"Sure, Giant Sand have things in common with other Arizona bands…but they’re way more special. They sear live…none of their songs sound the same, they evoke a huge range of fucked up positive and negative emotions, and Howe is even a story teller to boot."
It’s the one year anniversary of posting this 1990 GIANT SAND reviewfrom the intrepid JASON COHEN, minor league hockey masochist and uncompensated writer of fuckinrecordreviews:

LOADED #2 1990 (page 49)
GIANT SAND review by JASON COHEN
JASON COHEN has been writing about Jennifer Love Hewitt for Texas Monthly since 1997.  He got distracted in 2009 though and penned this awesome piece about American heroes WUSSY for Cincinnati Magazine. 
GIANT SAND has always been HOWE GELB + others. Giant Sand’s most recent record was a 2013 Record Store Day release from GIANT GIANT SAND called Return To Tucson (Fire Records, UK).  It’s out of print, but you can look at it here.
Fire Records has reissued the Giant Sand catalogue in the past few years in beautifully remastered and packaged editions.  
Howe Gelb’s new album The Coincidentalist is due on New West Records in November 2013. 
"Sure, Giant Sand have things in common with other Arizona bands…but they’re way more special. They sear live…none of their songs sound the same, they evoke a huge range of fucked up positive and negative emotions, and Howe is even a story teller to boot."
It’s the one year anniversary of posting this 1990 GIANT SAND reviewfrom the intrepid JASON COHEN, minor league hockey masochist and uncompensated writer of fuckinrecordreviews:

LOADED #2 1990 (page 49)
GIANT SAND review by JASON COHEN
JASON COHEN has been writing about Jennifer Love Hewitt for Texas Monthly since 1997.  He got distracted in 2009 though and penned this awesome piece about American heroes WUSSY for Cincinnati Magazine. 
GIANT SAND has always been HOWE GELB + others. Giant Sand’s most recent record was a 2013 Record Store Day release from GIANT GIANT SAND called Return To Tucson (Fire Records, UK).  It’s out of print, but you can look at it here.
Fire Records has reissued the Giant Sand catalogue in the past few years in beautifully remastered and packaged editions.  
Howe Gelb’s new album The Coincidentalist is due on New West Records in November 2013. 
"Sure, Giant Sand have things in common with other Arizona bands…but they’re way more special. They sear live…none of their songs sound the same, they evoke a huge range of fucked up positive and negative emotions, and Howe is even a story teller to boot."
It’s the one year anniversary of posting this 1990 GIANT SAND reviewfrom the intrepid JASON COHEN, minor league hockey masochist and uncompensated writer of fuckinrecordreviews:

LOADED #2 1990 (page 49)
GIANT SAND review by JASON COHEN
JASON COHEN has been writing about Jennifer Love Hewitt for Texas Monthly since 1997.  He got distracted in 2009 though and penned this awesome piece about American heroes WUSSY for Cincinnati Magazine. 
GIANT SAND has always been HOWE GELB + others. Giant Sand’s most recent record was a 2013 Record Store Day release from GIANT GIANT SAND called Return To Tucson (Fire Records, UK).  It’s out of print, but you can look at it here.
Fire Records has reissued the Giant Sand catalogue in the past few years in beautifully remastered and packaged editions.  
Howe Gelb’s new album The Coincidentalist is due on New West Records in November 2013. 

"Sure, Giant Sand have things in common with other Arizona bands…but they’re way more special. They sear live…none of their songs sound the same, they evoke a huge range of fucked up positive and negative emotions, and Howe is even a story teller to boot."

LOADED #2 1990 (page 49)

GIANT SAND review by JASON COHEN

"Thank you for your life, humble and beloved."

Moving personal account by themodernistwitch about the power of NZ music and Peter Gutteridge that most readers of Fuckin’ Record Reviews can probably relate to:

themodernistwitch:

I’ve been thinking a lot about Peter Gutteridge’s songcraft in the wake of his incredibly untimely death, and how The Clean and The Chills have probably had more impact on me as a songwriter than nearly any other bands.
I was in high school when I first heard ‘Vehicle,’ a CD copy put on in the…

"Make your voice go as low as Calvin Johnson’s and you’ll sound even dumber while he runs off with your mate." 
SUPERDOPE #1 Spring 1991 (page 18)
BEAT HAPPENING review by JAY HINMAN, Editor
Lots happening these days as Jay prepares to bestow upon us Dynamite Hemorrhage #2
"Make your voice go as low as Calvin Johnson’s and you’ll sound even dumber while he runs off with your mate." 
SUPERDOPE #1 Spring 1991 (page 18)
BEAT HAPPENING review by JAY HINMAN, Editor
Lots happening these days as Jay prepares to bestow upon us Dynamite Hemorrhage #2
"Make your voice go as low as Calvin Johnson’s and you’ll sound even dumber while he runs off with your mate." 
SUPERDOPE #1 Spring 1991 (page 18)
BEAT HAPPENING review by JAY HINMAN, Editor
Lots happening these days as Jay prepares to bestow upon us Dynamite Hemorrhage #2

"Make your voice go as low as Calvin Johnson’s and you’ll sound even dumber while he runs off with your mate." 

SUPERDOPE #1 Spring 1991 (page 18)

BEAT HAPPENING review by JAY HINMAN, Editor

"NNCK are the Allmans for the 90’s. God bless ‘em for it."
The Two Hundred Pound Underground No. 1 November 1996 (no page #)
NNCK review byTony Rettman, Editor
Sound @ One at Forced Exposure
"NNCK are the Allmans for the 90’s. God bless ‘em for it."
The Two Hundred Pound Underground No. 1 November 1996 (no page #)
NNCK review byTony Rettman, Editor
Sound @ One at Forced Exposure
"Way-hyped NYC group featuring Robert Poss with three of those instruments that are six wires attached to a piece of wood."
DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)
BAND OF SUSANS review by BILL CALLAHAN, Editor
Trace Elements Records was established by guitarist Robert Poss. Not sure why Bill refers to it as “Traci Lords’ Elements”, but we are not googling that. Anyway, Trace Elements’ most recent issue was a Poss solo thing in 2010.
Here’s the story direct from the Trace Elements site: “Trace Elements Records was founded by Robert Poss, Ron Spitzer and Andrew Halbreich in around 1980. It originally was set up for their band Tot Rocket, which released two 7” records on it. With the recording of the Western Eyes LP Western Eyes, electronic music composer Nicolas Collins, who produced the record, became involved in the label. Trace Elements released the Collins LP Devil’s Music, a Collins/Poss cassette called Inverse Guitar, and 100 Of The World’s Most Beautiful Melodies, a CD of Collins’ duets with musicians such as John Zorn, Zeena Parkins, Shelley Hirsch, Christian Marclay, Tom Cora and Elliot Sharp. The label also released Poss’s 1986 Sometimes cassette and the debut 7” EP When People Were Shorter And Lived Near The Water, but is best known for the 1987 release of Band Of Susans’ first record, Blessing And Curse, a 12” EP, and Nicolas Collins’s 1992 CD It Was A Dark and Stormy Night. Poss currently runs the label himself. The most recent releases have been his two companion solo CDs, Distortion Is Truth and Crossing Casco Bay, both released in late 2002, and Settings: Music For Dance, Film, Fashion and Industry, released in the autumn of 2010.
Glen Thrasher’s review of BAND OF SUSANS’ Love Agenda in 1989.
"Way-hyped NYC group featuring Robert Poss with three of those instruments that are six wires attached to a piece of wood."
DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)
BAND OF SUSANS review by BILL CALLAHAN, Editor
Trace Elements Records was established by guitarist Robert Poss. Not sure why Bill refers to it as “Traci Lords’ Elements”, but we are not googling that. Anyway, Trace Elements’ most recent issue was a Poss solo thing in 2010.
Here’s the story direct from the Trace Elements site: “Trace Elements Records was founded by Robert Poss, Ron Spitzer and Andrew Halbreich in around 1980. It originally was set up for their band Tot Rocket, which released two 7” records on it. With the recording of the Western Eyes LP Western Eyes, electronic music composer Nicolas Collins, who produced the record, became involved in the label. Trace Elements released the Collins LP Devil’s Music, a Collins/Poss cassette called Inverse Guitar, and 100 Of The World’s Most Beautiful Melodies, a CD of Collins’ duets with musicians such as John Zorn, Zeena Parkins, Shelley Hirsch, Christian Marclay, Tom Cora and Elliot Sharp. The label also released Poss’s 1986 Sometimes cassette and the debut 7” EP When People Were Shorter And Lived Near The Water, but is best known for the 1987 release of Band Of Susans’ first record, Blessing And Curse, a 12” EP, and Nicolas Collins’s 1992 CD It Was A Dark and Stormy Night. Poss currently runs the label himself. The most recent releases have been his two companion solo CDs, Distortion Is Truth and Crossing Casco Bay, both released in late 2002, and Settings: Music For Dance, Film, Fashion and Industry, released in the autumn of 2010.
Glen Thrasher’s review of BAND OF SUSANS’ Love Agenda in 1989.

"Way-hyped NYC group featuring Robert Poss with three of those instruments that are six wires attached to a piece of wood."

DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)

BAND OF SUSANS review by BILL CALLAHAN, Editor

  • Trace Elements Records was established by guitarist Robert Poss. Not sure why Bill refers to it as “Traci Lords’ Elements”, but we are not googling that. Anyway, Trace Elements’ most recent issue was a Poss solo thing in 2010.
  • Here’s the story direct from the Trace Elements site: Trace Elements Records was founded by Robert Poss, Ron Spitzer and Andrew Halbreich in around 1980. It originally was set up for their band Tot Rocket, which released two 7” records on it. With the recording of the Western Eyes LP Western Eyes, electronic music composer Nicolas Collins, who produced the record, became involved in the label. Trace Elements released the Collins LP Devil’s Music, a Collins/Poss cassette called Inverse Guitar, and 100 Of The World’s Most Beautiful Melodies, a CD of Collins’ duets with musicians such as John Zorn, Zeena Parkins, Shelley Hirsch, Christian Marclay, Tom Cora and Elliot Sharp. The label also released Poss’s 1986 Sometimes cassette and the debut 7” EP When People Were Shorter And Lived Near The Water, but is best known for the 1987 release of Band Of Susans’ first record, Blessing And Curse, a 12” EP, and Nicolas Collins’s 1992 CD It Was A Dark and Stormy Night. Poss currently runs the label himself. The most recent releases have been his two companion solo CDs, Distortion Is Truth and Crossing Casco Bay, both released in late 2002, and Settings: Music For Dance, Film, Fashion and Industry, released in the autumn of 2010.

BEST REASON TO WRITE A FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEW TODAY…

RAT COLUMNS Leaf LP (ripsocietyrecords, Australia - 2014)✩

Yet even more evergreen pop detonation from guys who once called hardcore home. That may not be such a big deal these days, but ignite the seven cannons already, is there anything this David West and his friends can’t do well? This is the second Rat Columns long player and if the world is as soft as lace, it’d be wrapped in guitars and synths David chiseled from crinkled snake heads. Hey, it’s Saturday night and I’m staying in, so the Felt comparisons will flow as fast as I can type. Besides, RAT COLUMNS are on tour in the United Snakes of America right now and some of us gotta rehearse our lines for all the upcoming rip society soirées. Anyway, Leaf is as affective and powerful as understatement can be: the real power here radiates from the slow lost lovers “Sixteen,” “Petrified” and “Empty Lanes.” That’s when these guys glow and you can take a voyage to illumination with them at the sapphire mansion parties listed below… 

  • Rat Columns - 2014 Tour Dates… 
  • 13-Sep SAT - PITTSBURGH @ GOOSKIS w/ PENDING DELIGHT
  • 14-Sep SUN - NEW YORK CITY @ DEATH BY AUDIO w/ RIPS & OUTSIDE WORLD + THE STEVENS (AUSTRALIA)
  • 16-Sep TUES - BOSTON @ THE MIDWAY w/ MAJOR STARS & WHORE PAINT
  • 17-Sep WEDS - PHILLY @ BOOT & SADDLE w/ BUSSES 
  • 18-Sep THURS - RICHMOND @ GALLERY FIVE w/ HEAVY MIDGETS & CHRISTI
  • 19-Sep FRI - LEXINGTON @ Al’s Bar w/ IDIOT GLEE & THE STEVENS & SHAWNTHONY CALYPSO
  • 20-Sep SAT - MEMPHIS @ MURPHYS
  • 21-Sep SUN - ??? GET IN TOUCH! ???
  • 22-Sep MON - DALLAS @ THREE LINKS (Deep Ellum, TX, 2704 Elm St) w/ IDIOT GLEE
  • 23-Sep TUES - AUSTIN AFTERNOON INSTORE FREE SHOW @ END OF AN EAR RECORDS, 5PM
  • 23-Sep TUES - AUSTIN @ HOTEL VEGAS w/ IDIOT GLEE & SOFT VISION & VEIL DIVIDE
  • 25-Sep THURS - ALBUQUERQUE @ SISTER w/ MERCHANDISE & LOWER
  • 26-Sep FRI - PHOENIX @ 51WEST w/ MERCHANDISE & LOWER
  • 27-Sep SAT - SAN DIEGO HOUSE PARTY w/ STATUES OF GOD & OTHERS
  • 28-Sep SUN - LOS ANGELES @ LOS GLOBOS w/ DUNES & GUN OUTFIT
  • 29-Sep MON - SAN FRANCISCO @ THE KNOCKOUT w/ GENERATION LOSS & FOSTER HOUSE
  • Mosurock knows: “Somehow, West has crossed Australian pop with pleading, emotive American strains, and come up with a meaningful and poignant record for this calendar year. I can only hope that this project continues in, and with, such a strong internal direction.”

RAT COLUMNS - ‘FOOLING AROUND’ from DT WEST on Vimeo.

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LETHA RODMAN MELCHIOR Handbook For Mortals LP (Siltbreeze - 2013)
One of our ✩BEST REASONS TO WRITE FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEWS IN 2013✩
This record demands encore engagements. Utterly gorgeous, with each piece unravelling like a slow motion ballet. These are the days of our lives: operatic, yet fleeting and forever haunted. You must.
According to Dan Melchior, Letha could use your help these days as she’s working through some difficult times, so please: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/qny4/help-letha-rodman-melchior-conquer-cancer-
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LETHA RODMAN MELCHIOR Handbook For Mortals LP (Siltbreeze - 2013)
One of our ✩BEST REASONS TO WRITE FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEWS IN 2013✩
This record demands encore engagements. Utterly gorgeous, with each piece unravelling like a slow motion ballet. These are the days of our lives: operatic, yet fleeting and forever haunted. You must.
According to Dan Melchior, Letha could use your help these days as she’s working through some difficult times, so please: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/qny4/help-letha-rodman-melchior-conquer-cancer-
Handbook For Mortals via midheaven
Letha: "When I lived in Chinatown on Canal Street in New York, I loved to lay in bed and listen to the vendors shouting, blending with the heavy traffic and tiny wind chimes; I would pretend I was someplace else, somewhere I didn’t know. I love that feeling. I  became interested in field recording after hearing Salmon Run by Graham Lambkin, and had found a website called The Quiet American. I began piecing my tracks together under the name Tretetam, and was influenced by Lambkin, Marcel Türkowsky, Emiliano Maggi, Moondog, Maya Deren’s films and more recently Aaron Dilloway’s Modern Jester and Ryan Martin’s York Factory Complaint / DeTrop. I also must say my husband Dan Melchior has been my musical hero since I met him in 1999.”
Readers of Fuckin’ Record Reviews…Letha and Dan can still use your help. Right here: 
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BEST REASON TO WRITE A FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEW TODAY! (7/21/14)
LETHA RODMAN MELCHIOR Handbook For Mortals LP (Siltbreeze - 2013)
One of our ✩BEST REASONS TO WRITE FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEWS IN 2013✩
This record demands encore engagements. Utterly gorgeous, with each piece unravelling like a slow motion ballet. These are the days of our lives: operatic, yet fleeting and forever haunted. You must.
According to Dan Melchior, Letha could use your help these days as she’s working through some difficult times, so please: https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/qny4/help-letha-rodman-melchior-conquer-cancer-
Handbook For Mortals via midheaven
Letha: "When I lived in Chinatown on Canal Street in New York, I loved to lay in bed and listen to the vendors shouting, blending with the heavy traffic and tiny wind chimes; I would pretend I was someplace else, somewhere I didn’t know. I love that feeling. I  became interested in field recording after hearing Salmon Run by Graham Lambkin, and had found a website called The Quiet American. I began piecing my tracks together under the name Tretetam, and was influenced by Lambkin, Marcel Türkowsky, Emiliano Maggi, Moondog, Maya Deren’s films and more recently Aaron Dilloway’s Modern Jester and Ryan Martin’s York Factory Complaint / DeTrop. I also must say my husband Dan Melchior has been my musical hero since I met him in 1999.”

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LETHA RODMAN MELCHIOR Handbook For Mortals LP (Siltbreeze - 2013)

  • This record demands encore engagements. Utterly gorgeous, with each piece unravelling like a slow motion ballet. These are the days of our lives: operatic, yet fleeting and forever haunted. You must.
  • Letha: "When I lived in Chinatown on Canal Street in New York, I loved to lay in bed and listen to the vendors shouting, blending with the heavy traffic and tiny wind chimes; I would pretend I was someplace else, somewhere I didn’t know. I love that feeling. I  became interested in field recording after hearing Salmon Run by Graham Lambkin, and had found a website called The Quiet American. I began piecing my tracks together under the name Tretetam, and was influenced by Lambkin, Marcel Türkowsky, Emiliano Maggi, Moondog, Maya Deren’s films and more recently Aaron Dilloway’s Modern Jester and Ryan Martin’s York Factory Complaint / DeTrop. I also must say my husband Dan Melchior has been my musical hero since I met him in 1999.”
"Yeah, the Screaming Trees are SST’s best band; are they supposed to prove it or something?"
LOADED  Issue #1  1989 (page 28), CRAIG MARKS, Editor
SCREAMING TREES review by Peter Margasak "Yeah, the Screaming Trees are SST’s best band; are they supposed to prove it or something?"
LOADED  Issue #1  1989 (page 28), CRAIG MARKS, Editor
SCREAMING TREES review by Peter Margasak

"Yeah, the Screaming Trees are SST’s best band; are they supposed to prove it or something?"

LOADED  Issue #1  1989 (page 28), CRAIG MARKS, Editor

SCREAMING TREES review by Peter Margasak

About time someone posted this. It comes from…

poison303:

Conflict fanzine cover 1984

(via rockscissorsgun)

"An exciting crop of ’50s masters that Rockin’ Ronny…had the foresight to lease while the A&R men were climbin’ over each other for Jethro Tull backstage passes."
KICKS #3 1983 (page 66), Billy Miller & Miriam Linna, Editors
Review of Rollin’ Rock Got The Sock comp by Billy Miller
We could not find the cover art for the original Rollin’ Rock comp LP, so we substituted the Jimmy Patton label art instead.
Just so happens there are two Rollin’ Rock Got The Sock comps available on compact disc at Amazon with weird sequencing, but the cover art is hideous so we spared everyone. You are welcome. 
Norton Records News Blast!
Also from Kicks #3, the White Castle Spectacular, Part 1
White Castle Spectacular, Part 2
"An exciting crop of ’50s masters that Rockin’ Ronny…had the foresight to lease while the A&R men were climbin’ over each other for Jethro Tull backstage passes."
KICKS #3 1983 (page 66), Billy Miller & Miriam Linna, Editors
Review of Rollin’ Rock Got The Sock comp by Billy Miller
We could not find the cover art for the original Rollin’ Rock comp LP, so we substituted the Jimmy Patton label art instead.
Just so happens there are two Rollin’ Rock Got The Sock comps available on compact disc at Amazon with weird sequencing, but the cover art is hideous so we spared everyone. You are welcome. 
Norton Records News Blast!
Also from Kicks #3, the White Castle Spectacular, Part 1
White Castle Spectacular, Part 2

"An exciting crop of ’50s masters that Rockin’ Ronny…had the foresight to lease while the A&R men were climbin’ over each other for Jethro Tull backstage passes."

KICKS #3 1983 (page 66), Billy Miller & Miriam Linna, Editors

Review of Rollin’ Rock Got The Sock comp by Billy Miller

  • We could not find the cover art for the original Rollin’ Rock comp LP, so we substituted the Jimmy Patton label art instead.