This Tyvek single is old in 7″ years (it came out last summer), but I was listening to it and remembering how awesome it is. If you don’t have any Tyvek in your record collection, this is a decent place to start. This action packed double 7″ contains two of my most essential Tyvek songs, “Frustration Rock” (which sounds like The Fall at their messiest) and “Air Conditioner,” though everything is good here. I can’t believe that you can still buy this at cost.
Here is another increasingly popular 7″ that sold out shortly after its release, making it very hard to come by, save for eBay (which I have been unsuccessfully bidding on and losing time and time again – I am tired of these auctions going $30+ for singles that aren’t even a year old). Making things worse, I got a copy of the 12″ that Die Stassi released last month, and now I am even more excited about this band. When this one is reissued next week, don’t sleep on it. Also, make sure you pick up the (limited) LP from Die Stassi while you are at it,as it comes with my highest recommendation.
I am running out of ways to talk about bands like TV Ghost. Music like this this does a really good job of avoiding easy comparison (forcing people to come up with long lists of “Sounds like” and “possibly influenced by”). With TV Ghost, this is an even bigger problem, with the whole thing being rooted in sounding like a million different things at once. I can’t remember where I read it now, but someone mentioned bands like TV Ghost being the first generation of music lovers with unlimited access to music via things like SoulSeek and Torrent sites, and I have to wholeheartedly agree with that. More than that, the songs are great – mostly skewing to the weird and outsider-y type songs. I am really excited to hear more from this group.
I purchased these singles on spec after reading some glowing reviews, and spending some time with these singles is like a breath of fresh air. I’ve been getting deeper and deeper into the weird and the obscure that I have been shunning anything with a straightforward melody. The first one I put on – the Airwalker single – is my favourite of the three. Really clean sounding, eschewing noise in favour of some light reverb and simple, catchy hooks. These singles all sound like Jeremy Jay is creating a nice little world of his own here – at times, he is crooning like an 50’s pop star, but at other times there is this strange frailty/hauntedness to his vocals that kind of reminds me of the calm parts of the early Suicide albums. Love this. All three are still available directly from K Records.
These singles will appeal to those who are into that brilliant Devon Williams single of last year – both give me that same vibe of being lost in time (Incidentally, I am going to see Devon Williams in May when he is opening for Destroyer, though that has nothing to do with anything here).
These two SevenTenTwelve favourites are available (as of now) for ordering, directly from Sweet Rot. I believe that this warrants yet another post because these things are scarce and will go fast fast fast: 100 copies of the Meth Teeth on White vinyl / 250 of the Blank dogs 7″ with an inverse colours on the cover (and because the original is in greater supply, this one should end up being the “collectors item” if you are into that kind of shit).
This is from Sweet Rot’s description:
SRR-05 – METH TEETH 7”
Debut record from Meth Teeth, a Portland, Oregon three piece featuring members of Leper Print, Night Wounds, and Artificial Limbs. The A-side (both songs are on the band’s page) aims straight for the throat with a lo-fi, blown out approach that doesn’t sacrifice any catchiness. Side B softens things up a bit with two haunting and infectious folk songs. “Shimmery melodies caked in scuzz,” says DJ Rick. For fans of Bob Dylan, Hunches, Donovan, Ohsees, Sic Alps, etc. Later this year, Sweet Rot will be releasing the Meth Teeth debut LP.
Side A: Bus Rides + Unemployment Forever
Side B: To My Good Friend + Boring Artifacts
100 copies on white vinyl (available through mailorder only…ONE copy per order)
400 copies on black vinyl
SRR-04 – BLANK DOGS 7”
The first 700 copies of these flew out the door. Available one last time in a final pressing of 250 copies. Colours on the sleeve have been reversed.
Side A: The Doorbell Fire
Side B: Outside Alarmer + It Was
One of the singles I am most looking forward to. I found out about Meth Teeth when I went on my Blank Dogs trip a month ago, namely that Sweet Rot records, who put out the Blank Dogs Doorbell Fire single is also putting out a 7″ any day now from Meth Teeth. In fact, I keep going back every other day to check if it is available or not. It isn’t… yet.
Which doesn’t stop me from listening to the songs they have up on their Myspace, two of which are going to be on the upcoming single. Trading on the same oddities and obscurro production that I have been really keen on lately (see: Blank Dogs obsession), Meth Teeth add just the right amount of melody to keep shit interesting – there are songs here, but not the kind of songs you want to listen to alone in your apartment in the middle of the night after watching that movie “Fire in the Sky.” Something completely unnerving about these tunes.
By a Thread – Trick Knee Productions (Try Bistro-Distro)
a: By A Thread
b1: The Devil Always Wins
b2: Down on Me
Self Titled – Criminal IQ (purchase here)
a: Throw it Away
b1: Slate Train
b2: New Violence
This is an attempt to make up for that last Pink Reason post I did back in December. I kind of got caught up in a “holy shit I love this band” and didn’t really pay much attention to anything else.
The one good thing that came out of it was the dude from Trick-Knee leaving the following comment:
“By a Thread” was a 500 press and sold out. The first one was 300 (Kevin) and then several represses through CIQ (I think it eventually sold around 1,000 total). These 2 45s and the debut LP are all from the same “source tapes” or time period. The upcoming Siltbreeze LP is all newer stuff, and is as good or better (to me) than the old stuff. Lots of stuffs.
So there you have it.
The two singles here are both as good as it gets, best-case-scenario basement recordings. It makes a lot of sense that they come from the same source tapes, as they do sound very similar (actually, the CIQ one sounds a little “darker” in its recording style, so maybe they are coming from a similar period instead of the same source tape.)
The By a Thread single is my favourite of the two – possibly because the recording is slightly less muddy, and possibly because the songs are a little more immediate. Going from “By A Thread” – a brooding (yet melodic) turn through the American underbelly. “The Devil Always Wins” is a surprising southern-gothic stomper, and “Down on Me” takes it back to the areas “By A Thread” was exploring. Really good music here, highly listenable.
The S/T release is a little more… challenging. “Throw it Away” returns to the stuff that you find on the By a Thread single, but the b-sides – “Slate Train” and “New Violence” are pretty far out of left field, in that they are a hell of a lot noisier and grating (especially the terrifiyng. “New Violence”)
In sum, track down this shit. Also, check out this interview he did with Smashin’ Transistors. Dude is HC, and goes off about being in Prison, living in Russia and becoming a meth addict.
a: Private School
Available from Criminal IQ
This came with a huge order I did with Criminal IQ a while back (Vee Dee, Canadian Rifle, Pink Reasons and this), but for some reason it got lost in the pile and ended up getting filed away before I even listened to it once. Shit, after those three other records did me so right, maybe I thought I would be jinxing it or something. Yet, with new records being so sparse this month (seriously), I decided to throw this on.
What a nice surprise – especially the first side, Private School – which sounds like the Strokes if they listened to Nirvana instead of Television. Maybe that is a lazy comparison, but Private School sounds so great that I am meaning it in a totally complementary way (I picked up a copy of Nirvana Unplugged on LP at the local vinyl store last week, and forgot how much I used to love Nirvana when I was a kid). This song has some swing, and makes me realize that, in comparison, most of the music I have been listening to lately is so buttoned up, so regimented etc. I think that if you gave this to some kid in middle school, this would totally become their new favourite band.