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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East River Pipe: 3 songs, 1989

East River Pipe: 3 songs, 1989

PERSONNEL: F.W. Cornog: Everything TRACK LISTING: New York Of Slime Goin’ To Hollywood At The Bar In those days, I kept the cassettes in milk crates, and picked tapes at random to review. The color red stood out, and the name, too, so I got lucky. “It could be anywhere/But this is New York Slime/The slaughterhouse of the Western world.” Yeah. This is the first East River Pipe cassette. Recorded in 1987 & 1988, released July 15, 1989. “I hope…

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The Barley Boys: 3 songs, 1991

The Barley Boys: 3 songs, 1991

PERSONNEL: Scott Whelehan: Lead vocals Larry Restieri: Guitars Chris Bentley: Bass, vocals Tim Barnes: Drums, percussion Produced by Brian Drago Recorded at Brocoli Rabe Recording Studios, Fairfield, NJ TRACK LISTING: Catch 22 Won’t Let You Down Sovereign Eyes Long before stepping up and into rock’s international avant garde with The Silver Jews, Jim O’Rourke, The Essex Green, Glenn Kotche, Lee Ranaldo, and Beth Orton — even before he started Ditch Croaker and played on one of my Time Or Dirt…

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Mystery Friday Number Eight: Sorry Charlie!

Mystery Friday Number Eight: Sorry Charlie!

Welcome to another episode of Mystery Friday! You know the drill, so let’s get to it. Tonight we have a rather impressive looking Maxell Studio Tape MS-20 cassette. Ten minutes a side, bitches! No idea what’s on it. Side A: 1) The Rocker. Hard rock, almost metal. High tenor vocals. Chorus effect on the guitars, so ’80s? A whiff of early ’90s dissonance. Evident Led Zep influence. Decent solo. Slap bass break, ugh no. Not terrible, but I can’t pick…

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Cowpatch: Economy Tractor, 1995

Cowpatch: Economy Tractor, 1995

PERSONNEL: Paul DiBenedetto: Bass, vocals Bill Hafener: Guitar, lead vocals, organ Chris Olsen: Drums Produced by Cowpatch Engineered by Paul DiBenedetto All songs ©1995 All songs by Bill Hafener except “Sort”, words by Chris Olsen, music by Bill Hafener TRACK LISTING: Side One: Did It All Gee Jeanane G. Sort Side Two: Don’t Know What I’m Doing Goin Down 6 or 9 As The Skels staggered to their denoument, Bill Hafener’s Cowpatch achieved escape velocity on this ecstatic cassette. It’s Live At…

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Mystery Friday Number Seven: The dog looks good.

Mystery Friday Number Seven: The dog looks good.

This is Koko: She went to the groomer’s this afternoon, and she looks very pretty. Koko’s a good dog. Isn’t that right, Koko? ‘at’s a good girl. Welcome to another episode of Mystery Friday on Saturday! Time once again to reach into the Box of Unknown, pull out a tape, play it, and attempt to describe it. Tonight’s subject is a Maxell Epitaxial XL II 90 cassette, unmarked and in excellent condition, encased in a slightly cracked jewel box, with no…

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All About Chad: Japanese Demo In Reverse, 1991

All About Chad: Japanese Demo In Reverse, 1991

PERSONNEL: Chad: Bass Ben: Vocals, acoustic guitar Asif: Electric guitar Jason: Drums Recorded live at The Scouting Party, God Only Knows When TRACK LISTING: Japanese Couple In Reverse I’m A Dependent 23 Strikes You’re Out I Can’t Sleep The importance of this tape to me is near inexpressible. Very few heard it, but for those who did, Japanese Demo In Reverse is a snowflake. 1991, baby!

Idgit: So-Fist-Uh-Kate-Ed, 1997

Idgit: So-Fist-Uh-Kate-Ed, 1997

PERSONNEL: All songs written and recorded 4-track style by S. Stubblefield All instruments played by S. Stubblefield except for: “Newly Departed”, drums and back up vocals by Andrew Shcenck, organ and back up vocals by Hideki Inoue “October Avenue”, violin by Jenifer Halenar “Among The Nameless Faces”, Chuck Hatcher plats guitar, makimg all the cool sounds “Shiner”, mandolin by Jenifer Halenar Insert layout and design: Mike Dickinson TRACK LISTING: Side A Intro To Things Newly Departed Two Sisters A Poor…

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