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|"FAMILY SERIES VOL 14"
by Simon Morris
latest in the series of old or unreleased Morris goodies from 1980 to now.
A myriad of bands are involved, including the revived anti-music ensemble
the Metal Ovulation Rhythm Band, a brilliantly shambolic live set of outlandish
cover versions by Iron Lion Zion, & Simon's own take on the current
noise tag, Yesmeansno. Best on here are the new rough mixes of tracks planned
for a new CD, "Mr. Vicar (Why?)", "Scotch Mist" &
"Secret Garden (For Maggie)". These really bring out the great
Morris lyrics (oh, & the great stolen riffs). This is all topped off
by primary school a Capella punk bands (well, that's what it sounds like)
& a twisted but beautiful live a Capella interpretation of Daniel Johnston's
"Laurie". All in all, the usual unusuality (?) courtesy of the
boy from Blackpool. - Philip Smith
BWCD, Phil Todd, 7 Woodside,
Madeley, Crewe, Chesire, CW3 9HA
|FAUST & LEWIS "WE
MUST BE CRAZY"
comedians Wayne Faust and Rusty Lewis have this song called "Been There,
Done That." It's a nice enough song. Anything comic with a banjo almost
can't help being at least a little catchy and amusing, but that can't carry
an album. They should have called the whole thing "Been There, Done
That." These guys wouldn't know biting satire if a dentist yanked it
out of 'em with pliers. They go for the cute and obvious, and their comedy
ends up toothless. They probably got some mileage out of these songs as
a bar act in the 1980's, with drunken buds singing along, getting really
loud on the naughty bits. They toss in guitar, bass, keyboards, saxes, flutes,
and banjos (with Woody Allen credited on lead guitar), but they should have
come up with some new material by the time they got to a studio in 1993.
Their subjects have this dated feel: blind dates, fake breasts, political
correctness, yawn, been there... oh you know. Like listening to a long buildup
to a punch line you can see coming way, way down the pike. Like if comedy
clubs had reruns. "Hyphenation" has modern couples passing hyphenated
names to their offspring causing problems and a punny punch line several
generations later. Does anyone even do the hyphenation thing anymore? For
"White Meat" and "Third World Flying", picture Colorado
Parrotheads on a really bad vacation. "Lots Of Things Rhyme With Duck"
and "My First Drink" are excruciatingly adolescent. For "The
Poultry Song" they create dueling musical styles they call "Grooveless
Big Band And Cuba-billy." Well, it's grooveless for sure. The lyric
extols various chicken parts, with their suggestive erotic connotations.
What's that, you want to know more? How about "I like to wrap my hands
around a couple of breasts"? Happy now? Was it worth it? Maybe Faust
& Lewis'll end up on some Dr. Demento compilation someday, but when
they joke about being sued by Monty Python on "The Mounty And The Moose"
they can rest easy. They should be so lucky. - River Pearl
Picklehead Box 2211 Evergreen
CO 80439 USA
|FEROCIOUS DOPES "HOW
recording of free form guitar scraping and electronic noodling. 36 (!) sections
of assorted tempos and atmospheres. The j-card informs us that they've used
"5 six-stringed electric instruments in a variety of tunings"
along with a vast assortment of noise makers. Some very short pieces (mercifully?),
some longer. Some beat-dependent, some simple sound experiments, some processed,
some not. As with any such freeform experimentation I liked some pieces
more than others, but on the whole I found this quite interesting. I think
I'll listen to this again. - John Gore
Box 333, 145-149 Cardigan Road, Burley, Leeds, W Yorks
LS6 1LJ UK
guitars and singing on the first cut. Next... next... "Telephone"
has an out-of-time drum loop keeping it "together." "MS-1-itis"
has some very nice drum loops creating a lo-fi version of trip hop. "Rock"
and "Cry Baby" are really cool as well. When samplers replace
guitars and loops replace guitar solos, this is the new punk rock. - Ian C. Stewart
Suginami-Ku, Ogikubo 3-39-7 Hirokawa-So #102 Tokyo Japan 167
|CALEB FRAID "UNHEARD OF"
collection of compilation tracks and unreleased stuff. "Electric Blue"
is a solemn guitar-strum + strained multilayered vocals number. "Don't
Let" is a real nice rock band piece. Song. Likewise "Headaches
Start"---very nice vocal harmonies. The Chicago cover is pretty cool
too, "Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry." Nice Casio drums!!! Side
one rocks best. Very intriguing. - Ian
8253 The Woodlands TX 77387 USA
|FURNITURE HUSCHLE "EASY
recording of what sounds like performance art and poetry at a cafe. Each
selection is short and "artsy" but the cassette makes it hard
for me to really discern the elements of the performance or the lyrics.
Says here "this tape expires June 1998." Sounds like it already
expired if you ask me! - Victoria
Fire Ant Mound 1439 Glencoe,
Mount Pleasant SC 29464
|FUSCILLAGE "PHYSICAL PLANTING"
and girlie singing. The singing is mostly out of tune. When it's in tune
the songs are fairly haunting. A lateral-fi Azalia Snail perhaps. Emotive
and slightly depressing in a good way (I mean "melancholy") songwriting.
- Ian C. Stewart
2 Records 2073 SW Park Avenue #118 Portland OR 97201 USA
charming guitar pop. "Always Right" is catchy and slightly playful.
It's my anthem, because, well... I am always right. Always will be. "Odds"
is dark and pleasant at the same time. What? "Larry The Paint"
is up-tempo and fun. Girlboy Girl will make a great singles band for some
lucky pop label out there. You hear me, Twee Kitten? Get over here. Yep,
a great singles band. I can see it now. - Ian
Road, Southville Bristol BS3 1QE UK
|CHARLES RICE GOFF III "THE SOMNAMBULIST"
with a Casio-frenzy version of the Beatles' "Good Morning" with
all kindsa noisy shit going on, sure to raise the ire of all Beatlefans
within 20 yards, as well it should. Equal parts "experimental"
and "pop" with just enough of each to isolate absolutely everyone.
"The Universe Within" is a ricky-ticky Goff instrumental overlaid
with a prerecorded spoken, um, thing. Meanwhile "Only Yesterday"
gets full noizepopassault treatment with Goff's Tory Z Starbuck-sounding
voxxx and a rather sizzling synth solo that sounds rather like an electric
razor. Tape thoughtfully brief at 30 minutes! - Ian
Tapes 5912 NW 62 Terr, Oklahoma City OK 73122 USA
|GORE BEYOND NECROPSY "FAECAL
take the term "anal retentive" to a new extreme! The cover art
to this single is a fold-out poster revealing hundreds of pretty graphic
little photos of turds coming out of various members of GBN's assholes,
and into containers, or onto people's faces. I am very glad about two things:
1) Said poster is NOT full color 2) There is no scratch-and-sniff anything
anywhere to be found in the package. Whew! The japanoise on this 7"
is not really all that memorable, though I do wish I could rig up a way
to get each cut off this to play successively every time someone flushes
my toilet (yeah, that would be cool, huh huh). The "songs" are
brief enough---there are 18 cuts on side Arsehole and 16 on side Butthole.
I just can't see getting into this all that much... "Yeah! Shit rules,
man! Shit kicks ASS!" - C. Reider
Akinob Ohtaki B37-6 Horinishi,
Haono City, Kanagawa, 259-13 Japan
|GRAVITY WAX "LOW ENERGY PARTICULATE"
rock songs (lyrics about girls even!) with Moog ack-shawn thrown in. Fuxer
(one day I'll get the umlaut over the u; not today though) Ryan Anderson
drums on the opener "Last Call." It's much more...um, modern rock
than Fuxa. "Lazy Fingers" is a nice rollocky guitars 'n' tambourines
number with Scary Analogue FX and a really tidy little riff. "Women's
Super G" is an up-tempo alternarocker with Moog-gurgles and very nice
backing vocal harmonies. "Up Your Fidelity" is similar---up-tempo
guitar pop. "First Line Downer" similarly uses nice chords and
vocal harmonies. "It Can Work Out" is so good you'll swear you've
heard it before somewhere (always the hallmark of a good song). "Forever"
is a jumpy pop track---this stuff is like ice cream with sprinkles on top.
Awesome. - Ian C Stewart
Expansion P.O. Box 725161 Berkley MI 48072 USA; GW 20464 Law, Trenton
MI 48183 USA
|THE GREAT BRAIN "ALGORITHM"
late for work again.
trying to finish a job that's twelve hours overdue. The air conditioner
is broken, people can clearly see your tattoos through your shirt. You've
been reading the Rolling Stone someone left in the breakroom--with Jewel
on the cover. You know for a fact that you've farted better songs than hers
in your sleep.
making no headway and it's after midnight. You put on "ALGORITHM".
"Reduviid Complex" comes on and rocks your workspace at top volume.
Ninety seconds of complex rhythmic release that ROCKS LIKE FUCK. The singer
screams "shut down" as you look back at your workspace. "Process
Of Attrition"--hey, this sounds like Jawbox, or that "do you wanna
die" song from Beavis & Butthead. They didn't like it but you thought
it was okay. "Crack Blues" is like Helmet covering "YYZ"
Spot" is kinda mellow for the first couple of minutes, but then it
rocks. Then it's quiet again---then it REALLY FUCKING ROCKS. The dude's
voice cracks he's screaming so hard. You find a blank piece of paper and
write "creative riffing, masterful dynamics." Co-workers look
at you and look away quickly. Track seven! Seven. Shit, seven is called
"You Became The Angry Chimes." Fuckin' emo to the gills. You vaguely
remember buying Tailspins mag a couple summers ago. Remember? Hey, the guitarist
is also the editor! Cool, man, where does he find the time. "Strawberry
Flan," it all comes together. You yell along: "why try! Why Try!
WHY TRY!!!" and kick the wall so hard your wallet falls off its chain.
Ouch. "why try! Why Try! WHY TRY!!!" Woulda hurt even more without
those steel-toe shoes. There's a song called "Linda Lavin" that
has great bass chording. The bass player is just like... dude. These fucking
guys ROCK. They ROCK. Thirty three minutes later it's time to go home and
work on your resume. - Ian C.
Throwrug P.O. Box
579100 Chicago IL 60657-9100 USA
Carcass babies! From Spain! The song titles tell the entire
story here: "Incinerator Of Cadaveric Leftovers", "Dissect",
"Exhume", "Devour", (not to be pedantic, but shouldn't
you exhume first?) (featuring some very nice puking sounds!), "Decom-posers",
"Intravenous Molestation Of Obstructionist", et al. Quickthrash
(I picked that up from a German metal zine. Quickthrash. You like it?) and
gurgly growling. Good production. You know it rocks because Carcass always
did. - Ian C. Stewart
Morbid Records Postfach 3, 03114 Drebkau Germany
HALFTIME ORANGES "CLIVE
BAKER SET FIRE TO ME"
English football-obsessed pop songs. The singers voice is
slight and limp but the songwriting is strong enough to nearly obscure that
fact. Nearly. Songs like "Terry Butcher", "The Only Halifax
Supporter", "What's The Fuss About Ryan Giggs", etc. sound
like a great idea on paper but nothing here translates into American for
shit. I'm going to do an album about pro wrestling. - Ian
Rutland Records P.O. Box 132 Leicester LE2 3ZF UK
HARD COUSIN / OVAHEAD
Hard Cousin comes on like a lunkhead rock band with that chimpy
bass intro, but the guitar playing and the female vocalist totally change
the direction of the song. "I Feel Like Dancing" is a great song,
a comparison to Lush's less ethereal moments would not be far off the mark.
Ovahead's "Superfrenzy" rocks like LOOP use to (gotta mention
Loop every issue), with the vocals being somewhat buried (and delayed to
hell) behind a vibrating wall of guitars. "My Spy Rocker" adds
a bit of tribal drumming. Dare I call this shoegazer-y? Hell yeah, the shit
is catchy. I'm off to Norwich! - Ian
Jawbone c/o Unit 10, St. Marys Works, St Marys Plain,
Rachel's vocals sound just like Natalie Merchant and the
songs have a very 10,000-esque quality about them. This is a very good foot-tapper
for the home collection. "Jet Lag" and "Purposeful heart"
are the top two songs and make this tape well worth tracking down. Brian
on drums keeps it moving along!! - Howard Cowell
P.O. Box 50497 Minneapolis MN 55405-0497 USA
|DOUG HARRISON "MACADAMIZED DREAMWAYS
and compilation tracks by Mr. Doug, starting off with mostly 4 track guitar
ditties. The liner notes make all the difference in the world in this case.
The guitar bit to "Pastel Marble Blues" is infectious, though
the rest of the song is as claustrophobic and breathy as much of Harrison's
more recent work. "Like A Tree" and "My Way" are swampy,
schizo blues (Sonic Youth blues, not Robert Johnson) traxxx. While "Hat
And Gloves" by Doug's only-ever band Butt Dragon sounds like Mudhoney.
"I Believe In Sunshine" has a late-period RIDE feel. "The
Symptom Is The Cure" is a swampy, schizo Robert Johnson blues. Doug
hit another homer, y'all. His shit kicks my ass every single time. - Ian C. Stewart
Harrison P.O. Box 5501 Richmond VA 23220 USA
|DOUG HARRISON / PROJECTILES
Yes! Ian's been gushing about this Doug Harrison guy. This
time he's right on. Harrison totally wins me over with this tape. His stuff
strongly reminds me of that minimalist trance scene in Dallas made up of
bands like Tear Ceremony and Windsor For The Derby (kudos to the two people
in the universe who know what I'm on about). The beginning of his side starts
off with some mopey, somber, minimal guitar and singing... very sweet, sad
and fully great (though someone keeps knocking into the mic-- a little distracting).
Then there's a lengthy section with some skilled sound collage. This guy's
a worthy contact. Projectiles, on the other hand, do some repetitive, trancey,
sequenced synthie stuff, akin to some of Ed Ka-Spel's early smecky-faced,
stoned instrumentals, and it is some pretty cool stuff as well. - C.
Doug Harrison P.O. Box
5501, Richmond VA 23220 USA
Projectiles 2030 W Grace
St #4, Richmond VA 23220 USA
|HELL ON EARTH "BIOMECHANICAL EJACULATIONS
OF THE DAMNED"
at Morrisound in Tampa---where Deicide, Napalm Death and Robert Wegmann
have all laid down their traxxx-o-death. I suppose it was inevitable that
some of the death metal people would eventually start doing this peculiar
blend of industrial and death metal; especially with the rise of Marilyn
Manson in the US.
this CD is "disturbing"-by-numbers. I mean, it would truly be
disturbing if you'd never heard any of it before, but... song titles like
"Ripping The Wings Off The Backs Of Angels," "Your Soul To
Satan," "Raped By The Virgin Mary," etc. etc. should tip
you off immediately. Ooooh, we're so controversial.
job is ambitious--these guys musta spent a fortune! But it's a pity if they
did because the tired old drum machine is always buried in the mix. These
top-heavy, riff-dominated songs are missing the key musical elements of
all good industrial music---the dominant kick and snare drum sounds. Without
those you might as well go home. The friggin' "cymbals" blast
away while the rest of the "kit" is inaudible. Yawn.
track six: "I Hope You Catch AIDS," which features an even-worse
live drummer. The guy can't groove for shit, he's awfully stumpy. Sounds
like he keeps tripping over his snare. "Toilet Licking Maggot"
is the closest thing to a good song here; a nearly-believable "psycho"
rap song with chugging guitar in the background. I mean, if you needed Marilyn
Manson to play your wedding or something and they couldn't make it... hell,
you could always have HOE. The HOEs. - Ian
Records P.O. Box 20342 Tampa FL 33622 USA
P.O. Box 24711 Tampa FL 33623 USA
|HERD OF THE ETHER SPACE "SUGGESTIONS
FOR INVERTING YOURSELF"
improv! Keyboards, samples, clickyclacky "percussion," duck call,
etc. It takes a nation of John Cages to hold Herd Of The Ether Space back.
"I'll Drink the Pond Scum, But I Won't Eat The Mud" is my new
anthem. - Ian C. Stewart
Rugs P.O. Box 146 Lawrence KS 66044-0146 USA
|HOLY CHURCH OF MOO RADIO SHOW
Oh dear. If this had come through my tuner while I was
listening to the radio I would have turned it off quickly. Bad, unfunny
skits and a bunch of other bullshit about how great cows are. It's grownups
doing this stuff, folks! Hard to believe but true. - C. Reider
HC of M P.O. Box 2263
Pasadena CA 91102 USA
it's David Koresh from Puri-do on vocals again! "We Let The Ghost In
Bed With Us" is a spooky noizer with that dude giving a guided tour
of Lincoln's parents' house (???). "The Reformatory" is lovely--
acoustic guitar, violalala and something resembling a theremin. Male + female
voxxx. Nice. "Angels Like Moths Eat The Trees" is a very very
nice, slow track with layered female vox. "Birth Of Celesta" is
the shit, atmospheric and slow. Katrina Baker can sing my ass to sleep any
day of the week (yeah I sleep during the day). Yum. The CD should prove
to be very hottt indeed, even with The Talker Of Smack occasionally on the
mic. - Ian C. Stewart
Castillo P.O. Box 23042 Seattle WA 98102 USA
HOW TO SINK A FLEEING SHIP
Low-lo-fi stuff. Kittycraft's "Truth Or Not" is
cute. Female singer, la la la. Charlie McAlister and that damn banjo sound
pretty friggin' hot on "Heat", a fairly catchy tune. Strong traxxx
also from "One Boy Band", "Little Debbie", "Guitarded"
and "Randy Ike". - Ian
Squirrel Energy Now P.O. Box 603 Iowa City IA 52244
|THE IMPLICIT ORDER "...ABOUT NOISE AND
with a thick-ass slab of sizzle enshrouding a few terrifying tones. Um.
"Not Misbehaving." "At Eventide" is like a movie soundtrack
played through a digital delay pedal with occasional surprise blasts from
an aerosol can. Or something. As ambient as it is scary and epic. The title
track uses guitar samples in an unholy manner. This shit is ill and I wanna
go home! I like it. Put it on your answering machine if you're an antisocial
bastard like me. Or if you get a lot of sales calls during the day. - Ian C. Stewart
65 Box 595, Smilax KY 41764 USA
|INCA EYEBALL "NOT A REAL MONKEY"
this is some stupid shit---but it's funny! There are 101 song titles on
the cover (including "I'm Dead Fat," "Motley Crewe,"
"My Funeral Pyre, New Order's 'Everything Gone Green' Played As A Fitting
Tribute," and "Rub A Squid" from side Celebrity AIDS Awareness
Gala and "Exposition For A Potential Eazy-E Memorial," "Shut
Up Swashbuckling Fucker," and "I'm Dead Liberal" on side
Celebrity Animal Rights Gala) that have apparently nothing in common with
the sounds on the tape. As if I know! Because the pasted-on cassette labels
fell off! The recording? Er... two bored and possibly pissed blokes reading
poetry and "playing" every object in the room. The shit is funny.
Really. - Ian C. Stewart
13 Chewells Close, Haddenham, Ely, Cambs CB6 3XE UK
Largely comprised of earnestly played (but carelessly dull)
whitebread heartland rock bands, with the occasional odd jibe thrown in
for novelty/laughs: "Slightly Miffed" (industrial metal), "Pork
Roll" (industrial), "Dresscode" (what can only be described
as outmoded dance music), "The Outcast" (saccharine-laced, yet
highly enjoyable tech-pop) and "Toddio" (weirdness. Scariness.).
Smells like an ASCAP/BMI reject sale or talent show. Some of it is okay
but nothing here kicked my ass in any profound way. There's some strictly-promotional
(i.e.-pointless) CD-rom stuff as well, which is a very good idea, and I
hope if they do another of these compilations (which it looks like they
will, based on the liner notes) I hope they emphasize the freaky stuff instead
of the lame-o Hootie rip-offs. - Ian
Ray Music 1487 West 5th Avenue #205, Columbus OH 43212 USA
|"INTERNATIONAL HI-FI SERIES" Compilation
Mostly Finnish artist comp tape. 1) The Huxleys from the
UK: "fashion" bad guitar playing, squealing, muffled babble; 2)
Hugo Ramo of Finland "Onneksi on ruokatunti", "Hakupalat
naapurissa" Finnish rock with country-tinge in the second selection,
the Finnish vocals make this all the more intriguing; 3) Dave Knott from
Seattle offers a selection of his pleasant acoustic plucking on various
stringed instruments; 4) Kemialliset Ystavat (a group? a solo artist?) gives
us a selection of nine short oversaturated tape-boombox recorded stumming
that has its moments of interest, some with beats, some with obnoxious folky
Finnish vocals, some with tinny guitar and tin whistle accompaniment, brevity
makes these selections all the more tolerable, a highlight being "Teknopop
Pilaa Meidan Maincen"; 5) Spam from Finland sings in English and presents
us with two selections of decently-recorded songs reminiscent of pop / rock
illustrated by his cover of Tracy Ullman's megahit "They Don't Know"
(Yikes! This guy has got to get out more! Or change the radio station!);
6) 2267 also from the home of the Huxleys comes off like a "Chairs
Missing"-era Wire clone (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) being
fairly entertaining considering the quality of the recording; 7) The John
Travoltas (you've got to be kidding with that name right? Maybe they're
scientologists. I wonder if a lawsuit is in order.) give us a nice electronic
Krautrock sound with decent melody and happy feeling jazzy bass work, best
on this side, I think. Side B: 1) Herrahomppaherra, a Finnish British-Invasion
rock band with pronounced Ventrues-surf-rock-guitar on the first selection.
Their second song "Rapujahdissa" gets a bit rockier but with better
song development and a continuation of the cartoony vocals of the first
song "Aloha, Mr. Homppa". I REALLY like this. 2) Sawhorse Scuzzy
(from Seattle) begins its 2-song set with "Hamster-In-Mind, Right +
Left", which offers an enjoyable bit of drumming that plays with the
stereo field (hence the "right + left" of the title). Instrumental
rock with a nice slow gait that catches up with you; 3) Darin Johnson gives
up three enjoyable goth-y, folk-y ditties with strange little string noises
and dark sounds as spices over competent singing and playing. Somebody sign
this guy quick! 4) Vyohyke offers "Kiirastuli", a drum-heavy piece
laced with interesting sounds and a decent oriental-sounding (whole-tone
scale?) melody. 5) The final piece on the tape, "Siion, Kevaasa",
is done by KLV and is a much more mainstream approach sung in Finnish and
using the standard rock formula of guitar, bass and drums, cutting off suddenly
at the end of the tape. - John Gore
M Kuorinki Karhuntie 16A3,
96500 Rovaniemi Finland
Nineteen song tape recorded live "inside his room".
Much in the manner of the Violent Femmes, meaning that the ideas are straightforward
and simple enough to be appreciated done in this way. I enjoyed "Best
Dream". A man, his guitar and a cassette recorder couldn't be a better
team for creating honest and hooky, but sparse songs. - Victoria
Mark Nichols 710 W Orlando
#3A, Normal IL 61761 USA
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