a: I Don’t Like You
b: You a Grave
Label: AVANT! / Disordered
Buy: FDH Records / Rocket Reducer
Parts of me really like how fucked this Black Bug stuff sounds- it has your classic synth-on-destruction settings, with some serious distorted female vocalist losing her shit. Other parts of me are kind of turned off by the atonal-ness of this, which sometimes is a plus for me, and sometimes isn’t. Who is to say. It is hard to pinpoint where that line is, and to their credit Black Bug walk the atonality like a tightrope. I find myself being drawn in after spending time on their Myspace page with all of their songs – and I think this band has some serious potential, having many songs up right now that I like more than what is on this single (listen to “Life is a Whore” or “Billy Montana” for a good example).
Limited to 250 copies on clear vinyl – which is a pretty short run, and I think the potential for this band in the future makes this a “must.” The Black Bug aren’t going to go down easy – this is as challenging as punk gets.
I first wrote about this back in February, and the time has come:
Sacred Bones is currently taking reservations for the Dead Luke box set. As far as I can tell, the reservations were announced this afternoon (and are already half reserved). 100 reservations are being accepted, and you just email email@example.com with the heading DEAD LUKE BOX. When the second Dead Luke single comes out, you will get an email with payment information (that is – you aren’t paying now, only placing a set on hold). The set will include both Sacred Bones singles, a cd-r with two or three unreleased songs, inserts and other bits. This will be in edition of 100. Box cover art by Ilth (www.myspace.com/iwishihadablackcock).
You can also pre-order the first of the two Dead Luke singles, and the new Nice Face single:
a: I Want You
b: Waste Of Spaces
100 copies of gold wax, with alternate cover color scheme.
a:Thing In My Head
one 7″ – $7.00 ppd
two 7″ – $12.50 ppd
three 7″ – $18.00 ppd
one 7″ – $7.75 ppd
two 7″ – $13.25 ppd
three 7″ – $18.75 ppd
EUROPE/rest of WORLD
one 7″ – $10.00 ppd
two 7″ – $15.50 ppd
three 7″ – $21.00 ppd
Paypal to: caleb AT sacredbonesrecords. com
a: Mommy’s Little Baby
b: Pterodactyl Meltdown
This has been sitting at the bottom of my “to listen to” pile for like two months now, and I am kicking myself now for ignoring it for so long. Very weird that this band doesn’t have more hype going for it, as this single is tops. Came out (and sold out) late 2007, it was too late for it to get any “top 7″ of the year” hype, and given the avalanche of amazing records that has come out in the last few months, it possibly got lost in that as well.
Which is too bad, because Wizzard Sleeve are really fucking good at what they do. To fall back on an ultra-recent comparison, they have some of the same elements (especialy vocally) as Blank Dogs, but also there is a heavy Chrome influence there as well. Whatever the comparisons, and however it fits into what is going on right now, Wizzard Sleeve sond fairly singular, with both songs filled with compelling ideas and innovations. This is best case scenario – especially “Pterodactyl Meltdown” – which in a fucked up world could become a contender for “Jock Jams” (picture an arena of hockey fans doing the “ooooOOOOOooooo” part). Totally mind-blowing release.
a: Smash up the Radio
b: Over and Over
Buy: Polypore Records
This is pop music at its finest. The two songs on The Pleasure Kills debut single are both pure of heart, getting stuck in your brain whilst pretending not to notice that popular music long ago turned its back on the simple (but well constructed), pop song. The Pleasure Kills have been subject to some well deserved blogging buzz over this single – and listening now I can see why – the direct approach that these songs take is a refreshing alternative to the crowded and muddled music of the current American underground. In fact – I think that is why this single works so well; these songs are like splashing your face with cold water. A definite must.
a2: Detroit Deisel
b1: Burning Wire
b2: Heat and Panic
Label: Squirrel Records (UK)
Buy: Norman Records
Song listened to: “Heat and Panic””
Converted Price: $9.54
Worth it?: Undecided, so probably no.
The song that I listened to – “Heat and Panic” is actually pretty good. Sounds a lot like My Bloody Valentine (meets White Light/White Heat era Velvet Underground). Lots of screeching guitar jabs, and that driving VU inspired bass/drum combo. Nice and lo-fi sounding. Singing, at times, reminds me of that 80’s novelty xmas song by The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping.” That will be a good thing or a bad thing.
Bold Ones – Open Your Mouth 7″ EP (listen)
Plexi 3 – Know Better 7″ EP (listen)
Headache City – Teenage Grease 7″ EP (listen)
This triad of awesomeness is now available for pre-order from HoZac records. You might even get in on the “Gold” versions of these records if you act now. Cryptically, this means a “limited magnetic sheet” Bold Ones 7″, a “hand screened sleeve” for the Headache City 7″ and “I don’t know” for the Plexi 3 7″. I’ll cover each of these when they come in, I just figured there were a few of you not on the HoZac mailing list who might be into this.
Also: why aren’t you on the HoZac mailing list?
PAYPAL account is : todd (at) horizontalaction.com (indicate which records you want)
one 7″ – $6.00 ppd (*NOTE : just 1 copy of Bold Ones record = $6.50)
two 7″ – $10.75 ppd
three 7″ – $14.00 ppd
four 7″ – $17.50 ppd
five 7″ – $21.00 ppd
six 7″ – $23.99 ppd
one 7″ – $6.95 ppd (*NOTE : just 1 copy of Bold Ones record = $7.50)
two 7″ – $12.75 ppd
three 7″ – $16.75 ppd
four 7″ – $20.25 ppd
five 7″ – $23.25 ppd
six 7″ – $26.25 ppd
EUROPE/rest of WORLD
one 7″ – $9.95 ppd (*NOTE : just 1 copy of Bold Ones record = $10.75)
two 7″ – $15.50 ppd
three 7″ – $20.95 ppd
four 7″ – $25.50 ppd
five 7″ – $29.25 ppd
six 7″ – $33.50 ppd
a1: Home Blitz – Thin Ice (listen)
a2: Boys Club – Gotta Get Right (listen)
b1: Nothing People – Its Not Your Speakers (listen)
Out of Print (though it looks like Goner might have some copies).
I will be covering this series this week (assuming I get volume 2 and 4 in the mail), but don’t wait for me; time to start tracking these down as soon as possible, because the first two (vol 1 and 3) are out of print already. As a document to what is happening right now in the underground, these comps are unparalleled. Also, each volume has numerous sleeve variations (the one I got has some weird alien/lesbian porn scene).
Home Blitz’s “Thin Ice” is an early punk rock styled number, with punk styled punk guitar solo’s falling all over themselves for short bursts of punk filled mayhem. Lo-fi as fuck, punk as fuck; _________ as fuck.
Boys Club’s “Gotta Get Right” is so lo-fi that it is barely there, but as with all of the lofi greats have shown, production means nothing when the songs are there. This is pop music for the deranged.
Nothing People’s “Its Not Your Speakers” actually turns out to be my favourite NP song yet, though maybe that has more to do with this song sounding like a more-lo-fi early Jesus and Mary Chain, with the repeating drum machine, the swirling electronix and the “couldn’t give a fuck” vocal delivery. This song is so fucking good.