minor mould infestation which I had to clean off. It's Wah! at their most super-bombastic; loud, punchy and confident. This upload is for the anonymous fella who asked for it when commenting on the original release of the flip side of this single, Forget The Down. Enjoy.

Wah! - Somesay. Eternal Records 12". Simey 12T.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Unsane - This Town - Treehouse Records 7". TR 020.

From the days when it felt like everything was recorded at Fun City, NYC by Wharton Tiers, here's the first single from Unsane. (2nd edition - 500 copies the sharper-eyed amongst you will have noted). Chug, chug, skronk skronk, shout shout. Check out the Thanks To list for an understanding of Unsane's standing in the New York art rock scene in the early 90s. This is the first of a number of sevens I've borrowed from my good friend, and anagram, Mr. JHR. Enjoy.

Unsane - This Town - Treehouse Records 7". TR20.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

The New Bomb Turks - I'm Weak. Get Hip Records 7". GH-139.

The New Bomb Turks were a heavy, heavy Columbus, Ohio punk band who released their first two LPs on Crypt Records. Following this they moved on to Epitaph. They're still going in some form, but activity has been limited over the past few years. Last year, singer Eric Davidson had the book We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001 published. A well-intentioned, well-written chronicle of the period, the book is worth reading despite the pointless attempt to rebrand various lo-fi, punk and DIY scenes as 'Gunk Punk'.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

The Mummies - Live - 1994-03-11 - London, The Powerhaus. Mono. Incomplete.

I found this tape over the weekend. It dates from when The Euro Mummies Mark II came over to Europe and played a bunch of shows. Amazingly enough they even got over La Manche to play two dates in London. I was lucky enough to be at both. This was from the first night. I was spectacularly drunk and, as you'll hear, had the tape recorder in my pocket for the first few songs. The sound improves (it never gets above 'really, really shitty') when I remember to get it out but it's amazingly hissy. And I don't know how to fix it or even if it's worth fixing. The band, Larry Winther in particular, are having a running feud with the venue's security, something they carried on into the following night's show at The Frat Shack. Anyhow, it ends suddenly, as you'll hear, at the point where I'm dancing enthusiastically, swinging my arms around with the recorder in my sweaty hand when voop_______________________________________! It flies out and crashes to the ground. I won't be sharing it with the Techlords at Dime A Dozen. Enjoy.

The Mummies - Live - 1994-03-11 - London, The Powerhaus. Mono. Incomplete. Shitty recording. Seriously.

Monday, 4 July 2011

Laugh - Take Your Time, Yeah. The Remorse Label 12". Lost 3.

Laugh were a band who managed to fall spectacularly between scenes; too angry to qualify for the C86 jelly and ice cream party and too established for the Madchester feeding frenzy. They're also the Manchester band who get closest to That Scouse Skiffle Sound that signifies the best and the worst of that bunch from The Wrong End of The M62. Think The Las, Shack and, Lord forgive me, The Coral. Except Laugh angry it up a bit and whack their drums that little bit harder and shout in your face.

They released a handful of singles and an LP which sounded like all the corners had been knocked off their sound. Too mellow, too wah-wah, too nice one mate, are you on one? This 12" is them at their punk rock best. Enjoy.

Laugh - Take Your Time, Yeah. The Remorse Label 12". Lost 3.

Thanks to Martin at Songs From Under The Floorboards for the sleeve pics.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Girls At Our Best - Getting Nowhere Fast / Warm Girls. Record Records 7". RR1.

Girls at Our Best were a Leeds-based pop band who should have had the World at their feet in the early 80s. Championed by Peel and the NME, releasing slices of catchy guitar pop and fronted by the lovely Judy Evans, Top of the Pops seemed to beckon. But it was not to be. After five sevens and an LP they called it a day. A posthumous Peel session release reminded everybody what they had been missing a couple of years later. More recently everything was reissued on CD by Vinyl Japan, but that version is inferior as it doesn't have The Crackle. MP3 bit rate has been upped to the top end of the VBR scale, just for Mr. Noon, but I still have about thirty releases ready to go at the lower bit rate so it'll be a while before they're used up. Enjoy.

Girls At Our Best - Getting Nowhere Fast / Warm Girls. Record Records 7". RR1.