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I thought I would share the track list of this mix CD I put together last week. At some point, I got the idea that it would be neat to format and sequence a CD as if it were a double album and perhaps include an album-side-length track (in this case, one of my favorite pieces of music ever). When it comes to mix CDs, I'm a tremendous nerd for sequencing (the effort behind which might explain why I've only ever made 3 such discs). At any rate, it came out like this, and I'm exceptionally pleased with the results.

1. Frank Zappa, "Yo Mama" [2.15.78 Berlin]
2. The Soft Drugs, "Don't Sweat It"
3. Colinwood Soul Group, "Time and A Half (Just Won't Do)"

1. Rilo Kiley, "Pull Me in Tighter"
2. Bad Brains, "Rock For Light"
3. Nothing Painted Blue, "(Jessica's Got A) Ropeburn"
4. The Soft Drugs, "The Pitch"
5. Mary Lou Lord, "52 Vincent Black Lightning"

1. The Human Hearts, "Professionals in Cancun"
2. The Soft Drugs, "Defending the Paint"
3. Braid, "Please Drive Faster"
4. The Mountain Goats, "Up the Wolves"
5. Shonen Knife, "Top of the World"
6. Mid Carson July, "Sanitized"

1. Frank Zappa, "The Adventures of Greggery Peccary"

Comments welcome.
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Thoughts on 7" rekkids I listened to this evening.

Atom and His Package / Har Mar Superstar - "Shopping Spree" split 7" on Sub City. [ I can't see myself listening to this more than maybe twice for the rest of the time I own it. Why did I buy this? ]

Atomic Action three band split 7" on Constant Change. [ I liked this rekkid pretty well. All three bands do covers. Seven League Boots cover Bob Dylan's Christian period "Solid Rock" on the A-side, while the B-side features Doc Hopper's rendition of "867-5309 (Jenny)" and Giving Tree (with a chick singer) does a pretty good version of the Dag Nasty song "Values Here" (or "Value$ Here?", pointedly enough) with that very-early-90s-indie-punk, lots-of-stereo-chorus-and-huge-sounding-drums kind of sound. This was the best of the ones I played today. The label says 331/3, but both sides are to be spun at 45. ]

Bad Religion - "Atomic Garden" one-sided 7" with crazy etching on the B-side on Sympathy For the Record Industry. [ This is an Ok song and all, but how many times am I really going to listen to this? Maybe once or twice a year from now or whenever I next decide to lock myself down and listen to a shitload of rarely-played 7". Again, why did I buy this? ]

Bracket - Stinky Fingers 7" ep on Fat Wreck Chords. [ Man, Bracket are so good. I really wish I had given them a chance earlier. The A-side of this record is so fucking good! Good melodic (almost Beatles-ish at times) punk with cool sounding compressed guitar. I mean, for real, that song "2RAK005" is bad ass. But it's so hard to listen to! The one side of the record is pressed a little bit off-center and the resulting wavering in pitch is too much for my delicate ears. It almost makes me dizzy. Which is a fucking shame, because I really wanted to spin that side of the record three or four more times. At least it's available on cd.. I'll have to look into getting that soon. ]

Brouhaha compilation 7" on Broken Rekids (reissue/repress, originally released on Piggly Wiggly in 1990). [ The sides are labeled "Jux" and "Pig" on the back cover. The etching in the dead wax on one side reads "side pig", but it isn't the "Pig" side. The label on what should be the "Pig" side says "side three." Wow, thanks for making that easy to figure out. Thank gawd records only have two sides, I would have been reeeeeally confused. Ok, the first song on this is Jawbreaker's "Caroline". This was taken from their first demo and features a slightly different mix than on the Etc. cd. The backing vocals are mixed up a little bit more and the bass stands out a bit more (definite plus.) Also, the end is edited slightly different and doesn't fade out as soon as the Etc. version. Um.. the other three bands are Nuisance, Cringer and Monsula, but none of them are as good as the Jawbreaker song. Monsula is better than the other two, though, and their song features a really weird middle break with a sped up Winnie the Pooh storybook record. That was kind of funny, actually. ]

I stopped at Franklin Bruno's The Irony Engine ep.. I have some other Bruno / Nothing Painted Blue 7" coming in the mail soon from eBay purchases, so I'm gonna hold off on listening to that one.

[ Yeah, I know you guys don't give a shit. ]

I heard...

That there is a TOADIES REUNION TOUR about to happen. I'm not sure, so if anyone knows anything I'd be really excited! and appreciative!! I tried to find some tour dates but i had no luck.
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May be a bit of a shot in the dark here, but I'm hoping that perhaps, with any luck, one person sitting in front of their computer somewhere reading this post might be able to assist me.

I'm a big fan of the band Nothing Painted Blue and of singer / guitarist / songwriter Franklin Bruno's solo material. I've managed to accumulate a haphazardly assembled but nearly complete collection of various Bruno / 0PB 7" records and relevant compilations, pretty much all of which I've obtained via eBay, but there's a couple of key items I really need to have to round things out, and I'm hoping someone out here reading has a similar interest in the band and Bruno and might be willing to sell or just trade for CD-R copies (or even dubs to cassette) of the following.

Franklin Bruno, Suggestion Box cassette on Shrimper.

Nothing Painted Blue, Logorrhea cassette on Shrimper.

The first Nothing Painted Blue lp, A Baby, A Blanket, A Packet of Seeds on Jupa.

Capgun compilation cassette on Shrimper (I don't know which Nothing Painted Blue song appears on this, it may be something I already have, but..)

I Like Walt compilation 7" on Walt Records ("The Irony Engine" by Franklin Bruno appears here.)

Any help with this would be very much appreciated. I've yet to see any of these come up on eBay, with the exception of the last mentioned 7", which I've seen but once. Thanks in advance for anybody who can give me a heads up on getting hold of any of this crap.

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On February 21, 2006, Yep Roc Records will simultaneously reissue [in the USA] four Billy Bragg back-catalog titles including rare and previously unreleased material, available singly and as a 9-disc box set that will include a booklet, 7 audio CDs and 2 DVDs of vintage live footage.

"Trying to change the world by singing about it is a dirty business but someone has to do it." -- Billy Bragg, 1988

England's Billy Bragg, described as a "national treasure" in his home country, has spent the last two decades writing and performing passionate, witty, socially conscious music. In doing so, he's forged a career that's spanned decades, political regimes and musical fashions while managing to endure as a voice for reason and political accountability as well as compassion for his fellow man.

Balancing his earthy love songs with the musical activist tradition of the leftist troubadours of old (Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Woody Guthrie), Bragg, armed only with a cheap electric guitar, travelled the world as a one-man punk-folk ambassador. His well-honed wit and way with a musical hook, not to mention his non-rock star ethic -- he once said, "razor blades are for shaving and pound notes are for putting in the bank, not up the nose" -- have made him a modern working-class hero.

On February 21, 2006, Yep Roc Records will re-issue Bragg's first four releases singly and as a 7-CD box set that will also include 2 bonus DVDs with previously unavailable live footage. This will coincide with Bragg's appearance at Austin's South by Southwest music conference in March 2006, followed by a two-week U.S. tour.

First up is 1983's Life's a Riot with Spy vs. Spy, an EP done on the cheap which went on to sell over 100K copies in the UK alone with no advertising, no video, no rock-star poses. Next up are 1984's Brewing Up With Billy Bragg, Talking to the Taxman About Poetry (1986), and a release that combines the Live & Dubious and Internationale EPs (1988 and 1990, respectively). Each release will feature the re-mastered original and a second disc of bonus material, much of it previously unavailable and handpicked by Billy and longtime Bragg cohorts Grant Showbiz and Wiggy -- a labor of love indeed.

More punk than folk, Bragg's forcefully strummed guitar and rough-around-the-ages vocals (not to mention thick Cockney accent) belie his keen sense of melody and ability to write instantly memorable pop songs (a la Ray Davies). Maybe the universal nature of Bragg's appeal comes from the fact that he doesn't just deal in the politics of governments and world leaders but also in dynamics of love and sexuality. And while some of these songs are over two decades old, this collection -- heard against the current backdrop of faith-based initiatives and global conflicts -- sounds as current as ever in its call for understanding and empathy.

Billy Bragg, we need you now more than ever.

-- Press Release Ends --

you're so....smaaaarrrt

i love mindless self indulgence. i am completely in love. jimmy urine is my hero.
well wayne coyne will really always be my hero musically. yeah the flaming lips are another good band. and i feel real emo and lazy not capitilizing anything. and making spelling errors. yeah. music is wonderful. i just wanted to obsess and since i am in a community that supports lusting after music, i decided to do just that.
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It's unfortunate how little gets posted here most of the time. Oh well. Because I'm an incredible dork, I posted this in my journal a while back. I have two crates full of 7" records and it was remarkable to me how many of them I had never even listened to and how many I had only ever played once or twice then filed away and never gave them another spin. So, I decided to listen to as many of them as I could over a few days and to make a mix tape of some old favorites and some new discoveries in my collection. Hence a 90 minute tape was filled with all songs from 7" records, and this here is the track listing for said tape. Comments welcome and appreciated. Some of the stuff is a bit on the obscure side, so.. you know, any commenting on or discussion of that stuff would be great. There are certainly some records in my collection made by bands I know absolutely nothing about, and who knows if anyone reading this knows a thing or two about them. So yeah, comment away.

1. Nothing Painted Blue, "Anti-Nomination"
2. American Holidays, "Sunday Drives"
3. Daniel Johnston, "Impossible Love"
4. The Unholy Three, "Eclipsed"
5. BucK, "You Fuck Me Up"
6. Weston, "Teenage Love Affair"
7. Alloy, "Reading Blind"
8. The Human Switchboard, "No!"
9. Varistor, "Curbside"
10. Nothing Painted Blue, "Few"
11. The Withdrawals, "Foreign Policy"
12. Kline's Island, "Time is Now"
13. The Unholy Three, "Leaving Nod in Shame"
14. Cursive, "Disruption No. 3"
15. Sicko, "Broken String"
16. + 17. Charlie Brown Gets A Valentine, "Just Like Heaven" / "Tension"
18. Pere Ubu, "Final Solution"
19. The Urinals "Ack Ack Ack Ack"

1. This Moment in Black History, "Electric Grand Lover"
2. Underhand, "Connections"
3. Stitch, "Girlfriend"
4. Billy Preston, "That's the Way God Planned It"
5. Husker Du, "Eight Miles High"
6. Varistor, "Last Night"
7. Daniel Johnston, "Favorite Darling Girl"
8. Nothing Painted Blue, "Or Do They?"
9. The Waitresses, "Slide"
10. Bad Religion, "Stranger Than Fiction"
11. The Van Pelt, "The Speeding Train"
12. Lifetime, "Somewhere in the Swamps of Jersey"
13. Fieldtree, "Memories"
14. This is My Fist, "Story of Reconversion"
15. Weston, "Retarded"
16. Pere Ubu, "Heaven"
17. Don Austin, "Thulsa Doom"
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I've gotten back in the habit of buying a bunch of music lately. I tend to post about new items in my journal, but I don't think most of my friends really give a shit. Since no one posts here, maybe it might generate the slightest bit of interest and a few comments if I reposted my stuff here.

Here's an entry from Sunday following a record shopping trip on Saturday.


Because I know you care so very deeply (an obviously sarcastic statement, as if I needed to state as much) it's time to run down all the shit I bought at Square Records yesterday. I'm just saying.. it *would* be sort of nice if some folks left comments, but I don't really expect anyone to actually bother reading all the text I'm about to type. But hey, if something catches your eye, leave a comment. Whatever.

First of all, I need to put over how awesome Square Records is. Their inventory seems to just keep getting bigger and bigger. Prices on new CDs generally run $2-3 more than I'm willing to pay most of the time, but definitely cheaper than chain stores, and a lot of probably are likely not as picky about prices as I am. The used CD sections seems to grow larger every time I go there, and the prices there are fucking *great*. Used CDs are generally all priced at $4 or $6, with the occasional $2 CD in there. And I've gotten some insanely good finds out of the used stuff. Consider that I got Kathy McCarty's CD of Daniel Johnston songs, Dead Dog's Eyeball for FOUR DOLLARS and I got an old Columbia House pressing of Metallica's $9.98 CD - Garage Days Re-revisited for SIX DOLLARS. Among other things. So, yeah. Basically, if you're really into indie rock, punk, emo, newer kinda weird experimental stuff and that sort of stuff and you ever find yourself in the Akron area, go to Square Records. Give them your money. They're super awesome.

And now.. on to the purchases!
And yes, it's fucking loaded with links all over the fucking place.

six compact discs.Collapse )

eleven seven-inch records.Collapse )


There you are. Leave comments. If anyone cares enough, I'll repost the two entries I did in relation to my entire collection of 7" records.

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i've heard this song a few times, but i can't seem to find out who the artist is...i've only caught bits and pieces of the lyrics, and lyric searches don't seem to work.

the lyrics include:

a needle prick ---
dear little hemlock shoe

now i'm back in town(?)
sorting brambles and thorns

i was casting my line,
the stream was swift, it was clear on and so on.

i have a hunch that it's the fiery furnaces, but i'm pretty incompetent when it comes to recognizing artists. so, uh...d'you know who it is?
if you do...
don't be a stranger.
a stranger to the "reply" button, that is.