Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Canadian Distribution: Wyrd Distro

At last ! Canadian distro for the July Fourth Toilet and Points Gray LP's...! 
July Fourth Toilet:
This wild album -THE MOST AMAZING DISAPPOINTING SECOND ALBUM EVER-Roctober compared it to Jack Kirby's 4th world...it is a journey of thrills: with art booklet and download code now has Canadian distro through Weird Canada and you can order it HERE! (and even listen)


This album is close to out of print, ltd. edition 500 copies with download code. Full colour gloss cover, high quality vinyl manufactured in the Czech Republic, mastering by Josh Stevenson at Cast Exotic, an art booklet with art by July Fourth Toilet members and collaborators as Jason Mclean, Owen Plummer, Mark Delong, Julian Lawrence, Ben Jacques,  jody franklin, Robert Dayton, more...   From July Fourth Toilet, Canada's wildest and most unpredictable band ever, Vancouver based, established 1994 with a mandate to never do the same show twice, always changing, always shifting, numerous members that have ranged in age from 8 to 80. Veering from the cosmic to the personal, from heavy boogie to visions in sound, the album goes all over the map due to obstacles being set up prior to recording.

"What do I say of a reprobate eight man/one woman ensemble (one man/woman, four longhairs, two ska dudes & a Mexican!) that just delivered 13 songs of extreme diversity, ranging from Death C&W to Soviet-powered Detroit Space Rock, via wonderfully excruciating mush-mouthed male-female Vow Renewals and Sober’d Up confessionals. For fans of Destroy All Monsters (all periods, kiddies), Armand Schaubroeuk Steals, the Afrika Corps, BALLS BOOGIE rescues several Long Dead musical genres from the Straights and slams them out eins, zwei, and drei, without so much as a soundcheck..... Search out this hot slab pronto, Tonto, and check out those front men while yooz at it! Ooer, missus!" 
- Julian Cope, Head Heritage, 2009 ...:

Melodramatic hallucinatory downer damage recorded in the late ’90s by Robert Dayton (July Fourth Toilet, Canned Hamm, The Canadian Romantic), Dan Bejar (Destroyer, the New Pornographers) and Julian Lawrence (July Fourth Toilet). Melodic and troubled with a playful fear of death. Freaky despair. With liner notes by Kevin “Sipreano” Howes (From Jamaica To Toronto), and free download coupon. As well as an art and lyric booklet. Edition of 500.

Terrascope review: "...although they played live as AIDS, has an undeniable power in its lo-fi Folk Noire ramblings. A voice all its own that will either enthral you or grate with you, I can't imagine much in between. Personally, it has a taken a couple of plays before my ear tuned in, but I am glad it did, as songs such “Echo Power” and “People  Hate You In This Town” contain the same sardonic lyricism as The Velvets whilst being oddly constructed in a Syd Barrett, Skip Spence kinda way. Featuring future members of Wet Dirt, July 4th Toilet, and The New pornographers, the music is acoustic, reasonably free-form and is more uneasy than easy listening, although there are hidden depths to be discovered, pockets of beauty and a strange sense of stillness at its core. "

Both albums also available via Tedium House:

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spectacular Optical Book One: KID POWER!

Check this! I wrote on Stinky from the Abbott and Costello show for this book: "Spectacular Optical Book One: KID POWER! The 1st edition of Kier-La Janisse's book series of themed film writing anthologies, this time covering cult kid's TV & film, has a brand-new Kickstarter Campaign with perks including tix to Fantasia (Montreal), tix to CineFamily (LA), badges to Fantastic Fest (Austin), Kier-La and Canuxploitation's Paul Corupe programming a festival IN YOUR HOUSE (Toronto), Jacob Two-Two "Child Power!" T-shirts, and a frickin' KENNY skateboard designed by Jay Shaw (Death Waltz album covers). Only $15 to get the KID POWER book with our Indiegogo campaign! We have 30 DAYS starting today! Essays and interviews by me, Paul Corupe, Zack Carlson, Cheryl Singleton, Bret Berg, Owen Williams, Chris Alexander, Robin Bougie, Robert Dayton, Jesse Hawthorne Ficks, Briony Kidd, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Craig Martin! Topics from Canada, the US, Australia, the UK and beyond! Everything from ABC Afterschool Specials to horror-kid Nicoletta Elmi!"