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Friday, May 31, 2013

Dee Dee Ramone I.C.L.C. - I Hate Creeps Like You [1995]

                              DEE DEE RAMONE                             


In 1992, Dee Dee formed the most successful of his post-Ramones projects, a group named Dee Dee Ramone I.C.L.C. (Inter-Celestial Light Commune), which lasted from 1994 to 1996. The group featured New York City bassist John Carco (formerly of Queens' hardcore group Misguided) who befriended Dee Dee when the two attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings together during the summer of 1992. After writing more than a dozen songs and recording several demos for an upcoming Ramones album with producer Daniel Rey, Dee Dee decided to keep the material for his new band. After working with several drummers and playing several live shows in the New York City area, Dee Dee and Carco moved to Amsterdam to record a four song EP and fourteen track album for Rough Trade Records. I Hate Freaks Like You was released on April 17, 1994, featuring Nina Hagen on two of the album's fourteen tracks. The three-piece line up now consisted of Dee Dee (vocals, guitar), Carco (bass, vocals), and Dutch drummer Danny Arnold Lommen. [Wiki]

Being a huge fan of the Ramones and not having any post on 'em, I must do somethin' about it. Here's Douglas Colvin 2nd and best solo effort features couple o' tunes later landed on Ramones "Adios Amigos" Lp, plus '94 The Chinese Bitch Ep. What to say but... GABBA GABBA HEY. Dig!





The DIRTBOMBS - If You Don't Already Have A Look [2005]

                              THE DIRTBOMBS                                


The best albums are all compilations, anyway. Why? Because they're made up of SINGLES, duh," Mick Collins writes in his liner notes to the If You Don't Already Have a Look collection of various 7" sides, compilation tracks, and unreleased items, and you've got to admit that Collins walks it like he talks it. The Dirtbombs have released three albums and about twenty 7"ers (by themselves or as splits) during their first decade of doing the rock thing, and while the 2001 album Ultraglide in Black still stands as their most impressive sustained effort, if you're only going to own one Dirtbombs item during the course of your lifetime, If You Don't Already Have a Look may well be the way to go. Disc one features 29 Dirtbombs originals, disc two offers up 23 inspired covers, and if you want to hear Collins and his partners in crime letting loose with the full range of their sonic possibilities and influences, this set boasts a little bit of everything they do. You want punk rock? Cue up "Words That Hurt." You wanna hear some cool neo-Britpop? Try "Encrypted." Need a deliciously sleazy ode to the joys of summer, teenage style? "Cedar Point '76" fills the bill. How about some straight-up noise? "Brucia I Cavi" merits your attention. Gotta have a kick-ass car song? You need "High Octane Salvation." In the market for a glorious non-electronic Rolling Stones mash-up? The cover of "No Expectations" will make you smile. Solid '60s-style R&B your thing? "The Sharpest Claws" should be on your list. Wanna hear the greatest Lou Rawls cover ever? "A Natural Man" is track nine on disc two. Mick Collins has ruffled the feathers of a few fanzine writers here and there for loudly insisting the Dirtbombs are not a garage band, but while there's plenty of loud, fuzzy, sweat-soaked rock on If You Don't Already Have a Look, this set captures the group's almost schizophrenic eclecticism in grand style, and proves he's got a point -- this is band that can head out in five directions at once while still maintaining their sonic identity and rocking the house, and you can hear that on each track of If You Don't Already Have a Look. Points added for a derisive Tori Spelling reference.
 Mark Deming, Rovi

Fry your brain with this supercool HITS collection by your favorite "Bombs". Dig!





Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pics Of The Day - Capitol Records

                                  Pics Of The Day                                 

Home of legendary 60's Surf/Hot Rod acts as Dick Dale, Beach Boys, Jerry Cole and His Spacemen, The Super Stocks and with its subsidiary labels Tower and
Sidewalk Records,
Davie Allan & The Arrows, 60's Garage Legends - The Standells and The Chocolate Watch Band.


Late 50's/early 60's L.A. Vine Street near Hollywood Boulevard






Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The DIRTBOMBS - Dangerous Magical Noise [2003]

 ~                          THE DIRTBOMBS                            ~ 


After their rollicking tribute to soul music on 2001's excellent Ultraglide in Black, Detroit's Dirtbombs have gone back to thee garage. Dangerous Magical Noise is an exciting, sweaty, loud, and dirty record, their best yet. Best songs, best production (by the always reliable Jim Diamond), best everything. Mick Collins and his gang of thugs are on top of the heap of over-hyped rock coming out of Detroit quicker than the Tigers' and Lions' annual collapses. Like their compatriots the White Stripes, they never stoop to mere re-creation but rather slap their inspirations around a little, steal their lunch money, and leave them sucking dust. From the beginning breathless rush of "Start the Party" on, the bandmembers rarely take their feet off the gas. Pounding tracks like "Get It While You Can," "Earthquake Heart," and "Stupid" will keep the party going at a fever pitch, and tracks like the anthemic "F.I.D.O." and "21st Century Fox" will have you singing along in the car on your way back home at 3:00 a.m. When they do dial the rock back a little, like on the slow-groove garage-soul of "Sun Is Shining," it gives Collins a chance to show off his always great vocals. A few of the songs come off as generic garage filler ("Don't Break My Heart," "Stuck in Thee Garage"), but even these are saved by Collins' wailing vocals and the devotion to rock action that the band exhibits. They also exhibit some newfound glam rock influences on the super-cool "Motor City Baby" and the hilarious "I'm Through With White Girls." The Dirtbombs are a rock & roll band pure and simple, and if you like pure and simple rock & roll with a dash of soul, you will flip over Dangerous Magical Noise. [AMG]

Well, look-a-here folks, Mick Collins and The DIRTBOMBS are responsible for two of THE BEST [and I really mean B-E-S-T] Garage Rock slabs in 21st century, "Ultraglide In Black" and this little killer. So, if there's any fuckin' chance that You Don't Already Have A Look, Get It While You Can!





THE NEANDERTHALS - Shutdown 2002 B.C. [2002]



America's favorite stone age family pounds out 14 "hot rod" hits in their primitive, garage rock-a-tive, neolithic style. Featuring Los Straitjackets guitar slinger Eddie Angel, The Neanderthals dug into the 60's hot-rod legacy and made an really fun record. There are some original Eddie's tunes, few cool instros and even the cover of Ramones hit Go Little Camaro, Go.  
Remember, hot rods + cavemen + rock 'n roll = fun, fun, fun!! Dig!
 



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Neatbeats - Mercurial... [1999]

                               THE NEATBEATS                                

The Neatbeats are four young men who have helped bring back the “Liverpool Sound”. Though they live in Japan, they get their authentic sound by playing old British and German instruments with the energy of today. They are particularly keen on these 12 tracks, five of which were composed by Mr. Pan (Death Dealers). “Looks So Nice” delivers a driving beat, you can really twist to “Do The Global Twist,” and “Before It’s Too Late” is a melodic tune with a rock ‘n’ roll flavor. The last two are original instrumentals of which “Turning Up,” featuring a Vox Continental organ, is especially groovy. You’ll recognize the rest as a hot handful of beat standards. A must for Kaisers fans! As requested, Dig!





The A-Bones - Crash The Party [1996]

                                  THE A-BONES                                   


With an album saluting "the wild, wild songs of Benny Joy," the A-Bones take the genre and knock it on its collective ear with this one. The game plan among the band was to take the trusty cassette van tape of Benny Joy rockabilly classics and, at every subsequent A-Bones session, cut at least one Benny Joy song off of said tape. The groups dedication to the flame-throwing spirit of Benny's music ouvre is evident from track one, "Rollin' to the Jukebox Rock" to the set closer - their debut single - "Button Nose," also aboard in a chaotic live version. While the 'Bones generally play as if they have a vendetta against melody, their 'big production' version of "She Cried for Me" is the most musical track they've ever comitted to magnetic tape. Miriam Linna's take on "Ittie Bittie Everything" recalls the energy on several Rose Maddox recordings while the maudlin hillbilly mush of "The Star of the Show" shows a side of the band hitherto unexplored. But tracks like the ultra-trebly "Gossip Gossip Gossip," "Wild Wild Lover," "Steady with Betty," and "Come Back" keep the slop quotient at a dangerously high level, which is just the way fans of the band like it. Hands down, the most rocking and classiest A-Bones album to date.[Cub Koda] Dig!

Wild Wild Lover
 
 She Cried For Me
 


Monday, May 27, 2013

Pic Of The Day - Poison Ivy [Tiki Goddess]

                                   Pic Of The Day                                  

Ivy, Ivy, You Destroy Me...


THE RECORDS - Crashes [1980/2004 Reissue w/Bonus]


Although many pop fans consider the Records' debut album, Shades in Bed (aka "The Records" in the U.S.), as their best album, it is this album, their sophomore release, that is the ultimate introduction into the band's world of delicious melodies, great lyrics, and perfect harmonies. Commonly referred to as a power pop band, the Records were always so much more than a band of their time: they were a distillation of what came before, what was happening at the time, and where guitar-based bands were headed. With drummer Will Birch providing the lyrics and guitarist/vocalist John Wicks providing the music, the Records had one of the finest songwriting teams of their era, and were certainly equals to Squeeze's Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook (although with a much lower profile). On Crashes, Huw Gower and his over-powering guitar riffing were replaced by the less abrasive strumming of Barry Martin (uncredited) and Jude Cole, who took over a good share of the vocals alongside Wicks. Cole's vocals added a sweet depth and beauty to the songs, and both his and Wicks' vocals blended together to create a perfect Lennon/McCartneyesque harmony that carried the songs to a new level. "Hearts In Her Eyes," the track that Wicks and Birch had written for the Searchers, sounded more intimate in the Records' hands (although the band prefers the Searchers' version over their own!). "Rumour Sets the Woods Alight," which deals with the mysterious death of former Stone Brian Jones, is dark but uplifting pop at its finest. "Hearts Will Be Broken," one of the finest songs on the album, should have been as big as "Starry Eyes," but wasn't. "The Same Mistakes," "Girl in Golden Disc" and "The Worriers" shine with smart lyrics and great melodies. "Spent a Week with You Last Night" could have fit easily on the Beatles' Revolver album. In all, the original release was nearly flawless, although Craig Leon's production left the album sounding flat where the debut seemed to levitate off of the turntable. The CD reissue adds a few non-album tracks including "So Sorry," one of the best B-sides ever -- by anybody! "Vamp" and "Faces at the Window" are great pop treats, as are the early recordings of "The Same Mistakes" and "Man with the Girlproof Heart," both featuring Gower. In all, this is an essential piece of power pop, new wave, or whatever you prefer to classify it as. [AMG] Dig!

"Power Pop Masterpiece''
''Crashes is a Smash''
''Superb Beatlesque power-pop''
''Monumental Power Pop For The Ages''
''It Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!
''
[Amazon Customer Reviews]





Sunday, May 26, 2013

Johnny Thunders - Que Sera, Sera [1985]

                           JOHNNY THUNDERS                           

"Well, there’s a little bit of whore In every little girl..."

By 1985, despite reuniting with the Heartbreakers for a legendary show at the London Lyceum, he had been written off by everyone but his most steadfast supporters -- and even they had to be shaking their heads at his relentless bid for oblivion. It was under these circumstances that Thunders and his band of the moment, the Black Cats (bassist Keith Yon and drummer Tony St. Helene), weaved into West 3 Studios in London to lay down tracks for his second solo album, Que Sera, Sera. Despite being plagued by a litany of chemically induced fits and starts, the album came together well. While not the end-to-end triumph of So Alone, Que Sera, Sera nonetheless had enough spark to convince those still listening that the weathered Doll wasn't about to go quietly into that good night. Bolstered by a revolving door of punk cronies -- including Patti Palladin, Glen Matlock, Stiv Bators, and Only Ones guitarist John Perry -- Thunders and band kick some New Yawk sneer into songs like the punk mission statement "Short Lives", "M.I.A.", "Little Bit of Whore," "Blame It on Mom," "Endless Party," and "Billy Boy," a searing instrumental ode to fallen original Dolls drummer Billy Murcia. The standout tracks, though, are "I Only Wrote This Song for You," with its delicately strummed chords and funereal piano figure, and a hilarious demolition of the Doris Day standard "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be Will Be)." Replete with accordion and choral support by London's St. Theresa School Choir, the song suggests a drunken 3 a.m. singalong down the streets of Little Italy. Though not included on the original LP, "Que Sera, Sera" has been added here as a bonus track.Que Sera, Sera is a surprisingly solid effort, featuring tight playing and well-constructed melodies. With a little record-company backing and a fortuitous fall of the chips, it could've marked a new chapter in Thunders' career. Sadly, it stands as one of the last coherent gasps by a perennial contender. [AMG]

Hey Punks! Get this classic Thunders slab and kick off with an Endless Party. Dig!

 "My Baby went M.I.A.
Got lost on her way..."
"A million girls wanna take her place
a million girls get a kick in the face..."




ROY ORBISON - Cry Softly Lonely One [1967]


Cry Softly, Lonely One had a tremendously convoluted recording history, interrupted as it was for work on two other projects (including the shooting and soundtrack of The Fastest Guitar Alive) and not released until 1967. That was sad because that album caught Orbison firing on all cylinders in his best voice ever, and with Joe Melson backing him vocally on the classic Monument sides with a killer array of songs -- from the opener, "She," across to the title track by way of "Communication Breakdown" -- had this record come out in 1964, it might well have charted high behind any of those songs, or the more rhythm-driven "Girl Like Mine." In late 1967, however, the album was an anachronism (the other irony is that, had it come out 18 months later, it might have ridden the same roots rock wave as Elvis Presley's Memphis albums, or Joe South, to success). Some of it, such as "That's a No No," was a true throwback to an earlier pop/rock era, but most of what was here was a great showcase for Orbison's classic sound as it had evolved, oblivious to the musical trends around him. [AMG]

As someone said ''Life's an elevator, it goes up and down'' [Marc Bolan], so after previous post now it's time for an sentimental journey through some fine baroque pop with ''Mr. big O''. Well, lately I kinda more dig his 66/67 stuff that have been somehow overlooked at time. Now it seems to be his best. Cry!





Saturday, May 25, 2013

Guitar Wolf - Rock'n'Roll Etiquette [2000]

                                  GUITAR WOLF                                  

Prepare for the most deadly aural experience in your Pop Rock life. On their 6th full lengther Guitar Wolf managed to outdo themselves in the mastery of testing the limits of garage punk rock noise. And yeah, they get out from this adventure alive leaving many pirced bloody earholes behind. As someone says "No pain No Gain", you gonna love this even if you hurt yourself. From the opening tones of ''God Speed You'' you know that you have stepped in the Shogun R'n'R hell. Compared to this, The Stooges ''Raw Power'' sounds like San Remo festival della canzone. Do yourself a favor and don't download this if you're faint hearted. This is the music for Rock'n'Roll elite warriors and Garage Punk commandos! Comes with bonus "I Love You, Ok" 7". Dig!

 




Friday, May 24, 2013

BEAT IT... Killer Tracks From The Roaring 60's

                                        BEAT IT...                                      

This is pretty interesting 3xCd comp. issued in '91. An overdose of 60's Garage/Freakbeat/Psych from UK, US and Australia. Some well known tunes mixed with lotsa unknown ones. Fuzz guitar blasts are all around and everywhere. If you dig Nuggets and stuff you gonna love it. This collection is real COOL, so punks, get it while you can. Sound execution by Mr.Eliminator. DIG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



01 The Truth - Hey Gyp 02 The Rokes - Let S Live For Today 03 The Longboatmen - Take Her Anytime 04 The Throb - Black 05 St John Crew - I M A Man 06 The Game - The Addicted Man 07 Les Fleur De Lys - So Come On 08 K-Otics - I M Leaving Here 09 Sean Buckley & The Breadcrumbs - Everybody Knows 10 The Longboatmen - Only In Her Hometown 11 Shel Naylor - One Fine Day 12 Glen Ingram - I'll Be Doggone 13 Running Jumping Standing Still - Diddy Wah Diddy 14 Winston Fumbs - Real Crazy Apartment 15 Him The Others - I Mean It 16 The Spectres - Neighbour Neighbour 17 Les Goths - I Remember 18 The Buzz - I Ve Gotta Buzz 19 The Tickle - Subway 20 The Birds - You Don T Love Me 21 Larry The Blue Notes - Night Of The Phantom 22 The Novas - The Crusher 23 The Trashmen - Surfin Bird 24 The Missing Links - Somethin Else 25 The Groundhogs - Shake It 26 Keith Dangerfield - She's A Witch 27 The Smoke - My Friend Jack Diff Version  28 The Birds - Say Those Magic Words 29 Jefferson Lee - Book Of Love

The Truth - Hey Gyp

The Longboatmen - Take Her Any Time

St.John Crew - I'm A Man


[Disc2]

01 Julien Covey & The Machine - A Little Bit Hurt 02 Mouse And The Traps - Lie, Beg, Borrow And Steal 03 Lee Kings - Orient Express 04 The Id - Short Circuit 05 The Poets - Locked in a Room 06 St. John & The Crew - You Belong To Me 07 The Betterdays - Don't Want That 08 Les Fleur De Lys - Mud In Your Eye 09 Mike Stuart Span - Children of tomorrow 10 Sad Sack Set - The World For Us 11 Factory - Path Through The Forest 12 The Anteeks - Ball & Chain 13 Lemon Drops - I Live In The Springtime 14 The Moving Sidewalks - What Are You Going To Do 15 Thane Russall & Three - Your Love Is Burning Me 16 Zipps - Kicks And Chicks 17 The Throb - Believe In Me 18 The Couriers - Done Me Wrong 19 Chords 5 - Universal Vagrant 20 White Lightning - Of Papers And Poets 21 The Beautiful Daze - City Jungle Pt.1 22 T.C. Atlantic - Love Is Just 23 The Mojo Men - She's My Baby 24 The Missing Lynx - Behind Locked Doors 25 White Lightning - William 26 Macabre - Lazy Lady 27 Simon Stokes And The Nighthawks - Voodoo Woman

Sad Sack Set - The World For Us

T.C. Atlantic - Love Is Just

The Beautiful Daze - City Jungle Pt.1
 

[Disc3]

01 Al Stewart - Turn Into Earth 02 Rupert's People - I've Got The Love 03 The Bunch Of Fives - At The Station 04 Chocolate Frog - Butchers And Bakers 05 Sands - Mrs. Gillespie's Refrigerator 06 The Amboy Dukes - Journey To The Center Of Your Mind 07 The Mickey Finn - Night Comes Down 08 The Majority - One Third 09 The Birds - You're On My Mind 10 Paper Blitz Tissue - Boy Meets Girl 11 Lincoln St. Exit - The Bummer 12 Les Goths - Out Of The Sun 13 The Gurus - Come Girl 14 The Others - Oh Yeah! 15 Stone's Masonry - Hot Rock 16 Herbal Mixture - Machines 17 Les Fleur De Lys - You're Just A Liar 18 Voids - I'm In A Fix 19 Mike Stuart Span - Concerto Of Thoughts 20 Winston's Fumbs - Snow White 21 The Perils - Hate 22 Les Fleur De Lys - Hammer-Head 23 The Voice - The Train To Disaster 24 The Grains Of Sand - She Needs Me 25 Rupert's People - Love Opus 193 26 Kim Fowley - Bubblegum 27 Los Brincos - Passport

The Bunch Of Fives - At The Station

Les Goths - Out Of The Sun

The Voids - I'm In A Fix









 

 


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