Record of the Day: The Cookies – Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad About The Cookies

Girl groups aren’t just my jam — they’re my bread and butter, too. A lot of groups that recorded in the 50s & 60s never put out a full LP, just loads of 45s. So, it always makes me happy when a label compiles a group’s singles and releases them on vinyl, because fuck CDs. Teenager Records out of Denmark put out The Cookies – Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad About the Cookies in 1991. I’m thankful they did so, and thankful used copies are still relatively...

Record of the Day: THE VENUS FLYTRAPS – “Serpents and Spiders”

With what seems to be a never-ending winter in these parts, we all need a little filthy bluesy dirty garage stomp courtesy of Cleveland’s The Venus Flytraps. “Serpents and Spiders” is off their forth-coming full-length and turns the glorious Wild Thing riff on its head, rising from the grave like a reanimated creature built from parts of The Gories and The Cramps. Kelly Venus – Guitar, vocals Aubrey O’Blivion – Bass Vondrella Raygun – Vocals Mike Hood...

The Trashmen – ‘Surfin’ Bird’

Surfin’ Bird was an out-of-the-blue novelty hit for Minneapolis surf-rockers The Trashmen back in the early-60s. It’s a bizarre blast of up-tempo, exuberance that’s endured across five decades, thanks partly to covers by The Cramps and the Ramones, Full Metal Jacket and the endorsement of certain cartoon characters. The Trashmen’s original Surfin’ Bird was essentially a cover itself; a surf-rock reimagining of the choruses from two separate songs by the brilliant ’60s doo-wop group The...

Freak Genes – “On the TV” – Record of the Day

Most people who follow the goings-on around here are familiar with Charlie Murphy (Red Cords, Murph & the Gazorpos) and Andrew Anderson (Hipshakes, Proto Idiot). Freak Genes is their little weird and gorgeous baby. They bring ideas to the table that are deemed too odd for other projects, and they end up creating some of their freshest and most exciting material. Last year saw the release of their first LP, Playtime (Alien Snatch Records). I comped ’em earlier this year on Girlsville...

Record of the Day – Destroyer – Thief (2000)

I recently learned that Merge Records will be reissuing a couple of LPs from Vancouver’s Destroyer on May 25th: a 20th anniversary release of 1998’s City of Daughters, as well as a reissue of my very favourite Destroyer album, 2000’s Thief. Some albums perfectly encapsulate a period in our lives and I will admit that I have history with Thief. Each time I listen to it I recall some of the best moments of my young adulthood – my early university years, working in record stores, going to...

Record of the Day: Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans ‎– Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah (1963)

Before all that murder business, Phil Spector was a hit maker, and in the early 60s he put together Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans, a vocal supergroup of sorts, comprised of Darlene Love, who you know from that Christmas song, Fanita James of the Blossoms, and Bobby Sheen of the Robins. The group released one record in 1963, Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah, which is pretty readily available on vinyl as a 2012 Sundazed re-release. This record might not be what you expect from the girl group/wall of sound guy...