Baskin Robbins may shove at us Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream.
Television may start leading us to believe that the right mouthwash is
nigh to the Eleventh Commandment.  Aye, the whole world may seem at
times like it's racing to Hell in a handcar.  

Except, look around, and there's...


          The Indie-List Digest

           Volume 2, Number 39

            December 17, 1993

Princeton - Seattle - Ann Arbor - Raleigh


In this round of mumbling...

Message from the Moderator/Seattle Indie-List Showgoing Group
Nomeansno review for Indie-List
John Peel Show broadcasts in the SF Bay Area
Frank Zappa Freedom to Read Memorial Fund 
SWOB, etc.
Eric's Trip Review
Correx to Lou/Blood Oranges/Uncle Tupelo rev.
Safety_Through_Songs, a Holiday Season compilation
The Raincoats

But first...

1. Hi.  I'm Sean.  I'm the "editor" of this friendly little creation.
So I guess that means I get to be the hard-ass sometimes (or all the
time, depending on my mood).  To get the official stuff out of the way:

Please remember that the intent of this list is to distribute
information about MUSIC.  While I like learning about people's
backgrounds and whatnot, there are places for those discussions to take
place that are not this list.  I don't want to discourage posting, but I
don't want to make each digest 1500 lines long (that's why we switched
to bi-weekly mailings).  

We're working on an updated FAQ file (written as always by former editor
and current post-modernism consultant, Mark Cornick) - it should be
finished over the end-of-year experience.  When you receive your copy,
please read it carefully.  "Following the few simple rules contained
herein will make everyone's experiences much more enjoyable."  Thanks.

2. Purchases of the week:

I feel like I should be joining the a.m.a. thread of "records you're
ashamed to own" with this pile...a lot of childhood memories and whatnot
in this batch (and most for two dollars or so...). :)

a. The Greatest Hits of Eric Burdon and the Animals - this picks up the
later period of Animals recordings, like "San Franciscan Nights" and
"River Deep Mountain High" and the primary reason I bought this, the 7
minute epic "Sky Pilot".  I like bagpipes, what can I say?  *1/2 as a
whole, though Sky Pilot gets ***.

b. Cheap Trick, _Heaven Tonight_ - if half of your favorite bands choose
to cover "Surrender" on a regular basis, I figure it's ok to buy the
original.  A quick skip through the tracks yielded no other immediate
winners, but since I regularly pay $3 for a single, $2 for this seems
appropriate.  **1/2

c. Chic, _C'est Chic_ - The debut LP from Bernard Edwards and Nile
Rodgers (i think) and an essential part of the groove experience.  This
transcends cheese and disco restraints. *1/2

d. Petula Clark, _Color My World/Who Am I_ - the split LP title is
weird, the songs are wonderful.  Covers of "Cherish" and "Reach Out,
I'll Be There" join originals like "Color My World" for a great album.
Not quite up to the standards of _I Couldn't Live Without Your Love_,
but still solid.  *3/4

e. The Creation, _How Does It Feel To Feel_ - I had heard about these
folks in hushed, reverential, "where can i find this record" tones
before, so I was fairly happy to find this.  A quick listen says "The
Who!" and "Mod!", and I think it'll grow on me - I was hoping for more
garage-punk-psych stuff. * for now, talk to me in a month for more

f. Iron Maiden, Powerslave - I've worn my cassette of _Live After
Death_ into the ground, so it was time to pick up the LP which spawned
that tour.  I dig the Egyptian style of the cover art, and being able to
understand ALL the lyrics in "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner" is nice.  *

(BTW, if anyone knows where I can track down a double-LP version of
_Live After Death_, please let me know...thanks!)

g. Sonny Sharrock, Guitar - Sharrock was one of the first jazz
guitarists to break out of the "clean-line" style running from Charlie
Christian and Django Reinhardt to Wes Montgomery.  (I'm not dissing
those players, but I like a little meatier guitar sound sometimes...)
This LP was the beginning of Sharrock's late-80s comeback, and it's just
him, laying down one track and then overdubbing it.  Not up to snuff
with his work with Pharoah Sanders (Karma and Tauhid and _Jewels Of
Thought_ are all essential LPs) or his later LP, _Ask The Ages_.  But
still a nice piece of playing (and playing around).  *

h. Vanilla Fudge, _Vanilla Fudge_ - the 1967 debut displays not a single
original song, but a wild, warped, acid-blues take on 60's pop songs.
"Ticket To Ride", "She's Not There", "Eleanor Rigby", and the killer,
all 7:20 of "You Keep Me Hanging On".  Fans of Eli Polansky's shows on
WMBR's "Lost And Found" have heard all this (and weirder), but I had to
start somewhere.  *1/2

And I'm not going to review it (the list breathes a collective sigh of
relief), but the reissue of _Fuck Pussy Galore And All Her Friends_ is
available in stores.  Haven't really figured out the whole deal with it
yet, but anyone who considers themself an nrst fan should pick it up.

Only one issue next week - the Tuesday mailing.  (Sorry, I'll be away
from all computerized contact from 12/22 to 12/27.)  Have a friendly
end-of-year timespan.  (hope i didn't offend anyone... :)


From: "K. Lena Bennett" <>

Message from the Moderator/Seattle Indie-List Showgoing Group
(and a bunch of reviews)

Well, I'd like to dedicate my portion of the Indie List this week to Myrna
Loy, who died this week at age 87 (or was that 88?).  When I wasn't
wanting to be Katharine Hepburn, I wanted to be Myrna Loy (without all the
drinking).  Rent _The Thin Man_ tonight, okay? 

One more thing, hey, Glenn from Winnipeg, I saw your letter in Alternative
Press.  How did I guess it was you?  Not too difficult.  How many Glenn
from Winnipegs are there who like Tsunami?  Anyway, you should be reading
Puncture, it's much better.  Even if they did put nrst on their cover
this issue.... :)

Also, there's been a small group of people who I've been in touch with,
indie-listers mostly, talking about going to shows together here in
Seattle, and I was just wondering if anyone else reading this here in the
area wanted to keep in touch with us and get together and shit like that. 
I think this would be especially cool for people (like yours truly) who
often bag out on shows because we have no one to go with.  Get in touch
with me personally if you're interested in this idea.  Upcoming shows I'm
especially interested in are Gas Huffer this Saturday, Jon Spencer Blues
Explosion on New Year's Eve, Lois Maffeo on 12/30, and Dirt Fishermen
sometime in January (the 7th, I think?). 


Subject: Lena's Reviews

Here's some of what I've been listening to recently that I haven't seen
too many reviews of yet: 

Billy Childish - The Native American Sampler (SubPop)
        I'd never heard the prolific Mr. Childish before, so this was my
introduction.  It's a collection of songs from his albums with various
groups between 1983 and 1993 (Thee Headcoats, Thee Mighty Caesars, The
Delmonas, and a couple more), all dealing with Native Americans in some
way.  There are a couple of lovely short spoken word pieces that capture
his feelings about Native Americans and what has become of them, which are
strong without being sanctimonious.  The rest is music, and quite
enjoyable stuff.  I don't know much about Link Wray, Dick Dale, etc., but
this stuff seems well in the spirit of that sound.  Open prairies and
buffalo and stuff like that, and lots of twang.  Great drumming, too
(reminiscent often of that old western-movie tom-tom sound).  One of my
favorite songs is called "Pocahontas Was Her Name," with vocal by a woman
named Kira (who is not credited in any other way here, so I don't know
more than that).  This is a good album for giving you a feel for place and
time, and the western-movie sound is in no way cheesy.  The musicianship
is uniformly strong.  I am glad I found this used, because I might not
have bought it otherwise, but in a way I'm sorry, because new sales of
this disk benefit an organization dedicated to the survival and quality of
life of indigenous peoples throughout the globe.  **

[Kira is NOT Mike Watt's wife, but a long-time contributor to Thee Billy
Childish's recording adventures (like Thee Headcoatees). - Sean]

Eric's Trip - Love Tara (SubPop)
        I've listened to this one like six times in four days now. 
Anyway, these Canadians have got a nice little thing going here.  Like
lots of Canadians, it's unassuming and puts a smile on your face. 
Recording-wise, they're highly Sebadoh-influenced, going from
introspective acoustic numbers with quirky lyrics, to underproduced loud
raveups (sound familiar?), but their songwriting is all their own.  The
first few bars of the album will make you think of old Neil Young, but
even that influence is transcended.  The loud numbers are catchy and often
garagey, and one of my favorites is "Blinded," where Julie is singing with
a passionate sort of frustration and desperation ("I tried hard to find
it"), and her voice gets higher and more breathless until she is just
squeaking - I can see her fists clenched and eyes squinted tight.  She
also sings on a few other numbers, including one of the acoustic numbers
which asks you if you understood the way she felt about the stove at our
friend Peter's house.  This is great.  I'm also quite enamored of the
drumming on this record (especially in the "stove" song), that just gets
under the songs and carries them along into your bloodstream.  By the way,
other songs have a guy singing, and most of them are both of them singing. 
        Some records grab you by the throat and rip you to shreds, some
records fuck you until you're gasping and leave long fingernail scratches
down your back, but this record is different.  It's quiet, but it gets
under your skin, puts you in a mood, sends you to a different place, and
you realize you're in love.  **1/2

God Is My Co-Pilot - My Sinister Secret Agenda 7" (forgot the label)
       My first exposure to GIMCP is some 7"s that Doug Wolk sent me, and
I didn't really get into that kinda noise groove (or non-groove, as it
were), but I gave them another chance (so it's a queer thing) and got this
one.  So I like it.  You don't have to listen to Melissa Etheridge or the
Indigo Girls to get your dyke credibility or lesbian chic.  Get God Is My
Co-Pilot instead. 
       The first song of five is "Straight Not," as in "my friends all
think I'm...."  It's hooky, which is weird to say of clinky-clanky noise
music, but there you go.  "I'm experiencing some kind of same-gender
a-TRAC-tion or something...."  Fun.  I think they have like three people
drumming or something.  There's also a song about watching girls on
bicycles, and my favorite, the final track, a lovely number called "The
Sound of Wings" that is quieter and features a didgeridoo (that aussie
droning thing) and reminds me a lot of the Dog Faced Hermans, who this
group has a lot in common with just in terms of kitchen-sinkyness and
non-sanctimonious politicalness.  Anyway, the other thing I wanted to say
is that Sharon's voice does a lot of the same things that Hope from
Fetchin Bones did, but the music is totally different.  Maybe I just
didn't get these guys at first, and they had to grow on me.  Anyway, the
sleeve is illustrated with stills from Hong Kong porno movies or
something.  Clear green vinyl.  *1/2

		*** COMING SOON:  Lena's Top 11+1! ***


		     -- There IS a Slacker Goddess --


From: watts%theor3.hepnet@Csa4.LBL.Gov

Plaid Retina/Victim's Family/Nomeansno at 924 Gilman Street, Berkeley
Sunday 12/12/93

     Well, in that poll that she sent out several weeks ago, Lena asked if
we had ever submitted anything to this illustrious e-publication.  I
answered, somewhat guiltily, no, and there was no real reason I hadn't
yet.  Therefore, since I just saw a show yesterday, this seems like the
perfect time to send in my first contribution. 

     Some background: the radio station I listen to rather obsessively is
the University of California, Berkeley station KALX.  I happen to think
they do a great job, so every year when they have their pledge break, I
give 'em some money, usually the standard pledge that gets a program
guide, bumper sticker, fridge magnet and t-shirt.  This year, however, I
hadn't pledged yet when I heard that, as a one-time only thing, they'd
throw in a coupla passes to the upcoming Green Day show at the Berkeley
Square on top of the other shit for the $45 basic pledge.  I jumped at the
chance and pledged, and got the passes to boot.  Unfortunately, a few days
later, I found out that the show had been inexplicably cancelled. 
Luckily, KALX told me that if I saw any upcoming shows which looked
interesting, they'd try to get me two free passes to make up for the
Berkeley Square fuck-up.  Cool. 

     I kept my eyes open, as did my friend Dave, who I had originally
offered the other Green Day pass to (so he would get first crack at
whatever I used the new passes for).  Lo and behold, while looking at "The
List" (a weekly pamphlet/e-mailing of Bay Area shows), I notice that
Nomeansno is coming to local punk palace 924 Gilman Street on the 12th! 
How convenient; I love their stuff, and 924 Gilman is about a half-hour
walk from my house (since I can't drive, this is how I measure distances),
so Dave and I decide this is the show for us. 

     Okay, now to the actual review: the show was supposed to start at
5pm, and Dave and I showed up at 4:30, but there was no real sign of
anything happening soon, so we went and got a beer.  Went back, stood in
line, and got inside at about 5:15.  Wandered around admiring the decor
(and renewing my membership; the last time I was there it was still the
Gilman Street Project).  They were selling Nomeansno paraphenalia in the
back, and I bullied Dave into buying Wrong, telling him it was one of
the best albums I'd heard in the last five years.  He trusted my
judgement; what a fool.  Myself, I picked up 0+2=1.  The show started up
a bit after 6. 

     It would turn out to be a rhythm-section sorta night, as we quickly
realized from the first band, Plaid Retina.  They were extremely
reminiscent of the Jesus Lizard, from their bass-and-drums attack, through
the lead singer's Yow-ling vocals, down to the drummer's "Liar" t-shirt. 
This was, of course, not a bad thing; the world could use more bands like
JL.  A good touch was showing slides of oral surgery behind them; sorta
went along with their teeth-rattling music.  I liked them a lot.  After
they finished, they said they were selling their EP in the back, but I
couldn't find it anywhere.  Does anyone know anything about this disk? 

     The next band up was Victim's Family.  They were pretty interesting;
lots of unusual rhythms and time signatures in their stuff (one was in 7/8
time; Mission Impossible revisited), and, going with the night's theme,
very rhythm-section oriented.  At places, they were kinda Minutemen-like,
but not for very long.  Unfortunately, I couldn't understand the lead
vocalist very well, so I can't comment on any content (or lack thereof)
their songs.  Overall, not bad, but I liked Plaid Retina better.  Dave was
more impressed by Victim's Family. 

     Then Nomeansno came on.  They didn't start playing for a while,
because one of the Wrights (the drummer; I forget which one's which)
wasn't thrilled with something about the sound system.  Sounded fine to
me, but what do I know?  Once they got under way, though, it didn't really
matter.  They were amazing.  I only had 2 1/2 of their albums before hand
(Wrong, of course, and Small_Parts_Isolated_and Destroyed and
The_Day_Everything_Became_Nothing), so I didn't recognize a lot; they
seemed to concentrate on Why_Do_They_Call_Me Mr._Happy ("Because I'm
so fucking smart" being the answer to that particular question) and
Wrong, playing five songs of the latter. There was (no surprise) lots o'
pit action.  Being old and decrepit, I stayed on the fringes of the mosh
area, but did my share of bouncing around (and probably hitting people
behind me with my ponytail in the process--sorry).  They closed out the
show in perfect fashion; they turned into the Hanson Brothers and did a
great version of "Cretin Hop". 

     A fantastic show, one of the best I've seen in a while.  Dave, who
had never heard anything by them before, was blown away.  I don't know how
big this tour is (they played three shows in the Bay Area and one in
Sacramento, so they seem to be concentrating here), but if you get a
chance, go see them.  Trust me. 



From: Laurence Roberts RD <>

John Peel Show broadcasts in the SF Bay Area

	I recently discovered that Live 105 (a.k.a. Evil 105) the San
Francisco-area "Modern Rock" station is broadcasting Peel Out in the
States, the U.S. edition of John Peel's show.  The bad news is that they
air it at 4 a.m. Sunday mornings (in other words, Saturday nights).  I set
my alarm and taped it this week.  (I've theorized that if television
hadn't been invented, we'd now have tape recorders with timers as "easy to
use" as VCRs.) If anyone knows of a Bay Area station broadcasting the Peel
show at a better time, please let me know.  The person I spoke to on the
phone at "Live 105" said they were working on finding a better time for
it. They could easily replace any of their other programming with the


[Unfortunately, that show is distributed to only one station in a given
"market area," so you might be stuck for a little while, unless the
promoters consider Berkeley or Palo Alto different markets (hell, they
gave it to us in Princeton, even though stations in NYC and Philly have
it...) - Sean]


[The following was forwarded about 4 or 5 times but I deleted all of those
headers and just left what I think is the original one.]

Frank Zappa Freedom to Read Memorial Fund 

>From Gary Pattillo (gary) on Fri, Dec 10, '93 e-mail

I met with Judith Krug today. She is the Director of the Office of
Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association. She said that
Gail Zappa contacted her a few days ago and they established the "Frank
Zappa Freedom to Read Memorial Fund."

To contribute, you may send a check made out to "Freedom to Read
Foundation/Frank Zappa Memorial Fund" Send it to: 

Freedom to Read Foundation
50 East Huron
Chicago, Illinois 60611

You may reproduce this notice in other media. 

Quote from one of their brochures:

"The Freedom to Read Foundation leads efforts to stop censorship wherever
it arises. The Foundation works hand in hand with librarians, authors,
book-sellers and civil libertarian groups to ensure that YOU decide what
YOU want to read, and that others aren't making that decision for you. 
By joining the Freedom to Read Foundation you will: 

- Defend the First Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

- Support librarians around the country who are besieged by attempts to
restrict library materials and services. 

- Expand the freedom to read by offering legal and financial help in cases
involving libraries and librarians, authors, publishers, and booksellers. 

- Receive the quarterly Freedom to Read Foundation News - articles and
timely reports on censorship trends, current court cases, and success
stories of how librarians and teachers thwart the censor, and more." 

(I'm guessing that the last benefit, the "FtRF News," will only be sent
to those who either request a portion of their donation to go toward
membership, or become active members separately. Currently, membership in
the FtRF is $10 for students, $35 for regular members. I assume the Frank
Zappa Memorial Freedom to Read Fund is a separate thing, but I'll bet if
you include a note, you'll also get the newsletter.) 

They fight against censorship, promote the Freedom to Read through
presentations, exhibits, etc... and help fund court battles against


From: Timothy Joseph O'reilly <toreilly@phoenix.Princeton.EDU>

SWOB, etc.

This represents my first contribution to the indie list.  I'm very
excited. I have this uncontrollable urge to share with you how wonderful I
think the new SWOB 7" is.  Their first 7" came out on Pop Bus, a totally
cool record label out of pittsburgh who, among other things, put out the
first Don Caballero 7", a Blunderbuss 7" (also their first,I believe), a
Weird Paul 7", and a bunch more, most of which are really good.  Anyhow, I
am awfully fond of their first record, and their 2nd is no disappointment. 
If you were to add a healthy dose of Touch and Go, including Albini-esque
production, with the guitar noises of Green Magnet School, you would be in
the ballpark of SWOB's sound.  The new 7", incidentally is on Project
A-Bomb, out of Minneapolis, another cool label, who just put out a new
Mother's Day CD, and a Balloon Guy 7" who feature some ex-member of
Breaking Circus.  Speaking of Minneapolis, Skene! is another cool label
from that corner of the world.  Trenchmouth and Bob Evans are two of their
latest releases, and both are quite good. Speaking also of Green Magnet
School, they will be releasing an EP on Boston's Sonic Bubblegum label,
the label that released GMS's first single.  I've seen them several times,
and they are killer.  They have three guitar players, each of whom create
their own noises for each song, and while not often melodic, they are
always musical, in that their noises and quirky guitar riffs worork
wonderfully together.  Apparently, GMS have been dropped from Sub Pop. 
Gms has never officially been told, but the writing is pretty much on the
wall.  Apparently, they have an album recorded, but Sub Pop just didn't
put it out, and d has said nothing about it to the band.  They intended
all along to release the EP with Sonic Bubblegum, but now that Sub Pop has
decided to drop one of the last remaining good bands on their label, they
are probably going to put the album on Sonic Bubblegum as well.  During
CMJ, I saw GMS at Brownies and they seemed really jaded (and once I heard
the story, I knew why).  Apparently, Jonathan Poneman was at the show and
walked out halfway through their set.  The woman at Sonic Bubblegum (I
can't remember her name) says, in addition, that Jonathan often calls her
up and asks her how GMS is doing.  I hate Sub Pop more than ever.  Give me
one "Blood Music" for any Hazel, Big Chief, Eric's Trip Velocity Girl,
Supersuckers, Les Thugs, etc.  whatever. 

Sorry for rambling on so long.  Blame Sean on two counts.  He taught me
how to ramble on like that AND he put me on the indie list.  Please anyone
out there who likes bands like Johnboy, Rodan, Pitchblende, Drive Like
Jehu, Swob, Shellac, Don Caballero, Polvo, the new Erectus Monotone EP
(yay! they got good) Dolomite, etc.  Please write me or the indie list

P.S. I have nothing against Unrest or their two songs, but I would like to
read about something else once in a while.  (I've only been reading I-L
for three issues, so I probably shouldn't be so quick to judge).  I
actually enjoy the I-L, I'm just a curmudgeon.  Ask me about how there are
only 14 good bands... 


From: Mike Winter <>

Review Of: _Love Tara_ | Eric's Trip | SubPop 

	_Love Tara_ is the first full length relase from this Atlantic
Canada foursome, and their second release for the major US indie label
SubPop. Eric's Trip released a few indie cassettes on their own, and one
EP Peter on Murderrecords. After being signed by SubPop they released
another EP _Songs About Chris_ in January of 1993. I'll start off this
review by saying that I bought this CD thinking that Eric's Trip was the
greatest indie band in Canada if not the world.. While it might be a bit
hasty to judge a band on two EP's and one single from a subpop compilation
(Blue Sky For Julie\ Smother out on Never Mind the Mullosks and the SubPop
employee of the month comp.) Eric's Trip has produced such a plethora of
wonderful tunez! that they win over converts instanly. Taking their name
from a Sonic Youth tune (D. Nation) Eric's Trip takes all the best out of
those indie-rock gods and reproduces it on their own music. Wonderufully
dissonant guitar and rampant bass mesh perfectly with the subtle harmonies
and melodies created by the boy\girl singing combo, allowing Eric's Trip
music to make a name for itself in the allmighty :) indie-rock scene. 
	Blech, I can't believe I wrote that last paragraph, you think
someone who wrote that would be an AOR guy writing about Stone Temple
Pilots (See letter about them in lastest Spin for hilarious putdown). Love
Tara is a work of genius.. What a great fucking CD.. Adjectives fail me,
this cd is so damn good.. The strength of Eric's Trip has always been the
ability to move from beautiful accoustic ballads to all-out dissonance in
the next song, always keeping that four-track atmosphere, and this CD is a
masterwork of that style.. Behind the Garage, Allergic to Love, and one
other accoustic track are bee-yoo-tiful ravings of indie-p0p g33ks.. They
are surrounded with wonderful slices of the kind of indie- p0p god must
play in heaven.. Imagine the Swirlies harmonies and Sonin Youth
guitar-clatter thrown together with Dylan-esqu folkisms and you have Love
	This album is too huge for words (As you can probably tell reading
my review :) ) and is the best thing I've heard since Pyschocandy by The
Jesus and Mary Chain, or Nowhere by Ride.. Awesome, what rock-n-roll
should be.. Best album of the year. 

'Those rare moments when the magistrate, after escorting me to the door of
the office, would pat my shoulder and say in a friendly tone: 'Well, Mr.
Antichrist, that's all for the present!' _Albert Camus_	##
Mike Winter


From: Kathleen Billus <>

Correx to Lou/Blood Oranges/Uncle Tupelo rev.

>material, along with a few from past Sebadoh recordings.  I liked the song
>about being in love with his sister Lisa, and the one asking his

That song about being in love with sister La is "Ridin" and it's Lou's
cover of the Palace Brothers song. 

I wonder if anyone else at that show was as annoyed as I was at the
inconsiderate boors who were talking *so freaking loudly* before, during
and after Lou's set.  Can you imagine trying to play acoustic over an
audience's dull roar?  I really wanted to get up there and do my Kevin
Meany imitation:  "Why are you people talking over this?  Don't you have
any manners?  It's *just not right*! Not right at all!!" 

Anyone know what the Blood Oranges' Cheri's problem is/was?  Boy, is she
cranky.  She was handing out some might 'tude backstage.  It's that
Northampton superiority/inferiority complex, methinks. 

Kathleen Billus


From: bmacdona@Bonnie.ICS.UCI.EDU

Safety_Through_Songs, a Holiday Season compilation
    After finishing up a tape compilation for some friends of mine for the
    holiday season, I thought the tape was a bit too good to distribute
    to a mere few, so I'm offering it to _you_guys(!)_ until mid-January.

    It's called "Safety through songs". It's a 90 minute compilation of
    somewhat-hard-to-find 7-incher indeeeee tracks dating from the very recent
    past to the not-so-recent past (1988).

  (The slight exceptions are the GAUNT track, which is from a 10-incher, and
   Drive like Jehu and Sugar, who are not technically indie bands anymore, 
   although the tracks on the TAPE are, and let's face it -- they're both great

   It's the first of the "0-aluminum" series ("0-aluminum" because none of
   the songs can be found on CD as of 12/14/93 -- though I COULD be wrong)

   Actually, I have nothing against CDs.  I thought such a discrimination
   would make the selection of tracks easier to make, since there were
   many to choose from.

   Anyway, here's the tape tracking list:



   UNWOUND		"you bite my tongue"	(Gravity 1993)
   WRECK		"walk away"		(Pet 1993)
   KUDGEL		"eskimo pie"		(Cinder Block 1993)
   THE DAMBUILDERS	"colin's heroes"        (Pop Narcotic! 1992)
   BRAINIAC		"simon says"	        (Limited Potential 1993)
   MUSTARD 		"burn the green"	(P.J.D. 1990)
   GAUNT	   	"whitey"                (Thrill Jockey 1993)
   HALF JAPANESE        "round & round (live)"  (ERL 1992)
   SUGARTIME 		"awestruck"		(Simple Machines 1992)
   ARCWELDER	        "rosa"			(Touch & Go 1992)
   POWERDRESSER		"humor me"		(Negative 1993)
   THE EX		"contempt"		(LaLa [Holland] 1988)
   THE SPINANES         "hawaiian baby"		(Imp 1993)


   DRIVE LIKE JEHU	"bullet train to vegas"	(Merge 1992)
   WCKR SPGT		"built in texas"	(Shrimper 1993)
   NOMEANSNO		"I want it all (live)"  (Pop Bus 1991)
   COURTNEY LOVE	"shaniko"		(K 1991)
   WWAX			"pumpkin"		(Leopard Gecko 1989)
   THE EVAPORATORS	"welcome to my castle"  (Nardwuar 1992)
   PHLEG CAMP		"twilight pink"		(Allied 1992)
   VERSUS		"bright light"		(Pop Narcotic! 1992)
   SUGAR		"jc auto (live)"	(Creation [England] 1993)
   JAWBREAKER		"split"			(_No_Idea_ Mag. 1989)
   TRUMANS WATER	"habits are spirits"	(Drunken Fish 1992)
   LYNC			"mhz"			(Land Speed/Magic Pail 1993)

   The tape is interspersed with humurous public service announcements.
   For a hint on what these are, look closely at the tape title.

   If you want a copy of this, just send me a blank 90-minute tape and
   enough postage to send it back. 

   Here's the address:
	Brian MacDonald
	125 Berkeley Ave.
	Irvine, CA 92715

   e-mail me at if you have questions. 

  I'll be gone from 12/17 to 12/19 and then from 12/24 until around 12/30.
  So mailing it this weekend will most likely be the best time for me the
  send it back to you by Xmas time.

  My public service to you all.




A few singles reviews

The Anyways - Sunshine Down EP:

This is good stuff this is, maybe a little bland in parts but
overall the package is sound (ha ha sound! geddit?) Some really cool
guitar bits as well, cool sleeve as well.


Citrus Groove - Mesmerized:

In the record shop it said this band were from New Zealand, though
they appear on this British label courtesy of a Californian label,
so who knows? Its pretty good this, introspective guitar pop. C86
cutie plus a dose of good old psychedelia.

(both records: Marineville Records, P.O. Box 1161, Brighton, E
Sussex, UK)

The Crowd Scene - Naugahide EP:

The Crowd Scene are american i believe, thats because thats where
the contact address for them is for. They are not bad, typically
indie guitar pop/rock. Not very challenging or original, but after
suffering (no other word will do) a Kill Rock Stars compilation its
very welcome.

(Seraphic Records, 221 Ivydale Rd, London SE15 3DY)

The Collectors - Sideliner:

Pick of the bunch, The Collectors are wonderful, melodic, and welsh.
Romantic guitar pop. Brilliant!

(Citizen Records, 121 Allensbank Rd, Heath, Cardiff, CF4 3PQ)

Merry End Of Year Pagan Festival Everybody! - Nastyned

P.S. TSUNAMI rule! UNREST suck!


From: Steven Silverstein <>


Jesus Lizard/Brickbat/Kepone, Lupo's, 12/12, Providence.
	A solid set from the Lizard, with David Yow his usual repulsive
and disgusting self.  Quite fun and worth seeing, though not worth
describing.  I'm told Brickbat's live show was better than the album. 
That's not a good sign; I foun them pretty unamazing live.  Kepone I only
caught half a song, sadly.  Lupo's starts too damn early. 

Supergirl/Von Ryan Express, Last Call, 12/05, Providence.
	Supergirl--not a very big secret by showtime--was Velvet Crush. 
Their first gig in 8 months.  A really tight solid one though, faster and
less sloppy by 10fold Jeffrey has a new custom hollowbody Telecaster, and
Paul is still playing the Hohner violinbass.  The new stuff is very solid
and tight, but less unique. I don't know how being a quartet when Mitch
Easter tours with them in the spring will affect things.  Album is due
March on Epic.  Nifty.  6 Finger Satellite is back home, which means J.
Ryan is back with the Von Ryan Express.  This was the best I've seen them,
despite the absence of the flashing sign.  J contributed organ and vocals. 
Quite nifty set, fast and a bit more polished.  The 7" is due any day now
on Load Records, with "Up on the Blocks" the A-side.  Look for it. 

That's the news from here--I'm home soon.



From: Arielle Berg <>

The Raincoats

OOOOHHH, god, do I love my Raincoats cd!  It makes me wish I could 
find the original vinyl real cheap somewhere, but I long ago gave up
pretensions to be a cool collecter, and I'm happy with my little
reissue.  God, the Raincoats rule my indie world!  raw and poppy and
punk and girls, girls not acting girlie but girls acting like Moe 
"I just happen to be a girl but hey I play drums like nobody's
beeswax" Tucker and I know I'm too late to jump on this band wagon,
but everyone should have this cd, I just wanted to say that.  And
anyone who wants to fill me in on Raincoats stats, please mail me.
	"Douglas Woulk has the koolest signature lines!"--me

[Since I bought my copy - damn impulsive shopping - DGC has released
this stateside.  We can all thank Mr. and Mrs. Cobain for resurrecting
at least two bands - the Vaselines and the Raincoats (and some would say
that Sub Pop re-issues the Wipers first LP only 'cause Nrv*n covered
"Return Of The Rat"...) - Sean] 


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