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Friday, March 6, 2015

Mother's Children and The Mandates


Mother's Children and The Mandates team up for a killer tour in May all over Europe!

If you wanna book them on one of the available dates please inquire via info@takenbysurprise.net

06.05.2015, Hamburg, DE, Komet
07.05.2015, available Germany
08.05.2015, Munich, DE, Kafe Marat
09.05.2015, Brno, CZ, Vegalite
10.05.2015, Vienna, AT, ARENA WIEN 
11.05.2015, available Hungary, Slovenia, Austria
12.05.2015, Zagreb, HR, Klub Močvara 
13.05.2015, Salzburg, AT, Rockhouse Bar w/ DIRTY FENCES
14.05.2015, Geneva, CH, Taverne de la Republique
15.05.2015, Marseille, FR, la Machine à Coudre
16.05.2015, Barcelona, ES, Sala BeGood
17.05.2015, Castellon, ES, Four Seasons Club
18.05.2015, Valencia, ES, MAGAZINE CLUB Valencia
19.05.2015, Madrid, ES, Wurlitzer Ballroom
20.05.2015, Zaragoza, ES, Pub Eccos
21.05.2015, Toulouse, FR, Le Ravelin
22.05.2015, Paris, FR, La Mécanique Ondulatoire
23.05.2015, Rotterdam, NL, ROTTERDAM RIOT 2015

http://motherschildren.bandcamp.com/
http://mandates.bandcamp.com/
www.takenbysurprise.net




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Delta 72 - 000 reupped by request


The Delta 72 - 000
In WAV - Scans are included

1. Are You Ready?  
2. The Doctor Is In!  
3. Just Another Let Down  
4. 3 Day Packet Plan  
5. Incident @ 23rd  
6. I Feel Fine  
7. Ten Lbs.  
8. Hip Coat  
9. Great Paper Chase No.1  
10. Sun The Secret Prince  

The Delta 72 has played around with their sound from their inception during the mid 90's. Soul, punk, R & B, and jazzy instrumentals have all had a spot in the D72 sound, but with 000, they seem to have grooved their sound into one cohesive ROCK and ROLL machine. And this machine kicks it. Comparisons have come up to the Rolling Stones (of the 70's). Their most solid recording, 000 is filled with Gregg Foreman's slide guitar and funkarific "Wooh"s and "Yeah, yeah"s, Mark Boyce's keys and the driving beats of Jason Kourkonis's kit and Bruce Reckahn's bass. A couple of tunes feature gospel backup that work very well with the driving music. A few instrumentals are also on the record in keeping with the D72 playlist. An awesome record from a band that should have deserved more recognition.

http://netkups.com/?d=f3a21575c1747

Special Thanx to Limburg for this great contribution!

SMASH FASHION Big Cat Love

Smash Fashion 2014 release, BIG CAT LOVE


"A Gentlemen’s guide to sophisticated savagery", released in 2006 after the band had been playing the LA club circuit for around 2 years, was a very promising debut.


"Don't pet the sweaty things" the sophomore album released in 2010  was the confirmation of the chock full talent of Smash fashion.I particularly liked the renditions of "Does your Mother Know" and "Benny and the Jets" which both turned out to be quite mean rockers when played by SMASH FASHION.



2014 saw the release of "Big Cat Love", the 3rd full length release by these Los Angeles dandy rockers. And this is really the coming of age for SMASH FASHION: Great vocals, brilliant guitar playing and a rock steady rhythm section.

The songwriting of Roger Deering now delivers instant Powerpop, Glitter and boogie classics like "Wicked ways", "Blame it on the Brandy", "Stay of my la la"or "Aim for the heart"



And if you hear traces of Cheap Trick, Mott the Hoople or the Faces, Smash Fashion are about inspiration instead of imitation. “Were not reinventing the wheel, were just putting new tires on it” states Roger. I could not have said it better myself!



Joining Roger Deering in SMASH FASHION 2014 are Lloyd Stuart Casson on Guitar, Tony Kinman on Bass and Repo on Drums.

Purchase all the goodies here: 

http://www.smashfashionmusic.com/music

or here

http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/SMASHFashion

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Delta 72 - The Soul of a New Machine (reupped by request)



The Delta 72 - The Soul of a New Machine

In wav - scans are included

1. Introduction, Pt. 2 2. Monopoly of Your Mouth 3. Mainline, Pt. 4 4. Floorboard Shake 5. The Cut 6. Wiretapping 7. I've Dreamt of Leaving... 8. ...Ever Since You Told Me 9. Introduction, Pt. 2 10. It's Alright 11. Scratch/Up in the High Numbers/The Takedown/Blow Out/The Scope/Go ... 

By 1997, Philadelphia's the Delta 72 had cemented themselves as leaders of the frantic R&B-based punk scene, gaining new fans across the world with their energetic live shows and the diverse sounds on their records. The disc begins with the sampled statement, "Ladies and gentlemen, it's star time!" That opening line of "Introduction, Pt. 2" gives way to Sarah Stolfa's soulful organ, chaotic guitar riffs, and Gregg Foreman's punchy vocals. Through songs like the funky "Floorboard Shake" and fuzzy stop-and-start atmosphere of "I've Dreamt of Leaving Ever Since You Told Me," the bandmembers made it clear that they were not hesitant to take chances. The blistering and bluesy "Scratch" is followed by the rollicking and frenetic "Up in the High Numbers." The pace often changes, like with the jaunty and sometimes low-key "Blow Out." The irony is evident on the blues-heavy and vibrant "We Hate the Blues." The album as a whole is dynamic and daring. It was recorded in March 1997 and released later that year on Chicago's Touch & Go Records.

MANY thanx to LIMBURG for this great contribution.

Mondo Drag


German label Kozmik Artifactz released recently the sophomore record of US Heavy Psychedelic Rock band Mondo Drag. The album was recorded in the Winter of 2011/2012 at Future Appletree Studios Too with Patrick Stolley and features the rhythm section of Cory Berry and Zack Anderson (Radio Moscow, Blues Pills). 



The 3 core members of the band, John Gamino, Nolan Girard, and Jake Sheley actually grew up in the same area and played music with each other for over 15 years developping in the process a unique sound and rare cohesion. 

"Zephyr", the opening track of the album, with its driving organ reminiscent of Jon Lord circa "Machine Head" and 
eerie vocals is worth alone the price of admission. But the 
whole album is amazing with incredible cosmic sounds, flute and  some interstellar guitar work that reminds me of a young David Gilmour. 

The album's cover art was designed by talented and far-out artist, Robert Beatty. His unique style and surreal, other-worldly landscapes were perfect for this album.



Purchase it here : http://shop.bilocationrecords.com/navi.php?suchausdruck=mondo+drag+zephyr


300coverAnd while you're there, take a few minutes to check Kozmik Artifactz latest release : Australian Heavy Blues Trio CHILD

http://shop.bilocationrecords.com/index.php?a=54376&lang=eng

Friday, February 27, 2015


Shoes - Black Vinyl Shoes
In Flac - Scans are included

1 Boys Don't Lie  
2 Do You Wanna Get Lucky  
3 She'll Disappear  
4 Tragedy  
5 Writing A Postcard  
6 Not Me  
7 Someone Finer  
8 Capital Gain  
9 Fatal  
10 Running Start  
11 Okay  
12 It Really Hurts  
13 Fire For A While  
14 If You'd Stay  
15 Nowhere So Fast

Black Vinyl Shoes is stunning because at that time (and pretty much to this day), NOBODY sounded like this record. They recorded everything on a 4 track, kept the cover art simple, and released the record through their own label. It was a D.I.Y. production that preceded (and gave hope to) pretty much every indie pop band. With their lo-fi fuzz sound washing over sweet melodies, and soft vocals, on paper they sound like an early version of Jesus and Mary Chain or Dream Syndicate, but in fact were nothing like either band. They were pop traditionalists, they just couldn't AFFORD to make their guitars sparkle like the Byrds or Big Star could. The sound is beautiful in it's own right, and some of the songs are instant classics. A must have due to its often underestimated (and uncredited) influence on the D.I.Y. pop crowd.

http://netkups.com/?d=153da8d50a4cf

Special thanx to  JPaul for this great contribution! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SPOTLIGHT ON RUM BAR Records


Today is a first : an interview with Lou Mansdorf , Mastermind of RUM BAR Records, home to New England's newest hit-makers The Connection, pop punk heart warmers ZipGun Bomber, glam rockers n' shakers WATTS, and Boston's garage rock ambassadors to the world Muck And The Mires.

Lou on the left, Kurt Baker in the middle

It is my understanding you run RUM BAR Records on your own. Can you tell me when you started it all and why? Was this an out of the blue decision or were you thinking about starting your own label for quite a while?

LOU :  Yes, I completely own, operate and run Rum Bar Records all on my own with help and support from the bands, my wife Lisa (Queen of the Wild Bunch), and our 4 year old daughter Ida Lee (The Rum Bar and Brad Marino's biggest fan).  The label had slowly grown out of the blue but something I had been wanting to do again for quite some time.



About 20 years ago, with two best friends I started up Melted Records out of Astoria NYC, we were home to some fantastic greaser rock and pop punk bands including The Heartdrops, The Cretins, The Morning Shakes, Magnatone, Darlington, Huntingtons, The Young Hassellhoffs, 30 Amp Fuse, and released a stellar pop punk compilation with all our favorite bands called "My So-Called Punk Rock Life". Melted Records were releasing and putting greaser and garage rock bands in all the pop punk halls and rooms and had a great scene going on.



I moved to Boston about 13 years ago, and I have been friends with Geoff, Nate and Rick from the Guts going on 20 years.  About 2 years ago I was introduced to The Connection's rendition of "7 Nights To Rock" on the Underground Garage and when I found out the band was from Portsmouth NH, I emailed, texted and tweeted everyone I know in NH trying to find out who this band was and how to get their music in my hands.  The first person to respond was Geoff and his response was, "dude, that's my band".  So my response was, "dude, let's put out a record".   Geoff introduced me to Brad and we made it official pretty quick!


It only made sense, I knew these guys from their teen days long before the Guts ever existed, they used to crash at my place in Astoria, I used to book their bands and we were long-time friends who had just been out of touch a few years.

The name of the label comes from the bar in my home where we all hang, the bands are all considered family to my family and they are truly all my current favorite bands to listen to. Signing and releasing records from The Connection, ZipGun Bomber, Watts, and Kurt Baker was a dream come true for me.  Since then we have opened our doors to overseas exports The Breakdowns (who the Rum Bar refers to as Los Breakdowns), and I have re-connected with old friends from Rockford IL, Mono In Stereo.  These cats used to be in Mulligan Stu who were Melted family and appear on the Melted compilation.  Geoff and Rick of The Connection along with Nate from ZGB also appeared on the Melted comp in their old band She's A Guy, this has all come full circle for us.   We currently have a 2 song digital advance single/beer koozie available for sale from Mono In Stereo to keep the fans satisfied till the full length is unleashed.



Was The CONNECTION the first band signed on your label? How did you get in touch with them?

LOU: The Connection is the Rum Bar's first signing, we have released 2 LP's, The Connection's Xmas CD and a 7 inch to date with them.  The first "Seven Nights" LP is sold out and "Let It Rock" is getting close.  I have known Geoff and Rick from The Connection along with Nate from ZipGun Bomber over 20 years, they were just young teenagers when we first met in Fishtracks Studio, i was on tour with the Gotohells and we stopped in Boston and Portsmouth to do some shows with the Tunnel Rats and Queers, I had made so many great friends on my trip with the Gotohells through New England that we remained friends and worked together with their other bands all these years.   When I first moved to Boston, Geoff, Rick and Nate were playing in the Guts and used to play shows that I was booking at a local bar called The Abbey Lounge and we used to throw killer BBQ's at the place I was living before the shows, we just picked up our friendship where it left off and music was what always drove it.

Kurt Baker I met when he was in the Leftovers I was working for his label Oglio Records' distribution arm Fontana.

My wife Lisa and I were hanging at the Abbey Lounge one mid-week Wed night and all of Lynchy (Watts' drummer) former Avoid One Thing Drummer walks in.  I knew Lynchy from AOT and ask what he's doing there, and he said he is playing drums for this reunited glam band called Watts.  the band gets on stage and we see this dude who we always knew by site but never knew personally get on stage in his perfectly feathered ala Ron Wood hair do and we are like holy shit that guy plays in a band!!!  turns out that guy was Johnny Blout who later became one of our dearest and closest friends in Boston along with the rest of the band Watts.  That day, I swear the first time we saw them I said if I ever start up a label again I am signing Watts.  A few years later we have a CD and 7 inch and shows and all this stuff going on with them on the Rum Bar!!  Again solidifying our family connection.



What are the plans for the future/next releases in 2015 as far as RUM BAR is concerned?

LOU: Future plans include (no particular order), working closely with the bands on press, radio, shows, tours, I help manage all projects, we have a show this week with ZGB and The Connection supporting the Biters which I helped book.

The Connection 2015 full length release (produced by Andy Shernoff  of The DICTATORS) should be out by summertime.

(The Connection in the Studio with Andy Shernoff)


Mono In Stereo full length release should be out summertime as well.
We will be releasing the CD version of the new Kurt Baker Band CD this summer/fall when it is ready for release.

Another new band Tom Baker & The Snakes are working on their Rum Bar debut.  Tom Baker is the frontman for Boston band The Dirty Truckers and he is working some great rock n roll tunes for a fall release and continuing work with Watts, ZGB, and Los Breakdowns.

Any information you want to share with the viewers on the blog.

LOU: I appreciate everyone's support of the label and our bands.  Keep in touch and hit me up any time!!!





Los Breakdowns tour dates:
12th March: Hairy Dog, Derby. Supporting The Ramonas
28th March: The Square, Harlow. (Private Party)
11th April: Hellfire Club, Redhill. Supporting DeRellas
25th April: Phoenix Bar, High Wycombe. Supporting DeRellas
5th June: Dirty Water Club, London. Supporting Barracudas.



  • Mono In Stereo - Rockford style Koozie/2 song download Bundle – Rockford style Koozie/2 song download
    Mono In Stereo
    Compact Disc (CD)
    $5 USD
  • Rock 'N' Roller Skates (CD/Koozie UK Invasion Bundle!!) – Rock 'N' Roller Skates (CD/Kooze UK Invasion Bundle!!)
    Los Breakdowns
    Compact Disc (CD)
    $10 USD
  • Top Shelf Singles Only Club – Top Shelf Singles Only Club
    Record/Vinyl
    $15 USD
  • Christmas Collection (Holiday Bundle w/Koozie & CD ONLY bonus tracks!!) – Christmas Collection (Holiday Bundle w/Koozie & CD ONLY bonus tracks)!!
    The Connection
    Compact Disc (CD)
    $10 USD
  • Brand New B-Sides (CD / Koozie Combo pack!!) – Brand New B-Sides
    Kurt Baker Band
    Compact Disc (CD)
    $10 USD
  • Flash Of White Light (CD / Koozie combo) – Flash Of White Light CD bundle w/Watts koozie!!
    Watts
    Compact Disc (CD)
    $10 USD
  • Paper Airplanes EP – ZipGun Bomber - Paper Airplanes EP (stocked bar bundle deal) w/ZGB Koozie and logo patch!!
    ZipGun Bomber
    Compact Disc (CD)
    $7 USD
  • Flash Of White Light (deluxe white vinyl) w/KOOZIE!! – Watts - Flash Of White Light 7 inch (deluxe white vinyl) with KOOZIE!!
    Watts
    Record/Vinyl
    $7 USD
  • DON'T TALK TO MY BABY - 45 w/Koozie!! – The Connection "Don't Talk To My Baby" 45rpm Vinyl w/Koozie!!
    The Connection
    Record/Vinyl
    $7 USD
  • DOUBLE WHITE LINE - 45 – MUCK AND THE MIRES "Double White Line" 45rpm Vinyl
    Muck And The Mires
    Record/Vinyl
    $6 USD
  • The Connection - 7 Nights EP (SOLD OUT!) – 7 Nights (SOLD OUT!)
    The Connection
    Record/Vinyl
    $15 USD
  • Sunday, February 22, 2015


    JD McPherson - Let the Good Times Roll 
    In wav - Scans are included

    Let The Good Times Roll
    Bossy
    It's All Over But The Shouting
    Bridgebuilder
    It Shook Me Up
    Head Over Heels
    Shy Boy
    You Must Have Met Little Caroline?
    Precious
    Mother Of Lies
    Everybody's Talking 'Bout The All-American


    Probably the best rock'n'roll record of 2015. Do not just download it, go purchase it!

    https://mega.co.nz/#!EUUxhCyb!9OIKKPGn4axOEJ4PGtfueZRj_R1smTinclN0P8J1DwE

    Friday, February 20, 2015

    Bang! Mustang - Surfin' NSA


    Bang! Mustang  - Surfin' NSA
    In wav - Scans are included

    1 Surfin' NSA
    2 Dusty
    3 58 Degrees
    4 Haunted By A Shadow
    5 Charles Bronson
    6 Stranded
    7 El Dorado
    8 The Adventures Of Mr. Knucklehead
    9 King Kahuna
    10 Giant Zora
    11 Echobrain Mantra
    12 Bughouse Surfer
    13 Surf Oddity
    14 Russian Roulette
    15 Last Train From Sepia City
    16 I Due Superpiedi Quasi Piatti

    BANG!MUSTANG! was founded by members of Los Twang! Marvels, Messer Chups and The Rob Ryan Roadshow. This is how our special agent in the Far East commented about this German surf band :"It doesn’t blow you out of the water but it’s entertaining surf music!"

    https://mega.co.nz/#!Th10nL4T!jUlUJSK4shpDGZZzQSS1qPsLCrlhRZ9JTU5JoHeoEZA

    Special thanks to Joey R.A. Mone for this surfing contribution.