Wednesday, March 25, 2009

foot set.

club foot set 3/23/09.

carla bozulich- pissing
throbbing gristle- hot on the heels of love
the fall- lie dream of a casino soul
girls at our best- go for gold
toy love- rebel
able tasmans- what was that thing
gordons- adults & children
nervous eaters- just head
huns- glad he's dead
obits- put it in writing
intelligence- reading and writing about partying
gunslingers- gigolo albinos
wavves- surf goth
blank dogs- the tied
dum dum girls- catholicked
afrika bambaata & the soulsonic force- go go pop
felix (arthur russell)- tiger stripes
wicked witch- electric war
bitter tears- bachelors say
mass shivers- downwind of amour
AFCGT- new punk
blatz- lullabye
embrace- money
necros- andy's shit for brunch
weakends- heatwave
scientists- swampland
jesus lizard- rope
mastodon- oblivion
rabid rabbit- C section
vee dee- phaedra illusion
monkees- porpoise song
rolling stones- live with me
bachs- i'm a little boy
JT IV- the monitors
lover- my michelle
o voids- light
personal & the pizzas- i can read
strange boys- woe is you & me
mark sultan- hold on
ooga boogas- oogie boogie
blank its- windows are dirty
whatever brains- mount whatever
x_x- you're full of shit
demon's claws- weird ways
nice face- exterminator
tyvek- pamphlet
black time- corpse life
woven bones- sitting sick
spits- shitty world
zero boys- livin' in the 80s
ultravox- rockwrok
mechanical servants- around the world (with johnny jostins)
royal family & the poor- voices
gina x performance- opposite numbers
tamion 12"- do the devil dance
icicle works- as the dragonfly flies
japan- tim drum
coil- tainted love

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

the law that i'm breaking always.


huh huh huh new Z Gun rag (if you don't read this you really should because it is both keeping shit old skool and rad as hell)...huge article on Riot Grrrl (wtf?!) written by a dude (!) and is awesome because it's covering THE MUSIC and not THE MESSAGE (for the most part)...this is something that needs to be done, culturally, because the RG movement had some of the most fucked up weird awesome inventive punk rox coming from it. shan't be ignored! the article even makes mention of Blood Sausage, who no one remembers but were, like, pretty much one of the best bands to come out of RG UK. mmm, in addition to Riot Grrrl coverage there is a very insightful Dan Melchior interview, an interview w/the man of Die Stasi Records which is one of my favorite comtemporary labels, some Billy Bao, some other great stuff, a billion reviews, etc. just get it.

sidenote: i've been listening to this crazy-ass thing like a maniac lately. essential listening if yr into broke-ass and druggy "machine funk." Chaos: 1978-1986 is the first ever reissue (collects two 7"s and a 12"), and i'm pretty sure that the LP is already out of print (boo). basically, out of the rubble of late 1970-80s Washington DC rose Wicked Witch, aka Richard Simms, who made all these creepily awesome lo-fi/lo-budget experimental funk recordings (almost all instrumental), heavy-bass grooves with weird synths and heavy on experimentation. there is influence-a-plenty (Sun Ra, P/Funkadelic, James Brown, etc.) but this disc is as real as it gets. i would put up a song for you but someone would have to get me into all that vinyl-to-mp3 bullshit.

ps oh snap! live Blood Sausage:

Sunday, March 08, 2009


btw, i'm not posting my last club foot set because it was basically a disaster. i'll just say that it was ridiculously 90s chicago-themed, ridiculously underdog/johann's/dyslexic-themed, ridiculously repetitive, etc. sorrrrrry.

ok: this is old news already but my 2nd favorite Monkee, Peter Tork, has a rare form of cancer and recently had surgery to remove a cancerous growth from his tongue. if you have any desire to follow up on his health and recovery, you can be as nerdy as me and be facebook friends with him (omg!!).

more old news:
i keep forgetting to mention the Death reissue (For The Whole World to See) on Drag City, which is like the best thing i have ever heard in my life, no joke.
i cannot understand how this band didn't achieve Stooges-level infamy, because this record is so ridiculously perfect: three musically-minded brothers in detroit raised on r&b/soul, exposed to the MC5/Stooges 'scene,' formed Death, and made some of the BEST midwest protopunk/r'n'r that i have ever laid ears on. god damn. they released one single ("Politicians in My Eyes") and were going to release a full-length (on Columbia) but refused to bow to record label pressure to change their band name, and the LP was shelved. only seven songs here, but they range in style from power pop to weird psychedelic/garage rock to damaged punk soundz. heavy political themes. etc. i can't NOT make the Bad Brains comparison, because it's clearly evident that HR&co. were influenced by Death, also see: Dead Boys, Zero Boys, Fishbone, Hendrix, and the like...
peep the track "Freakin' Out" here, the 'punkest' track on the record, and keep in mind that is was only 1975 when this was recorded.
major props to Drag City and their recent reissue efforts (that JT IV record from last year too, holy shit).
you can buy this album on CD format currently, and freshly-already-repressed vinyl should be available at your local independent record store within the next couple days.

in other reissue news, we just got the Black Randy & the Metrosquad Pass the Dust, I Think I'm Bowie LP (on Vinyl Countdown) in. i never thought i would have this piece on vinyl; 2 LPs no less, with demos/singles/liner notes/live's a fantastic package AND limited to 1000, ok? get 'em quick. Black Randy, flagship of Dangerhouse and funkpunk originator. LOVE IT.
here is their film debut in Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains:

Friday, March 06, 2009

it's calculated.

thanks to Tal for posting Laura Barton's 'legacy of riot grrrl' piece. it's (obviously) the briefest of overviews without any info that you probably don't know already, but a nice came-out-of-nowhere article nonetheless (peep the comments too!).

strange, as i just did a writeup at Oh Wowee! on the Raincoats first album, which i would not have discovered (at the age i did) if it weren't for the RG scene. umm you should check out Oh Wowee! regularly, btw, for free out of print goods and fantastic writings.

another great mystery of things in threes: an email a few weeks ago from a former prof asking for some information from my undergraduate thesis (appropriately titled: "Suck My Left One").