Monday, 30 March 2009

Urusei Yatsura - b-sides collection (1990s)

One of my favourite bands of the 1990s, these guys. Before they were ever a band, I used to get their fanzine, a mix of record reviews, comic strips and suchlike. They released a few compilation tapes (or maybe appeared, pre UY, on one of them - my memory's not what it was) and then formed the band.

Looking back through my vinyl, I have a lot of stuff from this band. The a-sides are presumably on one of their LPs (which I may upload when I get to them, or may not, depending on whether a check reveals if they're still going or not), but anyway.

FAKE EDIT: They split up, a while ago, it would seem, and are doing their own thing. And, an American label had pretty much this exact same idea and released the album "Pulpo!", a collection of b-sides. I'm fairly confident in saying it's out of print though. So, here's a good stack of their b-sides, enjoy and remember the days when Pavement-loving Scottish indie-noise-punk-pop bands were ten a penny.

FAKER EDIT: It appears you can still get most of these records from their official site. So, if you like this lot, please go and give them some money. They were (and, presumably, are) lovely people and deserve a few of your pounds. They've also put a couple of links to some BBC sessions up, so here are those links before the links to the things I ripped:

BEYOND A JOKE: At the back of another 7" single, I found something which I labelled as "Urusei Yatsura Tour 7". I met and chatted to the band after their first tour, where they had Mogwai as their support. Scratched on the runout is "Che 59"but as Che is no more, I've got no idea whatsoever what is on it. I'll pop that on there too.

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Liz Phair - Juvenilia EP (1995)

Ah, Liz Phair. Back in the day, I admired her excellent lo-fi recordings without really having any idea what she looked like. Nowadays, sadly, at least half the photos of her are of her in her knickers. She looks lovely, but it's sad that she feels the need to do that to sell her music. I've not heard any of it for donkey's, so it could be all sexy and stuff now, but when this double-7" came out she was a bit like Pavement, but if they were women who'd been consistently disappointed in their relationships.

This EP also contains some of her earliest recordings, unavailable anywhere else apparently. Good job, get em heard.

Lung Leg - The Negative Delinquent Autopsy EP (1994)

You know what? I haven't heard this EP in well over a decade. And, while I'm converting things from vinyl to mp3, I can't figure out what setting to be set to make sounds come out of it, so I'm not listening to it now either. So I'll hand this one over to Mike DaRonco of the AllMusic Guide:

Hands down, Lung Leg is one of the cutest bands to come out of Scotland since Bis. With their method of playful guitar leads -- that almost sound as if they were ripped off from Sesame Street -- the all-female roster additionally provides a vocal styling that's a combination of gang vocals with a hint of melody. Resulting in a childlike innocence of minimal, guitar-based indie pop, Lung Leg also manages to come across as angsty and bouncy with their seven brief but fun-filled anthems.

Couldn't have said it better myself, Mike. Anyway, vinyl conversion continues apace, and hurrah for finally getting cracking with this, after years of promising myself I'd do it.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Halkyn - Behind The Snow 7" EP (1998)

I don't even know when this one was released. I was living in the scummy house at St. Helens Street, where I once saw my neighbour walk into my back garden to piss against my wall...anyway, the cellar there was where I kept all my vinyl, including the few unsold copies of this I had.

I digress. Halkyn were a fantastic band (and may still be now, but it's unlikely). I paid half of the money to release this, but then for some reason me and the other people who paid for it, 555 Recordings, and me stopped communicating. I got a weird comment on the very very early Geocities website I once made for Umbababayee Records, which led me to believe they think I owed them some money or something, but honest guvnor I never did.

So this is a fine piece of noise-folk, or something of the sort. It's also my first attempt at converting vinyl, so I'm not quite au fait with labelling the tracks properly. Give it a listen anyway, and I'll now see if I can add a very small picture to this post.