Chillin’ in Roanoke while the boys practice downstairs. Here’s a photo from a show back in Nashville last week (?) at Betty’s Grill out on the west side. Apache Dropout is from Bloomington, great dudes who know how to have a good slumber party.
After a three-week absence, we’re back with another hour of quality tuneage from noisemakers old and new. For once, let’s start the brief recap with the old-timers. Pere Ubu (pictured), Bill Direen & The Bilders, The Dicks, Vacuum, The Creation, The Screamers and the Nig-Heist, anyone? There’s a set of “soft sounds for gentle people” (sorta) in the middle, bookended by new stuff from The Proper Ornaments and Cold Beat. There is other new material from The Nots, Apache Dropout, The Coolies and Dark Matter. In short, there is much to like.
VACUUM - Kicks APACHE DROPOUT - Heavy Window THE CREATION - Midway Down WURLD SERIES - What Would You Do? THE NOTS - Modern THE NIG-HEIST - The Last Generation PROPER ORNAMENTS - Magazine THE GIRLS AT DAWN - Come Here To Die FAT TULIPS - Nostalgia WILDERNESS CHILDREN - Bad Taste In My Mouth COLD BEAT - Out of Time DARK MATTER - Dark Matter THE COOLIES - Mothers in Mantis PERE UBU - Cloud 149 THE SCREAMERS - Vertigo (Let’s Go) BILL DIREEN & THE BILDERS - Retail Trade VIRGIN PRUNES - Twenty Tens (I’ve Been Smoking All Night) THE LEWD - American Wino THE DICKS - Lifetime Problems 45 GRAVE - Black Cross
Apache Dropout’s new self-titled release begins with a mottled, guttural scream and continues with the sublime strumming of a guitar complimented by the vocalist’s wise and weary voice. Then the drums kick in; the melody is reminiscent of a sweet and simple garage tune. Give it approximately thirty-two seconds, and suddenly the guitars become something else altogether – the momentum of a simple garage song suddenly morphs into a twisted and mottled expedition into the minds of the insanely talented Apache Dropout. It’s not just some random magic, and it’s not just the first song off the album that is good. The band has figured out that special formula; they’ve achieved a musical equilibrium that gives a nod to psychedelic, classic, garage and bluesy rock without backing themselves into any musical corners, subsequently creating their own fuzzy, acid-washed sound. Besides the first track off the album “I’m So Glad”, “Teenager”, “Sam Phillips Rising,” and “Sylvia" are some winners off the album. Do yourself a favor and acquire this stuff of greatness right over here!
Fun show this morning. Jen joined me in the studio. Many good song. Many new song. Many fun happy. I dedicate this set to my brother Carlin who is currently recovering from a minor surgical operation. Bros, Hoes, and sweatclothes.
1. OBN IIIs - Communicated To Death 2. The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling 3. Bad Cop - Maniac 4. Apache Dropout - Radiation 5. The Jim Jones Revue - Burning Your House Down 6. Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless 7. Milk Maid - Girl 8. Spectrals - Get A Grip 9. Blouse - Videotapes 10. EMA - Anteroom 11. Sink Tapes - The Soul Is In The Kitchen 12. Royal Baths - Darling Divine 13. Bleached - Electric Chair 14. Bleeding Knees Club - Truth Or Dare 15. Shannon And The Clams - Waiting For you 16. JEFF The Brotherhood - Mind Ride 17. Mikal Cronin - Tide 18. Arctic Monkeys - Brainstorm 19. Hunx - Always Forever 20. Nada Surf - Waiting For Something 21. PAPA - Ain’t It So 22. Yuck - Get Away 23. Wendy Rene - After Laughter Comes Tears 24. Dirty Beaches - Lord Knows Best 25. Nurses - Trying To Reach You 26. Tobacco - Tape Eater 27. Trailer Trash Tracys - Engelhardt’s Arizona 28. Cheap Trick - Surrender (Live at Budokan) 29. Serenades - Oceans 30. The Antlers - Tongue Tied 31. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?
Apache Dropout are, as many claim, the hardest working Midwest American garage outfit. With already a couple of releases from many reputable labels, (Trouble in Mind, Family Vineyard, Glory Hole, just to name a few) the latest single comes from New York label Mexican Summer. The already sold-out (probably still available at shows) Radiation 7” is a collection of three bubblegum psych gems.
Title track “Radiation” takes a page from A Place To Bury Strangers’ psych school of thought, but holds back on the fuzz and relies more on the groove, while “Born To Die” is a cowboy blues kaleidoscope affair with the vocals coming off as if it were recorded at a friend’s pool. “School Girl” is the standout party track gripping you by the prep school collar and tossing you around ‘til you are left wearing a Fun House tee, safety-pinned Levi’s, and beer-smeared Chucks.
There’s not nearly enough Apache Dropout on Tumblr. Their 2014 album is a meteoric piece of garage fuzz blues. We’re talking slashed-speaker fuzz draped over jangle-boogie, and solos that fall from the sky and crash into the ocean. Certainly another welcome Magnetic South release (sc: Thee Tsunamis and Thee Open Sex).