Monday, September 30, 2019

HERMANOS GUZANOS - "Too Close To The Kitty" CD Version (1988)

This was the CD version released years later on the Orange Entropy label of our second tape from 1988 called "Too Close To The Kitty."

Personally I prefer the artwork that was used on the cassette.
The poor kid that got too close to the kitty, and he got scratched on the face, but he doesn't care because he still has his candy! 

My two favorite songs from this tape are "Cat Box" and "Satan's Titty," but here's one of our many unheralded instrumentals instead!

Friday, September 27, 2019

BELLAS ARTES - "Azul" (1990)

Bellas Artes translates from Spanish as 'Fine Arts!' It was also a band from Elizabeth, New Jersey! Daniel Triana was the guy who sent me this tape, and on this tune, he is playing Lead Guitar and Drums. Daniel also wrote the lyrics. Joining him are John Garcia on Bass Guitar, and Alexander doing the vocals.


Friday, September 20, 2019

DARK CHAOS - SHOCK THERAPY - JOE E. SHEETS (1992)

 A big chunk of what made all the home made music of the 80's and 90's stick together, along with college radio stations, was all the cool Indie 'Zines that people were also making. You could send a tape, they might write a review, and you might make a new friend or two. It was a slow process, and all pre-computer, so it wasn't as easy as you might think.

I'm slowly being able to piece some things back together in my mind, and I'm pretty sure this is what happened here. I sent a copy of our first tape to scores of magazines, trying to see if anybody would like this stuff! One of those 'Zines was called "Dark Chaos," and was created by Ed Stastny in Omaha, Nebraska, and Ed wrote that "Listening to this is akin to having a high fever, slipping in and out of consciousness while listening to some rock-n-roll station that played nothing except 70's music." 
"...as if an industrial noise band raided a depressed blues/jazz bar and no one was sober enough to say anything about it."

Like it or not, somehow our music at least made people think!

 The guy who did the cover art and more for "Dark Chaos" was named Joe E. Sheets, and he had his own self-published 'Zine called "Shock Therapy" that showcased his amazing artistic talent!

I haven't been in contact with Joe for decades, but I did find this Renderosity website where you could probably buy some of his fantastic artwork if you'd like!

 In one issue of "Shock Therapy" that Joe sent me, he drew an original portrait of Hermanos Guzanos! That's when I knew we had hit the big time!

 
Joe E. Sheets artwork is astounding, marvelous, phenomenal, stupendous, and cool!
"Sometimes the pictures draw themselves." - Joe E.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

TEUTONIC PLATES - "We Refuse To Play" (1993)

The Teutonic Plates were a 90's New York band who are best remembered for not performing!
Instead, they just got mad at the audience and walked off! I've heard rumors that some people have actually heard them perform a couple of songs, but I can't verify that information!
According to the tape innards, this was recorded Live at Ebbets Field, 4-1-93.
 If you're easily offended, don't listen, there is some foul language!

Monday, September 16, 2019

OOH OOH Music - "Happy Tape" - Pop-Cult Magazine(1991)

"Pop-Cult" magazine was the brain child of Michael Gonzales of Plastic Eye Miracle fame. In the Spring of 1991, he came out with the first issue, and it was accompanied by this tape.

This is the various artists compilation tape that came with the 'Zine.
I've completely re-written this since I found my copy of the magazine right where I left it some 20+ years ago.

We collaborated with Michael one time on a tape called "The Miracle Of The Worms" by Hermanos Gonzales. We did the music, and Michael did all the vocals. One song off that tape, "Beer In My Underwear" was played on The Dr. Demento radio show!

 This issue contained a cartoon by Brian James Riedel, a letter written by Moe Tucker, an interview with Daniel Clowes and more! Pretty heady stuff!
The tape contained music by the likes of Ray Scott Woolson, Peat Moss, Paul "Fathead Williams, Gregorian George, The Spice, Julia and Superargo, Ray Carmen, Laurence Salvatore, Monica w/Inch Eggs, Stu Zimble, The Evolution Control Comittee, Usward, The Bill Jones Show, and Brozy!
 Here's the 4th song from the 1st side...
PLASTIC EYE MIRACLE - "Happy Black Shoes"

Saturday, September 14, 2019

HOWL IN THE TYPEWRITER - "Grand Theft Audio" (2002)

This here is release #378 from the Pumf Catalogue! 
 It's a 2002 CD by Howl In The Typewriter and is cagily titled "Grand Theft Audio"

This is not what I would call 'easy listening' by any means, and in fact, the sounds on this CD have been compared to the work of Negativland and Severed Heads to give you an idea what to be prepared for when you climb aboard this aural roller coaster!

With sounds heard round the world, there's something to confuse everyone!

It's three mini-LP's broken up into 24 semi-musical sound collages without names, and each one is identified by some kind of icon instead of a name! 
Despite the artwork, taking a nap while listening is not an option!

Monday, September 9, 2019

ROCK HIT - VARNA' 92 - "Various Artists Compilation" (1992)

I never did quite understand why, but for some reason Hermanos Guzanos were popular with the underground crowd in Varna, Bulgaria. This was a various artists cassette called "Rock Hit Varna' 92" that my friend Dimitar released on his Bla Bla Records label. At the time, Dimitar had also just inherited a flour mill that was driven by oxen, and he was also an artist, so he was a busy fellow!

Here are a couple samples of Dimitar's fine artwork!

He also sent me some Bulgarian records, and a video tape I had to get converted from PAL to VHS in order to watch it. Fun times!

One time he even sent me a little sample packet of flour from his mill that I was surprised made it through customs.

I always got a kick out of this letter sent by his girlfriend!

 At least I found out that Bulgarian vodka is real good!

 I'm not 100% what's going on here, but I think this song is...
ANTISAPIENO - "Apocalypse"

Saturday, September 7, 2019

TOM BURRIS - "When The River Runs Dry" (1987)

Tom Burris exudes such a folky laid back cool in his music, it's just undeniable!
This was a single cassette release that should have come out on the "Soothing" label if such a thing existed. Sit back, relax, and enjoy, rinse and repeat!