Tim Hinely is a great American whom I’ve known for a while, though I believe we’ve only clinked glasses together a couple of times, and never since the 1990s when he lived in the SF Bay Area (if Santa Rosa counts).
Tim’s been doing DAGGER fanzine since I was a teen and perhaps even before you were born. He’s just put out issue #46. It’s good (a fairly quick newsletter-style read, but good). You can get it from him for a few stamps or even a dollar. Learn more here.
The new HOUSEHOLD EP “Elaines” is out, and it’s very much in a league with their excellent past compositions, with with a slightly softer core than moves them a step away from, say, The Urinals and marginally more into Young Marble Giants/Marine Girls territory - while remaining very much their own thing.
Look for an interview with the band in the upcoming Dynamite Hemorrhage fanzine #1, which is nearly done and goes to the printer next week.
How about another great new band from Australia? This time it’s THE CLITS, who, contrary to their name and cover art, are not a intense, totally rad, sex-obsessed femme-punk band, but rather an excellent laconic, shambling, lo-fidelity pop band (with a dude singer) who made four pretty goddamn great songs on their debut EP.
You can listen by clicking the button, and you can buy it here.
I stayed on the sidelines for the great synth-punk excavation and revival the past decade, preferring instead to stare at my hand or dream of England. Matter of fact, even the much-beloved Screamers, the ancient seminal synthpunk band of yore, went further on attitude, iconography and timing more than they did tip-top songs - but who’s really to say, right? Australia’s AUSMUTEANTS have a synth, and they’re punkers, and no small number of their songs on their debut LP even recall the Screamers, Factrix, Devo and that whole ilk.
Unlike them, their album is tip-top, a breakneck collection of dead-to-rights dance/punk, right in line with San Francisco’s Numbers from over a decade ago, and nearly as good. Song titles like “Kicked In The Head” and “Stepped In Shit” betray the fact that these guys are total wave-os, too, with a few songs that might even be heard on the radio if you fiddled with the dial enough. That’s just fine, because execution is everything, and Ausmuteants can vary it up enough to keep it all exceptionally interesting, brash and fun. Despite a song called “Pissed Myself Twice” that wins this year’s least-likely-to-be-played-a-second-time award, the Ausmuteants record’s one I’m pretty sure you’d better hear. This track’s called “Daylight Robbery”.
One would think after listening to DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE RADIO #26 that there were a multitude of severely happening bands on the planet in late 2013, and you know, one might even be right. I’ve done my best to scout the hottest talent from across the globe the past two weeks, and have come up with 23 examples of loud, fast, hard, melodic, arty, dirty, gnarly rock and roll music from a bunch of youngsters and a few oldsters as well. New/active bands this time include ROACHCLIP; TRUE SONS OF THUNDER; a new 45 from VERONICA FALLS; LIFE STINKS; THE NOTS; ALLIGATOR; LA LUZ; SEX TIDE; SPRAY PAINT; PAMPERS; THE CLITS; SYNTHETIC ID; THE FIREWORKS and the STRAPPING FIELDHANDS. Jesus, you see what I mean?
There’s a sixteen-minute song and a couple of songs that clock in just over 1 minute. There are song of joy and songs of depression and pain. There are straight songs and angular songs. Let it be said for the record that there are only good songs.
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ROACHCLIP - Bungalow
PAMPERS - Not
VOX POP - You’re My Favorite
THE NOTS - Talk Show
MENTALLY ILL - Tumor Boy
SHARP BALLOONS - Genetic Disorder
SALLY SKULL - Bedellus
VERONICA FALLS - Nobody There
LA LUZ - All The Time
THE FIREWORKS - With My Heart
TALULAH GOSH - Testcard Girl
THE CLITS - Period Pains
SPRAY PAINT - Ultimate Umpire
TRUE SONS OF THUNDER - Black Astrologers
PAMELA - Too Late (Blind)
ALLIGATOR - Cycles
STRAPPING FIELDHANDS - Impossible To Say
VENOM P. STINGER - 26mg
SEX TIDE - Oh Ah Ha
SYNTHETIC ID - Killing Time
THE WHINES - To Be True
HOSE - Girls/Zoo
LIFE STINKS - My My My
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The Victims “Perth Is a Culture Shock” from All Loud on the Western Front (1989)
I’ve been listening to a lot of Jay Hinman’s Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio episodes while performing mindless, repetitive tasks for hours on end and it’s been great company. The above song by the Victims is one of many that stuck out. There’s almost too much in each episode to digest, but that just makes repeated listens enjoyable. If you’re burned out on jaded critics trying to argue the relevance of some flavor-of-the-month band, uneducated on your past and present garage rock, punk and post-punk, or just want to catch some new stuff, Dynamite Hemorrhage is your antidote. Jay’s one of the best filters for the oversaturation that is Music on the Internet: the man’s enthusiasm for really good songs that he really likes will set you straight. Why waste energy on music you don’t like?
The latest Dynamite Hemorrhage episode can be found here - you’ll note that if you scroll down, there are the previous 24 episodes available for download/stream. As if the man can’t stay busy enough, he’s also coming out with a printed fanzine in the near future - details here. Dive in!
The nicest thing that anyone has ever written, ever. Better still, it might even be true.
What they call an “unofficial” - i.e. bootleg - release. “There’s a Monster In Me” might just be the greatest SCIENTISTS song they ever recorded, right up there with “Rev Head”, “Swampland” and “When Fate Deals Its Mortal Blow”. Hard to believe it took an unofficial 1985 release to bring it to the people.
Impossible To Say
release date: Sep 18
Back in the rough n’ tumble days (& nights) of the 1990’s, you’d be hard pressed to find a single slobbering indie-rock drunkard who wasn’t a Fieldhands fan. From the tremendous early Siltbreeze singles to the magnificent Omphalos full-lengths, the galaxy and beyond were charmed by their wayward off-kilter pre/post-skiffle, pre/post-psychedelic, and pre/post-punk avant pop. Bob Malloy crafted swaying bizarre stories & fables in a fake British accent as convincing as a perfectly fitting Toupée. But aside from 2002’s unsung and virtually unheard Third Kingdom, all has been seemingly quiet in Fieldhands land. But aha! They’ve only been slumbering, laying in wait writing and recording.
Which brings us here. Two brand new songs. One is a lively and scrappy, yet wistful anthem, perfect for hoisting a pint with the lads. The other is a tender Ray Davies-ian ballad about a bearded lady. Hey, you’re the one who asked! We are pleased to present them in an edition of 350 copies, an unknown quantity in the hand-painted Hesske edition available only from the band or from Richie Records // TestosterTunes.
This is a fantastic single and return to form for the Fieldhands. “Impossible to Say” is as good as anything they’ve done; a joyous, short little skiffle that’s instantly ingrained upon the brain, ready to be shouted at top volume over the course of many, many beers.
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