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Friday, April 30, 2010

The Shimmys - Brunettes On The Rocks (2009)

The Shimmys - Brunettes On The Rocks (2009)
@ 320 kbps - Covers are included


Second album of garage trash from Australia's premier all girl combo. Suzi, Babs and Kitty return with a more ferocious garage stomp this time 'round. So beware, don't let their saucy looks fool you into thinking they're all sweet 'cause this album proves The Shimmys will dig their fingernails in DEEP once they get their hooks on you!! Includes killer new originals like "Doctor Doctor", "Two Pot Screamer", "He's My Werewolf" plus a few raunchy covers; "Don't Slander Me", "Whatcha Gonna Do". For fans of Gore Gore Girls, Headcoatees, 5678's, and "girls in the garage" styled trash.

Thanx a lot to Iñigo for this brilliant contribution.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Scientists - Blood Red River 1982-1984

The Scientists - Blood Red River 1982-1984
@ 320 kbps - Covers are included
1. Set It On Fire
2. Blood Red River
3. Revhead
4. Burnout
5. The Spin
6. When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow
7. Swampland
8. This Is My Happy Hour
9. We Had Love
10. Clear Spot
11. Nitro
12. Solid Gold Hell
13. Murderess In A Purple Dress
14. Backwards Man
15. Demolition Derby
To look at the career of the Scientists is, in essence, to look at the career of Kim Salmon, one of the most vibrant musical talents to emerge from Australia in the 1970s. Not that he was the only one. Nick Cave, for example, may have made more of a splash outside of the country, but Salmon is arguably just as important -- if not more influential. His first group, formed in 1976, was the Cheap Nasties -- which already gives some indication of his distinctive "trash" aesthetic (à la the Trashmen, the Ramones, etc.). The Nasties were the first punk band to emerge from the remote city of Perth in Western Australia. Salmon has claimed they really weren't much good, but they did give birth to the Perth punk scene -- from which many of Australia's finest musicians would emerge. When the Nasties came to an end the following year, Salmon went on to join the Invaders. The Scientists rose from the ashes of this (also unrecorded) band in 1978. The lineup included Salmon on guitar and vocals, Boris Sujdovic on bass, Rod Radalj on guitar, and James Baker, from the Victims, on drums and lyrics. Membership in the Scientists would mutate several times over the years (Dennis Byrne, for instance, would soon assume bass duties).

The name of the band came from Salmon's childhood interest in science, specifically nuclear physics. To judge from some of his later lyrics, he was also a big science fiction fan ("It Came Out of the Sky," etc.). The first single was "Frantic Romantic" (backed with "Shake (Together Tonight)"), proto-punk garage pop in the vein of Australia's Easybeats or Northern Ireland's Undertones (with Salmon sounding a lot like the Kinks' Ray Davies), and wasn't necessarily representative of the bigger, darker noise to come. As a preteen, Salmon liked to listen to British pop/rock like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. As a teen, he moved on to heavy metal like Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin. He would discover American underground rock later and it would have a more indelible influence on the Scientists' sound.

This version of the group toured Eastern Australia and followed up with a self-titled EP in 1980 (with Ian Sharples on bass and Ben Juniper on guitar). The Sweet Corn Sessions, released in 1988, would combine this EP (recorded in Perth's Sweet Corn Studios) with "Frantic Romantic." In 1990, the material would again be reissued as Pissed on Another Planet, with different artwork. The group finally released a self-titled LP in 1981 as a three-piece (with Salmon, Baker, and Sharples). Shortly afterwards, however, they broke up. Fortunately, it was only for a short time. (In 1995, this lineup of the band would reunite with Juniper for a one-off gig in Perth.) By this time, Radalj and Baker had left for Sydney, where they hooked up with Dave Faulkner, another Perth refugee and ex-Victim, in a precursor to the Hoodoo Gurus -- Le Hoodoo Gurus (which began life as the Gurus before Radalj and then Baker had joined).

Around this time, Salmon formed a band called Louie Louie with Kim Williams, who had produced the first Scientists album and co-wrote "Swampland," but the project only lasted a few months. Salmon and Sujdovic then re-formed the band as Scientists, and Salmon became the primary songwriter. In 1981, they also migrated to Sydney. Salmon's musical interests had since segued to American proto-punk like the Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart, and Television. As with other seminal Australian punk rockers like Radio Birdman and the Birthday Party, the Stooges would prove to be particularly influential. The ultimate goal was minimalism, to pare things down to their primal essence and to avoid pretense at all costs -- to the extent of writing purposefully "dumb" lyrics, as Salmon has described them. The result was primitive, psychotic, feedback-drenched swamp blues with a hint of twang (Hank Williams' legacy had also worked its way into the equation). The new lineup (Salmon, Tony Thewlis, Brett Rixon (from Louie Louie), and Sujdovic) would release the EP Blood Red River in 1983 on Au-go-go, one of Australia's premiere punk labels. By this time, Salmon had also fallen under the sway of Suicide, and it showed as the band was growing heavier in the bass department, more rhythmically repetitive and hypnotic, more dissonant and distorted guitar-wise (à la Link Wray), and increasingly manic and malevolent vocally (somewhat akin to the Cramps -- but with an unmistakable Aussie accent). The title Blood Red River would also be used for the 15-track compilation released by Sympathy for the Record Industry in 2001. Scientists soon developed a following in Sydney that surpassed their fan base in Perth. They continued to tour and made a video in support of Blood Red River. Their next release was the EP This Heart Doesn't Run on Blood, This Heart Doesn't Run on Love, followed by another tour.

Just as the Birthday Party and the Go-Betweens had found success in London, Scientists would make the same move in 1984. They would next release the LP Weird Love -- one of their best -- and EPs Demolition Derby (a Belgian import) and Atom Bomb Baby (recorded live in London) and, as a single, "You Only Live Twice" (virtually unrecognizable from the James Bond original). But their timing, unfortunately, was off. With a few exceptions, the British press -- most notably the NME -- did not welcome them as warmly as Salmon had hoped. By following in the wake of the Birthday Party, they were perceived by some critics as copyists, even if they had been working on their sound for just as long -- and from a different lyrical and geographical perspective (the Birthday Party had formed in Melbourne).

The next few releases consisted primarily of archival material. You Get What You Deserve (1985) combines Atom Bomb Baby, Demolition Derby, and the B-side from "You Only Live Twice" ("If It's the Last Thing I Do"), and Heading for a Trauma combines four new songs with Demolition Derby, a few older singles, and a radio session. Drummer Rixon and Sujdovic (whose visa had expired) had since left the band (Rixon would die in 1993 of drug-related causes). Rubber Never Sleeps, a tape-only release consisting of live material (from 1978-1983), came next. Then Weird Love (1986) was re-recorded as a three-piece (with Leanne Chock replacing Rixon) along with "Nitro" from the This Heart EP and the original version of "You Only Live Twice." It was the first Scientists recording to be released in the United States and Big Time did the honors. (The label would also release recordings by the Hoodoo Gurus and the Lime Spiders in the U.S.)

Scientists spent much of this time touring Europe with Alex Chilton, the Gun Club, the Jesus and Mary Chain, Alan Vega (from Suicide), and others. Their next full-length, The Human Jukebox (1987), consisted of new material, but only Salmon and Tony Thewlis now remained from the lineup that had come from Sydney (they were joined by Nick Combe). It was the beginning of the end. Scientists broke up that year, and Salmon moved back to Perth. Gone, but not forgotten, Scientists' excellent cover of Captain Beefheart's "Clear Spot" would be included on the 1988 tribute release, Fast 'n' Bulbous.

Although Scientists had called it quits, the irrepressible Kim Salmon most certainly had not. He would go on to form a new, somewhat similar group that year, Kim Salmon and the Surrealists, which would incorporate soul and funk into the mix. Throughout his career with the Scientists and the bands to come, Salmon had also been involved with the Beasts of Bourbon -- basically Tex Perkins' brainchild -- (as guitarist and lyricist) from 1983 until the end of 1993 (ex-Scientist Sujdovic was a member as well). Salmon's other projects have included Salamander Jim (again with Perkins), Kim Salmon's Human Jukebox, Kim Salmon's STM, Kim Salmon and the Business (an extension of the Surrealists; similar approach, different lineup), and Antenna (a techno-pop project with old Perth-mate Dave Faulkner). He has even worked as a solo artist on occasion (as with the single, "Lightning Scary"), but appears to prefer a group dynamic.

No matter what he may do next, Kim Salmon will always be -- or certainly always should be -- remembered for the musical ground he broke with the Scientists. At their best they were so far ahead of their time, they transcended the very notion. The proto-grunge they were cooking up in the late '70s/early '80s prefigured the music Sonic Youth, the Spacemen 3, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion would be cranking out a decade later. In 1993, they received their own tribute compilation in the form of Set It on Fire!, which featured covers by Mudhoney and the Laughing Hyenas. Mudhoney would even perform a live version of "We Had Love" with Salmon in Australia. Henry Rollins, whose group the Rollins Band has toured with him, has gone so far as to declare the man a "national treasure." It only seemed right and natural when Sub Pop released the Scientists compilation, Absolute, with material hand-picked by the band, in 1991. A debt had been paid, and America had another chance to discover what Australia had known for a long time (Sub Pop's release of the compilation, The Essential Radio Birdman: 1974-1978, in 2001 would help to right a similar wrong). ~ Kathleen C. Fennessy, All Music Guide

Monday, April 26, 2010

The mullens

The mullens
@ 320 kbps - Covers are included

1. Step On The Gas
2. That Lip
3. Got A Gun
4. Your Little Scene
5. I Stink
6. Not So Nice
7. All Fours
8. Thought You Left
9. This And That
10. Get Off My carpet
11. Looks Like Fun
12. Black Molly
13. Start Smokin'
14. You Thought Wrong
YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHHH!This here is a super Radio Birdman/New York Dolls, garage, rock'n'roll record that takes sounds from the past and blasts them into the future! All tough Stones-like punkers from start to finish. " Thought You Left " is what modern garage rock should be all about! But, but, but, these cats are NO retro copy-cat act. No gimmicks, no red and white outfits and no rich New York daddy to foot the bill! This is a vinyl rip!!!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Motions - Introduction To The Motions - 1965 Their Own Way - 1967 (2001)

The Motions - Introduction To The Motions - 1965 Their Own Way - 1967 (2001)
@ 320 kbps - Covers are included
Introduction To The Motions
01. Love Won't Stop
02. I've Waited So Long
03. I'll Follow The Sun
04. The Girl From New York City
05. You Bother Me
06. I Want Someone To Love
07. It's Gone
08. No Matter Where You Run
09. Be The Woman I Need
10. I've Got Misery
11. Who'll Save My Soul
12. For Another Man
13. We Fell In Love (bonus track)
14. Wasted Words (bonus track)
Their Own Way
15. My Babe
16. You've Hurt Yourself
17. My Love Is Growing
18. Hard Time Blues
19. Late Last Night
20. Why Don't You Take It
21. Sittin' On The Top Of The Roof
22. Too Late To Be Sorry
23. You Can't Fight It
24. There's No Place To Hide
25. Everything That's Mine
26. Every Step I Take (bonus track)
27. Stop Your Crying (bonus track)
28. It's The Same Old Song (bonus track)
29. Someday Child (bonus track)
30. You've Hurt Yourself (bonus track, previously unreleased stereo version)
The Motions from The Hague were one of the bigger groups of the 1960s Dutch beat explosion. They were formed in 1964 from the remnants of Ritchie Clark and the Ricochets and went on to become hitmakers for the next several years. The Walker Brothers even recorded "My Love Is Growing", a song The Motions' Robbie van Leeuwen had written (the Motions had recorded it as a flipside to "Why Don't You Take It") and the Walkers' manager John Stewart produced The Motions' second LP, "In Their Own Way". The single, "Freedom", reached the lower regions of the American charts in 1969.
From 1964 to 1967, the line-up was stable: Rudy Bennett (i.r.l. Ruud van de Berg - vocals, earlier as Ritchie Clark and the Ricochets), Robbie van Leeuwen (guitar, ex-Atmospheres & Ricochets, later the founder of both Shocking Blue and Galaxy Lin), Henk Smitskamp (bass, ex-Willy & Giants, later to Livin' Blues) & Sieb Warner (i.r.l. Siebolt Warntjes - drums, ex-Ricochets, later to Golden Earring). This line-up had a string of hits in The Netherlands during 1965 and 1966 with singles like "Wasted Words" and "It's The Same Old Song". Their first album, "Introduction To The Motions", is considered one of the best albums of the era.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Pow City!FABulous Shakers Soul Party Reup by request

Pow City!FABulous Shakers Soul Party Reup by request
Flac - Covers are included
1 Ditalians - I Gotta Go
2 Little Richard - Soul Train
3 Eddy G. Giles* - Go Go Train
4 Dottie Campbell - He's About A Mover
5 Roscoe Robinson - You Don't Move Me No More
6 King Coleman - Do The Boogaloo
7 Milton Howard - The Funky Shing-A-Ling
8 Gate Wesley & Band - Do The Batman
9 Lonnie Youngblood - Go Go Shoes
10 Chet Poison Ivy* - Poo Poo Man
11 Freddy Scott* - Pow City
12 Soul Brothers Six - What You Got
13 Johnny Jones & The King Casuals* - It's Gonna Be Good
14 Jesse Anderson - Get Loose When You Get Loose
15 Warren Lee - Under Dog Back Street
16 Andre Williams (2) - The Stroke
17 Roy Hightower & Gant Green - False Advertising
18 Jomo (2) - Uhuru
19 Willie Parker - You Got Your Finger In My Eye
20 Tony Borders - Polly Wolly
21 Interpretations* - Automatic Soul Part 2
22 Lonnie Youngblood - Go Go Place

Great collection of dance oriented up tempo soul and funk from the mid 60s - much of it new to CD. Little Richard is here with the exciting Soul Train, which I don't think has been on CD before, showing he was far from being counted out as a contemporary performer. Other artists include The Ditalians, Dottie Campbell (a great cover of Sir Doug's (S)he's About A Mover), King Coleman, Gate Wesley & Band (explaining how to Do The Batman), Chet "Poison" Ivy (with the unfortunately named Poo Poo Man), The Soul Brothers Six (the fabulous What You Got), Jesse Anderson, Andre Williams, Jomo, Tony Borders and others. Lots of fun!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Fleshtones - 1982 - live - philadelphia (28.09.1982)....

The Fleshtones - 1982 - live - philadelphia (28.09.1982)
@ 320 kbps - Covers are included

01. Captivate Me
02. Legend Of A Wheelman
03. Screamin' Skull
04. Ride Your Pony
05. Shadow Line
06. Sting Ray Dancers
07. The DrEg
08. What's So New (About You)
09. I've Gotta Change My Life
10. bOSS hOSS
11. All Around The World
12. Burnin' Hell
13. Roman Gods
14. Nobody But Me > Vindicators Theme
15. Time Has Come
16. Stop Foolin' Around

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Plimsouls - The Plimsouls... Plus

The Plimsouls - The Plimsouls... Plus
@ 320 kbps - Covers are included
1. Lost Time
2. Now
3. In This Town
4. Zero Hour
5. Women
6. Hush, Hush
7. I Want What You Got
8. Nickels and Dimes
9. I Want You Back
10. Mini-Skirt Minnie
11. Everyday Things
12. Memory
13. Dizzy Miss Lizzy
14. Great Big World
15. Zero Hour [Original Version]
16. Hypnotized
17. How Long Will It Take?
18. I Can't Turn You Loose
19. When You Find Out
20. Hush, Hush [Live]

Formed in Los Angeles in 1978, the Plimsouls merged roots, retro and guitar rock with a ramshackle punk aesthetic. At a time when rock music was shifting gears, the Plimsouls' brand of soul-punk -- a modern take on '60s soul, British Invasion and garage rock sounds -- fit right in with the '80s post-punk American guitar band movement.

Next sunday, the Easter bunny will bring you - for 24 hours only!!! - the newly released Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal. Now you're warned and you got no reason to come whining afterwards :-)))))