23 April 2017

THE WEAKERTHANS Fallow 1997

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Fallow
Formed after Propagandhi member John K. Samson got the itch to perform and record again after taking a sabbatical to write and start a publishing company, the Winnipeg-based Weakerthans took Samson's music in a completely different direction. Propagandhi had been known for powerful, speedy punk and overtly political lyrics, but the Weakerthans went down a more melodic and introspective path. Consisting of Red Fisher drummer Jason Tait and bassist John Sutton, the Weakerthans took their name from a line from the film adaptation of Marguerite Duras' The Lover: "Go ahead, I'm weaker than you can possibly imagine." The band prided itself on its high standards, both as political beings (shying away from large label or distribution contracts because of their connection to exploitation) and in their personal lives (promoting vegetarianism) and received critical praise for their debut album, Fallow, which was issued in 1998 on a co-operative label, G7& Welcoming Records. With the added presence of guitarist Steve Carroll, the group's second full-length, Left and Leaving, was issued in early 2000 and the Watermark EP followed a year later. By 2003, the band found a deal with Epitaph and issued Reconstruction Site, their breakthrough album. Soon after, however, Sutton left the Weakerthans, only to be replaced with bassist/keyboardist Greg Smith, and in 2007 the band released the fourth album in their ten-year tenure, Reunion Tour.

Tracklist  

1 Illustrated Bible Stories For Children 1:43
2 Diagnosis 2:41
3 Confessions Of A Futon-Revolutionist 2:15
4 None Of The Above 4:18
5 Letter Of Resignation 3:23
6 Leash 3:07
7 Wellington's Wednesdays 3:01
8 The Last Last One 3:10
9 Greatest Hits Collection 3:03
10 Sounds Familiar 2:29
11 Anchorless 3:51
12 Fallow 5:27

CEMENT

self titled 
1993

The Man with the Action Hair
1994

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Formed in the early '90s after bandleader and lead vocalist Chuck Mosley had spent time fronting Faith No More, Bad Brains, and Haircuts That Kill, Cement managed two releases on the Dutch East India imprint. While pretty much ignored critically and commercially, Cement did create some rambunctious, funky garage rock inspired by irreverent artists as varied as Mosley's prior employers Ween and Frank Zappa. While not quite as musically accomplished as their influences, Cement (Mosley, guitarist Sean Maytum, bassist Senon Williams, and drummer Doug Duffy) still made a distinct noise that wasn't without its moments. Released in 1993, the band's self-titled debut is a quasi-metal free-for-all that signaled the group's musical abandon and fascination with the power and sensibility of rock music in its rawest form. The 1994 follow-up The Man With the Action Hair has plenty of garage experimentalism of its own and a little extra. This second disc has a slightly more focused (if occasionally repetitive) texture that Faith No More fans might more readily identify with. In general, Mosley and company do a fine job on both efforts, releasing the spirit of slam-bang groove rock without ever taking their work or themselves very seriously. Finding one of these discs at your local mega-electronics outlet will be difficult and hardly worth the work for many listeners. However, connoisseurs of West Coast pseudo-art rock who scour the Net and local used bins will feel rewarded upon the discovery of either Cement disc. There are probably a few now-old-skool indie rock fans interested in finding out exactly how a Mosley-led outfit sounds when the quirky singer is in full creative control of an ambitious, yet grounded, rock outfit. For them, Cement should be a very nice surprise.

self titled

Tracklist

1 Living Sound Delay
2 Shout
3 I Feel
4 Four
5 Prison Love
6 Six
7 Blue
8 Too Beat
9 Take It Easy
10 Old Days
11 Reputation Shot
12 Chip Away
13 K.C.M.T.

 The Man with the Action Hair

Tracklist

1 The Man With The Action Hair
2 Killing An Angel
3 Pile Driver
4 Crying
5 Dancing From The Depths Of The Fire
6 Life On The Sun
7 Sleep
8 Train
9 King Arthur
10 Hotel Diablo
11 Bonnie Brea
12 Magic Number
13 Power And The Magic

EERIE VON The Blood and the Body 1999

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Uneasy Listening
The onetime bassist in the pioneering metal bands Samhain and Danzig, Eerie Von made his solo debut in 1996 with Uneasy Listening. Blood and the Body followed three years later.

Tracklist  

1 An Investment In Hate 4:19
2 Madonnica Diabolita 5:30
3 The Sum Of Love 4:44
4 The Inferno Room 6:12
5 The Wheel 10:12
6 The First Hymn 4:42
7 The Blood And The Body 4:48
8 Good 4:27
9 A Lover's Knot 4:23
10 What's The Count Jack? 4:41
11 Dungenous 1:04
12 Sell My Soul (Maybe I Will) 4:20

20 April 2017

FLOWCHART Multi-Personality Tabletop Vacation 1995

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Multi-Personality Tabletop Vacation
When Flowchart debuted with 1995's Multi-Personality Tabletop Vacation (Carrot Top), the Philadelphia group was equally derided/lauded for its striking similarities to space pop veterans Stereolab and Neu!. Many accused the band of blatant thievery, but there was also a grudging admiration for its detailed and entertaining facsimile. Luckily, Flowchart mastermind Sean O'Neal muted and expanded on his influences after Tabletop, a move which largely evened out the polarized reaction to his work. 1996's Tenjiru EP was a lengthy exploration of clicks and buzzes, while a few other releases (including the memorable Burnt Hair release Hallow Sky) explored four-track drones. For 1997's Cumulus Mood Twang, main O'Neal collaborator Brodie Budd was sacked in favor of Erin Anderson, and the stylistic palette was widened to include references to indie rock and literate dance acts like New Order. After a detour into the electronic oddity Flowtron, Flowchart returned with 1999's Commercial (which featured a co-conspirator in HollAnd), moved into experimental techno for 2000's Gee Bee EP, and ended up sounding like a pretty legitimate dance/house project on May 2003's Broken and Blue. That summer, Fuzzy Box released two volumes compiling Flowchart's pre-2000 singles and compilation tracks, as well as Evergreen Noise Is Flexible/Spirit of Kenny G, which combined the two mid-'90s EPs onto one CD.

Tracklist

1 Hero Wine
2 Metro Survey
3 Laser Printer Workshop
4 Fossil Experiment Delayed
5 Neronization Of Igloos
6 New Radiolab-rip-off
7 Shun To Wonder
8 The Digit Do-bop
9 Do Oscillators Have Wings

THE MEKONS I ♥ Mekons 1993



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More than any band that came out of late-'70s England, the Mekons (the name taken from the popular sci-fi comic Dan Dare) have perhaps the most devoted fans of any band even remotely connected to punk rock. And why not? Over the course of several decades, this band, with an ever-shifting lineup (only Jon Langford and Tom Greenhalgh remain from the original), produced some of the best rock & roll on the planet, be it amateurish rock-noise, cool synth-driven pop, guitar rave-ups, or postmodern country & western, the Mekons have done it all and done it with style, grace, and a ribald sense of humor.
Emerging from the same Leeds University "scene" that begot Gang of Four, the Mekons weren't as overtly political as their Marxist-inspired brethren, but their punk rock pedigree and unsubtle anti-Thatcher and -Reaganisms did set them apart from the post-punk world's innumerable careerists and posers. Their early recordings were exceedingly lo-fi affairs that valued emotion and energy over anything that remotely resembled musical proficiency. Songs like "Never Been in a Riot" and "32 Weeks" sound as if the band entered the studio, arbitrarily decided who was going to play what, and started the tapes rolling. It was fun, challenging, and anarchic -- principles to which the band has clung, musical genre notwithstanding, ever since their inception.

The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strnen
From the time of their debut album, The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strnen, the Mekons had turned into a slightly more accomplished post-punk band that, like their pals in Gang of Four, wielded trebly guitars and shouted vocals over semi-funky rhythms tracks. The songs lacked focus, but this was a bizarre record that, for all of its oddly ingratiating music, offered little insight as to whom was making it. This remained true for a couple of years or so as the band (basically Langford, Greenhalgh, Kevin Lycett, and whomever else they could rope into a session) made one exciting, enigmatic, and extremely difficult-to-find record after another.
Fear and Whiskey
In 1985, after it seemed the earth had swallowed them whole, the Mekons released the startling Fear and Whiskey, a ragged country album influenced by the ghosts of Hank Williams and Gram Parsons that was unlike anything they'd ever recorded. Thus began the second coming of the Mekons, who finally began to reach an underground/alternative rock audience that had missed them the first time around. Soon they began touring more frequently, putting on clamorous, exciting shows. Talented new members jumped on board, like violinist Suzie Honeyman and singer Sally Timms, and even former Pretty Thing Dick Taylor was a Mekon for a while; records started coming out with more frequency and, despite considerable trouble from major labels that sent them back to the indies, could be found in nearly any record store. From Fear and Whiskey through subsequent records including The Mekons Rock 'n' Roll, Curse of the Mekons, Retreat from Memphis, and Natural, they continually reinvented themselves: sodden country band, wise-ass folk-rock band, cranked-up guitar band, trouble-making punk band. Whatever the scenario, what has remained consistent throughout the Mekons' existence has been great music. After an extended recording break of four years, and Touch & Go's Quarterstick imprint reissuing key titles in their catalog, the Mekons returned to recording withe same lineup they've employed since the mid-'80s with the concept album Ancient & Modern: 1911-2011 on Bloodshot. The set tracks history -- via the Mekons' deadly sense of humor and politically astute, ironic rock & roll -- from the Edwardian era just before the First World War, to the humanitarian crisis in Sarajevo, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to surveillance cameras being used in virtually every metropolitain community in Great Britain. 


Tracklist  

1 Millionaire 4:36
2 Wicked Midnite 3:51
3 I Don't Know 4:20
4 Dear Sausage 3:47
5 All I Want 3:48
6 Special 2:30
7 St. Valentine's Day 4:58
8 I ♥ Apple 3:26
9 Love Letter 4:18
10 Honeymoon In Hell 5:33
11 Too Personal 5:54
12 Point Of No Return 3:00

GORKY'S ZYGOTIC MYNCI Barafundle 1997

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Sounding like a bizarrely sweet and whimsical cross between progressive rock, psychedelia, and pure pop, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci were one of the most original and distinctive bands to emerge from the vital post-Brit-pop Welsh scene of the mid-'90s. Gorky's music followed unconventional time signatures and structures, as well as instrumentation (boasting everything from droning moog synthesizers to slurring trombones and steel guitars) and melodic patterns. Furthermore, the band's lyrics were rarely about conventional pop/rock subjects, and they frequently sang in Welsh, which made their already odd music sound even more alien to most listeners. Nevertheless, Gorky's developed a strong cult following in Britian, as well as America, ranking behind Super Furry Animals as the most popular band to emerge from the mid-'90s Welsh scene.

Tracklist

1 Diamond Dew 2:50
2 The Barafundle Bumbler 1:50
3 Starmoonsun 3:03
4 Patio Song 2:42
5 Better Rooms... 3:46
6 Heywood Lane 2:52
7 Pen Gwag Glas 3:58
8 Bola Bola 1:45
9 Cursed, Coined And Crucified 2:26
10 Sometimes The Father Is The Son 3:16
11 Meirion Wyllt 2:48
12 The Wizard And The Lizard 1:27
13 Miniature Kingdoms 4:18
14 Dark Night 4:47
15 Hwyl Fawr I Pawb 1:47
16 Wordless Song 3:20

MULE

1992


 1994
Thanks for jogging my memory about the band Mule, BenB. I forgot all about them.

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Wrung
Mule's brand of sloppy, whiskey-drenched backwoods punk has a similar feel to the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, though vocalist and guitarist P.W. Long's affinity for the Southern hillbillies of traditional country (as well as the shouty forms of Captain Beefheart) gives him a different slant than Spencer's blues- and R&B-influenced shouting. Originally, Long was named Preston Cleveland, and after playing in Detroit's Wig until 1991 (appearing only on the EP Lying Next to You), he formed Mule with bassist Kevin Munro (aka Kevin Strickland) and drummer Jim Kimball, both from Ann Arbor's Laughing Hyenas (whose frontman, John Brannon, is Long/Cleveland's brother). The trio's self-titled debut, released in 1992 by Chicago's Quarterstick Records, was a raucous record full of Long's throaty shouting and bluesy hooks, produced by Steve Albini. After Kimball left to join the Dennison-Kimball Trio, Daniel Jacob Wilson stepped in on drums, and the new trio recorded the Wrung EP and, later in 1994, If I Don't Six. The second LP lacked just a bit of the energy of Mule's debut, but made up for the deficiency with an increased sense of musicianship and several great songs. It was the last album for the trio, though, as Long disassembled Mule to begin playing solo shows in 1996 before forming another band. Always known for picking instrumentalists with more than enough energy to suit his powerful recordings, Long recruited drummer Mac McNeilly (from the Jesus Lizard) and bassist Dan Maister to form P.W. Long's Reelfoot. The group released We Didn't See You on Sunday in mid-1997. 

Self Titled

Tracklist


1 Mississippi Breaks 3:25
2 What Every White Nigger Knows 4:17
3 I'm Hell 3:21
4 Drown 3:25
5 Now I Truly Understand 3:17
6 Mama's Reason To Cry 3:37
7 Lucky 5:16
8 Sugarcane Zuzu 5:21

If I Don't Six

 Tracklist
1 Hayride 3:39
2 X & 29 5:30
3 The Beauteous 5:12
4 Nowhere's Back 6:12
5 Obion 5:09
6 A Hundred Years 5:29
7 Spearfish 6:05
8 Piano 2:06
9 Pent 3:20

STUNTMAN self titled 1996

pop punk in the vein of Knapsack


Tracklist

1 Bleed 4:01
2 8 Women & 2 To 3 Men 3:19
3 Nighttime Theater 2:22
4 Slaves 3:23
5 Nose Dive 2:31
6 The Feminist 2:49
7 Take It Wrong 2:06
8 Wax Pattern 4:34
9 Before Going Under 1:59
10 The Devil 3:48
11 Good Enough 2:22

OUTRAGEOUS CHERRY Stereo Action Rent Party 1996

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Tracklist

1 Sign Of The Times
2 Days
3 Qui Peut Dire?
4 Song From The Bottom Of A Well
5 Wonderful
6 Boy Child
7 I'm Not In Love
8 Chinese White
9 Miss X
10 Ring Around The Moon
11 Reel Around The Fountain
12 Some Of Them Are Old
13 A Bunch Of Lonesome Heroes
14 Make The World Go Away