Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Negative Fun Records Incentive + Bandcamp Mini-Mixtape

Hola camaradas. Negative Fun Records has a cool thing going on:

$50 gets you 10 7"s and some cool shit.

Sound from LA:

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From London:

Whoa, from the Czech Republic, this is absolutely the f'n s. It's a live recording, I think it's from the 90s:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Potpourri of Sound

This morning at work I listened to Gil Scott-Heron's I'm New Here, which is good, on google play. Google recommended Donny Hathaway based on that listen, whom I thought I had never heard. I queued up Hathaway's soundtrack for the 1972 movie Come Back, Charleston Blue. Turns out, the fourth track on the album, Vegetable Wagon, has been sampled several times over, from Dr. Dre's Rat-Tat-Tat off my fave album ever The Chronic, to DJ Jazzy Jeff, Biggie, and KRS-One (according to WhoSampled and Youtube comments on the Vegetable Wagon clip below).

I recognized the first few seconds of the song from Mix Master Mike's absolutely amazing Anti-Theft Device. You can hear the sample from Vegetable Wagon at around 10:36:

A little while later on the Hathaway album is Little Ghetto Boy, used prominently in the Dr. Dre/Snoop/Nate Dogg song Lil Ghetto Boy, also off The Chronic. I didn't realize Lil Ghetto Boy had an official video:

Google play then suggested Minnie Riperton's first two albums, 1974's "Perfect Angel" and 75's "Adventures In Paradise," re-released together in 2004 by the U.K. label Stateside. I feel like my life has been enriched by listening to these two excellent albums -- I recommend you go do the same after you're done here.

Google play suggested Roy Ayers after that, another one I'd never heard, so I brought up Ayer's 1976 effort, Everybody Loves The Sunshine, which was cool too:

And that was my day of listening to cool shit while I worked. Meanwhile, on twitter, Canada's 4th smartest person recommended to me this new video from Winnipeg's shoegazey The Hours:

And I got the Doomtown Records update today, and zeroed in on this synth-punk sweetness, from Croatia. This was released this past February:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Liquid Skulls & Sorry State Records

My pal Jimmy Spice recommended this sweet shoegaze from the UK on his fb page:

Check out Jimmy's righteous sound, Liquid Skulls:

Sorry State Records sent me their distro/label news update, which is super-nice of them. Thanks guys! Here's some cool news and stuff you can order from them:

From Phoenix, hc Gay Kiss has an LP coming out in the fall --

You can order this FRAU 12" here, from Sorry State. Awesome punk rock from London:

Priests I'd never heard of, so I googled them and saw this awesomeness has already been featured on brooklynvegan and stereogum, so you know, they're famous already. But just in case you're like me and have your head under a rock, here's something cool:

Lumpy and the Dumpers Demo 7" from Negative Jazz was #1 on Sorry State's top distro sellers for June. Indeed, they are sold out at the Negative Jazz bigcartel page and on Sorry State. It was mentioned on pitchfork back in April, there was probably only like 300 pressed, right, so there you go.

Rad hc from a label called Konton Crasher:

Sorry State has a ton of stuff available so go check them out!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Brand New and Relatively New Rock'n'Roll via Bandcamp

New from LA's Recess Records:

Courtesy Germany's Stencil Trash Records, Lexington, Kentucky's J. Marinelli has a limited edition one-sided 10" EP available now via his bandcamp page. GBVey, I like it:

Outta Chicago, this is from this past January.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Talkin' Bob Dylan's 115 Albums Blues

First, for $10 you can pre-order Dystopian Society's 4 song 7" from Mass Media Records outta Costa Mesa, CA:

Second, I've been on a Dylan kick lately. I wrote this bit for my buddies who want to get deeper into his catalog, which I have a limited knowledge of. It was fun to talk about my favorite Dylan albums and songs, so I thought I'd share it here, redacted and edited for public consumption, with youtube vidjas added at choice points. I think I'm gonna go no quotation marks around titles for life. "#NOQUOTATIONZZMARX4LYFE"

The first self-titled, Freewheelin, The Times They Are A-Changin', and Another Side of BD all have their moments. I had my dad's tapes of the boxed set Biograph when I was a kid and that's how I'm familiar with a lot of the songs off the first three albums.

The song Boots of Spanish Leather off of Times I've only recently discovered and it is astounding. Of the above prolly the two most solid are Another Side and then Freewheelin, IMO.

The first Dylan album I discovered on my own, when I was 14, was Bringing It All Back Home. A great, fun album. Didn't get into the slightly more rollicking, garage rocking Hwy 61 Revisited until years later but those two albums are flip sides of each other, released the same year ya know, both equal in awesomeosity and fun.

Blonde on Blonde was my fave album ever for about a year in my early twenties. Man, it's sprawling.

John Wesley Harding I never got into but it's got three of my fave tracks, Dear Landlord, I Am a Lonesome Hobo, and I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. I need to go in and listen to that whole album. It's also got his version of All Along the Watchtower from before Jimi took it over. Here's Maureen Tucker, drummer of the Velvet Underground:

Self-Portrait and New Morning I never got into but SP has got Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) which is another one of my all time faves, and New Morning has If Not For You and The Man In Me. George Harrison does an awesome cover of If Not For You.

Never got into Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, and never even heard of "Dylan" until just now (I'm lookin at the wiki discography). Also never got into Planet Waves.

But that brings us to Blood on the Tracks, which IMO, and in other's O, is his best, and one of the best albums of all time. I still recommend this one for y'all to listen to next.

I thought I was familiar with The Basement Tapes but most of those song titles don't ring a bell with me. Million Dollar Bash is a great song.

I was deep into a couple of tracks on Desire as a kid (Hurricane and Black Diamond Bay), and this was one of the first CDs I ever bought, I was late to Cds. I remember listening to it in multiple habitats, probably my #1 fave for at least three years running. I'd say this one for y'all's earholes after Blood on the Tracks.

Infidels is his first post religious phase album and my dad had it on tape so I was vaguely familiar with it, especially with the track Jokerman which is one of my fave songs of all time. I've recently listened to the whole album again a couple of times on google play. I like it, but it's not like, the most amazing thing ever or anything. Jokerman, however, is one of the most amazing things ever. I've shared this before, it bears repeating:

After that my knowledge of the discography drifts away again until 97's Time Out of Mind, which is really, really good. Love and Theft I didn't get into as much save for High Water (Song for Charley Patton), which is a great song.

Not familiar with anything else new.

I see he's got a new one due in August. Cool!

Another thing I'd recommend is the box set "Biograph" I mentioned earlier. It's a lot of music, hits and rarities. Looking at the track list makes me want it on vinyl. It's on gplay so prolly on y'all's crappy spottyfy too. Also awesome:

Simo Soo, Postcode, and The Masked Marauders

CNQ's favorite Australian No-Rave artiste Simo Soo is raising money for his new album and a possible tour of the U.S. For $8 on bandcamp you can get a download of a sweet 22 track compilation of unreleased/unavailable Simo Soo tracks recorded from 2009-11. It's available until July 5th then it's "GONE 4 EVA," as Simo sez on his facebook page. I got mine, I hope he comes to Texas!

The Isle of Man's Postcode has a video for their new jam. Good stuff:

I picked up this at ZT Records in Frisco, TX this weekend, for $8. A '60s hoax album courtesy Rolling Stone magazine: