This week's list includes the Small Town Country - Volume 1 compilation LP, original stock copies of the Flasher single, a Wolf Eyes reissue, and tons of great sealed stock of records from the 1960's and 1970's!! Check out the list below for further details…
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Check out Liz's new band Mind Meld! And keep your eyes peeled for a limited edition Flexi Disc on Mock Records hittin' the shops soon!
Thanks to Zulus and C57 Black6 for rockin' the shop on Saturday!
LABEL RELEASE COUNTDOWN
LP - Afflicted Man - I'm Off Me 'Ead (Official 2013 Reissue, Repress, Black Wax, Ltd 300) 13 copies of this acid fried punk record still lookin' for a good home.
LP - Basic Cable - I'm Good To Drive (Black Wax, Ltd 200) Tune in while you still can, under 10 copies to go.
LP - Frankie And The Witch Fingers - Frankie And The Witch Fingers (Black Wax, Ltd 350) – Only 3 copies of this 2015 fuzzed ear pleaser!
LP - Heater - God And Hair (Black Wax, Ltd 200) Columbia Missouri's short lived DIY RNR summer jammer, less than 10 copies are still in the mix.
LP - Leather Slave - Leather Slave (Black Wax, Ltd 200) Under 25 copies left, then it's OOP,c'mon creeps, there's still time!
LP - MERX - 20000 Sq Ft Under The Sea (White Wax, Ltd 100) Only 17 copies on the Permanent exclusive color vinyl! Come up for air and grip a copy!
LP/Screened Tour LP/Tour TAPE - Purling Hiss - Purling Hiss- Only 7, 36, and 7 copies of this guitar skree masterpiece across various formats respectively!!
FEED THE FREAKS
And just like every week, P-Rex Los Angeles DJs continue to FEED THE FREAKS !!!
Here's the general info on Feed The Freaks:
"Every Wednesday. Black Boar - 1630 Colorado Blvd. 10-2am.
Rock'n'Roll Partytime! With Lance Bummer and Special Guests.
Drink specials. Excellent adventures, only. Absolutely, no bogus journeys.
EMPTY BOTTLE (CHICAGO) + PERMANENT RECORDS CHICAGO = FREE SHOWS.
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THIS WEEK'S FEATURED RELEASES & REISSUES
7in - Mind Meld - You're Not Free - Flexi Disc w/ screen printed back side - $4.99
This fine flexi is a total tease! Fuzzed-up freedom rawk from LA's Mind Meld is what you'll find in these all too brief grooves. Permanent Records co-founder/head honcho Liz Tooley is behind the drum kit bashing out the beat and setting the scene as blistering guitars, beefy basslines, a groaning organ and euphoric vocals all swirl together to create some seriously killer sounds! Hopefully this "one and done" limited flexi is just the beginning, cause we want more and pronto!
7in - Flasher - Icky Bicky b/w Tricky Icky - Original Stock - $9.99
LP - Wolf Eyes - Slicer - Reissue - $17.99
Coming just months after Dread (Wolf Eyes' first LP as a trio), Slicer was released on cassette in an edition of 50 in 2001. From start to finish, it's a full-fledged sonic experience. Deep stuttering bass, high streams of electronics, rugged tape manipulation, horns, glass - this recording contains an enormous spectrum of sound. Mastering legend John Golden, who cut the lacquer for vinyl, said it was like cutting a sonic obstacle course. That doesn't mean Slicer is a record that you'll play once and file away.The Olson, Young, and Dilloway line-up, which lasted just 5 years, shows unusual restraint here. The calm intensity of their wildly bizarre sonic experiments and masterful compositional moves make for a rewarding repeat listen.
With influences coming from all over - avant-garde sound art, industrial music, psychedelic rock - specifically, Slicer brings to mind the perfectly edited Malesch from Agitation Free, the immediacy of SPK, and the innovation of Henning Christiansen. If you've followed their prolific output, you won't be surprised that band practice was also always a recording session, and these guys all had solo projects too - they played all the time. Their ideas developed from jamming, and you can hear the confidence, the control of tone, the patience of the improvisations.
Wolf Eyes were looking for, finding and fleshing out new musical forms. This is deeply ambitious music made without academic pretensions. This record contains some of the most minimal programming in their catalog and the editing and mastering are nothing short of inspired. Setting an impossibly high watermark just as the noise scene was getting on its feet, few, if any, have come close to the energy and power of this recording since.
LP - Various Artists - Small Town Country - Volume 1 - $13.99
The songs that make up this unprecedented album were gathered and compiled by Austin based musician and record collector Jason Chronis. He visited countless small towns across Texas and beyond, in search of anything and everything that might be etched on vinyl. From mountains of material, he chose these fourteen forgotten odes and put them in an order that tells a story. Like Harry Smith’s visionary anthology of folk music, this selection of private press country music captures the joys and the sorrows of people who sang for themselves. These songs speak directly to the concerns of real people, our experiences and dreams, and the gap between them. Of course, these musicians had also hoped to score on the charts, a desire that almost defines country music, but it didn’t happen that way. Now, 30, 40, 50 years after these records were handed to friends and mailed to local radio stations, perhaps country music is in for some definition expansion. More than half of these raw and intimate songs came out of Texas, where there has always been a strong regional music tradition. As history recedes and country music shakes off the commercial dominance of the Nashville hit machine, Texas country music, with its straightforward, ‘take it or leave it’ sentiment and rugged, stripped down sound, will be known for its influence on all types of musicians and songwriters. And perhaps the unknown country musicians that made the music on this LP were right when they pooled resources, asked favors, and poured their hearts out onto 45s…thinking they had a hit on their hands!
LP - Jesus Sons - Bring It On Home - Limited Orange Wax - $16.99
"If you happen to find enough cash inside your unwashed denim jacket to pay for a tall-boy, a pack of cigarettes, and a girly mag – then the following thing you ought to do is simply put on this record."
"You should get it and listen to it with your old lady (that’s what you call your girlfriend, btw) while she’s blowing you in a truckstop bathroom or whatever."
LP/Tape - Jesus Sons - Jesus Sons - $14.99/$5.99
Time to hop on yer hog and hit the highway cuz Permanent Records just unleashed the cassette version of this wind in yer hair affair by Jesus Sons and it is a cruuuuuuuiiisssserrr! Jesus Sons have the swagger, 'tude and strut of "Exile On Mainstreet", the fuzzed out blues rock and harmonica know-how of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the swamp choogle of CCR, the caveman stomp of the Black Lips, the bratty snarl of the Strange Boys and the repeato-riff debauchery of the Velvet Underground. Jesus Sons are makin' some damn fine jean jacket and shades psychedelic rock and this debut full length is start to finish hazy gaze west coast Americana bliss out. If you're searchin' for your mainline, look no further, just like Sister Ray said… play on! Mega Recommended. LP Available from Mock Records.
Don't just take our word for it, have a look-see what the fine minds at Impose Magazine had to say about this stellar self-titled LP here:
"LA's Jesus Sons have come to save your tattered souls. Some folks spend their lives in front of the keyboard, type writer and Moleskins trying to write the great, all-American novel, story, tale, or whatever they want it to be. In that same vein, former member of The Spyrals' Brandon Wurtz, with Shannon Dean, Bert Hoover, Chance Welton, and Erik Lake have made the all-American sound. The Sons soak their chords from the dense and uptight urban environments to the riffs that rock the rusted biblebelt interstates the tie in the Southern salutes, to tightening up each coastal sea to shining sea. With a first to Jesus Sons' self-titled, the progeny of patriarchs, patriots and outlaws curate a western sound that instills envy in the hearts of all European sons. With their self-titled available January 28 from Mock Records, get in on the inside savior scheme here.
The messianic progeny make music more like rock and roll prodigies, on the opening number, "All These Furs". The guitars are tried, tested, and aren't messing around with any sweet talk. Hitting up the honky-tonks, is the whiskey steeped "Who's Around" that makes the rounds while trying to round up a posse of a few good men, or just a few cool Sons. The sleaze and sure-fire sidewinder percussion and beer gut guitar rolls out the best transgressive romanticism, with the pick-up line invitational of, "I Wanna Be Your Man". The bar room amour turns the table with the slow country western twang and turn instrumental desolation of, "You Put a Spell On Me". Desperation and destitution never sounded so at home and comfortable, than on the soul grabbing, "Don't Wanna Die".
The home on the range away from home living keeps on keeping on with, "Ain't Talkin' Homesick". Jesus Sons take the down, out, and derelict situations and spin it around to be a debaucherous celebration of howls, hisses, and all the grimy attitudes they can muster up. "Out of Time" runs around, out of mind, out of place, hanging out anywhere they want in "the age of the young". "Melt" provides an interlude instrumental moment where percussion mimics rattlers and the other dangers that lie in wait and lurk about the prairie. Bringing down the house, "Going Down" embodies the rollicking ride down the highway to perdition, with Brandon and the gang loving every moment. Closing up their self-titled, Jesus Sons consume themselves in the cautionary delights and rewrite their own Gospels according to their own bourbon soaked doctrines."
LP - 15-60-75 (aka The Numbers Band) – Jimmy Bell's Still In Town - Original 1979 Stock - $99.99
"...Ohio has long been one of the great wellsprings of weird genius in US rock. The long-out-of-print 1975 live album by this extraordinary avant-R&B outfit – still gigging today – is another thundering, juddering marvel. They're part superhuman bar band (they often played four night a week, and their chops are sensational; local legend even says they were the inspiration for the Blues Brothers), and part leftfield art-rockers. There's something of Television's coiling, tangling intricacy here, with tilts at Beefheart, Afrobeat, krautrock, free jazz, and stern, striding funk besides. Robert Kidney's half-sung, half-spoken declamations only add to the drama, while the band fire off ingenious, multilayered riffs and rhythms that sometimes collapse into almost-freeform psychedelic reveries....It certainly seems a crime that it isn't better known." - guardian.com
"From the Rolling Stones to the White Stripes, plenty of rock bands have used the blues as a jumping off point and messed with the form to make something new, but hardly anyone pushed the music into a more interesting and innovative direction while staying true to its roots as 15-60-75, a Kent, OH combo known to locals as "the Numbers Band." Led by Robert Kidney on lead vocals and guitar and Terry Hynde on saxophone (yes, he's Chrissie's brother), this band never lost touch with the deep hoodoo groove at the heart of the blues, but they pushed and pulled at the sound from all directions, with the rhythm section laying out a steady and propulsive groove, additional percussionists throwing polyrhythms over the bed, the sax players blowing as if possessed by King Curtis and Ornette Coleman at once, the guitarists exploring the cosmos, and Kidney declaiming like the last great undocumented beat poet. Jimmy Bell's Still in Town, the group's first (and arguably best) album, manages to capture the band in all their shapeshifting glory, and what's most remarkable is how incredibly tight and unified this band is -- while this music leaps through any number of hoops, nothing and no one ever gets lost in the shuffle and the musicians perform with an intense focus that's all the more remarkable when you realize this was a live recording, cut in front of an enthusiastic audience at the Agora in Cleveland one evening in 1975. Music this smart and adventurous is rarely as satisfying on a gut level as Jimmy Bell's Still in Town, and this is a razor-sharp fusion of jazz, blues, and rock that kicks like a mule and will let you shake your ass all night long. David Thomas of Pere Ubu, a major fan of the Numbers Band, once called Jimmy Bell's Still in Town "the only good album ever recorded by anyone," and while he's clearly exaggerating to make a point, there's no doubt it's a better record than whatever you're listening to right now." - allmusic.com
LP - US 69 - Yesterdays Folks - Original Sealed Stock - $49.99
They started out as the Mustard Family, and changed their name to US ’69 before the release of any of their material. Signing with the Buddah label, US ’69′s album Yesterdays Folks from 1969.
The band combines a great mix of eastern-influence music with sitar along with psychedelic, jazz, rock, soul, and funk. Just let your senses loose, and the feeling will go up much higher, after every spin. " - rockasteria.blogspot.com
LP - Allman And Woman - Two The Hard Way - Original Sealed Stock - $14.99
LP - Associated Soul Group - Top Hits Of Today - Original Sealed Stock - $29.99
Contessa (CON 15012) 1967 USA
This lp is one of the more celebrated and rated examples of a subgenre which tends to go under the banner of exploito, which has gained interest and become more collectable in the last few years.
5 tracks recycled on the "Projection Company" lp; covers include a great version of "Are you Experienced" (T.Swift & The Electric Bag do this too) ... complete track list...
A1 Are You Experienced
A2 Up Up And Away
A3 Mac Arthur Park
A4 What Else
A5 Don't Think Twice
B1 Sounds Of Silence
B2 Uh Uh Uh
B3 I Can't Stand It
B4 Scarborouch Fair
B5 Wild Times
B6 Our Man Hendrix
LP - David Axelrod - Strange Ladies - Original 1977 Stock - $14.99
"After the death of his close collaborator and friend Cannonball Adderley in 1975, Axelrod stepped away from music, disinterested; plus his album for Polydor that year, Seriously Deep, had failed to make much impact. He returned a couple of years later with the solid Strange Ladies LP, featuring longtime collaborator Don Randi on keyboards. A tribute to his wife, “Terri’s Tune” is a mid-tempo instrumental with hazy electric guitar giving way to strings and horns, which Ghostface drew on heavily for the invigorating “Stay True” from his Supreme Clientele LP." - redbullmusicacademy.com
LP - Bootsy's Rubber Band – Bootsy? Player Of The Year - Original 1978 Stock - $14.99
"Released in 1978 at the height of Parliament-Funkadelic mania, Bootsy? Player of the Year finds Bootsy far from short of quality material despite his affiliation with the numerous P-Funk-affiliated projects being churned out at this time. In fact, this album finds Bootsy at his peak; his previous two albums may have their share of brilliant moments and were no doubt filled with great ideas, melodies, and funk, but here he seems to have perfected his songwriting. There really isn't a dull song on Bootsy? Player of the Year. The up-tempo songs -- "Bootsy?," "Bootzilla," "Roto-Rooter" -- rate as some of the most exciting P-Funk material ever released, each song clocking in over five minutes and chock-full of elastic basslines. On the other hand, the abundance of slow jams -- "May the Force Be With You," "Very Yes," and "As In (I Love You)" -- helps maintain a good balance, providing a breather from the sweatier moments. Then there is "Hollywood Squares," a song that teeters somewhere between a dance song and a ballad, sometimes picking up the pace, other times slowing it down to a strut. Along with Stretchin' Out in Bootsy's Rubber Band (1976) and Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! (1977), Bootsy? Player of the Year rates among the most enjoyable P-Funk albums ever. Unfortunately, it also marks the end of a glorious run. By the following year, 1979, it was clear that the P-Funk army was running out of fresh ideas, and Bootsy was no exception, as he'd struggle creatively for a couple years to come. This makes Bootsy? Player of the Year seem all the more special in retrospect, because it was among the last of the great P-Funk releases." - allmusic.com
LP - Finch - Glory Of The Inner Force - Original Sealed Stock - $29.99
Finch was established by bass player Peter Vink (Vink meaning finch in Dutch) and drummer Beer Klaasse. Guitarist and composer Joop van Nimwegen, who had worked with Vink in the Dutch formation Q65, soon joined. For lack of a good singer, Finch decided to build a repertoire of instrumental rock. Keyboardist Paul Vink joined, but was soon replaced by Cleem Determeijer, then a student at the Rotterdam Academy of Music.
The first album, Glory Of The Inner Force, was published in Finch's native Netherlands, as well as by ATCO/Atlantic in the United States. On both sides of the ocean the album received positive reviews." - Wikipedia
LP - Bob Lind – The Elusive Bob Lind - Original 1966 Stock - $14.99
"Bob Lind has enjoyed a sizable cult following based on a rather small body of work; he released just four albums between 1966 and 1971 and landed just one single in the Top 40, but he's acknowledged as one of the key artists in the '60s folk-rock boom, and over 200 different artists have recorded his songs." - allmusic.com
LP - Salsoul Orchestra - How High - Original Sealed Stock - $9.99
Production duties came,from 1978 to 1983, by Tom Moulton, Stan Lucas, Patrick Adams & Bunny Sigler.
The Salsoul Orchestra consisted of the most of the original members of Philadelphia International's MFSB, who had moved on to Salsoul as the result of a disagreement with producers Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff over finances. Other members began performing as The Ritchie Family orchestra, and as John Davis and the Monster Orchestra. On later MFSB recordings, Gamble & Huff uses a new rhythm section which caused them to have a slightly different sound.
Their song, "Love Break (Ooh I Love It)" has been sampled in rap songs such as 50 Cent's "Candyshop" and Eric B & Rakim's "Paid in Full", but most notably in Madonna's "Vogue." - Youtube user TheEternauta666
LP - Stylistics - Wonder Woman - Original Sealed Stock - $9.99
A2That Same Old Feeling
A3Fool Of The Year
A4Green Grass - Shade Trees
B1A Good Thing Goin' On
B2I Think About You
B4A Rock And A Hard Place
B5One Way Trip To Paradise
LP - Sunshine - Sunshine - Original Sealed Stock - $9.99
The Woman's A Natural 3:15
Just Let It Rain 3:51
I Don't Want To Spend Another Day Like Today 3:07
The Gaffer's Dream (A Day In One's Life) 3:15
When You're Not Around 4:49
Dance Romance 3:12
Love Can Bring Bad Times 4:21