Brain Damage Records
Brain Damage Records
Tucson, Arizona USA
PEACH STEALING MONKEYS - The Missing Link of Lo-Fi
1. Beautiful Life LISTEN
2. It Is Not The Time
3. Joy Is Gone
4. Nature Boy LISTEN
5. Trip Confessions
7. Only Two
8. In The Air
9. Images of War
10. Poor Fairies
11. Yellow Eyes
13. Where Did You Sleep Last Night
14. Bang Bang
The debut album from Peach Stealing Monkeys (PSM) is a masterpiece of 21st-century stylistic fusion,
drawing from influences that appeal across the generations. PSM is the brain child of V. Taranov,
who came to his Washington DC studio from overseas, picking up musical tidbits from around the
world along the way and perfecting his sound over ten years. Peach Stealing Monkeys tracks are
underpinned by potent modern trip-hop beats – spacey, half-speed hip-hop rhythms – and tortured
guitar parts. But then PSM is also full of retro musical touches, weaving in a signature lo-fidelity
sound that recalls scratchy old vinyl records, mellotrons (lo-fidelity keyboard strings), and echoes
of John Lennon. Covers of great songs from earlier eras like Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Leadbelly’s
“Where Did You Sleep Last Night” add to the retro feel of this disk. A parade of male and female
singers appear on the album, while occasional lines sung in German and Russian bring further spice
to this musical melting pot. The whole package is mostly dark and brooding (dreary cityscape
artwork, industrial sounds, and gloomy lyrics), but rocked-out tracks such as “Only Two” and
“Images of War” provide change-ups in tempo and style. In short, The Missing Link of Lo-Fi
captures the zeitgeist of music in the 21st century: globalized, post-industrialized, fused, and edgy.
But no one else has put all the pieces together quite like Peach Stealing Monkeys. This is an album
that belongs in your CD collection. $10.
THE END - Psychedelicious
1. Purple Voice
2. I Saw My Face LISTEN
3. Love Brigade
6. Pleasant Dreams / Shine On You Crazy Diamond /
Mushroom Soup / Acid Bath / Mushroom Soup (Slight Return) /
Peyote Place / For Absinthe Friends / Crash Landing
7. The Graveyard
The End's final studio recording reveals the full evolution of this DC-based psychedelic band that
first made its mark 25 years ago playing The Doors. PSYCHEDELICIOUS evidences a level of maturity
in songwriting, lyrics, and professionalism that demonstrate how The End moved from being a good
bar band to being a great psychedelic band. The roots of this album are planted deeply in rock
music's psychedelic era, but rather than simply recreating the sounds of 1967-1973, The End took
the zeitgeist of that era and extended it into a new millennium - adding new sounds to old musical
forms, dark realism to naive hippie optimism, and paranoid delusions to simple psychedelic visions.
Characterized by lengthy tracks that shift timing, tempo, and style, PSYCHEDELICIOUS actually
builds on styles from four decades of rock music. Sixties vocal pop, seventies jazz, eighties
metal, nineties punk, and even new age influences are all found here. Yet from beginning to end
PSYCHEDELICIOUS leaves no doubt that The End is taking us through a mind-expanding, psychedelic
musical experience. Vocals are drenched in reverb, while guitars, drums, keyboards, and other
unrecognizable sounds weave in and out of the mix. Dreamy soundscapes are suddenly interrupted by
screaming blasts of hard rock. Put on your headphones, turn on the black light, and tune in.
There's really only one way to describe PSYCHEDELICIOUS accurately: this CD is a trip. $10.
RENAISSANCE WOODS - Compendium (the best of Renaissance Woods)
1. Noel's Gaillard (A. Holborne), 2. April Is In My Mistress' Face (T. Morley) LISTEN, 3. Ronde "Mein Freund" (T. Susato), 4. Bist Du bei Mir (J. S. Bach), 5. Largo (J. B. Loeillet), 6. Boston March (J. Cushing), 7. Lo How A Rose E're Blooming (M. Praetorius), 8. Martin Said to His Man (T. Ravenscroft), 9. Allemande (T. Susato), 10. Illis Nihil (anon.), 11. Adagio (J. B. Loeillet), 12. Come All Ye Shepherds (trad.), 13. Belle Qui Tiene Ma Vie (anon.), 14. Psalm 122 (H. Schutz), 15. Psalm 98 (H. Schutz), 16. Psalm 119, IV (H. Schutz), 17. Two Fugues (G. Telemann), 18. La Volta (M. Praetorius), 19. Alle Psallite (Montpelier manuscript), 20. Two Christmas Hymn-settings (M. Praetorius), 21. Leave Now Mine Eyes Lamenting (T. Morley), 22. Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem (M. Praetorius), 23. Reigen (Pavane) "Bittre Reue" (T. Susato), 24. Dame Get Up And Bake Your Pies (anon.), 25. Sonato IV, Presto/Adagio (A. Corelli), 26. Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J. S. Bach), 27. Fanfare (A. Mann), 28. Battle Pavane (T. Susato), 29. Allegretto (W. Mozart), 30. Allein Gott in der Hoh (J. S. Bach), 31. In Dulci Jubilo (M. Praetorius), 32. Bransle de Bourgogne (C. Gervaise), 33. Allemande Nachtanz (T. Susato), 34. Spanish Pavane (M. Praetorius), 35. If My Complaints (J. Dowland), 36. La Furta (F. Canali), 37. Pase el agoa, ma Julieta, dama (anon.), 38. Triste Espańa (anon.), 39. Good Christian Men Rejoice (trad.), 40. Rodrigo Suite (G. Handel) overture, bouree, menuet, rigaudon, gigue, 41. Chanson (K. Hannibal), 42. Patapan (B. de la Monnoye), 43. De La Dulce Mi Enemiga (Gabriel)
Early music (broadly defined as music written in western Europe before the year 1750) has gained
significant popularity in the United States in recent decades with the rise of groups such as
Anonymous 4 and the Medieval Baebes and associated cultural phenomena, like the Renaissance Festival.
However, in 1980 early music was a niche specialty, with interest mostly confined to music students,
historians, and certain academic circles. In this climate, the pioneering group Renaissance Woods
broke ground by being one of the first all-female early music groups in the country. Formed in
Virginia in 1981 by four friends who got together informally to play the recorder (a fifth woman
joined a few years later) , Renaissance Woods quickly diversified their sound and their repetoire.
They accompanied beautiful vocal treatments with violin, flute, cornameuse, and percussion as well
as recorders, and played early Christmas music, baroque, and medieval pieces. Between 1983 and 1990,
Renaissance Woods recorded five albums of increasingly challenging and interesting material. Their
recordings had a tremendous influence on many who heard their music. Their quirky tapes turned up
as background music in homes and stores and inspired the musical careers of others who heard them.
The best Renaissance Woods recordings of the 80s have now been digitally remastered and assembled into
a sort of "greatest hits" CD release titled COMPENDIUM. While not recorded to the standard of the
digital age, these vintage Renaissance Woods recordings have been remastered so that the group can
now be heard crisp and clear and their innovative arrangements can be fully appreciated. The quality
of their material also makes this CD a nice introduction to the early music era. $10.
USA - Office
4. Greed LISTEN
The Aural Assualt is back! The frenetic hardcore/punk band USA has issued their first CD since 1984,
and this one is killer. OFFICE decries the evils of the modern workplace: rapacious executives,
lecherous managers, shirking slackers, finger-pointers, martinets, and jerks of every stripe.
The twenty year layoff certainly hasn't dampened any of USA's musical ferocity. OFFICE still cranks
out the high-energy, raw garage sound they pioneered in the early 1980s, long before the word "grunge"
was in the musical vocabulary. USA is not for the fainthearted. The band calls out every imaginable
sort of bad behavior at work, lambasting the offenders with harsh, acerbic, and scathing lyrics.
OFFICE puts its lyrical finger squarely on the raw nerve of everything that is screwed up and
de-humanizing in corporate America. It's set to the relentless pounding beats of what the band has
called "anti-music," raw and abrasive sounds played in the key of feedback. Yet USA's music,
highlighted by Jack Schitt's amazing guitar pyrotechnics, remains completely listenable. Just be
sure to get your mad on before you crank up this chaos. $10.
THE SHRUNKEN HEADBANGERS
- Shrunken Headbangers' Anthology
1. Fifty Ways to Cleave Your Lover, 2. Diseases
3. Uncle Milton's Fascinating Giant Ant Farm, 4. Self Amputation
5. Song For Sale, 6. Chia Pet Farm, 7. Bodyart Girl, 8. Please Hold
9. Wo Woe Whoa Wough, 10. Play For Food, 11. WHFS Station ID Tags
12. Selling Body Organs, 13. Hothead!, 14. Hothead! (Satanic Mix)
15. Today's Especiales, 16. Disorders, 17. Found Out About You
18. Coconut (recorded live), 19. Aliens Abducted Me, 20. Secret Asian Man
21. Club Nancy Kerrigan, 22. Paté All Night Long LISTEN
23. Flaming Nazi Biker Babes of Edinburgh, 24. the Shrunken Headbangers
25. That's Not Gladys, 26. Unrequited Love Song, 27. Fat Person on an Airplane
28. Reptile Love, 29. Incubus, 30. Fungible Lover, 31. Get So Hungry
32. Good Stuff, 33. I Alone, 34. Reasons Di Died, 35. Leader of the Free World
36. Martian Blues, 37. Dead Rock Stars, 38. Car Song, 39. Plate Tectonics
40. Hell, 41. Flagpole Eatta, 42. MacSandwich, 43. Vanilla, 44. Microwave
45. Burritos, 46. Foodstuffs, 47. Slim, 48. Found Out About Food
49. Poisoned By Mom, 50. Gopher Guts, 51. Smells Like Fish
52. Smells Like Yeast, 53. She Won't Swallow
54. I'll Pick Around, 55. I'll Stick Around
The Shrunken Headbangers traveled all over the musical map, from rock to rap to reggae to
Celtic to flamenco, mixing outrageous lyrics with clever original tunes and hilarious parodies
to create a musical style they called "shock and roll." For eight years, the Headbangers
shamelessly exploited tragic events, human foibles, and absurd news through their music and
videos. The band's career included performing their big hit "Fifty Ways to Cleave Your Lover"
on the courthouse steps during the Lorena Bobbitt trial. They defined what it meant for a band
to be politically incorrect by ridiculing people of every race, physical shape and behavioral
quirk. The Headbangers proudly took ridiculous positions on the news stories and issues of the
1990s, such as praising the death of Princess Diana in "Reasons Di Died" or supporting Tonya
Harding's kneecapping of her main competitor during the 1994 Winter Olympics (in "Club Nancy Kerrigan.")
They took even bolder stands on non-issues such as the abuse of Chia pets and alien abductions.
And finally they crowned their careers by completely selling out to DC radio station WHFS,
doing a series of parody songs about food to promote the station's lunch segment. The Headbangers'
lyrics were almost always uproariously funny, and the music was usually pretty good too. And now
every significant recording by this "band with no shame" has been assembled in one three-disk
anthology. The Shrunken Headbangers' ANTHOLOGY captures the complete musical history of the
band, and is certain to keep you laughing. 3 disk set for $20.
CAPTAIN CHEMICAL - Fucked Up: The Sickest of Capt. Chemical
1. Brain Damage
2. Dead Chicks Can't Say No
4. Sniffin' Glue
5. Drug Abuse Is Fun LISTEN
6. Mr. Horse
7. Helen Keller
8. Give A Drug A Home
9. Let's Masturbate
10. I'm A Addict
11. A Prayer
13. Dr. Quaalude
14. Karen Ann Quinlan For President
15. Blue Baby
16. Hitler Was A Vegetarian
17. TV Sucks
20. Vegetation Blues
21. Chromosome Blues
22. Bad Local Band
During the heyday of the self-indulgent sex and drugs counter-culture of the late 70s and early 80s,
Captain Chemical provided a soundtrack for this hedonistic era. On seven albums released between 1978
and 1983, the Captain and his bands celebrated drug abuse, sexual excess, and all manner of ridiculous
behavior in a musical style called "junk blues." Inspired by the on-stage excesses of the late Root
Boy Slim, Captain Chemical delivered a series of catchy, fast-tempo songs with over-the-top lyrics that
would have you humming along and shaking your head at the same time. It was like setting the movie "Reefer
Madness" to music. Absolutely nothing was off limits - girls in comas, handicapped people, overdoses,
religion, Hitler, brain damage - all of it was fair game for the Captain. The word most commonly used
to describe Captain Chemical was sick. In 2007 the Captain Chemical Band reunited for the first time
in 24 years to record crisp, clean, new versions of 22 songs from every stage of the Captain's career.
FUCKED UP is the definitive album of the shocking brilliance that was Captain Chemical - high quality
digital recordings featuring the catchiest tunes and sickest, most politically-incorrect, drug-inspired
lyrics ever assembled. Warning: This CD is hardcore, and not suitable for children. $10.