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Month: July 2018

Iconoclast: Sins of New York, 1989

Iconoclast: Sins of New York, 1989

PERSONNEL: Julie Joslyn: Alto saxophone, live electronics, violin, vocals, percussion Leo Ciesa: Drums, percussion, orchestra bells, congas, synthesizer, live electronics, vocals All compositions by ICONOCLAST Produced by ICONOCLAST Recorded and mixed by Chris Howard Recorded at New Breed Studios, NYC, 1988 Graphics, photo and design by Josh Brown TRACK LISTING: Side 1: 1. Itschwings 2. Six Feet Below 3. Beat Generation 4. Sugar Pops 5. Messing with the Boss I Side 2: 1. Something and Eat 2. Bermuda Triangle 3….

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The Pleasantries: “Innocence, Ignorance” b/w “In Between Or Beyond”, 1994

The Pleasantries: “Innocence, Ignorance” b/w “In Between Or Beyond”, 1994

PERSONNEL: Jim Fitzgerald: lead vocals, guitar John Lopos: bass, vocals Greg Clarke: drums TRACK LISTING: Side A: 1. Innocence, Ignorance 2. In Between Or Beyond “Innocence, Ignorance” is stellar Byrds/Big Star-inspired, Latin-tinged power pop. You, yes you, will love it. “In Between Or Beyond” is equally impressive. Listen now. Jim Fitzgerald, often with Greg Clarke behind the drum kit, masterminded several projects over the years; since 1998, he’s been performing as jf, “the alternative balladeer.”

Wade: S/T, 1995

Wade: S/T, 1995

Catchy pop songs with supercharged guitars and powerful drumming…a gritty-voiced vocalist singing introspective songs about depression, isolation, self-hate and suicide…no, it’s not Nirvana, but the next best thing: Wade. Okay, so it’s not the most original sound in the world, but they still kick ass. The regrettably muddy production of this tape can’t mask the strength of their songs nor the intensity of their performance. Look, if you kids can push Foo Fighters to the top of the charts, why…

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Cystem: A Severed Head (single), 1998

Cystem: A Severed Head (single), 1998

A hardstep single from a known artist (in this Universe, anyway) who wishes to remain anonymous and so asked that I omit his name and address from this review. He has nothing to be ashamed of; the track rocks, although the minimal techno style is less interesting to me than the artist’s more involved illbient and soundtrack work. Whatever, ya gets four mixes to play with and they’re all good, so get it. — Demo Universe PERSONNEL: John Sosnowski: Loops,…

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Dan Cray: How’s My Driving?, 1999

Dan Cray: How’s My Driving?, 1999

‘Jenn Cray’s chirpy recitation of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh The Places You’ll Go!” provides the conceptual road map for another Dan Cray trip into the heart of darkness. Love, and all the pain resulting, is the theme this time out, expressed in quietly shattering songs like “Happy Hour” (“You were the first lust that I trusted/You’ll be the last love I adore/You call it space/I call it war.”) and “Two TVs” (“I’ll take the couch/You’ll take the bed/It’s the ease of…

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