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Cornershop / The Dealers – The Trans-Atlantic Super-Sonic Suss-Machine Jr. EP

i was down in 3rd st jazz one day in i think 1992 after work and i looked thru a million recs but didn’t see anything interesting – until i saw the the first 2 Cornershop recs in the new bin. “in the days of ford cortina” 7” and the “england’s dreaming” 10”! they both totally caught my eye with the mod targets, the Indian-English faces and the WIIIJA record label name on the back covers. that label’s name rung out with the chime of UK riot grrl – i dont recall now however, how and why i knew that, plus the name Hanif Kureeshi in one of the song titles. are you thick? after sussing all those signifiers, how could i have said no?!?! so i bought them both and rode my bike home, listened to the song “england’s deaming” and then the ford cortina 7”, with the “when i leave like mahatma gandhi i want my ashes strewn all over the Ganges” lyrics, literally 5 times in a row. and then out at 48th & Walton in west philly for dEALERS rehearsal (aka ‘stoned out jam session’). by the time i got out there those songs were already deep in my brain. they were totally empowering and inspiring songs to a filipino-american freak like me. i was instantly obsessed with cornershop. flash forward a few months and a few letters later- letters sent back and forth from Philly to Preston, England and already we were hammering out what was originally going to be a split LP of dEALERS and Cornershop songs. David Chambers, their original drummer came over to the USA to visit his lady Emma who was teaching or something at a summercamp for Brits in upstate NY or somewhere. They came to philly and we hung out tremendously (took them to a WESTON show at the unitarian church on 21st and chestnut, took them up to Kutztown, PA and Hawk Mountain, took them to Bethlehem to see the Original Sins cover “makin time” at the Funhouse – and we even took them to 411 to see a basement practice by the Mark Jackson Jetset (or actually the 411 Blue Ribbon Band, i just made up that Jetset name back then lol). everything was trans atlantic and peachy, but then David soon left or had to leave Cornershop and all plans for a split LP were torn assunder. I even got phone calls from Gary the WIIIJA head honcho who was miffed that Cornershop decided to put out songs in the USA without his permission (i was like ‘what?!’ i never even considered that anybody but the actual people in a band could have any say in how, when, where a band’s songs could appear.) (that sort of pro rock business action was so weird to a punkrock like me). eventually it was mutually agreed upon that we could put a couple of Cornershop’s old 7” songs on a split single with the dEALERS on the other side – the split LP became a split 7” (thus the ‘Jr in the title), released in a threeway tie between W111JA, Easy Subcult and Charles from the dEALERS new label called The Administration. Whats really cool was that it was hand pressed by the punks at Prole Art Threat in Texas. We recorded the dEALERS song “the movie of my life” at the Friz (art di furia’s awesome cavernous 2 floor studio / hang out spot on 12th and walnut, on the night before Charles moved to Vermont. it was one long meandering jammer and if it sounds a little melancholic and wet with tears its because of that context. and it was raining pretty hard. Later i took a recording of Dave from Weston wandering around the unitarian church when David and Emna were there with us at that show, and mixed his monolouge in. ; it seemed fitting since David was there while it was being recorded (on a hand held Walkman with a condensor mic.) and that was that….. ? until Cornershop came to the USA a year or so later and we all hung out a lot in Philly and NYC. and the NYC hangouts got intensely crazed and funny, involving David Byrne (by that point he was Cornershop’s label head honcho), a fucked up hotel in the east village and smoking out way too much all over Central Park during their Summer Stage appearance. i can’t believe that no one died that weekend, or that Tjinder didn’t get mugged or something. (all the debauchery and good times are recounted in an issue of Raw Pogo On The Scaffold, but i can’t recall which one). ? At that point i thought ‘well, that was that!’ ? but fast forward one year and me and Beth are living in Tokyo and very, very removed both physically as well as spiritually from the Philly of the 90s (I mean everything is bright and clean and well-paid and fun), I get an email from some rock management company saying that Cornershop are about to come play in Tokyo for the first time and would I like to get guest listed. So i say yes and then run out the door to sell the 10 remaining Cornershop / dEALERs 7″s I’d brought to japan to Rough Trade Tokyo – to further capitalize on their recent ‘Big Beat’ Brimful of Asha mega success (and you know in Tokyo, the remix of that song of theirs was totally mega). Yanome at Rough Trade (whom i think ran the label 100 Guitar Mania which put out a Photon Band 7” back then, ie. 1997 or 8) immediately bought all of them. But a week later he called me up explaining that the Rough Trade squares wouldnt in good conscience sell them because of how Gary W111JA still felt stiffed by the release (or jealous) and how i should come and retrieve remaining 5 that hadn’t yet sold for ¥75,000. But in return and as an apology he would give Beth & I passes to an all nighter event he ran at a cool little club in Shimokitazawa. And thank god he did because otherwise we never would have seen & heard and met and hung out with The UK SUBWAYS, who at that moment were Tokyo’s rawest, coolest, youngest, smartest and loudest teenage band. And that was that.
-Eric de Jesus EASY / Raw Pogo On The Scaffold

A1 – Cornershop – Waterlogged
A2 – Cornershop – Kawasaki (More Heat Than Chapati)
B – The Dealer – The Movie Of My Life

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The Dealers / 0x – The Eastern Pennsylvania Secession Movement

the way the dealers worked

was this: we would meet in the basement of whichever west philly punk house Charles O’Connor happened to be living in, 2 of us would smoke out & 1 of us would partake in his insanely advanced sugar addition, and then we’d start making noise. charles could already play guitar a bit but Simon & I had theretofore never played our instruments – simon on drums & me on guitar (but a guitar strung with the middle 4 strings only, and thise strings spaced very wide from eachother). our motto was, by neccesity and by happenstance, “songs that are never played more than once” and “everything we do is music”.
the west philly basements in which we would jam, completely separated from ‘the (then) philly scene, completely in our own world, allowed and inspired total 100% freedom and space, especially as we never thought anybody would give us a show at some lame rock bar or offer to put out a record or even ever really hear what we were doing. we recorded every second of every ‘session’. we played only for us. we tried to crack each other up a lot.

the songs on Eastern PA Seccession Movement were all recorded on a tascam 4 track or simply on a Sony Walkman with a condenser mic. they were never played more than once. vocals would just arise out of whomever felt like singing, or whomever was inspired to spaz out in the moment (thus Charles belting “freedom for young o’connor” & Simon spazzing out in “silence not so bad”).
the spoken stuff (in “youth soccer part 1” and “the pot king of bethlehem”) was recorded by andy clees of Uptown Bones fame on his 4 track and later mixed in by art difuria and clees. they are short stories that i wrote in the very early 90s while part of that old Rittenhouse Writers Group millieu. (and there are a few more stories that were mixed into dEALERS jammers too, which never saw the light of day.) Youth Soccer Part 1 was inspired by diner breakfasts on hungover sunday mornings after hanging out at Kutztown PA parties the night before. the Pot King Of Bethlehem is essentially a true story about a weird dude in Bethlehem PA in the 70s & 80s.
that song “the red wine emo” was a product of discovering the awesome tremelo switch on my old Sears Silvertone amp, when we tried to figure out how to cover “how does it feel” by Spacemen 3. but red wine (for me & charles) and emo (for me) were 2 things that still had total control of my 20 something brain (i mean the orig. emo triumverate of the Rites of Spring LP, the Grey Matter ‘take it back’ EP and Hüskers ‘zen arcade’ dbl LP.)
i’m serious when i say: that song still makes me blush …
Freedom For Young O’Connor wound up being adopted, in the past few years, as the title of a fresh cool fanzine by a BARD College undergrad also named O’Connor – look it up. it’s a good ‘zine!
bit when i hear these songs nowadays (in my fuckin 50s! in the 21st century!), and how shambolic and noisey and unfettered they are, i can almost smell the leaf litter and the weed smoke and the scent of sleeveless west philly scenesters wafting outta the bowl in Clark Park, or the smell of concrete on midnight bike rides around Rittenhouse Square after a thunderstorm, or the scent of Simon’s Tahitian Treat and TastyKakes dinner littered around the drums on the floor. and its true – we never ever did play a ‘song’ more than once – because we couldnt have remembered how to replicate one and didn’t have the desire or the time either…

-Eric de Jesus EASY / Raw Pogo On The Scaffold

Dealers Side

01 – The Dealers – Easy Commercial
02 – The Dealers – Youth Soccer Pt. 1
03 – The Dealers – Kid Charlie Horse
04 – The Dealers – The Red Wine Emo
05 – The Dealers – Commercials
06 – The Dealers – Whimsey Scene
07 – The Dealers – Freedom for Young Oconnor (I Cant Hang)
08 – The Dealers – The Pot King of Bethlehem- Pa.
09 – The Dealers – Silence Not So Bad
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The Eastern Pennsylvania Secession Movement and how it came to be.

Easy ads were part of the South Bethlehem landscape in the summer of 1989. Wally’s took on any hardcore, punk and weirdo show.

The Easy ads were never not on a table.

Dinosaur Jr. was the only band I recognized.

The art stood out. Tower Records on South Street Philadelphia had the “locust” single by Uptown Bones. The art was a dead giveaway that it was Easy-related. Good art. Good music.

It’s possible that Kev, the one Who Drives was my next purchase. That was at the Philadelphia Record Exchange. Russian Meat Squats is what caught my eye. Easy again. Eric knew the power of a highlighter.

Later in 1991, I began pounding drums so Turnbul AC could be a band. Ajax, the guitar man and one resident of 324 E 4th St., was part of Grime Spikes and Mugface. He was in bands with Eric.

January, 1992, quite a few Lehigh Valley people went to Philadelphia to see Nation of Ulysses at some South Street storefront. Ajax saw Eric outside and introduced me. Eric acknowledged me and that was that. NOU didn’t get to play. The cops shut down the show and people got arrested.

I do not know when Eric and I started talking. He was in Philadelphia. I was in flux. My teaching career was off to a rocky start and every summer meant I was looking for a new job.

It had to be the fanzines. Eric had Raw Pogo on the Scaffold. I had Chumpire. RPOTS dealt in magical realism. I dealt in the literal and the pedestrian. Maybe it was our shared admiration of JT and The Original Sins.

Whatever the case, we were communicating often by the start of 1994. That was a magical year. What incredible record did not come out that year? Ox had a strong set of songs. Our first recording with Fred Weaver turned out well. The Farm Cats and Ernie 7” needed art. Eric did the cover. It had his hand and a touch of Teen Beat. That came out in May. The Don’t Equate a Broken Head with a Watermelon Geek 7” was out in August. Eric did the beautiful, minimalist labels.

Ox quit in November. Eric was playing with the dEalers. Talk about two totally different bands. However, the drummers – Tony and Simon – had awesome intuition and tackled everything with a determination to make it sound good.

Ox had spare tracks. The dEalers had tracks. Why not? We assembled a split LP. Eric and pals handled the pressing details (via A and R in Texas). Eric handled the cover art. Cheap fuck me handled the printing. It shows. Yet it looks good because no printer wants their work to look bad. 500 copies are out there. HeartAttack likened the cover art to a movie and the Ox side to Camper Van Beethoven (at times). It was not a negative review.

The dEalers, to me, classify as night music; perfect when you’re alone and don’t want to sleep. Their music is akin to what I would hear LATE at night on college radio when in my car going from pointless A to pointless B.

Youth Soccer Pt. 1
The Red Wine Emo
The Pot King of Bethlehem, PA

They are timeless and incredible.

As for Ox, the first five tracks and “ox rap” sum up the randomness and awesomeness of being in a band that had no agenda.

I have a couple of copies. I do not see it for sale in the shops where it should be in a used bin. I am not surprised. I am not disappointed.

Chumpire (Greg)

Ox Side

10 – Ox – Another Song About a Lousy Childhood
11 – Ox – Ox-Rap
11 – Ox – Wage Slave
12 – Ox – Ar We Having Fun Yet
13 – Ox – Metal
14 – Ox – Chumbire Ad
15 – Ox – My Left Tooth Hurts
16 – Ox – Stage
17 – Ox – Channel One
18 – Ox – Boohoo 1994
19 – Ox – Commercial
20 – Ox – Ice Cream Dialog

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Other Ox Music

Stalin’s Daughter

80’s Philadelphia punk band with Rick D on vocals, Dan Warhead on Guitar & Bass, Rush & Jim on various instruments including Bass & Drums. This is the only release by Stalin’s Daughter (that I know of). The gone way too early Rick D went on the book lots of shows at Firenze, Upstairs at Nick’s and as co-owner of Tritone. More info on Rick here

Oktoberfest EP

A1 – Talking Shit
A2 – I Just Wanna Be Friends
B1 – Beer City
B2 – End it All
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The Dealers – is the getting it together gone LP

Time for the Dealers! Looking back on all the great, grimey 90s Philly bands, the Dealers still sound apart from the scene. The improv/free jamming trio of Simon, Eric D and Charles were the best house party/basement/backyard of the time. Clouds of skunky smoke and red wine lipped smiles and confused looks all come flooding back listening to this CD that Eric Z released on his Low Orbit label back in… 95? 96?

So very of a time, but so out of time and timeless, these jams hold the heck up! Shimmering guitar, Moss Icon-ish peaks and valleys of bliss to overblown Spacemen 3 feedback howls to chopped up noisy bursts, acoustic strum blips, all mixed and recorded strictly lo fi with tape warbles ala Lee Scratch Perry and a bit of silliness. One of the few times “spoken word” is not a distraction or a dis. Add to that, commercials for long lost Philly periodicals like Raw Pogo, Little Brother’s Almanac and Nice Pooper and you get an audio snapshot of a time when bike messengers ruled the world and everybody smoked cigarettes.

-Andy P

is the getting it together gone LP

01 – Andrew’s Wings
02 – Youth Soccer Pt. 2
03 – Sun Rise For Davis
04 – Sunset At Camp Mischief
05 – My Religion Belief Is
06 – The Vermont Getaway
07 – Charles Is Lost Then Found/Millionaire Hair/I Am You (live from the House of Toast – 48th & Walton)
08 – Raw Pogo On The Scaffold ‘zine commercial
09 – Amusia 1992
10 – Little Brother’s Almanac ‘zine Commercial
11 – I Love You Again & Again
12 – Easy Subcult Lapan Commercial
13 – Nice Pooper ‘zine Commercial
14 – Mau-Mauing The Scenesters / album credits run out….

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Size Queen

Size queen was a revolutionary Gay Punk Rock Band based in Philadelphia. It was Comprised of 4 Sisters. Vocalists And Guitarists Joe Ofalt (Dead Joe) & Ray Doskus (Gay Ray). On drums the Incomparable Sky Kilshlo (The Heathens, Strapping Field Hands, Informed Sources). And on bass Louis Cali the world’s queerest straight man.

In the early 90’s Size Queen brought so much fun to the east coast punk rock music scene. Their bouncy fast-paced punk rock beats, screeching vocals and fun playful banter lightened the darkness of their lyrical themes. Which often focused on loss, death, and the struggles of growing up gay in America.

Sadly Ray & Sky are no longer with us but their memories live on in the music of size queen. -from the Size Queen Youtube page

I’ve collected their 7 inch and YouTube videos of their Sour Puss tape and a Live on Jackie’s show on WKDU. For more videos check out the Size Queen’s YouTube page here

Size Queen Likes You 7″

01 – Size Queen Likes You
02 – Uncle
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Sour Puss – Full Album

WKDU Radio – Size Queen Set

The Cure – Tower-Theater-10-26-85

The Cure Live from the Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA, USA on October 26, 1985. Thanks for the Live tape files Don Sheluga.

01 – Shake Dog Shake
02 – Piggy in the Mirror
03 – Play for Today
04 – Strange Days
05 – Primary
06 – Kyoto Song
07 – Charlotte Sometimes
08 – In Between Days
09 – The Walk
10 – A Night Like This
11 – Push
12 – A Forest
13 – unknown
14 – Close to Me
15 – Lets Go to Bed
16 – Three Imaginary Boys
17 – Boys Dont Cry
18 – Fake
19 – 1015 Saturday Night
20 – Killing an Arab

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Clock Strikes Thirteen

Late 1990’s Philly Pop band started as a solo recording project by vocalist and guitarist Benjamin Xavier Kim, changing into a band with different members over the years including Tara Burke (Fursaxa, Special Guests, Un, Anahita, Sepviva Bells, Tau Emerald, The Valerie Project), Meg Baird (Espers, Fern Knight, Heron Oblivion, Slumber, The Baird Sisters, Trollslända, Watery Love) and Dave “Bass” Brown (Negative FX, Drug Emporium, Lyres, Sandoz Lime, The Grovellers, The Oysters, The Young Snakes), Angela DiFabio, Cara De La Cruz, David Bohl, Sam Weng and Steven Heise (WASNT WISNT)

“Drive-In Records first captured Thirteen’s sound of pensive, melodic indie through two 1997 singles. Resulting in several critical comparisons to Northern Soul and Orchids, the Kim and company would follow with the 1999 ep When We Were Together. Their first full-length Ever Decreasing Circles resulted a year later through Drive-In and Liquefaction Empire.” – From LastFM

Six Foot Drop 7″

A1 – Six Foot Drop
B1 – North Star
B2 – When Did You Leave Heaven

I Blinked My Eyes And You Were Gone b/w Looking For Constellations 7″

A – I Blinked My Eyes and You Were Gone
B – Looking for Constellations

One Cold Day b/w (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me 7″

A – One Cold Day
B – (Theres) Always Something There to Remind Me

When We Were Together 7″

A – When We Were Together Single Edit
B – Waking Up Inside Lucy the Elephant

Ever Decreasing Circles

01 – My Dreams Misinterpreted Again
02 – When We Were Together
03 – Living Easy
04 – One Cold Day
05 – Bella Vista
06 – Remember to Forget (To Remember)
07 – Night Must Fall
08 – I Blinked My Eyes and You Were Gone
09 – Ever Decreasing Circles
10 – The Last Sad Song

The Clientele / Clock Strikes Thirteen – Split 7″

A – The Clientele– – Six Foot Drop
B – Clock Strikes 13 – We Could Walk Together

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Firehose – Live 4/14/1991

Firehose Live Khyber Pass in Philadelphia 4/15/91

Originally the show was going to be at theChestnut Cabaret, then it was moved to the Khyber.
A earlier Firehose show from Revival is here – Firehose – Live Revival Philadelphia 11/6/87
Thanks for the Live tape files Don Sheluga

01 – Windmilling
02 – In My Mind
03 – Whisperin’ While Hollerin’
04 – Flyin’ the Flannel
05 – Up Finnegan’s Ladder
06 – The First Cuss
07 – Toolin’
08 – Down With the Bass
09 – Walking the Cow (Daniel Johnston cover)
10 – What Gets Heard
11 – Riddle of the Eighties
12 – For the Singer of R.E.M.
13 – Backroads
14 – From One Cums One
15 – Anti-Misogyny Maneuver
16 – Me & You, Remembering
17 – Chemical Wire
18 – Too Long
19 – Oer the Town of Pedro
20 – The Candle and the Flame
21 – Making the Freeway
22 – Some Things
23 – Mannequin (Wire cover)
24 – Slack Motherfucker (Superchunk cover)
25 – The Red & the Black (Blue Öyster Cult cover)

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Boneheads – BunnyDrums

Boneheads

The Boneheads, who were part of the 70’s Philadelphia punk/new wave scene, along with the Sic Kidz, Stickmen, Warm Jets, Autistics, King of Siam, Pure Hell, and others. They played regularly at the Hot Club in Philly, and New York; including CBGBs, Max’s Kansas City and Tier 3. They opened shows for Richard Hell and the Voidoids, B-52’s, Wreckless Eric, The Lurkers, Mission of Burma, Nico, The Feelies, Madness, Necessaries (Chris Spedding), and others. In the summer of 1979, the band entered Starr Recording Studio in Philadelphia, and recorded 4 songs; ‘New Jersey‘, ‘Surfing UFO‘, ‘Adam & Eve‘ and ‘Yesterday‘. Unfortunately, the masters were lost and the tracks never released. Luckily, a cassette of the original recordings was recently discovered. The Boneheads disbanded shortly after morphing into the prolific Philly band, Bunnydrums.

Single 1978-79

Bunnydrums

Bunnydrums was a highly innovative and influential band that pushed the boundaries of post-punk music. Their unique sound, experimental approach, and introspective lyrics set them apart from their contemporaries. While they may not have achieved mainstream success during their active years, their impact on the alternative music scene cannot be overlooked. Bunnydrums’ legacy lives on through their groundbreaking music and the influence they had on future generations of musicians. To Reptile is a Live 1984 from Unitas Wageningen, Netherlands LP

To Reptile

Flyers

Zonic Shockum

Late 80’s, 90s Philly band (although still around today as a duo). They have 2 full length LP’s and a compilation of their singles (links below) on apple music. I’ve included the rest of the songs from the singles, youtube version of the first cassette release and a live reunion show from the Khyber in 2004.

History of the band from Wikipedia
In 1988, Stephen P. Anderson, under the moniker of Zonic Shockum, recorded a 17-song cassette titled Pleasure which received distribution through Sound Choice mail-order catalog and Tower Records in Philadelphia and garnered a positive review in the German music magazine Zap. The tape featured girlfriend Debbie Polak singing on one song, and co-worker Marc Sonstein programming drums for another. Anderson’s cover of “Chinese Rock” was carted at Drexel University’s 91.7 for regular airplay.

In 1989 Polak and Sonstein joined Anderson as permanent members to form the nucleus of the performing and writing outfit.
Read More at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zonic_Shockum

1989 – Pleasure [Cassette]

Sessions 1989-1995

Whores / Woe Is Me / Tape Worm 7″

A – Whores (Sessions)
B1 – Woe Is Me
B2 – Tape Worm

Testosterone 7″

Used Rugs (Sessions)
Blair Soup
Tooth (Sessions)
Well Song (Sessions)
Filth Divine (LP)

No, You Suck / Lollipop / Bullet 7″

A – No, You Suck
B1 – Lollipop
B2 – Bullet

Between The 6s / Lugy 7″

A – Between The 6s (Sessions)
B – Lugy (Sessions)

1997 – Zonic Shockum LP

Alley Hunter / The Ugly Pear 7″

Alley Hunter (Here Today)
The Ugly Pear (Here Today)

Compilations

Dream Away from Chairman Of The Board – Interpretations Of Songs Made Famous By Frank Sinatra

Labor from ¡Scrapple! (A Philadelphia Compilation, With A Touch Of Class)

Double Agent Series 1302

Zonic Shockum – Ultraman
Gizzard – Buck Fevor

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2001 – Here Today…

Live at the Khyber Pass 2004

01 – Used Rugs
02 – Tooth
03 – Dirty Old Car
04 – No, You Suck
05 – Maidenhead
06 – Labor
07 – Lollipop
08 – Whores

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