Monday, 5 September 2016

Superchunk - Tower 7" EP


Another from the big 7"s box of (mostly) junk, but one of the few gems. If not financially helpful ones. This is from Superchunk in 1990, on an Australian label called Messiah Complex. It says there were 1000 only, 200 on green vinyl, 800 on purple. Mine is on yellow, which suggests repress I suppose.

The a-side is great. The Chunk at their raucous best, particularly on Fishing, which sounds like it was recorded live apart from the lack of crowd noise. Both killer tunes.

Side B has a Shangri-Las cover, which is less good. Interesting as a fan, but I can't imagine I'll be rushing back to it. 'What Do I' is great, though. Both the b-side tracks were off the 1989 'Chunk' EP on Merge, the a-sides were recorded in 1990.

H'ya.

1. Fishing
2. Tower
3. Train From Kansas City
4. What Do I


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Mudhoney / Melvins split - H.I.V. Groupie Hits-Pack! 7"


I bought a load of 7"s of some guy on eBay ages ago, in the hope that there might be some gems in the collection. To be honest I did it also in the hope there might be, say, a load of early Smiths singles or something, and I could make some cash. Needless to say, most of the 300+ in the collection was 2000s-era indie dross.

This is the only record which is worth anything (and only a tenner), but it's a happy exception in quality terms too.

It's a weird record, in terms of content and labelling. The sleeve gets the bands right, but all the songs are labelled wrong, at least partly. The centre label of the record not only gets the songs at least partly wrong, but the names of the bands wrong too; Mudhoney are The Psycho Surgeons, The Melvins are The Professors.

Anyhew, the songs are pretty cool all round. Side a has three Mudhoney tracks, the first two are demos, and the third a kind of murky live recording, but it's good. Side b is one Melvins track, which is labelled as one thing (Just Sixteen) on the sleeve, another (The Sails of Charon) on the label, but is actually a KISS cover.

1. Here Comes Sickness (Mudhoney)
2. Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More (Mudhoney)
3. Chain That Door (Mudhoney)
4. Going Blind (The Melvins)

There. I've done the working out for you. Enjoy the record.

Oh, also I've changed to Mega for storage, so that (hopefully) stuff stays available for longer and I don't have to keep putting the Teenage Fanclub Scotland on Sunday CD up.


Thursday, 14 July 2016

Beck - The New Pollution CDS


You all know the a-side, I'm sure. It's a good one of his, for sure, off the awesome 'Odelay' LP. However the big interest in this single is the b-side, which is an Aphex Twin remix of 'Devil's Haircut', and as you'd expect is fairly strange. I particularly like the section somewhere in the middle where the vocal sample bears no resemblance to the rhythm of the track. Good stuff.

Track three seems like a home-recorded kind of thing, and doesn't have the Dust Brothers credited as producers. Maybe not quite to the standard of the album, but it's a good track still. Sounds like it might have been fun to make.

1. The New Pollution
2. Richard's Hairpeice (remix by Aphex Twin)
3. Electric Music and The Summer People

Here you are now, entertain you.

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Ben Folds Five - Army CDS


Here's a great tune from BFF, as most of them are (until, in the way of these things, they reformed and weren't so good). I like this track a lot, as I do the whole of the LP it's taken from.

Track two is from the Godzilla soundtrack. Not the immediate band who'd spring to mind for a Godzilla movie, but I guess it fitted. I vaguely recall going to see the film at the time, and thinking it was shit. But I also seem to recall a lot of Godzilla films at one time or another, so perhaps the one this is from was amazing. The track is really good, very BFF of this period.

Number three is a really good instrumental, the sound of three excellent musicians at their peak, and I don't know anything more about it. Apparently it was on the Australian version of the LP, but I'd never heard it before. There was, apparently, no film/TV show/medical documentary with this name. So there. Enjoy it.

I'm back in Birmingham for a short trip next week, so hopefully will get another chance to scour the shelves at Swordfish for more good stuff.

1. Army
2. Air
3. Theme From "Dr Pyser"

Here you are.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

The Wedding Present - Dalliance CDS


Happy New Year everyone, and apologies for the remarkable gap between postings. Somehow July to January has passed in something of a blur, but all is back to normal. So you can expect to wait only 2-3 months between postings.

Right. Are you sitting comfortably? Ready to feel old? Good. This came out 25 years ago.

Brilliant a-side, lovely Lou Reed cover on the b-side, which apparently was a Velvet Underground track originally and then a solo one, but I don't think I've heard the VU version. Anyway, this is great. 'Niagra' is also really good, with some bizarre time changes, and a massive snare drum. Enjoy.

1. Dalliance
2. She's My Best Friend
3. Niagra

It's right here.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

The Jesus And Mary Chain - Cracking Up (CDS)


Sorry for the tremendous delay, even by my standards...

Since when did the Jesus & Mary Chain go from playing 10-minute sets of distortion and causing riots to doing interviews on weekend breakfast radio? Since now, that's when. I heard one of the Reids on 6Music the other morning, talking about growing up in Glasgow and school and so on. Times change. Musicians run out of money, reform and do tours, too...

Anyhew, this is good stuff, this single. The sleeve photo is just the start. From their last proper LP, which was a bit of a commercial disaster, despite some great tracks. The b-sides of this one are good too. "Hide Myself" is a (fairly rare) quiet one, "Rocket" is by Ben Lurie, who was a later member of the band, and it is also good - it was the proper b-side on the 7". "Commercial" is an worth an ear, particularly if you don't like fast food, although it's not quite up to the rest.

Still, another 4-track single, and you can't argue with that, can you? No. You can't. Enjoy.

1. Cracking Up
2. Hide Myself
3. Rocket
4. Commercial

Right ear.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Another plug for the 78s

I have another blog, just recently started. It's some rips of 78s which I've either inherited or found around various second-hand shops.

Thought I'd mention it again as there's a quite brilliant track I found the other day, on the b-side of a 1953 number 1 single. The blog is at http://shellacsoffreedom.blogspot.co.uk/.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Primal Scream - Kowalski CDS


£3.00! I know. A steal. Although there's a good chance this was 99p back in the day.

Track off my joint favourite Primal Scream album here (other is Xtrmntr), with a couple of covers as b-sides. A very strange cover of '96 Tears' first, and then 'Know Your Rights', which sounds a little like the direction the Scream ended up moving in after this couple of great noisy records.

The remix is good too, very messy.

Enjoy.

1. Kowalski
2. 96 Tears
3. Know Your Rights
4. Kowalski (Automator Mix)

Hey ya.

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine - Let's Get Tattoos (CDS)


More Carter, I know. One of the few (maybe only?) bands I think I like more now than I did back in the '90s. There's something about the passion that Jim Bob puts into everything, as well as having some of the great choruses. And I'll tell you what, this single has an absolutely killer chorus, no doubt about it. You probably already know that.

The b-sides of this single are good too, the first one does that proper Carter thing of going 'quiet... quiet... quiet... BOOM! DRUM MACHINE!'. And if you don't like that, well, you shouldn't really be here, should you? Go home and take a long look at yourself, your motivation, and your record collection. Come back when you've grown your fringe long.

Second b-side is a cover of a track by These Animal Men, in true 1990s covering-each-other style. Third b-side is a cover of a David Essex track. Really. So limited is my knowledge of most music I don't think I know it, but I'm sure all of you do, and I hope you like it.


1. Let's Get Tattoos
2. Especially 4 U
3. Speeed King
4. Silver Dream Machine

Bring it.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Another blog

No idea if anyone will be interested, but thought I'd let you know that I'm periodically going to put some recordings from 78rpm records on a blog called Shellacs of Freedom.