Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Black Lips - Hippys b/w Born To Be A Man

Artist: Black Lips
Title: Hippys b/w Born To Be A Man
Year: 2005
Label: Varmint Records
Tracks: 1.) Hippys, 2.) Born To Be A Man

In my opinion this is the best Black Lips record there is. It takes the insane energy from Black Lips!, the more sophisticated song writing from We Did Not the Forest Spirit Made the Flowers Grow, the tighter musicianship from Let It Bloom, and added a wider spectrum of musical influences, and here you have Black Lips at their most sing along and twangy. These songs were recorded in Germany by King Khan on their lengthy European tour after the release of Let It Bloom

Sadly, if I think this is the best Black Lips record, it means I think everything since hasn't been as good. Fortunately a lot of other people like their newer stuff so they're doing fine. If you're like me, you're holding out hope for the long rumored Last of the White Niggers to come out on In The Red Records, capturing what I assume would be these songs, "Make It" from the split with the Dirtbombs, and a bunch of unreleased songs recorded from this era. 

Sample: here

The Spaceshits - More Abuse

Artist: The Spaceshits
Title: More Abuse
Year: 1997
Label: Primitive Records
Tracks: 1.) More Abuse, 2.) Going Away Baby, 3.) Chainsaw

What more needs to be said about The Spaceshits? Since first hitting the scene in 1996, these guys have been dominating the trash rock universe for close to twenty years now. This is one of the companion singles to their first album, Winter Dance Party, released on a local Montreal label. "More Abuse" is on the LP, the two B-side tracks aren't. "Going Away Baby" is by Grains of Sand from 1966 and "Chainsaw" is the Ramones classic. 

Sample: here