Friday, August 29, 2014

the yolks - kings of awesome




chicago's hardest partying garage rockers THE YOLKS finally return with a new lp entitled KINGS OF AWESOME on RANDY RECORDS......and well i won't disagree with their album title at all!!!!!

equal parts jangly super infectious garage pop and rhythm & blues saturated analogue RnR, THE YOLKS hit that sweet spot we all have for HIP SHAKING, DRINKING ALL NIGHT LONG ROCK N ROLL GOODNESS !!!!!!   they've been tearing up garages / basements / warehouse / dive bars in chicago for years and there's a reason the YOLKS are one of best and longest running local garage bands.....and all you have to do in listen to KINGS OF AWESOME to find out why!!!!!!

rock n roll junkies raised on PEBBLES and NUGGETS, RAY CHARLES, SHADOWS OF KNIGHT, STANDELLS and other such GARAGE ROCK / R&B CLASSICS will definitely be flipping this new lp over and over again in the near future.  that i can promise!

DON'T SETTLE FOR LESS!
YOU CAN PARTY LIKE IT'S 1966 ANYTIME YOU WANT!!!!!!!

preview KINGS OF AWESOME below!!!
  and grab a copy from RANDY RECORDS here !!!!!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

crime - murder by guitar

SUPERIOR VIADUCT is back with another KILLER FUCKING archival release, this time from san francisco's seminal punks, CRIME, entitled MURDER BY GUITAR!!!!!!!

comprised of their first three blistering singles, including HOT WIRE MY HEART (one of the best songs of all time) and nine unreleased tracks, MURDER BY GUITAR is finally the definitive comp we've needed for years and now we can have all the CRIME we can handle!!!!!!!

fans of early punk, raw RnR and proto punk, especially those into TESTORS, PENETRATORS, ELECTRIC EELS, ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS, DEAD BOYS, JOHNNY THUNDERS, RICHARD HELL and the like, NEED TO ADD CRIME TO YER COLLECTION ASAP!!!!!!!

THIS IS AS ESSENTIAL 
AND RECOMMENDED AS IT COMES!!!!!!!

click here to grab one from SUPERIOR VIADUCT
and listen to some of yer new favorite jams below -


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

the young - chrome cactus

music reviewing post y2k suffers from a regurgitation problem.  everyone decides whether they like album for superfluous reasons and then proceeds to praise or demolish said lp based solely upon the one sheet that comes with their review copy.  so an album sounds like this..."FILL IN THE BLANK"... "I love it.  It's the new thing!!!!" Or "I hate it because it sounds like "FILL IN THE BLANK!!!!! Yeah, it's a terrible mix of these said bands and not worth yer time."  

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PEOPLE ACTUALLY LISTENING TO AN ALBUM A FEW TIMES BEFORE THEY JUST DECIDED THE RECORD LABEL THAT PUT IT OUT WAS RIGHT (OR HORRIBLY WRONG) AND TELLING EVERYONE WHAT THEY NEED TO LISTEN TO??????


but does anyone really dig into those grooves and form their own opinion????  few and far between.  and that my friend is sad.  

well i still do and one album that caught me by surprise and off guard is the CHROME CACTUS by THE YOUNG, out next week on MATADOR.  by the looks of it, it would seem little too mainstream for my tastes now days, but UPON LISTENING to CHROME CACTUS, i've become HOOKED!!!!!

this austin texas quartet is resolutely stubborn about being a GUITAR ROCK BAND in a time when that's become passe in most people's eyes.   and their messy mix of POST PUNK UNDERGROUND ROCK AND PRE GRUNGE GUITAR ANTICS, COMPLETE WITH IN YER FACE RIFFS AND A HAZY SWIRL OF SHOEGAZING FEEDBACK is a trip back to a time when becoming a infatuated with a band was not about PRETENSION and HYPE.   THE YOUNG's third album is a refreshing mix of MEAT PUPPETS, SONIC YOUTH, RIDE, VOLCANO SUNS, HUSKER DU, SEBADOH, POLVO, MBV, SLINT, MUDHONEY, CHAVEZ and any number of mostly forgotten late eighties / early nineties RnR bands that flew below the radar.........

spin after spin, the heavy guitar racket on CHROME CACTUS becomes almost psychedelic, the slower burning shoegaze bent anthems become seared into yer skull and the volume knob on yer stereo will slowly inch towards 10......and at full blast and three or four times in, the subtly of the YOUNG's songwriting will become more than apparent.   THESE ARE SONGS THAT NEED TO BE UNRAVELLED BY REPEAT LISTENS.  

perhaps that's why some reviewers of CHROME CACTUS have stuck the one sheet.  or stated how much they hate this lp.  because like any good rock album, CHROME CACTUS is not all surface.  it has depth that requires an attention span to get to.  and not many people have that these days.

FOR THOSE WILLING TO TAKE THE PLUNGE, it's worth it.  just as rewarding as any new album by DEERHUNTER, THE MEN, PURLING HISS, METZ, NIGHT BEATS and THE BLACK ANGELS....

but you know, decide for yerself....

AND LISTEN TO TWO TRACKS OFF CHROME CACTUS BELOW AND GRAB YER COPY FROM MATADOR HERE!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

punk rock classics - adolescents

take a minute out of yer day to BLAST the uber classic 1981 self titled debut from LA's ADOLESCENTS!!!!!!  this is early hardcore punk at it's best!!!!!  and if you don't have a copy yet, you better change that STAT!!!!!!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

cheater slicks - destination lonely

THIS IS YER REMINDER THAT YOU NEED TO PURCHASE THE RECENTLY REISSUED ALBUM "DESTINATION LONELY" FROM THE ALWAYS KILLER CHEATER SLICKS !!!!!!!!


THIS ONE'S BEEN OUTTA PRINT FOR YEARS, SO THANK CHRIST DESPERATE RECORDS PRESSED SOME UP AGAIN. 

AS YOU KNOW THIS IS SOME FINE BLOWN OUT GARAGE PUNK.  PERHAPS THE BEST THERE EVER WAS!  OR AT LEAST SUPER FUCKING RECOMMENDED!!!!!!!!

spike in vain - disease is relative

ohio's SPIKE IN VAIN only ever released one lp, 1984's "DISEASE IS RELATIVE" (on TRANS DADA) but it's a fucking killer slab of noise bent / post punk damage hardcore punk...... an album that should've cemented their place in the KILLED BY DEATH hall of fame....but alas it's been mostly forgotten (aside from a few obscure comps that included the band)....

so educate yerself, and spin "DISEASE IS RELATIVE" via youtube below.....

and then hunt down a copy of the lp for yer collection.  
cuz it's absolutely ESSENTIAL!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

jack ruby - s/t lp

FEEDING TUBE RECORDS just released the holy grail of the art damaged nyc punk / no wave scene from the late 70s, the collected recordings of JACK RUBY !!!!!!!!!   issued as a single s/t lp, this album compiles all extant recordings from this mysterious band who pioneered no wave before it was called no wave, started tearing punk apart at the seams before the first ramones lp hit the shelves and played a large part in sparking the creativity of teenage jesus and the jerks, dna, sonic youth and a host of other noise bent, avant rock bands from the seedy parts of manhattan back in the day......

fans of proto punk weirdness, no wave noise, early punk and anything rule breaking RnR, need JACK RUBY now!!!!!   seriously thanks to byron coley and feeding tube records for finally giving all these tracks a home on wax for constant playback at HIGH VOLUME!!!!!!

jack ruby might just seem like a footnote to punk history, but one listen to these tracks will prove how influential these tracks really are, even though the band only played a few shows and never released an album during their short existence.........

SO LISTEN BELOW AND GRAB A COPY FROM FEEDING TUBE HERE!!!!!!!