Re-ups galore.

The goods.  Here you go.  Thanks for your requests.

The SilosAbout Here Steps
The Donner Party – Complete Recordings, Parts 1 & 2
Buzz of DelightSound Castles
Third Floor StrangersLast Chance
The LadsOut From the Shadows
Phantom Tollboothdemo
CucumbersWho Betrays Me…
Close LobstersJanice Long Session ep
TNPTheir General Suave Guys Request
Baby LemonadeWonderful ep & 7″
Baby ToothRare Book Room ep & 7″
Well Well WellAnd Rise
Christ in ConcreteFuture Men
Grace BabiesFrequency
ArcwelderJacket Made in Canada/This
HumidifierNothing Changes and Gazer ep
Titanic Love AffairIce Cream Funeral tape
Ten Bright Spikesthree eps 
FfLady Shoe & 7″
The Nobodys7″
Velocity Girl10/29/93, Athens GA
The Fluidlive 1991, singles, etc, Purplemetalflakemusic demos, Punch ‘n Judy, Clear Black Paper, Freak Magnet
DryhouseHayride 7″
Dumb AngelTopflite tape
Dave ParasiteBack to Demo
The ProofIt’s Safe
Brave New WorldLaw of Series ep
Phoenix BirdF.T.C. 7″ 
Ruggedy AnnesJagged Thoughts ep
Anton Barbeau & the Joy BoysNo More Love Guitars tape

Articles Origin: Re-ups galore.


Notes on new music: The Pengwins and Trip Wire

Just about every year (or two) a rather unique musical package comes down that pike that few people in the world are aware of.  Luckily a decent chunk us are Pengwins fans, and we’re fully down with the program.  As a means of archiving (and now disseminating) the recordings of his locally vaunted power pop act, Lannie Flowers has done something unique with his Pengwins catalog, by reissuing one vintage song from their original late ’70s incarnation and placing it on a 7″ disk, pairing it with a considerably more recent recording.  But merely releasing a “single” won’t suffice…so how about decking that 45 out in a full color box containing photos, a CD of the single with extra audio goodies, a download card, liner notes, and some appropriately associated paraphernalia?  They’ve done it again with Volume 4 of this incredibly rewarding series, and if the swag isn’t enticing alone how ’bout the tunes?  The a-side, the 2007 recorded the Danny Wilkerson penned “Go Away” is as fine as anything they’ve committed to tape, sounding like something Cheap Trick would have been proud to put their stamp on back in their ’70s/early ’80s heyday.  And speaking of the ’70s, the ballad-esque “oldie” on the flip, “Just a Dream” circulates back to 1977.  The CD also tacks on an alternate mix of “Go Away” and “Ladybug,” an early iteration of “Just a Dream.”  The whole enchilada is available from Spyderpop Records.  For more details on the Pengwins reissues series, check out one of our earlier entries here.

It’s not the core TripWire lineup of Marty Schneider and Bill Hunt that garnered my attention , so much as the new buck that’s been welcomed into the fold, none other than Jeff Shelton of Well Wishers and Spinning Jennies renown.   To my understanding, the San Fran-based Trip Wire had already carved out a power pop reputation for themselves, and with Shelton on deck that proposition has been further cemented on the band’s sophomore long-player, Cold Gas Giants.   In fact, the selections here the man in question belly’s up to the mic for, “I’m Not the Enemy” and “Growing Old” bear a discernibly crunchy, riff-rock penchant.  To a certain extent, Shelton’s contributions stand in contrast to much of the remainder of CGG, an album that finds this combo finagling with various accoutrements from horns to a string section.   Schneider is the one who predominantly wields the Trip Wire songwriting quill, and he’s wont to operate in a traditional singer/songwriter context.   The band gets by capably, and even exudes some diversity, but I have to wonder how much more of a treat Cold Gas Giants would have amounted to they opted to color outside the lines every now and then.  You can hear and purchase it for yourself through Bandcamp, Kool Kat Music, and Amazon. 

Articles Origin: Notes on new music: The Pengwins and Trip Wire

The Modes – Legacy Collection 1980-86

My apologies for another unconscionably long music drought.  Will try to get to some re-ups later this weekend, and potentially a review or two.  For now I can offer you this.  The Modes were DIY pop-meisters from Boston who straddled that utterly fine line between new wave and power pop, in warm, often slightly cheeky fashion.  By the mid-80s they secured a major label contract…which ultimately fell through.  A breakup ensued, but not before The Modes cut a dozen or so tracks as demos which were resuscitated from aging master tapes for this collection.  There’s a couple of clunkers amidst otherwise promising material in this enticing fifteen song set.  Original copies of may still be available here

01-I Just Wanna Hear From You
02-What to Do What to Feel
03-Together Forever
04-Bad Risk
05-I Only Want to be Wanted
06-Little Rockets
07-Fight Me Off
08-Live Like You’re Gonna Die Tomorrow
10-How Can We Say Goodbye
11-Please Make Me Wanna Care
12-How’d We Ever Get so Girl Crazy?
13-You’re in Trouble
14-Try My Best
15-A New Marionette

Articles Origin: The Modes – Legacy Collection 1980-86

The Flamin’ Goovies – Fantastic Plastic (2017, Severn) – A brief review

A new Flamin’ Groovies album doesn’t come along every year.  Or even every decade.  That being said, will once in a century work for you?  Improbable as it may seem, 2017 brings a brand new Groovies album, Fantastic Plastic, reuniting the band’s key songsmiths/players Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson.  In fact, it’s been almost four entire decades since that duo operated in tandem (even the 1991 Groovies disk, Rock Juice only entailed Cyril).

For those of you in the audience who may not quite be enlightened to whom these gents are, the Flamin’ Groovies christened their collective ship in the mid ’60s in San Francisco, but they bore little to nothing in common with the Haight-Ashbury contingents of the day.  Bypassing psychedelia and flower-power in favor of back to basics roots rock, the Groovies eventually settled on a garage-cum-proto power pop penchant releasing six albums up until the late ’70s, culminating in their rightfully lauded and visceral signature piece, “Shake Some Action.”

Longtime aficionados of this combo would be well within their right minds if they concluded that Fantastic Plastic barely emanates the tenor of the Groovies original incarnation.  After all, Jimmy Carter was in the White House when these guys were still at it full time.  Instead, what you can purloin on Fantastic are occasional shades and colorings of their former selves if only infrequently.  “Cryin Shame” and “I Want You Bad” (the latter an NRBQ cover) reacquaint us with the Groovies resonant jangle of yore.  You might say these songs in particular hearken back to “First Plane Home,” a breezy, mid-tempo endeavor from the band’s halcyon era.  Otherwise Cyril and Co. are starting off with a veritable clean slate.  The opening “What the Hell’s Going On” is a sweet, Stonesy jaunt that plays out more convincingly than anything Mick and Keef have doled out in the last thirty years, and sprite “Crazy Macy” is the closest they come to replicating their ragin’ vintage aplomb. 

Fantastic will surely reaffirm a good quotient of the Groovies old school faithful – and that’s exactly  who this record is tailored to.  Millennials be damned.  You can hook yourself up with a copy over at Severn Records, Amazon, and iTunes

Articles Origin: The Flamin’ Goovies – Fantastic Plastic (2017, Severn) – A brief review

Liquor Giants – Every Other Day at a Time (1998, Matador)

I’ve previously featured the Liquor Giants second album, the splendid Here on these pages before, but have been hesitant to post anything from their later catalog, as it was still available digitally.  For whatever the reason that’s no longer the case with their two Matador Records LPs, Liquor Giants (1996) and the record that followed two years later, which is what you’re looking at/hearing now.  LG golden throat and prime-mover Ward Dotson was an alum of the Gun Club, a critically acclaimed Los Angeles outfit who’s pastiche was significantly derived from the blues and rockabilly.  Their debut, Fire of Love comes recommended from yours truly, but I’m digressing here.  Ward’s proverbial Liquor cabinet wasn’t stocked with boozy roots rock, so much as straight-up guitar pop that often fell somewhere between Tom Petty (yep, that guy again) and Wilco.  The self titled third album never sank in with me, but the Liquor Giants found themselves right back in their melodic groove on Every Other Day…, featuring many a prizewinner like “Dearest Darling,” “Caroline,” and “Kentucky Lounge.”  If not an out-an-out classic this one’s a sheer pleaser, and the closest they would venture to achieving their utmost potential.  Though several minutes long, track fifteen was an entirely blank placeholder, and thus I omitted it.  The remainder consists of a sharp reading of the Move’s “Fire Brigade,” while the unidentifiable concluding track strikes me as being another cover, though I’m stumped at what it’s title is.  Feel free to chime in. 

01. It’s Raining Butterflies
02. Beautiful Flo 
03. What’s the new Mofo?
04. Dearest Darling
05. Kentucky Darling
06. I’ll Never Mind
07. Medicine Ball Games
08. Multicoloured Hipsnake
09. Meaningless
10. It Only Hurts When I Smile
11. Riverdale High
12. Caroline
13. I Know I’m Wrong
14. Summer School
16. Fire Brigade
17. title unknown

Articles Origin: Liquor Giants – Every Other Day at a Time (1998, Matador)