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Mystic Charm

Schizophrenic Melodies

post #15

Mystic Charm – Lost Empire EP 1993

I’ll admit that I selected this record from the bargain bin thinking that the unintentional humour of this release would be greater than the force of the Heavy Metal music contained within the grooves. Well…. I was wrong!  This is actually pretty fucking good!  It’s female-fronted, stoned as fuck Doom Metal from the Netherlands!  Although I usually prefer my tunes to be played as fast as possible, I can still get down with some slow-assed gloomy shit every now and again, and this is about as good as I’ve heard so far as that all goes.  Don’t get me wrong, they can pound out the thrashy riffs and double bass kicks when necessary, but mostly Mystic Charm keeps it creepy and dire as they slog through the mire. The mire of spooky darkness… and stuff.

While it certainly would be in poor taste to make fun of the members of Mystic Charm’s funny sounding Dutch names (like Gerard van Assen, tee hee), I suppose that it is fair game to admit that my wife and I had some debate as to the sex of Rini, the singer.  I wasn’t sure, based on the ambiguous picture and decidedly sick vocals, so I asked my wife, and she was sure that Rini was a man. A man who wore leopard skin tights and big girly boots? It turns out Rini is in fact a woman, and certainly one of the earlier women to sing in this style of metal, so hats off to her. So check it out, this is some great heavy shit! Also listen to more songs from Mystic Charm here.

Link to hq rips & scans…

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post #14

The Derelicts – Time To Fuck Up EP 1990

Pretty much the same story, and pretty much the same band as Zip Gun. You might recognize one of the dirtbags on the back cover as being one of the dirtbags from the back cover of the Zip Gun EP. The music is similar, but this record actually has the Derelicts sounding a little wussier than Zip Gun, but I guess that is excusable because this record was released earlier? Maybe they hadn’t released the grunge pedal yet… (that’s a joke, son).  This is simple, mid-tempo heavy punk rock, kind of proto-grunge I guess, because it has snarly, nasal punk vocals and doesn’t have any of that grunge-groove thing goin’ on. The A-side is rather melodic, while the B-side is pretty dark.  This record is cooler than the Zip Gun EP though, if only because of the un-listed 3rd song, which is actually the title track, oddly enough. Time to Fuck Up is a 10 second long thrashing hardcore song with a 4 second intro. Sweet! That was an awesome bonus to hear after I bought this record, because I collect short songs, and it’s a pretty good one. “Assholes Unite!”

Check out the same links form the Zip Gun post for more info and tunes… You can type about how much you love these guys over here.

And, here’s a video I made:

Listen to this record here!

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post #13

Zip Gun – Together Dumb b/w Cool In The Cell 45 1992

This is yet another brand new record that had been gathering dust for almost 20 years when I delivered it from the 1$ bin.  Although I’d never heard of this band, I purchased this 7″ with confidence because it was released by the excellent eMpTy Records.  It turns out that this two song, 4 minute long 45 is a great slab of prime grunge from Seattle, circa 1992.  Great driving, heavy punk rock here with a good, gruff vocalist. The guitars are up front and loud, as they should be. The drumming is right on, powerful but not too flashy, although a little quiet in the mix.  Both songs are good, but the B-side, Cool In The Cell, is the hit on this disc; it actually reminds a lot of some song by that certain band from Seattle, but I can’t exactly remember which particular one…

  That’s about it for this record, though it’s worth mentioning that it would make a great Jukebox disc, and as a bonus we are treated to some great cover art by Joe Newton.  Apparently this band never really got much respect, but they did release a few records before disolving into the utterly obscure status which they now enjoy. Check out alittle bit of info and some more tunes over at NorthWest Noise.

Here’s a wicked live video of the band playing Together Dumb:

This song is from their LP, pretty sweet dirty garage rock thing goin’ on. The video has some live pics o’ the band

Spin this saucer here…

Live Photos

Sore Neck, Ringing Ears

post #2

I’ve seriously been slackin’ on the photo posts. 

Here’s some bands! —Don’t Forgets to Clicks the Pics!—

Brave Combo - Nuclear Polka!

Brave Combo – this band rules. Best Nuclear Polka band on Earth? Yes! They’re from Texas.

Junkface - Portland Power Pop

Junkface – Portland Power Pop! These guys put on a great show @ the Borg Ward.

Genesis Climber aka Math Is The Bastard

Genesis Climber – San Francisco prog-adelic math core – aka –  Math Is The Bastard!

La Piovra

La Piovra – Italian Hardcore Octo-Punk Attack!

DC Beggars

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post #12

D.C. Beggars – You’re So Pretty EP 1991

I often wonder how some of these records end up in the bargain bins, all beaten up and cast aside.  That’s certainly no way to treat this particular record!  I found this little blue gem without any cover and only a scrap of a dust sleave to protect it, all shoved in amongst the dirty old Bette Midler 45’s and Debbie Gibson picture sleeves.  What we have here is some sweet female-fronted heavy punk rock and roll action!  Am I the only one who’se noticed that female punk singers are, on average, usually much better singers than their male counterparts?  This record is just more proof. The singer has that great confident, swaggering Punk Rock and Roll voice, mixed with some of the classic British female punk vocal style, and even a little Jello Biafra, I must say.

This band was from Seattle, and this record was recorded in 1991, and you can tell.  They definately have the Heavy Punk sound that became known as, well you know what it became known as.  The title track on this disc is definately the hit. ‘You’re So Pretty (But You Make Me Sick)’ is, of course, an anti-beauty song with great snotty vocals and a totally excellent sing along chorus. The song ends with the sound of a toilet flushing, for those of you who collect that sort of thing.  ‘Taken For A Fool’ is a ripping hardcore song about standing up for yourself.  I think it’s my favorite track on this record.  The guitar sound and drums during the thrash part in the middle of the song sound almost exactly like Reagan Youth, pretty gnarly.  The next song is pretty good, but the last one isn’t that great.  It is sung in German, apparently the singer is from Austria.

This band actually has a tiny bit of info available on the web, with some tunes here, and photos here. Cover and inserts are from here.

Rock out here!

7 inch Polka!

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Li’l Wally – She Likes Kiolbasa b/w Drunk In The Garden 45 195X

From Chicago, Illinois, it’s Li’l Wally! This guy was a super-star back in his day, and his memory will always live on in the hearts of Polka fanatics everywhere.  This is one of his most famous discs, showcasing his simple, stripped down form of Street Polka, basically just a simple drum kit laying down a danceable beat and Li’l Wally singing while he plays his accordian.  On the A-side, Wally sings an infectious little ditty about a lady who enjoys consuming the over-sized Polish sausage called Kiolbasa even more than she likes to eat fish.  The B-side is a pretty song about being drunk which is sung all in Polish.

Li’l Wally is notable for starting his own successful regional record label long before it was common place to do such a thing. In fact, you can still buy his records from Jay Jay today! Check the sight just to see how they’ve changed their famous slogan…

Grab a beer and a sausage & check it out!

Inspector 12

Eat Cheese Or Die

Post # 9

Inspector 12 – Jack EP 1991

I think this record may have been the very first punk 7″ I ever held in my hands.  I remember that a few of my friends saw this band play and were totally stoked on them, and then they showed me this record, and probably played it for me (if they had a turntable…).  That may or may not be a real memory, but I was stoked when my wife found this record for me!  I definately remember that Inspector 12 (who were from Madison, Wisconsin) were the first independent, local, original rock band that I’d ever heard of.  That was at least 16 years ago, but the first time I can be sure that I’ve heard their music was just a couple of months ago!

The music on this 7″ is pretty much a 50/50 hardcore/thrash mix.  Just how I like it!  The first song, which features a sweet classic thrash riff, is definately the hit.  The rest of the tracks are all pretty good, and thankfully only slightly dated sounding.  I know they put out a few other records, and maybe a tape or two.  I would not be the least surprised to hear that some of the dudes from this group are still kickin’ around playing bar shows in Beloit…

I think that most of the lovely pics above were also taken by this lady

This is classic Wisconsin hardcore, so check it out!