(Mama Cow) These Bay Area-rockers take on Sinatra, Elvis, Cher, Neil Diamond and other icons in a ultra-pro sounding effort that sounds like the Bono from the Las Vegas version of the Legends in Concert tribute extravaganza let loose on a three-episode guest starring story arc on Glee.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
(skaskankredemption.bandcamp.com) Skawful! Easy listening 8th Wave Ska that really drags, with none of the bounce I thought was inherent in the genre. Sung with an average, semi-enthusiastic voice and punctuated with vaguely mournful brass, I would have thought this was a warped record if it was vinyl, but it’s a CD, so it’s supposed to sound this way?
(3219 Camden Dr Columbus GA 31907-2143) You could say someone putting out densely packed, margin-free, single-spaced megalomaniacal rant screeds at a Nascar-like pace had said it all after the first million or so words, but there's some surprises here, as I received two recent emissions with twists. One was not typed but in a treat to amateur serigraphers handwritten! (though it contained acidic insults to handwritten zines [as well as religion, Midas mufflers, and anyone not smart enough to offer Satan their orgasm]). The other atypical "newsletter" was a DVD of someone (Truman? A Truman impersonator?) just kind of going around the home for two hours and showing everything in it (and everyone, including a higher class of lady one expects the prototypical lonely, crazed manifesto maker to find attainable). The devil has been kind to Truman!
(takeberlinmusic.com) Ethereal co-ed harmony lullabies by lions that are both the cuddliest and spookiest jungle kings ever. It’s like Simba and Nala were successfully killed by Uncle Scar, came back as ghosts, but were still completely adorable. And had better songs.
Destructors “The Sublime, The Perverse, and the Rediculoid”, The Destructors/Dogtown Rebels “Terrorismo”
(Rowdy Farrago) There is no need to say that the Destructors two new releases return them to the Oi!-ish glory and fury of their old days/heyday, as the dozens of albums they’ve released over the last decade have maintained a pretty steady IV drip of intensity. That said, their new full-length, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the original incarnation breaking up, recreates an album they would have released back then, re-recording (or recording for the first time) songs from that era, which needless to say, are pretty timely now, as atrocity, absurdity, and war are always in vogue. There are also some covers, and you know -- no one needs, nor objects to, more versions of “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” “Louie Louie,” or “Wild Thing.” Their new split EP with Dogtown Rebels sees the D’s stick it to so-called revolutionaries, The Strokes, and reports of punk’s death that have been greatly exaggerated. Dogtown Rebels match the nastiness of the elder statesmen on this release, but don’t ape them, peppering their pub rock with other influences (check out the Devo-esque vocals on “Someday”) making this one of the best split Destructors records.
Friday, December 6, 2013
HHBTM) If this is a Battle of the Bands (as I believe all split 7-inchers are) then the victor is the band named after the post-battle cry of perpetual loser Chuck Brown (of Snoopy sustainer, not Soul Searchers, fame). Basically, while Eureka California have a great twangy head-bobbing integrity to their two tunes, GG's all in (get my little word play there?) with straight up bar rock, and there's no fight better than a bar fight, so they win! But you, the listener, is the true winner! Aaugh!
Buck Biloxi and the Fucks “Holodeck Survivor” (Total Punk), Buck Biloxi and the Fucks/Giorgio Murderer split single (Holotrash)
Continuing their triumphant dismantling of Lousiana (and Parts Unknown) with lo-fi musical looting BB & the F-words violently seduce on their Total Punk single with ostensibly Star Trek and stabbing-themed lullabyes (I can only make out about 8 words a song, and there’s at least 13 words in each, so can’t say for sure what they’re about). The mayhem continues on the spit single, and much like BB’s split cassette from a while back, I suspect the orgasm-inducingly named Giorgio Murderer is a Buck B pseudonym, and the fact that he’s doing more Star Trek-themed music furthers suspicions. But you know who else did Star Trek music? The Mummies and the Rip Off/Planet Pimp bands back in the trash rock glory days, and this masked, lo res b&w cover mess-terpiece is a tribute/time travel back to those dirty days. The Buck side features the best track here, the catchy (as in bacterial) “Shithole Boys,” but everything on this vinyl toilet seat is infectious!