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Here are the two LPs by Nintendo cover math rockers The Advantage. If you've never heard these you're in a for a treat. The Advantage features members of the band Generic plus Spencer Seim and Carson McWhirter of Hella. Very precise covers of 8-bit classics coming really to life with Seim's drumming. If you've grown up playing the NES these records are a must, otherwise they're still excellent math-rock exercises.

The first album covers more recognizable tunes in a fairly straight-forward fashion, while Elf-Titled takes a few more liberties and has significantly better production quality.

The Advantage (2004):
1. Megaman2 - Flashman
2. Double Dragon 2 - Stage 2
3. Goonies 2
4. ... Read more »
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Now that I mentioned them covering Patrik Fitzgerald's Safety pin stuck in my heart (see two posts down), I feel obliged to share this gem. The Bartlebees were basically a German clone of the Television Personalities (and in fact regularly collaborated with Dan Treacy), who (unwillingly, some cynics might say) had a distinct charme with their thick accents, tone-deaf singing, and over-the-top naive lyrics. Nevertheless, they've released some of the finest songs coming out of the Bavarian woods.

The highlight surely is the excellent Patrik Fitzgerald cover (which I had on repeat for a few days), but this record is full of pleasant surprises. Some tracks are in line with their somewhat clumsy earlier records, on others they're playfully experimenting with styles they've never touched before (stereo effects? I thought yo ... Read more »
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"Oh dear Prudence!", I hear you say, "Not another Beatles tribute". Yeah, there may be almost as many Beatles tribute albums as Beatles bootlegs and most of them stink more than said bootlegs, but the artist line up on this one justifies a listen or two. Yukio Yung aka Terry Burrows of the Chrysanthemums, Alan Jenkins and the Creams (a member of the Deep Freeze Mice family), DIY icon R. Stevie Moore, Bevis Frond, Martin Newell (of the Cleaners from Venus), Todd Gillingham, and Jet Set frontman Paul Bevoir among others contribute to this carefully crafted JARmusic release with extensive liner notes and exquisite artwork.

So what do you get when you let some ... Read more »
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"Punk Poet" Patrik Fitzgerald's debut EP from 1977. Unforgettable classic with the title track later gaining additional fame (sort of) through the Bartlebees cover (which you should also check out).

Excerpt from the AMG bio by Jason Ankeny:
Born in London in 1958, singer/songwriter Patrik Fitzgerald ranked among the most memorable of the so-called "punk poets." He debuted in 1977 with the EP Safety Pin Stuck in My Heart, a collection combining the outrage of punk with a streak of optimism rare for its time and place; indeed, Fitzgerald's sincere attitude and eccentric appearance -- commonly, a badge-cluttered blazer, red drainpipe trousers and sandals -- set him squarely apart from his new wave brethren, and he was frequently the target of considerable derision from elitist audiences.


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A compilation of some of the finest solo material from the legendary producer, whose more popular for his antics and producing The Raincoats than for his own music. Kind of a shame, considering he recorded some of the most endearing garage psych of the 60s.

Painstakingly assembled with Kim's full co-operation, Impossible But True features titles spanning 1960-69, many of which appear on CD for the first time, including gems such as The Comedown Song by Spider (actually P J Proby's hairdresser - "he wasn't gay" says Kim); Reelin' Feelin' Squealin' by the Soft Machine , (the B-side of their first ultra-rare 45), To Die Alone , a US garage band classic by the Bush (some of whom joined the legendary Misunderstood) and Fowley solo classics such as The Trip , and Animal Man . Also making its CD debut is Pink Dominos by the Crescents , a Hot 100 ... Read more »
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FE & Tommy Mula - Go With The Flow (2006)

Underground organic hip hop...

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This one is a classic....

Descendents - Milo Goes to College (1982)
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A fascinating collection of the "other" music that came out of Brazil in the 80s. You wouldn't normally associate Brazil with Post-Punk, but there are deep roots. The amount of (post-)punk being played in clubs and bars even today was one of the most astonishing revelations during my stay in Brazil. Granted, this compilation, despite being called "No Wave", is pretty new-wavish, but it has its rough moments.
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Die Tödliche Doris - " " LP (1982)

The first LP of the group carries the title " " and demonstrates: The Deadly Doris has - like every person - the most different faces: she is at times clever and at times dumb, at times loud and at times quiet, sometimes pretty and sometimes ugly. But never all at the same time.

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These are the complete recordings of the german avant-noise band Die Tödliche Doris between 1980 and 1981.
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