Acid Baby Jesus, “Selected Recordings” LP

cover - acid baby jesus selectedAcid Baby Jesus' last proper full-length, 2011's LP was kind of a hodgepodge of '60s rock tropes. There were sludgy stompers, flower-power psych jams, and jangly bouncy things. It was fun, but never quite got into regular rotation the way their "Hospitals" single had originally hooked us. In the meantime, they did a teamup with Hellshovel for the Voyager 8 EP, which was fun, but never really gelled the way I wanted it to. The two bands seemed to be doing their own things simultaneously, rather than finding a joint sound together, which really kept otherwise-agreeable numbers like "I Went Down" from clicking. So, why should you listen to their upcoming full-length, Selected Recordings, out November 17 from Slovenly Recordings? Because it's amazing! It's been a solid two years since the band's released anything of note (not counting the "Vegetable" single they released in advance of this back in September), and they've changed, but in a good way. The whole psychedelic rock thing is 100% in the forefront. The album manages to remain thematically and tonally coherent, while also playing around with tempos and textures. A big part of the problem with LP was that it sounded like a collection of singles, but Selected Recordings sounds like an album (although the names seem to suggest otherwise -- weird). Acid Baby Jesus remains the band they once were. You can hear echoes of LP in this new album -- "I'm Becoming a Man" rocks that dirty fuzz the same way "Tomboy" did, and "Row By Row" echoes the stomp and freakout of "Tyrannosaurus Rex." Also, in addition to just being recorded more coherently, Selected Recordings is sequenced in such a way that the album flows, rather than jumping from B to X to G to V to Z. By the end, you feel like you've journeyed down the river of Lethe, and things are groovy and all right. [embed][/embed]

Hellshovel’s Jeff Clarke on Voyager 8, touring, and the garage scene

hellshovel jeff clarke Canada's Hellshovel are described by their label, Slovenly Records, as "bumpkin punks," and their most recent album, Hated By The Sun, as "the sound of Johnny Cash drowning in a pool of cough syrup." These are apt descriptions, and when you factor in their work with Greece's Acid Baby Jesus on the Voyager 8 10-inch last year, there's a lot of drug references being thrown around. It's not inaccurate -- I've never heard a band who more accurately represented being fucked up through music. Hellshovel and Acid Baby Jesus embark on a North American tour starting on February 22, at the Bell House in Brooklyn, and finishing in Milwaukee at Linnemans Riverwest Inn on April 6, as part of Lookout Weekend II. The tour hits the Replay Lounge in Lawrence on Saturday, March 2, and I'll be there. In advance of the tour, we spoke with singer / guitarist Jeff Clarke via e-mail about Hellshovel, their collaboration with Acid Baby Jesus, and the garage scene in general. Where did the members of Hellshovel meet? Montreal is a small town at the end of the day. We were all more or less friends and family for years. Since then we have all moved and now our band has members from France and Isreal and Greece and Germany. All met through our years of travel since we started the band. You were part of Demon's Claws and Bloodshit Bill had his solo thing and various projects, but how did Dox join the mix? Dox, like I mentioned, was in Montreal the whole time, kind of the little weird guy that played guitar in a whole bunch of bands. He was the best guitar player in town, to the point he was getting bored with the bands he was in. So, playing in Hellshovel with me, I think, appealed to him, because unlike the other bands he was in, he's free to do what he wants. If he wants to plug his guitar into the toaster and run it through a garden hose into bucket water with raw chicken legs submerged in it, I dont really give a shit. Plus, we both were determined to get out of Montreal. hellshovel posterHow did Hellshovel and Acid Baby Jesus meet up? Hellshovel and Acid Baby Jesus met in the middle of a Demonclaws tour in Belgium. We played in a dirty squat, and we became friends instantly. A month later, we were in Athens living in their apartments during Christmas. Since then, we have been back to Athens twice and toured the US together and put out the Voyageur 8 record. Where'd the Voyager 8 project come from? Was anything planned, or was it just happenstance? The Voyageur 8 came from the first night we arrived in Athens. We were all having a drink and some MDMA in a local bar, when I became over-excited about having just read somewhere that the Voyager 2 spacecraft launched in the '70s had just entered the Heliopause (the point at which the distance of the sun is so great that the heat from our sun no longer has influence). I think I looked around, and there happened to be 8 of us hanging around the table, so I was like, "We could be the Voyageur 8." I don't think the 8 has any real meaning, since there often isnt even 8 of us around. So, it just happened -- we started jamming, and the songs came out so easily . VOYAGER 8 "Acid Baby Jesus and Hellshovel Present..." 10 inch EP by Voyager 8 <i <You're headed down to SXSW -- what does playing down there have to offer? I have no idea what SXSW has to offer ... probably a fucking nightmare. Do you think you'll get more from the big Sticker Guy Debauch-A-Reno show, or is there something to be said for playing to random folks who aren't "in the scene" in terms of garage and so forth? The Sticker Guy festival should be fun since we will see tons of friends from all over the place that pete has lined up. Plus, it's in Reno -- good opportunity to go shove some money into a casino. I'm hoping the tour has a lot of other opportunities that allows us to avoid the common garage scene. I'd really prefer to play old folks' homes and science conventions ( really not joking at all). I'm not really a huge fan of garage music, to be honest. I love playing for people that are not "expecting" or "comparing" everything to their shitty record collection ... Do you find the "garage rock" moniker limiting -- is there a way you'd describe your music otherwise? I hate being stuck in the "garage" genre, but then I guess I should have learned to tune my guitar a little bit better. I would describe us to be more of a western soundtrack, science and witchcraft-orientated band. Not really into the "Drink Beer 'til I Shit My Pants" songs. I'll stick to just writing songs about other stuff and keep the shitting of my pants to myself. HELLSHOVEL "Hated by the Sun" LP by Hellshovel

Retin A For Scars

Slovenly Recordings Retin A For Scars, has put out a slew of fantastic releases in the last few months, and as they've piled up on the desk down here in the basement, it seemed like a great idea to compile them all into one handy-dandy guide. Let's explore, shall we.

cover-jc-satanJ.C. Satan's Death Hell Samba is a dark, fuzzy, unnerving little record. It's certainly the sort of album best-suited for late night spins after too many shots. Frankly, I've never been so thankful to have a head of shaggy hair as I am when new records show up from Slovenly, Retin A For Scars. There's something inherently wonderful about being able to shake your head around to this music, feeling your hair fly in the air. 500mg Retin A For Scars, If you're like me, you'll feel like it's not possible to play this album loud enough. Death Hell Samba simply needs more and more volume to get the full effect contained within. You'll tap your feet to the sinewy, serpentine guitars notes and tapping high hat of "Crystal Snake," only to break out in uncontrollable bodily movement during the explosions of guitar power. Retin A For Scars, The album balances its freakouts with plenty of slow, moody pieces, like "The Rhythm of Sex," which - true to its name - makes it uncomfortably tight in my bathing suit area.

cover-acid-baby-jesusNot so thrilling was Acid Baby Jesus' LP. I'd had high hopes for the full-length after their Hospitals single, but these Greek psych-rockers manage to make distorted garage sound clean on this release, Retin A For Scars paypal. It sounds like they just recorded this album completely straight, then passed it through a distortion pedal, Retin A For Scars. I'd really have preferred to hear everything unaltered, rather than the muddy affair presented here. I mean, what I can hear through the effects sounds wonderfully catchy and well-done, from the stomping album opener "Tomboy" to "Tyrannosaurus Rex" and its fluid swirls of guitar, but the layers of effects serve to do nothing but obscure the quality music within. I understand the studio-as-instrument concept as well as anybody else, but the simple pop of "Tooth To Toe" is barely touched by studio trickery, and stands out as a crystal-clear gem among the remaining detritus of LP. 150mg Retin A For Scars,

cover-apple-brainsThen, of course, there's the blood-simple, untouched-by-anything Get Fruity!! from Apple Brains. Retin A For Scars, As straightforward as anything can be, this children's album features clear-as-a-bell singalongs for your kids. It's a little repetitive, but - as anyone who's ever watched Yo Gabba Gabba can attest - it's the repetition that keeps the littl'uns engaged. Per the stage name taken by Allen Bleyle, Apple Brains has a focus on fruits and veggies, and how inherently awesome they are. Case in point: "Tomatoes Are So Wonderful They Make Me Want to Cry" and the superbly addictive "Ba-Na-Nas." In addition to the kid-friendly jammy-jams, the CD comes with a set of stickers, 20mg Retin A For Scars, the better to decorate your kid's reusuable lunchbox that you fill with tasty organic treats (I"m assuming nine out of ten parents who own this shop at Whole Foods). Your kids will lov this, and you might find yourself cranking it when they're at preschool, yourself.

cover-magnetixLastly, we've got the French duo Magnetix, with their Drogue Electrique full-length, Retin A For Scars. It's no secret I am an absolute sucker for French garage (see also: Les Breastfeeders) and most French music that is either from or recalls the '60s. Something about the lyrical delivery inherent in most French music that gives it a sexy edge lacking in most other rock 'n' roll. Magnetix adds in electronic keyboards, rather than the garage-standard Hammond or Farfisa, pushing the sound into reto-futurism. Retin A For Scars usa, The bleeps and chirps offered up in the album's opening title track and its follow-up, "Green Light," don't continue as deeply into the rest of the album as I'd like, but Drogue Electrique is still a great recording and, paired with Death Hell Samba, could easily make for a quality hour of post-bar comedown drinking and dancing with your nearest and dearest.


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