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“A Higher Place” by Born of Osiris is my second favorite record of theirs, right behind “The Discovery”. I wrote about that a while back, go check it out if you’re interested. This came out when I was in high school(2009) and I remember when the single “Now Arise” got released and a friend of mine was freaking out (in a good way) about the little hip hop inspired ending. I think this record pushed the band into a more technical and melodic direction. This record has some of my all time favorite guitar work from BOO. Catchy guitar riffs, creative drumming and some beautiful sounding keys. A majority of the key sounds they get on here are great. There’s just something about them that I really like. They have a certain quality to them that has made its way into almost all of their releases after this point. A great example of what I’m talking about would be 2:06 in the song “Starved”. The lo-fi production is actually a plus for me as well. It gives the record a more raw feel, with its scratchy guitars and distorted sounding vocals. Overall I think this record is fantastic. There isn’t one bad track here. Some standout tracks for me: “Starved”, “An Ascent”, “Thrive”, “The Accountable”

The Vendettas “The Vendettas” 1997. 360 Twist …

The Vendettas “The Vendettas” 1997. 360 Twist Records. Psychobilly garage punk from the late 90′s (and not to be confused with many, many other groups with the name The Vendettas including a cover band from Ireland, a hard rock band from Australia, a wedding band from Liverpool and a thrash metal band from Germany). This album has been sitting in my to-do box for so long I can’t remember if it’s something we picked up relatively recently (ie in the past year) or if it’s been in the Vault for awhile and we’re considering getting rid of it. Anyway, it’s pretty good, if somewhat repetitive, rockabilly with a snotty punk edge, the alternating male-female lead vocals recalling, at times, X’s John Doe and Exene Cervenka. The bright, twangy rockabilly guitar style makes the album not as dark as psychobilly kings The Cramps (though one track is very Cramps-esque: “Gasoline”), more along the lines of Reverend Horton Heat, just a bit slower (not much though, a good example is the track “Better Living”). There are even some gently swaying rockabilly ballads like “Please Kill Me” – though the title and vocals belie the romantic sentiment of the music. I’ve been unable to find any audio links for those songs, or any other on the LP. 

The Vendettas was the band’s only LP recording but it looks like the group put out a 7″ in 2004 on Bang! Records. Its members were or are now involved with other bands: singer and rhythm guitarist Buffi Aguero recorded with Subsonics (on drums), The White Lights and Tiger! Tiger! (most recently in 2018); drummer Susanne Gibboney is also in Tiger! Tiger! and recorded with Lust in ‘99; and lead guitarist and vocalist Johnny Vignault was on the same Lust record and also was in The Lost Crusaders (most recent recording from ‘08). On the album Craig Bower is credited on bass and organ but no mention is given to him on what he may have done since. 

Haru from The Hoshizora Project – Robo Puzzle …

Haru from The Hoshizora Project – Robo Puzzle Smash Original Soundtrack | Pxlplz | 2018 | Orange Translucent Swirl | /200

L’Enfant De La Forêt – Abraxas | Neuropa Recor…

L’Enfant De La Forêt – Abraxas | Neuropa Records | 2018 | Gold Marbled | /66

Rozen + Reven – NieR: Glory To Mankind | Mater…

Rozen + Reven – NieR: Glory To Mankind | Materia Collective | 2018 | Silver | /500

Germs “What We Do Is Secret” 1981/2018. Slash …

Germs “What We Do Is Secret” 1981/2018. Slash Records. I have the original from ‘81 but because I will literally buy anything Germs-related, I just picked up this Record Store Day Black Friday reissue on blue vinyl. As I wrote about a few years ago, What We Do Is Secret was my vinyl holy grail in the 80′s. Pre-internet ease, I would scour every record store I came across for this out-of-print EP until one day in ‘93 while visiting San Diego, there it was on the wall of Off the Record (cue the halo of light and chorus of angels). 

Slash Records released What We Do Is Secret soon after Darby Crash’s suicide in 1980. All the songs were available on other releases but the EP had a couple of different versions and live tracks. The version of “Round and Round” was recorded in ‘77 for What Records. The “Lexicon Devil” version on What We Do Is Secret is the slow version and my absolute favorite. That track, along with “Circle One” and “No God” were recorded in ‘78 for Slash Records and were produced by Geza X. “Caught in My Eye” comes from the GI sessions on Slash with Joan Jett producing. “The Other Newest One” and “My Tunnel” are live, recorded in late ‘80, just days before Crash’s death, at the Starwood in Hollywood and Crash is rude, obnoxious, a complete mess and completely awesome.  

Various Artists – The Wall [Redux] | Magnetic …

Various Artists – The Wall [Redux] | Magnetic Eye Records | 2018 | “Swamp” Green & Orange Crush With “Brilliant” Gold Splatter | /140

John Paesano – Marvel’s Spider-Man (Orig…

John Paesano – Marvel’s Spider-Man (Original Video Game Soundtrack) | Mondo | 2018 | Red + Blue & Black Swirl

Yoann Laulan – Dead Cells OST | Laced Records …

Yoann Laulan – Dead Cells OST | Laced Records | 2018 | Orange Translucent + Purple Translucent

Amos Roddy – Kingdom (Original Soundtrack) | F…

Amos Roddy – Kingdom (Original Soundtrack) | Fangamer | 2018 | Purple Marble + Light Blue Marble