These are the gleaming cuts of mouth drooling goodness that were hurled still living on to the platters here at 89.7 the week of June 5, 1996. Stab a well coated stake through the heads of the ones that you wish to interrogate further....

Collection: A Stab At The Residents, "A Stab At The Residents", Eyeball Lovin' Madness, CD, Vaccination, (June 5, 1996)

Partial track listing:
Amy Denio, "Act of Being"; Charming Hostes, "Won't You Keep Us Working?"; Denio, Amy, "Act of Being Polite"; Eskimo, "Happy Home"; Frank Phal, "Everyone Comes to The....."; Heavy Vegatable, "Time's Up"; Idiot Flesh, "Bach Is Dead"; Moose Heart Faith, the, "Firefly"; Non Credo, "Nice Skinny Sinister Old Man"; Primus, "Hello Skinny Medly"; Shakin Ray Levis, "Red Rider"; Snake Finger, "Smelly Tounges"; Stan Ridgway J.E.D., "Excuse Booker Tease"; Supercollider, "Walrus Hunt"; Thinking Fellers Local 282, "Electrocutioner"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Anonymous

Eden Ahbez, "Eden's Island", , CD, Del-Fi, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Banana Boy", "Eden's Island", "Full Moon", "Island Girl", "La Mar", "Mongoose", "Myna Bird", "The Old Boat", "The Wanderer", "Tradewind"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
To paraphrase Mickey McGowan from Re/Search's Incredibly Strange Music book Vol 1 ;
If Jack Kerouack didn't meet Dean Moriarty and didn't go to San Francisco but instead went to a tropical island and ate nuts and berries, wandering around reciting poetry he would have been Eden Ahbez.
If there really ever was a beatnik, this guy invented it.
This guy Eden Ahbez is the real deal.

He is a poetic genius/songwriter who recites his poetry with hard core exotic/exotica music backing incl pianos, flutes, diff.percussive drums etc, etc with a mostly female vocal group.
There are only a couple of "songs" per se' and they are performed by his vocal group.
The numbers or poetry that Eden performs on is soooooooooo beautiful as is this entire release.
He wrote Nature Boy in 1948 or so that Nat King Cole covered and sold millions and he never recorded it himself, too bad for us ;((

He never changed at all with all of the money he made from Nature Boy and all of the other titles he wrote.
Just went back to his island with his wife and child and did more of the same... Nuts and berries, study philosophy and write and read poetry.

Also of note (no pun intended) is that everybody and his brother covered Nature Boy from Frank Sinatra to Esquivel and everyone in between.
Originally recorded and released on Del-Fi, 1960
- Jack Diamond

Anubian Lights, "The Eternal Sky", Ancient Afterlife Associations, CD, Hypnotic, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Anubian Light Destiny", "Arc of Ra", "Breaking the Seal", "Field of Reeds", "Grid Coordinate - Vorp One", "Jackal and Nine", "Medulla Mirage", "Pulse of the Nile", "Soul Herder", "Trismegistus"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Anubis

Ashtabula, "Unbearable Lightness", Power Organ Head Psych, 7, Siltbreeze, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Archipelago", "Unbearable Lightness"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
Ashtabula is a county in Ohio...and that's about all I know about this band factually. Sonically, if you liked the recent Alex Bathgate "Pet Hates" or if your doctor has prescribed a strict diet of fuzzy psych with organ, then I know this single is for you. Power chords and a bass played with power tools fuel these two cuts.

Some nasal-y singing and heady lyrics beckon you deep into the mix where they are buried so that the music can properly club you about the ears.
- Thurston Hunger

A review from someone on the World Wide Web... (September 12, 1996)
Solo project by Bob Malloy of the Strapping Field Hands. Kids, if you like this you might think of getting a hold of the first Pink Floyd album "Piper at the Gates of Dawn" because it's a flat out tribute to it. Really.

Boyracer, "We Are Made Of The Same Wood", Pop Flow In Short Spurts, CD, Slumberland, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Area 51 Revisited", "Michale", "Post Modernist Retro Bullshi", "Serious Teeth", "Superhip", "Twisted Love", "Vitamin B", "Your Dark Secrets"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Pete Dixon

Boyracer, "Racer 100 EP", Upbeat, Catchy Folk From Leeds, 12, Blackbean & Placenta Tape Club, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Baleen", "Boxing Day", "Re-Run", "When Do You Realise this Isn", "Your Unspoken Desires"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Pete Dixon

BR5-49, "Live from Roberts", Insurgent Nashvegan Country, CD, Arista, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"18 Wheels and a Crowbar", "Bettie Bettie", "Hillbilly Thang", "I Ain't Never", "Knoxville Girl", "Me N' Opie", "Ole Slewfoot"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Joe Ed

Captain Howdy, "Tattoo Of Blood", Psych Via Kramer + Penn Gillette, CD, Shimmy Disc, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"China Needs Women", "Dino's Head", "Rosabelle", "Tattoo of Blood", "The Best Song Ever Written", "The Hero that Feels Sorry...", "The Juliet E-Mail", "The Wreck of Captain Howdy", "We Want Our Vietnam"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Phil Dirt

The Chrome Cranks, "Lost Time Blues", Live Rock Perversions, CD, PCP, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Electric Heart", "Heaven (Take Me Now)", "Julie, Do Ya Love Me", "Lost Time Blues"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Wimpy

Harold Danko, "After The Rain", Jazz: Coltrane On A Danish Piano, CD, Steeplechase, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"After the Rain", "Dahomey Dance", "Exotica", "Lonnie's Lament", "Mr. Day", "Spiral", "Syeeda's Song Flute", "Your Lady"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
Is it Debussy? Ravel? Actually it's the music of John Coltrane - performed as a piano solo by Danish pianist Harold Danko. "Your Lady", track 7 sounds just like Debussy. Also check out "Mr. Day", "After the Rain" and Mr. Sims".
- Ann Arbor

A review from someone on the World Wide Web... (August 23, 1996)
Very nice pianoplaying by mr Danko.
- meiler

A review from someone on the World Wide Web... (August 24, 1996)
Mr Danko plays an italian piano in Denmark,but I think that he is an american.Please, also listen to other recordings with Harold Danko, for instance with Chet Baker and Teddy Charles quartet live in Verona."After the rain contains better and more intresting music than many of the Maybeck solo recitals.
- meiler

Experimental Pop Band, "Lounge Ep", Extrapolative Brit Pop, 12, Swarf, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Black Elvis", "Black Levis", "California Farm", "James Remains", "Sunshine Ices", "Universe"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Phil Dirt

Four Piece Suit, "Ready Piece Suit", Quirk Ex-Surf-Lounge-Otica, CD, Ocean, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"A Shot in the Dark", "Jam Up", "Kolme Kitaraa", "Mondo Bondo", "Rambunctious", "Strip Search", "Theme From Exodus", "Walter and Conny"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
Ostensibly a lounge act, there's a lot of really cool big surf guitar and gnarly Steve Douglas sax lines. I think they are from Boston. "A Shot In The Dark" is the opener. It has more cool than Henry "Hodad" Mancini ever imagined. The guitar is big and sustained, and the sax is way-cool. Peter Gunn meets the Pink Panther in a surf tavern. "Mondo Bondo" features sitar guitar tones. It's groovy. "Jam Up" is a jump blues number with considerable infectiousness. "Theme From Exodus" is covered better than any except maybe the Halibuts & the Lively Ones. It's big, VERY cool, and has an incredible grin on it's face...a Blue Hawaiians feel. "Something For Cat" is a really jazzy lounge number. "Kolme Kitaraa" has a definite Euro Laika & the Cosmonauts feel about it, but retains the 4PS (Four Piece Suit) identity. "Strip Search" rocks in a Lost Wages sleazy way with plucky guitar and great stereo sax (via delay?). "Walter and Conny" reminds me of what might occur if James Bond met up with Kraan in Conny Plank's legendary studio. Really intriguing tune. "In Pain In Paris" plays around with the hot summer night smoky New York bar sound. "El Cumbanchero" features an unusual sax / guitar duel lead - a very cool and jazzy thing. "Hey Hey My My (Out Of The Blue)" uses sax lead with big guitar with a sort of Austin sound, and, yes, it is the Neil Young song! "Rambunctious" and "Louisiana Lover" are a blues tunes. "Human Jungle" is like "A Shot In The Dark" with a sax lead. "Dark Eyes" is a totally sax thing.
- Phil Dirt

Fire With Von Freeman, "Fire With Von Freeman", Dissonant & Warm Imaginative Jazz, CD, Southport, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Blank White Page", "Clinton (George, that Is)", "I Need Something", "Michael's Choice", "Sudden Duet", "Tatsu's Groove"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Wimpy

Jackie Gleason, "And Awaaay We Go! with Jackie Gleason", Comedy: Spoken Word And Music, CD, Scamp, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"And Away We Go!", "Casey at the Bat", "Hy'a Mr. Dennehy", "I Had but 50 Cents", "It's Such a Happy Day", "La La La La La La La La", "Melancholy Serenade", "One of These Days - Pow!", "Reggie Van Gleason 3RD", "You're a Dan-Dan-Dandy", "You're a Nice Man"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
The funniest 12 guys on Television is what "they" said about this 1 guy,Jackie Gleason.
Jackie Gleason not only was a star of stage,screen and TV, he was also a comedic genius in song and character; In fact many characters. He had a Television show in the early 60's and performed in song and character many of these "people" on his show. This collection takes 6 of the different characters Gleason portrayed in song on his weekly variety show incl. Joe the Bartender, The Poor Soul,The Loudmouth,The HoneyMooner,Fenwick Babbit and Reginald Van Gleason the 3rd (my fave).
A good time is to be had by all "especially" if you are old enough to remember the early days of Television. Which I am ;-)>
There are 2 spoken word pieces that are priceless w/ Casey at The Bat and I Had But 50 Cents
I love Jackie Gleason. Get out the hankies ;-)>
- Jack Diamond

Hepcat, "Scientific", Solid Ska Pranksters, CD, BYO, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Anita Hill", "Black Sky", "Bobby & Joe", "Clarence", "Country Time", "Positive", "Solo", "Yoko Zuna"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
Hepcat purrs out of the gate, the first four tracks are solid rootsy ska. "Country Time" is a new lang syne. "Bobby & Jo" tells a head-bobbin' Bobbitesque tale. "Black Sky" is a tremendous example of "blue beat" ska.

Then, Hepcat dawgs it a bit...too much formulaic love and positivity for this here miscreant. "Dollar Dance" is accented at the end by a phony phone call that segues into "Come Out." "Clarence" is a little sketch without a pubic hair, but with a well-deserved "fuck" that leads into what sounds like the theme from the "Anita Hill" game show. But all ska bands bounce, and Hepcat bounces back strong with "Marcus Garvey" and "Yoko Zuna".

Prepare to dance.
- Thurston Hunger

A review from someone on the World Wide Web... (September 23, 1996)
I've never even heard this album, but if it's on BYO it must be pretty nuts.
- brettman

Insect Surfers, "East West", Surf, 10, Dionysus, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"3RD Stone", "Diamond Back", "Jack the Ripper", "Razorback", "Starfish Ranch", "Tiger Shark"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
LA's desert surf staples and long time KFJC live regulars The Insect Surfers have issued their long awaited 10 EP. Five tracks from their unreleased 2nd (or 4th, depending on your point of view) album, plus two tracks from last year's KFJC Summer Surf show, recorded and produced by Phil Dirt (me), and digitally manipulated by Uncle Al. They are such a fine band, and it's long overdue for them to have some current product for all us minions of the twang. The line-up is as it has been for a long time, Dave Arnson - guitar, Dan Sullivan - guitar, Dan Valenti - Bass, and Jeff Utterback - drums, except for "Razorback", which features Mike O'Neil - bass, and Steve Birdowski - drums (ex-Jon & The Nightriders). Starfish Ranch & Jack The Ripper are the live tracks. 10" EP.
- Phil Dirt

Net Pointers for this label:
Thymme Jones, "Thymme Jones", , CD, TJ, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Empty", "Find", "Give", "Open", "Taken"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Spiderman

A review from someone on the World Wide Web... (June 6, 1997)
This is a fantastic chilling solo/treated piano work. When are they going to start using this as the soundtrack to the Haunted Mansion at Dizzyland??
- Thurston Hunger

Levande Vasen, "Levande Vasen", International: Swedish Folk W/ Bowed Lute, CD, Drone, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Grannens Favorit", "Langt Ner I Smaland"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
If you've ever wanted to work toward perfecting your Swedish pronunciation - this is the CD for you! Each track includes a spoken introduction to what they'll be playing - in Swedish. Levande Vasen consists of 3 people who play respectively: viola guitar and nyckelharp - a bowed lute. This is Swedish folk music. Try tracks 18 & 20.
- Ann Arbor

Lincoln '65, "Lincoln '65", Country: Mournful Country Languidness, 7, Slowriver, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Dreams", "Jellyfish"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Joe Ed

Melt Banana, "Scratch Or Stitch", , CD, Skin Graft, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"10 Dollars a Pile", "10 Dollarsa Pile", "Back to the Womb", "Buzzer #P", "Contortion Out of Confusion", "Disposible Weathercock", "Enter By Hand", "His Name Is Mickey", "I Hate It", "Iguana in Trouble", "Ketchup Mess", "Kethup Mess", "Pigeon on My Eyes", "Pigeons on My Eyes", "Plot in a Pot", "Scrath or Stitch", "Sick Zip Everywhere", "Ten Dollars a Pie", "Track 21", "What Do You Slaughter Next"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Spiderman

A review from someone on the World Wide Web... (December 7, 1996)
Fucked up, weirded out, total pande- monial chaos-music with ultratight rhythms in the passing lane and female speed-screamed vocals - all with such a streamlined conceptual quality that it must have been designed by NASA. Actually, Melt Banana is the real reason why Challenger blew up......and they´re even better live.
- Christ@Join Kao

Lydia Mendoza, "First Queen Of Tejano Music", International: Classic Hick Tejano + Conjunto, CD, Arhoolie, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Amor Con Amor Se Paga", "Contestacion a Amor Que Malo", "Cuando Se Pierde La Madre", "Jurame", "Tu Sabes Bien"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
Tejano and Conjunto music is from the northern parts of Mexico and the border states. It developed from a blend of polkas and other dance songs from Europe with the older traditional music of Mexico and Spain. Lydia Mendoza first recorded in 1928 and became very popular in the region. Her style was considered to be rural - "hick" music by the elite of Mexico City at the time, but it has become much more popular. In the 50's when these recordings were made, she was becoming a national star. Her voice is quite strong and moving, defining the style, much like Edith Piaf was to France, or maybe Judy Garland to the USA. She has also recorded with her sisters, family and others.Mendoza is solo voice, with her guitar, sometimes accompanied by accordian, other guitars, small bandas or mariachi style orchestras on these recordings. Not too many "AYIEEES". (as of Jan 1996, she is still alive)
- Dave Richoux

Collection: Mermaid Lounge, "Mermaid Lounge", New Orleand Rock Styles, CD, Mermaid, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
Big Ass Moustache, "Mere Alchohol"; Dolly Dillion, "Old Flame"; Gas Tank Orchestra, "Untitled"; Glyn Styler, "No Newts"; Lump, "Evil Dood"; Myshkin Impossible, "Ariel Angelo"; Royal Fingerbowl, "Fisful of Love"; Royal Fingerbowl, "Fistfull of Love"; Weedeater, "Nebulous"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
The Mermaid Lounge in New Orleans is the latest "place" for the strange little bands that still remain in that city. It is in an industrial/warehouse district, well out of the normal tourist areas, and the club attracts quite an interesting crowd. From alt.klezmer to brassy rap/jazz; strumbly guitar noodling to pure noise; bowed gas-tanks to solo penny whistle, there is all the sort of stuff that San Francisco's Bottom-of-the-Hill might attract. The Mermaid has a recording studio and records most of their live shows and that is where this material comes from. Like many local collections, there are strong and weak tracks, but you will just have to give it a listen. Track 5 "All That" has a bit of standard rap swearing, but is still worth playing when you can. Some of the members of All That include the trombone player from the ReBirth Brass Band, the original tuba player from the Dirty Dozen, and the reed man from the New Orleans Klezmer All-Stars and LUMP.
- Dave Richoux

Net Pointers for this album: Net Pointers for this label:
MonAural, "Harmonic", Majestic Floating Cities, 12, Burnt Hair, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Harmonic", "Rhodes"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Anubis

Native Nod, "Today Puberty- Tomorrow The World", , CD, Martin Gernblasten, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Answers", "Back to Mimsey", "Bread", "High Tide in Alaska", "Lower G.I. Bleed", "Mr. President", "Runner", "Tangled"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Howard Beale

Phoaming Edison, ""Sold to the 2nd Highest Grady...", Screwy Fuzzy Pop, CD, Dark B Cloud, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Brain Pie", "Cow Pods", "Crate", "Owl Mound", "Senator Stoned", "Snore", "Street Fighting Man", "Takin Care of Business", "Toad Listens", "Toothless Ham"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Ned Walker

Rare Surf Volume 3, "Rare Surf Volume 3: Johnny Fortune & Johnny Barakat And The Vestells", Forgotten Surf From Johnnies Fortune & Barakat, CD, AVI, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
Barakat, Johnny & the Vestells, "Long Ride"; Barakat, Johnny & the Vestells, "Surf Madness"; Barakat, Johnny & the Vestells, "Surf Riders in the Sky (Ghos"; Barakat, Johnny & the Vestells, "The Wedge"; Fortune, Johnny, "Dragster"; Fortune, Johnny, "Lone Surfer"; Fortune, Johnny, "Siboney"; Fortune, Johnny, "Soul Surfer"; Fortune, Johnny, "Soul Traveler"; Fortune, Johnny, "Wild Weekend"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
This is a must have, no ifs, ands, or buts! AVI's third issue in their acclaimed "Rare Surf" series is easily valuable, and it's more listenable if only because it is the equivalent of two complete albums. It compiles the entire recorded output of both Johnny Fortune and Johnny Barakat & the Vestells. Johnny Fortune was a successful session musician before the surf hit. He'd play guitar on Sam Cook's "Chain Gang" and Barbara George's "I Know". In '63, at the age of 16, Johnny recorded the "Soul Surfer" sessions at Bob Summers' Sound House Studios in El Monte, where the Lively Ones also recorded much of their output. The session musicians were Johnny Fortune (Sudetta - guitar, bass), Jim O'Keith - sax, and Joey Sudetta, a mere 10 years old at the time. Johnny's bandmates John Fisher, who co-wrote many of the tunes, and brothers Vincent, and George did not play on the sessions. Offered a chance to tour England with Johnny Burnette, he had to decline due to his being under eighteen. Johnny's sound is quite unusual within the surf genre. He has a warm and muffled, relatively dry sound with unusual whammy action that sets it apart from the rest, and from the big guitar sound of the Duane Eddy's of the world. Johnny's tunes are melodic and rhythmic, and have a lasting quality about them. "Soul Surfer", his hit, was written in the back seat of the car on the way to the studio. Johnny Barakat is a study in survival and triumph. Just after graduating from high school, Johnny was shot during a robbery at his father's grocery store, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. His mother gave him a guitar to fill the time and distract him from the justifiable depression of his loss. This was 1961. During this period, he gradually regained the use on one leg, and partial use of the other. Johnny started an R&B band called the Mystics. With them, he wrote a tune called "Mystic Stomp", which he played once for Gene Hofford aka Gene Gray & the Stingrays, who renamed it "Surf Bunny". In '63, Johnny formed a new band he called the Vestells, and began recording. They recorded with Paul Buff at Pal. They issued just one single, but some other tracks survived. The quality of the recordings are age-compromised, but still vibrant vital listening. The Vestells had a marvellously raw intense sound, full of damped reverb. The Vestells were Dave Tunno - drums, Dan Bilbery - bass, Danny Poor - Sax, Mark Piscatelli - rhythm guitar, and Terry Gibson - rhythm guitar.
- Phil Dirt

Charlie Sepulveda, "Watermelon Man", International: Luxury Latin Jazz, CD, RMM, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Childhood Nightmare", "Julia", "Mr. B.B.", "Watermelon Man"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Anubis

Collection: Sixty Second Compilation, "Sixty Second Compilation", , 7, Coat-Tail, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
Band of Susans, "Swift Resolution"; Borbetomagus, "Denver 6.11.95"; Denio, Amy, "Ambaraba Ci Ci Co Co"; Godheadsilo, "Rainin' Blood"; Mr. Velocity Hopkins, "Mr. M"; Ruins, "'70"; Scissor Girls, the, "Lost 9-6"; Slam, "911"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Spiderman

Charlie Sizemore Band, "In My View", Country: Memphis Bluegrass Pickin's, CD, Rebel, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Are You Waiting Just for Me", "Bristlecone Pine", "I Know the Way to You By....", "I Want My Rib Back", "Keep Me From Blowing Away", "Let Me Love You One More...", "Louisana Red Dirt Highway", "Made in the Shade", "That's I Got to Memphis", "Watching My World Go Down"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Peggy O

A review from someone on the World Wide Web... (November 11, 1996)
THIS IS ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE PROJECTS. "BRISTLECONE PINE" IS TRULY HAUNTING, " KEEP ME FROM BLOWING AWAY " BLOWS ME AWAY. THE ONLY CD I LIKE MORE THAN THIS ONE IS THE CHARLIE SIZEMORE PROJECT "BACK HOME". IF YOU MISSSED IT... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU GET IT.
- ANNA MARIE AM 650 WSM

A review from someone on the World Wide Web... (November 11, 1996)
THIS IS ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE PROJECTS. "BRISTLECONE PINE" IS TRULY HAUNTING, " KEEP ME FROM BLOWING AWAY " BLOWS ME AWAY. THE ONLY CD I LIKE MORE THAN THIS ONE IS THE CHARLIE SIZEMORE BAND'S "BACK HOME". IF YOU MISSED IT, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU GET IT. CHARLIE IS ONE OF THE MOST UNDER-RATED PERFORMERS GOING. MY FAVORITE CUTS INCLUDE THE PAUL CRAFT SONG "WALKING HOME IN THE RAIN" AND THE PAUL CRAFT / PAT ALGER TUNE "NOTHIN' HAPPENIN' EVERY MINUTE". GOOOOD STUFF.
- ANNA MARIE AM 650 WSM

Collection: Step On A Crack Volume Two, "Step On A Crack Volume Two", Proof Of NYC's Pivotal Position, CD, Go-Kart, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
13, "Witch"; Deadguy, "Pins and Needles"; Devil Dogs, the, "Radiobeat"; Electric Frankenstein, "Teenage Shutdown"; Hot Corn Girls, the, "Tourettes"; Iabhorher, "Processed Bliss"; Iron Prostate, "Cleavage to Beaver"; Sweet Diesel, "Nope"; Templars, the, "New York"; Wives, the, "Schpilk"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
This is a compilation of the music going on in the New York scene. It is put together by Lee Greenfeld who puts out Sound Views 'Zine in New York. This isn't just a punk comp, or a hardcore comp, but sort of a diy comp so ya got both. It is described as post rock static and that sums it up pretty nicely. The quality is pretty good. There are gonna be some things you don't like as well as many you'll dig. Electric Frankenstein doesn't disappoint with a rocking song called "Teenage Showdown." The Wretched One's are on here, the Devil Dogs, the Hot Corn Girls and more. Iron Prostate clocks in with the song title of the week with "Cleavage to Beaver." It sounds like mid 80's riff rock that is totally spoofing GNR. Outstanding. Obscenities are marked this time...
- Hairy Kari

Stilluppsteypa, "Nova-Disco", , 7, Destroy All Music, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"...!", "Barbershop (For Hair)", "Grey Everyday Man Suit", "Paper Dolls Originally Meant"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Howard Beale

Yma Sumac, "Live-1961", , CD, Elect, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Amor Indio", "Chuncho", "Goomba Boomba", "Llama Caravana", "Montana", "Serenata India", "Supay Taki", "Tatia Inty", "Wambra"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
Yma Sumac is an Incan princess or is that a Mayan princess ??... I always forget.
She does however have a beautiful 5 Octave vocal range and does sing like the birds do. She does do that
She growls like a lion too ;-)>...Gets waaaaaaaay down there, waaaayyyy down and for the life of me I've never been able to understand her. Some say "she's really a Jew from New Jersey (or is that Brooklyn ?) named Amy Camus".
That's her name spelled backwards, everyone that's a record collector has heard that story.

Her 1st albums came out on Capitol in the mid 50's and are all truly wonderful

Here we have Ms. Sumac Live in the Soviet Union before a crowd of 80,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SRO for 6 months in this part of the world and they just can't get enough of her and this orchestra.

All of the music is composed and arranged by her husband who is also the guitarist Moises Vivanco and who accompianies Ms. Sumac in a duet on 4 of the 13 tracks.

The remaining 9 perfornmances are primarily with the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra and are really beautiful indeed.
If you are familiar with Les Baxter and/or an orchestrated Exotica sound, this is that big beautiful sound.
Most of the CD is not as out of control as I'd like it to be and it is still a great release and one that should be heard by all.
- Jack Diamond

A review from someone on the World Wide Web... (June 29, 1997)
Historical Notes for this album: This album was recorded in 1961 in Bucharest, Romania and was available there both as a 10" LP and a 12" LP, both called "Recital". The title was not on the album cover but was found on the disk label only. This CD is a reissue and does not have the voice-intros for each song that the LPs originally had. The original Inca Taki Trio is featured in several tracks. They comprised Moises Vivanco (Yma's former husband - they were divorced by then); Cholita Rivero singing contralto; and Yma Sumac singing soprano. Cholita Rivero is referenced in various biographies as being Yma Sumac's cousin or Moises Vivanco's cousin. I was told that they are not actually related. Cholita Rivero can also be heard singing with Yma Sumac on the 1995 CD "Voice of the Xtabay and Other Exotic Delights" compilation on a track or two.
- Don Pierson - Official Authorized Yma Sumac Homepage

Net Pointers for this album:
The Surf Coasters, "Waitin' 4 The Surf", Intense Japanese Surf, CD, Victor, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Aruhi Nagisani", "Centerfold", "Fly Up", "Intruder", "She Said She Said", "Waste Land", "Work Song"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
The Surf Coasters are easily Japan's best, most energetic surf band. These songs range from very high attack a la Dick Dale to very pretty gentle surf instros with an amazing intensity, to parodies and humorous side trips. "Fly Up" is a raw instro. "Work Song" is Nat Adderley's classic jazz number. "Waste Land" is the SurfSco sound, a wondrous hybrid of surf & disco...sucks you right in...nothing short of fun...totally unpretentious. There are two versions of "Intruder" here, the song they perform behind the highly popular and successful Japanese ads for Honda Integra. The first is a semi-acoustic demo, while the second is the "hit" version. "Aruhi Nagasani" has a distinctive Shadows lounge sensibility. Overall, they have an edgy sound that cuts right through. The lone vocal track is a cover of Lennon./McCartney's "She Said She Said". Uncle Al donated this puppy...thanks a heap! Surf's Up!!!-
- Phil Dirt

Swish, "Supermax", Moody Pop Play, CD, Instant Mayhem, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Game", "Klauss", "Marjorie Song", "Pretty Box", "Rockstar", "Shell", "Spin"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
Right now there's a little devil and a little angel sitting on Lori Martin's slumped shoulders. One trying to get Martin to cough up some more genro-fluff like "Spin" and license-plate lyrics like "I don't want 2 play this game. Can't u see!?" The other insisting all tracks be recorded on her 4-track at her house.

These Boston beings bake some nice moody pop. Lots of layered vocals. Cello (courtesy of Duke Roth from Bullet Lavolta) continues to be my favorite pop instrument. "Klauss" is a proggy prowler. #5,#6 are raw, subtly sexy and devilishly good. It ends with a somber piano instro. Will Swish be concerned with nothing but the net?
- Thurston Hunger

Collection: True People: The Detroit Techno Album, "True People: The Detroit Techno Album", Techno: Early Dancey-Trance, CD X 2, React, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
365 Black, "Don't Blame It on Me"; Alan Oldham, "D May 87"; Anthony Shakir, "The Life of a Planet Raider"; Blake Baxter, "Where Is the Love"; Derrick May, "Wiggin/The Remix"; Drexciya, "Davey Jones Locker"; Eddie Fowlkes, "R.M.F. 60"; Eddie Fowlkes, "T.M.F. 61"; Juan Atkins, "The Fusion Part Two"; K.T.19941, "Aura"; Kech & B. Bonds, "Zephyr"; Kenny Larkin, "Morph"; Kevin Saunderson, "E-Dancer"; Little Joe, "C.R.X."; May, Derrick, "Wiggin'"; Stacey Pullen, "8TH Wonder"; Suburban Knight, "The Art of Stalking (Rmx)"; Suburban Knight, "The Art of Stalking"; Thomas Barnett, "Operation - 10"; Tony Brown, "Gama"; [coll]: True People, "R.M.F. 60"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Mr. Goodwrench

Unsane, "Sick" b/w "No Soul", Pain And Shrapnel, 7, Man's Ruin, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"No Soul", "Sick"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)
Crunchy NY noise rock is what the Unsane are all about, and way back when they did a split single with Slug, so you know they have good taste too. "Got no Soul" has one little profanity in it. The song is a swayin' giant guitar with the mic inside the mouth where it can be closer to the vocals. "Sick" has the big bass roll that thunders along and propels the song. Brought to you by Kozik's Man's Ruin Records, S.F. Gritty grindy noise rock quality.
- Hairy Kari

Net Pointers for this group:
Uz Jsme Doma, "Hollywood", , CD, Skoda, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
"Belveder", "Cajdak", "Hollywood", "Jassica", "Jdi Tam, Nevim Kam, Prines T", "Koroze", "Polykat", "Poslepu", "Vlazna a Sediva", "Zvonek"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Howard Beale

A review from someone on the World Wide Web... (March 13, 1997)
Hi you knew UJD have more than one cd

Split Collection: Violent Society / Sludge, "Youth Culture / Negative Reaction", No-Prisoners Punk/Power Mad Blood Metal, 7, Rot'En Roll, (June 5, 1996)
Partial track listing:
Sludge, "Mercy Killing"; Sludge, "Noise Junkie"; Violent Society, "Culture Magnet"; Violent Society, "In a Crowd"

KFJC new album review (June 5, 1996)

- Wimpy


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