To the manner borne – Garage Punk and The Mobbs

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Tally ho, Gentlemen!
Hold tight, Ladies!
Beware, children of fine, but discriminating, tastes!

Those well-dressed scoundrels of garage rock’n’roll, The Mobbs, are on the prowl with their fourth release, Garage Punk For Boys, and  are once again serving suave to the world of low-brow socialites.

G.P.F.B offers a quick, crisp sound reminiscent of their first album “It’s…” (a favorite at the grounds of Bibliodiscoteque Estates) with no time for the slow and no mercy for the lazy. Tracks like “We Don’t Need a God” lyrically flow like something off the Kinks’ Muswell Hillbillies, but have the speed of Ray Davies methamphetamine years. It’s also hard, on tracks like “Garage Punk for Boys” and “One Erotic Thought”, not to hear Thee Headcoats-esq vocal delivery and guitar stops. But, I harken back the Elizabethan ideal that one who learns from the ways of a master (like Childish), and adapts it to suit their style, can also be genius. Simply ask that Shakespeare guy. Everything about The Mobbs delicately balances originality on the knife’s edge of homage. They are, simply put, the next logical step. This is an album so brimming with hooks that you’ll find yourself singing along well after the music has stopped.

The Mobbs don’t need me to pile praise upon their personage, they are fantastic and they know it; our heroes saddle up to modesty, take her out for a great dinner, walk her to the door, and, like a gentleman, snog the living hell out of her.

On Sept. 1, you are cordially invited to drop your hard earned euros on  the finest sophisticates in the garage punk world. Pick up G.P.F.B and let The Mobbs introduce you to one of the grandest aural adventures known to today’s modern man. You can order it from the web site and at finer digital outlets.

Bibliodiscoteque Ep 48 Billy Childish

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Episode 48 – The Kids are All Square

The Earl of Suave – Thee Headcoats
Headcoat Man – Thee Headcoats
That’s My Revenge – Thee Milkshakes
By the Hairs on My Chinny Chin Chin – Thee Headcoats
We’re Gonna Get Married – Mickey & Ludella
A Town Named Squaresville – Thee Headcoats
Back Among the Medway Losers – Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire
Dog Shite Gang – The Singing Loins
You Make Me Die – Billy Childish and the Singing Loins
Billy B. Childish – Billy Childish
Chatham Town Welcomes Desperate Men  – Thee Headcoats
Fun in the UK – Pop Rivets
Desperate Little Town – Holly Golightly & Dan Melchior
Demolition Girl – Holly Golightly & Billy Childish
Juju Claudius – The Chatham Singers
I Don’t Like the Man I Am – Peter Molinari
Nanook of the North – Thee Headcoats
Wiley Coyote – Thee Mighty Caesars
You are Forgiven – Thee Mighty Caesars
Quiero ser Como Billy Childish – Fumestones
Thatcher’s Children – CTMF
The Man with the Gallow Eyes – Wild Billy Childish
My Boyfriend’s Learning Karate – The Headcoatees
Cowboys are Square – Thee Headcoats
Conka Fight at Wendy’s House – Sexton Ming
Millionare – Billy Childish and the Blackhands
Niemand Weiss – Guz w Billy Childish
Who Do You Think You are Mr. Hitler? – Billy Childish and the Blackhands
Can’t Judge a Book – Thee Headcoats
Grinning in Your Face – Wild Billy Childish
Punk Rock Ist Nicht Tot – Thee Headcoats

The ‘Year in Review’ Review

My favorite releases of the past year (in no particular order).

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Tullycraft – Lost in Light Rotation
After a prolonged absence, Tullycraft return with a armload of Twee tunes for the masses. Let the hipsters rejoice! Tullycraft have been putting out amazing records since before you were ironically cool. All the same great sounds you remember from the 90’s but now with Phil Ek producing.

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Slaughter Daughters – Demo (Bandcamp)
There is an heir of Greek tragedy and religion floating around in this fantastically sweeping demo. Slaughter Daughters work that line between folk and punk  like the very Fates themselves.

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the Creeping Ivies – Stay Wild (Dead Beat Records)
Ok, this was released on Dec 12, 2012, but the rawness and fury of The Creeping Ivies actually propelled it into a Best of 2013 list.

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Wild Billy Chyldish & CTMF – All Our Forts are With You (Damaged Goods)
This year’s Billy Childish project is easily the strongest since Thee Headcoats. There is a sense of nostalgia working its way through these tracks, but not the ‘pity me’ reflective tone that haunts many great many aging artists. These are the songs most of my generation would be writing and all should be listening to.

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Dyan Walshe – Blind is Blind 7” (Squoodge Records)
Keep an eye on this folk troubadour: For not only is he apparently indestructible, but his sound and knowledge are timeless.

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Reissue of the Year: Reverend Beat-Man and the Un-Believers – Get On Your Knees LP (Voodoo Rhythm Records)
Released in 2000, this bad boy is now on vinyl and itching to blow holes through your speakers.

Spartan Dreggs

Trust this man with your Rock ‘n’ Roll

‘I jump into my own soul / like a squirrel from a tree!’

Damaged Goods has just opened the pre-orders for three (3!) new Spartan Dreggs albums. You must pre-order the first two LP’s and cut out the  special UPC type coupon. Be one of the first 250 to mail it in and receive a free third album and a special treat to fill in the blanks left by the missing coupons.

Quite honestly, in a fourth quarter filled with amazing releases, these are the ones I am most excited for. Best of luck to those competing for the 25o!

Pictures via and Damaged Goods Records

Something Nice – The Singing Loins – Here on Earth CD/Digital

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Cover by Billy Childish

The Singing Loins evoke a vast amount of sea imagery on their new album, Here on Earth, and I can think of no metaphor more perfect. There is a new serenity to the overall sound of the tracks and, with addition of double bass from John Forrester, an added depth I didn’t think possible after their last album Stuff. And, like the sea, Here on Earth may appear placid and calm on the surface, but, in the depths, houses untold treasure and dangers.

‘Hello Heaven’, the album’s opener, attempts to name a feeling of wanderlust and the need for departure. In an immediate response to the romantic ideal of travel ‘Monster Ashore’, is narrated by the captain of a sea going vessel who apparently seems to build his ship as he sails. Before they shove off he adds the doleful line, “Maybe we’ll survive,” pauses for a beat and adds a dash of reality with, “maybe not” before launching into the various methods a sailor can perish. These brutally honest moment makes the Singing Loins such an amazing band.

The next track of note, ‘Harbour Wall (St. Ives)”, continues the narrative as singer Chris Broderick spits, “I am the sea…the coastline is mine” in a Walt Whitman-esq show of bravado and personification. As the sea/song builds in anger and volume, we get a shift in the narrative that once again melds the new fuller sound of the Loins and their trademark ability to lyrically sucker punch you when you are just getting comfortable.

A traditional folk song, “Crown of Roses”, breaks the sea’s wrath in the best way possible and “Close Your Eyes” shows, once again, what amazing love poets the Loins are. Sure, any idiot can write a love song and sum up the passion and lust of those first moments, and most do, but it takes a poet to find the words to express a relationship that endures: What do you say after the kids have been born? After the bills may or may not have been paid? When the autumn years set in? Ask the Loins. They got your answer.

‘Happy Me Up’ kicks off the last bit of the album and, quite frankly, this is where the album really shines. “Happy Me Up’ is an almost indecipherable lyrical romp presumably about whaling with a screeching violin that is guaranteed to fulfill the song’s title promise.

‘Drunk and Fed’ is one of the most beautiful songs in the band’s career and “Try” seems to answer it as a morning after response.

‘Alien’ is not only the album’s most haunting track, but one of the most inventive in the band’s catalogue. In it, the narrator finds himself marooned from society. As the narrator admits he tries to be almost human the song rips itself in half and Broderick screams in screeched agony while a cacophony of drum, feedback, doll noises, and bass, smash against the speakers. Once again, the band’s ability to build character in roughly four minutes is nothing short of remarkable.

As the album winds down with ‘With All Your Heart’, Broderick frames what could very well be the band’s mission statement and a build of encouragement for musicians and fans alike: If you aren’t sore in the throat from singing, still in tune, and the strings aren’t broken, why even bother?

Here on Earth is all about experiences. It is about leaving home, venturing metaphorical seas, getting hurt, and singing along with all your heart. Everything else is not living just existing. And the Loins know how to live.

Check out the record release party at the 100 Club with Thee Spivs and numerous other live shows…

The Singing Loins Primer

This past week I was over at the Damaged Goods Records site and found that much to my pleasure there is a new The Singing Loins CD/Digital Release coming out in November (reviewed tomorrow at this very site!).

When I posted this news, an internet buddy asked me to try and explain the Loins in a few quick characters – 124 to be precise. One cannot simply explain the power of the Loins in such a confined manner. One needs pints of beer, the cry of gulls, a cigarette, and knowing you have nowhere to go for the next few hours. Hell, even if you don’t drink or smoke, you are welcome to sit in as the Loins are not discriminating.

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Let’s simply pretend you don’t have that kind of time; kids, a job, only a desire to hear the world’s greatest folk tunes played by those who use no hyperbole. Technically, this would put you in the same boat as the members of the band, but here are some tracks (chosen based on my iTunes playcounter) to fall in love with. *

10. The Dog Shit GangStuff
It takes brass to use a Sex Pistols riff. It takes craft to improve on it. ‘I just wanna say in my f’n Fate.’

9. That’s How Murders HappenComplete and Utter
Before I quit smoking this is exactly how I used to feel in public.

8. Nail it Back Together Stuff
Pure poetry.

7. ValerieComplete and Utter
A folk song about, I always assumed, a Down Syndrome adult so beautiful and well crafted I dare you not to shed a tear.

6. Where’s My Machine GunStuff
A theme for the misanthrope in us all. 

5. To a Beautiful Woman Growing Older  The Drowned Man Resuscitator
This is one of the only honest love songs ever written. Removed is the Buddy Holly-esq pining and replaced with the reality of a couple who have been together and still love each other.

4. Psycho HippieUnraveling England
There is a horror movie here. But I fear it would be based on reality. The kazoo never sounded so menacing.

3. Drowned Man Resuscitator The Drowned Man Resuscitator
There is a new invention to save the poor drowned souls. See it in action!

2. Cheer Up!Complete and Utter
This is the perfect song for miserable days and the jerks who tell you it will get better!

1. House in the Woods Songs to Hear Before You Die
A track so good, my wife and I got married to it.

It’s own unique category: Shut Your MouthComplete and Utter.
No one, I repeat with cap locks on, NO ONE writes and ‘You Suck’ song like the Loins.

* I didn’t include anything off At the Bridge w/ Billy Childish

ALBUM LAUNCH w/ openers Thee Spivs at the 100 Club on November 6.

I will see them live one day…

 

Something Nice – The Mobbs

These guys make music better.

There really isn’t too much more I can say about The Mobbs other than the fact that they are one of those bands that make a crap day seem fantastic. Their music is similar to ‘Beach Bums Must Die’ – era Headcoats even down to the lead singer’s neckerchief. Normally bands that try to share a sound with Childish smack of idolatry, but The Mobbs are able to hold there own and make it original.

This is a sound only Brits could make. And they make it so well.

Recommended Tracks:

‘Better the Devil You Know’ – I hummed this track all summer.

“Jolly Good’ – This’ll mess with your thinking it is so damn fine.

Something Nice – Link-ocalypse

So, it’s Monday and you’re looking for a little fun. A little excitement. A barrage of links for you to waste the day away on or mull over during a piping hot cup of black coffee? Here you go, enjoy:

The Bat Segundo Show:  Bat interviews China Mieville, Joyce Carol Oates, Megan Abbott, Neal Stephenson, Will Self, and many other great authors

 Phoning It In:  Over the phone interviews with independent artists like John Darnielle, Billy Childish, Darren Hanlon, and other greats.

Poptardsgo!:  The weekly podcast about comic books. Its raw, its true, it is worth taking their advice.

The Nerdist: Thrilling Adventure Hour:  New style podcast in the vein of old style radio. Serialized for your protection.

 

 

Episode 8 – A Very Special Bibliodiscoteque Christmas Special: Happy Birthday Jesus, Baby!:A Musical Tribute to the Reverend John R. Carlson

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(Podcast and player at the bottom of the post)

I blame it all on Charles Dickens.

Certainly he wrote the second most popular Christmas tale of all time, but his is all about economics in a season designed for the celebration of a co-opted pagan right. Like Scrooge, punished and coerced for his greed and self centered attitude, every year we tend to give give give until it hurts hurts hurts in a similar effort to assuage our guilt for not giving or caring throughout the year.

Dickens sparked this concept that the biggest turkey can make up for our lack of kindness and animosity for our fellow man.

Dickens’ allegory of a cold un-mourned grave, for those of us who don’t help our fellow humans, should be saved for the long summer days when we need it most. Sure Victorian winters must have been difficult but the winter of the soul is so much darker.

Let this be the season you hear the consumptive cough and feel the weight of each link. However, rather than letting the fire of our humanity die under the world around us, spend the days smashing the bonds like Cool Hand Luke fleeing from the hounds and the Man with No Eyes. Don’t change because of the threat from an otherworldly being. Change because we are humans and, to quote another famous Brit, we need to be loved/Just like everybody else does.  We don’t have time to sit around and wait. Action is an internal force and stokes the fires that keep us warm

Should you not believe in the soul or the holiday make the world better because we deserve humanity. We deserve to go a day unbeaten, undefeated, and not unloved.

Fight against the ease of cynicism and anger so we don’t have to spend money and time making up for it later.

Set List: Episode 8 –  A Very Special Bibliodiscoteque Christmas Special: Happy Birthday Jesus, Baby!:A Musical Tribute to the Reverend John R. Carlson

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Thee Olde Trip to Jerusalem – Mekons

My Madonna – The Singing Loins

Jesus Was Way Cool – King Missile

He turned the water into wine – Andy Dale Petty

Baptize Me In Wine – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

Getting’ High for Jesus – Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs

Jesus Saves White Trash – Ian Stephen

Only Jesus – Scott H. Biram

Fix It Jesus – Reverend Charlie Jackson

What Was I Doing, When the Saints of God Found Me? – Bishop Dready Manning

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot – Big Bill Broonzy

Charlie Brown Theme – Vince Guaraldi Trio

Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed – Josh White

There’ll Be None on the Other Side – Ralph Stanley And The Clinch Mountain Boys

God’s Gonna Cut ’em Down – The Golden Gate Quartet

Have a Little Talk With Jesus – Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Coffee, God, And Cigarettes – Mischief Brew

Plastic Jesus – Jello Biafra And Mojo Nixon

A Poundland Christmas – Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians Of The British Empire

Sorry Mr. Jesus – Seasick Steve

Ding Dong Merrily On High – The Singing Loins

Updates:

Tune in next month for a walk with Satan through the streets of Moscow when Bibliodiscoteque brings you EPISODE 9 – The Master and Margarita