Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Redskins: Keep on Keepin' On (1984)


Now, first we gave you a lengthy political diatribe to accompany The Redskins BBC Sessions (see HERE) but now we'll need to skip a little because the band's first two singles, were part of an oddly-compiled, exceedingly brief compilation called Epilogue (Insurgence, 2010).



This three song single shows the Redskins polishing their punks-soul sound (singer X Moore said, "'We want to walk like The Clash and sing like The Supremes").


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Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Redskins: BBC Sessions (Or: "I Joined a Communist Front Group")


It was back in 1988, the dark, dark year when Conservative leader Brian Mulroney set about selling a divided Canadian electorate on a Free Trade deal with the U.S., that I began attending the meetings of a political action group named Youth Against Free Trade (Y.A.F.T.).

It was lead, not by a youth but by a mustachioed middle-aged man named Nigel, who eventually turned out to be not just some Bizarro leftist version of a youth pastor but a card-carrying member of the Communist Party of Canada. (If you're of a certain age, you may read "card-carrying member of the Communist Party" words with that McCarthyite Southern slur).

Now I was young, idealistic blah, blah blah but I was not a communist. To begin with, it was a little late to be jumping on that bandwagon, what with the wheels clearly coming off in the USSR. More importantly, the Communist nations contempt of human rights made all their rhetoric less than useless to me. Nowhere was this more obvious to me personally, then in the pages of the impossibly well-packaged (read: Kremlin-funded) Communist Party free paper which regularly contained bald-faced denials of the Ukrainian famine (The Holodomor). As a wanna-be historian and a proud Manitoban (our province was built by different groups fleeing Russian malfeasance) this Orwellian revisionism was truly deplorable. Plus, I'm just a contrarian by nature and not much good with party lines.

Nonetheless, in the election campaign of '88, I fought for what I believed in, alongside guys with nicknames like "Trotsky" and "Lenin". Really, they were just kids my own age, kids who listened to lots of Billy Bragg, Dead Kennedys and The Redskins (but not SNFU who'd dared to slam the postal union in one song) and were into politics. We confronted Mulroney himself at two Conservative rallies. ("The only good Tory is a Supposi-tory" the man nick-named Trotsky shouted out during a pause in The Big Chin's speech and, at another, a picture of me and "Trotsky" screaming at some Tory lackey made the front page of The Winnipeg Free Press). But we, and Y.A.F.T. was just a tiny group in a very broad-based opposition, lost that election due to vote-splitting by the two left-leaning parties.

Mulroney, Bush the Elder, Thatcher et al - dark times, readers, dark times.

Then, in 1992, after the Tories suffered the greatest defeat in electoral history, came a Liberal government, who, with all their attendant faults, were not content to just auction off our natural resources, our banking system and our social safety-net to the highest bidder. So, as a result, some of our darkest fears about this Free Trade Agreement were kept at bay for the next thirteen or so years.

While I may not grown much wiser during this interim, I did come to see that resistance to the corruption inherent in power is a human necessity and one not beholden to any single ideology. After all, world developments after the collapse of the Soviet Union muddied the ideological waters far more then the Reaganites have ever let on. Capitalism hardly made Russia a safe, open democracy and communism didn't stop the Chinese march towards becoming an economic superpower. I came to be less worried about the specific ideology of those who seek office and more concerned with what actions they took with whatever power they did have.

Now, Stephen Harper's Conservatives has brought the darkness back to my country. Here in the 21st century, tariff policy seems less significant when compared with this government's intolerance towards the weak, its deliberate attempts to divide the people, its rapid concentration of power in the Prime Minister's office and its creep towards plutocracy. It is this sort of skullduggery that makes this regime repellent to me and not their public commitment to the ideals of conservatism (individual responsibility, smaller governments, lower debts et al) which is merely a fig-leaf.

So in these bleak times, even those of us who will never be Trotskyists or pamphleteers can agree that eighties British band The Redskins kicked up a righteous soul-punk racket that evinced one of the universal principals of the never-ending fight against the darkness of corruption - don't mourn - organize!



Peel Session 09/10/1982

The Peasant Army
Kick Over The Statues
Reds Strike The Blues
Unionize & Pickin' The Blues (Outro)

* Chris Dean (Guitar, Vocals)
* Nick King (Drums)
* Millicent Martin (Hewes) (Bass)
* Steve Nichol (Trumpet)
* Lloyd Dwyer (Saxophone)
* Dagenham Pete Pixie (Backing Vocals)
* John Mekon (Backing Vocals)
* Colin Car (Backing Vocals)


Peel Session 08/08/1983

Young And Proud
Hold On
99-And-A-Half
Take No Heroes

* Chris Dean (Guitar, Vocals)
* Nick King (Drums)
* Millicent Martin (Hewes) (Bass)
* Steve Nichol (Trumpet)
* Lloyd Dwyer (Saxophone)

Kid Jensen Session ???

A Plateful of Hateful
It Can be Done
Keep on Keepin' On
Complete Control (Bonus Track)

* Chris Dean (Guitar, Vocals)
* Nick King (Drums)
* Millicent Martin (Hewes) (Bass)






Holy Hell, that was laborious. Some COMMENTS (where the BBC Sessions link can be found) on The Redskins, political activism or Punk-Soul Brothers checkin' it out now would not only better the world they might inspire me to unleash the (almost) full force of The Redskins discography upon you...


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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Peter, Bjorn and John: All Art Has Been Contemporary (LIve on KEXP, 2011)


Some people think bearded bands have indie-cool cred and some people think bearded bands have the indie-cool kiss of death, as for me I say "make the music move and I don't give a fuck what you look like!"



Swedish trio Peter, Bjorn and John had a pleasant break out indie-dance-pop in 2006 but seemed headed for oblivion until their power-surging 2011 album Gimme Some, a damn solid set of pop songs given a great kick.




Peter Bjorn and John
2011-05-10
Live In-Studio On KEXP
Seattle, WA
1 [intro]
02 Second Chances
03 [banter]
04 Dig A Little Deeper
05 [interview with Cheryl Waters]
06 May Seem Macabre
07 [banter]
08 Eyes [false start]
09 Eyes
10 [outro]



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Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Moondogs: That's What Friends Are For (1981)



Supposedly, The Moondogs (whose pop-glam-punk sound was discussed previously HERE) didn't even know their lone album, the Todd Rundgren produced That's What Friends are For (1981), was actually released until someone showed them a German pressing years later.




The album does sound unfinished, not so much like demos, but like an ambitious but then rushed out project, comparable to the Ramones dalliance with their own celebrity producer on End of the Century. There's at least another great pop single here, say "Schoolgirl Crush" b/w "I Wanna be a Popstar", but without a vision beyond punked-up bubble-pop the band hit the wall that was the thin-and spacey-sounding 1980's. So, for a long time, they laid low awaiting a more fitting time to return.



Also, if you want to hear the band's Peel Sessions go visit Gobshyte! For the rest of MRML's series on The Moondogs go HERE!




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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Moondogs: Imposter (1981)


The Moondogs (whose pop-glam-punk sound was discussed previously HERE) final single, 1981's "Impostor" b/w "Baby Snatcher", was produced by Ray Davies, which didn't make the band sound any more like the Kinks. However, thanks to the trade-off vocals and Barrett's big beats it does sound like the band was jonesing to work with 70's bubblegum god Mike Chapman.



Also, if you want to hear the band's Peel Sessions go visit Gobshyte! For the rest of MRML's series on The Moondogs go HERE!



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Monday, May 23, 2011

V.A. Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan Volume Thirty-FIVE!


This multi-
volume series features artists covering Bob Dylan songs. All of the tracks are recordings of independent origin (ROIO) and hence officially unreleased.


I told you it'd be back, I just didn't tell you that series compiler Jeffs98119 would have a new one ready for Zimmy's 70's birthday! And this one's another doozy that'll satisfy anyone who's ever read MOJO (secretly or publicy!), icluding artists like; Elvis Costello, Neil Young, Robyn Hitchcock, The Dead Milkmen's Joe Jack Talcum, Uncle Tupelo, The Waterboys and a schcwackload more.









01 Song to Woody - Uncle Tupelo (May 28, 1990, Cicero's, St. Louis, MO)
02 Tangled Up in Blue - Robyn Hitchcock (Feb 19, 2000, Largo, Los Angeles, CA)
03 This Wheel's on Fire - Elvis Costello and the Imposters (May 9, 2011, Fox Theatre, Oakland, CA)
04 Everything is Broken - The Waterboys (Apr 10, 1990, Docks, Hamburg, Gemany)05 You're a Big Girl Now - Lloyd Cole (Dec 27, 2001, Joe's Pub, New York, NY)
06 Oh Sister - Robin Pecknold (Jul 11, 2009, Neumo's, Seattle, WA)
07 I Threw It All Away - Roddy Frame and Edwyn Collins (Oct 17, 1990, Copenhagen Music Cafe, Denmark)
08 Love Minus Zero - Joe Jack Talcum (Sep 13, 2009, The Mill, Iowa City, IA)
09 Queen Jane Approximately - David Rawlings Machine (Mar 24, 2009, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA)
10 Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window - Kaiser-Phillips Band (Jan 7, 1990, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA) 11 Positively Fourth Street - Jerry Garcia and Merle Saunders (Jul 10, 1973, The Keystone, Berkeley, CA)
12 I Shall Be Released - Gene Clark (May 12, 1989, Old Vienna Kaffeehaus, Westboro, MA)
13 Cross the Green Mountain - Elliott Murphy (Sep 5, 2009, Beitohallen, Beitostolen, Norway)
14 Masters of War - Leon Russell (Nov 21, 1970, Fillmore East, New York)
15 Blowin' in the Wind - Neil Young (Feb 28, 1991, Dean E. Smith Center, Charlotte, NC)
16 Beyond Here Lies Nothin' - Steve Wynn (Au 13, 2009, Hana-bi, Marina di Ravenna, Italy)
17 Forever Young - Joan Baez (Mar 31, 2004, Murat Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN)


Thanks to Jeffs98119 for compiling these and to pdiamond for the images.
  • For V.'s 1-34 of Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan go here
  • For slugline's impressive spreadsheet of the whole series go here

The Moondogs: Talking in the Canteen (1981)


The Moondogs' pop-glam-punk sound was discussed previously HERE. In that post we also told you about The Moondogs TV show, Moondog Matinee, which YouTube hero Gregorypope23 has allowed the world to sample.



The band's third single, 1981's "Talking in the Canteen" b/w "Make Her Love Me" and "You Said" has more layered vocals and jungle drumming to recommend it on top of those great songs.




And for some reason, far beyond my understanding, early versions of the single came with a free...neckerchief...?


Also, if you want to hear the band's Peel Sessions go visit Gobshyte! For the rest of MRML's series on The Moondogs go HERE!



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Sunday, May 22, 2011

The Moondogs: Who's Gonna Tell Mary? (1980)


The Moondogs' pop-glam-punk sound was discussed previously HERE. In that post we also told you about The Moondogs TV show, Moondog Matinee, which YouTube hero Gregorypope23 has allowed the world to sample.



The band's second single, 1980's "Who's Gonna Tell Mary" b/w "Overcaring Parents" pairs two songs that are even catchier odes to the boys' yearning for those Teenage Kicks.


And if you want to hear the band's Peel Sessions go visit Gobshyte!


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Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Moondogs: She's 19 (1979) FIXED LINK!


The Moondogs (Gerry McCandless - guitar/vocals, Jackie Hamilton - bass/vocals, Austin Barrett - drums) were a late 70's/early 80's Irish band who originally signed to Good Vibrations Records, home of retro-fitted pop songs played with punk bottle. They once narrowed down their influences to the Ramones, the Beatles and the Bay City Rollers, which encapsulates their sound rather nicely.




The Moondogs (great history here) had their own TV show, Moondog Matinee. The short-lived show, sort of a cross between the Monkees and Friday Night Videos, can now be sampled thanks to YouTube hero Gregorypop23. As with their fellow Undertone-wanna be's, Protex, there has never been a collection of these singles exists now (or ever has), though the band reformed in the early aughts and recorded some fine new material.



"She's 19" and "Ya Don't Do Ya", from their debut single of 1979 are punk-pop-glam concoctions of a high order.



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Updated: Link Fixed!


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The Revillos: Hungry for Love (1980)


The fourth Revillos single, in all it's high-pressure glory. Revillos singles are often very different recordings or mixes but in this case neither the credits, the sound or the Rev -Up liner notes reveal whether this is a different version.



Whether or not this single is a new mix or a new recording, what we have for you today is an old-fashioned vinyl rip (all sonorous pops and hisses accounted for) of the single's two sides and is best used as an addition to your vinyl-CD-downloaded copy of Rev-Up (go HERE!!)

(More Revillos HERE!)



The fabulous rips and scans of this deep obscurity come to us from Roberto - who has more Rez/Rev-illos stuff to come - so please leave a COMMENT (that's the section where the Hungry for Love 7" link is) for our less-then-mysterious benefactor.


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Fuck - that was one hell of a rough week. I hope you enjoyed these Roberto Rips - which kept me in standing during a grueling slugfest.

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Revillos: Scuba Scuba (1980)


The third Revillos single, in all it's high-pressure glory. Revillos singles are often very different recordings or mixes but in this case neither the credits, the sound or the Rev -Up liner notes reveal whether this is a different version.



Whether or not this single is a new mix or a new recording, what we have for you today is an old-fashioned vinyl rip (all sonorous pops and hisses accounted for) of the single's two sides and is best used as an addition to your vinyl-CD-downloaded copy of Rev-Up (go HERE!!)

(More Revillos HERE!)



The fabulous rips and scans of this deep obscurity come to us from Roberto - who has more Rez/Rev-illos stuff to come - so please leave a COMMENT (that's the section where the Scuba Scuba 7" link is) for our less-then-mysterious benefactor.


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Revillos: Motorbike Beat (1980)


The second Revillos single, in all it's high-octane glory. Revillos singles are often very different recordings or mixes but in this case neither the credits, the sound or the Rev -Up liner notes reveal whether this is a different version.




Whether or not this single is a new mix or a new recording, what we have for you today is an old-fashioned vinyl rip (all sonorous pops and hisses accounted for) of the single's two sides and is best used as an addition to your vinyl-CD-downloaded copy of Rev-Up (go HERE!!)

(More Revillos HERE!)


The fabulous rips and scans of this deep obscurity come to us from Roberto - who has more Rez/Rev-illos stuff to come - so please leave a COMMENT
(that's the section where the Motorbike Beat 7" link is) for our less-then-mysterious benefactor.


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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The Revillos: Where's the Boy For Me (1979)


The first Revillos single, in all it's florid glory. Revillos singles are often very different recordings or mixes but in this case neither the credits, the sound or the Rev -Up liner notes reveal whether this is a different version.



Whether or not this single is a new mix or a recording, what we have for you today is an old-fashioned vinyl rip (all sonorous pops and hisses accounted for) of the single's two sides and is best used as an addition to your vinyl-CD-downloaded copy of Rev-Up (go HERE!!)

(More Revillos HERE!)




The fabulous rips and scans of this deep obscurity come to us from Roberto - who has more Rez/Rev-illos stuff to come - so please leave a COMMENT (that's the section where the Where's the Boy For Me link is) for our less-then-mysterious benefactor.


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Revillos: Yes Sir


A bootleg (or was it...) of the Revillos never-released 3rd album, some of which later showed up on the Captain Oi release called "Jungle of Eyes" that is now also out-of-print.

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The fabulous rips and scans of this deep obscurity come to us from Roberto - who has more Rez/Rev-illos stuff to come - so please leave a COMMENT (that's the section where the Yes Sir link is) for our less-then-mysterious benefactor.


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Sunday, May 15, 2011

V.A. Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan Volume Thirty-Four


This thirty- ______volume series features artists covering Bob Dylan songs. All of the tracks are recordings of independent origin (ROIO) and hence officially unreleased.

Don't look for any sense of closure here; the series, a mere thirty volumes when we began last summer, is far from over. In place of a grand finale or wrapping up of loose ends you get another batch of solid stuff like Jon Wesley Harding, Patti Smith, Ryan Adams, Jay Farrar, Steve Earle as well as a few questions (Sophie B. Hawkins?)





01 Boots of Spanish Leather - Patti Smith (Dec 30, 2010, The Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY)
02 Mama You've Been on My Mind - Allan Toussaint (Nov 9, 2006, Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center, New York City, NY)
03 Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Steve Earle (Feb 27, 2011, Center for the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA)
04 Tomorrow is a Long Time - The Gourds (Apr 29, 2009, The Ark
Ann Arbor, MI)
05 One Too Many Mornings - Rumpke Mountain Boys (Jul 17, 2010, Private Party, Athens, OH)
06 Blowin' in the Wind - Arlo Guthrie and Donovan (Jun 20, 1981, Folkfestival auf der Donauinsel, Vienna, Austria)
07 Masters of War - Don McLean (May 25, 1975, Hard Rock Club, Manchester, England)
08 A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall - Carrie Elkin (Nov 26, 2009, Prince Albert, Trafalgar St, Brighton)
09 Mr. Tambourine Man - Abbey Lincoln (Jul 12, 2002,
Graz, Mariahilferplatz)
10 I Want You -Sophie B. Hawkins (Aug 16, 1992, La Brique, Montreal, QC)
11 All Along the Watchtower - Devon Allman's Honeytribe (May 22, 2010, Aflac Outdoor Games, Uptown's Riverfront AT&T Stage,
Columbus, GA)
12 Ring Them Bells - Jill Sobule with Cyndi Lauper (Nov 9, 2006, Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center, New York City, NY)
13 Isis/Love Sick - Ryan Adams (Nov 9, 2006, Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center, New York City, NY)
14 Going, Going Gone - Jay Farrar (Nov 9, 2006, Avery Fisher Hall @ Lincoln Center, New York City, NY)
15 Fragment - Wesley Stace (Nov 5, 2009, Cafe Fontana, Maple Shade, New Jersey)



If you'd like the series to continue - - - please don't forget to leave a comment behind!

Speaking of comments, the Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan Volume Thirty-Four link is in there.

UPDATE: Track # 1 is missing - please scroll down in the comments for the extra link.

Thanks to Jeffs98119 for compiling these and to stewART for the images.
  • For V.'s 1-33 of Nobody Sings Dylan Like Dylan go here
  • For slugline's impressive spreadsheet of the whole series go here

V.A. Scottish Kultchur (1979)


An obscure '79 compilation that features rarities by true Scotsmen(and women!) like The Rezillos (more HERE!) Boots for Dancing (more HERE), Future Waterboy Mike Scott's Another Pretty Face (see here) and The Cheetas (see here).



The comp jerks from pub-rock, to post-punk, to power-pop to mod to synth-pop to make sure it gives good report of the Scottish musical Kulthcur of its time.


Rezilos fans need to note that these otherwise-unavailable takes of "Getting Me Down" and "Good Sculptures are from a VERY early version of the band and have a way more more pub-rock feel.


A1 Rezillos – Can't Stand My Baby
A2 Another Pretty Face – All The Boys Love Carrie
A3 Boots For Dancing – Ooh Bob Sahbam
A4 A.P.B. – Shoot You Down
A5 Cheetahs – Radio Active
A6 Rezillos – Getting Me Down
A7 Raj Academy – Brighten Your Shoes To Dance
A8 Synthetic Dreams – U+500
A9 Electric Personalities – Hot Spot
B1 Boots For Dancing – Shadows In Stone
B2 Rezillos – Good Sculptures
B3 Squibs – Parades
B4 Brills – Gang Of One
B5 Itai Itai – Neon Dreams And Science Fiction
B6 Synthetic Dreams – Voices
B7 Neon Barbs – Break Your Chains
B8 Itai Itai – Kultchur


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Saturday, May 14, 2011

William Mysterious: Security of Noise (1982)


William Mysterious (a.k.a. Alastair Donaldson) played with Scottish folk band Silly Wizard before becoming the bassist (and sax player) for both The Rezillos and The Revillos.



This obscure 1982 single on Mezzanine Records, featuring a backing assist by Fay Fife and The Revettes, is Mysterious' sole solo release.

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The fabulous rips and scans of this deep obscurity come to us from Roberto - who has more Rez/Rev-illos stuff to come* - so please leave a COMMENT (that's the section where the Security of Noise link is) for our less-then-mysterious benefactor.

* That stuff will be along shortly but I'll take a little break so I don't get claustrophobic!