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Brocas Area, Taedium Vitae, 1997

Brocas Area, Taedium Vitae, 1997

PERSONNEL:John Sosnowski: Everything TRACK LISTING:Side A:1. Synchopath/Antigone2. You’re Just Guessing3. Lung Scrubber4. Ship (wrecked)5. Very Large Array6. The Dora Jar Side B:1. Edithead/Eyes Aglaze/Ponies on Ice2. Taedium Vitae pt.1/Taedium Vitae pt.23. Vertiginous4. If You Get Hit/Obsolete The smoothest, grooviest, most accessible Broca’s Area release to date, and that’s not a bad thing. Sounds to me as if Sosnowski’s been listening to a lot of Future Sound of London, although given my patchy grasp of electronica, that could be totally off-base….

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Albert The M, S/T, 1990

Albert The M, S/T, 1990

PERSONNEL: Unknown TRACK LISTING:1. The Old Ways2. Thrill Kiss3. I Thought I Was4. When I Think About You5. Ballad Of The Fair Young Maiden6. He And I7. Ninety Seven And Crossbay8. Blow Me A Kiss9. I Know You Name Yet another example of what happens when you rely too much on your press kit and leave credits off the cassette. Sooner or later, they will become separated, and your name will be lost to history. Oh well! Some OK tunes…

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Squirrels From Hell, Evil Genus, 1996

Squirrels From Hell, Evil Genus, 1996

PERSONNEL:Joe Con: Guitar, vocalsRoger Morrison: Guitar, vocalsDarian Minnick: Drums, vocalsWILL: Bass, vocals TRACK LISTING:1. Hat2. Sleep Disturbance3. Things We Had4. Pen5. So Happy6. Doorbell7. Every Day Established in 1976 during the first wave of NYC punk, SFH was already an eminence grise of the downtown scene when this classic cassette emerged. The wild-eyed, surreal gems “Hat” and “Things We Had” by the legendary Joe Con (R.I.P.), and harsh, dark punkstones like “Pen” and “Doorbell” thrown by WILL (a/k/a Will Duggan)…

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2Lb. Spread!, Gentle Bloated Flower, 1996

2Lb. Spread!, Gentle Bloated Flower, 1996

On Gentle Bloated Flower, Tom plays with solo bass and alien vocals (“The Deep Blue Luv Pit”) builds an instrumental around Egypt-hop drums (“Tales Of Glory”) and makes like Jim Carroll fronting Pavement (“Hey, It Fits!”). Demo Universe, 1997 PERSONNEL:Tom Huff: Vocals, guitars, bass, samplesMatt Lindsey: Guitar, bass, drumsMarky Moon: Drums All lyrics by Tom HuffAll music by Tom Huff and 2 Lb. SpreadRecorded at 2 lb. StudiosAll songs published by Rootin’ Tootin’ Tunes TRACK LISTING:Side A:1. Yee Haw2. Hum…

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Eyelight: S/T, 1998

Eyelight: S/T, 1998

PERSONNEL: Jehn Cerron: Vocals, beats, samples, loops TRACK LISTING Side A 1. Soft Feed from “Starcrash” 94 2. Skittish from “Bro” 92 3. Tell Me A Story 94 4. Wind Blowin’ 98 5. Candle Light 98 6. from “Beat Demos” 97 7. from “Starcrash” 94 8. live at Caffe da Vinci, Lakeland, FL 95 9. reprise Side B – Beat Demos 12/97 1. Set Yr Soul Aside 2. Little Rock ‘n’ Sway 3. Nightear 4. Jumprope 5. Fallen Snow 6….

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Eyelight: 4 Songs, 1994

Eyelight: 4 Songs, 1994

PERSONNEL Jehn Cerron: Vocals, loops TRACK LISTING Unavailable Somewhere along the line, I lost the packaging for this tape, so I don’t know the titles of these four songs. Maybe Jehn will help me out. In any event, please enjoy this mesmerizing swim through Eyelight’s vocal ocean.

Dan Cray: Wetbrain, 1997

Dan Cray: Wetbrain, 1997

PERSONNEL: Dan Cray: Everything Recorded drunk & disheveled, in the Rubber Rubber Room, in the space between 1996 & 1997. TRACK LISTING: 1. Wetbrain 2. School Bus (The Ballad Of) 3. Little Help 4. You’re Alone 5. Second Skin 6. Reunion Cafe 7. Bly 8. The Haircut ‘Appropriately recorded on “a dying four-track,” Wetbrain is a depressing portrait of squandered potential: “Wetbrain, you’re all dried up/You burned out the muse/with your holy confusion bunk/It’s all bad, you’re no Rag Man/You…

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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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