Easterhouse - Whistling In The Dark - Rough Trade Records 12" RTT 164.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Various Artists - Teengenerate / Screaming Bloody Marys split. Wallabies Records 7". WAL-002.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Bastards - Who Cares? - Treehouse Records 7" TR011.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
The Go-Betweens - Hammer The Hammer - Rough Trade Records 7". RT 108.
Monday, 21 November 2011
The Swingin' Neckbreakers - Workin' & Jerkin' - Estrus Records 7". ES747.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
The Wolfhounds - Anti-Midas Touch - Pink Records 7". Pinky 14.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
The James Taylor Quartet - Blow Up. Re-Elect The President Records 7". FORD1.
Monday, 14 November 2011
The Mono Men - Shut The Fuck Up. Estrus Records 10". ES101.
Friday, 11 November 2011
The Wishing Stones - Wildwood. Heavenly LP. HVNLP4.
Transcript of accompanying press release:
It's 1988, Caroline Coon's predicted date for the end of the influence of Punk Rock. It's Spring and London, in the full ripened years of Enterprise Culture, sees its youth overdosing on style facism, commodity-buying and credit binges.
Meanwhile, back in the world that never went away, that smoke-infested demi monde of pub backrooms and college bars, a band called THE WISHING STONES are presenting something for the disenfranchised to buy into.
After flirtations within the narrow parameters of 'indie pop' (and several line ups) Wishing Stones mainman Bill Prince was now fronting a blowzy-but-deft rock'n'roll quartet. Wandering into Camden's Falcon pub in April, I witnessed (along with three men and a dog) one of the most searing guitar duels I'd heard since wearing out the grooves on Television's 'Adventure'.
With Prince-all Stratocaster and gritted teeth vocals - was John Niven, his Billy The Kid, six string cohort perpetually raging full on. Here were frontmen steeped in the Dylan / Robertson, Hell / Quine and Verlaine / Lloyd - style Fender - toting double acts; and in Andrew Kerr and Stewart Garden, the Stones had an effectively unobtrusive rhythm section.
But it wasn't all guitars. Bill Prince is a songwriter in the grand tradition, literate, but never name - droppingly verbose, his lyrics are little paranoid dramas, couched dreamy metaphors, all tossed out with that lugubrious voice - part doom - laden, part starry - eyed and almost innocent.
After two great singles on the Sub Aqua label, the band split on the verge of a major tour. In March '89 I saw their last gig, bombing in front of 100 Spacemen 3 fans at the Notre Dame Hall when a ropey PA and the smell of patchouli oil overcame the miscast quartet. Their parting shot, 'Lost In The Well' was a fitting sayonara.
The album The Wishing Stones had been working on in the Winter of '88 finally saw the light of day on the Heavenly label in 1991. For anyone who ever liked Punk Rock, Neil Young, Television or, erm Paris in the Spring, here's another vital item for your collection.
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Dwarves - Lucifer's Crank. No. 6 Records 7".
Friday, 4 November 2011
The X-Rays - Booze and Speed EP. ...lowlife 7". MONTY2.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
|Stop Press - Last minute sleeveage thanks to Brandonio!|
Another LP. I can't find a large enough scan of the cover of this one and my own attempts at photographing ten and twelve inch releases were laughably bad, so instead here's some great footage of two of the acts on this LP, The Astronauts and The Trashwomen. The Astronauts were from Germany and can be seen here performing the theme from the hit German TV show, Die Munsters. The Trashwomen treat us to Let's Go, which was simultaneously released, to worldwide acclaim, by German label Pin-Up and US label Repent.
Other acts on here include Sir Bald Diddley and his Right Honourable Big Wigs, Los Kogas, The Finks, The Surf Trio, The Apemen and The Green Hornets. All worthy of your attention. I'm sure there must be a full track-listing out there somewhere...
Various Artists - Locked In To Surf - Volume Two. Alopecia! Records LP.