Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Flood

Blue Orchids - The Flood 7in

Monday, September 26, 2011

On A Day Like Today...

Tracey Anne Thorn (born 26 September 1962)

Marine Girls were a post-punk group from Hatfield, Hertfordshire. The group was formed in 1980, by two sixth form school friends: Tracey Thorn and Gina Hartman. Originally, Thorn just played guitar and Hartman was the lead vocalist and percussionist. Thorn overcame her shyness and started singing too by the time they started making records. They were later joined by Jane Fox on bass and her younger sister, Alice, on joint vocals and percussion.
"Lazy Ways" comes from their second LP released in 1983, under the same title.
Marine Girls disbanded in 1983.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I'm Allowed

While the Stooges, Blondie, and Talking Heads are revered for their punk rock antics and unchangeably praised for being a part of a major rock revolution in the late ’70s, there’s one band that’s been consistently overlooked. The Testors created just as much noise as the Dead Boys and rioted far more than the Germs. The were even kicked out of Canada for causing a ruckus. Sonny Vincent (vocals/guitar), Gene Sinigalliano (guitar), and Gregory R (drums) formed the Testors in New York City in 1975, quickly becoming mainstays at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB’s. They’d only release one single, the limited-edition 7” “Together”/”Time Is Mine” in 1976, while dismissing offers from records labels. For them, it was about rock & roll; pedal-to-the-metal rock & roll. Before breaking up in 1981, the Testors amassed a limitless amount of material, but it would be nearly two decades until the public would hear of the Testors again. In 2003, Swami Records unearthed some of the band’s greatest work so it could be heard for the very first time. The double-disc release Complete Recordings: 1976-79 captured the raw spirit of the Testors, finally giving them their proper place among the punk rock history books.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

From The Greek Vaults #1 : The Hydes - Out Tonite

In 1995 they released "Big City" for the "Not So Pretty" compilation (a tribute to the Pretty Things) on Corduroy Records(AUS) featuring Chesterfield Kings, Thanes, Breadmakers, Thee Headcoatees.
In 1997 they release the first 7" EP "Hard Lovin'" on SWALLOW IT ALL RECORDS (GR).
Next year the 7" single "Out Tonite" again on Corduroy.

Other tracks on compilations:
Flaming Torch (Only Ones)
Heatwave (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Sour Wine (Q65)
Wars Or Hands Of Time (Master's Apprentices)
Have You Seen (The Rolling Stones)

orphan drugs 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hidden Treasures #3 : The Passengers - Face with No Name

The Passengers were born from the Sydney inner city punk culture in 1979 following the demise of Radio Birdman. The band members met during 1976-78 as friends and fans of Radio Birdman in Sydney. The band was formed in late 1978 and performed together for one year. In October, 1979, an eight track demo was recorded at Palms Studio in Sydney.
They were the first band released by Phantom Records. The Phantom label began some time after the shop with a single by the Passengers in early 1980.
Among the many bands who blazed bright in the post apocalyptic era at the turn of the decade, The Passengers stood alone. Their music was compelling and different, and their following was fanatically dedicated.
Taking their name from an Iggy Pop song, the band was fronted by Angie Pepper, and also included former Survivor and future New Christ Jim Dickson on bass, with Jeff Sullivan (later of the Flaming Hands) on guitar and Steve Harris on keyboards.
Peppers vocals and the sixties girl-group nature of the lyrics made an instant comparison to Blondie inevitable, but Harris electric piano sound was substantially different from Blondie's approach.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I'm Only Asking

Even though this San Francisco based neo-psych band garnered plaudits and acclaim, 28th Day would eventually become more well known for being the first band to call Barbara Manning a member. Manning, who would later find success as a member of the World of Pooh and S.F. Seals, as well as becoming a sort of indie/underground legend, played bass in 28th Day alongside Cole Marquis on vocals and guitar, and Mike Cloward on drums. Although Manning would grow into a force as a songwriter in subsequent projects, the majority of 28th Day's work was written by Marquis. Their debut EP, released on Enigma in 1985, would be the only studio work from the band, which was to split a short time later. That collection would be expanded in 1992, and then again in 2004, to much acclaim on each occasion. Manning would go on to many other projects, including the aforementioned World of Pooh, S.F. Seals, and the Go-Luckys!, while Marquis would go on to form the Downsiders. 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Two Suns

A powerful and graceful band that was too post-punk to be folk-rock and too folk-rock to be post-punk, Shiva Burlesque began as a partnership between vocalist Jeff Clark and guitarist Grant Lee Phillips. The two had previously played together in Clark's band, the Tom Boys, in northern California. Following the death of their percussionist (a drum machine), bassist James Brenner and human drummer Joey Peters joined up. The foursome released a self-titled record in 1987 on Nate Starkman & Son, which received year-end praise from the likes of Melody Maker and Rolling Stone. Greg Adamson was added on cello and fan Paul Kimble (credited as Dick Smack) replaced Brenner on bass for 1990's Mercury Blues (Fundamental). They quickly broke up, a result of internal tension. Not helping Shiva Burlesque's cause was their inability to fit in with the reigning hair metal and punk scenes of late-'80s Los Angeles. Phillips, Kimble, and Peters continued as Grant Lee Buffalo, and Clark went solo with Adamson and Brenner on board. Brenner also joined Scenic.
~ Andy Kellman, All Music Guide

Friday, September 16, 2011

On A Day Like Today ...

Peter Zaremba (September 16th, 1956)

Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld) - (30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hidden Treasures #2 : The Visitors - Miss You Too Much

In 1978 when Deniz Tek and Rob Younger returned from the USA to Australia, their band Radio Birdman had taken heavy losses on the British tour which resulted in the dissolution of the band. Tek and Younger expected to reconstitute the band in Australia, but the damage done on the British tour was too great to repair. Ron Keely had already quit, Warwick Gilbert had said nothing but was expected to leave. What they didn't expect was Chris Masuak informing them, upon their return, that he would no longer play in the band, choosing instead to join the band The Hitmen.

Tek and Younger had decided that the days of Radio Birdman were over, as they felt there was no longer a critical mass of dedicated original members to work with. Younger stayed in Sydney where he formed the band The Other Side, whilst Tek relocated to Newcastle to finish his medical internship. He didn't play for about 6 months until the pain of withdrawal became too great and he began to collaborate with Mark Sisto, the old Birdman master of ceremonies and bodyguard who had remained loyal even after being unceremoniously ejected from the British tour a year earlier.

It was from an intense desire to play that the energy came to form The Visitors, the same desire fuelled the live performances and recording of the album. The Visitors assembled in a rehearsal room in Sydney in early December 1978. They made their first public appearance at the Stagedoor Tavern two days after Christmas Day with the Lipstick Killers in support.
From 1978 to 1979 The Visitors were Deniz Tek on guitar, Mark Sisto on vocals, Ron Keeley on drums, Pip Hoyle on keyboards and Steve Harris on bass. Their style was a dark mixture. The band being 3/5ths Birdman, including the chief songwriter, was almost like the next phase of Radio Birdman had that band continued on. At the same time, the sound of the band was more like the early Birdman days with the single guitar plus keyboard format.
They only gave 12 concerts
December 27 - Stagedoor Tavern (with Lipstick Killers)
February 9 - Balmain Town Hall (with Lipstick Killers)
February 29 - Civic Hotel (With The Other Side)
April 7 - Governor Bourke Hotel (with Lipstick Killers)
April 21 - Stagedoor Hotel (With Hitmen)
May 19 - Governor Bourke Hotel (with The Other Side)
June 2 - Civic Hotel (with Lipstick Killers)
June 22 - Newcastle Uni (with Lipstick Killers and The Passengers)
June 23 - Manly Flicks (with Lipstick Killers and The Other Side)
June 30 - Rags (with Nightshift and Works)
July 28 - Stagedoor Tavern (with Thought Criminals and The Numbers)
August 5 - Stagedoor Tavern (with Hitmen and Comrades of War)

Vivien Johnson on The Visitors

Monday, September 12, 2011

On A Day Like Today ...

Many things happened...

This is what I think might be of an interest to you...

 John R. "Johnny" Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) 

As far as I know this is the last videoclip he ever made...
He died of complications from diabetes less than four months after his wife, while hospitalized at Baptist Hospital in Nashville...

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Red Sun

Thin White Rope (TWR) was an American rock band fronted by Guy Kyser and related to the desert rock and paisley underground sub-genres. It was formed in Davis, California in 1984, and released five albums to critical acclaim.

The band was composed of singer/songwriter/guitarist Guy Kyser and guitarist Roger Kunkel, with a changing line-up of drummers and bass guitarists. It was noted for its twin guitar attack, innovative use of feedback structures and oblique lyrics.

TWR disbanded in 1992. The double live LP The One That Got Away chronicles its epic last show in Ghent, Belgium, on 28 June of that year.

The name Thin White Rope derives from William S. Burroughs' euphemism for ejaculation in Naked Lunch.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Into the Drink ...

Experience it when it happens ...

The Dark Rags performing live @ After Dark Club 8-9-2011

Hidden Treasures #1 : Shy Impostors - At The Barrier

Short-lived Sydney band who released one 7" for the Phantom Records (established by Dare Jennings and Jules Normington in 1979) label in 1980. In late 1979, Normington and Jennings had the idea for the Phantom label when they realised they were surrounded by talented mmusicians who were unsigned. Their girlfriends Penny Ward and Julie Mostyn, respectively, were lead singers in bands: Shy Impostors (were about to record) and The Flaming Hands (had already recorded tracks), as had their friends The Passengers. Post-Radio Birdman band The Visitors had an album's worth of material recorded before their final gig in August 1979.Shy Impostors dissolved shortly after their recording sessions were completed in early 1980. Guitarist Richard Burgman and bassist Peter Oxley then teamed with drummer Bil Bilson and Oxley’s talented kid brother Jeremy on guitar and vocals to form the Sunnyboys.
The single paired the strong "At The Barrier" with "Seeing Double"


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Kurt Vile - The Creature

On November 8, Kurt Vile will be releasing a brand-new 6-song EP on the 12″ vinyl and digital formats, entitled So Outta Reach. The EP contains 5 original songs initially recorded during the sessions for Smoke Ring For My Halo but not used for the album, which were reworked with producer John Agnello this summer. In addition, the EP contains a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Downbound Train.”
On the same day there will be a deluxe 2-CD version of Smoke Ring For My Halo with a new color cover. The deluxe CD will include the So Outta Reach EP on a second disc, all at the same price as a regular CD.
Download new track “The Creature” here:
The Creature (192k mp3)
So Outta Reach EP track listing:
1. The Creature
2. It’s Alright
3. Life’s A Beach
4. Laughing Stock
5. Downbound Train
6. (so outta reach)

Touring with The Dark Rags ... Berlin Sessions (May 2011)

Rehearsal @ Richard Ruin's studio


Live @ Ex 'n' Pop (28-5-11)


Full length album coming out soon !! Until then ..

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

On a Day Like Today ....

Keith John Moon (23 August 1946 – 7 September 1978)

Warren William Zevon(24 January 1947 – 7 September 2003)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Circus Mort - Swallow You

Circus Mort was a post-punk band from NY. Formed in 1979, the band included future Swans leader Michael Gira on vocals, guitarist Rick Oller, bassist Dan Braun, Josh Braun on keyboards and Angelo Pudignano on drums. Jonathan Kane, also of Swans, would become the third drummer for the group. The group recorded only one album, a self-titled effort on Labor Records, before disbanding in 1981.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Rob Snarski - Ocean Of You

Amazing song & audience. Live at the Fly By Night club, Freemantle, Western Australia on 21/04/07

Friday, September 2, 2011

Rowland S. Howard - Dead Radio