Saturday, June 29, 2019

Don't bake in the sun - stay in and spin platters!

Records on the turntable yesterday.
Today I tried to play not one, not two, but three SONIC YOUTH cd's and they all kept skipping so gave it up. Argh! LOL
The RAMONES live LP was a first spin. So were MISFITS, SHAM 69, NICO (but have heard another copy), BLONDIE and PATTY SMITH. The LEATHER NUN LP I've listened to many times (recorded live at the "Ungdomshuset" in Copenhagen).

The Ramones LP sounds alright (it's a boot) but the pix are awful quality; i.e. low res downloads from the internet. The Misfits record is a boot too and unfortunately it's not the original singer. Wiki tells me Sham 69 broke up because they couldn't get rid of their skinhead following (!!!). The Patty Smith record was so dirty I had to literally wash it as the needle kept getting stuck.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Vinyl everywhere, everywhere vinyl

Yet another day with more vinyl records on the turntable. Some old stuff, some new stuff, som awesome stuff and some (one!) less exiting stuff. 

On top is a "new" 10" on red vinyl from L7 that I bought 8-10 years ago but that I've never listen to before due to not having had a record player. It's pretty awesome. The Necessary Evils: Scary songs about dead people riding on trains (of death) and stuff. Awesome. Actually double awesome. Johnny Cash does two songs in German! He was quite the linguist. Danes remember Johnny introducing himself at great length in Danish on local tv sometime in the 70s. The Burnouts: Long gone Danish garage-punk band. Trumpet-boy: This was in a pile of second hand singles I bought years ago at a fair. Cool cover but not my style of music. Jane Birkin: A way cool records (featuring Serge Gainsbourg) and a not so cool record, haha. The latter is a very odd release and boring track (same track on both sides in English and French). According to Discogs this was a free record that came with a bottle of Black & White Whisky. Jane Birkin sold out to Whisky! 

Motörhead 7 inch "Golden Years Live EP" and a 10 year anniversary record. The latter I bought in Yugoslavia in 1986! I always figured it was a bootleg but it isn't. I'm playing it as I'm typing this. Great innersleeve with lyrics and Lemmy's comments about each track + a ton of photos and some Kerrang hack's rundown of the band story.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

How to keep cool in boiling heat

Despite what I always tell you I don't live in an Addams Family style house located on top of a hill on the outskirts of town. I'm in a shoebox size flat on the third floor (fourth if you're American) and it's broiling hot. I'm keeping cool by blasting out new and old records. David Koenig wants me to "go ahead and milk your having returned to vinyl" so I'll do just that (or am I paraphrasing here??? muhahaha).

I spun a handful of classics last night, THE CRAMPS' "A date with Elvis" is new to me on vinyl (flawless playback but worn sleeve). The BUZZCOCKS live I got from eBay. Perfect condition although it was released 29 yrs ago. THE LEATHER NUN 12" ep I bought in 1986 and it still sounds amazing (playback AND music). THE BIRTHDAY PARTY live LP I bought in Melbourne in the '90s. It's an official release but reportedly the band wasn't happy about the result. I don't understand why not as it's a super fab record. Great cover front and back (Nick Cave sporting his "A good cop is a dead cop" T-shirt, haha) and great live recording. Pretty rare now (also released as an equally rare cd).

And finally one of the suuuuper cool compilations from Tim Warren's Crypt Records. I've got four of these volumes and I want the rest! (and a new copy of this one as it's pretty worn by now). Oh, and now that I'm playing old garage records I reckon I might as well read some old garage punk/rawk fanzines, so here's "Drink & Drive" no. 3. Man, I bought that issue 21 years ago!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Through the wee hours

LP bootleg limited to a 1000 copies. There's a cassette release as well

As I mentioned a couple of posts back I've finally got a record player for the first time in 10 years. I spent all evening and most of the night last night going thru the olde collection and spinning old and new platters. "New" in the sense of having bought them during the ten year period and thus never actually been able to listen to them.

I spent like three to four hours dividing the collection into four groups:
- Old well known records that I bought in the 1980s and '90s
- "New" records that I bought post 2000 and that I have listened to
- "New" records that I've bought but haven't listened to
- Second hand records that I've bought but haven't listened to.

 Here's the last three records that I played before hitting the sack in the early hours of this morning; The MINOR THREAT / YOUTH BRIGADE LP is a bootleg of old demos. It belongs in the "New and never listened to" category. Unfortunately, it turned out as a bit of disappointment. Not the music but the record. I bought it from new, not second hand, but it has a huge scratch on the B side which covers an entire track! Not cool.

The three track OBLIVIANS 7" is as cool as I remember it. Like everyone else these days the Oblivians have reformed and are playing gigs. They first formed 26 years ago. Aren't garage-punk bands supposed to consist of disgruntled snotty teenagers!?

The PETER BELLI & BABY WOODROSE single won't mean much to you unless you're Dutch (or whatever the hell they are around here). Peter Belli was a wild rock 'n' roller in the 1960s. The Baby Woodrose guys thought his "Det du ka' li'" was cool and decided to make a cover using the original singer. He's an old guy now. The A side is a cover of THE MONKEES' "Steppin' Stone" but with new lyrics. It's kinda rare now. There's five copies on Discoqs ranging from 40 to 50 euros.

More new and old vinyl to kill off annoying silence

Lydia Lunch and the Anubian Lights' 10" five track EP
I've owned the Lydia Lunch, James Brown and the Necessary Evils platters for years on end without listening to them (as mentioned in previous posts I didn't have a record player). "Everything that Rises" on the other hand I've played a 1000 times or more. Btw, Henry Rollins frequently plays Sort Sol on his radio show (not the same album, though. His LP is "Dagger & Guitar").

Necessary Evils' live LP released posthumous. It's limited to 300 copies so I must admit I was pretty stoked to find a brand new copy at a UK online record shop seven years after it was released!

Man, those song titles!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Record No. 3 & 4

I managed to squeeze in two more rawk platters before hitting the sack last night (check my previous post). I bought the Black Sabbath LP in 1987 - notice the date from back then (and it still has flawless playback). The Baby Woodrose LP is from a pile of records that I bought during the ten years without a record player so this was a first listen (I do have the cd version as well, though). It came with a bonus 7" that wasn't on the cd. Great stuff.

Baby Woodrose - "Love Comes Down" inner gatefold sleeve