WOODEN SHJIPS - WOODEN SHJIPS / DOS / VOL. 1 / VOL. 2 (Holy Mountain / Sick Thirst)
Restocks of all their albums. You should probably already know WOODEN SHJIPS by now, but if you don't, this San Franciscan quartet plays minimal droning psychedelic garage rock, with more than a bit of a debt to Krautrock. Very fuzzy, lots of echo, hypnotic and primitive rhythms and delayed vocals. Really excellent stuff, you pretty much need it all. For fans of SUICIDE - SPACEMEN 3 - SPIRITUALIZED - THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS - CAN - LOOP. WOODEN SHJIPS (first album) CD £13. DOS (second album) LP PLUS DOWNLOAD/CD £18/£13. VOL.1 (compilation of their first three singles) LP PLUS DOWNLOAD/CD £18/£13. VOL. 2 (other non-album stuff they've released up to 2009) LP/CD £18/£13.
MOON DUO - ESCAPE (Woodsist)
Restock of their album. A WOODEN SHJIPS offshoot, trancey and hypnotic. Not too far away from WOODEN SHJIPS' output, but this time down to a duo. For fans of SPACEMEN 3 - WOODEN SHJIPS - SUICIDE - SILVER APPLES - KRAUTROCK - NEU!. LP £18.
THERAPY - BABYTEETH / PLEASURE DEATH (Southern Records)
Released in 1991 and 1992 repectively, these two mini-albums show THERAPY?'s most raw and industrial side. An interesting listen, offering glimpses into why A&M signed them after PLEASURE DEATH. For fans of BIG BLACK - HELMET - THE JESUS LIZARD - MINISTRY - FUTURE OF THE LEFT - REVOLTING COCKS. LPs £11 each.
BLACK TAMBOURINE - BLACK TAMBOURINE (Slumberland Records)
One of the seminal American indie pop bands of the 80s, but very short-lived - they only played live four times but their legacy is strong. There are four 'new' songs on here, which are songs they played live back in the day but never recorded, so the band got back together to record them for this compilation, and there are also two songs from the band's original demos. For fans of INDIE POP - FEEDBACK - BEAT HAPPENING - THE PASTELS - THE PRIMITIVES - VELOCITY GIRL - THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - THE WEDDING PRESENT - TALULAH GOSH - SARAH RECORDS - THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £18.
THE FRESH & ONLYS - PLAY IT STRANGE (In The Red)
More San Franciscans, giving us their second album. Less noisy than their debut, this one twangs and jangles like the best 80s alternative/indie pop/rock. For fans of REM - SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME - BUZZCOCKS. LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £18.
THE MONOCHROME SET - WHITE NOISE: EARLY RECORDINGS 1975-1977 (Captured Tracks)
This album covers the period before THE MONOCHROME SET's first single or album and these tracks have never been available on vinyl before. Excellent indie rock, heavily indebted to THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, it's a fascinating listen. For fans of THE MODERN LOVERS - THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - THE WEDDING PRESENT - PAVEMENT - XTC - WIRE - PULP - SWELL MAPS. LP £15.
WEEKEND - SPORTS (Slumberland Records)
Yet another band from San Francisco, this double LP marks the band's debut. Shoegazey, new wave pop noise, drenched in reverb. SLUMBERLAND is putting out a lot of good records at the minute, and this album by WEEKEND is one of them. For fans of MY BLOODY VALENTINE - ABE VIGODA - NO AGE - SONIC YOUTH - JOY DIVISION - SERENA-MANEESH. DOUBLE LP PLUS DOWNLOAD £20.
THE SOFT MOON - THE SOFT MOON (Captured Tracks)
CAPTURED TRACKS is releasing an awful lot of good stuff right now, including local favourites GIRLS NAMES. This is surely going to be a contender for album of the year, at least in my book. The project of just one man, LUIS VASQUEZ, it's 'coldwave/darkwave pop', whatever that is. But it doesn't matter what it gets pigeonholed as, it's just a great album. A bit Goth-y, a bit Kraurock-y, and just brilliant. He's from San Francisco by the way. Shocker. For fans of JOY DIVISION - BAUHAUS - KRAUTROCK - SUICIDE - SONIC YOUTH - SILK FLOWERS - BLANK DOGS. LP £19.
BLANK DOGS - LAND AND FIXED (Captured Tracks)
Another one-man project, this time from MIKE SNIPER, the founder and operator of CAPTURED TRACKS. This is new wave synth pop of the highest order. Nice moody electronica for fans of BRIAN ENO - SUICIDE - WAVVES - THE MOUNTAIN GOATS - THE SOFT MOON - CRYSTAL STILTS - FACTORY RECORDS. LP £19.
HOWLIN RAIN - THE GOOD LIFE (Birdman Records)
Led by COMETS ON FIRE mainman ETHAN MILLER, the band certainly has a nod towards 70s classic rock, quite far removed from the noise rock of COMETS ON FIRE. Excellently psychedelic artwork, as well as a cover of the JIMI HENDRIX track "BURNING OF THE MIDNIGHT LAMP" make for a fine EP. If you've heard the band's two previous albums (HOWLIN RAIN and MAGNIFICENT FIEND) you'll know that the band has elements of classic rock, country and gospel in its mix, and this EP has touches of all of those. Highly recommended. For fans of COMETS ON FIRE - BLUE CHEER - NEIL YOUNG - THE BLACK KEYS - DUNGEN - WOODEN SHJIPS - THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND. LP £16.
SUPER WILD HORSES - FIFTEEN (Hozac)
This female Australian duo gives us their superb debut, full of energetic punk pop using just guitars, drums and keyboards. Very garage-based, lots of great guitar hooks, loads of attitude, and full of great music. One of last year's finest albums. For fans of BIKINI KILL - THE RAMONES - THE VELVET UNDERGROUND - THE BREEDERS. LP £17.
DAUGHTERS OF THE SUN - GHOST WITH CHAINS (Not Not Fun)
Psychedlic mantras, ritualistic drums, ghostly vocals - what some could call 'typical' NOT NOT FUN (if there is such a thing). This is the band's third official album, limited to 490 copies worldwide. For fans of POCAHAUNTED - SUN ARAW - ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - NOT NOT FUN - LA VAMPIRES. LP £19.
VARIOUS ARTISTS - GOOD GOD! A GOSPEL FUNK HYMNAL / GOOD GOD! BORN AGAIN FUNK (The Numero Group)
Two double albums here from THE NUMERO GROUP's "GOOD GOD!" series of rare funk, soul and gospel. The label digs deep to find stuff you've probably never heard before, but once you've heard it, you're glad you did. A GOSPEL FUNK HYMNAL is, according to the label, "...a mix of primitive choirs, spacious breaks, congas, elderly rappers impersonating the devil, cast recordings, thumping bass, and JAMES BROWN impressionists, all with a heavy slathering of gospel gravy." On BORN AGAIN FUNK "the performers, as we’ve come to know them over the years, are boldly assured. So is their music." For fans of GOSPEL - SOUL - FUNK - BLUES - JAMES BROWN - MA RAINEY - TAMPA RED. DOUBLE LPs £23 each.
CARLTON MELTON - HANDLING SNAKES (Valley King Records)
This 7" comes with two stickers, wonderful artwork, silkscreened packaging, and each copy is signed and numbered by the artist, ALAN FORBES. The insert is silkscreened as well. All this makes for an expensive record though, but if you are into psychedelic trips, spaced out rock, hypnotic trance, then this will be for you. For fans of WOODEN SHJIPS - THE HEADS - SPACEMEN 3 - GNOD - WHITE HILLS - MOON DUO. 7" £7.
That's all for now. Expect another blog towards the end of the month/beginning of March. Thanks for reading!