|the police, songs ohia and lots o' local media coverage|
Post Punk Junk returns and has the police live 4-28-80.
Aquarium Drunkard has a belgian radio session from songs ohia magnolia electric company.
a busy week for 75orless in the local music magazines here in Rhode Island. First, a review in Motif Magazine for the Rock Out With Your Tail Out Comp.
Also, The 'MERICANS get coverage in this week's Providence Phoenix for the cd release show this friday. While mentioning the silkscreened edition of 250 copies, and the show to celebrate the release, they somehow managed to not mention the label its released on. snatching defeat from the hands of victory......
Finally, The Agenda has printed a story of mine in the Randy Hein memorial section. The best email I have received about it was someone who said "the guy in the glitter wig was the future you.", which when i think about it, is the only correct answer. It should be mentioned that Randy was a great guy who did more for music in Rhode Island than anyone else. Reading the other people's stories brought back a ton of memories of shows i went to and people i haven't seen in years. if even one of my old friends reads that and gets in touch with me, i would be very happy.
anyways, i have reprinted the articles below. read them if you want.
Chris Daltry has made bewitching indie and acoustic-based roots music for quite a while, going back to the acclaimed Purple Ivy Shadows and continuing with the on-again/off-again work of his pet project the 'Mericans. Daltry's latest incarnation is a lazy susan of a band, with rotating members all taking turns bringing their leader's songs to life. But Daltry hasn't made a significant recording of his 'Mericans work - until now.
'Merican Recordings is inspired by Johnny Cash's work of nearly the same name. As you might know, in his last years, Cash was coaxed by producer Rick Rubin to record a collection of sparse numbers, just his voice and an acoustic guitar. In the same way, 'Merican Recordings is Daltry, a guy with Southern roots himself, expressing his admiration for both Cash and the acoustic idiom.
The 20-minute EP, pressed in a silk-screened, limited edition of 250, includes eight gorgeous tracks, all written, recorded, and mixed by Daltry. He was joined in the studio by Joel Thibodeau (String Builder/Death Vessel) on background vocals, mandolin, and harmonica, Margie Wienk (Fern Knight) on upright bass, and Daltry's former Purple Ivy Shadow partner Will Rice on banjo.
Daltry's best work has the bucolic flavor of acoustic archetypes like Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Neil Young and his record release party, featuring a full band helping him flesh out these tunes, should be the perfect showcase for it.
THE 'MERICANS + SHEPHERDESS + THE DIRTY BAKER + JENNIFER GREER | November 17 | AS220 | 401.831.9327
Rock Out with Your Tail Out
75 or Less saves a few little creatures By: Don DiMuccio
With the Democrats back at the helm in the Halls of Justice, there seems to be an unmistakable whiff of philanthropic good will in the air. Even Rhode Island musicians, who can often be the most ornery of bastards, have lent their collective helping hand with a project whose aid will help a more-than-worthy cause.
Spearheaded under the guidance of 75orless Records (both an indie label and an online music review site whose mission statement is "It's gotten to the point where if you can't say it in 75 words or less, you should shut the f@# up!"), two CD compilations have been released with proceeds benefiting PARL (The Providence Animal Rescue League).
Entitled Rock Out With Your Tail Out, this two-volume, limited edition set pretty much covers the entire diverse array of the regional indie scene. Everyone from seasoned songsmiths Heather Rose and Eric Fontana, to puerile rockers Mustache Ride make their presence known on either one volume or the other.
The meticulously assembled package is deemed all the more sweeter when one sits down to consider the selfless help that PARL provides for unwanted animals through pet adoption, animal health issues, and most important educating the community on all these subjects.
All totaled, this altruistic endeavor consists of two CDs, 31 bands, and close to 2 hours of what Rhode Island has to offer the music world at large. Aside from the lofty charitable aspect of Rock Out With Your Tail Out, a special word of note is required to honor the packaging of this two volume set. Housed in thick cardboard stock, the hand-numbered, flip-top sleeve contains not only the disc, but also a great 75orless bumper sticker, and more importantly a foldout information sheet, detailing copious notes on each track and band.
Basically, purchasing Rock Out With Your Tail Out kills a few birds with one stone .. .ok, that was an unfortunate choice of cliche'.
But the point does remain that you can feel good about your dollars going to help Rhode Island's animal population, all the while familiarizing yourself with Rhode Island's other animal population - indie bands!
I went to the (bubble) Living Room countless times using my older brothers fake ID, seeing Black Flag, Husker Du, Replacements, Sonic Youth, Bad Brains etc, but whenever I think of the Living Room, I think of one particular night in late 1987. I went to the show with three friends and got separated but afterwards, when I walked back to the car, it wasn't there. I walked around the parking lot many times and didn't have any luck finding them. I was really fucked and I only had 7 bucks on me. Being 20 miles from home and there were no cell phones back then, I really didn't know what to do. So I started to walk down the street and into a huge empty lot with dirt piles everywhere - this is now where the Mall / Waterplace Park is. It was a very foggy, chilly fall night and I really was in a panic. As I walked across the lot towards the old bus station, a Monte Carlo pulled up near me, rolled down the window and a voice said "you must be lost" and asked if I wanted a ride. I looked up to see a guy wearing a huge red mullet glitter wig. I did the math in my 18 year old head: in Providence, unlimited crazy people. In this car: one.
So, I got in and offered him my last seven dollars for gas money. I was so clueless, I didn't even know which highway to take to get me back home, so this poor guy drove for what seemed like forever, first to 95N then 95S then Route 10. Finally, we ended up on the correct highway -195 East - and we were on our way. He drove for ten minutes to the Warren / Newport exit and dropped me off. I begged him for two dollars back, in case I needed it for the last five miles to get home and he said OK.
It had to be almost 3 a.m. as I started to walk towards home and took about ten steps before a car was exiting the highway. I turned, stuck my thumb out and who was in the car that came rolling out of the fog? The friends I went to the show with! They had gone out to eat after the show and I don't know how the hell the timing worked out but to this day I have never been so pissed off and happy at the same time to see someone I knew. To Randy, thank you for the many years of live music - and to the red mullet glitter wig guy, whoever you were, thanks to you too.
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