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Davey Hull: Five songs, 1995

Davey Hull: Five songs, 1995

PERSONNEL: David Hull, everything?

Side One/Two
1. Word Game
2. Wealth

Side Two/One
1. Sprechen Sie Deutsch
2. Blue
3. Talking

This may have been the first recording I ever received from David “Davey” Hull, well prior to his move from Essex to Berlin. “Sprechen Sie Deutsch” skates on crude oil. “Blue” pleads, drones, and unravels. “Talking” actually rocks. “Word Game” is all clawing, crabbing Syd-guits; “Wealth,” a secret ceremony, shrouded in anxious fog, pummeled mad by drums. Just beautiful and weird.

Note: The sides are reversed on the J-card; my track listing follows markings on the cassette.

“This degree of strange might be intolerable to some, but it’s sweet music to these mutant ears.” — Demo Universe, 1995

Murfreesboro: Hoopajoob, 1998

Murfreesboro: Hoopajoob, 1998

Jake Rubin: Saxophones
Walker Hardy: Trombone
Christopher Freeman: Bass
Kent South: Drums, vocals
Ian Russell: Piano, organ, vocals
Prabir Mehta: Guitar, vocals

Recorded by Chris Freeman with a Tascam 488 MKII 8-track recorder, August 30, 1997 to January 2, 1998
Cover art & design: John Hilowitz & Chris Freeman
Photography by Murphreesboro and Courtney England
Auxilliary percussion and other stupid noises by Murfreesboro
Drum machine on “Ladies Room” provided by Jason Sposa

1. Protein
2. Lollypoplips
3. Let Me Be Your Fool
4. Wirefly
5. Yuckman
6. So Fine

1. Ladies Room
2. Don’t You Walk Away
3. Horror Movie Life
4. Steppin’ Off
5. 65

Here we have some shaggy jazzy skanky horn rock jams from late ’90s Richmond, VA. The lo-fi, evidently live, recording does not diminish the youthful joy spilling out the speakers; indeed, it enhances the sense of space and time that most draws me to demo tapes. “So Fine” and “Don’t You Walk Away” still get me, all these years later.

Guitarist Prabir Mehta went on to front The Rachel Nevadas and remains active on the Richmond scene; dunno about the rest of ’em. Can someone fill in the history?

Murfreesboro: Hoopajoob, 1998, inside cover

Thankfully avoiding both alternarock overkill and white-boy hip hop, Murfreesboro plays classic party music in a more or less traditional fashion. — Jim Santo’s Demo Universe, 1998

Brazil 2001: GODDAM SUNSHINE MUSIC – Secret Demos, 1997

Brazil 2001: GODDAM SUNSHINE MUSIC – Secret Demos, 1997

Bill Roper: Bass, vocals
Larry Taube: Drums, vocals
Bernard Yin: Guitar, vocals

Performed and recorded by Brazil 2001 in early 1997
All songs original except for Immigrant Song – Page/Plant
Recorded by Mike “Gus” Agostinelli at Explosive Studio 12

1. Tahiti 96
2. Muchacha No. 3
3. Banana
4. Immigrant Song
5. William
6. Muchacha No. 3 [instro.]

“Tahiti 96” kicks off this tropical delight with a full-on Dick Dale-style speed surf assault, blowing the grass roof clean off and setting the stage for great flaming coconuts of bikini-pop, tanning-oil punk and tiki-psych. In short: This tape is KILLER.

So, who were these guys? This LA Times review of the band’s 1996 debut CD, Fist Full Of Sand, names veteran SoCal axe slinger Bernard Yin, he of El Vez, Medicine, Pansy Division and The Fuzztones, among others. A click over to Discogs fills out the personnel.

This demo was recorded between Fist Full Of Sand and the 1999 follow-up, Tropical Diseases, on which all of these songs appear.

“Bright, fresh and more than a bit zany, Brazil 2001 is the best on the beach this year.” — Demo Universe, 1997

Tony Low: Single Plus One, 1998

Tony Low: Single Plus One, 1998

Tony Low: Vocals, guitars, bass, percussion
Lil’ Cliff Bernard: Harp on “Suicide Audition Complex”
Shane Faubert: Piano, keyboards
Lane Steinberg: Lead guitar, vocals
Van Keith: Drums

Photo: Lauren Keswick
Recorded and mixed at Dubway Sudios, NYC
Engineers: Michael Ungerer and Al Houghton

“Music Moves the World”

Special thanks to Peter (Grandmaster Clap) Furrer: hand claps

1. Suicide Audition Complex
2. The Big Parade
3. Coloring The Time

This is the very first solo release by Tony Low, a founding member of New York’s renowned garage-psychedelic pop band The Cheepskates. My good friends Lil’ Cliff Bernard and Lane Steinberg, along with Shane and Van from the Cheepskates, back Tony on this kick-ass cassingle that jumps from fast and twangy Dylan-rock to sunny psychedelia to lush chamber-pop. Also known as Tony Steen, Low now lives in Greensboro, NC, where he remains active in music.

Michael “Sport” Murphy: “My Limbic System (Is Fucked)”, Demo, 1995

Michael “Sport” Murphy: “My Limbic System (Is Fucked)”, Demo, 1995

PERSONNEL: Michael “Sport” Murphy, Vocals, guitar

“My Limbic System (Is Fucked)” is the B-side to the Time Or Dirt “Matilda Mother” 7″, released July 1995 on my Dive Records label. You can read all about TOD and the recording of the single, including the story of how “Limbic System” was chosen:

The B-side was picked in true Time Or Dirt fashion. I asked Sport if he had an unused song that I could record. He offered “My Limbic System (Is Fucked)” and I accepted it on the basis of the title alone. Fortunately for both of us, it turned out to be a good song.

Now, this single has been publicly available for 20 years; you can buy it today, as a matter of fact. But what we have here today is something only two people for certain have ever heard: Sport, who made this simple demo, complete with step by step instructions and suggested performance notes; and me.

If you’re inclined to record your own version, please have at it; post in the comments! In the meantime, here’s Time Or Dirt, featuring Sport on tam-tam, James Mastro on e-bow, and the final recording of Andy Moore on drums with JenCon.

East River Pipe: 3 songs, 1990

East River Pipe: 3 songs, 1990

PERSONNEL: F.M. Cornog, everything


1. Bristine
2. Here We Go
3. That’s What I Always Think

Well, this was unexpected! An unofficial ERP tape, forgotten for 16 years and unheard by almost everybody until now. You lucky dogs! No downloads, OK, so chill for 10 minutes and dig three super rare tracks from one of America’s great songwriters.