Vintage Bricks

A collection of favorite tracks from days gone past

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Friday Hype! Skate Rock!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, relentless computer problems and a general disdain for some most of the new releases of 2014 have wreaked havoc on my motivation. Also, spring has sprung and with it always comes a renewed vigor for skateboarding. And after an especially long winter its been nice to get a couple solid sessions in this week including a late night indoor jam at a private bowl here in Philly. Good times, good company and good tunes had me waking up smiling this morning. Here’s a couple of classic tracks I heard late last night that can easily soundtrack any session, anytime, anywhere. Roll forever.

 

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Vintage Bricks: Coachwhips – Bangers vs. Fuckers

Really feeling this album Bangers vs. Fuckers by Coachwhips. One of John Dwyer’s many precursors to Thee Oh Sees, you can definitely see where his intentions lied in regards to the future of his musical meanderings. Released in January 2004, it’s 18 minutes of rambunctious distortion and frenzied blues riffs, with Dwyer’s signature yelping sounding its most intense. Throw in some smash mouth drumming courtesy of Matt Hartman and wild organs via someone or something known only as Val Tronic and you have a record that made more than one person wonder if they were playing it at the proper RPM speed on their turntable.

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Vintage Bricks: Slo Burn – Amusing The Amazing

Now that I have to keep music on constantly in my house to drown out the constant yelping of the little dog next door who just had a leg amputated, I’ve been clicking from link to link on YouTube when I don’t feel like waiting for an hour for Spotify to load and I’m not in the other room to flip vinyl. Turns out there’s an absolute tonne of full albums on YouTube, including this gem of an EP from Slo Burn, the second act of legendary stoner rock vocalist John Garcia and the first to follow the mighty Kyuss. Slo Burn had a quick run, releasing only a handful of demos and this EP before calling it quits and Garcia would later go on to form Unida, Hermano and most recently Vista Chino, which reunites Garcia with Kyuss alumni Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri. But it’s hard not wonder what could’ve been with Slo Burn as this EP showcases some seriously intensified songwriting ability, the likes of which Garcia hasn’t reached since the similarly short-lived Unida. I guess that’s the beauty of music though; the idea of of what was, what is and what should never be…..hmmmmm….sounds familiar.

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Vintage Bricks: The Detroit Cobras

Not sure if there’s more dates lined up or a new album in the works(which would be the bee’s knees) but The Detroit Cobras have announced a January show here in Philly at Johnny Brendas. If you’re a fan of neo-soul garage rock and don’t know The Detroit Cobras here is the best thing that has ever happened to you:

 

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Stupid Shit of the Day: New Musical Express

So the fine folks that run UK music magazine NME have decided to tell you what the 500 greatest albums of all time are. It is THE definitive list they say. I will assume that statement is being made tongue in cheek but I can guarantee nothing. I made it as far as number 4(that’s right, number 4) before turning my attention to more important tasks like finding Taco’s “Puttin On The Ritz”. It’s been stuck in my head all day. Great track. Check it out while pondering the notion that said list is actually meant to….wait for it……be taken seriously! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Seriously.

 

Here’s the top 25. Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for typing all that out. I sure as hell wasn’t doing it. You can link the rest at NME.

NME’s Top 25 Albums of All Time
1. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
2. The Beatles – Revolver
3. David Bowie – Hunky Dory
4. The Strokes – Is This It
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground
6. Pulp – Different Class
7. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
8. Pixies – Doolittle
9. The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album)
10. Oasis – Definitely Maybe
11. Nirvana – Nevermind
12. Patti Smith – Horses
13. Arcade Fire – Funeral
14. David Bowie – Low
15. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
16. Joy Division – Closer
17. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
18. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
19. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
20. Radiohead – OK Computer
21. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
22. Blur – Parklife
23. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
24. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St
25. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

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Vintage Bricks: C.C.R. – Pagan Baby

With all this moving to a new home in South Philly and getting ready to finally return to the homeland for a visit my computer/new music searching time has been pushed to the back burner. But the beautiful thing about music is it’s ability to knock your socks off even when you’re least expecting it. Case in point: While packing up our old apartment I threw on the classic Credence compilation Chronicles Vol.1 for background music, thinking it would add a little hop to my step. Well, it came and went without much thought and Chronicles Vol.2 started playing, an album I am familiar with but one that certainly doesn’t demand regular rotation. That is until Pagan Baby started playing and pretty much stopped me dead in my tracks. Not really the desired effect I was looking for by playing CCR in the first place but I couldn’t believe what a ripping track it was. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some CCR but this song really got me to thinking not only how cool they were to be able to record tracks this good with little fanfare but how cool music as a whole can be. Never thought I’d be finding new CCR songs that would blow my mind. It’s nice to find the little reminders in places you least expect. Turn it up.

 

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Vintage Bricks: – The Masters Apprentices

Really been digging into The Master Apprentices catalog lately and finding some serious heavy psych/ hard rock gems from the late 60s early 70s in the process. People can (and will) attach the prog title to these Aussie riff masters and thats fine and all, but really, it just comes down to the pure rock and roll jamming. The band itself was pretty dysfunctional from right the start with a whole lot of personnel changes early on in Australia before heading to England and really becoming pupils(apprentices?)of the harder edged sounds emanating from Birmingham and the like. All these songs from this era of the band make it sound like it would’ve been a blast to be around when the boys were actually writing and jamming out on each track. I picture a lot of smoke and a lot of hair but I can also imagine a sense of knowing that what you were hearing was the future of rock and roll’s next grand odyssey;  a sludgy, oozing transformation into what we now know as heavy metal. These two tracks are from the 1971 cult favorite “Choice Cuts”.

 

 

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Vintage Bricks: The Ramones(circa ’74)

Haha! Look at Joey strutting around like he’s in the New York Dolls, wearing spandex and shit. This is as early as it gets for these legends, folks. 1974. Almost two years before they released their self titled debut and changed the face of music forever. Three songs, six minutes with a minute of bickering for good measure. Nobody did it, does it or will do it better than The Ramones. Ever. End of discussion.

 

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Vintage Bricks: NoMeansNo

One of my top three Canadian bands of all time and like the Dayglo Abortions from my previous post, Nomeansno is a band that started their playing days in beautiful Victoria, B.C. on Vancouver Island. Anchored by brothers John and Rob Wright with Andy Kerr on guitar until Tom Holliston took over in the early 90’s, Nomeansno having been putting albums out since the early 80’s and with their crazy infusion of punk, prog and jazz have developed cult followings around the world. Collaborations are numerous including a fantastic album recorded with Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys and Alternative Tentacles fame. Their catalog is equally impressive with so many EPs, singles and comps it would be ridiculous to start naming them and that’s in addition to their 10+ full lengths. Live shows are the stuff of legend with “must be seen to be believed” chemistry coupled with ferocious energy and while the boys are certainly closer to their Golden Years than most bands touring and playing in the same style Nomeansno does, the band is showing no signs of slowing down as of yet. Not really sure about their refusal to play in the eastern US as from what I understand it hasn’t happened in twenty some years but I could certainly go for some old man punk rock home cooking out here anytime now.

Nomeansno are just another reason I’m proud to be Canadian. Happy Canada Day!

This first track is a great representation of the live juggernaut that is Nomeansno…

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