Dec 31, 2019

Focusing 2020


Well, it's been a hectic year but somehow we made it through.

The same can be said about the Twenty-Tens too. Lots of ups. Lots of downs. Roller coasters then calm.

Now, it's time to take on a new adventure in the Twenties ahead. The next few months involve me knuckling down on a major purging of things that have been cluttering up an old house I've been dwelling for in over two decades. The reason being is that it needs to be done. It has collected a lot of stuff over the years. Much of it just...well, clutter.

That, and I am putting the place up for sale. It was left to me when my first marriage of many years dissolved. It's a house I never really wanted in the first place and it needs way too much work that I don't want to invest into it.

We are splitting not only from the house but also the city I was born and raised in (and have lived in for the majority of my time on this planet) as well as the state of Michigan.

After doing a lot of research and some reconnaissance visits to a few towns in this year past, we're are moving to the Raleigh, North Carolina area in spring of 2020.

Needless to say, I've got a lot on my plate to do my part to get this all situated.

Over the next couple of months, there will most likely be a slowdown on activity here at Smashin' Transistors until we land and settle in. I'll be keeping with putting together a podcast at least once a month and a thing here and there (I hope to have a "best of" 2019 list together in, hopefully, the next few days or so for example) but other than that, I can't promise all that much action for the time being beyond that.

At this time I would like to thank everyone for records sent, interviews granted, shows played, floors slept on, beers, shots, food over the years. Many things you've done to make life grand!

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Dec 27, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 26: "When she walks by she brightens up the neighborhood"

So, yeah, I did sing some lines from the Mark Barkan song made famous by Manfred Mann, "Pretty Flamingo", when I first saw this and then snapped a photo of it.

Shot on a Holga 135BC using Lomography 800 35mm film.
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Dec 23, 2019

Smashin’ Transistors 61: Illuminating Monochrome with Light Emitting Diodes


What a taxing year it's been. We somehow did out best and made it through even if likely we're worse for the wear. This whole Keep On Keepin' On thing ain't easy all the time. 


The next year has plenty of roller coaster rides ahead. Hold on tight. We need ya around!


What you'll hear:
Sandy Sarjeant - Can't Stop The Want
Kool and the Gangbangers – I Don't Wanna Go Outside
VISION 3D - Fan
Ill Globo - Mirabella
-words from your host-
TV Crime - Wild One
The Only Ones – Out In The Night
Toy Trucks - Schoolbus
Goodnight Loving – Land Of 1000 Bars
-words from your host-
Zurich Cloud Motors – A Hair Raising Memory
Spray Paint - Alcohol Surface
Cochonne – Body Bag
Match Factory – All The Same
-words from your host-
Mononegatives - Transient Reality
Dow Jones & the Industrials – Set Yourself On Fire
Foster Care – Rack Brain
Iggy and the Stooges – Shake Appeal
-words from your host-
Solarized -Is This Where I Beg for the Prosthetic Leg
Midnight Mines - Double Attack 
PP Rebel - Where The Quiet Go
Teenage Fanclub - December
-words from your host-
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Dec 13, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 25: Precipitation No. 1

An earlier than usual and totally unexpected severe snow storm made things nasty on Michigan's east coast last month. I tried to embrace it but in my head I kept reminding myself "If all goes right, this is your last winter in this low wage town and in this state."

Shot on a built in '57 Zorki 2C using Kodak Vision 2 200T 35mm film.

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Dec 12, 2019

LOUSY SUE First EP

Blaring outta Indiana, Lousy Sue is a new combo featuring Jim Kuczkowski aka The Kooch. If you're not familiar with the name but were into blown out rock-n-roll records 90's/early 00' (especially those on the Rip Off label) you may be familiar with some of his work. He was the dude who set up the mics and twiddle the knobs for full length from the Infections, The Problematics and the Marked Men. He was also the guy who recorded my favorite singles from the Mighty John Waynes and the Kill-A-Watts as well.

After a few seconds of stonerish rock fuzz, the drums count off  "Katy Perrys", it becomes obvious this trio executes the same sort of wild and cranked up high as records he worked on.


The level of rowdiness doesn't wane throughout the rest of the EP and the playful obnoxiousness, especially when Jim and drummer Angie trade off vocals on tracks like "Ferma Jean" (which is about someone likes to get really obnoxious and outta control) and the in a tizzy beat that makes "Halfwit" bounce, is something that seems to be missing from a bunch of a bunch bands plying the so called garage punk trade in these days.


Not only that, they knock a faithful but amped up take of one of my favorite songs from when I was a little kid, Tom T. Hall's "Sneaky Snake" right out of the park and probably into some swimming pool filled with bottom shelf whiskey that anyone who isn't square would not have to be asked twice to dive right into.

Roll in the dirt at the Lousy Sue's Facebook page

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Dec 11, 2019

SPRAY PAINT Into The Country LP

The intention has been to sit down and disseminate impressions of the Spray Paint album for a bit of a spell now. Whenever attempted though, this reporter finds himself getting antsy, agitated and itchy. I do believe that has been an intention of the band since their inception and they've continued to achieve it quite well seven albums deep.

A difference with their latest, Into The Country, though is that it sounds as if they've almost found away to almost to use their spasmodic motions and sways for ways to have a bit of sick fun rather than just simply abetting in aberrant thoughts of a listener.

To an extent, that is.

The spring coiled and furious pulse of "Alcohol Surface" opens the record sounding like krautrock in a bouncy house. That someone died a violent death in.


And from there, things get more deviant.

"Keep On Googlin'" is like the reverberated sound glitch that rattles around inside a human brain that has stopped completely stopped deciphering what is fact and what is bogus, leaving all thought to be decided what comes of fits in some kook curated web search. "Death Bed" could very well resemble sounds of aggrieved calm some may hear before exited this plane.


If the taunting of impending doom by mocking it and laughing in its face hasn't become more pronounced as the record progresses, the sentiment seems more than obvious as the record ends with "Can't Help But Kill" and "Cleaning The Gun." The former with a chunk of hillbilly flesh being run through a grinder located deep in a cave guitar lick and a used car salesman meets crazy old biblical looking dude pontificating in front of the post office rant. The latter for first giving an impression of floating in some weightless netherworld and then decompression sickness kicking in.

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Dec 6, 2019

Film Photo Friday No. 24: Cenotaphs Of The Big 3 No. 4: The Standard Trope Number One


I will only shoot  a 57 Chevy if I spot one the in the wild. Nothing against them, it's just the Fonzie/Nostalgia/Oldies "theme" businesses that base their whole theme around that makes me not give much care in seeing them all that much.

Eric Clapton's "Rock-n-Roll Heart" is complete bullshit. That old coot had not "got off 'Screamin' Guitars'" for a good 20 years when he recorded that song.

Shot on a Lomo LCA using Lomography 400 35mm film.

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Dec 1, 2019

December 2019 Mixclouder of the Month: Mawkish Twaddle

As stated on his Mixcloud page, Mawkish Twaddle's host Bob N. plays "plenty of new tracks -- and some old but mostly unknown selections -- from genres like indiepop, post-punk, power pop, art rock, psych pop, indie rock, sunshine pop, soul, cold wave, bubblegum, yé-yé, krautrock, disco, folk rock, freakbeat, glam, honky tonk, and library and film music."


Also, if you are in the San Francisco area you can catch Bob's show live on an actual radio at KXSF 102.5 FM every Saturday night from 10 to midnight.

Nov 26, 2019

Smashin' Transistors 60: Good Gravy


Anyone else taking bets until one of the coots in the family quotes memes as fact during this holiday season? With it being Thanksgiving this week, the odds making is about to happen.


What you'll hear:

The Flesheaters – River Of Fever
Cochonne – Horror-Scope
Dan Melchior Group– Hey Ya
The Birthday Party – Figure Of Fun
-words from your host-
Program - Show Me
Michael Yonkers – Boy In The Sandbox
Bobby Would – Bad Man (Not I)
Automatic – Strange Conversations
-words from your host-
Mononegatives – Friend Accessories
Dana – Pork Pie
Saint Rangers – Returning
En Attendant Ana – Somewhere And Somehow
-words from your host-
Warm Leather – Vocabulary
Foster Care – No Respect
Connie Voltaire – Animal Farm
Perfect Buzz - My Apologizes
-words from your host-
Toy Trucks – Questions
The Cult Of Lip – Walking
Gino and the Goons – She Can Take It
The Metros – Hot Wired
-words from your host-


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Nov 22, 2019

Film Photo Friday No 23: A Port Town Blurs No. 1: Chemical Valley

Looking across the river to an illuminated land known as Chemical Valley.

A long exposure shot on a Holga 135BC using Lomography Lady Grey 35mm film.

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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.

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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!

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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

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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-

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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.

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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.

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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
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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.

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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.

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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.


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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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-


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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.

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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

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