Monday, December 24, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 16


Featured Acts:

3D Picnic, 5uu's, Andy & the Rattlesnakes, Benedict Arnold And The Traitors*, Bluebeard, Cliche, Corpus Delicti, Dennis Cooper, Departmentstore Santas, Dyan Diamond, Failsafe, Frank Zappa, Friends of Ghosts, Iron Curtain, Jon St. James, Kim Fowley, Kommunity FK, L7, Left Insane, Malabolge, Mary's Danish, Meat Puppets, Mellow Man Ace, Modern Warfare, New Marines, Rich La Bonté, Rubber City Rebels, Scott Goddard, Sin 34, Sixtieth Parrallel, Stewart Copeland / Stanard Ridgway, Stukas Over Bedrock, Tender Fury, The Bullets, The Last, The Point, Them Rhythm Ants, This Ascension, Wall Of Voodoo, What Is This, What Makes Donna Twirl?

5uu's, Bel Marduk and Tiamat (U:r Records, 1985)

1 Frank Zappa – Duke of Prunes (1979) 4:20
2 Andy & the Rattlesnakes – Patience (1982) 4:11
3 Wall Of Voodoo – Longarm (1980) 3:46
4 Corpus Delicti – Child Child (1984) 4:45
5 Dennis Cooper – Seven Poets Chosen By John Ashberry (Dedicated To Tim Dlugos) (1983) 2:18
6 Mary's Danish – Don't Crash the Car Tonight (1988) 3:22
7 Malabolge – Rains Come Down (1985) 3:36
8 The Point – Pothead (1983) 5:47
9 Kommunity FK – No Fear (1983) 5:13
10 Departmentstore Santas – Kaleidoscope (1984) 2:49
11 Meat Puppets – Tumblin' Tumbleweeds (1983) 2:00
12 Bluebeard – The Good Life (Turnin Tricks For Her Man) (1978) 4:27
13 What Is This – I'll Be Around (1985) 5:07
14 Modern Warfare – Dayglo (1980) 1:00
15 3D Picnic – Murdermaid (1991) 3:03
16 Kim Fowley – Visions Of The Future (1978) 3:30
17 Mellow Man Ace – Mentirosa (1989) 4:18
18 This Ascension – Groove (1989) 4:19
19 Friends of Ghosts – Juju Digby Juju (1986) 3:57
20 Iron Curtain – The Burning (1987) 5:01
21 Sixtieth Parrallel – Into Bliss (1988) 3:18
22 L7 – Snake Handler (1988) 2:29

This Ascension, Tears in Rain (Tess Records, 1989)

23 5uu's – The Birth Of Ancient Internationalism (1985) 4:04
24 The Last – You (1989) 4:47
25 Benedict Arnold And The Traitors – Kill The Hostages (1980) 1:52*
26 Scott Goddard – Nikita Kruschev (1983) 1:27
27 Wall Of Voodoo – Mexican Radio (1982) 3:58
28 Tender Fury – Slaughter the Lion (1987) 3:44
29 Them Rhythm Ants – 50 Opinions on Death (1981) 1:00
30 What Makes Donna Twirl? – Amber Skin (1986) 6:04
31 Stukas Over Bedrock – Bedrock Bedlam (1983) 1:04
32 Dyan Diamond – In The Dark (1978) 4:01
33 Corpus Delicti – No Conflict (1984) 2:56
34 The Bullets – That Certain Glow (1987) 3:48
35 Failsafe – You Live Your Life (1981) 3:08
36 Jon St. James – The Girl Who Seduced the World (1984) 5:49
37 This Ascension – Alex Kidd (1989) 3:55
38 Left Insane – Anastasia (1990) 4:25
39 Rubber City Rebels – Paper Dolls (1979) 2:30
40 The Point – All My Life (1983) 2:04
41 Sin 34 – New Wave Slut (1983) 1:04
42 Malabolge – When You See Her (1985) 2:32
43 Rich La Bonté РChance Circumstance (1980) 4:37
44 New Marines – Too Far (1988) 4:14
45 Stewart Copeland / Stanard Ridgway – Don't Box Me In (1983) 5:05
46 5uu's – Birth Of The Scale Of Life (1985) 3:22
47 Cliche – I Ran from Iran (1980) 2:49


* Benedict Arnold & The Traitors "Kill the Hostages," Copyright 1980, 2008, Benedict Arnold & The Traitors/Right Brain Music (BMI). Visit the website at: http://www.benedictarnoldandthetraitors.com/


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 15


Featured Acts:

A Noise Agency, Blackbird, Burning Sensations, Caterwaul, Christian Lunch, Cindy & the Gidget Haters, Deception Bay, Ethan James, Francis X and the Bushmen, Friends of Ghosts, Game Theory, Gary Panter, Gary Panter & Jay Cotton, Gone, Gothic Hut, Her Movie, Hollywood Squares, Human Drama, Lawndale, Marina Swingers, Motor Totemist Guild, Naughty Sweeties, Non Credo, Peace Corpse, Pilgrim State, Project 197, Scott Goddard, Shut Up, Silver Chalice, Smegma, Steve Tetzloff, Swamp Zombies, Ten Foot Faces, The Act, The Fiends, The Last, The Orchids, The Unknowns, Tim Lee & Matt Piucci (Gone Fishin'), Trotsky Icepick, Visiting Kids

Friends of Ghosts, Realm of the Senses (self-released, 1986)

1 Friends of Ghosts — Sinister Daze (1987) 2:52
2 The Unknowns — The Streets (1982) 2:42
3 Francis X and the Bushmen — Grey Talk (1987) 4:15
4 Visiting Kids — Nepotism (1990) 3:15
5 Peace Corpse — Mental Malady (1986) 3:12
6 Pilgrim State — Deathwish (1983) 3:24
7 The Orchids — Radio Dream (The Last Song) (1980) 1:50
8 Swamp Zombies — A Simple Desultory (1985) 2:16
9 Ten Foot Faces — Get Out of That Tree (1986) 2:23
10 Motor Totemist Guild — Get Angry (1984) 2:43
11 Naughty Sweeties — Wonder Will I Get Mine (1980) 3:11
12 Her Movie — Camouflage (1981) 2:11
13 Caterwaul — On the Front Porch (1988) 2:48
14 Silver Chalice — Evil Birds (1985) 4:13
15 Gary Panter & Jay Cotton — God Save the Queen (1989) 3:15
16 Project 197 — Plastic Straws (1980) 2:23
17 Gone Fishin' — Too Many Eyes (1986) 3:11
18 Human Drama — Old Man (1989) 3:43
19 Cindy & the Gidget Haters — Pogoin's For Me (1980) 2:18
20 Scott Goddard — Your Fool (1984) 3:01
21 The Act — Telephone (1981) 4:06
22 Lawndale — Gone Fishin' (1986) 4:25
23 Ethan James — The Absinthe Drinker (1990) 2:56
24 Game Theory — Book of Millionaires (1986) 2:20
25 Trotsky Icepick — Cornfield (1989) 4:55
26 Deception Bay — All My Future (1991) 4:50

Ten Foot Faces, Daze of Corndogs & Yoyos (Pitch-A-Tent, 1986)

27 Gothic Hut — Undermatter (1988) 5:37
28 Smegma — Die Wo-Wo (1979) 1:36
29 Swamp Zombies — Fire & Dogs (1985) 3:31
30 Shut Up — Every (1986) 1:39
31 Ten Foot Faces — Don't Want Love (1986) 2:33
32 Friends of Ghosts — Eleven Boy (1986) 2:09
33 Caterwaul — A Flower and a Stone (1987) 4:08
34 Gary Panter — Tornader to the Tater (1981) 3:16
35 The Unknowns — Crime Wave (1982) 2:05
36 Hollywood Squares — Organized Crime (1978) 3:22
37 The Fiends — Ramblin' Rose (1984) 2:08
38 Pilgrim State — Trilogy 1 (1983) 2:31
39 Non Credo — Wild Humans (1988) 3:08
40 Burning Sensations — Belly of the Whale (1983) 5:00
41 Trotsky Icepick — Clown On Fire (Version) (1986) 0:58
42 Gone — Ch. 69 (1986) 3:25
43 Christian Lunch — This Media Sucks! (1990) 4:30
44 Gone Fishin' — Touch The Gold (1986) 3:23
45 The Last — Somebody New (1989) 3:41
46 Scott Goddard — Panic in Van Nuys (1984) 2:47
47 Marina Swingers — Admiralty Way (1979) 3:03
48 The Orchids — Girls (1980) 3:30
49 Steve Tetzloff — Not An Enemy (1985) 3:32
50 Gothic Hut — Take a Look and See (1988) 2:45
51 A Noise Agency — Fun (1985) 1:13
52 Blackbird — What Goes On (1989) 6:59

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 14


Featured Acts:

8088, Agent Orange, All, Blackbird, Blue Daisies, Boyd Rice, Bulimia Banquet, Burning Sensations, Chas Smith, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Cold September, Crimony, Failsafe , Holy Sisters of the Gaga Dada, Jesters of Destiny, Kim Rosenfield, L.A. Burgers, Lawndale, Mark Lane, Mumbles, New Marines, Nick Paine, Paul Roessler, Raszebrae, Red Temple Spirits, Scott Fraser, Steaming Coils, Sunset Bombers, Susan Rhee and the Orientals, Swamp Zombies, The Dull, The Flesh Eaters, The Screamers, Tom Stevens, Trotsky Icepick, Venus And The Razorblades, Zimbo Chimps

Cold September, Looking Up At Them At Me (Azra Records, 1986)

Disk 1
1 Blue Daisies — Suck Me (1985) 5:50
2 All — Alfredo's (1988) 3:52
3 Cindy Lee Berryhill — Damn, Wish I Was A Man (1987) 3:06
4 Mumbles — Diamond (1990) 4:09
5 Kim Rosenfield — Four Selections From The Book 'Some Of Us' (1983) 3:19
6 Sunset Bombers — I Can't Control Myself (1978) 3:34
7 Crimony — Vampire Party (1988) 2:37
8 Holy Sisters of the Gaga Dada — For Pete's Sake / Shades Of Gray (1986) 3:05
9 Cold September — Veil Of Guise (1986) 4:16
10 Nick Paine — California Beaming (1981) 3:58
11 Zimbo Chimps — In A Cave (1985) 2:49
12 Raszebrae — Stray People (1985) 3:09
13 Tom Stevens — Telephone (1982) 3:37
14 Chas Smith — Santa Fe (1982) 2:27
15 The Screamers — Punished Or Be Damned (1978) 5:25
16 Steaming Coils — Golding Operations (1987) 3:24
17 Lawndale — Interstellar Caravan (1986) 2:52
18 8088 — Stick Man (1985) 3:15
19 The Flesh Eaters — Sleeping Sickness (1980) 1:42
20 Paul Roessler — Mouse Maze (1983) 1:21
21 Blackbird — More (1987) 5:09
22 Failsafe — 1943 (In Germany) (1984) 3:33
23 Jesters of Destiny — Diggin That Grave (1986) 5:13

Zimbo Chimps, 7" (Budget Ranch Records, 1985)

Disk 2
24 Trotsky Icepick — Home Surgery (1993) 3:09
25 Susan Rhee and the Orientals — I Love You I Hate You (1984) 4:02
26 Boyd Rice — Untitled (1977) 1:40
27 All — Sex In The Way (1988) 2:19
28 Red Temple Spirits — Soft Machine (1989) 4:20
29 Burning Sensations — Pablo Picasso (1984) 4:00
30 Mark Lane — Love Is So Aggravating (1981) 2:34
31 L.A. Burgers — Hello Goodbye (1980) 2:00
32 Agent Orange — Fire In The Rain (1986) 3:20
33 Scott Fraser — Communique (1988) 7:08
34 Mumbles — Johnny Go (1990) 7:16
35 Zimbo Chimps — Inca Vacation (1985) 5:21
36 Bulimia Banquet — Allansan (1989) 1:45
37 Swamp Zombies — We Just Don't Belong (1989) 4:14
38 The Dull — She's a Nuclear Bomb (1986) 4:31
39 New Marines — Do It For Science (1983) 3:38
40 Raszebrae — Purity (1985) 3:01
41 Blackbird — Time To Go (1987) 6:14
42 Paul Roessler — Dull Dreary World (1983) 3:29
43 Venus And The Razorblades — Punk-A-Rama (1978) 5:19

Monday, October 29, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 13


Featured Acts:

Con Safos, Dinosaurs With Horns, Dred Scott, fIREHOSE, Great Buildings, Great City, Legal Weapon, Mood of Defiance, No Crisis, Painted Willie, Rank And File, Red Scare, Saccharine Trust, Secret Hate, Slava Ranko, Slovenly, Solid State, Sue Saad and the Next, Super Heroines, Susan Rhees and the Orientals, Taboo Zoo, The Dils, The Leaving Trains, The Long Ryders, The Reactors, The Spell, The Textones, To Damascus, True West, Vivabeat, Voodoo Church, When Kids Are Alone, White Glove Test, Zippers

Legal Weapon, Interior Hearts (Arsenal Records, 1985)

Disk 1
1 Saccharine Trust — Drugstore Logic (1986) 2:28
2 Legal Weapon — Too High (1985) 4:14
3 Great Buildings — One Way Out (1981) 3:35
4 The Dils — Sound Of The Rain (1978) 3:21
5 Mood of Defiance — Sticky Lips (1982) 2:33
6 When Kids Are Alone — The Sand The Surf and the Sea (1987) 3:48
7 Dred Scott — I Believe You All (1979) 2:34
8 fIREHOSE — Honey, Please (1987) 2:23
9 Susan Rhees and the Orientals — There's Something In The Air (1983) 4:32
10 White Glove Test — Peter (1986) 3:04
11 The Spell — Invisible Target (1984 ) 2:53
12 The Leaving Trains — Leaving Train (1984) 2:34
13 Painted Willie — Ragged Army (1984) 1:47
14 True West — Lucifer Sam (1982) 3:12
15 Slovenly — Sand (1987) 3:32
16 Vivabeat — Napalm Springs (1982) 4:33
17 When Kids Are Alone — Clouds Colliding (1986) 4:03
18 Sue Saad and the Next — Young Girl (1980) 3:56
19 Zippers — You're So Strange (1977) 2:45
20 The Long Ryders — Too Close To The Light (1987) 4:12
21 The Reactors — It's Hard to be a Rebel (1980) 2:34
22 Red Scare — Flight 007 (1984) 2:46
23 Legal Weapon — Death Of Innocence (1982) 3:35
24 No Crisis — She's Into the Scene (1982) 2:48
25 Super Heroines — I'm Not Here (1982) 2:13

Susan Rhee and the Orientals, s/t 12" (Real Records, 1984)

26 Dinosaurs With Horns — Dinosaurs With Horns (1983) 1:13
27 Solid State — These Times (1983) 3:27
28 Rank And File — Rank and File (1982) 4:51
29 Great City — Night Flight to Tangiers (1986) 5:05
30 Vivabeat — The House Is Burning (but there's no one home) (1982) 4:15
31 White Glove Test — Dream #10 (1986) 3:41
32 Voodoo Church — Live With The Dead (1982) 2:50
33 To Damascus — Hearts to Cry (1986) 3:54
34 Taboo Zoo — I'm Alive (1983) 3:41
35 When Kids Are Alone — The Thinnest Line (1987) 3:59
36 Legal Weapon — What's Wrong With Me (1982) 3:54
37 Mood of Defiance — Girls in a  Painting (1982) 2:37
38 The Leaving Trains — 10 Generations (1986) 3:39
39 Secret Hate — Rixadik (1983) 1:31
40 Slava Ranko — Twin god babies (1981) 5:48
41 Great Buildings — Maybe It's You (1981) 5:06
42 The Reactors — Heretic Song (1980) 2:56
43 Con Safos — C/S (1983) 7:43
44 The Textones — Vacation (1980) 1:47
45 Vivabeat — Henry James (1982) 4:42
46 Susan Rhees and the Orientals — Little Miss Proper (1983) 4:09
47 The Long Ryders — Born To Believe In You (1987) 3:10



Monday, October 22, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 12


Featured Acts:

Alfalfa, Artistic Decline, Brent Wilcox, Cold September, Concrete Blonde, Eazy Teeth, Fear, Feederz The, First Men on the Sun, Flesh Eaters, Food And Shelter, Holly Beth Vincent, Homeland, Intra Muros, L.A. Turds, Life After Death, Mark Lane, Missing Persons, Painted Willie, Pat Smear, Q, Rain Parade, Saccharine Trust, Skin Trade, Slow Children, Stepmothers, Stocking Heads, Tater Totz, The Blasters, The Brat, The Bytes, The Furys, The Hollywood Stars, The Pearls, The Rub, Tyrants in Therapy, X, Young Moderns

The Flesh Eaters, A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die (Ruby Records, 1981)

Disk 1
1 Flesh Eaters — See You In The Boneyard (1981) 3:30
2 Rain Parade — This Can't Be Today (1983) 4:35
3 Alfalfa — Jewels (1985) 3:09
4 Fear — We Got To Get Out Of This Place (1982) 2:38
5 First Men on the Sun — Cary Grant's Hallucination (1995) 2:16
6 X — Adult Books (1981) 3:19
7 Mark Lane — Pushing and Pulling (1981) 3:15
8 Holly Beth Vincent — Honalu (1982) 3:49
9 Stepmothers — To Sir With Love (1981) 3:00
10 The Rub — Who Killed Bob Crane? (1987) 3:35
11 Painted Willie — Chia Pet (1986) 5:26
12 Cold September — Looking Up At Them At Me (1986) 2:21
13 Food And Shelter — What Is The Problem? (1984) 4:09
14 Missing Persons — I Like Boys (1980) 2:39
15 Intra Muros — 33 RPM (1985) 3:25
16 Concrete Blonde — TRUE (1986) 3:00
17 Life After Death — Marks (1985) 2:33
18 The Furys — Hey Ma (1977) 2:34
19 Tater Totz — Give Peace A Chance / We Will Rock You (1988) 2:47
20 Pat Smear — Lulu Belle (1992) 2:04
21 Young Moderns — Disposable Girl (1982) 1:42
22 Artistic Decline — Fallen In Love (1983) 1:32
23 Saccharine Trust — I Have... (1981) 1:56
24 Stocking Heads — Song A Minute (1983) 2:36
25 Stepmothers — I Hear A Rumble (1981) 3:06
26 Skin Trade — My Heart Is King (1986) 3:45

Holly Beth Vincent, Holly & The Italians (Epic, 1982)

27 Homeland — Alexander the Metal Worker (1987) 5:29
28 The Bytes — Why Didn't You Call Me (1983) 3:05
29 Q — Sushi (1982) 2:02
30 Slow Children — Talk About Horses (1981) 2:49
31 Eazy Teeth — Car Noise (1980) 4:28
32 The Furys — Suburbia Suburbia (1978) 3:09
33 The Blasters — I Wish You Would (1980) 2:42
34 X — White Girl (1981) 3:27
35 Feederz The — Avon Lady (1980) 1:49
36 The Hollywood Stars — I Need You Tonight (1977) 3:24
37 Mark Lane — Cartel Danse (1981) 5:17
38 Intra Muros — Within the Walls (1985) 2:44
39 The Pearls — Running in Circles (1980) 4:27
40 Life After Death — It Happens Anyway (1985) 2:37
41 Artistic Decline — Andy Warhol (1983) 1:43
42 Stocking Heads — Lose Control (1983) 2:21
43 Young Moderns — Body Won't Obey (1982) 3:06
44 Brent Wilcox — Parts Dignity (1981) 6:17
45 Skin Trade — There's No Word (1986) 2:43
46 Flesh Eaters — Wedding Dice (1987) 4:16
47 The Brat — Attitudes (1980) 1:59
48 L.A. Turds — The Ends (1984) 3:20
49 Q — Video Girl (1982) 2:54
50 Tyrants in Therapy — In the Shadow of Hitler (1984) 2:31
51 Holly Beth Vincent — Cool Love (Is Spreading Around) (1982) 4:38

Monday, August 13, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 11


Featured Acts:

17 Pygmies, Angst, Autistics, Baby Blue, Berlin, Carl Stone, Deep Six, Descendents, Detox, Dos, Earth Dies Burning, Eazy Teeth, Erth, Food And Shelter, Holly And The Italians, Invisible Zoo, Jamie Sheriff, Johnny's, Jon St. James, Kendra Smith, Linda J. Albertano, Mark Nine, Mestizo, Necropolis of Love, Painted Willie, Pleasure Mask, Q, Red Scare, Resistance, Slovenly, The Blades, The Brainiacs, The Kipper Kids, The Pop, The Rain Parade, The Reactors, The Rub, The Soul Brothers, The Unknowns, Vox Pop, X, Z6, Zamp Nicall

Deep Six, Ghostride (Ici, 1981) 

Disk 1
1 The Unknowns — Not My Memory (1981) 2:21
2 X — I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts (1983) 4:15
3 Earth Dies Burning — Pork Yoghurt (1982) 0:41
4 Dos — Taking Away The Fire (1986) 4:15
5 Angst — Some Things (I Can't Get Used To) (1986) 3:26
6 Z6 — You, Eugene & Me (1982) 3:03
7 Holly And The Italians — Youth Coup (1981) 2:41
8 Deep Six — Ghostride (1981) 2:49
9 The Brainiacs — Suzie's So Unsure (1979) 2:02
10 Berlin — Tell Me Why (1981) 4:10
11 17 Pygmies — Childbride + Cheganca (1983) 3:22
12 Mestizo — What Am I Gonna Do (1983) 3:18
13 Q — Music's Gone (1982) 2:52
14 Zamp Nicall — Music Man (1985) 3:29
15 The Pop — Down On The Boulevard (1977) 2:42
16 Slovenly — Even So (1983) 3:42
17 Food And Shelter — Nun With A Gun (1984) 3:18
18 Eazy Teeth — Her Blade (1980) 4:20
19 Jamie Sheriff — China (1982) 4:00
20 Detox — Placidyl Polka (Eddie's Drunk Again) (1985) 2:23
21 Carl Stone — Wave Heat (1984) 3:29
22 Necropolis of Love — The Tunnel (1984) 6:54
23 Vox Pop — Become A Pagan (1982) 4:29
24 The Kipper Kids — Sheik of Araby (1983) 4:28

Vox Pop, Become a Pagan (Mystic Records, 1982)

Disk 2
25 The Rub — A Thousand Days (1990) 4:24
26 Kendra Smith — Temporarily Lucy (1995) 4:42
27 The Reactors — It's hard to be a rebel (1980) 2:34
28 The Soul Brothers — Du Bist K√§se (1990) 3:07
29 Baby Blue — Rock N' Roll Rebel (1980) 3:01
30 Johnny's — Spy For Your Love (1979) 2:25
31 Pleasure Mask — The Touch (1983) 3:59
32 The Rain Parade — What's She Done to Your Mind (1983) 2:56
33 Food And Shelter — I Like Smog (1984) 3:15
34 Invisible Zoo — Nobody's Girl (1983) 4:16
35 Slovenly — Prejudice (1987) 2:26
36 Descendents — Catalina (1982) 1:46
37 Mark Nine — Sun And Shadows (1990) 7:31
38 Painted Willie — Kill It (1984) 3:15
39 Resistance — Bombs For Peace (1986) 3:22
40 Autistics — Girls (1981) 3:25
41 The Blades — Vera (1982) 3:04
42 Earth Dies Burning — Another 6 Year Old (1982) 1:08
43 Jon St. James — Fast Impressions (1986) 4:08
44 Rain Parade — Talking In My Sleep (1983) 3:47
45 The Pop — I Want To Touch You (1979) 3:33
46 Red Scare — Sunny (1984) 2:22
47 The Brainiacs — Stunned (1979) 2:33
48 Erth —  The View (1986) 4:06
49 Linda J. Albertano — S.O.S. (1987) 1:43

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 10


Featured Acts:

Arrow Book Club, Bakersfield Boogie Boys, Claude Coma And The I.V's, Concrete Blonde, Deviation Social, Dream 6, Ethyl Meatplow, fIREHOSE, Funeral, Gary Kail & Zurich 1916, God And The State, Great City, Hilary, Holly and Joey, Joe 'n' Mike, Josie Cotton, Magnolia Thunderpussy, Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, Nadia Kapiche, Pat Smear, Q, Radio Werewolf, Systems of Romance, T.S.O.L., Tender Fury, The Alley Cats, The Coupe De Villes, The Crowd, The Go-Go's, The Halibuts, The Rave-Ups, The Rub, The Wake, Thelonious Monster, Twisted Roots, UXA, X

Pat Smear, Ruthensmear (SST, 1987)

1 Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo — Forbidden Zone (1980) 2:52
2 The Alley Cats — King Of The Street Fights (1981) 3:43
3 Tender Fury — Look Back In Anger (1988) 3:45
4 Dream 6 — Rain (1985) 3:16
5 Thelonious Monster — I Live In A Nice House (1992) 3:47
6 Funeral — Ant Trap (1981) 2:15
7 Josie Cotton — Johnny, Are You Queer? (1982) 2:47
8 Pat Smear — Sahara Hotel (1987) 5:24
9 Twisted Roots — Every Party Song (1986) 4:36
10 Claude Coma And The I.V's — Minimum Wage (1982) 2:41
11 fIREHOSE — Brave Captain (1986) 3:15
12 The Crowd — Right Time (1980) 2:30
13 The Go-Go's — Cool Jerk (1982) 2:31
14 Arrow Book Club — Get Down Part 4 (1980) 1:33
15 Bakersfield Boogie Boys — Flying Tigers (1980) 3:30
16 Great City — A Dollar, A Ruble (1986) 5:16
17 The Rave-Ups — Better World (1985) 4:54
18 X — Los Angeles (1981) 2:24
19 The Coupe De Villes — Waiting Out the Eighties (1985) 3:08
20 T.S.O.L. — Word Is (1982) 2:35
21 UXA — Paranoia Is Freedom (1980) 3:50
22 Hilary — I Live (1983) 4:25
23 The Halibuts — Shorepound (1984) 2:50
24 Magnolia Thunderpussy — Circle (1985) 4:33

The Rub, Bikini Gospel (Happy Squid Record, 1987)

25 Nadia Kapiche — Africa (1981) 5:15
26 Deviation Social — Machines Convulse (1984) 3:27
27 Q — Playback (1982) 3:07
28 The Wake — Forever's Fair (1985) 3:38
29 Claude Coma And The I.V's — I Don't Trust You (1982) 2:24
30 The Crowd — On My Own (1980) 2:18
31 The Alley Cats — Nightmare City (1981) 2:54
32 Gary Kail & Zurich 1916 — Life Is Ugly So Why Not Kill Yourself (1983) 7:05
33 Concrete Blonde — Joey (1990) 4:08
34 The Rub — Death of Pop (1987) 2:46
35 The Go-Go's — Lust To Love (1981) 3:28
36 Thelonious Monster — Sammy Hagar Weekend (1989) 3:00
37 Bakersfield Boogie Boys — Okie from Muskogee (1980) 2:01
38 X — Johnny Hit And Run Paulene (1981) 2:51
39 Tender Fury — Kill Cindy (1988) 3:16
40 God And The State — Anorexia (1985) 3:47
41 Radio Werewolf — Incubus (1989) 4:02
42 fIREHOSE — Under the Influence of Meat Puppets (1986) 1:58
43 Joe 'n' Mike — Everywhere (1989) 2:41
44 Ethyl Meatplow — Silly Dawg (1990) 3:37
45 The Rave-Ups — Remember (Newman's Lovesong) (1985) 3:01
46 Systems of Romance — Girls Want Thrills (1983) 3:19
47 The Halibuts — Gnarly! (1984) 2:42
48 The Rub — No Sympathy (1999) 1:59
49 Holly and Joey — I Got You Babe (1982) 3:36

I haven't given any credit as of yet to the many amazing music blogs that long predated mine, and from which I've drawn a lot of my material prior to purchasing a turntable. My rationale has been that I think some of them would not too much attention drawn to them due to legal consequences, especially as most of them contain entire LPs and EPs for download. As it is, a lot of these blogs have been somewhat gutted by legal actions during the years that I've been visiting them, especially those sites that housed their files on Megaupload.

One site that I will mention, though, is Pig State Recon, partly because they seem to post only single tracks or small compilations, and partly because I've used some of their choices as my own from the catalogues of some of the artists. Tracks from this set such as Twisted Roots' "Every Party Song," Magnolia Thunderpussy's "Circle" and Jon 'n' Mike's "Everywhere" were found on Pig State Recon (I actually own the Twisted Roots CD but haven't listened to it much). In a few cases we picked the same tracks for posting, such as Electric Peace's "Case of Dynamite," with no knowledge of the other.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 9


Featured Acts:

100 Flowers, 17 Pygmies, 20/20, Afterimage, Alfalfa, Ann DeJarnett, Celebrity Skin, Chas Smith, Che Blammo, Dennis Duck, Extruders, Fourwaycross, God And The State, Hilary, Hundredth Monkey, Jetzons, John Trubee, Johnny Chingas, Lotus Lame And The Lame Flames, Luther Davis Group, Marc Monroe, Mark Lane, Moebius, New Marines, Nick Paine, Owned By the Public, Page Croft, Passionel, Penetrators, Q, Red Temple Spirits, Subjects, The Deadbeats, The Pandoras, The Romans, The Signals, The Three O'Clock, The Tikis, The Tweezers, The Wake, Tiger Lily, To Nije Sala, Urinals

Che Blammo, Rock Moderne 7" (Permanent, 1982)

Disk 1
1 Urinals — Surfin' With The Shah (1979) 2:42
2 Lotus Lame And The Lame Flames — Bad Sex (1983) 3:40
3 Passionel — Make Like You Like It (1985) 3:56
4 Ann DeJarnett — Baptism by Fire (1987) 4:09
5 Che Blammo — Stupid for Your Love (1981) 3:07
6 Hundredth Monkey — Mute Lament (1986) 4:50
7 The Pandoras — Hot Generation (1984) 2:16
8 Fourwaycross — When Will You (1985) 3:46
9 100 Flowers — All Sexed Up (1983) 2:43
10 God And The State — My Name Is Mud (1985) 2:42
11 The Deadbeats — Let's Kill More Hippies Like We Did Last Summer (1996) 2:34
12 17 Pygmies — Drunkard (1988) 3:00
13 The Tweezers — Loveable and Fearless (1985) 4:30
14 Q — Sushi (fragments) (1982) 1:54
15 John Trubee — Blind Man's Penis (1976) 1:41
16 Extruders — Street Avenger (1981) 3:35
17 Solid State — Owned By the Public (1982) 7:16
18 Celebrity Skin — Introduction (1991) 3:09
19 Marc Monroe and Silentype — Shovelin' The Snow (1982) 4:04
20 Urinals — Dead Flowers (1979) 0:56
21 100 Flowers — 100 Flowers (1983) 1:09
22 Page Croft — You Hold Nothing (1978) 3:49
23 Alfalfa — Lucky Guy (1985) 3:32
24 To Nije Sala — Dog Trail (1989) 4:08
25 The Wake — Lion's Heart (1985) 1:59

Moebius, Moebius (Moonwind Records, 1979)

Disk 2
26 Dennis Duck — Dennis Duck Goes Disco - Intro (1977) 1:27
27 Hilary — Goose Step, Two Step (1983) 3:37
28 New Marines — I Like Baseball (1980) 2:31
29 Tiger Lily — Die Laughing (1984) 3:42
30 The Three O'Clock — Mind Gardens (1981) 2:43
31 Mark Lane — Sojourn (1981) 6:41
32 Subjects — I'm Mechanical (1982) 3:18
33 Penetrators — Sensitive Boy (1979) 3:27
34 The Romans — Big Neck (1983) 1:46
35 20/20 — American Dream (1981) 4:56
36 Jetzons — You (1982) 3:19
37 Nick Paine — Solid State (1985) 3:23
38 The Tikis — Junie (1981) 2:04
39 Moebius — Money (1979) 5:31
40 100 Flowers — Our Fallout (1983) 2:29
41 Luther Davis Group — To Be Free (1979) 3:55
42 Afterimage — Strange Confession (1984) 2:47
43 The Signals — Person to Person (1984) 2:43
44 Johnny Chingas — Phone Home (1982) 8:37
45 Hilary — Drop Your Pants (1983) 3:25
46 Red Temple Spirits — Lost In Dreaming (1988) 4:46
47 Chas Smith — October '68 (1982) 4:44

Notes for Disk 1:

I thought I had included some tracks from 100 Flowers earlier in this series but I actually hadn’t. They are probably the most significant and quintessentially “post-punk” band in Los Angeles, having a sound that can waver between Gang of Four chunky white funk, Wire’s clipped song structures and enigmatic lyrics, the more typically LA Dada puerility of their song titles and subjects (the first version of the band, formed when the members were still students at UCLA, was the Urinals — and it’s the name they use now!), the also very-LA layered primitive percussion, and even in their DIY publishing aesthetics — their label, Happy Squid Records, was responsible for getting a number of underground acts some attention, especially via their compilation, Keats Rides a Harley, an expanded CD edition of which is still available.

Urinals/100 Flowers were a big influence on the Minutemen in particular, maybe the explanation why the Minutemen can get away with being so “arty” while also keeping it real with the hardcore crowd. So here they are, belatedly. The smallish output of the Urinals and 100 Flowers is all very excellent,  beginning to end. The band some members formed afterwards, Trotsky Icepick, runs to 5 LPs and is less challenging and a bit more uneven. The band God and the State, included the drummer from Urinals/100 Flowers. Most of their posthumous LP is kind of gritty PIL-like instrumentals with lyrics uttered over it (and with some nice guitar work), but this uncharacteristically techno-beat one was most appealing to me.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 8


Featured Acts:

20/20, 3D Picnic, 5uu's, Agent Orange, Ann DeJarnett, Artiphax, Battery Farley, Bulimia Banquet, Cigarettes, Del Rubio Triplets, Demolition Gore Galore, Doubting Thomas, Dr's Rx1, Drowning Pool, Invisible Chains, Irritators, Jane's Addiction, Kommunity FK, Los Illegals, Luther Davis Group, Mind Games, Minutemen, Mr. Epp And The Calculations, Motor Totemist Guild, No Right No Wrong, Pilgrim State, Saint Vitus, Schematix, Scott Goddard, Starforce 1, Steaming Coils, The Bangles, The Death Folk, The Motels, The Toons, The Witch Trials, Transport, Vagina Dentata, Vicious Fish

A Beginner's Guide to COMA (Rotary Totem Records, 1985)

Disk 1
1 The Motels — Art Fails (1981) 2:58
2 The Death Folk — Hobos (1989) 3:36
3 20/20 — Alien (1981) 3:42
4 Saint Vitus — Clear Windowpane (1987) 3:19
5 Starforce 1 — Space Agent (1981) 3:34
6 3D Picnic — Dizzy (1989) 2:00
7 Invisible Chains — Old Speak/New Teeth (1986) 2:14
8 The Bangles — Going Down to Liverpool (1984) 3:43
9 Steaming Coils — 4/10 (1987) 3:12
10 The Toons — Video Games (1982) 2:46
11 Demolition Gore Galore — Long Gone Blonde (1986) 4:17
12 Irritators — Voodoo Boogie (1981) 2:55
13 Ann DeJarnett — Eyes (1988) 3:36
14 Schematix — Second Story (1980) 2:30
15 Scott Goddard — Cowpunk (1984) 4:53
16 Vagina Dentata — Golden Boys (1984) 5:32
17 Doubting Thomas — Fourteen Or Maybe 8 (1987) 5:30
18 Cigarettes — Oh Oh Oh (1978) 2:55
19 Vicious Fish — Foreign Cities (1982) 4:00
20 5uu's — The Birth Of Compromisation (1985) 3:02
21 Los Illegals — The Mall (1983) 4:33
22 The Motor Totemist Guild — Farmer Without Strings (1985) 4:06

The Toons, Looking at Girls (Rhino, 1982) 

Disk 2
23 Agent Orange — Blood Stains (1980) 1:46
24 Battery Farley — New Deals (1985) 4:07
25 Drowning Pool — Weaving Petals (1987) 3:43
26 Luther Davis Group — You Can Be a Star (1979) 4:40
27 Mind Games — Don't Take The Car (You'll Kill Yourself) (1981) 2:05
28 Del Rubio Triplets — Chica Chica Boom Chick (1989) 2:40
29 The Witch Trials — The Tazer (1981) 6:20
30 The Motels — Only The Lonely (1981) 3:28
31 Artiphax — Mystery Eyes (1985) 3:34
32 Mr. Epp And The Calculations — Mohawk Man (1982) 2:53
33 The Bangles — How Is The Air Up There (1982) 2:52
34 Kommunity FK — Is It Your Face (1990) 6:17
35 Bulimia Banquet — Naked Movie Star (1986) 2:03
36 Transport — Isotope Tan (1982) 3:14
37 No Right No Wrong — Girls Girls Girls (1986) 2:34
38 Dr's Rx1 — Crunch (1983) 5:11
39 Minutemen — The Anchor (1983) 2:34
40 Pilgrim State — Fuck Society (1983) 0:44
41 Irritators — Whack the Dolphin (1981) 4:20
42 Jane's Addiction — Thank You Boys (1988) 1:04
43 Battery Farley — Flag Waving Idiots (1985) 3:44
44 Invisible Chains — Sal Mineo Youth Growing Up (1986) 3:57
45 The Toons — Mind Death (Sally Only Had One Eye) (1982) 6:38

The Motels’ third album, after the relatively minimally produced self-titled debut and Careful, neither of which produced national hits, was the highly experimental Apocalypso, produced by Val Garay, hot off of the success of producing Kim Carnes “Bette Davis Eyes.” The album was rejected by the label and sat on the shelf for thirty years, only to be released last year on colored vinyl and CD. Some of the tracks reappeared on the more commercial sounding All Four One, which produced their first big hit “Only The Lonely,” but I prefer this earlier version, along with this grittier version of “Art Fails.” They probably made the right decision to scrap this album as they wouldn't have made a dime off of it, and now they are lucky to have had it in the kitty for us retrophiles to buy later.

Another famous act whose sound changed dramatically was the Bangles. I was surprised to read that they were associated with the Paisley Underground since all I ever knew of them was “Walk Like an Egyptian” and “Manic Monday,” which are both pretty solid pop tunes but could never be called underground. I just assumed they were a label concoction. These two tracks, both covers, show the transformative talent the band had (the songs themselves are nothing special), not to mention savvy with harmonies and some nice guitar work. “How is the Air Up There” is a cover of a pretty obscure 60s track by Changin' Times – they also knew their history – while “Going Down to Liverpool” features a very odd, completely non-sensical but cute video starring Leonard Nimoy as a sexually repressed chauffeur driver (not a huge stretch).

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 7


Featured Acts:

20/20, Animal Dance, Artistic Decline, Barton A. Smith, Bay of Pigs, Black Randy and the Metrosquad, Brooke Shields, Celebrity Skin, Code Blue, Electric Peace, Fender Buddies, Gabriele Morgan, Invisible Zoo, John J. Lafia, Lem, Mark Lane, Nervous Gender, Nip Drivers, No-Y-Z, Pop Art, Randoms, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Screamin' Sirens, Skooshny, SSQ, Stefan Weisser, Steve Stain, Stillife, Suspects, The Dream Syndicate, The Germs, The Hollywood Squares, The Last, The Motels, The Plimsouls, The Romans, The Signals, The Skoings, The Soul Brothers (of Chula Vista), Tidal Waves, The Tweezers, Tunneltones Visiting Kids, Wall Of Voodoo, Zoogz Rift

The Skoings, Doctors Wives 7" (Vigilante, 1977)

Disk 1
1 Brooke Shields — Introduction (1980) 0:04
2 The Skoings — Do The Orbit (1977) 3:23
3 Nervous Gender — People Like You (1981) 2:40
4 The Signals — Clam Up (1984) 1:06
5 Mark Lane — White Glove (1984) 3:33
6 Barton A. Smith — Roland #119 (1980) 5:50
7 Black Randy and the Metrosquad — I Slept in an Arcade (1980) 2:30
8 20/20 — Yellow Pills (1979) 4:17
9 The Hollywood Squares — Hillside Strangler (1978) 1:55
10 Tidal Waves — Fun, Fun, Fun (1979) 1:53
11 Tunneltones — Happyland
12 The Last — Lies (1980) 3:20
13 The Dream Syndicate — That's What You Always Say (1982) 3:12
14 Lem — Scat Cat Kitty (1977) 4:18
15 Stillife — Celadon (1984) 7:35
16 The Plimsouls — I Can't Turn You Loose (1981) 3:22
17 The Tweezers — Ernie Kaboyng (1981) 2:08
18 The Germs — Round and Round (1981) 2:16
19 The Skoings — Doctor's Wives (1977) 2:15
20 Randoms — Let's Get Rid of New York (1977) 2:42
21 Suspects — Talking Loud (1979) 2:21
22 The Romans — Runaway (1983) 2:21
23 Invisible Zoo — Synthesizer Man (1983) 3:14
24 John J. Lafia — Escape (1984) 7:04
25 Stefan Weisser — You Think That Was Not An Attack (1983) 3:39

Animal Dance, Fake / Sterile Mecca 7" (Guerrilla Action Records, 1984)

Disk 2
26 Visiting Kids — Trilobytes (1989) 3:21
27 Zoogz Rift — You're Killing Me (1982) 2:02
28 Animal Dance — Fake! (1983) 4:25
29 Skooshny — It Hides More Than It Tells (1978) 3:21
30 Red Hot Chili Peppers — True Men Don't Kill Coyotes (1984) 3:40
31 Fender Buddies — Dancing a Frenzy (1980) 1:48
32 Electric Peace — Case Of Dynamite (1985) 4:08
33 Celebrity Skin — S.O.S. (1990) 3:37
34 Nip Drivers — You Need Us (2000) 1:10
35 Code Blue — Whisper/Touch (1980) 2:35
36 The Soul Brothers (of Chula Vista) — The Brothers Johnson (1989) 2:37
37 Screamin' Sirens — Maniac (1985) 2:34
38 The Motels — Celia (1979) 3:06
39 No-Y-Z — Little Did He Know (1983) 3:33
40 Gabriele Morgan and Doll Congress — No Moon At All (1981) 1:40
41 Red Hot Chili Peppers — Why Don't You Love Me (1984) 3:23
42 Pop Art — A Beautiful Girl (1984) 3:27
43 Animal Dance — Sterile Mecca (1983) 3:29
44 Electric Peace — Came Into Town (1987) 6:05
45 Bay of Pigs — Mary Tyler Moore (1987) 2:21
46 Wall Of Voodoo — Ring Of Fire (1980) 6:11
47 Germs — No God (1993) 1:54
48 Fender Buddies — Poolside (1980) 4:37
49 Steve Stain — Flight of the Drill (1986) 3:50
50 SSQ — N'importe quoi (1983) 2:56

Notes by the guest editor Jeremy for Disk 1 (my notes follow):

On May 31, 1980, Brooke Shields celebrated her 15th birthday on “Rodney on the ROQ,” the radio show that helped bring widespread attention to the local punk and hardcore scenes. That cross-wiring neatly encapsulates Los Angeles.

Rodney Bingenheimer was also partially responsible for the success of the first single from the Hollywood Squares: “Hillside Strangler” was recorded, released, and snapped up (to the tune of 500 copies) well before the real Hillside Stranglers (turned out there were two) were caught in 1978. Other punk cuts here that would likely have seen airtime on KROQ include the Germs’ gloriously sloppy Chuck Berry cover, the Randoms’ anti-NYC anthem (the first single from Dangerhouse Records), and “I Slept in an Arcade” by notorious roustabout Black Randy (also on Dangerhouse).

Monday, June 18, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 6

Featured acts:

3D Picnic, A Produce, Battery Farley, Bay Of Pigs, Bulimia Banquet, Chris Manecke, Christian Lunch, Cigarettes, Descendents, Doubting Thomas, Erratic, Extruders, Eyes, Fishbone, Flyboys, Gary Valentine, Jimmy Smack, John J. Lafia, John Trubee, Ken, Man From Missouri, Minutemen, Motor Totemist Guild, Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo, Nip Drivers, Pat Smear, Peer Group, Poetic, Redd Kross, Rhythm Plague, Rich and Famous , Rich La Bonté, Saccharine Trust, Schematix, Tao Mao, The Brainiacs, The Holy Sisters Of The Gaga Dada, The Middle Class, TSOL, Tupelo Chain Sex, Twisted Roots, Vicious Fish, Vivabeat, White Glove Test

Christian Lunch, Unreliable Sources (Alternative Tentacles, 1990)
1 Pat Smear — Golden Boys (1987) 3:20
2 Redd Kross — Love Is You (1987) 2:29
3 Descendents — Impressions (1987) 3:08
4 Twisted Roots — The Yellow One (1981) 3:03
5 Bay Of Pigs — Manchild (1984) 3:05
6 Gary Valentine — The Ballad Of Nathaniel West (1979) 4:01
7 Poetic — Snowflake (1980) 0:26
8 Nip Drivers — Cindy (1984) 1:34
9 Man From Missouri — Epitaph (1990) 4:35
10 Battery Farley — Dress For Obscurity (1985) 3:39
11 Jimmy Smack — Untitled (1982) 1:27
12 Fishbone — Party at Ground Zero (1985) 6:28
13 Vivabeat — Man From China (1979) 5:23
14 Flyboys — I Couldn't Tell (1980) 2:46
15 Rich and Famous  — Neutron Star (1978) 4:05
16 Peer Group — I Saw That Movie (1981) 1:07
17 The Brainiacs — Drunk with Funk (1981) 4:03
18 A Produce — Pulse (1988) 4:00
19 The Middle Class — Home Is Where (1980) 2:09
20 TSOL — Soft Focus (1982) 3:33
21 Christian Lunch — Strangling Of a Small Dog (1981) 1:43
22 Tupelo Chain Sex — The Dream (1983) 4:55
23 Doubting Thomas — Helen Keller (1987) 2:50
24 The Holy Sisters Of The Gaga Dada — Neighbor's Scream (1986) 3:55
25 Tao Mao — Mokusatsu (1985) 3:42

Middle Class, Homeland (Pulse Records, 1982)

Disk 2
26 Minutemen — Ack Ack Ack (1985) 0:27
27 Bulimia Banquet — Satan's Doorstep (1986) 2:24
28 Descendents — Weinerschnitzel (1985) 0:14
29 The Middle Class — The Call (2008) 4:18
30 Battery Farley — Memories Of You (1985) 4:38
31 Ken — Purposeless Attitudes (1981) 1:28
32 Nip Drivers — Have You Ever Benn Mellow (1985) 3:05
33 White Glove Test — Leap (1990) 2:38
34 Motor Totemist Guild — In Sackcloth and Ashes (1996) 1:47
35 Twisted Roots — Mommy's Always Busy In The Kitchen (1981) 1:36
36 Erratic — I Wrecked Myself (1980) 3:52
37 Saccharine Trust — Effort to Waste (1986) 3:30
38 Schematix — Jagged Edge (1980) 3:49
39 Extruders — She Pushed Plastic (1981) 2:54
40 Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo — Ballad of the Caveman (1978) 1:34
41 Christian Lunch — Monika Po (1981) 2:30
42 Rich La Bonté — Mayan Canals (1981) 5:32
43 Chris Manecke — Mulholland Daydream (c. 1985) 3:07
44 Rhythm Plague — Radio Free Dude (1985) 6:31
45 John J. Lafia — Queen of the Nile (1984) 3:49
46 Cigarettes — Gimme Cigarette (1978) 2:28
47 Eyes — Taqn (1979) 1:59
48 Vicious Fish — Not Fade Away (1989) 1:49
49 The Middle Class — Out Of Vogue (1978) 1:07
50 3D Picnic — In Their Eyes (1989) 5:14
51 John Trubee — Crawling Down The Corridor (1984) 3:49
51 Tupelo Chain Sex — Everyday's A Holiday (1984) 4:28

All the bands, with the exception of The Minutemen, haven't appeared in any of the previous volumes, so these notes are going to be sketchy because I don't have the time to ruminate in any serious way on the tracks. They are also in (roughly) alphabetical order. For what that's worth.

I don’t know much about 3D Picnic, who produced two LPs. Their first, Dirt, contains a mix of styles from Paisley Underground folk rolk to more post-punk fare, though none of it too dangerous. This track is from a compilation called Ultraviolet and doesn’t appear on either disk. 

A Produce was the person behind the band Afterimage which appears in early volumes of this series. His own music tends toward the ambient, though this track and a few others have something like a kinky energy. He was the creator of the label Trans Port which specialized in what came to be known as “trance music” though in fact most of what I’ve heard of his work doesn’t sound like later trance music (which is more beat heavy). A Clearing is available in its entirety at CDBaby, though most of his other material appears to be out of print. He passed away in 2011.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 5


Featured Acts:

Afterimage, Angst, Anna Homler, Beat-E-O's, Berlin, Blood on the Saddle, Cambridge Apostles, Christina, Cyrnai, Dark Arts, Dogma Probe, Doll Congress, Eddie & The Subtitles, Ex-Voto, Factory, Geza X And The Mommymen, Gothic Hut, Idle Lovéll, Laws of Motion, Le Forte Four, League of Nations, Marnie Sounds, Ministry Of Love, Minutemen, Oingo Boingo, Opal, Peter Ivers, Rainy Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rhino 39, Rik L Rik, Screaming for Emily, Screams For Tina, Sleeping Dogs, Suburban Lawns, Surf Punks, The Dickies, The Last, The Prime Movers, The Quick, Trees, Wet Picnic, Zoogz Rift.

Eddie and the Subtitles, Dead Drunks Don't Dance LP (13th Story, 1983)

Disk 1
1 Rainy Day — Soon Be Home (a Quick One While He's Away) (1984) 4:9
2 The Dickies — Attack of the Mole Men (1979) 3:41
3 Doll Congress — Concrete and Clay (1982) 4:23
4 Zoogz Rift — The Great Apes Ate Grapes (1979) 2:34
5 Marnie Sounds — Coquette, Circus Girl (1991) 5:48
6 Eddie & The Subtitles — Shoot Up And Dance (1983) 2:32
7 The Quick — My Purgatory Years (1976) 5:17
8 Geza X And The Mommymen — Isotope Soap (1982) 2:18
9 Blood on the Saddle — I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again (1983) 1:42
10 Beat-E-O's — Arabian Reggae (1981) 3:37
11 Le Forte Four — The Lowest Form Of Music (1980) 3:9
12 Suburban Lawns — My Boyfriend (1979) 1:39
13 Surf Punks — Can't Get A Tan (1979) 2:44
14 Afterimage — Out Of Breath (1990) 3:46
15 Cambridge Apostles — Can't Fight The Feeling (1983) 4:17
16 Oingo Boingo — I'm Afraid (1979) 3:32
17 Ministry Of Love — Nuclear Stone Age (1987) 3:26
18 Cyrnai — Waydom (1985) 3:40
19 Opal — A Falling Star (1987) 1:25
20 The Prime Movers — Pieces (1984) 2:56
21 Gothic Hut — There Has To Be An Answer (1982) 3:14
22 Screaming for Emily — The Love (1987) 4:43
23 Berlin — A Matter of Time (1980) 4:7
24 Laws of Motion — Check It In The Mirror (1984) 4:43

The Quick, Mondo Deco LP (Mercury Records, 1976)

25 Zoogz Rift — Idiots On The Miniature Golf Course (1979) 0:32
26 Sleeping Dogs — Same Old Song (1982) 1:32
27 The Last — She Don't Know Why I'm Here (1979) 3:29
28 Doll Congress — Easy to Touch (1982) 3:17
29 League of Nations — Illuminas (1984) 4:3
30 Ex-Voto — The Devil's Work (1990) 4:11
31 Dark Arts — Rivers (1986) 4:59
32 Anna Homler — Karu Karu (1987) 2:18
33 Rik L Rik — Meat House (acoustic) (1981) 1:31
34 Minutemen — Polarity (1983) 1:48
35 Beat-E-O's — He Waiting (1981) 2:56
36 Angst — Pig (1983) 1:43
37 Dogma Probe — A Word of Warning (1982) 3:17
38 Peter Ivers — I'm Sorry Alice (1976) 4:8
39 Zoogz Rift — Locked Out (1988) 2:10
40 Screams For Tina — Nightmare (1986) 3:1
41 Trees — India (1982) 3:4
42 Idle Lovéll — I Can't Wait (1984) 4:1
43 Rhino 39 — Marry It (1981) 2:26
44 Eddie & The Subtitles — Tonight (1983) 2:19
45 Wet Picnic — Cocktailed Sky (1982) 5:24
46 Red Hot Chili Peppers — Lovin' And Touchin' (1989) 0:36
47 Factory — Vapor Lock (1987) 2:6
48 Opal — Happy Nightmare Baby (1987) 2:57
49 The Quick — Over The Rainbow (1977) 3:10
50 The Dickies — Nights in White Satin (1979) 2:55
51 Christina — Surprise! (Is that all there is?) (1980) 5:41


Liner notes after jump.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 4


Featured acts: 

Abecedarians, Angel Of The Odd, Autumnfair, Christian Death, Eddie & The Subtitles, Ethyl Meatplow, Fender Buddies, Gothic Hut, Grey Obscurity, Information   , League of Nations, Los Illegals, Marina Swingers, Marnie, Newsbreak, Noble Gas, Nocturnal Education, Nu Beams, Opus, Peter and Mary Saving Grace, Pompeii 99, Psi Com, Red Wedding, Slow Children, Standard Of Living, Steaming Coils, Tex & The Horseheads, The Cramps, The Fibonaccis, The Nerves, The Rotters, The Runaways, The Salvation Army, The Untouchables, Vidiots, What Is This, Wog.

The Marina Swingers, I'm a Swinger 12" (L.A.X., 1979)

Disk 1
1 Marina Swingers  — Little Swine (1979) 2:57
2 Eddie & The Subtitles  — Magic (1981) 3:53
3 Red Wedding  — Drums (1982) 3:47
4 Opus  — Get Procedures (1979) 3:01
5 Nu Beams  — Oh Chico (1981) 3:18
6 Standard Of Living  — Dancing In The Street (1982) 5:15
7 The Cramps  — Surfin' Bird (1989) 5:08
8 League of Nations  — Fade (1984) 4:13
9 Ethyl Meatplow  — Car (1990) 2:25
10 Peter and Mary Saving Grace  — Queen of the Night (1980) 5:46
12 Angel Of The Odd  — Infinite Tunnels (1989) 5:47
13 Marnie  — Shanghai My Heart (1988) 5:41
14 Autumnfair  — Arterial (1986) 3:09
15 Pompeii 99  — Ignorance is the Control (1982) 4:35
16 Eddie & The Subtitles  — Zombie Drug Killers (1981) 1:20
17 Tex & The Horseheads  — The Slip (1985) 1:35
18 Information     — I Know (1985) 3:35
19 The Untouchables  — Lovers Again (1985) 3:27
20 The Rotters  — Sit On My Face Stevie Nix (1979) 2:27
21 Red Wedding  — Goddess No More (1984) 2:43
22 Vidiots  — Laurie's Lament (1981) 1:41
23 Slow Children  — Spring in Fialta (1981) 3:24

Steaming Coils, Breaded (Nate Starkman & Son, 1991 [recorded 1987])

24 Christian Death  — Romeo's Distress (1982) 3:15
25 Grey Obscurity  — Tell Me A Story (1983) 3:43
26 Eddie & The Subtitles  — Dave Dacron (1981) 4:14
27 Tex & The Horseheads  — Bartender Sam (1985) 2:59
28 Wog  — Businessmen In Love (1988) 3:25
29 Nocturnal Education  — Alive in You (1986) 3:54
30 Standard Of Living  — Don't Worry (1982) 2:33
31 The Salvation Army  — Happen Happened (1981) 3:02
32 Angel of the Odd  — Darker Side (1985) 4:25
33 Newsbreak  — Hidden Eyes (1983) 3:14
34 Noble Gas  — Possibly Maybe (1982) 4:31
35 Information     — Inside Your Mind (1985) 4:38
36 The Fibonaccis  — Tumor (1983) 3:26
37 Abecedarians  — They Said Tomorrow (1988) 5:06
38 The Nerves  — Hanging On The Telephone (1976) 2:05
39 The Runaways  — I Love Playin' With Fire (1977) 3:18
40 What Is This  — Days Of Reflection (1984) 3:42
41 Los Illegals  — Guinea Pigs (1983) 4:45
42 Gothic Hut  — C-14 (1982) 3:40
43 Fender Buddies  — Furry Friend (1980) 1:33
44 Psi Com  — Ho Ka Hey (1985) 4:07
45 Steaming Coils  — Harry Languid (1987) 1:09
46 Marina Swingers  — I'm A Swinger (1979) 3:28

I've had a few backchannel exchanges with a music publisher and photographer about the ethical nature of this project. I'm really just trying to create interest in this period of music, and with luck some of the bands might find renewed interest and income through more conventional, commercial channels. If you are an artist whose tracks appear here and would like it removed, please write to me and I'll remove it immediately.

This set starts with a true rarity from the Marina Swingers, who have since reformed and are distributing new tracks on their MySpace page. Another rarity, from a band that also only ever released a single, is from the proto-grunge Opus, about whom nobody seems to know anything except that they had an exception cover design for their single. The Rotters, pretty much a "punk" band with (I think) fake English accents, show up with a single that was banned from KROQ for understandable reasons.

There's some relatively lo-fi New Wave here in the form of Grey Obscurity, Newsbreak, Wog, Nocturnal Education, and Information as well as some more polished work by Slow Children (who had a few hits in their day) and League of Nations, and a haunting track by Autumnfair, yet another offshoot of Savage Republic, and from whom a CD comp of their work (no LP was released) is commercially available.

Friday, May 25, 2012

L.A. Post-punk Covers

Cookie Bonanza over at Ruminations of the Ephemeral has kindly designed three covers for the three volumes of L.A. Post-Punk I've posted so far. If you are as obsessed as Cookie with the album covers in your iPod, just select all the tracks in your iTunes, choose Get Info and drop these images, respectively, into the artwork box. This is such a nice gift to get on a Friday afternoon... love that Su Tissue takes center stage on the first one.









Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Los Angeles Post-Punk, Vol. 3


Featured Acts:

17 Pygmies, 45 Grave, Aurora Pushups, Blissed Out Fatalists, Bone Cabal, Burning Image, Cathedral of Tears, Cipher, Drowning Pool, Freshly Wrapped Candies, Gleaming Spires, Human Hands, if-then-else, Infantry, Johanna Went, Kommunity FK, Marina La Palma, Marnie, Mnemonic Devices, Monitor, Neil Young, Null And Void, Outer Circle, Partly Cloudy, Party Boys, Peter Ivers, Phranc, Pompeii 99, Pop Art, Puppies, Rand Kennedy, Readymades , Shadow Minstrels, Shiva Burlesque, Steaming Coils, Stiv Bators, Subjects, The Cramps, The Fontanelles, The Gun Club, Transport, Wog

Kommunity FK, The Vision and the Voice (Independent Project Records, 1983)
1 Kommunity FK — Incompatible Disposition (1983) 2:48
2 Neil Young — Transformer Man (1982) 3:23
3 Party Boys — Nora (1986) 3:53
4 Drowning Pool — Festival of Healing (1987) 2:56
5 Peter Ivers — Sweet enemy (1974) 2:46
6 17 Pygmies — Suit Of Nails (1985) 3:35
7 Gleaming Spires — Are You Ready for the Sex Girls? (1981) 3:59
8 Marina La Palma — Mi Ni Parolas (1984) 2:51
9 Blissed Out Fatalists — Everything & Nothing At All (1987) 3:03
10 Phranc — One O' The Girls (1985) 4:58
11 The Cramps — Green Fuz (1981) 2:08
12 Infantry — The Call (1987) 3:50
13 Monitor — Amphibious (1981) 3:10
14 Wog — I Had a Notion (1988) 5:54
15 The Gun Club — Devil In The Woods (1982) 3:05
16 Outer Circle — My Mona Lisa (1984) 3:53
17 Pop Art — Never No (1987) 2:31
18 45 Grave — Riboflavin-Flavored, Non-Carbonated, Polyunsaturated Blood (1980) 2:38
19 Stiv Bators — Evil Boy (1979) 3:17
20 Puppies — Mechanical Beat (1981) 2:45
21 Human Hands — Jubilee (1981) 3:59
22 Cathedral of Tears — Calm Storm (1984) 3:00
23 Mnemonic Devices — Marriage Of Convenience (1982) 3:42
24 Freshly Wrapped Candies — Cherry Tomato (1989) 2:22

Party Boys, Daddyland (Nate Starkman and Sons, 1986)

Disk 2
25 Shiva Burlesque — Arabesque (1990) 5:14
26 Pompeii 99 — Android Police (1982) 3:00
27 The Fontanelles — Passion Kills (1987) 2:57
28 Steaming Coils — Carne De Sol (1991) 2:59
29 Drowning Pool — The Italian Pop Song (1990) 5:37
30 Rand Kennedy — Smith's Room (1983) 2:24
31 Null And Void — Un Sedatif Ce Soir (1980) 4:34
32 Cipher — Body Chemistry (1981) 2:09
33 Marnie — Everyone Loves Olga (1988) 3:09
34 Monitor — Mokele-Mbembe (1981) 3:23
35 The Gun Club — Preaching the Blues (1981) 3:59
36 Subjects — Augie (1982) 2:36
37 Transport — Body Buildings (1982) 3:49
38 Bone Cabal — I O Betulah (1983) 4:34
39 Shadow Minstrels — The Guest (1983) 2:30
40 Partly Cloudy — Bus Ride (1987) 3:16
41 Aurora Pushups — Angels on Runway (1978) 2:54
42 Readymades — Terry Is A Space Cadet (1977) 4:18
43 Burning Image — Time Is Running Out (1984) 4:09
44 Party Boys — I Love You (1986) 3:22
45 if-then-else — Sidewalker (1981) 5:23
46 Johanna Went — Slave Beyond The Grave (1981) 2:50
47 Peter Ivers — In Heaven (1977) 1:46

So this collection has been getting quite a few hits lately, thanks to an appearance on BoingBoing and a lot of tweeting and shouting. Thanks to everyone who has forwarded the link and downloaded the tunes. Various band members have been appreciative in comments an in emails as well — it’s been great fun hearing from them.

Like the past collections, this one has a few oddities. On a whim, I decided to include a track from Neil Young’s “electronic” album Trans, a sweet one written, purportedly, for his autistic son who apparently responded more directly to the vocoder voice than to an unmodified human one. Also a little strange will be the two tracks by Peter Ivers, the first from one of his solo efforts and the latter the ditty he wrote for David Lynch's first feature Eraserhead. Ivers was, of course, the host of LA’s New Wave Theatre on which many post-punk bands appeared. He was murdered in his apartment in 1983 in a still unsolved case. One occasionally hears about a Peter Ivers’ cult revival, and I must say I find much of Terminal Love, from which this track is taken, pretty great. 

The track from Aurora Pushups might sound anachronistic — some of the members of this band played in Zolar X — but I find it really catchy. The B-side, “Victims of Terrorism,” was included on Jon Savage’s Black Hole Califironian Punk 1977-1980, and they are if anything more out of place there than here.

There’s also a cameo by ex-Dead Boys singer Stiv Bators, who moved to LA in an effort to become a punk-pop singer. Well, it’s part of the history! Seemingly out of place will be Phranc, the self-described "All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger,” but I thought to include her due to her previous membership in Nervous Gender (included in the first volume) and because I saw her open for The Smiths at Jones Beach back in the day.