Church Mice "Babe We Are Not Part of Society" (MP3) / "College Psychology On Love" (MP3)
I've had a curious relationship with Armand Schaubroek's records ever since my college days when I found the triple LP of him with the bullet in his head splattered over the gatefold sleeve lying in the radio station's trashpile. He never had the obvious madman traits of your Hasil Adkins / Wild Man Fischer types (though he had the hair), but he indeed was off in a way blasted mindzone as I learned later upon hearing releases like Ratfucker. His records were dank rock operas that were as sooty as the streets of Rochester, NY he ran around (and got arrested on), professing tales of sexual infatuations for nuns (in the role of the priest), being a haggardly old male prostitute, etc. For the most part, the music was focused, even epic; he rarely delved into extended, abandoned-mind rant moments of say, your Kim Fowleys, but the sharpness and expansiveness of the tales he told could creep one out even more. Thanks to Detailed Twang, Armand's very first recordings are up in MP3 form, a 7" single by his primitively wasted Church Mice. Out a year earlier than The Velvet Underground and Nico, this thing even foreshadows Moe Tucker's solo records twenty years later. Hippie paranoia at its best.
OIlie Byrd "Cum On Feel the Noize" (MP3)
I honestly have no idea how I wound up with this MP3, but a search on Google makes me think it might be from a karaoke contest recording, and this fellow belted out this classic Slade tune. Maybe? If that's the case, it would be this guy as well, because they mention him being the singer of a band. So now I'm not so sure. He actually mentions Slade in an interview here, but the reviewer says fans of the Arcade Fire would enjoy him (?) I'm kind of confused, if you haven't figured it out. But he's got some pipes.
Puke Spit and Guts "You Ain't Never" (MP3)
Possibly the motleyist band photo lineup I have ever seen, with the possible exception to that rogues gallery of participants on the back of the No New York sleeve. Indeed, what is with Stuicide, the drummer? Enjoy this sensitive, touching MP3 and then go on over to Last Days of Man on Earth and grab the whole LP Eat Hot Lead (from 1980) and read a great post about biker rock in film.
Finally, this beautiful slab of Korean pop (MP3) I again have zero info on (I don't even know where I found it to be honest! I know, I'm on a roll today), but I do know it's a song called "Na Do Mol Rae", by a singer named Yang Hee Eun. The gorgeous but off-kilter reverb chamber vox and swirling, slow organ are evocative of an Eastern version of Opal. Very nice.
Here's a wrap-up of all MP3-heavy posts from Beware of the Blog over the past month (laced and tied by Liz Berg):
- Catch up on Otis Fodder's 365 Days Project: MP3s of industrial musicals, pitches to get you pumped for an exciting career as an Avon rep, Taiwanese children's music, failed comedy 45s, ukelele fever and more!
- BBC Radiophonic Workshop fans, heads up! Doron has posted a rare Ray Cathode release, which was really George Martin and Maddalena Fagandini.
- French punk MP3s, to celebrate France's extremely entertaining presidential election season.