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Quickie: New Pavement Reissue!!
October 12, 2008, 3:08 pm
Filed under: New Music, Revisiting the Old

Hey everyone, just writing a quick update today.
Matador is releasing the next installment in Pavement reissues on November 18th. Brighten the Corners. They’re running a pre-sale on it too which is actually pretty badass. This is their way of combating early downloads of albums and it’s a pretty cool way of doing it. Instead of complaining about people downloading advance copies, they’re giving incentive to avoid it, but you still get to hear it more than a month early. Another reason why Matador is leading the charge for indie labels in this day and age.

And this incentive involves limited vinyl, so…I thought it was highly worth mentioning here. Go to your local record shop and pre-order it, it’s completely worth it. Most local indie shops should be offering it. Bull City Records certainly is, so swing by if you’re in the area and interested in it!

The incentive for heading to your local shop and pre-ordering it:

Oct. 10th: entire double disc version up for stream
Oct. 15th: bonus track #1 released.
Nov. 4th: bonus track #2 released.
Nov. 18th: street date. pick up your double CD and a live Brighten the Corners-era show on vinyl!!

The price for the pre-order version should run around 26 or 27 bucks or so and the regular version will be around 17 bucks.

That’s it for now!


Reissue of the Month
June 18, 2008, 12:38 pm
Filed under: New Music, Revisiting the Old

flesh eaters Last Tuesday, June 10th, was a great day. Finally, after years of waiting, a certain ’81 punk album was re-released onto the masses after hiding in a vault somewhere and going for ridiculous prices on eBay. I saw the CD go for more than the LP at certain times!! This record is a classic and I hold it very dear to my heart.

The Flesh Eaters – Minute to Pray, Second to Die.

Originally released in 1981 on Ruby/Slash out in LA. The players: Chris D., Dave Alvin (Blasters, hands down one of the best guitar players of the scene), Bill Bateman (Blasters), Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), Jon Doe (X) and DJ Bonebrake (X, one of the best drummers of the scene). So, as you can see, it’s a phenomenal line-up of some of the most important players in the LA roots rock/punk movement. While staying close to the styles of the players’ other projects, the sound from this particular album of LA roots/punk history has more of a B-horror movie, creepy vibe – more swampy swagger and bluesy punk than anything that the other guys were doing at the time. It’s got a definite noir and out-there aspect to it and for that reason, it’s one gem that a lot of people like me, keep close at hand and eternally close to the stereo. It’s pretty close in mood to Jeffrey Lee Pierce’s songwriting in the Gun Club, but Chris takes it a few steps farther…even throwing in some free jazz saxphone elements at times.

Chris D. (Desjardins) was a writer for the Slash fanzine, an aspiring gothic-tinged poet and an LA punk producer who ran the same circles as John Doe and Exene Cervenka. Because of his writing background, his lyrics, although dark and horror movie-like, are more literary driven than say, Glenn Danzig from the Misfits. Not to knock the Misfits, we all love them.

Given the opportunity to work with bands that he loved for his label, he produced such seminal albums as – The Gun Club’s Fire of Love, The Dream Syndicate’s The Days of Wine and Roses, Green on Red’s Gravity Talks, work from the Lazy Cowgirls, the soundtrack to Return of the Living Dead and he even helped mix the Misfits’ Walk Among Us. He was a key player in the LA underground and his albums, themselves, solidify him in the world of classic songwriters.

The Flesh Eaters had a few other albums (also great, but not as good) and Chris D. later went on to found the Divine Horsemen as well. The Divine Horsemen are a little more goth-fueled country punk, but they’ve got a couple classic albums out there. Fully worth checking out!! I’d look heavily into checking out the Flesh Eaters’ Minute to Pray, Second to Die CD reissue if you’re at all intrigued to dive into a piece of LA punk history or you’re tired of spinning the same Cramps and Gun Club albums over and over again. Something new. It should just be $13.98 at your local record shop. Fully worth it. Thanks!!


Pere Ubu Interview
June 14, 2008, 6:53 pm
Filed under: Revisiting the Old

Pere Ubu I don’t know how I missed this! There’s a great interview with David Thomas of Pere Ubu over on Razorcake’s website – here.

Pere Ubu’s newest album, Why I Hate Women, came out back in September of 2006, which is probably when this write-up originally came out…guess I missed it! Also, we’ve just recently (in the last couple months) seen an onslaught of ridiculously affordable reissues of their early classics brought to us by the Cooking Vinyl label. We’re talking $9.98 here. Including The Modern Dance and New Picnic Time, yes. If they cost more at your local shop, they’re either upping the price on ya or they’re still sitting on some of the last versions. But hell, $9.98 for some classic Ubu is phenomenal!

If you’re unfamiliar, I would say this is your best chance to get very familiar. Take advantage of that price tag while it lasts. If your local shop doesn’t have it, they should easily be able to get it as the label is pretty widely available. Don’t take no for an answer. These guys forged the path for a lot of the modern artsy indie/punk that we’re seeing today. From the ashes of Cleveland’s influential proto-punkers, Rocket from the Tombs, came none other than the Dead Boys and Pere Ubu. Two of the most influential, yet radically different punk bands in the States. How they both came from the same turbulent, erratic band still amazes and confuses me. That by the way is a fine album too – The Day the Earth Met Rocket from the Tombs. Speaking of, if you can find Peter Laughner‘s, the guitarist/songwriter, compilation record – Take the Guitar Player for a Ride – buy it. And then send it to me. Or keep it for yourself, whichever. Give some Pere Ubu a listen and you’ll see why we’re allowed to be so arty with our punk and indie.

Anyway, I was just extremely excited to come across that interview, so I thought I’d share with anyone else bored at work. Check out the CDs!!!