Just got a message saying that the very first post I ever put up here has been removed for copyright infringement - it went up over 14 months ago! Anyway, I guess this might be nothing, or it might be that I've come up on someone's radar...
I'll keep going anyway, it's not the first time, but if anyone's keen to keep in touch with whatever might replace this blog if it all goes pear-shaped then email your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
But maybe all's well. Thanks for looking.
Thursday, 20 May 2010
I don't know anything about this record, really. It's on a German label, it came out sometime in the 90s, and I bought it because I liked (and still like) Mudhoney. What more to add? Well, I don't know who the songs are written by, nor if they're available elsewhere. I also don't know what the Japanese on the cover means. I don't know anything about Gas Huffer either, except that they may have been on Sub Pop. They sound like they were, that's for sure.
So, I don't know anything. But what I do know is that the first chords of the Mudhoney side will take you right back, and the little bit of guitar at the end of the chorus of 'Knife Manual' is superb. I also know that the Gas Huffer cover photo is great. And that Danny out of Withnail & I seems to have joined Mudhoney. Both tracks are fun. Enjoy them.
1. Mudhoney - You Stupid Asshole
2. Gas Huffer - Knife Manual
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Here's another discovery thanks to John Peel, way back. This is a Dutch band, and I don't know a lot about them (other than they have a lady singer, and are pretty indie-sounding), although I do have an LP kicking around somewhere. Anyway, this track is so good I went out and bought it the day after hearing it, and got the album a little after. As I say, it's very indie, but all in a good way, and has a killer of a chorus.
The b-side starts with just bass and vocals, and as a bass player I'm a sucker for that kind of thing. It's also well worth a listen - a good single all round, this one. By the way, the spelling mistake on the b-side is theirs, not mine!
1. Never Dream At All
2. It's Allright
There you go.
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Here's a single of two sides, almost literally. The a-side is great, as you may already know; a track off 'Car Button Cloth', and a very good one at that. However, we're here for the b-sides, you and me, and there are some doozies on this 10".
So, 'Fade To Black' is a Metallica cover, and it's alright. Tell you what, though, if you were ever under the impression that the boy Hetfield could write lyrics then Evan's dulcet tones should knock that idea right out of you! 'Live Forever' is the standout b-side here, which also dates the release to the Oasis-loving period of Evan Dando's past. The solo near the end is superb. 'Keep On Loving You' is a truely chaotic cover of the REO Speedwagon track - well worth a listen/laugh, if only to help explain to your kids why drugs are bad...
1. It's All True
2. Fade To Black
3. Live Forever
4. Keep On Loving You
It's all here. And the photo (below) on the back of the record should have been a clue to the content..!
Saturday, 1 May 2010
So, a killer combination of knitting and heroin... This is the band that Kelley Deal was in post-Breeders, and pre-Breeders, and also before a band with the singer from Skid Row and the drummer from the Smashing Pumpkins. Weird career. I'm a big fan of her voice, which isn't to everyone's taste I know, but if you're partial to it then you're in for a treat. The single itself is brilliant, and also a grower, which is a winning combination. The b-side is a proper shouty/sing-y number, also great.
Hope you like it. You will, I'm sure. Give it a try...
2. Get The Writing