Friday, November 12, 2010

East Village - Back Between Places EP

From the ashes of Episode Four emerged one of the most seminal band of their era, East Village. I don't know much about East Village but for sure I do know the single Strike Up Matches by Episode Four. Its c86 collector's one of the most sought after EP, a holy grail per se. I just saw one ended on eBay for a whopping $500.00! If the Episode Four is like their trial and error, being experimental side, East Village is the cleaner, more mature musically and who knows what their doing side of the band.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Laugh - Sensation #1 12"

During the time when The Stone Roses were trying to get everybody's attention and Happy Mondays were breaking through the mainstream, Laugh were doing their own thing, making good music in the tradition of Manchester music or simply called Madchester. The magic year was 1988, the time when Hacienda first introduced acid house and rave to the club community, when baggy outfits were the "it" thing and of course the year when this record was released. This song reminds me of great acts such as My Jealous God, The Mock Turtles and Real People who were overlooked for obvious reason being the scene didn't go global but rather died in the place where it started, in the industrial city of Manchester.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Dylans - Planet Love EP

Just got back from up north as we've check out our DJ friend play some set at Brazaa, a renowned bossa nova club in downtown San Francisco. It was a fun night but my SF trip won't be complete without visiting some Rasputin record stores. I headed to just two of their stores in San Jose the following day as time won't permit. To my dismay the once isle by isle of records are now replaced by cds. The tragic sight made me feel that vinyl is indeed dead. There are few records remained but those are ones worth fueling a bonfire with, if you know what I mean. So I ended up buying some bargain cds and when I say bargain I mean some $1.99, some 50 cents and some are even free! I got some Softies, Trembling Blue Stars, Flying Saucer Attack, Ivy and early Cardigans to name a few. Although worth keeping they are not really worth posting on blog.

This week my posting will be dedicated entirely to Colin Gregory, the man behind the now defunct 1000 Violins and The Dylans. Their music for sure may have been heard by many indiepop fans but I still believe there are some out there who haven't. I'll start it off with Planet Love, the band's chart topper during the early nineties.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Lotus Eaters - It Hurts 12"

The last two I'll be posting are the first two Lotus Eaters I've acquired during our record hunting years where buying from the internet was not an option and these were considered extremely hard to find. Often times you'll find these gems when you least expect it. I got both 12"s from Rhino in Claremont, both from the 99 cents bins!


Friday, September 10, 2010

Lotus Eaters - You Don't Need Someone New 12"

Another band that has something in common with The Wild Swans is The Lotus Eaters. Jeremy kelly plays guitar for both bands and his distinctive riffs can easily be recognized in any of their songs. I used to have the video uploaded on my now defunct website so I'll start off my post with this single.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Care - My Boyish Days 12"

Another memorable 12". I got this at Poobah in Pasadena for 50 cents and it was still shrinkwrapped!


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Care - Flaming Sword 12"

Since Wild Swans and Care share a common entity, Paul Simpson, the next posting will be nothing've guessed it right, Care! This first post means a lot to me because during the time when there was no internet and scavenging in every record stores that existed in California is the only way of getting rare 12"s (RandyB and Cino knows what I'm talking about), I used to settle for the Lightning Seeds' Sense 12" flip side that has the rearranged version of Flaming Sword. Then in 1997 the CD Diamonds And Emeralds was released. It contains all songs ever written by Simpson-Broudie, at least to my knowledge. It also includes the song Chandelier, which were shamelessly ripped off by the band Orange and Lemons years after it was released.


Sunday, September 5, 2010

Wild Swans - Liquid Mercury 7"

This single has proven that time is not an impediment for the Wild Swans on making good music. They've been in hiatus for more than two decades and once again have proven that their talents never got tarnished nor faded over the years. The song can be easily mistaken as an extraction from their Bringing Home The Ashes album. These fine English musicians have really stood the test of time.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Wild Swans - Bible Dreams EP

This is their most sought after release. Although equally brilliant as their earlier releases, you won't find this EP very often. Its quite surpring a major label released like this would be so hard to find.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wild Swans - Revolutionary Spirit EP

This is the first of the Wild Swans few but eminent 12" releases. A record released under Zoo and was produced by late Pete deFreitas of Echo And The Bunnymen. To give you a brief background about the band, Wild Swans is compose of Paul Simpson who is one of the greatest voices of post-punk. He was once with Teardrop Explodes and Care. Jeremy Kelly plays guitar who also plays guitar for the The Lotus Eaters and Gedd Quinn plays the keyboards. As a collector I'm very choosy with the artists' materials I complete and the Wild Swans is one of them. And quite lucky enough I was able to accomplish it unless there are some releases by the Wild Swans which I am not aware of. I will be posting the rest of their 12ers on the upcoming days!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Wallflowers UK - Thank you EP

Three catchy singles by Wallflowers UK (although not their official name, I still prefer to call them that so it doesn't confuses with Jakob Dylan's Wallflowers). Majority of the songs are sure winners. Not only they were written by one of the best underground jangle pop band that existed in the late eighties but also were produced by one of the most talented artist of their generation, Andrew Partridge, XTC and Duke Of Stratosphear fame.

The Wallflowers UK have released their singles collection and is now available through their website @ Since downloads are for evaluation purpose only, I encourage you to purchase their full album CD. It contains songs that are not found on their 7" and 12" releases.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

June Brides - In The Rain EP

Now that i have aquired my copy of Adobe Fireworks I should be back in business with no further interruptions. This group I'm about to start with is quite essential to many C86ers. For those bloggers who are testing the water of janglepop, this is your welcome treat. Formed by frontman Phil Wilson, the band is short-lived and have gained no major label success. Although uncelebrated commercially, the compilation release of their previous works by Cherry Red Records proves otherwise. Buy their cd here

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Friday Club - Window Shopping 12"

Here's a brand new post, meaning not a repost as what I've been doing for the past days or weeks maybe or whenever I can't find time to record audios or scan sleeves. I know what I've been doing is kinda redundant, its like re-inventing the wheel. It would be a way lot easier grabbing audio files from some torrent sites or saving images from Google images but in my humble opinion getting contents from other sites just defeats the purpose of having a website you can proudly call your own. Plus I get to put my own watermark on the sleeves, not to mention the high resolution/bit rate I'm getting by scanning/ripping my own records.

This track is rather unusual in a sense it was produced by Jerry Dammers, notable for being the chief songwriter of The Specials. Ska being his major forte, who would have thought he would produce such pop music similar to Haircut 100 or The Style Council? You might also find this interesting, I bought this record from Uwe Weigmann who happens to be the owner of Firestation Records. Shout out to my good friend RandyB for the tip, who is by the way an official siklista!


The Haywains - Bobbie Gentry's Tears (7" 4-Track EP, 2015 Dufflecoat Records)

Got this along with other bunch of records from a small indie store in Seattle. Quite honestly I fell in love with the cover art when I firs...