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February 6, 2014: Liberty by Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons.
I just picked up the new Sacred Bones Compilation, Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1. It’s full of fantastic forgotten treasures from the 70s and 80s postpunk/darkwave scenes all around the world. One of my favorites is “Liberty” from Kitchen & the Plastic Spoons, a band that formed as a joke in Sweden in 1980 and only released a couple 7-inches before disbanding one year later. Since then, they’ve reunited occasionally to perform at various festivals.
January 17, 2014: I Only Fucked You as a Joke by Childbirth.
Childbirth are a Seattle three piece featuring Julia Shapiro of Chastity Belt, Stacy Peck of Pony Time, and Bree McKenna of Tacocat. This song is hilarious and amazing, and while I can’t wait to pick up their debut tape, It’s A Girl, I really wish this song was available as a 7-inch so I could mail it to a a few deserving subjects. Enjoy.
January 10, 2014: Glycerine Queen by Suzi Quatro.
Suzi Quatro is a Detroit-born musician and one of the pioneers of female punk rock. She began playing music in the early 60s and joined her sister’s all girl band The Pleasure Seekers in 1964. In the 70s she scored a string of hit singles in the UK and Australia, but never reached the same level of success in the US. Here’s “Glycerine Queen” off her 1973 self-titled debut.
December 14, 2013: Jet Boy, Jet Girl by Elton Motello.
I’ve been meaning to post this one for a while but keep forgetting. Elton Motello was the moniker of singer Alan Ward and the name of his punk band. His single “Jet Boy, Jet Girl” was released in Belgium in 1977 and has become a cult hit, with covers by Sonic Youth and The Damned. Here’s an utterly bizarre performance of the song on some Belgian tv show.
November 28, 2013: A Thanksgiving Prayer by William S. Burroughs
You always were a headache and you always were a bore.
October 15, 2013: I Wanna Be Adored by The Stone Roses.
The Stone Roses were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983. The band released their debut album, The Stone Roses, in 1989. It was a breakthrough success for the band and garnered critical acclaim. After lackluster reviews for their follow up in 1994, the group disbanded. Here’s “I Wanna Be Adored” from their debut.
October 13, 2013: Miss X by MC5.
I just heard this song today for the first time in a long time. Forgot how good it was. Thought I’d remind all of you as well. Enjoy.
August 23, 2013: Sleeper by Ty Segall.
Someone in the youtube comments on this video put it better than I ever could, “[Ty Segall] puts out records more often than I take out the trash!” Somehow each and every record the prolific San Francisco native churns out maintains a level of quality (and I don’t mean recording quality) that’s put them at the top my “Best of” Lists for the last several years. Unlike last year’s fantastic Slaughterhouse, his newest output, Sleeper, favors The Beatles and Bolan over Black Sabbath, and I’m happily embracing the change.