Sunday, July 24, 2016

Synchronize my afterlife.

From 2011.  Curveball time.  Glitched-up electronica with occasional '80s tangents.  Don't worry, nothing to dancy.  I heard this one in-store a couple months ago and have been listening to it just about every day since.

Here

Saturday, July 23, 2016

The Romantics - Bomp Blues live 1980-83 + Bomp demo

Even at their inception The Romantics must have struck more than a few people as passé.  With skinny ties, leather suits and fluffy hair in tow who wouldn't chalk them up as a passing fad?  Perhaps, but for those who explored the Romantics beyond their two of three mega hits were rewarded with some ace bar rock-cum-power pop that never left a hook to the imagination.  This bootleg compiles a live New Years eve radio broadcast from 1980, a live CBS studio session from the same period, a handful of more concert tracks from 1983, and the band's demo for Bomp Records.  Yep, the smashes are all accounted for - "What I Like About You" "Tell it to Carrie," and the rest.  To the Detroit quartet's credit, "Talking in Your Sleep" and "National Breakout" are more stimulating on stage than the already decent enough album incarnations (though the version of "Breakout" here is truncated - someone didn't hit the record button in time).  The demos sound strikingly similar to the finished versions, not that I'm complaining.  Enjoy.

Live Atlanta 12-31-80
01. National Breakout
02. 21 & Over
03. Tomboy
04. Forever Yours
05. A Night Like This
06. Poor Little Rich Girl
07. interview
08. What I Like About You
09. Ain't Got You

Bomp demos (197?)
10. Tell it to Carrie 
11. Runnin Away
12. First in Line
13. Let's Swing 

Live in CBS Studios, NYC December 1980
14. Ain't Got you
15. What I Like About You
16. A night Like This 
17. Poor Little Rich Girl

Live in San Antonio, TX October 1983
18. When I Look In Your Eyes
19. Gimmie One Chance

20. Keep in Touch
21. Talking in Your Sleep

http://www64.zippyshare.com/v/rw5L3f2F/file.html

Friday, July 22, 2016

Velvet Crush - 10/4/96, CBGB's, New York

My apologies if entries have been a bit scarce lately.  Haven't had much time to rip any fresh vinyl, but on the heels of my Velvet Crush assessment the other night I thought I'd share this rather exemplary live set from a CBGB's gig from a couple decades ago.  The Crush was touring behind their 1996 platter Heavy Changes, but there's plenty of tunes in this setlist to be had from Teenage Symphonies to God.  I do believe this is a soundboard tape.  Check it out in your choice of MP3 or lossless FLAC below.

01. Playing for Keeps
02. Standing Still
03. My Blank Pages
04. Think it Over
05. Hold Me Up
06. Goin' to My Head
07. Why Not Your Baby
08. Atmosphere
09. Ash and Earth
10. Used to Believe
11. Live For Now

MP3 or FLAC pt. 1 & pt. 2

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Velvet Crush - Pre-teen Symphonies (2016, Omnivore) - A brief overview.

Before I go into any sort of rambling (or otherwise) critique of this release and the band in question, I should mention this is not a new Velvet Crush album, or career-spanning anthology, rather an addendum and/or companion to their 1994 full length Teenage Symphonies to God.

First, let's put things into perspective.  Back in the mid '90s, as if it wasn't enough to have to contend with a whole 'nother dominant strain of rock and roll (grunge, duh) consider how much competition Velvet Crush had in their own power-pop wheelhouse - Teenage Fanclub, The Posies, Adam Schmitt, The Gigolo Aunts, Material Issue, Matthew Sweet, Greenberry Woods, Lemonheads, Jellyfish - and to boot, a recently reunited and recalibrated Big Star were all crowding the pool.  Comprised of Ric Menck, Paul Chastain and Jeffrey Borchardt, the Providence, RI-situated three-piece still managed to make a dent, albeit not a commercially seismic one.   

Named after a Brian Wilson rumination, Teenage Symphonies... followed up their independently issued, '91 debut, In the Presence of Greatness, not to mention a bevy of singles ("Butterfly Position" anyone?).  Released under the auspices of Creation Records in England and Sony in the States, Symphonies... didn't waft out of stores as briskly as say, Cracked Rear View or Jagged Little Pill, yet it seemed like everyone who encountered it experienced something on the level of a revelation.  The choice of Mitch Easter as producer was more than apropos, given that Menck and Chastain had teamed up about a decade prior in VC-antecedent bands like Choo Choo Train, who owed more than a wink and a nod to "new music" acts like Let's Active and Game Theory, whom Easter had either performed with or produced.  But there was more to this album than tricky jangle maneuvers and oblique prose.  Forward thinking as Velvet Crush were, they revered elders like Alex Chilton and Roger McGuinn to the hilt.  In fact, Symphonies... was remarkably linear and streamlined, yet never succumbed to anything rote or routine.  Lived-in perhaps, but hardly another day at the office.  Some 22 years on, this deftly crafted thing of beauty, hooks, and then some is frequently regarded as the trio's finest hour (give or take twenty minutes). 

That brings us to Pre-teen Symphonies, which again, isn't a reissue of the aforementioned TStG, rather a collection of eight demos, the bulk of which would eventually be re-cut for the album.  As far as prototypes go, the nuances between the demos and the final album takes are often subtle.  Nonetheless, seasoned ears will pick up on the frenetic fervor pumping through rawer, nascent stabs of some of the album's more assertive selections, specifically "My Blank Pages" and "This Life's Killing Me."  Teenage Symphonies..., mind you, didn't merely contain visceral rockers, but some consoling comedowns as well - "Time Wraps Around You" and "Weird Summer," both appearing here in their rough-cut incarnations.  As to whether which versions are superior, that's for you to decide, but the inclusion of two very capable album-worthy outtakes "Not Standing Down" and "Turn Down" are sure to be universally embraced by aficionados of Chastain and Co.

The second half of this collection concerns an eight-song excerpt from a '94 Chicago performance at the Metro, and an FM broadcast at that.  Not only does it exude more Teenage gold - "Atmosphere" and "Hold Me Up" to name a couple, the set revisits relatively old-school VC nuggets "Window to the World" along with "Ash and Earth."  The proverbial cherry on top is a faithful run through 20/20's signature piece "Remember the Lightning." 

This neat (and in many regards essential) package is available this Friday (July 22) direct from Omnivore, Amazon, and wherever fine music is sold. 

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Forever with you, ever without you...

Their 1984 double album was lauded and acclaimed as they come, yet this pair of follow-up releases from just a year later seemed to go relatively unnoticed.

Here

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Whirlaway - Pompano (2004)

Sort of a dream-pop revival thing going on with this quartet, who ostensibly monikered their album after their Florida locale.  An AllMusic critique emphasizes Whirlway's affection for My Bloody Valentine, but that influence isn't as heavy handed as they make it out to be.  This is closer to the American corner of the shoegaze grotto, a la Ultra Cindy and Drop Nineteens.  Definitely some '90s Britpop inflections too, but nothing obnoxiously prevalent there either.  The heavier, up-tempo songs are the most effective on Pompano, including but not limited to "The Blinded" and "Strangeplanes."

01. Walkthrough
02. Without, Within
03. Strangeplanes
04. Drones
05. What I See
06. Gone By Now
07. On My Way
08. The Blinded
09. Idiot Song
10. Tumble

http://www35.zippyshare.com/v/hvRq6FvZ/file.html

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Restless - s/t (1984)

In terms of vintage garage-cum-power pop in the environs of Buffalo, NY, the Terry Sullivan helmed Jumpers are one of the few names still readily recalled from the late '70s/early '80s "punk" era.  I featured them eons ago on these pages via their '79 "Sick Girls" 45.  A classic, local or otherwise.  Ironically, after the Jumpers disconnected, Terry went on to front the altogether more ambitious and visible The Restless.  I say ironically in the respect that the Jumpers who only released a local single are lauded and talked about way more than the Restless, who not only recorded a full length, but issued it under the auspices of a major label, Mercury, to be exact, in 1984.  Per the norm with '80s mainstream albums, The Restless skewed to the more pedestrian side of the spectrum, but the songs were often well above average.  Shades of the Tubes, not to mention the more flattering side of Reagan-era Cheap Trick abound on sassy, bristling slammers like "The Contender," "1000 X"and "I Wanna Know."  Although they ran circles around most of their AOR contemporaries, The Restless weren't particularly distinct, ergo they were one of many neglected big label casualties of their time.  Maybe folks were too preoccupied with watching the summer Olympics that year.  Mystery solved!  Enjoy (you will).

01. She's So Fine
02. I Wanna Know
03. One Step Closer
04. 100 mph
05. You'll Know Better
06. It's Over
07. Contender
08. 1000 X
09. Funny You Should Ask
10. Wildcall

http://www66.zippyshare.com/v/vNcyJNhl/file.html

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Connections - Midnight Run (2016, Anyway) - A brief overview.

Pity the music scribe who employs an over-reliance of band comparisons as a substitute for natural eloquence.  Case in point, take a gander at the lengths the folks behind Wilfully Obscure blog went to a couple years back to drive the point home that Columbus, OH's Connections were the spittin' image of Guided By Voices.  Oh...wait a minute...that hack happened to be me.  So soon I forget.  At any rate, the comparison seemed more accurate than lazy at the time, but as the case with any good movie, book or a storyline in general, character development is the secret weapon to keep things from going stale.  Midnight Run, Connections' not-so-difficult third album is anything but.   

Kevin Elliott & Co. gracefully embellish their nascent mid-fidelity penchant with (slightly) lengthier song structures and an even stronger semblance of reverb and warmth, curtailing the gobs of feedback a notch or two.  And while we're on the subject of sonic acumen, Midnight Run is informed not merely by the Fading Captain, but a raw, sinewy aesthetic that hearkens back to many of their '80s forerunners as well.  If you're anything like me, you might hone in on trace elements of Great Plains, the Embarrassment and Volcano Suns, yet Connections distill these scraggly components into a more tuneful context.  And deliberately or otherwise, they have the post-punk angle covered as well, if only by virtue of a mild distortion effect (or so it would seem) on Elliott's mic.  Ultimately, it boils down to the songs.  Their stripe of indie fuzz rawk isn't erudite or sophisticated on say, the level of Tolstoy or Nietzsche, but it is lovingly worn-in and slowly endearing.  Midnight Run rarely deviates from  Connections' assuring modus operandi, save for the atypically bubble-gummy "Weapons," and a couple of offbeat interludes.  In terms of guitar-centric aggregations, this quintet easily ranks among the top twenty infiltrating the ether right now.

You can experience Midnight Run on wax or digital for yourself on July 22, directly from Anyway Records, or Amazon and iTunes will have you covered as well.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

There's trouble in paradise, your heart is gonna pay the price.

Quite simply, if you haven't heard this album yet you really should.

Here

Friday, July 8, 2016

Anton Barbeau & the Joy Boys - No More Love Guitars tape (1990)

The origins of how this selection found it's way into my robust cassette archive are all but elusive, but as the saying goes, I'm not complaining.  Mr. Barbeau & his joyful twenty-somethings (guestimating from the cover pic) dabbled in wry, ironic pop, occupying a quartet of seats in the same ballpark as Jellyfish, Crowded House, and perhaps even Aztec, though the execution employed on ...Love Guitars is considerably more homegrown.  The title track alone is enough to suck you in, bearing not one, but two enduring hooks.  From there on, the "magic" advances and recedes, with the nearly as appealing "Magazine St.," not to mention power-pop fireball "People Like..." and the rootsy "Take the Bottle From Baby," all accounting for the most satisfactory slices of this pie's hefty thirteen servings.  Some of the more ballad-esque numbers never quite settle into a groove, and I could do without the dainty waltz ("Dancing With Nancy") altogether.  The wanderlust-ful, eight-minute jam "Leaving Icy Behind" is truly in a field of it's own.  All in all, Guitars' most convincing moments make a compelling case for Anton Barbeau, apparently a denizen of Sacramento, CA at the time of this release.  Subsequent to No More Love Guitars, a steady stream of releases ensued, including his most recent compendium, Magic Act.

01. No More Love Guitars
02. Magazine St.
03. Pudenda Song
04. Marshmallow Man
05. People Like...
06. Dancing With Nancy
07. Girl Like That
08. Back to Balmain
09. Pilot, Passenger, Plane
10. Keeping Pace With Pidgeons
11. In This Jungle
12. Take the Bottle From the Baby
13. Leaving Icy Behind

http://www34.zippyshare.com/v/6TVpITdL/file.html

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Re-ups.

Here's the latest volley.  Thanks for your requests.

Kilkenny Cats - Hands Down LP & 7"
NightmanNo Escape LP
Howard and Tim's Paid Vacation (The Windbreakers) - I Never Met a Girl I Didn't Like
Redd Kross - Dinner With Redd Cross (intv lp) & Switchblade Sister ep
Jon Auer - 23 Below 7"
Single Bullet Theory - demos
True Believers - Harder, Harder, Harder live promo MP3 or FLAC
Chain Link Fence - Fireworks ep & Positive ep
fancipantz - 7"
Full Fathom Five - Cry of a Falling Nation & Multinational Pop Conglomerate
Gravel Truck (Let's Active reunion) - live 10/31/08, Pittsboro, NC
Lifeboat - s/t ep
Finger - singles collection
Angst - Mystery Spot & Mending Wall
The Stockings - Red Tango
Notekillers - The Zipper 7"
Even Greenland - 7"
Belreve - Nothing 7"
V/A - Lessons From Little Hits - Vols. 1, 2, 3, 4
V/A - Neapolitan Metropolitan 7" box
V/A - Tantrum
V/A - Case Closed?: Int'l Tribute to Husker Du
V/A - There's a Boy Who Lives on Heaven Hill - A tribute to Hüsker Dü
Jawbox - Another Scrapbook of Even More Fatal Accidents
Candy Machine - s/t LP
Mark Arm - The Freewheeling... 7"
Dinosaur Jr. - The Wagon 7"
Sixteen Deluxe - To Find What's Worth Waiting For 7"
Armchair Martian - 7" ep
Shakers - Desired Effect
Bring Home the Lobsters - tape
Sister Psychic - Catch and Release
Lines - Statues ep
Lines (2) - Standby ep
Two Helens - Reflections in Red
Empty Set - Lost in the Riptyde
Steve Blimkie and the Reason - s/t LP
Rollerskate Skinny - live Belgium 1994
Fumes - Self Appointed Guardian of the Machine
Putters - two singles
Flop - singles
Lotus STP - Million Dollar Ring
TNP - Their General Suave Guys Request 7" box
Attachments - s/t ep 

Sunday, July 3, 2016

All-American pop.

Hardly the stuff of patriotism, this singer-songwriter salvo from 2001 is at the very least tangentially appropriate for the day at hand.  Enjoy the Fourth folks.

Here

Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Bobbies - Supersongs (1993)

Even after it's nearly two decades old expiration, I'm still excavating artifacts from the '90s, and some pretty damn enticing ones at that.  Veritable unknowns from Queens, NY, The Bobbies would have slotted comfortably into the more amped-out environs of the era's power pop revival.  Their apparent DIY angle put them slightly left of center, often sounding like an amalgam of Cheap Trick, Enuff Z' Nuff, and a smidge of '90s Buzzcocks to boot, especially on saucy, aggressive pieces like "Money Makes Honey" and "Afraid to Fall."  Further in, the going gets a little Beatles-esque on "What Else is There to Say" and "Please Pleasing Lady."  So, in the net-net of things does Supersongs live up to it's not-so-humble title?  If you gravitate to any of the aforementioned (and for that matter Material Issue) dig in and see for yourself.  A further critique of the album can be had here.

01. You Cannot Deny
02. Money Makes Honey
03. The Ballad of Me & You
04. Afraid to Fall
05. What Else is There to Say
06. Your Touch
07. Don't Hold Me Back (That Look)
08. Please Pleasing Lady
09. What We Need is Love
10. The Man That Time Left Behind

http://www33.zippyshare.com/v/IuyUy9Iq/file.html

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wilde & Reckless ep (1981, Leo)

Tamer than their moniker might suggest, Wilde & Reckless were an Aussie five piece that sported a decidedly pedestrian power-pop tack that would have been in league with Tommy Tutone, Donnie Iris and the A's.  Short on innovation, taut execution and adequate hooks were Wilde's saving graces, and helped get them by on "Young Girls," "Why Won't You" and "What's Your Name."  Enjoy (or not).

01. Young Girl
02. She's Good to Me
03. What's Your Name
04. Radio
05. Little White Lies
06. Why Won't You.

http://www67.zippyshare.com/v/vUZGntMX/file.html

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Well Wishers - Comes and Goes (2016) - A brief overview.

I'd be flatly deceiving if I were to inform you that Well Wishers henchman, Jeff Shelton had something on his agenda other than power pop, so deceive you I shan't.  While he doesn't futz with his linear recipe too much on WW's eighth outing, Comes and Goes, there are moderate tangents at play here, operating in a framework just malleable enough to keep things interesting.  A pair of true blue keepers bookend the album, "Impossible to Blame" and "Nature's Son," neither of which will allay the bevy of Posies comparisons that have been leveled at Shelton.  As I've recently noted, The Posies aren't sounding much like themselves these days, so dare I say these riff-addled pearls serve as inadvertent equalizers?

As for what falls between the two "bookends," Comes and Goes rewards sublimely with the resonant, harmonic sway of "Comes Around" (featuring Lisa Mychols on backing vox) and Shelton's patented, plaintive jangly persuasion imbuing "Tomorrow," and "In Love With."  The album isn't without it's rawer flirtations with tension and cynical frustration, as only a forty-something could engender, on the crankin' ''Somebody Lied" and "Three Nights in Bristol."  Par for the course with any Well Wishers album, Comes... conversely counters said moments of constructive angst with sobering comedowns, specifically in the guise of "Nobody's Dancing Alone" and the aforementioned "Comes Around."  

Have and hold Comes and Goes for yourself today through CD Baby, Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, or purchase a hard copy straight from the band, with a bonus CD of your choice no less...for a limited time.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

And you're wondering where the benefit of being you went...

From 1996 and '97.  The first two albums from a distortion-spiked power pop trio who hovered around
the outer reaches of Los Angeles.  Produced by Earle Mankey no less.

Here

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Grey Parade - The Reason (1985, Plan B)

The vendor who sold me this wax affixed a post-it-note stating, in so many words, that this record fit's the band's moniker.  Bit of an exaggeration there, as was the Echo and the Bunnymen comparison also mentioned on the note.  If anything, Grey Parade's vaguely noir pastiche of wave and post-punk was less than radical, often culminating in what a fusion of the Lucy Show and Modern English would amount to.  The melancholia factor isn't as prominent as you might anticipate on The Reason, albeit the themes and prose populating the LP are intelligent and considered without getting too heady.  "Flags are Burning" and "Impressions of Africa" are great jumping off points for the unacquainted.  This was ostensibly the quartet's lone full length, and a seemingly difficult record to track down at that.

01. Crocodile Tears
02. Flags are Burning
03. Each Time We Touch
04. The Empty Room
05. The Reason
06. Winter
07. Exteriors
08. The Chosen Few
09. Impressions of Africa
10. Heaven and Hell

http://www85.zippyshare.com/v/bKcFSWOf/file.html

Monday, June 20, 2016

In times of crisis we turn to the vices.

Was able to get up and running again to provide you with a slightly belated Mystery Monday.  This band has been a featured act on more than one occasion here.  These eleven recordings date from 1981-83.

Here

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What it is.

If it seems I've been posting on an already sporadic basis it's about to get worse.  Folks, both of my computers aren't functioning properly, and it appears my main system will need to be replaced altogether.  The site isn't going anywhere, but I'm going to be posting on a very infrequent basis for the remainder of this week and next.  In short, if you tend to make Wilfully Obscure a daily destination feel free to hold off for a week or so.  Otherwise, a lot of the archived links are active again.  Apologies for all the recent re-up requests that I haven't been able to attend to, and ditto for all those comments and emails I've neglected. Keep it lit.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

"This music has been mixed to be played loud, so turn it up."

The second bonus disk from the deluxe edition of a 1989, seminal modern rock album.  I guess this is where my head is at right now.  BTW, the bulk of these tracks are instrumentals, but I wouldn't let that stop you.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Eagulls - Ullages (2016, Partisan) - A brief review

Just a mere two years ago, Eagulls eponymous debut hurled down like a sonic thunderbolt, igniting a sustained, careening blaze by way of George Mitchell's sung/barked timbre, inextricably fused to a raft of stabbing guitar salvos more fearsome than just about any of the band's twentieth century inspirations.  The term "post-punk" gets wielded around more than a ferris wheel at a county fair, but I'll be damned if the second half of that quotient didn't actualize it's meaning on Eagulls.  If anyone espoused the notion that this Leeds, UK quintet's visceral, power chord surge was their only angle, the comparatively tempered Ullages (pronounced eulogies?) is going to throw them for a very abrupt loop.  As it's come about, Eagulls have opted to jump someone else's train...and they've put on their pout to prove it.  

Be it sheer influence, homage to a graying Robert Smith, or merely the necessity to scratch a Seventeen Second-long itch, Ullages is steeped in all things Cure.  To deny this proposition would be the equivalent of denying that airline food lacks quality, or that OJ did the dastardly deed in the summer of 1994.  In fact, it's not a matter of whom Eagulls are trying to portray themselves as prodigies of, so much as the specific era they're heartstrings are tethered to.  Said era can squarely be designated to 1989's Disintegration, the second module in the Cure's "gloom" trifecta, bookended by '82s Pornography, and the third installment, Bloodflowers which arrived in 2000.  The dirty little secret about the latter Bloodflowers is that while it fit Smith & Co's moody mold, the tunes weren't particularly memorable or endearing.  In more than one respect the 'gull's sophomore offering picks up smack dab where the line was cut on Disintegration a quarter century ago. 

A good 70% of this phenomenon is anchored in Mitchell's telltale croon, which by the way is disciplined enough not to encroach into the more maudlin and exaggerated realms Smith so frequently breached.  Remarkably, you won't encounter much in the way of prolonged naval gazing or gratuitous gotharama here, as whatever toil or anguish ensues is part and parcel of the ambiance, not so much a despondent agenda.  Ullages reaches it's melodic and inspired apex on "Velvet" and "Lemontrees," with the Eagulls attaching just enough of their own signature handiwork to differentiate themselves from their otherwise obvious pioneers, and to their credit, the pounding "Aisles" is well outside the Cure's wheelhouse altogether.  In spite of it's overriding derivative tendencies, Ullages could be the most gratifying (and unintentionally nostalgic) album of the year.  It is available now straight from Partisan Records, Amazon and iTunes.  Take in the video for "Skipping" below


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Lovers Under Pressure - The Elvis Years (1988, Stand Up)

I'm grateful I picked this one up, even though I didn't know a stitch about Lovers Under Pressure at the time.  And so it remains, as there isn't a shred to be rustled up regarding this cold case.  A trio, presumably from the Minneapolis/St. Paul vicinity, LUP would have been a perfect fit for the more pop addled end of the Homestead Records roster, nudging elbows with the likes of Big Dipper and Agitpop.  The Elvis Years is quintessential left-of-the-dial fare with jangly, hard strummed tendencies a la Peter Buck and a pinch of D. Boon and Johnny Marr.  The album's most sophisticated and prodigious moment arrives at the end of side one via "Epitaph," a Yankee distillation of five years worth of Smiths records...minus the pout thank you very much.  Hot damn.  The other side of the coin yields additional treasures, specifically "The Plans Went Wrong" and "Something Stayed."  Apparently a second Lovers Under Pressure album followed.

01. No Train
02. Leather Glove
03. The Collision
04. Epitaph
05. The Plans Went Wrong
06. Naked Fields
07. Dear Saturday
08. Something Stayed

http://www78.zippyshare.com/v/hbV7OWtb/file.html

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Why jump the gun when you're already hit?

The 1989 sophomore album from a Midwest enterprise I've featured here on more than one occasion.

Trip Shakespeare - Volt ep ( 1992)

On Volt, a band I kinda like covers a batch of songs I really like.  So what's the problem?  Still trying to conjure up a definitive answer to that, but a lot of Trip's remakes don't quite jibe with me.  Maybe it's the glossy production, or the soulful vocal inflections (deliberate or not) that put me off.  Still "What's So Funny..." and Neil Young's "Helpless" sound halfway decent in about anyone's hands.  And if you're anything like me, Husker Du and Big Star tunes are hardly anything to complain about.

01. What's So Funny About Peace, Love And Understanding?
02. Something In The Air
03. The Ballad Of El Goodo
04. Time Of The Season
05. Dead Set on Destruction
06. Helpless

http://www48.zippyshare.com/v/31JiwUYo/file.html

Friday, June 3, 2016

Impossible Tymes/Next Time Passions - split 7" (1993, Elefant)

Two bands from Greece, of all places, both of whom were under the rapturous spell of Anglo indie pop, say circa 1987.  The Next Time Passions seemed to enjoy a slightly higher profile than their counterparts, (whom I'll attend to in a moment).  Spilling over with homage to the stables of Sarah and Postcard Records, NTP bring a pair of stunners to table, coupling a jangly aesthetic with a touch of romantic angst.  "She" and "Bats 25" both border on the sublime. What's more, the Passions have additional releases to plunder.  

The Impossible Tymes were actually an outgrowth of the NTP, though I don't have much of a clue as to whom in the group the lineage applies to.  This was the band's only commercial release, and considerably more chilled out than their record-mates.  Per the blurb inside the sharp gatefold sleeve: A '60, '80s & '90s cocktail full of drum machine, new wave guitars, psychedelic organ and poppy, flower power vocals.  Indeed that's where this trio stands, but the question now is where do you stand?  Download and find out for yourself.  BTW, both bands sing in English, but you'll pick up on the Greek accidents faster than you can say Field Mice.

Impossible Tymes
01. The Things You Love
02. Dream Brush Paint

Next Time Passions
01. She
02. Bats 25

http://www31.zippyshare.com/v/tQxUOQMB/file.html