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Friday, November 30, 2007

New Blog for the Digital Meltd0wn Blogroll

I've decided to create a separate blog devoted entirely to the blogroll. The list has become much bigger than I had originally anticipated. There are well over 200 music blogs listed now, and I'm listing more each day. Please update your bookmarks, or check out the list if you haven't already. I'm sure there's a little something for everyone on it. The url to the new blogroll is:


Various Artists - Hell Comes To Your House

This was originally posted on Nitegaunt Media, an upcoming Death Rock blog. Do yourself a favor and check it out if you haven't already.

One of the greatest compilations ever! This album introduced me to some cool shit way back when. I remember when my friend Scott got it on vinyl when we were in high school. We used to sit in his tiny room getting high, playing chess, and listen to this. This is a gem for those who are collectors and completists as well as a great start for anyone who isn't that familiar with the genre. Everything from some early Social Distortion to Christian Death, Super Heroines, and even Redd Kross covering New York Dolls. Highly recommended. I think this is out of print again. It was almost impossible to find for years (at least on the east coast). I picked up this copy at a great little record store that may still be in Asheville, North Carolina, called Green Eggs And Jams. So if you're ever in their neighborhood check 'em out.

-Psyche Zenobia

(Year of Release: 1981)

Track List:
1. Lude Boy - Social Distortion
2. Telling Them - Social Distortion
3. Daddy's Gone Mad - Legal Weapon
4. Puss 'N' Boots - Red Cross
5. Out Of My Head - Modern Warfare
6. Street Fightin' Man - Modern Warfare
7. Deception - Secret Hate
8. New Routine/Suicide - Secret Hate
9. Suburban Bitch - Conservatives
10. Just Cuz/Nervous - Conservatives
11. Evil - Grave
12. Concerned Citizen - Grave
13. 45 Grave - Grave
14. Dogs - Christian Death
15. Reject Yourself - 100 Flowers
16. Marry It - Rhino 39
17. Death On The Elevator - Super Heroines
18. Embalmed Love - Super Heroines

Download: VA - Hell Comes To Your House (54.1MB)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

100 Masterpieces - The Top 100 of Classical Music - Volumes 1-10

I thought it was about time that I offered up some classical music for a change here. This 10 disc set features 100 of the greatest classical songs in Western Classical Music. With selections from numerous composers, it is an easy way to familiarize oneself with some of the most popular classical works and excerpts. A pleasant listen for the initiated too. These were originally released as two compilations consisting of 5 volumes each, with the first covering the period of time between 1685-1841, and the second volume covering 1842-1928. Since my time is limited, I will post each of the 10 volumes individually.

Volume 1: 1865-1730
1. Bach - Toccata in D minor
2. Pachelbel - Canon in D
3. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, 1st movement
4. Handel - Water Music, Suite No. 2 in D
5. Purcell - Trumpet Tune and Air
6. Bach - Air (from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D)
7. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Spring
8. Albinoni - Adagio
9. Vivaldi - Mandoline Concerto in C, RV 425
10. Bach - Minuet and Badinerie (from Orchestral Suite No. 2)

Download: 100 Masterpeices - Volume 1 (82MB)

Volume 2: 1731-1775
1. Handel - "Hallelujah" from Messiah
2. Gluck - Dance of the Blessed Spirits, from "Orpheus and Eurydice"
3. Bach - Sinfonia in G, from "Christmas Oratorio"
4. Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 3 in G, 1st movement
5. Handel - Largo, from "Xerxes"
6. Vivaldi - Flute Concerto in G minor "La Notte", VI. Allegro
7. Handel - Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, from "Solomon"
8. Bach - Oboe Concerto in D minor, 2nd movement
9. Handel - Concerto grosso in A minor op. 6 No. 4
10. Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, 2nd movement

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 2 (79.5MB)

Volume 3: 1776-1787
1. Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 1st movement
2. Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21 in C, 2nd movement ("Elvira Madigan"
3. Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro - Overture
4. Mozart - Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, 2nd movement
5. Mozart - Rondo Alla Turca, from Piano Sonata in A
6. Mozart - Don Giovanni - Overture
7. Mozart - Horn Conerto No. 3 in E flat, 2nd movement
8. Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 23 in A, 1st movement
9. Mozart - The Marriage of Figaro - March
10. Mozart - Serenata Notturna

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 3 (83.3MB)

Volume 4: 1788-1810
1. Mozart - Symphony No. 40, 1st movement
2. Beethoven - "Moonlight" Sonata, 1st movement
3. Haydn - Symphony No. 94, "Surprise", 2nd movement
4. Mozart - The Magic Flute - Overture
5. Beethoven - Fur Elise
6. Haydn - Emperor's Hymn, from Sring Quartet in C
7. Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, 1st movement
8. Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A, 2nd movement
9. Beethoven - Minuet in G
10. Haydn - Trumpet Concerto in E flat, 3rd movement

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 4 (79.4MB)

Volume 5: 1811-1841
1. Rossini - The Barber of Seville - Overture
2. Schubert - Symphony No. 8 in B minor, "Unfinished"
3. Mendelssohn - Spring Song
4. Chopin - Polonaise in A, Op. 40 No. 3, "Military"
5. Schubert - Ballet Music in G, from "Rosamunde"
6. Weber - Der Freischutz - Overture
7. Schubert - Ave Maria
8. Mendelssohn - Symphony No. 4 in A, "Italian", 1st movement
9. Schumann - Traumerci
10. Schubert - German Dance No. 1

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 5 (85.2MB)

Volume 6: 1842-1853
1. Mendelssohn - Wedding March, from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
2. Liszt - Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat
3. Verdi - Nabucco - Overture
4. Schumann - The Merry Peasant
5. Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
6. Wagner - Lohengrin - Prelude to Act 3
7. Verdi - La Traviata - Prelude to Act 1
8. Wagner - Tannhauser - Arrival of the Guests at Wartburg
9. Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor, 2nd movement
10. Suppe - Poet and Peasant - Overture

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 6 (81.3MB)

Volume 7: 1854-1866
1. Offenbach - Orpheus in the Underworld - Overture
2. Rubinstein - Melody in F
3. Liszt - Les Preludes
4. Brahms - Waltz in A flat
5. Verdi - The Force of Destiny - Overture
6. Grieg - I Love You
7. Smetana - The Bartered Bride - Overture
8. Offenbach - Barcarolle, from "The Tales of Hoffmann"
9. Strauss II - Tritsch Tratsch Polka
10. Suppe - Light Cavalry - Overture

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 7 (63.6MB)

Volume 8: 1867-1876
1. Tchaikovsky - Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor, 1st movement (excerpt)
2. Brahms - Cradle Song
3. Smetana - The Moldau
4. Wagner - Ride of the Valkyries, from "The Valkyrie"
5. Grieg - Morning, from "Peer Gynt"
6. Bizet - Les Toreadors, from "Carmen"
7. Delibes - Notturno, from "Coppelia"
8. Tchaikovsky - Marche Slave, Op. 31
9. Bizet - L'Arlesienne - Intermezzo
10. Strauss II - The Blue Danube - Waltz

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 8 (83.9MB)

Volume 9: 1877-1893
1. Tchaikovsky - Polonaise, from "Eugene Onegin"
2. Dvorak - Symphony No. 9, from "The New World"
3. Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers, from "The Nutcracker"
4. Rimsky-Korsakov - Alborado, from "Capriccio Espagnol"
5. Grieg - The Last Spring
6. Dvorak - Slavonic Dance No. 2
7. Tchaikovsky - The Sleeping Beauty - Introduction
8. Wagner - Siegfried's Death and Funeral March, from "Twilight of the Gods"
9. Dvorak - Songs My Mother Taught Me
10. Strauss II - Emperor Waltz

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 9 (82.4MB)

Volume 10: 1894-1928
1. Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra - Fanfare
2. Mahler - Symphony No. 5 - Adagietto
3. Sibelius - Finlandia
4. Rimsky-Korsakov - Dance of the Bumble Bee
5. Massenet - Meditation, from "Thais"
6. Elgar - Pomp and Circumstance - March No. 1
7. Dvorak - Humoresque
8. Sibelius - Valse Triste
9. Strauss II - Vienna Blood - Waltz
10. Ravel - Bolero

Download: 100 Masterpieces - Volume 10 (89.79MB)

Various Artists - Southern Fried Funk

Soul Music from America's deep south is typically distinguished by its raw human spirit and its earthy down-home feel which so often mirrors the people who made it and the places where it was made. But, despite its apparent simplicity, the music is not very easily defined - and it even more difficult to emulate. The essence and atmosphere of the music was fiercely retained by many southern soul artists and producers - particularly the independent operators - at a time when music from other parts of the USA became more sophisticated and began to lose regional idenitity. The flavour is everything. This albums presents a selection of funky tracks from a rich period in the history of southern soul.

For New Orleans music collectors, or fans of funk, this CD has some hard (or impossible) to find obscurities by Warren Lee, Eldridge Holmes, David Batiste and the Gladiators (the great and un-issued “Funky Hips”), and Diamond Joe, plus several Eddie Bo projects, and a funky Wardell Quezergue production on Jewell Bass.
(Year of Release: 2006)

Track List:
1. Get Out Of My Life Woman - Allen Toussaint
2. Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On) - Lee Dorsey
3. Underdog Backstreet - Warren Lee
4. Pop, Popcorn Children - Eldridge Homes
5. It's A Hang Up Baby - Z.Z. Hill
6. Lonely Weekend - Tony Borders
7. The Book - Eldridge Holmes
8. The ABC Song - Diamond Joe
9. Real Soul - Ted Ford
10. High On The Hog - Tony Borders
11. Funky Soul (Parts 1&2) - David Batiste & The Gladiators
12. Can I Be Your Squeeze? - Chuck Carbo & The Soul Finders
13. I Think I'd Do It - Z.Z. Hill
14. Make It Real (Ride On) - Betty Adams
15. Funky Hips (Parts 1&2) - David Batiste & The Gladiators
16. Garden Of Four Trees - The Explosions
17. I'm A Carpenter (Part 1) - David Robinson
18. I'm A Carpenter (Part 2) - David Robinson
19. Can You Handle It - Eddie Bradford
20. I Tried It And Liked It - Jewel Bass
21. Milk - The Basic
22. You Made Your Bed - Eddie Bradford

Download: Various Artists - Southern Fried Funk (62.6MB)

The Music Machine - (Turn On) The Music Machine

The group came together as The Ragamuffins in 1965, but became The Music Machine in 1966. The single "Talk Talk" was recorded at RCA studios on July 30, 1966.
Their debut album, (Turn On) The Music Machine, was released in 1966 on the Original Sound label. Seven of the twelve tracks were originals, written by Bonniwell. One of these, "Talk Talk," became a Top 20 hit in the U.S. The follow-up single, "The People In Me," peaked at #66. Bonniwell blamed the weak showing of this single on a supposed feud between the band's manager and a top record executive. Four cover songs were included on this release, due to record company pressure.

After a promotional tour of the U.S., the rest of the original line-up, which included Ron Edgar (drums), Mark Landon (guitar), Keith Olsen (bass) and Doug Rhodes (organ), left Bonniwell, due to internal conflicts. In 1967, Music Machine (essentially only Bonniwell at this point) were signed to Warner Bros. and re-named The Bonniwell Music Machine. The name was changed to give more prominence to the band's core member, songwriter and vocalist Sean Bonniwell. A self-titled LP was released that year, made up mostly of previously recorded singles with the original line-up. The recording spawned no big hits, despite the inclusion of a few more pop-oriented songs
(Year of Release: 1966)

Track List:
1. Talk Talk
2. Trouble
3. Cherry Cherry
4. Taxman
5. Some Other Drum
6. Masculine Intuition
7. The People In Me
8. See See Rider
9. Wrong
10. 96 Tears
11. Come On In
12. Hey Joe

Download: The Music Machine - (Turn On) The Music Machine (43.7MB)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

VA - Only For Real Losers!

This wonderful compilation was originally posted by RYP over at the TWILIGHTZONE! Be sure to stop by and check out his blog if you haven't already.

If you dig those marvelous Diggin' For Gold LPs, get this platter before it's out of print (which sadly is probably the case as you read this). The focus is the same: transworld beat/pop/punk from the '64-68 era.

The acid-rocker "Midsummer Night" by Five Travellers is one of the best things I've heard coming out of Czechoslovakia (OK, not much of a competition here, but believe me, it's a great tune). "Delincuente" by Los Hitters is actually my fave song ever recorded in Mexico; it just doesn't sound like anything else - Latin beat punk at its best. I could use the same words to describe "That's All I Know" by The Avalons, but being from Sweden, their beat is way more Latin than themselves. Guy Darrell's version of "Evil Woman" is just plain evil - wild freakbeat sound mixed with a swinging mod-jazz vibe. And those are just some of the best moments of Side One.
Side Two opens with more mod/punk action thanks to Motivation (produced by Aussie Legend Johnny Rebb). On the insanity scale, The Brazilian Bitles rise fairly high, destroying "Wild Thing". Even sicker are Shades Of Blue Inc from Malaysia, at least recorded there ("It's been a hard day's night, as John Lennon might say. Then how could he know? He can't see through his hair"). Ballad lovers will enjoy Tony Ronald's "It Has Been Too Long", and I don't want to forget The Gentlemen and Los Mustang. But again, that side is strong through the whole groove.

And if you still ask for more, the sleeve glows in the dark! You'll find the only sour point in the notes: why did they have to bullshit us about "Gotta Get A Move On" by The Liverpool Five being their rarest song, only issued on a Tha‹ EP - it's on their second LP for Christ sake. I thank those guys for making this stuff available again, but I just couldn't let them get away with this. - Laurent Bigot (Originally published in Ugly Things #18, 2000)
(Year of Release: 1999)

Track List:
1. Los Yorks - Abrazame (Peru)
2. The Brains - Graduale (Italy)
3. The Needles - Where Can She Be (Finland)
4. Five Travellers - Midsummer Night (Czechoslovakia)
5. Os Baobas - Bye Bye My Darling (Brazil)
6. The Streams - Share My Loneliness (Holland)
7. The Avalons - That's All I Know (Sweden)
8. Los Hitters - Delincuente (Mexico)
9. Guy Darrell - Evil Woman (U.K.)
10. Motivation - Boy Meets Girl (Australia)
11. The Wizards - I Need Your Love (Norway)
12. The Brazilian Bitles - Tema Baseado Na Coisa (Brazil)
13. The Wild Ones - Aozora No Arukagiri (Japan)
14. Liverpool Five - Gotta Get A Move On (U.K.)
15. Tony Ronald & His Kroners - It Has Been Too Long (Holland)
16. The Gentlemen - It Feels So Good (Switzerland)
17. Los Mustang - No Vendras (Spain)
18. Shades Of Blue Inc. - I'm Gonna Lose You (Malaya)

Download: Various Artists - Only For Real Losers! (66.3MB)

Buckethead - Secret Recipe DVD - 4 Unreleased Tracks

As requested.. here's 4 previously unreleased tracks from Buckethead. The following tracks were released exclusively with the Secret Recipe DVD. This upload does not contain all the tracks that were included on the DVD, only the 4 tracks that were previously unreleased. These tracks represent his early work and most of them were recorded in 1988. They have a more raw energetic sound to them than some of Buckethead's later efforts.

Track List
1. Brazos
2. Soowee
3. Count Scapula
4. John Merrick Lectures

Download: Buckethead - 4 Unreleased Tracks (23.5MB)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Dub Narcotic Sound System - Industrial Breakdown EP

The indie-funk collective Dub Narcotic Sound System was spearheaded by vocalist Calvin Johnson, the former frontman of the legendary Beat Happening as well as the founder of the famed K Records label. Named in honor of Johnson's own Olympia, WA-based basement studio Dub Narcotic, the project was begun in 1994 with a rapid-fire series of funk, rap, and reggae influenced singles including "Bite," "Fuck Shit Up," "Booty Run," and "Shake-a-Puddin'". From the outset Johnson was the group's sole constant member, although over the course of subsequent releases, including the EPs Industrial Breakdown, Ridin' Shotgun, and Ship to Shore, the revolving lineup grew to include Olympia scenesters like Lois Maffeo as well as Larry Butler, Todd Ranslow, and Brian Weber, all three members of the hip-hop unit Dead Presidents. The first Dub Narcotic Sound System full-length, Rhythm Record, Vol. One: Echoes From the Scene Control Room, appeared in 1995; later efforts included 1996's Boot Party and 1998's Out of Your Mind. Sideways Soul, a collaboration with Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, followed in 1999.

More organically funky than many Dub Narcotic releases, the five-track Industrial Breakdown EP is a good starting point for new listeners, nicely summarizing the group's M.O. -- the title track sports a great chicken-scratch guitar lead and a pulsating bassline, while "Typecast Sanction" (inspired by their earlier remix of Jon Spencer's "Soul Typecast") spotlights Calvin Johnson's increasing fascination with studio trickery.
(Year of Rlease: 1995)

Track List:
1. Industrial Breakdown
2. The Beat From 20,000 Fathoms
3. Typcast Sanction
4. Run Silent, Run Deep
5. (Industrial) Revolution Inclusion

Download: Dub Narcotic Soundsystem - Industrial Breakdown (28.2 MB)

Where The Pyramid Meets the Eye - A Tribute to Roky Erickson

Where The Pyramid Meets The Eye - A Tribute TO Roky Erickson

Thursday, November 22, 2007

VA - Meltdown on Mediaburn

Here's the last request I'm going to do for the week. I'll start posting requests once I've finished posting a few albums of my own choice. This album was nearly impossible to find and I was unable to find out any information about it. Nevertheless, it's a great compilation of raw garage rock songs that will give you plenty of listening pleasure. So here's Meltdown on Mediaburn as requested....

Track List:
1. The Purple Things - Wild Man
2. The Wigs - 7 & 7 Is
3. The X-Men - Little Girl
4. The Tall Boys - Last Night
5. The Atoms - Shot Down
6. The Sting-Rays - I Want My Woman
7. The Sting-Rays - My Flash On You (Live)
8. The Golden Horde - Dig That Crazy Grave
9. The Bad Karma Beckons - Can't Stop
10. The Cannibals - Screaming Abdabs
11. The Purple Things - Valley of the Purple
12. The Surfadelics - Bad Little Girl
13. Thee Milkshakes - I Want You
14. The Locomotives - Nuclear Winter Blues

Download: VA - Meltdown on Mediaburn (47.3MB)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Candy Snatchers - The Candy Snatchers

This was originally uploaded and posted at Born In The Basement. Up till this point I've only had the chance to listen to a single song by the Snatchers entitled Run You Down, so it's nice to finally be able to hear a full length effort by the group.

The year 1996,saw the Candy Snatchers first phenomenal full length album finally released. Originally recorded in ‘95 their were some problems with the DAT’s. They were sent back to the studio and stolen! This lead to many delays, and they ended up mastering the album off a cassette of the session. There were further delays in getting the album out due to their label, Safehouse Records. The album was reviewd in many magazines as best album of 1996 such as maximum Rock n Roll.
(Year of Release: 1996)

Track List:
01. She’s Gettin’ Loose
02. Yeah You
03. Will I…
04. Motion
05. Nightcrawler
06. Fed Up With You
07. This Town
08. Sympathy Trip
09. Haunted Road
10. Turnin’ Blue
11. Matty’s Room
12. Sauced Again
13. It’s To Late
14. Why I Drink
15. Whisperin’ Wind
16. Tomato Man

Download: The Candy Snatchers - The Candy Snatchers (43.3MB)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere (1967)

13th Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere (1967)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Cosmic Psychos - Cosmic Psychos

Here's the Cosmic Psychos self-titled LP as requsted by an anonymous user. The Cosmic Psychos are a rock band based in Melbourne and rural Victoria in Australia. An underground band that has only ever achieved limited recognition, they were cited as a significant influence on the Seattle grunge scene of 90s. In particular they have been referenced by members of Mudhoney and Pearl Jam and have supported both bands. Known for their droning, fuzzed-out bass and wah-wah guitar with repetitive lyrics, the Cosmic Psychos have a simple sound that works well in context and remained largely untouched since they formed in 1982 when they evolved from the short lived Bum Steers and first achieved notoriety for their demo ‘Custom Credit’ which received enormous airplay on Melbourne public radio station 3PBS.

It was later released on the Down On The Farm mini LP for Mr Spaceman Records which also released their debut LP. The band later moved to Survival Records releasing Go The Hack which was later licensed to Sub Pop Records. They eventually signed to Amphetamine Reptile Records for the American market for the release of their 1991 album, Blokes You Can Trust. That album was produced by then little-known producer, Butch Vig and it produced a song that became an enduring fan favourite, "Dead Roo". A song about perils of Australian highway hazards.

The band went on to release Self Totalled and Oh What A Lovely Pie. In 2006, after a lengthy quiet period, the Psychos issued Off Ya Cruet on Sydney’s Timberyard Records.
(Year of Release: 1987)

Track List:
1. Decadence
2. Going Down
3. Lead Me Astray
4. No Complication
5. Rain On You
6. Quarter To Three
7. Tell Me That You Love Me
8. Jellyfish
9. Rambo
10. Can't Come In
11. 74 Seconds
12. David Lee Roth

Download: Cosmic Psychos - Cosmic Psychos (61.6MB)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

VA - Back From The Grave Volume 1

Here's Back From the Grave Volume 1, as requested by Bl4cky

Track List
1. My Confusion - Elite
2. Do You Understand Me - Jujus
3. Yeah - Alarm Clocks
4. No Reason To Complain - Alarm Clocks
5. That's The Bag I'm In - Fabs
6. Cry - Malibus
7. I'll Come Again - Legends
8. Rats Revenge Part 1 - Rats
9. Rats Revenge Part 2 - Rats
10. We All Love Peanut Butter - One Way Streets
11. Night Of The Phantom - Larry & The Blue Notes
12. Jack The Ripper - One Way Streets
13. Psycho - Swamp Rats
14. Summertime Blues - Outsiders
15. They Prefer Blondes - Banshees
16. Surfside Date - Triumphs
17. Scream - Ralph Nielsen & The Chancellors
18. The Crusher - Novas
19. They Can't Hurt Me - Lyrics
20. Keep In Touch - Canadian Rogues
21. Cry, Cry, Cry - Unrelated Segments
22. Yes I Do - Hatfields
23. Be My Queen - Chentelles
24. Get Out Of My Life - Little Willie & The Adolescents
25. See If I Care - Ken & The 4th Dimension
26. I Loved Her So - Me & Them Guys
27. Ain't Comin' Back - Intruders Five
28. I Can't Win - Monacles
29. I'm Not There - Lil Boys Blue17

Download: Back From The Grave Volume 1 (121.7MB)

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Mummies - Shitsville (1990)

This album was originally posted by hdvns on Thee Head Vein blog. Be sure to check it out if you haven't already.

The Mummies' Shitsville 7-inch is a pretty damn remarkable one. Though released very early in their career, it still contains four of their best songs: "(Doin') The Kirk," "A Girl Like You," "Die!," and "That's Mighty Childish." The Mummies couldn't have known at this point the impact they would have on the garage-punk movement, but you can't tell that from listening to Shitsville.
(Year of Release: 1990)

Track List:
1. A Girl Like You
2. That's Mighty Childish
3. (Doin') The Kirk
4. Die!

Download: The Mummies - Shitsville

Thursday, November 15, 2007

NoMeansNo - Wrong

Following the release of Wrong, Nomeansno could have safely laid down their instruments knowing that they'd just put out the definitive jazzcore album. From the opening bass thuds to the final notes, there's nothing on the album that could be considered a misstep. The playing is incredibly skilled, with the Wright brothers effortlessly shifting tempos and time signatures and Kerr's razor sharp lyrics clicking right into place. Throughout, the album is fused with a sense of energy that was missing from Small Parts Isolated and Destroyed. Best of all is the silly "Rags and Bones" with Kerr (referred to on this release as "none of your f*cking business") claiming that he is "married to a cigarette butt lying in the gutter" over some of the most complex instrumentation you're ever likely to find in good ol' punk rawk. Although they still had a number of albums in them, Nomeansno would never top this one.

Track List:
1. It's Catching Up
2. The Tower
3. Brainless Wonder
4. Tired Of Waiting
5. Stocktaking
6. The End Of All Things
7. Big Dick
8. Two Lips, Two Lungs And One Tonque
9. Rags And Bones
10. Oh No! Bruno!
11. All Lies
12. Life In Hell
13. I Am Wrong

Download: NoMeansNo - Wrong (70.2MB)

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Harvey Mandel - Righteous

In the mold of Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, and Mike Bloomfield, Mandel is an extremely creative rock guitarist with heavy blues and jazz influences. And like those guitarists, his vocal abilities are basically nonexistent, though Mandel, unlike some similar musicians, has always known this, and concentrated on recordings that are entirely instrumental, or feature other singers. He recorded some intriguing (though erratic) work on his own that anticipated some of the better elements of jazz-rock fusion, showcasing his concise chops, his command of a multitude of tone pedal controls, and an eclecticism that found him working with string orchestras and country steel guitar wizards. Mandel got his first toehold in the fertile Chicago white blues-rock scene of the mid-'60s, and made his first recordings as the lead guitarist for harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite. Enticed to go solo by Blue Cheer producer Abe Kesh, Harvey cut a couple of nearly wholly instrumental albums for Phillips in the late '60s that were underground FM radio favorites, establishing him as one of the most versatile young American guitar lions.

He gained his most recognition, though, not as a solo artist, but as a lead guitarist for Canned Heat in 1969 and 1970, replacing Henry Vestine and appearing with the band at Woodstock. In the mid-'70s, when the Rolling Stones were looking for a replacement for Mick Taylor, Mandel auditioned for a spot in the group; although he lost to Ron Wood, his guitar does appear on two cuts on the Stones' 1976 album, Black & Blue. Recording intermittently since then as a solo artist and a sessionman, his influence on the contemporary scene is felt via the two-handed fretboard tapping technique that he introduced on his 1973 album Shangrenade, later employed by Eddie Van Halen, Stanley Jordan, and Steve Vai.

Righteous is not as consistent as his debut , due to the presence of a few pedestrian blues-rock numbers. The better tracks, though, show Mandel continuing to expand his horizons with imagination, particularly on the cuts with string and horn arrangements by noted jazz arranger Shorty Rogers. Harvey's workout on Nat Adderley's "Jazz Samba" is probably his best solo performance, and an obvious touchstone for the Latin-rock hybrid of Carlos Santana (whose own debut came out the same year); on the other side of the coin, "Boo-Bee-Doo" is one of his sharpest and snazziest straight blues-rockers.
(Year of Release: 1969)

Track List
1. Righteous
2. Jive Samba
3. Love of Life
4. Poontang
5. Just a Hair More
6. Summer Sequence
7. Short's Stuff
8. Boo-Bee-Doo
9. Campus Blues

Harvey Mandel - Righteous (52.7MB)

Thee Milkshakes - Talking 'Bout Milkshakes

Here's more Billy Childish, as requested. This time in the form of The(e) Milkshakes. No other group since the sixties has captured the exuberance and rawness of the original British beat group sound as well as the Milkshakes. 'Wild' Billy Childish and his merry men released 13 albums as The Milkshakes between 1980 and 1985 and a further 20 albums by spin-off and associated groups such as The Del-Monas, Mighty Caesars & Thee Headcoats, and have in the intervening years, created a veritable cottage industry. Big Beat has always enjoyed a special relationship with The Milkshakes.

Track List:
1. She'll be mine
2. Pretty baby
3. For she
4. I want'cha for my little girl
5. Ruhrgebeat
6. After midnight
7. Bull's nose
8 . Shed country
9. Don't love another
10. Tell me where's that girl
11. Can'tcha see
12. Love you the whole night through 13. Nothing you can say or do
14. I say you lie

Download: Thee Milkshakes - Talking 'Bout Milkshakes (23.3MB)

Bluetip - Join Us

Bluetip formed from the ashes of Swiz, one of the most popular bands in the younger DC hardcore scene of the late 80s. Their singer, Shawn Brown, had been the original Dag Nasty vocalist, and they were on the Sammich Records label, which was distributed by Dischord Records. In 1995, several years after Swiz broke up, former members Jason Farrell and Dave Stern reunited to form Bluetip, with bassist Jake Kump and drummer Zac Eller (Worlds Collide). Bluetip had a serious work-ethic, they released 3 albums on Dischord Records, as well as several singles and split releases on various labels, and toured relentlessly, making many trips through the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Inner-band turmoil resulted in a number of line-up changes. Zac left shortly after the release of their first album, "Dischord No. 101", and was eventually replaced by Dave Bryson. Dave Stern left after the release of "Join Us" and was replaced by Brian Clancy, leaving Jason and Jake as the only original members. In 2001, when Jason moved to New York, the band eventually folded.

Bluetip plays pure, unadulterated rock, mixing sneering vocals with wailing guitars and stop-start time changes. This is fierce, angular post-punk, melding the energy of Fugazi and Jawbox with an intense, swelling melodicism. Singer Jason Farrell contorts his voice to meld with the intense guitars and pounding rhythm section, riding the manic time changes like a rubber skateboarder.
(Year of Release: 1998)

Track List:
1. Yellow Light
2. Cheap Rip
3. Join Us
4. Castanet
5. Carbon Copy
6. Salinas
7. F-
8. I Even Drive Like A Jerk
9. Bad Flat
10. Jersey Blessed
11. Cold Start
12. Slovakian

Download: Bluetip - Join Us (55.3MB)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Black Moth Super Rainbow - Lost Picking Flowers In The Woods

Pittsburgh collective Black Moth Super Rainbow is in love with the sounds of cheap and vintage keyboards; the Casio's dinky chime, the Rhodes' percussive skip and the Moog's flatulent squeal. With each successive release, BMSR jettisons a superfluous element of its music in order to give listeners a stronger concentration of the analog warmth that only those aforementioned instruments can provide. On their 2004 album Start a People, BMSR replaced the raspy whispers that made their previous work an acquired taste with the smoother sound of the Vocoder. On their followup EP Lost, Picking Flowers in the Woods, they got rid of the slow, queasy vibrato.

Lost, Picking Flowers in the Woods boasts some of the group's most upbeat material yet. The title track begins with an ascending melody played on a Rhodes piano, which is then drowned out by booming drum programming straight out of a Chemical Brothers record. A hissing synthesizer line swoops in during the second half, and the song ends with the brash sound of gongs being struck. Before the song can come to a full stop, it is interrupted by the second track, Caterpillar House,� which sounds like an even faster version of the title track. Every song runs right into the next, giving the EP a suite-like flow; the brief, minimal ditties gain more purpose when book-ended by longer, more developed tracks. By itself, the 90-second Chinese Witch Guy with an Axe�is merely a low-fi loop experiment that happens to have an awesome title. It sounds better, though, when placed between the wistful Drippy Eye� and the live-band funk of Flowers Grow Here.

As with BMSR's previous work, listening to this EP makes me feel as if I'm being serenaded in the sunshine by the universe's most benevolent aliens. This group's music comes from a parallel universe that I wouldn't mind getting lost in more often.
(Year of Release: 2006)

Track List:
1. Lost, Picking Flowers in the Woods
2. Caterpillar House
3. Algae
4. They Live in the Meadow
5. Drippy Eye
6. Chinese Witch Guy With An Ax
7. Flowers Grow Here
8. Hairy Mouth
9. Side 8
10. Untitled

Download: Black Moth Super Rainbow - Lost Picking Flowers In The Woods (36.1MB)

Saturday, November 10, 2007

N.S.U. - Turn On, Or Turn Me Down

I couldn't find out much info about this release from N.S.U. This is the only album that the group released before disappearing.

Released on the same label as Sam Gopal this super rare nine track album was recorded by a Scottish band in 1969, before they disappeared. Pressings of this disc were limited to only 500 copies. Heavy guitar based progressive rock with flashes of LSD, Cream, and similar late '60's bands. With a track called "Stoned" this is, as you would expect, of it's era...
(Year of Release: 1969)

Track List:
1. Turn On, Or Turn Me Down
2. His Town
3. You Can't Take It From My Heart
4. Love Talk
5. All Aboard
6. The Game
7. Stoned
8. Pettsie's Blues
9. On The Road

Download: N.S.U. - Turn On, Or Turn Me Down (76.7MB)

Friday, November 09, 2007

Roky Erickson - I Think of Demons

Roky's catalog is sometimes a maze of different versions and inferior recordings, but one may find this to be a suitable overview of his 80s material, most of which is mind-bogglingly hooky and energetic for a rocker of his age and psychic history. His obsession with demons, aliens, and other horror trappings is more of a charm than a crutch; however, if you're not into it, making it through song titles like "I think of Demons," "I Walked With A Zombie," "Don't Shake Me Lucifer," and "Creature with the Atom Brain" will not endear you to the man's particular world view. But if you are into that, or can simply stomach it, you'll be rewarded with hooks whose simplicity defies logic, and punk-esque energy which defies the age and multiple institutionalizations of its creator.

If you've ever wondered what becomes of 60s garage rockers who can continue to turn out great tunes while acts like the Pretty Things and the Flamin' Groovies may disappoint now, or if you wonder where artists like Robyn Hitchcock, Julian Cope, and even (sometime collaborators) the Butthole Surfers draw their inspiration from, look no further than Roky.

Track List:
1. Two Headed Dog
2. I Think Of Demons
3. I Walked With A Zombie
4. Don't Shake Me Lucifer
5. Night Of The Vampire
6. Bloody Hammer
7. White Faces
8. Cold Night For Alligators
9. Creature With The Atom Brain
10. Mine Mine Mind
11. Stand For The Fire Demon
12. The Wind And More

Download: Roky Erickson & the Aliens - I Think of Demons (57.3MB)

Friday, November 02, 2007

Kraftwerk - Autobahn

Re-Up - Originally Posted 12/13/07

Although Kraftwerk's first three albums were groundbreaking in their own right, Autobahn is where the group's hypnotic electronic pulse genuinely came into its own. The main difference between Autobahn and its predecessors is how it develops an insistent, propulsive pulse that makes the repeated rhythms and riffs of the shimmering electronic keyboards and trance-like guitars all the more hypnotizing. The 22-minute title track, in a severely edited form, became an international hit single and remains the peak of the band's achievements -- it encapsulates the band and why they are important within one track -- but the rest of the album provides soundscapes equally as intriguing. Within Autobahn, the roots of electro-funk, ambient, and synth pop are all evident -- it's a pioneering album, even if its electronic trances might not capture the attention of all listeners.
(Year of Release: 1974)

Track List:
1. Autobahn
2. Kometenmelodie 1
3. Kometenmelodie 2
4. Mitternacht
5. Morgenspaziergang

Download: Kraftwerk - Autobahn
Download Size: 99MB