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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Singles - Sweet Tooth

Have you ever dreamed of a band that has the good looks? A band that's got crunchy guitars AND catchy melodies? A band that's got the rock'n'roll attitude without being cliché? 

Don't look any further. Ladies and gentlemen I give you The Singles! The band is currently featuring Vince Frederick (guitar/vocals) - Nicky Veltman (drums) - Max Goldman (bass).

One girl and 2 guys. 100% perfect rock'n'roll trio.

Their fourth full length, SWEET TOOTH, is brilliant from start to finish. 
All killers and no fillers.

Read their full story here, told by Vince:

1)Vince, it seems like a long way, musically and visually from the 4 guys who released the very Beatlesque "Better Than Before" in 2003. In 2017, you are the only remaining original member and the new release "Sweet Tooth" sounds -at times- very glam (the title track). Please, tell the viewers of this blog your full story. We want to hear it all from you!

I joined this band called “Electricity” back in 1998. We only played a handful of shows, maybe 3 or 4. This band is how I met the original drummer (Dave Knepp) and bass player (Dave Lawson) for The Singles. I started “The Singles” in 1999 with Knepp, and once we made our first EP, we recruited Lawson to play bass. Lawson brought in his friend Will Yates to play lead guitar; that line-up got signed to Rainbow Quartz Records in 2002, due to Matthew Smith from Outrageous Cherry. He dug us and wanted to produce our first album, and his band was on the label. Anyways, Knepp suggested we wear black and white suits for a 'Battle Of The Bands' gig, and that's how the suits got started. I was way into the Beatles, etc. back then; so I wanted us to always be in them, and it stuck for a loooooong time.

So after we made “Better Than Before” and did a bunch of Euro touring, etc., that line-up went away. I put out an ad looking for a drummer in the Metro Times, and that's where I found Brian Thunders. In the meantime, I was rehearsing with a linguistics professor, John Hale, on bass. He saw us play at the University he was currently teaching at and he came up to me and said he liked us. For some reason I felt he was a musician, so I asked him if he would want to join. And he did! This was the line up that made our 2nd album “Start Again”. John left shortly after, and we got in Phil Roth on bass. He was great too, and we did a bunch of gigs, including a really fun tour of Europe in 2008.

After Phil left on bass, we recruited our buddy Ryan Hurnevich to step in. He was in a band called The Lessmores, who we always played with. I was going for another full length record for that year (2009), but we just managed to get 3 CD singles released. Also, Thunders decided to leave the band midway through that year. It felt like going I was in circles at that point, so that's when I decided to move out to Los Angeles.

In LA, I ran into another fellow Detroit musician Jenny Pirch. She played in a band called The Gore Gore Girls. Pirch and I were gigging around as a duo for awhile. Then she invited out Nicky Veltman to a show. Nicky played drums with her in the GGGs. We asked Nicky if she would join up and she did! (Note: the suits vanished by this point)

Nicky and I got things moving on our next record “Look How Fast A Heart Can Break” pretty quickly.  We put the album out in April of 2014. We had rotating bass players around this time. We also did a bunch of touring in the US for that record.

Max Goldman was one of the bass players that toured with us that year, and he stuck around for better or worse. After a year or so we jumped back in the studio with Rick Parker, who mixed and produced “LHFAHCB”, and we made a brand new album called “Sweet Tooth”. The album came out on July, 28th 2017.

2)What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?

That would be heartache or heartbreak topics. I can really summon those feelings up very easily when it comes to writing a song. It's a genuine feeling as well. So I know I'm on the right track when that feeling is helping me write. 

3)About your latest full length, "Sweet Tooth". You opted not only for a tougher sound but also for a stronger visual. Gone are the 4 sharp dressed guys in ties and instead here is some aquatic monster with its mouth wide open. What can you tell about the choice of the cover of the album? And 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?

Well, the album cover was done by my girlfriend Ursula Galviano. I knew I wanted the album artwork to be a handmade drawing of sorts. The image was totally hers. So whatever she heard in the making of the album, as well as the final sequenced version, she put that down on the drawing board and created the water monster. I think it fits the feel of some of the tunes on this album, especially the title track.

The recording was done once again with producer/mixer Rick Parker here in Los Angeles. We went into the studio to work on two or three songs at a time throughout the year of 2016. Once we got the basic backing tracks done, we would hop on over to Rick's personal studio called “The Sandbox” to put on overdubs.

4)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.

The main band that got me to pick up a guitar and start writing songs was The Beatles. They certainly were my favorite band back then. But I was also listening to a lot of the early rock n rollers like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, etc. too. I was checking out who The Beatles liked and then going on a hunt to find those records. A lot of 50's blues, doo wop and rock n roll was a part of those formative years. I was also really into the bands coming out of England at that time in the 90's: Oasis, Supergrass, Blur.

Bands don't really influence my songwriting nowadays. Back when I was figuring out how to write songs, they sure did. Now it's experiences and feelings that I wanna get off my chest I'll write about. But, regardless of not thinking about other bands when I write, I think your formative years really play a part in the way you end up sounding or singing. So I can always hear a little Beatles, Buddy, and the Everlys in my stuff.

5)Are you still the main composer in The Singles or is everybody involved to a certain extent?

I am. But once the song is written I'll bring it to the band and we'll figure out the feel of how the tune will go down. Will we play it fast or slow? Will it be a waltz or a country shuffle? Those kind of things. Usually all that happens naturally once we all start jamming on the song.

6)Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?

There is a live performance of us playing the song “Voodoo” off the new album. You can see it on YouTube here: 

7)What can concert goers expect at a The Singles gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs?

They can expect a loud rock n roll set of our jams. Drums, bass and guitar. Some good harmonies here and there as well. We are not doing any cover songs at the moment.

8)When you perform nowadays with The Singles, are you still playing some tracks from the first albums? If so, are the songs given the "tougher sound" treatment?

We do play a lot off the first two albums. “Since You've Been Gone” “When Will She Be Mine?” “Waited So Long” to name a few. Those are all in the current set. And I think the old tunes sound even better with this line-up (with Max and Nicky). If we had the luxury to make an album to re-record a bunch of the old songs, I would definitely try it out. I think it would come out great. It would also show how some of those songs still hold up today! Wink.Wink.

9)What are the plans for the rest of 2017 as far as The Singles are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon?

We're gonna try to play as many shows that come our way and hopefully turn on some more people to our new album. We'd love to go back and do another European tour again. The last time we did that was in 2008. If you know any booking agents that would want to help make it happen, send them our way!

10)Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?

Be kind and considerate to everyone.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Endless Boogie - Vibe Killer

Endless Boogie - Vibe Killer
In WAV - Scans are included

  1. Vibe Killer
  2. Let It Be Unknown
  3. High Drag, Hard Doin'
  4. Bishops At Large
  5. Back in '74
  6. Jefferson County
  7. Whilom 

Endless Boogie did, in fact, start way back in the late ‘90s, as a chance for some employees of Matador Records to jam. And it took a while for them to get the thing off the ground, with only occasional shows and no recorded material to speak of until the mid-2000s. But they’ve made up for lost time in the ‘10s, releasing a slew of full-lengths over the past half-dozen years. The latest, Vibe Killer, further entrenches Endless Boogie as the band that time forgot.

Saw these guys last night, that was quite something!.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Shake Some Action! - "Crash Through or Crash"

For a decade, James Hall has brought us under the moniker Shake Some Action! some brilliant Rickenbacker driven Power Pop / Jangle Pop. "Crash Through or Crash" is probably one of SSA's best outings, featuring reverb-soaked harmonies and powerful guitar work (my personal favorite track: "It goes like this"). All the songs on this latest recording,  are performed and produced by James Hall at Studio 88 Seattle. Once again, it is released on James' very own label Satellite 451 Records.

So it was time for this blog to have a very interesting chat with the man himself. Here is what he told us:

1) James, it's a decade now since the release of your first solo record under the moniker Shake Some Action! in 2007. By the time of "Sunny days ahead", you put together an actual band. In 2017, it seems that you are back on your own. Please, tell the viewers of this blog your full story. We want to hear it all from you!

Yeah, the actual band started as the first album was coming out. That was with David Bos, Gary Miller and Chris Campbell and we played live throughout 2007. During that year, we started writing songs together and then "Sunny Days Ahead" was recorded by that lineup at the end of that year.

Gary and Chris both moved out of town and on the Fire And Ice record, I was pretty much solo again, although gary played on one song and David played on a couple of others by recording themselves remotely. For Full Fathom Five, I recorded every note myself and really enjoyed it. Then I put together another lineup and we played a handful of shows in 2013. And then during the last year while I was working on the latest album, I put together another lineup and we’ll hopefully be playing some Seattle shows before the end of 2017.

2)      What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?

Usually I improvise lyrics over the top of the backing until I hit on something interesting. So the lyrics can be a bit stream-of-consciousness and not necessarily make sense at first. What usually comes out is some sort of subconscious attempt to process whatever is going on in my life. Sometimes it can be about things from years before, or about a dream, or something somebody said. But often it’s just the first thing that comes out when I stick a mic in front of my face.

3)      Putting a Black Rickenbacker 330 on the cover of your latest full length, "Crash Through or Crash" feels like a statement to me. This means : "Look out, this is power pop you are going to listen to" Do you agree with this assumption and furthermore what can you tell about the recording process of this new release? 

Yeah, that shot was actually from our first show back in 2006 and as they say, a picture tells a thousand words. I think it was to say, yeah, this is the music inside and also just to convey a bit of energy, a bit of swagger. I think this album has a few songs that rock a bit harder than I’ve done for a while.

The recording process for this album started back in 2015 when I was initially working on music for TV and film, which I do on the side. After a little while it became clear that some of the songs could be Shake Some Action songs and so I started to re-focus on making a new album.

I record songs in my home studio as I write, so my process has been the same for a few years now. I start out with some drums, then plug in a guitar and jam on it until something interesting happens. Then often I’ll edit some of those ideas into a song structure and improvise a vocal on it. Usually by then I can tell if it’s worth working on more or leaving it alone. By the end of 2016 I had about 30 finished songs.

4)      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.

When I was a teenager I listened to a lot of Beatles music. I was a bit of a fanatic, actually. They are still a major influence even though I don’t listen to them as much as I used to. When I first heard their music it was like being struck by lightning and nothing was ever the same again.

The other main influences are probably the Stone Roses and a couple of Australian bands -  Hoodoo Gurus and You Am I. They were my favorites as a teenager that still resonate with me today and were very influential when I first started writing songs.

5)      Are you more comfortable in working alone or with an actual band?  

When I record, I like to do it alone. Mostly because I record as I write and when I get in that zone, it’s hard to stop. Usually I get ideas for bass lines or guitar parts early on and I like to get them recorded while they’re fresh. Before I know it, the work is all done.

But playing live, I much prefer playing with a band. I like to give my bandmates freedom to play the songs however they like and I think that makes it interesting when the songs become living, breathing things that are different every time we play them.

6)      Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?

Not yet . . .

No new video, so here is an older one instead!

7)      What can concert goers expect at a Shake Some Action! gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

Hopefully they’ll see energetic performances of the new songs, alongside new versions of some older favorites. We haven’t rehearsed any cover songs yet but I recorded Lady Friend by the Byrds during sessions for the album so that might appear at some point. We also used to do White Light White Heat by the Velvet Underground, so that might make an appearance as well.

8)      Is Satellite 451 Records your very own record label? 

Yes it is.

9)      What are the plans for the rest of 2017 as far as Shake Some Action! is concerned? Are you planning to tour Europe soon? 

No touring plans at this stage, although we’ll see what happens. We’re looking into recording a live performance towards the end of the year and if we like it, possibly releasing a live DVD. We also have a 10th anniversary re-release of our first album coming out on October 1st, and that has a bunch of extra tracks that nobody’s heard before so we’re looking forward to that.

10) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?

Yeah, thank you all for your support and we hope you like the new record!

Purchase this goodie here:

Physical copies of the CD can be bought at CD BABY:

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Lillingtons - Shit Out of Luck

The Lillingtons - Shit Out of Luck
In Wav - Scans are included

01. Lillington High
02. I Don't Think She Cares
03. Pom Pom Girl
04. Kevin Is A Lunatic
05. I Got Screwed Again
06. Oh Boy
07. Danny's Problems
08. I Got Abducted By A UFO
09. Smart Ass
10. My Genitals Itch
11. Tonight
12. Day Off
13. Ramble On
14. Reform School
15. Hooked On You

The Lillingtons are a Rock and Roll band from Newcastle, Wyoming who made a mark on the world of Punk Rock. The original lineup consisting of Kody Templeman, Zack Rawhauser, Cory Laurence, and Tim O'Hara.The band continued as a three-piece after Zack quit.
Their first full-length album, titled "Shit Out of Luck", was released on Clearview Records in 1996. Frontman Templeman is currently a member of Laramie, Wyoming pop punk band Teenage Bottlerocket.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Chain & The Gang - Live At Third Man Records

Chain & The Gang - Live At Third Man Records 07-03-2016
In WAV - Scans are included

A1.Live N Direct
A2.I See Progress
A3.Why Not?
A4.Certain Kinds Of Trash
A6.Free Will
A7.Logic Of Night

B1.Mum's The Word
B2.Livin Rough
B3.What Is A Dollar?
B4.Come Over

The latest from the world's greatest frontman, Ian Svenonius, is the excellent live document of Chain and the Gang! This LP captures the raucous yet sagacious social commentary of Svenonius perfectly supplemented by the shaken soulful punk styling of The Gang. This ain't 3 Am party dulled garage rock; this is sharp, socio-political and intelligent critique, as many DC artists have had a rich history of representing. This also must be Chain & the Gang's decidedly lo-fi sound at its most clear.

A highlight is the final track "Come Over," kicking off with floor tom detonation, adding chunky power pop guitars and barely-breathing vocals pushing to the point of disintegration with the very last note of the show.

Friday, September 1, 2017


In WAV - Scans are included

01.This Is Your Life  
02.Good Boys  
03.Out In California  
04.Girls Get In Trouble  
05.Me And My Face  
06.East Side Kids  
07.Russian Roll  
08.Hangin' Around  
09.The Ballad Of Roy Orbison  
10.Last Of The Angry Young Men  

Yipes! was an American rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Band members McCurdy, Hoffmann, and Strand had been playing together since 1971, but formed Yipes! in 1977 after the addition of Freese and Bartel. After winning a battle of the bands contest, the group submitted a demo tape to Millennium Records, which signed the group.Their debut, self-titled album was issued in 1979, and a follow-up release appeared in 1980. During this time Yipes! opened for Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Kansas, and Jefferson Starship. The band was dropped from their label in 1981 and disbanded soon after.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Robin Lane and the Chartbusters

Robin Lane and the Chartbusters (Vinyl Rip)
In WAV - Scans are included

01.When Things Go Wrong 3:15
02.It'll Only Hurt A Little While 3:14
03.Don't Cry 3:26
04.Without You 3:12
05.Why Do You Tell Me Lies 2:57
06.I Don't Want To Know 3:01
07.Many Years Ago 3:33
08.Waitin' In Line 3:18
09.Be Mine Tonight 4:25
10.Kathy Lee 3:28
11.Don't Wait Till Tomorrow 3:32

Robin Lane (born 1947, Los Angeles, California) is an American rock singer and songwriter. Her band, Robin Lane & the Chartbusters, was best known for its single "When Things Go Wrong".

In 1978, Lane formed the Chartbusters with Asa Brebner and Leroy Radcliffe (of The Modern Lovers), Scott Baerenwald and Tim Jackson. She had signed with Private Stock Records, which shortly afterward went out of business. After Jerry Wexler saw a Chartbusters show, however, he signed the band to Warner Brothers. Their first album, Robin Lane & the Chartbusters (1980) featured the singles "When Things Go Wrong" and "Why Do You Tell Lies?", earned favorable reviews, and received widespread airplay; the music video for "When Things Go Wrong" was the 11th song shown on MTV's first American broadcast day, August 1, 1981. The band had two more releases on Warner, the EP "5 Live" (1980) and "Imitation Life" (1981). The limited commercial success of these records, combined with business disputes and Lane's desire to have a child, led to the breakup of the Chartbusters in 1983.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Duncan Reid and the Big Heads - "Bombs Away"

A couple of months ago, Duncan Reid and the Big Heads released their very highly recommended 3rd album, "Bombs away". This is without any doubt their best record so far. Due to their relentless touring all over Europe (except in Belgium ha ha ha) the Big Heads are tighter than ever and deliver as they put it themselves "Fourteen catchy little ditties about life, death, paranoia and Viagra".

Beside Duncan Reid himself on Vocals, bass, guitar and keyboards, the Big Heads are featuring 
Sophie K Powers: guitar - Mauro Venegas: guitar, backing vocals  and Karen Jones: drums, backing vocals.

This blog had a very interesting chat with the man himself:  

1) Duncan, you are no newcomer to the Rock'n'roll scene. Personally I first discovered you in 1977 when I purchased the first album of The BOYS. What happened for you since the release of "Boys only" in 1980? You were in The Mattless Boys in 2010 but not in The BOYS that are touring again these days. Instead you are now fronting the BIG HEADS. Please, tell the viewers of this blog your full story since the 80's. We want to hear it all from you!

After The Boys disbanded in the early eighties I largely gave up music and ignored it. I went back to college and got myself an engineering degree while I worked out what I was going to do with my life. I couldn't stay away from entertainment though and ended up working for Andrew Lloyd Webber putting on musicals around the world and sorting out film deals and stuff. I then helped run Nottingham Forest (the football team) for a bit before moving back to London to finance films, TV programmes and music festivals. All that time people were asking The Boys to reform but myself and Matt Dangerfield weren't interested until an offer came in from Japan. Too good to turn down so we played Japan, really enjoyed it and I had a further 11 years with The Boys touring the world and having a great time before I decided to leave and see what I could do on my own in about 2011/2012

2) What is your favorite topic/topic that comes easily when you write a new song?

Me and my life. I think it's the most common topic for songwriters to write about. After all, what is the one subject that most of us know the most about? It's ourselves and what we live through and feel.

3) About your latest full length, "Duncan Reid And The Big Heads ‎– Bombs Away" 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? 

We started with the drums and built the tracks up one instrument at a time. The vocals and keyboards I recorded at home on a computer and emailed them across to the studio.

4) 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.

As a thirteen year old I listened to a load of rubbish. The early 70's had a lot of terrible bands that punk tried to sweep away. But mixed in there I listened to Slade, T Rex, David Bowie, Roxy Music, Status Quo etc which I also loved. Those bands still influence me big time. There wasn't one single band that I loved above all others. Maybe The Ramones but I'd hate to be stuck just listening to one band. The 3 bands that have the biggest influence on me are probably The Ramones, The Beach Boys and The Beatles.

5) Are you the main composer in The Big Heads or is everybody involved to a certain extend? 

I am the main composer although I'm trying more to write with other people. Doesn't seem to happen though.

6) Do you have a video on youtube featuring a track from the latest release?  

There  are a few.

7) What can concert goers expect at a Duncan Reid And The Big Heads gig? Are you playing any famous cover songs? 

People can expect a high energy, entertaining show, with great songs played by beautiful, superb musicians! We play loads of Big Heads songs, a few Boys classics and the odd covers like Blitzkrieg Bop that we've never played before or rehearsed!

8) When you perform with The Big Heads, is it possible that you will play an impromptu version of a song from one of your previous bands? (I guess you must know what band most people are referring to.

See above. Yes. I love to play "First Time" and a few others

9) What are the plans for the rest of 2017 as far as The Big Heads are concerned? Are you guys planning to tour Europe soon? 

We tour constantly. We are playing in Germany in October and November. We must get to Belgium for the first time!

10) Anything you would like to say to the viewers of this blog?

Check us out. It's the best thing you can do with your life!

Do yourself a favor, this is money well spent


Sunday, August 27, 2017

The Pontiac Brothers - Big Black River

The Pontiac Brothers - Big Black River (Vinyl Rip)
In Wav - Scans are included

1.Big Black River
2.Whole Damn World
3.The Other Side
4.Tell Me The Truth
5.Almost Human
6.Straight And Narrow
7.All Or Nothing
8.Hang It Up
9.Too Much Been Said
10.If You Gotta Go, Go Now
11.No Down Payment

The Pontiac Brothers' debut was originally released in 1985 by the Lolita label, a French imprint which was concentrating on releasing albums by several West Coast groups, including L.A.'s the Plimsouls, the Pandoras, and Gun Club's Sex Beat 81. Ward Dotson had been a member of Gun Club, in fact, but he didn't speak too highly of the group's leader, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, after he left, saying, "That guy was singing about having a hell hound on his trail when he still lived with his mom." Dotson was evidently approached by the people at Lolita after he formed a Rolling Stones cover band called the Gallstones. This band wasn't really a serious group at the time, but when offered the prospect of recording an album, they jumped at the chance, booking time at a local recording studio named the Casbah. The resulting album, Big Black River, has some very fine moments ("Whole Damn World", "If you gotta go, go now") even if , at times, it sounds a bit like a band who was still figuring out what they were wanting to sound like.

Friday, August 25, 2017

The Diodes - Released

The Diodes - Released
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Red Rubber Ball
Teenage Nation
Photographs From Mars
Mercenary Flight
Tired Of Waking Up Tired
Jenny's In A Sleep World
No Right To Make Me Bleed
Terminal Rock

Despite the fact that the band was gaining momentum elsewhere in the world, that didn't stop Columbia Canada from dropping the Diodes. Compounding matters, the band had a new hit single ("Tired of Waking Up Tired") and a new album already in the can. Released, then, is a name that can go two ways: The band was released from their original contract, and their follow-up was finally seeing the light of day, thanks to the efforts of Epic. Musically speaking, the second album had a slightly different feel, possibly because drummer John Hamilton had been replaced by Mike Lengyell, but more likely because the band had logged countless hours onstage in front of demanding crowds. Rather than toughening up the band's sound, it drove them further into the world of pop -- piano takes a more prominent role here, and many of the songs have melodies you can actually hum along with ("Weekend," to name just one). Funny is that though this album only contains ten songs, one of those ("Red Rubber Ball") had already appeared on the previous album.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Demons - The Demons

The Demons - The Demons (new vinyl rip)
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01.It'll Be Alright  
02.Gimme Love  
03.She's So Tuf  
04.Ten Past One  
05.She's A Rebel  
06.I Fought The Law  
07.Bad Dreamin'  
08.Tell Him That Too  
09.What A Shame  
10.I Hate You  

Brilliantly produced by Graig Leon in 1977. The track "She's so tuf" was covered some years ago by TINA AND THE TOTAL BABES.

What else do you need to know? Grab this!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Reds - The Reds

The Reds - The Reds (Vinyl Rip)
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05.Whatcha' Doin' To Me  
06.Not You  
08.Over & Over  
09.Self Reduction

Released in 1979 on green vinyl. To my knowledge, this has never been reissued on CD.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Jags ‎– Evening Standards

The Jags ‎– Evening Standards
In WAV - Scans are included

A1.Back Of My Hand  
A2.Desert Island Discs  
A3.Woman's World  
A4.She's So Considerate  
A5.Little Boy Lost  
A6.Single Vision / BWM  
B1.Evening Standards  
B2.Party Games  
B3.Tune Into Heaven  
B4.Last Picture Show  
B5.The Tourist  

The Jags made their debut with the classic "Back of My Hand," leaving high expectations for a full-length. Evening Standards featured a sharp set of similar sounding, bouncy pop songs in the vein of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. Though it can be faulted for being highly derivative and certainly more than a little repetitive, the set actually holds up better than most from the era. (AllMusic Review by Chris Woodstra)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The A's - The A's

The A's - The A's Vinyl Rip
In Wav - Scans are included

A1.After Last Night
A3.5 Minutes In A Hero's Life

B1.Artificial Love
B2.Who's Gonna Save The World
B3.Teenage Jerk Off
B4.Grounded / Twist And Shout Interpolation 
B5.Nothing Wrong With Falling In Love

The A's were an American rock band consisting of Richard Bush (lead vocals), Rick DiFonzo (guitar), Rocco Notte (keyboards), Terry Bortman (bass), and Michael Snyder (drums). Formed in Philadelphia in 1978, the band released two albums on Arista Records: The A's (1979) and A Woman's Got the Power (1981). After building a loyal following in the Philadelphia area as a result of their energetic live shows, the A's signed a contract with Arista Records. The band's self-titled debut album was produced by Rick Chertoff and released in 1979. Trouser Press likened the album to The Boomtown Rats' A Tonic for the Troops in terms of combining "wit, street savvy and relatively intricate hard-pop arrangements." Two singles - "After Last Night" and "Parasite" - were released, but neither they nor the album found commercial success. The A's released their second album, A Woman's Got the Power, in 1981. Also produced by Chertoff, the album entered the U.S. Billboard charts, while the title track peaked at number 18 on the Top Rock Tracks chart and number 26 in Canada.

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.

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.

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
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!

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 or us directly at

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