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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The Niagaras: Four songs, 1988 ?>

The Niagaras: Four songs, 1988

TRACK LISTING: 1. Grande Dame 2. Coronation Of The Clown Prince 3. Hands Of Providence 4. Two Women The first demo tape from NYC’s The Niagaras commands attention to this day. Powerful urgency, driving jangle, a bit Smiths, or The Cure without the keys, but more camp and frantic than morose. “Coronation” betrays an evident affection for The Monochrome Set, not to mention David(s) B. Solo trumpet in an indie rock band? In 1988? Take that, Beirut! “Two Women” somehow…

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Jenifer Convertible: Live at Brownies, March 31, 1995 + Robert & Raymond at First Avenue Rehearsal ?>

Jenifer Convertible: Live at Brownies, March 31, 1995 + Robert & Raymond at First Avenue Rehearsal

PERSONNEL: Lenny Zenith, guitar Andy Moore, drums James Pertusi, bass Jim Santo, guitar TRACK LISTING: Side A – Live at Brownies, March 31, 1995 Here is the original Jenifer Convertible, with Andy Moore on drums, at our best! This show happened on a Friday night during the New York University Independent Music Festival (although, as The New Yorker clip proves, it was not an official festival event). But there was no cooler place to be in the East Village in…

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Robert Filane: Solo Guitar #2 ?>

Robert Filane: Solo Guitar #2

PERSONNEL: Robert Filane, electric guitar *The 3 Dons (Don Murray, Tony Marro, Bob Filane), vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, bongos TRACK LISTING: Side A 1. Unforgettable (Gordon, 1951) 2. Once In A While (Edwards & Green, 1937) 3. (Everything I Have Is) Yours (Lane & Adamson, 1934) 4. My Funny Valentine (Rodgers & Hart, 1937) 5. Pennies From Heaven (Burke & Johnston, 1936) 6. From Moment To Moment (Mancini, 1965) 7. Dream (Mercer, 1944) 8. What Is This Thing Called…

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Mystery Friday Number Six: How Many Fridays? ?>

Mystery Friday Number Six: How Many Fridays?

Welcome to another edition of Mystery Friday, when I reach into the Box Of Unknown, pull out an unmarked cassette, play it, and attempt to describe it. Some of these tapes haven’t been played in more than 1,500 Fridays; who knows what’s on ’em? Not me, pal. Not me. Tonight’s subject is a Sony HF 60 Type I Normal Bias cassette. As was customary, bits of Scotch™ tape cover each recording tab. I could record over this sucker right now….

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