23 July 2017

GIANTS CHAIR Red and Clear 1995

Really good 90's emo bordering on hardcore with some great tempo changes and catchy guitar work.



1 New Orleans 5:10
2 Mother Brother Sister Lover 5:14
3 Gutshot And The Jogger 3:57
4 Mainline 4:24
5 Semi 3:14
6 Blue 88's 3:03
7 Kick The Can 4:58
8 Weed Roses 3:23
9 Fingerhood 5:59
10 Full On Flat White 5:18

ACTION SWINGERS Decimation Blvd 1993


Artist Biography by

Quit While You're Ahead
The brainchild behind the Action Swingers incendiary garage punk was New Yorker Ned Hayden. His Stooges-like vocals, guitar, and primitive songs were the hallmark of the group throughout its various incarnations. When the band debuted with a self-titled album, the lineup consisted of Hayden, guitarist/singer Julia Cafritz (ex-Pussy Galore), bassist Peter Shore (Unspent), and drummer Bob Bert (ex-Sonic Youth, ex-Pussy Galore). A couple of songs that ended up on the early tracks compilation Quit While You're Ahead featured J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. on drums. After their debut, the Swingers dissolved for about a year, but then Hayden resurrected the group without Shore and Cafritz and with new members Bruce Bennett (the A-Bones) and Howie Pyro (D Generation) on board. That lineup undertook a U.K. tour in 1992 and released an EP, More Fast Numbers, which included the infamous song "Courtney Love." With the departure of guitarist Bennett and drummer Bert, Hayden soldiered on with various sidemen, releasing Decimation Blvd. in 1993 on Caroline Records. The album, the group's most fully realized effort, was 20-something minutes and 14 songs-worth of garage punk fury and hardcore flourishes. 


1 I Don't Wanna Be This Way
2 Anyway That You Want
3 Glad To Be Gone
4 Searching For Kicks
5 No Heart And Soul
6 How Do You Work This Thing
7 I Can't Get No Action
8 You Only Know My Name
9 Nothing To Me Now
10 Fooled Again
11 Too Far Gone
12 Waiting For My Chance
13 You Better Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
14 Defective



 by request

This is excellent catchy power pop.

AllMusic Review by

The exceptional power pop trio Spinning Jennies demonstrate their craft confidently on this 1996 sophomore release. Tighter than their Cool Buzz Records debut the previous year, Pop 'N Serve's apt title suggests the crunchy guitars and sweet melodies contained within. Singer/guitarist Jeff Shelton powers the disc's ten tracks with sugary riffs and squeaky-clean vocals that create a sound that is more polished than the band's debut. There is much more than a casual resemblance to early R.E.M. on numerous tracks like "Come Alive" -- with it's whole note chorus melodies and frenetic drums. Shelton's writing is generally more upbeat than Georgia's college rock superheroes but the open-chord guitar voicings and ghostly melodies have an haunting quality most listeners will recognize. These similarities aren't too suspicious as ripping off early R.E.M. was hardly what one would call fashionable in 1996. The influence is an honest (perhaps subconscious) one, rather than a calculated effort to take advantage of market trends and can therefore be excused or perhaps even admired for its tunefulness. While Pop 'N Serve packs a walloping power pop punch, the band's subtle facelessness holds the record back, preventing Spinning Jennies early graduation beyond the indie pop minor leagues. 

Pop n' Serve


1 Creature 3:42
2 Snocone 3:11
3 Come Alive 4:18
4 This Idea 3:32
5 All Good Things 3:02
6 Generation 4:42
7 Power Trip 3:08
8 On And On 3:42
9 Paperback Writer 2:28
10 Beautiful Life 4:58



1 Melody Comes 3:45
2 All I Know 4:11
3 Meet You Halfway 2:48
4 Missed The Point 3:11
5 Perfect Girl 3:44
6 Waking Up 4:19
7 The Life 3:26
8 Going Gone 3:52
9 Girl Of The 90's Builds A Bridge To The 21st Century 3:34
10 Everything Under The Sun 4:08

22 July 2017


Artist Biography by

With roots in seminal San Francisco punk acts the Sleepers and Negative Trend, Toiling Midgets was one of the first West Coast punk bands to experiment with dub and post-punk elements, sounding much like their L.A. contemporaries the Gun Club. In 1980, Toiling Midgets was founded by guitarist Craig Gray, who had recently parted ways with Negative Trend. Negative Trend was the first San Francisco punk band, whose other members (Steve DePace and Will Shatter) went on to form yet another seminal West Coast punk band, Flipper, with the Sleepers' Ricky Williams. Another Sleepers member, drummer Tim Mooney, was roped in by Gray for his own new band, who rounded out Toiling Midgets' lineup with guitarist Paul Hood and bassist Johnathan Henrickson.

Sea of Unrest
Toiling Midgets began as an instrumental four-piece looking to move beyond the confines of punk; exploring darker, more atmospheric (though no less forceful) territory. When Ricky Williams was kicked out of Flipper, for famously being "too weird," he joined Toiling Midgets as their vocalist, bringing a restless energy to the band. Hooking up with producer Tom Mallon (who would go on to produce records by American Music Club, Chris Isaak, and Thin White Rope; and found Grifter Records), the band recorded their debut album, Sea of Unrest, released by Rough Trade in 1982 (reissued by Cargo in 1994). A couple of years of gigging followed, but the band's proclivity toward self-destruction prevented anything beyond a small, underground following. By the release of 1985's Deadbeats on small indie Thermidor, Williams and Henrickson had left the band.
During the rest of the '80s, there was limited activity from the Toiling Midgets, although in 1992 the remaining members recorded Son with Mark Eitzel on vocals, who at the time was taking a break from his band American Music Club. Again produced by Mallon, Son benefited from the relatively high profile of Eitzel, and was released by Matador in the U.S. and Hut/Virgin in the U.K. By the end of the year, however, the band received word that Ricky Williams had passed away due to a respiratory illness, and Eitzel returned to AMC, bringing drummer Tim Mooney with him. 
1 Faux Pony 3:34
2 Fabric 4:23
3 Slaughter On Sumner St. 3:46
4 Mr. Foster's Shoes 2:37
5 Process Words 3:57
6 Clinging Fire / Clams 6:19
7 Third Chair 3:46
8 Listen 3:45
9 Chains 3:06

THE FOR CARNATION Promised Works 1997


The For Carnation are a post-rock band led by Brian McMahan, the group's only constant member. The roots of the band began when McMahan reunited with his ex-Slint bandmates David Pajo and Britt Walford in an attempt to resurrect their old group. The reunion didn't work out, but McMahan and Pajo eventually recruited some other musicians and The For Carnation was born. The band released an EP, 1995's "Fight Songs", and an LP, 1996" Marshamallows", on Matador Records. Both records were combined into one release, "Promised Works", in 1997 by Italy's Runt imprint. McMahan and company then jumped to Touch And Go for their second LP, a self-titled affair released in 2000.


1 Grace Beneath The Pines 7:44
2 How I Beat The Devil 1:36
3 Get And Stay Get March 5:58
4 On The Swing 2:06
5 I Wear The Gold 5:28
6 Lmyr, Marshmallow 2:09
7 Winter Lair 5:39
8 Salo 6:45
9 Preparing To Receive You 8:51

TORTOISE Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters 1995


Artist Biography by

Millions Now Living Will Never Die
Tortoise revolutionized American indie rock in the mid-'90s by playing down tried-and-true punk and rock and roll influences, emphasizing instead the incorporation of a variety of left-field music genres from the previous 20 years, including Krautrock, dub, avant-garde jazz, classical minimalism, ambient and space music, film music, and British electronica. At odds as well with the shambling framework of alternative rock's normal song structure, the group -- as large as a septet, with at times two vibes players -- relied on a crisp instrumental aesthetic, tied to cool jazz, which practically stood alone in American indie rock by actually focusing on instrumental prowess and group interaction.


1a Alcohall
1b Your New Rod
1c Cobwebbed
1d The Match Incident
1e Tin Can (Puerto Rican Mix)
1f Not Quite East Of The Ryan
1g Initial Gesture Protraction


power pop
Thanks to Zaffiro



1 Days Without You 2:22
2 Saving My Tears 4:08
3 The Ride 2:51
4 Goodbye 3:30
5 Fire & Rain 3:47
6 A True Story 2:41
7 I Go Crazy (Without Your Love) 3:47
8 Don't Go 2:50
9 My Kind Of Girl 3:17
10 The Crying Angels 3:28
11 She's A Hard Girl 2:56
12 Into The Fire Of Love 3:09
13 I Think That I'm In Love 2:44


1 All I Have To Do 2:13
2 Lies 3:40
3 Cold Girl 3:15
4 When She Smiles 4:44
5 She Makes Me Feel Better 3:24
6 First Time 3:49
7 Never 2:56
8 The Way We Live Our Lives 2:41
9 A Heart Of Stone 3:43
10 Wait 3:24
11 Take Me Back To My Dreams 2:57
12 Make Yourself Free 3:54
13 Wondering Why 4:13



year unknown
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1 Sleepwalking
2 6 Of 8:30
3 Orange Juice
4 Evil Kenevil
5 Soundplough

Limited Live and Rare
1 Mint 400
2 You're Not The Only One Who Feels This Way
3 Drugs
4 Wishing Chair
5 In A Box
6 4711