The Higher State with Marty and Paul Messis have a new album, called Volume 27, out soon. Here’s a video for “The Worst of Their Treason”, the first song released to the public. The video looks like it’s shot in San Francisco a long time ago. Any know who the band in the film are?
Archive for February, 2016
I recorded one of the band’s songs when they played the Psychedelic Ballroom in LA, organized by The Blindspot Project. The Acid Test SF and Tony the Tyger were among the guest DJs. This band is amazing and have two imminent single releases – one on Market Square and one on local label Lolipop. I also stopped by their shop, where you could hear someone recording some guitar in their next-door studio.
Two bands who have mastered the art of making faithful cover renditions, but without losing the power of the original tunes. Miriam Linna released her first album in 2014, and Nobody’s Baby turned out to be one of the best records of that year. These were some of the best versions of 60s underground classics to come out since Fabienne Delsol was in The Bristols with Liam Watson of Toerag Studios. Then last year, a single called “The Hand Don’t Fit the Glove” appeared along with a tongue-in-cheek karaoke video. That song was originally done by Terry Reid, and is now included on a second LP with songs by as widely differing artists as The Beau Brummels and David Bowie. It actually came out in October last year, but I didn’t see a copy until this January.
Now, we all know Bowie passed away, but “You’ve Got a Habit of Leaving” was recorded before that. What more fitting tribute to David Bowie could there be on Record Turnover than a cover of one of his very best compositions, originally released in August 1965 under the pseudonym Davy Jones. Unfortunately he did make a habit out of leaving – the faked death of Ziggy Stardust wasn’t enough.
Another band I’ve been missing out on is French garage masters The Missing Souls, whom I seem to have discovered last year but then forgotten about. Their 2015 release was a 45 featuring covers of “You Just Gotta Know My Mind” by Karen Verros/Dana Gillespie and “Bad Way to Go” by The Bruthers. That came out on a label called Dangerhouse Skylab, who will be putting out their debut LP sometime soon. On the strength of that single, they were picked up by Hidden Volume for a second 45. This one has got covers of the legendary Oscar & the Majestics, as well as The Uniques. It came out last month but this amazing video from two years ago really captures the energy of the song.
Pick up the 45 here, and keep an eye out for the LP which will features both of their previous a-sides.
The first single (digital only) from The Alloy Six debut long player Turn Out the Lights is here. If you’re not familiar with the group yet, you should check out the interview I did with them for Swedish music site HYMN. Most of these guys have been in bands before – for example The Moving Sounds and The Fourtune-Tellers. “Each Night” however, is better than anything they’ve put their hands to in the past. Straight-up 60s garage, on the moody side – and the piano at the end really nails it.
The single premiered on HYMN a few days ago, and I think that’s still the only place you can hear it. So head over to the link above, and that reminds me: you should also check out their self-released 45 from last year. I actually forgot to write about it back then, but “Eye to Eye” is great and still available. Check it out on Spotify. The b-side “Be What You See” will appear on the album in a new version as well, along with ten new numbers.
Here’s a video for The Turns’ new, stripped-down single “Believe Me”. It’s coming out on Lolipop soon and is the first thing they’ve released since their debut 7″ EP last year. Wonderful video and and a brilliant guitar solo.
The new podcast is a sampler I mixed down a couple of months ago in preparation for some upcoming gigs. Be sure to follow my new blog at kristerbladh.com/blog for updates on DJ commitments. There’s no tracklisting for this one, but if there are any tunes you are curious about just leave a comment below.
Todo Gira sampler 2016
One of my brother’s classmates was badly burned by an aerosol can once, but that’s not why I’m writing today. It’s because Chris Parker’s UK based label Pogo Records is back with another smashing 45. “Afraid of the Telephone” is a new belter, by what seems like another dreamed up punkpop fantasy from Parker. Like his previous outing Chain Letters (who cut the brilliant “Bad Reflection” single a couple of years ago) it’s put together from members of various musical and geographical backgrounds. The Aerosol Burns features two punked-up powerpop hits, with the a-side reminding me of that other telephone classic “Hanging On the Telephone” by The Nerves. Have a listen below and pick up a copy before they’re long gone.
Massenger are back with their second album, and it’s my favorite release of the year so far! I was in Burger Record’s Fullerton store a few weeks ago and picked up a copy of the tape. They didn’t think they had them yet, but after a look in the backroom I came up trumps. I would also highly recommend the Banshee EP they released last autumn, which is only available on tape from Burger. Here’s a video for “Runnoft” from the Peeling Out LP. Dig it.
Stockholm punks Viagra Boys have finally released their first record. It’s a monster of an EP and everything I could have hoped for after seeing them live in Malmö last summer. “Can’t Get It Up” is a modern classic and right up there with the best of Black Time. It’s the Swedish label Push My Buttons who are behind this excellent release, which is a welcome return to form after that amazing Outer Minds release. Check out the video for “Research Chemicals” below, recorded at a bar in Södermalm. The band will be back in Malmö next weekend for a gig organized by Rundgång Records.
Check out my article for HYMN on Viagra Boys.