Thursday, October 31, 2019

JOHN BARTLES - "It's That Halloween Pumpkin Pie Special"

I'm pretty sure John Bartles has released a CD for every holiday occasion! This one is called 
"It's That Halloween Pumpkin Pie Special!" (Is Nothing Scared!)
And since it's that time of the year, here's

Sunday, October 27, 2019

INCITE! Indie Magazine (1980's)

 I've said it before, the whole 80's cassette trip wouldn't have been nearly as much fun if it wasn't for all the supporting Indie magazines that dedicated fans, writers, and musicians put out! Without the editors of all these zines, the database of who and where you could trade tapes with would have been left up to all the Indie, public, and college radio stations, and communications with other musicians would have been much more difficult!

 INCITE! was a super cool little zine published by Tim Alborn in Belmont, Massachusetts and was "published in his spare time!"

 INCITE! was always free, and could range anywhere from five to twenty-four pages, and basically came out quarterly with the change of seasons!

 Mostly music related, each issue of INCITE! usually included music reviews, interviews, Tim's always interesting ramblings, and contact informations.

Issue #7 of INCITE! contained what I think was the most unusual review we ever got! Tim made this Record Review Map replete with territories with names like "Land Of Interesting Guitars But Not Much Else," and "Land Of Grunge And Decay," that contained smaller principalities like "Aimless," "Good At All Speeds," an "Stupid Lyrics," and he would place the records in areas all over the map. 

In a completely separate map was the "Cassette Kingdom" that had a fault line running right down through the middle of it that contained 'Genius' on one side, and 'Bullshit' on the other. 
Somehow we ended up on the 'Genius' side, but we were kind of close to the edge!

Friday, October 25, 2019

REV. TOM FROST - "The Lame Shall Enter First" (2015)

 Today is the birthday of the high priest of modern day musical horror, 
the Right Reverend Thomas Frost, so to celebrate the occasion, let us rejoice in some music by the man himself!

 "The Lame Shall Enter First" was a self-produced CD by Tom in 2015!
In two words, it rocks!
 On most of the songs, Tom not only sings, but plays all the instruments himself.
He is the epitome of modern day D.I.Y. Music!

This is the face of the man who made me start writing blogs on movies and music some twelve years ago!
Believe it or not, on top of everything else, he is an amazing family man!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

SOCKEYE - "The Loony Misadventures Of Your Dick" (1989)

Sockeye was from Stow, Ohio.
 They knew how to have fun, and this tape called "The Loony Misadventures Of Your Dick" is no exception. Proving that they were equal opportunity offenders, this tape is full of fun songs like "Peace Is Dumb," and "Vegetarians Are Wimps, and has something to annoy everyone, whether you like it or not, and Dave and his pals don't care if you do!

This is the kind of sense of humour I'm talking about!

Not being content with just making music, Dave also put out this dope zine called "Ear of Corn" on a regular basis for a while! This issue, # 3, had an interview with Hermanos Guzanos in it.

This was issue # 13 of "Ear Of Corn."

This tape has a lot of wild songs on it like "Cut Off Your Arm" that we did a cover of for a various artists compilation tape called "We Suck Worse, A Tribute To Sockeye," that I'll get around to one of these days. In the meantime, here's...

Saturday, October 19, 2019

MARK HANLEY - "One Way Out" (1989)

I can't believe how much stuff I got from Mark Hanley back in the day, including some 45's I'm going to have to get around to soon! "One Way Out" was another one of Mark's many solo tapes, and here's a song that represents what's going on here quite well, it's all Mark!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

GODSPUNK VOLUME NINETEEN - Various Artists Compilation (2018)

"godspunk volume nineteen"
Now it's up to twenty! pStan Batcow is not going to quit, so you better get used to it already, because this 'godspunk" series is the soundtrack of our future!

Mr. Batcow has a wry sense of humour to say the least, or to say the most, he's Batcow crazy!

 Everything you want to know is in this catalogue, or you can take the easy route and just go to the 

 Last year about this time I was out taking a walk listening to the newest of Lord Litter's radio shows on the Internet Archive. I like to walk three miles, and his shows run the exact amount of time it takes me to walk that distance! It's like perfect!

My health was all out of sorts and I was feeling weird, and then this song came on, and I was like "That's exactly how I feel!" 
Later I wrote Lord Litter and told him, and he wrote pStan, and the next thing you know, I'm in Pumf Heaven, and my health has been better ever since! Here's the song that started it all...Thanx pStan!!
HOWL IN THE TYPEWRITER - "Digital Sickness"

Monday, October 14, 2019

INSANE MUSIC FOR INSANE PEOPLE Vol. 16 (1987)

I need to go back through my box of letters and see if I can find out more info on this cassette, because I can't remember much about it.
It's a various artists compilation tape called "Insane Music For Insane People Vol. 16", and it features artists from all over the world including England, France, Japan, Sweden, Canada, Greece, and Belgium! They might be insane, but they're not lazy, because there were 25 volumes made in all!

"Insane Music" was the product of Alain Neffe from Belgium, and this tape is so good, I had a hard time picking out a song from it, but I finally did! Here's, from Belgium.........
LIZA NELIAZ - "Slogan"
(After I wrote this, I found out that sadly, Liza passed away from lung cancer at the age of 43 back in 2001. His birth name was Liza NĂ©liaz, but he decided he was a female, and she became a major influence on the Belgian hardcore techno scene performing as Liza 'N' Eliaz!

 The 2nd Anniversary Issue of "Lively Arts" magazine had a Ratfink cover with artwork done by comic geniuses R.K. Sloane and Jeff Gaither!

 Among a host of other things, the same issue had this great little interview with Alain Neffe of "Insane Music."

Friday, October 11, 2019

JOHN BARTLES - "Audio Cartoons" 45 (1986)

Unless you're freakin' Nostradamus, you probably don't know that way before the whole cassette scene, John Bartles put out a seven inch 45 called "Audio Cartoons" as John Bartles & Code - 5.
The fantastic musicians involved were Terry Timothy playing guitar, Joey Bonavita on bass, Jack Bosarge on drums, and John Bartles doing the vocals! You're welcome!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

SCEAMIN POPEYES - "Ah Squid" (Early 90's)

Years before SpongeBob SquarePants showed up, the Screamin Popeyes were having their own kind of undersea fun and games!

This release was titled "Ah Squid."

The Screamin Popeyes had a penchant for releasing one-sided tapes!

The songs are all strung together, so I hope I got the name right, but either way, there's something really fishy about this song!