Eli, Ashley Japan trees Sept 2014 for Weblog

Eli Moore and Ashley Eriksson of LAKE return to the scene of the crime: Azumino, Japan. The trees in the background graced the cover of the LAKE album The World Is Real [KLP246]. After LAKE toured through Japan earlier this month Eli and Ashley remained to travel about and see more of the countryside.

LAKE The World Is Real

LAKE’s World Is Real! was originally published on K

MRR (Minimum Rock N Roll), the explosive new album by Chain & The Gang is out!

Get it now from the K Mail Order Dept. AKA the place where cat packages are born.

Cool review for our friends & neighbors, Stickers!

STICKERS
Swollen (End of Time)
***½
Even the drums on Swollen sound like 1989, with guitars and saxophone thick and distanced like chiming church bells. It is a slab of raw and wicked things, and wailing. After a litany of singles and cassettes, Swollen is Stickers’ first LP—a skronk of noise hailing from the netherworlds of post-punk.
The vocals are atonal, like Surfer Rosa–era Frank Black when he didn’t feel like singing, and wounded, as on “Sacajawea,” the album’s centerpiece—one of the only songs with audible discernible words—or on the opener, “Swollen Future,” shouting, “Your wound goes deeper than mine.” This is a band that plays to their strengths, most notably the saxophone that squeaks around all the breaks, sounding more like a lead guitar feeding back, filled with chorus and reverb like sour jelly. Bands with a kitsch instrument tend to suffer the “Jethro Tull fate” (“that-band-with-the-flute” fate), but simply categorizing them as “that band with a saxophone” would be a mistake. Though the similarities and same-tempo-ness of the songs does wear thin halfway through side two, songs like “(Swoon),” a relatively quiet track, take a break from the perpetually buzzy and upbeat record as a whole and help Swollen out immensely.
Stickers are familiar enough with their influences that I doubt they even think about it. They just play what they like in the way that expresses what they’re feeling: a lot of frustration, from the sound of it, turning it into something constructive, fun. Thank goodness. Isn’t that the point of being in a band in the first place? ERIC WILLIGER

Check out Stickers - Swollen LP [End Of Time Records] in the K Mail Order Department!

Cool review for our friends & neighbors, Stickers!

STICKERS

Swollen (End of Time)

***½

Even the drums on Swollen sound like 1989, with guitars and saxophone thick and distanced like chiming church bells. It is a slab of raw and wicked things, and wailing. After a litany of singles and cassettes, Swollen is Stickers’ first LP—a skronk of noise hailing from the netherworlds of post-punk.

The vocals are atonal, like Surfer Rosa–era Frank Black when he didn’t feel like singing, and wounded, as on “Sacajawea,” the album’s centerpiece—one of the only songs with audible discernible words—or on the opener, “Swollen Future,” shouting, “Your wound goes deeper than mine.” This is a band that plays to their strengths, most notably the saxophone that squeaks around all the breaks, sounding more like a lead guitar feeding back, filled with chorus and reverb like sour jelly. Bands with a kitsch instrument tend to suffer the “Jethro Tull fate” (“that-band-with-the-flute” fate), but simply categorizing them as “that band with a saxophone” would be a mistake. Though the similarities and same-tempo-ness of the songs does wear thin halfway through side two, songs like “(Swoon),” a relatively quiet track, take a break from the perpetually buzzy and upbeat record as a whole and help Swollen out immensely.

Stickers are familiar enough with their influences that I doubt they even think about it. They just play what they like in the way that expresses what they’re feeling: a lot of frustration, from the sound of it, turning it into something constructive, fun. Thank goodness. Isn’t that the point of being in a band in the first place? ERIC WILLIGER

Check out Stickers - Swollen LP [End Of Time Records] in the K Mail Order Department!





アイスクリーム! パワー! 自転車!

Shonen Knife! 少年ナイフ - Burning Farm (焼畑農業のうた), K Records, 1983 !

#tbt !

Immoral Roberts! 少年ナイフ! Beat Happening!

過去を思い出すことに楽しみです!

Maxines Aug 29 2014 Pink Eleph for Weblog

Last Month the Maxines made one of their rare public appearances at the K-sponsored Helsing Junction Sleep Over, providing the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard with a golden opportunity to corral members Matt Murillo and Kelly Norman for an informal chat with host Calvin Johnson (see above photog).

The Maxines discuss their erratic existence, records, Brenda Lee and their volume in our International Pop Underground series, Drugstore [KLP140]. We listen to recent releases from their Victoria, B.C. label home La-Ti-Da Records.

and hear a song from the Wild Ones, “Dream on”.

You can view a video of the Maxines and Calvin Johnson recording the Girl Trouble song “The Skin” HERE.

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The Pink Elephant’s Gravecast is also available from Stitcher and iTunes.

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Balant cover

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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 014 was originally published on K

What!? Are those Pogs? No, they’re the Shivas buttons that come free with every pre-order of… You Know What To Do [KLP252].

  1. Camera: Nikon D60
  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/60th
  4. Focal Length: 35mm

Let me show you I can really knock ‘em down… Cat dance! 猫ダンス!

GRACKLE DANCES. CAT DANCES.

キャンデー猫 !

Carolyn Riggs (Bouquet), Mira Billotte, Allison Wolfe, Calvin Johnson (The Hive Dwellers), Jessica Espelita at Ooga Booga 2, Los Angeles, CA., Sept. 12, 2014

  1. Camera: iPhone 4
  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/15th
  4. Focal Length: 3mm

Allison Wolfe took this photog at the Hive Dwellers show in L.A. on Sept. 12, 2014

  1. Camera: iPhone 5
  2. Aperture: f/2.4
  3. Exposure: 1/15th
  4. Focal Length: 4mm
CJ on the Road!
Photogs with Dean Wareham and Britta in Los Angeles Sept. 12, 2014

Calvin Johnson sent us these pics from the Hive Dwellers' current tour. Check out more show dates here. CJ on the Road!
Photogs with Dean Wareham and Britta in Los Angeles Sept. 12, 2014

Calvin Johnson sent us these pics from the Hive Dwellers' current tour. Check out more show dates here.

CJ on the Road!

Photogs with Dean Wareham and Britta in Los Angeles Sept. 12, 2014

Calvin Johnson sent us these pics from the Hive Dwellers' current tour. Check out more show dates here.

In celebration of the new Girl Trouble documentary Strictly Sacred!, here is the Maxines with Calvin Johnson playing a song from the debut Girl Trouble album Hit It or Quit It [KLP229], “The Skin”, at Dub Narcotic Studio. Sweet rhythm of mercy.

The Maxines & Calvin Johnson Play Girl Trouble! was originally published on K