31 December 2013

MEDUSA CYCLONE self titled 1995

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Has Medusa Cyclone invented a new genre of music: new age alternative? This one-man band (its main member is Keir McDonald, who gets help from others from time to time) uses textured sounds that can induce a hypnotic state ("Black Dawn"), or create a creepy yet calming effect ("Burner"). The opening "Gravity Rock" is space rock at its finest and most out-there, while "X-Plodo Sun Hat" shows that McDonald has a knack for writing effective ambient pieces as well. "Dream House" contains lead vocals that sound like they were recorded on the moon, while the last two lengthy pieces, "Assigned Frequency" and "Helium Head," use tape loops and stretch to the 14- and 29-minute marks, respectively. Such popular artists as Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead are popularizing the futuristic space rock sound, but Medusa Cyclone's uncompromising and sometimes uncommercial take on it will win them many fans of underground alternative music.
 

17 December 2013

A MINOR FOREST Flemish Altruism (Constituent Parts 1993-1996) 1996

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Flemish Altruism (Constituent Parts 1993-1996)
Math-rock trio A Minor Forest formed in San Francisco in 1992, and comprised guitarist/vocalist Erik Hoversten, bassist John Trevor Benson and drummer Andee Connors. Forging a noisy, melancholy sound closer in spirit to midwestern post-rock than the dominant punk aesthetic of the Bay Area, the band struggled to build a local following, and when an offer to record an LP finally arrived, it came courtesy of Chicago-based Thrill Jockey. Recorded by Steve Albini, A Minor Forest's debut LP Flemish Altruism (Constituent Parts 1993-1996) earned strong critical notice, and after a series of singles and compilation tracks, the group issued Inindependence two years later. A November 1, 1998 hometown show at the Great American Music Hall was A Minor Forest's last, with the posthumous rarities collection ...So They Were in Some Sort of Fight? appearing on My Pal God a year later. Hoversten continued on with his side project the Threnody Ensemble, while Benson and Connors reunited in Ticwar. 

BLACK MARKET FLOWERS Thicket 1995

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Tracklist

1
Intro 0:22
2
Amber 3:51
3
Rainvisor 3:30
4
Plum 3:19
5
Aunt Farmer 5:10
6
One Bolt 4:05
7
Thicket 3:28
8
New Number One 7:57
9
Untitled 4:54
 
 
 

15 December 2013

LOWERCASE

All Destructive Urges...Seem So Perfect
1996
Kill the Lights
1997
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The nucleus of this avant-garde group, guitarist Imaad and drummer Brian, met in the early-'90s desert California and shared interests in lo-fi, slow, melodic music. They soon moved to San Francisco and began working with a cycle of bass players and record labels. The band debuted with All Destructive Urges Seems So Perfect in 1996, followed by Kill the Lights with Amphetamine Reptile of Minneapolis. Lowercase experimented further with its slowcore, minimalist sound on Going-Away Present on Punk in My Vitamins, a dark album even includes a 12-minute track.

THE AMPS Pacer 1995







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Last Splash
After the overwhelming success of "Cannonball" and Last Splash took the Breeders by surprise -- and led to their quick burnout -- singer/songwriter/guitarist Kim Deal formed the Amps in 1994 as a way to release new material while the Breeders took a break. With her other group's drummer Jim MacPherson, Deal assembled a new band from members of other bands around her hometown of Dayton, OH, including Nathan Farley and Luis Lerma of the Tasties. Originally called Tammy & the Amps, the band sounded like a rougher, rawer version of the Breeder's skewed pop. The Tipp City EP heralded Pacer, their first and only album, which was released in late 1995. That year, the Amps toured with friends and like-minded acts such as Helium and Sonic Youth. The following year, Deal folded the Amps lineup into a new version of the Breeders -- which also included Pod-era member Carrie Bradley -- for a handful of California dates with Primus. As the Breeders' notoriously unstable lineup changed, all of the former Amps left the group within two years.

14 December 2013

COMPOUND RED Always a Pleasure 1998







  Tracklist

1
Versus The Ocean
2
Return
3
Goodbye To Paris
4
Volcano Kisses
5
Sway
6
Color Of Contrast
7
Cancel The Sound
8
Sky
9
Speed To Slow
10
The Learning Curve
11
Art Of Building

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Based out of the Mid-Western semi-metropolis of Milwaukee, Wisconsin -where cheese, beer and the Promise Ring being the three most popular exports- is where Compound Red got their start. Consisting of Andy Reis (bass), Mike Allen (guitar), Dave Henderleiter (drums) and John Lyman (vocals), the Red reinforced the sound of melodic guitars, complexed rhythms and screamy vocals -first brought on by the likes of Drive Like Jehu, Fugazi and Cap ‘n Jazz. Displayed on their 1995 full-length Mr. Microcosm, and the split EP with Sandbox that same year, the band eventually broke up with Lyman's move to Minneapolis while the remainder continued on writing new material. Upon the recruitment of second guitarist Jim Minor, Lyman found himself back in Milwaukee which all resulted in the resurrection of Compound Red in 1996. With the single "Now I'm an Anchor"b/w "Angel Danced Away"and the split with Chicago's Sidekick Kato both released that same year, DeSoto Records hooked them up the following year and put out the single "Peter Pan's Shadow" b/w "20 Miles Up There Is No Air." After a US tour with the Promise Ring and Lyman's replacement Greg Steffke, the band eventually called it quits in early 1999.

P self titled 1995


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While Johnny Depp has developed a massive international fan following as an actor (especially since the release of the blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl), he's also been a musician and a passionate music fan most of his life, and one of his best-known musical projects was the band P. Depp began playing guitar when he was 12, after his mother gave him a second-hand acoustic instrument as a present; he taught himself to play using a Mel Bay chord book, and by his late teens he was gigging with a number of band in his native Florida and dropped out of high school to devote his time to his music. Depp's most successful group during his days in the Sunshine State was the Kids, a hard-edged new wave band who developed a significant local following an opened for a number of national touring acts, most notably Iggy Pop, who would work with Depp again years later, both as an actor and as composer of the score for Depp's directorial debut, The Brave. After recording a four-song demo, the Kids changed their name to Six Gun Method and moved to California in hopes of landing a record deal. Their big break didn't come and Depp quit the group, though bassist Bruce Witkin went on to play with Adam Ant and currently fronts the group Supremium, while Depp met Lori Anne Allison, a makeup artist who would become his first wife, through Six Gun Method's drummer. Depp then joined the hard rock band Rock City Angels, though in 1984, on the advice of Nicholas Cage, a friend of Allison's, he landed a role in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street and left the band to pursue acting full-time, though a song he co-wrote for the group, "Mary," appeared on their debut album, released by Geffen in 1989. In 1993, while Depp was in Texas shooting the film What's Eating Gilbert Grape, he and Sal Jenco, a close friend and fellow musician turned actor, struck up a friendship with two Lone Star rockers, guitarist and songwriter Bill Carter and Gibby Haynes, infamous lead vocalist with psychedelic punk firebrands the Butthole Surfers. The four decided to form a band, and P was born, with Depp and Carter trading off on guitar and bass, Jenco playing drums, and Haynes handling the vocals. The band made their debut at the 1993 South by Southwest Music Festival and became the informal house band at the Viper Room, the Los Angeles rock club co-owned by Depp. In 1995, Capitol Records, then home to the Butthole Surfers, released P's self-titled debut album, which featured guest spots from Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, and pianist and L.A. scene fixture Chuck E. Weiss. A song from the P album, "Michael Stipe," gained some alternative rock airplay, and sales were respectable if modest considering the fame of the participants. The group proved to be short-lived, as Depp and Jenco returned to acting, Haynes continued touring and recording with the Butthole Surfers, and Carter released solo albums and collaborated with Howe Gelb of Giant Sand. However, Depp still plays guitar in his spare time, popping up on some Oasis sessions, guesting with his long-time paramour Vanessa Paradis, appearing on the first album by Shane MacGowan & the Popes, and playing a reunion show with the Kids in early 2007 at a memorial concert for Shelia Witkin, the group's manager and a longtime fixture on Miami's underground rock scene. Depp has also told interviewers he remains friendly with his P bandmates and wouldn't rule out recording a second album with them. 

Tracklist 

1 I Save Cigarette Butts 3:43
2 Zing Splash 3:16
3 Michael Stipe 4:25
4 Oklahoma 3:38
5 Dancing Queen 3:47
6 John Glenn (Mega Mix) 9:00
7 Mr. Officer 3:43
8 White Man Sings The Blues 6:40
9 Die Anne 4:43
10 Scraping From Ring 7:51
11 The Deal 6:05

13 December 2013

CMJ New Music Monthly Volume 28 1995



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Tracklist 

1 Velvet Underground, The Ocean 5:43
2 David Bowie The Hearts Filthy Lesson 4:57
3 Thurl Ravenscroft You're A Mean One, Mr Grinch 2:56
4 Ramones Spider-Man 2:05
5 Loud Lucy Down Baby 2:30
6 Amps, The Tipp City 2:10
7 Menswe@r* Daydreamer 2:17
8 P Michael Stipe 4:24
9 Lotions, The Marijuana Vietnam 4:48
10 Stabbing Westward What Do I Have To Do? 3:36
11 Sister Machine Gun Hole In The Ground 5:28
12 For Squirrels 8:02 P.M. 3:28
13 Capsize 7 The Safe 2:57
14 7 Seconds See You Tomorrow 3:23
15 Superchunk Hyper Enough 3:30
16 Goops, The Build Me Up, Buttercup 2:38
17 Spookey Ruben Wendy McDonald 4:00
18 Chris Knox Half Man/Half Mole 2:35
19 Tracy Chapman Give Me One Reason 4:28
20 Radiohead Just 3:52
21 Jonathan Fire Eater* When Prince Was A Kid 3:19
 


12 December 2013

FIN

Narcissus 
1993
Skin EP
1994
Jetstream 
1995
British indie rock