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January 2023: News, Views and Perspectives
NEWS. * The folks at Cherry Red Records continue reissuing the best of the best. Coming early 2023 is a six CD box set featuring the complete EMI recordings from babysue favorite The Auteurs. I've been in love with this band's music since it first hit my eardrums. Entitled People Round Here Don't Like To Talk About It, this will be one of those 'must have' releases. Perhaps it will turn more people onto this criminally underrated band. * Speaking of Cherry Red . . . again . . . the label surprised me with the release of a triple CD by none other than...Doris Day (?!). It's a deluxe expanded reissue of the album Latin For Lovers, so fans will no doubt be grabbing this one up quickly. Ms. Day will probably never be properly noted for being the exceptional vocalist that she was, but it's reassuring to know there are some keen folks out there who realize how incredible her voice was. * Mrs. Ammonia bought a can of monster lobster in Tokyo and the whole entire damn thing was caught on video. Everyone is talking about it, including Mr. Ammonia and the pokey little dilly wickets. * Little Timmy Boatmilk has been testing serving portions of choo-choo booters and porridge pie. Every test has come back as a major task, involving twenty-three peculiar dimensions that are difficult and ensuring. Now that's something worth registering daily for your pork chops in Milwaukee. * A teeny tiny kitten that had almost no hope of survival was adopted by a couple in Kansas and now everyone is happy. * Electricity will disappear in 2024. * Hoards and hoards are buying expensive tickets to events that ought to be avoided. * Until recently I had, unfortunately, forgotten all about Fat Freddy's Cat. Created by the one-and-only Gilbert Shelton, the comic strip is without a doubt one of the funniest ever created. I was pleased as punch to find (and quickly order) a thick book subtitled Omnibus that features nothing but the antics of Fat Freddy's Cat. Released in 2009, this book starts my 2023 on the right sort of footing and allows me to focus on things that are truly worthwhile in the twenty-first century. * Ted Russell Kamp will be back on the road touring the globe early this year. Like so many, his career was sidetracked a while back by the dreaded wave of Covid-19 that was sweeping the planet. * Everyone is tossing their smartphones in the garbage now that they realize the devices are nothing more than annoying distractions in their lives. * Lively bunnies chatter and hop. They chatter and hop and skip and play. And no matter they do, they just keep on doing it anyway. All the live-long day. * Not the most interesting topic in the universe, but I just switched my website(s) to a new hosting company. My pages now load super fast and I'm not constantly bombarded with ongoing headaches and problems (and extra charges) like I was for years. If you've been staying with the same host for a very long time, you might want to look at what is being offered out there now and make a switch. The difference in the new hosting companies and the old ones is staggering. * It sure would be nice if there was a major resurgence of interest in Robert Wyatt's music right about now. This mindblowing fellow created music that is like no one else and is one of the most genuinely gifted artists the world has ever known. If you've never heard Wyatt's music, I highly recommend all of his albums. They are truly fantastic. * Got my copy of the latest album from The Silent Boys entitled Sand To Pearls, Coal To Diamonds. The first to be released on the Too Good To Be True label, the album features a cool greeting card-style cover and, of course, more great tunes. * Also received from KG Music Press (a place known for consistently good taste) is a new release from New Earth Farmers entitled The Good Ones Got Away. * babysue favorite Barry Schrader is back with another new album entitled Lost Analog (on the Ex Machina Productions label). * Also received the nifty album Concurrent Sentience by Coulter Hamilton (on the Kreating SounD label). This creative duo is comprised of Ron Coulter and Sean Hamilton. * Also received two new releases from the Treated Released label (great name there). The first is from the band Bananafish, entitled Boston Bananafish and the second is Reverend Freakchild's The Bodhisattva Blues. * Received a whole stack of super cool new releases from the always wonderful Public Eyesore label (one of my all-time favorites). The label's latest releases include Xerex Meets Dracula, Leslie Keffer's Perceive, Leslie Keffer & R. Stevie Moore's I Wish I Could Feel, Illusion of Safety & Ze'v's If There Is No Doorway, One Must Break Out Through The Wall (available on both CD & vinyl), Collision Stories' Avant L'Obscurite (on San Francisco's Charnel Music label) and Paroxysm: A Benefit Compilation for Leslie Keffer. * It's been 40 years now since I first started the band LMNOP (now aka dONW7). I thought about making a big deal about it and barking loudly to the world. But then I realized...that's just not who or what I am. So only you (the select few) will have a clue that yours truly (a misinterpreted underground weirdo) has been creating stuff for four decades (actually longer if you count all previous projects that came before). For better or worse, my confusing creative output over the years has been an integral part of my peculiar and unpredictable muted life. * Coming soon on the babysue website is an in-depth interview with Roger Houdaille of the band Ex Norwegian. *
1975-1976 Recordings Have Been Digitized.
The final -- and weirdest -- obscure recordings from my high school years have now been digitized. By the time I graduated from high school, I had already recorded over a dozen albums by several different one man bands. The music on these tapes has never been heard by anyone other than a tiny handful of school mates in the 1970s. My final high school band was particularly bizarre. By this time I was engaging in a process known as sound on sound recording, whereby tracks were bounced back and forth from left to right and right to left on a cheap reel-to-reel recorder in order to create multi-tracked songs. Of course there was a severe loss of sound quality each time. Because they are so rough, I have kept these tracks hidden in the babysue vaults. Listening to these songs and recordings during my recent digitization project made me realize that some of this stuff is (surprisingly) kinda interesting. It's amazing that the tapes still played at all (?!). Some of the songs are extremely raw, harsh and peculiar. My former self (the oddball kid that I hardly know now) was one hell of a stressed out teenager. Some of his/my music is so bizarre that even I don't know what to make of it now. Keep your ears/eyes peeled, as some of these oddball songs (and more) will be coming through the pipelines soon. I may even make new recordings of some of the better compositions.
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January 2023 Notable New Releases
The Three Sum - Kingdom Fall EP (Dr. Music Records). Sam Irl - Donau EP (Jazz & Milk). Sir Robert Orange Peel - The Office Christmas Party (Metal Postcard Records). Emma Stackhaus - Free Love (NuYork Disco. The R&R - Up All Hours of the Night (NuYork Disco). Mirror Ball Hustlers - I Just Can't Give You Up EP (NuYork Disco). Rick Wakeman - A Gallery of the Imagination (Gonzo). Jimmy Page - Death Wish II (Gonzo). Elvis Presley - Blue Hawaii soundtrack & film box set (Gonzo). Stellan Wahlstrom Drift Band - As Real as in a Dream (Belpid Records). Bass Drum of Death - Say I Won't (Fat Possum Records). Eddie 9V - Capricorn (Ruf Records). Vulfpeck - Schvitz (Qrates). Ray Palousek - Colorblind EP. War Hippies - War Hippies. Medusa Touch - Insaniteyes (Devils Clause Records). Legendary Ten Seconds - Sagas of the South West. The Dome Pupils - What You Call the Power of Nothing (Drail & Nither). Major Pot and the Distance From Gigi - Snacks for Snacks Sake (G62G Records). Mouser Pumps - Traveling for Pumpsters (Power & Power Music Worth Nothing). Millions of Bands Making Music No One Will Ever Hear - Now Ain't That the Troof (Troof Publishing). Sour Flowers - Misty Thrust and Shoot (Independent 300 album set). Tower of Puny - Ain't Nuthin' Puny But Your Head (Party Pantry and Pam's Cubicle). AWavez - Make-Your-Take Blue Bird. Don Campau & Greg Gray - Truth and Rumors (Lonely Whistle Music / bandcamp). Josh Carlin - Some Piano Songs. Well Wag My Tail All The Way Around - Taggy Pumpkin and the Automatic Parchment Poppers (5387 Music Factory). Lights & Motion - Reanimation 2023: Revisited 10th Anniversary Edition (Deep Elm Records). Noah Klein - whatdidyoudo2me EP (Cascade Records). Julian Never - Pious Fiction (Monorail Music). Wanted - Set Me Free (FnA Records). Robert Schroeder - Floating Music Edition 2023 (Spheric Music).