Archive for August, 2010

Gun Club

August 29th, 2010 | Features | 0 Comments

This week’s band of the week is one of the most underappreciated psychobilly punk bands ever. Or fuck that, they’re one of the most underappreciated bands ever, period. They had a badass frontman who persevered with his vision, despite constant, numerous setbacks. Today, they may not command an incredibly large cult following – not even Big Star or MC5 calliber – but those who know them know where it’s at. The band of the week is…


I first heard about Gun Club via Jack White, who is apparently a huge fan and covered songs of theirs like “She’s Like Heroin To Me” in concert with The White Stripes. Being a huge White Stripes fan, I instantly needed to know what the deal was with this band Gun Club as soon as I heard that Jack White was influenced by them.

The deal with Gun Club is they were based in L.A. and they were basically the vehicle for frontman Jeffrey Lee Pierce. Their first album Fire Of Love is a punk classic, and has what are probably their best known songs on it, such as “She’s Like Heroin To Me” and “For The Love Of Ivy”. Their second, the Chris Stein (of Blondie fame)-produced Miami is alright if you put aside the botched mix. The Las Vegas Story is pretty good but their fourth album, Mother Juno (produced by Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins), is the other classic in their discography.

Though it’s an effects-loaded and somewhat dreamy sounding album (as you would expect with a Cocteau Twin at the helm), Guthrie doesn’t rob the band of it’s power to rock and tracks like “Bill Bailey” and “Yellow Eyes” end up standing out as among the best in the band’s canon.

In 1996 frontman Pierce died at the age of 37 of a brain haemorrhage. Photos from later in Pierce‘s life as kind of sad, as the guy who once looked the epitome of rock star cool had devolved into a bloated, drugged out old bugger. To add to that, Gun Club‘s post Mother Juno albums have little to recommend. Even so, any band that could release such wild, possessed music as is contained on Gun Club‘s first four album’s is deserving of legendary status.

Dominant Legs

August 29th, 2010 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

This San Fran band sounds like it should be from Sweden. In the track below pretty melodies mingle above a bongo beat and for some reason I now feel the urge to hippie-dance around a campfire. Considering the song is called “Clawing Out At The Walls”, you wouldn’t think it would sound so incredibly pleasant.

Rich Aucoin

August 27th, 2010 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

I’ve known Rich Aucoin for years now after hearing his stuff on a friend’s blog and meeting him at Over the Top Fest in 2007. Not only is the Halifax maestro super friendly, but he’s super awesome and getting pretty popular these days. At a packed Tiger Bar show this week I finally got a chance to see (and witness!) some of his new material in action and it is amazing. You can stream his recently-released Public Publication EP below. Also check out some footage of the man in action cuz he’s got one of the best live shows anyone anywhere’s ever seen.

You can also buy a dl of the EP off his website.

Awesome Album Covers

August 27th, 2010 | Features | 0 Comments

Pictured: Philip Selway as a baby w/ his parents.
Finally one of the members of Radiohead steps forward to reveal that the band has been a bunch of alien creatures all along. Psh, yeah, like humans could create Kid A.

Kids Of 88

August 24th, 2010 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

New Zealand dance-rockers Kids Of 88 bring it big time on their album Sugarpills. It’s way better as a whole than what’s on their myspace, and sure, the singles are solid, but the album tracks are better. Check out this bangin’ cut.

Kids Of 88 – Everybody Knows