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The 4's You Don't Know..

or maybe you do.. couldn't give a rat's ass..
1Acoustic Ladyland
Skinny Grin

This band's supremely shite name does little justice to how fucking fantastic they are.. Jazz punk in the proper sense of the word, chaotic and yet keenly orchestrated, this London outfit have collaborated with James Chance, Scott Walker and other figureheads of the avant-garde.. Skinny Grin is their best, a combustible show of saxophone freak-outs and punkesque drive..
2Blue Daisy
Darker Than Blue

The follow-up to the phenomenal atmospheric bacchanalia of the Sunday Gift, Darker Than Blue is essentially Frank Ocean's Blonde as envisioned by Massive Attack, and not by a pandering, limp-necked laptop crooner.. Dark, oily and claustrophobic, it rocks and slithers and shakes, and generally makes you feel like you're tonguing the third rail..
3Desert Sessions
Volumes 9 & 10

The most tiered and premeditated of the sessions, I've been listening to this more since Villains turned out to be such a prolapsed anus of an album.. There are dense synths sitting all over this album, and the woozy cover of Prince's It is everything electro-dance and sexy they should have ever wanted to do.. Plus, PJ Harvey lets fucking loose here (some of her best non-LP work)
4The Sound

The Sound's first album never saw a proper release until well after the band jogged past their prime and headfirst into 80's new wave schmaltz.. This thing is lean and supremely agile, featuring some really sharp guitars and basslines that just make you wobble.. Some rawer versions off songs that would surface on Jeopardy figure here, as well as Statik, one of their finest pieces..
5Skip Spence

Some of that drugged-out folk Americana in the vein of Jackson C. Clark, Tim Hardin and Gene Clark.. A bit of a lost treasure, it briefly made enough of a resurgence to warrant a reissue after a tribute album was put together with some 90's alt rockers paying due to the songster.. A small beauty of an album..
6Laughing Hyenas
You Can't Pray a Lie

Michigan's answer to the explosion of Southern noise punkers that started coming up through the mire of college radio at the end of the 80's, the Laughing Hyenas were uncompromisingly brutalized, and very very good at their instruments.. John Brannon's scream of doom could well usurp even David Yow's hysteria..
7The Leaving Trains
Well Down Blue Highway

The Leaving Trains are a peculiar sort of forgotten band.. The LA outfit came around in the mid 80's, and embraced everything good about music from that era - artful glam, dejected post-punk, barn-burning rock, drag stage shows and sheer fucking anarchy.. They signed onto SST, and were looking to make some waves, then decided to name an album FUCK, despite record company protests and got swept under the rug as a result.. They continued making records for a while after, and never really lost their stronghold on quality, but once through the cracks, never managed to float back up into radio graces.. Shame too.. Of note is that Mark Lanegan's cover of Creeping Coastline of Lights is by these guys and off this killer album..
8Circus Mort
Circus Mort

I've reviewed this EP already, but it still warrants a mention, if only because it portrays a period in Michael Gira's New York timeline when he was making interesting, dark music that didn't feel the need to take a dull buzz-saw to your artistic sensibilities.. A great short burst of theatrical no-wave, god only knows what kind of beauty he would made if this outfit held it together.. Instead we get sonic cathedrals built for wonky Gods of a land I wouldn't visit if it had the last brothel in the world..
9Knife in the Water
Plays One Sound and Others

Boney used the word 'nocturnal' to describe this, and I think it's perfect.. Knife in the Water were and are the sort of country-tinged rock band that made up the angrily elegant and distinctly American side of alt rock, along with the Walkabouts and a few other acts.. Music that was as unsettled and prone to major chords as any electric act of its era, doused in beautiful slide work and vocal affectations.. It's wonderful music made people who really know what they're doing..
10Masters of Reality
Sunrise on the Sufferbus

Above all else, Sunrise on the Sufferbus is fun rock record.. There is so much swinging and riffing going on here.. Chris Goss' keen producer ear makes the mixing here airtight as well.. QotSA always sounded better with the Fiffif Teeners behind the board,,
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