The Butthole Surfers bootleg that was so good that the band got it released officially. Previous to that, I picked this up at Co-Op Records in Cedar Falls some time in the mid-‘90s. I suspect that store employee Aaron Edwards (RIP) was responsible for this and at least some of the other bootleg cassettes that were available at that store in those days. The track listing of this C-90 differs from the official CD release thusly: the live track “Psychedelic” is not to be found here; in its place, however, are some great demo tracks that I haven’t seen anywhere alse and they’re amazing – check out the Devo-esque cover of “American Woman”.
Received this tape as a surprise extra when I ordered up the newest belltonesuicide album, “Valley To Valley”, on CD. M. Barret, better known as belltonesuicide, offers up squirbly lo-fi noise electronics on this older release; if you appreciate the recent Brandon Wald tape I wrote up a few days back, this is in similar vein though a bit rawer. Its packaging was expecially interesting - inside a small spray-painted burlap sack with a drawstring came the cassette wrapped first in a letter-size photocopy collage, and inside that, in aluminum foil.
Des Moines went through something of an explosion in lo-fi retro garage-rock a few years back. The three most notable acts to come of it, in my opinion, were Person Whale, Goldblums, and The Vahnevants. Of these, the only one still regularly active to my knowledge, The Vahnevants, took the most laid-back approach in terrms of tempos and sonics. My personal description of their music is something like what it might have sounded like if Iggy had stuck closer to the blues and mellowed out.
Arguably The Vahnevants really came into their own with last year’s Freakout People LP, and this is a fine follow-up. The highly accessible opening/title track provides a killer starting point, its playful application of tape-sample seasoning hinting at the direction the album generally moves in from there on, culminating in the side-long collage of found-sound and song-fragments “West… Towards the Arroyos”, the most overtly experimental thing The Vahnevants have done so far and a real treat worth giving a chance even if you’re not sure how you feel about weird psychedelic experimentation. Things can indeed get better if we could get stoned together, especially if we put this album on.
It’s hard to really “review” noise or whatever but I’m starting to feel a certain need to “blog” about good new music I know about and a lot of it’s noise and whatever.
The noise scene of Fargo deserves a bit of your attention and Brandon Wald is probably the #1 reason for that. (For an overview, Bandcamp Daily has you covered.) He’s worked tirelessly to foster the dissident audio arts up there through his performing & recording projects, involvement with underground venues, and certainly not the least his label Black Ring Rituals. BRR keep putting out bangers, but it’s been a while since we heard a solo statement from Brandon himself so this tape is welcome and worth the wait. A nice layering of squirbly static, contact mic metal bashes, and throbbing synth drones. Plenty other killer artists on the BRR bandcamp account too so do some exploring.
I got this from Chaotic Noise Productions along with Expendable Citizen and the first Suppression demo, but that label isn’t indicated anywhere on the cover. There’s a similar overall crusty aesthetic and anarchist political bent to this, while sonically it’s really something quite all its own; within the general approach of audio experimentation are some excellent noise tracks, cool use of samples and seemingly tape loops, and some punk and even folkish elements. It’s a bit disappointing that we didn’t get more material from this duo as this tape shows a lot of promise.
Came across this at a thrift store some years ago. Amway and MLMs in general were kind of an obsession of mine for many years, something I arrived at by finding lots of their tapes when mining thrift stores for sampling material. It was a big recurring theme in Flight Attendants.
The Sanborn Singers were a singing group of whom all members also happened to be Amway direct distributors and that performed at Amway conventions. My lazy-ass Web research uncovered one other album by them, Sing Out For Free Enterprise, released in 1969, eight years earlier than this album. From the track listing there, it appears that this album may have reused a couple songs from Sing Out, but where the earlier repertoire focused on old-fashioned standards and patriotic songs, this one has more of their original Amway propaganda songs.
Cassette culture is more than just obscure demo tapes and self-released noise projects. People have recorded all kinds of things. One thing I enjoy is a good homemade mix tape.
This gem was found in the short-lived ‘mixtape exchange’ box at ZZZ Records. The j-card announced “Bloodstains Across The Midwest” or just “B.S.A. The Midwest” but it turns out that this material is from a similar but different compilation of obscure old punk singles possibly from the same label. Research from what songs and lyrics I could figure out suggests that this is someone’s favorite cuts from Killed By Death volumes 1 through 4 and 7, with The Cortinas’ “Fascist Dictator” added at the end. Preserved as full A and B side FLACs for all that mixtape feel.
BTW ZZZ: Bring back the mixtape box and I’ll put this back in it.
- Slugs “Problem Child”
- Vox Pop “Cab Driver”
- Dogs “Slash Your Face”
- Gasoline “Killer Man”
- Child Molesters - “(I’m the) Hillside Strangler”
- Authorities “Radiation Masturbation”
- Authorities “I Hate Cops”
- Nuns “Decadent Jew”
- Users “Sick of You”
- Vicious Visions “I Beat You”
- Freestone “I Hate Tourists”
- Machines “True Life”
- S’Nots “So Long to the Sixties”
- Rude Kids “Absolute Ruler”
- The Eat “Communist Radio”
- Cheifs “Blues”
- Mentally Ill “Gacy’s Place”
- The Plugz “Mindless Contentment”
- Shock “This Generation’s On Vacation”
- Ambient Noise “I Was There at the Texas Chainsaw Massacre”
- Screamin’ Mee-Mees “Hot Sody”
- Zero Boys “Stoned to Death”
- Zero Boys “Stick to Your Guns”
- The Rotters “Sink the Whales (Buy Japanese Goods)”
- The Rotters “Disco Queen”
- Filth “Don’t Hide Your Hate”
- Brulbajs “EAP”
- Huns “Glad He’s Dead”
- The Victims “TV Freak”
- Mad Virgins “Fuck & Suck”
- Jerks “Get Your Woofing Dog Off Me”
- Guilty Razors “I Don’t Wanna Be A Rich”
- Tampax “UFO Dictator”
- Fresh Color “The Source”
- Maids “Back to Bataan”
- The Screamers “If I Can’t Have What I Want, I Don’t Want Anything”
- Cortinas “Fascist Dictator”
2xC-60 compilation put together by Igloo Martian in 2012; I helped with the duplicating. 50 were made. The Man From Ultra, The Noisettes, Igloo Martian, Stirner, Zreen Toyz, Subversive Intentions, Elizabeth Veldon, and Distant Trains.