From the debut MONOSHOCK 45 “Primitive Zippo” from 1994, put out on my own Womb Records.
The Monoshock fellas were extremely accommodating to my layout/insert ideas, and allowed me to include the excellent “Foot Print of the American Chicken” bumper sticker that I copied from some book about the 60s I had lying around – as well as to flog my own fanzine.
I’ve been spending some time recently with San Francisco hippies, checking out the vibe of various 60s pre- and post-summer of love items that I wasn’t that familiar with.
A good intro, if you can wade past the filler, is the 4xCD compilation box set “Love Is The Song We Sing”. It was there that I discovered “Live Your Own Life” by FAMILY TREE, which I’d like to share with you today. Kick off your moccasins and let your freak flag fly.
Article by Eric Lindgren on “The Ten Most Twisted Tracks From the Sixties”, featuring bent and wild garage, psych and novelty songs by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, the MC5, Swamp Rats, Lollipop Shoppe, Calico Wall and more.
Scanned from TAKE IT! fanzine, 1983.
I paid a visit to Amoeba Music in San Francisco over the past weekend and walked out with this box set in my hands: Surf-Age Nuggets: Trash & Twang Instrumentals 1959-1966. This is an under-documented corner of rock & roll, and outside of Crypt’s excellent “Strummin’ Mental” compilations, the raw/surf/hot rod boss instrumental noise that came from garages all around the US has been mostly frustratingly confined to rare, pseudo-bootleg LP’s. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.
Apparently amongst the many 100+ gems here are among the most rare 45s of all time. It’s got The Nautiloids’ “Nautiloid Reef”, which is a huge plus and a big yeah-hup for the folks behind this one. What a monster instrumental. I’ll post a track or two from this set when I’ve digested it a few times. Right now the big new-to-me winner is “Mr. Custer Stomp” from THE SCOUTS. Let me know if there are other 60s instrumental LP/CDs besides, say, “Diggin’ Out” and “Concussion!” that you’d recommend as well.
Second episode of our Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio podcast, featuring seventy minutes of 60s punk, moderne underground rock, hardcore, girl groups, weirdos of the past & more.
Feel free to actually download the thing as well right here.
If you missed the first edition of Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio, why, won’t don’t you download that one too?
I’m a big fan of the three “BEAT AT CINECITTA” compilations that came out in the late 90s. They are the work of obsessive Italian cinephiles and kitsch merchants, who’ve put together some incredibly groovy – there’s really no other word for it – sounds from 60s soundtracks of lost Italian schlock films.
This track sits near the end of Volume 2, and is one of those big, horns-n-strings syrup-drippers we love so much here at the ‘Hemorrhage. It’s the theme song from 1966’s “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”, and it features accented English nearly as bad as Lana Del Rey’s. I think you’re gonna love it.