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The Shaw Tapes: Live In Detroit 5/27/88"The best garage band in America since the '60s. Very primitive they made
people with Les Pauls and Marshall amps look like idiots."
- Jack White
Recorded at a party in a Detroit storefront in 1988, this live recording of the
Gories captures the band at their apex. The ferocity, intensity and grit that come
through this record is a testament to why the Gories oeuvre has been heavily
mined for the past two decades by hundreds of poseurs, pretenders and johnny-come-latelys
The dual-guitar attack of Dan Kroha's smooth Fender Jaguar and
Mick Collins screechy Kent Videocaster, coupled with the snare-less, cymbal-less,
bass drum-less primitive drumming of Peggy O'Neill forms a perfect meld of
40's blues, 50's R&B, 60's garage and 70's punk. Dare we say it, but in terms of
in uence and reach, the Gories were the Velvet Underground of their day1. Nautiloid Reef
2. Leavin' Here
3. I Think I've Had It
4. To Find Out
5. Boogie Chillen
6. Real Cool Time
7. Charm Bag
8. Sovereignty Flight
9. Again and Again
10. Thunderbird ESQ
12. Train Kept a Rolling
13. I Just Wanna Make Love to You / Give Me Love$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Be Nice / On The RunThe baddest garage band from Detroit city is embarking on a 20-date campaign through the wilds of Europe and to help celebrate those live shows Third Man is proud to announce the release of their first 7'' of new material in over twenty years! ''Be Nice'' is originally by The Nomads, featured prominently on ''Back from the Grave'' volume 4 compilation and is completely reclaimed by the Gories to fit in their inimitable style. ''On the Run'' is the first original badass Collins/Kroha composition in forever and while appearing on a streaming-only compilation a few years back is seeing its first physical release here.A Side: Be Nice
B Side: On The Run$6.997 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Night & DayCanada's finest live band, The Sadies, have reunited with explicit soul singer/cult legend Andre Williams for Night and Day on Yep Roc records. Night and Day is the result of sessions that began in 2008 at Key Club Studio in Detroit, capturing Andre, then 70 years old and still using at the time, at his most raw, honest, and immediate with absolutely no filter.
Andre is aided here by a stellar cast of musical friends, dirty bluesers who have earned the trust of the ancient hustler, including Jon Spencer (who directed these sessions) and Matt Verta-Ray of Heavy Trash, Danny Kroha of Detroit's own gutter-blues superheroes, The Gories, the unsinkable Mekon, Jon Langford, and of course, behind it all, The Sadies' long-time line-up of Dallas Good on guitars and keys, his brother Travis Good on guitars and fiddle, Mike Belitsky on drums, and the mighty Sean Dean on the bass.
The resulting record is a modern classic, with Andre showing remarkable range-from heartbreak and bitterness to ribald humor, swagger, raunch, sleaze, fear and retribution, romance gone right and romance gone wrong, and all in the spirit of the sloppy fun that has made him a legend. Andre Williams represents as the first and last of a breed of pimp-rolling R&B wise men, the real deal, an authentic totem of the low-down and disreputable, a man who has played outside the law, and outside the record business, and somehow managed to come out not only alive, but with a fervent cult following behind him.1. I Gotta Get Shorty Out of Jail
2. America (You Say A Change Is Gonna Come)
3. The Seventy Year Old
4. Your Old Lady
6. Mississippi & Joliet
7. I Thank God
8. Don't Take It
9. One-Eyed Jack
10. Hey Baby!
11. I'll Do Most Anything For Your Love
12. That's My Desire
13. Me & My Dog$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ultimo Mondo Cannibale / Faceless (Awaiting Repress)The underground Death/Grind/Gore Metal classic from 1990 has been re-issued in all its gory glory! The album has been re-mastered by Patrick Bruss from Crypticus and includes the infamous Faceless EP remastered along with all the old classic artwork, show flyers, photos and more! This is the ultimate vinyl edition of this beloved splatter classic! Uncle Creepy lives yet again!LP 1 - Ultimo Mondo Cannibale
3. Intense Mortification
4. The Revenge Of The Scabby Man
5. Veneral Warts Part 3
6. Bloody Pit Of Horror
7. Dear Uncle Creepy
8. Bitch Death Teenage Mucous Monster From Hell
10. Jane Fonda Sucks Part 2
11. Red Wigglers
12. Harbinger Of Death
13. Unadulterated Brutality
15. Bad Dreams
16. Who's Fucking Who?
17. Heart Of Illinois
18. My Lai
LP 2 - Faceless
1. Sinister Urge / Faceless
3. Bloody Pit Of Horror
4. Mortado$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Angels Watching Over Me"I was very reluctant to put this stuff out because there's a ton of rootsy cornballs out there doing this kind of stuff and all of them play guitar way better than me. But I think I have something here that doesn't really
sound like anything else. The numbers that bounce really bounce. The numbers that drone really drone. I'm excited about this." -Danny Kroha
As a mainstay on the Detroit music scene for over thirty years, Danny Kroha has consistently pushed himself to reinvention. As founding member of garage legends the Gories, he's influenced countless imitators and poseurs. His axe work with Rocket 455 is the most quintessentially "Detroit" rock and roll this side of the MC5. And his turn as a pastied playgirl in the Demolition Doll Rods proved that even in drag, he was undeniably solid. So with his first full-length release under his own name, it may come as an unexpected turn that he's dealing in classic gospel and folk songs. Playing every instrument himself, spanning guitar, banjo, baritone dulcimer, diddley bow, washtub bass, jug and mouth organ, the end result is a collection of
compelling, timeless traditional songs. Angels Watching Over Me is the real deal, seeming that it could've been recorded at any time over the past 70 years. With this album, Kroha firmly establishes himself as one of the pre-eminent practitioners of a genre in desperate need of someone with his creativity and vision in moving forward the classic American art form.1. Angels Watching Over Me
2. I Want to Live So God Can Use Me
3. Rowdy Blues
4. Holy Ghost Don't Leave Me
5. Take Me Back
6. John Henry
7. Walking Boss
8. Run Little Children
9. The Road is Rough and Rocky
10. Cannonball Blues
11. You Got To Move
13. Before This Time Another Year
14. Jack O'Diamonds
15. Pretty Little Pink
16. Lonesome Valley$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ParasitePressed On Sea Green Vinyl
Limited To 2000 Copies
One-Sided 12" w/ B-Side Etching (No Music)
When The Coathangers first stormed on the scene over a decade ago, their power resided in their ability to craft a crooked hook out of a grimy guitar line, a delightfully crass chorus, or an enticingly ham-fisted drum-and-bass groove. With each successive album, the Atlanta garage punk ensemble has increasingly tempered their brash charm with sharp-witted pop. Not that the band ever fully excised the primal howl of The Gories or the sparse strut of ESG, but with the trio's latest EP, Parasite, The Coathangers explore the space between their initial unbridled expressionism and their recent nuanced song craft. "I'd like to think the EP takes you on a journey through the band's existence," says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel of the sequencing of the five songs on their latest offering.
Parasite kicks off with the title track, a rowdy throwback to a younger, angrier incarnation of the band. Crafted in the wake of the election and during a tumultuous period in the band members'private lives, "Parasite" is pure catharsis. "During the making of our last album, I didn't want to scream anymore, I just wanted to sing and focus on melody. When we came to this recording, Ijust wanted to scream and curse." If the EP is meant as a journey through the various stages of the band's career, it certainly storms out of the gate with the same kind of piss-and-vinegar of their eponymous debut. And while "Wipe Out" is another rowdy venture, with bassist Meredith Franco taking over the lead vocal duties over a steady barrage of pointed power-chords, it also showcases the rousing choruses that elevated the trio from underground heroines to an internationally renowned garage act. Despite the adverse times, The Coathangers' mastery of pop cannot be contained forever, as is evident in the EP's single "Captain's Dead", with its sultry verses, triumphant chorus, and a bombastic freak-out of noisy guitar. The journey through The Coathangers' musical evolution leads to a revamped version of "Down Down" off 2016's Nosebleed Weekend LP and the smoky twang of "Drifter", in which drummer/vocalist Stephanie Luke demonstrates her knack for solid Dusty Springfield-style ballads.1. Parasite
2. Wipe Out
3. Captain's Dead
4. Down Down (alt version)
5. Drifter$15.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rat CityMemphis based Jack Oblivian (aka Jack Yarber) was a founding member of the garage-bands The Compulsive Gamblers and The Oblivians but he has contributed to a dizzying array of projects over the years, including Andre Williams, Jack Oblivian & the Tennessee Tearjerkers, The Cool Jerks, '68 Comeback, King Louie & His Loose Diamonds, Greg Oblivian & the Tip Tops, Jack Oblivian & The Cigarillos, The Natural Kicks and Tav Falco's Panther Burns.
Jack Yarber began his professional music career in high school, appearing alongside high school friend and future Squirrel Nut Zippers founder Jimbo Mathus in the Corinth, Mississippi, based Johnny Vomit & the Dry Heaves. Yarber played drums in the outfit, which credited him as Johnny Goopa. After moving to Memphis, his encounter with fellow musican Greg Cartwright led to the formation of the Compulsive Gamblers. The Oblivians formed in 1993 as a side project to the Compulsive Gamblers, the members of the Oblivians shared songwriting and each member supplied vocals, guitar work, and percussion on albums, switching instruments during live shows. The Oblivians lasted from 1993 until 1998, at which time Yarber and Cartwright left the band to reform the Compulsive Gamblers. The second incarnation of the Gamblers lasted from 1998 to 2003. The Oblivians returned to the stage in 2009 for a sold-out international tour with the Gories.
His collaborations with the cream of the Memphis music crop guarantee that the players on Rat City fit the bill like the proverbial glove. Jack Oblivian channels the spirit of proto punk as well as blues, country and junkyard rock; his songs evoke haunting, echo-y swamp boogie that will walk you down that dark alley without fear.1. Mad Lover - Part II
2. Put Your Love On Me
4. Milkshake Baby
5. Make Your Mind Up - Part II
6. Against The Mall - Part II$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Die ScreamingSomething sinister is looming in the mist - a ghastly three-headed apparition, equal parts riffage & rancour and fuelled by a steady diet of garage rock 7-inches played at 33RPM and horror movies watched at 5AM, the primeval force of Satan's Satyrs is returned to the earth to lay waste to everything in its path.
Rising from the primordial ooze of Herndon, Virginia Satan's Satyrs hit the metal underground like a tidal wave of sulphur with their debut proper, 2012's Wild Beyond Belief. This almighty assault, almost entirely the work of chief Satyr Clayton Burgess, was a harrowing blast of fuzz-drenched aggro - a clash of Venom-esque metalpunk squalor and in-the-red garage-rock dementia.
With Jarrett Nettnin soon joining the fray on guitar and Stephen Fairfield on drums, the power-trio were soon invited by Electric Wizard to 2013's Roadburn Festival, which they graced with two scorching sets, one being entirely comprised of cuts by their heinous heroes Blue Cheer. Yet the three-piece, despite being barely into their twenties, weren't about to rest on their laurels. What's more, the result of their onward march into grisly pastures new is the more mature yet no less malicious new opus, 'Die Screaming' which sees it's European release via Bad Omen Records in 2014.
This time around, the band set about expanding their sound, maintaining their trash-obsessed aesthetic whilst sharpening their songcraft to produce an album possessed of both mighty heaviosity and incisive hooks. Bolstered by roaring Hammond and percussive ornamentation that bring still more Hammer Horror atmosphere to the fray, 'Die Screaming' transcends the band's Black Sabbath, Stooges and Black Flag influences to arrive at a relentlessly gory and gung-ho assault on the senses. One minute, this terror-troupe are dishing out the rotten rock n'roll of 'One By One (They Die) and Curse Of The Corpse, which stalk the Earth like the reanimated corpses of Budgie and Blue Oyster Cult records past. The next, on the jaw-dropping title-track, they're throwing Death SS, the Alice Cooper of Sick Things and Scott Reagers-era Saint Vitus into a bubbling cauldron and standing well back. Yet at all times Satan's Satyrs' gonzo attack is authentically red in both tooth and claw.
Rising high above the overkill of self-styled occult rock that lurks in the underground at present. Satan's Satyrs are blazing a trail through a nightmarish world of battered VHS videos, overheated ampstacks and dog-eared vinyl, and are a band fit to set the pulse of any self-respecting trash connoisseur racing. With 'Die Screaming', they're set to carry out the Devil's bidding across the globe with uniquely sordid and salacious style.1. Thumper's Theme
2. Instruments of Hellfire
3. Curse of the Corpse
4. Black Souls
5. Show Me Your Skull
6. One By One
7. Lucifer Lives
8. Die Screaming$32.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The DriftHe never really went anywhere, but he's back again at the ripe age of 63 anyway. Sounding younger than ever before, Scott Walker's spirit truly soars here. There are a lot of ways you might introduce the stunning and towering singularity of Walker's new work The Drift. As the critic Cynthia Ozick once said of novelist William Gaddis (three novels in thirty years): he may not have been "prolific," but "instead he has been prodigious, gargantuan, exhaustive, subsuming fates and conditions under a hungry logic."
Hungry logic? Oh yes: songs you feel you could almost run a finger along and come away with brick dust or splinters, traces of blood curdled sand. It's the immense and beckoning, blistering noise of The Drift that tells the real story here, but also the microscopic attention to 'background' detail, layer upon layer, quotations, discreet little sonic movies full of scent and chill and bruise, clue and ricochet and close up.
Walker more or less invents a world with each new song, the shock of which being partly that he should treat subjects like this at all, that he should treat us with this immoderate cast: Cossacks framed in mnemonic petals, ill-fated lovers rubbing shoulders like dead moons, Elvis baying in Memphis moonlight, Mussolini hanging like something from a Francis Bacon tarot deck, songs for and from all our Black Septembers, all our German autumns, all the nines, elevens, ones, zeros in a mangle of newspeak.
There are a lot of self-proclaimedly 'experimental' artists clamoring for our attention, but who else gives us so much space in song, yet still a recognizable song, one marked by sex and pity and perplexity and rage, all the while keeping his ego to a bare minimum. Who else allows so many other voices; unlikely, unmoored, unmourned voices, into his songs?
Who else gives us language back as such a shock and surprise, as here, in the incredible risk and wager and crisis of The Drift, hear how sweeps and heaps of gory or holy or horrific confusion and reflection and fall are rendered with so precise and unfaltering and unique an ear, eye and throat, by this man alone, out of time, our first and last and best recording angel, the last Modernist left standing, the only one left alive! Artwork by Vaughan Oliver.LP1
1. Cossacks Are
4. Jolson And Jones
2. Hand Me Ups
5. The Escape
6. A Lover Loves$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MexicoFor the past four years, Follow That Bird was one of the most buzzed about bands from their hometown of Austin, Texas. And considering how many bands are packed into that one city, that ain't faint praise. They were picked by Matador Records to be the lead single on the 2010 Austin-only compilation Casual Victim Pile, and snapped up enough accolades to have Bill Callahan have them support him on tour and ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead ask them to be the opening act on their full tour of the Western US last summer.
After that...everything went a little awry. The band's label folded, taking with it the money promised them to record their debut full-length. But instead of seeing that as a major roadblock, the trio saw it as the perfect chance to forge their own path. With it came a new band name - Mirror Travel - and a chance to further strengthen their belief in the power of the music they were creating together. Or as Tiffanie Lanmon put it, We had to walk into the desert and do things our way.
The desert Lanmon (drums) is referring to is the one that surrounds Marfa, Texas, where the she, Paul Brinkley (bass/vocals) and Lauren Green (guitar/vocals) decamped for two weeks to record with Gory Smelley (YACHT, Eleanor Friedberger, Grouper) at Marfa Recording Studio. It was just the isolating experience the band needed to bring their album Mexico into the world.
The results? One of the most warmly engaging records you're likely to hear this year. With Smelley's help, Mirror Travel were able to more fully embrace the dreamy garage pop sound that got them to where they are today.
Opener Sands may give the impression of a band lost in a shoegazer wilderness, but let the punchy Nuggets-style bassline and reverb-slathered drive of the next track I Want You To Know shove aside all those preconceptions. The rest of Mexico flows by with the same steady gaze and attack, with occasional upticks and dips in tempo and temperature.
Looked at as a complete package, Mexico is a document of a trio who, as their name change would suggest, are taking themselves more seriously and looking at the road ahead with much more purpose and intent. Like the long drives between tour stops and the seemingly endless desert that helped inspire these songs, you're meant to drink this album in slowly, steadily, and with your eye fixed on the horizon.1. Sands
2. I Want You To Know
5. Uncharted Waters
7. In Dreams / For Summer
8. Wooden Bones
9. Young Gold
10. Stoner$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now