Saturday, 29 November 2014

The Bachelor Pad - The Albums Of Jack



Artist: The Bachelor Pad
Title: The Albums Of Jack
Released: 1987
Label: Warholasound
Catalog#: WST THREE MINS
Country: UK
Style: Psychedelic, Indie Rock 


Tracklisting:

A1. The Albums Of Jack (2:26)
A2. Jack & Julian (2:10)
B1. Norwegian Wood (3:00)
B2. Albert Hofmann (3:28)
B3. Jack & Julian (Demo) (2:21)


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 "A head-on collision between The Buzzcocks and Syd Barrett."

 Biography:
The Bachelor Pad (1986 - 1991) left a legacy on their wake. The vinyl output started with the famous Sha La La flexi via “Simply Thrilled” and “Are You Scared to Get Happy” fanzines, before 2 singles with Leeds based Warhola Sound records, a LP with Imaginary Records and 3 releases with Egg Records. The Egg releases included a LIVE EP distributed with several fanzines in the UK, US, Japan, Germany and France. The second Egg release was a 7” single “Smoothie” before the 5 track “Jenny Brown” EP single.


 The Bachelor Pad started life as: Vocals/Guitars - Tommy Cherry, Vocals/Guitars - Martin Cotter, Keyboards - David Harris, Bass - Willie Bain, Drums - Graham Adam. Christine Gibson replaced Willie at some point around 1989. Tom Donnelly (ex The Close Lobsters) replaced Martin around 1990.

The Bachelor Pad gigs where plentiful and memorable. Some of the highlights were supporting The Wedding Present at the Barrowlands, Glasgow (with the go go dancer), the debut gig in Edinburgh (with Baby Lemonade and Jesse Garon) and the first show without Martin at King Tuts.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Flour - Flour


Artist: Flour
Title: Flour   
Released: 1988   
Label: Touch And Go   
Catalog#: T&GLP#33   
Country: USA   
Style: Rock, Alternative, Indie Rock


Tracklisting:


A1. Love (4:55)
A2. Red (2:11)
A3. Accordion (2:59)
A4. Fade to Grey (2:34)
A5. Coffee (3:14)
B1. Intro (3:37)
B2. One by One (2:11)
B3. There's Blood in My Food (3:34)
B4. Mirror on the Ceiling (2:00)
B5. Outro (3:52)
B6. Starts a Fire (3:03)


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MP3:  Here! 

As bassist for two of the finest post-punk/guitar noise bands of their era, Breaking Circus and Rifle Sport (the latter also contained Todd Trainer, later of Brick Layer Cake and Shellac), Pete "Flour" Conway had a hand in shaping both the harsh Chicago sound of the mid-'80s and its more loosely defined Minneapolis counterpart. He also released four consistently good solo albums of claustrophobic noise, of which Fourth and Final is, as the title suggests, the last. Flour toured as a live band twice with a lineup that featured Steve Albini on bass and former Breaking Circus percussionist Todd Trainer on drums before they went on to form the band Shellac.



Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Slovenly - Riposte


It's been some time since my last comp, and will probably be a while until my next. So, to fill the gap, I shall post some more of the vinyl I have converted to FLAC/mp3. I will start with this hard to find album from one of my favourite 80s bands, Slovenly.


Artist: Slovenly
Title: Riposte
Released: 1987
Label: SST Records
Catalog#: SST 089
Country: USA
Style: Rock, Alternative Rock

Tracklisting:

A1. The Way Untruths Are
A2. Old / New
A3. On The Surface
A4. Prejudice
A5. Emma
B1. Enormous Critics
B2. Myer's Dark
B3. Not Mobile
B4. As If It Always Happens
B5. A Little Resolve



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 review by Patrick Foster:

Slovenly's third album doesn't quite pack the wiry power of its predecessor, Thinking of Empire, but it is nonetheless a potent blend of the quintet's offbeat insightfulness and guitar majesty. The band takes a softer tack on Riposte (the title meaning a quick, sharp return in speech or action), mixing acoustic guitars with their staple electric lines and succeeding spectacularly on the memorable instrumental "Emma," though songs like "Enormous Critics" (in which singer Steve Anderson advises "Don't take yourself too seriously") still prick the skin with enough force to make goosebumps appear. Riposte is the first indication that Slovenly was beginning to be drawn to longer, more abstract washes of sound -- an approach that would manifest itself on the two efforts that would follow, 1989's We Shoot for the Moon and 1992's Highway to Hanno's -- but their still-strong attraction to the straightforward art-punk of bands like Wire keeps the record from slipping down the hill of indifference. The tangling guitars of songs like "The Way Untruths Are," "Not Mobile," and the record's highlight, the stinging "Prejudice," make this album a close second to Thinking of Empire within the Slovenly canon, and a must-own for serious fans of 1980s indie guitar scholars.