DjBabyBuster's log of vinyl, mp3s, and photography gems worth hoarding...
Linda Perhacs - Freely
I was turned on to Linda Perhacs when her epic and only album Parellelograms was re-released on Mexican Summer three years ago as a Ltd heavy weight numbered affair. Originally released in 1970, this was a ground breaking psychedelia folk album that many later acid inspired bands have highly regarded. Since then Parellelograms has been released again on two more labels, and is currently available on vinyl from Sundazed. Now as Perhacs was inspired by resurgent popularity of her original visionary album, she releases her first followup in 33 years. From this first track, I can tell that she hasn’t lost her magic.
One of my favorite Saratoga Bands has a Kickstarter to put their new album on vinyl thats ending in T-5hours and they’re only less than $400 away from their $3,500 goal! This streaming track is technically from Eternal Crimes, including John Gill and Shane Sanchez of The Black Ships. But if you like this, you’ll totally dig Black Ships.
Saratoga Springs really has a lot of cool upcoming music to offer besides just that Phantogram sprouted from here, but if we can’t help our friends launch projects like, its hard for bands to take off. Help us show everyone we ain’t a one horse town.
My favorite Graveface project next to BMSR: New Casket Girlsfrom upcoming sophomore album,True Love Kills the Fairy Tale out February 11, 2014.
So many pieces of Savannah, GA three-piece The Casket Girls seemed to happen by accident. From their beginning - when electronic sound-shaper Ryan Graveface (Graveface Records, Dreamend, Black Moth Super Rainbow) found sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene under a tree in one of Savannah’s many squares, playing Autoharp and singing bizarre songs - to the night they composed their sophomore album, True Love Kills the Fairy Tale, under circumstances that fall somewhere between séance and dream state, nearly everything about The Casket Girls seems to have been inspired by some kind of spooky happenstance. But then again, the Greene sisters don’t believe in accidents.
"I dropped off a shit ton of songs to the girls to work on one night," Graveface says of the genesis of True Love, the follow up to Casket Girls’ critically acclaimed 2012 debut. "I went back to check on their progress, because they weren’t answering their phones. I don’t know if they dropped acid or what, but I walked in and Elsa was sobbing and reciting poetry while Phaedra was just staring straight ahead writing it all down, like catatonic. The next day they dropped off a CD and said, ‘We don’t even know what’s on this. You can throw it in the garbage if you want.’ I sat down and listened all the way through and cried. I was like, ‘Holy shit! They actually wrote a record like that!’ I booked studio time and had them re-record every note just as it was on the demo. They really didn’t remember any of it. Had to learn the songs as if someone else had written them entirely. Very bizarre."
Phaedra and Elsa had filled the disc with lilting, almost whimsical melodies about chemical hazes and love gone sour like a couple of fucked up Shangri-las, to which Graveface added a bevy of grinding, multi-dimensional psych-rock keys that will be familiar to anyone with a Graveface LP in their collection. The title track speaks like an unknown voice in a lucid dream - perhaps the one that conveyed these songs through the veil in the first place -beckoning, “True love kills the fairy tale… until heart and lungs fail.” It’s this twisted and comforting charm, which set in motion the Graveface-Greene love affair in the first place, that relieves us from fear.
The Casket Girls have gained momentum and a substantial cult following due to the unflagging catchiness of their songwriting and the compelling development of their live stage show. They spent the last year and a half touring in support of BMSR and the Faint before growing into headliners in their own right. Last year, they released a self-titled EP on Record Store Day, and a “cassingle” cassette store day.
New his upcoming Wave 1 EP on Ghostly International. The man has still got it, and I’ve been impatient waiting for new proper material, even though the epic Galactic Melt was just two years ago.
Com Truise - Wave 1 EP is Ltd to 300 on dark purple vinyl only from the Ghostly store, with another 1700 on plain ol’ black. Both come with 2-panel art sleeve printed jacket with a 3mm spine on a glossy stock finish, and the artwork is of course from Com Truise himself. Pre-order from Ghostly now, purple vinyl is bound to fly.
A lost cut from a 1980s cop TV show indeed. The music is a gem, the video plays like a mini movie perfectly coupled, and the lewd vinyl labels are hilarious. Definitely for fans of Italians Do It Better. The track starts out with a minimal snyth slow burner, that builds to jammy guitars and trumpets in the more delicious way. This is the second volume out of 4 so far scheduled for release, each with equally graphic vintage porno labels.
The Macadam Mambo Trax offshoot of the long running label run by French pair Sacha Mambo and Guillaume Des Bois looks to West Yorkshire for its second transmission with Leeds pair Joe’s Bakery Band at the helm. Typically for Yorkshiremen, Craig Christon and Joe “the baker” Gill have a winning sense of humour that manifests itself in the title track “Blue Tuesday” which isn’t actually a New Order edit, instead rolls out like a lost cut from a 1980s cop TV show. Complementing this, “Turkish Delight” somehow pulls elements from Italo, Arabian Dance music and 80s rock into one cohesive dancefloor burner, whilst Sacha Mambo dons his Mzkbx alias to drop a Trax-style jacking house refix of the title track.