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Friday, January 29, 2016

Hydromatics Original recording remastered on EASY ACTION RECORDS

cd reissue cover artwork

The Hydromatics was formed by Nick Royale from The Hellacopters and Tony Slug from Amsterdam punkband The Nitwitz. They planned to recorded a series of Sonic's Rendezvous Band cover songs, but the project was long on hold due to the hectic touring schedules of The Hellacopters. However Tony Slug was able to get a hold of Sonic's Rendezvous Band co-founder Scott Morgan and during the Hellacopters second visit to Detroit, Morgan happily accepted the offer to record with Tony and Nick. 

In 1999, Scott and Nick flew to Amsterdam and met up with Tony and his bandmate Theo Brouwer and The Hydromatics were born.The band rehearsed for six days, played three shows in Amsterdam and wrote some new material for the bands debut album "Parts Unknown". 

Original album cover artwork
I Remember it as if it was yesterday. Summer of 1999. I walked into a record store in the city of Ghent and quite immediately stumbled on the wonderful yellow cover of the "Parts Unknown" album. I bought it on the spot. Back home, when I put the clear vinyl on my turntable I was mesmerized by the soulful power and sheer energy that oozed out of the speakers.

British Rock 'n' Roll label EASY ACTION RECORDS released a remastered version of this brilliant record. The cd displays a wonderful new artwork, two tracks with different mix for 7" singles and also 6 live tracks recorded in Freiburg in 1999. All of this amazingly remastered in the most sonic "in your face" way possible!

Although the Hydromatics made a good solid studio album after practising for six days, after six weeks on the road with the Hellacopters and Zen Guerilla they had turned into a lethal rocking monster.  What the band was capable of on stage can be heard on these six live songs recorded off the board in Switzerland. This is the real deal, with no overdubs or fancy producer tricks. It's a pure adrenalin rush from the very first second to the last feedback-drenched note of the glorious Sonic's Rendezvous Band anthem "City Slang". 

This CD is the second in the series of Hydromatics reissues packaged in card gatefold sleeve featuring unseen photos. 

The band is looking to reform in spring of 2016 based on success of these reissues and tour Europe with Radio Birdman Deniz Tek added to the line up.

 An absolute must buy! Get it here:

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Routes - Skeletons

The Routes - Skeletons
In wav - Scans are included
1 At The Bottom
2 Don't Talk On Down To Me
3 El Asesino
4 It's My Time
5 Skeletons
6 Unkind
7 You Ain't Got Soul
8 Day And Night
9 Better Off
10 Into A Hole
11 Don't Wanna Know Your Name
12 World On My Shoulders
13 Meant To Be
14 Be My Jane!lJFQSKYB!n-phE4U7AkjzbvTT0qndNhygVsBJE89RGpKY45ON6r4

Hailing from Hita City in Japan this three piece have released their sophomore full length.

Special thanks to Limburg for this rocking contribution

Sunday, January 17, 2016


SORROWS - LOVE TOO LATE (1981) By request
In Wav - Scans are included

A1 Christabelle
A2 Love Too Late
A3 Cryin' Time
A4 Rita
A5 Breaking My Heart Over You
B1 Tired Of Waiting
B2 So Much Love
B3 What I Used To Know
B4 Play This Song (On The Radio)
B5 It's Not Love Anymore

This sophomore album of the Sorrows was produced by Shel Talmy but frankly he must have fell asleep behind the soundboard because his input isn't really spectacular. I'd rather advise the first album, "Teenage Heartbreak". Not my rip!

The Saucy Jacks - You Make Your Own World

The Saucy Jacks is an Oakland-based mod power-pop quartet lead by Aaron Burnham on Vocals and Guitar with Marty Garrett on bass, Mark Ostopiak on drums, and Julie Chandler on keyboards. 

Aaron picked up where his previous band The Makes Nice left off to create melodic pop influenced by 60's British Invasion sounds an infused with fuzzy garage-punk riffs.

The Saucy Jacks recently released their debut full length, "You Make Your Own World" on Chocolate Covered Records and it is a real masterpiece. Tracks like "Cock of the Walk", "C'mon Jenny", "Blown like a kiss" or "When the Axe Comes Down" are instant power pop classics in their own right and demonstrate the sheer song-writing talent of Aaron and c. Fans of the Kinks or the Nerves will definitely love this record, filled to the rafters with incredible hooks and melodies.

Produced & Engineered by Aaron Burnham at Chocolate Covered Studio in Oakland, CA 

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

KING MUD “Victory Motel Sessions” to be released on February 5, 2016


The two joined forces in Los Angeles for a marathon session that gave birth to an album of hard blues, blue eyed soul, heavy rock, and feedback! They’re also joined by Radio Moscow’s guitar extraordinaire Parker Griggs on a couple of indelible rockers.  In addition to their eight original tracks, King Mud also turn in rousing covers of both Wilko Johnson’s “Keep It Out Of Sight” and The Troggs’ “I Can Only Give You Everything.”

King Mud’s Victory Motel Sessions will be available February 5, 2016 on CD, digital and limited edition colored vinyl through Alive Naturalsound Records.

Thursday, January 7, 2016


Good earthlings, I've got news for you: Thee MARTIAN BOYFRIENDS! are back. And not from anywhere. They are back from PLANET FUZZ! So you know you're in for a treat of 60's garage fuzz and farfisa organ right from the Red Planet. 

Do yourself a favor and purchase it here: