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Month: January 2017

Vicious Beatniks: Courage, 1992-1994

Vicious Beatniks: Courage, 1992-1994

PERSONNEL: Dave Portolano: Vocals, acoustic and electric guitars Brian Lindgren: Guitars, vocals Joe Kowalski: Bass Joe Anderson, Dave Diamond: Drums TRACK LISTING: Side One 1. Can You Rise (Above It All) 2. If I Had A Son 3. Joan Of Arc (Was Self-Employed) 4. We All Lie Naked Side Two 1. 25° 2. Doubt 3. Left Behind 4. Talk To The Ocean 5. Popcorn Gotta admit I am guessing on the release date of this tape, but I’m probably close,…

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Jim Shelley: The Haunted Life, 1992

Jim Shelley: The Haunted Life, 1992

PERSONNEL: Jim Shelley, everything TRACK LISTING: 1. Heaven 2. In My Room 3. The Girl Whose Name 4. Blue Man 5. Haunted Road Blues 6. Notes from the Underground 7. New James Shelley Blues 8. Fool for Love 9. The Haunted Life 10. Talk to Me 11. She’s the Kind of Girl “I can do what I want to do/In my little room” Jim was, and is, an essential artist in the cassette underground; beyond question one of the finest…

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Jenifer Convertible: Tame, 1995

Jenifer Convertible: Tame, 1995

PERSONNEL: Lenny Zenith: Vocals, guitar Jim Santo: Guitar, vocals James Pertusi: Bass, vocals Eddie Siino: Drums TRACK LISTING: 1. Big Wheel 2. Maine 3. Closet/Death 4. Beg Off 5. Awakening From A Disturbing Dream Recorded live to DAT by Al Houghton on a very hot day in the summer of 1995 at the original Dubway Studio on 8th Avenue, this EP captures JenCon in the period immediately after the departure that spring of original drummer Andy Moore. “Maine,” Andy’s not-dead-yet…

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Steve Hammond: Nuclear Winter, 1999

Steve Hammond: Nuclear Winter, 1999

‘”I share the view that most of today’s best music is never heard or is pushed back and written off for a dime a dozen top 40, FCC and MTV sanctioned bullshit,” declares Hammond. “I hope your ear for undiscovered music will spread back to the other mediums of exposure one day after the general public realizes what kind of crap has been spoon fed to them for so long now.” As if! The follow-up to 1998’s scuzzy but wonderful…

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Mobius Strip: Five songs, 1995

Mobius Strip: Five songs, 1995

‘Mobius Strip employ hip-hop beats, jazzy guitar, throbbing rock bass and space dinosaurs to build their mesmerizing sound. Imagine a cross between My Bloody Valentine, Roxy Music and Achtung Baby U2 and you’ll be getting there, then listen to “Bleed Electri” and hear a hybrid of orchestral Soft Machine, Art Of Noise and a sentient jellyfish. Most of this is instrumental, but Arrow and Christian open their mouths softly on “Remedy,” contributing little to the overall mood. Incredibly, the duo…

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Sense Field: Three songs, 1990

Sense Field: Three songs, 1990

PERSONNEL: Jon Bunch: Vocals John Stockburger: Bass Rodney Sellars: Guitar Chris Evenson: Guitar TRACK LISTING: 1. Tripoem 2. Add The Colors 3. Today & Tomorrow If you came of age in the ’90s, chances are you know these guys. One of the most successful bands I ever reviewed, Sense Field were right up there with the biggest emo bands of the day. If you checked Wikipedia a few minutes ago, you would have thought Sense Field was formed in 1991;…

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John Sosnowski: Politics In Wonderland, 1992

John Sosnowski: Politics In Wonderland, 1992

PERSONNEL: John Sosnowski, everything TRACK LISTING: Side A 1. Politics In Wonderland 2. Cruz Tenebrae 3. Fleet Street 4. None But The Faithful* 5. Twisted* 6. Blue Dogs* 7. Keeping In Touch* 8. T.* 9. Chapter 11 Side B 1. Trust Me (Lame Dub Mix) 2. Dust Motes 3. Tagged & Swelling 4. Different Tribes 5. The Chase Scene* 6. Waiting Room Only 7. Go Figure* 8. Mouth* 9. User Friendly All songs ©1992 except * ©1990 Very early, pre-Web…

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Henry Ocansey: Two songs, 1998

Henry Ocansey: Two songs, 1998

“I’m Henry Ocansey and I’m extremely interested in making records. Thank you.” Why Ocansey feels the need to introduce himself again, after sending four tapes in less than three months is beyond me, but I’ve grown accustomed to his peculiar ways. Two Songs the latest in the series that includes One Song, Side (One) Song and 3 Songs, introduces a new tune — as always, unnamed — that I’ll call “Blazin’ Hot.” More sophisticated than previous efforts, this summery number…

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