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Johnny King with The Singing Strings of Carl Cotner: "Take A Good Look/Close To You" (1960, Monticello 1014)

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Today at Lucky Dog Books in the D I picked up a big hardback encyclopedia of Roman history for a cool $6, plus some old Who's Who In The DC Universe reader copies, a couple of Steely Dan albums, and this heavy metal sampler LP called Heavy Metal Thunder. Originally released on French label/distro Carrere in '82, the one I picked up has label and album print (except for title and band names) in Spanish, and it was released on Peerless in 1983. Neat stuff. Among the 45s I picked up was this pop obscurity. Take A Good Look b/w Close To You by Johnny King, with The Singing Strings of Carl Cotner, released on a label called Monticello in 1960. I couldn't find out anything about Monticello via a Google search. This site puts the recording year of this seven inch at 1960. And the song was mentioned in a Billboard in mid-January, 1960, though I see a couple of other links that have it for sale put the year of its creation at 1959. There's a few copies available on Ebay.�����…

Threat.Meet.Protocol., HOLY, kudzu, Treasure Fleet, FUTURO, PAVEL CHEKOV, x=, and Henry Boatwright

Check out this awesome/bizarre/new favorite claymation video that kiwi punkers Threat.Meet.Protocol made for their song The Last One, off their new album, Pretentious, released last month. CNQ breathes for just this type of action. Absolutely the best thing I've seen/heard all month: HC punk from Milano, Italy: the age of collapse by HOLYNew lo-fi rock from Springfield, Missouri. Good song: Tallahassee by kudzuNew space-rock from Chicago: The Sun Machine by Treasure FleetNew punk from France's Crapoulet Records label: Mmx LP by FUTUROThis Dallas powerviolence act has a new cassette tape release. I need to see these guys soon: V.I. LENIN by PAVEL CHEKOVMore new punk, this from Pennsylvania: Home Recordings: Volume 3 by x=We began with awesome, we continued on with awesome, and now we end with awesome. German label Tramp Rec has re-issued this awesome Houston funk/soul from 1970 on 45: OUT NOW! LTD. EDITION 7": HENRY BOATWRIGHT - The African Slide by Tramp Re…

uncle curt

I posticulate that our debut de siècle in this anthropocene soon to be robopocene era is like, the wildest, man. The wildest. To wit: Back From The Dead by uncle curt

Grave Mistake Records, Bad Advice, Crime Wave, Cloak/Dagger, Ausmuteants

Richmond, Virginia's super-cool Grave Mistake Records is having a big sale, LPs, 7"s, and CDs, including some new arrivals, for 30-40% off. Here's what I picked up tonight. From 2012, this punk 7" features dudes from Richmond bands Government Warning, The Ladies, and Cloak/Dagger. The Richmond scene, man. Dig it. Do Not Resuscitate by Bad AdviceThis Houston punk is also from 2012: Nazi Sex by Crime waveGrave Mistake has a few copies of the European press of this 7" from 2009: Don't Need A by Cloak/DaggerI've seen this Australian band's album 2014 album on a few lists, and they're We're Cops video is super-disturbingly cool: Order Of Operation by AUSMUTEANTS

Ex Hex, Mind Spiders, and Party Static

The wife and I went to see Ex Hex and Mind Spiders at Club Dada in Dallas last night. We missed the opening act, Dallas-based five piece Party Static, due to a timing error on our part. We were bummed we missed them because their 6 song EP from 2013, This Isn't Music, is good stuff. Since they're local hopefully we'll catch them soon: Mind Spiders is a band from up in Denton, their 2013 album Inhumanistic was put out by Dirtnap Records. Lead vox/guitarist Mark Ryan is also in the similarly awesome The Marked Men, but that band hasn't put out anything since 2010. What is there to say about Ex Hex that hasn't already been said? Mary Timony is approaching legendary status, Rips, released late last year on Merge, is an excellent album, etc. It was a pleasure to see Timony shred on the guitar, and bassist Betsy Wright, who wrote a couple of the tracks on Rips, has a magnetic stage presence. They stayed after the show and (wo)manned their merch table, took pics and …

Buck Biloxi, Liquid Skuills, Clutch: The Boy Wonder, and a Smithsonian Folkways Track from Ivan Kozlovsky/Alexander Ivanov-Kramskoy

Today at work I listened to first-of-the-year episodes of Best Table In Hell and Dynamite Hemorrhage. Both of 'em are great podcasts. DH's Jay Hinman did a good interview with Tim Scott from Noisey Australia. At the end of it, Scott asks Hinman, "What music trends would you like to see disappear in 2015?" And Hinman sez he'd like to see "all-male bands who fashion themselves as “aggro” and “brutal” to mellow the fuck out." I'm not an angry young man anymore, but I was once, for sure, and there's a lot of stuff to be angry about in the world. I think I have brushed my teeth with enough fluoride that I've been rendered docile. But if anger is the feeling someone wants to express, I'll break it down from there. I won't post someone who's angry at Puerto Ricans or Transhumanists, you know that. Bands who propagate racism and intolerance should be ashamed of themselves. But if you are mad at establishment culture, or the governmen…

New Vinyl from Bandcamp

2015 will be the year I thoroughly embrace Australian crust. Here's a split from Sydney's Inebrious Bastard with a band from Winnipeg called TERRORIST: Inebrious Bastard/Terrorist - Split 7" by Crust AlmightyInebrious Bastard/Terrorist - Split 7" by TerroristCourtesy Indiana's Middle-Man Records, this interesting split between Madrid's Eros + Massacre and Lafayette, Indiana's Coma Regalia has cool packaging, featuring "two color screen printed wrap around cardboard with different images on each side fastened together with an obi strip." That sounds nice, and I like the songs, three tracks apiece from both bands. One of the bandcamp tags for this release is "skramz," which is a term I've never heard. Per Urban Dictionary, this "skramz" is used to refer to "REAL screamo/emo." (Urban Dictionary's caps, not mine.) And then Urban Dictionary lists some bands that ARE (my caps) skramz bands of which I've ne…