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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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.