"Music to listen to while you look for something to play (that was supposed to be a compliment)."
DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)
What DAMP’s Kevin Kraynick thought about the Go Team’s Archer Come Sparrow in 1990 is over here.
"Music to listen to while you look for something to play (that was supposed to be a compliment)."
DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)
What DAMP’s Kevin Kraynick thought about the Go Team’s Archer Come Sparrow in 1990 is over here.

"Music to listen to while you look for something to play (that was supposed to be a compliment)."

DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)

"As for the Membranes, they prob’ly stole the show since they swiped everyrthing else that wasn’t bolted down. But I wasn’t there so I dunno for sure."

…one year ago at  fuckinrecordreviews and 27 years ago at the East Side with Bill Callahan…

It’s possible that at this moment 26 27 years ago, Bill Callahan was making moves and planning his night.

On this date in Fuckin’ Record Reviews history: Bill Callahan goes nightclubbing on October 1, 1987!

DISASTER #5 Winter 1988

HONOR ROLE/ MEMBRANES/BALTEK

"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.
“Shorty after sending SST a copy of Disaster #1, I got a letter from them. It was addressed to ‘Lance Linett’ and at first I was puzzled, then I thought, ‘Oh! It must be the ‘pet name’ they’ve assigned me. Y’ know, The Lance’.” 
DISASTER #2 November 1986 (cover)
Understandable crisis of confidence by BILL CALLAHAN aka The Lance, Editor
DISASTER #2: Bill reviews GONE’s Gone II
DISASTER #2: Bill reviews the FALLS’s Bend Sinister
What’s on Bill’s mind in 2013 could be found on Dream River, which was released on 9/17/13 via Drag City and was one of our ✩BEST REASONS TO WRITE FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEWS IN 2013✩.


(donation courtesy Klimt In Blue Smock) “Shorty after sending SST a copy of Disaster #1, I got a letter from them. It was addressed to ‘Lance Linett’ and at first I was puzzled, then I thought, ‘Oh! It must be the ‘pet name’ they’ve assigned me. Y’ know, The Lance’.” 
DISASTER #2 November 1986 (cover)
Understandable crisis of confidence by BILL CALLAHAN aka The Lance, Editor
DISASTER #2: Bill reviews GONE’s Gone II
DISASTER #2: Bill reviews the FALLS’s Bend Sinister
What’s on Bill’s mind in 2013 could be found on Dream River, which was released on 9/17/13 via Drag City and was one of our ✩BEST REASONS TO WRITE FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEWS IN 2013✩.


(donation courtesy Klimt In Blue Smock) “Shorty after sending SST a copy of Disaster #1, I got a letter from them. It was addressed to ‘Lance Linett’ and at first I was puzzled, then I thought, ‘Oh! It must be the ‘pet name’ they’ve assigned me. Y’ know, The Lance’.” 
DISASTER #2 November 1986 (cover)
Understandable crisis of confidence by BILL CALLAHAN aka The Lance, Editor
DISASTER #2: Bill reviews GONE’s Gone II
DISASTER #2: Bill reviews the FALLS’s Bend Sinister
What’s on Bill’s mind in 2013 could be found on Dream River, which was released on 9/17/13 via Drag City and was one of our ✩BEST REASONS TO WRITE FUCKIN’ RECORD REVIEWS IN 2013✩.


(donation courtesy Klimt In Blue Smock)

Shorty after sending SST a copy of Disaster #1, I got a letter from them. It was addressed to ‘Lance Linett’ and at first I was puzzled, then I thought, ‘Oh! It must be the ‘pet name’ they’ve assigned me. Y’ know, The Lance’.” 

DISASTER #2 November 1986 (cover)

Understandable crisis of confidence by BILL CALLAHAN aka The Lance, Editor

(donation courtesy Klimt In Blue Smock)

"…I realize the gap between Rocket To Russia and Hex Enduction Hour doesn’t mean crap to the older readers (the ones who think the Replacements matter ‘cause ‘they reach more lives’), but Right Now! doesn’t so much close the gap as wipes out the difference.” 
CONFLICT 46 Nov./Dec. 1987 (page 11ish)
PUSSY GALORE review by Gerard Cosloy, Editor 
Fuckin’ Record Reviews is guilty of plundering heavily from Conflict Episode 46. Previous installments have included….
"Fanzines, I stopped reading them and so should you…"
"Gerard hates us" - Lemonheads review
Letter from Fred Mills about seeing the Neats and the Flaming Lips and stuff
Spacemen 3 reviews
Letter from William The Hipster in Brooklyn, on the Bushwick/Bed-Stuy border…in 1987! 
Jean Paul Sartre Experience review
Pagans live
Gerard goes to see Beat Happening
Gerard gets cable and 26 years later, Queens Of The Stone Age are on the Grammys 
For comparison’s sake, Bill Callahan weighs in on Right Now! in Disaster #5
"…I realize the gap between Rocket To Russia and Hex Enduction Hour doesn’t mean crap to the older readers (the ones who think the Replacements matter ‘cause ‘they reach more lives’), but Right Now! doesn’t so much close the gap as wipes out the difference.” 
CONFLICT 46 Nov./Dec. 1987 (page 11ish)
PUSSY GALORE review by Gerard Cosloy, Editor 
Fuckin’ Record Reviews is guilty of plundering heavily from Conflict Episode 46. Previous installments have included….
"Fanzines, I stopped reading them and so should you…"
"Gerard hates us" - Lemonheads review
Letter from Fred Mills about seeing the Neats and the Flaming Lips and stuff
Spacemen 3 reviews
Letter from William The Hipster in Brooklyn, on the Bushwick/Bed-Stuy border…in 1987! 
Jean Paul Sartre Experience review
Pagans live
Gerard goes to see Beat Happening
Gerard gets cable and 26 years later, Queens Of The Stone Age are on the Grammys 
For comparison’s sake, Bill Callahan weighs in on Right Now! in Disaster #5

"…I realize the gap between Rocket To Russia and Hex Enduction Hour doesn’t mean crap to the older readers (the ones who think the Replacements matter ‘cause ‘they reach more lives’), but Right Now! doesn’t so much close the gap as wipes out the difference.” 

CONFLICT 46 Nov./Dec. 1987 (page 11ish)

PUSSY GALORE review by Gerard Cosloy, Editor 

Fuckin’ Record Reviews is guilty of plundering heavily from Conflict Episode 46Previous installments have included….

"I guess the two things I like about him are that in addition to all the things he "gets" "off" on…he also "gets" "off" on music. The other thing is that he pretty successfully transfers his HATE, scuzzlust and other assorted emotions into his music…so shocking, ‘cos nobody else has ‘em.” 
DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)
GG ALLIN review by BILL CALLAHAN, Editor
More Bill Callahan can be found throughout the Fuckin’ Record Reviews archive, but here’s his review of some Jandek records.
Did Bill Callahan love Slovenly?  He did and we got that.
You know who loves Bill Callahan (more than Fuckin’ Record Reviews, that is)? National Public Radio’s Bob Boilen. Here’s a September 2013 video of Bill in a community garden, arranged by Bob.  What’s Bob think of GG Allin?
Speaking of Kevin Michael (GG) - he died in 1993.
"I guess the two things I like about him are that in addition to all the things he "gets" "off" on…he also "gets" "off" on music. The other thing is that he pretty successfully transfers his HATE, scuzzlust and other assorted emotions into his music…so shocking, ‘cos nobody else has ‘em.” 
DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)
GG ALLIN review by BILL CALLAHAN, Editor
More Bill Callahan can be found throughout the Fuckin’ Record Reviews archive, but here’s his review of some Jandek records.
Did Bill Callahan love Slovenly?  He did and we got that.
You know who loves Bill Callahan (more than Fuckin’ Record Reviews, that is)? National Public Radio’s Bob Boilen. Here’s a September 2013 video of Bill in a community garden, arranged by Bob.  What’s Bob think of GG Allin?
Speaking of Kevin Michael (GG) - he died in 1993.

"I guess the two things I like about him are that in addition to all the things he "gets" "off" on…he also "gets" "off" on music. The other thing is that he pretty successfully transfers his HATE, scuzzlust and other assorted emotions into his music…so shocking, ‘cos nobody else has ‘em.” 

DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)

GG ALLIN review by BILL CALLAHAN, Editor

  • More Bill Callahan can be found throughout the Fuckin’ Record Reviews archive, but here’s his review of some Jandek records.
  • Speaking of Kevin Michael (GG) - he died in 1993.

Or, as tumblr user semperidem writes below, “Bill Callahan, EDITOR and HEARTBREAKER”

fuckinrecordreviews:

DISASTER Issue #4  Summer 1987 (cover)

BILL CALLAHAN, Editor 

donation: Klimt In Blue Smock

Bill Callahan, EDITOR and HEARTBREAKER

"Front cover shows a hammer head slamming into Albini’s flat-topped head, specs flying, blood spurting. I think Paul Westerberg designed it."
DISASTER #3 February 1987 (page 1)
BIG BLACK review by Bill Callahan, Editor
Why did Mr. Callahan jest about Paul Westerberg designing the cover? This 1985 letter from Dave Z may help explain.  

donation courtesy Klimt In Blue Smock "Front cover shows a hammer head slamming into Albini’s flat-topped head, specs flying, blood spurting. I think Paul Westerberg designed it."
DISASTER #3 February 1987 (page 1)
BIG BLACK review by Bill Callahan, Editor
Why did Mr. Callahan jest about Paul Westerberg designing the cover? This 1985 letter from Dave Z may help explain.  

donation courtesy Klimt In Blue Smock

"Front cover shows a hammer head slamming into Albini’s flat-topped head, specs flying, blood spurting. I think Paul Westerberg designed it."

DISASTER #3 February 1987 (page 1)

BIG BLACK review by Bill Callahan, Editor

donation courtesy Klimt In Blue Smock

"Cover supposedly based on ‘House of Fun’ but I can’t validate that ‘cos that’s the only Madness single I don’t have."
DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)
PUSSY GALORE review by BILL CALLAHAN, Editor "Cover supposedly based on ‘House of Fun’ but I can’t validate that ‘cos that’s the only Madness single I don’t have."
DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)
PUSSY GALORE review by BILL CALLAHAN, Editor "Cover supposedly based on ‘House of Fun’ but I can’t validate that ‘cos that’s the only Madness single I don’t have."
DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)
PUSSY GALORE review by BILL CALLAHAN, Editor

"Cover supposedly based on ‘House of Fun’ but I can’t validate that ‘cos that’s the only Madness single I don’t have."

DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)

PUSSY GALORE review by BILL CALLAHAN, Editor

Long lost Twin/Tone Records advertisement, back in their heyday when they repped Lost and Coyote and Amphetamine Reptile.

DISASTER #5 Winter 1988 (no page #)

BILL CALLAHAN, Editor