Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Spaceshits / The Deadly Snakes - Split

Artist: The Spaceshits / The Deadly Snakes
Title: Split
Year: 1998
Label: Sympathy For The Record Industry
Tracks: 1.) The Spaceshits "Can't Fool With Me", 2.) The Deadly Snakes "Proud Papa" 

More Spaceshits, this time a preview track from the Misbehavin'  LP. On the flip side is the first widely available song from The Deadly Snakes, who were the first of the late 1990s Canadian garage bands to be from Toronto and not Montreal. 

Sample: here

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Teengenerate - Get Me Back

Artist: Teengenerate
Title: Get Me Back
Year: 1993
Label: Wallabies Records
Tracks: 1.) Get Me Back, 2.) Get Stuffed, 3.) One Way Ticket

I don't even know how to introduce this record. Teengenerate is simply my favorite band ever. This was their first release and the first release for Wallabies Records and it would launch a minor western obsession with Japanese punk rock. "Get Me Back" is one of their most defining songs and the B-side has two covers that would begin to put them up with The Cramps and the best cover bands of all time. 

Sample: here

Lightning Beat-Man - Beat Time

Artist: Lightning Beat-Man
Title: Beat Time
Year: 1996
Label: Wild Wild Records
Tracks: 1.) I Hate To Dance, 2.) It's Hip To Be Fucked Up

More Beat-Man, this time on a French label run by Cecilia from The No-Talents, Operation S, etc. I'm not terribly fond of "I Hate To Dance" but "It's Hip To Be Fucked Up" is amazing. 

Sample: here

Monday, July 14, 2014

Jumpin' Beans And Willie - Go Go Burger

Artist: Jumpin' Beans And Willie
Title: Go Go Burger
Year: 2000
Label: Ball Records
Tracks: 1.) Go Go Burger, 2.) Bus Driver

Jumpin' Beans And Willie may be the most mysterious group I ever post on here. All I can tell you is in the late 1990s Goner Records started carrying a series of 7"s from Jumpin' Beans And The Mustaches that were supposed to be incredibly crude and good. I never got any because they were pretty much all covers of well known sings and I diverted my limited funds to original tunes. Then came a few Jumpin' Beans and Willie 7"s and an LP with lots of originals so I bought this one and the LP. 

I have no idea who Jumpin' Beans is. I have no idea who Willie is but he was also in The Mustaches. I have no idea if they ever played any concerts. I do know all their releases are on Ball Records. I do know Ball Records has a Maine address. I do know Ball Records released at least 10 records and at least 8 of them have Jumpin' Beans on them. I can surmise that Jumpin' Beans ran Ball Records but I don't know for sure. That's all I can tell you. 


Sample: here

Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Tennessee Tearjerkers - Unreleased Third Album

Artist: The Tennessee Tearjerkers
Title: Unreleased Third Album
Year: 2005
Label: none
Tracks: 1.) Dirty Nails, 2.) Charms, 3.) Short Term Plan, 4.) I Want You, 5.) Make You Mine, 7.) Original Mixed-Up Kid, 8.) Don't Touch, 9.) 100 Proof Man, 10.) Hell, 11.) Chills & Fever

Right after Mr. Airplane Man ceased to be active, Margaret Garrett moved to Memphis and did a stint in Jack Oblivian's Tennessee Tearjerkers, where she would become the only member other than Jack to ever write songs and handle lead vocals. They released two 7"s and then I think Margaret moved back to Boston and Jack moved on with the John Paul Keith era of the Tearjerkers and I thought that was that. 

Then one day I found this unreleased third album hosted online and saw there were a few more songs from this period. This is the way I found it. I have no idea what song #6 is but I don't have it. I also have no idea if there's a song #12 or beyond. Anyways, "Chills & Fever" and "I Want You" came out on a single from Brown Sound Records. "Dirty Nails", "100 Proof Man", and "Original Mixed-Up Kid" was released on a 7" by Bancroft Records. "Dirty Nails" and "Chills And Fever" were also released on the Flipside Kid LP. As far as I know none of these other songs were ever released. 

If anyone has a real copy of this and would like to help me out with the sixth song and potentially others, please get in touch. 

Sample: here

The Busy Signals - Live on WLUW 9/26/2006

Artist: The Busy Signals
Title: Live on WLUW 9/26/2006
Year: 2006
Label: none
Tracks: 1.) Tell Me, 2.) Got It All Wrong, 3.) Plastic Girl, 4.) Patterns, 5.) Matter Of Time, 6.) Such A Shame, 7.) Just 4 Show, 8.) So Pointless, 9.) Don't Ring Me Up, 10.) Interview

Loyola University radio performance and interview. "Don't Ring Me Up" is of course a Protex cover. 

Sample: here

The Busy Signals - Demo

Artist: The Busy Signals
Title: Demo
Year: 2005
Label: none
Tracks: 1.) Can't Feel A Thing, 2.) Love And Dust, 3.) Do What You Want, 4.) Just Wanna Go Out, 5.) All The Time

Sometime in 2004 original Carbonas bass player Jeremy moved from Atlanta to Chicago, started dating signer Analucia, met back up with fellow Atlanta expatriate Frank who was already playing drums with The Tyrades, and then recruited Kevin from the Krunchies and termbro Eric Lastname to fill out the band. 

This was their first demo, recorded in Atlanta by Dave Rahn. Douchemaster Records would release a 7" with "Love And Dust", "Just Wanna Go Out", and "Do What You Want". After that Shit Sandwich Records would release "Can't Feel A Thing" and "All The Time". In 2007 Dirtnap Records released an LP of new recordings, they did a tour of Japan, and the band would break up soon after. Jeremy is the only member still more than a little active, living in New York now and fronting the band Games. 

Update: Guitar player Eric re-surfaced with the post-punk band Ballroom in 2015. 

Top photo by canderson. 

Sample: here

Saturday, July 12, 2014

M.O.T.O. - World Of Fuzz

Artist: M.O.T.O. 
Title: World Of Fuzz
Year: 2004
Label: Therapeutic Records
Tracks: 1.) Spanning The Globe, 2.) Catamaran, 3.) World Of Fuzz, 4.) River Of Death

More MOTO. This is from after Paul was "discovered" but it's still just more of him and a drum machine. "Catamaran" is a staple of the live show. 

Sample: here

M.O.T.O. - 4 Pac

Artist: M.O.T.O. 
Title: 4 Pac
Year: 1996
Label: MOC Records
Tracks: 1.) Meet Me By The Flagpole, 2.) The Things We Said And The Things We Did, 3.) Doing The Things We Want To Do, 4.) Making Love For The Rest Of My Life

People seem to be in two camps when it comes to MOTO and Paul Caporino. Either you think he's a genius or it's all pop punk dreck, with not much in between. I happen to think he's a genius. This is probably my favorite MOTO record. It's from the "dark ages" before his post-2000 Renaissance when he was just banging out hit after hit with just him and a drum machine. Thankfully we have the Single File compilation to preserve most of these recordings but this record was criminally not included. 

I have no idea what MOC Records is. I can only find record of four MOC releases and three of them involve MOTO. I'm inclined to say this was self-released, but the back of the sleeve lists separate addressed for the label and band, so that doesn't make a ton of sense if it was actually self-released. 

Sample: here

The Makers - Here Comes Trouble

Artist: The Makers
Title: Here Comes Trouble
Year: 1993
Label: Estrus Records
Tracks: 1.) I Can't Stand It, 2.) The Mantis, 3.) Nobody Gonna Break My Soul

It's probably hard to convince people born in the 1980s that The Makers used to be good, but oh they were so so so so so good. These days you can't at all be taken seriously if you play garage rock rock and wear fancy clothes, but 20 years ago The Makers did it and got away with it. These guys were't garage turkeys. They were the real deal. I never lived anywhere near where they played back then, but their live shows were legendary for violence, chaos, and debauchery. 

This is their very first release from 1993. Everything they did between this and the end of 1995 is amazing, and they did a lot. "Nobody Gonna Break My Soul" is one of my favorite songs they did. I like to live in a world where The Makers didn't exist after 1995. 

Sample: here

Lightning Beat-Man - Fuck You

Artist: Lightning Beat-Man
Title: Fuck You
Year: 2000
Label: Sounds Of Subterrania
Tracks: 1.) Fuck You, 2.) Exit 9, 3.) It's You, 4.) A Peppermint, 5.) Let Me Fuck Your Butt, 6.) LBM Is In Ya Mouth, 7.) My Heart's Like A Broken Bone, 8.) I Know What's Going On 

More Beat-Man. This was kind of like a retirement record. At this point he had recently ceased the Lightning Beat-Man moniker and moved to Reverend Beat-Man full time. This German release compiles some random home recordings and radio performances from 1986 - 1997. Not all are great but there's some fun stuff on here, especially the funk/rap "LBM Is In Ya Mouth". 

Sample: here

Friday, July 11, 2014

Various Artists - Mondo Beat-Man

Artist: Various
Title: Mondo Beat-Man
Year: 1999
Label: Rockin' Bones
Tracks: 1.) Lightning Beat-Man "Jump Jump A Boogie", 2.) The Skeleton Surfers "Out Of Limits", 3.) The Never Heard Of 'Ems "Wrestling R'N'R", 4.) The Monsters "I Wanna Be Dead", 5.) The In-Sekt "Green Fuzz", 6.) The Coronets "Comanche" 

While it seems Beat-Man Zeller is largely a non factor with young music fans these days, it should be noted back in the 1990s he was one of the more interesting musicians operating in the trash rock universe. Based out of Switzerland, he was extremely prolific signing and playing guitar, moving between surf, garage, and punk rock, with some on the traditional side and some more modern and messed up. This is a comp of various Beat-Man bands released by yet another Italian label, Rockin' Bones. 

First up is his Hasil Adkins-inspired one man band rockabilly moniker, Lightning Beat-Man. He would record a lot of records like this. Next is the traditional surf of The Skeleton Surfers, doing a cover of The Marketts classic. As far as I know this is the only Skeleton Surfers recording. Rounding out side one is the juvenile garage punk of The Never Heard Of 'Ems, a group Beat-Man would also record a lot with. 

Side two opens with the more hard rock sounds of The Monsters, Beat-Man's most prolific outfit. After that we have the garage creep of The In-Sekt covering the notorious Randy Alvey tune, made most famous by The Cramps. Lastly, we have some more surf with The Coronets' version of Link Wray's "Commanche". I can only find record of one other Coronets release, a Swiss 45 from 1994. 

Beat-Man is still pretty active, primarily recording as Reverend Beat-Man, but his records and live show seem to be confined to Europe now. He also runs the eccentric Voodoo Rhythm Records, which released the first King Khan & His Shrines LP. 

Sample: here