Alchemysts: Five songs, 1995

Alchemysts: Five songs, 1995

PERSONNEL: Jon Guard, bass guitar, vocals Paul Simmons: Guitar, vocals Mat Love: Drums TRACK LISTING: Side 1 1. Las Vegas Powertrip 2. Shake Side 2: 1. Mess 2. Know 3. Cars & Guns This English psych-stoner-garage-rock cult band emerged out of rural Somerset in 1995 with One Eyed Again, a collection of songs recorded at their home Beehive Studios between November 1991 and April 1993. That was followed by Over And Out in 1998 on the Australian label Camera Obscura….

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System: Clean b/w How Many Times, 1995

System: Clean b/w How Many Times, 1995

stephen gary alan colin would like to thank michael cunningham steve aiken the bands the people who understand what we do this was recorded on eight track at unsafe sound studio’s in september 95 produced by michael and system for information contact 7 glenview park newtownards n ireland bt23 4un When System came roaring out of County Down, east of Belfast, the Good Friday Agreement was yet three years away; the bombing at Roma’s, but two years behind. Nothing like…

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Mystery Friday Number Nine: Stay Away From Whole Grains

Mystery Friday Number Nine: Stay Away From Whole Grains

Sony HF 60, no jewel case. Adhesive tape over both tabs. What’s on here? Let’s find out. S1de A This is my interview with the members of Dread Zeppelin, backstage at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, circa 1990. It’s among my favorite interviews. A bongtastic concept — Led Zeppelin songs, played reggae style, sung by Vegas-era Elvis Presley — had caught fire (not entirely unsurprisingly, given their virtuosic, hilarious live shows), been signed to IRS and released Un-Led-Ed. I played…

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The Grip Weeds, S/T, three songs, circa 1989

The Grip Weeds, S/T, three songs, circa 1989

PERSONNEL: Rick Reil: Singing, guitars 12+6, organ Jeff Surawski: Singing, bass Kurt Reil: Singing, drums, perc Tim Mesko: Singing, guitar, harmonica TRACK LISTING: 1. I Forgot To Lie 2. Love Me Like Before 3. You Know He Did Active to this day, New Brunswick, New Jersey’s The Gripweeds emerged in 1988 as East Coast counterparts to the then-fading Paisley Underground. Across eight albums, an EP and a pair of singles, they have stuck to a winning formula of flower-power-pop with…

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Phantom Tollbooth: Seven-song demo, 1985

Phantom Tollbooth: Seven-song demo, 1985

PERSONNEL: Jon Coates: Drums Dave Rick: Guitar, vocals Jerry Smith: Bass, vocals TRACK LISTING: 1. Jack Of All Phobias 2. Ohm On The Range 3. Saturday Afternoon 4. More Paranoia 5. More People 6. Good Luck 7. The Fuck Unless I am mistaken, this is the original seven-song demo from which four songs were chosen for re-mastering and 2014 release by PT5Speed as the Demolition EP. Judging from the sound quality, this likely was recorded live in the band’s rehearsal…

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Visible Elroy: Some Kind Of Jamoca? 1995

Visible Elroy: Some Kind Of Jamoca? 1995

PERSONNEL: Brent Fuscaldo: Everything TRACK LISTING: Side A 1. Vaccine 2. Tangelo 3. I Want You To Know 4. The Submarine 5. Far Ends 6. Holiday Spirit Side B 7. To Drift Or Fly By 8. Autumn Kiss 9. Gash In Red 10. Light Beams 11. Kisser 12. Asbestos Visible Elroy charmed me, then and now, with this ragged but honest slice o’ lo-fi psych-pop. More brash and energetic than your average home-taper, Brent clearly had a big sound in…

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Oral Groove: Four songs, 1992

Oral Groove: Four songs, 1992

PERSONNEL: Joe Mannix: Vocals, guitar Ed Fingerling: Bass, vocals Chris Peck: Drums, vocals Produced by Rick Reil, Curt Reil, Joe Mannix and Ed Fingerling Mixed and engineered by Rick, Curt, Ed, Rob Grenoble, and Bill Statler Recorded in May 1992 at the Legendary Eild Studio, Hoboken, and at Rick’s house, Highland Park (and a good and proper time had we). Mixed at Water Music, Hoboken Michael Wronski designed the cassette jacket, and Traci Gallagher took the group photo in Prospect…

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Marella Splendens: Finals, 1996

Marella Splendens: Finals, 1996

* PERSONNEL Debby Schwartz: Vocals, guitar Cello: ? Bass: ? Drums: Tom Kelly TRACK LISTING 1. Venus 2. Revelations 3. Muses These are the final mixes for a three-song, 7″ single I recorded with Debby and Al Houghton at the original Dubway Studios, then located in The Music Building on Eighth Avenue. Embarrassed to admit I’ve forgotten who the other players were. I’m sure Debby will help me fill in the blanks. I’ve got quite a few of these singles…

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Scout: 8-Song Demo, ca. 1995

Scout: 8-Song Demo, ca. 1995

TRACK LISTING 1. Mosquito 2. Day Before Yesterday 3. Plague Dogs 4. Baretta 5. Longline 6. Breathcatches 7. Cottonmouth 8. I’ve Never Dreamed Someone Like You Could Want Someone Like Me Delighted to discover that Ashen Keilyn, a/k/a Scout is still in the game, oh so many years after their attorney, the formidable Matt Kaplan, got this fantastic demo tape into my hands. Here’s the early story from Allmusic: Scout began in the early ’90s after vocalist/guitarist Ashen Keilyn and…

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East River Pipe: I Used To Be Kid Colgate, 1991

East River Pipe: I Used To Be Kid Colgate, 1991

Note: Out of respect for the artist, downloads are disabled for this post. PERSONNEL F.M. Cornog: Everything TRACK LISTING Side 1 Fan The Flame My Life Is Wrong Happytown Times Square Go-Go Boy Hit The Ground Woody’s Car Side 2 We’re Going To Nowhere Axl Or Iggy Central Park It’s been a long time, and I’ve probably got it all wrong, but as I recall it, Fred told me his dad worked at the Colgate factory in Jersey City, forgotten…

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