This is a place where the discarded, forgotten, and unknown media of the world can smoke cigarettes, drink coffee, and talk about what might have been.

Most of the time these releases are my first exposure to these artists, so if you're more informed than I, share your information or my errors.

I can't guarantee any requests, and I also won't get rid of the tape hiss / vinyl pops any more than I already have as it dilutes the quality of the track. So sorry in advance.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Moise Robin & Faren Serrette - Volume I

Original Format: audio cassette

Another traditional folk album, this one of the Creole persuasion.

I can find limited information on Moise Robin, and also similarly limited information on Faren Serrette - but nothing online about them playing together. Both seem to be Creole legends/heroes, and both seemed to play quite a bit. Faren also seemed to be quite into boats (as there's about as much information on his boat making as there is on his music).

This is about as down-home Louisiana as it gets. Robin's voice is absolutely awesome, and Serrette 'shreds' on his guitar and fiddle. My favorite track is the opener, 'Filles De La Louisiane', and is about as happy and bouncy as music can get. Do yourself a favor and pick this up, if even just for that track.

Is there a Volume II to this collection? Is it a collection of a bunch of different kinds of traditional music? I can't find anything about this collection or their record label. If I ever see it though, I'll definitely pick it up.

For fans of: twang, Southern music, a quality hootenanny

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tihati's South Seas Spectacular - Savage!

Original Format: vinyl LP

My first vinyl only post, and the reason for the long delay - but the wait was worth it after hearing the final product. Thanks to Google Image Search and Snow Records in Japan for the album cover I'm adopting

My friend pointed this album out to me at a local thrift shop - and I picked it up because I found an album about Pacific Islander music titled "Savage!" to be hilariously incompatible with today's PC society. I had no idea that the album was actually made by Islanders as a sort of tourist marketing ploy - though I should have noticed the three advertisements for Hawaiian hotels on the back cover.

I think this was a stage show - but I'm not certain. Most of the album is comprised of what the track listing calls 'traditional' songs, and they sound like they were recorded right from one of the groups performances. Very dancy drums, and wonderful vocal work. The non-traditional songs are performed by Sonny Kalaheme, and include such gems as "Learn to Do the Hula" and "Howzit Bra". All around this album puts me in a very happy mood, and really makes me want to sit on the beach drinking something with an umbrella in it.

Cheesy as can be, but quite satisfying.

For fans of: Hawaiian music, innocent good times

@320kb CBR

Friday, August 22, 2008

Unfound Logic - Durn!

Original Format: audio cassette (and possibly CD?)

This is certainly the most 'mainstream' of any of the releases spoken of on this blog so far. Unfound Logic was an alternative rock/punk band from North Carolina and released this album sometime in the mid 1990s (I'm leaning toward 1996, because that is the only tour date I can find for them). They are something that I would have attached to in my Blink 182 / Greenday days certainly, and are a good example of the sound that evolved into today's popular acts like Fall Out Boy.

The band has since split up (as their lead singer Paul left the band according to this interview of the South Carolina band Self I found), and two of the remaining members formed an equally unknown band named Amish Jihad. They have retained their bright sound, but oriented themselves a bit more their punk / hardcore influence. They also lack a vocalist - if their Myspace recordings are up to date.

So far all of my research points to 'Durn!' only being released on tape - though I think that is pretty odd for a release as late as the mid 1990s. I have found one new copy for sale through this inventory list on the Imaginary Records website. To buy it, click on THIS LINK for payment details. I also found a compilation CD of theirs HERE, but otherwise their music is pretty scarce.

For fans of: early Blink 182, early Greenday, Eve 6, the soundtrack to movies like "Can't Hardly Wait".

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Droid World

Original format: audio cassette / vinyl

The first audio book here (if one can truly call this an audio book) is a tape companion to a child's read-along tape/book set. According to Wookieepedia, this was episode 47 in the Star Wars: The Further Adventures series, and was also released on vinyl.

I would have loved to have this when I was a kid - hell, I love that I have this now. It's a shame I can't find the book.

Unfortunately, there is an error in the tape for about 5-6 seconds. I usually strive for the highest quality possible, but I figured that this was a bit too good to pass up because of a relatively short tape error. Looking at the tape, I'm really lucky it worked at all.

@320kb CBR

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Uncle Dale - Tell'n Stories

Original format: audio cassette

This tape was a total gamble on my part. I bought it brand new, wrapped in plastic for $3.00 from one of my casual music haunts based solely on the cover. When I brought it up to the counter, the owner stopped me and said "Now, this is probably the craziest, weirdest fuckin' thing I've ever had in here. I'm just sayin'". He must have had another copy at one point I suppose. And before I left he said "Hey man, if that Uncle Dale thing is too weird for you, just bring it back and switch it out for something else".

I almost took him up on his offer when I got home. The songs range from odd rock tunes with absurd lyrics, to absurd tunes with absurd lyrics. My two personal favorite tracks don't have Uncle Dale in the vocal spot at all. One is "Blood for Lucy", where a woman of Eastern European origin narrates a song about Lucille Ball and Ricky Ricardo. The other is "Hard Rock (In the World)", a grooving track featuring remixed sound clips of Pastor John Haggee (Revelations expert/professional idiot/John McCain supporter) bitching about popular music and homosexuals.

As far as I know, tape is the only format this is available in, and I can't find anywhere to buy it. This is about as conventional as weird music can get. I know my review might not be the most positive - and it shouldn't be as this is not the best thing I have heard - but the album is worth checking out for "Blood for Lucy" alone. Fucking crazy.

For fans of: comedians who perform in bars with musical instruments, who are not all that funny but still oddly endearing

@320kb CBR

Friday, August 15, 2008

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Coming Out of Their Shells

Original format: audio cassette

At one point in my childhood my parents bought me this tape from Pizza Hut, and I'm pretty certain it was a prized possession of mine for the rest of my Ninja Turtle obsessed days. I have since lost that copy, but on vacation a few weeks ago I found the tape once again at a Habitat for Humanity store and had to grab it again.

I've done a bit of research on it since then, and found out it was actually a soundtrack to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's stage show (the Turtles fan in me still gets a rush from hearing that), and there was also a VHS created of the show being performed. Also, according to an interview on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee
the tape went PLATINUM while only being sold at Pizza Hut. That really speaks to how awesome kids entertainment was in the late 80s/early 90s.

The music itself is generally very entertaining parodies of many popular styles and artists of the time. This includes rock, hip hop, R n' B, power ballads - you name it it's in there. My personal favorites are the tracks that have a definitive Bob Seger/John Mellencamp vibe - "No Treaties" and the opening track "Coming Out of Our Shells". The lyrics are absolutely hilarious ('Take that Shredder', 'I've seen the foot clan, man you know I thump it'), and that's all I really have to say about them. The 'guest vocals' are interesting breaks from the rest of the songs. "Skipping Stones" is by Splinter, and is a bit sappy but not bad. "April Ballad" is by April, and about as interesting as the song title. That is really the only poor track on the album though.

Don't miss this. It's a great bit of nostalgia, and sometimes a surprisingly rocking album.

For fans of: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 80s nostalgia

@320kb CBR

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Zoogz Rift - Island of Living Puke

Original Format: audio cassette / vinyl LP

Zoogz Rift is ridiculous, 'da da' insanity. This release is a mixture of scrambled confusion, 'skits', short songs, and ridiculous songs. It is also a quality representation of his work. My favorite tracks on this are the keyboard driven "You're Killing Me", the existentially sarcastic tunes "A Very Pretty Song For A Very Special Lady" and "The Breather".

On top of a large discography, Zoogz also was involved in professional wrestling for a period, and also has a catalog of paintings worth noting. Zoogz is often praised by those who dabble in 'weird and underground' noise - but even in those circles he is criminally unknown.

If you're a fan of this, he is offering his entire discography - that's over 200 songs on CD-R - for only $20 on his official website. A pretty reasonable price for one's life work.

If you're looking for something out of the ordinary, take a chance with Zoogz. Even if it's not your cup of tea, you'll never forget it.

For fans of: Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, silly music 'with a sinister edge'

@ 320kb CBR