Capstan Shafts – Fixation Protocols (2008, Rainbow Quartz)

Three weeks ago I enlightened you with an entry regarding lo-fi outlier Dean Wells, or more specifically his musical alter-ego the Capstan Shafts.  You took quite a shine to the 2007 album I shared, Environ Maiden, and voila, here’s the followup.  In that earlier piece I emphasized Wells affection for Guided By Voices/Robert Pollard’s penchant for “leave ’em wanting more” ethos.  Brevity is still a watchword on Fixation Protocols, but the overarching effect is less derivative of the Fading Captain.  Sometimes that yields songs that are less than immediate, yet wholly rewarding on subsequent go-arounds.  In short, expect the artful, just not necessarily the grandiose.

01-Asymptonic freedom
02-Shaky days, bring honey
03-Eyeliner skywriting etc
04-Middles of June
05-Anthropecene stealers
06-Miss Cenozoic
07-What used to become you (now befalls you)
08-Communists in 19th century America
09-A heart that never flies
10-Get Honest
11-Brightest page in the history of man
12-Her novel ‘canal zone poetry’
13-Little world saver
14-Boy to take you nowhere
15-Behemoth to a Flame
16-The Hell With the Days Again
17-The Stunted Kid
18-Fixation Protocal
19-Squeals of Resignation
20-Song for monometallists
21-The framers blameless enterprise
22-Voting Hopeless

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Articles Origin: Capstan Shafts – Fixation Protocols (2008, Rainbow Quartz)

Cement Trampoline – Glad to Be Alive (1989, Imagine!)

Never mind the (quasi) mullets, this Bay Area foursome weren’t quite as “boss” as their collective visages suggest.  Cement Trampoline were presumably minor players in their hometown scene, with faint inclinations to not-so-local contemporaries raging from the Feelies to Dramarama and even the Smithereens.  Glad to Be Alive finds these humble gents mixing things up with several gradations of speed and intensity.  “Pushing the Panic Button” is a thing of jagged riff-rock beauty, with “Everything Means Touch” coming in at a close second.  “Lifeline” is strummy, power pop manna, the mid-tempo “Pick Me Up” isn’t necessarily capable as it’s title purports, but C/T save their finest for last, a swift jangly salvo in the guise of “Now!”  Some of the in-between tunes I’ve failed to mention are a little too slow or pedestrian for my edgy tastes, but I’ll let you suss out which ones they are.

01. Lifeline
02. When You Hear My Song
03. I Keep Hoping
04. Step Lightly
05. Pushing the Panic Button
06. Gallup to a Crawl
07. (Shake) The Hand of Fate
08. Everything Means Touch
09. Lucky As You Are
10. Pick Me Up
11. Now!

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Articles Origin: Cement Trampoline – Glad to Be Alive (1989, Imagine!)

Re-ups.

I should have a new needle-drop for you tomorrow, but until then chew on these.
 
PavementStack ‘o Slack (rarities, live)
GBVBeyond the Bars and Churches
Rain ParadeCrashing Dream
ReactionsCracked Marbles ep
I-RailsPanharmonium, Nine Songs From Nowhere, Unfocused, Valentino Says, Same Old Me 7″, live 1990
Tubetopsingles
Pop Arts/t ep, Long Walk to Nowhere
Porcelain Boyssingles
Custom Floor7″
Slowchange Madagascar7″
Solomon Grundy7″
Dr. Janet7″
Marky & the Unexplained Stainss/t
Love BatteryStraight Freak Ticket
Ultracherry VioletI fall to Pieces
BangtailsHypnotic Downpour ep
Rapture of the DeepUnder Quabbin ep
BreathersRain Down ep
Crocodile ShopHead ep, Lullaby
The Love Ins/t ep
The RevellairesPop of Ages
The Opossums(marsupial eruptus)
Poetry GrenadeRocket 
BerberLower Goes the Roof Beam
V/ABlack Brittle Frisbee

Articles Origin: Re-ups.

Suburban Sprawl – Ice (198?, Lott)

Our friends at Mine for Life recently reminded me of a relatively unknown band whose CD I picked up years ago, but never gave much of a listen to.  File Suburban Sprawl under post-new wave?  Not overwhelmingly synthy or guitarsy, this well coifed quintet from points unknown, strike me as having gotten their foot in a certain door that was just about to slam firmly shut by the late ’80s.  Bit of a nondescript angle here, but Ice’s hottest idea, “Serious” would slot in well with say, Wire Train or Red Rockers.  Suburban Sprawl sported a pretty plush sound,that wasn’t fully arrived on the bulk of this disk, and sadly it looks like they never followed up on this album’s promise.  Discogs pegs Ice’s copyright as 1987, but the sleeve notes don’t provide a date.  I’d put it at 1988 or later.  The tray card tracklist is a bit scrambled as well.  I’m not entirely sure what the title of the sixth cut is, but seven is definitely “Wanda Wanda,” not “Wireless.”  Check out the non-LP “Borders” from the Mine for Life blog link above. 

01. Baby Feet
02. At a Glance
03. Stay Forever
04. Ice
05. Keep the Faith
06. Wireless (?)
07. Wanda Wanda
08. Serious
09. Feel Appeal
10. Weekends
11. Resident
12. Never Say Never

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Articles Origin: Suburban Sprawl – Ice (198?, Lott)