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The Big Takeover #79

Chuck Foster

Since 2002, Chuck has regularly written columns as a music critic/journalist for publications like The New York Waste, Under The Volcano, Horror Garage, Fear and Loathing in Long Beach and The Big Takeover in both print and online versions. Over the years, he has interviewed diverse voices, such as Jello Biafra, Buzz Osborne of The Melvins and Sky Saxon of The Seeds.

Additionally, he has co-written award-winning screenplays for Hell’s Belles and The Summoners (aka Girls Play Games for YouTube’s BlackBoxTV) with director Christian Ackerman. They are currently developing their next project together.

Swans The Great Annihilator Drainland Young God

Swans - The Great Annihilator/Drainland (Young God)

27 April 2017

By 1995, Swans had evolved through several styles of music, from no wave skronk to punishing industrial sludge to Southern Gothic ballads to driving, droning guitar rock.

Various Edie Sedgwick Ciao! Manhattan Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Cinewax

Various - Ciao! Manhattan Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 12" (Cinewax)

21 April 2017

Between 1967 and 1971, directors John Palmer and David Weisman, fixtures of Andy Warhol’s Factory, filmed Superstar/“It” girl Edie Sedgwick in what would ultimately prove to be the defining role of her short life as Susan Superstar, the subject of 1973’s Ciao! Manhattan.

Alessandro Cortini Merzbow Important

Alessandro Cortini and Merzbow - Alessandro Cortini and Merzbow 2x12" (Important)

19 April 2017

Japanese noise god Masami Akita, better known as Merzbow, teams up with Nine Inch Nails keyboardist Alessandro Cortini for a mutual celebration of the famed EMS synthesizer.

Arranged Marriage NP Team Love

Arranged Marriage NP - Arranged Marriage NP 12" (Team Love)

13 April 2017

New Paltz, NY ambient duo Arranged Marriage NP deliver a stunning debut that merges Indian classicism with Brian Eno’s sonic manipulation.

Inhalt Part Time Punks Sessions Cleopatra

Inhalt - Part Time Punks Sessions (Cleopatra)

12 April 2017

San Francisco synth-punks Inhalt deliver their first full-length in the form of a “best of” session for the celebrated Part Time Punks radio show.

Flamingods Majesty Soundway

Flamingods - Majesty (Soundway)

31 March 2017

Split between Bahrain and the UK, Flamingods persist, releasing a third studio album that reaches beyond earthly exotica into alien territory.

Pharmakon Contact Sacred Bones

Pharmakon - Contact (Sacred Bones)

30 March 2017

To celebrate a decade of sonic disturbance, NYC’s Pharmakon, aka Margaret Chardiet, delivers a full-on assault on the senses in the form of her third full-length.

Moral Panic Slovenly

Moral Panic - Moral Panic 12" (Slovenly)

16 March 2017

Former members of Brooklyn’s Livids reconvene for a scorching debut as Moral Panic.

Revbjelde Buried Treasure

Revbjelde - Revbjelde 12" (Buried Treasure)

16 March 2017

Berkshire, UK trio Revbjelde deliver an astonishing debut that blurs so many lines between genre boundaries the entire concept becomes irrelevant.

Paul Weller Jawbone Music From The Film Warner Parlophone

Paul Weller - Jawbone: Music From The Film (Parlophone/Warner Bros.)

6 March 2017

As a founding member of both The Jam and The Style Council, as well as a prolific solo artist, Paul Weller has done much to help shape British rock’n‘roll.

Brad Pot Slovenly

Brad Pot - Brad Pot (Slovenly)

1 March 2017

Melbourne, Australia’s Brad Pot deliver a positively scorching debut full-length that continues the legacy of Oz punk greatness.

Hayes McMullan Everyday Seem Like Murder Here Light in the Attic

Hayes McMullan - Everyday Seem Like Murder Here (Light in the Attic)

16 February 2017

In the 1920s and ’30s, Hayes McMullan played blues around his home in the Mississippi Delta.

The Forgotten Man Holy Moly

The Forgotten Man - Holy Moly (The Forgotten Man)

15 February 2017

Nomadic songwriter Wilson Getchell (Wall-Eyed) lands in North Carolina to form the perfect band for his eclectic talent.

Dr Boogie Peanut Butter Blues

Dr. Boogie - "Peanut Butter Blues"

9 February 2017

Never ones to stay quiet for long, Los Angeles rock’n‘roll heroes Dr. Boogie drop a song into cyberspace just to remind us that they’re still kicking.

Foresterr The Town Dies Screaming Puddlejumper

Foresterr - The Town Dies Screaming CS (Puddlejumper)

1 February 2017

Holbrook, Long Island’s Foresterr brave the fashion punks, cover bands and emo-kids-who-think-they’re-hardcore dominating their local scene with an uncompromising brand of spastic noise rock.

Biznaga Sentido del Espectáculo Slovenly

Biznaga - Sentido del Espectáculo (Slovenly)

30 January 2017

Madrid, Spain’s Biznaga deliver their first domestic LP of punk rock en Español just in time for the leader of the free world to announce his war against the majority of the Spanish-speaking world.

The Modern Airline Bus Trapped Underground Mimic the Prayer Sounds

The Modern Airline - "Bus Trapped Underground"/"Mimic the Prayer Sounds" 7" (The Modern Airline)

21 December 2016

After five years of flying under the radar, Brooklyn’s The Modern Airline finally follow their eponymous 2011 debut full-length with a strong 7” that shows where they’ve been and where they’re going.

Ministry Trax! Rarities Cleopatra

Ministry - Trax! Rarities 2x12" (Cleopatra)

7 December 2016

Before Al Jourgensen became defined by the metal industrial sound he pioneered, Ministry began as a synthwave band blending elements of post-punk, goth and electronic krautrock into a unified sound.

Sonambient Harry Bertoia Clear Sounds Perfetta Important

Harry Bertoia - Clear Sounds/Perfetta (Sonambient/Important)

6 December 2016

Following the box set documenting Harry Bertoia’s complete Sonambient catalog comes a brand new release of previously unheard recordings that further the legacy of the legendary sculptor/composer.

Hey Colossus Dedicated to Uri Klangers MIE

Hey Colossus - Dedicated to Uri Klangers 2x12" (MIE)

1 December 2016

To celebrate their ten year anniversary in 2013, London noisemongers Hey Colossus assembled a “best of” compilation, originally released on cassette by S.O.U.L. with only 50 copies made.

Personal and the Pizzas Slovenly

Personal and the Pizzas - Personal and the Pizzas 12" (Slovenly)

29 November 2016

Having released a slew of 7“s and a lone full-length, New Jersey’s Personal and the Pizzas finally return with another long player that reminds us why they’re the greatest thug rock band in the world.

The Smart Pills Lost Studio Recordings VCP

The Smart Pills - Lost Studio Recordings EP (Vince Conrad Productions)

28 November 2016

Inspired by the scene happening around them along with punk rock from England, The Smart Pills formed in New York City in early 1978, but relocated to Topeka, KS after finding themselves completely destitute.

Jerry Goldsmith Chinatown Cinewax

Jerry Goldsmith - Chinatown OST 12" (Cinewax/Light in the Attic)

24 November 2016

According to lore, Chinatown’s producer Robert Evans disliked Phillip Lambro’s original score so much, he hired Jerry Goldsmith to compose an entirely new one.

Lee Hazlewood Cowboy in Sweden Light in the Attic

Lee Hazlewood - Cowboy In Sweden (Light in the Attic)

23 November 2016

In 1970, Lee Hazlewood left his shambling record label Lee Hazlewood Industries, broken relationship with longtime partner Suzi Jane Hokom and the Vietnam War, which threatened to draft is only son, for the calmer pastures of Sweden.

Tim Buckley Wings The Complete Singles 1966-1974 Omnivore

Tim Buckley - Wings: The Complete Singles 1966-1974 (Omnivore)

18 November 2016

Though not necessarily a “singles artist” per se, Tim Buckley recorded 10 singles throughout his eight-year career.

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Our Daughter's Wedding - Moving Windows (Futurismo)

15 November 2016

New York-via-San Francisco’s Our Daughter’s Wedding only lasted from 1979-1984, yet, in those five years, they toured with Iggy Pop, U2, Duran Duran and The Psychedelic Furs, appeared on a budding MTV as guest hosts and delivered a synthpunk masterpiece that, sadly, became lost to time.

James Chance & the Contortions The Flesh Is Weak True Groove

James Chance & the Contortions - The Flesh Is Weak (True Groove)

14 November 2016

In 1979, James Chance & the Contortions delivered Buy, the seminal New York no wave album that bent brains and bones with its twisted take on post-punk, skronk and funk.

E Thrill Jockey

E - E (Thrill Jockey)

8 November 2016

Thalia Zedek teams up with Neptune’s Jason Sanford and Gavin McCarthy of Karate for an art-noise trio that recalls the heyday of ’90s Touch and Go while looking forward to a bleak, uncertain future.

Lee Fields & the Expressions Special Night Big Crown

Lee Fields & the Expressions - Special Night (Big Crown)

3 November 2016

Veteran New Jersey-via-North Carolina soul singer Lee Fields returns with long-time collaborators The Expressions for yet another powerful album that sounds like it warped out of the ’70s.

Freddy Boom Boom Cannon The Gears Svengoolie Stomp Wondercap

Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon - "Svengoolie Stomp" 7" (Wondercap)

2 November 2016

Just in time for the Halloween season, ’50s teen heartthrob Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon celebrates the legacy of Chicago horror host Svengoolie with a rockin’ theme song backed by LA’s rockabilly surf punk pioneers The Gears.

Skinny Girl Diet Heavy Flow HHBTM

Skinny Girl Diet - Heavy Flow 12" (HHBTM)

2 November 2016

Three years after their side of a split 7” with Ethical Debating Society blew minds here in the US, London’s Skinny Girl Diet finally give us a full-length that fully delivers on everything promised on that initial release.

Muuy Biien Age of Uncertainty Autumn Tone

Muuy Biien - Age of Uncertainty (Autumn Tone)

28 October 2016

Athens, GA’s Muuy Biien show just how far they’ve progressed beyond their dark ambient/hardcore origins with a bona fide garage classic of a third full-length.

The Pop Group Honeymoon on Mars Freaks R Us

The Pop Group - Honeymoon on Mars (Freaks R Us)

27 October 2016

Nearly forty years after their inception and six years into their acclaimed reformation, Bristol, UK’s The Pop Group follow 2015’s excellent Citizen Zombie with the culmination of their entire two-part career.

Girl Tears Woke Against The Tide Sinderlyn/Omnian

Girl Tears - Woke Against The Tide (Sinderlyn/Omnian)

27 October 2016

Dark SoCal punk trio Girl Tears finally follow their excellent 2014 debut with an even angrier sophomore release.

Poor Lily Dirt on Everyone TV-Mayor

Poor Lily - Dirt on Everyone 12" (TV-Mayor)

19 October 2016

Bronx-based spastic punks Poor Lily reach new heights with an ambitious thirty minute punk rock opera about the NSA and mass surveillance.

Tim Buckley Lady, Give Me Your Key Future Days Light in the Attic

Tim Buckley - Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions (Future Days/Light in the Attic)

19 October 2016

A year after Tim Buckley delivered his 1966 eponymous debut on Elektra Records, the label asked for a followup album, as well as a standalone single.

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Patrick Cowley & Candida Royalle - Candida Cosmica 12"EP (Dark Entries)

18 October 2016

Between 1973 and 1975, electronic composer/hi-nrg disco producer Patrick Cowley recorded several tracks with friend/occasional lover/adult film icon Candida Royalle for her performances with Warped Floors and White Trash Boom Boom, as well as The Angels of Light, a performance troupe that had splintered from the legendary Cockettes.

Hornss Telepath Ripple STB

Hornss - Telepath (Ripple/STB)

13 October 2016

San Francisco’s Hornss follow their excellent 2014 debut with an even more powerful second offering that clearly shows the trio growing further into interstellar space.

Richard Pinhas Tatsuya Yoshida Masami Akita Process and Reality Cuneiform

Richard Pinhas/Tatsuya Yoshida/Masami Akita - Process and Reality (Cuneiform)

12 October 2016

Iconic French guitarist/electronic music pioneer Richard Pinhas (Heldon) continues his collaborations with Ruins drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and Masami Akita (Merzbow) by bringing them together for a constantly flowing album of droning industrial spacerock.

Lucio Battisti Amore e non amore Light in the Attic

Lucio Battisti - Amore e non amore (Light in the Attic)

6 October 2016

In July 1971, Italy’s premiere singer-songwriter Lucio Battisti delivered an unprecedented concept album that would ultimately be the turning point in his career.

Puff Living in the Partyzone Mondo Mongo Slovenly

Puff - Living in the Partyzone (Mondo Mongo/Slovenly)

3 October 2016

Berlin, Germany-based synth punk weirdos Puff deliver a strong debut full-length in both English and German that will make you dance while scratching your head.

Camberwell Now The Ghost Trade Modern Classics

Camberwell Now - The Ghost Trade 12" (Modern Classics/Light in the Attic)

26 September 2016

In the midst of This Heat’s dissolution, drummer/vocalist Charles Hayward went into the group’s Cold Storage Studio to record some songs with sound engineer Stephen Rickard and bassist Trefor Goronwy, who had filled in on This Heat’s final tour.

Kool Keith Feature Magnetic Mello

Kool Keith - Feature Magnetic (Mello)

22 September 2016

Legendary Bronx rapper Kool Keith (Ultramagnetic MCs, Dr. Octagon) returns with this finest album since 2006’s Nogatco Rd. (Insomniac) with a little help from his friends.

Steve Buscemi Elliott Sharp Rub Out The Word Infrequent Seams

Steve Buscemi & Elliott Sharp - Rub Out The Word (Infrequent Seams)

1 September 2016

During WSB100, a month-long celebration of William S. Burroughs’ 100th birth in April 2014, actor/director Steve Buscemi teamed up with experimental composer and longtime collaborator Elliott Sharp for an entertaining, yet mesmerizing reading of the late author’s writings.

Thalia Zedek Band Eve Thrill Jockey

Thalia Zedek Band - Eve (Thrill Jockey)

18 August 2016

On her sixth solo album, Thalia Zedek compiles the past into the present for her strongest recording to date.

Cosmonauts A-OK! Burger

Cosmonauts - A-OK! (Burger)

12 August 2016

After a slew of releases on various labels, Los Angeles, CA’s Cosmonauts return with a fourth full-length that proves to be their strongest to date.

Exploded View Sacred Bones

Exploded View - Exploded View 12" (Sacred Bones)

9 August 2016

As the unexpected collaboration between political journalist-turned-musician Anika (BEAK>, Michael Rother, Jandek) and her backing band – Martin Thulin (Crocodiles), Hugo Quezada (Robota) and Hector Melgarejo (Jessy Bulbo, Nos Llamamos) – while on tour in Mexico, Exploded View fully live up to their name with an absolutely stellar debut full-length.

Cowtown Paranormal Romance HHBTM

Cowtown - Paranormal Romance 12" (HHBTM)

9 August 2016

Leeds, UK trio Cowtown evoke SST Records and ’90s Southern noise rock on their powerful fourth full-length.

Heaters American Dream Portastudio Recordings Omnivore

The Heaters - American Dream: The Portastudio Recordings (Omnivore)

9 August 2016

After two failed albums, Los Angeles new wavers The Heaters felt disenfranchised by record labels, producers, studios and the industry in general.

Heaters Baptistina Beyond Beyond Is Beyond

Heaters - Baptistina (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)

5 August 2016

Grand Rapids, MI trio Heaters return with an excellent second offering that perfectly blends Nuggets psych and raw Hawkwind spacerock with just a touch of surf for proper propulsion.