Thursday, November 30, 2017

Rat Traps / Jeffrey Novak One Man Band CDEP

Artist: Rat Traps / Jeffrey Novak One Man Band
Title: Split
Year: 2005
Label: Sonic Assault Records
Tracks: 1.) Zombies, 2.) Break It Down, 3.) Tennessee Rock 'N' Roll, 4.) Back Off, 5.) I've Lost It, 6.) No Way Out

April Novak and then husband Joe Simpson had been living in New York City for a few years when they decided to move back home to Tennessee around 2005. By that time teenaged little brother Jeffrey Novak had already become a pretty accomplished punk rock musician and songwriter playing as a one man band. With April and Joe in tow, Jeff expanded his horizons to play in a complete band with them. 

I don't know if Joe had played in any "real" bands at this point, but he played like an experienced guitarist. April seemed very new to playing guitar. Jeff can simply do it all and picked up playing drums like it was nothing. All of them wrote songs and sang. Unlike the Oblivians, they didn't trade instruments to sing their songs. Jeff sang from behind the drum kit. 

This CDR was sold on a Rat Traps/One Man Band tour in the summer of 2005, which must have been before the first Rat Traps 7" on Patrick from Shop Fronts' Your Permanent Records was released. I recall when I saw them, Rat Traps played first and One Man Band was the headliner. 

All of the Rat Traps songs would end up on vinyl. "Zombies" and "Break It Down", both Jeff songs, would be on their second 7", on Jay Reatard and Alix Brown's Shattered Records. "Tennessee Rock 'N' Roll", the only Joe song I like, was on the first. 

"Back Off" is the only One Man Band song that would be on a record. It's on Southern Trash. The other two are otherwise unreleased. 

Sample: here

Monday, July 31, 2017

Black Rose Band - Roadkill From The Lost Bayou

Artist: Black Rose Band
Title: Roadkill From The Lost Bayou
Year: 2006
Label: None
Tracks: 1.) My Love Ain't Easy, 2.) First Nite Out, 3.) Say Goodbye, 4.) Firewater, 5.) Dead In A Bag Without A Head, 6.) Today Is As Hard, 7.) One More For The Road, 8.) Highway Rose, 9.) Hot Box, 10.) Roadkill

The last we checked in with King Louie was with Kajun SS. That would be about the end of his all-out punk era as he transitioned into a more intricate, mellower, Southern boogie-woogie sound. 

Black Rose Band is most significant as the first collaboration between Louie and guitar wizard Julien Fried. Julien would up the musicianship from everything Louie had previously been a part of. He cut his teeth with The Detonations in the early 2000's, along with Keith from The Drags and John Henry Kelly, and would go on to play with Louie in Missing Monuments, Terry & Louie, and as a fill-in with Loose Diamonds. I once saw Julien accompany King Louie One Man Band and it was great. 

I got this off of Soulseek a long time ago. I assume it was from a CDR but it has never been listed into Discogs. The only official release this ever got was as half of a double cassette from 2014. The other half of that was another demo-type release called Boogie Woogie Wasteland. There are a few songs of overlap between that and Roadkill. The only vinyl BRB did was a 7" on Alicja Trout's Contaminated Records, pictured above. 

Sample: here

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Sunday Sinners - Demo

Artist: The Sunday Sinners 
Title: Demo
Year: 2004
Label: None
Tracks: 1.) Mama Didn't Raise No Fool, 2.) Ironworkin' Man, 3.) A Sinner's Prayer, 4.) Darlin', 5.) Are You Sure, 6.) You Child

One of my favorite compilations is 2005's Sympathetic Sounds Of Montreal. The Sunday Sinners were my favorite new band that comp introduced me to. 

As you can guess, The Sunday Sinners were from Montreal. They featured Jenna from The Del-Gators and Annie from Les Sexareenos. This is their demo. "Are You Sure" was on Sympathetic Sounds. "You Child", "Darlin'", and "Mama Didn't Raise No Fool" were released on a 7" by Perpetrator Records from New Zealand in 2006. At least some of these songs are covers. "Are You Sure" is originally a show tune from The Unsinkable Molly Brown but this song is based on the soul version by Aretha Franklin in 1961. It is possible all the songs are covers but I don't know. 

The Sunday Sinners stayed active for a while but never released much more. They did another CD-EP with new songs in 2006 and then only a few comp tracks after that. They had at least some lineup changes. Former Mystery Girls guitarist Jordan joined the band, as well as eventually marrying Jenna. The two of them formed another band called Honey & Lies but they didn't record much. 

Sample: here

Thursday, April 20, 2017

FM Knives - Estrogen

Artist: FM Knives
Title: Estrogen
Year: 2002
Label: SmartGuy Records
Tracks: 1.) Estrogen, 2.) Can't Afford You Now, 3.) Just Like William Tell, 4.) Cassavettes Vs. The Moneygoround

Here's their first 7", recently acquired. 

Sample: here

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Candygirl - Oh, Jacky Boy!

Artist: Candygirl
Title: Oh, Jacky Boy!
Year: 1999
Label: Jetstar Records
Tracks: 1.) Oh, Jacky Boy!, 2.) Candygirl

I'm kind of cheating here. I don't actually own this. These are mp3's from the Candygirl & Friends CD. 

Sample: here

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Lids - Live On WREK

Artist: The Lids
Title: Live On WREK
Year: 2003
Label: None
Tracks: 1.) Distracted, 2.) That's What I Know, 3.) Too Late, 4.) She's Been Around, 5.) No Good, 6.) Rumble, 7.) Get Lost, 8.) No Fool For You, 9.) Hello Josephine, 10.) Something To Do, 11.) Interview, 12.) I Didn't Cry, 13.) So Long

Here's a not widely shared set of The Lids live on Georgia Tech radio station WREK. I'm not positive what year this is from but my best guess might be 2003 because while most of these songs would be on their 2004 LP, I don't hear a bass player, so this may be before Mark joined the band. 

This is a great set but doesn't contain any forgotten unreleased originals. You get a bunch of the hits from the LP plus a half assed cover of Link Wray's "Rumble" (Bobby And The Soft Spots recorded another version in 2010) and then more serious covers of Fats Domino's "Hello Josephine" and The Pandoras' "I Didn't Cry". 

Photo by Canderson. 

Thanks to Dave F. for recording this. 

Sample: here

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Raydios - My Baby's Back

Artist: The Raydios
Title: My Baby's Back
Year: 1998
Label: Target Earth Records
Tracks: 1.) My Baby's Back, 2.) Last Night, 3.) Compassionate Adult, 4.) Heartbreaker

After the break up of Teengenerate at the very end of 1995, brothers Fink and Fifi went on to start competing power pop groups. Fink took bassist Sammy with him to The Raydios, along with drummer Yoda from The Havenot's, and Fifi did The Tweezers with Tomoko from Supersnazz. 

Both groups would release their first 7"s on a young Japanese label Target Earth Records. These records were barely available outside of Japan and would quickly become sought after by Anglo collectors who generally did not have many problems tracking down the vast Teengenerate discography. 

Three of the four songs on this would be re-released on the Original Demo Recordings LP released on longtime German label Screaming Apple, which goes for some money now but was commonly available back in the day. The one that did not make it was the choice cover of The Scientists' classic "Last Night". 

The Raydios (and The Tweezers) went on the back burner for a while once Fink, Fifi, and Sammy reunited to form Firestarter circa 1999. They had about a decade run and then Fink revived The Raydios with a new lineup, including Azumi from The Young Ones and Sawa from The Faceful. 

Sample: here