Lost links & Re-ups

On any post, if the link is no longer good, leave a comment if you want the music re-uploaded. As long as I still have the file, or the record, cd, or cassette to re-rip, I will gladly accommodate in a timely manner all such requests.

Slinging tuneage like some fried or otherwise soused short-order cook

21 May 2018

Big Number IX Fish, Luckily They Gave us X

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III
IV
V
VI
II
VII
IX
X

Enjoy,

Fishing in the Rain

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Twisticication
Cuckoo
Grün Grün
Near the Cross
Just a Little Rain
Dig a Hole in the Meadow

Enjoy,

20 May 2018

Down by the River, Fishing with Neil

Low & Dirty Three - In the Fishtank,  Konkurrent fish 7, 2001.
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Side 1 -

I Hear...Goodnight
Down by the River (Neil Young cover)
Invitation Day

Side 2 -

When I Called Upon Your Seed
Cordy
Lordy

Enjoy,

19 May 2018

Im a Ginary Fishtank

I wanted to interrupt the pescado parade here to mention the passing of Glenn Branca, but I'm so caught up in the whole look & process I've got going that I decided I'd just make an imaginary In the Fishtank: Glenn Branca. It’s really just Glenn’s Song’s ‘77 - ‘79.


Branca - In the Fishtank, Atavistic ALP43CD, 1995.
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Don’t Let Me Stop You
My Relationship - The Static (Glenn, Barbara Ess, & Christine Hahn)

You Got Me
Jill
Fuck Yourself
TV Song
You
Glazened Idols - Theoretical Girls (Glenn, Jeff Lohn, Margaret DeWys, & Wharton Tiers)

May 13, 2018  R.I.P.,

14 May 2018

Catch & Repost Fishing

June of 44 - In the Fishtank, Konkurrent fish6, 1999.
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Pregenerate
Generate
Henry’s Revenge
Modern Hereditary Dance Steps
Every Free Day a Good Day
Degenerate
     (I’ve combined tracks 1 & 2 as a single track as well as given the broken cuts)

Enjoy,

Slow but Steady Wins the Fish

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The Lawn of the Limp
Pooh Song (Christopher Robin’s Nightbear)
Central Heating
Pleasure as Usual
Did You Comb?
Huge Hidden Spaces

Enjoy,

Vier Bananenfisch

Snuff - In the Fishtank, Konkurrent fish4cd, 1998.
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March of the Day
Pen Blywd Happus
Bananas
Guinevere
No Tenemos Bananas
Rods’N’Mocker
Vi Har Inge Bananer
C’mon Kids Let’s do the Head Bang
Wir Haben Keine Bananen

Enjoy,

13 May 2018

Cowfish

The Tassilli Players - At The Cowshed, Konkurrent FISH 03, 1998.
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Into the Grey Area
The Hempster Meets the Grim Reefer in Dub
The Wobbler
Uit Het Grijze Gebied

Enjoy,

One Fish, Now Two Fish

guv’ner - In the Fishtank, Konkurrent fish no 2, 1997.
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Concord Jets
Help Me (Joni Mitchell cover)
Now is Not the Time to Love You (for Unai)
Whose Eyes?
Jungle Bells
You Lie

Enjoy,

Plunging Into the Fishtank, pt. 1

nomeansno - In the Fishtank, Konkurrent FISH1CD, 1997.
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Would We be Alive
The River
Joy
You’re not One
Big Dick

Enjoy,

11 May 2018

Here’s Johnny!!! (& June & J-Bob & Jane)


I started attacking the alphabet back in August 2015 when I realized it would be a good way to fix up inadequate musick I had serving their stretch in a HELL called "Musick that NEEDS Work" It A-ll began with American Taboo & Art Phag. By July of the following year I was up to the Mighty H post. By January 2017 I had got no further than Ikara Colt. Since then, zilch...

A lotta shit happened since then, as shit has a tendency to do. I burned down my storage drive & actually no longer have the folder "Musick that NEEDS Work" (although there is always much repair still to be done).

But the idea sprang up again as I was piecing this brute from Nashville together & I decided to give it another go..


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tracklist -

One Too Many Mornings
Good Ol' Mountain Dew
I Still Miss Someone
Careless Love
Matchbox
That's Alright Mama
Big River
Girl of the North Country
I Walk the Line
You are My Sunshine
Ring of Fire
Guess Things Happen that Way
Just a Closer Walk with Thee
Blue Yodel #1
Blue Yodel #5
recorded at Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN, USA - February 17th -18th, 1969.

I Threw it all Away
Living the Blues
Girl of the North Country
recorded for The Johnny Cash Show, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN May 1st, 1969.

Nashville Skyline Rag
I Threw it all Away
Peggy Day
Country Pie
Tonight I'll be Staying Here with You
special Nashville Skyline Quadraphonic Mixes.

One Too Many Mornings
One Twoo Many Mornings
unknown source - not on all bootleg versions.




June of 44 was an American rock band which was formed in 1994 from ex-members of Rodan, Lungfish, Rex, & Hoover. The band's name refers to the period during which writers Henry Miller & Anaïs Nin corresponded. Their song relate directly or indirectly to Miller.

In the Fishtank is an ongoing project of Konkurrent, an independent music distributor in the Netherlands. In this project, Konkurrent invites one or two bands to record & gives them two days studio time. The first four albums were recorded by individual bands, but eight of the last ten releases were the result of two bands (three in one case) teaming up to record. The Ex is so far the only band to appear on more than one album in the series.

The following is a list of all the In the Fishtank releases:
    In the Fishtank 1 – Nomeansno
    In the Fishtank 2 – Guv'ner
    In the Fishtank 3 – Tassilli Players
    In the Fishtank 4 – Snuff
    In the Fishtank 5 – Tortoise and The Ex
    In the Fishtank 6 – June of 44
    In the Fishtank 7 – Low and Dirty Three
    In the Fishtank 8 – Willard Grant Conspiracy and Telefunk
    In the Fishtank 9 – Sonic Youth, Instant Composers Pool, and The Ex
    In the Fishtank 10 – Motorpsycho and Jaga Jazzist Horns
    In the Fishtank 11 – The Black Heart Procession and Solbakken
    In the Fishtank 12 – Karate
    In the Fishtank 13 – Solex and M.A.E.
    In the Fishtank 14 – Isis and Aereogramme
    In the Fishtank 15 – Sparklehorse and Fennesz


June of 44 -  In the Fishtank 6, Konkurrent fish6, 1999.

Pregenerate
Generate
Henry’s Revenge
Modern Hereditary Dance Steps
Every Free Day a Good Day
Degenerate
(I’ve combined tracks 1 & 2 as a single track as well as given the broken cuts)





Recorded live at The Roxy in LA, some of the earliest product by Perry, Dave, & crew.



Jane’s Addiction - self-titled live, Triple X Records 51004-2, 1988.

Trip Away
Whores
Pigs in Zen
1%
I Would for You
My Time
Jane Says
Rock ‘n’ Roll
Sympathy
Chip Away

My mind goes round & round.
Sometimes it even gets back to somethin’,
NØ Sez.

16 April 2018

Captain's Order




Fellow Blogger, loyal supporter & guest poster of NSS, & brother in Dub Jonder always stimulates my earholes & gets me digging for goodies long lost in the mess of my grey matter. His recent posts about the legendary S.F. label Subterranean Records had me searching through my Beefheart.  Beefheart, you ask?

Well, on Subterranean SUB 15 (1981) Various Artists - Red Spot there are three songs from Jed Speare & Easy Teeth: "Rotator Cuff"; "Twinkies"; & "Gondola Serenade".






Jed Speare (1954-2016) was a crossover artist who worked in sound, video, & performance for forty years. In the early 80s he recorded with Easy Teeth as well as the San Francisco groups Research Library (the previously mentioned Red Spot comp), Ultrasheen (City Boy 7" EP; Subterranean SUB 12), & Appliances.






Easy Teeth's 7" 45rpm was a one-off collaboration between Magic Band drummer Robert Williams, Magic Band roadie Paul Young, & vocalist Tito Larriva. 'Eazy Teeth' was a nickname given to Paul Young by Don because he was always smiling. The EasyTeeth single artwork features a Van Vliet 1980 original EAZY TEETH drawing (black felt tip on white).



Easy Teeth - Car Noise 7″ 45, Dental Records DR-001, 1980.

Side A -
Car Noise

Side B -
Her Blade

Rev it Up,

15 April 2018

More Tribulation from Word, Sound, & Power



One more for the weekend. While I was binge spinning Dub Revolution, I took a hankering for Tribulation All Stars. Had to dig out some more source product. Here's the very first (even though it's called Vol. 2) from West London's finest, Word Sound & Power - Robert Tribulation.


Word Sound, & Power Music WSPCD005, 1993.
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Dub Liberation
Make One Dub
Dub Again
Get Ready Dub
Revelation Dub
Bigman Dub
Ethiopian Dub
Dub Fighting
One Life Dub
Nuclear Dub

It’s a Black Up Bashment,

Dubbin’ Me Now


Often I find myself neglecting to praise Jah enuff around here.  I've sed it before & I sez it again now.  DUB IS MY SALVATION!

Busy getting this year's crop ready so I'm just gonna offer up what is Dubbin' (& skankin') me Now.

This all began with an Earth Crisis, not all Dub but ESSENTIAL!


Steel Pulse - Earth Crisis remastered, Rhino Records 8122 74687 2, 2005.
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Steppin' Out
Tightrope
Throne of Gold
Roller Skates
Earth Crisis
Bodyguard
Grab Education
Wild Goose Chase

bonus tracks
Steppin' Out Dub
Steppin' Out (extended version)
Roller Skates (remix version)
Roller Skates Dub


Always keep somethin' from Wackie's near the top o' the spin.  Never know what you'll hear, but it surely will be SWEET.



Side A -

Happy Song - Sugar Minot
Undying Love - Maxine Miller
It's You I Love - Jerry Johnson
Hiding Away - Lucy Clark
Do You Feel Alright - John C

Side B -

We Need Relief Fabian Cooke
Go Man Go - Carlton Livingston
Parafanatic - Lone Ranger & Lee Van Cliff
Rock with Me - Horace Andy
This World - Leroy Sibbles




Shilling (extended mix) - Michael Rose
Have the Strength (extended mix) - Admiral Tibet
Gideon Time (extended mix) - Ranking Joe
No More Will I Roam (extended mix) - Prince Alla
Tell it Like it Is (extended mix) - Mikey General
Shaka Zulu (extended mix) - Ranking Joe
Original Fire ( extended mix) - Ranking Joe



Dub Specialist is a name used for a series of Dub LP releases from Studio One throughout the 70s. These limited edition albums were mixed down by a number of engineers over the decade, including: Sylvan Morris; Syd Bucknor; Overton "Scientist" Brown; all under the auspices of legendary producer, sound system pioneer & music entrepeneur, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd. The following is a compilation of early material from 1966 - 1972.


Dub Specialist - Studio One Dub, Soul Jazz Records SJR CD89, 2004.

Bionic Dub
Take a Ride version
Sky Rhythm
Taurus Dub 2
Hooligan
Dub Rock
Rastaman version
Jah Jah version
Creator version
Running Dub
Hi Fashion Dub
Pretty version
Race Track version
Spawning
In Cold Blood version
Chase Them version
Feel the Dub



Reachout International Records ROIR 8207, 1994.

Dub Revolution - The Disciples
Cuttlefish Dub - Zion Train
Tribal Dub - Bush Chemists
Genesis Dub - Testament
Contentious Dub - Alpha & Omega
Release the Chains - Centry meets The Music Family
Crying Blood - Little Lord Creator
Mountain of Hadith - Scarab
Dub Thru Jah - Tribulation All Stars
Dub Warmth - Fish & Goat at the Controls
Dub-Hop Anthem - WordSound



Finally, some special dub mixes by Scientist (except "Land Control" mixed by Mutabaruka).
This album is an accompaniment to Word Soun' 'Ave Power (Heartbeat HB-15), which contains the vocal versions of all the original poems with different mixes for vocal tracks. This release was recorded & mixed at Tuff Gong, Kingston, JA, except "Land Control" recorded at Music Mountain, St.Andrew, JA; mixed by Mutabaruka at Skyline Studios, NYC.


Mutabaruka & Scientist - Dub Poets Dub, Heartbeat Records HB-30, 1983.

Side 1 -
Fork & Hoe
Death Row
Cussin’ de President
Illusion
Blood Shout Dub

Side 2 -
Hide & Fine
AIDS
Anti-Klan Dub
Land Control

Enjoy,

31 March 2018

Uri G



A good fiend of NSS had some great luck crate diving recently. He came up with some valuable gems & sent me a few. I just had to pass this one on to everyone else visiting here. Thanks Xtm!

I am Spoonbender was started as a recording project in early '97 by Pansy Division drummer Dustin Donaldson & friend Brian Jackson . Dustin handled synths, drums, & vocals while Brian worked bass, synths, & Protools. When the band cub called it quits, their guitarist Robynn "Cup" Iwata joined IaS on the synths & vocals. The band was halfway through the making of their debut album Sender/Receiver.

For 2002s Shown Actual Size single, Dave Edwardson, bassist for Neurosis (& numerous other side gigs) joined Donaldson, Iwata, et. al for a fuller IaS sound.

Gold Standard Laboratories GSL 60, 2002.

Side a -
I Went & had My Knives Sharpened
Remover-Installer

Side b -
Re-Dial Meant "Remember"

Enjoy,

24 March 2018

6 Degrees of Separation


"When the child came, he would be prepared in the right way, watched over by the Comsat relays, hot lines open, the armies of the world immobilized. This time there would be no mistakes"
















Taking their name from  this J. G. Ballard short story "The Comsat Angels", the band's original lineup (1978 - 1992) was: Stephen Fellows - guitar & vocals; Andy Peake - keyboards; Kevin Bacon - bass; & Mik Glaisher - drums.

"Includes free extra single 5 tracks in total JIVE 54".

The Comsat Angels - Independence Day 2x7", Jive JIVE 54, 1984.
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Disc 1 -

a. Independence Day
b. Intelligence

Disc 2 -

c. Mister Memory
d1. Total War
d2. After the Rain

All tracks on Record Two recorded live at Sheffield University.

Enjoy,

18 March 2018

Dub for Dreamers


For three decades Conscious Sounds has been instrumental in releasing consistently ground-breaking roots & culture music.

Here is a collection of the label's strictly limited vinyl releases, Dubs from the Vaults. It contains exclusive unreleased cuts from the Conscious Sounds studio archives featuring little known studio collaborations like Rockers 44 & Planet Dub alongside some Conscious Sounds heavy-weights like Centry & The Music Family. All the tracks were recorded at Conscious Sounds Studios between 1992 - 1996.


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tracklist -

Firing the Phasers
Patient Man
Dub for Dreamers
Spanish Horns
Revenging Centry
Fly like a Falcon
Big Mouth
Big Mouth Dub
Rewind it Again
Cradle Rock
Rememberance Dub
Bad Time Girl
2am Dub
Pizzicato Dub
The Waterhole

Tracks 1, 2, &10 - The Music Family; 3, 7, 8, & 15 - Rockers 44; 4, 11, & 14 - Planet Dub; & 5, 6, 9, 12, & 13 - Centry.

Enjoy,

Hey, Herb

Phallus Dei - Nature Mortes, Paragoric PA23, 2001.
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tracklist -

Prologue : Mesmerism
Valium
After the Night
Rev
Stalker
Herb
Pathology
Astronaut
Sepulchral
Ange
Epilogue : Eden

Enjoy,

10 March 2018

Big New Prinz Live(s)




I hadn't heard from Brother Jonder for quite some time. I was wondering if I'd somehow fallen off the grid, so I reached out to him. To eulogize the passing of & to commemorate the greatness of M. Mark E. Smith, Jonder has created a new blog, jonderblog. It's also in the links to the right. He's been posting up some great compilations of The Fall related materials. Go check it out.

Jonder's often chided me (goodheartedly) about not being a fan of The Fall. I don't dislike the band or MES & in fact I have at least once posted a song by Mr. Mark. Sometimes I just can't shake "Bill is Dead" if I unwittingly hear it. It's not like that melody you just can't stop whistling, it's more like the lingering dread of last nights faint nightmare. My taste (if I dare even call it that) just favors other morsels.



In homage to the revered MES & as a nod to Brother Jonder's continuing good work, I give you these bursts of The Fall...four bootlegish live recordings that might not be as well known as their Beggars Bullshit, et. al

Probably my favorite of the four recordings here is Live Various Years (hence the nod in the title of this post) because of the excellent sound quality & the fact that although the recordings are from various years, the sound is extremely cohesive, but I’m posting Backdrop first.

Backdrop is the most "The Fall album" of any of these offerings here. That's because Backdrop came into existence as a bootleg but then was officially released. It appears to be out of print nowadays. This collection of rarities consists mainly of live tracks from the early to mid 80s, including live versions of tracks from their Beggars Bullshit years as well as many other gems. "Dresden Dolls" is extremely entertaining.


The Fall - Backdrop, Pseudo Indie Label PIL05CD, 1994.
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Marquis Cha-Cha
Bremen Nacht Run Out
Mark'll Sink Us
Lucifer over Lancashire
Hey! Luciani
Wings
L.A.
U.S. 80s-90s
Guest Informant
The Man Whose Head Expanded
Dackdrop
Dresden Dolls
Strychnine
Race with the Devil
Plaster on the Hands



in the city... was recorded live at The Roadhouse, Manchester over three nights from March 20 - 22, 1995. The sound quality seems excellent to these old ears. This was a stop-over during the tour immediately after the release of Cerebral Caustic. It seems to features plenty of material from CC. Cerebral Caustic might not be the band's finest effort, but only it's stronger material ends up here. There's also stuff from the 90-95 era ("Middle Class Revolt" stands out) plus some 'oldies'. This recording features a classic line-up...joining Smith are the long-standing core of Hanley/Scanlon/Wolstencroft. Karl Burns was back. Brix had made a surprising return. Finally, making her debut on this tour was Julia Nagle who, in a couple more years down the road would be the only member of this group (bar Smith) to remain.


the fall - in the city..., Artful Records ARTFULCD03, 1997.

The Joke
Aphid
Deadbeat Descendant
Feeling Numb
War Glam Racket
Pearl City
L.A.
Don’t Call Me Darling
Bill is Dead
Behind the Counter
Edinburgh Man
Middle Class Revolt
Gut of the Quantifier
Life Just Bounces

Live Various Years: Tracks 1-2 recorded live in New York in September 1993 (possibly at The Academy on September 17, 1993); tracks 3-6 recorded live in Munich in October 1993; tracks 7-11 recorded live at the Bierkeller, Bristol on January 18, 1997; tracks 12-14 recorded live at the Arena, Vienna on April 16, 1988.

Although this covers different tours, the songs form quite a cohesive "show". The sound quality seems like professional multi-track recording with proper mixing.  The 1993 shows are notable for Dave Bush's fantastic keyboard work. On the 1997 tracks Julia Nagle is responsible for all music outside bass & drums.


The Fall - Live Various Years 2xCD, Cog Sinister COGVP111CD, 1998.

CD1 -
Deadbeat Descendant
Big New Prinz - NYC Sept. 93
Why are People Grudgeful
Free Range
Shift-work
Strychnine - Munich Oct. 93
Das Vulture ans ein Nutter-wain
Spine Track
Behind the Counter
Interference
Hip Priest - Bristol Jan. 97

CD2 -
Carry Bag Man
Yes Oh Yes
US 80s-90s - Vienna April 88


Live in Cambridge was recorded live at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge on March 19, 1988.

This ties in perfectly with the second disc of Live Various. At this point in their history The Fall were arguably more of a viable, professional live act than at any other time in their career. This was recorded on the last night of a short UK tour promoting The Frenz Experiment. Most of that album appears to be featured here. "Pay Your Rates" seems thrashingly out of place amongst the more groove-oriented material.

The Fall - Live in Cambridge 1988, Cog Sinister COGVP115CD, 2000.

Shoulder Pads
2 x 4
Get a Hotel
Cab it Up
Bremen Nacht
Frenz
Pay Your Rates
Hey! Luciani
Oswald Defence Lawyer
L.A.
Carry Bag Man
Victoria
Mr. Pharmacist (2nd half) / U.S. 80s-90s
Lucifer over Lancashire

R.I.P. Mark E. Smith...

Get a hotel,

04 March 2018

Even with Twilight as My Guide I've Crashed on Mars



I've never really shied away from the fact that I'm a big fan of The Mars Volta (I’ve actually called myself "a fan-man" & "queer for them")...TMV from here on out. I've never really explained how it all came about, but I’d like to, in the self-inflated belief that hearing my bizarre journey with TMV might spark a chord with anyone.




It all began with The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

I'd alway been a fan of ATDI & was saddened when they ceased (for a time). But after the Drive-In, I got Tremulant. "Cut That City" was ATDI becoming something else. "Concertina" is perhaps the first true TMV song. Then "Eunuch Provocateur" played & I heard strange backward masking. I spun it around. "Have Mommie or Daddie ever had to...have Mommie or Daddie ever had to spank you?" then a voice out of some crazy dream sez: "I’m very fond of this..." & goes on to recite The Itsy Bitsy Spider. I felt a flash of satori. I'll just have to keep an ear on this band.

!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!

The first full-blooded TMV came in the form of a strange tale of madness...De-Loused in the Comatorium. It tells the story of Cerpin Taxt, a man who goes into a week-long coma after attempting suicide by intentionally overdosing on a mixture of morphine & rat poison.  In his comatose state, Cerpin enters a dream world where he is put through a series of trials by the Tremulants (here we go again, layers on layers & a storybook to boot [included here]), creatures from his own mind that inspire his art. In the end, he comes out of the coma. He feels only fit for the dream world. He once more attempts suicide, this time by jumping off of a bridge, this time succeeding.

The story of Cerpin Taxt alludes to the death of El Paso, Texas artist & close friend of Cedric Bixler-Zavala...Julio Venegas (1972–1996).

I've included the essential "Drunkship" / "Eriatarka" / "Cicatriz Esp" arc & two more.

!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!

Next came Frances the Mute. I've only included "The Widow", "L'Via L'Viasquez", & "Miranda (excerpt)" here to introduce the other female members of the cast. The entire five sides of this opus are the most cohesive musickal work I know. Listen to it in its entirety for maximum enjoyment.

Frances the Mute is about a diary discovered by former TMV bandmate Jeremy Ward while he was employed as a repo man. Ward saw resemblances to his own life.  It's mainly about the search for his biological parents. Before Ward's 2003 death from an apparent overdose, he took it upon himself to finish the unknown writer's work. TMV frontman Cedric Bixler-Zavala later used the writings as a blueprint of sorts for Frances.

Frances the Mute is Cygnus' mother, L' Via's sister, & Miranda's daughter. Although possibly a deaf-mute, this could be completely metaphorical. If it is in fact literal, she may have been in the care of the Church somehow, or working for them in some capacity. In any case, she was raped by at least one priest while others looked on. Her sister L' Via was a witness to this act. She ran away. Frances bore a baby, Cygnus, who it appears was taken away from her & most likely raised in a Church-run orphanage. It seems that Frances fought the Church on this, trying to protect her baby from them, vowing they would not take him. They did. She may have threatened to go to the secular authorities with her story as a means of blackmailing them into giving her Cygnus. It appears she was killed to silence her.

Vismund Cygnus is a twenty-five year old, HIV positive, IV drug-addicted prostitute. He seems to have some deep guilt for being born male. His hatred of himself combined with his male aggression lead him to rape & murder. Cygnus takes his revenge through raping & infecting (thus effectively murdering) 25 people, becoming the very thing he most fears & despises in other men.

One of Cygnus' sexual liasons is The Widow.

!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!

Amputechture...Cedric sez. "I love the way that Rod Serling's 1970s series Night Gallery had that common thread, that it was a gallery & every painting told a different story. I guess I'd like that to be true of this album, too. The subject matter is all different, but the song do all come together in a strange way. Every song would be a different episode that kind of relates in the way that Paul Thomas Anderson's 1999 film 'Magnolia' has all these different characters who all come back together in the end."

This one blasts off with a bang, let's listen to the Vs..."Vicarious Atonement" / "Vermicide" / "Viscera Eyes". "Vermicide" is such a perfect capsule that the only minor minor complaint I've ever had was that it is much too short for a TMV song...only 4'15".

!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!

The Bedlam in Goliath...As origin stories go, this one's a doozy. While on tour, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez bought The Soothsayer, an antique talking Ouija-style board at a Jerusalem curio shop. The band used the board as a game, part of its after-show wind-down ritual. Then, according to Omar, things got strange.

Through the board, certain spirits started visiting night after night. Their communications partially inspired the lyrics & sounds TMV developed for Bedlam.

When the band went into the studio to record, chaos ensued. Rodriguez-Lopez says the messages coming through the Soothsayer board got scary. The studio flooded. There were a series of equipment malfunctions. Fearing the spirits were behind the problems, Rodriguez-Lopez says he broke & buried the board so the group could finish the album. It sounds preposterous, but spend some time with The Bedlam in Goliath. The paranormal visitations begin to seem almost plausible.

For the the Mars Landing compilation I've chosen "Agadez" & "Conjugal Burns".

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Octahedron...Similar to the band's third studio album, Amputechture, the album does not contain a single unifying narrative. Vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala notes that the album is "not really" a concept album: "I thought it was going to be but never really got around to writing about anything in particular. Just a lot of instant song composing & regular themes that I wouldn't even want to elaborate on (kidnappings; vanishings; 'what if' scenarios about how to get Republicans out of the White House if they'd got in."

I decided to drag out the "EVIL" here: "Since We’ve Been Wrong" / "With Twilight as My Guide" / "Luciform".

!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!&!

Noctourniquet is a concept album centering on a character based on the mythical Greek figure Hyacinthus & the English nursery rhyme Solomon Grundy. The main character lives under The Whip Hand. His mother is The Malkin Jewel (her local stripper nom de pole). She loves to leave our poor boy alone at night while she strips. She sarcastically calls him Lapochka (li'l dear) & at the same time scares him with tales of the boogeyman Moloch.

I posted my favorites...The Malkin Jewel / Lapochka before here.

I’m including "Empty Vessels", "Imago", & "Vermalady".




With Twilight as My Guide
Drunkship of Lanterns
Eriatarka
Cicatriz Esp
Miranda (excerpt)
Vicarious Atonement
Ambuletz
Imago
Vermicide
The Widow
Since We’ve Been Wrong
Vermalady
Conjugal Burns
Televators
Viscera Eyes
L'Via L'Viasquez
Agadez
Empty Vessels
Luciforms

Enjoy,