I can’t seem to get enough of the Detroit Cobras lately. Too many reasons to list why I love them, but this is all you need to know about them, from their Wikipedia page…
The Detroit Cobras are an American garage rock cover band from Detroit, Michigan, formed in 1994. Their material is non-original and consists of material chosen from their personal record collections that they rearrange and perform.
Two songs I am posting here from their hard-to-find first single “Village of Love” b/w “Maria Christina.”
Village of Love
Bonus: Here is the original version of “Village of Love” by Nathaniel Mayer and The Fabulous Twilights
I discovered Chris Knox by way of the Tall Dwarfs from a recommendation of a dear old friend. His music immediately reminded me of the lo-fi aesthetics of Guided by Voices. Once I listened to “Weeville” I was instantly hooked. This week up for listening I have Horizon off Chris Knox’s “Songs from 1990” 7-inch. It clearly states on the front with a yellow sticker “This is not a new Chris Knox recording, the 5 songs here originally appeared on the flying nun 10” ep “Song for 1990.” This song off the b-side reminds me of some of the new freak folk stuff and you can clearly see Chris Knox’s influence on the new school acoustic folk darlings. I really dig the build up at the end of the song. If you want to listen to more of Chris Knox and the Tall Dwarfs, I recommend Tall Dwarf’s “Hello Cruel World” and Chris Knox’s “Songs of You and Me”. Here it is for your listening enjoyment and to download if you would like.
Horizon – Chris Knox
Chris Knox (born September 2, 1952) is a New Zealand rock and roll musician, cartoonist, and DVD reviewer who emerged during the punk rock era with his bands The Enemy and Toy Love. After Toy Love disbanded in the early 1980s, he formed the group Tall Dwarfs with guitarist Alec Bathgate, much loved for their honest, unpolished sound and intense live shows. His 4-track machine was used to record most of the early Flying Nun singles.
p.s. sorry I missed posting last week, busy week and technical difficulties all coupled with a lack of motivation. Hardee, har, har!
Anyway, Happy Columbus Day and happy listening!
UPDATE: While looking up some old Chris Knox stuff I discovered news that he recently had a stroke. His friends and family have set up a blog so fans can keep up with his progress. Also there are some great bands recording a Chris Knox covers album titled “Stroke”, you can read more about that here and here. I hope he gets well soon.
Guided by Voices might be one of my all time favorite rock bands. They put on one of the best live shows I have ever been witness to. Up this week we have two great songs, “Surgical Focus” from their Do the Collapse release and “Fly Into Ashes” from their Hold on Hope EP. The cover to this 45 features a ladies face and has an interactive wheel that changes out her eyes to different circular items, i.e. a top view of a beer can, rims, clocks, etc. I always wondered if the concept of using a volvelle on the sleeve was a nod to Led Zeppelin III or just a crazy hare·brained idea they came up with when they were drinking their favorite beverage. A very fun and engaging cover that I am sure blew the labels printing budget. These are two totally rocking songs, so I am going to post both of them for your human amusement.
Fly Into Ashes
From their Wikipedia page…
Guided by Voices (often abbreviated as GBV) was an American indie rock band originating from Dayton, Ohio. From the band’s formation in 1983, it experienced frequent personnel changes, but always maintained the presence of principal songwriter Robert Pollard. Guided by Voices disbanded in 2004, though many of its former members remain musically involved in solo careers or other projects.
Noted at first for its lo-fi aesthetic and typically Portastudio four-tracks-to-cassette production methods, Guided by Voices’ music revealed influences from post-British Invasion garage rock, psychedelic rock, progressive rock, punk rock and post-punk. The band also garnered much attention for its prolific output, with a seemingly endless stream of releases. Most songs are in the two-minute range, but many are even shorter; often they end abruptly or are intertwined with odd and homemade sound effects.
Up for listening we have The Black Keys limited edition Leavin’ Trunk – 7″ single. This 45 has them covering The Beatles “She Said, She Said” on the B-Side. I forgot I had this record tucked away, it is 363 of 1,000 on a 2003 release from Isota Records. Isota’s website says it is pressed on black vinyl, but this one is pressed on clear vinyl with a nice letterpress sleeve. I had only heard this song on bad live recordings and YouTube videos, but this recording does the song justice. So good I had to listen to it twice. Enjoy!
The Black Keys, Isota Records, 2003
“She Said, She Said”
The Black Keys
The Black Keys are an American blues-rock music duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney. They were formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001. Their sound heavily incorporates elements of blues and blues-rock.
Here are two totally rockin’ b-side songs from The Spaceshits. And the lucky listener gets two b-sides on one single. Two cover songs, one of The Ramones “Chainsaw” and another song called “Going Away Baby” by a band called The Grains of Sand. The Grains Of Sand were a fairly well-known Los Angeles band around 1965-66 who recorded 3 or 4 excellent 45s, mostly in the folk-rock style. Damn good stuff, they don’t make them like they used to. Listen to it loud and enjoy!
Chainsaw (The Ramones)
Going Away Baby (The Grains of Sand)
Mark Sultan began his musical career playing drums in a band called Powersquat, a suburban group which combined a number of diverse influences into their notably violent live shows. After Powersquat, Sultan went on to join the Spaceshits, another Montreal-based band whose members approached Sultan in order to procure a lead singer. Sultan volunteered himself for the position and the band began writing songs together. At the time of Sultan’s arrival the Spaceshits were composed of Oily Chi on rhythm guitar, Stinky B. on bass, and Skid Marks on drums, though within a few months Stinky B. was replaced on bass by Blacksnake, a Canadian of Indian descent.  The Spaceshits, just like the Powersquats before them, were well-known for their violent stage shows. Sets typically lasted no longer than 10 to 15 minutes, in which time the band would set off fireworks, start food fights, and create disturbances. Eventually the band’s raucous live shows would lead them to be effectively blacklisted from most venues in Montreal, a trend which was compounded during an April 8 1996 set in support of the New Bomb Turks. During the Spaceshits’ set, Sultan allegedly threw a full beer bottle into the Cabaret crowd; the beer was consumed by someone in the audience. Later, fellow bandmate Skid Marks threw his drumstick into the crowd, injuring the president of a music distributing company which employed Sultan. The final straw in the Spaceshits blacklisting occurred in April 1999, just before the beginning of a European tour, while the band was promoting a new Sultan Records release. Before the show, the band had an altercation with the venue’s co-owner which resulted in Blacksnake’s hand being injured. A member of the Daylight Lovers stormed the stage encouraging the audience to demand their money back for a show the band did not intend to deliver. This event marked the end of the band’s booking in Montreal. The Spaceshits went on to complete a European tour; one which would prove to be the last for the band. After the European tour had ended, Blacksnake opted to stay behind. Rather than continue on without him, the bandmembers broke up, believing both that the band had run its course, and that Blacksnake had been like a brother to them and so replacing him would have been impossible.
Any requests? If I don’t have it, I will try to locate it.
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