Tag Archives: Garage Rock

‘The Best of Metrobeat!’, top-notch local compilation LP

22 Aug


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Here ’tis



Monsters of the Midwest: Volume One

17 Nov

Regional Rock from the 1960’s, if you ever owned a Vox guitar, Fender Twin and a garage you’ll love this stuff. Nobody needs to hear chart toppers all of the time right? Go back, get back just don’t look into the mirror and enjoy.Monsters of the midwest

Mine Forever More
Last Night I Cried
Open Up

The Romulans: Billy the Monster b/w Black and White Days 7″ single, 1993

28 Jun

billymonster  Psychedelic garage-rock from Madison-via-Minneapolis. This is the 4th release from the band in which 700 copies were pressed for the Prospective label; cat# 593 at GoJohnnyGo. In case you were wondering, the cover art is a tribute to The Deviants’ third self-titled album. http://gojohnnygo.com/as_for-sale&product_category=447&productID=121722

If you already own a copy, you are one of the beautiful people.

Billy the Monster

Black and White Days

list of Sixties bands from St Paul as compiled by Zip Caplan of THE LITTER

25 Mar

Zip Caplan, lead guitarist and leader of legendary garage psychedelic monsters The Litter, is an affable guy who shows up at just about every Minnesota Record Show. He grew up in St Paul like me, so I recently posed a question to him that I’ve always wanted answered: there are lots of great sixties bands from Minnesota, but which of them were from St Paul specifically? For the price of a lunchtime hot dog, Zip wrote down a list of bands in pen for me, off the top of his head. Thanx Zip for satisfying my curiosity. (ed. note: One of the guys in The Deacons added Sir Lawrence and The Crescents to the list.)

The Uniques
The Escapades
The Continentals
The Rhythm Kings
Tim & The Galaxies
The Blackhawks
The Deacons
Keith Zeller and The Starliners
Alison Briston
Augie Garcia
The Tabs
Eddie Barkdall & The Corvets Corvettes

Sir Lawrence and The Crescents

More HYPSTRZ cassettes- cuz they rule.

14 Dec

From the 1980 KFAI broadcast October 6, 1980, live at the 7th Street Entry:

Milk and Alcohol

She Shook Me Up

Female Trouble

Some tracks from 1980 & 1981 demo tape & another 7th St Entry performance- 1981

The Runner

I Like Speed

Official Music


Thanks again to Bill & Ernie Batson for giving me permission to post their stuff for you to hear.

Third Eye second cassette- five songs, January 1990

28 Nov

Digging further into the Austin, Minnesota music scene (see the Draghounds post previous to this), I present the Third Eye, who were the most out-there-experimental of the gaggle of groups that headed to Minneapolis from Southern Minnesota in the late 80s (Draghounds, Gear Daddies, etc). A friend who grew up in the Austin, MN scene is considering his own blog about the music of this time and place, I’m crossing my fingers he will do it. I’m still looking for the first Third Eye tape, but this one shows the band losing some of their garage-pop sensibilities & turning into something somewhat more, ahem, “sinister”.  The Third Eye released two 7″ singles, of which the first was a three-song 7″ culled from this five-song tape, I’ve included the other two tracks for you here. The lineup on this cassette included Jason Sack pre-Beyond Zebra on bass & original drummer Mike Swank. The Third Eye eventually changed their name to The Green Machine, who released another 7″ single & two CDs. Sean Miland & Dave Krejci continue to make mind-bending experimental psychedelia- hats off to ’em! Thanks to guitarist-singer Sean Miland for giving me the go-ahead to put there here for you to listen to.

Nerves (instrumental)

About to Crack

Green Machine’s Facebook page

12-22-10: I just found an “official” version of this tape, complete with artwork. This version (minus the song “Nerves”) was available for sale in local record stores for a short time.

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