August 2019 Comics, Poetry, Album Art, and Reviews by
LMNOP discography. Listen/stream on Bandcamp, CDBaby, & Spotify
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Ashtray Navigations & Anla Courtis*
babysue comix #369
babysue comix #370
babysue comix #371
Black Oak Arkansas
The Catenary Wires
Les Comptes de Korsakoff*
Desolate Moon Phases
Diesel Park West
The Dirty Diamond
Electric Bird Noise*
The Hip Priests
Jesus comic #67
Chip & Tony Kinman
The Late Innings*
The Raz Band
The Royal Hounds
Pat Todd & The Rank Outsiders
Yes We Banana
Additional Items Received
August 2019 Thoughts.
Americana died on August 1, 2019. The cause of death is known.
The compact disc (CD) is now the solid medium of choice among those who know.
The 2020s will be a decade of intense creativity, as many musicians will discard familiar approaches and dull sameyness.
It is far better to whine and complain than to come up with reasonable solutions.
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Ashtray Navigations & Anla Courtis - Protozoic Rock Express (CD, Public Eyesore, Experimental/sound)
Truly far out stuff that'll make you feel like you're taking a trip to another universe and beyond. Divided into three sections, Protozoic Rock Express will certainly take you to places you've not been before. Ashtray Navigations is Phil Todd, a man who's been involved in the undercurrents of music since the 1990s. Todd plays acoustic guitar, oscillators, moog, sampled harmonium, and casio sampler. Working with him on this album is Anla Courtis, who plays electric guitar, organ, hawk-bells, e-bow, and found metals. The list of instruments utilized in these recordings does not really give a good indication of the overall sound. These compositions have a great big huge sound. They're hypnotic. They're drone-like. And in many ways, they're kinda overwhelming. We hear tons of experimental and progressive bands, but we've never heard one that's quite like this. Traditional melodies and song structures are irrelevant here, as the overall sound is what's important. Recorded in Leeds (UK) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) between 2004 and 2010, this is a total excursion into non-commercial sound manipulation. Most listeners will either be turned off or confused by this music. Todd and Courtis are playing for a very select group of people, those who welcome and embrace sounds that are unfamiliar and strange. Some folks that tread into this sort of territory come up with sound that is odd, but not listenable. Express is amazingly listener-friendly and just goes to show that it's the manner in which you do things that matters most. For a totally tripped out experience, you won't do much better than this. Provocative. Wild. And amazing. Recommended. Top pick.
Amoeba Teen - Medium Wave (CD, Big Stir, Underground pop)
Overseas in their own country of Great Britain, the folks in Amoeba Teen already have a dedicated and devoted following. Now, thanks to the folks at Kool Kat (who recently reissued the band's back catalog) and Big Stir (the taste-conscious label through which this album can be obtained), music fans in the United States can now experience this band's ultra-cool underground pop. The group is comprised of Mark Britton , Mike Turner, Simon Muttitt, and Carl Bayliss. The band began as the duo of Britton and Turner who started out creating four track recordings of their songs performed on guitars bought at a thrift store. Since that time, the band and music have been fleshed out and expanded...resulting in the current and quite polished modern pop combo. Medium Wave is all about songs. Sure, there's an emphasis on arrangements and recording techniques...but at the heart of things are some very strong songs that feature cool winding melodies and sincere lyrics. True to the claim of the press release that accompanied this album, the music is reminiscent of artists like Teenage Fanclub, Jellyfish, and Big Star. But interestingly, to our ears the overall sound and vibe are even more reminiscent of babysue favorite The Young Fresh Fellows. Eleven superbly crafted tracks here including "Clementine," "Babycakes," "Half Time," "Hickory Hill," and "Save." Fans of well-crafted underground pop will want to get their hands on this one. One spin, and you'll quickly realize what all the fuss is about. These guys are damn good.
Strat Andriotis - Night Manager (CD, Dekatria, Guitar/instrumental)
On the very first spin, the initial artist that came to mind while listening to Night Manager was Django Reinhardt. So it came as no surprise when we found his name mentioned in the liner notes. We rarely receive albums like this for review, and it's probably because there aren't that many folks at this point in time writing and recording this style of music. Strat Andriotis is one helluva incredible guitarist. His playing is fluid and expressive, and unusually complex and difficult from a player's perspective. While the Reinhardt comparison certainly holds true, on these tracks that similarity is catapulted into the present making this more of a jazz fusion sort of endeavor. Joining Andriotis on these recordings are Jerry Goodman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Adrean Farrugia. More acute readers/listeners will note that Goodman was the violinist and co-founder of The Flock and also a founding member of Mahavishnu Orchestra. The press release that accompanied this disc appropriately described the music as 'gypsy jazz, instrumental, neoclassical guitar, fusion.' So if any of these are genres that grab your attention, there's a very good chance you will be adequately impressed by these recordings. There are artists who are all about image and marketing. And then there are artists who are all about the music. Strat Andriotis most definitely fits into the latter category. Precisely executed tracks include "Song 21," "Secrets," "Feverpitch," and "The Arrival."
The Armoires - Side Three (CD EP, Big Stir, Underground pop)
In case you haven't already seen and/or heard their output in multiple formats and channels, you need to be aware of the activities of two individuals in California named Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome. We can think of few folks operating in the undercurrents of pop music in the United States who are as productive, creative, and driven as these two individuals. Bulbenko and Broome own and operate the increasingly influential Big Stir record label that has a very impressive roster of artists. In addition, they also publish their own ongoing magazine (Big Stir Magazine). It's great with regard to content as well as graphic design (someone has a great eye for layout). But in addition to both of these ongoing activities, Christina and Rex also manage to compose, record, and play in their own pop band The Armoires. Joining the pair on the Side Three EP are Larysa Bulbenko (viola, backing vocals), Derek Hanna (drums, percussion), and Clifford Ulrich (bass, backing vocals). This disc presents five instantly friendly upbeat tracks with strong melodies, insightful lyrics, and some really cool arrangements. Considering the fact that this music will mainly be heard and appreciated by folks in the undercurrents, it's surprising how accessible some of these tracks are. We wouldn't be surprised in the least if some of these cuts find their way into your favorite movies and television programs in the very near future. This is breezy and catchy California pop played the way it ought to be played. Check out the record label. And the magazine. And the band. You won't be disappointed.
Anton Barbeau - Berliner Grotesk (CD, Smile62 / Beehive, Underground pop)
Anton Barbeau is one of the most insanely talented and creative people currently making music in the undercurrents in the world of music. After we heard his last album (Magic Act) we had no choice to to go back and acquire this man's entire catalog. And what an extensive catalog it is. Even though relatively unknown to most music fans, this fellow has been making credible/incredible music for years. And instead of playing the game like most people, Mr. Barbeau has seemingly chosen to do what he wants to do rather than offer what is expected or what might be a sellable product. With such an amazing amount of talent and skill, it would be very easily for Anton to change his image and approach and simply sell out. That's what many folks do, but of course they lose their soul and credibility in the process. Our guess is that Mr. Barbeau will continue on the same path he's on, because the folks who love his music really really love it. Berliner Grotesk is a bit of a departure from previous albums. Rather than presenting obvious straightforward underground pop, this album presents songs that are a bit more skewed and peculiar. The lead track sounds something like a madman singing while riding a merry-go-round. One thing you can count on is the fact that no matter what approach Barbeau takes with an album, it always works. Eleven intelligent and slightly puzzling tracks from one of the true masterminds of the underground. Our favorite compositions include "Berliner Grotesk," "I Been To Bromley," "Down Weird Dog," "Not The World's Most Wave-Formed Man," "Don'tforgettogetyourfingerwet," and "Boxcat Blues." Do yourself a favor and pick up anything/everything that's been released by Anton Barbeau. If you love truly great underground pop, you won't be disappointed. Highly recommended. Top pick.
Be-Bop Deluxe - Futurama Deluxe Edition (Double CD, Esoteric / Cherry Red, Pop/rock)
Futurama is the album that launched Bill Nelson's career. He had released a solo album (Northern Dream) and the debut Be-Bop Deluxe album (Axe Victim), but neither made much of a dent in the minds of listeners. This album changed all of that in an instant. It also firmly established him as one of the great guitarists of the 1970s. The album is chock full of fantastic songs that are pushed to the next level due to the incredible guitar gymnastics that occur in each and every track. All of Bill's skills and abilities suddenly came into crystal clarity when Futurama was recorded, and those who were paying attention were suddenly mesmerized by this relative newcomer in the world of guitar heroes. He was unfairly compared to David Bowie so many times that some people began to believe he was a copycat. But far from it, this was a man who was clearly forging his own path in the world of music. And when the next Be-Bop Deluxe album hit (Sunburst Finish), just about everyone was on board. Overseas Nelson was and still is an artistic superstar. But here in the United States--even after so many years have passed--he remains a cult hero for many diehard fans. Thanks to the folks at Esoteric Recordings and Cherry Red, music fans around the world are now being treated to deluxe reissues of Be-Bop Deluxe albums. This cool double CD includes a cool informative booklet and great mini poster of the album artwork. The first disc features a remastered version of the original stereo mix plus bonus tracks "Between the Worlds" and "Lights." The second disc presents a completely new stereo mix by Stephen W. Taylor plus two tracks intended for a single that were withdrawn ("Music in Dreamland (Phonogram studios version)" and "Between the Worlds (alternative single version)." Taylor's new mix sounds very similar to the original, but to our ears there is more clarity between the instruments. Folks very familiar with the original mix will be treated to some very subtle differences that they will find interesting and/or fascinating. If you already loved this album, you'll want to have the deluxe edition. If you missed out on Futurama entirely, this would definitely be the release to get. Everything Bill Nelson has recorded is nothing short of fantastic. Highly recommended. Top pick.
Black Oak Arkansas - Underdog Heroes (CD, Purple Pyramid / Cleopatra, Pop)
The last few years have produced some of the most unusual and surprising reformations and regroupings the world has ever known in the music of music. But perhaps none could be more unexpected and unusual than the return of...Black Oak Arkansas (???!!!). The band had an unusual appeal and fan base when they first hit the waters way back when. And Underdog Heroes is sure to cause conversation and debate among listeners. The first full-length album of new material in over thirty years, Heroes is, not surprisingly, a very different animal. So if you're expecting to hear the band you heard many years ago, think again. This is one of those cases where we honestly don't know what to make of the music. So...instead of offering an opinion here, we're just making folks aware of the fact that this album now exists. Twelve tracks including "Don't Let It Show," "The Wrong Side of Midnight," "You Told Me You Loved Me," and "Johnnie Won't Be Good."
The Catenary Wires - Til The Morning (CD, Tapete, Underground pop)
The Catenary Wires is the musical duo of Rob Pursey and Amelia Fletcher. Rob and Amelia are not newcomers to the world of music. They've already made a solid impact in their previous bands that include Tender Trap, Marine Research, Heavenly, and Talulah Gosh. Till The Morning is an album that exists completely outside the boundaries of what most folks are accustomed to hearing from pop bands and artists at the end of the 2010s. The press release that accompanied this album compared the music to Nancy Sinatra, Lee Hazlewood, Serge Gainsbourg, and Brigitte Bardot. While we can hear traces of all of these artists (and more), to our ears many of these songs are reminiscent of Morrissey and The Smiths, except far more sparse and reflective. Produced by Andy Lewis, these recordings have a nice warm organic sound. And each song features impeccable arrangements, with only the essential ingredients necessary to make them work. Pursey and Fletcher both obviously know the meaning and value of restraint. Instead of overdoing it (as most everyone does these days), they opted instead to present their songs simply so that listeners can focus on the cool lyrics and smooth winding melodies. The vocals are exceptionally warm and real. You won't hear any digital tweaking to make the voices sound 100% perfect. On these tracks, the artists sound like real people singing. There are some truly beautiful moments here, expressive and ultimately light and breezy. Our favorite tracks include "Dream Town," "Sixteen Again," "Tie Me To The Rails, and "Til The Morning" (the title track is really out-of-this-world great). A different album with a different overall sound and feel. Refreshing.
Cockney Rebel - The Psychomodo (Various releases on different labels over the years, but never released in the United States to our knowledge, Underground progressive pop)
When most folks in the United States hear the name Cockney Rebel, the one and only reference point that comes to mind is the song "Make Me Smile." And that one only became an underground hit many years after it's initial release because it was prominently featured in a motion picture. Other than that, the average listener knows no other songs by the band. While that one track (and The Best Years of Our Lives album) are certainly good, they are nowhere near the caliber of the songs that are found on the band's second full-length release The Psychomodo. While the album fared very well in Great Britain and other countries, it was never even released in the United States...EVER. And that seems like a bizarre shame, because it is easily one of the best and most well-crafted albums released in the 1970s. If you're a fan of interesting and unusual lyrics, you're likely to remember lines from this album for the remainder of your life. It's also the most cohesive album from Harley and his band in that each and every track is absolutely killer. Some folks did and may still have difficulty with the peculiar vocals because Mr. Harley had a very unusual voice. And that's particularly true on Psychomodo. His singing is something like the audio equivalent of an otter playing in the water, slipping and sliding over the rocks and stones and going all over the place at once. So...nothing else really needs to be said here except...if you're a fan of truly creative artsy pop with a difference, you owe it to yourself to hear this album. Classic, timeless, and exceedingly entertaining on a multitude of different levels. One of our all-time favorites without a doubt. Highly recommended. Top pick.
Les Comptes de Korsakoff - Nos Amers (CD, Label Puzzle, Progressive)
Whew. Hold onto your hats, fellow readers...because Nos Amers is one bumpy and difficult ride. If you're like us and become easily bored by so many bland and generic musical artists in the twenty-first century, listen up. The folks in Les Comptes de Korsakoff are doing something very very different. These folks aren't afraid to take risks. In fact, it seems as if just about every track on Nos Amers is a study in extreme risk taking. The press release that accompanied this album stated that the band is "...immersing us in a strange universe between opera, jazz and rock music." Well, that kinda gives you an idea of what's happening here, but not really. What's really startling are the intense noise/energy bursts that often occur in these tracks. Also baffling is the amount of musical dexterity here. These folks aren't just making crazy noise for the sake of making noise. They are very accomplished musicians who just happen to be using their intricate skills to push music into areas where it doesn't usually go. Who or what does this album sound like? Difficult to say really. But if you enjoyed bands and artists from the 1990s who were truly pushing the limits of what music could be, there's a very good chance you'll get a major jolt out of this album. The band is comprised of Geoffrey Grange, Marie-Claude Condamin, Guillaume Pluton, Diego Fano, Gregory Julliard, Romain Baret, Christophe Blond, and Quentin Levy. Readers should note that the lyrics are in French, which adds even more distinctness to what would already be a bizarre new sound. This is not conventional music by any means. These folks are pushing all kinds of envelopes all over the place. The good news is that...it works. Wildly creative and yet strangely compelling, Nos Amers is a good example of where music ought to be in 2019. Recommended. Top pick.
Desolate Moon Phases - Heathenstones (CD-R, Stickfigure, Drone/trance/atmospheric)
Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Desolate Moon Phases is unlike anything else we've yet to hear from the city. We've been blown away by countless Minneapolis-based pop bands over the years. But this one took us by surprise because it's so...different. Desolate Moon Phases is the latest project created by Wrathe (of Outer Gods). Heathenstones features music that sounds something like music created by ghosts inside a large cathedral in complete darkness. These tracks combine sounds from ambience and electronica that are layered over decidedly slow drone-like structures. The single word that probably best describes the proceedings here is...hypnotic. It's very easy to get kinda stuck in a subconscious state while listening to these tracks. And that may just be the point...to freeze the listener in suspended animation while other strange audio elements pass through the mix. Difficult to succinctly describe or explain, this is the kinda album that people either love or hate. If you think all music has to have danceable beats and catchy lyrics, Heathenstones is probably not going to be your favorite new album. But if you enjoy the idea that music can be anything, and especially helpful in creating moods and/or particular frames of mind...well then, you might just get a major kick out of these strange articulate tracks. Chilling experiences include "Obsidian Drone," "Cold Embraces the Crypt," and "Sleeping Amongst Ruins."
Diesel Park West - Let It Melt (CD, Palo Santo, Pop)
Groove-oriented direct classic rock played using only the most essential ingredients. It was about thirty years ago when the guys in the Leicester, England-based band Diesel Park West released their debut album Shakespeare Alabama. Although the group has been going strong now for decades, Let It Melt is only their ninth full-length studio album. But for the band, the album represents somewhat of a new beginning. It's apparently no mere coincidence that the title seems to merge two classics from the past (The Beatles' Let It Be with The Rolling Stones' Let It Bleed). Three of the original four members from the 1980s remain: John Butler, Rich Barton, and Geoff Beaven. The band is now driven by the drumming skills of Robert Morris. You won't hear clever studio gimmicks and technology that will date these tracks. These guys recorded these songs using basic core instruments. Smart, because it allows their listeners to focus on the songs. And songs are what make Let It Melt such an entertaining experience. The songs are focused and played with distinct confidence that's probably the result of having played with one another for such a long period of time. These guys show no signs of burning out or giving up. As such, Let It Melt probably truly is a new beginning for these guys in many ways. Rip roaring cuts include "Let It Melt," "No Return Fare," "Everybody's Nuts," "Across This Land," and "Incredible Things." Cool upbeat rock with guts and genuine attitude.
The Dirty Diamond - From the Stars (Independently released CD, Pop)
Slick, smooth, well-produced modern pop from the Los Angeles, California-based band The Dirty Diamond. The group is comprised of Sam Babayan, Fernando Perdomo, Derek Frank, and and Shay Godwin. Those hearing the band for the first time might mistake them for a British band. These tracks sometimes sound something like a cross between Blur and The Smiths...without ever sounding too much like either one. Co-produced by Babayan and Perdomo (the ultra-prolific man who seems to be everywhere at once), From the Stars is chock full of slick hummable pop tunes with cool gliding qualities. Unlike a lot of up-and-coming bands, these guys can really play. The musicianship on these tunes is exceptional. These gentlemen get in a groove and stay there, and some of the guitar lines are mindblowingly cool. This band is already a favorite in and around Los Angeles, headlining at some of the coolest clubs. With the release of From the Stars, their music is bound to be quickly embraced by music fans all over the globe. The sound quality is incredible...light years better than what you hear from major labels these days. These guys are doing it all themselves, and they're doing it right. Ten well-crafted cuts including "Love and Light," "Garden," "Death of My Ego," and "Changes." Word will no doubt be spreading quickly about this one.
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doubleVee - Songs for Birds and Bats (Independently released CD EP, Pop)
Once upon a time years ago we had the good fortune of running across an album by the Oklahoma-based band Starlight Mints. We were instantly hooked, and made a point of collecting all of the band's music. Unfortunately for whatever reason(s) the band never received the widespread recognition they so obviously deserved (heard that one before?)...and eventually they made the decision to go their separate ways. We were bummed that the band split. But rather than throw in the towel, the band's frontman Allan Vest opted to continue forging ahead with his wife Barb Vest by his side (thus the name doubleVee, doncha know...). So now all those fortunate enough to have been exposed to Starlight Mints can get just the dose they want and need, but just with a different name. Songs for Birds and Bats is chock full of super intelligent underground pop prepared just the way we like it. You'll hear none of that mindless processed cheese that the public can't get enough of in 2019. Rather and instead, the Vests opt to compose and record songs that will only appeal to those who want extra depth in their pop. The mark of a truly great EP is when it leaves you wanting more, more, more. And that's exactly how we feel every time this disc ends. Each and every one of these tracks is an instant classic in our minds. The vocals and melodies are totally out-of-this-world good. We could never ever get enough of superbly crafted tracks like "Map the Channels," "Ladd for the People," and "Last Castaways." We also love the ultra-cool artwork for the EP that was created by Grant Fuhst. We can only hope there's another full-length release in the works from these folks. Looking for finely crafted music in a world filled with generic monotony? Pick up anything by doubleVee and prepare to be blown away. Highly recommended. Top pick.
Electric Bird Noise - hearn-roberts-strong-watts (CD, Silber, Progressive/experimental)
Electric Bird Noise is one of the most consistent, focused, and determined underground recording artists in the United States. We've been listening to Electric Bird Noise for years and have found it to be one of those projects out there that creates music out of pure artistic integrity. There are never any concessions made to alter the sound in order to be more accessible and/or commercial. There are never ever any potential hits. And yet...there are strange threads of continuity that make the band discography hold up exceedingly well as a whole. hearn-roberts-strong-watts (named after the additional artists who appear on the album) is a bit of a departure in many ways from previous releases. The biggest difference is that these tracks feature four additional backing musicians...so the overall sound is very much like that of a real band playing. But because of the abstract, intense, and generally crazed nature of the guitar, things never sound very normal for long. Joining Electric Bird Noise on guitar are Jason Hearn on drums, Bradley Wayne Roberts on bass, Steve Strong on drums, and Alan Watts (orator). Mr. Noise's guitar is always a bizarre and captivating experience. And for some reason it even sounds stranger than normal with a solid backup band (!). Interestingly, this curiously anti-commercial artist is based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We can only guess how the locals must react to mind destroying stuff like this (?!!). We highly recommend each and every Electric Bird Noise album. As musicians in our country prepare to enter the 2020s, this is the kinda stuff people need to hear and be influenced by. Raw. Unorthodox. Bizarre. Unsettling. Hypnotic. And very, very creative. Highly recommended. Top pick.
Kepa Harkonen - Spicy Tales & Spacey Tones (CD, Ramasound, Surf/guitar/instrumental)
Way back in the 1990s surf music experienced a credible resurgence in the undercurrents of rock and pop. At a point in time when so many were expanding boundaries with exceedingly interesting creativity and harsh noise, the music provided somewhat of a welcome break from the onslaught of intensity. Time passed and most of the surf bands seemed to fade into the background. But as time passes the torch seems to be carried by more and more artists. And these days few do it better than Kepa Harkonen. The appropriately titled Spicey Tales & Spacey Tones features twelve tracks crafted with precise skill. With the exception of two tracks (F. King's "Fish Fare" and The Bel-Airs' "Mr. Moto") Kepa composed all of these compositions. Backing Harkonen on these tracks are Daniel Hjerppe (drums, percussion) and Robban Hagnas (bass). Despite several internet searches, we had difficulty finding any precise biographical information on Harkonen. But after reading the liner notes, our guess is that this is because in the past he has apparently mainly been a backing musician. So it would appear that this album is his first chance to step into the spotlight. Surf and guitar fans will no doubt get a mighty big kick out of this one. The songs are inspired and upbeat, and the guitar sounds are exceptional. Kickass cuts include "Havana Dream," "Caravan of Reindeers," "Escape From the City," "The Last Independence Day," and "Blue Flames." We're sure hoping this is just the beginning of what will be a long and rewarding solo career.
Scott Henderson - People Mover (Independently released CD, Instrumental/rock/jazz)
Scott Henderson is one helluva guitarist. On People Mover, he effortlessly zig-zags and criss-crosses his way around the frets like a true acrobat...confidently playing excruciatingly difficult stuff that most people never ever could. Originally from Florida, Henderson moved to Los Angeles, California in 1980 where his career quickly took off. There he found himself touring and recording with Chick Corea's Elektric Band, violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, and Joe Zawinul (Weather Report). Needless to say, his career skyrocketed and his talents have been in-demand ever since. In addition to releasing solo recordings, Scott has also been a member of the band Tribal Tech. But back to the matter at hand. The appropriately-titled People Mover should make people do just that. On this album Scott is backed by Romain Labaye on bass and Archibald Ligonniere on drums. Together, the three create a true powerhouse of sound with the total being much greater than the sum of its parts. Henderson wrote all ten compositions. These tracks should please fans of progressive rock, jazz, and modern improvisation. The playing is intricate and inspired from start to finish. Wildly inventive instrumentals include "Transatlantic," "All Aboard," "Blue Heron Boulevard," and "Happy Fun-Sing."
The Hip Priests - Stand For Nothing (CD, Gods Candy / Ghost Highway / Digital Warfare, Underground rock)
Now that Americana's pretty much a dead rotting animal that's been smushed in the middle of the road on a hot summer day, more and more artists and bands are capturing the spark of the 1990s that fueled so much creativity and energized wildness. It's a spark that's really needed right now, as music has become far too samey and tame...like bad processed cheese with no flavor or substance. The guys in The Hip Priests are on the cutting edge of the newly revived loud raw sound. Stand For Nothing is chock full of no-holds-barred flailing pop/rock played with true conviction and a whole lotta burning adrenaline. These songs have a sound that reminds us very much of early tracks by The Damned. The songs are direct and in-your-face...and once these guys get goin' they really rip their way through their songs like a herd of tigers. The band is comprised of Nathan Von Cruz, Austin Rocket, Lee Love, Silent Mike, and D.P. Bomber. Ten loud roaring tracks that sound really great turned up really really loud. Wanna drive your parents crazy? Or...wanna make all those retarded Rihanna (barf) fans out there run away in fear...? If so, one spin of Stand For Nothing just might do the trick. Get on the bandwagon now. Loud crazy creative music is once again on the rise in the United States. Discard your dowdy old dulcimers and musty mandolins and get in the groove. Our favorite cuts on this album include "Welcome To Shit Island," "Stand For Nothing," "From Here to Adversity," "Last Train Wrecks," and "Rock 'n' Roll Leper."
Izz - Don't Panic (CD, Doone, Progressive)
The resurgence of progressive rock is apparently now in full swing, as we're hearing more twenty-first century progressive bands than ever before. This is the ninth full-length release from the band Izz. These folks incorporate ideas from classic progressive bands from the past like Utopia, Yes, and Peter Gabriel-era Genesis. But they're by no means a copycat band, as they simply use the ideas and sounds from those bands as a diving board to create their own modern complex swirling compositions. Izz is a big band comprised of seven members. The group is comprised of Paul Bremner, Anmarie Byrnes, Brian Coralian, Greg Dimiceli, John Galgano, Tom Galbano, and Laura Meade. All of these individuals are extremely precise and inspired players. And you can tell that a great deal of time, energy, and thought went into the creation of these tracks. There's a lot going on in these compositions, and many of them seem to have threads of classical influences running through the mix. Precise and focused, the compositions on Don't Panic should appeal to fans of the original progressive masters...as well as those who are just getting their first doses of the genre from the new wave of modern bands. Five intelligent artsy tracks including "Don't Panic," "42," "Six String Theory," and "Age of Stars." Housed in an ultra-cool digipak sleeve complete with lyric booklet.
Jaco - You Know (CD, Cornelius Chapel, Underground pop/rock)
The debut solo album from Jake Waitzman who goes by the name Jaco. We always feel as if we're on a desperate search for modern artists who aren't afraid to turn up their guitars. So the first thing that struck us about the tunes on You Know was that...the guitars are way up front in the mix. YES. You Know is an album that's chock full of ultra crunchy tracks that'll immediately stick in your head like glue. Jaco plays drums in the way cool band Vulture Whale. This is his first solo album, and it's a case where things just...work. True to the claim of the press release, these tracks recall artists like Elliott Smith, Teenage Fanclub, Jellyfish, and Big Star. You Know is a pure pop experience, but the tracks also deliver quite a punch in terms of rhythms and volume. Jaco's got just the right voice for the type of songs he composes. Folks who love power pop from the 1980s and 1990s will find a lot to love here. Highly melodic and ultimately uplifting in many ways, this is feelgood pop for folks who want something outside the mainstream. Joining Jaco on these tracks are Lester Nuby and Greg Slamen. The more we spin this album the better these tracks sound. In a perfect world, some of these songs would be huge commercial hits. Things being the way they are, folks most likely to absorb and appreciate this music are those folks willing to spend a bit of time and energy locating obscure things that really stand out. Killer cuts include "On The Ground," "For Myself," "Shoe," and "All Your Love." Cool rockin' stuff with balls. Recommended. Top pick.
Mike Jacoby - Long Beach Calling (Independently released CD, Pop/rock)
The third full-length solo album from Long Beach, California's Mike Jacoby. The humorously-titled Long Beach Calling is an album that takes a few spins to fully sink in. Prior to going solo, Jacoby was a member of the alt-country band Haymaker. What impresses us most about Calling is how varied the material is. Yes, these tracks easily fit into the genre of pop/rock. But instead of going for one general sound, Mike seems to let each track take him off in a different direction. Yet considering the wide variety of material, the album holds together seamlessly as a whole. This talented fellow has a definite sense of humor, yet he's by no means a mere comic. Listeners may very well get a few chuckles from Mike's focused sense of humor, but they'll also get some substantial jolts of reality. Surprisingly, his songs have a great deal of commercial appeal. Yet they're a far cry from the commercial pop that the masses are all-too-happy to gobble up from subhuman superstars in 2019. If you're looking for pure entertainment without all the unnecessary frills and images, Jacoby might just be your favorite new singer/songwriter. The guy's got a great voice and each and every one of his songs hits the target dead center. Because all of these songs are successes, it's hard to pick favorites. But for us initial standout cuts include "Here and Now," "Just In Case," "Know Right Away," "BBQ Pit," and "Long Live the King." Cool credible music with staying power.
Kazyak - Odyssey (Independently released CD, Progressive space rock/pop)
Ahhhhhh...the thing we're always searching for in the world of music...a band or artist who doesn't sound like all the others. Sounding something like a modern progressive group combining elements from artists like The Flaming Lips, Yes, Sparklehorse, and Built To Spill...the guys in Kazyak actually have a sound that is perhaps even more hallucinogenic than you might think. The tracks on Odyssey are a far cry from what most folks in the United States are listening to in 2019. And that, of course, is a very good thing. This is a true underground album, in that it will only appeal to folks who support interesting stuff happening in the undercurrents. Kazyak is comprised of Peter Frey (guitars, vocals, synthesizers), Andy Wolfe (guitars, vocals), Pat Hayes (synthesizers, vocals), Nick Grewe (drums, electronics), and Tyler Safranek (bass). These tracks have a sound that is overall similar in many ways to underground bands in the 1970s, but the compositions are infused with cool threads of not-so-subtle psychedelia. The music would be reason enough to get this album, but another huge plus is the packaging. Odyssey is housed in a beautifully-designed cardboard foldout sleeve complete with a totally cool photo/lyric booklet. This is one of those rare cases where the folks involved did everything right. Our favorite tripped out modern pop/rock cuts include "Contravertical," "Paper Bird, "Camouflage," "Zombie Dream," and "Be the Sun." Recommended. Top pick.
Angela Kinczly - Silent (CD-R, Ritmo & Blu, Underground rock/pop)
Cool, creative, intelligent music from Italy's Angela Kinczly. Although these tracks best fit within the pop/rock category, they bear little to no resemblance for what passes for popular music in the United States in the twenty-first century. Kinczly is obviously making music from a purely artistic point of view. But, strangely enough, there are enough familiar elements to make her songs very listener friendly and easy on the ears. Silent is Angela's fifth full-length release. Created using lyrics from poet Emily Dickinson, this is not your conventional modern pop album. These tracks have are peculiar and pensive, and they seem to reflect a great deal of introspective thought. The songs are extremely strong and resilient and the vocals are out-of-this-world great. Trying to come up with obvious reference points is difficult here because we get the impression that Kinczly isn't trying to ape or emulate anyone. The arrangements are sparse and sometimes have strange eerie qualities. There are all kinds of cool subtle sounds threaded into these tracks. Angela plays classical and electric guitar, piano, harmonium, and clarinet. Backing her on this album are Giacomo Papetti (bass, double bass), Filippo Sala (drums), Riccardo Barba (synth moog, organ philcorda, piano), and Stefano Castagna (samples, saucillator, Korg Monotron, ArpaTom, synth programming). If there's a single word we would use to describe this album that word would be...inspired. Delightfully charming from start to finish, Silent is an album that will most certainly stand the test of time. Uniquely different cuts include "A Something in a Summer's Day," "North America," "Between My Finite Eyes," and "What Inn Is This." Highly recommended. TOP PICK.
King Ropes - Gravity and Friction (Independently released CD, Underground pop)
This album quickly caught our attention because it sounds almost nothing like most music being created in 2019. After several more spins, however, we found ourselves totally in love with this band's sound. The guys in King Ropes write and record music that doesn't follow trends...it sets them in their own unique way. The vocals are out-of-this-world good. They remind us of Harpers Bizarre, a classic incredible group from way back when. But musically, the songs on Gravity and Friction are a different animal altogether. Hard to really compare these compositions to any other twenty-first century artist or band that we can think of. The band is comprised of Dave Hollier (vocals, guitar, noises), Ben Roth (guitar, synthesizers), Sam Hollier (cello), Aaron Banfield (bass, synthesizers), and Jeff Jensen (drums). Gravity is the third full-length release from these guys. And after hearing this one, you can bet your favorite pair of booties that we'll be looking for the first two to add to our collection. These tracks have an overall accessible and familiar sound, but only to a point. These songs are anything but predictable. Just when you may think you've heard similar things before, a moment or two later you'll probably find yourself scratching your head trying to figure things out. To sum things up very simply here...we can say without a doubt that this album will end up being one of the best albums released in 2019. Yup, it's that good. Killer compositions include "Saint Peter," "Butterfly Joint," "California Stars," "Mouth Full of Bees,a" and "These Days." But oh well and hell...the truth is that each and every track is a keeper. Do yourself a favor and check out King Ropes. We'll be playing this one into the ground. Highly recommended. Top pick.
Chip & Tony Kinman - Sounds Like Music (CD, Omnivore Recordings, Pop)
Before we get started here, we'd like to take a moment to thank those ultra cool and smart companies in the United States who continue offering music on the compact disc format. To be more precise, we'd like thank thank all the companies who offer music in any physical format. Because the current hip-and-cool idea is that streaming is the only way to go, many companies and individuals now consider physical formats unnecessary. But as the folks in Great Britain know, nothing has come along yet that beats the CD in terms of sound and easy of playability. Don't get us wrong, we're all for streaming and downloading. But our instincts tell us that--over time--a lot of artists and companies will regret the fact that there was no physical format. Okay, we'll step off our soapbox now. One of the American companies who seems to really have their fingers on the pulsebeat are the taste-conscious folks at Omnivore Recordings. This label releases music by new artists and offers a mindbending collection of reissues that have either been out-of-print or unavailable for years. This one fits in the unavailable category. Sounds Like Music is a collection of twenty-two previously unavailable tracks recorded by brothers Chip Kinman and Tony Kinman. The two are best known for their recordings under the band names The Dils, Rank and File, Blackbird, and Cowboy Nation. This album presents unissued recordings from all four bands. This release will no doubt create renewed interest in those bands. Plenty of cool tracks here, including "Real Style," "Candy," "Restless," and "All the Same."
The Late Innings - Wild Places (Independently released CD, Pop)
Regular readers will note that we often use the category 'underground pop.' And that's because a great deal of the music we receive has an overall poppy sound, but because it's intelligent, unusual, or different...it's normally only appreciated by fans of the underground sounds. For this particular release, we dropped the word 'underground' because Los Angeles, California-based recording artist Vincent Sinex writes and records music that is undeniably commercial. But don't for a minute think that's a criticism or cut, because his pop music is the kind of credible stuff that listeners will recall hearing from artists in the late 1970s and 1980s...when commercial didn't always mean crummy. And the world of sellable music hadn't yet become the complete dungeon of horrors that it is today. Recording and releasing music under the moniker The Late Innings, Sinex comes up with a whole slew of songs that should be hits. But that would be if people were smart and paying attention. And as well all know, neither is normally the case (haw haw). Wild Places spins like a best of collection. And by many other artists, it would be. The tracks on this album have an overall light and airy feel. And the songs are immediately catchy and friendly. This is a one man project in which Vincent plays and sings everything himself. Sinex is influenced by 1980s bands like XTC, Magazine, and Echo and the Bunnymen. But his own music is much more accessible and commercial than any of the three. And that's a very good thing, because this talented fellow uses ideas and sounds from his favorite bands as a diving board to create his own upbeat feelgood musical universe. Vincent has an incredible knack for coming up with cool melodies and multi-tracking just enough to fill up the space. Nifty modern hits include "Last Resort," "The Name Above the Door," "Stand By My Side," and "Blue Skies Every Day." The more we spin this one the more absorbing it becomes. Recommended. Top pick.
Rob Laufer - The Floating World (Independently released CD, Pop)
Nice, smooth...and suave. The first thing that struck us about this album was the voice. This guy has a really cool vocal style that recalls classic soft pop artists from the past like Al Stewart and Donovan. It's been a long time since Laufer last released an album. And that was way back in 2010 when Excruciating Bliss caught the attention of many listeners and critics. The lapse in time was due to the fact that he was busy with other projects. Plus, in his own words, "I forgot how to finish songs." Well obviously he's remembered once again, as the tracks on The Floating World are well-crafted and ultimately finely finished to perfection. So many folks in the world of music are trying way too hard to be original and carve out their own niche and personality in the overflooded marketplace. One of the main reasons why this album so refreshing and successful is because Laufer doesn't come across like one of those desperate musicians trying to be ultra-unique and unusual. By just letting the music flow naturally, he has managed to come up with a collection of songs that can ultimately be appreciated by anyone who loves smooth soft hummable pop music. Another aspect that really makes things work here are the lyrics. Rob writes words that are easy to understand and yet they don't have that canned you've-heard-it-all-before sound. The Floating World is a well-crafted collection of smart modern compositions that will surely stand the test of time. There's not a bad apple in the bunch, but our initial favorites include "Avalanche," "Floating World," "This River," and "Hippie Love."
Peter Laughner - Peter Laughner Box Set (Five CD box set, Smog Veil, Underground pop)
Before we begin here, you should know a few facts about who this man is. Although you may not know him by name, you've most likely already been exposed to or affected by this man in one way or another. Peter Laughner began his career operating in the undercurrents of rock music in Cleveland, Ohio in the 1970s. He played in a number of bands including Cinderella Backstreet, The Blue Drivers, Friction, and Rocket From the Tombs. During this time he also started writing for the highly influential Creem magazine, so you've probably read something he's written. According to some sources, he was slated to replaced Richard Lloyd in the band Television when Lloyd left the group after the release of the "Little Johnny Jewel" single. Although he made tons of contacts and worked with lots of folks, Laughner himself was never an official recording artist...opting instead to record at home and play live. And so, to step back into the present... The folks at Smog Veil took it upon themselves to create a box set offering listeners a glimpse into this man's music. There's a lot to take in here spread across five discs. The music is split into five categories: Fat City Jive, One of the Boys, Rock It Down, Nocturnal Digressions, and Pledging My Time. Included are a ton of cover tunes plus Laughner originals. Some of Peter's favorites were Bob Dylan and Tom Verlaine. The beauty of this release is the fact that these tracks sound like a real man playing and singing. None of that twenty-first century processed cheese sounding stuff here. These low fidelity recordings captured a time and place in the history of music. And they give listeners the first opportunity to experience a man who had the skills and talent to go all the way. Unfortunately, like so many others in the music field, Peter had problems with drugs and alcohol which ultimately led to his death in 1977. This box set offers an intriguing overview of this man and his music.
Massy Ferguson - Great Divides (CD, North & Left, Pop/rock)
This band is playing music that incorporates an interesting blend of styles. And their timing may be just right, as Americana is now dead...and underground rock seems to be heading smack back into center spotlight. The guys in Massy Ferguson play songs that incorporate many elements from 1980s alternative rock (the kinda stuff that was popular on college radio at the time). But the songs are also threaded with many of the elements that made Americana the drug of choice among so many in previous years. There are also enough elements borrowed from modern country pop to push the group's appeal up even more notches. The band is comprised of Ethan Anderson, Adam Monda, Fred Slater, and Dave Goeddee. To give you an idea of what these songs sound like....imagine Husker Du mixed with Toby Keith. That might sound odd, as the end result is a lot more normal than you might guess. The band played their first show in 2006 so they've had several years to hone and tighten their sound. Our guess is that Great Divides will be the album that pushes this band into the big leagues. The sound is right. The timing is right. And the overall feel seems to have exactly grabbed the pulse of the general population of 30 and 40-somethings in the United States. Smooth hummable cuts include "Can't Remember," "Rerun," "Don't Give Up On Your Friends," and "They Want That Sound."
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Mercvrial - The Stars, Like Dust (Independently released CD EP, Underground pop)
This one should appeal to all of those folks out there who appreciate totally cool releases that few people are aware of. This band is based in Rosarito, Mexico. But if/when you hear the music, you'll swear they're either British or European. And that could likely be because the band members were influenced and/or inspired by artists on the Creation, Flying Nun, and Imaginary labels. This independently recorded, produced, and manufactured EP presents five tracks that should instantly appeal to anyone who loved those music labels...or just about anyone who loves smart, well-executed modern pop. No last names are given, but on the sleeve the band members are listed as David (vocals, guitar, miscellaneous), Ricardo (guitars, vocals), Cuervo (bass), Rose (keys, marimba), and Dr. Roland (drums, echo, reverb). The tracks on The Stars, Like Dust have cool dreamy qualities that are intriguing and calming. This is one of those cases where the folks in the band have done everything right. The songs are strong and memorable. The arrangements are simple yet appropriate for each track. The band name is excellent. We even appreciate the personal and realistic marketing approach they're taking. Wonderfully resilient tracks include "Otherworld," "Pink Frost," and "Hsieh Su-wei." Recommended. Top pick.
Grace Morrison - Reasons (Independently released CD, Pop)
Exceptionally smooth and hummable pop with threads of folk and country. Rochester, Massachusetts-based singer/songwriter Grace Morrison has succeeded where so many others fail. She has managed to record and release her own album and it is a resounding success. And it's probably because Morrison's focus is on songs and communicating true genuine feelings and emotions. Regular readers are probably well aware of the fact that many of the albums we review feature underground pop...stuff that's just a bit too peculiar or unusual for most music fans. Reasons is not an underground pop album. These tracks could easily appeal to millions of music fans, if they had the chance to hear them. Grace writes songs that seem to come straight from her heart. And her delivery is spot on every time. She has one of those cool credible warm voices that makes you feel as if you're listening to a friend rather than hearing a stranger sing. Her backing musicians are impeccable and provide the perfect foundation. Backing Morrison on this album are Jon Evans, Matthias Bossi, John Baptista, Kami Lyle, Dylan McKinstry, and Sam Babineau. If you're looking for harsh noise or extremely artsy stuff, you won't find it here. But if you're into smooth and inspired country/folk/pop chock full of credible artistic integrity...Reasons just might be your new favorite album. Smooth gliding feelgood tracks include "Come On Rae," "Reasons," "Daddy Don't," "Throwing Stones," and "Bottom of the Barrel." We wouldn't be surprised in the least if Grace becomes hugely famous over the next few years. Yup, she really is that good. Wonderfully entertaining stuff.
Mrs. Henry - The Last Waltz (Double CD, Blind Owl, Rock/pop)
When we opened this package our first thought was, "Another reissue of The Band's final concert/album?" But upon closer inspection we quickly noticed that this was not a reissue at all. It's a brand new album from a super cool San Diego-based band. When most folks want to give credit to the artists and bands who inspired them, they simply cite them as influences. The folks in the band Mrs. Henry went several steps further. These guys were heavily influenced by The Band so such an extreme degree that they opted to learn and recreate the group's entire The Last Waltz album from start to finish. They spent months learning the material and then, just as was the case with the original concert, they invited several of their favorite fellow musicians to join in the show. The result...is a recreation that's about as true to the original as you can get, while still retaining a cool and refreshingly unusual new bend. It's a tricky thing when any musician goes about recreating music from a legendary band or performer. The folks in Mrs. Henry obviously knew that from the beginning, so they made sure that everything was just right before recording this concert. Must've been quite a show, and you can tell from the audience response that everyone was having a great time at this one. This has been released as a triple vinyl LP set (with a bonus 7" single) as well as a double CD. Plus you can stream it, of course. Highly recommended for fans of The Band and Mrs. Henry. Good solid material presented with a fresh new sound and style.
Necking - Cut Your Teeth (CD, Mint, Underground rock)
Recipe for Necking. Start with the basic ingredients found in Gang of Four's Entertainment album. Toss in a generous amount of 1990s grunge. Funnel all of this through four talented young ladies in Canada who obviously have an intense desire to kick out the jams. And there you have it...a band called Necking. The nails in the coffin of Americana continue to be hammered in harder and harder. And bands like Necking are an excellent example of where music is going to be heading in the 2020s. No more limp wrists. No more lame and safe stuff that sounds like everything else. Cut Your Teeth is a cool and intense romp into the world of modern alternative rock. These girls keep things simple with their basic guitar/bass/drums format. The group is comprised of Hannah Karren, Nada Hayek, Sona R., and Melissa Kulpers. Produced by Jesse Gander, this album has an intense gripping sound. And there is virtually no reliance on effects and technology. These tracks sound like a real band playing real music. The folks at Mint sure know how to pick 'em. Just under twenty-three minutes in length, this short album makes its statement loud and clear in the shortest time possible. Kickass rockers include "Big Mouth," "Drag Me Out," "Go Getter," and "Spare Me." Cool rockin' stuff that'll rip your brains out.
The Raz Band - #9 (Double disc set, Gonzo Multimedia, Pop)
More exceptionally melodic upbeat guitar pop from The Raz Band. These guys have been at it for some time now, but you'd never know it. #9 has a nice fresh sound that should appeal to just about anyone who likes solid catchy guitar pop. The band is comprised of Jim Manzo, Michael "Raz" Rescigno, Joey Molland, and Jeff Hutchinson. The opening track is a real surprise. Featuring vocals by Molland, "Breadline Love" almost sounds like it could be an outtake from Badfinger's No Dice album from the 1970s. These guys aren't playing artsy stuff for the artsy crowd. Their songs are straightforward classic rock...the kinda stuff that most listeners find very appealing. #9 features eleven cool tracks, almost all of which sound like potential hits. The package also contains a bonus disc featuring an additional seven tracks recorded live. Is this a case where a band's time has finally come? It wasn't that long ago that Gonzo Multimedia released a 'best of' that presented an overview of the band's career. So this release is ultimately well-timed and primed for positive reception. Our favorite tracks include "Breadline Love," "I Got This," "Coming At You," "Let Me Tell You," and "Dirt."
Renaissance - Live at Carnegie Hall (Triple CD box set, Esoteric Recordings, Progressive)
Okay, so we have to admit right off the bat that when we were first introduced to the band Renaissance...they didn't make much of an impression. And that's probably because at the time we first heard their music we were so hypnotized by some of the more far out British progressive bands (Henry Cow, Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, Gentle Giant, Gong, Steve Hillage, Hawkwind, etc.) that Renaissance just sounded way too normal. Either that, or it could have just been that we were in a bad mood when we first experienced the music. So several decades have passed...and as it turns out this is the first time we've been reintroduced to Renaissance. Considering the fact that this is a live album, we were kinda concerned it might not change our opinion too much. But...once again...we were wrong. This deluxe triple CD set released by the cool folks at Esoteric Recordings presents the band at what was probably their artistic peak. When we did a bit of internet reading, we found that a lot of listeners consider this to be one of the best live albums released in the 1970s. Live at Carnegie Hall was originally a double vinyl album. So of course, the folks at Esoteric added bonus material plus an entire extra CD featuring tracks the band performed for BBC Radio One on March 25, 1976. Listening to this group now, we can easily see why babysue mega-favorite Roy Wood chose to work with lead vocalist Annie Haslam on her debut solo album (Annie In Wonderland). But back to the matter at hand. Unfortunately there is no video of Renaissance playing at Carnegie Hall, so this is the only thing we've got. The band obviously struck a chord with the audience, presenting their precisely arranged classical-meets-folk-meets-pop sound that was many years ahead of its time. The players are focused and precise, and the music still has strangely calming effects. Fortunately for us, this lavishly packed triple disc sets is probably the best starting point to rediscover this band. If you want to find the best of the best in terms of reissues, the folks at Esoteric Recordings and Cherry Red are setting the standards in 2019. This one's a must have for Renaissance fans.
The Royal Hounds - Low Class Songs For High Class People (Independently released CD, Pop/rock)
Totally upbeat and infectious music from the Nashville, Tennessee-based trio The Royal Hounds. In a world where so many are trying so hard to be emotional and caring, these guys' energized feelgood pop/rock is just what the doctor ordered. And man oh man can they play. These guys are totally in synch with one another, providing a sum that is much larger than the sum of the parts. The band is comprised of Scott Hinds (lead vocals, bass, guitar), Matheus Canteri (lead guitar, backing vocals), and Scott "Bramble" Billingsley (drums, backing vocals). All three are exceptional musicians. And from what we're hearing and seeing on the internet, they're apparently one of the most entertaining live acts in Nashville. They're playing music that people want and need to hear at this point in time. Throw your politics out the window and forget about all the stupid shit news you hear and see. It's time to take a break and have a good time...and who better to provide the your feelgood soundtrack than the guys in The Royal Hounds...? The hilariously-titled Low Class Songs For High Class People is exceedingly upbeat and entertaining. Ten revved up cuts that are bound to make believers out of the even the most jaded music fans. Kickass tracks include "The Walk," "Whackity Do" (our favorite), "Manteiga Braganca," and "Chinese Buffet."
Mitch Ryder - Appearing With Guests: Detroit Breakout! (CD, Cleopatra, Rock/pop)
One of the best known names in music who's still alive and thriving after so many decades, Mitch Ryder keeps amazing people with his ability to keep churning on. At the end of last year he released a well-received collection of Christmas-themed songs. And now he's come up with a collection of tracks that present different guest artists playing on some of Detroit's biggest hits. What makes this release interesting is not only the music, but the choice of artists playing with Ryder. While spinning this album listeners are treated to appearances by such well-known names as James Williamson, Wayne Kramer, Brian Auger, Sylvain Sylvain, Shirley King, Paul Rudolph, Walter Lure, Cherie Currie, Arthur Adams, Lee Oskar, Joe Lous Walker, and Linda Gail Lewis (whew!). Fourteen tracks that capture the sound and spirit of the kind of music that has made Ryder a living legend. This is a case where the walk down memory lane is entertaining and gives the songs a new kind of energy. Kickass cuts include "Devil With a Blue Dress," "Dirty Water," "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)," and "Twistin' the Night Away."
Shotgun Jimmie - Transistor Sister 2 (CD, You've Changed Records, Underground pop)
Regular readers probably already know how much we admire Canadian musical artists in the twenty-first century. Over the past couple of decades the country has produced some of the best and most interesting underground pop singer/songwriters out there. We've been blown away by Joel Plaskett for years (he's incredible). Another top fave is Daniel Romano (also incredible). And yet another that always seems to immediately grab our attention is Shutgun Jimmie. Although released nine years later, this album is the sequel to Shotgun Jimmie's 2011 album Transistor Sister. This fellow always seems to come up with good, solid, credible songs that stick in your mind. And unlike so many other recording artists at this point in time, he has the good sense to keep things simple and direct so that his listeners are not bombarded with unnecessary layers of junk. Like its predecessor, Transistor Sister 2 presents cool hummable pop songs recorded using only the basics. We particularly like the fact that the press release that accompanied this disc proudly announced that "This record contains no profanity." Not that we're against profanity or anything, but it's just a nice change of pace to have an artist forego that route. It also fits right in line with the fact that these songs are totally pure and upbeat. If we had to compare this guy's songs to other artists, the two that immediately come to mind are Ray Davies and the previously mentioned Joel Plaskett. In a perfect world, we'd all be hearing Shotgun Jimmie songs all over the place at the same time. But considering the fact that the world isn't even near perfect in terms of music and popularity...this album will only be appreciated by those fortunate few who seek it out. Highly recommended. Kickass compositions include "Blues Riffs," "Tumbleweed," "Cool All the Time," "401," and "Sorry We're Closed." Top pick.
Alan Sondheim - Future Speed Future (CD, Public Eyesore, Experimental)
For those who are not familiar with Alan Sondheim, before reading this review check out his website first (link above). This man's site is very very different from just about everything else out there...not only in terms of content, but also the extremely simple way the content is presented. According to different sources on the internet, Sondheim is a poet, critic, musician, artist, and theorist of cyberspace. Alan is one of those unique individuals on our planet who is operating on a plane so far above the rest of us that most folks (including us) can't even comprehend a lot of what he does. Whereas so many individuals in the world strive so hard to be unique and different, Sondheim really and truly is. When we began playing Future Speed Future, our first reaction was that we've never heard anyone play a guitar like this before. So we pulled up a video of Alan playing guitar and found out why. It's unlikely that anyone has EVER played guitar the way this man does. Instead of playing in a conventional sense, he attacks the guitar like he's using drills or sanders and just plows into the instrument. Those who aren't playing close attention might mistake his playing for random noise. But it's actually much more than that, because the notes aren't nearly as important as the way the instrument is being played. It's bizarre. It's experimental. And it's very very unusual. Vocalist Azure Carter joins on some of these tracks. And interestingly, those tracks are the ones that seem the most normal. But bear in mind that all of these tracks are anything but normal. Sondheim's liner notes are an integral part of the package, as he explains what he does. In all the years we've been writing about music, this man is easily one of the most unorthodox. Over 72 minutes of music here. Bizarre audio tracks include "Terz1," "Cura2," "Romeo3," "Longneckedsazlinger," and "Romeo2." This is definitely not for everyone. But those brave enough to experience this man's creative universe will be forever changed. Top pick.
Jack Spann - Propaganda Man (CD, Big Boo, Pop)
The third full-length release from New York City-based recording artist Jack Spann. Although his keyboard skills have been in demand in and around the city for many years, he's only more recently had a run of good luck that's led him straight into the spotlight. Not too long ago Spann hooked up with producer Tony Visconti who hired him to play on demonstration recordings for what ended up being David Bowie's Blackstar album. And that led him to connect with Gary Tanin who has produced all three of his solo albums. Spann plays most of the instruments on Propaganda Man. But also lending their skills on these tracks are Cecil Robbington on drums and Tanin added some additional keyboards. It'll be interesting to see how Jack's tracks fare out there in the modern world. His songs are what might best be described as artsy pop. They have an overall accessible sound, but they're also far too complex and intricate to pass for the kind of computer generated dribble that's currently so popular in the United States. Although he's by no means a copycat artist, some aspects of Spann's music may remind listeners of Bowie. And that's mainly because there's a big emphasis on arrangements and production. One thing's certain. Propaganda Man is not a generic modern pop album. Jack crafts his songs with precise skill and then uses technology as a vehicle to catapult the songs to the next level. Smart and intricate, these compositions feature winding melodies and a wealth of studio creativity. We're sure hoping this one receives the attention it deserves. At a point in time when most folks prefer samey mundane music, albums like this are the exact kind of medicine that's needed in our country. Cool reflective tracks include "Propaganda Man," "Her Majesty," "Dead Man's Clothes," and "Good Night Lullaby."
Matthew Squires - Visions of America (Independently released CD, Underground pop)
More uniquely different underground pop from Austin, Texas-based singer/songwriter Matthew Squires. Visions of America is a peculiar album in many ways. Although the overall sound has definite familiar qualities, once you get past the initial instruments and melodies...you begin to realize there are all kinds of things happening here that are very distinct and unusual. But not unusual in any radical or extreme sense, the strange qualities found on this album are extremely subtle and indirect. And that just might explain why these songs make such an impression. Some of these compositions bear some strange similarities to Neil Young. But far from being a retrospective experience, Visions has a decidedly modern sound and feel...even though it was recorded using conventional instruments. We love the way Squires describes his music on his bandcamp page. In his own words, "I think, all things considered, the songs I write are much more listenable than the songs I don't write." If you're into underground pop that's well-crafted and kinda artsy, but you don't like stuff that's so far over the edge that it's unlistenable, there's a very good chance you'll find a lot to appreciate here. Lyrically, this stuff is probably above the heads of most folks (including us). But if there's one thing we really really appreciate in the world of music, it's smart and unusual lyrics. This album only clocks in at just over twenty-seven minutes. But in that amount of time this talented fellow once again proves why he's in it for the long run. Intriguing hummable tracks include "American Fever Dream," "Perfect Eye," "Joke Song," and "Silence, Now!" Top pick.
Chris Stamey - New Songs For the 20th Century (Double CD, Omnivore Recordings, Pop)
With the release of New Songs For the 20th Century, Chris Stamey turns an entirely new and different page in his long and lengthy musical career. When we listened to the first few songs on the first disc, we were thinking "Wow, kinda strange that Chris would be recording a double album featuring covers of mid-century classics." But that didn't seem to be in line with the album title (new songs?). It was only when we started reading the press release that we realized all of the material was written by Stamey. So these are not covers at all, although when you hear 'em you'll almost swear they were written in another time and place. The idea for the album came after Chris got a piano in 2015. Along with the piano came a bunch of classic sheet music. After immersing himself in it, he decided to create his own compositions that were inspired by the music. After writing the material, he invited friends and fellow musicians to take part in the proceedings and...an album was born. Considering the fact that he started his career playing in underground guitar bands (Sneakers, The dBs), this album may surprise a lot of folks. To our ears, this is easily one of the best albums Stamey has recorded. It's amazing how well his talents lend themselves to this style of music. This man's arranging skills are impeccable. The list of musicians offering their talents is mindblowing. Playing on these tracks are Will Campbell, Dave Finucane, Elijah Freeman, Branford Marsalis, Matt Doubls, Bill Frisell, Scott Sawyer, Stephen Anderson, Jim Crew, Wes Lachot, Julian Lambert, John Brown, Jason Foureman, Dan Davis, Karen Galvin, Katelyn Hammel, Laura Thomas, Matt Chicurel, Emi Mizobushi, Aubrey Keisel, Leah Gibson, and Josh Starner (yow!). And that exhaustive list doesn't even include guest vocalists Nnenna Freelon, Marshall Crenshaw, Don Dixon, Caitlin Cary, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Millie McGuire, Kirsten Lambert, and Faith Jones (another yow!). This one must've taken a huge amount of time to create. The recording quality is clean and warm. And the performances are exacting and precise. In addition to songs written specifically for this release, also included are some remixed performances from the radio musical Occasional Shivers...plus a few new versions of older Stamey compositions. Cool classic tracks include "Manhattan Melody (That's My New York)," "I Don't Believe in Romance," "Your Last Forever After," "I Am Yours," "I Fall in Love So Easily," "Pretty Butterfly," and "I Lost Track of the Time." Top pick.
Worst thing ever happen
Pat Todd & The Rank Outsiders - The Past Came Callin' (CD, Hound Gawd / Rough Trade, Rock/pop)
Loud guitar rock/pop played with skill and total conviction. This is the fifth full-length release from Pat Todd & The Rank Outsiders...and it's chock full of cool catchy rockin' tunes that oughta please even the most jaded music fans. Many listeners will recall Todd's last band The Lazy Cowgirls, as they were a solid favorite among critics and folks involved in the undercurrents of rock music. The new band is receiving the same positive reception. Produced by Pat and underground icon Earle Mankey (always a favorite here in babysueland), this album packs a mighty big powerful punch. What makes these tunes work is the fact that they're delivered in a simple and direct manner. Which proves once again, when you've got great songs you just don't need all the layers and effects muddying the waters. Playing with Todd are Nick Alexander (electric and acoustic guitar, vocals), Kevin Keller (electric and acoustic guitar, vocals), Steven Vigh (bass, vocals), and Walter Phelan (drums, percussion, editing). At this point in time so many bands and artists have pushed guitars way back in the mix, which is a real shame. These guys have loud overdriven guitars placed prominently in the mix, which is one of the main reasons these tracks pack such a nice solid punch. Fourteen cool cuts here including "If Only I Could Fly Backwards In Time," "The Ring, The Bottle & The Gun," "A New Pair of Eyes," and "Just Between You & Me." This is one rip-roarin' album that is yet another example of the fact that the spirit of the 1990s is once again on the rise. Cool and inspired creativity. YES.
Trip Wire - Once & Always (CD, Big Stir, Underground rock/pop)
The fourth full-length release from San Francisco's Trip Wire. These guys write and record driving melodic rock/pop with loud guitars and cool vocals. While listening to these tracks, we couldn't help but be reminded of some of the songs Bob Mould recorded with Husker Du near the end of the band's career. We love the fact that the guitars are pushed to the front in the mix in most of these tracks. This band is a real powerhouse, combining elements from pure pop with gripping loud rock. We love the fact that the folks in this band have a no-frills approach to making music. You won't hear unnecessary instruments tossed in, nor are the songs filled with clever studio gimmicks. As any good musician or listener knows, when you've got the songs you don't need all that extraneous stuff muddying things up. Trip Wire is comprised of Martin Schneider (vocals, guitar, bass), Bill Hunt (vocals, guitar, bass), Stu Shader (drums), and Jeff Shelton (vocals, guitar, bass). Our guess is that these guys put on a helluva live show. Once & Always is a solid pure dose of modern pop delivered with style and conviction. Instantly infectious cuts include "Had Enough," "Down," "Golden Gloves," "Bottle Rocket," and "Nell & Ludwig & Birgit."
U.K. Subs - Subversions II (CD, Cleopatra, Rock)
If you wanna talk about a band that has covered some ground over the years, you probably wanna be talking about Great Britain's U.K. Subs. Formed in 1976, the band was one of the early British punk bands. As you might guess, over the years they've gone through all sorts of transformations and changes in their lineup. These days the only remaining original member is vocalist Charlie Harper...and the band now includes Alvin Gibbs, Jamie Oliver, and Steve Straughan. If you want to be overwhelmed, do an internet search on these guys and you'll see an amazing amount of releases. And the number of people who have played in the band is just unbelievable. Apparently the idea was and is to keep on keeping on no matter what. In 2018 the band released Subversions. That collection of cover tunes went over so well that they decided to record a follow-up and thus Subversions II was born. Covers aren't normally our favorite kinda thing, but we can say without a doubt that they usually either work...or are a terrible experience for everyone. Thankfully, this album fits into the first category. You have to give any band credit who has the guts to cover songs like "White Light, White Heat," "Search and Destroy," and "My Generation"...and make them work. Yup, these tracks prove without a doubt that the guys in U.K. Subs can still deliver the goods. They have never ever sold out. And judging by the sound of this album, our guess is that they never ever will. Rip roaring rock music played the way it ought to be played. This one's only being offered as a limited edition CD (only 1,000 copies have been manufactured). So if you want it, you'd better grab it quick.
Victory Hands - Bishop (Independently released 12" vinyl EP, Underground rock)
At a point in time when so many folks are just streaming music, packaging has become an increasingly integral part of the equation. If you're one of those folks who appreciates way, way, WAY COOL packaging...you're gonna love this one. The guys in the Atlanta-based band Victory Hands pulled out all the stops with this release. This exceptionally cool vinyl 12" EP (that plays at 45 RPM) is pressed on fantastic clear vinyl. And it's housed inside a beautifully designed sleeve that is unlike anything we've seen before. An impressive package by anyone's standards. But packaging of course means nothing unless it supports something with substance. And fortunately for all of us, music is what matters most here. These guys write and record underground rock songs that really don't sound like any other band that's currently out there. Victory Hands does not in any way appear to be a commercial endeavor, as this music will only really appeal to folks who appreciate the undercurrents in the world of music. The tracks on Bishop remind us a great deal of some of our favorite underground guitar bands in the United States in the 1990s...easily one of the most creative decades in terms of artistic integrity. Killer guitar stuff. Pounding rhythms that truly kick. Vocals with a refreshing 'who gives a damn' kinda attitude. It all adds up to one killer band with a solid sound and style. Six perfectly executed tracks here including "This Kitchen," "All in the Family," and "Dressed to the Tease." And if that's not enough to chomp on, we should also mention that prior to releasing Bishop the band also released what appears to be a companion release entitled Bernstein. Similar to Bishop, this 7" vinyl release is also pressed on beautiful clear vinyl housed inside a strikingly nifty sleeve. This band is totally hitting the target with everything they're doing. Recommended. Top pick.
YES WE BANANA
No have banana but
Banana come soon.
Yes we banana now.
Additional Items Received:
Academics for Pure Boredom - Slurps
Additional Items Composed - Reversal of radishes
Additional Items Reversed - Back to the additional items
Adele - My frisky rat puppy done ate my head off
Alice Copper - Lob it to Seth
Allman Brothers - Aunt Sissy's lather bastard
Am Not - Am too
Anohni - Hopelessness
Anthroplod - Plodroanth
Antlers for Booboo - Oh no not that tired old runt again
Ape - Don't say no words
Apples Got Smushy - Train smush
Application For Crap - Please submit crap
Athens Is Not A City - Trauma for the bush animals
August Wish - Traps for punted
Augusta Is Not A City - Wilma for the plush panels
Bad Bump - Banana tread
Badfigure - Crooked down
Bambi Dambi - Lambi
Ballerina Pumps - Blackass
Barge - Limpy
Beadulls - Desmocker
Beatles - Medium
Beatles - Medium rare
Beatles - Rare
Beatles - Not as rare
Beatles - Stuff that was never recorded
Beatles - Stuff that we wish had never been recorded
Bee Numb - Numb bee
Beyonce - Sorry album
Beyonce - I can dance but that's about it
Beyonce - My face is ugly
Beyonce - Don't you get tired of hearing my stupid name all the time
Beyonce - I'm really a boring old hag
Beyonce - My fans have poor taste
Beyond the Beyonder - Blander and blander
Bjork - Jorky B
Black Tabitha - Pastor of senility
Blankets for Blankets - Laps
Blender in a Blinder - Fizzle
Bobo's Pretty Duster - Lamp off, lamp on
Davis Bowee - All the dumb dudes
Breezer the Flew - Like dazzlers in fume
Garth Brooks - I've recorded tons and tons and TONS of music
Garth Brooks - And yet you babysue folks have never reviewed ANYTHING
Garth Brooks - What is wong with you goddamn undergroud music snobs?
Garth Brooks - I'm rich, rich, RICH
Garth Brooks - If you've got lots of money, nobody cares if your voice is shitty
Bumps Fifty - West
Jenna Bush - Why does my face resemble the rectum of a pig?
Jenna Bush - Trying way too hard to be clever and cute
Butler Pudding - Lippity gris gris
Buzz's Lamp Cord - Tawny frink
Car Mump - Dazed and refused
Casket of Corformity - Laser dog
Cast of Cast - Lastly
Cat Grave - Mickey's laboratory
Cesula - Maid in martians
Chance The Rapper - Coloring book
Chicky Chicky Clock - Rump of the month slob
Chump - Malaria
Chunks of Paisley Pumps - Lordy the snore is a plaza burn
Eric Clapton - I still don't know what a guitar is
Phil Collins - No vocal skills required
Sean Combs - How come I never get reviewed in babysue?
Sean Combs - You don't like me just because I'm hugely famous
Sean Combs - Hey, I make a lot of money you underground jerks
Sean Combs - I'm rich, rich, RICH...ain't that what it's all about?
Sean Combs - Lookin' ugly for everyone
Come To Lulu's Nurse - Romp and the bumpy tum tum
Confederate Railroad - Happy to snort crystal speed
Conscious Or Not - Grumpy lazy
Crap You Like - Tape measure
Crosby, Stills & Nash - We were friends once upon a time
Crunchy Links - Switches and prawns
Miley Cyrus - How come I never get mentioned in babysue?
Miley Cyrus - I guess it's because my music lacks substance
Miley Cyrus - I wish I wasn't dull and boring
Czerchnkii - Dim
Dadfinger - Where's dad's finger when you need it?
Dae Dae - Mae Mae
Daisy Days - Freezing
Damn People - Damn People
Damn Tumblers - Damn Tumblers
Damn Warp - Damn Warp
Damn Zoo - Damn Zoo
Devonte - I'm fish food now
Diets Are For Dimwits - Lassie's lost pudding cup
Dimmer than Dim - Inputs
Diorssi - New York is my damn
Dirty Pennies - Flocks and pimps
Doves That Die Today - Lassie
Driplite Dirtbag - Directional
Dry Potato - Sync
Ducks for Ducks - Nine hundred ponies
Dumb Sounds - Like Nanny and the poodle
Each and Each - Teach
Eachy - Preachy
Eat The Bounty Feathers - Naptime
Ectonerf - Bah baddah bah
Elephant Muff - Beneath the blurry knob
Elves and Bumpy Thumpers - Original motion picture soundtrack
Emergency Flakes - Phasers
Empty - Flow
Empty Flower - 1 2 3 4
Enough for Five Thousand - One bottle
Enter the Entrance With Lockets - Glasses on the puddle
Eventually We'll All Die With Nothing - Pom poms
Everyone But - But Everyone
Ewe - Ranch funk
EZ - Not so
FA - La la
Famous Famous - Converter
Far Out Far In - Farin
Faxes Forever - Limp little pixies
Ferz - Lizzy
Fifty Million - Zero lads
Finks Forever - Live at the dead
Five Times Fifty-Five - Live
Four Times Four Is Four - Five times
Foxes - All I need
Fume - Lumps
Funky Laminate - Parking
Fur For Francis - Pouches
Gang of Flower - Untertainment
Gas Pumps - Last primper
Gauge Rage - Now cow
Germany's Burp - Lamp drill
Get Your Begging Done - Tower bitch
Vince Gill - Down to my last bad habit
Goddamn Children - Goddamn us all to hell
Graham Slackers - Naturally grabby
Ariana Grande - My fame proves that people are retarded schmucks
Grandmothers and Grandfathers - Nothing else to live for except the goddamn grandchildren
Grass Patches - Dolby
Josh Groban - Sitting on a toilet for charity
Hamster on a Bun - Heartache on a bun
Hamster on a Lettuce Leaf - Try to find something to stuff in your cheeks
Jennifer and Sarah Hart - Where did our love go
Jennifer and Sarah Hart - We loved Jesus very much
Jennifer and Sarah Hart - Happy together forever because we died together
Hay - Hay
Hazle - Measurements
Hell for Humans - Happiness is a dumb puppy
Help Me Help Me - Liver
Help the Hopeless - Bloody hearts get you nowhere
Hissy - Laserbon
Hitt - Dawn for the loud birds
Hizzers - Stuck
Whitney Houston - Howzuh bauwduh nuthuh drank?
Whitney Houston - You put water in my drink
Ian Hunted - Punts and nuttters
Husperate - ADN
Hut for Henry - Universe of sandy
Huzzle - Earlier albums
Ian - Jackknife
Icky - Picky, picky, picky
If It Dies Don't Touch It - I offered more than they wanted and they took it
If You Knew Nothing You Would Be Nothing - Drips
Inky Doll - Dampness and dryness
In The End The Beginning - Ridgefield
It Stays Warm - Square butter
IX Lamb Sweater - To each his each
IZZ - Each his to his
Alan Jackson - Now that I'm a girl
Alan Jackson - Now that I'm half a girl
Alan Jackson - My dress has a big tear in it
Alan Jackson - And my eyeliner is all messed up now
Michael Jackson - Off the floor
Michael Jackson - Towers of mops
Michael Jackson - Nose dopes
Jerry's Apple - Towers
Jerry's Crud - Narry a buster
Jersey is Swervy - Translustre
Jethro Toil - Sick as a tick
Jethro Wump - Aquatong
Jethro Zoo - Minstrel in the snake exhibit
Elton John - Where did my voice go?
Jones Is A Donkey - Drammamine
Jones Is An Elephant - Mine ain't mine
Judas Priest - Battle cry
Junk Is Just Junk - Lady trunk
Kaas - Lacey
Kalesh - Kaos
Kandy and the Ks - Lassie's drool
Kows - Land of the Kows
Kraftlunch - Radio lunch
Kraftdinner - Electric dinner
Kraftsnack - Trans euro snack
Krap - Krap
Krazy Cow - Lots of tips
Krunchy Krunch - Captain's caps and tons
Kudzu's Lamp - Drastic
Kunks - The Late Glossy Kunks Album
KWKWERA - Lists
Lab Crutch - Tramps that David hates
Ladies For Pretzels - Louder than the other thing that we had discussed earlier
Lady Gaga - How come I never get mentioned in babysue?
Lady Gaga - If I look really strange, nothing else matters
Lamb Peppers - Smuppy
Lamps for the Homeless - These goddamn things don't work
Cindi Lauper - Elderly grandmothers with bad hair colors
Laxative Preamble - Naps and snappers
Let There Be Let - Now there be meow
Lisa Said - First time, long time
Lists - Stop the Lists
Loretta Lynn - Sings her favorite Nine Inch Nails songs
Loud and Loud - Dull and dull
Lumineers - Cleopatra
Lumps - Lousy mouses
Lung Disease - Trowel
Manners and Nanners - Tablets for pokey
Maroon 5 - Music for shitheads
Maroon 5 - Stupid people love our music
Maroon 5 - Our lead singer is one ugly old homo
Trayvon Martin - Skittuzz fo evuhbuddeh
Trayvon Martin - Juss a boy on his way to duh candee sto
Masta Ace - The falling season
Matchbox - Going down there
Math for Math's Sake - Plazas
Maze Lops - Trazzler
Mazer's Big Torch Bucket - Lipsy
Bruce McArthur - People in pots
Bruce McArthur - Landscape architect blues
Bruce McArthur - Big 'n' playful
Paul McCartney - Nursing home blues
Tim McGraw - Do anything for charity
Tim McGraw - Do anything to make money
Millie's Pork Bucket - Boxes won't go away
Money for Puny People - Lucky drop
Monkey Chuck - Arlene
Monkey Davis - Nervous
Monkey Pauline - Damnable
Moo Moo the Bow Wow - Trouser's ain't fresh no more
Motorhead - Clean your clock
Motorbutt - Clock your cleaners
Mrowl - Prowling for mrowl
Murphy and Nop - Dammy and slop
Murphy and Nuns - Drippy nun bitches
Murphy's Paw - Plaid and dumb
My Evening Girdle - Snippets and drabble
My Evening Snot - Things my animals forget to learn
David Nail - Fighter
Nasal and Tonsil - Lasers and urchers
Ned and the Headrumpers - Trowels
Aaron Neville - Apache
Newsboys - God's not dead
New York Dolls - We weren't real dolls
New York Dolls - We were real dolls
New York Dolls - We were really from Portland
New York Dolls - But we realized no one would buy music by the Portland Dolls
No More Blouses - Farmy
No More Bundt Cakes - Prowler
No More Cactus - Deal or no no
Nothing That You Haven't Heard Before - Repeat it
Now Cows - Blouses and thermometers
Numb's Fumbler - Town and mouth
Octorub - Norbie
Oh No That Old Shithead Is Here Again - Rotten old schmucks with no manners
Oooh - Uuuuuh
Oooh Oooh - Uuuuuh uhhh
Opposite of Opposite - Lopposite
Orange Floyd - Sharp glide of the goon
The Orb - It's 1963 and the stripes are grinding
The Orb - Big fluffy omelets
Osmosis - USB #7
Other Muzzles - Howdy Pops
Oz and the Schnoz - Pow wows and monkeys
Painted Fuss - Nope
Pants and Pantless - Rainy press
Part Blub - Fran is ugly
Dolly Parton - Lots of money makes me happy
Dolly Parton - Lots of attention makes me happy
Dolly Parton - Lots of everything makes me happy
Paws With Fingers - Ink bus
Pet Shop Boys - Super
Poodle Powder - Dust of the dawgie
Mike Posner - At night, alone
Pranks for Steak Loads - Heaps of slop
The Puddles - Nappy load
Punk Biscuits - Sap
Punk Noodles - Take this noodle and cook it
Puny - Runny infection
Pusfergradison - Nay, the basket sayeth
Quacks - Trippy truck
Quails and Trucks - Lamb power
Queen For A Tray - Lower the pork
Query - Stop the questions
Quest for Dope - Smoking snuff
Quails Got Drunk - Beer and tissue paper
Quarternelson - A trotter in snuffer's cloning
Quicker Than Daffy - Cords that don't work
Quiet Little Worm Thing - Never thought about it and never want to now
Quiz Germs - Links that don't work
Quurtie - Lousy bench
Radiodud - Half of the basic shop
Radishes - Lavish stickers
Debbie Rafter - Lemme after
Raws - Raws and raws
Reel to Raoul - Mouthpiece
Reform Club - Never yesterday
Rely On Relish - Candy dash
Mick Rhodes & The Hard Eight - Paradise city
Roasted Trap - Asia's not there anymore
Rolling Bones - Get your mama's kraut
Rolling Chunks - Flower pots
Rolling Dammits - Sure thing not sure
Rolling Elderly People - Stocky plungers
Rolling Joints - Finky stinkers
Rolling Monkeys - Monkeys on Main Street
Rumpy - USBs and RTDs
Runny - Tippy's revenge
Rush - Beneath, between and behind
Ruzzer - Bow to the Ruzzer
Rylo - The dog's head is not steady anymore
Larry Samual - Barney doesn't have hugs for me
Santa Died Last Night - Presenting...
Santa Did It - Lamenting
Ed Sheeran - How come I never get mentioned in babysue?
Ed Sheeran - It's because my music is crummy, isn't it?
Ed Sheeran - Why do I look and sound so crummy?
Ed Sheeran - Are there any questions that have answers?
Blake Shelton - Can't help it if I'm a boring dullard
Blake Shelton - If you're into what I do you're obviously on the wrong web site
Blake Shelton - If people think I'm handsome they must really be confused and retarded
Shotgun Louise - Rampy dim
Shotgun Tina - Lousy lamps
Shotgun Zappa - Mouses and mouses
Smashing Drumsticks - Pass the pepper
Smuppy - The tatters that ground pepper
Sparse - Kim's Ono spy mouse
Bruce Springsteen - The Crazy Boss
Bruce Springsteen - I'm a generic old woman now
Bruce Springsteen - Shallow songs that everyone can buy
Barbra Streisand - Barfing up my breakfast
Styx - Suite madame blue: Radio broadcast 1977
Sultans of Swing - Subcontinental drift
Swap and Change - Loudness weird
Swenter - Flowers
Taylor Swift - How come I never get reviewed in babysue?
Taylor Swift - Well, if your publicist would send something...you might.
Taylor Swift - Really?
Taylor Swift - Sure
Swy - Rent
Tai Tai - Lists
Talking Sheds - Lambs forking up tonsils
Tea For Lunch - Massachusetts isn't a country
Teepee Tupperware - Laura's butter pand
Telltale - Taller toll
Thuds - Ready for emperors
Thunder - All you can eat
Justin Timberlake - Can't stop being shallow
Tonk - Thoughtly
Trilly Dills and Damp Dippers - Witch white
Trunk Idiots - Laugh when it's all over
Try To Try - Stop and try
Tummy Bus - Lambs and prawns
Tunker - Lassie's paw
TZ397 - Rowl the smunk
Ugly Banana - How do the hussy wink
Ugly Orange - Do the mouse
Ultraplucks - Eyebrow mania
Umbrella Vision - Church of tassle
Uncle Duck - Mushed
Uncle Pregnant - Does and rodents
Carrie Underwood - I'm proof that people will buy anything
Carrie Underwood - Making money is more important than making good music
Carrie Underwood - Cliff diving lesbians
Keith Urban - More pork from my smelly pig face
Various Artists - A collection of dull dribble that no one will ever notice
Various Artists - We stopped makin' em because they stopped buyin' em
Various Artists - No one buys these kinds of compilations anymore so that's why we keep producing 'em
Various Artists - Tribute to someone whose name we can't remember
Various Artists - Trying to get something heard never works
Various Artists - The most boring bands you never cared to hear
Various Artists - We're the last ones to know the last ones
Various Artists - Our albums are always the first to get thrown away
Various artists - Who gets to eat the trash
Wally Is Near - Stamp that thing goodbye
Wanda and the Wandas - Limp
We Don't Get It - Now is the now
Well I Guess This Is Just Another One - Lumps
Whether Or Not - Lousy weather
Why Can't We Eat It In The Car - Marbly
William XIII - XIII or 238
Wind That Goes - Don't
X - The day we tied our shoes wrong
Xie - La la the distance away
X-ray Pecs - Lookie away
X-ray Stats - Box cutters and tramplers
Xzistance - Lift down
Yack Yack - Tacky tick
Yell All The Time For Whatever You Pay For It - Taxi service
Yellow Floyd - Park wide until noon
Yesterday's Potties - Damp portions
Yes We Will Be Bananas - Trap doors
Yes You - You guessed it
You might - Yes you might
You never - Well I never
Young and Bland - Stick, stuck
Yoyos for Panama - Sharp
Yoyos for Zop - Trollo mia presto
Yuck This Tastes Awful - Don't eat it then
Zappa and the Zappettes - Trown
Frank Zappa - How flowers got in the potty train
Frank Zappa - Lukewarm mouses
Zi - See Zi play
Zunk - How the leaves got patchy
Zupper - Towels for Blanche
Zyle - Twelve and fifty
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