CHEAP TIME â€“ â€œSpoiled Bratâ€ 7â€EP
THE LAMPS â€“ â€œFred Astaireâ€ 7â€EP
Hands down best thing Iâ€™ve heard from LA distorto-garage kingpins THE LAMPS, debut LP included. Mud-caked primitive shit rock with bleary-eyed depresso vibe to spare.
GEISHA GIRLS â€“ â€œIn The Monotone / Last Touchâ€ 45
Panicky angular 80s rock in the MISSION OF BURMA style, with a dose of Middle Class-ish barked vocals as well. In fact â€œLast Touchâ€ was lifted straight off of the second Middle Class single, showing some serious class and taste. Not half bad!
CHEVEU â€“ â€œMy Answer Is Yes! / Lola Langustaâ€ 45
(45 is the one pictured above) I remember the A-side from CHEVEUâ€™s wild but star-crossed show last month here in San Francisco, when they essentially fried a P.A. with overloaded analog synth & static-chop guitar. They were outstanding, even though they kept profusely apologizing for almost destroying an entire clubâ€™s equipment. No problem! B-sideâ€™s the real winner here, a strange slide-guitar country skiffle with electro-drumbeat. Perhaps recorded in the South of France circa â€™71 with Mick, Keith, Gram Parsons, and Gary Numan?
TYVEK / CYGNUS split 45
TYVEK are a big recent favorite around this house (you gotta hear â€œFast Metabolismâ€!); I bought this one off the band the same night as the Cheveu show. Their untitled side is a spookhouse dirge, a â€™79-style UK-influenced echo-laden weirdo. Cool. CYGNUS are like that, but a comparatively formless, tuneless, dark and impenetrable charnel house of horrors. Decent single, I can think of better ones even in this list.
JUNIOR MAKHNO â€“ â€œThe Theater Of The Macabreâ€ 7â€EP
Strange and pleasingly ill-fitting mash of distorted horror rap, electronic tweedling, screams, monster sounds, and manipulations of all sorts. Mostly instrumental, and heavy in every sense of the word. Kindred spirits of the aforementioned CHEVEU for sure.
THE TOUCHED â€“ â€œFuneral Dressâ€ 7â€EP
Loads of chaos, feedback and lo-fidelity cheap punk thrills. Fans of THE LEWD and other alcoholiday-taking, trackmarks-up-the-arms gutter-punk bands will find the spirit dutifully kept here.
TOUCH-ME-NOTS – â€œCool Enough For Californiaâ€ / GRAVE BLANKETS â€œForewardâ€ split 45
The TOUCH-ME-NOTS jog outside of their comfort zone for a relative ballad, a hooky pop song delivered in their southern fried rockabilly tear-it-up style. GRAVE BLANKETS present a live, loud, distorted blues. Very middling.
TOUCH-ME-NOTS / RED ROCKETS split 7â€EP
â€œLife Of Crimeâ€ (no, not that one) is easily in the Touch-Me-Notsâ€™ top five so far, a bouncy, one-take scorcher with a swaggering NY DOLLS feel to it. â€œThis Kind of Musicâ€ is nearly as hot, with vocals multi-tracked and echoing off of every surface. RED ROCKETS are standard-issue, government cheese bar punk.