Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti Vinyl Back in Print!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, February 11, 2011 10:38am | Post a Comment
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Ohhh yeah! Get your paws on these vinyl reissues of two Ariel Pink albums, The Doldrums and House Arrest, via Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label, out on March 8! It's been a long while since I've seen a used copy of The Doldrums on wax floating around on the salesfloor and I've been disappointed that I didn't snag it ever since I had the chance. You know, that old story. Well, no friggin' worries, mate! And I'll be picking up a copy of House Arrest too!

"Every Night I Die at Miyagi's" from House Arrest:

"Good Kids Make Bad Grown Ups" from The Doldrums:

On a personal note: The Doldrums, with that signature home recording sound (consisting of a keyboard, guitar and 8-track as well as all those unbelievable vocally-generated drum sounds) is the shit, real talk. That side A packed with non-stop hits, including "For Kate I Wait," has long been a beloved summer jam and I can't wait to plop it on the platter of ye old hi-fi and kick back some cold ones, open all the windows and picture myself rollin' down this road come August:
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Route 12 is my highway to heaven, in syndication.

Like Thunder, Lightnin', So Catchy It's Frightenin': Amii Stewart's "Knock on Wood"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, February 9, 2011 06:07pm | Post a Comment
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In the vein of my last post, here's a different trippy take on another beloved classic hit: Amii Stewart's deep-dish disco serving of Eddie Floyd's "Knock on Wood." Initially, I bought this record more so for the glamorama of cover art than the actual musical content, but I have since developed a sort of terminal enchantment with the overall calorie-off, aerobic aesthetic repeat listening presents.

Girl is wearin' me out with this video, check it out!

Who's Zoomin' Who? It's Aretha's "What A Fool Believes"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, February 4, 2011 10:33am | Post a Comment
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I woke up with this song stuck in my head again this morning and so, accordingly, I attempt to exercise it here. Aretha Franklin's cover of Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald's classic yacht-rocker made popular by the Doobie Brothers is a manic slice of synth-indulgence that's, like many an Aretha song, dead catchy. Beware. Just give it thirty seconds of warming up and you'll be in the zone, the smoooooth R&B zone.

Aretha Franklin - "What A Fool Believes"

OMG! Look What the Cat Dragged In!

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 26, 2011 01:08am | Post a Comment
I don't know about you but when I was thirteen years old this is what I thought rock 'n' roll looked like:
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Hardly petal fresh but definitely party pretty! Poison celebrates their 25th anniversary this year and rumor mills are a-spinnin' that Bret Michaels is intent on putting together a commemorative tour with a reluctant Mötley Crüe who, at 30 years of "togetherness," accuse Michaels of "trying to will" the bill into being. And why not? It's a dreamy match up of iconic glam-rockery and bitchy cocksureness the likes of which RuPaul's Drag Race can only boast, and don't we know Ru can put on a show! But I digress..
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Even if the Crüe doesn't fit, I hope Poison still moves ahead with their tour and, if they have any imagination what-so-ever as to what their audience of once-thirteen-year-old girlies want, they had better play right through all thirty-eight glorious minutes of their recently reissued (on 180 gram vinyl housed in deluxe gatefold, no less) debut LP Look What the Cat Dragged In. The record once described by Michaels as a "glorifed demo" spawned four singles (and, after almost a year of climbing, peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts in 1987, how lucky! Like Mötley Crüe, Poison originally formed under a crap name (Paris; in Mötley Crüe's case, Christmas) and changed it to a lesser crap name after moving from Pennsylvania to Hollywood, where they met their future ("reality") star guitarist, Brooklyn native C.C. DeVille (who apparently won out over Slash in auditions due to personal preferences concerning wardrobe; you know, stilettos over moccasins). Though possibly best known for the sleazy, erectual frustration of songs like "Talk Dirty To Me," "I Want Action" and "Want Some, Need Some," not forgetting the corny "I Won't Forget You" slow jam, Look What the Cat Dragged In serves up more than just a teased tumbleweed of ambition which, given their swift success, surely pissed off a lot of the competition. To revisit Ru, I believe this record to be a portrait of the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent a certain kind of musician had to harness --- however desperate, ripped-off or closeted --- in their quest to make a name for themselves in the unforgiving 1980's Hollywood rock scene, namely "glam." The video for Poison's debut single from Look What the Cat Dragged In, "Cry Tough," is a slice of Hollywood glam zeigeist unparalleled in every aspect -- check it out (p.s. did these guys love Van Halen or what?!):

7" Fix: The Sandwitches "Summer of Love"

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, January 19, 2011 03:57pm | Post a Comment
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Of all my band crushes, I feel an attachment to the Sandwitches that's way beyond the point of smitten at first listen: I'm hopelessly devoted. There's something about their sound that suggests a beautiful thing broken down, makes me long to don a once beloved party dress dredged from a dumpster or follow up their tunes with a worn out "girl group" record, damaged from repetitious play. Their latest 7", Summer of Love, flaunts two fresh yet yellow-edged pop oddities from the Sandwitches' curio cabinet and is limited to 500 copies on 1234Go! Records, so please, don't miss! And catch the girls live at Slim's on Tuesday, January 25th, if you can, and support our (SF) local, shamefully under-appreciated "female Creedence."

The Sandwitches - "Summer of Love" [side A]

The Sandwitches - "My Teddy" [side B]
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