Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Gits “Frenching the Bully” (1992)

The Gits- Frenching the Bully has always been a very cold bone-chilling listen for me. One that no matter how many times I hear it I cannot think of what might have been for this band. Being veteran's of the Seattle scene in the early 90's these guys were some of the select few talented musicians that were poised to be huge rock stars. I really do believe that. Mia Zapata voice is like no other, she had such a passionate escape in her style of singing and a force that was undeniable. I wish Mia was still around, because I know her and the Gits would continue to give us amazing music to enjoy. At least we have this one. Frenching the Bully is a punk rock masterpiece with a furry behind it that will never die. I urge everybody to take the time to discover this band because they are truly one of a kind. –Jason

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Linn County “Proud Flesh Soothseer” (1968)

I owned this album for a long while before I got around to playing it... uh, dumb move. I'd passed it over because I thought it was generic, “sweaty,” late sixties blues rock. And, though I like sweaty sixties white guy blues, I can only take so much so often! So, randomly, I finally tossed this on expecting to play it through as background once then file it away as I do (when it comes to certain styles)... uh... well, it IS blues rock, and sweaty, but its progressive blues with some heavy, very cool nods to sike. It's sike is West Coast sixties genius, but it also plays a bit like later Graham Bond without all the occult mysticism and no African flecked jazz. That said, there is a blues jam in the middle of the record thats tortured and whatnot, BUT the interplay of horns, Hammond, and the song writing makes for some super catchy, and... it's kinda DANCEABLE!? What progressive blues album can you say THAT about? –Nipper

Monday, February 22, 2010

Amon Duul II “Yeti” (1970)

For me this is one of the high points of Kosmische Musik. A sprawling double album of druggy, gothic flavoured songs and jams that never gets boring. Judging by this album it would be fair to say that, whilst the Americans and British knocked on the doors of perception in the late sixties, the Germans kicked the back door in at the beginning of the following decade. Some of the music on this LP is seriously out there. “Eye-Shaking King” is a case in point; featuring some truly heavy acid guitar work and crazed, effect laden vocals. The opening suite to the album, “Soap Shop Rock” and “Archangel Thunderbird” are other jaw-dropping moments. The latter half of the album is comprised mostly of heavyweight cosmic jams that transcend anything anyone on the West Coast of America could muster. The musicianship is truly sublime throughout this great record and is aided by the excellent wide sound created by the production team. Anyone who is intrigued by Kosmische Musik/Krautrock should ensure that this is one of their first dips into this fascinating genre. –Simon

Sunday, February 21, 2010

U2 “Achtung Baby” (1991)

From the opening seconds of “Zoo Station,” Achtung Baby announces itself with a roaring crunch, signaling the end of the earnest U2 of the ‘80s. Between the Edge’s snarling, textured guitars and Adam Clayton’s blood-pumping basslines, Bono’s mood careens from sarcastic and playful to heartbroken and hung-over. Fans were immediately deeply divided, deciding that the band was either brilliant or out of their collective gourd. Nearly two decades later, the album is considered a masterpiece, packed with classics like “Mysterious Ways,” “Until the End of the World,” and fan-favorite “Ultraviolet (Light My Way).” (And let’s not forget “One,” the beautifully ambiguous piece considered by many to be the best song of the ‘90s.) If you’re among the masses who believe U2 to be nothing more than the Irish fathers of Coldplay, take a listen. I guarantee you’ve never heard this side of Bono and the boys. – Reilly

Saturday, February 20, 2010

About Jive Time Records

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Be Bop Deluxe “Axe Victim” (1974)

As mentioned in all other assessments of this album, the influence of Ziggy Stardust permeates Axe Victim from Bill's Bowiesque mullet down to the freeze-dried production, self-mythologizing content and plasticized space-age musical character of the songs. However, beneath it's glam-bandwagoning lies an imaginative album that's easy to enjoy if you're able to lower the blinders to it's Ziggy impersonations, while guitar hero worshipers will find in Nelson's hyperactive cascades of fuzz an idol worthy of praise. Highlighted in the "Rock & Roll Suicide" inspired urban wasteland of "Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape," the axe-victimizing epic "Jets at Dawn," anthemic "Jet Silver and the Dolls of Venus," and shadowy orchestrated closer "Darkness," Nelson and his Be Boppers turn in a set of over-literate but oddly engaging tracks whose charms are probably easier to appreciate given three decades of glam dormancy. Inevitably, Nelson would call an audible and leave Axe Victim a curious footnote to his prolific career, but it's a forgotten son worth getting reacquainted with. –Ben

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Terry Reid “Terry Reid” (1969)

The big deal about Terry Reid is, as legend has it, he was offered, and declined, Robert Plant's vocalist spot in the New Yardbirds, a group thereafter known as the Led Zeppelin.  If you can get past a missed Zeppelin connection and dig his action you'll understand why he did not need to consider jumping into some upstart and unproven group of New Yardbirds!  His voice, flat out, is a powerhouse, and on this, his second album, Terry Reid, is full of heat...he out sings Lorraine Ellison on her classic "Stay With Me Baby"...his voice is simply great, as in great BIG.  Even as he's obviously affected by Steve Marriott (Small Faces) and the Reid vs Plant case COULD be made, Reid's phrasing is much less Plant's wholesale Marriott mimic.  He has a pleading voice...brimming with feeling that just soars...this is an excellent album by an underrated, and relatively unknown heavy. –Nipper

Friday, February 12, 2010

N.W.A “Straight Outta Compton” (1988)

I'll have to put my vote in as this record being my favorite hip-hop/rap album of all-time. Just like the Sex Pistols and Black Flag before them, this was right in your face and hard to ignore. Comes off a show-stopper, the go for broke style is so real and scary that it makes you feel you've been pistol whipped into oblivion, and yet you come back for more. From the superb opener "Straight Outta Compton" to the anger fueled "Fuck Tha Police," this was hardcore music. Many of the tracks contain some very graphic lyrics, but there is a certain level of playfulness to the album as a whole. Make no mistake, this is not a kids record. It's gritty subject matter and harsh lyrics bring it to life in a fearsome yet passionate way. Filled with tormented material, "Express Yourself" can be fun at times and "Gangsta Gangsta" is a hell of a song. Ice Cube, of course is the real standout here (even surpassing Dr. Dre). His lyrics and anger are the most dazzling throughout the record (note - he wrote most of the lyrics on the album). I was too young to remember the impact this had on society back in 1988, but today it remains the greatest hip-hop album to exist. –Jason

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Band “Stage Fright” (1970)

It’s clear from the opening track that this is a faster, looser Band. “Strawberry Wine” is a quick, clumsy, lighthearted song—hardly “Tears of Rage,” that’s for sure. And there are plenty of such moments here, where the Band is honky tonkin’ their way through casual structures and tossed-off lyrics. The production, too, is a long way from the artfully rustic atmospheres of their previous two releases, but what the songs lose in aesthetic distinction they gain in punchy immediacy courtesy of engineering and mixing more typical of the time (by Todd Rundgren and Glyn Johns, respectively). Still, this is the Band, so don’t expect anything big and shiny. But I’ve made it sound like this is nothing special. It really is a terrific record, with at least half of the songs worthy of their prior efforts (“Sleeping,” “Time to Kill,” “The W.S. Walcott Medicine Show,” “The Rumor,” and the title track)—and fans of their two masterpieces will surely find things to love about this one; while those put off by the less-than-rawkous qualities of those albums might find this one’s breezier and (relatively) raunchier style more appealing—certainly more accessible. –Will

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Cal Tjader “Amazonas” (1976)

A great Brazilian set from Cal Tjader quite different than most of his other work of the time. Although Cal spent most of his time at Fantasy Records working in a mixture of jazz and Afro-Cuban styles, he steps off here in a very Brazilian 70’s mode one that has some great links with jazz trends going on in Brazil at the time. Production is by Airto and arrangements are by George Duke and there’s a wonderful crossing of Rio and California in the set - one that uses keyboards from Egberto Gismonti, flute from Hermeto Pascoal, guitars by David Amaro, and trombone from Raul De Souza. Dawilli Gonga aka george duke plays some especially nice keyboards on the set and titles include a great version of Joao Donato’s “Amazonas.” – orgyinrhythm

Randy Newman “12 Songs” (1970)

For me this was and still remains Randy Newman's high water mark as a recording artist, the style and sound of the whole LP is sparse and as such rather menacing which suits the subject matter of these songs down to a tee but what makes this stand above other Newman classics (Sail Away, Good Old Boys, Trouble In Paradise) is that not before or since 12 Songs has Newman so convincingly stepped inside the skins of his dark, delusional characters, added to the fact there is not a single bad track on the whole record this stands for me as Neman's Classic. –Derek

Monday, February 08, 2010

The Damned “Machine Gun Etiquette” (1979)

Up to a point, there is no faulting the genius of the Damned, and Machine Gun Etiquette is the culmination of their (r)evolution. A debatable point, of course, as their Damned Damned Damned album could be considered their first, last AND greatest... BUT, Machine Gun finds the band expanding their cheeky short-loud-fast into something... well, grander! They expanded their song writing beyond what, at the time, had already become cliché 1-2-3-4 punk rock. Perhaps it was Captain Sensible's (melodic) move to guitar? Maybe they were just getting (ahem) older? I don't know for sure, but tracks like Plan 9 Channel 7, Love Song...even the faultless cover of MC5's Looking At You, were some of the first punk songs I could call...(don't laugh) beautiful! And the songs still hold up, I can put this on anytime and it makes me really happy. –Nipper

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Thelonious Monk “Brilliant Corners” (1957)

With four of the five selections here being originals, Brilliant Corners displays the pianist's obsession with knotty, jagged melodies that leap around in unpredictable ways, be it on the segmented, abrasive title track, the obviously bluesy "Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are," the ragged ballad "Pannonica," which features Monk simultaneously playing a bell-like celeste and piano, and the bold bounce of "Bemsha Swing." The sidemen, including Sonny Rollins, settle in to the compositions admirably, taking inspiration from Monk's idiosyncratic approach, and there's a sense of freedom in their solos despite the songs' atypical nature. A great example of one of the most original voices in classic jazz. –Ben

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Williams And Watson “Two For The Price Of One” (1967)

In the sixties there were thousands of soul sides produced, however, the market was singles driven, so finding a period soul album playable start to finish is tough. I know you might reckon, "What about Motown?"! If you own enough sixties era Motown albums you know exactly what I mean. Being the biggest soul label during the sixties they were VERY guilty of using "filler" tracks to pad the albums, often reusing backing tracks or having their artists sing standards. Well, fortunately, the genius of Mr. Larry Williams and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson defies the cliche'! Two For The Price Of One is a wide open, pedal to the metal...SOUL's exactly what you'd expect from this infamous pair...nothing but DANCERS! In fact, TftPoO is so danceable half the albums tracks are Northern Soul classics (biggest being "Too Late" and A "Quitter Never Wins"). This is what an album of soul oughta ain't heard NOTHING till you've heard this! –Nipper

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Thin Lizzy “Fighting” (1975)

My favourite Thin Lizzy album. Which puts me in a minority, for sure, but I shouldn't have to defend my assertion that this is hookier than Jailbreak (even if it doesn't reach that one's highest heights), more consistent than Johnny the Fox, and retains the sleazy feel that's more or less buffed away from the overly polished Bad Reputation. This is their most underrated album by far. All the elements of the sound for which they're best known (twin guitar attack, tense aggression, funky basslines, soulful melodicism and lyricism, etc., pick your cliché) are here in the freshest form; none of the cold metal posturing has crept in; and just about every song has an excitement that's infectious and totally addictive, especially "Rosalie," which is rock 'n' roll manna. –Will

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The Monks “Black Monk Time” (1966)

The story of the Monks is almost that of urban legend. Five U.S. G.I.s stationed in Germany in the 1960's, decide to go AWOL from the military, begin dressing as monks and record an album of some of the most avant-garde rock n roll ever. Yes, it almost sounds too good to be true. I had heard the tale of these Monks when I picked up this wild little gem and it certainly lived up to the legend. Twelve amazingly off-kilter garage rock tunes that will surely grab your attention. The album starts of with "Monk Time" the band's anthem and call to arms. The singer screams and squeals his montra of peace and rock n roll and invites you to become a monk and rock n roll with them. The album then kicks into gear with the raucous stomper "Shut Up" and the dancable organ-fueled "Boys Are Boys and Girls Are Choice". The album then gets even more wild with the goofy but cathy "Higgle-Dy-Piggle-Dy" with its yodeling falseto. The album then takes a dark turn on the track "I Hate You" which is as menacing as the name implies. Just when the Monks got ya down, they bring you right back up a string of amazing garage rock rave ups. "Oh, How To Do Now" is the band's most freakbeat dance song, with its great organ sound and catchy chorus, then the stomping sound of "Complication" slows it down a touch just before you're treated to the wonderful "We Do Wei Du" and the amazingly sparatic "Drunken Maria" with its great call and response chorus. "Love Came Tumblin Down" is probably the Monks' most straight forward song, with its standard singing style (no yelling, chanting or yodeling) it's still a great song. The album then ends with "Blast Off" and "That's My Girl".  All in all, this is a very cool, unique, bizzare and fun record. Anyone looking to hear some great 60's garage rock that definately isn't from the standard mold, should seek out this obscure freaky classic. –KAM