29 August 2016

MOVIETONE Day and Night 1997



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The Blossom Filled Streets
Formed in Bristol, England in 1994, Movietone displayed its quiet, sensual songs on a number of releases in the mid '90s for the Planet, Domino, and Drag City labels. Band members Florence Lovegrove, Matt Elliott, Rachel Brook, Kate Wright, and Matt Jones issued two 7"s with Planet before their self-titled full-length debut came out in 1996 -- two more 7's would follow before their Drag City debut, Day and Night, in 1997. The band then went on a three-year hiatus before producing their next full-length, The Blossom Filled Streets, in the summer of 2000. Like their previous releases, The Blossom Filled Streets is gentle and complex, with a light touch that shows how much the band has grown. 

Tracklist

1 Sun Drawing 3:57
2 Blank Like Snow 2:40
3 Useless Landscape 5:01
4 Summer 7:14
5 Night Of The Acacias 5:45
6 Noche Marina 4:47
7 The Crystallisation Of Salt At Night 9:47

APPENDIX OUT The Rye Bears A Poison 1997


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Scottish rural folk combo Appendix Out was formed in mid-1994 by singer/guitarist Ali Roberts and bassist/violinist Dave E. While at a Palace Brothers concert the following year, Roberts passed Will Oldham an Appendix Out demo cassette, and in early 1996 Oldham issued the single "Ice Age" on his Palace label; weeks later the group -- now additionally including cellist Louise D. and drummer Eva Peck -- also contributed material to the Up Records 4x4 compilation. "Well-Lit Tonight," one half of a Creeping Bent label split single with the Leopards, briefly preceded the 1997 release of Appendix Out's superb debut album The Rye Bears a Poison; guitarist/percussionist Gareth Eggie and flutist/keyboardist Tom C. joined the loose-knit lineup for the 1999 follow-up Daylight Savings. Night Is Advancing. which featured a looser, more dynamic sound, was issued in 2001. 

Tracklist  

1 Our Sea
2 Brazil
3 East Coast Wedding
4 Many-Legged Boatmen
5 Frozen Blight
6 Wild I Lived In Flanders
7 Seagulls, Belts
8 Lassie, Lie Near Me
9 The Harp Key
10 Autumn
 

MUCHACHA self titled 1997

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The Chicago, IL trio Muchacha -- Alex Acevedo (guitar and vocals), Mike Ronek (bass), and Trent Anderson (drums) is a self-described "rock band with really loud guitars and super-fast drums." And if you're a fan of such reckless punk-pop as Foo Fighters and Superchunk, chances are you'll dig the energetic rock of Muchacha. Although the band lists such 70's acts as Blondie, the Ramones, and the Damned as their chief influences, the music on their self-titled debut album (released on the Slipdisc label in 1997) is much similar to their 90's contemporaries. Still, the band has the talent and know-how to come up with some very catchy and strong material - - a combination of precise bashing with (thankfully) underproduced sounds.

Tracklist

1 Evelyn Mason
2 Cashed Out
3 Ugly Truth
4 Coffin Girl
5 Dead Right
6 Joy Ride
7 Lost Again
8 Horse Power
9 Lou Reed's Dead
10 Checkered Past
11 Gold Star For Robot Boy
12 Sub-zero
13 Elephant Shoes


LIFETIME Background 1992


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Cult favorite melodic hardcore unit Lifetime was formed in New Jersey in 1990 by singer Ari Katz and guitarist Dan Yemin. Boasting a positive lyrical approach in stark contrast to the cynical mentality predominant throughout the hardcore community of the period, the group earned immediate fame with the 1991 release of its self-titled debut EP, issuing the acclaimed full-length Background the following year. After countless lineup changes, the Lifetime roster stabilized prior to the release of their 1995 Jade Tree label debut, Hello Bastards, with Katz and Yemin recruiting guitarist Pete Martin, bassist Dave Palaitis, and drummer Scott Golley. The album really cemented the band's status as underground heroes, only to be further solidified with their next effort. After a brief tour in support of 1997's well-received Jersey's Best Dancers, the influential group dissolved; while Katz, Palaitis and Golley were soon reunited in Zero Zero, Yemin teamed with drummer David Wagenschutz (a Lifetime alum from the group's earliest incarnations) to form Kid Dynamite, and later, Paint It Black.
Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey
Lifetime reunited in August 2005 to play New Jersey's Hellfest, but when the festival was unexpectedly canceled, the group instead played a few shows around the East Coast, all proceeds going to charity. Several more packed shows followed, including a slot at 2006's South by Southwest festival, before the band decided to seriously re-form and sign with Decaydance (headed by Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz, who was a huge fan of the band) in March 2006. That same month, Jade Tree released the double-disc collector's set Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey, which highlighted the band's earlier (and much of it out of print) work alongside 52 pages of lyrics, rare photos, and liner notes. As work began on a new record, Lifetime embarked on a brief summer tour with the Bronx and the Loved Ones in tow. The EP 2 Songs appeared that fall and wetted palates for the eventual release of their highly anticipated self-titled record, which picked up exactly where the guys left off upon its release in early February 2007.

Tracklist

1 You
2 Pieces
3 Myself
4 Thanks
5 Up
6 Bedtime
7 Old Friend
8 Ghost
9 Alive
10 Background
11 You (Live)
12 Ghost (Live)
13 Thanks (Live)
14 Dwell (Live)
15 Up (Live)
16 Alive (Live)
17 Gone (Live)
18 Bedtime (Live)
19 Background (Live)

THE DELTA 72 The R&B Of Membership 1996



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Call them R&B's equivalent to the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion; the Delta 72 played revved-up indie rock with more influence from the helter-skelter mayhem of '60s garage rock (complete with Farfisa organ breakdowns) and blues-based punk than from original R&B. Formed in mid-1994 by vocalist and guitarist Gregg Foreman with drummer Ben Azzara and organist Sarah Stolfa, the Delta 72 added bassist Kim Thompson (from Cupid Car Club) and began touring the East Coast and Midwest. The group's first single, "On the Rocks," was jointly released by Dischord and Kill Rock Stars in June 1995. Early the following year, the Delta 72 recorded The R&B of Membership with new drummer Jason Kourkounis (formerly of Mule), and released the album on the Touch & Go label. After its release, Bruce Reckahn (of the Goats) replaced Thompson on bass. Midway through 1997, the band issued its second album, The Soul of a New Machine. 000 arrived in 2000; however, the Delta 72 broke up in July of the following year. 

Tracklist

1 Introduction 1:15
2 On The Lam 2:26
3 Rich Girls Like To Steal 3:44
4 Satellite 3:15
5 Get Down 2:46
6 It's All Over 2:22
7 Frigid 2:13
8 On The Rocks 3:14
9 7 & 7 1:47
10 Capitol Contingency 2:42
11 Trick Baby 2:51
12 Hustler 2:37

MICK TURNER Tren Phantasma 1997

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Tren Phantasma
Dirty Three guitarist Mick Turner began a solo career in 1997 with the release of Tren Phantasma, a collection of improvised four-track recordings featuring the contemplative guitar style he used with his group the Dirty Three. The following year, Turner and his bandmate Jim White played live as the Tren Brothers, carrying the album's aesthetic into a concert setting with an arsenal of loop pedals and understated percussion. Several of these dates were opening spots for Cat Power, with whom the duo collaborated on the 1998 album Moon Pix. Turner and White also recorded a 7" for Secretly Canadian Records that year, and followed it with 1999's Marlan Rosa, released by Drag City. In summer 2002, Turner released the Seven Angels EP, a limited-edition set issued by Three Lobed Records. Later that year, his third album Moth arrived. In 2005, an extremely limited CD-R live EP, entitled Don't Tell the Driver, was issued by Turner's King Crab label. In 2007, a Tren Brothers rarities collection, The Blue Trees, appeared. Between that year and 2012 he appeared on records by Clare Bowditch & the Feeding Set and Guy Blackman, as well as on a split 7" between the Tren Brothers and Bridezilla. In 2013, a compilation of his earliest recordings with Jim White in the band Venom P. Stinger was released by Drag City, followed by a brief reunion tour and the release of his next full-length solo effort, Don't Tell the Driver, in November. Though it bore the same title as the 2005 EP, they weren't related in any way. The full-length album had been composed and recorded intermittently between 2009 and 2012 at Big Moth studios in Australia.

BOGHANDLE Torched 1995

thanks to Adams
 for the grunge fans

Tracklist


1 Closing Time 3:35
2 40 Miles An Hour 4:15
3 What Is Going On? 3:48
4 Diamonds 3:47
5 Grape 3:16
6 This Time I Know 3:14
7 Daisy 3:04
8 Just Like Deja Vu 3:18
9 Tenderness 3:11
10 Well Of Silver 3:09
11 Inside Me 4:31

26 August 2016

BLEACH Killing Time 1992

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Curve meets Joy Division

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Bleach is a British guitar-rock quartet formed in July 1989 by brothers Neil Singleton (b.1965 09 14, Ipswich, Suffolk, England) (guitar) and Nick Singleton (b.1968 02 02, Ipswich, Suffolk, England) (bass), Steve Scott (b.1963 11 29, Norwich, Norfolk, England) (drums), and Salli Carson (b.1966 10 06, Yorkshire, England) (vocals). Their debut recording was an EP, Eclipse, followed by a second EP, Snag, and, in 1991, a singles compilation, Bleach. The LP Killing Time appeared in 1992. 

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1 First 4:28
2 Headless 4:59
3 Push 4:56
4 Paint My Face 4:39
5 Friends 3:17
6 Fall 3:59
7 Trip And Slide 5:10
8 Shotgun 3:41
9 Surround 4:46
10 Tangle 5:14

24 August 2016

HAKIM BEY T.A.Z. 1994

Here's an unusual spoken word, ambient record I have not heard since the 90's. Hakim Bey was a supporter of poetic terrorism, a method of creating entities outside the societal norm and performing and creating actions of unusual and creative purpose. Performing harmless pranks on unsuspecting people, or posting random acts of artwork in public, creating a pirate radio station (I had one), leave little fetishes around for people to find (I had a friend do this. He would leave little items in soapboxes in bathrooms, college libraries, anywhere he chose), post a plaque of an event you experienced, or participate in a myriad of other actions that will have a desired effect on people, that is poetic terrorism. Entities such as Burning Man, and the Anonymous Hacker movement can be described as examples of their own kind of poetic terrorism.  There are an unlimited number of things you could do to participate in poetic terrorism and have fun in the process. We used to do this back in the day but I will leave it to your imagination. In my opinion, poetic terrorism should not be designed to injure or terrify anyone and no one should ever be hurt physically or emotionally in the process of participation in poetic terrorism.
Here is Hakim Bey's website which explains more about poetic terrorism. I do not agree with everything he believes or promotes and I Hate the 90s blog is not an endorsement of Hakim Bey, however  his site is an interesting and informative and often humorous read.


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On T.A.Z., writer Hakim Bey reads excerpts from his book of the same name, a work detailing his beliefs that ancient philosophical concepts (such as the Chinese secret society known as a Tong), coupled with modern elements, will return humanity to enlightenment. So it makes sense that Bey's readings are accompanied by backing tracks assembled by legendary producer Bill Laswell. Laswell, as shown by the other, wildly divergent releases on Axiom, has always grafted modern urban sounds and ideas with ancient Eastern musicians and instruments. For T.A.Z. (the title is short for "Temporary Autonomous Zone," Bey's term for a Tong), Laswell constructed ambient, sparse music fusing the sounds of Chinese musician Wu Man with cult guitar hero Buckethead, as well as frequent collaborator Nicky Skopelitis. (Buckethead fans should be forewarned that he plays gentler, more melodic music in the style of his album Colma rather than his usual rapid-fire soloing) The music serves to showcase Bey's voice, which remains at a soothing cadence. His voice never wavers, even when he rabidly excoriates the veneration of police in popular culture, as he does in "Boycott Cop Culture," or when he exhorts listeners to perform pranks in the name of civil disobedience in "Poetic Terrorism." Though the album can be riveting, it has flaws. Sometimes Bey shows off his articulateness excessively, causing his meaning to be totally lost. It's also true that he falls into the danger of preaching to the converted; listeners who are already inclined to agree with his views on society and culture will feel confirmed, while others will simply dismiss him outright. Still, those looking for a modern equivalent to classic albums by the Last Poets and Gil-Scott Heron should seek T.A.Z. out.

Tracklist


1 Chaos 6:04
2 Poetic Terrorism 4:22
3 Amour Fou 4:57
4 Immediatism 13:35
5 The Tong 12:48
6 Boycott Cop Culture 10:38
 

23 August 2016

PETER ASTOR AND THE HOLY ROAD Paradise 1992

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Peter Astor and the Holy Road was the named used by Pete Astor - formerly of The Loft and The Weather Prophets, latterly of Ellis Island Sound and The Wisdom Of Harry - for one album, Paradise, released on Danceteria in 1992.

Tracklist  

1 Almost Falling In Love
2 She Took The T.V.
3 Love, Full-On
4 Secret Life
5 Guy Fawkes' Night
6 Donelly
7 The Hotel At The Edge Of The World
8 Sideways And The Golden Egg
9 Lost Soul
10 Paradise