Record Reviews - June, 2001

Add N to X "On The Wires of Our Nerves" CD

Ok, record reviews aren’t JUST about reviewing "new" releases. You see, with the recent expansion of my zine (The Neus Subjex) and our search for reviewers I tell each candidate what I think reviewing records are all about. Let me tell you what I told them...

Reviewing music is about one of two things. 1) You LIKE a record so much that you feel its your DUTY, as a rock and/or roll journalist, to tell other people that they are missing out on something they should definitely know about (and you explain that within the body of your review), or 2) You HATE a record so much that you feel its your DUTY, as a rock and/or roll journalist, to tell other people that they could quite possibly save some well-earned cash instead of buying the LP, CD or whatever (and you explain that within the body of your review).

I mean FUCK! Gas here in Cincinnati is pushing $1.80 a gallon for the 87 octane. When getting a half of tank of gas is equal to a CD or something, it makes the job of the record reviewer EVEN more important!

Most of the releases that I review here in Blank Generation, or Generation of Blanks, or whatever the kids are calling it these days, I bought the very same week I write the review. With each review it’s getting easier and easier to get the gist of a release in fewer and fewer listens. Most of my reviews are stuff that I personally buy. Here lately, I have been getting sent review materials, WHICH IS KICK ASS, but no matter. If I am sent 30 kick ass CDs, or LPs, or whatever each month, to me record reviewing always has been about spreading the message. And what better way to support the industry and support the peoples of this industry of rock and/or roll than to write about a record I love or hate.

I bought this CD today ($12.99 plus tax). That’s equivalent to a half-tank of gas for The Gobo (that’s what I call my car, THE GOBO). And to let you in on a little secret, I mainly bought the CD because of the cover art. Yeah, I know, how 'comic book' of me right? I don’t care though because any CD that features two new-wave computer-esque doctors trying to revive a victim from a massive abdominal wound WITH A KEYBOARD, well, you got your buttons to be pushed and I have mine. This CD pushed mine.

Musically, Add N to X reminds me of The Fight Club Soundtrack. Like The Chemical Brothers, who did that Fight Club music, Add N to X are ELECTRONICAL. Neoteric.

I don’t hear any guitars. I don’t hear a bass. Very limited vocals, if any at all on most songs. Bass-beats. Sampling. Keyboards. Synths. Add N to X has a lot of shit going on in this disc. Like Servotron, they seem to be in their own world too, their world, their rules, their definitions.

If you absolutely hate the music from Fight Club (but damn, what a GREAT fucking movie) then take warning: STAY AWAY. Keep to your [SUB][HUM][ANS] LPs and your Crass shit. If you’re looking for something different then try this out. I did and I’m glad I did. I suppose you could say I’m DAMN proud too. But don’t mistake my pride for nationalism because as I was reading in a WORLD BOOK Encyclopedia yesterday at the Library about World War Part One, Nationalism was just as much a cause of the outbreak of war than the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, for real though, or something. (SAB)
(Mute/Satellite Records)

Briefs "Hit After Hit" CD/LP

Heard these guys referred to as "new wave" or sum such. I guess there's a bit of skinny tie action in here, but in reality they move around quite a bit. Most of this is non-sucky '77 mixed with pop-ish hookorama and speedy pre-core core. "Where Did He Go?" and "New Shoes" are catchy, fun, and funny. I like this quite a bit. (TK)
(Dirtnap Records, P. O. Box 21249, Seattle, WA 98111)

 

 

Causey Way "Causey VS Everything" CD/LP

To match the new (wave) lime green Blank Generation layout; complete with a picture of Neoteric vanguards, Le Tigre; here is the WAY, the only way, the Causey Way.

I read about this band in an advert for Alternative Tentacles in the Razorcake zine. You see, advertising DOES help because I have seen this LP sitting idle in my local record shop dive for about three weeks now. I mean FUCK, why should a hard ass punk-rocker like myself (complete with my Crass tattoo(s) and red tri-hawk) buy a fucking album by a band who would DARE to put a field of flowers on their record cover?

Then, to call themselves 'Causey Way'... That sounds so fucking DULL. I mean FUCK, I just can’t see a whole bunch of mo-hawked INDIVIDUALS, like myself, in a circle-pit throwing fists and arms and yelling out, "CAUSEY WAY! CAUSEY WAY! CAUSEY WAY!" to the beat of the music like when I saw GBH. Now THAT’S punk-rock! What a show! GB (fucking) H! Mo-hawks EVERYWHERE. Chaos Punks Rulz! Counter clockwise circle pit! I fell down but man; there's camaraderie in THE PIT! People who I didn’t even know picked me up. They took care of me and when my brothers fell, I took care of them. That’s what you did IN THE PIT! Release aggression! Dance! Tribal! IN THE FUCKING PIT! GBH! CIRCLE-PIT!

You can’t "circle-pit" to The Causey Way. I mean FUCK! They have keyboards! But wait, The Dammed had keyboards when I last seen them too. There was WAY too many GOTHS at The Dammed, the first AND ONLY time I saw them, to start any sorts of circle pit (counter clockwise or whatever). FUCK man.... Who am I trying to kid? I have been writing for The Blank Generation since around November of the year 2000. You know me. Any form of a circle-pit is the FARHTEST thing from my head when I think of The Causey Way. I don’t have a red tri-hawk, NOR any Crass tattoos or ANY tattoos for that matter...or DO I?

I don’t like pain enough to have a set of tattoos. Good thing to, because I’m the type of guy who would go out and get a non-textured two dimensional United States flag on my chest, or Pepsi Cola logo on my arm just because I got drunk and was watching "Full Metal Jacket" or something... The good lord above blessed me with a low threshold of pain, or I would look like a fucking walking billboard.

So I see the ad in Razorcake for this record and I’m thinking, "Hmmmm… Maybe Jello has something there…" I make a mental note to MAYBE buy it. I go down to Shake It Records the same week. I now have began limiting my record buying to around $20 each shot. If there were ANOTHER thing I’m addicted to besides Generic Cola it would be record buying. I realized I had a problem when I was spending more on music purchases than food, and this just wasn’t one week in a great while... It became too often so the week I purchased this LP I limited myself to $20.

Not much in the re-issues KBD department for me this week, so I decided to check out some newer stuff; the first decision I made was for The Richmond Sluts. That record had the look! Despite Duane Peters rather BUTCHERING of Smogtown’s "Fuhrers" LP, I decided to give Disaster Records ANOTHER chance. Besides, the band looked like glammed out clones of Gene October from the Lurkers, but enough about the Richmond Sluts. I’m going to get around to writing about that record soon enough. I’m here to write about The Causey Way.

This LP was my second selection. Since I had reached an amount near $20 ALREADY I decided to take my place up front near the cash register and talk to Darrin and his brother JB, Shake It Records proprietors. Shooting the shit. Lil' Gatlinburg style.

Through the course of our discussion I seriously considered putting this record back into the bin THREE times. I tried to justify this because 1) There was a new Blonde Redhead LP out and since their last one was pretty cool this new one might be even better, 2) Causey Way is on Alternative Tentacles, a label with a rather sub-par catalog of bands behind their name (Yeah, I bought Klaus Flouride’s solo release and I suppose with the purchase of this LP I’m finally over it), 3) I was afraid this record would sound like Tortoise. Tortoise is a band that everyone in those magazines at Shake It seemed to not get enough of and when I asked JB about them he himself said, "Ohhh… Uh… They’re 'electronic', but like Emo bands they take a REALLY long time to get to their point." So when I was at Borders FIGHTING THE SYSTEM and looking for the DVD of the Outsiders, starring Patrick Swayze, ("I would pay MUNNY to see him.... I like guys and guys like me... I’m what you would call an Albino..." all from the movie GUMMO, see it!) and I glanced over at the listening booths and saw that new Tortoise CD on there so I listened to a song or two AND JB WAS RIGHT! That band needs to share some of my speed stash, 4) By replacing the LP I would ease the blow IF I decided to ALSO get the Radiohead import book thing for their Amnesiac release. I don’t know why I wanted it, but I did. It’s a little red storybook like a kid’s book or something and had their new CD inside. I heard one of the tracks off the radio and I liked it; but it was $20.99, import price. Here I made a limit of $20 for myself.... Whereas spending nearly $40 seemed like too much of a splurge, $30 was closer to my self-imposed limit. Like a true addict I tried to justify excess. If I put The Causey Way LP back and got The Richmond Sluts LP and the Radiohead disc I was JUST spending $30 and not $40. I wasn’t AS BAD if I JUST went 50% over my limit, but a TOTAL FAILURE if I went 100% over.

Welcome to the place I call me, fuckers.

I’m sure JB and Darrin were wondering what the fuck I was doing sitting down for a couple of minutes with this LP in my hands then going back to the LPs and replacing it then going back and getting it back out again... But hey, like I said before, these guys are use to people acting weird in their store. I was just fitting in.

So I got it. Yep. I did what the shoe commercials told me. I’m a good consumer. Really, I am. No need to report me, fuckers.

And once again, like an addict I surrendered one vice for another. I’m addicted to The Causey Way. Despite some of the kick ass music I have bought over the past month, I can’t get this LP off my turntable. You see, like in that Suran Song in Stag review, the whole battle I went through by putting this LP back and then retrieving it... It wasn’t me dealing with self-limits. It was The Causey Way’s "way" of choosing me. I was chosen to buy this. This LP called out to me and my sub-conscious listened. Sometimes you just got to go with the little voice inside your head. I mean FUCK, good thing I didn’t listen to it when it told me to put my hand in my coat pocket at the bank and yell, "This is a stick up! Everybody FREEZE!" because I was just wanting to see what the people would do. You see being a bankrobber is a DREAM of mine.... It’s hard for me to walk into banks and keep my composure. That little voice gets LOUD sometimes. It’s a good thing that I have direct deposit at the place I work forcing me to deal with un-robbable ATM Machines and checks... ATM machines don’t do fuck when you put your hand in your pocket in the shape of a gun and yell out, "This is a stick up! Everybody FREEZE!" because I did exactly that and the machine was all quiet and shit, like it was sizing me up. It wasn’t afraid of me and that made me afraid. All it said was, "INSERT CARD TO BEGIN TRANSACTION." Tough as fucking nails! Can’t go up against something that fucking tough. I can’t contend.... I inserted my card and began my transaction....

I just had to scroll up on the page to see exactly where I was at in this record review. I will admit, I get a little caught up with things in my reviews, but that’s me. That’s just how I am. Just ask Kenny on Broadway or the Joe Domino. I’m hard to get off the phone with because when I get warmed up BAM! I’M READY TO FUCKING ROLL!!!!

Let’s take a moment to go even further off track. FUCK, it’s the Shawn Abnoxious way. I want to share with you MY NEW THING. I’m a Haiku writer. I heard those new Budweiser Haiku radio commercials and knew I can do it better. Hell, the way one of my favorite rock writers writes is SORTA a mixture of haiku and stream of consciousness, but Kenny on Broadway does too much PCP to NOT get a point across. His secret? A safe mixture of PCP, amphetamine and you guessed it, good ol' reliable beer. Into 180 degrees. Expect the unexpected. Just when you think you know me, BAM! I’m a fucking Haiku-ist. Enter my very own bastardized version of the Japaneeze culture. Bonsai Trees. Kamikaze headbands. Hi-yah!

One day I’m going to publish a whole zine of nothing but my Haiku. Five minutes ago, despite already writing The Hives a Haiku in honor of their new CD, I SURFED the web, hung ten (or in my case hung 1/2"! HAHAHA I HAVE A SMALL DICK BECAUSE OF THE SPEED) and found the definition of haiku... I only needed the first paragraph because from there it all just got much more complicated. All I needed was the basic structuring concepts.... Don’t DARE think for one minute that I am going to write about any seasons or any weak ass shit like that because the only season WORTH writing about would be winter. The winter is COLD and dark. LIKE MY PERSONA! I saved the paragraph to keep as a reference. Here, I will share it with you, but I am copying this DIRECTLY from the source. Misspellings are as they were:

"A haiku is a short poem of form (in Japanese) 5,7,5 syllables. It normally includes a seasonal reference and often conveys something deeper behind the superficial words. Haiku should ideally use simple words and describe experiences common to most readers, yet in a fresh and insightful way."

And don’t even DARE to think that I give a fuck about simple words, being insightful, fresh, or any other PUSSIE shit you read up there. Like anything, with my Haiku I will attack, degrade, and break in half. I just put on "Taste of Honey" by the Viletones on my headphones. My leg is cut just below the bend of the knee on my right leg and I let the blood trail down to my foot. I took six aspirin at work today because my feet hurt. Here it goes...

5.6.2001 7:00 PM
Causey Way review.
It’s Long. Disjointed and sharp.
Like instruments. Like.

Like I said, this is only the beginning. I am going to write haiku’s for special occasions. Next up is my buddy Liam’s graduation from college.

You know…I have to talk about religious cults for a minute, two in particular. One is Heavens Gate and the other being that Branch Davidian thing.

You see, these groups were rad as fuck. They had a look. They had a belief. They had the power over themselves. Like it or not. Hut-hut-hike.

How many of you out there in Blank Generation land remember seeing the Heavens Gate story as it was breaking. I do because I didn’t feel like doing anything except watching TV and eating various Chef Boy-ar-dee selections all day long that particular day. I remember how PERCISE everything was. They had their last meal. They had their vodka. They had their Chicken Pot pies... They had their rad fucking haircuts... I wasn’t too impressed with the chemical castration thing... They had a fucking headquarters... They had uniforms... Wacked out belief... They had Velcro Shoes... Freaked out commanders... The closest thing to the X-Men EVER! The only thing they didn’t have that would have even made the castration thing BEARABLE, was shitloads of explosives, firearms, underground bunkers, a kick ass logo that you could put on belt-buckles and you guessed it; a belief that the apocalypse was coming.

I thought, and still think, that the Heavens Gate CREW would have been pretty interesting people to be around. Stimulating conversation. I wear simplistic Velcro Shoes now in their honor. They are the closest thing to the CLASSIC shoe that each member adorned when they left their vessels behind. Hale-bop! Those WERE special times!

I remember seeing that comet in the sky and saying to myself, "Have a good
ride dude." and giving the comet a 'thumbs up' as if they could see me.

Now, The Branch Davidians... I live in a town with a punk-rocker scene that, up until last summer, had three (3) ANNUAL Branch Davidian memorial BBQs. The only reason they ended was the moving of its organizers away from this fair, riotous city. On a side note, watch out LA....

You see, I don’t share a COMMON belief with society when it comes to the Branch Davidians. The media said a lot of things that may or may not have been true. I figure anytime you see any news bit you are only getting the story they want you to hear to make whoever more "worthy." We can’t escape the facts they shared with us.

They were stockpiling weapons. Why? Because they actually have seen THEIR
apocalypse! David Koresch was dead on when he saw his visions of the final
battle. It just wasn’t worldwide... It was more localized. The tragedy at Waco
was his, and the other Branch Davidians Armageddon!!!!

They had a big gunfight with the ATF, AND KICKED THEIR ASS. In the end it took a siege and tanks to get the job done. The Branch Davidians had tanks on order, but they did not arrive in time for the standoff.

When I go (you know that’s my cool Young Guns way of saying WHEN I DIE) I want to go out in a blaze of glory just like The Branch Davidians and Chavo and Billy and the other Regulators. Regulators mount up and ride. You’re going to reap the Whirlwind. I’m gonna make you famous. Praise God.

The Causey Way take the whole visualness of cult ideology and mix it up with some nu-classic Neoteric Punk/Wave sounds to be one of the best bands I have heard in a long while.

This year is shaping up even tougher than last year. Adding band like The Causey Way and The Lost Sounds to my Neoteric Corps is a DANGEROUS thing. I feel almost sorry for good ol' fashioned Rock and Roll. Pretty soon this web site might be called Neoteric Generation. Joe asked me if I’m as cool with a possible name change in the future AND if I still remember Dale Earnhart, so I told Joe I would be cool with him renaming Blank Generation to Neoteric Generation and how could I EVER forget ol' Number 3? The fucking intimidator!!!!!

If you miss Servotron, well The Causey Way reminds me of something like that. In fact, I don’t know roster histories or anything for either of the bands, but after having one of my friends (which doubles over as a BG reader) to dub me a copy of a Cause Way CDEP, I think Servotron and The Causey Way are linked. The Causey Way fills my yearning for more Servotron. Cults, Robots... What’s the difference?

The Causey Way also bring to mind bands like Berlin, composers of one of the best new wave records ever made, The Pleasure Victim. Berlin also did that song from Top Gun ("Take My Breath Away"), but trust me, when you hear a song like "Riding on the Metro" and you will flip yer fucking lid. There isn’t much difference between the stuff The Causey Way are putting out and the stuff Berlin was doing, except of course exchange the infatuation with sex that Berlin has and replace it with the infatuation of cult ideologies that the ‘Way have.

Break beat. Start and stop. Well written and definitely dancable... The Causey Way is a band I think will never grow old to me. Keyboards, drums, mostly female vocals. No ignoring the guitar and bass either… The Causey Way sounds like they know what they are doing.

If you like some of the classic new wave that never seems to grow old, or are into some of the fresh wave stuff that’s being put out there today like The Lost Sounds or Selby Tigers AND/OR are a fan of my very own Neoteric Punk Wave movement then I strongly urge you to pick this up.

It was after listening to this LP about 5000 times when I stop in a Rest Area just south of Lodi (pronounced Low Die), and just north of Columbus Ohio where I photographed a pair of underwear that one would assume was male underwear, because I was defecating in the men’s restroom (and preparing a speedball), but still yet had the distinctive look of female pant-ties. After relieving myself I capture a squadron of dairy cows forming on my position. One was taking a shit so I took some action shots of it. And you know what? I never did get a picture of the floor-mopping dwarf… But hey, I got a cow taking a shit!

The Causey Way is the only way! (SAB)
(Alternative Tentacles POB 41902 SF, CA. 94141)

Child Molestors "The Legendary Brown Album" LP

Just when I get done running my yap on the Killed By Death Message Board about how I want a Child Molestors collection, BAM!, there’s a re-issue of The LEGENDARY Brown Album! It’s not a collection because it doesn’t have "Hillside Strangler" or "Punch you in the Face," but fuck, this will do, I guess.

Ask and ye shall receive motherfuckers!

So what do you get when a late 70’s band is making some indescribable racket in the house on the corner? They aren’t bad "kids," but you never see them without a beer in their hand and a cigarette in their mouth. They don’t mow their lawn. They don’t trim their hedges. Their driveway is cracking and mostly gravel. You call them The Child Molestors...or rather, they call themselves that.

Making every paragraph, instead of a continuation of a certain thought, a "re-start," a "do-over." Creation can be a dirty thing. 1-2-3-4!

So, the band that swooned me first with their version of "Don’t Worry Koyoko," then later amazed me with "Punch You in the Face" and "The Hillside Strangler," and it WAS that I was impressed NFD (No fucking doubt)... The Child Molestors, a band I knew nothing about, became a band I would dream of. How wild. How crazy. How degrading? They, a band with balls enough to call themselves something so controversial as The Child Molestors, how while-wild could they possibly be? Yeah, pretty THAT indeed… Fill in the blanks but FUCK MAN, make it good!

This LP is really a treat to the ears. Just what I fucking needed right fucking now. Couldn’t have came at a better time. In this "bear" economy, in this "reality" series, the economy is in the shitter. Some guy at my work was talking about how there was a missing nuclear warhead in the earth’s atmosphere (or something like that AKA "along those lines") somewhere, and when I come home from work turn it to CN (fucking) N and hear nothing about it! I feel as if I’m being lied to. I feel as if something is hidden just below the surface and SOMETHING is about to get fucked. When we, as a human race, FINALLY destroy ourselves it will be an accident I bet. One fucking laugh after another.... You can call it "X Amount of Grief."

The LP has absolutely nothing on the cover except an imprinted inscription reading THE CHILD MOLESTORS in the front. It’s called The Legendary BROWN Album, but it’s really a deep burgundy type color. No song titles, no nothing besides a 8 1/2 X 11 sheet of paper listing a slew of song titles with a disclaimer along the lines of "SOME of these titles MAY appear on this album." Fuck yeah! I got an LP not so long ago by The Horrors. I didn’t see one song title on that LP either, but when the Molestors do it, it’s art! Yes it frustrates me, but FUCK, it’s art! Who am I to question though? I’m no fucking Martha Stewart. I’m no Bill Shakespeare. I’m just Shawn Abnoxious and ain’t worth a fuck.

And I suppose that’s why this LP really appeals to me. I’m not worth a fuck. Those politically minded individuals, like all you anar-chist and PC people, your FINE, your LOVELY. I could say we have no beef with one another but that may be offensive so I will just say we have no 'Textured Vegetable Protein' with one another... You are beautiful just the way you are. Keep on keepin' on and all that shit but please, for the sake of shock-rockers everywhere, STAY AWAY. This LP isn’t for you!

A lyric sheet/poster comes along with this LP splattered with pornography and pictures of the band. Some band members are wearing nazi uniforms. Sometimes the band surrounds themselves with very 70’s styled women. In a couple of pictures one of the band members are wearing a pretty disturbing mask... One of the members lugs around a guitar in places like train tracks and what appears to be degrading alleys in-between buildings, next to piles of trash that could never be MADE, just developed....

The Child Molestors are about being offensive, shock rock pioneers. Songs about "homos" that come across much like similar Angry Samoans type themes. Songs about surfing. Songs about voodoo. Songs about disco. Songs about homicidal maniacs named Brenda Spencer. The asking price is enough just for the first B-side song called "X Amount of Grief." This one is a scorcher, one to set standards by… Influenced by Blues and good old-fashioned rock and/or Roll, The Child Molestors exploded ON the late seventies/early eighties music scene only to disappear and be coveted by worthless assholes like myself. That’s OK. I know my place in things.

If yer a fan of The Mentors and/or The Fuckemos and have yet to hear this band, you should. Pioneers. Oh, before I go I just want to tell you about another completely different version of "Don’t Worry" on this record. Its much more superior to the Killed by Death version you all have probably heard. The Child Molestors version is soo damn good that the other evening my better half (Ms. Communication) told me that if I didn’t put something else on the turntable besides The Child Molestors doing "Don’t Worry Koyoko" she was going to go insane and start throwing stuff. Now THATS ROCK AND/OR ROLL!!!!

You still have it boys. You STILL have it! Hey, Kawasaki or something like that.... (SAB)
(Ace & Deuce/Sympathy for the Record Industry)

Crimson Sweet "S/T" 7"

I picked up Crimson Sweet’s two 7"s while I was down in The City. Shawn, Kenny and Mark have said nothing but good things about them, so I said, "Why the fuck not? It’s only $5 bucks." Their noise is very…New York. It’s a trashcan recording (good), with strident vocals (even better) and minimalistic guitar work (in other words, stripped-down, crude punk). I like it, you probably won’t. (JD)
(www.crimsonsweet.com)
(Crimson Sweet PO Box 20506 Tompkins Square Station New York, NY 10009)

Crimson Sweet "Robot Bus Driver" 7"

A coalition of the raucous and the harmonious, much like their name. The ‘Sweet’s 2nd 7" is a lot more experimental than their last record. Art punk, but still punk. Instead of an all out attack, they creep up behind you and slit your throat. And while you lay there dying, Crimson Sweet will sing to you, and you will except your fate. To die by their sound is not a crime but an honor. (JD)
(www.crimsonsweet.com)
(Crimson Sweet PO Box 20506 Tompkins Square Station New York, NY 10009)

Dead Moon "Trash & Burn" CD

It seems there’s this big, I don’t know, maybe you can call it a insurgence I suppose, because to call it a resurgence would mean that the attention Dead Moon have been receiving lately isn’t something new...and I think it is. Finally, both rock journalist AND fans have come to a realization of sorts, realizing the worth of Dead Moon! I’m part of it too. I mean I have passed right over-top of Dead Moon countless times. Hell, even one time I got the miss’ a marked down Dead Moon LP from a local record store that’s not around anymore... We listened to it and I was like "this sucks" but hey, that was like 1993 or hell, maybe even 1992. I didn’t know shit back then. Like I was listening to The Dead Kennedys one minute, Fugazi the next, then something like Gorilla Biscuits or Youth of Today. I was a fucking novice. We all have to start somewhere and I have no qualms about where I started. I was lost but now I’m found. I think one of those bands I previously mentioned were too over-rated. One of those bands was my first live concert experience and one I still listen to. The other two I pass off as a youthful indiscretion, figuring that if little Bush (as Saddam call him) can drink and drive and call THAT a 'youthful indiscretion' then surely Shawn Abnoxious can be forgiven for buying, and listening to, and in some odd cases singing along to straight edge bands.

Yes, I knew all the words to "Break Down The Walls." Hey, I said KNEW, not KNOW as in I can STILL sing you the damn song. Through it all though, I still drank whatever alcohol I could get my hands on. Nothing like drinking while listening to Youth of Today fucking shit up. While I’m at it I might as well go ahead and come clean with something else.... Back when I was underage...sometimes my older friends would buy beer for me...and sometimes I couldn’t be choosy about the BRAND of beer they would buy me...and I would drink Budweiser. I’m ashamed enough as it is but I am glad I finally got that off my chest. I feel better now. 100%.

"Hi, My name is Shawn, and I use to drink Budweiser.... My Power animal is a Polar Bear and this past weekend I drank so much that this mystery pain that reaches from my shoulder-blade down to my waist MUST HAVE been caused by maybe a fall because I don’t remember. The Jerry sez I am somewhat of an alcohol abuser, but hopefully, with work and diligence I can be a full-fledged alcohol abuser in record time."

So you see, there was a time when I didn’t like The Dead Moon. Now though, you can’t tell from where you’re sitting, but my foot is in my mouth. I like it that way and even though I have no way of knowing, but I think the Dead Moon personnel would feel better hearing someone tell them that they won me over rather than to have another barrage of spoonfuls of bullshit being force fed to them.

Seriously, from note one Dead Moon has converted me. Now I see why The Crimson Sweet are such big fans! It’s all coming together. With my honesty, comes admiration. I’m only honest when it counts.

I realized this weekend, from outside observations, that I am becoming one of those people who tell it how it is. People like that or so that’s what people tell me. Three people told me that in the course of two days. So... like...I guess.

This CD is really cool. Masterful champion lyrics! The vocals pull at me like a decaying orbit. Simple but spirited music. It only takes one bullet to kill and one torpedo to sink. When mankind conquers planets light-years away from mother earth they will hurl asteroids at each other as the destroyer of worlds. I will call this place Dead Moon. This CD hit right where it counts. Bluesy, Folky a bit, Rock, Roll, Surreal, Artsy…like a combination of Neil Young and The Velvet Underground. I wasn’t ready in 1993 but now I am. This shit is pure genius.

"40 Miles of Bad Road."
"Sabotage."
"Shot Away."

Pure fucking genius. Are you ready? (SAB)
(Empty Records POB 12034 Seattle, WA 98102)

Detroit Cobras "Life, Love and Leaving" CD/LP

The Detroit Cobras! Rock ‘N’ Roll! The Detroit Cobras! Racheal Nagy is a siren! If you like soulful rock ‘n’ roll that’s youthful and full of spunk you must have the Detroit Cobras. This is their 2nd album, all covers… What!? There’re fewer mistakes that way… "Hey Sailor," "Cry On," "Boss Lady," and "Shout BamaLama" are classics revived! Go on now! (JD)
(SFTRI)

Dirtbombs "Ultraglide in Black" LP/CD

Normally, I’d tell you that I’m indifferent to both cover albums and old soul music, but this album doesn’t fuck around. It’s some kinda inexplicable rock and soul amalgamation—no, not like the Bellrays—that flawlessly espouses the worthy elements of both genres; the result is a fresh (and very danceable?) album that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to any fans of Mick Collins’ other projects. Buy it, spin the covers of Stevie Wonder, Barry White, and Curtis Mayfield, and try to seduce your best friend’s girlfriend. You won’t regret it. Well, buying the album anyway. (EL)
(www.intheredrecords.com)
(In The Red Records 118 W. Magnolia Blvd. PO Box 208 Burbank, CA 91506)

Flash Express "Who Stole the Soul?" 7"

~Scorchin’~ Ready fo’ some fuzzed out, amped up garage rock ‘n’ roll!? YES SUH, I CAN DIG IT! Lemme call my babydoll… There’s gonna be a dance party at the Blank Generation Headquarters tonight! I’m ready to shimmy! I’m ready to shake! Swing that rock ‘n’ roll cats! The Flash Express are gonna heat things up to 110 with their soulful style! (JD)
($3.00 PPD: Revenge Records 5835 Harold Wy. #203 Hollywood, CA 90028)

 

 

Generators "Tyranny" CD/LP

Well it didn’t take this band too long to fall from grace. I had high hopes for the Generators after hearing their 7" on TKO Records about a month ago. I don’t know what happened to these kids, but the Generators have cleaned up their act for their full-length. Why call yourselves a punk band when you record like you’re fucking Blink 182!? Fuck your pristine, shimmering guitars, recording ‘em one at a’ time so you don’t fuck up! You "street kids" into the Forgotten, Dropkick Murphys, whatever, get in line. Herds! (JD)
(TKO Records 4104 24th St. #103 San Francisco, CA 94114)

Hookers "For Those About To Rot" LP

Recorded live in Green Bay... Yup, I was there. We knew this fucker was gonna' be recorded, so we spent a good chunk of Throttlefinger's set next door at the bar playing a "game" we made up where we chugged pints of rail drinks, passed them to the right, and resumed when the glass made it back around the table. Five of us put down six or seven of those puppies in a half-hour. Chad was eating cigarette butts. Ryan fell down. I was out of my head.

We took center stage, screamed non-sequitors, fell down, sang along with all the songs from "Satan's Highway," and walked away not-really-remembering. It SEEMED like an amazing set. Well, that all happened over a year ago. I can't really hear any of the crowd hysteria beyond the occasional mic-grab. I couldn't even point to a section where, "I totally yelled 'shit can ankle fuck'." Nope, I might as well have been at home washing my unmentionables. Fuh-za.

The Hookers? Fairly typical set, a little faster than usual for this era of the band. Drugs were involved. Not a bad relic. Wish I were there. (TK)
(Sack 'o Shit Records, P.O. Box 308, Kankakee, IL 60901)

Mullens "Tough to Tell" CD/LP

You’d think old rock ‘n’ roll would seem a little dull after all these decades; so many decades fighting for genuine, unhindered, timeless rock ‘n’ roll. The Mullens have pledged their lives towards their trade. Those looking for the NYC rock ‘n’ roll sound of the late 70’s or those just looking for a good time get on the fuckin’ Mullens’ train! These cool cats offer up 12 outstanding tracks including, "Talkin’ To My Baby", "Goodbye Lady", and "Out with the Boys." (JD)
(www.gethip.com)
(Get Hip Recordings, Columbus & Preble Aves, Pittsburgh, PA 15233)

Nothings "Lovely" CD

The Nothings – Aged Punk Rockers? I think not! Their last album (originally put out in 1983, re-released in 1999) is good, but their newest offering is way better! Givin’ ya a double-dose of punk rock and power pop, the Nothings are a snotty group with infectious tunes that’s sure to be a pogo party with every spin. Picture the Undertones’ vocals, the Sex Pistols’ chunky guitars, and the Ramones’ melodies and you’ll have the Nothings. You get 11 tracks including, "What Went Wrong," "That Girl’s a Slut," and "I Can’t Dance." (JD)
(www.galaxy-records.net)
(Galaxy-Records 17048 Baltar St. Van Nuys, CA 91406)

Robert Pollard "Waved Out" CD

"Empties crushed and fired away."

My Dad is Dead. Sebadoah. Guided By Voices (of course). Mission of Burma. Einsteins Riceboys. The Beatles. Beat Happening. The Ass Ponys. Brian Eno. Take it for what you will you empties. Waved out. It’s fine on the outside! Just fucking fine....

I got this disc from the "used" bin today. I didn’t know who in the fuck Robert Pollard was, and this is going to be somewhat humorous later in this review so just bare with me.... So I see this disc in the used bin. The cover art really captured my eye. I dunno, maybe this was just my week or something concerning cover art. I mean, I bought two discs this week, two that I haven’t previously heard before today, and liked them both! Especially this disc! It really blows me away.

This disc is surreal, like that Fiona Apple video where she’s running around in her pant-ties with a spotlight and starving supermodels, both male and female, barely clothed are taking naps everywhere. Some call that video "suggestive." It makes me want to get a steak knife and take a fucking nap. I’m like, "Yeah! Nap time! I need a defensive weapon for this nap!" There is a whole freaky element to that video (hence the need to arm ones self with kitchen steak knifes) and this CD has that same eerieness too. Arm yourself. Prepare for.... Prepare for.... I dunno, The Mind Police or something...

So I get this disc from the used bin and JB lets me put it in the CD player to preview it. Yep, I’m at Shake It Records (again). It’s a pretty usual day too. Shake It is in a neighborhood that’s one of the most racially mixed neighborhoods in the city. There are also a wide variety of weirdoes who have conversations with themselves, the sidewalks, street signs, or whatever. We have interesting names for the cast of characters like "Hercules" who told JB and Darrin that he is really strong. "The Mixer" who still isn’t sure if he wants to be a mixer or a DJ (probably a mixer though, he later decided) when his rap-thing gets off the ground. He comes over at the beginning of the month to buy CD's. Like when he gets his check if you know what I mean... And lastly, I will tell you about "Wiper" who is a mentally handicapped gentleman who is pretty touchy-feely and likes to hug and shake hands. But after he shakes your hand he will ALWAYS rapidly shake it again, like your touch left some sort of ooze, or maybe germs, or something on his hand that he is trying to get off and then wipes his hand on his shirt or something to get off whatever the initial shaking didn’t eliminate. He is obsessed with going to a restaurant called the Golden Corral which is by a mall called Forest Fair mall that I told him I live by when he asked my address. Some of the cast just come into the store, do a few laps, maybe sit around for a minute or two, then get up and leave. This happens so much that Darrin and JB sometimes don’t even notice that they come in. Interesting folks.

Anyway, so this is the place I buy records. So I get this CD and play it on the stores sound system. A store patron, female, looks up from the used CDs where I had just liberated this same very CD and asks, '"Is this Guided By Voices?" I said, "I don’t even know who this is. I got it because the CD cover kicks ass." Then I open up the CD booklet and look at the pictures....

Of course, Robert Pollard! THAT GUY! That guy from Guided by Voices!

Years ago, hell it might have even been the same time that this CD was being worked on, or maybe a bit before.... 1998, The year the Challenger Exploded into the Gobi Desert! This is Robert Pollard’s solo effort! Well knock my dick in the dirt...

Ms. Communication and I met this guy one night at a bar named after a sexual act called Hummers. One of our friends who was in a band called The Tasties (which did a kick ass version of "Bodies" originally done by The Dammed) introduced us after a Socials set to Robert Pollard and all his buddies.

I mean FUCK; the guy probably doesn’t even remember me. I never showed him my dick and he’s never seen mine... Its just one of those ROCK AND/OR ROLL FUN FACTS proving how much of a regional rock-journalist I am. I mean dig this... The fella who introduced us from the Tasties; well, it was two brothers from the band really… They were named Terry and Louie and they were a couple of kick ass individuals, it’s been years since I seen them. They knew such Dayton influents as Guided by Voices personnel and Louie was in a version of The Amps, Kim Deals band after the Breeders. Kim Deal even showed up at a Socials show one time and NOW, we get to the real reason why I brought up all this rock star shit... At this show Kim showed up at, in a coffee shop called Plan B just up the streets from Hummers I began my new tradition of starting shit in Dayton venues. I grabbed the throat of a guy who gave Ms. Communication the middle finger. I should have just punched him. This fuck-head came at me with his studded punk-belt! It was so damn funny that I LET the fifteen or so people that got in-between us stop me. Later, as a sign of PEACE he asked to trade badges. I don’t remember what he got from me but what I got from him was a rusted out two-tone pin. Go FUCKING figure!

This CD is pretty damn impressive. When you got songs like "Vibration in the Woods" (heading north), the VERYYY!!!!!! VVVVEEEERRRYYYY!!!! Impressive "Subspace Biographies" (has a Le Tigre feel), the first track, "Make Use" (Eno!) backed with "Waved Out", "Steeple of Knives" and "Caught Waves Again," you have a solid release. It comes off like "Taking Tiger Mountain" by Eno a lot, but that’s OK. It is releases like this, which I had in mind to be under the protective definitions of Neoteric. I respect CDs like this because the disc is well rounded and a pleasure to listen to. I hear song after song and when each new track rears its head I’m like "Yes! This song!" and shit... This disc sounds fine being played at eleven.

Suggestive. Explorative (Lewis & Clark). It found me. (SAB)
(Matador Records)

Reds/Sweet JAP "Split" 7"

Y'all know that the Reds are/were great, amphetamine precision located somewhere betwixt the Urinals, Registrators and Pagans. "That/This" was my favorite new live number during their final Midwestern jaunt, and it translates well to polyvinyl. "Make it Right" is a lesser tune that still packs a nice kick. Sweet JAP are 3 Japanese ex-pats and a token round eye from Minneapolis. The band is energetic as hell, and the speedy Teengenerate-like numbers are fun indeed. The two songs here suffer a bit from their lack of solid hooks, but they SOUND pretty good, you know? I have a feeling that the best Sweet Jap material is yet to come. (TK)
(Nice & Neat Records, P.O. Box 14177, Minneapolis, MN 55414)

Robweoza "Get Confident Stupid" CD

Robweoza is a pop punk type group with all those goofy, whinny, foolish lyrics that the Screeching Weasel kids expect these days. Victor, the vocalist, has the same monotone, off-key vocal stylings that appear in say...Bad Religion, but I hate Bad Religion. So it’s real hard for me to like this CD. However, the drummer is on the mark, and the music is catchy, so if you wanna here Bad Religion and Screeching Weasel makin’ out… (JD)
(www.robweoza.com)
(Mung Records)

Strokes "Modern Age" CDEP

OK. I guess I am really lucky. I live in a town with a radio station that’s not owned by Jacor or some other gigantic Media conglomerate. Its an alternative station called WOXY 97X (97.7 on your FM dial; web broadcast available too). Even though I have listened to the station since High School I have just recently began to realize how much of a resource it is.

Call it what you will... Say something like, "Well, its STILL radio." But I will justify my actions by saying that if you NEVER hear 'bad" music how in the fuck will you ever know when the good shit comes along? While driving in my GoBo I have pretty much stopped listening to tapes and CDs, except for a rare occasion, and tune into the radio; more specifically 97X. You can call me what you will, anarchist, socialist, Ralph Nader wannabe, Goth, sloth, Red-haired tri-hawk Crass tattooed GBH fan; I don’t care. I’m in an artistic
position to not give a flying fuck about what you think.

Think about it, if you were worth a FUCK you would be writing a review for this CDEP rather than reading one.

You pussie.
You bastard.
You good excuse for a meningitis outbreak.

So I wake up one morning at 4:15 AM, time to make the screws… I hastily get dressed. I grab a Big K Cola (Generic Brand) and a fruitfilled pie. I go out to my car and start it. 97X is playing on the radio right away. I sit and eat the fruit pie and drink the cola as I make the two-mile journey to work. On the radio is a song I haven’t heard yet, it’s pretty good too… I make a mental note to ask Darrin and JB if they could get anything from the band BUT I would totally forget the band’s name and song title by time I get to the record store.

I repeat similar attempts TWICE too, at different times of the day and different circumstances, but what the fuck right? Forgetting is forgetting. Finally I remember the band enough to write it down on a piece of paper. I call the radio station to get a release name and such and my favorite DJ, Mike happily obliges. I call Shake It Records and BEHOLD! The Strokes three song CD EP is ALREADY on order!

I’m part of the industry. I’m a Rock Journalist. I’m a record buyer. I’m part of the industry. I’m in the RING. A gear in the gearbox! I’m everywhere and nowhere. It’s hot here in the Midwest, like a fucking oven. I don’t have no air condition either, so forgive me if I ramble on. I’m like Paul Atredies in DUNE. Fuck your gom-jabbar! Water of Life! You got a problem with that?

OK, the Strokes… The CDEP is a taste test of what we can expect in the coming months. The Strokes have a full length coming out later in the summer. And if it is anything like these three songs, you better watch out.

The Strokes first song is the one I been hearing on the radio like crazy, "The Modern Age." It’s not being played enough to make it into the most requested songs of the day countdown or anything, but it’s being played pretty often. Just a week after getting this release in JB and Darrin said a lot of people had been asking about it. I want to further that because people need to hear more good shit like this. I can’t escape the urge to say that "The Modern Age" comes across to me like a forgotten Lou Reed with Velvet Underground song. It’s catchy, simplistic, hard hitting and artistic enough to get awared my Neoteric label. The other two songs, "Last Nite" and "Barely Legal", followed suit. The songs aren’t full-on raging punk numbers or anything, but just the right everything to sink the boat. Drink this, it will relax you. When you wake up you will be in a better place where the fusion of rap and metal never happened. When you wake up in the Modern Age things will not be what they seem. I’m ready for the Modern Age. It’s all about my words too… Here, the one’s I just wrote. Fuck that hippie "Age of Aquarius" shit.

This EP plays well with my speed intake. Drugs won’t make it better because The Strokes are hot! Fuck that, they deserve more. The Strokes are HOTT! I listened to this CD over and over. It inspires me to do art. To step away from the keyboard and pick up my bass or something. I want to dance and THAT in itself, topped with my new speed thing, is a very disturbing fact.

I figure I have about a year, tops, taking speed the way I do and listening to this band before I’m called home.

THINGS I NEED TO DO:
1) Find some more speed.
2) Join a 'death cult'
3) See SPY KIDS a second time
4) Buy The Strokes LP when it comes out.

When I establish my own Warhol type warehouse space, that is IF the speed doesn’t shutdown my heart first, I am going to pay The Strokes whatever it takes to play my art openings and give them as much red wine as they wish. Sandwich trays, the whole nine yards…

I’m part of the Music Industry now. I’m calling the shots and I’m calling them BAD, BAD names. See me. Hear Me. Hear the Strokes. And get the fuck outta my way you pussies.

Being a rock journalist let me in on something. It’s not what knowledge you have or how much about the band you know. It’s about what you write after listening to the band. That’s rock journalism. Take it for what you will. As my mom would say, "Get me my bottle of whiskey and put on "Do It" by The Neil Diamond." (SAB)
(www.beggars.com)
(XL Recordings/The Beggars Group 580 Broadway Suite 1004 NYC, NY.10012)

Tension Wire "Explicits" CD

This isn’t really a "punk" record. But, I’ll let it slide because Tension Wire sound like Dinosaur Jr. after a few Cherry Cokes! Remember Dinosaur? I do. "Freakscene" has to be one of the coolest songs Dinosaur, or any band, ever wrote. Tension Wire isn’t quite up to Dinosaur’s level yet, but they have that same crunchy guitar sound with those rough vocals and………fuck! You have to hear the CD to hear the influences; they’re so openly obvious. I wonder were J. is these days anyway… (JD)
(www.seymourrecords.com)
($10 ppd. Seymour Records PO Box 56738 Chicago, IL 60656-0738)

V/A "920 Blues" 12"

Todd Trickknee sent me this advanced CDR promo of his new record like two months ago! And I still don’t think the bloody compilation is out yet! Come on Todd! Well, when it does get released I urge every one of you garage punk zealots to pick one up. Mostly showcasing Wisconsin groups, "920 Blues" features great rock ‘n’ roll acts like the Teenage Rejects, Leghounds, Derks, Shutups, and the Mistreaters, as well as the famed Rip Off Records band the Reds! Trick Knee gives ya ten tunes full of blood, guts, and alcohol. (JD)
(Trick Knee Productions P.O. Box 12714 Green Bay, WI 54307-2714, USA)

Wednesdays "Spirit War" 7"

A pretty cool bluesy, punked-up single as performed by a Quadrajet (said in the voice of Paul Bearer: "It’s Fang!") and his two competent counterparts. Selective listeners might find fault in the slower ballad-like tune on the A-side, but the other two romp ’n’ rollers more than make up for the clunker. Now I’m squirming for a full-length… (EL)
(Estrus Records PO Box 2125 Bellingham, WA 98227 USA)

White Stripes "White Blood Cells" CD/LP

The White Stripes have a lot to live up to with this record. I thought De Stijl was one of the best albums of 2000. And though I haven’t encountered any indie fags who hold the White Stripes on a pedestal like some of the other guys, I have seen their out of print 7"s on eBay for around $30 bucks a pop. Whatever, White Blood Cells is a decent follow-up to their second album, but it isn’t as proficient as their last album. The music is still the same blues/folk/rock ‘n’ roll technique like on all their earlier records, but the songs aren’t as potent as the ones on De Stijl. A lot of the song’s lyrics on this album are very abstruse and capricious. That can be a good thing, but the tracks that I think standout are, "Hotel Yorba," "Fell in Love with a Girl," "We’re Going to be Friends," "I Thing I Smell a Rat," and "This Protector." If you are a fan of the White Stripes and are eagerly anticipating this album’s release on June 25, 2001 you probably won’t be all that displeased with your purchase. The White Stripes are a great band, and do not deserve a contrite review, but don’t expect the genius that appeared on De Stijl. (JD)
(SFRTI)

X "Aspirations" LP

Here it is… Anxious, obnoxious rock ‘n’ roll from down under that’s just aching to dominate your turntable for weeks. If you bought the "Home Is Where the Floor Is" EP (now temporarily out of print) you’ll want this model 70’s punk rock gem. X’s Aspirations comes off as a little more mature than the EP. The guitars are stripped naked and there is more of a focal point on the actual songs, rather than the EP’s balls out barrage of blows to the brain. All in all, RockNRoll Blitzkrieg gives ya 14 tunes including such classics as, "Suck Suck", "Good On Ya Baby", "I Don’t Wanna Go Out", and "Dipstick." If you know what’s good for you you’ll get this record. (JD)
($8 PPD (US)/$11 PPD (World) RockNRoll Blitzkrieg PO Box 11906 Berkeley, California 94712)

 
 
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