Twink - "Rosemary's Baby" (MP3)
A few days late for Halloween, unfortunately, but a nice addition to your mix tape for next year. Twink AKA Mike Langlie is a Boston composer familiar to many FMU listeners who has collaborated with the likes of Ergo Phizmiz, Ralph Carney and James Kochalka. Oddball soundtracks, Ice Cream truck music revisions, toy piano classical suites among his repertoire, in fact K. Komeda's haunting theme gets the tannis-root-toy piano treatment here, and is previously unreleased on any Twink disc. Maybe he'll be taking on Goblin next?
Acid Eater "Eye" (MP3)
Wow! Most know Maso Yamazaki as the one man noise unit known as Masonna, whose show years ago at the Knitting Factory Old Office was one of the truly memorable live gigs for me living in NYC. Not only was overwhelming that Merzbow, Borbetomagus, and Masonna (dig the You Tube) were playing a triple bill together, but it was in a tiny room that was something like 10' x 10' where everyone was squashed together while this bone-destroying noise freakdom was raging. It was actually unhealthy to have been in that environment, and both myself and a friend I didn't know at the time recounted how we left and rode bikes home feeling somewhat gelatinous pedaling away with our brains completely messed up. As time went on, Maso channeled his extremo presence via a few 'cosmic' outfits like Christine 23 Onna and Space Machine, but his new garage rock band Acid Eater completely rules! The album title Virulent Fuzz Punk A.C.I.D. (Time Bomb) speaks for itself, a total blowtorch of garbled, burnt out garage covers (including the Twilighters' "Nothing Can Bring Me Down" once deconstructed by Pussy Galore); imagine an even more screwed up Guitar Wolf with a cheesy organ being playing inside one of your ears. More info here.
Umela Hmota II "Slunecny Muz" (MP3), "Horko" (MP3)
A while back I wrote about one of my favorite Eastern Bloc rock bands, Dvouleta Fama, and figured it was time to throw some light on another stellar Czech unit, Umela Hmota (translated "Artificial Matter"). If the Plastic People of the Universe were cut from the Velvets/Zappa cloth, Umela Hmota were more of a Fugs/Stooges hybrid in some ways. According to Chris Stigliano's Black To Comm, the band's woozy technical prowess actually won them a pretty solid following, morphing into Umela Hmota II after jettisoning a member who was pushing for some pro-heroin songs to filter into the band's repertoire around '75 (as if Lou Reed's PR hadn't been enough, I guess). Ve Sklepe is a 2CD set documenting the band's considerable power circa 1976-77 and definitely puts them alongside protopunk pantheons like Simply Saucer and their fellow countrymen DG307. Check out Tamizdat for mailorder possibilities.