Throw your landlord out the window: how long till he hits the ground?


      Indie List Digest!

       February 14, 1995

     Volume 4   Number 17


New Bomb Turks, Rocket 455 
Hotel X, MM&W
smoking crack and calling it art
360's, Townies, Kustomized, Downy Mildew
Harriet Rcords Party
pop zine dream
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hey ho, it's the newest indie list, with snow tires! don't 
want to make this any longer than it has to be, but here's a few 
things that have brightened the dreary winter days for me:

-Magnetic Fields, the Wayward Bus: Combines Wayward Bus and Distant 
Plastic Trees albums for one lengthy outing of MF fun, featuring Susan 
Anway singing Stephen Merritt's songs.  Sounds bittersweet and faintly 
wheezy the same way carnival music sounds from far away towards the 
end of summer.  (Merge Records)

-Eleanor Roosevelt, Head in a Hummingbird's Nest 7"- Four songs from 
this folksy Missouri combo who are a little loose but not quite 
sloppy, a little down-home but not as ostentatious about it as, say, the 
Palace guys. Fairly conventional instrumentation, but not at all 
saccharine. (Faye Records, PO Box 7332, Columbia, MO 65205)

-Ivy, Realistic: Long awaited, but well worth the wait--very pleasant, 
melodic, somewhat jangly (notice how that word has to have a qualifier 
these days?) tunes.  Music to wander round the house to in yr 
slippers.(Seed Records)

-Polara: Former 27 Various guy Ed Ackerson spent a few months in 
Bloomington as part of Antenna, which I thought contributed to them 
being a better band.  Ackerson has pretty much the same songwriting 
sensibility as John Strohm, which makes for basic indie-rock 
sensitive-guy strumming, but he's always had an ear for the shoegazing 
stuff, which adds layers of feedback, delay, weird loops, etc, to the 
music.  OK, so this sort of thing isn't exactly new; there's some nice 
tunes here. (Clean Records, 2217 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 55404)

Oh yeah, and we mingled with ILIJ (and all-round music) maven Liz 
Clayton and friends on a snowy, wretched night to see Guided By Voices 
here.  A good time was had by all, as far as I could see.


A couple informational requests came in for this issue.  Leigh 
Fullmer ( wanted to 
enquire if anyone knew much about the label "Collective Fruit" - 
like a contact address, a roster, their reputation and so forth.

And Patrick ( wants to know how he can get 
information or recordings from a group called "the revolutionary 
army of the infant jesus."  It seems someone absconded with his copy 
of the LP, and he wants to recall all the glory.

If you can help either of these folks out, drop them a line.


From: Sean Murphy <>

Howdy.  Nothing of musical consequence to report this time (radio 
still sucks, i still can't buy new records, etc.).  But I'll take the 
opportunity to remind people about a few basic I-L rules (since the 
legendary FAQ hasn't surfaced in quite some time...).

1.  For the net-hopping migrant types: please switch your I-L mailing 
address when you change net-sites.  Otherwise, I get lots of deadwood 
addresses, stuff I can't find when people try to unsubscribe, etc.  
Makes me grumpier than usual.

2.  Indie-List Advertisement/Announcement Policy (abridged).

Although this is a non-commercial enterprise, we don't generally have 
problems with people announcing upcoming shows they've set up, the 
occasional tour-date-listing, or ads detailing a venture that someone 
has put together (record label, zine, T-shirts, whatever).

There are some limitations, however.  You may have noticed that all 
ads and announcements appear at the end of each digest.  This is done 
out of courtesy to I-L readers who don't want to deal with such 
material.  Additionally, there are space limits, as well.

ADVERTISEMENTS for a label, zine, etc.  should be no more than 10 
lines in length.  By ILIJ edict, you should only submit ads for a 
project in which you directly are involved.  (There's a lot of labels 
I like, but I'm not gonna post ads for all their upcoming releases 
here - there are other ways to get that info.) You can always throw in 
the "mail me privately for more info" tag if you can't fit everything 
in 10 lines.  Word economy is good.

ANNOUNCEMENTS for upcoming shows, tour dates, and the like should be 
kept suitably short as well.  We can't set a 10-line limit when a band 
is playing 38 shows, but please remember that not everyone is getting 
accounts for free at work or school - a lot of us pay for net access.  
If it's gonna be a 1000-line I-L, I want it to be a true digest - 
quick hits and cogent thoughts on things that I may or may not care 

I'm not trying to harsh on anyone - things haven't been too bad 
recently.  From time to time, however, it's worth mentioning these 
sorts of concepts to keep everyone apprised of the situation.


Sean Murphy
Subscriptions Manager


From: "Peter D. Nolan" <34RSZWK@CMUVM.CSV.CMICH.EDU>
New Bomb Turks/Rocket 455 

I saw New Bomb Turks with Rocket 455 at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor 
last Saturday, and it was an all-around high energy event.

I got there way to early and as a result was inundated with an hour 
and a half of Pantera, but the wait was worth it.

Rocket 455 took the stage, properly liquored up and ready to ROCK! 
(Blatant and excessive intoxication is a big part of their act.)  
They kicked it off with the obscure MC5 tune "Power Trip," capturing 
the full sound and fury of the long-extinct Detroit rock band.  They 
then went on to play their hit single "Bum Ticker," rocking the horde 
of pretentious U of M undergrads and dirty Detroit old-school punk 
wannabes harder than any Green Day number ever could (which is what 
most of the crowd was hoping for).  Rocket proved that they had 
overcome the loss of guitarist Dan Kroha (ex-Gories) and have become 
a tighter unit, delivering a unique blend of '60s Detroit-style noise 
and trashy garage rock.  Although their singles don't live up to their 
live perforamances, they're stil definitely worth checking out.

The New Bomb Turks were loud and good, but they played for too long.  
The singer also really got on my nerves after a while.  It seems like 
someone with a voice that cool would at least be a little mean, but 
he just sort of acts like a dork.  Being thrown around by shirtless 
weightlifter types wasn't exactly that cool either.  Beating people up 
is hardly dancing.  That's it.

                                                           -Pete Nolan


From: Mark S Cornick <MSCORNIC@VAX1.ACS.JMU.EDU>
Hotel X, MM&W, etc.

Ah yes, hello again Indie-friends.  I was off the list for a while 
during break (JMU sys admins don't like mail piling up) but I've 
returned with a few reviews:

- Hotel X, _Engendered Species_ (SST): Third CD in about a year and a 
half from Richmond's jazzcore sooperstars.  Album numero tres finds J.  
Ghaphery someplace else (a new guy named Woody has taken over on 
alto), but otherwise the scene is the same as before: two basses (one 
with frets, one without), a little guitar here and there, a tight drum 
groove, and some skronky sax & horns.  The first two CDs had a lot of 
covers, but the new one has only two (Ornette Coleman and Wayne 
Shorter - sorry, don't have the box handy right now to give you the 
titles.) The original tunes have really come along - things have 
jelled into a sound so tight you could bounce a quarter off it.  Check 
out "Sophisticuffs" and "2 Street" (perhaps a sequel to the last 
album's "Funky Broad Street.") Note for obscure trivia buffs: Drummer 
Jim Thompson used to be in the Alter-Natives, which explains the 
connection to...  [SST, PO Box 1, Lawndale CA 90260, corporate Greg 
Ginn still sucks]

- Medeski Martin & Wood, _Friday Afternoon In The Universe_ 
(Gramavision/ Rykodisc): The NYC trio's third (?) CD lacks the horns 
and Marc Ribot guitar of their last release (_It's A Jungle In Here_) 
but is just as intensely funky.  John Medeski plays the most 
fantastic organ this side of Booker T., Chris Wood gets sounds out of 
an upright bass I've never heard before, and Billy Martin rides 
underneath it all with drums & bells and god knows what else he taps 
on (check out "Billy's Tool Box" for an example.) "The Lover," "Chubb 
Sub" and Duke Ellington's "Chinoiserie" are all prime examples of why 
MM&W fills the Hole In The Wall every time they come through town.  
[Rykodisc just moved, I don't have their new address, but heck, you 
can find Rykostuff anywhere.  Or try]

Self-promo department: It looks like my band, Gospel Midgets, is going 
to be releasing an LP.  The recording sort of fuses industrial noises 
with ambient texture, with a steadily droning undercurrent.  Plus 
there's plenty of cut-up DJ sampling too.  We're jokingly describing 
it as "the missing link between Negativland and Gate." If this 
interests you, check out
for more info as it becomes available (got no web access? write me.) 
While you're waiting on the LP, check out the recent 45 from Midget 
guitarist Jack Rose's other band, Ugly Head, called "A Bowl Of Fever" 
(Transparanoia/Klang Industries, 238 S.  Cherry St, Richmond VA 23220) 
for two sides of pure angst overdrive.

bye now


From: "John M. Renfroe 823-5045" <>
Versus show

Versus, Pohgoh, and Edison Shine @ the Stone Lounge, Tampa 1/16/95
It was my first show of the year and therefore the best.  However, 
topping this show will be no easy task.  Since it was a day trip for 
the concert we showed up late and missed most of Edison Shine.  What 
we saw turned out to be a strong pop-oriented trio.  I hate to use 
comparisons, but they weren't dissimilar to Teenage Fanclub.  
Afterwards I heard this was the last show with that lineup.  Guess 
I'll have to check them out again.
Next up was Pohgoh, who have only been around since last May.  They 
were fantastic! They were a younger band, but still rocked with 
intensity.  Hell, the bass player broke the E-string during one of the 
songs.  Their female singer had a strong and diverse voice which she 
used to the fullest extent.  I'd love to check out this band again 
Finally Versus came on.  From the first riff of "Silver Vein" to the 
encore of "Tin Foil Star" and "Another Face," they rocked the place.  
They mostly played songs off the new album, but did a fair share from 
Let's Electrify! and the singles.  The band was quiet for the most 
part and was overwhelmed by the audience's excitement.  Richard did 
say that he heard Tampa was the death metal capital of the world, to 
which the audience did their best Deicide impersonations.  Florida's 
gotta lose that image.  --matt


From: dann medin <DLM94001@UConnVM.UConn.Edu>
smoking crack and calling it art

thanks very much to th people that helped make th trip to dc not only 
a reality but a very good time indeed.  in both baltimore and 
washington my lil' heart was warmed to th core by indie hospitality, 
which is what is going to keep this scene thriving longafter rancid 
has been made famous and mtv finds another genre to exploit and 

finally got to go to th black cat, where i got to measure up 
th tuscadero cd (which i enjoy a great deal) to their live performance, 
and more importantly see th ever-astounding versus again put 
on a magnificent and intense set.  (complimented by th 1st ever 
appearance of yet another musical balyut brother on 2nd guitar fr th 
last 2 songs) 

th following night in baltimore, it was th loud 
amrep-meets-spore-meets-hardcore drumming of minnesota's micky finn, 
complemented by another one of my favorite live bands, th unstable 
intensity of candy machine.  plus exposure to a great fun pop band 
from th silver spring area called "paint" via band practice and very 
kind hospitality.  they are playing @ brownie's this wknd in nyc 
(2/3), and i highly recommend them fr spinart and velocity girl field 
fun music.

th nu trenchmouth is delicious, and th team dresch cd is 
w/out a doubt one of my favorite releases of th last 12 months...  
ingenious & beautiful.  th nu medeski martin & wood and th kind-of nu 
blues explosion cds are getting th 2nd most play time, short of t.d.  
and t-mouth.  yeah.  anyway, kicking giant is going back on tour 
w/spoken wurd frantic sue p.  fox this month.  if yr planning on 
seeing them in yr town and can possibly put them up fr th night, pleze 
let me know yr names and what you'll be wearing to th show.  they're 
total sweethearts and don't light upholstery on fire.  wishing all a 
healthy and fun semester (fr those of us still in school...) and just 
th general best to all...  xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxox

dann medin. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox


From: Aaron Schatz <>
Some records that are somewhat recent - 360's, Townies, Kustomized, Downy Mildew

I was going to do a "best records of 1994" kind of thing but that 
would take a bit long, so quickly here's a list of records that you 
should listen to if you get a chance and buy if you see them cheap, 
all 1994 releases, I think.

Versus - The Stars Are Insane (Teen Beat)
Scarce - Red EP (Rockamundo)
Ivy - Lately EP (Seed)
Downy Mildew - Slow Sky (High Street)
Sneetches - Blow Out The Sun (Spin Art)
Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary (Sub Pop)
Pooka (Elektra)
Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Matador)
Sugar - File Under: Easy Listening (Rykodisc)

For You Country Rock Fans and bluegrass:
Blood Oranges - The Crying Tree (ESD)
Beacon Hillbillies - More Songs of Love and Murder (ESD)

Grumpy Sean gave his "guilty pleasures" in his last article, including 
Big Audio, Bush "Everything Zen" and Weezer.  Well, as someone who 
works for one of the nations top commercial "alternative" stations, 
I'd like to stand up for some of these bands, although personally I 
think Bush is cliched garbage and I think as far as Big Audio is 
concerned, Mick Jones has just lost it.  But you have to hand it to 
Weezer for bringing back the art of the pop song, and as a big 
Buzzcocks fan I think it's about time we had a Buzzcocks tribute band 
(which Green Day are, in effect, down to the affected British accents) 
make it to the top ten.  And I love Veruca Salt and I don't care who 
knows it.  Look, let's be honest, every band is derivative of someone 
else.  Look at Velvet Crush, for godssakes.  What Veruca Salt is to 
the Breeders/Belly, Velvet Crush is to the Byrds.  Completely, totally, 
unabashedly derivative.  SO???? If the music is good, who cares?  If 
"Minty Fresh" was really an indie label and not a DGC set-up, and if 
Veruca sold as many albums as, say, Team Dresch, we'd all be talking 
about how cool they were.  Just because indie rock had its big year to 
hit the mainstream in '94 (Offspring, for instance) doesn't mean the 
music is any less good.  And if Veruca or Green Day want to publicize 
themselves on MTV rather than starve forever, why should we deny them 
the opportunity? Seriously go back and give "Buddy Holly," "Basket 
Case," and "Seether" another listen.  These are good songs.

I think the most disappointing album of the year was by the Dambuilders.  
I thought it concentrated too much on noisier material instead of 
poppier stuff and didn't live up to their awesome live rep.  Also the 
new Dinosaur Jr.  album was awful.  And it seemed to be a terrible 
year for rap.  There wasn't that much creative new stuff, and I'm 
still waiting for the second Pharcyde album.

Well, I'm probably getting too mersh here, so let's get back to the 
indie stuff.  I got an album called "The Red Carpet Parlay of the 
Decade" by Townies, on Little Voice.  There is very little info here; 
they appear to be a three-piece from Arlington, Virginia, which is the 
cradle of indie-rock, so I wonder why I haven't heard of them.  Anyway, 
this is a great 3-in-the-morning album, lots of arpeggios (Peter 
Buck-influenced) but the singer sounds really laid back, the songs 
are tuneful, and the lyrics are great.  I usually don't like songs for 
the lyrics but "Just because we've broken up does not mean that we're 
through" from "Orbits Delores" is a great line.  This is a must-buy.  
** 1/2

360's - Strawberry Stone (RCA/Link) I have the 360's first album on 
Link.  The songs are short, they are loud, they have interesting chord 
changes, and they show how psychedelia can be good.  Two albums later, 
the 360's are on a major.  There's a 10:45 song here, from pictures 
they appear to be trying to join the Black Crowes, and the chord 
changes are boring.  Oh well, it was nice while it lasted.  **1/2

Kustomized - The Mystery of...  (Matador) Would it be obnoxious to say 
Mission of Burma-influenced? This is the new band from Peter Prescott, 
ex-drummer of MOB and many versions of the Volcano Suns.  He's playing 
the guitar now but its the same formula -- loud, crunchy guitars, 
heavy drumming with emphasis on the bass tom, and screamed vocals.  
It's like the new Volcano Suns album.  The Best song is "Nothing.  Not 
No One." I always found Peter not as pop-sensed as Roger Miller, 
though.  *, but it's growing on me.

Also I'm getting into this band from LA called Downey Mildew.  I have 
recently purchased some of their back albums.  If you like the musical 
ideas behind 10,000 Maniacs but found Natalie Merchant too whiny, try 
this.  You can probably find it cheap like I did, and they have a 
male who sings some songs and makes it more interesting.  On High 
Street Records, albums are called Broomtree (1986), An Oncoming 
Train (1991) and Slow Sky (1994).

Finally, can anyone who has info on the new Hazel, Ivy, and Versus 
records please send me personal email? I think the new Versus is 
called "Dead Leaves" and its a singles compilation or something.

Aaron Schatz                           "There are only two races:
Zeta Delta Xi                             the decent and the indecent."
Brown University                   - Victor Frankel
(401) 863-5580                                "Man's Search for Meaning"
P.O. Box 3994, Providence, RI  02912


From: "LePageL/MF" <LePageL/>
Harriet Rcords Party featuring Mag Fields

Went to one of the big scene gigs this weekend, the Harriet Records 
5-year anniversary party at the Middle East, to see Stephin Merritt 
and his Magnetic Fields live.  What a weird night! Too many people, 
many of them seriously geeky looking! (Someone should write an essay 
on the semiotics of scene fashion.) Also, not one but two women 
succumbed to something and had to be hauled out the back door in 
semi-stupors.  But I digress.

Prickly is two women up front and two men on lead guitar and drums, 
with a strummy, folky guitar sound that gives way to occasional forays 
into the noisier side of things.  They had one noticeably nice song 
that might have been a cover, but overall, the women trading vocals 
were not strong enough singers to pull it off.  The more soprano of 
the two was especially shaky, and for me anyway, that kind of 
uncertain delivery makes me very nervous.

After Prickly, we got Vehicle Flips, a Pittsburgh band billed as 
having Karl Hendricks Trio and ex-Wimp Factor 14 members.  Well, 
here's my review: "Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum 
Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum 
Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum Strum ..." Sorry, they 
sounded to me like the indie Irish Rovers.  Smooth, inoffensive, and 

I expected Pest 5000 to dish out screaming hard-edged feminist rage, 
judging from the baleful looks and righteously contemptuous attitudes 
of the front women, who sat in front of me and smoked cigarettes for 
most of the night.  Imagine my surprise when they mounted the stage, 
strapped on their axes, and unleashed a torrent of mid-tempo pop 
harmonies.  At times, they even approached cute! Their violin beefed 
up the sound but posed no competition for Joan Wasser (probably wasn't 
trying to be).  And their songs were not bad, but I kept wanting them 
to crank up the tempos a little bit -- they dragged.  Of the three 
opening bands, they got my vote as most listenable, but lost points 
big time when they giggled loudly and yakked through the Magnetic 
Fields entire set.

That leaves the Magnetic Fields, a big cut above from the very first 
note, and this despite a restless half-attentive crowd creating too 
much ambient noise of their own to allow Merritt the dynamic latitude 
he needs.  Say what? The slower, quieter songs were hard to hear, and 
Merritt seemed impatient with the scene in general.  All the same, it 
was a treat to hear songs like "Born on a Train" and "Paris in the 
Spring" and even "Take Ecstasy" done live.  And without keyboards! I 
never would have believed it.  Next time, if there is one, I'd like to 
see this band in a larger venue where the room/atmosphere would be 
less of a liability.



pop zine dream

emily's sassy lime-summer vacation ep (christmas): ok, so it may sound 
dumb, but i got this record as a xmas present, thanks to brent, but 
because of all that was going on at the time, this record just sort of 
sat around for awhile.  that's too bad, because this quickly became one 
of my favorite records once i got around to playing it.  a six-song 7" 
that's full of sticky sweet vocals and big fuzzy guitar and sloppy 
enthusiasm.  simply a blast! one of the gals who sings has a voice 
reminiscent of the girl from heavenly but not as 'pretty' and when the 
drums and guitar kick in, with that big, play-it-loud-like-it's-in-your-basement
-live sort of way, well you can't help but smile.  had 
this record come a week later, it would be one of my favorite records 
of this short new year.  slop pop of the finest quality.

jon spencer blues explosion-orange (matador): by the time this gets to 
you, you will have heard all the hype, maybe.  this is the most 
rockin, tumblin', twistin', rollin' record i have heard in some time.  
plus strings and other things.  i once said that jsbx did to the blues 
what my old hound dog did to that knotted-up sock i gave it to chew 
on.  now imagine that dog with distemper.  now imagine that dog bites 
you in the ass and just hangs on for the ride.  there you have it.

royal trux-shockwave rider/mercury (drag city):another 7" that's 
guaranteed to please.  shockwave rider moves a little farther off the 
blues path while still staying within sight of the stones.  mercury is 
so slow and growly that just before it ends you think you may have to 
take it out and shoot it.  it's a drag city thing, but you should 
understand by now.  just make sure you have your rabies shots first.

lois-bet the sky (K):this is the kind of record that's perfect in the 
early evening, after a rough day at work.  it just sort of washes over 
you, and leaves you feeling relaxed.  not a bad way for a record to 
make you feel.  i'll bet lois maffeo is a really nice person to hang 
out with.  and this is a really nice pop record.

 The Folk Implosion-Take A Look Inside (communion)
 John Davis-Pure Night (shrimper)
 Sebadoh-Local Band Feel (X-mas)

take off your shoes, sit back and listen.  the folk implosion are lou 
barlow and john davis.  the setting is john's room.  it says this was 
done 50/50.  the recordings vary between acoustic duets to full-
fledged (?) songs.  as the fog rolls over you, you might realize that 
some of these songs come from a tape only release from europe.  if you 
don't have that, you need this.  or if you just dig vinyl,  try to 
guide yourself to the turntable and put on the john davis lp.  john 
actually travelled to other people's rooms to record this.  mostly 
acoustic guitar and found sounds and bare bones recording, this still 
has all the hiss you require from your shrimper recordings.  spacy 
and haunting.  is it getting cloudy in here? is this sebadoh record a 
bootleg?  it's packaged that way and has all the super lo-fi feel 
like all those cool old bootlegs we used to buy.  mucho fuzzy sebadoh 
runs through a batch of mostly from bubble and scrape with some odd 
covers.  the big finish though is some real nice lou barlow solo stuff 
tucked on the end of side two.  real clean, maybe from a radio show.

it's real quiet now. and the air is thick as soup. anybody got a light?

Christmas Records,1310 1/2 N. Vista,LA,CA 90046 
Shrimper, po box 1837, upland, CA 91785
Communion, 290-C Napolean St., SF, CA 94124

Brought to you by Malathion Risk.


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Smog, Butterglory, Simon Joyner, Pavement's Bob N.  (complete with 
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interview (and a funny one too).  We also have the Refrigerator tour 
diary from their week on the road with Smog.  (plus the usual show 
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