Art for Spastics - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
- Hear a sneak-peek from the upcoming 2nd LP by Ratas del Vaticano!
- Hear another preview from the upcoming Wounded Lion album!
- Sacto and Davis blasts from the past!
- Goaty Tapes’ late-nite listening!
MYELIN SHEATHS | Do the Mental Twist | Do the Mental Twist 7" | Hozac *new JACUZZI BOYS | Blow Out Your Lights | No Seasons | Florida’s Dying *new STREET GNAR | Road Song | Lion’s Head CS | Speed Tapes *new DUCHESS OF SAIGON | Lycra Lace | Easter Queen 7" | SS Records 2002 GIRLS AT OUR BEST | It’s Fashion | Politics! 7" | Record 1980 YELLOW FEVER | Joe Brown | self-titled | Wild World *new GRASS WIDOW | Tattoo | self-titled 12" EP | Captured Tracks *new AISLER’S SET | Action Attraction Reaction | Action Attraction Reaction 7" | Suicide Squeeze 2001 THE CURBFEELERS | Grapes from a Bowl | Grapes from a Bowl 7" | Lather 1994 THE CURBFEELERS | Bald Electrician [Tripod Jimmie] | Viking Prairie Schooner 7" | Lather 1995 ARCHIPELAGO BREWING CO. | Criswell | Criswell 7" | Nuf Sed 1992 BANANA HEAD | The Sisters | In the Tubs CS | Goaty Tapes *new JAKOB OLAUSSON | Cornered in Your Circle | Cornered in Your Circle 7" | Columbus Discount *new VINCENT OVER THE SINK | Zones | Bible Bashers CS | Goaty Tapes *new DRUID PERFUME | Other Worlds | Other Worlds 7" | M’Lady’s/Italy *new LE SANG SONG | Hot Reggae | self-titled | Dragnet *new *request INTERNATIONAL B.K. | 250 Miles from Moscow | Oh Pretentious Moi 12" EP | Rebel 1985 THE FAMILY FODDER | Playing Golf (With My Flesh Crawling) | Playing Golf (With My Flesh Crawling) 7" Parole/Fresh 1979 SEVERED HEADS | Prototype Pop | Clifford Darling, Please Stop Living in the Past | Ink 1985 SEVERED HEADS | Houses Still Standing | Since the Accident | Ink 1983 SATANIZED | Hope is Lack of Information | split 7" w/ AIDS Wolf | Badmaster/Suicide Tax *new OVIPOSITOR | Black Ribbon | Oakland Minor | no label *new PIGEON RELIGION | Dead Boss | Dead Boss 7" | Gilgongo 2009 POP. 1280 | Times Square | Bedbugs 7" | no label 2009 NO BALLS | Forgetting to Supress It | self-titled | Release the Bats *new CROWN ROAST | Enemy [Drunks with Guns] | Enemy 7" | Unclean 1995 THE HYPNOTICS | S & M | Indoor Fiends | Acid Reign/Enigma 1982 RATAS DEL VATICANO | Garrapata | Tiempos del Austeridad | HBSP-2X *forthcoming RATAS DEL VATICANO | Abuso de Autoridad THE INSULTS | Population Zero | v/a: Killed By Death #8½ | Redrum 1994 (orig 1979) THE INSULTS | Zombie Lover | Insults to Injury | Brain Transplant 1999 (orig 1979) PENIS FLY TRAP | Constitution | 5-song 7" | Woof! 1995 WAX MUSEUMS | Billy’s Room | v/a: Denton Denton USA! | Play Pinball *new TEEN COOL | Rock ‘n’ Roll Bitch | split 7" w/ Room 41 | Mortville 1997 THE SINKS | Don’t Need You | Winter Tour 7" | Fashionable Idiots *new WOUNDED LION | Omar Walk [Wildman Fischer] | self-titled | In the Red *forthcoming DADFAG | Interrogation | Scenic Abuse | Broken Records *new
It’s not quite been a year since Hozac issued forth that brilliant debut 7" from Medication, and now the Constitution State has spawned another formidable entrant in the sweepstakes of sorrow. New from Goaty Tapes, the In the Tubs cassette from Banana Head of Connecticut compiles nine splendid songs of desperado loner late-night music. This is a perfect deep winter aversion therapy soundtrack for seasonal affective disorder sufferers. If you peel away Banana Head’s layers of neu-blues-folk-psych outer-zoning dreariness, you’ll find that there’s actually a discernable kernel of pop sensibility at the core of several of these songs, and especially the ones with vocals, however distant or whispered. Surely a vinyl-ready release, and like all things Goaty, it’s handsomely packaged with a colorful, creative J-card, stamped and exquisitely hand-cut to enhance the consumer’s intimate, personal connection to the music. If this doesn’t take the prize this week, then surely this new A-side from Jakob Olausson’s appearance in the new Columbus Discount Singles Club does…absolute stunner! Two phone calls came in demanding to know, "What was that!?!?!"
The next Ratas del Vaticano LP is due to drop next month, and it’s got 16 more psychopathic punk rippers, including one epic bludgeoner that is the new savage weirdpunk’s answer to the Subhumans’ "From the Cradle to the Grave". HBSP-2X will be serving that up with an EP from another group of Monterrey punks, Inservibles. I’ll get to them next week!
Wounded Lion covered Wildman Fischer again, and this time, it’s the crowdpleasing chant of "Omar! Omar! Omar! Omar!" that’ll worm into your head. I know it seems like every Wounded Lion song so far is immediately catchy and contagious as you sing it everyday to your significants, co-workers, kitties, and everyone else in earshot, ("Pony People" rates serious consideration for feelgood song of the decade!) but there’s actually some rather subtle songs on this upcoming debut LP—due March from In the Red—which grow on you over time. I think it was upon the fourth listen that I realized what an ingenious song "Hunan Province" is for containing the best lyrical passage that rhymes a word with itself (twice even!) since 1982 when Marky de Sade sang "I tried everything, I tried counting sheep!/One sheep! Two sheep! Three sheep! Four sheep!/Shut up while a I try to count these sheep!" in "I Can’t Get the Sleep in My Head" on the should-be-classic Indoor Fiends LP by The Hypnotics.