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  • jerusalem and the starbaskets – room 8 / swingin vine – destijl records

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    Having toured tirelessly and stupidly for many years, I played the unlikely hot spot of Columbia, Missouri no less than three times one summer. Don’t ask me how—logistically the cursed itinerary is still a mystery—but I can probably tell you why. The chance to play a gig with that city’s Jerusalem and the Starbaskets always made it a worthwhile and necessary stop. Basically a duo (although sometimes augmented by other members), Jerusalem and the Starbaskets play unfashionable, unpretentious and completely devastating pop music, and they’re one of my all time favorite live bands. Criminally under-recorded up until now (with only a handful of impossibly rare cassettes and a split LP with Skarkraou Radio to their name), their brand new The Howling LP (Radio Fonico) is a great sampling of their unique vibe, sounding like the third Velvets LP played by The Terminals. Note the righteous guitar tone any stoner rock Chud would envy, and catchy, infectious tunes (with a recent emphasis on country melodies) that will stay in your head for weeks. Completely necessary and great. Album of the month! 
    ~ James Jackson Toth 
    Your Flesh


  • messages – messages – destijl records

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    “The baby believes the womb is the Universe. At birth there is a glimmer of light and a shifting of space. I was there, but now I am Here. Then there are still but 2 things : Me and the Universe. And then what happens is Other People. From a note sounded in 1960 and held for a long time, a continuum of Sound has been sluiced along a diagonal of personal ecstasy, and some have come to call it a Drone. Surrounding the Drone is a genre, and within, wheat and chaff often comingle all too comfortably. But with tones as thick and texturally luxuriant with spiritual resonance as their long, glorious hair, Messages are the two worthy gurus currently contributing to the echo. Messages evoke the womb. And when the womb smiles, it whispers Messages, and then there is the first glimmer of Light.” Messages is Tres Warren of Psychic Ills (shruti box, guitar, ukelin), Spencer Herbst of Matta Llama (percussions) and Taketo Shimada (bass, tambura).
    -destijl


  • pens – hey friend, what you doing? – destijl records

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    where have all the good new british bands gone? hello? is there anyone out there? the answer is a pretty resounding “nope”. stop and think of a genuinely good new band you have heard in a year that is already way past half-done and I bet you ten chomps you’ll struggle.

    then we saw pens and it changed everything. their set lasts about 14 minutes and the girls swap instruments in between tunes mainly because it appears none of them really know what they are doing. the whole thing is so swathed in static and reverb and shambolic about – to – fall – apartness that it’s like watching that toutube clip of the kid kicking through the granite wall and getting his ankle snapped in half : kind of bite – your – bottom – lip atrocious but kind of the best thing you have seen since ever.

    they also do a cover of “sex beat” by the gun club that sounds like the germs trying to be the shangri las through a gauze of early K records fuzz.
    ~ jammin’ johnson / VICE


  • michael and the mumbles – destijl records

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    “Before Michael Yonkers would revise the history of recorded music with the clarion chords of Microminature Love he was in a band called Michael and the Mumbles and they made this self-titled LP in 1966. Upon immediate spins, their would-be debut comes off as a naive, teenage trip thru the typified garage band moves of this era. But repeated spins reveal a darkness beneath what some dullard might be deceived by as its crisp, winsome visage. It’s only to a slightly less visible degree that the Mumbles LP has the same characteristics that would make Micro the singularly original piece that is; it’s emotionally bleak themes, dissonant undercurrents, and recklessly wild performance. So, once again we have a Michael Yonkers LP that is going to turn the world upside down, make the college girls scream, and leave you wondering how many more times this can happen. Seriously, Pigeon Falls up here looks like a Riot on the Sunset Strip. Indulge yrself. PS. Michael and the Mumbles is on the king of all known formats (with a digital download coupon, natch). The mastertapes used herein are 45 yrs old and aside from the glitch on ‘Cold Town’ they sound amazing.”
    -destijl


  • charlie nothing + dingulator ®™ pat. pend. – destijl records

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    charlie nothing & dingulator was one of the seemingly myriad 80s charlie nothing cassettes and it’s inclusion was, in part, intended within a 2cd anthology that we’d planned but the amount of material is too great and the moments therein are too grand to even dream of an edit.

    although this is fairly late in mr nothing’s oeuvre, we can’t think of a more fully realized statement regarding the scope of his playing recycled automotive steel guitars and the performing of his big dingulator song sweet (or suite, as it were, a concept of his that implied all songs were but one song) than a reissue of this 1985 manifesto-like piece.

    what you are about to hear, is dingulation ..