Jim Shelley: The Haunted Life, 1992

Jim Shelley: The Haunted Life, 1992

PERSONNEL: Jim Shelley, everything TRACK LISTING:1. Heaven2. In My Room3. The Girl Whose Name4. Blue Man5. Haunted Road Blues6. Notes from the Underground7. New James Shelley Blues8. Fool for Love9. The Haunted Life10. Talk to Me11. 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 songwriters I encountered in my travels through the Demo Universe. Recording…

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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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Davey Hull: Five songs, 1995

Davey Hull: Five songs, 1995

PERSONNEL: David Hull, everything? TRACK LISTING: 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….

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Murfreesboro: Hoopajoob, 1998

Murfreesboro: Hoopajoob, 1998

PERSONNEL: 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 TRACK LISTING: SIDE 1 1. Protein 2….

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Brazil 2001: GODDAM SUNSHINE MUSIC – Secret Demos, 1997

Brazil 2001: GODDAM SUNSHINE MUSIC – Secret Demos, 1997

PERSONNEL: 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 TRACK LISTING: 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…

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