Despite the genre shifting, it does indeed bear a striking resemblance to his former band. I suppose you get a greater sense of just how influential Lyall's presence was in Pilot, if anything. There are many strong cuts here and any lovers of cheerful quirky pop will find much to enjoy. Sadly Lyall passed away in from an AIDS related illness, but his music has been reissued numerous times over the years to varying degrees of interest. This elusive album is available here in all its digital glory.
Breathe in his pop goodness By request Recorded and released inthe album was met with general indifference and vanished into thin air. Attila was formed from the remnants of Joel's previous band, The Hassles. Along with the former drummer, Jon Smalls, the newly dubbed Attila crafted an extremely unique sound consisting of nothing but organ and drums.
What made this so unique was Joel's use of effects pedals wah wah, fuzz, distortion and flangewhich mimed guitars so effectively that you really didn't notice their absence. To their discredit, by and large the material was dreadful. Aside from the two opening tracks, the remainder of the album is rife with meandering improvisation and juvenile lyrics.
The album has been bestowed the honor of being called the worst album recorded in the history of rock. Now THAT is a mighty claim!
So is it all that bad? Well, download at your own risk and find out for yourself. There's a good reason why Billy Joel has spent decades buying up any copies he can track down! Posted by JKR 10 comments. Portland's Stepson were a sweatdrenched bluesy hard rock act that rose from the ashes of defunct area band, Touch. Despite the fact that the band never toured in support of this amazing album, over the years the word has gotten out about this incredible album and the band enjoys cult success among collectors and obscurity geeks.
Though the album doesn't reinvent the wheel, it is a fine example of Detroit style hard rock with a healthy dose of punk attitude. Easily one of the best example of "cock rock" to come along at such an early stage of the genre's existence, Stepson deserve recognition for their meager contribution to rock music. After the band's efforts to record a followup were snuffed out, several members went on to later work for Elektra Records. Check out this top notch album in all it's digital glory.
You'll be glad you did! Posted by JKR 9 comments. I could write volumes about this ill-fated theatrical shock rock act from Youngstown, OH. With a bottom heavy punkish sound and the formidable vocal chops of Dennis T. Menass, Left End made huge waves in the midwest before Polydor signed the band in late Upon the release of their sole album, the band were set on a non-stop cycle of sharing the bill with many of the legendary bands from the era.
Audiences were left speechless and all of the major magazines were emphatically proclaiming their love for the band. All seemed perfect until Polydor began undergoing major reorganization inresulting in the dismissal of the key personnel responsible for promoting the band.
As a result, Left End were sent packing back to their hometown where they spent several more years headlining smaller venues in the region. Eventually, the band vanished from the scene, though in recent years they have enjoyed a revival in the area and have performed regularly to packed houses. This albums demands to be heard, so I suggest you check out this hard rock nugget and listen in awe at one of the midwest's most unsung treasures.
Long live Left End! Posted by JKR 8 comments. Sporting a brass driven hard rock sound, the band released their sole album in to an apathetic record buying public. Though the band toured relentlessly for two years, their efforts were not met with success and the band folded by the end of In retrospect, this was a stellar effort despite the two pointless prog interludes that are featured here. At times the band sounded a bit like Audience and there were elements of Deep Purple scattered throughout.
This isn't a surprise, considering the album was produced by Ian Gillan. In fact, drummer Mick Underwood would later join Gillan's solo project for a number of years. He would also form Strapps and a revamped Quatermass in the 90's. Most surely not a candidate for the digital treatment, enjoy this sweet vinyl transfer instead. You'll wonder why this band slipped under the radar Posted by JKR 0 comments. Baby Grand, a Philadelphia based band, wrote a unique blend of AOR and progressive rock that melded the sounds of artists like Yes, Steely Dan and Morningstar to name a few.
Though their two album career was rather short, they managed to wow critics and industry insiders with their fluid and complex instrumentation. This, their 2nd album, was released by Arista records and found itself at the mercy of a growingly fickle audience. In a time where Journey and Boston were ruling the airwaves, it seemed as though Baby Grand was just to sublime for their own good. This of course, takes nothing away from the material here, as it was so well executed and written that you can't help but take notice.
Sadly, within a year, this band was in the throes of a breakup. Half the band went on to join Nektar in for their excellent "Magic Is a Child" album. The other half formed The Hooters and experienced the mainstream success they were waiting for.
It's doubtful that we'll ever see the Baby Grand catalogue reissued, so this vinyl rip will have to suffice in the meantime. Look out for Baby Grand's other album in the coming days! Posted by JKR 7 comments.
Centaurus were a little known AOR unit from Los Angeles, who only lasted long enough to record and release one album. Bearing a sound that fell somewhere between Led Zeppelin and a more modern sounding Uriah Heep, Centaurus were not a particularly original or distinctive sounding band.
Being signed to Doug Moody's low budget Azra label didn't help the band either, as the production here sounds more like something from the mid 60's than the late 70's. This album has never been reissued and it is likely it never will, so why not post it here for your scrutiny? Check out this decent vinyl rip and make your own judgement. Posted by JKR 4 comments. Thundermug's debut, "Strikes", is mostly known for having spawned their only hit single, "Africa".
This is pretty sprawling stuff considering the audience they were targeting at the time. La Revancha is a tightly focused blastcore assault that mashed together the bass-heavy chaos of classic Infest, Crossed Out and Man Is The Bastard with an often bizarre brand of inside humor and heavy use of samples throughout their music.
Spazz were always known for their often goofy song titles and lyrics, but musically they were all business, each one of these short often minute long songs blasted at nuclear strength, an all out assault of Max's crazed blast beats and thrashing drums, the chunky low-end punch of Chris Dodge's manic bass, the buzzsaw punk riffs and weird skronky chords that guitarist Dan spews all over these twenty-six songs, which shift between hyper-fast grinding to slower, lurching dirges and bursts of noisy hardcore.
Spazz's brand of power violence was also prone to throwing out all kinds of weird curveballs in their songs, from the blaring zonked-out sax that shows up on "Dewey Decimal Stitchcore" and "Sweet Home Alabama", to the brain-damaged hip hop segueways and breakbeat intros, sudden downshifts into lumbering doom, loads of old skateboarding samples and lyrical references, tongue-in-cheek smatterings of crude death metal, the unexpected appearance of banjos, slide whistles, and harmonicas in the middle of their burly blastcore attack; the song "Don't Quit Your Day Job" has this killer part where the band builds up to this super heavy dirge, and just as they drop into it, they're joined by the metallic plunk of a banjo, and it works perfectly.
I've always thought that these guys owed as much to the goofy, cut-and-paste thrash of Spazztic Blurr as they did to the early West Coast powerviolence crowd, and all these years later my opinion hasn't changed -if you're a fan of S.
Blurr's Befo Da Awbum and the classic early 7"s from the likes of Capitalist Casualties, Infest and Crossed Out, then La Revancha should probably already be sitting on your shelf or turntable.
SESOS Everything remastered, or in some cases mastered for the first time by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound. Originally released on Slap A Ham Records in and out of print for 15 years. BORE BURNT BITER STASI In recent years, the Vancouver five-piece has developed a more nuanced sound. TRUTH The recording is top notch, and it really manages to capture the power, honesty, and sheer heart of Submission Hold.
These eight songs continue the Submission Hold progression with even more complex, diverse, and yet very catchy songs; some fantastic material. The booklet once again features art, writings, and lyrics in English, German, Spanish and French. Both the LP and the CD come with a 40 page booklet.
Presented in lavish Stoughton tip-on jackets, featuring beautiful Pantone metallic gold and black offset printing. Black vinyl on the Vendetta German Records label. FC Fifteen tracks of high-octane, high-energy raw punk here, and don't be scared by the 'live' angle-- this sounds better than most of their studio records. Delivereded with the swagger to win over fans of classic garage rock and the fury to appeal to '80s hardcore enthusiasts, this is truly one for everybody.
Remastered by Fink for maximum impact, and with the deluxe QRP pressing that a record this good deserves. MY GTO This self-titled record includes the five newly remastered tracks from the bands recent limited tour cassette, as well as two new unreleased songs.
Terminal State play hardcore the old fashion way without butchering the simple formula that has define a sound that stands the test of time.
Its fast, loud and snotty. Like so many others before them, the band sprung out of late parties, drunken philosophical discussions, punk rock, power pop, and friendship. To date, the band has released four 7"s and one full length album.
Theyve embarked on several full European tours and two US tours one on each coastand have played such far and wide locations as Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, to almost every squat in Germany. Musically Terrible Feelings has been described as proto punk, dark power pop and gloomy surf, with a tint of both country and 70s hard rock. All descriptions are correct.
Its rock 'n' roll. April will see the dawn of "Tremors", the bands second full length. The band has managed to plow through 4 bass players and are currently employing their 5th. Plans for US tours are in the gears. The band sounds better than ever and is ready for their second coming. This is their first full length, but they have numerous releases under their belt. Their sound is a mixture of classic early '90s hardcore influences such as Merel and Iconoclast combined with a more modern screaming vocal assault.
Their lyrics are extremely political and both formats come with 20 page booklets that include art, photos, and text. They just finished a North American summer tour.
But it must be noted that while Heathen is Thou's heaviest work to date, the album is also their most melodic and beautiful. They have channeled their songwriting capabilities into creating one of the most monumental metal albums in existence, weaving soft, melodic passages and prosaic, often ecstatic lyrics into the crawling, resplendently heavy riff-laden metal that they've been known for.
And this is no mere collection of songs; this is a cohesive and ambitious record that, while centered, covers a variety of topics and emotions.
DAWN GLASS Heavy board jacket and printed inner sleeve. The songs are less metallic than "Darker Days Ahead" and more reminiscent of Tragedy's classic dark melodic sound. For fans of Tragedy. Yes, a CD version will eventually surface. FURY Manufacturing issues with the sleeve are delaying the vinyl release. This full-length is where it all started, Absolute Power - Gospel Of The Horns - 20 Years Of Absolute Power (Vinyl a melodic twist influenced by all the best bands from Japan and Sweden.
The very definition of DIY punk rock, this band much sought after by every major punk label in the States regularly sells well above 10, of each release, without label, advertising or promotion! The 11 burning cuts were self-recorded over two days in a retired Gainesville train station with a couple borrowed microphones and a Tascam This is UV-TV.
You should listen loud. RUN HEAR Initially taking influence from the first wave of '77 British punk like the Sex Pistols and Clash, it wasn't until after an enforced hiatus resulting from a spot of "football violence" that the band really came into it's own.
Lumped in with the expanding Oi! They never quite formed a following outside of their hometown, which is a shame, as the songs they left behind are as chaotic, catchy, and well-written as anything to come out of the the early 80's UK punk scene. Features split singles tracks, rare comp and unreleases tracks with full linear notes and write ups from the band members with rare photos. LP has limited screened covers. Apology is thirteen tracks of utter punishment that has Weekend Nachos sounding more dangerous and urgent than ever before.
Features guest vocal appearances from Dylan Walker of Full of Hell. DUST ALL HATED On the "STILL" LP we see the band get even heavier while still finding ways to blend new influences into their unique mix of brutal hardcore. There is truly something for everything on this album. The 2nd full length from Weekend Nachos. Twelve tracks of fucking fast, brutal, power violence hardcore.
Weekend Nachos are all about their catchiness, their awesome groove parts, and their harsh vocals. Pitchfork has been highly praising the band from all sides. USA tour in fall. SHOOT TALE Fantastical searing guitar lines and urgency not heard in decades. Praised by Pitchfork and Vice. DAD BAG BUNNY I ROT GLUE MOLLY FSA 1 Most recently they released a record on Southern Lord! NOXO We Bury Our Dead Alive is Yaphet Kotto's third full length LP, and these ten songs are once again inspired, emotionally charged, melodic and hard hitting.
Unlike many bands, time has not mellowed Yaphet Kotto. Their new material is tighter, heavier, and harder than ever before. The bands' first batch of new material since "Split N' Shit" in Includes digital download. MC Punk. Detroit's most evil doom band raises hell this Halloween with one of the heaviest, crushing albums ever made! Mixing 70's psych, NWOBHM, 80's doom metal, crust, and death, this album is sure to possess even the holiest by the power of weed, spell and Satanism!
Expect no typical doom metal here eerie listeners, this album isn't just a bunch of recycled Black Sabbath riffs, Acid Witch have crafted their own sound that sounds like no other band now or from the past.
Their influences melt together like wax from black candles on an age-old satanic ritual. The production is warm and heavy, yet raw and filthy.
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By Josephine Harvey. It's no more accessible now, in fact it's probably even less accessible than it was in the early days In the early days the whole idea was to be confrontational. To borrow a phrase from Test Dept, it was a kind of 'shock therapy'. You use noise and extremes of noise to shock people into a new way of perceiving things, a new state of mind. It was complementing something that I knew I had within me anyway, and at the same time it was like 'fucking hell, there's people actually doing this kind of stuff'.
I know that we've had that kind of impact on other people as well. Some of the feedback we get, with people writing letters to us, it's very obvious that when people first come to Soviet France they find something, both within themselves, and at the same time so new to them that it does shock them into a new idea about music altogether.
At the outset, the group developed a fetishistic passion for unusual packaging for their releases, with early albums coming out in a hessian sack and packaged in roofing felt.
Commercial restraints, and the amount of simple hard work that unusual packaging demands, have diminished this impulse as time has gone on. However, Just an Illusion, released by Staalplaat, keeps up the packaging reputation by being a CD coming in a little hardwood box, with indented printing on the outside. There's more to this than just a desire to maintain some form of notoriety, of course.
These products really are something special. My enjoyment of Just an Illusion was definitely enhanced by its presentation: by making the album something special, something outside the run-of-the-mill plastic CD boxes which currently fill one of my drawers, I was always going to pay closer attention to what it contains. It becomes a fetish, a unique object invested with spiritual significance, rather than just one among the many, and the effort is definitely appreciated.
The band have managed to keep their visibility as individuals at a minimum level. This is, of course, an old trick LP) individuals anxious to either avoid or exploit the pop industry's obsession with saleable images. The Residents achieved notoriety throughout the seventies and boredom thereafter by refusing to allow their individual identities to become known.
Test Dept, trying to present themselves as a collective unit in order to reflect their political beliefs have acted in a similar way. The band's name is known but the individuals forming it are rarely singled out for attention. Soviet France, aware of how the industry operates and trying to avoid its less pleasant tendencies, have also kept their individual identities out of the picture as far as the music is concerned, while remaining perfectly accessible to those who bother to contact them.
That's the reason why we don't include any names of personnel on the records. It's not secrecy, and it's not a deliberate marketing ploy like the Residents use. Anybody who really wants to can find out who we are and talk to us personally, like you're doing. But we cottoned on really quickly to the idea of the cult of personality, and realised that it was a fundamental means of control used in the music industry, and so we deliberately set our faces against that. We set about creating a complete antithesis to it.
We've never allowed photographs of ourselves to be published, or haven't until now anyway, and we've never really identified ourselves as personalities at all. It's hardly laugh-out-loud stuff, but the loops and snippets of recycled sound material frequently have a playfulness to them that can be quite readily spotted.
Particularly with the early releases there was a lot of self-effacing humour, and cynical and critical humour as well. Cynical humour about the industrial movement, cynical humour about the political state of the world or this country. There was a lot of musical humour as well.
We have a good laugh making LP) and we think other people should have a good laugh listening to it as well, if they can work out what the jokes are! Zoviet France are classed as Industrial Ambient, where in later years they become more 'Drone' and electronic.
After the Absolute Power - Gospel Of The Horns - 20 Years Of Absolute Power (Vinyl opening, alien sounding 'Smocking Erde' there's some very weirdly plucked chinese sounding strings on 'Palace Of Ignitions'. This is followed by massive echo used on bizarre twanged oddities that pulsate and mutate over almost 9 minutes and is basically a continuation of 'Smocking Erde' only much fuller and denser in direction.
A lot of the instruments sound ethnic in nature and it's not until they're forced through various effect units that they lose any sense of definition. The next few short tracks sounds pretty much like scenes from 'Aguirre Wrath of God' as Klaus Kinski goes stir crazy on that raft in the Amazon.
Funny pipes are blown and all the while loops and indescribable drones rummage and grumble from ear to ear. The music gets stranger by the minute with a repetitive speeded loop of a high pitched voice on 'Carole the Breedbate' which is guaranteed to leave you disorientated. Don't ask where they got those title names - Your guess is as good as mine. More airy organic flesh pipes of extraterrestrial origin have wind blown through them reminding me of HP Lovecrafts 'At the Mountains of Madness' where that creature chases humans through a labyrinth of ice tunnels.
Here we finally reach the two centre pieces of this recording which was their 4th album of this, their most prolific year. Here things sound much more laid back where space between notes is used beautifully throughout.
Extreme delay is used on what sounds like someone blowing through a car exhaust pipe with pursed lips while 'almost' keyboard sounding walls of tone are stretched and manipulated in the background. Vaguely sounding like what's gone before, but pulled together in the most artistic of manner.
Posted by Rho at Sunday, March 31, 16 comments:. Mar 29, RhoDeo Grooves. They are part of a revivalist movement recreating mids to mids style funk and soul music. However this isn't just an imitation of the real thing.
This IS the real thing! It's vital, it's passionate, and above all it's thoroughly contemporary. Few devotedly retro acts were as convincing. Few singers as skilled as Sharon Jones at stuffing notes with ache and meaning would be willing to invest in a sound so fully occupied by the likes of Bettye LaVette and Tina Turner in the Ike years, too.
Jones, like James Brown, was born in Augusta, Georgia; there she sang in her church choir, and from fellow parishioners picked up the kind of back-patting she needed to convince her to go mainstream. As a teenager, she moved with her family to Brooklyn, where she immersed herself in s disco and funk with an eye toward cutting a record of her own.
Instead, studios came calling and with them steady work -- by her twenties, Jones was turning in backup vocals for gospel, soul, disco, and blues artists, most of it uncredited. In the '80s, however, Jones' sound was deemed unfashionable, and instead of pushing ahead with her soul diva's dream she went back to church singing.
She also took a job as a corrections officer at New York's Rikers Island. It wouldn't be until that Desco Records would rediscover Jones' sweat-basted, lived-in talent. With that label's house band, the Soul Providers, Jones released several singles in the late '90s; their warmth and genuineness propelled the act across the Atlantic, and Jones picked up a moniker -- the queen of funk -- that stuck. Years of touring behind it, as well as cutting singles with other artists including Greyboy ensued.
InJones re-teamed with the Dap-Kings for the winking groovefest that is Naturally, following it up two years later with Days, Nights. Jones also had a bit part in The Great Debaters as the singer Lila. A new studio effort, I Learned the Hard Way, appeared in InJones revealed that she had been LP) with cancer -- initially in the bile ducts, and later stage two pancreatic cancer -- but she continued to perform as often as her therapy schedule would permit, sometimes appearing on-stage with a bald head after chemotherapy caused her hair to fall out.
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