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

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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
-words from your host-

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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.

Set fire to a hippie at Feel It Records
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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.