Taking a cue from the recent note in the Ann Arbor/Ypsi community, I'm getting rid of some albums. Or maybe not, depending on what I can get for them. Make me an offer. And if anyone wants grab bags of local rock from yesteryear, lemme know. I can give you five local rock albums for five bucks if you want the real things, three bucks if you just want burned copies. C'mon, I got a sealed copy of Chain Reaction's Electric Playground (they either sent me two, or maybe I just didn't listen to it because of the Disney-cum-Rush cover). Hey, at least there are mp3s.
Cop Shoot Cop: Suck City EP
This brief EP is a mixed bag of double drum grit and gloom, with songs like Nowhere being vicious grinders and We Shall Be Changed sounding like mid-'90s WaxTrax sample assemblage. I've burned the album for myself, but rarely listen to it. Fans of Wolf Eyes might like it though. Nowhere.mp3.
American DJs: 03 Boston (Mike Traylor)
A decent mix of "underground" house music, or at least that's what the sticker says. Apparently, it's "deep progressive funk." Just another genre I never got into... Oh, and it's continually mixed, so you can have your own party where you pretend you're in Boston. That'd be wicked.
Lectric Workers- Robot Is Systematic
Phase Selector Sound: Disassemble Dub
Spacy dub from ROIR. I picked it up in a shop in NY when I had no time to browse and just wanted something before the train left. At the time, I really liked it. I think I smoked a lot more pot then. If I had a gallery, I'd play this in the background to make the space seem hip without giving people anything more than a groove. I put a song from this on a mix for a girl once, and it totally worked. Now I regard that as a failing: my current girlfriend has much higher standards for her mix tapes, and seems to really hate modern dub.
Chemical Brothers: Setting Sun
Pretty cool guitar riff that this song is built around. It was pretty cool when the Beatles did it too. Of course, if you're sampling the Beatles in the '90s, you need to have Noel Gallagher on there. Which they do, of course.
Gary Chapman: Circles and Seasons
Autographed copy from the guy who beat up Amy Grant until she left him! He came and spoke to our Music in High Places/ Priceless Edge workshop on independent music. His advice? Have a friend who works everywhere you need to put out an album. Chapman got someone to build him a studio in his basement for free, then got a friend to manufacture his CDs for free, then another friend to distribute them worldwide. Maybe that's easier in Christian rock. Oh, I didn't mention that this was Christian? Well, see, I've never really listened to it. I bet it totally gets you in with God though. Please buy it. Did I mention it's signed by the guy who beat up Amy Grant? If we can't support Christianity, can we at least support domestic violence? [No mp3.]
At the very least, download these and enjoy knowing that you're not buying the damn things like I did (mostly).