Nova Mob – s/t (1994, Restless)

Thursday morning I learned that Grant Hart, drummer and co-vocalist of my all time favorite band, Husker Du, had passed away from cancer, a diagnosis I was ignorant to up until the announcement.  That plain-clothed power-trio from Minneapolis set me on the most exciting and visceral musical trajectory of my life.  They opened many a door for me.  I never witnessed Husker Du live, but had the opportunity to spend some time with Grant Hart, and am grateful for having the privilege of doing so.

The truth is, I had a closer affinity to Bob Mould’s post-Husker endeavors than Grant’s.  Still, every record he put his stamp on was at the very least worth investigating.  The self-titled second album from Grant’s next band, Nova Mob, was well above average and worthy of the kind of copious praise heaped upon Sugar and Bob’s early solo records.  It’s also the most guitar-oriented album Grant was involved with outside of   Husker Du.  Some outright great songs present – “Old Empire,” “Little Miss Information” and “Shoot Your Way to Freedom.”  Many Hart related releases preceded and followed Nova Mob, but it’s the closest he would come to perfection in his own right.  It’s quite sobering to know that the voice behind these songs, and so many classics like “Green Eyes,” “Sorry Somehow” and “Turn on the News” has been silenced.  Rest in peace, Admiral of the Sea

01. Old Empire
02. Shoot Your Way To Freedom
03. Puzzles
04. Buddy
05. See and Feel and Know
06. Little Miss Information
07. I Won’t Be There Anymore
08. Please Don’t Ask
09. The Sins of Their Sons
10. Beyond A Reasonable Doubt
11. If I Was Afraid
12. Not Talking About
13. Evergreen Memorial Drive

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Articles Origin: Nova Mob – s/t (1994, Restless)

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Boys With Toys – Big House (1985, Hot Fudge)

Info on this Iowa City trio is pretty scant, but a brief primer can be found here.  I believe Brad Jones (ostensibly the Boys frontman, though I can’t confirm) eventually went on to record a solo disk for Big Deal Records a decade after Big House hit the racks.  As for Boys With Toys proper, they struck a pretty reasonable compromise between power pop and rootsy rockabilly.  Their “pop” angle loosely resembled the Romantics and Plimsouls…but I wouldn’t get too excited.  “Every Young Boys Heart” and “Ain’t No Picture Show” twirl my knob the most.  Enjoy (or not).

01. Every Young Boys Heart
02. Cold Grey Morning
03. I Been Dreamin’ too
04. Ain’t No Picture Show
05. Holdin’ On
06. Two by Two
07. In The Mood for Me
08. Oh Oh, No No
09. Rockin’ and Rollin’
10. Don’t Put Your Perfume on Tonight

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Articles Origin: Boys With Toys – Big House (1985, Hot Fudge)

Re-ups.

I’ll have some new stuff for you before you know it.  Until then here’s the latest based on your requests.  Cheers.

FudgeThe Ferocious Rhythm of Precise Laziness, singles
Twitch Hazel/Technical Jedsplit ep
LuxuryEP #1
Lucy Browns/t LP
Iodine RaincoatsI Wonder ep
DoughboysShine & Disposable eps
Wood ChildrenShopaholic
Ken Stringfellow@ SXSW 2004
Orange Humble BandDown in Your Dreams ep
MercylandNo Feet on the Cowling
Buzz HungryAt the Hands of Our Intercessors  
Straitjacket Fitslive KPFK 1989
Oznerols/t ep
Fighting CauseDeadtown 7″ ep
Korova Milk BarTalkings Boring
Versusdemos 1990-91
Attachmentss/t ep
Tame and Talkings/t ep
GladstonesJeremy 
Winter HoursLeaving Time & live 1989 
Eastern Blocs/t
Rooneythree eps
FailureComfort demos
Lotiontwo eps
DrownersDestroyer & World Record Player
PopsicleLacquer 
Chain Link FenceFireworks & Positive eps
The FluidClear Black Paper and Freak Magnet demos
fIREHOSERagin’ demos
27 VariousHi & 7″
Small (23)Cakes ep & singles
Treepeoplesingles 

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Bob Mould – Workbook demos (1988)

My apologies if it seems like I’ve been phoning it in lately.  Hopefully in the near future I’ll be able to provide you with a “normal” amount of content again.  Until then I have this.  Workbook was Bob Mould’s first album after dissolving Husker Du in the tail end of 1987 (or was it early 1988).  That band veritably changed my life and musical trajectory.  It surprised a lot of people when Bob returned to music with an unabashedly acoustic endeavor.  By coincidence, Workbook was very much in the same league as Richard Thompson, another acoustic-y singer/songwriter.  At any rate, here are eight drum machine-driven sketches for the album in question (some of which btw never gestated past the demo stage)Dare I say an audio workbook for a Workbook?

01. Brasilia Crossed With Trenton
02. If You’re True
03. Sunspots
04. Wishing Well
05. Walls in Time
06. Heartbreak a Stranger
07. Dreaming I Am
08. Trade

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Articles Origin: Bob Mould – Workbook demos (1988)

Walt Mink – El Producto (1996)

Hard to believe an indie band of any stripe would become more inspired upon making the jump to a major label.  Nevertheless, Urge Overkill, Surgery, and what’s that other one…oh yeah, Nirvana, all seemed to gain a stronger sonic/lyrical foothold when the big boys rang the dinner bell.  This phenomenon could be pure coincidence, but I’d lump Walt Mink into that elite fold, with their lone Atlantic Records release, El Producto.  Their third proper album, Producto yielded little in the way of hits (thanks in part to a nil-promotional push), but in terms of proficiency and hook saviness it’s probably the most convincing album of their tenure.  From the buzzy power pop of “Betty,” the dexterous guitar splay of the uncanny “Overgrown,” to the bowl-em-over thrash pop scorcher “Little Sister,” you’d be hard pressed to claim this lil’ rekid doesn’t persuade in one way or another.  Gotta love those arpeggiated guitar fills too.  Make sure to check out our previous Walt Mink entry surrounding a pair of early demo albums here

01. Stood Up
02. Everything Worthwhile
03. Betty
04. Overgrown
05. Settled
06. Me & My Dog
07. Little Sister
08. Up & Out
09. #246
10. Listen Up
11. Sunshine M
12. Love in the Dakota

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Articles Origin: Walt Mink – El Producto (1996)