Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kek '66 - Self Titled

Dutch garage rock at it's finest.  If the world was a fair place, these guys would be having hits left, right and center.  But it ain't ... they are essentially  unknown.  The cover is a dead giveaway of what lies inside - jam packed with pure adrenalin.  You need to hear these guys then go out and spread the word.

BTW - they were previously 'The Kliek'.  Note to self - must also blog their stuff.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The End - Self Titled Cassette (+ Single)

The End were a punk institution in Brisbane (Queensland) in the late 70's / early 80's featuring Brett Myers (who later went on to form Died Pretty).  This release was put out by Hot Records and MUST be released on CeeDee someday!  This download also contains the 7'' single (My Confession/White World) - legendary stuff.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Plagal Grind - Self Titled Mini-LP

I've got a real soft spot for anything from Alastair Galbraith (Kiwi Popster) and this sits on top of his output in my mind.  Is it still available - course not.  Is it different - you better believe it.  This is totally unique, nothing out there is like this.  The cover art instantly tells the listener that what awaits is mind-bending - highly recommended.

Download Mini-LP

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Murder Punk - Vol 1 & 2

I've yet to find a better punk rock compilation than this.  It's a bootleg with a dubious and somewhat tasteless background.  Titled 'Murder Punk', it has an address for Martin Bryant (Port Arthur, Tasmania).  That's kinda weird - he is one of Australia's most notorious mass murderers.

Once you get past this and look at the tracks inside - it's hard to dispute the tag of 'best ever punk' compilation.  Being a quality bootleg (the sound of cooking bacon is intact) and containing some very hard to get singles makes this compilation entirely essential.

Download Vol 1
Download Vol 2

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Distant Locust - Fearful Pleasure

Obscure Aussie punk that seems to have become lost over the course of time.  This is well worth a download and won't disappoint.  Very hard to find now and there seems to be little merit in letting this slip through the cracks.  Distant Locust also released a CD ('Chemical Wedding Feast') but this LP deserves your attention.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Osterberg - Self Titled EP

One of the most exciting rock bands in Australia.  That's what the sticker on the front sez ... boy oh boy - how 'right' can you be.  The world is a crazy place.  This EP was released with barely a ripple - it's an absolute killer - go figure.  Pretty sure it's their one and only release.  Have not seen it around of late so sink your teeth into this gem.

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Rockets (Aus) - Single and Cassette

The cassette only release from The Rockets filtered out when this Perth band called it quits (Feb 1983?).  Never seen it released anywhere (nor on the net for that matter).  The band were very big in Perth and everyone knew about their cover of 'Rockaway Beach'.

They featured Roddy Ray'da and Boris Sudjovic (Scientists, Cheap Nasties etc) - highly regarded dudes.  The lead singer (Alan Stewart) had a bulk unique voice and the guitarist (Peter Johnson) was darn powerful.

They also released a single 'Mean Mistress/Little Donna' (included here) - the A Side is pretty well much one of my favorite singles of all time (big call - it's really that good!).  Have also included the track 'Automatic' from the compilation LP 'West' (put out by local radio station 6PR).

Also in the can could be some live bootlegs if I get my act together.  By the by, there is also a VHS live concert floating around that's worth checking out if you're a fan.  This is a tragically overlooked band (especially live) - 'bout time something official was released methinks.

Download Cassette release + Single

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Out Of Nowhere - Single and Cassette

Fronted by Peter Milton-Walsh (The Apartments), they released this cassette (one song - 'The Arrangements') and 7'' single ('No Resistance'/'Remember, Remember').  I have no idea if these unique releases can be found anywhere else but if you're a completist - sink your teeth into these.

Download Single and Cassette

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Apartments - The Return Of The Hypnotist EP

This band is based around Peter Milton-Walsh (one time Go-Between member).  They are special and unique - no other way to put it.  Can't imagine a world without their music (sorry if I'm laying this on too thick - but its kinda true).

Anyway, this was their first release.  Hard to get and all that.  Once you've finished with this - try all their albums plus the releases from his other band, Out Of Nowhere.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Panel Of Judges - Self Titled EP

First releases are often the best, this is no exception.  All their other stuff is pretty good but pales in comparison to this gem.  Almost sounds like the Velvets have reunited.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Motivators - After The Fall EP

Now that your appetite has been whetted with their album - try the EP!  Pretty sure they only put out these two releases (stand to be corrected on that one).  Since they formed from the ashes of The Ferrets, maybe it's time to blog a Billy Miller release when he formed The Spaniards.   This band essentially appeared alongside the Motivators and also specialised in some wired tunes.

Give me a bit of time for that one.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Motivators - Self Titled

Been dying to blog this very rare and nigh on impossible to find LP.  So ... here it finally is.  They were one of the bands to emerge from the ashes of The Ferrets (Aussie band with the hit 'Don't Fall In Love") featuring Rick Brewer and Rick Petropolis (Billy Miller formed The Spaniards).

The album was released to almost zero response - unbelievable.  This neglected gem is well worth your time.  Check out the first track 'New Blood' - talk about a killer intro. It's rare, but is also darn good (that can be an unusual combination).

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