Tuesday, July 28, 2009

C.J. Mix Tape - Somebody Been Messin' / r&b soul women 45's (cassette)

Another in a series of mixtapes from K Records founder and multiband extraordinaire Calvin Johnson from his personal 7" record collection. This one is a compilation of r&b/soul women of the 60's/70's, enjoy.

01 Mary Love - You Turned My Bitter into Sweet
02 Judy White - Somebody Been Messin’
03 Ruby Johnson - Keep on Keepin’ On
04 Mary Wells - Can’t You See (You’re Losing Me)
05 Ann Winley - Talk to Me
06 Patty and the Emblems - Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl
07 Big Maybelle - That’s a Pretty Good Love
08 Patti Drew - Workin’ on a Groovy Thing
09 Theola Kilgore - The Love of My Man
10 Betty Wrigley - Selfish One
11 Barbara Acklin - Be By My Side
12 Jan Bradley - Mama Didn’t Lie
13 The Ikettes - (He’s Gonna Be) Fine, Fine, Fine
14 Gwen McCrae - Love Insurance
15 Jackie Moore - Precious, Precious
16 Gladys Knight and the Pips - Stop Running Around
17 Barbara Lynn - You’ll Lose a Good Thing
18 Betty Everett - Been a Long Time
19 Ruby Andrews - You ole Boo Boo You
20 Irma Thomas - Cry On
21 Patti Labelle and the Blue Bells - Academy Award
22 Barbara Mason - Give Me Your Love
23 Mary Ann Fisher - Can’t Take the Heartbreaks


posted by Comet

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fifty-Cent Finds!

In an effort to discover unknown music and to get extra use out of my record player I am trying this out: Welcome to Fifty-Cent Finds. Every week or two I will head over to Amoeba's 50 cent 7" section and select $2 worth of independent records. Selection will be made on whatever catches my eye.


Rizzo - Shymaster 7"
(1997 / Cher Doll Records)
A local LA two piece girl band. Comet asked me if I had the Tullycraft/Rizzo split and then when I went to the store this was the front record in the 50cent section.

01. Shymaster
02. Road Song
03. Cathy's Song

Bunny Summer - The One About Las Vegas E.P.
(1992 / SpinArt)
Bought this because of the name and cover art. On the back its says "on the a side he sings / and the b side she sings". Holly is a crackhead is my new favorite song.

01. the one about las vegas
02. the one about holly
03. black & white
04. crush

Super Deluxe - She Came On 7"
(1996 / Tim Kerr Records)
Super Deluxe is a band from my teenage years, I was never super into them but they make nice songs. Disc is cotton candy pink.

01. She Came On
02. On Lisa

Benge - evs2:01
(2001 / Expanding Records)
On white vinyl. Electro-trance-y, something Jason Bentley would be found playing late at night.

01. baud
02. unary


If anyone has anything to add about these bands feel free to educate me as well as the rest of world.

-posted by Indy

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Boise Cover Band - Unoriginal Artists (2003)

Keeping up with today's theme which seems to be 'popular indie artists doing covers' I present you with The Boise Cover Band. Doug Martsch from Built To Spill sat down with a 4-track and a couple of friends and recorded this EP. While not super rare (you can buy a used copy on amazon) this is another CD that you might not know about or have been able to buy unless you happened to notice it at the band's merch table after a show.

Boise Cover Band - Unoriginal Artists

1. Loving Pauper (dobby dobson)
2. Ashes to Ashes (david bowie)
3. I Love You More (lee williams & the cymbals)
4. Strange (the delusions)
5. Chain Gang (the pretenders)
6. I'm Glad (capt. beefheart and his magic band)
7. Ta Magia Sto Spegadi (georgios trakis)


-posted by Indy

Califone - Knub-U-Knive (2003)

I'm pretty excited to be sharing this. Califone's "Knub-U-Knive" is a self released live bootleg they did of Rolling Stones Covers. Two of the tracks--Ventilator Blues and No Expectations have shown up on charity comps but the band decided to sell 100 copies at their shows on their 2004 tour. Burned on a CD-R and each individually drawn on the back, they used the scribbles as a way to kill the time on the long drives through the country.

Califone - Knub-U-Knive
Live Rolling Stones Cover Show

01. Street Fighting Man
02. Ventilator Blues
03. Rocks Off
04. Bitch
05. Prodigal Son
06. No Expectations
07. Live With Me
08. Loving Cup
09. Miss You
10. Sweet Black Angel
11. Monkey Man


-posted by Indy

Friday, July 17, 2009

C.J. Mix Tape - U.S. Pop Underground / Wimpy - Power Pop 1976-1980 (cassette)

K Records founder Calvin Johnson has been making mix tapes over the years from his personal 7" record collection. Sometimes he has them at shows, sometimes he doesn't. I have own quite a few and here is one for you.

Calvin Johnson Mix Tape:
U.S. Pop Underground / wimpy - power pop / 1976-1980

Side A:
01. I Believe In - Richi Ray
02. Don't Listen to Them - Bill Kern
03. Teenage Girls - Scruffs
04. Decline and Fall - The Sneakers
05. I Love You - The Furors
06. I Wonder If I'll Ever See You Again - The Leopards
07. I'm Not Satisfied - The Boys
08. Popgun - The Bats
09. Come to Me - Brad Long
10. Tomorrow Belongs to You - Gary Valentine
11. I'm Thru - The Tweeds

Side B:
12. Baby, It's Cold Outside - Pezband
13. The Summer Sun - Chris Stamey
14. Baby Don't Give Up - Barry Knoedl
15. Okay - The Shoes
16. Stupidest Thing - Luxury
17. Underwater Girl - The Tweeds
18. Down on the Boulevard - The Pop
19. Live in the Sun - Jim Basnight
20. You Make Me Shake - The Boys
21. Hanging on the Telephone - The Nerves


-posted by Indy

The Blast Rocks!!! - You're Fired. CD (2001)

Nothing is more exciting and equally frustrating then waiting for a band you are obsessing over to produce more material. This is what happened to me, in college, after I first witnessed The Blast Rocks!!! play a show at Koo's Cafe. Thier adorable drummer Heather with a kit consisting of a garbage can, cookie jars and 12" records as symbols along side bandmates Nick and Sandra made a mind-blowing impression, putting noisy junkyard jams in my ears and vinyl splinters in my eyes. A buddy and I pooled together our cash that nite to buy You're Fired after the show and it has since become a coveted gem. The CD quickly became a favorite amongst our entire dorm floor and we would often find ourselves out late at nite, chillin', wondering when The Bay-Area Blast Rocks!!! would come back into town or release a new CD. I'm not sure what's worse; never hearing new music or never getting to see another spirited live show.

What I do know is this: The Blast Rocks!!! have a unique mix of DIY punk, harmonized screaming and fun songs that they will never be forgotten. Below is everything I could compile from the band: a copy of the CD, their half of a split 7" they did w/Panty Raid and an extra song I found on a S.P.A.M. sampler. I did hear they originally released 20 or so demo tapes, which, sadly, I fear I will never get to hear.

01. Demolition Derby
02. Have You Ever Seen A Robot Cry?
03. Sick
04. Atomic Cocktail
05. My Boyfriend is a Zombie
06. Rock-n-Roll Weekend
07. Joyce
08. Deadman's Curve
09. Jenny's Shortwave
10. Instrumental
11. Blast Off
12. Markers
13. Scaryhouse
14. Neighbors
15. $$$ / Willy McCarne (from split 7"/w Panty Raid)
16. Drink (from S.P.A.M. records Sampler)


-posted by Indy

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Severna Park - 2 EPs (1997/1998)

Exploding onto the local NW scene in the mid to late 90's, Severna Park quickly became a local favorite with their exciting live shows and catchy songs. A self released a 4-track EP (500 copies) sold out so fast they they had no choice but to re-release it--and did so--adding 4 bonus tracks. Quickly, they released another EP on the Seattle based Collective Fruit label and then disappeared. Technically they broke up, but, disappeared is a more accurate term because they ceased to exist on the Internet until one of the band members formed a myspace page for themselves last year. "Color Blind" is the greatest song you have never heard.

Severna Park EP (reissue)
1. My Way
2. Bionic Rocket
3. Twice As High
4. Circuit Breaker
5. Worms
6. 7th Street
7. Color Blind
8. Darlin' (live on KCMU 90.3)

Severna Park - Three 16 EP
1. Humid
2. Give My Regards
3. Hearts On Ice
4. New Years


-posted by Indy