Saturday, May 19, 2018

LAME DUCK - "Logo" (1991)

 In 1991 in La Mirada, Calif. there were a couple of zany rebels named Matt Ter and Sadchop, also known as Jon Gillespie and John Zalewski, or Lame Duck! They had heard that home taping was killing the recording industry, and they wanted to do their part to help, so they came out with this tape called "Logo," that has songs like "Ass Sid," "Pass The Butler," and "Depressed Mold," among other things on it!

Friday, May 11, 2018

DEAD OSWALDS - "Not Sgt. Pepper" (1989)

 Dead Oswalds was the brainchild of one Brian T. Gallagher from somewhere in the vicinity of Providence, Rhode Island. As far as I can tell or remember, most everything he ever did was tongue in cheek, you know, like a joke, kinda like another group of guys I know. Fr'instance, the title of the band, the title of the tape, and the title of the songs, none of it is real. In a letter I found from Brian, this is what he had to say about the Guzanos tape I sent him, "I liked it. The Dead Oswald took it home. He must have liked it too. Greedy, selfish creep." Even though this song also has a Beatles title, it is not a cover tune, as are none of the other songs on this tape. If you'd like to be totally confused about the tape scene in the 80's and 90's, this would be a really good place to start! Credited musicians are Ozzy Oswald: Vocals, old newspapers, receding hairline, Donny Oswald: Purposely absent, and Marie Oswald: Cheap second hand guitar, warts, styrofoam!!!

Brian Gallagher was also the editor/publisher of a pretty damn fine zine called "Radio Void" that also featured some fereakin' amazing art by Brian James Riedel like his "Oh God, I swear, no more water balloons" one shot!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

HERMANOS GUZANOS - "The Videos Of Brian James Riedel" (2018)

 My good friend and fellow worm brother, artiste extraordinaire, and all around good egg Brian, has gone temporarily insane, and in the last week, out of nowhere, has created seven wild and krazy Guzanos videos. They just keep getting better, and there's no telling what this guy is capable of, once he puts his mind to it, so ready, steady, set, get gone.....!!!


Wednesday, May 9, 2018

ELECTRONIC COTTAGE 2018!

 Random things that have had no reference for some 25 or 30 years are suddenly just happening all around me. I've been reunited with old friends locally and internationally, and cool things like Hal McGee's magazine "Electronic Cottage" have resurfaced!
 Don't get me wrong! Guys like Don Campau and Lord Litter have never quit promoting independent music and art from the 80's, 90's and beyond, so this is not exactly a new thing, but then again, in some ways, it really is!

 Just as he did in print, Hal's online version of "Electronic Cottage" is simply great, and besides everything else, also includes an in depth article & interview done by Lord Litter about Hermanos Guzanos, and our other projects just in case anybody's curious! So go check it out, the price is right and Hal is asking for contributions, not monetary, but artistic, and all artists musical or otherwise are welcome to participate!! It doesn't get much better than that! Thanx Hal!!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

GREENHOUSE EFFECT - "Agenda" (1992)

The music you will discover on this site is a blend of home taping DIY artists, and actual performing indie bands. Greenhouse Effect was a real band, with a real sound of their own, from El Segundo, Calif. I don't really care for the image on the front of this tape called "Agenda", but rest assured that the guy named Shark who sent me this tape, was a very nice person, not a psycho! "Agenda" was released in 1992, and the song you're about to hear reminds me of Quicksilver Messenger Service because of the tone of the guitar. So without further adieu..........

Sunday, April 29, 2018

JOHN M. BENNETT & SCREAMIN' POPEYES - "El Ninguneo" (Early 1990's)

Jeff Olson of Screamin' Popeyes and I used to write each other a lot. I even sent him some records I got from Bulgaria one time. I found this letter dated 9-24, but I'm not quite sure of the year, probably 1992 or 93. Here's the first sentence: "Thanx for giving "El Ninguneo" a listen, maybe it all makes sense to John. We had fun with it anyway." The John he's referring to was a poet named John Bennett, and on this tape John does his thing, and the Popeyes provide the spacey background sounds. Give it a listen and hear for yourself! There are no titles or words to describe it!
John M. Bennett & Screamin' Popeyes - "El Ninguneo 02"

Thursday, April 26, 2018

RATTUS REXX - "Echoes Of The West" (1987)

In early 1988, I sent the 113th copy I had of "The Worm's Turn" to Lord Litter, and #116 went to Winfried Pickart in Germany. The rest is literally history! Winnie Pickart passed away a few years ago, but at least we still have stuff like this to remember him by. His partner Gaby HΓΌnnerbein was the other vocalist in the band. Gaby now is known as Gaby Tiger, and she and her band are still performing today! The words and music were written by Winfried Pickart on all but one song. The rest of the credits read like this. Winnie: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Casio, and Xylophone, Gaby on Vocals, Rene Esser playing Saxophone, and Peter Kraff on Lead Guitar on one song. This tape was recorded on a Yamaha MT1X 45SpurRec. This is what I call, "Just Good Music!"
Rattus Rexx - "Twilight Shines" 

Here's a nice candid shot of Winnie and Gaby from back in the day that I got from Gaby via Lord Litter!