Buzzcocks – ‘Orgasm Addict’

For a band that became the acceptable face of punk, with granny-pleasing chart hits like Ever Fallen In Love… (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve) and Everybody’s Happy Nowadays, the Buzzcocks’ 1977 debut single is pretty controversial. Orgasm Addict is their awesome ode to onanism and indiscriminate, compulsive hanky-panky in all its other manifestations. On top of its subject matter, it also features a couple of F-bombs and a (presumably) fake climax, to ensure that...

Lithics – Austere, Danceable, Art-Punk from Portland

Lithics are from Portland, Oregon and they make some pretty tasty sounding post-punk. Jagged, at times abrasive European post-punk influences, and New York no wavey and danceable post-punk sounds. Repetitive, oddball, and sometimes funky basslines, trebly guitar bits, and deadpan vocals. There are also some hefty pop chops going on here, albeit in a weirdo diy kinda way. It’s very good stuff if you are into more experimental sounding diy pop and punk delivered with a bit of art damage.

Here’s THE GREAT ESCAPE’s Xmas Song For The Homeless And Poor in Los Angeles…

14 December 2017 The colorful Los Angeles trio THE GREAT ESCAPE just launched their festive carol about “how wonderful the HOLIDAYS can be: the hugs, the laughter, the food, the family – the LOVE!. But not everyone is fortunate enough to experience all the Santa Claus fun the way we do. So the band wants to help the homeless & the working poor in need by raising money for St Joseph Center (a non-profit organisation that provides hot meals, housing, vocational training, and much...

Record of the Day: Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Gospel Train (1956)

Waking up to good news is a happy turn of events lately, and today The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame announced that they’ll be giving Sister Rosetta Tharpe an “Early Influencer Award” and inducting her in 2018 — which makes today a great one to revisit her 1956 album “Gospel Train.”   Nina Simone is also an inductee for 2018, which kind of makes you wonder what the hell took so long to get these amazing women in there. But better late than never, I guess...

10 Fabulous Longplayers Turning 40 in 2018!…

1978: An effervescent year to dive into! Here’s my selection – 10 splendid ones… 1/ ‘All Mod Cons’ by THE JAM NME wrote: “Not only several light years ahead of anything they’ve done before but also the album that’s going to catapult ‘The Jam’ right into the front rank of international rock and roll.” Released: 3 November 1978 – their outstanding 3rd LP Listen here 2/ ‘Darkness On The Edge Of Town’ by BRUCE...

Record of the Day: DEHD – “Horses”

Chicago trio DEHD‘s debut LP contains their first two cassette EPs, (“s/t” 2015 & “Fire of Love” 2016) together on one impressively beautiful record. This LP is limited to 500 copies on colored wax and is a co-release with Maximum Pelt and Shuga Records. “Horses” is the lead single from the release with its pop minimalist sound not unlike New Zealand’s “Dunedin Sound”. Featuring bands like The Clean and The Chills the sound was...