Amazon customer Glenn S. Hawley wrote this about NO WAVE on 6/19/08: “The Best & most Vivid book about the Fabled No Wave scene of NYC in the Late seventies so far. There are a Few other decent books, but this one is the Best. Great Stories, Pictures, Opinions & Of Course Music!”
Seam were not considered no wave by any stretch of the imagination.
However, Seam were highly regarded by many music heads all the same, not the least of which was Chunklet’sHenry O., who waxed fondly in 2006 about Seam’s six 1993 Georgia performances. Sez Henry, “Christ, did anybody know how fortunate we were? Half of those shows were before Seam were to release their T&G masterpiece The Problem With Me leaving many to marvel that they were already beating the pavement on a record that wasn’t even released. Such road dogs.”
If you missed The First Lady of The United States Of America - Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama - speak yesterday 8/24/13 at the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day during the U.S. Open events, you can read about it here or watch it on CBS today. She was introduced by “world No. 1 Serena Williams.”
Mrs. Obama’s site at The White House is here. It says, “A product of Chicago public schools, Mrs. Obama studied sociology and African-American studies at Princeton University. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she joined the Chicago law firm Sidley & Austin, where she later met the man who would become the love of her life.”
We wonder, while at Princeton, did Mrs. Obama listen to WPRB? The radio station was a big booster of New Zealand bands early on.
Speaking of New Zealand (a little later on), TRASH was BRUCE BLUCHER’S post-ALPACA BROTHERS band with fellow ALPACA BROTHER PAUL CAHILL, ROBBIE YEATS and ANDRE RICHARDSON (Cyclops, Doromaar).
The proprietors of Epic Sweep Recordsposted a comprehensive assessment of Trash’s catalogue on 11/7/10. They said,”Trash were the best band Robbie Yeats ever played in, but they don’t seem to have gotten the recognition they deserve, or worse still seem to have been forgotten.”
It must be noted that the ALPACA BROS are one of the highlights of early Flying Nun. Unexpectedly, videos of them playing live May 1985 turned up on the YouTube recently. We’ve attached one of fuckinrecordreviews’ faves below - “The Lie”. It’s hot!
Turbulence Records was located in Belgium. They’re best known for the lovely 1991 triple 12” compilation Killing Capitalism With Kindness, which features second wave New Zealand folk noir lonely hearts. Turbulence appears to have folded in 1995.
"…long on no-big-deal effects and short on anything to give a shit about."
CRANK #3 Spring 1993 (back cover)
VOCOKESH review by MARC MASTERS, Editor
Marc is such a sweetie pie these days, but we miss his former negativo vibe. The Vocokesh review above is practically sweet compared to what he wrote about AmRep releases, but we’ve signed a contract saying we can’t post them until the devil takes Marc’s soul. Then we’ll have fun!
Thought you’d like to know that Fuckin’ Record Reviews is actively participating in the online eye candy endeavor NOW PLAYING, launched by former Crank editor and current Wire writer Marc Masters. This is a Facebook group that encourages grown men and women to post pictures of the LPs (or cassettes or compact discs) now playing in their place of residence (or car or place of business). You read that right and we are doing it. As Fuckin’ Record Reviews is an institution posting reviews and ephemera from old fanzines, we see participation in NOW PLAYING as consistent with the spirit of our past work.
By the way, we’re posting at NOW PLAYING under our birth certificate name, Aging Baldini. So now you know who we really are.
Speaking of Liquor Store, did we ever tell you how much we love them and their NJ hoagies? No, we’re not making sexual innuendos. Fuckin’ Record Reviews is a PG rated project! Liquor Store actually brought a NJ hoagie to their record release party last fall and it was delish.
The video below is not from that show (with the hoagie), but this song is on In The Garden.
By the way, Liquor Sore were on The Carson Daly Show two nights ago! For real!
They also have an upcoming show in NYC on 4/6/14 at Death By Audio with ATLANTIC THRILLS and SAVANTS!