Last spring, during the weeks leading up to Dion's arrival, I got the chance to pen liners for a newly remastered set of vintage recordings from CRIME, the amazing late-70s era punk band from San Francisco. The deal with Kitten Charmer Records was brokered by a mutual pal (thanks, Deming!) and I got the nod from the band thanks to an article I wrote about CRIME some years ago for Resonance Magazine in Seattle. CRIME is a long time favorite of mine, a crucial influence on bands I formed in my early 20s, so I was as excited about the long-overdue resurrection of this material as I was to write about it.
I supplied several drafts for the LP/CD, but as I was pretty preoccupied by all the imminent baby business, I fell out of contact with Kitten Charmer and assumed they had just gone a different way. Well, as it turns out they did indeed use my notes (along with a brief essay by Thurston Moore) for the recent CD release ... a vinyl LP edition was supposed to appear as well, but apparently hasn't surfaced yet. Regardless, MURDER BY GUITAR 1976-1980 on CD sounds great, there are numerous rare tracks along with raw, primal classics like "Hot Wire My Heart" ...
... and I'm proud to be a part. You can buy it from places like Amazon and such, but why not just get it from Goner Records?
I also just got the new vinyl LP from SCORPION VS. TARANTULA, old friends from way back who settled in Phoenix AZ and have been tearing the place up over there for some time. They came to Ghetto Recorders in Detroit last summer, mere days after Dion's birth, so I visited for a bleary, sleep-starved afternoon and added a decidedly off-the-cuff guitar solo to the track "Hurt and Dangerous." The whole thing is balls-out, as ferocious as the cover art suggests, so check it out for a full shot of AC/DC vs. Pagans-style riff action.
The SEGER LIBERATION ARMY appeared on a split 7" with Standing 8 Counts as part of Mere Noise Records' 2013 singles club and I got a copy a few weeks back. The song is "Innervenus Eyes," recorded a few years back with five other musty old Seger relics, so it's good to see one of these tracks creep out into the real world (rumors of a comprehensive vinyl collection of all the SLA material remain unsubstantiated). The Mere Noise single is sold out already, but you can hear it below via Diamond's Soundcloud ... that's Jim surfing the outer limits during the coda -- we were all surprised when that happened, but luckily the take was taped.
Lastly, the long-simmering BSH-004 release comes closer to reality, as test pressings arrived yesterday and upon routine inspection appear satisfactory. This pressing plant is the second -- I went through a protracted trial run with another company that led to the delivery and rejection of 500 damaged singles, but I'm safely in the arms of Archer now, where I should have started in the first place. Lesson learned, always buy Michigan. We also recently began rehearsals for a new End Times LP with the core ensemble ... songs have been chosen, but adjunct players are still being sought, so breaking ground in the studio won't occur for some months. Contact the official End Times email (thesearetheendtimes via google) with any comments or concerns ...
OK, time to go back to my fatherly duties. The prince sleeps for now, but there is laundry to burn.