Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Clone Defects - Lizard Boy

Artist: Clone Defects
Title: Lizard Boy
Year: 2000
Label: Italy Records
Tracks: 1.) Rouge River Rebel, 2.) Not As Good As Gold, 3.) Wholesome Girl, 4.) Lizard Boy

Here's the third 7", which came out at the same time as the second, but it appears to be from a different recording session. This record eluded me for a very long time. Somehow I missed it when it came out and it quickly got to be pretty expensive for my blood but I just recently bought this for the nice price. "Not As Good As Gold" is another of my absolute favorites from them. 

Sample: here

Monday, August 8, 2016

Jeffrey Novak One Man Band - Southern Trash

Artist: Jeffrey Novak One Man Band
Title: Southern Trash
Year: 2005
Label: P. Trash Records
Tracks: 1.) Tonight, 2.) Nothing To Do, 3.) Nothing Can Bring Me Down, 4.) Shutdown, 5.) Back Off, 6.) Dirty Red Boots, 7.) Kick The Door Down, 8.) I've Lost It, 9.) Southern Trash, 10.) Stay Away From Me, 11.) Medication, 12.) Come Around, 13.) Don't Leave Me Alone, 14.) She's So Wild, 15.) Better Get Ready

I went through a run of posting a lot of Jeffrey Novak One Man Band but never posted this, his most proper and final release. It features many of his best songs, a loud-as-f recording, and even some guitar overdubs. Germany's P. Trash Records released the vinyl for this but Jeff's Sonic Assault Records released a couple different variations on CDR. 

Most of these songs are originals, with garage classic "Nothing Can Bring Me Down" by The Twilighters, "Kick The Door Down" originally recorded by the Joe Pestilence-lead The Silverkings and later re-recorded by the Pestilence/King Louie band 10-14 Backdoor, and "Better Get Ready" by German punk legends PACK. 

Sample: here

Friday, August 5, 2016

Bitchschool - s/t

Artist: Bitchschool
Title: s/t
Year: 1999
Label: Lipstick Records
Tracks: 1.) Bitchschool, 2.) Record Store, 3.) I'll Be Good To You, 4.) Runaways In The Night (BONUS)

Along with the previously discussed The Retardos and the one day to be discussed first 7" by The Fevers, here is another relic from the early days when power pop was first acknowledged by the moderne garage scene. 

Bitchschool (This Is Spinal Tap reference) was a short-lived project between brother and sister Chris and Michelle Santamaria immediately after the end of their previous band, the fantastic Loli & The Chones. In this configuration, Chones guitarist Chris moved to drums and drummer Michelle moved to guitar and lead vocals. The band was rounded out by two other girls new to the scene. 

This is the only release they put out. It contains the first three songs included here. They recorded a cover of Nick Gilder's "Runaways In The Night" for a comp and I included it here as a bonus. I have no idea if they ever played any shows or if this was just a studio project. 

After this, Chris would mostly fade into the background, popping up every once in a while with other northern California budget rockers. Michelle and bassist Jessica would continue the direction of Bitchschool with The Pinkz, rounded out by longtime Bay Area drummer Kathy Walker and a new second guitar player. The Pinkz didn't last too long and a few years later Michelle had a run behind the drum kit with Hunx And His Punx. 

Sample: here

Clone Defects - Scissors Chop

Artist: Clone Defects
Title: Scissors Chop
Year: 2000
Label: Italy Records
Tracks: 1.) Scissors Chop, 2.) 15 Minute Love, 3.) Mars

Now we get to the second Clone Defects 7". I don't know for sure but I think these tracks are probably from the same time as the first 7" because both releases were recorded by Jack White and mixed by Jim Diamond, where everything released after this was recorded by only Diamond. 

"Scissors Chop" introduces the band's more abrasive and avant garde side while "15 Minute Love" is possibly the best straight up punk song they ever did. "Mars" is a nice mix of both styles. 

Sample: here