Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween from RW & Electric Frankenstein

Happy Halloween from RW and Diemonsterdie

A poor man's Danzig

Music Review: Dark, Dark, Dark

Who Needs Who (Supply & Demand Music)
It’s dark, dark, dark. Sure, sure, sure, but not dark like evil. More dark like really bummed out. Nona Marie Invie writes lyrics from a deep dark place in her tortured soul. She's got a battered psyche which probably has a little something to do with her breakup with band co-founder Marshall LaCount in 2011. After a band time-out, the group subsequently repaired and repatched and moved on. As Fleetwood Mac can attest, this can pay creative dividends and Dark, Dark, Dark produces some well-crafted melancholy pop songs. While sunshine and rainbows do not abound, the jaunty horns and piano of the title track provide a bit of relief from the gloom early on. It’s short lived. “Patsy Cline” and "Last Time I Saw Joe" and the bulk of the album are achy breaky, break-up ballads that most of us can commiserate with, but for me only in small doses—P.C. Jones [Dark Dark Dark]

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Meat Wave

The meat that almost killed poor Muggsy.
The New Trust, Pink Avalanche, Meat Wave, Empty Isle @ Township, 2200 N. California, Chicago, IL

Muggsy once wiped out on a meat wave. There were sausages involved and a bunch of burgers with bacon. It damn near tore his poor colon out. That was last summer though and Muggsy is now ready to ride another meat wave. He is delighted to see that one will be cresting at Township tonight.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Woodrows: Naked

(Woodrow Hill) 1981

The follow-up to the Drunk LP. Twice the power, four times the fun! Thirty-seven songs including: "Naked", "Tube Sock Toby", "Marvy's in the Jug Tank", "Been Naked", "Freak Patrol", "Röt Güt", "Buck Naked", "Caught in the Raw" and more!!!

Check out the (almost) complete Woodrows Discography and read interviews with The Woodrows here!

Other Woodrow Classics:
Run, Woodrow, Run (RoosterCow) 1980
Shit or Get off the Pot (RoosterCow) 1980
Snake in the Grass (RoosterCow) 1980
Swim, Woodrow, Swim (RoosterCow) 1980
Toby's Got A Toothache (RoosterCow) 1980

What’s the Point, The Pear Traps?

Occasionally, Reglar Wiglar Magazine asks a band, artist or musician: What’s it all about? What's the point and why go on? This week we ask Chicago fruit baiters, The Pear Traps :

What’s it all about? 

We get to play with our pals in Landmarks and Careful Q at Cole's on November 2nd. And it's fun to drink at Cole's. 

What’s the point? 

Getting to write new stuff, record and play loud (like the stuff from our new EP, Elsewhere, available on bandcamp and iTunes). And impress our moms. 

Why go on? 

That's easy, our practice space is cheap and since we like practicing—which is mostly just us hanging out- we are always writing to have fun.

NOVEMBER 2, 2012
The Pear Traps, Landmarks, Careful Q @ Cole's Bar, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Afghan Whigs

Afghan Whigs, Wussy @ Metro, 3730 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL

When Muggsy was a younger man, he used to visit Randy McQueen in the Queen City and they would puke and pass out all over Vine Street, sometimes after seeing the Afhgan Whigs play at Sudsy's. Allegedly anyway.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Happy Halloween from Helloween & Reglar Wiglar

Muggsy's Rock Pick: White Denim

Man sweat ruins white denim.
FRIDAY 10/26
White Denim, Maps & Atlases, @ The Sett, UW Union South, 800 Langdon, Madison, WI

Muggsy looks notoriously bad in white denim. Despite this well-known fact, it was Muggsy's old lady who in 1987 made him wear that white denim jacket with the acid washed jeans. Muggsy will never recover from that humiliation. Ever.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Happy Halloween from Reglar Wiglar & Gwar

Music Review: Azita

Year (Drag City)
Year is the sixth solo record for the avant garde chanteuse, and former no-wave antagonist, AZITA. It's a slight departure from her previous effort, Disturbing the Air. One might even call it accessible. Almost. It has it's darker moments to be sure, (like the song "Opening" later reprised as "Closing"), but songs like "Out and Around" have a hopeful, optimistic vibe to them and "Ice", despite the coldness of the title, conjours up feelings of inside warmth when outside it's anything but. "Passengers" has AZITA's piano sharing space with a warm-toned guitar that verges on 70s AM radio. “It’s Understanding” is a rolling piano tune which showcases AZITA's immediately recognizable, and at times atonal singing voice searching for the key before thinking better of it. The standout track for me, clocking in at eight minutes and fifty-one seconds, is the surprisingly good, dubby reggae tune, “Something That Happened”—just another twist in the shifting road Azita travels on—P. C. Jones [Azita]

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Twerps

Look at these Twerps!
Twerps, Bare Mutants, Alex Bleaker & The Freaks @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

I don't know what "twerp" means Down Under but somebody should tell these Aussies that in America twerps are the small nerd-like people Muggsy used to give wedgies to on the days he went to high school.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Happy Halloween: Alice Cooper on the Muppet Show

Music Review: Ty Segall

Twins (Drag City)
Ty Segall puts out lot’s of records and plays in bunches of bands in the garage rock vein. He is the Garage Rock King. The fact that Segall creates records in such great abundance and makes it look relatively easy is to be admired. Prolifacy is a double edged sword though, and while Twins has some great moments it's mostly underwhelming. The opening track, "Thank God for the Sinners" is certainly a garage rock classic and a fitting way to kick off any album. "You're the Doctor" follows suit as a full-on rocker and "The Hill" is another great moment with a dang near gospel choir backing Ty up as he aspires to outdo The Who in bombast. Not every track is a killer, however, although it’s not quite filler. Segall can be forgiven for that. He’s a busy dude, playing, recording and touring and he does deliver exciting moments. There's falsetto vocals and reverb soaked guitar solos aplenty, but sometimes two chords and a tatch or two of reverb doesn't always a great song make. "Ghost" is an epic (for Segall) at 4:14 but it just trudges along. "They Told Me Too" is a so-so grunge tune and I’d take “Love Buzz” over “Love Fuzz” if I had my druthers (which I do)—Tyson Seagull [Ty Segall]

Read more reviews, and always...always read Reglar Wiglar!

Dunc the Punk vs. Joey Germ: One Direction

Yank Against Brit!

The first time Joey and Dunc met they got into a 30 minute punch up, hugged it out for 10 minutes, then drank for 13 hours straight!

ONE DIRECTION — Take Me Home (Columbia)


Take me home... and kill me, please! It makes perfect sense that One Direction come from the direction of Dunc’s beloved Blighty. Only Britain could manufacture a box of shit like this. The Limey’s have been sending us doorknobs with bad haircuts since the Beatles first washed up on our shores a million and a half years ago. And only England’s biggest twat, Simon Cowell, could love a band as cheesy as this. The One Direction should be down—down to the stinky bowels of hell. Be ashamed Dunc. Be very ashamed.

Dunc is not ashamed. Quite the opposite. Dunc is proud of the bulldog spirit of us Brits in times of war. You shermans think you can send over the quim seepage that constitutes Justin Bieber?* That's an act of war.

The only sensible counter strike was to send back the four cock wombles that are One Direction. The fact that they actually seem to get your tweens frothing at the gusset, and that you have missed the Bart-phoning-Moe-esque genius of making you all say ‘Wand Erection’ out loud is just hilarious icing on the comedy sexton. And don't even think about retaliating further or we'll mobilise the Piers Morgan clone army that we've been developing for years.

Dunc's guide to cockney:
Sherman (tank) = yank
Sexton (Blake) = cake

*Even though Bieber is a Canuck, the U.S. can and must accept the blame for launching his career.

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Grimes

MONDAY 10/22
Grimes, Elite Gymnastics, Myths @ The Varsity Theater, 1308 4th St. SE Minneapolis, MN

Even though Muggsy knows it's wrong, he is a sucker for cute French Canadian girls singing weird pop songs.

Video: Grimes, "Genesis"

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Public Image Limited

SUNDAY 10/21
Public Image Limited @ House of Blues, 329 N. Dearborn St., Chicago, IL

Muggsy used to think Johnny Rotten was a bit of a wanker, but over the years he has come to respect the bloated old toss pot.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Smoking Popes

Smoking Popes, Roll The Tanks @ Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL

(Smoking Popes playing Born To Quit in its entirety)

Muggsy was hoping they would be born to quit playing this record entirely.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Woodrows: Duality Double LP

(Woodrow Hill) 1981
Er, ah, um,  this one is a little arty—even for 80s new wave! But it is The Woodrows, after all, so you know it's the bomb. A double LP concept record that explores the duality of man. Includes: "Whispers", "Soul Bared", "C'est Bon, Baby", "Whispers II" and many more. Don't worry, nobody else get's it either!

SO ESOTERIC! You don't want your cool friends to see this one in your record collection!

Check out more Woodrows Classics here!

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Smashing Pumpkins

Billy the poet.
FRIDAY 10/19
Smashing Pumpkins, Anberlin @ Allstate Arena, 6920 N. Mannheim Rd, Rosemont, IL

There was a poem written on the bathroom wall in the men's room at the old Lounge Ax in Lincoln Park. It went something like, "Billy Corgan blows winos for chump change." Not a poem really, but Muggsy used to enjoy reading it nonetheless. After the meteoric rise of the Pumpkins, this piece of graffiti was amended to: "Billy Corgan still blows winos for chump change." Muggsy thought this was a bit unfair as Mr. Corgan obviously could have afforded to give up that occupation by that point

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Woodrows: Pumped

(Woodrow Hill) 1981

Ain't nobody gonna give the Woodrows shit. Not any more! Former ninety pound weaklings pump out ninety minutes of sweaty, rippling riffs: "Woodrow's Gym", "Pummeled", "I'm a Biceptual", "Tight Tush Toby", "All Pumped Up", "Twelve Pack Abs" and more. Great workout music!

Check out the (almost) complete Woodrows Discography!

Video: Matmos "Very Large Green Triangles"

Matmos - Very Large Green Triangles from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

Muggsy's Rock Pick: All American Rejects

You are excused!
Boys Like Girls, All American Rejects @ Riviera, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL

My buddy P.C. Jones had this to say about AAR's self-titled debut in the Reglar Wiglar way back in 2003: "Possibly teenage girls will get into this, but probably not the teenage boys and certainly not old burnt-out hipsters." He included himself in the later category, as do I.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Music Review: The Box (Vincent Bergier)

“The Door” b/w “The Brain” 7” (Plastic Spoon)

Vincent Bergier, former guitarist for French garage rock legends, Crash Normal is packaging his solo efforts into The Box these days. This two song 7” inch from Plastic Spoon records shows what Bergier is up to musically with two dark, brooding tracks.  "The Door" opens with some imposing synths, a menacing drum machine beat and crackling tube amp as Vincent pontificates about god-knows-what in a barely audible voice. "The Brain" processes similar musical thoughts substituting a clean guitar sound to do battle with distorted guitar noise. The repetition is competing for the attention of your riff-addled mind. Bergier provides the cool and colorful cover art. Check out "The Brain"on the cloud:


Video: Vincent Bergier, "The Door"

THE BOX : The Door from Plastic Spoons Records on Vimeo.

Joey Germ’s One Word DVD Reviews: John Carter

(Walt Disney Studios)

This is how Dejah Thoris is supposed to look.
One Word Review: Sucks.

Let me explain: Edgar Rice Burroughs could certainly crank out the sci-fi books. Once he realized that pulp science fiction sold he became a machine. After reading the first three books in Burrough's Barsoom series many years ago, I quickly realized that these books have no value beyond very shallow entertainment. An Earthling, not restricted by the heavy gravity of his home planet, is able to leap and bound about slaughtering various Martian species as easily as a knife cuts through soft cheese. He also earns himself the love of the hottest Martian on that planet or any other. It's not pulp so much as it's gory fluff and it only entertains the easily entertainable: adolescent boys. John Carter the movie, however, forgot to even entertain, so concerned is it with its special effects and story rewrites that try to make sense of a plot that is too fantastic to be logical or even understood. And the acting sucks too. The Red Men of Mars were not British so let's just leave the lame accents out of it. Sometimes Disney just blows it, cause John Carter sucks.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Music Review: Aqua Nebula Oscillator

"Om Na Mio” b/w “Freak Out" 7” (Who Can You Trust?)
Underground French psych band, Aqua Nebula Oscillator, are certainly capable of delivering a super sonic freakout. That’s pretty clear with the two archival recordings featured on this limited edition seven inch from the German label, Who Can You Trust? Records. "Om Na Mio” (recorded in 2004) is an edgy, six minute and one second psychic poke at the inner eye. I don’t know what this mantra is supposed to mean but sweetness and light it ain’t. “Freak Out” is pretty much that, but not in a good-vibe, trippy-dippy-hippie kinda of way. More like a “don’t eat the brown acid” kinda vibe—P.C. Jones [Aqua Nebula Oscillator]

Video: Aqua Nebula Oscillator, Flying Mountain

Muuggsy's Rock Pick: Miike Snow

Coffee is a beverage enjoyed in offices worldwide.
Miike Snow, Jack Penate, Jonathan Ackerman @ 7th St. Entry, 701 1st Ave. N. Minneapolis, MN

Muuggsy thinks it would be funny if no one told this silly Swedish band, Miike Snow, that similar to the saying "there is no i in team", there are no two i's in Mike.

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Woodrows: Prom Night

Prom Night
(Woodrow Hill) 1981

No, The Woodrows didn't get dates to the prom! What are you NUTS? But that doesn't mean the fellas can't get all gussied up for their big night. Killer tunes include: "Spiked Punch & Quaaludes", "Hang (and Stab) the DJ",  "Chaperone This", "May I Have This Dance, Bitch?" and eleven more!!!

Check out the (almost) complete Woodrows Discography!

Jayne Wayne's Press Release Round-Up


"Liking" Bush Tetras is a No-Wave-Brainer.

Ok, that header was in bad taste, but it's based in fact. On November 13, New York's ROIR (the original cassette-only label) will happily release the previously unreleased Bush Tetras album "Happy". I don't have the time right now to educate the unenlightened on The Bush Tetras, but let me just drop a few tags on you: "important new york band", "indie pioneers", "No Wave", "New Wave", "Art-funk". Happy was recorded by "The" Don Fleming back in '98 for Mercury Records but got shelved during a typical major label transitional period. Buy it from ROIR on 11/13/12!

And that's not all! Like Bush Tetras on Facebook today and get a comp. of Old School (No, I will never stop saying old school!) NY No-core/Now-wave. It's easy and if you actually like Bush Tetras in your real life then it's even easier. The download features tracks from Bush Tetras (of course), the handsome James Chance and his ever-limber Contortions, plus the suicidal Suicide and the terrific Television. But also Glenn Branca, Legendary Pink Dots, Martin Rev and the ever rain resistant Raincoats. Do that shit before 10/16 'cause after that it's oversville, you hippie beatniks!


Get Schooled with Microcosm's Simple History Series

You may recognize J. Gerlach 's Simple History Series from the exciting reviews run on this very blog site. Now these little mini history lessons are being boxed up into a set of seven. Educational, informational and offering a different historical perspective than the one your sluff-gutted history teacher used to read out of his teacher's edition. Set includes:

Nez Perce Indians, Hawaii (1778-1959) From Western Discovery to Statehood, The Spanish Civil War, Crusades: Christian Attempts to Liberate the Holy Land (1095-1229), Christopher Columbus & His Expeditions to America, The Congo: A European Invention, and The Cold War!

Available form Microcosm!


Someone had a good year

Chicago singer-songwriter Azita has got a new album in the can. Year was originally conceived as some sort of theater piece with playwright Brian Torrey-Scott. This nine song LP shows yet another transition for this scissor sister. It's even got a goddman reggae tune on it! No foolin', it's like a real dubby, eight minute and fifty-one second reggae jam—and not only that, it's awesome! Check it out on November 20th. Until that time, you can listen to the almost joyful (for Azita) song "It's Understanding" on Ad Hoc.

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Sic Alps

"Ya'll ever had tertle soup?"
Sic Alps, Robust Worlds @ Turf Club, 1601 University Ave. St. Paul MN

Thus was it written*, the Sic Alps to Turf in St. Paul.

*This is a play on the Latin word sic, which means "thus is was written". Now you can laugh. Go ahead.

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Amen Dunes

Never too early to start practicing for that mug shot.
MONDAY 10/15
Amen Dunes, E+, Sonoi @ Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL

Ah, The Empty Bottle, the bar that smells like 30 cats spent 20 years pissing in it. Once, on an especially slow Sunday night, Muggsy witnessed that old cat, what's-its-name (R.I.P.), saunter across the bar and rub its furry face all over the drink mixing straws. Cute, if you like whiskers in your whiskey. Muggsy does, but he does most certainly digress. Amen, dudes, amen.

Muggsy's Rock Pick's: Bands with Ampersands!

Is that Baltic Surf Wear, dude?
SUNDAY 10/14
Ewert & The Two Dragons, The Lighthouse & The Whaler, Nina Ferraro, Felix & Lyons @ Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL

It's a Battle of the Ampersand Bands! If they could only get Nina to change her name to Nina & The Ferraros, that'd really be something.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Music Review: The Pear Traps

Elsewhere EP (no label)
Whenever I set out my Pear Traps I usually end up catching apples. Despite being a relatively unreliable fruit snare (at least for pears, as I have explained), The Pear Traps are a reliable indie rock band from Chicago that play a mellow, laid back type of lo-fi music that puts one into a tranquil if slightly meloncholly groove. It has been recommended to me that I listen to this four-song EP on a Sunday morning, which I have done. I’ve also listened to it on Friday and Saturday mornings as well, but I agree Sunday is best and my listening pleasure was greatly enhanced by the fact that the weather outside is quite sucky: rain, gloom, dark clouds, etc. A perfect day to be elsewhere—Trapper John, D.D.S. [The Pear Traps

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Psychedelic Furs/Lemonheads

Psychedelic Furs, Lemonheads @ The Vic, 3145 North Sheffield, Chicago, IL

Muggsy likes his furs to be of a psychedelic nature and his heads to be lemony in flavor. He does not, however, wish to mix his 80s and 90s music nostalgia. It confuses him and makes his head and tummy hurt.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Social Distortion

FRIDAY 10/12
Social Distortion, Lindi Ortega, Biters @ The Vic, 3145 North Sheffield, Chicago, IL

Muggsy remembers back in the day when the Screaming Trees opened up for Social D at this very same Vic. War was declared on the longhairs that day, my friends, and Muggsy still bears the scars. I'll never forgive old Nessy for that one. Mommy's little monster, indeed!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Music Review: Vernon Selavy

Stressed Desserts Blues (Shit Music.../Azbin)
Vernon Sélavy is the brainchild of Turin-based musician, Vincenzo Marando. The Italian singer/ guitarist/songwriter is somewhat of a human ShamWow when it comes to Amercian music—he seems to have soaked up twenty times his weight in old records, then wrung them out into his own songs of lost love and redemption. Channeling blues, 60s R&B and elements of southern gospel, Marando, via Vernon SéLavy, gives us Stressed Desserts Blues, nine tracks of stripped down picking, plucking, strumming and crooning. From the slightly sad swing of “The Way it Goes”, to the rueful “All The Sinners Burn” and the aching “Ballad of the Empty Hands,” Marando lets his influences and love for America's musical past flow like spilt wine into the shag carpet of the soul—Shroudy O'Turin [Vernon Sélavy]

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Muggsy's Rock Pick: Beach House

Beach House, Poor Man @ Riviera, 4746 N. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL

When Muggsy thinks of organ music, he imagines either the carnival variety or the churchy type. Beach House, it would seem, play neither. Muggsy would prefer to go to mass on a Ferris wheel than go to this beach house.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Woodrows: All Hopped Up on Goofballs

All Hopped Up on Goofballs
(Woodrow Hill) 1981

As if the Woodrows aren't goofy enough as it is! A.D.D. ain't the half of it! Thirty-four hyper tunes to get you totally tweaked, including: "Tree", "Road", "Dirt", "Toast", "Knife", "Tub", "Kill" and 27 more!!!

Get some Woodrow Quickies!

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Bell Witch

Don't forget, Halloween is just around the corner!
Bell Witch, Lord Brain, Gravedirt @ @ Cactus Club, 2496 S. Wentworth Ave., Milwaukee. WI

Bell Witch reminds me of when Mama McMurphy used to take young Muggsy down to the International House of Satan for pancakes and devil worship. A delicious combo.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Henry Rollins, "Capitalism"

Henry has read more books than Muggsy.
Henry Rollins Capitalism Tour @ The Barrymore Theater, 2090 Atwood, Madison, WI

Muggsy has fewer tattoos than Hank Rollins. He also has fewer muscles, less energy and probably less brains. Nevertheless, Muggsy has enjoyed making fun of the old man for the past couple decades and he's glad Rollins is still around. No, Muggsy is not crying, he's just chopping onions for the salsa recipe Rollins gave him. Sniff, sniff.

Rollins Still Rollin'

Monday, October 08, 2012

The Woodrows: Acid Days

Acid Days
(Woodrow Hill) 1981

The Woodrows discover acid and look out! These trippy, dippy hippies wasted no time in getting wasted and recording some of the best psychedelic music of ALL TIME! Songs include: "Give Me (a) Piece", "Free Love, Miss?", ""Hit a Bong, Get it On", "Gimme a Tab (and I Don't Mean a Diet Soda)" and twenty more!!!

Check out the (almost) complete Woodrows Discography!

Muggsy's Rock Pick: Motion City Soundtrack

Beware of our hair!
Motion City Soundtrack @ Saki, 3716 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL

Muggsy tends to get motion sickness when listening to soundtracks in the city, but a free show is a free show.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Zine Review: Trans-Siberian

Bart Schaneman (Punch Drunk Press)
Trans-Siberian is a travelogue in mini-zine form making it the perfect size for globe trotting. It’s literally a pocket book of stories and observations about Bart’s travels from Korea to Russia via China and Mongolia.

The story begins with Bart having just finished a job in Korea. He flies to Shanghai, moves onto Mongolia and finally reaches his destination in St. Petersburg, Russia, home of his great grandfather, a Russian of German origin. In and along this route, and in no particular order, Bart interacts with fellow travellers on trains and in bars and hostels. He eats local cuisine. He is warned to be wary of the Mongols. He goes on an intercity car race with Russian teenagers. He drinks the local booze, takes in the scenery and is often times alone, under the stars with his thoughts. 

Bart’s writing is well-paced and moves quickly with him as he glides through the cities and countrysides of Asia. His journalistic chops are in tact even as he keeps his writing on a very personal level which makes it interesting reading without being melodramaticChris Auman

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Muggsy's Rock Pick: Bob Log III

Bob Log III, Cheap Time, Roboman @ The Frequency, 121 W. Main St. , Madison , WI

I'm gonna quote Bob Log to describe Bob Log: "Goddamn sounds good."

Saturday, October 06, 2012

1,000 Blog Posts (for real this time)

Having gone back and deleted all of the old "drafts", I now realize that THIS is the 1,000th post!!! Please enjoy this drawing of a pot of flowers to make up for the previous error—Office Manager