Monday, January 26, 2009

V/A-DARKER SKRATCHER, LP, 1980, USA





A seminal artifact of the L.A. Free Music Society's salad days and one that, unlike most extant L.A.F.M.S. compilations, spends most of it's time highlighting the less well recognized quirk pop perfection dimension of the L.A.F.M.S.' collective praxis; to wit, it's a compendium essential enough for me to be willing to bear the karmic burden of sharing a recording containing work by a certain Boyd Rice. All that aside though, what self respecting freaky fringe music acolyte could be without this watershed document? From The Rick Potts Band's suavely ludicrous bontempi pop to BPeople's angular art fracture and from 45 Grave's delightfully dejected sounding novelty song kitsch to Human Hands' ferocious post punk juggernaut (one of their finest moments ever), it's a testament to the sundry modes of ass-backward brilliance collectively deployed by this genre disrupting (and genre defining) art geek mafia.

P.S.-I think I must have initially done a google search for this to see if it had been posted elsewhere and spelled Skratcher with a c instead of a k as I just now noticed that it's been upped elsewhere. If ever there was an album that deserved to be displayed in the Mutant Sounds vitrine though, this is it, so...er...what the hell...

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12 comments:

Mr Fab said...

Yeah, it's been posted elsewhere, but don't sweat it - it is a must-have. 'Twas my introduction to the LAFMS thanx to Rodney Bingenheimer's spinning of the 45 Grave classic when I was very young impressionable. "Platform Swimfins": best avant-cha cha ever.

Donoso said...

Can't wait to check this one out, keep 'em coming!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, really liked this comp.

Anonymous said...

Even though this is posted elsewhere, I'm sure your bitrate, Eric, is higher (thus the sound quality is better at Mutant Sounds). So thanks for leaving it up.

Mush said...

Thanks for this and other LAFMS stuff you've posted. Really great to come across this stuff, not sure when or even if I would've otherwise.

Anonymous said...

http://www.sendspace.com/file/k9pl9e

You will love it

Anonymous said...

Not to be a total dick, but would it kill you guys to log into your blog (which IS great by the way) more than once a week? Five contributors - well, two really - and I'm sure there's LOADS of comments that remain unposted/unmoderated/hidden for the better part of a week.

vdoandsound said...

Anonymous-Blog comments are added 5 or 6 times a day, but no...one certainly wouldn't want to be a TOTAL dick and open one's mouth an say such an utterly asinine thing...

Anonymous said...

hi why dont you use
http://www.mediafire.com/
for downloads, it's easier...
all the best
el gringo

wha?! said...

anonymous jan 30, you have achieved totality

... it never fails to astonish me how people say "thanks for all the extraordinary work you do for me for free but you should do a lot more and do it a lot faster you slackers"

jeezuz!!

mIKES said...

When youse guys *dont* post for 4 or 5 days, my immediate thought is that you have finally abandoned the audience who just cant seem to help themselves from biting the hand that feeds them....

Then you go and do it all over again. The effect is one of euphoria.

Oh, and you gotta love the download site opinions - again.

detenebrate said...

Great comp. - I especially love the Grave 45 track.... what a gem!

Too bad you have no love for Boyd Rice/NON. Despite all the over-hyped controversies, most of his work is pretty incredible and stands apart.