* Pissing Out The Poison: Singles and Other Swill by New Bomb Turks. I’m a relative newcomer to the NBTs. I decided to download this in anticipation of NBT frontman Eric Davidson’s new book We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut, 1988-2001. a history of below-the-radar proudly uncommercial, untrendy bands like The Dwarves, The Cynics, The Mummies, Thee Headcoats, Dead Moon, The Devil Dogs, The Gories, and, yes, New Bomb Turks among others. (The book arrived and I’m reading and enjoying it now. You should too.)
*Party Favorites byRay Condo and his Hardrock Goners. This Canuckabilly was perhaps the finest rockabilly revivalists of the 90s and early 00s. The only one who comes close was Big Sandy, but the late Condo, who died in 2004, had a crazier edge. The title of his 1997 album Door to Door Maniac (which was an alternate title for a very obscure 1961 Johnny Cash movie)
I first came to know Condo’s music when he was living in Vancouver and playing with his band The Ricochets. This album is from his days in Montreal, when he was playing with The Hardrock Goners (named in honor of hillbilly boogie monster Sidney “Hardrock” Gunter) This outfit, which had a fine fiddle player (not sure of the name) and perhaps was a bit more country sounding than The Ricochets.
I only had enough to get seven tracks this month, but I’ll pick up the rest when my account refreshes. (This is a good one for eMusic bargain hunters. 40 track for the price of 12!)
And, by the way, Hezzie was Paul “Hezzi”e Triesch, who played washboard, bells and whistles.