Oct 31, 2012

1989, a number, another summer...

"Sonic Youth may have started out determined to sound like no other band; its early clanging dirges were as rootless as anything in 1980's rock. Now, with its new catchiness, Sonic Youth has only become that much more dangerous." New York Times review of Goo (1990)

Half-way through the book, Sonic Youth's course is set for a post-Daydream Nation-success romance with a major label. ...Blast First records is a distant dream, it's 1989, the quartet brave meetings with label executives, and SST still owes the band money...  In this particular nug of Browne's 2009 book, we get an itemized catalogue of the dinner meetings with the fat cats who were playing on SY's prophesied stardom. On the one hand, SY were playing gigs at venues like the Ritz (Studio 54's old digs), selling over a thousand tickets, with 2,000 dollar guarantees - their biggest yet. But the reason why, at the dawn of the 90s, Sonic Youth looked like the top of the pre-fame crop was because the game had drastically changed. By '89, once-independent bands like the  Feelies, Husker Du, the Replacements, Green River, Minutemen, and R.E.M. had signed contracts with A&M and Warner as independent college radio-fodder labels were reducing their steam around the country. The unobvious choice of SY must be due to some marketing quant's compounding of Led Zeppelin's sales figures with hair metal and the question, What's next? (hint: rhymes with Urbana)

Video of Sonic Youth playing a no-vocals early? Ineffable Me jam (1997?). Sound ist auch gut!

Other SY news: Goofin' Records release Nov. 13: Smart Bar, Chicago 1985 live performance 4-track recording, double-LP from the Bad Moon Rising tour feat. newbie drummer Steve!

Oct 26, 2012

July 10th : Chill noise day feat. Lee, Zoogz, Don Cherry, and more....

Lee Ranaldo - Three
Liquid Sky Soundtrack - Night Club II
Exquisite Corpses from the Bunker - Corpse #7
Sonic Youth - Tamra live Nov '91
Musci/venosta - War Song
Demon Moe - Shattered Glass
Demon Moe - Something Will Rise
Zoogz Rift - Don't Go Outside
Marzfeber - Bauer

Ron Anderson - Fever Dream
Ron Anderson - The Point
Swell Maps - Midget Submarines (live) (feat. a rubber ducky/squeaky toy?? n weird sax)
Mars - Monopoly
Forced Collapse - Untitled
Jon Appleton and Don Cherry - boa
Zoogz Rift - X-ray Girls
Zug Island Quartet - The Two Beat to Health and Understanding
Boron Nuzzle - The Unstrung Marionette Cabaret

This was a real bring your records to school day. Except school was and is still out for this fat cat. This was also a "chill noise" day (check Ron Anderson, Demon Moe, and the purposefully incoherent jazz/noise group improvisation of Exquisite Corpses from the Bunker -- I read Eugene Chadbourne's explanation of the album at some point in hour one). This show demonstrates a deficit in vocals, excepting my own vocals (and Captain Beefheart's hopelessly deranged Earth Day PSA). Sorry, guys. Speaking into a big-ass mic alone in the basement of an administrative building really doesn't do much in the way of affirming your existence. So you talk as a way of affirming this to yourself. Exacerbating, riffing on your solitude. I have had many a convo about this potent sensation. Even one of the hosts at WUOM this summer who has been announcing on diff't stations for decades says that the peculiar feeling that what you are doing is hopelessly inane and silly still hasn't left him. I feel like Sam Beckett had a real appreciation for our plight as radio broadcasters...

All right, all right, the mic-time here isn't THAT cringeworthy...some of it is coherent. I get really pissed-off about an unjustified all-girl line-up in the second hour... I feel like we broached this on an episode of Ask 2 Alt Girls...

The Zoogz Rift LP i got at Graveyard Records in Hamtramck during their insane blowout moving sale.  These are slightly tamer, less Zappa-y, tracks. And X-Ray Girls is a total Gary Wilson pop jammer (but the only instruments are gtr). But what's important here folks is that Zoogz Rift switched his chosen career to that of professional wrestling and his wrestling name was The Liquid Moamo. Someone please tell me what a moamo is. Perhaps only Zoogz can. But he's dead. He left behind an album called The Diseased Confessions of Moamo Milkman (1984).

And I leave you to contemplate the gatefold image of Human Music...

Oh shit, I forgot to mention that Zug Island Quartet is an Insane Clown Posse early incarnation/heavy rock/grunge project. WOW. 1994. Didn't realize this til after the fact.