Nov 21, 2019

WARM LEATHER "Manic Static" 7inch

Be it with bands such as Hasselhoff Experient back in the late 90s or the more recent combos such as BloodBags, guitar banger and howler of a maniacal sort Andrew Tolley always knows how to bring the heat. His latest trio, Warm Leather, continues to this that. It's leather that is more than warm, it is scorched and blistering.

While his previous combos always leaned towards a bent and twisted fringe of garage punk, this time around, the sound here is elephantine and metallic. Not heavy metal (though it is quite heavy) but more than able to do a lot of damage with a cold and crushing force.

"Manic Static" is more than just the title of the a-side. It's a solid descriptor. The riff that powers it is an elemental surf lick that's battered and bloodied from being dragged through some post-apocalyptic wasteland of a tattered hardcore and has become more energized because of it. The thud provided gives Tolly a rock-solid platform to stand on for his parched bellow to haunt all that hear it.


Even sicker and thicker is the flip's "Vocabulary" which resembles something like a Sub-Pop era TAD track with all it's layered peeled back to the core. Instead of overtly playing up some sawed-off shotgun toting/backwoods demoniac image to sell the song to the listener though, the unhinged clobber here is all that needs to be done to get the very disturbed vibe across.

Join the car crash set at Warm Leather's Facebook page.

If you would like to toss some coin Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Nov 15, 2019

Film Photo Friday No 22: Oxygen To Combust

Kodak's Ektar 100 is one of my favorite film stocks. Vivid and creamy no matter how cheap or janky the camera I use it in.

Like this one from a Holga 120N, for instance!

See more of my film photo stuff on the 'gram at Glass Eyes and Plastic.

If you would like to toss some coin Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Nov 14, 2019

POWER "The Fool" 7inch

Mullets. Even though they're back (and from what I gather not in even a semi-ironic way in most cases) it seems they never really went away in Australia.

I have never seen a photo of Melbourne band Power so I can't confirm if any of them sport a mullet but if even one of them does, I assume that it is a greasy, burly and flowing one worn loud and proud. A visual of such comes right into focus while this latest single from 'em rotates across the turntable. "The Fool" smashes all three Stooges against a brick wall and marvels at the carnage. They then chug a quart of used motor oil each as a toast in congratulations.


Teetering between a seedy brown weed smoking boogie and a post-apocalyptic dirtbag brawl conceived in the NWOHM era, "Give It All To Me" is all about getting some hot but crazy witches to perform all kindsa weird hexes.

Get the volts at Feel It Records

If you would like to toss some coin Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Nov 5, 2019

Smashin' Transistors 59: Boxes


Boxes and cartons.

Figuratively and literally as both have a song about them in this episode. Appropriate as chipping away at sorting and packing, pitching and keeping for the relocation plan set for 2020.

That, and as a cat owner, they always dig boxes.

What you'll hear:


Ian Hunter – Just Another Night
Jack Oblivian – Girl On The Beach
Parsnip – Lift Off
the Go – Can't Rely On It
-words from your host- 
Lousy Sue – Firma Jean
Neutrals – Motorcycle Cop
Marmalade Psyche – Compassionate Leave
Gong Gong Gong – Some Kind Of Demon
-words from your host- 
Trampoline Team - Release
Glaxo Babies – Police State
Slumb Party – All The Boxes
Bobby Would – Luna
-words from your host- 
Comet Gain – Bad Night At The Mustache
Zurich Cloud Motors – Plenty Of Moons To Spare
The Hussy – Better Stuff
CR DICKS- Skate 2 Die
-words from your host- 
Opossums - Worried
Vivian Girls – Mistake
Dot.Com – Bugg Boy
Fire Engines – New Things in Cartons
-words from your host-

You can also subscribe to the Smashin' Transistors show on

Get even more Smashin' Transistors action at 

If you would like to toss some coin Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Nov 1, 2019

November 2019 Mixclouder of the Month: Signal To Noise

Terrestrial college and indie stations seem going off the air for good at a clip faster than ever. It also seems that just as many of them are blanding out their formats to automated and syndicated programming to appease squares. Finding ones out there that still have real live humans who come in share their music taste and knowledge with a listening audience are great fun.


The Signal To Noise program one of those "great fun" kinds of things I am talking about. On Sunday nights from 11pm til 2am on Teaneck, NJ's 89.1 WFDU FM, Al C presents loud, snotty indie guitar rock, in-studio interviews, and the occasional live performance.

Oct 29, 2019

CIVIC Selling Sucking Blackmail Bribes 7inch

Sure, it may seem like it's guitars, drums and microphones that Aussie band Civic are equipped with but honestly, I do believe they're actually hoses and other spraying devices with some type of greasy and rancid liquid that they're actually wielding and what is on record is the sound they make when expelling such a substance towards the listener.

When knuckles go from dragging to swinging fiercely, breaking bones and blackening eyes are the same sort of moments that "Sell Sucking Blackmail Brides" encapsulates with it's left and right hooks. Meat-fisted jabs of punked-up RAWK jarring the skull and jaw while the evilest sort of James Williamson guitar worship sprays caustic fuzz causing an immediate burning and blistering on contact.


It's flips title, "Velvet Casino", reminds me of the name of really seedy shake joint I chose to never venture inside of even in my most daring of years. If the place's interior resembled anything close to this track, it would mean all surfaces would feel like they were polished with beef fat and the "entertainments" main focus would not be to titillate but to rile up and convince to bring chainsaws to a biker rumble.

Do community duty at Total Punk

If you would like to toss some coin Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Oct 25, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 21: Cenotaphs of the Big 3 No. 3

The aperture on this particular Lomography Diana F+ (I have a few of their branded ones along with a couple of the OG 1960's ones due to rescuing them when I find in the wild) tends to slip so the exposure is a bit dimmer than anticipated (because of not double-checking where it was set before I clicked the shutter.)

I kinda dig the muted tone on it though. I credit the Kodak Ektar 100 for that aspect of it.

See more of my film photo stuff on the 'gram at Glass Eyes and Plastic.

If you would like to toss some coin Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Oct 21, 2019

Smashin’ Transistors 58: A Winsome Disquiet


This episode of the Smashin' Transistors fake radio show may try to entice you to take a psychedelic trip. If you chose to purchase a ticket, pack some condiments cuz your listening lobes will get deep fried!

What You'll Hear:


The Painted Ship – She Said Yes
Vision 3D – Suel Ce Soir
Spray Paint – Fleshy Boy
Cereal Killer – Your Punk Scene Suck It
DANA – Cupid
-words from your host-
Gino & the Goons – Hit & Run
The Hentchmen – It Don't Take But A Few Minutes
Dan Melchior Group – Police Dog
Buck Owens – Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass
As Jaguatiricas – Boy Lixo
-words from your host-
The Control Freaks – She's The Bomb
Robot Assassins - Your Special Message
Lousy Sue – Sneaky Snake
Speed Babes – We Sell Your Soul
The Freakees – Poser
-words from your host-
Resource Network – Halifax Mortuary
Celebrity Handshake – This Is Real Life
Slump – Trip Sitter
Atomic Eater – Alien Eyes
Cabaret Voltaire – Here She Comes Now
-words from your host-

You can also subscribe to the Smashin' Transistors show on

Get even more Smashin' Transistors action at 

If you would like to toss some coin Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Oct 19, 2019

SLUMP Flashbacks from Black Dust Country LP

In the most recent Smashin' Transistors podcast I make a mention about coming home from work, putting a record on, turning it up loud and stepping out to my yard for a moment which led to my old biker neighbor walking over to me and wanting to strike up a conversation with me about the dangers of really hard drugs.

Now, my neighbor strikes up conversations with me semi often. They're usually about how he loves Bud Light in a bottle, how much higher he can lift his truck up and still keep it street legal and how the area's classic rock station needs to play Montrose's "Bad Motor Scooter" more often (and I gotta say I agree with that at least.) I think what inspired him to strike up this particular conversation though was because of the record he could hear seeping out the windows of my house. That record was Flashbacks from Black Dust Country, the debut LP from Richmond, Virginia's Slump.

The universe which modern "psych-punk" resides is can be a tricky one to navigate. For every combo that does the aural brain warp splendidly and twisted there's way many more that seem to be simulating a freak trip that they've got from 2nd hand tales instead of though personal experience, making the voyage a bit of a yawn. Such is not the case with this record though.

The immediate oscillations of the album's opening track, "No Utopia", is appropriately titled for these times as it's whirling is not of some floating and easy-going sort. There's more like zaps from a taser gun and as the song swells, the voltage increases, rendering body parts to go rigid or to flail in jerky and disturbing manners.


Beneath layers of echo, the vocals become another element of the auditory occurrences, but the sentiment burns bright like a fireball on "Desire Death Drifter" and the mood as obvious as a rust drill bit plunging at a methodologically crawl into the forehead like "Sensory Cocoon."


Because of the cosmic wanderings from gurgling Moogs, some driving, downstroked guitars and a thread of sinisterness that runs through every sound here, bandying around Hawkwind's name does pop up but Slump do not sound the types that would be all into having a crowd of hirsute stoners covered in body paint and doing some noodly, interpretive dance surrounding them. If the album's closer, the seven plus minute "Trip Sitter" gives a vibe that they'd rather douse them all in gasoline, throw a match and watch it all turn to ash while jettisoning themselves away from this planet.

Set fire to a hippie at Feel It Records
If you would like to toss some coin Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Oct 18, 2019

Film Photo Friday 20: 29% Continents and Islands

A view of the world from a street in Raleigh, North Carolina. A city that has me scrimping, saving and downsizing for so I can move to it in the spring of 2020.

Shot on a Lomography Diana Mini using Kodak Ektar 100 35mm film.

See more of my film photo stuff on the 'gram at Glass Eyes and Plastic.

If you would like to toss some coin Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Oct 14, 2019

Smashin' Transistors 57: The Dangers Of Really Hard Drugs


After getting home from work one day last week, I decided to put some records on and play them loud. I stepped out to my yard for a sec and my old biker neighbor decided to strike up a conversation with me about the dangers of "really hard drugs."
What you'll hear:


The Muffs – I Need You
Psychedelic Speed Freaks - End Your Worries
CR Dicks – The Ends
Julie's Haircut – Emerald Kiss
Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble – Unity
-words from your host- 
Odgens – Plastic Ave
Dan Melchior Group- Plz LuvYrself
Parsnip – Too Late
Trumans Water – Your Boss
Pere Ubu - Heart Of Darkness
-words from your host- 
The Hussy – Cornflakes
The Runaways - 18th Floor Girl
Slump - Desire Death Drifter
Kool and the Gang Bangers – He's A Rat
Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes – Little Witch
-words from your host- 
Comet Gain - The Institute Debased
Vision 3D – Fannick
Nip Drivers – Hick In The Movie
Rocket 808 – Rocket 808
T. Rex – Rapids
-words from your host-

Corrections: The CR Dicks LP on Slovenly is called Dick Moves. I also mispronounced Philip Cohran's name as Cochran.


You can also subscribe to the Smashin' Transistors show on
Apple PodcastsPodbean and Spotify.


Get even more Smashin' Transistors action at 

If you would like to toss some coin Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Oct 12, 2019

PERFECT BUZZ In Your Face 7inch


The word perfect has been bandied about in the media for the last couple of weeks. Mostly by an orange ape that's squatting in Washington DC and whose instance of something being so, given his side of the story on one side and the truth on the other, may not so be perfect at all. At the very least it has warped what the word means.

So what constitutes a perfect buzz then? In the case of Pure Country Gold's Petey Foss newest band, a perfect buzz is one that is scruffy and frayed but still sparkles in the sunlight. "In Your Face" gives a first impression that it's gonna be some kinda rootsy, back porch ballad. That gives way quickly when it turns into a hyper and anthemic blare of fuzz that's equally 70s power pop as it is a punkish take on 80s college rock.


It's flip, "My Apologizes", doesn't stray from the same sort of template but it does juice it up a bit more, making the sound something familiar and catchy but with a bounce that has the band staking a claim of it being their own particular way to get heart rates up.

 Get the fizz at Hovercraft Records

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Oct 11, 2019

Film Photo Friday 19: Slate Grey Departures No. 1

The water of Lake Huron is legendary for its blue color. It's not uncommon for the skies above it though to be a slate color of grey.

Shot on a Minox 35GL using Fuju Superia 400 35mm film.

Look for more of my film photography over at Glass Eyes and Plastic on the 'gram.

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Oct 7, 2019

USA/Mexico Matamoros LP


Sometimes I entertain the idea of taking psychedelic mushrooms for the first time in decades. Then I start to wonder “but what if I take the trip and don’t end up returning.” As my thoughts keep pondering the subject I then ask myself "And what if it's a really bad trip on top of that."

In my youth, I often wondered this while listening to the Butthole Surfers. USA/Mexico's begetter of nepenthean beats is Butthole Surfers drummer King Coffey. Along with Shit and Shine’s Craig Clouse on guitar and vocals and When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth's Nate Cross on bass, the noise/drone/destructo-psych pedigree is of momentous scale. Joined by Spray Paint's George Dishner on 2nd guitar for the album's opener/title track, the brain fry may seem immediate with squalls of guitar feedback being the first thing to rise from the wax, but it's the rumble akin to listening to an old skyscraper crumbling to the ground after detonation played at a really slow speed where the hallucinatory trepidity really sink in.


It's followed by a reflective and nostalgic moment of sorts with "Shoofly." The "of sorts" is that the song originally appeared on Cherubs debut album Icing which was released on King Coffey's label, Trance Syndicate, in 1992. Joined by Cherubs member Kevin Whitley, this almost three-decade later take of the song somehow almost manages to outsick the original, and making it just as creepy and menacing.

 

While any given track on the album would make my grandfather come into the room, asked me if I am listening "to the soundtrack for World War III" and tell me turn it down, it's the 17 minutes of blown out rumblings and snail pace thudding of the album's closer "Anxious Whitey" that, if he were still alive, that would make him storm in, rip the needle off the record and whip it out the nearest closest window (just like he did the first time I played Throbbing Gristle's "We Hate You (Little Girls)" single on his fancy assed high-end Marantz at full blast decades ago.)
Crumble the walls at 12XU

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Oct 4, 2019

Film Photo Friday 18: White Light/Wong Heat No. 1

Port Huron weirdo rockers White and Wong bringing a blissful disturbance to the Citadel Stage on the last day of August, 2019.

Shot on a Holga 120N using Arista EDU 400 film.

Look for more of my film photography over at Glass Eyes and Plastic on the 'gram.

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Oct 1, 2019

October 2019 Mixclouder of the Month: Raw Journey Paris

Each week deserves a playlist. That's a manta of our Mixclouder of the Month, Raw Journey Paris. And, it's exactly what they do to treat the ears with every Sunday


Each week the show administers the latest in the realm of weird, loud, distorted, destroyed and trippy factions of not only modern rock-n-roll but other beyond sounds from around the world in quick to digest half-hour doses.

Not only that, they capture some nice shots of the Paris live music scene too.

Sep 27, 2019

Film Photo Friday 17: Cenotaphs of the Big Three No. 2


Put the top down. The fins are always up!

Shot on a Zorki 2C from 1956 using Ukranian made Astrum 400 film.

You can find more of my film photography stuff on my Instagram page Glass Eyes and Plastic.

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Sep 23, 2019

Smashin' Transistors 56: And Autumn's Closing In


Summer ended this weekend. That means it is time for a bunch of boomers to quote a lyric from "Night Moves." Talking smack about Bob Seger really seems to bum them out.


What you'll hear:

the Cars – Since You're Gone
Honey Radar – Magnesium Blow Out
Opossums – Love Machine
Redd Kross – What's A Boy To Do
Fat Tulips – Where's Clare Grogan Now?
-words from your host-
Musk – Animal Husbandry
USA/Mexico – Shoofly
the Au Pairs – Domestic Departure
Disco Junk – Outta Melbourne
Pscience – Atomic Clock
-words from your host-
Vivian Girls – Sick
Psychedelic Horseshit – Portals
Thigh Master – Mould Lines
Dana – El Sicko
the Bruthers – I Just Had To Laugh
-words from your host-
the Control Freaks – Hate List
Celebrity Handshake – Religion On The Outside
Depression Breakfast – Type
Strapping Fieldhands – In The Pineys
Daniel Johnston – True Love Will Find You In The End
-words from your host-


You can also subscribe to the Smashin' Transistors show on
Apple PodcastsPodbean and Spotify.


Get even more Smashin' Transistors action at 

If you would like to toss some coin Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Sep 20, 2019

Film Photo Friday 16: Picnic Invites Never Sent

This weekend marks the last one of summer for the year. I live within walking distance of one of the Great Lakes. I only ever made it to the beach maybe two times this year. The lack of visits wasn't by choice. Life just commanded things that way.

Shot on a Lomography Diana Mini using Ilford HP5 film.

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Sep 19, 2019

ALUMINUM KNOT EYE Neutered and Declawed 7inch

While recently thumbing through a clutch of old music magazines, I noticed that before punk rock became standard in the vernacular, rock crits seemed big on tagging things loud and weird metal with some sort of precursing adjective to go with it.

Hawkwind was "cosmic metal." Alice Cooper "shock metal." And so on. One I noticed over several different publications was the use of Dada-Metal being applied to bands such as Chrome, MX-80 and Red Transistor. Often absurd, usually abrasive and archaically futuristic, it worked as good descriptor for them.

It also kind of works when it's pinned on Wisconsin's Aluminun Knot Eye. AKE's sound has always been a tricky one describe. Take elements from all the bands mentioned in the previous paragraph and drag them out to a garage with a lot of oil stains on the floor. Then throw all those elements on that floor and start stomping on them while playing some bent all outta shape psych-blues scowl and thinking about Devo. Yeah, that sorta coming closer to describing their sound than maybe Dada-Metal does.

Both sides of this feline theme slab have a ferocious pounce. "Neutered and Declawed" is like an even more aberrant Laughing Hyenas getting jollies from topsy-turviness and the flip takes the old Dutch glam ranter "Pantherman" and straps it into the driver seat of an out of control concrete truck.
Don't go to the vet. Go to a Dirty Hippie Barn

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Sep 13, 2019

Film Photo Friday 15: beauty and virtue

In death, how roses are used mean different things. A wreath of roses represents beauty and virtue.

Shot on a Smena Symbol using Kodak UltraMax 400.

Look for more of my film photography over at Glass Eyes and Plastic on the 'gram.

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Sep 9, 2019

PLEATHER Wasting Time with Riot 7inch

I have no idea about what is going on in the small town of Hattiesburg, Mississippi currently but whatever it is there that's getting people to start bands, I hope it continues.

First, there was Judy and the Jerks, whose spazzy take on pogo punk blasts in, blindsides everyone and is outta there just as quick, leaving all sorts of smashed up things behind as a souvenir.

While definitely sounding like they're not afraid to make a mess themselves, Pleather sound quite bubbly on the surface. As "Wasting Time" shows though is that there's something agitated and skittish bubbling up from outta the dirt.


Sparkling blares of guitar pop but of an atypical sort for sure. Like shards of glass inside a chewy bit of bubblegum, "Riot" resembles something like Nikki Corvette singing on the first Wire album.

Don't call it Vegan Leather at Feral Kid Records

If you would like to toss some coins Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Sep 7, 2019

MUSK Animal Husbandry 7inch

Whenever Musk is spotted under the light of the moon after surfacing from the toxic swamp they dwell, all other lunar hollerers cower. This latest thing from them, which following two full lengths LPs, is the first time the band has done a 7inch single.

The albums jockey the same sort of night creatures that bands such as the Birthday Party and the Scientists did. A decayed abnormality of an experience. A lot of suspense and mystery going on to balance out the generous servings of sonic gore.

For these two doses of toxins, the band has gone full on gratuitous slasher flick. There's an Unsane perturbation all over "Animal Husbandry." The drums clobber savagely but still have a swing and the bass line that sounds like it's covered in drainage ditch soaked moss. Guitars whirl such beastly vibrations, the listener wonders if they're even guitars because they resemble 20 circular saws chewing through sheet metal all at once. A sermon of unglued howling steps out from the shadows, it's barking casts images even more grisly than first imagined.


On the flip "The Floor" works up a trash culture voodoo grunt that is an extention of what just might have caused permanent hearing loss from the A-side. Here though it comes with a huge glop of whatever may have been oozing from sores which appeared after spending a gruesome night at the Stooges Fun House.

Greet the excrete at Total Punk

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!


Sep 6, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 14: The Sky's Done Fried

The summer swelter makes one wonder why the sky hasn't turned from cool blue to a flaming red.

Shot on a Lomo LC-A using a bit of somewhat exposed Fuji Superia 400 35mm film.

You can find more of my film photography stuff on my Instagram page Glass Eyes and Plastic.

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Sep 4, 2019

Altes Original Detroit Lager


In my youth, I drank my share of Altes. It was cheap. It also comes in a generic standard stubby bottle which at a time, for some reason, was only five cents bottle deposit versus the usual 10 cent Michigan law. Bonus budget, right?

If you were to asked me today if I remembered what it tasted like back then, I wouldn't really be able to tell you. It was the quantity over quality era of my life. I can tell you though that when I first saw that it was coming back (in name at least) I kinda shuddered.

No, I could not tell you what I remember it tasting like but I can recall a story of puking after way too many of them one night.

That's not to say I wasn't curious about trying this new take on it. As described on the Altes website this beer is brewed "to emulate the original refreshing European style Altes lager that Detroiters loved" it, along with Stroh's, Goebel and, to a lesser extent, Pfeiffer were pretty dang ubiquitous across the state of Michigan for decades and decades. My first chance to give it a try was at a local watering hole downtown in my hometown at the start of this summer. Two-fifty a pint. Budget bonus flashback right then and there.

Light golden in color and a solid three finger head that had some retention and left a good amount of lace behind after fading, this beer looked like how most macro lagers are pictured in advertisements but never that way in real life. The aroma was that of buttered toast, lemon peel, white pepper and fresh cut lawn.

First sips had the flavors of light citrus, cornflakes, green apples and grains. As it breathes a slight bit notes of honey and a piney hops become more noticeable though the latter doesn't get too bossy in the flavor profile. It finishes clean and crisp.

A week or so after trying it, I spotted a twelver of cans on sale. It went home with me. Actually a few have come home with me over this past summer. It's become my after chores or when unexpected guests stop by porch beer. It seems an appropriate one for such things

The only thing that's been missing from it being the full vintage Michigan lager experience so far is not yet seeing an old ratty pickup pass by with at least two people riding in the back and its radio bumpin' the RIF where Big Daddy Arthur P is saying its "82 rock and roll over degrees in the Motor City, BABY!"
Drink the beer many a grandpa did here

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!


Sep 1, 2019

September 2019 Mixclouder of the Month: The Institute of Spectra-Sonic Sound

Our first two Mixclouders of the month dealt in a louder and rowdier side of music. This month, it's something a bit more cerebral.


Based out of Euguene, Oregon and airing weekly on KEPW 97.3 FM, David Warmbier's Institute of Spectra-Sonic Sound is a journey into experimental sounds guaranteed to vibrate, chill and, at times, disturb the musical lobes of your mind.

Aug 30, 2019

Film Photo Friday 13: Filth is my politics! Filth is my life!

Yeah, because if I see any pink flamingo, be it a real one, a plastic one or even one made of metal I'm gonna blurt out at least one line from the film.

Shot on a Holga 120N using Lomography Color Negative 400 120 film.

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Aug 28, 2019

Smashin' Podsistors 55: Summer's Omega


The last long weekend of the summer is upon us. Getting out and taking part of it may involve annoyances. Combat such things with a brand new episode of the Smashin' Transistors fake radio show.

What you'll hear:

Eagle - Pack Up
the Failures - Why?
Thin Lizzy - Sha La La
Golden Pelicans - Pink Motels
Science Man - Weaponizer
- words from your host-
Deadbeat Beat - The Box
Laika – Honey In Heat
Powerplant – True Love
Black Tambourines -  High Fives
Ron Berry – I'll Give You My Love
- words from your host-
Oh Sees - The Experimenter
Miles Grayson – Stuck In The Mud
Celebrity Handshake – Prehistoric Claw
Mononegatives - You Are In My Vision
Swell Maps – Secret Island
- words from your host-
Mr. Clit and the Pink Cigarettes - Hey Bombshell
Resource Network - Post Traumatic Stress Gun Fight
Judy and the Jerks – Dumpster time
Tyvek – We're Back
The Yips – 1000 Percent Fox
- words from your host-

You can also subscribe to the Smashin' Transistors show on
Apple PodcastsPodbean and Spotify.

Get even more Smashin' Transistors action at 


If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Aug 23, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 12: Tavern Trinkets No. 1

The decor of watering holes is something that always catches my wandering eye when whatever other distraction finds a lull.

Shot on a Lomography LaSardina using Lomography Xpro 200 35mm film.

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips and patrons!
Become a Patron!

Aug 17, 2019

MONONEGATIVES 5 Second Future EP

London, Ontario's Mononegatives are comprised of at least one member of high energy punk rock-n-rollers Isölation Party (who's fine album you should lend an ear to if you haven't yet.)

Outside of the high energy punk rock part though, that's where the comparisons between to two pretty much end. Things are much, much more agitated here.

On the EP's title track, it sounds as if the guitars are run through a meatgrinder, the vocals howl and growls as if they're making a feral call for help from the bottom of a brimstone burning pit and the tempo is unhinged and gives an impression that it is about to explode, throwing bits of piercing shrapnel all over the neighborhood.


It's followed by "Garbage Blood", which has a pop-tinge but with whiplash causing stop/starts which would rather scorch hearts with napalm than touch them with a chewy and sweet melody. The synths that accent both tracks make it all feel even more blackhearted.
 

The generally dystopian take on rock-n-roll here is aptly capped off with a Tubeway Army cover with the band taking "You Are In My Vision" and making it resemble something like a very sinister outtake from Wire's Pink Flag.

Get ions charged at their Facebook page

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips!

Aug 16, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 11: Pink Petals No. 1


Summer blooms and slight light leaks. In a world that can be hectic, sparing a moment to give the former a whiff can be seconds of bliss. The latter happens for a myriad of reasons older film camera.

Shot on a late 70s model of the Ukrainian built FED 5 (ФЭД 535mm camera using Fuji Color 200 film.
If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips!

Aug 14, 2019

JOHNNY ILL Congratulations EP

Johnny Ill's songs are for the everyman. Not in some blustery and blue-collar anthem kinda way though. More like of the finding fascination and poetry in the mundane day to day sort.

His latest release (the first from him in a couple of years as well as the first release done with his most recent gang of musical partners in crime), Congratulations,  is full of such moments. "Hamtramck Island" whose lyrics seem like the recapping of a day walking around the Detroit borough the song is named after has a bit of a Jonathan Richman vibe to it. It's as jangling as some Modern Lovers songs could be but it's also a bit more jittery and rattled. The same sort of thing, but a little more sparse in its accompaniment, can be said about "Third & Blaine."


While such off-centered and noisy pop proves to be a delight here, the songs stretch a bit beyond that. "One Year Plan" has  Mark E. Smith squigglings all over it and "Birds" resembles the first couple A Certain Ratio singles if they grew up playing in midwest basements stocked with plenty of Stroh's. 

Get sick at Johnny Ill's Facebook page.

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips!

Aug 9, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 10: El Rauncho

Their breakfast at this place was one of the legendary cheap "hangover cures" in the area. That was ages ago as the place has been long gone for a while now. How was the rest of their food? I never knew but figured there was more than just one reason why it was always (semi-lovingly) referred to as the El Rauncho.

Shot on a Holga 135BC using Kodak Vision3 100t film.

If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips!


Aug 6, 2019

Smashin' Podsistors 54: What If Juggalos Weren’t Allowed Their Faygo?


On a scorcher of a summer day recently I had the thirst for a pop. A really sugary one. A Faygo Red Pop or Rock-n-Rye was on my mind. The party store I stopped in didn't carry any Faygo. Is that even legal in the state of Michigan?



What you'll hear:
PP Arnold - If You Think You're Groovy
Connie Voltaire - Picture Book
Pscience - Chance Encounter
Dream Boogie - Shanghai Nights
Homer - Taking Me Home
-words from the host-
Tyvek - I've Not Thought Once
Butterglory - Rivers
Mope Grooves - Pictures Of The Moon
Psychedelic Speed Freaks - Lawless
The Los Hot Quesos - Bugs
-words from the host-
Cement Shoes - Me Have No Brain
The Natural M*n Band - Working Nights
Srei Sothear & Sin Sisamouth - Power Of Her Eye
Pinch Points - Stainless Steel
Musclegoose - Mr Pibb goes to Washington
-words from the host-
The Cool Greenhouse - Cardboard Man
Johnny Ill - One Year Plan
Eggy - Machine Communications
The Bambies - Echo
Joe Hebert Band - I Don't Want To Be A Preppy
-words from the host-


You can also subscribe to the Smashin' Transistors show on
Apple PodcastsPodbean and Spotify.

Get even more Smashin' Transistors action at 
If you would like to toss a few bucks Smashin' Transistors way to help defray our costs, we gladly accept tips!