Putting the punk into garage punk comes Portland’s Cafeteria Dance Fever. Their new best-of collection, entitled Danceology, spans an LP, EP, and a fistful of singles on the Portland label Hovercraft. The whole compilation swings from shambolic pop on the Vaselines-on-Adderol “Ocular Evulsor,” to the slam-bang of “Puke Overboard.”
Is it dancey? If you’re fucked up six ways from Sunday on cheap booze, yes. Cafeteria Dance Fever are punk rock not in the way it’s come be these days, but in the way it used to be — getting out there with a vision and pursuing it, genre conventions be damned. However, for all the dischordant, off-key singing and strumming, this is still a pop record.
This second-annual year-ended podcast exemplifies the idea of of “Better late than never,” but at least it’s before New Year’s. We’ll count that as a victory, shall we? Ignore the hiccups, coughs, burps, throat-clearing, and assorted other annoyances and focus on the fact that I’m running everything through a lovely Tascam mixer and Sennheiser mic setup now, meaning the podcast sounds crystal clear. No more sibilant consonants. It’s a Christmas miracle.
Podcast #73, “The 2011 Year-Ender”
It’s the end of the line, kids – for the year, at least. This is the stuff we loved this year at Rock Star Journalist, and the Sunglasses After Dark podcast, in particular. These are 15 tracks from this year’s punk and garage vinyl releases we feel you ought to take a listen to. Granted, there were quite a few releases that didn’t fit into this week’s podcast, but we’ve featured them on past episodes.
I covered my five favorite vinyl reissues of the year over at Wayward Blog. One of them’s on this week’s podcast, but several others made it onto shows earlier in the year. I say in the podcast that this is the end of the road this year, with me taking a couple of weeks off, but don’t be surprised if some holiday tunes find their way to you next Thursday. Just a heads up.
Podcast #29, “The 2010 Year-Ender”