Splintered - The Judas Cradle




Can somebody explain why this band aren't universally worshiped?

Even my cats don't understand and they know so much more than I do.

CD released in 1993 on Dirter Promotions, a label that is perpetually wonderful.

The Judas Cradle

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Drive Like Jehu - Drive Like Jehu




Imagine a big room where Meat Puppets, Minutemen, Hüsker Dü, Sonic Youth and Fugazi sit around a big table, listen to Drive Like Jehu, and then accept that the mission has been accomplished and go home and get regular jobs.

Headhunter Records. 1992. Majestic.

Jehu Welcomes Careful Drivers

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Naoaki Miyamoto - Me No Tawamure




Solo guitar noise album by the artist formerly known as MNS, released by Hitorri in 2009.

Naoaki Miyamoto - Me No Tawamure 

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Splintered - Parapraxis




Splintered were/are just an incredible (shifting) bunch of people writing singular noise-rock scriptures. I'm not convinced that comparisons work in this case because most of the good people sound like Splintered. Do your own research. This is their first album.

CD released on Intellectual Convulsion in 1992.

Parapraxis

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MNS - Incredible Noise Guitar

There isn't enough music out there by guitarist Naoaki Miyamoto, aka Musik No Sense or just MNS for short. He self-released this aptly-titled CD and a lathe-cut 7" (yet unheard by me) in 1998 and a 7" with Stabat Mors in 2003. Under his own name, he made a few solo albums, one album with Satanic Abandoned Rock n' Roll Society (a band consisting of Miyamoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, Utah Kawasaki, and the great Atsuhiro Ito, who plays amplified florescent light bulbs) and one guitar duel with Kawabata Makoto. And so, enjoy this rare document of exactly what the title promises. Fans of Solmania, Diesel Guitar/s  or Total will surely love this.

MNS - Incredible Noise Guitar

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This is what it is like when you are not Amy Cooper.





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Send In The Army?




So what would the difference be exactly?



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Melvins & Steel Pole Bathtub - Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More / I Dreamed I Dream






This is from memory but to be honest, that's never stopped me before. Apart from being a great piece of work, it's layered in meaning. The cover itself mimics the Mudhoney / Sonic Youth Sub Pop single from the previous year. Then you add in that Matt Lukin was a founder member of Melvins and then left to join Mudhoney ... hence the toilet on their half of the sleeve and the choice of song. Positively sulphuric in it's response and that cheers me up! SPBT cover a great SY track. Bonus.

7" released on Boner / Tupelo in 1989.

Sweet Young Dream

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Sonic Youth & Mudhoney - Touch Me I'm Sick / Halloween




I always thought Death Valley '69 would have been a better choice.

7" released on Sub Pop in 1988.

Touch Me I'm Sick / Halloween

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va - Brain In The Wire / Brain Not In the Wire


This came out in two versions... a double disc and a triple disc. The double disc version came, as you've probably guessed, in The Wire magazine. A third disc included music that was, again obvious from the title, not included in The Wire magazine. Released in 2002, compiled by the folks behind the Brainwashed.com website... includes music by Matmos, V/Vm, Greater Than One, Jessica Bailiff,  Legendary Pink Dots, Nurse With Wound, Aranos, Little Annie, Bedhead, Diamanda Galas and more.

disc 1
disc 2
disc X

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Steel Pole Bath Tub - Venus In Furs / European Son




Yeah, two Velvet Underground covers ... what's not to love?

7" released on Communion Label in 1991.

shiny shiny shiny boots of leather

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Tumor Circus - Take Me Back Or I'll Drown Our Dog




Just in case you don't know, Tumor Circus were a short-lived and unholy union between Steel Pole Bath Tub, Charles Tolnay (who was in the likes of King Snake Roost and Lubricated Goat) and the perpetually relevant political rants of Jello Biafra. It was only released in the UK as a 12" (a 7" elsewhere) and includes the track "Fireball" but it's different to the one that appears on the self-titled LP in the same year.

12" released on Alternative Tentacles in 1991.

horse molester must be stopped

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va - Brainwaves 2008

Second triple-disc compilation from the second Brainwaves Festival. Another blank white sleeve for the bands to autograph. This one has music by Reformed Faction, Meat Beat Manifesto, Threshold HouseBoys Choir, Christoph Heemann and Andreas Martin, Marissa Nadler, His Name Is Alive, A Place to Bury Strangers, Manorexia, Silver Apples and more.

disc 1
disc 2
disc 3

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Resistance Takes Many Forms





HERO!

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No Justice. No Peace.










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va - Brainwaves

Triple CD compilation given to audience members at the Brainwaves festival, hosted by Brainwashed.com in 2006. Includes exclusive music by Z'ev, Jack Dangers, irr. app. (ext.), Throbbing Gristle, Goodiepal, Troum, Black Light District, Edward Ka-Spel, Wagon Christ and more. The package was all white with no information on it. The idea, I think, was for audience members to ask artists to autograph the album during the festival.

disc 1
disc 2
disc 3

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right about now...



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My Dad Is Dead - The Best Defense




The fifth My Dad Is Dead LP and the second that was doomed to unavailability.

Another Homestead Records release from 1988.

The Best Defense

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Bitch Magnet - Valmead




Given that David Grubbs slid from Bastro into a world of different ideas ... and played with Bitch Magnet and (basically) the backing band for the second track is Codeine ... it made sense to segue into this. I had some conflicted feelings about them at the time and still do to be honest. They had loads of that underground Bastro tornado style but you can hear glimpses of the themes that led to the year that punk broke. Yeah, for me that was when people that I knew were arseholes started to pretend they were really into it and always had been. Inverted snob and proud of it. Don't get me wrong there are some brilliant things within the Magnet canon and I was going to post a few of the things that I bought at the time. In preparing those posts I realised that in 2011, Temporary Residence released a triple CD / LP set that remasters pretty much everything they ever did and includes some unreleased stuff. It's still for sale. I've listened back to it and it sounds pretty immense. As a taster, here's this:

12" released on Glitterhouse Records in 1990.

Valmead

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Bastro and Codeine - A L'ombre De Nous




Apart from the Antlers CD containing live material from 1991 (that you can still pick up from Drag City), this was all she wrote. Really, it marks the transition of David Grubbs from one band to the other and into an area that journos tried to initially pigeonhole as slo-core. The members of Bastro would continue to orbit around each other for years to come in the form of Gastr Del Sol and Tortoise.

7" released on Sub Pop in 1991.

A L'ombre De Nous

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