Saturday, March 21, 2020

CNQ's "THE WEIRD BUMMER COMPILATION" now on Mixcloud!

In the Beforetimes, we called a compilation like this a mixtape, which ya know is a collection of songs you made on a dual cassette deck and gave to a friend or a girl you liked. Nowadays a mixtape is a collection of songs with unlicensed samples, so in keeping with the times I've called this a compilation as if it's something official put out by a label. But between you and me, it's what us kids in the 80s and 90s called a mixtape. 22 tracks, an hour and thirty minutes, of previously unreleased and released tracks from the world's finest temporary shut-ins!

Thanks to all of the artists who contributed. I should be able to do a second one of these...shoot me an email at matt at clean nice quiet dot com if you want a song on the next Weird Bummer comp.

1. Highway Robbery: “Bucktown Special” (Dec. 2019 Demos, 2019)

2. GAR GAR: “Amoeba” (unreleased, from forthcoming album GAR GAR!)

3. Thin Skin: “Pork Fat (A Take On the American Experience Through Robert Lapage) (I Stole This Off The Internet, 2018)

4. Haq: “Dustboy Horrorshow” (Evaporator, 2019)

5. Andrew Anderson: “Day IV: Crooked Mile” (Music Album Idea, 2020)

6. Threat. Meet. Protocol.: “!​@​%​#?” (Mindless Consumption, 2017)

7. Hench: “Fine” (The End is OK, 2019)

8. The Bordellos with Dee Claw: “Melancholia” (unreleased track, 2017 and 2020)

9. Espuelérico: “¡Que Difícil!” (digital single, 2020)

10. Fantasy Creeps: “Crisis Tour” (digital single, 2017)

11. Circus WorlD: “The Black Earth” (unreleased, 20__)

12. This Heel: “Fly Me Back To Suspended Animation” (digital single, 2020)

13. Mirror Box: “Destabilizing Agent” (Minimal Compliance, 2018)

14. Harold Nono: “Let The Light In (Prince of Darkness)” (We’re Almost Home, 2020)

15. Damien Youth: “Mr. Serendipity (A Monster’s Theme)” (The Citizen, 2011)

16. Postcode: “Broken” (Zebratronic, 2014)

17. Nanaki: “As We Fade” (Epilogue, 2018):

18. Chained Bliss: “Mirrors” (Stained Red Promo CS, 2019)

19. The Morning Brains: “Clowns On Speed” (unreleased track, 2003)

20. Drewid + Chadtastic: “Sick” (unreleased track, 2013)

21. Occult Character: “Social Distances” (digital single, 2020)

22. The Legless Crabs: “Shutdown” (digital single, 2020)

Friday, March 20, 2020

Bandcamp Waiving Their Vig for Friday 3/20/2020

Hope everyone is safe and well. Remain indoors the best you can, and wash your damn hands! We, humanity I mean, can whip this thing if we stick together (which ironically means giving each other a wide berth right now) and don't panic.

With Bandcamp waiving their vig today until midnight PST, I figured it's high time I pick up a few things I've been meaning to buy. I actually haven't bought anything on Bandcamp in a while. So here's what I purchased tonight:

First up, a rockin' instrumental single from Sweden's Martin Månsson Sjöstrand. If you're a loyal CNQ-er you may know Martin from one of my fave bands, This Heel, who I feature on the blog and the podcast frequently.

The UK's Brian Bordello has been busy recently, first with the 5 track Liverpool Hipster Scene EP, from Metal Postcard Records. I listened to this in the car a while back and I'm always blown away by Brian's honest, raw talent at getting to the meat and bone of a song. He followed that up shortly with a CD release from Wormhole World, a project called Idiot Blur Fanboy. The Idiot Blur Fanboy album is called "Oasis Are the Enemy," it's 11 songs, around 30 minutes of incredible no-fi. Brian is my underground hero, every release of his is as important as the last:

Also from Metal Postcard Records, and Bordellos adjacent, is Beauty Stab with a 3 track EP called "O Eden." Gorgeous, super-sexy lo-fi synth-pop/post-punk from a two piece out of the UK, and one of the members is Brian Bordello's son, Dan Shea. Dan is in the Bordellos with his dad, and was also in a band called Vukovar. Dan has a silky, resonant af voice and he and B. Preston, the other member of the duo, just knocked it out of the park with these three songs. This came out in March of 2019 and I've been meaning to buy it for, clearly, a year.

I've been meaning to pick up the latest Boys' Age releases, as he's been busy. Japan's Boys Age cranks out excellent warped guitar-based damaged pop. Here's his two most recent singles:

Richter Scale is a punk label out of the UK and you can get all of their 32 releases for $15 U.S. dollars. Here's a sampler from their most recent releases, hardcore, noisey stuff. Love it. Why would you not shell out $15 for this?:

This brings me to the end of my spending spree -- the new album from St. Louis' Fried E/M, off of Lumpy Records. That's Lumpy from Lumpy and the Dumpers on drums. We got to see these guys in a little taco place (Killer's Tacos) up in Denton a year or so ago. Impressive, high energy performance. I just ordered the vinyl for this -- I'll be hosing it down with Lysol and placing it in quarantine when it arrives:

You should also order a print from Fort Worth's incomparable Jack Daw Folk Art!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Adam Holtz: Volumes 25 and 26

All the way back in 2012, the first year of CNQ, when my intent for the blog was to solely focus on obscure 45 singles, I shared a track by guitarist and singer/songwriter Adam Holtz called "Party Hardy." The track was a Texas ripper from 1980 and not too long after that, Adam was nice enough to contact me and let me know he was still recording music. Thus began a tradition -- almost a decade now -- of Adam annually sending me the songs he has recorded throughout the year, and me featuring some of them here on the blog.

I'm proud to point out these are CNQ exclusives -- Adam doesn't have a web presence and this is the only place on the Internet you're going to get to hear these tracks. Adam's been busy this year -- two volumes, 46 tracks. A mix of rockers and ballads, plus a neat gospel track (see "Way Up High," below). All in all some of his strongest work yet. Here's a few of my faves from this batch of Holtz recordings from 2019:

Listen and download:

"True Love"

Download True Love

"Everyone Can See"

Download Everyone Can See

"Chicken Pickin' Lickin' Good"

Download Chicken Pickin' Lickin' Good

"Doesn't Matter Where Or When"

Download Doesn't Matter Where Or When

"Have You Seen Her"

Download Have You Seen Her

"Way Up High"

Download Way Up High

"I'm Feelin' Fine"

Download I'm Feelin' Fine

Friday, January 17, 2020

New From Bandcamp: Two New Instrumental Albums -- Martin Månsson Sjöstrand Trio from Sweden and Boys Age from Japan; and a new psych-pop single from Nomadic Homes from Nova Scotia

A few years back Kale Ogle of Doctor Nod fame was nice enough to design some sweet ass headers and icons for CNQ, really cool collage stuff that Kale is good at. His designs have been the face of CNQ on Facebook and e-mails for a few years now, but a while back I opted for a change on the CNQ blog header with some found public domain art. Tonight I did a full overhaul, channeling 14 year old Matt for some notebook drawings that's in keeping with Kale's back to basics approach with his hand-cut montages, but by me because I'm a creative type and like change but also lazy and hand drawn on notebook paper felt right. I think what I came up with is funny. Who gives a shit one way or the other tho -- let's rock:

CNQ fave Martin Månsson Sjöstrand of Dog Paper Submarine and This Heel is back with the Martin Månsson Sjöstrand Trio, and a nine song digital album called "Universum Faller." My dad taught me there's something special about a three man band. Excellent instrumental prog-surf, the Swedish trio's first album in six years is available for pay-what-thou-wilt on Bandcamp, and absolutely worth paying for (as is anything and everything Martin Månsson Sjöstrand is part of, he's a real talent). And speaking of montages, check out the cover art for "Universum Faller," too cool:

Dedicated CNQ-ers know I'm also a big fan of Boys Age from Japan. Here's another new instrumental album, 6 songs, $2.50 for a digital download. Speaking of cover art, I always love Boys Age cover art. I wonder if he does it himself.

Groovy new psych-pop single from Nova Scotia's Nomadic Homes, $1 CAN:

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Two New Lo-Fi Punk Releases: Alien Nosejob from New Zealand and Dead Ghost from Canada

Got some new Adam Holtz coming up.

This year, instead of doing New Year's Resolutions that I'm never going to keep up with all year, I'm doing micro-resolutions month to month, and allowing myself to fail and get back up again, instead of, if I mess up, just scrapping the whole resolution. So far it's worked well and I recommend it.

Keeping up with CNQ more was not one of my micro-resolutions. For the one or two of you who read these posts, I'm a broken record, I know. I say "I post when I feel like it and don't do reviews" quite a bit. I'll put it in the blog description and maybe that will help me remember to talk about something else every once in a while. But yeah, as soon as I feel like I have to do this (or anything), I immediately do not want to do it anymore.

Meanwhile, artists and bands, feel free to send me your tunes, I'll happily listen, and if I like it, I'll share a song and a link and probably talk about it a little. But I'm not a music critic, just a fan, and I generally don't do reviews. Occasionally I'll break that rule, but in general that's how CNQ operates.

So let's see what's going on with some Bandcamp e-mail updates. Geeze, I get a lot of these.

Burger Records sent a link to Shindig! Magazine's premiere of Dead Ghosts' new video for a song called "Drugstore Supplies," off their new album "Automatic Changer," due out April 24. I liked Dead Ghosts' "Can't Get No," which came out in 2015, and I like Burger Records. Shindig's a neat magazine and I wasn't aware of their web presence until I got that Burger Records e-mail update. I listened to about half this 3 and a half minute song and I'm like, ya know, this is the same garage rock that every Burger Records release sounds like. It's fine, but frankly I'm a little bored by the formula.

Holy mackerel, I think I just did a critical review. But what do I know? I can only strum three chords. Here's the video. Like I said, the song is fine. But it sounds like so much of what Burger Records puts out, and stuff that sounds like what Burger Records puts out, that I can't really get excited about it:

The Youtube video on the Burger Records channel has 29 thumbs up and no thumbs down as of 9:47pm on 1/16/2020. I've always wondered what kind of asshole thumbs downs a video. I'm not gonna be that guy. If there was a "meh" icon I'd click it, maybe.

The Ausmuteants' Jake Robertson has a new solo album, "Suddenly Everything Is Twice As Loud," out on Anti-Fade Records (in Australia) and Drunken Sailor (in the UK). The solo project is called Alien Nosejob, and I love it. I'm pre-disposed to the "Devo-core" sound of Ausmuteants much more than I am the surfy garage sound of Burger Records releases, but it's not like Robertson is just re-making Devo songs. He's using that sound as a jumping off point to make some inventive, highly listenable, synthy garage-pop/off-kilter rock'n'roll that is worth purchasing so you can be cool and own it, and he can continue to do it. You can get it on black vinyl (red sold out already) from Anti-Fade for $25 AUS dollars, and from Drunken Sailor for a little cheaper -- shipping to the US is cheaper via Drunken Sailor too. Both sites have it available for $12 to dl digital via Bandcamp. Great album: