11.26.2009

Before there were Les Sexareenos, The Del Gators, The Hot Pockets, CPC Gangbangs, Smash Up Derby, King Khan & BBQ, Mark Sultan, Almighty Defenders blah blah blah.. there was The Spaceshits.

The Spaceshits - Misbehavin'

Led by Jay Jay (aka Jay Retard) and Alicja Trout (Clears, River City Tanlines), Memphis' Lost Sounds are a glorious mess of punk rock artsiness gone awry in all the right places. Their 2004 In the Red effort, simply titled Lost Sounds, is a punk rock dance party guaranteed to merrily demolish every piece of furniture in the room. But this paranoid rampage is a far cry from the faux-sexy bass'n'drum din pumped out by the likes of Death from Above 1979. "Those things they put inside me/ You know they make me nervous," wails Jay through a cacophonous din of twitchy surf guitars and stuttering keyboards. Elsewhere the band declares that the end of the world is, "worth a laugh." And you get the feeling they mean it.
With a pedigree that includes some of the most raucous noise outfits to emerge from the Memphis scene, the Lost Sounds avoid the traps of by-the-numbers punk or southern-flavored garage rock and instead offer up a sound that is more akin to savage disco. That being said, their adventurous sonic attack is bold and sometimes abrasive. Ample melodies are buried in the din for anyone brave enough to sift through the noise to find them. A danceable disaster, the band's chaotic post-apocalyptic new wave sound explodes from the speakers with a fuzzed-out fury that borders on collapse. Hard to categorize, the sound is something akin to Devo, Liars, Rocket from the Tombs, and the Pixies duking it out to decide who's crazier. Obnoxiously fun, the band is a likely bit of an acquired taste for most. -AllMusic

The Lost Sounds - s/t


This has to be my pick album of the year. Well maybe, I've been hooked on this band ever since I heard of them over them over the summer when they played a free show here in Philly. I can't think of a better album from any other band this past year. So for now this is the best. From the UK The Shitty Limits. The other awesome part is that they have put up all their material online for you to DL. http://theshittylimits.blogspot.com/

"Their DNA betrays an ancestry of 60s garage cavemen like The Monks and The Sonics, late-70s British punk (especially ‘Pink Flag’-era Wire) and early-80s US punk –Red Cross, say. A band of more jellified backbone might, by this point, have shepherded their tunesmith abilities into radio-ready realms for the first label offering them a living wage.The Shitty Limits are better than that, as well as being better than the vast majority of contemporary punk rock." - (N. Gardner-RockSounds)

The Shitty Limits - Beware The Limits

11.15.2009

California Dumb

So Autumns arrived here on the east coast, with it terrible weather, leaves everywhere half the time its wet out, cold... . anyways about the music you guys have all been dying for. Here's a bunch of shit your guys should already have. This is for all those who haven't had the privilege.


Vintage New York punk band 1977-1978. Played with Squeeze, Dead Boys, The Cramps, The Crass. First 7-inch released in October 1977. Played in the New York metropolitan area at Max's Kansas City, The Showplace in Dover, New Jersey, and even made an appearance at CBGB's. Their song "Stitches in my Head' has been covered by Urge Overkill, The Bill Bondsmen, The Anal Babes, and Seattle favorites The RC5. Their song "Dead Heat on a Merry Go Round" was covered by legendary punk band The Defex. Reviewed in Zig Zag, Bomp, Ugly Things, Maximum Rock and Roll. Recently their song "Nicotine Caffeine" was heard on "House, M.D." episode 409 "Games" on Fox. - from their myspace

Alan Milman Sect + Ma-Ka-Zam - Stitches


Some Mexican punk - check it. San Felipe es Punk is possibly the greatest Spanish punk song ever.

Polo Pepo - San Felipe Es Punk


Some Spanish(Spain) pop-punk - check it too.

Los Nikis - La Amenaza Amarilla


Power pop got off to a rocketing start in the '70s and the demand for it, like most genres and styles, dissipated slowly through the '80s. Like most movements, there are some records and bands that were left in the resin, never to be fully acknowledged for their contributions, whether small or significant. Standing in the shadows of other bands from Max's and CBGB's, Milk 'n' Cookies quietly carved their niche on the circuit, but never received their due from mainstream culture. Their eponymous debut is a session hyped up on the sweetest sugar and soda pop, as the group carves out three-minute numbers that are post-glam but foreshadow the emergence of punk. For die-hard collectors of power pop, this album is a welcome treat to even the most seasoned and jaded of ears. And for those hyped up on the modern-day, cookie-cutter, Johnny-come-lately band of the moment emulating the sound of new wave? This is an absolute textbook essential listening experience. - AllMusic

Milk 'n' Cookies - s/t

Saw these guys over the summer, sick garage-punk from Ohio. Be sure to check them out if they come to your town. One of my favorite albums this year.

The Dimeras - Out Of My Head



And just for good measure this. A comp of some of the best 60s garage to come out in Latin America. Nearly every important 60s garage punk band from Mexico and South America are on this; Los Saicos, Los Monstruos, Los Ovnis, Los Gatos Salvages, Walkers, Shakers, Flippers, Monjes, Yakis, Shains, Sleepers and more

Mas Rock'n'Roll 26 Rare 60's Teen-Punk Artyfacts


I'll be taking requests for stuff you want up, and stuff you want re-ups. So holla at me wit dat. ight.