Monday, June 22, 2015

The Okmoniks - Take A Spin With

Artist: The Okmoniks
Title: Take A Spin With
Year: 2002
Label: In-Fi Records
Tracks: 1.) You Took What I Ain't Got, 2.) Little Bit More Hate, 3.) Locked In The Trunk Of your Ford Blues

The Okmoniks are probably best known as the band Nobunny was in before he started being a frontman with Sneaky Pinks and Nobunny, but The Okmoniks had a pretty good thing going before Justin even joined them. I think they are among the only good contemporary straight up garage bands. 
In case you don't know, the name of the band is a reference to the TV show ALFThis is their first release from 2002, two years before the Nobunny era, with original drummer Sarah. 

The axis of the band has always been couple Helene (vocals, organ) and Sammy (guitar). They started out in Tucson, Arizona, and for the time they lived there had Sneaky Pink Trent on bass and a few different drummers. About 5 years after this record, Helene and Sammy moved to Oakland, right after completing their only LP, and the band hasn't been too serious since. They do play out sometimes, reunited with Justin on drums and Nobunny family band member Jason Testasecca on bass, but this lineup has not recorded anything. 

Sample: here

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Spaceshits - Full Fisted Action!

Artist: The Spaceshits
Title: Full Fisted Action! 
Year: 1996
Label: Sympathy For The Record Industry
Tracks: 1.) Betty Page, 2.) Aw Yeah!, 3.) Riff Randall, 4.) She's Fine, 5.) No Time For You, 6.) Can't Be True, 7.) Icepick

More Spaceshits. This double 7" was the first record I ever bought by them. Their cover of Supercharger's "Icepick" is not noted on the sleeve nor record label. 

Sample: here