Electric Vomit – No End 7″

a: No End
b1: Treasure Hunt
b2: Boredom Abolishing
Listen and Order from GARBAGE BAG

Electric Vomit

This 7″ comes from a new Quebec label, Garbage Bag, and features 3 songs from the legendary Electric Vomit, a Montreal band coming out of the first wave of punk in the late 1970’s. This music is clearly rooted in its era, yet I think that it still sounds vital and raw as it did back when it was recorded. This will please those of you who are into the Killed By Death stuff (KBD). I am really excited to hear more from this label (who are set to specialize in first and second wave punk releases (fuck yes). Highly recommended.

From Garbage Bag

Formed in 1978 by acclaimed underground cartoonist Rick Trembles as a young teen, The Electric Vomit were one of the very few bands in Montreal to come out of the first wave of punk rock in the late 70’s. Due to a lack of record labels and a widespread disinterest for punk rock in the area, the band never got much of a chance to spread the word, let alone release any recordings of their music. But now for the first time ever you can hear what was one of the rawest, fastest and most obnoxious bands in Montreal back in the day. The Electric Vomit were known for their garage approach to song-writing & lo-fi live stage theatricalities geared to repulse. These 3 extremely rare studio recordings were committed to reel-to-reel in 1979 featuring Rabid Roy Random’s amazingly snotty vocals, Rick Trembles on guitar, Guy Lapointe on drums, and Carlos Soria on bass (who would later joined his little brother’s renowned band The Nils). This record is sure to please fans of both traditional punk and hardcore as this band is the missing link between the sound of ’77 and early thrash. Pretty fast for it’s era, you could even call it proto-hardcore. 100% raw KBD (Killed By Death) material. Includes full lyrics & an anecdotal band bio written by Trembles.

Eddie and the Subtitles – “American Society”/ “Louie Louie” 7″ (Reissue)

a: American Society
b: Louie Louie
Purchase from Frontier Records
Eddie Subtitles 45

I was first exposed to “American Society” through L7’s cover on Smell the Magic, which was once one of my favourite albums in my flannel days (though I just put it on again, and it has not aged well, save for “Pretend We’re Dead” which remains “listenable”). I’ve been looking getting my hands on a copy of this 7″ for years (though they tend to go for a few hundred bucks) – and here it is, reissued on beautiful clear wax. Essential.

The Futurians – Play the Breathtaking Sounds of Tivol 7″

a: Vihaan Vitusti Kaikkea Mita Kulutusyhteiskunnan Aikaansaama Pinnallinen Alkoholiin Perustuva Sosiaalinen Kayttaytymiskulttuuri Edustaa (.mp3 clip)
b: Jawol, Tivol!

I have no idea what any of this means. See if you can make heads or tales of this description:

The gap between Finland and New Zealand narrows thanks to this new lathe cut single from The Futurians. Therein, Dunedin’s greatest primitive futurist sci-fi punk band tackles two songs from the mighty Tivol. The originals come from Tivol’s debut, The Breathtaking Sounds of Tivol, released by 267 Lattajjaa as a 3″ CDR in 2003 and subsequently reissued by Holy Mountain as a 12″/CD, Early Teeth, in 2005. These two songs are completely blasted in every sense of the word. Lathe released in an edition of 50 copies, with spray painted & stickered sleeves that slightly reference the original Tivol release. Manufactured by Peter King in New Zealand.

After I did some investigation, it sort of makes sense. I see the word “Holy Mountain” now, a record label that usually releases good stuff. And this “lathe cut single” that only exists in an edition of 50 (!) is a New Zealand band that I had never heard of covering a Finnish band I have never heard of (playing a type of music described as “Spacekraut”) and it is going to cost me $15?

Is this some kind of dare?
Get this directly from Soft Abuse.

The Ostrich – S/T 7″

a1: Medication
a2: Seedy Eye
b1: Fire Drill
b2: Dead Horse

Listen to some of these at their Myspace page.

Calgary is going through another boom cycle (thank you, oh holy oil!), and this is the perfect soundtrack to the increasingly claustrophobic feelings that many long time Calgarians are harbouring right now. The cover art depicts the cranes that litter the skyline of the city, working tirelessly to build new skyscrapers and condos as fast as possible. The cranes are manipulated to look somewhat demonic, and I see this is as fitting statement.

With all the built up tensions of a small city turning into a metropolis seemingly overnight, The Ostrich make perfect sense. Musically, I am reminded of early B-52’s or Talking Heads, mixed up with some Joy Division (at least in tone), and also the darker side of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. The production is just perfect, really doing a nice job of capturing the energy of the music with the dark, garage-like production.

This 7″ is limited to 300, and you can try contacting the band directly at thee_ostrich@yahoo.ca to get one of these, which I would of course recommend.

This is the best Canadian 7″ I have heard this year.

Times New Viking – 7″ Pre-Order

This is just an excuse to give you this Mp3 containing two songs from TNV’s upcoming 7″ for Matador. I’ve listened to this a dozen times or so this fine morning, and it just presses all of the right buttons for me; lo-fi, short, noisy, messy – check, check, double check.

“I need more money / ’cause I need more drugs”

These Ohio kids recently signed to Matador records, and of course all of the indie-rock reference points are covered here – early Pavement, Vampire on Titus era GBV, Sebadoh – but if Times New Viking sound like anything, it is the SoCal crap-core act FYP. This is a good thing.

Don’t hesitate to pre-order this shit.

No Age – Singles Series

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1. Get Hurt 12″ (Upset the Rythm) (Ebay Store in North America)

a1. Everybody’s Down
a2. Switches
a3. Get Hurt
b1. Neck Escapah
b2. Great Faces
b3. I Wanna Sleep

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2. Sick People Are Safe 12″ (Deleted Art)

a1. Boy Void
a2. Sick People Are Safe
b1. Vacation Pay
b2. Semi-sorted

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3. Dead Plane 12″ (Teenage Teardrops – SOLD OUT)

a1: Dead Plane
a2: Goat Hurt
b1: Never Not Beaten
b2: You is My Hot Rabbit

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4. Youth Attack 7″ (Youth Attack Records – Sold Out)

a1: Neck Escaper
a2: My Life’s Alright Without You
b1: Escarpment

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5. Post Present Medium 7″ (PPM)

a: Every Artist Needs a Tragedy
b: Loosen This Job

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5 singles put out by five labels in one month (March 2007) from three different countries (USA, UK, Sweden). When you collect all 5, they spell “NO AGE.” Limited edition coloured vinyl (i.e. I got one of the 100 “beige swirl” copies of the “Dead Plane” ep). You don’t even need to know anything about the music before you are ready to spend the next week tracking down one of each – this is a record collector’s wet dream.

As a strategy for getting a relatively unknown band from LA some action, this is a perfect way to do it. I remember pulling my hair out the day I heard about this series, trying to figure out where to find all of these. The band didn’t even have a proper website (only myspace) and all it said was “five eps out on five labels!” I had to HUNT.

In the age of eBay, with its saved search functionality, the hunt is mechanized for me. I don’t have to do any work – I just have to be patient. Honestly, this has killed some of my passion for record collecting, as it is just too easy. When something like this series comes along, it go my heart racing (would I get one of the coloured vinyl editions, or would I be too late?!!?). I had fun searching for clues, working my contacts… amazing.

The music is another story – NO AGE are one of my primo musical discoveries of 2007. So fresh sounding, so inventive; the recordings are all messy and lofi enough to suit my taste (I love lofi). I just haven’t heard anything by them that I dislike – it really just doesn’t get any better than this.

#3 and #4 are both sold out, but they don’t say “out of print” which is promising. If you want these, just try emailing the respective labels. This has worked for me (even if they point you towards a distro or record store that might have copies).

The Thermals – Pillar of Salt 7″

a1: A Pillar of Salt (Mp3)
a2: Product Placement
b1: A Pillar of Salt (demo)
b2: Saint Rosa and the Swallows

Available on the cheap from Sub Pop directly.

Taken from 2006’s The Body, The Blood, The Machine, “A Pillar of Salt” is a song that I have heard a hundred times yet still manages to excite me. I suppose the “pop punk” classification works here, but more Ted Leo and less Fat Mike. This single has two versions of “Pillar of Salt,” as well as some worthy b-side material.

As much as I love this music, I have to say it: this cover is TERRIBLE! The headless suits – fine. Why are they putting the bar code front and centre? Oh, I get that it is some kind of “statement” on how this band hates the “commodification” of punk music; you would have to be pretty fucking dense to miss that. Yet, this kind of commentary is ham-fisted to an embarrassing level.