Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cake Like - Goodbye, So What (GBG Deluxe Edition: LP + Bonus Track)

Goodbye, So What
(GrrlBandGeek Deluxe Edition)
Original LP release - Vapor Records (1999)

File: 33.23 MB RAR
12 album tracks + 1 bonus track = 13 tracks total + image gallery
Comes in a RAR archive file, so you must have the necessary software (i.e. WinRAR, WinZIP, etc) to open and extract files from them already on your computer. All tracks are encoded in the MP3 format (bitrate varies), so you must have each necessary codec installed before being able to play.

01 Lucky One
02 My Guy
03 Don't Tell
04 Ashley
05 Dead To Me
06 Getaway
07 Superstore
08 Swell
09 Blacked Out And Blue
10 God's Alright
11 Frequent Flyer
12 Miss You
13 Love Charm (Non-LP Bonus Track)*

*Originally appeared on the 1998 compilation Great Jewish Music: Marc Bolan (a tribute to the T. Rex singer)
Ah, Cake Like. I love 'em. For those who don't know, Cake Like was the all-girl rock band fronted by writer/actress/comedienne extraordinare Kerri Kenney-Silver from MTV's The State sketch program, Comedy Central's Viva Variety and probably most notably Reno 911, which I believe she stars in to this day. The group got it's start when Kenny-Silver met Nina Hellman while both were attending NYU's Experimental Theater department in the early 1990's. The two decided to work together on a creative music project and soon enlisted Hellman's roommate fashion designer Jody Seifert to play drums with them. Despite none of them having ever played their instruments before (or perhaps because of it), they developed their own unique style, fueled by Kenney-Silver's natural comedic style of storytelling combined with the trio's minimalistic, improvisational style of playing. Initial gigs with friends like Soul Coughing and Shudder To Think got the buzz started; at one of these early shows jazz saxophonist John Zorn saw the group and was so impressed asked the band to record an album (1995's Delicious) for his Avant Records. A Ric Ocasek-produced single "Mr. Fireman" followed, after which the band became the subject of a major-label bidding war eventually won by Neil Young's Vapor Records. Their second LP Bruiser Queen was issued in 1997, with Goodbye, So What (their third and final album to date) appearing in the summer of 1999. While all of the Cake Like albums have some standout tracks, this release is probably the most song-based record they have - with more focus on traditional song structure and melody, albeit with their own unique spin.

Sadly, Cake Like is now pretty much defunct, as the band members high profile dayjobs have proven to be much more successful than the band ever was. Still, I hear word there may be a re-issue of this record along with Bruiser Queen on one CD in the not too distant future, and that the band may be preparing some new material for it. Fingers crossed.

Key Tracks:

Non-LP Bonus Track:
(cover of a T. Rex song from a Marc Bolan Tribute album.)

Check out Cake Like "Lucky One" below:

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Murmurs - Pristine Smut (+ Extras)

Pristine Smut
(GrrlBandGeek Deluxe Edition)
Original LP release on MCA Records (1997)

File: 162.21 MB
11 album tracks + 12 bonus tracks = 23 tracks total + 3 videos + image gallery
Comes in a RAR archive file, so you must have the necessary software (i.e. WinRAR, WinZIP, etc) to open and extract files from them already on your computer. All tracks are encoded in the MP3 format (bitrate varies), and videos are in the MP4 format, so you must have each necessary codec installed before being able to play the respective file type.

01 Big Talker
02 I'm A Mess
03 Toy
04 Underdog
05 About Nothin'
06 Genius
07 Squeeze Box Days
08 Don't Lie
09 Sucker Upper
10 Country Song
11 Sleepless Commotion
12 La Di Da (Bonus Blender Track)
13 Misfit (Bonus Blender Track)
14 Smash (Bonus Blender Track)
15 I'm A Mess (Blender Version - Bonus Track)
16 Underdog (Live in Chicago 1998)
17 Sucker Upper (Live in Chicago 1998)
18 Don't Lie (Live in Chicago 1998)
19 Big Talker (Live in Chicago 1998)
20 Genius (Live In Chicago 1998)
21 Misfit (Live In Chicago 1998)
22 What's Wrong With Me (X cover) (Live In Chicago 1998)
23 One And Only (Live in Chicago 1998)

01 I'm A Mess/La Di Da (Live at Disneyland 1998)
02 Smash (Live at Disneyland 1998)
03 Smash (Live on The Roseanne Show 1998)

What we have here is the long out-of print third album by The Murmurs, Pristine Smut, given the special 'GrrlBandGeek Deluxe Edition' treatment with 12 bonus tracks, 4 of which are from the Blender re-packaging that this album was given a year later, as well as 8 live tracks recorded in Chicago in 1998. Plus, a few bonus clips for good measure.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

L7 - Slap-Happy (LP release - 1999)

(Wax Tadpole/Bong Load Records, 1999)

File size: 85.02 MB (RAR file). Full album = 12 tracks.
Album comes in a RAR archive file, so you must have the necessary software (i.e. WinRAR, WinZIP, etc) to open and extract files from them. All tracks = 320kbps MP3



01 Crackpot Baby
02 On My Rockin' Machine
03 Lackey
04 Human
05 Livin' Large
06 Freeway
07 Stick To The Plan
08 War With You
09 Long Green
10 Little One
11 Freezer Burn
12 Mantra Down

Sixth (and final) studio album from the chicks "who got so much clit they don't need balls...". Key tracks: Crackpot Baby, Freeway, Human, Freezer Burn.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Gits - Seafish Louisville (2000)

Seafish Louisville
(Broken Rekids, 2000)

File size: 61.41 MB (RAR file).  16 tracks.
Album comes in a RAR archive file, so you must have the necessary software (i.e. WinRAR, WinZIP, etc) to open and extract files from them. All tracks are encoded in the MP3 format with a bit rate of 192kbps (must have necessary codec to play files.).

01 Whirlwind (Never Released)                    
02 Seaweed (Unreleased Version)                  
03 Absynthe (Live)                               
04 Another Shot Of Whiskey (Live)                
05 Insecurities (Live)                           
06 Slaughter Of Bruce (Live)                     
07 Precious Blood (Unreleased Version)           
08 While You're Twisting, I'm Still Breathing    
09 A (Unreleased Version)                        
10 Social Love (Live)                            
11 It Doesn't Matter (Never Released)            
12 Kings And Queens (Unreleased Version)         
13 Wingo Lamo (Live)                             
14 Here's To Your Fuck (Live)                    
15 Second Skin (Live)                            
16 Daily Bread (Never Released Instrumental)     

Monday, June 21, 2010

Frightwig - Wild Women Never Die (compilation)

Wild Women Never Die
(Southern Records compilation, 1993)

File Size: 74.94 MB (RAR file) 21 tracks total
Album comes in a RAR archive file, so you must have the necessary software (i.e. WinRAR, WinZIP, etc) to open and extract files from them already on your computer. All tracks are in the MP3 format with a bit rate of 128kbps (with the exception of track 7, which is encoded at 320kbps).


01 Wanque Off Song
02 My Crotch Does Not Say 'Go'
03 Jeri's Song
04 I Got Lost
05 Hot Papa
06 A Man's Got To Do What A Man's Got To Do
07 Vagabondage
08 Only You
09 Take This And Fuck Yer Head
10 I'll Talk To You And Smile
11 Tomorrow Never Comes
12 Something's Gotta Change
13 Beverly Hills
14 Crazy World
15 Big Bang
16 Punk Rock Jail Bait
17 Manifest Destiny
18 Booby Prize
19 American Express
20 I Don't Want To Be Alone
21 Freedom

tracks 1-12 from the 1984 album Cat Farm Faboo
tracks 13-21 from the 1986 album Faster Frightwig: Kill! Kill!!

While not a household name, raunchy and rockin' San Francisco-based all-girl band Frightwig, were highly influential on the likes of Courtney Love, Kat Bjelland and Jennifer Finch who individually would go on to be a part of some of the most notable girl rock bands of the 90's. Bands with dudes in 'em liked 'em too: Sonic Youth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More and Nirvana were all fans of the troupe (A Frightwig shirt can even be seen on Kurt Cobain in their MTV Unplugged performance), and Jeffrey and Steven McDonald from Redd Kross were so enamored with the 'Wig that they not only produced 1989's Phone Sexy EP, but also covered the bands song "Crazy World" on their 1993 Phaseshifter album.

This album is a compilation of their first two LP's, 1984's Cat Farm Faboo and 1986's Faster, Frightwig: Kill!! Kill!! and is definitive listening for anyone interested in the evolution of Grrl Rock. Key tracks: "My Crotch Does Not Say 'Go'", "A Man's Got To Do What A Man's Got To Do", "Crazy World", "Punk Rock Jail Bait", "Booby Prize"

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Graces - Perfect View (LP + Bonus Tracks)

The Graces
Perfect View
(A&M Records, 1989)
Full Album Release + Extras

File: 117.23 MB
10 album tracks + 3 bonus tracks = 13 tracks total + 2 videos + image gallery
Comes in a RAR archive file, so you must have the necessary software (i.e. WinRAR, WinZIP, etc) to open and extract files from them already on your computer. All tracks are encoded in the MP3 format (bitrate varies), and both videos are in the MP4 format, so you must have each necessary codec installed before being able to play the respective file type.

(updated 9/21/10)


(added 9/21/10)

01 Lay Down Your Arms
02 When The Sun Goes Down
03 Perfect View
04 Fear No Love
05 Time Waits For No One
06 50,000 Candles Burning
07 Should I Let You In
08 We Never Met
09 Tomorrow
10 Out In The Fields

Lay Down Your Arms [Belinda Carlisle's version]
Should I Let You In [Belinda Carlisle's version]
Guardian Angel [1976 Charlotte Caffey Demo]

Lay Down Your Arms
Perfect View

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Rizzo - Phoning It In (LP + Bonus Tracks)

Phoning It In
(Sympathy For The Record Industry, 2000)
Full LP Release + Non-LP Bonus Tracks

File: 179.52 MB RAR
13 album tracks + 7 non-LP bonus tracks = 20 tracks total + 2 bonus videos
All tracks are encoded in the MP3 format, bit rate of 320 kbps (with the exception of track 20 which is encoded at 128kbps). Videos have been included in the archive in both the flash (.FLV) and MPEG (.MPG) formats for your convenience .

01 The Joke's On You
02 Long Gone Bon
03 Apple Pancakes
04 Cathy
05 Lifetime Guarantee
06 Spin This
07 Peter's Sick
08 Noise Boy
09 I Know It's Late
10 Right Side Of The Tracks
11 Let It Ride
12 Baby, You Fucked Up
13 Raspberry Beret

14 Allie
15 Rental Raccoon
16 Shymaster
17 Road Song
18 Cathy's Song
19 Made Of Wood
20 Allie (Live)

"Batman, Superman....can't freak your shit out like Rizzo can!"
from the song "Long Gone Bon" from the album Phoning It In

Someone once described Rizzo as the indie rock cheerleaders of the Los Angeles music scene in the mid-to-late 90's, and I thought that was the best description if any. Even before they formed the band, Jen Abercrombie (vocals, guitars) and Sarah Dale De Angelis (drums, vocals) were always making the scene at indie rock shows in town, known for their exuberant personalities and cheering on their friends in bands (both local and from afar). They knew EVERYBODY and everybody loved them. And before you even go there...NO, not like THAT. Unlike many annoying scenester girls who just wanted to bag a future rock star, the Rizzo girls were genuine music fans who always brought with them a joyful, positive energy that was infectious and extremely hard to find in a musical landscape that was known for it's cynical, hipper-than-thou attitude. Whereas most indie rockers were known for their music snobbery and looking down their nose at those they deemed unhip or uncool, Sarah and Jen defied that sterotype by being extremely exclusionary of all - in grade school they would have given valentines to everyone equally and genuinely, even to the "pee girl" in the back who got picked on at recess. Sleater-Kinney, the Bartlebees, Madigan, Tullycraft, Team Dresch, The Need, Mocket and more all spent downtime with the pair playing badminton or shopping for vintage clothes when their tours rolled through town. The song "Radio Agony" by L.A. compatriat buddies Longstocking, even features the line "If I could dance like Sarah Dale, and play the drums..." a shout out to the Rizzo drummer. Musically speaking, Rizzo bears a passing resemblance to some of the mid-1990's twee pop girl sounds coming out of the Pacific Northwest such as Tiger Trap, Go Sailor, Cub and Lois Maffeo, whose minimalistic, stripped down sound of only guitar and drums may have been the ultimate inspiration behind the group. Some have categorized Rizzo as a "riot grrl" band which is not accurate - while certainly tough in their own way and all about female-empowerment, Rizzo's songs are much more personal and romantic in nature than the more serious hard-edged sounds of that movement. If asked where Rizzo should be placed stylistically in one's record collection, my answer would be to file under 'pure fun'.
'Pure fun' or not, the group had never been conceived of as a possible career type vehicle by the duo, and by 2002 the group had amicably split to pursue other interests in life. However, before they officially called it a day, they were approached by Long Gone John of Long Beach based indie Sympathy For The Record Industry about doing something for the label. Figuring it would be a great way to cap off their music career, the girls agreed to a full-length release made especially "for the fans", a compendium of all their best-loved songs, a "Rizzo's Greatest Hits" if you will. (The title Phoning It In is an inside joke that pokes fun at their self-perceived 'just for fun' attitude and laissez faire approach to making the record.)

So this then is that record, which along with several bonus tracks, comprises the bulk of the band's recorded output. A non-stop dance party from the first notes of album opener "The Joke's On You" to the final number, "Raspberry Beret", a joyful cover pf the Prince hit,
Phoning It In does a good job at capturing
the heart and soul of what the band embodied. And, if you've made it that far, you'll undoubtedly like the additional non-LP bonus tracks that follow: "Allie" from the 1997 Cher Doll Records compilation Something Cool; "Rental Raccoon" (inspired by Weezer bassist Matt Sharp's side project The Rentals), from the split 7" single with Tullycraft on Harriet Records (1997); "Shymaster", "Road Song" and "Cathy's Song" all from the Rizzo 7" single Shymaster on Cher Doll in 1998 (Of these three, "Road Song" and "Cathy's Song" would later be re-recorded by the band for Phoning It In under the titles "I Know It's Late" and "Cathy", respectively. "Road Song" is also notable for being recorded by Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service.); "Made of Wood", originally released on the compilation Inbred: Sounds Of The San Joaquin Valley; and finally an unreleased live performance of "Allie" that closes out this collection. As a double bonus, check out the two video clips of Rizzo also included here: "Shymaster" and "Lifetime Guarantee".

sample some of the Rizzo Rawk:

Sunday, June 6, 2010

VIDEO: The Go-Go's: Beauty Talk 2001

The Go-Go's: Beauty Talk 2001

Format : MPEG-4 (MP4)
Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
Codec ID : mp42
File size : 51.5 MiB
Duration : 10mn 49s
Overall bit rate : 665 Kbps

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Height : 360 pixels
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Channel positions : Front: L R

Video rip and edit by MaxPericles for SpinCycleMedia, 2010.
Original version from the 2001 DVD The Go-Go's Live From Central Park.

As the Go-Go's prepare for what they claim to be their final tour, a brief two week jaunt in July in between promotional duties for Belinda Carlisle's new tell-all memoir Lips Unsealed (NOTE 7/5/10: Due to Jane Wiedlin's recent injury, the band has had to cancel their farewell tour. It is up in the air at this point if they will make these dates up next year, or if we've already seen the last of the Go-Go's as a performing band. Time will tell...), i've decided to roll out some fun extras from the Go's 2001 DVD Live in Central Park to remind us all of a time when the band was full of excitement and promise, just off the release of their first album in 15 years God Bless The Go-Go's.

In this first segment, which i've dubbed "Beauty Talk 2001", the band is interviewed while getting their hair and make-up done prior to the show. Jane hams it up as usual, playing to the camera and sharing some amusing anecdotes about the girls first few times in New York while Charlotte proudly talks about her daughter Astrid's love of art and the sounds of classic rock. Surprisingly though, Gina is the star here, who comes off as extremely likable, humble and above all else funny, talking about the early days of the band and clowning around with her stylist. In contrast, Kathy Valentine and Belinda Carlisle - who both obviously declined to be interviewed directly on camera during the filming of these extras - suffer from their lack of camera time and come off as cold and aloof compared with their bandmates warmth and charm here. (A lesson to be learned, ladies?)