Tuesday, May 24, 2022

WINNIE'S RETRENCHMENT AND EXHIBITION - Various Artists (1991)

"Winnie's Retrenchment & Exhibition" was a various artists compilation tape put together by Ken Clinger in 1991.

 
We contributed one song, and other artists appearing on this cassette were Mark Saucier, Bored Young Men, Nick, Silly Pillows, Foamin At The Mouth, Arnold Mathes, C.I.A.M., Too Righteous Brothers, Dan Fioretti, Zan Hoffman, Atrocity Exhibition, Don Campau, Bonnington Truce, and Tuf-Mikst-Man.

I saw that Ken now has this tape available as a download on his Bovine Productions Bandcamp page, except now he has it as two separate releases, one being "Winnie's Retrenchment," and one being "Winnie's Exhibition."  You'll also find a number of other releases in the Winnie series there. Here's a sample of what you can expect.

Friday, May 20, 2022

IT CAME FROM THE GARAGE II - "Zombie Drums" (1987)

I had a copy of Art Phag's LP that had a poster in it, so one day I decided to try and sell the poster on eBay. Len Puch, the guitar player for Art Phag contacted me, and told me that he'd like to buy the poster, because he didn't have one himself, so I gave him the poster.

When I sent Len the poster, I also sent him a copy of our first tape, "The Worm's Turn," and he sent me this tape that he produced in return. That's how they ended up doing a cover of our song "Mysterical Sights."
 
This release doesn't even exist on Discogs except in LP format, so I might have one of very few. Many of the bands have Art Phag guys in them! There's a lot of great stuff on here, and something to offend almost anybody! Here's a cool surf instrumental for you straight out of Detroit!

Friday, May 13, 2022

GAJOOB ISSUE #9 - SAMPLER #4 (1993)

 
Finally here's the last of the sampler tapes from Gajoob Issue # 9. I hadn't listened to this tape in a long time, and forgot all about Chris Wind, so at long last, here you go! The tape this song came off of was titled "For Amelia" and was released in 1991.

 
Chris Wind aka Peg Tittle, had three cassettes reviewed in this issue of Gajoob, and she is obviously a woman with many different styles. "For Amelia" is not like anything else I quite remember from those days, and is quite beautiful compared to everything else on this sampler.

It's looks like the Canadian Wind quit blowing in about 1995, but she does have a website you can visit to find out more about her, and her work.

Thursday, May 5, 2022

SCREAMIN' POPEYES - "Screamin' Popeyes" (1989)

 
What can be said about the Screamin' Popeyes that hasn't been said before?
 Not much!! That's all I can say!

 
The Screamin' Popeyes hailed from Branson, Missouri, and this tape sounds like a cross between The Mothers of Invention, and The Firesign Theatre, and that's not easy, but it is the Screamin' Popeyes!

 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

DINO DIMURO - "Snoutburger" (1989)

 
The copy I got of "DiMuro House" was an economy package, and included another bonus tape on side B called "Snoutburger." What a cool twofer deal!

 
Grab a pint and some chips and dig in, because DD has got something to say!
For the full effect, listen to it twice!

Friday, April 29, 2022

HERMANOS GUZANOS - "Ducks And Covers" (1989)

 
From our 1989 release called "Ducks and Covers" with cover artwork by Brian J. Riedel, here's what one reviewer called "the best version of the most recorded song of all time."

Thursday, April 28, 2022

DINO DIMURO - "DiMuro House" (1989)

 
Dino DiMuro is an extremely talented cat, and his music is like an easy-peel package you can't get open, so you just rip it to shreds, and try and figure it out later.

 
Here's a great piece that will hopefully explain it all, but then again, maybe not!

Saturday, April 23, 2022

SLIM THE DRIFTER - "Always (I Wish You Well)" (1992)

 
Slim The Drifter was not only a talented singer and songwriter, but he was also a friend of ours, and one of the few artists besides Hermano Guzanos who was on our Guzbro label. This collage was Slim's page from our 1992 catalogue.

I don't how many of these1992 four-song tapes Slim made, but I would guess it was probably only a handful, and this is just stripped down, bare bones Slim, singing and playing his acoustic guitar, just the way he liked it. The song presented here is going to surprise a lot of people with it's depth and plaintive mournful delivery. So here you go................

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

NO PIGEONHOLES #202 -"5-13-90"

While I'm on the subject of Don Campau, here's some music from another one of his "No Pigeonholes" radio shows that were broadcast on KKUP in Cupertino, Calif.
This show aired on May 12, 1990, and like all of Don's shows, had an incredible variety of music.

 
Since 2011, "No Pigeonholes" has been on the air on KOWS, which is in Occidental, California. KOWS is the same channel that Lord Litter's "Magic Music Box" has aired on for the last couple of years.
Don's shows air on the 1st, 3rd, and fifth Thursday nights at 6:00 PM, and Lord Litter's show is on Sunday nights at 8:00 PM.

Don usually even sent out a full list of the participants, but I don't seem to have one for this tape, so all I can tell you is that this is the ultimate surf dirge by a band that I can't find out anything on. If Don has any useful info, I'm sure he'll gladly pass it on, and I'll update this thing.
On the broadcast, he says the name of this group is Load, but maybe it's Lode. He asks Jennifer who is in the studio with him, and she says they are from Tustin, Calif. but the lead singer had moved to Kauai, so your guess is as good as mine!

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

DON CAMPAU - "Variety Show" (1985)

 
This was a tape Don Campau released in 1985 called "Variety Show," and man, is that the perfect title!
VDAORNIAELTDY  SCHAOMWP A U!
 
Without Don Campau, many of the people on these playlists would never had anybody hear their music. For a movement with no leaders, but only movers and shakers, Don and Lord Litter probably did more to spread the word than anybody I know. And what's even crazier is, they are both still at it!!
 
Talk about "Variety Show," this is a postcard Don sent me one time! So to prove this really was a "Variety Show," I'm including three songs, and each one of them is completely unique, different, and pretty damn cool! Don does most of the heavy lifting, but he's joined by Geoff Alexander on vocal and sax on one tune, and Greg Gray doing bass and percussion on one song, and destroying a chair on another one!

Thursday, March 31, 2022

HERMANOS GUZANOS - "Baldman" (1991)

"UFO Executives" was a tape we made in 1991. Somewhere there's a review by a guy who didn't particularly like our song "Bald Man," but his girlfriend thought it was genius! Written and sung by Brian J. Riedel, here's our ode to all the chrome domes and Pel√≥ns out there. 
 
I had this 1963 LP by The AFO Executives, and that's how we came up with the name UFO Executives!
 
A couple of years ago Brian made this video for "Baldman" to complete the package! I have never figured out why it never got played on MTV.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

BUD KING - "Encyclical" (1994)

 
It's been a while since we've heard from Bud King, so here's a couple of hits off his 1994 CD titled "Encyclical."
 For these incredible sessions, Bud enlisted the talents of Thing I and Thing II on Guitars, Mick Ibburas on Bass & Guitar, Ambidexterously and in Unison. Indris Timbi on Wind Harp and Eastern Indianal Transliteration, and "The Leprechaun" Nick O'Tine on Drums, Cigarettes, and Black Coffee!
"Recorded by different people, in different places, at different times in order to maintain diversity."

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

MISSING LINK MUSIC - "Sampler Tape" (1989)

 
"Missing Link Music" was a worldwide effort to distribute music by independent artists that was based in Seattle, Wa. It was kind of like what Bandcamp is today, except there were no computers, or streaming music, so it was a lot more difficult.

This was a sampler tape of what you could find on the MLM label, and here's a couple of prime examples!
 
I couldn't find any current information on Go Fish, but I did find this picture of a tape on the Tape-Mag website by the band IOXOI. I don't know for sure, but I'm assuming it's the same band and there was only one band with that name.

Friday, March 18, 2022

HYPERTONIA WORLD ENTERPRISES - "Pop Collection 1" (1989)

 
"Pop Collection 1" was a various artistes compilation of independent music from all over the world, and all put together by J.R. Bruun in Norway in 1989.
The cover drawing was done by Sverre H. Kristensen.
 
 
I believe this is one of the first comp tapes Hermanos Guzanos contributed to. All total I think we were on 40 different worldwide compilations!

Some of the other people who contributed to this project were Venus Fly Trap from England, Le Lu/Lu's & Yo-Yo, also from England, Lord Litter from Germany, Trigger B from Germany, James Hill from the U.S., The Acid Dreams from Germany, Modern Art from England, and Rites Of Post from England, and that's just Side One!
 
Side Two included The Flatmates from England, Rattus Rexx from Germany, Political Asylum from Scotland, Johnson's Fiver from England, Kevyn Dymond & Mark Shafer from the U.S., Anastasis from Germany, and The Detective from England.

Here's the second song from Side One, a band from Denmark,

Friday, March 11, 2022

GODSPUNK # 23 and FOUR DAYS IN MARCH (2022)

 
There were two new releases on Bandcamp this week that should have all lovers of independent sounds frothing at the mouth! On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, pStan Batcow let loose a two CD collection in his Godspunk series. 
pStan is now up to Number Twenty-Three, and this sucker has got fifty-two songs from twenty-two bands/artistes like Howl In The Typewriter, Breathilizör, UNIT, Spam Javelin, and other Pumf favourites.
You can buy the CD's from the Pumf Website, or you can listen, download, and purchase all the songs from the Pumf Bandcamp page!
 
Then on Thursday, March 10, 2022, Hal McGee released a new title on Bandcamp on his Haltapes label called "Four Days In March," that is the end result of his two day session with Chris Phinney, Michael Thomas Jackson, and others called "Apartment Music." All the sounds came from a get together they had a couple of weeks ago!
 
Recorded the Same Day! Chris says this is "The Real Deal"
There you go, time's a wasting, so what are you waiting for?

Monday, March 7, 2022

MILE 97 - "Crucifixture" (1989)

 
I've been in a pretty foul mood lately considering what's going on in the world and all, and I have not been doing as many posts as I'd like, just because I haven't been in the mood, but maybe this tape by Mile 97 will snap me out of it!

This tape by Mile 97 titled "Crucifixture is fascinating, but whether that's a good or a bad thing is up to you. For right now, it's a perfect reflection of our world, and in one word, chaotic.
 
Mile 97 is not for everybody, but it might just be the right fit for your mind in these times. Turn it up real loud, break out the Hoover and start vacuuming the rug, and invite some friends over for a real good time! This is only seven minutes and forty-four seconds, the real piece is all of Side One. This sounds a lot like ghosts in a blender!

Monday, February 28, 2022

RAY CARMEN - "November" (1999)

 
The "Correct Me If I'm Wrong" release by Ray Carmen was a twofer, and on one side of the tape was "Correct Me If I'm Wrong," and on the other side was this EP called "November." Five songs recorded in August and September of 1999, and everything done by Ray. Here's a song that everybody should hear at least once in their life!

Friday, February 25, 2022

HAL TAPES - "Apartment Music 42 & 43" (2022)

 
It's not often I get to post announcements, but when a bunch of 80's & 90's home tapers and indie artists gather together for a private impromptu two day concert and birthday party for Chris Phinney, then I don't exactly have a choice. Put together by Hal McGee to be held in his Gainseville, Florida home, it will all be recorded and documented forever on the internet. It's all happening in about a week on March 5th and 6th, and I'm sure Hal will have it all online shortly after that!

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

CHRIS PHINNEY AND ED DRURY - "Life Will Kill Ya" (2022)

 
Pandemic be damned, Chis Phinney and Ed Drury are going to make music no matter what! It's not like they have a choice, it's just something that has to be done! For me, this is a definitive piece for Chris and Ed, and it's like sitting on a beach in Kauai under a moonlit sky, and drinking a Mai-tai on Mars. The title is "Life Will Kill Ya," but as we all know it's death that kills us! I've told Chris many a time that I thought their songs were too long, but this one at eight minutes and thirteen seconds is actually too short. I could listen to this stuff all day long! Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

CONGO BONGO - "Heaven Again" (2022)

 
John Sanders just added a new song to his Congo Bongo project, which is an ongoing exotica electronica dubwise recording and performance small mobile unit that you can find more about right here.  
This tune was all done by hand, and no computers were involved. 
John did everything on this particular piece, but other musicians who appeared on some of the other Congo Bongo recordings include percussionist Tony Gonzalez and keyboardist Nate Vinson. 

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

ROGER & JIM - "So You Say You Lost Your Baby" (2000)

 
In the year 2000 Rich Horton participated on a Gene Clark tribute album in a long-distance collaboration with his pal, Bill Retoff. They recorded the song "So You Say You Lost Your Baby," which is on one of Gene's solo albums. They called themselves "Roger & Jim" because when The Byrds first appeared, McGuinn was going by his birth name Jim, but later on started going by the name "Roger."
 
 
Rich laid down the guitar, drums, and backing vocals in Seattle, and Bill laid down his bass in Illinois with longtime band mate Dan McKenzie singing the lead. It's kind of a Byrdsy thing with a quasi-Buffalo Springfield-type guitar mash-up at the end.