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News Titles from Machu Picchu / M’Lady’s

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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We’ve got two new titles from Machu Picchu / M’Lady’s. Hot on the heels of the ecstatically received reissue of ANONYMOUS’ classic album Inside the Shadow, Machu Picchu Ltd. has just announced the reissue of their elusive and legendary follow-up: No Longer Anonymous. After the 1976 release of Inside the Shadow, the group decided to change their name to JRIDER (after the second cut on the Anonymous LP) and pursued a similar rich vein of impeccable songwriting, this time adding more hard rock to the mix, resulting in a fantastic sounding album that sadly went unreleased at the time. This record is highly recommended for everyone who enjoyed Inside the Shadow, and it also happens to come with an entire unreleased album of songs recorded by the group’s visionary songwriter Ron Matelic!

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Next up is THE CONTENTS ARE’s debut album, originally issued in 1967 in an edition of just 100 copies. This record, more rumored than heard, lives at a wild nexus in American culture, simultaneously expansive and reflective, searching for answers in society through music and art. The German label Shadoks first reissued this legendary set almost ten years ago, but Machu Picchu brings you a new deluxe edition of Through You, this time with the very special addition of the band’s two non-album 45s. Let this record turn you on to new horizons.

Free Basin’ Friday | Big Boys Tees!

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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It’s Friday, baby! You know what that means, right? Time for some free stuff! This week for Free Basin’ Friday, we’re giving away two kinds of limited edition Big Boys shirts designed by Minor Thread x Light In The Attic (available in sizes S-XL).

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Big Boys zealously embraced the DIY punk philosophy and would famously end each show with the foursome shouting, “OK y’all, go start your own band!” So for this week’s give away, we want you to come up with 3 band names for your fictional punk band. Please provide your answers in the comment box below. Winners will be chosen next Friday and notified via email. 

WEEKLY DISTRO ROUNDUP WITH JON TRENEFF!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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Happy belated International Left-Handers Day!  (Sorry, lefties – I don’t write the schedule for these things!).  Robert Deniro, Jerry Seinfeld, The Olsen Twins (NOT Ashley), OPRAH!, Leonardo Da Vinci!  Just a few examples of famous lefties out there, reminding the world that, despite being in the minority, they’re actually smarter, hotter, and more successful than everyone else.  Stick with me – we have a highly advanced list today -  in tribute to all those beautiful, more highly evolved left-handers!

We were just reminiscing about the days of getting dropped off at the mall and setting security guards on fire, when what do you know – Waxwork drops the Chopping Mall soundtrack!  The young upstarts again pull out all the stops here, with glorious laminate gloss jackets and sassy pink fluorescent vinyl inside.  Did we forget to mention the wailing synth guitar lines also included on said wax?!  Don’t sleep – like every WW release, these will be gone in the blink of an eye.

 

Mega-ripper back in print after a brief re-appearance a couple years back.  We blew through these the first time so we’re psyched to finally have these back in the saddle!  The Jerusalem record is one of the ture holy grails of the early UK hard rock/proto-metal scene.  Produced by Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan, the fruit don’t fall far from the tree, sounding not unlike the classic hard-charging DP records, with a hint of Sabbath’s proto-doom thrown in to sweeten the deal.  Classic Headbanger’s Ball material!

 

The Laze – Phantom of the Opera LP
(One Way Static)

Stunning modern re-imagined soundtrack to Lon Chaney’s classic Phantom of the Opera.  The Laze canvas the perimeter of classic soundtrack modes to come up with their own, completely unique interpretation on this horror touchstone.  Running the gamut from Carpenter-synths, to classical guitar, to Goblin-esque prog, to straight up metal, these guys prove capable of inhabiting any form they please, while still making it hang together as a complete vision.  Packaged with the attention to detail we’ve come to expect from One Way Static.

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record shop (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The shop is open Friday 12-8pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

Now Distributing Polysom!

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

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We are happy to announce that we are now distributing the Brazilian label Polysom. Hidden in the Rio suburb of Belford Roxo, Polysom not only reissues some amazing classic Brazilian LPs but also runs the only pressing and production plant in all of South America.

Polysom was founded by Nilton Rocha in 1997 with equipment purchased from Brazilian major labels Poly Gram and Continental. When demand for vinyl slowed in the 90s due to the onset of the compact disc era, manufacturers in South America began to slip into extinction. Rocha made it decades before the diminished demand forced him to pulled the plug on Polysom. However, the owners of the Brazilian independent label Deckdisc purchased Polysom in 2009 and reopened it the next year. Since then, Polysom has been full steam ahead, producing top notch vinyl with quality on par with its northern hemispheric counterparts. The future is now bright for Polysom as they plan to begin offering picture discs and colored vinyl.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR ENTIRE DISTRIBUTION CATALOG FOR POLYSOM! 

Weekly Distro Roundup With Jon Treneff !

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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The song remains the same they say, but whoever “they” were never heard Severed Heads. Rather, there’s been a near-endless bounty of earthly delights flowing through the distro dykes lately, so let’s dispense with the small talk and get down to the chow, shall we?!

Fabio Frizzi – City Of The Living Dead
(Death Waltz)

Death Waltz alert! Another essential soundtrack from Fabio Frizzi, who we haven’t seen blessed with a DW catalog number since the label’s fledgling release, the ever-popular Zombi 2 soundtrack. The Italian maestro really shines here – with his signature synths and dry drum programming conjuring the dead to rise again! If you drool over Giorgio Moroder’s Cat People soundtrack as much as us, you’ll need to cop this on the double, as it sounds like Moroder might have ripped a page or two from the Book of Frizzi. Soooo good!!!

 

Il Balletto Di Bronzo – Sirio 2222
(Lion Productions)

Major burn alert! A few months back we got in the reissue of Il Balletto’s second album, Ys, and while it has a rip ratio all it’s own, Sirio 2222 is really what it’s all about for us. Rawer, and more direct than Ys, Sirio 2222 was one of the first albums of what would become the signature Italian Acid/Psych/Prog sound, and one of the pillars of the scene. These were Italians taking UK hard rock like Zeppelin and Sabbath and making it something uniquely theirs. Limited to 1k and going fast!

 

Various Artists – Kontroversial Kovers
(Reprieve)

Finally got enough of these in to list! What could easily have been a modest curio turns out to be an unexpectedly stellar compilation of Kinks covers. It doesn’t hurt having all of the 32 tracks come from ’60′s Mod/Garage/Freakbeat acts, who in a parallel dimension, might have been household names themselves. But ya ya hey – that’s the just the way the crumpet crumbles, eh lads? Instead, we get the next best thing – inspired interpretations of one of the richest songbooks in pop history, that also serve as introductions to some great forgotten bands of the day that you’ll wanna dig deeper into!

 

Severed Heads – Since The Accident & Slab City Horror
(Medical)

Long-overdue reissues of these singular, ahead-of-their-time, and still confounding records from Australia’s Severed Heads. Coming to fruition in the early-mid ’80′s, their experimentation with electronics, sampling, and synth texturing generally gets them lumped in with the Industrial bands with whom they shared a label (Nettwerk), but mainly, there just wasn’t a whole lot to compare this to in 1979. Released in 1983 and ’85, these records manage to sound just as challenging and unique today. Fans of Coil, Cabaret Voltaire, and Plunderphonics – this is your zone!

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Happy Father’s Day week! Here at LITA World HQ (LLC, Inc. ) we feel the mixed emotions you may be going through leading up to this most holy of days. Namely, what to buy for the Dad who has everything, and hates everything he doesn’t have? We feel your pain, my brethren! But no matter who yer daddy is this year, we’ve got something to put the spring back in his Buster Browns! What’s that you say – YOU’RE the Daddy here?! Even better! Treat yourself, Big Papa!

 

Staple Singers – Uncloudy Day / Will The Circle Be Unbroken? / Swing Low
(Mississippi)

Hallelujah! After decades of basically ZERO presence on vinyl, Mississippi brings the Staple Singers back into the 12″ realm. These are exact repros of the famous family’s first three albums, and as important to gospel and American music as Johnny Cash or Loretta Lynn were to country. Though they went on to great Top Ten chart success in the ’70s with the Stax label, these early Vee-Jay recordings are arguably their most enduring legacy. Far from the typical soul-groove recordings still heard on the radio today, these records are basically (barely) electrified Southern spirituals – minimal and haunting songs stripped to the marrow, with only Pops’ Staples heavily reverbed guitar and his offspring’s heavenly voices holding the music aloft. Timeless, transportive hymns that transcend decades, centuries, and tastes. You need this in your life.

 

Guy Skornik – Pour Pauwels
(Lion Productions)

Big SKOR for fans of French pop – and eccentric art-pop in general! Guy Skornik was a mystic explorer, gifted musician, and member of the forward-thinking Popera Cosmic collective. When he wasn’t busy presenting television reports on Eastern mysticism and LSD, he was recording orchestrated prog-pop, culminating in 1970′s Pour Pauwels LP. Inspired by counterculture hero and author Louis Pauwels’ revolutionary bestseller The Morning of the Magicians, Pour Pauwels is a heady concept album that manages to forge all of Skornik’s interests into a classic of French prog-pop. Right up there with Serge Gainsbourg’s Melody Nelson and the trailblazing work of Jean-Claude Vannier. Limited to 500 and going fast!

 

Country Lips – Nothing To My Name
(Country Lips)

After years of road-testing in the West Coast’s top dives and speakeasys, Seattle’s rowdiest sawdust stompers bring forth their debut album. What’s all the ruckus about?! These guys pretty much spell it out for you in the name – COUNTRY music, with a lotta LIP!!! Rolling through nine members deep, this wrecking crew takes the M.O. of ’70′s outlaw country a la Willie, Waylon, and Johnny Paycheck and cranks the foot-stompin’ factor up to 11! Incredibly, Nothing To My Name manages to translate the energy of their raucous live show to wax, while spotlighting the group vocal harmonies that can get lost in the heated moment of a live hootenany. Get your summer off to a proper rip-snortin’ start!

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record shop (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The shop is open Friday 12-8pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

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Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  Shadoks vinyl!!!  We’re over the moon over here!  After all, it’s not every day (or life, for that matter) you get the chance to work with the esteemed and legendary Shadoks label! Shadoks has been at the forefront of amazing boutique psych reissues since boutique psych reissues were just a glimmer in yer pappy’s aviator shades. Every release is a hand-made, painstaking labor of love, with high-quality packaging, sound, and liner notes – in strictly limited editions of 500.

We have stock on the ENTIRE Shadoks vinyl catalog, as well as the fresh slices highlighted below -  all making their debuts on North American shores!  Check the website for the full rundown.

 

Ernan Roch / Lazarus  / Young Flowers 
(Shadoks)

Ernan Roch’s La Onda Pesada is one of the great lost Mexican psych-folk classics.  Sung entirely in English, this has a laid-back West Coast groove that we might incline to call “folk-funk,” a la Relatively Clean Rivers, but with fuzzed-out guitar leads that will ring the bell of Quicksilver Messenger Service freaks.  So good!  Lazarus showed up with far more ambitious plans on their impossibly rare debut.  Imagine Soft Machine or Caravan recording a concept album about Lazarus coming back from the dead as a hell-bent zombie and you’re on the right path.  Killer hard-blues/psych – the sound and playing on this is out of this world!  Any heavy head will tell you - Young Flowers were THEE definitive Danish psych/blues act, and “Blomsterpistolen (flower pistols)” is their masterpiece.  Heavily influenced by Hendrix, Cream, Canned Heat, and the like, this record holds it’s own, with an insane guitarist and heavy musical lifting across the board.  There’s a whole world out there – stop and smell the blomsterpistolens!

 

L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes – L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes
Le Kene-Star De Sikasso – Hodi Hu Yenyan
Amadou Ballake – Bar Konon Mousso Bar
Woima Collective – Frou Frou Rokko
(Kindered Spirits)

New mother lode of African reissues par excellence from the always reliable Kindred Spirits folks. L’Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kayes and Le Kene-Star De Sikasso are two peas in a pod, showcasing the movements of some of the scene’s key players. The Mali orchestras worked much as the jazz combo might have worked on this continent – as a revolving door and training ground for young players to cut their teeth in an established group before casting off to form their own combos. Both of these records feature slightly altered combinations of the same players, and follow the same strange, magic thread – sounding as natural as the dirt under foot, and completely unlike anything of the known world. Like catching a phantom satellite signal on your transistor radio, under the sheets.

Amadou Ballake and Woima Collective are the then and now of rambunctious Afro-beat. Mr. Ballake was a James Brown-indebted wailer from Burkina Faso. Bar Konon Mousso Bar was a massive hit in his homeland, for good reason – this whole record is a scorcher that warms up at 360 degreez and just keeps going from there. Top shelf! Woima Collective are an offshoot of German Afro-soul-beat revivalist ground-floorers, Poets of Rhythm (check Daptone’s boss vinyl anthology), and probably one of the more real-deal units doing it, to our Mrs. Dash-seasoned ears. Hotter than a dutch oven in Georgia!

 

The Vampires – The Vampires Underground
Edip Akbayram – Edip Akbayram
(Pharaway Sounds)

Stop us if we’re windbagging – but it’s been awhile! So many new jams, and they’re all worth your time! Both of these new Pharaway platters are gonna blow doors on your next Go-Go shindig – trust! The Vampires Underground is by far one of the most obscure, and strangest, psych-funk exploitation albums ever. A band of Indian guys in East South Africa playing instrumental psych-garage-surf-funk, The Vampires put their unique stamp everything from “Unchain My Heart” to “Funky Broadway,” making it their own with fuzzed-out guitars, bongos, and a killer rhythm section. The best kind of great record – an accidental one. Along with Erkin Koray and Baris Manco, Edip Akbayram is one of the Big Three when it comes to Turkish delights. This is an exact repro of his debut album, and a totally essential psych-fuzz tome for any and all of the above. Woo-hoo!

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record shop (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The shop is open Friday 12-8pm and Saturday 12-4pm.

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Easter tidings to you and yorn! In the spirit of rolling away the stone, we’ve got a trio of heavy ones catching some overdue rays on their pasty white bods. No matter what your spiritual denomination or de-motation may be today, I think we can all agree that everyone looks better bronzed in a bikini. So brush that cave dirt off your shoulder and go soak it up! You only live twice.

 

Simon Jones – Melanie & Me
(Strawberry Rain)

Melanie & Me was originally pressed up in a miniscule run to promote an Australian film of the same name, whose single 1975 screening became as much a rarity as the album. The good news is that Jones’ soundtrack plays just as well without the intended visual accompaniment, riding on a billowy cloud of atmospheric psych-folk that recalls everything from early Neil Young to Mike Nesmith’s bucolic, stunning concept album The Prison, to modern day off-shoots from the Japanese branch office, Maher Shalal Hash Baz and Nagisa Ni Te. A standout from the always-on-point Strawberry Rain label.

 

John Harrison – Creepshow soundtrack
(Waxwork)

Wow – Waxwork went whole-hog on this one! All you horror enthusiasts will know the Creepshow soundtrack was never officially released at the time, going missing for nearly 30 years. Lucky for us, the tapes were uncovered and restored and are now finally seeing the light in this deluxe reissue. Beyond the audio restoration, the packaging is gorgeous, featuring a booklet attached to the gatefold with art, interviews, and liner notes from George Romero and John Harrison. The full monty!

 

Twilight Nuages – Twilight Nuages
(Folk Evaluation)

Really unique and heartfelt DIY pop, and unlike most records you’ve heard lately. Twilight Nuages was a Connecticut high school teacher and a rag-tag team of his students coming together to make some truly transcendent homemade sunshine pop. For anyone familiar with the Langley Schools Music Project record re-issued a few years back, this will be icing on your muffin. Joyful, heartfelt transmissions that recall the insulated naiveté of the early Elephant 6 scene. Shine on!

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record store (913 NW 50th St., Ballard). The LITA record shop will be open on RSD, April 19th, from 9 am-5 pm.There will also be a 25% off sale on any non RSD products, along with some sweet giveaways throughout the day. 

Donnie & Joe Emerson – Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81 | Pre-order

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

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Donnie & Joe Emerson - Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81
LITA 115 (LP | CD | Digital)
Available: June 17, 2014
Pre-order Now!

Some people have to wait for fame; some people wait even longer than most. Donnie and Joe Emerson are in a league of their own.

As teenagers in Fruitland, Washington in the late ‘70s, the farming brothers dreamed of being heard. The synthesizers were sometimes crude and the 8-track recorder had its limitations, but the brothers aimed at nothing short of perfection in their home studio on the farm. They titled their 1979 debut Dreamin’ Wild, and, as multi-instrumentalist Donnie later admitted, “Joe and I basically lived the dream of the title of the album.” The same goes for their parents who heavily believed in their sons’ musical dreams, taking out a second mortgage on the farm and investing $100,000 in a dream that refused to die. But their privately funded, private press record sank without trace, the family lost most of their 1,600 acre farm, and as Joe focused on the family farming business, Donnie focused on his solo career.

As for Dreamin’ Wild, things began to change three decades later, when record collector Jack Fleischer bought a copy of the album for $5 at a Spokane thrift shop. Something about the brothers’ smiles, bouffant hair, and matching white jumpsuits gave him a good feeling. Fleischer’s blogging about the album brought it to the attention of cult musician Ariel Pink, who recorded his own version of standout track “Baby.” Eventually re-released on Light In The Attic and widely available for the first time, the album chimed louder a lifetime after its conception: Pitchfork described it as a “a godlike symphony to teen hood.” The New York Times flew out to the family farm, while Jimmy Fallon took to Twitter to proclaim his love for the duo.

But Dreamin’ Wild does not tell the full story. In a relatively short span of time – just two and half years – the boys put close to 70 songs down on tape, all recorded at that magical home studio on the farm. A dozen of them are included here on Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81 and ready to be enjoyed for the first time ever. With a familiar blend of FM rock, power pop, and new wave, these 12 tracks cover the entirety of that fruitful period, stretching from the second song Donnie ever recorded (“Everybody Knows It”) – to tracks documenting his temporary move to L.A. in 1981.

Donnie’s life story is in these songs. Where Dreamin’ Wild captures the teenage experience, Still Dreamin’ Wild tells a broader story, one in which teenage dreams turn to painful yearning. So where the Beach Boys indebted “Ooh Baby Yeah” is inspired by a teenage girlfriend, “Big Money” shows the emergence of a naive political awareness. Later, 1981′s “One True Love” captures the sound of what Donnie described as “the city as imagined from the farm,” and the epic closing track, “Don’t Disguise The Way You Feel” found Donnie after high school, feeling stifled and frustrated in the isolation of the countryside and mourning the loss of his friend and occasional backing vocalist Dwayne. It is, quite simply, heartbreaking.

The long-belated success of Dreamin’ Wild has given the Emerson brothers – still close, and still the heart of a loving family – a new lease of life. They’ve finally taken their music on the road, performing at Seattle’s Showbox followed by New York’s Mercury Lounge. Still Dreamin’ Wild proves that the album wasn’t a fluke, and that Donnie’s songwriting is as consistent as it is rare. All this time later, we finally have the pleasure of hearing the brothers’ music. And the good news? They’ve still got the jumpsuits.

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  • First ever release
  • All tracks newly re-mastered from original tapes
  • LP housed in a deluxe Stoughton “Tip-On” gatefold jacket
  • Liner notes by Jack D. Fleischer, interviewing Donnie & Joe
  • LP includes download card
  • Color vinyl editions (comes with a “Jingle Demo Reel” 7″ featuring 4 unreleased jingles Donnie wrote for local Washington businesses back in the day)
    - 200 on “Snow White” wax + 7″ ( LITA Vinyl subscriber exclusive
    - 500 on “Baby Blue” wax + 7″ (LITA.net pre-orders exclusive – limit 2 per customer)
    - 100 on “Red/Black Shag” wax + 7″ (LITA Shop exclusive – limit 2 per customer)

Stream the track “Ride The tide” from Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81 below…

Weekly Distro Roundup with Jon Treneff!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Why’s the man always tryin’ to keep us down?!  After taxes, social security, insurances, extractions, pet acupuncture, and new swaddling threads, we barely have two quarters to rub together for half a taco on the dollar menu.  It’s enough to make us wanna DROP-OUT.  For good!  This week we pay tribute to the weirdos, outsiders, and straight-up ahead-of-their-timers who didn’t give a flyin’ fig for the central scrutinizer and his rules – including the original WTF-er’s – creepy old white people!

Spike – Orange Cloud Nine
(Golf Channel Recordings)

Hot tamales! Just when we think there can’t possibly be anything left in the abandoned mine of forgotten/outsider/pop-weirdos…well, don’t look down – it’s a pit of SPIKE! Spike was a lone gunman in the profile assassination plot if ever there was one. An officially certified “fool” (by the Dutch government), Spike Wolters was a drop-out of all things drop-out-able. But instead of frittering away his unlimited free minutes playing Mario Kart, he got down to recording four home-made LPs of staggering originality and imagination. Orange Cloud Nine collects the best of these recordings and makes a pretty unimpeachable case for sticking it to the man, forever. Spike perfected a form of lo-fi, instantly memorable pop groove that brings to mind Ariel Pink, Cleaners From Venus, or Dire Straits on acid. Seriously amazing stuff here, and one of the more exciting, out-of-nowhere finds we’ve come across in awhile.

 

Various Artists – Anthology of American Folk Music Vol. 1-4
(Mississippi Records)

Big week for blowing it out of the water here! Mississippi went and did what they were born to do and reissued EXACT reproductions of Harry Smith’s indispensable Anthology of American Folk Music compilations! Each volume is two LPs – all sleeved in beautiful cloth-bound reproductions of the original packaging – including the booklets! That’s already three exclamation points, I know – but these records deserve it (!). Unavailable on vinyl for years, and never with the painstaking attention paid here, these are beyond essential documents of the Old Weird America. Highly limited, one-time limited pressings here. Get in touch with your haunted past before it disappears again forever.

 

Icecross – Icecross
(Rockadrome | Lion Productions)

Rippers Alert: Heavy shreddage on board! Icelandic skull-bangers Icecross unleashed their sole slab of raw power in the pivotal year of 1973 (the best year for music, according to sources). Neither punk nor metal were totally a “thing” yet, but this Arctic blast of insanity managed to channel the dark girth and complexity of emerging stoner bands like Black Sabbath while predicting the raw, fevered intensity of the punk scene to come. There’s also more than a hint of early Blue Oyster Cult and the Detroit garage contingent in here, somehow forging a totally unique take on all of these inter-related yet disparate influences. Incredibly obscure for decades, this is a heavy MUST for heavy heads.

 

 

George Brigman – Jungle Rot
(Obscure Oxide | Lion Productions)

The label describes this as “the sound of broken Baltimore,” and from the album cover depicting a young Brigman (monster doobie in lip) posed amongst the ruins of an abandoned building, to the fried sounds housed within, we can’t argue one bit. Jungle Rot was conceived in 1975 by the teenage Brigman as a conceptual tribute to British psych-blues band The Groundhogs. While the ‘hogs influence can certainly be felt, this is a distinctly American take on it – meaning way more punk and garage – and home-recorded. More psychedelic and blues-y than The Stooges, too raw and damaged for traditional heavy blues-rock fans, Jungle Rot also had the misfortune of arriving just a nose or two ahead of the punk movement – ensuring that the audience for this was limited to the pile of rubble on the album cover. Psych/Punk/Blues before you even knew!

All titles mentioned above are available through our online shop or at our Seattle record store (913 NW 50th St., Ballard).