Thursday, April 2, 2015

Hey Everybody,
We've got new records from JEFF The Brotherhood and Annie Philippe, re-features of Del Shannon, John Street Rockets, and Lewis to name but a few in this week's round up.  We've also got LOADS of fresh used stock hitting the floor, so come on down and have a look-see!

Also both the Chicago and the Los Angeles shops are getting quality used LPs, 7ins and CDs in all the time so come on by either location and dig in, we're sure you'll find something you like.  A sampling of some of the used LPs showing up at both shops can be found in lists at the very bottom of this newsletter.

Chicago Shop Stuff

Thanks to Honduras (NYC), Dances (NYC) and Vamos (Chicago) for rockin' the Chicago shop on Wednesday!

Corey Johnson stopped by the Chicago shop for another installment of his awesome series Record Stores Across America!

Our pal Ryley Walker will be playing a FREE in store show at the Chicago shop on Tuesday, March 31st at 7PM!  Come enjoy some damn fine tunes.

Los Angeles Shop Stuff

Endless Bummer melted faces at the Echo on Saturday!  Thanks to all the killer bands that slayed as well and all you fine folks that came out!

While the shop staff loaded up some choice loot at various garage sales around town!


We are pleased to announce that Frankie and the Witch Fingers' "Frankie and the Witch Fingers" was among our Top Ten most played records at KDVS 90.3 FM in Davis, CA (#7).

Top 30
  1. Father John Misty - "I Love You, Honeybear" (Sub Pop)
  2. Timmy's Organism - "Singles Collection & Unreleased Tracks" (HoZac)
  3. Slow Walker - "Slow Walker" (Stale Heat)
  4. Coitus Int. - "Coitus Int." (Bunkerpop)
  5. Spuyten Duyvil - "The Social Music Hour Vol. I" (Self Released)
  6. San Kazakgascar - "First Nation Spy b/w Last Man Standing" (Lather)
  7. Frankie and the Witch Fingers - "Frankie and the Witch Fingers" (Permanent)
  8. Eternal Tapestry - "Wild Strawberries" (Thrill Jockey) 
  9. CCR Headcleaner - "Cokesmoker" (Stale Heat)
  10. The Band In Heaven - "The Boys Of Summer Of Sam 7"" (HoZac)
  11. The Intended - "Huguenot b/w The Alchemist" (All Gone)
  12. Saskwatch - "Nose Dive" (Northside)
  13. Broncho - "Just Enough Hip to be Woman" (Dine Alone Records)
  14. Obnox - "Boogalou Reed" (12XU)
  15. Connections - "5 Imaginary Boys EP" (HoZac)
  16. Arndales - "Padded Posts b/w Regional Treasure" (In The Red)
  17. Parquet Courts - "Live at Third Man Records" (Third Man Records)
  18. Sleater-Kinney - "No Cities to Love" (Sub Pop)
  19. Six Organs Of Admittance - "Hexadic" (Drag City)
  20. Sonny and the Sunsets - "Talent Night at the Ashram" (Polyvinyl)
  21. Soft Science - "Detour" (Test Pattern)
  22. Dan Deacon - "Gliss Riffer" (Domino)
  23. Wood Chickens - "Have A Cow" (Self Released)
  24. Fogg - "Death" (Play Pinball)
  25. The Decemberists - "What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World" (Capitol)
  26. Jose Gonzalez - "Vestiges And Claws" (Imperial)
  27. Stargazer - "A Merging To The Boundless" (Nuclear War Now Productions)
  28. Rectal Hygienics - "Ultimate Purity" (Permanent)
  29. La Nena, Dom - "Soyo" (Six Degrees Records)
  30. Redtenbacher's Funkestra - "Dr. Hypenstein" (Wooden Hat)


Have you been snoozin'? Lucky for you, there's still time to wake up. Many of the still in-print Permanent Label Releases are nearly sold out!

7in - Exit - The Exit E.P. (Black Wax, Ltd 400) Still available due to warehouse find! Already down to less than 10 copies left documenting this ultra obscure late 70's Chicago punk band!

7in - Bad Axe - Coachman b/w Poor Man, Run (Ltd 300) A mere 15 copies left of the hard rockin' archival jammer from '73!

7in - Sneakers - Children Into People EP (Ltd 500) Early Perm release, CAVE side-project, 8 copies then it's OOP.

LP - Afflicted Man - I'm Off Me 'Ead (Official 2013 Reissue, Repress, Black Wax, Ltd 300) 21 copies of this acid fried punk record still lookin' for a good home.

LP - Basic Cable - I'm Good To Drive (Black Wax, Ltd 200) Tune in while you still can, 9 copies to go.

LP - Chicago Triangle - Emergence (Black Wax Ltd 200) 10 copies left of this bad mamma jamma!

LP - Heater - God and Hair (Regular Edition on Black Vinyl) Columbia Missouri's short lived DIY RNR summer jammer, less than 15 copies are still in the mix.

LP - Leather Slave - Leather Slave (Oxblood Wax, Ltd 100) Under 10 copies on the Permanent exclusive color vinyl left, c'mon creeps, there's still time!

LP - MERX - 20000 Sq Ft Under The Sea (White Wax, Ltd 100) Only 20 copies on the Permanent exclusive color vinyl! Come up for air and grip a copy!

LP - Psyclones - Different Thinking People (Regular Black Vinyl) Just 2 copies left. Get weird! Think different!

LP - Purling Hiss - Purling Hiss  (Regular Edition Black Vinyl) Fully printed jacket version is still with us thanks to a warehouse find! Only 15 copies left of this now classic Hiss debut by Mr. Mike Polizze! Screen printed tour edition stock is dwindling as well...


And just like every week, P-Rex Los Angeles DJs continue to FEED THE FREAKS!!!

Here's the general info on Feed The Freaks:
"Every Wednesday.  Black Boar - 1630 Colorado Blvd.  10-2am. Rock'n'Roll Partytime! With Lance Bummer and Special Guests. Drink specials. Excellent adventures, only.  Absolutely, no bogus journeys. Get down."


Running out of room, need to clear some space, going on the lam? Regardless of the reason, before you unload your unwanted records and digital media, please bring them to us for CASH or STORE CREDIT!  One man's trash is another man's treasure and we treasure all sorts of quote un-quote trash!  Before you donate your stuff or have a yard sale, drop us a line.  We'll probably pay more (without haggling) than you'll ever get at a garage sale and often times we'll buy it all in one shot.  It doesn't get much easier that!  So remember, when you wanna sell your stuff, SELL IT TO US!  Please and thank you!
P.S. We make house calls for collections.  Drop us a line to make an appointment.

Permanent Label is Portable!

Did you know, many Permanent Records Label Releases are now available for purchase as a digital download? Check out: Revolver, emusic, Google play, iTunes, Amazon.

Prefer streaming? Well good news, pretty much everything that has a “play” button on the internet now features many of our label release. Examples include: Spotify, Rhapsody, rdio, Deezer, and YouTube.


When you buy a record from Permanent Chicago by an artist playing at The Empty Bottle, we can get you on the Guest List (with a few exceptions).

Check the full list below and hit us up:


LP - Annie Philippe - Sensationnel! Ye-Ye Bonbons 1965-1968


"This release on our occasional Ace International imprint comprises an hour of pure pop highlights from the career of Annie Philippe, one of France’s leading yé-yé girls. The collection is available as a 24-track CD and 12-track 180g red vinyl album, both featuring notes by Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe, author of the recent book Yé-Yé Girls Of 60s French Pop, who interviewed the lovely Annie specifically for this project.

Annie was launched into a yé-yé world dominated by Sheila, Sylvie Vartan, Françoise Hardy and France Gall. Her debut, a Lulu cover, didn’t fly for the 17 year-old Parisienne, but sales were excellent for her follow-up, a version of the Supremes’ ‘Baby Love’. A year passed before Annie achieved fame at a parallel level to those others girls; her smash hit ‘Ticket De Quai’ paved the way for many others and remains her biggest seller.

Annie’s final chart record came at the end of 1967, following which superstar Claude François signed her to his newly formed label, where she saw out the decade. There were sporadic releases in the ensuing decades but, after a protracted silence, she re-emerged looking as glamorous as ever.

“Even with the passing of time, I’m still proud of my catalogue,” says Annie. “I had great lyricists such as Gilles Thibaut and Jacques Revaux, and arrangers like Paul Mauriat, Jean-Claude Vannier and Christian Gaubert. Back in those days budgets were not a problem. I even had Bashung, who composed ‘Une Petite Croix’ with me in mind. I think a really nice and overlooked song in my repertoire is ‘Bonjour, Bonsoir Et Au Revoir’, composed by Le Système Crapoutchik, a Beatles-influenced act who were Jacques Dutronc’s band. I even had the great drummer Daniel Ceccarelli working with me.” - Ace Records

LP - JEFF The Brotherhood - Wasted On The Dream


"We are SUPER INCREDIBLY AMAZINGLY MINDBLOWINGLY STOKED that JEFF The Brotherhood is returning to the Infinity Cat family! Believe us when we say that it's an absolute honor to put out Wasted On The Dream. This album is never gonna leave yr car stereo, record player, headphones, or mind. It’s a van-rocking, bong-rattling slab that captures JEFF's fiery mixture of 70s hard rock, 80s punk, 90’s grunge and indelible pop melodies. PLUS, it features Jack Lawrence (Dead Weather, The Raconteurs) on bass, guest vocals by Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast) & Alicia Bognanno (Bully), additional shredding by Evan Bird & Emmett Miller (Diarrhea Planet), and -- best of all -- a flute solo by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson on #1 Alternative Specialty Radio hit "Black Cherry Pie." JEFFRO TULL LIVES!" - Infinity Cat

LP - Del Shannon - The Further Adventures Of Charles Westover - Reissue


 "Trouble In Mind is honored to be reissuing Del Shannon’s 1968 misunderstood masterpiece “The Further Adventures of Charles Westover” on vinyl for the first time since it’s original release.

In 1966, Del Shannon was at a crossroads in his career. Having freed himself from a stifling contract with Amy Records, he signed with Liberty Records under the auspices of more artistic freedom (and a hefty advance). He recorded two albums for them in ‘66 (”This Is My Bag” & “Total Commitment”) that featured the requisite cover tunes alongside some choice originals, but buoyed by an recording sessions with famed Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham, he began working on his magnum opus, more “in tune” with the sound of popular culture.

Two fruitful recording sessions with producers Dugg Brown & Dan Bourgoise birthed the twelve songs comprising “The Further Adventures of Charles Westover”, an inspired suite of tunes sharing more in common with The Zombies or The Left Banke than his previous hits “Runaway” or “Little Town Flirt” It was a new beginning for Shannon that should have opened the door to many more inspiring & ambitious albums. Despite critical acclaim, “Charles Westover” was a commercial failure, & Shannon left Liberty in 1969.

Upon hearing the majesty of “The Further Adventures of Charles Westover” for the first time, one has to ask themselves how was this album NOT a huge hit? Perhaps it was the changing times, music listeners were turning on to heavier sounds, or unwilling to embrace an “older” artists new output, but tunes like the haunting “Silver Birch” & “Gemini” and the cinematic popsike of “Colour Flashing Hair” & “Magical Musical Box” (not to mention the rockin’ “Runnin’ On Back” with it’s scorching layered lead guitar solos!) found their way into the eardrums of collectors everywhere & the album became a cult classic.

Trouble In Mind is proud to present “The Further Adventures of Charles Westover” to a new generation of fans embracing psychedelia in its many forms, remastered for vinyl by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service & housed in tip-on sleeves featuring restored jacket art by Chunklet Industries’ Henry Owings (Light In The Attic / Numero). If you‘ve heard this album before, rest assured this is the best it’s looked & sounded since gracing the lucky few’s turntables who heard it originally in 1968. If this is your first time spinning it... get ready.

RIYL: The Zombies, Left Banke, Billy Nicholls, "Pet Sounds"-era Beach Boys" - Trouble In Mind

LP - Espectrostatic - Escape From Witchtropolis - Coke Smoke Vinyl


"Austin, TX musician Alex Cuervo turned a few heads last year with his new project Espectrostatic; his synth-based electronic project. Cuervo has been knocking around in garage & punk bands since the Nineties, playing in killer acts like the Hex Dispensers, Blacktop, This Damn Town and more, but Espectrostatic showed a different side. Espectrostatic’s s/t debut all but abandoned guitars in favor of spooky electronic pulses & synth drones a’la John Carpenter & Tangerine Dream. Cuervo is back at it with the follow up album “Escape From Witchtropolis”.

“Escape From Witchtropolis” uses elements & themes laid out in the debut, but upping the anté with more sophisticated & subtle arrangements, letting the songs unfold organically, still inferring the presence of a soundtrack to an as-yet unmade horror flick. Opening with the brooding “Removing The Bandages”, the tone is set as the credits roll, before lurching into the title track “Escape From Witchtropolis”, whose motorik pulse hearkens back to the heyday of industrial dance music (Skinny Puppy, Cabaret Voltaire, Nitzer Ebb). Cuervo has a knack for keeping things taut & interesting, tunes like “The Feral Kids” with it’s tribal drums & synth squall tumble forward into more orchestrated tunes like “The Obelisk” before retreating inward into the cosmic headspace of “Sinking Into The Microverse” a head-turning drone masterpiece.<,/p>

“Escape From Witchtropolis” conjures visions of musical ghosts past & present; Fabio Frizzi, John Carpenter, Umberto, Skinny Puppy, SPK, Zombi, Goblin & more all are imprinted on Espectrostatic, but Cuervo manages to maintain his own voice among the influences, concocting a cohesive & menacing sophomore album.

The vinyl edition of “Escape From Witchtropolis” is released on black vinyl with spectacular artwork by reknowned illustrator Drazen Kozjan.

RIYL: John Carpenter, Umberto, Fabio Frizzi, Skinny Puppy, Death Waltz, Nitzer Ebb, Tangerine Dream" - Trouble In Mind

LP - Mikal Cronin - Mikal Cronin (includes download)


If you've turned on a radio for some reason over the last 5 years, you might have noticed that the electric guitar and its attending 4/4s have been near complete-level absent.  Is it ever gonna come back to the masses?  And if so, at whose hands?  Our money for that 5 years and counting span would have been placed, in America at least, somewhere on the California garage rock three headed dog of Jon Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall of Ty Segall, and-or Mikal Cronin of (Charlie & the) Moonhearts.  Those three have all collaborated on various projects (both Segall and Dwyer make appearances here), and anytime any of those bands comes out with a new release, the tension is palpable around here.  It's always in danger of being the almighty ONE that goes out into the world and reminds the average Johnny Barbershop that maybe it's time to plug back in.  Mikal Cronin's always been the dark horse in this race, what with the whole "I'm actually going to go to and graduate from college" thing that's limited his output to a series of short, blasting lo-fi garage rock EPs.  There's also the self-effacing nature of a talent of his caliber whose band named itself after drummer Charlie.  But the moments were always there.  Take "I Said" from last year's self-titled Moonhearts LP.  We dare you to come up with a more diamond-sharp singalong rocker, and woe to anybody who can't hear past the clock-radio quality fidelity.

Hey, what about this record?  Is it the ONE?  Who knows.  One thing we can say without doubt or hesitation that this album is a huge leap forward for Cronin, who really took the time to get this one right.  The more we listen to this, and thanks to and advance copy from our fine friends at Trouble In Mind, we have listened a LOT, the less we can understand why any sensible fan of rock music would have anything against it.  Cronin's building his own thing out of the old here, and also whatever discernible name-that-influence earmarks appear in this case are pretty exciting.  It's got the Jesus and Mary Chainish, My Bloody Valetinian, Count Fivesque noise and grit you'd expect given Cronin's basementnoise party-rocking background, with the hook-laden pop smarts, sterling production value, and infectious melodies of a Beatles/Buddy Holly/Replacements/Stone Roses nexus. Britpop dreaminess and shoegaze volume with a distinctly American garagey bite to it?  EXACTLY!  We haven't heard anything sound like that since nineteen ninety NEVER.  This album sounds like nothing so much as the music Oasis always heard in their heads when they listened to themselves, right before they then went and told the world how good they were.  And it doesn't get bigger than Liam Gallagher's head, you guys.  This is a huge-sounding record with not an ounce of fat on its 34-minute-long bones, and as far as we're concerned it rockets Cronin to the front of the pack of pop-breakout maybes, like the horse race carnival game where you have to hold a squirt gun to the bullseye.  We TOP TEN OF 2011-LEVEL RECOMMEND you let your curiosity get the better of you and give it a shot.

LP - Dead Sea Apes - High Evolutionary - Import


””Hello. We are Dead Sea Apes. We make music.”

With that matter of fact, mission statement of intent, issued in May of 2010, along with the digital release of “Soy Dios”, the musical landscape was forever stretched and warped beyond the confines of it’s meaningless boundaries.

Subsequent releases, in 2012 of “Astral House” again in digital format, and “Lupus” followed by “The Sun Behind The Sun” in 2013 with Black Tempest, both on vinyl through Cardinal Fuzz, have consolidated Dead Sea Apes as virtuosos at capturing the sonic, panoramic vista in all it’s multifaceted glory... This is a majestic album in every sense of the word, it has left me sated but longing for more…”—Chromaticism" - Cardinal Fuzz

LP - Geodesium - Double Eclipse - Original 1981 Stock


The ever diligent P-Rex diggers have unearthed yet another batch of original stock LPs of minimal synthesizer compostitions.  We were able to obtain the first two albums by the one and only Geodesium directly from the group's in-house label Loch Ness Productions.  Get the full scoop from the label here:

"Double Eclipse, the second Geodesium album, was produced in 1981. NASA used some of the selections during its TV coverage of the Voyager Encounters at Saturn and Uranus. It consists of nine electronically-realized musical compositions. Of the five original works, one is a clever bouncy tune featuring two electronic "dancers" and a synthesizer rock drummer. Two space-music-style pieces musically explore the inter-galactic reaches. Another work is a driving and intense rocker, and one is the world's first electronic-disco-bluegrass combination — a real toe-tapper! There are four transcriptions: J. S. Bach and Johannes Pachelbel for the classical music enthusiast, and two contemporary works by Wilke Renwick and W. Francis McBeth."

If you dig the Bil Vermette "Katha Visions" LP we re-issued in 2013 or Neil deGrasse Tyson's reimagining of the Cosmos series and hypnotic, meditative synthesizer space music then hop to it gang cuz these Geodesium records were made to be played at planetariums!  How much more specific can you get?  You want space music? Of course you do, so grab these pulsing platters of cosmic sonics immediately!  These will not stick around for long so act fast!  OUTTA THIS WORLD RECOMMENDED.

LP - John Street Rockets - Rock And Roll The Hard Way - Sealed Original 1979 Stock


The Permanent Records master diggers have unearthed yet another drool worthy private press gem.  In this round we have original sealed 1979 stock of Albuquerque, NM's John Street Rockets "Rock And Roll The Hard Way".  It's 6 tracks of killer 70's hard rock played by some really talented musicians.  If you dig the Bone Head Crunchers comps, the Warfaring Strangers comp or the Chicago Triangle record we reissued, then snag one of these bad boys pronto!  There is a very good chance that these are the last available copies, so act fast!

LP - Lewis - Romantic Times


"Earlier this year, we released the mysterious, bewitching L’Amour, a 1983 private press record thought to be the only release by one of music’s true lost talents: Lewis.

So lost, in fact, was Lewis, he eluded every effort to track him down. Scant details were known: just a series of possibly apocryphal stories about a sports car-driving Canadian with a model on his arm and a habit of skipping town when there were bills to be paid.

Deciding that Lewis’ spider web-delicate songs demanded to be heard, we put the album out anyway, offering to present the due royalties to anyone who could prove they were Lewis.

One sure thing was this: Lewis was a man of many names: Randall A. Wulff among them. Now we have either found another alias – or perhaps even his real name – on the sleeve of a completely unknown album.

Sourced soon after the re-release of L’Amour, Romantic Times is the 1985 follow-up to L’Amour – and it’s released as Lewis Baloue. The name may be slightly different, but this is absolutely our man: a familiar blond posing on the sleeve, a familiar, tortured voice pouring his heart out over languid synths and synthetic waltz beats.

Remastered from a sealed, vinyl copy of the ultra-rare album, the album was discovered in the vaults of DJ and collector Kevin “Sipreano” Howes in Vancouver, BC. It’s so rare that what is, at present, the only other known copy – found in the same Calgary store where Aaron Levin discovered a batch of sealed copies of L’Amour – is presently soaring into quadruple digits on eBay.

Even engineer Dan Lowe, credited for working on the album at Calgary’s Thunder Road Studios, remembered little about the session other than that Lewis seemed to be “under the influence”. Yet the music is utterly captivating.

The album further fleshes out the Lewis myth – we see him pictured in that white suit with his famous white Mercedes and a private jet too; we hear him focussing more intently on matters of the heart, and appearing to unravel in the process. “I felt like I was witnessing a full-blown exorcism of a phantom clad in the finest linen,” writes filmmaker and historian Jack D. Fleischer in his brand new liner notes. “This record went further [than L’Amour ]. It was a personal plea, of sorts. Something had gone wrong. Nerves were clearly exposed.”

It paints Lewis, then, as being more like a David Lynch character than even his debut did, exposing the darkness beneath the sheen. The album is presently being readied for release to the throng of new fans Lewis has found, willingly or not. The man himself remains a total enigma." - Light In The Attic

LP - Various - Love Peace and Poetry - Brazilian Psychedelic Music


 "Music, and the arts in general, in the 1960s provided first hand experience with freedom and creativity of thought and ideas that stretched far beyond the confines and borders set by oppressive regimes and repressive political leadership in general. In Brazil the musical artists of the 1960s and 1970s blended rock, tropicalia, classical, jazz, eastern music and regional music with everything available to create an amazing music universe that we have just skimmed the surface of in this collection." Artists include: O Brando, Os Brazões, A Bolha, Liverpool, Bango, The Buttons, Assim Assado, O Têrço, Spectrum, Módulo 1000, Os Lobos, Rubinho E Mauro Assumpção, Sound Factory, Terço, Paulo Bagunça, Lula Côrtes E Zé Ramalho, Marcos Valle, Hugo Filho, Marconi Notaro." - QDK

LP - Various - Love Peace and Poetry - Chilean Psychedelic Music


The Love, Peace & Poetry series from QDK continues in Chile, with 17 tracks culled from some of the lost treasures of the psychedelic music scene of the 7-year period between 1967-1973. In 1973, the Chilean dictatorship banned most rock bands and most musicians had to stop or leave the country, or take it underground. The ban extended to the retroactive destruction of many master tapes for many of the albums included here, which only just stopped as recently as the 1980s. Kissing Spell represents with "Yellow Moon" taken from their 1970 album Los Pajaros, as well as Embrujo who released their self-titled LP in 1971. Los Jaivas' debut LP was pressed privately in 1971 in a small edition of 500 copies, making this track extra-rare. Los Vidrios Quebrados were one of the real South American psychedelic classics -- their Byrds-like jangle-pop coming through clearly on their track. Aguaturbia were pioneers of psychedelic rock in Latin America, who also generated considerable controversy over their album covers. Los Blops released three now very rare and very sought-after LPs between 1970 and 1973, and their sound was focused on their guitarist's electric 12-string guitar (an unusual instrument in Chile at the time). Sacros were among the first electric folk-rock bands to perform during Catholic mass -- their recording was almost destroyed by the military and only a handful of copies survived. Los Macs' 1967 masterwork, Kaleidoscope Men, is rightfully considered by many collectors to be one of the finest examples of '60s psychedelia from South America and original copies are impossibly rare. Los Beat 4 was one of the most successful groups of the national scene in the mid-'60s and both of their rare LPs are represented here. Tumulto was respected for being non-commercial, and their track is taken from their rare debut album. Escombros released their sole LP in 1970 and are a gem in the psychedelic progressive folk style. Congregación released their sole LP on the IRT label in 1972, and El Congresso's sound is the result of a unique blend of contemporary elements and Andean roots. Chilean psychedelic music was produced during a time of great cultural change and social turmoil and is exceedingly rare and very special.

LP - Marc Barreca - Twilight - Original Stock (jacket may have bumps or bends)


More sealed original stock graces our shops once again, this time it is the absolutely stunning industrial-ish ambient LP "Twilight" by Marc Barreca.  Get the full story from the Palace of Lights folks who released it:

"Sealed copies of the 1980/81 LP from MARC BARRECA (also a member of SAVANT and YOUNG SCIENTIST), on K. LEIMERS Palace Of Lights label (see the recent LEIMER release on RVNG). “taking steps into the ambient and industrial while carrying along a phonographic sensibility. Using sounds derived from a variety of acoustic as well as electronic sources, twilight foreshadowed the diversity and pliability of sampled, industrial and lowercase musics, making this 1980 release remarkably prescient and resiliently fresh to this day.” - Palace Of Lights

"Twilight" is a gorgeous and eerie adventure from start to finish and we've been spinning it a ton around the shops lately.  This early 80's album of elemental ambiance for fans of the Eno ambient series, the Corum records we're always going on and on about, the K. Leimer "A Period Of Review 1975-1983 LP and the I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990 3xLP Boxset.  Seriously Recommended.

LP - Various Artists - Michigan Meltdown Vol 2.: Twelve More Non-Hits From Pleasant Peninsula Preternaturals And Water Wonderland Weirdos



YES. The killer sequel to the best out-of-nowhere compilations of recent years - Michigan Meltdown - has arrived and we couldn't be more stoked! Vol. 2 kicks even more ass, so have a listen to what the wise sages over at Coney Dog Records have to say for themselves while we wipe these crumbs out of our beards...

"While volume one of this series was highly acclaimed by tastemakers the likes of Julian Cope and the audio aesthetes at WFMU, volume two manages to ratchet up the intensity. More weirdos. More outcasts. More dudes who did not smell good. Meltdown chronicles the darker side of the post-garage and pre-punk era ('68-'75) in the Great Lakes state. An overabundance of fuzz guitar, primitive riffing and overall outré vibes permeate this collection of nobodies, malcontents and general black sheep of society. No doubt you've NEVER heard any of the groups here, but if songs about space flight, mental health problems, substance abuse or having absolutely no money are your thing, there's plenty to sink your teeth into here. All songs are previously uncompiled and mastered directly from the original 45's (NO MP3's!) coupled with full-color label scans and insightful, hysterical liner notes. Much in the same manner second volumes of compilations from the same family like Michigan Mixture and Michigan Mayhem, this edition of Michigan Meltdown only further cements the solid reputation of this collection. Giddy-up."

DUDES. Seriously what the fuck was in the water in Michigan in the late-Sixties/early-Seventies??? This collection is TOTALLY BONKERS from the rooter to the tooter - we're talking serious gonzo, destructo-rock'd proto-punk and post-garage madness! The levels of ineptitude from the performers are about as equally matched to the accidental brilliance of every cut on here, from the Stooges-esque riffage on TNS's "Time's Up" to the hard-rockin', fuzzed-out blitzkrieg of Space Rock's (yeah - the band is called SPACE ROCK, how are you gonna fuck with that?) "Going Down The Road", to the stumbling, barely-in-time neanderthal-stomp of Truth's "Being Bad" - ALL SONIC GOLD... and that's just on SIDE ONE. If you dig this kinda stuff, then this compilation is undoubtedly the Yin to your Bonehead Crunching Yang. WELL DONE, Coney Dog Records.... well done. Unequivocally RECOMMENDED. Get this to your turntable, STAT! We grew a moustache just LISTENING to this one!

LP - Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane - Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane

Reissued on BYM!!!


"From the first listen, this album brings the revival of the neo-psychedelia from the nineties as represented by bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spacemen 3, Love and Les Big Byrd, amongst others. Although this is happening in Chile 10 years later, it means that this kind of music, a song created by a simple chord in a Spanish guitar, is still important in different parts of the world, even more in Chile and the psych scene occurring in the past years (i.e Föllakzoid, La Hell Gang, The Holydrug Couple). Lo-fi recording settings, unconscious directed jams; with an acid bluesy style creates the unique sound of the record. The end result; a very coherent piece of art that pays tributes to minimal elements: sampled drums, groovie basslines, analog synths and guitar. Originally issued in 2010, TPSJ reveals a new way into the rituals of psychedelic rock, while paying tribute to American classic style, the blues, combined with a Latin vein that should be done more often. The music creates a refreshing vibe that gives hope from the underground parts of the world, unpretentious, relaxed and made with heart and soul. Be sure to check this guy out in a few years to see what he’s up to. Edition of 500 copies" - BYM

Here's what we had to say the first time we encountered this killer LP!!!!
Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane - Pay no attention to the name of this band. We wanted to hate this because of the ridiculous band name, but it's nearly unhate-able. Read this review Rich from Terminal Boredom wrote and try not to get as intrigued as we were.

"The sounds of the modern Chilean psych underground are slowly making their way to North America with some vinyl and CDRs and a word-of-mouth assist from Pink Reason's tour of the country and the reports brought back from Kevin Failure. Apparently Spacemen 3 are as big as Led Zep down there or something, which is fantastic and shows on what releases I've heard so far. The Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane (you should just pause here for a moment to think about and enjoy this band name) are a loose experimental psychedelic jam band, including some members of the previously reviewed La Banda's and they really stretch out and relax on seven lengthy instrumental explorations. And not really jammy in the rocking sense, more like wandering about in cloudy headspaces and losing themselves in the song. You get dedications to Sandy Bull and La Banda's themselves and a couple of unexpected references to David Icke/ reptoids, all recorded live on 8-track tape without any digital tinkering. "Grio's Wisom" is exotic drone with vintage synth tone, hypnotizing percussion from bongos and lo-fi drum machine/gong and a bit of sitar-like guit noodle with the added oddity of supposedly being recorded next to a construction site with the sounds of jackhammers and other industrial machines melding into the cut seamlessly and without any manipulation if I'm deciphering the liner notes accurately. The Sandy Bull trib, "No Return Blues" has two or three guitar lines intertwining for a relaxed, yet not lazy, zone out. "Hey (Bring Us Another Drink)" has the only semblance of vocals (just a chant of "Hey." a few times) with a fantastic harmonica intro and total Sixties drop out vibing. Then we get into two reptilian/Icke jams with more harmonica, bongos, backwards Eastern-inflected guitar work for even more nod-out mushroom drones. Definite music to take drugs and stare at your lava lamp to, totally organic and heavy on the mellow and certainly a bit more interesting due to the locale the music is emanating from. A fried egg for sure, but one that's not spitting grease all over the place either."

Rich sure knows how to call 'em. There is some serious Spacemen 3 worship here and you don't even have to put the needle on the record to figure that out. The notes on the back of the jacket include "God bless Spacemen 3" and they also state that the record was recorded completely analog. They recorded next to a construction site on one jam for chrissakes.

Tape - Mouth Sweat - Bent Corner


 "Heavy guitars with synth and harsh noise, meditative." - 1980 Records

Tape - Velocicopter - Pals


"If it’s not Velocicopter’s sound that will pull you in, it might be frontwoman Meg Macduff’s impressive hairstyle, but one thing’s for sure—you won’t be able to ignore them. They have an ability to write moody and powerful songs that seem to change every 10 seconds, but it never sounds forced or contrived, and the flow is always just right. Macduff’s voice is clearly a key element in Velocicopter, but the rest of the band’s driving force is not to be overlooked. They are an extremely well put together four-piece that you need to see live." - Vice


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