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Thursday, August 17, 2017

THE VOLCANICS - Oh Crash​.​.​.​.



The Volcanics formed in Perth, Western Australia's back blocks with a purpose of playing stripped down rock ‘n’ roll with no hype attached. Inspired by the great local bands that came before them such as The Victims and The Scientists as well as the classic rock sounds of The Stooges, MC5 & AC/DC, the boys from the band have concocted their own brand of white hot, fuel injected rock n roll. 


Currently, the band is featuring are Johnny Phatouros (vocals), Tommy Hopkins (guitar), Jesse Kuillotine (guitar), Pete Acklin (bass) and Alex Megaw (drums). 

The Volcanics have recently released their 4th and best Album to date 'Oh Crash....' on the famous Citadel label. My personal favorite track is the aptly titled "Speed On The Track" but all the record kicks major ass. So it was time for this blog to have a very interesting chat with the guys in the band:

1) What can you tell about THE VOLCANICS? How long are you guys together as a band?Were you in other bands previously? 
We have been together as a band for over 10 years now, we released our first album in 2007, our EP "Nothin For You" was released a little before that on Out Of The Loop Records, a West Australian label.. We have played in a few different bands before The Volcanics, yeh similar rocknroll.


2) About the new record "Oh Crash​.​.​.​.",  what can you tell about the recording process? Was this a live in the studio recording or a track by track recording with lots of overdubs?
With our new album "Oh Crash" we recorded all the songs live, then we added some guitar solos,vocals and percussion...We recorded at Rada Studios Perth, Australia, with Rob Younger and Jozef Grech working with us. We all really enjoyed working again with Rob, it was great as it always is and also found working with Jozef for the first time to be awesome, he brought alot to the table, very talented.. We feel lucky to work with those two.   

3) To what kind of music did you listen to as a teenager and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenager? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

In the early days, teenage days started listening to lotsa people and songs, some are Little Richard, Chuck Berry, New York Dolls, MC5, Stooges, Ramones, Saints, Radio Birdman, New Christs, The Who, Kiss, Thin Lizzy, Carole King, Dionne Warwick. All of these people yeh still have an influence on us today with what we do.

4) Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?
We dont have a main composer in the band, we all enjoy writing and writing together, everyone gets involved with the songs.We like it that way.

5) THE VOLCANICS have an undeniable Aussie approach of rock'n'roll that could lead to compare you to The New Christs, The Victims or The Scientists. Do you agree with this comparison or do you consider there is way more than that? 
We approach it the only way we know how. Its nice when people are writing about our music, that they reference some bands that we really like and truly admire.Some of these bands have been endless inspiration for us but that's as far as it goes,with admiration and respect we dont sound like any of them. We sound like The Volcanics..... We can only dream to be anywhere near their league and we hope to do the best we can to help continue the great tradition set up by some amazing Australian bands.

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?  
We do have a new video on youtube, our song called "Natural In A Way" off the new album. It was fun making it, working with Seymour Davidson who filmed it and put it together, he's a great man.



7) What can concert goers expect at a gig of The VOLCANICS? Are you playing any famous cover songs?
At a Volcanics show people can expect energy, life, drums, guitars, dancing, happiness, rock'n'roll music.....Yes we are playing some covers also in our sets, songs we enjoy playing, sorry we cant say now which ones, we like to keep that a surprise for the people who come to our shows.

8) Does Perth, Australia have a long history of rock bands, that goes way back to the 70/80's? And are the Volcanics in the continuity of this heritage?
Perth,Australia has a long history of rock bands, only some of these include The Victims, Scientists,The Boys, Wayne Green And The Phantoms, The Stems, DM3, The Jackyls, Rockets, The Bamboos, Change Alley, The Healers, M16s,Jed Whitey, Foustroke, Homicides, Datura 4, Kuillotines, The Shakeys, Caballeros...Feel lucky to know these great bands..  Yeh you could say we are part of this West Australian heritage.



9) What are the plans for the rest of 2017 as far as THE VOLCANICS are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon? 
We are Touring Spain and France this Oct 2017, our third time touring there.. Each time we go on tour, it seems more people are discovering the band and coming to the shows, its really encouraging and great fun playing and meeting new good people.

10) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?
All to best to all your readers, love, health, happiness!


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quincy - Quincy


Quincy - Quincy (vinyl rip)
In WAV - Scans are included

01.Turn The Other Way Around
02.Critics' Choice  
03.Don't Knock On My Door  
04.Always In The News  
05.Dime Store Lies  
06.Can't Live In The Dream  
07.Just A Tragedy  
08.Stop Now  
09.Grow Up  
10.Roamin' Catholic  
11.Stuck On You  
12.Ordinary Town

Fine Power Pop/new wave. If you like Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Early Joe Jackson records or Mental as Anything, this is right up your alley! To my knowledge, this has never been released on CD.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/fnp3es3vavnz1uy/QUINCY.rar

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Tommy Keene - Run Now


Tommy Keene - Run Now (Vinyl Rip)
In WAV - Scans are included

A1 Run Now
A2 Away From It All
A3 I Don't Feel Right At All

B1 Back Again
B2 They're In Their Own World
B3 Kill Your Sons (Live Version)

The story has it that Geffen rejected the original tracks from the "Songs From the Film" sessions, produced by T-Bone Burnett and Don Dixon,
The label at least momentarily came to their senses and released tracks from those sessions later that year on the excellent Run Now EP.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/o3opz5sar1i341h/Tommy_Keene_-_Run_Now.rar

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Man Or Astro-man - Project Infinity


Man Or Astro-man - 1995 - Project Infinity
In FLAC - Scans are included

Escape Velocity
Sferic Waves
_______________(Classified)
Transmissions From Venus
Max Q
Inside The Atom
Philip K. Dick In The Pet Section Of A Wal-Mart
Put Your Finger In The Socket
Complex 34
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Tomorrow Plus X
Manta Ray
Point Blank
Special Agent Conrad Uno
Alpha Surfari

More MAN or ASTRO-MAN! Put Your Fingers In The Socket and dig it loud!

http://www.mediafire.com/file/xi76yrh0864yfvf/Man_Or_Astro-man_-_1995_-_Project_Infinity.rar

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

BABY SHAKES - Turn it Up


BABY SHAKES are an amazing Power pop/Glam/Rock'n'roll quartet hailing from New York city. The band is featuring Mary: lead vocals/guitar, Judy: lead guitar/backing vocals, Claudia: bass/backing vocals, Ryan: drums.

A few weeks ago the band released their third full length, the aptly titled "TURN IT UP". Without any doubt, this is their best work so far and on this new record the group delivers infectious harmonies and high energy rock'n'roll songs that stick in your head for days!

So it was time for this blog to have a little chat with this nice bunch of people. 

Girls, we would like you to tell the viewers of this blog the full story of BABY SHAKES. The origins of the band, who is playing what, how did you meet, what happened for you since your first release "The First One"; We want to hear it all from you!


Judy and Claudia met at a punk show at CBGB’s when they were teenagers. They both had studded jackets, pink/blue hair and collected UK ‘82 and ‘77 punk singles so it made sense that they’d become good friends. They used to jam out to Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers songs together in their living rooms. A friend of ours (the artist Avi Spivak) knew that we were looking for band mates so when Mary moved to NY from Seattle he introduced us at his DJ night. She liked the same kind of music and we used to make mix CDs for each other when we first met. We all got along so well and when we heard Mary sing we knew it was the perfect style for the kind of music we wanted to play and she played guitar too. As for Ryan… well we’ve had many drummers in the past but he was definitely the missing puzzle piece. We met him through friends when we needed a drummer for our show with Protex.

About your latest full length "Turn It Up", I can hear a tougher/more powerful and more glam orientated sound (I love that!) do you agree and is this a direction you are definitely aiming for?
It wasn’t the goal when we were writing the songs but it just kind of happened that way so we went with it. We realized the mood was tougher after we heard the full album. During the recording and mixing process we tried to go for a more raw sound closer to our first two 45's.

To what kind of music did you listen to as teenager girls and does it still influence your today work? What was your favorite band as a teenagers? Name 3 bands that you consider still have a influence on your own work today.

Mary: Slade, The Ronettes, MC5

Judy: The Boys, Cocksparrer, The Beatles

Ryan: The Adverts, Motörhead, The Damned 

Claudia: Ramones, Bowie, The Cars






Is there a main composer in the band or is everybody involved in one way or another?
Everyone is involved in the song writing process.

What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?
Having fun!!

Is there any video made to promote one of the songs of the albums? 
We shot a music video for Do What You Want this past March during our Japanese tour. It was filmed in Tokyo at Shelter by Mike Rogers and his awesome crew. You can see the video here: 


We also have a really great idea for the next music video that we’re currently working on. Stay tuned!!

What can concert goers expect at a BABY SHAKES gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

We try to really have fun onstage and get people dancing with us. Tequila is the 5th Baby Shakes so we love it when people bring us shots while we play!!!
We mostly play our own material but we’ve got a good amount of covers that we work into our sets for different shows. The Scientists, The Boys, The Undertones, The Starjets and Zero Boys are some of our favorites.

Is there a new rock'n' roll scene in New York these days and are there any other bands you are feeling close to?
There’s a bunch of bands always popping up in the NY scene and some that have been playing around for a while. Some of our favorites are Daddy long Legs, Dirty Fences, and Wyldlife.

What are the plans for 2017? Are BABY SHAKES coming over to Europe soon?
Yes!! We’ve got shows coming up with Flamin’ Groovies and we’re playing with the BOMP band ‘B’ Girls and two amazing Japanese bands in September (The Fadeaways and The Mellvins). We’re also playing a killer show in Puerto Rico with Los Tom Toms, Ardillas and Los Vigilantes plus the Growlers Festival 6 in L.A. this October. We’re working on a Euro tour for the end of the year and we plan to play in Europe, Scandinavia and the UK in 2018. Hopefully we get to play some more awesome festivals next year. We always have fun at festivals. Especially in the summer!

Anything you want to add?
Burger Records just released the cassette version of our new album, Turn It Up. We can’t wait to get back to Europe! If anyone out there has any info on festivals or wants to book us please contact jonk@alleycat.se or us directly at babyshakes@babyshakes.com.



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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Man or Astro-Man¿ - Your Weight on the Moon


Man or Astro-Man¿ - Your Weight on the Moon
‌In WAV - Scans are  included

1 Rocketship XL-3  
2 Secret Agent Conrad Uno  
3 Electrostatic Brain Field  
4 Shockwave  
5 Taser Guns Mean Big Fun  
6 F=GmM(moon)/R²  
7 Space Patrol  
8 Happy Fingers  
9 Destination Venus  
10 Polaris  
Bonus Tracks
11 Name Of Numbers  
12 Of Sex And Demise  
13 Madness In The Streets  
14 Within A Martian Heart  
15 Point Blank  
16 Classified  
17 Secret Agent Conrad Uno  
18 Point Blank  
19 Goldfinger

Man or Astro-Man¿ were probably one of the better instrumental bands (with the VICE BARONS, of course :-) of the nineties. This CD version of "Your Weight on the Moon" displays Some of their best stuff, in my humble opinion.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/ya65mwfj54iz6mr/Man_or_Astro-Man%C2%BF_-_Your_Weight_on_the_Moon.rar

Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Bomboras - Organ Grinder


The Bomboras - Organ Grinder
In FLAC - Scans are included

1 Return Of The Death Ray  
2 Take A Chance  
3 Organ Grinder  
4 She Kills Me  
5 Riot City  
6 Third Star To The Left  
7 Ilene  
8 Night Rider  
9 Asphalt Eater  
10 Last Call  
11 Lord Hunt Surf Party  
12 Moon Probe  
13 Earthquake  
14 Forbidden Planet

One of the great bands of the brief '90's surf revival, the Bomboras are probably one of the most talented groups to ever play this genre. They may not have lasted long, but their stay did include a bunch of riveting performances featuring hot go-go dancers, extremely geeky jokes, occasional fistfights and their instruments set on fire. A regular feature of their show included the keyboardist standing on his organ while playing it, before dousing it with lighter fluid and setting it alight.
The Bomboras' noisy, kitschy Organ Grinder combines tracks from a limited-edition ten-inch with half a dozen cuts recorded live at Los Angeles' famed Jabberjaw club

http://www.mediafire.com/file/njyqgswvdqf1mn3/The_Bomboras_-_Organ_Grinder.rar

Special Thanks to Jacobo for this great surfing contribution