Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Seersucker - Pushing Rope (1993 Sky Records)
Featuring ex-members of Dirt and cover art by none other than the Jesus Lizard's David Yow, Seersucker's Pushing Rope is a similar beast to the aforementioned Georgia band's grungy southern brand of noisy rock. Falling somewhere in the time span between Dirt and its more well known John Forbes led northern cousin Mount Shasta in Chicago, this loud, raucous and driving release never received to due I always thought was deserved. Recently having re-purchased this CD after having traded it for a pack of cigs in my monetarily poor and mentally foggy mid-twenties sometime in the mid-90's, I've been playing it non-stop since. Give it a listen.
at 9:59 AM
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Atomic 61 - Heartworm 10" EP (1991 Box Dog Sound Records)
This release has been on my mind as of late. I scoured the Internet to see if I could find a rip to listen to since I only had it on vinyl and wanted to listen to it while away from the old turntable. I couldn't find anything. So...I ripped it myself and here is my first Enemy Lines post in quite some time.
This was released back in 1991 on small indie Box Dog Records out of Seattle. I don't know very much about the label other than the fact they were going to be releasing a VHS only copy of Melvins live Island of a Thousand Delights video sometime after this record came out. The band was made up of two guys (on vox and guitar) and the rhythm section was made up of two women
The release itself is an amalgamation of Midwestern noise-rock, Northwestern grunge and a sort of Southern stoner boogie rock. To me the stand-out track is the first song on the second side...Technicolor Wonderland. It has a Shorty-esque vibe with a heavy driving rhythm and chaotic Yow/Al Johnson style vocals.
Digging out old vinyl like this really brings me back to a simpler time of browsing record store racks for used $2 vinyl records by bands I never heard of and getting my mind blown on a regular basis. Enjoy.
at 12:34 PM
Monday, November 26, 2012
Ed Hall - Permission To Rock...Denied (1996 unreleased)
Here we have what is supposedly the last unreleased record/demo from Austin Texas' Ed Hall. From what I can gather, this was recorded the same year they broke up...in 1996. While I lean more towards "demo" on this one due to the overall mix when compared to La La Land, Motherscratcher and Gloryhole, these songs still contain the same psychedelic Texas noise-rock fans came to love over their 10+ year span.
at 11:14 AM
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Sinking Suns - Sinking Suns (2012 self released)
This recording was originally released as a 7 song "demo" by my current band late last year. Upon it's release we received a good amount of positive feedback nationally and internationally and because of that we decided to have it remixed, remastered and re-release the entire recording as a full fledged official self-titled debut. Two of the remastered songs will be released on 7" vinyl in February 2013 and old fashioned hard copy CD's will be available for those who prefer that format also. In the meantime we've been writing new material and should be recording again sometime this year. In the meantime...enjoy.
at 3:49 PM
moreRAM - 7" (1996 Meat Records)
This is the sole release by Paul Sanders' post-Hammerhead project moreRam. It proved to be short-lived, producing only this one 7-inch for Fargo's Meat Records. The band also included Janitor Joe's Matt Entsminger and Mike Phillips of Silver Salute. Imagine an amalgamation of the the aforementioned bands and you get the idea.
at 11:03 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011
The Chinese Love Beads - 7" (1997 Discos Yucky Bus)
Here we have another 7" by ABQ's legendary The Chinese Love Beads.
Southwestern lo-fi garage ROCK at it's finest.
at 9:40 PM
The Chinese Love Beads - iElectrico! 7" (1998 Discos Yucky Bus)
When I relocated from Wisconsin to Albuquerque New Mexico back in 1995, I was introduced to both great new music and awesome new friends. This particular band encapsulated both.
The Chinese Love Beads were a straight-up, balls-out lo-fi garage Rock (capital "R" emphasized) band. The best thing? They were really cool guys and I struck up a friendship with them almost immediately.
The band was made up of Ernie “Guido” Ybarra on bass and vox, Pauli B. (Pablo Novelas of Dirty Novels fame) on guitar and drummer Mike Morales (who went on to drum in the band Siva).
While local Albuquerque bands like The Drags, Scared of Chaka and The Eyeliners were getting national attention, the Love Beads were flying under the radar but working, and more importantly ROCKING, just as hard.
Give 'em a digital spin.
at 9:33 PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Man... or Astroman - The Sounds Of Tomorrow 7" (1996 Estrus Records)
Here we have a Man... or Astroman 7" record which was released on Estrus Records back in 1996. I own several other LP's and singles by MOAM, but this one is still my favorites. It includes four blazing tracks of their mostly instrumental retro space themed surf rock.
at 3:16 PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Gary Floyd - More Than A Lifetime 7" (1994 Tres Hombres Musica)
Some straight up old school classic country music from Gary Floyd (Dicks, Sister Double Happiness) with producer Jonathan Burnside (Melvins, Steel Pole Bathtub, Clutch, Jawbreaker) on guitar and Ed Ivey (The Rhythm Pigs) on bass. And when I say straight up country music, I mean straight up "crying in your beer down at the local honky-tonk" country music. Released on sky blue vinyl.
at 10:11 AM
Monday, July 25, 2011
Estrus Sampler: 26 Excellent Spicy Sizzlers (1999 Estrus Records)
For a few years in the mid to late 90's I was REALLY big into the whole "Garage Rock" punk revival thing (I still am today, just not AS big). Bands like Oblivians, The Motards and The Drags dominated my turntable. Those bands turned me on to other bands through their respective labels and Estrus Records was one of those labels. When I went down to the local record store and perused through the latest vinyl releases, I knew when I came across a new Estrus release it was bound to be good. This particular CD was a freebie. It came free with any purchase at one of the local record stores in Albuquerque at the time (Bow Wow? Mind Over Matter? Tulane Exchange? I don't recall exactly). And thanks to this sampler, I picked up even more great Estrus releases. Great label, great sampler. Check it out...
1. All Action Man - The Coyote Men
2. All Night Burner - The Crown Royals
3. Explosives - The Drags
4. You're Making Me Sick - The Fells
5. Turbo Wave - Gasoline
6. Cigarette - The Gimmicks
7. The Track - Girl Trouble
8. Cozy Corner - Impala
9. Don't Turn Away - The Insomniacs
10. It's Your Curse - Lord High Fixers
11. Love For Free - Madame X
12. (Are You On The Inside Or The Outside Of Your) Pants - The Makers
13. Escape Velocity - Man or Astroman?
14. Hate Your Way - Mono Men
15. Turn Away - The Mortals
16. Too Much Evil - The Quadrajets
17. Pack Of Lies - The Nomads
18. To Japan From Texas - The 1-4-5's
19. Ghoulash - Satan's Pilgrims
20. Know It All Doll - The Splash 4
21. Five Weeks Ahead Of My Time - Sugar Shack
22. Psychodestruct - The Switch Trout
23. 99 - Thundercrack
24. Fire Breathing '32 - The Untamed Youth
25. Deora - The Volcanos
26. Kill That Guy - The Von Zippers
at 5:25 PM