sábado, 23 de febrero de 2013

KENNE HIGHLAND - He's Five Beers Ahead of Your Time [USA 1992]

Extraordinaire Kenne Highland's self-released anthology of his many bands, spanning from 1977 to 1989: The [Majestic] Gizmos, Hopelessly Obscure, The Afrika Korps, The Korps, Cryptic Edge, The Exploding Pidgins, The Kenne Highland Klan, and Kenne Highland's Puppets (not present here, apparently, are Johnny and the Jumpers, Thee Psych-O-Daisies, or Kenne Highland and his Vatican Sex Kittens). Kenne Highland was a true DIY eccentric in the vein of fellow Bostonians The Lyres (who Kenne sends up here in "The End of the Lyres"); also present on this compilation are covers of the Dead Boys' "Sonic Reducer" and Roky Erickson's "Two-Headed Dog.


THE SIDEWALKS - Rhythm Kids [USA 1980-1982]

Milwaukee 1981. The Sidewalks (famed for "(Keep your Hands off) Natalie" from Teenline 102) were just a bit younger than the Shivvers, Spooner and the RPMs (not to mention the Shoes) and as a result they had more than a little trouble getting into the few Southern and central Wisconsin clubs that still supported pop bands. But the music is terrific straight-ahead garage-pop. Fifteen tracks from the single and three studio sessions: we hadta rescue and remix a fair amount of this from aging cassettes, but you'll like the result


FOREIGN OBJECTS - Violent World [USA 1979-1981]

Foreign Objects's heritage was that of the garage - from '60s thugs such as the Sonics, through to the pre-punk teen damage of the Dictators, right on into the junk culture mania of the Gizmos and the simple-spoken truths of the Ramones.