17 February 2017

FAMOUS MONSTERS In The Night!!! 1998

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After separating from their more conventional rock bands (White Zombie and New York Loose respectively) in the mid-'90s, bassist Sean Yseult and guitarist/vocalist Brijette West dawned dual surf guitars and glittery horror outfits, and formed the unlikely joke-band Famous Monsters. After varying degrees of success (much for Yseult, much less for West), the two friends invaded New Orleans -- perhaps in order to get away from Coastal showbiz life -- to enjoy themselves in the Big Easy. Having worked so long with Rob Zombie, it could hardly be a surprise that Yseult would want to dive headfirst into campy garage-surf degeneration, but West's grittier musical past had nothing whatsoever to do with the goofy theatrics of Famous Monsters. To get things started, the two musicians worked up rudimentary surf tracks and new monster names for themselves. Yseult became Devil Doll (or the red one), while West dawned the equally original moniker Vampire Girl (or the black one), and the pair were off and running. The first recording of the duo (plus one-off drummer Frankie Stein) was a 7" on Estrus Records, and then the "ghoul-band" hooked up with She-Zilla (Carol Cutshall) and Bong Load Records.
In 1998, the full length debut In the Night!!! was unleashed by Bong Load on the unsuspecting masses -- including more than a few very disappointed White Zombie and New York Loose fans. Breaking preconceived ideas about the musicians involved may have indeed been one of the goals Famous Monsters set out to achieve, but instead of Zombie's larger-than-life metal, or West's sultry, ragged pop-punk, the banal garage-surf of In the Night!!! simply fills space. The recorded presentation was neither funny, nor all that interesting, and besides the bizarre (and to be fair, somewhat creative) song titles, Yseult and West offer little musically. Response to the record was a real love-it-or-hate-it situation, and judging by the lack of real interest in the group outside hipster circles...hate might be a strong word actually, but confusion mixed with apathy could describe things. With such an emphasis on costumes and outrageous science fiction publicity, it would make sense to assume that Famous Monsters had to be more of a live attraction that failed to translate their campy onslaught to silicon and vinyl, but attendees of the band's performance were just as likely to not be in on the joke as record buyers. The outfit's performances could often be a little dry or stilted, making the mystery of Famous Monsters, even their very existence even more puzzling. In 1999, a collection of singles and live tracks was released on Estrus, entitled Around the World in 80 Bikinis, and nothing significant was heard from Famous Monsters afterward. 

Tracklist  

1 Murder Beach U.S.A. 1:52
2 In The Night! 1:56
3 Lone Wolf Massacree 2:21
4 Destroy Puny Earthlings! 2:47
5 Bloody Mary 3:51
6 The Haunting Of Planet Earth 2:15
7 Hairy Eyeball 2:25
8 Outerspace Deathrace #13 2:22
9 Satan Sends A Rat! 1:38
10 Vampire Cosmonaut 2:57
11 Oui Monstre, Oui 2:42
12 F Is For Fiend 2:55
13 Clock Strikes 10 2:47
14 International Monster Presentation 2:13
15 When I Grow Up 2:41


TURKISH DELIGHT Howcha Magowcha 1998

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indie rock/experimental/surf


Tracklist

1 Gull Bite
2 Smooth Karate
3 Metronome
4 Go Baby
5 Sea Quest
6 Li Colt Vas
7 Thimble
8 Don't Look At Me
9 No Sky
10 All Choked Up
11 Close

TOAD THE WET SPROCKET Pale 1990


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Bread and Circus
Named in honor of a sketch by the Monty Python comedy troupe, Toad the Wet Sprocket became one of the most successful alternative rock bands of the early '90s, boasting a contemporary folk-pop sound that wielded enough melody and R.E.M.-styled jangle to straddle both the modern rock and adult contemporary markets. Singer Glen Phillips, guitarist Todd Nichols, bassist Dean Dinning (the nephew of '50s hitmaker Mark "Teen Angel" Dinning), and drummer Randy Guss formed the group in 1986 in their native Santa Barbara, California. After honing their sound in local bars, the bandmates entered a nearby studio in 1988 and recorded their debut LP, Bread and Circus, in eight days at a cost of $650. Originally sold as a homemade cassette in Santa Barbara record stores, the album eventually made its way to the Los Angeles offices of Columbia Records, which signed Toad only after agreeing to the band's request to reissue Bread and Circus in its original form, without any alterations or remixes.
Pale
The somber Pale, produced by Marvin Etzioni, followed in 1990. After years of persistent touring, Toad the Wet Sprocket's commercial breakthrough followed with 1991's Fear, as the single "All I Want" -- quite nearly left off the album -- became a Top 20 hit. Another single from the LP, "Walk on the Ocean," fared similarly well, and the combination pushed Fear to platinum sales. Three years later, Toad returned with Dulcinea, which generated a third Top 40 hit with the single "Fall Down." While "Fall Down" seemingly catered to the grunge generation with its minor-key riffs and anxious vocals, the bulk of Dulcinea emphasized Toad the Wet Sprocket's acoustic craft, and the band scored another hit with the mellow "Something's Always Wrong."
In Light Syrup
In Light Syrup, a collection of unreleased material, appeared in 1995. Although it contained the hit song "Good Intentions," the album didn't sell nearly as well as its predecessors, possibly due to the inclusion of "Good Intentions" on the popular Friends soundtrack. Coil, Toad the Wet Sprocket's fifth proper LP, followed in 1997 and suffered a similar fate, yielding one single ("Come Down") but failing to command the attention of Toad's earlier work. Faced with a dwindling stream of hits, the group ultimately split in July 1998, with the compilation album P.S.: A Toad Retrospective surfacing in 1999.
New Constellation
Glen Phillips launched a solo career several years after the band's breakup. He remained the most visible member of the group, collaborating with Nickel Creek and issuing a string of solo releases during the early 2000s. Toad the Wet Sprocket reconvened for several tours during the decade's latter half, with Phillips often serving as the band's own opening act. It wouldn't be until 2009 that the band went from summer tours and occasional one-off gigs to something the members no longer considered to be broken up. In 2010, officially reunited, Toad's members gathered to re-record new versions of older hits for use in film and television, not owning the rights or making much money from the famous recorded versions of older material. Shortly after that, work was begun on brand-new material, resulting in 2013's New Constellation, the band's first new studio album in over 16 years. The album was funded primarily by fans through an online campaign. 

VERSUS Let's Electrify 1993

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Tracklist  

1 Silver Vein 3:16
2 That Girl's Gone 3:20
3 Noogie 5:03
4 Let's Electrify! 3:55
5 Seaweed Rising 7:20
6 Sea Girl 1:59

CHALK FARM Notwithstanding 1996

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Fans became so loyal to Chalk FarM (the capital M has no significance) that they tried to find ways of sending messages to the band after their Internet site was shut down. The Los Angeles-based alternative rock quartet was originally formed as a duo in the early ‘90s by Michael Duff (vocals, guitar) and Orlando Sims (vocals, bass). However, Duff and Sims weren't content with the group's minimal sound; in 1995, they added Toby Scarbrough (drums) and Trace Ritter (guitar) to give the band more power. Columbia Records signed the group in December 1995. A year later the group released Notwithstanding, an album of accessible guitar rock that drew comparisons to the acoustic pop of Toad the Wet Sprocket. But public indifference prevented the LP from being profitable for Columbia, and no amount of critical acclaim could save the band from the axe that eventually fell down. After being dropped by Columbia, Duff created the independent label TIC Records. The group recorded Three 2's for TIC (the initials stand for The Inner Circle), promoting it mainly to their devoted cult following via the Internet. On Jan. 31, 2000, Chalk FarM, disillusioned with the music industry, called it quits. Duff became a solo artist. 

Tracklist

1 Live Tomorrow 4:28
2 Lesson 4:22
3 Lie On Lie 4:22
4 Hey 3:58
5 Lose You Now 3:46
6 When Something Becomes Nothing 4:11
7 Don't Believe 4:42
8 Wonder 4:02
9 I'm Awake 4:47
10 Lilly Anne 4:56
11 It's Up To You 5:14
12 The Girl Is Crying 4:28
13 Sunflower 4:02
14 Untitled 6:18


GIRLS AGAINST BOYS Tropic Of Scorpio 1992

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Tracklist

1 My Night Of Pleasure ( With The Mudjacking Contractors) 4:21
2 Wow Wow Wow 2:29
3 Matching Wits With Flaming Frank 2:46
4 Can't Do Anything But Love You, Babe 3:05
5 Wasting Away 2:54
6 Plush 4:16
7 Everything I Do Seems To Cost Me Twenty Dollars 4:38
8 Taste All The Fruit 2:55
9 Little Buccaneer 2:01
10 Everywhere I Go I Seem To Spend Twenty Dollars 1:44
 

15 February 2017

YOU AM I Coprolalia 1993

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Tracklist

1 Cool Hand Luke 3:43
2 Last Thing You Can Depend On 4:51
3 Can't Get Started 3:17
4 In Case You're Wandering 3:25
5 Embarassed 3:33

10 February 2017

YOU AM I

1993

1994

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Sound As Ever

Tracklist


1 Coprolalia
2 Berlin Chair
3 Trainspottin'
4 Adam'a Ribs
5 Rosedale
6 Forever And Easy
7 Everyone's To Blame
8 Jaimme's Got A Gal
9 Who's Leaving You Now?
10 Ordinary
11 You Scare Me
12 Sound As Ever
Hi Fi Way

Tracklist  

1 Aint Gone And Open 2:50
2 Minor Byrd 2:30
3 She Digs Her 3:23
4 Cathy's Clown 2:25
5 Jewels & Bullets 2:58
6 Purple Sneakers 2:30
7 Pizza Guy 3:22
8 The Applecross Wing Commander 3:18
9 Stray 2:32
10 Handwasher 2:30
11 Punkarella 2:18
12 Ken (The Mother Nature's Son) 2:23
13 Gray 4:00
14 How Much Is Enough 3:41


MAGAIBUTSU SAMPLER VOL. 2: Yoshida Tatsuya Compilation 1997

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Tracklist

1 是巨人* Preparation 7:04
2 The磨崖仏* Joneoik 6:05
3 聖家族* Madhyamakamula 3:35
4 Zubi Zuba* Zubi Zuva I 1:57
5 ルインズ波止場* Gom Devil 1:19
6 赤天* Camera 0:54
7 Ruins Untitled #8 4:45
8 Sunkich Hellsinki 1:26
9 Musica Transonic Damp Squib 4:17
10 大陸男対山脈女* Child In Moonmadness 8:07
11 Zubi Zuva Zubi Hymn 4:18
12 赤天* Demetolio 3:22
13 吉田達也ソロ* D.N.A. 3:03
14 Sunkich Future Is You! 1:35
15 ルインズ波止場* CD Killers 2:33
16 聖家族* Sambandhapariksaddhi 1:36
17 大山脈X* Vesuvius 3:22
18 Ruins Untitled #12 5:50
19 赤天* Composers 1:49
20 高円寺百景* Avendumma 5:44