December 2020 Comics, Poetry, and Reviews
babysue comix #392
babysue comix #393
babysue comix #394
The Brothers Steve
Izzy & The Black Trees
The Jack Bennies
Jesus comic #76
Last Charge of the Light Horse
Librarians With Hickeys
Louis Philippe & The Night Mail*
Recipe For Happy
Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche
Andre Salvador and the Von Kings*
The Silent Boys / Steam Train Hearts*
TH/S /S SH/T
Additional Items Received
December 2020 Thought.
The differences that exist are no different.
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Altered Labyrinth - You Can't Improve An Animal (CD, Cream Cloud, Underground rock/pop)
Creativity in overdrive. And that's just what the world needs. We were blown away by the last album we heard by Altered Labyrinth. And we're pleased to report that these guys have once again hit the ball out of the park. By refusing to follow convention familiar paths, these musicians manage to make music that is simultaneously different and ultimately very gripping. The band is comprised of Matt Dickey (guitar, vocals, bass, synthesizers) and Matt Garfein (drums). Although they don't really sound that much like them, the only possible reference point that comes to mind while hearing this music is The Flaming Lips. And that's probably just because the songs are drenched in strange and slightly psychedelic sounds. With all the possibilities in the world of music, it seems particularly sad that so many opt to recreate sounds and ideas that we've all heard so many times before. That is not what's happening here. Sure, there are some familiar elements to draw you into the music. But this is, for the most part, a new and adventurous sound that will challenge you and make you think. The arrangements are particularly weird and inventive. The band also has a wonderfully unique way of marketing themselves, utilizing materials and ideas unlike any we've seen before. Even the song titles are light years ahead of their time: "In The Embers Of A Giant Fire," "I Don't Want You Judging Me By My Smile," "You Can't Improve An Animal," "Half Of A Thought," "Fleeing From The Icy Fingers." If you like crazed pop music with a skewed perspective, you won't do much better than this in 2020. Highly recommended. Top pick.
Anyone - On The Ending Earth... (CD, TogethermenT, Underground progressive rock)
Nice loud well-arranged modern progressive rock/pop with an edge. Not sure why, but we had some trouble finding much information about this cool underground band on the internet. We were able to determine that they are based in Perth, Australia and that this is their third full-length release. After perusing the band's website, we immediately got the impression that these folks prefer to let their music speak for itself. And that in and of itself is pretty cool, considering how many folks out there are trying way too hard to cram their image and music down your throat in any way possible. In many instances it is better to just let the music speak for itself. In this case that's definitely the right approach, because these tracks are cool and memorable. And no hype is necessary. On The Ending Earth... features smart progressive rock/pop songs that have a sound that incorporates classic pop, progressive rock, and even heavy metal at times. These folks thread lots of cool loud guitars into the songs and yet...the melodies are surprisingly accessible and poppy at times. While listening to this we're reminded of Nine Inch Nails, Walt Mink, Smashing Pumpkins, and Jane's Addiction. And that's just the start. But while we can hear sounds and ideas that remind us of others, we never ever get the idea these folks are trying to ape the sound of any one artist or band. These tracks are smart and inventive...and ultimately very listenable. The more we spin this album the more we like the vocals. Thirteen cool underground tracks here and they're all well-crafted and resilient. Our favorite compositions include "It's Already Too Late," "All That Lives is Born to Die," "Sister Wrongway," "Sip," "A Love Letter to Humanity," and "Fade to Black." Plenty of cool thought provoking lyrics here. This one gets a total THUMBS UP. Top pick.
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Anton Barbeau - Manbird (Double CD, Beehive Sound, Underground pop)
Yet another outstanding release from one of the most talented and underrated underground pop musicians out there. And this time listeners/fans are treated to nothing less than a double album (!). If you've never heard Mr. Barbeau's music, Manbird would be an excellent starting point. If you are already familiar with this fellow well then...you probably already have your greedy little paws on this one. Anton has released an incredible wealth of music over the years. Although he's never reached the mainstream, he has managed to captivate and mesmerize his continually devoted listeners all over the planet. We've been impressed with every single album this fellow has released. Manbird is somewhat of a different animal, with a running theme of birds and flying. Lyrically, this is perhaps Barbeau's most gripping and challenging collection of songs yet. When we began spinning this we kept thinking to ourselves, "Wow, it would be great if there was a lyric sheet." And it was only then that we found the nifty folded poster that, sure enough, contains all of the wonderfully crafted words on the reverse side so you can follow along with each and every thought. Some of Barbeau's albums are very pop oriented. Manbird is more like a pure creative experience. Sure, there are plenty of underground pop elements here, but there's also a good deal of experimentation in terms of song structures, melodies, and lyrics. Some tracks are solo recordings, while others incorporate the talents of friends and associates. Anton's music has so much more depth than the average underground pop musician in the twenty-first century. Over time his music has evolved into something much larger and more psychologically challenging than when he first started out. But it's those wonderful gliding melodies that will continue to draw others into his strikingly original musical world. He's got a voice and style unlike anyone else. Manbird is a challenging album chock full of memorable songs. Cool reflective cuts include "Manbird," "Fear Of Flying," "Chicken," "And So Flies The Crow," "Coming Home," "My Other Life," "Even The Swans Are Dirty" (hilarious title) and "Space Force." Highly recommended. TOP PICK.
Biscuits with gravy
BLKLSTRS (Blacklisters) - Fantastic Man (CD, Buzzhowl, Rock)
Wanna drive your parents and your siblings totally UP THE WALL...? And how about all those wimpy folks you know who listen to processed cheese twenty-first century crap/pop. Wanna make them run from their homes SCREAMING in FEAR? If so, this just may be your favorite new band. These guys are loud, hard, abrasive...and totally WILD. This band is apparently going by two names: BLKLSTRS and Blacklisters. This Leeds, UK-based quartet is easily one of the most abrasive and violent rock bands we've heard in the twenty-first century. They began making music/noise in 2008 and have managed to cause quite a stir with their bizarre brand of thrash-meets-psychedelia metal noise. Several have compared these guys to The Jesus Lizard. But while there are similarities, Blacklisters is a much harder act to follow. Listening to and watching these guys, the words that pop up in our brain most often are difficult and painful. Fantastic Man is the band's third full-length release. And it is likely to be the standard by which all other intense noise/thrash bands are measured in the 2020s. These guys play with an intensity unlike anything we're heard lately. But far from being a mere wash of noise, the songs actually have plenty of interesting stuff happening amidst all the intense chaos. The band is comprised of Billy Mason (vocals), Dante Beesley (guitar), Allstair Stobbard (drums), and Steven Hodson (bass). These songs are atonal and nervous and yet...there are other elements threaded into the sound that make it extraordinarily interesting and different. This album was recorded live in one room in one day. Crazed compositions include "Sports Drinks," "Fantastic Man," "Motivational Speaker," "Sleeves," and "Mambo No. 5." A word of warning. Our guess is that there are very few listeners out there who can take what this band dishes out. We love it, of course. And we can only hope that more bands will follow these guys' lead. Breathtaking and occasionally surreal stuff with brains. Recommended. TOP PICK.
The Brothers Steve - #1 (CD, Big Stir, Underground pop)
This band immediately pushed all of our buttons just the way we like 'em pushed for a variety of reasons. First, we loved the simple psychedelic cover art...and particularly the back cover that features way-too-cute photos of animals in doll clothes. We also liked the fact that the band opted to not include their photos on the inner sleeve, opting instead for cartoon caricatures. And last, the simple friendly song titles quickly captured our attention. Our instincts were verified when we listened to the music. These five guys write and play surprisingly upbeat, catchy and direct buzzsaw pop that draws from a whole slew of different classic artists from the past right on through to the present. The band is comprised of Jeff Whalen (vocals and guitar) Steve Coulter (drums), Jeff Solomon (bass), Os Tyler (vocals) and Dylan Champion (guitar and vocals). Many of these songs have a somewhat bubblegummy sound and feel, which we find particularly appealing. After hearing what sounds like a non-stop string of oughta-be singles, we weren't too surprised to note that the band has the solid endorsement of John Borack (this guy really knows his stuff). In a perfect world, #1 would be a huge commercial success. But things being the way they are, all the cool and substantial pop music is usually only appreciated in underground circles in the U.S.A. and beyond. But you can bet your booties that all those pure pop fanatics out there will instantly go for the friendly and likable sound of The Brothers Steve. Super catchy compositions include "Angeline," "Carol Anne," "C'mon Pappy," "Songwriter," and "Beat Generation Poet." Uplifting and instantly catchy.
Emily Brown - A Fish of Earth (CD, Song Club, Underground pop)
This CD arrived without any accompanying information or marketing materials. Featuring very simple cover art, we weren't sure what to expect from A Fish of Earth. The music really could've been...anything (??!). We are as pleased as punch to report that we were immediately impressed with this enchanting and engaging lady's brand of super intelligent well-crafted modern pop music. The more we spin this album the better the songs sound. So much so that we can most definitely say this is one of the most original and well-crated solo albums we've heard in 2020. Emily Brown doesn't write and record difficult artsy music. These songs are presented simply using only the essential ingredients necessary in order to make them work. And that was the perfect choice because these songs are truly outstanding. They are also very original. The real icing on the cake here is that voice. Emily has a voice that's as good or better than most of the classic artists from the past who probably influenced her. These compositions incorporate elements from folk, classical, and underground pop. By blending them together to create her own warm and inviting sound, Brown has managed to come up with eleven modern classics that will surely stand the test of time. In a world full of so many throwaway artists, this lady comes across like a truly inspired and original musician who is bound to captivate those fortunate enough to hear her. Intoxicating tracks include "Amen Amen," "I Get The Feeling," "Dread," "Traipsing," Game Show," and "But You Might Rise." We can't think of anyone out there at present who sounds anything like this. Emily Brown is a true original. Highly recommended. TOP PICK.
Chuck Charles - Hiya (Independently released CD, Pop)
This is a solo album by Chuck Charles who is, up to this point in time, best known as the lead vocalist/songwriter in the La Jolla, California-based band Bigfellas. (His real name is apparently Charlie Recksieck). The band's website boasts this hilarious line: "Steely Dan for the Pabst Blue Ribbon crowd." There are a lot of cool things about what Charles (and his band) are doing. There's a definite sense of humor happening. Folks looking for hit songs should check out Hiya. This album is chock full of potential singles. Chuck writes songs that could be appreciated by just about anyone. And he has that uncanny knack for writing songs that are both catchy and credible. He compares his music to Ben Folds and Cracker, both of which are applicable. The recordings on this album are slick and professional, but not so much that character and personality get lost in the process. And that's an important key to why this music works. Chuck is a guy with a bigger-than-life personality. And that personality comes across loud and clear on all of these fifteen songs. Charles isn't acting and playing the part of an ultra cool underground musician. He looks and sounds very much like a regular guy. But he's a regular guy who can write some damn good songs that stick in the mind like glue. This may be too commercial for the artsy crowd. And it may be just a bit too original and peculiar for those who only like glossy celebrity pop. But anyone who doesn't like it will be missing out on something real. Chuck Charles is a guy whose talent and focus are both extremely strong. And he's got a sound and style that could appeal to millions. Smart resilient tracks include "My TV Friends," "Deja Vu," "The Lobby," "Were You Close," and "So Long." Recommended.
Circulatory System - Circulatory System (Reissue Vinyl LP, The Elephant 6 Recording Co., Underground pop)
We were mighty curious when we received this impressive release from the fine folks at the Athens, Georgia-based label Elephant 6 Recording Co. What a package. This vinyl reissue of the debut full-length album from the band Circulatory System is a double LP that features some killer artwork. We didn't hear this album when it was originally released so this music was a new experience. The package includes a cool foldout lyric sheet and a download card. Hell, even the labels on the vinyl are cool has Hell. We received no press release or biographical information on the band so we knew nothing except what we were seeing and hearing. Upon closer examination of the artwork and the music itself, something seemed slightly familiar. But we couldn't quite figure out what it was. A quick search on the internet revealed that Circulatory System is basically the same folks who were in the critically acclaimed band The Olivia Tremor Control, except Bill Doss is no longer working with them. This extremely large group of musicians is driven by the musical skills of William Hart (who also created all the cool paintings mentioned earlier). This album succeeds on a multitude of different levels. These underground progressive compositions are strangely out-of-sync with what's happening in the world of music at the present time. And that, of course, is a wonderful thing. This album is a pure exercise in creativity. The main emphasis seems to have been to simply record studio experiments as an outlet for pure inspiration. What is perhaps most surprising here is how listenable these tracks are. Instead of creating grating audio art, Hart and his associates precisely fine-tuned these melodic songs so that they hold up to many repeated spins. These compositions are very easy on the ears and yet...there's a great deal of slightly bizarre creativity threaded into these tracks. Comparing these songs to other artists and/or bands would be difficult because there are no easy reference points. Suffice to say, if you love original modern underground pop you're almost certain to love this music. Twenty-two delightful tracks and they're all exceptional. Some of our initial favorites include "Yesterday's World," "Diary of Wood," "Inside Blasts," "The Pillow," "Should a Cloud Replace a Compass?", and "Forever." Exceedingly intelligent and creative...and truly fantastic. Highly recommended. Top pick.
Stephen Clair - The Small Hours (Independently released CD-R, Pop/rock)
Stephen Clair is an extremely talented and extraordinary singer/songwriter. And Small Hours might just represent this man's finest moment. There's nothing cute or clever here. No gimmicks or modern technological sounds to date the tracks. This is just a man and his fellow backing musicians belting out some genuinely heartfelt real songs that seem to come straight from the heart and soul. Clair could be compared to countless other classic artists because he uses only the most basic ingredients to present his music. But it's the way he delivers his songs that make them so credible and entertaining. At a point in time when so many jump on bandwagons or hide their lack of credible material behind walls of digital tweaking, Stephen lets his music speak for itself. Helping him achieve that goal are Daria Grace on bass and Aaron Latos on drums...both of whom provide exceptional performances on each and every track. Interestingly, these songs were recorded just prior to the big takedown of 2020. The album was officially released on September 18, 2020. The band was probably planning on doing plenty of live shows to support this album but that, of course, quickly changed. This music stands right up there with some of the most solid rock/pop that's been recorded in the twenty-first century. Eleven kickass cuts including "Come Down," "Dorothy," "Marie," "Hurricane Coming," and "Cheap Date." Solid stuff from start to finish. YES.
Cosse - Nothing Belongs to Anything (CD EP, A Tant Rever du Roio / Grabuge, Underground rock)
Cosse is a progressive instrumental rock band based in France. These songs combine flowing atmospheric elements with underground/alternative rock song structures. If you're a fan of all those wildly inventive guitar bands from the 1990s, you may very well get a major charge out of the compositions on Nothing Belongs to Anything. Rather than sticking to standard formulas and familiar riffs, these folks chart out their own unique territory on these five tracks. It would be difficult to compare this music to any other specific artists or bands because there are none that instantly come to mind. Rather than being overtly artsy or difficult, however, these folks make music that is surprisingly listener friendly and accessible. The press release compared the music to other bands like Girl Band, Slint, and Sonic Youth. So that should give you some idea of what's going on here. One thing is certain. These five tracks sound nothing like what's going on in the undercurrents of American music in the twenty-first century. Strangely puzzling and frequently mesmerizing stuff. Cool enlightened tracks include "Welcome Newcomers" and "The Ground." Cool music from a decidedly different universe.
Dino DiMuro - The Dunning-Kruger Effect (Independently released CD, Underground progressive pop), I Don't Know Tomorrow (Independently released CD, Underground progressive pop)
It's been a while since we last heard from California-based longtime home recording artist Dino DiMuro. Because we liked what we heard years ago, we were pleased as punch to receive not one but two new releases. DiMuro's basic sound remains intact. But what is very different here is that everything has now been crystallized into a very fine and precisely executed sound. So...what does the music sound like? Imagine combining indie pop with some of the herky jerky elements of Frank Zappa...and then toss in some oddball slinky guitars reminiscent of those heard on the Captain Beefheart albums Trout Mask Replica and Lick My Decals Off, Baby. What is perhaps most interesting is how well Dino is able to combine these elements into one cohesive sound that is completely his own. Both of these albums were seemingly cut from the same general fabric, and each one features a lot of material (!). Dunning-Kruger features twenty-three compositions while Tomorrow has twenty-one. And almost all of them are super short and to-the-point. We've always had a preference for short tracks. And that's probably because so many musicians just don't know when to just turn off and shut up. Of course, the amount of songs on these albums will probably confuse many listeners but...so what? This man is obviously making music as a way of communicating while also creating audio art. So pandering to listeners is probably something that's not even in his game plan. So much to take in here...whew. Some tracks that initial caught our attention are "Anna Fallaxis," "Spring With A Bit Of Summer," "Sleep To Go," "SSSNAKES," "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (Vic Mizzy)" (from Dunning-Kruger) and "Wayne Brock Chalmers," "Gentle Michael," "Long Haired Agnostic Pot Smoker," "Everything To Them," and "Playland Redux" (from Tomorrow). If you like Zappa or Beefheart...or even The Rudy Schwartz Project...you owe it to yourself to listen to this guy's music. Dino's unlike anyone else out there making music at this point in time. Note that he actively invites others to trade music by mail. For further information email DiMuro at email@example.com.
Dog Day - Present (CD, Fundog Recordings, Underground pop)
This is the first album of new material in seven years from Canada's Dog Day. So why the break? Over the past few years band members Nancy Urich and Set Smith got involved with making films. But fortunately over time they apparently realized they still had the urge to record music. And thus, Present was born. On this album Urich and Smith invited KC Spidle (their original drummer) and Meg Yoshida (Not You, Bad Vibrations) to join them. This is a strikingly refreshing collection of underground pop tunes that are slightly catchy and somewhat atmospheric. In a world full of people trying way too hard to sound different, we get the impression that these tracks were just recorded out of a pure love of making music. Many folks seem to be categorizing this band as either shoegaze or lo-fi indie pop. But to our ears these songs don't really fit neatly into either category. The melodies are much stronger and more defined than what we normally hear in shoegazer bands. And the songs have a much more produced sound than what we normally associate with lo-fi indie stuff. What we love most about this music is the fact that the songs get better each time you hear them. That is most certainly the trademark of music with substance. Cool and intriguing compositions include "Pictures," "Mind Reader," "Under the Weight of Your Word," "Inner Space," and "Distraction." Totally cool music that reverberates. Top pick.
Drool Brothers - Go Go Go-Go (Independently released CD-R EP, Underground pop/rock)
Music and comedy. We generally love it when people combine the two. But for many music artists with a sense of humor, it can be a slippery slope. Far too often listeners tend to dismiss such musicians as not being cool or credible simply because they're not playing by the rules. A good case in point is Neil Innes. The man wrote and recorded some of of the best pop music of all time. And yet he was doomed to obscurity because people somehow assumed he was not credible simply because he wrote a lot of funny songs. Boy were they wrong (like always). Drool Brothers is one of our top favorite California bands. Yes, they make music that's funny as Hell and sarcastic. But they are also exceedingly talented and original. And they are most certainly anything but a 'joke band.' Go Go Go-Go is yet another direct hit. At this point in time, these guys have perfected their own sound. The cool guitar-driven tracks are certain to grab listeners by the balls and not let go. The band is comprised of Chuck Mancillas, Tom Slik, Rico Garcia, and Dan Marfisi. Mancillas has once again come up with songs that are instantly familiar and catchy. And the lyrics are, as usual, exceptional. It should be noted that Chuck and his real-life brother Tom have been making home recordings since the late 1980s and have played with an amazing array of musicians and bands in California ever since. Hopefully one day some smart company with work with these guys to release a Complete Drool Brothers box set. That would be so cool. Five kickass cuts on this EP that oughta please even the most jaded music fans. We can't help but love all of 'em ("Go Go Go-Go," "Frat Boy," "R19-5171," "Rats," and "Not Punk Enough"). One day in the not-too-distant future, these guys will be recognized for being the innovators that they are. Until then, you can get in on the ground floor and tell your friends that you discovered 'em first. Fun upbeat stuff that's smart and addictive. Recommended. Top pick.
Brandi Ediss - Bees and Bees and Bees (CD, Futureman, Soft pop/folk)
Brandi Ediss is a different sort of individual operating in the undercurrents of pop and folk music in the United States. Perusing the press release that accompanied Bees and Bees and Bees we were first impressed by the fact that this young lady is a left-handed guitarist who plays a right-handed guitar upside down. Scan down the page...and we were surprised at some of the well-known artists who are already endorsing her music (Chris Collingwood, AC Newman, Philip B. Price, Kevin Burke, and Francis Dickerson). It was apparently a very smart move releasing an album in May 2020. At a point in time when so many busy people were probably knocked out of their orbit, Ediss may have found the perfect time to get others to listen to her music. While spinning this album we couldn't help but be reminded of the debut album from Suzanne Vega. Brandi writes and records soft folky pop that is pensive and reflective. The main focus is on lyrics and vocal melodies. Her lyrics are exceptional. These songs are understated in their delivery. Instead of clobbering listeners over their heads with too many voices and instruments, Ediss has the good common sense to present her songs with simple arrangements. And she only uses ingredients necessary in order to get the point across. Add to all of this the fact that she has a lovely soft voice and...you have an album of material that is bound to stand the test of time. Twelve well-composed cuts here including "Bees and Bees and Bees," "Count To Three," "Stupid Boyfriend," "I'll Keep You Warm," and "Linoleum." Recommended for anyone who enjoys good solid folk/pop with a conscience.
Equine - Light Wa/orship (CD, Noise Pelican, Experimental)
If you're not familiar with the underground label Noise Pelican, perhaps you should be. The label releases material that very likely would not otherwise be heard in the over inundated world of music. The strangely titled Light Wa/orship is, not surprisingly, a very peculiar spin. Equine is the solo project created by Kevin Michael Richards. This album was recorded in a single take on a smart phone. Yup, you read that right. Instead of adhering to the usual recording process, Richards opted to simply turn on his phone, guitar, and effects...and let the end result be an album. What is perhaps most surprising is how well-realized and listenable this is (?!). These are not songs in the traditional sense that most people expect. Kevin is working with technology and sound to create moods in the minds of his listeners. It would be difficult to compare this with anything else we've heard of late. It's a very sparse album and yet...somehow strangely reflective and inspired. And that probably has a lot to do with where this man's head was at when he made this recording. Divided into two lengthy cuts, Light Wa/orship is unusual and yet strangely listenable and entertaining. Peculiar, intriguing, and different. The minimalistic approach definitely works on this one.
Nick Frater - Fast & Loose (CD, Big Stir, Underground pop)
Instantly familiar sounding classic underground pop. We had been reading some great things about this album. But we really didn't understand what all the fuss was about until we gave Fast & Loose a spin. Wow. This guy is good. Nick Frater writes and records upbeat melodic pop music that should put most listeners in a great frame of mind. This is Frater's fifth full-length release, but for us it serves as an introduction. It seems somewhat strange that Fast begins with an instrumental track, because the remainder of the album features pure hooky pop with vocals way up front in the mix. "Luna" was the track that first made us appreciate what this man is capable of. It's a super smooth, well-crafted composition that really showcases what a mindblowing voice this guy has. We were also immediately blown away by the super catchy sound of "California Waits." Such a killer melody. The press release that accompanied this album appropriately compared the songs to other artists like Jellyfish, Cheap Trick, and The Beach Boys. While these comparisons do hold true, the overall tone and sound is more twenty-first century than such comparisons might imply. Nick handles most of the vocals and plays most of the instruments, but there are also some well-chosen friends/associates who lend their skills on different tracks. This album came out at a time when lots of folks really need some feelgood escapist pop. So if that's what you're looking for, you'll find more than your fair share here. In addition to the previously mentioned cuts, standout tracks also include "Moonstruck," "Would You Like To Go?", and "Endless Summertime Blues." Smart, resilient, and truly catchy modern pop that hits the target. Recommended. Top pick.
Kevin Godley - Muscle Memory (CD-R, State51 Conspiracy, Underground pop)
The first solo album from one of the true masterminds of music and video. Even though he's got diehard fans around the world, most people still don't or won't recognize the name Kevin Godley. And that's probably because prior to the release of this album he chose to create as a member of a band and a duo. Godley was in the original (and still amazing) lineup of the British band 10CC. After that he took off on a bizarre creative bend for several years with his pal Lol Creme (also from 10CC) in the duo Godley & Creme. The two made music that was incredible, but it was just too intelligent and wildly creative for most folks. Both Kevin and Lol have also been major innovators in the world of music video production. If you want an instant and intense blast of what Godley is doing these days, pull up his video for the track "Expecting A Message." It's a fastastic track with a strangely unsettling video. Instantly gripping and strange, and ultimately very very creative. Kevin's voice still sounds as wonderful as it did decades ago. This man has one of the best voices in the world of music. No, he wasn't the vocalist on 10CC's "I'm Not In Love." But he did handle lead vocals on some of the band's most beautifully crafted compositions. Muscle Memory is a strange spin. And listeners may be surprised at how dark and pensive some of this material is. Most of the tracks are restrained and rather sparse. But the songs are threaded with peculiar subtleties that will remind listeners of Godley's previous musical endeavors. We're not quite sure what inspired Kevin to suddenly record a solo album after so many years. But, along with his other diehard fans, we're pleased as punch and ready for more. We're hoping this is only the beginning of a long, long string of albums from this uniquely talented individual. Complex. Intelligent. Challenging. And strikingly unusual.
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Izzy & The Black Trees - Trust No One (CD, Antena Krzyku, Underground rock)
True underground guitar-oriented garage rock bands seem to be on the decline at this point in time. And that's too bad, because killer loud guitar bands have so often been the driving force of new ideas and viewpoints in the past. Izzy & The Black Trees is a real underground rock band featuring the inspired loose vocals of a young lady named Izabela Izzy Rekowska. The press release that accompanied this album appropriately compared Ms. Rekowska to other artists like Blondie, PJ Harvey, and Patti Smith. So if you're into the early tracks recorded by any of these three, there's a very good chance you will appreciate the cool rockin' sounds on Trust No One. Rekowska and her band definitely seem to adhere to the back-to-basics philosophy. These tracks were recorded using only the essentials (guitar, bass, drums). And there's only one lead vocal. No digital tweaking. No state-of-the-art modern technology. Nothing to give you the impression that this album was recorded in 2020. It's not retrospective by any means. But it's also a far cry from the technology driven dribble that so many listen to in the twenty-first century. Eight nifty underground rockers here including "Trust No One," "After Dark," "Scream Sea Lions," and "Kit Dancer."
The Jack Bennies - Evil Gain (12" Vinyl EP, DopeSickDollar, Rock)
Loud unprententious hard rockin' fun from the guys in The Jack Bennies (apparently also sometimes known as The Jacked Bennies). These guys have a loud direct sound that will remind listeners of early punk, when bands were genuinely loud and out-of-control. The band is comprised of Brian Edsel Diederich (vocals), Jubal Fearing (skins), Paddy Micky Bollocks (guitar), Bobby Conquer (lead guitar), and Johnny Mac (bass). Also playing on the album is guitarist Marc Cefalu who is sadly no longer with us. While spinning this EP we couldn't help but be reminded of Richard Hell and the Voidoids. Diederich has the same sort of sing/yelp style that made Hell such an icon in the 1970s. This cool 12" EP features six loose rockers and is pressed on nifty marble colored vinyl. Kickass cuts include "Masses," "Gordy Hookup," "Heart Of A Worm," and "Loose Tooth." These guys sure know how to turn up and just thing things rip. Cool gripping stuff with balls.
Jaco - Dose (CD, Cornelius Chapel, Underground pop)
This fellow originally made a name for himself in and around the Birmingham, Alabama area playing drums with Vulture Whale and Wes McDonald (aka Terry Ohms). In 2019 he decided to carve out his own musical niche with the well-received You Know album. Like a lot of other listeners and reviewers out there, we were impressed. Now comes the follow up, Dose. The simple and direct cover art is a perfect match for the music contained on the disc. What makes Jaco's music so refreshing is the fact that it only features drums, bass, and guitars. Using only the essentials, this guy is pure living proof that songs are what count. And when you've got really cool songs, you don't need all the digital tweaking and technological fluff that hampers so many modern recordings. Dose may very well remind many of the 1990s when cool guitar bands ruled the United States. Along with support from ex-bandmate Lester Nuby (this project was entirely created by the two), Jaco has recorded ten tracks that will satisfy just about anyone who loves good solid rock/pop. These songs feature cool rhythms, kickass guitar riffs, nice memorable melodies, and an overall upbeat vibe. If you've grown tired of too many artists who sound too much like one another, Dose may just be the dose you're searching for. Killer tracks include "Outer Space," "Bluebird," "Sign of a Struggle," "Somebody Told Me," and "Grow Up Together." Recommended. Top pick.
John 3:16 - Tempus Edax Rerum (Independently released cassette, Experimental guitar/sound)
The new album from John 3:16 has been released...as an extremely limited edition cassette. And this one is really limited. Only 66 physical copies are out there. Once again, this unusual and challenging musician has hit the target dead center. If you've heard this artist before, you have some idea of what to expect. If you have never heard Philippe Gerber (his real name), well then...this would be a great starting point. Gerber got his start playing in the critically acclaimed underground band Heat From A Deadstar from 2004 to 2009. Since then he has released music on a whole slew of different labels and worked with a staggering array of talented underground artists. Tempus Edax Rerum is a spooky collection of atmospheric/experimental tracks that sound like the soundtrack to a creepy suspense film. Most folks either think experimental sound is really cool or they totally hate it. We are of the former opinion. But we also know that in every genre there are good and bad. Some experimenters simply make bland or boring noise, which doesn't impress us much. And then there are those like John 3:16 who take it to an entirely different level. The lesson for the day is...some people know how to experiment. And some simply do not. Tempus is a strange audio experiment. It's not totally devoid of rhythms and melodies. But in most cases, they play secondary roles on these peculiar audio landscapes. These tracks have a really huge sound that can be overpowering and somewhat frightening at times. But these are counterbalanced by the softer segments that are also strangely unsettling. If you want a really good scare, turn off all the lights and turn this one up really loud. Yowch. Easily one of the best artists we've heard in the twenty-first century, John 3:16 continues to amaze while expanding the parameters of modern day instrumental music. Highly recommended. But not for the faint of heart. Top pick.
Ladyshark - Good Stuff (CD-R, Amityville, Underground rock)
Cool, captivating and truly underground rockin' stuff from the three ladies in Ladyshark. Originally based in Nashville, Tennessee, these folks are now making music in Hempstead, New York. The appropriately titled Good Stuff is just that...good stuff created for all the right reasons. Unlike so much music in the twenty-first century that's tweaked and twiddled to perfection, these songs have a nice loose raw sound that really grabs your attention. The group is comprised of Sarah 'Scarer' Vardy on guitar/guitar loops/lead vocals, Megal 'Raygun' Dillard on bass, backup vocals, and Jane Boxall on drums. Folks who love the cool loud fuzzed out bands from the 1990s will find a lot to appreciate here. The guitars are loud and up front in the mix. The vocals are delivered with appropriate disregard for perfection. And the rhythm section is blistering and focused. You can tell from the groovy sounds on this album that these three musicians had a helluva time recording these tracks. Because they recorded and released it themselves, they were able to do things exactly like they wanted. And, fortunately, that worked out great for the band as well as the listeners. Cool roarin' rockers include "Machine Wash," "Good Stuff," "DNon Binary," "Alien Skin." Fun stuff delivered with genuine style.
Last Charge of the Light Horse - The Sand Reckoner (Independently released CD-R, Underground progressive pop)
Last Charge of the Light Horse is the musical project created by Jean-Paul Vest. This fellow's songs are light years away from conventional twenty-first century pop music. While there are plenty of progressive and classical elements floating in and out of the mix here, The Sand Reckoner is still basically a pop album. Although Vest's brand of pop is far more complex and intelligent than such a statement might imply. Just as was the case with the last album, this CD's cover is a foldout poster. And on the opposite side of the poster you will find lyrics, printed in a font large enough that you can actually read 'em. This album was named after a book of the same name written by Archimedes in which he tried to calculate the number of grains of sand it would take to fill the known universe. Folks lending their talents on these tracks are Bob Stander, Shawn Murray, Pemberton Roach, Jim Watts, Pam Aronoff, Trever Menear, Aaron Palmadessa, Tom Griffith, Martha Trachtenberg, Robert Bruey, Nick Vest, Gwendolyn Vest, Elizabeth Goodfellow, Jack Licitra, Jonny Flaugher, Eric Van Thyne, Avirodh Sharma, Jeff Scroggins, Nolan Vest, and Keenan Zach. There's a lot happening in these songs and yet, surprisingly, the overall sound is never unnecessarily busy or overproduced. And that's probably because all of the players seemed to have placed the main emphasis on supporting the melodies and lyrics. There's a nice overall flow here from one song to the next. Standout cuts include "Just Once," "Chocolate and Cherries," "Old Habits, New Rabbits," and "April Morning." Once again, Vest and his associates have hit one out of the ball park. Well done.
Beth Lee - Waiting On You Tonight (Independently released CD-R, Pop)
This album immediately caught our attention because of the exceedingly simple sound of the first (title) song. Whereas the usual artist or band tries to blow the listener away using as much ammunition as possible, Beth Lee's new album starts off using the exact opposite approach. Yup, this song begins with a simple electric guitar strumming a single chord. Then the drums and bass kick in with no fills and no complexities. When Ms. Lee starts singing, you know you're in for a good ride here. Beth writes good solid songs that don't need all the unnecessary arrangements and technical tweaking. And on Waiting On You Tonight she and her band just seem focused on delivering the goods with as little fanfare as possible. Joining Lee on these tracks are Vincente Rodriguez on drums, percussion, bass, and backing vocals, James DePrato on guitar, bass, glockenspiel, and backing vocals, Julie Wolf on organ, melodica, and backing vocals, and Nino Moschella on drums (track 4 only) and backing vocals. Lee released her debut album Keep Your Mouth Shut about four years ago with her band Beth Lee & The Breakups. Her fans will be pleased to know it was well worth the wait for this, the follow up. Beth's got a really cool voice. She never sounds forced, she just lets the lyrics and melodies flow naturally. The nice sparse arrangements are a perfect fit for these well-composed tunes. In addition to the title track, we're also mighty impressed with cuts like "Playing Along," "Pens and Needles," "Too Little To Late," and "All The Way." In a world full of folks trying way too hard, Beth Lee stands out as an original artist with a unique talent.
Frank Lenz - Hot Painless City (CD-R EP, Velvet Blue Music, Pop)
Frank Lenz is an amazing fellow whose fans are extremely passionate about his music. And for good reason. In a world where most everyone wants to fit in one specific genre or appeal to a specific group of listeners, Lenz bops in and out of different styles with ease and confidence. His listeners are never quite sure what he will come up with next, and that's part of the beauty of what he's doing. After releasing the extremely peculiar Pyramid EP, we had no idea where Frank would go with his next release. Once again, we are very surprised. This three song EP features cover songs, all of which are pure and accessible pop. The songs are "Suicide Is Painless" (Johnny Mandrel & Mike Altman), "Hot Child In The City (Nick Gilder & James McCulloch), and "Both Sides Now" (Joni Mitchell). These tracks retain all the basic elements heard in the original tracks. And Frank's interpretations are amazingly direct and normal sounding. We're particularly impressed with how he handles the Joni Mitchell song. So...what comes next? Only time will tell. No matter what he does, Lenz is always compelling and entertaining.
Librarians With Hickeys - Long Overdue (CD, Big Stir, Underground pop)
The guys in Librarians With Hickeys seem to be lighting up the internet in 2020 with their cool hummable free-flowing pop. These guys have a nifty guitar-driven sound that is reminiscent of classic pop artists from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The humorously titled Long Overdue from this Akron, Ohio-based quartet is actually their debut. And they're starting on a high note, as it would take a lot of bands years to get to the point these guys are at with their craft. The band is comprised of Ray Carmen, Mike Crooker, Robb Crossley, and Andrew Wilco. While listening to these tracks, the vocals immediately reminded us of babysue favorite Harpers Bizarre (but without all the layered harmonies). But the songs themselves reminded us even more of the criminally overlooked Zion, Illinois band The Shoes. Produced, engineered and mixed by Crooker at Uneven Tracks Studios, Long Overdue combines all the best elements of pure pop...and delivers them without all that unnecessary studio gloss that hampers so many twenty-first century albums. Well-crafted listener friendly cuts include "Until There Was You," "And Then She's Gone," "Obsession," "Poor Reception," and "Black Velvet Dress." Smart, resilient, and catchy.
Little lost souls
Roaming the earth
Daniel Markham - Burnout (Independently released Vinyl LP, Underground pop/rock)
The fourth full-length release from Texas-based recording artist Daniel Markham. Burnout is a true one man project, as Daniel wrote all the songs and recorded everything himself. That said, these songs do not sound like your traditional one man band. Markham records songs that are driven by groovy loud guitars and cool bass lines. And unlike so many, he doesn't rely on technology to make up for a lack of substance. Each and every track here has something substantial to offer. At a point in time when most musicians are playing and layering far more than is necessary on their recordings, this fellow has the good sense to present his songs simply using only the most basic ingredients. This could be described as groove pop, power pop, or fuzz rock. But the label is not so important here. What matters most are the songs. Twelve groovy tracks with smart precise lyrics and instantly catchy melodies. We are nuts about the incredibly cool overdriven guitar riffs. We'd like to provide comparisons or an easy reference point here. But in all honesty, after spinning this album several times we can't think of any obvious comparisons that come to mind. And that's strange because Markham's songs sound very familiar in many ways. But there are plenty of subtleties here that make these songs instantly stand out from the pack. Killer tracks include "Armadillo," "Sleep In" (this one's particularly groovy), "It's A Spaceman, Man," "Glamorous Like Goddesses," and "Happy Ending." Completely real and totally unpretentious music. The more we hear this album the better it sounds. Killer stuff. Recommended. Top pick.
Jason Molina - Eight Gates (CD, Secretly Canadian, Underground pop)
This release from the fine folks at Secretly Canadian arrived with no accompanying information other than a blurb sticker on the CD cover that said the album featured the last studio recordings made by Jason Molina who died in 2013. The name didn't ring a bell so we pulled up some internet info on this fellow. Turns out we do know Molina's music, but up until now we only knew him by his band name Songs: Ohia. We remembered being very impressed with this band. (Jason also released music under the name Magnolia Electric Co.) So...why is it that this talented young fellow died so early in his career? Sadly, it turns out that the demon who pulled him under was alcohol. Major bummer for the world of music. From the sound of the songs on Eight Gates it appears that Molina was already in somewhat of a dark place mentally when he recorded these tracks. These songs have an honest and sparse sound that will probably make most of his fans feel sad when listening to them. And that's mainly because there will be no more new recordings. The good news for everyone is that during his short life Jason recorded a wealth of material that listeners will no doubt admire and revere for decades to come. This man wasn't following any particular musical trends and his music comes across sounding particularly sincere and real. There are no hits here, as that was apparently the furthest thing from Molina's mind when he was working on these tracks. These are more like mental communications in which melodies and lyrics are used to convey thoughts and feelings to listeners. This album is a truly beautiful spin. It would be almost impossible to not be moved by cool inspired tracks like "Whisper Away," "The Mission's End," "Old Worry," "Five on the Rail," and "The Crossroad + The Emptiness." Eight Gates is a strange lingering reminder that Molina was the great underground recording artists in the early twenty-first century. He will forever be missed by all who hear his music. Recommended. Top pick.
Mt. Doubt - Doubtlands (CD, Last Night From Glasgow, Moody underground rock/pop)
Cool band name. And the music's cool too. With most albums you instantly get an impression of what's happening. In the case of the band Mt. Doubt, you have to spin the songs several times to really understand what this band is all about. Driven by the songwriting skills of bandleader Leo Bargery, these nicely structured compositions incorporate elements from pop, rock, progressive rock, jazz, and more. These tracks are moody, yet unusually resilient and memorable. Leo has a killer voice that immediately draws you into the music. In addition to Bargery, the band is comprised of Annie Booth (vocals, acoustic guitar), Peter Bunting (drums), James Callaghan (guitar, bass), and Ryan Firth (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer). We absolutely love the arrangements and production on this one. Leo writes songs that would easily stand on their own. But they're made even more depthy and interesting due to the intricate arrangements and super clever studio manipulation. Although it took many spins for these songs to sink in, once they sunk in...they sunk in deep. These cuts have amazing depth that leaves many other bands in the dust. If you want throwaway pop, you won't find it here. But if you're looking for moody pensive underground modern pop that really stands out, you're likely to be very impressed with Doubtlands. Killer cuts include "68th In Orbit," "Yawn When I Do," "Headless," "Dark Slopes Away," and "Peaks of Wreck." Recommended. Top pick.
Because there is just no way we can absorb and write about all the cool stuff that's sent our way, we want to make folks aware of the following items that were recently released. These were either (a) things that just seemed interesting or (b) new releases by credible cool artists we've reviewed in the past. Check 'em out. [Note that this list is in no way comprehensive. Also note that, because we started this list late, many items had unfortunately already drifted under the bridge. Apologies to anyone who feels left out or slighted, as that was certainly not our intention.]
A Love Electric - Permanent Immigrant; The Aquabats - Kooky Spooky (Gloopy); Rachel Brooke - The Loneliness In Me (Mal); Crown of Glory - Ad Infinitum (Fastball); Brian Cullman - Winter Clothes; Darwin 2 - A Frozen War; Dennis Davison - The Book of Strongman (Pretty Plague); Days Between Stations - Giants; The Electric Mess - V (Sound Flat); Kirk Fletcher - My Blues Pathway (Cleopatra); Fudge - Dust To Come (Fastball); Mark W. Georgsson - Comes A Time (Last Night From Glasgow); Golden Harmonium - Subjects of the Cave; Headcat 13 - Headcat 13 (Cleopatra); Jeremiah Johnson - Unemployed Highly Annoyed (Ruf); Christian Kjellvander - About Love and Loving Again (Tapete); David Lord - Forest Standards Vol. 2 (Big Ego); Manana Couch - Brooklyn Dirt (Idle Edsel); Nicholas Merz - God Won't Save You, But I Will; Owen Meany's Batting Stance - Featherweights (LHM); Peter Parcek - Mississippi Suitcase (Lightnin); The New Empire - Second Lifetime (Forward Motion); Nonduo - In Your Eyes; Rube & Rake - Leaving With Nothing (LHM); Dave Schoepke - Tessellated Resonance; The Selenites - Moon Madness (Cargo); Starless - Earthbound (Last Night From Glasgow); The Successful Failures - Pack Up Your Shadows (Kool Kat Musik); Ten Walls - Lights For The Dreams (Runemark); Twin Trances - Chains EP; Urlaub in Polen - All (Tapete); James Williamson & Deniz Tek - Two To One (Cleopatra).
NRBQ - In Frequencies (CD, Omnivore Recordings, Rock/pop)
We have to admit that we were very very late getting into the music made by the guys in NRBQ. We'd heard the name for decades and seen their records. But for some reason the music simply escaped us. It wasn't until the folks at Omnivore Recordings began releasing NRBQ music that we were suddenly turned on. NRBQ is a great band. For us, what immediately stands out about their music is the fact that the songs don't easily fit into any genres or pigeonholes. It's just good music, plain and simple. And whatever style of music these guys decide to take on, they do it well. Considering how long they've been making music (five decades), it seems rather amazing that this is the first-ever collection like this of outtakes and rare tracks. We're probably not the best to analyze this in depth when you consider the fact that we missed out on the band's first four decades of music (!). But we can still offer our impressions of the tracks featured on In Frequencies. The album begins with the wonderful sparse sounds of "Dogwood Winter," a soundcheck recording from 1968. You can easily hear a loud guitar hum in the background which would normally be annoying. But for some reason that only adds to the warmth and realness of this cool instrumental. There are plenty of keen resilient tracks here that offer positive proof that these guys can take on any style of music and succeed. Whether it's a live track, a soundcheck recording, or an unused studio track...each and every one of these cuts is wonderfully entertaining. A real standout (and a real surprise as well) is the band's cover of "April Showers." Surprisingly, this is the best version of this song that we have ever heard. Other initial standouts include "Get Real," "Let Me Tell You 'Bout My Girl," "My Dearest One," and "Too Much." But in all honesty, all of these tracks are rather great. It'll take us years to go back in time and take in everything these guys have recorded. But over time, we'll be doing that...because these musicians do what so many simply cannot. They make good solid music that entertains. Recommended. Top pick.
OGD - The Big Game (Independently released CD, Pop/rock)
Loud aggressive modern power pop laced with threads of progressive rock. OGD is the trio comprised of Derek Olivero (guitars, lead vocals), Bobby Gavin (drums, vocals) and Dave De Ranieri (bass guitar, vocals). The Big Game is one loud hard-hitting album that is worthy of all the attention it receives. Olivero and De Rainieri were previously in the band Outland. But after that band split, they joined forces with Gavin...and OGD was born. This, the band's debut, sounds nothing like a debut. These guys play with a focus and intensity that is rarely found in the United States in 2020. For this album, these fellows joined forces with kickass drummer and producer Jerry Marotta. This was apparently a match made in heaven, because all of the parties seem to feed off one another. And the end result is a batch of tunes that pack a mighty big punch, all the while sounding very organic and natural. It'll be interesting to see how this album fares in 2020. After all, at this point in time the stuff that sells big time in the United States is pure garbage. Our guess is that this will be a favorite among critics and fans of classic rock. But that's probably enough to elevate these guys to a level where they can write and play music for a living. Ten cool captivating cuts including "Young Love," "The World," "Innocence Ran," "Dreamland," and "Outland." Heavy, melodic and riveting stuff.
Panaviscope - Like The Sun (CD, How Bad Pretty Bad, Underground pop)
Really cool and strangely different underground pop. Panaviscope is the one-man musical project created by Geneva, Switzerland's Alex Duloz. The main thing that sets this man's music apart from just about everyone else we've heard of late are the vocals. Duloz sings in a strange falsetto that sounds nothing like most twenty-first century recording artists. Hard to say who he sounds like really, but we can't help but be occasionally reminded of Thunderclap Newman at times. The songs on Like The Sun are very much unlike what most folks are accustomed to hearing at this point in time. And that, of course, is a huge compliment. At a point in time when so many artists sound like carbon copies of others, having a truly different and unique sound is very rare. Duloz has really hit some highs on this, his debut full-length release. It's a strangely moody and engaging collection of songs that are smart, reflective, and ultimately very resilient. There's a talking voice that fortunately only pops up occasionally and seems very much out of place. Other than that one minor issue, we have nothing but super positive reactions to this album. Cool captivating cuts include "Like the Sun," "Sham," "Talking To Flowers," "A Sea of Papers," and "Shades of Passion."
Louis Philippe & The Night Mail - Thunderclouds (CD, Tapete, Underground pop)
In France Louis Philippe is a known celebrity. And, strangely enough, he's probably best known for his writing on the subject of football (?!) under the name Louis Auclair. If you've never heard this man's brand of intelligent well-crafted pop, you should check out his music. Philippe is smart. And inventive. And clever. And he's a master at his craft, composing and arranging his cool compositions with precise focus. We've heard some of Louis' previous releases, and we've always been impressed. Although it was recorded under different conditions, Thunderclouds is yet another fine and articulate addition to his discography. Louis is joined here by the band The Night Mail which is comprised of Robert Totifer on guitar, Andy Lewis on bass, and Ian Button on drums. The basic tracks were recorded live in the studio...which may explain why the rhythms seem to sound so fluid and flow so naturally. The arrangements on these songs remind us very much of some of the really cool pop stuff that came out in the 1960s (think Burt Bacharach or Harpers Bizarre). It would be so cool if this album ends up yielding some major hits. Unfortunately, most well-crafted intelligent pop has now been shoved underground as most listeners have opted in favor of processed cheese presented as music. But enough tired whining (sorry folks)... Ignore what is popular on the internet and ignore what famous people are shoving into your face. Check out the latest offering from Louis Philippe. Thunderclouds presents thirteen excellent escapist pop tracks. Each is polished to perfection and they all feature cool flowing melodies. Our favorite tracks include "Living On Borrowed Time," "Once In A Lifetime of Lies," "Fall In A Daydream," "No Sound," and "When London Burns." A totally cool spin from start to finish. Recommended. Top pick.
Pop Co-Op - Factory Settings (CD, Silent Bugler, Underground pop)
More instantly catchy upbeat pop from the four guys in Pop Co-Op. These gents impressed lots of folks with their debut album Four State Solution that was released in 2017. This, their latest album, features classic pop that draws upon sounds and ideas from a whole slew of bands from the late twentieth century. The band cites influences such as The Beatles, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Doors, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, XTC and more. You can hear traces of all of these (and more) on Factory Settings. What may surprise many is the fact that these tracks were not recorded by a band playing at the same time. These four musicians traded tracks via the internet to come up with the finished masters. Pop Co-Op is comprised of Steve Stoeckel (guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals), Bruce Gordon (guitar, keyboards, vocals, vocal arrangements), Stacy Carson (drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals), and Joel Tinnel (guitar, mandolin, vocals). If there's a single word we would use to describe these songs, that word would probably be...inspired. These tracks feature cool smart winding melodies and vocals that are always right on target. Well-crafted in every way, and the end result is a string of smart hummable tracks that will surely stand the test of time. Our favorites include "No Man's Land," "Underworld," "King of Weightless," "Won't Be Me," and "Sleeve." Impeccable arrangements from start to finish. Nice stuff.
Powerman 5000 - The Noble Rot (CD, Cleopatra, Industrial rock/pop)
More hard hitting industrial pop from the folks in Powerman 5000. This band began in the early 1990s and found a very receptive audience. Their aggressive form of industrial rock/pop was very much in line with what lots of folks were listening to at the time. The band is the project spearheaded by Spider, whose real name is Michael Cummings. He also goes by the names Spider One and MC Spider...and it should be noted that he is Rob Zombie's younger brother. The Noble Rot is a genuinely entertaining collection of new songs. The cuts have that loud driving industrial sound, but listeners may be surprised at how poppy and accessible the melodies are. This album is by no means a mere loud blur of industrial noise. These compositions are mainly pop tunes that just happen to be driven by dark metallic undercurrents. In addition to Spider, on this album the band is comprised of DJ Rattan, Ty Oliver, Murv 3, and Taylor Haycraft. In the 1990s these tracks would've been instantly popular on underground radio stations. In 2020 it'll be interesting to see how this music is perceived and digested. One thing is certain. This sounds nothing like most super popular big-time artists in the twenty-first century. And that, of course, is a huge plus. Cool riveting danceable cuts include "Cannibal Killers That Kill Everyone," "Play God or Play Dead," "Let the Insects Rule," and "Strange People Doing Strange Things."
RECIPE FOR HAPPY
It rains constantly during Friday evening
The rain subsides that Saturday morning,
Which is the Fourth of July.
The weather during the day is perfect.
Just as the sun begins to set there is another torrential downpour.
It rains constantly for ten hours straight.
All fireworks events are moved to Sunday evening
Which is expected to be completely dry.
Sunday is a beautiful clear day and everyone is excited
To finally see some fireworks.
Just as the sun begins to set there is another torrential downpour.
Once again, it rains constantly for ten hours straight.
Chad Reynvaan - 21st Sensory (Independently released CD, Underground pop)
Although many folks may not be aware of it, there's a good deal of really cool underground music coming from the state of Alaska this century. After spinning 21st Sensory we can instantly recommend Chad Reynvaan's music to just about anyone who loves good solid underground pop. Using traditional instruments and a stripped down approach, this guy lets his compositions take center stage. He writes songs that are instantly familiar, pleasing, and resilient. At a point in time when so many are trying way too hard to sound different or original, Chad comes across like a regular guy who just enjoys writing and recording good solid hummable songs. Originally from Aberdeen, Washington, Reynvaan now lives and records in Anchorage. He played most everything on this album but a few pals did lend their talents on some tracks. The more we spin this album, the more the songs remind us of Birmingham, Alabama's Terry Ohms (one of our top favorite underground artists at present). If you're looking for underground pop that's smart, memorable and decidedly unpretentious...you're likely to get a lot of bang for your bucks with 21st Sensory. Cool catchy cuts include "Slow Goodbye," "World of Lies," "Winning & Losing Friends," and "She Still Waits." A truly cool spin from start to finish. Top pick.
Suzzy Roche & Lucy Wainwright Roche - I Can Still Hear You (CD, StorySound, Soft pop)
Beautifully executed soft modern pop with a conscience and true soul. Before we get to the music here, let's head off on a brief tangent. We've always thought how horrible it would be to be the son or daughter of a hugely famous celebrity. Everyone would always be comparing you to your parent(s). And everyone would also be constantly asking you questions about your parent(s). It seems like all the negatives would far outweigh all the positives. And that might help to explain why the children of so many ultra famous people have had erratic and troubled musical careers. But hey...what if you were the daughter of Suzzy Roche and Loudon Wainwright III...? Now that's a different story altogether. It must be cool as Hell having credible talented folks like these two for parents. Okay, tangent now over. And onto the music at hand. Suzzy and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche have created a wonderfully warm and soothing collection of soft pop classics here. They began recording the songs for I Can Still Hear You in Nashville right before Covid-19 stopped just about everything that was happening. But the recording only stopped temporarily. They eventually picked up the pieces and completed the album. This is not these ladies' first collaboration. In 2013 they released Fairytale and Myth which was followed by Mud & Apples in 2016. The way the Roches' voices merge together is magical, and will certainly remind listeners of The Roches. I Can Still Hear You consists of songs by Suzzy, songs by Lucy, and songs composed by both. The album ends, appropriately, with a unique cover of "Bein' Green" (written by Joe Raposo). This is a beautiful album of heartfelt music that is genuine and real. Cool refreshing cuts include "I Can Still Hear You," "Ruins," "Talkin' Like You (Two Tall Mountains)," "Duck Song," "Get the Better," and "Jane."
Rosetta Stone - Cryptology (CD, Cleopatra, Gothic pop)
In many ways we aren't too surprised by the wave of twenty-first century artists who claim 1970s progressive rock bands as their main influence. But we have to admit that we're kinda surprised that goth pop/rock seems to be slowly making its way back into the public consciousness. It had been about nineteen years (!) since folks last heard from the gothic pop/rock band Rosetta Stone. Then in 2019 they suddenly released Seems Like Forever. The album was so well received that mainman Porl King decided to quickly release this, the follow up. While spinning Cryptology listeners may very well feel as if they are being transported to another time and place. In the late 1980s and 1990s it seemed like there were bands everywhere playing this style of music. And then, for whatever reasons, most seemed to disappear as the century came to a close. But as we were nearing the end of the 2010s, the genre seemed to be making a comeback. And now at the present time, it seems as if there's a definite wave of goth artists once again making their music heard. What we like best about this album is that it seems to have been made to sound very much like music from the 1990s. Instead of using current technology to update the sound, it appears that King opted to keep things pretty much just as they were for the most part. As a result, this sounds like the real thing. Groove oriented tracks include "Shock," "With This (I'm Done)," "I Put It To You," and "Always Always." Recommended for fans of Joy Division and Sisters of Mercy.
Andre Salvador and the Von Kings - Andre Salvador and the Von Kings (CD, Last Night From Glasgow, Moody underground rock/pop)
Strangely inviting underground pop with a different sort of sound and style. Andre Salvador and the Von Kings is the musical project created by singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Tim Cheplick. This self-titled album features twelve well-crafted songs with instantly memorable melodies and intelligent lyrics. A cool plus for Cheplick's fans is the fact that the lyrics are printed on the back of the LP cover. You will want to read along while listening to Tim's clever wordplay. In a world where so many artists sound so similar to one another, this guy's music is a refreshing change. He doesn't seem to be aping or copying anyone's sound. And yet he has managed to come up with a slightly different sound that is entirely his own. The cool understated vocals are a perfect fit for these intricate underground pop classics. It would be hard to pick favorites here because each and every track is a real standout. This album is easily one of the best releases we've hard in 2020. Soft and understated...and yet there's a great deal of real substance threaded into these captivating compositions. Like we said, all the tracks are great. But some of our initial favorites include "I Love You (Don't Laugh)," "Something Nice," "I Know," "Bootlegs," "Season In Hell," and "Point of Tears." The more we spin this, the better these songs sound. Smart. Resilient. And unique. Highly recommended. Top pick.
Sciflyer - The Illusion of Unlimited Choice (CD, Darla, Underground rock)
This music is wonderfully out-of-sync with most of what's happening in the world of music in 2020. So that's a huge plus, of course. The world gets mighty samey and boring when so many folks do the exact same thing at the same time. And in the world of music that, unfortunately, happens far too often. The folks in Sciflyer play a brand of hazy semi-psychedelic underground pop/rock that may very well remind listeners of the ultracreative 1990s (one of the peak decades in the world of music). These tracks are dreamy and subtle and the overall sound is strangely distant and peculiar. If you like effects, The Illusion of Unlimited Choice may very well hit the center of your target. These folks aren't afraid to drench their instruments and voices in effects, sometimes making it seem as if you're listening to a band playing through thick clouds of smoke. The band is currently comprised of Steven Kennedy, Sophia Campbell and Sonya Trejo. The compositions on this album are not simple catchy pop, nor are they hard rockers. Kennedy, Campbell and Trejo seem to enjoy creating cerebral moods with their music. And on this album they provide some uniquely memorable hypnotic moments. Some folks might label this music as shoegazer, but to our ears such a term doesn't adequately convey what's going on. Kennedy took a break from the band for awhile. But now he's back with a solid rhythm section that seems perfectly suited for Sciflyer songs. Captivating spacey tracks include "Los Angeles," "Hypnotized," "Space & Time," and "Moonset." Interesting, reflective, and atmospheric stuff for intelligent listeners.
The Silent Boys - Tilt-A-Whirl (CD, Walrus, Underground pop), Steam Train Hearts - Smoke & Cinder (CD, Who Are These Guys?, Underground pop/rock)
We're reviewing both of these bands' new albums together because they are both projects driven by the songwriting skills of Wallace Dietz who, up to this point in time, is best known as the driving force behind The Silent Boys. We've been mighty impressed by the songs we've heard thus far from this cool underground group. Pulling up the band's web site, we were immediately impressed to see the intelligently crafted tag line "willfully obscure since 1986" (the year the group began). These words tell a great deal about who these guys are and where their heads are at. Just as was the case with the last Silent Boys album, Tilt-A-Whirl is a direct hit. Dietz writes subtle dreamy pop music that is reminiscent of some of the more cool and interesting underground British bands in the 1980s and early 1990s. In addition to Dietz, the band is comprised of John Suchocki on keyboards and lead guitar, John Morand on drums and percussion, and Michael Click on bass. While listening to this band's music we get the distinct feeling that these guys are making music first and foremost because that is what they enjoy doing. They don't seem the least bit interested in jumping on bandwagons, trying to ape current artists, or playing the game the way it's usually played. And that is, perhaps, why these tracks come across sounding so refreshingly genuine and real. Another huge plus is the fact that the songs are presented simply using only basic instruments, so the music is never hampered by overproduction. Ten well-crafted compositions here executed to perfection. Our favorites include "Tilt-A-Whirl," "Blue Ocean," "Beauty in the 21st Century," "Unorthodox," and "Simplicity." We weren't quite sure what to expect from Dietz' other new band Steam Train Hearts. To sum it up in a nutshell, the music is similar to The Silent Boys...except a bit more direct and rock-oriented. We couldn't help but occasionally be reminded of The Feelies while spinning this one. And even The Television Personalities (?!) at times. The band appears to be the duo of Dietz and Brutus Smith (the founder of the L'il Bossy Records label). But also adding their talents on different tracks are Kyle Hermann and Blee Child, as well as the other three guys in The Silent Boys. Intelligently-crafted underground rockers include "Smoke & Cinder," "Seed Change," "Pool of Tears," and "Despair." We can easily recommend anything/everything Dietz and his associates release. Refreshingly honest and resilient, these albums could make people of all ages fall in love with music all over again. Both are...TOP PICKS.
Soft Machine - Live at the Baked Potato (CD, Moonjune, Progressive/jazz)
Few would ever have imagined the world would still be hearing new albums from Soft Machine in 2020. The band's popularity and influence have only grown stronger with the passage of time, probably due to the fact that they were one of the more gifted and resilient groups from the original wave of progressive rock bands. Comparing the new with the old is probably not the best way to approach this album. After all, many years have passed and much has changed. To our ears, the most notable difference is that the songs now seem more driven by a pure jazz flavor and sound. Soft Machine toured the globe in 2018 and 2019 to much critical acclaim. This album was recorded at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles, California on February 1, 2019. The band is now comprised of John Etheridge (guitar), Theo Travis (saxophone, flute, Fender Rhodes), Roy Babbington (bass guitar), and John Marshall (drums). There's plenty of spontaneous improvisation happening here, which is probably one of the main elements that drew so many to the band's music decades ago. In addition to the download / stream and CD version, this has also been released as a limited edition double vinyl LP (only 200 copies, so those are probably already long gone). The album features several Soft Machine classics ("Out-Bloody-Rageous," "Hazard Profile," Kings & Queens," etc.) as well as material from their latest studio album Hidden Details. This band remains completely credible in the twenty-first century.
Special Moves - "Little Help" (CD-R, Jigsaw, Underground pop/rock)
True underground music that sounds like true underground music. If there's one strange thing about the twenty-first century, it's the fact that many home recording musicians have become so good at their craft that in many cases you can no longer tell the difference between stuff recorded in personal and professional studios. Special Moves is a band that doesn't seem to be trying to sound ultra professional. We love this. And the main emphasis seems to be just recording things for the hell of it. We love this also. We couldn't help but chuckle at the lyrics to "Thank U Pile of CDRs". "Thank you pile of CDRs for reminding me who we used to be when we were young." Brilliant. This album reminds us a great deal of some of the nifty underground stuff we used to receive from totally obscure home recording artists in the 1990s. These tracks are not polished to perfection. And the songs come across much more like stream-of-consciousness statements rather than perfectly crafted pop songs. This album is ultimately very refreshing and real. And it has a lot more substance than a lot of the super slick releases out there. Classy cuts include "Our Summer," "Something I Forgot To Du," and "Ender." Another refreshingly original release made available to the world by the fine folks at Jigsaw Records in Portland, Oregon. Neat stuff.
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TH/S /S SH/T - /// (CD-R, Upton Park, Underground pop/rock)
Although the band name is TH/S /S SH/T, they are also using the more common words This Is Shit (this is most notable in the name of their website). Whichever way you do (or don't) spell it, the band's music is definitely not shit at all. The group is comprised of Loic L on guitar and synthesizers, Xavier L on bass and synthesizers, and Gilles D on acoustic drums. The tracks on the confusingly titled /// effectively combine techno pop sounds with more aggressive rock rhythms. These tracks are, first and foremost, very danceable. But they're not for folks wanting those oh-so-boring safe and samey disco sounds from the 1970s. These three musicians have a sound that has a much more forceful punch. This band could possibly even be described as a punk dance group (?!). We particularly love the fact that, despite the generous helpings of synthesizers, the songs are driven by real drums. And Gilles D packs quite a punch, smashing his kit with furious intent. If you love the sound of stuff that's played in true underground dance clubs, this might just be your favorite new album. These are mainly instrumentals, but on some tracks we can hear what are probably samples of a word or two. This one's a wild ride from start to finish. If you like to move, you'll be worn out by the time you reach the last track. Our favorite compositions include "///," "Ecstasy," "Transition 1.2," "Paraldehyde," and "Transition 1.4." Curious, puzzling, and slightly nervous stuff.
Tough Age - Which Way Am I? (CD, Mint, Underground rock)
This, the fourth full-length release from Canada's Tough Age, serves as an introduction for us. The band is the trio comprised of Jarrett Samson, Penny Clark and Jesse Locke. These three musicians play an aggressive form of twenty-first century underground rock that seems driven by underlying energy that reminds us of early punk and new wave bands from the 1970s. We had to spin Which Way Am I? several times for the songs to sink in. And that's probably because these tracks don't follow the usual traditional formulaic patterns. They're also not immediately catchy. Samson, Clark, and Locke play songs that are curiously different...and yet they're played with such direct focus that you're immediately drawn into the music. Recorded with producer Peter Woodford at his studio in Montreal, these tracks have a nice raw sound that probably sounds very much like the group when they play live. Instead of relying on overdubs and studio gimmicks, Woodford allowed these cuts to stand on their own. The direct approach definitely works here, as it allows the listener to appreciate the cool subtleties. Smart, gripping and ultimately very danceable, this album ought to be an instant hit among the hippest of the hip. Kickass cuts include "Self-Confidence," "Desire?", "Consequences," "Repose," "Mathers Ave," and "In a Desert." Short and to-the-point, these folks accomplish more in 35 minutes than most bands during the course of their entire career. Totally cool sounding stuff that really kicks. Recommended. Top pick.
Mark Vickness - Interconnected (Independently released CD, Instrumental)
Smooth, pensive, articulate instrumental music that is soothing and inspired. Mark Vickness composed all nine tracks on Interconnected. And they're all very focused and arranged to perfection. Joining him on these recordings are Mads Tolling on violin, Joseph Hebert on cello, Dan Feiszli on bass, and Ty Burhoe on tabla. While listening to these tracks, we could help but think about how much they sound like the score to a motion picture. Recorded and mixed by Feiszli, the overall sound is very warm and organic. Vickness is no newcomer to the world of music. Prior to going solo, he was one half of the acoustic fusion duo Glass House. These tracks are very precise and well-thought out and yet...they never sound sterile or superficial. Vickness and his associates manage to play with such extreme focus that you can't help but feel as if you are experiencing what the musicians felt when they were playing. That's the real beauty of truly inspired instrumental music...when the players are able to actually transmit emotions without uttering a single word. Beautifully crafted compositions include "Interwoven (ensemble)," "Hot Apple Stuff (ensemble studio version)," "For Every Child (trio)," and "One Day Over A Thousand (solo)." Beautiful melodic music for reflection.
Jake Winstrom - Circles (Independently released vinyl LP, Underground pop)
Jake Winstrom is a very talented singer/songwriter whose music should appeal to a wide cross section of underground music fans. Winstrom originally got his start as the leader of the band Tenderhooks before going solo. The first thing that struck us about the songs on Circles were the vocals. Jake has an instantly identifiable vocal style that reminds us of Ron Dante (The Archies) Richard O'Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show), and Andy Kim. Even though we're placing this album in the underground pop genre, we should emphasize that the basic songs, melodies, and lyrics on this one could easily by manipulated to become hugely popular mainstream hits. And we don't mean that as a cut, we mean it as a compliment. Some listeners may mistake these tracks as just more of the same. After all, in the world of underground guitar pop there are a lot of soundalike artists. What sets this fellow apart from so many is the plain and simple fact that he writes great songs. Many of these tracks have a bubblegummy sound, which we find particularly appealing. But there's so much more going on there than that reference point might imply. These are not light and fluffy throwaway compositions. Winstrom writes lyrics and melodies that are classic in nature. And he has the good sense to present his songs fairly simply without burying them in unnecessary layers of sound. Although most listeners will probably be most interested in the upbeat songs that sound like hits, it's the title song ("I Walk In Circles") that really grabs us the most. This soft pensive track features a truly beautiful melody line that is unforgettable. The strings really push the song to another level, and the vocals are so good they may give you chills. But all of the compositions on Circles are rather exceptional. Other standout tracks include "Come To Texas She Said" (in a perfect world this would be a huge hit), "My Hiding Place," "Loose Change," "Wash My Face In A Truck Stop Mirror," and "Kilimanjaro." Pressed on beautiful green marble vinyl, this LP is housed inside a cool foldout cover and includes a nifty lyric sheet. This guy is smart and he's doing everything right. A truly standout pop album. Recommended. Top pick.
you.Guru - Young Adult Fiction (CD, Antena Krzyku, Underground instrumental rock/pop)
Yow. This is a very refreshing and challenging collection of modern instrumentals laced with plenty of psychedelic surprises. With so much focus lately on progressive rock bands from the 1970s (one of our favorite decades for music), the release of Young Adult Fiction seems perfectly timed. Whereas so many underground modern artists seem to take their cue from the more well-known and successful progressive bands, the folks in you.Guru seem to be more inspired and influenced by the more obscure artsy German and French artists. But don't think this band is retrospective, because they are not. The group is the trio comprised of Arthur Mackowiak on guitar and electronics, Michal Lutrzykowski on bass, and Piotr Waliszewski on drums. Young Adult Fiction features six lengthy compositions, all of which extend well past the five minute mark. We really dig all the wonderfully heady acid-drenched electronics on this one. Many of the cool loose tripped-out sounds will remind listeners of other kickass bands like Clearlight Symphony, Steve Hillage, Gong, and The Orb. The more we spin this album, the better these tracks sound. Classy mood-enhancing cuts include "Switch on the Truth," "An Animated Song," "Acid Dance," and "The Secret Way to Reach Ben." Groovy mind-melting stuff for thinking listeners. Recommended. Top pick.
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Academics for Pure Boredom - Slurps
Additional Items Composed - Reversal of radishes
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Adele - My frisky rat puppy done ate my head off
Alice Copper - Lob it to Seth
Allman Brothers - Aunt Sissy's lather bastard
Am Not - Am too
Anohni - Hopelessness
Anthroplod - Plodroanth
Antlers for Booboo - Oh no not that tired old runt again
Ape - Don't say no words
Apples Got Smushy - Train smush
Application For Crap - Please submit crap
Athens Is Not A City - Trauma for the bush animals
August Wish - Traps for punted
Augusta Is Not A City - Wilma for the plush panels
Bad Bump - Banana tread
Badfigure - Crooked down
Bambi Dambi - Lambi
Ballerina Pumps - Blackass
Barge - Limpy
Beadulls - Desmocker
Beatles - Medium
Beatles - Medium rare
Beatles - Rare
Beatles - Not as rare
Beatles - Stuff that was never recorded
Beatles - Stuff that we wish had never been recorded
Bee Numb - Numb bee
Beyonce - Sorry album
Beyonce - I can dance but that's about it
Beyonce - My face is ugly
Beyonce - Don't you get tired of hearing my stupid name all the time
Beyonce - I'm really a boring old hag
Beyonce - My fans have poor taste
Beyond the Beyonder - Blander and blander
Bjork - Jorky B
Black Tabitha - Pastor of senility
Blankets for Blankets - Laps
Blender in a Blinder - Fizzle
Bobo's Pretty Duster - Lamp off, lamp on
Davis Bowee - All the dumb dudes
Breezer the Flew - Like dazzlers in fume
Garth Brooks - I've recorded tons and tons and TONS of music
Garth Brooks - And yet you babysue folks have never reviewed ANYTHING
Garth Brooks - What is wong with you goddamn undergroud music snobs?
Garth Brooks - I'm rich, rich, RICH
Garth Brooks - If you've got lots of money, nobody cares if your voice is shitty
Bumps Fifty - West
Jenna Bush - Why does my face resemble the rectum of a pig?
Jenna Bush - Trying way too hard to be clever and cute
Butler Pudding - Lippity gris gris
Buzz's Lamp Cord - Tawny frink
Car Mump - Dazed and refused
Casket of Corformity - Laser dog
Cast of Cast - Lastly
Cat Grave - Mickey's laboratory
Cesula - Maid in martians
Chance The Rapper - Coloring book
Chicky Chicky Clock - Rump of the month slob
Chump - Malaria
Chunks of Paisley Pumps - Lordy the snore is a plaza burn
Eric Clapton - I still don't know what a guitar is
Phil Collins - No vocal skills required
Sean Combs - How come I never get reviewed in babysue?
Sean Combs - You don't like me just because I'm hugely famous
Sean Combs - Hey, I make a lot of money you underground jerks
Sean Combs - I'm rich, rich, RICH...ain't that what it's all about?
Sean Combs - Lookin' ugly for everyone
Come To Lulu's Nurse - Romp and the bumpy tum tum
Confederate Railroad - Happy to snort crystal speed
Conscious Or Not - Grumpy lazy
Crap You Like - Tape measure
Crosby, Stills & Nash - We were friends once upon a time
Crunchy Links - Switches and prawns
Miley Cyrus - How come I never get mentioned in babysue?
Miley Cyrus - I guess it's because my music lacks substance
Miley Cyrus - I wish I wasn't dull and boring
Czerchnkii - Dim
Dadfinger - Where's dad's finger when you need it?
Dae Dae - Mae Mae
Daisy Days - Freezing
Damn People - Damn People
Damn Tumblers - Damn Tumblers
Damn Warp - Damn Warp
Damn Zoo - Damn Zoo
Devonte - I'm fish food now
Diets Are For Dimwits - Lassie's lost pudding cup
Dimmer than Dim - Inputs
Diorssi - New York is my damn
Dirty Pennies - Flocks and pimps
Doves That Die Today - Lassie
Drake - Setting a bad example for the world
Driplite Dirtbag - Directional
Dry Potato - Sync
Ducks for Ducks - Nine hundred ponies
Dumb Sounds - Like Nanny and the poodle
Each and Each - Teach
Eachy - Preachy
Eat The Bounty Feathers - Naptime
Ectonerf - Bah baddah bah
Elephant Muff - Beneath the blurry knob
Elves and Bumpy Thumpers - Original motion picture soundtrack
Emergency Flakes - Phasers
Empty - Flow
Empty Flower - 1 2 3 4
Enough for Five Thousand - One bottle
Enter the Entrance With Lockets - Glasses on the puddle
Eventually We'll All Die With Nothing - Pom poms
Everyone But - But Everyone
Ewe - Ranch funk
EZ - Not so
FA - La la
Famous Famous - Converter
Far Out Far In - Farin
Faxes Forever - Limp little pixies
Ferz - Lizzy
Fifty Million - Zero lads
Finks Forever - Live at the dead
Five Times Fifty-Five - Live
Four Times Four Is Four - Five times
Foxes - All I need
Fume - Lumps
Funky Laminate - Parking
Fur For Francis - Pouches
Gang of Flower - Untertainment
Gas Pumps - Last primper
Gauge Rage - Now cow
Germany's Burp - Lamp drill
Get Your Begging Done - Tower bitch
Vince Gill - Down to my last bad habit
Goddamn Children - Goddamn us all to hell
Graham Slackers - Naturally grabby
Ariana Grande - My fame proves that people are retarded schmucks
Grandmothers and Grandfathers - Nothing else to live for except the goddamn grandchildren
Grass Patches - Dolby
Josh Groban - Sitting on a toilet for charity
Hamster on a Bun - Heartache on a bun
Hamster on a Lettuce Leaf - Try to find something to stuff in your cheeks
Jennifer and Sarah Hart - Where did our love go
Jennifer and Sarah Hart - We loved Jesus very much
Jennifer and Sarah Hart - Happy together forever because we died together
Hay - Hay
Hazle - Measurements
Hell for Humans - Happiness is a dumb puppy
Help Me Help Me - Liver
Help the Hopeless - Bloody hearts get you nowhere
Hissy - Laserbon
Hitt - Dawn for the loud birds
Hizzers - Stuck
Whitney Houston - Howzuh bauwduh nuthuh drank?
Whitney Houston - You put water in my drink
Ian Hunted - Punts and nuttters
Husperate - ADN
Hut for Henry - Universe of sandy
Huzzle - Earlier albums
Ian - Jackknife
Icky - Picky, picky, picky
If It Dies Don't Touch It - I offered more than they wanted and they took it
If You Knew Nothing You Would Be Nothing - Drips
Inky Doll - Dampness and dryness
In The End The Beginning - Ridgefield
It Stays Warm - Square butter
IX Lamb Sweater - To each his each
IZZ - Each his to his
Alan Jackson - Now that I'm a girl
Alan Jackson - Now that I'm half a girl
Alan Jackson - My dress has a big tear in it
Alan Jackson - And my eyeliner is all messed up now
Michael Jackson - Off the floor
Michael Jackson - Towers of mops
Michael Jackson - Nose dopes
Jerry's Apple - Towers
Jerry's Crud - Narry a buster
Jersey is Swervy - Translustre
Jethro Toil - Sick as a tick
Jethro Wump - Aquatong
Jethro Zoo - Minstrel in the snake exhibit
Elton John - Where did my voice go?
Jones Is A Donkey - Drammamine
Jones Is An Elephant - Mine ain't mine
Judas Priest - Battle cry
Junk Is Just Junk - Lady trunk
Kaas - Lacey
Kalesh - Kaos
Kandy and the Ks - Lassie's drool
Kows - Land of the Kows
Kraftlunch - Radio lunch
Kraftdinner - Electric dinner
Kraftsnack - Trans euro snack
Krap - Krap
Krazy Cow - Lots of tips
Krunchy Krunch - Captain's caps and tons
Kudzu's Lamp - Drastic
Kunks - The Late Glossy Kunks Album
KWKWERA - Lists
Lab Crutch - Tramps that David hates
Ladies For Pretzels - Louder than the other thing that we had discussed earlier
Lady Gaga - How come I never get mentioned in babysue?
Lady Gaga - If I look really strange, nothing else matters
Lamb Peppers - Smuppy
Lamps for the Homeless - These goddamn things don't work
Cindi Lauper - Elderly grandmothers with bad hair colors
Laxative Preamble - Naps and snappers
Let There Be Let - Now there be meow
Lisa Said - First time, long time
Lists - Stop the Lists
Loretta Lynn - Sings her favorite Nine Inch Nails songs
Loud and Loud - Dull and dull
Lumineers - Cleopatra
Lumps - Lousy mouses
Lung Disease - Trowel
Manners and Nanners - Tablets for pokey
Maroon 5 - Music for shitheads
Maroon 5 - Stupid people love our music
Maroon 5 - Our lead singer is one ugly old homo
Trayvon Martin - Skittuzz fo evuhbuddeh
Trayvon Martin - Juss a boy on his way to duh candee sto
Masta Ace - The falling season
Matchbox - Going down there
Math for Math's Sake - Plazas
Maze Lops - Trazzler
Mazer's Big Torch Bucket - Lipsy
Bruce McArthur - People in pots
Bruce McArthur - Landscape architect blues
Bruce McArthur - Big 'n' playful
Paul McCartney - Nursing home blues
Tim McGraw - Do anything for charity
Tim McGraw - Do anything to make money
Millie's Pork Bucket - Boxes won't go away
Money for Puny People - Lucky drop
Monkey Chuck - Arlene
Monkey Davis - Nervous
Monkey Pauline - Damnable
Moo Moo the Bow Wow - Trouser's ain't fresh no more
Motorhead - Clean your clock
Motorbutt - Clock your cleaners
Mrowl - Prowling for mrowl
Murphy and Nop - Dammy and slop
Murphy and Nuns - Drippy nun bitches
Murphy's Paw - Plaid and dumb
My Evening Girdle - Snippets and drabble
My Evening Snot - Things my animals forget to learn
David Nail - Fighter
Nasal and Tonsil - Lasers and urchers
Ned and the Headrumpers - Trowels
Aaron Neville - Apache
Newsboys - God's not dead
New York Dolls - We weren't real dolls
New York Dolls - We were real dolls
New York Dolls - We were really from Portland
New York Dolls - But we realized no one would buy music by the Portland Dolls
No More Blouses - Farmy
No More Bundt Cakes - Prowler
No More Cactus - Deal or no no
Nothing That You Haven't Heard Before - Repeat it
Now Cows - Blouses and thermometers
Numb's Fumbler - Town and mouth
Octorub - Norbie
Oh No That Old Shithead Is Here Again - Rotten old schmucks with no manners
Oooh - Uuuuuh
Oooh Oooh - Uuuuuh uhhh
Opposite of Opposite - Lopposite
Orange Floyd - Sharp glide of the goon
The Orb - It's 1963 and the stripes are grinding
The Orb - Big fluffy omelets
Osmosis - USB #7
Other Muzzles - Howdy Pops
Oz and the Schnoz - Pow wows and monkeys
Painted Fuss - Nope
Pants and Pantless - Rainy press
Part Blub - Fran is ugly
Dolly Parton - Lots of money makes me happy
Dolly Parton - Lots of attention makes me happy
Dolly Parton - Lots of everything makes me happy
Paws With Fingers - Ink bus
Pet Shop Boys - Super
Poodle Powder - Dust of the dawgie
Mike Posner - At night, alone
Pranks for Steak Loads - Heaps of slop
The Puddles - Nappy load
Punk Biscuits - Sap
Punk Noodles - Take this noodle and cook it
Puny - Runny infection
Pusfergradison - Nay, the basket sayeth
Quacks - Trippy truck
Quails and Trucks - Lamb power
Queen For A Tray - Lower the pork
Query - Stop the questions
Quest for Dope - Smoking snuff
Quails Got Drunk - Beer and tissue paper
Quarternelson - A trotter in snuffer's cloning
Quicker Than Daffy - Cords that don't work
Quiet Little Worm Thing - Never thought about it and never want to now
Quiz Germs - Links that don't work
Quurtie - Lousy bench
Radiodud - Half of the basic shop
Radishes - Lavish stickers
Debbie Rafter - Lemme after
Raws - Raws and raws
Reel to Raoul - Mouthpiece
Reform Club - Never yesterday
Rely On Relish - Candy dash
Mick Rhodes & The Hard Eight - Paradise city
Roasted Trap - Asia's not there anymore
Rolling Bones - Get your mama's kraut
Rolling Chunks - Flower pots
Rolling Dammits - Sure thing not sure
Rolling Elderly People - Stocky plungers
Rolling Joints - Finky stinkers
Rolling Monkeys - Monkeys on Main Street
Rumpy - USBs and RTDs
Runny - Tippy's revenge
Rush - Beneath, between and behind
Ruzzer - Bow to the Ruzzer
Rylo - The dog's head is not steady anymore
Larry Samual - Barney doesn't have hugs for me
Santa Died Last Night - Presenting...
Santa Did It - Lamenting
Ed Sheeran - How come I never get mentioned in babysue?
Ed Sheeran - It's because my music is crummy, isn't it?
Ed Sheeran - Why do I look and sound so crummy?
Ed Sheeran - Are there any questions that have answers?
Blake Shelton - Can't help it if I'm a boring dullard
Blake Shelton - If you're into what I do you're obviously on the wrong web site
Blake Shelton - If people think I'm handsome they must really be confused and retarded
Shotgun Louise - Rampy dim
Shotgun Tina - Lousy lamps
Shotgun Zappa - Mouses and mouses
Smashing Drumsticks - Pass the pepper
Smuppy - The tatters that ground pepper
Sparse - Kim's Ono spy mouse
Bruce Springsteen - The Crazy Boss
Bruce Springsteen - I'm a generic old woman now
Bruce Springsteen - Shallow songs that everyone can buy
Barbra Streisand - Barfing up my breakfast
Styx - Suite madame blue: Radio broadcast 1977
Sultans of Swing - Subcontinental drift
Swap and Change - Loudness weird
Swenter - Flowers
Taylor Swift - How come I never get reviewed in babysue?
Taylor Swift - Well, if your publicist would send something...you might.
Taylor Swift - Really?
Taylor Swift - Sure
Swy - Rent
Tai Tai - Lists
Talking Sheds - Lambs forking up tonsils
Tea For Lunch - Massachusetts isn't a country
Teepee Tupperware - Laura's butter pand
Telltale - Taller toll
Thuds - Ready for emperors
Thunder - All you can eat
Justin Timberlake - Can't stop being shallow
Tonk - Thoughtly
Trilly Dills and Damp Dippers - Witch white
Trunk Idiots - Laugh when it's all over
Try To Try - Stop and try
Tummy Bus - Lambs and prawns
Tunker - Lassie's paw
TZ397 - Rowl the smunk
Ugly Banana - How do the hussy wink
Ugly Orange - Do the mouse
Ultraplucks - Eyebrow mania
Umbrella Vision - Church of tassle
Uncle Duck - Mushed
Uncle Pregnant - Does and rodents
Carrie Underwood - I'm proof that people will buy anything
Carrie Underwood - Making money is more important than making good music
Carrie Underwood - Cliff diving lesbians
Keith Urban - More pork from my smelly pig face
Various Artists - A collection of dull dribble that no one will ever notice
Various Artists - We stopped makin' em because they stopped buyin' em
Various Artists - No one buys these kinds of compilations anymore so that's why we keep producing 'em
Various Artists - Tribute to someone whose name we can't remember
Various Artists - Trying to get something heard never works
Various Artists - The most boring bands you never cared to hear
Various Artists - We're the last ones to know the last ones
Various Artists - Our albums are always the first to get thrown away
Various artists - Who gets to eat the trash
Wally Is Near - Stamp that thing goodbye
Wanda and the Wandas - Limp
We Don't Get It - Now is the now
Well I Guess This Is Just Another One - Lumps
Whether Or Not - Lousy weather
Why Can't We Eat It In The Car - Marbly
William XIII - XIII or 238
Wind That Goes - Don't
X - The day we tied our shoes wrong
Xie - La la the distance away
X-ray Pecs - Lookie away
X-ray Stats - Box cutters and tramplers
Xzistance - Lift down
Yack Yack - Tacky tick
Yell All The Time For Whatever You Pay For It - Taxi service
Yellow Floyd - Park wide until noon
Yesterday's Potties - Damp portions
Yes We Will Be Bananas - Trap doors
Yes You - You guessed it
You might - Yes you might
You never - Well I never
Young and Bland - Stick, stuck
Yoyos for Panama - Sharp
Yoyos for Zop - Trollo mia presto
Yuck This Tastes Awful - Don't eat it then
Zappa and the Zappettes - Trown
Frank Zappa - How flowers got in the potty train
Frank Zappa - Lukewarm mouses
Zi - See Zi play
Zunk - How the leaves got patchy
Zupper - Towels for Blanche
Zyle - Twelve and fifty
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