Tag Archives: power pop

Monuments ‘It’s Up to You’ 1983 Minnesota LP

27 Oct

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It’s Up to You

Loose Rails: You Got Mine b/w Teenage Kicks 7″ single, 1993

29 May

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11442Power-pop-punk from Minneapolis (cat# PS592), this is the band’s third release on the Prospective label.

The Loose Rails formed in the waning days of the Big 80s by native Minneapolitan Jeff Kase and Iowa transplant Matt Potts. The pair was soon joined by Hollywood, California exile Johnny Hodges and Adam Fesenmaier, a fellow Minneapolis native and grammar-school playground buddy of Kase. The meteoric early success of live shows led to the new term “Spasm Rock” and piqued the interest of John Kass’s Prospective Records—peddlers of power-pop and punk platters. The union of band and label soon produced 2 singles and one EP.

You Got Mine

Teenage Kicks

Civil Defense VIDEO & PHOTOS– St Paul Punk Rock 1982-1984

27 Apr

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Civil Defense bio courtesy of Mike Reiter. It is also included in Civil Defense CD “Propaganda vs. Civil Defense” (buy it here).

In the early 80’s, Prince was beginning to make a dent nationally, but if you were a punk rocker in the Midwest, you had no reason to think of a “career” in music. So you played like you had nothing to lose. And at places such as The Longhorn, The Seventh Street Entry, and Goofy’s Upper Deck, plenty of young bands did. Those bands included: Husker Du, The Replacements, Loud Fast Rules (later Soul Asylum), Rifle Sport, and a young band from the East Side of Saint Paul, Civil Defense.

pics 2010 201  Civil Defense began in 1982 as a three-piece featuring Dale Schuster on guitar and vocals, Vinnie Karshnia on bass and vocals, and Mike Reiter on drums. After honing their sound for a few months in Mike’s basement, they played mostly parties and rented halls. They first appeared under the name “Propaganda.” Soon, they played the  legendary “Upper Deck,” appearing with many of the local and touring punk bands of the time. Three songs from one of those performances (billed as Propaganda) appeared on the cassette-only release “Kitten Compilation.” It would later be re-issued on CD in 1999 by Reflex Records.

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Later that year they would add Scott Grubich on guitar and vocals, and make their debut at The Seventh Street Entry as “Civil Defense.” The band’s sound was compared to The Buzzcocks and Radio Birdman. However, songwriter Dale’s prime influences were The Kinks and The Beatles.

In March of ‘83 they headed into Blackberry Way Studio in Minneapolis, the site of The Replacements early recordings, to produce what would become the “Gun Control EP.”

pics 2010 214  Due to the usual circumstances, the band would dissolve in ‘84. Dale and Vince would work together for a number of years. Dale still records under “The Throwbacks.” Scott would move to L.A. and join a band with skateboard legend Tony Alva, and then move to Australia for a time.

pics 2010 198 Mike would join The Dig with Ed Ackerson. He would go on to play in The Mighty Mofos, The 27 Various, and many others, including an appearance with Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker. Mike is still performing and recording, and is currently appearing with The Mood Swings on Susstones Records.

 

Thanx to my homeiz for allowing me to post this. Civil Defense were not only a favorite of mine, but they changed my life.

Heavens to Murgatroid first cassette from August 1990- 5 songs

24 Feb

Heavens to Murgatroid, a high-energy power pop band from New Hampshire, played A TON of shows in the early 1990s, and toured the entire USA at least twice. They rubbed elbows with bands like The Vouts and The Cavedogs. HTM were the band that had the big pink school bus, and bassist Tim McCoy had a bass that looked like an electric banjo.

Some of these songs made it onto HTM’s self-titled CD, which has now become a valuable collector’s item. I once gave a copy of that CD to Deniz Tek of Radio Birdman- he loved it.

Thanks to Rick Twombly for granting me permission to post these tracks.

So Hi

Find Another You

Electromagnetic Mind

Fade Away

World War IV

Terry Eason solo cassette ‘Three Songs’ 1993

30 Dec

With all the hoopla that Terry has been involved with in regards to his Song-A-Day project and its quickly-approaching zenith, I thought I’d present to you some songs Terry did eighteen years ago with some local heavy hitters Steve McKinstry (Salamagundi Studio) and Steve Bjorklund (Burr-Holland Studio). Terry kept the bar high back then, and continues to do so today, literally every day. One of a handful of true Minnesota studio-guitar psych-pop geniuses, I’m honored to call Terry a friend. Thanks Mr. Eason for allowing me to put these up for the folks to hear.

I Know (You’re Probably Right This Time)

No Time Like Now

Sister Polly Sez

Minneapolis’ western suburbs grab-bag of cassettes ala Stuart Held

16 Sep

My friend Stuart was the drummer of a few interesting bands from Minneapolis’ western suburbs in the 1980s & 1990s. After lending me his mountain of cassettes, I’ve compiled my favorite highlights for you. I’d classify some songs as Power Pop (“Living a Lie”), some have Bonzo Dog Band weirdness, there’s blazing Rock n Roll (“Feel Like a Little Child”), soul-bearing loner-folk (“Wild Child”), straight-up noise, and what I’ll call Suburban Avant Garde (“House of Chairs”).

You can sometimes find Stuart at Down in the Valley (he’s the used vinyl honcho there), or selling records at The Minnesota Record Show. Thanks, Stuart for giving me permission to post these. It took a sold month of going through the cassettes, but there’s some really great songs here.

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Living a Lie

Do You Believe

Your Friend

Baby Talk

In My Car

Go Down to Jamaica

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Feel Like a Little Child

Wild Child

Givin’ a Little

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FINANCIAL IMBALANCE:

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That Means a Lot

Madison

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DIONYSUS:

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Organism

Underneath a Dead Sky

House of Chairs

World of Ideas

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