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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.

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.

Our Daughter's Wedding Moving Windows Futurismo

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.

Patrick Cowley Candida Royalle Candida Cosmica Dark Entries

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.

A New Bug Patience For Apollo

A New Bug - Patience for Apollo (A New Bug)

29 July 2016

On their third full-length, Long Island’s A New Bug expand their scuzzy, fuzzy psychedelic onslaught for their most diverse release to date.

Barbarellatones Glitter Train

The Barbarellatones - Glitter Train (Barbarellatones)

28 July 2016

Following the unprecedented darkness of their previous effort, The Barbarellatones lighten up a bit for an album that most clearly defines their unique outsider sound.

Lea Bertucci Axis/Atlas Clandestine Compositions

Lea Bertucci - Axis/Atlas CS (Clandestine Compositions)

27 July 2016

Saxophonist/experimental composer Lea Bertucci follows her extraordinary collaboration with cellist Leila Bordreuil with a trio of spacious tracks that reside within the realm of Dante.

The Mortal Micronotz Bar None

The Micronotz - Digital Discography (Bar/None)

22 July 2016

Though not heralded as a bastion of underground music, the college town of Lawrence, KS actually sported a close-knit DIY scene through the ’80s that centered around The Embarrassment and The Micronotz, whose entire discography gets digitally reissued, as part of Bar/None Records’ 30 year anniversary celebration.

Little Richard Mono Box Specialty Concord

Little Richard - Mono Box: The Complete Specialty and Vee-Jay Albums 5x12" (Specialty/Concord)

15 July 2016

Among his contemporaries, Little Richard was an icon.

Fireworks Black and Blue Shelflife

The Fireworks - Black and Blue 10"EP (Shelflife)

13 July 2016

After last year’s highly impressive debut, London/Bristol fuzzmongers The Fireworks return with a four song EP that shows their sound evolving.

Albert Ayler Bells Prophecy ESP-Disk'

Albert Ayler - Bells/Prophecy: Expanded Edition 2xCD (ESP-Disk')

12 July 2016

Tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler was an innovator beyond his contemporaries, though his earliest known session with bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Sunny Murray most clearly defined his futuristic sonic path.

Cosines Transitions Fika

Cosines - Transitions 10"EP (Fika)

12 July 2016

London’s Cosines return with four songs that show the group growing at an exponential rate.

Betty Davis The Columbia Years 1968-1969 Light in the Attic

Betty Davis - The Columbia Years 1968-1969 (Light in the Attic)

7 July 2016

Thought to be just a rumor for nearly fifty years, some digging into the Columbia vaults has uncovered the legendary sessions for Betty Davis’ unreleased first album, produced by then-husband Miles Davis and featuring musicians from his and Jimi Hendrix’s bands, alongside some earlier recordings made with her previous beau, Hugh Masekela.

Funboy Five Milkshake Melon Landmarks Ruins and Memories Ave Phoenix

Funboy Five and Milkshake Melon - Landmarks, Ruins and Memories 12" (Ave Phoenix)

5 July 2016

In January of 1980, a relatively unknown post-punk quartet from Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK (a town just 24 miles northwest of Greater London) called Funboy Five released their debut – and only – 7”, “Life After Death” b/w “Compulsive Eater.”

Hologram Teen Marsangst Hex These Rules Happy Robots

Hologram Teen - "Marsangst" b/w "Hex These Rules" 7" (Happy Robots)

30 June 2016

Veteran Stereolab keyboardist, Morgane Lhote, turns more toward the light on her sophomore single as Hologram Teen.

The Slit Plasters Nuque Épaisse Chorizoloco

The Slit Plasters - "Nuque Épaisse" 5" flexi (Chorizoloco)

28 June 2016

Nancy, France’s Slit Plasters return with a brief blast of their signature psychotic fury on a limited one-song flexidisc.

Bangles Ladies and Gentlemen Omnivore

The Bangles - Ladies and Gentlemen... (Omnivore)

23 June 2016

Long before “Walk Like an Egyptian” soared to number one in the late ’80s, The Bangles were a group of girls playing melodic garage rock as part of LA’s Paisley Underground movement.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Wake To A New Dawn Of Another Astro Era Important

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Wake to a New Dawn of Another Astro Era (Important)

22 June 2016

Inspired by a new rhythm section, guitarist/founder Kawabata Makoto takes Acid Mothers Temple into the loudest, heaviest parts of the universe for what could possibly be their best album to date.

Swans The Glowing Man Young God

Swans - The Glowing Man (Young God)

14 June 2016

In 2010, Michael Gira resurrected Swans after fourteen years of inactivity with My Father Will Guide Me up a Rope to the Sky, which blended the gospel overtones of 1987’s Children of God with his more recent work in Angels of Light.

Dr Boogie Get Back to New York City Down This Road White Zoo

Dr. Boogie - "Get Back to New York City" b/w "Down This Road" 7" (White Zoo)

9 June 2016

Los Angeles, CA’s Dr. Boogie turn to ’70s hard rock for inspiration…and succeed!