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Artist: BAND ON THE RUN
Title: After That Its All Gravy
Format: CD
Label: Smack Shire
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"Julie Cafritz (Pussy Galore, Free Kitten, etc.), Kim Rancourt (When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water, the Vietnam Songbook, etc.), and Joe Defilipps (Kultivator, Herbal Mixture, Cain, Blues Creation, etc.) return for a second Gravy outing, again produced by Don Fleming and mixed by yours truly. This time, ATIA Gravy perform a song-for-song remake of Wings misbegotten titular album. Modesty forbids me to employ hyperbole, blah blah blah. Needless to say you should distribute, purchase, proselytize. (Cuz its fugged-up, the bastard Checkers dumpster spawn of Charles Ives and the Lennon Sisters, etc.)" - Tom Smith
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Artist: KNOX, REVEREND LESTER
Title: ..Of Tifton, Georgia; Put Your Face In Gwod: The 366th Revival
Format: CD
Label: Smack Shire
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"Unselfconscious displays of wanton primitivism making the most potent representatives of the Crypt/Norton synod sound like third-chair Ernst Krenek fetishists by comparison. WE KID YOU NOT. Knox managed to cough up the dough to buy local (South Georgia) airtime for well over half a century. Tom Smith got hip to his coruscating genius as a high school senior, but only found the presence of mind to begin recording broadcasts in 1980. Put Your Face in Gwod was compiled from the least sane of the over 80 hours of tape he archived from Knoxs prime 1982-1994 epoch. In our view, Knox was one of the ultimate sonic reducers. Youll laugh, but the man was not a joke. He took down Magical Power Mako, Don Dietrich, and the entire Selektion catalogue in a trillionth of a nanosecond, and hell do the same to YOU." - Smack Shire.
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Artist: SIGHTINGS/TOM SMITH
Title: Gardens of War
Format: CD
Label: Smack Shire
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"Sightings love Tom Smith and To Live & Shave in L.A. with a tad too much avidity. Tom Smith has a similar problem �?? he loves the fuck out of Sightings. They first worked together in 1999, when TS supervised Sightings recording sessions in NYC. Tom produced a full-length album for the group in 2000; featuring Andrew W.K. on keyboards, the project was unfortunately shelved. Guitarist Mark Morgan was to have joined TLASILA in 1999 (he finally made it through the gate in 2004, as did AWK), and was also erased from the line-up of Ohne prior to the launch of their 2002 European tour. (Nothing sinister, O sisters �?? jus pesky post 9/11 visa hassles.) The parties remained close, cordial. Flash forward to November 2003: Richard Hoffman, John Lockie, and the aforementioned Mr. Morgan convene with Mr. Smith at Sightings low-fi basement Brooklyn lair. TS records hours of material on his laptop, but levels are too high, the sound far too digital (i.e., retro). The best stuff emerges from Mr. Hoffmans four-track cassette recordings. Sightings cull their favorite tracks, and send mixes to Tom. TS tweaks everything for six months, and hands the package off to Rat Bastard (also of TLASILA) for mastering. Tom tweaks the mastered tracks for a few more weeks, and... It aint perfect, but considering who these dudes are, its plenty perfect enough for you." - Smack Shire.
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Artist: XEX
Title: group: xex
Format: CD
Label: Smack Shire
Country: USA
Price: $11.00
"For all the moaning Ive done over the years about growing up in a culturally detached small town in Pennsylvania though my formative years of discovering weird-ass punk and new/no wave music, the truth is simply that the most mind-boggling ideas and warped musical aesthetics sprung from these places. Amidst the sea of coked-up Cinderella wannabes who played my high school anti-drug rallies, the Kevin Cronin-of REO-produced big-fish-in-a-small-pond rock gods that walked down our streets, and the sheer overload of crapola, there were mutants who had it up to here with all of that silliness. For example: HB was a one man Magic Band who would tell stories for hours while whacking away on drums in a pierogi parlor like a cosmic Sam Ulano, The Delusions were what the Velvets coulda been in a coal mining town, and Psychatrone Rhonedakk made hobbit-like basement synth gurgle for years and years and never stepped on a stage. 100 miles from New York but not quite there, they never quite got recognized, and they sure confused a lot of locals. I sure appreciated em for merely existing in an oppressive musical locale where the towns one promoter was too busy hosting dance shows on TV where he got out of a Rolls flanked by hos and booking wheezy hair-metal reunions. xex must have been in a similar boat down in South River, New Jersey. Sporting black garb, blurting arps, and bizarro names like "Thumbalina Guglielmo" and "Waw Pierogi" (holy hell, more pierogis!) these guys represented a totally bonkers aesthetic that seems like it was taking its cues from what was being hyped in the NYC underground scene about that time: Eno, Talking Heads, etc., but in fact this music is choking under something more black, toxic, and totally Jersey. While they sang about mall rat zombies who ran around trying to catch up with fashion, they also addressed nuns and nerve gas. Musically, it sounds like it has more to do with German nuts like Grauzone and Californias zonked synth-gothers Factrix or Nervous Gender than anything else remotely in xexs radius. What gives? Tom Smith did radio shows for a while on WFMU, and was entrenched in the LP library listening to odd finds in backwards order starting at Z when he came across this lost gem. It totally blew our brains. Theres zilch about them on the web, as well (apparently not even the hip New York papers gave em a mention), and he has been threatening to reissue this baby for some time. Here tis at last. Turn up the minimal synth NJ underground!" -Brian Turner, Music/Program Director, Jersey City, WFMU.
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