Saturday, March 30, 2013

C.J. Mix Tape - Re-Educated Disco - hip hop /dance/electro 1979-83 (cassette)

Another Calvin Johnson Mix Tape. No tracklist right now, but it's a lot of fun.


Thursday, September 17, 2009

C.J. Mix Tape - New Wave Underground / U.S. 1980-83 (cassette)

This tape was given to by my buddy Jon when joined the Peace Core and left for Africa. We both bought mixes directly from Calvin after he played at The Smell so long ago. I acted like a shy girl, he was the swave awesome guy that he is.

Calvin Johnson Mix Tape:
New Wave Underground / U.S. 1980-83

Side A:
Six - Neat
Precaution - Pylon
Distant View - Ray Milland
It Walks at Night - Jad Fair
Screaming - The Leopard Society
Eyes - A New Personality
Westside Lockers - Songs for America
Dead in the Suburbs - Los Reactors
She Sits Alone - Quiet Room
Vietnam - Cold Warrior and the Mercenary

Side B:
Where I Want to Be - Start
Missing Link - The Commonauts
In Bed with Boys - Algebra Suicide
Rock Drill - Secret Rockers
Nakweda Dream - Zru Vogue
Emergency - Dangerous Birds
Falling - Carsickness
Government Money - Boneman of Barumba
New Lottery - Godhead
What You Know - Jungle Nausea


posted by Indy

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Triangle - Used Allie Places (2004 CD-R)

Triangle is yet another intriguing product of the increasingly prominent Minnesota cheeky electro-pop scene, which also included the likes of Sean Tillman (Sean Na Na, Har Mar Superstar) and Howard Hamilton III (The Busy Signals), both past Triangle collaborators. After getting started in 1998, Triangle self-released a couple of EPs on their Smoke & Mirrors label, before hunkering down in front of their G4 in early 2000 to record their enigmatically titled debut LP, *.

Used Allie Places--another self release in 2004--contains some tracks from their Neon Toe Clips CD and others from their 2nd official album Decimal Places. I lost the cd case and can't find any information on this release. The band has since moved to Oakland, CA.

Triangle - Used Allie Places
1. A Sympathetic Notion
2. Jarvik Moves
3. Courting Contempt
4. Wire Sculpture For President
5. Pillow Sword
6. Wood
7. Kinky Signs
8. Burning Bush
9. Karol
10. Triangle Do The Faint
11. Untitled


posted by Indy

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Happy Happy Birthday To Me Singles Club #3

Quietly and oh so slowly--it's been about two years now--the Happy Happy Birthday To Me Singles Club #3 finally finished releasing it's thirteen split 7inchs. It's got a little bit of something for everyone.

HHBTM Singles Club #3
01. Fishboy - Louis The Bear
02. Baby Calender - Dusty Combat Boots
03. The Marbles - Dracula
04. Casper & The Cookies - Jennifer's House
05. Casper & The Cookies - Huff
06. Bunnygrunt - The Secret Life Of Brown Bear
07. Bunnygrunt - Alone In My Principles
08. Phil Wilson - Lee Rimmick
09. Boyracer - YR Boyfriend
10. Boyracer - Airport Song
11. Broken Limb 05
12. Faintest Ideas - I Felt My Soul
13. Faintest Ideas - Serious As A Heart Attack
14. Tullycraft - On Tape
15. The Smittens - My Boyfriend's Back
16. Velcro Stars - Winter Clothes
17. Velcro Stars - Passing Ships
18. Keith John Adams - Lydia
19. Andy From Denver - Hanging On A Cloud
20. Red Pony Clock - Waiting Four You
21. Poison Control Center - 50 Million
22. Ideal Free Distribution - Holiday
23. Apples In Stereo - Colors
24. Patience Please - I've Been To Rome
25. Cars Can Be Blue - Touch It
26. Cars Can Be Blue - Mosh Pit
27. All Girl Summer Fun Band - Communication Problems
28. All Girl Summer Fun Band- Little Bird
29. Of Montreal - Stark Waif
30. James Husband - A Grave In The Gravel
31. High Water Marks - Not So Pretty
32. Love Letter Band - It Don't Matter
33. Always Red Society - Diary Of A Foam House / Nervous Circle / Minute By Minute / Tom and Donna at the Mexican Cafe
34. Sunshine Fix - Beginning / Sun At Night / Springtime Pumpernickle / Back Porch / Ending


posted by indy

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Beat Happening - Vermonstress Festival '92

Beat Happening
Live At The Sub-Pop Vermonstress Festival
Burlington Vermont
October 10th, 1992

01. Tiger Trap
02. Teenage Caveman
03. Sleepyhead
04. Dreamy
05. Red Head Walkin'
06. Calvin Banter
07. Other Side
08. Revolution Come & Gone
09. Nancy Sin
10. Noise
11. Godsend
12. Cry For A Shadow
13. Me Untamed
14. You Turn Me On
15. Crashing Through


I traded for this show way back in the day and the tracklisting & number was all off and I'm pretty sure this is the right order.

posted by indy

Monday, August 17, 2009

Song Poems From The MB

In the 50's & 60's the backs of magazines would be filled with ads looking for poetry as well as contests promising fame and fortune. Record companies had professional bands, they just needed quality lyrics. That, my friends, is where you come in. Send in your words and the best ones will get made into a song and even get played on the radio.

Except, there were no contests. Every single entry would get a letter back saying that it didn't win even though the lyrics were great. IF, by chance, you still wanted your poetry made into music, the record company would do it. For a fee.

In short, Song Poems were a scam. People would pay money to get their song made, the company would hire some struggling musicians to do a one-take recording, put it on to a 45 record and send it back to the person.

The result of these records are often ridiculous and utterly unique. Only a few records of each exist. Musically, song poems are far from perfect but contain an old-timey delicate sound that can never be recreated. Lyrically you never know what you will get, which is half the fun. Clunky? Dumb? Touching? All the above? For more information check out And buy this album. It's the best cd you can own.

Below are song poems from my personal collection.

Song Poems From The Milquetoast Brigade
Come On Down - Sammy Marshall (Souvenir)
Let Me Remember Yesterday - Unknown (Halmark)
Man In The Moon - Larry Bene (Tin Pan Alley)
Our Country Home - Unknown (Hallmark)
The Sanjacinto Mountains - Sammy Marshall (Souvenir)
Take A Look In The Mirror - Unknown (Halmark)
Times Awastin'! - Larry Bene (Tin Pan Alley)
When Is It Time To Say Goodbye - Unknown (Hallmark)


If you take a close look at the picture of the Hallmark record, you can see the names an addresses of the people who purchased the songs. Our Country Home is so over-the-top sorrowful that it becomes absurd & fascinating.

-posted by Indy

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Charlyne Yi's Rock Opera Soundtrack (CD-R) - 11/26/07

As a shout out to check out the film Paper Hearts which is playing in theatres now, here is the soundtrack for the one time comedy musical Charlyne's Yi's Rock Opera.

Matthew Gorney
Charlyne Yi
Brad Davis
Matt Davis

10 tracks, no titles.


posted by indy