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.

Huff fumes at 12XU

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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.

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

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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.

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