Sunday, October 02, 2016


LINK WRAY "All Cried Out" Holy sweet mother of god, why didn't any of you tell me about this song. Only The Band themselves can hold a candle to it, but here comes Link Wray in 1973 singing like an uncanny late-period Helm/Manuel hybrid, on a country weeper so beautiful and haunted and big that you can't even see the other side.

SUN CITY GIRLS "Halcyon Days of Symmetry" Not on YouTube! Two minutes and 24 seconds from 1987, the lead-off song on their first 7" EP. (They had released 3 LPs already.) A raw blast of punk improvisation, a hot shot of power trio fury in the service of pure non-verbal post-tongue Babel worship. On electric guitar and bass, the Bishop brothers Rick and Alan respectively and unitedly achieve a density mixed with velocity that is only found in hardcore punk, speed metal, industrial, and noise; they place it directly in none of those (although I honestly still think of them primarily as a hardcore band, one of the most expansive and long-lived hardcore bands ever). You might hate their utter reckless improvisational abandon, but in true punk fashion it's over in 2 minutes, suddenly as absent as it was present. (They have some releases where they do it for 25 minutes instead; even some of their biggest fans avoid those.)

BASTARDS "Turvallista Huomista" Mindblowing Finnish hardcore from 1982.

AARON NEVILLE "Hercules" Funky Allen Touissant production from 1973.

ROYAL TRUX "Morphic Resident" Might be a Top 5 Trux Track. And hell no I'm not messing up this page by putting the album cover on here :-)

13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS "Livin' On" Kinda underwritten song but lyrics contain some heady nugs... "I may drop in and plant smokestacks" haunts me the most, and of course gotta love "I hear you talkin' / You're only poppin' spit."

PEKKA AIRAKSINEN "Fos 2" Crazy electronic track from Finland. Bad trip noise kinda like Can's "Aumgn" but with more rhythm, from a 1972 solo LP by a member of The Sperm.

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE "Hollow Light, Severed Sun" The debut LP was great, but it was his 2nd album, a CD-only release on Holy Mountain called Dust & Chimes, that really scared the shit out of me back in the late 90s glory daze. Sure the great post-Takoma acoustic guitar instrumentals were there, but the songs with vocals, like this one, are particularly intense. Holy Mountain released it on vinyl for the first time ever this year; need to grip.

BOLA SETE "The Lonely Gaucho"

OMIT "Lander" One of NZ's heaviest.

TWINSISTERMOON "Conjuring" Only recently discovered how goddamn good this band (solo proect?) is/was. Natural Snow Buildings great too. Progressive French Folk Rock lives!

ELASTIK BAND "Spazz" I kinda don't like this song. More 'proto new wave' than proto-punk.

DAN MELCHIOR UND DAS MENACE "Norman Roake" This song is from Christmas for Crows, a really good LP that put Mr. Melchior on my radar when it came out back in 2008. Doesn't seem to be on YouTube, but some other songs from the album are, like "In A Daze." You can buy secondhand copies real cheap still -- gotta grab those 2000s gems while they're still being overlooked, taken for granted, etc.

INSTANT AGONY "Think Of England" More MBW (mindblowing) hardcore from 1982.

E.C.P. "Generate" I checked out this song on YouTube after reading somebody named DJ Toecutter raving about it, in an interview in this crazy foldover newsprint zine ("Fuck Your Money!! Do Not Buy! This is Free") that the Digital Hardcore label published sometime in the 90s (of course).

TOPMOST "The End" More weird-bee Finnish garage experimentation... could the Topmost have been Finland's Red Crayola?

BRIMSTONE HOWL "Child Of Perdition" Lincoln, Nebraska band, written about in Blastitude (when they were called something else) by Charles Lieurance over ten goddamn years ago. Look for Charles's book In Search of Pagan Hollywood, coming soon on Feral House.

DEAD MOON "Kicked Out, Kicked In" Speaking of ten, and twenty, and thirty (approximately when this song was recorded), and forty goddamn years ago...

DELMA LACHNEY & BLIND UNCLE GASPARD "La Danseuse" ...and fifty, and sixty, and seventy, and eighty, and ninety (approximately when this song was recorded) (!) goddamn years ago...

RITALIN O.D. Bellwood, Illinois's finest.

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