Whew, even after I promised myself last year that I would never do it again, I went ahead and made a top 25 albums of the year list that took me damn near a month to complete. Naturally, I posted the last of it yesterday long after all of the bigger, better, more relevant blogs had posted theirs and even longer after everyone was tired of reading "top whatever of 2011" lists, but I just couldn't help myself. 2011 was another AMAZING year for music, probably the fourth straight one in a row after most of the 2000s had been dominated by digitally-recorded pop drivel and painfully earnest singer-songwriting pussies masquerading as cutting edge indie rock. If you haven't yet, please do peruse my top 25 LPs of 2011 list and check out the track I posted with each entry. There was just TOO MUCH good shit that came out last year, so much that I might be writing an honorable mentions list sometime soon.
But anyway, we're entering the fourth year of Random Old Records Podcast, so what better way to kick off 2012 than episode #39, which is packed with as much killer rock n' roll as ever?! This time around, you'll hear the second straight KILLER single from ex-Mika Miko sisters Bleached, a selection from the current crop of garage punk releases from Wisconsin's Dusty Medical Records, hazy glam-psych from Cleveland weirdo Gap Dream, and stellar tunes from Mark Sultan, Wheels On Fire, Digital Leather, Burnt Ones, Coasting, Mikal Cronin, Xray Eyeballs, and more! It's a crucial sixty minutes that is the perfect soundtrack for blasting your way out of the winter blahs.
So yeah Random Old Records #39 is out and that is exiciting news, but I also have MORE exciting news to announce! I've been posting here and there about it on Twitter and Facebook, but I'm not sure if I said anything officially, but as of NOW, Random Old Records the blog and podcast is branching out into Random Old Records & Tapes: the LABEL! Our first release is from Cincinnati's loudest bubblegum rock n' roll band, 20th Century Tokyo Princess. ROR #001 is entitled I've Never Been Happy & I've Never Had Fun, and it contains eight tracks of raging pop music heavily influenced by The Modern Lovers and Velvet Underground. It was recorded to four track mono on 05/01/2010, and is presented in a limited edition of 100 hand-numbered RED cassettes complete with a free digital download containing two bonus tracks not on the tape. Here's a preview track, an feedback-drenched rock n' roll blowout called "99 Years."
Head on over to the band's site to stream the album in it's entirety and buy a digital download if that's your thing, or you can buy the tape at the brand new Random Old Records & Tapes Store! I'm also distributing the debut 12" EP from Cincinnati's #1 white boy soul rockers The Guitars, so pick one of those up too! You can stream that release at the group's Bandcamp site. Support Cincinnati rock n' roll music, and don't be surprised if these bands blow your minds.
In other news, I'm proud to announce that I'm now contributing to the national garage rock blog Get Bent as of now! Get Bent is the best blog going right now (apart from mine, naturally....HA!) devoted to underground, lo-fi, out-there garage, punk, whatever music and I'm positively giddy to lend a hand. Stay tuned to that site for reviews, news items, and coverage of Cincinnati bands from yours truly! As always, thanks for reading and supporting Random Old Records, and it's looking like 2012 is going to be our best year yet!!
Random Old Records Podcast #39
1. Digital Leather - "Mind Eraser"
(Sponge, Crash Symbols 2012)
2. Xray Eyeballs - "Sundae"
(Sundae 7", Hardly Art 2011)
3. Burnt Ones - "Gonna Listen To T. Rex (All Night Long)"
(Black Teeth & Golden Tongues, Roaring Colonel 2010)
4. The Barreracudas - "Baby Baby Baby"
(Nocturnal Missions, Douchemaster 2011)
5. Bad Sports - "Inside And Out"
(Kings Of The Weekend, Dirtnap 2011)
6. Wheels On Fire - "Dead Of Night"
(Dead Of Night 7", Milk N' Herpes 2011)
--Reform School Girl!
7. Mikal Cronin - "You Gotta Have Someone"
(Tide 7", Goner 2011)
8. Tomorrow's Tulips - "Eternally Teenage"
(Eternally Teenage, Galaxia 2011)
9. Radar Eyes - "Miracle"
(Miracle 7", HoZac 2011)
10. Gap Dream - "Go Ahead"
(Gap Dream, Burger 2011)
11. Swiftumz - "More Than Sleep"
(Swiftumz, Holy Mountain 2011)
--It came from Detroit!
12. Lantern - "I Don't Know"
(I Don't Know 7", Mammoth Cave Recording Co. 2011)
13. Head On Electric - "Here They Come Now"
(Sleep Slaughter Sheep, Dusty Medical 2011)
14. Dead People - "Misleady"
(Dead People 7", Windian 2011)
15. The Famines - "Faux Famous"
(The Complete Collected Singles, Mammoth Cave Recording Co. 2011)
16. Guilty Pleasures - "Put Your Mouth To It"
(Summer Strange, Dusty Medical 2011)
--Gary Busey has a big wednesday.
17. Bleached - "Searching Through The Past"
(Searching Through The Past 7", Suicide Squeeze 2011)
18. Coasting - "Snoozefest"
(You're Never Going Back, M'Ladys 2011)
19. Neverever - "Bitch Boys"
(Angelic Swells, Slumberland 2010)
20. Bazooka - "Back Tou You"
(Jupiter 7", Dusty Medical 2011)
21. Mark Sultan - "If I Had A Polaroid"
(Whatever I Want, In The Red 2011)