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The Big Takeover #80 Spring 2017

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.

Samson Shock Tactics Real Gone

Samson - Shock Tactics 12" (Real Gone)

2 August 2017

Before Bruce Dickinson became known as the wailing banshee of Iron Maiden, he fronted Samson, a vehicle for Paul Samson, a guitarist who peacefully resides as an unheard giant of the new wave of British heavy metal.

Ravi Shankar Nine Decades Ghanashyam A Broken Branch East Meets West

Ravi Shankar - Nine Decades Vol.5: Ghanashyam - A Broken Branch (East Meets West)

21 July 2017

In 1989, Ravi Shankar delivered a powerful dance-drama, sort of an Indian ballet, to the Birmingham Touring Opera Company on commission.

Various The Complete Loma Singles Vol.1 Real Gone

Various - The Complete Loma Singles Vol.1 (Real Gone)

13 July 2017

Between 1964 and 1968, Loma Records, an imprint of Warner Brothers that began as a commercial enterprise, became the conglomerate’s soul division under label head Bob Krasnow (formerly of Del-Fi, Autumn, and King Records).

Alan Sutcliffe EMS Synthi AKS Improv

Alan Sutcliffe - EMS Synthi AKS Improv CS (Buried Treasure)

28 June 2017

During his lifetime, West Yorkshire, UK-born Alan Sutcliffe (1930-2014) founded the Computer Arts Society, produced animation for Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien (seen in the cover art) and acted as part-time director for Electronic Music Studios, creators of the EMS Synthi AKS.

The Rippers A Gut Feeling Slovenly

The Rippers - A Gut Feeling 12" (Slovenly)

27 June 2017

Sardinia’s The Rippers return with their fifth full-length that shows their blistering freakbeat at full tilt.

Allen Ginsberg The Complete Songs Of Innocence And Experience Omnivore

Allen Ginsberg - The Complete Songs Of Innocence And Experience 2xCD (Omnivore)

23 June 2017

Before poet Allen Ginsberg recorded the legendary sessions that would end up on last year’s phenomenal The Last Word on First Blues collection, he paid tribute to his hero and inspiration William Blake by setting the master’s words to music for what would be his debut non-spoken word album.

Luxembourg Signal Laura Palmer Shelflife

The Luxembourg Signal - "Laura Palmer" 7" (Shelflife)

21 June 2017

Two and a half years after their beautiful, stellar debut, The Luxembourg Signal finally return with an expanded lineup and a pair of excellent songs.

Edward Rogers TV Generation Zip

Edward Rogers - TV Generation (Zip)

7 June 2017

New Yorker Edward Rogers returns with his strongest and most varied album to date while examining America’s cultural obsession with the boob tube.

The Cavemen Death Row Slovenly

The Cavemen - "Death Row" 7"EP (Slovenly)

1 June 2017

Kiwis are generally known for being polite, but Auckland’s Cavemen strive to destroy that stereotype with yet another blast of feral trash rock slime.

Yuri Morozov Strange Angels Experimental & Electronic Music Buried Treasure

Yuri Morozov - Strange Angels: Experimental & Electronic Music (Buried Treasure)

25 May 2017

Through the ’70s and into the ’80s, Yuri Morozov recorded over 46 albums in numerous genres that were passed around Russian underground music circles in defiance of Soviet control.

Coldcut On-U Sound Adrian Sherwood Outside the Echo Chamber Ahead of Our Time

Coldcut x On-U Sound - Outside the Echo Chamber (Ahead of Our Time)

23 May 2017

English electronic music pioneers Coldcut join forces with the godfather of British dub Adrian Sherwood, aka On-U Sound, for sixteen slabs of heavy dub infusion.

Cachemira Jungla Heavy Psych Sounds

Cachemira - Jungla 12" (Heavy Psych Sounds)

12 May 2017

Barcelona, Spain’s Cachemira explode with a stoner-friendly debut straight out of the Summer of Love.

Jed Kurzel The Babadook OST Waxwork

Jed Kurzel - The Babadook OST 12" (Waxwork)

9 May 2017

A large part of what made Jennifer Kent’s 2014 horror film The Babadook so effective was Jed Kurzel’s unsettling score.

Giöbia Magnifier Heavy Psych Sounds

Giöbia - Magnifier (Heavy Psych Sounds)

5 May 2017

Milan, Italy’s Giöbia see their undisputed 2015 masterpiece remastered, repackaged and reissued for all the world to finally hear properly.

Fred Schneider & the Superions The Vertical Mind HHBTM

Fred Schneider & the Superions - The Vertical Mind (HHBTM)

4 May 2017

In case you haven’t heard, B-52s vocalist Fred Schneider has been active with his new band The Superions (Noah Brodie and Dan Marshall) for over a decade.

Round Eye Monster Vision Sudden Death

Round Eye - Monster Vision (Sudden Death)

3 May 2017

Shanghai, China’s Round Eye return with a referendum on last year’s election that offers an insightful glimpse from outside the United States.

Jaimie Branch Fly or Die International Anthem

Jaimie Branch - Fly or Die (International Anthem)

2 May 2017

Having already established herself as a prominent side-player to the likes of William Parker, TV on the Radio and Spoon, trumpeter Jaimie Branch delivers an outstanding debut as band leader that showcases the full range of her talent.

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.

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.